Spa day in NYC at Red and White Spa

One thing that I’ve learned in my young years of life, is that it is very important to treat yourself. No matter how crazy your boat may seem to flow, the feeling that you get after a nice pamper, boosts your happiness and elevates your mood. Be kind to yourself.

Red and White Spa.

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After a whole month of traveling in Europe, a massage was due at Red and White Spa. On a Saturday evening, my girls and I headed downtown for a spa day. We were greeted with delicious Hershey kisses and glasses of viovet clicquot.

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Waiting Area

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Not only do they have six locations in the city but I love Red and White Spa because of its decor and the lovely staff! Everyone is friendly and dedicated to make you feel at home and relaxed, I really love that. However, my masseuse was Tarsha and she was incredible. Not only because of the massage itself but also because of our conversations! I understand that many people do not like to chat during a massage session, but I DO!! Girlll, lets talk! What’s the point, if it’s not fun? Most importantly, we were all highly satisfied and relaxed after our glamorous pamper.

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Relax & Unwind

If you are in NYC, make sure that you reserve a day of pamper at Red and White Spa ♥

Antonio’s Trattoria in Bronx Little Italy

Although I just got back from beautiful Italy, I couldn’t  have enough of the food and I knew this meant to take a trip to little Italy in The Bronx. However, after doing some research and asking around, I knew Antonio’s Trattoria will be a great choice.

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Chicken Parmigiano Oven Baked Pizza and Cheese Calzone with sauce. 

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Deliciousness

As NYC quoted, “The restaurant dishes up classic Italian fare like baked clams, fried calamari, brick-oven pizzas and calzones, and fresh pastas including rigatoni, lasagna and penne.”

As soon as you walk in, you are welcomed with cheer! I love this feeling, it makes me feel at home. In short, the service was great, the food was delicious and just like Timeout said “the menu was voluminous”. Highly recommend for those who love Italian food like myself.

Ciao, Antonio’s Trattoria! I will see you again.

Monthly grocery shopping at ALDI

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Okay you guys I am really spilling the tea here. I am letting you know some of my tops grocery shopping secrets here in The Bronx.

With only 2 locations here in The Bronx, ALDI has so much to offer! ALDI is a German company that has successfully made its way into the United States. I love shopping for groceries here. One reason beyond all, I can buy organic fruits and veggies for a good price. Above all, it is a global discounted supermarket.

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My Grocery List

  1. Pita Chips
  2. Turkey Bacon
  3. Multi grain Bread
  4. Organic Yogurt
  5. Organic Quinoa
  6. Pineapple
  7. Broccoli (3 heads)
  8. Sweet Potatoes (About 10 in a bag)
  9. Old Fashion Oats
  10. Zucchini (4)
  11. Hummus
  12. Lemons (6)
  13. Brussels Sprouts (A bag of small Brussels sprouts)
  14. Oven Roasted Almonds
  15. Gala Apples (5)

I purchased 15 items that will last me for a whole month and I spent less than $40! Mathematically speaking, if I spend this month every month for a whole year, less than $500 will be going towards my groceries. Sounds almost unbelievable, when Americans usually spend $150 a week on groceries. Insane! You can eat better and save so much here at ALDI.

 

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Two locations here in The Bronx, pick one and start saving. 

Do you shop at ALDI? 

Laila’s Bakery

 

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Her name is Latifah Lewis and she is CEO of Laila’s Bakery. She is a talented graduate from Johnson and Wales, with a degree in culinary arts and food service management. She is a Bronxite, currently operating her four year old bakery here in The Bronx. What I love about Laila’s Bakery, is that every detail is well thought out and she is determined to make her customers happy. As an entrepreneur, Latifah’s mother serves as a huge inspiration to her business.

With a focus on specialty cakes, Laila’s Bakery offers a wide array of options for your party,  ranging from dessert tables, wedding cakes, birthday cakes, margarita cupcakes (my favorite) to chocolate covered fruits. Below, are some pictures of her beautiful work along with contact information. Check out the menu; Laila’s Bakery Menu

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Thank you for reading!

Beautycon NYC “Beauty Festival”

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I am superrrr excited about the Beautycon festival!!! The main purpose of this event is to celebrate beauty with celebrities, bloggers and popular beauty brands. Not only do they host this beauty festival here in NYC but they also host it in LA and London. Check out their website for more information.

