My Heroes

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It’s not Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, nor is it anyones birthday, this is truly a ‘Just Because’ post. Family is a funny thing- you only have one, so you never know anything else.  Growing up I thought that your family had to be there for you, that’s their job right?  I’ve come to realize though that they don’t have to be, they choose to be.  They choose to take care of you when you’re sick, or talk you through that 3am breakdown during finals week. I heard it said once, “Family is not an important thing, it’s everything”.  Mom, Dad and Lauren: Thank you for being my everything.

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Lauren: Thank you for always being someone I could look up to.  You forever have been and always will be my ultimate role model.

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Daddy: Thank you for being my “Fairy Godfather” and making sure that all of my dreams come true.

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Mom: Thank you for being my best friend, my partner in crime and never giving up on me.

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Amy Elizabeth

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Quote of the Day: Everything has Meaning

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New York Hotspot: Williamsburg Creamery

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I had heard that Williamsburg Creamery’s  had wine infused ice cream, so obviously I had to try it.  I ventured on down to Brooklyn and found my way to the ice cream shop (it is right off the L line).  They had two wine ice creams- Port Wine and some sort of strawberry.  I sampled the Port Wine and was hooked!  I got half Port Wine and half Birthday Cake (which didn’t have any wine, but was still amazing).  If you’re a wine lover like me, it is definitely worth the trip!

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Amy Elizabeth

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Marie Nails

While shopping on Madison Avenue a few weeks ago, I overheard a shopper talking about a nail art salon that was ‘difficult to get into’.  I accepted this as a challenge and immediately went home and tried to make an appointment.  I couldn’t get one in the  two weeks I was looking at, so I gave up for the time being and called a few weeks later.  Today I had the lovely experience of getting a manicure done at Marie Nails in Soho, and now I’m obsessed!

After hours on Instagram and Pinterest I decided I wanted a version of this design.

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I only wanted the one polka dot design on my ring fingers, no stones, silver glitter on my middle finger and thumb, and finally purple instead of turquoise on the other nails.

I had a 4:45 appointment, but I had heard if you’re not there on time they will give your appointment away to someone else, so I got there around 4:30 and they took me right away.  I was given a book of all the nail colors and ALL the glitter options which I was in awe of.

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I had one lady who only ‘prepped’ my nails; it was the most thorough buffing/filing I’ve ever had done.  Then a different lady (Cindy) started applying the Calgel.  Calgel is similar to shellac, but it comes in little pots instead of bottles; supposedly it’s better for your nails and stays on longer.

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Cindy was so sweet, spoke wonderful English and made sure that my nails were absolutely perfect! The whole process took about an hour and a half; here is the finished product!

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I never really could figure out how they priced things, but my total came out to be $57.

Pros: My lady Cindy was wonderful and it was definitely the best looking manicure I have ever received!

Cons: It is definitely difficult to get an appointment, not a place you can just walk into.  Their manicures don’t include massages or anything other than filing, buffing and painting.  It also is kind of expensive, definitely a special occasion place. And word of warning: if you have gel on your nails from another salon they charge $2/nail to remove it.

Love Always,

Amy Elizabeth

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Quote of the Day: This Wonderful City

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It takes a lot to catch my attention (as it does most New Yorkers). Example: there is a parrot on a leash riding a bicycle and I barely looked twice (this is a true story).   I’ve become immune to homeless, street performers, etc. which is a necessary trait to survive in the city. The other day I came across Honschar, a New York City chalk artist, and stopped dead in my tracks.  It was just words on concrete, but it was beautiful, it was meaningful. We so often get caught up in work, or capturing an experience with our iPhone’s that we forget to take it all in, start enjoying the little moments.  Here is the full quote if you have trouble reading it above: It was possible in this wonderful city, for that nameless little boy-for any of its millions- to scale the walls and achieve what they wished. Money, rank or name counted for nothing. The only credential the city asked was the boldness to dream. For those who did it unlocked its gates and its treasures, not caring who they were or where they came from. 

