The Sunday Summary

Talking about some realness on this Sunday summary. All about putting lemon juice on my face, what to do when your running day doesn’t workout because the weather is horrible(or maybe you just don’t wanna run because who really likes that shit?) and what book I am loving right now(and how to get a free book)!!

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Beauty

Okay I touched on this a little bit in my last post, but I wanted to go a little bit more in-depth about it. I’ve always had “problematic” skin and I will try anything once if it will help in some small way (and doesn’t cost my left arm). I just started putting lemon juice on my face randomly one night and I got say, I love it. My skin is naturally super oily, uneven and I have dark marks from my time with cystic acne. I’m so serious when I say, I’ve never had my skin look so even and bright when I wake up in the morning. And this is just using a lemon. A LEMON. I highly recommend if you have skin like mine. I just squeeze a little on my face where I have the most issues and sleep with it on (kinda sticky, but worth it). 

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Style

The newest trend among the fashion conscience people is, the mom jean. Basically loose-r fitting jeans that are super high-waisted and usually light-washed. I love anything high-waisted to cover the *ahem* problem areas and suck that crap right in. However, I can’t help but wonder if I would actually think these were cute if half the world wasn’t wearing them? Probs not. All the fancy people are wearing the 501 Levi’s (you know which ones) and ya girl was on the hunt for cheaper ones (NOLA trip coming up and also wanted Steve Madden strappy heels). After going to Levi’s in Brooklyn for a wear test, I set off to find similar fitting ones for cheaper. I found these babies and after trying on several decided they were my closest match. Keep in mind they are crazy tight when you first put them on, but they stretch out after a couple wears and aren’t meant to bounce back(no spandex or stretchy material). I thought about going a size up, but ultimately stuck to my true size and I’m glad I did. if you wanna be trendy, but not spend a cool 100 bucks, these are for you.

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Food baby

I was nervous to try this because usually with certain dairy-free ice creams they like have a drier texture and just aren’t as delicious as regular ice cream. I swear, this brand puts out the best dairy free stuff cause this tastes creamy and ah-mazing. I literally come home and eat it immediately after work(don’t @ me). This is the best flavor, 10/10 you won’t regret it.

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Fitness

In this endless winter NYC calls “normal” and “not a big deal” and “a livable place,” some days I don’t wanna go outside. I’ve committed to two days of running, but some days, when its 30 degrees or snowing in March, I don’t. I love the feeling I get after I run, (not the actual running cause who actually likes that), so I needed to find a cardio routine I could do in my apartment that gave me a similar feeling. In comes PopSugar Fitness to save the day. This is one of those cardio videos where you are constantly moving the entire time, which are my favorite. I feel pretty much as winded as I do when I run when I finish this video. The best part? Only 10 minutes. Quick and a great workout!

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So I read a book…….

I don’t know if I’ve talked about this yet, but I signed up for Book of the Month in January and I am in love with it. For those who don’t know what it is (which I didn’t either) basically they have a list of amazing books and you pick one for them to send you! It arrives in maybe two days, tops, and I haven’t gotten a book I didn’t absolutely love, yet. The book I chose for this month was Other People’s HousesI’m normally a murder mystery gal, but I decided to branch out for once and see if I liked this book since it wasn’t something I would normally get. I gotta say, I loved it. I binge-read(is this a word????) it in a literal week any time I had a few minutes. It’s mostly just about the lives of these people in this one neighborhood in L.A. Sounds boring, but the characters are so funny and relatable I couldn’t put it down. Here’s my link to get a free book! 

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So I listen to this podcast

Podcasts are slowly becoming my favorite things to listen to at work and they’re fabulous for long flights (NYC—>NOLA). “Keep it!” is a new podcast from my faves at crooked media which stars Ira Madison III, Kara Brown and Louis Virtel. They talk mostly about celeb news and the occasional politics. The most current episode talks about Cynthia Nixon’s run for governor of New York (Mirandas everywhere rejoice!) and the Donald Trump Jr./ Aubrey O’Day scandal. To be honest, Louis could probably do a dramatic reading of my to-do list and make it funny. 10/10 look forward to these every week.

