May 22, 2019

Style Post: Anjolee Earrings

Though they're easy to overlook, accessories pep up an outfit! 

Earrings are my favorite sort of accessories - I don't like scarves, rarely wear rings or bracelets (I love to bake and cook, both of which aren't a great match with rings and bracelets), and tend to only wear necklaces when they're chokers. Earrings are fun, cute, and don't get in the way (assuming they're not super big, and my earlobes are too weak to support huge earrings anyway).

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May 3, 2019

Reflecting on Five Years: A Word to Recent Grads

My five year college reunion is at the end of this month! Harvard feels both so long ago and so recently. I’ve had so much growth in the five years since finishing school, but I still feel so young (though I’m 26 now - late-mid twenties, when did that happen?)

A few months ago, I moved to my first independent apartment, ending my twelve year stint with roommates. It’s been the most amazing change and I definitely feel so much more adult and free living alone! It’s expensive to live alone in downtown Manhattan, so I’m glad I waited and had roommates for several years, but it was high time to make the leap.

In the five years since graduation, I’ve held a variety of jobs. I still hold some of those, but have also left others - and that’s okay. My post-graduation career path has been anything but straight, but it’s what has made me happy, what has allowed me to grow, and what was (and is) ultimately right for me. 
My priorities have shifted so much since graduation, as have relationships, goals, and desires. Moving goalposts are often touted as a bad thing, but I think they’re only natural for a young adult navigating her/his way through the modern world. There are so many opportunities out there and there’s no need to settle for the life you thought you wanted at 21 or 22. Do what makes your soul sing (and, ideally, in a way that lets you pay your bills).

Jan 1, 2019

Resolving to have a happy and productive New Year!

Happy 2019!

It's that time again, where the year is fresh and new and stretches out ahead of us with endless potential. Many of us are trying to make the most of that potential with resolutions!

From years of making and breaking resolutions, plus years of just sitting out the whole resolution thing entirely, here are some resolutions I've found are worth making, plus how to make them stick.

Schedule me time

It’s so easy to get caught up in the rush of life - especially in a city as hectic as NYC, but really anywhere. If I don’t put it on my calendar, me time won’t happen as regularly as I need it to in order to be happy, centered, and energized for the rest of my life.

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Me being a happy model behind the scenes at a photoshoot, because I take me time!

I’ve taken to planning out dates with myself and I treat them the same as plans with friends. If someone wants to hang out with me on Saturday evening, but it’s scheduled me time I’ll shamelessly say I’m busy and suggest another time. It’s not a lie, I am busy - maintaining my wellness. I laugh when my boyfriend says I’m low maintenance, because I’m not at all low maintenance. I just maintain myself!

Some of my favorite me time activities include reading, free writing, enjoying a cup of tea in bed with Netflix and maybe a candle, doing home spa stuff like sheet masks and deep conditioning my hair with
castor oil, etc.

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That post-sheet mask no makeup glow

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what your me time activity is; as long as it refreshes you, it’s legitimate! Treat yourself.

Make making healthy choices easy

Being healthier is a resolution for many of us, but punishing diets and workout plans you’re not excited about can do more harm than good. Mental health is important, too, and dreading taking care of yourself certainly isn’t good for you! Instead of focusing on ineffective deprivation and militant exercise regimes, figure out the ways you can make making healthy choices easy and enjoyable.

For me, increasing my everyday activity level really helps. Sure, it’s great to strive for regular gym workouts to push yourself, build endurance, and strengthen your muscles. But when I’m traveling for shoots, or even just in NYC and super busy with various projects, it’s easy for dedicated workouts to fall by the wayside.

On set for Chapstick

Making being active part of my normal routine means that even when I can’t work out, I still stay fitter and get the endorphins, energy, etc. I like to walk instead of taking the subway if I have enough time (or just get off the subway a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way), do calf raises and standing lower body stretches while I brush my teeth, and take the stairs.

Keeping healthy food on hand is another big one for me. In addition to trying to always stay decently stocked with less-perishable produce, like frozen vegetables and fruits, for when I’m not sure where I’ll be and don’t want to risk food waste, but also don’t want to subsist on cereal if I end up just being at home, healthy meal services can be a real godsend when I know I’ll be in NYC, but busy.

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At a photoshoot for the North American Hairstyling Awards - eating healthy keeps my skin and hair looking its best!

Trust me, when I’m racing to meet a deadline on a contract, I don’t take the 30 minutes-1 hour to cook a healthy balanced meal and often I won’t even bother to walk the seven blocks to a health-focused eatery in my neighborhood. Rawvolution keeps me healthy, energized, and happy in those times!

Rawvolution Big Matt with Cheese

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