Nickel City Skincare x Buffalo Gal Organics

  Imagine walking into a skincare haven knowing that all the ingredients in your products are safe, natural and created by an actual chemist. 

Sounds like a dream right? It’s not! All you need to do is take a trip to Buffalo Gal Organics, right in the heart of Williamsville. 

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This wasn’t my first time visiting BGO, but it was me first time getting a facial, ever.

As someone who has sensitive dry skin, facials used to scare me! What drew me to getting one with Kristine Koch of Nickel City Skincare is that she’s actually using all of the natural products from Buffalo Gal Organics and her room is conveniently in the store! 

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You begin the process by filling out a questionaire that asks in depth questions about your skincare history and what your concerns are. For a first timer, I really felt as though this experience was going to be completely catered to me and it was!  

When you’re getting a facial with Kristine, she does what makes sense for your skin and makes you feel really confident that you’re being taken care of. I kid you not I probably asked 100 questions.

 If you’re weary of facials or just unsure of what might work for you, you can book a 15 min complimentary consultation and get some answers before you book the full service! 

Kasia Cummings, owner of Buffalo Gal Organics, and Kristine were actually childhood friends who reconnected. 

 ”You an’t just do this with anyone, you have to have people who are in the same page and who want to be in service,” Kasia said 

 Immediately after I saw less redness and my dry patches were gone! 

Immediately after I saw less redness and my dry patches were gone! 

I  left there with a new well rounded understanding of what I could be doing differently to get these results at home.

“Skin took some time to get to the state that it’s in it’s going to take a while to get back. You have to do that makes sense for you and I’m here to help with that,” Kristine said

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If you’re looking for some last minute Mother’s Day presents, I have something excited for you... you can get 15% off your purchase at Buffalo Gal Organics online with the code ILOVELUCY or by mentioning this blog post. 

Additionally, Kristine is also offering 15% off any service with Nickel City Skincare with the code ILOVELUCY as well. Just put it in the “notes” section when you go to book. 

I cannot thank Kasia and Kristine enough for really helping me understand my skin better & for having me!  I now have two new holy grail products added to my skincare routine which I’ll be taking about soon! 

  Disclaimer: services were gifted for my honest review.

 

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Rebel Ride Indoor Cycling & Strength

Let's face it, after a long day or having the same routine, working out at your everyday gym can get a little stale. One of my favorite things to do is take classes as studios that focus on particular exercises as a treat to myself! Not only am I getting in a workout, but it's always such a different experience than being on your own. Whether its hot yoga, barre, or spin, I'm always excited to try something new. 

Rebel Ride is Western New York's newest indoor cycling and strength studio, and I am already in love! 

Their grand opening Saturday, October 21. Rebel Ride is located at at 6449 Transit Road in East Amherst. They are offering their pre-opening discounted package until Sunday, October 29!

I got a chance to preview the space before they open and take a class with Moe, one of their Rhythm instructors! They feature two signature rides – a Rhythm Ride complete with pulsing beats and choreographed moves and a Performance Ride which uses metrics to measure the effectiveness of your workout.

While he provided a few guidelines for us on what speeds we should aim for, the class is really catered to every experience level. 

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FUN FACTS: 

  • In addition to spin, there are TRX classes for strength training & they exclusively offer In-Trinity, a Pilates, yoga and martial arts hybrid class for flexibility.

  • Spin with control - you can rent spin shoes that lock into your bike for just $2 a class! (Your first class is free, including shoe rental!) 

  • You can treat yourself to post-workout goodies with a cold brew and espresso bar featuring Public Espresso coffee. They also have two Kombucha variations on tap! 

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You can even save your seat!

Just download the Rebel Ride app. 

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the studio has partnered with Roswell Park’s Cancer Institute to raise funds for their Breast Cancer Resource Center by donating the proceeds from a grand opening weekend raffle and the sale of a custom ‘Rebel’s with a Cause’ tank to the organization.  Rebel Ride will also ‘go pink’ for a donations-based ‘Survivor’ ride on October 28. This is all part of their ‘Rebels with a Cause’ initiative. 

Erika Brason, Founder

"Since we're opening in October, it was really important to Erika and all of us to find a way to give back," said Melina, Rebel Ride studio manager. 

