I love dressing for specific occasions. I’m a lover of history, and one of my favorite aspects of the past is the fact that people dressed for every occasion. Perhaps because it is so much easier for us to get our hands on the latest fashion that I appreciate how people kept up with the trends in the past. For example in the 18 and 19th centuries people of the upper class were accustomed to changing their outfits 3-4 times a day or more! Perhaps their was a day outfit for a stroll in the park and then a day dress to have tea with friends. If they went hunting or riding their outfit usually consisted of a tweed riding suit, hat and boots. Dinner time was an affair no matter who they were dining with. You can be sure ladies wore gowns and gloves while men looked polished in a tux or at the very least a dinner jacket.
So do I long for the days of corsets? Well not particularly, what I do love is people respected fashion and what it can do. They understood the way you look is the very first impression you give. So when their is an occasion like a holiday I always like to put on something that I wouldn’t wear everyday. Sure you can throw on a t-shirt and jeans, but why not punch it up a bit in a nice dress? Holidays and vacations are the days where you can wear that bright dress and actually have a reason for it!
For the Fourth of July, I do NOT like to look like the American flag. But I do love putting together a red, white and blue outfit. Now as a rule I normally pick one color and subtly add others. When you do this you are allowing the eye to ability to focus. Just think when you see a bright colorful pattern, you normally want to look everywhere to take it all in. But by focusing on one color and bringing in others softly your eyes cans adjust easily. For this outfit my main focal point was the red dress with an embossed animal scale like print. Touches of blue came in with the always Americana blue jean jacket and bright blue nails. While white tied in with a clutch, faux pearl bracelets and clear sunnies.
PC: Lillie Morales of Jerseyfashionista
So what are you going to wear this Fourth of July? I hope I’ve inspired you to get festive with your outfit. Put something on that is going to make you feel extra beautiful even if it is casual! For more outfit inspo for this weekends festivities check out blogger friend Jerseyfashionista’s latest post!
As always I look forward to your comments here and on social media.
P.S. If you are into historical drama’s like I am particularly for the fashion, let me know! Although that is for an entirely new post.
Getting away for the summer is always a treat. Whether it’s a month long vacation or a weekend, it’s great to find hotels that accommodate your every need. The Hilton Short Hills, in Short Hills, NJ does this and more. I was invited to experience and learn about what this hotel has to offer by TravelingMom and She Buys Cars. The day was full of relaxation and travel education. With an ideal location close to NYC and across from Short Hills Mall there is plenty to see and do. The hotel offers shuttle service to the mall and has an on site rental car service. However there is no shortage of relaxing activities for adults to enjoy right in the Hilton Short Hills. While the whole family is bound to have fun as well.
If your looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating escape from the everyday hustle and bustle step into the Hilton’s spa. The Eforea Spa’s soothing atmosphere is sure to put you in a relaxed mood as it did me. With thirteen treatment rooms you’ll find something to relax and rejuvenate you. Whether you’re getting ready for a big event hosted at the hotel or simply want a mani or pedi, the salon is sure to take care of you. You and your spouse can receive hair cuts, styling and waxing services. Looking forward to a massage instead? The Hilton Short Hills offers both single and couple massages. A private room ensures that you are at your most relaxed. Mommies to be can also enjoy prenatal massages and services. After the massage make your way into the “Transition Room” to relax, drink and eat a healthy snack.
If the gym is more your sanctuary look no further than their fitness center. Enjoy a class of Pilates or sweat it out in their state of the art gym. If you’re in the mood for a high intensity sport take a swing in their tennis court. Group lessons, cardio tennis and evening socials are available to guests. You can rent on site racquets if you’ve left yours at home. Not a tennis pro? The Hilton Short Hills offers private and hitting lessons to spruce up your skills. After a great work out and a shower why not take a dip in one of the hotels pools. The indoor pool’s relaxing and cool ambience is perfect for a lap. While the connected hot tub is perfect for warm relaxation. Their outdoor pool is great for sunbathing and swimming as well.
Conduct business meetings and summits in one of the hotels seven meeting suites. Plan your wedding or sweet 15/ 16 in the grand ballroom. The more intimate Pavilion with large windows is perfect for a small wedding. The Pavilion’s soft cascading white drapes add the perfect romantic and enchanted feel. The TravelingMom Travel and Lifestyle event was held in this relaxing room. Brands Ann Taylor, The Walking Company and Henri Bendal showcased there newest products here while a makeup artist was also on hand for refreshing touch up’s. These brands are just a few that can be found conveniently at the Short Hills Mall across from the hotel.
