Hi loves! If you’re anything like me, then you love a cute Sunday brunch spot, and NYC has no shortage of them. This weekend, my gal pal @styles_worthwhile (go give her a follow) picked out this adorable spot on the Upper East side; The Penrose.

This Sunday just happened to be a little cooler than we have been used to now that the crazy heat wave is finally over. I am so here for it though! Fall where you at? I’m ready!! So I opted for something casual but warm, and still on trend for summer. You already know I wore gingham. I cannot escape this trend, it’s literally everywhere, so I tried it out per usual.

Overall, the food at The Penrose was amazing! I ordered scrambled eggs, French toast sticks and a side of bacon (because I’m boring & picky AF.) Thank goodness @styles_worthwhile is more adventurous than me and ordered the avocado toast. We ended up sharing everything and I actually LOVED all of the dishes. I would totally recommend going there, especially with their adorable decor. It had a very country chic vibe with farmhouse raw wood tables and beautiful wildflowers in small vases. We didn’t opt for our usual Bloody Mary/mimosa at brunch, but instead ordered the weekend hite wine they had on happy hour, which was phenomenal. We then followed that up with a spicy margarita because why the hell not? Let me tell you, I’m OBSESSED with spicy margaritas, like really obsessed, and this is one of the best I’ve ever had! So that was the end of our brunch date, but let’s get onto the outfit deets shall we?

Gingham is all the rage right now, I see it everywhere from Pinterest to Instagram to, well everywhere!! I thought I’d give it a go, so I purchased this super cute off the should gingham top at Forever 21 for $19.90. So cheap and adorable! Unfortunately it’s sold out right now but you can but I will link some similar tops at the bottom of this post. My jeans are from Gap, of course. I love the way Gap jeans hug my body and their length always fits my short legs which is important for my 5’0 mini self. Plus, mid wash blue jeans are always a staple in my wardrobe. Side note: I don’t think I’ve ever paid full price for a pair of jeans from Gap. They are constantly sending out 40% off promo codes, so I hold out for that email and buy in bulk.

My shoes are from Steve Madden, I purchased them at Macy’s for $59.99 and they come in multiple different colors. I love how casual they are, yet they have such cute detail to make your outfit more snazzy. Once again, Macy’s has amazing sales so keep your eye out for coupons and shoe sales that they always have going on! My bag aka my favorite part of this outfit is from Boohoo. This is one of the first things I ordered from this website and I am mildly *wildly* obsessed already. I purchased this piece for $36, but Boohoo.com usually has a 50% off code in the AM right on their website homepage. I love the embroidered trend that’s going around but sometimes it looks a little to vintage-y on me, so this is the perfect way to incorporate the trend without feeling like a grandma.

Last, but certainly not least, my makeup rundown. I get so excited to get all dolled up for fun days out! This time, I tried a few new products so let me make this super simple and literally give you guys a list.

FOUNDATION: L’Oreal Pro Matte mixed with Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer

BRONZER: Kat Von D Shade & Contour Palette

HIGHLIGHTER: Ofra Cosmetics ‘Rodeo Drive’

EYESHADOW: Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Brushes Palette – Shades ‘Silk Creme’ (crease) ‘Butter’ (crease & lower lash line) ‘Firework’ (lid) ‘Mocha’ (outer v) ‘Enlight’ & ‘Beam’ (brow highlight & inner corner)

LIPS: NYX Suede Matte Lipliner in ‘Pink Lust’

Thanks for joining in on my Sunday brunch and please comment below what your favorite NYC brunch spot is if you live here or what your favorite brunch food to eat is if you live somewhere else!

Muah 💋

Denise ✨

LINKS TO OOTD ITEMS: 

Jeans: http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1048555&pcid=5664&vid=1&pid=788089002

Top: (sold out but similar) https://m.macys.com/shop/product/sanctuary-gingham-off-the-shoulder-top?ID=4469680&PartnerID=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc=LINKSHARE-_-2-_-78-_-MP278&LinkshareID=J84DHJLQkR4-bWlcaonXZbAs1IhpePGkxw

http://m.asos.com/us/parisian/parisian-off-shoulder-gingham-top/prd/7808344?affid=10607&transaction_id=1024e679bceb812c8759227cc2129e&pubref=1023

 

Shoes: https://m.macys.com/shop/product/steve-madden-womens-ecentric-q-platform-sneakers?ID=2531213

Bag: http://us.boohoo.com/hannah-all-over-embroidered-clutch/DZZ47563.html?color=105

 

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Hello loves! Welcome to my first blog post, I am so glad that you’re here. I went back and fourth many times about what I wanted my first post to be about, should I do a get to know me post, outfit of the day, or a favorites post? just simply couldn’t decide. Then, I was coming home from work and checked my mail and my Boxycharm monthly subscription box had finally arrived. I always look forward to this box every month but this month I was super impressed. So, I decided right then and there that I should do a post on my Boxycharm box. Not only am I super passionate about the box every month, but I was genuinely inspired to try these products out.

