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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’s been a weird-weathered week in New York, but we’ve started seeing signs that the heat wave days of summer are coming to an end.
Personally, I’m embracing the cool weather — partially because I’m over-eager to bust out my fall wardrobe, including this AHmazinglace-and-leather sweater.
Mainly, though, because I’m ready to do away with the unpleasant and ugly side effects of humidity-hair. That limping, frizzing and cow-licking conundrum that gets even worse when you’re trying to tame it with styling tools. You know what I mean? So not cute when you have client-facing meetings and dinner plans to attend to.
Most days, I like to wear my hair curly. It’s a look that’s evolved over time, but the routine started in my tween’age years.
In college especially, I took the whole curling-my-hair thing a bit too literally (#TBT moment evidenced here). I’ve managed to mature in my hair care repertoire, and these days, I’m a firm believer that it’s best to just go with the flow. Literally — a natural, wavy look is much prettier. And easier!
In an attempt to find that work/life/blog balance I was talking about yesterday, my weekdays are pretty jam-packed. I never go home in between the office and after-work events, so my limp locks must be tamed before I’m out the door at 8 a.m.
My morning hair routine takes 10 minutes: I wrap a few strands of hair around a clipless curling wand (I swear by Jose Eber), which creates body and actually holds all day.
From start to finish, I’ve been test-driving the TRESemmé Platinum Strength Collection, a line developed to fortify and strengthen your hair. As a result of everyday(ish) styling with heat tools, I’ve really put my locks through the ringer. They tend to get dry, brittle and dull — which is the main reason I like this collection: It claims to repair up to two years of damage (and I’ve actually noticed smoother, softer hair after one week/about five uses). I often forgo washing my hair for dry shampoo, so the heat protection spray is my go-to. It doubles as a dry-hair revitalizer (in my opinion) and protects against the everyday effects of heat styling and, well, New York City in general.
Perhaps by the time I’m 30 I’ll have undone the damage from my college years. Now, on to delete those old Facebook photos…
Brought to you by TRESemmé, a product by Unilever that I use frequently in my day-to-day. Thanks for supporting the brands that make my blog possible! For tips and tricks on easy, wavy hairstyles to create at home (and in case you missed their behind-the-scenes access of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and), check out TRESemmé’s YouTube channel.