Ready to book a class yet? Visit rebelride.com.

Dining Out For Life at Casa Azul

If you haven't made your way over to Casa Azul on Genesee Street yet, next week is the perfect time to do it.  Join me, Rachel Good, Steve Ambrose, Amy Brooks & Brian Cleary of Buffalo Dinner Club on Tuesday, Oct. 10 for a night of food and fun as we help a worthy cause.

Casa Azul is a new restaurant participating in Dining Out for Life 2017. With their unique menu, you're bound to fall in love! One of my favorite dishes are the Chilaquiles. If you're a nacho enthusiast and like a little kick to your food, these will quickly become your favorite too! They're like nothing I've had before. 

 Casa Azul is located at 128 Genesee Street // Follow them on Instagram at  @casaazulbuffalo

Casa Azul is located at 128 Genesee Street // Follow them on Instagram at @casaazulbuffalo

The restaurant is no stranger to supporting causes they believe in. On Sept. 23, they donated 50% of the day's food sales to relief efforts in Mexico after the devastating earthquake. 

Over 75 of local restaurants are participating in Dining Out for Life. 

This annual fundraising event that raises money for AIDS service organizations around the nation. In Western New York, participating restaurants will be donating 25% of the entire day's sales will be donated to Evergreen Health. 

Evergreen Health has been on the front line, fighting HIV/AIDS while providing services to those living with the disease since 1983. They provide medical, supportive and behavioral services to local individuals and families challenged by chronic or life-threatening diseases. 

For more information visit diningoutforlife.com/wny. And to make reservations at Casa Azul, call 331-3869.

We hope to see to there! 

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A Look Into my Life: Instagram Recap

They always said the older you are, the faster time passes. This summer I couldn't agree more with that statement. But I've honestly just been enjoying it every second of it! 

Today I'm bringing you a look into my life via my Instagram and giving you little stories behind the photos. Stay tuned for lots of food, fashion and a few fun memories. 

A LOVE LETTER...

Let's start here. – 

Click to read my message.

 

I'm going to start off with the photo I just Instagrammed because it really hit my core (I'm a softie). I think subconsciously some of the reason haven't really done many fashion posts has been the constant battle with myself. Some days are great, but some are hard. But when I stumbled upon this quote after having an amazing day, I realized there is so much more to life. Continue to work on yourself but don't let your insecurities kill you. 

That's my love letter from me to you, now let's get into the fun stuff ;) 


THE FOOD

Because what else would I have been doing this whole time away? 

(Pictured: Black truffle pasta with shrimp / Tappo Dinner Special)

If you know me, you know there are few things I love more than going out to eat! Out of all the places I've been in the last month or so, I am always craving Catina Loco crispy shrimp tacos. My boyfriend Dave works downtown so I'll sometimes meet him on his dinner break and this was the perfect stop! Paired with some queso to start, it's a meal I'd have again and again. 


THE FASHION

Outfits & at home (yes, homes can be stylish).

Working at Blush, my everyday life is basically a never ending shopping trip. Especially with the change of season, we've been getting so many amazing fall pieces. I still can't decide if I want that sweater in olive or cream... (HELP!) 

As for my home pieces, I cannot tell you how much fun I've had decorating my space. I basically have free reign since my parents will be in and out visiting their retirement home in Puerto Rico. The second they left I immediately went to Target. Between finding an awesome home sale, treasure hunting for little decor pieces in my basement and printing my own graphics, I'm happy with how things came out. Next step: gallery wall. 


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THE FUN

A little bit of everything...

What's summer without the memories? I think it'll be so cool to look back in this post on a dreary January day. I've got one more month to keep them coming! 

TTFN (all you old enough to know what that means, I applaud you.) 

Promise I won't be gone for long!

Here's to 24...

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Pretty much every day since I've gotten back from my mini trip to Pittsburgh, I've been reminiscing on how awesome my birthday was this year. If you know me, you know birthdays are my thing and I was not excited about 24.  It's just another weird limbo age! 

