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{Ralph Lauren Band Jacket (also love this one), J. Crew LBD (30 % off with code YAYMAY ),  Cambridge Satchel East West Tote, Prada Sunglasses, Nicholas Kirkwood Sandals, Lime Crime Lipstick in ‘Red Velvet’}

My closet was seriously lacking in the LBD department, so I was pretty excited when I scooped this one off the J. Crew sales rack. I love how it can be dressed either up or down, and I can tell it’ll be just perfect for those days when I’m running late and can’t decide what to wear. The weather’s been weird lately (blazing in the sun and frigid in the shade), so I tossed on this cheery red military jacket to add a bit of color to my ensemble.

Other than dipping my toes in the sand for a few days in Hawaii last month, this is my first time wearing sandals this year (these are the ones I wound up getting from the sample sale if you were following along on the ‘gram). Is it just me, or does sandal season always seem to catch you off guard? I fully admit to slacking on my pedicure upkeep during the winter months, so I’m always caught scrambling when it’s time to put away the tights and socks. If you’re ever in the same boat, I HIGHLY recommend Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri nail polish for a quick and dirty mani/pedi. This stuff takes literally 2 minutes to dry, and it’s been my secret weapon for the past few years.

P.S. This post is linked up with the following:
Style Me Weekly | Style Me Wednesday

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{H&M Dress, c/o Schutz ‘Kija’ Fringe Sandals, Vintage Fringe Purse via Angel Street Thrift Shop, Forever 21 Sunglasses, Vita Fede Bracelet}

The temps reached almost 80 degrees today, so I decided to fête the occasion by wearing a bright orange dress and bold fringe accessories. I’ve had this purse for a few yearsso I was stoked to dust it off and pair it with my new fringe sandals.

Speaking of these sandals… aren’t they just so much fun?! And the best part is that they’re super comfortable.

Hahahaha! I kid! Sorry to play with your emotions like that, but these sandals definitely aren’t high on my comfort meter. Don’t get me wrong, they’re totally doable if you’re used to wearing high heels. They’re perfect for when you want to get dressed up for a date or a night out with the girls, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend any major strolling in these. All the same, I plan on getting plenty of wear out of these over the coming months (and will keep a pair of backup flats in my bag, just in case). Ahhh… the things I do for fashion.

So I’d like to know: do you often choose style over comfort when it comes to shoes, or do you favor practicality in your footwear?

P.S. I think it’s pretty clear which team I’m on, lol!  

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Before I got married, I used to live alone in a teeny, tiny apartment on the Upper East side, and my bathroom was literally inside of the kitchen. Needless to say, my crockpot was my best friend. I’d set it up on my drop-leaf table (in the living room!) before leaving for work, and chili was one one of my weekly go to recipes. Today I’m excited to share with you guys a more grown-up version of one of my favorite bachelorette meals… no crockpot required!

Ingredients

  • 1 poblano chile
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup white beans
  • 1/2 cup canned corn corn
  • 2 corn tortillas
  • 12 ounces ground chicken
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1.5 cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

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lenovo-day2 Around this time last year, I said goodbye to my job at a small technology firm and embarked on a new journey as an entrepreneur. Over the past year, I’ve built a business around coaching business owners on how to use social media and technology tools to promote their products and services online.

Being an entrepreneur is all about hustle, and any given day might have me presenting uptown on a college campus in the morning, hopping on the subway for a lunch meeting in midtown, and finally sliding into a cab to head downtown for an after hours networking event. As a former 9-to-5′er turned Social Media Maven, my days are usually spent on the go running my business, meeting with clients, and finding time to write blog content and connect with you guys in between.

So when the lovely folks at Lenovo asked me to demonstrate how a Yoga 3 Pro fits into my hectic lifestyle, I jumped at the chance. Here’s a sneak peek into my daily work routine…

lenovo-day1 Most mornings start with a breakfast networking event with other business owners where we share ideas, tactics and potential referrals with one another. Afterwards, I hop onto the subway to head to my office in Herald Square. My Yoga 3 Pro is sleek and lightweight, so it fits into most of my handbags quite nicely without any noticeable bulk.

lenovo-day10 After months of working from home, various coffee shops and crowded co-working spaces, I finally settled into a nice, cheery spot near the Empire State Building. I’m easily distracted, so I like to keep a tidy, somewhat spartan work space to help keep me focused. What’s not pictured is my desk drawer full of (mostly) healthy snacks and hot cocoa mix (my only vice).

