Olio e Piú is an amazing restaurant in NYC that serves authentic Italian cuisine including a variety of dinner entrees, brunch, and lunch. They are also known for their famous Brick Oven Pizza. Olio e Piú is located is at 3 Greenwich Ave in Lower Manhattan, conveniently next to a flower shop where they are supplied with beautiful potted plants for both the indoor and outdoor dining area – it gives the restaurant an Italian garden feel.
We later tried the Capricciosa which included mozzarella / mushrooms / artichokes / ham / olives – $18.
This past week, my family and I (mom’s side) spent some time in Anguilla.
Our main purpose of going was to take my Great Great Aunt’s ashes back to her place of birth, and to finally meet all of the family that I have on the Island. I recently learned that my Great Grandmother (on my mom’s side) was born in St. Martin, then moved to Anguilla where she had my Grandmother, who then moved to St. Kitts, which is where my mom is born. My father’s side is a little bit more simple (lol) – My Grandmother and Father were both born in Barbados and my Great Grandmother on that side is a white woman from England who migrated to Barbados.
Any who, back to my vacation!
I traveled on Jet Blue from NY to Puerto Rico, where I then transferred to Seaborne Airlines, on a tiny plane, which took me to AXA. I was terrified! This was my very first time, ever flying on a plane of that size. After we took off, I was able to relax a little and ended up having a well needed nap.
The View upon landing was Beautiful and I’m so upset that I didn’t take a photo. Anguilla is located right across from St. Martin. It is so close that you can take a 15 minute ferry from one island to the next. From a birds eye view, it is very easy to tell the difference between the two. Anguilla is very flat where as St. Martin has prominent peaks.
One of my many cousins picked me up from the airport and I headed straight to my aunts house for dinner. After dinner, we took a hike down to Crocus Bay Beach.
While on this trip, we also visited Rendezvous Bay beach and had a full tour of the island on ATV’s.
On July 5th, we had the memorial, burial, and birthday celebration for my Great Great Aunt who passed away on the 13th of February, 2016. Growing up, my auntie would tell me stories of Anguilla and has always wanted to go home to visit. She also wanted to have a big party for her 90th birthday, so we decided to grant her two dying wishes. Her ashes were buried right next to her oldest sister, who she spoke about almost daily. It was a beautiful memorial and a great way to Celebrate her life.
My Great Great Aunt, Anna Perlina Hodge, raised my mom, all of her sisters (4 of them), and when she came to the states, helped raise my two of cousins, my brother, and of course, myself. I Love and Miss her Dearly.
Hey everyone! Ok, so this is just going to be a quick life update, after doing some research, I have decided to transition over into a more organic skincare routine. I am already somewhat on that path as far as using organic face wash and moisturizers, but I decided to take it a step further with my makeup. Since I absolutely Hate wasting makeup, of course, I plan on using the products that I already have until every jar and tube is completely empty.
So far, I have formulated a list of organic/vegan makeup brands (that I will not share with you right now – stay tuned), all of which have amazing reviews, and picked out a few products that I plan to test out a review myself. Along with that, I will be trying out some new skincare products suggested to me by a few of my peers, so be on the lookout!
On May 29th, 2016, my Gorgeous Aunt got married!I have to say, this is the most fun I’ve ever had at a wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony, (which left everyone in tears), that later lead to a jumpin’ reception party. The DJ had everyone at the venue on their feet for the entire night. The wedding took place at a beautiful nature center and animal preserve in Chattahoochee, Atlanta alongside a river. GroomsmenWhen Cousins Reunite
If I could have a superpower for 24 hours what would it be? Well, I’ve thought about the endless possibilities, from being able to breathe under water, to being able to fly, and I came up with two choices (couldn’t settle for just one).
