SKIN GOODIES

I started using Evan Healy products about a year and a half ago. The first cleanser that I used was the tea tree gel cleanser and it’s a dream. It’s perfect for congested skin. However, when my skin is cooperating I opt for something a little lighter like the one I mention in my video!

Once a week I use the Zum lemongrass sugar facial scrub because it’s a great way to exfoliate and it clears up all the dead and dry skin. We’re not perfect and our skin will always have moments of weakness. However, the green tea clay mask from Evan Healy is my ultimate skin remedy. I’ve come to love these natural products and have stopped with harsh treatments that end up making my skin worse over time.

Don’t forget your eye cream. I also use Zum under eye butter because not only does it make my eyes feel awake, it reduces the puffy bags I often get because of seasonal allergies. Most of these products can be found at Whole Foods Market.

You can check out these products and some of my other favorites below…

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WORK IT OUT

I played sports my entire life. From soccer to cross-country, I’ve always been a very active human. However, that changed when I got to college. I was so busy that I could hardly find time to think, let alone work out. Fast forward a couple years… I was an anxious and depressed insomniac with stress induced high blood pressure. Due to personal struggles and several life changing incidents, my physical and mental health were practically hanging on by a thread. I hadn’t felt like myself in over a year. I needed a change, real fast. I started thinking about the things I really loved. Continue reading WORK IT OUT

IT’S ALL ABOUT PRESENTATION

I’m constantly coming into contact with people who say that what they wear “doesn’t matter.” Now, I’m not one to say that I don’t fully embrace leggings and a sweatshirt after a long day or rock a pair of sweatpants to the grocery store, but I’m here to tell you that what you wear absolutely does matter.

Continue reading IT’S ALL ABOUT PRESENTATION

LES FEMMES FATALES // CELIA BYRNE + KYLIE MCMAHON

For over a month now, I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing one of my best friends travel about Europe. Although I can only witness the fabulousness of her trip via Instagram and Facebook, there is no doubt she and her travel buddy are dominating the scene. Aside from their overall poise and beauté, we can learn several things from these les femmes fatales. First, it is quite possible to backpack through Europe and look amazing doing it. Equipped with some red lipstick, Madewell denim and Nike kicks, these two truly embody what it means to be chic. Second, it doesn’t have to be designer to look designer. By mixing and matching flea market finds, genuine Italian leather and trendy accessories, they look classy and sophisticated at a fraction of the cost. Third, being sexy isn’t about how much skin you can show. Choose wisely. Leave a little for the imagination. These ladies look absolutely stunning in mock turtlenecks and a simple pair of Chelsea boots.

When you have more time check out their personal IG’s and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. For now, feast your eyes on some photos they shot exclusively for The Style Operandi.

Sunglasses: Giaguaro Specular by RETROSUPERFUTURE // Scarf: Urban Outfitters

Mixing flea market goodies // Converse // Chelsea boots //  Shop similar items at Madewell & TopShop

Jacket: Bershka bomber jacket // Dress: ZARA

Sneakers: Nike

THE START…

When I was a little girl I went to my grandmother’s house every afternoon. I spent these afternoons adventuring in her backyard and watching her make the most delicious apple sauce known to man. No, I never found big foot or any hidden treasure and I have yet to make the perfect batch of apple sauce. However, somewhere between my adventures and cooking lessons, I picked up a magical little “book” called Vogue. Here’s to the brands, people and styles that started it all. I’ve always been drawn to styles that stand out. Although I was once mocked for wearing things that were “too daring” I’ve stuck to my guns and it has paid off. When I was five years old I got my first pair of Dr. Martens. They were gold and bold and amazing. I grew to love that brand because they appealed to the weirdo’s, the rebels and the kids that stood out. They appealed to the kids like me. It’s no surprise that I rock the same classic 1460 style boots even today (just a little bigger). 

The punk/grunge scene of the 90s was a big inspiration in my life. It’s still the fuel to many of my fires and you’re likely to find very 90s inspired items in my closet. However, between my plaid shirts and liquid leggings you’ll find one of my most beloved brands, Lacoste. I love the simplicity and classic look of Lacoste. It’s clean, classy and Euro-chic.

Among all of the lessons I learned throughout my childhood, the most important was to always march to the beat of my own drum. I’m less concerned about what people wear and more concerned with how they wear it.

It’s easy to dress well when you have unlimited funds and access to the trendiest new pieces. What matters more is how you make outfits authentically you. You should always feel confident and stick to your own path. Hell, you might even inspire a few people along the way.

HERE’S TO NYC

Why are you so obsessed with New York? That’s what everyone always asks. I take a deep breath and try to explain the reason why that city will always have my heart. There’s something about the beauty among all of the chaos. The lights that reflect off the busy sidewalks at night. It’s that smell when you get off the subway and then walk straight into a food truck that makes your mouth water. It’s the fashion on Fifth Ave and how the store windows give you goose bumps. It’s the trendiest kids in America sipping lattes in Washington Square Park. New York is like having the world at your fingertips. You can go anywhere you feel you fit in, be anyone you want to be, and lastly, no one will criticize you for being different. So, when people ask how in the world I could love a city so much, that’s what I say…

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My recipe for success when it comes to visiting NYC is to do as the New Yorker’s do. Get this… I actually managed to eat and drink my way through NYC on a budget. Here are some of my recommendations about where to go when you’re in the city.

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Some of my favorite places to hang and grab a bite to eat or a drink are Pianos, Dinner on Ludlow, pretty much anywhere in the LES and Hotel Chantelle. Jack’s Wife Freda. Jacob’s Pickles. Shake Shack. Le Pain Quotidien. Gina La Fornarina. Joanne Trattoria. Bryant Park Grill.

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Oh… And that food truck in Columbus Circle, right next to the enterance of Central Park. Don’t forget about that.

What are some of your favorite restaurants and bars in NYC? Share in the comments below.