Vacation Update!

Morning everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts lately. If I didn’t mention it earlier, I’m away at the Outer Banks, NC this whole week so instead of blogging, I’m lounging on the beach or by the pool. I promise I’ll be back to it when I get back to the good ‘ole Jersey on Tuesday. Don’t worry – there will be a huge picture dump when I get back!

This is my first time down in OBX. And let me tell you, it’s gorgeous. It’s the typical beach house vacation area, where all the houses are in pastels or bright colors and its just miles and miles of beaches. I’m in heaven. We’ve been pretty lucky with the weather too. Only a few clouds and some rain drops between getting here on Saturday and now. Otherwise, its been tanning-central here. Aka I’ve been going through a bottle of sunscreen a day. #palepeopleproblems

Today, we’re going to be going jet-skiing. I haven’t been since I was a little kid and the only thing I remember was the fear of falling off the back of it. If I fall off today, some hell is going to be raised. That’s if I survive. 

Hope ya’ll are enjoying the last few weeks of summer! I’ll keep you lovelies updated soon!

Lazy Tuesday

Today was supposed to be one of those days where I am really active, up and about cleaning and packing all day, intermixed with working out and teaching swim lessons. Is that how the day is turning out? Not at all.

Maybe its because it was truly monsooning here this morning, or the fact that my insomnia has been back with a vengence, but I was just not feeling it today. I did manage to get up and haul my butt to the gym and get in 1.5 miles on the treadmill (with some walking; don’t judge) and I did teach a swim lesson, but other than that, my lazy butt has been seated on the couch catching up with RHONJ and painting my nails.

It’s sad to think about how close I am to going back to school and that I have to start getting myself in gear. It may be 2 and a half weeks away, but considering ill be in OBX for alittle over a week, time to start moving. My room is still a disaster from when I came home for the summer back in May. Probably should start shoving it all back into boxes now…

And I can’t even begin to think about packing for vacation. I’ll be going with Chris’s family and I have no idea what they do down there, besides hit the beach. Packing is going to be a disaster. I can feel it.

The only other productive thing that I got done with today is some instagramming for my internship. If you haven’t yet, go check out @hiddenbaby on instagram and twitter and give them some love. Even if you don’t love their style now, just give it a week or so and you’ll see why I’m pointing you in their direction!

Hope you all are being more productive than me! Sorry for this worthless post that you just spent your time reading…Maybe you’re being lazier than I am!

Back Again…Little Town, NJ in Hoboken!

A TON of you read my previous post on the restaurant in Hoboken called Little Town, NJ. I had written it after my family went there for a nice night out and got some drinks and dinner. If you didn’t read it, go check it out. Then come back and read this one.

In that previous post, I basically stated how bad of an experience I had there. Food was good, but the overall experience was bad. The post got a ton of hits and one of them happened to be the manager of the restaurant. Obviously, he wasn’t too happy with my going off about his restaurant. So he set out to fix it. Randomly, one day while I was interning, I got an email from him. He apologized for the experience I had there and told me that that’s not how they normally operate. He asked me for my home address because he wanted to send a gift certificate so that I could come back again and give it a second chance. At first, I was like… okay, I’ll give him my address and he’ll probably send a $10 card or something and it will take months to actually get to me. I was WRONG.

Not only did he email me back almost right away, I got the gift card in the mail two days later. And on top of that, it wasn’t for $10. It was for $50. Which considering it’s a bar restaurant, $50 can get you a pretty hefty meal for 2. He also told me to email him directly when I wanted to come in and he would make the reservation for me and that he would like to meet me personally when I arrived.

Chris (my boyfriend) and I are completely obsessed with Hoboken; we both want to live there once we graduate from Loyola and since he doesn’t live too far from Hoboken, we figured we would head in and get dinner there and then walk around. I let the manager know that we were coming in and he told me that it was all set and to ask for him when we arrived. When we got there, since it was a gorgeous night outside, there were a ton of people eating in their outdoor area, but the inside was much more empty. We chose to sit inside because it was quieter and I’m not a huge fan of outside seating.

