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I can’t believe 2017 is almost over.

December 20, 2017

…what’s more funny to me is when I looked back at my posts from earlier this year, and I wrote this whole “I’m bacckkkkk” post after a brief absence, and well, that was an unintentional lie. Instead I got a job as an editorial director in LA, and started all over again. Blogging and YouTube is a whole different beast to me than it was when I started almost a decade ago (that sounds crazy that it’s been that long). And that’s partly why I didn’t know if I could come back to Beauty and the Feast the same way I did.

Let's get reacquainted. (pic by Saagar Shaikh)

Let’s get reacquainted. (pic by Saagar Shaikh)

But last night, I had a friend (an extremely successful force on IG and businesswoman) tell me something that stuck: “Creatives feel anxiety when they stop creating. You have to keep creating to feel centered.” And so whatever BATF is or could become to me, at this point, takes a backseat to what it is for me. It’s a place where I can write and freely share on the things I love to talk to you all about, and that’s mainly on the topics of beauty and food. That said, I am taking on a new and extremely exciting project in beauty which I’ll update you here, and on my socials (holla at ya girl @beautyndfeast), and trust me, it’s major so stay posted. In the mean time, let me know in the comments or on Twitter what you want to read most about because we’re getting reacquainted all over again.


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Let’s hang on Friday :D

March 2, 2017

Hey everyone! I’m sharing a panel discussion on the Art of Social Media: Communicating Effectively this Friday at 7pm — come join! It’s free, and you just have to RSVP here. I’m sharing the stage with some awesome fellow writers, Sarah Khan and Marina Aguilera, and would love to see you there. There may be some fun surprises in the mix :).

Friday, March 3rd, 7pm @ NYU Kimmel Center Room 802 (Shorin)
60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

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A Brief Break…

February 22, 2017

I know, I know…I KNOW. It’s been a while since I’ve been updated this thing. If you follow me on Instagram, that sort of turned into my micro blog so you probably know more or less what I’ve been up to. The truth is, after so much time passes, it starts to get anxiety-inducing to start blogging again. Because to be honest, blogging takes a lot of time, it takes a lot of dedication and a lot of hours after work. I would be up until 3AM every night sorting through photos, writing, linking–and that was normal to me. And not to say the passion isn’t there, it’s just a few major things took some adjusting and in effect the blog took a backseat.

One is as a beauty writer, that meant I had to prioritize working at a magazine and other publications over the blog. I’ve been working at/freelancing at Allure, Fashionista.com, Refinery29.com, and will be at a few more pubs to come. I’ll keep you updated on those writings here going forward.

But another major reason for the brief absence was relocating to Dubai for almost a year. I thought I’d continue blogging while I moved abroad, but moving to another country takes a lot of time adjusting, and my priorities were setting up my life there first. Working and freelancing took up so much of my attention that I didn’t get to post here. But now that I’m back in NYC, I’ve made it my goal to keep the blog updated. I guess there was an option to nix this and start a whole new site, or re-vamp it totally and start fresh (which is still in the cards), but it was hard to let go of my baby. I felt like Beauty and the Feast was so much a part of my journey into New York, food blogging, and beauty writing that I don’t think I’d ever just scratch it completely. Even if it sits hopelessly idle for a few months.

So thanks for all of you who have followed me this far, and who will stay up to date here. I am cooking a LOT more so I’ll be sharing those recipes, and still the biggest beauty junkie ever, so not too much has changed. Just thought I’d start by saying hello again :). Blogging always has a way of making your feel like you’re typing away to open air, so to that end, don’t be shy to comment — I’m excited to hear from you all again!

Now let me see if I still remember how to do this…


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Featured on Style Girlfriend

December 16, 2015

I did a fun interview with StykeGirlfriend for their “What a Woman Wants” series…check it out!
http://www.stylegirlfriend.com/what-a-woman-wants-shyema-azam-allure/

Style Girlfriend interview

Style Girlfriend interview


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#IntelTablets on the go!

September 18, 2014

My technology woes continue. For a blogger, I’m pretty behind in my everyday tech. My laptop is probably from ’08, I JUST now got an iPhone (it’s not even the latest one, but still an upgrade from another cracked smartphone I was carrying around and was relentlessly teased about from my friends to Mally Roncal). If it works, that’s all that matters, but I can still admit, it isn’t a good look.

Intel tablet

As I mentioned previously, Intel reached out to me to let me experience their Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. It’s super lightweight, and sleek and I almost feel, too pretty for me to own. I don’t think I realize how much I’m on-the-go until I started carrying it around though, which is so easy because of how teeny tiny it is. Whenever I pack to travel, it’s the worst trying to get my clunky laptop. Now I have something that not only fits in my purse, it’s something I can use on the plane.

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It’s actually bailed my friends out a couple of times too when they needed an extra device to work on in a cafe, or when they come to visit (my friend Qareena just used it last night to do her math homework with :)). It’s much faster than my computer, and they loved the sleek interface. Needless to say, it’s going everywhere with me now. I’ve been using the Kindle App to stay on top of my reading, and I’m going to attempt real-time food blogging with it — will keep you posted on that.

Any of you try it? What would you use a tablet for? Share your thoughts below!

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5 things I’m loving about #IntelTablets right now (review)

July 31, 2014

A couple months ago, Intel reached out to me to let me experience their Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet and see if it’ll help a blogger out. A) I never owned a tablet of any kind so I was down to try it; and B) My laptop is not the of the lightweight kind and lugging it around to blog has been giving me shoulder pains lately, so now I’ve turned this into a health issue (see what I did there?).

My very own Dell tablet!

Also everyone makes fun of how I’ve been blogging for years but have the most outdated tech stuff — including but not limited to my laptop, phone, and iPod. #haters.

ANYWAY. Here are 6 things I’ve already loved about having it around:


1) Twitter and Facebook are much more fun to peruse

Home screen



2) It’s soooo small I can carry it around when I’m blogging on the go.

On the go


The built-in camera has helped me with restaurant blogging and I can upload it right to my blog if need be. But its tiny size has been the biggest plus for me so far. It’s lighter than my camera, for real.


3) I can catch up with my shows (in HD!) with their Netflix and Hulu+ apps

Hulu+ FTW


Finally re-joining pop culture conversations again.


4) Staying connected with family via Skype is a lot easier

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So basically, my parents love it too. And my nephew (maybe…he never sits still when I try to Skype with the little bugger).


5) iPads are cool, but this is too — and at a fraction of the price.

It's not that much bigger than my phone!


It starts at $250, plus the sleek black interface and dimensions (it’s less than a pound) make it even lighter than an iPad too.

Any of you try it? What would you use a tablet for? Share your thoughts below!

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