kicking anxiety in the BUTT.

Anxiety. Even me typing it makes my eyes do a little rollin'. But today I wanted to share something really important in my world. It's from my heart and I don't have all the right answers and anxiety is a beast, but this is a little piece of what I have been going through and I know it can help some of you wonderful humans. I decided it was time to try to kick my anxiety in the BOOTAY (or at least attempt too) and this is where I am with it.

I want you to know that I am 100% a firm believer in mental health being a real thing. It's a huge, real battle that more people need to strive for and figure out. Anti-depressants/ SSRI meds are a part of that journey for a lot of sweet humans and that is beyond okay. Back in September of 2016, I decided my battle of feeling like I couldn't breathe without stressing or having a panic attack was way too out of control. So, I turned to Zoloft for help. It DID help so much with my anxiety for awhile, but as the months passed by, I started to realize that even though my anxiety was gone; my soul was kind of getting sucked along with it. I felt so out of touch with who I was and became so numb to so many things in my world. It wasn't until a few months ago I started to pick up on it. I came to a point where I had to step back and say "What does my body NEED? What is best for ME? Where does my anxiety stem from?" I surely and slowly started to figure it out.

I decided to take a HUGE jump on my own. A few weeks ago I cold turkey got off of my SSRI anxiety meds that I had been on for 6 months. I know I am crazy and I know it wasn't the smartest idea and everyone told me no; but I had to do it. P.s. please always talk to your doctor first. Don't do what I did, but I just REALLY felt called to it and jumped. I haven't been on my meds in weeks and getting off them was the absolute WORST thing ever imaginable (the withdraw symptoms were my worst nightmare). But I'm here and alive and the Zoloft is out of my body. I am starting to feel again and things are starting to make more sense to me. It's amazing. It really truly is and this was 100% the best choice I could have made for myself. 

So...what the poop am I doing with myself now? Well-- most days I never know the answer, but I am slowly starting to unravel this nasty thing that is called anxiety. Where it stems from, how I cause my own anxiety issues, and that Jesus is moving through it all. It is beautiful. I'll get more to that whenever I write my book...that's not for this blog post and I am still just starting to unravel it and walk though it.

But to help you beautiful people who keep up with me and want to know how I am doing it and dealing with it now or if you feel like you are anxious and it's becoming something a little bit too much to handle; I'm here to share a few practices I have put into my life. It's an every day journey and I still have no idea what I am doing but Jesus & I are unraveling it every day and that is okay. 

The first and biggest thing I have started to incorporate into my world is Young Living Essential Oils. It's a new, HUGE trend that is growing like crazy (even though the art has been around for forever), but it has been amazing for me. Everyone uses them for so many different reasons, but I have been really pushing them in my day to day to help calm and heal my anxiety. You can use them by diffusing them, putting them in your water and food, cleaning with them, or even putting them into the palm of your hand and breathing them in to wake up some of the chemicals in your brain to start working. It has actually done wonders for me y'all. Young Living's oil blend called Stress Away that I swear by. I promise you. I put it in my diffuser in the morning to get me going and I put it in my diffuser at night to calm me after an anxious day. I place it on my wrists and on my throat before doing service while being a flight attendant to calm me and get me ready to go. It would probably be the perfect weapon for all you nervous fliers out there! I even put Lavender on the soles of my feet before going to sleep to calm my body.

The oils are my absolute favorite, and YES, it actually does work for me. I feel a difference and it has become something I am so excited to grow in. I love chasing healthiness and anything that brings wellness to my world. I'll have more blog posts later with all of my uses and recipes and things like that, but for now, I wanted to leave you with where I am at and something that has extremely helped me with my walk of fighting the dang thing. 

The way I started (and the best way to start playing with oils to see if they are right for you) is by purchasing the starter kit from Young Living. Yes it is pricy which is intimidating jumping into something that is new. Is it worth it? 100% yes, no questions asked. You will use it all of the time, I know I do. Wether it is by diffusing, ingesting, cleaning, cooking, putting it in your bath, on your skin, or even in your hair; you will use it. 

This is the diffuser I use that came with the Young Living Starter Kit!

This is the diffuser I use that came with the Young Living Starter Kit!

