How to Have a Blast in New York City This Memorial Day Weekend
Posted 7 months ago by Amanda Raye
There are two types of people when it comes to long weekends: Those who stay in the area (#staycation), and those who go (#vacation). Although it’s always fun to have a short getaway, it isn’t always necessary to have a good time.
Below are five things you should do this Memorial Day weekend if you consider the 212 your home.
1. Go Roller-skating
Oh you heard right! Eating mediocre pizza and skating around a roller rink isn’t just a pastime from the 90’s. Although skating rinks aren’t as popular as they once were, they’re still around.
Roller Jam USA is the only true roller rink left in the city and it’s on Staten Island. They have an adult night every Saturday from 9pm-2am that’s 21+ and includes a full bar, but they have great options for those under 21 as well.
You’ll have to take the free ferry that’s available downtown and then hop on the subway, so give yourself about 2-hours to get there.
2. Wine & Cheese in the Park
Grab a large blanket, buy some cheap paper cups, stick a small cutting board and cheese cutter in your bag, and call up your friends.
Chat, play a board game and tan while chowing down on yummy wine and cheese!
3. Go On a Boat
Want to make this weekend more romantic? Consider going on a boat with your significant other. Head to the Boathouse in Central Park and rent a row-boat, head to the Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse for some free kayaking on the East River, or go on a night cruise in the New York Harbor. Check out Affairs Afloat and CBS for prices.
4. Explore a Neighborhood
NYC is huge! Go to a neighborhood that you don’t frequent very often and explore. You can go to a highly rated restaurant, try a drink at a unique bar, shop at a few boutiques, or simply go to the local park and chill.
5. Go Thrifting
There are always amazing Memorial Day sales going on, but those stores will be packed and are likely to be just as stressful as Black Friday. If you’re trying to avoid crowds, go thrifting instead. We recently made a guide on where to thrift in Bushwick, Brooklyn!
What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Let us know in the comments below!
6 Memorial Day Essentials Under $100
Posted 2 years ago by Amanda Raye
Memorial Day is right around the corner! This coming weekend will be filled with BBQ’s, picnics and tanning on the beach with friends while remembering those we lost in the military. Show your patriotism by sporting one of these gems:
1. Striped Dress
On Memorial Day, navy and red are your go to hues. For that, try Old Navy and Forever 21. If you’re looking for something more subtle, try a black and white striped maxi dress — that’ll look lovely paired with red and blue accessories. For a flattering maxi, check out Tees by Tina.
2. Patriotic Swimsuit
Swimsuits printed with the American Flag are always a yes on Memorial Day and the 4th of July. They do however look a bit awkward if worn at any other time. Instead, wear a bathing suit that replaces the traditional blue with teal for a swimsuit that will be fun to wear all summer long. We love the one below from ModCloth!
3. Blue Mascara
Have you wanted to try out this trend for a while? Now’s your chance!
4. Unique Bag
With everyone wearing red, white and blue, you’ll blend in with the crowd. Stick out by adding a fun bag to your outfit. We’re in love with these two bags below from Collectables.
This laser-cut yellow bag from Fiorelli is super bright so all eyes will be on you. This bag is definitely an upgrade from the see-through bags that have been trending so far this spring.
You can never go wrong with black and white. The bag above is the perfect day-to-day bag for summer, it won’t be too matchy-matchy with your red, white and blue outfit and everyone will think you’re carrying a Celine bag…fancy! Find it here.
5. Matte Red Lipstick
Not going to the beach? Wear matte red lipstick with your navy and white striped dress!
6. White or Ivory Shoes
White shoes are so classy in the summer! If you’re not a fan of dresses, wear a pair of white oxfords with linen shorts and a striped shirt. We love this pair from Sperry. They’re super comfortable and so worth the price!
What are your Memorial Day plans?
Red, White & Blue Hair Chalking Tutorial for Memorial Day
Posted 2 years ago by Amanda Raye
In case you’re from the US, you’re bound to know that Memorial Day is fast approaching, and chalking your hair with red, white and blue is a great way to show off your patriotism while trying out the edgy new trend. Don’t worry — it’s not permanent!
Of course, this tutorial works for anyone at all, no matter where you’re from. So if you’re not feeling festive or simply want bright purple streaks in your hair instead, this tutorial is still definitely for you. Note: For our tutorial we used brunette hair, but blonde hair certainly works just as well.
What You’ll Need
- Water Bottle
- Soft Pastels
- Flat Iron
- Blow Dryer
1. Section off the hair you want chalked
- Section out a triangle shape under your layers to create a peek-a-boo look. Divide the the triangle section into three parts for the red, white and blue.
2. Spray section with water
- Spray the first section with water until it’s slightly damp.
3. Saturate wet hair with pastel
- Make sure the hair strand is fully saturated with pastel pigment.
4. Blow dry hair piece
- Once you finish saturating the hair strand with pigment, blow dry it.
5. Flat iron hair strand
- Once hair strand is 80% dry, take your flat iron and go over the hair three times to set in the color.
6. Pin finished section
- Once you finish the red, pin it out of your way so you can prepare for the white.
7. Follow Steps 2-6 with the white and blue
- Wet, saturate with pigment, blow dry and flat iron the white and blue section.
- This is the finished product on our wonderful model, Lu.
Have you tried hair chalking yet? Let us know about your experience in the comments below!