Summer Lovin’ in Kaer

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Can you believe we are already halfway through summer? I feel like I just installed my AC unit and got my first sunburn! So far, summer has been lovely—Summer Fridays at work, relaxing at Central Park, day trips to the beach, and rooftop BBQs—this girl can’t complain 😉 We may be halfway through July, but summer is far from over, and I’m determined to make the last half of it even better than the first!

My next few weeks of summer hold a lot of exciting plans including a weekend trip to Philly to reunite with my college besties and a visit from my parents (my OG besties!). In between fun-filled weekends and busy work weeks, I anticipate many spontaneous adventures with my fellow NYC partners in crime 😉 The days aren’t this long all year, so it’s important to take advantage of the ample sun light!

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Speaking of sunlight, I feel like this dress is a gift from above; I have majorly fallen in love. This piece by one of my favorite Brooklyn designers, Kaer Brooklyn is unlike any I have ever worn, and I felt like a ballroom dancer twirling around in Union Square Park 🙂 I love dresses that are classy, unique, and comfortable and this one hits all three. If you followed me in September, you know I was obsessed with this bomber jacket by Kaer (still available here on the site!) and I’ve been a huge fan of other Kaer pieces ever since. Head over to the site to shop this dress and other gorgeous pieces.

How are you celebrating the rest of the summer and what are you wearing? Share in the comment section below or DM me on Instagram 🙂

xo,

Tatum

Dress c/o Kaer Brooklyn

Special thanks to Kaer for sponsoring this post. 

 

A New Mentality on Student Debt

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It is no secret that student debt in the United States is a major problem. According to this Forbes article, there are 44.2 million U.S. borrowers with a total of $1.31 trillion in student debt, and the average student in the Class of 2016 has $37,172 in student loan debt. When I was still in school, these massive numbers were hard to wrap my head around. I have had a job since I was 16, but working part-time jobs with paychecks that went partly to my college fund and partly to fueling my trips to the mall did not give me a real understanding of how income, bills, debt, and personal finance in general operate. Having been in the working world for over a year, I now have a better understanding of how impactful my debt is and how big of an effect it has on my life.

If you’re like me and are one of the more than 44 million borrowers contributing to our country’s student debt, you know how overwhelming and terrible those monthly loan payments are. Partnered with rent, utilities bills, gym membership fees, groceries, and other necessities, it’s enough to bring a twenty-something to tears (and trust me, it has multiple times).

I personally am taking on an enormous amount of student debt and my monthly payments eat up a large majority of my paycheck. I would be lying if I said I didn’t look at my coworkers, peers, and friends that have less (or no) student debt than I do and feel bad for myself. But my debt is going to be a part of my life for quite some time, whether I like it or not. I refuse to throw a 15-year-long pity party for myself and harness unnecessary feelings of negativity and ungratefulness, so lately I have been trying to take on a new mindset regarding my debt.

Instead of thinking of my monthly payments as another bill, I am viewing these payments as a positive step forward. For four years, I dug myself into a monstrous hole of debt, and while I will never look at my four years at Villanova with anything but joy and gratitude, I can recognize now that those amazing years also included the act of painting a picture of very red dollar signs.  But now, I am climbing out of that hole. With every payment, I am getting closer to being debt-free.

I obviously believe education in our country is extremely overpriced and that student debt is an issue that needs to be addressed, but if you are one of the 44.2 million borrowers with debt, we can never let the annoyance and difficulty of our debt allow us to forget what a privilege receiving an education is. In the midst of those painful monthly payments, it is important to recognize our blessings and fortune and take on a more positive mindset.

What are your tips for managing your student debt? Please share in the comment section below!

xo,

Tatum

Fierce + Regal

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I recently discovered the new elevated athletic performance wear brand, Fierce + Regal, and fell in love right away. Not only are the pieces lovely, but they feel amazing! I could tell the second I stepped into a pair of the Capri Leggings and Sports Bra that the fabric was of the highest quality: extremely comfortable and super easy to move in. The material provides so much support, automatically boosting my confidence and giving me tons of extra fitspo to break a sweat 😉

But Fierce + Regal is more than beautiful, high quality activewear pieces: it’s a mantra in and of itself. Fierce + Regal is all about female empowerment. Women should feel fierce, unstoppable, and confident on the inside, and still be able to look regal, put together, and sophisticated on the outside. To me, being fierce means being tenacious. It means waking up every day and attacking a killer workout at the gym, heading into the office determined to work hard and be successful, and always approaching every situation with a confident, can-do attitude. The word regal means class, sophistication, intelligence, beauty, and poise.