But to my boyfriend, my close friends and my blogger friends to came out who celebrated with me and helped make 24 memorable, THANK YOU. You guys are the reason I had such an awesome couple days! 

celebrations – DINNER & DRINKS

Now, let's into some lifestyle things because I still cannot get over my dinner at The Dapper Goose. You might've seen my photo spread on my Facebook (it's new if you're not following yet) or Instagram already but I'm going to give you a more detailed rundown of what we had! 

One of my favorite things to do when I'm out with friends is to order a bunch of small plates or sides and split them. I'm not a huge entree kind of girl. I like getting to taste a little bit of everything! This was plenty of food. I think if you're in a mood to go out to dinner and you're not sure what you want, but you want something different and delicious, get your butt to The Dapper Goose.

Not pictured - Side of fries (literally enough for the table) & the ricotta toast small plate which was so good we didn't even have time to take a picture of it! 

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I finished the night off at the Angelica Tea Room and again, I'm obsessed with this place. I can't even describe it. You'll have to go see it for yourself! It was the perfect place for just a really freaking cool atmosphere and craft cocktails. 

Again thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate and the birthday wishes. You guys are the best. 

Here's to 24! 

Amusement Park Survival Guide

 Photo by Ryan Kell /  Instagram @seekaxiom

Photo by Ryan Kell / Instagram @seekaxiom

THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY PEPSI AND DARIEN LAKE THEME PARK RESORT. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

My Memorial Day weekend was well spent with friends at Darien Lake and I can't wait to share my amusement park survival guide with you guys! 

Don't forget to visit http://www.darienlake.com/pepsi and use code PEPSI to get buy-one-get-one tickets! This awesome free deal runs until of June 25.  

These tips and tricks will make sure you’re well prepared.

CAMPING

One of the coolest parts about Darien Lake has definitely got to be their amenities! Whether you're just looking for a weekend getaway or entertaining family from out of town, the Cabin Villages are a perfect option! 

I stayed in Cabin Village A and they were adorable!  I’d definitely call this “glamping.” If you've ever seen "Tiny House" on HGTV, that's the vibe you get in these tricked out cabins. With a full kitchen, refrigerator, fireplace and AC, you'll be able to customize your stay however you please. 

With a spacious sleeping loft, pull out couch, bunk beds and queen size bed, a family of 4-5 adults fits comfortably! 

I'd say if you're planning on getting a cabin, definitely come prepared with charcoal for the grill, firewood, and of course, smores essentials. 

You'll also need:

• Pillows, sleeping bags/blankets - especially if you plan on utilizing the loft! 
• Food - because there are a refrigerator and charcoal grill, you could totally whip up your own meal for breakfast or a last night snack
• Toiletries – the cabins have a full bathroom, which means you'll be able to refresh yourself after a long day at the park. While mini shampoo and conditioners are provided, I always like to bring my own. Bath & BodyWorks aromatherapy lavender vanilla body wash puts me right to sleep! 

STOCK YOUR PURSE

I like to bring a medium size crossbody bag whenever I'm going to be out and about all day.  These are some of my essentials. 

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THE GIANT WHEEL / Photo by Ryan Kell / Instagram @seekaxiom

1. A map: if you're not familiar with the park, having a map is super handy. Sometimes not everyone in your group will be a ride fanatic, so having a common meeting place, like The Giant Wheel, is a great idea. You can't miss it! 

2. Beauty essentials  & Sunglasses: Some of the beauty products I like to keep on hand in the summertime are setting powder, a little brush, concealer, my beauty blender and refreshing wipes. Summer means hot weather and as a Buffalonian, I'm not a fan of 80 degrees unless I'm at a beach. These essentials will get you through your day and be available for quick touch ups! 

Whatever you do, don't bring your $200+ sunglasses with you! I'm one of those people who'd totally rather be safe than sorry! And while I love my RayBans and Quay sunnies, I like to take care of them. I'm constantly just throwing my sunglasses back in my purse while I'm at the park so bring a pair that's easily replaceable. My trendy mirrored pair were just $10 on Amazon!

FINAL TIP

My last tip includes two of my favorite things: food and rides. Now I'm the one that says, "Let's get on the Twister!" not realizing all of my friends haven eaten a huge meal. The reason I'm always ready for rides is that I really make it a point to share my food. If I know I'm going to be twisting and turning , I think this is such an easy way to avoid getting an upset stomach.

