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Common Sense

July 31, 2015
common sense, Dressing immodestly, skirts that are too short

Maybe it's just me but I don't understand why anyone would want walk around with half their butt hanging out or their crotch barely covered. All summer long I've been seeing girls/women on the streets constantly tugging at their hems to try to cover themselves or struggling to sit on the train and many times not being able to sit because they'd probably expose their privates. Once I saw a woman have to sit with her hand positioned over her crotch area the entire time and she seemed so stressed. I guess I would be too if my bum was touching the subway seat. There's an easy fix that involves just a few more inches of fabric. I'm all for people wearing what they want but most people who do this usually look uncomfortable and self conscious. Whatever has happened to modesty? I might get flamed on this but it's just my personal opinion. What do you think?

Dine Out : Gran Electrica

July 29, 2015
Gran Electrica Review

I may live in Manhattan but I'm certainly willing to leave it especially when good food is involved. Gran Electrica is located on Front Street by the Dumbo waterfront and we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to get there. This popular Mexican restaurant features a rustic and homey feeling space with a beautiful backyard garden. What caught my attention most about the decor is the black and white wallpaper that covers the back dining room. It presents in the style of a Day of the Dead themed toile depicting skeletons in scenes that reflect the local neighborhood life including hipsters walking about, riding bikes and talking on their phones. It's quite humorous and cool at the same time. Onto the food. The guacamole and chips were just okay. Nothing really to get excited about and could have done with more flavor. Their horchata (a Mexican drink made with rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon) was refreshingly delicious and well balanced. A lot of places tend to make it super sweet and they got it just right. While the guacamole was a little disappointing, the tacos were excellent. We got three kinds and they were all tasty in their own right. The Ensenada Fish with crispy fish, cabbage, cream, avocado salsa and the Language with beef tongue, onion, cilantro, lime, green salsa were our favorites. The Carnitas were good too and the hand pressed tortillas held up to the fillings well. Our service was friendly but a little slow. I would probably skip the guacamole next time and maybe give the esquites a try but the tacos are definitely worth a return visit. 

Are you a fan of Mexican food? What's your favorite Mexican dish?

Gran Electrica
5 Front Street
Brooklyn, NY

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review

July 27, 2015
Hyaluronic Acid Skincare

Hyaluronic acid is having it's moment as a highly touted skin care ingredient and there are a number of products on the market that contain it, no doubt for it's effective moisturizing qualities. Hyaluronic acid which also known as hyaluronan is actually a natural structural component of skin that is present in connective tissue throughout the human body. Hyaluronic acid can help your skin retain moisture while simultaneously strengthening it's barrier. A healthy barrier presents as skin that looks and feels softer, smoother, and plumper. So it would make sense that a pure hyaluronic acid serum would yield some impressive skincare results. I tried OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum to see for myself.

About the Brand: OZ Naturals is a leader in natural skincare with a range of effective anti-aging products that are cruelty-free, paraben free, sulfate free, mineral oil free, lanolin free and gluten free.

Product Claims: OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a clinical strength product that deeply hydrates and plumps skin to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and leave skin soft and rejuvenated. It is rich in antioxidant Vitamin C and considered to be the highest quality HA serum on the market because it's botanically derived. It is safe for all skin types.

Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid derived from Cassia Angustifolia seed, an organic extract of the native Indian plant that deeply hydrates and moisturizes skin, repairing dryness and retaining water. Vitamin C, an antioxidant that combats free radicals, supporting natural collagen production. Wild Crafted Green Tea is a super-antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps to calm the skin and reduce puffiness and swelling. It also prevents collagen breakdown and reduces UV damage to the skin. Vitamin E to speed up cell regeneration and promote healing of scars, acne, and wrinkles.

Packaging: A lightweight glass bottle with dropper for hygienic and precise application.

Price: OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum retails for $15.79.

