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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

Sweater & Booties c/o Soft Surroundings / Necklace c/o Jeulia

Photos By: Laine Erynn

 

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

Fall Florals & Favorites

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My calendar says it’s nearing the end of October, but my weather app hasn’t quite been agreeing. Even though I screamed of excitement the few days this month that brought brisk air and cooler temps, I’m not complaining too much about this unseasonably warm weather. After all, it doesn’t matter what Mother Nature is doing outside, as long as my fall candles are making my apartment smell like pumpkin and apples 🙂

Dressing this month has presented a bit of a challenge, but this Anthropolgie skirt is the perfect piece to tackle this seasonal confusion. It’s autumnal colors, longer length, and velvet make-up deem it fall-appropriate, while still allowing my legs to breathe when the temps and humidity have summer on the brain. I had too much fun twirling around Union Square with Olivia while we shot these photos 🙂

All that twirling must have left me giddy, because in addition to sharing my love for this skirt, I also thought it would be fun to share some of my other current favorites. From beauty and fitness products to books, read on to see what I’ve been loving lately.

FAVORITE BOOK: Big Little Lies

I admit that I am so behind on this one, but it’s too good not to share! I just finished the book and am now spending every free second recommending it to all of my family, friends, and coworkers who haven’t yet read it. Big Little Lies has everything—drama, suspense, humor, romance—and the best part? Turning the last page doesn’t mean the  adventure is over: now it’s time to watch the TV series! If you haven’t read it yet, this book is a must add to your list!

FAVORITE PUMPKIN PRODUCT: June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque

Last Sunday, I decided to indulge in an evening of pumpkin-themed relaxation. With my Spiced Pumpkin Yankee Candle burning, I tried out the travel-size version of this June Jacobs face-mask and fell in love! I honestly wasn’t sure if I had just opened a skincare product or a can of pumpkin, but either way, the pumpkin-lover in me was rejoicing. This face-mask is gentle and calming, making it a wonderful addition to your relaxation nights this season.

FAVORITE HAIR PRODUCT: Good Virtues Co. Healthy Hair & Scalp Shampoo & Conditioner

Kiera, my best friend from high school, just got married this past weekend (ah!!). It was the most beautiful wedding I have ever witnessed, so of course, I sobbed in front of hundreds of people as Kiera’s Maid of Honor. Kiera is a hair-stylist and has been nagging encouraging me to get my split-ends trimmed for months (which technically, should have been done months before!). As the amazing friend and dedicated stylist that she is, Kiera chopped off my terrible dead ends the night before her wedding (what a gal!), and now I have been trying my best to keep my hair as healthy as possible. I was sent these Good Virtues Co. products to review and after just one usage, become totally obsessed! Not only is the product fun and colorful, but it feels great to use in the shower, and leaves my hair smelling like I just stepped out of the salon all day long. Use my code TATMUR10 for 10% off all Good Virtues Co products on Amazon through the end of the year!

 

FAVORITE FITNESS PRODUCT: NextRelief Cooling Pain Relief Cream

If you know me at all, you know that I love to work out. Fitness is a huge part of my life and brings me so much joy, so many challenges, and an incredible amount of fulfillment. My morning workouts kick-start my day on a path of energy and endorphins, so I can’t have sore muscles stop me from missing a beat. NextRelief muscle cream has been a life-saver on those days when my previous workouts are putting my muscles through especially painful soreness. No pain, no gain is a mantra I live by, but I’m not going to say no to a product that relieves just a little of that pain from time to time 🙂

FAVORITE SKIRT: Deh…

What are your thoughts on my faves? Love ’em or hate ’em, let me know! And be sure to share what you’re lovely lately!

xo,

Tatum

Photos by: Olivia Choi

 

Friday the 13th: Birthday Edition

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Since when are you the expert on such a creepy and superstitious occasion? Good question… It just so happens that October 13th is my birthday and everyone knows that when the 13th falls on a Friday in October, we’re in for a spooky treat 🙂

I absolutely love throwing parties and hosting my friends, so of course, I took the opportunity to plan a Friday the 13th-themed birthday party complete with a spooky-signature drink, scary snacks, and creepy decorations. I’ve had the best time preparing for the party for weeks and am so excited to celebrate tonight! Be sure to follow along on my Instagram stories for all of the fun!

Friday the 13th and parties aside, I have been filled with so much joy, gratitude, and general excitement this week. Thinking back on this past year and reflecting on my life has reminded me of all the wonderful things I’ve experienced and how truly blessed I am.

