5 PODCASTS TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATED IN 2019

 
Podcast 2019

I'll admit, I'm new (ish) to the obsession with listening to podcasts. I've seen so many other bloggers, female entrepreneurs and friends rave about how much they LOVE podcasts. As well as how they use them for motivation in their daily life. So over the past six months, I’ve been doing some listening of my own. And I’ve discovered some podcasts that I really enjoy and think you will too!  Each of these podcasts bring something different to the table whether it be career advice, business savviness, entrepreneurship realness or big life goals motivation. And what I found most in common with all of these podcasts, is that they are each driven by amazing women. Who are determined to share empowering messages and create more conversations amongst other women no matter what life phase you are currently going through.

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1. SKIMM'D FROM THE COUCH

If you read theSkimm, then you'll love their podcast. if you're not a reader already, you should be. This podcast discusses everything from starting a business, career advice and how to be successful as an entrepreneur. And it all comes from powerful females who share their highs and lows of their careers and business ventures. Each episode is around 30 minutes, so it's a great podcast to listen to even on days when you don't have a lot of time. 

 

2. OFF THE VINE W/ KAITLYN BRISTOWE

Former Bachelorette contestant Kaitlyn Bristowe talks candidly to everyone from Hollywood stars, country artists to current and past Bachelor/Bachelorette cast members. I love how she just keeps it real and doesn't hold back from any topic. She is all about empowering men and women to be themselves. Oh and there's lots of wine involved which always makes for entertaining moments.

 

3. SECOND LIFE 

This podcast is an extension of one of my favorite websites, MYDOMAINE.com. Who What Wear and MyDomaine Co-founder Hillary Kerr, interviews women who have embarked on a whole new career at all different sages in life. And these women tell their story of how they did it and started their second life.  This podcast is always inspiring an will leave you motivated to take on your passion project.

 

4.  GOAL DIGGER W/ JENNA KUTCHER

Jenna Kutcher is all about teaching women how to turn their passion into profit. She was once a corporate girl turned photographer, now entrepreneur who teaches other creatives & entrepreneurs how to live their best life. She discusses everything from finding your passion, how to make money, building a brand, social media strategies and more. She also shares her personal life in which she openly talks about her struggle with infertility and how she hopes to help empower other women to love their body at any size.

 

5. Rise Podcast by Rachel Hollis

You may be familiar with Rachel Hollis from her NY Times Best Selling Book Girl, Wash Your Face. In her podcast she discusses and gives real life examples of how to live your best life both personally and professionally. It’s hard not to walk away feeling empowered and motivated after listening to each episodes.

 

 

Do you have any favorite podcasts?! Drop your podcast recommendations in the comments below so we can all have a list of ones to try!

 

XO, Rae 

2018 RECAP + WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2019

 
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Happy New Year, y’all! After taking a few weeks off from the blog to travel and enjoy the holidays, it feels good to be writing again. 2019 is off to a great start already and I’m excited to share all the NEW content that I’ve been working on. Anyone else just love the fresh start of a NEW YEAR?! It’s like we get 365 chances to get it right this time if last year didn’t go as planned.


So let’s recap 2018, shall we?!


