Monthly Archives: November 2011

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Eyes - Product Review

Talking makeup with Rachel Roy at the launch of her beauty line

November 28, 2011

Rachel Roy Shadow collection

To celebrate the launch of her beauty line, Rachel Roy invited a select few writers to her studio in midtown to introduce her Shadow Collection and talk (what else?) makeup. I was honored to be there and get an up-close look at the shadows firsthand. We snacked on macaroons and cake pops (that were are in colors that coordinate the shadows in her palette nonetheless) and indulged in hand massages, before Roy herself emerged.

Day time shadows

Rachel Roy

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Beauty - "The Lovely" recently-launched

November 26, 2011

My (beauty) habit, Amazon’s membership-only fashion destination, JUST expanded into beauty this month.

Some beauty products at MyHabit's beauty launch event

It’s a flash sale site (sort of like Gilt) that offers a tailored selection of beauty products, including skin care, hair care, makeup and tools, priced at up to 50% off with fast, free shipping on US orders. We’re talking discounted products from prestige brands like Oscar Blandi, Anthony Logistics, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, Boscia and Tweezerman.
Check it out!


What’s your beauty habit?

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Inspiration of the Day - RANDOM

November 25, 2011

Something to fill the space while I’m gone. I kinda liked this picture by my friend Sadef of me at work! It was at a birthday dinner Centro Vinoteca in the West Village for our lovely friend, Kiran P.

By Sadef A. Kully

I thought the blurry effect under the dim lights looked super cool. Post on the deliciousness of that dinner coming soon…when I get back!!


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RANDOM - Travel Beauty

I’m off to Argentina!

November 24, 2011

By the time you’ll be reading this, I’ll be on my way to South America (my very first time, yaay!). I have been eager to go, especially Buenos Aires where I’ll be for Thanksgiving — it may be my first turkey day out of the country! But I’m ridiculously excited :D.

It might be a little quiet here…I’m not taking my laptop with me (I know…I’m chartering unknown territory without my laptop which I’m usually glued in front of updating this thang). But I am taking my camera and I’ll try my best to update you all while I’m there. If you don’t hear from me, trust I’ll be eating lots and lots of steak. Otherwise, I’ll be catching up on my trip after I land. While we’re talking about it, anyone have amazing recommendations for Buenos Aires specifically? On another note, I’m starting to feel like a packing pro. I’m ONLY taking my little carry-on bag and started thinking of the few things that are starting to be my travel-musts.

1. My new Heys USA 26″ 4WD Metallica Hardside Spinner carry-on.

Heys USA luggage

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Hair Tools

The lazy girl’s guide to faking pretty hair

November 23, 2011

My hair is “swavy” — it’s not quite straight and it’s not totally wavy. And when I wake up, my hair is typically all sorts of confused…like so:

Yup. That's my morning hair.

Another thing is, I feel like I’m constantly on the go, go, go. I wake up extra early to write, run to work, to events, to dinner…you get the idea. And while I am still obsessed with beachy waves, I often don’t have the time to set my hair like that. Instead, it’s just easier to make my hair sleek and straight. Recently, a friend of mine and celebrity hairstylist Kristan Serafino endorsed the Kiss by SalonTech Silicone Protexion 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron. She works with some of the best, so if she’s allowing a company to put her seal of approval on their product (no literally, her face is on the box), I know it’s something worth trying. The other issue I have with mega-expensive irons is that they break or burn out so fast. Trust me, I’ve spent the $200-something on flat irons that worked fantastic…while they still worked. This one? $50.

The Kiss by SalonTech 1 inch flat iron with its red silicone bars

Back to my morning nest mess of hair, it’s precisely times like these when I need a flat iron fix. This specific flat iron has silicone bars which minimize heat damage. The ceramic plates allow for even heat distribution so you don’t have to go over the areas as many times. I will say that compared to the more expensive ones, this one doesn’t glide as easily through my hair…but that’s kind of the point. The red silicone bars on the plates make sure the clamp isn’t totally frying out your hair, but the silicone coating also helps seal the cuticles for lots o’ shine. This is what I got, less than ten minutes later:

After using the Kiss flat iron. PS whoever told you taking pics of yourself was easy lied.

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Breakfast/Brunch - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Mexican - Travel Feasts

El Vez restaurant in Philadelphia

November 22, 2011

By Munia Islam

Starving on a Saturday morning with no idea of what to eat is not a fun way to start the day. Recently, in a haste of studying for grad school midterms (ick!), we needed a quick and filling brunch.

Our saving grace? El Vez! With its flashy signs and mix of formal and informal decor, the ecclectic restaurant is a must to visit if you’re ever in Philadelphia. I’ve been there on several occasions–once on my own birthday–but always at night. I did learn from these dinners though that the queso fundido de hongos (truffled wild mushrooms with chihuahua cheese and huitlacoche served with flour tortillas, $12.50) is a must for my appetizer. Luckily, that’s also available for brunch so it’s exactly what I ordered.

Queso fundido de hongos

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