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.
I’ve always been the type of person to “want more” and have pushed myself over the years to step outside of my comfort zone to follow my dreams. For me, balancing work and blogging started for me in college. Back then, between classes any interning, I would use my blog (named Alyssa PR at the time) as an outlet to share things that inspired me like fashion, art, travel, etc.
Today, I’m still in this position, where I’m working full time in PR/marketing & communications and running my lifestyle blog on the side. Some of you may wonder, how do you do both? For me, It’s pretty easy to pursue two things when you’re passionate about them both. Below, see my tips of finding the perfect balancing act.