Twist Back Sweater


The first day of spring is just around the corner, but it seems like the weather in DC is not playing along. I don’t know about you, but I am so over this cold wind. The only good news about the cold weather is that it’s still appropriate to share my favorite sweater with you! I shot this look back in Aspen in January and wasn’t in love with the photos, but once I realized that this seater was on sale for $30 (50% off!!!) I had to share. (See a recap of my Aspen trip here!)

I love a top that’s business in the front and party in the back, and this sweater certainly delivers. I’ve worn it multiple times since I got it in January, and know I’ll be pairing it with jean shorts in early spring. The model on the site is pictured wearing it backwards, so the twist is in the front — not sure if that’s really my style, but I think it’s a cool look! This sweater also comes in a reddish pink and used to come in yellow and blue stripes but it’s not listed online, but chances are you could still find it in-store if that’s more your combo! You know I love a good deal off the Urban Outfitters sale rack.

I think I’m going to have to snag another color for myself, and maybe even give it a try wearing it backwards! For reference, I’m wearing an XS and it does stretch out throughout the day, giving an off-the-shoulder effect which I still do love!

Bonus, my Sorel boots that you guys have been loving all season are 30% off!

Shop My Look: 

Sweater | Urban Outfitters 

Jeans | TopShop 

Boots | Sorel 

International Women’s Day With thredUP


Now more than ever, International Women’s Day is a big deal. I’m thrilled that I’m in living in an era where women support and empower each other and I hope that if I ever have a daughter that this movement stays just as strong.

Last year, I celebrated International Women’s Day with a post about locally and woman-owned small businesses in the district. (Read the post here.) This year, I’m partnering with thredUP to help share the news about latest campaign in support of the holiday. If you aren’t familiar with the online shop, it’s Enter an online fashion resale site that functions as a thrift shop and a spot to sell your gently used clothes. You can either order a “closet clean out bag” and send in your own, gently used clothes, or shop their amazing selection of majorly discounted items. Major bonus, if the company doesn’t want to purchase your used items, they donate them to charity! You can read about my experience working with thredUP in detail here.

On Thursday, the brand is releasing a list of their top 30 suppliers—which includes all types of women, everyone from stay-at-home moms to actresses to businesses executives. You’ll be able to exclusively shop from their closets and the best part is that ALL proceeds go to Girls IncThe non-profit empowers young women, helping them obtain a high school education, vision career paths, and develop leadership skills. 

You all know I’m a a big advocate of shopping for a cause, and I can’t wait to see what thredUP has pulled together from these fabulous women!

Shop My Look: 

Jacket | thredUP

Jeans | TopShop

Top | Vestique 

Booties | Steve Madden 


7 Fitness Goals For 2018


To preface this post, it’s pretty similar to one I made last year (read it here), but I’ve been struggling with getting back into a workout routine so I figured I’d make this post not only to share tips I’ve found that work for me, but to try and hold myself accountable. If you put it out in the public eye and on social media, it’s always harder to fall back on your goals, right?

I was doing a pretty good job at working out and eating healthy riiiight up until we got engaged in October. The week leading up to our trip to Asheville I was super stressed at work and trying to prepare personally for the trip because I was pretty sure Gerald was going to propose, and I fell off the workout wagon. After we got back from vacation it spiraled into weekends celebrating and then right into the holidays and I’m having a hard time getting super motivated again. I’m trying on wedding dresses with my mom for the first time in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, and I’m not feeling too great about it.

To be honest, yes, getting in shape for my wedding is a huge motivation. I know some people will think that’s ridiculous, but it’s the truth. I want to be able to look back on this time of my life as happy and healthy and you bet I want to look good in the photos that we’re dropping thousands of dollars on! (Yes, I’m aware how shallow that is, but keeping it real.) On the flipside, when I make healthy choices and get myself to the gym, I function better at work, fall asleep more easily, and feel better about myself as a whole, so I know these healthy changes are something I need to make a lifestyle — not just something for one day that involves a white dress.

