Friday, June 17, 2016

The Right... Summer Party Dress

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Oh 10 year high school reunions.  At 10 years everyone has been out of high school long enough to possibly get married, start a family, travel the world, go to grad school, get an amazing job, switch jobs, move to numerous new cities (or stay in your hometown), stay friends with people from high school, not talk to anyone from high school... The list goes on.  This past weekend I had my 10 year high school reunion and it was awesome.  Some people I know have dreaded their reunions but I was genuinely excited to go and see everyone.  I planned it with one of my best friends from high school (because yes, I was senior class president, which apparently is coming as no surprise to those who know me) and it was an absolute blast.  We rented out Cargo at the Whitney Peak Hotel (possibly the coolest concert venue in Reno) and we had so much fun that we kept the party going past the planned 2 hours.  I am so lucky that a lot of my class was really close during school and that many have stayed friends even after school and everyone was generally excited to be there.  

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10 Crosby Derek Lam Dress, LOFT On Duty Blazer, Nine West Heels (similar here), Gigi New York Crossbody

Now on to the more exciting part - the outfit!  I debated for the longest time what to wear.  I really wanted to buy a new dress but I really wanted to buy a dress I could wear to the reunion and two weddings but when I couldn't find one to go for all three occasions I decided to shop my own closet and wear this guy!  I picked it up during my shopping trip to the Tanger Outlets and I've been in love ever since.  The asymmetrical hem is by far my favorite part.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Right... Double Duty Jumpsuit

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Tobi Culotte Jumpsuit (c/o - similar here and here), Chicwish Black Lace Crop Top (similar here), Banana Republic Pointed Toe Pumps (similar here and here), Dagne Dover Tote (c/o - similar here)
Let's be honest with each other for a minute, shall we?

Tis the season (and age) for weddings and while I love all my friends getting married and am looking forward to spending their special day with them, I don't love the toll its taken on my wallet.  Combine that with my love for travel and races and eating out at all the amazing restaurants in this city, and that leaves zero extra dollars for shopping.  Which is quite depressing sometimes.  It's also makes for a fun challenge to really shop my own closet and re-work items.  I was dying to wear this jumpsuit to work and while I didn't feel comfortable just throwing a cardigan or jacket on over it (the cut outs in the front cut it close to being inappropriate), I found a great solution to layer tops over it and I love the result.  This combo still works for the creative world I work in but if you were in a more conservative office environment you could definitely layer a button up over it and tie it at the bottom. Would love to know what you'd pair this week and your strategy for those times you really can't spend extra money!

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Photos by Megan Zietz

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Right... Weekend Essentials

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J.Crew Factory Popover, Gap Skinny Jeans, Nine West Sandals, Old Navy Reversible Tote
There's something really great about an easy popover and jean combo for weekend adventures.  I went to Queens to hang out with Megan and couple of weeks ago and luckily it will still cool enough to wear long pants.  

This past weekend in the city was brutal though - it went from 60s to 90s and was almost unbearable!  It still ended up being a great Memorial Day weekend but I'm definitely switching out the jeans for shorts for the rest of the season!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Fitness Friday: Brooklyn Half Marathon Recap

Happy Friday Friends!  I hope you're all having a great week and headed off somewhere fun for the long weekend.  I'll be in the city soaking up the extra day off and catching up with friends.    
 
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Today I wanted to recap my Brooklyn Half Marathon experience.  Bare with me because it's a long one!  If you recall from last week's post the week leading up to the race was less than ideal so I was a little nervous going into the race.  I decided to stay focused on the fact that I was doing this for fun - no time goals but rather a goal to just finish and to finish happy.  I was in wave 2 with a 7:45 AM start time but I cabbed to BK with a friend who was in wave 1 (versus taking public transit which would have had me leaving my apartment at the crack of dawn) so I arrived at 6:00 AM which was ridiculously early for my wave.  I planted on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library, ate my breakfast of Justin's almond butter and whole wheat English muffin (ps - the little Justin's squeeze packets are LIFE SAVERS).  I had a banana when I left my apartment but purposefully put off eating breakfast so I wouldn't be starving during the race.  I found my NP start crew and we made our way to the corral.  I peed twice while waiting for the race to start and still had that nervous pee when we started - sorry for TMI!  I don't think I'll ever get over that feeling but if anyone has any ideas on how to overcome it, I'd love to hear!  My RBF and I had decided to pace each other through most of the race to make sure we didn't go out too fast and we stuck together for the first 9ish miles.
  
