Category: Lifestyle

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

Corbett Double Bead Chain Necklace c/o House of Urban/Express Bandeau Off The Shoulder Top/Uniqlo Skinny Jeans/Marble Handbag c/o Policy Handbags/Cat Eye Twin-Beam Sunglasses c/o Deux Souls

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

Hylan Suede Tie Necklace/Bayard Beaded Bracelet c/o House of Urban/ H&M Crinkled Off-the-Shoulder Top/H&M Denim Shorts

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Change

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Change. The word that makes some want to crawl under the covers in hiding and others want to jump for joy out of excitement. I think for most people, it’s a combination of these two extremes. Change is scary and even the bravest among us must admit even a small amount of fear that accompanies it. Change brings doubt, uncertainty, and uneasiness: feelings that no human likes to feel. Change is hard work. It takes up very valuable brain space, causes emotional stress, and often requires tedious and physical labor. But change is also thrilling! It brings potential, energy, and excitement into our lives, and is an almost always necessary step in the progression toward goals and success.

Sometimes change is an option and sometimes it’s not. When we are given the option of change, it’s important to not immediately back away out of fear. Instead of thinking about how much time and energy would go into the process of this change, think about what the potential outcomes could be. Instead of thinking about the anxiety and fear you may feel taking on this change, think about the joy and fulfillment it could eventually bring to your life. We shouldn’t accept every option for change that are presented to us, but we should never deny them out of fear or doubt.

I recently went through some pretty major changes in my life. A couple of months ago, I moved into a new apartment in Manhattan and this past week, I started a new job at a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle PR agency in the city. Accepting this job meant leaving the agency I worked at for my first 11 months out of school. It meant leaving a team I loved, work I enjoyed and understood, and a routine I had settled into and was comfortable with. Accepting this job meant the majority of my waking hours were going to completely change. It meant I was going to have to start over in a new office, get to know new coworkers, and learn a brand new way of getting things done. These things scared me (and still do!), but I couldn’t let them weigh heavily on my pros and cons list. The fear of change was not going to let me turn down a job I have dreamed about having for years.

I am still right in the middle of this transformation process and it’s both thrilling and terrifying. But during every “pinch me, I can’t believe I work here!!” moment, I am reminded that I made the right decision and that this change will lead to happiness and success in my life.

Have you experienced any major changes lately? How have you grown from them?

xo,

Tatum

Sumner Neck Wire Collar/Wilkens Double Cuff Bracelet c/o House of Urban/Express Top/Jeans (similar)/Booties (similar)

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Tips for Moving to NYC

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

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

1. The Pre-Move Clean Out

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

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

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

3. Don’t Black Out

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

4. Prepare Those Papers

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

5. Get Excited!! 

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

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

Best of luck on your adventure!

xo,

Tatum

Rosica Mrsik Marble Print Blouse from Nineteenth Amendment

Photos by: Lauren Listor

 

At-Home Spa Day with Emjoi

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

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

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

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

What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself?

xo,

Tatum

Thanks to Emjoi for partnering with me on the post. 

Movin’ On Up

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“Movin’ on up, to the east side.”

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

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

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

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

xo,

Tatum

Raimana Cowan Open Back Papillon Dress from Nineteenth Amendment

Photos by: Lauren Listor

For Better or for Worse

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

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

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

xo,

Tatum

Express lace off-the shoulder top/Uniqlo Jeans

Photos by Kelly West

5 Ways to Self-Love for Under $5

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

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

1. Try out a new workout class

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

2. Have a spa night

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

3. Write love letters

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

4. Buy yourself a V-Day treat

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

5. Catch some quality Zzzz’s

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

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

xo,

Tatum

 

Vegetarian Super Bowl Snacks

Being a vegetarian has become insanely easy, especially in a city like New York. No matter where I go, I always have plenty of delicious veggie options to choose from (apologies to my friends who know that more options for this indecisive girl just means a longer wait for everyone’s hungry stomachs). But even as veggie-friendly this city and society is becoming, there is still one day when not eating meat can present a bit of a challenge: the Super Bowl. King of beer, babes, and buffalo chicken dip, this holiday leaves little room for the greens (even I know better than to bring a salad to a Super Bowl party). 

So until I find a way to pick around the meat on a BBQ wing, it’s up to me and the other veggies of the world to provide delicious options that will satisfy us during the big game and impress our carnivorous friends.

If you’ve had a busy weekend and are running out of time to find, shop for, and make an amazing dish for your Super Bowl party tomorrow, have no fear. I’ve rounded up some mouth-watering vegetarian snacks and apps that will be the perfect pairing to the best commercials of the year (oh yeah and that big game too 😉 ).

Paleo Guacamole Stuff Deviled Eggs

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Eggplant Parm Bites

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Olive Jalapeno Popper Dip

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Creamy Black Bean Taquitos

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Healthy Spinach Dip

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Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

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Be sure to follow along on my Insta story, because you better believe my friends and I will be trying out some of these bad boys 😉

xo,

Tatum