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Are you attending Beautycon NYC? If you are, let me know! I’d love to meet and chat with you. If not, have you heard of this festival before?

 

How to spring clean your makeup collection in 4 easy steps

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Just like clothes, makeup changes along with the season! And sometimes we hold on to them a little longer than we should, without even noticing. As I shared with you guys in my post Blooming Flowers and April Goals, spring cleaning is one of my goals for this month. As I was cleaning, I thought it will be very useful to put together a makeup cleaning cheat sheet, to help you get rid of unnecessary makeup clutter. It is time to finally get rid of all the products that you do not need and treat yourself with new ones. When you are putting on your makeup, you want to know where everything is and know what you have.

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Does this look familiar to you? If so, its time for a spring clean.


Step 1 – Divide makeup

Divide your makeup products by sections, it is up to you to divide the products how ever you please. What I like to do is divide them by face, lips and eyes. This way you can tackle them one by one, by groups.


Step 2 – Get rid of old/expired makeup

Although it is cute and you got it on sale somewhere in France, if its expired it has to go! Holding on to expired makeup, will cost you your beautiful skin!! The last thing you want or need is spending more money on getting your skin back to normal because you were too stubborn to let go.

Spring makeup cleaning guide:

Age

Products

3-4 Months

Mascara, Liquid Eyeliner

1 Year

Liquid Makeup, Cream Shadow

2 Years

Powder, Pencil Lip/Eyeliner, Lipstick, Lip gloss

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For the sake of my beautiful skin, they had to go!


Step 3 – Wipe down products and organizers

After getting rid of all the unwanted products, you want to clean each product before storing them away. I like to use Invisible glass, because I can use it in different ways. We all know that some makeup products stain really bad and sometimes difficult to clean, however Invisible glass wipes it all off. I use it to wipe down my makeup mirror, makeup station and each product individually with a simple “spray and wipe” process! Usually, I will have to switch cleaning products depending on what I am cleaning but invisible glass does it all.

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One more thing, Invisible glass also has sunglasses wipes that you can use to wipe down your cute shades and electronics!! Once again, using one product to clean multiple things. Its small, so its easy to pop in your bag on your way out the door!

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Step 4 – Store makeup in clear organizers

Oprah magazine’s amazing creative director Adam Glassman, suggests that this important so that you know what you have at all times. If you are like me and buy things simply because you cant find it, then you need to invest in some clear organizers. You will be saving money and space at the same time.

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After a marvelous spring cleaning project.

Thank you for reading, I hope that this motivates you to do some spring cleaning of your own! ♥♥

Beautiful stay in Spain

Castelldefels, Spain

Although Barcelona has my heart, I fell in love with Castelldefels. There are less people around, authentic food and its reasonably priced compared to Barcelona. This town is famous for its long beach and it is only an hour away from Barcelona. Most people go to Barcelona because its obviously more popular, but face more crows, less authentic food and high prices. If you are looking to stay near a beach with less traffic, go for Castelldefels. The beach has a long boardwalk, that you can enjoy anytime of the day. It also has a number of restaurants on the beach, where you can enjoy the view followed by a few glasses of wine.

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TRAVEL TIP: Whenever you are traveling, my biggest advice is to eat a nutritional breakfast before beginning your tour. You may ask why? Well, realistically tours and sightseeing require a ton of walking. Which means that you need a lot of energy, so that you can keep up. I learned this from experience, do not skip any meals when you are traveling.

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Salta Violeta, located right by the beach in Castelldefels

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Fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee

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Ham and cheese croissant


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La Sagrada Familia

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One thing that I highly recommend, is to stop by at Mercado de La Boqueria. In the market there are tons of food vendors that offer high quality food, such as natural juice, fruits, cheese, ice cream, seafood, meat, cheese, oil, nuts and plenty of sweets. As you walk in you will be welcomed by a delicious smell in the air of food and the bright colors all over the market. Everything in the market is cheap, you can get a big bang out of your buck. Which is why I enjoy it so much!

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These are my absolute favorite! I usually go for coconut, yum!

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Beautiful view of Barcelona

Are you planning on going to Spain?

If so, where in Spain are you looking to travel?