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It always seems to surprise people when I tell them how few times I’ve been to New York. I just got back from my fourth trip ever (alright, alright, it was my 3rd trip in under a year) but people always ask me for a list of what they “must see” or “must do.” I’m pretty notorious in my friends group for being completely obsessed with the city, even making excel sheets to keep track of all of the places I want to visit. I do have plenty more places to visit before I have a truly definitive list of what’s “the best of the best,” but, for now, these are just a few of my favorite things –

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Things have been so crazy over the last month! A quick recap: I moved out of my apartment, moved back home, graduated from college and went on two vacations. I’m back now (actually sick in bed, sad) and about to start training at work.

Finally, though, I have some downtime. I’m really, really looking forward to being able to work on this blog now that the insanity has died down. Weirdly, I actually feel myself becoming an “adult” and I think I’m excited to be one. It is so weird to think that I don’t have to go back to school come August. But, to be honest, I’m excited to have this blog to keep me focused on what is important to me.

As for the future of Wassuppy, I’ve decided to change things up. I’m not necessarily going to be posting every single day but instead just whenever I actually have something I really want to talk about (what a concept!). And, as usual, I invite all of my friends to contribute to the blog if they wish. With so many of my closest friends spread across the country (going to grad school, dental school, law school or getting awesome jobs and internships – my friends are the best), I’m also excited to use Wassuppy as a platform to keep us all close.

So, I don’t really know if I have much else to add to this other than “I’m back!” so I guess that’s it!

Thank you if you follow Wassuppy and thanks again for sticking with me!

– Amanda


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Music

    • There’s been a lot of debate (that I haven’t kept up with) about who PPL MVR really are (maybe Brand New? but almost definitely not?) but, to be honest, I don’t care who is under those costumes. I forgot about the song after hearing it a few months ago but was reminded of it during this week’s crazy Brand New situation. Either way, it is pretty much all I’ve listened to all week. –Amanda

Television

    • I watched all of Kroll Show after realizing I have Amazon Prime and I absolutely loved it. It is hysterical and right up my street. I’ll talk more about it soon but for now… –Amanda

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Everyone knows Sephora has two bi-annual “sales” – the amazing November sale (20%!) as well as a spring sale that usually occurs sometime in April. Although I haven’t received any email about this sale yet (hopefully that changes by the time this post goes up!), this sale is surely around the corner. I typically try to save as many purchases as I can for these sales so I can save a bit. Because of this, there’s a ton I’m considering buying.

L’Occitane Almond Smoothing and Beautifying Supple Skin Oil – One of my 2015 “resolutions” (if you can call it that) was to be sure to moisturize as much as possible. I’m 22 but I’m already noticing that my skin is constantly changing. From oily one day to normal to dry, it is already becoming something I’m having to look after. I’ve been using lotions for the most part so far but my friend recently gave me a sample of this oil. The scent alone is to die for (almonds! so cozy) but the product itself is also wonderful. I’m especially looking forward to using it this summer when lotions and creams start to feel too heavy.

Tarte Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – This is a new one! I’ve long been a fan of Shiseido sunscreens and, as much as I love them, this packaging alone is calling to me! I’m really good about making sure to apply SPF every morning but I definitely could never forget with this bright bottle sitting on my vanity!

Oscar Blandi Dry Conditioner – I had the same reaction – a dry conditioner!? I first heard about this stuff when I was watching The Kitchy Kitchen and was instantly intrigued, especially because I’m constantly using dry shampoo. This is one of those products I’ll always wonder about until I try it so why not check it out when I can save a few bucks?

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream – As you can probably tell, I’m not all that concerned with makeup at the moment, but I have been running low on a ton of my skincare. I’m currently alternating between an Algenist eye cream and the Origins Ginzing one. Though I like them both, I’m looking for one that is targeted more towards someone who is just starting to worry about anti-aging, not necessarily trying to counteract it. After some research, I came upon this one and it seems perfect!

Commodity Gin Eau de Parfum – This is sort of my wildcard. I definitely don’t need new perfume but, for me and fragrance, I never say never. I’ve long been interested in the Commodity line so I was ecstatic to see they were going to be carried at Sephora. Although I’m not sure Gin will be the scent I necessarily love, I’m dying to check it out in person!