It has helped me incredibly with my anxiety and oils have so many more benefits than that. If you want to get started; you can click on this link and sign up as a member to get all the discounts and special promotions and deals & start shoppin' away. I would for sure start with the premium starter kit and go from there. You can click here to get started and find out more:

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I'll already be set up as your sponsor when you use that link. You want to have "member" clicked because that's how you get all the deals and member prices and discounts (the other box "retail customer" doesn't get that advantage!!!). And no-- being a member is 100% free and no extra charges or things like that. After that you just pick the starter kit you want (i'd go with the premium starter kit because that's what I started with) and go from there! P.s. you do NOT have to set up a monthly order (step 2). By all means, go ahead and do it if you want to have an order set up for the next month. But my advice is to just get a starter kit, play around and see what works for you, do some research on oils, and then come back and put another order in! Email me if you have any questions because I for real want to help you figure it all out! 

Another natural remedy I started incorporating was taking this natural herb in pill form: Abhwagandha. It is incredible. It takes like farts though. Worse than farts honestly. I'm not even lying either. It is horrible, but it incredible and it is an amazing natural herb that others have been using since ancient times. Do your research because it's honestly incredible. It has so many health benefits but the biggest one for me being that it helps with anxiety, stress, and fatigue. You can get it in powder form too and incorporate it into your smoothies which is how I've seen a lot of wellness bloggers do it. I picked mine up at the local health foods store but you can order it online or use it however you want to. 

Lastly-- I started working on my breathing. I know, super weird and not the most practical thing but it has been so good for my soul. There is this app called calm that you can get in the app store for free and it gives you daily breathing exercises. I do it all the time on the train going to work or coming home and it has been incredible. Stopping and reentering my mind and my body and taking control by just breathing really does wake something up inside of me. I love it. 

If you have ANY questions, please please please shoot me a message. You can send me an email by clicking on my 'contact' page in the upper right hand link of my blog and we can talk from there. I am so excited to be taking care of me by the art of essential oils, natural herbs, and just going back to the basics. A healthy self is the best self. I'm learning it. And learning sometimes means failing. But I'm going to continue to pick myself up and keep on growing and running towards it.

Look into essential oils. Talk to your doctor. Talk to the people in your life. Figure out what your body needs and what harm you are causing it. A lot of my anxiety was my own fault, and if you take the time to take care of yourself, your mind will display that too. I'm new to the journey but all of these things listed really have been a help for me so far. If you have any helpful hints too please comment them in the comments or email me so I can add them in to the blog. Were all in this together! 

Stay encouraged and do what is best for you and your body. Listen to it. P.s. if you struggle with anxiety you are NEVER alone. Ever. All of the love.

norman leigh △

Earlier in June, my sweet friends over at Norman Leigh made me a GORGEOUS reclaimed wood triangle mirror. Mirror of my dreams y'all, for real. To be specific it was one of their XL reclaimed Doug Fir wooden mirrors. 

We did a giveaway that went SO well-- but Norman Leigh wanted to give y'all a chance to still steal a deal with them. You can use the code "taylor" at checkout to receive 10% off any order all summer long! I love Norman Leigh because I love small shops, but they are Chicago based too so it makes it a million times better for me. I love my city and I love the people in it following their passions and dreams. Make sure to check out their website for amazing mirrors, benches, plant hangers, plant holders, and all of the other reclaimed wood pieces of your dreams! 

the switch to clean beauty

Hi wonderful humans! I am seriously SO beyond excited about this blog post. Can not even being to explain to you. I'm a huge advocate for healthiness in the heart, but I realized I was not really incorporating it into every area of my life. The products I used were a HUGE part of that. Especially the every day ones I didn't think much about like makeup, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo + conditioner, lotion, makeup remover, etc etc.

Did you know that your face absorbs EVERYTHING you put onto it?! Nuts. I didn't give it much thought and you could for sure have me at a $5 dollar tube of matte lipstick bought on one of those "I only went to Target for one thing" kind of shopping days. Guilty. It is so easy to be that lady. The drug store section of makeup goods and glitter is my go to way of cheating my tomboy heart. And Sephora is overly welcoming and it is so hard not to say yes to samples of everything and get a full on makeover because having people pay attention to you is the best thing EVER. We all know it. We all think it. But do you know what is even cooler? Self-love and self-care. Taking care of ourselves FIRST and actually thinking about what we are putting into and onto our bodies. 