Sadly, the hostess informed me that the manager had left for the day because of a family emergency but we were promptly greeted by the guy-in-charge, who had definitely been told we were coming and he was super accommodating. The whole staff was. We never had empty drinks, the head chef came and asked us how our food was, and overall, the experience was completely different from the first time my family went. The food was AMAZING. We got the chicken tenders appetizer to split, which was more like chicken cutlets but they were so good. The dipping sauce definitely made them 100x better too. I have no idea what sort of sauce it was, but we could tell it was homemade and phenomenal. For our entrée, I got the Farmer’s Daughter wrap (I’m attempting to be somewhat healthy) and Chris got a burger. I couldn’t even finish my wrap because I was so full from scarfing down the chicken. It was great though. Chris absolutely devoured his burger; it was that good. We passed on dessert as we had made pie earlier in the day to eat after dinner (a post will be posted about that soon!) and spent the rest of the evening walking around Frank Sinatra Park, which is right across the street from the restaurant. It made me remember why I want to live there.

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The view from Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken. Such a gorgeous sight!

Overall, I could not be happier with Little Town. The experience was great this time and I will definitely be going back. I even got another email from the manager apologizing that he wasn’t there and told me to contact him next time I want to come in and that’ll he’ll make sure he’s there! I’ve got a little left on my gift card so I will sure be returning 🙂 If you’re in the Hoboken area, go check it out and let me know how it goes!

Have any of you gone to Little Town? What was your experience like?

Erin Condren Life Planner

I meant to post this probably like 3 weeks ago but I’m a procrastinator and completely forgot about it. Oh well.

I’ve always been a big planner sort of girl. I usually use a Lilly Pulitzer planner for school, and during the summers when I teach swim lessons, I use an appointment book to keep track of them all. Recently though, I’ve been seeing a TON of bloggers and friends posting about the Erin Condren Life Planners, so I decided to check them out. I fell in love instantly. First of all, they’re huge. They literally have everything you need in them, from monthly and weekly calendars, contacts, notes, stickers, anniversaries and birthdays, basically anything you can think of. AND they come in the option of 18 months instead of the usual 12, which sold me. They’re a little pricey but I went ahead and bought one.

After anxiously waiting for it to arrive, it finally came! I was so excited; my mom looked at me like I was crazy. To start, the packaging was amazing. So bright and colorful and girly. Plus, inside were some extra gift tags with my name on them, and there was a coupon! I was already happy and I hadn’t actually taken the planner out of the box yet…

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The box! How cute!

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The name tags that came complimentary 🙂

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So many goodies!

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Then after going through all the goodies in the box, I finally came to my planner. It’s huge. And perfect. They have a ton of designs on the website where you can customized the colors and what you want the planner to say and everything. I was definitely not disappointed. The colors are bright and vibrant, and the front and back cover are laminated so ripping isn’t possible (I usually end up ripping my planner to shreds because I tend to throw it in my backpack or tote and it’s just not tough enough to stand up to all that abuse).

Inside the planner is just as great as I thought. There’s plenty of room to write and the best part is that there are little inspirational quotes for each month! So adorable. The pages are nice and bright and colorful, which adds alittle happiness to my life when I usually look at my planner and sulk because of all the crap I have to do. Guess that’s college life for you!

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The outside of my planner! Such a pretty pattern in a nice blue/purple color!

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The weekly part of the planner.

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this planner. It’s definitely better than the Lilly ones. Yes, they’re a bit pricey, but for the amount you get, I would have paid even more! I’ve been using it non-stop since I got it and it’s worked perfect for me.

Do any of you have a Erin Condren Life Planner? How do you like it?!

My life from my iPhone

So I know I have been M.I.A after promising that I wouldn’t disappear again. This time, I’m really going to try. Here’s some randooo pictures from my super expensive, high-tech camera (aka my handy dandy iPhone) from the past week or so to keep your eyes occupied while I try to figure out what I’m going to post next. I have a whole list of ideas; I’m just being slightly too lazy to write them. Womp.

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Those are some bright blue pants…and some pretty cool lizards on my shoes!

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Some bright blue nails to match my pants. Guess minty blue is becoming my summer color. Totally okay with that.

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Aren’t I so cool? BBQ with the fam. Casually wearing a bug stopper that typically goes over trays of food as a hat. Definitely starting a trend there.

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The new WTC up close and personal. Man, it’s huge. And beyond amazing.

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Breakfast: By far the best meal of the day. Look at me being all healthy!

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Pretty sunset outside of the gym!

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THE ABSOLUTE BEST PIE IN THE WORLD! Links and overall blabbing about it will come shortly 🙂

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Date night with Chris in Hoboken ❤

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Casually chilling…you know, the norm.

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So I decided it was smart to go for a run along the river the other day. Too bad Mother Nature decided that She wanted to have a downpour while I was miles away from my car…

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Repping the good ole’ Loyola Rowing hat during my run (notice how it got sunny right as I was finshing…)

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Literally the only one at the gym on a Friday night. Maybe I should have less of a life more often #peaceatlast #nocreepyoldguys

I’ll post again tomorrow! I promise! Shorty will be back in action ASAP. Have a good Friday night!

