December 31, 2014

Single for New Years? Here Are 4 Tips

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Being single on New Year's Eve doesn't have to suck. You can kiss 2014 goodbye and start fresh in 2015. Here are my 4 tips for being single on NYE. What would you add?

December 30, 2014

My December Beauty Product Favorites

Can't believe 2014 is almost over! The end of another month needs means another round up. During major changes in the season you should switch up your beauty routine. East Coast winters suck the moisture out of your skin faster than you can say "winter is coming!" You can't slap on enough serums, moisturizers, lotions, etc. Here are the new products I tried and loved this month:

December 29, 2014

Christmas Weekend Recap

I'm back! I have somewhat safely returned back from my whirlwind week in California. Let's just say it starts with me losing a bag and ends with me getting a cold. Before even getting on the plane, the wheel of my bag broke. I decided to check it so I wouldn't have to drag it through the airport. Bad idea. There was no bag when I arrived. (P.S. My laptop was in it). I filed a claim and United said it may be on the next flight out. I frantically checked my phone and nothing. Went to bed seriously thinking I'd never see my bag again. Restless, I woke up at 2am to see an email that my bag was out to be delivered. THANKFULLY by 3:30am my bag was at the door laptop and all. That's all I wanted for Christmas. My Dad said it restored his faith in humanity lol.

December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

For those who celebrate - Merry Christmas! There's nothing like ripping wrapping paper. I think I did a pretty damn good job with gifts this year (as always lol). Can't wait to see everyone unwrap their gifts and see their reactions. Hope "Santa" brought you all the goodies on your list and you're having a great day.

December 23, 2014

Cali Here I Come!

Today I'm flying to southern California for the holidays to see my sister and her family. Keep me in your thoughts as I try to survive holiday travel. Always a nightmare. Blogging will continue so hopefully you won't miss me too much!

December 22, 2014

Final Monday Morning Gossip

It's true. Some of you may have seen our email this weekend but I'm sad to say today will be the last Monday Morning Gossip. Somebody hold me. I was honored to co-host with Leeann under a new name. However, MMG has run it's course and it has been too much to maintain for us with our busy lives. MMG has afforded me the opportunity to get to know some new bloggers and I even got the chance to meet some of you incredible people in person including Leeann whom I've known in the blogosphere for several years. We hope you all continue to support each other's blogs and stay in touch with us after today. We're so proud at what an awesome, supportive community MMG has become and that's all thanks to you. So with that said... this week's (and every week's) Featured Blogger is... 

December 21, 2014

My Holiday Nails

My first attempt doing my nails for my company's holiday nails were wrecked once I hopped in the shower. So I went to Plan B - add glitter! I painted them in a festive red and green with some gold microglitter. I may change them to #5 (below) for next week #nailartproblems.

If you're looking for holiday nail inspiration, here are some other holiday nails I've done:

December 18, 2014

Battle of the Lip Balms: Teadora vs Nuxe

I'm a major lip product junkie. Currently I have about 5 lip balms in my purse (and that's on the low end). I feel like I've tried everything when it comes to healing chapped lips. I'm always excited when I see a lip product in one of my subscription boxes because I'm always down to try a new one. When I received these products I thought they were fairly similar so I thought I'd do a comparison.

December 17, 2014

Movie Review: Foxcatcher

Monday afternoon my boss treated us to a movie! We went to see Foxcatcher starring Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum. Two actors not known for their serious roles. Long story short: They are both going to get Oscar nominations.

December 16, 2014

My December Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was Decked Out. "... we find it hard to feel anything but buoyant this time of year. There's the anticipation of a pile of brightly wrapped presents, the glow of a family gathering, and of course the fizz of excitement before a big soiree." This month's box featured a $10 gift card from GAP which was appreciated. Here's what I received:

December 15, 2014

MMG: Guilty Pleasures

This weekend was pretty low key. Saturday I met up with my coworker, Margo, for brunch at Lexington Brass. She leaves in a couple days to go back to Denver so we wanted to say our goodbyes. She's new to NYC so wanted to see my 'hood so we wandered around 5th Avenue. I took her to her first Sephora store, which of course was overwhelming lol, and then we stopped by the Rockefeller Christmas Tree which was a nightmare. Fun times in Midtown.

