Making a Run for it

1.16.2017









This month I partnered with Old Navy Active to talk resolutions and fitness challenges in the New Year. I've always been a big fan of their activewear and this look is perfect for running headfirst into 2017. We had a few days of exceptionally warm weather so I paired these adorable colorblock leggings with a high impact sports bra and white go-warm performance jacket. The look was perfect for my 2017 challenge workout - running. The leggings match perfectly with the bridge don't they?! 

I've never really liked running. I remember back to high school P.E. when I would dread the days we ran the mile. I'd even sneak candy into the pockets of my sweatpants to eat while I jogged begrudgingly. Even when I first started my fitness journey last January I would say, "anything but running." My mom on the other hand is a big runner. In November she asked me to run the 'Turkey Trot' 10k with her down in Florida. I hesitated but decided I was, after almost a year along in my active lifestyle, up for the challenge. I had never run a race before and I can't remember ever running more than a mile in my life! But I signed up. I used the track near my apartment to train in the few weeks leading up to the race. I was nervous about running the whole thing. But on Thanksgiving morning I ran the entire 6.2 miles without stopping in 1 hour and six minutes (see a photo here!) It was an incredibly proud moment for me. While it's still not my workout of choice, I do like incorporating running into my fitness routine. Running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing weight and burns the most calories per minute of any sport (with the exception of cross country skiing). For me, it's a challenge, more so than almost any other exercise - including CrossFit. Here's my tips for getting started with running.
  • If running terrifies you start off with a less aggressive form of cardio to build up your endurance and lower your resting heart rate. Spinning or the elliptical trainer can be a great way to start training for cardio. 
  • Start walking! Walking is a great way to start prepping for running. Once you feel comfortable walking, alternate walking and running. When I first started I would do one song running, one song walking for 30 minutes. Then two songs running, one song walking, etc. 
  • Speaking of songs, make yourself a great playlist! Music is an incredible motivator, it helps keep your mind off the pain and evokes a positive association with the workout. Choose upbeat songs that you love!
  • Start running sessions with a dynamic warmup like butt-kicks and high knees to increase heart rate, raise body temperature and get blood flowing to the muscles. 
  • Find a friend! I found running with my mom so much easier than running alone. Working out with a partner helps keep you accountable and make it more enjoyable.
  • For the ladies find a good bra. This is so crucial! You want a bra that's going to really start you in to help avoid back pain and keep you moving quickly. (I love this one from Old Navy)
As for my running routine of choice I love utilizing the Williamsburg bridge. It's pedestrian only so you don't have to worry about traffic and it has an incredible view of the Manhattan skyline. It's so much more interesting than running a morning track over and over. The bridge is 1.3 miles each way starting with an incline then leveling out then a downward slope. Running from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back is a perfect 2.6 mile run that I can usually do in just over 30 minutes. Sometimes I like to stop in the middle to do jumping jacks or toe-taps to mix it up a bit. What fitness challenges are you incorporating in the New Year? Comment below! 

How To Layer for New York Winter

1.12.2017

Look 1: Hat: TopShop (similar), Scarf: Anthropologie (similar), Dress: Free People, Tights only $8: Urban Outfitters, Boots: FRYE

Look 2: Sweater: All Saints, Leather Jacket: Kate Spade, Fleece leggings: Forever 21, Plaid Scarf, Boots: Hunter, Hat: Forever 21 (similar)



It feels so strange writing this post when it is, no joke, 63° degrees outside. Last weekend, however we had a glorious snowfall! New York City is absolutely stunning when it first snows. The following days usually are a sad mix of sludge and chilly rain but the fresh, glistening snow make the city look like a gift shop snow globe. 

Gerry and I had a lazy weekend of sleeping, late brunches & playing in the snow! Since I didn't grow up with a ton of snow I actually relish bundling up. I'm seriously obsessed with fleece-lined tights. Honestly I'm mad at myself for not having discovered them sooner! They are SO much warmer than wearing thin jeans that get soggy so fast! I have two pairs; one from Urban Outfitters and one from Forever 21. And they are amazing, no splurge needed. For my first look I layered this bondage-esque black dress from Free People over a black Forever 21 turtleneck, fleece tights and added an extra pair of knee high socks. Boots are key and I'm in love with my new Samantha Hiker boots from Frye. They really do have the most exceptional, well-made boots in the game. I swapped the black laces for red ones to add a pop of color. I topped the look off with a white coat from Zara, red beanie & extra long scarf. 

On Sunday it was a tad warmer so I layered a sweater dress over a body suit, fleece lined leggings and white thigh high socks rolled down into my Hunter boots. Word to the wise - Hunter boots are super cute in the snow but you need to wear layers of socks underneath your feet are gonna be cold af. So I'm wearing fleece tights, knees highs and thigh highs under those boots, my friends! During the day I just wore a leather jacket & blanket scarf over the look then added a wool coat on top when the sun went down. Also, I took my gloves off for the photos but I was definitely wearing them all day! 

