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My Tna BANCROFT RELAXED PARKA Review

My Tna BANCROFT RELAXED PARKA Review




In this post, I'll be reviewing the Tna BANCROFT RELAXED PARKA coat.  I finally decided to transition in getting a goose down coat since New York City weather can get extremely and brutally cold during the wintertime.  I decided to buy my goose down coat at Aritizia because I heard from my friend that the coats are pretty durable for wintertime.  I went to the store and tried a few on.  I tried the Tna BANCROFT PARKA, but I personally didn't like how the waist section cinch in by making it pretty tight on me. I feel that the Tna BANCROFT PARKA runs a bit on the smaller size.  Typically I wear a size Small but when I was trying on the regular Tna BANCROFT PARKA I had to get a medium.  I then tried the Relaxed fit and it was more comfortable than the Tna BANCROFT PARKA, it was certainly a more relaxed fit for me and the size does run bigger.  I first tried on a large because that is what they had left on the rack and it was overly super big for me.  The sales rep recommend me to try a size small, so she checked in the backroom to get me a size small.  I really like how the relaxed fit; fits on me. The Relaxed fit, certainly feel more relaxed and it wasn't tight on my waist and I can move around more without being to restricted.  Personally, if you want to invest a goosedown jacket from Aritizia I highly recommend that you try on at the store.  After trying it on, I decided to purchase because during Thanksgiving Black Friday sales can get hectic and certainly I'm not sure if this coat will ever go on sale since it's a newer style.  This coat was an early Christmas present for me.

Coat Description:

Engineered to deliver warmth to -30°C / -22°F

This parka contains 100% responsibly sourced goose down. This is the relaxed-fit version of the Bancroft Parka. It's a hooded, down-filled parka with large patch pockets and a shock-cord cincher at the waist. It's loaded with technical features and made with water- and windproof fabric.
Features
  • 100% responsibly sourced — certified to the Responsible Down Standard
  • Engineered to deliver warmth to -30°C / -22°F
  • 700+ fill power goose down
  • Two-way zipper
  • Magnetic closures
  • Removable faux-fur trim
  • Wire in the hood allows it to be shaped
  • Storm flaps for extra warmth
  • Shoulder straps for easy portability
  • Lined pockets for extra coziness
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • We developed our warmth ratings to help you choose the right parka for your climate, activities, and needs. Because everyone feels temperature differently, they are intended as guidelines only.
Materials & Care
  • Content: Shell: 85% polyester, 15% cotton; Lining: 100% polyester; Cuff: 80% merino wool, 20% nylon; Detachable faux fur trim: 50% acrylic, 41% modacrylic, 9% polyester; Faux fur trim: 100% polyester; Filling: 80% goose down, 20% goose feathers
  • Care: Machine wash
  • Imported

Test Drive Conclusion:
So I tested drive it recently and wore this on a 30-degree windy day weather in NYC.  I only wore one long sleeve and that was it.  Very durable, keeping me warm at all times going through the wind, which was also windproof as well.  The coat kept me insulated at all times.  This coat felt like a sleeping bag keeping me warm throughout the day.  The pros of this goose down jacket it has the durability of keeping me warm at all times and it is also waterproof if it rains.  The cons of this goose down are that it's heavy and the zipper is hard to zip up at times.

I hope this review helps you in some ways if you ever want to invest in a goose down jacket at Aritzia.
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Summer Recaps

Summer Recaps



The summer days certainly went by quickly. I hope you all had a great summer. I certainly had a good summer, this summer I had the opportunity to travel a bit.  My vacation recaps were going to Mexico for a wedding and then to New Orleans.  I had to opportunity to finally try their Gumbo and Jambalaya in New Orleans for the first time. To be candid a lot of the food in New Orleans are very salty.  I'm not an enthusiast when consuming salty foods; the saltiness of the food was very unsettling to my stomach.  Besides devouring so much food, I made my way to visited the French Quarter.  Upon arriving at the French Quarter there were many historic and exquisite French buildings. The streets were so lively at every corner. In one narrow street, I made my way to an artist alley and took a picture of this amazing painting.  New Orleans reminds me of a piece of Paris, but with a twist of modern jazz. Also my last highlight, I would like to recommend that you should try their Beignets at Cafe Du Monde.  Hope you all had an eventful summer as well and thanks for reading.








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Mommy Vacay was Therapeutic

Mommy Vacay was Therapeutic



I got the opportunity to go on a mommy vacay for 2 days and it was certainly therapeutic for me. I took the opportunity to go to my cousin's wedding on my own and just to relax.   I didn't have to worry about the kids or supervise them at all times.  I could enjoy relaxing on the beach all day or catch up on my sleep.  It was rejuvenating and I enjoy this idea so much that I wish I could do this every year.  I didn't feel guilty at all and reassure myself that I needed a moment to myself to relax. I enjoyed every moment of it while I was there. I could mingle and chat without being interrupted by my kids.  