Let’s get into it! Check out what was in my July 2017 Boxycharm.

Immediately, I was drawn to the Blinc “Electric Eyes” eyeshadow palette, which retails for $45. The colors are 100% the tones that I am obsessed with; warm, shimmery goodness! After swatching these shadows I was even more excited to try them out. They are creamy and hella pigmented, yet they don’t have much fallout which is amazing. The only negative thing I have to say about this eyeshadow palette is that it doesn’t have any matte shades, therefore you’ll need another palette or single shadow to complete an eye look. However, the shades are beautiful and you can create so many different eye looks with these shadows.

Wear test: After wearing these shadows for 4+ hours in the NYC summer heat I did not notice any slippage or fading. The shadows stayed in place and shimmered beautifully in the sunshine. My opinion A+++

 

Can I just say that I’m super impressed that a Bare Minerals product was in my box this month? Bare Minerals was one of the first non drug store makeup brands that I ever used and they constantly put out quality products. I was stoked when I saw that it was a powder duo, because you can never have too many quality powders in your makeup collection. This translucent powder duo in the shade “invisible light” didn’t swatch the best, it was a little gritty if I’m being honest, but I’ll give any product a fair shot. I used the matte side to set my under eye and t-zone with a fluffy powder brush and dusted the glow side on the rest of my face with a large powder brush to set my foundation. This product has a retail value of $32.

Wear test: After half a day, I noticed that my concealer was creasing under my eyes more than usual, which is not ideal. However, I won’t write off the matte powder just yet, I’ll try it with a different concealer first. As far as the glow powder goes, I love that its glow is more of a sheen and not glittery. I think it would be extremely flattering on mature skin. I’m definitely a fan of the glow side, as it did not sit on top of the skin, it just made me like healthy and hydrated.

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Sooooooooooo, I love Colourpop! My love for this brand is unreal. I have purchased many of their products on my own, so when I saw a Colourpop lippie I was a bit nervous that I’d already have the shade (which has happened before in other boxes.) Nonetheless, it never hurts to have a backup of a product. To my surprise, it was a shade that I didn’t have yet; their Ulta Matte Lippie in “Beeper.” This shade is extremely popular from my understanding, a shade that is similar to Kat Von D’s “Lolita.” I have to say, not my favorite shade on myself but I can see how it is very flattering on others.

Weat test: I put this on around 11am, ate brunch, walked around in the hot sun for two hours and it barely budged. It wore a little in the very center, but every liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried does the same thing. Overall, an amazing formula and very long wearing, just not a major fan of the shade for the summer. Although, this shade would be a perfect neutral for the fall.

Next up, the Uni-brow universal eyebrow pencil by WinkyLux, retail value of $12. I have never heard of this brand, but that’s part of what I love about this box. I’ve discovered many new brands from Boxycharm that their products have become some of my holy grails. This is my type of brow product because it has a pencil on one side and a spoolie on the other. It says the shade is universal which always makes me nervous, since my brows are honestly non existent, but let’s try it anyway!

Wear test: Not my favorite brow product I’ve ever used. I noticed throughout the day that it faded and I even hit my brow with my sunglasses at one point and the brow product transferred onto my upper brow which is never a good look. Also, I found shape of the pencil a bit difficult to work with considering my brows are fairly small and the product was a bit thick. The shade is also a bit too dark for my brows since I am sooooooooooo blonde and fair. Overall, not my fave.

The last product was the Spray. Set. Go makeup setting spray by Project Beauty with a retail value of $32. I must say that I am a huge fan of makeup setting sprays but I don’t usually vary in the brands that I buy. I have my go to’s and I don’t really mess with that part of my makeup routine. However, let’s try this thing!

Wear test: First off, I love the spray nozzle on this product. If you use setting sprays, you know what a disaster it can be if you are completely finished with your makeup and spray a setting spray on with a bad nozzle. It’s like giant droplets only there to ruin your day and your makeup. Okay, not that serious but you know what I mean. Once you’re done with your makeup, you want to be able to spray your face with a hydrating spray that makes your makeup last and go on with your day. I’ll have to test out this product more, but so far I think it did a great job of making my makeup last, plus it gets major bonus points for the fine mist.

 

The total value of this month’s box was $127. Whattttttt, I know! It’s crazy right? How do they get away with giving you $127 worth of products for $21? I’ll never understand, but I am totally here for it.

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Thanks for unboxing July’s Boxycharm with me! Follow me on Instagram @alexandra_avenue and Twitter @alexandraavenue to keep up with all of my posts!

Muah 😘

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