I’m no stranger to the everlasting denim-on-denim trend. Most of the photos I have of me as a kid are in some form of the “Canadian Tuxedo.” In the earliest photo, I’m 4 years old wearing a muddy denim button-down, elastic waist jeans, and a beaming smile… and I’ve been hooked ever since. And can you blame me? It’s not hard to look (and feel comfortable) in double denim.
This Levi’s® look is one that I could probably wear all spring – classic Levi’s® 501 Original jeans ripped at the knee, a slim white tee, and an oversized denim trucker jacket. These 501® Original jeans are some of my favorite I’ve picked up from Levi’s® recently because the fit is just so spot on. They’re that classic Americana 501® fit with a little extra stretch making them the perfect blank canvas for any warm weather outfit. The logo tee ups the ante on the classic Levi’s® batwing logo with a cheeky neon sign treatment and this jacket turns the classic Trucker Jacket on its head by… well, turning it inside out! The second I saw the Trucker Jacket on the Levi’sÒ website I knew I had to have it. As Ariana says, “I want it. I got it.”
This month Levi’s® is celebrating their iconic 501® jeans because on May 20th, 1873 Levi’s invented the blue jean with the creation of the 501®. The 501® is the ultimate canvas for self-expression. Levi’s® invites you to customize them and make them personal because this 501® day we are all collaborators! Check out Levi’s Tailor Shop services.
Levi’s® has so many amazing new products added to their catalog for spring and summer. If you haven’t checked out the new arrivals, it’s time to shop! Would you wear this look? Let me know in the comments!
Skincare has always been incredibly important for me. Over the years, I’ve suffered from all the skincare woes – rosacea, acne, eczema… you name it, I had it. It wasn’t until five or six years ago that I finally woke up to the power of a good skincare routine. While I still battle those same issues, I’ve found products that have transformed my skin into something I’m incredibly proud to show off – and I wanted to quickly share a few tips and tricks that have helped me over the years along with a bevy of products that I’ve tested, loved, and kept in stock in my medicine cabinet.
// EXFOLIATE //
I know I’m beating a dead horse but this is, by far, my most important skincare tip. Clearing away the upper layer of dead skin cells will allow your skincare serums/products to reach down deep and work their magic. Physical exfoliates, like scrubs or even a washcloth, are perfect for this.
// WET YOUR FACE //
It sounds ridiculously simple, but wet skin absorbs whatever you put on it much more effectively than dry skin. Duh, right? But it’s just science… water loosens the bonds between skin cells, so ingredients— like moisturizers or serums — can travel deeper within skin. If your skin is more sensitive and prone to irritation, then apply products to dry skin and you should experience less of a reaction.
// LAYER YOUR PRODUCTS //
Different formulas work differently on skin. It’s all about finding the balance that works for you. It may sound intense but I typically layer on at least 4 products both morning and night. I’ll start with a lactic acid treatment (like Sunday Riley’s Good Genes) and follow that with a good serum. A few minutes later, I’ll apply an eye treatment before moisturizing with hefty helping of face cream.
// NO SALT //
No salt — stay away from it because you’re going to end up super puffy. Stay away from refined sugars, because you can get what we called ‘the sugar face,’ which is basically that sugar can create break outs. Try and have a daily supplement such as zinc, magnesium and coenzymes. And of course, lots and lots of water.
// HONEY FOR GLOWING SKIN //
I absolutely love a DIY moment – and this super easy mask I stumbled onto online is one I’ve been swearing by lately. Mix one part honey and two parts pure aloe Vera gel. Apply this on your face before you go to bed and you’ll wake with glowing skin.
// GLYCOLIC ACID //
Whether you’re dealing with dryness, sun damage, blemishes, or dullness or you just want that beautiful skin to continue to be beautiful as you age, AHA’s and BHA’s are a brilliant way to improve your skin both the short and long term, without potentially toxic ingredients.
And here are some of my absolute favorite skincare products right now. I’ve tested all of these and have loved them and they’ve all held their place in my skincare journey – feel free to shop below!
One of the things I love about being an adult and having an apartment to call my own is getting to pick and choose the things that make me happy in my home. Fresh flowers have been a treat that I budget in to my weekly spending – you can’t come home to fresh flowers and not smile, right? There’s a place in the East Village I love called the East Village Nursery that has the most robust selection of fresh (and dried) florals… a must-visit for any New Yorker!
Inspired by my recent floral purchase, I went with a look that oozes a classic Americana edge that only Levi’s can give you! This burnt orange twills shirt adds a dash of color that makes these iconic Levi’s® 502 selvedge stretch jeans pop. Ever since I picked up these jeans, I haven’t been able to stop wearing them – they’re durable and classic but the wash gives them a refined polish that makes them easy to dress up or down!
