Clarisonic Mia Deep Pore Review

Been a long time, and I’m so sorry for that! This post certainly won’t make up for the absence, but at least it is a start to getting back to it. College has been busy (as much as I hate this word, it seems fitting here) as per usual, which means finding more ways to make time – The Fashion Newcomer occasionally gets put on the back burner.

Today’s post is a product review:
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Complete full disclosure: Her Campus reached out over the summer about trying the new Clarisonic Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution. I was curious. I actually purchased my own Clarisonic a few years go – there was a lot of hype, and while an investment, I really wanted to see what all the interest was about.

I used the product pretty inconsistently at the time so I can’t say that I reaped the full benefits. Ultimately, I stopped using it and it collected dust on a shelf. So when the opportunity to try it again came about, I was thrilled. In the years since I’ve stopped using mine, the excitement over the product hasn’t died down – so I figured this would be a genuine product review because I’ve been on both sides, and was aware of the product on my own.

For those who don’t know, a Clarisonic is a facial cleaning system that boasts the ability to remove makeup six times better than using your hands. My skin is nowhere near perfect – but removing dirt from my face seemed like a great first step towards getting it there.

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After using the product, I do feel as if my skin is cleaner – obviously there is no way to know if it is, but the act of believing that my skin is thoroughly washed in itself is great.

Of course, actual effects are important (and most likely what would convince you to purchase this product). I have seen a slight improvement, although my skin has been all over the place lately – stress and poor eating causes me to breakout, two things I’m surrounded by in the college environment. Regardless, I know that the long-term benefits of using the Clarisonic are also important – it helps stop the formation of wrinkles and prepares your skin for a better future ahead.

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Have you ever tried the Clarisonic? What do you think?

Jamie

This post is sponsored by Clarisonic and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Fashion Newcomer possible!

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Things You Learn Freshman Year of College

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The end of freshman year totally crept up on me (so crazy to think that time has gone so fast) and I felt a reflection post was necessary now that I’ve been home for the summer and (slowly but surely) back to blogging! I’m trying to ensure this is not super repetitive to what others have said, because I know that’s probably the last thing you want to read, especially because this is so late in terms of when it would’ve been most relevant. Sometimes I desperately avoid these types of posts (list posts are extremely hit or miss), but hopefully this will be relatively interesting!

And before I get too far, please send me any questions you have about college – either in the comments or if something private, send me an e-mail (jamie@thefashionnewcomer.com). I’d love to be of help in any way!

Without further ado…

1. How much sleep you think you need is probably an overestimate. And honestly, it should be. Part of college is working really hard, staying up late whether it be doing work or hanging out with friends, and just generally – not spending time sleeping. There’s so much to do, and so many people to meet, and if you spend your time constantly sleeping, you miss out. Yes, sleep is crucial, and yes, you need to catch up when you don’t get enough (Sunday mornings!), but functioning on as little sleep, on some occasions, is possible (and worth it!).

2. Talk to upperclassmen and take their advice. They know the best professors, they know great things to get involved in, and they genuinely want you to succeed. (If anything, remember this – because taking classes with the right professors is imperative, and upperclassmen can point you in the right direction of what to do)

3. Take every opportunity, and apply for every program. Anything that is semi-interesting to you, take the chance and see what the outcome is. You don’t know what will happen, and there is no guarantee you’ll get everything, so try for as many things as you possibly can and see what happens. If you get everything (which would be an incredible feat), be proud and accept the a busy schedule – you’ll be grateful in the long run.

4. Keep an open mind and never stop trying to make new friends. It’s better to have a wider network than a smaller one, so take every opportunity to meet different people! Although it is nice to have people to surround yourself with for the adjustment period, you’ll never hurt yourself by constantly trying to meet more people at every turn.

5. Everyone lives differently, which was kind of difficult for me to come to terms with. Every single person you will meet has their own ideas and philosophies, from the way they’ve been raised. It’s just is what it is – there’s really no piece of advice I could derive in terms of dealing with this accept being aware of it.

