August 30, 2015

Urban Exploring In NYC...

Because Phil and I like to go on little mini adventures, back in January we promised each other that we'd set aside a handful of days throughout the summer that we would dedicate to exploring various local-ish locations. And since I had planned our Montauk and Brooklyn adventures back in June (Which you can read about here if you haven't already) this adventure was Phil's to plan, so he decided that we were going to hop into his car and go "Urban Exploring" in New York City.

The first stop of the day was Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights, where we visited The Cloisters (The Cloisters is a museum that is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, used to exhibit the museum's extensive collection of art, architecture and artifacts from Medieval Europe), went for a walk around the park and had fake brunch at the New Leaf Restaurant & Bar, which was meh.
After lunch we walked back to the car and headed over to Grant's Tomb, or General Grant National Memorial as it is now known, to see the finally resting spot (And the largest mausoleum in North America) of the 18th President of the United States of America, Ulysses Simpson Grant and his wife Julia.
When we were done admiring all of the marble work at Grant's Tomb we headed across the street to The Riverside Church. Which is a big beautiful church that was the site of Jackie Robinson's funeral back in 1972, as well as where in 1967 Martin Luther King Jr. voiced his opposition to the Vietnam War in what is now known as the Riverside Church speech.
We walked around the church for a little bit before hopping back into the car and stopping at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, which commemorates Union Army soldiers and sailors who served in the American Civil War.
After checking out the monument (And watching some shirtless dude practicing with a bullwhip Phil and I dropped Justin off at Grand Central Terminal because he was going to a Mets game that evening, then drove back home because we were tired.

It was a fun little day in New York City. I always have a great time exploring with Phil and Justin, so I can't wait until our next little mini adventure day.

August 27, 2015

Men Try Liquid Eyeliner | My Favorite Eyeliners...

Just because I wanted an excuse to post BuzzFeed's video "Men Try Liquid Eyeliner" I've decided to do a post about my favorite eyeliners.
Jesse's Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (Black) -- $6.99
Before discovering this eyeliner in an Ipsy bag about six or so months back I was totally a Maybelline Eye Studio® Lasting Drama™ Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black ($9.99) kinda girl but since trying this one out I've been hooked (I have even gotten friends hooked on it). It has Japanese calligraphy-style brush that makes perfect lines and the formula is quick-dying and smudge proof which is something I need. It's a great eyeliner for the lid, unfortunately it isn't a great waterline liner but that's what the next liner is for.

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner (Black) -- $11.00
I've been in love with this liner as a waterline liner ever since receiving it in a Birchbox a few years ago. And up until discovering the Jesse's Girl eyeliner, this was my most repurchased product ever (The Jesse's Girl is now my most repurchased because I only know of one store that sells it here on Long Island and I buy all of the black eyeliner they have in stock when I go to the store). It glides on easily and it's a super opaque black, which I love. If you wanted to use this on your lid it smudges well for a smokey eye when you first put it on but after a minute it wont budge.

Unfortunately the only place I know where to buy it is from Birchbox and they aren't currently selling the individual pencils, only this Sumita Color Contrast Kit ($21.00).

And the video that prompted this post...

How amazing is this video?! I absolutely love these guys and their reactions to putting on eyeliner.

August 25, 2015

The Visit Trailer...

I'm not gonna lie, I don't remember the last time I was excited for an M. Night Shyamalan movie -- Yeah I do, The Village (2004) and I figured out the entire plot within the first ten minutes before even making a dent in my popcorn -- but I am excited for his upcoming thriller The Visit (2015). And because I'm excited for it I wanted to share the trailer with you guys (Yes, I was sent this by my favorite PR girls but I was all about this movie since first seeing the TV sport for it).

 And just because, here is the synopsis...
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit.  Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip.  Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.      

Shyamalan produces The Visit through his Blinding Edge Pictures, while Blum produces through his Blumhouse Productions alongside Marc Bienstock (Quarantine 2: Terminal).  Steven Schneider (Insidious) and Ashwin Rajan (Devil) executive produce the thriller.
You guys know I love movies like this, thus I'm excited for it. What about you? Are you planning on seeing The Visit when it hits theaters September 11th? Lemme know if you are or if you aren't. 

August 20, 2015

Memories | Five Years Since My First Trip To Europe...

So I'm one of those people who has their Facebook set up to tell them about past memories from that day for how ever many years you've had Facebook and as every other day since I set up the feature it has sent me a notification on the app that I have memories with various friends today.

Well according to memories, five years ago today Erin and I were flying from JFK to Heathrow for our epic quarter life crisis multi-country tour of Europe and I just can't believe it because it feels like we went not too long ago.

