What to Wear to a Holiday Party

Holiday party

Jacket: John + Suki // Dress: John + Suki // Shoes: Burberry {similar}

It’s officially December, and you know what that means? Holiday parties. Whether it’s for work, or a friend’s or even family holiday party, you want to look festive and cute! I wanted to share with you my favorite look for this holiday season. This red dress is perfect for any holiday party because red is festive, duh. Also the satin material is beautiful and really elevates the look. I love pairing this with my favorite leopard coat to add some print and make it fun.

I wanted to share with you guys some other options as well. These are my favorite picks for any holiday party!

 

What I Bought During Black Friday / Cyber Monday!

Black Friday

Who doesn’t love a sale? I am a sucker for anything that says it’s on sale! My friend Grace and I went to Ulta and Target on Black Friday and surprisingly it wasn’t that crowded. But we did get some amazing deals at Ulta! The rest of what I got was online because it’s the 21st century and I’d rather shop online in my pajamas than go to the mall. Since I got some amazing deals I wanted to share these with you before the day was up, in case ya’ll wanted to pick up some of these items yourself!

ULTA – certain items on sale

 

Abercrombie – 50% off everything!

Love Wellness – 25% off everything

Gut Goodness Set – Lo Bosworth created this line of feminine care and I can’t wait to try these!

Rodial – 30% off everything

Vitamin C Cleansing Pads – I’m reading a book by the founder of Rodial so I wanted to try this brand out. Plus my friend swears by it!

Avocado – 40% off everything

Fire Leggings – Honestly the best workout clothes ever.

John + Sukieverything is on sale!

 

What did you guys buy? Let me know in the comments below!

 

What I’m Wearing for Thanksgiving + Black Friday Sale!

Thanksgiving

Top: John + Suki // Pants: Rag and Bone // Rings: John + Suki // Necklace: John + Suki

Can you believe it’s already Thanksgiving? This year has been such a whirlwind. I have a lot to be thankful for including moving back to New York, and reuniting with all my family and friends! Also I’m thankful for the launch of my new store John + Suki

We’re celebrating Thanksgiving a day early here at the Collins household. So this is what I will be wearing to my Thanksgiving dinner today. My City Living sweater from my new store is honesty the comfiest AND it’s loose so I can eat a lot LOL. Throw it on with a pair of jeans and you are good to go.

Also, I wanted to let you guys know that I am having a Black Friday sale on John + Suki! From now until Saturday, everything is buy one, get one for 50% off! This will automatically be taken off at checkout, so get shopping!

*PS I will also be having a Cyber Monday sale so stay tuned for that!

 

I Opened an Online Boutique!

Wearing the Alice Tuxedo Romper

Guys. I have the most exciting news I think I’ve ever shared here…I just launched my own online fashion boutique!! The name of my boutique is John + Suki (www.johnandsuki.com), named after my parents.

Opening up a boutique is something I’ve been dreaming of since I was in high school. And now I’ve finally done it! So obviously I wanted to share it here with you because I love you guys. Oh and I’m giving ya’ll 20% off any purchase this week using the code FAMILY20.

So now onto the fun part, the clothes! Here are some of what you will be seeing on my store.

Wearing the City Living Sweater

Wearing the Merlot Slip Dress and the In The Wild Leopard Jacket

So there is your sneak peek at what’s in store! I hope you guys love the stuff as much as I do! Now go on, get shopping!

 

Create Your Own Shampoo + Conditioner with Formulate!

Formulate

Ever wonder if the shampoo and conditioner you buy at the store is really one size fits all? There are so many different options out there for you to choose from, what if you were able to create your own?

That is where Formulate comes in. Formulate is a new company that allows you to create your own shampoo and conditioner. It’s super simple, you go on their website and take their quiz aka the “hair wizard”.

On their hair wizard, you get to answer questions about your hair type and what you are looking for. For example, my hair type is fine and wavy. You also answer questions about what it is you are looking for. I was looking for something that helped control oil, protected my color and helped with split ends.

Once you fill out the hair wizard, Formulate gives you your very own personal shampoo and conditioner! It’s amazing. Definitely go check it out now and create your very own shampoo and conditioner here.

 

How to Afford a Healthy and Fit Lifestyle

A large aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is knowing how to properly manage your money, which can be hard for a lot of young adults who are just learning how to budget. Living a healthy lifestyle requires going to the gym or hiring a personal trainer, which can lead to your body feeling healthier and stronger. When walking through the grocery store and seeing fresh fruits and vegetables, you know you should eat them, but you might end up avoiding them due to the higher prices. So, what is the solution? Read these tips below to gain some inspiration on how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle for little cost.

