Out with the Old & In with the New: Tips for Cleaning Out Your Wardrobe for the New Season

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If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to start swapping out your light summer wardrobe for warmer, cozier pieces for fall and winter. In New York City, space is the hottest commodity, so after spending my Columbus Day holiday shopping until I dropped, I realized I needed to do a purge of my closet to make room for my new sweaters and boots.

Whether you live in the city, are squeezed in a college dorm with three other people, or are sharing a bedroom with your S/O, no one has room for unwanted and unneeded clothing items. So today, I’m sharing a some of my favorite closet clean out tips. I have gotten a lot better at this over the years and now am able to finish every closet purge with bags and bags of clothes to donate.

So grab some trash bags, put on some tunes, and get to work!


Start by tackling what’s fresh on your mind

Not so fast! Before you put those sun dresses and shorts into a storage bin, go through them. If there’s a piece you didn’t wear once this season (and no, putting it on in the morning and throwing it on the floor before choosing something else doesn’t count..), get rid of it! If it wasn’t good enough for you to wear in the last three months, it won’t miraculously become your favorite item in a year. Toss it now to free up space. Chances are next year, you won’t even remember it.

Give yourself a fresh start

As you start to bring out clothes for the new season, go through each of these pieces as well. Get rid of those trendy items from last year that are past their prime or that sweater that you’ve never actually worn because it’s just too itchy. Only keep the items that you will realistically wear. This will give you a much better idea of what you need to buy next time you hit the stores.

An ideal closet is a closet full of favorites

My philosophy is that every item in your closet should be your favorite something. When you peruse your wardrobe every morning to get ready, ideally every item in your closet should be calling your name. Examine every top, dress, pant, and accessory…would you wear this on a first date? On your first day at a new job? For a fun day with friends? For a night out in the city? If the answer is no, no, no…get rid of it. You will always look over the things that are second best, so don’t let them take up valuable space in your closet.

Out grow it? Out with it!

Obviously if something no longer fits you, it’s silly to keep it around. Bodies change as we get older and there’s nothing wrong with admitting “this doesn’t fit me well anymore,” “this isn’t flattering on my body,” or “this just isn’t comfortable!” There are clothes and styles that flatter every body and can be comfortable to wear. That’s what your closet should be made up of.

Additionally, keep in mind your age and position in life. I can still fit into the tiny short shorts that were all the rage when I was in high school, but I don’t think it’s appropriate for a young twenty-something to be strutting around in shorts that barely cover her booty! Just because something still fits, doesn’t mean you haven’t outgrown it.

If someone else could benefit from it, don’t throw it away…donate it!

If the items you don’t want or need anymore are in a condition that another could find useful, make sure you find somewhere to donate them! Knowing your things might be able to benefit someone else could also make it easier to part with them in the first place.


Going through your wardrobe isn’t easy, but keeping these tips in mind and envisioning all the space you’re making (and maybe even the new things you will fill that space with 😉 ), will make the task far less daunting. Whether you end up with five bags to give away or simply relieve your closet of a few items, you will feel refreshed, renewed, and ready to head into the new season looking and feeling your best.

What are your closer clean out tips?



So Darling

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On the list of things I love about living in New York City, shopping ranks very high. From hitting up all of my favorite brands, to window shopping on Fifth Avenue, to scoring incredible thrift finds at Buffalo Exchange, the New York fashion scene never lets me down.

Boutiques are one of my favorite parts of New York’s style culture. In a city of over 8 million people, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. But with boutiques for every type of style, New Yorkers are able to show off their creativity and personality, transforming every day life into a fashion show (and making people watching all the more thrilling).

With what seemed like unlimited shopping options (and limited funds..), I set out to find the perfect boutique for my style. And what I found was, well… darling 😉

Darling is a boutique located in my favorite part of Manhattan, the West Village. The clothing and accessories are feminine and elegant, while also having a sexy and fun element to them. Darling’s atmosphere of a super sweet staff and amazing jams make for a very enjoyable shopping experience. If this weren’t enough, Darling opens up to the most charming garden (which you can even rent out for parties and events!).

I had the privilege of spending the morning at Darling a few weekends ago. I felt like I was a little girl again, playing dress up in the most gorgeous pieces and skipping around an enchanted garden.

As I said, there are shops and boutiques on every corner of this bustling city. But if you’re really looking for a ‘darling’ experience, I definitely recommend a visit to this charming little shop in the West Village 🙂

What’s your favorite New York boutique?



