Last week I partnered with Absolut Vodka and tried out their new mobile site, Hoppr by Absolut, to host a fun holiday party. Before I share about my little soiree, let me tell you a little more about Hoppr. Specific to the New York City area, the mobile site connects partygoers and throwers in a whole new way, allowing hosts to post their parties and guests to RSVP in order to unlock unexpected social connections.
Simply head to AbsolutHoppr.com and log in through your Facebook account and then choose if you are looking to host a party in the area or attend one. But don’t worry, the host and potential guest have to mutually agree to share information and only then will addresses and details of the party be shared, so it is completely safe!
So back to my party…I originally wanted to host a gathering at my apartment, but since it’s on the smaller side, I wasn’t sure how many people it could hold comfortably. Luckily for me, my sweet friends, Helena and Keiko let me decorate and set everything up at Brooklyn Brigade, their studio space, which boasts lots of room and has a great rustic wooden farm table, which I used as my inspiration when planning out my theme. For snacks, I picked up yummy cheese, meats and crackers, plus some olives and veggies, and created a festive drink I like to call the Cranberry Kiss. (See recipe below!) We danced to all our favorite Christmas songs, snapped goofy photos and generally had a great time ringing in the holiday season!
1.5oz Absolut Original Vodka
A splash of Club Soda
2oz of sparkling wine
Cranberries to float on top
Tip: Use frozen cranberries in place of ice cubes to keep your drink cool without it getting watered down.
Last week, Krystal, Grace and I were invited to spend two days in gorgeous Chatham, New York with Garnet Hill (all thank to Grace :) where we stayed at a gorgeous house, went wine tasting, made s’mores, tested out amazing bedding and took a private morning yoga class. It was amazing and I felt SO lucky to be a part of it.
I tried to just be present and soak in as much of it as I could, so I didn’t take a ton of photos but of course managed to sneak in some outfit shots on the first day, thanks to Krystal. :)
I recently got this backpack (it has my initials!) and fell in love with it but hadn’t gotten a chance to use it or photograph it before this trip. It turned out it was the perfect bag to store my laptop because it’s super structured and supported my computer perfectly. I think it might be my new go-to carry on!
For those of you that have been following along on my YouTube channel, are familiar with the top 10 things that I believe every woman should have in her closet. But in case you missed it, I decided to pull together a little roundup of the items I talked about in my video.
I do want to say that this is a very flexible topic and open to discussion because I think there are many different pieces we should all have in our closet. But I wanted to at least let you guys know what I think are classic and timeless pieces that you can easily remix and integrate with pieces you already own.
Anyway, if you would like to watch the video and do some shopping (all different price points) take a look below!
Earlier this month, I headed over to the Meatpacking district to attend Hawaiian Tropic’s Escape Day. It was held under a pop up tent complete with hammocks, massage chairs, manicure stations as well as a makeshift yoga floor with mats laid out all ready for core fusion classes.
Having worked with Hawaiian Tropic before, I love sharing knowledge on skin care and how to stay safe in the sun. For instance, I decided to take a core fusion class in the middle of the day outside in the hot sun and was so happy to be able to slather myself in sunscreen so that I didn’t fry my skin. They of course had plenty everywhere you looked, so that was pretty awesome. :)
I arrived in work out pants, no makeup and gym shoes, ready to be pampered and get a stiff workout before eating tacos and drinking margaritas later on in the night.
It was such a great escape – not only be able to enjoy one of our first sunny days in New York City with a fitness class outside, but to just take some time for myself without feeling guilty that I wasn’t inside answering emails and getting ahead on work that needed to be done.
Prepping myself to be out in the sun for the next hour. Don’t forget to protect your ears!
Instead, I happily indulged in a great massage, and chatted with the masseuse about certain pressure points in my neck, and had the manicurist paint my nails a festive bright pink in lieu of the holiday.
I also got to interview Sarah Hyland, who is their celebrity spokesperson and we were able to briefly chat about what her ideal escape would be. It sounded right up my alley!
I love this sound bite I grabbed from Sarah Hyland: “I think a romantic escape in Bora Bora would be amazing. I would bring Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport because, well, it’s Bora Bora! Also, I would bring a translation device, a phone with an international data, a charger and a huge suitcase full of clothes!”
She was so sweet and genuine, I loved chatting with her, and am ready for another Escape Day with her whenever she is ready! :)
Afterward, I thought about what my ideal Escape Day would be and realized that it would be lying by a pool with Casey, with a picnic, a cool drink in hand and magazines. My key essentials to always staying safe in the sun are, Hawaiian Tropic of course, a hat of some kind, a light scarf in case my shoulders get hot, portable speakers to play music and a comfy picnic blanket to take a nap on! What would you perfect Escape Day? I would love to know! xoxo
So you know when you have that kind of week when you are constantly one day off? I thought yesterday was Tuesday and then last night when I was editing my YouTube video, it was past midnight as I was scheduling it, so I guess the computer read it to go live on April 22nd not the 21st. Awesome.
Anyway, I did actually catch it in time and got it up around 7pm, thanks to my Godmother who texted me about it not showing up earlier in the day. Thank you, Margret! :) Regardless of that small snafu, I do in fact have a new video ready in case you guys didn’t catch it yesterday, so take a look if you have a moment ! xo
Casey and I spent this past weekend in Dallas on behalf of Mary Kay to attend the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards, which was an absolute blast. I should be getting more photos from the weekend soon and will share them once they arrive, but in the meantime here are some iPhone snaps from the past few days.
What I wore to attend the ACM Party For A Cause. I love these cowboy boots…I found them in a vintage shop years ago and unfortunately never really wear them, but they were definitely perfect for this weekend!
Casey and I just before they evacuated us from our seats due to a tornado watch. Yep. That happened. We spent the next few hours huddled wherever could find some shelter from the crazy blowing wind and rain. Sadly, we missed the show all together because they didn’t resume until 11:30PM. Such a bummer, but an adventure nonetheless!
And finally, all dolled up for the 50th ACM Awards! We all got our hair done at Era Salon and the very talented Luis, who works on Project Runway, did my makeup. I was thrilled with the outcome.
I will have more outfit shots of what I wore this weekend up tomorrow as well as a new YouTube video, so make sure to check back to see all of that. But if you want to see more behind the scenes from this weekend, find me (or sign up if you haven’t already) on Snapchat and follow me at mystylepill. I snapped a bunch of live music by Garth, Reba and more!
Hope you guys had a great weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow!
And thank you Mary Kay for having us, it was an amazing weekend! xo