New Apartment

Friday, September 25, 2015

You may have noticed my absence in the blogging world for awhile now. My work schedule has pretty much taken over - but on top of that, Andres & I moved into a new apartment in Astoria! Since we're still a neighborhood away from home, we've been bringing things slowly though we do have all of our essentials. Even our cat, Cooper, finally adjusted. The first night we brought him, he would not stop meowing all night - has anyone else experienced moving with a cat? Thankfully, by the next night he calmed down and went back to acting normally.

We have also been enjoying our rooftop view while the weather is nice. We have a view of Roosevelt Island and midtown Manhattan, and it's just amazing - we can't get enough, and the view never gets old.

We can't wait to share that view with our friends (our families have already seen it a couple of times), so we're currently preparing for a little housewarming/get together with some of our friends this weekend!


Lulu*s Style Studio

During New York Fashion Week, Lulu*s hosted a Style Studio event. Guests, bloggers, and influencers were invited to stop by and celebrate a night of fashion and beauty. Makeovers were provided by NYX Cosmetics and there was even live sketching of your outfit that night. I invited my cousin Kathleen to join me.

We picked up samples of a bunch of goodies like: hairspray, wooden toothbrushes, sugar scrubs, etc. while snacking on an array of pink candy. We were even allowed to take a piece home from the collections! I walked away with a pair of black distressed jeans, though I was debating between that and a red dress (ultimately, decided to go with what I would wear more often).

Later on during the night, we were able to spin a wheel for prizes - I ended up with a 3 piece swimsuit that can be mixed and matched. It wouldn't be complete without the fun photo booth!


Monday, July 27, 2015

I may still be impartial to Faire Collection, as I have blogged about them for the past few years (formerly known as Andean collection). You may remember in this post and in this post.

However, I was introduced to Mujus, (pronounced Moo-hoos) who offers a fair competition and is based locally in New York City. They too, work with quality, organic and sustainable raw materials. Mujus creates beautiful works of art in the form of jewelry using Amazonian seeds (mainly Tagua seeds). Because of that, each stone is unique - you can clearly see the skilled workmanship that goes behind these creations. Mujus' name literally means "seed" in Quechua, the ancient language of Peru. What's even better is that Mujus also gives back. They pay fair wages and provide health insurance to Mujus artisans in Lima. In the US, they do collaborate with the ALS Association in designing a special collection where a percentage of each sale goes directly to them.

I was gifted this Sansa necklace to try out, its design was inspired by the Game of Thrones character - therefore, giving its name. Mujus offers a large palette of brilliant colors to choose from, but I wanted to keep mine simple - something that would go with many outfits. I was tempted to get it in black, but felt the ivory showed more of the Tagua seed detail and is definitely more of a conversation starter. The stones were smooth and lightweight, so it didn't feel like it hanging onto my neck. It has a fun layering design, which is not something I often do - but it was a pleasant change.

Not only jewelry, Mujus utilizes the seeds to offer cuff links, brooches, keychains, and even playful styles for kids.

What do you think of jewelry made from Tagua seeds?


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Received a complimentary Rocksbox, and as you probably already know, offers you pieces of gorgeous jewelry each month as part of its subscription. First, you take a survey to find your style and can even add things to your wish list. Then, a stylist takes all of that info in and selects special pieces just for you!

I absolutely love all of the pieces I received: Lauren Hope Carina necklace ($165), Anuja Tolia Olympic ring ($20), A.V. Max Gold Square stud earrings ($110).

My favorite? The necklace. I love a good statement necklace (probably my go-to accessory).

Use code missaudreyxoxo to receive your first month free!


Flying Planes

Thursday, July 09, 2015

For my boyfriend's birthday, I treated him to a private flight lesson, thanks to Global Aviation. We had a choice of learning in a helicopter or a small plane. I thought it would be fun to try the small plane, especially since Andres had dreams of being a pilot.

Our instructor was very knowledgeable and taught us things to watch out for, and walked us through the entire process slowly. I had the opportunity to also fly the plane, but decided to give Andres my session as well. We took off from Farmingdale, NY at Republic Airport and we flew to Bridgeport, CT.

Since Andres had both sessions, we were able to try a "touch and go", where we land quickly and immediately take off again instead of having a full stop. Riding in the back was pretty fun, since I was able to enjoy the scenery.

On our round trip back, our instructor allowed for some freestyle soaring. Andres practiced turns and even did a 360°. It was quite windy that morning, but sitting inside, surprisingly I hardly felt the turbulence. It was a great little "adventure", and I highly recommend it.

Paint Nite

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

the example painting
Paint Nite was something Andres & I wanted to try after seeing a few of our friends recommended it to us. At first, Andres was a bit hesitant but it turned out to be a pretty fun night. I love that we were able to pick and choose which type of painting and at which location. It's a bummer that the ones hosted in the city (Manhattan) were a bit pricier than in the other boroughs, but we picked the "Fuji" painting at Grey Lady in the Lower East Side.
It was fairly easy, and our instructor was friendly & enthusiastic about everyone finding their own style. We went through the steps together, but were also able to be creative in our own ways. After the class, we glanced at everyone's work and our personal styles really showed through. We are already hoping to do it again sometime soon!
Yummy drink, btw!
Our finished pieces
Have you participated in Paint Nite?


Teavana Iced Tea

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The team at Teavana recently sent me an iced tea kit - absolutely perfect for the warmer weather. It included the brewing pitcher, two beautiful tea cans, a packet of rock sugar, and two delicious flavors. I received the Raspberry Limeade herbal blend as well as the Pineapple Berry Blue tea blend. Both smell amazing, by the way. For this post, I opted to try the Pineapple Berry Blue flavor. The whole process was so easy to do and didn't take a lot of time. Perfect timing since today is National Iced Tea Day!

I added the tea blend into the pitcher (depends on how much you want to serve), then added boiling water and let it brew for 10-15 minutes. I actually let it cool for a little bit longer, then had a glass-filled pitcher ready. What's SO easy about this is that you just have to hover the pitcher over the glass or pitcher and push down. It will automatically pour. To stop, all you have to do is lift it. (A short video clip is posted on my Twitter account / or if you follow me on Snapchat: audreyallure, you probably also saw the short snap).

I drank this with a couple of people on a warm night and it was definitely the ideal refresher. This is so perfect for sharing with friends/family over a weekend BBQ, picnic, or even poolside. Most likely. I'll be using this a lot during the summer!

I'm teaming up with Teavana to give away a set to a lucky reader! (Open to US readers only.) Enter below:
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P.S.Participating Teavana stores are offering a free 16oz glass of pineapple berry blue (today, June 10), so you can try it for yourself, and check out their large selection of flavors!