The Glossier Showroom

When we went to NYC last weekend I made sure to visit the Glossier showroom. Guys, that place is bustling. It’s as crowded as a Sephora but with better lighting and loader music. So, basically, super fun.  I went last year too, and it was far more crowded this year. I think it’s a testament to the growth in popularity of the brand as well as the increasing product offerings.

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When you get there, there is a large banner on the street with some of the glossier emoticons that are in their stickers. 

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 When you step into the lobby, there is a cite decal on the mirror saying high, and the elevator button makes it clear which floor the showroom is on. 

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Inside is numerous displays of all of the products, which you can play around with and try in. They also have mirrors everywhere so you can see (and take selfies, I’m sure) and a station where you can wash your hands off.  

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I love the bust and orchid display at the front, which right now is showcasing the Glossier You Perfume and Perfume Solid.  

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I picked up some of the Glossier cotton pads as well as Generation G lipstick in crush. I love this color, it fades into the perfect wash or pink, so you look like you have Disney princess level red lips.  

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When you get your order it’s perfectly branded bag with your name on it. You can also pick it up downstairs, where all the glossier goodies are hung up in a millennial pink display.  

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Has anyone else been to the showroom? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts, and if not I highly suggest it the next time you are in Soho. Also, don’t forget that since I’m a rep you can use my links to get 20% off your first order.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Hi friends! I was nominated by Kristen of Pugs and Pearls to participate in the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much Kristen! I love all the bright and wonderful pictures of the Florida sunshine on her blog, you can go say hi here

As part of the award I was asked to answer a few questions about myself so that everyone can get to know me better. So, drumroll please:

1. What habit are you most proud of?

I'm proud of the fact that I take the time to workout 3-4 times a week. It took me a long time to find an exercise routine that I enjoyed going to and didn't feel like a chore. After finding Pure Barre, however, I actually look forward to working out and have felt so much healthier in my mind and body. 

2. What is the number one thing on your wish list, and why?

I have always wanted a classic Chanel flap bag. Everything about the design is so iconic and timeless, and I feel confident it will never go out of style.

3. What is a compliment you've received recently?

That my blog is informative. Since I strive to fill it with articles and tips etc. that will help people live their best life, this meant a lot. Thank you! 

4. What do you think is the hardest thing about blogging? 

Getting better at photography. I didn't know anything about photography before I started All That Glitters, so everything has been a big learning curve. I'm really enjoying getting better at taking pictures, and learning so many new things along the way. I hope to have a DSLR camera soon!

5. Have you ever met anyone famous? 

Not yet.

6. What movie always makes your cry?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

7. What is your favorite thing about the age you are now?

That I feel like I have figured out what my priorities and values are, and how to live a life that reflects those.

8. How far away do you live from where you were born?

1,470.5 miles.

9. Would you describe yourself as an introvert or extravert? 

I'm an introvert who can pretend to be an extrovert for short periods of time.

10. NSYNC or Backstreet Boys?...98 Degrees?

Spice Girls

11. What is your favorite question to ask someone when you are getting to know them?

I don't really have one. My style is to to engage in a lot of small talk to make sure the other person is comfortable before I delve into anything truly personal.

Now I nominate:

1. Katelyn of Yellow Spectacles 

2. Felicity of Oliver and Moose 

3. Christi of Christi Brushes

4. Kelsey of Kelsey Bang

5. Kelly of Sparkles and Shoes

* Please don't feel obligated to answer, but I would love to read your answers : )

Here are your questions:

1. What's your favorite place you have ever visited?

2. First makeup you ever started wearing?

3.  Do you have a style icon? If so, who?

4. Do you like to cook? If so what's your favorite item to make?

5. What's your favorite part of your morning routine?

6. Makeup item you never go without? 

7. What items are always in your handbag?

8. What is the next place you'd love travel to?

9. What's the last thing you did that overcame a fear?

10. Favorite ice cream? 

11. What's your favorite part of writing your blog? 

The rules of this tag are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 5 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

If anyone would like to answer the questions in the comments I'd love to hear! 

 

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What to Pack for a Sightseeing Trip

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We’ve been on a number of sight seeing trips in the past year, and I’ve finally honed down what the essentials are to pack. Packing is something that I think sounds very straight forward, but in actuality takes some practice and finesse to learn. With that in mind, since Soring Break season is upon us, I thought it would be helpful to share what to pack for a sightseeing trip with all of you. I’m not including items like clothes and toiletries, since everyone is going to do their own thing. These are more universal items that I always use and make the trip better. I know a few of you have some trips around the corner, so I hope this is helpful! 

