28 July 2014

Have a fun weekend!


THE WEEKEND IS HERE! What are you getting into? I'm headed to DC for a friend's bachelorette! I'm completely exhausted after a long week in the office, but hoping for a second and third wind!

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A round up of things happening around the web:


Bring your dog to work. I do.

Mysterious white flags on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Therapy animals.

What potato salad tells us about crowd funding.

Is your canine friend a green-eyed monster?

What writers can learn from 'Good Night Moon.'

Nordstrom is having their Semi-Annual Sale!

The best new way to purchase theatre tickets.

More yoga, please.

Delicious artichokes!

Authentic New York, by way of a native New Yorker.








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24 July 2014

Discoveries: July Birchbox

Birchbox teamed up with Women's Health to create their Power Up July Box. I'm crazy for the gym-themed box and the fun mini guide to small changes to a more energetic and healthy self!

Included in my box:

Harvey Prince Hello Body Creme | Full Size $22
In two words: pleasantly surprised. I previously received Harvey Prince Hello perfume and found it to be a bit too of a scent for my taste. However, the cream is a much more mellow citrus/floral scent.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Booster Serum | Full Size $75
As a huge fan of all things juice beauty, I was thrilled to find this serum in my box! The lightweight formula uses fruit stem cells to improve the elasticity and tone of skin.

Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil | Full Size $13 Included!
It's my second rodeo with the Ofra eyebrow pencil. I received one in my June ipsy and passed it on to a friend. She loves the product! I will hold onto this one for a few weeks and if I don't reach for it on my vanity, will pass it on to the same friend.

RUFFIAN The Rapture Collection-Ambrosia | Full Size $10 Included!
I'm a bit of a #ruffianfangirl and purchased the collection the moment it was available at Birchbox- thanks for the spare! As a bonus, a Ruffian single-use nail polish remover was also in my box. If you're not in the know, Ruffian nail lacquers are exclusive to Birchbox.

Beauty Extra
100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel | Full Size $15
The sample smells amazing, albeit small, I enjoyed it.  The Birchbox exclusive formula features aloe, green tea and a pleasant ginger float scent. If I didn't already have a healthy supply of body wash, I would consider purchase.

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23 July 2014

Birchbox Brick & Mortar







Old news, but good news: e-commerce giant Birchbox has opened a Brick-and-Mortar retail store in SoHo. I popped in over the weekend to check out the offerings in the two-story shop. The first floor is dedicated to women's beauty and lifestyle products and a build-your-own Birchbox. The subterranean  level is divided in beauty treatments, men's products and a bit of overflow of women's.

I love the overall feel and experience of being able to connect with the sales team on a more human level to discuss products that I've discovered through the company and those that I've been on the fence about purchasing without trying first!

I treated myself to a bkr water bottle,  Cynthia Rowley Silver Eyeliner and Anatasia brow kit. Thumbs up, definitely check it out if you live in the city or are visiting!

Discoveries: July Ipsy Glam Bag


In the thick of the New York City summer heat, my July ipsy glam bag arrived in my mailbox! Appropriately themed Sensationally Sun Kissed, this month's haul was tucked in an adorable scalloped pink bag.

Included in my Glam Bag:

bareMinerals 5 in 1 Advanced Performance  BB Cream Shadow | Full Size $18
At first glance, I'm embarrassed to admit that I thought the product was bb cream for concealing and was a bit miffed by the dark shade. After a closer look, I dove into the eye shadow to sample the pretty earthy brown hue. The texture is creamy and smooths easily over lids. I didn't notice any immediate creasing, but didn't wear it for more than an hour. I don't typically reach for non-powder shadows, but recommend this to those that do!
Bonus: Free shipping at Ulta dot com with any bareMinerals purchase and code BAREFS

Befine Food Skin Care  Daily Moisturizer with SPF | Full Size $25
Rosemary, pomegranet and rice come together in this light moisturizer. The scent isn't too strong, lending it to daily use.
Bonus: 20% off your purchase with code IPSY.

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 8 | Full Size $12
I'm excited to pack this oil in my bag for my trip DC this weekend! I'm joining a group for a girlfriend's bachelorette. Beaucoup de pool time scheduled and I'm hoping to come home with a little color.
Bonus: 25% off one dark tanning oil with code IPSYtan.

Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm | Full Size $14
Everything pixi makes is so cute! I love the neutral hue of this moisturizing balm, which has slight minty fragrance.
Bonus: 25% off your purchase with code flawlesspixi.

wHet Nail Polish in Facetious | Full Size $15 Included!
Can we discuss this gorgeous vibrant blue? The eye-catching color drew a handful of compliments, however the polish is horribly streaky. The consistency may vary by shade, but I was a bit surprised as the brand's webpage claims that polishes are formulated  for 7-day single coat.
Bonus: 30% off any wHet purchase with code IPSY30.

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21 July 2014

Piggy with Golden Wings

How sweet! Polish designer ENDEsign crafts simple sculptures in adorable sizes from porcelain and gold. I love this little piggy for a unique hostess gift or perched on your bookshelf. Discover more and purchase at etsy.

