is a suitable description of what it feels like to overcome fear. Tough in the sense of difficulty but also in the sense of what you’re gaining. I fear almost everything but I’m very good at hiding it. I’m one of those people that can’t sleep at night because I’m pretty sure there is a man silently murdering everyone in my household or that a car is about to crash into my bedroom and kill me. Please tell me I’m not the only one. I’m also terrified of flying almost as much as I am with pigeons. I love to travel though and I’m glad I had my boyfriend to claw my nails into at every turbulence, take-off and landing this time. Personally, to overcome fear you have to pretend you aren’t scared by it and you’re bigger than the angst itself. It’s tough but it seems to work for me at the most fearful of times.

I loved every minute of my time in New York even if I was the cheesiest tourist you could spot. I was scared that I would look ridiculous at my attempt to look fashionable while getting lost in the subway, strolling around the New York City streets, or visiting museums. I ultimately failed the day I tried to wear sandals and not sneakers. Big mistake.

On day 3 of 8 I realized that the trick to dressing comfortably cute is to:
  • Wear something flattering but casual
  • Pick out 1 thing that defines your style
  • Put on at least one piece of clothing that you feel totally comfortable in
  • Accessorize neatly
  • Tie a light jacket or shirt at the waist (optional)
  • No heels, no elaborate sandals, just flats and/or sneakers.

Easy enough, huh? I hope I can clear your path of insecurities when trying to pull off something comfortable but still look chic. Here are a few of the casual looks I went for during my stay in NYC:

Look One


Shop this look: Skort: Giani Bini (old) similar here or here // Shoes: Nike here  // Top: Zara (old) similar here or here (2nd is my favorite!) Necklace: XXI here

Look Two

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Shop this look: Express Shorts: here (on sale!) // Neiman Marcus Top: here (also on sale!)

Look Three

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Shop this look: Hollister crop top: similar here // Skirt (old): similar here or here // Coach moccasins

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