Monthly Archives: February 2010

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Nails

Essie nail polish in pound cake

February 26, 2010

I recently went to Luxe Den in midtown for a manicure. You would think it was easy enough to find a neutral color for my nails, but the manicurist and I found ourselves sifting through 10 different shades for something that was neutral but not sheer.

We finally found Essie’s Pound Cake, an opaque pale beige. I thought it turned out to be a very elegant color.

Essie's Pound Cake

Just wanted to share. Thanks.

Salon Info:
Luxe Den

515 8th Ave.
btw 35th and 36th
New York, NY 10018


Beauty - "The Lovely"

9 Beauty Trends We Love (and Hate) from 2009

February 25, 2010

Check out my guest post on South Asian emag,

9 Beauty Trends We Love (and Hate) from 2009


FOOD - "The Delicious" - Italian - Pizza

Piola Pizza

By Tina Chaudhary

Something you’ll learn at Piola is that it’s possible to make pizza in a gajillion different ways — including topped with eggs.

I went there recently and ordered the Moderna (tomato sauce, mozzarella, arugula, fresh tomatoes and shaved parmesan cheese). Very fresh and cheesy. I’m a fan of thin salty crusts, so there were no complaints there but it was a little heavy on the tomatoes.

I was more intrigued by the restaurant than the food. There are only four locations in the U.S. and the remaining establishments are in Italy, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, and Turkey. When I go back, I’m going to take advantage of their awesome specials: every Mon-Wed, all pizzas between 3 – 4 p.m. are $5, between 4 – 5 p.m. are $6 and between 5 – 6 p.m. are $7.

Though, I have to say, for THE most mouthwatering pizza in the DC area, go to Matchbox in Chinatown or The Italian Store in Arlington. I can bet you’ll never crave any other pizza again.

What’s your favorite pizza joint?

Restaurant Info:
Piola Pizza

1550 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
Closest metro: Rosslyn

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Men - Male grooming

Guys: would you use products from a company named Hey Dude?

February 24, 2010

OK, so for me, “Hey Dude” conjures up memories of the Nickelodeon show, but now it’s taking on a whole new meaning in men’s skin care.

Hey Dude, a new men's skin care company

Hey Dude Skin Care is hoping to answer men’s skin care needs with products ranging from $16-$59. According to their site, a man’s skin is approximately 20% thicker than a woman’s, and more firm because it’s richer in collagen and elastin (you bastards).

BUT, because you guys sweat more, your skin tends to be oilier and more prone to dehydration from shaving. While signs of aging normally occur a little later for men, it is more marked when the dermis layer decreases around the age of 40-50.

The whimsical name aside (and we’re just going to ignore the silhouette of David on the bottles for now), the line does have some interesting products, many of which contain hyaluronic acid, a water-retaining complex sugar that hydrates and firms your skin.

Nary Hairy, $46

And for all you guys who complain about shaving (basically, all of you), they offer Nary Hairy, a post-shaving hair inhibiter for your face and body. They claim it decreases hair length up to 30% and hair density up to 16%.

The questionable: Perfect Mineral Bronzing Brush. Bronzer for guys? I guess a Miami-based company would think of that.

Would you guys try Hey Dude? I’m curious like that.


Beauty - "The Lovely" - Fragrance (perfume/cologne)

Salvatore Ferragamo’s new Incanto Bloom perfume

I recently attended the launch of Salvatore Ferragamo’s latest perfume launch for Incanto Bloom in Soho, where creator Sophie Labbé and CEO Luciano Bertinelli were present to give us the scoop on the new floral fragrance.

Incanto Bloom perfume

With Incanto Bloom, which launched this month, the luxury brand is hoping to target the young, metropolitan, fashion-savvy ladies. While it’s aiming at a younger clientele, they’re still keeping the elegance of the fashion house alive in the scent and even the design, with Ferragamo’s iconic Vara Bow as the cap of the bottle (I also love the opalescent white flacon of the perfume).

The scent is a burst of fruity floral, with notes of grapefruit flowers, freesia, tea roses and champaca flowers. It really smells like bouquet of flowers — I’d say it’s a very young and spring-summer, daytime scent. I don’t know how else to describe it except that it smells really “pretty.” For the girly girl who loves pink, flowers, ruffles, and…bunnies maybe.

Me with Luciano Bertinelli, CEO of Ferragamo Parfums and Sophie Labbe, creator of Incanto Bloom from IFF.

The 1.4 oz is $62, and 3.4 oz is $82. My only gripe about the price is it would match up if this was a eau de parfum, but it’s a not as strong eau de toilette. It’s available now exclusively at Bloomingdale’s, and will be available nationwide in April 2010.

What do you think of Incanto Bloom? Sound like your kind of perfume?


FOOD - "The Delicious" - Homemade - Indian/Pakistani

Homemade Kashmiri food

February 23, 2010

I learned a few things about Iqbal, my friend Ayesha’s husband, recently when I went over for dinner:

He refers to guys as “blokes.”
He will wake up at 4 am to watch a soccer…I mean…football game.
He knows a lot of random facts about everything in life.
And he can cook up some mean Kashmiri food.

So because I’m invasive like that, I took a few pics, for eye candy purposes. It was SO delish:

Salad starter with mozzarella


Chicken with onions

Chicken and tomatoes

(If you guys are reading this, I’m totally serious about being your Kramer now. Thanks.)