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In the spring of things...

Hooray - I think the winter is finally over but we're now jumping into pre-summer in NYC. Spring, what's that?!? Unfortunately my building sometimes has the heat on for the occasional chilly nights we've had so relying on my window AC unit has not been fun (and by not fun, I mean I am afraid to see that ConEd bill). 

So here's my reality, I've been working A LOT. Like a lot a lot... Transferred to a new store about a month ago and been focusing on doin' my thang over there. Oddly enough, I love working in the Midtown East/edge of the UES. Bloomies is across the street, the H&M is decent, and there's some nice places to sit outside on my lunch break.

My usual lunch break spot on the corner of 57th and Lex.
Upside of the gorgeous weather we're having, it was perfect day to go to Central Park. By the time I arrived a little before 7pm, the air had cooled off a bit and the sun had disappeared just enough to make me not risk turning into lobster status. #porcelainproblems 

Hello, my pretty.

And last but not least, I've finally ordered a wireless remote for my Nikon so I'm finally going to be posting some outfit photos for y'all! Now I really need to scope out some great locations in my 'hood for outfit posts. Stay tuned... 

Current Obsessions: March Edition

Dear #theSCNYSblog readers,

Please pardon the slight life-related ramble and then we'll cover the really fun stuff - my current obsessions for the month of March.

Perhaps watching "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason" on Netflix back to back in my current emotional state  wasn't the best idea last night. And by emotional state, some of the feels have stirred up again. Not sure where it's going to go... Stupid feelings. And listening to Ray Charles, Marvin Gay, Sinatra, and Sam Cooke may not be helping me either... Sigh. And so it goes.

Now after getting that vague bit of emotional-ness off my chest or my heart, here's an interesting read I stumbled upon on Elephant Journal - This is How to Love a Leo. That being said, I am not necessarily "full blown" Leo as I am born on the edge of the Cancer-Leo cusp and I've always had an affinity for my Water-signed friends (and ex-boyfriends). Nonetheless, this article had some valid points though I am struggling with my creative soul. I used to be an artist and yet I don't know how to redefine that part of my life. I might venture to the MOMA tomorrow since I have a Friday off (YAY) and the museum is free from 4pm-8pm on Fridays. Perhaps a little art will stir up my creative soul again?

And now back to our regularly scheduled beauty and fashion blogging...

This Blistex Lip Vibrance is awesomesauce. A nice rosy-pink tinted lip balm with a hint of shimmer that has enough color to hold up on it's own but still pairs well with my other lippies as a base coat.

Thank you for keeping my lips soft.

To those who know me well, I tend to wear a lot of black or black and white prints. These blue suede Nine West Deputy flats are a fab way to add a pop of color. You can find them at both Nine West and Nordstrom (both sites also qualify for eBates - yes, that is my referral link). FYI, they do run about half a size large in my opinion or a full size if your foot is narrow.

You're so pretty. Oh so pretty. 

This Forever 21 t-shirt is point blank true. My cat is cuter than your boyfriend. Even if she does shed a lot and wakes me up at 4:00 am for breakfast. But she's still cute.

Oh and I am also obsessed with Manic Panic's Hot Hot Pink hair dye. SEE?!? I need to update my blog profile photo with the new hair but how cool is this color?!

C'mon winter, let it go...

Dear NYC, why did you tempt us last week with some "balmy" above freezing temperatures? And now it's supposed to snow tomorrow... Seriously NYC, let's get it together. I am OVER winter. I am ready to take my winter coat to the dry cleaner and stuff it in the back of my closet.

But even if I have a sweater on, I can still channel spring a bit... Today's day off was at least above freezing so I embraced my Chico's boyfriend jeans (these seem to be this years version) and Nine West "Hannah" mules I purchased last summer. If you want your own pair, you can still find them at Amazon, Nordstrom RACK, or 6pm and trust me, the 3-inch stacked chunky heel is quite "walkable" especially for NYC sidewalks.

Now "if" we get snow tomorrow - I am not wearing these except inside my store and commuting in with snow boots. Fun times! I need to move somewhere warm... Virginia at least was warmer today! Oh how I miss the south...

I gave up OkCupid for Lent.

Yes you heard me, I gave up OkCupid for Lent. It was a distraction to my life that resulted in a lot of self-loathing and a fear of "if this is what's left of dating in NYC, I'm destined to get another cat." Seriously. When you receive messages like the one below, you start to wonder WTF is wrong with people? Or even worse, what's wrong with me?

At the moment, I still have access to my Tinder and Hinge accounts. Even though I haven't been exactly what one would call "lucky" on either of those online dating venues. That being said, I still peruse those sites because I have the choice whether or not to "swipe right" based on profile or attraction. OkCupid is a free for all of "let's clutter up my inbox" with messages of "hi" or "nice smile" and that's about it. At least I can choose whether or not to virtually "like" a dude on Tinder or Hinge and there's a mutual swipe. Tinder is more of a boredom killer while Hinge will periodically yell at me via iPhone notification to say I've got to go through my inbox of potential suitors.

In case you're still wondering what to "give up" for Lent, I stumbled upon this handy little chart...
Original post HERE... with "explanations" of each thing.

