Orange All Around

even though the majority of my nyc wardrobe tens to be blacks, whites and greys, i've been working to incorporate more color into my pieces. and especially with the weather getting colder, i thought it might be a nice change to sport a summery shade yesterday for i meeting i had downtown.

i was really excited to finally wear this dress. my mom bought it at marshall's and gave it to me this past summer. unfortunately at the time it was a bit too tight, but i loved it too much to let it go. so what do you know, i tried it on today and it zipped up completely. so stoked!

i think i'm definitely going to keep wearing some brighter colors this upcoming winter. if anything, i think it just makes the day a little brighter!

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Linking Around

yes, one week closer to thanksgiving. i cannot wait! until then, check out some fun links from around the web. and if nothing puts a smile on your face, i guarantee lily allen can. this woman knows what she's talking about: "it's hard out here for a b––––"

this couple puts all of their fights on twitter

you've been eating apples the wrong way

these pug puppies will make your day brighter

is this what the "morning after" is like for you?

50 life hacks to simplify life

this woman loves her man's beard (she's in the background)

20 ways to add sriracha to your meals

lobsters don't die or age ... and other true facts!

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Sweater Dress

nyc is expecting some snow flurries this morning. i feel like we just started fall, and now winter's trying to set in?! i guess it also doesn't help that the hallmark is showing holiday movies every weekend and we're already being bombarded by christmas commercials.

but alas, you can't fight the changing seasons, so you've gotta dress for them! one of my favorite winter go-to outfits is a long-sleeved winter dress with black leggings and knee-high boots. you just can't go wrong. it's so easy to put together, and you still look put-together!

what's your go-to winter outfit? stay warm chicas!

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My Inner Leopard!

i've always been intimidated by animal print, but always admired those who've worn it proudly (prime example: the ladies from jerseylicious). i've noticed that a lot of my favorite fashion bloggers have been sporting some animal print, but in minimal amounts, specially targeted to their shoes.

britt & whit:

ramshackle glam:

sunny and turquoise:

so i finally decided to try out a pair of my own leopard print heels, which i ordered from lulus. and i've gotta say, i love them! i wore them out friday night, and felt an extra pep in my step. i strongly suggest that if you're a little wary of animal print too, to start out with one small item, like a pair of heels or a belt. fierce!

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Let's Eat Cake

i'm a foodie, it's no secret. so when the day comes when i get married, food will be a major component. in fact, i would be more concerned about what's being served during the reception than the wedding cake itself. that is, until i saw this gorgeous wedding cake on 100 layer cake.

the simplicity. the flowers. it's so chic and elegant without being over the top. let's all just admire its beauty, shall we?

image credit: 100 layer cake

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Bethenny In Your Business

have any of you been watching "bethenny"? i'm loving that she's featuring entrepreneurs on her show weekly, giving them exposure and offering advice so they can take their business to the next level. and in some cases, she's making business dreams come true. on her halloween episode, she needed candy jewelry for her costume. the task was left to an assistant in the wardrobe department. bethenny loved her items so much that she called the ceo of it's sugar and they're planning to sell and distribute her candy jewelry line. amazing!

in her quest to help other entrepreneurs, bethenny recently launched a contest where the grand prize winner will receive $20,000 to fund their business idea. it's a long shot, but i've decided to submit an entry about my drinkware. surprisingly, they'll be choosing a winner within a week after the contest closes this month.

i've been needing some motivation to work on my drinkware line, and this is just what i needed. even if my idea isn't selected, just knowing that i'm pitching the idea is enough to put a much-needed fire under me. i'm really exited to start working on my product idea again, will let you know who ultimately ends up with the grand prize. wish me luck!

image credit: bethenny.com

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Time Flies

I can't believe it's been more than a month since my last post. So much has been happening, it's hard to figure out even where to start. So let's see:

1. It's definitely been an adjustment to living alone again. Z and I both worked from home on a regular basis, and I really miss having someone to work alongside with. I'm a solo entrepreneur without employees or interns, so now that I'm living solo, it can get lonely at times here. I don't mind working from coffee shops, but their wifi is so unreliable, so I find myself working from home more often.

2. I've been self-employed for 18+ months now, which I think is a major achievement. But at the same time, I'm constantly having to keep an eye out for new business. I was pretty disappointed and frustrated this past week when a longtime client decided not to renew their contract at the very last minute, and another recurring client informed me that the upcoming November project I was to handle for them was no longer happening. Which means I suddenly was down two payments that I was expecting in the coming weeks. Luckily I have some new business pending, but most of these never happen overnight.

3. As I was saying previously, being a solo entrepreneur can have its downsides at time. And with major recent life changes, I'm having to re-evaluate my work and career. I've recently been interviewing for jobs, and have been talking to some major players. The opportunities sound great, and if the right one comes along, there's a very good chance that I'll phase out of self-employment and re-enter the workforce for a few more years. At the end of the day, nothing is ever permanent. I can always go back to working for myself in the future, but at this time in my life, I really have to do what's best as a single woman living in NYC.

4. Relationship-wise, I do miss Z, but ultimately feel we made the right decision at this point in our lives. I'm glad that we're both adults who have been able to stay in touch and amicably talk about what worked and didn't work during our 2+ years together. In the meantime, I'm mainly helping friends celebrate their engagements and upcoming weddings (even 2 of my childhood friends are getting married next summer - very exciting!). I certainly wish that I wasn't starting over again at 31, but I'm very happy that my friends have found partners to spend their lives with.

5. And during all of these changes, I'm extremely thankful for having such amazing friends. They've been there to talk with me over cocktails, they send texts and make calls to see how I'm doing. It really means a lot, especially since we're all trying to figure out our lives when it comes to work, love and friendships. It's a constant struggle, but it really helps when you have awesome people supporting you, and knowing that they'll stick with you through the tough times.

I hope to be able to start posting again more regularly. Hoping you all have a great weekend!

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