The Secret

The Secret
In elementary, middle, high school, and college I was never read books for leisure. Throughout elementary and middle school I struggled to read as fast as everyone else. It seemed like everyone could visit a book in a week, but it took me two weeks to finish that same book. That’s when I gave up reading.

I would read textbooks because I had to, but picking up a book in my free time was not in my vocabulary. Until now. One thing I’ve noticed on the MTA (NYC subways) is that tons of people read on their way to work/destination. Seeing everyone read the hottest fiction book or a self-help book made me realize that I should I be reading too. Rather than listening to the latest tracks or scrolling through Instagram, maybe I should really educate myself.

I went to Strand Book Store, which is one of the coolest and cheapest bookstores in NYC and started looking through the millions of books that they sell. One of my friends mentioned something about The Secret, since I told her it’s been a rough transition moving to NYC. So I thought to myself, hey why not?
The Secret
I started reading The Secret and could not put it down. I was so intrigued. How powerful is the Law of Attraction? Have you ever heard of the Law of Attraction? Does the Law of Attraction really change people’s lives. All of these questions ran through my head when reading the book.

I can tell you that The Secret has really changed my outcome in Life. Without revealing too much, think about how negative/positive energy effects your everyday life. Whether it’s stubbing your toe in the morning and feeling like crap the rest of the day or maybe it’s getting a check in the mail for a million dollars, you’re in control of your life.

So if you haven’t read The Secret, I definitely recommending purchasing a copy. I’m usually not one to give “book reviews” but this book was too good to not read and post about.

 

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Selfie Action

Black White Summer Outfit
Running back and forth to take pictures of yourself was probably one of the hardest things ever. Not only would the lens focus on something other than my face, but having it perfectly timed was such a pain. I did some research on ways to take pictures of yourself, aka how I found out about the tripod, and found out that my camera allows you to take pictures with a wireless remote! I was so happy that I found a solution, but scared to check out the prices of the remote.

I looked on Amazon, I found the remove for less than $20. I was sold. I couldn’t even wait that I ended up getting Amazon Prime to get Two Free Day Shipping.

Fast forward to today and I’m obsessed with the remote. The pictures in this post are all done with the remote. Although I need a better way to throw the remote somewhere, the remote does basically everything I want it to do. It’s small, compact, and is simple to use.

For any bloggers out there that has to take their own pictures, #selfiecam, then a tripod and a wireless remote are your friends. Finally I can take the pictures I want without having a blurry face. I guess I’m finally in the 21st century now.
white tee
Side Full Black Summer Outfit
Black and White Tee Denim Outfit

What I’m Wearing:

H&M white tee (similar Alexander Wang tee)
Uniqlo black denim (similar Acne Studios denim)
Birkenstocks black Arizona sandals
Hermes Constance belt
Goorin Bros. hat
Cartier Love bracelet
Bvlgari ring

 

 

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Home Away From Home

black outfit

Hi strangers,

It me. Gossip Girl.

Totally kidding. I know I’ve been a stranger the past month and half. I decided to take a nice long break from blogging. Why? Because I started to feel like blogging was a job. I felt like I was forced to make posts 2-3 times a week. I felt like it became artificial.

That’s changed.

Now that I’ve settled into my job (it’s been 2 months, yay), I’m ready to take blogging by the hand again. Sometimes you just need a little alone time. The end of June throughout of July was my time. It was great, but I missed my baby.

A lot has happened over the course of a month. I’ve been rejected, uplifted, and set straight of what my goals are in life. Stepping back from throwing myself on the internet was somewhat of a relief. Yes, I love to document every moment of my life (Hi Instagram. Hi Twitter), but sometimes you just need to stop what you’re doing and take a deep breath.

New York is definitely a rough city to live in. Much different than Chicago, but I’m surviving and making the best of it. Sometimes a little retail therapy (cough Hermes) (cough Cartier) never hurts right? I know I’ve done some damage this month. From Balenciaga to getting my dream bracelet, I feel so freaking blessed. I feel like I’m living in a fairytale.

When you work hard, you play hard. I know I do anyways.

Cartier Love Bracelet

What I’m Wearing:

T by Alexander Wang tee
lululemon pants
Birkenstock black arizona sandals
Cartier Love rings
Cartier Love bracelet
Celine sunglasses (similar inexpensive STYLE)
Hermes black Evelyne bag

 

 

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The Comfy Outfit

harem pants

I realized after editing the picture above, about how I mad look in the picture. Well it just so happens that my ‘mad’ face is a ‘I didn’t get sleep + I just ran 9 miles’ face. I guess not everyone looks flawless after working out, cough Kim Kardashian cough.

You’re probably thinking, why would I run 9 miles? If you remember from this blast from the past post, I’ll be running the Chicago Marathon on October 11th. My training program started last week and will go for 18 weeks, woohoo. I did modify the program a bit to fit in all my classes that I take on ClassPass.

I learned the hard way to not over train and really have a balance. Do not skip long runs, do yoga + stretch, foam roll (a crap ton), and do not kill yourself on your midway runs.

