Anne Klein Dress from TJ Maxx (similar) //Nila Anthony Bag // Bracelet (gifted) // Dolce Vita shoes (similar)
This past weekend, I had the pleasure to go to my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding and wedding rehearsal. I had never been to a wedding rehearsal before so I had no idea what to expect or what to wear. I decided to err on the side of caution and picked out something classy that could also be worn to work. I went to TJ Maxx and found this really cute dress that looks very nautical. Not only was it sophisticated with the high cut, it was under $100! With the busy pattern of the dress, I decided to keep it simple with a sparkly cuff. I decided to pair it with my Dolce Vita wedges because they were really comfortable to walk in, and picked this Nila Anthony clutch because it matched my shoes.
What would you wear to a rehearsal dinner?
I just received my PopSugar Must Have Box for June and let me tell you, this box just keeps getting better and better each month! Here is what was in my box:
Gorjana & Griffin Zuma Scarf - This is my favorite part of the box. The scarf itself is a $62 value and you’re getting it in this box along with other things for just $35! Plus, I’ve really been into stripes lately and I love coral so this was perfect!
Gorjana & Griffin $25 Gift Card – So happy about this! I already purchased this item which I’ve been eying.
Juice Beauty Stem Cell Repair Moisturizer - I’m not a huge fan of Juice Beauty products from previous experiences so this wasn’t my favorite part of the box, however it’s full sized and at adds an amazing $ value to the box.
Juice Beauty CC Cream Sample - I’ve already tried this in a previous Birchbox and did not like it. I’ll probably just give these samples away.
Hard Candy Fitness DVD: Addicted to Sweat 4 – I’m super excited for this! I haven’t been able to work out barely at all since starting my new job, but this DVD will be great to try in my apartment when I get home from work and I can do it at my own pace. Plus workout dvds can seriously kick your butt!
Revenge Wears Prada Book – This is the sequel to The Devil Wears Prada, and although I haven’t read that I did see the movie. I think this would be a fun beach read or on the weekends while laying out.
Project 7 Quench The Thirsty Wintergreen Mints - Mints are always essential to carry in your purse, and this is the perfect size. Plus Project 7 makes products that give back to charities. These mints help to provide clean water to people in need. Not only are you getting a nice treat for yourself, you’re also helping others.
Popcorn Indiana FIT Popcorn with Sea Salt – With only 40 calories a cup, this a great healthy snack that I’m excited to try!
Color: Meet Me At The Alter
An old co-worker once told me as we passed Bleeker St. that Ghandi Cafe had some of the best Indian food in the city, so naturally I wanted to go check it out. A couple days ago, I dragged my boyfriend with me on this adventure. We both love our spicy foods so Indian is right up our alley. To start we order the Paratha. Paratha is very similar to the traditional Naan bread except it’s a lot more buttery, and butter always makes everything better. Along with the Paratha, they gave us another thin bread that resembled tortilla chips and their three house condiments. The green one was my favorite! It had a lovely cilantro flavor with a bit of spice.
Now for my main meal, I decided on the Chicken Vindaloo. I was so excited to eat it that I forgot to take a picture. Chicken Vindaloo is chicken and potatoes in a hot sauce. When I say hot, I mean fire burning hot. At first I didn’t think it was that spicy compared to other restaurants that I’ve tried this dish at, but after a few more bites the spices started to creep in. It got to the point where it was so spicy I thought I was going to cry. My nose was runny, my throat was burning, all wonderful body functions to be having when you’re on a date. But it didn’t matter. This dish, although almost too spicy, was amazing. I loved ever burning second of it, and would highly recommend it if you’re up for the challenge.
After we finished our meals, we were ready for the check. But, our waiter was so nice and brought us over a dessert on the house. He gave us rice pudding with whipped cream and a cherry on top. It was delicious and really helped to cool my mouth down from the Chicken Vindaloo. He also brought us over a cup a tea which he said was traditional Indian tea. It had a lovely herbal taste that was sweet but also had spices of cinnamon. Both were delicious and a really sweet bonus to our meal.
Overall, I really was impressed by Ghandi Cafe. Although small, it has a big stomach and a big heart. The staff was extremely attentive and very nice, I would go back for that reason alone. But the food was also amazing. I don’t know if I could handle the Chicken Vindaloo again, but I would definitely go back to try their other dishes.