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I did a thing in NYC and you should too™

Okay on Saturday I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for like two weeks. I had an entirely vegan meal at a Mexican restaurant. Yes you read that right. Thrillist did a piece on the owner talking about his amazing new creation. I went, mostly because I really wanted the nachos and didn’t wanna feel bad about eating crap (trying to save my calories for my trip to NOLA next week). I highly recommend the nachos , as they were the best part. I also had the quesadillas, which are my favorite at any Mexican restaurant because of my love of cheese. They were pretty good, considering I absolutely hate vegan cheese of any kind. Also had margs of course, which you can’t go wrong with. Definitely something to try and I’ll probably come back just for the nachos. 

Fitting NYC in One Weekend

As promised, here is the definitive list of everything me and Lauren did while she was visiting for the weekend and if it was worth them coins.

Friday:

First was Murray’s Cheese bar: I had some really good Sangria and the sweetest red wine ever. Lauren had two glasses of said red. We shared some cheese I can’t pronounce and the best mac and cheese to ever grace my tongue. Do I really need to say how I felt about this one? 1000/10

 

Next, we ventured to the Garrett: This is one of those bars you have to go through a weird fast food place to get to, which is like a trend here and really makes me uncomfortable. The space is really cool and hip but the drinks are like everything you don’t want to taste in a drink all mixed together. Honestly should have known it would be bad since the bar shares the same name as the nut-case clinger I went out with for .5 seconds in college. 0/10 would not go again!

 

Then it was off to this cutie place with the pink couches I was dying to sit on called While We’re Young: Unfortunately, the couches were taken so we sat at the bar. Loved the cozy vibes of this place and the drinks were A++. I got the “One Night Stand” because of my obsession with Tequila, although after the last drink I had I was scared to try anything other than a water. 8/10 (only cause I didn’t get to feel those pink cushions under my cheeks).

Saturday:

 

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Boozy Brunch at Cafe Cortadito was the late start to our Saturday. Thought there would be a wait since there almost always is for brunch, but we got seated right away! I went with bottomless margaritas since mimosas aren’t really my fave. The food came super quick, I got something with eggs and also ate some of Lauren’s rice because drinking works up my appetite. The drinks and food were all really good; however, I felt as if we were being rushed out of there and didn’t even get our last drink which sucked. 6/10 I’ve had better bottomless to be honest and will not be going back cause I need the full 1.5 hours of drinks.

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Next we went to Goodnight Sonny and I had some sort of very light beer. It was pretty good. The atmosphere was kinda blah, but it was also like 2:30 pm and we were kinda getting tired to be real. 5/10 but I’d probably go back when it was more popping.

Next I got my tattoo at Fun City Tattoo on a whim (I hope my dad doesn’t read this hah insert sweaty emoji). I looked them up on Instagram first just to be sure they did good work and was like let’s do it I’m bored (also had been thinking about this tattoo for two years). My experience was brief because it took 3 seconds to do it, but they were all very nice and didn’t make me feel like a preppy loser with my zero tattoos. He even said “badass” when I said this was my first one so ha! I’m cool!

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We made our way literally down the street to Please Don’t Tell. I’ve wanted to go here since I heard about it two summers ago and finally got my chance. It’s got a speakeasy vibe because you have to go through a hotdog place to get to it. We had to wait in a line that somehow had formed in the time it took us to get cheese fries, so we figured it must be good right? Wrong-o. This place has all these really stupid “elitist” rules (they even post them up in the bathroom) for example: you’re not allowed to get up and talk to people…..like at all. This lil cutie came and talked to us at one point and the hostess made him sit down. Like we were in class or something. They’re trying to be better than every other bar cause they got rules like “no talking to people” and “no fun.” Made me think of this gif that makes me laugh constantly:

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Also their drinks suck and have a bunch of stuff I don’t even know in them so there. 0/10 catch me in there again I’ve been body snatched by an old boring fart.

