Gift Guide for the Girl Boss

We all deserve some time off during the holidays to relax and spend time with our loved ones, but that doesn’t mean your gifts have to ignore that little thing that takes up the majority of our waking moments (work, I’m talking about you). Whether the girl boss in your life is a fierce entrepreneur working from home or if she’s kicking butt and taking names at the office, she is sure to love these gifts that will make her work days easier, more efficient, and much cuter ūüėČ

From sassy mugs to inspirational trinket trays, giving the gift of motivation is always a good idea. Not only will these gifts help your girl boss get through busy days and tight deadlines, they will always remind her that you believe in her! You can also add some positive vibes and joy to her work space with a candle or this versatile planter dock. Don’t forget about cute and practical office gifts, like this adorable pen set and planner¬†that make staying organized easier and¬†much¬†more enjoyable. Last but not least, we can never forget the power of a great lip color. Hello, confidence boost!

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Never Give Up Mug ($15.95) / Voluspa Limited Edition Boxed Candle ($22.00) / Marble 2018 Planner ($30.00) / STAK Sprout Planter Dock ($60.00) / Woman on a Mission Trinket Dish ($10.00) / Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ($17.00) / Kate Spade Pen Set ($25.00)

Girl Bosses, I know you live¬†by your lists…what else is on your Christmas list this year?



Gift Guide for Your Roommate

You live under the same roof. You share a kitchen, a refrigerator, a bathroom, possibly even a room! Yet you still clicked on this blog post, hoping to find the perfect gift for the person who sees you when you’re heading out the door for a night out looking fabulous and when you’re crawling out of bed the morning after. Today, I’m sharing gifts that will show your roommate how much you appreciate her for putting up with all of your quirks and will give you brownie points for the next time you want to host a pregame or invite your friends from out of town to sleep on the futon. Oh, and a disclaimer…if¬†my¬†roommate is reading this, yes I got you an amazing gift but no it’s not any of these ūüėČ

You’re used to sharing everything, but give her roomie something that is fully her! Whether your roommate is a coffee lover or prefers something a bit harder, these monogrammed coffee mugs and wine glasses are the perfect way to give the gift of personal space. Complete the gift with a french press, which is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Your roommate will thank you for all of the money she saves by¬†not¬†going to Starbucks every day. In the wintertime, nothing is better than feeling warm and cozy inside your apartment. Give the gift of comfort with these adorable slippers or fuzzy sweater. Finally, add an extra bounce to her step by gifting her the latest accessories, like this marble phone case and Kate Spade earrings.

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Monogram Coffee Mug ($9.99) / Monogram Wine Mug (On Sale for $24.99) / Kate Spade Earrings ($32.99) / Knit Sweater ($24.99) / Cozy Slippers ($24.99) / Phone Case ($26.04) / French Press ($19.09)

Writing this post has made me even more excited about the gift I scored for my roommate on Black Friday! I can’t wait to give it to her while sipping hot spiked cider ūüôā What are you getting your roommate for the holidays? Do you have a fun gift exchange planned?




Gift Guide for the Gain-Chasers & Green-Lovers

Happy Thanksgiving week! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I couldn’t be more excited to be headed to Pittsburgh after a short work week to spend the holiday with my family.

But just as we can always count on Santa to come to town at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, we all anticipate the rush of holiday shopping that follows our Thanksgiving food comas.

“Write what you know…”¬†they say! So this year, I will be sharing gift guides in the areas I know best and am kicking it off with a gift guide for the gain-chasing, green-loving people in your life. These gifts are all under $100 and range in price to fit any budget. The NextRoller, coming in at just under $100 and used by professional athletes, is the latest product in muscle recovery and is perfect for the serious athletes and fitness-fiends on your list. More affordable options include this Nike Sports Bra (on sale for $24.97!) and Nike Training Socks¬†because nothing is worse than being forced to do laundry just because you’re out of clean workout attire (am I right?).