I’m a type A all the way, so writing down my goals and to-do lists helps me organize my thoughts, so here goes. Read on for the 7 fitness goals I’m trying to implement this year, and wish me luck.

  1. Stop Doing Fitness Classes I Hate: Nothing makes me want to skip the gym more than planning to do a workout I don’t enjoy. I was going to a Monday evening barre class for a few months just because the timing was convenient (out by 7:30 pm, just in time for Bach!) and left feeling miserable each time because I didn’t like the instructor and hated her playlists. By happenstance, I found another barre instructor at a different gym location with KILLER playlists and makes class fun, so I never dread going to her classes! It really makes a big difference in getting yourself to the gym and keeping you going back. I’ve also recently made the decision that I’m allowed to treat myself to one “bougie class” once a month outside of my gym. I’m obsessed with 305 Fitness and think it’s the most fun workout ever, so hit ya girl up if you want to try it with me.
  2. Spend More Time Making Kickass Playlists: I forgot how much I used to look forward to working out to new music until I went on a run the other day and discovered some new KapSlap mixes. (I’ve been working out to his tracks since college!) Until my run the other day I didn’t realize how much new music affected my workout, so I started a new Spotify playlist and am adding amp up songs to it each week.
  3. Pack Guilt-Free Snacks For Work: I have a major sweet tooth. I’m the first person to sprint to the office kitchen when I hear there’s cupcakes and it’s really hard for me to walk by the candy jar without grabbing a piece of chocolate. I was recently sent a package of ONE Bars and have been stashing them in my desk to help ward off the cravings. I actually can’t eat a whole protein bar in one sitting because my stomach isn’t used to having that much protein hit it at once, but when a craving for sugar strikes, I’ll break off a piece of the ONE bar and it really does help the urge go away. So far I’ve tried Birthday Cake and Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake and can’t wait to sample the rest!
  4. Get Rid Of Workout Clothes That Make Me Feel Bad: I swear there is nothing worse than looking in the mirror at the gym and feeling like you ate an entire pizza five minutes before you came to class. (I mean yes…I have done things like that before I still don’t want to look like that!) I’m pledging to donate all of my ill-fitting workout clothes and actually invest in some nicer items that I’m excited to put on and feel good in.
  5. Recruit A Workout Buddy: I am SUPER lucky that two of my really good friends have joined my gym and it makes trying new classes and dragging my butt to a workout after a long day so much easier. I’ve even tried to make the gym into a social thing if someone wants to grab drinks — I’ll ask them to do a workout class with me first and then to go get a drink at a low-key (read, dive bar) post sweat sesh.
  6. Utilize A Fitness Tracker App: I love My Fitness Pal, but I once had a really bad relationship with it and was using it to track calories and make sure I was severely under my daily recommended amount. Yikes. Now that I have a healthier relationship with myself and food, I’m trying to use the app again to make smarter choices — not starve myself — and educate myself on what foods are good for me versus secret calorie bombs.
  7. Set Small Daily Goals: I’m addicted to my FitBit. I don’t care if they’re dorky! I love seeing how many steps I get in each day. My goal used to be 10,000 steps, but I’ve recently upped it to 12,000 steps. To help achieve that goal, I’ve also set a small goal to get out and walk at least 6 blocks on my lunch break. That’s under 20 minutes, but helps clear my mind and get me off my ass. I’m also trying to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day while at work, which is totally doable—just four Swell bottle fill-ups! Sometimes I get cold in the office so I don’t drink water (weird, I know) so setting this goal is important to me.

Well there you have it folks, my 7 goals that I’m hoping will lead me to a healthier lifestyle. You might have noticed I’m not trying any diets because I’ve never been able to stick to one, but if you have any healthy, vegetarian recipes you love, send them my way! I’m also all ears if you have any other tips or tricks up your sleeve.

Aspen City Guide | Updated


It’s only taken me a month, but my updated Aspen City Guide is now here! Since I already made a pretty robust guide in 2017, I’m re-sharing it with some of my new favorite spots to eat + drink and things to do from our last trip. (Going skiing for the first time? Check out my packing list here.


