The Sunday Summary

Talking about this new dry shampoo hair trick I tried, my new favorite pants (cause I’m all about pants lately), the best Galentine’s ever and the best workout for your abs!

Beauty

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As a blogger, I follow a ton of bloggers on Instagram (duh). I recently started following Brighton Keller who lives in Dallas. She super sweet and one of the more genuine bloggers in my opinion. I saw on one of her stories recently about a dry shampoo trick she does with her hair and then mental made a note to try it out one day. Well Friday I was struggling with some day-3-hair-bun-action and this guy was like “let’s have drinks!” My motto is to just say yes to everything so I was like I guess I gotta figure out how to make this work and then I remembered her trick and was immediately over-joyed. I’ll link her video here, but the gist is to take a round brush, hair drier, dry shampoo and basically act like you’re drying your hair with a round brush even when its dried. Sounds very weird but my hair was super flat and gross so I figured I’d give it a shot. I used Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Dry Shampoo, but you can use whatever you have.

 

And there you have it! Definitely not something I have time or energy for everyday since I barely have time to dry my hair, but definitely something to do on day 3 hair that just the grossest it could possibly be (aka my hair).

Style

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would like pants that look like these, but New York has changed me (kinda). These are some that I got from work that aren’t available yet (coming soon I swear its on the website), but you really can get these anywhere. Super comfortable and have like a denim-feel without looking it straight up jeans. Here I dressed them up with booties and a black turtle-neck:

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Then I dressed them down with a t-shirt and sweater with converse:

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Fitness

I love me some Tabata because its short bursts of working out, which makes it go by quicker. To me, it’s the best new way to do a HITT workout. My new favorite is this super quick ab workout I just discovered. As I’ve said in my workout routine post, I run every other day and do abs. This is great because its quick and by the time I finish running, I’m over it (cause running kinda sucks lets be real).

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So I watched this show………

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This honestly should just be titled “I binged this show in a day because it was so good.” I don’t know if you guys remember Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but me and my mom LOVED that show when I was a kid and we watched it all the time. Well Netflix has done a re-boot with all new people and it is the best reality show I have seen in a while. The guys are ADORABLE and fun, I have a huge crush on Antoni like zamn. It’s just like the old one where each guy is in charge of different aspects of life like food, style, and design. Besides this show being hilarious and fun, it’s also so important and they touch on some really serious issues. They talk about police brutality against black men (Karamo is black), what it means to be gay and religious and the struggle to define yourself as a black and gay man. I laughed, I cried and I cannot wait for next season

So I read this book…….

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I subscribed to Book of the Month, which is a great way for me to push myself to read more and I get a gorgeous hardcover book for 16 bucks! I just finished this book and wow, it was insane. It’s all about this woman living with Agoraphobia (fear of the outside) because of a drama she experienced about a year ago. Of course it’s a murder mystery romance-y thing because that’s all I read now.

 

So I did a fun thing in NYC and you should too

If you’re a human being, you know that Valentines Day was this past week (barf). However, you might not know that the day before Valentines day is Galentine’s Day! Coined by the beautiful and fictional Leslie Knope of Parks and Rec, it is a day of celebrating gals! I decided to take my gals to this beautiful restaurant Café Medi. I’ve been wanting to see it girl because the pictures I’ve seen are unreal.

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They were having a Galentine’s event, 3 courses AND a bottle of wine for 50 bucks. Basically a steal for NYC and I love any excuse to drink on a weekday. The place was gorgeous, and the food was unbelievable. I ate way too much and had way too much fun. No complaints from me.

Adventures in Crazy Workouts: The Monster Cycle

As per my New Years Resolutions, I wanted to try different workouts every other week. Mostly as a way to get through this horrible winter and not stay inside all the time and cry for the days of Southern heat (although I do have my moments lets be real). The great thing about this is that most places have a “first class” discount, meaning your first class with them is pretty cheap. There’s probably 12 billion workout places here, so it’s doubtful I’ll ever be bored if I don’t wanna be. And so my search for the craziest but most fun workouts begins!

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This week I tried out Monster Cycle. I happened upon it while looking at another NYC bloggers instastories and was immediately intrigued because Monster Cycle sounds crazy awesome. Upon further investigation, I found that this is no ordinary cycling class, it is a class based around music videos and, if you select the right class, BEYONCE MUSIC VIDEOS. First class is only 15 dollars but they sold me on the whole working out to Beyonce anyway.

I picked a 10:30 class on Saturday because I still have some energy left over from waking up early on Fridays and Sunday is for doing nothing all day forever. There’s two locations, but I picked the one in the Limelight( which is a gym? I have no idea).

I didn’t know this, but it’s actually an old church and it was a little spooky walking into. The place is painted entirely black, complete with vampire and werewolf pictures (no joke).