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NextRoller ($99.95) / Healthy Human Stein ($29.99) / Nike Sports Bra (ON SALE for $24.97) / Prep Naturals Meal Prep Container Set ($22.49) / Everlast Boxing Gloves ($30.49) / Nike Training Socks ($18)

What other gift guides would you like me to share? Hit me up on Instagram or let me know in the comment section below!







Gym Motivation

No matter where you are on your fitness journey, there isn’t one person who doesn’t need some gym motivation from time-to-time. Waking up early to go to the gym every morning it’s always easy, so I’ve developed several tips and tricks over the years to get myself excited about putting on my workout gear and getting out the door. Today, I’m sharing some of the motivational tools I use throughout my fitness journey. Hopefully, you’ll find some fitspo in the tips below ūüôā

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Switch Up Your Reps

No one blames you for not wanting to do the same circuit of squats, deadlifts, and lunges three times a week. Not only is this boring, but it doesn’t give your body the challenge and diversity it needs to grow stronger. Try switching up your circuit patterns. Try a ladder pattern – starting with a high number of reps and working your way down¬† (for example, 20 deadlifts, 20 squats; 16 deadlifts, 16 squats; 8 deadlifts, 8 squats) – or challenge yourself to timed back-to-back burnout rounds (for example, 45 seconds of deadlifts, 45 seconds of squats, 45 seconds of lunges with no break). Changing up your rep patterns keeps you both mentally and physically alert, resulting in a much more exciting and efficient workout.

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Get Pumped About Your Fuel

Food is fuel. This is something I am constantly reminding myself. What we put in our bodies gives us the energy and ability to complete our daily tasks and allows us to sweat it out at the gym. Food and fitness are not enemies – actually, it’s the opposite! Instead of thinking of food as the end goal to a workout (“I’m gonna go to the gym today so I can eat an extra-large serving of french fries for lunch”) consider food as a key component to a successful fitness regiment (“I’m going to make a lunch full of veggies and healthy grains and proteins so that I can get the most out of my next workout.”) This doesn’t mean that every single thing we put into our bodies has to benefit us at the gym, but if we start to consider food as fuel, it’s easier to view these two components of healthy living as the perfect pair that they are.

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Curate YOUR Perfect Soundtrack

The beauty of the gym is that even in a facility of hundreds of other sweaty people, you are on a solo mission. At the gym, everyone is focused on themselves and their goals. This means you have the privilege of listening to whatever music pumps you up – without judgement. If you happen to be a forty-year-old man who loves running on the treadmill to Britney Spears, go for it! If you’re a small blonde girl who occasionally puts on a playlist of intense rap and screamo-music while lifting weights, no one can judge you (not that I’m speaking from experience ūüėČ )! Curate gym playlists that get you pumped about pushing yourself to the limit and know your “go-to” songs that will keep you going, even through the toughest routines. Music is such a powerful source of motivation and energy; use it!

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YOU Time

Make your gym time your ultimate YOU time. At school, work, and in relationships, you will fail, you will not always be right, and you will face challenges and obstacles. But the gym is where you can take those failures and challenges and turn them into something positive. Get your anger out. Allow the obstacles you face outside of the gym to make you stronger, mentally, emotionally, and physically. You aren’t always in charge of what happens in the office or in your relationships, but you can be charge of your body. Own it and make it positive.

What motivates you to break a sweat?



Crop Top / Zippered Capri / Capri Leggings/ Sports Bra/ The One-Shoulder c/o Fierce + Regal

Photos by: Lauren Listor


Fall Florals & Favorites

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My calendar says it’s nearing the end of October, but my weather app hasn’t quite been agreeing. Even though I screamed of excitement the few days this month that brought brisk air and cooler temps, I’m not complaining¬†too¬†much about this unseasonably warm weather. After all, it doesn’t matter what Mother Nature is doing outside, as long as my fall candles are making my apartment smell like pumpkin and apples ūüôā

Dressing this month has presented a bit of a challenge, but this Anthropolgie skirt is the¬†perfect¬†piece to tackle this seasonal confusion. It’s autumnal colors, longer length, and velvet make-up deem it fall-appropriate, while still allowing my legs to breathe when the temps and humidity have summer on the brain. I had too much fun twirling around Union Square with Olivia while we shot these photos ūüôā

All that twirling must have left me giddy, because in addition to sharing my love for this skirt, I also thought it would be fun to share some of my other current favorites. From beauty and fitness products to books, read on to see what I’ve been loving lately.

