Thursday, December 4, 2014

Phat Buddha Style: Looks 2 & 3

It's finally Friday, C O N G R A T S you made it :) I'm super excited for this weekend because I have Sunday off from nannying, & I'm going to be making the most of it by attending brunch at Melanie's <3 I also want to check out all the amazing holiday exhibits throughout the city, I'm thinking some ice skating, holiday markets, & lots of hot chocolate! 

One of my favorite makeup looks this time of year is a dark lip, which I included in my second Phat Buddha look. I've gotten so much use out of this army green jacket, it can be layered over body con dresses, distressed jeans, and in this case leggings. To complete this military inspired look I through on some chestnut colored lace-up booties & a spiky necklace. I've been consuming more coffee than usual these past couple of weeks, sometimes for the caffeine & sometimes for the heat :) Even though these first two pictures feature the typical Starbucks cup, my F A V O R I TE place to grab coffee is a sweet little coffee shop a couple blocks down from where I live called Blessings <3


For my third and final Phat Buddha look I went with a super comfy and casual look, perfect for grabbing brunch with the gals. I can't tell you how long I've had this distressed button-up I scored on super sale from, but it's another one of those perfect pieces that you can layer over anything! Since I got it forever ago it's not being offered anymore, but I found a similar looking one here on sale at American Eagle for $29.97. It's crazy how much I'm in love with this hat, too bad it's not mine & Iasiah scored it from Urban Outfitters a while ago which means I'm still on the hunt! Even though I kind of feel like I look like a preacher in it, I'm obsessed with how well it works with so many different looks. 

Leggings-C/O PHAT BUDDHA, Hat-C/O my talented friend & photographer Iasiah :)

To see the complete first look click here. I had so much fun putting these three looks together, & am still trying to figure out which one is my favorite. Each of them is "so me" .. I mean obviously because I picked them out, but mainly because I've worn each of these outfits so many times! I mean I'm even wearing the freaking leggings now as I type out this post lol. Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend & I encourage all of you to take the time to let someone special to you know just how much they mean to you! One person that I'm going to be calling this weekend is my Dad, because he's constantly working so hard & I don't make enough time to tell him how much I love him <3

Monday, December 1, 2014

Review: Lash Extensions

I don't know about you ladies, but I'm pretty lazy in the morning when it comes to makeup. That being said, I like to look presentable/alive when I go outside to take on the world .. which means that I like to have a little makeup on for backup :) Since I've moved to New York I've seen some pretty stylish people, I mean even in "sweats" running to grab a weekend coffee they look good! Anyways, the point is I wanted a shortcut to looking good which lead to this mathematical equation: 

Hate taking off mascara + No time to do Makeup in the AM = Eyelash Extensions  

I know, I know, I'm brilliant :) I was pretty nervous at first about having someone dabbling with my precious lashes, but after talking with a couple friends who get them regularly I figured I'd give it a go. I found an awesome deal on Groupon for EyeLoveLash where you could get a full set of natural mink lashes (50 pieces per eye) for $35.00. Once I got there the lady asked me what style I wanted which included Glam, Sexy, or Cute .. yeah I know, decisions decisions :) I opted for "Glam" and 1.5 hours later after having my eyelids taped shut & all sorts of crazy thoughts running through my head about what I was going to look like ..  I was introduced to my new lashes! I'll let the before & after pictures do the talking. 

I absolutely loved how my lashes turned out, & they were definitely noticeable while still giving a very natural non-Nikki Minaj vibe. The lady who did my extensions was very gentle, & even added in some additional lashes free of charge to make sure I had an even look. The lashes lasted for almost an entire month without requiring any mascara. One of my eyes lost the lashes at a faster rate that the other eye so I added a little mascara & it looked totally fine. The first two days I had my lashes I washed my face with a damp towel as to avoid water coming into contact with my eyes. In the first 3 weeks that I had my lashes the only additional makeup that I wore was tinted moisturizer, bronzer, & blush. Once I started to notice a few of the eyelashes had fallen off I used a little eyeshadow & mascara. The only problem with using additional eye makeup is that makeup remover & cotton balls/wipes sometimes catch the lashes & pull them off. Therefore, I tried to be really careful when taking off any additional eye makeup & made sure not to use an oil based makeup remover. I absolutely LOVED having eyelash extensions & would totally recommend them to anyone who wants a "built in" glamorous look, the only downside is that they're addicting! All of mine are grown out at this point except for 1 or 2 lashes, and I'd love to get them done again .. but money is tight so I have to wait lol :( However, I might totally cave & get them again in time again for New Years, & you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll be getting them in the Summer .. who wants to sweat their mascara off running to catch the train!

This review is only for my one experience at this particular company and location, so I can't comment on how the service is done at other places. This post isn't sponsored, I paid for the lashes myself, & all the opinions expressed in the post are my own. 

Have any of you gotten eyelash extensions before?! I'm thinking of trying an eyelash growth serum next to see if it works, because they're a lot cheaper than getting extensions. 

