Spreading Love on Valentine’s Day

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Get your heart-eye emojis  ready and turn on those sappy love songs…Valentine’s Day is only a few days away! Without planning it, Eric and I kind of turned the entire month into a V-Day celebration. We recently got back from an incredible trip to Rome, Eric cooked us the most delicious dinner last Saturday night, and on Friday, we are seeing one of our favorite artists in concert. Because of so many fun and exciting happenings this month, we plan to keep Valentine’s Day itself a bit more low-key with a casual dinner in.

But this holiday is about a lot more than romantic relationships: it’s about love. Love is present in our lives in a variety of ways. For example, the way I love my mom is different from the way I love my cycling instructors. I believe that Valentine’s Day and this entire month in general should be a time for celebrating all types of love and reflecting on why the people in our lives matter to us.

This week, I’m also focusing on spreading love. Living in New York, I experience a good bit of negativity throughout my day-to-day routine: People yelling at each other on crammed subway cars, angry drivers honking their horns on the streets, and pedestrians scolding bicyclists for almost hitting them as they speed by. It’s easy to get caught up in this negative attitude, but it really only takes a little bit of extra effort to be a positive light in these situations instead. Say good morning to the man selling copies of AM New York outside your subway station, tell the other elevators passengers to “have a good day!” as you exit for your floor, thank the salad artist making your Sweetgreen salad by name.

Another goal of mine lately has been to verbalize the positive thoughts that come to mind. If I notice a co-worker doing amazing things at work or find myself obsessing over the jacket the woman sitting next to me on the subway is wearing, I should tell them. Positive energy and love is spread when it’s verbalized and put out into the world. Then, it becomes contagious.

I wish you a love-filled Valentine’s Day and encourage you to make the extra effort to spread love to both strangers and those closest to your heart.



Scallop Black Dress (c/o Shein)

Photos by: Laine Erynn



When in Rome…

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Eric and I just got back from the most incredible trip to Rome. I studied abroad there three years ago (can’t believe it’s already been three years!) and ever since returning to the U.S., I have been dying to go back. Eric is also a big fan of Italy (he even speaks a little Italian!), so when the opportunity arose for us to go back for a short visit, we jumped at the chance.

Because I already spent several months living in Rome, and Eric has also visited the city several times, this trip was different than many others I’ve been on. Instead of focusing on cramming in tons of sightseeing and checking as many boxes off the must-see and must-do lists as possible, we focused on enjoying a city we have both grown to love. We revisited old favorites, explored new places, and made the most wonderful memories along the way.

Our trip was short, but absolutely perfect: full of so many moments that I will cherish forever. Today, I’m sharing just a few of my favorite moments from four day stay in Rome.

1. Visit to the Trevi Fountain

When I lived in Rome three years ago, the Trevi Fountain was under construction. The other students on the trip and I were so disappointed that we weren’t able to experience such a beloved and beautiful Roman landmark and throw in our coins to make a wish. Gyped from my Lizzie McGuire Movie moment before, finally seeing the Trevi Fountain and making a wish was one of the things I was most looking forward to on this trip. Fortunately, our Airbnb was located just a short walk from the fountain, so not only did we make a point to visit on our first day, we had the opportunity to come back multiple times to experience it’s beauty. One evening, we even brought a bottle of wine and sat by the Trevi Fountain after peak hours to sip our wine, talk, and meet other tourists from around the world. In a way, I’m grateful that I wasn’t able to experience the Trevi Fountain in the past. The long anticipation and opportunity to experience it for the first time with Eric added so much excitement and meaning to the moment.

2. Dinner at Osteria Barberini

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As you can see in this post from Eric’s visit to Rome during my semester abroad, Osteria Barberini already held a special place in our hearts. Even though our first meal there occurred almost three years ago, we still talk about it as one of our favorite meals we have ever had. We knew that this trip to Rome would not be complete without another dinner at Osteria Barberini and two more plates of its famous Black Truffle Pasta. Three years later, this meal was even better than I remembered, and I can confidently say this pasta dish is the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. If you are planning a trip to Rome, you must make this charming, 40-seat restaurant part of your experience.

