Cognac-colored (Plus the Perfect Pair of Boots)

Last week, I made my first return trip to New York City since I re-located to Chicago four months ago.


I’ve mentioned this to you before, but one of the first questions that people ask me these days is whether or not I miss living in Manhattan…

My honest answer has been no — and still is — but nonetheless: It was so wonderful to be back in the city for a few days.


I made the trip back primarily for work (SoulCycle), so from a packing perspective, most of the things that I brought were of the spandex/latex variety. Like, 90% of my suitcase was workout gear.

Of course, I tacked on a few blog- and friend-related things while I was in town, so I had to bring a few stylish staples: Black jeans, a suede moto jacket (everyone was asking me where I got mine — it’s 15% off with code Signup15) and a striped shirt that paired easily with anything is what fit the bill.

Oh, and these boots, but we’ll get to those.


I flew in late last Monday evening, so Tuesday was my first full day in the city. Not surprisingly, I fell back into my old routines very, very easily: Stopping into Birch Coffee on my morning walks to the subway, always finding a reason to walk through Madison Square Park, and hitting up Juice Generation for a post-workout smoothies — just to name a few.

One evening, I even had “a very New York night” and had dinner by myself at one of my favorite restaurants: Westville. (If you go, get the turkey burger with avocado and goat cheese. Life-changing!)


There are certain things I miss about New York, of course — like grabbing breakfast from a bodega or jaywalking without consequence; or wondering what colors the Empire State Building will light up with at night.

But by the end of my three-day trip, I was reminded of a few things I definitely do not miss, including touch-and-go, make-your-stomach-turn taxi cab traffic all the way down Sixth Avenue, everyone always seeming to be in a hurry, and the subway during rush hour.

It was a productive trip indeed, but the end of each day, I was downright exhausted. (Although in hindsight, this is probably because I was taking three or four classes every day.)


At any rate, I returned to Chicago over the weekend feeling re-energized and really inspired, so I’m more than ready to hit the ground running this week.

And speaking of running, let’s talk about these boots real quick (… real f–kin’ quick).

I’ve been looking for a cute pair of over-the-knee boots that are good for day or night, and these definitely fit the bill. They’re walkable and under $150, so you really can’t beat ’em. Quick tip, though: Order your regular shoe size, don’t size up to your boot size. Steve Madden has most sizes in all three colors in-stock!




Black aviators: Ray-Ban (25% off on Nordstrom this week!)
Cognac-colored moto jacket: c/o Azalea SF (15% off with code Signup15)
Striped shirt: Joe Fresh ($16, comes in five colors)
Black jeans: 7 for All Mankind (they stretch!)
Over-the-knee boots: Steve Madden (less than $150, here in more sizes/colors)
Beige clutch: c/o Gigi New York


Nail Polish: Essie ‘Really Red’ (similar shades here)
Hair styling: Living Proof’s No Frizz collection (get the introductory kit here)
Blush: NARS ‘The Multiple’ in Riviera (blended with NARS Kabuki brush)
Lipstick: NARS satin lip pencil in ‘Palais Royale’ (new fave!)
Tinted moisturizer: Jouer (with SPF20)

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