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Soho, NY

A White Lace Trench Coat

Happy Friday! I’ve been wanting a white lace trench coat forever, and when I saw this one online for only $200 my jaw dropped to the floor! The quality is SO GOOD and the cut is perfection. I plan on wearing it all spring and summer long. I paired the trench coat with jeans here, but you could easily wear it with a white tank dress underneath, or even a black silk slipdress with strappy heels. In the winter it could look gorgeous with a black turtleneck! These Chanel slingback flats were a splurge for my birthday and I have to say they’re surprisingly comfortable. I have wide feet and usually ballet style shoes DO NOT work for me at all, but the little heel and wider fit makes them ideal for day or night. They do get scuffed up easily, so I’ve just been extra gentle and careful with them. These heeled flats and these ballet flats are a beautiful alternative! This Mango faux croc bag has been on repeat since I bought it – and they still have it in this style. It’s under $60, but looks way more expensive! Mango’s handbag game is on point and I think this straw circle bag is darling for summer outings! This Forever 21 bodysuit is under $10 and I literally want to buy it in every color!!!! It comes in white, black, tan, and blue. Reformation makes beautiful bodysuits as well – I wear this one in black often. Don’t forget the Shopbop Sale is going on for the next day!Get up to 25% off sitewide when you spend $500+! You can see some of my favorite pieces from the sale here. I favorited a TON of gorgeous sundresses, midi skirts, and bags! Enjoy your weekend :)
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Nolita, NY

How To Find A Therapist

I’m so excited to get back to regular programming with my Wellness Wednesday posts. I’ve let them take a back seat these past few months as I’ve been busy sorting out my move, but they’re actually one of my favorite parts of the blog so it feels good to be writing them again. Today’s post is a topic I’ve touched on briefly through my “Self Care” and “How I Got Over My Breakup” posts, but I wanted to delve into it further and share my own experience with therapy! My dad has been a psychologist for over 30 years, so therapy was never taboo or something I was unfamiliar with growing up. I’m incredibly proud of the positive impact my dad has made on hundreds of people’s lives so I’ve always been very open and supportive of therapy. Within this post, I’m going to talk about a few of my own personal experiences with therapists, and of course, how to find the right therapist for you! How To Find A Therapist I’ve used two different methods to find a therapist; I’ve gone through my insurance company’s website, and I’ve done an independent search on ZocDoc. The benefit of going through your insurance company initially, is that they list out doctors within your area that accept your insurance. Some insurance plans cover a therapist’s fee, others cover part of it, and some cover none of it – so be sure to check online and call your insurance company to confirm. Once you’ve created a login through your insurance company’s website, click on the psychologist/psychiatrist section, and then type in your area. Browse through the list of names that pop up, and copy and paste the names that jump out at you into Google. Many therapists today have reviews from other patients online or have written articles which will give you a sense of their reputation and style. After you’ve settled on a therapist or two, call them to check that they do in fact take your insurance, ask what their fee is, and book an initial consultation. If it’s your first time going to therapy, it’s probably a good idea to book consultations with 2-3 different people, and then see which one you like best. If you don’t want to go through the insurance route, or you already know your insurance doesn’t cover therapy costs, then I like to use ZocDoc. You can narrow therapists down by neighborhood (pick somewhere close to work or home because if it’s far away, you’re not going to go – trust me!) and read over their patient reviews. Once you’ve