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New York City, NYC

Somehow October turned out to be  pretty eventful and the number of photos I took seemed to reflect that. I didn't do a count but I think I posted more photos than usual last month and I actually had a tough time pulling out some highlights this time around. As usual, I'm not going to overload you with a million pics here so to see more, check out my Instagram feed and of course you can also follow if you'd like. 

One of my favorite views of the city, looking west towards the Chrysler Building on 42nd street that's especially gorgeous during the fall. More lovely fall colors in the city.
NYC, Financial District
Sometimes when you look up, you see cool things.
East Broadway, New York Chinatown
The hustle and bustle of East Broadway in Chinatown. More Chinatown here - a moody look at one of the most photographed streets.
Bradley Theodore art
Cool Bradley Theodore art spotted in the window at Alexis Bittar's Soho store for the artist and jewelry designer's collaboration.
Quinoa salad
My favorite lunch lately, a concoction of quinoa, baby kale and garlic with a dijon and apple cider vinegar dressing. So filling and tasty!
Korean BBQ, Korean BBQ in NYC
The lines at Kang Ho Dong Baekjong in K-town are still kind of crazy around dinnertime but their BBQ is awesome! Love the steamed egg and cheesy corn that cooks at the same time.
SK-II opened cool pop-up shop in Soho for the month where they had free skin evaluations and consultations. Of course I checked it out and scored some swag and I also got a nice surprise about the age of my skin. Read more about it here. 
Cushion Compact, Hera Cushion Compact
Hera UV Mist Ultra Moisture is current cushion compact I'm currently using. I wrote a mini review here if you want to learn more about it. I will be doing more of this type of brief review of select products on my Instagram going forward.
Too Cool For School, May Coop Raw Sauce, Chosungah 22 Flavorful Lipstick
Did you know that Sephora carries a selection of Korean beauty products now? I recently picked up a few Too Cool For School Egg Cream Masks, the May Coop Raw Sauce and two Chosungah 22 Flavorful Lipsticks. Peek another recent haul.

DHC Beauty Event
I attended an exciting beauty event hosted by Japanese brand DHC which previewed a number of fabulous upcoming product launches. Their DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is a cult favorite that I happen to love. I received some great new goodies like the Rich Eye Zone Care Pack pictured here. I'm currently testing the products out and will be introducing them here soon. They have an eyeliner that is incredible!

Had so much fun crafting and getting a jump on Halloween decorating with Woman's Day magazine in early October. Learned helpful tips like how a linoleum knife is the best tool to use for carving pumpkins.

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May Cho said...

Stunning photographs of the streets and architectures, Rowena. The Egg Cream Mask looks so interesting. We don't have Sephora here but we've always had Korean products aplenty where I live.


Unknown said...

You took a really great photos, I m so interested on that egg cream mask! Love ur post :)


Anonymous said...

The first photo is my favourite. And so great to see (second pic) that it's sunny in NYC. Over here, we're drowning in fog...

Doctor Anne said...

You see a lot of great things everyday if you walk the streets with an open mind.

Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

Ivana Split said...

wonderful insta recap, I always enjoy browsing your photographs.
That egg cream mask got my attention.

Rosanna said...

What beautiful pictures, I love the look of the food!!
Have a lovely day :)
Rosanna x
Rose's Rooftop

sonia // daring coco said...

That image of looking up and seeing cool things has to be the most incredible photo I've seen yet. And that quinoa concoction of yours looks yummers. Recipe?


Stanislava E. said...

I just love your city photos, Rowena! The 3rd photo of East Broadway is a perfection! I really like the colourful buildings and the reflection of the sun, well done! I wish I could take more photos like you, but I often forget. Otherwise, I love posting on IG too! Have a nice day, Rowena!


Lilli said...

Ive noticed the same in my IG profile this Oct lol Btw, Chinatown looks marvelous and Id like to taste that quinoa right now for lunch, looks so good and healthy! xo

Jackie Harrison said...

Amazing pictures loving the food I'm such a foodie.

Anonymous said...

I love that looking-up shot, looks incredible! And hmmm, quinoa, one of my favorites :-)

Kelsey&Kenecha said...

You have such a great eye doll, these photos are just stunning x


Paola Lauretano said...

Great recap, cool pics babe!!!
Kisses, Paola.


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Emmylou said...

I have to check out our Sephora to see if they have these Korean brands. How awesome would that be? :D And thanks for sharing these lovely pics, Rowena. It's like looking through a coffee table book:)

Unknown said...

Such stunning photos dear I love the second one :)


Monique | PaperWeirdo said...

Stunning photos! I love the window art; so colourful!

Jane said...