6. No 8:30am classes! Granted, this doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone (some people are just naturally early risers, and other times there is no other option), but if you can avoid it, chances are, you’ll be thankful. I had a 9:40am this past semester which truthfully I didn’t enjoy but it was good to start my day early (but not too early) and get moving.

7. You are the only person who is managing you. This might seem self-explanatory, but up until college, I don’t think most people experience it. By this, I mean that no one is really looking out for you but yourself. Yes, you’ll have friends that have your back, but you are in charge of taking enough credits, seeking out the best help, balancing your time, making sure you are eating the right things, etc. It seems simple but at home, with your parents always around, you probably think about these things less than you realize. Being independent is a really good thing and something every should experience – but knowing this in advance will help you adjust (in my opinion) a lot easier.

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Newcomer in NYC: What You’ve Missed Part 2

One of my biggest issues in terms of staying on track with blogging has been remembering to use my blog Instagram. It’s something I definitely need to work on, but since I haven’t been using it, there’s been little to no updates to what I’ve been up to!

One of my favorite things about being home for the summer is being able to go into Manhattan, and I wanted to share a few of my favorites with all of you…

Bing Box

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Could not recommend Bing Box more! This tiny place is a hidden gem and in my opinion, much better than the more popular, 10 Below. $7 for the shaved ice, two toppings, and a waffle cookie. Delicious and very aesthetically pleasing!

Vandal

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Vandal is primarily known for it’s nightclub but my friend and I went for brunch because we wanted to scope out the place. We went with simpler menu items – we each got a slider and then a side of fries to share (side note: I, strangely enough, don’t love french fries but these fries were SO good). After some snooping, we were able to get our waiter to give us a tour of the restaurant afterwards – it was absolutely stunning and so huge. We also got to go down to see the nightclub which was fun – especially seeing it all lit up and being cleaned in the daytime.

Cha Cha Matcha

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This place is all over Instagram and after passing it on the way to Vandal, we decided we had to go back afterwards to try it out. It is definitely very cute – also crowded, as there was a line out the door. We decided to go with the Matcha because that is what it is known for – I think I’m just not a tea person because it was not my thing. But (to be completely, 100% honest), it is worth going for the Instagram.

Baron Von Fancy Wall

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Slightly obsessed with anything Baron von Fancy does, especially his painted walls. This wall coincidentally was right next to Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Again, a great photo op and something worth strolling by – his art goes up and down very quickly!

Cupcake Market

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Full disclosure: had to go here for the Instagram. Following the Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian feud it became even more of a must-do. The cookies (I hate to say) were not very good, but on looks alone they were worth it. We went toward the end of the day and got the last two cookies available – so I’d suggest going earlier in the day to make sure you can get them!

Failed Attempt at Museum of Ice Cream

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This picture doesn’t even begin to cover the ridiculous  line on opening day at the Museum of Ice Cream. My friend and I tried to wing it and just go – we knew there would be a line but we were hoping it wouldn’t be so bad. Unfortunately, we didn’t get in – and since tickets are sold out while the museum is open, it doesn’t seem likely we’ll get there in the near future. It was worth a shot though!

Also worth mentioning that Joe & the Juice is awesome. I didn’t get any pictures, but I went to the location in SoHo and there was such a fun and energetic vibe – also very big with a totally non-pretentious feel! We were able to get a table and take a breather and bask in the air conditioning for awhile which was so nice. While the drinks are definitely overpriced, that is generally New York – and the ambience was definitely enough to forget about the prices. Check out the free photo booth in the back near the restrooms!

Any recommendations for last stops in Manhattan before I head back to school? I’m meeting up with Nicole on Thursday and we’d love to hear your suggestions!

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Toiletries & Cosmetics College Packing List

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I’m slowly but surely getting to all of those other college posts I promised! Nicole and I have been catching up and she has been instrumental in inspiring me to get back on the bandwagon and start publishing. (Worth noting that her content has been absolutely amazing lately!) I know that move in season is upon us (for some, it has already begun), so I wanted to provide the list I used to pack up all my toiletries and cosmetics.

