Living in NYC: Dining On A Budget! $

Living in a big city can definitely be expensive, providing you avoid lavish restaurants! Restaurants can be pricey especially if you prefer dinning in Midtown Manhattan or the Upper West Side. Being a college student with a budget has definitely taught me how to save on food, shopping and more. If you’re like me and love eating out instead of always eating a home cooked meal and want to save then this is the advice for you!

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Thai Mojito

During this holiday season I told myself I would try out different restaurants and enjoy some quality time with friends. The first restaurant I tried out was Lantern Thai located on Gramercy Park at 311 2nd Ave! This Thai restaurant offers a relax, warm, modern space. Their prices run from $11-$30 depending on what you order. They offer a wide range of selections from noodles, rice, soup, salad and appetizers.

Before I go to any restaurant I usually look at a couple of things:

Reviews
Location
Price Range

These things are a must to look at before trying out any new restaurant! For one looking at reviews gives you an idea of how their food taste, their customer service as well as how their food looks by the pictures previous customers have posted on different sites such as Yelp! Yelp is a good site for user generated reviews on restaurants and different businesses. You can always head over to their website and take a look at their menu section for an idea of their price range.

For starters I ordered a Thai Mojito. This drink has mint with apple and ginger ale with lime on top!  This drink is a must have whenever you decide to dine at a Thai restaurant. For an appetizer I ordered my favorite Crispy Calamari! It sounds gross but it’s worth a try. To end my dining experience I ordered Yellow Rice with Fried Chicken as my entree. This might sound typical but it definitely had its own flavor to it.

Following these tips and tricks will allow you to dine and save a couple of bucks! After all, since there are so many expensive restaurants there has to be a couple that are inexpensive, right?

SECRETS TO MAKING YOURSELF FEEL LIKE A 10!

Sometimes, we get caught up in our busy schedules and having to juggle our priorities day after day. At times it can be hard to just take a step back to focus on ourimage1 mind, bodies and soul. After a while, I had to learn how to make myself feel good and start focusing on ME! Here are some tips to develop a routine to feeling like a perfect 10.

1. Pampering

This is definitely a #1 for me. I definitely love to take care of myself especially my body. Taking care of your hair, doing your nails and makeup makes a whole big difference. It completely changes my mood and makes me feel so much better about myself when I’m having a bad day like HELLO GIRL SLAY ☺ (If pampering like this isn’t for you, you can always go get facials or go to a spa) De-stress!

2. Treat Yourself

Yes, treat yourself. A little gift to yourself here and there wont hurt. Craving for some ice cream or some of your favorite food? Want to shop? No problem, just don’t indulge in it too much. I mean after all you’ll feel 10x better.

3. Scrub and Moisturize Your Skin

I cannot emphasis this enough. Taking care of your skin is key to a healthy glow! Take a scrub bubble bath or even moisturize your skin after a bath with oils and lotion. My go to products are Shea Butter and my favorite lotion Warm Vanilla Sugar from Bath and Body Works with Lavender Oil.

4. Wax/Shave

If you know me you know I love the whole notion of taking care of your private area. Getting a wax makes you feel like a brand new person each and every time.

5. Keep it sexy underneath

Now I know this might sound weird but I absolutely love shopping for underwear’s.
The feeling of having sexy underwear makes me feel like a model inside.
If I pass by a Victoria Secret best believe you will see me walk out with 5 pairs of underwear each time. Their 5/$27 deal is absolutely great! P.S Calvin Klein undies are also a great steal.

6. BREATHE!

Feeling overwhelmed? Take a break, sit back and relax. Rest your mind! One thing that definitely helps me to just forget about all the weight on my shoulders is by sitting back on my bed with the lights off and burning my favorite candles from Bath and Body Works. Sometimes taking a 20-30 minute nap helps as well!

7. PRAY!

Last but not least, PRAY! Now I don’t know if many of you are Christian believers or follow any religious affiliation but prayer just takes me to a whole another place with God! He is the key to answering my troubles, happiness, and blessings. Praying to God and just thanking him for all that he has done for you keeps you going! I know for me I always ask God to continue to help me during the times I feel below a 10.

I hope this motivates some of you, let me know what kind of things you do to feel like a perfect 10!

Brazilian Wax Experience-The Good and The Bad!

Now this might be a touchy subject for some but ladies it’s important to take care of your delicate pink purse! For many women as you hit puberty a lot of things start changing in your body. From getting your period to growing hair in areas you might not even like.

I was recommended9499_edmond_uco-web_logo to go to the European Wax Center by a friend of mine. When I first heard the recommendation I was a little bit spectacle. I told myself waste of money and I don’t want to experience that horrifying pain of getting waxed. The thought was just scary enough…UNTIL I got sick and tired of shaving with a shaving stick. I got tired of ingrown hairs and just feeling iffy. Not only that the hair would grow back so quickly. Then I decided to face my fears and headed down to to my nearest European Wax Center.

