Pop of Color at The Pop Shop Kind of Day


The Pop Shop, Collingswood, NJ

Attention grilled cheese fans! I’d like to introduce you to your Nirvana. The Pop Shop in Collingswood, NJ.  The Food Network featured restaurant takes a modern spin on the American classic grilled cheese sandwich. Have a taste for something a little more “grown up” than the traditional grilled cheese? Try the Fig Manchego Grilled cheese: manchego cheese, fig jam on olive bread. Maybe your looking for something a little sweeter maybe? Try their Nutella Grilled Cheese: Brie, Nutella, granny smith apples on wheat.  There is literally more than 30 different grilled cheese sandwiches you could order.

Walking into the pop shop is like walking into a throwback of a 1950’s fountain soda style drive in. Even if you can’t find a grilled cheese to suit your fancy–pick from a variety of burgers, salads, or just skip dinner all together and get  a milkshake.

The Pop Shop, Collingswood NJ

I love the energy at the Pop Shop—it’s family friendly vibe and brightly colored walls make it almost impossible to not be happy (cue Pharell Williams).

And naturally, I felt like my lips could also use a pop of color for dining at The Pop Shop. NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil did the trick!

NARSMexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

If your mouth is now watering, check out the menu and more from The Pop Shop on their website www.thepopshopusa.com.

If your mouth just needs a pop of color a la NARS Mexican Rose, go here www.narscometics.com

From the Lab: The Beauty Sample Program For Le Mer Taste on a Cetaphil Budget


From the Lab Beauty Sample Box, reviewBeauty sample boxes have taken the beauty industry by storm in the past 5 years. If by some chance you haven’t heard of them, the concept is that you get to sample a variety of beauty products that are delivered right to your door for a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee.

There’s a sample program for everyone. From big name cosmetic companies to natural products, hair products, curl products, products for men….you get the point. I was a subscriber to one of the more popular ones, but at the end of the day, not only do I have a backlog of products that have being sent to me to review, but I also buy so many products, I get samples all the time—ones that I get to choose (you should see the raised eyebrows from the girls at Sephora ringing me up when they inform me I have over 1400 points Sephora points—and yes I’m hoarding them). I ended up only being interested in maybe one or two of the products sent and half the time didn’t even get to try them.

But the concept behind From The Lab intrigued me. A sample program that actually lets you try products before they are even put on the shelves. Come again? These products are coming straight from the lab before companies get their hands on them. And they only sample luxury products based on high quality ingredients.

Take their March box for example. I got to try Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724. It’s a full size sample that comes in a basic bottle with a no thrills label. Inside the box also contains a pamphlet that describes the products ingredients, how to use it, and what the predicted retail value is. The Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724 is a cleansing oil shampoo. Free of sulfates, the cleanser uses a “patented raspberry stem cell technology” and contains castor seed oil, sweet almond oil and berry flux vita all with the promises of soft, shiny hair. The company says it should retail for around $60 once it hits the shelves.

Hair Cleanser No.724, From the Lab Beauty Box

If you really like the product, you can purchase it from the website until the product is sold to a big cosmetic company at a discounted price. No marketing or fancy packaging equals no fancy price.

Pretty cool, right? Not only are you trying new beauty products before anyone else,  you’re paying a fraction of the price for luxury beauty. It’s a definite for the adventurous beauty junkie that likes a good deal.

Subscriptions start at $29.99/month. Request an invitation here

Full Disclosure: Some of the products in this post were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. For more information on my disclosure policy, please see my disclaimer page

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Shoe In

How do you dress for success? Do you dress for the job you want or the job you have? Are your shoes made for walking or climbing the ladder of success? Well, you know upward mobility is always on the mind of an avid blogger. This week we take the plunge into Spring and Summer trends, but not in the way of dressing down but more buttoning up. Does that mean we have work on the mind? Maybe. You’ll just have to see for yourself.

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Self Split End Cutter Seeks Help in L’Oreal’s Total Repair 5 Shampoo and Conditioner



I don’t know when my obsession with split ends began. I think I can trace it back to about 6 months ago. The longer my hair got, the more noticeable they became. It’s probably a normal amount —nothing that would cause alarm. I get my hair trimmed every 8 weeks and the amount of heat I put on my hair is minimal.

But every time I see a split end I have to cut it. The red scissors at my office desk have doubled as hair cutting shears. And my officemate now stares at me with a look of  both confusion and curiosity as she says “Are you cutting your hair again?”

My only saving grace is that I once read that Jennifer Aniston does the same thing.

So even though I’ve joined the sulfate free bandwagon, I was intrigued when I had the opportunity to try L’Oreal’s  new Total Repair 5 Shampoo and Conditioner. What’s the 5 stand for? It performs 5 repairing actions: rebuilds fibers, strength, vitality, silkiness and shine. Only sounds like it could benefit my hair, so I gave it a try.

L'Oreal Total Repair 5

Truth be told, I was initally nervous when I first started sudsing up. It’s been a long time since I had the “squeaky” clean feeling so all I could envision was a frizzy, dry mess.  But after applying the conditioner, my fears subsided as the conditioner instantly seemed to penetrtate and smooth out my hair.

After applying my usual hair serum ( L’Oreal Kerastase Oleo Relax Hair Serum),  I began blow drying my hair and noticed how soft and super shiny it was. It was a nice change to not see so many frayed ends after styling my hair. So far so good…I may have to incorporate this in my usual routine every once in awhile!

Needless to say, I’m a happy camper this week. My hair looks great and my red scissors have gotten a much deserved break.

Now if only I could stop opening paper clips to scrap underneath my nails…..



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