Five to Fit: Lower Body Workout

Lower Body Workout | The Pace Fall weather arrived this weekend and I’ve been smiling and skipping around ever since. The changing of seasons fills me with so much warmth and joy, I just can’t contain myself!

The motivation to exercise certainly amps up in the summer as we try to look our best in swimsuits and shorts. But summer isn’t the only season that can encourage us to hit the gym! Cooler weather brings jeans, leggings, and other form-fitting clothing into our wardrobes, which gives us a little push to focus on shaping and toning our glutes and legs.

Today, I’m sharing a lower body workout that you can complete in under 30 minutes. This workout is great for all fitness levels, just don’t push past your limits or be too easy on yourself. With only five strength training exercises and a five moves Pilates burnout, this workout can easily be written down or pulled up on a phone and taken to the gym!

The key of seeing results from a lower body workout is to use the heaviest weights you can handle for each exercise and to really focus on squeezing and targeting those lower body muscles. If you aren’t sore the day after doing this workout, you either aren’t lifting heavy enough or you aren’t squeezing your glutes and leg muscles.

Lower Body Workout

Strength Training: 10 repetitions of each exercise, 3 times through

  1. Basic squat: Holding a barbell or dumbbells at your shoulders, with feet shoulder-width apart, stick your butt out and sit down into a squat as low as you can control before you push back up to stand, squeezing your glutes.
  2. Deadlifts: Holding a barbell or dumbbells in front of you, with feet shoulder-width apart, bend down with a flat back as low as you can and then pull back up, squeezing your glutes to stand. Push hips forward and squeeze your glutes behind you to complete one repetition.
  3. Curtsy Lunge: Holding dumbbells at your sides step one leg diagonally behind the other and sink down into a lunge (like you’re doing a curtsy!).
  4. Pistol Squat: Holding a barbell or dumbbells on your shoulders, step on leg back and sit into a squat. You will feel this on one side of your butt. Do 10 reps with each leg for a total of 20 repetitions.
  5. Wide Deadlifts: Similar to a regular deadlift, but step legs out further apart.

Pilates Burnout: Don’t forget to squeeze those muscles to feel the burn!

  1. Rear Leg Raise & Pulses (L & R): On hands and knees, raise bent leg behind you and push toes up toward ceiling (20 repetitions), followed by 20 pulses in the spot it burns the most (20 repetitions).
  2. Bridge: Lying flat on your back, push your butt up into a bridge (20 repetitions).
  3. Side Leg Raises: Lying on one side, lift straight leg up to 90 degrees and back down (10 repetitions each side).
  4. Bow Taps: On hands and knees, tap left leg on left side of your body and then circle around in the air and tap on the right side (10 repetitions on each leg).
  5. Back Bow Heel Taps: Lying flat on your stomach, hover legs and arms out straight. Push legs out to sides and bring back in to tap heels together (20 repetitions).

This routine should really work those lower body muscles and make you sore the next day! Let me know what you think in the comment section below.



Falling for Feya Candles

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It’s the first day of fall, and I couldn’t be more excited. Yes, I am a summer lover through and through, but there’s something about the changing of seasons that warms my heart and makes me smile. This is the first fall in 18 years that I’m not heading back to school (which I’m still finding hard to believe!), but that doesn’t mean the little things that make this season so special to me won’t be in my life this year.

To me, fall is cool air and warm sweaters, changing leaves and beautiful sunsets, the smell of homecooked meals and burning candles. Fall is a time for family and friends, giving, and gratitude. This is why I’m celebrating fall this year with Feya Candles.

Feya Candles are 100% soy, which means when you’re smelling all of these amazing scents, you’re not breathing toxins into your body (score). But Feya is more than just an incredible team of women making awesome products. My favorite part about Feya is the mission behind it all.

Every candle purchased provides a meal for someone in need. So far, Feya has donated almost 13,000 meals and have a few thousand in reserves to donate throughout 2016. They have served in over 20 states in the US and also in Haiti and Nicaragua. Not only does Feya fund meals for the organizations they work with, but they staff them too, giving their profit, time, and energy to helping others.

You can buy Feya candles here and when you use the code ‘PACEBLOG’ you get 10% off your purchase! I know what you’re thinking and the answer is yes…there is a Pumpkin Spice scent 😉


I received a product for testing purposes, but all opinions are 100% my own.


California Dreamin’

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Every time the temperatures drop, “I want to move to California!!” becomes my slogan (just ask my boyfriend or any of my friends…). Although I’m not sure how serious that proclamation is, California has still been on my list as a place to visit for quite some time. My California Dreamin’ was finally made a reality a couple weeks ago when my boyfriend, Eric, and I traveled across the country to visit our friend, Tommy (the saint who hosted us all week!), in Los Angeles.