3. Visit with my Italian Family

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During my semester abroad, I spent one night every week with an Italian family. We enjoyed the most delicious home cooked meals, talked and learned about each others’ cultures, and practiced English with the family’s eight-year-old daughter. I grew so close with this loving, generous, kind family and was so sad to say goodbye to them when I headed back to the U.S. Being back in their neighborhood, their familiar apartment, and having the opportunity to catch up on the past few years was such an incredible blessing. It was amazing to see how much the eight-year-old I knew grew and learned during the time apart. Now, at almost 11 years-old, it was wonderful to see her speaking and understanding English so well and excelling in her school work and extracurricular activities. I feel so fortunate that I have a family and home in which I can find comfort and familiarity in a foreign city and am so thankful for the kind welcome I always receive for them.

4. Time Together

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I don’t want to get too sappy, personal or long-winded: I could write about the special moments of this trip forever. But one thing all of these moments have in common is our time together. Running along the Tiber River each morning, drinking countless doppio cafe (for him) and Americano (for me!), sitting on the Spanish Steps, at Piazza Navona,and Piazza del Popolo, taking in the grandeur and history of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, drinking Peroni, Aperol Spritz, and tons of wine, indulging in pizza, pasta, gelato, and tiramisu, exploring as many cafes, bars, restaurants, and little shops as physically possible… all of these memories are perfect because of who I shared them with.

Reaching the end of such a perfect trip was sad, but the memories I have make me almost as happy as I was as we took our first bites of pasta and sips of wine just a few days ago. Moments like these are impossible for me to hold in entirely, so I hope you enjoyed reading about just a few of my fondest from our trip.

As always, thanks for reading!

Baci, baci,


The Coziest PJ Set

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When I get home from work, one of the first things I do is change into my PJs. After running around the city and office all day in heels, nothing feels better than slipping on a comfy pair of pajamas before I get to work on answering emails, writing blog posts, and posting on Instagram. I always thought my PJs were just as comfortable as the next pair; I mean…they’re pajamas, aren’t they all the same? Well, I thought wrong.

I recently received this Matilda sleepwear set from Adore Me and the second I put it on, I fell in love. The material is so smooth and soft and is the perfect weight to wear throughout the year. Not only is this is most comfortable PJ set my body has ever encountered, it’s also flattering and elegant, without being overly sexy. This makes it ideal for wearing among family, friends, and my boyfriend alike 😉

I’m not sure if this PJ set could be topped, but I’m definitely eyeing this shorts and short-sleeved version from Adore Me for those hot NYC summer months. I’m also loving this adorable Margaery set and for a more intimate look, this Serena camisole and short set is gorgeous!

In addition to creating the greatest PJs in the land, Adore Me is also a phenomenal brand, with the mission to empower women to embrace their uniqueness. I’ve been much more conscious when shopping, especially for more intimate pieces, about a brand’s stance on body image and acceptance. I love that Adore Me celebrates every woman’s unique body type by designing a variety of styles with a perfect fit for every body.

Well…I’ve been wearing these PJs while writing this post and as you can imagine, they make cozying up in bed even more appealing, so I think it’s time to call it a night.

Sweet dreams!



Matilda Long PJ Set (c/o Adore Me)

Photos by: Laine Erynn


Why It’s Important to Have Friends Who Share Your Passion

Why It's Important to Have Friends Who Share Your Passion

Like most people, I have multiple circles of friends: friends from my hometown, friend groups from college, friends from work, friends from the city, etc. My friendships are one of the most important parts of my life, and I cherish each relationship and circle of friends dearly. Lately, I have been particularly thankful for friendships that started blooming once I moved to New York City over a year and a half ago. To my other friends, I refer to this group as “my blogger friends” or “my Instagram friends,” but on a deeper level, I think of these friendships as my creative circle.