My first choice would be the ability to put the world on mute for a full 24 hours. Yes, I said on mute. I live in NYC and spend the majority of my time in Manhattan. Don’t get me wrong, I love my city but I also love my peace and quiet. Manhattan is the noisiest place on this planet (my personal opinion). It literally irks my nerves. From the people protesting and blowing horns, to the impatient honking taxis and random sirens, people abusing their outside voices and street performers trying to get everyones attention. Pure, raw cacophony. It would be interesting to see how my city would function while being on mute for a complete 24 hours. I think that it would change the hustle bustle and rush lifestyle of the city for just a moment. People would observe more and appreciate the beauty of whats around us, as the tourists do (how many New Yorkers could actually say they’ve been to the statue of liberty or empire state building? I sure can’t lol).
My second choice would be invisibility. You ever have those days where you don’t want to be bothered? Where you just want to go throughout your day with no interruption? I have these moments on a weekly basis and it would be nice to make this one come true. I would go running, do some shopping, go on a quick hike and relax on a beach. Bliss.
What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay is a healing clay that is formed by volcanic ash. It contains calcium, sodium, potassium, iron and magnesium. I recently learned that when water is added to this powder, (to form the clay) it gives the bentonite a negative electric charge, which when applied to the skin, removes toxins.
Benefits of using a Bentonite Clay Mask:
• Shrinks Pores •Draws out Toxins • Exfoliates • Gives your skin a Natural Glow • Promotes Scar Reduction • Promotes Soft Skin • Controls Sebum (or oily skin)
To make my version of the Bentonite Clay Mask, you will need…
• Bentonite Clay •Coconut Oil • Castor Oil • Apple Cider Vinegar • Water
(When I make my clay mask, I am normally making it for 3, so you can adjust the measurements to your liking.)
• 3 tbs of Bentonite Clay • 1tsp of Coconut Oil • 1tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar • 1tsp of Water
Mix all of the ingredients together, using plastic utensils only, until the texture is as smooth as possible (melting the Coconut oil may make the mixing process easier). When done, apply the mask to your face. You can use your fingertips, but I personally prefer to apply my mask using flat concealer brush. I find that this makes for a neater and less messy application.
Leave your mask on until it is completely dry. You will find that your face feels very tight under the mask. It also gives off a very pleasant cooling effect to the skin.
The drying process can take anywhere from 10 minuted to 45 minutes depending on the thickness of your application.
Once dried, pat your face with some water to release the mask and then proceed to rub the mask off of your face with your hands and apply water as needed (this is where the exfoliation comes in). Afterwards, pat your face dry with a towel and you’re all done!
Soft smooth skin with tiny pores all in under a hour. Don’t forget to moisturize your skin after using this mask. I usually use a little Jojoba oil mixed in with my Aveeno face Moisturizer.
Matador State beach in Malibu, California:
Sea Caves, Large Rocks, Small Cliffs and a Short Hike.
A Full day on the beach was a great, relaxing end to our mini vacation. It was about a 50 minute drive from west hollywood where we were staying, which isn’t bad at all.
Hi everyone! So I recently took a trip to Los Angeles, California and I had an amazing time! I’ve been to California a few times before because I have family in the Bay Area, but Ive never visited to LA. I almost instantly fell in love. The views of the mountains, the views from the mountains, and the ocean-side drives are beautiful – and don’t get me started with the endless hiking trail options.
Here is a quick recap of my trip:
LA Color Story
•Paul Smith on Melrose •Urban Lights •LAMCA •Mulholland Drive
Hiking at Griffith Park and Observatory…
A Day in Beverly Hills…
The High Line, located on 23rd street between 10th and 11th, is one of NYC’s many hidden beauties. This site is particular is a old elevated railroad, transformed into a beautiful walkway with garden-like lined paths and a mod structure.
Along this walk you can catch a brief view of the city on one side, and on the other, a view of the ocean (Chelsea Piers). Also, beside to look out for the beautiful art both along the path and on the adjacent buildings.
Booties – Urban Outfitters
Bag – Zara Womans
Jeans – Zara Womans
Shirt – Zara TRF
Vest – Zara Womans
Accessories – Forever 21