Monthly Archives: October 2013

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Spas and Salons

Celeb colorist Sherry Ratay talks hair trends (spoiler: ombre is still going strong)

October 31, 2013

I had the pleasure of meeting award-winning celebrity colorist, Sherry Ratay, recently at the Julien Farel salon. When Sherry is not working at her own Orlando-based salon, Salon Ratay, she’s usually traveling to LA or NY to tend to her clients (some of whom include Lacey Chabert, Audrina Partidge, and Ashley Benson).

Colorist Sherry Ratay

I always say getting just the tips of my hair color works so well for me because it’s super low-maintenence. I always feel a little helplessly under-educated about hair color — and effect of never going near dyes growing up (house rules!). And since coloring my hair still feels fairly new to me, it was so nice to know I’m in good hands when I was treated to Sherry’s services. After talking to her about how I want “color that’s not dramatic but you can still see somewhat of a difference, natural but still light around the ends” (I’m the worst, I know), she totally understood and said well-blended caramel ombre was exactly what I wanted. “We’ll just make it chunkier than what it is now. I loved, loved it.

Et voila

She read my mind and the transition was so spot-on. Sherry was also game for some questions on color — here are some of her helpful tips before getting your hair colored:

Beauty and the Feast: What are some trends for Fall/Winter with hair color?

Sherry Ratay: Brunettes are the HOT this season! That doesn’t necessarily mean that blondes and redheads are a no go. For the fall/winter, blondes need to incorporate some deeper blonde pieces or even consider adjusting from a pastel to a cashmere Blonde.

BATF: What is the most requested service?

Ratay: Ombre has and will be for a while the most requested service in my salon. But here is what is different with it now — think softer variations of color. Not so stark in the dark-to-light!

BATF: What are some tips for some one nervous to color their hair for their first time?

Ratay: Always go on recommendation! If you see someone’s color you love, stop and ask them who does it.

BATF: How does one prepare for the appointment?

Ratay: When I have someone sit in my salon chair for the first time, there are many things I look for personality, existing hair color, skin tone, and eye color. These few things help direct me for the PERFECT selection of shades and application for this one particular client. I LOVE when a new client comes in prepared with photos of haircolor she likes and dislikes, this is a huge part of helping my client feel comfortable during the consultation process.


Thank you Sherry! Check out her salon site to book her services.

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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Homemade

Progresso Artisan at the NYCWFF!

October 29, 2013

Progresso Artisan Blogger Ambassadors at NYCWFF!

I’ve been a little behind in giving you the recap, but as you know I was one of the Blogger Ambassadors for Progresso Artisan recently at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, which turns out is one of the funnest gigs ever :).


Not only did I meet a fantastic group of fellow bloggers (big ups to Food And the City, Big Apple Nosh, Nutmeg Nanny, and NYC Talon), we got to explore the whole line of Progresso’s Artisan line up close and really get to see firsthand their presence at the festival. And it was major.


One of the many raffle winners!

Me with Krista of NYC Talon

Cooking demos

Progresso soup line!

Soup samplers

Soup samples were given out all day during the two-day festival

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Men - Male grooming

Men Days: An excitingly classy (and affordable!) grooming Kit from Harry’s

October 28, 2013

Last month, I was searching for another men’s product for this very column and somehow landed on Harry’s. How I never knew about this company is beyond me, but I’m obsessed with these razors and gift kit. I always find that if you want to get a shaving kit, you’re left with few options. There’s the Gillette drugstore option, or the much more high end The Art of Shaving — both which can make excellent gifts but Harry’s falls somewhere in the middle. You get the luxury of beautiful craftmanship at an unbelievable price.

Harry's FW13 collection

The Truman Set

The company relies on German engineering to mold steel into razors for high end barbers throughout Europe.The Truman Set comes with their sleek Truman zinc alloy handle, three blades, a tube of shave cream (with coconut and marula oils), and a handy little Shave Guide.

The sophisticated Harry's set box

Truman handle

The razor

Blade box

Extra razors

Shave Cream

Co-founded by Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeff Raider (co-founder of Warby Parker), the brand’s mantra is ‘a great shave at a fair price.’ Even considering what might be “fair” for all you’re getting in this kit, I’d still guess this kit would be upwards of $80. It’s hard to believe that you can get the whole set for only $15. The Winston Set with a chrome handle runs a cool $25.

The Winston Set

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Fragrance (perfume/cologne) - Product Review

So Michael Jordan came out with a perfume…

October 25, 2013

I feel like basketball legend Michael Jordan has been in the news a lot more recently. He had a lavish wedding, made headlines when he said he could beat MVP LeBron James 1-on-1 AND also admitted that he didn’t have a clue to what twerking could mean in the same interview. Now, he’s come out with his very first perfume for women, and it’s aptly called Lady Flight.

Lady Flight by Michael Jordan

The white and baby pink bottle with removeable rubber borders (an ode to his sneaks) is decidedly not the most grown-up of designs, but the pink actually alludes to a greater cause: For every bottle of fragrance purchased, $1 will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Although it’s easy to miss, I think my favorite part is the subtle white-on-white engraving of MJ’s signature on the bottle cap.


As for the scent, it’s a mix of black currant, glacier lily, sandalwood, vanilla and white amber. It almost smells a tad coconut-ey to me (not one of its listed scents), and is on the lighter side as far as strength which I think probably makes it more appropriate for casual occasions. Get it for all the young Bulls fans in the making :).


The limited-edition perfume retails for $50, but it’s currently prices at $39.99 at

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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Gift Guide

Gift idea: Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo machine

October 24, 2013

If you’re thinking about no-fail gifts, clearly I’m all about the kitchen appliances :). As you may already know, I’ve alwaysss been a Nescafe Dolce Gusto fan. Their machines are sleek, and they make THE BOMB coffee drinks (Latte Macchiatos allll day). Not to mention, they add a little character to your countertops. When I was going home to visit my parents recently, I thought I’d surprise my mom with Dolce Gusto’s Circolo, lovingly touted as the brand’s “Showstopper.”

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo

Not only does Dolce Gusto use 100% Arabica coffee (no skimping on quality there), the Circolo specifically has been voted the best single-serve coffee maker by Consumer Reports for three years in a row. One of the coolest things about this machine (besides the built-in LED), is that you can control how strong you want your coffee by a little rolling lever on its screen:


Not to mention, you can make hot or cold drink just by hitting the appropriate button. It makes coffee as simple as possible. The only thing I didn’t realize on first use was that there are WHITE k-cups that is actually the milk capsules, and BROWN k-cups which is the actual coffee. Amateur mistake, but once we figured it out, it was smooth sailing. The machine’s 15-bar professional pressure heats up the coffee in seconds.


Coffee-making in progress

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Beauty on the Streets

Beauty on the Streets: Mel Rose of Food and the City

October 22, 2013

This week’s spotlight is on blogger extraordinaire, Mel Rose! As a fellow Progresso Artisan Ambassador (more on this soon!), Mel and I were busy roaming the NYCWFF together this past weekend and indulging in one of our shared passions — food! Not only is she an established YouTube makeup and fashion guru, she shares her delicious recipes on her food blog. Read on to learn more about what makes her tick: -Shy


Name: Mel Rose

Age: 22

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