In the past year, I moved into an apartment that already feels like home, in a neighborhood I love, with a roommate who could not be a more fantastic person and friend. I started a new job at an agency that three years ago, I only dreamed about working for. I grew friendships that have come to mean so much to me and strengthened and maintained relationships with my family, incredible boyfriend, and old friends. This year I was even hit by a car and walked away without any injuries or trauma! (#blessed)

So much has changed, yet so much has remained the same. I’ve learned and I’ve grown, but I’ve also made plenty of mistakes. I’ve cried a lot, but I’ve laughed a heck of a lot more. I’ve been disappointed and angry with myself, but I’ve done more to make myself proud.

It might be vain and selfish for one to love celebrating her birthday as much as I do, but when I think about it…how could I not want to celebrate? I’m surrounded by the most amazing people, I live in the most exciting city in the entire world, I’m working my dream job, and the best part? I’m only 24, which means the best is yet to come 🙂

Thanks for reading and for the love.

xo,

Tatum

Photos by: Olivia Choi

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!

BOOZY BRUNCH *if you’re expecting me to mention the quality of food for any of the below, you are sadly mistaken. 

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.

DOIN’ IT FOR THE GRAM *because half of the reason I’m paying for this meal is because I’m going to post it on Instagram, obviously

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.

Oficina 1M

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

Brunch Tee c/o Red Couch Clothing

Styling September

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During this transitional phase, it’s always a challenge deciding what to wear and what to shop for. The days can still be warm, but that brisk air of fall teases us as it slips into and out of our weeks.

I’m a rule breaker (white pants after Labor Day are totally a thing), but I also like to move and groove with the seasons. I think a key to styling the transition between summer and fall is blending: Pair shorts with a warm fall-colored top (like I did above!), wear a fun short dress with closed-toe booties, and incorporate floral prints with fall tones.

To give you some style inspo, I’m sharing pieces below that I’m loving for the rest of September and beginning of October. Would love to know your favorites!

Madewell Autumn Dress / Madewell Striped DressASOS Dress

NA-KD Sweater / Asos Skirt / Madewell Jacket

Lucky Brand Booties / Zara Booties / Zara One-Shoulder Top

How are you styling September? Share your September OOTDs with me on Insta!

xo,

Tatum

Outfit Photos by: Lauren Listor

Waving Goodbye to Summer

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Waving Goodbye to Summer | The Pacetatumdone-46 (1)Waving Goodbye to Summer | The PaceHappy final days of summer, everyone! Hope you survived the heat and made it out without too much sunburn or too high of an electricity bill. I, for one, had a fantastic summer with my friends and family full of the perfect amount of sunshine, cocktails, relaxation, and fresh air (well, as fresh as it gets in New York 😉 )! I wanted to celebrate the end of the season with a post featuring some of my favorite shades of summer: baby blue and white. While I will be pairing my white jeans with sweaters as we head into fall (I know, I’m a rule breaker!), I will definitely miss the feminine, pastel tones that made up so much of my wardrobe this summer.

I also want to share the jewelry I have been hard core crushing on lately. I discovered Margo Rebecca Jewelry thanks to a friend at work and I seriously cannot stop wearing her gorgeous pieces. The necklace I’m wearing in this post looks beautiful paired with this sky blue top, but I’m also excited to wear it with cardigans and sweaters once the temperatures start dropping. I’ve been wearing this Crystal Chain Necklace and Crystal Silver Choker on repeat; they seem to compliment almost every outfit.

I’m also loving this ring and pair of earrings from Blush & Bar. The Tara Stud Earrings are so fun and unique and X rings are showing up everywhere lately!

Kissing a lovely summer goodbye and looking forward to the upcoming season! Wishing you and yours love, joy, and all of the pretty jewelry 😉

xo,

Tatum

Necklace c/o Margo Rebecca/ Earrings c/o Blush & Bar, Ring c/o Blue & Bar

Photos by: Lauren Listor

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!

Swimsuit c/oFewl Swimwear

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Ready, Set, Go

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If you’ve been following along on The Pace or my Instagram, you might remember last month’s post about the elevated athletic performance brand, Fierce + Regal, that I just can’t get enough of. Through high quality and versatile pieces, the brand inspires, encourages, and enables women to be both fierce and regal from the gym, to the office, and wherever life takes us.

A regal woman has goals. She knows what she wants and she isn’t afraid or intimidated to aim high and reach for the stars. But setting goals is only the beginning, and this is where the pairing of regality and ferocity is so crucial. Fierce women attack their goals. They don’t back down from challenges. They pick themselves up when they fall. They remain confident in the face of setbacks and failure. It’s not enough to want, to plan, or even to be motivated. Goals cannot be achieved without the drive and hunger inside a fierce woman. Fierce + Regal encourages women to be confident enough to hold themselves to high standards and set big goals and strong enough to carry them through to the end.