Thermal | Vestique 

Scarf | South Moon Under (similar)

Jeans | TopShop

Boots | Sorel


  •  Pyramid Bistro – I always take a solo day off from skiing and on that day this year, I treated myself to a leisurely lunch at this “nutritarian restaurant” — aka: its menu was filled with foods that fit the definition of clean eating. The bistro is on the second floor of a bookstore and has beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows. I had a mango salad and two glasses of rosé while reading Fates & Furies and it was one of the loveliest lunches I’ve had in a long time
  • Su Casa – I mean did you really think I wouldn’t put a Mexican restaurant on here? Su Casa is your typical Tex Mex restaurant with free chips + salsa and marg pitchers, but it’s great for groups and I never pass up a meal that involves melted cheese
  • Brunelleschi’s – this restaurant has hands down some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. If you’re into thin crust pizza with tangy tomato sauce – this is your haven. The atmosphere is laid back, the food is fairly affordable compared to some of the white tablecloth spots, and the service is great 
  • White House Tavern – if you’re a sandwich lover, this is where you want to go. The space is super tiny (it’s a converted rowhome) but their piled high sandwiches pack a big punch and their “Macho Salad” is insanely good
  • HOPS Culture – I struggled whether to put this under eat or drink so know that it’s a great spot for both! From mac n’ cheese to taco salads and wings, this is gastropub fare at its finest. Wash it down with a brew from what can only be considered “a bible of craft beer” – they seriously have every type you could want 


  • Hooch – this was my favorite cocktail experience during our entire trip. Set in a basement under Meat & Cheese, the bar has a speakeasy feel and freaking amazing decor. The drinks are pricey, but the ambiance was so worth it. I would have stayed there all night if it wasn’t $16 a cocktail!
  • J Bar At Hotel Jerome – this is a seriously cool hotel. Built in the 1800s, this is one of Aspen’s oldest lodges and was one of the first hotels with running electricity! We just had some casual beers here, but it’s definitely worth checking out to take a step back in time
  • Cache Cache – we randomly ended up here one night and had so much fun people watching at their square shaped bar. The bartenders are in the middle so it’s like you’re at a giant table and it’s perfect for mingling with others or just taking it all in
  • Justice Snows – we loved this cocktail bar so much we went back twice in 2017 and had to revisit this year. The drinks are pricey, around $16 a cocktail, but the mixologists are amazing and these were seriously some of the best drinks I’ve ever had. They recently reduced their menu to around 9 cocktails, but I’m hoping they bring back the massive menu (FOUR PAGES!) for our next trip
  • AJAX Tavern – nestled at the bottom of Aspen Mountain, this is my favorite spot for Aprés Ski because you can watch everyone come down the mountain while you sip your drink of choice on their heated patio. This is also the best place to watch the gay ski week drag race, but get there early because seats fill up fast! 
  • Aspen Tap – formerly Aspen Brewing Company, the laid-back bar is perfect for a night where you want to go out but don’t want to be hungover on the slopes the next day. They have small bites and pitchers and an atmosphere that makes you feel like a local 
  • Escobar – I’m throwing this in here due to its insane interior because there was no one there when we were there (apparently it gets the “late night crowd”) but this underground bar is definitely worth a visit. Completely Pablo Escobar themed, the bar mimics an airplane and has all sorts of crazy neon signs and lounge areas 


