Monday, August 18, 2014

The Right... Red Strappy Pumps

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Happy Monday!  Can we just quickly talk about where this summer went?  I know it isn't over yet but I recently had a reality check when I realized there's only a couple of weeks left of summer.  Crazy how time flies when you're having fun!  I'm still trying to squeeze in a couple more adventures before "shitshow September" hits.  One of my coworkers used this phrase last week and I died laughing because it's true - everyone comes back to the city right after Labor Day and it's go time until the holidays.

In the meantime, I definitely plan on running around in easy outfits like this one.

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Nothing like a little black and white with a pop of red - keepin' it simple with a statement.

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Tank top: TopShop (one of the best tanks I own - so soft and so lightweight), Skirt: Nordstrom (similar here), Shoes: Just Fab, Necklace: old, Bracelets: Juicy Couture and C.Wonder, Sunglasses: Amazon

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Photos: Alex McLean
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Right... NYC Love Letter

You guys.  I totally meant to post this yesterday but I was having such an issue with links and then fell asleep passed out and what do ya know, I definitely skipped posting on the day this whole post is about...  So here goes, a day late:

Yesterday morning I woke up the sun with an incredible group of people, completed a total 7 mile run, did about 8 minutes of planks, just shy of 100 burpees, and all before 7:30 AM.  Oh and I rode the subway to work with a big fat smile on my face (partially because it was almost empty but also because of the positivity I carried with me from the morning's workout - but really, God bless Friday's in the summer because the subway is dead).  Stick with me because I promise this entire post has a point (or two).

I also realized as I was running home from the workout that yesterday's date marks my 2 year NYC-versary.  Crazy to think of the difference between my 1 year and this year (last year I totes had a whole celebratory photo shoot on the BK bridge with Jen and planned this really exciting outfit and was bursting for joy because Lord, I made it an entire year in this city).  This year was different though.  I realized I've finally found my groove and am not focusing my time on counting down to my NYC-versary but rather focusing on my health, on strengthening my friendships and developing professionally.  All while trying to slip in this thing called fun.

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My first snap of the Skyline on my first day!  //  My first rooftop party (I felt so cool!)  //  Jen's first walk across the BK bridge

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VIP trip to the top of the ESB  //  1 year ago in DUMBO on the most beautiful morning  //  Top of the Rock with the little bro - best.views.ever (sorry ESB!)

Without further adieu, here's my NYC Love Letter:

Dear New York City,

It's been a whirlwind of two years with you.  You definitely tested me my first year here.  Like beyond anything I ever expected.  I knew it wouldn't be easy but I didn't know it'd be that hard.  The mind games - thank you for slowing them down a little in my second year, but thank you for them because they're definitely keeping me on my toes.  I know I can't get too comfortable here - you've made that clear - but I appreciate you letting me get settled in and find my groove.  Yes, I know it took a while for me to realize I actually do love you and I'm sorry about that, but I think you've seen lately that I'm all about you.  Also, my friends second family?  They amazing.  Thank you for helping me find them. And thank you for all the crazy adventures I've had with them.  There have been too many for the books.

At first, I didn't think the whole "summer of yes" thing was such a good idea but now I know it leads to some pretty unforgettable adventures.  Winters though.  Can you tone it down a bit?  Seasonal depression is not a good look for anyone (you know this too).

And the subway.  Your Second Avenue subway line needs to be done stat because I don't think it's healthy that I've been too close to comfort with so many strangers on my morning commute.

Thank you New York City for helping me find myself, find what I love and for loving me back (even if it's just a little).  Thank you for teaching me to hustle and work for what I really want

Keep the good times comin' - you know I'm always up for an adventure and I can't wait to see what we do together next.

xo, Tracy

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Cotton candy clouds on a summer night  //  Not a view of the city but this sign is awesome  //  The most peaceful day in Central Park during the winter

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The same view from the top middle pic, only a year later  //  View through a wine glass (it's become an essential) from 1 WTC  //  Another summer night in the city

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Waking up the sun with my November Project peeps #weekendearned

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Right... Tribal Blouse


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Happy Hump Day friends!  I hope you all are having a great week!  Toady's outfit makes me wish it was Friday so I could slum around in my white jeans again (they've been on heavy repeat with our office's casual Friday).  Soon enough I guess ;).  Also I'm super excited to share my experience with eShakti (that's where this blouse is from!.  If you haven't heard of them already, they're an international fashion company making custom clothing (at a really affordable price).  I loved customizing my blouse - I picked the sleeve type (I could have gotten them longer or shorter!) and the length of the top.  I can't wait to order one of their dresses in the future. 

Oh and ps - they're having a buy 1, get 1 free sale right now - hurry over!