Plan a part of your evening where you decide that you're done with rides and then you can eat all the fried dough in the world. I swear DL's fried dough is the size of a pizza! Seven of us were able to share it. 

I hope this little survival guide inspires you to take a trip to Darien Lake this summer! I had so much fun during my stay there and it really brought back some of my favorite childhood memories. Thank you Darien Lake for your amazing hospitality ( Mary you were amazing!)

I know I'll be back at DL later this summer. Once that heat wave hits, I'm so ready for some fun at Splash Town.

Til next time! 

FEATURE: The Boss Diary

INTERVIEW: How To Be A Successful Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger: Meet Lucy Lopez

So excited to say that Naa Kwaley (a.ka. Nkay) is featuring an interview with me over on The Boss Diary! You might remember me mentioning her in my March Roundup.

Nkay is back with yet another new project, The Boss Diary.

Here's what she had to say about our interview – 

"There was no way I could teach my audience about social media and branding without showing them. Lucy Lopez is a Fashion & Lifestlye Blogger with a stong social media presence. Her Instagram feed is like looking at a magazine, and I knew I had to feature her on my blog. I want upcoming fashion bloggers and business women to see her story and learn from her success." 

 Hope you take a peak! Thanks for the feature babe!


ABOUT THE BOSS DIARY

 Naa Kwaley, founder –  "I started The Boss Diary for two reasons: I wanted to create a blog that blended everything I was passionate about - business, social media, and fashion, and to also create a network for female entrepreneurs. I want to focus on women who are starting a Fashion & Lifestyle blog or a business. Within the next couple weeks, I will open a Membership site. Women can join my network and become exclusive VIP Members. They will receive all sorts of tools, worksheets, online courses and more when they join. In addition to becoming a member, I will also offer Private Coaching Services. Finally, I created a Facebook Group that is open to all women, regardless if they own a fashion blog or business. Part of The Boss Diary is giving women daily motivation, and I wanted to be sure to include women from all areas of expertise and demographics. "

Naa Kwaley, founder –  "I started The Boss Diary for two reasons: I wanted to create a blog that blended everything I was passionate about - business, social media, and fashion, and to also create a network for female entrepreneurs. I want to focus on women who are starting a Fashion & Lifestyle blog or a business. Within the next couple weeks, I will open a Membership site. Women can join my network and become exclusive VIP Members. They will receive all sorts of tools, worksheets, online courses and more when they join. In addition to becoming a member, I will also offer Private Coaching Services. Finally, I created a Facebook Group that is open to all women, regardless if they own a fashion blog or business. Part of The Boss Diary is giving women daily motivation, and I wanted to be sure to include women from all areas of expertise and demographics. "

NEW IN: Sephora & Free People

So in the fashion that YouTubers do hauls, I decided to bring that to the blogosphere. After a fun mommy-daughter day of shopping, I decided the things I bought are too good not to share! 

SEPHORA MUST HAVES

As some of you out there already know, there's nothing like stocking up on your favorite products! Here are a few of mine. 

MOROCCANOIL TREATMENT LIGHT (0.85oz/$15)– The minute I run out of this, I notice a different in my hair. It's such a mix-use product. I use it before I blowdry, it leaves my naturalhair frizz-free and I can use it throughout the next few days to tame flyaways or liven up my locks after a long day. I also love to run it through my ends after I use dry shampoo. I know it must seem silly to use an oil after you're trying to get rid of oily hair but trust me, it works. I find that sometimes my hair can look lifeless after dry shampoo and this counteracts that.  I go with the "light" version simply because my hair is prone to being weighed down so if you have finer hair, go with this one! The small bottle lasts me about 3 months.

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD CLEARING TREATMENT ($22) – Glamglow has been ahead of the game in the face mask department for years, but the price tag can seem astronomical. My tip is to buy the travel size pots! While it might not look like a ton of product, it really does last a long time. I mask every two weeks can get at least 7-10 uses with this particular mask and even more longevity with their hydrating mask. 

This charcoal-based product draws out all the impurities in your skin and it's amazing. As it dries, the parts of your skin with a lot of build up stay a darker color, which I particularly find helpful so I know where to target my skin products. If you want to make it last longer, you can use this mask as a spot treatment and only put it on your problem areas. If I do this I put it where I get the most breakouts or blackheads on my nose, forehead and chin. 

