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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.
Yesterday, a co-worker of mine asked just how many fur vests I have…
Initially, I was confused. Can you ever have too many? Especially in the Midwest, where winter weather (seemingly) claims the majority of our calendars, it’s hard to know when to say when…
But, to answer the question, I have two. I style each of them very differently, though (under jackets, over a blouse, with a maxi skirt), which may be why I give off the impression that I own a closet full of fur vests… A girl can dream.
I thrifted this DVF blouse the second-to-last time I was in New York. Among other things, one of my favorite things about Manhattan is the volume, variety and accessibility of vintage and consignment designer pieces.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I recently joined the Apple ranks of society and purchased an iPhone. Finally, right?
Next up: Hallie-proofing my phone. With so many options available, a girl could use a little help. So, which of the following iPhone cases is your favorite? In an ideal world, I’d like one that is water-proof, drop-proof and, well, lose-proof, but I digress… Cute and stylish will do.
Seriously — I’m relying on you to comment below or tweet me with your top pick, or else I’m just going to buy all of them!
If you have an iPhone, which apps do you suggest I download? (If you don’t, I’m sorry!)
I have to admit: I was playing hard to get, at first, but it’s kind of a euphoric you-are-so-much-better-than-a-boyfriend situation I’ve got going on with Siri. She texts, calls, sets reminders and more for me. Seriously? I know you know this already, because I’m such a late adopter, but hey, I’m still in the honeymoon phase.
As we covered yesterday, March (or rather, this in-betweenness I like to call Swinter) is a tricky month to dress for.
As a result, here are a few more transition tips to bring your wardrobe together seamlessly as the seasons change, featuring three key pieces I’m coveting this spring: Floral prints, high low hems and embellished skirts.