Blogtober14 Day 21: dream vacation

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Having fun on day 21!

Today’s prompt is something that I think about on a pretty constant basis. As usual, I don’t have just one answer.
We’re talking about dream vacations today, kids.

If I were given an unlimited amount of time and money to go any and everywhere I’d go to:

EUROPE: i want to eat pizza in italy, ask big ben for the time, see a senorita (with flowers in her hair) in spain, drink beer in germany, pick a 4 leaf clover in ireland, see the beauty that is prague, buy a beret in france, brush my hair with a dinglehopper at the little mermaid statue in copenhagen, smell the tulips in holland, suspend reality in amsterdam, visit castles in scotland… the list goes on. am i stereotyping? i apologize if my ugly american is showing, but the more i wrote, the more excited i got.

EXOTIC BEACHES: after my european journey, i think my next vacation would be to a beach. my cousin has been to atlantis in the bahamas and really liked it. fine with me. i just want a good pina colada, a comfy beach chair, a book or my kindle, and a pool for when the sun gets too hot.

AUSTRALIA: i want to be face to face with a kangaroo ( or a safe distance behind a fence with trained profesionals all around), i want to feed a koala some eucalyptus, i want to see the great barrier reef, i want to find P. Sherman at 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. i want to visit the opera house at night because the pictures are so beautiful.

CALIFORNIA: The furthest west I’ve ever been was memphis, tennessee. which isn’t that far, in the long run. i want to do all of california. see the redwoods, go to haight-ashbury, find the backstreet boys’ star on the walk of fame, say hello to the tanner family in san fransisco, break out of alcatraz, slip some of my celebrity husbands my phone number.

OTHER STATES: i have an ever growing list of places to see in america. i live here; i have no excuse. i’ve heard the grand canyon is incredible in person. niagara falls (the american and canadian side), hawaii, georgia, south and north carolina, louisiana, texas… this list goes on also.

MANHATTAN: but martina, you live in brooklyn! i know. i’ve just always wanted to rent a room in the city, traipse around – taking pictures, doing typical new york things, and when i’m tired and done for the day, just go up to my room and order room service. this vacation (weekend getaway, really), probably sounds better in my head. i’m a big believer in being a tourist in your own city because you’re probably taking the things it has to offer for granted. especially when your city is new york.

I guess I have a bit of wanderlust, huh? Where would you go?

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cukoo for kiko!

Day 19’s prompt was “Your biggest fear”. Yea, no. My biggest fears are either too depressing or too embarrassing to talk about with the internet. So in lieu of that post, I decided to talk about a new cosmetic line that I’ve recently come across.

What better way to spend Columbus Day other than shopping? Spending Columbus Day just taking what we want, that’s what.

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Anyway, we took a ride to the Staten Island mall and were ready to shop. We headed over to JCPenney first, where we all usually have success. I, however, did not have success but that’s for a different post. As we walked down towards Penney’s I noticed a new store that was filled with brightly colored things on display and black walls. a new makeup store? I thought. not with MAC right two stores away. As we got closer I looked in and got super excited. IT IS A NEW MAKEUP STORE! WITH MAC TWO STORES AWAY! it must be expensive. I peeked in as we passed and my eye caught a sign by the door. Something about mascara starting at $5.95. WHAAAT?! Could it get any better? I announced that we needed to make the new makeup store, Kiko Cosmetics, a stop on our Staten Island mall tour.

We did our clothes shopping, stopped for some lunch (I had potatotopia, in case you were wondering, and I highly recommend it), and then it was finally time to return to the new makeup store. I did a few laps, picking things up here and there. I swatched some lipsticks and eyeshadows. My hands looked like Bob Ross’ paint palette. The quality of the products were high and the cost low. It seems like they’re testing the American market because from what the salesgirl was saying, they’re changing the prices and offering some discounts to see what sells at what price point. Now that I wrote that out, it doesn’t seem right. Maybe I misunderstood because, quite frankly, I was in my own little makeup world.

The prices are really reasonable. The skincare was 30% off and the water eyeshadows were $9.95 (i believe). The prices listed below are before any percentages off.

From their website:

KIKO MILANO is constantly committed to a single objective: to allow all women to treat themselves to the most innovative cosmetics without having to sacrifice their budget. Quality is no longer synonymous with high prices.

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Let me show you what I bought!

(*disclaimer: i bought the following products with my own money. i was not asked to shop in the kiko cosmetics store or write any reviews of their products.)

 

I haven’t used any of these products yet except for swatches.

