May 4, 2015

Month In Review: April 2015...

♥ Attending Alana & Allie's wedding -- My first gay wedding.
♥ Spending an entire day wandering around New York City with Chastity.
♥ Trips to the mall with Kris and Lisa to buy things we didn't need.
♥ Going to the Mets home opener with Justin at Citi Field.
♥ "Favorite Page #1" visiting from Vermont.
♥ Having a lazy video game Sunday with Chas, Erin, Phil and Rob.
♥ Attending Lisa's dress fitting.
♥ Finding an amazing banana cake recipe and making it for all of my friends.
♥ Visiting the Oxygen and Bravo offices at 30 Rock.
♥ Drunken pool parties.
♥ Sharing the joy of Lip Sync Battle (2015-Present) with various people.
♥ Getting tickets to see Incubus at Jone's Beach in the summer with my sister, her boyfriend and Liz.
♥ Tea parties.
♥ Planning for Iceland and Amsterdam.

From The Hold Shelf (Or What I'm About To Read) -- #14
Dreaming Of Beach Weather | Plus Size Bathing Suit Wishlist
10 Movies I Can Watch Over & Over Again
National Sibling Day | A Little Bit About My Sister
No Longer A Kickstarter Virgin | La Vero Beauty Parlour
Alana & Allie's Wedding | My First Gay Wedding
Sephora Wishlist | Damnit Liz
50 Random Facts About Me
Cooking & Watching A Movie | The Boy Next Door


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♥ Lip Sync Battle (2015-Present) ♥
 ♥ Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber (2015) ♥ 
♥ Tallest Virgin In The World (2015-Present) ♥

May 2, 2015

Bummed About LuckyFABB Being Postponed...


Next week was supposed to be Lucky Magazine's annual fashion and beauty blogger conference, LuckyFABB (Which those of you that have been following me for a while know that I had the pleasure of attending back in 2013 when they last had it in New York) and this year I was fortunate enough to be invited back again. But with the departure of Lucky's editor-in-chief Eva Chen on Thursday, The Lucky Group decided to postpone the conference a week before it was supposed to happen.

Which I'm not going to lie, has bummed me out so much because this year I decided to splurge and get myself an all-access ticket, I had my outfits all planned out and I was so looking forward to seeing some of the wonderful ladies that I had met at the previous conference like Carla from Fashion Maven... Mommy, etc. But there is nothing I can do about it, so I'm just going to wait and hope that the conference is rescheduled soon and that I will be able to attend whenever that may be because it is honestly an amazing experience attending LuckyFABB.

In the mean time some of the other attendees, as well as brands that were supposed to be at the conference like Yosi Samra (Which is a shoe company that makes the most comfy foldable flats ever. No, they did not give me anything to say that. I own a pair that I bought off of Rue La La forever ago and I love them so much) are trying to coordinate meet ups for those who still would like to do some networking and turn lemons into lemonade. So hopefully those happen and if they do you bet I will be attending.

I'll keep you all up-to-date on my first world problems as they unfold.

April 29, 2015

Stuck In My Head: It's Gonna Be Me...

So if you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I posted a picture of the monthly calendar that I draw for Justin and in the blank space before May 1st, I drew a cartoony Justin Timberlake and wrote "It's gonna be May!" And so now I obviously have "It's Gonna Be Me" by N'Sync stuck in my head. Like hardcore.


For those of you that don't follow me on Instagram, here is the picture I was talking about...

Yes, I know. Not my best drawing and I don't know why I had trouble with it but whatever.

April 27, 2015

Cooking & Watching A Movie | The Boy Next Door...

If you follow me on Instagram you know that about a week or so ago I got an advance copy of the Jennifer Lopez movie The Boy Next Door (2015), which is actually coming out tomorrow April 28th on DVD/Blu-Ray, and last night I finally got a chance to watch it as I was making dinner -- Thank you Lisa for reminding me that I have a DVD player in my kitchen.

