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Glamazons, I had my hands full these last few days. Aside from getting sick right before Christmas, I still had to find the energy to do all my last-minute shopping and finalize menu items for my family’s Christmas dinner. Talk about exhausted. But now that I’m feeling much better and the last gift has been opened, I’ve only got one thing on the brain: all the New Year’s Eve outfit ideas I’ll be serving this year.
Hands down one of my favorite nights of the year, there’s just something so special about getting dolled up with your best girls and toasting to new beginnings. But year after year, it always feels like a scramble to sort out what to wear. That’s why I’m happy I already have a collection of looks that I can’t wait to put in heavy rotation. While sequins and red dresses might be top contenders for everyone else, I’m itching to wear something a little less expected. After all, a good outfit will set the tone for how the rest of your year will play out, right?
If you’ve been too swamped to function let alone even think about New Year’s Eve outfits, don’t fret. I’ve put together a few ideas that’ll be sure to set you apart from the rest as you celebrate 2018. Get into them below.
4 New Year’s Eve outfit ideas that aren’t basic AF:
1. Playful Prints
Instead of opting for the same ole sequin dress you’ve worn over and over again, why not go for a full print number? A funky print mini is super stylish while still embodying the festive theme of the evening. You can jazz up the look with a diamond embellished chain handbag, long dangling earrings and strappy heels.
2. Suit Separates
You probably know by now that I’m a sucker for tailored suit pieces. Not only are they a classic choice, but because they are so versatile, you can wear the pieces for other occasions, too. Give your studded bralette a menswear spin with crop trousers and a fitted blazer. Mix in glitzy accessories for a fun look, add a pop of color on the lips, and you’re good to go!
3. Luxe Textures
For a look that is NYE-appropriate yet elegant, blend a faux fur coat with a velvet wrap dress. Thigh-high boots, dangling jewels and a sultry dark lip will glam up your outfit and be sure to pile on the glitz with a shimmering clutch.
4. Ditching the Heels
I’ll be honest: heels are not always be a girl’s best friend. And because you’ll probably be on your feet dancing the night away, you might want to opt for something a bit more comfortable. A pair of metallic creepers will offer stability yet still help you turn heads. Pair them with a vibrant satin dress and sparkly accessories. Top off the look with an edgy leather jacket for warmth.
– What are your New Year’s Eve plans? Anything exciting? What will you be wearing? I can’t wait to hear from you!
Glamazons, So, you may have seen this already on my Instagram Stories but I totally switched things up this year as far as traveling goes. Usually, I like to head to warmer destinations in the winter (Team #stretchyoursummer) and in the past, I’ve been to Cuba, The Bahamas and Jamaica during cold months in NYC. This year, I decided to head somewhere a bit frigid: the mountains of Reno, Nevada with the Curators of Cool collective. I got a few “Girl, WYD?” texts when I told my friends about it LOL, but I’m glad I went. I was actually surprised by how much fun a getaway can be in colder temps, and there are few things as beautiful as snow-capped mountains. I’d been skiing once before but this time, I mostly hung out at the lodge, got way too excited on the ski lift, and took in the breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. And when we weren’t hitting the slopes, there was still a lot to do: a distillery, a magic show, a nightclub, an escape room, lots of great food, and the list goes on. There was never a dull moment.
Check out a few recommendations below for what to do in Reno, Nevada:
Grand Sierra Resort & Casino: We stayed at the GSR — the largest hotel-casino in Northern Nevada — and it was perfection. They have a gorgeous pool and hot tub, a dreamy spa and full-service gym, a casino downstairs, entertainment right inside the resort (we went to a magic show), a fun nightclub (more on this later), and they’re building an ice rink. It’s centrally-located in downtown Reno, which was super convenient. Of course my favorite part was the views of the mountains as soon as you walk outside. Customer service left a bit to be desired at times, but all in all, I really enjoyed my stay there.
Frey Ranch Distillery: This was probably my favorite moment of the weekend. Frey Ranch Distillery is a charming family-owned business and the owner, Colby Frey, produces quality spirits (vodka, gin, whiskey and absinthe) with grains grown right on his gorgeous farm. I’m not usually a whiskey person, but even I thought it was super smooth. It was amazing to take a tour of the distillery and see how everything is produced. I’m still in awe of the science behind it all! Colby’s dedication to growing the family business is just heart-warming (it’s been in the family since the mid-1800s before Nevada was even a state!). And I was super inspired by the fact that he supplies grain to other distilleries; people would view it as enabling the competition but there’s such a sense of community in Reno that he’s happy to do it. Another thing: his farm brings in revenue, so he doesn’t rush to produce liquor just to make money, thereby sacrificing quality in the process. He let us taste whiskey that’s been aging for 4 years! Anyway, they host tastings and tours on Saturday from noon to 4pm, and I highly recommend going. And if you go closer to 4pm, then stop along the stunning tree-lined road on your way out and catch the sunset.
