My Look from my Fab Fit Fun Takeover!

I took over FabFitFun’s Snapchat and got to show a little “behind the scenes” look at my Saturday. From getting ready to picking out my outfit – I showed the entire process. I started off the day at a delicious brunch at a placed called BoCaphe in Soho, then ended up at a rooftop bar in Brooklyn. Then, called it an early night.

After an action-packed day, it was time to reflect and link to all of the items I showcased. So low and behold, my outfit details below!

Hair Tutorial: Curling Your Hair With A Straightening Iron

It’s finally here! My first ever hair tutorial!!! I’m seriously so happy because this is just the beginning of a whole lot more of video content.

As background, I have naturally CURLY hair – I’m talking tight ringlets and I’ve been experimenting with hair for as long as I can remember. My earliest memory is around the age of 3, when I would play “hairdresser” and style my grandmas hair. I would take this small round brush and curl inch-wide pieces around it, while perfectly shaping and fluffing it. The funny part was, she LOVED the end result every time – so much so that this became a regular thing we would do together. Because of this, I dreamt of being a hairdresser for most of my adolescence.

As I grew up and got older I started experimenting on my own hair. I’ll never forget the hideous do’ I wore to my 8th grade “prom.” I left my hair curly, but straightened just the ends. What can I say? This was the era of Christina Aguilera. During high school is really when I started to nail my hair game. After watching my hairdresser curl my hair once, I went home and mimicked the process. Ever since, I’ve experimented with just about EVERY tool out there – from straightening irons to curling irons to wands to wavers and beyond. I even bought a hair tool from an infomercial once. Plus, I taught all five of my college roommates how to curly their hair with multiple hair tools.

As you can see, styling my hair isn’t just something I “have to do,” it’s something I enjoy doing and LOVE teaching. So thank you for watching and I’m excited to keep on goin’. As you’ll see in this video, I’m using my T3 SinglePass Luxe 1″ Straightening and Styling Iron, which I can’t live without! Before getting this gem, I had been using my same straightening iron since college and while it worked fine, technology has changed so much. This straightening iron is worth the investment, as it’s is quick and effective.

The other products I used throughout my video are from Zoto Professionals 180PRO line. These products are amazing. Since this process puts so much heat on your hair, you want to make sure you’re using products that take care of it and protect it from damage. My favorite is the 180PRO Miracle Repair Damage Eliminator Treatment, which targets hair’s worst breaking points and locks in strength to radically repair hair and safeguard strands against future damage. And lastly, I finish of my look with the 180PRO Flawless Finisher Firm Hold Hairspray. 

Hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment with any questions or requests.

Why are Millennials Obsessed with this Color?

You’ve seen it all over your Instagram feed. You’ve seen it walk down the red carpet at major award shows. You’ve seen it at your favorite cafés or matcha shops. Hell, you’ve even worn it. But the one thing you may not know is why “millennial pink,” as The New York Times is calling it, is the biggest thing right now.

The thought of bubble gum, or worse, neon pink used to make me literally cringe. For years and years I refused to wear such a thing. In fact, I threw out everything in my closet that even resembled the lovey-dovey color. Fast forward to 2017 and half of my wardrobe is shades of pink. In fact, my wardrobe has been this way since 2016. Usually I’m used to a “color of the year” sweeping in and making its mark, but something is different about this trend – it’s here to stay.

As such, some of the worlds most respected fashion bloggers like Marianna Hewitt revolve their Instagram feeds and websites around shades of blush and soft pink. Even brands like Glossier are choosing to launch campaigns designed around this very same theme.  The question of “why?” still remains.

According to The New York Times, they seem to think the answer is as simple as the fact that, “the color keeps on selling product.” Not only that, but in this social-media obsessed world we live in, the color “happens to be both flattering and generally pleasing to the eye,” according to Editor Lauren Schwartzberg. I couldn’t agree more.

We’re also in an interesting moment of time where both women and men aren’t afraid to break outside of cultural norms by wearing a color that has been perceived as gender-specific for years. So as spring continues and summer nears, don’t be surprised if you see this trend on everyone and everywhere.

For those of you that haven’t hopped on the bandwagon just yet (or for those of you that are so obsessed that you just want MORE), you can shop some of my favorite “millennial pink” items below, plus the look that I’m wearing in the pictured photos. Enjoy!

My Look
As you can see, for this look, it’s all about the “millennial pink” accessories, rather than a full-pink outfit. From my earrings to my heels to my purse to the flowers, all of my accessories bring this trend to life.

