The Beginning

Hi there!

I guess there is no better way to start something than to just jump right in, so here it goes! It has been exactly one month today since I graduated from Manhattanville College with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre.

Look! Here’s me as a college grad! Me at Graduation!

Though it has not been the smoothest month of my life, it has definitely been an interesting one. A few days after graduating I went on a ten day trip to London, which was absolutely amazing, but when I came back home reality hit. (But here, look at how pretty Big Ben is!)Big Ben

Plans change, life goals change, people change, etc.  and I’m not too sure how I am going to end up where I would ultimately like to end up. So that’s why I wanted to start AmysPostGradPath. I hope it will encourage and inspire others to keep moving forward and taking things one day at a time. Nothing happens over night and I believe that the journey is just as important as the destination, if not more.

One month post grad and I finally got a job! After many many applications and worried nights later, I got that desired email back. Though it isn’t in the field that I would like or have anything to do with what I want to do with my life, it is a job and I am lucky to have the opportunity to save what I make to get me closer to my goal. But that’s what I mean when I say plans change, a couple of days ago I had no source of income and it wasn’t looking too good. And this isn’t exactly a direct path I’m taking here, in all reality I don’t even know what the right path or direct path looks like. With this little job, this little steady paycheck I can start getting to where I need and want to be (more details on that on another day!).

I will hope to blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on my Post Grad Path and we’ll see where we end up! Thanks for adventuring with me and see you soon!

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

August 2017 Ipsy Bag!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are doing well! It’s that lovely time of the month again where I get to share my Ipsy bag! And spoiler alert, I’m OBSESSED with my bag this month!! So let’s jump right in, shall we?

August Ipsy Bag

This month theme is Good Vibes Only and I am not mad about it.

First up, we have a brush from the brand Firma and it’s their number 103 brush. It’s super soft and not super dense I don’t think personally I would use it but it is a really nice brush and I think my Mom would get more use out of it haha!

We then have from the brand Promise Organic their “Nourishing Coconut Milk Facial Lotion” that is 100% Natural. It smells amazing and with my sensitive skin 100% natural is music  to my ears haha!

Up next we have a concealer from Aurora X Ipsy, their “Pro Cover-UP Concealer” in the shade 49 Balmy Beige; which of all the concealers I’ve received from Ipsy, this is by far the best shade match and BONUS it’s cruelty free!!

Next up something I am beyond super excited to try is Seraphine Botanicals “Liquid Coal Waterproof Liquid Liner”. Not only do we all know I love good liquid line, but I haven’t been wearing it lately and I threw out all my liquid liners so now I have a great excuse to get back into my wings! But why I’m really excited for it is that not only does this company NOT test on animals, but this line is vegan, GMO free, and gluten free! Not that I am any of these but I’m all for vegan products!

And finally we have a mascara from Eyeko LONDON and it’s their “Black Magic Mascara for Drama and Curl”. It’s a curved bristle brush in a cool tube packaging but I’n not too hopeful for this one mostly cause I prefer plastic wands but I used to LOVE their eyeliner, so who knows!

That’s everything I got in my August Ipsy bag!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

“Broadway With A Twist!”

Happy Friday everyone!! Today, I wanted to share with you a show I’m currently involved in and performing on Saturday August 19th! So I’m sorry but today’s post is some sneaky self promotion!

Broadway With A Twist!

I’m so honored to be a part of this show and a part of the Ohana Performing Arts family. It’s going to be a great night filled with Broadway music but we have a fun little twist for ya! So if you’re on Long Island and have a free night come on by to support this new amazing family and watch us sing songs that we would not normally get the chance to sing on Broadway!

It’s been so great to be at rehearsals again and performing and I am so excited to get back to what I love and what I am meant to being doing. Some come by and see my first night back performing in two years! And if you can’t make it, don’t worry there will be plenty more shows! That’s a promise. (Not only to but to me as well)

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

My Favorite Summer/Autumn Shoes!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are having a great week! Today I wanted to share the most amazing shoes I picked up from DSW a few days ago that I am so excited to wear and never take off until there is snow on the ground!

These mules are all the rage at the moment and some are so ridiculously expensive, though to be fair most shoes are, I don’t know I’m not a shoe girl (handbags foreverrr). But I have had my eyes on these beauties from Steve Madden since the season began. I never bought them, since I didn’t know how much I would wear them for the price (originally around $60). Lucky for me, THEY WEN’T ON SALE! They were 50% off and with taxes I spent $32 on these beauties!

Steve Madden Shoes

I’m so in love with them! I’m not one to buy into trend pieces (especially when I wear the same 4 tshirts over and over and I don’t like spending money) but with my monochrome wardrobe this is a perfect subtle pop of color that will go with everything I wear! I’m still in the phase where I’m too afraid to wear them cause I don’t want to ruin them. So I’m writing a blog post on it as an excuse to take pictures of them and preserve them forever haha!

What have been your favorite summer staple?? Are you excited for Autumn and Winter?? We all know I am haha!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Lush Products I Adore!!

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend! This past week, I went into the new Lush store that just opened in my mall! Now, to be fair, it’s been open for a while but this week I finally had the chance to go in and shop! So I thought I’d show you what I picked up!

Lush Haul!!

Now, everyone loves their bath bombs and shower stuff (so do I) but for me these two lip products are super holy grail for me! And I know they are as well for a lot of other people!