FAVORITE BOOK: Big Little Lies

I admit that I am¬†so behind¬†on this one, but it’s too good not to share! I just finished the book and am now spending every free second recommending it to all of my family, friends, and coworkers who haven’t yet read it.¬†Big Little Lies¬†has everything‚ÄĒdrama, suspense, humor, romance‚ÄĒand the best part? Turning the last page doesn’t mean the¬† adventure is over: now it’s time to watch the TV series! If you haven’t read it yet, this book is a¬†must add¬†to your list!

FAVORITE PUMPKIN PRODUCT: June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque

Last Sunday, I decided to indulge in an evening of pumpkin-themed relaxation. With my Spiced Pumpkin Yankee Candle burning, I tried out the travel-size version of this June Jacobs face-mask and fell in love! I honestly wasn’t sure if I had just opened a skincare product or a can of pumpkin, but either way, the pumpkin-lover in me was rejoicing. This face-mask is gentle and calming, making it a wonderful addition to your relaxation nights this season.

FAVORITE HAIR PRODUCT: Good Virtues Co. Healthy Hair & Scalp Shampoo & Conditioner

Kiera, my best friend from high school, just got married this past weekend (ah!!). It was the most beautiful wedding I have ever witnessed, so of course, I sobbed in front of hundreds of people as Kiera’s Maid of Honor. Kiera is a hair-stylist and has been nagging encouraging me to get my split-ends trimmed for months (which technically, should have been done months before!). As the amazing friend and dedicated stylist that she is, Kiera chopped off my terrible dead ends the night before her wedding (what a gal!), and now I have been trying my best to keep my hair as healthy as possible. I was sent these Good Virtues Co. products to review and after just one usage, become totally obsessed! Not only is the product fun and colorful, but it feels great to use in the shower, and leaves my hair smelling like I just stepped out of the salon¬†all day long.¬†Use my code¬†TATMUR10¬†for 10% off all Good Virtues Co products on Amazon through the end of the year!


FAVORITE FITNESS PRODUCT: NextRelief Cooling Pain Relief Cream

If you know me at all, you know that I¬†love¬†to work out. Fitness is a huge part of my life and brings me so much joy, so many challenges, and an incredible amount of fulfillment. My morning workouts kick-start my day on a path of energy and endorphins, so I can’t have sore muscles stop me from missing a beat. NextRelief muscle cream has been a¬†life-saver¬†on those days when my previous workouts are putting my muscles through especially painful soreness.¬†No pain, no gain¬†is a mantra I live by, but I’m not going to say no to a product that relieves just a little of that pain from time to time ūüôā


What are your thoughts on my faves? Love ’em or hate ’em, let me know! And be sure to share what you’re lovely lately!



Photos by: Olivia Choi


Friday the 13th: Birthday Edition

Friday the 13th | The PaceFriday the 13th | The PaceFriday the 13th | The PaceFriday the 13th | The PaceFriday the 13th | The PaceFriday the 13th | The PaceHappy Friday the 13th! Hope you’re all ready and excited to start your spooky celebrations extra early this month ūüėČ We haven’t had the opportunity to celebrate a Friday the 13th in October since 2006, so we really must make the most of it!

Since when are you the expert on such a creepy and superstitious occasion?¬†Good question… It just so happens that October 13th is my birthday and everyone knows that when the 13th falls on a Friday in October, we’re in for a spooky treat ūüôā

I absolutely¬†love¬†throwing parties and hosting my friends, so of course, I took the opportunity to plan a Friday the 13th-themed birthday party complete with a spooky-signature drink, scary snacks, and creepy decorations. I’ve had the best time preparing for the party for weeks and am so excited to celebrate tonight! Be sure to follow along on my Instagram stories¬†for all of the fun!

