Showing posts with label A Dash of Staph. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A Dash of Staph. Show all posts

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Disney Princesses Redux

Disney Princesses have never been so bad. Emmanuel Viola, an Italian illustrator and digital artist turned the prim and proper Disney princesses of yesteryear into total modern day rebels with piercings and tattoos to boot. No need to come charging on your white steed, Prince Charming! these ladies are certainly no damsels in distress.
(Pictures via here)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Flattering Lipstick

This lipstick shade from Revlon is so pretty on dark skin women, yes? it would be great for everyday use.
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

What's Your Beauty Routine?

My nighttime beauty regimen has been the same for as long as I can remember. I began using eye cream in my early twenties because I figured the best way to avoid wrinkles is to reduce its appearance at an early age. My early prevention method seems to have worked so far because I'm in my late twenties and there are no wrinkles in sight. I know I'm speaking a bit prematurely but as the age-old adage goes "black don't crack."

Since we are about to transition from summer to fall, the shift in weather is going to take a major toll on my skin. I'm bracing myself for dry, flaky skin, dark patches, the works. I'm thinking about adding a new moisturizer to my current skin care regimen. I've being using Olay Regenerist as a night cream but it's a little heavy for daily morning use. I need something lightweight and uber moisturizing. I'm thinking this one or this one from Kiehl's. What's your daily beauty routine? weigh in!

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Shhh...Happy Birthday Grandma!

So, my family and I are heading to Florida next week Thursday for my Grandmother's 86th birthday bash! It's supposed to be a surprise but despite our best efforts to hide the upcoming celebration, I know she has already put-two-and-two together, she's just astutely aware of everything that one. I love you Grandma! and I can't wait to celebrate you.

I definitely need some shades to shield my extremely sensitive eyes from the hot Florida sun. Although, it's completely out of my price range for right now, I'm really liking this Oakley aviator from Sunglass Hut.

(Pictures via here)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Winged Eyeliner

I hardly ever wear eyeliner but for the past few months, I've been experimenting with various winged eyeliner looks for nights out on the town. Needless to say as an amateur, I've had more failures than successes. Thankfully, I've been binge-watching tons of YouTube makeup tutorials, so I can finally draw a defined line. I no longer look like a toddler doodled on my face. 
This gel eyeliner from Benefit Cosmetics is a great option for beginners because it won't smudge. If you want a less intense liner, I recommend this eyeliner pencil from Nars Cosmetics.
Check out this adorable youtuber's "9 different eyeliner looks" tutorial.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ready To Transition

Can you believe it's already September? I might be ruffling a few feathers when I say this but I'm not sad to see summer go, I'm thrilled actually. Good riddance to sweltering, sticky-and-icky nights and tossing and turning in your own sweat - and hello to crisper air and cooler Fall nights. Do I need to mention, once again, that Fall is my favorite season? These sweaters are perfect for your Fall attire. I like this one from Kate Spade and this shawl cardigan from American Apparel is perfect for a cozy night in on the couch.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Anxious)

Why do we yawn? and it's not because we're not getting enough oxygen, as previously reported.

How to make English Jacket Potatoes, I made a few the other day and they turned out amazingly!

Surprising way to keep avocados fresh.

Secrets to a happy marriage. Such wonderful advice, Joanna!

City Hall weddings!

Botanical portraits at Vogue.

How to be polite.

Inexpensive Fall accessories at Forever21 and MANGO. There are also some great choices at Baublebar. You can even personalize your own necklace!

I tried to make chocolate pot de crème yesterday and for some reason it refused to set, which is a shame because the batch was delectable. I suspect I used too much chocolate. Perhaps, you will have much better results than I did with this yummy recipe from the Foodnetwork!

Alex is in desperate need of a new headphone and his primary choice is the ever-popular Beats by Dr. Dre, off course. I will purchase them for him eventually, but in the meantime I found him a great and might I add, cheaper alternative at Amazon.

I really, really want the MacBook Pro, like now! and a gold watch. My birthday is coming up in October, so fingers and toes crossed :)
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Stuffed)

Networking for introverts. Must read!

Preserving the lost art of letter writing. My High School boyfriend was incredibly romantic, he used to write me these heartfelt letters everyday. Seriously, he never missed a day. Goodness, it was like being in a Lifetime TV movie, LoL. Till this day, when I think of him, I sigh...

Vanilla ice cream with olive oil and sea salt. What an odd but interesting pairing, I think I might give it a try.

OMG! I would bathe in a vat of this Almond Lavender Bourbon Milk Punch, Yum!

I'm loving the all-black trend this season, it's incredibly chic, yes?

Do you tuck your shirt like this?

The perfect picnic.

Speaking of picnics, I ordered this fun blanket not too long ago for Bryant Park's annual film festival.

