Archive for August 2016

Dine Out : Noreetuh

August 31, 2016

One of the best things about living in a metropolitan city has to be being exposed to a diverse range of cultures and cuisines. Noreetuh is an East Village eatery that serves a menu of Hawaiian staples with modern fusion touches. The decor of the restaurant which is both sparse and graphic lends to a laidback and mostly comfortable atmosphere even with tables which are very closely juxtaposed. Noreetuh has been on my restaurant wish list and Restaurant Week gave us a good opportunity to try it out at $42 for three courses per person.

We started our meal with their take on the popular Hawaiian dish Spam musubi which is essentially a flattened sushi handroll. We got this as an addition since it wasn't part of the prix fixe. Noreetuh's version is made with corned beef tongue instead of Spam, peanuts and a tangy cilantro sauce. While it may sound simple, this created a complex melding of tastes and textures in our mouths. For appetizers, we ordered the Big Eye Tuna Poke and Kahlua Pork Croquettes. These dishes couldn't have been more different but both were tastyt in their own ways. Our dinner course consisted of Mentaiko Spaghetti and Mochi Crusted Bass. The fish which was both crispy and tender made for a nice bite in combination with the green beans and Chinese bacon (lap yuk) it was served with. The pasta with smoked butterfish and fish roe, though creamy and flavorful was almost a tad too salty for my tastes but the subtle heat of the dish was just right. I don't have much to say about the desserts which were a Chocolate Haupia Sundae with almonds, graham cracker, coconut ice cream and Tristar Strawberries with azuki beans, coconut mochi, strawberry ice cream. We rarely order dessert and probably wouldn't have if it wasn't included. We were so full from dinner so it was just something to pick at. Both were much too sweet for my tastes but when you rarely eat sugar, anything with even a little tends to taste overwhelmingly sweet. My husband thought the sundae was okay. The service was good and friendly overall even though it became noticeably laggy in between our dinner and dessert courses. The word noreetuh means playground in Korean and this was a fun one to play in. It's worth trying once but I'm not sure if it's worth a return visit. 
Have you ever tried Hawaiian cuisine? Which of these dishes is most appealing to you? 


Noreetuh 
128 First Avenue
New York City
646.892.3050
$$

Play! by Sephora August 2016

August 29, 2016
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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.

Each box is curated around a specific theme. The theme of the August 2016 Play! by Sephora Box is The Eye Openers. This selection of products puts the focus on the eyes and will refresh and recharge your beauty routine. And like last month, there are a few product variations in the box based on skin type. They're continuing to do a great job with the pouch designs. The winking eye is adorable!

Softer, Smoother Skin with Exuviance Retexturing Treatment

August 26, 2016
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In a quest for soft and smooth skin, I've been scrubbing down with an Korean Italy towel lately and I can definitely understand why they're a staple in Korean bathhouses/spas. This is a hardcore treatment (think rolls of dead skin coming off of you) so I only engage in it once a week following my detox bath. This satisfies my needs in terms of physical exfoliation and this Exuviance Retexturing Treatment has recently entered my life to provide a form of chemical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliation is something my face is quite familiar with but I've never really tried it on my body. Read on to see how it worked for me.

About the Brand: Exuviance was created by Doctors Van Scott and Yu, widely recognized as leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology. They discovered the anti-aging benefits of Glycolic Acid and created and patented the first Glycolic Peel. Exuviance has continued to develop many new patented anti-aging ingredients backed by evidence from numerous scientific and clinical studies. Recognized around the world, Exuviance formulas are expertly developed to visibly transform skin by combining their patented innovations with the best, state of the art technologies available in dermatology today.

QVC Holiday Preview

August 24, 2016
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If you follow me on Instagram, then you might know that I actually attended the QVC Holiday press preview back in June. It seemed premature to talk about the holidays with half the year still to go so I held back my post about it until now. The event was held at Gary's Loft, an event/photography venue located in midtown Manhattan. The sun-filled space was transformed into a festive and stylish, rustic modern holiday home to showcase some of the hottest products of this holiday season. There was also a flower crown station and fun bites like grilled cheese, mozzarella burgers, red velvet whoopie pies and eggnog shots. I was most drawn to all the lovely beauty products and the incredible clawfoot bathtub. What's catching your eye?