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream – I love BareMinerals’ base products. I tested this out on my hand a few weeks ago and I loved it. They didn’t have my shade so I thought it was probably a sign to just wait this one out until the sale. I personally found this to be extremely light coverage (so I’m not sure it would be a favorite for everyone) but I think it would be perfect for long days at work when I want to feel put together but not overdone.

What are you looking forward to buying when the sale comes around? Do you know when the sale will be? Let me know if you’ve heard anything!

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Television

  • Like the rest of the world, I recently watched The Roast of Justin Bieber. Funny as it was, it mostly just reminded me how much I loved last year’s James Franco Roast…particularly Andy Samberg’s roast. –Amanda

Travel

  • I’ve been crazy excited for my trip to Atlanta in early May. While I briefly lived there when I was in third grade, this is only my second weekend trip up to Atlanta since I’ve been 21. I’m excited to find some awesome places for Boozy Brunch (my favorite) as well as other cool places to hang out. If you know of anywhere, let me know! I’ve been particularly interested in West Egg and Bartaco! –Amanda

Books

  • I recently finished reading my second book (South of the Border, West of the Sun) by Haruki Murakami. Although I’ve only read two so far, I have yet to not be completely blown away by his writing. If you are looking for something new to read and haven’t yet, you should definitely check him out. –Amanda

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I never usually think months fly by but this one definitely did. I can’t believe that by the time I’m writing next month’s favorites, I’ll be done with my undergraduate career! Where is time going?!

Favorites are easily my favorite posts to write so let’s get to it!

Stella by Stella McCartney Eau de Parfum – I actually only have the rollerball of this right now because I do not need to buy more before I use up a few bottles (perfume is easily my Achille’s heel) but I know I’ll need to invest in the full-size soon. The smell is very up my street – rose, rose and more rose. But not like…gross ol’ powder-y rose. It is really feminine (a lot more feminine than I actually usually go for) but it also has amber notes which brings in a touch of muskiness. It is just SO good. If you’re anywhere near a Sephora, you need to check it out. I especially love it because I’ve already associated the smell with Hialeah (don’t worry, everyone else thinks I’m weird for saying that, too) and just home in general. I miss home.

Herbivore Botanicals Hydrate Facial Toner – My dream of finally owning a spray toner has been realized! I ordered this off of Birchbox last month and, because I had a bunch of points saved up, I thought why not try something new? It is so refreshing to spray my face with this as soon as I remove my makeup and cleanse my face. And, best of all, I have noticed that my skin feels significantly softer and hydrated all the time! Ahhh, skin miracles!

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Oil Balm – I also bought this during my recent Birchbox haul. These two items have been my only changes to my skincare routine and I have definitely noticed a huge difference. Subtle brag: the other day, I touched my face and thought “oh my god! I need to take my makeup off” …but my makeup was already off. My skin has been feeling and looking so even, hydrated and soft that I literally thought I was still wearing foundation. The combination of my new toner and this oil has been game changing. I’ve long been a fan of Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin line but this addition has truly stolen the show. I’m still coping with dry patches once in a while (they have significantly lessened since I removed argan oil from my routine but now I think they may have something to do with my hormones? I’m not sure) but this oil clears them right up. It is so comforting to know I can put a bit of this on before bed and be able to wake up the next morning feeling pretty good about my bare face.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat – I messed up. I’ve spent so much of my life thinking that this stuff was all hype. I was wrong and, now, I’ll never go back. This top coat is amazing! I’m someone who repaints my nails constantly mostly because I’m always messing them up (usually because I can’t sit still long enough to let them dry) but this top coat has changed all of that. I no longer have to wait forever just to hope my nails are dry. I don’t know if this necessarily keeps my nails from chipping longer but that isn’t really my concern (because, as I said, I repaint them so much that it isn’t an issue) – all I know is that I’m never going back.

Brussels Sprouts – I love brussels sprouts. A lot of people make fun of me for it (mostly my family and mostly because I make the whole house smell like them when I roast them). I’ve actually never tried them not roasted so I literally have no idea what anyone is talking about when they say brussels sprouts are gross. They are just…so good. If I could eat slightly burnt roasted brussels sprouts for every single meal I would…oh, I would. This month, my love has been really, really real. I think I ate them every single day for a full week and then almost every other day after that for the next two weeks. Just give me all of them, please.

