Hi my loves! I cannot believe it’s been so long since I’ve written a blog post! Sorry for the lack of posts, but those of you who follow me on Instagram know that this month has been insane for me. Just a small little rundown of the craziness for you; my husband and I flew down to Florida for my cousin’s wedding, then flew back on Monday, flew back out that same Friday after work to go to Portland, Oregon to take my brother in laws engagement pictures, flew back on a red eye on Sunday night to be back at work on Monday… THEN… had to pack up our entire apartment and moved into the city that weekend and now we are here. PHEW! How’s that for a run on sentence and a busy couple of weeks? I know!! So now we are mostly settled into our new place so I can finally share some blog posts about my October excursions with you lovely people.

Tampa, Florida is home to me. It’s where I grew up and it’s where most of my family still lives. We made this specific trip down for my cousin’s wedding and as an added bonus my oldest brother also came down to Florida with my nieces at the same time. We were only there for 4 days but we definitely made the most of it! So here’s the breakdown!!

Day One:

This day was so much fun. I got to wake up and have breakfast with my nieces and just enjoy their company after not seeing them for 9 months. I ran a few errands with my mom for nieces birthday party that was happening the following day and then met my best friend/sister in law for happy hour! My sister in law is also my best friend, yes people it’s possible!! We always have so much fun together and she just had her first baby, who is about 4 months old so we have so many new topics to discuss. Later that day we went back to my brothers house (the younger of the two brothers who’s wife is my best friend) for some dinner and just to hang out. It was truly such a relaxing and comforting night.

Day Two:

This was the day of my nieces birthday party. My nieces both have birthdays in October; the youngest just turned one and the oldest just turned three. We had a donut themed birthday party for them and it was just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. It was such a fun party with family all around, I truly enjoyed myself. My other best friend came to the party to take some pics, so we left when the party was done for a night out! We headed down to SoHo for some drinks and dinner and really just had the best time catching up and enjoying each other’s company. We’ve been best friends for over 10 years so it’s always the best time with her!

Day Three:

This was the day of the wedding and by far my favorite day. My hubby and I woke up early to meet my brother and sister in law bestie at the mall to do some last minute wedding gift shopping (nothing like procrastinating right?) Then hubby and I decided to go get some lunch to put some food in our stomachs before the wedding. Let me tell you, I’ve learned my lesson the hard way about not eating enough before you attend a wedding, ALWAYS eat before hand. So we went to lunch and then headed back to my parents to get ready. This ride back to the house was absolutely magical for me. My husband and I had decided to rent a sports car off of Turo instead of renting a regular sedan, so my hubby could have a little fun. Best decision ever. He decided to rent a gorgeous red Viper for the weekend. So I’ll try to explain to you guys why this ride was so magical for us. 3 years ago my husband and I made the decision to move away from our comfort zone in Florida to take on the big city NYC. Our family wasn’t thrilled with our decision and many friends even bet how long we would last in New York before we came back home. Needless to say, we definitely moved up to NY with something to prove. Fast forward to present time, we were driving a sick sports car down the street we used to drive every day with the top down, knowing when we went back home we were moving into our first Manhattan apartment. We had so much to be proud of and thankful for and I literally looked at my husband and said “three years ago did you ever think we would be living in Manhattan on a vacation in Florida driving a viper around without a care in the world?” Then we just looked at each other and smiled and laughed. It was such a satisfying moment to finally feel like all the hard work that we had been putting in the past three years was finally starting to pay off. We both really needed that moment. It was truly just everything to us. Now how can I even follow that up? Haha! We got ready for the wedding and headed over to the venue. We rode with my bestie sis in law and my brother and jammed out the whole way. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and I’m so happy that my cousin found love! We drank and danced the night away with family which is my favorite thing in the world to do. It was so hot and humid, as Florida usually is, but after a few glasses of wine I no longer cared about the heat and just danced for hours and hours. It was a fun, carefree and spectacular night and just an amazing way to end our trip to Florida.

