Archive for 2017

Erdem X H&M

October 20, 2017
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The Erdem x H&M collection will be making it's retail arrival online and in stores on November 2. The Swedish fast fashion chain has had considerable success with previous collabs which have included Marni, Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Maison Martin Margiela among others. Judging by the images in this look book, the collection perfectly encapsulates the signature romantic aesthetic of designer Erdem Moralioglu in the form of floral prints and lace embellished frocks and silk suits. According to a press release, this capsules aims to "reinterpret the design themes from some of his most celebrated collections." and will include his first foray into menswear.

These designer collabs are incredible because of how the way they translate luxury ready-to-wear into accessible and affordable fashion for us regular folks. The prices for this collection top out at $299. While not all of these pieces are exactly appropriate for every day wear, the holidays are around the corner and the dresses are certainly party perfect. The chic separates could definitely be worked into daytime looks depending on how they're styled. I'm totally eyeing the first dress which is giving off some serious couture vibes with it's fit and flare silhouette and ribbon edged detailing. The pajama style ensemble also looks impossibly chic and comfortable at the same time.

So as I was writing this, I just happened to receive an invitation to preview and shop this collection at an exclusive event with Baz Lurhmann (who directed this dreamy teaser) and H&M.  I immediately checked my calendar and sent my RSVP with a yes. Maybe I need to write about winning the lottery now LOL

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Beauty Brands That Give Back

October 18, 2017
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According to statistics, one in every eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime making it the second-most-common cancer among women worldwide. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and a number of beauty brands have released a range of pink products which benefit breast cancer research efforts. While none of us really need an excuse to shop for beauty products, there's no better time to splurge a little and shop for good.  Keep in mind that not all pink products are created equal. Some products are merely branded pink and don't actually make any type of contribution towards the cause or if they do, it may not be as much as you think. Here are 15 beauty buys that are each dedicated to donating a portion of their proceeds towards breast cancer charities. Some of these would make wonderful gifts.

Current Mood

October 16, 2017

Listening...  to Royal Pirates Hasta La Vista.  So sad this will be their farewell EP and I will miss them.

Reading...  Food Can Fix It by Dr. Oz. If you follow me on Instagram you might know that I attended a party celebrating the launch at Good Housekeeping and got some real life advice from Dr. Oz himself. He also thinks that sugar should be avoided. The whole idea of healing our ailmentst through the food we eat really makes so much sense.

Eye Candy : Song Joong Ki for Marie Claire

October 13, 2017
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Battleship Island star Song Joong Ki covers Marie Claire's special edition spotlighting the Busan Film Festival where he talks about the box office reception of the historical film. The 32 year old actor who looks boyish as ever models a variety of fall fashions some of which look more wearable than others. Turtlenecks and tweed suits yes, funky fuzzy pants no. I was a little disappointed to hear that Joong Ki turned down a lead role in the Netflix original Joseon era zombie K-drama Kingdom but the man is currently preparing for a much more important role with his impending marriage to Song Hye Kyo at the end of this month.

As an avid SongSong shipper since the beginning of Descendants of the Sun, this is an event I am anticipating as well. The pair have been spotted overseas in Los Angeles and more recently in Paris looking as sweet as ever. They're both known to be very low key and private but I hope we'll get a glimpse inside the nuptials and even a wedding pictorial. 

Marie Claire Korea October 2017 BIFF Special Edition  //  Photographer: Kim Young Joon  //  Editor: Choi Park Min
Hair: Lee Hye Young  //  Makeup: Before Advance //  Prop Styling: River Hermit

Currently Coveting

October 11, 2017

Our apartment has been undergoing an ongoing transition for most of 2017. It started at the beginning of the year and ramped up some time after we paid off our mortgage. After a massive declutter, selling off some of our stuff and a reorganization, we are in a mode of updating and upgrading and it may or may not involve some major changes. My husband is in charge of shopping for our new television and we've been making decisions together on other home decor.

1. simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro
I'm not sure why we need a smart mirror but my husband seems to think that we do.

2. Dyson Hygienic Mist Humidifier
A humidifier is a must for us during the winter months to conquer the dry air but we've become increasingly paranoid about germs and bacteria so we're thinking of upgrading to this one which uses UV light to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and it's supposed to be super quiet to boot.

