A Gal’s Guide to March Madness

Photo Feb 28, 4 44 37 AM Ahh, it’s finally that time of year again. It’s light out when you leave work. You’ve transitioned your shoes from winter boots to strappy sandals. You’re sporting your floral printed clothing pieces.

However, no one seems to care. All you keep hearing is whispers of “March Madness” and “Brackets.” What is with all this foreign basketball language you can’t decipher?

Let me break it down for you.

What is March Madness? March Madness takes place from March until April and is most commonly known as the NCAA Basketball Tournament. 64 college basketball teams are divided into their respective regions (South, West, Midwest and East) and are seeded numbers 1-16. Within each region, the best team plays the worst team until a winner is announced. In each round, the number of teams remaining is cut in half until only two remain to duke it out. Breakdown is as follows; The Big Dance – 32 teams, The Sweet 16 – 16 teams, The Elite Eight – 8 teams, The Final Four – 4 teams.

What is Bracketology? The goal here is to fill out your own bracket by guessing the winner of each game, in each round, all the way to the homestretch. Generally, brackets or pools include a buy-in, so the winner gets a big fat cash price.

What words can I drop to act like I know what the hell I’m talking about?

  • Selection Sunday: The day when the NCAA College basketball tournament participants are placed, seeded and announced (Took place on March 13, 2016)
  • The Big Dance: Another name for the tournament (No, it’s not like a ball or somewhere people go to dance and party in fancy clothes)
  • The Sweet Sixteen: The third round of the tourney, when only 16 team are left (Again, not a fancy party to mark a milestone)
  • The Elite Eight: The fourth round of the tourney, when only 8 teams are left
  • The Final Four: The fifth round of the tourney, when only 4 teams are left


How do I get in on the action if I’m not a basketball fan?
Easy, go to a bar on any given Saturday to cheer on your favorite team or take part in your office pool. If you’re an overachiever, even try crafting your own bracket.

OK, so now that I’m watching, what do I wear? Is your alma mater playing? If so, show a little school spirit and rock an old college t-shirt. If not, whip out your best “sporty chic” attire. In my look (pictured), I paired a baseball-styled (wrong sport, but whatever) jacket with ripped jeans and my go-to Adidas Originals.

Yay, sports!

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Shop my look:
T shirt here | Sneakers here | Bag here | Jeans here

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5 Essentials For Every Girl On-The-Go

From having a full time job to blogging to working out to making time for friends, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Luckily for me, I’ve really learned the importance of always being prepared. It’s become a regular practice to keep must-have items on me at all times. Below, I’m sharing my top 5 essentials for every girl on-the-go.

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Mobile Charger – Not near an outlet? Don’t worry about it! Power up with an on-the-go mobile charger and don’t fall victim to a dead phone. I love this color blocked one from Ban.do.

SusiesBFastCookieBreakfast Cookie – Don’t skip the days most important meal all because you’re in a hurry. Stash Susie’s Smart Cookie in your bag for a breakfast loaded with a healthy balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fats (Hint: I get mine at the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle, but they’re sold online too).

411400-detailMinimergency Kit – Always be prepared with this mini emergency kit from Pinch Provisions, with 17 beauty, personal care, and style essentials including: safety pins, a tampon, a mini sewing kit and more.
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Portable Electric Toothbrush – Freshen up wherever, whenever with the Slim Sonic Class toothbrush from VioLife. The first battery operated, portable toothbrush comes in an array of colors. I have the polka dot and army print!
SwellWater Bottle – Between running around, be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. I keep a water bottle on me at all times. Lately, I’m obsessed with my Swell Bottle that keeps my water cold for 24 hours.

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Disclaimer: This post was in partnership with Susie’s Smart Cookie

What’s in My Gym Bag?

What’s in My Gym Bag?

