Friday, February 14, 2014

Five on Friday {February 14, 2014}

Greetings from sunny Florida...this NYC gal is thrilled to be escaping the bitter cold up north for a little slice of beach time! Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day to all of our gals (I'm starting to lose track of the days down here)! On this day of love, we're excited to link up with Darci, Natasha, April, and Christina to share five things that are stealing our hearts this Valentine's Day!

 1) Fun in the sun
See that tiny speck up in the top left corner? That's me, enjoying the beautiful beach with only a good book and refreshing cocktail for company!
I know we've been complaining just a bit about the nonsense polar vortex and icy weather that have been plaguing the northeast. This seemed like the perfect time to fulfill one of my New Year's resolutions and escape the cold by jetting down for a week in Florida! This trip could not have come at a more perfect time...it's helped me to relax and clear my head a bit, and my mood has definitely been enhanced by feeling the warmth of the sun (and a cute bikini doesn't hurt, either!).


2) Gold heart phone case
Available at H&M
 How adorable is this gold phone case with cut-out hearts? I love that it's Valentine-appropriate without being too over the top, and the low price tag of $7.95 makes this a guilt-free holiday treat.


 3) Cheesy chocolate boxes

Because we firmly believe that everything can be related to an episode of Sex and the City, I think that my random love for gaudy Valentine heart candy boxes is very similar to the episode where Carrie declares her love of carnations - she knows that they're cheesy (or in Charlotte's words, a "filler flower") but there is something about them that just gets her every time.

Well, these chocolate boxes are my carnations.

Yes, the plastic flowers may seem tacky. Yes, the ribbons are cheap and the doilies are a bit too frilly. Yet something about them strikes me as romantic in an innocent way, and I will accept one of these heart boxes just as happily now as I did when I received one from my sixth grade crush (and hey, no matter what kind of box they arrive in, chocolate buttercreams are always delicious!).

4) Drybar

If I was going on a hot date tonight instead of lounging on a pristine beach during my tropical getaway (ok, that's my last vacation brag, I promise!), you can bet that I would have made an appointment at Drybar to prepare. This blowout-only hair salon is my go-to indulgence for all special occasions that require me to look my very best. M and I love to go there together for a BFF date during our Gals Weekends (it would also be the perfect afternoon activity for a bachelorette party). You get to be pampered while watching chick flicks and sipping free champagne (seriously!), and you walk out in less than an hour with supermodel hair - what could be better?

Whether you're having lunch with Michael Buble or celebrating your birthday in style, a trip to Drybar is definitely in order!



We shared our love of Birchbox with you back in the fall - M and I have subscribed to this monthly beauty box for over two years and they've really been upping their game lately with great new products. Not only have I discovered some favorite new items through my subscription (like Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, which goes on smooth and doesn't get tangled up in your lashes) but I've built up a sample stash that comes in handy when I'm traveling or have guests visiting. I'm especially appreciative of my Birchbox items now that I'm on vacation (oops, it slipped out again!) because I simply threw a bunch of samples in my suitcase instead of having to lug heavy bottles of full-size products with me - very efficient!

M and I hope you're having an absolutely lovely Valentine's Day - we love YOU, and all of our TSN readers!

I couldn't resist throwing this pic in here just one more time!
xoxo
B

22 comments :

  1. Visiting from the link up. I so wish there was a drybar in my area. I have heard nothing but awesome things about it.

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    1. Drybar always seems to be expanding so hopefully you'll be in luck soon! Thanks for saying hi!

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    1. It's truly the best...we're spoiled that they have so many Manhattan locations!

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  3. Love blow dry bars!!! I wish there was one near me!

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    1. There are so many great blow dry bars but I'm always partial to Drybar...it's something about the cheerful yellow decor (and let's face it, free champagne never hurts!).

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  4. Hey Ladies! I am also an NYC gal and I am OBSESSED with Drybar! They do such a great job! I wish I were in Florida! I am super jealous! Enjoy the trip and have a great weekend! Pamela @ alittleglitter.com

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    1. Yay, love meeting other NYC bloggers! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Your beach photos are gorgeous! Can't wait 'till I'm there. :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. I'm back in the snow now and already longing to return to the beach...you'll have a fantastic trip!

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  6. Thanks for visiting me at Chatting Over Chocolate today! :) ... What a FUN post!! Tickled pink for you gals that you're enjoying the Florida sunshine!! Soak up a lit'l on my behalf, would ya? ;) Drybar looks AMAZING!! Loving that super cutesy phone case ...& what a fantastic price tag!! Now following via GFC + Bloglovin' and looking forward to enjoying your posts! Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thanks so much for following along...so glad to have you onboard!!!

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  7. We don't have a DryBar (sad) but I have been thinking about trying out their shampoo. Over from 5 for Friday - enjoy the warm!

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    1. Their shampoo is really fresh-smelling without being overpowering, so definitely give it a try!

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  8. Girlie I am so itching for the warm, sunny weather! I'm sure FL was fab!!! xx

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    1. Oh lady it was sooo warm and beautiful - wish I was back there now!

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  9. Must admit I am a tad bit jealous...beaches and Buble? You have it made! Enjoy!

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  10. Love love love that gold iphone case!

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    1. I'm so glad! It can definitely be used well beyond Valentine's Day!

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  11. I need to find a dry bar in Kansas City BAD!! I want to try it out because it sounds so awesome!

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    1. It's amazing - there definitely needs to be a Drybar in every major city!

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B & M

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