I’m still alive!

Morning! I’m so sorry that I haven’t posted in..well I’m not really sure how long it’s been. definitely at least two weeks or so. Now that my internships are winding down, I’ll definitely be back at it! Hopefully almost daily! (Key word: hopefully).

First post: TUESDAY MORNING READING! Yay! It will probably be the last one since it’s my last day at this internship. It should be up in alittle. Keep your pretty little eyes open for it! It’s going to be an article about Vine. I’m getting on this bandwagon really late…

 

Little Town, NJ Restaurant Review

NOTE: This post in no longer valid. My second (and much more positive) review of Little Town can be seen HERE. Decided to give the place another chance 🙂

This past Sunday night, my family had another family outing at Little Town, NJ, a new restaurant and bar that opened in Hoboken, NJ. The restaurant is on the beautiful Sinatra Drive, overlooking the water and features a beautiful view of New York City. If you haven’t ever walked down Sinatra Drive, I highly recommend it. Do not go on the 4th of July though. It’s a zoo as it’s a perfect place to view the fireworks, aka the entire state of NJ flocks there.

Walking into the restaurant, it was nicely decorated and featured quotes from famous NJ-ites on the walls. There was a decent sized bar, as well as booths and tables for dinner. We had made a reservation prior to going, as we had a party of 10. However, the restaurant wasn’t too crowded. All of the outdoor seating was empty, most likely because it was so hot and muggy out. But inside, it was cool and there were a few other families there, plus some couples sitting at the bar. We were immediately greeted and brought to our table.

Once sitting down, it took our server a while to greet us. When she came, we ordered drinks and she managed to mess up a few of the drink orders. My aunt even got a margarita that had a bug in it. The waitress was nice enough to take it back. However, she completely forgot that I had ordered a Diet Coke, which kind of irritated me as I was craving it, but she was never around for me to remind her. After coming back to get our appetizer order, which was probably close to 15 minutes after we sat down, she didn’t ask if we were ready to order our entrees, even though no one was even looking at the menu anymore because we’d been sitting there for a while. After coming back again to get our dinner orders, the appetizers came and were decent. The disco fries, a Jersey classic, were soggy and the rice balls were cold. Our entrees came out some time after that, yet they didn’t all come out together. My two little cousins came first, a majority of the others came another 10 minutes or so later, and my one cousins came another 5 minutes after that. Not exactly timely. Almost all of us ordered burgers, as there wasn’t a huge selection to choose from. My burger was okay- nothing spectacular but it wasn’t bad at all. Just your average burger and I’ve definitely had better. That seemed to be the general consensus among my family.

Overall, I wasn’t too pleased with the experience and food. While the restaurant was nice, our waitress was slow and inattentive, and the food was only decent. Plus, the bathrooms were disgusting. Out of toilet paper and a nice layer of liquid on the floor. It reminded me of the dive bars back at school. Gross and not what you expect from a nice, new restaurant. Especially one which is kind of pricey.

If you’re looking for a place to eat in Hoboken, there are definitely better options. (I can’t vouche for the bar scene there at night; for a bar, it would probably be considered nice) Hoboken has such a variety of restaurants and bars, from the high end to the small pubs. It’s safe to say that my family won’t be returning for a family get-together again.

Have any of  you eaten at Little Town before? What was your experience like?

Tuesday Morning Reading!

Morning! I came across another cool article today and I’m getting the feeling that this Tuesday Morning Reading thing is going to become a habit. What do you guys think? (My last post can be found here!)

As like last week’s post, the article I came across today is from Fortune Magazine online. It’s the most recent addition in their Brainstorm Tech Spotlight series, featuring Dave Goldberg. For those of you who don’t know who he is, he’s the founder and CEO of SurveyMonkey, the online survey taking platform. (If you haven’t ever used SurveyMonkey and you do alot of surveys, definitely check it out. It works like a charm.) Dave’s also married to Sheryl Sandberg, the author of the widely talked about Lean Inwhich I happen to be in the middle of reading.

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The part of the article that I loved the most this week was the advice they would give. For Dave, he says that its important to remember that “Patience in everything. Run the marathon, not a sprint in life and work.” Good idea to keep in your head, especially when most things today are so focused on being rushed and getting everything done as quick as possible. Take the time to slow down and look at what you are doing. 