First impressions:

eye shadow: they are super pigmented. the shades i picked all have shimmer to them but they do offer some matte shades. they have a nice selection, but i hope they add to it as the brand becomes more popular. i thought the infinity eye shadow would stick to a z palette, but it doesn’t. it kind of makes transporting/storing hard, but they offer plastic cases that the shadows click in to. the next time i go back, i’ll just buy one to put the shadow in.  the quality and pigmentation reminded me of Inglot eye shadows. if you haven’t been there and find yourself near one, do yourself a favor and go in and buy something, anything. you can thank me later. i heard the sales girl compare the water shadows to makeup for ever shadow.

nail polish: they have a nice selection of nail polish shades. again, although there are some creamy ones, i found mostly shimmery/glittery ones. but that could also be what i’m attracted to. i chose this shade because i’ve been on the hunt for a nice, true emerald shade.

skin care: being closer to 30 than to 20, i decided to start to add anti-aging products to my routine. i really like the moisturizer because 1) it can be used for both day and night. 2) on the box it says that it “guarantees a significant increase in moisture after only 90 minutes”. my dry skin is guardedly optimistic. 3) the packaging is plastic so i don’t have to worry about dropping it and it’s not heavy at all. the eye serum is supposed to combat dark circles and puffiness while instantly lifting the skin. the serum itself feels really nice on the skin. the perfect picture serum also feels good and the both absorb quickly. it has a pink iridescence to it, which helps to diffuse the light, and makes you “picture perfect”, but it doesn’t leave the skin looking like a disco ball.

I wish I bought a lip product since I’m obsessed with them; also to see how they wear during the day.

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As I was checking out, I asked the sales girl if they had a website that I could buy from also. She said that the website is designed for the European customers right now. So if you buy anything from there, it would be in Euros and you end up paying more for your order. She said that the website would be available to America in January. As far as brick and mortar stores, the only ones in America are located in the Staten Island mall, two or three malls in New Jersey, and one in Miami. Frankly, I’m surprised they didn’t come to Manhattan. I mean I’m not complaining; it’s just surprising that they would choose New Jersey over the city.

I’ll keep you posted on how the products work/hold up. I have high hopes for these products; I’m a bit obsessed with the brand already!

See you tomorrow!

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Blogtober14 Day 19: what makes me happy

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Day 19 wants to know what makes me happy.
I’m a generally happy person but there are things that send me over the edge. As usual, I’m blatantly not choosing just one item. Without further ado:

Martina’s List of Happy
my family, my friends, Disney movies, when my favorite shows have new seasons, diet coke, guys who are good with kids, guys in sweatpants, laughing, glitter, the mindy project, once upon a time, fall colors, taking off my bra, romantic comedies, guys who don’t act like assholes, michael kors bags, christmas, my birthday, finding money in an old jacket pocket, anything on sale, compliments, backstreet boys, one direction, receiving flowers, trips to sephora and ulta, videos from my favorite youtubers, payday, meaningful conversations, romantic guys, just because presents, taking a great photo, central park, smart guys, when things work out according to plan, new school supplies, going away on vacation, 90’s reruns, brooklyn, my bed, my celebrity husbands, instagram, funny guys, iced coffee, apple cider donuts, inside jokes, blogging, no traffic, rainstorms,summer, emojis, tax returns, crisp fall days, finding a good parking spot, getting dressed up, food, a fresh manicure, vibrant lipstick, good books, watching TV on the couch with my mom, Degrassi seasons 8, 9, and 10, movie nights, exploring the city, clean sheets, boozy brunches, reading in bed, silly moods, finding things with my name on it, having my hair played with, when my hair/makeup comes out exactly how i want it to and stays that way, seeing my site stats go up, nice comments on my posts, an easy day at work, ed sheeran’s thinking out loud video, anything from kate spade, reminiscing, shopping sprees…

And this list goes on.

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Blogtober14 Day 18: share a secret

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Day 18 wants to know a secret about me. Usually, I hope that millions of people come and read my blog, but this time, I hope my readership is low because after I tell you this secret, I’ll have to kill you.

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Do you give up, or are you thirsty for more?

I have thought and thought about this topic and I really can’t think of any secrets. Or really, any secrets that I’m willing to share on the internet for everyone to see. Consider yourself saved.

I mean, of course I have secrets- who doesn’t? I just feel like there’s a different kind of secret that should be released to the internet. Things that might come out in casual conversation, maybe over a few drinks are ok. Because remember, there was a time not too long ago that drinks and conversation with actual people was considered “social networking”. Things that you should go to a priest or the police with, are not ok. What defines each type of secret depends on the secret haver/ teller.