found a few potentials, reach out to them and ask what their rate is, see if they happen to take your insurance (they just may!), and schedule your appointment(s.) How Much Does Therapy Cost?Therapy can be really expensive. But it’s an investment in yourself. Therapy has made me happier, more positive, more thoughtful, more accepting, calmer, wiser, a better daughter, a better sister, a better girlfriend, a better friend, a better boss, and a better human. Therapy costs vary widely by city, insurance plan, and doctor, which is why you need to call both your insurance company and the doctor you’re interested in to find out. Online articles state that therapy can be anywhere from free (or a small co-pay like $15) to $600 a session. I’ve personally paid everything from a $30 copay for an in-network therapist to a $300 fee for an out-of-network therapist. This article does a great job explaining why therapy costs so much in case you’re curious. Therapists have to pay for; malpractice insurance, office space (which in NYC is $$$), office supplies/furniture, advertising, and of course their own health insurance, rent and other expenses. Often times, if they do take insurance, filling out that paperwork and filing claims becomes a full time job in-and-of itself thus stopping them from having time to see more clients so it’s extremely generous of a therapist today to take insurance. Bottom line – do your research on both in-network and out-of-network doctors – and set up appointments with the one that feels right for YOU. Sometimes out-of-network doctors will give you a break on their fees depending on your income, so don’t be afraid to ask! How To Choose The Right Therapist For YouThis all comes down to a gut feeling when you’re one on one with the person. Again, if you’re new to therapy, I suggest seeing a few people so you can compare them and think about how you feel after each session. Every therapist has a different style. Some therapists are more hands on, interactive and vocal, while others are more hands off, observant, and ask a few poignant questions per session. I’ve had therapists who I don’t vibe with at all – and therapists who I totally clicked with and who felt like mentors/friends. After seeing both male and female doctors of all different ages over the years, I have found that I work best with a female who is relatively close to my age. Being relatively close in age has been helpful when communicating about current social situations, social media, social norms, dating in the modern world, etc. AKA they just get me more! How Often Should You See A TherapistThis really depends on you and your situation, but most people go once a week. I’ve gone more than once a week in the past and didn’t like it because I like having a few days to process and decompress after each session – sometimes they can be really intense! Many New Yorkers, due to their busy schedules, make it to therapy 2-3 times a month which is totally normal/fine too. You can also do phone or Skype sessions if you’re out of town. Again, everyone’s schedules, needs and preferences are different so do what works for you + your life. Lastly, if you’re wondering what period of time you should go to therapy – this is also solely based on the individual and situation. I’ve gone to therapy anywhere from 2 months at a time, to pretty consistently for a year. Again, it just depends on what you’re going through. Sticking with therapy consistently for a long period of time has definitely been the most beneficial for me. I hope this post helped answer some of your therapy questions!Remember you don’t have to be depressed to go to a therapist – therapy is for anyone and everyone – and can be a great place to just vent, bounce ideas off of a neutral person, or process changes! The right therapist will have such a positive impact on your life and give you the tools you need to get through anything. Therapy is a safe place, free of judgement – where you can just be yourself. I encourage you to give therapy a try if you haven’t already – and feel free to leave me any other questions you may have below!
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Soho, NY