3. Liv Smoke Glass Carafe
We keep talking about getting a bedside carafe and it's time to make it happen.

4. Audio Pro Addon C5 Grey WiFi/Wireless Speaker
Looking for a new wireless speaker that combines form and function and this one seems to fit the bill.

I like my candles with a touch of whimsy

6. H&M Cutting Board
The cute design of this board makes it perfect for entertaining.

The current front runner to replace our old media center.

You can always check out my running wish lists in the Shop With Me section on the blog. What are you coveting?

Dine Out : Momosan Ramen & Sake

October 9, 2017
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Momosan Ramen and Sake in Murray Hill is Masaharu Morimoto's first ramen focused restaurant. The name comes from one of the former Iron Chef's nicknames in the kitchen. Punctuated by whitewashed brick and dark wood details, the modern and relaxed space features an expansive bar area that offers an extensive range of sake brewed from different regions as well as sake based cocktails. The seating options include counter seating by the entryway and booths as well as communal tables in the back. The ramen centric menu puts the focus on four versions of traditional ramen - Tonkotsu, Tokyo Chicken, Tantan and Tsukemen that can be customized with a choice of toppings. A variety of appetizer options are on offer with everything from edamame, sticky ribs and a soft shell crab bao to a crispy pig ear with a Japanese mayo aioli.

Through My Lens : Recently On Instagram

October 6, 2017

A few highlights from the past month as seen on Instagram which serves as my unofficial food diary and love letter to NYC. I also post quick reviews here and there. I generally try to keep the content unique so it's not just a bunch of photos from here. You can see more on Instagram and do follow if you like what you see... I haven't been posting much lately because I've been dealing with some personal issues in my life.

The Lancer Method

October 2, 2017
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I was recently selected by Influenster to receive a Lancer VoxBox with the brand's game-changing 3-step skincare kit called The Method. The Lancer Method is a powerful anti-aging skincare protocol developed by Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr.  Howard Lancer.  The Lancer Method is based on a biological principle of the skin’s natural regenerative cycle. Dr. Lancer devised a unique system that supports this process through manual exfoliation. The three steps of The Lancer Method are supposed to dramatically improve the appearance of fine lines, texture, discoloration, and pore size. I have always been curious about the Lancer method since it is a favorite among celebrities and I was excited to try it out for myself.

New Additions To My Closet

September 27, 2017
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I usually do a closet evaluation and cleanout before the start of each new season just to audit my wardrobe to see what still works and what doesn't. I also evaluate fit and whether I need to replace anything that is too worn. I bought four new pieces based on my strategy of building a timeless wardrobe with classic and versatile staples that would integrate with what's already in my closet. I own a good deal of color so I've been adding blacks and neutrals. I'm pretty set with my fall shopping and I'm really happy with my purchases. It just so happened that they work together as an outfit and they're likely going to Las Vegas with me.

1. FRAME Denim Le Garcon Jeans
The slightly relaxed yet tailored fit of these jeans is so flattering. They're made from the most incredibly soft, super stretch denim that feels like a dream to wear and holds it's shape really well. These might be the most comfortable jeans I've ever owned and I want to live in them. I love the ankle skimming length and undone cuffs. The lightly faded dark blue wash is so versatile and easy to dress up or down. I'm contemplating a second pair in a different wash.
Fit: Relaxed / Purchased size 26

2. A New Day Ruffle Any Day Pullover
The ruffles add a fun and feminine touch to this pullover which looks more expensive than it actually is. Target is really killing it with their new brands this fall.
Fit: TTS / Purchased size S

3. Zara Short Texture Weave Blazer
I have a slight obsession with Chanel's Little Black Jacket and have been on a quest for an affordable version for awhile now.  I chanced upon this blazer at Zara and knew I had found the one as soon as I tried it on. The classic details and jewel length sleeves are so timeless. The variety of styling options are going to be fun and  I can see myself wearing this blazer for many years to come.
Fit: TTS / Purchased size S

4. Dolce Vita Tessie Bootie
I live in ankle boots during the fall and really wanted to add a pair in grey. This pair fits the bill for both color and silhouette and they're comfortable to walk in which is a must. This style looks just as cute paired with jeans as it does with dresses.
Fit: TTS / Purchased size 8

Have you purchased anything new for fall?

