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May 4, 2016

Dine Out : Egg Shop

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New York City is full of restaurants that specialize in one thing. You can probably guess from the name Egg Shop, that their menu concept revolves around eggs. Egg Shop serves only organic and locally sourced eggs and this casual eatery is open for lunch and dinner as well as breakfast but whenever you go, prepare for a possible wait. For the record, we got there at noon on a Monday and were immediately seated. The space while bright, cute and airy, is not all that big. Blonde wood furniture with mint accents and chalkboards make up the decor and there is an open kitchen as well as seating at the bar/ counter. Their lunch menu consists of sandwiches, bowls called cruisers and a number of custom egg and cheese combinations. Hubster got a sandwich called The Beast which has pulled pork carnitas, a sunny side up egg, fresh cilantro, pickled onion, chipotle bourbon ketchup on french bread. I opted for the Spandex which consists of miso quinoa, farm greens, avocado, and pickled carrot, topped with a a poached egg. Yes it was healthy but it was also really tasty as was the sandwich which had a really nice mix of flavors. Of course the eggs were perfectly prepared in both. We also ordered a side of hashbrowns which were crispy and flavorful. And they make a nice matcha latte. Egg Shop gets a thumbs up for fresh and delicious food and our service was pretty good considering it was crazy busy there. I don't think it's a place that's worth waiting in line for and I probably wouldn't but it is worth a return visit.

Are you a fan of eggs? What's your favorite way to have them? Mine is poached!

Egg Shop
151 Elizabeth Street (Broome & Kenmare)

May 2, 2016

Recent Additions To My Closet

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I talked about this before but I've really cut back on my clothing shopping since a major closet cleanout last year. I still add new pieces but I try to be deliberate with quality pieces and styles that I can still wear years from now. The last time I added to my wardrobe, it was a few classic black items but I have spring on my mind with these recent additions.

J. Crew Caspian Plaid Boy Shirt 
This is the first plaid shirt I've owned since college. Back then I had one that I got while interning at Ralph Lauren that I wore until it was practically threadbare. I like that this is a pastel plaid. J. Crew boy fit shirts run huge. I had to go down two sizes for a fitted look. 

J. Crew Billie Demi Boot Crop Jean
A fun new silhouette with a higher waist and a little kick flare. These jeans are so flattering and comfortable and I've been wearing them a lot lately. Runs true to size.

J. Crew Pleated Midi Skirt
I got the striped version of this skirt last year which I wore it all the time. I think this navy polka skirt will be just as classic and versatile. I love the midi length and it has pockets! This skirt is generously sized so I went down one size.

Veja Esplar Sneakers
I was considering getting a pair of Adidas Stan Smith sneakers until I spotted these silver kicks and fell in love. And I love them even more in person. These sneakers not only look super cool but they're eco-friendly as well. They're going to look so cute with skirts and dresses as well as with more casual looks! These only come in whole sizes and run large.

What do you think of my new additions? Have you bought any clothing/accessories recently?

