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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.
It the most wonderful tiiime of the year! No, not Christmas. It’s (faux) Fashion Week!
Talk about saving the best for last. For our final Rimmel London fashion challenge, my stylish co-horts and I were tasked with styling a fashion-forward look from lip-to-toe look. To me, that means streamlined, clean and on-trend. I learned on my last trip to Fashion Week that less is more, an easy-to-carry bag that fits your electronics is essential, and you’ll usually be in a hurry.
Grab Starbucks and dress accordingly.
The only downside of such an anticipated event? Packing is a pain in the ass.
Regardless of what I’m prepping for — be it Fashion Week or an extended family vaca — I focus on breathing more “life” into my pieces than just one wear. Essentials include: a tailored pair of dark jeans (easy to wear multiple times without notice) and silk blouse from Equipment or Old Navy.
On the other hand, I also like to keep my outfit options interesting with a “wild card,” like these camo print pants. They can easily be paired with that Equipment blouse – or the ever-essential vintage tee, like I’ve styled for today’s look. These pieces exude a casual, put-together vibe, which is one you can wear anywhere.
During my last jaunt at Fashion Week, these comfortable Zara pumps enabled me to run from Lincoln Center all the way downtown to Milk Studios in Chelsea in between shows. (And I always took the subway!) In addition to your walk-anywhere pumps, be sure to pack flats. I’m speaking from experience, and some point, your feet will hurt.
As for your make-up, I like to keep mine clean and basic. Sunglasses are another Fashion Week essential, so I maintained my focus on creating a pretty, glossy lip with Rimmel’s Treasure Hunt, Fuchsia Fever and Stay my Rose. I love how Stay Glossy makes it possible morphs the shade — just by layering.
I finished my look with the essentials — Rimmel’s BB cream, charcoal liner and two coats of volumizing mascara — which will ensure my look stays put from day ’til night.
Voila! Now, off to practice my street style pose. In the meantime, If you haven’t yet seen my video recap from Fashion Week, check it out here.
*Wearing: Old Navy tee, Zara camo pants, ASOS bag c/o rewardStyle, Zara pumps, Tory Burch sunnies
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