Phat Buddha Style: Look 1

Happy Monday :) I'm so excited to share with all of you the first look I put together for a 3 Way Style Challenge I shot for Phat Buddha. I have been interning there for the past few months, and wanted to showcase how versatile their pieces are. Two of my favorites from their most recent collection are the 'Hubert' tank & the 'Houston' legging, which are both beyond comfy! Since moving to New York I've learned that everyone here wears multiple hats, and are constantly on the go. With that as my inspiration, I set off to create 3 different looks wearing the two classic pieces. My inspiration behind this look was creating a fun & vibrant date night look that's easy to throw together with the addition of bold accessories <3


To recreate this look all you need is a fitted blazer, a statement necklace, printed pumps, & a vibrant lipstick <3 I can't wait to share the next two looks with you later this week, I'll give you a hint .. one is military inspired & the other is perfect for grabbing brunch with the girls :)

Huge thanks so Iasiah Pickens for being such a great friend & photographer!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Weekend Recap

I haven't done a weekend recap in forever, but that's mainly because my weekends as of late have only consisted of nannying. However this past Thanksgiving Day Weekend I was back in Maryland celebrating with David's family .. which means no nannying! His Mom went above & beyond as usual with the most scrumptious Thanksgiving Day Feast, & then topped it off with F O U R made from scratch desserts :) To say that we were all busting at the seems would be an understatement. One of my favorite parts of the weekend was a huge late night Bowling Reunion we attended with a lot of our old friends from Maryland. I also got to engage in a little weekend brunching with some of my favorite D.C. ladies for my brief trip, which was so fun & just like old times!

1. I got my first Daily Look Elite Box right before we left, & let me tell you their stylist was so spot on! One of my favorite pieces was the striped sweater I'm wearing in the 4th pic. I signed up for their Free 3-month trial (the free promotion is still running), & I'm planning on writing a review after I receive a few more boxes.

2. #RoadTripEssentials
My most used NYC purchase yet, my cute & practical backpack from Lockwood Boutique.
Woats sent me some samples right before we left for Maryland & we devoured them, the Nuts about Berries were definitely my favorite!

3. We listened to the Serial Podcast on our way to MD, & let me tell you it's so addicting!! A former Baltimore Sun reporter looks into an old murder & takes you along with her the entire way .. you need to check it out.

4. Got to spend some quality time with my favorite little man & remind him that even though he's 5 he still is my little baby! Glad I got to get in some good cuddles & give him lots of smooches .. oh yeah we also had a light saber battle lol <3

5. How beautiful is this baked brie David's Mom made?! I love that baked brie has become a Thanksgiving tradition, this year it was layered with fig jam & toasted pecans.

6. So many delicious dishes, my favorite is always the mashed potatoes drenched in gravy & her sautéed mushrooms .. however this year she made the sweet potatoes with "burnt" marshmallows mixed into it & it was fantastic!

7. How pretty was my plate?! 
PS: how creative & cute is his Mom who made the napkin rings out of fresh cranberries! 

8. Lord have mercy (Uncle Jesse Voice) & I present to you the 4 homemade desserts she made:
Chocolate Musse Cake (My fave), Apple Streusel (3rd), Lindt Tart (4th), & a Pumpkin Cheesecake (2nd place) .. I die <3

9-12. We had the most epic "Bowling Reunion" while in Maryland & got to spend 4 hours bowling our hearts out. I scored much better than usual & even had a few strikes #winning! It was so nice getting to be surrounded by so many great friends including David's sibling & their spouses :)

13. Brunch lovin with some of my DC gals, Michelle, Ashley, & Alicia <3

14. On our ride back to NYC I partook in a little Instagram Outfit Inspiration searching & came across this beautiful neutral outfit that I want to recreate!

15. This morning I had brunch & knocked out some homework at my FAVORITE neighborhood cafe, Blessings. This place has the most fresh made to order brunch, friendly staff, & there's something in their coffee that makes me really productive lol

16. After brunch Saturday we stopped into the container store where I bought this XL Magazine File & this morning I put it to use hehe. I'm trying to get a little bit of organizing before our move next month, wish me luck!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, now it's back to the books for me :(

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tasty Tuesdays: 7 Layer Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I know what you're thinking two oatmeal desserts two weeks in a row .. come on Waverly branch out a bit! In my defense,  I was sent the most generous box of chocolates this past Saturday from Pascha Chocolate & I knew that I had to make something amazing with the chocolates that they sent me. In light of it being Thanksgiving this week I decided to choose a "Tasty Tuesday" recipe in honor of the one person I'm most thankful for, my husband, who loves anything with coconut & chocolate <3 We've been together since high school, and let me tell you this man gets better and better every year! These past six months have been pretty crazy since we literally packed up our lives & moved to New York, but I wouldn't trade them for anything. There's no way that I could handle all the challenges and new experiences New York has brought into my life without his love & support. All that mushy stuff being said .. let's get to the chocolate aka the cookie/candy bars that I made this afternoon! Thank you Half Baked Harvest for sharing this scrumptious recipe with me :)

Have any of you ever clicked on the little adds that pop up on the side of your screen? The other day I saw one from Motts saying how you can substitute a 1/2 cup of applesauce in place of vegetable oil in baking recipes .. so I gave it a shot in this one :) Other than the texture being a little different I didn't notice much of a difference & neither did the hubby #winning!

Special thanks again to Pascha Chocolate for supplying me with the most intense and rich chocolate that I've ever had the pleasure of inhaling  eating. Another thing I'm truly thankful for is my health, which a lot of times I take for granted. A small example of something I think a lot of us don't think about is how easy we have it grocery shopping. I can pretty much walk into the grocery store or bodega whenever I want & grab anything off the shelf without having to read through every ingredient. One of my cousins Erin, has a little girl who is allergic to nearly everything, which requires her to make almost everything her daughter eats from scratch to ensure that it doesn't have any contaminants. That being said, I think it's awesome that Pascha Chocolate has created a quality organic fair trade product that is free from peanuts, nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, fish, wheat, & gluten, providing a chocolate fix to those who have to be so very careful of what they consume. Wishing you all a sweet rest of the week & a Happy (early) Thanksgiving!

PS: You still have time to enter the NYC Getaway Giveaway :)