Rent the Runway: Nicole Miller Black Venice Dress


I attended a wedding in Williamsburg last weekend and decided to rent another dress from Rent the Runway for the occasion rather than buying something new or wearing something old from my closet. After spending many hours browsing RTR’s website (which is enjoyable in and of itself!) for the perfect dress, I settled on the Nicole Miller Black Venice Dress, a beautiful lace piece with cutouts.

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Friday Five

Quick note: I may or may not post a Friday Five for the next two weeks, because I’ll be on vacation. If I don’t, this feature will return when I do.  :)

1. Rainbow Bagel: this week I discovered that my local bagel shop, Terrace Bagels, has added rainbow bagels to their lineup. While they’re not quite as rainbow-y in appearance as the OG rainbow bagel from The Bagel Store in Williamsburg, they still make eating a bagel that much more fun.

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Birchbox: September 2016

I was relieved that my September 2016 Birchbox arrived yesterday, because that gave me enough time to write this review of it before I leave for a two week vacation! September’s box design is comprised of cute, colorful confetti:

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My Sephora VIB 3x Points Haul

Four days ago, I received an email from Sephora notifying me that they were offering VIB members 3x points on all purchases through September 17. So (obviously) it was the perfect time to buy myself some treats. My order shipped very quickly—it arrived yesterday!

So. Many. Goodies.

So many goodies hidden inside. Not pictured: Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

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Friday Five

1. Rockaway Beach: going into Labor Day weekend I realized my husband and I hadn’t done a beach day all summer, so we drove out to Rockaway Beach on Saturday morning and spent a few hours relaxing on the sand, watching the surfers. The tropical storm that never hit NYC was supposedly incoming so it was overcast and a little chilly, but we still had an enjoyable morning (and I caught a lot of fun Pokemon, including two new ones, while we were there!).

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Friday Five

1. Con Man – The Game: in case you aren’t aware, nerd kings Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk of Firefly and Serenity fame have a web series called Con Man (which I haven’t watched just yet). This past week they released a companion game for iPhone and Android, so I downloaded it and am totally into it! The premise is simple: build a convention and try to keep your geeky fans happy by making sure there are enough food vendors, toilets, and activities to do while they’re there. You also build booths and make sure the janitorial staff—led by a Joss Whedon avatar—empties the trash and handles overflowing toilets. Occasionally you must also squash vermin, hire security (headed by Kevin Smith) to oust a naked granny who appears periodically, or enlist superfans to battle aliens when they invade your con. You know…the usual con stuff.😛  Even a non-gamer like myself (no joke, the only other game apps on my phone are Solitaire and Pokemon Go) can really get into this app. Below is a screenshot of my con so far. I need to do some booth reorganizing…it’s getting pretty crowded!

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#tbt to College

The fact that I started college 20 years ago is still on my mind, so this week’s Throwback Thursday is another photo from my freshman year. It’s not the most flattering pic, but it cracks me up:


The photo was taken after winter break, right when I was beginning to undergo sorority rush. I went into college without any thoughts about whether I would join a sorority or not, and by the time rush came around I figured I would at least give it a shot. So I went through a couple rounds of rush and I absolutely hated the process. Ultimately I made the choice to drop out of rush because I found the whole thing to be superficial, incredibly annoying, and not something I could see myself enjoying participating in from the sorority side of things. This photo pretty much encapsulates my attitude about the whole thing: crazy and silly. I know plenty of people who pledged sororities and liked their experience with them, but I very quickly realized that it just wasn’t for me.

Friday Five

1. Mr. Robot‘s Parking Lot: if you watch Mr. Robot, the image below will look very familiar to you. Until recently, I didn’t realize that it’s located near where I exit the subway in Manhattan for my weekly volunteer shift. Last week when I emerged from the F train station at 16th Street and 6th Avenue, the lot was one of the first PokeStops that activated in my Pokemon Go app. So thanks, Pokemon Go, for alerting me to the location of this lot!🙂

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#tbt to Freshman Year of College

I recently realized that I left home for college TWENTY YEARS ago. Even though I attended my twenty year high school reunion this past spring, the thought still blows my mind. So this week’s Throwback Thursday is a photo of me from my freshman dorm complex’s semiformal dance in October of 1996.


I didn’t bring any semiformal wear to college with me because I didn’t anticipate any events of that sort. I could have had my mom mail me one of my high school prom dresses but instead I chose to wear this terrible shiny white blouse with a short black corduroy skirt that had large buttons down the front. Ah, the Nineties! I’m pretty sure I was the only girl at the semiformal who wasn’t wearing a dress, but I managed to give zero fucks about it.  🙂

Friday Five

1. Squirtle Figurine: how adorable is this little Pokemon?! When I first began playing Pokemon Go, Squirtle and Eevee became two of my very favorites so I hunted down some inexpensive figurines on Amazon. This lil guy has now joined my Eevee on my nightstand.🙂

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