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Spin class. Beyonce workout. Aerial yoga. Central Park boot camp. There are many ways to stay active in Manhattan. But when the price tag of all those classes start to break your budget, nothing compares to putting on your favorite athleisure outfit and just getting out and seeing the city. It’s the most affordable way…

Spin class. Beyonce workout. Aerial yoga. Central Park boot camp.

There are many ways to stay active in Manhattan. But when the price tag of all those classes start to break your budget, nothing compares to putting on your favorite athleisure outfit and just getting out and seeing the city.

It’s the most affordable way to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle!

EastRiver

Luckily, I live in a city with so many places to explore that there is no excuse to not stay active or live a healthy lifestyle. And if I want to get distracted by views as I get around, I can.

Park

There is no excuse to not stay hydrated. I’m not a big fan of soda so I look for other beverages to drink. Ocean Spray recently launched PACt® Fruit Infusions which can be found in Target and most stores.

PACtfruitinfusions

It’s a combination of juice — 30 calories or fewer (per serving) — plus a healthy boost of cranberry PACs. PACs, or proanthocyanidins, are natural elements found in cranberries.

The juice drink contains PACs from 50 cranberries, doesn’t have added sugar (or GMOs!) and is naturally colored by cranberries! It’s found a place in my fridge!

pactfruitinfusionsccb

Disclosure: PACt/Ocean Spray is a brand partner

Trendy Thoughts

June 29th 2016

Every year spring into summer trends are forecast but rarely do I find myself liking more than one. I have to say this year spring and summer trends are pretty spot on. Like this open shoulder dress from Zara and my first pick of the season of an off the shoulder top from H&M. I…

Every year spring into summer trends are forecast but rarely do I find myself liking more than one. I have to say this year spring and summer trends are pretty spot on.
Like this open shoulder dress from Zara and my first pick of the season of an off the shoulder top from H&M.

I usually ignore trends and just dress for my body knowing I will be happy and smile if I am comfortable in the outfit.

You really can’t go wrong with any see-through fabric for any fashion occasion, you can dress it down with just a simple tank top under it or take it up a notch with a bold color pattern and a high wasted skirt for a night out on the town with the girls. It’s the fashion staple that’s here to stay!

You’ve probably seen me on Insta in one of my favorite see through Joie silk top. I’m just loving all wearable trends this season.

While summer only officially started two weeks ago, I have a feeling my wardrobe will include more on trend pieces than summers passed. And I am really looking forward to it. Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see which other trends I wear this summer!


I’m a Native New Yorker which means most of my closet is the expected color — black. I will admit that wearing any other color of any kind does confuse me and not make me feel as confident when I walk into a room. But rest assured, color — bright and muted — has definitely…

I’m a Native New Yorker which means most of my closet is the expected color — black. I will admit that wearing any other color of any kind does confuse me and not make me feel as confident when I walk into a room. But rest assured, color — bright and muted — has definitely been added to my closet.

#ootd #whatiwore Zara Black Dress With Frills Side View

My old standby for any event is a Little Black Dress and now that summer officially starts on Tuesday, I find myself reaching for a LBD both for work and play reasons. Little Black Dresses come in so many styles and are perfect for so many occasions.

#ootd #whatiwore Zara LBD with Frills

I found a Little Black Dress perfect for Early Summer 2016. I say perfect for Early Summer because it is a thicker material than I would wear during the oppressive July and August humidity mostly commonly felt in the Concrete Jungle I live in. Early Summer clothing means thicker material because nights could still be 60 degree weather or less and so could early mornings when walking to work. It’s like a Spring plus wardrobe.

Zara #LBD

Zara had this flirty off the shoulder dress with frills in black and white in store and red online. At $22.90 it was an absolute steal. I’ve paid far more for a dress not nearly as flattering. I bought the small which on my 5’9 frame is shorter than how it will fall on most people but I’ve never been afraid to show a little leg.

Zara LBD Summer 2016

Even my Instagram husband said I looked fantastic in the dress and he’s never steered me wrong in the three and a half years he’s been taking my photos for my blog Insta feed.

ZaraSummerLBD

I’ve been showing shoulder a lot lately and since it is not only a summer 2016 trend but also a comfortable look for me, I really like this dress. I’ll wear it not only for date night but also dinner with the girls!


