Tusks and Tails

Style, Travel, + Lifestyle



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pantene. All opinions are 100% mine.

Women have more days where they don't wash their hair than when they do. Having longer thick curly hair I have always only washed my hair 1-2 times a week.  Trust me it's a process haha, then after 2 days of clean hair I usually just wear my hair in a bun until its washed again.  A recent study showed that 71% of women cannot keep great hair days in between washes, can you relate?  I am so excited to have found the new Pantene Waterless Collection. It has helped me style my hair as if it was right after a fresh wash. Now we all can officially #BanTheBun! 



When banning my bun I start by using the Pantene Never Tell Dry Shampoo Spray.  It's filled with Pro-Vitamin B5 and wild mint, it's also paraben-free and sulfate-free !  The mint gives your hair a fresh start with tapioca that absorbs excess oil as you apply to your scalp and roots.  I apply it all over my scalp and rub it in with my fingers then proceed to brush through the rest of my hair.  I then move onto using the Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist!  I've never used a dry conditioner before but now I'm obsessed.  The conditioner mist helps with detangling, frizzy hair and controlling fly aways.  To use, you simply spray at the ends of your hair and brush out.  This product is also paraben and sulfate free.  Plus, it's made with Pro-Vitamin B5, Omega-9, aloe and jojoba oil, leaving your hair nourished for a full 24 hours! 



Lastly, I want to talk about the Pantene Curl Affair Curl Reshaping cream. If your hair is curly that tends to frizz easily, this product is perfect for you. Trust me a little bit goes along way. This is pumped with anti-frizz hydration that works to block humidity, keeps your curls smooth all day and defines curls with no crunch. Another nice thing is you can use this product multiple days in a row between washing! I twist or scrunch it into my dry hair for a more polished look, you can even use this to apply to damp/wet hair!


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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pantene. All opinions are 100% mine.


Even if you can't travel far, a little weekend away to have a change of scenery is perfect to recharge.  Located about an hour outside of Philly in Galloway, NJ is The Seaview Hotel! If you don't know where Galloway is, don't worry, I didn't either. Turns out that it's right up the street from Atlantic City, but much quieter! When you enter inside the newly renovated hotel, you're greeted by a stylish lobby decorated with tufted sofas, a marble bar, and a roaring fireplace.  We arrived on a Friday night after work and were ushered into our suite (which was bigger than our apartment haha) with champagne, chocolates and treats for Buddy! 



After we got Buddy settled in, we kicked off our stay at one of the hotel restaurants, Coastal Grille.  Josh and I both ordered the clam chowder along with some items to share. Don't sleep on that soup, it was excellent! The Seaview Salad was amazing. It's filled with scallops, grilled shrimp, avocado, hard-boiled egg, crispy bacon, blue cheese and a lemon vinaigrette.  One thing Coastal Grille is known for is their "Monday Night Special." This includes their famous burger and fries, paired with a shot of White Cap Whiskey from Little Water Distillery and a cold Double IPA from Hidden Sands Beer! This is available every Monday night from 5-10pm. 


Saturday morning we woke up and took Buddy on a long walk around the premises.  The Seaview Hotel is massive and has a golf course on site along with a walking trail. Buddy loved being out of the city and roaming through nature.  After our walk, we returned to our room for breakfast in bed room service! We had fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruit juice, champagne, eggs, bacon and chocolate chip pancakes. Buddy had some bacon too and was in heaven! As I mentioned earlier, our room was bigger than our apartment, for real. If you watch the Seaview highlight on my Instagram, I have a room tour you can check out! When you walk in, there was a foyer with a coat closet and a long hallway to the right. That's where there was a wet bar and a powder room.  At both ends of the hallway there were double doors leading into another room.  Inside of there was an enormous living space to hang out in with a wall-mounted flatscreen TV.  It also served as a dining area and had a desk for workspace.  The bedroom was its own vibe with bay windows and a table and chairs set up.  I sipped my morning coffee there looking out to the water in the distance.  Our bedroom had a HUGE bathroom with a walk-in closet and dressing area as well as a marble shower and separate tub. 