TOO FACE BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION ($39) – I'm one of those girls who's probably tried 75% of the foundations at Sephora and I still run back to this one. As much as a love Estee Lauder Doublewear, it can look very thick if you're not careful. That never happens with this one! The natural-matte finish is buildable and really does look like skin. The key to beautiful makeup is really skincare, but even on a day where I'm feeling dull and dry, this product saves the day! Get yourself a sample and thank me later. 


FREE PEOPLE OBSESSIONS 

I have been in love with Free People for ages. So long in fact, that I really know how to shop in their sales. While I will invest on the occasional special piece, there are ways to shop around their higher price tag. One way is to look in the Lord & Taylor section! Not only to they always have coupons and sales off of clearance, their selection still has fairly new items. I got a sweater I was lusting after for $25 !!! Yes, you read that right.  It was the steal of the day and I am obsessed with the fit. 

If clothes could speak, this white patterned number would scream, "SUMMER!" I love the kimono style and side tie detail. I feel like it fits in with my wardrobe perfectly. With super soft fabric and a subtle boho vibe, I know I'm going to wear this to death. Sadly I couldn't find it to link online but Lord & Taylor also had a coral and blue color combination!

This is the famous $25 sweater. Like I said I've wanted this for ages, and I'm so happy to call it mine! I love that while it still fits slouchy, it also still gives you a shape. As much as I love a good oversize sweater, sometimes I want something a little more flattering, especially for date nights. I can already imagine this in the summer with a pair of white shorts and I'm super excited. There were a few different colors on the sale with an additional 50-percent off! 


I'm signing off for now. I hope all of you out there had a wonderful day celebrating Mother's Day.

GIVEAWAY: The Chef & The Dish

  Head over to my Instagram to enter @luciavictoria!     Thanks to The Chef and The Dish I will be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to Niagara Food & Wine Expo! To be eligible to win you must be at least 19 and complete the following:    1. Like my giveaway post and follow me.     2. Follow @thechefandthedish.    3. Comment & tell me: what's your favorite dish to cook at home?     I will notify winners via DM on Saturday, April 8. You'll be able to pick which day of the expo you'd like to attend and your tickets will be held at will call. 

Head over to my Instagram to enter @luciavictoria! 

Thanks to The Chef and The Dish I will be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to Niagara Food & Wine Expo! To be eligible to win you must be at least 19 and complete the following:

1. Like my giveaway post and follow me. 

2. Follow @thechefandthedish.

3. Comment & tell me: what's your favorite dish to cook at home? 

I will notify winners via DM on Saturday, April 8. You'll be able to pick which day of the expo you'd like to attend and your tickets will be held at will call. 


The Chef & The Dish team are inviting you to the Niagara Food & Wine Expo coming up this month. 

Their chefs based in Hungary, Japan, Spain and New England, will Skype into The Niagara Food & Wine Expo to coach a guest on stage to make an authentic dish from their region. You’ll be able to meet the chefs, watch the cooking happen, ask questions and, of course, taste the results! 

EXPO SCHEDULE

"The Niagara Food & Wine Expo is a premier international tasting event featuring wines, beers and spirits from around the globe and stunning regional wines direct from neighboring vineyards. These delectable samples will be served alongside fresh, local cuisine prepared by top area restaurants." 

The expo will take place from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ontario. (Just a quick drive across the border!) 

7 – 8 p.m. Friday, April 21st  New England Cooking with Chef Joanie
3 – 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22  Hungarian Cooking with Chef Agnes  
7 – 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22  Japanese Cooking with Chef Yoshimi
2– 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23  Spanish Cooking with Chef Ana

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MEET THE CHEFS


I'd like to thank Olivia and everyone from The Chef and The Dish for partnering with me for this blog post. I'm so excited to see Chef Joanie's class on Friday and experience my first food expo! 

In a DC Minute: Date Night Guest Post

Go check out my latest collab with Scott & Al from In a DC Minute. I'm talking all about one of my favorite date night spots in Buffalo. Thanks so much for having me!


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