My name is Sarah and I am a Chicago native, NYC resident, and Virgo. I was born on my exact due date (and only 1 in 20 people are). I have been in two countries at the same time...twice. I am related to Freddie Mercury. I once had a pet rooster. Definitely, fantastic.
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If I want to find a man and keep him I should probably learn how to cook, which is why I am trying this new adventure. Currently you can only get packages of three meals per week for either 2 or 4 people. For a single gal like myself, this means I have dinner and leftovers the next day for 6 days a week! At $70 per week that’s a little over $10 per meal, but I am learning valuable cooking lessons and get to keep the recipe cards to re-make the dishes I enjoyed. You can always put your meals on pause for a week if it gets to be too much. All you need in your pantry is sugar, butter and olive oil and you get sent the rest in perfect portions so no wasting celery or basil that you need to buy bunches of when you only need 1/3 of a cup.
He’s also cute and has a cute family and his designs are cute and I kind of hate him and anyone else with their cute lives for it. My life is not cute.
He tells the story of how he kind of just fell into design after seeing a friend making ‘money’ doing a somewhat simple project. I hope he’s making some money now because I sure ain’t. I wish I could just fall into my true calling (that makes me money). I feel like graphic design is something I have been forcing since I entered the real world. It was fun while I was in school, but now any task is just daunting.
Anyway, woo design! Don’t ask me to make you a logo, that is way to personal of an endeavor. I’d have to know you and your goals pretty well to even attempt it. Right Amy? hah…
I finally got around to making my own sugar scrub! I ran out of the store bought stuff I had and was too lazy to go an get a bag of sugar since I don’t typically have a need for it at home.
To fill this 7.75oz container I combined 3/4 cup of normal white, granulated sugar and about 1/3 cup of coconut oil. You can make it as grainy or gooey as you’d like. I like the rough texture and there is still enough coconut oil that I feel the moisturizing quality on my skin. I also added about 15 drops of lavender essential oil and 15 drops of bergamot essential oil. Both lavender and bergamot are great stress relievers and great for your skin. Maybe I’ll sprinkle in some rosemary later too, though that I’m saving for my hair stuff.
That’s the best part about making your own beauty products is they can evolve over time. If I get sick of the scent I can add something else to create a new blend. You can also use coarse salt like epsom salts instead of sugar, but sugar is cheaper and I like the small granules. Totally customizable!
ps I had no idea Bergamot was a citrus or that it was a small green citrus fruit. I just knew it as the stuff that makes my Earl Gray tea delicious. It actually has a similar kind of scent to the lavender, so I’m not really sure what I smell more, but they smell amazing together. It’s also a great opportunity to use the bergamot since it is a citrus and can’t be used in anything that I’d be wearing outside like lotion, deodorant or sunscreen. It also gave my scrub a slight greenish tint!
Triclosan is a chemical used in a lot of anti-bacterial products like soaps, toothpaste, deodorant and face washes. Triclosan has actually been banned in Minnesota. The whole state. It’s been shown in lab rats to mess with thyroid function and speed up tumor growth in mice. Yikes. Yikes yikes yikes. It’s even been shown to not be very effective at killing germs and if anything, makes bacteria more resistant to the chemical.
So how has this only managed to get banned in one of our 50 states? It is especially dangerous to pregnant women and young children. I probably grew up with this stuff. Many companies are quietly phasing out products with this ingredient, but they are definitely still lurking in the cosmetics isle. Take a peek at the stuff you’re using every day, you might be tossing a lot of stuff out tonight.
I was in the park yesterday and came across this tango class that takes place every Saturday night by the Shakespeare statue rain or shine (they have an alternate covered location for rain).
This photo was taken in 2009 the first time I visited New York City. It was early August and extremely steamy. It was so hot that we sat on those benches for maybe an hour because we were too hot to move, and then suddenly this tango class started to gather, someone turned on some music and people started pairing off and dancing. It was pretty magical.
So last night I stuck around to watch, got asked to dance, had to decline because I don’t know the first thing about tango, but now I’m thinking I might also pick up tango…as if I don’t already take four dance classes a week. Tango seems like it has no rhyme or reason. I hope it’s like salsa where there are a few basic steps that you can combine and build on, well that the leader can combine and build on because all I have to do is follow.
So, I am seeking a male to come to tango with me so I don’t have to dance with the creepy old guys. Preferably a guy who already knows how to tango so he can teach me, aka I can follow his lead. kthxbye!
