Current Jewelry Obsession: House of Urban

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There is no denying the power of jewelry. Take an outfit from your closet, made up of that top you’ve worn 70 times and those jeans you bought five seasons ago, add a bangin’ piece of jewelry and the look is instantly transformed. But not just any old necklace or bracelet has the magic to bring an outfit from a 4 to a 10; this transformation requires pieces that are edgy and bold. Dainty and lovely. Unique and eye-catching. Pieces like the ones that make up House of Urban’s amazing collections!

House of Urban jewelry is made in NYC from certified-recycled materials so not only is it completely gorgeous, it’s good for the earth too (win-win!). I dare you to scroll through the online shop and tell me there isn’t at least one piece (or five) that catches your eye 😉 There truly is something for every style, every season, and everyone!

I styled some of my favorite House of Urban pieces into three different looks to showcase how versatile and amazing the pieces are. I added some edge to this Express cut out top with the Sumner Neck Wire Collar and the Wilkens Double Cuff Bracelet, played up the feminine-look of this Express off-the-shoulder top with the Corbett Double Bead Chain Necklace, and brought out the boho vibes of thisH&M Crinkled Off-the-Shoulder Top and H&M Denim Shorts with the Hylan Suede Tie Necklace and Bayard Beaded Bracelet.

What your favorite piece from House of Urban and how would you style it? Screenshot your faves and DM me on Insta to tell me how you would incorporate them into a killer look 🙂

xo,

Tatum

Special thanks to House of Urban for sponsoring this post. 

Sumner Neck Wire Collar/Wilkens Double Cuff Bracelet/Corbett Double Bead Chain Necklace/Hylan Suede Tie Necklace/Bayard Beaded Bracelet c/o House of Urban

Express cut out top /Express Bandeau Off The Shoulder Top/H&M Crinkled Off-the-Shoulder Top/H&M Denim Shorts

Photos by: Lauren Listor

It’s About Time

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If you’re like me and can’t afford to run out and purchase a brand new spring wardrobe, this carefree season just become a little bit stressful. Flowing tops, fun prints, and sundresses are often what we gravitate toward when we head out to do some spring shopping, but focusing on basic accessories and staples, instead of statement pieces, can be a great way to make your money go further.

Basics like my denim jacket and JORD watch add a touch of spring to any outfit. I love how my Frankie 35 Dark Sandalwood & Slate watch from JORD is super light and versatile, which makes it perfect for running around the city after work and on weekends running errands, meeting friends, and enjoying the beautiful weather. The sandalwood is a great contrast to a lighter spring look, but still looks great with darker pieces as the weather and my wardrobe transition into a new season.

If you’re digging this JORD watch just as much as I am, you’re in luck! I’m partnering with JORD to host a giveaway for a $100 e-gift code to JORD’s website. But because everyone likes to be a winner, all entrants will receive a $25 consolation e-gift code at the close of the contest. The contest ends at 11:59 CST on May 14, 2017 and gift codes expire on August 13, 2017.

Enter the giveaway here! Good luck 🙂

xo,

Tatum

Special thanks to JORD for collaborating with me on this post. 

Watches Made From Wood

 Photos by: Lauren Listor

Tips for Moving to NYC

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I moved into my apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan about a month ago (can’t believe it’s already been a month!!), and so far, I am loving it! But it wasn’t that long ago that I was going through the stress of apartment hunting in New York City (aka the worst thing on earth). I am by no means an expert at apartment hunting and moving (probably more like the opposite actually…) but I did learn a few things along the way, so I thought I would pay it forward and share some tips and advice I’ve gathered through my experience.

Summer is just around the corner which means this city is about to see an influx of interns and new hires. If you happen to be one of them, I hope these tips are helpful to you as you embark on this terrifying (but super exciting!) journey 🙂

1. The Pre-Move Clean Out

This is perhaps the most important of all steps toward a successful move to New York. If you haven’t already heard (which you definitely have because we all complain about it enough…), New York is known for tiny apartments, which means tiny bedrooms, closets, bathrooms, kitchens etc. This is no time for you to be sentimental about the pair of holey socks you were wearing when your middle school boyfriend leaned in for that first kiss (kissing in middle school?! So scandalous!). But in all seriousness, before you even break out the suitcases and moving boxes, do a thorough clean out of all of your possessions and don’t bring anything you don’t absolutely love, need, or care about. Cleaning out closets, drawers, and cabinets is on no one’s list of favorite activities, but when you actually have room to breath in your new shoebox apartment, you will be glad you put in the time and effort. Getting rid of things also means you will have fewer boxes to carry up 3 flights of stairs (can I get an amen?!).

