Event // PepperDinner NYC + fitBallet

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Our last PepperBrunch event was such a blast and I’m SO excited to tell you about the next chance to join us for some flavor + fitness in NYC…

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We’ve teamed up with our friends at fitBallet to bring you an evening that is part workout, part dinner, and plenty of meaningful conversations with the gals in our Pepperologie family.

PepperDinner NYC
June 16, 2015 // 6:30pm

(GRAB YOUR SPOT RIGHT HERE)


The evening will include:

+ A private group workout with our friends at fitBallet
+ Healthy catered dinner from Dig Inn Seasonal Market
+ A vibrant discussion about our ingredients for a flavorful life

You know I love a good sweat sesh, and am so excited for the chance to workout and then hangout with so many wonderful friends… The best part about this type of class is that all levels are more than welcome. The method is taught at varying difficulty (our session will be led by the founder Julie!) and you’ll need no dance or exercise experience to participate.

I was also totally kidding about needing a leotard, but I will certainly be in my spandex-best. ;)

contactfitballet Grab your ticket ASAP, and I’ll see you there!

Concrete Catwalk // Sneaky Skirt

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At least three random women complimented me on my “dress” while we were out and about last weekend, and I just HAD to come clean every single time…

My favorite way to get the most out of a summer maxi skirt (bonus if it has elastic like mine) is to hike up the waist, add a leather belt for some shape, and turn it into a strapless dress — Just like that!

I kept the rest of the look easy breezy for walking my pretty pup to the pier while my family was here, and the flowy shape came in EXTRA handy when we stopped at my favorite Italian restaurant for dinner on the way home. ;)

Can’t wait to style it up the way it was meant to be worn a little later this summer!

Ps. – These sandals with their tortoise heels have been trying to work their way into every outfit this week… They’re also majorly on sale, in case you need to grab a pair for yourself!

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Top to Bottom // Woodzee sunnies*, Maiyet skirt (worn as a dress), Tanner Goods belt*, Brahmin “Perri” pouch*, Stella McCartney sandals // * Notes a gifted item.

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Beauty Bite // Skin Care Favorites

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Recovering from a busy weekend with the fam this morning, and am bringing you a few digital sprinkles before a springtime outfit post coming later this week…

  • A new tub of this wonder-stuff is sitting on my bathroom counter, and Mr. Pepper has been sneaking some for his dry spots and the delicious smell. I’ll admit to using it mostly as a lip balm just so I can lick my lips and taste the tropics!
  • Is it possible to fall in love with a sunscreen? I started in on a bottle of Clarins 50 SPF this week, and cannot believe that it feels SO light but still has tons of coverage. My standards are HIGH in this arena, and it has already won me over for everything from running to wearing all day under my usual moisturizer and makeup.
  • Most of the time, I whip up my own body scrub from equal parts olive oil + sugar, but have recently been loving my packet of exfoliating coffee goodness by Frank. I always thought it sounded like a lofty claim, but have absolutely seen improvements in my scars (and cellulite!) when I gently and consistently use a body scrub in the shower. Now if only someone would invent a magical cure for stretch marks…
  • If you’re a little travel bug like me, you likely have your own “portable toiletries” technique, but I’ll admit that mine is typically as simple as keeping doubles of everything that I use stashed away in a small bag.  Last week brought an official upgrade that includes a clear plastic pouch, and a small matching set of my favorites from Murad! Airplane-approved and all ready for my next trip. ;)
  • Whenever allergy season hits, I seem to have trouble with keeping skin blemishes at bay… Enter the not-so-secret weapon that zaps them in a flash: Tea Tree oil! I mix a few drops with water in the palm of my hand, and then dab it directly on the spots to dry them out and clear things up in record time.

Ps. – Do you happen to have a favorite sunscreen for body? I have an old bottle from last year that I love, but it doesn’t look like my drugstore carries it anymore… Would love your recommendations, and don’t forget that those guys need to be tossed and replaced every Summer! ;)

More Beauty Bite posts, right this way!

*Image of sweet Kelly, found here.

Life // Banishing Burnout

IMG_6447 The other night, I sat down with Mr. Pepper and warned him that the next handful of weeks are going to be a super full and focused season as it relates to my business.

Being the logical gentleman that he is, we started outlining a few of the larger projects (like this one!) and he helped me identify a handful of helpful deadlines to aim for. The only remaining problem was that by the time we were finished, I was already feeling mostly exhausted and much less excited for all of the fun things that are up ahead.

Burnout is something that I haven’t struggled too much with along my journey as a creative entrepreneur, but it has recently crept up and smacked me right in the face before I even realized what was happening.

As I’ve begun to notice that this little B-word is likely the root of the problem, my first reaction is to feel frustrated and sorry for myself. Fun times, right? Luckily, that’s the point where my instinct kicks in and I know that I need to pull myself up-and-out of the downward spiral before it gets bad enough to call in the reinforcements.

There are a few different ways that I’ve been trying to sprinkle in little moments of joy when I’m feeling overwhelmed, and I’m so happy to have Glade be a part of helping me share them with you here on S+P!

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1. Focus on upcoming fun. My parents are coming for a visit this weekend! We have SO much good stuff planned, and even though it takes a lot of work to get the apartment ready for guests (they’ll stay in my brothers room), it has been fun to set up their space with a few goodies that I know will make them feel right at home. I loaded up their nightstand with the necessities, and then added my Cashmere Woods candle and a potted lily to bring a little bit of nature into our city-style home.