2018…..was a year of growth and complacency. Which I know is odd to have both of those terms together. So let me explain. After living in New York City for 4 years, I found myself settled in and definitely started to become complacent with things in my life. The first few years here were filled with so many changes personally and professionally, constant friends and family visiting, constant travel and experiences. And then 2018 arrived and it was complete opposite. Less hecticness, less friends & family visiting, less travel and less going on in general. I spent the first 6 months of 2018 battling unresolved issues from the year prior including depression. And it was definitely showing up in my daily life. I was feeling complacent, unmotivated and lost as to what to do next?! So in late May, I made the decision to seek out professional help and see a therapist. Looking back, I should have started the process sooner, but I kept pushing it off due to fear of cost since I’m uninsured.  Luckily, I had seen an ad for My Wellbeing, an online resource to help aid in finding a therapist in the New York area. And they offered self pay rates for services.  So after filling out an online survey, I received an email from My Wellbeing, which included two names of therapists in my area, along with their contact info and bios. I was surprised how easy the process was and I immediately felt eager to reach out to the first contact given. After two phone interviews with potential therapists, I selected the one I felt was best for me and scheduled my first appointment for June 6th. And from there I went every Monday for the first few months and then went a few times a month after that. It was hard to walk in that therapist office each Monday and unpack all the things I had placed deep down. To air out my dirty laundry, my fears, my weaknesses, my struggles, my personal relationships and everything in between. But I did it, one session at a time. Some days I would leave there feeling great and other days I left feeling wrecked while wiping away the mascara running down my face. But that’s the thing about therapy, YOU HAVE TO DO THE WORK. You have to show up every time willing to unpack all the mess, pain and the past in order to work towards a better version of your self and future. And I can tell you this,  I’m so glad I did the work. I even took a break for most of November and all of December because I found myself stronger after receiving the tools I needed. And it was a good test for me to continue to do the work on my own and push through no matter what life brought my way. So that’s where the growth came from in 2018. I pushed through and faced the things I neglected for so long. And even though there were plenty of lows in 2018, there were also lots of highs.  I got to stand by my best friend while he married his best friend. I found strength in friendships. I had some incredible experiences in the city with new and old friends.  I celebrated my 36th Birthday and my 4th year of living in NYC. And I fell even more in love with the city itself.

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2019 is no doubt going to be a year filled with new beginnings + big decisions.  And I’m excited to take it all on and make it a year to remember.



A few resolutions I have:

-Cook more often. A passion I have developed.

-Be more intentional with time.

-Be more consistent with daily habits (working out/ skincare routine /reading books)

-Find my voice more with my Blog and Social Media. (More action & Less comparison)

-Step out of my comfort zone more.

-Grow the Blog & make changes for longterm goals.

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A few things I’m looking forward to:

-Enjoying the last year living with two of my best friends.

-My friend Brooke’s wedding and traveling to Montana for the first time. Send any recs my way!

-Starting new passion projects.

-Traveling more

-Continuing my journey of self love, acceptance and self improvement.



Wishing you all an AMAZING year filled with new possibilities! And excited for what’s to come in 2019!



Thank you all for being here and allowing me to share my life lessons and journey with you! It means more than you can imagine.



XO, Rae

 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2018: FOR THE WINE LOVER

 

This GIFT GUIDE is probably my most favorite that I’ve done yet! Y’all know I love my wine. So it seemed only fitting to compile a list of the best gifts to gift the wine lover in your life! There’s something for every kind of wine drinker. Whether they drink on occasion or are a self proclaimed wine connoisseur. Cheers to finding the perfect gift!

 
wine lover gift guide
 
  1. Oster Cordless Electric Wine Opener - Under $20! Every wine lovers dream gift. Who wouldn’t want easy access to the wine bottle?!

  2. Swoon Wine Decanter - This is the perfect gift for the sophisticated wine drinker. And would be a great addition to anyone’s Bar Cart.

  3. Monogram Marble Wine Stopper - A gorgeous and personalized wine accessory. A great gift on it’s own or can be paired with a bottle of wine.

  4. Stainless Steel Stemless Wine Tumbler - Under $15! This 12oz. stainless steel wine tumbler is insulated and has an anti slip grip. Perfect for outdoor events, camping, beach vacay or laying out by the pool. Also comes in other colors. Perfect for the casual wine drinker….

  5. Winc Wine Club Membership - The gift that keeps on giving. This monthly membership is curated by the wine lover and includes 4 bottles shipped straight to your doorstep.

  6. SippingTHIS Wine Coasters - These wine-themed coasters would make a great gift for anyone. Definitely a conversation starter for Holiday Parties. Also makes for a great stocking stuffer. *Comes in a 4-pack or 8-pack Holiday Mixed Set* Use promo code: RAE15 for 15% OFF $50 or more.

