I went to Birchbox Soho…and it was fabulous!

So this summer, I decided to mosie on down to Soho here in NYC and check out the new Birchbox shop after seeing some rather lovely sneak peek photos online–it was love at first site.

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(Can’t you just hear a chorus of angels in your head right now?) The store was bright and girly and fun! The idea of the store was very much like a trendy designed Sephora, only BB features a BYOB (Build Your Own Box) where you can pick from a menu of samples to put in a¬†box right there in the store! (Basically, you get to be a BB specialist– for yourself! It’s quite fun ūüôā )

The upstairs part of the store featured a majority of makeup and skin products while the downstairs had the men’s section, hair and nails. Even better: the lower section had a salon-like area where you could get a mani, a blowout or, of course, your makeup done!

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Another difference from the big beauty stores: the BB shop has all the lovely goodies that they feature in their online shop–necklaces, tshirts, makeup bags, etc. I loved oogling the goodies while I was there, picking them up and trying them on– it was the full shopping experience.

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The shop was adorable and the best part next to shopping around was being able to use my BB points in store! So of course I had to pick up the Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask (Available on Birchbox.com for $25.95) since I had been eyeing it!

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Overall, it was a fun shopping experience and I look forward to attending some of the BB events in the near future!

So, have any of you been down to check out the new shop? How did you like it? Did you hit any events?

And for all of you BBholics planning visits to NYC in the future, here’s the address:

433 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012

Until next time, Ta!

~xo, L

 

Folly Ventures: Broadway Bites Popup Market

One of the best parts (and worst vice) about working/living in the great city of New York is being able to try numerous delicious dishes from all parts of the world.

Even better yet, NYC makes everything easier by grouping all these fabulously scrumptious food samplings in one place–like the seasonal markets. I’ve been to a couple markets here and there, but the one I am loving right now is Broadway Bites¬†(by Urbanspace) partly because of its¬†awesome collection of food and partly because I can haunt it on my lunch hour!¬†(It’s an easy walk to Herald Square for me!) The market features: 20+ vendors that each show off¬†a couple of each restaurant’s most notable cuisine pieces, cute stands, twinkle lights, a section for “adult beverages”, and a couple of areas to enjoy chowing down with friends!

An added benefit? Most stands accept credit cards, so there’s no need to hit the bank beforehand (unless one stand you really want to try truly doesn’t accept anything but cash–there has only been one of those that I have come across thus far.)

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jicamatacos

Pictured above: Jicama Tacos with shredded pork, cabbage, mango, cilantro and a seasoned sauce in a jicama shell. Light, fresh, flavorful, crunchy and absolutely delicious! (Can be found at Jicama: California Street Food)

springrolls

Pictured Above: Spring roll combo (one quinoa with tofu, cabbage, carrots, lettuce and the other quinoa with corn, carrots, lettuce in a curry sauce) with a cabbage/apple/noodle salad. (Can be found at Two Tablespoons) I love this place soooo much that I went back twice! The spring roll combos are fabulous and the noodle salads are soooo freaking yummy! I was sad to learn that the booth is by a catering company and not an actual restaurant…I hope they start one! The drink is a mango fresco. (I sadly can’t remember where I got it…)

 

padthai

Pictured Above: Chicken Pad Thai–delicious noodles and sauce. Peanut crumble was nice and crunchy and the added lime made the flavors pop even more! I would have liked more veggies, but overall a great amount of food for the price! Unfortunately this place only took cash! ūüė¶ (Can be found at Bangkok Bar)

 

icecream

Pictured above: Strawberry ice cream between two sugar cookies–I LOVED this ice cream sandwich. I’m a huge strawberry fan and was excited to see the usual ice cream sandwich spiced up a bit. This one kind of reminded me of strawberry shortcake. I also tried an all chocolate one and a cinnamon one that was to die for!–On separate occasions, I promise!! (Can be found at the cart for Melt)



My Thoughts

Everything I have tried at this market I have loved. It’s really a great bunch of vendors and I haven’t been unsatisfied with a single meal. I think my absolute favorites have been more of the lighter options–but that is mostly because the weather has been so hot and those are the types of dishes I crave in the heat! Though overall, I have enjoyed everything I have gotten and tried of my friends’!

IF you decided to make a trip to NYC in the near future and are curious to try Broadway Bites I have a bit of sad new. This market is only going on until August 1st (open 11am-9pm daily), BUT I was happy to learn that Urbanspace will be putting it on again in the fall (October 1st-November 14th). (I will be sure to try it again then and report back!)

So now that I’ve shared my gluttonous lunch hour feasts, what have been some of your favorite lunch spots this summer? Any favorite dishes you love in this heat? Let me know!

As alway, happy exploring my lovelies!

~xo, L