Recent Loves

September 25, 2017

This is where I talk about some of the beauty products I've been loving lately...

Don't Stand So Close To Me

September 22, 2017

So I was waiting in line at the bank the other week and the person behind me was so close that it felt like she was right up on my butt and I could feel her breathing on my back. Because I'm not really into strangers all up on me, this of course made me feel uncomfortable so I shifted forward as soon as the line moved and stuck my foot out a little behind me in an effort to create a little distance. This person persisted and was still right up against me and my leg. She actually acted offended when I deigned to secure my bag under my arm. Well I don't know you or your intentions so excuse me if I don't want to give you a chance to reach into my bag. This is not an isolated incident and it has happened in a number of instances/venues. It's also not necessarily culture or age based though Asians tend to be way less cognizant of personal space. I say this as an Asian person who shops regularly in Chinatown.

Skincare Advice I'd Give My Younger Self

September 20, 2017
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I don't think there is too much I'd change if I could turn back time (maybe buy stock in Apple and Amazon LOL) but sometimes I do wish I had became a little more skincare savvy at a younger age. When you're 20, not getting enough sleep or sleeping in your makeup are fairly easy to spring back from but these types of transgressions do have a way of catching up with one later in life. This got me to thinking about my current skincare habits and the things I wish I knew earlier.

Pamella Roland Spring 2018

September 18, 2017
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The Pamella Roland Spring 2018 collection was all about elegant glamour. Designer Pamella DeVos took inspiration from Monte Carlo, the luxurious city state known as much for it's beauty as well as it's wealth of iconic references such as the French Riviera, the Grand Prix and Princess Grace Kelly who was the embodiment of timeless sophistication. An array of charming cocktail dresses and gowns in a range of sumptuous fabrics walked down the runway. The color palette ranged from classic black and white to soft pastel hues of blush and lilac to rich jewel tones. The sleek silhouettes were adorned with striking embellishments like intricate metallic fringe, sequin firework motifs, floral embroideries and feathered plumes. The collection which is punctuated by vintage refinement speaks to a sense of opulence that is somehow streamlined without being over the top. Pamella Roland is a red carpet favorite among celebrities and it would be quite easy to visualize some of these designs gracing various red carpets in the future.

This show kicked off the inaugural day of New York Fashion at Pier 59 Studios. Some notable attendees I spotted in the crowd were Aly Raisman, Olivia Culpo and several judges from America's Top Model. I briefly considered photographing the presentation with my new camera but opted against it as soon as I took my seat. Also check out my feature on the Pamela Rolland Resort 2018 collection.

Eye Candy : Fall Makeup

September 15, 2017
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Today we have a beauty double feature with two lovely Korean actresses modeling a few of the hottest makeup looks for fall. Lee El goes from glamorous drama with lacquered red lips and cleanly defined eyes to romantic radiance with shades of pink highlighting her eyes, cheeks and lips as the face of Lancome in Singles

Kim So Yeon shows off the versatility of Guerlain's KissKiss Matte Lipsticks in a pictorial for High Cut magazine. While the emphasis is on the lips, I'm totally taken by their flawless glowing skin and subtly blushed cheeks in both editorials.

Current Mood

September 13, 2017

Listening...  to vintage Cantopop and rediscovering my love for the group Swing's music.

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story

September 11, 2017
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I've been kind of obsessed with organization all my life so it was a real boon when I first read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo and learned all about the KonMari Method. The core concept of this transformative process draws upon organized minimalism as a path to happiness. KonMari isn't so much a cleaning process as much as it is an actual lifestyle.

Eye Candy : Ji Chang Wook for 1st Look

September 8, 2017
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Less than a month into his military service, Ji Chang Wook makes an appearance in the latest of 1st Look magazine in an pictorial suitably entitled "Missing You".  Obviously photographed before his enlistment, the handsome actor makes quite the charming endorsement for Fossil smart watches and accessories in this advertorial. And the styling and his fresh faced good looks almost make him look more like a college student than a 30 year old man here. I'm especially swooning over the images with his glorious hair swept off his face. That BTS shot with the light meter next to his profile!!! I mean he makes the 5:5 look pretty good but I'm all for seeing more of that face. Chang Wook's agency shared a letter that he wrote to his fans at the end of August in which he assured everyone that he was doing well in training camp. He is scheduled to be discharged on May 13, 2019. I may have watched this CF more than a few times already.