1. Ponchos. I buy them in bulk on Amazon, and then pack 2 or 3 each for my husband and I. I leave the most of them at the hotel, and carry around one each in my backpack. 

2. Pocket Umbrella. if you are going to a city, have a pocket umbrella in your purse. They aren’t that heavy and look a lot chicer than a poncho. At this time of year the chances of rain or sleet are very high, so it will definitely come in handy. I just got this one and it’s so cute, I love all the little details like the hot dog vendor and pidgeons. I also love all of these:

4. A cute backpack (or large tote). I bought this Longchamp backpack a couple of years ago and I use it on every trip we take. It isn’t large so it doesn’t get to heavy or hot, but it fits all of the essentials like our phones, wallets, charger, ponchos and/or umbrella, and sweaters. I also love that it isn’t too feminine so I can get my husband to carry it ;) The Longchamp tote is great too, especially since it folds up if you aren’t using it in the plane. I use it when we go to a city, since I am afraid pickpockets will get to my backpack

I find these are way better ina sightseeing trip than a purse since they fit more items in them, and are easier to clean. The reality is that when you are walking around all day getting on and off the subway and into cabs and waiting in long crowded lines your items are going to get dirty or scratched, and something like a Longchamp tote shows wear far less than a favorite purse. 

3. Sweater. I like to bring one sweater (or sweatshirt depending on the formality of where you are going) that matches everything I am wearing. Even in the summer, or very hot locations, chances are you’ll get wet in the rain or be caught off guard by super low AC, so it’s worth it to have a sweater that can be worn every day. I like all of these:

4. Bandaids. No matter how comfortablue my shoes are, I always wish I had bandaids with my after a long day of walking. I like to keep a box in my duffel so I never forget. 

5. Travel sized hair tools. I always regret it when I don’t bring a travel blow drier and straightener. At the end if they day, my hair gets frizzy from walking around all day and I want a way to tame it the next morning, so it’s worth the extra room in my luggage.   

6. Face wipes. I use these to take my makeup off after a long day and also to clean. Since they aren’t liquid they don’t get all over my other toiletries, and they are great for cleaning my seat and the airplane tray table.  

7. Book light. Since it’s so easy to accidentally wake other people up in a hotel room, I love having a dim light I can use to read by, or even navigate the hotel room without waking everyone else up in the middle of the night.  

8. Snacks. I love having some extra granola bars (these are my current favorite) and tea in hand for those hangry moments we all have. Getting super hungry when there’s no food in sight is the worst, and can really dampen the mood of an otherwise perfect afternoon. When we were in France for our honeymoon I got so hungry on the train, like the kind where you’re going to be sick, and we couldn’t get any food for hours. I really happened the whole morning, and is a mistake I don’t want to make again. 

9. Sunscreen. Sun care is very important no matter where you’re going, and it’s important to reapply all day. I always get a number of the small travel sized tubes from Target, and then carry one around all day. They even fit in your pocket if there’s a reason you don’t want a bag.  

10. Tylenol. Vacations are one of the only times that I give in and take Advil or Tylenol for a headache since I don’t want to miss out in a once and a lifetime experience, and since  I don’t have the luxury of a long shower and lie down in my own bed. Getting these at the hotel can be really expensive though, so I lake to keep a bottle in my bag just in case. 

Do you have any must lack vacation items? I’d love to hear your travel tips! 

 

 

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Happy Friday

I friends! I hope everyone had a nice week! Does anyone else have a long weekend? I'm so excited to relax, at home, and get some chores done while also having ample time to relax. Our two back to back weekend getaways were wonderful, and now I am tired. The couch, some tea, and the Olympics is going to do me a lot of good so that I am ready to conquer the rest of February. 

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1. Lilly Pulitzer launched swim! All of the suits looks so cute, I don't think I can decide! I really love this one piece and this one, along with this bikini and this one, and this dress. They are giving away a free beach towel with every $200 spend this weekend, so I might just have to go shopping. 

2. I love these Kate spade earrings - they honestly remind me of a pair Kate Middleton always wears. Does anyone else follow her fashion choices? 

3. I think it will come as no surprise to anyone I can't wait to see the new Black Panther movie

4. Has anyone been watching the Olympics? I've loved being able to watch it every night. If you haven't seen Shawn White's gold medal runs yet, you have to. My jaw actually dropped throughout. I'm normally not a very expressive TV watcher, but seeing all of the competitors fly into the air had me cheering and gaping. 

