New York City Snapshots

Monday, February 12, 2018

If you keep up with my Instagram, you know I travel to New York once in a while for work. Although I am there for business, there is some time for play. But, this past trip we were way busier then in the summer so to be honest I was quite the grandma. Even more so then I am on a regular basis...... 

BUT, I did have the opportunity to eat a ton of good food, managed to still spend to much money, and had fun with my co-workers along the way. So, here are some fun snapshots from my trip to the big apple! 

First things first, BLACK TOP. Holy crap this was the best meal of my life. You know those places you see on Instagram and in those videos on Facebook that look amazing, then you go eat there and they are crap? This place is not one of those places. The food was amazing and the shakes were fabulous. *my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard plays in the distance* But for real, this meal was fantastic. One of the best burgers I have had, behind Shake Shack, AND the two chocolate shakes were to die for. 

I also ate some pizza while in the big city. I don't think you could call it "authentic NY pizza" but who cares it was pretty good. Look at that cheese stretch man. 

Next up, I visited my boyfriend Chuck (sorry Jeremy) and the Palace Hotel. Every time I come to New York I try and do something Gossip Girl related because I'm obsessed. I happened to be in the area so I naturally had to stop by. Sadly, I was alone and didn't feel like asking one of the many men in business suits who walked past to take my picture, another time perhaps. 

Another stop on my food tour was Milk & Cream Cereal Bar. This place was great! Basically you get ice cream blended with your choice of cereal with toppings. I opted for Coco Puffs because I love chocolate, but they had a ton of options! The interiors were very aesthetically pleasing to the eye, aka lots of photo ops for my basic-ass self. 

Some more touristy pictures. Whenever I see the St. Regis I think of Andy from the Devil Wears Prada running around like a mad women trying to get a copy of the new Harry Potter book. Anyone else? Or just me..... 

My semi-annual trip to the Henri Bendel flagship store. Of course I bought stuff.... are we surprised, nope. In my defense, they just always happen to have an amazing sale when I'm in town. The Bendel Gods were calling me to buy new things, I couldn't help it. 

Places I visited/ ate: 
Black Tap Midtown | 136 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019 
Milk & Cream Cereal Bar 159 Mott St, New York, NY 10013 
Glossier Showroom123 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013
Uncle Jack's Steakhouse44 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019 
The Palace Hotel 455 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 
Love sign | Corner of 6th Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan 

That about sums up my recent trip to New York! What are your favorite spots in New York I need to visit next time? Leave them in the comments! 

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: For Her, For Him, and For Friends!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

For Her 

For Him 

For Friends 

Valentine's day is such a fun holiday! I love all of the pink, red, and purple colors plus all of the hearts. It has to be one of the cutest holidays ever. So, today I rounded up some fun Valentine's Day gifts for anyone on your list! From a girlfriend, boyfriend, to your Galentine there is something for everyone. Of course other great gifts include flowers, candy, and the basic stuff. But, the basic stuff is still great! You can never complain about getting flowers and treats as gifts am I right?

For her, I love KJP's new pearl collection! From rosey pearls to necklaces, earrings, and bracelets with bow accents these gifts are dainty and feminine. It wouldn't be a gift guide if I didn't throw something Barbour in right? I love this red Barbour Cavalry Polarquilt! It's a super warm jacket in a fun pop color. For smaller gifts there is Sugar lip balm, a personal favorite of mine, or a cute jewelry box both are under $25! On my personal wishlist is this little bean necklace from Tiffany & Co. I don't know why but I think it is super adorable and a nice neutral necklace. For something fun and super Valentine's Day is this cute heart candy purse from Kate Spade. I'm always down for a novelty purse, and this one fits the bill for Valentine's Day perfectly!

