Monthly Archives: February 2011

Craving of the Day - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Tea/Drinks

Drink of choice when playing Mafia…

February 26, 2011

A Bloody Mocktail

In line with a Mafia-themed party on Feb. 14th, we were served a Bloody Mocktail — check out the black gun-shaped ice! Perfectly appropriate drink/game for Valentine’s Day I say…thanks, Nadia!


Beauty - "The Lovely" - Men - Male grooming

We’re not the only ones, ladies

February 25, 2011

Photo credit: James Franco 2011

James Franco tweeted a picture of him getting spruced up. Not that he really needs to be.


Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Tips and How-To's

Sleek and sophisticated chignons at the Alberta Ferretti show – Milan Fashion Week

I’m loving the sleek hair models were sporting at the Alberta Ferretti show a couple days ago for Milan Fashion Week.

Photos: Marcus Tondo/

Chignon back view

Front view

Redken’s Creative Consultant Guido took the lead on this one, creating the 60s chignon/boyish swoop. I love classic looks like this and the super shiny hair. To achieve the look, stylists used Redken’s Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow-Dry Gel, Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray, and their new Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist (launching in April).

How to get the look:
1. Create a low side part on the left. Wet hair and apply a blow dry gel (like Redken’s Velvet Gelatine) and blow dry in.
2. Spray a finishing spray (like Quick Dry 18) and back comb to create the “Bardot-like” height at the crown.
3. Pull all hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Coil ponytail around itself into a chic chignon and pin with hairpins.
4. Pull pieces out at either side in front of the ear with a tail comb as not to disturb the rest of the hair.
5. Finish entire look with a shine mist (like Shine Flash 02) for extra sheen.


Beauty - "The Lovely" - Skin

Introducing Benefit’s new skincare line (and their ridiculously cute offices!)

February 24, 2011

By Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Welcome to Benefits' new headquarters!

Benefits history all on a wall

One of the brand's mascots, Miss Dear Deer Cherie

The girliest industrial pipes you'll ever see

Last night we had the pleasure of being invited to Benefit Cosmetics‘ new headquarters in downtown San Francisco. As one can imagine, the space on the 20th floor of 225 Bush Street was a picture in girly-girl perfection, with soaring ceilings dripping with chandeliers and shades of pink everywhere. After taking in the humorous sculptures of brand mascots like Miss Dear Deer Cherie, and the industrial pipes that are supposedly flowing with the company’s signature shades like PosieTint and ChachaTint, we headed up to the penthouse where we were introduced to the company’s first-ever skincare line by Benefit’s heiresses Maggie and Annie Ford Danielson.

Benefit's new skincare line

Benefit's It's Potent! Eye Cream

The new B.Right! Radiant Skincare range, which will hit stores on April 1st, is comprised of 7 moisture-packed products: the Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF 15 PA++, Total Moisture Facial Cream, Moisture Prep Toning Lotion, It’s Potent! Eye Cream, Foamingly Clean Facial Wash, Refined Facial Polish, Remove It Makeup Remover, and the Ultra Radiance Facial Re-Hydrating Mist. While we haven’t had time to try out the offerings (which range in price from $21-$38 and feature a cool cucumber/floral scent), we have to say we are most excited about the Moisture Prep Toning Lotion, which one applies after she washes her face, but before she applies moisturizers. Supposedly, using a non-stripping toner before moisturizing helps your skin absorb even more lotion and stay hydrated longer. It’s also a step that most U.S. women haven’t known about — until now.

OK now, who else wants a job at Benefit? Any other Benefit fans out there excited for their new skincare line to hit stores?

More pics of their fabulous office below! *All pictures by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

American - Bakery - Dessert - FOOD - "The Delicious"

The Meatloaf Bakery – Lincoln Park, Chicago

By Summar Ghias

The Meatloaf Bakery

Savory cupcakes galore inside the counter. A No Buns About It Burger loaf, anyone?

Sure, cupcakes are a little played out, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try a new bakery when I see one. Next door to the cozy Noble Tree Café in Lincoln Park, the Meatloaf Bakery just happens to be one gimmick ahead of its standard sweet competitors.

The shop dishes out savory comfort food cupcakes – or in their terms, loaves – in all sorts of down-home flavors. The most bizarre of the bunch: A Wing and A Prayer loaf, made of chicken and celery combined with hot and spicy wing sauce and blue cheese.

Our savory cupcakes: The Omega-3 loaf and the Chicken Shish Ka loaf with a mint sauce.

Ok, I know it sounds weird, but I promise you, these “cupcakes” were divine. I tried the Omega-3 loaf, which was made of Wild caught Alaskan salmon, lemon, parsley and dill and topped with wasabi mashed potatoes (i.e. the frosting). It was served with a delicious lemon-dill yogurt sauce. My friend got the Chicken Shish Ka loaf, made with chicken, parsley, red onions and herbs and topped with Yukon smashers. All I can say is we were two happy mid-evening snackers.

The loaves are expensive at $7.95 and up a pop, but given the intricacy of flavors and the carb-heavy frosting to fill you up, it’s definitely worth a try. And, if you’re not willing to shell out that kind of money, you can always try a bite-sized loafie for $2 instead.

Restaurant Info:
The Meatloaf Bakery

2464 N. Clark Street
nr. W Roslyn Pl.
Lincoln Park, Chicago

FOOD - "The Delicious" - Tea/Drinks

Dr. Pepper’s ‘no women allowed’ club

February 23, 2011

(It’s about 1 AM, and I really want to pass out, but this Dr. Pepper commercial I just came across has me randomly ruminating on drinks that are jumping on the gender-targeted bandwagon lately).

Soda pop marketing

Iconic soft drinks are getting feisty with their marketing campaigns. Diet Pepsi recently introduced their ‘women-friendly’ skinny cans, reportedly to celebrate “beautiful, confident women.” And let’s be honest, as a sponsor of NY Fashion Week, they just wanted to look more trendy and hip. On the other hand, Dr. Pepper has started a no women’s allowed club with their new Dr. Pepper 10, a manly-diet soda (sounds like an oxymoron, no?). Apparently, they’re hoping its “bold” flavor and Rambo-inspired commercials will be in tune with a guy’s more masculine side: Check out their newest ad:

According to TIME, other soft drinks have attempted to appeal to the male demographic before (Pepsi Max, Diet Mountain Dew, Diet Coke and Diet 7-Up) but quite unsuccessfully.

What do you guys think about the gender-specific marketing campaigns? Can companies really make pop more enticing to one gender over another? I mean, it’s not like body wash…it’s a drink! I guess there’s that whole argument about what a show like SATC did for making pink Cosmos a ‘girly’ thing…

But for real, this marketing is sort of interesting to me. The whole “no girls allowed” thing makes me want to go out and try this new Dr. Pepper 10 even more now, is that weird? It’s like wanting what you’re not supposed to have. Maybe it’s kinda genius in that way. I don’t know. I’m exhausted and kind of going on a rant. But would love to hear your thoughts! Does it work?