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#ThrowbackThursday: Beauty Trip to Poland

As summer nears and the weather gets warmer it’s hard not to fantasize about getting out of town and planning new travel destinations and spending some quality time with the wonderful friends in my life. Unfortunately, My schedule has been so crazy recently, I haven’t had a second to plan anything —  I’ve been fantasizing about going somewhere tropical (maybe St. Thomas, Costa Rica, or South America). Although my true desire is to do a month in Europe; spend time in Paris, visit Berlin and make it to Greece and Maldives. (If I keep running with this fantasy, I may never return.)

Danielle, Rachel, me and Felicia!
Danielle, Rachel, me and Felicia!

A lot of this need to explore dates back to last summer, when I was invited an a impromptu press trip to Poland with some of my best blogger/beauty friends, Rachel from Birchbox, Felicia from This, That, Beauty, and Danielle, The Style and Beauty Doctor. This was our first trip together and it could not have been a better time! Nothing but beautful weather, great conversation and endless exploration! We were invited to attend the inaugural Polska Cosmetics conference and Beauty Forum Expo and to learn more about the Polish beauty industry, and what we got was so much more. Shopping trips, dance clubs, museum visits, walking tours from downtown to old town and between.

Girls night out with Smirnoff

Tuesday night I joined The Glam Network and Smirnoff for a much needed girls night out. Hosted at the NYC nail salon, tenoverten we we’re treated to makeovers, mani + pedi’s, massages, tarot card readings, a sushi dinner and an assortment of cocktails using Smirnoff’s new Sorbet Light vodka. Available in three flavors, Mango Passion Fruit, Lemon and Raspberry Pomegranate, Smirnoff had a list of specialty cocktails using their new infused vodka line. I opted to try all three and while I was impressed by the light refreshing taste of them all, hands down their Smirnoff Sorbet Light Mango Passion Fizz cocktail was my favorite (Note the recipe: Mango Passion Fruit Smirnoff Sorbet Light, Fresh Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup or Agave Nectar, Club Soda or Basil Leaves). It may just be my new summer drink!


No girls (or shall I say ladies…) night out would be complete without a gal pal to enjoy it with. I was fortunate to bring one of my favorite makeup artists and good friend, (we used to work at NARS together) Jenny Smith! Sitting in a-joining mani/pedi stations, catching up on life, while getting our nails done reminded me of High School — only this time it came with alcohol. New rule,

Summertime madness… {sponsored}

May has been one of the most rewarding and busiest months for my blog. (And I say that with utter excitement). Under any other circumstances taking on 7 – 10 hour work days would seem intolerable, however with all of the new brands I’m meeting with, online features I’ve been asked to contribute to, events I’m hosting, and partnership I’ve had the opportunity to participate in, I’ve never feel more energetic in my life! I can not wait to share all of these collaborations!

Central park with o

The one tole that these long hours has taken is that on my personal life and workout goals (although running around the city almost counts as a regimen). So one thing I’m committed to this summer is picking up new fitness activities, and spending more quality time with my friends and family.  And I’m kicking off these resolutions starting next week. Smirnoff is hosting a Stir Up Your Summer soiree, where I get to bring a friend for a night of pampering (doesn’t that sound so perfect right now?). Mani’s, pedi’s, massages and a bottomless glass of Smirnoff Sorbet Cocktails. I could not be looking any more forward to this girls night and some much needed relaxing and gal pal time. I’ve also