Finally, we ended our night with good ole Pianos. If this place had Free Drink Fridays like Fred’s in BR I think I’d never go anywhere else. I’ve only been here a few times, but it’s totally becoming my go-to for a fun night of dancing my butt off and meeting new people. If you get there before 10 pm you don’t have to pay to go up stairs and lemme just say, you wanna go upstairs. By about 11 pm, the music gets good so you’ll wanna pay, but beat the system and go earlier (even like 9:55 I’ve done it). I love a good bar with good rap jams and doesn’t hurt my ears with the EDM remixes (looking at you NYC overrated clubs). 10/10 will go there again probably next week.

Sunday:

Woke up again, way too late but like when hungover right? First stop: The Russian Tea Room. I’ve been meaning to find an excuse to go and what’s better than someone coming in from out of town? This place is sooooooooooooooooooooo fancy. I really wanted to be in leggings and look ugly all day but this forced me to be fancy on a Sunday afternoon. The atmosphere was great, the staff was nice and….that’s it. The food was very meh, especially for what I was paying for it. I didn’t get Champagne, but I had some of Lauren’s and I couldn’t taste any difference between that and the Barefoot brand for 10 bucks at Target. Also, caviar? Horrible. I’m sorry but they tasted just like fish smells and ya’ll rich people can keep that. 5/10 because I loved just being there, but probably won’t go again.

And right about here is where Lauren died on me!! (not literally but she decided she needed a two hour nap in the middle of the day *eye roll*). So that is basically where our journey ended. I hope she had fun cause I certainly did, although my bank account did not thank me for it.

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.

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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A Read and Review -The Good Daughter

If you know me, you know that I absolutely love reading. Fun Fact: I was the #1 sixth grader in ALL of sixth grade with the most AR points. I got to go to Kart Ranch or some fun zone shit and yes I was teased endlessly and for some reason did not care. I had thicker skin back then. Anyway, point is I read a lot. I couldn’t even tell you how many books I’ve read in my lifetime but it’s a long list. I also studied English in college which means I got to read more stuff (sometimes awful shit) and discuss meaning!!!!!! College was fun.

One thing I wanted to do more with this blog is talk about books more, since they are such a huge passion for me (ask me for recommendations because I could talk about books for hourssssss).

That being said, I am going to start reading more and trying to sort of review books. The one I’m gonna talk about in this post I won’t spoil, but my next book I will be going more in depth with it and talking about my favorite parts. Planning on doing this every now and then, hopefully bi-weekly, and I’ll post what book I’m reading next on every post! So excite to talk about my love affair with books more!

The book I finally just finished is The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. It wouldn’t have taken me so long, but I rent my books from my library for free (a blessing) and sometimes I have to return them before I finished. I’ve been waiting for this one to become available again for at least a month and lemme tell you it was worth that month wait y’all. 

I’ve read a couple of her books before that I’ve briefly talked about on some previous posts. Her novels are murder mysteries and are so twisty and amazing.

This particular book is about two sisters who went through something horrific as children that changed them forever. One sister moved to New York (holla @ me) and is a corporate lawyer. The other stayed in her hometown and works with her father doing criminal law. Their father is known around town for getting sleazy people off of really awful charges so he’s not super well liked.

The book literally starts with the dramatic event that happened to them as kids in the first chapter which is a crazy way to start a book, but I so love that we didn’t have to go through the usual character development. The rest of the book is a rollercoaster where we sort of go back and forth through time to the tragic event and then back to present day.

Present day, one sister, Charlotte, gets caught up in a school shooting (y’all might think this is a spoiler but ITS NOT I SWEAR). Her father is the first to volunteer to be the lawyer of Kelly, the shooter. This leads to a whole mess of trouble that I won’t get into, but wile trying to solve this, you ALSO get new info about the tragic thing that happened to the two sisters. So its like two murder mysteries in one and its so not one of those, okay duh this person did it I’m just reading this till the end to prove myself right, NO. You are so blissfully unaware until the end where its just like WHAT??!?! 

A huge thing I loved about this book is that the characters are so dynamic. There’s a grey area for good people and bad people that I feel like is so much more realistic. These characters are good people, but they also make some huge mistakes (some more than others as you’ll see).

Okay I could talk about this book all day, but seriously read it. Such an amazing book and tell me what you think!!!!

