Monthly Archives: September 2011

Beauty - "The Lovely"

Beauty and the Feast featured in Cosmo again :)

September 26, 2011

Hi everyone! Had such a BUSY (but fun!) weekend for my friend’s wedding so have been a little behind in updating. There’s lots more to come, but in the meantime, I’m so excited to share with you that Beauty and the Feast was featured in Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Beauty, Brains, & Blogs” for the second time this month!

Cosmo's October issue

BATF in Cosmo

I was grateful to be featured the first time in their September issue, and am over the moon that they decided to run the page once again this month. The photo of me in this issue was taken by Rowa Lee. Thank you all so much for reading, and thanks again to Cosmo’s publishing team! Pick up your copy of the October issue with the gorgeous Minka Kelly on the cover to check it out. In the meantime, you can enter BATF’s fabulous Karen Millen giveaway — a $350 bag :).


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Daily Candy and Hair Room Service’s Beauty Bus in SoHo today

September 22, 2011

Beauty Bus

If you’re around SoHo at all today, stop by the Beauty Bus! I went there this morning to check out what the buzz was all about and I’m so glad I did. For one, one of the stars of MY guilty pleasure-reality show, Patti Stranger Millionaire Matchmaker was in attendance:

Michael Duenas, Patti Stranger, and SuChin Pak

How gorgeous are these people?!

But even MORE exciting for me, I met the ever-adorable SuChin Pak — she is so incredibly sweet. I’ve admired and have been wanting to meet her for some time now so it was a pretty serendipitous that she was there on her first day as DailyCandy’s new on-air correspondent.

Me with SuChin

But BACK to you guys — the bus is parked on Broadway between Prince and Spring streets from now until 8PM today. Stop by to get FREE professional makeup applications, and hairstyling consultations.

Enter the Beauty Bus

Hair station

Another red carpet shot

Pantene, CoverGirl, and Olay products on the bus

Olay products

Makeup station

Hair Room Service stylist Kerrie Urban gave me ‘undone waves’ — she did it in less than ten minutes flats (no joke):

Me with Kerrie

Fun fact: I met Kerrie a few years ago when she did my hair at another event — she still remembered how short my bangs were then!

If you have time, stop by — the bus is there until 8PM!


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Fashion

Talking fashion with designer Azeeza Desai Khan of Atelier AZZA

September 21, 2011

At the Fashion for Compassion show that took place during Fashion Week, I was able to catch up backstage with designer Azeeza Desai Khan, who debuted her elegant line Atelier AZZA on the runway that night. We talked details about her line and inspiration as a designer.

Azeeza Desai Khan with a model wearing her design. Photo: Saniya Tabani.

Beauty and the Feast:
So Ranjana Khan told me you had cold-called her assistant to get in touch with her and when she heard about the cause, she called you back within 12 hours — I feel like that’s going to be part of your claim to fame now! What made you decide to do that?
Azeeza Desai Khan: I love Ranjana Khan — her and her husband Naeem Khan are one of the most well-regarded individuals in the fashion industry. On the back end, they provided embroidery to some of the best fashion houses in the world from Alexander McQueen to YSL. In addition to that, they’ve also marked a brand for themselves as a power couple. So when you think of successful South Asian designers in the US, you think of Naeem and Ranjana. From wearing Ranjana’s pieces and just being a true fan of her as a successful South Asian woman, I think it was important that was honored here. As I embark upon this design journey, I thought it was also important to somehow catch her attention.
Azeeza with Ranjana Khan and sister, Zeenat Desai. Photo: Saniya Tabani

What got you get interested in fashion?
ADK: In highschool I took two years of design courses and did a three-month private study, but never really went forward with that more than a just a mere hobby. From a professional career standpoint, I’m in marketing and PR. In the past couple of years, I’ve been taking on more private clients in fashion, just because it’s one of those hobbies I felt like I needed to express in my career. As I moved forward with those clients, I sawmore of the back end in terms of design, ordering, production. After getting a deeper glimpse into it, I thought, “Hey you know what? I can do this.” Not only that, I really thought it was the right moment for me. I brought back that archived design into modern day mixed it with my business fashion industry sense.

What would you say is your inspiration as a designer?
ADK: My inspiration is the embodiment of day-to-day life and beauty. For any woman, you feel their best when you look their best. When you feel 100%, you also act it and the confidence comes. Confidence is the really big key, and dressing the part really gets you that. That’s a huge inspiration. Also giving back. I didn’t get into this right away because it was a very superficial aesthetic business. But now as I embark upon this, I have a give back model: For every piece sold, I’ll give a likewise garment to a poor South Asian woman. Any purchase of AZZA will help support someone in need.

Atelier AZZA

What kind of woman wears your clothes?
AKD: It’s definitely a reflection of myself in terms of my style which I like to say is high fashion meets high street. I like to wear high-end pieces and mix it with maybe something from Zara or an indie designer you’ve never heard of. I think it’s that person who doesn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on clothing but still wants to feel wonderful and look glamorous like they did spend an arm and a leg! Someone who knows fashion, understands it, understands quality fabrics — someone who appreciates style and quality in their clothing will appreciate AZZA.

What’s your earliest fashion memory — your first biggest purchase perhaps?
AKD: I would say my first biggest purchase was in highschool and it was a Coach bag. I will tell you that my husband probably wishes I would still buy Coach bags because I certainly do not! [laughs] It was a big deal then and I still have all of my pieces I’ve bought throughout the years. But I want to stress it’s not about how much the big purchase is. Fashion’s what you make of it, how you carry yourself and how you wear it. It’s not how much you spend, but how you creatively put the art of fashion together.

