May 22, 2017

What I'm Currently Watching

A lot of great TV has premiered lately and I've been trying to check them all out. A few I only gave a few episode chance to before ditching. Some are old faves returning for another season. I thought I'd share some quick reviews with NO SPOILERS in case you were interested in tuning in:

Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale - The most buzzed about show in my timeline arrived earlier this month then have been releasing single episodes each week. Despite some negative press with the cast not wanting to drop the F bomb - feminist - I was looking forward to this show. There was a very detailed Buzzfeed article describing the way the show is shot. It's beautiful, raw, and tremendous acting for all the cast. The episodes are so hard to watch, as a woman, because it doesn't seem so far fetched. I never read the book but read a lot before tuning in. Fair warning: There are some difficult scenes to watch. I have heard that the rest of the episodes move away a bit from the book so I'm hoping it stays a strong show.

Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season 3 arrived this weekend! Just in time after a crappy political week (and months!). This show is very light-hearted, silly, and packed with jokes. Titus continues to be a star doing an excellent Lemonade homage. It makes me wonder why they couldn't have pitched a show around him rather than a white girl but I digress.... it's a nice comedic relief.

Netflix's Anne With an E - Throwing in a quick note about this show. I never read the books all the way through but we're all familiar with the story of Anne of Green Gables. My takeaways of those stories were a precocious orphan with a big imagination. However, this Netflix series is quite harsh. It paints a more dark version rather than what I was hoping would be an uplifting, imaginative series. I only watched 2 episodes before ditching it. I've read some other negative reviews including one from an avid fan on Twitter.

Netflix's Master of None - Season 2 has arrived! Season 1 made a big splash and was buzzed about as a millennial sitcom. I was really okay with continuous episodes like season 1 but Aziz went above and beyond making each episode like a mini movie. The first few episodes are a love letter to Italy with his character moving there to make pasta which Aziz himself did. Then the few other episodes are love letters to New York, with one episodes even being called "New York, I Love You." As well as exploring his female relationships. It really was perfecto!

Starz American Gods - I can't even explain this show to people lol. I only tuned in because it was trending on Twitter during the premiere. There is also a book about this show but I explain it to people as heavily fantasy and visual. More so probably than Game of Thrones. There's been 3 episodes but I'm pretty hooked and telling everyone to watch it. I personally am liking it over Westworld which I could never really get into. I'm enjoying all the performances and it touches a bit on our obsession with technology since the modern gods control technology vs the old guys. The modern gods can be printed in 3D or takeover televisions so there's some interesting commentary there. I enjoy reading the recaps because there's always something I missed.

Amazon's I Love Dick - I mean the name alone grabs your attention lol. It stars the hilarious Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon as Dick. Kathryn is one of those actresses who has been part of great shows that just haven't been given the big spotlight. I'd say this is her first lead role and she deserves it. I also liked the concept was slightly older people - it doesn't always have to be six pack abs 20 year olds on our screens. The first few episodes are around the couple which catapults into female sexuality which leads to the other characters. I'm curious how they'll keep the premise of writing "Dear Dick" letters going.

What are you currently watching?

May 17, 2017

Self-Tanner Reviews: St. Tropez, Dr. Dennis Gross & Tan Luxe

Self Tanner Reviews: St. Tropez, Dr. Dennis Gross & Tan luxe
Self tanning season is here! We're hitting the 90s here in the city so it's time to shave my legs lol and put a little color on them. I enjoy JERGENS® Natural Glow® lotion to slowly build up some color but thought I'd give some other self-tanner options a go to see if I could find a new fave. Here are some I tried along with my thoughts:

May 12, 2017

My May Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was Low Effort, High Impact. "Longer days are upon us, which means more time to enjoy those fun moments we look forward to all year - and less cause for primping. Streamline your routine with effortless products that deliver big results." Here's what was inside:

May 2, 2017

5 Mother's Day Gift Ideas Under $50

Mother's Day is quickly approaching so thought it was a good time to share some gift ideas. Whether it's for your aunt, sister, or mom here are some gift ideas that should be a hit. And they're all under $50!

April 27, 2017

My April Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

Another month, another round up. Spring is finally sticking around here in New York so it's time to switch up the beauty routine. Swap out the heavy moisturizers for some lightweight sun protection. I also had patiently sat on my hands to not order anything from Sephora but decided to treat myself to a little haul that will help me achieve the unicorn trend. Here's what I loved and not so much loved this month:

April 23, 2017

Spring Nail Colors I'm Wearing

Finally feeling like Spring around here! Before transitioning my closet, first I transition to my spring nail colors. Still loving many of the colors from my post 2 years ago - corals, bright pinks - but with some cloudy blues.

April 17, 2017

My April Birchbox

This month's Birchbox is Magic Inside with the design of the box being on the inside, cute idea. "Pretty beauty packaging might have us at hello, but in the long run it's what's on the inside that matters the most. With smart features and dynamic ingredients - from brightening Vitamin C to purifying charcoal - there's a ton of magic inside this box (so you feel your best on the outside)." Here's what I received:

April 9, 2017

Music Festival Outfit Inspiration

Music Festival Outfit Inspiration

Coachella is this weekend and next which means music festival season is here! Don't miss my guest post on survival tips if you are lucky enough to attend this year. Music festivals are the unofficial kick-off of warmer weather and also a chance to get some fashion inspiration. Here are some pieces I'm loving and would love to wear if I was attending.

April 2, 2017

My April Julep Maven Box

This month's Julep Maven box theme was Relax & Remix. "Spring is in full swing and this month’s collection is redefining R&R. Rejuvenate with NEW, luxuriously soft shades of Feels Like Velvet Full-Coverage Eye Shadow Duo. Pop on our paradise-inspired polishes for that getaway feeling, and this season’s staycation is officially on." Here's what I received:

March 31, 2017

My March Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

I often discuss whether in these monthly beauty round-ups because it is an important factor into how our skin will behave and thus shaping our beauty routine. The first day of Spring here in New York we had snow. Spring has not sprung yet so my heavy duty winter products are still in rotation. I did get a chance to try out some products that I've had my eye on that you might have seen me review earlier this month. Here are the products that I enjoyed and didn't fall in love with this month:
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