Hyaluronic Acid Skincare

Eye Candy : Giorgio Armani Made To Measure

July 24, 2015
Chen Kun, Matt Bomer, Dan Stevens, Armani Campaign

What's better than a handsome man in a suit? Well how about three handsome leading men dressed in well tailored suits. John Balsom captures Chen Kun, Matt Bomer and Dan Stevens for the Giorgio Armani Made to Measure 2015 campaign against a moody theatre backdrop in New York City. This sartorially elegant trio are certainly model representatives for the Italian luxury label's line of bespoke suits as the campaign is a celebration of the power of television. While all three actors have made a successful transition onto film careers, they all got their start on the small screen. Chen Kun is a favorite of mine and I became a fan after watching his first drama Love Story In Shanghai in 2002. Of course I adored Matt Bomer in White Collar. I'm least familiar with Dan Stevens since I've never viewed an episode of Downton Abbey but I do look forward to seeing Beauty and the Beast in which he stars opposite Emma Watson.

Don't miss out on the chance to win some stylish eyewear in my Firmoo giveaway!

Chen Kun, Matt Bomer, Dan Stevens, Armani Campaign

Firmoo Glasses Giveaway

July 22, 2015
Firmoo Glasses, Firmoo Eyewear

I used to think think that it wasn't possible to buy prescription glasses online until I was introduced to Firmoo. Four pairs later, I'm a big fan of their range of fashionable eyewear at affordable prices and easy to use website. I wear this pair that I reviewed at the beginning of this year all the time and I actually won my favorite pair pictured below in a giveaway which is why I wanted to share the love by hosting a giveaway here. The prize is your choice of one pair of Firmoo glasses or sunglasses from this page. This includes the frames with standard 1.50 index single vision lenses and free shipping. If you don't wear glasses, you can just get a pair of fashion frames with clear glass.

This giveaway is open to US residents. It starts July 22, 2015 and ends on August 1, 2015. Entries will be verified for eligibility. One winner will be randomly selected. You can enter through this link or the Rafflecopter widget below. The widget can be a little temperamental so if it doesn't load on this page, just CLICK THROUGH HERE FOR IT. Good luck!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

July 20, 2015
Nordstrom Sale Bargains

he buzziest shopping event of late has to be the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which previews the upcoming season with a number of incredible deals. These discounts are a fantastic incentive to get a jump on your fall shopping. Along with markdowns in the beauty department, the store also features exclusive sets from luxury brands that can't be found elsewhere at a terrific value. I scoped it out and these are some of the notable "bargains" I found. I totally want a floppy hat for fall and that one is such a great buy right now. While the YSL Touche Éclat isn't on sale, the special edition packaging and deluxe size makes it totally covetable and it is really is one of the best concealers I've ever used. Nordstrom's standard free shipping and free returns policy is in effect throughout the sale which lasts through August 2nd. 

Have you shopped this sale? What did you get?

1. Chanel Travel Makeup Palette {Beauty Exclusive: $95}
2. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat - Rock Resille Radiant Touch {Beauty Exclusive: $42}
3. MAC Look in a Box Basic' Travel Brush Kit {Beauty Exclusive: $52.50/$170 value}
4. GlamGlow Glamazing Set {Beauty Exclusive: $69/$99 value}
5. Kate Spade NY pretty little thing iPhone case {sale: $25.90/after: $40}
6. Floppy Felt Hat {sale: $16.90/after: $26}
7. Triangle Stud Earrings {sale: $22.90/after: $35}
8. Votivo Soziety Aromatic Reed Diffuser {sale: $28.90/after: $44}
9. Neoprene Drawstring Backpack {sale: $64.90/after $98}
10. Frends Taylor and Ella Bundle Headphones and Earbuds {Nordstrom Exclusive: $126.90/after: $189.99}
11. Nike Free Flyknit 5.0 TR {sale: $96.90/after: $130}
12. Hunter Tall Back Zip Rain Boot {sale: $169.90/after: $250}

