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Wooden inspirations + watch giveaway from Jord

February 24, 2015

I’m a minimalist when it comes to accessorizing. A few wood-based pieces, though, prove to sleek up a wardrobe (or your bathroom — recyclable toothbrush, anyone?):


I was just recently introduced to a couple of brands. Woodzee has a feel-good ethos: through their Our World Program, they team up with organizations to help protect the environment, plant trees, save animals, and the world basically. When you check out, you have a choice of what continent you’d like to contribute to, and Woodzee will donate a portion of the profit to an non-profit organization. Their products are also made from renewable resources and can be sent back to them to be recycled or re-used.

Close up of Woodzee sunglasses

My minimal accessorizing makes me rely mostly on a statement watch to overcompensate. I was recently introduced to Jord watches, who specialize in making beautiful wooden watches, like this cherry wood/mother of pearl face watch from their Sidney series.

Jord Sidney watch

It’s surprisingly light and the beauty is in the details, like the small crystals lining the perimeter of the face. Want for yourself? You can pick out your own watch from their line this week. Details below!


To win a $139 gift card to Jord*, do either of the following (you enter by doing either, or both to increase your chances):

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Make sure you leave a comment below to let me know how you entered. Winners will be picked and notified by March 2nd. Good luck!.

*Giveaway includes free shipping and gift certificate can only be used once

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Fashion - Men - Male grooming

Styling Bonobos Menswear Fall Pieces for women

October 3, 2014

Menswear line Bonobos just came out with their Fall suit collection, and gave me the fun task to take some of their pieces to style for women. I love adding a men’s piece to an outfit — big watches, oversized button-ups…I may even be guilty of wearing cologne sometimes (what? NO ONE has heard of Burberry Touch?). Anyway, thought it might be fun to try something out of the norm here and see what I could come up with.

Bonobos Fall 2014 collection

First, floral pants adds a feminine twist to a formal tuxedo blazer. Throw in a fun nailpolish shade to brighten up dull days:

Look 1

Bonobos Tuxedo Blazer (new!), $460 (similar here) / Zara linen t-shirt, $19.90 / Anthropologie Neoprene floral pants, $138 / Zara Leather Court Shoes, $99.90 / Gigi New York White Uber Clutch, $145 / Essie nailpolish in I’m Addicted, $8 / ShahThreads Hamsa necklace, $20

I love simple streamlined looks so I paired this plaid navy/green blazer with a plain jersey top and skinny jeans. The blue strappy heels play off the blue in the blazer and the look is finished with turned up lips (Ruby Woo is my favorite red):

Look 2

Bonobos Capstone Slim Tuxedo Blazer, $695 / Splendid Very Light Jersey Tee, $48 / J. Brand Low-Rise Skinny Leg, $218 / Ray-Ban Flash Lenses, $170 / BCBG Harlow Envelope Clutch, $88 / Pierre Hardy Mucha Kid Suede Pumps, $423 / Bauble Bar Zodiac Constellation Pendant Necklace, $38 / M.A.C. Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $19

I had a little more fun with their gray tweed blazer, matching it with black tweed shorts (add black tights on cooler days), and a grungy heel to toughen it up. A statement necklace like the one from Dannijo pulls it together:

Look 3

Bonobos Nottingham Tweed Blazer, $398 / Madewell Silk Spotlight Shirt in Deep Plaid, $118 / Rag & Bone Em Speckled Tweed Shorts, $350 / Dannijo Lilith necklace, $488 / Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Leather Ankle Boots, $525

Which look would you rock? I may need to start shopping in the men’s section more…

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Dessert - Fashion - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Recipes

Magnum ice cream partners up with chef Andrew Carmellini & fashion designer Christian Siriano

September 6, 2014

Fashionable dessert? It’s a real thing that and MAGNUM just made happen. NYC-based James Beard-Award Winning Chef Andrew Carmellini and fashion designer Christian Siriano to create what they’re calling, “America’s Most Fashionable Chocolate Dessert.”

