29 & feeling fine


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I can't believe I'm 29! I've loved living in New York for the last 7 years and I'm so blessed to be where I am now. I decided to list 29 things I've learned in my 29 years of life. 
  1. You definitely cannot make everyone happy. 
  2. But you can work to make yourself happy. But you have to work to choose that happiness every single day. 
  3. Work hard and be nice. It's the best advice.
  4. Focus on the things you love about yourself. Remind yourself of them every single day. 
  5. Education is a lifelong process. Don't stop when you finish 'school' keep working to improve yourself. 
  6. You do not have to accept advice. You hold the power of your choices. 
  7. The only person you have to live with for the rest of your life is you, so prioritize that relationship above all else. 
  8. Make time for your friends. 
  9. Call your mom and your dad, too. 
  10. If it seems too good to be true, look really closely because it might, in fact, be too good to be true. 
  11. Trust your gut.
  12. Listen, ask questions and engage with those around you. 
  13. If the subway car is empty, someone may have pooped in it. Steer clear.
  14. There’s nothing wrong with saying no. 
  15. But don’t be afraid to say yes to things that challenge you
  16. A good book can move you. 
  17. Keep your passport up to date.
  18. Pay your taxes on time
  19. Pay your credit card on time every month.
  20. Ask for what you want. Always ask.
  21. Sometimes it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. 
  22. Never stop exploring who you are, where you live and what you want. 
  23. It’s your life, do what you want not what you think you’re ‘supposed to do’ or what others tell you to do. 
  24. Put your phone down at dinner. 
  25. Let that cry out. 
  26. Ask for help. 
  27. You’re a boss bitch. 
  28. Fake it til you make it, I swear this one is so true. 
  29. Say thank you and show gratitude.

Planes, Trains & More Trains


This post is Sponsored by Kipling and ShopStyle.

I’ve always been an over-packer. Ever since I was a kid going on vacation with my family, I felt like I needed to hoard every last outfit or stuffed animal into my bag before heading out on a trip. But it’s time to lighten the load! This month I’m collaborating with Kipling to showcase travel pieces that hold what I need for life on the go without over-packing. Kipling features fun, lightweight accessories built to make life easier and more vibrant. Living in New York, I am constantly a bag lady – without a car, you quickly learn how to carry everything you need with you for the day’s adventures. A backpack is absolutely the best way to lug everything you need – for me it’s my laptop, DSLR camera, a water bottle, snacks (duh), backup phone battery and a change of clothes. I can fit it all in the Kipling Experience 15” Laptop Backpack. It’s made of high-quality water-resistant nylon with padded, adjustable straps and a laptop sleeve. I also like to have a smaller crossbody bag for all my essentials, keys, phone, wallet, gum, concealer and lipstick. I love the Kipling Kichirou Lunch bag. It’s cute and compact plus insulated with a net lining, so it’s perfect for lunch, snacks or any daily essentials! From traveling by subway or plane or spaceship (ok just kidding), Kipling had perfect lightweight pieces to travel light in style. PS: You can snag 20% off Kipling backpacks now with code BACKPACK20. Shop my favorite Kipling pieces below!

Rainbow Brights in Chicago


Special thanks to Katie Sturino & Stitch Fix for sponsoring this post! 

I love supporting my fellow blogger boss babes so I was so excited to collaborate with Stitch Fix on their collection with influencer Katie Sturino! Stitch Fix is a completely personalized styling service that pairs you with an expert stylist who curates pieces you’ll love. Stitch Fix’s recent collab with Katie is full of colorful, easy-to-wear and travel-friendly pieces so I packed this fun, bright look for my trip to Chicago! I styled the rainbow striped button down into a tied crop top and paired it with the perfect-for-twirling yellow midi skirt. The 21-item collection is fully size inclusive in sizes XS-3X plus it’s affordably priced with all pieces under $100. Head here to try out Stitch Fix and let your Stylist know you’re interested in my Katie Sturino x Stitch Fix collection. 

Paris Photo Diary May 2019


I love traveling to Paris! Every year I try to go at least twice to my favorite city in the world and this spring I was so lucky to get invited to Paris with XL Airways and JO&JOE. Noelle and I are seasoned travelers and were excited to get the chance not only to fly XL Airways, but we also got a tour of the plane, the cockpit and got to learn more about the inter-workings of an airport and airplane. It was so cool to see exactly what goes on behind the scenes as someone who loves to fly! XL Airways offers flights to and from New York for a great fare so if you're interested in visiting Paris, XL is a great way to go! Once we landed safely in Paris we had the chance to stay at the new JO&JOE "Open House" an affordable place to stay designed for millennials, travelers and locals. They offer both hotel style rooms and shared bedrooms just outside the city center in Gentilly. We loved the terrace and food at JO&JOE - they even have a colorful beer wall where you can pour your own drink! We opted for our favorite - Aperol Spritz and enjoyed the lovely sunshine on the lawn. We also enjoyed the homemade food from quiches to friend and pasta salad. All the food was delicious and we loved the family style presentation. It was the perfect place to call home as we explored the city during the day. See all my Paris looks below! Special thanks to XL Airways and JO&JOE for hosting this trip, à bientôt, Paris! 

Festival Hair with Pantene



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pantene. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
I’ve been absolutely loving my shorter hair! I decided to remove my extensions and let my natural hair grow out, so I’ve been taking extra care to keep my hair healthy and hydrated, especially during festival season. I love to try out new, fun hairstyles and accessories during music festivals. I feel like hair is such a fun way to express your style and creativity! I created this fun, festival chic style with some oversized hair clips, messy waves and some hair glitter. Post-festival, I used the new Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots to undo all the damage from the sun and styling! This is Pantene’s most potent repair product. Being in a single-dose tube, it provides salon-quality treatment to noticeably repair damage and keep hair strong and shiny. It’s also the #1 selling new treatment in the haircare category! You can use these Intense Rescue Shots weekly to replace your normal conditioner. In the shower, apply generously to saturate the hair from root to tip, concentrating the product where the hair is most damaged (for me—the ends!) Leave the product on for a full 30 seconds and rinse for 30 seconds—be sure not to over-rinse for best results. I’ve been using the Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots for a few weeks now and I love how soft and shiny my hair is, despite all my travel and heat styling! Did you know that Pantene is the official haircare sponsor for Coachella, Stagecoach and Firefly this year? Couldn’t be a better time for festival-goers to try this product! Get your hands on this at-home treatment available at Walgreens.

Lacy Lingerie in Paris


Special thanks to ShopStyle and Cacique Inimates for sponsoring this post.

I’m back on the road again! This time I’m spending the week in Paris with my best friend Noelle. When it comes to lingerie I always look to Noelle for her opinion and advice. I was introduced to the Cacique Intimates, a brand known for empowering and supporting women of all shapes and sizes. They carry sizes 0-28 in addition to an incredible range of bras. For example, I’m a 32B and Noelle is a 34DDD and we both found incredible lingerie in our size! I chose this cute blue lace set with a balconette style bra and boy short panty. I love their mission to support, flaunt and cater to all women’s gorgeous curves! It was so fun shooting these photos at our gorgeous hotel in Paris overlooking the Arc de Triomphe. I feel tres chic! 

If you’re loving any of the styles on Cacique.com use online promo code SHOPCQ6 to get a Cacique Intimates bra for only $29.50! Valid thru 6/16 online only. Not valid with other offers.

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