The Coffee Chronicles: 7 Grams Caffe

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Happy Monday to all!
Today’s Coffee Chronicles post is featuring 7 Grams Caffe! It’s not the first time I’ve been to this particular coffee shop, but I decided to revisit and add it to the blog. In case you were wondering where the name comes from, 7 grams is the amount of espresso it takes to make a shot.

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The cafe has a minimalist interior with wooden bench seating, small tables, and a clean presentation overall. The menu is printed on the white wall, and there isn’t much decor except for a few pictures on the walls. The staff at 7 Grams is always friendly and upbeat, and there’s multiple dairy-free milk options which is a plus (soy and almond for those who were wondering). They also offer a selection of baked goods and sandwiches.

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The last time I visited, I think I ordered a cappuccino, which was delicious, and this time I opted for an iced coffee. 7 Grams offers both cold brew and pour-over, and while I was tempted to get the cold brew, I figured for the sake of the blog I would try to mix it up a little bit. My first reaction was that the taste was very strong and that I wish I added more milk, although I usually like strong coffee. I think that if I added soy instead of almond milk, I would have enjoyed my coffee a lot more. Soy milk tends to be thicker in consistency, and I find that it doesn’t water the coffee down as much as almond milk. Overall, however, I enjoy 7 Grams coffee. I will point out that my Italian (born and raised!) roommate is obsessed with 7 Grams, so I guess they are doing something right! (Also they make pretty latte art and host events like painting nights and bands and other cool things so you should check it out!)

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Also, before I say peace out girl scout, I picked up a postcard in 7 Grams which advertised the info for the New York Coffee Festival, which is from September 25th-27th at the 69th Regiment Armory on the corner of 26th Street and Lexington Avenue. I sadly can’t go (I am so going next year…for sure), but I figured that I would pass off the info for other coffee enthusiasts. Visit www.newyorkcoffeefestival.com to buy tickets.

 

Yay Stevia!
Yay Stevia

 

7 Grams Caffe:

Address:
275 7th Avenue (between 25th and 26th)
New York, NY 10001

Takes credit cards: Yes

Noise Level: Low-Medium

Atmosphere: 4/5 (Gets crowded easily)

Recommend to a friend: Yes

Instagram: @sevengramscaffe

Product Review: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Happy Wednesday readers!
So this morning as I was applying my foundation, I realized something very important…

I hate it =).

So I decided to haul my caked-up face to the nearest Sephora and fix my issues ASAP. I wasn’t really sure what brand I wanted, but I knew that I wanted something with buildable coverage, a luminous finish, and something slightly moisturizing. Thanks to the helpful staff at Sephora, I was directed to NARS to try their All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and a luminous finish foundation by Makeup Forever. After trying both, I decided to go with NARS because it felt less tacky on my skin. Invigorated by my new purchase (uhhh purchases? Because I somehow ended up with a cream contour kit by Laura Mercier, an Anastasia Brow Wiz, a mini DryBar dry shampoo, and a free gift from all of the points that I’ve been saving), I decided to come home, wipe off the hot mess express that is Japonesque foundation, and apply the lovely, weightless NARS foundation, which applied like a dream. A+ indeed! I give it a 5/5 and will definitely make this my go-to until I finally cough up the money for Armani Luminous Silk. Stay tuned for more reviews of the other things that I didn’t mean to buy but totally did!

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Back to School Makeup Must-Haves

Hi there readers!

Well it’s after Labor Day, which we all know means it’s time to head back to school (NOOOOO). One of my favorite things to do during this time is to watch my favorite YouTubers post their back to school videos, with ideas for easy to pack lunches, quick hairstyles, and you guessed it…makeup looks! I thought it would be a fun to show you guys what my favorite makeup products are in case your stash needs a bit of a pick me up (or you need retail therapy because you are already up to your eyeballs with work). Let me know if you have tried any of these products!

1.) The Beauty Blender
I KNOW. I KNOW. EVERYONE is talking about the Beauty Blender. And for a good reason! The Beauty Blender is a blending sponge that is useful for a seamless foundation application. To use it, you run it under water while squeezing the sponge to absorb the water, and then squeeze out any excess until the sponge is damp. I like to use the wider end of the Beauty Blender to blend my cream contour, and the tapered end to blend out my concealer. It’s perfect to toss into a bag because it can multitask! Other uses include applying cream blush or a cream highlight. http://amzn.to/1Qn9kGZ

 

Beauty Blender via Amazon
Beauty Blender via Amazon


2.) Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

This is such a lifesaver! Nothing is worse than having your makeup on fleek, going to classes all day and running around like a nutcase, and then coming home and realizing that your makeup melted down to your kneecaps and you look like the scary matchmaker from Mulan (see picture below). Urban Decay’s Chill Makeup Setting Spray not only is refreshing and cooling, but also helps your makeup last all day long! http://amzn.to/1KD7KlC
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3.) Fresh: Sugar Lip Treatment

Okay, okay I know it’s a bit (err very) expensive for a lip balm, but Fresh has the most delicious smelling lip balm with SPF 15, moisturizing oils, real sugar, and no parabens! It is soooo moisturizing and is definitely helpful when the weather gets nippy and you want to keep your lips smoother than a baby’s bottom. It’s definitely a worthy splurge. http://amzn.to/1OwKByJ

via Amazon
via Amazon


4.) NYX Lipsticks

BUY THEM ALL! NYX is one of my go to lipstick brands because of their inexpensive pricing and amazing selection of shades. I love to try new colors, but hate committing to a price, and that is why I am a devoted fan of NYX products! In addition, their lipsticks are extremely moisturizing (believe me…I have eczema on my lips…TMI I know…)and it is one of the only lipsticks that I think applies super smooth and doesn’t totally dry out my lips. http://amzn.to/1FwYZSI

via Amazon
via Amazon

Let me know what your favorite beauty products are from back to school! If you try any from my list, let me know if you like them!