Jewelry is often a statement to the world about your personal style, your aesthetic, sometimes your standing in society. The jewelry I wear daily tells the story of where I’ve been, the people I love most and the life I’ve lived. Each piece is a memory and reminds me daily of the ones I hold nearest and dearest to my heart.
When I discovered AU Rate recently, I was immediately drawn to it because of it’s beautiful simplicity, it’s craftsmanship but then, more importantly, it’s giving. With every purchase they donate a book to a child in need. I loved the beautiful little insert in the package telling me exactly the book given to the child in need, Runner by Carl Deuker.
Buying something for yourself always sparks that bit of joy. When it does good, it makes the purchase that much more sparkly.
Leopard is one of THE trends of the season. If you’ve walked down any street in the last few weeks, you’ve seen it everywhere. Personally, I’m a huge fan. When chatting during New York Fashion week backstage with the lovely Precious Lee, she told me, “Leopard is my favorite color!” So yes, leopard is happening my friends, so how will you integrate it into your wardrobe?
I am totally in love with a leopard skirt! So much so that I now own a few. I paired this Michelle Mason skirt with a classic black ankle boot, Chanel bag and white T-Shirt. Sometimes more is more, but for this look, I like to see the statement piece shine.
Shop a few of my favorite leopard pieces this season:
That perfect summer dress is one that makes you feel effortlessly put together. You can throw it on with a great pair of heels, sandals or even sneakers and head out the door feeling like a million bucks. This number for Intermix does just that for me and is now on sale for $199! Lately I’ve been wearing it everywhere from the office to weekends away.
I love a dress that has movement and I’m always a sucker for fringe or tassels. The fringe at the hem of this beauty is so much fun and perfect for a spin (hello, this number is made to hit the dance floor). I paired mine with a pair of white ankle boots from Mojo Moxy (so comfortable p.s.).
My summer style is always a combination of comfort, fun and texture. I wouldn’t necessarily say I have a uniform, but this look wouldn’t be a bad one to adopt. What is your go to summer look? Do you have a formula that helps you get dressed during those warm weather days? I would love to hear from you guys!
Summer is finally here, friends! I could not be more excited and I have been taking every opportunity possible to lace up my sneakers and head out for a run. Running is one of my favorite ways to sweat.
Since moving to Brooklyn last year, I often run home from the office, it’s the best way to commute. My trail home is 5 miles of my version of “therapy.” It’s my me time where I work through my deepest thoughts or just jam out to some disco house funk.
I have a bit of exciting news to share with you! I will be running the NYC marathon this year! That means this summer is going to be filled with LOTS of miles, cross training and hopefully a whole lot of stretching (trust me, I’ve learned my lesson).
So as the weather starts to heat up I’ve been looking for some great new pieces for my summer workouts. Here are a few of my favorite pieces I’ve been perusing lately:
Happy Monday, friends! Starting the week can either be exhilarating, or to some, soul crushing. It can be hard to be excited to start your week if you’re not in the right headspace. So I’m here to help you start off your Monday on the right foot with a few tips that help me when I’m struggling.
1) Wake up early and plan out your week (this can also be done Sunday). Lay out your calendar so you know what lies ahead. If you have a significant other, do this with them. It always helps reduce my stress when I know what my week looks like.
2) Start your Monday with a bit of meditation. Take 10 minutes before you get started for the day to reset. I love using the apps Headspace and Equinox (in app headstrong) for guided meditations at home.
3) Make a good breakfast. There’s nothing like setting yourself up for the day with a good breakfast. My everyday go to is 2 soft boiled eggs, coffee (with MCT oil) and a piece of fruit. You don’t need to get fancy.
4) Get a workout in! Starting your week with a workout helps set your intention for the week! Saying to yourself that “you time” is a priority can be very effective.
5) Find someone to do Standup with. Standup is a tool my startup-minded husband taught me. Take a few minutes with your significant other, co-worker or friend (in person or over the phone, but you must be standing) to state what you completed yesterday, what are you completing today and what are you blocked on. For me it’s a tool to help me put out into the world what I’m going to accomplish and where I need help.
Are there ways you like to conquer your Monday and set yourself up for success? I’d love to hear from you!