I sincerely believe in the importance of having a wide variety of friends – friends from different places, different backgrounds, with different jobs, passions, and beliefs. But today, I want to spend some time discussing the value of having friends who share you passion. For you this may be music, politics, sports, travel, or a number of other things. Currently, my passion space is the creative community of content creators in New York City (i.e. the blogging/Instagram world of NYC). I have been so fortunate to meet so many of New York’s photographers, bloggers, designers, and other content creators at events, through mutual friends, and through Instagram during my time here. It’s crazy to think that the few girls I happened to talk to at my first Fashion Week event three seasons ago are now my close girlfriends and that girls I followed and communicated with on Instagram for years are now my real-life friends.

This is not to say that this creative community is all sunshine and rainbows. It also can be cutthroat, fake, and full of vanity, greed, and selfishness. It’s been so crucial for me to separate myself as much as possible from those aspects of this community and focus on the people, events, and collaborations that make me feel happy, fulfilled, and that spark inspiration.

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on the friendships I’ve made and grown in this creative community and have realized the gravity of their importance in my life. Wherever your area of passion lies, I encourage you to seek friendships within that space for these reasons…

They Get You

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When you’re together, you can speak an entirely different language. My boyfriend recently joined my reunion (about five months in the making!) with two of my best blogger pals, Hilary and Audra. While he isn’t a complete stranger to the world of Instagram and blogging (I talk about it a lot, hehe), I realized half-way through the dinner that he probably felt a bit lost as our conversation speed on using social handles instead of names and discussing followers, pods, engagement, collaborations, and more. I realized in this moment that one, he is a total keeper 😉 and two, how great it felt to be able to share the highs and lows, joys and frustrations, and everything else that comes with being a blogger/Instagrammer with people who knew exactly what I was going through. Not only is this an opportunity to vent and get out those held in emotions, but it’s also a time to share advice and guidance. It’s almost therapeutic. These friends can be there for you and provide support and advice in such unique ways.

They Inspire You

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Working on my blog and Instagram is my passion and creative outlet, but with a demanding full-time job, it’s not always easy to find the time and energy necessary to answer emails, work on collaborations, and create content. Whenever I’m feeling tired or unmotivated, I look to my creative friends for inspiration. Whether this is just a visit to their blogs or Instagram feeds, a text conversation, or a coffee date, spending time with my friends either virtually or in real-life is incredibly motivating. I’ve been so blessed to befriend the most hard-working, go-getting, butt-kicking women out there and am never short of inspiration after time spent with them. There are no feelings of jealousy or inferiority when I see and hear about the amazing things my friends are doing. Instead, I feel proud and excited and personally, encouraged to continue on my own creative pursuits.

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If you’re reading this and are part of this creative circle, thank you. You inspire me more than you know and your friendship fills such an important space in my heart. And to everyone reading this, I encourage you to seek friendships in your area of passion to foster understanding, challenges, and motivation that can only be achieved by those going through a similar journey.



Photos by: Lauren Listor & David Western


Hold Onto Your Hats

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To be honest, I almost lost my hat to some major wind gusts while shooting these photos (…and my girl Grace probably almost lost her fingers snapping these pics in the freezing cold #TrueFriend). But after receiving this hat from Scala, I just couldn’t wait another day to wear it and decided that holding onto my hat while running through the streets of Little Italy on the way to grab coffee with my gals was worth it 😉

I’ve never considered myself a hat person, other than the Villanova baseball cap I occasionally throw on over the weekend when I’m dealing with second day hair; but I’ve loved the floppy hat style for a while and decided it was time to step out of my comfort zone and give it a try myself. Now, I’m obsessed. I love how this simple black hat takes this chunky sweater and ripped jeans look to the next level, making it chic and stylish instead of just easy and comfortable.

I’m all about finding pieces that bring that extra somethin’-somethin’ to an otherwise standard outfit. Leather jackets, denim vests, and fun sunglasses have been my go-tos in the past when I want to add some interest to a look, but from now on, I’m going to be all about the hats to add some drama, fun, and spunk to my looks.

