• theshaydeelife

Updated: Jun 9, 2018

Spring is here and my favorite season Summer will be here any minute (although it already feels like summer in NYC). And with the change of the weather usually comes a change in beauty routines for a lot of us. Continue reading to check out what's currently on my beauty wishlist! I will add that I always have a running beauty wishlist because I am obsessed with skin care, accepting all donations to feed my obsession!

1. The Ordinary - Niancinamide + Zinc - $5.90 | Deciem

This is my *holy grail* item for keeping my acne at bay. (Side note: I'll be doing my current routine for acne prone skin as my next skin care post so stay tuned for that!) I always try new products but this always stays in the mix. Once I discovered this I have not strayed! I actually am down to my final drops on my current bottle so this is why it's on here now. Need to pay a visit to the ordinary soon.

2. Jade Roller - $19 | Amazon

Okay....I really need one of these. Personally I just wanted something cold to rub on my face to cool it off/reduce redness/inflammation (ice does the trick but messy...). While I was looking on amazon I found this jade roller and figured I could jump on the bandwagon. While I don't think a jade roller will slim your face as they claim, I do think it will help with inflammation and any sensitivity you may have (due to it being cold).

3. Fenty - Chilli Shimmer Stick!!!!!! - $25 | Sephora

I am a big fan of the Fenty shimmer sticks (and everything Fenty I've tried) and I feel Chilli is perfect for the summer. It could add some nice color to you cheeks or lips. Very fun and very summer, all for it!

4. PFB+ Chromabright - $32 | PFB

It's practically summer already and we need to keep those bikini areas looking right! Well this is the perfect product for that, for anywhere you may get ingrown hairs actually. The PFB Chromabright helps eliminate those horrible ingrown hairs and even helps brighten those dark spots that they also cause. A summer MUST!

5. The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA - $7.70 | Deciem

I also need a new moisturizer! I haven't tried this one but the ingredients look promising (although there are mixed reviews on the website). And if you haven't heard The Ordinary is having major drama right now because of their CEO and some stores have even pulled their partnership with them...it's really crazy stuff...Which makes me think about wanting to support them. I will be honest though, they are so affordable and everything I have tried has been amazing, I just wish they get all of that sorted out soon! Let me know in the comments if you'd like a review of The Ordinary products I have tried! I have tried MANY.

6. Fenty body lava!!!!!!!!!!!!/Anything Fenty tbh - $59 | Sephora

As I mentioned above, I am obsessed with Fenty beauty so here is another Fenty item I'm coveting. I'm a big fan of body shimmers and really want to try the Fenty ones! I don't even see them on Sephora's website anymore though so that I might have messed up on not buying one sooner. Guess I will have to settle for the pom or try my luck on eBay.

7. Tatcha The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment - $48 | Sephora

Somebody, a fellow member of the dark circle committee, recommended this to me and I am so anxious to try! I have dark circles pre-k and it is hard to cover them up sometimes. I have tried everything under the sun so I am hoping this actually works.

8. L'oreal BB Cream - $7.49 | Target

This is my favorite BB cream (not that I've tried too many though haha). I haven't used it in a while and would like to try it again. It is so easy to apply and just goes on so smoothly. Perfect for those "no make up" make-up days. And not to mention it's probably one of the cheapest on the market. The only downside is that the shade range is very limited (they only have 3), even though it's supposed to adapt to your skin. It starts out white then changes to a tinted color which is pretty cool if you ask me.

9. A moisturizer with SPF - $8+ | Target/Sephora

Wearing sunscreen every day is SUPER important, if you don't already I need you to start! Sunscreen is a must to prevent premature wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation!!! Sunscreen also helps prevent things like skin cancer and other skin conditions (like eczema and rosacea) from worsening. I wear sunscreen every day of course but unfortunately, I am a horribly late person (something I'm working on...), and sometimes just plain lazy so adding 1 product that acts as 2/cuts down my morning routine even by just a few second will be great. Anything that gets me out the door faster! I did a lot of research and these are my top oil free moisturizers, so don't be afraid to try if you have acne prone skin. The Cerave one and Clinique are the ones I'm purchasing now! I've heard great things about the elf skin care line so curious to try this Illuminating Moisturizer as well. Most of these can be purchased at your local Target or drugstore.