Beauty Products I've Used Up

August 22, 2016
Beauty products, Beauty review, Empties, Products I've used up, Skincare

This empties post has been a long time coming. I wasn't sure if I wanted to start an empties series but I think it will be useful for me to have as a record of products I've tried and finished as well as provide a manner of quick reviews for your information. These products were all purchased by me and I will only be including products that I bought in these posts.

Cremorlab White Bloom Floral Cream $72
I picked this cream up at last year's Peach & Lily sample sale for $20. Cremorlab is a natural Korean beauty brand. The foundation of their products is a rare and mineral rich thermal water that is known to help boost radiance, vitality, and hydration. Don't be fooled by the look of this jar, their packaging is gorgeous. This had lovely floral scent and a lightweight, silky texture. Although it worked well as a moisturizer, it did not live up to it's claims to boost radiance or correct hyperpigmentation. And you don't get much product at all for the straight up retail price.
Repurchase: No

Dr. Brandt Laser Fx Bright Serum $78
I actually first tried this when I received a press sample at a launch event with Dr. Brandt himself (RIP). Here is my review of the serum. It should tell you how effective and how much I like this product that I've since bought it twice. This serum delivers visible brightening results and it's one I go back to when I'm in between trying other brightening serums.
Repurchase: Yes (2x already)

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask $25
I already raved about this mask in this post. It is totally my skin saver whenever it's irritated but I also love to use it ahead of my chemical exfoliators. I'm already on my fourth jar. It gets bonus points for smelling just like strawberry yogurt! This product was briefly unavailable at Target and I almost considered hoarding when it came back. I should probably buy a few backups just in case.
Repurchase: Yes (3x already)

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment $105
Good Genes is a high potency purified lactic acid exfoliating treatment which is generally liked in the skincare circles. I saw some good results within the first month of using it and then I experienced a bit of a drop off. It would burn at times and then there's the awful scent. I believe it comes from lemongrass but it smells like feet to me. And this was something I never got over. I think it works fairly well but it's not a life changing product. And then there's the price. I'm using an AHA treatment at the moment that works better for my skin and costs around $20. I'll be talking about that in an upcoming post.
Repurchase: No

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule $49
Ampoules are a Korean skincare mainstay and can best be described as an amped up serum because they contain a concentration of ingredients that can target specific issues. The Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule is considered a dupe for the Estee Lauder Night Repair and if you compare the ingredients, you'll notice that they're incredibly similar. One notable active is bifida ferment lysate, a fermented yeast that repairs and protects the skin. This was a pretty good skin treatment. I didn't see any amazing results but I also wouldn't say it didn't do anything for me. I'd say it was serviceable but I've since used products that've made more of a difference.
Repurchase: Maybe

May Coop Raw Concentra Day Cream $48
This was another Korean skincare buy at the Peach & Lily sample sale for $20. I was curious to try another May Coop product since I was really impressed with the May Coop Raw Sauce. This cream is made with 90% maple water and 7 different types of red plant extracts including pomegranate, dates and Chinese magnolia. It had a pleasant texture and was adequately moisturizing even when it was cold. I'm just not really sure if it provided any other benefits other than hydration though.
Repurchase: No

Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream $85
I actually received this eye cream in a $15 Allure Beauty Box which made it a pretty incredible value. The active ingredients in Restorsea's Vibransea complex is Aquabeautine XL, an enzyme released by baby salmon when they are born and Hesperidin, a natural ingredient derived from citrus fruits, which helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles by stimulating blood circulation. This eye cream hydrated nicely without feeling heavy or greasy but it did little else. For the price, it should do a lot more.
Repurchase: No

Have you tried any of these products? What were your results? And do let me know if you find this type of post helpful.

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Eye Candy : Gao YuanYuan for Vogue

August 19, 2016
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I periodically go through my drafts folder and find posts that I started but never published. Somehow I forgot to share this beautiful editorial from earlier this year. Vogue China tagged along with Gao Yuanyuan as she attended Paris fashion week and Koto Bolofo captured the lovely actress for this pictorial entitled A Dreamer in Paris. The lovely actress is certainly no stranger to dreamy Parisian editorials. Remember when she was traipsing across rooftops in the City of Lights. This one has more of a casual slice of life feel and the black white images are my favorites. Makes me miss Paris now.