My top tips for dressing chic in New York Winter:
  • Layer underneath your outfit with a fitted bodysuit (like this one from Free People) or thin, tight turtleneck (like this one from Uniqlo) to add warmth but not bulk.
  • Fleece tights or leggings are your friend! You can wear them alone or under jeans for super cold days. 
  • Wear multiple socks! You will get so much colder if your feet get cold. I like to wear tights plus one knee high sock. For boots without insulation go with yet another sock (trust me, y'all!)
  • Speaking of feet - invest in great boots. I only wear true snow boots when it's over a few inches of snow and the rest of the time I wear lace up boots (like the ones shown above from Frye), Harness boots or Hunter boots (with lots of socks underneath). Fur to shearling boots are also good but I don't find them to be as versatile for other seasons.
  • With a good foundation you can wear less bulky clothes. If you follow the above you can still wear cute dresses because your base will be nice and toasty. 
  • Gloves. I never leave the house without them after December. Hats are also essential and scarves are a good to have especially if they're cute! 
  • Keep proportions in check. I like to go with shorter hemlines (as with the sweater dress above) when I'm wearing tights - it helps elongate the leg so you don't look shorter than you are. 
So get out there and play in the snow! 

SJP Stash

1.05.2017



I have found the perfect fragrance for cozying up on cold winter days and intimate nights in by the fire. Ok, I don’t have a fire, but you get the picture. Stash, a new fragrance by Sarah Jessica Parker is unapologetically sexy with spicy notes of black pepper and sage combined with sweet grapefruit & ginger lily. The smell immediately reminded me of the sweet aromatics of Kentucky bourbon which is mirrored in the shape of the gorgeous glass bottle. The scent itself is genderless and Gerhard loved it as well. It’s sensual and woodsy with a flirty, floral zest. In the winter when I prefer staying home with a great book snuggled up with loved ones and a hot toddy, Stash is the perfect fragrance.


Special thanks to Sarah Jessica Parker beauty for sponsoring this post.

Food Guide / Greenpoint & Williamsburg

1.03.2017

I often get asked for my recommendations of places to eat in Brooklyn. I decided to create a list of my favorite spots in Greenpoint & Williamsburg. I've lived in the area ever since I moved to New York 4 and a half years ago. There are so many incredible places to eat but here are a few of my personal go-tos:


Best for a Quick Breakfast: Frankel's
631 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn NY
A new addition to the Nassau G area, Frankel's is a delicatessen owned by two young brothers who've revived traditional Jewish dishes from their family recipe book! It's counter service and there's sometimes a line on the weekends but the service is quick and the food is delicious!
What to order: Bacon, Tomato & Scallion Cream Cheese breakfast sandwich ($8) & a hot coffee ($3). If you’re more adventurous try the nova No. Two or Salmon & Whitefish No. Three.
Price: Around $15 for a hearty bagel sandwich & coffee.
Also great: The Bagel Shop (quirky rainbow bagels & traditional breakfast sandwiches) & Peter Pan Donut (an old school donut shop with delicious pasties)   
Best for a Long Breakfast with a Laptop: ReUnion
544 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
If you follow me on Snapchat you've definitely noticed this joint. I'm a regular here pretty much every weekday morning! It's a charming little place with great food and a laid-back ambiance. The wall against the window has plenty of outlets if you want to stay and get work done. I can't say enough good things about this place it really is a gem!
What to order: Shakshooka ($14) if you’re hungry and like food with a little kick. Yogurt & Granola ($8) if you’re craving something smaller & sweet. Chai tea latte with almond milk ($5) to warm up.
Price: Around $20 for entrée & drink

Also great: Jimmy's Dinner (greasy but delicious diner food) & The Blue Stove (pie shop with delicious quiches)
(photo c/o fiveleaves.com)
Best for Brunch: Five Leaves
18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Five Leaves was initially a project of Heath Ledger. After his death his estate paid to complete the restaurant in his honor in 2008. It's been a hipster destination ever since. The food is homey with Australian flourishes while the atmosphere is casual if not slightly pretentious. On pleasant afternoons, the outdoor seating is perfect for people watching while looking very Greenpoint-chic. Expect a long wait on weekends but grab a coffee from the 'coffee to-go' outpost and take a walk in McCarren Park just across from the restaurant. 
What to order: Ricotta Pancakes ($16). Just do it. Moroccan Scramble ($14) if you’re more salty than sweet.
Also great: Cafe Mogador (hip Moroccan food) & Becco (cash-only Brazilian joint)
Price: $25 for entrée & coffee
Best for Lunch: The Bedford
110 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
A laid back bar and restaurant right on Bedford Ave, The Bedford has unfussy delicious food with generous portions. I've never had to wait for a table yet every meal has been yummy, the perfect combination! There's also a back room that's hopping on the weekends, Noelle even rented it out for her birthday party this December and we all had a blast.
Breakfast Burrito (for lunch, I know but so yummy and filling, $12) Avocado Toast ($8) soups on special (~$5)
Also great:  Baoburg (cozy asian-fusion restaurant) & Hummus Market (middle-eastern with the perfect hummus lunch special)

Price: $20 for entrée & drink

Best for Dinner: Calexico
645 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
California-style Mexican food with simple burritos, tacos & quesadillas. A good spot for a group with strong margaritas and Mexican beers. Wait is usually 15 minutes or less, although we're usually seated right away when it's just the two of us.
What to order: Start with Chips & Guac ($11) a house margarita or beer. Tacos ($5) are delicious and a la carte if you want to sample multiple options but burritos are much more filling for less ($10-$12)
Price: $30 for food & 1 drink

Also good: La Superior (tradition street-style Mexican, cash-only) & Allswell (delicious new-American restaurant)

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