eight great

Happy start of the week CPs. Can’t believe fall weather has arrived already! Check out eight awesome items for transitioning into the new season, with most under $100.

1–magali pascal

2– nordstrom 

3– uncommon james 

4– h&m

5– trish mcevoy 

6– re/done

7– golden goose

8– target (loving this new target line!)

shop talk

call us vain, or maybe just suffering from an overabundance of Bravo TV, but when my girlfriends and I get together, cosmetics are typically a major topic of conversation. “what’s the latest/greatest addition to your cosmetics bag,” “have you tried potion xyz, it does wonders,” “smell this magical scent,” etc, etc.

that said, a recent reunion in DC was no exception, and i came back with all sorts of new loot to share (btw- don’t worry about us too much, other more brain powered topics included things to know when purchasing your first home, #timesup, the current state of the stock market, and the relevance of an american MBA abroad).

below are recent discoveries I/my crew are loving…

  • for cleansing….i’ve never really been one to focus on face wash– my mom was a stickler on simple skin care growing up and i got pretty used to a bar of plain dove or a bottle of cerave. however, ive been having troubles with dry skin and heard wonders about this tata harper nourishing wash. it smells amazing, is all natural, and washes off with a silky feel.

  • for sniffing…while i am a complete perfume loyalist, and usually rotate only between my two long time go-to’s (chloe and chance chanel), the smell of this bond no.9 won me over immediately. maybe i’m the last one to this perfume party, but i highly recommend taking a test drive, pretty much everywhere i go someone comments how good it smells.

  • for moisturizing….as i mentioned above, new york’s arctic tundra has been wearing on me and my skin is in constant need of lotion. while I try to add in a face oil at this time of year for extra moisture, i’ve also gotten myself in the very dangerous (ie expensive) habit of loading up on my favorite la mer. what once was a dab here and there of the original cream has now turned to a healthy slather of the lighter day cream, followed by the heavier on my t-zone and at night. however, a girlfriend recommended this tatcha water cream, which has a similar consistency to the soft cream and rings in at a more justifiable price. i’ve also heard good things about this one, by philosophy. 
  • for smoothing…one of the best gifts i received from christmas was the new dyson hair dryer. while it’s not something I was going to buy for myself (trust me, i debated), after receiving it i can honestly admit how epic it really is. it cuts my blow try time in half and is so much quieter than normal. i’ve never been one to pack a hair dryer to travel, i always just use the hotel’s or air dry, but i’ve started lugging this one around just because i love it so much. since thus far it seems to be fixing my damaged ends, it also motivated me to upgrade my straightener game; i recently ordered this sleek white t3 micro with a coupon offer on gilt after hearing good things, and i can’t wait to try.

  • for lining…for those theta cats out there who were forced to share a bathroom with me, you know a friday night staple of mine is liquid liner. i know I will be in the 1%, but i think it’s so much easier to apply than normal eye liner. however, given its slight sheen i typically reserve it for night time only. however, another wahoo Jen recommended this smashbox version, which promises to dry matte. can’t wait to try and hopefully be able to wear around the clock.

  • For rinsing… my friend RJB is a devoted lush fan, which is a line of all natural small batch products in eco-friendly packaging. while i had never tried any of their products before, i “borrowed” this amazing in-shower body conditioner in one of their most popular scents. it smells like a fruity vanilla jam and leaves your skin silky soft. i feel like it could also multitask as a luxe shaving cream. sold!

  • for prepping…as a working girl who normally does her makeup at 7am and wears it until 10 or 11pm, ive tried my share of makeup primers to make it last. my favorite of them all? this drug store hack, which costs a brilliant $12. it’s thick and creamy, not sticky like the silicone-based ones. you will need a good makeup remover to get it off later though– i use this.

  • for popping…on the rare occasion i wear lip color, i usually spend all night worrying about it getting all over my face/glass/date. enter black honey— the almost lipstick. CHG introduced me to this deep berry-colored clinique wonder. half chapstick, half lipcolor it glides right on and doesn’t require a mirror to apply. best of all, three of us wore it and, among blondes and brunettes, it was universally flattering. #blackhoneysisters

powder puff

as with everything in fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out (cut heidi klum project runway voice here). to me, one recent transition has been particularly stark– the last or two have been all about the statement shirt, but we swiftly transitioned from 2016’s off the shoulder (“OTS”) bohemian moment straight into a world of late 1980’s poufed power sleeves. volume, ruching, structure and even shoulder pads are showing up EVERYWHERE this fall. let’s peruse…

while i’m ready to stick padding in my blazers, i am digging the puff sleeved vibe. in my head, i envision a crisp white pirate shirt of sorts, paired with dark high waisted denim, a big ole pair of ear baubles, and some slick patent loafers. is it just me, or do other people plan dream outfits in their head as much as i do?