2. You might not be Serena Van Der Woodsen, but that doesn’t mean you have to live in a pig sty

I hope I’m not crushing your dreams when I tell you that your first apartment in New York is not going to be a penthouse on Park Ave. However, that doesn’t mean you have to resort to something dangerous, disgusting, dirty, or all of the above. My roommate, Melissa, and I looked at some pretty gross apartments before finding our current place, and I started to think this was what we would have to settle for. THANK GOD it wasn’t. Know your budget and be realistic, but don’t settle for something that you know you won’t feel comfortable or safe in. It will take time and effort, but the happy medium between a penthouse on Park Ave and cardboard box in a parking spot is out there. I promise!

3. Don’t Black Out

You made it to an apartment viewing! Congrats! Now put that third arm (aka your smartphone, deh) to use. Take pictures and notes. The agent showing the apartment will most likely start rattling off numbers and information about the apartment and terms of the lease. You might think these are easy things to remember, but if you’re seeing four apartments in one hour, the numbers tend to jumble together and you could end up blacking-out the entire day (Did he say it was $2,500 or $25,00?!?). This is no freshmen year gen-ed class! Taking notes in the real-world is not only for dweebs (yes, I just said dweebs) and will help you make this pretty massive decision. So don’t be afraid to break out the trusty notes app on your phone and type away!

4. Prepare Those Papers

Dollars aren’t the only types of paper you’re going to need to apply for an apartment. You will also need these bad boys. If you haven’t heard, New York operates at a pace about five times faster than the rest of humankind, so it’s a good idea to gather these documents in advance so you’re able to jump on an apartment you’re interested in right away. Apartments in New York can come on and off the market in a matter of a day, so being prepared is a major key to ensuring you have the best chance of grabbing your favorite place.

5. Get Excited!! 

You just signed for your apartment! Time to get excited!! Spend some time getting to know your new neighborhood before you move in so you feel more at home on your first day. If you’re a gym rat, check out the gyms in your neighborhood to find the one that’s best for you. Locate your nearest bodega (definition: a small convenient store that often comes complete with a cat). Decide if your closest Trader Joe’s is worth the cheap produce or if you’re going to suck it up and shop at the Gristede’s down the block instead. Many of these things will come with time, so don’t feel the need to figure it all out at once. But taking the time to at least think through some of these things in advance will make you feel a bit more in control once move-in day rolls around.

Every one’s experience shopping and signing for an apartment in New York is unique. There is no script to follow, so don’t be afraid to invent your own. It’s stressful process, but once you’re opening a bottle of wine in your new place on the first night, you’ll know it was all worth it. But just know that you might be enjoying that bottle of wine on the floor because come on, we aren’t superheroes here 😉

Best of luck on your adventure!

xo,

Tatum

Rosica Mrsik Marble Print Blouse from Nineteenth Amendment

Photos by: Lauren Listor

 

Denver, CO

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Eric and I returned from our little trip to Denver about a week ago, but it’s taken me a while to figure out what I wanted to write about it. Unlike other weekend getaways I went on while I studied abroad or long weekends I’ve spent in U.S. cities like Boston and LA, I don’t feel the need to create a big write up about where I ate, what I saw, and what I recommend to other visitors as if I’m an expert on the city after spending 72 hours in it.

Our trip to Denver was different than these other trips. I didn’t really have a checklist of things I must do, food I must eat, or place I just have to see. I really just wanted to experience the city, go to a brewery, and go on at least one “outdoorsy” adventure. Well I’m happy to say I did all of those things and more, but like I said, I don’t want this post to be a “review” of Denver or a “guide” to the next Denver visitor. Because to be honest, Denver really isn’t that kind of city…which is why I loved it so much.

First, Denver is nothing like New York. If you’ve been following me on Instagram and keeping up with The Pace, you know that my favorite thing to write about is how much I love living in New York (Exhibit A and B), but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t great to get out of this hustle and bustle for a few days to experience a totally different vibe. While New York is busy and chaotic, Denver is chill and friendly. People actually talk to each other on public transportation…and they’re not even asking for money!! (I know, I was very confused at first, too…). People in Denver have a humble pride in their city, appreciating the natural beauty, culture, and fun it has to offer, while recognizing the charm (and limitations) of it’s smaller size relative to other major U.S. cities.

Eric and I experienced many sides of Denver. We partied with what felt like the entire population downtown on the Rockies’ Opening Day, hiked up a glacier, explored a couple of breweries, got our butts kicked by the altitude during our morning runs (they don’t call it the “Mile High City” for nothing), and ventured in and out of art galleries on Santa Fe during First Friday. The weather was incredibly beautiful and seeing the Rocky Mountains in the distance never ceased to take our breath away. Needless to say, “OMG Eric, I LOVE DENVER!” become my catchphrase on the trip.

If you’re heading to Denver, I’m happy to offer recommendations about good places to eat, cool coffee shops to try, and which neighborhoods to explore (seriously, hit me up!). But after spending 5 days there, I realized Denver deserves more than a guidebook or Yelp review page. It’s an experience. It’s a “vibe.” It’s a culture…one that I highly recommend you experience for yourself.