MAGNUM Double Caramel Cool Down

They used fashion trends (like color blocking and the Pantone Color of the Year) to come up with the little details of the dessert. And the best part is they made it super easy to make at home too. I caught up with Chef Andrew Carmellini to talk about how he came up with the recipe and what it was like working with Siriano:

Beauty and the Feast: How did you come up with this dessert recipe? What trends specifically were you inspired by?
Chef Andrew Carmellini:
Christian Siriano and I worked together to explore this summer’s top fashion and culinary trends to create a fashion-forward, indulgent dessert featuring a MAGNUM Double Caramel Ice Cream bar. We utilized the MAGNUM Ice Cream signature dark and milk chocolate drizzled in a lattice effect to mimic trending design textures such as modern embroidered lace and tribal textiles. The dessert also features the trending tropical fruits coconut, lime, bruleed champagne mango and pickled pineapple all artfully displayed to highlight this season’s color blocking trend. We were also inspired by the pantone color of the year – Radiant Orchid. So, we created edible flowers to showcase their glowing color and vibrant tone.

Christian Siriano and Chef Carmellini in the kitchen

BATF: What was it like coming up with the recipe with a fashion designer? Did Christian Siriano have a lot of input in how it turned out? If so, what exactly were they?
Chef Carmellini:
We collaborated really well together, from the initial brainstorming process, to the final product. His fashion expertise (demonstrated through his mood board) was particularly helpful and helped bring the dessert to life. Quality, seasonal ingredients are the foundation of my menus. I enjoy the creative process of creating an innovative dish and what better way than through a fashion/food partnership. It was a definite first for me; I’ve never crafted a dish using trends from the world of fashion.

Chef Andrew Carmellini and Christian Siriano

BATF: What surprised you the most about working with Siriano?
Chef Carmellini:
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to work with Christian. He was open to my ideas about incorporating flavor with fashion!

BATF: What has been the feedback so far on the dessert from people who have tried it that you’ve heard from directly?
Chef Carmellini:
They were very pleased and felt it was a true fashion-forward and indulgent experience. We also created a consumer-friendly version that people can make at home called the “MAGNUM Double Caramel Cool Down”. It’s something that everyone can create and feel like they are elevating the traditional MAGNUM ice cream dessert experience.

BATF: What’s the best way to prep this dessert ahead of time if you’re expecting guests?
Chef Carmellini:
If you are planning to serve the “MAGNUM Double Caramel Cool Down” at a dinner party, I recommend making the coconut sauce ahead of time. The sauce can be created up to two days in advance and can be kept in the refrigerator. Also, feel free to slice the pineapples and mangos the day-of to save time before serving to guests later in the evening. Also, I would dress the MAGNUM bar a couple hours before guests arrive with the white chocolate and keep in the freezer. Just remember to remove the bar about 5 minutes before so it tempers a bit.

BATF: What for you is the best part about coming up with new recipes like this one?
Chef Carmellini:
For me, the best part was that this was something different from any collaboration I had done before….and the leftovers tasted great.

Thank you MAGNUM and Chef Carmellini for the interview! Recipe below!



Recipe created by award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
CHILL TIME: 1 hour

2 MAGNUM® Double Caramel Ice Cream Bars
½ can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
1 teaspoon sugar
Grated peel and juice from 1 lime
1 ounce white chocolate
2 tablespoons toasted flaked coconut (unsweetened)
½ ripe mango
¼ ripe pineapple
¼ cup raspberries
Fresh basil leaves
MAGNUM Double Caramel Bar · Coconut Cream Lime Sauce · Fresh Fruit & Basil

Coconut Sauce: Carefully open can of coconut milk and spoon about half of the thick coconut cream from the top into a bowl and set aside. Pour half of the remaining thin coconut milk into a small saucepan. Add sugar and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Combine the reduced coconut milk, coconut cream, lime juice and peel from ½ lime. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. (This sauce can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator up to 2 days.)

To Decorate MAGNUM Bars
: Unwrap MAGNUM® Double Caramel Ice Cream Bars and place on large parchment or waxed paper lined plate. Melt white chocolate in small microwave-safe bowl in microwave. Drizzle melted chocolate over ice cream bars, then sprinkle with coconut. Freeze until set, about 10 minutes.

