July 30, 2014

My Birthday Wish List

Sunday is my birthday! Thought I'd put together a wish list in case you were thinking about picking me up something lol. Here's what I've been wanting to treat myself to:

July 29, 2014

My July GLOSSYBOX


For this month's GLOSSYBOX they sent us bloggers two of the products in the box at the beginning of the month so we could incorporate it into our skincare routine and give a review. I was appreciative since it's hard to give a fair assessment with just a few tries. Here's what I received:

July 28, 2014

MMG: Star Wars Party

Getting in the spirit // Jacob with his Star Wars LEGO cake // Zach in the Ticket Blaster
I'm back! Technically I'm still in California... I have a flight this afternoon so depending on when you read this. Today I'm gossiping about my weekend in California with my sister and nephews. My oldest nephew, Jacob, and I have the same birthday (August 3rd) and since we live on opposite coasts we split weekends. So this weekend was his birthday festivities. He was turning 6 and wanted a LEGO Star Wars party at Chuck E. Cheese -- you're killing me kid! My party will be a little different lol. I did find an awesome Darth Vader shirt to wear for the occasion. He opted for the "Rockstar Package" and then was too shy to do everything so baby bro stepped up (he's fearless). But the kids had fun and that's all that matters.

July 25, 2014

F-I-V-E

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I can't believe my blog turns 5 today! My nephew is 5 years old... I feel like my blog is my baby lol. I want to say THANK YOU to all my readers for your continued support. Never imagined anyone reading this besides family when I first created the blog. This whole "blogger craze" wasn't a thing nor did I ever think it would be. It's amazing to see how far blogging has come in these 5 years. Some good, some bad. I keep doing it because I enjoy writing and I enjoy connecting with all of you either in the comments section or on social media. I've even made some awesome friends through blogging. I know some bloggers who started around the same time as me have fallen out of love with it and I know some who have gone on to make their blogs successful. It can definitely be a challenge maintaining a blog. It's a full time job. Trying to keep up with comments. Trying to come up with new content. I don't tend to get writer's block as I write about what I want, which I feel lucky for. I know some bloggers get trapped into feeling they can only write about certain topics as readers will become angry. Thank you all for sticking with me as I know my blog has grown beyond just fashion. Happy to say I avoid the overly negative feedback some bloggers face so thank you for that. I'm always open to constructive criticism so feel free to reach out. I don't just write this blog for myself now. It has grown beyond that.

So in honor of the big 5 I thought I'd make a fun list of things about myself:

July 24, 2014

I'll Be Back


Today I'm headed to Southern California to visit my sister and celebrate my nephew's 6th birthday. The theme is LEGO Star Wars (not just Star Wars) so I had to brush up on my knowledge. My sister is also 9 months pregnant so we will all be on baby watch. She would very much like for baby Liam to come out now but unfortunately pregnancy doesn't work like that. I'll be back on Monday with a full report for Monday Morning Gossip! Try not to miss me too much.

July 23, 2014

Review: Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara


Here with another review! I feel like I've tried every mascara under the sun (see here and here) but was intrigued when Sephora offered VIB members the chance to try Josie Maran's new Argan Black Oil mascara ($22). "A mascara that never sleeps: a highly-effective and natural, argan oil treatment mascara that nourishes, lengthens, volumizes, lifts, and curls lashes for 24 hours." Josie Maran is known for their argan oil so I was curious how it would work in mascara form.

July 22, 2014

5 Lies the Beauty Industry Needs to Stop Telling Women


After the L'Oreal ruling that said they had deceptive advertising, it brought up the long time nagging thought I have. I have a love/hate with the beauty industry. If you read this blog often enough you'll know I love beauty products! But the beauty industry needs to stop perpetuating these myths for women. They've been using the same marketing tactics for decades and have made billions of dollars. I discussed whether it was wrong to use false lashes in advertising on the blog before. I think many of us have just become immune to seeing so many lies in beauty advertising but that can be harmful. The beauty industry has built a reputation on creating false insecurities in women to sell products. These are the biggest lies the industry has been telling women:

July 21, 2014

MMG: SOA Obsession

If anyone knows me they'll know I'm a die hard Sons of Anarchy fan. The show is off the air but they have been releasing teasers all month long and just released the premiere date for September. I screamed like a One Direction fan girl. To hold me over, I watched my boo's new movie, Theo Rossi (aka Juice on SOA), Meth Head. It's a heavy movie but he was shirtless so hey. Now that I know the premiere date - September 9th! - I have started to re-watch the show so I can watch all 6 seasons before Season 7 starts. I know... I'm crazy. I'm surprised Netflix hasn't emailed me like "you know we have other shows on here right?!" I don't care!