Yesterday I spent the day organizing everything I took home at the end of last year – it was definitely something I wasn’t looking forward to doing but now that it’s done, I feel way more prepared to move back into school in just a few weeks! I initially packed based off of a Her Campus list that I would definitely recommend. However, I did tweak some areas of the toiletries and cosmetics section and wanted to share that with you all!

I’m sure I forgot a few things, but I think all in all this is a pretty comprehensive list that will guide you in the right direction when it comes to tackling such a massive category. Let me know what other packing lists you would like to see!

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Feel free to save the picture and print it out to help you organize everything!

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True College Dorm Room Essentials

I wrote this post over a month ago and somehow it never got published! But when Nicole texted me and we got to talking about dorm room essentials, I remembered it was waiting in the queue somewhere so without further ado…

I was looking at my dorm room post from the beginning of freshman year and when I glanced at the photos, I had a fairly quick realization that half of the things I brought were extremely unnecessary. In fact, I gave them up pretty quickly – and they just took up wasted space. Since most dorm rooms are pretty small, I thought it would be useful for all those off to college in the Fall to see a post on what I brought and what I actually used. Not to mention this is a fun experiment for me, considering it’ll help me see how much I overpacked and what I can cut back on for next year!

I’m going to break it down by photos of my room so you can get a visual and then read what was and wasn’t useful! I’m hoping this post will help you cross a few items off your shopping list (because, while I love Bed Bath & Beyond, during the college season, going there became a huge chore).

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Bedding – Obviously, bedding is a need. I would recommend a comforter instead of a duvet just to keep things easy. I had a duvet, and it worked fine, but sometimes if the comforter inside would shift around it was an inconvenience (yes, I know this is an extremely minuscule problem but it is something to be aware of!). Make sure you buy everything BB&B recommends to go underneath – the bed your college provides will mostly likely be super uncomfortable by itself. The foam topper is worth every penny, I promise. (I had the three inch one and I still think to this day it was one of the best things I bought up to school)

Pillows – I would recommend only a few accent pillows in addition to the one (or two) you use to sleep with. Let’s not forget – while pillows are great, chances are, you’ll have a twin XL bed and there isn’t much surface area, especially if your bed doubles as seating. I also had a husband pillow which I liked but never used while sleeping, just for sitting as a backrest.

Wall Decorations – As many as you can get! The rooms look so sad and boring without them, and it adds more color and personality.

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My desk had so many things so I’m just going to break this down by discussing the things you really don’t need:

Books for pleasure really don’t need to take up space in your dorm room – if anything, they will start collecting dust. Chances are, if you have time to read for pleasure, you should be more involved or have more work. This is definitely hypocritical, because I did always have time for the occasional Netflix episode, but I can almost guarantee your form of relaxation won’t necessarily be reading – especially after reading you have to do for class. To this day, I still have yet to read either of the books in this picture (but I guess that is what the summer is for!).

Too many notepads – if you are blogger, cute stationery is probably your kryptonite. I can honestly say that I used it as an excuse to continue to buy more in the months leading up to college – every cute pad I found I just “needed” for my dorm room. Don’t do what I did, I promise you don’t need as much as you think! Same goes for an abundance of pens and other desk accessories – no need to go crazy.

Things to definitely bring (that are somewhat less discussed): tissues (you’ll run out quicker than you think you will), a pencil sharpener (you probably don’t need a big one like I had, but definitely pack one – you need #2 pencils for tests!), extra charging stations, a mini fan (even if your room has air conditioning), and lots of sticky notes.

IMG_1425There are so many miscellaneous items – I couldn’t begin to make a dent in this category (but of course, I’m going to try). If you are into coffee, a Keurig will serve you well. Beyond that, always make sure to have some snacks on hand, a few water bottles (and a reusable one as well!), and paper towels.

Some things you may not think to bring… Air freshener (seriously, buy this – and go for a pretty standard scent you won’t get sick of), plastic utensils (anytime you bring food back to your room and forget to bring back a fork from the dining hall you will be so glad you had this), extra hand soap (we had to provide our own for the bathroom and it was so inconvenient if we ran out – it meant going to a different bathroom just to have soap), and basic flip flops (I’d recommend a pair from Old Navy) you don’t care about to always wear around the dorm so you don’t have to go barefoot!