We enjoyed a cooking demonstration of Scallop Avocado Toast with Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce by the hotel’s Chef Richard Kennedy. I was excited to try this dish as I am a sea food enthusiast and it did not disappoint. A delicious salad previous to the seafood dish and an array of mini desserts completed this delectable meal. Chef Kennedy and the culinary team at the Hilton offer a live cooking and tasting series for guests. The delicious food prepared by Chef Kennedy is sustainably soured from local NJ farmers, a point in my book! Check out Chef Kennedy’s Youtube Channel for great recipes.
As always the creators of She Buys Cars, Kim Orlando and Scotty Reiss were full of travel tips and tricks. Here are some of the tips I learned and plan to add them to my future trip planning.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve card is one of the best travel cards to have.
Feel free to call the hotel your staying in ahead of time for price matches and specials.
And check out apps like LuggageFree, Jet Setter, and Get My Boat for easier travel and planning.
I so enjoyed my day at the Hilton Short Hills and plan to return. With a great location, extensive accommodations and services the Hilton Short Hills has plenty to offer. Have you ever been? I’m sure you’ll want to visit now!
Summer is here and we all want to feel healthy! Why not try out a new fitness class to start. Or better yet find a workout buddy and gym wherever you are in the world! That’s what the Fitmatch app does. I know by personal experience going to a class on your own can be less appealing than going with a friend. Who wants to struggle in a class without a friend who is feeling the burn just as bad as you are? NO ONE! The app’s 5 steps help customize the app to your liking, find a gym near you and match you to people based on the type of workout you like. You then can chat and finally meet up at a class with your new workout pal.
To learn more about this app bloggers and press were invited to a Raka Fitness class led by Fitmatch creator and celebrity trainer Ngo Okafor. The class was held on the rooftop of the Clay Health Club + Spa located near Union Square in downtown NYC. The class was set to a mix of reggae music which made it that much easier for me to get moving. To my rejoice we worked out in intervals with breaks in between. Cardio, strength training, and boxing is was what consisted of the class. By far my favorite part of the class were the boxing intervals and my least favorite, those planks and burpees! Each interval had a Raka twist adding intensity to each movement.
A cool down of stretches on yoga mats brought the class to an end. The class was followed by an array of healthy chicken wraps, fruit and protein shakes. I didn’t get a chance to stop by the spa and sauna, but plan to make my way back. As a person who doesn’t workout daily I did enjoy how strong my body felt after this class. Although the soreness was something I was not looking forward to, I still feel a difference in my body. Currently Raka is being held in NYC, but Ngo plans to expand his classes around the USA.
I’ve download the app have you? Let me know what workout class you go to and how you and your workout buddy did. I enjoyed the class and plan to return. Ngo’s classes are free and so is the app! So make sure to make your way to the his classes and download the app. There are no more excuses! FitMatch makes it possible to find a workout class anywhere in the world! With a new workout partner to support your workout journey, making it easier than ever.
I recently attended The Makeup Show NYC for the first time ever. Open to press, beauty and fashion professionals this two day trade show allows industry insiders to expand their careers. There were also seminars, business forums, hands on workshops and a career fair. I was excited to learn about new products, techniques and discover brands I was not familiar with. Not to be missed were some of my favorite brands such as NYX, Makeup Forever and last but certainly not least Kat Von D. Here is what I saw, learned and most importantly what I bought!
I was able to sit in on the ” Editorial with Minerals. Truths and Misconceptions ” seminar taught by Valerie Hernández Garcia of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. She created looks that were editorial ready. In both the fashion and beauty industry when a look is editorial this simply means its meant to be shot for a magazine, commercial, etc. Tips given included using stick glue (yes craft glue) to get eyebrows to form in your desired direction. This helps create a dramatic look and holds for a long period of time. This is a necessity when makeup artists work with models and are shooting long hours. Valerie also used the brands “Minerals in the Mist Recharge” spray to set the makeup. The “Recharge” scent is infused with a blend of ginger, mint, mineral nutrients and vitamins. The “Minerals in the Mist” spray comes in an additional three scents “Refresh” a mix of tangerine and grapefruit, “Relax” a blend of lavender and vanilla and “Restore” a grapefruit, lime and rosemary blend. The mineral makeup went onto the models face like a second skin.The mist not only sets the makeup but protects and hydrates your skin.
Youngblood Cosmetics was founded by Pauline Youngblood in 1996. Before creating Youngblood Cosmetics Pauline worked as a medical aesthetician where she helped patients who had severe skin damage. Many of the patients had traumatic damage due to cosmetic surgeries, acne, rosacea and more. The patients recovery took up to six months or more and they didn’t have many choices to help conceal their skin. Pauline noticed this dilemma and worked with chemists to create a line of makeup that could cover the harshest of scars. Not only was the line she created able to cover scars, it allowed the patients skin to heal and breath during the recovery period. It was not long until patients were using her products not only during recovery, but for everyday use.