July 18, 2014

Women Are Funny. End of Story.

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In 2014, there are still sadly glass ceilings that women have to break down. The Emmy Awards were announced earlier this week and still there was a large gap in the number of women nominated as compared to men. Despite there being so many awesome women to nominate. A particular upset was Orphan Black who has a kick ass lead female character who plays clones (i.e. many different versions of herself). I had high hopes for comedy as there are probably more visible female led comedies in 2014 then there has been in quite some time. However, they only saw nominations in terms of writing. In the comedy writing category it was still 65 men, 12 women. And the only reason there were 12 women was because two shows Portlandia and Inside Amy Schumer had a well rounded number of women on their writing staff. The Mindy Project was also snubbed. Mindy Kaling writes, directs and stars in this hit show. She definitely deserves some recognition.

July 17, 2014

Movie Review: Snowpiercer

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As movie tickets get pricier and pricier ($14 in Manhattan folks...), many people are turning to Video-on-Demand (VOD). One movie that is showing that this is a profitable option for production companies is Snowpiercer. It is No. 1 on iTunes where it is earning twice as much on VOD than in theaters. Why? VOD costs $6.99 (so more people can purchase essentially) and is cheaper to distribute than in theaters. Snowpiercer has broken a lot of ground so obviously I was intrigued. One of my favorite actresses, Tilda Swinton, was in it so I tuned in.

July 15, 2014

Birchbox x Women's Health Magazine


This month's Birchbox theme is Power Up in partnership with Women's Health magazine. "We've included samples to energize your routine, plus 12 Power Up Challenges that will inspire you to maximize your workouts, sleep and everything in between." According to the Sneak Peek video we were supposed to get a chance to select one of our samples. However, I did not get an email asking me to select. So that was a bummer. But anywhooo... here's what I received:

July 14, 2014

MMG: That Time I Got Blue Hair

Today I'm gossiping about the time I got blue in my hair. It happened Thursday at an event with Garnier Fructis and People Style Watch magazine. I took my beauty blogging friend Laura with me. They invited some New York City bloggers to come check out their style lounge before enjoying a concert at Hudson River Park. In another life I was a girl with blue hair and covered in tattoos. I'm just too much of a wimp to do it. The stylist said that it would wash out after 3 or 4 washes so I was less timid about the commitment. I actually loved it! She braided the small section into my hair for a sleek summer look. Then we went backstage to enjoy some snacks before the band took the stage. Not too shabby for a Thursday afternoon. The rest of my weekend was laid back despite having my new blue hair.

July 10, 2014

#DatingGirl: Are Dating Apps Killing Romance?


My latest Dating Girl post is over on Midtown Girl! Recently read an article in Psychology Today that is showing the effects all these dating apps are having on romance (i.e. putting in effort). I thought it was just me lol.

July 8, 2014

My July Julep Maven Box


This month's Julep Maven theme was "Make A Splash - July forecast calls for bright colors." I selected Classic With a Twist box. Here's what I received:

July 7, 2014

MMG: July 4th Recap

The few pics I was able to snap this weekend

This is the story of how Hurricane Arthur ruined 4th of July. Flights were grounded. Slowly dwindling the attendee list. The fireworks I would get to see would be on my nails. I did get a chance to take a dip in the pool before the storm hit because it was 104 degrees. Family Trivia continued with us Skyping in family members who weren't able to make it. My team lost by one point. A tough pill to swallow. Thanks for Arthur it didn't feel much like July 4th but it was still nice to have a long weekend.

July 4, 2014

July 4th Mani

Cue Katy Perry song...

Happy 4th of July! To all my non-American readers... Happy Friday! lol GLOSSYBOX challenged us to show off our July 4th manicures with the help of the nail polish duo included in our Stars & Stripes box. I typically do flag nails so this year I wanted to try fireworks. Thought it would look great with glitter. Warning: fireworks are much harder to do than they appear. My right hand is not as graceful but oh well. Still festive!

July 2, 2014

MyTee B.A.D. Birthday Sale

I'm so proud of friend Nicole who quite her day job to start her own company - MyTee B.A.D.! This week she's celebrating 2 years of being in business, which is crazy to me because I remember being there at the beginning of it all. MTB is offering a great deal that I wanted to pass on to all of you to take advantage of. Get 40% off everything including sale items and each order includes a special gift while supplies last so don't miss out. Sale ends July 6th at 11:59 pm EST! 

Items I love AND own:

July 1, 2014

My June Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)


Summer is in full swing with temperatures breaking 90 degrees so it's time to bust out the summer beauty products. Here were the products I enjoyed (and did not enjoy) this month:
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