The next hat trend on my list to try is the beret. I doubt I’ll ever be able to rock a beret like my lovely friend Audra, but I will try my darndest! I’m loving this studded beret from TopShop and this classic white from Anthropologie.

Are you a hat-lover or do you prefer to keep it bare up there? If you’ve been rocking hats for a while, let me know which hat I have to try next!



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Photos by: Grace Lee of Gracefullee Made



My Ultimate Meal Prep Guide

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I live by Sunday meal prep. I started meal prepping my senior year of college when I no longer had a meal plan on campus and have been going strong ever since. With rent, student loan payments, and other expenses, my budget does not allow me to buy many meals, so I have relied on my Sunday meal prep ritual to fuel me throughout the week.

I’m always receiving questions from my friends, coworkers, and on Instagram about meal-prepping, so I decided to share my step-by-step guide to meal prepping. Obviously, everyone’s meal prep routines will look a bit different, but I hope the below will help jump start your own meal-prep routine or answer any of those lingering questions you’ve had for the list making, tupperware hoarding people like me 😉

Step 1: Look Ahead

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We all have different schedules that are constantly changing week to week. Before you even think about stepping into the grocery store, take a look at your week ahead to determine how many meals you will need. Client lunch meeting on Tuesday? Dinner and drinks with friends on Thursday? A reoccurring Wednesday dinner date with your S/O? Take all of your week’s plans into consideration and then outline which days you will need to prepare lunch and dinner for (omitting breakfast from this guide because it’s typically less of a hassle and easier to prep).

Step 2: Choosing Your Meals

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Now it’s time to decide what you want to eat. Every week, I make a salad for lunch and some type of vegetable/protein/grain mix for dinner. You might want to prep sandwiches or wraps for lunch and pasta for dinner. This is all up to you (obviously!), but I’ll use my own prep as an example.

First, I search Pinterest for a salad recipe to make for the week. I type in “vegan salad,” “healthy salad recipes,” “filling vegan lunches” and other keywords to bring up countless delicious options. Once I choose a recipe, I simply write down all the ingredients I don’t already have in my kitchen on my grocery list. For those with a smaller budget (me!), remember that it’s totally fine not to follow a recipe 100%. If a salad calls for several ingredients to make a fancy dressing, I often ignore it and dress the salad with extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar instead. Feel free to switch up the recipe to make it work for your budget and taste. To get started, check out some of my favorite lunches to meal prep in this post or try this super easy and healthy taco salad I made over the summer.

Personally, I can eat the same lunch all week and not get bored, but I know for many, fear of boredom is a major reason not to meal prep. If this is a concern of yours, I encourage you to just try meal prepping a lunch to eat all week. If by Friday, you can’t take another bite without gagging, at least you gave it a try! But you also may find that your world didn’t end after eating the same lunch all week 😉 If you truly can’t stomach the thought of 5 days of the same meal, you can always choose to meal prep two different lunch options and switch between the two throughout the week.

Next, it’s time to think about dinner. For most of us, dinners are eaten at home, so they require less thought and planning. I often don’t look up specific dinner recipes (to be honest, I’m exhausted after searching for my lunch of the week!), but be sure I have frozen vegetables, cans of beans, healthy grains, veggie burgers, and other easy things to whip up when I get home from work. If you prefer more extravagant meals for dinner, you can always search for a dinner recipe just like lunch!

Step 3: The Grocery Store

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By now, your grocery list is started with the ingredients you need for your lunches and essentials for dinner. To fill in what’s missing, think through your week and everything you consume – from the almond milk you put in your coffee to the carrots and hummus you have for a daily snack. Add in these items to complete your list.