Friday the 13th and parties aside, I have been filled with so much joy, gratitude, and general excitement this week. Thinking back on this past year and reflecting on my life has reminded me of all the wonderful things I’ve experienced and how truly blessed I am.

In the past year, I moved into an apartment that already feels like home, in a neighborhood I love, with a roommate who could not be a more fantastic person and friend. I started a new job at an agency that three years ago, I only dreamed about working for. I grew friendships that have come to mean so much to me and strengthened and maintained relationships with my family, incredible boyfriend, and old friends. This year I was even hit by a car and walked away without any injuries or trauma! (#blessed)

So much has changed, yet so much has remained the same. I’ve learned and I’ve grown, but I’ve also made plenty of mistakes. I’ve cried¬†a lot, but I’ve laughed a heck of a lot more. I’ve been disappointed and angry with myself, but I’ve done more to make myself proud.

It might be vain and selfish for one to love celebrating her birthday as much as I do, but when I think about it…how could I not want to celebrate? I’m surrounded by the most amazing people, I live in the most exciting city in the entire world, I’m working my dream job, and the best part? I’m only 24, which means the best is yet to come ūüôā

Thanks for reading and for the love.



Photos by: Olivia Choi

See Love, Be Love, Spread Love

Love | The PaceLove | The PaceLove | The PaceLove | The PaceLove | The PaceLove | The PaceColds aren’t the only things that are contagious; love is too. In light of the tragedy and sadness our world has seen over the past week, it’s important to remember that while hate and terror spread easily, love can and should be spread.

But where is the love?¬†we may ask when we wake up to horrific CNN alerts and spot disturbing headlines on news sites throughout our days. I’m not here to attempt to say that our world is not a scary place and that these situations are anything but heart-breaking. If there’s something we can all agree on, it’s that love is often hard to spot, especially during these times.

But I am a firm believer that love is out there, and I’m encouraging us to¬†look for it throughout our daily lives. Look for love in the smiles and laughter of strangers. Look for the love in the mother and son holding hands on the walk to school. Look for love in the co-worker who sits beside you when you’re overwhelmed and feel like you’re drowning. Look for love in the significant other, friend, or roommate who seems to never become tired of listening to your problems and being your shoulder to cry on.

Looking for love is only the first step. In order to spread love, we must be love. Be the smile, the patience, the joy, the compassion, the encouragement that others are looking for. Be the coworker, the friend, the significant other, the roommate, the family member who brings love to others.

Seeing love, being love and spreading love will not solve the issues facing our society and it will not take away the pain and fear that so many live with. But love is more than just a response to a problem. Love is the strongest feeling and the truest emotion and that gives it the power to make the important impact that we all need it to.

Today, I encourage you to look for love; to be love. Together, we will spread love.



Photos by: Olivia Choi

Anthropologie Sweater / Old Navy Rockstar Jeans / Steve Madden Sneakers


NYC Brunch Guide

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Let’s be real. If you’re a young adult, brunch is a major component of your vocabulary. Maybe our generation will never be able to own a home due to all of the avocado toast we consume, but I guess that’s a risk we’re willing to take.

Brunch is a staple of life for twenty-somethings from every major metropolitan area to the suburbs that surround them, but in my opinion, there is nothing quite like brunch in New York. The price is unmatched (much to my chagrine…), but so is the food, the drinks, and the settings. Brunching in this city is not just a meal, it’s an¬†experience.¬†

New Yorkers scramble to make rent every month, crowd into happy hours to score a reasonably priced drink, and wait in line at Trader Joes even when it wraps around the entire store, but we will never give up brunch.

Brunch in this city can mean a lot of things, so I’ve broken it down below. I would love to learn your suggestions too, so don’t forget to leave a comment below!