Fruit Preparation & Dessert Assembly
: Peel the mango and cut the flesh from the pit. Cut into ¼-inch thick slices. Peel the pineapple and cut into similar slices as the mango.
To serve, spoon about ¼ cup of the coconut sauce onto the middle of each of 2 serving plates. Place a decorated ice cream in center of each plate. Arrange sliced mango, pineapple and raspberries around ice cream bars. Grate lime peel from ½ lime over the top of each plate and garnish each plate with a few basil leaves. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information 1 serving:
Calories: 750, Calories from Fat: 440, Total Fat: 49g, Saturated Fat: 38g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 115mg, Total Carbs: 79g, Dietary Fiber: 7g, Sugars: 63g, Protein: 8g, Vitamin A: 25%, Vitamin C: 170%, Calcium: 20%, Iron: 30%

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - CHARITY - Fashion - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Shout out to charity sponsors: Profound Aesthetics, A Peace Treaty, Sol Republic, Davio’s, more

July 20, 2014

I was recently tasked with heading up an auction for an upcoming ICNYU fundraising dinner which benefits the NJ-based SMILE charity, specifically towards their Women’s Fund which helps assist women going through extreme hardships like domestic violence. Everyone has been working tirelessly to organize fun and creative ways to raise money leading up to the dinner this Tuesday. In a very short amount of time, it was amazing seeing so many people come together and dedicate themselves towards such a great and needed cause.

Putting the auction together was a bit daunting because I never organized one before. I knew I wanted to include items and experience packages people would really be excited about and decided my starting point should be brands I really love myself. I was blown away by the response — every single brand I reached out agreed to donate something. It was really inspiring to see how people band together and want to help for a good cause. I wanted to showcase those items here, not only because they are seriously awesome but because the sponsors deserve a little more attention for stepping up as do-gooders. People have already started bidding on the items (which you still can by emailing your bid by tonight to, but all of them will also be continued to be bid upon at the actual sold-out event on July 22nd!


Donated items from Profound Co

1. Scriptures Tee
2. Signature Script Snap-Back in Red
3. Natural Wood Wrislet
4. The Rest is History Tee


Donated items from A Peace Treaty

1. Gold-plated Hapi Earrings
2. Gold-plated Moasi necklace




1. DECK Wireless Speaker
2. RELAYS In-Ear Headphones


Donated item from Savvystuff

Armor Necklace from SavvyStuff



A $100 Gift Card to Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in NYC


4 Elements of a Perfect Shave Full Size Kit in Ocean Kelp




1. “The Refresher” package at Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers Lounge in Midtown. Includes signature straight-edge shave, handshake maintenance (manicure), shoe shine, hair wash and scalp massage.
2. Truman’s Product Bundle. Includes Protector Shave Cream, Cleaner Shampoo, and Finisher Control Paste.



10-pack fitness classes at Exhale Spa



Gift bag from NYX Cosmetics



$50 Gift Card to Honest Chops in the East Village



$50 Gift Card to Edible Arrangements in Midtown

Thanks again to all the brands who’ve agreed to donate. You are helping hundreds and hopefully thousands of women lead a better life.

Note: If you’d like to bid on any of these items, please email Anyone can bid, but it has to be picked up locally in NYC if you win (this is only because 100% of the profits will go to SMILE — we aren’t using any of the money for tickets or auction items to go towards overhead costs).

Special shout out to Lara Eurdolian of, a good friend and my hero woman, who was instrumental in donating bags for LeSportSac and putting me in touch with some of the brands. She’s the best, for real!

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That time I met Tim Gunn + a Walgreens P&G Beauty Giveaway!)

March 13, 2014

Not going to lie, when I set out to meet Under The Gunn/Project Runway’s fashion guru, Tim Gunn, I was equal parts excited and nervous. Excited because, well it’s Tim Gunn and just by watching PR you just know he’s the designers’ biggest cheerleader. Who wouldn’t want a fashion mentor like him? Nervous because, well, it’s TIM GUNN and what are you supposed to wear? Also, there was that little part of me that was afraid he’d ruin my exceedingly favorable image of him from the shows. Luckily, I quickly found him to be the most delightful, warm human being to interview which made getting out of bed at 7 AM on a Saturday morning all the more worth it.

Me with Tim Gunn!