I picked up my favorite lip scrub in the scent “Mint Julips” and their lip balm in a scent I haven’t tried before that’s “Rose Lollipop” and my goodness, this smells heavenly! To me it kinda smells like their store, which I find heavenly, but more rose-y.

Their lip balms are absolutely amazing and I feel don’t get enough love! I also adore their “Passion Fruit” one as well. This one is un-tinted and just a balm, but they also have a few that are tinted and leave your lips super smooth and nourished as well as leaving a bit of color!

I also purchased this piece of fabric essentially from them! I believe it’s called their “Knot Wraps” but its basically a piece of fabric that comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns and can be used for basically anything. Though they market it as something you can use to tie up your products as gift wrap or a bag when you shop at Lush, I thought they would be great for tying into a headband when washing your face and stuff! I just loved the pattern and couldn’t leave the store without it!

What are some of your favorite products from Lush?? Let me know because I’m always looking for a reason to go back and shop there haha!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

My Favorite Hair Tool!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  I hope you are all enjoying you week so far!! Today, I thought I would talk about one of my absolute favorite can’t live without it, holy grail hair tool!

Now, let me preface with I blow dry my bangs, and roughly dry my ridiculously thick hair because I don’t have two hours every time I wash my hair to sit and actually dry my hair so really the only hair tools I have are two brushes haha! And this is one of them!

The Wet Brush

This is the “Wet Brush” and it’s nothing new and I have a tiny little one I take when I travel that’s yellow, it’s something I’m pretty sure I pictured in posts about what’s in my travel stuff!

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I wanted to make a whole post dedicated to this little guy here that is apparently designed for THICK HAIR. And let me tell you! This might be the first thing I’ve seen advertised, in all my years of owning thick hair, that actually does what it says!

Now for all you guys who haven’t heard of the Wet Brush, it’s basically a brush that is basically designed to use on wet hair. So it’s gentler on your hair so it doesn’t break while you brush it but at the same time does a really great job of getting out all your tangles!

So if you see this guy in your drugstores or Target (that’s where I got mine haha) and you’re in need of a new brush, I could not recommend it more! It’s absolutely one of my favorite brushes that I have ever used and now that I found them easily accessible I won’t be going back to any other brush!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

Fiction Friday ~ Mother Night!!

Happy Fiction Friday everyone!! I hope you are having a great week and are having a great summer! Today, I wanted to talk about another Kurt Vonnegut novel; Mother Night.

Vonnegut Mother Night

I absolutely adore Kurt Vonnegut, I have yet to read one of his books and not love it. So reading Mother Night was of course no different. I’m going to insert the little blurb on the back because I think it does a great job at describing the book without giving anything away and I think it does a better job than I could do:

Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trail in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.”

And it really does, its a great story that gets you attached and much like my beloved Shakespeare, Vonnegut does a similar thing as to bond us with not only the “hero” but the “villain” as well. Howard W. Campbell Jr, is our source of information but at the same time was a Nazi, which makes the reader have to have a tough moral debate with themselves knowing what we know of Howard W. Campbell Jr., and what we know from the horrors of World War II.

It’s a great read, especially if you like Shakespeare’s Richard III, and that uncomfortable moral line that gets crossed and makes you think about where you stand. It’s also a great read if you enjoy history.

Now as always, some quotes from the book that I absolutely love:

~ “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” Page V

~ “We are never as modern, as far ahead of the past as we like to think we are.” Page 19

~ “And the thick, bristly, olive-drab cocoon I had built for myself was frayed a little, was weakened enough to let some pale light in.” Page 52

 

Until Next Time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy

July 2017 Favorites!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I hope you are all doing well! Sorry for the missed post last Friday, it’s been a rough week or so.

ANYWAY! It’s that time of the month again for my favorites! So let’s jump right in, shall we?

July 2017 Faves

It’s another small one, but I guess that is becoming a theme….

First off we have Kat Von D’s Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist!! I am absolutely 100% in love with this. Not only did it keep my makeup staying put in the awful humidity that is a Florida Summer, but it smells like cucumbers and has the best mist of any setting spray I’ve used. If you’re looking for a new good setting spray, like all of Kat Von D products, this is amazing and highly recommend!

Secondly we have a sunscreen stick that I discovered this summer from Bare Republic. This smells like coconut and vanilla and is SPF 50. Now I don’t use this for my body but I use this to protect my tattoos and spot touch ups for my face. This stuff is AMAZING cruelty free and pretty natural and WORKS. I did not get burned at ALL in Florida. I bought their actual lotion for the beaches up here in NY for the summer and I have yet to get burned! PLUS I got it at Target for like $8!!!!

Thirdly (though I just picked this up yesterday) this little plate from Marshall’s, it was $3 and loved it for my dresser and to take flat lays on! My Mom and I have a problem, we are so addicted to Marshalls…

Lastly, not pictured I went to two concerts this month, I saw the Fab Faux (a Beatles cover band that are amazing) and I saw Trevor Noah (host of The Daily Show) both were AMAZING.

Anyway, that’s what I have been loving this month! Can’t believe it’s basically August! And I’m so thrilled because WE ARE SO MUCH CLOSER TO AUTUMN!!

Until next time,

Cheers! xoxo

Amy