Chrissie Dines Out: Sushi

Welcome to my first post of my new restaurant review series: Chrissie Dines Out! In today’s post, I’ll be sharing with you some recent eateries of my favorite cuisine – SUSHI!!

The NYC dining out life has really transformed and has been totally giving off that European outdoor dining vibes. Restaurants have come up with some really pretty and interesting dining experiences and honestly, I’m kinda liking it. Granted, the reason why outdoor dining is a thing right now is because of Covid-19, but I mean, hey – let’s make lemonade out of lemons!

Mido Japanese
Located on the Upper West Side, this place hands down has the best price for sushi lunch. The entire lunch menu is $12 and there’s even 50% off all beer and wine. YUMMMM! You have an option of 3 rolls, a Sushi Set (6Pcs Sushi & Salmon Avocado Roll), a Sashimi Set (12Pcs Sashimi & side of rice), or a Sushi & Sashimi Set (3Pcs Sushi, 6Pcs Sashimi & Salmon Avocado Roll) for $12 each! If you’re not a fan of raw fish, no worries – this place has got you covered with their Teriyaki or Tempura Bento Boxes.

I ordered the Sushi & Sashimi set and paired that with a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The meal was truly delectable and I would 100% go back to try out their dinner options.

Sushi Sen-nin
This lovely restaurant is located in Midtown right near Herald Square and has the most yummy drinks that goes great with their fresh sushi. The sushi rolls prices can range between moderate to pricey, but I believe the quality of the fish totally makes it worth it. Their drinks here are also phenomenal – I had their seasonal summer moscato sangria!

Despite being situated in Midtown Manhattan, there are plenty of tables for outdoor dining and the decorations are beyond cute. The planters contain actual basil and mint – how cute and organic!

Zurutto
Situated on the Upper West Side, this eatery is famous for its ramen and gyoza. While I did have a bite of ramen from my friend’s bowl (the soup is super rich), I’m here to share with you their classic tuna poke.

They unfortunately do not have a lunch special, but I would say the prices are moderately priced for an Upper West Side location. They gave me plenty of fresh tuna pieces, along with some other toppings. It’s a classic dish and the perfect meal to stay cool while eating on a hot summer day.

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

So tell me, where have been some local sushi restaurants you’ve been to recently?
Comment below on some of your favorite NYC restaurants!

Feature Fridays

DIY Home Offices
Living in a NYC condo with my parents and sister means that there is definitely not a place where I can have my home office. My mom, sister, and I usually work at the dining room table, but what’s a girl to do if she wants her own space??

Please, step into my office!

This DIY office is built from a yoga mat, cushions, two wooden stools, and a wooden board. Creative, right? I created this office in the corner of my room and I have to say myself…it’s quite efficient and I’m really loving it.

Sidenote: this also turns into a mini DIY church on Sundays!

Vanderpump Rules & Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Anyone who knows me knows that I love reality tv. There is nothing better on a Friday night to settle in bed with a glass of wine and catching up on the newest episodes of Vanderpump Rules and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Ohh…the drama!

Fuzzy Socks
To all my fellow friends whose feet are always cold, you can probably relate to this one! My condo has hardwood floors all throughout and while it is much easier to clean the floors, my feet are constantly cold. Fuzzy socks are such a vibe (and mood!) and nothing beats that warm cozy feeling of putting on your favorite pair of fuzzy socks and just sitting back and relaxing.

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

Little moments of Joy during Covid-19 part 2

Even when times are tough, it’s nice to know my fellow friends out there are still finding and seeing joy among the chaos:

“Doing sillier things to connect with my family and friends that I would otherwise never have done, like watching a movie on FaceTime in the same house”
– Erica W.

“My HS friends and I have been designing an online board game because we were bored, so definitely friends find a way to hang out regardless of distance”
– Anonymous Friend

“I haven’t worn a bra in a month”
– Elizabeth F.

“Boundaries are the distance where I can love you and me simultaneously. The quarantine is forcing me to do something I’ve been meaning to do my whole life: establish boundaries with and overbearing relative”
– Francesca P.

