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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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Today isn’t one of those Fashion Week posts that you may have been wondering about, but I’ll have an update for you tomorrow.
I think I say this every year, but each season seems to sneak up quicker than the last.
In an ideal world, I’d have ample time to play around on Pinterest, source some style inspiration and plan my outfits well in advance — but we all know life (and mother Nature) doesn’t work that way. Mine doesn’t, at least.
In fact, I’m prone to coffee stains, always running late and often unable to make up my mind.
That said, if you’ve been a corals + cognacs reader for a while, you know that my Fashion Week is more or less a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants extravaganza. Crazy town! My schedule and my outfits are executed in similar manners — and by that, I mean they come together like a last-minute touchdown.
As a result, this whole idea of planning ahead is more about consolidated creativity — being inspired by mini-moments in your day-to-day.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of such in this city — from the creative expression of the city’s best street art to the hundreds of people you encounter on your daily commute; inspiration abounds on a daily basis in New York. Especially during Fashion Week (crazy bare-legged bloggers running a-muck and all).
Fashion Week or not, I reach for my most-loved pieces that I know I feel comfortable, confident and cozy in. Neutral, pale color palettes feel fresh for me this winter, and I’ve recently embraced footwear that’s equal parts functional and fashionable. Imagine that, huh? (Though you know I love a cab-to-curb heel.)
More often than not, I’m dressed for day-to-night, since you never know when the mood will strike. This is why a bag that fits anything and everything is essential, too.
I approach the week as a marathon — not a sprint; it can get challenging to continuously dress to impress.
Like you, I imagine, I look to YouTube a lot for my inspiration — for style, beauty, hair… The list goes on.
Glam.com recently interviewed two of Fashion Week’s popular designers on how they stay inspired — as well as the genius behind their collections this season. The interview with Michelle Smith (of Milly) really struck a chord with me. At one point, she sasy: “It took me awhile to discover my style … but I knew the second I found it.” Yes!