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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!

xo,

Tatum

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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!

xo,

Tatum

 

Reflecting on 2017

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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.

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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!

xo,

Tatum

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.

xo,

Tatum

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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 😉

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?

xo,

Tatum

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 😉

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 🙂 What are you getting your roommate for the holidays? Do you have a fun gift exchange planned?

xo,

Tatum

 

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!

xo,

Tatum

 

 

 

 

See Love, Be Love, Spread Love

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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.

xo,

Tatum

Photos by: Olivia Choi

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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!

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Barraca

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 😉 ).

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.

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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.

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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!

xo,

Tatum

Photos by: Olivia Choi

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End of Summer To-Do List

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Oh how I long for the summer vacations of my youth that seemed to last and last… This summer has totally flown by, and I can’t believe we are nearing the end! With limited time left in the season, I plan to go out with a bang and live up every free moment, so I made a list of things I want to do before our Instagram feeds start filling up with way too many Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Follow along on my Instagram to see if I’m able to complete the whole list 😉

1. Day Trip to the Beach

Over Memorial Day Weekend, my friends and I took a day trip to Rockaway Beach and enjoyed pina coladas and time in the sun. With my unlimited Metro Card, I have no excuse not to spend the hour or so it takes to make the trek to the Rockaways at least once more this summer. But this time, I will be sure to reapply my sunscreen a bit more often 😉

2. Rooftop Season’s Final Hooray!

There is nothing a New Yorker loves more than drinking and eating on a rooftop. To commemorate the end of this overcrowded and sweaty phenomenon, I plan to have at least one more rooftop experience before we call summer a wrap. Whether I end up shelling out $16 for a cocktail or spend a weekend afternoon grilling on a friend’s rooftop is TBD. But the obligatory final rooftop view photo is a must.

3. Rock My Summer Favorites

We all have those go-to pieces in our closet that make us feel extra confident. With a transition of weather coming our way, now is the time to make sure our favorite outfits breathe the summer air once more before they are tucked away until next year. My Fewl swimsuit is definitely one of those pieces! If you’re looking for a great swimsuit to cap off the summer, be sure to visit Fewl Swimwear and use my code ‘TATUM’ for 30% off a purchase of $40 or more!

4. Turn Up the Summer Jams

Ever since my freshmen year of college, I have made a Spotify Playlist for each new season. I love being able to go back to my Spring 2013 playlist and feel like I am sitting in my old dorm room, studying for Economics, and thinking about boys 😉 My Summer 2017 Playlist is full of the upbeat, carefree songs that pair perfectly with this season. During these last couple of weeks, I plan to turn up those jams as often as possible! Because in five years, I want future Tatum to look back nostalgically on this summer with the fondest memories.

5. Take Advantage of the Light

Summertime spoils us with its long days and nights, but we can’t take them for granted! For many of us, our commutes will eventually become darker and that post-work drink with friends will start to sound a little less appealing. My goal is to take advantage of the longer days and make plans with friends to go for walks, stop by an outdoor happy hour, or hang in a park.

What is on your end-of-summer to-do list? Share it with me in the comment section below or on Instagram!

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Photos by: Lauren Listor