Youngblood Cosmetics is influenced by California and its laid back lifestyle. Made specifically for sensitive skin, this cosmetics line includes eco-friendly and cruelty free ingredients. The minerals in Youngblood cosmetics include Malachite, Rhodolite, Hematite and Zincite. These finely ground minerals help protect your skins tissue and cells. Youngblood has won the “Best Foundation Award” from Beauty Launchpad and “Best Mineral Blush” from NewBeauty.
I also sat in on Artist of the Year award winner Jordan Liberty’s business forum ” Art and Influence”. Jordan is an L.A. based makeup artist, photographer and makeup educator. He has worked on TV, backstage at New York Fashion Week and on beauty campaigns around the world. Jordan can also be found on YouTube where his videos teach educational and professional makeup tutorials. Jordan gave career tips and spoke about his go to products. He also created a refreshed and clean look while using the new glossy eyelid trend. See the video below and watch him create the look.
Here is my haul!
Besides all the free beauty lessons learned and what I bought home I loved the body art at the show. Many makeup artists and agencies were creating out of this world looks. These works of art took hours! I also learned which makeup brands have worked with major TV shows and plays. The actors in the play “War Paint” based on the lives of makeup giants Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden had their makeup done by MAC. While the makeup brands that worked with the shows ” This is US”, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and more were present at the Makeup Show.
I also loved the artwork by Moises Ramirez in the “Colors of Beauty ” art gallery. His artwork combines painting, photography, makeup artistry, illustration and drawing.
New Products: Some of which I was tempted to buy aka liquid lipsticks! Metallic in makeup are all the rage and high pigmented glitter in a rainbow range of colors was a hot item as well. Cozzete débuted Matte Infinite Eyeshadows which come in matte, crystal and velvets textures. While Sephora débuted the Pro Dimensional Highlighting Pallet. See pics below for more!
I loved attending the Makeup Show and gaining knowledge on the beauty industry. I definitely wish I could’ve been at two places at once to catch all the seminars. I look forward to next year’s show. Let me know in the comments and social media if you attended the makeup show in your town. The Makeup Show makes stops in Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas, L.A. and Orlando. Stay tuned to my social media for pics. Until the next one!
All pictures and video are mine except for press pictures which were sent to me by the Public Relations department of The Makeup Show.
Ladies the weather is getting warmer and we love wearing our cute dresses and skirts, don’t we? But with the rise of temperatures comes perspiration, sometimes in not the most comfortable places like the thighs! I know I’m not the only lady who has felt super uncomfortable on a hot day, even though I’m a summer lover. And because I work in NYC I’m on speed walk mood most of the time. This means my thighs are rubbing against each other quickly. Trust me this has lead to painful cuts and even bleeding. There have been a few hacks I’ve used to combat this problem like shorts under skirts which can be uncomfortable. I’ve also tried deodorant and baby powder to help with this dilemma. Some of these have worked, but some also wear off after a few hours. Finally a pair of smart women have come up with a great solution. Bandelettes!
Creators Rena Abramoff and Julia Abasova creators of Bandelettes came up the idea for Bandelettes when they realized that many woman suffered from chafing like they did. The products on the market that women were using to help with chafing were not made for this issue. Those products were also not the prettiest. Rena and Julia were ready to be their own bosses, and like many immigrants they made their dreams reality. Bandelettes combines function with fashion. Unlike traditional thigh bands, Bandelettes actually stay up. Thanks to the patented stay up silicone rows inside the Bandelettes, these thigh bands won’t budge. They won’t roll or slip down your legs as you go on with your day.
Bandelettes has been featured in runways such as the Chromat Fall/Winter ’17 runway show for New York Fashion Week. Bandelettes accessorized the swimsuits and sportswear collection. The runway show was full of diverse and full figured models wearing Bandelettes. Diversity and body positivity are part of the Bandelettes brand identity. This was in full effect with plus sized and models of color at the press event I attended. The brands body positive message and the fact that they fit any body type are some of the reasons host of the night and Project Runway winner Ashley Tipton loves Bandelettes. Bandelettes have also been featured in magazines like Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and featured and raved about on shows like NBC Today and more.
I’ve worn the Bandelettes already with different outfits, and these discrete beauties are thigh savers. The first time I wore them was under a skirt that had a slit, where the lace of the Bandelettes could be visible depending on my movement. Although I didn’t mind much as the lace adds an extra detail to the outfit. I’ve also worn them under a dress and was worried there would be visible lines through the dress. This was not the case, you can’t even tell I’m wearing them!