And I must say I really enjoyed this movie and that being said, going into it I didn't think I would. So I was completely surprised how engrossed I was with it. I actually took my sweet time prepping all of the ingredients so I could stand in front of the television to watch it. I unfortunately had to stop in the middle because I finished cooking, but as soon as we were done eating I went right back into our kitchen and was standing up, leaning on the counter watching the rest of it. And when I was done I walked into the living room to Justin, who was watching the Subway Series, and I went on and on about how I ended up liking it.
For those of you that don't know what the movie is about, here is the official synopsis...
Jennifer Lopez (Maid in Manhattan, Out of Sight, Monster-in-Law, The Wedding Planner) stars as Claire Peterson, a high school literature teacher struggling to get back in the dating game after separating from her cheating husband (John Corbett, TV's Parenthood and United States of Tara). When handsome and charismatic 19-year-old Noah (Ryan Guzman, Step Up series, TV's Pretty Little Liars) moves in next door, Claire has a moment of weakness that leads to an extremely intense and intimate night together. Noah's attraction quickly turns into a dangerous, violent obsession, forcing Claire to her limits as she protects her world from being torn apart.

Rated: R       Genre: Thriller       Run Time: 93 Minutes
But yeah, it was good! I'd totally recommend watching it. If you do, lemme know!

And for those wondering, I made lemon ricotta raviolis in a lemon sage parmesan cream sauce with sauteed onions, garlic, burnt broccoli, mushrooms and dollops of ricotta -- Justin's had prosciutto.
FYI - It was really yummy and I highly recommend trying Trader Joe's lemon ricotta raviolis.

50 Random Facts About Me...

  1. If you speak to me in Spanish I'll answer you in English, not because I'm trying to be disrespectful but because I can understand what you're saying but I can't necessarily think of the words in Spanish to answer you quick enough.
  2. I want to go back to school and get a PHD in Library Science.
  3. As a child I swallowed one of my teeth after biting into a crunchy taco.
  4. Whenever I'm sleeping alone in the apartment because Justin is on vacation, I lock our bedroom door.
  5. I want to try kombucha but I'm a little afraid of it.
  6. I found twenty dollars on the floor yesterday while I was shopping at TJ Maxx.
  7. I don't actually read read all of the cookbooks I put on hold at the library, I skim through them for ideas but never really actually read any recipes.
  8. My favorite Nintendo game is Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
  9. I have trouble sleeping because my brain is constantly going and thinking about randomness.
  10. I prefer limes over lemons.
  11. Since I dyed my hair purple back in October I've gone through five different brands of purple hair dye to find my favorite shade, which is Pravana ChromaSilk Vivids in violet. 
  12. Justin and I have a big decorative glass vase filled with beer caps in our kitchen. 
  13. I collect gold Kate Spade "This Is The Year To..." Idiom Bangles.
  14. Sailor Moon is my favorite cartoon.
  15. My favorite drink at Starbucks is a Caramel Apple Spice with extra caramel & whipped cream.
  16. I tell people I married Justin for his dental insurance.
  17. My mother tells me I'm a jerk for telling people #16.
  18. Back when I was in college and UGGs® were becoming a thing, I was totally anti-UGG® but something happened to my inner UGG® hater over the years and now I own five pairs.
  19. I owe my soul to Salle Mae or whatever it's called now.
  20. I'm planning on getting matching tattoos with my sister and my cousin Yvette in memory of our Abuela who passed away ten years ago this coming December.
  21. I suffer from having a guilty conscience because I tend to blurt what I'm thinking out, so I always think I'm in trouble -- Thankfully the majority of the time I'm not.
  22. There are always snacks hidden in or under my desk at work.
  23. I hate blueberries.
  24. If I have to buy pens I will only buy BIC Cristal Ballpoint Pens
  25. I have driven over five hours just to go to a restaurant, eat and drive back another five hours.
  26. Phil and I have already picked out a handful of adventures to go on this summer. 
  27. My favorite dessert is cherry cheesecake.
  28. I have a half-sister. I like her but my sister doesn't really care for her.
  29. I carry a selenite palm stone with me to hold when I get frustrated because it calms me down. 
  30. I'm not really a fan of wine.
  31. The post graduate courses I'm currently taking are for me to earn my Directors certificate. So hopefully one day I'll run the library.
  32. I make super yummy French bread from scratch.
  33. My 1998 Saturn was a high school graduation gift from my father back in 2003 and I put over 100,000 miles on it by the time I got rid of her.
  34. You will never see me wear the same dress to more than one wedding. Which is ridiculous and expensive but I can't bring myself to do it.
  35. Nicole and I have to pretend we aren't as good of friends as we are at work because we're afraid "Julia" or someone else will try to get us in trouble.
  36. I am obsessed with making Straw Planes and throwing them all over the library.
  37. When I got married I hyphenated my last name but no one will call me by it. They either call me by my maiden name or Justin's last name.
  38. I remember things to a fault. 
  39. My favorite lottery scratch off game is Bingo Doubler and I have a $10 winner sitting on my desk that I need to cash in. 
  40. Erin and I understand what the other one is thinking just by looking at each other.
  41. I refuse to Facebook friend 98% of the library staff because I don't trust them. 
  42. I was born about two weeks late.
  43. I take my coffee light and sweet. 
  44. My college friends call me Latin Fire.
  45. I don't smoke but I always carry a lighter around with me.
  46. "Julia" get paid almost $10,000 more than me a year and I do double the work, which is just one of the many reasons I hate her.
  47. My favorite scent combination is roses and grapefruit but I cannot find a perfume that smells like it aside from Hermes Eau de Pamplemousse Rose, which is expensive and doesn't last long.
  48. All of the stickers you see on my desk in my "From The Hold Shelf (Or What I'm About To Read)" posts are not on the actual desk but pieces of cardboard from book shipments and I have them there because when I first started I needed something I could paint on and it and has just turned into that jumbled mess of drawings, stickers from books, paint, etc. over the years.
  49.  I cannot keep a house plant alive for the life of me.
  50. I don't share my crayons, even to this day.