If you love Indian food and ever find yourself down in the West Village, go check out Ghandi Cafe.
I’ve always liked a good grilled cheese every once in a while, but it was never something that I reached for that often…until I discovered the Melt Shop. The Melt Shop specializes in grilled cheeses. They put things on grilled cheeses that I’ve never even imagined of…including peanut butter (I’m not brave enough to try that yet). All their grilled cheeses range from $7-$9. Along with grilled cheeses they have sides such as tater tots, tomato soup and milkshakes. I highly recommend all three of them.
The other day when my friend and I went to the Melt Shop we both decided to get “the dirty” which is pepper jack and muenster with caramelized onions, pickled jalapeños, sliced tomato, and crunchy potato chips. AMAZING. The sandwich had the perfect amount of spiciness. This is a grilled cheese I may attempt to make on my own. Other grilled cheeses I have tried from the Melt Shop are the “truffle melt”, and the “the cheesiest mozzarella sandwich of all time”. While all were delicious, my favorite was the “truffle melt”.
Overall, I highly recommend the Melt Shop. You will never look at grilled cheeses the same way ever again.
The Melt Shop has two locations and they also deliver.
I just recently moved, and right by my apartment is a place called “Popbar”. I was immediately intrigued with their slogan of “handcrafted gelato on a stick”. You pick the flavor of popsicle you like, they have both gelato flavors (coconut, vanilla, hazelnut etc) and sorbet flavors (strawberry, pineapple, mango etc). Once you pick out the popsicle you can choose to dip it in unlimited chocolate (white, milk or dark) for 50 cents and/or other toppings (almond, hazelnuts, pistachio, shredded coconut, granola, coffee grains or sprinkles) for an additional 50 cents.
After much debate, I settled on the strawberry popsicle, dipped in dark chocolate. It was AMAZING. My boyfriend got the pineapple popsicle dipped in dark chocolate, which was also delish. The popsicle was so refreshing and had the perfect amount of sweetness to it. It tasted exactly like a chocolate covered strawberry, one of my favorite snacks. The only downside I had to popbar was the price. It was a little over $4 for each popsicle. But I guess the price will keep me from getting a popsicle every day after work. Overall, I really recommend you check out Popbar if you’re looking for a refreshing snack this summer. It’s light and sweet and there are plenty of options for everyone.
Brand: Color Club
Color: Wild Cactus
When Elle Fowler, or AllThatGlitters21 on Youtube, recommended the new Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ($28) and said she thinks it is going to replace her beloved Cle De Peau concealer, I knew I had to give it a try. I went to Sephora and picked up the Nars concealer in the color Light 2 – Vanilla. There are 10 different shades. I had trouble picking out which color to get because Light 2 was a little light but the next color up was significantly darker and way too dark for my skin. Although the shade I got is a little light, it works well as a highlighting concealer.
Since the concealer is called a “creamy” concealer, I was expecting something fairly liquid-y. However, this product is a lot thicker than I expected. It truly is a cream texture. It reminded me a lot of the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. This product also does not crease, which is a huge problem I have with most under eye concealers.
The only downside I have to this product is it can be drying. I have to make sure I put on an eye cream before I use this product, otherwise it looks dry and flakey. However, as long as your under eye area is moisturized, this product blends beautifully. Overall, I really do enjoy this product. The fact that my under eyes don’t crease half-way through the day is a miracle in itself.
Overall Rating: A-
Lasting Power: A-
This is my first Birchbox post, but I am no stranger to Birchbox. I’ve been a subscriber for a little over a year now, and it still feels like my birthday every time I get a new box. For those of you who don’t know what Birchbox is, it’s a $10 a month subscription service where you get 4-6 deluxe beauty samples. Here is what was in this months box.
- Coola: Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face – I’m really excited to try this, I’m always looking for a good moisturizer with SPF, especially in the summer months.
- Sumita: Color Contrast Eyeliner - I tested this out on my hand and immediately fell in love with the richness and how creamy it was.
- Klorane: Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk - I never really use dry shampoo so this wasn’t that special.
- Marvis: Classic Mint Toothpaste - I’ve seen this around and have always wanted to try it. This is the perfect size for travel!
- BONUS* Acroball Pink Pen – Cute, but nothing special.
Overall, I enjoyed this box. I think this will be one where I actually use up most of the product. I’m especially excited for the Coola face moisturizer!