Landing in LA was like entering an entirely different world. First of all, the constant sunshine, perfect 70s temperature, and zero humidity weather definitely felt nice compared to the heat wave we have been suffering through on the east coast this summer and made our morning runs feel like a breeze. Second, the difference in transportation took a lot of getting used to. We are accustomed to walking and taking public transportation from place to place, but in LA, driving or ordering an Uber is the norm. We still managed to log a lot of steps though, as we prefer exploring on foot, but we definitely noticed the emptiness of the sidewalks in comparison to New York or Philly.

After we started adjusted to these differences, LA began to really grow on us. One of our favorite things to do is explore neighborhoods and pick out our favorite houses, so we loved running and walking through Tommy’s neighborhood, gazing at the gorgeous homes and landscaping. We also fell in love with a healthy café called Kreation which we visited every morning of our trip (the avocado toast is to die for!). Each day, we planned a new adventure: walking through Venice Beach and down the Santa Monica Pier, hiking up Griffith Park for the gorgeous (albeit smoggy!) views, bringing a picnic of wine and cheese to a jazz fest at the Hollywood bowl, or braving the craziness and crowds of Hollywood to get a quick photo on the Walk of Stars. We filled our nights with delicious meals, like our favorite at Beverly Soon Tofu in Korea Town and fun nights out in the city.

On the last full day of our stay in Cali, we drove to Santa Barbara, the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in the United States. The beach, trees, and views of the mountains and ocean were absolutely breath taking. Every shop and restaurant on the streets, even the Chipotle, had an adorable and charming aesthetic. We spent much of the afternoon in what felt like a European village full of small, family-owned wineries, where we tasted incredible wine and chatted with the owners and employees. It was the perfect day trip to end our visit to the west coast.

It was bittersweet to make our way back across the country. Yes, I had to start checking my weather app again for the first time in a week (goodbye to perfect weather every day), but I was happy to get back to the convenience of the New York subway and away from the LA traffic. I’m not sure I will ever move to LA, but I really enjoyed the visit and am looking forward to my next trip to the west coast.

What was in my suitcase: Forever 21 Maried Knit Top, Forever 21 Crossbody Bag, H&M Off-the-Shoulder Top, Irresistible Me Professional Hair Straightener, Ray Ban Clubmaster Aluminum Flash LensesUniqlo Leggings Pants

Five to Fit: Workouts for Traveling

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I’m leaving later this week for a trip to LA, and I am beyond excited! Along with tying up loose ends at work and getting my packing list together, another thing on my mind is figuring out a workout plan. Fitting in exercise while traveling is never easy: making room in your suitcase for workout clothes, not having a gym or adequate space and equipment, and being out of your typical routine are enough to make a sweat sesh seem to be too much of a pain to fit in. But Five to Fit is all about fitting health and fitness into our busy and exciting lives. So today, I’m sharing five workouts that you can do while traveling. No gym. No equipment. No excuses. 

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

To say I’m obsessed with HIIT would be an understatement. I start my day off with a HIIT workout 4 days a week and love how quickly I’m able to burn off frustration and calories. Doing a HIIT routine without space to jump around in is difficult, so when I’m traveling, I take my HIIT to the road with running intervals. Try this 30 minute interval routine:

Warm up: 5 minute jog

Interval x 3: 1.5 minute jog, 30 second sprint

Recover: 4 minute jog

Interval x3: 1.5 minute jog, 30 second sprint

Recover: 3 minute jog

Interval x1: 1.5 minute jog, 30 second sprint

Cool down: 4 minute jog

No Equipment Upper Body Workout

If you’re traveling to a warm and sunny spot, you are going to want your arms to feel strong and toned in your sundresses and swimsuits. Targeting the upper body can be done without weights, as long as you really engage your muscles and push against yourself to make those muscles work! I love doing Kelly’s Fitness Blender workouts when I’m traveling to get in a good upper body burn! Try out this combination of her no equipment workouts for 30 minutes of upper body focus:

No Equipment Upper Body Workout for Great Arms, Shoulder and Upper Back

10 Minute No Equipment Upper Body Workout

Fast & Effective Bodyweight Upper Body Workout

No Equipment Lower Body Workout

I don’t know about you, but I love a good lower body burn. Targeting lower body muscles is an extremely effective workout, acting as a strength builder and muscle toner, but also as low-impact cardio. Working larger muscles, like the glutes, burns more calories than working smaller muscles. At home, I dedicate 2-3 days a week to lower body strength training, but while traveling, I can still get in a good lower body burn sans dumbbells. Do this 10 minute Fitness Blender workout 3 times in a row to really burn out those glutes and thighs:

