Things I’m Into – This Week in NY Edition

Some rad things going on around you in upcoming weeks:

BayFest 2016Great South Bay Brewery, Bay Shore, NY – May 14th, 2016 – 12:45-5:30PM

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Photo from GreatSouthBayBrewery

Make sure to check out Montauk Brewing Co. – We’ll be pouring beers alongside Long Island’s finest breweries with music, food, etc. Tickets available here.

Time Out and Hornblower: Summer Preview – Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 6:30PM

3 Hour Party cruising around NYC’s harbor enjoying open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, and four floors of DJs, entertainment, giveaways and other fun stuff. Tickets are available here. Literally just check their website, looks sick and I’m way excited.

Montauk Music Festival – Thursday, May 19th – Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

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Basically Montauk Music Festival is a four-day musical celebration featuring talented up and coming independent artists…and it’s set up in the best place on earth, Montauk! Over 100 artists with a wide variety of musical styles will be performing for free in the spirit of sharing original music with audiences and fellow musicians. Rad time, it’s basically opening weekend for Montauk and the east end of Long Island – so obviously…go! Mostly all venues in MTK have bands playing at different times of the day all weekend.

Benibla Denim Hat

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I’ve been pretty much obsessed with this hat since I’ve purchased it. It’s from a French brand, they seem pretty legit – kinda different vibe, but I’m okay with that. Like the style a lot – def into it. Love the light-wash stone denim.

Xx

 

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Parties and Events

Getting dressed up for holiday parties is fun yet stressful. This year my holiday party at work was themed “Andy Warhol Factory,” which led to freak-out mode for me…what do I wear?! It ended up being a mixed crowd, with some people in mini dresses and neon colored wigs, some dressed as themselves, some in character and some pretty standard. My admittedly poor contribution to the theme were super old-school suede platform Jeffrey Campbell booties, sort of 1960s? maybe not, but I went with it.

3e621ae0-5448-4d7a-9e08-256c95798e00 The props at this venue were sick and all of the waiters and bartenders wore banana suits. The photo booth theme was very banana-esque as well and filled with trash can sized Campbell’s Soup or rather, “Marc Jacobs Soup.”

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Parties are never complete without some feel-good element. Over the holiday I attended a family party that’s pajama themed, our now 3rd annual “Pajama Christmas Eve.” To play up the fact that I would be wearing pajamas and pictures wouldn’t possibly be that cute – I decided getting my hair blown out was necessary – plus gift cards were involved. 😉

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drybar is my favorite place to get my hair blown out! They always do a fabulous job with my hair + (plus) they give you complementary champagne. Win.

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Pajama Christmas Eve ❤ Photo was originally from Snapchat, hence the blurriness.

Reso’s on Reso’s

Write it down, write it down, write it down. Somewhere out there exists data supporting the statement that “things get done when you write them down.” I made that up… but maybe you believed me? Here I am writing down my goals and resolutions for 2016.

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Share your champagne. ❤ 

Taper expectations while aiming high. Sounds a bit contradictory, but I’m trying to bring myself into a bit of reality today. Realizing that I shouldn’t go into situations with the expectation that they will be great or even good, and just to live in the moment. No need to set unrealistic objectives for myself or pretend that I’m perfect.

Figuring it all out – as if that can be done. Uh, see above.

Being open to share responsibilities with others. I am exponentially and fiercely independent in many aspects of my life. I don’t allow people to hold my hand or walk me through things typically. This year I want to trust more and leave some power up to others around me. Will be a difficult task since I’m a firm believer in doing things for yourself and that you’re your biggest fan and only you can make you happy. While still trying to personally grow and maintain relationships with others, I’ve realized that I need to be more open. Become more receptive to the needs of those around me. Become more vocal about my own needs and wants. 

Go somewhere / do something new and cultural on a monthly basis or as often as possible. Living in NYC is amazing but sometimes extremely daunting. So instead of spending the winter hiding from the cold weather that will approach sometime soon – I’m planning on going out and exploring new places, exhibits, museums, art galleries, restaurants, etc.

This is a personal resolution that I have every single year, without fail. Become a better type 1 diabetic. 😐 Hard to relate to I guess, but simple things like taking my insulin before meals (every time!), not eating super carb-y foods, wearing my DexCom all the time (continuous blood sugar testing) and drinking more water.

