Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spring Bedroom Update

Happy Thursday my beauties 🌞. Its a beautiful chilly day her in N.Y.C. I received some really good news from my husband. I am very happy and relieved as well. I am just so proud of him and in love. All these years later. I adore him.
So last weekend I decided to re-use what I already had on hand to make my bedroom look more appropriate for the Spring. I love the bright colors. It really puts a smile on my face every time I look in the bedroom now.
Here are some photos. Let me know what you guys think.


Signing off a "happy and smiley" Coffee Diva

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Saturday's Marshalls Haul 4/25

Evening guys. Hope you are enjoying your Saturday. Here is my Marshalls and Old Navy haul that I was telling you guys about earlier.
My new mattress pad. A beautiful agate stone that I adore. It was only $12.99. Wish they had two. I could have used as book ends. Gluten free coconut chocolate bites. A pretty floral tank top.
Then at Old Navy I purchased two tops on clearance. Good deal both for $29 with tax.



Ciao bellas a "coffee diva"

Saturday.. A week in review 4/25/15




Good morning love bugs! It is a beautiful Saturday here in N.Y.C. Colder than it should be but at least the sun is out. Have to be an optimistic right? There is so much to catch up on. I just woke up at around 9. My hubby's day's were switched at work so he is working today and tomorrow. I hadn't been sleeping good all week but luckily last night I finally got a straight nights rest. I just layed in bed though. It felt so nice. Usually I am up right away with my husband. Making the bed. Then breakfast for him. Coffee. The usual. But today it was just me and the big bed :)
So I purchased a beautiful queen sized mattress with the bed frame at Bobs Furniture about 4 years back I think it is now. I have absolutely adored the bed. It looks glamorous and expensive (even though it was not). The bed is high. Comfortable. Everything you want in a bed. Back track a few months now I had been noticing "creaking" sounds that I never did before and it looked like two pieces of wood got loose. I called Bob's right away. Their customer service is amazing. They sent someone out yesterday to fix. It took literally ten minutes. Most of the creaking went away. It felt a lot better. I just hope it holds. But they said I could always call back and they would be able to do something else. All of this no charge mind you. It even looked higher right away. Felt better to sleep on. I was really happy. Before the repairman came over, I had ripped all the sheets, blankets, and mattress cover off the bed. I vacuumed the whole mattress. Every nook and cranny under the bed. It felt great. Then I realized I probably should get a new mattress protector. It's about four years old, as long as the mattress. So today I am going to head to my local Marshalls. I usually get great deals on bedding and essentials there for a good price. Especially since I cleaned the bed so good. I don't want to put old dirty bedding on it! I stumbled upon this good article on pinterest on how to properly clean a mattress.


I will be posting more pictures and reviews as the day continues on my week. As well as reading and reviewing some home design magazines. I am obsessed and really trying to learn and break into that career. Have a beautiful Sunday all!



Signing off a "cleaned and supported" Coffee Diva

Monday, April 20, 2015

Saturdays Marshalls Haul

This is my baby Marshalls haul from Saturday. They didn't have much. I purchased a pajama romper from the gap outlet near my apartment. Then I purchased Chi shampoo from Marshalls and a quick fix face mask scrub. The mask felt great. You leave it on for ten to fifteen minutes. Then scrub. My face was so soft. The Chi shampoo is great to use to protect your hair. I used it years ago.



Signing off a "Coffee" Diva

A Renewed Monday

It's Monday guys, but for me its a day off. They switched my hubby's schedule for two weekends. He has today and tomorrow off. Its raining really bad here in N.Y.C so we are shacked up on the couch with coffee and Netflix.
I was lucky enough to have two of my favorite friends over last Friday. I received these two goodies. Philosophy's new face cream renewed hope as well as Balenciaga perfume. I'll be doing a review on both this week so stay tuned....



Signing off a " thankful and renewed" Coffee Diva

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Influenster Campaign: Hello Oral Care

I received this beautiful package from influenster yesterday to test out. The brand is called Hello. They have all natural products. To chemicals or dyes.  They sent me two full size tooth paste products. In two different flavors. Grapefruit mint. Mojito mint. There was also a soft toothpaste. Two breath freshener sprays.


I am currently testing and will be doing a full review within the next week.