Usually Octobers are hard for me but this year it was pretty ok and I was able to enjoy fall more than I normally do. Wondering what November has in store~ :)

Elle Sees said...

i wish we had that bbq here in atlanta. i know it's not uncommon, but i haven't had it since Los Ang

Shireen L. Platt said...

Wow, 7 years younger than your age is amazing, Rowena and you should share your skincare routine, I would love to know your secret! I stayed away from SK-II because I have many friends who used it and told me that once they stopped using SK-II and start using other brands, their skin went to hell. I also have yet to jump onto the cushion compact bandwagon but I do have my eyes on the one from Laneige, how did you like it?

Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

JeannLiew | Luminnej said...

Hi Rowena,

Looks like you have been busy for the month of October, am always curious and happy to see your city captures, so much fun and gets me into the mood of the season since we don't have them here! haha

We do have Too Cool For School here some time back but I don't see them anymore. I think the more popular korean brand here which is doing fairly well is Innisfree. By the way, thanks to the brand, I was introduced to BB Cushion and I am loving it, never thought that I would like it that much, actually *_^

Like Shireen, I heard the similar stories about SKII, I have yet to try them.

Hope you are having a beautiful week so far.

With love,

Unknown said...

Love cities's photos


Valerie said...

I love your Instagram photos...the city shots are so beautiful!

Caramella said...

Gorgeous images! That BBQ looks sooo good.....;))

Diana Mieczan said...

Looks like you had a great month and that egg cream mask looks awesome:) Kisses, darling.

Anna Zürker said...

Lovely photos!
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Lenya said...

Beautiful beautiful photos, Rowena. I didn't know that Sephora carries Korean beauty stuff, need to look for it next time I am in. I am so totally into makeup stuff lately, lol. Wishing you a happy hump day, dear.

Beauty Unearthly said...

Such a wonderful fotos dear! ^^

Corinne said...

Your photos always make me so jealous about where you live! Stunning!

Corinne x

Oh to Be a Muse said...

I love that art piece at the store. You always take really cool shots!

June said...

Beautiufl photos! Glad you had such a wonderful time everywhere
June Wants It All - Indian fashion and lifestyle blog

A Very Sweet Blog said...

Rowena, you do a great job with your skin! That just proved it! The buildings in NYC are so stunning. I love that Sephora is delving into Korean beauty products. It's a start! I would LOVE to see some Korean shops here SKINFOOD, ETUDE HOUSE! That would be awesome!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Love your city photos, and I'm intrigued by the egg cream mask :)

ALLIE NYC said...

I love that shot of China Town. I don't work too far from here.


Kênya paola said...

Your blog is wonderful, Congratulations !
Beautiful post.
The photos are beautiful.
I am following , you could follow too?
Kisses from Brazil.

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

Great shots of the BEST city in the world! Just lovely!

trishie said...

The egg cream mask looks very interesting. Will you be reviewing soon?

j said...

Wow, just in your pictures here it looks like it's been a busy month for you. I love the pictures of the city! That's great about your skin age and I'm glad you could make it to the SK-II event. I'm worried what my skin age would be, people generally think I'm about 10 years younger than I am but it might just be they aren't paying attention and think I'm their age. :) I'm working on texture and moisture as well, I think I've gotten a lot of the way there as my skin hasn't freaked out with all the changes in temperature this fall as it normally does.

Gabrielle said...

The artwork painted onto the window of the jewellery store is so vibrant and striking! October looks to have been a really lovely month for you Rowena :)

Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

Margaret Dallospedale said...

Hi sweet Rowena, so beautiful pics selection
Maggie D.
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Jessica said...

Wow, all of your photos are beautiful. You take great photographs.

P.S. I hope you stop by and join our Christmas card exchange. The post is up today but all you need to do is email me your mailing address letting me know you want to join.

Effortlesslady said...

Beautiful images! I love quinoa.

Shaira Manalo said...

These are cool pictures. I'll check out your IG account. :)

Have a nice day!


homestilo said...

An eventful month indeed- and wonderful pics to show it.
You know, I usually get my Korean face masks in the pharmacy area of a local HMart ;-) Now I know I can get them at Sephora too.


Looks and sounds like you had an enjoyable October. I like DHC products, my mum got my sister and I one them when we were young. Such a great brand. These images are nice, especially love seeing Chinatown in different cities. Enjoy the weekend.

little luxury list said...

I didn't realize you had so many cool beauty reviews lately! You're also making me realize I haven't had quinoa lately and I'm craving it!

little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

buffalo journeys said...

beautiful photos as always, especially the one of the tall buildings looking up.


In love with the perspective of your NYC photos as well, Rowena! So fascinating! Architecture of NYC, yummy healthy food and some beauty treasures, what else can a lady ask for? :)

xoxo Ira