Montauk, New York

Montauk, New York

Summer is the perfect time to head out to Long Island for the weekend. We drove to Montauk, which is at the eastern end of the island, for some exploring. We decided to check out the Montauk Lighthouse—the first lighthouse in New York State and the fourth oldest in the U.S. Being here felt like that Gossip Girl episode when the gang is in the Hamptons. Très chic!

Montauk, New York
Montauk, New York
Smith & Cult Bitter BuddhistWearing Smith & Cult Bitter Buddhist on my toes. (A review will be up soon!)
Smith & Cult Regret the Moon
Loved how my mani looked in the sunlight! Wearing Smith & Cult Regret the Moon.
On our way back to the city we learned that it was National Ice Cream Day so we made a pit stop at a local Carvel for some ice cream. I opted for the Orange Sherbet. So delicious!
How’s your summer so far? Have any of you visited Montauk?

My Dominican Republic Flight Essentials

If you follow my blog or my Instagram then you know I went on a mini-vacay to the Dominican Republic. I personally love to travel and find it so exciting especially when I am going to a place I’ve never been to before. I have a love and hate relationship with flying and planes. I love how interesting planes are. I mean being in the clouds (literally) can be so cool. But flying can also make my skin dry which I hate. Plus I can get a little fuzzy and bored when flying. I can be so impatient sometimes!

In my travel tote I usually carry key products that I know I’ll be using during my flight. These products can really be lifesavers for me. I also rotate products whenever I travel. So depending on my destination or how I’m feeling at the moment I’ll change up my flight essentials. Below are the products I carried with me during this recent flight followed by a small review.

Coach Wristlet
I have a few of these Coach wristlets and they come in handy when traveling. I sometimes hate it when my lip balms fall to the bottom of my bag. So I just placed them inside this wristlet and can access them easier. Plus this wristlet was so convenient while in the hotel to carry my phone, lipstick, and room key.

Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer in Ripe Raspberry Vine
Hand sanitizer is so essential when flying! From touching kiosks, food trays, and using the restroom in planes and airports, I must carry this with me. I love the ones from Bath & Body Works because they have so many fragrance options plus they’re super cheap. This fragrance smells just like berries!

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil
Now you all know I love Josie Maran and her original argan oil. But this stuff is awesome because it is infused with her argan oil but the consistency is like a cream that melts into your skin. This is so good for dehydrated skin on planes and it really moisturizes. Plus I love the citrus-y smell of it.

VS Pink Body Mist in Sun Kissed
Who doesn’t love to smell good? This body mist is perfect for travel because of its size and the smell is not overpowering. I like to spritz myself with this to quickly freshen up. This smells just like coconut and vanilla — the epitome of a tropical vacation.

Emergen-C Immune + in Super Orange
I somehow always manage to get sick when traveling. Ugh. I’ve tried the original Emergen-C before and I didn’t really like it. But this version really works for me. I was having cold symptoms a few days before leaving and kept adding this vitamin infused powder to my water. I brought them with me on my flight and drank a few while flying (just ask a flight attendant for a cup of water) and the next day I was feeling so much better. So now I always carry some of these packets with me on a plane.

Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes
Sometimes I like to travel with makeup on but other times I just skip it altogether. These cleansing wipes are great to remove makeup and buildup and to refresh the skin. Using these make my face feel cool, fresh, and awake. They are the perfect pick-me-up.

What are your flight essentials? What’s the one thing you can’t travel without?

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Photo Diary

After checking airfare for the Dominican Republic and seeing how cheap the flights were, my family spontaneously decided to book a trip. My sister and I stayed for one week while my parents stayed for two. I’ve been to DR many times before, the first time being when I was 5 years old. In case you didn’t know, I am Dominican. I was born and raised in New York but my parents were born in DR. DR is awesome for a getaway tropical vacation. There are so many great locations to visit including the city of Puerto Plata.

We stayed in Playa Dorada, a large area in Puerto Plata that has several hotel resorts that are right near the beach. We stayed at the Grand Paradise hotel. Every time we go to Puerto Plata we always stay in this hotel. With everything all-inclusive let’s just say we couldn’t stop enjoying the unlimited food and drinks. We arrived to Puerto Plata in the late afternoon. Twenty minutes after checking into our hotel the craziest thunderstorm happened. I’m talking very very loud thunder. So what did me and my sister do? We put on our bikinis and we hopped in the jacuzzi under the rain. And no we didn’t get pneumonia! It was actually so much fun.

The next day we woke up to the brightest sun and decided to go to the beach. We wanted to get as much beach time just in case it started raining again. However when we got to the beach it was filled with seaweed. We’ve been here before and were surprised to see the beach in this condition. But after speaking to some locals we then found out why the beach was like this: It had not rained in Puerto Plata in almost a year so the recent storms kept washing the dirt and seaweed to the shore. Hence why we spent most of our time at the pool. But it was all good: pina coladas by the pool? Fine by me!

