Connecticut Charm

Greenwich is such a cute little town. I love taking the Metro North up there for a day to escape to true peace and quiet–– everything is so serene, and it's a great way to escape Manhattan for a while. Greenwich Ave kind of reminds me of Savannah, so it's nice to get a feeling of being home while being so far away! One look I think I have finally perfected is the "comfy yet polished" travel look. I think the key ingredients of pulling off this look are jeans that fit really well, a comfy flat or loafer, and a basic top with minimal accessories. I swear by my Madewell high waisted jeans and I have been wearing the hell out of them lately because they are incredibly well made and do not stretch.

One of my favorite stores lately is Aritizia. I recently picked up this versatile white camisole and this chevalier jacket. They make the perfect pair, and I think it would look cute to wear both pieces with the camisole tucked into a black skirt! I know I will get a ton of wear out of both the jacket and the cami. Aritizia is one of those stores I can always walk into and find something. While some items are affordable, some are a little on the pricey side, but I am willing to purchase staple/investment items from there that can be in my closet for a long time. Aritzia is unfortunately not on affiliate platforms so I linked similar items below, but you can most definitely shop the looks using the links above!


Step by Step Fall Skincare Routine With Clarisonic

To me, skincare is one of the most important things on the planet. Your skin is your biggest organ, and it deserves all of the love and pampering that it can get. For as long as I can remember, I have been a victim of terrible hormonal acne. I kid you not, it has been so bad that I have taken 5 rounds of Accutane and have not seen lasting results from it! There has been only one thing that has helped me manage my crazy skin conditions, and that is my Clarisonic. I have used one every day for about 2 years now, and I am not kidding when I say it has changed my life. Now, I only get the occasional pimple instead of a full-fledged war zone.

First Signs of Fall

These photos were taken a few weeks ago on the first "real day" of fall when it was finally crisp enough to break out a sweater and jeans. I feel like I keep obsessing about the season, and until this year, I didn't understand why everyone loved fall so much because I hadn't truly experienced it myself. In the south, it stays hot until practically November and the leaves never really change. Now I get it–– the subways are no longer sweltering, you can finally walk 20 blocks without profusely sweating, and everything just feels fresher overall.

My Current Workout Routine

Let me preface this by saying that although I workout, I am in no way, shape, or form an expert. I also eat plenty of cheat meals, I cancel workouts sometimes, and I am not perfect. It looks like I have abs when I wake up, but after my first meal, I'm bloated. I could eat healthier, but I love fries and cookies too much. It's all about balance!

When I first moved here to NYC, I knew I wanted to get into some kind of routine workout-wise since there are so many cool classes to take and so many great places to run (I'm looking at you, FDR drive and Central Park). When we leased our apartment, we got a year free gym membership at the place in our building, but I was looking for something more motivational to really get me going.

After some initial hesitation, I purchased a ClassPass membership, and I am hooked. I signed up for 10 classes a month, which is perfect to supplement the running I do on my own time either outside or in the gym. It works out to about two classes a week, and I usually schedule them on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They also have free classes that don't take away from your 10 class limit, and I love doing those on the weekends. So far, I have tried: FlyWheel Cycling, Barry's Bootcamp, Peloton Cycling, SWERVE Cycling, Pop Physique Bar class, and a few of the freebies. SWERVE, Peloton, and Pop Physique are the ones I always have in rotation because I love them so much (you're allowed to go to the same studio 3 times within a month if you have the 10 class plan).

I have found the instructors to be super motivational in most of the classes (I nixed FlyWheel because I was so bored and I hated the music) and they really push you to your best. I honestly leave SWERVE and Peloton so happy and satisfied mentally, and most of the reason I work out is for my mental health more than my physical health.

When I am not doing a ClassPass class or I am traveling, I try to get in some cardio each day and lift some weights. For example, when I went home a few weeks ago, I was running 2 miles on the treadmill each day and following it with 20 minutes of ab exercises and then 10 minutes of arms/legs. Youtube has a ton of amazing quick ab workouts available, and this is usually where I get my inspiration. Kayla Itsines, the creator of the Bikini Body Guides workouts, also occasionally posts workout videos on her Instagram that I like to try. I honestly hate running, but it makes it a lot easier if I download a Netflix show on my phone to pass the time. Killer playlists also help, but TV really does it for me because I don't find my mind wandering as much. I will link some of my favorite YouTube exercises below! Most can be done at home, which is a bonus.

10 Minute Intense Abs Workout Routine
HIIT and Abs
10 Minute Ab Workout
15 Minute Beginner's At Home Cardio Workout
15 Minute Low Impact Cardio
20 Minute Bikini HIIT Workout
15 Minute Full Body Workout

Also, if you want to try ClassPass, here's a link for $40 off your first month. This is definitely not sponsored–– I just love being able to use the app to try new classes that kick my ass and provide motivation... and honestly, it's at an affordable price that works out to less than $15 per workout class (which is unreal because most of the places they have to offer are usually upwards of $30 per class through the studios).

I have also linked some of my favorite, inexpensive workout outfits below. It makes it easier to get motivated when you're feeling cute and fierce, you know??


Pickin' Apples

Having grown up in Savannah nowhere near apple orchards, I had never picked apples in my life until last weekend. It was always on my bucket list of things to do since it looked like fun, and I am so glad I went to Silverman Farms in Connecticut with my friend Marlee last weekend to do so! It was super busy (I seriously did not know how popular of an activity it was until I saw the farm) but I am glad we braved the lines. The air was crisp, so I wore my new Madewell jeans, scarf, and sweater and paired it with my old J. Crew field jacket and Tory Burch booties.

I wish I had more time to fully enjoy the farm and eat their fresh apple pies, but I had to head back into the city to get prepared to start my new job! I love it so far. I am truly so happy here in New York, and a few months ago I could have never imagined all of these positive changes happening.