I stayed at Hotel Xcaret Resort, it's an all-inclusive resort, it was a nice relaxing resort and in the future, I'm considering to do this more so the kids can enjoy their water swimming activities. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to explore more, there were more things to do like visiting the ruins or ziplining.  Here are some pictures of the resort and I hope you have a fantastic summer.






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Ganjang-gejang 간장게장

Ganjang-gejang 간장게장




There are times I enjoy eating out, but it’s even more comforting to cook at home because it’s more relaxing when I’m in my pjs. Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of YouTuber eating this Korean dish called Ganjang-gejang 간장게장, it’s raw crabs 🦀 and it got me tempted to try this out. I’m not so sure where to get this dish in K-Town NYC, even so, if I find a place I’m positively sure it will overcharge me. So instead I got myself a half dozen blue carbs and simply follow the cooking instructions that maangchi provided.  I always think that making a crab dish was a very difficult process, however, cleaning processing was fairly simple and the sauce wasn’t a very long process to make. This dish is perfect during a hot summer day and it goes well with rice.  I’m so glad that I tried making this dish and what a great way to save money.  Have you tried this? If you haven't you should it taste very delicious and Happy eating!

Ganjang-gejang 

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds live blue crabs (6 or 7 crabs) (or live flower crabs)
  • 1 apple, sliced thinly
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, chopped
  • 2-3 green chili peppers, chopped
  • 3-4 small dried red chili peppers
  • 5 inch x 8 inch dried kelp
  • 2½ cups soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice syrup
  • 6 cups water

Garnish


Serve with rice.

Directions

  1. Freeze crabs for 2 hours to put them to sleep.
  2. Create marinade by combining soy sauce, water, dried chili pepper, ginger, apple, dried kelp, onion, garlic, and rice syrup in a heavy pot. Cover and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat for 20 minutes, until boiling.
  3. Turn down the heat to low and keep boiling the marinade for another hour.
  4. Let the marinade cool down a little bit, strain it, and then let it cool down thoroughly. Set aside.
  5. Take the crabs out of the freezer. Grab one crab and put on the cutting board belly up. Remove the apron (the piece folded around under the body), by lifting it and twisting it off. Turn it over. Grab the shell with one hand and split it open with your other hand. Remove the gills with a knife or your fingers. Cut off any stringy stuff (eyes & antennae) from the edge of the shell with scissors. Clean all the crabs this way, and keep track of which shell goes with which body.
  6. Brush the crabs in cold running water to clean them thoroughly. But be sure not to wash away the tomalley (aka “mustard”). Drain and put each shell back on the body it belongs to so that it looks a whole crab.
  7. Put the crab into a wide mouth glass jar or container, belly up. Pour the marinade into the jar and press the crabs down with something heavy like a rock, so they remain submerged. Refrigerate for 24 hours.

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LIVELY BRAS

LIVELY BRAS



This year I've been invited to two weddings and finding a dress is hard.  I searched high and low for the perfect dress.  The event will be held by the beach and the attire is that we can dress casual.  So I've been looking for something flowy and light to wear for the wedding day. There were some flowy chiffon maxi dresses that I was interested in trying at Macy's.  I tried them on and only realized it doesn't work for me because I'm too short and it was just overwhelming wearing it around at the event. So instead I looked around what I have at home that can work for me.  I have this short navy strap floral chiffon dress in my closet and tired on and only to realized that my bra strap was showing.   Only till I realized it's time to invest in some new bras.

Never had I been so excited to shop for bras. I always think it's torture for shopping for bras until I passed by this bra shop called LIVELY in Soho NYC.  Tried on a few bras of bras and was instantly satisfied with my purchase.  It was comfortable and the styles were pretty and practical.  It's always best to try on bras at the store, so you can get a general feel of the product.  I tried a few bras and some just didn't work for me and with a big bust I need full coverage.  The store has a deal if you buy 2 bras it will be $60 dollars and with 3 bras purchase, it will cost $80.  Here's a code that I would like to share $10 off on your first purchase: https://prz.io/6zO2Ezi1
or use this following code: AMB-eatwithcyn


Here are some tips on what not to wear or show on a wedding day:
  • Do not reveal your undergarment, invest in a nice strapless bra. If you are going to wear a strap spaghetti dress. 
  • Do not wear a white dress for the wedding day, it being disrespectful to the bride. Instead, you can wear white with floral prints. 
  • Do not outdress the bride, save it for another time. 
  • Lastly, do not wear your own wedding dress for the event.  I do not know who would do this but I'm sure there are people stupid enough to do that. 

  • LIVELY STORE
  • 242 Lafayette Street, 
  • New York, NY, 10012
  • (646) 669-7600


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