Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Double Up

PHOTOS BY: Lisa Chiu

Guys, this outfit has a lot of chains going on. All the chains. Lisa kept yelling at me "4 Chainz!" for the majority of this shoot, so that's one reason why my smile is extra big in this set of photos (what can I say? Life's too short to be a ~*serious*~ blogger.)

Anyway, this outfit has been on repeat lately. It's the perfect weekend ensemble: flat boots to run around in the city, a cozy sweater, and a stretchy skirt. Spandex, hello, you are my friend. This skirt is also one of those longer bodycons that will miraculously stay in place for the entire day. Goodbye, awkward ride-ups!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy me and my many chains today.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fitness Files | 305 Fitness + Giveaway

top, bra + pants: fabletics

Fun fact about me: I'm a dancer. Like, a pre-professional, ballet trained dancer. Back in high school, you could find me in the dance studio five days a week. That's why I always prefer workouts that take place in a studio setting. Treadmills kind of make me want to keel over.

305 Fitness, a workout craze that has captivated NYC, is now available in D.C. They invited me to try one of their classes and boy, was I in for a treat! Named after Miami's area code, 305 Fitness is a dance cardio workout that infuses dance moves, sports drills and high intensity interval training (HIIT) to create a fun, full-body workout.

Long story short, this class kicked my little dancer butt! Choreography-wise, this wasn't that difficult, so you don't have to worry about not being able to pick up the moves. I loved that they combined a little booty shaking with your classic fitness moves such as jumping jacks and running. Also, the coolest part about this class? They dim the lights down real low and there's a live DJ that spins in class! It feels just like a Saturday night out with the girls. Except, you know, you're sweating 10 minutes into your dance sesh!

For my D.C. area readers, I'm offering you to experience 305 Fitness for yourself! I'm giving away one free class for you and a friend! To enter, just submit your info below. If you can't wait for the giveaway to end and want to book your class now, you can reserve your spot here!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Moments of Chic

PHOTOS BY: Lisa Chiu

Wow, how on earth is it already the middle of October? Where has the month gone? I still have a ton of things to cross off of my fall bucket list!

Speaking of all things seasonal, this post right here is definitely one of my favorite fall style posts I've done this year. Piperlime sent me a few of their favorite fall picks and I couldn't be happier with the pieces I received. Even though my style is very feminine, I always like to give my look a little bit of edge in the fall. The zipper details on the cargo jeans and the leather sleeves on the blazer are a match made in heaven. I love how you can dress either one of these pieces up or down with ease; I opted for a more dressed up, night out on the town look here, but you can easily swap out the clutch for a bucket bag and the stilettos for some flats to make it more appropriate for day.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Benefits Matter: Open Enrollment 2015

I absolutely love being a college graduate. As fun as university was, it's thrilling to be in the "real world" and being, you know, a real adult. The not so fun thing about being a grown up? Budgeting. Saying goodbye to the world of scholarships and financial aid was a pretty tough adjustment, but slowly and surely, I'm learning how to manage my finances like a pro.

A great way to maximize your budget is to select a health insurance plan with benefits. Let’s face it; health bills can break the bank. According to a Bankrate.com survey, 35% of millenials have less than $500 available to pay for out-of-pocket expenses associated with unexpected serious illness or accident. The combination of student loans and entry-level salaries give us very little rainy day savings. Just in case something does happen to you, you’ll want to choose a healthcare plan that will protect you in even the grimmest situations. Unpaid medical bills can have a negative effect on your credit score.

This is my second year after graduating from college that I am working full-time job, and one thing that I’ve learned to do is to do my homework during the Open Enrollment period. What is the Open Enrollment Period, you ask? If you want healthcare coverage in 2015, you have from November 14, 2014-February 15, 2015 to either renew your current plan or purchase a new health plan.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fever Sleeves


Would you judge me if I said I fell asleep three times trying to write this post? Yeah...getting used to the new schedule is definitely a challenge, but it's one that I'm up for! I'll be back on my regular grind soon.

Anyways, I'm a sucker for anything leather, so that's why this Ann Taylor top was pretty necessary. Mixed media clothing is just better, ya know? The abundance of leather is probably my favorite thing about fall.

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