May 23, 2016

The DryBar: My 1st Experience

I have a weird obsession with being fancy, chic, and the most basic blogger gal in the universe. My friends mock me on a daily basis for my Instagrams, for my love of being "fancy" and just enjoying girly things. I love being part of a good trend and I don't like to miss out on something trendy.

I make no issue of this though -- I've always been a super girly girl and I love that part of me. I don't apologize for it.

For the past few years, I've seen everyone talking about Drybar and how incredible it was. I saw the Instagrams, followed them on every social media platform, and longed for the chance when I would sit in that chair.



There are no Drybars in my neighborhood but since I work in Manhattan, they are all over the place. I never found the right excuse to spend $45 on a blowout when I could get one in my neighborhood for $15, but with my cousin's wedding this past weekend, it felt like the perfect time to treat myself.

I made an appointment at one near my workplace for Friday night after work and was super excited and a tad bit nervous. I have an issue with going out (ANYWHERE) after work because I have a weird desire to just get home on time but I sarcified that for the sake of pampering.




When I walked into the Drybar at the Le Parker Meridian Hotel, I was met with this warming feeling. Everything was so clean and cute. The yellow accents mixed with the smell of hair products was unique and just so inviting.




The staff was SO NICE and attentive; I gave them my name, they offered me some champagne (to which I gladly accepted) and I waited for my appointment. I arrived pretty early (15-30 minutes before my appointment) and was seated with my stylist only 10 minutes after my appointment time. I am used to waiting a good half hour to an hour for any hair stylist which is pretty annoying... I was surprised at this because for a Friday night in Manhattan, the Drybar was pretty crowded.

I met with my stylist Stephanie, she sat me in her chair and asked what I wanted. I told her I had a wedding and that I had looked in their lookbook (the book in their salon & online that has all the different hairstyles & blowouts they can do for you) and I picked a Mai Tai, loose beachy waves & curls.





She brought me into the back to wash my hair & offered 2 shampoos (I gladly accepted only one) and if you've ever been to a hair salon, you know the washing portion is the most relaxing thing in the universe. I am obsessed with getting my hair washed.

She sat me back in the chair and started on my hair. I think the entire process took around 30-45 minutes because I have insanely thick, unruly, curly hair so this was actually fast for me.

While she did my hair, I looked through magazines, watch the movie they were playing on the television in front of me, and played around on my phone.

The place was beautiful and just so nice & fun. I love a nicely decorated place and the Drybar was beautiful, with the flowers, hair products, yellow accents and just the entire layout of the place. It is the ultimate girly getaway.

After Stephanie was done with my hair, I paid and left the area. It's the day after the wedding, 2 days after I got my hair done, and the curls are still in tact. I reserved them with the help of a few drybar products *linked below along with the other products she used on me in the salon* but my hair usually holds a style for a few days.

My hair selfie after I got out of the chair
All in all, I was incredibly happy with the way my hair came out, with the experience and staff. It's safe to say that I am addicted to the drybar, have downloaded the app, and already booked my next appointment.

I will 100% spend $45 after a hard week (or day) at work to get pampered and have someone blow my hair while I sip on champagne.

Isn't that every girls' dream?

Have you ever been to the drybar? What is your favorite pampering activity?





May 21, 2016

Links to Love

Another week has come & gone. I'm getting ready to head to my cousin's wedding today (it's raining and just not good wedding weather) and I haven't been to a wedding in over 10 years. I'm pretty excited to eat & drink... Millennial complex, ladies & gents.



I hate feeling rushed & hectic but that's what this morning is: I went to the Drybar for the 1st time last night and it was epic. More on that later... but this morning I need to paint my nails, shower, pack up and get out of the house by 2 PM.

The good news is that next week is Memorial Day Weekend which means the start of summer fridays at work so I'll have off every other Friday. I am SO HYPED.

