Hi friends! Happy Friday!
There were a lot of things that I planned on doing this week that I just didn’t get around to. One of them was sharing a dedicated blog post on our day trip up to the Sleepy Hollow area, because it was a really cool experience.
Instead, I’m including a quicker recap in this week’s edition of Friday Favorites and calling that a win. It’s been a cold and rainy week here in Brooklyn, and I think we’re all going a little stir crazy from feeling cooped up inside more than normal. What’s the weather been like for you?
Halloween is tomorrow (crazy!), and we are trying to figure out the best plan to keep things fun for Skyler, but also low-key. I found two events in the area that we are thinking of dressing up for, so locals be sure to message me if you’d like more info there.
I feel like I could keep chatting away, so let’s dive into this week’s round up of what I’ve been loving lately because it’s a long one. Thanks for reading!
Friday Favorites: Week of 10/30
- Sleepy Hollow
We took a day trip up about an hour north of the city on Tuesday, and I’ll share more on what brought us there below.
Sleepy Hollow is a village in New York’s Hudson Valley. It’s popularly known as the setting of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (the Headless Horseman!), and the author is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
After we saw that we were only about ten minutes away, we made an afternoon out of walking through the cemetery and enjoyed seeing the sights, learning more about the history, and also hiking through the woods.
Aren’t the leaves just breathtaking this time of year?
Hungry for lunch, we wrapped up our walk for a quick drive over to Irvington Pizza Co. on Main Street. We had plans to visit a local cider mill after that, but drove and found out that it was closed. I guess that is to be expected right now, but we were super bummed.
We found a nearby trail and took a short hike around the area before heading back home, and it was the perfect little day getaway for an out-of-city refresh.
We plan to visit more in the area very soon!
- Skyler’s first modeling gig
Last week I mentioned that Skyler had his first official modeling gig this week, and it couldn’t have gone better. I am so, so proud of him!
(I also want to highlight that we decided to sign Skyler with a local agency in Manhattan on a whim to see where it goes and potentially earn money for his college fund. It’s not for him, that’s okay, but he is loving it so far.)
I wasn’t sure how he would do listening to instructions given by the photographer, and I was pleasantly surprised … times a million. He was polite, listened and responded to every question, and followed the directions to a tee. Part of me wondered where the heck my energy-filled toddler went who is normally bouncing off the walls. (And is this how we get him to calm down every once in a while?)
He was booked for an hour and modeled six different outfits in that time. The stylist did an amazing job on how she instructed him to do certain things like slowly turn in a circle, stomp and clap to get a natural smile, and my favorite tip was “whatever you do, don’t say banana!” quickly followed by Skyler saying “banana” and laughing. It was so cute!
There were safety protocols in place, and the shoot was at a private residence, so I wasn’t sure what was okay in regards of me taking photos of him. So, I snuck one from the side.
Skyler and his outfits will be featured on a clothing site, and I can’t wait to see all of the pictures when they’re live!
- NEW fresh fall beauty sets
I have some exciting news today! This week, five new limited-edition holiday sets went live on the Beautycounter site, and they are available right now to Band of Beauty members only for the next couple of days before they are available to everyone on 11/4.
But, if you’re not a Band of Beauty member, you can still sign up for it now and get access to these sets. And are you ready for the BIG NEWS?
Beautycounter’s *BRAND NEW* deodorant is now available as a mini set for the first time! It’s expected to sell out quickly, so I’d recommend jumping on it ASAP.
I’ll share more about the deodorant soon, but let’s get to the new holiday sets.
I’ve been testing the Clean Deo out since September and LOVE this product. It takes a bit for the body to adjust over to a clean deodorant, so I’ll be sharing more on detox tips and FAQs soon. Please reach out with any questions!
These Luminous Lids Cream Shadows brighten up your eyes in a major way. They’re available at a great price point and are so easy to apply. I was super bummed to hear about these after they sold out before I got the inside scoop as a consultant, so I made sure to get my hands on them this time around. I’ll be sure to report back, but don’t wait if you’re eyeing them … grab a set before they are gone!
All of the holiday sets are fantastic, but I can recommend a few more of my favorites if you’re interested in a breakdown. Let me know.