I don't really watch Chinese films as much these days so I haven't kept up with what Yuanyuan has been up to. I certainly didn't watch the sequel to Don't Go Breaking My Heart since the first movie was disappointingly derivative and shallow but I did finally get around to the romantic drama But Always which costarred Nicholas Tse a few months ago. While it was awesome that a good part of the film took place in New York City, the plot was ultimately a melodramatic letdown. Ok now I just remembered why I'm not really into Chinese entertainment. For a romance done right, I would recommend A Good Rain Knows, a Chinese/Korean co-production that Yuanyuan starred in alongside Jung Woo Sung. It was gorgeously filmed and emotionally resonating. I also loved her haircut in it!

Vogue China May 2016 // Photography: Koto Bolofo // Editor Angelica Cheung
Styling: Yuhang Yao // Makeup: Min Kim // Hair: Terri Saxon

3B Beauty Box August 2016 Unboxing

August 17, 2016
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I had been debating whether I should continue my 3B Beauty Box subscription and I've decided I'm going to stick with it for the time being since they've stepped it both with their curations and service in the past few months. The box is more securely packaged and has been landing in my mailbox in a more timely fashion which is appreciated. This is my August 2016 box. The information card that is always included now has a pretty design on the flip side which is a nice touch. Be your own kind of beautiful is such a wonderful and inspiring mantra!

3B which stands for Beauty Beyond Borders is a beauty subscription box that makes Asian beauty products more accessible overseas. This is a monthly service that costs $12. Each box contains 4 -5 deluxe samples from a range of brands and the products are supposed to be "new or popular in Asia but hard to get your hands on". I would say that 3B is like an Asian beauty version of Birchbox or Ipsy. 3B is currently just a US based subscription service. This box is ideal for anyone interested in trying out Asian beauty products or can't access them easily. It looks like there ins't a waiting list anymore and you can just sign up for a 3B Box subscription now.

Currently Coveting

August 15, 2016
Wish List, Clothes Shopping, J. Crew Ruffle Top, Raf Simons Adidas Sneakers, Shashi Star Earring Jackets, Bronzallure Torsade Ring, Clare V. Moyen Messenger Bag, &Other Stories


This month's wish list happened to come together as an outfit and this really is the type of outfit I could live in. What's also great is that every single one of these pieces could also seamlessly work into other ensembles. So what are you coveting lately?

1. J. Crew Ruffle Top
{Clothing that can be dressed up or down is the best and this feminine top fits the bill!}

2. Shashi Star Earring Jackets
{Ear jackets are my jam and I love the delicate aesthetic of this pair .}

3. Bronzallure Torsade Ring
{I'm smitten with rose gold lately and this ring is just so pretty.}

4. Raf Simons Adidas Sneakers
{I didn't really want the regular Adidas Stan Smith sneakers because too many people have them but the Raf Simons edition is another story and I love the R on the side since my name also starts with R}

5. &Other Stories Round Frame Sunglasses
{The shape and color of these sunglasses are really fun and this pair is so affordable.}

6. J. Crew Point Sur Vintage Crop Jeans
{The high waist, button front and patch pocket details really set these jeans apart.}

7. &Other Stories Straw Fedora
Straw fedoras are my favorite summer hat for stylish sun protection and this would be a great choice to replace a worn out one of mine.}

8. Clare V. Moyen Messenger Bag
{Form meets function in this chic and wearable messenger bag. Grey is my favorite color for bags.}

Eye Candy : Shin Min Ah for Marie Claire

August 12, 2016
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Shin Min Ah is off on a glamorous Singapore getaway in the latest issue of Marie Claire Korea. The gorgeous actress who is also the face of StoneHenge shows off the jewelry brand's latest collection of dainty gems which sparkle almost as brightly as she does. Her fresh faced makeup and hair looks so effortless and natural. I'm totally coveting that ultra chic Self Portrait jumpsuit and just about every delicate bauble she is modeling especially the necklaces and rings. As with Im Siwan's Sure editorial, there is one image that just doesn't look like it belongs and that would be the last photo. While the Delpozo outfit is lovely it has a distinctly fall feel which clashes with the summery lightness of the rest of the spread.