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2. Find (tiny) pockets of me time. Even though the the to-do list is often looming, I’ve noticed that making it a point to squeeze in moments where I can let my brain relax a bit makes me generally more productive throughout the day. I’m a firm believer in the immense value of self-care, and after committing to read in my sunny little nook for at 20 mins every afternoon, have noticed a BIG difference in feeling clear-minded enough for the rest of the day. Like a re-set button!

Even if you work outside the home or dislike reading, you might try watching a Ted Talk (or Pepper Brunch!) on your lunch break, and I also love finding a shady spot outside while listening to a few of my favorite podcasts.  I think the key here is to avoid making it a time to multitask… I put my phone away, turn on my little ceramic wax melter, and curl up in my sunny nook while diggin into a new favorite or an old classic.

IMG_6457 3. Fast forward to after the final deadlines. One of the biggest ways that I’ve learned to brighten up this busy season is by focusing on the moment that I’ll get to relax after the last tasks are wrapped up. In June, we’re headed to Missouri for our usual lake trip with G’s family, and I already can’t wait for quiet moments on the dock and forest adventures with nearly 40 aunts/uncles/cousins/etc!

We’re also going to be spending several days with some of our favorite friends in Kansas City, and even just imagining how much fun that will be is making it much easier to press on. One of the things I love about this one is that it definitely works on a smaller scale, just as well… Simply picturing the peace I’ll feel when the project is no longer looming over me makes for more motivation and much less weariness.

IMG_6446 I know that there are so many wonderful things happening in our lives right now, but I am also fully aware of how easily the blessings can be overshadowed by lack of sleep and lots of stress.

My goal is to free up plenty of space in my heart to be grateful for the good stuff, and I’d love to know any of your own tactics for banishing burnout from those sweet little souls of yours… Feel free to tweet them to me here, and you know how much I love chatting about all the ways that we can design a #flavorfullife!


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Concrete Catwalk // Day at the Races

IMG_6370 I’m always looking for a good excuse to throw on one of the ladylike vintage dresses in my collection, and heading to the Belmont Park Race Track last weekend seemed like the perfect occasion to do just that…

belmont park The short train ride from Manhattan was quite delightful with a few fun friends and all of the interested looks from fellow passengers (likely not used to seeing so much seersucker or silk on the Long Island Railroad), and it honestly felt like a Saturday that had been plucked right out of another era.

Keep reading for the rest of the look, and a full run-down of the day…

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WATCH // Style School with Noonday Collection

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One of my favorite things about being a style expert is getting to work on creative projects with brands and people that I truly love…

Last December, I partnered with my galpal Hilary to help our friends at Noonday Collection lead their community in a video-based style school, and I’m thrilled to say that the launch is finally here!

You can take a peek at two of the super-fun videos right away (including the 8-ways-to-wear-it remix below), and be sure to sign up for the full free video series over on their site.

I’ve written about the mission behind their brand before, but I can’t tell you enough what a blessing it is to be an honorary member of the Noonday family! Their gorgeous line of jewelry and accessories, a brilliantly authentic business model, and a purpose that inspires women (quite literally) around the globe to be the best version of themselves is inspiring to no end.

You can follow along with their adventures over on Instagram + Facebook, and I’d love to have you sign up for our Style School collaboration right here!

Ps. – Read more about my own personal approach to style in a quick interview on their blog!

Pepper Girl // Hunter Bell

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Stylish and sunny blonde, with a sweet heart that radiates into everything she does — Today’s Pepper Girl is my beautiful friend, Hunter Bell!

Not only am I in love with her namesake line of feminine and modern apparel, but the way she leads her business and life is truly an inspiration. Let’s take a peek at what it means for her to live a flavorful life


My Super-hero Cape is a pop up reminder on my phone every morning telling me to “Go out and be a person of excellence. Have hope.”

I feel most confident when I’m wearing heels!! I’m only 5’2” and joking call myself a hobbit:) I love being petite however the height from heels makes me feel tall, confident and sexy.

My favorite compliment to receive is when an employee or intern of Hunter Bell tells me how much they appreciate working for my company. We are a growing business and it’s a challenge making sure everyone around you in the office feels welcome on a daily basis. I strive to create jobs that give back to the staff. This business wouldn’t operate without a dedicated team.

I take care of my body/mind by working out with Ariel Hoffman at AKT in Motion 3 times a week and making sure I get plenty of downtime and rest outside of work.

My faith + finding quiet time in the morning is my biggest motivation to be the best possible version of me.

I pour myself out into others by taking a quiet moment in the morning to read/meditate preparing for the busyness of the work week. i.e. Waking up late and rushing to work causes me to be stressed and a little more selfish. When I’ve used the morning to be still in my apartment and reflect a bit, I arrive to the office rejuvenated and more focused on others versus myself.

$5,000 shopping spree in any store TODAY and I’d go to Bergdorf Goodman. BG has a little bit of everything to choose from. Their selection is not only elevated, but also on trend for each season.

This photo of me is my favorite because it shows my personality and what I love most about life — Having a good time and not taking yourself too seriously. Fashion should be fun!

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So honored to have Hunter here on S+P… Feel free to pop over and say hello to her right here, and let me know if you have any fun questions you’d like me to ask in our upcoming features!


WHAT IS A PEPPER GIRL?

As Pepperologie has grown and changed over the past few years, I’ve come to realize that working with women as they create happy, healthy + flavorful lives is one of the things that I was truly created to do.  

So many of the gals that I’ve met along the way have provided endless amount of encouragement and support, and being around them truly makes me feel like the best possible version of myself…  I can’t help but want to share their sweet souls and inspiring confidence with the rest of the world, so this feature is a way for me to do just that!