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Blouse: c/o eShakti, Jeans: c/o Paige Denim, Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff (similar here), Bag: Old Navy (similar here), Sunglasses: Amazon

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Monday, August 11, 2014

The Right... Palm Print Dress

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It seemed like palm leave prints popped up everywhere this summer and I was so excited to get my hands on this guy!  I threw on my new mules (yes, I finally broke down and bought a pair) and a blazer to show how I'd wear it for drinks with the gals. 

Also, can we talk about how great this Brahmin clutch is?  I went to their press preview last week and fell in love with everything.  Seriously, they have the best stuff coming out!  And this clutch proved to be perfect for a night out this last weekend (it holds a ton!).

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Blazer: Massimo Dutti (similar here), Dress: c/o Choies (same print, different cut here), Shoes: Aldo (on major sale!), Necklace: Target (old), Clutch: c/o Brahmin, Sunglasses: Amazon
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Friday, August 8, 2014

The Right... Instagram Confession

My lovely friend Katie tagged me in one of her latest posts all about her Instagram confessions so I decided to share my own with you today!  I have to admit, I try to be as "real" as possible on my Instagram but honestly, sometimes you have to stage things.  Its like anything with photography - you need to have the right balance of objects in the photo, the right lighting, etc. and with all the photo editing apps out there, it's really easy to make your online life look even more amazing than usual.

Below are some of my recent snaps (including the before/raw shot!) and a little explanation behind each.  I hope you find this post amusing (and don't unfollow me!) rather than annoying and I can assure you, 90% of my Instagram life is my real life in real time (just with a little enhancement): 


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What I want you to see: Look at me!  I get up early every day to enjoy the sunrise in Central Park on my nice long runs and I'm so fit and so blessed to have this view!

What's really happening: I'm still half asleep because it's 6:30 AM and it's really super hot/muggy/humid but the clouds!  The clouds are making a fake sunrise (because really the sun has been up for a good 45 minutes).  Oh and I'm not stopping on my run today so I'm going to snap this while I run, trying to get a shot that's not totally blurry.  This is one of about 6 photos...

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What I want you to see: Ermahgerd nature and flowers!  Oh and look at me, I'm taking beautiful pictures while I'm running through Central Park again!

What's really happening: I took this picture 2 weeks earlier in Washington Square Park (I know, I know - this one is probably the worst) BUT I saw a patch of these same flowers on my run in Central Park all week.  I just didn't want to stop to take the photo.  And I hadn't instagrammed those flowers yet.  And if I crop it just right you won't really know...  This is one of about 8 photos...

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What I want you to see: #SummerFriday with my bestie by the pool at the Dream Downtown sipping sauv blanc and lovin' life.

What's really happening: "WTF is going on in the background??  Crop, Crop, CROP!"  Also, "this filter makes us look SO tan!"  Annddd this is no joke our fourth (maybe fifth?) glass of wine.  Because apparently that's how we roll on a Friday afternoon. This is one of about 10 photos...

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What I want you to see: Dayum these shoes look good - and they look SO good on my rug #win.

What's really happening: This is one of (literally) 55 photos.  This is the 5th "background" I've photographed.  I'm running late for work because I just had to instagram these shoes today.  Oh and can we talk about how hard it is to take a picture of your damn shoes/feet without them looking awkward?  I really don't know how Eva Chen does it.

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What I want you to see: Look how cute my casual Saturday night out outfit is - I'm so matchy matchy with my white lace, jeans and sandals.  Oh and look how cute my new C.Wonder bracelet is!

What's really happening: "Wait, before we leave for dinner I have to insta something."  This turned into me trying to figure out just how bright and white I could get this picture before it was totally distorted.  Oh and it's photo 1 of about 12...

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What I want you to see: You know, just casually strolling around midtown, taking a break with some afternoon coffee from a cute little non-Starbucks cafe.

What's really happening: My first set of photos taken off to the side on a sidewalk just didn't look right.  As if I didn't get enough stares there, I decided to pause on the corner at the red light.  "I must get just the right angle so maybe @coffeenclothes will regram me!" And "I better get back to the office because I've been gone wayyyy to long" (coffee breaks are definitely not a regular part of my job).  Photo 1 of about 8...
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What I want you to see: Clearly I spend my weekends wandering around NYC finding pretty things to instagram and look at this bike I stumbled upon!  How cute is it?!

What's really happening: I took this picture in May.  I instagrammed it 3 weeks ago.  I wasn't really in SoHo that day, but I just thought I'd pretend like I was (because really, it is an adorbs bike that needed to be shared anyway, right?).  Oh and I deleted the original already because it was so.long.ago.

I hope you enjoyed today's post and I hope to see more of these popping up around the internets (they really are entertaining when you think about it!).

Have a great weekend!  

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