The Depot Craft Brewery & Distillery: We headed to another brewery/restaurant for dinner and the food was phenomenal. Literally, Lexi and I couldn’t stop eating the brussel sprouts (sautéed in maple sherry vinaigrette with bacon bits…my Lord). The drinks were excellent (especially the beer) and it makes sense: The Depot is the first combined brewery and distillery in Nevada. Owner Brandon Wright took us on a tour of the brewery and his passion for it is contagious. I really loved the ambiance, especially the murals by the outside eating area — just gorgeous. It’s pretty popular so I recommend making a reservation. It’s a great spot for a date night or just to hang out with friends.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort: So I mentioned I skied once before but I’m no expert. That said, I loved Diamond Peak ski resort. They have advanced runs for the ski obsessives (like the black diamond courses) but the resort is also really great for beginners. The crew took a ski class before hitting the slopes, and the instructors seemed super helpful. Lexi and I got to hang out in the ranch and it was everything: great food and a bar with warm drinks. Also, my obsession with ski lifts was born here; the view of Lake Tahoe from the lift is magical. If you’re traveling with family, it’s also kid-friendly. The kids with their little skis on the mini-slopes were so adorable!
LEX Nightclub: I’m starting to feel like I only party on vacation (otherwise, I’m too tired from life) but as an infrequent party-goer, can I just say it’s a major hack when there’s a club right in your resort? And a good one at that. My friends had to drag me out to Lex nightclub, but it was so worth it. The DJ kept us dancing all night long (what time difference?) and though he was from NYC, he threw in a couple of local hits and the crowd loved it. My favorite part was the fact that the (transparent) dance floor was on top of an indoor pool. How fun is that?! Lex Nightclub is also good for celeb spotting; T.I. and Big Sean were there recently and a few days after we left, the Ying Yang twins came by.
Heavenly Ski Resort: You know how they say when you get older you turn into your parents? Well, I’m definitely transforming into my Dad in that I appreciate views and nature so much more now. Seriously, I could spend the whole day taking in views and sometimes, my Dad and siblings will literally do just that…for an entire day when we’re on vacation. Anyway, I say that to say: you have to see the view of Lake Tahoe from Heavenly Ski Resort. You just have to. It’s one of the most spectacular views in the world, and once you’re there, it’s easy to see why — especially from the ski lift. It’s also the region’s largest ski area, with 87 runs and 30 lifts (spread between California and Nevada) so great for hitting the slopes.
Liberty Food & Wine Exchange: OK guys this is my favorite restaurant in Reno. The food is incredible — everything is freshly made and delicious. Literally, we were trying to take spices home. They have a meal plan delivery service and I’m like, do you guys come to NYC? LOL. Do yourself a favor and get the roasted cauliflower, then come back and thank me personally. They offer a unique eating experience with sharable plates so you can try a little bit of everything and see what you love. Also, the ambiance! There are huge black-and-white photos on the wall of beloved icons like Prince, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix. I actually wish I could go back there right now.
Puzzle Room Tahoe: Are you into escape rooms? I first heard of them in Harlem, but I’d never been to one before visiting Puzzle Room Tahoe in Reno. I did a poll on my Instagram stories and was pleased to learn most of you love them, too. The puzzle was pretty difficult to figure out but also thrilling. I totally recommend it for group trips; it’s a bonding experience because you have to rely on each other’s skills and expertise to make it out. I’m excited to go to a local one with my family now, so much fun!
Glamazons, I don’t know if I told you this but I was never an avid traveler. I always felt I needed to have “XYZ” accomplished first, and traveling would be my reward after. Crazy, right?
But with 2017 being the hectic year that it was, I had a change of heart. Now I want to take in as many new adventures and changes of scenery I possibly can. In doing so, I’ve suddenly become that girl you can never track down because she lives on an airplane. (I may or may not have already booked five vacations for next year.) And the holiday season is no exception to my newfound travel bug. I’ll be trekking to a few different cities catching up with family and friends that I haven’t seen in forever. But I realized pretty early on that if I wanted to jet set this season, I’d have to get creative with some holiday travel money saving tips. Traveling over the holidays tends to get pricey — especially when you factor in baggage fees, hotel stays, and still needing some coins to actually enjoy yourself when you get to where you’re going. With that said, there are ways to get around paying an exorbitant amount of money and instead put those dollars towards the things that matter most, like gifts for your loved ones or finding the perfect outfit for your end-of-year celebrations. So, I’ve put together a list that will surely get you through holiday travel without causing your wallet to weep. Thank me later.