I have memories of my Catholic school days seeing classmates go home one day with long hair and come in the next day with short hair. Back then, it was the only solution when someone got lice. I’ve never had lice but I do know how I would feel if I unexpectedly had to cut…

I have memories of my Catholic school days seeing classmates go home one day with long hair and come in the next day with short hair. Back then, it was the only solution when someone got lice. I’ve never had lice but I do know how I would feel if I unexpectedly had to cut my long hair back then.

Fairy Tales Hair Care hosted a #FairyTalesMix blogger event the other night to introduce us to latest products and since summer brings along with it a different set of hair care issues, I have a feeling young and old will find many of them useful. Stephanie and I sure had fun testing them out on the terrace.

One of the products stood out — Fairy Tales Hair Care Rosemary Repel hair spray — over 1,000,000 bottles have been sold of this proprietary blend of organic Rosemary, Citronella, Tea Tree and Geranium oils clinically proven effective to help prevent lice! Here’s to no longer cringing when my head rests on the back of an airplane seat.

I also teamed up with Stephanie to to make the Rapunzel Red Ringer cocktail created by Fairy Tales which is inspired by their Rosemary Repel line. Our silliness was all up on her Snap of course. In cased you missed it, let’s just say while Stephanie is ready to compete in the World Bartender Championships, my talents exist in muddling raspberries.

Want to make one yourself? — you’ll need:

1.5 oz. Premium Vodka
6 Raspberries, muddled
1 oz. Fresh Ginger, peeled and muddled
2 oz. Grapefruit Juice

Muddle raspberries and peeled ginger in a shaker.

Add vodka, ice, and grapefruit juice. Shake well.

Serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and candied ginger.

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. Thanks for supporting Beauty Sundae. Photo credit Momtrends


My Essence Beauty Box for May arrived right in time for my getaway this weekend with bae! Here’s what I thought about this month’s travel size beauty essentials in the “bae-cation” themed product box – Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray is a great way to eliminate bathroom odor before it begins by creating a…

My Essence Beauty Box for May arrived right in time for my getaway this weekend with bae!

#EssenceBeauty Essence Beauty box May 2016

Here’s what I thought about this month’s travel size beauty essentials in the “bae-cation” themed product box –

Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray is a great way to eliminate bathroom odor before it begins by creating a barrier on the surface of the toilet water. While I’ve used the other scents this was my first time having Poo-Pourri Rose Geranium in my hands. It’s a soft blend of rose, geranium, and citrus natural essential oils. I love it. And since Poo-Pourri already came with me on my travels, this scent will be coming along.

PUR Cosmetics Impact Plus Mascara was an instant hit for me as it lengths lashes and adds volume and curl. I’m all about my lashes and the longer they look, the more confidence I seem to have. Silly, I know but I can’t hate a photo where my lashes look amazing.

Ginger Yum ginger mint soy massage candle is a handcrafted soy candle by a Black owned business. The aroma is calming and eco-friendly and the soothing oil moisturizes your skin. Can’t wait to use it. Travel size candles are my favorite. And yes, I have been tempted to take full sized candles with me at times when I loved a scent. Thankfully Ginger Yum allows me to skip that packing craziness.

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes gently cleanse, remove impurities and makeup while being packed with skin-loving ingredients and multi-vitamins. After a long day playing tourist (or even as a local!) there is nothing like removing the day from your face and these wipes are often within reach.

Equitance Brightening Foaming Cleanser washes away makeup and pollutants without stripping the skin’s moisture. You can start and finish your day with this luxurious cleanser and enjoy some makeup free selfies (or pictures!) because of how it takes care of our face.

Because of the May Essence Beauty Box I got a jump start packing the beauty essentials to take on my Memorial Day getaway but all of these finds would be perfect for a staycation too!


