what I made.

You wake up, pour a cup of coffee, go to work, do stuff. You don’t always realize what you’re creatingĀ unless you start out with the intention to do so. It wasn’t until I spent a #selfcareSaturday cozy in bed, in need of a healthyĀ soup that I realizedĀ all the creative potential I’ve been tapping into lately.

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Big city, bright lights.

Keep reading for more about my recent adventures in the kitchen & elsewhere.

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Fall Fitness Tips 101

It’s chilly. You want nothing more than to stay in bed, drink hot cocoa & try out cozy macaroni & cheese recipes. I get it.Ā But you know what will definitely put you on the naughty list as the holidays roll around? Not taking care of yourself.

Lucky for you, I’ve teamed up with collegiate fitness guru Sarah Gaines who knows the ins and outs of eating well and staying fit.

If you're not sure whether or not Sarah is an expert, just check out those abs!
If you’re not sure whether or not Sarah is an expert, just check out those abs! (Photo credit: Sarah Gaines)

Keep reading for her fantastic tips & tricks to living healthier this season!

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The Non-Diet Diet

I have a confession to make: I am terrible at maintaining any kind of healthy diet. This could be due, in part, to the fact that my birthday is in the summer and ice cream sundaes are mandatory, all year ’round. I balance this by staying active and drinking lots of water and trying to practice healthy eating habits whenever possible.

There's nothing like fresh bagels to kickstart a busy weekend!
There’s nothing like fresh bagels to kickstart a busy weekend! (at Brooklyn Water Bagels)

Keep reading for my top tips to staying in shape without suffering from foodie F.O.M.O.!

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14 Chic Things To Buy In 2014

1. The number one thing you need to look lean, long and sophisticated. (Buy them here.)
1. The number one thing you need to look lean, long and sophisticated. (Buy them here.)

We’re now almost through the first month of the new year and already I feel pretty good about my ability to keep my resolutions this year. I’ve been great about drinking more water, eating healthy, and spending more time with my family. I’ve been good about making sure I eat breakfast every morning, “living” a little more, and finding time to exercise. I’m going to work on managing my time better so that I’m less likely to procrastinate important tasks, drinking less coffee and cutting out snacks that do more harm than good.

2. You and I both need this two-tone clutch because it's chic, edgy and less than $20. (Buy it here.)
2. You and I both need this two-tone clutch because it’s chic, edgy and less than $20. (Buy it here.)

In addition to these things, I want to work on purging things from my closet I don’t really wear and make room for things that are chic, versatile and sophisticated. Below I’ve rounded up some of the items on my wish list for when I’m able to do some early sartorial spring cleaning.

3. The quintessential summer shoes. (Buy them here.)
3. The quintessential summer shoes. (Buy them here.)
4. Gentlemen’s hat (likeĀ this one by Ralph Lauren), 5. Hoop earrings (likeĀ these by Juicy Couture), 6. Knee boots (likeĀ this pair by Ralph Lauren), 7. Luggage (likeĀ this piece from Fox Luggage Inc.), 8. Mary Janes (likeĀ this non-traditional pair from Jessica Simpson), 9. Minnetonka moccasins (buy themĀ here), 10. One-piece swimsuit (likeĀ this one from L SpaceĀ that will look good onĀ everyone), 11. Pucci (likeĀ these high fashion wedges), 12. Safari jacket (likeĀ this one by Kenneth Cole), 13. Coral jewelry (likeĀ this perfect set from DRK Accessories Shop), 14. Gloves (likeĀ these by Portolano)
Which of these items are your favorite? Which of these items do you own? Do you recommend a certain product or brand for me to try this year? Comment on below, onĀ FacebookĀ orĀ tweet meĀ at @vanessainboston. I look forward to hearing from you!
xo,Ā Vanessa

The Five Resolutions You Should Have For 2014

Recently, a friend and I were discussing our prospective resolutions for 2014. We both acknowledged that having too many goals makes them hard to manage and considered picking one that we could really stick to. I brought up how I really wanted to get into yoga because it has so many benefits and she mentioned that she wanted to work on her procrastination. Only time will tell what woks and what doesn’t in the coming days and months so I’ve rounded up some of the easiest and most popular resolutions for 2014ā€¦in case you were in need of any ideas!

Drink more water.
“Drink more water.”

My Mom is always on me for not drinking enough water. Ever since I was little she has claimed that you’re supposed to have at least 8 glasses every day. Well, since running around at work with a Camelback is a tad impractical, swapping out coffee, juice, and soda for H2O seems like a solid start. (Now if only I could eliminate my caffeine addiction altogetherā€¦)

Eat healthier.
“Eat healthier.”

Once the New Year’s celebrations have concluded, there will be no excuse for me to default snacking on anything and everything dipped in chocolate. As I reach for more glasses of water, I hope to also skip the gummy bears and cookies and instead reach for fresh fruit or vegetables. I remember a few years back, when I was detoxing for a beach trip, the longer I stayed away from foods with empty calories, high (unnatural) sugar contents and salty coatings, the less I wanted them. Here’s hoping that mindset still works!

Spend more time with family.
“Spend more time with family.”

It’s really easy for me to get caught up with work and city life. I’ve never been great at being everywhere, all the time, for everybody. Come to think of it, nobody is, which is why it’s extra important to show special love to the people who have put up with you since you were in diapers. But how, when you work all the time and there’s little room left for playing, do you make time for family outside of family events? Easy. Invite them to things! I’ve never felt like more of a genius when a bar crawl event pops up and I think, “Dad would LOVE this.” It’s an easy way to share your life with the people you love, doing what you would be doing anyway.

Stop skipping breakfast.
“Stop skipping breakfast.”

When the matter of breakfast comes up, I’m usually the one saying to myself, “I probably should have eaten that.” Nothing is more of a bummer when I’m starving at work and it’s socially acceptable to eat lunch in an hour. Staying in bed an extra ten, fifteen or twenty minutes instead of making myself breakfast always seems like such a good idea when I’m cozy under the blankets but that is a habit that I know I need to break and 2014 seems as good a year as any to do just that.

Live a little.
“Live a little.”

As I mentioned before, for a long time it seems that my mantra has been, “Work hard. Play never.” and in 2014, on the brink of my 25th birthday, I admit that this needs to change. As a twenty-something, I believe that I owe it to myself to have the best years of my life right now and while my adventures from the past year have been pretty spectacular, life only gets better and I plan on enjoying every bit of it.

What are your resolutions? What goals are easier to keep? Sound off in the comments below, by adding your thoughts on Facebook or by sharing with me on Twitter.

Happy New Year!

xo, Vanessa