We feel guilty when we eat McDonalds and Taco Bell but we don't feel bad when we spend $30 on a tube of lipstick that we have no idea what is filled & made with.  Y'all for real; our skin is like a vacuum. It takes in everything it comes into contact with. I finally realized it by posting some random Instagram story asking for advice about switching to all natural makeup. I was just considering it, and was honestly not looking' to hawt in the bank account department but I was feeling really convicted so I just wanted to do some window shopping you know?

So a sweet follower of mine encouraged me to switch and also told me to check out this app called Think Dirty. She said don't get it unless I wanted to be shocked and get into trouble and I was like..what could be so bad?!! Uh...she wasn't kidding. All the poop coconut shampoo's and make up I had been using that I thought were healthy were NOT. I was totally in shock and could not believe some of the chemicals my products were filled with! My bank account didn't even matter at that point I just started throwing out everything. 

BEFORE THE SWITCH

Make-up:

Moisturizer & Lotion:

Deodorant & Shaving:

Shampoo + Conditioner: 

You can just see from my results of things that were advertised as "natural" were actually extremely not natural and were horrible for my body, skin, and hygiene. I don't even need to do much explaining, you can just see for yourself how I was super discouraged in the products I was using and trusting in. 

AFTER THE SWITCH TO ALL NATURAL

I started by asking around on Instagram & doing some research to see what products would fit my lifestyle and skin best and started making a list of my favorites. My sweet friend of mine back home from NC, Sammie, who is the most AMAZING natural/ green beauty blogger gave me the best advice and was a huge help. If you want to see all of her faves you can go to her website and see them all!

So after trial and error of some of natural/ green/ vegan products, this is now what I have in my bathroom and make up bag! I love what they have done to my skin. And YES-- I 100% can feel and see a difference. I seriously get compliments about how I look like I'm glowing and my face feels so much lighter and healthy. It has been the most freeing thing.

MAKEUP

Most of the products I am going to be posting about are the ones I am wearing in this photo, just so you can have it for reference! I'll start with the eyes ;) 

  • Mascara: Lily Lolo Vegan Mascara $19.50. Seriously I have been using it for over 2 months and swear by it. Normally my mascara is heavy and will chunk together and is a pain in the booty to get removed off of my face without removing all of my eyelashes in the process. This one goes on so nice and smells so good too and I barely can remember I have mascara on. MY FAVORITE FOREVER. I don't even need to try any other mascaras. 
  • Brows: EcoBrow Defining Wax $26 and Glossier Boy Brow $16. I've been using Glossier's boy brow for awhile now but have been kind of hesitant with Glossier because I'm not 100% sure of how good it actually is for your skin. I know it is better than most products out there and I LOVE that the boy brow doesn't make me look like I painted these ape eyebrows onto my face (sorry y'all it is such a pet peeve to me!!!) It has worked really well and goes with my with my style. I also have been using EcoBrow and LOVE it! I had to buy a separate brush to be able to put it on but it stays on and is so light and is not too much at all. I'm wearing it in the selfie I posted with this blog so you can get a better feel for it! 
  • Eye Shadow: SWIFT SHADOWS by rms $20. I'm not really a big eye shadow user because I really prefer the dainty, natural look for my everyday, but a girl has to have some fun shadows for events and when she is feeling a lil adventurous. I use rms and LOVE rms. They have so many different shades in their swift shadows. Goes on light and not too heavy and stays on for a really long time! Also pictured on the top right is the Master Mixer by rms. I put it on my lids and it gives it this beautiful rose gold tone. I like it because it's more of matte kind of eyeshadow so it's not so dry when you put it on.
  • Illuminator: Champagne Rose Luminizer by rms $38. I wasn't really a big illuminator user until recently because I didn't quite understand the purpose of it. I use it in the corners of my eyes, onto of my lips, and to highlight my cheek bones. It's actually one of my favorite makeup pieces because it really gives you that natural-glow look. 
  • Blush: Lily Lolo Coralista Cheek Duo $24. I am 100% a coral and peach kind of lady when it comes it blush. I want something that will go on easy and not make me light and airy. I feel like coral does that for my skin, even more so when I am tan in the summer. This set up from Lily Lolo is amazing too because it has two options for the kind of look you want to go for with your blush for the day!