I found that the higher I put them on my thighs the more comfortable I felt. In this case no skin is rubbing against each other which could cause uncomfortable friction. They stayed put with a snug fit throughout the day and did not roll down. I will say at first the feeling of something wrapped around my thighs felt weird. But I quickly got used to them and forgot they were on. When putting on the Bandelettes, I suggest gently lifting the adhesive strips away from your skin and placing them where you want them. Simply dragging them up the leg can be a bit uncomfortable because of the silicones ability to stick.
Bandelettes can be found on their website, Layne Bryant stores, Amazon, Sears, and subscription box service Gwynniebee. Bandelettes cost $15.99 on their website, with the lace versions in colors red, black, chocolate, white, caramel and beige. Unisex Bandelettes are also available in solid colors. These versions are useful for sports like running and tennis where athletes suffer from chafing. Bandelettes run from size A which is equivalent to a pant size 2-4 through F the equivalent of a 3XL pant size.
Bandelettes becomes a part of your everyday wardrobe. As a fashionable solution to an every person and everyday problem, how could they not? Have you tried these thigh savers, or are you ordering some right now? Let me know, in the comments and on social media.
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine and truthful.
Spring is here and it is now possible for us northeasterners to ascend from hibernation in our houses for fun outdoor activities. Whether its a stroll in a park, bike ride or festival walk there are plenty of outdoor outings in New Jersey. The following are some of the places I like to go to spend a spring day in NJ and others that are on my “to do” list.
Princeton NJ, Princeton University and its Art Museum
Princeton Township is one of the cutest towns I have ever visited in the state of NJ. The town which is home to the prestigious Princeton University is small enough to walk but full of interesting sites. I’ve walked the town and college grounds a few times and discover something new each time I visit. The diverse community is full of multiculture restaurants and shops. A mix of mom and pop shops as well as chain brands dot the main road of Nassau Street. One of my favorite places to visit on this street is Labyrinth Books, a book store I can spend hours in. The side streets of the town have just as much to offer as the main road. Don’t miss Palmer Square which offers more shops, restaurants and bars. Some of my go to’s in this square include the Thomas Sweet Chocolates Shop which gives out samples of their gourmet chocolates, I also love Carter & Cavern Olive Oil Co. which lets you sample their olive oils on bread. If you or your kids want an extra treat step into the Bent Spoon, an ice cream shop that is always full of people.
Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds of Princeton University and visit the Princeton Museum. Now one might not think you would find great works of art in this modestly sized college museum, but you are wrong. There are more than 97,000 pieces of art in this museum.The works of Monet, Manet, and Goya and more have found a home here. Art from the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa fill the galleries ranging from classic oil paintings to modern pop art, photography and more. Massive sculptures and installations can be found on the grounds of the museum and college as well. Admission is free to enter. The Morven Museum and Garden is on my to do list. It not only offer tours of the museum but tea time, a festival of trees during the holidays and an art, craft and garden show in May. The show offers activities for kids as well such as a scavenger hunt. There is so much to discover in the town of Princeton and I am not done yet.Princeton Art Museum
Tips: Main highways in NJ like Route 1 or Route206 can easily get you into town. Route 27 runs right into the town and ends on Nassau Street, home of Princeton University. From NYC take the Northeast Corridor on NJ transit to Princeton Junction at West Windsor. Once there take the Princeton shuttle to Princeton Station, right out side of Princeton University. If you prefer to drive your journey would begin at the Lincoln Tunnel. The town of Princeton is full of small streets and you may need to park in a parking lot. It’s a walking town so make sure you are wearing comfortable attire and pick up a Princeton discovery map found in many of the shops.
Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton NJ
Interested in an outdoor all day activity? Visit Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. The grounds include 42 acres of land with outdoor sculptures. Also up for exploration are their six indoor galleries. Activities include something for the whole family. Tots on Tour is a guided tour through the grounds with a theme story for parents and their 3-5 year olds. Grounds for sculpture also hosts events for kids and people of special needs. In partnership with the New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center, Grounds For Sculpture participates in a Fall Festival. During this festival the grounds are open to over 200 people who have sight impairments. They are led on touch tours, a hands on tour of the grounds. Grounds for Sculpture also host Senior Wellness Walks and Talks. This event for senior citizens includes a stroll through the grounds, aromatherapy, yoga and more. Grounds For Sculpture
Tips: Tickets are specific to timed entry so buy your tickets in advance online. The grounds include exotic trees, flowers and landscapes if you have allergies be sure to bring your allergy medications.