5. In honor of Presidents' Day weekend I thought I would share some of my favorite presidential biographies, and some of the ones I would like to read. I'd love any suggestions! I really loved The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris, The River of Doubt by Candine Millard, and I want to read Destiny of a Republic, John Adams and 1776.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Tips for Visiting NYC

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Hi friends! I hope you are having a great week and had a wonderful Valentines Day! Over here at the Glitters household we are getting back into the swing of things after a quick trip to NYC last weekend. We just had the BEST time and I’m excited to share our travels with you. Instead of doing a general recap post, however, I decided to share my pictures while doling out my favorite NYC travel tips. 

1. Make reservations. Eating out in NYC is a big deal, and the restaurants will be crowded and the wait will be long. If there is anywhere you particularly want to eat, make sure to book a reservation a week or two in advance. I like to read travel blogs and news articles to pick out spots, and mix the new places with old favorites.  

We ate at Cafe Select for breakfast (the Muesli pancakes are amazing), had tea at Harney and Sons (the Paris tea is amazing, I always get some to take home), Charlie Bird for dinner (I highly, highly, highly suggest the grilled octopus), and then the next day Balthazar for brunch (we’ve been twice and everything is great), Milk Bar Cookies for a snack (love!), and Trattoria Trecoli for dinner (the food was really good, and the service was quick). 

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2. if you want to go shopping, the inside of Bergdorf Goodman is beautiful. It’s worth it just to walk around and take in the beauty of the building. Also, the beauty floor is unreal - they even have Charlotte Tillbury

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For beauty shopping, I recommend the Glossier showroom, the Sephora at Times Square (it has all the brands that most stores don’t carry), and Ricky’s. 

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Finally, I think that if you want to shop, it’s worth going into stores that you may have at your mall at home. The stores in New York, especially the ones on Madison Ave., have a much larger selection and the decor is amazing. For instance, the Kate Spade store is enormous, and has stories and stories of decor and clothes and bags. I love just walking around and admiring all of the cute details everywhere. 

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3. Carry around the essentials - water (on that note, Ralph Lauren stores have big clean bathrooms), bandaids, an umbrella and a phone charger. One time I went into Cambridge to study and this girl came up to me close to tears and asked to use my phone - hers had died and she had no way to call her ride, and didn’t even have access to the phone number. After that, I never walk around a city unaware of my phone’s power level. 

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4. If you can swing it, see a Broadway show. We saw Wicked and it was so amazing.

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Happy Valentine's Day

To write this post I started by researching the legendary of St. Valentine - it's not the happiest story, so I am going to spare you, haha. While I generally love digging into holidays historical origins, I think for this holiday the only origin I'll remember is Galentines Day a la Parks and Rec.

Anyways...sorry for the rambling. After 2 6 am flights in 3 days I am very, very tired. I hope everyone has a lovely holiday, however you are spending it! Since it falls on Ash Wednesday this year my husband and I are going to play it low key and attend Mass, then cook something delicious. I'm thinking Giada's lemony shrimp risotto. The one tradition we have is we always exchange cards. I love the idea of being able to re-read them years from now. What will you be doing? No matter what you have going on, I know I spent many holiday huddled in my apartment intently studying, I hope you do something special to treat yourself. Perhaps a bath, or a favorite sweet for dessert, or even watching the Parks and Rec Valentines episodes. Whatever treat you have the time and energy for, I say go for it. We all deserve to treat ourselves with some extra love today. 

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Best Bags in NYC

I spent last weekend wandering around Soho on a weekend getaway that happened to also be fashion week. I saw the best handbags. I have loved a nice bag since high school. Now, I did not have a nice bag in high school, but that’s when I started to admire them and learn all about the latest trends and brands. My love and knowledge have only grown with time, and I loved spotting all the beatiful bags in stores and on arms throughout NYC. Here are some of my favorites 

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Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Happy Friday friends! I’m so excited to watch the Winter Olympics opening ceremony tonight. There’s something about watching all the best athletes come together to compete and do superhuman level feats, all while achieving their lifelong dream that gets me all choked up. Plus, seeing as I can barely do a cartwheel, watching them compete is just so impressive.

You can find a schedule of events here. What’s ymour favorite event? I’ll be watching every night, but my absolute favorite is figure skating. 