I know it’s tempting not to make a grocery list, especially if you’re only shopping for yourself, but making and sticking to your grocery list is crucial for meal prep. The whole point of prepping meals is to save money and to eliminate wasting food. If you make a list and don’t follow it while shopping or totally wing it at the grocery store, you are defeating the hard planning work you completed above. It’s not always going to be easy, but once you prove to yourself that you can avoid the temptation of filling your basket on a whim, it will become a habit (and you’ll be amazed how your grocery bill decreases!).

Step 4: Prep Your Meals

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You’re back from the grocery store with all of the items on your list and you have your recipe pulled up on your phone – you’re ready to prep! Before I break out my cutting board and pans, I take a second to think through the recipe. For example, if I’m cooking quinoa, I know the process will take at least 30 minutes, so I start boiling water before I chop my veggies. Look at every step of the recipe and come up with the most efficient plan for tackling it. This step definitely takes the most effort (it is the prep step after all!), so mentally prepare to put in some time and energy. Meal prepping can take up to an hour or more (depending on your recipe!), but one hour spent in the kitchen is more than worth having delicious meals to eat all week. Keep this in mind if you start to break a sweat over the stove 😉

Step 5: Pack Your Meals

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Once the chopping, stirring, and cooking is finally complete, you may be tempted to just throw everything you just prepared into your largest container and take a nap. But the last step of meal prep is insanely easy and super important: Divide your masterpiece into one-meal size containers. You are a lot less likely to abandon your prepping efforts if enjoying the fruits of your labor is as easy as grabbing a container from the fridge on your way off to work or class.

Step 6: ENJOY!

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The best step of all. Save money. Save time. Feel accomplished.

Was this meal prep guide helpful? Let me know! And if you have any questions, leave a comment below or send me a DM on Instagram!

Happy prepping!



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Bringing Joy to January

DB8FDB54-9018-4A40-92B9-334FBA0C64C09DD17563-7175-4174-8F3C-01E6DC8F4DABThe holidays have come and gone; the gifts have been opened, carols sung, and champagne popped. Whether you’ve already taken down your tree and swept up the confetti from your floor or you’re still in denial that the holidays are over, we are all stepping into the new year together. 2018, ready or not, here we come!

After the excitement of the holidays that carried us through the last few months of the year, January can seem like a bit of a let down. In some ways, this calm after the storm is quite pleasant and relaxing. But when the spirit and festivities of the holiday season aren’t there to warm us up from the below freezing temps, January can seem a bit dull and downright depressing. As an eternal optimist, I see this as a challenge and started brainstorming ways to make January as happy and exciting as possible. Today, I’m sharing some of my ideas for warming up this freezing month!

Turn Your Place Into a Hot Spot

…literally and figuratively! It is way too cold to be running around and bar hopping on Saturday night, but that doesn’t mean you have to totally neglect your social life this month. Turn your place into the hot spot this weekend by hosting a fun night for your friends. Friends, music, drinks, and snacks without the crowds and expensive prices – a total win in my book! The best part about hosting? You don’t even have to step out of your apartment 😉

Get Oscar Ready

Award season is upon us! If you’re like me and haven’t seen many of this year’s top contenders (I do not frequent the movies), now is a great time to get caught up. Like I said, I rarely go to the movies (mostly due to the expense) but when you’re not spending money on $18 rooftop cocktails, you might find a little extra wiggle room in your budget to splurge on a movie ticket. Besides entertainment, Oscar contenders also serve greater cultural purposes and can lead to great discussion among friends, family, and coworkers. Plus, nothing makes me smile like the smell of buttery movie-theater popcorn 🙂

Fast-Forward Spring Cleaning

Okaaay…maybe it’s a bit of a stretch to put this in the “fun and exciting” category, but a good clean out is truly the best feeling. Whether it’s your closet, desk, kitchen cabinets, or dresser drawers that could use some extra attention, use this fresh start as an opportunity to give your messes a little TLC. Not only does it feel great to clean and organize, but next time you’re heading out into the cold and can easily locate your favorite pair of boots and warmest gloves, you will be so grateful for all of your hard work!