(Links for the rest can be found here: Origins VitaZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer, Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer, Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer)

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I also am on the hunt for a new (and hopefully not to pricy) foundation for this summer especially since I may tan and be darker than I am for the rest of the year. Definitely need to do a little more research on some oil-free and non-comodogenic ones. Do you all have any you'd like to recommend?! By the way...I recently discovered the best website ever which matches you to practically EVERY foundation on the market based on the current foundations matches you already have. Check it out here. (Not a sponsored plug at all, I truly love this site!)

Let me know in the comments: what is on your summer beauty list?!

Thank you so much reading! XO

  • theshaydeelife

Updated: May 21, 2018

Welcome to part 2 of the New York City guide (for part 1 filled with tips for first timers & NYC MUST do's click HERE)! Going to keep the introduction short and simple, here's a curated list by a New Yorker (me) of recommended and not to be missed places. Enjoy!

Best pizza in New York City??

Okay so you want to know where the best pizza is in New York huh? There are so many to choose from but my absolute FAVORITE is the Chicken Caesar slice from D'Amore's in Bay Parkway Brooklyn. It's not really near any of the other places I listed and kind of out of the way but if you happen to be in the area, definitely stop by! In my opinion it's worth the trek but I don't want any problems on the off chance that you don't think so haha. Definitely say a big fat NO to SBARRO (especially if you're tempted when you go to Times Square, I don't care if you are starving!)…or Famiglia…All New Yorkers know this. If you're scrambling in times square for a quick bite, they now have little booths with little restaurant eats (not the cheapest option but very tasty…I had one of the best empanadas of my life in one!) Another great pizza which is a favorite of many is Artichoke Basille's Pizza.

Don't be afraid to try dollar pizza either. From any place. They are mostly owned by the same people. I'm pretty sure I've tried all of them and I'm still alive (just kidding). But honestly they're all pretty great and taste the same. Everyone who has gone to college in NY (or has just been broke) likes dollar pizza and/or has some memories eating it haha. When I went to college in Brooklyn, I ate dollar pizza every day after class…literally every day…I'm still not sure at all how I'm not sick of them.

Now that we got that question out of the way…here are some other places I recommend checking out (If it is starred, I suggest not missing it!):


-Besides all the museums mentioned in my last post, you can check out:

Many of the galleries around around the highline (and the Standard) including the popular David Zwirner 525 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

-If you like fashion, the museum at FIT: 227 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

-The Bushwick Collective: dope street art in Brooklyn

St. Nicholas Ave and Troutman St. -Brooklyn, NY 11237

The Bushwick Collective photographed by Odin Iris

-The NYC ballet (The Nutcracker during the holidays is such a treat)

-A Broadway play! (perfect time to check Times Square and Columbus Circle). Wicked is one of my favorites.


Here are my favorite restaurants, clubs, and cool architecture/fun places to check out. If it is starred it is not to be. The food places in order from Uptown to Downtown!


Harlem Public 3612 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

BEST MAC AND CHEESE IN NEW YORK CITY! No debates. Definitely the spot for great food, drinks, and good music, just an all around great vibe in Harlem! . They have unique drinks and food (a peanut butter burger?!), craft beers, and the decor is pretty cool. My all time favorite mac and cheese in the city is the pulled pork "mac and steez" from here (and trust me, I've tried a lot) but they are all pretty great. Note: this is my favorite neighborhood spot so treat it like the gem it is! And come back next week for my other Harlem and Washington Heights faves! :)