 

Next book I’m reading: Alias Grace by Margret Atwood. Mostly because the show has been sitting in my list for forever on Netflix and I’m dying to watch it (and compare of course).

Things to Keep in 2017(and Like Stay There)

How’s everyone’s 2018? Mine has mostly been spent freezing my butt off and then the experience of the thing called “Bomb Cyclone” where I thought maybe I would be killed by snow somehow (I mean was the name really necessary??).

Here’s some videos of what it looked like:

 

 

Really not that scary to me but what do I really know about snow? Not so much.

 

New year fresh start and there are a few things I would like to leave in 2017 thanks. Here is that definitive list:

 

  • When someone says “thanks for putting up with me!!!!!!!!!” as a picture caption with their s/o as if it’s not a weird thing to put as a caption

 

 

  • Being able to say whatever you want online, even if it hurts or harasses someone else

 

  • Not caring about things and being a trash person is “cool”

 

 

 

  • Not being able to buy wine at Target but there’s beer galore??!?!?!?!?

 

  • And finally: JUDGING MY COFFEE ORDER???!!!!

 

The last two are most just jokes, but damn I really miss buying wine with my groceries all the time. So convenient, so underrated. Southern people, you don’t know what you got till its gone. Anyway, hope everyone’s 2018 is going well! I will be looking forward to the days of summer when I didn’t have to run home immediately after work.

Vegan Things I Tried So You Don’t Have To

So I’m still trying to find a good cheese (lol) and I tried a few new things and some of them were less than enjoyable as usual.

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Okay so not really a yogurt person? I really can’t imagine anyone really is like who is really out there eating yogurt because they actually like it and not because they’re trying to be healthy. I tried this basically for the sake of trying it and I kinda just want to eat things that are easy to get and less likely to go bad in a few mere days (hello fruit looking at your ass). This was thinner than normal yogurt but other than that not bad! Tasted basically the same and dare I say good. If your a yogurt person definitely recommend this. Go this at Whole Foods (of course).

If I think really really hard, I can still remember the days I used to eat a bagel and cream cheese every week. Those cream cheese days are over, but thankfully not my bagel days. Tried this stuff again, kind of just to try it. Everyone knows the beautiful taste of cream cheese and this, unfortunately, did not live up. It was not unenjoyable, but it tastes basically like unsalted butter. Smooth and creamy, but not flavor really. Still put it in my whole grain bagel with some raspberries and wasn’t mad at it so I mean if your looking to trick yourself into thinking you’re eating cream cheese, this is the spread for you.

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WAS going to use these to make a vegan cheese quesadilla but G-O-D had other plans and was like “just eat normal cheese Katie it’s fine” and honestly who am I to argue with God and the universe? So I cheated and ate it with normal cheese (also lets take a second and think about how I also ate these on the regular how was I not 700 pounds???) and they held up well guys. Thinner than the normal tortillas but taste very good so no complaints here. Funny story, also wanted to try a dairy free sour cream and accidentally bought lactose free sour cream instead of dairy free ugh. I was eating it and wondering why it was so damn good and then I read the ingredients…. You know what guys ignorance is very much bliss and I’ll attest to that.

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As I was expecting, this was not a winner. Definitely not as bad as the macaroni I was eating, but not worth the calories. For some unknown reason, it was a lot of calories??? I’m sorry but if I’m gonna eat a pizza that is

  1. vegan

and

2. small as heck

I would think it would be kinda healthy and not a ton of calories??? I was sadly mistaken because this thing is supposedly 900 calories. Among the strange ingredients are: psyllium(apparently good for digestion if you believe the internet), expeller pressed canola? seems unnecessary, critic acid and titanium dioxide. The last one is something they also use in their cheeses which is some sort of white powder used to make things white (I looked it up). Seems to be some debate on whether or not its safe to consume so I’m gonna pass on Daiya stuff from now on sorry not sorry. I would like to actually know whats in the stuff I’m eating.

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I FOUND A CHEESE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN I FOUND A CHEESE ONE WHOLE CHEESE.   This passed the no-playdoh tasting test and actually ate a whole slice by itself like it was regular old cheese. The best part? There’s no weird ingredients that make me nervous. Lets compare ingredients shall we?