The rest of the trip was filled with food, drinks, and dancing. At night the hotel hosts entertainment for the guests where they have contests and karaoke. It was fun to socialize with the other guests and to learn where they were from. My sister, who was celebrating her 27th birthday during this vacay, even participated in one of the contests. Let’s just say it was hilarious! I definitely enjoyed my mini-vacay and I know I’ll be back in DR sometime again soon. Take a look at some of the photos from my trip below:

Fresa (strawberry) ice-cream. Yum!

On our way to Puerto Plata.

Wearing Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Lady Flower. One of my absolute favorites!

With the birthday girl: my sister!

Glossier Cocounut Balm Dotcom. Perfect for the beach!

Wearing Smith & Cult in Fauntleroy. Can’t get enough of this color!

Have you been to the Dominican Republic? What’s your favorite place to visit for a tropical vacation? Make sure to keep up with me on my Instagram!

Staatsburg Photo Diary

Staatsburg

Once again the gang, or should I say squad, got together and road tripped up to Staatsburg, New York. It’s a little tradition we have to head to upstate New York for a camping weekend. Although we didn’t camp last year (I was making my rounds through Paris and London) we made a promise to start our tradition again.

We stood in a cabin in Mills Norris State Park just like last time. It was a weekend filled with eating way too much food and sitting back and relaxing. Once we arrived on Friday and settled into our cabin we headed to Walmart to buy food and other necessities. I love going to Walmart because there they have everything you can possibly need and the prices are low. Since there is no Walmart in the city it’s always fun to visit one whenever possible.

Once we arrived back to the cabin we cooked some beans while we waited for the rest of the group to arrive. I can’t tell you how much beans we ate the whole weekend, and eggs and bacon. This is what our breakfast every morning consisted of haha. But no worries, we ate other food like burgers, hot dogs, steak, and sausages. But by far the best thing I ate the whole weekend was a guacamole dip we bought at Stop and Shop along with some Tostitos chips with a hint of lime. Delicious!

On Saturday the highlight of our day was visiting a drive-in movie theater. I’ve never been to one before and it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. We ended up seeing Fantastic Four which was a little disappointing, but the experience of just sitting back in your own car/space watching a movie is priceless. I definitely recommend going to a drive-in theater.

On Sunday we all headed down to the nearby marina for some fishing. Although no one caught anything the weather was perfect. We ended each of our nights roasting s’mores by the bonfire. So sweet and yummy! We also took a drive to a nearby town called Rhinebeck and it felt so cozy. There were many local shops and restaurants. It’s always nice to get out of the city and visit less crowded places. Oh and by the way we made several trips to Dairy Queen. #sorrynotsorry

Mills Norris State Park

Mills Norris State Park

Mills Norris State Park

 Isn’t this the cutest mini grill?

Dairy Queen Staatsburg

Dairy Queen’s strawberry banana smoothie. This was just one of our many visits to DQ!

Essie In The Cab-ana

My camping mani – Essie In The Cab-Ana. The prettiest blue.

Mills Norris State Park

Bonfires are one of my favorite things. Am I the only who likes when clothes smell smoky afterwards?

Have you been camping before? What has been the highlight of your summer so far?

San Antonio Photo Diary

 Airplane reading

This past weekend my sister and I traveled to San Antonio, Texas. We were there for my boyfriend’s Air Force graduation and it was such a cool experience. Apart from the graduation, San Antonio was a lot of fun to explore. We ate really good food and were very happy by everyone’s hospitality. People in Texas are so friendly. I love that!

This weekend my bf had the opportunity to finally hang out and relax after being told what to do for the past seven and a half weeks. On Thursday after the graduation ceremony we could only hang around the Air Force base. Luckily the base had a Burger King and we stayed there eating and talking for two hours. My bf was so happy that he could finally sit down and eat without having someone screaming in his ear and rushing him.

On Friday it was the airmen’s first town pass, meaning they could now actually leave the base for the first time and visit the city of San Antonio. Although many graduates and their families visited Sea World or Six Flags, we decided to visit good ‘ol Cracker Barrel. This was our first time at Cracker Barrel and I personally loved it. Apparently this restaurant/store is very popular in the south. We had some great southern food like fried chicken, mac and cheese and baked potatoes. So good!

On Saturday we visited Denny’s for breakfast (who doesn’t love Denny’s?) and then we went to a nearby movie theater and watched Furious 7. Later in the afternoon we had some In N Out burgers and fries. I’ve heard good things about In N Out especially from those living in Los Angeles. I was so happy there was one in San Antonio. The burgers were good. But a little part of me prefers Shake Shack instead. A total New York thing!