1- blouse, 2- earrings, 3- straight jeans, 4- loafers, 5- hooded parka, 6- mini bag

when i found this blouse by Sea at bergdorf’s last week, i immediately fell in love with the detailed sleeves and elastic bodice ruching. however, i did not love the $350 price tag– for a top i will a) be sick of in 3-6 months and b) get a bronzer stain on the neck immediately upon wearing.

i love my statement shirts and their ability to make an easy outfit, but as a “late 20’s lady” as my boyfriend calls me these days, i’ve also realized how quickly they rotate in and out of my closet. with that in mind, I set out to find some less pricey internet dupes. my five favorites are below…

1- sea, 2- asos  , 3- pixie market, 4- urban outfitters, 5- anthropologie, 6- asos

CPs— what are your feels on this trend?! love it or leave it? lemme know!  

healthy habits #3: my workout routine

the why: i don’t know what it is about summer, but despite all the sports & outdoor activities, the season is usually when i’m in my worst physical shape of the year. the irony is, of course, it’s also the time of year when clothes are the skimpiest. but between bbqs, happy hours, weekend trips, and too many bowls of guac, those extra 5-7 lbs always sneak up by august.

now that i’ve been in town more consistently, i’ve made getting fit a big Fall priority. combined with a strict(ish?) diet monday-friday, i’m working through the last of the summer pudge and feeling better physically and mentally. as result, today i thought it would be fun to share my favorite places in NYC to break a sweat, as well as some new gear to inspire you to get that booty in motion.

the program: i’m on of those people who bores easily of the same routine, so i mix up several things–including running, barre, spin class, boxing, and yoga. if i had to pin down a typical week, it’s 2 runs, 2 yogas and a barre class, but i work out with a boxing trainer once or twice a month and swap out spin for cardio when my knee is bothering me. i also lean on spin in the dead of winter when i can’t bring myself to run outside in negative temps. very occasionally my crossfit crazed boyfriend drags me to barry’s bootcamp, which is a painful, yet effective experience. in my humble opinion, if you have to pick just one workout to do regularly– do yoga. it lengthens your limbs, it’s the perfect mental calm, and if you’re going to the right classes, it’s hard enough to tone and strengthen your body the same as lifting weights. however, i also recognize how much i love to eat— and running is definitely the best way to burn those extra brunch cals.

my favorite local spots: 

  • barre
    • physique 57 — a full body barre workout that’s fast paced and guaranteed to make you shakey. this studio is always packed with super fit UES moms guaranteed to motivate you.
    • barre 3 — i started doing this class when i lived in DC, it’s less bootcamp and more pilates based than other barre classes. 6am Monday/Friday classes are my favorite here because they’re not intimidating enough to make you want to hide in bed.
    • tracy anderson— the queen of micro movements (and no talking!), my roommates and I do her youtube videos as add on workouts in the evenings.
  • spin
    • soul cycle— the first of the cycling studio crazes, i admit i was reluctant of all the hype at first. with the help of some friends, eventually i caved and have since found a few teachers I really like. plus you can’t beat getting in/out in just 45 minutes.
  • yoga
    • yoga vida— the cheapest of all the yoga classes i’ve found in nyc, and centrally located at union square. the room can get very crowded so show up early! as a teaching studio, you always get an extremely qualified teacher (hillaria baldwin owns & started the studio). for me, it’s a classic vinyasa class can’t be beat.
    • lyon’s den— this studio is the only baptiste method in new york. it’s heated but not hot, and one of the best yoga classes i’ve ever taken (go see Emily!). i used to go to the tribeca studio occasionally, but they just added a new location in chelsea that’s super convenient, so hopefully i can make it more.
  • running– i typically run the west side highway, but also love the central park 6 mile loop when i need a change of scenery
  • boxing
    • Gotham Gym– i used to go here for group boxing classes back in the day, but a plethora of models (including Gigi Hadid) instagramming at this studio caused me to get slightly priced out of working out here. if you can afford it, try a month– it’s the original new york boxing locale and i’m still salty i don’t go there anymore.
    • Work Train Fight– luckily for me, my trainer Josh from Gotham moved over to Work Train Fight, where we’ve been boxing for the last year or so. i can’t speak to how the group classes are here, but it’s a great studio in Soho and worth trying a few punches out.
    • rumble– the newest kid in the boxing game, rumble opened a few months ago and has been taking nyc by storm. i describe it as “Barry’s for Boxing”– replacing the treadmill intervals with boxing on a bag. i haven’t been completely converted but this is a great option for anyone wanting to try boxing out for the first time.

what to wear: 

1– cotton tank

2– leather tote

3–printed leggings

4–rubber grip socks

5–arm weights

6– invisibobble hair ties

1– long sleeve wicking top

2– bose wireless headphones

3– light support sports bra

4– cropped tight

5– nike tempo shorts

6– running socks

7– asics gel kayano sneakers

1– champion sports bra

2– mesh athletic full legging

3– performance windbreaker

4– marble print water bottle

5– prana yoga towel

6– adidas ultra boost

cps– now that i’ve shared my secrets, i’d love to hear from you. what are your favorite ways to get fit? what gear gets you motivated? also– use code c9save25 at Target right now to get 25% off any of the champion gear i featured above!