When I last featured Min Ah, she was considering a lead role in the time traveling romance Tomorrow With You and it was just reported this week that she had accepted and Lee Je Hoon will be her co-star. Lee Min Ki who was previously attached to the project had to decline due to his alleged sexual assault case. Even though he was cleared of any charges, it would serve him best to maintain a low profile for now. Lee Je Hoon who last appeared in Signal is a good actor who has never really made much of an impact on me. Following the new trend, Tomorrow with You will be completely pre-produced and is scheduled to air early in 2017 on tvN.

Asian Beauty Products at Sephora

August 10, 2016
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If you've been paying attention to the beauty industry at all in recent years, you would know that Asian beauty has a firm foothold thanks to game changing and innovative, high performance products that utilize next level ingredients and provide multi-tasking benefits. As someone who follows a mostly AB skincare routine, I'm definitely a believer. And K-beauty is slowly and surely becoming more accessible in the Western hemisphere thanks to it's popularity. Sephora has always carried a good number of Asian beauty brands like SK-II, Shiseido, AmorePacific, Dr. Jart+, Tatcha, Koh Gen Do and Erborian but lately I've been seeing more and more products and brands trickle in and this is quite exciting since it includes some which I already use and happen to really like. This selection includes my commentary on the ones I've tried.

1. Son & Park Beauty Water
This cult favorite, created by top makeup artists Son Dae Shik & Park Tae Yun is a multi-tasking product formulated with nourishing ingredients like coconut, willow bark, papaya extract, lavender water and rose flower water. This Beauty Water gently exfoliates, cleanses, tones or hydrates depending on how you use it. I actually have this and I personally like it as a toner as it is refreshing and rebalances the pH level of my skin post cleansing.

2. Blithe Pressed Serum
A pressed serum" combines a moisturizer and serum into one product. This is formulated with 60% tundra chaga mushroom extract and a fermented blend of olive oil and argan tree kernel oil to offers lasting hydration and nourishment without heaviness or irritation.

3. Neogen Dermalogy Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF 50 PA+++
A lightweight, fluid-like sunscreen that provides major protection with broad-spectrum SPF 50 PA +++. A quick-absorbing formula leaves no white cast or greasy feeling while delivering light nourishing hydration from honey, rose, and raspberry extracts. I've tried a a sample of this sunscreen and it totally lives up to it's claims. I will be buying this as soon as I'm finished with my current sunblock.

4. Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask
This ultra-soft microfiber sheet mask employs a mix of egg extracts, coconut water, niacinamide, and other botanical extracts to deliver intense hydration, nourishment, and brightening benefits. This is one of the first Korean sheet masks I tried and it's still a favorite to this day because it is a clean beauty product that does what it says and always leaves my face feeling moisturized and glowing. It also now comes in Pore Tightening and Firming versions.

5. Blithe Splash Masks
Splash Masks are an innovative facial treatment that condenses the benefits of a 20 minute sheet mask into a 30 second action. This product comes in Rejuvenating Purple Berry, Soothing & Healing Green Tea and Energy Yellow Citrus and Honey. I own the first two and recently reviewed them here. The Yellow Citrus and Honey one which addresses dullness and uneven texture is next on my hit list.

6. Primary Raw DoYou 2-Step Milk Peeling Kit
Inspired by the Korean dermatology milk peeling treatment which uses a gentle, lactic acid based exfoliating method to hydrate and re-texturize the skin for instant radiance, this two-step at home peeling kit features an exfoliating swab saturated in a natural lactic and glycolic acid complex and a soothing sheet mask infused with soy milk, green tea and chamomile extracts. I've tried this method with a product from a different brand and it was so gentle yet rejuvenating. The ingredients used in this one sound lovely.

7. Neogen Dermalogy Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser
This unique foaming cleanser contains real fermented green tea leaves and aloe in a natural extract formula that continuously delivers fresh benefits throughout the duration of use. The cleanser leaves skin moisturized, vitalized, soothed and refreshed while effectively exfoliating and cleansing skin of impurities. Sounds good to me.