On our last day together we attended morning mass and then we had breakfast at a local IHOP. We were in desperate need of some pancakes! Finally, we went to Applebee’s for some dessert and then spent our last couple of hours relaxing back at our hotel. After saying our goodbyes (my bf had to stay at the base for another week) my sister and I ate a steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse and then caught a late night show of The Age of Adeline. By the way Blake Lively is amazing in this movie!

The first couple of days in San Antonio the weather was unbearable. Coming from a dry place like New York I wasn’t prepared for Texas’ intense humidity. Forget about having a blowout. There was hair frizz everywhere! Every morning there were intense thunderstorms. The storms were so strong that the power in our hotel went out for a couple of hours. Fortunately the last two days in San Antonio were filled with sunshine.

Blazer and Striped Top: H&M | Watch: Michael Kors

Anyone from Texas? What’s your favorite place to visit? Check out my Paris and London photo diaries!

London Photo Diary

Blazer: H&M | Top: Sincerely Jules | Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: H&M
As promised, in this post I will share more of my European trip. This time it is all about London. Where should I begin? When we left New York for London we barely experienced anything that day because we had to quickly catch the Eurostar to Paris. But after our time in Paris was over we went right back to London for the rest of our trip. 
London was great! Such a cool place that reminded me a little of New York City. I was so excited to see the double-decker buses, ride the tube, see Big Ben, take a trip on the London Eye and eat real fish and chips.
We stayed at a hotel that was very close to Heathrow Airport so we had to ride the tube towards the inner city for the fun sightseeing stuff. Every time we wanted to go shopping or eat we would take the tube to Piccadilly Circus, which if you are from New York it is similar to Times Square. Piccadilly was filled with restaurants, souvenir shops, and shopping stores. 
We ate at a Pizza Hut which in the UK is an actual sit and eat restaurant. Also at Piccadilly we had a real English breakfast (beans, eggs, sausage, bacon, tomatoes, and toast) at a nearby diner and more amazing food at Garfunkel’s. We also visited Cool Britannia which is this awesome souvenir store. They literally have everything London or UK related to take back home to friends and family. 
We visited Buckingham Palace which was filled with so many people taking pictures. It was so interesting to see the Queen’s guards standing outside of the palace in their red uniform and big furry hats. But unfortunately the public can only see so much of the Palace. 
The London Eye was perfect for a good view of London. The slow moving “eye” takes you to a great altitude which lets you see Big Ben and other great London sights. We also visited the “shops,” an area where all they have is shopping stores. It looked and felt very much like Fifth Avenue. 
On our last night we had dinner at our hotel. We had fish and chips which was so yummy. We were worried we were going to leave London without having real fish and chips. After being busy sightseeing we completely forgot about finding a fish and chips restaurant. But luckily our hotel had this on their menu! London was fun but next time I will make sure to stay longer. 

“This is a Piccadilly Line service to Cockfosters.”

               

  

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Paris Photo Diary

If you follow me on Instagram then you already know that I went on a very exciting trip to Paris and London. We were overseas for one week and loved every minute of it. Paris is such a beautiful and sophisticated city. There were so many exciting sights to see and to take photos of. We arrived to Paris in the late afternoon and couldn’t wait to explore the city. 
After a small nap (we were exhausted) we headed out into the night to see what Paris had to offer. We checked out a restaurant called Hippopotamus and I had the best burger ever! Later we walked through the deserted streets. Around midnight you see very few people outside unlike New York City. 
We walked through those famous bridges with the locks, took some pictures of Notre Dame (which looks more beautiful at night), and we got a glimpse of a lit up Eiffel Tower. The highlight of the trip was going to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The view is simply breathtaking! Seeing all of Paris from that altitude was amazing. I definitely recommend going to the top to anyone who is visiting. 
Another great moment was seeing the Arc de Triomphe. Getting there was great since we passed by so many shopping stores including Abercrombie and Fitch Paris. Before you enter the store you walk through this very pretty garden. It was lovely! But seeing the Arc was fantastic. You could see everyone trying to get their best shot of it. We also visited the Musee du Louvre where Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is located. There were so many people surrounding the painting. It was crazy! I’m not a big fan of museums but I’m glad I got the chance to check it out. When in Paris…
Everyone in Paris was very nice. We were constantly being greeted in the hotels and restaurants we visited. I thought it was going to be difficult communicating because of the language barrier but surprisingly most people spoke some English and even Spanish too. Phew! I like to think I picked up some French during my short stay. Check out my Paris photo diary below and stay tuned for my London photos soon. Au revoir!