Summer Sip: Matcha

Every now and then there is a food trend that takes the Insta-world and internet by storm. From Black Tap NYC’s milkshakes to 10Below’s ice cream rolls, there’s always something new that keeps our stomachs growling and Insta feeds begging for more. That said, there’s a new, healthier trend (TG) taking the world by storm – Matcha.

So, why Matcha? According to MatchaSource.com, it has amazing health benefits. For starters, it’s packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg, boosts your metabolism, burns calories, detoxifies naturally and the list goes on. I rounded up some of my favorite places to sip on this bitter beverage below. Enjoy!

Cha Cha Matcha

ChaCha

MatchaBar 

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Chalait

Chalait

Blank Slate NYC

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Summer Must Have Products from Hawaiian Tropic

*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Hawaiian Tropic as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. 
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It’s officially July and my month-long Montauk share house has kicked off! It’s been amazing to escape the city on the weekends to hit the beach with friends. There’s about 20 of us sharing the house we rented (don’t worry, we’re not all there at the same time), so as you could imagine, we’re always trying to figure out who packed what. Between beach necessities to shower essentials to clothing, we’re always trying to share things so we can to lessen our travel load.

 

One thing that I especially try to coordinate sharing with my friends is beauty products and hair tools. Why would we all bring a blow dryer, when we can just use one? The same goes for heavy beauty products like lotion, hairspray and sunscreen. That said, I’ve been in charge of bringing the sunscreen and I have to say – I finally found a favorite line from Hawaiian Tropic.

 

The new Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30 is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Seriously. The breathable formula has a light, airsoft texture for protection you barely feel. I especially love this because I hate being sticky on the beach. This formula left my skin feeling so smooth. Plus, the hydrating ribbons of luxurious silk protein and shea butter provide up to 12 hours of moisturization. It comes in UVA and UVB SPF 15 and 30. I went with SPF 30!

 

Even with protective sunscreen, being out in the sun all day definitely takes a toll on your skin. That’s why I’ve always been a fan of using after sun lotion to hydrate my skin after a day in the sun. The Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance After Sun Moisturizer is one of the first after sun lotions that soothes, softens and leaves skin radiant – hence why I’m a fan. Like the sunscreen, the formula features shea butter, plus mango extract to leave skin feeling pampered and noticeably soft and luminous. You can check out the brand Facebook page to learn more!

 

Ps. Even my favorite girl Shay Mitchell is obsessed (but not as obsessed as I am with her). She’s going to be featuring the sunscreen in 7 episodes of her YouTube series, Shaycation, so you must check it out!

 

 

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CitySeat – Bike in Style

CitySeat – Bike in Style

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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!

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FREE NYC Fitness Classes

FREE NYC Fitness Classes

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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.

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What’s in my cosmetic case?

What’s in my cosmetic case?

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:

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