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April 17, 2015

Eye Candy : Li BingBing for Harper's Bazaar

Li BingBing Harper's Bazaar Jewelry, Li BingBing by Chen Man

Li BingBing looks like an absolute enchantress in this stunning editorial for Harper's Bazaar Jewelry lensed by Chen Man. The simple styling and glamorous makeup really highlight the captivating beauty of both the 42 year old actress as well as the gorgeous baubles she is modeling. And this is how you do stylistic blurring in photography by the way. I can't even pick a favorite image or piece of jewelry. They're just all too mesmerizing.

Li BingBing Harper's Bazaar Jewelry, Li BingBing by Chen Man

April 15, 2015

Dine Out : Somtum Der

Somtum Der New York, Somtum Der Restaurant Review

Before setting up shop in New York City, the original Somtum Der brought authentic Isan (Northeastern Thai) cuisine with a contemporary twist to the heart of Bangkok's busy Sala Daeng district. Located in the East Village, the NY outpost features a well lit interior with long communal tables and a counter area with red stool seating that looks into the kitchen. The somtum (papaya salad) station with it's jars of ingredients used to dress their signature dish is also on full display. We started with the Tum Thai, their original style Thai Spicy Papaya Salad made with green papaya, limes, tomato and chilies. It was bursting with bright fresh flavor with a generous amount of heat coming through even though we opted for a mild level of spice. The Moo Ping Kati Sod, grilled coconut milk marinated beef skewers served with nests of coconut scented vermicelli provided a brief respite from the heat which returned with the Pad Ki Pork and Basil, a stir-fried rice noodle dish that featured a balance of bold flavors topped with pieces of yummy crispy basil. If you're a fan of spice, this place definitely delivers as regional Isan dishes are known for a good amount of heat and I had read that they toned it down here for Western palates. The guy at the table next to us was sweating and turning red as he polished off dish after dish so clearly there are people who like the spice. We enjoyed everything that we tried and I would return to explore more of their menu. The portions aren't huge but they're reasonable for the price and we had good friendly service. Are you a fan of Thai food? How about spicy food?

85 Avenue A (5th & 6th)
New York City

The lucky winner of the Spring Beauty Giveaway is Kim of A Very Sweet Blog. Congratulations Kim! I have a new natural beauty giveaway coming up next week on Earth Day. 

April 13, 2015

Better Than Before Book Review

Better Than Before Mastering The Habits of Our Everyday Lives

One of my goals for this year was to try to read more. I haven't been doing that well with it so far but I did manage to finish one book - Better Than Before Mastering The Habits of Our Everyday Lives. In Better Than Before, author of the bestselling Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin suggests that "habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life" and that by changing our habits, we can change our lives. It's pointed out in the book that we repeat about 40% of our behaviors every day so that actually makes sense. Through in-depth research and personal observations, she explores how habits are formed and maintained while sharing strategies for making positive changes which she has personally tested out.

She readily acknowledges that what may work for one person many not work for another, thusly her solutions are not one size fits all. Rubin establishes that based upon how they react to expectations, most people fall into one of Four Habit Tendencies - Upholders who readily respond both to outer and inner expectations, Questioners who resist outer expectations and respond to inner expectations, Obligers who respond to outer expectations but resist inner expectations and Rebels who resist both outer and inner expectations. Through understanding ourselves, we can then determine which strategies would work best to help us with habits we want to adopt or conversely break.

April 10, 2015

Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil & Wipes

Dermalogica PreCleanse Review

Whenever anyone asks for my top skincare tips, my answer is to always wear sunscreen, avoid sugar (it does really terrible things to your skin like break down collagen) and to always wash your face at the of the day. I adopted double-cleansing last year which has worked really well for my skin so I'm always on the lookout for new products to try in my routine. Enter Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil and PreCleanse Wipes.

These two products are integral to the the Dermalogica regimen which is based upon the foundation of the double-cleanse, beginning with PreCleanse which helps to dissolve excess sebum, sunscreen, waterproof makeup, environmental pollutants and residual products that build up on the skin throughout the day. Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil is a lightweight classic cleansing oil. Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes are travel friendly biodegradable wipes. Both products are water soluble so they rinse off cleanly without leaving behind any residue.

About the Brand: Dermalogica is a US based professional skincare company that has been around since 1986. Their product line is focused on improving skin health without the use of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts.

Key Ingredients: Formulated with skin softening Aloe, Olive, Kukui and Apricot Oils, conditioning Rice Bran and Vitamin E in a blend that is gentle enough to be used around the eye area. Does not contain any artificial ingredients, colors or parabens.

Packaging: If you're familiar with Dermalogica products then you'll know that they have a minimal clinical type look and that applies to these products as well. The oil is housed in a sturdy plastic bottle that dispenses the product easily without dripping. The wipes come in a pretty standard cleansing wipe pouch package. 

Price: Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil retails for $38 for a 5.1 oz. bottle and a pack of 20 Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes costs $18.

Dermalogica PreCleanse Review
Dermalogica PreCleanse

April 8, 2015

Currently Coveting

A few items currently on my wish list.
What are you coveting lately?

1. Lulu Frost Tray
{The lovely vintage inspired tray would look lovely on my side table.}

2. Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Toilette
{My favorite fragrance is the original Stella and I just adored this lighter version when I tested it at Sephora recently. The bottle is also seriously gorgeous!}

3. Troi Olliviere Lipstick
{This is the lipstick worn by J. Crew models and this pretty coral pink shade is a nice punch of vivid color.}

4. Jade Facial Roller
{Use of this roller is supposed to be a great way to improve circulation as well as smooth and calm the skin which sounds good to me.}

5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Quilted Sally Bag 
{The strap on my Louis Vuitton bag is starting to wear a little so I'm thinking of getting another small crossbody to alternate it with. I really like the classic styling of this one and I may order it soon since it's currently 25% off at the Shopbop Friends & Family Sale.}

6. Gap 1969 A-line Denim Skirt
{My vintage denim midi skirt is one of my most worn pieces during the warmer months and I wouldn't mind adding another denim skirt to the mix.}

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