Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Weekly Wants 2015 #3


1. Aesop Control - two uses into the Parsley Seed mask and I already know it's a winner... must by everything else from the brand starting with the control gel for those not so great skin days

2. Maison Martin Margiela Beach Walk - I live near the beach yet I'm not a beach person, but somehow this perfume is making me reconsider my position

3. J.Crew Ryder Pants - I wear my Minnie and Pixie pants almost daily so I have high hopes that the Ryder will be my new go-to pant

4. Nike Gym Vintage Full-Zip - soft, cozy and relaxed, I want this in every (neutral) color 


Sunday, March 1, 2015

What I Ate in New York City

THE GREY DOG 

Where: 244 Mulberry Street - Nolita
What I Ate: egg sandwich croissant
Verdict: the best potatoes I've ever eaten - the perfect amount of spice and crispyness

MERCADITO 
Where: 179 Avenue B - East Village
What I Ate: pollo tacos
Verdict: margarita wasn't up to par but the corn and chicken tacos were excellent and there were four of them!

MUDSPOT

Where: 307 E 9th Street - East Village
What I Ate: almond french toast
Verdict: maybe the best french toast I've ever had and non-traditional too, the flavor of an almond croissant mixed with maple syrup and cinnamon

EL COLMADO


Where: 600 11th Ave - Gotham West Market - Hell's Kitchen 
What I Ate: Pimientos, Gambas al Ajillo
Verdict: a snack at most- don't eat here if you are starving, but great tapas that made me branch out of my food comfort zone

PUNCH RESTAURANT

Where: 913 Broadway - Flatiron 
What I Ate: chicken club 
Verdict: incredible flavor for a fairly standard dish, with the most-natural tasting homemade potato chips

BLACK SEED BAGELS

Where: 170 Elizabeth Street - Nolita
What I Ate: salt bagel and raspberry jam
Verdict: hands down the best bagel and jam I've ever had - if you want a bagel that leans more toward crispy bread and not super chewy, this is the one for you 

NOM WAH TEA PARLOR 

Where: 13 Doyers Street - Chinatown
What I Ate: too many things...
Verdict: delicious simple fried rice, cheap hot tea and great pork/shrimp dumplings

SARABETH'S

Where: 40 Central Park S - Midtown
What I Ate: flat & fluffy french toast
Verdict: incredible traditional french toast, perhaps just not as well done and crispy as I would like but a total tourist must 

WESTVILLE

Where: 333 Hudson Street- Hudson Square
What I Ate: grilled salmon + 2 market sides
Verdict: favorite meal in NYC - fresh ingredients, healthy dishes and a great urban atmosphere

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Weekly Wants 2015 #2


Topshop Split Back Duster Coat in Camel - Looks like a Burberry trench but lightweight and flowy 

Gorjana Mika Necklace - Everything from this brand is absolutely stunning and this necklace is no excception

YSL Volupte Tint-In-Oil - After seeing these many times in Sephora I finally swatched them - beautiful colors and a texture unlike other lip products

J.Crew Dotty One-Piece - Step 1: keep up regular exercise plan, Step 2: buy this swimsuit

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My New York List So Far


I'm off to New York City on Thursday and I can't wait to take in the sights, sounds... and cold!  Although I'm sure I will complain, the cold will be a nice change from the summer weather LA is currently experiencing.  I have very few set plans except for these four:

Highline - I can't believe I didn't know about this until watching Anna's NYC Vlog - looks like a great way to see the city

Bite Lip Lab - An absolutely must!! One lipstick, two lipsticks, a lipstick and a gloss - I have no idea what I will end up customizing but it will be a fun, unique experience

Sarabeth's - I swear every other instagram photo I see of a blogger in NYC is a photo from breakfast or brunch at Sarabeth's - and now I can't wait to try that french toast that has been taunting me in photos quite some time

Ice Skating in Central Park - When I think of ice skating in Central Park I picture Blair Waldorf in that amazing ice skating outfit from Season One of Gossip Girl.  Now I know I won't look like that but it should still be great fun

Friday, February 13, 2015

Faraway Friday

Since I don't post on Wednesdays I can't do Wanderlust Wednesdays, but travel posts happen to be one of my favorite posts to read.  Faraway Friday is my version of a travel wish list post.  

Cinque de Terre - Italy
Colorful buildings, Mediterranean Sea and Italian food - one day I hope to take it all in
Prague Beer Hall - Czech Republic
I know almost nothing about Prague and I don't drink beer but I've been fixated on visiting Prague since seeing the cheesy Mandy Moore movie Chasing Liberty as a teenager (hopefully someone else has seen this as well!) 
Highclere Castle - England
Cliched, I know - but I love Downton Abbey 
12 Apostles - Australia 
I'm usually not one for beach vacations but after seeing the 12 Apostles on TV every year while watching the Australian Open I think I can make an exception.  They look absolutely stunning and almost dreamlike

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mini Birthday Haul

Last month I celebrated my golden birthday with family, friends, cake, Disneyland, a Sam Hunt concert and lots of good times.  I also recieved some wonderful presents from family and friends including a new handbag - Rebecca Minkoff Mini Avery Black Tote, a fitness gadget - Fitbit Flex, and a gift card - Lush.  
Simple, Structured, Textured - Classic
Effectiveness? - Questionable... but addicting, oh so addicting
Lush shopping spree, yes please!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Currently Loving: Kendra Scott


If there is one brand I've been absolutely drooling over lately it's Kendra Scott - a brand I didn't even know about until a few weeks ago and now it seems to be popping up everywhere.  It just so happens that I was at Fashion Island in Newport Beach last weekend (which I never go to) and I walked past a Kendra Scott store.  Obviously I had to go in - and because I went in I definitely walked out with a shopping bag in hand!

From browsing online I had my eye on the Abra Double Band Ring in Rose Gold and it didn't disappoint in person.  Luckily, there was one left in my size.  I love this ring because it is eye-catching and unique, yet still delicate at the same time (and I have been loving delicate jewelry recently).  Now I didn't plan on purchasing anything else but I've been looking/lusting over a few hand bracelets (like this one) but couldn't find anything just right.  So when I saw the Yasmin Hand Chain in Gold I knew I had to get it, especially because I got a 50% birthday discount.  My only slight complaint is that the chain is far too long on my hand and is much looser than I would have liked.  However, it looks awesome and is a great piece to mix in with my other rings and jewelry pieces.

I have a feeling this will not be my only purchase from Kendra Scott.