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Ew gross and weird and tastes like playdoh g-bye

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All things I can pronounce and know what they are without the aid of google!!!

 

 

Anyways, more to come! And a special week next week when I try Blue Apron for the first time! Yay!

 

2017 Was Lit

Okay so I made this video literally for my own enjoyment cause I had a good year and it was nice to look at. I wanna reiterate had a good year. As far as the rest of the world, it is literally on fire and everything is scary and we will soon die either by nuclear bomb, the weather or robots its just a matter of which gets us first!!!!! So lets ignore that and enjoy this video that mostly features Tori, Lauren and my cat!!!

 

Some goals for next year:

More time and money spent doing stuff for myself that doesn’t include eating or drinking or CLOTHESSSSS: a hard one cause thats where most of my money goes looking at you pizza.

Get a couple tattoos I’ve been eyeing for literal years: new year new me????? Sorry mom and dad I promise they’ll be “feminine” (my moms word I would never say that and I can’t even spell it).

Try to be a whole vegan not just a I’m by myself and its convenient vegan: I do it for the most part, but I want to try it fully and see what benefits it really has (I’ll probably do a post on it too)

Try not to workout like a crazy person and feel super awful if I don’t workout: This one is hard because the workout part has always been the easiest thing for me to do, not the diet part. Its time to pull back a little on the working out and start making more changes to my diet.

Write more and not focus on if its actually good but just doing it more: I know I blog, but one day I would actually like to write a book, therefore I should be writing more stories of some kind and some stuff just for myself and no one else. I gotta flex my skills so I can write something actually good one day.

Set some long term goals like 5 years, 10 years etc.: I’m pretty good with shorter term goals, but Id like to set some that are also long term and something I’d have to work hard for a long time to achieve.

 

Excited for 2018 lets hope its even better than 2017!

I Flew Again and The Weirdness Happened Before The Flight This Time

Christmas time is here, which means my only transportation for getting home is flying. I’ve expressed my ahem, love, for flying already. It’s like a giant subway that waits for no one except there isn’t another one coming in 15 minutes if you miss it. As usual with my life, I got into a predicament that could have landed me in my favorite podcast “My Favorite Murder” as the poor defenseless girl who gets killed in the woods by a serial killer. Enjoy!

 

Luckily, everything after that went off without a hitch! Can’t help but worry about that poor other dude who had to find an ATM while that guy waited for him…….thank god for nice people. Happy Holidays!

Live From New York it’s the Sunday Vibes

Before we begin I gotta talk about this cute as shit little bakery right next my apartment I discovered (actually Kristen did when looking at my location on Find My Friends so shout out to her). It’s super tiny, but cute and there’s cat decorations all over the place. Bonus is that most of their stuff is gluten free and everything is vegan. Sometimes living in Brooklyn annoys me, but this is one of those times where Brooklyn is cool as heck.

Beauty¡

This week I thought I’d give a little tutorial on how I do my eyeshadow. This is how I do it when I’m going out and wanna look fancy!

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So I’m using this Kylie Jenner Palette, the Burgundy Palette. I may not like Kylie Jenner very much (like who cares if she’s pregnant barf me), but I gotta admit, her eyeshadow is really good. Super pigmented and I don’t have to use a whole bunch of it to achieve the color I want.

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I’m gonna be using the red colors cause they match the scarf I’m wearing tonight (cause I’m matchy matchy af). Most people who do their makeup start with the eyes but I never understood that tbh. I wanna go for a more dramatic look so I’m gonna put tape on the side of my eyes to help get a cat eye without free handing it.

I just kinda eye ball it and hope I get them straight (sometimes works sometimes they’re crooked because I am just a girl not an expert). I make sure to put on eyeshadow primer, I use the Two Faced one.

I usually start with the more glittery part on my eye lid and then the more matte shade in my crease. Next I’m gonna line my eyes with black shadow and smudge it out. I used the Naked two palette and the last black shade.

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I sort of do a triangle thing in the corner of my eye. I also highlight my brow bone and the other corner of my eye. This is the finished product!

