Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

I scream you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  | Howard Johnson 

 Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream located in the east village of NYC. Photo taken by my photographer at jwallacedesigns.com. 

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream located in the east village of NYC. Photo taken by my photographer at jwallacedesigns.com. 

These were the words that came across my mind as I made my way to the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Shop located in east village in New York City. For the past 2-3 years I've heard a lot of good press from people concerning Van Leeuwen, and had been eager to try their ice cream-- specifically, the salted caramel flavor! 

 Van Leeuwen's attention grabbing chairs.  

Van Leeuwen's attention grabbing chairs.  

As I walked into the ice cream shop, the yellow stools instantly grabbed my attention. I love how the simple pop of yellow brightened up the place. Anything yellow makes me instantly happy(as well does ice cream)!

 Inside details at the counter, Van Leeuwen east village.

Inside details at the counter, Van Leeuwen east village.

Van Leeweun Artisan Ice Cream shop first debuted the streets of NYC in the spring of 2008, and has since branched out to several locations within the city and Brooklyn, and even a location on the west coast in California!  

Van Leeuwen is well known within the vegan community for their vegan ice cream made from cashew & coconut milk, organic sugar cane, and other all natural ingredients. 

 For a detailed menu of flavors visit www.vanleeuwenicecream.com

For a detailed menu of flavors visit www.vanleeuwenicecream.com

VL also has classic ice cream flavors that are made with milk, cream, cane sugar and egg yolks, for non-vegans. I located this information from their website.

 Vegan pistachio and classic salted caramel ice cream flavors. 

Vegan pistachio and classic salted caramel ice cream flavors. 

With traditional ice cream flavors and vegan flavors to choose from, I decided that I would get a scoop of each to differentiate between the two. I did however have a taste test of two flavors: vegan pistachio and classic salted caramel. 

 I was excited to try my choices of ice cream flavors!  

I was excited to try my choices of ice cream flavors!  

The differential between vegan and traditional ice cream(to me) is that the vegan ice cream seemed to have a more creamier texture to it. The classic ice cream overall taste better to me, but it could possibly depend upon the flavor of ice cream of your choice. Although there is a slight noticable difference in taste and texture, I would totally purchase the vegan ice cream again. It's really good too! 

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 Photo taken by jwallacedesigns.com  

Photo taken by jwallacedesigns.com  

The devouring begins!  

 The salted caramel ice cream is a winner! 

The salted caramel ice cream is a winner! 

My face after having my first full spoon of the salted caramel ice cream! Oh my was it good! I liked the pistachio nut ice cream, but I could have totally had three scoops Of the salted caramel. We'll discuss calories at another time lol. 

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Let's not forget the vintage looking wallpaper. It's definitely capture worthy! The east village location definitely has a vintage ice cream shop feel to it. 

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 salted caramel & pistachio Ice cream. 

salted caramel & pistachio Ice cream. 

I hope you've enjoyed this post! If you're in NYC or looking to visit, please visit vanleeuwenicecream.com for a location near you!  

xo, 

bridge  

I'm Anthropologie, The Story of Fall

 Anthropologie, Montclair, New Jersey  

Anthropologie, Montclair, New Jersey  

The Story of Fall is what is debuted on this month's Anthropologie Fall 2015 catalog. Over the weekend I wanted to do some light shopping and was eager to go and visit Anthropologie. I recently visited the Montclair, New Jersey location, and it's something about this particular location that keeps me in the store for hours. 

 

 Anthropologie cosmetics.  

Anthropologie cosmetics.  

Last year I discovered that Anthropologie carried hand creams & beauty products, so of course it became somewhat easy(not really) to walk straight past all of the amazing articles of clothing and head straight to some of these beauties pictured above. As I came closer to the products and placed my hands on them, what became instantly mesmerizing were all the BEAUTIFUL packaging and attention to detail on the perfume bottles and hand creams. There was not one item that spoke too loud or overpowered another product in color or detail. Each item carefully compliments its counterpart. 

 

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I had so much fun smelling and playing in Anthropologie's hand creams! They all smelled so good and it became rather difficult to choose just one considering I had a $100 budget for beauty products. I wanted everything! 

 

 TOCCA Brand  

TOCCA Brand  

Although Anthropologie carries their own line of fragrances, hand creams and candles, they also carry the Tocca brand in their brick & mortar locations. The brand definitely compliments Anthropologie well. 

 Upstairs, Anthropologie.  

Upstairs, Anthropologie.  

Next, I made my way upstairs and it became increasingly more difficult to not pick up any clothing! But what caught my attention however were the home & kitchen items upstairs. As I get older, I realize how it important it is to enjoy the space that you live in, and decorate with what you feel will give your home character and personality. 

 Anthropologie Glasswares  

Anthropologie Glasswares  

Aren't those purple plates beautiful?!  

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Lovely, eh?  

 

 Anthropologie Bedding

Anthropologie Bedding

Next up, bedding. Ok. I never have a desire to lay on Anthropologie's queen size bed, says no one ever!  

 All photos were taken from my iPhone 5s.  

All photos were taken from my iPhone 5s.  

Up close and personal details of Anthropologie's comfy pillows...  

 

 Photo taken from above the second floor of Anthropologie, Montclair. 

Photo taken from above the second floor of Anthropologie, Montclair. 

Needless to say, I eventually had to make my way back downstairs. I totally got lost in time and playing in product that I forgot the guest that I had waiting on me downstairs. Oh boy!  

Products purchased during my Anthropologie visit:  

Tonka Noir, hand cream $20 (beautiful soft smelling hand cream with notes of jasmine & vanilla) 

Lollia, Fragrance $48 (my absolute favorite purchase. Notes of jasmine, vanilla bean and Tahiti are infused) 

 Tonka Noir packaging. Beautiful! 

Tonka Noir packaging. Beautiful! 

If you have a few hours to spare throughout your week or off day, be sure to make your way to Anthropologie and get lost in time, and of course, their clothing and beauty products!  

xo, 

Bridge  

Pura Fruta

I often find myself increasing my grocery bill when I go to one of my favorite grocery stores, Whole foods. With so many healthy options and brands to discover, you can't help but purchase a new item that you've never had before.  

 Discovered in Whole Foods, Vauxhall, New Jersey. 

Discovered in Whole Foods, Vauxhall, New Jersey. 

One particular day as I was about to walk up to the register to check out, I came across this all natural vegan mango juice that looked really good. From the picture shown, the name of the brand is called Pura Fruta. I think if was the packaging that caught my attention! Being that I study brands quite often, I couldn't help but notice the clean aesthetic that the front of the label displayed along with the size and shape of the bottle. Although the the price is steep at $5 a bottle this all natural mango juice is very, very good! This mango juice was SO pure! I've been a fan of Naked Juice for quite some time, but tasting Pura Fruta's pure mango juice has given me reason to believe that there are a few "extra" ingredients in Naked Juice. 

If you are skeptical of my word, try Pura Fruta for yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed!