July 28, 2017

NYC Restaurant Week 2017

The week everyone, or at least all the foodies, have been waiting for is finally here! NYC Restaurant week is highly anticipated by everyone during the summer months, it is a way for people to dine lavishly without breaking the bank. Over 300 restaurants ranging from $$$-$$$$ participate in a 3-week deal of prix fixe menus for brunch, lunch and dinner. Prices are set for each meal from $29 for a 3-course brunch/ lunch, and $49 for a 3-course dinner meal. I find that restaurant week in NYC during the summer is the most anticipated event in NYC because people have the opportunity to try out different restaurants that are rather more expensive than the average restaurant. Lunch is a lot cheaper than dinner so sometimes you will find that the restaurant you have been wanting to try out does not participate in a prix fixe lunch deal. 

If you are in NYC then you have until August 18th to check out this amazing food deal at any participating restaurant. Discover the wonderful restaurants that participate via this link: https://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week

Below are my top choices for restaurant week:

1. Felice

This classic Italian restaurant offers brunch, lunch and dinner Mon-Fri, Sunday brunch/lunch/dinner and conveniently is located in both the Upper East Side and the Financial District area. I highly recommend the Salmone for your entree. 

2. The Capital Grille

This Steakhouse is one I have not been to yet (but will soon!) but I hear amazing things from everyone who has dined here! The Capital Grill conveniently has various locations throughout Midtown and the Lower East Side area. The Capital Grille currently only has their special pricing Mon-Fri for both Lunch and Dinner. I cannot wait to try their New England Clam Chowder, their Signature Cheeseburger or Dry Aged Sirloin, and of course their Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake.

3. Fogo de Chão Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse 

This Brazillian Steakhouse was something I had to get used to. I dined here for Restaurant Week and was not a fan at first. They have an unlimited salad bar where you can pick out as many things as you'd like. I opted for their quinoa lentil salad, apple salad, rice and black beans. Their meats were a bit too different and I felt as though I was eating every kind of animal and had no idea what anything was. I would only recommend this place for extreme meat lovers who have an appreciation for steak and other meat cravings such as lamb, chicken sausage, chicken wrapped in bacon, etc. I did however love their plantains and garlic mashed potatoes which were unlimited! Fogo only has one located in NYC and it is located in Midtown on West 53rd street.

All the restaurants mentioned have received high reviews from people who have been there for Restaurant Week so reservations are highly recommended! I hope you all liked this post because now I am hungry! 

XoXoXo- Jess

July 17, 2017

NYC Getaway | Catskill Mountains

We are pretty much halfway through the summer and I have just been itching to get away from the city and do something outdoorsy and have a peaceful weekend that doesn't involve the Subway, people pushing and shoving, and tall steel buildings. The Catskill Mountains has been on a my bucket list for about a year now and I was finally able to go a couple of weeks ago with Daniel. We stayed in Woodstock, NY and was also able to do a hike trail and it was beautiful! 

We decided to do a beginners trail since this was pretty much our first time hiking in a very long time. At first we were completely unprepared for the hike since we had neglected to bring any water. Luckily we drove a mile or two and found a YMCA at the top of a mountain and we were able to fill up our water bottles. We sprayed ourselves with 100% deet (bug spray), had snacks in our backpack and we were all set to hike the Giant Ledge & Panther Mountain Trail. With the very little hiking that I have done since I live in the city, I was unaware of deet and how potent it was and surprisingly. no mosquito/bug bites!!! I found a durable long branch that I used as my walking stick for this hike and I felt like it helped out a lot and surprisingly I was not huffing and puffing at all. We made sure to stay hydrated early on our trail and eat peanut butter crackers every now and then.  

Once we reached the top I felt like a lot of weight was lifted off my shoulders and the view made the hike worthwhile. We also saw a small garden snake in person which is something I had never seen before and was taken aback by it and only watched from a distance. I will never forget my first hike in New York and I cannot wait to go back more frequently now and hike other trails and keep exploring the nature side of New York. The Catskill Mountains is an easy one day trip and less than a two hour drive from the city. 

What a great weekend I had in a very peaceful town and of course no traffic :)
Next on my New York bucket list is definitely Bear Mountain! Thanks for stopping by, till next time!
XoXoXo- Jess

June 19, 2017

New in Beauty | Upcoming Launches

Let us talk about beauty products that are hitting the market soon and are talked about all over social media. 

In no particular order, here is what the craze has been all about:

1. URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT Eyeshadow Palette:

NAKED HEAT in color
This eyeshadow palette is what everyone and their mother is talking about! If you are a fan of Urban Decay then you are very familiar with their NAKED 1, 2, and 3 eyeshadow palettes and know how widely popular their eyeshadow palettes are in general. Urban Decay has finally announced a new palette to their never ending collection of the NAKED series. This UD palette is unlike any other of their NAKED palette's since this offers a completely different color tone. The NAKED HEAT palette is a warm toned palette that offers warmer shades such as coppers and rose gold tones. The eyeshadow palette officially launches on June 30th. This palette is perfect for summer since the colors range from an off-white egg shell color to a deep reddish taupe hue. It is no wonder why the palette is named "HEAT" as it is capable of creating the perfect sun-kissed eyeshadow makeup look. The palette will retail for $54 (before taxes) and will be available in ULTA, Sephora and the Urban Decay Website.

305 | Porter Miami | MIA | Ocean Drive | Magic City | South Peach

Behold the summer 2017 collection of Kathleen Light's KL Polish. Kathleen Lights is an ultimate beauty guru on YouTube. This recently launched nail polish brand debuted in the Fall of 2016 and has since had seasonal launches. The time has finally come for the first summer collection and it features 6 new shades: 305, Porter Miami, MIA, Ocean Drive, Magic City, and South Peach. These six new shades will launch on Tuesday, June 20th only at KLpolish.com and will each retail for only $8.50. If you want nail swatches, make sure to check out their InstagramTwitter and Facebook. Personally, I am very excited to get my hands on all of the colors but if I had to choose only three then I would definitely go for South Peach, Magic City, and Ocean Drive. I cannot wait to see what Kathleen Lights has up her sleeve for her Fall 2017 collection!

Image result for morphe by jaclyn hill

Last but not least we have the best of both worlds! Jaclyn Hill, a YouTube beauty guru, and Morphe Brushes have collaborated to bring you the ultimate dream palette featuring 35 new eyeshadow shades. These new eyeshadows not only feature never before seen colors, but are also made from a brand new and improved formula, are individually pressed to fit their finish and are overall of higher quality. Jaclyn Hill mentioned that she has been working on this palette for about 2 years and it is now finally ready to launch for the world to indulge in these creamy and buttery shades. The palette will retail for $38 and will only be available on the Morphe Brushes Website on June 21st. I just know that this palette will be sold out within minutes of launching but I have high hopes that they will bring it back due to high demand. I am not sure whether this will be in their permanent collection or not. This palette is perfect for anyone since it features everything cool hues to warm hues, shimmery shades to matte shades as well as a couple duo chrome shades. 

That is all for now! I cannot wait to see how well all of these launches do. 

Till next time! XoXoXo- Jess