Many may find these characteristics to be opposites and might think that a woman needs to choose one or the other. But Fierce + Regal (and I!) do not agree. A woman can rock both of these qualities and should never have to sacrifice tenacity for poise or vice versa. I love that the Fierce + Regal line encourages this powerful combination of traits and that the pieces allow females to bring these characteristics to the surface.

We are all given different personalities, different strengths and weaknesses, and different character traits. But I believe that in every woman there is at least a little bit of fierceness and regality just waiting to come out. Let Fierce + Regal inspire and empower you to show the world what you’re made of.

Be sure to check out Fierce + Regal online and on Instagram 🙂

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

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Special thanks for Fierce + Regal for working with me on this post.

 

Summer Fun in NYC (For Under $15!)

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Summer has a way of making everyone more social. All of a sudden, the friends who responded to your texts all winter with a “I think I’m just gonna stay in tonight…” are now hitting you up for happy hour. There’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of rose with your crew after a long day at work, dining al fresco with your S/O on a Friday night, or catching up with an old friends over margaritas and guacamole, but unfortunately, those meals and drinks can start to add up in the dollar department.

This summer, I’ve been trying to find a balance between meals and drinks out and more affordable alternatives that are just as fun. Today, I’m sharing a few of the ways I have been able to get the most out of this season without totally breaking the bank. These activities are based in New York, but for my friends outside of the city, most of these can be transplanted anywhere!

The Rockaways

You don’t have to spend big bucks for a beach giveaway. During the long Fourth of July weekend, my friends and I made a day trip to Rockaway Beach in Queens (highlights from the day in the photos above!). I was dying to get some beach time in during the holiday (and maybe a pina colada or two) and the Rockaways did not disappoint. The Rockaways is reachable by the subway, which means travel cost is as minimal as a metro card swipe. To keep costs as low as possible, bring your own beach snacks and lunch! Or head over to the outdoor food court on 97th street and grab lunch for under $15. I also highly recommend the frozen pina coladas at Connolly’s: Seven dollars of tropical bliss 🙂

P.S. My suit is also under $15 and was perfect for my beach day. Shop it here!

DIY: Dining al fresco

Because there is nothing I love better than eating outdoors in nice weather, Eric and I have been meeting for weekly dinners in the parks throughout the city. After work, we meet at one of our favorite healthy spots (like Sweetgreen or ByChloe), grab salads to go, and head to the closest park for our very own dinner al fresco. We enjoy the beautiful weather, often get to listen to live music, and catch up on our days all for the cost of a Quinoa Taco Salad from ByChloe. Grabbing food to go eliminates the need to tip a server and also keeps you from ordering those extras that you don’t always need (for Eric and I, this means our classic shared plate of calamari and a glass of wine). Taking food to go also allows you to explore different parks and neighborhoods of your city. A win all around!

Take a Walk

This one might sound painfully obvious, but it’s a great alternative to not forget! With so many friends to meet and catch up with, those happy hour drink prices can really start to add up. When a friend asks to meet for drinks, suggest taking a walk instead! Meet in Central Park or by the river and enjoy each other’s company while taking in your city’s most peaceful surroundings. Not only is this a more economical option, but it’s a great healthy activity too. Nothing feels better than getting in some steps and breathing fresh air after a day in the office!

Keep an Eye Out for Free Events!

All cities offer tons of free and open events, you just have to keep your eyes open! I always grab a copy of Time Out New York on my way to the office on Wednesdays, which is a great place to find those free and affordable events going on during the week. There are also fun reoccurring events that happen throughout the season like HudsonRiverFlicks and Summer Stage shows. Incorporating some of these events into your social schedule to balance out the more pricey events will really help your finances in the long run!

As it is for most things in life, it’s all about balance. You don’t need to shell out money every time you want to enjoy yourself in your city. Finding a balance between free and affordable events and the more expensive ones will not only make you feel more responsible and financially savvy today, but it will start good habits that you can continue to practice in the future.

What are your favorite affordable ways to enjoy summertime in your city?

xo,

Tatum

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Gratitude

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We’ve all been there…”My life is hard because X, Y, Z.” “If I only had X like he/she did.” “Why do have to deal with this?!”