I guess I could admit that although I love being an only child, recently I have been wanting a brother or sister – or two. I wanted on for a few years as a kid and got over it when I realized I didn’t have to share anything. But now, I kind of wish I had an older brother or sister. I think part of it is because my mom has siblings and I see how close they are and I see how close my cousins are with each other as siblings. Don’t get me wrong, my cousins and I are extremely close, but at the end of the day, it’s not the same. Also, I want to be an aunt. As happy as I will be for my cousins and friends when they have children, and accept the title of “Aunt Martina” without hesitation, I can’t help but to feel that it’s just not the same. The love for the kids will be there, no question. But there’s a difference between friend/cousin aunt and Aunt aunt. You know?

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sisters who selfie together, stay together.

What are some of your “social networking” secrets?

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Blogtober14 Day 17: things I am an expert at

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Woah, day 17 already. It’s the beginning of the end, folks.

Day 17 wants to know what I’m an expert at.

Um. everything. Do you even read this blog?

I guess I could choose a few things to write about.

Golden Girls trivia: I’ve mentioned this before,  but I know each Golden Girls episode back and forth. Just try me.

Starting things and not finishing them: I’m not trying to be self deprecating; I hardly ever finish things I start. I usually get bored or frustrated that whatever it is isn’t coming out the way I intended so I put it off to the side, with the intention of coming back to it with a clear head and I usually never do. Frankly, I’m surprised this blog has lasted almost a year. mimosas for everybody!

Making piles: I’m not a slob or a hoarder, but sometimes I don’t have a place for all of my stuff.

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Giving the benefit of the doubt: I’m constantly playing devil’s advocate. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing.

Organizing pictures: Ok. I might have an issue with putting my other stuff away, but when it comes to photos, I’m a pro. I’m one of those people who still get printed copies of their photos. It drives my mom crazy because we’re running out of space. I tell her, and anyone else who has something to say, “Don’t call me when you need a slideshow or collage made then.”

Daydreaming: My goodness, I’m always talking to myself and staring off into space. It’s one of my endearing qualities *wink*

The Little Mermaid: I could pick up this movie at any point and start reciting. Apparently, I am a big expert in reciting lines from movies and TV shows. Another one of my most endearing qualities. I don’t know how I’m still single.

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I'M RIGHT HERE!

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What are some things that you have expertise in?

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Blogtober14 Day 16: Fall fashion

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Another day, another picture heavy post.
Day 16 is all about Fall fashion. I scoured Pinterest and Polyvore for some “If I had the money, body and time to put this together, I would totally wear this” outfits. Enjoy!

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love that scarf and those elbow patches!
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excuse me while i drool over this coat

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with leggings and boots.. sign me up.

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At the end of the day, I should really just live in  this shirt.

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Blogtober14 Day 15: favorite quote

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How have ya beeeen, day 15?

Today’s prompt is “favorite quote and why”. I decided to make this post extremely visual because, as usual, I couldn’t choose just one and I found or made one of those word pictures (you’ll see what I mean) for each one of them. I don’t know how much explaining I’m going to be doing because it’s all going to come out like “I like this one because I like it.” I mean, I’m striving for the utmost in quality here and that’s not quality.

I’ll start with Plato because after looking through the other ones I’ve chosen, I feel like I should make myself look deep and introspective.

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See, a word picture. Yea, I don’t know what they’re called either. Anyway, I love this quote and it’s something I’ve lived by for a while now. I always try to smile at people who I pass in the street or at work. You never know what’s going on in someone else’s life, no matter what kind of front they put on. Kindness is like strong perfume – a little of it goes a long way.

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I’ve loved this quote for a while now. It puts things into perspective.

The next two are from my newest woman crush, Mindy Kaling/Lahiri. If you don’t watch The Mindy Project, you should start. It’s great and I love it and, while we’re at it, it needs a full third season so #fullseasonformindy.

Kate Spade, to me, exemplifies the woman that I want to be. When I think of her brand, I think of New York socialites running around the city without a care in the world. Her brand is fun, flirty and timeless. I’m not trying to suck up, but if it worked and if someone who has the power to hire over at Kate Spade corporate is reading this, HIRE ME PLEASE. Even if you need someone to staple papers together – I’ll do it! For a nice salary, great benefits, some perks (like a great employee discount), and quite frankly, my own desk, of course. Ehh, I’ll even settle for just the desk, salary and dental.

The next two aren’t from Kate Spade but they fit into that “I’m a carefree New York socialite” vibe.

And finally, a post about quotes wouldn’t be complete without Brooklyn’s own, The Notorious BIG.

I’m sure there’s more but I’ll end it for now. Check my instagram (@maaaartinaaaa) because I post these word pictures often. Will I ever figure out a name for these things?

Actually, two more because I felt like it.