What one of my favorite authors, Jane Austen, might have looked like. Fascinating!

I so want this chair or this chair for my room. I'm really just a big kid.

The eyes have it.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When You Realize Your Relationship Is Over

My good friend from Virginia, whom I've known since we were in diapers, has been trying to make his marriage work for quite some time now. But, when I asked him about his progress last week, he told me about the moment he finally realized his marriage was over. He and his wife were discussing their annual family vacation, and it finally sunk in. He just couldn't envision a future with her anymore, because she was a ghost of her former self. He had also changed, they no longer fit together.

It's a lesson, I've come to realize myself. What initially seemed like a perfect fit, sometimes turns out not to be so perfect - and it's ok. Relationships are investments and like every investment, you nourish them and watch them grow. But sometimes, they can't withstand the weather and they wither and die. Sure, you had hopes and fantasized about what would have been, but when all those dreams are dashed, it's time to set sails to your next destination.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Happy Fourth of July my darlings! What are your plans for this weekend? I'm going to celebrate with my mom and Alex later today, and then spend the weekend with a good buddy of mine who flew in from Virginia. This apple pie recipe seems fitting, since nothing else is more American!
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Friday, June 27, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Overworked)

How to make homemade lox. It's a simple, time consuming process, but well worth it.

My in-depth feature article about the Western Bays of Long Island, read it here, darling!

I bought this dress for a wedding I attended last week, it fits like a glove.

Best smokey cat eye makeup tutorial, and it's so simple to do.

How to get Grace Kelly hair at home.

Flight of the stingrays. What an amazing video!

This girl has such amazing style, I'm in awe of her.

The best Final Jeopardy response ever!

8 ways to improve your morning routine.

Adorable kitty flats for the summer.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Long Island Press Conference

Hello my darlings! I know, I've been MIA for quite some time. However, it is with good reason, I've been interning at the Long Island Herald, so that leaves me minimal time for blogging. I haven't forgotten about you though, I miss you guys to pieces. I will return in the next few weeks with more regular postings. Meanwhile, here are a few pictures of a press conference I attended a few weeks ago, featuring Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Nassau Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, and a few other Long Island legislators. Read the article Brian Croce, editor at LI Herald, wrote in regards to the press conference.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Interning At The Long Island Herald

I just completed my first full week as a Long Island Herald intern, whoop, whoop! The staff is super nice and helpful, I feel completely at home already. On Tuesday, I covered my first event, which was located on Freeport's Nautical Mile, a picturesque little stretch in Long Island, full of seafood restaurants, bars and piers. I'm in the process of writing my first feature article for the paper, I can't wait for it to be published.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bienvenue Summer!

Although summer doesn't officially arrive until June 20, as far as I'm concerned, as well as millions of Americans, Saturday is it. I'm dusting off my bikini and will be heading to the beach with my cousin and his buddies. One of his friend's is an aspiring chef and will be bringing some delicious summer fare for a fun picnic. I hope he brings lambi!
I can't wait, after a grueling semester in grad school, I just want to relax and loosen up a bit. Picnic at the beach sounds heavenly! Are you going anywhere this Memorial Day weekend?
The meaning of Memorial Day has gotten lost over the past few years, relegated to a three day weekend for short vacations and lounging at the beach. However, It's importance has not been lost on me. So, here's to the brave men and women who made it possible for us to enjoy those carefree days and to those who continue to fight for our freedom thousands of miles away. I salute you all!

(Pictures via here and here)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Would You Go See A Movie Alone?

Why is the thought of going to the movies alone so terrifying? Don't get me wrong, I understand the anxiety. After all, movie theaters are the epicenter of relationships, usually swarming with couples, young and old. So, it can be quite unnerving showing up without an entourage or at the very least, another person.

During my undergraduate studies, a classmate of mine was so shocked when I told her that I had a penchant for going to the movies alone. To me, it was just something I had been doing for as long as I can remember. To her, there was a stigma attached to the act because going to the movies alone was solely reserved for sad lonely women, spinsters.

I'm comfortable doing most things alone. I think it's so important to teach yourself how to function without the support of another, especially in situations in which having another presence is usually the norm. People often praise those capable of effortlessly navigating different social situations but I think there's also something so endearing about those individuals who are comfortable with all the silence.

I used to try this little trick during uncomfortable situations: I would allow myself to feel every anxious feeling that arose and worked on finding some comfort within them. Sometimes it would work and I would find  little ways to abate those anxious feelings and sometimes, it would not. However, those times it did work, I would feel a sense of victory, like I had solved one of life's little mysteries.

I'm curious, does  the thought of going to the movies alone make you cringe? or do you consider it a brazen act of empowerment?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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