Dine Out : Tacombi At Fonda Nolita

September 6, 2017

Located on Elizabeth Street in Nolita, Tacombi is one of those places that you notice as soon as you walk by. The breezy taquería which replicates a beachside operation originally launched in Playa del Carmen operates inside an open air space that was once a garage. Just like the original, a converted vintage VW bus also acts as a taco stand. It is the centerpiece to the colorfully and graphically decorated eatery which is meant to evoke a carefree beachy lifestyle. The Instagram worthy decor which provides much visual interest isn't really outfitted for comfort with foldout metal tables, chair and stools though it does aesthetically fit the theme.

Currently Coveting

September 4, 2017

As much as I'm not really ready for summer to end... the thought of fall and transitioning from dresses and sandals to cute outerwear and boots has me a little excited. Because I like to plan ahead I've already kicked off my fall shopping with these stylish ankle boots and this gorgeous Chanelesque little black jacket. Pretty sure I will be wearing both of these to NYFW.  These some other pieces that I have my eye on.

1. Chinti & Parker Cherry Breton Striped Cashmere Sweater
This sweater is just adorable! Stripes and cherry motifs are two of my favorite design elements.

2. Frame Denim Le High Straight Cropped Jeans
After living in skinny jeans for like ever, I think I'm ready to branch out into other fits.

3. H&M Short Coat
Scallop details always get me and I also like the 3/4 length of this coat.

4. New York Yankees Amelia Cuff Knit Beanie 
The beanie is super cute and I can cheer on my favorite team (NY Yankees) at the same time.

5. Everlane The Day Heel
Such a ladylike shoe silhouette and the block heel actually looks like it would be comfortable to walk in.

6. Rebecca Minkoff Stargazing Ear Jackets
Ear jackets have become my favorite style of earrings and these are just lovely.

7. Lo & Sons Pearl Leather Bag
I own the Black Nappa Leather version of this bag. It is a super chic and versatile and I would love to have the Dark Grey Saffiano Leather version as well.

You can always check out my running wish lists in the Shop With Me section on the blog. What are you coveting?

How To Help After Hurricane Harvey

September 1, 2017

Even though I live on the other side of the country, it's been hard this week to not be affected by the heartbreaking images of Hurricane Harvey tearing through Texas, flooding and displacing the lives and homes of so many. We lived through Hurricane Sandy in New York and were very fortunate to lose nothing more than our electricity and hot water for a week. The destruction in Texas has been devastating and while relief efforts are underway, just based on history there will be a long road back. While the US is fractured in so many ways right now, people always seem to come together when disaster strikes and for those who want to help, the best way to do that is to give money. The amount doesn't matter, whatever works for you. Just make sure to do your research and vet any potential charitable organization before you donate. The NY Times has a really helpful article on donating and how to avoid scams. Here is a list of established charities who are accepting Harvey-specific donations.

The Red Cross
Visit their website or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation

The United Way of Greater Houston
Visit their website or text the word UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund

The Salvation Army
Visit their website or text the word STORM to 51555 or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Global Giving
Visit their website or text the word HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Save the Children
Visit their website or text the word HURRICANE to 20222 to donate $25 to the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax deductible donations. Visit the GHCF website to make a donation.

Charity Navigator has a list of local Hurricane Harvey specific organizations that are providing support to those in affected areas.

GoFundMe has set up a dedicated Hurricane Harvey page with hundreds of charities working on and off the ground in Texas to help with the aftermath.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

August 30, 2017
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I was recently selected by Influenster to receive a Make Up For Ever VoxBox with the brand's highly popular Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. I've alway had a positive experience with the Make Up For Ever brand so I was really excited to try this product out.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Price: $43 (1.01 oz/ 30 mL)

An Allure Reader’s Choice award winner, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is the first foundation developed for the latest high-definition technologies of the film and TV industry. The exclusive 4K Complex creates the look of a naturally flawless complexion while appearing invisible both in front of 4K cameras and to the naked eye. Uniquely coated pigments deliver buildable to medium with a lightweight texture that is like second skin. Hyaluronic spheres ensure comfortable, all day wear on all normal, dry, and combination skin types.