“My eldest quit the piano when she was at the end of six grade and didn’t want to complete level 8 ABRSM exam. Yes! I was disappointed since that was (still is) the highest level one can achieve. Why quit at the last level? That was how I felt. She was simply not enjoying music anymore even though her piano teacher said she has a gift of music. I was definitely bummed about her quitting. Because of COVID 19, we suspended piano lessons for my youngest daughter. I asked my eldest daughter if she can help her younger sister with one of the songs, even though she has not been playing the piano for four years. To my surprise, she gladly played the Steven Universe Theme song. She laughed and giggled with her younger sister as she played the piano. It wasn’t an easy song and not playing it for four years definitely made her a bit rusty in one part of the song. But, it was just beautiful to see her enjoying music again and her willingness to teach her sister completely brightened my day.”
– Anonymous Runner friend

“I’m grateful for the time I’ve gained to finally organize my house – going through all my clothes, shoes, magazines, papers, etc”
– Monica K.

“I have found joy in the hobby of baking – fun with the added bonus of delicious sweets to eat”
– Nicole D.

“Finding out that my sister’s leukemia is in remission on Good Friday, and then having a Zoom celebration on Easter Sunday with my family”
– Zach E.

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

Little moments of joy during Covid-19 part 1

Watching Frozen 2 with my twin sister
My sister and I have always been huge fans of anything Disney, especially with the movie Frozen (hello SISTERS!). So when Frozen 2 became available on Disney Plus, I immediately asked my sister to watch it with me and let me tell you, this movie DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

I won’t spill any movie details or spoilers, but this movie brought me so much joy because I love seeing the sister bond between Elsa and Anna. Elsa, Anna, and Olaf always makes me smile and having my sister laughing right along with me made this movie even more memorable.

Facetiming and having wine nights every Friday with my girl friends
Now that we are all under #Stayathome guidelines, my girl friends and I have had to change our ways of catching up with one another: Face timing and drinking wine every Friday. Even though we’re all at home, it’s great just talking and laughing about each other’s stories of random things that we all experienced throughout the week. It definitely makes staying in on a Friday night more bearable.

Afternoon coffee and tea time with my mom on the balcony
Every Tuesday at 4pm, my mom and I would have afternoon tea (for her) and coffee (for me) on our balcony. Prior to this pandemic, my mom and I would rarely have a chance to really sit down and have deep talks. Sure, I would talk to her whenever we were at home, but something about drinking tea/coffee on our balcony just made the mother-daughter moment more special. We laughed and talked about everything ranging from what was for dinner to breakups and relationships.

Reflecting and expressing gratitude on a daily basis
With so much uncertainty going on, it is so easy to just focus on the chaos we are facing right now. I can listen and watch the news every minute of the day filling my mind with statistics of people who tested positive for Covid-19 or watching unemployment numbers going up. Now while it is great to be informed for current events, I believe that there are still blessings and gratitude to be found during this time. So at 8pm every night, I like to reflect on the day and jot down some things I am grateful for. Reflecting and expressing gratitude each day has truly helped me stay calm and see the light even during this tough time we are all facing.

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

So tell me, what are some joys you’ve experienced during this time?

Chinese New Year Food, Festivities, and Traditions

Happy Chinese New Year (or Happy Lunar New Year)! 新年快樂! 恭喜發財!

Chinese New Year is probably one of my favorite holidays during the year! It’s a time of wishing prosperity and good luck & fortune to those around you, spending time with family, and of course – for those who are not yet married – receiving 紅包 (hong bao) or red envelopes filled with money.

Chinese New Year lasts for a month, but in my family, we celebrate it for 15 days. As of today, we’re in the 2nd week of the Lunar New Year. During this time, we eat plenty of good food ranging from little snacks like little turnip cakes and 湯圓 (tang yuan) which are little sweet glutinous rice balls to elaborate 8 – 12 course family style dishes. Usually, when visiting someone’s house, the host will have a big red round or flower shape container with different compartments filled with an assortment of candy and nuts. In my house, we keep it less traditional and simply use a three-tiered glass plates to hold these goodies.