ALSO. There’s a new giveaway raffling off a full size Counter+ Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm up on the Life In Leggings – Beautycounter Facebook Page! You have until tomorrow to enter, so get on it my friends.
(Have you joined yet?) You don’t want to miss out on the daily clean beauty content, news, giveaway access, tutorials, and more!
AND FINALLY. Message me for more information, and don’t forget to use the promo code CLEANFORALL20 at checkout to get 20% off your first order until the end of day tomorrow, 10/31.
Please reach out with any questions!
- Vision Builder’s Gala
I shared more on my heart on this one on Instagram, so give it a click if you missed it.
Something that popped up out of the blue in the best way this week was an opportunity to be interviewed at our church’s annual fundraising gala event. It’s normally an in-person black tie to-do, but this year’s pandemic pushed it to a virtual format. We had originally planned to attend via Zoom in the comfort of our living room, but we jumped at the opportunity to be able to attend in person at the filming studio and had the best time.
Long story short, the event was life changing for our family and will be for so many that the funds raised will enable in different ministries of our church like reliving medical debt, supplying a weekly food pantry for our city, planting new churches across the globe, and more. We are incredibly blessed and so thankful that we have this community turned family here in New York City.
We love you, C3.nyc. And if you’re looking for somewhere to connect on Sundays and throughout the month online, our services are still all virtual and available for streaming from anywhere in the world. We have so much love for our pastors, location pastors, dinner parties, kids program, and more. Seeing this community continuously flourish has been a silver lining in this crazy season!
- latest workout faves
As predicted as a lot of random things popped up throughout the week, I did not do a great job at documenting my workouts day by day for you. Instead, here’s a highlight into the days that I’d like to share.
NEW LIL Strength Superset Workout
kettlebell single arm snatches (you can also do dumbbell snatches)
dumbbell or kettlebell windmills
seated Arnold presses (on bench or stability ball)
alternating reverse lunges with biceps curls
dumbbell skull crushers (on bench or stability ball)
dumbbell lateral walks to squats
I also tried and loved:
- No Jumping Low-Impact HIIT Workout via Heather Robertson
- Full Body Strength Workout With Dumbbells via Heather Robertson
- 1 Hour POP Pilates Class via Blogilates
I didn’t get my normal amount of cardio in as it was raining all week, so I definitely missed my time for outdoor running. Here’s hoping the week ahead is more inviting!
- favorite LIL posts
» Ten Tips For Traveling With a Toddler
What to expect and what you really need when traveling with a baby or toddler! This post was written right after Skyler turned one, and obviously pre-COVID. But I hope it still helps those wondering what they really need when gearing up for a trip.
» Why I Became a Beautycounter Consultant & FAQs
I absolutely love sharing clean beauty facts and products with you!
Running my blog and online businesses has been an extremely weird thing to navigate through these uncertain times. That said, I am SO thankful that I am able to work from home, wherever, and share the mission of this amazing company. This post is all about what it really means to be a consultant, the perks, and answer some questions you might be wondering.
All right. I think that pretty much covers it for today. I’ve got some things to cross off of my to-do list before we have a few friends over tonight, so I’ll wrap things up there.
I hope you all have a great weekend, and thanks for checking in!
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I have enjoyed your blog and especially your perspective during the pandemic. It is disheartening that for all of your outward positivity and talk of volunteering, you support a megachurch that spreads hatred through homophobia. I don’t understand.
Hi Brynn, thank you for following along and for your support! I truly appreciate that. It does make me sad that you are making judgements about the organization that my husband and I have carefully chosen as our home church here in NYC. It is a large church with 5 locations in NYC and now two overseas in Paris and Berlin, but I don’t consider it a megachurch. More importantly, the last thing our church does is spread hatred towards any specific group of people … race, gender, sexual preferences, heritage – all people are welcomed and encouraged to join a service and tell their story. I personally know of more than a few homosexual couples that consistently show up, worship, and play an active role in the community. Inclusivity is one of the things that drew us to this specific church, and it’s something that is constantly brought up. Please let me know if I can help answer any other questions. <3