Summer Style with Happiness Boutique

July 17, 2015

During the summer I tend to keep it simple with my outfits because of the hot weather. I've talked about my summer uniform before and how I could just live in a variety of denim midi skirts paired with striped tanks and tees. I also pare down my jewelry but I still want a pop and adding a statement necklace is an easy way to do that. I was recently contacted by The Happiness Boutique asking if I'd like to review one of their statement necklaces and as soon as I viewed their collection of styles, I knew I'd have a hard time choosing. I settled on this delicate gold toned necklace with a mixture of colorful gems because I liked how it looked bold without being clunky. And I'm really pleased as it pairs effortlessly with both casual and more dressed up looks and the colors are really lovely.

Spongellé Beyond Cleansing

July 15, 2015

Exfoliating is an important step in skincare as it provides many great benefits like improving the texture, tone and softness of your skin while removing dead skin cells. It can also help prevent breakouts by banishing bacteria and improve the results of your skincare products. I exfoliate my face 2 -3 times/week and my body 3 - 4 times/week and I'm always on the lookout for new products so I jumped at the chance to try a few from Spongellé.

About the Brand: Spongellé Beyond Cleansing offers a completely new concept in bathing and showering with products that offer most effective technology, the finest ingredients, and essential touch of luxury. Spongellé's infused bath products were first introduced in 2003 and are 100% USA made. 

Product Claims: Spongellé Boxed Flowers are body buffers designed to moisturize, rejuvenate, and restore the skin. Spongellé Pedi-Buffers are are specially formulated for the feet and feature a unique textured side that gently removes dry skin and calluses. The body buffers are infused with extracts of yuzu, edelweiss and vetiver while the pedi buffers contain soothing extracts of arnica, sea kelp and peppermint. The entire collection of buffers have rich moisturizers, gentle cleansers, and unique fragrances.

Packaging: Spongellé products are packaged in colorful slip case gift boxes which are easy to open and showcase the product as well.

Price: The Spongellé Boxed Flower (Fleur en Boite) and the Spongellé Pedi Buffer both retail for $16.

JORD Sidney Wood Watch

July 13, 2015
 Jord Sidney Watch, Jord Watch Review

Most of my friends don't wear watches these days and instead rely on their phones for the time. I almost always wear one because I feel like something's missing whenever I leave the house without a watch. I have a few watches and I consider them fashion accessories.

 Jord Sidney Watch, Jord Watch Review

The latest addition to my collection is a JORD Sidney watch which arrived in this nice looking wooden box. This beauty has gotten alot of wear since it's sporty yet classic and feminine styling goes with a variety of looks from my summer wardrobe. The maple crafted style with a rose gold chronograph face, iridescent dial and fixed crystal bezel surrounded by delicate Swarovski crystals speaks to modern design married with practical function and sustainability.


July 10, 2015

Reading... all the magazines that have been piling up for a few months. I don't pay for any of my subscriptions and it's crazy how many magazines I still get.

Watching... Daredevil...
 It's a little dark but interesting. Much better than the movie version with Ben Affleck who I happen to think is overrated and can't act. My husband grew up a comic book collector so we watch this genre quite a bit. It's a good balance with our K-dramas.

Listening... to Lee Seung Gi's And... (그리고...) Love his voice! And Goodbye (그리고 안녕) is such a pretty song.

Eating... warm weather faves like cold Sesame noodles and Taiwanese cucumber salad. (click on names for recipes!)

Drinking... nose to tail lemonade which uses most of the lemon and is made in a blender. So good and refreshing! Here's a recipe if you'd like to try it yourself. This Matcha Arnold Palmer I had the other day at Chalait might be my next drink obsession.

Bookmarking... A Drink With. Such a fun take on the standard celebrity interview.

Wearing... sunscreen whenever I go out even if it's just for an hour.

Becoming... one of those ladies who carries an umbrella when it's sunny cause walking in the shade isn't enough and I need to make my own shade haha.