Signing off a "hello" coffee diva

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Peet's Dark Roast Decaf Review



I know it's Monday again right? My Monday's usually are busy. I give the apartment a big cleaning. Bleaching of the counters and stove is set in place. It is necessary to do once a week at least if not more. My apartment has all white counters and stove. Keeping them looking spotless is very important to me. I also like to do meal prep so I can stay on track health wise. Although I cheated on the weekend. Let's not go there (lol). I did feel very tired today. Mid day I kind of lost my energy and motivation which is common when I am "hormonal". Another ritual I practice when I am "hormonal" is no caffeine. I try at least. I normally don't keep decaf in the house unless it's on sale. Or I got it for free.
Two weeks ago I had a few amazon gift cards. I decided to order a box of decaf and hot tea. Which I will be reviewing also.
Peet's House Blend Dark Roast Decaf was really good. I brewed it on the smallest setting of my Keurig. Prior to brewing, I whipped up half and half in my cup with my handheld frother that I use everyday. It made a great decaf cappuccino. No one would even know the difference. I purchased the Peet's Decaf K-Cups on amazon.com. I would give it 4 coffee cups out of 5.

Have you ever tried Peet's K-cups? What Decaf are your favorites?













Signing off a " Decaf" Coffee Diva

Friday, April 10, 2015

Formula X Nail Polish Review

T.G.I.F all. I'm posting later than I normally do. But I have to be honest I was kind of out of it today. You even have one of those days. The time just fly's by. Part of you feels as if what did you even so that was productive. I hadn't slept last night. This whole week I feel like I barely slept. I go through these patterns of sleeping good and then not. Last night was one of those. Tossing. Turning. Sweating. Thunder in the background.
So when I was up in the morning, needless to say I wasn't very energetic.
My husband always tells me its OK to rest or if I don't have a big to do list. But I am just not used to it. Although today I let myself just be. The most I accomplished was the usual cleaning. Getting dressed lol and doing my nails.
Which brings me to my formula x nail review. I had picked up these two colors on sale at Sephora. The matte color is a perfect nude. I never thought I would like
Matte on my nails but I love love love it!!! It's like doing a smokey eye and then a nude lip. I didn't add a top coat to keep the matte effect. The formula x nail polishes are about $10.00 and they come in hundreds of varieties, colors, and designs. Glitter. Shiny. Matte. Everything. You can purchase their coordinating step 1,2 and 3 polishes. Which ensure at least a week of the polish staying on. I bought them last year. Most of them will last about a week give or take. Some colors chip faster. You can buy in the store or online at sephora.com


Have you guys tried the new matte trend? Or formula one nail polish? What are tour favs??


Signing off a "Polished" Diva




Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wednesdays Marshalls Haul

Happy rainy Thursday all. Yes another cold dreary N.Y.C day. I have another haul to share. I know I'm in Marshalls every week. But you have to be! One day you can see something the next week it is gone. I went in for a new soap dispenser for the kitchen. My old one broke. Then I found a cute picture. Some face masks. Body shop soap. A lipstick holder. I also saw my old favorite Burberry perfume. I wanted to buy it but I was trying to be good (yeah right lol). I'll probably go back tomorrow or Saturday to scoop it up. I love going during the week now. Its so quiet and peaceful. What is on the agenda today? I keep saying I need to give myself a day to rest. My body was feeling pretty weak last night. I worked out hard during the day. I'm just getting over being sick. So today I'm trying to rest. But its hard. I have work to do. As well as never being able to sit still. If you work from home do you guys have these same issues?

P.S. I want to spray paint my Keurig white. Has anyone done this before? My husband thinks I'm nuts lol I think I'm pure artistic genius. I think the truth lies somewhere between the two ;)


Signing off a "Somewhat Resting" Coffee Diva

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bathroom Shelves Are Up



It's April now. Rainy season has commenced here in N.Y.C. I myself don't mind. Spring and rain renew my soul. I always love the healing effects I feel on a rainy day. I'm at peace with myself. Sure I love a beautiful sunny energizing summer day as well. But this season to me is about rebirth. A shedding of the winter. The cold. The turmoil you've faced thus far or might still be facing. Happiness to me has always been a day like today time and time again. Simple pleasures. Coffee of course. Errands done. Bills paid. A clean apartment. Candles on. Some calming meditation music. It leaves me nothing in my heart but the thankful prayers I have to send out to this world. Not a day goes by that I don't say thank you for something. It's not always easy to do that when you are going through tough times and I do have bad days believe me. I know that all to well. I've been living on my own since I was 20. There are still struggles and hurdles to overcome. But lately I just feel a calmness. I can really feel myself growing into this woman I always felt I was. Or wanted to be. On a calming Tuesday like this, those things are ever so apparent.