During Chinese New Year, it is tradition to decorate the house with red decorations since red is seen as a lucky color. Red Chinese Lanterns are hung around the house and in the streets. In my house, we are a bit less traditional and we simply have huge red flowers (gladiolus) as the centerpiece on our dining room table. We also will have a plate of candy specifically Ferraro Rocher chocolates, pistachios and oranges (or tangerines) throughout the house. Oranges and tangerines were common food symbols for wealth and good luck. It also meant abundance and happiness. It’s also custom to give oranges and candy (Ferraro Rocher in my family) when visiting family members and in exchange they will give you oranges and some sort of candy when you leave.

Now my favorite tradition is receiving 紅包 (hong bao) – usually when visiting a family members house! These red envelopes contain money and are given to younger family members who are not yet married. Once married, you then start giving out red envelopes. That said, some employers may give their employees red envelopes during this holiday to wish them luck and fortune in the new year. The red envelopes come in many beautiful design with gold lettering or cute cartoons and sometimes, it even comes in pink!

The festivities that take place outside are joyous, loud, and everyone from little children to grandparents will come out to celebrate as a community. Dancers perform lion dances at different stores and businesses in hopes to bring them good luck and prosperity in the new year. Some places will even hold a fireworks ceremony to scare away any bad luck and evil spirits that may be lingering in the new year.

Chinese New Year is an exuberant and fun holiday meant to bring families together to welcome in the new year together. I look forward to it every year and I wish every one of my readers a prosperous year filled with good luck and fortune!

**Please note: the traditions listed above are traditions in my family. Each family’s traditions may vary.

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

Do you celebrate the Lunar New Year? What are some traditions you follow?

If you don’t celebrate the Lunar New Year, what’s your favorite holiday to celebrate?

Xoxo Chrissie Carly

Hello, 2020! Hello, everyone!

I’m Chrissie, and welcome to the launching of my new blog – Xoxo Chrissie Carly, formerly known as Boutiquefull!

How have you been? How are your New Year’s resolutions/goals going so far? One of my 2020 goals is to start up this blog again…soo CHECK! It really has been quite a while since I last wrote, and I am thrilled to start blogging again. 

Now you might be asking…what’s new about this blog? Well, I’m happy to share that Xoxo Chrissie Carly will be more than just a fashion blog – it’ll be a full-on lifestyle blog! Here are some things to look forward to:

  • Fashion/makeup reviews
  • Restaurant and food posts
  • Weekly features
  • Daily happenings/adventures in my NYC life
  • Monthly newsletters (coming soon!)

This blog will be about bringing joy to the little moments in life, whether it’s from buying a new dress, trying new foods, or simply cozying up with tons of blankets and rewatching Gossip Girl. Everyone in New York City is always hustling and bustling (guilty, for sure) and sometimes, we forget to just take a moment, have a good laugh and reflect on the little happy moments that happen during our day.

So what are you waiting for? Hit that follow button, and let’s get ready for some NYC fun-filled fashion, beauty, and lifestyle reads!

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

Do you have a blog too? Feel free to comment below and I’ll be happy to check it out!

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30-Day Pan Challenge

Hey Fashionistas,

So I think…I might have a bit too much makeup….

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Now….I only say this because I’m actually running out of space to store my makeup and I recently saw a couple of new makeup palettes releases, which of course, spoke to me on a personal level and naturally I wanted to buy them.

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So I have decided that before I can go out and buy more makeup, I need to go on a makeup challenge cleanse – 30-Day Hit Pan Challenge. This isn’t an original challenge since I have seen several other bloggers take on this challenge, but this is my first makeup challenge and I am thrilled to give this a try.

Here’s how it works:
I have chosen several beauty products that I will be using for the next 30 days. The goal is for finish these products by the end of the challenge and hopefully see the bottom of a palette –  hence the term “Hit Pan”.  Just a quick disclaimer though, I will still be using some other products but my main focus is to hit pan with these products:

– Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Shade 10 Light
– NYX Eye Shadow Palette in Adorable
– Sephora Shimmer Stick in Frosted Pink
– Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Lust for Blush
– NYC Sun’N’Bronze Bronzing Powder in Hamptons Radiance
– E.L.F Aqua Beauty Blush and Bronzer in Bronzed Pink Beige
– Clinique High Impact Mascara in Shade 10 Black
– Clinique Acne Solution BB Cream in Shade Medium

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I will be posting updates of my different makeup looks and how much product I have used on my Instagram – chrissie_boutiquefullblog with the Hashtag –  #BoutiquefullPanChallenge. I would love to have all of you follow me on this challenge and feel free to join me if you too want to do a makeup cleanse!

