Through My Lens : Recently on Instagram


August in NYC was quite hot this year and at times I almost wished for winter but then the month was gone in a flash and I'm hoping it won't get cold so quickly now. Here are a few highlights from August as seen through my lens and posted on Instagram. I'm not going to overload you with a million pics here so to see more, click over to my Instagram feed and you can also follow if you'd like. 

I shopped a little last month first taking advantage of the Memebox friends and family sale, picking up some Asian skincare products for both myself and my husband and then I hit up Peach and Lily's sample sale in New York for more AB goodness. I went on the first day and ended up arriving much later because of a lunch date which was fine but after waiting almost an hour just to get into the sale, it was a little disappointing that most of the skincare had sold out so I didn't buy all that much. I hope that if they ever do another sample sale, that it will be better organized and they will do something about people hoarding cause it was ridiculous. I will be reviewing the SU:M27 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick here soon.

Peach and Lily
I also finally got the Stella Eau de Toilette that I had on my April wish list and have been wearing it non-stop since. It's perfect for summer!
Stella McCartney fragrance
I've been making pasta with cold sauce almost every week since discovering this recipe from food52. I do modify it, subbing roasted garlic for raw garlic since my husband finds uncooked garlic too overpowering. So good and so simple.
Pasta with Cold Sauce
Taiwan Bear House is a new Chinatown cafe that serves up classic Taiwanese comfort food in cute bento boxes. It's a little on the expensive side for Chinatown but the food is really good. Pictured: stewed pork belly and golden crust pork chop.
Taiwanese food
The Sweetgreen wasted salad was created to bring awareness to food waste and sustainability. It includes uncelebrated produce like broccoli leaves and stalks, roasted kale stems, carrot peels, shaved parmesan, spicy sunflower seeds, housemate croutons with a pesto vinaigrette. It’s not only delicious but it has also inspired me to be better about using all of the parts of the vegetables I cook. Like I dice my broccoli stalks and use them in fried rice now. This salad is available through 9/28 and a portion of the proceeds benefit City Harvest.
Sweetgreen salad
Fun public art - Hanna Liden's Everything pays tribute to one of New York's most iconic foods with a stack of giant bagels. The artist sees the sculptures as symbolic of the eternal circle of life in NYC. I also spotted this amazing mural in progress in Tribeca. 
Giant bagel public art
A post sunset view of the FDR drive from the Manhattan Bridge.
Manhattan Bridge view of FDR Drive
A quiet morning on West Broadway in Soho.
Soho New York
A bonus photo from China: Through The Looking Glass that didn't make it into my post on the exhibit. I also shared this side view of the stunning gold Guo Pei gown and there will be a few more to come on Instagram. In the Astor Chinese Garden Court, a moon was projected onto the ceiling and reflected into a shallow pool of water. Through this effect, sumptuous Beijing opera inspired dresses by John Galliano and Martin Margiela appear like apparitions on the water. The effect was quite spectacular.
China Through The Looking Glass Moon In The Water


Unknown said...

Cool photos!


Anonymous said...

The pasta looks delicious! Could have this every week as well. And how cool does the bagel art piece look!


Emmylou said...

Thanks for sharing these, Rowena:) That's the really awesome thing about IG....seeing snippets of the daily life:) And yay for the perfume score!

Unknown said...

Great Instagram snaps. Love the shot of NYC

Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

Jackie Harrison said...

These images belong in a magazine they are amazing great job doll.

Kelsey&Kenecha said...

The pasta looks so good! I would love to try the perfume x


The Dainty Dolls House said...

So many lovely the packaging of the products, so cute. And the food looks brilliant, yummy!! I hope you have a sweet day doll xx

Lilli said...

I know what you mean Rowena, is what I though in August and then is flown. Id be curious to smell Stella, must be very good! The giant bagels make me smile, wish they were real!:P And what about NYC? Always drool over ur pics! xo

Elle Sees said...

some sweet treats and some sweet eats! i love what you shared with us.

Margaret Dallospedale said...

What a nice pics!
Pasta looks divine!
Maggie D.
Fashion Blog Maggie Dallospedale fashion diary

Nequéren Reis said...