Hot Air Ballooning: Various towns in NJ
If you want to see NJ from the sky hot air ballooning is the way to go. Hot air balloon rides are offered throughout the state. In Northern NJ Phillipsburg you can take a one hour ride which includes a brunch and lunch with Balloonatics and Aeronuts. In Central NJ, Pittstown take a sunrise or sunset flight with champaign through Ballons Aloft. While Seize the Breeze offers rides over southern NJ. If you plan to stay or visit NJ trough the summer don’t miss the Quick Check New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Readington, NJ. This festival offers live music, food vendors, attractions and over 125 ballons for three days. Warren County also holds a week of hot air balloon activities with their Warren County Farmers Fair & Hot Air Ballon Festival. Visit NJ Attractions
Tips: Groupon offers discounts on Hot Air Ballon rides. Pay attention to the site throughout the season for great buys.
Liberty Science Center and Liberty State Park
A short subway ride or drive from NYC, these destinations are perfect for your entire family. Liberty State Park is part of the historic trilogy that includes The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. During the 19th and 20th centuries this part of New Jersey was a critical transportation area for both goods and immigrants.Liberty State Park
Once you arrive at Liberty State Park take in views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Stoll the Liberty Walk Promenade along the water and then visit the Liberty Science Center. I visited this exploration center as a little girl and remember enjoying myself. I also have friends who take their kids and always enjoy their time there. It is an educational experience with hands on opportunities for kids of all ages. Liberty Science Center
Tips: Arrive early so you can take in the sights. You are also allowed to BBQ in Liberty State Park so bring the whole family and enjoy the day.
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Tip: Now some of you may know but NJ is the Garden State, but not only does it have lush greenery but an abundance of Wineries. If you are staying in southern NJ grab your partner or girlfriends for a night out at one of NJ’s many winery’s. Many like Heritage Vineyards use local fruits to make fruit wines. They are delicious!
Have you visited some of the places I listed? What do you do on spring weekends in your town? Let me know if you’ve checked out the places I listed and don’t forget there are great rental properties in NJ with the help of Daniels Realty. Let me know in the comments and social media.
Concreteislandista was given this product for review by Beautypress and the participating brands. All opinions are my own and truthful.
Face mask are extremely popular currently in the beauty biz. With so many out on the market its fun finding ones that offer a special something. That’s what Double Dare OMG! 2 in 1 Detox Bubbling Mask kit has to offer. The 2 in 1 kit offers a detox bubbling mask and a Microfiber mask. Double Dare uses natural ingredients in their products so the ingredients used on your skin are gentle yet effective. Some of the ingredients include Methylpropanediol which helps your skin organically absorb natural nutrients. Also in the mask is glycerin a natural fat which restores your skin and defends against dryness. As well as Vitamin B3 which shrinks large pores and helps with uneven skin tone, lines and weak skin. The hydrolyzed collagen in the mask helps form new collagen with amino acids which help thicken skin and correct uneven skin tones. I am always a bit wary about what I put on my face as my skin is a bit sensitive, but always feel better knowing I’m using natural ingredients. I was excited to see how the mask worked and what the outcome was.
Step 1: Detox Bubbling Mask
One aspect I found interesting about this OMG! face mask was it can be applied on the face with or without makeup. Other masks I have tried require a washed face, meaning this mask has the power to remove your makeup. Although I applied it with a clean face. The mask was wet with the detoxifying ingredients, once you unfold it you place it on your face. You can instantly see gentle suds forming on the mask. The mask is cool to the touch and gently lies on your face. After adjusting the mouth, nose and eye openings I gently rubbed the mask to create more bubbles. Now these were not one or two little suds, these were big and numerous bubbles. To see the detoxification in action is something I’ve never experienced before. The bubbles not only work to detoxify your skin but cleanses and removes dead skin cells. The next step is to sit back and relax as you leave the mask on for 1-3 minutes. During this time the mask remained wet and cool. It did not dry or get stiff like other masks I’ve tried. Once again I loved the smell of these products. I left it on for a full 3 mins then it was time to remove it and wash my face off. After lightly drying my face as recommended I was ready for step 2.
Step 2: Microfiber Mask
The microfiber mask consist of nutrients, hydrolyzed collagen and plant-based stem cells. All of which work to give your skin and healthy young glow. Once again the microfiber mask was prewet with these ingredients. After applying and adjusting the mask it is recommended to wait 15-20 mins. Within this time period your skin is absorbing the nutrients, collagen and stem cells. Although I didn’t feel anything particularly different happening, the coolness of the mask was relaxing. After 20 mins I was ready to remove the mask. Once I removed it I had an urge to wash my face because there was remaining liquid on my face, do not do that! Instead I rubbed the rest of the excess into my face, as recommended. I even went into the package to scoop out what was left. I also rubbed it down my neck, a part of the body women forget about often. The result was as an extremely smooth, moisturized and great smelling face. There was a shiny glow to my face as well.