Out of Range by Brand New (maybe?) – This is a bit of a weird one. Rumor has it, about a year ago (maybe longer? maybe more like two years? I don’t know) this song surfaced and was assumed to be a previously unreleased track recorded by Jesse and Vinnie of Brand New. There were arguments about all of the details but all I know is that I’ve been loving it recently (especially because I’m feeling more than ever the huge “Brand New needs a few album” void in my heart). I’ve been listening to it on repeat all month and have no plans of listening to just about anything else.

Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat Tea – There were quite a few times this month when I thought I might be coming down with a cold. Through a combination of Vitamin C, lots of water and this tea, I was able to avoid it. This tea has my favorite ingredient any tea could have – licorice. Weirdly, I don’t like licorice but licorice tea has quickly become one of my favorite things. This tea isn’t really as “tasty” as other licorice teas I’ve tried but it is definitely soothing. I definitely don’t want to get sick but I actually can’t wait to try a cup of this out next time I actually have a cold.

And that’s that! What have you been loving this month?

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

I read this on Vanessa’s recommendation after she heard about it on The Daily Show. With the seal of approval from not only Jon Stewart but also Goodreads (where the book has some pretty great reviews), I knew I had to read it. Although it has now been about a week since I’ve finished reading Just Mercy, I still find myself thinking about it, in some capacity, every single day. The book follows the real-life situations, cases and encounters of its author, a lawyer who now heads the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama and teaches at NYU Law. For decades now, Stevenson, along with his colleagues, have worked tirelessly to not only save the imprisoned from their unfair and unjust death sentences (often for crimes they did not even commit) but also to prove that the system we put so much faith into is more than coming up short. In the book, Stevenson closely focuses on one man’s overarching story but also dives into shorter anecdotes (like lifetime sentence mandates of minors and the imprisonment of the mentally and physically disabled). I think this book would be an especially inspiring read for anyone who is interested in learning more about current incarceration practices in America but, above all, I think this would be an important read for everyone. We all have something to learn and Just Mercy is a step in the right direction.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I am someone who recently discovered that I do not really like Mystery/Thriller books, even though I’ve always thought that I really, really did. I like wondering “whodunnit?” and looking for clues sprinkled throughout the text…but, as I’ve started to realize, those clues don’t usually exist (maybe I’m reading the wrong books). I know, I know – it is just a book! And the author has full creative control! But that’s kind of my problem (and maybe why I’m starting to love True Crime even more): these books don’t usually have those clues I love looking for. It’s a mystery and it’s meant to stay a mystery until the end and, I mean, that’s cool, but not as much fun for me, problem-solving extraordinaire.

Despite all of this, I actually really did like The Girl on the Train. Yeah, yeah, it’s been compared to Gone Girl but put that all aside (especially because I personally much preferred Girl on the Train). There’s really not much to say about the plot of the book without diving into the story and then diving into each of the characters and their crazy lives. The book is incredibly popular right now and I think it does live up to its hype.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Hi, hello, are we friends? If so, you probably already know what I’m going to say about this book.

Mindy Kaling is just…everything. From The Office to The Mindy Project to this book to her taste in everything, I love the woman. Everyone has their dream celebrity BFF and mine is definitely Mindy (and Emma Watson – wouldn’t we be the best trio you’ve ever seen?). If you love Mindy already, you will surely love Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? because the book will make you love her even more. I’ve read a lot of the recent celebrity memoirs (particularly the ones from female comedians) and I think this one is my favorite of all. There’s a real humor there that comes from more than just recalling funny moments in her life. I know it is so overstated that Mindy Kaling is “real” (like “Celebrities – They’re Just Like Us!” real) but this book really seals the deal. From detailing her beautiful, personally-crafted home office space and later admitting she’s worked from it once and actually writes in bed to talking about her teenage after school hang-out-seshes at The Cheesecake Factory, I spent almost the entire book laughing out (really) loud. Even if you aren’t (yet) a fan, I’d still recommend the book. I’m sure you will thank me.