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

 

 

“No Makeup” Makeup Look

Hey Fashionistas,

Now….generally, I would have filmed this look but I’ve been super busy and haven’t had a chance to really film…soo I’m going to stick to the classic blogging and writing to show you the products I love to use to create my recent “No Makeup” Makeup Look.

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Summers here in NYC can get pretty hot but more importantly, it can get very very humid here. Wearing a full face of makeup on a humid day will literally start to irritate me and I can just feel my makeup melt off. On top of that, I can just feel my pores screaming at me.

So during the summer, I turn to my “No Makeup” Makeup look. It literally consist of 7 products: primer, BB cream, concealer, highlight, blush, and setting spray.

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I start with my favorite Porefessional primer by Benefit and with my fingers, I gently layer it over my cheeks, nose, and forehead (where I have the most pores).

With my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in shade Creme Brûlée, I spot-treat the redness and blemishes on my cheeks and chin. Using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, I press and blend it into my skin. Usually, I would use my Real Techniques Sponge and blend that in, but I’ve been really into using my brushes this month.

Taking my Clinique BB Acne Solution cream, I put a few drops onto the same Real Technique Buffing Brush and slowly buff that all over my face. Because I’ve already put on some concealer, I don’t want to move the product as I’m buffing it into my skin. So the technique that I use is gently with a slight pressure, press the BB cream into my skin. Because the brush is dense enough, it does a beautiful job at blending (almost as well as my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge!) Now you’re probably wondering, why did I put concealer before I put on the BB Cream? I’ve noticed that putting on concealer under your foundation gives it a more natural glow look. When I do my full face glam, I will use the concealer under my eyes to set it up for an intense highlight and glowy look.

Once my base is on, I take my Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray and spray that all over my face to set it. This part is key since I am not using setting powder, I need to make sure that my makeup does not come off in the middle of the day.

As I’m waiting for my face to dry and set, I pick up my Benefit Gimme Brow Gel and quickly do my brows. I love this product because it’s just a spoolie with gel and you can easily just comb over your brows giving it a natural and simple look.

When my face is dry, I’ll pick up my Elf Baked Highlight in Moonlight Pearl and Elf Highlighter brush. I’ll swipe that across my cheekbones and bring that to my temples, creating a “C” swiping movement. **Tip: To make the highlight pop out more, spray your brush with setting spray before dipping into highlight

Next, taking my Real Techniques Blush Brush and dipping it into my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12- Hour Blush in Paaarty, I’ll gently swipe that over my cheekbones and over the highlight to give me natural rosy glowy cheeks.

And last but not least, I set everything with final spritz of my Urban Decay setting spray.

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly,

Fashionista Thoughts:

What are some of your favorite products to create a “No Makeup” Makeup look?

How do you make sure that your makeup stays on on a hot summer day?

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Friday Finds: Bobbi Brown, Tarte, Benefit

Hey Fashionista,

So this past month was my birthday month, which of course you know what that means – NEW MAKEUP!!!!

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I actually bought a bunch of new makeup and received some free samples from Sephora, but that’s for a later post. Today I want to focus on 3 new products: Bobbi Brown Mini Bronzing Power, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer.

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder – Medium 

 

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I received this bronzer powder from my 500 points reward. It came with a kit but I haven’t used the rest of the products yet, so we’re just gonna focus on the powder. Even though this bronzer is a powder, when I swatch it, it feels so velvety and buttery. The pigment is perfect for my complexion. I’m generally pretty fair but with the summer and my trip to San Diego, I have a somewhat nice tan to work with right now. When I first saw it, I immediately thought that it was too dark but surprisingly, it blended perfectly on my cheeks. The bronzer is a perfect match with my tan on my shoulders. It gives off the right amount of warmth to my face and is super buildable. The pigment is dark enough for me to use as a contour but for a more casual look, I can use this as an all over bronzer for my face and body.

