Monthly Archives: November 2010

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Fashion - Gift Guide - Skin - Sun Protection

Gift Guide: Baby clothes from K&J

November 30, 2010

Sun protective clothing from K&J

I guess because I’m a soon-to-be-aunt, I’m going gaa gaa over kiddie clothes. I was so excited when I found out Yale dermatologist, Mona Gohara, who has been BATF‘s resident expert on skin issues like dry skin and acne, just launched a sun protective clothing line with her husband called K&J (named after their sons).

While she believes sun protection should start at birth, sun protective lotions should not be used on babies especially under six months. This line is made of 100% cotton and has been tested at the International UV Testing Laboratories in Auburn, AL, to show that they block 99% of the sun’s rays. They also come tagless for the sensitive and eczema-prone tots.

K&J clothing sell for $20 on their website (


FOOD - "The Delicious" - Thai

Pongsri Thai in Midtown

If midtown can boast one thing, I think at this point I’m gonna say it’s their Thai food. I feel like I already have a string of favorites…the hole-in-the-wall Wondee Siam on 9th Ave, and Chanpen a few blocks lower. I can pretty much add Pongsri Thai to that list for their curry dishes and sauteed chicken.

I am really into fried tofu these days when it comes to Thai, especially with a coconut-based curry. I asked for it spicy, and warning — they will make it really spicy.

Panang fried tofu, $11

Wasn’t feeling their seafood as much, though. My friend ordered the “Forget-Me-Not” prawns. We asked her how it was: “You know, these Forget-Me-Not prawns? Yeah, kinda forgot them.”

Forget-me-not prawns, $15.95

I was probably still recovering from my stuffed mussels-high from Turkey and decided to try the steamed mussels here. Wasn’t much of a fan since it was too “seafoody” for me. I guess i just prefer it with rice and lemon juice, sigh.

Steamed Mussels, $12.95

Chicken with flat noodles were delicious though:

Chicken with flat noodles, $10

Prices aren’t bad and it’s a big space for larger parties. I’ve been here multiple times though, and even if I wasn’t big on the seafood (which is probably a personal preference if anything), I’ve never really had a bad experience with food here in general. I feel like midtown has slim pickings at times so it’s always nice to find a place that has yummy food at decent prices.

Restaurant Info:
Pongsri Thai

244 W 48th St
btw Broadway & 8th Ave
New York 10036
(212) 582-3392

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Fashion - RANDOM

Gift Guide: Cashmink scarves from Fraas

November 29, 2010

Fraas' showroom

I recently had the chance to visit the showroom of Fraas, a scarf company that has been in the business for over 130 years. It was a scarf wonderland which was pretty great for me since scarves are my most favorite accessory ever. They just recently launched their line of super-soft “Cashmink” scarves. Cashmink — a name coined by Fraas — is actually spun from acrylic but is finer than any other natural fiber. It’s actually 20% finer than cashmere itself and it feel just as soft, if not even softer but these scarves cost MUCH less.

Cashmink scarves

In fact, when stylist Sarah Shirley came over my apartment recently and started going through my scarf drawer, she stopped when she picked up one of the Cashmink scarves that was sent to me. “What is this? It’s so soft!” She loved the blue color combination of the scarf too and suggested I wear it with a blazer and jeans.

Black blazer, gray shirt and blue Cashmink scarf

I like to wear it over a plain outfit too on the weekends…


Thought it would be a great addition to our ongoing gift guide for the holidays. While real cashmere scarves can be $100 upwards, Cashmink ones go anywhere from $25 – $45. But P.S., I saw them on sale at JCPenney for $10. Any other scarf fiends out there?


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My first radio interview on 99.5 FM

November 24, 2010

My radio interview!

I was recently on 99.5 FM for Radio Tahrir to talk about about Beauty and the Feast, and it just aired last night! This was my very first radio interview, so it was a little nerve wrecking. The interviewer, Reem Nasr, was such a pro though, and it turned out to be a pretty fun experience :).

If you missed it, you can listen to it at the link below…the interview starts at 19:40 and goes on til about 33:30:

Note: If the link doesn’t work for some reason, go to and you can hit “Play” from the Tuesday, Nov 23rd Radio Tahrir segment.

Special thanks to Radio Tahrir for the opportunity!


FOOD - "The Delicious"

Top Chef All-Stars Kick-off Event

Duck Ragu at the Top Chef kick-off event

Last week, BRAVO hosted a Top Chef All-Stars Kick-Off Event in midtown. They had appetizers created by Top Chef contestants, like Duck Ragu (above), served over butternut squash grits (delish!).

Top Chef judges Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio and Terlato President and CEO, Bill Terlato

They also sent us home with the most delicious Godiva Bakery Dessert Truffles. Godiva just partnered with Top Chef Just Desserts for a limited-edition collection available now for $20!

Top Chef All-Stars premieres Dec 1st on BRAVO, 10/9c.

A few more pics below:

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Spas and Salons

And now, an NYC salon NOT to go to…

November 23, 2010

Look, I don’t do this often, but sometimes things need to be called out and this is one of those times. I’m normally gushing over salons I go to, but this is the first time that there’s one that I’m telling you NOT to go to: James Corbett Studio.

Basically, I went to a beauty event last year and in the gift bag was a gift certificate for a complimentary organic manicure and pedicure at James Corbett. It didn’t have an expiration date so I’ve been holding on to it for a special occasion. For Thanksgiving in a couple of days, my friend is having an engagement party, so I thought it was a good time to bust out the gift certificate. I called and made an appointment.

Not even an hour later, they call me back and ask me if I’m using a gift certificate for the service. I said I was, and the receptionist then tells me, “Oh, we’re not honoring those anymore.” Apparently, people have been making copies. Which I totally understand, but this was a colored gift certificate with original writing (it’s not photocopied).

I told them that, and then the lady says she’s handing me off to someone else (a manager I’m assuming). She then comes on the phone and I tell her, there’s no expiration date and asked if they could just honor this one since it’s authorized. She said still since it was a year ago they just won’t accept it. I tried telling her once again that this was in the gift bag, it wasn’t photocopied and if there’s a chance I could still come in and they could see it themselves, and she THEN says, “You can say what you want but we’re not accepting it, thank you,” and then abruptly HANGS UP on me! Seriously!

I was stunned. I’ve never had a salon be so rude about something like this. I tried calling back and she claimed she didn’t hang up on me (she clearly did) and said, “I was just saying you can say what you want but no matter what, we’re not accepting it.” I told her I couldn’t believe how rude they were being about it and that I would definitely let people know and she just said, “Absolutely, go ahead.”

Since she gave me the green light, here you go folks. Don’t go to James Corbett Studio in Union Square. They obviously don’t know the first thing about customer service. The end.


Oh and PS, just made an appointment at Francky L’Official salon in the UES…their event was also months ago and they’re happily honoring the gift certificate I got from their launch party…just sayin.