I myself am a baptized and confirmed Episcopalian but I still lean on the side of being very spiritual... I still struggle with my faith (as most "normal" Christians do in my opinion) and retail life sometimes makes going to church difficult. But Lent is a season of relationships - with God, myself, and others. But alas taking the time to slow down and center myself away from distractions. Giving up OkCupid was necessary, a distraction that did not need to be allowed in my head or my heart. I'm still holding out to meet that person when I'm at Starbucks or on the train. Then again, that poor soul might stumble upon my blog. Oh lawwwd. But we'll cross that bridge when it comes, I suppose.

It's about to go down...

Dear Mom,
THANK YOU for being my blog's #1 fan. I appreciate it immensely for you reading and supporting my creative endeavors. That being said, I'm about to get a bit REAL on here. I've always taglined this as a FASHION + BEAUTY + LIFE blog and yet I've always posted more along the lines of fashion and beauty. After a couple discussions with my friends, I've also decided to share some tidbits about my life especially on the dating front. I've got some funny stories... I am also considering a YouTube series titled "Tinder With Lindsay" #TinderWithLindsay providing my commentary on what's out there (or not out there) on the Tinder-verse. But back to you Mom, I love you. Please don't take offense to what your daughter dearest here is writing and sharing. Let's face it, I am a little quirky like you and while I haven't necessarily had a "Cadillac Bill," I've had my fare share of oddities and interesting. Dating in NYC is hard, y'all.

If you ever wondered WHY cloning is illegal - this is why... Love you! 
So that being said, it's going down y'all... Welcome to the good, the bad, and the ugly of dating in NYC and my adventures of my life up here.

The Perfect "Skinny Jeans"?

Confession - I used to be premium denim snob. Citizens of Humanity was my favorite high-end denim brand - I absolutely loved their Avedon skinny jeans but I was lucky enough to score them on sale/with my discount when I used to work in apparel. Nowadays I know a lot of fashion bloggers swear by the Old Navy The Rockstar skinnies but I personally haven't tried a pair yet.

On a whim I grabbed a pair of the Slim-Fit Treggings a couple weeks ago while at my local H&M and they've quickly become my new fave. The stretchy material is perfectly comfortable like a legging but still has some structure like traditional pair of jeans. I have yet to try their stretch twill version but wearing these make me not want to wear my other denim except for boyfriend jeans. They are beyond comfortable and I've accidentally napped in them. Perhaps they're a less cheesy version than pajama jeans? And who doesn't love the under $20 price tag (MSRP $17.95)?!?

The Perfect Skinny Jean? Maybe so...

My only gripe is I wish they came in a petite... The length is fine for tucking into boots but I think I will need a trip to the tailor before spring to wear with pumps and flats. The legging-esque waistband is awesome too because it doesn't dig into winters squishy bits and let's face it, I never do that fashion blogger half tuck thing anyways so my waistband is never visible. So a win-win for me!

Snow day! #Snowmaggedon2015

We're having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave...

That line is the farthest from the truth... Instead the NYC metro area has the potential for blizzard-like conditions and apparently this storm has been named Juno and has created a wave of #snowmaggedon2015 posts on the social media circuits. Upside is that I acquired an unexpected day off work and I'm curious to see what tomorrow may bring. 

I took a walk around my Bronx 'hood this afternoon to my favorite little park Muskrat Cove and enjoyed the snow, the solitude, and discovered some killer graffiti. It amazes me what can be created with a can of spray paint!

These snow boots were worth every (affordable) penny! You can find them HERE.
My favorite spot to sit when it's nice out and not snowing.
The Bronx River

This shot I also featured on my Instagram - @SthrnChrmNYsass
Fell in love with this quote: Stay Humble & Live Noble 

It's amazing to re-discover what's in your own back yard... Except when you live in NYC, you don't have back yards so you consider the closest park as your back yard. I can't wait to re-explore this area with my Nikon D3200 (didn't want to take "my baby" out in the snow today so I shot with my iPhone 5 instead).

Inspire Me

Dear Universe,
I want to be creatively inspired again.
Love, Lindsay

I struggle with this a lot - what to write, what direction to go in, how do I want to take my blog to the next level. I live and work in one of the most creative, unique cities ever yet I'm trying to find my mojo. My creativity is slowly developing professionally as I have taken on a visual lead role (department of responsibility) at my job in addition to my everyday management duties. Yet I need to develop it here...

Fellow bloggers - any help? Ideas? Suggestions? Maybe I need some IRL blogger friends? Who knows... But I just want to be INSPIRED again. How do y'all do it when you're in a slump? 

ps. I did score new biz cards at least...

Happy New Year - Day 2 of 365

Happy New Year, y'all! Hello to 2015... I survived 2014 but just barely it seems. Each New Year's Eve I think this is going to be the year I'm going to get "settled." This is going to be "my year." Well, this was my third New Year's Eve spent "up here" (as in "up north" and away from VA). The eve of 2013 I spent with my pal Jessica at the local pub nearby, the eve of 2014 I spent it with my then-beau M and some fab people on the UES. This year I spent it at home, in bed, with my cat, some Netflix, and a bottle of Redd's Apple Ale. This year was a year to reflect, to breathe in, to let my past go and focus on the future. No kisses at midnight, no fancy parties, none of that. Just me and my cat. And I was OK with that!

Last night was my chance to celebrate a little bit. Met a girlfriend of mine who's become more and more of a soul sister at a bar uptown and had a celebratory Vodka Sprite.

And finally, last but not least - saw this adorable inspiration collage via the South Moon Under blog and I couldn't resist sharing. Happy New Year, y'all!