If you are headed into your freshman year and have any specific questions and want my thoughts – please feel free to reach out! I’d be more than happy to help. I know this post is on the later side (some people are already heading back to school) but hopefully helpful nonetheless!

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Catching Up…

I’m trying to get out of this hiatus funk! One of the things I’ve missed about blogging is sharing some of the things I’ve been enjoying and the dialogue that follows after So without further ado, here are just a few things I’ve been loving/trying/doing that haven’t made it to the blog…

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Hamilton on Broadway

Hamilton was nothing short of a life changing experience. Seriously. Arguably the best part was that we were one week away from the departure of 3 of the main cast members – seeing the show just in time for that was incredible (despite the fact that I’m certain the new replacements are just as talented). Now, I can’t stop listening to the music (either can my mom!). Safe to say that if I can ever find a way to get tickets again, I’ll be going – it is worth every penny.

Athleisure

This summer I’ve been interning for an athleisure start-up company so I’ve been getting more and more into the trend, especially because I’m allowed to wear it to work! Old Navy has some great picks for fun leggings that don’t break the bank. And of course, I’m still hooked on Lululemon – particularly their sports bras. Sometimes they are randomly on sale – checking in the store every now and then (while dangerous for your wallet) is a good idea. I recently got this bra in black and I love it!

Difficult People & UnReal

I don’t find myself watching too much TV, even now that I’m home from school and have the time to. The few shows I have been indulging in are Difficult People (Hulu), UnReal (Lifetime), and my guilty pleasure (hate to admit it) The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo). Difficult People is hilarious and weird – I blew through all the preexisting episodes on Hulu and now I’m up to date. It’s a little quirky but I really enjoy it! UnReal is about the making of a fictional Bachelor-style show. I binge watched the first on Hulu earlier this year, and now I’ve been keeping up to date as it airs on television. The first season was (in my opinion) better, but I still enjoy the current episodes – so many twists and turns. I’m not even going to venture to explain Real Housewives – just know that once you start, as ridiculous as it is, you can’t stop watching.

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Adidas

I’ve had a post on Adidas sitting in my drafts for months now. I first got the green Stan Smiths a few months ago and wore them way more than I ever would’ve imagined. As I mentioned above, athleisure is a favorite of mine – and Adidas has truly crafted great products that feed straight into that new area of the fashion industry. I just recently bought Superstars with burgundy snakeskin detailing instead of the classic black which I’m excited to wear in the Fall. I was never really a sneaker person before, but if I was going to wear a pair, Converse were my go to. Now I’ve totally neglected my pair in favor of the Adidas sneakers!

Blogs I’ve Been Reading

Lastly, I wanted to touch on some blogs I’ve been reading because, despite my Debbie Downer attitude, there are some people that are producing amazing and inspiring content. As I’m sure you all know by now, Nicole is my blogging bestie and her blog, Empire Styles, has been incredible lately. Other new favorites include Lemon Stripes (Julia has been killing it! She is so real and genuine, it is such a breath of fresh air) and Chic in Carolina (Katie’s My Chic Week posts are such a great way to wrap up the week). I also have so been enjoying The Gold Dime – I feel like all of Shelby’s content is so polished.

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Finding My Voice

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To be perfectly candid, I think my blog is having an identity crisis.

I’m having trouble finding my “voice”. It’s always been an issue that is slightly there, but I fear it is getting worse. Normally I would ignore it and just continue to flush through ideas, but I’m hitting a wall. I write posts, and then I don’t publish them because I fear the writing style is entirely unauthentic.

I haven’t published something in roughly two weeks, but I think about this website and where it is headed a lot. Considering there’s no real content going up – and not just here, on Twitter and Instagram too – I get the sense that those who maybe once liked to read this blog feel I’m just drifting away, and for that, I apologize (although, to be perfectly honest, I’ve never ever felt I’ve had a consistent audience).

