Monday, August 10

strong lash

I remember a time, growing up, when a friend accused me of wearing false lashes. We were at the tail end of middle school I believe, and I had just begun experimenting with mascara. The reason for the accusation I presume had been because despite my darker hair, my eyelashes have always fallen on the fair side. On their own the roots are a medium brown that fades into pale blonde tips, almost appearing to be nothing at all. The shock of heavy black mascara was enough to elicit such a response. 

Over the years, I have been wary, what I'll put on or near my eyes. My mascara is not waterproof so as not to dry out my lashes and I've gravitated towards the most gentle formulas. With that said I have been very curious to try lengthening serums. Who wouldn't want longer, thicker lashes? When asked if I was game to try Strong Lash, I thought why not? There are no side effects, especially the more intimidating ones like the darkening of the iris. Though, if there is a reverse of that I'd happily hop on board. Like in the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy has just arrived in the Emerald City and asks via song if they can even dye her eyes to match her gown. Yes please! 
I am pleased to say that I started seeing results within the first week. After four they almost touch my eyebrows when I look certain ways. Applying mascara needs to be done more carefully so as not to get it all over, a problem I am thrilled to have. Strong Lash also has some serious lasting power in the bottle. After applying twice a day for 30 days I was expecting to have a lot less left than I do. I was also expecting it to be more challenging to apply, coming from the girl that will never master liquid eyeliner. I was fearful I'd get it in my eyes but that wasn't going to happen. The wand made it extremely easy to apply and the serum stayed in place and dried quickly. And as I briefly mentioned above, I experienced zero side effects or weird reactions. If you are in the market, I highly recommend giving Strong Lash a try. 

They are kindly offering Prosecco in the Park readers a discount with the code "Prosecco30".

Tuesday, July 28

the new york botanical garden

I haven't done a post like this in quite a while. As I mentioned yesterday, I love visiting to the New York Botanical Garden. It's one of those things I look forward to each year. While I've been in the past for the orchid and rose shows, I have never seen an art exhibit there as well. They currently have the Frida Kahlo exhibit going on. A garden is set up to replicate the one at her home, complete with a work desk and lots of color. The sheer number of Mexican plants they brought in is impressive, and I'm always in awe of anyone who can keep a plant alive. I have failed at keeping both english ivy and spider plants. That shouldn't be possible. 

I enjoyed the garden area. It was a bit crowded with lines forming to snap certain pictures and read descriptive posters, but I'm used to that part, that's almost always how it goes. The art exhibit was another story. It was very crowded and overshadowed by a security guard announcing the viewing protocol every thirty seconds. People were pushing each other, shouting, and constantly setting off the protective sensors. It felt more like being at the center of rampant mob than it did an art exhibit. The pieces themselves were interesting, nice to see one of her self portraits in person. I always find it fascinating to see paintings that are so familiar, famous in person. If you are interested in going I would recommend either visiting very early in the day or on a weekday. 

Monday, July 27


loft top {old / similar here and here} . j. crew shorts {old / similar} . mulberry handbag

Over the weekend we took a quick trip up to visit the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden. I always love visiting the garden, even if I do pay for it in intense sinus pressure after the fact. The exhibit was interesting, and overcrowded at parts. I plan to talk about that a bit more tomorrow. It was quite hot this weekend so simple and light layers were key. I've been wearing this blurred / brush stroke dot top on repeat all season, with everything. It's really light and the material looks silky but it is machine washable and can go in the dryer. At this point in my life, that excites me more that it should. Things that don't need to be dry cleaned? Swoon. 

Another thing I've been wearing on repeat is this necklace. I'm not sure if I've really discussed it here before, but as I was recently asked what it meant, I thought now might be a good time. It's a nautical flag, Juliet to be exact. I happened upon these pretty little charms in Newport one year and spent the following thinking about how I should have bought one. When I returned that next July, I ran through the list of meanings again and picked my favorite. And while I hope to never need to use it, Juliet means "I am on fire and carrying dangerous cargo, keep clear." Now I know what you're all wondering. The answer is yes, if Taylor Swift cast me in her video for Bad Blood, my name would be Juliet. 

Thursday, July 23

garden party

This week has been weird and my head is elsewhere so I figured I might as well see how a drink post does on a Thursday, hope you don't mind. If all goes well tonight I just may tell you where exactly it's been. 
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
As I mentioned last week, drink choices have been heavily relying on what windowsill plant needs to be chopped down. While the mint is still making it's way down the building in hopes of one day becoming ivy, the basil is behaving like a magic bean stalk. Basil it is. And we recently picked up a bottle of aperol as it's been noticeably included on popular brunch menus across the city. It was about time. So I looked up some recipes that included the two, basil and aperol, and came across this one from Food & Wine. (Note: If you click to the original recipe, you'll notice that they have it listed as a more challenging cocktail, ignore that, it's easy as pie, and much easier than that pumpkin pie cocktail, which you can find here!) In true fashion I of course altered it slightly to suit my needs, which is highly encouraged! If you don't have an ingredient, improvise! I did not have any prosecco on hand - gasp! - and wasn't about to use the special bottle of champagne taking up residence in my fridge on an experiment, so I substituted for soda water to give it a little fizz and upped the amount of simple syrup. 
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces aperol
3/4 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
5 basil leaves
soda water 

In a large glass combine gin, aperol, lemon juice, simple syrup, and basil leaves. Shake with ice to bruise the basil, strain, and top with soda water. Garnish with a basil leaf if so desired.

I very much enjoyed this one. Aside from it's bright orange, almost neon color, which I suppose could be seen as off-putting, it was light and refreshing. I'm a big fan of using basil in cocktails, especially with gin. The two together have a such a lovely, summer profile. And I especially like the name of this drink, garden party. I certainly wouldn't mind sipping one of these at one.
garden party, a cocktail | prosecco in the park

Tuesday, July 21

little arrows, part two

j. crew top {last seen here / similar and on sale!} . anthropologie shorts {last july / similar here and here} . mulberry handbag . le specs sunglasses . soludos espadrilles {in pink / solid}

I almost didn't want to link back to the first time I wore these shorts on this blog as they clearly looked better then. There's nothing like photographing yourself wearing clothes to prove that you have in fact packed on a few. Spoken by someone who just ate two cupcakes from Billy's in a sitting. #priorities. I only have myself to blame, and their proximity to UCB. 

I wore this outfit a couple of weeks ago for a casual Saturday in the city. Loose and lightweight pieces are key when it's hot out here, especially as hot as it's been this week, though I probably wouldn't dare to wear a silk top right now, not with this weather. The air is so thick and soupy, it feels like walking out into a sauna that you can't leave. I have never been closer to going for the big haircut than I have this week.  I haven't made an appointment, and I doubt I will, but if this keeps up I'll have a Grace Kelly cut by the week's end.