Posts in August 2018
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Podcasts You Should Listen To

I love reading and writing, but in moments when I can't do either - whether driving or working out, I love podcasts for my daily dose of inspiration, insight, and humor. I specifically love podcasts hosted by women (sorry boys) on the topics most relevant to our daily lives. There are so many more available, but let me not overwhelm you. 

1. GirlBoss Radio

Real, Inspiring, Informative | Talks with boundary-pushing women who've made their mark

Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso at the helm, the #girlboss ethos is brought to your ears. Girlboss Radio features talks with high-profile, cool-girl guests, who talk about their paths to success and challenges along the way. For fans of Amoruso's unconventional path to business building, the show's also a window onto her world, with some solid advice and lessons learned. 

2. We Met At Acme

Witty, Funny, Relevant | Captures the 20-something expereince in the crazy world of NYC

Podcast by Lindsey Metselaar, a native New Yorker, who talks about millenial dating in NYC. "We live in a generation of suppressing and not expressing", the podcast touches on subjects we don't generally talk about, but we all want to know about. We Met At Acme delves into sex, relationships and vulnerability, with some hilarious anecdotes along the way. 

3. hey, girl.

Powerful, Positive, Loving | Unites the voices of phenomenal women near and far

Hosted by Alex Elle, an author, wellness consultant, and creative living in the Washington, DC. Created with sisterhood and storytelling in mind, Alex sits down with people who inspire her. From friends to family members and strangers, the hey, girl. guests give us a peek into their stories through candid and intimate conversations. 

4. The Lively Show

Inspiring, Positive, Conversational | Talks from bloggers, entrepreneurs to health & wellness experts

Hosted by Jess Lively for her inspiring chats with guests who on their path through life and the advice or ideas they can offer listeners looking for ways to live better, healthier, more fulfilling lives. While Lively's approach is fresh-scrubbed and full of positivity, she doesn't shy away from being real about her own struggles with eating disorders, work-life balance, and divorce.

  Wearing:  Vintage Mona Lisa (similar)  shirt  | Trina Turk (similar)  pants  | Celine shoes

Wearing: Vintage Mona Lisa (similar) shirt | Trina Turk (similar) pants | Celine shoes

The best vintage pieces are the ones with stories behind it. This Mona Lisa top in particular, channels my mother's spirit when she first moved to NY in the 80s —and so I tried to be bold and mix in some plaid patterns. 

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Pinstripes and Jumpsuits
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  Wearing:  Armani Exchange Blouse | Greylin  Jumpsuit  | Sam Edelman  Shoes

Wearing: Armani Exchange Blouse | Greylin Jumpsuit | Sam Edelman Shoes

If you've read my previous posts, you probably noticed my random thought topics. Unfortunately this week has been too much on me, so I wrote a post on facebook instead. Today's blog post is simply an outfit one. Wide-leg jumpsuits make for the ideal transitional weather wear, they’re effortless, comfortable, and sometimes chic - especially when you can layer a turtleneck under or throw a bomber jacket over. In this case, I took my silk pin-striped dress and layered the jumpsuit over it. 

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Instagram hiatus

I haven't been writing, aside from my Colombia trip, it has been a little over a month since I've posted.. so why not start by writing about my brief little pause from social media and the internet. I didn’t want to announce my hiatus; that seemed counter-intuitive and honestly, I found it liberating to just let it go. The reason isn't very clear I think social media just got overwhelming and with my mom's birthday around the corner, Instagram (especially) felt unimportant. I wanted to revive my mental control. It wasn't about self-esteem or paying more attention to life. I guess I needed to see whether I was taking photos and going out because I enjoyed it or because I felt like that's what I needed to share. I told myself “I am not going back until I feel like I am back.” At the drop of a hat, I deleted everything, granted it was only for a few weeks, but at the time it felt like I ventured off into unknown territory. The thought “Oh sh*t, what if I miss something really important?” actually never crossed my mind. I was surprised. 

Will It allow you to be more present.

I will say yes to this. Not that I stop listening to friends because I'm too busy watching a video or something. But after taking a photo or video I felt the need to post it right away... and for what? I realized when I stopped posting that I truly love taking artsy photos and scenic shots. Snapping a photo and then continuing my day was so liberating. So I chose to continue that habit and not post right away. 

will It make you happier.

Being completely cut off? Probably not. I definitely love to keep in touch with friends and random people on social media. I try to text, call, and comment as much I can. I never thought I was missing out on the moments or obsessed with a social media addiction. For me, it was just overwhelming and a little self-conscious of what I was posting, how often I was posting, whether I was being judged for who I am or the assumptions drawn from what I post. After cutting off for a little bit, I realized I like what I post, I enjoy taking photos, I enjoy the design and aesthetics of it all. I post for me and that makes me happy. 

Social Media will always be around. 

I’m not saying this because I think everyone should get offline, but rather because, if you are like me, feeling like the noise of social media is a little deafening and you want to break away, I’m here to tell you yes.  Even if it’s just a week or a month, you might learn something about why you do what you do and share what you share.  The fact is that social media will still be here, for decades to come. And most importantly, I’m telling you this to remind you that you are more amazing than the number likes on your last post, I guarantee it. 

It helped? I am back so it did help, but I did feel anxiety the first day I tried posting again. 

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  Wearing:  Theory Top | Milly  Pants  | Kohl's  Hat

Wearing: Theory Top | Milly Pants | Kohl's Hat

It has been crazy hot in NYC lately – which calls for the lightest of layers (even when we don’t want to be in shorts). A great pair of loose trousers can be just the piece you need to keep cool when running around the city.

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