New K-Beauty Products I've Tried Recently

August 28, 2017
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When it comes to trying new products, I have to say I'm definitely more adventurous when it comes to skincare than makeup. I may also be a little more invested in skincare just because having good skin means being able to wear less makeup. It's not that I'm uninterested in makeup but I actually find skincare more fun and discovering the latest and greatest products is part of that fun. BB Cosmetic recently sent me two new K-beauty skincare products to try out.  Note: I always patch test any skincare products I haven't used before first on the back of my neck for a few days before trying it out on my face.

Eye Candy : Editorial Roundup

August 25, 2017

Fittingly a lot of editorials seem to be in summer vacation mode lately.  JLook took Lee Min Jung to Da Nang, Vietnam and it sure looks like a tropical paradise. Sung Hoon appears to be quite at home in that pool for BNT International which makes sense since he is a former swim athlete afterall.

Thoughts On Shortlist Beauty And A Minimal Skincare Routine

August 23, 2017
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This post is part of a #Shortlist sponsored series for Socialstars™

If you're a regular reader here then you'll know that I replaced my usual skincare routine with the Shortlist Beauty system back in June. After one month, I shared an update on how my skin was doing on the regimen as well as how the minimal routine worked and how I adjusted.  Let me reiterate that the Shortlist system consists of two products: a serum and a cream. I have been using these products after washing my face and using toner in the AM and PM. The only other skincare I use are facial masks, eye cream and sunscreen. Transitioning from a multi-step skincare routine to just two products was a little odd at first but it was pretty easy to get used to.

Recent Loves

August 21, 2017

This is where I talk about some of the beauty products I've been loving lately...

Ji Chang Wook's Military Enlistment

August 18, 2017
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It's no secret that Ji Chang Wook is a favorite around here so of course I had to acknowledge the news of his formal enlistment for his mandatory military service in the South Korean army. Chang Wook had announced that this would be happening during the run of his last drama Suspicious Partner and has been making preparations since the show wrapped. In between a farewell tour with appearances on various programs, the 30 year old actor had also been getting his affairs in order and spending as much time as possible with his mother and friends.

10 Foods That Offer Sun Protection

August 16, 2017
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A major factor of skincare is diet and what we put into our bodies is just as important as what we put onto it. The food we eat can contribute to the body’s ability to produce collagen and elastin which contribute to the hydration levels of our skin and can also work to inhibit enzymes that cause wrinkles and aging.  Choosing the right foods is the difference between clear, luminous and firm skin or wrinkled, loose and sagging skin.

How The 7 Skin Method Improved My Skin

August 14, 2017
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Since I mentioned my love for toners last week, I wanted to talk about the 7 Skin Method which is a major reason that toner is an integral step in my skincare routine. A K-Beauty trend,  the 7 Skin Method is a process in which a toner or lightweight essence is successively applied to the face for up to seven times immediately after cleansing and before moisturizing. It is called "7 Skin" because he word for toner and "skin" are the same in Korea. So it is effectively the 7 Toner Method.

Current Mood

August 11, 2017

Listening...  to the Suspicious Partner soundtrack. How Do I Say It by O When is my favorite track.

YESSTYLE Sweet Spring Makeup Kit Beauty Box

August 9, 2017
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Well before Asian beauty products were more easily accessible like they are these days, there was YesStyle. was one of the first global online retailers to offer fashion, beauty and lifestyle products from Korea, Japan, Taiwan and more. I've shopped on and off from them for a number of years and I also unboxed a previous YesStyle Beauty Box here before.