 

Ok. I’m REALLY done now. See you tomorrow!

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The One Lovely Blog Award

Oh my goodness, you guys!

As I’ve said before, I’m not usually rendered speechless, but here I am struggling to form sentences. I’ll just spit it out- I WAS NOMINATED FOR MY FIRST BLOGGING AWARD! and I have Rachel over at The Awkward Addict to thank. (THANK YOU SO MUCH!)

I can’t tell you how humbled I am. Sometimes it feels like I’m talking to myself over here and then, thankfully, I am proved wrong. Thank you for reading, liking, commenting on my posts. I’m not a hugger, but if I was, I’d hug the shit out of all of you. (ew. not literally. gross.)

This totally makes up for not winning the V award in 3rd grade. Now, that’s a funny childhood story. But that’s for another time.

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Now for the rules

1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

2. You must list the rules and display the award.

3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.

4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated

5. You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven facts about me

  1. I’ve lived in the same house since I was born.
  2. I am left handed.
  3. My first ever concert was the Backstreet Boys. I was 22. and loved every single minute of it.
  4. I am not a fan of Beyonce. please don’t burn down my house.
  5. I hardly ever cry at movies or tv shows, but last year’s kohls christmas commercial and apple’s christmas commercial got me choked up.
  6. I am an only child.
  7. I got the perfect attendance award in 5th grade.

my nominees are:

honestly, libby

tutus and tiny hats

fisticuffs and shenanigans

queen of sparkles

margaret fogs

miss freckle’s blog

helene in between

the daily tay

legally lovely

the life of tess

ali rose

chits and giggles

sam schuerman

the plus side of me

sprinkle of glitter

Thank you so much again, Rachel!

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Blogtober14 Day 14: funniest childhood memory

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Day 14 – I can’t believe I’ve lasted two weeks already! I also can’t believe October is already half over. So depressing.

The good news is that today’s prompt is “Your funniest childhood memory”. At first I couldn’t think of just one because my childhood was a really good time. Especially with my family. Finally, I chose this one because it still makes me smile. I’m actually grinning like an idiot just thinking about what to write.

When I was about 10 years old my parents took me and three of my cousins to our summer-house in New Jersey. We’re all pretty close in age which, when you’re a kid, means one of two things – you either hate each other or you’re best friends. Being the exception to that rule, we were best friends until we hated each other and then best friends again. One morning, after breakfast, we wanted to play a game. It was decided that we play the Disney Trivia Game since we all had an equal shot at doing well. The four of us sat around the table, playing nicely. Everything was great, the game was moving along. It was my cousin Nicole’s turn so she rolled the die, moved her Mickey head and waited. My cousin Desiree, chose a card to read from. She showed Nikki the picture on the front and read, “What is my name?” The answer was Nala (of Lion King fame). Nikki just stared and stared at the card. Her sister, Jillian and I cheered her on, “Come on, Nick! Who is it? You know this!” All of a sudden, Nikki throws her hands in the air and announces “I DON’T KNOW THIS QUESTION!” and falls, with her head buried in her arms on top of the table.

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Stunned, Jill, Desi, and I stopped dead. We didn’t know if she was buying time or if she really didn’t know the answer. We couldn’t believe that she didn’t know the answer since we all watched the movie hundreds of times, knew most of the words and, at one point or another, probably crawled around pretending to be Simba, Nala, Mufasa, and/ or Scar. She lifted her head and we saw that she was crying. Nikki is the baby of the family so being her wonderful, thoughtful older cousins and sister that we were (are), we immediately started making fun of her. “How do you not know the answer? You love this movie! Do you want a hint?” I guess my mom made tell her who it was and eventually the game moved on, but for the rest of the day all you heard from one of us, the wonderful, thoughtful older cousins and sister, was “I DON’T KNOW THIS QUESTION!” with our hands thrown up in the air. Who am I kidding? Even now, almost 20 years later, one of us will work it into casual conversation – with a little less arm flailing. As a matter of fact, we were all at my uncle’s birthday party this weekend and I can’t remember what was going on, maybe we we’re assembling ourselves for a picture? Heaven knows I can’t remember anything anymore. Anyway, everyone was talking at once and things got a little nuts (as per usual), I looked over at my cousin Desiree and when our eyes met she started to laugh and announced “I DON’T KNOW THIS QUESTION!” Maybe you just had to be there.

Also, the reason why I made Desi’s name a link is because she entered a contest to win her dream job. Go ahead and click her name and give her a vote! It takes less than 5 minutes and you can do it once a day, all you need is a valid email. So come back and vote again tomorrow too! pleaseandthankyou.

 

 

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