For him, it gets a little tricky. Buying gifts for guys I think is so hard! But, here are some basic ideas that will work for basically any boyfriend! Pick up a fun graphic tee from their favorite brand, band, or whatever interests them. My boyfriend loves vineyard vines tees, so I chose this cute Valentine's Day whale tee for this guide, but you can tailor it to whatever interests your guy! Next up, a nice belt is a great gift. You can either splurge or find a great value option. Smathers & Branson are great quality belts, plus they have a ton of different designs to choose from. A button down shirt is also a great basic gift, pair it with a fun bow tie or tie for a Date Night look you can gift your boyfriend! Next up, the most basic Valentine's Day gift, but a goodie, is a bottle of cologne. The best part is you can decide how you want your guy to smell, win-win. Lastly, is a nice fountain pen. This is a fun smaller gift your guy won't expect. You can find a ton of options on Amazon in every price range.

Then for your Galentine (where my Parks and Rec fans??)! These gifts will be sure to show your BFF how much you care. Stoney Clover Lane pouches, necklaces, or patch set make great gifts! This velvet pouch is for a special price of $30. For $30 you get a small velvet pouch, in red or pink, with a heart patch, which is such a good deal. Plus their heart chocker necklace is on sale for $19, also a steal. For their sweet tooth, you gotta go with a Sugarfina bento box or candy cube. Their candy is my absolute favorite! Hello cute gummies in even cuter packaging, best thing ever. For a more sophisticated friend pick up a piece of pearl jewelry from KJP! Just as I suggested for her, these pieces are so gorgeous and pretty affordable. Then for your goofy friend pick up a pair of heart sunglasses or another goofy gag gift. A giant teddy bear with candy is also a great option because let's be honest your probably basically dating your BFF anyways.

I hope you enjoyed this Valentine's gift guide! What are you giving your loved ones for V-Day? Let me know in the comments! 

Dose of Disney: Disney Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Monday, February 5, 2018

Another gift guide is coming your way, this time for Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorites. I long for the days I used to go and pick out my Valentines to pass out during elementary school. Those were the days! But, now I get to celebrate Valentine's with my gals and my boyfriend. 

So, here are a few fun Disney themed gift ideas that would make perfect Valentine's Day gifts for a boyfriend, girlfriend, or best friend! Personally on my wishlist is the adorable Tsum Tsum heart pillow. Plus, it smells like chocolate. Hell yes. Not to mention I'm crushing over those adorable love Mickey and Minnie tees. Plus the Lillian & Co. Sally and Jack inspired bracelet. 

All of these gifts are super adorable! What is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! 

Glossier Showroom Visit + REVIEW!

Friday, February 2, 2018

While I was in New York I had the chance to stop by the Glossier Showroom near Soho. To be honest, I had not jumped on the Glossier bandwagon yet. I see so many bloggers and people talking about how great Glossier products were. But, for me it's hard to try a new beauty brand without seeing or trying the products in person. So, it was great to see the Glossier Showroom and see the products first hand. 

While I was at the showroom I picked up two Glossier products! First I picked up the Balm Dot Com in rose. This is a super thick lip balm that feels a lot like Vaseline. It goes on really thick, but really moisturizes your lips. I've used it a few times and I do think it makes a difference in the appearance of my lips. But, my only complaint is that you have to apply it with your finger, which I am not a huge fan of. I just find it not sanitary and a little gross to have leftover lip balm all over your finger. Despite that small issue, I like the product and I think it has helped my lips! 

The next product I picked up was Glossier's newest product Solution. Solution is essential a liquid exfoliator. This product is applied just as you would apply toner, with a cotton pad after cleansing. The sales associate said that when you first use the product to only use a small amount to see how your skin reacts. At first I think this product made my skin break out slightly, but I am now just using it once a week because it is very strong and fast acting. I haven't used it quite long enough to see results. But, I do think it leaves your skin feeling refreshed after using. 

We had a great experience at the showroom! When you walk into the door you have to go up an elevator to the actual store space. The space is very aesthetically pleasing, aka Instagram opportunities galore. I particularly loved the mirror that said "You look good". The sales associates were super helpful, and explained their products well (for any newbies like me!). 

Plus you get a super cute Glossier bag (pictured below) and a larger little makeup bag that every order comes with online. The stickers also add a fun extra touch, I love a good sheet of stickers. 

Overall, it was a great shopping experience! We went later at night, around 7:30, and they close at 8pm. Normally, there is a huge line so if you go later at night you might be able to skip out on waiting in a long line to get in! 

What Glossier products do you like? Let me know what I should try in the comments below! 

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