  7. Rabbit 4 Piece Wine Tool Kit - Under $25! A wine lover’s necessity. This set includes a corkscrew, a foil cutter, a drip-stop ring and a wine/champagne sealer.

Hope this Gift Guide helps give you ideas for all the Wine lovers in your life! Cheers!

**GIVEAWAY ALERT 12/4** Head over to my Instagram account @reinventingraenyc for how to enter + more details.

XO, Rae

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2018: GIFTS FOR HER

 

My second Gift Guide this Holiday season is a round up of gift ideas for HER. The ladies in your life whether it be your Sister, Bestie or Girlfriends you Brunch with on weekends. There is something for all the Gals in your life.


Gifts for Her 2018


  1. Winesulator w/ 2 Wine Tumblers- For the Wine Lover. And the perfect excuse to have a wine night at your besties house. Available in other colors.

  2. Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette- This gorgeous palette includes matte and metallic shades that any beauty lover will gush over.

  3. Block Letter Monogram Necklace- If you’re looking for something a bit more personalized, this necklace is perfect!

  4. Hudson Bleecker Lava Jewelry Case- A compact jewelry case to store baubles and more for the gal who loves to travel. Use code: HOLIDAY20 for 20% OFF

  5. Mother Hood Life Lightweight Sweatshirt- For the friend who is also a MOM. She will love this comfy sweatshirt that she can wear on those busy Mom days.

  6. Rose Quartz Face Roller- The newest beauty obsession makes for a great gift for the skincare lover.

  7. LUSH Hygge Holiday Gift Set- What’s better than giving the gift of relaxation?! This bath & body set is ideal for anyone.

  8. Drybar Full Size Favorites Holiday Gift Set- For the gal who always gets blowouts at the salon. This set will help her maintain her mane from home.




I hope you find this gift guide helpful when shopping for your best Gals! Comment and let me know who you’ll be shopping for.



XO, Rae

BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND SALES 2018

 

Black Friday is HERE! Who’s EXCITED to Shop til you drop?! It’s one of busiest shopping weekends and there are so many good SALES going on IN-STORE and ONLINE. So to kick off Back Friday, I’ve rounded up some of the best Sales happening at your favorite stores. Everything is linked below so you can easily shop and cross off your Christmas list.

Black Friday Sales

updated as of Sat. 12:09pm

Old Navy- 40% OFF ONLINE ON EVERYTHING (SATURDAY & SUNDAY)

M.A.C- 25% OFF ONLINE & IN-STORE| FREE SHIPPING on all orders

DryBar- 20% OFF all products, tools, kits & accessories | FREE ground shipping

LOFT- 50% OFF your purchase w/ CODE FRIYAY

Madewell- 25% OFF your purchase w/ code DEALWITHIT

Pottery Barn- 25% OFF | FREE Shipping w/ code CYBER

Crate & Barrel- 20% OFF Select full-price items | 30% OFF Decor, Entertaining, Ornaments, Kitchen & holiday items. | FREE Shipping on eligible items for orders $49 or more

Anthropologie- 30% OFF Everything | FREE Shipping

Ulta- Beauty Busters (so many great deals/bundles) | FREE Shipping for orders $35 or more

Target- SO MANY GOOD DEALS on Electronics, Toys, Kitchen & Home, Clothing etc. Black Friday Doorbusters extended all day SATURDAY.

Nordstrom Rack- Black Friday Clearance w/ an additional 30% OFF until 11/26 | FREE Shipping Sitewide through Monday

Express- 40% OFF Everything | FREE Shipping on orders $50 or more

Charlotte Tilbury- 40% OFF Beauty Kits | 33% OFF Lip Trios

Sephora- Get 50% OFF select items each day this week for the DAILY WOW Online & In-Store

Tarte- 25% OFF w/ code WEEKEND

Kylie Cosmetics- 40% OFF Lip Products | 30% OFF Face Products

Banana Republic- 50% OFF all regular priced items | Extra 10% OFF when you use your Gap Inc. credit card w/ CODE BRCARD

XO, Rae

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2018: FOR THE HOSTESS

 
Hostess Gift Guide 2018

The Holiday season is upon us and you know what that means…invites galore! So whether you’re going to a Friendsgiving, an Ugly Sweater Party or just to your besties Cookie Swap Party. You’ll need a hostess gift and I’ve got you covered with something for everyone.

