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.

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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.”

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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

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - FOOD - "The Delicious"

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:

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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

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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.

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