I read a lot of really great blog posts and it upsets me that the posts I have drafted aren’t as exciting, or inspirational. But then I also read a lot of extremely boring blog posts and think that maybe blogging is stupid. I get quickly motivated to spruce up my social media and make strides, and just as quickly, I get discouraged. It’s a lot of work and in my case, I don’t think a lot of reward.

The only person you should be blogging for is yourself, but having an audience and being noticed is important. I’ve been at this for almost 5 years (I am in awe of this number, as I typed it) and I don’t know how to proceed. It seems all I’ve been doing is writing about writing instead of publishing real content – that in itself is an issue, I know.

I’m caught at a real crossroads because it feels like the summer is almost over – in reality I still have over a month, but my original plan way back when school ended was to post consistently over the summer.

Where does this leave TFN? No clue. But if you want to stick around for the ride, I’ll be grateful.

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Fashion + Tech = Match Made in Heaven

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Fashion and technology are two of my favorite industries, and I love how they are continually colliding – as they should be! With great advancements in tech, the fashion world should want to jump on the bandwagon – releasing accessories to keep up with the times. As of late, the tech world itself has even created fashion and vice versa – these cool improvements truly are news items I get excited about.

Enter jimmyCASE. A little disclaimer: I do strongly believe in the product, and I am sorry it has been all over your Bloglovin.  To all the other bloggers who have written about this already – seriously, you all have done a great job. I’ve never seen a campaign that works so organically because this is a product that (for the most part) actually fits into our lifestyles. That being said, seeing it over and over can distract from how well thought out everyone’s work is. I know it is repetitive and I know it’s not ideal – I’m hoping my narrative will provide a (somewhat) different story.

When the company initially emailed me, I was immediately on board because in college I attached a sticky card slot onto my case to tote my student ID around. It was perfect for me – I needed my ID for access to my room and to buy things. jimmyCASE let me pick out whatever case I wanted – I have an iPhone 6/6s, so that part was easy. From there, I debated on colors – the pink and grey was enticing but a little too preppy for my style, so black it was (are we surprised?).

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Fast forward to receiving the case. I opened the envelope and my dad, who was standing next to me, loved it immediately. He asked if he could use it and I was thrilled he was so interested! My dad has been using the basic Black Apple Case for awhile now and I was happy to assist in switching up his look.

He reported back to me – his sole use of the pocket is for his train ticket, as he commutes into the city for work. He absolutely loves the case and has noted that the elastic is high quality and capable of securely holding important items, such as, in my Dad’s case, the ticket he needs to get to and from work. Recently he’s also been putting his credit card inside for easy access. He always needs to have his phone on hand to coordinate work projects – so it is so fitting for him to have his go-to items attached to it.

I cannot wait to see the new designs jimmyCASE comes out with next – I’d love to buy another one before school starts for my ID but until then, I’ll let my dad enjoy the product.

What’s your favorite phone case?

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Newcomer in NYC: What You’ve Missed

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Today’s post is going to be a recap of places I’ve been in Manhattan throughout the past few weeks. Anywhere I went throughout the semester was lost (given that I wasn’t posting at all) and I’ve been easing into posting recently, so I figured combining them all together could work well. Re-reading this intro now after having written the post, I realize it’s really just a list of places I would recommend checking out and less content based than I had originally planned – my bad!

Since I haven’t been blogging recently, I haven’t been as on top of always taking photos so you’ll notice some of these blurbs have no graphics along with them. I apologize for that! Sometimes it’s not about staging the food or getting the perfect shot, right?

I’d also lastly like to apologize for the amount of times the words “fun” and “delicious” are used. When I went back to read this post, I was so disappointed in the amount of times I used those two words to describe things but nevertheless, they are my go to for ambience and food. Oops! Working on shaking it up (blogging goals for this summer). For now, please stick with me!