Time sure does fly by... If you weren't around when I originally went here is my original blog post about the trip.

August 15, 2015

Getting My Craft On | DIY Shark Tank Top...

When you live in a beach community people obviously like to do things on the beach and one thing that our community likes to do is show movies on the beach every Saturday night in the summer.

So when they released the schedule of movies a couple of months back Phil decided that we should all go watch Jaw (1975) the night they show it and that night is next week.

Since I've been on a kick making/buying things for our various outings as of late, I decided to search Pinterest to see if there were any feasible shark things that I could make happen. And while I was searching I came across a shirt from Forever 21 (Which I apparently I had pinned a while back) of a line drawn shark that said "Feed Me" above it and I immediate needed it in my life to wear next week. Unfortunately it was no longer available (Damn it Forever 21!) but I decided that I wanted it bad enough that I'd make it for myself.
So I got my self a shirt, a marker and some scrap paper to doodle on and went to town.
Even though this was super easy because it was just drawing, here are the supplies I used and how I did it... 

  • Paper
  • Felt Tip Pen
  • Plain White Shirt → I used an Old Navy Women's Plus Raw-Edge Tanks -- $6.00*
  • Fabric Markers or Sharpie → I used a Sharpie Magnum® Permanent Marker -- $3.99
  • Cardboard

STEP ONE: Doodle out the design on your piece of paper over and over again until you think  you have it down. Even though this shark is super easy, I actually ended up drawing this shark all over the place for like two days just because I love him so much.

STEP TWO: Place the shirt on a flat surface you can draw on with the cardboard in the middle of the shirt, so the ink wont bleed from one side to the other.

STEP THREE: Hold the fabric taut and draw your design on the shirt.

STEP FOUR: Admire your new bad ass shirt.

This is how mine came out...
I am totally in love with it and all of it's imperfections. I cannot wait to rock it next weekend with my new thrift store flannel and jean shorts on the beach with the other shark goodies my friends and I bring to the beach to watch Jaws (1975).

* I got the shirt on sale for $6.00 ever though it's listed on the site for $19.00

August 14, 2015

This Just Pinned: Week One Hundred & Forty-Five...

Here are the highlights of my last two weeks pinning...
(via: Pinterest)
As always if you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

August 12, 2015

Incubus & Deftones At Jones Beach...

Last Wednesday I saw Incubus and Deftones play Jones Beach Theater here on Long Island with my sister, her boyfriend Erik and Liz. Unfortunately I don't have great pictures from the show because we opted to see them from further away this show but I still wanted to do a little post about it.
We don't know the two people in the row above us. But they were pretty bad ass.
Making stupid faces because that what Liz and I do.
They had two opening bands, The Bots and Death From Above 1979. Both which we missed watching watching because we decided to hang out in the parking lot (Which is the thing to do at Jones Beach Theater, especially if it's a nice evening before the show started started) but we kinda sorta heard them.

The Deftones came on after Death From Above 1979 and they were fine. I don't listen to them, so they sounded good but I don't actually know any of their songs aside from "Minerva" which they didn't play. After their seventeen song set and a short break Incubus came on.

Deftones Set List
  1. Diamond Eyes 
  2. Rocket Skates 
  3. Tempest 
  4. Swerve City 
  5. Bloody Cape 
  6. Sextape 
  7. You've Seen the Butcher 
  8. Beware 
  9. My Own Summer (Shove It) 
  10. Lhabia 
  11. Knife Prty 
  12. Digital Bath 
  13. Change (In the House of Flies) 
  14. Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) 
  15. Headup 
  16. Bored 
  17. Engine No. 9
And as always Incubus was great (This was my 10th or 11th time seeing them live). I mean, I would have liked to listen to them play longer but shorter set lists are the nature of the beast when a band headlines with another. At least Brandon took his shirt off to play the drums which is something he hasn't done in forever -- My sister was extremely happy.

Incubus Set List
  1. Nice to Know You
  2. Anna Molly 
  3. Circles 
  4. Absolution Calling 
  5. Are You In? 
  6. Sick Sad Little World 
  7. Vitamin 
  8. Trust Fall 
  9. In the Company of Wolves 
  10. Pistola
  11. Wish You Were Here 
  12. I Miss 
  13. You Love Hurts
  14. Pardon Me 
  15. Megalomaniac
  16. Drive 
  17. A Crow Left of the Murder
Overall it was a good show. I would have preferred to see them alone but whatever. I'm looking forward to seeing them the next time their on tour but I hope they go back to playing smaller venues because I like smaller shows better. But honestly they're my favorite band and I'll see them no matter where they play.

Forgotten Photos From My iPhone: Food Porn Edition...

Can you tell I really like sushi and fried calamari?