Limit Eating Out

When you’re living on a tight budget, one of the worst things you can do is eat out multiple times a week. This includes ordering a coffee from a café, going out to dinner with friends, or simply ordering lunch on the go. Any of these can put a significant damper on your back account and probably aren’t great for your waistline either. Save yourself a lot of cash by cooking healthy meals at home. It’s all about finding the right recipes that include healthy ingredients you love and that won’t take you forever to make.

Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time

After going to the grocery store, prepare your meals for the week ahead of time,  using reusable snack bags of course, to limit the amount of money you spend when you are out and about. Knowing that you already have a meal prepped for the day reduces your impulse to buy something at a restaurant. Plus, by planning ahead you can ensure you’ll always have a healthy option available when hunger strikes.

Know Where Your Money Is Going

While maintaining a healthy lifestyle can have a strain on your finances, it’s important to gain control of your spending in other aspects of your life. If you’re able to save money elsewhere, you’re more likely to be able to afford to contribute to your well-being. Analyzing your monthly payments will give you a better understanding of how much money you spend per month. If you have a cell phone bill that could be cut down because you’re not using as much data as you thought you were, switch to a cheaper plan. If you have a student loan that could be reduced for the time being, consider refinancing your college loans to lower the cost. Additionally, explore your current subscriptions to magazines, music apps or tv show software’s, like Netflix or Hulu, to determine if you actually need or use them as often as you thought you would.

At Home Fitness

Working out is an imperative part of keeping your body healthy and strong. Without fitness, your body suffers in a variety of ways. Other than paying an outrageous amount of money to go to a local gym or for a fitness trainer, there are other alternatives to getting a workout in with little to no cost. By using online sites, like craigslist.com or ebay.com, you can find used gym equipment or weights that are of good quality for an affordable price.

If you want to stay away from workouts that require equipment, search for a great workout video on YouTube! Whether you are a beginner or advanced fitness junkie, you can find a variety of videos to choose from on this platform for free.

Using the Nike Training Club App is another fantastic alternative for an intense at home workout. By simply pressing the download button and creating an account, you can accomplish hundreds of workouts in your living room, and again, at no cost!

Looking for more healthy living inspiration? Check out my most recent food related posts here!

 

Weekend Reading #45

Shirt: Brandy Melville {similar} // Pants: 12th Tribe // Shoes: Forever 21 // Necklace: Uncommon James

1. Where to donate all your old things.

2. These are the best healthy spots in NYC – definitely going to all of these!

3. This Venice house is seriously decor goals.

4. Honey, peach and brie panini?! Yes, please.

5. How to find cheap flights.

6. How to lose that stubborn belly fat.

7. Do you make your bed everyday? This is what it says about you.

8. These people are retiring as early as in their 30s. 

9. Sugar could be contributing to your anxiety.

10. Does your cellphone really need to be in “airplane mode” when you fly?

 

Dating Advice from Relationship Expert Carla Romo

dating advice

Is it just me or does dating in the 21st century suck? After a couple failed relationships I’m currently single and ready to mingle. But with that, I wanted to get some help and I know many of you probably do as well. That is why I reached out to my friend Carla Romo, a dating and relationship coach to ask her some questions. I also asked you guys on Instagram (follow me @esthercollins if you aren’t already) for your juicy dating questions for Carla to answer. So let’s get into it!

How do you know if someone is “the one”, especially if you are the type to question everything?
At the end of the day, it really depends on 2 things. 1. Your gut feeling. Even if you are not much of a spiritual person, if it feels intuitively off, then it probably is. If it feels right then it probably is. 2. You will know because they match what you want in a partner. This means sticking to your non-negotiables. If you find yourself making excuses for a characteristic that you find unacceptable then that’s a red flag. Lastly, questioning things is not a bad thing. Although, it is important to explore in depth why you are questioning it. I discuss a lot with my clients whether it’s fear that makes them question or a legitimate concern.
Is sex on the first date bad?
No. It is important to figure out what you feel comfortable with and then honor your boundaries around that. If you want to or you don’t want to have sex, follow it!
Everyone is flawed, but how do you know if you’re just seeing past their flaws or if you’re forcing it and just not compatible?
Are you painting the red flags green? What helps my clients is to write a very detailed list of their non-negotiables. Example: Must be financially stable, not have a history of cheating, etc. From there you can compare your list to this person’s flaws and see if you are justifying their behavior to fit around them.
Best ways to make long distance work?
Have a strong communication plan and end goal to be together. Communication is important and needs to be consistent. Discuss what each other’s expectations are around how you are going to communicate. Also, it is important to have a goal of when you plan to end the long distance. It’s ok if you don’t have an exact date but having an idea of how you will eventually be together is key.
Can your significant other have a best friend of the opposite sex without it getting awkward?
Yes, they can! Although it is important that you ask yourself why it feels awkward. If it’s because your partner is not respecting your boundaries then that is important. If you find it is your own insecurity then it creates an opportunity for you to grow within. Regardless, you should communicate any concerns with your partner and take ownership of your part in it.
I’m moving to a new city, what’s the best way to start dating and meet new guys?
Join fun coed groups or activities that interest you. It may feel a little uncomfortable but discomfort just means you’re growing. Don’t pass up an invite to your new friends birthday or dinner party. Putting yourself out there and meeting other like-minded people is a great way to get connected with new guys are date-worthy.
Carla Romo
There you guys have it! I hope some of these questions help you in this dating game, because it sure is helping me! If you guys have any other questions for Carla and would like another post, leave your questions in the comments below or you can DM me!
Carla also puts on amazing events where she gives out her great dating and relationship advice, for more information check out her site https://iamcarlaromo.com/.