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We started off quick on the downhill but kept everything scaled back for the next couple of miles.  By the time we entered Prospect Park I felt like that first 5k flew by even with a nice little hill mixed in.  When we started to climb the second hill and I tried to remind myself it would be no worse than the Harlem Hills in Central Park but by the time we reached the top we were both like "WTF was that!"  I guess it was a little unexpected because we were cruising along at a 9:43 pace (remember most of my long runs had been at a 10:00 pace) . We passed the NP cheer squad which was the best little push!  Coming out of the park I was feeling a little nervous about my knee because I was having some pains because of the hills and the pitch on the road.  So thankful to be out of the park we cruised down to Ocean Parkway and knew we were on the downhill/flat stretch until the end of the race.  I felt like I needed to get into my own groove so when Nina went for water I put my headphones in and just started to fall into a comfortable pace.  At mile 11 I started to get really excited and began to pick up the pace but tried to remember our team captain's pre-race email which told us to hold onto our kick until about the 20k mark (12.5 miles).  I rounded the corner for the last stretch before the boardwalk and an NP friend was cheering me on yelling "pick it up, only 400M to go!"  By the time I hit the ramp to the boardwalk my feet felt numb but I kicked it in until the end, despite the fact that I felt like I was going to vomit (I guess eating Stingers at mile 11.5 wasn't such a good idea after all...).  I ran THROUGH the finish, took a deep breath before I almost tripped over someone (my legs were jello) and grabbed my medal.  I looked at the time on my phone and had unofficially PR'd by 3 minutes (UPDATE: I PR'd by 4 minutes, running a 2:08 race.  My last half marathon before this in 2012 was a 2:12 finish so needless to say I was SO HAPPY!).   
 
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Our NP team captain always stresses to run THROUGH the finish - I definitely had my eyes on the prize here!
From there it was off the pick up my bag, change my clothes and meet the NP crew for some beers, race stories and dancing.  My body really felt great and the congratulations I received from my NP friends meant the world to me.  Everyone knew how important this race was to me and knew I was coming off an injury so it made the celebrations that much better.  After a solid 3 hours and 48 oz of beer later, I made my way to Bareburger for a post race burger and vanilla shake (my go-to post race meal), followed by a solid 2 hour nap (my new weekend mantra is #runhard, #napharder) and Thai food.  TBH, I think one of my favorite things about running long races is the post-race grub and hot shower.  
 
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Beers as big as my face.  I had one over the course of 3 hours and was done haha.

Now it's officially time to focus on triathlon training because we have 6 weeks and counting!  Check in next Friday to see what I've been up to for Tri training!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Right... Foldable Flats

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It's amazing what a small world this can be sometimes.  I was in jury duty last month and while 38 of us sat painfully through the interview process, I started to learn I was in a room of very fascinating people from all walks of life.  During one of the breaks I had a side conversation going with one of the girls near me and it turns out she's also a fashion blogger.  We were chatting and the guy behind us overheard and mentioned a friend of his from business school just launched a shoe company and he'd love to put us in touch with her.  I soon discovered Talaria Flats and the wonder they are.  I've definitely owned a pair of Yosi Samra flats in the past but I wore them out so quickly I couldn't justify spending another $100+ on a pair.  Talaria are a great price point and also amazing quality.
 
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We are truly in "busy season" at work and I feel like everything has been non-stop the last 6 weeks with no end in sight.  I have been going from meetings to events to my desk and when you're in a client facing role like I am, you have to make sure you're looking put together.  As my gal Ashley keeps putting it, I'm literally running in heels.  I love wearing heels but wearing them all around the city an entire day does not work well for my feet.  This is where my new love for Talaria Flats has blossomed as they've been a true lifesaver.  I highly recommend you check them out, especially if you're a city gal like myself ! 


Photography by myself and Lydia Hudgens
 
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