This was also a week of highs & lows. I got published on Elite Daily again but was also passed over for a freelance position and another Elite Daily article got rejected. You win some, you lose some but I'm getting used to rejection...as all writers & everyone else should. Take it with stride!



Also -- the Champagne Glow Collection by Becca & Jaclyn Hill releases next week (I already have the face palette that was released in limited quantities this week) and I'm planning on buying everything because JH is QUEEN and I'm so excited.



That being said, here's what I loved this week:



What did you love this week?



May 19, 2016

Tech Savvy: Favorite Websites

I have a lot of favorites. I'm a girl who has always loved things: books, accessories, stationery, websites... I've just always really liked to be well rounded and I loved discovering new things.

I've always been into technology, websites, and the internet. Ever since I was a child, I've been very in tune with the internet and how technology worked. It's just something I've had a knack for and I guess it makes sense that I'm in social media and blogging.

I'm just an internet gal: I was one of the first of my friends to have a screenname on AOL, one of the first with Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I know how to fix computers, how to operate social media, and the ins and outs of all things web. I'm not tooting my own horn, just stating facts. I find it interesting and I'm simply obsessed.

All of that being said, I have racked up my fair share of favorites when it comes to tech. I've rounded up my favorite apps before but now I want to go to the other side of the spectrum: websites.


Credit

Of course I have my favorite shopping websites, news websites, and informational sites but in this post, I want to talk about sites that combine all of those.


  • ShopStyle: If you've ever clicked on a link that I've shared on this blog, you'll know I use the ShopStyle affiliate program. It's such a great little tool for bloggers so if you haven't signed up, Well, did you know that the website attached to the affiliate program can be used by ANYONE? ShopStyle.com is the best shopping website you could ask for. It is basically Google for shopping; all you do is type in what you're looking for and it'll give you that particular product at every retailer. You can get sale alerts on certain designers & items, filter your search by brand, retailer, price, color, etc, and so much more. I was looking for a dress for my cousin's wedding and I used this to find the dress. It was much easier than going onto a bunch of retailers websites to find what you're looking for.
  • Elite Daily: I don't have to go into hardcore detail with this one. I'm a contributor to the website and I've loved it for the past 2 years. I think Elite Daily has great advice, makes you think differently, and is kind of like your best friend. It's one of my favorite websites when I just need a little reassurance. 
  • Refinery29: This is another "news" site but it is SO MUCH MORE than that. It has news, fashion, beauty, opinion pieces, sale alerts... it's pretty much the go-to for anything and everything in the world. 
  • Levo: This is something else I've talked to death about. I interned here in 2013 and it was amazing. This career website is my go-to whenever I have a career question. It will never let you down in terms of career advice and I'm simply addicted.
  • Brit + Co: This is a newer website I've discovered and fallen in love with. It has a lot of design tips, but also takes on a lifestyle feel with career help, beauty, fashion, and all things in between.
As you can tell, I like news sites. I like websites that give me the information I need, the information I want, and the information I didn't even realize I needed or wanted. ShopStyle is definitely the most unique website on the list, and I'm sure there are some that I'm missing but for now, these are my favorites at the moment.

What are your favorite websites? Give me suggestions!




May 17, 2016

Beauty in Review: Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette

Eyeshadow is something that I have a love/hate relationship with. I don't buy a lot of palettes because how much eyeshadow can one person have. I don't wear eyeshadow everyday so I can have self control when it comes to shadows.

I've gone even as far to return palettes after I've bought them because I find myself not using them. I mainly stick to my Too Faced palettes.

However, there are certain palettes that I'm drawn too. The Sweet Peach Palette was probably my first love... I couldn't stop thinking about it; the packaging, the colors, everything about it was calling my name.

Well, it's happened again. 

When Urban Decay released it's Alice In Wonderland palette, I was awestruck. I fell in love but then when I took a closer look, it seemed a little much for me. I didn't think I'd use the colors because that bright blue & bright green can scare neutral lovers off.

