Replenish-Worthy

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About a year ago I made a conscious decision to no longer subscribe to “beauty” magazines. It started off as an environmental decision (half a magazine of ads?!), then trickled down into a lesson on consumerism (yawn), then, finally, into an evaluation of my routines. When I was younger I would get excited about trying new products. I can’t tell you how much money I’ve spent on different hair products which did almost nothing to my hair. In the end I’d always go back to my small group of trusty beauty products, all of which I think of as “replenish-worthy.”

I’m pretty basic. Nothing fancy. I’d like to introduce you to my favorites: (clockwise from top) 1.) Neutrogena Skin-Clearing oil-free makeup, 2.) Burt’s Bees lip balm, 3.) Dr. Woods Black Soap Facial Cleanser, 4.) Organic extra-virgin coconut oil with reusable/washable cloth pads, 5.) Tresemmé Tre Two hair spray, 6.) CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30. 

The CeraVe was recommended to me by my dermatologist and I adore the stuff. I think I’ve used it consistently for two years. As for the lip balm, I should really buy Burt’s Bees stock because I use the classic lip balm so often. I have two tubes at all times: One in my medicine cabinet and one on my desk at work. I love that it moisturizes well, it leaves very little sheen on my lips, and it’s cheap! 

What are your replenish-worthy products?

shared August 30, 2014
What I’ve been waiting for all summer

What I’ve been waiting for all summer

shared August 13, 2014 - 3 notes

Poshmark: A Review

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Lately I’ve been cleaning out my closet like a madman. It initially started when I realized how expensive Christmas flights were going to be compared to my “bank account offerings,” and ended with me realizing how much I could actually part with out of my closet. Something I’ve learned while living in New York is that space is tight and you could move at any time. Currently I live in an owned home so that isn’t so much the case anymore but the mentality has stuck with me since I first moved here….four years ago today! I just remembered. Happy 4th Anniversary to me. 

I’ve used ebay for years but decided to give Poshmark a shot since I had so much luck buying on Poshmark. I thought I’d give a quick review for anyone interested in selling on the platform. 

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shared August 08, 2014
Enjoying the final full month of summer
I’m fairly certain this is the first summer since I was a young kid that I’ve tried to enjoy the hot months rather than dread them. Summers in New York are especially bad because you have to schlep around in the mugginess, which includes standing on 110°+ -no-air-circulation subway platforms while you wait on your train, all while dressed in your standard work attire with sweat rolling down your back no matter how thin your shirt is or how much skin you’ve managed to bare. Phew. No, this summer I tried to take it all in, to enjoy going outside, and to plan going to the beach more than once. It happened. Now let’s move on. My autumn candles are currently lit and I have a strong urge to watch Hocus Pocus. 

Enjoying the final full month of summer

I’m fairly certain this is the first summer since I was a young kid that I’ve tried to enjoy the hot months rather than dread them. Summers in New York are especially bad because you have to schlep around in the mugginess, which includes standing on 110°+ -no-air-circulation subway platforms while you wait on your train, all while dressed in your standard work attire with sweat rolling down your back no matter how thin your shirt is or how much skin you’ve managed to bare. Phew. No, this summer I tried to take it all in, to enjoy going outside, and to plan going to the beach more than once. It happened. Now let’s move on. My autumn candles are currently lit and I have a strong urge to watch Hocus Pocus. 

shared August 06, 2014

My 29th Year: Realizations and Lessons Pre-the-big 3-0

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Today I turned 29. Ever since I turned seventeen I’ve never been much for birthdays. I never saw the excitement of them and I never really wanted the associated attention. Approaching 30, the age never seemed like much of a milestone to me. Over the past four months or so I’ve noticed little differences about myself…a shift in my priorities, of sorts. It all seemed to happen organically. I’ve become almost…comfortable with myself. At 29 this is what I’ve realized over the years:

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shared August 03, 2014
Freakin’ weekend! This weekend is jam packed. I discovered a drinkable gluten-free beer, tried fried pizza, met my motorcycle soul mate, and listed a ton of stuff on Poshmark. Tomorrow will be the Cyclones game followed by The Spotted Pig and Mood Indigo on Monday. Phew. 
How’s your weekend looking?
Also, hey! I just added comment capabilities to my entries thanks to my friends at Disqus. Let’s be friends!

Freakin’ weekend! This weekend is jam packed. I discovered a drinkable gluten-free beer, tried fried pizza, met my motorcycle soul mate, and listed a ton of stuff on Poshmark. Tomorrow will be the Cyclones game followed by The Spotted Pig and Mood Indigo on Monday. Phew. 

How’s your weekend looking?

Also, hey! I just added comment capabilities to my entries thanks to my friends at Disqus. Let’s be friends!

shared August 02, 2014

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La Luz is a four-piece band of gals from the Seattle area of Washington. I will forever have a special place in my heart for 1960s surf music and La Luz fits that similar sound. Two thumbs up. What do you think?

shared July 31, 2014 - 1 note

I have found my favorite white wine. Brooklyn Winery’s Chardonnay. 