April 24, 2015

This Just Pinned: Week One Hundred & Thirty-Eight...

Here are the highlights of my last two weeks pinning...
 
  (via: Young Design)
(via: Our House)
(via: Scout The City)

 (via: Enviesion)
(via: Refinery29)

 As always if you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

April 23, 2015

Sephora Wishlist | Damnit Liz...

Earlier my friend Liz texted me about how she is currently in love with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer and that just spiraled into us having a conversation about makeup, which led me to the Sephora website and thus a wishlist post. So these are all of the things I currently want from Sephora but wont buy (Except maybe the COVER FX Custom Cover Drops) because I need more makeup like I need a hole in the head.
  1. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk -- $20.00
  2. COVER FX Custom Cover Drops -- $44.00
  3. Guerlain Météorites Powder For The Face (Medium) -- $62.00
  4. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (F-Bomb) -- $22.00
  5. REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Aging Concentrate -- $60.00
  6. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer -- $28.00
  7. Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Violet Powder -- $22.00
  8. Formula X The Colors (Evocative) -- $10.50
  9. NARS Audacious Lipstick (Anita) -- $32.00
  10. Clarisonic Cleansing System Mia 3 Makeup Removal Expert Lips & Lashes -- $199.00
  11. Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer -- $33.00
  12. TOM FORD White Patchouli -- $159.00
Are any of you makeup junkies like me? What new products are you itching to buy? Lemme know.

April 21, 2015

Alana & Allie's Wedding | My First Gay Wedding...

As I mentioned in my previous post, my friends Alana and Allie got married this past weekend and thus I got to attend my first gay wedding on Saturday (Yay!) and it was just so beautiful. Here is how the day played out...

Since four of us were getting ready at my apartment, I woke up at 7:30am to get the ball rolling in the wedding guest beautification project (Especially since I had to do Erin's hair and makeup on top of my own). As Erin, Chas and I got ready Justin counted down the time until we had to leave and after we finished getting all gussied up, the four of us split into two cars (Justin had somewhere to be the next day and he didn't want me to have to take time out from hanging out with my friends to drive him back to our apartment, which was super awesome of him) and drove to the hotel (Chas and I had an epic car dance party during this time) where we were catching a car to the wedding with a bunch of our friends.

The cars (Yes, for some reason it ended up being more than one car) took forever and were kind of shady (Toni's twelve-year-old daughter said the mini van that I ended up getting into was "The kind of van you get raped and killed in..." -- Thanks B) but they got us where we had to be.

Once we got to the venue, which was this super swanky steak and sushi restaurant here on Long Island, we jumped into some seats near some friends that were already there because the wedding was starting five minute after we arrived and watched their beautiful ceremony (They requested that no one take pictures during the ceremony and "be present" throughout the course of it, so that's why there is a lack of pictures from it. I actually had to steal this photos from Alana's Instagram).
Then came their sweet cocktail hour. Where they had signature drinks, a ton of sushi, lobster bisque shooters, mini crab cake balls and a bunch of other wonderfully yummy appetizers, that we all enjoyed as we BSed and took stupid pictures with one another.

