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. 

Adventures in Crazy Workouts: Orange Theory Edition

Following an abundance of bloggers from all over the country, means I’m influenced to try an abundance of different things. Duh, considering thats the definition of an influencer. I stumbled upon this from a couple Southern bloggers I follow, and was intrigued. As you guys know, if you click on anything, even accidentally, the next thing you know, ads for whatever it is start popping up on on your social media. I barely looked into it before it was all over my feed on Instagram and it kept saying “free class!” “free class!” *picture of fit sweaty girl in a sports bra*. So I decided to try it. Free is free right?

First, they set up the class over the phone, which is strange but cool, whatever. I hate talking on the phone and I am an unreasonably agreeable person so I was signed up for an 8:30 am class. On a Saturday. And I had to be there at 8.

Like the good little girl I am I was actually early as I left my place earlier than I ever have before in the 6 months I’ve lived there. I soon realized why I had to be there so early as she asked me to go through the class, my exercise history, and my goals. Kind of a lot to take in as far as the how-to of the class went. I did kind of enjoy talking about my exercise history cause I’ve been working out for a very long time and I’ve basically done it all. Weirdly proud of that for some reason? Actually not weird, I WORKED HARD okay.

The workout started at 8:30 and I knew we were going to do some running, but I made it up in my mind that it would only be for a little while. I have no idea where I got that because we were on the treadmills for 30 MINUTES. I kept waiting for him to be like “Okay now we’re gonna switch and go to the floor” but he just kept saying “okay now we’re gonna go to your push pace,” “okay now your all out pace.” I tried to keep the same “base pace” aka your warm up pace, the whole time but I started out full force thinking it would be quick and painless. The bright side was that there was a mirror in front of me while I was running (which sounds horrific but my flabby bits were covered by my treadmill) and all I could see was my upper body and that just happens to be the most toned part of me. I felt all powerful with my arms flexing while I ran. Definitely a pump up for me, highly recommend running in front of a mirror.

After 30 MINUTES of running my butt off, we switched to 200 meters of rowing followed by various floor exercises. The first thing I learned was that I’m doing the rowing machine totally wrong, and that’s how I got the crick in my neck the last time I used one. The second thing I learned and unfortunately, so did the trainer trying to help me, was that I am very uncoordinated and hard to teach NOT to do something a certain way when that’s how my brain decides it’s done. He literally had to tell me every time how to use the machine and which part of it I was using wrong and I was SO OVER IT.

Finally, after another 30 minutes on the floor and the rowing machine I couldn’t understand, we were finished. Here are my stats for you lovely people cause they conveniently emailed them to me.

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Pretty sure green means you’re crusin’ nothing crazy, orange is like great you’re burning, and red is like okay you’re gonna die. Yes those are the official meanings! All I know for sure is after they wen over my results they were like “woah you were kicking some butt!” and I was thinking, yeah cause I didn’t think I was gonna be running for 30 minutes straight but also didn’t wanna look like a wimp after I just gave you my whole workout history.

Overall, I really liked this workout. I had some crazy energy afterwards which usually happens after I run, and I felt great all day. Will I do it again? Nope it costs too much for my lil broke butt (sponsor me orange theory). Would I recommend? Yeah girl get you a free class cause its FREE!

A Survival Guide to NYC: Winter Weather Edition

I’m gonna spit some hashtag realness on you real quick. I am struggling with this whole “real seasons” thing NYC has going on. Coming from the South, all we really get is “hot” and “so hot you might die” weather. It’s March, so by now they are in the “hot” weather stage where you get to go outside and enjoy it while it lasts. Here, however, we are still getting 30 degree weather, aka weather where all you wanna do is stay in bed all day in a big blanket. Some more realness? This has me moody as hell and I now know why everyone says New Yorkers are mean. Turns out, we’re all just really cold and on the verge of tears about being outside in it (just me???). Here’s how I’ve been combating the cold weather and attempting to be warm:

 

  1. Heated Blanket

This is number one for a reason, ladies (and dudes I guess). 100% the best purchase of my life was when I bought my 35 dollar heated blanket. I discovered these beautiful babies when my college dorm roommate decided she wouldn’t ever turn on the heater. Ever. I saw one at Target just as winter started and it was as if God himself came down and said “You gon be alright.” I knew I was gonna have to get one when I got here and thank god I did. My room stays pretty warm while I sleep but it’s damn cold as soon as I wake up and as soon as I walk in the door after work. All I have to do is turn it on and it takes maybe 5 minutes to heat up. Okay I’m done gushing I just love it SO MUCH.