Refresh Your Home For Spring

I spent all weekend unpacking and organizing my new apartment. I’m happy to report that I’m about 90% DONE! I’m one of those people who can’t work or be productive until a mess is cleaned up so I was laser focused on getting everything put away ASAP! I got rid of even more stuff than I had back in LA (check my Poshmark this week!), brought out pillows I had in storage, put fresh flowers on my coffee table, and rearranged pieces that felt bright, cheery, and ideal for spring. It’s always nice to do a little update around your home at the start of each season. Whether it’s cleaning out your closet, swapping certain decorative items out for others, or purchasing a few inexpensive pieces that really make the space pop – it just feels good to do a refresh! Refreshing a room at the start of each season doesn’t have to cost a fortune or be a daunting task. You’d be surprised at how a few small additions to your home can transform a space and elevate your mood. Here are some of my favorite, easy, and affordable ways to refresh your home for spring! Place a colorful flower arrangement on your coffee table and/or kitchen counter. Did you know that walking by a bright arrangement is actually scientifically proven to boost your mood?! My favorite colorful flowers are; pink roses, peonies, ranunculus, hydrangeas, lilies, and sunflowers. My good friend Carly from BloomBar brought this stunning bouquet over which made me smile all weekend long. Swap out your coffee table books or add in some new ones.Spending $40-$50 on a beautiful new book for your living room will make a huge difference. Maybe it’s this one which has such a vibrant cover, or this one which makes me want to take a trip to St. Barths! I love buying coffee table books from Amazon, One Kings Lane, and Shopbop. I did a whole blog post on my favorites from over the years here for your reference! Find a new scent for your home. I recently picked up this beautiful, oversized Voyage et Cie candle at Scottsdale Marketplace while I was in Arizona visiting my dad. If you’re ever in that area, I highly recommend popping by – it’s where I find tons of my decor pieces – everything is to die for! I love the way the Voyage et Cie candles smell and burn – plus they’re made of a 100% natural vegetable blend. Sprinkle in a new pillow or two on your couch or chair! The pillows on my couch are all from different places; John Robshaw, Madeline Weinrib, Missoni Home, and a vintage shop. Target has some REALLY cute pillows right now, so does Anthropologie and Lulu + Georgia. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors, patterns and textures. Pillows don’t have to be so matchy matchy! Put a sisal or natural jute rug down to open up the space.This one here is under $100! Lighter, jute rugs like this always make a room feel bigger. Even if you live in a city or more modern home, you can still mix in sisal and jute to your decor scheme! I love using various styles and materials in my homes and don’t stick to one “theme” or genre when decorating. Layer rugs and put a cowhide (this ivory one is a total steal. I had it in my Venice house) on top of your neutral rug for a fun twist. If you’re looking for a patterned rug – check out Etsy. They have an AMAZING rug selection that is insanely affordable. For classic, neutral rugs my go-to is Overstock. Hang or layer eclectic art along the wall. Etsy is a great resource for prints that you can easily frame yourself using Target, West Elm, or Pottery Barn frames. I also like St. Frank (splurgeworthy!), One Kings Lane and vintage stores for finding art. I have the same philosophy for pillows as I do with art. Don’t be afraid to mix and match frames and styles! It’s your home and you want it to reflect you, your personality and your energy. Also, it doesn’t have to be cookie cutter or perfectly matching/all one color scheme. Add some personality to it! Pick up decorative objects like a bone magnifying glass, a thick strand of beads, or pretty gold bowls to pull the space together and make it feel cozy and inviting!
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Soho, NY

I Moved Back to NYC!

