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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.)
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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.
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).