Oh and if you’re totally vibing with my brunch tee above, you’re in luck because you can get 20% off your order at Red Couch Clothing with the code:¬†THEPACE20

Happy brunching!

BOOZY BRUNCH¬†*if you’re expecting me to mention the quality of food for any of the below, you are sadly mistaken.¬†


Every weekend, for $15 (+ the cost of your entree), Barraca hosts an Open Sangria Brunch featuring unlimited glasses of their seven regional sangria flavors. My friends and I indulged in as many glasses of sangria that we could handle for a birthday brunch and still rave about Barraca as one of our favorite boozy brunch experiences. However, I feel the need to remind you that Barraca’s sangria is not your typical brunch cocktail and drinking mason jar after mason jar at noon could make for a very interesting day (not that I have experience or anything ūüėČ ).

Basically…¬†go here with a big group for a good time, but don’t make serious plans for the rest of the day.

Macondo East & Macondo West

Both locations offer a limitless mimosa brunch on the weekends for $15 (+ the cost of your entree). When I visited Macondo East with a group of friends, the servers brought around several mimosa flavors including both the standard mim and more exotic flavors. The servers here are very attentive, so we definitely got our money’s worth of mimosas in the 1.5 hour limit.

Basically…¬†go here if you love mimosas and aren’t afraid to try something new.

Calle Ocho

Debatably the king of all boozy brunches in the city, Calle Ocho offers COMPLIMENTARY, UNLIMITED sangria throughout the course of your brunch (they also start you off with a free basket of bread and pastries). The menu boasts a large amount of food and sangria options and the atmosphere is fun and lively. Sound too good to be true? Here’s the kicker: reservations for this place fill up¬†way¬†in advance, so if you want to enjoy this boozy brunch in three months, you better make your reservation now.

Basically…¬†go here with people who can eat slowly and drink quickly.

DOIN’ IT FOR THE GRAM¬†*because half of the reason I’m paying for this meal is because I’m going to post it on Instagram, obviously

Bluestone Lane

With several locations all over the city, Bluestone Lane is a classic brunch choice. Bluestone Lane is an Australian-style cafe, which means you often get a side of Aussie-accent with your latte and avocado toast. Pro tip: the Rainbow Bowl is¬†life changing¬†and if they ask you if you want to “Aussie” your latte, say yes because it means your latte is coming with ice cream (basically a milkshake, you’re welcome).

Basically…go here to experience adorable accents and equally adorable lattes.

Citizens of Chelsea

Another Australian-style cafe (are we feeling a pattern here?), Citizens of Chelsea has some of the most beautiful and delicious food this brunch-lover has ever experienced. You honestly can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. I’m already planning my next trip back so I can try something one of the several options I was eyeing on the menu.

Basically…go here if you don’t mind your food being prettier than you.

Baci e Vendetta

Marble tables, a fireplace, and beautiful light fixtures, this is one of the most lovely brunch experiences the city has to offer. The mimosas are made with freshly squeezed orange juice and the menu is full of all of your brunch staples, including eggs benny and avocado toast.

Basically…go here if you’re obsessed with marble and want to feel bougie.

Oficina 1M

This place wins for being impossibly cute. Tea is served in adorable teapots with teacups that remind me of real-versions of the ones I used to play with when I was a little girl. It also has great options for both the sweet and savory brunch-goer, so it’s a perfect place to enjoy a lovely afternoon with friends.

Basically…go here if you want to have to tea party with your gals.

Have you been to any of these spots? What are your thoughts? But most importantly, where should I go next? Slide into my DMs on Instagram and give me your brunch recommendations!



Photos by: Olivia Choi

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Styling September

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During this transitional phase, it’s always a challenge deciding what to wear and what to shop for. The days can still be warm, but that brisk air of fall teases us as it slips into and out of our weeks.

I’m a rule breaker (white pants after Labor Day are¬†totally¬†a thing), but I also like to move and groove with the seasons. I think a key to styling the transition between summer and fall is blending: Pair shorts with a warm fall-colored top (like I did above!), wear a fun short dress¬†with closed-toe booties, and incorporate floral prints with fall tones.