We first got a tour of some of the new products from Crest, Olay, and CoverGirl from P&G’s North American beauty ambassador Marsha Chilko with Gunn. This is also when he told us he’s “all about skin products,” and said he’s been using Olay for years himself (which he discovered once he ran out of his expensive brand of cream and found Olay from a gift bag he received — he’s been hooked since). Afterwards, we sat down with Gunn to talk about how to achieve some of his favorite spring looks AND some juicy inside scoops about the show. Read on:


Trying CoverGirl's TRUblend TRUMagic on an orange to show how it covers indents in the skin

Beauty and the Feast: I feel like for a lot of people, fashion can be really intimidating. As an expert, what are your opinions on navigating that for people who feel this way?
Tim Gunn
: The wonderful thing about American fashion today in particular is that it used to be so narrowly defined as an aesthetics swath. What I love about fashion today is it’s so incredibly diverse you really can dress however you want to dress. The only limitation I find is size, especially for women who are petite and those who wear larger than a size 12. it can be very challenging. I’m set on helping fix that. You just need to be who you are. Clothes are a message to how the world perceives us. How do you want the world to perceive you? Whenever anyone says to me ‘that’s so shallow, that’s not true, people don’t really judge other people based on how they’re dressed.’ I say, if someone you don’t know comes into a room, what’s the first thing you notice about them? Probably their gender, and second how they’re presenting themselves. It’s not just clothes, it’s also grooming. I see grooming and clothing as inextricable partners. It’s about accepting responsibility for it. We need to be comfortable in our skin, literally and metaphorically. Don’t let this intimidate you, I’m the anti-trend guy. The trend is only good if it works for you.

BATF: Speaking of trends, are there any trends that you absolutely abhore right now?
I’m horrified that the gladiator sandal is back. I was on Good Morning America with Nina Garcia and was asked us what should every woman go out and buy? Nina declared the gladiator sandal, and I just had this visceral reaction. I was like gladiator sandal? Most woman don’t have time to lace that thing up!

BATF: What are some tips for a fashion novice to creating the best look possible?
It’s useful when a woman or man have a fashion mentor. That person should have your coloring, hopefully have your physique. It’s someone you can look to and ask well what would she wear? If she doesn’t have that, it will look completely different on you. The look needs to speak to you and need to you need to be who you are.

BATF: Do you have any guiding principles for dressing?
The key to getting our fashion right has to do with three priciples: 1) silhouette, 2) proportion, 3) and fit. When they’re in harmony and balance, you’ll look great no matter what you’re wearing. People ask to de-mystify it, so silhouette meaning your shape. Show off curves. Proportion: I always say, look at yourself as a series of thirds from your shoulders to your toes, and dress according to thirds. If you think about a dress for instance, 2/3 on top, 1/3 on bottom. Top and pair of pants, 1/3 on top, 2/3 on bottom. Don’t cut yourself in half. That’s why men who wear their shirttails out, they look schlumpy because their cutting themselves in half. And fit, have clothes that skim you. You don’t want things that are too tight, or too much volume. If you’re wearing separates, you can have slimness in one, volume in the other. Let your viscerous speak to you. If your viscera says I don’t know about this, it’s probably right.

BATF: Have you ever had any fashion disasters?
: The 1980s. Acid washed jeans, oversized tops — it was horrible, for everyone, men and women. The whole notion of revisiting it? No thanks. Acid washed jeans are just unflattering for everyone. Who looks good in them?

Trying on some of Olay's Illuminating cream

BATF: What are some things every guy should have in his closet?
A suit and tie. I can’t tell you how many guys in New York don’t have a suit and never had a tie. It’s about respect, respect for yourself first then everyone else. Providing the fit is correct, which is the whole other issue with men. So frequently their clothes are one or two sizes too big. I mean, what guy doesn’t look great in a suit when it fits perfectly?

BATF: Can you tell us anything about what to expect from Under the Gunn this season?
It was an incredibly wonderful experience to make the show. You’re gonna see the mentors are on rollercoaster, and you’re going to see the biggest outburst from me ever. Ever. I lost it. If they keep it in, it’s going to be in the Marvel challenge. I LOST it.