MUN Skin Care Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner

August 7, 2017
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"The right toner gives the skin a healthy glow and fresh feeling after cleansing and throughout the day. 
It provides the foundation for a deeper penetration of your serum or moisturizer. "

Ever since I got into Asian skincare, toners have been an indispensable step in my beauty regimen. Prior to that, I hadn't used toner in a number of years because my previous experience with them involved wiping a toner soaked cotton ball all around my face and bracing as it would sting and remove every last trace of dirt and oil off my skin. Of course that was when my skin was on the oily and I didn't know better. I've since learned that toners can serve a purpose and it's not to strip your skin but rather to treat, balance and hydrate. These days I have a small collection of toners that I rotate accordingly to address the needs of my skin. In the morning I prefer a hydrating toner to prep my skin for makeup. In the evenings, depending on how my skin is acting and what it needs, I like to switch between a calming toner or one that has exfoliating properties while delivering moisture to ready my skin for my evening skincare routine. MŪN Skin Care Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner is a multi-tasking product that ticks off all of these check boxes which is why it's been a favorite of mine this summer.

Through My Lens : Recently On Instagram

August 4, 2017

A few highlights from the past month as seen on Instagram which serves as my unofficial food diary and love letter to NYC. I also post quick reviews here and there. I generally try to keep the content unique so it's not just a bunch of photos from here. You can see more on Instagram and do follow if you like what you see...

  • Just a slice of life in NYC.
  • The Emmy burger I featured in my review of Emily has been turned into a special dumpling at Mimi Cheng's Dumplings and it is delicious while also capturing the flavors of the burger. It's been such a hit that they've extended it's run for another month.
  • I couldn't resist picking up boxes of the Patchology Illuminate FlashMasque and Leaders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution sheet masks when I spotted them at bargain prices at TJ Maxx. They're both quite good too!
  • Found my favorite new summer treat in Pressed Juicery's matcha freeze. It's totally no guilt and low sugar since it's frozen green juice. And yes it does taste good.
  • I never pass up a chance to take in an elevated view of the city.
  • Humblefish might be displacing Chikarashi as my favorite neighborhood poké spot and they deliver to us. The Classic is delicious especially with purple rice. You can also sub for quinoa or zucchini noodles. 
  • I love my cushions and this April Skin Magic Snow Cushion White is a current favorite.
  • Had a fun get together with friends at Barn Joo where we tried a number of tasty dishes. The kimchi bacon pancake was a a personal favorite. I make bacon kimchi fried rice and I can't believe I never thought to do a pancake. I cooked up one at home last weekend. It's an amazing pairing since the smoky flavor of the bacon really brings out the taste of the kimchi.
  • I also never pass up a chance to take in a view of the city from the water.

Up Close With The Pamella Roland Resort 2018 Collection

August 2, 2017
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Following up my feature on the Pamella Roland Resort 2018 Collection, I wanted to turn the spotlight on the hair and makeup and provide a better view of the Bvlgari jewels that adorned the models. Marshall Lin of Frédéric Fekkkai created an updated take on the sleek and polished hair look made popular by Cher in the 70's. The models sported straight blowouts with middle parts to complement the elegant looks of the collection. Rick DiCecca, Global Makeup Artist for Artistry designed a makeup look with defined eyes with long lashes and soft neutral lids paired with berry stained lips and soft rosy cheeks atop a glowing complexion that looked lit from within. The look was quite polished and evoked a sense of glamour and sophistication to echo the fashions. Since the presentation was staged at Bvlgari, the fashions were accessorized with jewelry from the Italian luxury brand. The sparkling baubles were just as eye-catching as the sparkling fashions and a few of the models I spoke with told me they were a dream to wear. The center part might be a little difficult to pull off for most of us but otherwise the hair and makeup look to be very pretty and wearable. 

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Pamella Roland Resort 2018

July 31, 2017
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The Pamella Roland Resort 2018 collection made it's splendid debut against the opulent backdrop of the Bvlgari Fifth Avenue flagship which was transformed into a lush botanical wonderland with servers circling the room with glasses of Veuve Cliquot and hors d'oeuvres in hand. The exclusive presentation included 30 looks from the collection, each of which was accompanied by a touch of sparkle courtesy of Bvlgari and the fashions shined as much as the jewelry in the surrounding display cases.