  • Boutique Fitness Class – I really hit my bougie stride and on one of my off days I took a Pure Barre class. To be honest, I prefer my Vida barre classes, but it was nice to have the option to get a workout in off the slopes. Aspen also has a SoulCycle and plenty of yoga and pilates studios!
  • ISIS Theater – I know, I know, they need to change the name, but Gerald and I always love catching a movie here. They have super comfy reclining seats and beer and wine offerings!
  • Aspen Art Museum – I fell in love with this museum before I even set foot in it because its facade is beautiful. The museum is smaller inside than you would think (you can get through the whole thing in under 45 minutes) but the exhibits are modern and innovative and they have great guidebooks for each installation. Top off your trip with a glass of champs at their rooftop cafe
  • Smuggler Mountain – the manfriend told me we were going for a walk around town and ended up making me hike up a mountain. you can imagine how thrilled I was about that. In all seriousness, the hike was beautiful but make sure you are wearing the right shoes (I was wearing my massive snow boots that give me blisters after 20 minutes) and bring water (we had none) because the altitude makes you dehydrated very quickly. Needless to say I bitched the whole way up because of these circumstances but if I’d been prepared it would have been a very lovely hike
  • Belly Up – one of my favorite nights of our 2017 trip was going to see Fruition at this amazing music venue. The concert hall has hosted everyone from Calvin Harris to Nappy Roots and has an intimacy that equates to the 9:30 club. Highly recommend catching a show here — even if you aren’t familiar with the band it will still be a blast! 


  • Mountain Chalet: the manfriend’s family has been staying at this quaint, family-run hotel for decades and it’s seriously the best deal in Aspen. Located downtown, it’s not very fancy, but puts you right in the center of the shops and restaurants, offers complimentary breakfast every morning, and always has fresh-baked cookies in the lobby. Not to mention, it’s one of the most affordable lodges in the town
  • LimeLight Hotel: if you’re attending Gay Ski Week, this is where you want to stay. The hotel is the event’s main headquarters and throws multiple parties throughout the week, complete with open bars and drag queens
  • The St. Regis: centered directly behind the Mountain Chalet, you probably saw this red brick hotel in a lot of my photos for the trip. The St. Regis is stunning and has an awesome bar and amnesties but is probably the least affordable option for lodging 

Under The Radar Restaurants For Valentine’s Day

To be perfectly honest, this post could just be a roundup of some of my favorite dining destinations in DC that don’t get a ton of hype — but since there is a lot of urgency right now around booking dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day, I’m going to make it tailored to that.

Gerald and I have never really done a Valentine’s Day celebration. I think we’ve stayed in and made dinner every year we’ve been together, and are planning on doing the same this year. That being said, we do love going out for casual dinner dates on a whim (and without a reservation), and we kind of have a rotation on lock. Read on for my favorite under the radar restaurants where you’ll more likely than not be able to get a walk-in table this Valentine’s Day or for your next date night!

Disclaimer, these restaurants are on the more casual side — but as you know, I kind of wear whatever I want, whenever I want, so feel free to break out that killer dress and wear it to my favorite hole-in-the-wall spot. It’s Valentine’s Day after all! P.S. all of these are pretty affordable — you’re welcome!


Cheese board from Lavagna

Baby Wale | ShawI might be biased because my company designed the space, but I love the layout of this restaurant. It boasts if not the longest, one of the longest, bars in DC, so it has a steady happy hour scene, but I’ve never had to wait for a table. I always order the grilled romaine Caesar salad and their fries, but they have a great menu with options for every kind of eater. Hot dogs, pizza, ramen, steak — it sounds weird, but I love it.

The Commodore | Logan Circle: When Gerald and I are craving comfort food, this is where we go. This dive bar not only serves up some of the best mac n’ cheese and fries I’ve ever had, but also has amazing prices on cocktails. $10 for a Gimlet? Yes, please. They have great BBQ platters and a soundtrack filled with Blink 182 and Third Eye Blind that makes me long for the late 90s.

Shaw’s Tavern | Shaw (duh)I adore this place. They have the best salads in my neighborhood, a communal atmosphere, and another great soundtrack of indie tunes. (Oh, and a great house red for $7 a glass AT ALL TIMES!) We love this laid back spot and always share an order of green-fried tomatoes and fries when we go. (My favorite salad is The Cuke!)


Salad prettier than me from Shaw’s Tavern

Casolare | Glover Park: Alright fine, this is another client, so again I am biased — but the food here is really worthy of a trip to Glover Park. Tucked in the Glover Park Hotel, the sister restaurant to Alta Strada features coastal Italian fare — think inspired seafood dishes and thin crust pizza — in a gorgeously appointed setting. Perks of a hotel restaurant mean there are almost always tables available, but I can vouch for the quality of their food — it’s way better than a standard hotel spot!

