September 30, 2016

Lunch at Arpège - The 19th Best Restaurant in the World

      Although I'm based in New York, I'm not a purveyor of fine dining. However, since I was in Paris, I wanted to experience something different and luxurious (it's during our vacation after all), so my boyfriend and I booked a lunch for Arpège, a three star Michelin restaurant that is currently the 19th best restaurant in the world. It was an incredible dining experience, and we knew it was going to be something very different from our usual meals since my boyfriend and I love fish and meat, and Arpège was a fine dining restaurant that focused on vegetables.

September 28, 2016

Paris Beauty Haul & Experience at City Pharma

      I don't regret much during my trip to Paris, but I do regret not buying more beauty products. I only had a couple "must buys" on my list, but some of the French skincare and beauty brands were literally half off in the French Pharmacies. My primary purpose in going to Paris wasn't to buy beauty products, but it was a really great place to buy amazing skincare products that were geared towards sensitive skin. The French seem to really focus on skincare products that are gentle and geared towards hydration without harsh chemical ingredients. I was also able to shop at the infamous City Pharma located at 26 Rue du Four in the Saint Germain area. If you're curious about the shopping experience there, read ahead! Warning - long post below!

September 26, 2016

Paris Diary September 2016

      I just got back from an incredible trip from Paris, and although I'm happy to be back in my apartment in my own bed, I'm also missing Paris terribly. The city was honestly as it is in pictures, but of course more breathtaking in person. Six days in Paris was just enough to experience all the top attractions, but not quite enough to immerse yourself further in the city. I definitely want to go back soon! The shopping, food, and city was just so beautiful. It definitely had a more historical and cultural feeling to the entire city than NYC which is more fast, urban, and modern. Click through to see some snapshots I took on my trip, as well as some tips (for Americans mostly as that is the culture I'll be comparing the French culture to) for those of you that are traveling soon or plan to travel to Paris. 

September 12, 2016

(Most Of) What's in My Travel Skincare Bag

     It's almost time for me to take to the skies and fly away to Paris! It'll be my first time there and I have tons of activities planned (and a long list of goodies to purchase). I know I've been neglecting the blog and my usual posting schedule - I've honestly been a bit overwhelmed with the move (but extremely happy!) and I've been in a kind of creative blackhole lately. Everyone gets in a rut once in a while, and I've really been needing a mental break from work and basically the everyday hustle and bustle of commuting to work, the subway, emergencies at work - I really need to recharge my batteries and relax. So, please stick with me as I take this trip and some time afterwards, to reboot! Until then, let's (finally) move onto the post for today, which is what's (mostly) in my travel skincare bag for Paris!

September 9, 2016

Beauty and Skincare Products I Double Stock

      Okay, I have something to admit. I'm kind of a hoarder when it comes to beauty and skincare products. But only for a few special items that I really cannot live without and would probably have a minor anxiety attack if I ran out. I can't be the only one right? I'm pretty sure all us ladies have those special must-have products that we have to have in our beauty cabinet at all times 24/7...right? Well,  if you're curious, here are mine!

September 7, 2016

A Rosy Double Cleanse

      Double cleansing is super important. Until I started doing it, I never realized how much makeup residue is left on my skin even if I took extra time to cleanse. Even the best makeup removers leave a slight residue and my followup with Bioderma or another cleansing water proves this. I always double cleanse when I'm removing my makeup and lately this has been the double cleansing duo that I enjoy the most. Bonus - both products smell like rose!

September 5, 2016

House to Home: Office Area Inspiration

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      Slowly but surely, I'm creating my office area in the apartment. I want it just to exude my style and taste when you immediately see it - something that screams me but also blends in well with the rest of my decor as my desk is near the living room. If you saw this post (and this one) on my Instagram, you'll already know that I DIYed my Ikea Alex Desk so that it has gold legs (coincidentally it looks a lot like the photo above, though I found this image after the fact!). I'm imagining a bold, clean, and edited desk space that has an appreciation for "empty space." I don't plan on putting too many knick-knacks on it, but rather something among the lines of just a little more than the bare necessities. I've already bought my desk chair, so now it's just a matter of finding a rug, and maybe a statement art piece (or two). Click through the jump to see some photos that demonstrate the look and feel I'm going for.