POOLSIDE bags launched their first winter style this year and it’s so chic and cuddly. The Teddy Tote is so cozy and perfect for traveling (locally), running holiday errands, a diaper bag, and your everyday tote. Comes in Cafe Au Lait (Tan) & Indigo (Navy Blue) – I love both shades! This bag is made out of upcycled sherpa, sustainable too!
Soft and fuzzy straps fit cozily and conveniently over your shoulder for easy toting. While extremely light weight, this bag holds its structure nicely, even when filled to the brim.
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This is a majorly delayed post that I thought I published several months ago, oops! Cannot believe we just celebrated our daughter’s 1st birthday on June 11th! (LOL – 6 months ago, it’s almost December 11th & we’re celebrating Vivi @ 18 months!) Parents always say that time flies by, but like WOW – it really flew by (and continues to). Vivienne’s first year was thrilling and eventful – lots of exploring, travel, milestones, a turn of a decade, a pandemic, a social justice movement. Jerry and Vivi share the same birthday 🙂 He turned 30 and she turned 1. We had planned to throw a tremendous party in our backyard with family and friends, but given the circumstances – we decided to keep the gathering very small with immediate family only.
We rented an amazing glamping bell tent from Life In Tents – they’re based on the West Coast, but shipped to us for easy installation. Cushions from Amazon (possibly sold out now). Custom Vivi’s Toys bag from Poolside. Rug from Lulu & Georgia (we used to have this in our living room, but it sheds majorly so we replaced it… so I’m extremely happy to have repurposed it for the weekend in our backyard for Vivienne’s party – also, it’s now on sale!).
Balloon arches and bundles from Zapadeedoodah (Long Island, NY). They were great to work with and gave me exactly what I wanted! Huge arch inside, some large globe balloons, a few smaller bundles. Perfect!
My theme for decor was casual, pastel, outdoor glamping, plus whimsical vibes. We hosted a quick 2-hour gathering from 3:00-5:00PM. In my opinion the best time for a baby’s party with other young children attending …. a post-nap time slot is key!
Ranunculae are my favorite flower. Flowers are an instant mood booster and pink is an instant mood booster as well. So this blog is all pink from here on out.
Watermelon! Montauk Brewing Co. just announced the release of a new product for summer – Watermelon Session Ale. Available in can & keg in NYC and Long Island starting April! How refreshing does that look?!
Rose colored eyeglasses from Warby Parker. The frame is Welty. I’m obsessed with them (note all of the selfies). Love the shape and that they’re a very light dusted pink color. The pink lipstick I have on is Jam by Glossier.
Pink vibes all day. Post Valentine’s Day swag.
Glossier launched a new product – it’s a dew effect highlighter. It’s perfect for summer. I’ve been wearing it nonstop since I received my overnight shipment last week. It’s basically the best thing since matte lipsticks came out (lookin’ at you Kylie). Anyway, this product is the exact opposite of matte. Even though I hate the word, it’s totally moist (ew, sorry) and leaves the most beautiful bit of brightness on your skin.
The highlighter is called Haloscope and it comes in two shades! Quartz is a pinkish, pearl color and Topaz is a sun-kissed golden so you can be a bronzed goddess. Super low-maintenance vibes and easy to apply with a simple swipe and dabbing it in with your fingers. It’s packaged as a stick which makes it great for the grab & go lifestyle. Step by step directions for places to highlight are noted in the photo below, courtesy of Glossier.
The oil-infused core is full of hydrating skincare ingredients, while its outer ring contains those crystal pigments that give skin a dewy effect. Highlighters have scared me in the past because I don’t want to look shiny. Glossier’s Halosope is way difffffff and is much more natural looking. It gives a “wet” look that appears organic and as if it’s supposed to be there instead of like you’re in dire need of face wash.
I recommend both shades. I’ve used both, I like both and I don’t even have a favorite (and I always have favorites). You can either pick one to use or you can use both together. You can teach yourself to contour by highlighting – I don’t really know or care if this is what’s referred to as strobing, but if it is then it’s easier than it sounds. Swipe Quartz on top of your cheekbones like noted in the photograph above and then swipe Topaz right underneath. Swipe, swipe, check. (Similar to Tinder…lolz). The highlight contour gives you a skinny cheekbone that’s young, fresh, low maintenance and takes a fraction of the time of putting any real work into your makeup routine. WIN / WIN – got that summertime sadnesshappiness! And if you’re really pale it gives you a bronzed cheek without actually applying bronzer or blush. Lastly, it isn’t orangey at all. All of the girls in the #GlossierSlackPack love it, even on super light skin tones. Trust. Slack Pack rules all.
Summertime calls for lazy girl makeup. Plus your skin is usually more tan and you’re spending more time outside and likely require less makeup. Glossier provides the best options for lazy girl makeup because it’s simple, it’s easy, and it looks so much better than anything else!!!
Also skin usually clears up a little bit more in the summer (not sure if that’s really true… but I believe in it). And if you read it on the internet, it must be true. Could also be that I’m psycho, whatever. Def recommend Haloscope by Glossier – both colors, you won’t regret it. Check Glossier’s IG for a million amazing photos of Haloscope on different people.
Easy view from the window on a cloudy, rainy day… take a break from work and look outside every now and then. Better – get outside! Even in bitter cold temps…
Sample sale on sample sale on sample sale. Holiday and employee sales in December can be quite advantageous and also exceptionally expensive. <3 Photo below of beautiful Celine’s.
Next up is something that’s been on everybody’s lips, literally. Kylie Lip Kit. #LipKitbyKylie – I’ve been obsessed since its been announced and I finally got my hands on one! This purchase was actually one of the most stressful things I’ve gone through in the past few weeks. I’m kidding, that makes me sound far more ridiculous than I really am. The kits sold out twice, but I was able to purchase the Candy K color when the website restocked. Obsessed, I’m going to blog more about it, so check back.
adidas Superstars with really pretty packaging. I’m really into chic white sneakers right now. As is every other fashion girl in NYC…
CoffeeProject is a quaint little shop in NYC’s East Village that truly focuses on customer service. Upon entering, I was warmly greeted with a smile and welcome. I ordered the fan-favorite “deconstructed latte” (which must be consumed on-premise) aka can’t take it to-go!
The “Deconstructed Latte” concept is really fun if you’re a coffee person or just like doing interesting things while you consume food. Basically it’s served in a specific order – first you drink the espresso, then you drink the milk in it’s “raw-est” form, and finally the combined ingredients as a latte. The broken down order really does enhance the flavor of the final product, the latte – it’s also a two-for one because your’e totally getting more bang for your buck.
The owner, Sum explained the whole concept & process to me and even followed up shortly after to see if I liked it. The coffee experience is served with a small glass of sparkling water to cleanse the palette and a small wafer cookie. I’m a huge fan of experience over anything and this is definitely what you get at CoffeeProject. Highly recommend for a spot to meet a friend for a chat!
Coffee Project New York
239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003