I’m so excited to share I’ve moved back to NYC! It feels insane to type out those words! When I moved from NYC to LA 2 years ago, I never thought I’d move back to the city. I truly thought that LA would be the place where I planted my roots. Life is funny that way – it’s full of twists and turns, ups and downs, curveballs, and surprises. You never really know what’s going to happen or how you’ll feel days, weeks or months from now about something. Things change, people change, places change. We grow up, evolve, and mature. When I moved to LA 2 years ago, it was because I was completely and utterly burnt out and needed a break from the hustle/bustle of NYC. I fell in love with the relaxed beach town Venice one summer. I didn’t want to leave after a week of bliss riding my bike in the sunshine and strolling down Abbot Kinney. It was truly paradise! I loved the laid back vibe, small neighborhood feel, gorgeous weather, health conscious mindset, walkability, and proximity to the ocean that Venice offered. My body instantly felt at ease in LA. And after years of struggling with digestion issues, Vitamin D deficiency, and sky high cortisol levels, I knew that’s where I needed to be. A few months after visiting, I packed up my life in NYC and moved into my dream house 3 blocks from the beach! Moving to LA, was one of the best life decisions I’ve ever made. Being in LA, and taking a step back from my work and life in NYC, allowed me to get in touch with myself and ultimately became the woman I wanted to be. So many incredible things happened during my time there. I healed my digestion, I rescued my dog Charlie, I fell in love with my next door neighbor Derek, I learned to stop and smell the roses, I developed self care rituals, I made incredible friends, I wrote a cookbook, and I discovered a whole other side of myself! LA taught me how to slow down and appreciate nature, peace + quiet, and the art of doing nothing. About 6 months ago, I started to feel like something was missing from my life in LA. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it at first, but when I visited NYC in October I knew. I missed living in the city. I missed walking outside my door and having tons of amazing restaurants, shops, museums, parks, and more all around me. I missed the energy, the excitement, the culture, the people, the pace, the work ethic, the ambition, and the REALNESS. Sure, Venice – and all of the towns within LA have great restaurants, shops, museums, parks, etc. But one of my readers who has lived in both NYC and LA couldn’t have said it better; LA doesn’t have SOUL! NYC has SOUL! It has DEPTH. It has grit and quirks, it’s romantic, and it’s the place that makes me feel the most alive. Every city has its pros and cons. There’s no such thing as a “perfect” place. A city could be the right fit for you for at a certain time period in your life and then you could outgrow it or crave something else. Listen to your gut. You know what’s best for you and that feeling will ultimately lead you to the place you’re supposed to be. Don’t get stuck. You’re not trapped or tied down to one place. If you’re unhappy move. If you’re itching for something different, go explore. If you feel stifled, get out. Embrace change – don’t fear it. Look at obstacles and jump over them! Put your mental health and wellbeing first before anything else. That is my advice if you’re contemplating a move! I’m now living in an apartment in Soho with my sweet puppy Charlie.I love my new home and I’m pinching myself that I get to be back here surrounded by such hardworking, talented, driven people! This city really does push me to be the best version of myself. I’m grateful that I have the energy to enjoy it again, and the mindset to not get overwhelmed by it. Derek, who I was dating for a little over a year, and who is still the love of my life, is not living with me, and instead pursuing his dream in San Francisco. He got a once-in-a-lifetime job offer that he couldn’t refuse from a company in Silicon Valley and moved there 3 weeks ago. This business deal was a loooong time coming and something I knew may go through despite our original plan and desire to move to NYC together. I could not be happier for him – it’s such a huge opportunity and something he’s worked so hard for. He and I had discussed being bicoastal and doing long distance, but ultimately I did not want to (and could not see us both realistically) flying back and forth on a 6 hour flight every other week (especially with Charlie) to maintain our relationship. He’s one of my best friends and someone I will always adore and admire. I don’t know what the future holds for us, but I feel a sense of comfort knowing that everything really does happen for a reason – and that we are both living out our dreams. Thank you for all of the sweet messages and comments about my move. I am always so humbled to be connected to you and receive such a thoughtful outpouring of support. Trust me – I wanted to answer all of your DMs and share this exciting news sooner, but so many things have been up in the air these past few weeks! I honestly didn’t even know where I was going to live in NYC until about a week ago. Also, I was trying to quickly move out of my LA house since someone wanted to rent it sooner than my lease was even up! Crazy! Anyways, I’ll be unpacking and getting settled over the next few weeks. I can’t wait to share more apartment updates along the way. I’m having a lot of fun decorating this place. It’s a totally different vibe from my beach house! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx
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Paris, FR

White Pantsuit + Lace Bralette

A head to toe white pantsuit is so underrated.  I can’t believe I didn’t have one hanging in my closet until a few months ago.  I slip it on and instantly feel powerful, put together, and ready to conquer the world.  Sounds silly, but try one on and see for yourself. A white pantsuit strikes the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.You can wear it to a meeting, the office, a cocktail party, girls night out, you name it.  You can make it sexy or professional – pairing it with a lace bralette like I did here, a silk blouse, a cami, or a beautiful turtleneck.  Mix and match the top and bottom, and be prepared to get so much use out of these two pieces!!! I often pair the long blazer piece of this pantsuit with a plain T and jeans when I’m running errands, and I love the way the trousers look with a chunky sweater and cashmere coat in the winter.  Very Ralph Lauren-esque.  Both pieces are from Mango a while back, but luckily Mango always has some sort of pantsuit combo to choose from.  Over the years, I’ve started shopping at Mango more and more.  The price point, quality, cut, material, and styles are always just right – and recently, I’ve found the quality to be better than Zara.  I pretty much only shop at Mango online – and that goes for most places to be honest – it’s so much easier! If you’re looking for a bralette to pair underneath blazers or tops, I love this one from my childhood friend Angie Bauer.  I also really love this one (and it’s under $40) and this one – so pretty right?  Pair a dainty gold lariat necklace with your bralette for an extra hint of sexiness.  I wear this lariat pretty much every single day. See how I styled my white pantsuit with a leopard coat in Paris!
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