Career goals exist and will maybe be discussed in another blog post. Hope everyone takes a moment to think about some things you’d like to improve upon in your life for the new year – and not only in the new year, think about that shit every single day. Ring it in well. Xx

4th Weekend at DPFI

July 4th weekend is one of my favorites of the whole year. Pure, American fun. Davis Park, NY is where I spent my extended holiday weekend that turned into basically a full week. Davis is located on Fire Island, (off of the south shore of Long Island). This point of Fire Island can be accessed only by ferry or boar, while other areas can be accessed by bridge. You’ve more likely heard of popular locations further west on LI (The Pines or Cherry Grove (leaving Sayville) or OBP, Ocean Beach, Kismet, Fair Harbor, etc leaving from Bay Shore). Davis is a gem though.

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Davis is a much smaller community than others on FI with very few shops, restaurants and even homes. TRULY escaping the hustle & bustle. And it’s amazing. No hotels.  Most homeowners rent on a weekly basis so the quick, weekend party getaways are to a minimum (obviously not what my friends do — kidding). So Davis is much more “family oriented” for sure with a fun, party scene on weekends.

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SELFIE STICK ACTION

There’s one bar on the island “The Casino Bar,” one nicer restaurant “The Casino Cafe“, the Harbor Store (where you can purchase everything you forgot), and a beach shack with fried food and ice cream – America’s faves!

USA sneakers on the 4th of July <3
USA sneakers on the 4th of July ❤ (from American Apparel) 

DPFI is a hidden gem on the Long Island beach scene. It has that “everybody knows everybody” vibe. It’s raging on the weekends. But it’s extremely peaceful and quiet (the Tuesday after a holiday weekend, after everyone leaves). Overall a great place to visit, check it out!

Tuesday
Tuesday

L.A. & San Francisco

Los Angeles had a gorgeous start of extraordinarily nice weather this past weekend. My best friend and I spent some time with family in Hermosa Beach and took a day trip to Beverly Hills. Being out of freezing New York City was an amazing little escape. Beaching in the winter when NYC is experiencing a snow storm is also one of the nicest feelings in the world. Sorry, NY-ers. Although this week NYC is having beautiful weather. So I obviously brought it back, you’re welcome!

We traveled up north to San Francisco for a few days to visit another bestie. My experience was delightful and S.F. is now in the running for one of my favorite cities out there. Take a look at some pics below because photos do a much better job of explaining than me rambling on about what I did.

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Hermosa Beach Lifeguard Stand
At this point we need to hit the beach majorly... so pale
At this point we need to hit the beach majorly… so pale
Morning run
Morning run
afternoon in Beverly Hills
afternoon in Beverly Hills
breakfast spot, hermosa beach
breakfast spot, hermosa beach
Twin Peaks at night, San Francisco
Twin Peaks at night, San Francisco
Muir Woods
Muir Woods

I fell during our hike and have a huge bruise and cut on my knee!

Sonoma Valley Wine Tasting
Sonoma Valley Wine Tasting
Meeting friends
Meeting friends

An alumni from Breezy’s school also loves wine as much as we do!

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Night Out in San Francisco
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Lombardy Street, #crookedest street in the world!
Lombardy Street, #crookedest street in the world!
Cable Car
Cable Car
Full House - House, Painted Ladies <3 San Francisco
Full House – House, Painted Ladies

Honestly…Breezy, Kim and I stood sat in front of the Painted Ladies for a solid 15 minutes before we decided what type of themed photo was acceptable to upload to Instagram. This photo captures the pure ridiculousness being caught in the moment. Breezy’s Instagram has the photo we chose. 🙂

Painted Ladies
Painted Ladies

Brings me back to my childhood… actually I still watch Full House often so it brings me back a few days ago.