Hopefully I can put the video I made up but the storm on Friday has weaken my area’s WiFi. I will let you know when the video is up. Stay tuned to my Instagram for more pics on the mask.
Have you tried the OMG! 2 in 1 Detox Bubbling Mask? Let me know your thoughts in the comments and on social media!
Recently I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Amanda from Simply Amanda. Amanda covers fashion, beauty, blogging and lifestyle topics. She restarted her blog this year after giving it a shot in 2016. Stick to it Amanda! I feel so honored to be nominated! Any blogger who treats their blog as a business can tell you that there’s more that meets the eye than our finished posts. I’ve talked a bit about what it really takes to run a blog, and its always a heart warming feeling when you receive great feedback. I’ve never meet Amanda, which makes the nomination even more exciting, positive feedback from strangers is raw and I feel more honest. Thank you Amanda!
The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of readers and fellow bloggers. Nominees are to complete the following:
Thank the blogger who nominated them and link them back to their blog
Answer the questions prepared by the nominating blogger.
List other bloggers that you nominate for the Sunshine Blogger Award
Create 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominate
Inform your nominees that they’ve been nominated
I love writing my blog not only for my personal reasons but because of your feedback. Reading your comments and seeing I’ve brought you education or covered an event you can’t get to always makes me feel accomplished. I’ve enjoyed the ride thus far and look forward to many more years of blogging. The following are the answers to the questions Amanda has prepared.
What is the story behind your blog’s name?
All my life I’ve lived in NJ, but was raised going into the city (NYC) on weekends for museums or just to spend the day.When I got into college I had to take classes in the city which cemented my love for NYC. Many people who know me can tell you I’m an NYC girl, I’m much more comfortable there than NJ. I’m not a huge fan of driving, but know the subway like the back of my hand. Due to my career I’ve also always worked in NYC. If you follow me on Instagram, you will also see a lot of NYC architecture, an aspect of the city I’ve always loved.
What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?
The most exciting thing I’ve ever done has been fly an airplane. I am working on getting my license although I still have a long way to go. It takes many hours to complete and it is an expensive sport. I have a dare devil streak and bungy jumping, sky diving and cage shark diving are still on my bucket list. I also have a love of speed, so a race around a track in an exotic car is also on the list. Read my recent post on The NYC Auto Show for more on my love of fast cars.
If you were on a deserted island and could only take 3 items with you, what would they be?
If I was on a deserted island and could only take 3 items with me they would be a portable closet with clothes in it, my cell phone with WiFi, and tablet.
How long have you been blogging for?
A year. I’ve been blogging one year as of this January.
What is your number one holy grail beauty product that you can’t live without?
BLACK LIQUID EYELINER! My makeup isn’t complete without liquid eyeliner. Its become part of my signature look when I do have makeup on.
If money wasn’t a factor, what would be your dream job?
I don’t know what my dream job would be but it would still be in fashion with a lot of international travel. I would love to be able to blog while traveling, that would also be a dream job.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
If I could have any superpower I would like to end the prejudice of people. Specifically the prejudice women all around the world and even in U.S. still face. It seems almost unbelievable that women still have to march for their rights in 2017. Its been proven that when countries educate, hire and elevate women the economy and society benefits from it. Imagine how excelled a country would be if there was no sexism and prejudice against women.
What inspires you most?
What inspires me most when writing my blog is music. Overall in life what inspires me is my goal in life to succeed. If you remind yourself of what you want at the end of the tunnel, the hardships you go through are worth it. I also find other strong, independent women extremely inspiring. We live in a world that still devalues us, so every time I see a woman succeed she is doing so against the odds. That is very inspiring and empowering.
What do you do for a living? If you’re a full time blogger how long did it take you to get there?
I work in the fashion industry. Its been a difficult few years in my career, but I love the industry. There are perks of course like freebies, industry discounts and entry into events. Although there have also been a lot of long nights, sore legs and learning how to deal with eccentric personalities in the work place. Still I have met great people and learned about many different aspects of the industry. My blog fits perfectly into my career so I’ve been able to use my blog within my industry.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
I don’t think I have a favorite vacation spot although one country does have a special place in my heart. Italy! Italian is one of the languages I speak and I fell in love with the country and plan to return. I’ve also been to Spain, the country of some of my ancestors which is a beautiful country and love as well. Overall I love to explore when I’m on vacation so I prefer traveling through ancient European countries rather than lay on a beach all day. If there are museums, monuments and other historical places that’s where I like to vacation.
Pictures of Spain (I have way to many to put them all!)
