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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.
In fact, I know I am — based solely on today’s ensemble. A blanket scarf, quilted puffer vest and semi-wet shower hair despite the fact that it’s 25 degrees and windy as hell. Is that you, pnemonia? HEY I’M RIGHT HERE!
It’s winter, Hallie. Time to accept it.
On a similar note: Holiday wish lists — already? Wow. Seems like summer was yesterday. I don’t want to freak you out, but Christmas is exactly five weeks from today!
Let me tell you:
I’ve been dating the Internet these past few weeks.
I always am, essentially, but this month in particular we’ve been really hot-and-heavy… Which can only mean one thing: Gift Guide season.
I’ve been endlessly scrolling and researching, looking high-and-low for lots of gift ideas for everyone on your (our) list(s). Mom? Yep. Your boss? Check. That weird Secret Santa situation happening at the office? You know it.
Starting today and over the next few weeks, you can expect curated gift ideas for everyone on your list this season. (If you have suggestions, feel free to tweet me or tell me in the comments below.) But don’t worry — Gift Guides won’t replace the daily content I have to share these next few weeks; they’ll just supplement it.
To officially kick things off (in the wake of yesterday’s City Style-inspired Guide), I wanted to start by sharing the items that I continue to buy and gift every year.
The best part? Everything on this list (except No. 6) is less than $50.
Here’s the gifts I love to give:
Monogram mugs: These are perfect for literally anyone on your list — and the price is right.
World map necklace: For travel companions and those on your list with a severe case of wanderlust.