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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.
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Just kidding, this isn’t that kind of post. We’ll save that story for a rainy day…
Anyway, Vegas: It was about two weeks ago. I flew out to spent a few days in the desert for the Life is Beautiful music festival with Zappos — and Jessica, Justin and Anthony.
Between music sets, ferris wheel rides and happy hours, we were actually quite productive (and hangover-free, for the most part).
The weekend kicked off with a tour of the Zappos headquarters on Friday — wherein I surely violated some sort of HR policy. We called it early that night, since Saturday’s call time was early.
That next day, we rose with the sunrise and set off an adventure around downtown Las Vegas, each styling a series of looks from brands carried on Zappos.com. (A fun and unlikely surprising fact: That was the first time I’ve ever been in Vegas and said “good morning” to the sun rather than “good night.” Hehe.)
It was an all-day affair, and one of the things I remember thinking throughout the day is how grateful I was that I was that I’d packed a big bag/that I was prepared.
I’d venture to guess that the thought “Boy, I wish I knew how to assemble an emergency fashion kit!” doesn’t regularly cross your mind.
There’s a lot of instances in which you’re out for the day, though — think tailgating, road trips, weddings… The list goes on. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little style survival kit on-hand?
Yes. Yes, it would be. It may sound slightly neurotic, but you never know when an inopportune style crisis might strike.
So today, I’m here to help you build your kit. These are all items you might not normally think to have on-hand, but are likely already in your possession: Safety pins to shorten your necklace, eraser bits if your earring backs fall out, a fix for removing that deodorant stain and so on.
This little Fashion Emergency Kit can also double as a wedding survival kit — aka your badge of honor as the Best Damn Bridesmaid there ever was. (I KNOW you need one of those in the upcoming year — and ditto here. #AllMyFriendsAreMarried)
Here’s what to pack in your Fashion Emergency Kit:
Fashion Tape: It’s amazing what a little adhesive can do, such as: fix fallen hems, keep a plunging neckline where it belongs and hide those bra straps.
Foot Petals: They say beauty is pain, but I’ve experienced enough blisters in my lifetime (dancing queen, ya’ll) to value the importance of foot and heel liners. This brand (which I aptly discovered during Fashion Week) prevents shoes from rubbing and slipping and such. They can be easily removed without damaging your shoes, too.
Also, sunglasses are good. The crew was laughing at me in this photo (below) because — despite the hat — I could not keep my eyes open in any of our shots. It was really freakin’ bright out!
In this day-in-age, let’s be honest: You’re going to need reinforcements to juice those gadgets. Especially for an all-day affair. I carry (and always travel with) a portable Mophie and/or an iPhone charging case.
This instax mini camera is fun to tote around, too. Polaroid-style pictures are the most fun way to document your visit to the world’s largest ball of twine — or whatever the hell it is that you’re doing and seeing.
Spoken like a true lush — because hangry is NOT a pretty look on this girl.
Pack a water bottle, of course, along with snacks on snacks on snacks. You guys know I am all about Nourish packs — healthy, on-the-go snacks for less than 200 calories a pop. If you haven’t tried ’em, use CORALS15 to get 15% off your order this month. I recommend Mr. Popular and Monkey Love.
I typically keep my smaller items in an old prescription pill bottle or empty Altoids tin. Think Band-Aids, Q-tips and double-sided tape. Sewing is not my forte — hence, safety pins. Small bits of an eraser can be used as earring backs if you need ’em, too. In addition:
Sharpies: Scuff on your shoe? No problem – a black sharpie will take care of that real quick.
Dryer sheets: Gets rid of static cling and deodorant stains.
Clear nail polish: To stop runs in your tights.
More specifically, if it’s an all-day fashion shoot you’re going on, wear nude-colored underwear and pack a strapless bra. You’ll want to bring your own accessories and an extra pair of shoes, too. I always have extra Tieks in my bag, because, duh.
Lastly, if you’re too lazy to build one from scratch [*raises hand*], Zappos carries a brand called Hollywood Secrets — an arsenal of style survival products.