New York Fashion Week in a Flash!

Rent The Runway Unlimited Raoul Laila Godet Dress

Another New York Fashion Week is here! To celebrate the occasion, I broke out this Raoul Laila Godet Dress from Rent The Runway Unlimited. I’ll send it back tomorrow and get more designer clothes to play with.

New York Fashion Week La Marca Prosecco

I wore the Raoul dress to the Vogue Retreat at Spring Studios where I was pampered with brunch bites, lattes and La Marca Prosecco. It was really hard to reenter the real world after experiencing The Retreat.

29rooms Refinery29

On Thursday morning I stopped by Refinery29’s 29Rooms. This museum-like experience features 29 interactive works of modern art. They range from fun branded experiences to strong political statements.

Tahari Women's Ta-Corbin Boot Derek Lam 10 Crosby

Since it’s getting a little colder in New York City, I also broke out this Derek Lam 10 Crosby Striped Godet Sheath Dress and Tahari Women’s Ta-Corbin Boots. Derek Lam runs super small so you should always get the next size up.

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Another Year Ahead

Aspiring Socialite White House Black MarketDress: Women’s Choker Neck Floral Maxi Dress by White House Black Market | Photos by: rgperezphotography

A year ago I did a fabulous photo shoot for my 30th birthday. I thought I was leaving all the craziness of my 20s behind me. I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I had the world at my feet and in many ways I did.

At 31, I must admit that 30 wasn’t the year I thought it would be. But, that’s okay. Throughout my life, the universe has hit the reset button many times, but it’s never been game over! In fact, I’ve come back better from every hardship I’ve ever had. I’m kinder because I was bullied. I appreciate my smile because I had braces. I’m at my skinniest because I’ve been at my heaviest. But, most of all I appreciate success more because I’ve experienced failure. I’m thankful for the friends and family who have been by my side no matter what. I’m thankful to be luckier than most. Most of all, I’m thankful for years like this because they really become our best teachers.

Women's Choker Neck Floral Maxi Dress by White House Black MarketDress: Women’s Choker Neck Floral Maxi Dress by White House Black Market | Photos by: rgperezphotography

In honor of what I’ve learned in the past year, I thought I’d share five lessons I took to heart sometime between 30 and 31. Based on how much I still have to learn, I must say that 31 is still very young!

1. Life has its ups and downs

I had a yoga instructor say once that life is like nature. It has its rainy days and its sunny days. You need to have rainy days in order to have trees and flowers. So sometimes you need to be sad for a while in order for something amazing to happen. In my experience, this has always been true.

No matter who you are, life isn’t all happiness, free champagne and om shanti. It’s often hard, unfair and even unbearable. The secret is outlook. It’s easy to have a positive outlook when everything is going right. But, it can be challenging to do when everything is going wrong. In order to overcome whatever challenge you’re facing you must first embrace the challenge of outlook. According to the principles of The Secret, people who can manifest positive thoughts even in times of trouble can manifest greatness.

2. There are people who will not like you

Negative people are everywhere. But, that doesn’t mean you need to buy into their negativity. For whatever reason, these people are not going to like you no matter how many times you invite them to lunch or send them smiley face emojis. They’re just not. But, that’s their problem. Don’t make it yours.

The best way to deal with these people is to move on from them and wish them well.

3. Count your blessings

They say comparison is the enemy of joy. In my case, that has been 100% true. Throughout my life I’ve always made myself miserable because I was always comparing what I had to what other people did. Now when I find myself doing this I try to think about the things I do have. When I count my blessings, I’m always amazed by how much I actually have. I’ve also come to realize that just because I don’t have everything I want now doesn’t mean that I won’t have it in the future.

4. Fitness trends are your best friends

Fitness is all about fun. If you don’t enjoy your fitness routine it’s time to switch it up. I often talk about how much ClassPass and fitness classes have enriched my life. Through ClassPass I’ve tried everything from aerial yoga and aqua cycle to trampoLEAN and BOING! at Crunch Gym. Fitness trends keep my fitness routine and my life interesting. They give me something to look forward to and help me exercise new muscles.

