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Happy Wednesday everyone! I took a lovely trip to NYC for my cousin’s wedding and a much-needed vacation a few weeks ago (read a snippets of my trip here and here).  Travel Recap  New York WardrobeI was so happy to be back in one of my favorite cities spending time with some of my favorite people.  Unfortunately for me, the week I spent there was possibly the hottest New York has experienced all summer.  I’m the first to admit that I don’t do well with heat, particularly when it’s accompanied by high humidity.  I made a huge mistake by not checking the weather forecast before my trip and plan my wardrobe accordingly.  Fortunately, I packed several skirts, dresses and shorts and loved wearing this chambray dress on a casual day out.NYC mini shopping session

I didn’t plan on doing any shopping while in New York but I couldn’t resist this beautiful Banana Republic pencil skirt I spotted on sale.  I purchased the skirt for $15, originally $90, thanks to the greatly reduced price and additional 50% off discount.  The skirt is still available here but at a higher price point ($50).


Thank you so much for reading. Be sure to check back on Friday for more on A TUESDAY IN APRIL!

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I spent a week on vacation in New York city and loved every moment of it! While I’m back to the daily grind, I thought I’d recap my time in New York with you. For more on my week in New York, be sure to check out my Instagram and Twitter both of which are @atuesdayinapril and don’t forget to follow me on these platforms as well as Pinterest!My Week In New York CityI love visiting New York any chance I get.  While the city and its many entertainment options are an obvious draw, my biggest attraction to the city is that it’s home to many of the people I love. I was able to spend some time in Queens and Long Island for my cousin’s wedding but the majority of my time was spent on the island of Manhattan.  I was determined to explore the island, experiencing new activities and neighborhoods while revisiting some of my favorites.  Hello Manhattan!Unfortunately, the heat and humidity did not allow for as much exploration and outdoor activities as I’d hoped.  I planned on taking a bike ride through Central Park and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge again but the high temps and humidity won out and my plans were revised to included activities involving air conditioning (I do not fare well in humidity).  I did however make my way to the Cloisters, a museum (a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)) and gardens located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan.
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The Cloisters
I’d never heard of the Cloisters, nor had any desire to explore beyond the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan where a good friend of mine lives. I’m so glad I did! The museum was great and the grounds beautiful.  I especially enjoyed exploring the grounds of Fort Tryon Park which was beautiful with lush greenery and lovely gardens.  I would highly recommend taking the time to visit this area on your next trip to New York.

Thank you so much for reading! Hope you have a great start to your week!

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I was in the mood for homemade chocolate chip cookies last night so I decided to bake them from scratch.  I had a few minutes to spare while waiting for my delicious cookies to bake so I decided to take the time to prep my skin for the next day’s events.  An integral step in preparing my skin for a long day ahead is exfoliation.  If you’ve read my previous posts dedicated to skin care (here, here and here), then you know that exfoliating is the process of sloughing off the layer of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin in order to reveal the glowing, healthier skin underneath.  As any home baker knows, a key ingredient in making excellent baked goods is sodium bicarbonate, aka, baking soda.  Lucky for me, baking soda is also an excellent exfoliant and one that I have loved as a part of my skin care regime for years.  I must say, I can’t help but give myself a pat on the back each time I use this old favorite.  This readily available ingredient is gentle, inexpensive and a simple way to achieve the glowing complexion we all wish for before any event.  Below are a few of the ways I like to incorporate baking soda in my skin care regime.

Basic Everyday – For a quick 2-in-1 exfoliating and cleansing experience, I mix a dime sized amount of baking soda with my daily cleanser.  Using gently circular motions, I lightly buff the mixture in my skin then carefully rinsing it off and following with the next steps of my skin care regime.

For Glowing Complexion – For a brightening mask, I mix a few drops of fresh squeezed lemon juice to a teaspoon of baking soda to make a paste.  This allows for both chemical and mechanical exfoliation and lightly brightens complexion.

Quick Smooth Skin – I have found that making a baking soda mask by mixing a tablespoon or two of baking soda with water, making it into a paste and applying it to my skin for 15-30 minutes makes for a great deep cleansing and exfoliating mask.

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