In a slight departure from her usual artistic influences, designer Pamella DeVos was inspired by the garden of her Bay Harbor, Michigan lakeside residence for this collection. The brand's sumptuous gowns took on a floral toned palette that included geranium red, pale yellow, blush pink and violet along with flowery watercolor prints. Particularly striking were the dresses adorned with 3D floral appliqués that looked like they were fresh from the garden. Other embellishments included trailing floral embroideries, dainty crystals, sequined fringe and the brand's signature beadwork. Also in the collection were a range of striking black and white creations in streamlined silhouettes featuring sleek ruffle details, cut-outs and thigh high slits. This collection is a luxurious marriage of glamour, femininity and elegance. Pamella Roland is favorite amongst celebrities and I have a feeling we'll be seeing some of these designs gracing various red carpets in the future.

Full disclosure: I attended this show back in early June but didn't get around to finish editing all of my photos until now.  I did mention there were 30 looks right. Stay tuned for my next post for a better view of the hair and makeup and the Bvlgari jewels.

Which looks are catching your eye? I had too many favorites but the first and last were two real standouts. The workmanship was incredible.

Dine Out : Emily

July 28, 2017
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While we still haven't made it to the original Emily in Brooklyn, we did manage to dine at Emily in the West Village not soon after they opened. Both the original and Emmy Squared come from the chef-restaurateur and husband-wife team of Pizza Loves Emily known for their well loved inventive take on Detroit style pizza. This newest location occupies the former home of Blue Ribbon Bakery on a charming corner in the West Village. The restaurant itself is a long narrow bi-level space outfitted with plenty of wood and rustic touches throughout. The bar is situated right inside the entrance and the downstairs dining room offers a view of the pizzas cooking in the wood fired ovens. We were seated in the upstairs dining room which has a decidedly homey vibe. The seating situation is cozy since all the tables are placed in very close proximity to one another. This is typical of many a New York dining establishment.

A Minimal Skincare Routine With Shortlist Beauty

July 24, 2017
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This post is part of a #Shortlist sponsored series for Socialstars™

My beauty routine has always been more focused on skincare than makeup but it has been anything but streamlined. I first introduced first introduced Shortlist Beauty here last month and I took a step in adopting a minimalist approach to skincare with their products. I'm back to talk more about this routine, how I adjusted to it and how it's worked out for my skin.  First things first, the Shortlist regimen consists of just two products: a serum and a cream. I have not given up on washing my face or using toner, masks and eye cream but my multi-step skincare routine has been reduced to just two steps twice a day and it's been quite liberating even though it did take a little getting used to at first.

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wishlist

July 21, 2017
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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a big deal because it's the one time of the year when Nordstrom offers discounts on brand new arrivals. This translates into some incredible sale prices on the upcoming Fall and Winter lines from top brands. I like to take advantage of this sale to stock up and replace classic wardrobe items as well as maybe splurge on a few discounted high end pieces for both myself and my husband. A few home decor items have also caught my eye this time around cause we're in the midst of updating our apartment again. Full disclosure: I already ordered 1, 2, 7 and 12 from this list.

The sale is officially open to the general public today and runs through August 6. Prices go back up after the sale. Sellouts are common so you better act fast if you see something you like. Have you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? What are you getting?

1. Via Spiga Hooded Packable Utility Coat
I have a similar jacket that is on it's last legs because I wore it for years. This will be a nice replacement.

2. Natori Feathers Underwire Contour Bra
One of the best bras I've owned in terms of comfort and support and I need a few more.

3. Monica Vinader Riva Kite Diamond Bracelet
Love classic jewelry styles like this that can be worn with practically anything.

4. Vince Camuto Pleat Foiled Knit Skirt
This skirt looks so fun and versatile.

5. Helene Berman Fringe Trim Tweed Jacket
This tweed jacket is such an easy way to add polish to any outfit.

6. Hunter Original Refined Short Rain Boot
I was never into Hunter boots because they looked too clunky but this updated sleek silhouette is anything but.

7. Ted Baker Steam Trim Fit Stripe Dress Shirt
My husband could always use another smart looking shirt and I really like the stripes/dots pattern and color of this one.

8. Bugatchi Plaid Sport Shirt
Because dressing down for guys doesn't have to be sloppy.

9. Bensol Tic Wool Trousers
When I find crisp slim fit, flat front pants like this, I usually buy a few pairs.

10. Boss Water-Repellent Car Coat
The minimalist styling and classic proportions make this the type of coat that can be worn for many years to come.

