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Hi, nice to meet you.
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.
I hope you enjoy reading corals + cognacs as much as I enjoy writing it.
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.
There are two themes to today’s post: (1) gratitude and (2) friendship.
You also have two chances to win these gorgeous handbags – details at the bottom of this post.
During the holidays especially, I aim to make a more conscious effort to be present during and grateful for the meaningful moments in my life.
This is a conversation that Jessica and I have often.
Because we work and blog full-time, life can become one big spiral of hustling, writing, e-mailing, editing and so on. As a result, sometimes we both forget to sit back, unplug and say thanks — most importantly, to readers like you who support and inspire us to push forward on five hours of sleep every day. (Gimme six and I’m mother f’ing Beyonce.)
Post-college, it’s hard to find girlfriends. Like, really good ones. You know? Especially in a city of 10 million people and in an industry that can seem, at times, incredibly cut-throat.
Hands down, my favorite perk of being a blogger is meeting and making genuine friends who push you to see things (including yourself) in a different way. The ones who come to know your drink order, your shoe size, how you take your coffee, and your unfortunate drunk food routine — among many other things.
… I cannever run for President.
If you’re lucky enough to have one of these types of women in life, hold on to ’em.
Okay, I promise we’re getting to the good part.
Lydia did a fantastic job capturing our friendship in these photos — and the funny thing is, we aren’t posing. We don’t always skip through Madison Square Park arm-in-arm, but figuratively, that’s how we tend to approach blogging and life in general.
Instead of going the competitive route, Jessica and I leverage our unique personal tastes and points of view to collaborate — which is why it was a no-brainer when Joelle Hawkens asked us both to style up a giveaway for one of her fab bags. Friendship, gratitude — two birds, one stone.
If you haven’t heard of Joelle Hawkens, here’s your cliff notes version: She’s a handbag designer that hits all the high notes – think affordable luxury in a vibrant array of hues and custom, distinctive hardware.
Joelle’s entire collection is a series of must-have modern classics that’ll go with anything in your wardrobe — I’ve been wearing mine on repeat.
That said, here are details on how to enter to win your own Joelle Hawkens handbag (if you have questions, leave ’em in the comments, please) — just click the form below:
Logistics: Contest ends Friday, 12/6 at midnight EST. One winner will be selected randomly on coralsandcognacs.com (to win my blue bag); another via bowsandsequins.com (to win her gray bag). US only (apologies). Good luck!