Day Four:

There’s not much to say about day 4 since we flew back home this day. We woke up and had our last breakfast with our nieces and family. It was relaxing and blissful. I woke up feeling satisfied and content. It was an amazing, drama free trip home and that’s all I can really ask for.

Until next time Tampa ✌🏻🌴

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Hello my loves!! Welcome back 🙂 Today I’m mixing up some Moscow Mules for you guys. I feel like this year, the Moscow Mule was the unofficial drink of the summer, and since summer is about to be over what better way to say goodbye than with a recipe for this elegant and easy cocktail. As a bartender, I realized that so many people had just learned about this drink and were wanting to try it out (mainly because of the adorable copper mug it comes in). There are so many delicious variations of the mule but I figured that I would keep it simple this time around! So, let’s just get right into the ingredients shall we?

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I purchased these cute little copper mugs at TJ Maxx but I know you can get them pretty much anywhere at this point. I’ve seen them at Target, Homegoods and on Amazon too.

Now that you have all of the ingredients, building your cocktail is the easiest part. Just fill your pretty little copper mug up all the way up with ice (I prefer crushed ice for this beverage.) Then add right on top of the ice..

2oz of your favorite vodka

.5oz of lime juice

As much or as little agave syrup as you’d like (I don’t like any, my husband likes about 3/4 oz in his)

Fill to the top with ginger beer (whichever brand you prefer, they have a ton of options at the liquor store and they all taste so different, the one I chose is more spicy and less sweet which is why my husband likes the agave syrup added to his!)

Stir and enjoy!

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How crazy easy was that? It’s such a simple yet elegant drink that’s so fun to drink and plus it’s adorable. Makes for a great insta post, am I right? 😉 Some like to garnish this cocktail with a mint/basil leaf, I just kept it simple with a lime wheel.

If you try this cocktail at home, take a picture and tag me on Instagram @denise_whelan!!

Muah 💋

Denise ✖️

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Hello my loves!! This past weekend I had family in town and we did so many fun things. We truly had the best weekend just spending time with each other and having some good laughs but one of my favorite parts was going to this adorable spot with our nephew. The place was called the SeaGlass Carousel (thanks to my brother in law for insisting on us going there.) It’s downtown in Battery Park. It’s like your usual merry go round/carousel except that it’s sea themed. It has fish and seashells for seats and it lights up and glows, which really makes for the cutest photos and experience. I just couldn’t resist blogging about this place because it was just so adorable.

So there’s really not much more to say about this spot except that I can’t wait until I have kids so that I can bring them here! Here’s a few pics we took while we were there. Enjoy!

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Denise

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Hello my loves! Welcome back 🙂 I just recently received my monthly Boxycharm  for August and I thought I’d give you guys a peak! I am seriously in love with this subscription box. Every month I am consistently impressed by the FULL SIZE products I receive for only $21 a month. There are times where I do not like every single product, but I usually love at least 2 or 3 of them and would 100% pay $21 for those two products alone! So, I would say if you haven’t tried this subscription box yet, you totally should. Okay let’s just get into this months box!

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First thing I grabbed was the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume ll eyeshadow palette. I love getting Tarte products in these boxes and especially an entire eyeshadow palette. I love the colors in this one, very neutral and wearable. Most of these eyeshadows were not super pigmented but definitely perfect for everyday wear. The palette had zero fallout which is nice because I like to do my foundation first. I used the shades Pearl, Conch, Marina, Seaside and Breezy. I used Breezy all over the lid and it’s such a beautiful color! Gives you that sultry look without having to try too hard. This palette retails for $36.

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So next thing I was drawn to in the box was the trio brush set. I love getting brushes in my box because I legit hate spending money on makeup brushes. I don’t know why, but it pains me to spend money on good brushes, but they really do make such a difference when applying your makeup. The Moda Pro 3 piece brush set came with a crease brush, a chisel brush and a pointed blush brush (say that fast three times) haha. To be honest, I’ll probably never use the chisel brush, but I love the crease eyeshadow brush for blending shadows and I used the pointed blush brush to powder my face but I would consider using it for blush too. These brushes were super soft and not scratchy at all. The handles are that soft touch material which makes them feel so luxurious and expensive. This brush trio retails for $26.