Nashville Travel Guide

Nashville Travel Guide

Top: Blue Life // Shorts: Urban Outfitters // Shoes: Franco Sarto // Bag: Gucci

Ya’ll ready for this? Last weekend I took a trip to Nashville with my old college roommate, Erin. I had never been to Nashville but I heard so many good things so I was super excited to check it out. I LOVED Nashville! Honestly I could totally see myself living there (maybe in the future?). I can see why it’s been such a popular tourist destination recently and why a lot of millennials are moving there. There is so much to do yet it still has that southern charm.

WHERE TO STAY:

Airbnb: We got a place near Belmont University right near the 12 South district. I loved this area. Our Airbnb was super cute and was walkable to so many different shops and restaurants. If you’re going to get an Airbnb I highly recommend the 12 South area!

Thompson Hotel: If you’re wanting to be a bit bougie, stay at the Thompson hotel. I would love to stay here the next time I come. It’s in a great location in the Gulch and the hotel just has such a fun vibe.

WHERE TO EAT:

Bartaco: This was hands down my favorite meal of the trip. It was in the 12 South district. Now I’ll be honest, I’ve lived in LA the past 4 years so ya know Mexican is something I eat regularly. I honestly didn’t have high hopes for this place, but hot damn the tacos were AMAZING. Seriously I think these were some of the best tacos I’ve ever had. Plus they had a cute patio where I was able to bring Baggy.

Cafe Roze: I’m a huge fan of Kristin Cavallari so I had watched a video she did on her favorite Nashville spots and Cafe Roze was one of them. So I dragged Erin here in the rain. It’s in East Nashville which is a little out of the way from all the tourist spots but it’s worth it. I got the egg bowl and OH MY. It was 100x better than I thought it would be. I definitely want to try to recreate this bowl.

Koko’s Ice Cream: Another K. Cav suggestion was Koko’s. This was walking distance from Cafe Roze so we stopped by afterwards. They have all vegan coconut ice cream. SO GOOD. Erin was skeptical because she doesn’t normally like coconut ice cream but even she was a fan.

WHAT TO DO DURING THE DAY:

Uncommon James: If you’re a fan of Kristin Cavallari like I am, you have to go to Uncommon James in the Gulch. This was such a cute store and very instagrammable.

Murals: Nashville has so many amazing murals throughout the city. Some of them have huge lines so be prepared!

Dress: Faithfull The Brand

WHERE TO GO OUT AT NIGHT:

Broadway: Duh. This is probably the most touristy spot in Nashville. This is where you can find all the Honky Tonks, and a million bachelor and bachelorette parties running around. I’m normally not a huge live band at a bar girl, but I did enjoy going to Broadway. My favorite was the Jason Aldean bar because they had live music on one floor but a super fun DJ on the roof.

L.A. Jackson: This is the rooftop bar at the Thompson Hotel. Such a fun spot with great views of Nashville.

It was only a quick 3 day trip to Nashville, but we had so much fun. I honestly can’t wait to go back. If you guys have been to Nashville before I would love to hear what your favorite spots are to add to my list for next time!

Weekend Reading #44

1. What happens if you drink collagen for 21 days straight?

2. Ways to sleep better on a plane.

3. What to do in Nolita.

4. High serotonin filled foods to eat.

5. Why we shouldn’t bring our phones into the bathroom, I am guilty of this.

6. How to actually get 8 hours of sleep a night.

7. Coconut cream chia pudding, yes please.

8. What to know about preventative botox.

9. Meghan Markle’s wellness routine, sign me up.

10. All the NYFW popups open to the public.