Monday, June 22, 2015

26 Before 27 + Birthday Giveaway!

Is today June 22?! Then it's my birthday! Hooray!

I celebrated all weekend of course! On Friday, Avra, Sunny, and I had tea and scones, went to a street fair where there were acrobats, ate tacos, and stumbled upon four old men playing jazz in a small coffee shop. On Saturday, I went into the city with Avra and Sunny to meet up with some of my favorite bloggers at Laduree in Soho, then my friends and I got gluten-free dessert at Babycakes Bakery, and falafel at a small restaurant in the Lower East Side. On Sunday, my family went out to an Italian restaurant to celebrate Father's Day and my birthday. We ate THIS giant dessert. Talk about an awesome weekend! 

Of course, I'm going to celebrate a bit today by getting something super delicious for lunch at work!

Every year I like coming up with a list of practical and fun list of things I want to accomplish, but first let's see how I did with last year's list. 

25 Before 26
1. Finish my novel
2. Visit Jackie
3. Visit Lauren & Sarah
4. Go my cousin's wedding in Texas
5. See the High Line
6. See the Brooklyn Bridge
7. Have a group giveaway on my blog
8. Take a photography class
9. Meet Martie
10. Meet Naomi & Jason (met them twice!)
11. Go to the gym at least twice a week (worked for 6 months!)
12. Start a new series on my blog
13. Keep up with Kristin's awesome NovelTea book club (I've read some of them!)
14. See another movie alone (Pitch Perfect 2)
15. Learn easy smoothies recipes
16. Keep drinking at least two glasses of water a day
17. Make use of the library more (it's like my new home)
18. Visit more new-to-me local restaurants and places
19. Put money aside every month for my student loans
20. Find awesome birthday presents for everyone I love
21. Have fun this summer
22. Only buy new clothing that I really, really love
23. Keep doing more product reviews
24. Get better at talking to people
25. Wear lipstick more

And now my new list:

26 Before 27
1. Finish the first draft of my new story
2. Cut out soda for at least one month (I'm starting this tomorrow!)
3. Keep drinking at least two glasses of water a day
4. Learn easy smoothie recipes
5. See the Brooklyn Bridge
6. Take a trip somewhere, anywhere
7. Meet Martie
8. Have a group giveaway on my blog
9. Get an e-course on photography
10. Take a short blog break 
11. Get rid of things in my room that don't bring me joy
12. Get my underarms and legs waxed once because why not
13. Use up some candles I've had forever
14. Get a gel manicure 
15. Get the new illustrated Harry Potter (!!!)
16. Possibly attend BEA (it's in Chicago in 2016)
17. Cut myself some slack
18. Take a day trip somewhere
19. Keep up my correspondence with my pen pals
20. Go to the farmers' market
21. Complete Code Academy
22. Listen to all the current episodes of Welcome to Night Vale
23. Try any exercise class 
24. Go to two author readings
25. Write two short stories
26. Meet another blog friend IRL

What do you think of my goals?
What are some of yours?

♥ ♥ 
As a thank you to all of you for being so awesome by stopping by my little slice of the Internet and being wonderful blog friends (seriously, thank you!), I'm giving away a Too Faced Melted Lipstick (you get to pick the color when you win) and a $25 gift card to Starbucks! It's an international giveaway*.

*Starbucks gift cards bought in the U.S. don't work outside the country, so if someone from outside the States wins they'll get two lipsticks instead. 

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Hope you all have a wonderful day!

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  1. My favorite lipstick clinique high impact lip colour.

  2. I still don't have a favorite lipstick. I'm starting to get the bug and want to start wearing them :)

  3. wish u a very very happy b'day , hope the coming year brings loads of happiness and opportunities for you and next year, and next year when you publish this list,everything is slashed off

    u did quite a lot from last years list too :)

    Happy Birthday


  4. Planning for ParisJune 22, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Happy birthday!! I love a skinny vanilla latte!!

  5. I loved Starbucks' hazelnut macchiatos until they discontinued them D,: But Happy birthday! (I'm on time! :D)

  6. Favorite lipstick would be my jordana mauve shade and my favorite starbucks drink is the caramel macchiato

  7. My favorite drink at starbucks is the vanila frapp!

  8. At Starbucks the caramel macchiato

  9. I love the iced hazelnut macchiatos and my favorite lipstick is probably my red lipstick from Sephora, I think it's called The Red.

