Monday, February 18, 2013

Makeup Monday: Back to the Basics

Why hello 2013. It's already mid-February, with Valentines Day behind us. Hope everyone had a lovely one.

I've been helping my friend with makeup for a wedding and realized how much of a "product junkie" I've unknowingly become. I usually don't wear much makeup and prefer sleep over slathering on products. But out of the joy of trying new brands, comparing the quality, and getting lost in colors and pretty packaging, I recently found myself at Sephora listening to a makeup consultant label me a fellow "product junkie". Granted, I've received much of the products as samples, gifts, or gifts with purchase so they haven't been too damaging to my wallet (yet)!

With that said, here are my recent basic favorites: 1. Muji cotton pads: A great alternative to rough, synthetic cotton balls or other cotton pads that fall apart during use. 2. Nature Republic's Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream: Recently purchased after reading reviews on a few beauty blogs. Although not as luxurious as some other moisturizers I've tried, this moisturizer has a cool, refreshing feel and light scent. At less than half the cost of most skincare brands, I'm quite happy with the quality. Great purchase. 3. Origins United State Balancing tonic: I haven't been impressed with most of Origins products I've used but keep coming back because of its ingredients are nature based. This toner is definitely more gentle to my skin yet still picks up any traces of makeup left from cleansing. 4. Dior Diorsnow: I've tried various brands for face sunscreen and this, by far, is the best. The consistency is smooth, not greasy or sticky. Plus, it keeps the face matte throughout the day.

There you have it, a first makeup monday post. Hope you found it helpful!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Love is in the Air~

A lovely moment recently captured on the streets of New York. May your holiday be filled with much love and joy. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Savoring the Moments {Part 1}

Few weeks ago, before the hurricane and blizzard craziness, I went food hopping in NYC with some foodie friends. Starting with lunch around noon, we relished in the savory, sweet, and salty eats of Manhattan. A few favorites from the afternoon...

We started off  lunch at The Breslin with their famous chargrilled lamb burger with feta, cumin mayo & thrice cooked chips. Yes, thrice fried chips or as we Americans call it, french fries. We also ordered poached eggs with curried lentils, yogurt & cilantro. Both were very savory, with the lamb burger, as a friend delightfully noted, perfectly cooked medium rare throughout. The salted lemon sorbet was a refreshing finish for dessert.

For a mid-afternoon snack, we stopped by Num Pang a tiny eatery with mighty tasty sandwiches. Their coconut tiger shrimp sandwich was delicious and a perfect portion for a quick grab to go. The fellow eater upstairs seems to agree, giving a hearty thumbs up.

Amorino was a pleasant stumble upon discovery, a cozy cafe with a large variety of bold flavored italian gelato. The pistachio, dark chocolate, and coffee flavors are worth a try, especially given the choice of unlimited flavors that comes with each cup or cone.

More savoring moments to come...

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hello Hurricane

As most are well aware, Hurricane Sandy devastated areas of the Northeast. After a week of no power/heat, I'm relieved to be reconnected to a repaired power grid. As massive areas are still without power, many are in the process of accessing damage and trying to regain normalcy.

Finding gas has become a part-time job as many stations shut down or ran out of their supply and gas rationing went into affect today for New Jersey. In light of all this, it's encouraging to hear countless individuals and businesses/corporations step up to aid such as Hess donating millions and delivering gas to competitors for relief efforts.

If you know of organizations involved in relief efforts, please feel free to share. Keep safe and warm everyone!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fast Company: Content as King

Most interesting magazine read in recent memory. Their website here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Creative Interview with: Ricky Ferrer

Art director, designer, letterpress printer, type and music lover, Ricky Ferrer is a creative in every sense of the word. His interview:

Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Texas, went to catholic school and then college at UNT for communication design. I chose it because it was the closest school for design, but it ended up being a rigorous and outstanding program. I highly recommend it and am excited every time I meet a recent graduate making a name for themselves. Soon after college I left for NYC to pursue my design career. Just recently, I ended up back in Texas to become the online art director for D Magazine.

When did you first discover your love for design?
This is hard to pinpoint, but I believe it was two paths that converged: my love for computers and my love for comic books.

My mother was a software engineer and I grew up with computers. I had a fascination with the web as soon as I discovered it. I built my first website in 1994, which was a Simpsons trivia page. I experimented with type in Photoshop and learned basic HTML as a hobby. I also grew up drawing. First making my own comic strips, then comic books, then graffiti, then fine art. All of which I would extremely embarrassed to show now.

I learned in college that design could combine both my left and right brain interests. I explored drawing, painting, printmaking, interactive and graphic design all at the same time. Everything I explored made it into my design process and vice versa.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Dessert with: Joohee Kim

I'm very excited to introduce Joohee Kim, pastry chef and owner of Joohee Bakes. She's sharing her delectable recipe for Red Bean Panna Cotta with Jasmine Sauce (included below). Bon appetite!

What's your favorite dessert? 
My favorite dessert is anything made with fresh fruit. I especially like fruit mousse cake made with mango or pear.  

What was the funniest baking mishap or highlight moment?
There was one memorable experience when I had left out four sheet pans of piped macaron batter before putting them in the oven. When I went to check on them about half an hour later, I found an army of ants marching all over the macarons! I'm really careful with my macaron batters ever since!

In the world of baking, who inspires you?
I find Candace Nelson inspiring and empowering. She opened up the very first cupcakery and I love the quality, delicious desserts. I also like the idea of 3-course dessert meal at ChikaLicious in NYC. The chef, a graduate of French Culinary, is known to prepare French style, American desserts in Japanese portions.

Recipe for Red Bean Panna Cotta with Jasmine Sauce (8 servings)
Red Bean Panna Cotta
200 ml  skim milk
1 Envelope of Knox powdered gelatin
160 g  Yude Azuki Prepared Red Beans (canned)
350 ml  heavy cream
Zest of 1 lemon