Once the cocktail hour was over we were ushered into the main dining room for one awesome reception full of dancing (Which I did with my GoPro in my hand), laughing, more awesome food and even a drag queen dressed as Cher. It was honestly one of the best weddings I have ever been to.
After the wedding our shady driver came back to get us and drop us back off at the hotel where we changed out of our wedding attire and threw on bathing suits for a pool party. We swam and drank for hours before going out to the bar area and hanging out with all of the other wedding guests.

Eventually everyone got sleepy because it really was a long day and we went to our rooms to discover that the wedding favor that we thought were cupcakes were actually mini pies. Then we went on a hunt to find the brides to see if they had anymore pie and ate lots of pie before going to bed.

It was honestly such a great wedding. Everything was beautiful and I am so happy that I was able to be there for Alana and Allie's special day. And in terms of it being a gay wedding, it was no different than any other wedding I've ever attended and Justin agrees. It was two people who love each other committing themselves to one another in front of all of their family and friends (It was a Jewish ceremony for anyone wondering), just with the addition of a drag queen at the reception.

April 20, 2015

Adventures In NYC With Chastity...

I had a whirldwind of a weekend, which I'm going to tell you all about throughout the course of the week, and it all started with an adventure in New York City on Friday with Chas who was in New York to attend our friends' Alana & Allie's wedding...

So I woke up relatively early for me on a day off to get ready and take the forty-five minute LIRR ride into New York City. And once I was in Manhattan I walked from Penn Station (Where I was followed for a block and a half by one of those dudes who work for those bus tours of NYC because he found the need to hit on me for that long) to the Pod Hotel on 39th Street where Chas spent the night. And that is when our adventure began...
We started off our morning by heading to Rockefeller Center to meet up with Day, who works in the area, for a mid-morning snack from Magnolia Bakery. We sat in the plaza, ate our various goodies and talked about the going ons of the weekend (i.e. - Alana & H's wedding, after parties, etc) until Day's break was over.
After chillin' with Day, Chas called her friend Ryan who works for one of the television networks out of 30 Rock to see if we could say hi to him. He happened to be coming up on his lunch break and was able to get us both passes into the building, so we hung out with him in the commissary as he ate his lunch hoping to spot maybe an SNL cast member or someone from Jimmy Fallon (Where Chas actually interned in 2009) but unfortunately both shows were off for the week so no such luck.

When he was done eating he took us down to where SNL is filmed and then up to the floor where the network he works for, as well as another, had their offices. He showed us around and a little bit of what he was working on before it was time to say goodbye.
Since one of our missions for the day was to hit up video game stores we headed to the Nintendo World Store, which is practically around the block from where we were, to check it out. It was okay. The coolest thing I thought they had was this display on the second floor with all of their handheld devices from the very beginning to now.

When we were done there we decided it was time to jump on the subway and head to the East Village to get our thrifting/vintage shopping on -- Which was something we love doing when we are together.
We hit up No Relations, Mr. Throwback, Ladies and Gentlemen, Tokio7, Buffalo Exchange, as well as a few more that I don't remember the names of because we just popped in them for a minute or two.

On the way into one of them we met these two straight twenty-one year old guys who were talking to each other about manicures and stopped us to ask us about it. Then proceeded to ask us what we thought about various vintage items they were thinking about buying. I'm not going to lie, they were super entertaining.
In the middle of thrift shopping we decided to hit up Momofuku Milk Bar and see what all the hype was behind their famous cereal milk. So I got their original cereal milk and a cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookie, while Chas got cereal milk soft serve with crunch. It was all just okay but now we know.

After hitting up Momofuku and the last of the vintage/thrift stores on Chas' list we headed over to Video Games New York, which is an independent video game store "known for their unique collection of video game systems and games, American and imports" because we were on the hunt for some random old school video games. Unfortunately they didn't have the game I wanted but Chas ended up walking out with an import Gundum game.
Once we were done getting our geek on we took a cab to Bosie Tea Parlor and had ourselves an awesome little tea party that included a sighting of Evan Michelson from the show Oddities (2010-Present).
After we had our fill of tea we decided we should head back to Long Island. So we caught the LIRR, gossiped the whole ride and went back to my apartment. We played video games with Justin, had pizza, BSed some more before going to bed because we all had to wake up early-ish to get ready for Alana and Allie's wedding.

I cannot tell you how much fun I had with Chas. We always have a great time when she comes to visit and it's like she never left every time we see each other. I'm so happy I took the day off to hang out with her and I'm so sad that she's gone back to Cali.