When I’m in the office, I’m usually glued to my computer screen checking email, getting caught up with industry news, updating social profiles, following up with clients and professional contacts, and scheduling events.  Despite being so lightweight, the screen on my Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is big and bright enough to handle all of my administrative tasks as well as various client projects, including graphic design for the web, social media posts and light video editing.

lenovo-day8 And yes, even though I am a self-professed tech-geek, I still rely on good old-fashioned sticky notes to write out my to-do lists…

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I also keep a steady rotation of business books to inspire and educate myself .

lenovo-day6 Afternoons are typically reserved for client meetings. If I’m meeting them at my office, I like to prep in the lounge area and greet them in a more relaxed and colorful environment rather than a stuffy conference room. The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro’s tablet mode is perfect for laid-back web-browsing and fits nicely in my hands.

lenovo-day4 Also, not gonna lie… sometimes my clients run a little late, so I steal those moments to unwind and catch up on my own blog and social media updates!

lenovo-day3 Once my office duties are wrapped up, I drop my mobile business command station (aka laptop) back into my bag before heading to after-hours business functions and eventually home for the rest of the evening. One of the toughest issues with working for yourself is separating business life from home life. And I’ll admit that I don’t always do a very good job at it, but I’m getting better. After I finally pry myself away from email and unplug from social, I use my Yoga 3 Pro to relax and watch old reruns before going to bed.

And there you have it, folks! I had so much fun sharing a behind-the-scenes look into my office space with you guys. Running my own business  has been one of the most fun, scary, fulfilling and overwhelming professional challenges that I’ve ever taken on. Thanks so much to the team at Lenovo and Clever Girls for giving me the tools to help me rise to the task. And thank you for reading!

Lenovo has also offered to do a special giveaway for you guys. One lucky reader will receive their very own Yoga 3 Pro! Just login to Rafflecopter below to enter. The contest closes Friday, April 24th @ 12am EST, and a randomly selected winner will be announced the following week.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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lilly-pulitzer-for-target-1 lilly-pulitzer-for-target-3lillylandlilly-pulitzer-for-target-2  lilly-pulitzer-for-target-4 The somewhat infamous Lilly Pulitzer x Target collection officially drops this weekend, but I was able to snag a couple of goodies during a pre-launch event in Bryant Park. The entire park was turned into a Lilly Resort, complete with colorfully printed hammocks, Essie manicures, and a live juice bar. Several of the artists who created the signature Lilly prints for this collections could also be spotted painting colorful masterpieces on the lawn. And lastly, there were a number of shoppers who came dressed to the nines in full Lilly regalia for the occasion!

After waiting in line for a cool 2o minutes, I was whisked inside where I skipped past the home goods and accessories and made a beeline for the racks of dresses. Since doors opened at 8am, and I was just stopping by on my lunch break, pickings were a little slimmer than I’d hoped. There was a little bit of everything (which I inspected closely for review), but not very many sizes left. In terms of what I’d spend my money on and what should be skipped, here’s my take:

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  • Cotton Shift Dresses. Here’s where you’ll get the best bang for your buck. The one I’m wearing is fully-lined and has decent-quality construction and finishings. Compared to other Lilly dresses that I’ve owned over the years, this one definitely stands up with just a few minor quality differences you’d only notice upon close inspection. All-in-all, I was impressed. The cotton is substantial, and they even attempted to match up the print along the side seams. I’m planning to get one or two more of these in other prints.
  • Swimsuits and Beach Towels. You’ll look super cute on the beach with your matching set… ‘nuf said!
  • Home Goods. If you’re into colorful, printed home goods, then you will be in heaven. Elevate your backyard BBQ or host a fancy brunch for your girlfriends with adorably printed plates and cups, plus a pineapple-shaped serving dish. Your spread is sure to be Instagram-worthy! If you have the space for them, the lawn chairs are also pretty Pinterest-worthy if I do say so myself.
  • Colorful Printed Scarves. I’m partial to the ones with the little pompoms on the ends, but all of the prints were cheery and vibrant. They’re also a great way to punch up an outfit, and I love the idea of wearing one in the same print as my dress.

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  • Long Sleeve Tunic Dresses. I had high hopes for those because I thought they’d be light and floaty. Unfortunately, the material turned out to be tragically thin and see-through and just had an overall cheap feel. Don’t be seduced by the cute prints… unless you only plan on wearing as a bathing suit coverup.
  • Shoes. I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a shoe snob, but honestly, I think you can save your money and find much better shoes (in real leather) outside of Target. The only exception might be those pineapple flip-flops. I can understand if you find them too stinkin’ cute to pass up… but I’d urge you to be strong and just say NO! Same goes for those espadrilles with the gold-toes. Trust me, they’ll just fall apart on you and leave you in tears.
  • Canvas Totes. I saw a lot of women snagging these at the event, and I was almost tempted. Don’t get me wrong, the prints are adorable. But at the end of the day, the quality in the handles and straps just weren’t there for me. They were all made from a metallic faux-leather material that I could just envision cracking and fraying in no time. The straw bags seemed a little more passable, especially the ones with the contrasting bows on the handle.

Are you guys excited for the Lilly Pulitzer x Target collection? Planning to stay up until midnight on Saturday? What goodies are you hoping to snag?

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