8. Caolion Premium Blackhead Steam Pore Pack
A unique purifying active charcoal steaming mask that exfoliates, hydrates, and deep cleanses impurities to leave skin brighter, smoother and moisturized. This natural product is made with 100% natural sparkling water, pure botanicals, herbs, and natural ingredients to penetrate and cleanse from deep within. Considering I have a 100g tub of this product in my bathroom cabinet, I'm a big fan. I originally got this for my husband but have found it works just as well for me. I use this treatment whenever my pores are in need of a good purge. It gives instant results without irritation and is half the cost of the GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment.

9. J.One Jelly Pack
A multitasking, anti-aging product that works as a hydrating morning mask and makeup-primer. Created by Korean actress Ha Jiwon to help condense her morning skin care routine, the unique, jelly-like texture liquefies onto skin with gentle patting that creates an ultra smooth canvas for flawless makeup application. Fullerene works to address free radicals and brighten the appearance of skin, while fragmented hyaluronic acid hydrates for a plumper appearance. I've been intrigued by this product ever since seeing it on Get It Beauty and it's sitting in my Sephora shopping cart for my next order.

10. It's Skin Cookie and Body Ice Cream 
A luxurious body cream rich in nutrients to nourish, refresh, and brighten the skin body. Featuring delicious scents and fun cookies and cream packaging to carry wherever you go, this body cream contains soft "cookie chip" pieces that melt when massaged in to leave skin soft and smooth but never greasy. Like so many other Korean brands, It's Skin combines natural ingredients, advanced science and fun packaging with their products. I've used the hand cream which features a similar concept. It's cookies and cream - what's not to like? They also make a Macaron Lip Balm that looks absolutely darling!

11. May Coop Raw Sauce
A hydrating, nourishing essence with a unique maple-tree sap base that boosts the effectiveness and absorption of ingredients into the skin. With an innovative formulation of nourishing botanical complexes, along with antioxidant ingredients that neutralize free radicals and support natural skin cell regeneration while intensely hydrating and promoting a radiant complexion. I purchased a travel size of this product to see what it was about and I could see a visible difference in the efficacy of my other products when using this. I would've re-purchased it right away had I not bought other essences to try. I want to go back to this one when it gets cold.

Have you tried any of these products? Which one are you most interested in?


Innarah Eye Treatment Ultra-Hydrating Eye Crème

August 8, 2016
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My mom always told me to take good care of my eye area since it's delicate and prone to show the signs of aging. Considering people often think that she's 10 years younger than her actual age, I generally try to heed her advice like starting to use eye cream when I was in college. Over the years I've probably used all manner of eye creams and this seems to be the one product category where I still haven't found "the one". Following wonderful experiences with the Innarah Veno Defense Hydrating Treatment Créme and Innarah Line Smoothing Treatment Serum, I tried out the Innarah Eye Treatment Crème Ultra-Hydrating Eye Crème. Read on to see if I've found the one.

About the Brand: Backed by decades of research, by one of the beauty industry’s leading chemists, Innarah has created the first ever skin care line that works in cooperation with your skin’s biology. Their range is made using a revolutionary fermentation process that combines blends of unique natural botanical oils and minerals. This process creates highly effective products that maintain the potency of the ingredients so they can be easily absorbed while encouraging the skin’s own reparative abilities and optimizing vital defense from the inside out. Each Innarah product is purposely formulated to address specific skin issues due to natural aging and environmental factors, offering benefits to nourish, purify and re-energize skin. They do not contain any parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sulfates, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances.\