After eating breakfast and hanging out with Buddy for a bit, we went to check out the indoor pool.  It was heated and we had the entire place to ourselves!  With the indoor pool being so nice, I want to come back in the summer and use the outdoor pool.  Later on, we drove over to the beach for sunset since the hotel is only about a 10 minute drive to the coast.  It was FREEZING out, but so worth it!  I feel so relaxed and at peace when I'm on the beach or near water, anyone else? 



On the way back to the hotel from the beach we got a fun surprise.  Our friends from New Jersey were watching my Instagram Stories during our stay and thought the hotel looked so cute that they booked a room for themselves! Even the 1 bedroom standard guest rooms were so charming! We all met in the lobby for dinner and drinks to end the night. 


Sunday mornings at The Seaview Hotel is the place to be.  They put on a lavish champagne brunch that was voted among the "100 Best Brunch Spots in America" by OpenTable.  The spread was filled with salads, fruits, seafood, a carving station, an omelette station, along with a waffle station. They also had a dessert section to satisfy your sweet tooth.  You could say we lived like royalty during our stay!  Overall our experience at Seaview Hotel was exceptional. I really can't say enough good things!  Everybody who worked at The Seaview was by far the nicest hotel staff I've ever met and were so welcoming to Buddy.  I would recommend anyone who wants a weekend getaway or is planning a trip to the beach to stay here. I know we will be back with Buddy during the summer to enjoy The Seaview in the warmer months!  



I always enjoy trying a new cocktail!  I wanted to share a fun new recipe that I have been enjoying lately.  Thought this drink could be perfect for the Galentines / Valentines weekend ahead!


APHRODITE'S JUJU

+ 4oz Universal Spirit Vodka
+ 1 tsp coriander seeds
+ 1 tsp dried spearmint
+ 1 tsp dried orange peel
+ 1 tbsp dried rose petals
+ 4 oz water 

Add The Universal Spirit and all dried herbs into a airtight jar with lid and store in a dark cool place for a week.  (I tried this for 48 hours and still tasted great.)  After a week dilute a drop of your mixture with a drop of water, if the taste is to your liking, proceed to strain.  If not, reseal and continue to steep and continue to taste daily. 

Once to your liking, strain the mixture through a small colander lined with cheesecloth, or a clean tea towel into a clean container.  Press on the soaked herbs to extract as much liquid as possible.  Dilute the liquid with equal parts water and transfer to dropper bottle.  To use the mixture, place 5 to 10 drops into 8 oz of water, tea, or any drink of your choice! Enjoy! 


Aside from the drink shared above, this book has over 100 cool recipes inside. They even have a special drink for each zodiac sign, which I personally love!

Universal Spirit Vodka and Infused Spirits book available at Art In The Age!
Art In The Age also has a tasting room and bottle shop at:
116 North 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106


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When it comes to traveling, you could say we travel for food. I love to experience new foods and different cultures. I will seriously eat anything or at least try it once! I usually do lots of food research before traveling and make a list of places to go. So for Amsterdam I wanted to share the places we enjoyed the most on our trip! 





Bam BoaBam Boa is not right in the city central area but worth the trip. We rode bikes along the Amstel canal to get there. One of the main reasons we went was because a girl I follow on Instagram is the owner of Bam Boa. Besides the food and drinks being delicious, the inside is so Instagramable. By the way, the food was great for any meal of the day.


 

Blue AmsterdamWant to eat with a view? You need to go to Blue Amsterdam! I would recommend this place more for lunch or even coffee / breakfast. The restaurant is located at the top of a shopping area with an entire 360 view of the city. They even have binoculars on the tables for you to look out while eating! Both our sandwiches were SO good and the drinks were unique, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. 




Mama Kelly I kept seeing this place all over instagram before our trip! I recommend making a reservation here because it can fill up quick. It’s become a very popular spot for tourists especially based on its location. The atmosphere inside is absolutely amazing with everything being pink. It’s more of an experience to go to the restaurant vs being known for the food in my opinion. The food was good, don’t get me wrong, but not mind blowing to us. The vibe, however, is just so cool. Josh and I both got such delicious drinks and some food to share. 


