Posts by Allyn Lewis

Little Ways to Find More Peace Everyday

I’ve been captivated by the concept of peace lately. I keep trying to make all these big changes in my life, but I’m coming to realize that small adjustments that take minimal effort are more important than anything. So today, I’m sharing a few super simple things I’ve been doing lately to help me live with a little more peace every day. Now, my goal for The Gem is not just to have a space where I can share what helps me, but also a place for you to share your insight, too! So, be sure to leave a comment below and give us one way you bring a bit more everyday peace to your life. How cool would it be if we could fill the comments section up with tips and tricks as a resource to scroll through for anyone who’s feeling overwhelmed and uneasy? Let’s make it happen!

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VLOG 10: How Do You Plan for the Unexpected?

So, I had no f*cks to give by the time we filmed this video. Not in a debbie downer kind of way, but in an embarrassing, full of imperfections kind of way that I’m sure will give you a giggle. It doesn’t get more “Instagram vs Real Life” than this week’s vlog, haha! One little thing after another, my day was turned upside down and went nothing like I had planned. I’m not talking anything terrible, just random occurrences that chipped away at my tolerance levels one by one – like waking up with a bright red, irritated eyeball that I couldn’t put my contact into until hours later, spilling coffee all over my brand new sweater (it makes me feel so cozy and is only $27!), disorderly construction blocking the post office I needed to get to on a road where there was no where to turn around on,

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VLOG 9: I Pick My Mental Health over My Inbox

Gems, I’m sorry about all the emails I don’t respond to when I’m depressed. I’m definitely not a big deal – so it’s not that I have this inpouring of emails and just can’t get to everyone. I don’t have a “real” excuse other than it’s essential to my mental health that sometimes I keep my head down and keep conversations to a minimum (I still communicate with paying and potential clients during these periods of course). Actually, taking care of my mental health is more than enough to validate this. Maybe it’s not the best course of action from a business development standpoint, but in order to develop my business, I’ve got to be able to keep myself somewhat same to accomplish anything. So, when my depression kicks in, occasionally I have to cut the world out and save my words for my creative writing. In order to create

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Tiny Reminders for My Mental Health

In this post: How a pair of chic tassel earrings kept my mental health in check at New York Fashion Week.  The Look: [sp] Tassel Earrings from Trumpet + Tassel // Velvet dress from ZARA ($20) // similar Nine West shoes ($76) // Styled by + outfit photos: Christina Stein Imberlina // *this post contains affiliate links* There’s a few reasons why I just adore this look. Of course, it fits right in with the jewel tone palette that I love to work with throughout my life. But, these tassel earrings became really special to me as I was wearing them. I wore this outfit on the last day of New York Fashion Week (which ended up being my favorite!). For me, the last day I’m in NYC always symbolizes two things – 1) that I get to come home and knock out my blog posts on all the exciting things I did and wore

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Top 2018 Planner Recommendations

‘Tis the season to pick your 2018 planner! For 2017, despite last year’s top planner recommendations, I went digital… and then realized just how essential a planner was to my life. I miss the act of physically crossing something off my to-do list, writing with pretty pens, and being able to easily see what the next few months of my life hold! It’s amazing to me how much one little planner can do to help improve my mindset, organize my life, and keep me on track. I’ve checked back in with some of my favorite creatives to get their 2018 planner recommendations so that you can decide which planner best fits your needs. And, if you already have your 2018 planner ordered, let me know in the comments why it’s your pick and what you love about it (there may be a 2018 Planner Recommendations part 2 on the way)!

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VLOG 8: Introducing “He Said, She Said”

We are SO excited because we’re launching a new blog series here on The Gem called “He Said, She Said”. Named after my very favorite song by my super talented musician boyfriend, Shaun Novak, HSSS is going to give you a peak at us running after our dreams and chasing happiness, memories, and adventures in the process. Recently, we set out to capture our first HSSS experience so that we could create a “Date Night In” blog post (because we do a lot of eating from the couch and watching Netflix on Friday nights around here). Teaming up with HelloFresh, my grandparents agreed to let us take some photos in their house – it’s way nicer than ours. What was supposed to be a fun, relaxing few hours turned into a chaotic rush of technical difficulties, sounding fire alarms, and other random events that set our day back. We could

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In the Details

In this post: I’m showing you how to dress up boyfriend jeans with one of my New York Fashion Week looks, and leaving you with a note on considering the details – in life and fashion.  The Look: [sp]  Sweetpiece Jewelry Necklace (just send a DM on Instagram to order!)// 3/4 Sleeve Tie Front in Burgundy Blouse from Bungalow 20 ($42) // Easy fit crop jeans from Joe’s Jeans (similar here, and here) // Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong Patent Leather Sandals (ON SALE for over 40% off right now – $220) and budget option here ($110) // Photos + Styled by: Christina Stein Imberlina *This post contains shoppable links, which means I may make a commission if you click on or purchase from the items below. All opinions are my own and I only share products I truly love!* On this day during New York Fashion Week, we spent the morning at The Plaza Hotel for the

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From Summer to Fall

In this post: As inspiration for your fall outfits, I’m showing you how I turned the dress I lived in this summer into a fall look. I’ve also included a few things that help me get through this time of year, because fall isn’t exactly my favorite season.  The Look: [sp] Go for Gold Necklace ($27), Good Mood Earrings ($17), and Hit the Ground Running Ring ($27) from 7 Charming Sisters // Similar olive shift dress (ON SALE – $23) // Similar navy cardigan ($98) or budget friendly option here ($23) // similar ankle booties ($70) // Taylor Tassel Crossbody Bucket from 88 Handbags (ON SALE – $40) // Escape Watches Soho Watch ($150) I live in Pittsburgh, PA, and although fall has started on the calendar, we’ve been having 87 degree days and I am SO okay with it. Therefore, I’m going to soak up these uncommonly warm September days and do everything I

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