While New York City has a reputation of being one of the most expensive cities in the world, there are still a lot of cheap and even free sights to see and things to do. One at the top of my list is to take a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. I’ve only ever been during the day, and I imagine it would be especially peaceful in the morning or evening, but I love the contrast between the bright blue skies and the bridge’s brown brick arches. Slather on some sunscreen, throw on a pair of sunnies, and head to the bridge with a friend (or a good playlist), and experience the contrast of the Brooklyn and Manhattan boroughs. If you’re staying in Manhattan and walking across to Brooklyn, DUMBO is a chic little neighborhood off to the left side of the bridge exit. If the trek over the bridge leaves you famished, DUMBO boasts popular New York area restaurant chains such as Westville and Bluestone Lane. While you’re in the area, don’t forget to go to Brooklyn Bridge Park and take a whirl on Jane’s Carousel, then peruse south and walk along the edge of the East River for a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline.
View of downtown Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian walkway.
The Manhattan Bridge as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park. The DUMBO area of Brooklyn stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. See what all of the NYC neighborhoods stand for here– I had no idea until recently!
I was wearing;
Nordstrom BP 55MM Cat Eye Sunglasses in White/Pink (linked above)
Forever 21 White Crochet Crop Top (no longer available, similar options linked)
Sam Edelman Rowan Mary Jane Flat in Natural Naked (linked above) Also worn here
“Summer in the City; Walk the Brooklyn Bridge” Photographed by Emily Davis & Niki Hicks
© Emily Davis
So apparently I missed the Amazon Prime Day train yesterday… (#BloggerFail), but I still wanted to share some tips for shopping fashion on Amazon. Like everyone else, I’ve become accustomed to the Prime 2-Day shipping on everyday items, but it was never my clothing or accessory destination until recently. Navigating an online retailer whose claim to fame is having everything under the sun can be both frustrating and time-consuming, so to make it a little easier (and so you can start getting your new shoes delivered to your doorstep in a mere two days!), I’m sharing tips that have helped me find what I’m looking for on the jungle that is Amazon.com.
- Target Your Search
Unless you enjoy spending hours browsing, take advantage of the customization of Amazon‘s search tools, which can narrow down results by Prime 2-Day shipping eligible, color, brand, reviews, and category. You can get really specific, but in my experience, it’s better to type in a keyword that’s more generic and then check the required boxes to fine-tune the results.
- Shop Specific Brands
I really love buying fashion and accessories on Amazon from brands that I already know and love for two reasons. One, if the brand is well-established and consistent, I’m more familiar with their sizing and am more likely to order the correct size. Two, as long as the product is distributed by the original designer/manufacturer, I know that the quality will be up to par. You can find out who the seller is at the top of an item’s description- it should be the store’s name in blue text with a click-able link to their shop’s page. I’ve been loving searching for Sam Edelman shoes on Amazon
- Shop Amazon’s Fashion Brands
Because there are so many options, one keyword search can translate to thousands of pages of results, ranging in price and quality. You can find super cheap (and usually cheaply made) pieces from thousands of sellers. On the opposite end, there are several well-known brands who sell items with some pretty steep prices. I find that Amazon‘s own fashion brands are a great middle-of-the-road option between quality and price. One of my favorites is Paris Sunday because they are reasonably-priced, trendy yet classic, and well-constructed.
- Give Back with AmazonSmile
If you purchase your items through Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of every eligible purchase directly to your charity of choice. This is SUCH an easy way to support your local chapters of national organizations you’re passionate about and you can change charities at any time. Be sure to make your purchases through smile.amazon.com in order for them to be eligible for your charity to receive their percentage.
I was wearing;
Round Tortoiseshell Sunglasses (no longer available, similar options linked)
J. Crew Italian Silk Square Scarf in Navy/Polka Dot (linked above)
Paris Sunday Fit & Flare Dress in Salmon Rose (linked above)
Sam Edelman Rowan Mary Jane Flat in Natural Naked (linked above)
Summer is here and if you haven’t started to clean up your beauty routine and make the switch to non-toxic products, now is the time! As temperatures begin to rise, we are all inevitably sweating a bit more than usual and our skin is absorbing the personal care products and make-up that we are applying. Today I’m sharing all of my tried and true, sweat-proof, heat performing clean products- and yes, they ARE comparable to conventional products in their quality and efficacy! I’m here to prove wrong the stereotype that green beauty products are ineffective and expensive! Since switching to green beauty, I can honestly say that I love my new, clean “Holy Grail” products just as much, if not more than my old, toxic cult favorites. If you’re in the process of switching and the thought of replacing your entire collection seems overwhelming, start small! My top three clean products to have for summer would be a zinc or zinc oxide sunscreen, an aluminum-free deodorant, and a chemical sunscreen-free lip balm. Read on for my recommendations!
Body care is the easiest part of your routine to clean up, as there are so many “indie” beauty brands out there who specialize in skincare.
