Take a sip babes, the vibes are back in action.
Banana Boat Summer Color ® Self-tanning Lotion @ Target $6.99
I thought I had given up on the whole self-tanning thing, but my mom had this one just collecting dust. So here I am trying out another self-tanner. This one is going pretty well! Although, I have been using it prreeeetttyyyy sparingly. It hasn’t gotten on my clothes and it doesn’t look like I murdered an orange person in the shower. It does smell odd, but they all kinda do in my opinion.
Shiseido Eyelash Curler on Amazon $19.99
As you all know, my eyelashes are very straight and very annoying. HOWEVER, paired with this fabulous eyelash curler and my fave mascara, my little straight lashes are fiyah. I haven’t found one that makes my eyelashes stay up or hold their position as well as this curler (and I’ve tried a lot of those babies).
Corduroy Overall Dress @ Forever 21 $24.90
It’s already getting chilly in NYC (which is scary as heck), so I’m starting to focus on some transition pieces that aren’t too heavy for fall. This dress is suuuuppper cute and great with black or white (in my case black and white) and not too hot when walking these NYC streets. Also, it has pockets thank u lord. My sweater that I paired this with is gone peecon, but I liked three other options here, here, and here that are similar and would be just as cute!
Daiya Cheddar Cheese
One of the hardest things about my attempt at vegan-ism is the fact that I can’t eat cheese anymore (mac and cheese is life). I was at this little healthy store down the street getting groceries, and I stumbled across this gem. They had a few other kinds, but this seemed the safest to me. It’s actually really good guys. Not like its only good cause I have to eat it, but like actually pretty good. I was shocked. Good cheese made without dairy? I’ve officially seen everything.
Aaptiv on the App Store $9.99 per month
After waking up with pizza sweats Monday morning (yes that’s a thing, maybe and we’ve all been there- don’t judge me), I decided to try this new app I recently downloaded for running and just training in general. I tried the strength training another day but it was really weird having someone tell you what to do without you seeing them do it, so that part was a fail. Yesterday, I picked a running exercise to do that was about 30 minutes total cause I didn’t wanna do too much on my first try. I also pick an intermediate level exercise because I’m not a beginner when it comes to running, but expert sounds a little too confident for me. I started the thing as the trainer coached me through what I was about to do and I was kinda nervous because she started by saying I was gonna be “cooked” by the end of it. I figured I could handle it since I do cardio a lot. She was right when she said I’d be “cooked.” If anything my ass was overdone. However, I recommend at least the free trial run of the 7 days because I managed to do 2 miles in 11 minutes (my regular time is 9 minutes for 1 mile). Also, my apple watch informed me that on this run I burned the most calories I’ve ever burned while running yay! For some reason it helps me if someone is telling me what to do. (I have great self-discipline, but it can only go so far once I’m winded).
Take Me by Aly & AJ
So it definitely must be 2007 because Aly and AJ are back banging out the hits again. I will admit it’s not Potential Break-up Song, but it’s so very poppy and has an awesome 80’s vibe to it that I always love.
Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face on Netflix
Little known fact about me: I watch stand-up comedians like nobody’s fricken business. I wanna say the first comedian I ever really watched was Louis C.K. when I was in high school. This was before Netflix, so I watched him on YouTube (how I found that I have no clue at all). I must have watched his 2009 stand-up like a million times and it’s still one of my favorites. I also had the pleasure of seeing Aziz Ansari live in Baton Rouge and my cousin, Kristen, and I were basically crying with laughter. Probably one of the reasons I’m so excited about having moved to NYC is getting to see more of them live (Jim Gaffigan I am coming for u September 30th as soon as I get some money and a job). Anyway, I tend to be a little hesitant about watching new comedians (because i’ve seen some real doozies), but this dude was great. I love any comedian that talks about stuff I can relate to, obviously, and he touched on a lot of stuff about NYC people. (For instance when they say “I couldn’t live anywhere else” I died because someone literally said that to me the other day), dating (or lack-there-of) and babies (or lack-there-of). Highly recommend watching!
Leather Slip-on Sneakers @ Steve Madden $59.95
I was lucky enough to get these shoes because I was returning a gift. I used the store credit from that return and I so glad I got them. I wear these babies a lot because they go with basically everything. They’re perfect for fall and winter with the quilted-looking design, but super durable because they’re leather, not suede.
Un-success of the week√
So this isn’t necessarily a thing that failed me, but myself that failed, or maybe Rite Aid, I haven’t decided. I know from coming to NYC last year, that Target is a luxury that is not afforded to me anymore. (Today I did discover one in Brooklyn, but sadly it is like 45 minutes away by subway). I thought my AirBnb was SUPPOSED to give me towels for my showering use; however, that was not the case. September 6th was a very rainy day and I really needed to shower and get the airplane stink off of me so I trekked to the Rite Aid in hopes of finding towels. Rite Aid let me down. They didn’t even have my dry shampoo. I was at a loss. I then proceeded to go into another random grocery store and look again to no avail. My last-ditch attempt was a 99 cent store, which I assumed was like a Dollar General where I come from and the Lord blessed me and I found towels! I should have known, of course, that the dollar store would never let me down. I shall never doubt its powers again!