What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Speaking of Spain, the weirdest thing I ate was when I was vacationing there. Overall Europe has given me the best food I’ve ever eaten in my life. Although when I was in Spain we decided to try snail. All I have to say is I wasn’t a fan.
My Questions for the Nominees
Why did you start your blog/business?
What has been one of the most exciting things you’ve done with your blog/business?
What has blogging or your business taught you?
Do you have any guilty pleasures? Chocolate? A specific show? Etc.
If you could give your younger self advice what would it be?
What has been your favorite travel destination? If you haven’t been there yet what would it be.
What are some of your favorite topics to write about on your blog and why? Or what are some of your favorite aspects of your business?
When are you at your most happiest?
Are their any societal causes you are passionate about?
What is one fact about yourself that many people don’t know or only people close to you know?
Few know this about me but I that I love anything that induces adrenaline (legally and safely of course). If its dangerous, involves speed or heights I have already done it or it’s on my bucket list. That’s why I was excited to see all the speed monsters in this years New York International Auto Show. She Buys Cars hosted a girls night out giving ladies a chance to see and learn about the latest cars. And although I don’t know the specifics of cars, I appreciate beauty in any form. The time and effort it takes for the engineers and designers to create these machines is admirable. Here is what I learned on my first visit to the show and some of incredible rides.
She Buys Cars is a website founded by writer Scotty Reiss and creator of TravelingMom.com, Kim Orlando. Both women have miles under their hood from traveling for work and leisure.They created the website to help empower women with knowledge about their cars and the purchasing process. The website was also created to help connect women to the auto industry. Unlike past eras women currently make or influence 85% of auto purchases. The website covers all the important details needed when buying a car. Information on matinece, financing, road trips and the latest automobile news plus more can be found on the site. Although what I find extremely helpful are the car reviews posted by everyday women. See more here.
America’s first annual automobile show began in November of 1900. Madison Square Garden held 69 exhibitors with 160 automobiles. An estimated 48,000 spectators viewed the $589-$4000 cars. By the 11th year international car manufactures were introduced into the show with a 3 wheel German made car. By 1949 the first international car show began and featured manufactures like Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Bentley and more. In 1959 the international car show featured cars from Asia for the first time. Japanese manufactures Toyota, Datsun and Prince were some of the first to be showcased. Over the years the show helped manufacturers introduce their latest and greatest to the public. While also giving car enthusiast, families and buyers a chance to see what was new in the automotive world.
Hyundai’s response to luxury competitors comes with the new brand, Genesis. The brand unveiled its new GV80 Concept SUV. Genesis currently only has three models out on the market the G80, G80 Sport and G90. This new model incorporates elegance, athleticism and advance technology into one car. Genesis designed the car with the environment and style in mind. The car features plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric technology, furthering their expertise in eco-technology and the auto industry. The GV80 also offers Human Machine Interface which helps drivers control aspects of the car with an interactive touch controller.
The car also includes hand-writing recognition and allows each passenger the chance to experience the car individually. Passengers can view entertainment and have the ability to change their window view without disturbing the driver. Genius also took great detail in designing the interior of the GV80 Concept SUV. The interior includes leather on the seating, door panels and console. The car’s upper suede panel and trim details compliment the sleek and shimmering exterior. I instantly loved the car, especially the interior which colors of ash wood and dark gray enhance the luxurious feel of the car. Genisis plans to unroll technology that will allow owners the ability to control their car from a smartwatch app. I love the details of the Genesis GV80 and look forward to seeing the models they unveil in the future. It really is a brand that combines luxury, technology and the sport of racing into one car. Currently Genesis can be found in their Global Genesis locations in NJ, NY and PA dealers and starts at $41,400. Learn more about the brand here.
Mazda returned with the Mazda3 and its redesigned interior while the Mazda6 comes with six-speed manual transmission, push button starter, backup camera and more. Mazda also unveiled the 2017 Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-9 SUV and Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. The CX-5 comes in sport, touring and grand touring variations, all with advanced technology features. Some of those features include voice command, remote keyless entry and automatic emergency notification. Features of the Mazda3 include Bose 9 speaker surround sound and technology that helps the engine perfectly match the drivers movements. The interiors of the cars include suede and leather seating as well as multimedia controls. These models also include Skyactiv technology, which helps shift the vehicles weight as it rounds corners. While I-Activsense technology uses radars and cameras to help drivers be more aware of their surroundings and alerts them of danger.
Mazda has also made efforts in the way it impacts the environment . They have the largest fuel efficiency compared to any other manufacturer according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Their advances in technology also include I-Eloop, which helps redistribute the energy that is lost when pushing the brakes. That energy is used in different parts of the car including audio, electrical and more. Learn more about Mazda here.