Hyde St. Pier, San Francisco
Hyde St. Pier, San Francisco
Wine Tasting
Wine Tasting
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
Me and Uncle Charlie
Me and Uncle Charlie
Snapchat photos are cool, right?!
Snapchat photos are cool, right?!
Clift Wineries
Clift Wineries

Sometimes iPhone pictures don’t come out as good as I hope for ❤ Also my phone was dead or not on me for half of this trip so the memories will last much longer than the photos in this case. ❤

 

What’s In My Bag? | Aruba 2015

What’s in my bag blogs always interest me, so I’m sharing some details. Life Looks Better In Black gives a glimpse into some overall big picture thoughts and opinions. As if I don’t share enough, now you can OD! Enjoy or don’t! Xx

Bag: Mansur Gavriel Tote Black & Blue

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LV Passport Case: essentials, duh.
9ft iPhone Charger: because when traveling, and especially in life — that regular length cord just does not cut it!
Snaaaaacks: betches get hungry, the bar I had in my pantry was Nature Valley Peanut Butter something, ehhhh.
Reading Material: How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are – I’ve read it before, great book so I’ll read it again. I learn new things every time I pick it up and it feeds my Parisian addiction.
LV Card Case: no need for a wallet on vacation. Store ID, credit cards, insurance cards, and cash. All the necessities without the extra weight!
Meds: vitamins and prescriptions, necessities you know.
Headphones: downloaded the Rosetta Stone app on my phone so I can take my French language course on the go! Great for when you’re bored in the airport. Also feeding aforementioned Parisian addiction.
Evian Facial Spray: miracle worker for flights, keeps you feeling refreshed!
Sunglasses: I usually travel with 2 pairs because of the sheer fact that I’ll likely lose a pair in the ocean. Or both. Yikes! Celine’s and Tom Ford this time, wish me luck. 😉
Moleskine Journal: I write a lot. I always have something that I want to remember but will likely forget. Also has a hardcopy calendar. I keep my Le Pen with it because I love the way it writes and you never know when you’ll need a well writing black pen.
LV Makeup Bag: great for storing all makeup and beauty products. Also doubles as a clutch for a dinner/night out at your destination.

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Contents: all my fave products!
Le Miuix Hydrating Face Moisturizer, Byredo Gypsy Water, rms beauty oil, Lucas Papaw Ointment, Aruba Aloe, Chanel Sublimage La Creme Yeux, the lip slip by sara happ, Avène Cold Cream lip balm, MAKE eye makeup remover, Crest 3D White toothpaste, shampoo & conditioner (samples).

Makeup: Chanel and NARS everything! (More to follow…).

If you really know me, you’re likely shocked to see I’m moderately organized and not causing a scene at the airport. I’m extremely relieved to escape the frigid temps and icy, slushy, wet sidewalks of NYC. #OneHappyIsland here I come!

Xx

P.S. Wrote this while on Wifi from the air, so there’s no links to products. If you have a question, ask me! 😘

January 2nd.

2014 was a year of major change for me. Physically, emotionally, locally, globally – all changes. Changed my job field and location. Changed my residence (more times than I’d like to admit — ok, fine – 4!). My family changed, I lost my dad. Changed my relationship status (again, more times than I’d like to admit, but actually won’t admit). I’ve embraced a lot of change and I’m a firm believer in working toward the life you want. Dream chasing is a great way to do that, short term goal setting is a productive way to do that. There’s always a positive vibe in change, although maybe not right away. It comes. Time heals. Time takes time. Keep it in today.

Can’t wait for whatever changes may come this year. I’m not setting resolutions, I’m continuing to goal set and slowly move toward whatever I want and whatever comes my way. Looking forward to some stability in 2015. There’s no rules in 2015… so start your change or your stability whenever you see fit. ❤ Keep it on lock.

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*I never learned French though, it’s on my goal list for this year. Already have the Rosetta Stone.

TGE

TGE – Thanksgiving Eve. Also known as Thanks but Get me the Fuck Out of Here Eve.” Biggest party night of the year – great. Because I love oh so much to see all of the ratchets from my town in one single bar on one single night all pretending to love each other and “catch up” since the last time they did this a few weeks ago. UGH – sounds more like social suicide if you ask me.

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Old Faithful

 

Not that I’m trying to be a downer to a night of debauchery – because trust me – I will partake. I will be at the bar – I will go out with my friends. I will socialize with my (ex?) (sort of together?) (what are we?) (does anybody know because I sure don’t!) boy and my other ex and my other one too…OOPS.  I will probably say hi to people who I don’t like (against my will), just because I am “polite.” Not a fan of the awkwardness though – I’ll totally avoid a person and not speak to him/her just so I don’t have to deal with awkward conversations. Just saying – If we aren’t friends, we don’t need to have a fake catch up session for less than one minute while I pass by in a cramped hallway. However –  If I do care about you and we haven’t seen each other in a very long time – I will 100% have a QUICK catch up session with you, exchange phone #’s if we don’t already have them & I WILL FREAKING TEXT OR CALL YOU. AT A LATER DATE. Not on TGE at a bar with a million drunk people.

