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:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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!

Bateaux New York

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

For my 25th birthday (May 15), my boyfriend Andres wanted to treat me to a dinner cruise, on the Bateaux. Our initial schedule was slated for the 16th, and we decided to drive into the city instead of taking the train. We were going to be just on time for boarding, but unfortunately there was a major accident in addition to a nearby street festival, and we ended up completely missing the entire the thing. It left the pier 20 minutes before we finally arrived. Even though we were disappointed, I thought it was a good sign for us since it ended up pouring during the night.

Fortunately, the team at Bateaux allowed us to reschedule and we went for the 23rd. This time, it went smoothly and it was bright & sunny. I wore this gorgeous dress, handmade by my talented friend Tanuka (a birthday gift from her).

I was surprised with a bouquet of red roses, and we had a bottle of wine ready for us by our amazing window seats. Staff was friendly on board, and loved our waiter! There was a jazz band playing covers throughout the night, and luckily we were on the side of the boat where we could properly view the band play. The food was delicious. I started with the beet & goat cheese salad, had the Moroccan chicken (was sooo good, I tried to savor it but ended up eating it so quickly). I finished it off with the classic New York cheesecake, and they sweetly added a candle for my birthday. There were big breaks in between courses so we went outside on deck to take in the view our beloved city, and watch the sunset. It never gets old. It was definitely a fun birthday to remember.

Jungwon at Night

Friday, May 29, 2015

I wore this amazing jacket after a night out on a belated birthday cruise Andres took me on. It was the perfect lightweight jacket needed for a summer-like night. It also helped with the wind blowing out on the deck of the boat. Jungwon makes durable, breathable, windproof & waterproof jackets, and it held true to its word. I did get accidentally splashed a little while on board, and by the end of the night it looked like I just walked out of my house from the beginning of the night - you couldn't even tell. The jacket also has these great big pockets, perfect for being on the go.