Whether these comments are thought internally, uttered to significant others, friends, and roommates, or posted on social media, they’re one in the same: pity parties. I know realistically that we can’t possibly be happy all of the time. There are going to be times when life gets us down, when it hands us things that cause incredible suffering. But these routine pity parties that we throw for ourselves are the issue.  Lately, I have been the hosting way too many Tatum pity parties and a couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time to officially retire the event. 

Because when I think about it, it is downright silly and stupid for me to feel bad for myself. I have an abundance of resources, far more than I need, and so many blessings in every aspect of my life. So now when my inner self starts writing out those pity party invites, I’m stealing the pen and putting that energy toward thinking about all I have to be thankful for, instead of the things I want or worry about.

Today, I’m sharing five things that I am super thankful for at the moment. Next time you start down the path of self-pity, I challenge you to do the same. Just take a moment and list five things you’re thankful for. A change in mentality from yearning to appreciating makes all the difference.

1. My dream job

About a month ago, I started my dream job. It’s crazy and insane and intense, but it’s also fun, exciting, challenging, and rewarding. I can honestly say that I love my job. I never dread going to work in the morning and have multiple moments a week when I think, I can’t believe this is actually my job. I know how lucky I am to feel this way toward my job, especially being so young in the working world, and everyday I am thankful for that. 

2. My family

I am obsessed with my family. My parents, brother, and I have always been and always will be extremely close. Our family group chat is always blowing up as we keep each other up to speed on our lives. We congratulate each other’s achievements, laugh at embarrassing moments shared, and relive old memories. I especially cherish the time we all spend together, since it doesn’t occur as often as it used to when we all lived under the same roof. Not only am I blessed with such a close knit, supportive, loving, fun, incredible little Murray clan, I have an amazing extended family: Grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins that have given me so much love, support, and guidance throughout my life.

3. My boyfriend 

Eric and I started dating during my sophomore year of college and my life has never been the same. It’s been three and a half years and I still get butterflies when he walks toward me on the street and still smile at my phone when I’m texting him. And while my blog is not the place I share the details of my relationship, I will share my gratitude to have someone so loving, smart, supportive, and altogether wonderful as my boyfriend.

4. My friends

I would be nothing without them. My friends are the icing, the glue, and the spice in my life (if that even makes any sense). They bring excitement, inspiration, laughter, support, companionship, and joy. We celebrate life together, spend too much money together, cry together, laugh together, and live together (in the case of my amazing roomie!). My life would be one big pile of blah without my friends. 

5. My city

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of living in New York City. Now that I’ve lived here for a year, my starry-eyes are still sparkling. I am in love with this city. There is no place on earth like it. And to wake up every day and think, I can’t believe I actually live here, is such a blessing. 

What are five things you’re thankful for right now?

xo,

Tatum

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Photos by: Jay Haute

Provenance Meals Review

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Last week, I had the privilege of testing out an organic meal delivery service in the New York area called Provenance Meals. Provenance is an organic meal delivery service for busy New Yorkers with 100% gluten-free and dairy-free meals made from scratch with sustainable and organic local ingredients. Provenance offers prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for every diet from vegan to paleo. Take a look at this week’s menu to get an idea of the incredible meals Provenance offers (WARNING: Mouth-watering may occur).

I enjoyed two days of breakfast, lunch, and dinner of some of the most incredible and creative meals I have ever had including Pear Matcha Paleo Muffins, Sweet Potato Toast with Black Bean Mash, Chargrilled Butternut Squash with Chive Sunflower Pesto, and Creamy Lemon Celeriac Pasta with Asparagus & Peas. Every meal was absolutely AMAZING—filling, fresh, healthy, and so tasty. I also loved how diverse my meals were, some including ingredients I have never tried or have heard of before!

My experience trying out Provenance Meals was wonderful, and I’m already sad that I won’t be having another bowl of Coconut Quinoa and Lentil Curry this week. If you live in the city or nearby, check out the website to see if Provenance is a service that could work for you!

Special thanks to Provenance Meals for collaborating with me on this post.