Thankfully my roommate’s old roommate is one of the head runners in North Brooklyn Runners (NBR). So I decided to join the NBR and I couldn’t be happier. They do long runs, they do short runs, they do everything. A very supportive and tight knit community, where I felt welcomed on my first run. A few NBR members are going to be running the Chicago Marathon, so I’m excited to train with them!

I was also fortunate enough to meet Lucy through NBR, who recently moved to Chicago after graduating from Northwestern University. I’m basically obsessed with her. You will definitely be seeing a few upcoming posts about Lucy.

It’s funny that whenever I do a long run, right when I get home I take off my running shoes and put on my Birkenstocks. I think they are probably some of the most comfortable sandals out there. When you first a pair the cork sole is hard as a rock, but as you break them in they mode to your feet. It’s like magic and so worth breaking them in.

Of course after my run I put on comfy jersey pants and a baggy tee, which is my signature look – hah. After I run the last thing I want on my body is tight clothing. So baggy, loose fitting clothes is what I usually resort (and even if I don’t run, oops).

Now I’m headed to do a some foam rolling and a little yoga.

Baggy TeeHermes Hapi Bracelet and Cartier Love Rings

What I’m Wearing:

Topman t-shirt on SALE
American Apparel harem pants
Birkenstock arizona sandals
Hermes hapi bracelet
Cartier love rings

 

 

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The Tripod

Pretty Outfit

I have to say I’m a bit embarrassed. I told myself before I moved to New York that I was going to consistently post on my blog. If you haven’t noticed, I failed miserably.

Work, working out, and sleep are basically the things that have consumed my time. It’s crazy how time flies in New York.

Now it’s not time for excuses, but one of the main reasons I haven’t posted in such a long time is because I had no one to take my pictures for me. I mean it’s kind of difficult to take outfit posts without a handy photographer (and a best friend).

Today I thought to myself, “Ugh, I think it’s time to buy a tripod” and I did. $60 later I finally have some pictures to show you guys. I’m actually (kind of) obsessed with the tripod. So many people stop by and ask what I’m taking pictures for, aka perfect opportunity to talk about my blog. So not only has the tripod assisted me with taking pictures, but I guess its also a great marketing tool.

So, I guess I’m back in action. I finally put some time aside from my busy life for you guys. Because why end it now when I’ve been doing it for so long? Make sure to also let me know about how you like the pictures!

PS: East Dane is having an incredible men’s sale that has up to 70% off some of my favorite designers. Cough 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Rick Owens x Adidas, and much more. I mean one can never have too many shoes.

J.Crew Oxford Shirt

Gucci Loafers and Rolex Submariner Watch

What I’m Wearing:

J.Crew oxford shirt
on SALE with additional 40% off!
Uniqlo miracle air denim
Gucci loafers (similar SHOE style)
illesteva sunglasses
Rolex submariner watch
Cartier love rings

 

 

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Sale Alert

east dane sale

My favorite e-commerce site, East Dane, is having a huge sale that is offering last season’s items for up to 70% off. Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Public School, and illesteva are just a few designers that are included in the sale.

I mean who doesn’t love a new bag, pair of jeans, or some new shoes. Now the summer is finally here, it’s time to take out your summer wardrobe and add a few pieces to it! I know I have my eye on a few things already.

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The New Job: ClassPass

Baggy Tee

Sorry, It’s been almost over a week since I’ve posted. Why? Well I just moved to NYC last Friday, and I’m still trying to get settled into my new job as a Junior Account Manager at ClassPass. It’s been a madhouse moving from the Midwest to the East Coast, but I’m definitely loving it.

I decided to check out Coney Island for the first time with some friends the Sunday I arrived (aka where the pictures). I was a little underwhelmed. Tons of tourists, dirty, and kind’ve expensive. At least I can say that I’ve been there. Though the beach was pretty awesome!

Coney Island BeachThe job. Oh my god. The day before I didn’t get much sleep due to having a little fun at Soho House & nerves getting the best of it. I kept thinking to myself, I can’t believe I’m here. Is this really happening?

Since the office environment is casual, I really wasn’t sure what to wear for the first day. I was deciding on wearing a comfy sweatshirt (probably from A.P.C.), a pair of comfy jeans (maybe from Rag & Bone), and some Birkenstocks sandals (my fav).

illesteva sunglasses

The first day I headed to the Flatiron district where the office was located. When I entered into the office, I felt like I entered a lululemon store. Gorgeous girls with macs were running around in the chicest workout apparel from lululemon. I instantly thought to myself, WELCOME HOME.

The first day was a bit of a blur. Things were thrown at me left and right. Excel documents this, excel documents that. There was never a dull moment in the office. I even had to perform a song based on a description I was given to 40 people. Talk about a crazy day in the office.

ClassPass HQ Offices

Now for one my favorites, the team. When I first met all of the Account Managers and Junior Account Managers, I noticed that I was the only guy. Not a problem. The girls were so adorable, sweet, and helpful. They knew that I was going to be overwhelmed the first day, but pretty much took it step by step to help me understand the daily tasks, ect.