  1. Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen - For the hostess who loves to cook & entertain.

  2. Kate Spade Wine Bottle Tote - Just add a nice bottle of wine. And ta-da, perfect gift!

  3. CAPRI BLUE FIR & FIREWOOD JAR CANDLE - Candles always make great gifts. And this candle not only smells AMAZING but comes in this gorgeous jar.

  4. Gray Plush Throw with Tassels- Under $20 and makes a great cozy gift.

  5. Plaid Monogram Mug - On SALE! A great personalized gift on it’s own or you can pair it with some hot chocolate or coffee.

  6. The Cellar ‘Chill’ Carafe- Under $15 with promo code BLKFRI. Such a fun gift for the SASSY hostess.

  7. Filigree Gold Stemless Wine Glasses (Set of 4) - You can never have enough glassware. Cheers!

  8. Wood Marble Tree Cheese Board - This beautiful serving piece is functional and festive.

XO, Rae

THANKFUL & GRATEFUL

 
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Happy Thanksgiving Eve, y’all! This morning I woke up feeling excited for the Holiday season ahead. And then immediately felt anxious for everything that needs to be accomplished today and in the days ahead. The cooking, baking, shopping, traveling, attending holiday parties, hosting out of town guest and the added stress of trying to find the perfect gift for friends and loved ones.

I reminded myself in that moment to stop and take a breathe, because all of those things are NOT what’s important. Gifts are nice and shopping is fun, but it’s the little things and moments in between that matter the most. It’s time spent with family & friends, giving back to those who are less fortunate, sending hand written cards, sharing recipes with friends, decorating the tree and most of all making memories.

So as you start to prep for the holiday weekend, take a moment to reflect on what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving. I know I will be doing the same. Practicing gratitude is something that can quickly change our mood and certainly gives us perspective on what really matters in life. I hope you all enjoy the Holiday weekend with your friends and family.


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Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!


XO, Rae

VOTE IN THE POLLS AND LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

 

Happy Monday, y’all. While I don’t typically get political on my social platforms or the blog, I felt compelled this morning to share this with you all. This is just me sharing my opinion and outlook on this topic. And I appreciate the fact that I have a platform in which I can express that freely and openly.

Voting Day 2018

This morning while on the Subway, a young woman went to go sit in an empty middle seat between another woman and gentleman. The young lady took notice that the space was small and cramped, but she made eye contact with the gentleman first showing her interest in sitting in the seat and politely said '“excuse me” before taking the seat. The other woman already sitting next to the empty seat quickly scooted over as much as she could making room for the young lady. But the gentleman didn’t budge. As the young woman sat down in the empty seat, the gentleman quickly started to argue with her on why she would choose that seat seeing there was not much space. Another gentleman standing nearby covered in tattoos, looked at the young girl who took the seat, and said in disappointment “so much for chivalry”! He was in disbelief that the other gentleman was so reluctant to move slightly over to accommodate the young woman and he let his voice be heard. I immediately took notice how the young woman looked surprised that this stranger stood up for her. I have to admit, so was I. You see, on the outside you could easily assume that this rugged, tattoo covered guy was a bad guy or a tough guy and couldn’t have cared less about the woman trying to get a seat on the Subway. But it was in fact the complete opposite. I’m telling you this story because I think we all have been guilty of being too quick to judge others by their appearance or what we can only see on the surface. And you may be wondering, what’s the point of this story?


