October 19, 2014

Weekly Rewind

{Apples picked by yours truly and my new favorite slip-on sneakers found from Nordstrom Rack}

{Anyone else finish this book in one day like I did?}

{Mini pies getting me all excited for the holidays!}

{Surprise flowers and very seasonal and very cute gourds}

{Blueberry cookies and cream shaved ice from Snowdays Shavery...New Yorkers! Go try!}

These past couple of weeks have been a blur of food, travel and reunions with old friends--not that I'm complaining. As the days get cooler (!!!) and shorter, these little things have been giving me strength and happiness through the hustle and bustle of life.

I literally read through Lena Dunham's book in a day, but her Youtube channel for her book deepened my love and admiration for her even further.

One of my biggest dilemmas while job searching is going for something I know I would love or going for something that will keep me financially secure and my parents happy. A fashion editor tells of her own career story.

Inside the Man Repeller's amazing office.

Being obsessed with food and reading, these memorable meals from classic books brought to life intrigued me.

Also on my Fall To-Do List is to make caramel apples, so I may have to try out all of these recipes. Drool.

3 steps to motivate yourself: helpful for anyone struggling with any kind of block.

October 18, 2014

What I've Been Up To...

I feel like every week (probably everyday) I chastise myself for not blogging more. Not like I'm obligated to do this in any means, but I know that I feel more inspired and productive by doing so. This past week/weekend, I've been knocking out some things on my bucket list and going to new places. I visited Buffalo (my boyfriend's hometown!) and visited a drive-in movie theater, apple picking and Niagara Falls! It was such a busy, but eventful trip and it makes me want to go to more places and try more things.

October 4, 2014

Fall To-Do List

There's something about fall that makes everyone feel warm and nostalgic. I'm guessing it's because it's typically the time when school starts, so a there's a feeling of freshness in the air. As the year continues to fly by, I have come to the hard fact of life that my stint in New York City may be coming to an end (but I sure hope not!) So this fall bucket list is a way to get me out more to explore this great city as well as achieve some of my personal goals. I'm ready to have a productive and thankful October!

October 3, 2014

Just Bitten

Some women can't live without mascara; for others, it's eyeliner. For me, it's lipstick. When I go out without some sort of color on my lips, I feel naked and off my game. One of the most annoying things about lipstick though is the fact that you need to constantly reapply in order to maintain the color. This Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain has changed my life. This amazing (and aesthetically pleasing) little crayon is a lip balm, lip stain and lipstick in one.

Following the urge for a new lip toy in the drugstore, I picked this up because I had heard some hype on it. I tried it on lips without any chapstick or lip balm on my lips to start and was expecting some ridge-y spotty color, but it glided with intense color with so much ease, I was actually confused and had to check the label a few times. And it really stains your lips. I mean, it will come off after a while (a long while!) but not as quickly as other lip products.

Now, I obviously need the whole collection and also need to try the other matte and glossy finishes. I'm gonna need a bigger makeup drawer...

September 26, 2014

My Favorite NYC Ice Creams

Is it sad to admit that ice cream is one of my favorite foods? I will trek across Manhattan on foot in the dead of winter just to get one of my favorites listed below. Of course, there are still so many places to try (and so little time), but these are my tried and true favorite ice cream places in New York City.

Admittedly, the fun name of this ice creamery allured me in the first place and once you get inside, there is no shortage of equally as fun ice cream treat names or glittery unicorns (I love this place). Whether you order a Salty Pimp (vanilla soft serve literally injected with dulce de leche, sprinkled with just the right amount of sea salt and dunked in chocolate dip) or a Bea Arthur (soft serve covered in crushed vanilla wafers), you can't really go wrong.

Located in the heart of Chinatown, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is popular for it's more unique flavors, such as Black Sesame or Lychee. It's surrounded by fun Chinatown shopping stalls (in case you're on the hunt for some super cheap knockoffs) and delicious, cheap soup dumpling restaurants. Definitely a yummy place to stop by when you're in the area! (P.S. cash only.)

This place is a well-loved cult classes now and I have joined the train that things that anything Momofuku can do no wrong. Besides the Cereal Milk Soft Serve (pictured above), which is basically like frozen milk and perfectly sweet corn flakes, they serve fun desserts, like their Crack Pie and a variety of cookies. A little birdie told me that they now serve Crack Pie Cereal Milk...so a trip is in order for me.

I could not pronounce the name of this place for my life, but it is one of my favorite ice cream places in the city. The flavors are so intense (in a good way) and varied that I don't even think about the fact they're vegan! It's styled more like a casual cafe and I've often seen people bring their laptops to work as they enjoy the artisan ice cream. Their Earl Grey ice cream is definitely one of my top three ice cream flavors ever. EVER. Also, pictured above is the equally amazing pistachio ice cream.