Monthly Archives: August 2013

Beauty - "The Lovely" - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Teeth

Chef Aida Mollenkamp on how to eat well & keep your smile bright!

August 26, 2013

By Bilal Mohammad

Having dinner with celeb chef, Aida Mollenkamp

I recently had the pleasure of attending an interactive cooking experience hosted by Rembrandt and Celebrity Chef Aida Mollenkamp (she’s been on the Food Network’s Ask Aida, the Cooking Channel’s FoodCrafters, and has authored a cookbook, “Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook”).

Dinner with Rembrandt!


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.”

We began our meal with a Crostini with Haven’s Kitchen Ricotta and Beet Caviar. We expected the beets to be the stain inducers of this course (and they were). However, some of us were surprised to hear that the high sugar content of white bread also leads to enamel eroding bacteria. Following this, we were served a market salad that consisted of bitter beans, balsamic glazed radishes, bulgar wheat and raspberries.


The main culprits of this course were the acidic balsamic vinegar and the raspberries. I was definitely surprised to hear that fruit could be responsible for serious staining! Our entrée was a seared striped bass served with long beans, squash blossoms, and squid ink linguine. It was the squid ink linguine that took the #6 spot for most severe food stains.

Seared striped bass

For dessert, we were served a Mast Brothers flourless chocolate torte with coffee ice cream and cherry compote.

Chocolate torte

Many of us expected that coffee would be responsible for the staining here. (It takes the #1 spot!). The question remained, how do we combat the stains caused by these foods?

Gifts from Rembrandt

Rembrandt provided us with a number of products from their Intense Stain Collection. The stain dissolving strips and the intense stain toothpaste work to remove and prevent stains caused by things like coffee, tea, wine, etc., while also strengthening teeth. We tried the dissolving strips following our meals and were pleasantly surprised because, once we had placed the strips on our teeth, we could barely feel them on our teeth. Unlike other whitening strips, they didn’t burn or cause any discomfort. Can’t wait to try the rest at home now!

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Morphe Brushes Grand Opening in LA

August 22, 2013

By Manisha Jogia

Morphe Brushes grand opening

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).


If you’re in the Los Angeles area, go down and check out their amazing selection. But don’t worry for you out-of-towners, their website has all of their merch available online — check out

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BATF Giveaways - Beauty - "The Lovely" - Body - Fashion

GIVEAWAY: Fallon necklace and Vince Camuto cuff!

August 20, 2013

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen this coming :). I’m SO excited to finally unveil this week’s giveaway! As mentioned in my previous post, Caress‘ Fabulista, La La Anthony, handpicked some of the most gorgeous accessories I’ve laid eyes on and this week, TWO of you have a chance to win the following Fallon necklace and Vince Camuto cuff among her faves:

Fallon necklace

Vince Camuto cuff

Seriously, who couldn’t use either of these to amp up their arsenal of accessories?

TO ENTER: (Do either of the following to qualify, both to increase your chances):
1) LIKE Beauty and the Feast’s Facebook fan page and leave a comment on this giveaway’s post
2) Follow @BeautyNDFeast and @Caress on Twitter and tweet “Follow @BeautyNDFeast and RT to win a Fallon necklace or Vince Camuto cuff, courtesy of @Caress #giveaway”

MAKE SURE to leave a comment below letting me know how you entered (either on FB or with your Twitter handle).
Winner will be selected and notified Monday, August 26th. Open to US residents only. Thanks for entering and good luck!!

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Body - Fashion - interviews

La La Anthony dishes on fashion tips, fave date spot, more

Actress and TV personality, La La Anthony

Recently, Caress invited me and a few bloggers to the top of the Gramercy Park Hotel to learn more about their Tempting Whisper Fine Elixir Fine Fragrance Elixir Body Wash…and to go shopping with actress La La Anthony, their honorary Fabulista (not a bad gig, right? ;)).

Gramercy Park Hotel Penthouse

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.

Caress Tempting Whisper body wash

Let it be known, La La is a true fashionista (and quite stunning in person!). Luckily, she was game for some q’s about working with Caress and her favorite beauty tips!

Me with La La!