11. Monogram Bedside Water Carafe Set
This will save me a trip to the kitchen when I wake up in the middle of the tonight and want a drink of water. Nice how this carafe is capped with a drinking glass.

12. Asterism Electric Aromatherapy Diffuser
Our current diffuser has seen better days and this one is just so stylish and elegant.

13. Faux Leather Jewelry Roll
Such a lovely way to keep jewelry organized on the go.

14. Nap More Stress Less Accent Pillow
So fun and graphic and I agree!

15. DKNY Clean Rug
I've been coveting this rug and this is the perfect opportunity to buy it!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Picks

July 19, 2017
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In case you haven't heard, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on! This sale is a real event since it's offers a great chance to score some incredible deals for a limited time and all orders qualify for free shipping and returns. Of course the first thing I had to browse are the Beauty Exclusive and these are some of the items I have my eye on. Since I don't really need anything right now, I'm looking at restocking products that I already use like the Supergoop SPF 50 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C.  We go through a few bottles every summer and this three pack is like 35% off which makes it a fantastic value. The neuLASH Lash Enhancing Serum Duo is like getting one for free. It's a pricey product but it's definitely one of the best lash enhancing products I've ever tried with impressive visible results. The Diptyque Scented Candle SetWinky Lux Your Bestie The Nudes Trio and Skinny Dip Marble Manicure Set would all make terrific gifts. Trust me now is not too soon to start your holiday shopping. I'm almost done with mine.

Nordstrom cardholders get exclusive early access to the sale on July 14th. The Anniversary Sale is open to everyone else on July 21. It’s the biggest sale of the year and these items go fast! Have you shopped this sale?

1. Winky Lux Your Bestie The Nudes Trio
2. NARS Angel Pride Cheek Palette
3. Diptyque Scented Candle Set
4. Supergoop SPF 50 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist 3 Pack
5. neuLASH Lash Enhancing Serum Duo
6. GloPRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool for Face & Body
7. Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Set
8. Skinny Dip Marble Manicure Set

10 Things I Need For The Summer

July 17, 2017
Alexa Chung

I've been looking forward to summer all winter long but now that it's finally arrived, I'm reminded of what I don't enjoy so much about the season - specifically the sweltering heat and getting sweaty and gross. While I can't really avoid the heat entirely, there are things that I can do keep my cool and make the most of summer.

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit

July 14, 2017
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I was recently selected by Influenster to receive a Jane Iredale VoxBox with the Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit that includes a PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation, Blush, Eye Shadow, and Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain. Jane Iredale is a brand that I've a had a positive impression of since I was first introduced to them at a beauty event hosted by Allure magazine a few years ago. Jane Iredale is a mineral makeup company that blurs the lines between skincare and makeup with a clean and cruelty-free product range that nurtures skin and enhance the lives of their consumers through their effectiveness and simplicity. This same principles have guided their philanthropic efforts which are directed towards causes that help women,  the environment and the arts.

Eye Candy : A Summer Girl

July 12, 2017
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This Elle France editorial just perfectly captures the carefree spirit of summer. And I'm loving how the effortlessly chic clothing styled on model Adela Stenberg is actually representative of how people dress in real life. I mean I'm all for editorials being extravagant and aspirational but it's also nice to see a reflection of reality from time to time. Do you have a preference?

Elle France July 2017 // Photographer: Rahel Weiss //  Model: Adela Stenberg
Stylist: Virginie Benarroch // Hair: Hélène Bidard // Make-Up: Mayumi Oda

Saromae Quintessential Snail Serum Concentrate

July 10, 2017
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Hanbang which stands herbal treatment is a holistic form of skincare that has been integral to K-beauty for quite some time since it is based on the healing system of traditional herbal medicine which has been in practice for over 2,000 years. Hanbang skincare is all about creating balance with plant and flower based ingredients like ginseng, green tea, lotus root, ginger and licorice. Popular hanbang beauty brands include Sulwhasoo and History of Whoo while a number of other K-beauty brands like Missha and The Face Shop also have dedicated hanbang lines with their product range. I'm personally a big fan of hanbang beauty because you can't really argue with centuries old wisdom and I have found a number of products which have worked for me. The product I'm reviewing today is a hanbang beauty product that combines herbal medicine science with modern science.

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