Monthly Archives: April 2013

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Lips

MAC Woo’s Rihanna with new Lipstick

April 30, 2013

Rihanna collaborates with MAC -- makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside

I’m predicting that this will be sold out in about 2.5 seconds. Rihanna is the latest global superstar to collaborate with MAC Cosmetics to create RiRi Woo, their cult retro matte Ruby Woo red lipstick “remixed” by the singer.

MAC's RiRi Woo by Rihanna

The lipstick will be exclusively available online for $15 at beginning May 2nd. Get your e-shopping cart ready ;).

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Beauty on the Streets

Beauty on the Streets: Celebrity Stylist, Claudine DeSola

Claudine with her boyfriend, Scott

Name: Claudine DeSola

Age: 38

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American - Breakfast/Brunch - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Brunch at Spoon in Flatiron

April 28, 2013

Spoon & Tbsp

I’m ashamed to admit that it’s been a while since I’ve tried a new place for brunch in the city. Usually, I’ve been sticking to the most convenient options for me (Eatery in Midtown), or the no-fail ones (Cafe Mogador in the East Village). It’s so nice to break out of that routine though, and upon the suggestion of my friend Sadia, we found another gem: Spoon. Spoon is the name of the family-owned restaurant, but they also have a takeout storefront they refer to as Tbsp (so cute).


The space is so cozy and feels like you’re eating in a country house (perhaps the point — owner Melissa Chmelar credits her mother’s country cooking as inspiration for most of the dishes). The farm-to-table concept results in really fresh, really delicious plates with seasonal organic produce delivered daily from upstate NY. We didn’t get to try too much of their sweet options (even though they sounded amazing — cinnamon brioche french toast!), but the eggs made all different ways were insanely good.

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

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American - FOOD - "The Delicious" - interviews

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas flips out over McDonald’s new Egg White Delight McMuffin

April 25, 2013

As a move towards more healthier menu options, McDonald’s just launched their new, 250-calorie Egg White Delight McMuffin this week. To help celebrate the launch, the company enlisted 17-year-old gymnast and two-time Olympic gold-medalist Gabby Douglas — an appropriate “flipping” partner and longtime McD’s patron, interestingly enough.

Olympic gold medalist, Gabby Douglas

I caught up with Douglas on the new partnership and some words on her climb to the top:

Beauty and the Feast:
How did you decide to partner with McDonald’s?
Gabby Douglas: I’ve loved McDonald’s since I was little. I was always a big fan, especially now that they just came out with their Egg White Delight. For me, I’ve always loved egg whites — it’s a great source of protein and this just tastes so good.

Do you have a particular McD’s menu item that you’re partial to?
Douglas: I was always obsessed with their McFlurries! I still am. I mean ice cream and M&M’s – I’m in heaven! And to be honest, right after the Olympics, I went straight to McDonald’s and got an Egg McMuffin.

McDonald's new Egg White Delight McMuffin

When you win the gold at 16, what’s next? You’re already at the top.
Douglas: One of my goals is definitely to go back and defend my title. Do it all over again. Just getting back into the gym. I start training again in May.

I read that you left home to start intensive training in Iowa. At what point did you know that this is what you’re meant to do?
Douglas: I knew since I was little that this was it. If you have a dream, that’s just what you have to do.

What advice would you give aspiring athletes?
Douglas: My advice is just fight for your dreams. I’m so honored and blessed to be in a position where I can help girls pursue their dreams and tell them to believe in themselves. If you do that and you have confidence in yourself, you can achieve anything.

What did you think the moment you realized you won?
Douglas: I just thought about all the hard work and dedication I put into the sport. It was all worth it and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

What are some of the sacrifices you had to make to focus and be the best?
Douglas: If you want to be the best, it’s really going to cost you. You have to make some sacrifices for sure. For me, it was not going out with my friends, the movies, not going to prom, not being a regular teenage girl and having a boyfriend. One of the biggest sacrifices was moving away from my family. But in the end, it was all worth it.

Meeting Gabby Douglas at McDonald's in Times Square!

I’m sure a lot of cool opportunities have been coming your way. What were some of them?
Douglas: Meeting my fans and the celebrities. The fans are awesome! They always say very kind words to me. Yesterday, I went undercover and flipped in Times Square as a surprise [to promote the launch of the new Egg White Delight McMuffin] It was so fun – no one was expecting it!

You mentioned celebrities – were there any who you were particularly thrilled about meeting?
Douglas: The cast of The Vampire Diaries! I love that show. Meeting Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev was exciting — they were so sweet.

Part of my blog is beauty, so I wanted to ask: what’s the one product you can’t do without?
Douglas: Mascara. I cannot live without CoverGirl’s mascara!

The Egg White Delight McMuffin ($2.69) as well as the option of freshly grilled egg whites with white cheddar on any egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches are now available at McDonald’s nationwide. Thanks to Gabby Douglas for her time and McDonald’s for organize the interview!

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Men - Male grooming

Upgrade your shave event at Bloomingdales

April 23, 2013

Just an FYI: The Art of Shaving is partnering with Bloomingdale’s to challenge men to upgrade their shaves on Saturday, April 27th from 10am-10pm.


All you have to do: Bring your current shaving cream into Bloomingdale’s locations nationwide and The Art of Shaving will exchange it for The Art of Shaving 2.5 oz. Lavender Shaving Cream tube (worth $14). And, if you spend $100 or more on their products, you’ll also receive an 8-pack of razor blades. Not a bad deal.

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

Party Brunch Nails by Caravan Styling Studio

April 22, 2013

Party brunch nails...or cosmic brunch nails -- we had trouble deciding what to name these

This was something new: I was invited recently to check out the exclusive Caravan Styling Studio, which is discreetly tucked away on the 2nd floor of the luxurious Carlton Hotel.

Wall art inside Caravan Styling Studio


Some of Caravan's beauty sponsors: Salon Grafix, Pop Cosmetics, Babyliss Pro, and Zoya

Their services are mainly reserved for celebrities, musicians, editors, and bloggers (hi!) to come together with designers and photographers to be styled and made up for events and special red carpet appearances. I went last week just to see what they were about and when I met Valerie Star, she asked me if I wanted my nails done.

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