El Riconcito | Shaw / Mount Vernon Square: This is my favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant ever (I first featured it in my Mexican Food Guide!), and it is nothing fancy — but they have great, inexpensive El Salvadorian food and cheap drinks. If you want the most casual dinner out you can get, this is the spot for you.

Lavagna | Eastern MarketWe’re suckers for a good bowl of pasta, and Lavagna doesn’t disappoint. The cheese board alone is worth the trip to this neighborhood wine bar and Italian eatery! Fairly priced, you can snag a bottle of wine and a carbo-loaded meal for two for well under $200.

Dirty Habit | Penn Quarter: Another hotel restaurant! Located in Hotel Monaco (where Gerald and I are getting married!), this thoughtfully-designed bar features a mix of Asian-French fusion dishes like charred eggplant and short rib, but still has more traditional dishes like kale salads and truffle risotto. It’s also a six-minute walk to E Street Cinema, perfect for catching an indie film before or after dinner.

Let me know if you have any favorite under the radar spots!

Ski Trip Packing Guide


If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that Gerald’s family takes a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado every year. This year was my third year attending the trip, so I’ve finally got my packing list down pat. Packing for a trip that involves both outdoor activities and nice dinners can be tricky, especially if it’s your first time going to a mountain town,so I’m sharing my tips for what to pack if If you’re heading on a ski trip soon!


Skiing equipment and apparel can be expensive, but I’ve finally acquired the proper items over the years. I rent my skis, helmet, boots, and poles, but I’ve invested in the essentials. 

Ski Goggles: I highly recommend purchasing your own goggles instead of borrowing someone else’s or skiing in sunglasses. If you ski in glasses, you risk the chance of breaking or losing them if you fall, and the metal on styles like aviators can actually burn your face since the sun is stronger due to the elevation. They’re a splurge, but a good pair is a worth the investment. I have these UVEX goggles in white.

Ski/Snow Pants: comfort and mobility is key on the slopes and I didn’t want to look like a Michelin man, so I asked for a pair of North Face pants for Christmas the first year I went. This is definitely something that’s worth asking around to borrow since they are easily washable and come in sizes S,M,L, etc., making them much easier to share than a pair of jeans with a waist number! I have these in black.

Ski Jacket: this is my most expensive ski gear item and also another Christmas gift! I borrowed a friend’s jacket my first year but I loved getting to pick out my own with special touches like black piping and a furry hood. If you’re searching for your own, make sure it has lots of pockets! You can’t bring a purse up the mountain (although you will see people with backpacks, wearing one would throw me totally off balance) so you’ll want room to store chapstick, credit cards, lift tickets, etc. Pro tip: REI and Dick’s have some pretty awesome coupons that can shave a lot off the price, so keep your eyes open for deals if you’re in the market. Check out my jacket here, I have it in white!

Fleece: I always wear a fleece under my jacket, but I’ve been lucky that I can just repurpose my workout clothes! I always bring my medium North Face fleece and a lighter one that’s meant for running for the warmer ski days.

Long Underwear: while I own a legit pair of long underwear, I always just opt for a long sleeve workout tee and a pair of workout leggings. If you have a moisture wicking tee, that’s a great one to bring because it does get warm on the top of the mountain when it’s sunny and bright out and you don’t want to be sweaty under all your layers.

Socks: this is another option that’s worth it to invest in — having cold and wet feet in your massive plastic boots is no fun at all. I have a few pairs of Smart Wool socks which I actually wear with my street boots in the winter, as well as a ski pair from Under Armor. You won’t get blisters from your boots if they are fitted correctly, so you don’t need to buy the thickest socks out there. A little bit of extra room in your boot actually helps the air flow more around your feet, keeping them warmer!

Snow Gloves: I’ve been lucky that I’ve been able to use my little brothers snow gloves from elementary school as my ski gloves, so it’s worth rummaging though the storage at your parents’ house to see if you have a pair in hiding! Mittens actually keep your hands warmer on the slopes, but I prefer gloves.


