Monthly Archives: November 2015

Beauty - "The Lovely"

A peek inside my holiday beauty Babbleboxx

November 19, 2015

I was so excited to open my very first Babbleboxx, a delivery with generous-sized beauty samples that inspires posts like this one. I wasn’t told what was going to be in the box but was pleasantly surprised when it showed up with products that I already loved and new ones I’ve never tried before. Here’s the break down:

My holiday Babbleboxx

My holiday Babbleboxx



MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD FOUNDATION

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation and primers

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation and primers


This is a preview to a post I’m going to write about my current favorite foundations for medium skin, and I’ve already been obsessed with Make Up For Ever’s new Ultra HD Foundation. A little goes a long way and it looks like you’re wearing nothing. The new formula gives a lightweight Photoshopped finish that I’ll save for special occasions. The package also came with small sample sizes of their Skin Equalizer primers which keeps your foundation in place longer. Just lightly tap the foundation where you need coverage. ($43 at sephora.com)

JESSICA SIMPSON TEN

Jessica Simpson's Ten

Jessica Simpson’s Ten


For Jessica Simpson’s 10th anniversary as a fashion label, she released the fragrance Ten, a fruity floral with a mix of clementine, jasmine, vanilla, and sandalwood. It’s a beautiful day-to-night fragrance that starts off light and builds. The bottle itself is a work of art. They also threw in some of her gold flash tattoos — I’ve loved these ever since I got to play with them at Governor’s Ball this year. ($67 for a 100mL)

LAQA & CO. LIP LUBE PENCIL AND CHEEKY LIPS

Laqa & Co. lip and cheek pencils

Laqa & Co. lip and cheek pencils


I’ve seen the NY-based Laqa & Co. products before but this is the first time I’ve ever tried their face products. Their packaging is so cool because they use local artists to design them so they can present their talent to a larger audience, but the product themselves are really high quality. Their lip lube in Golly Gee Whiz looked like an intense red on the outside, but it goes on smooth with a semi-sheer, just-bitten finish. It also has a hint of peppermint and shea butter to soften. If you want something more intense and matte though, their Mixtape and Humblebrag are GORGEOUS shades of red and pink that do double-duty — swipe it on your cheeks and blend for a flush of color.

($20-$22 each at laqaandco.com but get an exclusive holiday offer of 30% discount in November using code: HOLIDAYLOVE)

WAY TOO TAN DARK HYBRID TANNING SILICONE

Way Too Tan sunless tanner

Way Too Tan sunless tanner


Finally, I was sent a sample and full sizes of sunless tanning Way Too Tan’s Dark Hybrid Tanning Silicone. The only time I use anything tanning is for my legs which don’t see enough sun (especially now in these colder months). The pump bottle is perfect for a non-messy application of the neutral-colored cream that that you apply before outdoor and indoor tanning and helps get your tone even and deep. It also has antioxidants like grape seed extract to help protect the skin. (Check out waytootan.com for more info).

Anyone try these products? Let me know what you think — you might be seeing me sport more of Laqa & Co products on my IG


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This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media

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

How to: Messy waves for short hair

November 8, 2015

I’ve been team long-hair for so long, that when I finally chopped my hair a few months ago, it took me a while to figure out how to style it. A few of you have asked how I do the messy waves in my pictures, so I did a quick video on Instagram on it. Check it out:

Short hair has given me a whole new appreciation for texturizing sprays. Let me know what you think, and if you want more videos of how to style your hair!


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American - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Beyond pizza at California Pizza Kitchen in NYC

November 2, 2015

I know what you’re thinking. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if I could tell you something new about a chain restaurant like California Pizza Kitchen either. I don’t write about a lot of chains mostly because NYC has so much variety. That’s not a knock on chains, but I personally feel like you come to NYC to try all those quaint, unique places that make the city so exciting to experience. But when I was invited to check out CPK’s new menu, and it really did exceed my expectations, mostly because this time I tried dishes beyond just their pizza.

California Pizza Kitchen in Gramercy, NYC

California Pizza Kitchen in Gramercy, NYC

Strawberry cooler

Strawberry cooler

A good way to start: Guac, and lobster flatbread

Starter bread and guac

Starter bread and guac


Guacamole

Guacamole


Lobster flatbread

Lobster flatbread

With our main plates, we tried a variety of dishes. We had to get one order of their classic Thai Chicken pizzas, but we also dipped into their kung pao shrimp pasta, refreshing watermelon salad, and must-try new items: Roasted halibut, garlic chicken, and fire-grilled ribeye. Everything had so much flavor and cooked perfectly.

Kung Pao shrimp

Kung Pao shrimp


Fish tacos

Fish tacos


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Watermelon feta salad -- so refreshing

Watermelon feta salad — so refreshing


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I normally don’t go straight for fish, but this wild-caught Alaskan halibut roasted on a cedar plank with butternut squash farro, baby kale, and grilled asparagus was too good to pass up:

Hearth-Roasted Halibut on asparagus, butternut squash farro, and baby kale

Hearth-Roasted Halibut on asparagus, butternut squash farro, and baby kale

My friends who tried the chicken and steak couldn’t get over how much flavor they both had. The chicken was cooked perfectly with a lemon-garlic sauce, and served with fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. The chicken was juicy and tender and served with seasonal vegetables.

Roasted garlic chicken

Roasted garlic chicken


I was a little nervous for the fire-grilled ribeye – I wasn’t sure how much even the reimagined menu at CPK would deliver. Surprisingly, my friends loved it. They topped the steak with bleu cheese butter that complemented the steak well without taking over. It’s served with roasted fingerling potatoes in a rich pesto sauce, and a lemon-garlic arugala salad.
Fire-grilled ribeye

Fire-grilled ribeye

Finally, when it came to dessert, we immediately ordered the chocolate shuffle cake but our waiter insisted we also tried the butter cake. Twist our arm. I had no idea their classic butter cake was THIS good, especially looking so unassuming. Soft, creamy, and sweet, it might be all you need. But a spoon of the chocolate souffle didn’t hurt either.

Butter cake -- must try

Butter cake — must try

Belgian chocolate souffle cake

Belgian chocolate souffle cake

Overall CPK’s reimagined menu shows promise — enough that I’ve been craving to go back since this visit. The one we visited on Park Avenue South is also perfect for big groups with so many seating areas. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Pizza tossing

Pizza tossing


CPK on Park Ave South in NYC

CPK on Park Ave South in NYC


Restaurant Info:
California Pizza Kitchen

440, 386 Park Avenue South,
New York, NY 10016
(212) 685-6700
Murray Hill
REPORT CARD
Meal: Dinner
Occasion: Catching up with friends
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes!



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