  10. I always get the chai latte at Starbucks, it's simply the very best blend of spicy & sweet. <3

  11. Firstly, happy birthday! Secondly, congrats on completing so much of your list. That's impressive. Thirdly, illustrated Harry Potter omg why didn't I know about this earlier? Yes, the run on sentence was totally necessary and I now need illustrated Harry Potter too! Side note: I do love a caramel macchiato from time to time.

  12. Happy birthday Sara!!! You've inspired me to come up with my own list for my birthday next month! Anytime I go to Starbucks I leave with a treinta unsweeted iced green tea. Even in the dead of winter!

  13. Happy Birthday Sara!! You managed to do a bunch of things on your "to do" list! I hope this year's list will go just as great! My favorite drink from Starbucks is their Shaken Black I'm boring!

  14. I love the makeup revolution 'WOW sticks' in call me!

  15. Caramel macchiato has always been a favorite of mine.

  16. Iced Chai tea latte is my drink.

  17. Happy birthday, Sara!! So glad I got to be a part of the birthday celebrations this weekend :) Hopefully we can meet up again before the summer is done!


  18. My favorite drink from starbucks is their green tea. :)

  19. Happy Birthday Sara! Your weekend sounds like it was a blast! And you crossed off so many things off your old list - I wish you the best of luck with your new list and hope this year is full of happiness! And as far as starbucks goes, I keep it simple and just always get the mocha frappe :D


  20. Happy Birthday! :) My favorite lipstick is Gressa Skin Aux Rouge and my favorite Starbucks drink is White Chocolate Mocha. Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful giveaway.

  21. Happy birthday! Mine is Wednesday - yay for summer babies. :)

    My favorite Starbucks drink is an iced caramel macchiato. Mmm! I don't think I have a favorite lipstick, but I like wearing bold colors.

  22. I love caramel frappuccino!!!!!!!!!

  23. Happy bday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. I love their hot chocolate!

  25. I love a good latte at starbucks

  26. I go for the raspberry iced lemonade drink from starbucks

  27. I love their skinny vanilla latte. YUM!

  28. I love Starbucks. My favorite drink of theirs is the Smore's Frappuccino.

  29. My favorite Starbucks drink is a green tea latte.

  30. Starbucks=my fuel. I love their light caramel flan frappucino: the skim milk makes it frothy! When I'm at home, I even try and blend my own vegan version with cashew milk. But nothing beats their drinks!

    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  31. Sara! What a great post :) You know my fave sbux is caramel macchiatoooosssss YUM and well I freaking love so many lipsticks but one of my favorite has to be Smashbox Legendary - it's the best red I've ever found :) and you encouraged me to get it sooooo THANKS :) also since you've been talking so highly of the melted lippie - I would loveeee took winnnn and try a red :) love you so much and i hope you had a phenomenal birthday and have an incredible 26th year!!!! to my bestie with love XOXOOXOXOOXO <3

  32. Happy birthday to my awesome bestie! Good luck on your list, I know you will get these done! You know my favorite starbucks drink is a pumpkin spice frap :)

  33. At this time of the year, I am all about the iced coffee at Starbs. PS - Happy birthday!!!!


    Something About That

  34. Happy Birthday, Sara!! It was so great seeing you over the weekend! Wow, you have so much checked off on your list. Isn't it nice to feel so accomplished? It's so important to have a list and I love that you remind me of that!

    The Closet by Christie

  35. Happy Birthday! You did great last year :) I really recommend you to take that photography class, I took one a couple of months ago and it really helped me. Also, I think my favorite Starbucks drink is the peppermint mocca. Sadly I can only can have it when I visit USA or another country that has Starbucks at Christmas...

  36. Happy Birthday (one day late!) Sara!! I hope you had a wonderful day! Love your lists - looks like you did great on your Before 26 list; best of luck with this next one!