The cool thing about EWC is that you can make a reservation online and if you’re a first time guest you get a complimentary wax on them. When I got there, I sat down in their waiting area. When I tell you this place is professional. It is super professional. As you walk inside you are greeted by the receptionist and asked of for your name and a form of I.D. This place looked like an upscale doctors office. Great customer service!

After waiting, I was led into a private room by a nice woman. As I got into the room I was told to get undress from bottom down. I told myself do I feel comfortable getting undressed in front of a complete stranger. As I laid down on the table I told her this is my first time— she became so surprised. She then asked if I wanted to remove all my hair and I said yes- all of it! I received the Bikini Brazilian. So they remove everything to even your back area.What they do is, they cleanse the area from any oils and lotions and add powder to your labia area. Each waxing place has their own technique as for EWC they use a strip less purple wax. She constantly spoke to me to distract me from the pain but I was cringing for it to be over. No matter how many times you get it done, it will still hurt. You’ll just build a tolerance.

Now this is the scary part! Yes, it hurts. Especially if you’re a hairy person (like me). If its your first time, yes it hurts. Is it worth it? Definitely. It lasts such a long time(Approx. 3-4 weeks). Is it worth the money? Yes, however as a college student sometimes its not in my budget so I usually look for local places.
After its done, they protect the skin with their pre-wax oil and apply their ingrown hair serum. These two products are also available for purchase at each location.

So yes ladies,you’ll walk out feeling incredibly smooth and empowered!

Balancing Your College Life.

Now that I am in my junior year of college I can say that I have pretty much gotten the hang of things. Being that I am a college student, some of my blog post will be regarding my student life.

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Two years ago, I wouldn’t have pictured myself so independent and focused. Fast Forward to 2016 and I am ahead of the game. I swear these 4 years of your life wont only be the best but the worst. Here are a couple of tips and I’ve learned so far…

  1. STAY ORGANIZED: I can not stress this enough ( maybe this is why I listed it as #1)! In college you must stay organized in order to stay on top of your academic and social life, and most importantly  your financial needs as well as keeping in contact with your family. GET A PLANNER! It works, I swear by it and many people do as well. Every summer I literally go to target and stand in the planner aisle for 30 minutes picking out the best planner for the school year. Have a class at 10am? Put it on your calendar. Meeting a friend for lunch? Put it on your calendar. If a planner isn’t your best bet, jot things down on your smartphone or create a to do list. P.S Before you go to bed think of what needs to be done the following day and make sure that everything on your agenda gets done.

2.SLEEP : Always, always make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep at night otherwise you’ll be a walking zombie in the morning. Now, I should be the last one talking since its 2:57 am and I am up blogging but yes get enough sleep ( I work best a night, don’t ask.). During your breaks in between classes try to take a nap if its necessary. Those college naps work wonder!

3. TAKE TIME OUT FOR YOURSELF: This is a very essential component of college life. Know when to take a step back from studying, socializing and all your extracurricular activities. Take time out for yourself to just refocus and get your head in the game. Watch a movie, take a nap, drink some tea, do some yoga, go to the gym or even do a face mask! The list goes on and on. However, I swear by it. You’ll feel way much better. Its the perfect way to destress

Most importantly, take each day step by step. Don’t flood your schedule with too much things you can’t handle. If you still feel a bit overwhelmed, get a mentor. Follow those you admire and become someone who motivates. Make sure you’re staying focused and not loosing track of why you’re a college student in the first place.

Turning 20!

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Outfit Details: Choker : Aso Dara Clutch: Taylor-tyler.com Jeans: Old Navy Jacket: Forever21 Blouse: H&M

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The beginning of my  “twenties”, its a big deal right?

A lot of people say that turning 20 isn’t a big deal because although you may no longer be considered a teenager you cannot legally drink. As someone who just turned 20 today, its a big deal for me! WHY? Not a lot of people in this day an age get to even hit the age of twenty with all the dangers happening in our society. Having another year added onto your life isn’t just a simple birthday but its a blessing to grow and mature within age.

 As I write this, I am feeling pretty blessed to turn 20! Nineteen was a memorable year for me due to the fact that I went through a lot of changes not just personally but in all areas of my life. I grew closer to my faith in Christ. I began to step out of my comfort zone and grew as a person drastically.Yes, drastically. I began to learn how to drive as well as step into the kitchen for once. I cried, I laughed, I smiled, and all other emotions within that year. Because of this, I decided to start my own lifestyle and advice blog.

I left my comfort zone of feeling lazy and not believing in myself. I said to myself consistently THE WORLD IS YOURS!

Thank you nineteen year old self for the memories.. BUT its time for me to show the 20 old me a good time.

I am ready for you!