2. Buy some sweatpants (thick ones)

This might be like a “duh,” but I really never wore sweatpants back home because I was really never that cold. Leggings always seemed to be just enough, so my sweatpants went too good ole goodwill when I moved. I came to immediately regret this as stepping outside just for a coffee was torture on my legs that somehow felt bare. I also decided to pick up running after a few months off for medical reasons (let’s be real I gained a couple pounds and was not having that shit), so

3. Get a big, warm coat that also happens to be cute

I got my big coat from Express right at the beginning of December and its the best decision I made besides my heated blanket. It’s over sized, wool and hits me right at the calf. You definitely want something as long as possible too keep warm and even better if it fits basically like a blanket. I wear mine basically everyday (cause people who have like 8 coats must also have 8 closets to put them in when its summer) and it just happens to be really cute so a win-win. 

4. Earmuffs are a real thing not just a cute accessory in the movies

I HAAAAAATTTEEE the way I look in hats and beanies because I think maybe my head has a weird shape? Also I kinda look like a skater girl or something which is not a good look on me. Hence, the reason I got ear muffs. They have saved me while running (yeah I actually try to run in this weather too like an idiot) and when I just wanna pretend I can’t hear cat-callers and weird dudes. 

5. Snow boots, UGG boots, just any fur-lined boot.

Here’s a scenario: You want a bagel. It’s Saturday at 11am (yeah you’re being lazy today). It’s also 20 degrees. What do you put on to grab said bagel? Tennis shoes= cold toes. Ugg boots with cabin socks=The perfect combo. Nobody likes cold toes and ain’t nobody trying to wear cute booties just to grab the weekly coffee and bagel combo. 

 

Here are some tips for when you’re moody about this weather and need a pick me up:

1. Do something every week that’s just for you

Get a pedi, get a mani, get some bubble bath stuff, get a pizza, go shopping, have a movie night with some gals, get some wine, get some new shoes you’ve been eyeing, get some fancy coffee, get a new book, literally just do anything that makes you feel good, heck do all of those things in one week. I can’t tell you how good it feels just to call someone and be like “dude I almost cried today thinking about going outside” and having you’re friend be like “Omg me too I hate everything.”

2. Plan a trip somewhere even if its just a staycation

I have the luxury of having every fancy hotel I could ever nee right here and sometimes, I just wanna not be in my apartment where I live with other people. It’s just great to get away, even just for a night. Even better, plan a trip somewhere warm for a weekend and have something to look forward to to get you through some of the rougher days (aka me dreaming of my NOLA trip in a couple weeks!!!)

3. Remind yourself that it’s temporary and in a few weeks, you’ll be sweating your butt off.

It’s kinda funny how we think about the future ally the time, except when we’re miserable and we can only be sad about what its like right now. Being upset is a normal human thing, but there’s no reason to be upset about something as fickle as the weather(most talking to myself here). 

Cheers to Daylight savings time ending and Spring being around the corner!!

 

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.

Adventures in Crazy Workouts

I have not posted anything in a HOT second on here (sorry for being MIA). My shnookum pumpkin was in town so I had no times to blog or do anything cause I was busy af.

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IFFFFF you’re following me on my instagram (which you should be doing), you’d have seen all the cool stuff we were doing! So I wasn’t really MIA, just having way too much fun. I’ll make a post in a few days of all the things we did (and if I liked the experience), so look for that! I also did a crazy, spontaneous thing you might want hear about :))))))))

Just wanted to do a quick recap of this crazy workout we did the other day, as can probably tell from my title. As you guys already know I am the queen of cardio, but Lauren wanted to do something more yoga centric (crushing my should basically). We went with Y7 studio in the Flatiron district for a hot-yoga vinyasa-flow style workout.

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First off let’s talk about these stairs. They look so cool and motivational. There are three set of them and they are STEEP. My ass was wearing some high heeled booties and let just say I tripped a lil bit on the way up and almost slid down them on the way out okay. Great lets move on.

 

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As soon as you walk into the workout room its like candle lit and really warm. Even coming in from the frigid rain, I was like Hmm can they turn the heat down a scootch? We started out by doing some directed breathing, which felt cult-y as most people released their breath like someone who just dropped a full caramel latte on the ground. Then the director? teacher? person said Okay now were gonna start the first flow and turned up the beats.

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Immediately, this lil girl is going a mile a minute Downdoglegupbendforwardwarriorposehumblewarriorleftarmbackrightarmliftupcomeupbendofrwardleguplegdown 

Shoutout to the super bendy very well-versed girl next to me whom I followed the entire time cause if not I would be stuck in down-dog the whole time. After the first “flow” I said good-bye to my shirt cause the sweat was getting in my eye balls and was very glad for the darkness.

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The basis of the workout is 3 “flows:” the first is slow, the second is fast and the last is one you just do whatever you feel like. That sequence repeats 3 times. It lasted the entire hour and I felt like my body was super stretched out and limber. I did legs that morning so it felt amazing to do some stretches while also getting sweaty, which is the point of working out to me.

Overall, I prefer cardio to this because it just feels shorter in a way. I did like it but I’m always more interested in burning my body, less about toning it(maybe I’m backwards who knows I’m not an expert)