Spread the Love

Sometimes the best way to bring warmth into the world is to give love. There are so many ways to get involved in our communities and spend our time and energy giving to others. Volunteering is definitely something I’ve neglected since moving to New York, but I want to make it a priority this year. If any New Yorkers out there have suggestions for ways to get involved and serve the community, please let me know!

What are you doing to bring joy to January? Share in the comment section below!




Reflecting on 2017


As I look back on 2017, I feel so blessed — almost to the point of disbelief — of all that occurred. It was truly a monumental year filled with major changes, challenges to overcome, and countless memories that make me smile and laugh. I am a very reflective person and take time nightly to count my blessings and consider all that I have to be thankful for, but as a new year is about to begin, I am taking even more time to look at the bigger picture and acknowledge the incredible things these past 12 months have brought.

We all know 2017 as the year we all stared at the sun to catch a glimpse of the Solar Eclipse and binged 13 Reasons Why and Stranger Things 2 on Netflix, but 2017 brought all kinds of other excitement into my life. Today, I’m sharing some of my biggest 2017 moments below, some with more impact than others, but all important just the same. I also encourage you to take the time to take a step back and reflect on what this year brought into your life.

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2017 was the year…

1. I landed my dream job

When I was in college as an aspiring public relations professional, I learned about a PR agency in NYC with an entirely female staff, the most beautiful office space I had ever seen, and clients in the beauty, fashion, and lifestyle industries. I immediately became obsessed with this agency and spent countless hours researching and learning about it. In 2017, I somehow managed to land a job at this very agency and am now one of the women who has the privilege to go to work every day in arguably, the coolest office in Manhattan. My first six months at Alison Brod Marketing + Communications were six of the hardest months of my life. To say the environment is fast-paced and that the people on my team are absolutely incredible at their jobs are both huge understatements. Those first six months were very difficult, but also allowed me to experience growth and learn like never before. I am so thankful that I get to go to bed every night thinking, “I love my job. I love my coworkers. I love my office.” I know this is a luxury many people don’t have, and I try to never take it for granted.

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2. I discovered the wonders of cycling

I had dipped my toes in cycling classes before, but 2017 was the year I officially made spin part of my weekly fitness routine. Every Monday and Wednesday morning, my roommate and I lace up our sneakers and prepare to sweat as we head to cycling class with our two favorite instructors. I have tried many types of workout classes and fitness programs including Insanity and Crossfit, and I believe cycling ranks among one of the hardest, best workouts I have ever put my body through. The music and energy encourages me to push myself to efforts greater than I thought I could achieve, and I leave every single class feeling totally exhausted but amazing at the same time. I’ve also noticed that my endurance and cardio levels have increased greatly after cycling twice a week for several months; I can now run much faster and longer and push myself harder during workouts like Insanity. A fitness class might not seem like a major life impact, but for someone who prioritizes fitness as highly as I do, this new way to break a sweat and get an incredible workout has totally transformed my workout routine and improved my overall fitness levels.

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3. I moved into my first Manhattan apartment

When I first moved to New York, I spent the first 9 months living in Queens. I absolutely loved the neighborhood I lived in where I was constantly exposed to different languages and cultures and where I could buy two huge bags of fresh produce from my favorite market for under $10. But after nine months of commuting into Manhattan for my work and social life, I decided it was time to make the move into this borough. Luckily for me, the world’s greatest roommate was also looking to move into Manhattan, so I snagged both her and an amazing apartment on the Upper East Side. I learned that while living on the Upper East Side doesn’t necessarily make me Blair Waldorf, it is a still a fantastic part of the city to live in. I love how quiet and safe the area is, how easy it is for me to explore Central Park and wander past the gorgeous houses on Park Avenue, and how many amazing restaurants there are for me to try! My apartment truly feels like home, which is such an important feeling to experience amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.