Well put. Looking forward to seeing what else is to come from AZZA! What do you think about the collection?


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BATF Giveaways - Fashion

Giveaway: White bowler bag from Karen Millen

September 20, 2011

Karen Millen fashion

I was recently introduced to Karen Millen, and have fallen pretty hard. Their clothes are beautifully tailored, feminine, and edgy all at once. From pencil skirts to leather jackets, accented bags to lacey boots, it’s a one-stop for that’s full-on in the glam department. Plus, it does double-duty as an easy conversation piece. RIGHT NOW, they are hosting their 30th Anniversary Sweepstakes to LA, where you and a guest can join in the festivities in November where the prize includes luxury hotel and travel accommodations, a makeover, a gift basket, and a $500 shopping spree…yes I’m entering and you can too).

IN THE MEAN time, I felt after all this Fashion Week coverage, it was only appropriate to do our first fashion giveaway — and BATF has partnered up with Karen Millen for an AMAZING one! I know I say this about all my giveaways, but I’m REALLY excited for this one. You really can’t blame me though — just look at how gorge this bag is!

Karen Millen bag giveaway

If you’re not familiar with the brand, consider it your VIP introduction: a 100% leather white bowler bag with studded stripes and front pocket worth $350! Check it out on their site HERE. Wipe that drool and enter to win this fabulous bag now!

There are two ways to enter — you can do either to enter or both to increase your chances:
1) Leave a comment below
2) Follow me and tweet the following: “RT to win this GORGEOUS @KarenMillen studded leather bag from @BeautyNDFeast! #KMGiveaway”

Winner will be announced on Wednesday, 9/28. Giveaway open ONLY to US residents, so please enter only if you have a US shipping address! Good luck!

Special thanks to Karen Millen for this week’s giveaway — check out their site when you get a chance to check out the rest of their beautiful collection:


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David Beckham goes undercover and sells his own perfume on Ellen

So what ha-happened was I was just about to go to sleep and then this giant cupcake arrived at my apartment so obviously I ate it and now I’m on this sugar high and it’s 2:30 AM and I can’t stop typing and somehow I came across this video of David Beckham going incognito and selling his own perfume on Ellen DeGeneres’ show so yeah duh of course I had to share:

Also proof that even in nerdy glasses and a baseball cap women just can’t stay away. It goes against nature. Anyway, I’m going to go do some cartwheels now.


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Eyes

Faux Lashes, Real Beauty with Eye Candy Lash Extensions

September 19, 2011

By Nicci Jordan Hubert

Sophia Loren and her dramatic lashes

Falsies have almost always played a prominent role in designer beauty—think Falsies have almost always played a prominent role in designer beauty—think Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Kim Kardashian. And access to falsies is relatively easy: go to the drug store, pick up a set, glue ’em on, and voila. A transformed pair of eyes. It’s simple, if you’re willing to settle for a one-night only affair with your lashes. Because those babies fall off as soon as the clock strikes midnight. (Or, as soon as you wake up and find them all over your pillow…).

So you can imagine that as I was preparing to go on a week-long vacation, I started considering my options. The thought of applying falsies every day was more than a little irritating, and add the fact that there would be tropical temperatures—which meant swimming and perspiring, two mortal enemies of drug store lashes—I knew I had to find an alternative. And that’s when I came across Eye Candy Lash Extensions and Skin Care Boutique, owned and operated by Kristen Balyeat, who I later learned is a veteran NY esthetician; she’s worked at Ajune on the Upper East Side and Spa Merge in Midtown. Balyeat’s method is to apply individual false lashes to each natural lash with surgical-grade adhesive. She offers different packages, anything from the natural look to a dramatic one. The idea is that these babies should stay put, rain or shine, sweat or swim, for about 2-3 weeks.

Kristen Balyeat of Eye Candy Lash Extensions

After reading rave reviews online, I made an appointment with Kristin and was more than pleased when I arrived at her adorable studio, adjacent to the Flatiron building (and next door to the delicious Hill Country Chicken and Eataly). The studio’s design itself had won me over even before I laid down on her treatment bed. With stylish photography donning the walls (which I later learned was her husband’s, who is a professional NY photographer) and light-hearted hot-pink accents, I knew I had found the right place. Plus, I have to say, Kristin herself is gorgeous. Her skin looks like a 9-year-old’s, and her lashes are perfectly lush. All in all, I trusted her.

So here’s what went down. Before we began any treatments, Kristin did a quick study of my eye shape and lash length, and then made her suggestions. I wear glasses, so she suggested a slight cat-eye look–longer on the end, and slightly shorter in the middle where my glasses are closest to my eye. Then she began the process, which took about an hour, during which I was a polite and friendly client fell asleep.

I awoke to what can only be described as life-changing. My lashes are by nature short little buggers, but after the session my lashes looked so beautiful I almost cried. The picture does not do them justice–basically, I felt like the best version of myself possible. I will never go without them again. Ever. That’s how strongly I feel about this.

My after pic!

Because she did such a beautiful job, I asked for a peel too. Why not? Kristen uses Sanitas products, which from what I can tell, are really high quality. The peel made my skin glow. So when I get my lash refill, I’ll ask for a full facial to boot.

Sanitas products

Visit Eye Candy Lash Extensions and Skin Care Boutique’s website for more info!
Has anyone else ever tried lash extensions? What did you think?