December 12, 2014

DIY Holiday Wrapping Ideas

I have been getting into the crafting spirit this holiday season. I always try to reuse and recycle items I already have before buying anything such as using my beauty boxes. In case you're still looking for some wrapping inspiration or affordable ways to jazz up your gifts, I thought I'd share my ideas with you:

December 11, 2014

Limited Edition Holiday GLOSSYBOX

I received the Limited Edition Holiday GLOSSYBOX which was a gorgeous velvet red box with gold details. It featured 7 full-sized products + a perfume spray valued at over $140. It might be my favorite GLOSSYBOX yet! Here's what was inside:

December 10, 2014

Reppin' B.A.D. Girl For Life

Kim looking contemplative

I took advantage of MyTee B.A.D.'s Cyber Monday sale. Everything was 50% off! They released their new winter collection and of course I wanted everything. If you read this blog often enough you've probably seen me rocking MTB. B.A.D. stands for Beautiful, Authentic, Determined (despite what men on the streets think). "We are more than just a fashion brand; we are movement and our mission is to help women discover their inner B.A.D. Girl. Our girl is confident, strong-willed, ambitious and has a killer sense of style. She is also free spirited and kind, but doesn't allow anyone to put her down." How can you not get behind that?!

December 9, 2014

My December Julep Maven Box

For my Julep Maven box this month I selected the Holiday Soirée box. It featured a mix of beauty products and polishes. The collection this month was The Countdown collection but nothing really caught my eye. Here's what I received:

December 8, 2014

MMG: Final Final.

This weekend I pretty told everyone not to disturb me because I needed to focus on finishing my final project. But of course I procrastinated. I met up with Alex for brunch at Banc Cafe. It was all glammed out for the holidays. Put me in a festive mood. Afterwards, I stopped in Duane Reade to pick up some holiday wrapping supplies but of course I couldn't pass up the beauty aisles lol. Then I proceeded to wrap gifts while listening to Christmas music. Tisk tisk.

December 6, 2014

Book Review: "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler

Let me just say right off the bat - I love Amy Poehler. So I had high expectations for her memoir, Yes Please. I was sadly disappointed. A book that I thought I would finish in two short sittings like Tina Fey's Bossypants instead took me all month. Tina Fey's 272 page book felt like a feather compared to Amy's 329 page book. Thankfully it was broken up by pictures and fun quotes. It hops all over the place and I often found it tedious to read at times (confession: I skipped some chapters). As Dwight Garner said in his New York Times review "her heart wasn't in it."

December 5, 2014

Gift Guide: Beauty Edition

The holidays are upon us and everyone is feverishly searching for the perfect for everyone on their list - I know I am! I've rounded up some of my picks for the beauty lover on your list whether that's your mom, aunt, sister, best friend or you:

December 3, 2014

Drugstore Dupe: J.Cat Beauty Lip Paint vs OCC

My co-worker gave me her J.Cat Wonder Lip Paint from her ipsy bag and immediately I recalled the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar I received in my Harper's BAZAAR GLOSSYBOX. When I swatched them next to each other, it was almost a perfect match!

December 2, 2014

My Favorite Beauty Products $5 And Under

All month long I've been rounding up my favorite beauty products at different price points. Now I conclude with the $5 and under products. Cheap doesn't always have to mean poor quality. These products prove just that point!

December 1, 2014

MMG: Thanksgiving Recap

My cousin Erin & I wearing the same outfit, even down to the combat boots (not pictured) // My place setting was easily identifiable // Delicious vegan pumpkin pie!
Bright and early Thursday morning I headed down to Jersey. There was a lot of hub bub about snow so I think it scared most people away Wednesday night. Thursday we hit no traffic leaving or coming back - Thanksgiving miracle! It would be my first successful vegan Thanksgiving. You may recall last year I cheated a little. This year, my cousin Erin (pictured above wearing matching outfits) who is vegetarian, made a lentil loaf. My mom graciously made several vegan items for me so I had my own personal menu. The vegan pumpkin pie was exceptionally delicious (as you can see, I ate a piece before I bothered to snap a pic lol). Now I have all these leftovers to myself...
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