April 19, 2018

{STYLE} Denim on Denim

Denim on denim has been a look I've been flirting with a lot lately -- and I've been loving all the new cuts and styles of denim that have been available recently, like these wide-legged cropped jeans (which are under $30 right now!) from Old Navy. I especially love this style because they feel like a premium denim - they raw edge detail makes them look and feel super luxe and with a low stretch in them, they keep their shape as you wear. Because I've been all about mixing indigo pieces, I matched it back to the dark embroidery tones in this raw edge jacket  (i got the plus size one, but it also comes in straight sizes - and both are under $30 - and there's a matching denim pant for an ultimate co-ord moment, too).

It used to be impossible to find really on-trend, premium-look denim at a variety of price points and sizes, but Old Navy has really been turning it on lately, with most of these styles available in sizes 0-30. Ever since I realized I actually love denim and enjoy styling it up or down, I've been so grateful to have all these options to style into my wardrobe; they're perfect complements to my statement pieces Gabi and I make for Premme.


April 4, 2018

When Life Hands You So Much More than Lemons

There's not a day that goes by that I don't acknowledge, even if it's just to myself, that I'm really, really lucky. I'm constantly pinching myself to see if I'm going to wake up from a life that feels so surreal, particularly on days when I get to witness my friends achieving such monumentally amazing things and developing their talents. ModCloth asked me to share some of those moments (while wearing this gorgeous yellow dress of theirs, natch) and I couldn't resist the opportunity to get reflective and celebrate a bit. 

In business, and life in general, I draw so much inspiration from the women and non-binary people around me and how incredibly resourceful we all tend to be. In the little bubble I've been incredible privileged to be in, I witness the ways we connect with each other, help each other, and inspire one another to push boundaries on inclusivity, progress, and problem solving. If you've ever listened to the Call Your Girlfriend podcast (or if you follow me on IG, where I seem to plug this concept constantly) I majorly subscribe to shine theory -- "I don't shine if you don't shine." The basic idea is that there's room for all of us to succeed, and that we can amplify each others voices to lift entire communities up with us. It's a way of reframing what is traditionally thought of as competition - and instead valuing community and collaboration. 

I owe so much of my own success to being supported and encouraged by other women, including my mom, my now-business partner Gabi, and my former Marie Claire editor, Lea Goldman. It was even through a casual conversation with my friend, and ModCloth founder Susan, that I was given one of my first chances to design a collection -- an opportunity that inevitably lead me to other design opportunities and finally, last summer, launching Premme.  It's through my friend Janet Mock that I'm constantly reminded to speak my truth and breathe authenticity to everything I do. And I think, subconsciously, some of these relationships even influence and inspire the way I dress, too; I feel like I'm channeling a little of the retro-ladylike vibes that my friend Haley, another fellow founder, dons so well, while other days I draw a bit from Priscilla Ono, and others from Nadia Aboulhosn.

I feel so lucky to be surrounded by incredibly talented, real people; to draw so much wisdom from them, and to celebrate their successes and wins as they celebrate mine. There is so much to be grateful for, even when life feels like a marathon full of unexpected hurdles, and I think my strong friendships and relationships are among the things I'm luckiest to possess. 


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March 30, 2018

Spring Beauty Buys

If you follow me on Instagram, it's probably no surprise that I'm pretty obsessed with all things beauty and skincare. I think if I had to start over (and maybe this is something that will even happen at some point in this lifetime!) I'd study dermatology or cosmetology or aspire to be a beauty editor. I love learning new skincare approaches or makeup-application techniques, and love testing new products and becoming familiar with active ingredients. The discovery process in beauty, and finding new ways to enhance my natural features, is one of the most fun parts of the entire industry, for me!

Of course, I also have a long list of tried-and-true favorites and brands, ones that consistently create formulas and products that I love, whether it's NARS for their amazing color products (these spring Wanted Palettes (especially the cheek palettes in both Vol I and Vol II)  or Lipstick Queen's amazing color-changing, hydrating lipstick. Because I've also tried so much through the years -- I love a good deal to replenish my stock of those products I use over and over - and ULTA is delivering big time with their 21-Days of Beauty, where tons of my faves are on super sale.

Today's deal is these Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks (normally $21, but today they're 50% off!) and these gentle exfoliating Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads. Some other savings on the horizon from my faves Mario Badescu (they're offering 25% off the entire brand) and 50% off Urban Decay's holy grail, Eyeshadow Primer Potion.  


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March 29, 2018

It's Spring!

I've been loving the new pieces from LOFT's extended size range which launched just a couple of months ago. I know I've mentioned this before, but something shifted over the last year from my total reliance on skirts and dresses to loving pants - especially culottes or trousers with little special details (like these gold sailor buttons, or the tie-front on this pair I wore in this post).


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March 28, 2018

Light on My Feet

Last month, I started a program with Harley Pasternak and GMA to improve my autoimmune symptoms and anxiety through a fitness and wellness approach, and I don’t want to over exaggerate, but it completely changed my approach and mentality towards fitness. Working out has always been an important part of my life and especially my approach to mental health, but for the last few years I’ve been relying on super high-intensity workouts mixed with barre or pilates as the core of my physical activity. Working with Harley, who set a goal for me of 12K steps a day, he reminded me that it was more important to be moving and active throughout the day rather than relying on high-intensity workouts (especially as an auto-immune sufferer). That didn’t mean I was giving up on my beloved SoulCycle (it’s basically like therapy, for me), but it did mean I was having a more “anytime, anywhere” approach to moving - adding in some easy resistance exercises, too, that I could literally do anywhere. 

All of this meant that I was also looking to amp up my fitness wardrobe, and alongside my favorite leggings and easy layering pieces, I was also looking for great shoes. I was recently introduced to HOKA, and picked up a pair of sneakers from their Fly collection. I swear they make the most lightweight, airy sneakers ever - that are made both for everyday wear and high-impact workouts. They honestly feel like walking on clouds, and make me feel super light on my feet — the kind of feeling that has me skipping and jumping when I put them on. 

I’ve long been a believer in wearing activewear that makes you look and feel good — I think it can be completely transformative and also help put you in the mindset to approach workouts with an empowered feeling. I’m happy to now be adding HOKA to that rotation — honestly and seriously. 

This post is sponsored by HOKA.
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