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I'm Hallie, a Midwest native, New York City transplant and the mind behind corals + cognacs. If you're looking for an online destination for stylish inspiration and musings on Manhattan living, you've come to the right place.
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FAQ //LOCATION: New York, New York •BY WAY OF: The Midwest (Cleveland/Chicago) •HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Attainable, trendy and fun. I’m constantly wearing unexpected pairings – like statement pumps and a graphic tee. •FAVORITE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET? The vintage Gucci clutch I thrifted for $40. •ANY OBSESSIONS? I like my coffee black, my heels high and my martinis dirty. •GUILTY PLEASURES? Complex carbohydrates and shoe shopping -- both in excess. (And SoulCycle, as a result.)
ARE YOU A FULL-TIME BLOGGER? No, I work as a Development Manager and Contributing Editor at Glam.com. •WHY DID YOU START YOUR BLOG? I've spent nearly seven years on the corporate grind, where sartorial humor and an expertly crafted color-block can get lost in the boardroom. As a result, I decided to create a blog -- a space where I’d hoped my writing, styling and excessive shoe collection would be better comprehended. •WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Living stylish and spontaneously in New York City – and beyond. I aim to inspire others to have fun with fashion and to live lightheartedly •HOW’D YOU THINK OF THE NAME? To be honest, the name just came to me. I’m a big color-blocker and a sucker for alliteration in writing. It just fit. •WHAT’S THE CORRECT WAY TO WRITE IT? corals + cognacs.
HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE IT? corals and cone-yaks. •WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU USE? A Canon T3i with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. •DON’T YOU FEEL WEIRD TAKING PHOTOS OF YOURSELF? Absolutely. Everyone looks at me like I’m insane – especially when it’s cold. Wouldn’t you? •DO YOU WORK WITH ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS? Yep! Shoot me an e-mail and let’s talk. •HOW ELSE CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH? On Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
From what I’ve read, Soho, London, is the place to be if you’re a food and fashion lover. (… *Raises hand.*) The chic district teems with tourists, stylish-looking patrons and media professionals marching to and from the office – and it’s also the destination of my fictional European birthday celebration.
For today’s Rimmel challenge, I’m dressed to the nine’s to celebrate my 27th (which, incidentally, I just did).
I have an odd obsession with this fun-and-flirty fringe skirt. I wear it all the time, and I’ve said this before, but every single time I step out the door in it, I transform into an obnoxious flamenco dancer… These hips don’t lie.
Since it’s a celebration kinda night (read: lots of champagne), I paired it with my most comfortable can-dance-in wedges, a leather Coach penny purse and sequin Rachel Zoe tunic. Even if it’s not your birthday, this type of get-up will bring out your inner shine and make you feel like the most confident girl in the room. And regardless, really, a girl should always reach for sequins.
The icing on the (cup)cake for tonight is my make-up. Treasure Hunt and Timeless Allure are my absolute favorite shades of Stay Glossy – even moreso when they’re worn together.
Since I wanted kissable lips to be the front-and-center of my look, I didn’t OD on dark eyeliner. Instead, I picked up a multi-dimensional eye palette and started with a pretty peach shadow as a base on my eyelids. To contour, I swept a darker mauve color into the crease, and I finished by brushing the softest color in my palette on my brow bones for a highlighting effect. Finally, to give my look a little extra oomph, I layered on the darkest mascara I could find.
Pop, fizz, clink. Ready!
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The London Look isn’t just one look. It’s an attitude that embraces originality and isn’t afraid to experiment with whatever look you desire. With the range of 24 shades, Stay Glossy Lipgloss from Rimmel London gives you the freedom to mix and match endless colour combinations for any occasion. Free yourself from the beauty norms and learn more about the endless possibilities of London Looks at Facebook.com/RimmelLondonUS.
Disclosure: I have been compensated by Coty US LLC (Rimmel London US) for making these statements regarding its products.