The Friday Five 9.25.15

Is it just me or has September flown by? I kept thinking “Pump the brakes!” when I saw Target displaying Halloween candy but now I kind of understand why. Kind of…

1. Reading:

2. Listening: Can’t. Stop. Playing. This. I love when the beat really picks up. Check out the lyrics too. What do you think the song is about?

3. Eating: Last weekend my bestie Danielle was up here for work. In the 24 hours we spent together we ate out like a solid 5 times. On Friday we went to Bon Me for lunch. They opened up their third brick & mortar location in the Fresh Pond area of Cambridge. I got my go-to meal: a salad with spice-rubbed chicken, shredded carrot and daikon, cilantro, red onion, tomatoes, and almonds with a Vietnamese vinaigrette.
bon me kendall square boston food truck fresh pond cambridge

In our defense we also went to two Turnstyle classes…and I managed to create a heart-shaped sweat stain during the workout. Don’t ask me how.

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4. Bookmarking: Nicoise salads are my new favorite. And they’re actually really healthy! Gotta look into this.

5. GIFs!

looking over a restaurant’s menu

when someone says “well you sure have an appetite…”

when the server asks if i’m ready to order

basically how i feel every time i go on facebook now

seriously, no good

when the instagram likes turn to 11. *finally*

how i feel when someone calls me. like an actual telephone conversation.

when i have to call comcast

an hour later, still dealing with their nonsense

but when i fight fight fight and get a credit on my next bill

have a great weekend!

I’m Headed to Austin — Travel Tips Needed!

You guys. Ohhhh you guys. I have had Austin on my travel list for the LONGEST time. Don’t ask me why it’s taken me this long to book a flight, but I’m so excited it’s finally happening. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “Oh, Christina you’d love it there” or “If you go, you might not want to leave.” When I was considering moving from Charleston, I debated between Austin and Boston. Boston won, clearly, and I am so glad I’m here. But I feel like Austin has always tugged on my heartstrings, even having never been there.

I have a good friend who recently moved there and since he’s new in the city, we’ll be doing as much exploring as possible. I’d love if any of you have any advice on the city. What to do, what to see, and most definitely what to eat. I promise to do a full recap of my long weekend and you can follow the adventures on my instagram. I’ll do my best to lasso in a cowboy (and/or hipster) and eat my weight in tacos. 😉

Thank you, thank you!

My Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products

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There are some high-end beauty products that I love. Like love love. Those are my staples that I’ve used for years. But there are also some drugstore finds that are just as good. Sometimes you can find some holy grail products for at least 1/3 of the price as designer brands that work just as well, if not better. Here are few that I love.

1. Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara. I am a longtime fan of MAC mascaras, but for an everyday look, I’ll use this product. It’s super volumizing and washes off easily –> sooo important to me. Raccoon eyes after a shower give me the scaries. And $5.49 at Target? Hellooooo fancy lashes!

2. NYX Born to Glow Illuminator in Gleam. A year ago I would’ve told you that the one product I won’t go without is mascara. Things have changed. If I had to limit myself to just one product, I’d choose this. It gives you a fresh, baby-faced glow. Honestly I like it so much more than the highly-coveted NARS Orgasm illuminator and it’s 1/4 of the price.

3. NYX Photo Loving Primer. At first I didn’t think that face primer was necessary, but now I value its worth. With a primer, your foundation goes on a lot smoother, as it provides an even medium to work with. It isn’t super greasy either so don’t worry about that.

4. Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow. Want your eyeshadow to stay in place for a million hours? And not crease? Get this. Though it says it’s an eyeshadow, I use it as a base. And even if you don’t feel like wearing eyeshadow, this works as a nice highlighter on the brow bone. I use Tough as Taupe and love it with many different shadow hues.


5. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. Want a nice warm, yet romantic glow? This is your blush. This highly-rated blush works for anyone. The hint of shimmer is so pretty no matter what the season.

6. Jergen’s Natural Glow lotion/self tanner. I’ve been using this for a couple years now. It doesn’t streak, smells nice, and is super moisturizing. My one tip is to make sure you towel off the webbing between your fingers because it does tend to stick there. And unless you are Casper status, I would go with the medium to tan.

7. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash/Grapefruit Scrub. Kiehl’s is my go to for all things skin care, but there’s something about this facial scrub I love. It’s probably the scent, let’s be real. But the tiny little beads feel like they’re really doing something!

8. L’Oreal Paris Hydrafresh Toner. One skin care product I didn’t start using until recently is toner. Do I know if it’s doing its job? No. Do I hope it is? Yes. Regardless, I like that this goes on smoothly, smells nice, and doesn’t burn. When I was a teenager my mom would force me to wash my face then use witch hazel. Omg the painful memories. That stuff is awful. This, however, fits right into my daily routine and is nice and refreshing.

Speaking of cleansers and toners, lately I have heard a TON about the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water. Has anyone tried it?

What are your favorite drugstore beauty/skincare products? Do share!

Here’s to Weekending

Kicked off the weekend by testing out some new fall cocktails at our restaurant. Pumpkin pie cocktail, helloooo! [best enjoyed barefoot. please don’t tell dhec 😉 ]

boston burger company restaurant pumpkin spice latte cocktails

Spin class on both Saturday and Sunday = tired little legs. If you want to try a class at Turnstyle, let me know. It is soooooo much fun.turnstyle cycle kendall square cambridge spinning boston

Saturday brunch with new friends at Trident. This place is both a bookstore and a cafe. Pretty much my dream situation. If only they had wine. Then I’d live there. I had the corned beef & hash with poached eggs. Yum!

trident books cafe boston newbury brunch breakfast corned beef hash poached eggs

Post-brunch wine tasting at Bacco’s Wine + Cheese.

bacco's fine wine cheese tasting back bay

Balanced it all out with some fresh air and a long walk down the Charles River Bridge.
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Saturday’s weather was perfect. I loved seeing all the boats.
charles river bridge view boston cambridge boats

Devoured this book Saturday evening. Do you guys want a review? I would be psyched to share my thoughts. Teaser: I LOVED it.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing marie kondo best seller new york times

Sunday morning vibes. The best! Plus an unpictured crossword puzzle that makes the whole subscription worth it.

boston sunday globe breakfast

After coffee + spin I put my new knowledge about tidying into action. Hoooooooooly crap. “Throwing things out” would be an understatement. I got rid of SO much stuff. I was so focused that I forgot to stop for lunch. I worked up an huge appetite so I got my favorite salad from Tatte Bakery. Have I told you how much I love halloumi??tatte bakery cambridge boston coffee halloumi salad

After lunch I cleaned for another few hours. I didn’t even know that was possible but it felt so good. I’ll go into more details in my book review!

Happy Monday, loves!