We set and chase goals in many areas of our lives. At this stage in my life, many of my goals are fitness and career related, both which require a great deal of physical, emotional, and mental energy and strength. Fierce + Regal gives me the comfort and support I need to power through my workouts to achieve my fitness goals, giving me the boost necessary to attack the rest of my day at the office. As we look toward the transition of seasons, I’m especially loving this crop top for fall jogs through the park or an outdoor yoga session. These zippered capris that are perfect for busy weekends filled with gym time, runnings errands, and seeing friends. As always, Fierce + Regal pieces are made with the highest quality materials, making them irresistibly comfortable.

What goals are you setting and attacking?

xo,

Tatum

Crop Top c/o Fierce + Regal/ Zippered Capri c/o Fierce + Regal

Photos by: Lauren Listor

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

 

Confidence Boost

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Even the most confident, polished, and put together people in the world have their down moments (I mean, Emma Watson has to have a bad day every once in a while, right?). No matter how hard to we try to stay organized and on top of things and maintain good spirits, we will always be faced with challenges, obstacles, and difficult moments. Maybe you just got back a defeating exam grade. Maybe work has you feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. Or maybe your bedroom is looking extra blah in comparison to the fabulous summer getaways you’re seeing on Instagram. Whatever the cause, we all feel down on ourselves from time to time, which is perfectly natural. However, I refuse to feel down in the dumps for too long, so I like to take matters into my own hands 😉

I asked some of the coolest, smartest, most successful, and confident women I know to share some of their secrets for gaining an instant confidence-boost. Whether you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed or are really facing a trying day, I hope some of these tips with help to brighten your spirits and make you realize how amazing you are! I know I plan to screen shot this post and pull it out whenever I need a boost.

Be sure to check out these gals’ blogs, sites, and Instagrams (links below!). They are all incredible women that I truly admire and think you will too 🙂

 

Whenever I’m having a bad day, I put on heels & lipstick. It doesn’t matter where I’m going because I’m dressing up regardless. I know the natural inclination is to wear something comfortable, throw your hair up in a bun and forget about it, but dressing up instantly boosts my mood (and wearing heels makes me feel fierce as hell).

-Kasia of Ampersand (@ampersand_blog)

When I need a confidence boost, I’ll turn on my headspace app and meditate for ten minutes. Taking time to relax and reflect always boosts my mood!

-Audra of Southern New Yorker (@audrakoch)

For me, confidence comes when I’m feeling happy. A never-fail way to start my day feeling happy is to to make a pot of coffee and blast music while I ready (along with some awful dancing and hairbrush-singing in the mirror – obvi!). Unfortunately, not all days start off that way. So whenever I’m in need of a mid-day confidence boost, I always keep a tube of YSL red lipstick + my favorite sunglasses in my purse. A fierce bold lip is an instant confidence boost for me. It sounds superficial, but it totally works. I swear!

-Katherine of Katherine in Manhattan (@katherineinmanhattan)

When I’m having a hard day, feeling blah or unmotivated, I walk away from my computer, phone or anything I’m working on and take 5 minutes to go over my personal/career goals, breathe, and think about why I’m doing this in the first place. Working in the fashion and media industries are fast-paced and can be stressful, so I have to take time to myself every now and then, and step away from work in order to get back on track and feel refreshed. 

-Audree of Simply Audree Kate (@simplyaudreekate)

Throwing on a black leather jacket and rocking a big hair flip.

-Nichole of Vanilla Extract (@nicholeciotti)

When I need a pick me up, my first stop to feeling fabulous is makeup. I used to work for MAC, so it’s engrained in me that a good mascara and a fun lip can brighten up the most blahhh days. I feel just as confident without a stitch of it on, but when I need to bust out my Sasha Fierce, makeup always seems to motivate me to change out of leggings, dress up & walk tall! I don’t wear makeup to impress anyone…I wear it for ME.

-Liz of Indigo Heights (@indigoheightsblog)

My number one tip for an instant confidence boost is to sweat it out! Working out has always been my go-to way to feel empowered. Exercise releases endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in your body, boosts your mood, and majorly ups your confidence. Finishing out an extra set of squat jumps or reaching a long term fitness goal is the best way to feel empowered! As a personal trainer, I love seeing my clients show this instant boost of confidence after they finish a challenge. I think exercise is a great way for everyone to get that instant “I can do anything” feeling.

-Samantha of The Fit Brunette (@samanthabowers_)

YOU are the best YOU. There is no one else like you. You are perfect to the core, wonderfully made, and beautiful. If you live every day knowing that, you will walk with your head a little higher.

-Lauren of Laurel Creative (@laurelcreative)

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling better already. Sometimes the best inspiration is already around you. Special thanks to these amazing women for sharing their wisdom!

Crop Top c/o Closet MotifCloset Motif/Asos Leather Pants/Steve Madden Sneakers
Photos by: Lauren Listor