Cougar in the City

Knock Knock! There's a Cougar in Town.

Okay, okay.. I'm not a cougar in the sense that I'm chasing 22-year-olds around town, but I'm an animal when it comes to my goals and aspirations in this rat race of a place. This month marks my 6th year living in New York City and I've never felt more motivated to keep pushing towards my goals.

For the last few months, I've been updating my wardrobe to make sure its directed to were I want to go and not necessarily where I'm comfortable at. You know the saying-- "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have."--it applies in the sense that I want to upgrade my wardrobe while still growing as the boss I am.

My way of dressing beyond myself, or at least beyond my normal black on black uniform, includes a new abundance of silk shift dresses that give a pop! Specifically, this ZARA leopard print shift literally screamed my name when I saw it in the store.

An updated wardrobe can do wonders to your self-confidence and your overall goals. I mean, I've published 2 blog posts in 2 weeks, so you knooooow I'm feeling good.

But, while this can be seen as just an outward expression of confidence, I can honestly say with everything that I've gone through so far in 2018, I've never felt more empowered and self-motivated in who I am and who I know I can be as a person.

While this beauty is sold out, I've found another leo printed dress that packs just as much punch.

Rosé All Day: Polo Classic Style

It's National Rosé Day!!  And who doesn't love a little bubbly? 

Rosé is obviously the new summer favorite for NYC living, so I've grown to love the sweet tasting libation on a hot day or two. 

Last week, I officially started my summer festivities at the 11th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic with one of my dearest friends. (Gotta love great friend's that surprise you with sold out tickets to most photographed event to start the summer). And while some came to take photos to prove that they were there and few actually came to watch a polo match, I came to do a little bit of both and of course drink great champagne.

While I loved sipping on champagne and looking at everyone's polo-esque wardrobe of church hats, midi-length sun dresses and seersucker suits, I chose a more casual yet chic approach to Saturday polo.

I paired my favorite ASOS Mom Fit Jeans with this intricately folded JOVANI crop top. Now, I know what you're thinking... "JOVANI makes separates?"--Actually yes, but I took one of my favorite two-piece gowns, that's actually almost sold out at Neiman Marcus, and definitely came through with the fashion without being too over the top! Who knew it would be a smart idea to make evening wear multi-purposeful? Pairing these 2 together with my new favorite Mallory mules from Steve Madden and these fan earrings from Zara made for the summer chic style I've been craving all year. 

This look will be perfect for any Saturday brunch for sure!

Back to the Rosé...

My favorite Rosé at the moment is First Press Ruby Red--a sweet sparkling Rosé with a hint of grapefruit that I can actually stand--it's one of those fruits I've never been a fan of until I found this tasty drink.

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Summer Time Prep: Bathing Suit Wish List

I can't believe it's the last week of March and I still have to worry about whether I should start packing up my winter clothes or if I'll still need my hat and scarf come Easter. But there's one thing I can thankfully look forward to and that's the warmer weather and beach trips that come with the summer season. Unfortunately being that I'm officially an adult in the "real" working world (I swear I'm still young though), I no longer get excited for spring break trips like I did in college. Instead my summer season officially starts Memorial Day Weekend with the rest of America and my first stop will be on an island beach with a drink in my hand, sunglasses on my face and hopefully a cute guy by my side **crosses fingers**.

While I already have three trips booked for this summer getaways, the first thing on my beach trip check list is finding the right suit. One pieces, Bikinis, high waists and yes, thongs; For being the least amount of clothes that you can respectfully wear out in public, there's so many different styles to choose from. Here are some of my picks for Summer 2015.

The High Cut One Piece

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I know, I know... this is definitely not the one piece you wore in third grade. Just think of it as an upgraded Baywatch suit that makes you feel as smokin' as Pamela Anderson running across the beach or better yet Ariel coming out of the water first time with legs next to a waterfall--yes, I've been a little Disney obsessed since Cinderella came out.

Last fall I picked up this white high cut one piece from American Apparel for my annual trip to the Mother Land. As I've developed some larger assets in the last few years, I don't necessarily feel as comfortable in a skimpy bikini as I once did. What I like about this once piece is that it's covering while also keeping your look sexy.

I'm loving the high cut one pieces from Myra Swim. This brand takes 80's and 90's classic cuts and blends them with modern minimalist style to create the perfect suits. Their Claudia and Elle One pieces are my absolute favorite for 2015. Although these are double the price of the AA suits, I'd still recommend these for their color selection and the fact that they aren't as commercialized.

The 2 Piece

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While I have become a bit overly obsessed with the one piece, I do love a high-waisted bikini. These suits are the perfect way to really show off a skinny waist. I'm literally obsessed with this Mesh style suit worn by  Nazanin from Minimale Animale. You can pick up a similarly sexy mesh suit from Victoria's Secret.

Don't think you can pull off the high waisted look? No worries! Try for a high-rise string bikini bottom. You'll be surprised out how much the V-shaped design will elongate your waist to give you a slimmer frame. Not to mention, it's just the hottest look for Summer.

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I'm also really loving the more "sporty" look for swimwear. NastyGal has a boat load of new swim styles that have just the right amount of sex appeal and sporty-chicness. No more underwire for me that's for sure.