5. Do what makes you happy

The one thing you need to do is you! We all need to stop chasing someone else’s idea of success or happiness and start focusing on our own.

Thanks so much for listening. If you want to share some lessons you’ve learned, feel free to share them in the comments. I’d love to hear them. I very much look forward to seeing what 31 has to bring.

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Lower East Side Inspiration

Banana Republic Womens Pleated Midi Skirt Lower East Side Street ArtTop: Women’s Rock & Republic Seamless Tank | Skirt: Banana Republic Women’s Pleated Midi Skirt | Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens – Ornament Clog Women’s Sandals | Photo by: Lucienne Pierre

Last weekend I ventured to the Lower East Side to meet up with a group of bloggers and social influencers I met in a MeetUp.com group. The purpose of this MeetUp group was to have brunch and take photos of each other for Instagram which sounded like my kind of meet up. I was so happy to have gone and met such a great group of interesting women each with their own unique story.

Lower East Side Street Art SpiritualPhoto by: Maira Ortiz

We also got some great photos in front of beautiful Lower East Side murals. I’ve lived in New York for almost and decade now and it’s amazing how I never cease to be inspired when I go to a neighborhood that I haven’t been to in a while. It’s truly a spiritual experience of rediscovery and urban beauty.

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Back in Maine!

Paddleboard Paddleboarding Maine Vacation

There’s no place I’d rather be in the summer than Maine. This time instead of visiting the coast of Maine I spent a glorious weekend on a lake. The lakes in Maine are great because unlike the ocean, most are warm enough to swim in. This particular lake is Milton Pond in Lebanon, Maine.

I went tubing on this lake for the first time as a kid. This summer I returned for a family reunion. It was so great catching up with everyone and floating around with my sister (pictured below). I also went paddleboarding for the first time ever. It’s way easier than it looks, but I’m sure it would have been a lot harder had it been on the ocean with waves.

The serenity of a New England lake never ceases to amaze me. Now that I live in New York City, I need these visits more than ever.

Milton Pond Maine

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: The Best of What’s Left in Beauty

They say that each day has a high and a low and August 6, 2017 is no exception. If you’ve managed to stay away from the spoilers, tomorrow a much awaited episode of Game of Thrones will be released. However, it’s also the last day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (free shipping – yay). Since so many amazing deals already sold out weeks ago, I rounded up some of my favorite beauty exclusives that are still in stock. Be sure to stock up by tomorrow because come August 7th everything goes back up to full price.

Mario Badescu The Icons Home & Away CollectionMario Badescu The Icons Home & Away Collection $32 (After Sale: $46)

I swear by this collection. It’s worth it alone for the drying lotion. It basically erases pimples overnight. I didn’t believe it at first, but when I used it I truly witnessed a miracle. I also love that it comes with both full and travel sizes.

Antica Prosecco Diffuser Set

Antica Farmacista Prosecco Diffuser Duo $66 (After Sale: $132)

This beautiful fragrance pair has a crisp and celebratory scent. I especially love the white birch reeds because they remind me of New England.

Sisley Paris The Best Sellers Set

Sisley Paris The Best Sellers Set $250 (After Sale: $412)

This Sisley mask is great for all skin types and leaves your skin feeling as flawless as the day you were born. It’s also super expensive. So this might be your last chance to get it at a discount. It’s totally worth it!

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Eye & Cheek Palette

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Eye & Cheek Palette $98 (After Sale: $365)

Every girl (or guy) has got to have their neutrals. This is the perfect on-the-glow palette for a spectacular everyday look.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Trio

Philosophy Amazing Grace Trio $38 (After Sale: $61)

I’m currently using this body wash and I absolutely love it. It smells great and the bottle is huge so it should last me a while.

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