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Saturday, February 28, 2015

I may sound bitter. I'm a little bitter. Just a little bitter.

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I can't believe how this week has flown by! It's been a blur of work, long train rides, negotiations, sad news, a mini challenge, movies and a little bit of drama. In the midst of it, I neglected all of you!

One of my best friend's darling Grandpa passed away this week so tomorrow I'll be down in Hingham for the service. These things never get any easier to attend, in fact, they probably get harder with age. As a child, you're sad but life seems so huge and full of possibilities while "forever" doesn't seem that long. It's a big reminder to embrace the moment and focus on what's actually important to you. Kyley is so important to me that I finally dug my car out!

On a much happier note, I've also been inspired to get a little bit healthier. I've given up soda for Lent (this has been extremely difficult. I'm more or less trying to wean myself. I'm down to 2 sodas a week instead of two or three a day!) and am doing a mini 30-Day-Fitness challenge with some of my Crush cohorts. Fifty crunches and ten pushups a day for thirty days! This may not sound like much but since I haven't worked out for at least two years it's a big step in the right direction. We're on day four and my abs are actually sore so I'm hopeful this will become a great habit! I even felt so great after the challenge this morning that I did a 35-minute yoga video! Slow but sure!

Like everyone else in Boston, the piles of snow and bitter cold has really taken a toll on my mental health. I'm all over the place and taking it out (or holding it in) against a lot of people. Yesterday, I took Daisy for a long afternoon walk, the sun was out, and lots of birds were chirping. Even with ten feet of snow on the ground it felt like early spring.
My winter mood over the past few weeks has led me to making some questionable choices. The good news is that, last night, it also lead me to see someone I trusted and cared about in a whole new light. I was angry at first and, not-so-regretfully, responded with a rude email. But once my initial anger passed, I was swept with relief. He finally showed me who he truly is and, deep down, he is not someone I want in my life. My self-confidence has taken a hit, but I know I'm better off.

I have a couple of exciting opportunities coming up so if you love fashion and Boston (and I know that you do!) keep checking back! I promise to get back to my 3-4 posts weekly! I woke up today with a brighter outlook than I've had in months. I don't want to jinx myself, but bitter might be melting into happy.


The lyrics in this post's title are taken from Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player) by Marsha Ambrosius


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Splurge: Canada Goose Kensington Parka!

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This weekend, I think I'm sharing my first real splurge: Canada Goose's Kensington Parka! Clocking in at $745 this winter coat might actually be an investment. That I can't afford on any level. But it's freaking freezing. I mean, if I purchased it today I could potentially be wearing it for another eight weeks this winter alone and not to mention the many winters to come. 

Now that I'm spending so much more time on Beacon Hill, I've noticed just how popular these down filled coats with coyote lined hoods have become! It's a huge amount of money but the people wearing them look a lot warmer (and happier) than the rest of us. Since a winter in Boston can last from approximately October until May I feel like I could maybe justify the credit card debt. Maybe. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

6 Steps To Healthier Winter Hair!

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If you grew up in New England like I did it’s not exactly news that winter sucks. If you’re new to brutal winters, it’s also probably not news that winter really sucks. Chapped lips, too many layers and mountains of snow lose any charm they may have had by mid-February. My skin may never recvoer. We've all heard how we need to change our skin care in winter due to dropping temperatures and dry air. But what about our hair routines? Even on the best days, my hair is as bushy as a horses’ mane! How can I possibly manage it on the worst? With the arctic blast showing no signs of slowing down, I set out to learn the basics of winter hair care.

If you can stand it, try to keep the thermostat down. Lack of moisture in the air is only exacerbated when we turn up the heat, “The number one complaint I hear from my clients in winter is an itchy scalp,” says celebrity stylist Patrice Vinci of Boston’s Patrice Vinci Salon, “because just like other skin your scalp gets dry from all the forced air.” She suggests fighting itchy scalp with daily fish oil supplements and a shampoo for sensitive skin, like the sulfate-free Illumai Vital Shampoo.  “(Illumai) actually preserves and balances the skin’s natural oils instead of just removing them so it isn’t at all drying like most shampoos.” It may sound weird but keeping the skin on your head hydrated not only prevents issues like dandruff but also keeps hair well nourished and strong.

Another huge battle our hair faces in winter? Static electricity! Pulling all those cute hats on and off all day only makes things worse. To avoid looking like Helena Bonham Carter in the Harry Potter movies, dry hair with an old t-shirt instead of a towel before styling. Then try a product made with cetrimonium chloride like Oribe’s Cote d’Azure Hair Refresher. It helps to block static by adding positively charged molecules back to strands of hair to create a smooth surface. In between shampoos, tame morning flyaways by rubbing a dryer sheet over your pillowcases just before bed. I even keep a couple tucked into my bag for a quick fix!

Finally, go back to the basics. Keep up with regular trims to reduce split ends and keep them smooth with hair oil. “Oils and deep conditioners are always really good for your ends but especially this time of year! So sit under a dryer with your favorite conditioning mask,” instructs Patrice. At the very least, try not to shampoo too often and use an at home deep conditioner once a week. My mane already looks and feels healthier…even though it’s covered in snow!

How is your hair surviving this endless winter?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NYFW Autumn/Winter 2015

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I mentioned on Sunday that I was freezing in New York instead of Boston and, if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know why! I was covering New York Fashion Week! From sheer pants, turtlenecks layered under dresses and metallic nails, there were a lot of trends to take in on the runways this season! Check out some of my favorite moments and collections...

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Splurge: GiGi New York & With Love From Kat

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It's that time of year again! I'm down in NYC for Fashion Week and at the moment it seems utterly impossible that it will ever be warm again. I'm between shows, literally shivering inside of Lincoln Center but my thoughts are already moving ahead to this summer when I'll be in Europe for my 30th birthday. 

To keep my spirits, and core temperature, up I ordered this charming passport case from With Love From Kat's capsule collection with Gigi New York. Kat's travel collection with the company that made monogramming cool again is everything a woman needs to travel in style. I even splurged on the matching luggage tag. Because I'm just that cool. 
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