5 Lunches You Need to Meal Prep Today

If you follow me on Instagram and watch any of my stories, you know that I am a major fan of meal prep. Living in New York is expensive and I can’t afford to buy lunch every day, so it’s super important for me to prepare healthy lunches to fuel me through the week. I know “meal prep” can sound daunting, exhausting, and intimidating…What will I make? What groceries do I buy? Am I going to get bored of eating the same thing??! All of these questions are totally legitimate and can deter many people from joining the Sunday Meal Prep club. But don’t fear; I’ve got you 🙂

I’ve rounded up some amazing, healthy dishes for you to try this week, next week, and next month. Remember that a key of keeping meal prep exciting is always trying something new, so give one or two of these a try and let me know what you think! Happy prepping!

Garlic Tofu Salad with Lime Dressing by Healthier Steps

I made this a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing!

Rainbow Power Salad with Roasted Chickpeas by Pinch of Yum

Eggplant, Caramelized Onion and Tomato Pasta by Well Vegan

Made this last week for Eric and I with Trader Joe’s red lentil pasta and it was incredible!

Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing by The Garden Grazer

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Our Family’s Favorite Salad by Gimme Some Oven

This dressing is my new fave!

What are your favorite meal prep recipes? I’m always looking for something new to try!

xo,

Tatum

Self-Care

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Ever since high school, health and fitness have played a huge role in my life. I work out every day, eat healthy a majority of the time, aim to get eight hours of sleep every night, and try to maintain a positive self-outlook to promote good mental and emotional health. These things have become second-nature: part of my lifestyle. However, I am always reflecting on my way of living and looking for ways to become healthier physically, mentally, and emotionally.

I moved to New York a year ago and with the stress of money, high cost of living, and limited amount of time spent between work, my social life, and my blog, I started to slip into some pretty unhealthy eating habits. A couple of weeks ago, I decided that it was time for a change. If I put so much time and effort into buying and cooking healthy food and going to the gym every day, it is silly for me to not fuel my body sufficiently and properly, which is something I let slip in my ranking of priorities. I set a goal to make a greater effort to not let work, my busy schedule, or stress of money get in the way of making sure my body has all of the nutrients it needs to get through my workouts and through my days. After striving toward this goal for a couple of weeks, I feel so much better. I feel healthier, happier, and proud of myself for prioritizing self-care.

What can you change in order to live your healthiest life and promote self-care?

xo,

Tatum

Photos by: Jay Haute

Latest Health Tips & Tricks

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With Memorial Day Weekend behind us and upcoming vacations and trips dancing in our heads, we are well into summer. It’s no secret that summer brings an added motivation to exercise and eat healthy in order to achieve that “beach bod.” While I am a strong proponent for living a healthy and fit lifestyle all year round, I do appreciate the extra burst of fitspo that comes along with summer sundresses and swimsuits.

There isn’t one major secret to healthy living (if there is, I have yet to find it!), but I’m always on the look out for new ways to bring health into every aspect of my life. And because no one wants to hear about counting calories or eating salad for the millionth time, I’m sharing a few small and easy health tips and tricks I’ve gathered recently that have helped me along my healthy living journey.

1. The healthiest, freshest, tastiest, easiest pasta sauce EVER!

After my roommate got a vegetable spiralizer for her birthday, my mom sent me one of her favorite vegetable noodle recipes to try. This Guilt Free Pasta recipe by Lucy Wyndham-Read (who by the way is my new healthy living role model) is a quick and easy veggie noodle dish that will definitely become a go-to in my kitchen. But the stand-out from the recipe is the tomato sauce. The sauce takes only about five minutes to make and heat up and requires only a few healthy and fresh ingredients, making it a much healthier alternative to the sugar-filled pasta sauces we buy at the grocery store. Try out the recipe below and I bet you will never buy store-made sauce again!

  1. Cut tomato in half and grate (placing the inside of the tomato on the grater) everything but the peel into a bowl.
  2. Add a drop of extra virgin olive oil and any spices of your choosing (I used pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika)
  3. Heat in a sauce pan over medium heat and enjoy!

