February 2, 2016

{STYLE} Who What Wear!

There are few things that make me more excited, both as a consumer and an editor, than a new brand or collaboration launching! Yesterday, the much anticipated Who What Wear x Target collab dropped online and in select stores across the country. Of Target's many collaborations over the years, this is one that I've been most excited about -- in part because it's inclusive of plus-sizes from the jump, but mostly because it's a gift that will keep on giving -- with new deliveries arriving each month for the next couple of years, (you can shop the whole collection here). 

Because the looks are inspired by of-the-moment pieces trending in the fashion world, they're perfect as I start planning out looks for the upcoming fashion week. There's often a lot of pressure to churn out new, exciting looks - and while I love incorporating some statement-making pieces into my NYFW wardrobe, I'm mostly there to work, so having access to of budget-friendly wares that won't kill my wallet is pretty exciting. Wearing vibrant color combinations (this blue-and-marigold print is perfect), or an interesting silhouette (asymmetric, fluted-hem, anyone?) is a one of my favorite ways to look chic without looking like I'm trying too hard (I hope!); and it's all about balance, so while print-on-print-on-print can be awesome, I'm much more likely to pair my bold prints with a fantastic solid, and pick up on the color palette of my prints to accessorize and finish the look. 

Photos by Sylvia G.


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January 12, 2016

Getting Sporty with Wacoal Sport

Just over two years ago, I took my first barre class at Pure Barre in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - and finally felt like I found my workout. Sure, I'd always maintained a loose routine of going to the gym, and it made me feel good, but it wasn't something I loved or considered a hobby. After doing a series of many different classes (rowing, circuit training, yoga, pilates, spinning - I took full advantage of my classpass membership), barre was the one that made me feel the best - and that made me instantly crave more. I've kept up with barre consistently for the last two years, and in LA have found a home at Pop Physique (I did my first class there just a few weeks ago and have been practically every day since). Of course, with this new hobby, comes a greater need to amp-up my athletic apparel wardrobe, and alongside my arsenal of form fitting leggings, tank tops, and grippy socks, was an even greater need: sports bras. 

I'm embarrassed to admit that even with my access to all the great full-figure lingerie out there, with my newly frequent workout routine, I was wearing regular bras to fill out my athletic wardrobe. In a crunch that is fine, but now that I've been refit for the right sports bra, whoa does it make a difference - even for a low impact sport like barre! I had a fitting with Wacoal at Nordstrom in West LA (their Retro Chic lace style is one of my favorites for everyday wear), and walked away with a few of their sleek, new sports bras

The most significant difference between these and every other sports bra I've ever worn? The underwire is on the outside of the bra - a subtle design difference that I immediately noticed made a world of change as far as comfort goes, (they say it's to minimize chaffing, which, let's be honest, is a real thing). By the way - if you haven't worn a sports bra with an underwire, it is a huge upgrade from the standard racerback boob-tubes we grew up with. There are also chic, full bust styles that are wire free that actually provide support and contour.  The strap adjusters also sit over another layer of fabric, rather than directly on the skin, which is something I honestly didn't even realize I needed in my life, and are convertible to both racerback and halter styles.  It almost makes me feel like I could go running; my fellow large-busted ladies will likely share my grief over the idea of running... but I really do feel like I'm a step closer to feeling good about it!

Beyond comfort, (and I cannot stress the comfort of this Wacoal style enough), the benefits of the right bra (especially sports bra) are pretty significant; proper fit takes the weight of support off of your shoulders and onto the bra, relieving you of back and shoulder pain. Beyond that, with the right bra, I stand straighter and taller, meaning I can get even more out of my deep stretches, pliés, and relevés. At a 36H, having great lingerie and supportive bras is essential to me, and I love that this style ranges in size from a 32-42 band, C-H cup! 