Little Crane Pullover


From iconic Pendelton, the Little Crane Pullover is part of the Portland Collection launched in 2011. It's speaking to my soul in a serious way. More details and purchase at Zady. #wishlisted.

Have an adventurous weekend.

It's that beautiful time of the week when we pack out overnight bag and head out for an adventure. What are you getting into this weekend? We're driving up to Syracuse for a wedding shower with family. I can't wait to settle in for good food and conversation.

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A round-up of things happening around the web:

Beauty for busy New York women.

Haunting images of empty spaces.

10 Ways to be a little French.

American Apparel is having a sale.

Birchbox opens a brick and mortar.

Friends share genes.

A map of planes getting the heck out of Ukrainian air space.

A large sausage is stolen in the night.

The day and life of a taxi driver.

Icelanders grieve for peculiar lake balls.

How becoming a father changes your brain.

Cappuccino potato chips.

A room for your fur kid.


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17 July 2014

Mosaic Day of the Dead Coasters



In an odd way, I've always gravitated towards Day of the Dead designs. I love the imagery of skeletons portrayed in a celebratory and colorful way. It feels strong and confident. From Juan is Dead, these gorgeous mosaic coasters come in a variety of designs and I'd like one of each. View and purchase the entire collection at etsy. #wishlisted.

Isla Pullover

Would you wear a transparent blouse? I donned a subtly sheer knit sweater today and received several compliments. I'm not sure if I'm ready to go as bold as the Isla sweater from Need Supply Co, but it's so lovely that I just might be tempted to invest in the piece.

15 July 2014

Discoveries: July Pop Sugar Must Have Box



The Pop Sugar Must Have box is rocking my world! In my second month as a subscriber, I am loving the balance of health, beauty, fashion, snacks and lifestyle products.  My July box arrived last Friday just in time to kick-off the sunny weekend in the city.

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Included in my box:



Michael Stars Beach Hat | $48
There is nothing more chic than a lady in a stylish hat. My collection features larger styles, which lends me to be excited to try a more low-key design! To boot, the bendable straw material is easily packed in your weekender without damaging the form.

French Bull Ziggy Salad Servers | $12
Everything that French Bull makes is so adorable! I have a collection of bowls and trays which I use for  warm-weather entertaining on our terrace. I am so thrilled to add these shatter and scratch resistant salad servers to my eclectic assortment.

Sun Bum Sun Screen & Lotion | $20
Love and protect your skin with the dynamic duo from Sun Bum. I tested the products on Saturday when we checked out the Met's game. The beach-y, coconut scented sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays and moisturizes for a supple finish.  After the sun sets, you can refresh for the evening with the cooling aloe gel. I will definitely purchase this duo for next summer or tropical vacations after I empty these bottles.

ACME Party Box Company Chevron Straws | $7
Nothing pulls together a party like adorable, old-fashioned paper straws in fun graphic chevron print. Featuring (8) pretty summery colors, I'm excited to have friends over for playful cocktails!

TKO Jump Rope with Soft Grip Handles | $13
This may be my favorite item in the box! I've been in the market for a jump rope to add variety to my workouts.  In just (15) minutes, you can burn up to 170 calories. The plastic grips are fantastic for comfortable use. Check out Pop Sugar Fitness for more great workout ideas.

Dang Foods Toasted Coconut Chips | $3
I'm trying to resist saying that I'm coconuts for this healthy snack,  but I can't. They are so tasty. The recipe is non-gmo, gluten free and vegan,  (if those are things that concern you). Enjoy them straight from bag or toss on just about anything.

Special Extra from Revlon
Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara | $9
Having received this new mascara at Beautycon, I am happy for the spare! The ultra black formula delivers volume and body to lashes seamlessly.

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14 July 2014

Row Boat Salad Bowl

Crafted from aluminum, the Row Boat Salad bowl is adorably paired with Sheesham wood oar servers. I love this entertaining dish for summer parties and coastal homes. Purchase exclusively at uncommon goods.

11 July 2014

Have a Fun Weekend.



Hello Weekend. I've missed you.  

What are you getting into? I'm excited to grill steaks, relax with our little family and carve out some time to edit photos. We might check out Huey Lewis and the News at The Met's Game and Bastille Day festival in Brooklyn. Hopefully there will be a jalapeƱo margarita and guacamole with chips involved too.

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A round-up of things around the web:

Adorable: Waffle probably has the ball you lost.

Speaking of margaritas, these are the ten best in New York City. #takemethere

Everyone is moving to Seattle.

The world's highest water slide.

A slumber party at the Museum of Natural History.

Chipotle ordering secrets.

This made me laugh.

Morning swim.

Ten habits of people that follow their dreams.

The mysterious fake town in the DMZ.

Obama cut the line at a BBQ joint in Austin.

Monks start brewing beer to save abbey.

Manhattenge is happening tonight.






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Octopus Pillow



When I was a kiddo, I dreamed of being a marine biologist. Growing up on an island on the Puget Sound, I learned that the waters are home to the largest octopi in the world! Something happened along the way and I began to pursue roles in banking and start-ups, but my love sea creatures has remained.

I'm tempted to invest in this octopus pillow for our couch. We've been in the market for new throw pillows for a few months.  Details at the Paris-based Big Stuffed etsy shop.