  37. It's been a goal of mine to get to BEA eventually... maybe 2016 will be the year for us! Especially since I LOVE Chicago and am dying to go back! You've inspired me to make a list like this for my next birthday! :)

    As for favorite Starbucks drink, my go-to is usually a White Chocolate Mocha. Delicious! And I swap between two favorite lipsticks/glosses: Glazed Berry from Clinique and Berry Tart from Mary Kay.

  38. Happy Birthday! I love Starbucks' Peppermint Mocha (of course, now's not really the time of year for that!).

  39. These lipsticks are amazing, must check them out.

  40. I should make 27 goals for my 28th year. =] Love this idea.

  41. First of all, Happy Birthday, Sara!! I like that you have a list of things you want to do. I like that you have written it down so you can refer to it. I need to do that. I just keep my thoughts and goals in my head. I think writing them down would help me to really see what I have to do!!

  42. I love Starbucks' hazelnut latte.

  43. Well, I'll give you both! I love BITE's lipstick crayon, and my favorite starbucks drink is an iced caramel macchiato!

  44. I love getting iced coffees at Starbucks!

  45. I don't really wear lipstick enough to have a favorite. My favorite Starbucks drink is the green tea frappucino.
    Happy Belated Birthday!!

  46. no lipstick here since I'ma guy -- I love the orange/banana smoothies at Starbucks

  47. I like smore's frappe

  48. My fave Starbucks drink is a Java Chip.

  49. I like the Vanilla Latte at Starbucks.

  50. PrettyLittleLiar412June 25, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    I really haven't decided on a favorite lipstick yet. I really love the marvelous moxie lip gloss and I love the buxom lipgloss in sophia....I love all starbucks hot lattes! Oh wait one of my fave lipsticks is Maybelline in a purple tube called on the mauve.... And happy bday! Enjoy your kate 20's because 30 is scary! And 31 is even worse because then you're actually into your 30's lol.

  51. Happy (belated) Birthday to you! I love my Urban Decay lipstick (I forget the color) and I also love the Melted lipsticks! My fave drink at Starbucks is the Refreshers!

  52. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! I'm so glad you had a fantastic time. I love your goals! It's time to start thinking of my own (July, woooo!) As for my favorite Starbucks drink, I really love their Pumpkin Spice Latte (I can't wait for one this year, mmmm), but I reallyyyy want to try their new S'mores flavor. Slurp!

  53. Happy belated birthday!! Hope this year is all you dreamed. :) My favorite starbucks drink is an iced two pump mocha!

  54. My fave Starbucks drink is Cupcake Crème Frappuccino and fave lipstick is probably something by Maybelline lol.

    (Rosie A)

  55. My favorite drink at Starbucks is their Caramel Crunch Frappuccino. My favorite lipstick is Milani's Matte is the perfect red!

  56. Firstly, happy birthday! Secondly, congrats on completing so much of your list. i love lolita from kat von d

  57. Happy late birthday!! June 22nd is a special day for me because that is my oldest daughters birthday also. I hope you had a blessed day!! I love lipsticks so much. My favorite color lipstick is Clinique Long Lasting in ginger flower. That may not be the technical name but it's close. I've been wanting to try these lipsticks and just haven't yet. Thanks so much.

  58. I love iced mochas from Starbucks!

  59. My favorite Starbucks drink is Caramel Macchiato

  60. I love the Frappuccino!

  61. Definitely am a Iced Caramel Macchiato
    kind of girl xo

  62. This is such a great idea and looks like you did very well crossing of majority of your list this past year. Thanks for the inspiration... I'm already thinking of what might on my list next birthday. Hope you enjoy your 27th birth year to the fullest! :)

  63. like everyone else, i love iced caramel macchiato.

  64. Iced vanilla latte!

  65. Happy belated birthday! One of my favorite Starbucks item is the Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino.

  66. My favorite drink is the Eggnog Latte, but I'll have to wait a few more months for it. Right now, I drink Peach Green Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. My favorite lipstick is MAC Syrup.

  67. Marnie G (Derrick Todd)July 2, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    My favorite Starbucks drink is the Skinny Caramel Macchiato.

  68. Since I made it from #9 to #7, I really should get my bum over the ocean to browse the city and have all the coffee with you dear ;)


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