Archive for November 2014

Song Hye Kyo for Marie Claire

November 28, 2014
Song Hye Kyo, 송혜교, Song Hye Kyo Marie Claire

I guess it's only appropriate for Song Hye Kyo to grace the cover and pages of Marie Claire China since the stunning South Korean actress is making quite a splash in the Chinese film market lately with not just one but two highly anticipated movies. She stars alongside Huang Xiaoming, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Masami Nagasawa, Zhang Ziyi and Tong Dawei as a wealthy heiress who loses her husband in a tragic ship accident in John Woo's The Crossing. The first part of the historical epic which has been described as an Asian Titanic opens in China next week. And she is also part of the ensemble cast of the urban romantic comedy The Queens, the directorial debut of Annie Yi. Taiwanese actor Joseph Cheng had reportedly declined a role in the movie and only changed his mind upon learning that Hye Kyo had been cast. With her astounding beauty, it's really not surprising that she has quite a list of admirers within her industry. She looks rather different here than in this Vogue Korea editorial with Kang Dong Won in Paris. Her eye makeup is seriously gorgeous in both though.

On Gratitude

November 26, 2014
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I feel that learning to embrace gratitude has really opened me up more to happiness. Appreciating and being thankful for everything in your life just puts the focus on the good. I'm grateful for everyone and everything in my life whether it is wonderful or a lesson learned. If you're celebrating tomorrow, have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving! I hope your day is filled with loved ones and all the things that make you happy. Thank you for stopping by, reading, commenting and sharing this space here with me! I'm so grateful for you all!

Would you agree with this? What are you grateful for?

Image via At Home in Love

Through My Lens : Recently

November 24, 2014
World Trade Center, New YorkA view of downtown Manhattan from Chelsea before the sunset. The new World Trade Center is a rather majestic presence in the skyline. I look forward to seeing it when walking south on my way home now.
Sky Reflector Net Fulton Center
The Sky Reflector Net design of the roof of the newly opened Fulton Center transit hub looks so modern and cool.It was also designed with a real practical purpose in mind.

Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive : A Natural Multi-Tasker

November 21, 2014
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I'm very big on using oil in my beauty routine these days. I use oil to wash my face as well as to moisturize my face and body. I also use it on my hair as a conditioner and styling treatment. I recently had the chance to try out Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive which is an all natural multi-use beauty oil with a formulation that mimics the body's own natural oils to visibly replenish and repair hair and skin. 

About the Brand:  Monat Global is an innovative age prevention company that strives to understand and recreate what nature has always been capable of. Through extensive clinical research, they have combined ultra progressive active botanical ingredients with state of the art scientific technologies to produce safe, high quality, naturally based age prevention products.

Key Ingredients: The exclusive ingredient in this natural oil product is Abyssinian Oil which has a unique molecular structure that isn't found in any other naturally occurring oil and has been shown to significantly improve the appearance of skin and luster of hair. Rejuveniqe blends 10 other potent botanical oils: Meadowfoam Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Camellia Oil, Buriti Oil, Baobab Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tomato Seed Oil, Moringa Oil, Pequi Oil and Monoi Oil to enhance the effectiveness of the Abyssinian Oil. These botanicals also provide additional vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, nutrients and amino acids. 

Packaging: A luxe, modern looking silver bottle. The product is dispensed via a dropper making it easy to control how much you use.
Price: $99 for 30 ml/1.0 fl. oz.

Usage: Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive is so pure and versatile that it can be used in multiple ways to improve the skin and hair. It can be used on hair as a pre-shampoo treatment, an intensive hydrating treatment, a leave in finishing treatment or an anti-frizz treatment. On the skin, it can be used as a moisturizer on the face or body. It can also be used to treat areas with dryness like cuticles, nails, elbows, knees and heels.

