Archive for October 2016

Through My Lens : Recently On Instagram

October 31, 2016

A few highlights of this past month as seen on Instagram which serves as my unofficial food diary and love letter to NYC. I also post quick reviews here and there. As this year is drawing to an end, it seems like the months are going by quicker. We had a brief respite from fall but it's cool now and I just hope that it stays moderate for awhile before the winter weather arrives. I'm seriously not looking forward to it. For more, click on over to Instagram and do follow if you like what you see...

Do you know about my blogiversary giveaway? The prize is a Kevyn Aucoin makeup palette. Enter here!

  • Downtown Manhattan is so vibrant these days.
  • Fun times at the Vogue Magazine party celebrating the new Kit & Ace Oculus World Trade Showroom. You might have caught my Instagram stories on the event that included my OOTD.
  • A wave of Indian summer hit the city two weeks ago and it was glorious.
  • We love hot pot and we do it at home sometimes but it's a pain to set up. It's much easier to go out for it especially when we now have some great places in our neighborhood.
  • My go to fall lip colors. Read my mini review.
  • Kicking off stew season with galbi jjim inspired short rib and potato. I make Asian style stews and my secret is re-using my stew sauce.
  • Hanging out at Stuyvesant Square Park with the pretty light and cool looking ground.
  • The most amazing Niçoise salad from Maple, a delivery only food service.
  • Shopping my own closet and unearthed these shoes that I've only worn once.

A Kevyn Aucoin Palette Giveaway to Celebrate My Blog Anniversary

October 26, 2016

I'm thrilled that rolala loves is celebrating it's 5 year blog anniversary this month. I initially started this space to support my photography business but then it somehow grew into it's own entity and I'm still at it. Reaching this milestone has me feeling nostalgic as I look forward. I thought it was appropriate to refresh the space at this time and I hope you like the new layout as much as I do.  I wanted a design with a clean and modern aesthetic and intuitive navigation that somewhat reflected the spirit of the former look. And I think this may be my favorite version of my logo yet. Thanks to everyone who's already noticed and given me feedback on it!

Recent Loves

October 24, 2016
MD Sun Hydro Recovery Mask,  J.One Jelly Pack,  24/7 Touch Up Skin Perfecting Cream, Aveda Damage Remedy Split End Repair,   Real Techniques Bold Metals 300 Tapered Blush Brush,  RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Illusive

You may notice things looking a little different around here today. rolala loves has gotten a makeover.  I'll talk more about that and the state of the blog on Wednesday. Also look out for a new giveaway then.

Now this is where I talk about some of the products I've been loving lately...

MD Sun Hydro Recovery Mask*
The rich formulation of this unique plant-derived biocellulose mask includes sodium hyaluronate and panthenol that deliver clinical grade emollients for intense hydration, skin resurfacing and anti-aging benefits. It also speeds skin recovery from facial treatments including laser and microdermabrasion. I used this mask during a time when my skin was acting up and I was pleased with the instant results. My skin was visibly calmed, plump and brightened with just one use. There was actually enough essence left over in the package that I was able to get one more mask out of it and my skin looked even better the second time. In case you're wondering, I didn't actually reuse the mask but I dropped in one of these sheets and sealed up the package and used it the next day.

Currently Coveting

October 21, 2016

Somehow my inclination towards nesting always seems to flip on whenever fall comes around and this month's wish list is all about home decor. What are you coveting lately?

1. Cool Stripe Lumbar Pillow
{This will be a stylish addition to our couch!}

2. Accent Table
{Love the sleek lines of this side table and it's such a bargain too.}

3. Peter Lindbergh: A Different Vision on Fashion Photography
{I collect photography books and Peter Lindbergh just happens to be one of my favorite photographers so this compendium is a must.}

4. Copper Phone
{This retro style phone totally reminds me of my childhood but ours didn't look as chic. Yes we still maintain a landline for emergencies.}

5. Diptyque Figuier Candle
{Been thinking about this luscious scent ever since I smelled it at the Diptyque store. Will have to pick up this candle after we finish our Jasmine one.}

6. Taylor Bud Vase
{Such an artful looking little vase.}

7. Nate Berkus Curved Slipper Chair
{This chair is just so pretty!}

Giorgio Armani Beauty, A Review

October 19, 2016
Armani Beauty Sì Eau de Parfum, Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Manifesto, Armani Beauty, Armani Beauty Review, Lip Manifesto, #SaySi

I was selected to receive a full sized bottle of Sì Eau de Parfum Intense and two Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro lip colors for review in a recent Influenster VoxBox. This was exciting since I happen to like the regular Armani Sì scent. I had also recently picked up a Lip Maestro on a whim and it's been one of my go to lip colors this fall.

