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It’s the holiday season! The month of December is essentially my occasion Super Bowl. As many of you already know I am engaged, and my fiancé Brendan is Jewish. That means we celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. On top of that December 20th is my dad’s birthday, and my mom’s birthday is the very next day on the 21st. Brendan’s birthday is the 28th!!! And of course New Year’s. SO with all that madness (and this great little holiday outfit)- I give you my top tips for the holiday season! View Full Post

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Today I went with my sample sale expert Michelle to the Alice & Olivia 260 sample sale.. this one was the most insane out of any I have been to so far in my life. If you haven’t already- join the 260 sample sale email listing. Things were flying left and right off of the racks. However today I left with something I have been looking for, for several months and just couldn’t seem to find…an angel tree topper! I have always preferred an angel to a star (just a religious and personal preference) and I was so completely in awe that they had one.

All of my friends have told me I look just like her!

Stacey Tree Topper with a “melodic swirl”. All over the cute little white gown there are music notes and the words “the earth has music for those that listen”. <3

MSRP: $100
Sample sale: $39

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Hello friends! I’m back after a small hiatus, and addiction to the new series on Netflix – The Crown. As I am sure you have gathered by now I am a huge Netflix fan! I love watching all the latest shows and movies and then chatting to my friends about what we all thought. In fact, I have friends from all over the world who like to watch Netflix. You can watch Netflix on your TV too, provided it’s a modern one; this isn’t usually the case for things like cable TV, which you can read more about at this source here. Granted, sometimes it is not always easy for them to watch the same shows as me because streaming services like Netflix tend to use geographical restrictions. That being said, my friends are quite tech-savvy and they have realized that using a VPN sometimes allows you to bypass these restrictions. For more information about VPNs and to read some reviews of IPvanish VPN, which is one of the most popular VPN services out there, head to makeawebsitehub.com.

Anyway, now that the holidays are dawning closer each day, it’s time to get stuck back into blogging and, of course, shopping! New York City is renowned for its street style, flea markets..and yes, sample sale madness. During New York Fashion Week this year one of my best friends Christine and I went to the Nautica Style magazine event and met fashion blogger, supermom, and all-around wonderful Michelle at the Nautica Style magazine event.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of one day, posting good content regularly on your blog and your social platforms could help you reach a larger audience and potentially be given various opportunities to help get you into the fashion industry. Even if you are yet to start a blog, it is never too late. You may be a whiz at coding, which means that creating a website instead of a blog could also be an option for you. It might be beneficial to check out sites like Site Beginner, in order to potentially upgrade your equipment to help with your future blogging journey.

With this being said, it is all about consistency and determination. Even if you choose to get free followers on insta, that may help but it is all about how you engage with your audience.

I’ve always been the type of girl to get lucky walking down the street and happen upon a sample sale, but after meeting Le Hoarder, I’ve discovered this is an art. Michelle and I hit a few sample sales together this past week and my favorite thus far was Balenciaga. After a year of living in the city (and making smart friends) I’ve compiled a concise list for newbie sample sailors! View Full Post

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Halloween has always been one of my favourite holidays as far back as I can remember. Every single year without fail I have dressed up. Although my trick or treating days are gone (someone let me borrow your adorable kids) I still enjoy going out in a costume, eating too much candy, and pumpkin anything. This year for Halloween I decided to go as Morticia Addams… View Full Post

Black short CS-426 Orchard Corset.

Black short CS-426 Orchard Corset.

Everyone thinks of corsets as an ancient relic that women once used to strangle their midsections, however, women are still wearing corsets today but much much more comfortably.

Funny enough, the first time I went to buy a corset was from a store called “Orchard Corset”- the company and the store are not related. The little store is on Orchard street downtown. They carry a huge range of Orchard Corset brand pieces. It’s a famed store in NYC owned by a wonderful Hasidic Jewish couple. The woman that owns the store Peggy walked me through the do’s and don’ts the first time I shopped for one. More on them later because the experience shopping there was a true NY moment.

Oringinally I started out at a 25 (without a corset)- bear in mind this process has taken me close to a year and now without a corset, I am at a 24 without a corset now! Starting out at the tightest I could go I was a 23, now I am currently at a 22. This didn’t happen overnight!

Do you want to learn more about corsets but have no idea where to start? I highly encourage you to read this great 101 post by Orchard Corset. You can read more about corsets and the basics, here.

I have gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of months. Most of them involved my health. A lot of friends (and some family members) have asked if I’m hurting myself by wearing a corset. Anyone who is very educated about corsets and the wearing of one will tell you that you will NOT be injured wearing one, and there are many waist training benefits to wearing a corset. HOWEVER- it is not for everyone. The one way for sure to hurt yourself wearing a corset is to lace it so tightly that you can’t breathe. You also shouldn’t waist train if you are pregnant, or think you might be pregnant. This is obviously a big no-no, even if it is an attempt at concealing a secret. As with everything, listen to your body first and foremost. Only you can decide what is too tight. I personally love a very small waist, and extreme hourglass figures. For me, it is the hight of beauty. That doesn’t mean that I’m wearing a corset because I’m “obsessed” or have an unhealthy obsession with my looks.

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One of my biggest reasons other than achieving a tinsy waist was my posture. Other than for the camera, I have horrid posture. It’s something I have noticed in the past year since getting engaged, but according to my parents I have always had pretty bad posture. My parents thought I had scoliosis when I was growing up, as they thought that might explain my posture. I took a scoliosis quiz and spoke to my doctor and it was ruled out, but I never shook the bad posture. I realized it most in a lot of my “candid” photos, as I seemed hunched over. That is just not going to be okay for my wedding photos and life in general. I even went to see a spine surgeon to find out more about lumbar spine surgery but they decided I didn’t need it.

Since I’ve been wearing one (and I should note that I don’t wear one everyday, it really depends on my mood) I have noticed a huge change in my posture. A corset helps support your back and place it in the proper upright position.

And since I have had zero issues wearing it as far as comfort or health, I’m going to continue to use it 🙂

My biggest tips for a newbie in the corset world

  1. Be measured if you can, either by someone that you know that also wears a corset or by a tailor if you have a hard time figuring out the measurements on your own.
  2. Buy a corset that fits your body. There are so so many styles. Be sure to ask questions and you’ll find a style that will fit your individual shape!
  3. Take. It. Slow. Wear your corset a few hours at a time until you feel like it’s “broken in” and then build up the hours you wear it.
  4. Buy neutrals at first! They go with everything. Almost all of mine are black.
  5. If you’re serious about training, go with underbust styles. They are easier to wear and remove (in my opinion).
  6. Listen to your body. If you don’t feel well, don’t wear it. If you’re queasy, don’t wear it. If you don’t want to wear it anymore- don’t wear it!!!
  7. Don’t expect results overnight. I edited out the things in my diet I knew that weren’t good for me, and I go to the gym regularly, which does help tremendously.

Stayed tuned for more on corsets! xx