Empanada Mama - The one I frequent near Columbus Circle has reopened hooray! - 765 9th Ave New York, NY 10019 between 51st St & 52nd St

Best empanadas in New York in my humble opinion (besides the ones somebody's auntie makes…maybe)

Wafels and Dinges - 15 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (one cart/stand in Columbus Circle!*/Bryant Park, Herald Square, restaurant in Alphabet City) My favorite waffles in the city. If you like sweets try the WMD aka the Waffle of Massive Deliciousness….and it is exactly that. They're hot chocolate is also great and perfect to keep you warm during this time of year. They have food trucks and carts all over the city. You can check their twitter to find out their location and they usually have secret words on there that will get you free topping (or dinges as they call them)! Not too long ago opened their sit down location in alphabet city and introduced savory waffle combinations as well! I have not tried the savory ones yet but I'm sure they're good. If you go to the alphabet city location, make sure you give yourself extra time, there are many restaurants/things to cheek out there and it's easy to get a little lost.

Korea town - Located by Macys on 34th and the Herald Square shopping area

Many great places to eat, fast food, amazing Korean bakeries like tous le jours, karaoke at night, and of course many korean beauty stores like natures republic and the face shop. So if you're obsessed K beauty definitely pass by. Koreatown is very small you can definitely see all of it in like an hour or two. Caffe Bene is nice for a quick bite, a good coffee, or nice little dessert (and the K Town one is the nicest location).

EATALY - 200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

The most amazing supermarket/restaurant/shops. Very fun and delicious time if you love Italian food. By the amazing Flatiron building and you can stop by SEX museum (adult fun, have a bouncy room of boobs!)

Chelsea Market - 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Nice market with many shops and food by Tao and the downtown Dream hotel

Bodega Negra (at the Dream hotel) - 355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

A fancier mexican place, very stylish and trendy. The food is good and they have the famous Don Huevo dessert which you've probably seen all over instagram.

-Luckys/Bare Burger - many locations (including Chelsea)

Not a must try but if hungry and near by, go. These are my favorite chain burger chains in the city (besides Shake Shack) My favorite burger at bare burger is the one with the fried onion rings, it's called the supreme I think. Try the lucky sauce if you go to Lucky's…my fave burgers.

Black Tap (multiple locations) - 248 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011 -one of my face areas

This is also a famous and trendy place but it definitely lives up to the hype. They have the crazy instagrammable shakes which are DELICIOUS and the burgers are really good.

Coppelia - 24 hours (Cuban) - 207 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Definitely a must try. It's open 24 hours and any hour is a good time to go. Coppelia is a diner with traditional diner foods and lots of delicious Cuban food, definitely something there for everyone including picky eaters. They have an almost 5 star Zagat rating! There is always a very mixed crowd. You can see people here on dates, hanging out with friends, or at brunch with their kids. The food is very tasty and always hits the spot…drunk or not. Try: If you like ginger, you can try the Hemingway Royal drink and the lechon (pork) sandwich is very good and big. It taste even better if you save a piece for later!

Artichoke Basille Pizza (many locations)- 114 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Great pizza, slices are $5 and the size of your head.

Dominique Ansel Bakery - 189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Honestly this could have been on MUST try list. All their pastries and foods are delicious and with their own twist. Dominique Ansel is a creative genius and the creator of the world famous "cronut". Definitely go visit and then you can walk around SOHO. Must try:the cookie shot, frozen s'more, and blooming hot chocolate. The cookie shot is so amazing, not only one of the the best cookies you will ever eat but it is filled with delicious vanilla milk. I have yet to try something I didn't love from here. If you come in the Fall/Winter seasonal items to try are the Christmas cereal, gingerbread chocolate pinecone, and the pumpkin pie.

