Through My Lens : Recently

I just realized that it's been awhile since I've done one of these so here are some glimpses at life as seen through my camera.
After I reviewed Your Bijoux Box, I discovered an affection for statement necklaces. These are from BaubleBar and Groopdealz.
RMS Living Luminizer and Lip2Cheek in Illusive have been my key to radiance and  healthy looking color this winter. 
I love both and will talk about them in my next Recent Loves post.
Having a January birthday means getting your gift from Sephora early in the year. 
I haven't tried these yet but the lipstick (Rouge Artist in N9) looks lovely.
My favorite coconut water turned pink! The color change is due to high antioxidant levels and it's pretty too!
Prosperity cakes (fat gao) made by my grandmother for the Lunar New Year. 
They have a spongy chewy texture and are made from rice flour, yeast and sugar and steamed to cook.
I've been slightly obsessed with these savory mini cheese donuts ever since we tried them last month. Now we can't make a trip to Koreatown without picking up a few from Paris Baguette. Savory beats sweet for me any day of the week.
My favorite lunch lately is a take on this Wilted Kale and Roasted Potato Salad recipe.
 It's really satisfying and the dijon dressing is so flavorful. It's even better with purple potatoes when I can find them. 
I add some black beans if I want protein and sometimes I grate a little parmesan onto the potatoes.
Little Fat Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot in Flushing. There's nothing better than a hot pot meal during the winter. 
You order your choice of proteins, veggies and carbs which you cook in the boiling broth and eat with a variety of dipping sauces. 
We always get the dual broth but Hubster likes the spicy side a little more than I do.
Pork Neck BBQ at our favorite Miss Korea Barbecue. They have the best lunch specials!
I slipped on the ice the other week and re-injured my ankle. The doctor said it's still vulnerable since I had such a bad tendon tear previously. So I'm in rigid air cast brace for the next couple of weeks. Good news is it actually fits into a few pairs of my boots. The bad is that it makes me walk like Frankenstein. I'm so over this winter and all the snow. I have a serious love/hate relationship with the snow. It's beautiful to photograph but definitely doesn't mix well with a unstable ankle.


  1. Lovely pictures hun. The makeup forever complimentary gift looks really nice.

  2. Hello,how is your weekend? that hot pot in you lined in China we call it"火锅“ and it is way popular ,especially in winter.

    I am Royal Wang,i have a new post which is a little bit bitch.

    Wish you have a wonderful day

  3. I love the jewels and I really want that salad, it looks absolutely delicious.

  4. Sorry to read about the ankle, Rowena:(
    On a lighter note, your pics are just lovely. The food.....aaaaaah

  5. Hi Rowena! Im so so sorry for the ankle injury! What an unluck! Hope you heal soon! Im so done with winter too, I can only imagine when there is also lots of snow! Btw, I like this kind of post from u, your photos are always great. I like the first statement necklaces, they are bold and yet adorable. Also, Im curious to try the prosperity cake made by your granny, looks delicious. The sephora gift is gorgeous, love the lipstick. Have a great week dear and hope you get well soon! xo

  6. I hope your ankle gets better doll, take good care. The food looks amazing! Have a wonderful week xx

  7. The necklace is gorgeous the lipstick awesome and you got me very hungry with this amazing selection of food.

  8. Hi Rowena, those necklaces are so beautiful and I like the look of the cheek tint and lipstick. The kale salad seems like something I would love, I am going to try it. Ive never tried a hotpot before, I didn't know you could get it in a vegan version. All the best with that ankle, rest it well! Happy Monday Darling, hope its an enlightening one.

  9. beautiful necklace and great photos!
    have a wonderful week!


  10. beautiful pictures. and oh no about your ankle! i slipped and fell on my butt while walking piri. and then we slipped again together on another patch. it was gorgeous weather over the weekend but we're expecting snow again on wednesday! i hope the weather people are wrong about this!

  11. Oh you poor thing. I really hope your ankle heals quickly!
    Ooh and I love gougeres - savory wins any day for me too!
    Mmm I miss all of these food spots in NY. I'll have to try at least one new place next time I'm in town!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  12. Both the necklaces are just so gorgeous... I loved the mint one
    Keep in touch

  13. Great post, but I'm sorry about your ankle. This winter has been treacherous; I know some people who are in casts because of the icy sidewalks, too. Get better and stay safe out there.

  14. Rowena, I LOVE both of your statement necklaces! They're so pretty. I love the colors in them. Sephora has awesome birthday surprises each year. That lipstick is pretty. I've never tried anything from Makeup Forever. Coconut water is so good. I need to drink more of it. HAHAHA I love that yours is pink. Yummy dishes! That food looks so good. So sorry you injured your ankle doll. How frustrating! All you can do is wait it out and follow his orders. Hope it heals quickly for you.

  15. Oh no! :( Sorry to hear you hurt your ankle once again...I'm also very much done with winter and praying for the weather to get better already. (Better start working on that summer body now...)

  16. Amazing pics Rowena!!!!
    The statement necklaces are wonderful!!!
    Have a great start of the new week!!!!!


  17. Oh my, those necklaces are beautiful! and that salad recipe looks yum! :)

  18. This post has made me very very hungry!! hah! And your coconut water turned pink?!!? That's crazy! Did it still taste the same? Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Rowena!

  19. Booooo for slipping. :( Hope your better soon.

    YAY for hot pots. OMG I love them so. Discovered them recently and I'm in total love.

    That little prosperity cake is calling my name.