But the packaging! The fact that it's limited edition! It kept calling me back. I kept looking at it and finally just bit the bullet.

I'd be lying if I said I don't imagine this palette displayed on a shelf in my new room and that it wasn't a factor in me purchasing this. A silly reason to buy a $60 palette but after opening it, my decision was very, very good.

These shadows are incredible.


I've never used any other Urban Decay shadows aside from the Naked3 and I think that these shadows are a lot smoother, more buttery, and more pigmented that the shadows in the Naked palettes. 



There are 20 shadows in the palette and really only 3 of them are super, duper bright. The rest are extremely wearable and I'm so excited to dive into the palette. 

First let's start off with the packaging. The design is stunning, very much gives the Alice in Wonderland feel. When you first open it, you have a large mirror and a stunning Alice quote. You would think that the eyeshadows would be underneath the flaps, but when you open the flats, there is a gorgeous 3D butterfly. It's SO COOL.



The actual eyeshadows pulls out from a drawer underneath the main compartment and it comes with a classic Urban Decay brush which is super nice.  

Almost all the shadows are stupid pigmented. I've never felt an eyeshadow like this. They feel almost like a cream shadow because that's how soft they are.


First row 
Second row
The only shade that is a disappointment (and I'm super sad to say this because it's one of the more beautiful, shades in the palette) is "Dream On"; a glitter, purple shade that has barely any pigmentation and is very stiff. 

My favorite shades all come from the 3rd row of the palette (pictured below)

Third row
Dormouse, Paradox, Kingdom, Salazen Grum, and Chronosphere are all neutral shades but they are by far the most pigmented and softest out of the bunch.


4th Row
This is by no means a travel friendly palette but if you have some space in your makeup collection, this is a nice palette to own. The only negative thing I have to say is that I wish there were a few more matte shades. 

This palette is for sure a makeup collector's item. It's so intricately designed and just absolutely beautiful. I do think that these shades are unique. Formula wise, I don't have anything else like it, and color wise, I think most of these shades are unlike anything else in my collection. 

The possibilities of looks that you can create with this palette are simply endless. 

If you're someone who loves limited edition pieces, loves Alice in Wonderland, and loves a good eyeshadow palette, you NEED this bad boy. You won't regret it.


May 16, 2016

I'M MOVING: Bedroom Inspiration

I revealed a few weeks ago that I'm moving SOON.. probably July 1st. I'm very anxious (in a good way) to get out of this house and into my new one. I live with my mom & sister, and while our apartment right now is very quaint and cute, I share a room with my 20 year old sister and well, we're out growing this arrangement.

I've never shared a room with my sister, we always had our own rooms. I vaguely remember when I was around 8 years old, and she was 5, we wanted to share a room so we made our parents move her bed into my room.

That lasted for about a week.

My sister and I are complete opposites in all ways... we're so different I can't even put it into words. That being said, we've been butting heads a lot more while sharing a room and I'm just really excited to have my own space again.

I'm probably most excited for the fact that I'm going to have my own space and can decorate it to my liking. Right now my room is on the beige, orange, earthy tone side because that's what my mom LOVES and she decorated this room while I was away at school (three years ago!)

I'm definitely going for a fancy, chic vibe in my new room-- a little personal oasis that is all about relaxation, beauty, and VERY Instagram worthy. I want my new bedroom to basically look like it jumped off the Pinterest screen.

All white, from my walls to my bedding, with blush colored accents. I want to hang shelves and display beautiful little knick knacks along with a few makeup collector items. I want things neat and organized, and simply elegant.

UGH I am so excited I can hardly contain myself!

Here are some photos I'm drawing information from:






I've already been looking at furniture but since we don't have a move in day, I haven't purchased anything yet. I've become obsessed with Wayfair though, and will probably purchase a lot of my furniture from there.

Look out for another post about furniture, decorative accents, etc.