Check out my top holiday travel money saving tips:
1. Find alternative modes of transportation.
I get it, there’s nothing like getting to your destination in a quickie as opposed to being on the road for hours on end. And while flying might be one of the fastest means of traveling, it isn’t the only way to go. Especially given how expensive airline tickets get as the holidays approach. You may find that driving by car, bus or train is actually your best option. Plus, without air traffic delays and layovers, you’ll be more or less guaranteed to arrive when you intended.
2. Opt for one-way flights.
I do this all the time. I’ll purchase two one-way tickets with two different airlines and get a better deal than if I had gotten one round trip ticket. I suggest playing around with the dates and times to see what gets you the best bang for your buck. Also, if you’re going to a place that has multiple airports nearby, you may want to fly into one airport and then fly out of another. Whatever gets you where you need to be with minimal stress.
3. Be flexible in location.
You can find some pretty great deals if you’re willing to stay just slightly out of the city you’re traveling to, or away from high tourist locations. For example, if you’re planning a trip to D.C., you can fly into Maryland or a book a hotel that’s not directly in the District. You’ll save money on the trip and possibly squeeze in some extra sightseeing in the process.
4. Travel during the week.
Instead of booking a trip on the weekend, opt to travel on a Tuesday or Wednesday. These are two of the cheapest days to fly and, with Christmas falling on a Monday this year, you can turn your trip into a long weekend. The bonus? Hotels tend to be less booked and there aren’t as many crowds because everyone is still working. No crowds means less wait times. Win, win.
5. Don’t fall prey to overweight baggage fees.
After hearing me complain about paying upwards of $50 on bags every time I traveled, my best friend bought me a personal luggage scale and it’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. It helps me weigh my suitcase early so there aren’t any surprises once I arrive to the airport. I recommend packing lightly and registering any bags you want to check online before heading to the airport — airlines often give you a break on fees if you sign up online. And if you’re not lugging a ton of gifts, go minimalist and just fly with your carry-on.
What are some of your tried and true travel tips, Glamazons? Any I missed? Fill me in in the comments!
Glamazons, Can I be honest here? I never really liked LA. I thought a trip to LA was basically like walking into your television screen. Everyone’s *Hollywood*, the clubs are impossible to get into, no one seems to have the job or the house or the car they say they do, the list goes on. Have you seen the “Sex and the City” episode where they go to LA and end up buying fake designer bags and nothing is as it seems — not even the guy Carrie’s dating who pretends to be rich but as it turns out, he was actually just house-sitting? That was pretty much my opinion of Los Angeles. Until…my last visit.
So, to be fair, I had never experienced LA beyond Hollywood, and I had only traveled there for work. This time, I stayed for about 5 days after my work duties were over and y’all, I fell in love. LA is absolutely beautiful, good vibes, down-to-earth people, delicious tacos, the list goes on. Why was I so hard on the West Coast?
Here’s a quick recap of my trip and tips on what to see and do in Los Angeles.
Andaz West Hollywood: This is by far my favorite hotel that I’ve stayed at in LA. Not only are the views breathtaking, but the room service is also phenomenal. And that pool…it’s so serene and peaceful it doesn’t even feel real. The second runner-up is a toss between the Roosevelt Hotel (another gorgeous pool) and the Redbury, where I ran into Common and Frank Ocean in the lobby, and ordered Katsuya every night to my room.
Gracias Madre: It’s vegan but don’t think for a second they sacrifice flavor. I had the crispy potato chorizo taco and had to order it twice, it was so tasty. I still daydream about that meal sometimes. As for the popular restaurants you always hear about: Roscoe’s is actually delicious and totally worth the wait. I love a good burger, but In-N-Out is honestly overhyped. Sorry, don’t @ me.
Griffith Observatory: So, I’m really into the landscape in LA, it’s breathtaking! I went to Griffith Observatory at my friend Alana’s suggestion and whoa. I literally stopped in my tracks to take in the sunset. You can see the Hollywood sign so clearly. The views are out of this world.