10 Minute Butt and Thing Workout at Home (x3)

Exciting Core Workout

Crunches can easily become a go-to workout while traveling: they don’t require much space and are easy to fit into a jam-packed day. But a girl can only do so many crunches before she reaches her boredom tolerance (am I right?). Plus, crunches are only one way to target the complex muscles that make up our core. To really get in a complete core workout, those crunches need some companionship. I love working my core through a variety of standing and mat exercises. This 40 minute core workout is part of Millionare Hoy’s Silent But Deadly series, which includes 28 low impact workouts (definitely a great series to check out while traveling!). Focus on contracting your core through this workout, and you will be sure to feel sore the next day:

40 Minute Silent Six-Pack Low Impact Workout

Total Body Barre Workout

I’ve never taken a barre class before, but it’s definitely on my to-do list. People rave about how great barre routines are for toning and shaping the body. I’m no expert on this exercise form, but think it would be a perfect option for traveling, since most hotels and Airbnbs have a chair, which is the only required equipment for this 40 minute Fitness Blender total body barre workout. I definitely plan on trying out this routine during while traveling this week!

Total Body Barre Workout

What’s your favorite way to exercise while traveling? I’m always looking for new workouts to shake things up!



Beating the Heat with Irresistible Me

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Let me be the millionth person to say, this heat is out of control. Aside from the hiding out in my air conditioned bedroom or sweating it out on the streets of Manhattan, this humidity is doing quite a number to my usually straight and fairly manageable hair.

These high temps brought the perfect opportunity to test out Irresistible Me’s professional hair straightener. I usually use straighteners before going out to quickly touch up my hair when I want a more polished look. But this humidity brings another challenge to deal with: frizz. frizz. frizz.

I styled my hair with Irresistible Me’s Diamond Hair Styler and ventured out into New York’s 100 degree heat index to put the product to the test. Although after a few hours my strands were no longer completely pin straight, my hair retained the general style and frizz was kept to a minimum.

My hair is super thin and naturally fairly straight, so I don’t use a straightener on the regular, but I’m excited to keep experimenting with this styler to see what other hair-battles it will fight by my side!

So maybe with a few (hundred) fans and the Diamond Hair Styler, I might just survive this heat wave 😉



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I received this Professional Hair Straightener courtesy of Irresistible Me, but all opinions are 100% my own.

What are your beauty secrets to beating the heat?



Five to Fit: Curried Cauliflower Medley

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As I mentioned in this post, eating out, while fun and worth the cash at times, is expensive, especially in a city like New York. Cooking at home is an excellent way to save money and stay healthy. I love to cook and have been primarily cooking for myself since my junior year of college, but I know this is not a pastime everyone shares. People, especially those who live alone or with roommates, think cooking for one person is difficult and not worth the time and effort. Allow me to try to change those minds 🙂

Cooking for one person (or even two!) can be quick and easy; all it takes is a little thinking and planning. I usually cook a bigger dish once or twice a week that I can have for dinner every night and even use to top off the salads I bring to work for lunch. One or two days in the kitchen is all it takes to have affordable, healthy meals for a week. It can’t be easier than that!

Of course, some recipes are more challenging and time consuming than others, so I try to stick with dishes that can be made fairly quickly with few ingredients. Today, I am kicking off my new series, Five to Fit, with this easy and delicious Curried Cauliflower Medley. Keep your eyes out for more Five to Fit posts which will feature recipes using only five ingredients (or less!).

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To make this a full meal, I ate it with half a sweet potato topped with hummus! Any other combination of healthy carbs and protein, like a side of brown rice and beans, tofu, or fish, will do!

Did you try this recipe? Tag your photos with #FivetoFit on social media so I can see your cooking masterpieces! 🙂



Introducing Five to Fit

It’s no secret that we are a society of extremely busy people. We thrive on quick fixes, multi-tasking, and apps that will do anything and everything for us. Our lives operate based on priority lists, because we can’t possibly do it all. And honestly…I think some of our priorities are a little unbalanced. We prioritize the things we must do to survive (like working for a paycheck) and the things that are easy (like binge watching Netflix), but what about the things that take a little bit of work? Things like health and fitness. For a lot of people, these extremely important things fall to the wayside because they are viewed as taking up too much effort and time.