Banana pudding at Magnolia's - many locations including 401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

I actually mentioned this in the MUST do checklist, so yes, if you've been wondering from seeing it on all those TV shows…it is that good. Their red velvet is also really good and I'm very picky about red velvet cake. Some things are just famous for a reason. I usually go to one on Upper West Side (one of my favorite areas, many beautiful brownstones, and restaurants, not very touristy) but for this list I included this one which is by Carrie's original brownstone in Sex and the City (nope it's not really on the UES, I'm still shocked too) and by the famous Stonewall Inn.


Many restaurants, cool to check out if you have time. If you have never tried dragonfruit or lychee this would be the place to try it, and I suggest you do! You can find them in every supermarket. Send me pictures if you do try them for the first time!

Barcade!!!!!!!!!!!!! (many locations including St. Marks, Brooklyn & Jersey) - 148 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

Good food/drinks, craft beers, fun time.Currently, they have a $15 lunch special before 4pm! They have all the classic games - pinball, pacman, NBA jam, crazy taxi, and the Michael Jackson game! (check if HM is still in the top scores haha).

Spot Dessert Bar - 13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

Very affordable. Cool and unique desserts!

Fay da Bakery - (multiple locations Chinatown, Flushing, and St. Marks) Favorite bakery ever. Petty much everything is delicious.


Sugarcane (Caribbean) 238 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

My other favorite restaurant, located in the lovely park slope area of Brooklyn. I HIGHLY recommend visiting this place. Can walk to or from Barclays Center and the Barclays Center train stop so definitely check out if you're visiting or around the area. Take time to check out the area, there are lots of nice shopping options, lots of beautiful brownstones, and many other good restaurants in area . It's small spot but has a very fun atmosphere, and very loud music. My favorite dish is the chicken rasta pasta and their roti (spicy!).

Juniors famous cheesecake - many locations, Brooklyn and Manhattan (times square, downtown brooklyn near Barclays) . Most famous cheesecake in the city. No explanation needed.



Up and Down and 1 oak (which happen to be near each other) are my favorites. Both are close to Coppelia, Black Tap, and the famous Artichoke Basille Pizza (right next to 1 Oak) for when you get hungry!

A more a chill vibe:

Kinfolk 90 - 90 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Great area, very fun at night, have cool parties, good vibes, the best DJ's. Close to Brooklyn Bowl which is also a fun time (fun events, Questlove DJs sometimes)

Hope you enjoyed this post! Are any of your favorites on here? Let me know in the comments!

With love,

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  • theshaydeelife

Updated: Jun 9, 2018

Hi everyone! New York has such a big place in my heart so it's fitting that this should be my first post. I made this series of posts (this is number 1/3!) not only for everyone visiting New York City but for all my fellow New Yorkers as well. Sometimes when you live somewhere, you don't get to do everything it's known for because it's always "right there". I love being a "tourist" in my own city, and if you gain nothing else from this post, I hope I can inspire you to do the same! I am a BIG encourager of staycations. Don't let someone visiting your city for a few days do more than you have done in a lifetime!

Without further ado, here are my top 13 things everyone MUST do in NYC. Enjoy!

1. Walk the High Line

This is probably the coolest thing to do in the city, in my opinion. The High Line was created in 1934 as a means to transport goods by railroad throughout the city. It was remodeled and opened as a park to the public in 2009. The 1.45 mile long “park in the air” runs from Gansevoort Street in the meatpacking district through West 34th Street with many entrances in between (including 14th, 18th, 28th, etc.). It is seriously one of the coolest walks to take, you see the city from a very different angle alongside and sometimes even through buildings! You can grab a bite and everything on the High Line and experience the city in a new way. Definitely not to be missed! You can stop and have drinks at Le Bain or the beer garden at The Standard (West 13th) and near by there are many galleries to check out.

2. Visit Columbus Circle

I suggest spending a whole morning or night around this area. You can honestly spend the whole day around since there is so much to do. This is my favorite part of the whole entire city…year round.

