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ST. JUDE SPRING GALA IN ASOS DRAPE BACK DRESS

The Steele Maiden: St. Jude Spring Gala with Collectively - wearing Asos drape back dress

On Saturday night, I had a real New York night on the town. Adam and I were honored to be asked to attend the St. Jude Spring Gala on behalf of Collectively. It was an evening filled with drinks, raffle prizes, delicious food from some of New York’s best restaurants, and dancing. All for an incredible cause.

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WEEKLY ROUND-UP 4.14

The Steele Maiden: Striped Top and Floral Hair Bow

If you saw my first Weekly Round-Up then you’ll know I’ve added these Friday posts as a place to play catch-up and share anything new that’s happening or interesting that I’ve spotted in the past week. This particular one has been a whirlwind since we landed from a red eye flight from LA on Monday morning and jumped straight into the work week and are headed promptly out of town again this weekend to spend Easter with Adam’s family at their lake house. In the meantime – I’ll leave you with these:

  1.  I’ve got a major statement earring obsession right now. These come in a million colors, aren’t too heavy and just feel FUN with almost any outfit.
  2. Now that my half marathon is done, my workout schedule is way less rigid. I’m still trying to stick to running around 10 miles a week and working out 6 days a week – but thinking of adding in a fun class to mix things up. Are there any that you love? I’ve always though kick-boxing sounded fun.
  3. We rented a convertible Mustang to drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs last week and it made me want to watch Thelma & Louise again. No one rocks a pair of faded Levis like Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon.
  4. Jenna Lyons, Creative Director & unexpected style icon, is officially leaving the helm of J.Crew after 26 years with the company. I like this tribute article from Man Repeller on how she’s shaped the way we think about getting dressed.
  5. I’ve started freelance blog writing for a lingerie brand I love – True & Co. Here is my debut article.

And for more – be sure to sign up for my newsletter and follow me on Instagram. Both show content you won’t find anywhere else. Happy weekend!

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WEEKLY ROUND-UP

Running activewear leggings and sneakers

I’ve been feeling lately like there are a lot of tidbits I want to share with you all that I just don’t have a proper space for. Whether it’s a new brand that I’m swooning over, a can’t miss sale, a must-read article.. there are things that just fall outside of my usual style, travel, beauty, cocktail or fitness posts. If you can believe that. So I’m thinking I’ll start sharing those things on Friday. We’ll see how it goes.

And for more? You should sign up for my newsletter and follow me on Instagram. Both show content you won’t find anywhere else. 

Now, on to the good stuff:

  1. I’m running my half marathon on Saturday. While I probably won’t keep up the 10+ mile runs, I’m definitely hoping to stick to the habit of working out 6 days a week. The coral sneakers shown above are lightweight and great for cross training.
  2. One of my all time favorite TV shows since I was a kid has been the Golden Girls. The other weekend we traveled wayyyy uptown to have breakfast at Rue La Rue – a gem of a place dedicated to the show. I nearly died.
  3. Currently reading ‘Animals‘ by Emma Jane Unsworth. So far serving as a tribute to the messiness of life in your early twenties but the beauty of a great friendship amidst it all. It feels fitting before I turn 30.
  4. I’m heading out of town (warm weather bound!) and while I’ll be sharing everything I’m packing here on the blog next week, these gingham slides are too good to wait to talk about.
  5. Do you listen to podcasts? I’ve become obsessed in the past year. I listen to the NY Times ‘Daily’ every morning, plus ‘Happier’ and ‘This American Life’ weekly. Recently I burned through ‘Missing Richards Simons’ (both fascinating and heartbreaking…) and ‘S-Town‘ from the makers of ‘Serial’ may be next on my list.

Have a great weekend!

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SPRING BRUNCH COCKTAIL RECIPE: BOURBON PALOMA

The Steele Maiden: Spring Brunch Cocktail Recipe - Citrus Bourbon Paloma

Without fail it happens every March – cabin fever. Adam and I spend so much of our time outside, roaming the city when the weather allows, that after a long winter I just start to go a little stir crazy in our tiny apartment. So I decided if I had to be cooped up, I may as well make the best of it and mix up a spring-inspired cocktail perfect for weekend brunch. A Paloma is usually the tequila and grapefruit version of a mimosa. But I took the mix one step further and subbed bourbon for tequila plus added blood orange and lime and finished with club soda and a dash of pink salt (have you ever used this? It’s so pretty!). The results – a burst of fresh citrus, bit of fizz and an incredibly smooth and refreshing finish. Out of all the cocktails I’ve shared on the blog so far, this may just be my favorite. Below the recipe. Cheers to the weekend friends!

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The Steele Maiden: Spring Brunch Cocktail Recipe - Citrus Bourbon Paloma The Steele Maiden: Spring Brunch Cocktail Recipe - Citrus Bourbon Paloma The Steele Maiden: Spring Brunch Cocktail Recipe - Citrus Bourbon Paloma

*Original recipe found via Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

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TOP 12 HAIR AND SKINCARE FAVORITES

The Steele Maiden: Top 12 Hair and Skincare Favorites

In 2017 one of my goals was to really get serious about my beauty regime. I turn 30 in a couple of months and felt like it was high time I ditched some of the random drugstore hair & skincare products that I’d been using without any real direction in favor of a few more quality products that I’ve truly put to the test. Below – the top 12 products I’ve been using daily and loving these past few months. If you have more specific questions feel free to reach out!

Anddd as a fun little add-on – I’m giving away a small bundle of some of these products so that you guys can try them too! To enter – sign up for my newsletter here or if you’re already signed up, like and comment on this Instagram photo. See exactly what I’m giving away on my Instagram stories. (US Only – will announce the winner this Sunday 3/19 at 9PM EST). Best of luck!

HAIR:

I have lots of fine hair – which means it tangles easily, plus fall flats and attract static in the winter. So I rely on lots of product that add volume and texture (in the Summer the humidity helps do this naturally). Lately I’ve been shampooing with this Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, towel drying then adding a small handful of this Mousse and a quick spray of this Thickening Tonic. Then I blow dry and use this Texturizing Spray before styling along with this Paste for touch-ups. Later in the day (or for second day hair) I use this Dry Shampoo later in the day.

SKIN:

I have combination skin (sometimes oily, sometimes dry) – that tends towards the super dry in the winter. On my body, I’ve been exfoliating twice a week with this Body Polish and using this moisturizing Deodorant. On my face, I’ve been using this Daily Superfoliant every evening to clear my skin of the day’s pollutants, then following with this Serum 1-2 per week and this Moisturizer both day and night.  And a few times a month I use this Eye and Face Mask to look fresh faced after a late night or early morning.

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