Planning... our vacation for this year and having a hard time narrowing down where we want to go.

Enjoying... the peonies while they last. They look pretty spectacular dried up as the petals curl up so artfully.

Looking forward to... the arrival of our new air conditioner next week. 

Finished... with a big organization and decluttering project and boy does it feel good.

So what's going on with you all?

Currently Coveting

July 8, 2015

A few items currently on my wish list.
What are you coveting lately?
I recently purchased the jacket and rice cooker off my May wishlist.

1. SMEG Kettle
{I still drink hot tea when the weather is hot and I'd love an electric kettle so I don't have to put the stove on to boil water. This vintage style one from SMEG would look just smashing on my kitchen counter.}

2. TonyMoly Magic Food Banana Hand Milk 
{I'm smitten with Tony Moly fruit hand creams so this new banana one is on my list to try. And the packaging is pretty cute while we're at it.}

3. London Rebel Sling Flat Sandals
{These black and silver sandals have a cool minimalist vibe and look like they can be easily dressed up or down.}

4. GlamGlow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment
{I just finished off a sample of this mask and loved how it gently deep cleansed my skin. A summer must have!}

5. Topshop Double Scallop Trim Swimsuit
{I tend to favor retro style swimsuits with feminine details and this one definitely fits the bill.}

6. & Other Stories Knee Length Dress
{This looks like the perfect easy breezy summer dress to me and I just adore both the silhouette and color. Bonus that it's on sale for less than $50 now!}

Through My Lens : Recently On Instagram

July 6, 2015
Brooklyn Bridge ar night

A visual recap of last month in photos on Instagram. This is just a small selection so to see more, check out my feed and if you're so, inclined please follow along ~ @rolalaloves  Above, the Brooklyn Bridge looking a little magical with the lights turned on. This usually occurs at sunset. 

Manhattan Bridge walk

VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Review

July 3, 2015
VIIcode Eye Mask, Eye Mask Review

I typically use facial masks several times a week but recently I've realized that maybe I should also be doing more for my eyes. The undereye area can be prone to showing signs of aging and taking proper care of it can be tricky. I'm diligent with being gentle and using eye creams but I wondered if I could be more focused with my treatments. Enter the VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask.

VIIcode Eye Mask, Eye Mask Review

The VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask contains a variety of special plant oxygen extracts and deep sea biological extracts to repair the skin around the eyes, reduce dark circles, prevent wrinkles, crow’s feet, dryness and sagging. 

VIIcode (pronounced as "vee-two") was established by Dr. Byrne Victor who created the “Ageless Mystery” and became the first one to serve the customized skin care. He firmly believe that “Every woman could be the most beautiful in her own way and she could show this out”.

Eye Candy : Joseph Cheng for MRRM

July 1, 2015

Joseph (Joe) Cheng is quite stylish and urbane in Lanvin in this pictorial for Hong Kong's MRRM magazine. It's been awhile since I've seen a men's fashion editorial so on point with it's styling as every outfit he has on actually looks wearable and the whole communications theme is well executed too. The attractive Taiwanese actor who started out as model recently appeared in the drama Singles Villa and the film The Beloved alongside Wang Likun and Korean actor Kim Bum. I used to watch Taiwanese dramas and It Started With A Kiss which starred Joe and Ariel Lin was one I enjoyed back in the day. It was based on the Japanese manga Mischievous Kiss (Itazura na Kiss) which had a a pretty typical storyline of the naive but optimistic girl who crushes on a cold moody guy and they slowly fall in love when they're forced to live under the same roof. I think this scenario has been used in countless Asian dramas and back then it did feel kind of fresh. Joe had the most awful permed mullet hairdo but somehow he still managed to look cute. His haircut is much better these days and the rest of him looks pretty good as well.

The winner of the Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit is Gabrielle of A Glass of Ice. Congratulations Gabrielle!

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