Health and fitness are huge priorities in my life. I build my busy schedule and obligations around health, instead of the other way around. Health and fitness do take work, but I think those who don’t prioritize them as highly do so because they are intimidated by the time and effort they think they take. I want to change that perception. A healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be intimidating; it should be inspiring for both you and others.

I’ve decided to start a new series on The Pace to inspire people to make health and fitness a greater priority by showing that these things can easily fit into a busy life.

Introducing…Five to Fit, a series dedicated to creating a place for health and fitness in our hectic lives. Five to Fit will feature healthy recipes made with five ingredients or less, workouts consisting of only five moves, and other health and fitness inspiration in short and sweet doses.

Get ready to start seeing Five to Fit posts on The Pace in the very near future! Because health and fitness can fit into our fast pace world.


Weekend in Boston

There are certain places in this world that are extraordinarily loved. One mention of it and the eyes of its residents and even previous visitors light up, followed by choruses of praises. Not many cities are lucky enough to earn this type of treatment, but for years, I’ve noticed Boston is one of the lucky few. People love Boston. Until this past weekend, I was curious what made it so incredible, as I had never been there. Finally, my curiosities and questions were put to rest while I explored this beloved city with my wonderful friend, Anika.

Anika has been Boston’s number one fan since I first met her at Villanova, so I knew I was extremely lucky to have her as my tour guide for the weekend. She lives in Back Bay, so first we explored her neighborhood, stopping to check out the farmers’ market in Copley Square, taking in the beautiful and historic Trinity Church, and looking at all the shops and restaurants on Newbury Street. I was blown away by the beautiful gardens and pond at the Public Gardens and loved people watching through Boston Commons. It didn’t take long for this city to work its magic on me. After a few minutes of walking around and taking in the lovely architecture, clean streets, and gorgeous parks, I understood why people love this place so much, and I knew I was in for one amazing visit.

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Next, we made our way to the North End, and sought shelter from the scorching heat sitting under the shade. Taking in the calm water, rocking sail boats, and happy people around me, I felt the peaceful energy of this city.

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After miles of walking in the 90 degree weather, we decided it was time for a cold drink. We stopped in at Ned Devine’s Irish Pub in Faneuil Hall for drinks and curry fries. Continuing our conversations from the day, we caught up on our lives and reminisced about funny moments and memories from our not-so-long-ago days in college.

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For dinner, we found a new Italian restaurant in the North End called Scopa. We ordered red wine and split scallops and a margherita pizza. The service was excellent and the food was delicious and affordable. I definitely recommend trying out this new spot in Boston’s Italian neighborhood!

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On Saturday, we woke up ready for another day of exploration. We started the day at The Met Back Bay for brunch and a Bloody Mary bar. The drinks and food were delicious and the atmosphere was adorable. I definitely recommend the Met if you’re looking for a fun weekend brunch (especially a boozy one 😉 ).

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After brunch, we walked along the Charles River. On this sunny Saturday morning, the people of Boston were out and about: sunbathing on the dock, running and biking along the river, and enjoying their gorgeous city. It wasn’t even noon yet, and Day 2 was already looking fantastic.

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Anika and I decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and headed up to her apartment’s rooftop pool. Soon, our friend, Connor, joined us for an afternoon of sunning, laughing, and catching up. After we had all the sun and heat we could take, we headed back downstairs to cool off and get ready for the evening.

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That night, we took the T to Cambridge and walked around Harvard Square before getting dinner at Border Café. The meal was incredible. A huge restaurant with huge portions and margaritas to match 😉 There’s nothing better than friends, margs, and guacamole; I thought I might explode from happiness (or maybe I just had one too many Swordfish tacos!). Border Café has great prices, food, and portions—certainly would go back again!

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After dinner, we needed to walk off our full stomachs, so we strolled around Harvard’s campus. I would be lying if I said I didn’t quote Legally Blonde at least a few times 😉 As the sun began to set, we made our way to a rooftop bar called Daedalus to enjoy the beautiful summer night, a bottle of Cabernet, and great conversation. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.
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Sunday morning’s arrival was bittersweet. I just started falling in love with this incredible city and was not ready to leave it! But thinking back on the wonder weekend I had with such amazing friends, makes me smile. And now, the mystery has been solved. I finally understand the immense love so many have for Boston. The special love is more than deserved, because this city is more than special. I can’t wait for my next visit.

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Any recommendations for my next trip to Boston? Help a girl out!