The Bad: Walking in, I signed in with the front desk person, paid my two dollars to rent shoes(eye roll) and was awkwardly left to my own devices? I guess I’ve been too pampered and used to front desk people being super overly sweet and helpful because this girl basically ignored me after that and it felt odd. Also the locker room is CRAMPED AF. Theres no where really to sit and put the shoes on, only two bathrooms and one small set of lockers for your stuff. I came while the other class was still going on, so trying to find an empty locker was a feat. Again, I’m used to shiny, clean bathrooms with pony tail holders and hair driers and this was not even close(don’t get me started on the SMELL). By the time I had all of my stuff together ready to “cycle” I was a little scared of what I had gotten into. 

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The Good: I saddled into my bike and we got started. As I said this is focused on riding while watching music videos of Beyonce, so I was beyond pumped. The first song was the ever-so-classic “Lose My Breath” and, because you’re supposed to cycle to the beat, I lost my breath for sure. There is an instructor, but he’s mostly there to keep you motivated and tell you when to sit up and down etc. I wouldn’t go as far as to say watching videos helps you forget you’re working out, but it’s a very good distraction and I always feel like doing cardio in short song bursts is great. They played classics from 1997-2007 which is the greats era of music, honestly and featured such hits as “Ring the Alarm,” “Upgrade You,” “Jumping’ Jumpin,'” “Bills Bills Bills,” and would not be complete without “Crazy in Love.”

Overall out of 10: I looooooved this workout. If you’re a Soul Cycle person, I definitely recommend this place. I’m actually not a huge fan of Soul Cycle, just because there’s too much yelling and lights and base I feel overwhelmed and a little scared. This is based around just the music and then you have someone to motivate you and instruct you, which I prefer. I sweat my butt off and felt amazing and energized afterwards. Locker room “smocker room” this workout kicks ass I’ll get my locker room elsewhere

The Sunday Summary

You might be reading this title and saying to yourself “Excuse me, is this……the vibes???” to which I would say “uhhhhmmmmmm no????????? Obviously the title is totally different can’t you read?”

Okay I know I said I was canceling the vibes and you know whatgiphy-4

This is my attempt at revamping/classin’ up the vibes okay? “the vibes?” what am I 22??? No I’m 23 so now I have just a summary of my classy life. (honestly the title is TBD cause summary is not my best work with words but its HARD okay?)

Lets get into it.

 


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Beauty

As per usual, I am trying to revamp my skin care. I’ve switched completely to the charcoal life and i gotta say I dig it. I use both of these products, but the exfoliating one I only use every other day. I definitely notice a difference in my skins overall oily-ness. Let me also add that the exfoliating one smells like a beautiful man so extra added bonus in my opinion.

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Style

I just got these beautiful babies and I got sooo many compliments at work(and the gram because I had to post about them). Bad news is I cannot for the life of me find them online but I swear they exist somewhere in the abyss that is Forever 21. Happy hunting!! In all seriousness, based on the fact that I went through every pant they had online, they have a TON of striped pants of all colors. Just an FYI ya know.

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Foods

I was trying to figure out a way to make my cauliflower taste good but not have to use too many ingredients(cause money). I also wanted to try to use stuff I already had available. Pinterest came through though and I found a recipe! All I did was separate some cauliflower florets and heat some oil in a pan. Then put some minced garlic and the cauliflower in the skillet and let it brown for a bit. Next added soy sauce, juice of a whole lime and some strata sauce and voilà! Unbelievably good and easy.

So I watched this show……

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*Spoilers maybe???

I finally got around to watching The Crown! At first, I was like sheesh every episode is like a mini movie how am I gonna finish this? Of course it reeled me in and I finished two seasons in a week hah. Literally my favorite episode was the one where the queen mother is in Scotland and she meets that cute little old man and he’s so nice to her. I cried and also I really wanted them to get together cause that poor woman could use some joy!!!

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So I’ve been listening to some music……

This playlist though. It took me on a ride through the angsty early 2000s and I love it. It satisfied all of my phases including but not limited to: Blink 182, Good Charlotte and All Time Low. Very nostalgic and I love it.

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So I found a new podcast…..

I stumbled upon this after a suggestion from one of the other podcasts I listen to. It’s all about this missing persons case from 2005 and it literally unfolds as the guy is doing the podcast its crazy. Theres a bunch of episodes and he also has another podcast called Atlanta Monster! Also makes me a little homes sick cause of the people have thick Georgia accents and its the cutest thing.

So I did a fun thing in NYC and you should do it too..

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I haven’t done brunch in forever so I decided to try one of the best bottomless brunches in NYC at Agave. I couldn’t make reservations, but after an hour and a half(this place is POPPIN) we managed to get a table. It was definitely worth the wait!

The food was so good and these guys sitting next to us told us to get the prickly pear margarita and man were they good and so pretty! Our waitress was so cool and nice despite being so over-worked with all the people. So could not recommend enough.

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