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May 30, 2016

Dine Out : Fonda

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I think after Asian food, my favorite cuisines would be Mexican and Italian and the order varies depending on my mood. We're fortunate to have an ample number of both Mexican and Italian eateries in NYC that we like to explore. We recently visited Fonda, a two level eatery in Chelsea with a casual vibe. Guacamole is the de facto starter for us at any Mexican restaurant. It was made to order and arrived quickly at our table in a molcajete (a traditional Mexican version of a pestle and mortar) with hand pressed tortillas, chips and pasilla de Oaxaca salsa. The guacamole which wasn't fully mashed with chunks of avocado throughout (just how I like it!) was fresh, tasty and flavorful. Our entrées of Enchiladas Suizas and Carne Asada con Hongos were both good though a tad over seasoned and generously portioned. Though I suspect that is a matter of perspective because the people at the next table seemed to think their servings were small. Anyway we couldn't even finish our dishes. I don't usually like savory and sweet combinations but I quite enjoyed the Plátanos Fritos (sweet plantains) with cream and queso fresco. Hubby preferred the plantains straight up. We were seated upstairs and the service was a little slow because it seemed like there was only one server. I won't fault him because he was pleasant and really tried his best. The food was satisfactory but not particularly special or stand out in any way especially for what they charge. We dined there on a Gilt City voucher and this isn't a place that I'd be down to pay full price. Fonda also has locations in the East Village and Park Slope.

Are you a fan of Mexican food? What's you favorite dish?

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189 Ninth Avenue (21st & 22nd)
New York City

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May 27, 2016

Eye Candy : Song Joong Ki For Marie Claire

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There has been no shortage of Song Joong Ki editorials lately but this one for Marie Claire has to be my favorite because it plays so perfectly to his signature boy next door image. The concept finds the adorable actor chilling at home, cuddling a cute doggy and checking out the contents of his refrigerator amongst other activities. The casual cool styling featuring the Kolon Sport brand for which he is the spokesperson is also spot on. I can't say that I was the biggest Joong Ki fan prior to Descendants of the Sun but his charismatic performance won me over and he seems to be a truly good guy in real life as well. I know that for some people, it doesn't matter if the celebrities they're fans of are actually awful people but I personally don't care to follow anyone who's a jerk. Joong Ki was recently criticized when he chose to appear on Hurry Up Brother instead of Running Man (the former is the Chinese version of the latter). In fact he did it out of loyalty to previous Running PD Im Hyung Taek who is now helming Hurry Up Brother and his appearance fees were donated to charity. His agency also announced that all the proceeds from his Asian Fan Tour would be donated to charity. As a SongSong shipper I've been keeping tabs on his fan meets and he showed off some personal photos from his phone at his Beijing fan meet that revealed a very close relationship to both Song Hye Kyo and Yoo Ah In but somehow it felt like Yoo Ah In was there as a smokescreen haha. In Korea it's quite uncommon for female/male co-stars to continue to hang out regularly after a project has ended. Just saying. Joong Ki and Hye Kyo have both been nominated for lead acting awards in the television category for Descendants of the Sun at the upcoming Baeksang Arts Awards. I'm really hoping that they will both attend and maybe even walk the red carpet together. I'm sure other DOTS fans would like to see a Yoo Shi Jin and Kang Mo Yeon reunion as well.

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Marie Claire Korea June 2016 // Photographer: Kim Young Joon // Editor: Choi Park Min
Hair: Lee Hye Young // Makeup: Kim Ji Hyun // Prop Styling: Choi Seo Yun

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May 25, 2016

Play! By Sephora

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Did you know that Sephora has it's own monthly subscription beauty box program? It's called Play! by Sephora. Service rolled out to select areas in the States awhile back and they've been slowly expanding around the country. I signed up for the wait list a few months ago. I just received my first beauty box and I'm sharing my initial impressions here.

Play! by Sephora is a beauty box curated by Sephora. It comes in a collectible bag and includes 5 deluxe samples plus a fragrance, a Play! Book with information, tips, and helpful advice and a Play! Pass that can be redeemed in-store for a free beauty tutorial and 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with any product purchase. The monthly cost is $10. This covers shipping but not tax and purchase of the box does qualify towards your Beauty Insider points.  

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You can subscribe to Play! by Sephora online here. You put your email on a waitlist and once a spot opens you'll be notified to claim your spot and join. This subscription is currently only available in the U.S. and can ship to any address in the contiguous 48 states. When you subscribe, be sure to complete your Play! Profile because it will help products get customized for your beauty concerns. 