Home Decor
From fluffy pillows to lush blankets and beautiful candles, you can’t go wrong. Below, show some of my all time favorite millennial pink decor items. Perfect for a small apartment or girly makeup room.

Women’s Fashion
I’ve pulled together some looks ranging from comfy t-shirts to fun dresses that all embody the essence of blush pink. Click around below to shop your favorite styles.

Men’s Fashion
A man in pink is a confident man. There’s no better time than the spring/summer to wear vibrant and bright colors, especially on items like swim trunks or collard shirts. 

How I Learned to Motivate Myself and be Patient

This past month, I found myself feeling a little blah and unmotivated when it came to running and maintaining Publyssity.com and @Publyssity on Instagram. Not only was I iffy about the content I was producing, but I was feeling like my following was at a standstill.

Since I have a full time job, I work on my blog during off hours, which means I’m either up at 6:30am shooting with my photographer or I’m staying up late at night to finish up articles and to outreach brands. Due to this, I found myself choosing to take the convenient route like shooting outside my apartment before work vs. seeking out a destination around the city with character and culture. I was going through the motions of picking out outfits, shooting them and posting them, but I wasn’t taking my time to actually style them to the best of my ability.

I’m not sure what changed, but something in me clicked while I was browsing my feed. I started to feel like I could do better because I can. Just like that, a light bulb went off in my head and I started brainstorming ways I can fulfil my vision. As such, I’ve decided to get back to blogging more vs. just focusing on Instagram content. I’m also going to seek out new areas to shoot at (first on my wish list is Dumbo). Plus, I’m going to spend more time styling and curating outfits. I’m also going to try something new – more video content! And lastly, I’m going to learn to be patient.

Instead of relishing in the success of my following thus far, I often find myself wanting more, more, more. For bloggers and social influencers, I think it’s really common and easy to feel this way. We often see the success of others and think, “Why is it taking me so long to hit my next milestone?” However, I need to learn to sit back and trust the process. Many successful bloggers I know have been at it for years and years, so I need to realize that it doesn’t just happen overnight.

So please continue to watch as I evolve and learn. After all, we’re all in this together and I couldn’t do it without all of you.

 

The Most Insta-Worthy Brunch Spots in NYC & Brooklyn

In a city full of culture and some of the world’s best cuisine, it’s easy to stumble upon a restaurant that is serving up a mean brunch. But sometimes it’s not what you’re eating; it’s how it’s presented. These days It’s all about #DoingItForTheInsta and let’s face it, a killer flat lay is almost as rewarding as a full tummy. I said, almost. 

For this reason, I’m sharing some of my favorite New York City and Brooklyn cafes and breakfast spots that not only have great menus, but swoon-worthy aesthetics to match it. From hole-in-the-walls to macaroon shops, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

While We’re Young, 183 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
This place screams décor goals. If I could live there, I would. Not only is this eatery perfectly styled with blush tufting and marble counter tops, the menu items are beautifully plated, making this spot complete Insta-bait.

RIDER, 80 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
If you want a spot with a great ambiance and delish breakfast, look no further. This gem is the perfect mix of both. Plus, you’ll be sure to capture a share-worthy snap.

WOOPS!, multiple locations
In the mood for a little something sweet? Grab some macaroons and coffee, all while capturing the perfect photo at one of WOOPS! many locations around the city.

La Pecora Bianca, 1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010
This Italian Eatery serves up the fluffiest eggs I’ve ever tasted. Not only is the food amazing, the ambiance is absolutely beautiful – simple, yet classy and welcoming. Sit at one of the marble table tops if you want the perfect photo.

Union Fare, 6 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
This place defines #BrunchGoals. Between the oozing funfetti croissants and “smashes” aka loaded toasts with various toppings – you’ll be sure to not only photograph “food porn,” but you’re stomach will be thanking you for the good eats.
The Butcher’s Daughter, 581 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 & 19 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
The holy grail of brunch spots. While this favorite doesn’t take reservations, it’s worth the wait. If you’re looking for vegetarian fare and juices, this is your spot. Besides, who can pass up a photo at this scenic gem?

Maman, multiple locations (NYC & Brooklyn)
This café and bakery serves family-inspired recipes from the South of France and North America. The interior mimics that of the food – classic, inviting and delectable. 

Three Seat Espresso & Barber, 137 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
The new little spot in the East Village is the perfect place for grabbing a pastry and cappuccino. The quirky look & feel allows for a fun photo full of color and sweet treats.

Is your stomach growling yet?