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Multi-Tasking Beauty Oil, Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Review, Natural Beauty Oil, Beauty Oil

A Peek Inside My Closet

November 19, 2014
Personal Style

So I talked about having a uniform of sorts for the summer and I definitely have some go to pieces for the cooler weather as well. This fall I've been kind of living in sweatshirts/light sweaters and skinny jeans paired with sneakers or boots. These are a few pieces that I recently added to my wardrobe. I was gifted these Vigoss Chelsea Skinny Jeans at an InStyle Holiday event I attended. I'd heard of the brand but this was my first introduction to their jeans and I love the styling and fit of this pair so much that I plan to get another one soon. The embellished sweater is from Metaphor by Sears. Now Sears is not somewhere I usually shop but their newly relaunched Metaphor brand has some really cute pieces and they're so affordable. I really liked this top when I spotted it at the same event and found it on sale for $21.99 a week later. I thought this Banana Republic "Little Black Sweatshirt" was a cool takeoff on the Little Black Dress and it's proven to be a great layering piece. I bought these Bare Traps boots in January of last year but couldn't wear them at all last winter because of my injured ankle so I consider them new now. They couldn't be more comfortable and it's nice to be able to wear footwear with a little bit of a heel again. This style isn't available anymore but this pair and this pair are similar.

What are you currently wearing?

Currently Coveting

November 17, 2014
Nike Air Pegasus 83

A few items currently on my wish list. My favorite color at the moment seems to be grey.
What are you coveting lately?

1. Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Vegas Post Apocalyptic 
{This 5 free formula contains finely ground rose gold glitter and looks like the perfect glammed up neutral}

2. Sunglasses Intarsia Pom Hat 
{I like to have have fun with my accessories when it's cold and these whimsical hearts and sunglasses would make me smile}

3. Beauty Counter Sweep Blush Duo 
{This blush duo is made with Porcelain Flower Extract so it delivers antioxidant and moisturizing benefits along with pretty color}

4. Madewell Otis Boot in Suede 
{This boot has great lines and in grey suede, it looks to be quite versatile as well}

5. Madewell et Sézanne La Superbe Sweatshirt 
{La Superb translates to The Beautiful and this sweatshirt is such an effortlessly cool piece}

6. Nike Air Pegasus 83 Sneaker 
{I have a pair of these that I wear all the time. They're my favorite sneakers and it may be time for another pair}



Equitance Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector Review

November 14, 2014
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A number of brightening products make up my skincare routine at any time since I'm constantly on a quest for a luminous complexion and vanquishing the freckles/dark spots on my face. I'm actually currently using four as we speak so when I had a chance to add the Equitance Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector, I couldn't pass it up. This product is part of the Equitance Brightening System and Equitance is a brand which has been on my radar for awhile.

About the Brand: Rooted in Japanese traditions and inspired by beauty in nature, Equitance was founded in Japan 18 years ago on a quest to uncover the mysteries of radiant beauty. Today the company's landmark research has culminated in an exclusive pathway to vital vibrant skin. Representing the best of Eastern and Western research and practices, Equitance Skin Care brings precisely balanced botanicals and clinically proven technology together to continuously brighten the skin.

Key Ingredients: Linoleic Acid is extracted from safflower seed oil, purified and put into an exclusive brightening system to target the appearance of dark spots and improve skin brightening and radiance. Ascorbyl Glucoside is a vitamin C derivative with skin brightening properties. Cherry Blossom Leaf Extract which possesses properties to soothe and soften rough skin is culled from Japanese sakura trees. Shell Ginger Extract which is derived from the Japanese alpinia speciosa leaf has intense moisturizing properties to help brighten skin.

Packaging: An elegant looking rose gold colored stand up tube which you squeeze to dispense the product. I prefer tubes in general since they are hygienic and you can cut them open when you get towards the end so as not to waste any product.

Price: $125 for 1.0 fl. oz./30g.

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Equitance Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector, Equitance Review, Equitance Brightening System, Skin Brightening Serum

Eye Candy : T.O.P for Vogue

November 12, 2014
T.O.P, Big Bang  Choi Seung Hyun, Vogue Korea

T.O.P aka Choi Seung Hyun takes to the streets of Milan in this Vogue Korea editorial photographed by Yoo Young Kyu and it looks he's having quite a ball. Of course it's fun to to eat gelato and panini while jaunting around the Italian city looking sharp in fashionable looks from a variety of designers including Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo,Tom Ford and Burberry Prorsum. This first look is my favorite for sure but the styling for this entire pictorial is really well done. The attractive Big Bang rapper seems to have shifted his focus to acting lately and most recently had a leading role in the gambling film Tazza 2: The Hidden Card. It's just as well since Big Bang is probably better known for their scandals than their music these days. I've never been much of a fan of the group but T.O.P has always stood out to me for his charismatic look and the whole Asian Chuck Bass thing. It's interesting that he always seems rather shy when he appears on variety shows like Running Man.