I rounded out the look with a white pocket tee, white canvas sneakers, and Icon brown belt. Outfits like these spark all kinds of joy in my day because I feel insanely confident without feeling constricted… and that is a recipe for success if I’ve ever heard one!
You can shop this look with the links below – or check out everything Levi’s has to offer this season (and it’s a lot of epic pieces!) on their website!
It’s no secret that fashion and New York City go hand in hand and when Fashion Week rolls around, it creates a tornado of chaos for folks in the fashion world. Designers are showing off months of hard work, editors are scouring the runways for next season’s hottest trends, buyers are cataloging the must-have items for our shopping lists, and bloggers are disseminating it all for immediate consumption on social media!
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I’ve been incredibly lucky over the last six years to attend Fashion Week and I’m always looking for ways to calm the chaos and make getting around the City easier. This year, Uber unveiled their new (and, in my opinion, coolest) program called Uber Rewards.
Uber Rewards is a new rewards program that offers game-changing benefits that high-value Uber riders can use to increase flexibility, and control. Each rider falls into one of four tiers (Blue, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond) and on every eligible dollar for each ride and Uber Eats order, you are earning points toward graduating to the next tier and earning $5 in Uber Cash for every 500 points.
At each level, Uber offers riders exclusive benefits. Here are just a few!
Earn Uber Cash on Rides & Uber Eats
Get $5 in Uber Cash for every 500 points earned on Rides + Uber Eats.
Get cancellation fees refunded when you rebook within 15 min. Limited number of uses. Pool rides excluded.
Price Protection with UberX
Choose the two places you ride between the most. During busy hours, when prices may be higher, you’ll be protected above a certain amount going either way. Terms apply.
Surprise Complimentary Upgrades
Get surprise upgrades to premium rides like Uber Black at no extra cost when you request UberX.
As a Platinum Tier member one of the benefits is Price Protection on UberX between the two places that I ride between often and during Fashion Week , I’m constantly traveling to Pier59. With Price Protection, I didn’t have to worry about price surges heading to or leaving the shows on UberX trips. Even better, I can change the two locations every 30 days. Perfect for next month, when Fashion Week is no longer. I’m getting very close to graduating to the Diamond Tier level and I can’t wait to start getting those complimentary surprise upgrades!
If you’re interested in learning more about Uber Rewards and snagging the benefits at each tier level, check out uber.com/rewards. Terms Apply.
I’ve always found Valentine’s Day to be an enigmatic holiday. I’ve been in my fair share of relationships and been happy to celebrate blossoming love – but over the last few years, while I’ve been wonderfully single, I see Valentine’s Day memorabilia in every shop like a universal taunt against singlehood. But this year, I decided to celebrate a little self-love and buy myself some delicious chocolates, rent a rom-com, and spend the afternoon cuddling up to the sassiest, funniest, most unapologetically crazy person I know: me. [wink]
And I’m doing all of the celebrating in style wearing some of my favorite new pieces from Levi’s! Levi’s is a brand that has always championed inclusivity and with all the shades of love on the spectrum, I’m excited to partner with them for this post!
I picked up these amazing 502 Regular Fit Taper Stretch Jeans in White because (1) I continue to be obsessed with white denim and (2) this pair is part of the Levi’s Premium line, which brings an elevated craftsmanship to the brand’s already iconic style. And the stretch? That was necessary, especially considering that I’m about to finish this whole box of chocolates.
While cold weather pains my sunny soul, it is the cards I’m dealt here in New York City where seasons are roll wherever the wind blows. Currently, it’s freezing so I’ve been layering up like it my damn job. This H&M pea coat is one of my favorites in my weekly rotation so I figured it would be nice to round up some of my favorites across the web and let y’all get in on this awesome action — so get those clickin’ fingers ready to shop!
Earlier this week I had the immense honor of getting to preview the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery in New York City, which opens December 14th in the Meatpacking District (61 9th Avenue @ 15th St). To say that this space blew me away would be an understatement. From the thoughtfully designed interiors down to the most purposeful details, there isn’t one stone left unturned in this space… and I’m confident y’all are going to LOVE it as much as I did.
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If you aren’t familiar with Starbucks’ Roastery concept, don’t worry – this is only the fourth location worldwide! The Roastery is an immersive and dramatic expression of Starbucks’ passion for coffee. In other words, it is a beautiful homage to their pursuit of coffee innovation as well as to the community of coffee-lovers they’ve fostered over the last four decades. At the Roastery, customers can experience some of the most immersive, multi-sensory demonstrations of how Starbucks sources, roasts, and crafts the finest coffees from around the world.