Well, tomorrow is a big day for our country as we head out to VOTE in the polls for the mid-term elections. And I encourage you all to look deeper into each candidate before you vote. Look at more than the color of their skin or their appearance. Look at more than the party they are representing. Look at who they are as a person. Ask yourself; Do you like the characteristics that they uphold? Ask yourself; Do they represent your morals and values? Ask yourself; Do they stand up for the rights you believe in? Ask yourself these questions without the opinions of others or the media or what you see at first glance. Because too often as humans we jump to conclusions without knowing all the facts or looking deeper. I was also reminded of this myself during my commute this morning. The simple truth is, we are all just trying to have a seat amongst our fellow Americans and want our voices to be heard.

I’m encouraging everyone to make an educated decision when it comes to VOTING in the polls tomorrow. You have a VOICE and it is powerful. Make sure to put it to good use tomorrow to speak up for what YOU believe in.


And if you’re needing more information on VOTING and which candidates are up for election. Head over to theSkimm to enter your information and receive a sample ballot for your area.

XO, Rae

5 THINGS TO DO IN NYC THIS FALL

 

Hello, November! We are post Halloween festivities which means we are on countdown till Thanksgiving. Anyone else excited for the Holidays?! The leaves are in peak foliage all around the city, which means there is still plenty of Fall to enjoy in New York. And like other seasons, there is no shortage of things to do. Here’s a round up of places to go, things to see and events happening around the city.

Central Park Fall 2018

CENTRAL PARK FALL FOILAGE

Fall wouldn’t be complete without a walk through Central Park to peep the leaves. There are so many areas to see the leaves change during peak season. A few of my favorite spots are 86th & Central Park West, 72nd & Central Park West near Strawberry Fields, The Bow Bridge and of course the iconic Bethesda Fountain & Terrace and The Mall. And if you don’t feel like walking, you can rent Citi bikes or even take a carriage ride through the park. Here is a map of NYC Fall Foliage.


CIDER WEEK

From November 2nd-11th, several events take place all over the city bringing you classes, cider tastings and more in celebration of New York’s orchard based cider. You can click here to find events near you. Cheers!

Arlo Orchard

Arlo Hotel Orchard

Located in the Arlo SoHo hotel’s courtyard. A pop-up complete with apple picking, pumpkins and photo ops galore. Stop by for an Instagram worthy photo or sip Fall inspired cocktails every Thursday at their “Happle Hour” from 4pm-7pm.

MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

November 22, 2018, the 92nd annual parade will start at Central Park West and West 77th Street and head down Central Park West and travel east along Central Park South to Sixth Avenue. From there the procession will travel south on Sixth Avenue from West 59th Street to West 34th Street, ending in front of the Macy's in Herald Square. And if you would rather avoid the crowds the day of Thanksgiving, you can opt to see the floats being inflated the night before. Located at the Natural History Museum on the Upper West Side. Public access is at the entrance on West 79th Street and Columbus Avenue. Both events are FREE and open to the public.

West Village Grove Courtyard

West Village/Grove Courtyard

The West Village is known for it’s charming streets. And it’s no exception during the Fall months. You can usually spot several Fall inspired decorated stoops while walking around the neighborhood. There is also a hidden gem known as the The Grove Courtyard, which is unfortunately not open to the pubic. However, you can see the well landscaped courtyard through the iron gates just on the other side. The tree lined streets of the West Village with it’s picturesque brownstones makes for the perfect area to take an afternoon stroll on a crisp Fall day.

What are your favorite things to do in the city during Fall months?

XO, Rae

YEAR 4 OF LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY

 
YEAR 4 OF LIVING IN NYC

October 10th, 2014 at 3AM was the start of a new chapter for me as I became a resident of New York City. Living here the past 4 years has brought me so much happiness, forced me out of my comfort zone and has given me experiences to last a lifetime. It still feels surreal to call this city home. And it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my adult life. My love for New York City has only grown with each year of being here. So, in honor of celebrating 4 years in New York City, I’m sharing a round up of all my favorite places in the city. Whether you live here, visit often or are planning to travel to New York for the first time, there is something for everyone! I hope you will enjoy these places as much I do.

You can take a look back at YEAR 1 and YEAR 2 here.


