3 Steps to Setting (and Achieving) Goals in 2020

3 Steps to Setting (and Achieving) Goals in 2020

How writing out your dreams into an actionable plan leads to success…

Okay, I know it sounds too easy and very cheesy but when you set goals, write them down, and REALLY plan them out, dreams DO come true!

Let me explain…

It’s 2020! And on New Year’s Day I spent my time reviewing the goals I had set for myself in 2019. WOW, was that ever a rewarding experience! At the start of 2019 I FINALLY applied the advice of SO many successful women; I wrote down my goals. This list of goals spent the entire year prominently displayed on the front of my planner, reminding me of my purpose DAILY. If I’m REALLY honest, this small action truly defined the trajectory of 2019 and led to so much success!

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2 quick tips to dressing for the holidays (without wearing red & green)

2 quick tips to dressing for the holidays (without wearing red & green)

By now you probably know my feelings about the holidays (and if you don’t, check out my Christmas blog or IGTV video here).

But just in case you’re all together new here, let me catch you up…

Let’s just say I’m not one to begin celebrating in October or to wear head-to-toe red and green to a holiday event. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not so much a Grinch as I am a woman celebrating the holidays in her own unique way. For me, that means creating new traditions and sharing memorable moments rather than falling into holiday induced anxiety, debt, and disappointment. Because to be honest, it allows me (and everyone around me) to actually enjoy the holiday!

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screw “normal” & go your own way

screw “normal” & go your own way

If you follow along with me on Instagram (and if you don’t, you should), you’ve likely noticed I’ve traveled from the city home to Pennsylvania a lot recently. I LOVE visiting home BUT there is just something about NYC that makes me feel even MORE at home. It feels like I truly FIT in New York and I love that about this place!

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8 years later I (FINALLY) Married my Best Friend but it wasn’t always easy…

8 years later I (FINALLY) Married my Best Friend but it wasn’t always easy…

It still is SO crazy to believe that after 8 years together and a 4 year long engagement, I FINALLY married my best friend. And as excited as I am to share details of our intimate celebration, I am more excited to FIRST share with you our journey to getting here.

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How to Dress for Fashion Week

How to Dress for Fashion Week

My tips and tricks to outfitting for fashion week that can be used everyday, too!

*Featuring some of my favorite looks of fashion weeks past!

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How to Style the T-shirt Trend

How to Style the T-shirt Trend

Tee shirts with dressy bottoms? Yay or nay?

I’m spilling the tea (or should I say Cola) on styling your favorite tees!

There have been some major mixed reviews on this trend within the industry and as a HUGE supporter of it (I shared a sneak peak of this love in My Monthly Style Roundup), I want to share my favorite ways to create a look like this!

The current tee trend revolves around pairing two unexpected items for a dressy casual look; dressy bottoms like silky skirts, suit shorts, or dressy pants outfitted with a casual tee shirt . Though pairing the unexpected is key to rocking this trend, it is important to find the right top to casually compliment the dressier bottom. Though I’m a BIG fan of sporting oversized men’s T-shirt’s, to score on this trend you must find a happy medium. Pairing a silky skirt or pant with a TOO oversized top will appear sloppy. Instead opt for small men’s tees or a fitted woman’s tee tucked or tied at the waist for a similar esthetic.

So, when is it appropriate to style and sport your favorite graphic or band tee? I would argue it depends what you pair together and the way you style the overall look. For a brunch date to Sunday’s in Brooklyn, I styled my new favorite Lucky Brand Coca-Cola tee with a pair of dressy, wide leg Zara bottoms and Shein platforms. This made for the PERFECT combo of dressy, cool, and casual! Though I wouldn’t suggest this particular style for the workplace, traditionally dressy brands like Anthropologie are pairing tees and skirts for the upcoming fall season leading me to believe the right pair can be worn ANYWHERE!

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Though this is the first time I paired my new top from one of my FAVORITE boutiques in Central Pennsylvania (of course I stopped in The Little Black Dress during my visit) with these dressy black pants, I look forward to seeing how many different ways I can style the top. I’d love to see it paired with bold color or patterned satin midi skirt and strappy heels, a suit and chunky sneakers, and of course a classic pair of denim.

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How will you style your favorite tee?

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P.s. this post is NOT sponsored by Coca-Cola, I just really LOVE it!!

A bottom for EVERYbody

A bottom for EVERYbody

It’s FINALLY SUMMER and with summer comes one very important wardrobe mission-to curate outfits that are cute and exude confidence all while remaining cool in this crazy heat! Let’s be honest, one poorly planned outfit can mean makeup melting off your face amidst thigh chaffing, and girrrrl no one needs THAT!

As I shared in my May Monthly Style Roundup, summer sets and jumpers are ALWAYS a summer go-to of mine, but recently I’ve enjoyed wearing a new piece that is just as trendy and airy as my favorites…WIDE LEG PANTS

Wide Leg Pants

An alternative to another day of wearing uncomfortable shorts, wide leg pants are a breezy, trendy, and comfy outfit option for summer days. ESPECIALLY in light weight materials like linen and chiffon, wide leg pants make for a (literally) cool statement bottom. Typically in bold prints and colors, wide leg pants add a bit of playful sophistication to a basic tank top or T-shirt (even though they feel like wearing pajama bottoms!). Wide leg pants like this leopard print pair from Urban Outfitters are perfect for both a shorter, curvy figure like mine AND a tall, more straight through body style. Many women my height (5’1) with my curvy body type shy away from wide leg pants, feeling drowned in too much material. But the opposite actually happens as the wide leg pant sinches the waist and lengthens shorter builds (especially when paired with a platform sandal or block heel). But flowing wide leg pants also follow the shape of longer legs and hit the floor just perfectly when styled with a flat strappy sandal. Paired with a cropped or shorter top and a confident attitude—wide leg pants are truly a bottom for EVERY body type.

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