Spin class. Beyonce workout. Aerial yoga. Central Park boot camp. There are many ways to stay active in Manhattan. But when the price tag of all those classes start to break your budget, nothing compares to putting on your favorite athleisure outfit and just getting out and seeing the city. It’s the most affordable way…

Trendy Thoughts

June 29th 2016

Every year spring into summer trends are forecast but rarely do I find myself liking more than one. I have to say this year spring and summer trends are pretty spot on. Like this open shoulder dress from Zara and my first pick of the season of an off the shoulder top from H&M. I…


I’m a Native New Yorker which means most of my closet is the expected color — black. I will admit that wearing any other color of any kind does confuse me and not make me feel as confident when I walk into a room. But rest assured, color — bright and muted — has definitely…


I have memories of my Catholic school days seeing classmates go home one day with long hair and come in the next day with short hair. Back then, it was the only solution when someone got lice. I’ve never had lice but I do know how I would feel if I unexpectedly had to cut…


My Essence Beauty Box for May arrived right in time for my getaway this weekend with bae! Here’s what I thought about this month’s travel size beauty essentials in the “bae-cation” themed product box – Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray is a great way to eliminate bathroom odor before it begins by creating a…


Spin class. Beyonce workout. Aerial yoga. Central Park boot camp. There are many ways to stay active in Manhattan. But when the price tag of all those classes start to break your budget, nothing compares to putting on your favorite athleisure outfit and just getting out and seeing the city. It’s the most affordable way…

Spin class. Beyonce workout. Aerial yoga. Central Park boot camp.

There are many ways to stay active in Manhattan. But when the price tag of all those classes start to break your budget, nothing compares to putting on your favorite athleisure outfit and just getting out and seeing the city.

It’s the most affordable way to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle!

EastRiver

Luckily, I live in a city with so many places to explore that there is no excuse to not stay active or live a healthy lifestyle. And if I want to get distracted by views as I get around, I can.

Park

There is no excuse to not stay hydrated. I’m not a big fan of soda so I look for other beverages to drink. Ocean Spray recently launched PACt® Fruit Infusions which can be found in Target and most stores.

PACtfruitinfusions

It’s a combination of juice — 30 calories or fewer (per serving) — plus a healthy boost of cranberry PACs. PACs, or proanthocyanidins, are natural elements found in cranberries.

The juice drink contains PACs from 50 cranberries, doesn’t have added sugar (or GMOs!) and is naturally colored by cranberries! It’s found a place in my fridge!

pactfruitinfusionsccb

Disclosure: PACt/Ocean Spray is a brand partner

Trendy Thoughts

June 29th 2016

Every year spring into summer trends are forecast but rarely do I find myself liking more than one. I have to say this year spring and summer trends are pretty spot on. Like this open shoulder dress from Zara and my first pick of the season of an off the shoulder top from H&M. I…

Every year spring into summer trends are forecast but rarely do I find myself liking more than one. I have to say this year spring and summer trends are pretty spot on.
Like this open shoulder dress from Zara and my first pick of the season of an off the shoulder top from H&M.

I usually ignore trends and just dress for my body knowing I will be happy and smile if I am comfortable in the outfit.

You really can’t go wrong with any see-through fabric for any fashion occasion, you can dress it down with just a simple tank top under it or take it up a notch with a bold color pattern and a high wasted skirt for a night out on the town with the girls. It’s the fashion staple that’s here to stay!

You’ve probably seen me on Insta in one of my favorite see through Joie silk top. I’m just loving all wearable trends this season.

While summer only officially started two weeks ago, I have a feeling my wardrobe will include more on trend pieces than summers passed. And I am really looking forward to it. Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see which other trends I wear this summer!


I’m a Native New Yorker which means most of my closet is the expected color — black. I will admit that wearing any other color of any kind does confuse me and not make me feel as confident when I walk into a room. But rest assured, color — bright and muted — has definitely…

I’m a Native New Yorker which means most of my closet is the expected color — black. I will admit that wearing any other color of any kind does confuse me and not make me feel as confident when I walk into a room. But rest assured, color — bright and muted — has definitely been added to my closet.

#ootd #whatiwore Zara Black Dress With Frills Side View

My old standby for any event is a Little Black Dress and now that summer officially starts on Tuesday, I find myself reaching for a LBD both for work and play reasons. Little Black Dresses come in so many styles and are perfect for so many occasions.

#ootd #whatiwore Zara LBD with Frills

I found a Little Black Dress perfect for Early Summer 2016. I say perfect for Early Summer because it is a thicker material than I would wear during the oppressive July and August humidity mostly commonly felt in the Concrete Jungle I live in. Early Summer clothing means thicker material because nights could still be 60 degree weather or less and so could early mornings when walking to work. It’s like a Spring plus wardrobe.

Zara #LBD

Zara had this flirty off the shoulder dress with frills in black and white in store and red online. At $22.90 it was an absolute steal. I’ve paid far more for a dress not nearly as flattering. I bought the small which on my 5’9 frame is shorter than how it will fall on most people but I’ve never been afraid to show a little leg.