I also loved the newest Toyota Camry which had a sun roof and sleek lines. The Toyota Concept I is a car I look forward to as it will truly be a car of the future. The expectations include the car having the ability to communicate with its owner and know what is needed through light, sound and touch. Toyota.
I’m also interesting in seeing what the Lucid manufacturers come up with next. Lucid Motors, a Californian based company specializes in electric cars. Manufacturers unveiled the company’s very first car, the Lucid Air. Some specs include 1,000 horsepower, two trunks and back seats that recline at a 55 degree angle. Even more impressive, the car will have the ability to automatically upgrade itself through software in the car. Not to mention be equipped with autonomous technology, which gives the car the ability to drive itself.Lucid
I loved seeing all the innovation that is occuring in the automotive industry and learning about what’s to come. Girls night out was a blast and I especially love the Kate Spade purse I won at the event. I encourage everyone to go see the New York International Auto Show which runs trough the April 23rd at the Javits Center. Let me know if you’ve visited the show and what cars pumped your adrenaline. I for one am looking forward the next show.NY Auto Show
On a side note, but a bit relative to the topic. I recently watched Fate of the Furious, have you seen it? What are your thoughts? I love the franchise but had mixed feelings about this movie. What about you?
Concreteislandista was given these products for review by Beautypress and the participating brands. All opinions are my own.
Don’t you love going to your local spa every week and getting a facial? How about every week getting a hair treatment? If you said yes you are #blessed, but if you said I don’t do that, than you know an at home treatment is your go to! With so many new masks and treatments on the market there is an endless supply of at home spa treatments. Double Dare has created simple OMG! 4 in 1 through 2 in 1 kits that help you get that spa treatment glow right at home. Made specially to be easy, intense, fast and simple their products only take a few steps to complete. These Optimized, Minimized and Grab & Go masks are perfect for the busy lady. I especially love the packaging which is portable, perfect for throwing into a suitcase or overnight bag.
OMG! 3 in 1 Kit Hair Repair System
This treatment consists of a shampoo, protein treatment and mask. In step one you rub in the Healing Natural Shampoo. The shampoo helps clarify your hair of any impurities, just think about all the pollution we encounter in the cities or just by going outside. Smog, smoke, dust, sweat and weird mystery smells! YUCK! The ingredients in the shampoo are 98.6% natural. They include organic extracts of coconut, lavender and rosemary leaf oil. These ingredients help pull out any excess oils and any bad impurities out of your hair. I applied it like any other shampoo, massaged it into my hair. I loved the relaxing SMELL of the shampoo. The smell of rosemary was strongest in my opinion and I absolutely loved it. I thought the amount of suds it produced was good enough to see it working. Although I think there should be a bit more product in the package for us girls who have a lot of hair.
The recovery treatment protein was next after I rinsed out the shampoo. The treatment has antioxidant fatty acids of Omega 3,6 and 7. It also includes Argan Oil and vitamin E which help nourish and protect your hair. The antioxidants in the treatment help fight against breakage in the hair follicle and protect the blood vessels in your scalp. While the Omegas help by thickening your hair. And of course Argan oil helps smooth and defend hair against frizz. While vitamin E repairs damaged tissue in your scalp and hair follicles. The treatment protein also helps produce naturally shiny hair. Once again the recovery treatment protein smelled amazing.
The last step was the Self-Warming Collagen + Kerstin Infused Mask Cap. This goes over the protein recovery protein treatment without rinsing. The mask’s technology helps infuse hair cuticles with the treatment. It also adds moisture to the cuticles of your hair. Once I put on the hair mask I felt a gentle warmth in my head, which felt very soothing. After leaving the cap on for the recommended 10 mins I was ready to rinse again. The result was soft and AMAZING smelling hair.
One package of OMG! 3 in 1 Hair Repair System can be found at Double Dare for only $8.00! But you can also stock up on the system when you buy 5 packets for $36.00 or 10 packets for $68.00.
Overall I enjoyed the OMG! 3 in 1 Kit Hair Repair system. I would however recommend more product in the packages for girls with a lot of curly or long hair. I would also recommend easier to open packages as I needed a scissor to open the packages even after ripping the perforated top. The kit left my hair feeling smooth and smelling great, which I loved and expected. I loved the self warming mask, which I have never heard of before but absolutely enjoyed. I think the self warming masks would be a product that many women whether in the salon or at home would enjoy. As we as a society are becoming more aware of the products we use and how it affects us and our environment,the fact that these products are made with 98.6% natural ingredients and come in slim packages is a plus.
Let me know if you’ve tried the OMG! masks or any Double Dare products. Would you try the hair 3 in 1 repair system?