Pearlesque Box: Organic Skincare from Around the World!

When I’m looking for new beauty and skincare products, there’s some important details I can’t live without – I want what I’m putting onto my skin to be organic and non-toxic, ya know? The cleaner the ingredients in products, the better for your skin and health.

I was thrilled to be able to partner with Pearlesque Box, a monthly subscription beauty box that is definitely different than all the other beauty boxes. Pearlesque is the first box that I’ve ever felt was worth it, not only because they offer organic, natural products, but because every month they feature products from a different country!

It’s awesome to receive skincare from around the world. The last few months have featured products from Malibu, Rhode Island and Italy. The December box, featured in this post, was filled with Metta Skincare, a Melbourne brand. If not for Pearlesque Box I wouldn’t be discovering these great product lines that are actually so good for us. Read More Β»

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Rediscovering Warsaw

Beautiful Warsaw by night

Over the summer I spent time visiting the country I am from – Poland. I was born in Florida, but my entire family is Polish, I grew up speaking the language, and have visited countless times (lately going twice a year, for Christmas and also during the summer).

Usually my visits are mostly spent with family, either in the suburbs just outside Warsaw or in my grandmother’s tiny town two hours from the city. People always ask me what Poland is like, and I don’t have much to say, since usually my time there is spent in my families homes rather than exploring the country. I did actually explore the country extensively on my own as a teenager, but since that was pretty much a decade ago the memories aren’t as clear.

image-1-jpg-3while walking around Warsaw – wish I could have around that record player I found in an antique shop home!

beautiful, peaceful bridge in Lazienki Park. I sat here and relaxed for a while, watching the ducks splash around

While I did spend time with my grandmother during this trip, I also spent some days staying in Old Town in Warsaw with my mum and they were pretty incredible. I feel like I discovered – or rediscovered, actually – this amazing city that I never cared much about before. Well, that certainly has changed! Here are some highlights of the summer days spent in the beautiful Warsaw πŸ™‚ Read More Β»

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29 Rooms

in the ‘forest’ room

When I found out about Refinery29’s 29 Rooms installation art exhibit in a huge Bushwick warehouse, I knew I had to go immediately. Thank goodness I found out on Thursday night, the night all the famous bloggers and influencers were invited, so my friend Natashia and I were able to beat the crowd early on Friday. We only waited in line for probably half an hour, and spent 4 hours actually in the exhibit- I heard that on Saturday, the line itself to get in was over 5 hours! Agh. So glad we made it in on Friday.

The exhibit was SO MUCH FUN. Natashia and I were saying this is why we live in New York, for these kinds of experiences.

glitter room fun

Here’s some of our favorite moments!

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Ibiza by Day, Ibiza by Night

pretty as a postcard

One of my closest friends lives in London, and a few months ago she invited me along on her girls group holiday to Ibiza. I said yes, obviously, because I love these girls and I love islands and I was planning to be in Poland in late summer already, so skipping over to Spain from there was a piece of cake.

I didn’t know much about Ibiza, other than party party party when I thought of it. Partying is prevalent but the island itself is so gorgeous and has so much to offer outside of the constant beat of house music.

so much beauty to be found strolling around town

We stayed in a beachfront flat in Playa d’en Bossa, which is pretty much the hub of party, haha but didn’t actually party all that much – only two nights out of the seven we had. I’ve put togetherΒ a breakdown of both our wild nights out and our wonderfully chilled out days and evenings, sipping sangria and strolling through the beautiful streets in town. Read More Β»

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California Dreamin’

fresh on the vine

I’ve been to California manyΒ times over the years, to both LA and SF, and even was on the brink of moving out there a few years ago – if only it wasn’t so far from my east coast life! I got to spend a little (long) weekend in San Fran last week and it was different than any other visit I’ve paid to California; this time, a wonderful mini roadtrip to Napa Valley was involved.

I loved Napa. Oh my gosh, I just loved it. The drive was beautiful, the weather was perfect, the wine was phenomenal. This post will mostly be about that part of the trip, but with a few San Francisco gems thrown in at the end! Read More Β»

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Modo vs Y7: My Two Absolute Favorite Yoga Studios

reflections outside Y7 Studio

If you don’t know already, I live for yoga. Well, maybe not that dramatic, but it is a HUGE part of my life – so much so that I even went to teacher training for a month earlier this year in Costa Rica! I’m not teaching yoga now (maybe someday); I mainly went to deepen my own practice, and lets be real, to run away from New York winter since I canNOT handle it, haha.