Would I recommend this to a friend?? Absolutely!! This bronzer comes in several shades so you’re sure to find a match for you!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush – Paaarty

 

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This blush was part of the birthday gift set….hence the name Paaarty!!! Can we just take a moment to think about how cute and perfect that name is for this gift set??

Ok…so this blush is absolutely gorgeous. Now during the summer, I tend to stick more to bronzers than blushes since I love the summer bronze look but this past Monday, I decided to add some rosy-ness to my cheeks to change things up a bit. It was gorgeous, but I do need to warn you, the colors are extremely pigment!! Literally…you just need 2 dabs on the brush and that’s it. I made a mistake and I dabbed, swirled, and pressed my brush into the pot and I ended up having to tap off tons of product. And even then, I ended up putting too much so I had blend….like I was making a smoothie on my face. It did end up really pretty but lesson learned: less is more 😉

Would I recommend this to a friend?  Yes….but you need to really find the right color for your skin tone. I loved this color but I definitely want to try out other shades to find the right summer blush color.

Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer – Color 2 Light Medium

 

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This concealer is actually a new arrival at Sephora. I really loved their original Boi-ing concealer so when this new line came in, I immediately had to get it. I got mine in shade 2 – light medium which is a little fair for my skin tone, but shade 3 was too dark for me so I settled for this one. It is very creamy and extremely blendable. However, the one thing that I am not a fan of is how drying it can be. My skin is pretty dry so this concealer doesn’t really give off the “airbrush” effect. It blends beautifully but the final effect makes my skin look kind of flaky. I’m thinking of getting the Benefit hydrating concealer and trying that one instead.

Would I recommend this to a friend? Hmmm…yes but you definitely need to know your skin. It’s extremely blendable and creamy but depending on your skin, it might not be the right fit. Know your skin and don’t be afraid to ask the makeup artists at Sephora to help you out!

So there you have it – my recent Friday finds! What are some products you would like me to try out and review?

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

***This post is not sponsored. I bought these products with my own money. All reviews are honest and come from my experience using these products.

Friday Finds: Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb

Hey Fashionistas,

The thirst is realll…..for Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb!

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I first heard of Belif from my colleague who recommended it to me since I was complaining that my current moisturizing cream was too heavy. I felt that my past cream clogged up my pores…causing me to break out even more. So I went to Sephora to check it out and got some samples of it to see how my skin would react to it.

Well, let me tell you…..It was amazing!! Literally the BOMB cream that I’ve been missing (pun literally intended there). The cream is water based so it doesn’t feel heavy at all and perfect for summer! Most creams I use leave my face feeling sticky and yucky after 30 minutes of putting it on…but not this one! But I get ahead of myself…so why don’t we break it down!

Packaging

  • Simple, clean, and pure like water!
  • Has only the necessary information written to describe the product without getting confusing
  • Blue and White color scheme which goes excellent with the Aqua theme

Product

  • Smells a little tree minty but not too strong that it’s overwhelming
  • Cream is a light aqua blue color so it looks like water when you open it
  • Feels extremely light and airy
  • The older product was 18% hydration level but the one that I bought in Sephora is 70% hydration level!!

How it applies

  • Need only a dollop size to cover my entire face, though sometimes I go overboard and start putting it on my arms, legs, etc… *teehee*
  • Feels like it just melts onto my skin…like my skin is just drinking in the cream
  • Leaves my skin feeling hydrated and cool without the sticky and oily residue feeling of a regular cream

 

Key Question: Would I recommend it to a friend? ABSOLUTELY!!

I would absolutely positively recommend it to a friend, family member, even to a stranger! I love how it feels on my skin – cooling and well hydrated. The best part about the product is that it doesn’t feel like it clogs up my pores! I’ve been using the product for a week now and my skin feels super soft! I use it every night before I go to bed and I wake up feeling great and I’ve actually noticed that my skin has a natural glow to it! I am definitely going to be adding this to my post-makeup routine 😉

Belif, you officially have my heart! I can’t wait to try out some of your other products ❤

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

*This post is not sponsored. I bought this product with my own money and all reviews are honest and come from my experience using this product.

Fashionista Thoughts

Have you used this product before? What did you think?

Have you used other Belif products?

What’s your go to post-makeup routine product?