Restaurants…

Sadelle’s

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Pure heaven. This place was everything I wanted in a brunch restaurant and more. My friend and I came home for one weekend from school and before catching our bus at Port Authority on Sunday we decided to go to Sadelle’s. Such a good decision. The lox was as good as it looks (if not better) and as much as I love the Breads Bakery Babka, I think this is better (this one has chocolate frosting!). I could not recommend this place more. Definitely make a reservation though – it was super crowded and if we hadn’t, I’m not so sure we would’ve gotten a table. A few hours after we left, I saw on Instagram that Leo DiCaprio was at Sadelle’s. We just missed him…

Two Hands

To continue missed celebrity encounters, at Two Hands, I sat in Dave Franco’s seat… right after he left. It was so disappointing that we just missed him, but still cool to have been there. This small Australian place gets a ton of attention on Instagram and was worth the hype. There was a decent wait, but Two Hands allows you to give your cell number and walk away – they’ll text you when your table is ready, so you don’t have to stand outside the restaurant. I got a sandwich and added an egg – delicious and fresh. I was so hungry I took no pictures (so unlike me) but I’m sure I’ll be back.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor

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The first time I was at Nom Wah Tea Parlor was for dim sum in the morning and it was absolutely delicious. The food was fresh and the portions were extremely generous. I went for a second time after Escape the Room (read more on that below) because it was literally one block away but at night it wasn’t as good. However, given that it was a group of 6 of us, we were able to get a table right away which was extremely convenient and easy!

10 Below

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What can I say… I buy into food trends way too easily. 10 Below has been everywhere and it’s really not a shocker that I decided to try it, right? Although it was good, I can’t say I would go again – was glad to try it but definitely not my new favorite Ice Cream.

Pizza Beach

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Delicious pizza. There are two locations, one on the Upper East Side and one on the Lower East Side. I went to the one on the UES, and it was in such a nice area – very quiet. We were able to get a table outside which I would definitely recommend. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful, but the sidewalk seating they had was very calming and not super claustrophobic, which I think is hard to find. I could only finish half of my pizza because the crust is so thick and extremely filling, but it was really good. Above is what it looks like outside next to the tables!

Baz Bagel

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Baz Bagel is the cutest bagel shop – super tiny, but that adds to the ambience of the whole place. Plastered with pictures of Barbara Streistand on the wall, it’s quaint and fun, plus there is a huge menu with tons of different options. I got a bagel with lox and beet cream cheese (hence the pink color) which was extremely filling and delicious. Plus, at the end of the meal, they gave us a complimentary plate of treats – rugelach and macaroons – the only thing we didn’t get to try were the black and white cookies!

Activities…

Mini Golf at Pier 25

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Mini Golf at the Pier was such a fun activity. Although the course itself was fairly bland and unexciting, the view was spectacular – as you can see, we were there at sunset and it was absolutely stunning. The weather was beautiful so just being outside was a plus! If you are looking for a inexpensive activity this is good – $5 a person for Manhattan Mini Golf is reasonable. It was a little crowded but not crazy, and the course is open until 10pm during the summer which is a bonus.

Mission Escape Games

Mission Escape Games is one of the Escape the Room places in New York City. This one was located in Chinatown (as mentioned above, we went to Nom Wah Tea Parlor after we finished!). Our room was called “Escape the Initiation”. The background was fairly simple: our group was in the final stages of being hired by a man for his company, but he wanted to observe how we all worked before giving us the job. There was no start or end point (except for leaving the room) so it was fun to guide ourselves and just play with everything to figure a way out. We were able to solve the code and left the room with 3 minutes left!

Met Rooftop & PsychoBarn

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Literally unreal. I could not recommend this more. First of all, the views from the Rooftop are breathtaking. I was so surprised I hadn’t been up there sooner because truly, it is beautiful and something not to miss if you’ll be visiting the city for a short period of time. Currently, there is an exhibition on the roof: the PsychoBarn. I’ve never seen the movie, but this is a replica of the red barn from Hitchcock’s Psycho. Unfortunately, there is no interior – just two walls that make up a facade. It was honestly so cool and again – worth visiting to get a picture (… if we are being completely honest).