The restaurants mentioned above are more of a sit down eating style.  Next I'm going to share more of the "street food" places we really enjoyed and some things that you must try in Amsterdam!



Van Wonderen Amsterdam is known for their stroopwafel and Van Wonderen is the place to get them! There are multiple locations throughout the city and they make them fresh right in front of you. If you know me, I am not a sweets person but, I could eat these all day. If you don’t know what a stroopwafel is, they’re two thin wafer cookies with melted caramel inside. At Van Wonderen you can choose any type of toppings to go on top as well. That includes nuts, chocolate, Oreos, and even marshmallows along with many others! 



The Happy PigThis place is unreal! They serve rolled pancakes, almost like crepes. Josh and I got a savory and a sweet one to be able to share and enjoy both kinds. I ordered smoked gouda cheese with bacon and Josh got fresh strawberries. He asked for half to have melted chocolate and the other half to be drizzled with honey. Best of both worlds! We walked over to a canal and sat along the water to eat them which was very enjoyable because there’s very little room to sit inside!




Kibbeling & HerringThese fishes might be the most known “street food” or “snack” in the city. They have stands all over the city just like the hot pretzel stands here. We rode our bikes to the trendy neighborhood of De Pijp to try them at an outdoor market called Albert Cuyp MarketKibbeling is fried salt cod chunks that comes with tons of dipping sauces on the side. Herring is served raw with diced raw onions and sliced gherkins on top. We definitely loved Kibbeling more, but try both to get the full experience of Dutch culture!

Croquettes / BitterballenYou can find these anywhere and everywhere in Amsterdam. So f*cking good! I ate way too many on our trip, haha! You can even find them in vending type machines off the street. You put 1 euro in the machine and it opens up and pops out a hot croquette. A lot of these quick-mart type of places also serve up hamburgers which seemed to be quite popular in Amsterdam too! 

French FriesAnother dish you can find on every street corner. French fries are a true weakness of mine. Of course, I was eating them left and right with the “mayo.” The dutch mayo does not taste anything like the one here in the US. It has a more garlicky foundation. I need to figure out where I can buy their kind in bulk! There are Fry stands all over and they come packed in a paper cone full of fries. You’re supposed to able to eat them on the go while walking! Most of the places we came across have tons of unique sauces to add on the side for dipping as well.

Kapsalon We were recommended by serval people to eat Kapsalon. It’s not fancy, but it’s so damn good! Considered a fast food dish in Amsterdam, Kapsalon is a layer of french fries served in a dish topped with shawarma meat and gouda cheese, all melted in an oven. Yum! Once that is heated up it gets topped with a “salad” which is made up of lettuce, cucumber, tomato, and onion. Lastly, it’s dressed with a healthy bit of garlic chili sauce.

Food HallenThis is like a food hall market, with a wide variety of different cuisines. They even offer venders with gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Josh and I got a few things from different spots to be able to try a little bit of everything. We got Dumplings, Spanish tapas, Bitterballen, Sausage sandwich with bacon and mustard, and a variety of cheeses on little baguettes!

Lastly I wanted to mention the Coffee Shops, which I figured was appropriate to add into the food category hahah! A coffee shop in Amsterdam is not what a coffee shop is in the U.S. Over there, coffee shops are where you can buy cannabis or hash. Of course we went to a few… you have to if you’re visiting! The cutest one that I would highly recommend (if you’re into it) is Boerejongens Coffeeshop, go to the one at Utrechtsestraat 21, 1017 VH, Amsterdam.  The inside is all gold and marble and the workers are dressed up fancy!


Click here for my Amsterdam Travel Guide!







I have always been into wearing black on black, although it doesn't really seem festive around the holidays.  I found the perfect way to give it that extra step, pair it with a red lip!  So simple but a red lip will make anything seem for Holiday chic.  Here I wore a sheer ruffle blouse from FemmeLuxe which I have been obsessed with and paid it with a high waited trousers. Perfect for work, night out or even a holiday party! 


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