To give you some style inspo, I’m sharing pieces below that I’m loving for the rest of September and beginning of October. Would love to know your favorites!

Madewell Autumn Dress / Madewell Striped Dress / ASOS Dress

NA-KD Sweater / Asos Skirt / Madewell Jacket

Lucky Brand Booties / Zara Booties / Zara One-Shoulder Top

How are you styling September? Share your September OOTDs with me on Insta!



Outfit Photos by: Lauren Listor


Recovery | The Pace

I need to be upfront; recovery is¬†not¬†a topic I’m an expert on. In fact, it’s something I am admittedly¬†bad¬†at. When I’m sick and a doctor tells me to rest and skip the gym for a few days, I tell him or her that quite honestly, that’s not going to happen. When I injured my IT band and spent months in physical therapy (twice!), I researched and experimented with every method of low impact exercise that I could find in order to maintain my fitness routines. I’m horrible at taking rest days and haven’t done so for seven months.

So¬†why on earth¬†am I writing a post about the fitness topic I’m probably the worst at? And more importantly, why should you be reading this? Well, I’ve learned a lot about rest and recovery in the past few days, brought to my attention by a sprained ankle. After spending some time thinking over this topic, I decided it was something I wanted to write about,¬†not as an expert,¬†but as a way to both engage in and promote self-reflection and healthy habits. I think it’s important to ask ourselves: In what ways in my life am I practicing healthy rest and recovery habits and in what ways am I not?¬†Through this question, I realized that I¬†am¬†practicing recovery in some ways, but am clearly (see above!) lacking in others. I hope this post can help you recognize your strengths and weaknesses in this area and will motivate you to make rest part of your healthy lifestyle.

Muscle Recovery 

I can’t be the only one who actually enjoys being sore the day after a tough workout. Standing up from my desk at work and going up and down the subway stairs might make my muscles scream, but the pain also brings the satisfaction of a workout well done. But just because I secretly enjoy the pain, doesn’t mean I should always have to suffer through it. After a particularly brutal lower body day, I tried¬†PARODI’s Comforting Muscle Lotion and was immediately blessed with the feeling of instant relief. The lotion was just the answer my sore muscles were praying for, and I learned that there’s nothing wrong with seeking relief for pain (even when the pain comes from a good and healthy place!).

Recovery Fuel

We all know about the importance of a post-workout meal¬†to refuel our bodies after the hard work we just put it through. I workout in the morning, so my favorite recovery meal is also my favorite breakfast. I’ve eaten oatmeal for breakfast for the past five years and I¬†still¬†get excited every time the microwave beeps (seriously, ask my friends, I have an¬†obsession). Refueling after exercising is one area of recovery that I think I get right, so I thought I would share my post-workout breakfast! Feel free to modify as you choose (and share your creations with me on Instagram!)

  • 1/2 cup whole-rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vegan protein powder
  • 1 healthy sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 banana

Put oats, protein powder, and cinnamon in a microwave-safe bowl and fill with water so that the water barely covers the oats. Microwave for 2 minutes. Top with a sliced banana and enjoy!

Hydration Recovery

Our bodies scream for water during our workouts (I’m that girl who reaches for her Nalgene between every song in a cycling class!), but we have to remember to continue the hydration after we leave the gym. Our thirst may be quenched, but we have to continue to give our bodies the hydration and electrolytes it needs to fully recover. I love drinking lemon water when I get to work for a refreshing way to hydrate. I also have recently tried and loved Pure Brazilian Coconut Water. I’m pretty picky when it comes to coconut water, but this brand was the best I’ve tried! If you’re feeling the need to replenish your body with electrolytes, definitely opt for coconut water over sugary sports drinks.

But like I said, I am no expert on this topic, so I would love to hear about your methods of recovery. Share with me in the comment section below or send me a DM on Instagram.