Thanks for sharing the chill vibes, Denver. I think it’s safe to say that I will be back. 🙂

xo,

Tatum

At-Home Spa Day with Emjoi

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Has spring finally sprung? Don’t want to jinx it, but I did (possibly prematurely) wear sandals for the first time last weekend. Spring cleaning doesn’t just mean sprucing up our homes and apartments, it’s also a great time of year to give our bodies a little TLC too. And what better way to complete the spring cleaning process than an at-home spa session?

I recently tried out a couple of products from Emjoi. The Emjoi Epi Slim is great for making sure all of those areas that spent winter in hiding are now ready to see the world again (y’all know what I’m talking about). It’s made for delicate skin, so it’s less painful than tweezers and other forms of hair removal. 

I also tried the Emjoi Micro Pedi, which is just what my feet needed after spending months stuck in boots and Nike sneakers. The Micro Pedi is small and portable so it easily fits in my shoebox bedroom and even in my bag when I’m traveling. 

I’m always looking for ways to save money, while also enjoying the finer things in life, so these Emjoi products were the perfect way to feel pampered without my wallet feeling the weight of a day at the spa. 

What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself?

xo,

Tatum

Thanks to Emjoi for partnering with me on the post. 

Movin’ On Up

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“Movin’ on up, to the east side.”

Well I did it. I made the move from my neighborhood in Queens to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. If you would have asked me a month ago if I would have thought I would be living in this amazing apartment on the UES, I would have laughed and said, “ugh I wish.” 

The apartment search in Manhattan is one of the weirdest things I have ever done. One weekend, I’m feeling discouraged, disgusted and doubtful that my roommate and I will ever find a place. The next weekend, I’m scrambling for paperwork and checks and applying for the apartment of my New York dreams. And then the weekend after, my parents are making the 7+ hour drive from Pittsburgh to help me move in (literal saints). New York time, ladies and gents. 

Moving has led me to reflect on the past 9 months of living in New York (I can’t believe it’s already been 9 months!!). I’ve seen, experienced, and learned a lot and would like to say I’ve grown, but underneath it all, I’m still the girl with stars in her eyes who will never get over these city lights. Sometimes I think about what 10-year-old Tatum, who had Broadway posters and other NYC mementos all over her room, would think if she met me now, and I’m proud to say, I think she would think I was pretty cool 😉

9 months and one move down with who knows how many to come. Because unlike the certainty of next month’s rent check, my journey in this city is one big exciting unknown. 

xo,

Tatum

Raimana Cowan Open Back Papillon Dress from Nineteenth Amendment

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Confidence

tatum-14tatum-16tatum-12Confident | The Pacetatum-19tatum-13I was recently interviewed to be featured on Nineteenth Amendment‘s blog Nineteenth + Seventh (check out the post here!). One of the questions my friends over at Nineteenth Amendment asked me was to describe my style in one word. This question is a tricky one for anyone to answer because doesn’t our style change by necessity as we move through our weeks? I don’t know about you, but I know I’m not wearing my leggings, Nikes and sports bra from the gym to the office and straight to happy hour.

But then it hit me that describing your style isn’t necessarily about the actual clothes and accessories you wear. It’s about the way you feel in them and the reason you choose to buy them in the first place or take them off the hanger for the day. For some, comfort is key and they could care less about what they look like as long as they are nice and cozy. Others dress to impress and adorn their bodies with pieces that have the sole purpose of turning heads. As I thought about the feeling I hope to create as I get dressed every day, only one word came to mind: confidence.

Whether I’m heading to the gym, to the office, to brunch or out on a Saturday night, my goal is always to feel confident. Confidence pushes me to break that extra sweat during my workout, to stay focused and motivated at work and to be friendly and outgoing in social settings. Confidence leads to courage, persistence and determination.

Your personal style allows you to shape your attitude and we all know that “attitude is everything.” That’s a pretty big responsibility for pieces of fabric, huh?

Now it’s your turn. Describe your style in one word. Comment/DM me on Instagram with your style definition 🙂

xo,

Tatum

Wearing: Chanho Jang Zipper Weave Top from Nineteenth Amendment

Photos by: Lauren Listor

For Better or for Worse

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Living in New York is like being in a crazy, unpredictable, rollercoaster relationship. Sometimes the walk signs line up, your subway arrives right away, you snag a seat and you don’t smell even a whiff of bodily fluid. Other times you trudge through the wind and rain to wait for a delayed subway car, surrounded by what feels like the soaking wet bodies of the entire city’s population and their dripping umbrellas. You never know if your commute to work will be smooth and easy, or if you will leave early to make that 8:30am call and end up twiddling your thumbs for 30 minutes while you car is “delayed because of train traffic ahead.” We could all choose to leave New York and all of its mixed signals and signs for another city that’s more stable, hygienic and financially supportive. But who are we kidding? We aren’t going anywhere. Because we love this city, for better or for worse. 