Back to the barre -- so many people have asked me about my experience with barre classes and boutique fitness in general. The moment I stopped equating any kind of gym-time with "results" was more or less the moment I allowed myself to really enjoy my workouts for what they are: a time to disconnect, meditate, and do something that makes me feel really, really good. I loved reading Gabi's recent interview on The Coveteur on health and wellness; so many of her own views resonated with my own. Once I got over the initial intimidation (and incredibly sore muscles,) I really started to own and love my time in the studio. At first glance, I was really, really anxious about the waifish blondes that seemed to surround me in every class - but as I've gone over the last two years, it's been proven to me, now more than ever, that no matter the body type, every person in each class has a point of weakness or personal threshold where they start to struggle - but for me personally, what matters is that I feel stronger from one class to the next. There's also a bit of trial and error, and what workouts fit one person may not be the same for the next! I expected myself to love rowing, and while it gave me a great physical workout, it was not something that made me feel as centered or relaxed as I was hoping to find. I'm just so relieved to have found something that consistently makes me feel amazing- and to have the wardrobe to continue enjoying it, too. 

Thank you to Wacoal for sponsoring this post.
All content and opinions are my own. 

January 7, 2016

{STYLE} New Year, Same Me


After ringing in the new year in a sheer, sequined dress (available at ASOS), at my home in the company of my parents and some of my best friends (with many missing who I wish I could have imported from across the globe & even across town in Los Angeles), Ali, Brad, Christian and myself loaded up my little compact car (relevant because we're all clotheshorses and it was a tight squeeze) and headed down to Palm Springs for the weekend. It was pretty perfect that the New Year landed itself on a long weekend, so we could take advantage of the holiday and extend the time to get "back to reality." Of course, it also makes the getting back to reality thing a bit more of a challenge. I don't remember ever needed so long to mentally get back into the swing of things! 

I've definitely written about my love for Palm Springs and the desert ad nauseam, but with each visit my love grows deeper. Something about visiting in the winter, too, and meeting the cold air of the night in a hot tub while looking up at the stars (unlike in LA or NY, we could actually see entire constellations) and the mountains made that pretty city even more special. We stayed in a house that the boys found on AirBnB, but still made a point to visit one of my favorite places in the world: The Parker! 


December 18, 2015

{GIVEAWAY} Ringing in the Holidays

It is hard to imagine that the new year is right around the corner, but somehow we have reached the tail end of 2015 - with Christmas just a few days away. Though my family doesn't celebrate Christmas, we do take advantage of the few days off to spend time together, and also exchange small gifts to celebrate the culmination of the year. Because my family are all tech-savvy, social-media obsessives, tech accessories have kind of been the way to go when it comes to gift-giving.  For Ali, who just started a new job, a tablet for working on-the-go. For my mom, the queen of selfies? A light-up phone case, to ensure she always has perfect selfie lighting. For my sister, ClassPass addict, a FitBit (and one for me, too; wearable tech is so hot right now). And for my dad, though he always insists that we don't get him gifts, one that appeals to his practical side and that he would definitely get use out of - a mobile charging kit, (after all, he's a business-guy-on-the-go who lives for his Mophie...) 

To help spread the holiday cheer, there are 6 $50 Visa Gift Cards  up-for-grabs (one courtesy of T-Mobile, and 5 more from me). Entering is easy -- just check out their Naughty or Nice quiz and share your results on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram including the hashtag #GifTMobile!

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Congrats to Andrea, Colleen, Sabreena, Donna, Em, and Linda! Look out for your email!

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December 2, 2015

{STYLE} The Perfect Sunglasses

Photos by Sylvia G.

Growing up in Southern California, I was always taught the importance of sunglasses: not only are they a perfect way to accessorize and transform a look, but they're a necessity to see clearly on a sunny day and prevent the pre-mature aging that squinting can cause. I'm definitely a bit of a hoarder collector when it comes to great frames, and I love balancing out my collection with more classic, wear-with-everything frames (like this black cateye), and more wild-card, statement frames (like this pink, jeweled number, or this heart frame).

While my collection of sunglasses is wide and varied, the selection from kate spade holds a special place in my heart for possessing that balance of classic, quintessential styles and quirky, whimsical ones -- there's something for each occasion and each personality type. Plus - I have to give a special shout out to their eyeglasses, which are all priced at a mega-affordable $68 (I'm particularly loving this tortoise-and-pink pair). 

In the spirit of the holidays, I'd love to purchase a pair of sunglasses or eyeglasses for one reader. Just head to this link and leave a comment below with your favorite style & your email address. Winner must live in the US or Puerto Rico due to shipping restrictions. Winner will be chosen at random on 12/15/15. This giveaway is now closed! Congrats to reader Ariel. 


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Giveaway is being furnished by me. 
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