Eye Candy : Im Siwan for Sure

August 5, 2016
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Im Siwan is an urbane man about town as he takes is slow in the streets of New York City for the pages of Sure Korea. He is stylishly clad in the Korean sportswear brand Chris Christy, not to be confused with the ridiculously awful New Jersey governor with the same name. In the accompanying interview, Siwan talks about the happiness that acting has brought into his life. Following his breakout performance in Misaeng, it was reported that Siwan received over 50 casting offers. The cute 27 year old actor who is a member of the music group ZE:A has been wisely selective in choosing his roles since and will next be seen in the crime caper One Line alongside Jin Goo of Descendants of the Sun fame. Misaeng (Incomplete Life) happens to be one of my top ten K-dramas of all time. The show, a brilliantly realistic slice of life depiction of contemporary office culture was both a critical and ratings hit as well as a cult phenomenon. Siwan was the emotional center of Misaeng and his portrayal of Jang Geu Rae was quietly compelling and infinitely relatable at the same time. He held his own among a solid cast that included the always brilliant Lee Sung Min and impish scene stealer Byun Yo Han. I was also impressed when he appeared on Running Man earlier this year. Siwan was refreshingly low key and game for anything instead of acting entitled and waiting to be fawned over like most idols or some actresses.

I really like the easy going feel of this editorial and being a New Yorker, I recognized the Financial District, Tribeca and Soho locations right away. Given the lack of people milling around, they must've done this shoot fairly early in the morning. I see my fair share of celebs around the city especially in Tribeca and it's no big deal. I'd be more excited to spot an Asian celeb for sure. Magazines really like to use Staple Street as seen in the second image as a backdrop. It was also featured in Park Shin Hye's InStyle pictorial set in NYC. The only criticism I would have is that the last photo looks like an afterthought that doesn't belongs with the rest thanks to the dodgy styling (that Etro shirt looks like a lady's blouse) and awkward PPL with the sunscreen.

Sure August 2016 // Photographer: Zoo Young Gyun // Stylist: Chung Hye Jin  // Grooming: Kim Hwan

Blithe Patting Splash Masks For Better Skin in 30 Seconds

August 3, 2016
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Facial masks are an integral step my skincare routine. My favorite type would probably be sheet masks since they don't require the additional step of rinsing off. But I don't always feel like committing the time to a sheet mask or a wash off mask so I was quite intrigued by the K-beauty concept of splash masks which are inspired by the Korean bathhouse tradition of splashing botanical steeped water onto the face after cleansing to tone and brighten skin. While splashing, you're also patting the mask into your skin for quick absorption and this basically condenses a 20 minute mask routine into a 15 - 30 second action. I wanted to find out if it was possible to splash my way to better skin and I will be reviewing the Blithe Patting Splash Mask Rejuvenating Purple Berry. I had purchased this product awhile ago and only got around to trying it recently.

BLITHE PATTING SPLASH MASKS

Through My Lens : Recently On Instagram

August 1, 2016
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A few highlights of this past month as seen on Instagram which serves as my unofficial food diary and love letter to NYC. I definitely get out more during the summer. Where has the year gone? I can't believe it's August already. For more, click on over to Instagram and do follow if you like what you see.

  • The Statue of Liberty looking majestic as ever! I thought this was an appropriate photo for Independence Day! Check out my view of the fireworks!
  • My husband and I go out on dinner dates at least once a week and Beron Beron in the East Village is one of our favorite spots because we've been going there since we were dating when they were still Sapporo East. We always order the salmon teriyaki bento box and hamachi-don.
  • There are certain pockets in the city that look like they could be somewhere else and this corner in Tribeca is one of them.
  • The hot weather hasn't deterred us from having hot pot. It's just as good with air conditioning. So excited there's a Little Sheep Mongolian Hotpot so close to home now.
  • The redone Chelsea outpost of Barney's New York is fabulous. Just look at this stunning staircase!
  • I ordered this Soko to Tokyo Value Set for $25 when it was back in stock at Sephora. See the items I chose and get more details.
  • Manhattanhenge occurs twice a year when the setting sun aligns with the east to west streets of the main street grid of New York City. I wasn't able to get to midtown but it still looked pretty cool from Houston Street.
  • We've been frequenting Smorgasburg at the South Street Seaport since it's a short walk from our apt. The buffalo wings from Home Frite are so tasty. These tacos and this baja crispy fish burrito are also really good!
  • Checking out the Staten Island Yankees on Star Wars Night. They won the game 2-0.
  • Sharing one of my current favorite lippies on National Lipstick Day and it's only $9.99!
  • Brilliant sunsets like this are such a treat during the summer.
  • One of the great things about living in NYC is all the amazing food delivery services that are available. I like to make use of them when it's too hot to cook. The chirashi from Munchery is both delicious and beautiful!

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