Did a staycation at The Rockaway Hotel in Rockaway Beach, Queens, NYC in late March 2021 and it was the perfect escape! Just outside of NYC (but technically still part of NYC) in Queens with surrounding views of the Atlantic Ocean on the South side and Jamaica Bay on the North side of the hotel. There is a pool, which I assume will be beautiful in summer months (it was empty and closed on March 20th weekend).
The rooftop restaurant and bar was so chic, had live music and a really fun vibe! Food was great too!
Decor in the lobby of the hotel – they had the fire going all weekend and the couches were comfortable. Coffee in the morning and water throughout the day too 🙂
The vibe of this hotel is beachy, bohemian, chic and welcoming. Made me feel like I was at a chic hotel in Montauk or even Miami. Definitely did not have NYC vibes. Ironic because everywhere was so close (approx 40 mins driving to lower Manhattan) but about 15-25 minutes drive to Brooklyn, depending on what area you head to.
Saturday I headed to Brooklyn (Williamsburg area) to walk around and shop at some vintage shops & grab coffee at Butler (pictured below) Also headed to Industry City on my way back to Rockaway to look at my favorite hat shop, Teressa Foglia.
Checked out Rockaway Brewing Company (quick 5 minute drive from the hotel). It was an indoor/outdoor space, family friendly and had a food truck and some music. I enjoyed a NE style IPA 🙂
Rockaway Coffee Roasters was a great spot for me on Sunday morning – had a great coffee menu and lots of healthy options. Ordered a cappuccino & a green juice to start the day off right.
Lastly I went for a walk on the boardwalk and found some cool street art.
Shop my empties! Empties are products that I liked enough to finish the whole way and that I would recommend for you to try!
If you have specific questions about products and how they will interact with your skin type, send me a message. I’m happy to help navigate! (I’m in esthetician school currently, and taking another advanced course on ingredients!)
Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich – love this product – super nourishing, a rich cream that’s great for evening and sometimes daytime if your skin needs a boost. Great for winter and all year!
Glossier You – Sample Size: I love this scent. It’s adaptable and smells great on many people – one of my go-to’s! Used this mini during a weekend away in Palm Springs.
Marvis Toothpaste – another mini used during my weekend away – I like the flavor on this a lot! Chic
Tan Luxe The Body – This is my favorite self tanning product for the body. I love these drops. You mix a few in with whatever moisturizer that you’re using and voila. Perfect color! I love the light/medium tone, you can use it every couple of days to keep your tan looking fresh. Highly recommend!
A highly concentrated cleanser that exfoliates, clarifies, and re-energizes skin in 60 seconds.
At first look, the color reminds me of the Neutrogena face and body wash from many moons ago. So there’s that. But seriously, this is a product that does a LOT more than that old school amber-colored cleanser of the past. I’ve been using it for about 1.5 weeks and I’m enjoying it. I’m liking the gentle exfoliators and how soft it makes my skin.
Check out a Reel on Instagram that I created below…
Below is some info directly from Glossier’s website so you can check out what Concentrated Cleanser actually does as well as its ingredients.
April starts a true changing of seasons in New York and we’re heading into warmer weather, finally!!! I picked up a few really cute, basic, everyday pieces from Target that I plan on wearing all spring and summer long! Linking below. Everything is under $25 and that’s a win for summer clothes. I don’t know about you but I’m always on the go, staining things, and I want chic pieces that do the job but are affordable. Shop below and let me know if you pick any of these things up!
I’m seriously looking forward to spring weather and spring vibes after this week! It’s finally (slowly) warming up into the high 40’s / low 50’s in New York and I am grateful as anything for that slight increase in weather and sunshine. Makes such a difference in my mental health and overall happiness!
I’ve been doing a little shopping lately (always)… but I’m sharing some of my favorite pics below. The carousel of photos is shop-able!
Last year I purchased a pair of white linen pants from Target very early in the season, around this time (February or March) and I wore the hell out of them!! Also received endless compliments and people were wanting to shop them. I found what I consider the most similar pair for 2021 that Target has (linked above)! I would buy these ASAP if you’re interested because they will sell out. All of the good Target items do.
Hunza G Swimsuit – I have these linked on my LikeToKnow.It page. There is a lot of hype around these swimsuits. I have a 2 piece that I got last year via a collab with Koibird and I really loved the texture, style and fit (the fabric is scrunched) and super comfortable. I’m looking forward to trying a new bright color for summer!
Freck – I’ve been seeing this product for awhile and I’m very excited to try it out on myself. I love freckles – I have some freckles – BUT I’m really trying to make it a point to keep my face out of the sun more then ever this summer. And always. I’m becoming more of an SPF goddess than I previously was. So applying my own faux freckles will be the vibe this summer. I’ll post photos on Instagram once I get this and try it out.
Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and week ahead! Spring starts tomorrow! <3
Sakara is not only a ready-to-eat meal delivery program! There are plenty of amazing supplements & products that I highly recommend trying!
Metabolism Super Powder is a life changing super powder – it’s made with cacao so it has a light chocolatey flavor and I’ve been making it as a blended coffee beverage all the time lately. Including the recipe below – it’s amazing!!!!! Metabolism Super Powder is stimulant-free, sustained energy. It helps control cravings and reduces bloat! Adding this to your everyday routine helps to a restore healthy, thriving metabolic rate!
Very into this. If you buy Sakara Metabolism Super Powder remember to use my code: XOBYRD at checkout to save 20%!!
Ingredients 8-12oz Fresh Brewed Organic Coffee 1/4 Cup of Almond Milk or Oat Milk or Milk of Choice 1 Sachet of Sakara Metabolism Super Powder 1 Tsp of Coconut Butter or Coconut Manna (I have used ghee as well) 1/8 Tsp of Vanilla Extract (I didn’t measure, just a few drops) Dash of Cinnamon
Directions 1. Combine all ingredients in blender. 2. Blend for 30 seconds until frothy. 3. Serve & enjoy!
Remember to use code XOBYRD on Sakara.com for 20% off your first order!
Every few weeks I round up a bunch of my empties and post an IGTV series with my reviews. Check the most recent “Empties” IGTV post here. I’m now sharing some of the links to the products that I like in a shop-able place for you here on my blog!