April 29, 2016

Eye Candy : Song Joong Ki for Harper's Bazaar

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Harper's Bazaar spends a day with Song Joong Ki as he hangs out in and around Hong Kong's swanky Peninsula Hotel. The magazine's May 2016 cover star is clad in a boldly emblazoned Louis Vuitton shirt and wears other pieces from the label's Spring/Summer 2016 collection throughout this very extensive editorial. The charismatic 31 year old actor who won the hearts of many the world over for his portrayal of Yoo Shi Ji in Descendants of the Sun might just be the most popular celebrity in Asia right now (Song Joong Ki syndrome is a thing!)  but he still remains ever so down to earth. When questioned recently about his status as a Hallyu star (Hallyu is a term meaning “Korean Wave” that refers to the outflow of Korean culture to other countries), Joong Ki humbly replied that he can't get used to the idea of being a Hallyu star, crediting it to the overwhelming success of DOTS. Instead he pointed to his Descendants of the Sun leading lady Song Hye Kyo and his best friend Lee Kwang Soo of Running Man fame as true Hallyu stars. It's nice that he's not letting this fame get to his head and choosing to focus on continuing to work hard and challenge himself as an actor. This photoshoot took place a few days after Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo's HK ViuTV press conference. The bird emblazoned fashions are pretty ugly but the more classic and graphic looks he is wearing are nice especially the maroon sweater with the blue arrows. Joong Ki is back to his signature flower boy image here. Personally I thought his Yoo Shi Jin look was hotter but he's mighty fine nonetheless and his hair looks phenomenal. The credit for that has to go his new stylist Lee Hye Young who is coincidentally Song Hye Kyo's longtime personal hairstylist. It's interesting how these two now share a hairstylist as well as the same circle of friends. Yes I still believe that SongSong are dating especially since neither none of them have actually outright denied it. Anyway let's enjoy Joong Ki's magnificent hair while we can since he will be shaving his head for his role as a freedom fighter in Battleship Island which begins filming in July. In the meantime he's fast becoming the CF king of Asia as it seems like he is signing a new endorsement deal every day lately. Check out Joong Ki in this Harper's Bazaar editorial from 2013 where he was featured alongside Won Bin and Jo In Sung who happen to be two of the actors who turned down Descendants of the Sun before he was cast. While they both have an edge in terms of looks and height, I can't imagine anyone else but Song Joong Ki as Yoo Shi Jin!

Harper's Bazaar Korea May 2016 // Photographer: Kim Jae Hoon // Editor: An Dong Seon
Stylist: Choi Moon Sun // Hair: Lee Hye Young // Makeup: Kim Ji Hyun

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April 27, 2016

When Masks For All Your Skin Needs

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I'm not someone who has an addictive personality but I might just have a slight addiction to sheet masks. I've been using them on and off for a number of years but lately sheet masking has become more of a frequent step.I prefer them to wash off type facial masks because you can skip the washing afterwards. I follow a multi-step Asian skincare routine and usually apply sheet masks 4 - 5 times a week. The positive results on my skin encourage me to keep it up because better skin equals less makeup. I use a variety of sheet masks and definitely have some favorites which are mostly from Korean brands with specific functions and natural and nourishing ingredients. I'm also attracted to unusual ingredients like snail mucin, propolis and horse oil. When Masks had caught my eye at Sephora so I was thrilled when I had opportunity to try them out.

About the Brand:  J.C People is the Korean based company behind the When brand. When Masks were launched in July 2011 as premium face masks using advanced bio-cellulose technology for superior adhesion and hydrating effects. The company maintains a philosophy that "Beauty is skin deep." and their mission is to develop and deliver sustainable, high value, effective and reliable products with innovative functions and creative design. 

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Product Claims: When Masks are made with an all-natural bio-cellulose sheet from coconuts. The bio-cellulose is super lightweight and gentle enough that it can be used to treat burn patients. The bio-cellulose sheet can also hold 100 times it's weight of essence which is 10x more than fabric or paper mask sheets. The bio-cellulose sheet delivers essence to skin with minimum wastage by maintaining exceptional dermal contact. When Masks are vegan and gluten-free and formulated without any parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

April 25, 2016

PCA Skin Ideal Complex Revitalizing Eye Gel

I've reviewed a number of eye creams and eye treatments on here and most of you have probably heard me lament about how dark circles are my primary issue. I'm always seeking out products that specifically target them but I don't want to forget about other concerns like wrinkles fine lines, puffiness and sagging. PCA Skin Ideal Complex Revitalizing Eye Gel is a product that has been specifically formulated to treat multiple eye concerns so I had to try it.

About the Brand: The PCA SKIN brand was founded in 1990 by an aesthetician and developed by a dermatologist. PCA SKIN  has been and continues to be a trusted innovator in the development of highly effective professional treatments and daily care products. PCA SKIN products are scientifically developed and carefully formulated to improve the health and appearance of skin using  the best combinations of innovative ingredients to produce safe, highly effective products that deliver on their promises. PCA SKIN products are cruelty-free and free of potential irritants like synthetic dyes and fragrances.

Product Claims: This cutting-edge eye gel strengthens, firms and lifts the skin around the entire eye area with a unique formulation that utilizes the latest science, combining proven ingredients that can be applied directly to all areas around the eye, including the eyelid, to treat all the common concerns of the aging eye area and achieve dramatic results rapidly. It's light gel texture is suitable for all skin types.

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