Runyon Canyon: When it comes to working out in LA, all your fave classes are all there like Soul Cycle and Barry’s Boot Camp BUT I really loved hiking up Runyon Canyon. It’s a great workout and beautiful scenery all in one. Depending on which trail you take, the hike can be tough (beginners, stick to the paved road as my friends warned) but it’s totally worth it to see that view at the top. I also love people-watching: LA has the cutest little families and their pets going for weekend hikes. If you don’t want crowds though, you can hike at Griffith Observatory or Topanga Canyon instead.
– Street Festivals: I love street festivals (blame all those years I lived in Brooklyn) so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed the Taste of Soul LA while I was in town. My amazing friend Yasmine took me and we had a grand old time eating hot dogs, drinking fresh fruit juice out of pineapples, and taking in all the sounds and sights. I think some tourist experiences are good (and even necessary when visiting a place for the first time) but I’m way more interested in what the locals like to do for fun. So, suffice it to say, I enjoyed being one of the few out-of-towners at the festival: I saved money (because who has time for Hollywood prices?!) but also got to experience a more authentic social scene in the city.
Some helpful tips for Los Angeles travel:
-DO let your body adjust to the time change.
If you’re from my side of town, I recommend staying up past your East Coast bedtime the first (or second) night so your body can adjust to the new time zone. If not, your trip will consist of you passing out every night and waking your friends up at ungodly hours every morning. -DO bring a jacket for the nightly change in weather.
LA is cold at night. I repeat: LA is cold at night. Did everyone know this but me? If you’re going to be out late, grab a leather jacket *and* a scarf to ward off the nightly chill. -DON’T forget to factor in traffic.
Guys, when I was in LA for the Teen Vogue Summit, I was terrified I was going to miss my first panel because of traffic. Traffic is an epidemic in Los Angeles. It took us an hour and a half for a ride that should’ve been 20 minutes. My driver was like… “Oh, you don’t live here, huh? Because you would’ve known to leave earlier.” Fail. I learned my lesson (Though I still made it an hour before everyone else arrived, lol). Leave in advance because you will be sitting in traffic and watching the time go by. Bright side: great time to pull out a good book. -DO enjoy the nightlife but proceed at your own risk.
You guys may have noticed I didn’t have nightlife in my list of things to do and that’s for a couple of reasons. First, I usually go to LA for work so there’s almost always an event I have to cover in the evening. If there isn’t something on the schedule already, it’s 100% likely that I’ll just pass out in my hotel because I haven’t adjusted to the time zone yet (see above). And even if somehow I magically stay up, I’m not a big LA club person because I feel like you have to look like an extra in a Pharrell video to even make it pass the doorman. I prefer house parties because they’re so much more fun and intimate and no lines involved. But that’s just me!
Glamazons, what are your LA travel tips? Anything I left out? Tell me everything!
Glamazons, In light of recent racially-motivated police brutality cases, many have decided to either boycott Black Friday altogether or spend their money on black-owned businesses alone. There are so many stellar black-owned businesses that I believe in so I put together a curated list for you to shop if you choose to join the cause.
Hey Glamazons, How was your Christmas? I hope you got everything your heart desired. As for me, Santa left a bunch of gift cards to my favorite outlet stores, and I couldn’t be happier. Now I have a better excuse than any to spend the next few days lounging on my couch engaged in some much-needed retail therapy. And I’ve been eyeing a new pair of all white sneakers that will definitely be making their way into my shopping cart. Yasss! Plus with all the glamazing after Christmas sales and next-to-nothing deals retailers are having, I can shop to my heart’s content without an ounce of shame. If you’re as much of a sucker for a good deal as I am, I’ve got you covered on all the after-Christmas sales you need to shop. Are you ready?
Check out all the after Christmas Sales you can’t possibly pass up:
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Glamazons, have you ever scanned your holiday list — not the list of the items *you* want but the list of people you have to shop for — and had a mild heart attack? No? Well, I’ll admit there have been plenty of times when I was completely overwhelmed about the holidays. And not just the sheer number of people on my list, but the cost of it all. If we’re being honest, the holiday season — as joyful, fun, and memorable as it is — can be rather costly. That said, I always feel like I’m winning at life when I can find an amazing, thoughtful gift that didn’t cost a lot of money. So, this gift guide is right on time for me.
I pride myself on gift-giving and I put a lot of effort into finding that perfect gift, but effort doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be expensive. Think about it. A gift that hints at an inside joke — like this “I’ve Been to Paris” passport for my friend who is obsessed with all things Europe — will be a total hit at Christmas. Never mind that it was only $24. Same thing goes for the $20 “After This We’re Getting Pizza” bottle for your friend that’s an exercise — and pizza — fanatic. Skincare gurus will love a Mario Badescu gift set, fashion girls will appreciate sparkly socks (to wear with heels!) and the list goes on. It’s all about finding that gift that feels tailor-made for your friend’s interests — at any cost.
If you’re budgeting this holiday, rest your eyes on our spectacular under $25 gift guide. Your friend — and your wallet — will thank you.
Good stuff, right?! What’s on your holiday wish list, Glamazons? What items are you picking up your friends? Honestly, I want a couple of these myself (I always do that!) so don’t be surprised if you see that sweater or those sparkly socks on the blog soon, LOL. Happy shopping!
Glamazons, I’ll be honest: I’ve been feeling extremely overwhelmed and bogged down lately. Working full time, juggling freelance gigs, overcoming personal struggles, and attempting to find time just to relax every now and then is exhausting. And with the holidays approaching, things are bound to get a lot crazier.
During the holidays, we are so quick to give our time and energy to everyone around us that we end up feeling completely depleted ourselves. And as a person who prides myself on continuously showing up for my family and friends, I’m also guilty of not always putting me first. That’s where my self-care routine comes into play. Self-care is the only way I get through the end of the year madness without pulling my hair out. Taking a minute to simply focus on myself, be quiet with my thoughts and indulge in an activity I love are key to keeping my body rejuvenated and my spirit lifted.
I totally recommend implementing self care practices into your daily routine to help you feel better and avoid holiday season burnout. Obviously, we realize not everyone may have the means or time to practice all five of these, but even if you can take 10 minutes during your day to meditate or express gratitude, it can work wonders.
Here are five self care tips I follow during the holidays:
Over the past few months, I’ve been more focused on my health goals than ever. Even on my busiest days, I make sure to squeeze in a 30-45 minute exercise to declutter my thoughts and really get my heart pumping. If you plan a quick activity in the morning, it’ll set the tone for a productive and stress-free day. Plus you can do it before you start all that shopping, cooking and entertaining. Win, win.
2. Use the word “No.”
Whether attending office functions, hosting holiday parties, or hurrying to after-work soirees, holiday season equates to increased obligations for many. But when we agree to do too much, we not only compromise our emotional well-being but our health. That’s why I’m very selective with who and what I commit to. And because of this, I’m much happier and actually get some enjoyment out of the events I do decide to attend.
I had to learn pretty early on that there is no reward for overworking at the expense of your own fulfillment. It’s so easy to get caught up in social media timelines, selfies and celebrity. Especially during the holidays when you want to snap your every move. But taking time to tune out and listen to yourself, just for one day, is necessary to reboot. One of my favorite ways to unwind is by sitting out on my patio relaxing with a cup of coffee. It works wonders.
4. Express gratitude.
This one in particular is so hard for me. After a year of hardships and feeling like everything around me is in ruins, it hasn’t been easy finding a reason to be thankful. But the way we speak greatly affects our attitude. Celebrating small triumphs and showing appreciation for those who are present in our corner is needed. By acknowledging the positivity in your life instead of the negatives, you’ll put yourself in a better mindset.
5. Get some rest.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a night owl. I used to brag about being able to survive off the least amount of sleep possible. Until I woke up one day and my body was like, “Girl, you thought.” During the holiday season, getting enough sleep is next to impossible because you want to catch just one more sale, go out for just a few more drinks. Trust me, I get it. But making it a priority to give your body some rest will ensure you wake up feeling energized, refreshed and ready to start your day.
How do you manage stress during the holidays? What are your best self-care tips? I’d love to hear from you!
We get it: Black Friday isn’t for everyone. You won’t see me standing in line at 4am then possibly risking my life shoving and pushing people for the hopes of buying a lower-priced television. But online sales are much more convenient not to mention safe. I enjoy getting a head start on holiday shopping (and quite frankly, shopping for myself) with a few major deals at some of my favorite stores. And the best part — besides the savings, of course — is that the packages arrive at my door with no need for me to step outside the house at all. In fact, I just bought the prized Fenty Beauty stunner lip paint and a highlighter when I happened to wake up at 3am this morning (insomnia FTW). I have a Black Friday and Cyber Monday list as well that I can’t wait to tackle from my computer or even my smartphone!
A couple online shopping tips? Load your cart beforehand; if you’re comfortable, save your payment info for fast check out; search online lists for this one for promo codes for savings on top of savings; check the return policy beforehand so there’s no surprises down the line. Ready to shop the best deals of the year?
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Are you excited for Black Friday this year? Which stores are you hitting up first? Or are you going to beat the lines and indulge in some online retail therapy? Can’t wait to hear from you. Happy holidays!