GET BIKINI READY AT THE OFFICE

Spring is in full swing and the temperatures are finally starting to rise! Unfortunately, my new years resolution of starting that fitness routine fell flat somewhere back in February. Between a full-time job and life’s unexpected responsibilities finding the energy to workout is almost impossible.  My boyfriend and I recently bought a treadmill hoping it would motivate us to wake up 30 minutes early or jump on it for an hour in the evenings. It seem it has become more of a furniture piece than a fitness machine. Unfortunately I feel the most motivated when I’m sitting in the office. When the sun is shinning and it’s right around noon is when the fitness guru in me really comes out! Anyone with me?

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Well, what if I told you that you can actually get bikini ready at the office? You’d probably call me crazy, but let’s not knock anything before we try it gals! I’ve rounded up my favorite go-to workout routines that are so easy, you can do them while you’re working!

 

Get Rid of Job-Related Jiggle via Fitness Magazine

How to Get Fit at Work via Prevention

Get Fit at Your Desk via Oprah.com

5 Tips to Stay Fit at Work via Lauren Conrad

3 Easy Tricks for Getting Fit at the Office via Entrepreneur

8 Ways to Get Fit at the Office via Shecky’s

Xx, B

 

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5 COCKTAILS EVERY GAL NEEDS TO TRY

I’ve never really been much of a drinker and for that reason, my cocktail skills have definitely suffered. Unless it’s premixed and ready for me to pour over ice, I’m embarrassingly clueless.  Maybe you can relate? (I hope so!) At 25 years old I feel I should at least have my go-to cocktails for when having friends and family over, especially with warmer weather upon us. In efforts to become a cocktail connoisseur I’ve compiled a list of  cocktails every gal should know how to replicate. Everyone seems to add their own personal twists to cocktail recipes so feel free to experiment, but for the sake of my inexperienced self, I kept these refreshing treats simple and spring-like. Cheers!

Fruity Spring Cocktail

This fruity spring cocktail is like sunshine in a cup. Try it via Tablespoon

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When life hands you lemons, make sangria! Try it via Eat. Drink. Love

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I love fresh lemonade in the warmer months, but this is definitely a fun twist on a rather boring drink. Try it via Baking with Blondie

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Champagne Popsicle, enough said. Try it via Reclaiming Provincial

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Watermelon Sorbet, YUM!! Try it via Fit Villains

 

Have a favorite cocktail not on the list? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to try it!

Xx, B

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Happy Hour with Tiffany of Hill Street Boutique

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TSP: It’s happy hour, what are you wearing? 

TC: Whatever I wore to work!  On a normal day, probably skinny pants, a blouse and I’ll add a bright scarf or necklace to transition the look to night time.  I’m also short, so it’s always heels when I go out.

TSP: What’s your go to cocktail? 

TC: If I’m feeling fancy a Grapefruit Crush always hits the spot!  Try it: fresh grapefruit juice, grapefruit vodka & seltzer on lots of ice.

TSP: Being from NYC and attending college in the Midwest is definitely going against the norm. What encouraged your decision and how was the transition? 

TC: I always knew I would return back to NYC after college so I wanted to use the opportunity to have the full “college experience.”  I wanted to live somewhere different; go to a big school on a big campus that had lots of school spirit and tradition.  I chose the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor because ultimately, you can’t find football & tailgating in midtown! At first, it was an adjustment because unlike NYC, everyone was so nice all the time!  However, I quickly realized how wonderful of a place it is and its people are the icing on the cake.

TSP: Did you always want to open a boutique or was that a dream that evolved while studying in school? 

TC: I’ve always wanted to open a boutique but I really wanted a concept.  When I was at school, I found it harder to find quality pieces on a budget.  Fast forward a few years and that frustration refused to subside, so I decided it might be the perfect timing. 

TSP: Being a Michigander myself, and the inspiration for the name of your boutique coming from my home roots, we must have left a good impression on you – how has your experience impacted your business? 

TC: Living in Michigan taught me to appreciate the beauty of simplicity and practicality.  I definitely think this has influenced my personal style, my boutique’s concept, the pieces I choose, and ultimately the way I run my business. 

 TSP: You just recently launched, what has been your greatest success thus far?  

TC: I was excited by the first purchase from someone outside of my immediate circle.  However, it has been wonderful to hear from all of my family and friends who support me.  Their kind words are encouraging and make it all worthwhile.

TSP: Greatest Challenges?

TC: Trying to keep the right amount of stock!  I don’t know if it will ever get easier to gauge what will sell and what won’t sell! 

TSP: What Advice do you have for other inspiring working gals looking to follow in your footsteps?  

TC: My advice would be to really listen in whatever work environment you are in.  Whether you are happy or whether it pertains to your ultimate goal or not, there is always something to learn.  These lessons will give you the confidence to pursue whatever it is you want to do, especially when owning your own business.  You will need that knowledge and experience every single day. 

TSP: We love how delicate and original your pieces are, how do you select pieces for the boutique and which are your favorites? 

TC: Thank you!  Simply put, I select pieces that I would personally love to wear.  Additionally, since everything on Hill Street is under $150, I really rely on selecting pieces that are high in quality.  I have never chosen something without actually seeing and touching it in person because if it feels cheap, chances are it will look cheap .I love the gold knot rings, basic shawl vest, ostrich clutches … everything!  The downside to owning your own boutique is that you spend most of your profit on pieces for yourself.  I own almost everything that I sell! 

TSP : What’s the most important thing you want customers to take away from the Hill Street experience? 

TC: That you really don’t have to spend too much money to find great pieces.  You can invest a little money into a lot of good accessories.  Just look for good quality and they will forever make your wardrobe feel fresh and glamorous!

 

P.S. TSP has partnered with Hill Street Boutique to bring you an awesome giveaway! Win the signature Hill Street infinity scarf (in any color you choose) and a virtual styling session with The Style Planner.

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It’s super easy to enter! “LIKE” us both on facebook and FOLLOW us both on instagram (all links are below). Be sure to leave a comment on why you want to win. We will announce the winner Thursday, April 10th. Good luck working gals!

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Xo, B

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the working gal’s spring sandal guide

As soon as warmer weather hits there’s nothing we love more than a fresh pedicure and a great sandal. And we aren’t talking about the Old Navy version either (although, we personally live for their yearly $1 sale). With the working gal in mind, we took the liberty of weeding through the most popular suitors and hand selected our favorite.

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To properly pull off the sandal at the office there are a few things to keep in mind.

Fresh pedicure, no excuses. With spring in full swing this should definitely start becoming a part of your weekly routine. It seems like common sense, but we’ve all witnessed a great sandal on a not so great pair of piggies. The office is no place for your chipped nail polish and dry feet to be on display.

Keep the heel low or mid height. You want a heel, but nothing too high. Something low or mid height works best. It’s more dressy then a flip flop but nothing to risque.

Keep it simple. No crazy prints or rocker studs. Although this is great for a night out on the town with your girls, it’s not so great for the office. Stick with a neutral color, leather or patent material, and minimalistic prints or detailing.

Use your judgement. Always refer to your work dress code before wearing anything to work. If there is nothing stating you can’t wear a sandal, then go for it! But keep in mind when the most appropriate times are to do so. I wouldn’t suggest wearing them on a day when you will be presenting to clients or on a day when you will be in or conducting meetings. Casual Fridays are always a safe bet! 😉

 

SHOP THE SANDALS

Leave your thoughts and comments below!

XO

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