It’s safe to say that by the time spring rolls around we are all ready to break out the wardrobe that’s been sitting in the back of the closet for the last 2 seasons. And if you happen to be a New Yorker, you are currently so over winter, it’s not even funny (hello April snow!).
So as we consider our spring wardrobe ahead, it’s easy to wonder, what in the world should I wear out of the house that will get me through the day looking pulled together but ready for whatever comes my way. One of my go to, and always pulled together fashion uniforms is a trench + jeans + heels. These three items should be staples in any woman’s wardrobe.
I added a few of my favorite spring trend forward items to the look to add a fresh update. This macrame bag is on serious repeat while I will spring to come to NYC. It’s also very reasonable for one of this season’s it bags (ringing in between $338- $375). I decided to give the 90’s cat eye sunglass trend a whirl and was actually surprised by how much I liked the shape. I loved the glasses paired with this look, but was careful not to go too trendy with the rest of the styling.
I will fully admit that I am a sucker for a blazer. I recently was doing a bit of spring cleaning and realized I have at least 15 black blazers in my closet, all of which I can’t get rid of and seem to feel they have different uses and needs. I realize this makes absolutely no sense and should get rid of at least 50% of them. At this point though, it’s going to require one of my friends and built-in stylists to make me purge them.
A great blazer, pair of jeans and classic white tee has been my go to uniform for years.
On days when nothing else will do, that look always seems to work. My current blazer love affair is with this number from Veronica Beard. I’ve been following the brand for a few years now and know their outerwear and jackets will always make me feel like a million bucks. This double breasted version that I picked up from Intermix is great if you’re looking for a piece that is super versatile. The fabric is a lightweight dark blue wool herringbone with a strong shoulder and just the right length to wear with jeans. Also, one of my favorite parts about the jacket selection from Veronica Beard is they have optional “dickies” you can zip into the interior and change up the look. I have a leather moto jacket dickie from a VB camel coat that can transition into my blazer.
When looking to effortlessly style a blazer,
I like to keep my accessories “simplish”. These boots from Stuart Weitzman are anything but simple. They create a long line that helps you look lean, and a little bit taller than you are. The bag Joanna Maxham is my current all day essential and chameleon of a bag. It holds an entire day’s worth of stuff (laptop, workout clothes, notebook, makeup bag, etc) and is super chic with this jacket. I have the all leather version, but they just recently launched new fabrication which is great for an everyday bag.
Here are my favorite blazers from Veronica Beard this season, many of which you can purchase dickies to zip in for a whole different look:
If you’re like me, giving up sugar might feel like an impossible challenge. Having a little something sweet after your meal and sugar with your coffee is just the norm. Treating yourself with is a daily habit, and 3pm without a little something, means you won’t get through the afternoon.
A few months ago, my husband and I decided to give The Whole 30 a shot. We spent 30 days without dairy, sugar, alcohol, gluten, and legumes. It was the hard critical look at our diets that we both needed. But that was a few months ago now. Slowly but surely, sugar started making its way back into my diet. So when the team at Sweet Defeat asked me to join their 7 day sugar free challenge, I said yes. So why should you give up sugar with me? There are so many reasons, but here are a few.
10 Reasons To Give Up Sugar
It makes you look old. Yes, I said old. Sugar breaks down the collagen in your skin and decreases elasticity. So, what’s the point of all that expensive skincare if you’re working against yourself?
It causes inflammation in the body.
It makes you eat more. Sugar never leaves you satisfied, so you end up eating more looking for that satisfaction.
It’s addicting. You know exactly what I’m talking about.
It makes you fat. There are no vitamins or minerals in sugar. Those empty calories convert to fat, and more especially, fat around your mid section. So all those ab exercises you’re doing in preparation for summer? You’re working against yourself if you add sugar to your diet.
It affects your ability to think. Have you ever felt like you’re in a brain fog? Yup, sugar can do that to you.
It slows you down. Yes, that sugar spike after you eat something sweet is real. You may feel more upbeat for a moment, but then the sugar crash comes along, and it’s all down hill.
It can lead to diabetes.
Sugar destroys your liver.
It’s bad for your heart.