  20. Hee hee I have a love/hate relationship with snow too, I do not hate it per say but I am over it at this point, and that sucks about you ankle. And LOVE the necklaces. And I will have to tell my coworker about that Mongolian place she lives in Flushing.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

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  22. This post is amazing. I really like it and the photos... woooo They so great.
    The Indian Savage diary

  23. Fabulous! What a great post love!

    New Blog Post: [My Outfit] A Pink Monday

  24. Lovely pictures, the jewelry is amazing!! Would you like to follow each other? :) x
    Freya's Fashion Chapter

  25. Oh man, you really are accident prone LOL ._.'' (WELP, TIME TO LOAFT AROUND FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS)
    Ooooh good gosh, that necklace IS BEYOND BEAUTIFUL. (If I enter a necklace purchasing phase, it's on you!)
    Ah, so that's the luminzer you were talking about. And the lip colour is so pretty!
    ALSO, WHAT CAMERA/LENS DO YOU USE???? (Your photos are so gorgeous, but y'know, you don't have to tell me if its a ~blog secret~!)

  26. Love your pics. I'm really loving statement necklaces too. The ones you posted are amazing. I love the colors!

  27. Wow, these photos are great Rowena. Yes, I love getting birthday goodies from your favourite beauty sites! And, please be careful, it takes time to heal, wishing you the best dear. xx/Madison

  28. Those necklaces are gorgeous! we have been looking for ones just like them

  29. Beautiful necklace and I love kale too!

  30. All that food looks delicious!

  31. Oh friend...I am so sorry to hear that you slipped and hurt your ankle! This weather has been brutal for sure and there really is no end in sight around these parts. You hang in there! Love those necklaces by the way! And those mini cakes made by your grandma look amazing!! And the kale salad...all I have to say is double yum! I have been on a bit of a kale kick myself! Take care you!!! And a wonderful week ahead to you...gorgeous pictures by the way!! Nicole xoxo

  32. I love the necklace!!! If you haven't seen this, you can also check out a site call jeweliq their necklaces might be to your liking as well! :)


  33. Loving the necklace, really cute!
    Get well soon :)

  34. Oh no Rowena, I'm so sorry that you slipped and hurt yourself, I hope you recover soon :)
    Those necklaces are beautiful and all those dishes look delicious, it put me in the mood for a fresh kale salad ;)


  35. wow Rowena love the first necklace!

    have a good day

  36. Oh, I am really sorry about the anke!!! Please be careful! As for the new goodies, the RMS is my absolute favourite make-up, too :) and I will definitely need to try the salad recipe - thank you for sharing it. Get well asap! X

  37. Lovely!!!!
    Have a good week, dear Rowena!! like for you!!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  38. Pink makes everything beautiful, and oh my goodness!!! I hope you get well soon :(

  39. Wonderful pictures! That salad looks so good. Gosh, I'd love to go out on the town with you one day ;D

  40. Hi! I love your post, :)

    wanna follow each other?let me know,

  41. Wow - all of this looks so delicious and it's always fun that Sephora sends a gift for bdays. Makeup Forever is always one of my favorite brands. Can't wait to stock up when I'm back in Cali. :)


  42. Thanks for lending me your thoughts on my last post dear.

  43. Gorgeous snaps! Always love BaubleBar and ah Mongolian Hot pot is SO good - and even better when it's cold out. Thanks for sharing these! xx Kat

    Love and Ace

  44. I'm your newest follower on GFC! :)

    Thanks for the love!

  45. I love your necklace!
    new post:

  46. love this post! so many wonderful photos! Hope that ankle heals quickly and I agree the snow is not a fun thing
    Only if I can watch it from the comfort of my own home and not have to go out in it, am I happy. Have a FAB Tuesday !!

  47. I love statements necklaces and really need to pick up a couple of new ones! The savory mini cheese donut looks super yummy - I've never heard of them before! Oh, darn it! I forgot to get my Sephora Birthday gift in January, it's way too late now!

  48. Love the neckleces and that red lipstick looks so nice! and the prosperity cakes look really yummy

  49. Sorry I missed your birthday treacle! I hope you have a happy and healthy year ahead! Such pretty gems! I am yet to have brekkie but all that food... making my tummy growl!
    Mind you i've had my fair share of dim sum since being in HK!

  50. Hi Rowena,

    So sorry you slipped and hurt your ankle - hope you are feeling better now.
    Love all the pretty jewellery - such gorgeous colours.
    happy week

  51. What a gorgeous post Rowena - that first necklace is adorable! Hope your ankle recovers quickly xo

  52. That colourful crystal necklace is very pretty, wish I had one of those! Hope you get better soon!!

  53. Kale is also my favorite lunchtime veggie at the moment. I don't know why, but there's something so addicting about it and I love how there's a ton of nutrients in each serving! :)

    By the way I'm so sorry you hurt your ankle again, we only had snow two times this year and by the second time I never wanted to see it again! Hopefully it heals really fast :)

    Sierra Calah ♥ Berry Stylish  

  54. Awww, that is too bad about your ankle!! : ( I hope it heals fast!! I absolutely love the statement necklaces. I'm kind of obsessed too and definitely need more. All of your food pictures look amazing. I've never had hot pot before, can you believe it?! I really want to try it though!


  55. That jewelry is gorgeous!! I especially love the mint green! K had a Bauble Bar gift certificate, but of course it expired by the time we sat down to use it! :(

    xo, B

  56. Great post lovely!! Hope your ankle gets better soon....what a pain in the patootie huh? Hugs to you sweets.
    Did you say cheese...donuts?! Two of my favorite foods! Yum!!

    ♡ Regina ♡
    Margarita Bloom: Retro Modern Beauty & Skincare

  57. Those necklaces are gorgeous!! And I love kale, so I'll have to try that salad recipe.
    So sorry to hear about your ankle. I hope it's healing ok. I could really do without winter, snow, and ice!


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