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Hi, nice to meet you! Welcome to corals + cognacs, a life and style blog of sorts. I’m Hallie, a twenty-something fashion fiend, shoe hoarder and the Editor/Chief Style Officer behind this blog.
Here, you’ll find outfit inspirations, wardrobe creations and musings on my ever-evolving list of latest obsessions.
I hope you enjoy reading corals + cogancs as much as I enjoy writing it
FAQ //LOCATION: New York, New York •BY WAY OF: The Midwest (Cleveland/Chicago) •HOW WOULD YOU DISCRIBE 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? Silk blouses, diptyque candles and SoulCycle. •GUILTY PLEASURE? Eating trail mix and shoe shopping. Both in excess. •WANNA GRAB A DRINK? Always – Ketel dirty martini, please.
ARE YOU A FULL-TIME BLOGGER? No, I work at an agency doing social media strategy. •WHY DID YOU START YOUR BLOG? Style tends to take a back seat at the office. Since sartorial humor and an expertly crafted color-block can get lost in the boardroom, I decided to create a blog, 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. •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/1.8 lens. •DON’T YOU FEEL WEIRD TAKING PHOTOS OF YOURSELF IN THE CITY? Absolutely. Everyone looks at me like I’m insane – especially when it’s cold. Wouldn’t you? •DO YOU OFFER ADVERTISING AND SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES? Yep! Shoot me an e-mail and let’s talk. •HOW ELSE CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH? On Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Weekends in the fall are reserved for some of my favorite things: Napping under a pile of blankets, day-drinking, watching football, and — of course — Netflix binges (currently: Orange is the New Black).
Every month or two, a group of local-based bloggers get together to brunch and whatnot, which makes the weekend extra special. Not that I need an excuse to have an extra mimosa at brunch… But, you know.
I think I’m still recovering from this weekend’s Limsanity – with an actual shopping hangover. Were you able to snag a Pashli doppelgänger? If not, don’t lose hope — let’s wait for the online returns to trickle back in.
As you might know from my (Day 1) Fashion Week recap, I was lucky to attend a variety of Target-themed events over the course of the week — including the Phillip Lim collaboration launch and the actual runway show introducing the fall collection. (All designers debut their spring collections in September; Target was an exception.)
I went backstage on behalf of Glam.com to peep the runway style (print and leather mania!) and talk fall beauty trends with make-up expert Petra Strand, the founder of, beauty and brains behind Pixi, a line I’ve quickly learned to love.
Ah, Monday… Here we are again. How was your weekend?
A highlight from mine was attending a beverage release party for Stella Artois Cidre (pronounced see-dray), a Belgian-style cider made with hand-picked apples. I’ve spent the better half of my adult years drinking Stella Artois, so it was a no brainer when Jess and I were asked to attend on behalf of Glam.com and report back.
Yesterday, I joked about how scattered and event-heavy my schedule has become the past few weeks, but not in a bad way. I like being forced out of my little New York apartment!
Last Saturday, I ventured to the West Village for brunch at Palma over mimosas, complex carbohydrates and the latest collections from Julie Vos and Persifor – two new-to-me designers that you’ll start seeing more of in my outfit rotations. Julie has an eye for beautiful jewelry with semi-precious stones, and Alex (of Persifor) creates casual, designer-looking resort-wear. One of these bags may have just gotten picked up by a huge women’s clothing retailer, too!
In addition to catching up with a few girls I haven’t seen since Fashion Week, I had the chance to (finally) meet Mackenzie, Courtney and Karly for the first time. Here’s a few photos from our brunch:
The morning’s company, of course, was great. I’d elaborate on what I ate, but the honest answer is just “two of everything.” … And then some: Spinach and egg frittata, fruit-topped french toast, flaky croissants and a delicious caprese salad. YOLO?
Special thanks to Kat, Julie and Alex for hosting. I loved meeting you just as much as I loved leaving 10 pounds happier and heavier!