Friday, June 26, 2015

Delicatessen, Soho


Mac and cheese should be it's own food group. Such a simple concept, but easily one of my favorite things to eat. I've tried ridiculous amounts of mac and cheese, and my top two (from restaurants) are California Pizza Kitchen's (technically it's on the kids menu, but anyone can order it!) and Panera's. Delicatessen's mac and cheese has added itself to my list.

I came across Delicatessen when reading Emily's (Ahem, It's Emme) NYC restaurant guide and she had a mouth watering picture of the four cheese mac and cheese she had. She said it was her favorite restaurant on her trip to NYC and the best mac and cheese she's ever had.

Naturally, I immediately sent my best friend a message saying that we had to go into the city to try it out. I was surprised I had never heard of it before considering I'm from NY. I was also surprised that my best friend hadn't either considering she goes to school in the city.

Nevertheless I'm thankful Emily found this gem of a restaurant in Soho because it definitely lived up to my expectations.


What's your favorite "comfort" food?

Wishing you the best 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

How To Conquer A Long Flight


There's nothing quite like traveling, and there's also nothing quite like a seemingly never-ending flight.

Most people seem indifferent when it comes to flying. For some, it can even be a stressful experience. And then there are the odd balls like myself who quite enjoy it.

Regardless of which category you fall into, there are some tips and tricks to make your long haul flight more comfortable.

1. Pick a good seat (if possible)

This is completely up to personal preference. For example, on long flights I prefer the window seat because I can sleep leaning against the window. However, I only prefer the window seat if I'm sitting next to family or friends. This is because I hate having to bother strangers if I have to go to the bathroom, stretch my legs, etc. If I'm not traveling with people I know, then I prefer the aisle seat because I can get up without bothering anyone and I don't mind if others ask me to move so they can get up as well.
I haven't met anyone who particularly loves the middle seat, but if you do then by all means!
Wherever you're most comfortable.

2. Dress in comfortable layers

Even on summertime flights I like to bring either a cardigan, small blanket, or both on long flights. In my experience planes tend to be on the colder side so it's nice to be able to bundle up. If you get too warm, then shed a few layers and you're good to go. 

3. Keep medicine on hand

Having Benadryl, Motrin, etc. with you can not only prove to be useful, but it can also keep your mind at ease if you're feeling anxious. Meaning, knowing you're prepared may calm any nerves you have. If you do run into a situation on the flight where you get a headache, or aren't feeling 100% then you can take some medicine and try to rest. There's nothing worse than feeling sick on a long flight.

4. Bring two types of headphones with you

If you're the type of person who likes to listen to music on flights, then this tip is for you. Noise canceling and over-the-head headphones are great for flights, but not great if you're planning on falling asleep with them on. When you're ready to nap, just switch to earbuds. Also, sometimes having one style of headphones on for too long can irritate you so it's nice to switch it up.

5. SOCKS.

Again, even in the summer I ALWAYS bring socks for the plane. You won't regret it, I promise.

6. Bring your own snacks

As much as I love flying, I hate airplane food. Like a lot. Even if you don't mind airplane food, you could easily be asleep when the hosts and hostesses come around, and then when you wake up you're left hungry. Bringing snacks with you will keep your stomach from growling (and helps if the airplane food is less than appetizing). 

7. Refresh (take off makeup, brush teeth, etc).

If you went to the airport with makeup on, use a face wipe to take it off once you're on the plane, and apply a generous amount of moisturizer. Not only will your skin thank you, but it helps prevent that gross feeling that comes with hours of recycled air. Face mists are also nice for this! Brushing your teeth after meals, or whenever you feel you need it, can also make you feel refreshed and more comfortable.

Happy flying!

Wishing you the best 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bikini Body Anxiety


The season of the bikini body is fast approaching. The pressure put on women and teens to look essentially flawless in a bathing suit is ridiculous.

We all fall victim to it even if we know better. Our rational side knows that we should love our bodies and not pick apart the areas we're insecure about. But, with the media constantly posting articles like "top celebrity bikini bodies" and such, it's hard to always be rational.

There are the moments of clarity where you remember they're models, they have personal trainers, etc., but then comes the onslaught on bikini and beach posts on Instagram and various social media. This time, they are friends, people from your hometown, not celebrities or models. You find yourself comparing your body to theirs and wishing you had her legs or her stomach. The previous moment of clarity is dead because what excuse can you make for these normal girls and their seemingly perfect bodies?

Everyone is insecure about something even if you couldn't imagine they ever would be. Those girls, in your moment of weakness, that you aspire to look like have insecurities too. We are our own worst critics and we expect ourselves to be perfect, look perfect, act perfect, but that's absurd.

"Bikini season" isn't a 3-4 month long period of comparison and body shaming. It's a time to enjoy yourself in the warmth of the sun, love your body, and be healthy. Most importantly, it is never okay to pick apart another girl's body to make yourself feel better about yours.

Don't let body anxiety get the best of you, it's not worth it.

Wishing you the best