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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.
HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE IT? corals and cone-yaks. •WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU USE? A Canon T3i with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. •DON’T YOU FEEL WEIRD TAKING PHOTOS OF YOURSELF? Absolutely. Everyone looks at me like I’m insane – especially when it’s cold. Wouldn’t you? •DO YOU WORK WITH ADVERTISERS/SPONSORS? Yep! Shoot me an e-mail and let’s talk. •HOW ELSE CAN WE KEEP IN TOUCH? On Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Over the past weekend, music festival season kicked off here in New York City. A few girlfriends and I spent Saturday gallivanting around Queens, which was a rather in-your-face reminder that, well, I’m gettin’ old.
Publicly rocking out the sounds of Calvin Harris — and soon, Vampire Weekend, Pretty Lights and St. Lucia — while soaking up some sun (not enough, apparently — those GAMS!) seems to naturally lend itself to street style best described as either beautifully bohemian or… Slutty Pocahontas. To each her own.
I didn’t attend Coachella this year, but this was an outfit I dreamt up a few weeks back during a bout of wishful thinking. Although I’d probably have opted to trade these insane Rocco pumps for a more modest pair of daytime flats.
A part of me wishes I was still raging in the company of teens and tweens up north, but a larger part is looking forward to the outdoor concerts ahead this summer: GovBall, music in Central Park, the list goes on. In a few week’s time, I’m making my first return to Chicago since the big move to New York for a three-day, non-stop festival extravaganza and reunion of friends. Excited is an understatement!
Last week, I semi-seriously Instagram’ed that I was wearing floral jeans in an effort to channel spring. Well, a few days and significantly fewer degrees later, I can’t so much as walk across the street to Starbucks without every single one of my nose hairs freezing in place.
I grew up in the Midwest, so I practically double-majored in mastering snowy- and rainy-day chic styles. I have umbrellas stashed everywhere — in my desk, at home, in my gym locker, and in my suitcase. In other words, just because it’s raining doesn’t mean sartorial sacrifices must be made, ladies.
My closet is chock-full of faux fur-lined hats, wind-resistant parkas and cute, waterproof boots. When I was in LA last weekend, it rained (drizzled) off-and-on for three days straight. Given the aforementioned upbringing, I’m not deterred by the threat of potential precipitation, but the city. shut. down. I laughed when my girlfriend Ashley told me she doesn’t even own an umbrella. Are each of you West Coasters in the same boat?
I walk to-and-from work (and just about everywhere else around town) and when it rains, I hate the feeling of kicking up water onto my legs. For that reason – temperature permitting – I’ll usually toss on shorts and a pair of cozy knee-high socks on my way out the door. I splurged on these Tory Burch rainboots two years ago, and they’ve been one of my best wardrobe investments to-date. Jelly flats and mini willies are a great alternative to bulkier styles, too – they’re great for keeping your feet dry but also staying stylish.
*Wearing: BCBG Bronnen jacket, Tory Burch rainboots, Zara sweater, American Apparel leggings, umbrella c/o Nicole Miller
When it rains, all hell breaks lose on my hair and face. Thankfully, Rimmel recently released their new BB Cream, which I now swear by. I mix a bit with my moisturizer, and after layering on Stay Glossy’s Yours Forever, My Eternity and Seduce Me, and adding two coats of mascara, I’m no longer publicly indecent and afraid to puddle hop my way to work.
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