Zara LBD Summer 2016

Even my Instagram husband said I looked fantastic in the dress and he’s never steered me wrong in the three and a half years he’s been taking my photos for my blog Insta feed.

ZaraSummerLBD

I’ve been showing shoulder a lot lately and since it is not only a summer 2016 trend but also a comfortable look for me, I really like this dress. I’ll wear it not only for date night but also dinner with the girls!


I have memories of my Catholic school days seeing classmates go home one day with long hair and come in the next day with short hair. Back then, it was the only solution when someone got lice. I’ve never had lice but I do know how I would feel if I unexpectedly had to cut…

I have memories of my Catholic school days seeing classmates go home one day with long hair and come in the next day with short hair. Back then, it was the only solution when someone got lice. I’ve never had lice but I do know how I would feel if I unexpectedly had to cut my long hair back then.

Fairy Tales Hair Care hosted a #FairyTalesMix blogger event the other night to introduce us to latest products and since summer brings along with it a different set of hair care issues, I have a feeling young and old will find many of them useful. Stephanie and I sure had fun testing them out on the terrace.

One of the products stood out — Fairy Tales Hair Care Rosemary Repel hair spray — over 1,000,000 bottles have been sold of this proprietary blend of organic Rosemary, Citronella, Tea Tree and Geranium oils clinically proven effective to help prevent lice! Here’s to no longer cringing when my head rests on the back of an airplane seat.

I also teamed up with Stephanie to to make the Rapunzel Red Ringer cocktail created by Fairy Tales which is inspired by their Rosemary Repel line. Our silliness was all up on her Snap of course. In cased you missed it, let’s just say while Stephanie is ready to compete in the World Bartender Championships, my talents exist in muddling raspberries.

Want to make one yourself? — you’ll need:

1.5 oz. Premium Vodka
6 Raspberries, muddled
1 oz. Fresh Ginger, peeled and muddled
2 oz. Grapefruit Juice

Muddle raspberries and peeled ginger in a shaker.

Add vodka, ice, and grapefruit juice. Shake well.

Serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and candied ginger.

Disclosure: This is a compensated post. Thanks for supporting Beauty Sundae. Photo credit Momtrends


My Essence Beauty Box for May arrived right in time for my getaway this weekend with bae! Here’s what I thought about this month’s travel size beauty essentials in the “bae-cation” themed product box – Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray is a great way to eliminate bathroom odor before it begins by creating a…

My Essence Beauty Box for May arrived right in time for my getaway this weekend with bae!

#EssenceBeauty Essence Beauty box May 2016

Here’s what I thought about this month’s travel size beauty essentials in the “bae-cation” themed product box –

Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray is a great way to eliminate bathroom odor before it begins by creating a barrier on the surface of the toilet water. While I’ve used the other scents this was my first time having Poo-Pourri Rose Geranium in my hands. It’s a soft blend of rose, geranium, and citrus natural essential oils. I love it. And since Poo-Pourri already came with me on my travels, this scent will be coming along.

PUR Cosmetics Impact Plus Mascara was an instant hit for me as it lengths lashes and adds volume and curl. I’m all about my lashes and the longer they look, the more confidence I seem to have. Silly, I know but I can’t hate a photo where my lashes look amazing.

Ginger Yum ginger mint soy massage candle is a handcrafted soy candle by a Black owned business. The aroma is calming and eco-friendly and the soothing oil moisturizes your skin. Can’t wait to use it. Travel size candles are my favorite. And yes, I have been tempted to take full sized candles with me at times when I loved a scent. Thankfully Ginger Yum allows me to skip that packing craziness.

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes gently cleanse, remove impurities and makeup while being packed with skin-loving ingredients and multi-vitamins. After a long day playing tourist (or even as a local!) there is nothing like removing the day from your face and these wipes are often within reach.

Equitance Brightening Foaming Cleanser washes away makeup and pollutants without stripping the skin’s moisture. You can start and finish your day with this luxurious cleanser and enjoy some makeup free selfies (or pictures!) because of how it takes care of our face.

Because of the May Essence Beauty Box I got a jump start packing the beauty essentials to take on my Memorial Day getaway but all of these finds would be perfect for a staycation too!