Through My Lens : Recently On Instagram

A few highlights of the 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 try to keep my content unique so it's not a bunch of photos from here. You can see more on Instagram and do follow if you like what you see...

  • NYC really takes on a whole different mood when it rains
  • I'm still obsessed with poke bowls and Maple makes it too easy to get one since they deliver their deliciousness right to our door.
  • Somehow I ended up buying a bunch of masks at the Glow Recipe popup opening day sale cause masks are my jam. Snagged a Blithe Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey Splash Mask for $13! This is the only one I haven't tried yet. Check out my review!
  • Xi'an Famous Foods moved to a new larger space but we still prefer takeout. What's up with them not accepting $100 bills?
  • Rena got decked out in her Yankee gear for opening day baseball. Our team lost but it's a long season and there are still 159 games to go.
  • When making dumplings, it's always a good decision to make some to boil and some to pan fry for a little contrast.
  • Recently incorporated this ReSkin One Step Oil Cleanser into my routine and really liking it. Find out why in my mini review.
  • What is about when you don't have something for the longest time that makes it taste so good when you finally do. That was the case with this zhaliang 炸兩.  It's fried dough wrapped in rice noodles which is not the healthiest which is why it's a very occasional treat for us.
  • I don't really enjoy walking on cobblestone streets but they do look seriously cool. Rain looks pretty cool in Soho...


  1. Rain looks pretty cool through your lens, not only on cobble stones.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  2. Great images on your instagram account have a lovely weekend.

  3. Oh my gosh! Rena is just too cute decked out in that outfit!:) And man....I used to eat that fried dough a lot before I cut down eating carbs. I miss it so much...sigh....
    PS That poke bowl from Maple is also very drool-worthy. Rowena, what are you doing to me?!?!?
    PPS Have a great weekend!:D

  4. Fantastic shots! Have an amazing weekend.


  5. I giggled when I saw Rena in the uniform, but of course she has to own at least one, right? I know you're a huge fan! She looks SO adorable <3 And I adore your SoHo picture. I should post more often myself. This is a nice inspiration.

    Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  6. Pan fried dumplings are the best! Oh I wish I could go to a yankees game!

  7. I'm still waiting for your recipe on those dumplings, Rowena! LOL! And one step oil cleanser? I sometimes only use an oil cleanser when I'm wearing very minimal makeup, there are days that I get too lazy to wash my face twice.

  8. I love me some Instagram! I don’t know what it is but this app calls my name. I go to sleep liking pictures and wake up liking pictures. I’m addicted and I’m not even ashamed of it. That poke bowl looks divine. I’m a sucker for face masks also! I have to check out this ReSkin Oil Cleanser.

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  10. A very inspiring post dear
    Good selection as well
    New post in my Lifestyle Blog

  11. You selected inspiring pictures Darling
    Happy Friday

  12. Ugh your food shots are making me hungry, those dumplings look de-lish! And yes New York is kind of beautiful in an unexpected way when it rains.

    Allie of

  13. That sushi looks incredible and life lately looks like it has been pretty great!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  14. I always love seeing your Instagram favorites...I love your feed...and to think that once I was reluctant about joining Instagram. :) Now, it is a source of genuine inspiration for me, especially because I follow so many painters there and for some reasons painters rarely do blogging so if I hadn't joined Insta I would miss out on that...and photography profiles on insta are something I greatly enjoy, especially those as creative and as diverse as yours.

    Speaking of photos, that photo of Rena wearing a baseball cap is so adorable. Good luck to the team of your you said, there are many more matches to go!

    I get you about walking on cobberstones streets....I rarely wear flats, but even when I do, walking on cobberstones can be tiring. I don't seem to mind, however, if I know that the cobberstones streets are extremely old- perhaps it is the history geek in me.:)

  15. Beautiful photos as always Rowena! I love the rain photo of NYC!

  16. I don't like cobblestone streets either but we have so many in Luxembourg :( It's terrible for when you're wearing stilettos...


  17. All sorts of appealing pictures, though I'm especially interested in the skincare products :-) Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  18. such a lovely Instagram Review
    and I get hungry by all the tasty Food
    most of all by seeing the (we polish People call it) pierogie :D

    with love your AMELY ROSE

  19. THAT SALMONNNNNNNNNN poke box/bowl thing! HELLLOOOO gorgeous!

  20. Rowena, I know you love sheet masks and those look so good! I loved Rena's Yankee baseball outfit. I thought it was so cool. Cobblestone streets are amazing to look at but wreak havoc on shoes & feet (giggle).


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