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Eye Candy : Editorial Roundup

May 25, 2017
Lee El , Lee El Lancome, Lee El 2017

So these are some of the recent editorial selections that have caught my eye. Lots of pretty here... Starting off with this gorgeous image of Lee El modeling for Lancome in Allets. The styling as well as her hair and makeup are so on point and that is how you rock a red lip.

Daniel Henney looks dapper as always in Arena Hommes Plus. He had been a regular cast member of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders which was just cancelled. I watched an episode of this show recently and I could see why. There are just too many procedural crime dramas on TV and they all seem to come across as so soulless. Daniel's never been the best actor but he is damn fine!

Daneil Henney, Daneil Henney Arena Homme+, Daneil Henney 2017

Fresh Sugar Lip Set Giveaway

May 22, 2017
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To celebrate Spring and just because I think my readers are awesome, I'm hosting a new giveaway. fresh Sugar Lip Treatments are a personal favorite of mine and the prize is a fresh Sugar Lip Spree Kit. This limited edition set ($37 retail / $55 value) includes five popular travel size fresh Sugar Lip treatments housed in a keepsake tin. The array of tints range from neutral to bold and a nourishing lip balm is also included for everything you need to hydrate and protect your lips.

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JORD Wood Watch Review & Giveaway

May 17, 2017
Wooden Wrist Watch
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We're living in an age where we rely on our phones for practically everything. And I do use my phone for a number of things but not for the time because I still prefer to wear a watch. I actually feel like something's missing whenever I leave the house without one. Honestly it's just easier to look at my wrist for the time than to take out my phone. And I don't want to be one of those people who is constantly looking at their phone.

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I consider watches to be fashion accessories. My Cartier Roadster is my absolute favorite but I have a rotation going so they all get some regular wear. JORD recently sent me this Frankie 35 watch. The minimal meets classic styling immediately caught my eye. Crafted of natural dark sandalwood with a slate colored face, rose gold dial and bezel, the Frankie 35 speaks to modern design meets practical function and sustainability.

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The streamlined look of this watch is in line with my aesthetic and I like how it works well with my wardrobe whether dressed up or down. Aside from the unique look, this watch is cool because of how it feels substantial and lightweight at the same time. Light enough that I don't even feel like I have it on sometimes. It also looks and well made. This model features a sapphire crystal glass case, Swiss Ronda Normtech Caliber 763 movement and a deployment buckle with a push button mechanism for a secure fit. All JORD watches are also designed to be splash and scratch-proof. The watch can be easily maintained and cleaned with a a natural oil as needed. The brand sent along their JORD Preserve pen with a custom-formulated cleaning oil created specifically for the care of wood watches along with a cloth.

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JORD (pronounced "yod") is a Swedish word meaning “earth, soil, or land”.  The company was founded in 2013 by two brothers in St. Louis, Missouri with a mission to bring the highest quality wood timepieces to the world. They offer a range of fashionable and unique watch styles in a variety of all natural and sustainable woods for men and women. All of their environmentally conscious products are handcrafted in the USA and backed with a one year warranty. Prices start at $139 and go up to $395 and the company ships worldwide. They will size your watch to your specifications so that it's ready to wear as soon as you receive it. I have to get all my link style watches resized because my wrists are small so it's a real timesaver when it's pre-done. And JORD also offers custom engraving for their watches as well as the box that they come in which adds a lovely personalized touch whether you're buying a watch for yourself or as a gift.

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The JORD Frankie 35 retails for $179. There is also a larger unisex version of this style called the Frankie. Visit JORD's website to see their entire line of men's watches and women's watches.

JORD wants to give one lucky reader $100 off the watch of their choice. Even if you're not the lucky winner, you still get a $25 code just for entering. Anyone can enter the giveaway through this link! Contest ends June 4, 2017.

Would you wear a wood watch? Which JORD style would you choose?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by JORD and I was gifted a complimentary watch. No other compensation was provided and all words and opinions expressed are my own.  For more details about my product review policy, copyright, and information about affiliate links, please refer to the Policies page of this blog. 

Dine Out : Kelley & Ping

May 15, 2017
Kelley & Ping Review, Kelley & Ping New York, Kelley & Ping Soho

Kelley & Ping which led the way in Pan Asian cuisine in the early 90's has been a Lower Manhattan mainstay for 23 years with a menu inspired by the market stalls of Asia. The restaurant is located within a a historic cast iron building in the heart of Soho on Greene Street. The cavernous space features lofty ceilings and wood details throughout. The eatery which also operates as a grocery and tea shop features decor that is fun and a touch kitschy with Chinese New Year masks, bagua mirrors and fans lining one side wall and replica statues of the Forbidden City terra cotta warriors watching over the space from the back windows.  The vibe during lunch service is definitely casual in a manner similar to Asian hawker centers where you order and pay at the counter, find a table as your food is prepared in the open kitchen and then go pick it up when they call your name. At dinner, the space is transformed into a full service dining room with a more intimate atmosphere as the lights are dimmed and the candles come out. The menu is more advanced and there is a full bar serving specialty cocktails, Asian beers and premium sakes.

Eye Candy : Chen Kun for Harper's Bazaar Men

May 12, 2017
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Chen Kun is smoldering in the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar Men China. I may not talk or post about him as much as say Ji Chang Wook but Chen Kun has been an OG crush of mine since forever, ok maybe since Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress which came out 15 years ago. I haven't kept up with his current projects but it still gets my attention whenever I see him mentioned somewhere or when he pops up in an ad in my email sidebar for Mandarin Oriental. Chen Kun is one of my favorite actors because of his charismatic performances and commanding screen presence. His voice and diction actually make Mandarin sound sexy and he also happens to one of the most handsome ever in my eyes.  At 41 he is looking mighty fine and that majestic head of hair is still on point. I really wish he would put out another album as well because his singing voice is incredible. 

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