Even though I’m beginning to think that my skin is irrevocably terrible unless I’m on birth control, this face mask is so much fun and so much cheap.
When you mix this bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar, bubbly magic happens. It’s what I expect to come out of some geyser or volcano but won’t burn your face off. Just a 1:1 ratio and you got a thick green goop (that happens to match my eyes) that is all tingly and pulsating and gets so tight when it dries it kind of disfigures your face. But thats ok, you know it’s working!
Actually I don’t know if it’s working because my skin sucks, but it makes me feel like I am trying. The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is only $5 at Vitacost so it’s always worth a try.
RULE #6: Don’t rely on panthenol to repair your hair
Pantene Pro-V made panthenol a household name, and a lot of conditioners and hair masks rely on it to give you the immediate results you crave. Your hair is so thick and shiny and soft and healthy looking, but it’s all just a mirage. Panthenol is basically a lubricant that coats your hair to make it appear shiny, but it isn’t helping anyone in the long term.
Look for products with fatty acids and proteins that can actually bind to your hair to repair it, like the L’Oreal hair mask I’ve mentioned before. It has arginine-K, a strengthening amino acid/protein complex that fills in the gaps in your hair shaft to prevent the signs of damage like frizz and split ends. I use it once a week instead of my conditioner and have definitely seen the results.
I’d like to find and list all the ‘helpful’ conditioners, both drugstore and high end. I just gave myself a project!
Sometimes you end up at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. Last night I was very happy to end up there because I finally got to see the child guitar prodigy my friend Adam is always talking about (who his agency represents). Not only is he a guitar prodigy, but specifically a Blues guitar prodigy, and we all know how much I love the Blues. He is now 18 years old, but has been on the scene for about four years. This is only one song from the set, but if you could also see him on the keys you would lose your mind just as I did.
He said he began playing piano at about 9 and then transitioned to guitar sometime after that. He really just has an inane talent that you can only be born with. If you can I highly recommend trying to see him live, it’s kind of magical.
Have you ever been cajoled into going to that god forsaken Carnegie Deli in the theater district for a pastrami sandwich? Sorry Smruti, I did not know better last time when you visited.
This time when my mom came to visit she was not going to leave without a real NYC pastrami sandwich, and we all know how much my mother loves her pastrami sandwiches. So this time I did a little research and found the most perfect place. It was a gamble since I had been scarred by another deli, but it turned out great. 2nd Ave Deli has a few locations of which I have now been to two. I took my mom to the one on 33rd and Lex. We each got half a sandwich and Matzoh ball soup, I the brisket and my mom got the pastrami so we could split. By the photos you can only imagine how much delicious food we consumed. The pickles and slaw come with the meal, so does the Challah bread. There was a generous amount of sauce and we even got a free chocolate soda shot at the end. I went to the other location on 75th and 1st on my own for some Matzoh ball soup and I got a whole glass of chocolate soda for free. I think they felt bad for me that I was there on a Saturday night eating soup by myself…four different people asked me four different times if I was really getting a table for one…and really just soup? Nothing else? I mean come on look at the array of delicacies that comes with a simple bowl of soup! That matzoh was the size of a dinner roll! I felt like I was visiting my non-existent concerned Jewish grandmother, it was amazing.
Let me compare this to Carnegie Deli. It’s touristy, packed and the service is terrible. Ignore all the autographed photos on the wall for a second and look at your menu. You are about to pay $18 for a pound of meat on two dry slices of rye bread. You want to share that? $3 extra. You want a simple slice of cheesecake? That’ll be a pound of cheesecake and it will set you back $10. That place is a scam. When Smruti and I went there she ended up getting a grilled cheese and I got knishes because we were afraid to order anything else. Despite that it was still great to see an old friend!
So next time you’re in NYC, please visit the lovely people at 2nd Ave Deli! You won’t regret it.
I went to Lollapalooza and I wore a basic bitch headband.
I also wore a lot of black. I must be a New Yorker now.
My friend Dan and I were taking nominations for the most basic bitch at Lollapalooza this year. Most of them had flower crowns, high waisted denim shorts or weird rave gear on. We never really agreed on a winner. But on Saturday I decided to wear this headband to jazz up my black maxi dress. I just didn’t feel festive enough. I kinda felt like a basic bitch, but it complimented by basic bitch wristband too.