ChocZero Is Sugarfree Chocolate That Tastes Good

October 17, 2016
ChocZero Chocolate, ChocZero Review, Sugarfree Chocolate, Low Carb Chocolate

I may not eat sugar or sweets but one occasional indulgence I allow myself is chocolate. While there have been ongoing debates about whether chocolate is actually good for your health, chocolate just tastes good and feels like a decadent treat. The flavonoids in chocolate have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve your cholesterol levels and vascular functions. Dark chocolate contains a higher proportion of flavanoids than milk chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate anyway but the problem is that most of them still contain sugar which has zero benefits so I consume them sparingly. Of course my interest was piqued when ChocZero reached out and asked if I want to try their chocolate.

Eye Candy : Ji Chang Wook for Harper's Bazaar

October 14, 2016
Ji Chang Wook, Ji Chang Wook 2016, Ji Chang Wook Harpers Bazaar, 지창욱, The K2

Compared to 2015, there seems to be a distinct lack of editorials featuring Ji Chang Wook this year. To make up for that, his smexiness is out in full force in this pictorial for Harper's Bazaar where he makes casually lounging around in a pair of crown emblazoned pajamas and a blazer look mighty fine and very cool at the same time. This one is so on point in terms of photography, styling  and grooming. My favorite outfit might just be that polka dotted pj type suit because of the swagger he is exuding in it. And the hair... his phenomenal head of hair always looks so much better when it's swept up and off that handsome face.

The 29 year old actor is currently lighting up television screens on Friday and Saturday nights as a former soldier turned bodyguard caught up in a web of political intrigue and revenge in the tvN drama The K2. Chang Wook is reportedly receiving over 90 million won (approximately $80,000) per episode which is even more than what Jeon Do Yeon made for The Good Wife, making him the highest paid actor ever in Korean cable history. I would imagine that they're paying for his immense popularity across Asia as well as all the action sequences required of him. I've only seen clips and they look even more intense than what he did in The Healer. The stunts must be taking their toll since he teased that this might be his last action series during the show's press conference. Chang Wook also talked about being raised by single mom in a recent interview. He felt terrible and helpless about how hard she had to work to raise him so his proudest moment came when he was able to pay off the family debt and buy her a house. His filial piety is so sweet. I'm not watching the K2 because neither the genre nor the lead actress Yoona appeal to me. I will probably watch this Harper's Bazaar interview video a few more times... he looks even better in motion and his voice is super swoony. My husband says the same thing about rice that Chang Wook does ha!

Bioderma Micellar Water H2O

October 12, 2016
Bioderma Review, Micellar Water, Bioderma Sensibio H2O Bioderma Hydrabio H2O, Bioderma Sebium H2O, Bioderma Crealine H2O

Micellar waters seem to having their moment in beauty lately and before the micellar water market became saturated there was Bioderma. In fact there was a time when Bioderma Sensibio H2O was the "it" micellar water and it still remains well established both as a innovator and longstanding favorite with one bottle of Sensibio H2O sold around the world every two seconds!

What is Micellar Water?

Micellar (pronounced my-sell-er) water is composed of purified soft water and mild surfactant oils. The suspended molecules form microscopic spheres called micelles, which draw out and dissolve dirt and oil when they come into contact with your skin. To use micellar water, you apply it to a cotton pad or cotton ball and swipe it across your skin to let it do it's thing. The micellar water will leave behind soft, cleansed and hydrated skin.

