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Dine Out : Momoya

June 21, 2017
Momoya Review, Momoya New York, Momoya Chelsea

Some restaurants just feel have the feel of a favorite neighborhood spot and Momoya is one of them. The window lined corner space has a clean, modern decor with blond wood accented walls and dark wood tables and floors. The menu features classic Japanese dishes and sushi. I had heard good things about this restaurant before dining here but mostly I wanted to try their Crispy Rice Spicy Tuna, the signature roll with spicy tuna, shiitake, jalapeno atop a bed of crispy sushi rice. This is a specialty roll that I have a mild obsession with. I'm happy to report that it's excellent. Their sushi is fresh and the cooked food options we tried including vegetable tempura and unagi don were well executed and satisfying. The service was warm and attentive enough without being overbearing. The prices are reasonable and offer good value especially during lunch. It's no surprise that the restaurant was packed by the time we finished out meal. If I still lived in Chelsea, I could see myself dining at Momoya quite frequently.

Tip: Momoya does not take reservations so go early. They also have a branch on the Upper West Side.

185 Seventh Avenue
New York City
$$ - $$$

How to Brighten Your Skin With Skincare Products

June 19, 2017
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Regardless of your skin type, uneven skin tone is one of the most common skin issues that people will experience. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by hormonal fluctuations and/or prolonged exposure to the sun during the summer months. Hyperpigmentation is an excess of brown pigment called melanin that can present on the skin as age spots, liver spots, freckles, melasma and dark spots from UV damage. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs when blemishes such as acne turn into dark spots after they have healed.

Exfoliation is one way to achieve a brighter complexion and combat dullness since it increases cell turnover on the topmost layers of the skin. Exfoliation can be done physically with topical exfoliants (scrubs or facial cleansing tools/devices) and microdermabrasion treatments or chemically with products containing glycolic acid, lactic acid or AHA's. Another way is to use brightening products with ingredients that target pigment production. Notable ingredients that are proven to work include vitamin C, arbutin, kojic acid and hydroquinone. It is ideal to combine these methods since exfoliating also helps make the products applied onto the skin penetrate better and thus more more effective.

Food52 Mighty Salads Book Review

June 16, 2017
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"Does anybody need a recipe to make a salad? Of course not. But if you want your salad to hold strong in your lunch bag or carry the day as a one-bowl dinner, dressing on lettuce isn't going to cut it."

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know about my fondness for Sweetgreen and their salad/grain bowls. After the chain discontinued their Avocobbo which was my husband's favorite, I got the idea that I could make it at home. And from there, I just started making more salad and grain bowls for dinner. This plays well since we embrace being part-time vegetarians. They're ideal both from a healthy eating perspective, easy to make and customize and terrific when it's hot out and I don't necessarily want to cook as much but still want to eat well. I've been doing takes inspired from Sweetgreen as well as favorites like Ni├žoise Salad, to just throwing things together with whatever's in the fridge. It's worked out pretty well but of course I'm always looking to keep things fresh so I was really excited about this book from the editors of Food52 which is one of my go-to sites for recipes and inspiration.

Currently Coveting

June 14, 2017

I love wearing dresses because they're like a a one and done when it comes to putting together an outfit. They're also such an easy way to look put together when I'm going to an event or out for a date night. These are a few dresses that I currently have my eye on. They're all midi length natch. What are you coveting lately?

1. Apiece Apart Daphne Stripe Midi Dress
This is the type of summer dress I could live in and it's from one of my favorite brands.

2. Ulla Johnson Ariane Striped Cotton Gauze Maxi Dress
The pinafore inspired bodice and ruffled crossover straps really add a special touch.

3. Sea Mixed Print Silk Flutter Dress
The silhouette and pattern mixing really speak to me.

4. Mango Ruffled Midi Dress
The vibrant color and ruffles are a winning combination.

5. J. Crew Ruffle Eyelet Dress
I tried on this dress the last time I was in J. Crew and I ended up buying the skirt of the same fabric. I'm still thinking about the dress though.

6. Embroidered Fable Dress
I'm in love with everything about this floral embroidered maxi dress especially the colors.

7. Self Portrait Cutout Guipure Lace and Broderie Anglaise Dress
So very pretty, pretty pretty!

8. Club Monaco Portuna Dress
This is one of those dresses that would look just as amazing dressed up or down.

10 Habits That Will Help You Sleep Better

June 12, 2017
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A good night’s sleep has a multitude of positive benefits for our longtime health, overall mood and general wellbeing. Lack of sleep has been shown to lead to weight gain and mental instability not mention premature aging. Actually getting enough sleep can sometimes be a challenge as there may be any number of factors at any time that can keep you from getting a good night's sleep. While certain factors might be out of our control, there are habits which we can adopt habits that encourage better sleep.

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