Archive for December 2012

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays! However you celebrate, I hope you'll be warm, happy and surrounded by love and laughter. I'll be signing off until the new year. Thank you to everyone for sharing this space with me. I'll see you in 2013.

Through My Lens : Holiday Season in NYC

December 20, 2012

The holiday season in New York City is one of the most magical times of the year and one of my favorite holiday activities is to venture to midtown to take in the sights from the tree in Rockefeller Center to the various holiday windows on Fifth Avenue. I brought my camera along to share some of what I saw.

Watch : Goodbye Gossip Girl

December 17, 2012

After a six season run, Gossip Girl comes to a conclusion tonight. From what I've read, the show's ending will feature a few surprises including a flashback, a flash forward and the long awaited revelation of the titular character. My love for Gossip Girl is no secret and I'm both a little sad and relieved for the end. The writing has been a little uneven for the past few seasons making it sometimes hard to watch. What I'd most like to see is a blissful ending for Chuck and Blair who are my favorite characters. So who else will be watching? What are you hoping to see happen? 

For a show that actually filmed in New York, I didn't run into in their sets much except for once during season two in 2009 and then again this past spring. Here are a few pics I was lucky enough to snap. That one of Ed Westwick makes me smile. For the record, I still think he resembles T.O.P from Big Bang.

Pinteresting Things : Holiday Treats

December 13, 2012

Since I can't seem to get enough of Pinterest, I'm starting a new feature, sharing some of my favorite pins in various categories. I'm kicking it off with festive holiday treats I've been ogling lately. How amazing do these Peppermint Milk Eggnog Shots look? You can find these tasty eats and more at my Eats & Treats board on Pinterest. Will you be making any treats this holiday season?

Eye Candy : Gao YuanYuan for Elle

December 10, 2012
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Paris is always a spectacular editorial backdrop and this pictorial with Gao Yuanyuan for Elle China's December issue is no exception. The gorgeously dreamy images atop the majestic Paris Opera House are especially breathtaking. The actress and cover girl remarked that she felt extremely lucky to get a view of the city from this particular vantage point. I mean who wouldn't unless you have a fear of heights maybe.

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Free Glasses for All from Firmoo

December 5, 2012

Before Thanksgiving, I was contacted by, with an offer to send me a free pair of glasses or sunglasses. As a sometimes spectacle wearer, it was too good of an offer to pass up even though I was a little skeptical about being able to find suitable glasses online without trying them on. This led me to their website which I found to be user friendly and well organized. I actually had a hard time choosing frames because there were many styles I liked but was able to narrow down my options using their Virtual Try-On system where you can upload your own photo. The product specifications which clearly list each frame's dimensions were extremely helpful and made it easy to compare the sizes with glasses I already own. I settled on the SD2242 which turned out to be the right choice as the SD2299 that I actually preferred more would've been way too big for my face as the measurements suggested. Their order system was easy to use as well. I opted for a prescription pair and I just needed to enter the information from a copy of my prescription from my eye doctor onto a simple form. I placed my order and 9 days later, my new glasses arrived in the mail. They came in a standard hard protective case along with a cleaning cloth, a soft protective case and a tiny screwdriver with extra screws.

The expedient service was impressive. More importantly, I really like my glasses and the hubster likes them on me too. Even though they were free, the quality definitely doesn't feel inferior to any of my designer frames. I've been wearing them on and off since I received them and haven't had any issues with the frames or non-reflective lenses. The overall experience has been satisfying and I've come to the conclusion that it is possible to buy quality eyewear online. In fact we look forward to ordering a pair for hubster soon. I like my glasses so much that I'm even making a rare cameo appearance to show them off. Please pardon the less than stellar quality photo. It was taken on my iPod Touch.

The Firmoo site offers a wide range of fashionable frames and sunglasses including a selection of designer styles. Their eyewear is incredibly affordable with prices starting at just $8.00. Yes $8.00! That was the actual price of the pair I chose. Now that I know better, I will never drop hundreds of dollars on glasses again. If you're wondering why they can offer such competitive prices which I did, it's because they're an online operation with no overhead that deals directly with manufacturers overseas to pass on the savings. 

Good things are meant to be shared so I should mention that Firmoo has an awesome worldwide First Pair Free program for new customers. You can choose RX or fashion glasses, sunglasses or even safety glasses (googles). All you have to pay is shipping. There's no risk and the price is right so if you'd like to score some free eyewear of your own just visit their siteWith the holidays around the corner, fashion eyeglasses or sunglasses can make a great gift for friends or loved ones. Just saying. 

I'm quite the fan of spectacles that I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to them which includes many lovely bespectacled celebrities like her, herhimhim and him. I don't think they're just for geeks and that they can be a great fashion accessory. Am I the only one?

I received a complimentary pair of eyeglasses from Firmoo for this the purposes of this review. I was not provided any other compensation and all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Interiors : Jessica Stam's Manhattan Apt.

December 3, 2012

I recently came across these images of model Jessica Stam's NYC apartment and marveled at the oasis of feminine glamour that designer Rafael de C├írdenas created for her. The vintage wallcoverings along with the 20th-century furniture and accessories lend a sophisticated and fresh feel to the Hollywood Regency style that is evoked. The jewel toned palette of purples and metallics is coolly elegant and pretty. I'm not sure if I could personally live with this much color but I can certainly admire it. What about you?

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