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Amy Elizabeth

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Your Perfect Summer Pedi

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If you follow my blog you know that I am a huge Julep fan, and a fan of a good pedicure in general! For me, summer means sandals; between the months of March and October (especially in Texas) you won’t find me in closed toed shoes. I think that perfectly polished nails are an essential in life, so here is how you can get the perfect summer pedi you’ve been searching for, without the cost of going to a salon.

Julep Foot File: $6

1. Exfoliate: This is the step I always seem to put off because I’m usually in a rush, but Julep sells a perfect foot file, and at $6, it’s a steal!

Julep Mint Condition Pedi Creme: $20

2. Moisturize: I’m in love with Julep’s Rock Star Hand Creme, so if their Mint Condition Pedi Creme  is anything like it, it must be magical.

Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat: $18

3. Prep: I religiously use a base coat (and top coat) on my nails; I think it makes the polish stay on much longer!

Julep Nail Color in Laree: $14

4. Color: The hardest part for me is always choosing the color!  I’m a huge fan of darker polishes, but in the summer I love fun bright ones! I decided on Julep’s Laree which is gorgeous and perfect for summer; check out all of Julep’s colors here!

Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat$18

5. Top it Off: If you remember this post, you know that I am obsessed with Julep’s Freedom Polymer Top Coat; not only does it make your polish stay on ten times longer it also makes it look like gel. In addition, this top coat makes nail polish come off easier with remover.

Looking for the perfect gift for that Summer birthday?  Make a ‘Pedi Basket’ with all the essentials for a perfect ‘Do it at home’ pedicure!

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Amy Elizabeth

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If Then

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So I absolutely love Idina Menzel, I could go on and on, but I won’t. By a true act of God, I ended up getting a free, seventh row center orchestra ticket to Idina’s new Broadway show If Then.  Set in modern day New York City, this show is all about how one choice can change the entire course of your life.  I had listened to the soundtrack on Spotify more times than I’m willing to admit, but the recording can’t do the show justice.  Idina has the absolute best voice that I have ever heard, and live it is even more amazing.  Being 20 feet away from her while she was singing is an experience I will never forget.  The video below is a little about the show and Idina performing my favorite song, You Learn to Live Without. 

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Bite Lip Lab

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My cousin had sent me this blog post about Bite Lip Lab  in Soho, as soon as I read it I knew I had to go!  I thought that it would be more fun to go with a friend rather than by myself, so when my friend came in town last week it was on the top of our to-do list. Here’s a word of warning: Bite didn’t used to take appointments, but now it’s pretty much by appointment only.  We walked in still under the assumption that they didn’t take appointments, so we were lucky when they were able to squeeze us in the next day. I had decided long in advance that I wanted the perfect red, one that would compliment my very fair skin tone.  We sat down with our wonderful technician and told her the shades that we were looking for. After choosing a matte finish, she starting mixing pigments out of little pots like a chemistry lab. She created two different reds for me to try; one a little more pink and one a little more orange. After looking at each one on my lips in the natural light I chose the pinkish one.  Then more choices!  They had seven different scents to choose from: vanilla, mint, violet, rose, blueberry, cherry, and mango. You can mix scents, so of course I was difficult and chose vanilla-violet. After choosing the shape of the lipstick container it was ready for showtime!  The technician mixed my shade by taking chunks of solid lipstick (which was shaped into what looked like truffles), mixing in the scent, melting it and then mixing it in a centrifuge.  After, she poured it in a mold and places in on a freezer.  About 10 minutes later she carefully took it out of the mold, slid it in the container and I had my very own custom lipstick!  They suggest waiting an hour or so to let it cool before putting it on.  The final verdict?  I’m in love; not only do I love the color, but I love the texture and how well it stays on!  At $36, a custom lipstick is just a little more expensive than Bite’s normal lipsticks and definitely worth the cost! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to go back and create a nude shade as well!

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IMG_4377Wearing our new custom shades!

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Amy Elizabeth

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Quote of the Day: Fireworks

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Quote of the Day: Time

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