Anyone that knows me knows I love to drive! My first car was a black (obviously), little, fast, two door that I absolutely loved at the time. Eventually I moved on to drive my sisters Jeep after my parents deemed my car too small for their liking. Yet one thing remained, I loved to drive!
Now, after 3 years of living in New York City, I’m suddenly timid behind the wheel. I can count the amount of times I’ve driven over the past few years on two hands. I no longer own a car because I don’t need one in the city. Traffic is terrible and you’re much better off getting around via public transportation, foot or a bike. And just like that, I’ve driven a bike more than I’ve driven a car in the past few years.
That’s why I’ve been loving my City Seat cushion that hugs my bike seat and provides a little extra comfort. I use mine (pictured above) while at my shore house and not only love the look it gives my bike, but the comfort, because we all know bike seat can tend to rock-hard and painful. For those of you that ride bikes, I know you know what I’m talking about here.
City Seat offers an assortment of eco-friendly seat covers for your bike that come in fun patterns. My pattern is from the new line and features beach waves. You don’t even have to worry about hopping on someone else’s sweaty CityBike or getting caught in the rain when you have your own portable cushion/cover. Plus it’s washable! Check out their website and snag yourself one for just $35 – highly recommended!
My good friend Jill suggested we sign up for 7am yoga in Time Square to celebrate the longest day of the year, also known as ‘summer solstice.’ While the thought of waking up at 6am on a Monday was daunting, I knew this would be an amazing way to kick start my week and an even better way to celebrate the official start of the summer.
For those of you that don’t live in a city, can I just take a moment to remind you that you’re so lucky you have the ability to get in a car and hit the road. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in NYC, but I miss that feeling of having the music blasting, windows down, driving to an unknown destination. Instead, almost every single weekend of my summer is already planned, with train tickets already purchased. As New Yorkers, it’s basically our duty during the summer months to clear out and let the interns use the city as their playground for a few months while we enjoy nearby beaches.
If you follow me on Instagram (@publyssity) or Snapchat (alyssaamoroso), it’s clear to see that I’m always traveling during the summer months. In fact, my suitcase has doubled into a closet and my cosmetic case has become home to all of my essentials – like my makeup, personal care items, etc.
That said, I’ve actually found this method to be really helpful. I load my cosmetic case with everything I’ll need to get through the week, weekend or workday. I like having one case with everything vs. a million small bags with just some of my items. It’s easier for me to make sure I’m not forgetting to pack anything when I’m switching between carry-on luggage to tote bag to gym bag.
Keep reading to see some of the essentials I keep in my cosmetics case at all times:
Sure you can cook light and pack lunches when you’re trying to watch what you’re eating, but eating out is always the hardest and sometimes sitting a meal out just isn’t a option. If you’re like me and live in a bustling city, with the best food in the world and a job that demands “face time” with clients over fancy dinners and boozy cocktails, then you understand the struggle of dieting and eating out.
For me, it’s the hardest when people want to order for the table and split items. It makes it impossible to order something healthy. It’s also tough to be “that girl” eating a salad, when everyone else at the table is stuffing their face with chicken and waffles and chocolate martinis.
Enter my friend Kim Buonassisi, Founder of The Skinny Dish and a self-proclaimed ex-fat girl.