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Weekend Recap: Bites, Sips, & Splurges

I had such a fantastic weekend that I wanted to share it with all of you!  Yes, Saturday gave us an unwanted spring snowstorm, but Sunday made up for it with the sunshine.  Here’s what I did last weekend:

Saturday, I made plans with my friend Chelsea to meet at a new donut shop, Blackbird Doughnuts.  This place is insanely popular and we had to wait in line that wove around the shop while a new batch baked.

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I tried the cinnamon sugar stack of three mini-donuts while Chelsea went for the lemon coconut.  I was head over heels for mine, and Chelsea enjoyed hers as well!  I will definitely be making a return trip to Blackbird Doughnuts!

Sunday, since it was such a beautiful day, I made some last minute plans to walk around Boston’s North End with my cousin Amanda and her roommate Marisa.  We got sidetracked walking through Faneuil Hall when we stumbled upon Uno de 50.

Headquartered in Madrid, Uno de 50 has unique pieces hand-crafted by Spanish artists.  Each piece is slightly different because they are all made by hand!  The store only gets 6 pieces of each item, so it’s unlikely that you’ll see someone walking around with your jewelry on.  I was slightly disappointed to see that they have a website, but still, the hand-made differences make, for example, the ring I selected look nothing like the website’s version.

We had a great shopping experience with super friendly staff who wasn’t afraid to pull the store apart so we could try on anything and everything.  They poured us wine while we shopped– a sparkling, fruity blush.  There was also a promotion going on where we got a free bracelet, tote bag, and journal with our purchases.

I chose an adorable skull bracelet & cool key wrap ring!

I chose an adorable skull bracelet & cool key wrap ring!  Amanda snapped the wine while we shopped!

What we loved was that each piece has a two-year warranty and can be brought in for free cleaning once per month!  We each left with two pieces!

Off our wine and shopping buzz, we took to the waterfront and the North End enjoying the sun and warmth of the day.  We, of course, stopped by my favorite place, Mike’s Pastry, for a couple of canoli for the Cassaro girls and a zeppole for Marisa!  After enjoying our desserts in the park, we headed home.

more photo credit to Amanda for this shot of me in front of the water.  Nautical + Italian = perfection!  That's the North end.

more photo credit to Amanda for this shot of me in front of the water. Nautical + Italian = perfection! That’s the North end.

I can’t even explain how nice this weekend was!  It definitely felt like spring, even though it’s snowed twice in the last three days…  How was everyone else’s weekend?  And what do you think of my new jewelry?

Wish List: More Make Up

It’s that time of year again!  My bonus is in the bank.  Unfortunately, it’s taxed to death (Yeah, yeah, Nicole– go throw some tea in the harbor) and I’m trying to save money this year, so I really shouldn’t be thinking of ways to spend it.  But I am.

If you couldn’t tell, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with make up and beauty products lately, so that’s what my wish list is all about this year!

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Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer [$34.00]

Blusher & bronzer are very much absent from my every day make up routine.  I like the idea of adding them in together, so as not to overwhelm my face.  What I love about this Too Faced compact is the names of the shades– Rose & Rachel and Carrie & Big.  Spoiler alert: If you follow me on instagram, you’ll know I’ve actually already picked this one up in Carrie & Big.  Though I prefer the other shade’s name, this one is much more suited for my coloring.  Check it out here!

Sleek Contour Kit [$9.99]

You can’t even call this item a splurge!  I’m not adept at contouring, but after a lot of research on products, this is the one I really want to try out.  The problem?  It’s not available in stores!  I just need to push myself to go ahead and order this one… which frightens me a bit since I haven’t seen the shades.  I’m thinking light is a pretty good bet for me.  Does anyone have this?  Advise!

Real Techniques Bold Metals

Weirdly, this is the most expensive line item on my list… but that’s because it’s 7 different brushes!  I don’t really have nice make up brushes.  I have some terrible Sephora ones that I never use, and a few select Bare Minerals ones that I abuse.  I’ve wanted to snag some Real Techniques brushes for a while now and the new bold metals collection is just so pretty!  I may have to do some picking and choosing out of these.

  • Arched Powder $25.99
  • Triangle Foundation $23.99
  • Oval Shadow $15.99
  • Pointed Crease $15.99
  • Angled Liner $15.99
  • Tapered Blush $23.99
  • Flat Concealer $25.99

Naked2 Basics [$29.00]

Again, if you follow me on instagram, (if you don’t, hurry up and do so!) you’ll know my Naked palette collection is almost complete save for this baby.  While I absolutely love the full-size palettes, the portability on these little basics sets can’t be beat.  Last time I stopped by Sephora, Naked2 Basics was out of stock, so it’s still on my list.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb [1 oz. $80.00]

The first time I ever caught the scent of this eau de parfum was in the pages of French Vogue on my first trip to Paris.  I feel in love with the ad and with the delicious floral scent.  I haven’t bought perfume for myself maybe ever… I have a couple sprays that I use regularly and all of my perfumes were gifts in my high school days.  I deserve a nice one!  This scent always makes me think of Paris.  I need that in my life.

Do you have any of the products on this list?  Tell me: which ones do I absolutely need?!

What beauty products have you been dying to try?