BATF: Wow! What set you off?
I only want the designers to succeed. I only want their work to shine on that runway. Not only was the designer, I felt, derailing him or herself (I don’t want to give away the gender), but the mentor was supporting it. I was like, ‘Wait a minute, this is not going to be well received by the judges. In fact, this could send the designer home, so stop it.’ And actually, it was makeup related! The blowout happens in the makeup room. Be on the lookout for it.

BATF: I have my DVR set. Do you have any advice for young designers?
No matter what, if they don’t have an unbridled passion for it, they shouldn’t do it. It’s too difficult and daunting. It’s the love that will keep you in it. If you’re knocked over and you stay there and you whine and cry, not the industry for you. You need thick skin. Doesn’t mean you can’t be a sensitive little marshmallow, but you have to have a very thick crust, and I believe that’s acquired. I don’t think anyone comes in with it. In any creative area, you have to have a point of view and you need to know who you are. It’s about passion and love, it’s true with whatever we do in life.

BATF: I’m really curious, how does it feel to coin the catchphrase, “Make it work”?
Who knew, right? I used to say make it work in my classes for years. I couldn’t help myself on Runway. In the first season of show, I never dreamed I’d even make it to the edit, I thought I’d be on the cutting room floor because I was a consultant for the show. I was never intended to be on camera. Never. My role in the show didn’t exist. It was in no one’s in vocabulary. A little less than a week before designers arrived, producers asked how would I feel to be a mentor? I asked…well, do I have to live with them, cuz that would have been a deal-breaker. [laughs]

BATF: I really felt like your parts were some of my favorites because you can really tell you’re rooting for the designers instead of tearing them apart.
Why thank you. I feel like I’m the voice of the people. I feel like generally the comments I make are what people at home are thinking.

BATF: What was one of your high moments from Project Runway?
For me, season 1, episode 1 when we went to the grocery store. I’m watching Austin Scarlett fill up his shopping cart with ears of corn, and I’m thinking ‘this is pathetic.’ On top of the ears of corn, he piles all these bags of potato chips. And I’m like I understand the ears of corn, but why the potato chips? He’s like, ‘For the ride home in the van!’ [laughs] But that dress he created was so magnificent, I’ll never get over it. Ever. Ever.

BATF: For a fashion expert like yourself, who’s your mentor?
Diane von Furstenberg has always been an incredible mentor. She’s always been there for me. She’s so grounded. She’s amazing. And she always says to me whenever I’m in an impasse, Listen to your own voice. Never lose your voice as an educator, it’s who you are, it’s what you are, and it’s what you do well, so why ever stray from that. We all have our moments when we need someone.

Thank you Tim Gunn for the lovely interview! And now you have a chance to win all of these products below to get ready for your spring look, courtesy of P&G and Walgreens!

Giveaway: Goodies from Olay, Crest, Secret, and Head & Shoulders

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This giveaway is US-only and ends March 21st at 11:59pm. The winner will be contacted directly. Good luck!

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SDK by Sana Durvesh Khan

February 17, 2014


I don’t do too many style pics, but I’ll always make an exception for SDK by Sana Durvesh Khan pieces. Her gowns are so elegant and beautiful, so when she asked me to style this gorgeous black and gold beaded piece, I was happy to oblige.

Playing with this crosshatch overlay filter




I could have waited for my trip to LA to do this mini shoot under more pleasant conditions, but while I was in Chicago, I really loved the idea of taking the pics around the contrasting winter snow. I literally had an hour to dress this up and head to the airport, but luckily, I had some good friends to help me pull it off! The lace sleeves and velvet cuffs are such a pretty touch, too. Love how the stitching and layering of this piece makes it so flowey and graceful when you walk. Email her if you have any requests, she customizes each piece to the individual. They are always breathtakingly beautiful.


Makeup I used
Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer in 6 to highlight
Tarte Skinny smolderEYESAmazonian clay waterproof liner in Onyx
Mally Instant Impact Mascara
Mirabella La La Lips in Red Velvet
L’Oreal’s Magic Smooth Souffle blush in Cherubic
YBF Photo Finish Pressed Powder to sculpt

Photos by Shafaque Mohiuddin

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