You can grab a bagel or coffee and stroll through central park, and then do a carriage ride around if you'd like, visit the mall, and nearby Lincoln Center. In the Winter they have the best holiday market in the city (the Mall also has the best indoor decorations in the whole city during the holidays). You can grab a bite at Bouchon bakery then walk through the mall a little. The mall has some of the best shopping and the famous "Adam & Eve" statues by the artist Fernando Botero. And don't forget to check out the Hearst Tower a few blocks away! My favorite building in New York City architecture wise.

3. Walk through Central Park

Truly an amazing park with lots of history behind it (some controversial) and tons of activities to do, you can bike ride, go kayaking, visit the zoo, there’s a little amusement park, strawberry fields, and way too many other things to mention.

4. Visit Times Square…obviously.

Most New Yorkers are snobbish about visiting Times Square but I personally love Times Square. Where else could you go buy some jeans at 1 am?! (AE and Forever 21 close at 2 am for future reference). They also have many little booths now to grab some quick food if you get hungry (I had one of the best empanadas in my life in one!) but please for the love of God stay away from Sbarro by all means.

5. Visit some museums.

My favorite museum is the Brooklyn museum. They have amazing art, always have amazing new exhibitions and every first Saturday of the month they throw the coolest party where you can pass through part of the museum at night and enjoy some good music. Definitely check that out if you can. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is next door as well. The Whitney Museum is my other favorite. Some others that are not to be missed are: the New Museum, of course the Met, the Natural History museum, the New York Transit museum (which during the holidays has a nice train display) for fun for the whole family and cool MTA NY merch/souvenirs..even New Yorkers would wear. For some adult fun you can check out the Sex Museum. They have deals Groupon a majority of time. And they have a room full of bouncy boobs! Where else can you find that at?!

6. Try the banana pudding Magnolia's Bakery. - a MUST!

Yes, it is that good that I decide to include it on this list and not my following New York post in which I will be sharing all my favorite spots in the city. It's really famous (you've probably seen it on your favorite shows or on insta) and for good reason. I think everyone should try it!I'm pretty picky about red velvet but theres is really good as well!

7. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

Something everyone needs to cross of their list! The most beautiful walk ever. Make sure to catch the sunset while you're walking. You can also stroll through Brooklyn Heights (near the Transit Museum) when you go to Brooklyn to catch some amazing views and pictures of Manhattan.

8. Statue of liberty

I almost left this one out believe it or not but it is definitely something that must be done. It is such a historic and symbolic figure of the city. It's always important to learn some history of the place you are visiting or live. Definitely one of the things you take for granted when you live here (and kind of far) but it is definitely worth the trip. Make sure to go up to the crown!

9. Spend a day Uptown.

And by Uptown I mean past the Upper West Side, in Harlem and Washington Heights. This is my area, so I definitely have to include this to complete your New York experience. It's less "touristy", and you will have some of the most amazing eats New York has to offer, see some amazing art, and see a part of New York that is not always mentioned in typical guides. Come back next week for my full Uptown New York guide!

10. Have a chopped cheese from a bodega. A lil NY staple. :)

If you somehow have never heard of a “chopped cheese”, you can get one at almost every bodega in the city and is sometimes referred to as “the Philly cheesesteak of New York”. Worth the try if you’ve never had one; definitely something I miss when I’m away from home a long time.

*Note: This and the following, you can’t do all year round so if you’re on vacation you might not get to do this… (just means you’ll have to plan another trip)

11. See the Rockettes!!! - This is very important! Maybe the most important. No matter what age or sex you are, you must see a Rockettes show once in your life and of course the Christmas spectacular is not to be missed. It is truly one of the most amazing things I have ever watched. I actually went for the first time 2 years ago (after living in New York all my life…see?) and I loved it so much that I want to make going every year a family tradition. You can even catch tickets at a steal on Groupon sometimes, especially if you have a coupon code (typically at the beginning of the season in November). If you go, and are not impressed, you can totally send me hate mail. Note: If somehow, I didn't manage to convince you to see a show…still pay a visit to the outside. Radio city and the surrounding area are beautiful around the holidays and right next to Rockefeller Center.

