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It was the best weekend I’ve had in a while.

SATURDAY

I was so excited for Saturday because I knew it was going to be a beautiful day. My roommate and I had a friend visiting from Philly for the day and we met him at Westville East for brunch. It’s a small, but cozy spot and they had all of the windows wide open to let the spring breeze blow through. I ordered hot dogs and fries and it felt like summer (I can’t remember the last time I had a hot dog and for me, hot dogs = barbecue = summer).

Since the weather was so gorgeous, I wanted to take advantage and spend most of the day outdoors. After brunch, we made a quick pit stop back at our apartment. I actually changed my clothes because I was too hot. I’d forgotten how to dress for nice weather. Darn you winter! After I changed into shorts and a tee, we walked over to our neighborhood park and found an empty bench to relax on. It was just so pleasant and I was one happy girl indeed.

When the sun was highest overhead, we strolled down into the East Village again to buy iced coffees from Fresco. Then we decided to pop back inside for a little bit of rest. We squeezed in one episode of Empire before we were out the door to meet a friend of mine from high school who was visiting from Baltimore. We walked to Koreatown, where we’d booked a karaoke room. We had so much fun selecting and singing some of our favorite songs. Four years ago, I would have never done karaoke because I was way too self-conscious. Now I’ve been several times over the years and I always have a great time. I’ll stick to private rooms with friends though- I don’t want to subject the general public to my caterwauling! It was still warm well into the night, so after karaoke we walked our tired voices back home and watched a bit more TV before bed.

SUNDAY

Around noon, I met my friend at Chelsea Market. We picked up some tacos from Los Tacos, which I had never tried before and which were pretty tasty. After that we strolled over to Fifth Avenue to do a little shopping. I had one return to make and I also wanted to pop into Sephora to take advantage of the Beauty Insider sale.

My friend had to head off mid-afternoon, but I decided to stay on Fifth Avenue and attempt to do a bit more shopping. I say attempt because all the stores were so busy/crowded. I tried for a bit, but I prefer to shop in a much calmer environment. On my way home, I stopped by Bedford Cheese Shop to pick up some bread and meats to snack on later.

It was a brief stop at home because soon I headed out again to meet up with another friend that was visiting from Boston. A few of us met up in Hell’s Kitchen and had drinks at a spot called Vynl. After our friend left to catch her bus, we all said our goodbyes and my roomie and I went back to our apartment. I spent the last few hours of the weekend prepping for the week ahead and doing my usual Sunday routine (a.k.a. painting my nails).

It was a wonderful, full weekend. What did you get up to this past weekend?

On April 20, 2015 · 5 Comments · In Life
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// How tasty do these beef empanadas look? I made empanadas once for a Superbowl party a couple years ago. They were a bit labor intensive, but they were very yummy.

// The highs were above 50 degrees all week, so I’d like to thank the weather for finally cooperating. *pats on the back*

// Here are a few tips for working more efficiently. I’m all for deleting emails that I don’t need or filing them away (I’ve got folders on folders). I’m always striving for inbox zero!

// I liked these tips on getting the most out of your Sephora experience. I only recently started taking advantage of samples and such and it’s so great to be able to test something before you buy it.

// Carrie of Wish Wish Wish posted a new spring wallpaper yesterday and it is lovely.

// I wish these emojis were real because I’d get so much use out of them. In other non-news, I haven’t updated my iPhone yet so I’m still seeing aliens instead of the new emojis (lolz).

// One of my friends is visiting this weekend and I’m looking forward to catching up her.

// New arrivals at Rifle Paper Co. (yassssss) and they’re 10% off.

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On April 17, 2015 · 6 Comments · In Life
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Like many people, I suffered from dry lips during the winter. I wrote a post about how I was looking for a product to combat dry lips and one of the items I had on my list was the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. I’d heard people rave about it and I wanted to give it a try, but the $26 price tag made me hesitate.

That’s why I was so excited when I saw the 5 Night Fix for Lips! It contains mini versions of the Agave Lip Mask and their Scrub Stick. The set costs $15 and this way I could test out the lip mask before splurging on the full-sized version. You’re supposed to use the duo in combination- first you exfoliate your lips with the scrub stick and then you apply the lip mask, which is a thick balm. Within five nights, you should have soft and healthy lips.

Oh boy did I need this. During winter my lips were constantly chapped and it was unpleasant. I definitely noticed a difference within a couple days of using this set. Let’s talk about what I did and didn’t like:

PROS

The Agave Lip Mask does work. Once I started using it, it only took a few days for my lips to return to their normal state. It felt so good not to have chapped lips anymore!

They smell good. I believe both products contain honey and they have a pleasant honey aroma.

A little goes a long way. The lip mask is so thick and I only need a small amount to coat my lips. I’ve been using it for nearly a month now and I still feel like I have a lot of product left in my mini tube.

CONS

– The Scrub Stick is too gentle. It’s supposed to be an exfoliant, but I didn’t think it did a great job of getting rid of the dead skin on my lips. I have this $3 lip exfoliator from e.l.f. and I like it a lot better.

The Agave Lip Mask is very thick. This is a good and bad thing. It is really moisturizing, but it does make it a little difficult to get it out of the tube. Now that it’s a little warmer, the ingredients have softened up and it’s no longer as difficult to squeeze it out of the tube.

The Lip Mask is a bit sticky. I don’t love the way it feels on the lips. I usually put it on right before bed so that it can soak in overnight. When I go to bed, my lips feel sticky and there’s still a bit of sticky residue when I wake up the next morning. It’s not uncomfortable or anything like that, I just wish it wasn’t quite so sticky. I’ve combated that problem a bit by putting on a thin layer of Vaseline, then applying the lip mask on top. The Vaseline gives a little more slip, so I feel less like my lips are sticking together constantly.

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THE SHORT VERSION

Overall, I’m happy that I purchased this little kit. I got to try out both products for a fraction of the price (and I think the packaging is totally adorable). The Agave Lip Mask really did rescue my lips and aside from a couple little issues, I think it’s great. The Scrub Stick doesn’t do too much for me, so I probably wouldn’t purchase that again. I would, however, buy the full-size version of the Agave Lip Mask.

Have you tried either of these products?

On April 15, 2015 · 8 Comments · In Beauty
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I have a real neutrals problem in my closet right now. I’m still mainly wearing clothes from my fall capsule wardrobe. When I was putting that list together, I wanted everything to mix and match well and it was easier to achieve that with neutral colors. I have a solid foundation of basics, so I am glad for that. Now that the sun has come out and temperatures are rising, I really want to inject some color back into my wardrobe. I picked up a few new things last month, but then I realized that they were all neutrals too. These are a few items that caught my eye while I was browsing online. They’re all under $100 (and many of them are under $50)!

Is your closet more colorful or more neutral?

Tops: Layered Cropped Tank, Printed Slit-Neck Peplum Top, Matte Crepe Sleeveless Top, Lace Crochet Shell Top

Skirts & Dresses: Pleated Lady Skirt, Scallop Insert Mini Skirt, Sleeveless Curved Hem Overlay Dress

Shoes & Accessories: Red Sunglasses, Leather Slip-On Sneakers

More Tops: Tie-Strap Bardot Top, Layered Open Back Top, Layered Chiffon Tank

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On April 13, 2015 · 14 Comments · In Shopping
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