One of my absolute favorite aspects to this new Starbucks Reserve experience was the craft cocktail bar… because duh, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? The Roastery marks the first time in the U.S. that Starbucks will debut Arriviamo, a cozy bar nestled in the upper mezzanine where mixologists serve coffee and tea cocktails by award-winning mixologist Julia Momose (and inspired by the veryyyy Italian tradition of ‘aperitivo’)! And the Italian influence extends into the bites served on site as well, with fresh baking from the Milanese boutique bakery, Princi!
Along with Arriviamo, the Roastery also offers a selection of other top-notch experiences – like the Experience Bar, where customers looking to deepen their knowledge of coffee can get their hands dirty. And when you first enter, you’ll notice another one of my favorite spots: the curated products gallery. From the irreverent to the aspirational, these are some of Starbucks’ favorite finds… and I may have found myself walking home with a few new little discoveries! Treat yourself, right?
The Reserve Roastery opens in New York 25 years after the first Starbucks arrived in the city and this space is truly a love letter to the City That Never Sleeps. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, you’ll feel right at home in the Roastery. Cozy up with a good book, hammer out that last midterm paper, or invite a friend for a catch up… all while sipping on some of the most premium coffee (or cocktails!) around.
I highly encourage each of you to stop by and see for yourself, don’t just take my word for it! And for those of you not in New York now or in the near future, you can experience Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, Shanghai and Milan… with locations coming to Tokyo and Chicago in 2019!
If you’d like more information about Starbucks Reserve Roastery, you can check it out here or be sure to head over to 61 9th Avenue to experience the New York Roastery first hand.
I’d like to say that exercise is a major part of my week but most of the time life gets in the way, I buckle under stress, and then I find just about any excuse to justify why I didn’t make it to the gym that day. Recently, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t let excuses get in the way of sticking to a fitness plan and, for the last two weeks, I’ve stuck to it!
One of the tricks that’s honestly helped me the most was snagging some new workout gear that was both comfortable and made me feel good wearing it. I picked up these new Reebok Sole Fury sneakers and a slew of new Reebok gear and it helped me get into the ‘fit’ mindset because everything I was wearing was engineered for performance (and, in turn, gave me a little confidence boost because they’re both functional and stylish)!
These Sole Fury sneakers are incredibly comfortable, especially when I’m running outside. Its distinctive split-cushioning outsole pays homage to ’90s running shoes I remember from middle school while the lacing pattern provides a stable, locked-in feel with a pop of flair. The Sole Fury’s also have a removable sock-liner that provides all-day comfort <praise hands>
If you wanna snag a pair, click here. And I’ve also linked some of my other favorite gear from Reebok in the carousel below…
As much as I love a t-shirt and shorts moment, my true passion lies in outerwear. Getting to dress up or dress down an outfit with a final layer always feels like an accomplishment – especially when compliments from strangers on the street follow.
I picked up this incredible Ultra Puffer in tartan from Abercrombie a few weeks back after seeing it promoted on their social pages. I immediately fell in love because it wasn’t a style I had seen before! I paired it with their Langdon style jean, which has quickly become a favorite silhouette of mine because it hugs in the all the right places while still providing a little stretch (and with all these holiday meals – that is CRUCIAL).
If you’ve been following my blog for some time then you know that I’ve been a die-hard fan of Abercrombie over the last few years. Their revamped collegiate/all-American vibe has me drooling at every new collection drop. If you haven’t checked out their awesome catalogue of price-conscious styles, get on it! They’re currently hosting a deal with 50% off select styles, including this Ultra Puffer jacket!
Without a doubt, my absolute favorite time of the year is when autumn finally settles in. Nature sheds its summery skin and the most marvelous colors explode before our eyes. I usually know it’s time to begin layering after the first leaves fall – and while most would be upset at the change, I tend to revel in it.
A week ago, I quickly snapped these photos in between a few meetings I had. This particular day required a look that was both business appropriate but personally comfortable – and I found my sweet spot with this outfit from Dockers®. These Alpha Supreme Flex Khaki Pants fit and stretch as if my favorite pair of khakis got the workday upgrade, plus they’re unbelievably comfortable which meant spending the better part of 16 hours in them was a pleasure.
I paired them with a crisp white Laundered Poplin Button-Up Shirt and this Smart 360 Flex Blazer… talk about a knockout combination! I’ve been a fan of Dockers® since I was in junior high school and these there-for-you-when-you-need-them pieces only solidify that the brand will be a staple in my closet for years to come. What do you think of this look? Would you wear it?
If you’re looking to upgrade your weekday wardrobe or just give your weekend staples a polished sidekick, peep the full collection of Smart 360, All Seasons Tech, and Supreme Flex gear over on Dockers.com.