BRYANT PARK 2018

Favorite Park:

Bryant Park is an oasis to New Yorkers placed smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest intersections of the city. It's a great place to eat lunch, work remotely or grab coffee with a friend. And Bryant Park hosts a ton of FREE events in the park throughout the year including yoga, movies in the park, Broadway shows and a Winter village during the holidays.

 
Jacob's Pickles

Favorite Bar:

Jacob’s Pickles located on the Upper West Side, known for it's comfort food and craft cocktails. With it's cool industrial vibe and their killer playlist of r&b and throwback jams, it's a great bar to grab drinks after work or on the weekend. And also makes for a great first date spot. It’s also one of my favorite places to bring friends when they visit. It reminds me of home with it’s southern comfort food and ambience.

 
brunch maison pickle

Favorite Brunch Spots:

Brunch is pretty much a requirement of living in the city. And with so many restaurants around, it's hard to narrow down to just ONE. So here are a few of my go-to brunch spots.

Maison Pickle-The sister restaurant to Jacob's Pickles serves up the best French toast amongst other brunch favorites. Located on the Upper West Side.

Foragers Tabe- This farm to table restaurant serves up a rotating menu per season. My go-to is their smoked salmon tartine. Also, make sure to check out the market attached to the restaurant. Located in Chelsea.

Clinton Street Bakery- This brunch spot always has a line out the door and for good reason. They are known for their pancakes, which are AMAZING! Make sure to go early especially on the weekends and bring cash, as they do not take credit cards. Located in the East Village.

 
BLUESTONE LANE coffee

Favorite Coffee Shop:

Bluestone Lane is an Australian-style coffee shop & cafe. Outside of my usual Starbucks runs, this is my go-to coffee place. They have a wide range menu of both hot & iced coffee options. And there are several locations throughout the city.

 
book culture

Favorite Book Store:

Book Culture is a quaint neighborhood bookstore located on the Upper West Side. Along with books, they also have an assortment of stationary and unique gifts. I always love to stop by here when I'm in the neighborhood.

 
gapstow bridge

Favorite Spot in Central Park:

Central Park has so many scenic views and iconic spots. My favorite is the Gapstow Bridge near 62nd street. This picturesque spot includes views of The Plaza Hotel and surrounding buildings that align 5th Ave. It's always one of the first spots I walk through as the seasons change.

 
Upper West Side

Favorite Neighborhoods:

Upper Westside is where you can find me on most days running errands or grabbing groceries. I love that Central Park is nearby and there are so many shops and restaurants in the area. And it’s home to some of the city’s most popular places i.e.; Natural History Museum, The Bow Bridge in Central Park, Tavern on the Green and so many more.

West Village is also a favorite of mine. With it’s charming streets, unique shops, hidden gems and iconic streets. It never gets old exploring this popular neighborhood in the city.

 
Grimaldi's pizza

Favorite Pizza Places:

Grimaldi's in Brooklyn is a must. Italian style pizza in an authentic environment. Usually there’s a line out the door to get inside, but it’s definitely worth the wait. And the Brooklyn Bridge is within walking distance.

Artichoke Pizza in Chelsea is a great local pizza spot. Very casual dining. And their Margherita pizza is delicious.

Two Boots Pizza or Bleeker Street Pizza for those late nights out when you just want a slice before the cab ride home.

 
Dumbo Brooklyn

Favorite Tourist Attraction:

Dumbo, Brooklyn is my favorite place to explore and bring friends when they visit from out of town. Although it’s known for being an iconic spot, it never feels too touristy. This part of Brooklyn is still up and coming and has so many local shops, restaurants and some of the best waterfront views of the city. A few places to stop at: Jane’s Carousel, Brooklyn Roasting Coffee Shop, Grimaldi’s Pizza, Atrium Dumbo (for oysters & cocktails) and Cecconi’s for dinner.

 

I would love to hear about your favorite places, restaurants and things to do in the city! Tell me in the comments below.

XO, Rae