I usually don’t go this dramatic but the opera calls for the dramatic right? Right.

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Style¿

(Minus the) Leather High Waisted Wrap Front Skirt @ Express $59.90

Double Layer Satin Cami @ Express $39.90

Got this beauty on sale at Express and I am in lurrrrveeeeee. I paired it with this top because I like the contrasting fabrics of satin and leather, but you can do lace as well! It’s super high waisted which I love (honestly if anything goes back to low-rise I will have to just go into hiding). I wore it with stocking and booties a few weekends ago and you can also do OTK boots. Also express has $25 off of $100 right now just FYI you’re welcome.

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Fitness¿¡

Had another Saturday where my brain violently did not want to workout. I decided maybe I should start incorporating some yoga in my life sine people rave about it a lot. I’ve tried it before but I usually find it so slow and I get tired of it very easily. This one however was relatively fast paced and I actually was slightly sweaty after. I only burned about 150 cal (which I tried not to stress about) but I felt pretty tight and toned afterwards. Might have to go against my extreme cardio nature and do this more often (maybe).

Entertainment¡

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So I finally finished the first season of Riverdale (its been on my Netflix list for agggeeessssss). To sum it up, its kinda like a more fast paced Pretty Little Liars (or should I say better cause it took 40 years to find out who A is). There were a couple weird parts like when Veronica and Cheryl have this like dance off and its very weird and cringe-worthy. I guess it’s more directed toward idk people in actual high school, but some parts make me barfy(like how much they SING). I am patiently waiting for season two to be on Netflix despite my judgment. Here’s hoping I don’t quit it in the middle for season 4 like I did with PLL. Only so much “who done it? Find out in three years” a person can take.

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THIS.BOOK. Obviously one of my favorite authors and this book reels you in with the first chapter, its insane. I haven’t technically finished it yet, although I read it till 3 am last night for no other reason than I couldn’t stop. Its all about true crime and thriller stuff but thats all I’ll say cause when I first started reading it I also had no idea what it was about, so you should be blinded and delightfully surprised as well.

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Pandora decided it was going to keep crashing my phone, so it had to go. Luckily, I found a playlist I liked on Spotify that I loved just as much. I only have two settings when it comes to Christmas: classic Christmas and jazzy Christmas. Unfortunately, Spotify can only satisfy one at a time.

Katie Does NYC Things

Kept it a little low-key this weekend and just went to Opera (I think I just contradicted myself?). I felt like an old bitty complaining about today’s uncultured youth anytime I told anyone what I was doing that night. But also a very fancy old bitty. Then my friend proceed to inform me this was probably gonna last about 3 hours and I started to feel a little less fancy and little more worried I would die of boredom. The Opera was Thaïs which is basically about this godly man trying to convert this promiscuous lady to become a nun. It works, but not before he decides he loves her and doesn’t wanna be godly anymore (men are fickle beings). The first act was a little dull and I began to fear that I wouldn’t make it through all three, but to be fair, the first Act was a lot of praying and exclaiming. Also the entire thing was in French (which I only knew because I recognized the word for garden thanks 4 years of french!), so you have to read the words on the little screen in front of you (thankful for the little screen otherwise what a snooze fest). The second and third acts were more entertaining with this famous violin solo in the middle of Act II and III. If you’ve ever watched a cartoon in the 90s I feel like this was in an episode somewhere (or maybe I made that up but I recognize it!!). Then I was like “if I like this am I a weird nerd?” but then when was I ever to a nerd? There were a few funny parts (I don’t think they meant them to be funny) like when a guy threw a bunch of cash in the air to distract them so Thaīs and the guy (whatever his name is) could get away cause that is definitely a sure fire way to distract me too. All in all something I would definitely do again if I ever wanna feel  •cultured•

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Also please enjoy me failing at trying to see the Rockefeller Tree get lit (I was very annoyed and you’d know if you follow me on snapchat!!!!!!!!!!!!) (Also the other reason I kinda wanna post videos on here cause its pretty funny).

 

I’m thinking about putting videos on here of me talking about something (story of something funny that happened, my fails of nyc etc.) lemme know what you guys think! (I feel like I’m asking the void but its fine).