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Started by a couple of friends making their own wine in New Jersey, co-founders Brian Leventhal and John Stires decided to commit all of their time to making wine in Brooklyn. Luckily for me I’m all about shopping local wines and at only $19 a bottle it’s affordable to stock up. Aside from the crisp, refreshing taste, check out that awesome Futura font on the label. I mean, come on!

Don’t live in NYC? No worries! Brooklyn Winery currently ships to nine states including DC. 

shared July 25, 2014

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This past Saturday I watched a documentary on Netflix titled “Tiny: A Story About Living Small.” While I had heard of tiny homes I had no idea the small things had made themselves into a movement. I felt so inspired to view “living small” from many different perspectives across the country. 

If you’re interested, take a look at the preview:  

TINY: A Story About Living Small - International - Trailer from TINY on Vimeo.

You can watch the full film on Netflix!

shared July 21, 2014
"Read the button, missy."

"Read the button, missy."

shared July 20, 2014
Happy weekend! This weekend I’m dog-sitting this cute beebee, spending some quality time on the roof, and attending a brunch series at Nitehawk. Oh my gosh, have you been to Nitehawk? I finally got around to going and now I’m hooked. It’s basically a $60 date if you do it up right, but it’s worth it every once in a while. This weekend Boy and I will be eating Kahlua-laced cereal and watching old, old cartoons either Saturday or Sunday morning. Let’s go together sometime!

Happy weekend! This weekend I’m dog-sitting this cute beebee, spending some quality time on the roof, and attending a brunch series at Nitehawk. Oh my gosh, have you been to Nitehawk? I finally got around to going and now I’m hooked. It’s basically a $60 date if you do it up right, but it’s worth it every once in a while. This weekend Boy and I will be eating Kahlua-laced cereal and watching old, old cartoons either Saturday or Sunday morning. Let’s go together sometime!

shared July 19, 2014
So, I did a bit of shopping. My refrigerator is now full of shandy and…hang on…lactose free milk. Eh, it’s summer. Why cook?

Lately:
I’m glad my job made the cut. I think it’s so important to find a comfortable balance between your work life and your personal life. This is coming from someone who demoted herself, and I couldn’t be happier. I still have people who ask me why I took a step down on the “corporate ladder.” I feel like I’m preaching. 
Grabbed an awesome dress from RTR for an upcoming wedding. Why it took me probably three years to try out this company is beyond me. 
Olive oil and sea salt on vanilla ice cream? My to-do list for this summer just got a bit longer.

So, I did a bit of shopping. My refrigerator is now full of shandy and…hang on…lactose free milk. Eh, it’s summer. Why cook?

Lately:

I’m glad my job made the cut. I think it’s so important to find a comfortable balance between your work life and your personal life. This is coming from someone who demoted herself, and I couldn’t be happier. I still have people who ask me why I took a step down on the “corporate ladder.” I feel like I’m preaching. 

Grabbed an awesome dress from RTR for an upcoming wedding. Why it took me probably three years to try out this company is beyond me. 

Olive oil and sea salt on vanilla ice cream? My to-do list for this summer just got a bit longer.

shared July 16, 2014

Today, at approximately 6:00PM EST, at the age of 28 11 months and 23 days, I officially gave up music festivals.

I attended 4 Knots Music Festival earlier today, due to Dinosaur Jr. being the headliner and because the festival was completely free. When I arrived at 2PM, one hour after the start of the first band, I was barely within viewing distance of the stage. The weather was nice so I decided to relax and take in the scenery. Because I was only there to see Dinosaur Jr., Boy, A, and I went to a nearby bar to grab some cocktails and some snacks. We headed over to “The Dead Rabbit” at the recommendation of A. Try any of their Highballs or Pop-Inns. You won’t regret it. And, hey, why not throw in a lobster roll while you’re at it?

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In addition to the great cocktails “The Dead Rabbit” also houses a grocery section at the back of the bar. They carry dry goods like spreads and tapenades, oils and vinegars, olives and pickles, and even hard-to-find Irish and British imports. image

After “The Dead Rabbit” I was introduced to Chia, the Chow Chow. And, yes, her fur was just as soft as you’re imagining. Follow her Instagram here: Chia the Chow Chow.

Upon arrival back at 4 Knots the crowd had grown exponentially. We stayed to see part of Mac Demarco, in waiting for Dinosaur Jr. The “venue” was so cramped and several members of the crowd decided to smoke. I couldn’t handle it any longer. We ended up leaving. I’m so sorry, J. Mascis. I really wanted to see you! 

shared July 12, 2014

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I must be honest. I’m starting a new feature all because of Allie Lehman's new tattoo. I adore the fact that she's decided to go jewelry-free and tattoo over her ring finger in place of her engagement ring-wedding band duo. I'm not married but the idea of engagement rings with large stones just isn't appealing to me. A simple hammered gold wedding band seemed spot on. It still does. I just noticed Allie's new tattoo and I had to share. I'm in love.

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What do you think?

shared July 08, 2014 - 5 notes

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Boy and I went to Nitehawk Sunday afternoon and had the pleasure of seeing Coastgaard perform. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Perfect summer weather + prior semi-music funk. 

I hope you like them, too.

shared July 07, 2014
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