T.O.P, Big Bang  Choi Seung Hyun, Vogue Korea

Dine Out : Snack

November 10, 2014
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If you happen to walk too quickly, you might just pass by Snack without ever noticing it. The tiny cafe that serves rustic style Greek food with a contemporary spin is located just west of West Broadway on Thompson Street in Soho. The quaint space can only be described as cozy as it has very limited seating but rather than confining, it actually feels quite homey. I'm a big fan of their sandwiches and I'm not really a sandwich person. We usually get the lamb and the tuna and I'd have a tough time choosing a favorite between the two. The lamb is braised and served with tomatoes, roasted red onions, roasted tomato aioli and arugula on ciabatta bread. The herb braised yellowfin tuna is served with artichokes, tomatoes, cucumbers, portobello mushrooms, scallions, shaved kefalotiri cheese in a lemon vinaigrette on ciabatta bread. The lamb is hearty and comforting while the tuna is refreshing and satisfying. Both are bursting with fresh and delicious flavor. Their spanakopita (spinach pie) is quite tasty as well. I've had a consistently positive experience with their service which is friendly and relaxed. This is the perfect spot to stop for a rest if you happen to be shopping in the area and if it's summer make sure you get the mint lemonade. I should mention that Snack has a variety of vegetarian options on their menu and they also serve dinner which I'd love to drop in to try one of these days.

Are you a fan of Greek/Mediterranean cuisine?


Snack
105 Thompson Street (Prince amp; Spring)
New York City
212.925.1040

Floral Friday : Native Bloom

November 7, 2014
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The theme of this month's Floral Friday is Native Blooms and it's one that required a little research on my part. You see while I love photographing pretty flowers, I'm quite rubbish at identifying them. So I found this list through an online search for flowers native to New York and cross referenced it for a match in my photo archives and came up with the Wild Columbine which is quite a stunning bloom. The scientific name for it is Aquilegia canadensis. It is an herbaceus perennial typically featuring unique red and yellow flowers. There is no floral scent to them but they do produce a nectar which attracts hummingbirds. Wild Columbine usually grow in the late spring, reaching a height of 1 to 2.5 ft. I chose to present this flower in monochrome to highlight the delicate balance between the stamen, petals and sepals. This photo is also available as a print in my Etsy shop.

Do you know what flowers are native to the area you live in?

Floral Friday is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along, email Trishie for next month's theme.


Little Black Flats, A Wardrobe Staple

November 5, 2014
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A few years ago, I decided that I was done with trendy shoes. Instead I was just going to stick with well made, classic shoe styles. To be honest, I don't get most shoe trends anyway... like knee high boots with cut-out toes. How is that even practical? 

One style of shoe which I never tire of is the little black flat and I own more than a few pairs. They may not be flashy but they are a great style staple to have in your closet as they come in a variety of designs, can be dressed up or down and paired with any number of looks. Alexa Chung has been spotted wearing black flats on more than one occasion and she's a style icon.

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Walin & Wolff, Walin & Wolff Shoes, Walin & Wolff Libby, Walin & Wolff Review, Little Black Flats,

Shop Tour : & Other Stories

November 3, 2014
& Other Stories New York Store

H&M's sister brand &Other Stories recently debuted it's first US flagship on Broadway in Soho. And this sister can be described as effortlessly cool. The line which was started in Europe over a year ago is known for it's chic co-lab capsule collections, notably with singer Lykke Li, Russian designer Vika Gazinskaya and photographer/illustrator Garance Doré to name a few. The spacious, well lit shop is sectored into four open rooms and extends all the way through to Mercer Street. The goods range from a fashionable mix of clothing, accessories, shoes and jewelry to a covetable line of beauty and body products. The styles are minimalist yet modern and trendy. Their pieces are definitely wearable with an emphasis on statement making details and striking prints. This probably isn't where you would go for basics. The prices are slightly higher than H&M's, yet still affordable and the quality is also better. I didn't buy anything the day I visited but a certain coat caught my eye and I'm definitely interested in their wonderfully packaged creams and scrubs. You can even bring in your empty & Other Stories products in to get 10% off your next beauty purchase. No worries if you can't get to New York, the brand has a fantastic online shop.

Have you shopped && Other Stories Other Stories or would you?

&Other Stories
575 Broadway (Houston & Prince)
New York City

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