One of my favorite things about Aspen is that despite its glamorous reputation, is that it’s a pretty casual town — I think that most ski towns tend to be on the casual side too! I even got away with only packing four pairs of shoes for 8 days. 

Shoes: almost everyone wears snow boots 24/7. I’ve had my Sorel boots since college and wore them nearly every single night out during the trip. I also brought my UGGs for wearing around the chalet, a pair of black OTK boots just in case (only wore them once!), and a pair of sneakers to workout in. Since snow boots are the heaviest, wear these on the plane so you don’t take up extra room in your suitcase

Sweaters: I lived in sweaters and thermals the entire time we were there. There is no need to bring fancy blouses or going out tops, a cute sweater is just as appropriate at a craft cocktail bar as it is at a white tablecloth restaurant. Check out some of my favorite and unique sweater picks here!

Bottoms: stick to leggings and pants as your bottoms, it’s rare to see someone wearing a dress or skirt because the temps drop pretty low at night. I brought five bottoms, but only ended up wearing four (two pairs of Spanx leggings and two pairs of black denim), so I’ll plan to pack lighter the next time we go

Faux fur: the amount of beautiful, floor length fur coats you’ll find in Aspen is amazing — both men and women wear them! If you have one, faux or not, it’s the spot to bring it to. Since my faux coat takes up so much room, I opted for one furry vest instead.

Shop My Look: 

Sweater | Vestique

Pants | Free People 

Boots | Sorel


Segura Viudas Open Up Cava Party


It’s been a hot sec since I went out to a club, especially on a weeknight, but I had so much fun at the Segura Viudas Open Up Cava Event at Heist this week!

Segura Viudas is a new brand to me—they are an award‑winning Cava rooted in rich Spanish winemaking heritage—and boy do they know how to throw a party. For the evening, Heist was decked out with Cava-inspired decorations (think, gold and white bubble balloons everywhere!), had an awesome DJ, super cute photo booth, and of course, plenty of Cava.

As soon as we entered the club, we were greeted with our own individual bottle of Segura Viudas and got to choose between Brut or Rosé. I went for the Brut first and it was everything I like in a sparkling wine! I prefer clean and crisp flavors when it comes to Cava and they nailed it. I later tried the Rosé and it was a bit too fruity for me, but still very good. The best part about these wines is that they are high quality and luxurious, but won’t break the bank, retailing around $12—perfect for impressing guests at your next dinner or girls night! The website even has a calculator to help you determine how many bottles you’ll need based on how many guests and how long your event is.

My favorite touch of the evening was the Open Up Cava herb wall, which allowed guests to literally pick an herb from the wall and bring it to the bartender for a surprise cocktail. I may have overindulged and tried both the basil and cilantro cocktails, but they were delicious and worth the slight hangover the next day. Who knew cilantro in a cocktail could taste so refreshing?!

Thanks so much for a fantastic evening, Segura Viudas!

This post was sponsored by Segura Viudas, but all opinions are my own. 

Sweater Round Up

Remember when I used to hate sweaters? I don’t know what I was thinking, because now I can’t get enough! We’re getting ready for our annual trip to Aspen, and I just went on a sweater shopping SPREE. I’ve been living in last season’s sweaters for the past two weeks and I was getting sick of wearing the same tops, so I did a little online shopping damage. I’m not a huge fan of scarves, so when I look for sweaters I try and find tops with special details so I don’t have to accessorize them. Last year, I really liked lace up details, but this season I’m into knotted details, statement sleeves, and embellishments.

Shop some of my favorite picks below! The wrap sweater is currently en route to my apartment!

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Twist Back Sweater | Nordstrom

Tiered Sleeve Sweater | Madewell

Wrap Front Sweater | Nordstrom

Fringe Sweater | Fabrik

Knit Beaded Sweater | H&M

Wide Sleeve Sweater | Top Shop

My Latest Obsession: Spanx Leggings




There are two kinds of people in this world, those who believe leggings should never be worn as pants, and those that believe leggings are a gift from the retail gods. I am the latter, and have been embracing leggings as pants since college. Yes, I would wear them to class on the reg with my UGG boots, but I always tried to make them look cute instead of sloppy.

