Hosted at Haven’s Kitchen in Chelsea, the theme of the night was learning about stain-inducing foods and how we can better take care of our white smiles, using the Rembrandt Intense Stain Collection. Aida provided some of her favorite beauty and food-related tips as a celebrity chef, which included:
– Check out your farmer’s market. “Not only do you get the best, freshest ingredients around, but you’re also supporting your community”
– “To make sure my smile is camera-ready (a big part of my job!), Rembrandt’s Intense Stain Stain Dissolving Strips are a lifesaver. They dissolve in 5-10 minutes and whiten tough stains caused from coffee, tea, and wine.”
– “To minimize tooth stains, try eating an apple in between brushes. Also, I try swishing discreetly with water between sips of dark drinks like coffee.”
– My biggest hosting tip: Planning ahead. “The more you prepr beforehand from cutting to preparing ingredients, setting the table and selecting your menu, the less stressed you’ll be.”
Some West Coast news for the beauty lovers: Morphe Brushes had their grand opening on Sunday, August 11th in Burbank, California. The quaint store is pretty much your one-stop for any and all your makeup brush needs.
All photos by Manisha Jogia
And since great makeup starts with the right tools, check our their line. They have cruelty-free natural, and synthetic hair bristles, and have have even opened up their own eye-shadow line with every color imaginable. But the best part: their line is really affordable. Think 11-piece sets for $40 (I found brushes for even $1.50, and makeup palettes start at $15).
Seriously, who couldn’t use either of these to amp up their arsenal of accessories?
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We learned some cool stuff about the perfumed body wash that was concocted by top experts at fragrance house, Givaudan (if you remember, this same body wash happened to be one of my favorite picks of the month recently). Like a perfume, it has different notes — its top notes, which is what you smell when you open the bottle to sniff, are red plum, tuberose, and night jasmine; the middle notes, which is the smell that fills us the room when you take a shower, are wild peony and lily of the valley; and finally the bottom notes, the smell left behind on your skin, is tonka bean. We had a chance to smell them individually, which on their own each note smelled incredibly but mixed together was absolutely heavenly.
SO I don’t spend most of my time in Jersey City, but last weekend I did have a friend who had a four-hour layover at Newark and the most convenient place to grab a bite to eat happened to be JC. This automatically meant a real classy stop at Amin’s, a JC-staple noted more for its Chinese fare than its no-frills ambiance (and happens to be a place I’ve been going to since I was a tot with my cousins in the summer). It also, by the way, has the fastest service in the tri-state area — almost too fast. I mean, I-barely-sipped-this-chicken-noodle-soup-and-lunch-is-now-served service. Also be sure to have a very in depth conversation with the polite waitress on the difference between lo mein, chow mein, and chow lo mein. But ANYWAY. This is not about that. This is about the delicious dessert we had afterwards, at the new Cookies N’ Crepes dessert spot in downtown Jersey City.
I didn't realize the Cookie Monster was being creepy
For a relatively new place (CNC opened less than a year ago), it’s pretty cool that it can easily disguise itself as a neighborhood relic. Maybe the co-owner’s JC roots have something to do with that. The interior looks like a classic ice cream parlour, outfitted in pistachio green walls and they even serve sodas in those vintage glass bottles. Although Cookies N’ Crepes pays homage to old school dessert joints, their menu is anything but.
Cookies N Crepes
Cookie Monster photobomb.
Of course, you’ll find gooey, decadent cookies and crepes (points for no false advertising) with whimsical names like The Celebrity (banana, strawberry, nutella, and ice cream), The Empire State, and Chocolatey Chocolate Chocolate that will at least make you smile if the Cookie Monster outside hadn’t already. But alongside their namesake items, there are also completely innovative creations for the sugar-obsessed. Think a dollop of cookie dough over a freshly baked brownie.
It’s probably my love of different scripts that led me to this gorgeous bag. I ended up in some Alice-in-Wonderland’ish rabbit hole of pictures on Instagram one night, and landed on this bag from the Dallas, TX-based KazKouture. I was fixated on it that I had to (needed to) have it for myself :D.
Banana Republic bracelet/La Mer strap watch/Catbird initial rings
The golden Arabic script is sprawled against a solid canvas backdrop (there are no words, it’s just letters). It also comes in beautiful pops of colors — white, hot pink, cobalt blue, green, to name a few.
Worn as a purse
I love that it can be used as a clutch, or the 40″ gold chain inside can be pulled out to be used as a shoulder bag. A perfect accent piece to a casual outfit or a more formal occasion. I’m using this bag every chance I get now!