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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.
Today’s the day. It’s finally here! … And I am utterly unprepared, per usual, which will make for some high-quality content around here the next few days.
Oh, and you know what that means: FASHION WEEK RECAPS ARE COMING!
Like many of my peers, I’ve spent the past few days getting ready to set out for another week of bat-shit crazy Fashion Week antics. Running up, down and across town from show-to-show is a lot of fun, but it also means long days and heavy handbags.
As a girl-on-the-go, one of the most important pre-NYFW tasks you can do is plan to pack your bag ahead-of-time. So, naturally, I tend to wait until the morning-of to do this.
Either way, since the task at-hand is an essential one, I thought I’d give you a little peek inside the purse I’m carrying for most of this week.
Meet my reversible black tote from Nordstrom. I saw it on the site last week, bought it immediately and have been carrying it ever since. It’s big — not baggy — and it fits all of my Fashion Week essentials. Plus, it looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. (See for yourself!)
Here are a few of my must-haves for surviving New York Fashion Week:
NARS matte lip pencils are my favorite — as you can see from the photo above (on the left), I’m due to pick up another in “Never Say Never.”
I always carry the color nail polish I’m wearing, just in case (/if and when) I chip my nails.
*Click the items below to shop my beauty musts:
// STRAIGHT SUSTENANCE
I saved the best for last, you guys: Foooood. I’m the type of person who is constantly thinking about where her next meal is coming from (#fatjoke), which is why you’ll find snacks on snacks on SNACKS in my handbag.
Nourish Snacks: A friend of mine (Julia) introduced me to Nourish Snacks awhile back, and I’ve been hooked ever since. They’re portion-control snack packs — each 200 calories or less — made with natural, non-GMO ingredients. These make you feel less guilty if you, say, dove head-first into a large pizza after a jam-packed day of shows and a few (too many) martinis the night prior. You know? Hypothetical situation. Anyway, you can shop Nourish a la cart (get “Mr. Popular!”) or sign up for a monthly delivery, which is what I have.
Coffee, of course. I am never not drinking coffee during Fashion Week. In fact, I’m usually double-fisting champagne and Starbucks. Talk about efficiency, huh? Breakfast, lunch and dinner of champions.
… And aspirin/various medicinal cures, as a result.