If you’re not into yoga, I really suggest trying it out. For my whole life growing up, my mother, who is a fantastic yoga teacher, tried so hard to get me into it and I just. Would. Not. I found it boring, to be honest. I really love to be active and I just wanted to run around outside or be swimming (…Floridian childhood).

But somehow, about a couple years ago something finally changed – I grew up? – and I fell in love with yoga. I can’t rave about the benefits enough; the stretching/loosening up, the balance work, the strength you build, the peace you find. There’s so many kinds of classes. Finding something that suits you perfectly really is possible. For me, I’m all about the hot yoga.

Modo Yoga’s beautiful white brick building

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From One Country’s Vegas to the Next

I got back to NYC from Vegas on Thursday morning, getting back into my apt around 7:30am. And by Friday morning, my roommate and I were out the door at 7:30a to head to the airport again!

I have this really wonderful tight knit group of friends, who I’ve written about before – April, Ashley M and Ashley K. We try to all get together every other month or so, and the last time was the Memorial Day camping trip. This summer, Ashley M and I went behind April and Ashley K’s backs… to plan a little girl’s weekend away as both of their birthday presents… to Niagara Falls, Canada!

I LOVE spending time with these girls. We are like family to each other; I’ve been friends with April for 10 years and with the Ashley’s for 8 years. Even though there is long distance involved in our friendships, it doesn’t make them any less. It just makes them stronger, really, and makes each time we get to see each other so very special and exciting.

And this weekend in Canada was just another one of those perfect, fun weekends. Read More Β»

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Vegas for the Weekend

gorgeous New York New York hotel out in Vegas

I’ve never been to Las Vegas. Lets face it, I’m not a big party-er, I have no idea how to gamble, and it is a long (6hr) flight from NYC – kinda the same amount of effort to get to London, ya know? Except London is like home.

But my girlfriend (slash travel buddy) who moved out to the west coast in the fall is in the process of now moving to Vegas, so it seemed the perfect opportunity for us to get together there for 4th of July weekend. We have wayyyy too much fun when we’re together (which you may have gathered if you caught our snap story over the weekend, haha) and Vegas was just the perfect playground for our shenanigans.

And that is exactly what it is – one giant playground for grown ups. Read More Β»

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Summer’s Flyin’

gorgeous girl with leftover birthday balloonsΒ 

Hi hi, kittens! Whew, its been a while since a Mews post.

Is it just me or does it really feel like summer is basically over already? Time has been ZOOMING. I guess between the trips I’ve taken already to having friends visit in NYC as well… every week feels like a day. Also that comes with getting older, doesn’t it? Time moving faster and faster.

So far since the beginning of summer (I count Memorial Day weekend as the beginning of summer, not the calendar summer start date;)) I’ve been to Virginia, Morocco, Las Vegas and Niagara Falls. Still to come is Poland to see my grandmother, Ibiza with my London friends, and ending the summer (Labor Day weekend, of course) in Virginia again. So glad I’m getting to bookmarkΒ my summer with long weekends in my favorite state.

that look you get from your cat when he knows you’re packing to leave again πŸ™

Since I have been so go go go lately, Read More Β»

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Expedition Morocco

the energy of the Medina

Oh, Morocco. Another one of my very favorite places in the world now. I’ve been dying to go to Morocco for as long as I can remember; it was at the very tip top of my list, along with Peru (someday, hopefully soon!) and Amsterdam (done!).

I do solo travel often and have been since I was 16, for ten years now, but something about Morocco and solo travel gave me some trepidation. I’d been to Africa before, but it was a group study abroad trip to South Africa for three weeks during my senior year in college. Morocco on my own just didn’t seem like something I was ready for, which is why I’d kept it on my list without actually going for so long.

I then found out via instagram that the lovely Emma of Owl in the Ivy was preparing to host a photography and styling workshop in none other than Marrakech, my dream destination. I couldn’t believe it – I had been following her adventures back and forth from Bath, UK to Marrakech for a few months and her photography had only stirred my heart more and more, wanting to go so badly. Read More Β»

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