Monthly Archives: September 2011

Beauty - "The Lovely"

Beauty junkies rejoice: is here

September 30, 2011

I’m calling it now, is going to be a game-changer in the way we shop for our beauty products. It’s the recently-launched social beauty store. What does that mean? Well, you know how we girls like to talk our products to death (“You will LOVE this new gloss I discovered,” “WHAT can I do about my dark circles?” “I spent an hour at the drugstore and I came out with THIS shampoo”… it sounds something like that, right?). Now, you can do that with your friends AND people who have similar beauty concerns as you. Sort of like your makeup-Facebook…genius!

All from

I went to a event recently to learn more about it. It’s as easy as signing in with your Facebook account and you can get right started. After filling in my profile, I headed straight to the Best4You section, where products are organized based on types and most popular ratings. I had a $100 gift card to play with, and decided to go with some of my all-time favorites (theBalm TimeBalm concealer, a BeautyBlender sponge), and some new products I was just introduced to after trying samples at the event (Barbor Deluxe Foundation in Almond Beige, Japonesque Pink Heated Mini Lash Curler, and Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Guava).

My purchases AND sample gifts that came with it

The cool part about for me is a few things — (1) they not only offer high-end products, but you can get your favorite drugstore buys here too (HELLO CoverGirl and Olay);
(2) everyone has their “beauty cabinet” which are items they love that work for them…you can peruse others to get ideas of what might work for you; and (3) the really fun part, you get a hella lot of free samples with your purchase. You get 10% back on every purchase in the form of “BloomDollars” which can be used toward future purchases on the site, as well as Silver, Gold and Platinum BloomBoxes. You also get a choice small, mid-sized, and FULL SIZE product samples with your purchase as well (depending on how much you spend). You pick from a round up that they offer you when you’re checking out. So I basically got 15 items total — way more than I expected.

That included this beautiful eye shadow palette from glominerals, worth $92 for free:

glominerals Alloy eyeshadow palette

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Bakery - Coffeehouse/Cafe - FOOD - "The Delicious"

The Grey Dog near Union Square

By Bilal Mohammad

Grey Dogs Coffee

I love New York City mornings because of the special energy that is in the air as people are rushing to work, class, and wherever else they are going. What I don’t love is when you’re running late and you don’t have time to get a coffee on your way. This morning I was walking through Washington Square Park with only five minutes until class so I decided to defer getting my morning caffeine fix until after class. To make up for the self-inflicted delayed gratification, I decided to go to The Grey Dog, a quaint coffeehouse situated on University Place that I’d been meaning to try for a few weeks now.

THE grey dog...I think

Grey Dog more closely resembles a quirky Austin, TX coffee haunt than it does the other chichi coffee shops that densely populate downtown Manhattan. The distressed, wooden, sea foam blue furniture and the lowered vintage ceiling fans add a special charm to the place.

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Acne - Anti-Aging - BATF Giveaways - Beauty - "The Lovely"

Olay Professional Pro-X Clear giveaway!

Weren’t we supposed to leave acne back in highschool with our three-sizes-too-big JNCO jeans (what? Oh…that was just me?). You may be in your 20s, 30s, or beyond and for many of us, breaking out or the occasional zit still manages to pop up. The worst part is, a lot of products are not formulated to treat our type of skin — that is, one that is also deal with anti-aging. That’s why I was BEYOND excited to learn about the new Olay Professional Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol line recently.

Olay Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol line

Olay didn’t just tell us about the adult acne line any old way either — a handful of beauty writers were invited to Exhale Spa on the UES to take part in a Hot Ki Power Vinyasa class with instructor (and creator) Isauro Fernandez. Ki Power Vinyasa is a combination of vinyasa and martial arts. All I know is it was no walk in the park.

My Olay yoga mat :)

I'm focused man!

Hot Ki Power yoga at Exhale Spa

After an intense hour-long workout (extra intense for me — I was fasting that day and couldn’t drink any water either!) on our Olay-branded yoga mats, NYC dermatologist Dr. Diane Berson talked to us about the connection between working out and taking care of your skin.

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

Zumba and Ritual Cleanse at Giuliana Rancic’s FabFitFun LA event

September 29, 2011

By Sadia Khawaja

Zumba in the park!

You’re nobody in Hollywood ’till you’ve successfully mastered the art of multi-tasking. And you’re nobody in any ‘wood ’till you’ve successfully mastered the art of being Fabulous, Fit and Fun. So when E! News Correspondent Giuliana Rancic (master of all of the above), launched her new initiative, FabFitFun, it’s only fitting that I was pumped up in my kicks and inspired to feel fabulous, fit and fun at the aptly titled FFF Spotlight Event at the beautiful Oceana Hotel in Santa Monica, CA last Thursday evening.

Oceana Hotel

Giuliana Rancic fliers

Full of all the ingredients for a healthy and fabulous evening with great sponsors, primo company, and an amazing swag bag, this event had me moving and shaking all night. What I thought would be a ‘light’ 15 minute Zumba session, ended up being an intensely amazing full-on Zumba course right on the beach as the sun set.

Getting our Zumba on

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American - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Elmo Restaurant in Chelsea

September 28, 2011

I feel like there hasn’t been much “feasting” on my blog lately. Well, that’s because I don’t eat anymore.

Just kidding.

During Fashion Week, I was primarily surviving on Fiber One bars (not totally by choice but necessity due to running around so much) and barely had time to sit down for a meal in between shows and writing — much less cook for myself. The one place I did manage to lunch at was Elmo in Chelsea, which was right around the corner from the Bebe show I attended.


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BATF Giveaways - Fashion

Karen Millen Giveaway Winner!

Whew! This was the most entries I’ve ever received for a giveaway — over 100 of you entered by leaving comments and tweeting. But sadly, there can only be one winner.And the winner who was drawn totally at the mercy of is….MEHWISH! I’ll email you directly so you can claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone for entering! I’m going to be putting up another giveaway tomorrow — health freaks stay tuned!