ClassPass Lunch

At the end of the day, I didn’t want to leave. I felt like I was at home and had an amazing first day. Everyone was extremely welcoming. Yay, I’m so happy to be apart of the ClassPass team.

What I’m Wearing:

Feathers t-shirt
lululemon surge shorts
illesteva sunglasses
Nike roshe sneakers
Hermes clic clac bracelet
Rolex submariner watch

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New York Awaits

full black birkenstocks outfitT-minus two days till I’m on a one-way trip to NYC. Whoah. Time flies.

To those who don’t know what I’m talking about, I am moving to NYC on Friday. Yes, this Friday. Why you may ask? Well, I was fortunate to get offered a position at one of my dream companies, ClassPass. If you’ve never heard of ClassPass before you’re probably living under a rock or don’t work out. It’s one of “hottest” startups right now that caters to consumers who want to vary up their workouts without paying a huge penny. It’s genius.

I can go on and on about how excited I am to work there as a Junior Account Manager, but I’m not going to bore you – hah.Graduation I’m sure you might be curious of how graduation went? It went well, besides a few surprises. A few surprises that I did not want to happen, but were totally out of my control. Oh well, life goes on. At least I had my three favorite people there.

As I pack my bags and say my last farewells, I think about how much work I put in to get to this point in my life. Whether it’s being rejecting interview after interview or just not getting what you want, everything happens for a reason.

Several internships, four years of undergrad, and several jobs later, I’m finally going to be in NYC.

PS: How do you guys feel about my all black Birkenstocks and Louis Vuitton Toiletry Pouch? I’m really obsessed with my Birkenstocks, but not sure if I’m going to keep the Louis Vuitton Pouch or not. Uhm, decisions.

rolex submariner

Louis Vuitton Toiletry Pouch

What I’m Wearing:

Topman t-shirt
Nordstrom pants (similar unisex pants)
Birkenstock sandals
Rayban wayfarers
Goorin Bros. fedora
Hermes Collier de Chien bracelet (similar Hermes bracelet)
Rolex Submariner watch

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Finally Done

all black outfitOne of the best feelings is knowing that you spent four of your hard earned years, kicking butt, to soon get a piece of paper that will allow you to, maybe, get your dream job. That’s how I’m currently feeling right now. A few hours ago I took my last final. I slammed the pencil down, handed the test to my professor, and walked with my head up high.

I basically feel like I’m on cloud nine. To think that I will be the first person in my family to walk across a stage and receive a college diploma is incredible. There were a lot of people who didn’t believe in me. People that constantly bombarded me with negative comments, but did that stop me? No.

close up patterned scarfI will be walking that stage on Saturday. While many of my colleagues said that 10-15 of their family members are coming to their graduation, I will only have three of my closest family members with me. People who believed in me, even when I was at the bottom of my journey. People who continued to motivate me and support me. Those are the only people that I want to see on graduation.

Without those family members, I would be history.

So to those family members, Lela, Lolo, and William – I want to thank you. I actually can’t even thank you enough. I know that when my career grows that I’ll never forget you. You have made my dreams come true and I know some day I will make yours.

And if I ever have kids in the future, I would never let them go through what I had to experience to get my college degree.

side view patterned scarf

What I’m Wearing

topman t-shirt // uniqlo denim (similar denim)
topman scarf (similar scarf)// zara blazer (similar blazer + on sale) // christian louboutin loafers
cartier love rings // bvlgari ring // hermes clic clac bracelet

 

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Round #4

yoga

Yesterday the Chicago Marathon announced who was “approved” from the lottery to run this year’s marathon. A week before the deadline I decided to, once again, take a shot at running the marathon. I didn’t have high hopes of getting into the marathon this year, because…

  1. I passed out running my first marathon on mile 16.
  2. I ran really slow the second time around, because I found out I had two stress fractures in my left leg.
  3. I didn’t run at all, because I had strep a week before the 2014 marathon and lost a bunch of weight.

I know. Excuses, excuses, but at least I had the dedication and drive to try to run these marathons.

After completely forgetting Bank of America was going to announce who was selected to run, I checked my email and noticed I had one unread email from Bank of America. I began to get a little excited, but didn’t want to get my hopes up. Millions of people enter the lottery and only a few are chosen. This is when I get this message.

Chicago Marathon 2015
I couldn’t believe it. I was chosen, for the 4th year, to run the Chicago Marathon. I jumped for joy and thought to myself, should I really do it? 

I went through a bunch of pain the first three, was the experience really worth it? YES it is. The endorphin high on race day, people from around the cheering you on, and finishing that 26.2 miles (and not being able to feel your legs). Yes, all of these things are so worth the pain and effort.

So here I am, signed up for my fourth marathon. The big question is, how am I going to run this marathon differently? Well, I can tell you that my goal is to be under 4 hours and finish. Oh and not kill myself during training, because it seems like every time I train, I hurt myself. I need to make sure I give my body rest and have a consistent training plan throughout my fourth journey.

Of course, I’ll be posting my crazy adventures right here, so stay tuned! I feel like 2015 is going to be the year. 26.2 miles, here I come.

running outfit

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