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Next up, I saw these super wispy falsies! Now, I do not wear false lashes so I wasn’t super excited about this product, but I’ll keep them on deck in case I need them for a special event or something because they look so stunning! They are the PÜR Cosmetics Pro Lashes and they retail for $14.

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Next up, this cute little lip/cheek product from Aloette. It is actually called a face paint, so I’m assuming that you could use this for any sort of make (eyeshadow, cheek stain, lip tint.) I personally don’t like using cream products on my face but this made for a beautiful lip color and was super easy to apply. It stained my lips for HOURS which is amazing. This product retails for $35! That’s expensive but I can see how this product would last you an extremely long time since you don’t need much to see the color pay off.

Next product was a black gel liner pencil from Bellapierre. This eyeliner also claims to be waterproof. I must have like 1,000 different black eyeliners in my collection at this point and I honestly rarely ever wear eyeliner but hey, I know a lot of other people do. After applying this product, it’s definitely not as black and pigmented as I’d like but it definitely stayed on my water line for a long time. Overall not my favorite and it retails for $15.

Did that seem like a million products to you? I felt like they were never going to end!! I really enjoy the Tarte eyeshadow palette, the Aloette face paint and the Moda makeup brushes. Definitely makes this box worth the $21 I paid for it. The total value of this months box was $126!!! That’s so crazy to me! Anyway, if I haven’t already said it a million times, this subscription box is soooooooo good and sooooo worth the monthly price of $21. Okay my loves that is all the information I have for your pretty faces today. Talk to you next time!

Leave a comment below of what your favorite subscription box is and don’t forget to keep up with me daily on Instagram @alexandra_avenue!!

Muah 💋

Denise Alexandra

 

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Hello loves! Today I am going to share with you two different makeup looks I created with the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe eyeshadow palette and also give you my honest review of it! This palette is sold out as of right now but is being restocked TOMORROW AUGUST 22nd at 8am PST. If you miss out tomorrow, Jaclyn usually announces the restock dates first on her Snapchat or Instagram, so keep an eye out! This palette costs $38 and has 35 unique shades. I know there are many youtubers and instagrammers that have a morphe discount code, so enter one of those before you cash out for 10% off.

Look 1: Mermaid vibes

 

 

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Look 2: Everyday Pinky Natural 

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Review:

I honestly love this palette. It has a very wide range of shades both neutral and colorful. It does not have many cool tone shades, but I rarely ever use cool tones anyway. I’m missing a light matte shade to set my eye lids with or to highlight the brow bone with, but that’s not a deal breaker. The shades are extremely pigmented and blend out so easily. They do have a bit of kick up/fallout but that’s to be expected with pigmented shadows so just be careful with your undereye area when using this palette. My only real con for this palette is how dirty is gets. Because Jaclyn decided to go with a white and silver palette, the shadows get all over and makes it look dingy. Although, as long as your not taking pictures of it, who really cares? The value of this palette is amazing for the quantity of shadows you get and the quality of each shadow.

So, I thought I would share with you guys my most used shadows in the palette and also my favorite shadows in the palette. Obviously my most used are neutral and wearable daily and my favorite shadows are ones that I would wear when getting all jazzed up to go out.

MOST USED SHADOWS:

 

From bottom to top (left to right): Beam, Silk creme, M.F.E.O, Sissy, Butter, Pukey, Buns

FAVORITE SHADOWS:

 

From bottom to top: Firework, Queen, Roxanne, Meeks, Pool party, Royalty, Twerk, Jada

That’s it!! That’s all I have  I say about this beautiful palette. Hope you all loved this post, and don’t forget to keep up with me daily on Instagram @alexandra_avenue.

Muah 💋

Denise Alexandra

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