Shopping…

American Two Shot, Kith, The Vintage Twin

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I didn’t buy anything at any of these stores, so I don’t have too much to report, but they are all extremely interesting concepts. If you happen to be near any of them, worth looking into! I went to American Two Shot entirely in search of Baron Von Fancy stuff, but the selection when we went was disappointing. Kith is a men’s sneaker store that is absolutely beautiful – there is a smaller women’s store across the street (like, really small). It was too hard to shop there because it was such a tiny space, and to be honest, the shoe selection in the women’s store wasn’t spectacular.  The men’s store is worth going into just to marvel at – didn’t take any pictures (missed opportunity) but seriously it is incredible. As for Vintage Twin, again, worth going into. This is a pop up shop that switches locations every few weeks (I believe). They repurpose garments and print on them, which is awesome. If you are lucky enough to find one you like that is your size, the sayings are really fun. They often use lyrics – we went in search of the “Work work work work work” print, courtesy of Rihanna.

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At This Moment…

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Trying to get back into the swing of things so here we are with another post just a few days after that last one was published (better than a month later, right?).

I used to think these types of posts were just cheap tricks that bloggers resort to when they are in a crunch to post a certain amount per week. However, when Nicole posed the idea, I realized it’s a great way to catch you guys up on what’s currently inside my head. Given that I’ve been MIA for so long and my last post didn’t give much clarity to what’s been going on in my life, I thought this would bridge the gap a little bit.

For those who haven’t seen these types of posts before, a “At This Moment…” post simply just lists out a few prompts to which you answer with what’s been going on in your life lately.

Make sure to go read Nicole’s too!

Enjoying…  the fact that it is acceptable to wear Essie’s Bikini So Teeny on my nails! It’s my favorite nail color for the summer – I naturally gravitate to it when I go into the nail salon. During the other seasons I feel like it’s too bright, but for summer, it is perfect. I’m usually impartial to dark colors so these few summer weeks are really the only time I change it up!

Excited About… Hamilton (the Broadway show). My parents got tickets all the way back in October for a show in a few weeks (!!!!!!!). From everything I’ve read, we’ll make it right before the original cast leaves (*knock on wood*). I’m thrilled to see what all the hype is about (my mom and I tried to get tickets last year when it was at the end of its run at the Public Theater and couldn’t… over a year later here we are!!).

Drinking… Iced Coffee. (This habit has not changed since being away at school; if anything, it got worse.)

Listening… to more Drake than I’d like to admit to, only because it’s everywhere. I use Spotify to make playlists but since I’ve been home and able to use a car, I just rely on the radio when I’m driving around. I swear, every other song played is Drake but I’m just embracing it!

Loving… Manhattan day trips. Since home, I’ve been in a few times to see friends from school. It’s always exciting to get out of the suburbs! Unfortunately Nicole and I just missed Shelby while she was briefly in the city but hopefully the three of us will be able to plan a city get together for later in the summer.

Needing… A new phone case. I’m a klutz so I frequently drop my phone; its last tumble led to in a few too many cracks in my current case. If you have any suggestions, I have a 6S in Space Gray!

Wanting… Baron Von Fancy products (I’d like to think of him as the more inappropriate Pamela Barsky). I love Barsky pouches but there’s some Von Fancy sayings that take the cake (one of my favorites: my anxieties have anxieties). While in the city, my friend and I went in pursuit of his stuff, only to find none, and then went after this sign which was already (sadly) replaced with an advertisement.

Watching… American Horror Story. I was pretty skeptical of the show, even though my mom has watched most seasons and loved them all. I blew through the first season in just a few days and it was incredible. Very creepy but so different than anything I’ve watched recently so I really enjoyed it. For those who don’t know, AHS is an anthology series so each season is a different theme. Often, a lot of actors come back but they have different roles. I’m onto the second season now!

Wearing… Adidas Stan Smiths. I’ve been sitting on a post draft about these sneakers since at least April but it never materialized. These shoes are so comfortable and go with pretty much everything! Lately I’ve preferred them to sandals simply because they are so easy to wear. I still own a pair of white converse, but I’ve been totally impartial to these particular kicks.

One quick bonus regarding food (because dessert is an important part of my life): I went to a local place near me called Milkcraft that serves the waffle ice cream cones that have been all over Instagram lately. I waited for over an hour but the Smores creation I had was absolutely delicious and worth the hype. (Ps – can you spot the Bikini So Teeny on my nails?)

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