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: What is the best part about being a Caress Fabulista?
La La Anthony: For me, fragrance is an essential part of any look because it sets the tone for my day, from how I feel to what I wear. I love being a Caress Fabulista because I get to show women how fragrance can inspire them to live fabulously every day. I actually put all my beauty and style tips on Caress’ Facebook page, so women can go there all year long to get inspired!

What is your skin/body regimen like?
Anthony: My skin regimen is very important to me because I want to make sure that I’m taking care of my skin by washing off all of the makeup and grind of the day to rejuvenate for the next day. Right now, I have the new Caress’ Tempting Whisper Fine Fragrance Elixir Body Wash is in my shower – it has such alluring fragrances and has been inspiring me to wear so many hot trends this season — from floral print dresses to bold pink accessories.

You have the most gorgeous eyes! What do you do to play them up?
Anthony: Just a great mascara and eyeliner can do wonders! They really make my eyes stand out and make them look open.

What are some of your favorite outfits for date night with your husband, Carmelo Anthony? What restaurants do you like to go to go?
Anthony: Some of my favorite outfits for date night are dresses that I feel sexy and confident in. Carmelo and I love Nobu in both NY or LA, but lately we’ve been into trying new restaurants.

If someone were to peek in your handbag, what would they find?
Anthony: If someone were to peek in my handbag they would find my phone, [my son] Kiyan’s iPad, fruit snacks for Kiyan, and some of my favorite Motives pieces. [note: LaLa created her own collection within Motives cosmetics!]

Do you have a favorite beauty tip?
Anthony: My key beauty tip is to always wash your makeup off at the end of the day. It’s so important to take care of your skin on a daily basis.


Finally, La La gave some of the season’s trendiest fashion tips! Here are her top three from that day:

La La dispensing some golden fashion advice

1) Flirty and Feminine
– Flirty, feminine looks like lace, floral and peplum are hot for summer. To flaunt this look, wear a flirty white lace dress and cinch at the waist with a pink skinny belt. Complement your feminine look with soft accessories and the alluring, sweet notes of wild peony and red plum from Caress’ Tempting Whisper Body Wash.

2) Playful Prints
– Fashion and style should be playful and nothing is more mesmerizing and fun than a wardrobe with prints to mix-and-match. Try contrasting colors prints and layers or turn it up a notch with metallic and floral patterns. If you are unsure about a look, stay within color families, that way clashing patterns look edgy and avant-garde.

Some of La La's favorite clutches

3) Wear Neon
– I love that designers are embracing neon this season! There is no better way to be bold than adding a splash of pink or a pop of color into your summer wardrobe to punch up an outfit. These super-brights will help you feel bold and confident – like a true Fabulista.

We were lucky enough to check out some of her gorgeous handpicked items that were not only fabulous but on-trend.

La La Anthony's favorite fashion picks

Neon accessories, florals, and edgy jewelry — all the picks of a bona fide Fabulista. We got a chance to ‘shop’ for our favorite ones with La La (I fell hard for a Fallon necklace!). And PS, Caress is spreading the love with BATF readers! Check out my next post for a chance to win the same Fallon necklace and more for an exclusive giveaway!!

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Dessert - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Cookies N’ Crepes in Jersey City

August 16, 2013

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.

The Celebrity

The Celebrity

If that’s not enough to lure you in, their chocolate covered strawberries and shakes just might. You may not walk out of here skinnier, but happier? Yes, ma’am.

And then this happened

Best way to wash it all down

In short, come here. It’s amazing.

Restaurant Info:
Cookies N’ Crepes

95 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 434-3300

Meal: Dessert

Occasion: Jersey City-scoping
Price: $
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes!

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A little treat from KazKouture

August 14, 2013

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.

KazKouture purse

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!


Avon nail polish and Lisi nail glitter


Back side of clutch

on left hand: Catbird inital skinny rings


The bag is available for purchase online at for $54. Check out the rest of their Middle Eastern inspired jewelry and scarves too! They make such lovely gifts too.

What do you think? Anyone else about to buy one for themselves?

Nail polish
: Avon Nailwear Pro Enamel in Sea Breeze topped with Lisi Nail Lacquer in Quantum (gold glitter)

*Thanks to the lovely girls at KazKouture for sending the bag so fast!

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