May 23, 2016

Pretty Nails Giveaway

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After a cleanup and decluttering of my beauty stash, I was left with just a handful of nail polishes and for me that's actually more than enough since I rarely do my nails. It's just not a priority since I work with my hands as a photographer and I also cook daily and do housework. My husband is fine with that because he's not a particular fan of nail polish either. I didn't want these brand new nail polishes that were recently gifted to me go to waste so I'm doing a giveaway for you all. The total retail value of this prize pack is $85 and it includes the following products:

Ciaté Feather Manicure Kit, All A Flutter ($25 value)
Peachy-nude shade Ivory Queen is the perfect foundation to showcase the beautiful, bright feathers within this kit. Includes Includes: 0.17 oz. Ivory Queen Nail Polish, 0.46 oz. Speed Coat Pro, Scissors, Nail File Block, Genuine Feathers.

Julep Color Treat, Janet It Girl ($14 value)
A pale peach soft focus semi-matte shade in a 5 free, vegan-friendly formula that includes strengthening Hexanal and antioxidant green coffee extract. Breakthrough oxygen technology powers this fast-drying, long-lasting nail polish to get nails healthy and more beautiful at the same time.

Ciaté Mini Nail Polish, Pepperminty ($9 value)
A fresh mint shade in an intensely pigmented 3 free nail polish that provides long-lasting colour and a chip-resistant glossy gel wear finish.

Essie Nail Polish, Leggy Legend ($8.50)
A burnished gold foil metallic shade with an exclusive award-winning 3 free formula that provides flawless coverage along with outstanding durability and a chip-resistant finish.

Zoya Nail Polish, Blair ($10)
A vampy shade that can be described as a blackened red wine with a satiny smooth metallic shimmer and mesmerizing depth. Ultra long wearing, non-toxic 5 free formula.

OPI Nail Lacquer, Spare Me A French Quarter ($10)
This raspberry creme shade is one in a collection that celebrates the spirit of New Orleans. It features a super rich, heavily pigmented, long-lasting and chip-resistant 3 free formula.

Lauren B Beauty Luxury Nail Polish, Rose Bowl ($18)
A vibrant, purple-tinged pink shade with a hint of delicate silver shimmer that gives it a cool, unexpected depth. This advanced, quick-drying 4 free eco/vegan friendly nail enamel delivers a chip-resistant, long-lasting, mirror-like finish.

This is an international giveaway that starts May 23, 2016 and ends on June 1, 2016. Entries will be verified for eligibility. One winner will be randomly selected. You can enter through this link or the Rafflecopter widget below. The widget can be a little temperamental so if it doesn't load on this page, just CLICK THROUGH HERE FOR IT Good luck! Be sure to check back because I will also be adding a few extra ways to enter.

May 20, 2016

Eye Candy : Song Hye Kyo for Elle

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Song Hye Kyo is absolutely breathtaking in this Elle China editorial and she is also the cover girl for their June 2016 issue. Photographed by Hong Jang Hyun against the idyllic shores of Jeju Island, South Korea, her look channels glamorous beach babe meets ethereal mermaid and her sultry makeup perfectly complements the sumptuous outfits she is wearing from the Chanel Pre-Fall 2016 collection. I'm not usually fan of Chinese magazine editorials because they have a tendency to go crazy with the Photoshopping so it's quite refreshing that this one looks minimally retouched. Just watch the video and it's pretty obvious this woman doesn't need it. While her Descendants of the Sun costar Song Joong Ki seemed to be all over the place after the drama concluded it's record breaking run, Hye Kyo took some time off as she usually does between projects and it's good to see her back in the the spotlight again. It was recently announced that she will be a new spokesperson for Shilla Duty Free alongside Lee Kwang Soo who happens to be the best friend of Song Joong Ki. I'm sure they would've loved to have signed the SongSongCouple as a pair but Joong Ki is already repping rival Doota Duty Free. 

Also notable is the million dollar Mitsubishi Motors endorsement deal that she recently declined due to the company's involvement in Japanese atrocities in World War II. An 84 year woman who was a victim of forced labor during the war was so moved by Hye Kyo's actions that she wrote her an incredibly touching letter detailing her harrowing experience while praising and thanking the actress for her admirable decision. In this age where people so easily sell out for a quick buck, it's truly remarkable when a celebrity understands the social responsibility their status grants them and behaves accordingly. This makes me so proud to be her longtime fan. Hye Kyo really is beautiful not just in looks but also in heart as Song Joong Ki himself once said in an interview. And she is a woman with sense which is just his type. KiKyo haven't come out and announced that they're dating but I don't need that to believe they already are. 

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