Lips: Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner with SPF (in Bombora) $26 and Kari Gran Lip Whip $16. In the photo I posted of myself I am wearing the Ilia in Bombora and have been wearing that pretty much every day since I received it. It is super comfy and makes all my outfits come together. I really, really love Kari Gran's lip whip too. It's a lot more subtle but it taste so yummy and is a good option if you don't like too much color on your lips! 

Daily Skincare Routine

Daytime. Putting all the fun makeup to the side for a minute, I truly believe that the most important part about your skin is the oils and daily creams you are using to moisturize your skin. Making the switch has been amazing for me and I think that the area that I have seen the best results in, is in the area of switching my moisturizers. These three guys pictured above have worked amazingly for me. I have only been using the middle one for a few weeks now but the results have been unreal. 

Nighttime. What you put on before you go to bed really has a huge affect on what your skin will look like in the daytime too. I know for sure I wasn't really paying much attention to what I was doing before I went to sleep because it didn't feel like it mattered in a sense. When you are sleeping, your skin gets to take in all of the nutrients and gets to sit on what you put onto your skin. So you better make it count! With trial and error I really figured out what works for me. And the best part is-- is that my night time routine is all from a local Chicago company called Scratch Goods! 

  • Cleansing Oil $14. I use this to take off my make up. I just rub a little bit in the palm of my hand, rub upward and use a warm wash cloth to remove all of my make up before I put my mask on or oils on.
  • Night Face Oil $28. I love their Night Oil and seriously put it on every night before I get into bed. It can also be used as a daytime moisturizer if you wanted to! I was doing that for awhile before I found my moisturizer I am using now. They only call it Nighttime because it is a little bit heavier than their daytime oil.
  • Lash + Brow Oil $18. I put a little bit of this on my brows, lashes, and lids and it has been doing wonders to my hair growth and how soft my skin is getting! 

Other goodies have been incorporated into my everyday and they have been AMAZING as well! 

  • dōTERRA Touch: On Guard $28 and Lavender $18. On Guard is a protective blend that helps fight away sickness and seasonal threats and also has a super uplifting aroma that I find addicting. I put it on my wrists and near my nose when I am working on the plane to keep me protected from germs and any sickness that could be floating around. I also use the Lavendar roll on before I go to bed to calm my spirit and get me relaxed so I am able to go to bed peacefully. I roll it on my throat and on the bottoms of my feet and just absolutely swear by it.
  • Biotin 10,000. I just picked this up at the local drug store. I was so tired of my hair not really growing and ever since I have been taking this daily my hair has actually been growing. I've also seen my nails become super strong as well. 
  • dōTERRA Root To Tip Serum $46. Ever since using this product and not washing my hair as much, it has become smooth, shiny, and smells like the best smelling smells I could ever dream of.
  • True Botanicals Body Lotion in Fresh (Travel Size) $14 or you can get a full bottle for $42. All you need to do is smell it and then start paying attention to how soft your body gets. But Mostly the smell. That's all. You will thank me later. 
  • Toothpaste: Dr Bronner's Peppermint Toothpaste
  • The Seaweed Bath Co. Eucalyptus & Peppermint Balancing Aragon Shampoo + Conditioner $13.
  • Natural Deodorant: It has been a process to figure what actually works for me. I am on my third brand now and will be letting y'all know what I end up using. It is one heck of an adventure that's for sure.

I know that this is a huge blog post, but this has been the journey I have been on for the past couple of months. I could not be any happier with the changes I have made and I actually can see the results everyday It's not just a mental thing as much as it is a physical thing. I feel healthier, look healthier and actually GLOW. My skin is light and airy and can actually breathe. If there is any questions I can answer, please feel free to reach out to me via Instagram or on the contact page on my blog!

P.s. I know some of you know I work with brands and get things for free. I wanted to clarify that a lot of these products I bought on my own time and with my own money. Some of them I did get for free, yes, but I actually believe in them and support them. I wouldn't be telling others about them if I didn't. 