Korean Beauty Discoveries with YESSTYLE

October 10, 2016
Asian Beauty, K-beauty, Asian Beauty Box,YESSTYLE review Beauty Box Review,

Long before Asian beauty products were easy to get ahold of like they are these days, there was YesStyle. was one of the first global online retailers to offer fashion, beauty and lifestyle products from Korea, Japan, Taiwan and more at competitive prices.

Eye Candy : Editorial Roundup

October 7, 2016
Han Chae Young, Han Chae Young Marie Claire, Han Chae Young 2016

It's been awhile since my last eye candy roundup. This edition will feature takes from some recent fall editorials. Han Chae Young is absolutely smoldering for Marie Claire. The gorgeous actress is currently one of the hosts of the beauty talk show Please Take Care of My Vanity. Song Hye Kyo recently reminisced about the 16th anniversary of Autumn In My Heart which is one of the dramas that started the Hallyu wave around the world and I was reminded that Han Chae Young also got her start in that show. She was the grown up version of the other baby who was switched at birth.

Dine Out : Cherche Midi

October 5, 2016
Cherche Midi Review, Cherche Midi NYC, Cherche Midi restaurant, Black Label Burger

Cherche Midi is an upscale eatery located on the corner of Houston and the Bowery that serves up a range of classic French fare. The bistro styled bar and dining room is decorated with an array of globe lights, subway tiles, red leather banquettes and antique mirrors that create a warm lived in and cozy ambiance. We decided to go during Restaurant Week when we saw that their famous Black Label Burger was on the menu. This burger which is supposed to one of the very best in NYC has been on our hit list for awhile. 

We started out with the salmon tartare and burrata with heirloom tomatoes. Both dishes were light and well balanced in flavor. The Black Label Burger is made from a special Pat LaFrieda blend of high quality dry aged ribeye, short rib, skirt steak, and brisket. It is simply topped with caramelized onions and served on a lightly toasted brioche bun accompanied with butter lettuce, tomato, pickles and a generous pile of crispy pommes frites on the side. This burger was juicy, succulent and loaded with rich meaty flavor. It was good enough on it's own that my husband and I both felt that the sweetness of the caramelized onions dialed down some of it's delicious umami. I don't see us paying $32 for a burger on the regular but it's definitely worth trying once if you're a fan of burgers at all. And to be included in a $42 three course prix fixe made it more worthwhile. I don't even know how we managed to fit in dessert after that burger but I did manage a few bites of the yogurt panna cotta which was very tangy and refreshing. Panna cotta is one of the few desserts I have a weakness for. The crȇpes suzette were also good. Even though there was a lag between our dinner and dessert courses, the service was extremely accommodating and attentive overall. This is a great date restaurant and the whole experience reminded me alot of the bistros in Le Marais that we were quite fond of the last time we visited Paris. 

Are you a fan of French food? How about burgers?

Cherche Midi
282 Bowery
New York City
$$$ - $$$$

Through My Lens : Recently On Instagram

October 3, 2016

A few highlights of this past month as seen on Instagram which serves as my unofficial food diary and love letter to NYC. I also post quick reviews here and there. And just like that it's October! September was a great month. Leading through into the first week of autumn, it still felt like summer which was actually pretty wonderful. The cooler temperatures are settling in now. For more, click on over to Instagram and do follow if you like what you see.
  • New York may be known as an urban jungle but the many pocket parks in the city are perfect for a little respite from the daily hustle and bustle. This is one of my favorites and it just happens to be across the street from our apt.
  • Signs of fall... this vignette of leaves on the ground was just beckoning to be photographed.
  • Ice cream served in a taiyaki fish pastry cone sounds fun but this is a concept that requires flawless execution. I shared our experience at the newly opened Taiyaki NYC and it was not good. Don't believe the hype!
  • I know there's more advertising than editorial but I still enjoy leafing through the pages of the September issues.
  • New York I love you and probably just a little more every year when 9/11 rolls around. Never forget.
  • A few new acquisitions including an adorable pouch, the prettiest cushion compact and a luxe lip oil/balm.
  • The pizza at Marta was delicious!
  • RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile and RMS Living Luminizer are two beauty favorites that I recently repurchased.
  • The Beaux Arts facade of the Surrogate Court Building never fails to catch my eye when I walk by because it's so striking. That's also probably why it's appeared in countless film and television productions.

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