Today I’m sharing a look at what I keep inside my gym bag. From the basics like headphones and a water bottle to my secret weapons like Compeed Blister Cushions and Snap Perfume – a portable, light-weight, compact size fragrance (perfect for freshening up after a workout).

Whether you’re hopping into a last minute fitness class or grabbing an impromptu meal with friends afterwards, being prepared is essential. For this reason, my gym bag doubles as a mini closet (I’m kidding! but am I…?), so whatever the occasion, I’m always prepared. Take a look at some of my must have gym bag items below.

BeoPlay H6 Headphones ($399.00) – I love to drown out any background noise or clutter when I’m on the treadmill and these headphones are perfect for just that. They have a forceful, authentic and clean sound with comfortable ear cushions.

FitBit Charge ($129.95) – Get the most out of your workout by wearing a fitness tracker. Not only will you track your activity, but you’ll know what time it is and if any incoming calls are coming your way.

Lululemon Headband ($14.00) – Keep your flyaways or bangs off your face with a comfortable workout headband. Perfect for people with shorter hair!

Snap Perfume ($14.99) – Running to meet friends after the gym? Keep this portable, light-weight fragrance on hand for freshening up on the go.

Compeed Blister Cushions ($7.99) – Are your sneakers or spin shoes rubbing you the wrong way? Never deal with painful, unwanted blisters again by keeping this hidden gem in your bag.

Asics Running Sneakers ($139.99) – I love the support Asics give me during a workout. Be sure to pick a sneaker that is sturdy and provides support.

Water Bottle – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

What do you keep in your gym bag?

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Make Something Egg-cellent for Your Loved One this Valentine’s Day

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Know the way to your loved one’s heart this Valentine’s Day – through their stomach. Nothing says I love you more than breakfast in bed. Follow the below step-by-step instructions to recreate this egg-cellent breakfast that will make hearts explode.


1. Lightly toast a piece of bread

2. Remove from the toaster, let cool, and cut a heart-shaped hole through the center with a sharp knife

3. Carefully remove the heart-shaped piece of bread from the middle without loosing the shape

4. Grease a skillet and lay the piece of toast in the center, letting the pan get hot

5. Carefully crack an egg without breaking the yolk into the center of the piece of bread

6. Cook on medium-low heat, covering occasionally to let the white of the egg cook through until done

7. Remove carefully with a spatula, plate, sprinkle chili flakes to taste and serve!

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Roundup: NYC’s Best Avocado Toast

Like many, I consider myself an avocado toast aficionado, traveling great lengths around Manhattan to hunt down the best of the best. Find a list of my top 5 favorites below, in no particular order. DISCLOSURE: Your stomach will be growling and mouth watering by the end of this post.

BlankSlateBlank Slate | Coffee + Kitchen: I was pleasantly surprised when this new cafe and marketplace opened up next to my apartment, with the Avocado Toast quickly becoming a favorite of mine. It’s garnished with chili honey, smoked salt and served on country bread with the option to be served gluten free. (121 Madison Avenue at 30th Street) LittleCollins Little Collins NYC: ‘The Smash’ from Australian eatery Little Collins is a dream with avocado and feta mash on toast with chili flakes and pepitas. I order mine to-go during lunch break with a fried egg on top. (667 Lexington Ave)MartaMarta:  One of my first times ordering avocado toast out was at Marta and it’s been a favorite ever since. Served on whole grain toast with chili flakes and olio verde. (29 East 29th Street)TheCoffeeShopThe Coffee Shop: I always order the “Avocado Smash” when I go to The Coffee Shop in Union Square. It’s served on toasted multigrain bread (although I always opt for gluten free toast) with goat cheese & tomato-basil concasse. I add the poached egg for an extra dollar. (29 Union Square)
EggShopEgg Shop:  The ‘Avo & Egg’ from the Egg Shop is delicious with heirloom tomato and sea salt garnishes. All sandwiches are available on gluten free English muffins. (151 Elizabeth Street)

Hope you enjoyed!

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