2. Cinnamon, not sugar

I have been eating the same breakfast of whole rolled oats, cinnamon, and a banana for years (seriously, ask any of my roommates over the past four years). With the natural sugar of the banana and sweetness of the cinnamon, I never need to add any additional sugar to my breakfast of choice. Recently, I’ve started to put cinnamon in my coffee, too and it has been a major game changer. I typically drink black coffee, sometimes with a tiny splash of almond milk, but a few dashes of cinnamon completely transforms what can sometimes be a strong and bitter cup of black coffee to something much sweeter and tastier. Try replacing cinnamon for sugar in your coffee, oatmeal, and anything else you want to experiment with. Let me know if you find any other game changing cinnamon companions 🙂

3. Knowledge is Power

When eating out, it’s easy to make unhealthy choices from the sheer factor of ignorance. Most restaurants don’t include the nutritional information of food and drinks in the menu, so it’s up to us to do our homework and know more than just the monetary cost of what we’re ordering. There’s no need to go crazy and obsess over the calorie number, fat percentage, and grams of sugar in every item you ever order, but it’s important to have a general knowledge of the nutritional information of your go-to food and drink choices when you’re out. For example, I love a good plate of Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict for brunch, and while several of the ingredients in this dish have good nutritional value (salmon and eggs), the hollandaise sauce smothered on top contains a lot of calories and fat. This doesn’t mean I should never order eggs benny, but knowing the nutritional information that makes up one of my favorite brunch options might led me to ask for the sauce on the side or only order it every once in a while as a special treat. Knowledge of calories, fat, and sugar should not be used to restrict ourselves, but instead as a resource to help us stay on track with our personal health and fitness goals.

4. Explore the Pasta Shelf 

Can you tell that I’m a fan of pasta? 😉 Recently, I’ve been experimenting with Trader Joe’s wide selection of healthy pasta alternatives. For under $3, you can score a bag of pasta made from brown rice and quinoa, red lentils, or black beans. The verdict? No, I don’t feel like I’m 10 years old again eating seconds and thirds of my mom’s spaghetti (my favorite childhood meal of all time), but these alternative pastas are super tasty! If you’re new to these healthy pasta options, I would suggest starting with the quinoa or red lentil noodles before moving on to the black bean rotini, which has a stronger taste.

What health tricks are you using this summer? I’m always looking for new tips, so share yours in the comment section below or DM me on Instagram 🙂

xo,

Tatum

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Photos by: Lauren Listor

 

 

Summer in the City

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For many New Yorkers, summer is a time to get out of the city. Whether it’s a weekend trip to the Hamptons, a cross-country road trip, or an adventure to a new city, New Yorkers take any excuse to escape the hustle and bustle and experience a different environment for a change. I hope to go on a couple of weekend trips this summer, but I’m also pumped to spend hot sunny days and cool breezy nights in this city. Today, I’m sharing 5 reasons why I’m excited for summer in the Big Apple 🙂

1. It’s rooftop season!

I am convinced that there is a switch in my brain that turns on once the temperature goes above 75 degrees and screams “Rooftop season!” With so many fun rooftop bars all over the city and friends with the ever so coveted rooftop apartments, there is no better way to spend a summer afternoon or evening than with a cold drink and a gorgeous view. Cocktails can get pretty pricey at rooftop bars, so I’m excited to spend time on my friend’s rooftop downtown. Summer BBQ, anyone??

2. Summer Fridays

Honestly the most magical two words of the season. Summer Fridays are the well-deserved reward many New Yorkers get for working so many hours every other day of the year. My office closes at 1:30 on Fridays, so my weekends feel so much longer. Having the extra time to take advantage of nice weather or to get a jumpstart on a weekend trip is AMAZING.

3. Getting in those steps

No matter what the season, New Yorkers always spend a lot of time on our feet. But when the weather is gorgeous, I am much more inclined to walk several blocks instead of taking the subway a couple of stops to enjoy the sunshine. Not only do I love how I feel after a long walk, but it also allows me to explore new areas, discover new places, and continue to improve my directional knowledge (which is slowly but surely getting better!). And am I the only one who thinks ice cream tastes even sweeter the higher your day’s step count? 😉

4. Longer Days

There’s nothing better than waking up to sunshine and being able to experience daylight even after leaving the office in the evening. Longer days motivate me to get out there and explore my city, instead of just crawling home to Netflix. Did I mention that I love the sun?? 😉

5. Outdoor Workouts

Don’t get me wrong, I am in a serious and committed relationship with my gym. But there’s something so freeing and rejuvenating about going on a nice run outside. There is an amazing path along the water a few blocks away from my apartment, and I’ve been making it my recent Sunday ritual to take a run along the path to clear my head before the week (and to clear my body from any of the not so healthy choices I made over the weekend 😉 ). With new scenery, fresh air, and sunshine, exercising outside brings an excitement to working out which I always look forward to every year.

What are you most excited for this summer?

xo,

Tatum

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Photos by: Lauren Listor