Ever since graduating and moving on to the real world, I’ve been sneakily trying to work leggings as pants into my wardrobe — yes, even at work sometimes. As a result, I’m always looking for the latest kind that are a bit thicker and have details that make them look more like pants than leggings. I thought I had found the perfect faux leather leggings a few years back, until I heard about the Spanx leggings.

Disclaimer, I’ve never worn Spanx before, so I’m not extremely loyal to the brand, but once I saw them pop up on one of my favorite boutique’s Instagram stories, I was instantly intrigued. At a $98 price tag, I balked at the price and continued to stalk them online and on Instagram for about two months before I finally caved. I don’t know why, but I just had a feeling I was going to love them before I even tried them on. I ended up buying them on sale for $70 at Nordstrom and then ripping the tags off in excitement as soon as I got home. (Why I did that, I have no idea, it could have ended poorly.) BUT they did not disappoint and I don’t think I ever want to wear another pair of leggings again after putting these on my body. I kid you not — I went through my phone and texted approximately 16 people about them as soon as I put them on because I wanted my friends to be able to relish in how amazing they are.

Why are these so different from other leggings? When you put them on, they feel like a little hug. Since I’ve never worn traditional Spanx this might be what they feel like too, but I digress, it’s so cozy. They’re also high waisted and come up almost over my belly button, which is my preferred rise of bottoms. Lastly, they help streamline your midsection (which I guess traditional Spanx also do), even after eating two bowls of pasta and drinking 3 glasses of wine. I’ve had these since December 9, and worn them no less than 10 times since then. I have the Faux Leather Leggings in black (size S) and got the Faux Leather Moto Leggings (also in black and size S) for Christmas. I’ve been pairing them with button down flannels, oversized sweaters, and even a fur vest.

Shop My Look

Sweater | Fabrik (similar)

Faux Leather Leggings | Spanx

OTK Boots | Steve Madden

Last Minute NYE Looks


If you’re like me, you often wait until the last minute to do things. especially when it comes to finding outfits for important events like New Year’s Eve. This year, I’ve challenged myself to repurpose previous holiday looks (read more about it here), so I already have a dress in my closet to wear for NYE, but I know there’s lots of you out there that haven’t locked down your look yet!

To help you out, I’m linking 9 fabulous options below, that all have options for two day shipping! You’re welcome. And of course — everything is under $100. Happy shopping!

Sweetheart Emerald Lace Dress | Tobi: a dress that shows off one of the most flattering parts of your body (your décolleté) but also allows you to indulge in whatever you want due to the skater cut!

Wide Leg Jumpsuit | Tobi: if you don’t have a black jumpsuit in your life, you’re doing it wrong. Add a thin choker or statement necklace to personalize this look! Also, use code SLAYIT for 50% off!

White Tuxedo Dress | LuLu*s: so much yas. that is all.

Rose Gold + White Sequin Dress | LuLu*s: I don’t know why, but this strikes me as something that Taylor Swift would wear and I’m not mad about it. PS. her new album is awesome and you can judge me all you want for thinking so.

Black + Gold Polka Dot Dress | LuLu*s: I wish I hadn’t made this holiday challenge because I really want this dress. I probably wouldn’t pair it with the beret (can’t pull it off) but I love it with the OTK boots!

Swing Dress | ASOS: Velvet burnout, choker detail, and a floral pattern? I’m sold.

Metallic Lace V Neck| ASOS: I couldn’t pull this off because I hate tight dresses, but this is super fab. Pair with nude ankle strap heels and you’re set.

Gina Combo Dress | Revolve: ahhh I think I need this dress too! This would be perfect to repurpose for a company holiday party next year.

Open Back Mock Neck Dress | Revolve: why is everything from Revolve so perfect? This dress has the perfect amount of sheen and I love the unexpected open back!