November Favorites: “Pyor” by Darius & HTGAWM Fall Finale

November 2017 was an emotional roller coaster. I went from dancing around my room to the month’s most danceable tunes to nearly bawling my eyes out over season finales. It’s no wonder that it took me this long to sit down and gather all my favorites in pop culture in entertainment for this post.

Let’s get to it:

Favorite News Articles

1. The deets on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding. Don’t mine me, I’ll just be here waiting for the specific date in May 2018 so I can set an alarm to catch this on television from across the pond.

2. Moschino’s dry cleaning bag dress. I can already see the Halloween costumes that will come of this.

3. You can now hide away in an 8-foot scarf this winter. You know you’re a New Yorker when all you can think about is how difficult it would be to take this off on a packed and extremely warm train.

4. Cards Against Humanity Saves America. Literally. Have fun trying to build that wall, President Trump.

Favorite Music:

1. “Pyor” by Darius. BRB, letting the enchanting instrumentals of this track keep me sane until the end of 2017.

2. “Mirage” by Satin Jackets. I’m dying to know who is singing the vocals on this because I really want to delve into their solo work if they have any!

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Wardrobe Wednesdays: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at LAX

Who said fall was strictly for leaves?

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was spotted this week at LAX rocking the most amazing pair of velvet ankle booties I’ve ever seen! The velvet booties were black with a vibrant floral print. She paired the boots with a cozy white wrap coat and a black designer tote bag.

I don’t know what it is about velvet this season, but these boots are to die for! I love how the red rose just pops against the black background mixed with the green and blue plant prints.

Sadly, the original boots are sold out (not surprising!) but see below for a few similar options, as well as other pieces inspired by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s look!

Coat:

1. ASOS, $88.50

2. Stylebop.com $167.00

Boots:

3. Romwe, $99.99 (currently on sale for $33.99)

4. Charlotte Russe, $24.59

Bag:

5. Nordstrom, $2,990.00 *

6. Guess, $98.00

Original items marked by *

Gallery Mondays: URBANIMAL Graffiti on AI Moving Express Truck

I saw another one of URBANIMAL’s creations on a truck near my job one evening a couple of months ago. I love seeing these unexpectedly pop up on trucks in NYC.

This truck happened to be an AI Moving Express truck, and the art on it was both subtle and vibrant at the same time. It features a man in grayscale in a sort of portrait style surrounded by fish on either side of him along with a few UFOs overhead.

Looking at these little fishies in the graffiti reminded me that their waters are going to turn to ice soon, as winter is approaching :/

See more of URBANIMAL’s work over on Instagram.

Gallery Mondays: Damien Mitchell’s Peregrine Falcon

damien mitchell peregrine falcon audubon mural project

Remember that awesome Audubon Mural Project mural I saw a couple of months ago? The “Western Tanager” by Yu-baba? Well I found another one, this time a “Peregrine Falcon” by Australian street artist Damien Mitchell!

This mural can be found on St. Nicholas Ave. between W 147 and W 148 Street near the A, C, B, D station and M3 bus stop. I love how the falcon is depicted in mid-flight. Its eyes are also very captivating.

Watch Damien Mitchell paint the mural in the video below!

Gallery Mondays: We CAN Coexist

canstruction 2017 we can coexist

In the final minutes of the Canstruction NYC 2017 exhibit at Brookfield Place, I saw this amazing piece of can art called “We CAN Coexist”. I can’t stop thinking about it.

Created by RAND Engineering & Architecture, the piece symbolizes a rainbow of differences. From the Jewish star, to Yin and Yang and the Cross of Calvary, this rainbow promotes the idea that we can all function together as a society despite the fact that we may come from varying backgrounds. Isn’t it lovely how all these symbols can spell out the word “coexist”?

With all the hate crimes and terror attacks lately, “We CAN Coexist” really made me feel something. I’m used to seeing fun Canstruction pieces, as you saw in my post of the 2014 exhibit a few years back. I’m definitely glad I made time to see the 2017 exhibit, because pieces like this make you take a step back and think about how people are being treated unfairly just for being who they are.

Kudos, RAND Engineering & Architecture!

Learn more about Canstruction.

Maybelline Metallics VoxBox Review #MatteMetallics

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

I’ve been so busy lately that I just got a chance to try on these metallic lipsticks by Maybelline that got from Influenster! I wasn’t completely sure which colors I would be receiving, so when I opened the box I was a bit shocked and kind of scared.

Two tubes of lipsticks stared back at me, one in the shade Molten Bronze (970) and another one called Smoked Silver (978). I opened each tube wondering how ridiculous I would look wearing these colors.

I’m your basic pink and red lipstick kind of gal. Occasionally, I’ll wear a purple or maybe even a brown lipstick, but other than that, I don’t go too far outside the norm. I own a tube of yellow lipstick that I’ve only worn once around the house to take some fun photos (I’d never leave home with that on!), and that’s about it.

I was really dreading the Smoked Silver. It had a bit of a purple undertone, but I wasn’t too excited about how it would look on me. Regardless, I tried it on first.

Hoping the smoky part of this lipstick wouldn’t be too intense, I got ready for work and applied the lipstick. As soon as I saw myself in the mirror I knew I wasn’t going to go out in public wearing it.

I sent a few snaps of me wearing the lipstick to my mom and she told me I looked like a smoker whose lips had been darkened by cigarettes. Then she told me I should give the lipstick to her instead!

The next day I tried the Molten Bronze lipstick. I wasn’t as worried about this one, since I already know how I look with brown lipstick. This one looks a bit dark if you put three layers on though, so I only applied two.

As you can see from my smile, I was quite pleased.

Overall, the Molten Bronze was my fave, and I’ll be wearing it again. I gave the Smoked Silver lipstick to my mom, and it looks normal on her so she’ll probably wear it every now and then. A lot of other reviewers used the Smoked Silver shade with their Halloween costumes, which worked pretty well.

The lipsticks come off easily while eating and drinking, which I’m not used to since I usually wear lip stains that keep my lips colorful after lunch. Oh well.

Let me know which shade is your favorite!

Gallery Mondays: Freeport Spirits

freeport spirits wall art

I’ve been dabbling in a bit of historical fiction writing over the last couple of months. I recently wrote a short story about pirates, so when I came across this photo in my camera roll I decided it was fitting for this week’s Gallery Mondays.

This seafaring scene was found on the wall outside of Freeport Spirits in Long Island. I see it every Sunday on the way to church, so I recently snapped a photo of it.

One of the three ships in this art piece looks like a pirate ship. I wonder if this scene is based on real events, and if so, did the pirates make it onto land in Freeport?

I wonder which ship is carrying the barrels of wine…