After suffering through a New York winter, we have finally been given a glimpse of the better times, with little teasers of truly beautiful weather. The parks filled up with people, outdoor tables were scooped up whenever the temperature crossed 50 degrees and parkas were temporarily traded in for light (or even no!) jackets. 

We knew this high wouldn’t last forever (I’m back in my parka as I write this), but we know the good times will be back, and that knowledge is what keeps us around. Predictability and a sense of normalcy are comforting, but they quickly grow old. Surprise, passion and the excitement of an ever-changing environment—that’s what we love about New York. For better and for worse. 

xo,

Tatum

Express lace off-the shoulder top/Uniqlo Jeans

Photos by Kelly West

5 Ways to Self-Love for Under $5

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Happy Valentine’s Day, loves! I’ve done a couple of festive posts so far this month, covering everything from the perfect V-Day tights to seeing the love in this crazy world. But today, I’m focusing on something that often gets overlooked and overshadowed in our busy and hectic lives: self-love. It’s great to spend time loving others, but we can’t forget to show love to the one we spend the most time with: ourselves. Self-love doesn’t come from a shallow or proud place; it stems from a place of acceptance, peace, and joy.

So whether you’re going out for a fancy dinner with your S.O., sipping wine with your friends, or eating a box of chocolates alone in your bed (no shame), don’t forget to show yourself some love. Today, I’m sharing 5 ways to self-love for under $5.

1. Try out a new workout class

Working out feels great no matter what, but there is an extra special feeling of achievement that comes with completing a brand new class. This weekend, I decided to try out CorePower Yoga‘s Yoga Sculpt class for the first time. I have never taken a yoga class, let alone a class in a hot studio that combines yoga with weights and cardio. Let’s just say, after the intense hour-long class, I was dripping in sweat and felt amazing. Taking the time to take care of your body, especially by challenging it in a new way, is one of the greatest ways to love yourself. The best part about a new class? Most studios offer a free first session, so this gift from you to you doesn’t have to cost a dime!

2. Have a spa night

You don’t have to shell out the big bucks on a spa day to feel pampered. Just pick up a face mask at your nearby drug store, put on some cozy PJs, light a candle or two, and turn on your current Netflix obsession. If you’re looking to keep costs as low as possible, I recommend checking out CVS’ line of skin products. My favorite is this Charcoal and Black Sugar Mask because it’s a great exfoliator.

3. Write love letters

Loving yourself means being grateful for the blessings you have. In our society where greed and materialism are king, it’s easy to forget the greatest blessings in our lives: our loved ones. Take some time to sit down and physically write love letters to your family and friends. And I mean old-school letters, not Snapchats, texts, or emails. Expressing why you appreciate and care for the people closest to you will fill your heart with love and gratitude.

4. Buy yourself a V-Day treat

Every once in a while, it’s important to buy ourselves a little somethin’ somethin’ For me, it’s the occasional flavored latte from Starbucks, but for you, it could be a bouquet of flowers or a freshly-baked pastry. We all know it’s often the little things that can bring us the most happiness, so don’t forget to treat yourself from time to time.

5. Catch some quality Zzzz’s

Um..duh, Tatum? But really…is there any better feeling than waking up after a great night sleep? I put a huge priority on getting enough sleep and aim for 7.5 to 8 hours every single night. Sleep is often the first thing to go when schedules get busy, but making rest a priority will set the tone for your life, determining if you will feel energized or sluggish and if you will stay healthy or be more susceptive to sickness. Loving yourself means not watching that next episode on Netflix and stopping yourself from scrolling through Instagram until the wee hours of the night. Your tomorrow early morning self will thank you, trust me 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Love your neighbor and love yourself.

xo,

Tatum

 

Valentine’s Day Look

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Love is in the air! I’m typically not the girl to dress in red and pink (head to toe black is my jam), but there’s something about this time of year that makes me want all things girly. When I spotted this H&M dress, I knew it was perfect for V-Day. Feminine, simple, elegant and the color of love, the only thing it’s missing is a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine 😉

But let’s be real. This look would be nothing without these adorable polka-dot tights from Berkshire. How fun are they?! In addition to this outfit, I’ve been wearing these tights non-stop lately. No matter what I pair them with, they make me feel giddy and girly, which is totally my February vibe.

I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day a bit early with a dinner reservation on Saturday at Eric and my favorite restaurant (my mouth is already watering thinking about the cheese plates at this place!). How are you celebrating?

Wishing you all love and happiness during your V-Day festivities!

xoxo (double hugs & kisses for the occasion),

Tatum

H&M dress / Tights c/o Berkshire