Wanted to leave you beauties with aa discount code from where a lot of my products came from over at Joy Provisons. When checking out just use the code 'TAY20' at check out to get 20% off your orders! xx

 

Magic Gardens in Philly

MAGIC GARDENS FILLED UP ALL THE WHIMSY IN MY HEART. Goodness. I don't have much to say about the Magic Gardens because it really is something you need to go experience it on your own. It's the biggest mosaic piece created by Isaiah Zagar (who I actually met while I was visiting!) He stops in here and there and I just got really lucky. Tickets are $10 and I spent a few hours wondering around and it was so worth it. Make sure you order your tickets in advance during the busier months because you miss the lines and avoid it getting sold out! Here are some of my favorites from my adventure in the gardens.

P.s. it WAS magic. 

xx

Amsterdam

Oh Amsterdam. So many heart eyes and so much love for this magical city. I only had 25 hours there but I did not want to leave and I can not wait to go back. Going to share a few of my favorites through this blog and some of the most popular recommendations I got (even if I couldn't go check them out myself). 

BIKES

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Beware of the bikes-- not even kidding with y'all. I swear I saw my life flash before my eyes at least 5 times. And I wasn't even there for a full day! They do not kid with their biking. It is honestly incredible but you for sure have to be on the lookout for the bikers. They have the right away and they fly by so just be on guard! Also I didn't get to rent one because of how short my layover was but EVERYONE recommends it. It's kind of the only way to get around. 

SHOPS

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Hubba HUB. I seriously found my most favorite shop to date in Amsterdam. These pictures above prove it too. I am a plant freak and the shop called Wildernis did not prove me wrong. If you don't care too much for plant babies than it probably won't be your store but it was incredible. I wanted to take a million photos. Was like walking into the most beautiful dream! 

Other shops not pictured: The Darling, All The Luck In The World, Gathershop, Friday Next, KOLIFLEUR. 

EATS

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We ate at the breakfast club and it was so cute I thought I might pee my pants. Literally. The set up was so much and everyone was sweet and hip. I loved it. And it helps that I demolished these special Pancakes in like .5 seconds. No exaggeration. 

Others not pictured: CT coffee & coconuts (EVERYONE recommended), Cotton cake (cafe), MOOK Pancakes (tried to go but line was crazy. Get there early!), Bocca Coffee, Bakers & Roasters, Back to Black, Lavinia Good Food. 

I also took a sneaky photo at the bench where a scene from Fault In Our Stars was shot. It's the one pictured above and it makes me so happy. I wish I had more spots to share but I was beyond jet lagged and was running around on a layover for work; but until Next time Amsterdam! 

dining room makeover

I am so excited to reveal photos from my new and improved dining room getup. I hosted a special giveaway with Walker Edison Furniture, Rugs Usa, and Maewoven. It's been the biggest one I have done yet and it couldn't have gone any better!

Here are some photos from my new set up! 

My table is what table dreams are MADE OF. I picked out the Mid-Century Wood Dining Table from Walker Edison and paired it with four Cafe Chairs in Bronze. It was beyond easy to put together and has been such a statement piece bringing the house together. 

I AM SERIOUSLY IN LOVE WITH MY RUG FROM RUGS USA. I laid on it for hours whenever I first got it and still can not stop staring at it. I decided to go with the Aragon Flourishing Forest in Desert, you can find it here. Seriously, it is pretty affordable for the size and quality and could not be more happy with it. 

Next up is the living room and I can not wait to show you more! xx

interior define

Y'ALL! You know how much I love my city and how much I love working side by side with brands. I am so pumped to share a little sneak peak at the start of something really wonderful.

I recently got connected with Interior Define, a Chicago based custom furniture company. I love everything they stand for and LOVE that it's all custom so I get exactly what I want. I went into their store front and office space and got to document my whole experience of configuring my own custom sofa (the video above)! So pumped to get it here in the next few weeks. Check out my video and crazy hair and be on the lookout for a fun blog post coming soon! 

Cozumel with Carnival

 

Cozumel was stop number five on the Carnival Glory and the last place we got to explore before heading back over to Miami. Cozumel was by far my favorite stop. I wish we had more time to get into some more trouble around the city. The locals were so kind and so helpful and there was so much to do and see.