Let's get to the good stuff right guys? I hope I didn't bore you too much lol. I have been struggling with the love of my bathroom for years. I always tried to get a new shower curtain to make it look nice. Usually I would fail miserably. I guess I was always trying to fix the rest of the apartment up so chic. I figured who cared right? You just go to use the toilet and shower. But having a nice bathroom can really help your mood. I have been wanting more storage for all of my perfumes, and nick nacks. I found these floating shelves at a cheap local store in the area. I Thought "oh these have two holes this should be easy". Ugh. It never is! My father in law had to come on two different occasions just to get these babies up. Our walls were a problem. (Which I'm sure many apartment dwellers can relate to me on this issue). This Saturday finally was a success. I have been playing around with the arrangement of perfume bottles and items. I went to Marshalls and got the mirror, LED candles that have a timer,as well as Bvlgari perfume for $29.99. Yeah I figured I'd just throw that in! That night I was so happy with it all, I went and bought a brand new shower hand that has 5 different spray settings and feels like a rainfall. Ahh finally. Function. Practicality. Chic design. There is space. It smells nice. Looks good. Makes me feel good. Getting dressed is easier. Plus I enjoy being in there now. Which I'm happy about. We are lucky to have a big tub that I like to take baths in. I purchased some extra bubble bath today and an air freshener to put on the shelf to make it even more appealing :)



What do you guys think?
Do you have bathroom issues?







Signing off a "Shelved" Coffee Diva

Monday, April 6, 2015

Makeup Forever Smokey Macara

Here is a photo of my makeup look for Saturday with makeup forevers' smokey extravaganza mascara. At first to be honest I didn't like the mascara. The brush was fat in the middle, and I wasn't sure it got them thick enough. But after a few times I really loved it. It makes my lashes super long and black. So many mascaras are not a pure black pigment. And they dry out. Not this one. You can put on several coats to make it a bit more dramatic as I like lol

Let me know I'd you guys have tried this baby...
I give it 4 out of 5 mascara wands 😂

Signing off a "dramatic" coffee diva

Marshalls Haul

My Saturday Marshalls haul. Bvlgari perfume. Candles. Pictures for the hallway. Rugs for the bathroom and kitchen. My little mirror. I'm finally done decorating the bathroom and actually love being in there after 8 years here lol

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter. Happy Passover. Happy anything you believe in. I had a great Sunday with my hubby and family. I have a small apartment so about 4 or 5 people is my maximum allowance lol. Unless I was throwing a party. The weather was nice and the food was fresh. I served a cold cut platter with lettuce,tomato,turkey,cheese,etc. Cheese and crackers. An apple & tomato tart for sweet and savory. Then for dinner. Slow cooker healthy baked ziti. A nice roasted chicken. Cauliflower mash. Sauteed broccoli in chicken broth and EVOO. It was delicious.
The ring in the picture is my gorgeous wedding band that I was lucky to receive from my hubby for my birthday that passed last week. I hadn't received the ring until yesterday. It took a few extra days. I adore it. Past present future which are most anniversary wedding bands. It is a rose gold setting. I never cared for rose gold until recently. Funny how our tastes change over the years right? Chocolate and champagne diamonds in the front setting. With regular diamonds on the outside. I think it is feminine and even has a vintage look in my opinion with the rose gold. I just love it. Next September will be 10 years we are together and every time I look down at this ring I will remember all the years and love we have been through together. A lot of them were rough. At times this ring would have never even been an option. This is why it's even more special to me. Why I am even more thankful for the gift.

I hope you all had a great holiday. I will be positing some more pics of food and other goodies.












Signing off a "Very Thankful & Happy" Coffee Diva