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quick tip: my new favorite things.

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My brain is all over the place this week and all of a sudden it’s Wednesday. Seriously, what is going on? Maybe I’m excited that it’s finally starting to feel like Spring, maybe I’m overloading my brain with too many to-dos, maybe I’m just a crazy person. Whatever it is, in the spirit of scattered thoughts, now seems like the perfect time to do a bit of a round up of my favorite things of late. Ranging from food to beauty to tech, these are the products/services/activities that I’m excited to talk about with others.

Primp: Dior Nail Glow

dior nail glowAs much as I would love to have a live-in manicurist who tended to my every cuticle need, I am a normal human being who has neither the space nor the bankroll to have a ‘staff’ (yet, people, YET). I do my best to squeeze in bi-weekly manicures, but when my schedule is a-hoppin’ and I’m in a bind, I head straight for my Dior Nail Glow. This was a recommendation from a friend at work (thanks Amy!) and I was in love with it from the very first coat. It gives your nails this gorgeous natural sheen and is somehow totally better than plain ol’ top coat. The shine also lasts a good amount of time, so I don’t feel the need to reapply. A great bridge product between manis or if you’re looking for a slightly enhanced natural nail.

Cook: Plated

platedGrocery shopping in New York City can be, shall we say, a challenging activity. It’s not like I can fire up my station wagon and head to the supermarket down the way. Everything has to fit in one bag that I can carry over my shoulder on a packed subway car. Preferably, it also doesn’t weigh 97 pounds (#citylifeproblems). This is where Plated (or its business model cousin, Blue Apron) comes in handy. You log in to their site, choose the menu options you’d like to eat, and everything is delivered to you in the exact portions you need it — they even throw in a step by step recipe card to help you pull it all together. They offer a wide variety of dishes that change regularly and have a good balance of meat/fish/vegetarian cuisine. Everything that I’ve cooked so far has been fresh and delicious and it’s been a really fun way to try new recipes without having to buy a ton of new ingredients.

Play: Classpass

classpassI don’t know about you, but sometimes my workout routine gets to be so boring. This is a major problem motivation-wise because then all of a sudden a House of Cards marathon on my couch with my best friend ice cream sounds real nice. This is why Classpass (a recommendation from my very talented friend, Jaime, over at The Prepary) is genius. For $99 per month, I can take up to 10 classes at gyms and studios across the city. If I feel like yoga one day and spin the next, I can do that. And I can also do weight training and pilates and pure barre…they have it all. I also love the flexibility of being able to take a class near my office in the city during the week but sticking to Brooklyn locations on the weekend. So far so good, and it keeps me excited about my workout, which in turn keeps me away from the ice cream (most of the time).

Create: VSCO Cam

vscoIf you like creating pretty pictures as much as I do, VSCO Cam is your jam. This isn’t really ‘new’ to me, as I’ve been using this very slick app for about a year now, but I find myself relying on it more and more as I develop my photography skills for the blog. This app makes it so easy to turn out really beautiful, high quality pictures and enables you to get as obsessive, or not, about your edits. You can either choose from their pre-designed filters or you can edit and tweak using their standard tools…or both. The app itself is well-designed (I like my apps pretty, what can I say?) and it has easy integration with all of the relevant social platforms.

What are your favorite new things of late? Do you have a product or service that you’re excited about? Share in the comments below. 

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