4. My boyfriend and I lived in the same city for the first time in years

At this time last year, I was preparing myself to spend 27 months in a long-distance relationship with my boyfriend as he worked for the Peace Corps in Peru. I was incredibly proud of him for his desire to spend his life in such an admirable way and for his ability to get accepted into the program in the first place; on the other hand, I was also dealing with the sadness of having to say goodbye to him for such a long period of time. But plans change, as they often do, and the Peru program was cancelled due to flooding. After much time spent on how to best move forward, Eric decided to move back home to New York, and I am so thankful. We now live in the same city for the first time since he was in college, and I love how often we are able to see each other! Just proves how many surprises life has for us…

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Obviously, many other events and experiences impacted my life in the past year, but as I reflect at the end of this month, these are the events that really stand out to me. What stands out to you as you look back on 2017? Share in the comments section below!

Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy, safe, and happy new year!



Photos by:  Lauren ListorOlivia Choi & Laine Erynn




It’s the Holiday Season

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Queue up those Andy Williams classics because Christmas is only four days away, and I already have visions of sugarplums dancing in my head 😉 I’m that girl that has been celebrating the holiday season since I swallowed my last bite of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, and I haven’t slowed down since. I’ve always been a total Christmas-lover, but living in New York City has brought my celebrations to the next level. In this city, you can’t go anywhere without hearing holiday tunes, smelling the evergreens being sold on every street corner, running into holiday markets, and gazing upon the most beautiful and festive lights and decorations. No one does Christmas like New York (which is just further proof that I was born to live here!).

Tomorrow, I’m heading to Pittsburgh to spend the holidays with my family, and I couldn’t be more excited! I can’t wait to catch up with loved ones I haven’t seen in months and spend quality time with my parents and brother. I see a whole lot of laughter, adventures, healthy meals, and vegan eggnog in my future 🙂

Each holiday season bring complaints of greed and over-commercialization, but I choose to look at the holidays in a different way. This season brings out generosity among friends, neighbors, coworkers, and even strangers. We write cards telling each other how much they mean to us, bake treats to share, and spend our time, energy, and money on celebrations and gifts to show others that we care. Don’t get me wrong, the holidays have definitely become “commercial,” but that doesn’t have to be the only thing we notice or focus on at this time of year. I encourage you to look past the negativity and focus on the peace, love, and joy that the holidays bring.

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, healthy, happy, and blessed holiday season.



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Photos By: Laine Erynn


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I love working out, but like I shared in this post, sometimes I need a little extra motivation to get my butt out of bed and into my gym clothes. Speaking of…I am totally obsessed with this sports bra and pair of leggings from 2(X)ist. The hot pink accents wake me up in the morning and the material is so comfortable!

One thing that always motivates me is a new workout. Nothing is worse than going to the gym knowing you are about to do a routine for the 50th time in a row… so I enjoy coming up with new routines to shake up my gym time and keep me excited to exercise!

Today I’m sharing a new lower body workout I tried out at the gym last week. I love incorporating strength training, high-intensity interval training, and pilates-inspired moves into my lower body workouts to keep things exciting and to put my body through new challenges.

Save this workout to your phone, queue up a motivational playlist, head to the gym, and give it a try! I would love to know what you think!

Happy sweating!



STRENGTH: Twice through
Wide Leg Squats (10 reps)
Wide Leg Deadlifts (10 reps)
Kettle bell swings (20 reps )
Weighted Bridges (10 reps)
Traditional Squat (10 reps)
Deadlifts (10 reps)
Isolated Squats – One leg at a time (20 reps)
Butterfly Weighted Bridges – Bring feet together and press up to bridge in “butterfly” position (10 reps)

HIIT: 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off – Each move twice and repeat entire sequence one time
Power Skips
Pop squats
Lateral jumps
High knee pulse

PILATES: 45 sec on, 15 off
Back bow
Side leg raises (Left)
Side leg raises (Right)
Rear leg lifts – On hands and knees, lift leg & squeeze butt (Left)
Rear leg lifts (Right)
Wide squat pulse
Wall sits
Bridge hold

Sports Bra & Leggings c/o 2(X)ist

Photos By: Laine Erynn