March 2018 Favorites: Fashion, Food and Events

Can you believe March is over? It feels like just yesterday we were talking about heart-shaped pizzas and goals for the New Year. I blinked and poof–the month is done! Before we all know it Rudolph will be playing again in every shop we visit.

Time, please, for my sanity, slow down.

Even though this month was over in the blink of an eye I enjoyed myself. Spring has officially sprung in New York City. The rooftop bars are starting to re-open, the sun sets at 7PM, and dresses are reemerging in my wardrobe.

This month I indulged in Japanese BBQ, sang along to Margaritaville, and went on a shopping spree.

Let’s take a look back at one of the quickest months of the year and talk about my favorite fashion, food and events:

  1. iPhone Tripod by Fotopro, $25.99 with prime 
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iPhone Tripod by Fotopro

This little iPhone Tripod packs a punch!

April kicks off the beginning of my travels. I’ll be spending a long weekend in Washington, D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival. I’m looking forward to it, especially because I’ll be traveling with my best friend, but traveling with only one other person makes it difficult for the two of you to be in photos together.

You can ask someone around you to take a photo of the two of you but what if it doesn’t come out good? I’m not ashamed to admit I’m picky but I don’t feel right asking anyone to take it again (and again) or to hold the camera exactly this way or that way, which is why I decided to invest in a tripod.

I wanted a tripod that was lightweight and compact so it could fit in my bag without any problems. This tripod feels weightless and doesn’t take up a lot of space either. It also comes with its own bag if you wanted to carry it freely in your hands and a bluetooth remote that can connect to your phone so you don’t have to try to outrun your timer.

I wish it was a little taller. I think the height will be perfect for us but if we have any issues I’m sure there will be a park bench nearby or a staircase to prop the tripod on for extra height. The only other thing I’m not a fan of is the holder. Once your phone is in it it’s very secure but you have to take your cellphone case off in order for the phone to fit. I just find this annoying because my case is difficult to take off.

2. Spring Collection From Francesca’s

Raelynn Mini Dot Surplus Romper, $44

Francesca’s is my hands down my favorite store. They manage to impress me each season with their stylish dresses, trendy jumpsuits and cute accessories. The clothes from Francesca’s are perfect for the office, date night or brunch with the girls. I like that the clothes are affordable as well. They always have good deals on their websites where all dresses are sometimes $30 or they do a lot of BOGO (buy one get one) deals so you’re rarely ever paying full price.

I’m in love with their new spring collection. This polka dot jumpsuit is everything

3. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins 

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Click here to buy it for your kindle

You know a book is good when it’s 2 AM and you have to be up for work in a few hours but you refuse to go to sleep without finishing it.

Was I completely exhausted  when I went to work after staying up all night reading this book?

Yes.

Was it worth it?

Yes!

This book is thrilling. From the author who brought us The Girl on the Train, Hawkins managed to follow-up with another heart thumping book that will make your mind go wild. There were so many twists and turns I found myself pausing every few chapters to ask myself, “What the F just happened?”

I don’t know what goes on in her head but I do not want to be privy to her private thoughts. This book is messed up–in a good way. If you’re into mysteries with a bit of a slasher vibe this book is for you.

4. Expedia.com & Ebates 

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These two websites should be used hand-in-hand. Expedia.com is the first place I look when I’m thinking about going on vacation. Compared to Travelocity, Orbitz, and other websites I’ve always found a better deal on Expedia. If you book through Expedia you have to create an account, which is free, and with each hotel stay you can earn points to use towards your next travel adventure. While your points don’t equal to a significant amount of money who doesn’t like to save an extra $20 or $40 on a hotel stay? Money is money!

If you’re shopping online you should definitely be using the website Ebates. Again, creating an account is free, just be aware you’ll be sharing your personal information with them, and you can use their search engine to look up different websites and get cash back for shopping someplace you were already going to make a purchase at!

They usually have 10% cash back when you book an Expedia trip through Ebates.

At the end of a three month period you’ll receive a ‘Big Fat Check’ in the mail with all of the money you’ve earned by shopping through the website when making your purchases.

I received around $200 from all of my Christmas shopping since I got cash back at popular stores like Express, Macy’s, Sephora and Shutterfly.

5. Old Navy’s Petite Activewear Line

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‘Anything is Possible’ Performance Muscle Tank, $12

At 5’1 (and a half) finding clothes that fit can sometimes be a challenge. Pants are usually too long and bunch up around my ankles and sleeves hang over my hands. Few stores have clothing for petites and if they do I find a lot of the styles are dated (read: boring).

Atheleisure is booming and it isn’t surprising many of the trendy clothing lines do not carry petite options. While yoga pants that are a little long aren’t a huge issue compared to denim it’s still nice to spend money on clothing that fits perfectly and is cute.

This is where Old Navy’s petite activewear line comes into play. I love that they have almost every single option they offer in their regular sizes in petite. They have trendy yoga pants with cute prints, mesh paneling and an assortment of colors along with matching shirts and jackets.

6. Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter by bareMinerals

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Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter, $28

I’m still relatively new to the highlight world but I’m obsessed with this one from BareMinerals. I don’t tend to like dramatic make-up especially for a day-to-day look. I also like a make-up routine that is quick and easy but I can see why people love highlighting. It adds an extra oomph to the face.

If you’re looking to add an extra glow to your face without looking too overdone this highlighter is perfect. I have the color ‘Radiant finish,’ which isn’t too dramatic but is still noticeable and perfect for work.

7. Macy’s Flower Show

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Macy’s Flower Show 2018 Window Display

If you’re in New York City head to Macy’s on Herald Square for their annual flower show. Kids can marvel at Dagny, the fire breathing dragon, oversized skulls and colorful story-book displays. Adults will appreciate the intricacies of the flower arrangements and can examine over 200 different species used in the show.

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Dagny, the fire breathing dragon

I enjoyed walking around and checking out the displays but I made the mistake of going during lunch time so it was hard to get around.

The Macy’s Flower Show ends April 8th so head there soon if you’re interested, just try going during an off-hour.

8. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

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Preparing to grill our food

I love food.

Can I end there?

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ is one of the it places to eat right now. My friends and I had to make a reservation for almost 8pm at night in order to get a table. Other people kept walking in and were baffled when they were told they had to wait one to two hours to be seated with no reservation.

One to two hours.

What’s crazy is they were actually waiting.

Once we started eating I understood why. The meat was amazing. I’m not a red meat person either. I prefer chicken and I’m not a huge fan of seafood besides shrimp but I gorged on different types of steaks, beef and pork.

I thought it would be confusing because you cook the food yourself but every time the waitress brought us our food she told us how long something needed to cook: ten seconds, thirty seconds, ten minutes, etc.

We had the meat lovers option, which was for two people. Even though there were three of us we found there was more than enough to share between us. If you drink I highly suggest the Coco-Mo, a coconut drink with shochu, pineapple, mint and lime. It was a big hit at my table!

9. Blake Shelton & Demi Lovato in Concert

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Demi Lovato performing during her ‘Tell Me You Love Me Tour’

One of the biggest highlights for me this month was finally getting to enjoy my Christmas presents and seeing Blake Shelton and Demi Lovato in concert!

There’s nothing better than getting to experience live music. The only downside is it’s expensive and I don’t want to sit in the stands where the artist looks like an ant. I want to see them up close and personal.

I’ve been a big Demi Lovato fan since her hit, Skyscraper.

She played her recent hits and songs from her new album, Tell Me You Love Me. Her voice sounds amazing live but I don’t necessarily think I would pay to see her again. Maybe if she has a better opening act because I didn’t know who Kehlani was and DJ Khaled spent most of his time preaching onstage and talking about his son. The tickets were too expensive for the opening acts to be so lackluster.

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Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins preparing to sing to each other.

Blake Shelton was more for my mother than me. She finally got to enjoy her Christmas present (I was her plus one!) and got to see the sexiest man alive. I also introduced her to beer and taught her how to use Lyft.

We clearly had a wild weekend.

The concert was a little over four hours. Blake played all of his hits but who really impressed me was Trace Adkins. The man is a country legend. To be able to watch him on stage and see him move! Honey, for a fifty-six-year-old man he can move those hips of his. I thought I was watching a twenty-five-year-old on stage dipping it.

10. Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Hair Shampoo & Conditioner

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Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Hair Shampoo & Conditioner, $16.50 with prime

This shampoo smells amazing. My hair finally smells fresh instead of burnt because of my styling tools. The duo is free of sulfates, artificial colors and mineral oil.

AKA all things that are bad for your hair.

After using this for the past month I’ve noticed my hair isn’t as dry and brittle.

Did I also mention it smells divine?

Bonus: Broadway’s ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ 

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My favorite way (read: the only way) to get Broadway tickets is through a digital lottery. Most broadway shows offer discount tickets you can win through a lottery on Broadway Direct, their official website, Luckyseat and the app TodayTix.

It was thanks to the lottery I got to see Vanessa Hudgens in Gigi before it closed, sit in the front row at The Phantom of the Opera and conga in my seat while learning about Gloria Estefan’s rise to stardom with On Your Feet.

Most recently I won discounted tickets to see the new play Escape to Margaritaville. Jimmy Buffett’s greatest hits are woven into a sweet and funny storyline about love, empowerment, body shaming and…zombies.

It’s 2018, you can’t have a story about love without zombies.

Everything surprisingly meshed well together and the play was completely entertaining. My mother said it was, “Refreshing.”

It was nice to sit back and laugh. There wasn’t one part where anything became heavy or too serious, which turned an otherwise dreary Monday into a fun night.

Buffett fans were singing throughout the play with the cast. This is something I thought I would find annoying but as I sipped my margarita I found myself loosening up and singing along too.

I recommend Escape to Margaritaville  if you have nothing to do on a Saturday night and you’d like to sit back and relax someplace else besides your sofa. For a new show the tickets, even at full price, are relatively cheap compared to other plays like Hamilton. 

Let me know in a comment below what you think about my favorites for the month and share a few of your own with me! 

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