My husband and I fly out to NYC tomorrow early. We are going to explore Soho on Saturday and then go to see a show on Sunday. I can’t wait to share pictures and restaurant recommendations! Also, I’m trying not to over pack, but I rarely get an opportunity to wear some of my favorite winter clothes...so I’ll ate last be bringing my boots, an lbdtights, a sweater, and some of my favorite bags, including my red Longchamp (because what’s more fun than feeling cool while walking around NYC ;)

Target had some adorable Valentine’s Day decorations! I’m particularly fond of the dog napkins. Aren't they adorable? They also have some great stuff in the $1 bins by the door. I had tried not to check them out for a while, since I didn’t want to get sucked in, but the jars of sequins got me.

l’m really loving this bare minerals lip gloss! It’s a gorgeous pink rose gold, and I’ve been wearing it everywhere. Plus, it's named snarky, which is just kind of fun ;)

We are trying to plan our next big trip, and have found a number of great articles about places to go and things to see. I recommend this one on places to avoid, this one on secret beaches, and this one on how to make a travel bucket list. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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What to Get Your Guy For Valentines Day

I can’t believe it’s almost Valentines Day. I always celebrate the holiday in a pretty low key fashion, but I still like to get my man a little surprise. So,etching sweet but masculine, and thoughtful. That can be pretty tough to come up with sometimes, so I’ve developed a list of staples to inspire everyone’s holiday gifting! 

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1. T Shirts - My man hates buying them but loves having new ones. It's a thoughtful gift, it isn't too expensive, and he'll think of you every morning when he puts them on. 

2. After Shave Balm - I love getting my husband shaving stuff. Nice shaving products elevate an every day process, and it seems so manly and romantic.

3. Cologne - I think a sexy scent epitomizes the romantic Valentines Day gift.

4. Socks - Socks are like the tees. He doesn't want to buy them, but he wants to own them, and you can show him how sweet and thoughtful you are.

5. Shaving kit - I love that this kit has every shaving thing he could need, even the most awesome razor I've ever seen.

6. Pajamas - Guys like cuddly pajamas too, even if they'd never admit it. 

7. This cologne is one of my personal favorites. Who says a gift to your guy can't also be a gift to you? 

8. And this is my other favorite cologne.

9. Work socks to cover all the bases.

10. I got my husband this shave cream back when we were dating, and no joke the container lasts him almost a full year! 

Also, I highly recommend a sweet card and even a homemade gift. Even if your guy isn't the most romantic, he still wants to feel the love. 

Do you have any gift ideas? Do you know how you're celebrating? I'd love to hear! 

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Baby Shampoo as Makeup Remover

Hi! Did everyone have a great Super Bowl weekend? I’m back on this marvelous Monday with another tip for you, baby shampoo as eye makeup remover.

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What you do is just squeeze a small amount into your hands when you are in the shower, rub your wet hands together to lather it, and ru it back and forth across your closed eyes (and lashes), in a somewhat windshield wiper motion. Rinse your face under the shower and that’s it! and t used to have problems with the roots of my eyelashes getting clogged, and the problem hasn’t occurred once since I started this trick. It also feels a lot cleaner than dedicated eye makeup removers which always feel greasy or oily to me.

The one caveat to using baby shampoo as eye makeup remover is that if you have on very stubborn waterproof makeup you will need to use a little makeup remover after (this doesn’t happen often, only when I have a TON of no budge makeup on, like for instance, after my engagement photo shoot). My favorites are below. They work without and scrubbing and less residue than other options. 

 

Do any of you you have any makeup emover tips? I’d love to hear! 

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Glossier You Perfume Solid

I’m excited to tell you guys all about Glossier’s newest product - Glossier You Perfume Solid. It comes in a metal case, and is made to melt into your skin no matter where you are or how far you are traveling.

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I love perfume solids because they are so easy to carry around. You don’t have to worry about them spilling all over your purse, or switching to an atomizer when you travel. I also feel like they waste less product then their liquid sisters - you never lose anything to evaporation, or listing the air instead of your skin. 

Glossier You Solid Perfume costs $22 US ($29 CAN, £19 GPB), and you can get 20% off your first Glossier order if you use my rep link

Also, I’m going to be in Soho next weekend (!!!) and am going to stop by the Glossier showroom, I’ll take pictures of everything for all you guys so you can see it “in the real world” if you will. Is there anything in particular you'd like me to capture and talk about? 

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