That Autumn Feeling

Autumn is hands down my favorite season. The temperatures finally get cold enough to wear a sweater while enjoying a huge cup of tea with a good book,  pumpkin, apple and cinnamon flavors reign supreme once more and I finally get to layer on scarves and jackets that make up my massive collection. Also darker style aesthetics suddenly become more mainstream making it easier to stock up on accessories and new clothes. Yes, we may all still be in quarantine but fall fashion is top of mind for me at the moment, even if it is still too warm for me to start layering.

Yet my “season transition style” this year has been inspired by black’s more colorful cousin, plum purple. This is an Autumn color that doesn’t seem to be as popular as harvest orange, wine red, or mustard yellow, yet I’ve been obsessed with it for years even though I don’t own much of anything in it other than some lipstick. So you can imagine how fast I pounced on this Torrid plaid skirt once I saw it on their site. Continue reading

Vegetables for dessert? (Review of Peekaboo Ice Cream)

If you were to ask anyone that knows me well, I’m not a huge fan of zucchini, tomatoes or carrots. In fact the only way I eat these is by force (thanks mother) or if its mixed into my food without my noticing it, which is why Peekaboo Ice Cream intrigued me. But ice cream and vegetables, together? 

I know that when I first shared Peekaboo on my Instagram stories it seemed the very idea of this grossed people out, so let’s just get one thing out of the way : you can’t taste or see the added vegetables and its delicious.  There aren’t  huge chunks of broccoli, and carrots in it as the vegetables are pureed into the ice cream mix. And you would think that this would cause the ice cream to have a different consistency, yet its just as creamy, and thick as your average carton of Haagen-Dazs, just less sweet. 

Disclaimer: These items were gifted to me for review but my opinions are my own.

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Sunflower Summer Days

Living in NYC during a pandemic has been interesting.  Like I haven’t left my borough (Queens) except to pick up some things at the office back in May, making this the longest I’ve been away from the city (Manhattan) in years.  My summers usually includes work and taking long walks in the city afterwards usually around the neighborhood. Usually this involves browsing at the local book store, if not the library, meeting my friends for dinner and a movie, going to a marketing/social media/blogger workshop or checking out some of the events advertised on Facebook, like the Japanese food festival I attended last summer. Obviously things were very different this year.

Thankfully even with COVID and quarantine, Summer 2020 was not cancelled as most of us had joked when the season first started. Sure, I stayed closer to home yet this turned out to be a little fun because I got to do things like ride a bike again for the first time in 14 years and read a book under a tree at a park my parents used to take me and brother when we were kids. So much nostalgia and not just in Queens because just this past weekend, my friend Diana and I made the trek to Roosevelt Island, our favorite hang out spot back when we were in college to see how much it has changed since we last visited.

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Eliminating my credit card debt!

It took 6 long years but, I am totally credit card debt free!I started this journey in late 2014 after grad school.  Back then, I found myself with a little over than $5k in credit card debt, no job (or savings) and in need of a new apartment – not the best place to be in. Needless to say I’m living proof that you can battle credit card debt while also being broke. I will admit that things did get harder once I was laid off in 2015 from one job and then being furloughed in April from another. However, I still managed to reach my goal. Of course, everyone’s financial situation is different, but, I want to share what helped me get to this point as I know it could prove to be helpful for people dealing with the same issue during this pandemic. Continue reading

Summer Noir (feat. Foxblood)

It is rare for me to have a moment when I see something and think to myself that “I must have this” and immediately buy it without much of a second thought, but it when it does happen its probably because  Foxblood dropped something new on their site.  (Even if it is something that I have to purchase via Afterpay, I make it mine.)   The minute I saw this wide leg, tie top jumpsuit as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, I gagged.  It is everything I’ve ever wanted in a summer outfit that I didn’t even have to look for.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. 

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