So now that you know all the bad stuff, let’s talk about something positive. Giving up sugar really isn’t that hard. 7 days is the perfect start because it gives you a goal that is realistic. I also gave myself a leg up on this challenge by partnering with Sweet Defeat. Sweet Defeat is a mint lozenge that dissolves on the tongue and helps dull the taste of sweet on your tongue for 1 hour. It also helps cut down sugar cravings. I used one lozenge post meal everyday for 7 days (which honestly kept me from eating a LOT of temptations at the office). It was the tool I needed to help start this journey.
How do I feel now that the 7 days is up? I definitely have more energy for my daily workouts, my skin is much more glowy, and I wake up a little bit clearer and less foggy everyday. All in all, I think I’m going to keep going! Yes, if there’s something special, I will indulge, but honestly, I’m not really missing it.
Sweet Defeat and I are hosting a giveaway on Instagram! Head to @ekammeyer to enter to win a box for your own 7 day challenge.
Thank you Sweet Defeat for partnering with me on this post. What I choose to post is 100% my own choice and opinion.
I was reminiscing the other day with a girlfriend about the days when we used to have a wardrobe full of “going out” tops. Remember those ones with the lace trims, sparkles, and way too many straps? That fun little number that made you feel like you were ready to hit the town and paint it red with all of your girlfriends? Oh, those were the days.
Even though I gave those tops up ages ago, I still love that piece in your wardrobe that just makes you ready for a night full of fun. This little number from Caroline Constas is just that. I love the update on the statement sleeve top, and especially love the fact that it’s a bodysuit. I layered it with my current wardrobe staples, my All Saints Leather Moto and a pair of Levi’s 501 altered jeans.
The way I looked at workout gear pivoted a few years ago. I used to view it as just gear that you were sweating it out in, so who cared (I know guys). I would grab an old t-shirt and a pair of shorts from my lacrosse days and head out for a run.
It wasn’t until I started getting into group fitness classes that I realized there was a movement towards creating beautiful gear. Last year I attend a class at Bandier and was introduced to an amazing niche brand called LNDR. LNDR combines high performance gear with high fashion. Their attention to detail, color and silhouette makes my mouth water every time they drop a new collection.
I especially love them for their seamless styles. They give you a hugged sensation and are fantastic for everything from spinning to running to HIIT. The set I’m wearing here is the A-Grade sports bra and the Eight Eight leggings (on sale too!) The bra is a long line fit for a bit more of a crop top silhouette and the leggings are super high waisted and long in the inseam. The set makes you look long and lean. I take a M/L in both pieces.
So where am I sweating it out in my LNDR gear? Here are my top 10 workouts I’m obsessing over in 2018:
Soulcycle – A NYC boutique fitness classic and a super fun way to sweat it out. Two of my favorite instructors are Stevie and Monique!
Xtend Barre Tribeca– A classic barre class but with a bit more cardio. I love how full body the classes are. Your heart rate gets well elevated and its more than just a toning class.
Brooklyn Total Fitness– If you live in Brooklyn, this is a must! Their bootcamp style classes in the early morning are kick ass and are an amazing way to start your day!
Body Conceptions– One of my favorite dance inspired classes. The seat section is brutal in the best way! Hello lifted butt.
Mile High Run Club– Especially good this time of year for those that don’t like outdoor running. I love Mile High because they get you doing sprint intervals I can’t bring myself to do on my own.
Equinox– I’m excited to announce I’m partnering with Equinox in 2018. I love all of their classes but am especially excited about Precision Running. I also can’t say no to the eucalyptus scented towels and a good steam room post workout.
Uplift Studios– The HIIT classes are a fantastic total body workout. I also love this women’s only studio for their personal training.
F45– Honestly this is an intense workout, but let me tell you, it was the fastest 45 minute workout I’ve EVER done. The workout is a tabata style intervals.
The Class by Taryn Toomey– I like to think of it as yoga meets HIIT meets meditation. Honestly one of the most original classes I’ve ever attended and the studio is STUNNING!
The Rope by Amanda Kloots– Hands down a full body workout to amazing music, this jump roping class is so much fun. Amanda is one of my favorite instructors in NYC and super high energy.
Hey everyone! Today I’m so excited to be bringing you a massive giveaway for the new year! I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to give away $1k to Anthropologie! All you have to do is enter below in the Rafflecopter widget! Good luck!