We decided we wanted to have a really adventurous day and say yes to the best & most random tours we could find. So we headed up the main road and shopped and talked to random booths of tours that were all over. We found the sweetest older man who offered us a really good deal on a boat ride out to a really amazing spot to scuba dive. It was honestly so amazing and so unplanned and it made the adventure 100 times better than we could have ever planned.

The boat driver drove us out to a private area and we scuba dived our tails off! The water was so clear and our group was so much fun. Could have not asked for a better last day.

We ended the day walking around chasing iguanas and admiring all of Cozumel's beautiful handmade art and treats. The last day was the best day. I love the adventures that happen on a whim when we just say yes.

This post was created for Away We Go with Carnival, the destination for getting in the getaway state of mind. Head on over.

Mahogany Bay with Carnival

Day three was AMAZING. We headed to spend the day on Carnival's unique port in Mahogany Bay

There were a lot of the cutest little shops to walk in and out of to get gifts and we just spent the day catching up on relaxation and pina colada. Make sure you pick up a bag of Honduras coffee when you are there. Honestly, it has been some of the best coffee I have ever had!

I even got my hair braided and it was SO worth it. I wish I could have kept it in the entire time. There was so much to do around the island, we just decided to take the day and catch up on some rest. Couldn't have had a better third day!

This post was created for Away We Go with Carnival, the destination for getting in the getaway state of mind. Head on over.

le coeur watches

Had the absolute privilege to shoot and hang with the wonderful Amy Mokris of Le Coeur Watches. Amy is the absolute sweetest and has the most incredible watch brand here in my home city of Chicago. Here are some of the images that Amy took and a little Q&A i did for the blog! 

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Le Coeur: Introduce yourself! Who are you and what do you do?

Taylor: Hi y’all! I’m Taylor Tippett. I’m based in the babe of a city named Chicago. I adventure all over the world as a flight attendant. I decided to become a flight attendant in 2014 because I adore the heck out of people and I wanted to have a job that allows me freedom to do that in a really cool, different kind of way. I also am a really big aviation geek and love everything that has to do with airplanes. And HELLO traveling the world for free? YES. 

LC: What or who most inspires your work?

Taylor: The places I go and the people I meet/get to love on inspire me to the max. People’s stories are the coolest and most inspiring way for me to learn and grow as a human. Hearing where they have been, what they have seen, and being able to get to know them on such a real and deep level has opened my heart up and eyes up to see the beauty all around me. To love better and more freely. And that really inspires my work and the heart behind everything I do. Intentionality is so important. 

LC: How do you spend your free time, and what does time mean to you?

Taylor: My free time is usually spent involved in the things I am passionate about. Hanging with my people, adventuring, writing, reading, and getting myself involved in any activities that bring out my 5 year old heart (climbing, dancing, and all the whimsy things) are where I find myself. I hold my free time so precious because it’s really hard being gone a lot to actually have intentional free time. Time is such a valuable thing to me.

LC: How would you describe your style?

Taylor: My style is very laid back, tomboy, adventurous, and simple. I usually throw on a pair of my Levis with a plain shirt a cool hat and my boots and I am set. It doesn’t take much for me to really feel like me. I am always getting into some kind of a ruckus so I wear clothes that work for everything. I also really believe in quality over quantity so that really comes into play with the brands I support and how that affects my style and what I wear.

LC: What are some of your hobbies? What are some things you do that feel completely separate from your work?

Taylor: Eating tacos. A lot of tacos. Dancing all of the time and anywhere that I can. Writing for my blog "A Travelin’ Lady". Being healthy. Rock climbing. Obsessing over Justin Bieber. But for real. I love trying new things and I feel like I get so passionate about so much. I love loving and getting pumped about the things the people in my life are pumped about so I feel like I just have so many random hobbies and interests. 

LC: Since you're also from Chicago, what are your favorite spots in the city?

Taylor: Reno. Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits. Ipsento. Lincoln Park Conservatory. US #1 Vintage. The Logan Square Farmer’s market. I have so many favorites the list could go on and on. Chicago is seriously the coolest city. 100%.

LC: What is your favorite Le Coeur timepiece and why?

Taylor: My favorite Le Coeur timepiece is the Beijing. It fits with anything I could pull out of the closet and it works so well with my work uniform. It’s minimal and such an amazing piece that really helps all my outfits and looks come together. It is so important to have a solid watch, I really really stand behind that.