Show de imagens que delicia amei tudo

K / House of KTS said...

I can't believe you wished for winter Rowena lol. I am loathing that winter is coming. And I just love all of your photos. Especially the food. You have me over here drooling lol.

Kia / KTS

Unknown said...

Mmmhhhh The pasta.
So good

MITCH said...

Looking at those food pictures at this hour is not gooood for my tummy... But the pork chop looks so tempting! :9

Oh Dear Bumblebees

Unknown said...

The pasta looks so good...I need to make this cold sauce! Also love the giant bagel cool!

June said...

So many goodies!! Loving your photography! Fun week indeed
June Wants It All - Indian fashion and lifestyle blog

ALLIE NYC said...

You take some great Instagram pictures and some of those products have piqued my interest. The eye remover and the Clean it Zero, and that public art hahaha that is TOO FUNNY!

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

The salad is very interesting, I want to try prepare one similar, the bottle of parfum is so nice, great pictures Rowena!

Joan Lee said...

The haul is sooo pretty! By the way I've never tried the Clean It Zero Radiance, do you like it?

Stella's my fave scent lately too!

buffalo journeys said...

Beautiful photos! That bento box had me at hello :)
And that bagel art made me smile.

Beauty said...

Lovely Pictures; my favorite was the one of FDR drive with those bagel installation Art. I just could not stop looking at it.

Leslie said...

Fun pictures Rowena and the cold pasta looks so good! What a fun bagel picture and of course that shot of the bridge is gorgeous! Enjoy the last of the warm weather:)

Effortlesslady said...

You always take the best photos.

Corinne said...

I could really eat that spaghetti right now!

Corinne x

sonia // daring coco said...

That pasta looks amazing, especially the cold sauce part. I prefer pasta at room temp, I always find it tastes so much better then scorching hot!


Ivana Split said...

That pasta looks yummy. My husband also find raw garlic a bit too much, he always complains that it can be felt a bit to much in the healthy dips I make ( I call them that because I basically mix vegetables, usually carrot and papirka, with olive oil and garlic). I prepared tons of tomato sauce recently, and neatly arranged in jars and now I have all the sauce I need at hand. I also add garlic right away in the tomato sauce, so it is not felt too much..but enough about food:)

I always enjoy your photos, NY is such a fascinating place! Wonderful photos of roads and cars....and the one with the skyscrapers in the background is amazingly beautiful.

Those products you got all seem very interesting. I've been using a bit more make up lately:) and I've started wondering about what skin care products should I get now the season is changing but perhaps it is better to wait and see how my skin reacts to it.

Bash Harry said...

Oh, August in NYC must have been beautiful though! Hot but beautiful! I was lucky to go last year in the brink of Spring and while it was beautiful, I'd love to see in the hot Summer!

And the food looks absolutely delish!

xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

Unknown said...

I love this photo diary. The salad has such a cool story behind it (never though I would say that sentence) in that it glorifies lesser known or less 'trendier' food, I love that idea! X

Unknown said...

Great pictures. I love the stacked bagels looks so cool.

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

I think your snaps of the city are forever favourite of mine. And the beauty products - aren't they adorable and so pretty! x


Lovely photos from August Rowena. I always love to see other images aside from style shots. The public art of the stacked bagels are my favourite. :)

A Very Sweet Blog said...

That Stella perfume bottle is absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy. I love the bagel sculpture! That is so cute. I love artwork outdoors. You make the best salads Rowena. Looks so tasty.

ElaBellaWorld said...

Great photos! Everything looks really good :)

Color Me Kiki said...

I love your photos, they're so pretty! I love seeing gorgeous photography. Great post!
xo Kiki

Midnight Cowgirl said...

The stack of giant bagels is so cool!

Stanislava E. said...

I enjoy your NYC photos the most, but I guess that's normal as I share more architecture and city photos on my IG lately. The food looks delicious, I am sure you are a good cook!

j said...

I love your pictures of the city! They're always nice to see. I'll be really interested to see your opinion on the rose soap and the Su:m 37 items you got. I'm really close to smearing snail goo all aver my fave if it will stop the wrinkles...I've heard really good things about the Clean It Zero too.