#ratchetbitches. You know the type. The girls who are probably younger than you – or around your age – could be older, which is REALLY very unfortunate for them — eek. They’re wearing a mini dress that you’d probably wear to a DJ Theo show in Atlantic City because – they’re not the type of girls that go to Vegas. You would never wear what’s in their closet to begin with. But they’re probably going to be wearing sparkles. Too short for the eye to even gather what is going on. They’ll also be wearing extremely high heels – probably sparkles. Oh and the major kicker is that they cannot walk in their heels either. And it’s not like the, “oh I just got this brand new pair of Brian Atwood’s that I haven’t quite gotten used to wearing yet.”  A better example is walking like it’s their 2nd-3rd day as little toddler baby. Clinging to anything and everything including YOU and your boyfriend while thinking they look sexy as F in their brand spankin’ new Forever21 pumps. Which are slicing the backs of their heels with every step, they’re already bleeding. Those shoes are coming off ASAP! OH – they also spilled half of their CRANBERRY x well vodka on your shoulder because OBVI they drink cranberry vodka and obvi they don’t know how to walk with a drink in hand. Silly girls – watch out for these! (I’ve been this girl once or twice ;o)  especially the falling type – shhhh!)

Whatever – I guess this is just like any other night out at the bar. Typical. But that is my main point here – like I do not see the big deal of TGE. Why does everyone care? I get it – everybody is off tomorrow for Thanksgiving so let’s all get super fucked up and eat turkey and mashed potatoes hungover the next day. BUT really?! I don’t see the glamour of TGE. I’ve never, ever liked doing anything that hoards of people think is “COOL.” Because if that many people think it’s cool – then it’s clearly already seen its day and it’s on its way out the door. It’s no longer cool to do the cool thing if everybody else is doing it. That means you’re normal. OVER normal. So over it. I mean – I get drunk on a Wednesday MTWTFSS anyway – what’s TGE going to do for me? Except make me wait about 3 minutes longer to order my drink from the bar.

So for all the Thanksgiving Eve lovers – get over yourself. Get over this “party holiday” and come back to reality. Start partying on weeknights on the regular – it will definitely make you feel better about yourself. Stop pretending like you give a shit about any of the random re-connects from high school that you’re going to see/fuck. And really – since you’re obviously going to go out anyway despite what me or anybody else tells you – suck it up – get really drunk (try to remember your night) or hopefully forget if it was that bad – don’t cry – smile at all of your haters – and live on your TGE like any other fucking Wednesday night. Let others look at you for all the right reasons – like because they’re jealous of your adorable dress & are wondering how you’re still standing up straight and are acting so poised after your 4th or 9th cocktail. It’s because your a BETCH. Get it girl, get ittttttttt.

No Shave

No-Shave November is the equivalent to the “basic bitch” of being a dude.

Maybe it’s the basic betch of months…

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No-Shave November has become so popular in recent years that it’s completely and utterly “basic bro.”

Some men do it for “the cause,” but most guys just do it because they think it’s cool, which is lame, IMO. Pay up or give up. Put up or shut up. Beard up, bro’s.

If you are in fact a bearded man 365, you typically despise this yearly tradition because it takes away from your hard manly work of maintaining your rad beard every day of the year. For the men who can’t grow beards, this is a funny month for you because yours look so scarce. Mostly men just look a little bit dirtier all around and the competition becomes steep among friends.

Through trying to prove your manhood to each other,  you in turn become very “chick-like”… doing things like comparing beard thickness and length to other dudes, sometimes for $, and very concerned about your overall appearance. You post selfies with your new beard. You even start drinking PSL’s seems pretty freakin’ basic to this betch. Get your shit together men, no shave November or not – keep on smiling your bearded face and be extra nice to the females in your life.

Because you have all now entered the real-time role of:

 “basic betch-dom.”

Welcome, basics. Get after it. And always remember, “If peeing your pants is cool, consider me Miles Davis!”