Mid-Summer 2017 Around the World Playlist

We’re midway through the summer, and if you haven’t already gone on vacation, you’re probably going somewhere fun soon to escape work and all the stress of everyday life.

As with most things, traveling is so much fun when you’ve got great tunes to go along with you.

This year’s mid-summer playlist is music themed, with songs about different places around the world to feed your wanderlust soul.

I hope these 18 tracks take you on an unforgettable summer excursion.

1. Hollywood, RAC feat. Penguin Prison. Here’s to trying hard not to be that person while visiting the Land of Stars.

2. Hamburg, Kapekoff. “Together we’re alive.”

3. Michigan, Grammar. “In a heavy fever” indeed.

4. Chicago, Canon Blue. A song for those hot summer nights in Chicago.

5. Monterrey, TW Walsh. I bet you can “find a way to get to Monterrey”.

6. Montreal, Roosevelt. Montreal plus Roosevelt equals bliss.

7. Arizona Fire, Becca Mancari. Stay cool, Arizona.

8. Zanzibar, Kamaliza. A little African island escape never killed anyone.

9. Paris, Friendly Fires (Aeroplane Remix). “I’ll find you that French boy…”

10. Australia, Jonas Brothers. Because Australian girls apparently don’t break hearts, according to the Jonas Brothers.

11. Miami, Will Smith. “Bienvenido a Miami”. ūüėČ

12. London Bridge, Fergie. Are we ever gonna find out how come every time Fergie comes around her London, London Bridge wanna go down?

13. Took a Pill in Ibiza, Mike Posner (Seeb Remix) Please do not take any pills in Ibiza.

14. Tokyo, Dan Croll. “Somehow you’ve crossed the line”.

15. Welcome to New York, Taylor Swift. New York’s “been waiting for ya” ūüėČ

16. Princess of China, Coldplay feat. Rihanna. If he let you go then it’s time to run away to China.

17. Rome, Phoenix. A little song for your tour of the Coliseum.

18. Barcelona, Henry Green¬†. I’m sure you wouldn’t think twice if you could make yourself stay.

 

Happy summer travels!

Gallery Mondays: Western Tanager by Yu-baba

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Over the weekend I came across this beautiful mural in Washington Heights on the iron gate of Marina Dental Center.

Painted by Belarusian artist Yu-baba as part of the Audubon Mural Project, the mural features a gorgeous western tanager, an American songbird, surrounded by leaves and berries.

In collaboration with¬† Gitler &_____ Gallery,¬†the National Audubon Society’s¬†Audubon Mural Project brings awareness to the climate-threatened birds of our environment.

Needless to say, I’m going on a hunt for all the rest of these murals! There are 67 murals currently complete, with 247 left to be painted.

Learn more about the Audubon Mural Project.

July Favorites: Polish First Lady Duda & Brandless

As I predicted, the good music kept it coming in July 2017.

I’m really not sure where the year went at this point. Like really. I feel like I just celebrated my birthday but then I look at the calendar and I realize that was almost 3 months ago.

Anyway, here are my faves in the world of pop culture and entertainment for the month of July 2017:

Favorite News Articles

1.¬†Polish First Lady Duda avoided shaking Donald Trump’s hand in Warsaw. Girl, I don’t blame you.

2. Brandless. I’ll be buying from this site in the coming weeks.

3. Lush sent Harry Styles 100 bath bombs. Baths with wine for days.

4. Apparently Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t work out? Impressive.

5. These two on Tinder spent 3 years sending late messages to each other on the app. And now they finally met IRL. On live TV. How crazy!

Favorite Music

1. “Miracles (Someone Special)” by Coldplay feat. Big Sean. That heavy violin intro and outro gets me every time.

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Gallery Mondays: Amber Forever

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Today I said goodbye to my first apartment in East Harlem, so I thought it would be fitting to feature this mural I saw in the neighborhood recently.

It’s such a tropical and vibrant mural with a butterfly,  birds, and bright colors. Sponsored by KFC and Amber Charter School, the mural fits in so well with the community of East Harlem.

I’m not completely sure but it appears that the mural was created by
National Council de la Raza.

Adieu, East Harlem…

Green Tree Jewelry Review & Giveaway

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*I received these earrings complimentary from Green Tree Jewelry. All views are my own.

As you may remember from two posts (1 | 2) a while back, Green Tree Jewelry‘s eco-friendly wood cut earrings have been on my radar for quite some time. Their designs are super cute and diverse, so when they contacted me about reviewing some more of their earrings I couldn’t say no!

I was sent three pairs of earrings: Pineapple Earrings, Ocean Pearl Earrings, and Profile Sugar Skull Earrings. ¬†Let’s get reviewing!

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Wardrobe Wednesdays: Kate Moss in Turkey

Kate Moss in Turkey fashion

Don’t we all wish we were Kate Moss right now?

A few days ago, the British supermodel was spotted in Turkey with British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful wearing a black swimsuit embellished with a gold trim.

I’m really digging this whole one-shoulder look. It’s very chic and subtly playful.

Below is the original swimsuit Kate Moss wore (marked with *) and an alternative to help you copy her poolside vacay style!

Swimsuit:

1. Net-a-Porter, $300.00 *

2. Macy’s, $140.00

 

Maybelline Brow Drama VoxBox #MNYBrows

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*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

A few weeks ago, Influenster sent me the Maybelline Brow Drama VoxBox. I just got around to testing the awesome eyebrow products in the box, which are the Shaping Chalk Powder and Brow Precise Micro Pencil by Maybelline New York. Both products are in the shade Deep Brown.

As someone with thick eyebrows, I tend to spend a lot of time during my normal makeup routine trying to make sure that my brows look normal. And by normal, I mean sans noticeable eyebrow hair gaps (ho do those even end up happening?!) and not sticking out every which way.

I’ve only ever used eyebrow gels and pencils that can be sharpened, so this chalk powder and retractable pencil experience was very new to me.

Here’s what my eyebrows look like without any product (they are combed though, so as not to scare you away):

Before using either Maybelline eyebrow product. Notice the awkward unevenness on my right eyebrow -__-

I used the Shaping Chalk Powder first, and I was very impressed at how well it worked. At first I started to panic because I felt like the powder would make a mess. Then once I swept it over my brows, the color looked waaaayyyy too light.

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However, it started to blend in a couple of seconds and I actually kind of liked how natural it looked!

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My eyebrows after using Maybelline Brow Drama Shaping Chalk Powder

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Next up was the Brow Precise Micro Pencil. It comes with an eyebrow comb on one end and the pencil on the other. I wasn’t too impressed with the eyebrow comb because I felt that it didn’t really help tame my brows enough. The pencil does live up to its name though!

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My eyebrows after using Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil

The pencil’s thinness made it very easy to fill in any gaps in my eyebrows. I felt way more comfortable using this product as opposed to the shaping chalk.

Overall, I’d recommend the Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil to anyone who deals with sparseness or gaps in their eyebrows on a regular basis. If you’re going for a more natural look, the Maybelline Brow Drama Shaping Chalk Powder is the way to go.