100% Pure is a great skin and body brand that also has a line of fruit-pigmented make-up. I’ve been loving their Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream to minimize under-eye puffiness in the morning. The caffeine & green tea stimulate circulation in the area, making dark circles appear brighter. Like my moisturizer, I try to apply about 30 minutes to an hour before applying make-up and I’ve had no problems with the wear of products I apply on top of the eye cream.
Next up is the C&Co. Coconut & Lavender Baby Moisturizer, a brand that was introduced to me by the lovely ladies at Be Pure Beauty. I’ve tried several scents of this (and I honestly don’t think there is a difference in formula between the regular and the baby moisturizers), but this scent is my favorite because it has such subtle notes. The formula of this moisturizer is really thick, almost between a body lotion and body cream in my opinion, but it doesn’t take forever to absorb like I’ve found lots of natural moisturizers do. This is probably my tenth or so bottle of this stuff and since I discovered it, I can’t be without it.
One natural product that I believe everyone should be buying in 2017 is deodorant. Did you know that conventional antiperspirants contain ingredients that are suspected endocrine disruptors (aka they mess up the natural balance of your hormones) and could contribute to the development of cancer?! I’ve been using cleaner versions for years, but hadn’t really found a favorite (and by favorite, I mean one that kept odor at bay!) until recently, in Native’s Coconut & Vanilla Deodorant. Schmidt’s Deodorant is another option, but I have to use it sparingly because my skin is a little too sensitive to their more abrasive formula, especially if I have any cuts or nicks under my arms (which I usually do because I’m TERRIBLE at shaving, apparently). As with any deodorant, I re-apply after working out or anytime I’m sweating more than normal.
Lastly is the amazing Beauty By Earth SPF 25 Sunscreen. I just switched over to zinc based sunscreens last summer, so the only other one I’ve tried is the Honest Mineral Sunscreen. I didn’t realize how much I hated Honest’s formula until I tried Beauty by Earth’s! Zinc sunscreens are notorious for having an opaque white tint, but I think Beauty by Earth’s formula rubs in really well and is much less noticeable than Honest’s formula. I won’t say that it doesn’t feel greasy AT ALL, but it is way less sticky than Honest’s and is a good choice for an everyday sunscreen that you would wear with regular clothing.
SMUDGE-PROOF EYE MAKE-UP
I can’t go a day without eyeliner and mascara, and I know that many of you are probably the same. It can be trying to find eye products that hold their own in the heat, but I think I’ve discovered my tried and true favorites. I’ve used the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner for so many years now, and it was one of the last dirty products I looked to replace because I’m so crazy about it! ZuZu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner is clean and comparable to Stila’s in terms of finish and application, but I’ve personally reverted back to Stila for the time being because the ZuZu Luxe formula isn’t waterproof and humidity, sweat, and tears (or any moisture around the eye area) will wear it down (even after a few hours). I love Stila’s because it actually STAYS ALL DAY, yet when I’m ready to remove it, because of the liquid formula, it’s not too creamy and it doesn’t smudge all over my face. I’m still in the process of finding a clean eyeliner that I love as much as Stila’s, but I’ll update you as soon as I find a replacement! I tried the Honest Beauty Truly Lush Mascara + Lash Primer on a whim and absolutely fell in love with it! It’s easy to apply with a narrow brush that separates and lifts the lashes, but doesn’t get in the way or make a mess on the lid. This stuff will wear all day long with no flaking or transferring, even in hot and humid conditions! I prefer it to my old favorite mascaras by Benefit, Too Faced, NARS, and Lancôme.
I’m a full-face every day kind of girl, complete with primer, foundation, concealer, and powder just in my foundation routine, even in the summer. I know many of you prefer a lighter look for the summer, so these products would be perfect for the season. Cover and conceal both blemishes and under-eye discoloration as needed with the creamy and full coverage Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer first, then set and even out skin tone further with their Encore Fine Pressed Powder using a short and dense brush. Add some all-over warmth and contour cheekbones and nose with Lily Lolo’s Pressed Bronzer (I wear shade “Miami Beach”). P.S. Marc Jacobs makes my favorite face brushes, like this one that I use to contour. If you’re looking for a full coverage brush to apply foundation with, this one will be your new favorite!
Since I was all about lips in my dirty make-up days, I’ve been easing into buying new lip color slowly (I’m pretty sure my old supply of MAC and L’Oreal could last a lifetime). This Lily Lolo Lipstick in Nude Allure was the first clean lip color added to my collection and I love the formula and color. I was worried it would be too nude, but it’s got my ideal hint of pink with a super creamy and comfortable finish. Even though it’s very opaque, I seem to be going through it rather quickly (and I don’t think I’ve ever finished an entire tube of MAC), so I will keep track of how long it takes me to finish and let you know my thoughts on its value in the future. Another C & Co. favorite is their Lavender & Peppermint Lip Balm. These are my two favorite essential oils wrapped into one moisturizing beeswax and coconut oil-based twist-up balm. I also love Lo & Behold’s Peppermint Lip Balm and it reminds me of my old dirty holy grail balm, Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm, sans the chemical sunscreen that I was ultimately ingesting for all of those years.
“My Top Green Beauty Products for Summer” Photographed by Emily Davis