Bonus: Skate under the Rockefeller tree!

12. See the Bergdorf windows and the outside of Saks during the holidays.

Checking out the Bergdorf windows is a MUST, they are truly a work of art. I definitely try to make it out at least once if I’m in the city. Everything is planned for months and is intricately put together. There are documentaries about this! (See: Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's) If you are not able to make it during the holidays, Bergdorf's is still a great place to at least stroll through. You will definitely find everything you need in there (and lots of stuff you don't).

13. Last but certainly not least, Brookfield place (A.K.A. the only place you can see Palm trees in NYC) and the surrounding area.

They have an ice skating rink through this time which you can check out, definitely one of the nicest in the city in my opinion. And of course a very important part of New York: the 9/11 memorial and the Freedom Tower, all of which must be checked out. 9/11 is such a big part of our history now. Every New Yorker remembers where they were during that day and the memorial is a beautiful tribute to all those who we unfortunately lost.

This would also be the time to take the train or at least visit the Oculus station — an amazingly beautiful piece of architecture…as it should be...Costing around 4 BILLION dollars to build, it became the world’s most expensive train station ever! The Oculus has quickly become many New Yorker’s favorite place. It is all white, and incredibly stunning & stylish (definitely great for instagram pictures).

Bonus: a helicopter ride of the city! If you are not afraid of heights and have the funds to spare, this is something I highly recommend all throughout the year. This is where you will get the best views of the entire city. Something to try to factor in if you’re coming to visit!


1. My BIGGEST suggestion would be staying in the New York City area…in the actual city. Please do not "go to New York" and stay in Yonkers or New Jersey if you can avoid it, PLEASE. Not that there’s anything wrong with those places, it would just complicate your visit a little and I feel you would not get the most out of your NY experience. I recommend staying in lower Manhattan the most (I would suggest Union Square/somewhere around 14th or around Columbus Circle) and downtown Brooklyn second (easily accessible to the best locations). A hotel in lower Manhattan is definitely worth every penny, time management wise. Plus, everything you'd save staying farther from the city, you'd spend on transportation (and headaches) so there's absolutely no point if you don't have to. Some cool hotels to check out at are the Dream Downtown, the Dream Midtown, the Standard Hotel Highline, the Yotel, and the W Times Square :)

2. Take the train like a New Yorker! Or regular taxis…I would say avoid Uber unless you're on a special promotion. Uber is usually the same price or more expensive (and they take a cut from the taxi drivers pay). Just take regular taxis, you can catch one from the airport as well. If you're going farther (i.e. from the airport) you can call a car service. You can google the taxi cab companies phone numbers (some examples are Riverside, Kennedy, or High Class). If taking the train is not your thing, I suggest to take it at least once for just a few stops to complete your NY experience. There's really nothing like it. All the people from different places, stations filled with performers, it's a lot…in a good way. Though with all the terrible news and things going in the world…I can totally understand if you'd rather not. Safety first!

3. Make sure to plan! At least loosely. I suggest a little itinerary or at least plan the areas you want to hit each day. Don't take it too seriously but I feel like in a city as big as New York (with so much to do everywhere) it is smart to have at least an idea so you can get to do everything you want! I promise you there will be 5,000 you didn't know about but have to check out. When I travel, I like to schedule first day I get somewhere (if time permits), to get lost and just explore the city. I mostly explore the area I'm staying in, and try all the restaurants that look cool and go in all the shops my heart desires.

With love,

Hope you enjoyed this post! How many of these things can you say you crossed off your list? What are YOUR New York City favorites and must do's?!?!

If any of these have inspired you to book a flight to New York or if you check out any of the places I recommend, please share your pictures with me! Make sure to follow and tag me on instagram and twitter @theshaydeelife so I can see your posts. And most of all, hope you enjoy my city!

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