Sunday, July 24, 2016

Summer Eats

Summer is my favorite time to splurge at new restaurants because the weather is warm and it's fun to sit outside with a tasty cocktail and enjoy a new dish!  I've been out and about so much lately that I thought it would be fun to start a summer eats series and in case anyone was looking for recommendations.  Scroll down to check them out!
Dish: Classic Burger with Fries
Drink: Red Sangria
Delicatessen is advertised as an "upscale take on American comfort food" and this tasty dish definitely hit the spot!
I had been dying to check out New Leaf Restaurant since I heard about it.  It's part of the Met Cloisters so a friend and I planned a day of sightseeing and headed uptown!    
After leaving the Cloisters, we had to walk quite a bit to get there, but the sights along the way were totally worth it.    
Along the way we passed through one of the Cloisters' magnificent gardens, which was bursting with gorgeous flowers in full bloom.  
Ok, this wasn't part of the attraction, but we did see him on the way and he was too cute not to snap a pic!

Once we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by a beautiful stone arch way.  We ate in the outdoor section of the restaurant which was quite peaceful and lovely.   
Drink: White Peach Sangria 
Dish: Chocolate Mousse
 We ordered buffalo wings and fries which were both very good, but the stars were indeed the cocktails and dessert!  Check out the menu here.

Dish: Bang Bang Chicken Shrimp
I was passing by Thai hot spot Spice , and since I've never been, decided to pop in.  I love chicken and seafood, so of course the Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp called out to me.  Two pieces of shrimp tempura, atop two pieces of chicken breast, atop a mountain of jasmine rice, in a sea of red curry peanut sauce and veggies.  This was incredible and the sauce was my favorite hands down.  Very rich and spicy.  They gave a hearty portion too and I had trouble finishing it in one sitting.  


Dish: Smokehouse Burger
Long Beach Island (LBI) is my choice beach, and the food out there is pretty awesome.  I know it looks like I eat a lot of burgers (I do), but this time I couldn't help it!  After a day in the sun, I wanted something that screamed summer and this Smoke House Burger paired with a breezy cocktail from Sutton Place had my name all over them.  The chipotle BBQ sauce had me totally salivating.  This too was a very satisfying portion, which was fine because if you're like me, you'll just head back to the beach and swim it off! 
Zia Maria is a family owned restaurant and pizzeria that recently opened in Chelsea.  It offers authentic, homemade Italian food and luckily, I was in the area during it's grand opening! 
Unfortunately, I can't recall the names of these two dishes, nor see them online, but they were both delicious.  The first was mozzarella and tomatoes, and dessert was a type of chocolate/ strawberry sorbet with a hard chocolate shell.  SO good!  You can check out the menu here.    
  Is there a special place you recommend?  Let me know if there's a place you would like me to check out!
 Stay tuned for some more summer eats!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beauty Box 5 July Reveal

Hello dolls!  For those of you not yet familiar with BeautyBox5 it is a monthly subscription that selects five beauty industry favorites and delivers them straight to your door.  There are various subscription options to chose from, but my lucky self receives a complimentary box each month in exchange for sharing each month's goodies with all of you lovelies :)
This month's "Will Break for Makeup" theme is all about being road trip ready and doin' it in style!
BeautyBox 5's own Round Blending Brush
Retail: $10.00
This is advertised as ideal for buffing out eye shadow and sweeping on glowing highlighters for the summer months.  It's perfect to have on hand for speedy touch ups!
Skinny Tan Mini Mitt
Retail: $4.95
SO clever!  Finally, a great way to keep your hands nice and clean while trying to apply self tanner to your face.  Slip this tiny mitt on about two fingers and get easy control for even coverage.  
Sweep Rose Gold Tweezers
Retail: 14.00
I have several sets of tweezers, but these are by far the prettiest :)  Who wouldn't want a pair in rose gold?  Plus, this pair from Sweep comes with a slanted tip which is considered ideal for plucking both brow and chin hairs.  
Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Pencil
Retail: 18.00
I love this pencil because the tip is so thin it's so easy to control.  It's good for the times you're in a rush, because it eliminates the need for clean up along the edges.  I was able create crisp, neat looking lines
 Hikari Cosmetics Eye Shadow
Retail: $13.00
I'm in love with this color, it's one that I would probably wear daily... if the compact hadn't broke en transit :(  Unfortunately all I have to work with is a pile of crushed powder, but from that pile of powder I can tell you it is heavily pigmented with a rich, creamy texture.  It's advertised as buildable so you can create your desired intensity.  It seems like pretty good quality for a reasonable price.
Overall I liked this month's box a lot!  Everything is pretty functional and all the products were full sized.       
Do you have any beauty subscriptions?  Are you interested in BB5?




Friday, July 1, 2016

Free Beauty Events July Giveaway

 It's that time again!  If you haven't already heard about then it's time to get in the know!  The site is a great tool for any and every beauty addict.  It lets you stay up to date on the latest beauty happenings in your area and serves as an awesome way to snag some killer free samples. Best of all, each month the site gives away a bundle chalk full of the industry's newest must haves.  Let's check them out!   
 This month's includes products from Revlon Cosmetics, Coppertone, CoverGirl, Clean & Clear, La Roche Posay, Almay, KISS Nail  and more! The Contest runs from now through now through 7/31/16, winners will be chosen on 8/10/2016 and notified by 8/15/2016.  Entering is simple!  Visit FreeBeautyEvents on Facebook (don't forget to like them!) or enter directly on their website.
Besides the monthly giveaways, the site also offers great beauty advice and product reviews on their blog.  Like any of the products you read about?  Keep your eyes open for your chance to stock up!  Easy as 1-2-3, just enter your zip code into the site's search bar to find out which locations in your area might be handing out samples.  It's a helpful way to keep up to date with the beauty events happening in your town.    
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