I also found it funny that he wishes he had founded Facebook, when asked which start-up he wished he had created. Given that his wife is so high up in the Facebook management system, it’s rather ironic. Also, Facebook is no longer doing as well as it has in the past. Since it’s gone public and the ads have essentially taken over the site, it’s no longer regarded as great as it once was. That’s just my personal opinion though.

I hope you like this article! Let me know what you think about it. I’d love to have conversations about the content! Also, do you think I should make this Tuesday Morning Reading a weekly thing? I’ll try to find articles from other sources as well. Give it more variety. 

Enjoy your Tuesday!

*Image credit given to the article website online!

Long weekend fun!

Hope everyone had a fun 4th of July! I’m sorry I haven’t really posted a ton within the past few days, but I’m about to get back on track! With the long weekend, I’ve had some time off to be with my boyfriend and my family and its been paired with lazy days by the pool and evenings reading in my hammock. I completely forgot how much I enough just lounging around and relaxing. And given the fact that it’s been gorgeous here in Jersey for the past 3 days, I cannot have asked for more. 

My 4th went well. I spent the day at Chris’s (my boyfriend) house for his big family and friends barbecue. Besides eating way more than my stomach can handle (and completely loving every bite) we spent the day running around in bathing suits, in and out of the pool and just hanging out outside. It was amazing. 

ImageYesterday was spent sitting by the pool, trying to get rid of my ghostly white skin. Since I’ve been interning all summer, I haven’t had much time to spend outside and boy, has my skin suffered. Usually during the summer, I am brown before June hits. Now its the beginning of July and tan lines have yet to be formed. This weekend is devoted to some hard core sun time! (with sunscreen, of course) I also took a trip to the library yesterday to pick up some good summertime books to read when I’m near the pool or at the beach. I grabbed Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, which is the last in the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. Sadly, I had completely forgotten that I’ve already read it so about 3 pages in, I realized and had to switch. If you haven’t read the series yet, I highly recommend it. The books are great summer reads, easy to get through and kind of addicting. If you saw the movie and thought it was terrible, thats totally okay. The books are nothing like the movie. I also picked up Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews, which I am about halfway done with so far. Love it! I’ll write a full review of it when I finish it, which will probably be tomorrow. Lastly, I got The Next Thing on My List, by Jill Smolinski. I’ll let you guys know how that one goes. Usually I can read close to 30 books a summer, as I’m definitely a book worm. But since I’ve gotten off to to a slow start, it won’t be nearly as many. I’m gonna try though! I enough easy reads for the beach and pool, as they don’t really require much concentration. For the train and commute, I prefer something more intellectually stimulating. Maybe I’ll post my summer reading wish list soon! 

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As I mentioned, this weekend is a family weekend. Tonight we went to Bahama Breeze to celebrate for my brother, David’s, 18th birthday, which was this past Wednesday. Dinner was followed by some lovely Dairy Queen ice cream cake, both his and my favorite. Tomorrow night, my family and my aunts and cousins will all be journeying into Hoboken to Little Town, NJ, a new restaurant that opened up right on the water. Hopefully it’ll be good! Monday is a family beach day with the girls of the family, so we’re praying the nice weather stays around! 

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Connecting with me!

First off, let me give a big THANKS to all my new followers and the people that have been liking my posts. I appreciate it so much and it makes me so happy to see that you are liking what I’ve been posting. I’m going to try my best to post more often (and when I do, I’ll try to not do it at almost midnight like usual!) The posts will still be a cluster-mess of random topics that I come across; I hope thats okay!

With all my new followers, I figured I’d let you guys know how to connect with me outside of WordPress. As a social media intern for Hidden Baby, I spend such a ridiculous amount of time on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and I’ve realized how great tools they are. Social media outlets are such good networking tools, nevertheless keeping up with your favorite people, celebrities, and the randoms that you don’t actually know in real life (like me!) The best part is that it’s not really work to use social media; it’s so simple and easy and we do it constantly without knowing it. So I figured how you guys can follow me!

Obviously, you can click the good old follow buttons on my blog for Twitter and Facebook; or at least I’m pretty sure my page has them (I should probably check). But outside the buttons, you can get connected and start creeping on me here!:

Twitter: @amandaaaxo

Instragram: @amandaadsit

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/amandaadsit

I’m looking forward to seeing all of your lovely faces and avatars! I’ll try to post again tonight when I get out of NYC and home from my internship. I have a cool beauty post for you all!

Side note: you should all go follow Hidden Baby, the handbag and accessories line that I intern at on all of their social media sites, as they’re all mostly run by yours truly! Get clicking!

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Twitter: @hiddenbaby

Instagram: @hiddenbaby

Have a good hump day!!