Monday, December 15, 2014

Style & Beauty: Stokes of Brilliance - Rouge Allure Gloss by Chanel

This is my new obsession! People Style Watch recently sent me the Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Seduction and I love it. It glides on easily, long lasting and you only need to swipe once across lips for coverage and color richness. The packaging is exquisite, not surprising from Chanel. It makes you feel classy pulling it out of your purse and to open it, you simply push down on the top (gold decal) and the brush pops up for use. It is $34 (a little pricey), but it is a quality product and a perfect holiday buy for beauty lovers. See the many color choices here on the Chanel website.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pets: When They're Feeling Under the Weather

Feeling under the weather isn't just a human thing, it can affect your pets too! Recently, I've had my own scare with my little guy (Chicken). While I was at work Chicken seemed to have hurt himself somehow, affecting his lower back. Being that he was able to walk and go outside, I thought it was a something that would go away, eventually. But after giving it a few days, I made an appointment to see the vet during the Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness. Apparently it was a slipped disc in his lower back that needed to be treated with anti-immflamuation medicine and some pain meds. Thankfully we did not need the surgery and he's expected to make a full recovery after a week of medicine and 3 weeks total of bedrest. 

Being that in my personal life, I get asked so many questions about Chicken and the fact that he's definitely more popular than I am, I thought I'd make a post of what's been helping me take care of him while he's feeling 'under the weather.'

Sweet Spots: I usually buy this for him around his birthday. Its dog ice cream and he adores it! What better way to treat your pet than a sweet treat that is natural and healthy for him.

Pill Pockets: These have been a life saver! They're kind of expensive ($9.99 for 30) but if your pet refuses to take pills and gets sick when you give them human food like peanut butter or cheese this will be your holy grail and they come in several flavors.

Pop-up Bowls: Usually I take these when we travel or to go to the park, but since he's been sick I've used them for quick feeding and drinking so he doesn't have to get up up and further strain his injury. Plus, I don't have to worry about making room for his other bigger & bulkier dishes taking up space wherever he choose to lay at the time.

Another must...a warm, plush fuzzy blanket: My mom bought this for him a couple Christmas' ago. He was so excited that he sat on it when it was still in the box! While he's been recuperating he's been laying on this nonstop. I say use whatever your pet feels most comfortable and puts them at ease.

Well, that's it for my tips, for now. Hope you enjoyed them :) I'll start adding some pet reviews into the mix. Chicken is a big part of my life, just like most pet owners. And if you're ever feeling curious about what he's up to you can always catch up on his activities on Instagram or Tumblr.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Fitness/Health: Get B Stoked w/ Celebrity Trainer Kira Stokes & BFX Studio

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, lets focus on what we're all thinking about; what we should be and getting healthy. Well, at least that what I've been thinking about and beating the mad dash of crowded gyms to get fit once the new year begins. Personally, I find that spinning and barre class tend to be the most effective seeing results at a faster rate. So when I got invited to try out one of Kira Stokes 'B Stoked' Series fitness classes, I felt like my wish had been answered just in time! There were plenty of good options, but since it had been awhile since I've taken a barre class, I chose that.

Kira's Stoked C3 Barre Max class was pretty intense, but so fun and effective. It was one of those class that you knew if you did it regularly you'd be at your inspiration goal in no time. The class is an entire body workout, I'm still sore...2 days later and I've never sweat so much in a class. I can't wait to go back and try her cycling class! BFX Studio is having a Black Friday sale on class packages. Checkout their website (here) and get the best deal for an unlimited package at their fantastic gym. Not only do they have studio classes and a cycling studio; but they also have a workout space with machines and free weights. It truly has everything to satisfy your fitness needs. Besides that its so clean and nice, its hard to find a gym here where you can go in and feel at ease and BFX Studio is that. If you're in NYC checkout their Chelsea or FIDI location; they're also in Boston!

Kira Stokes & I before the sweat fest for B Stoked C3 Barre Max (BFX Studio)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Events: Mixology Class at Harding's with Derrick Turner & St. George Spirits

In my attempt to mix things up, I did something new for me; a mixology class! On Tuesday Nov. 4th at Harding's in Chelsea we crafted cocktails featuring St. George Spirits with master mixologist, Derrick Turner. St. George Spirits is know for their original craft distillery making single malt whiskey, bourbon, absinthe, and several gins and liqueurs since 1982. 
All of us were equipped with a personal, fully stocked cocktail station, learning the step-by-step process of making three different cocktails featuring the artisanal spirits from St. George Spirits. Using a palette of easy-to-find ingredients, these cocktails are simple to recreate at home without losing the any flare to impress friends & relatives at the approaching Thanksgiving table dinners and/or Holiday parties! 

I had so much fun, Derrick was amazing teacher and the cocktails were delicious! I think my favorite would have to be the Blood in the Woods; the burnt cinnamon smelled amazing and the drink evolved after each sip as the flavors became more tasty and complex. I was most surprised by Simply Wicked because I am NOT a fan of Absinthe and avoid it at all costs! Its one of those flavors that you love it or hate it, but in the way that it was mixed and the fact that not much was added, shockingly I enjoyed the cocktail.

Finally its time for the fun part, the 3 Delicious Cocktails :-P See below for images & recipes:

The Rockefeller: 1oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, 2oz Rye Whiskey, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 1 dash Simple Syrup

Blood of the Woods1oz Apple Cider, 1 1/2oz of Bourbon, 1 chard Cinnamon Stick, 1/4oz Maple Syrup, Top w/ St. George Rasberry Liquor 

 Simply Wicked: 1/4oz St. George Absinthe, 1/2oz Agave Syrup, Pinch of Watercress, 1 1/2oz Gin, Garnish w/ Watercress 

Next Class Details:
December – Get the Party Started: Champagne Cocktails
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
PRICE: $35 per person

Space is limited, tickets strongly recommended.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloooooweennnnnn

Happy Halloween Guys! I hope everyone has an awesome and spooky holiday from me & my little Chicken taco :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fashion: Nautica Women's Fall/Holiday 2014 Collection

Nautica is a brand I've been wearing since middle school. It's always been the perfect choice for classic pieces that can be accompanied with anything. From sporty to dressy Nautica has plenty of new styles in their new fall/holiday collection that you'll want in your closet. I was able to stop by their showroom and take a look and the new line. As a lover of jackets of course I wanted everything! Below are a few looks that caught my eye from the lookbook, trust me it doesn't compare to how the pieces looked and felt in person. Nautica has always been a brand of quality and most importantly their clothing lasts! I know, I'm a little early but once its almost Halloween I'm already planning my gifts for people. I could easily do some holiday shopping for other and myself… 

Hope you like the new collection as much as I do.  Visit their website here to find more awesome stuff! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Events: Cat Footwear FW14 Featuring #ColoradoCouture

Earlier this week I got a chance to get a sneak peek at the new Cat Footwear pop up shop in the Roger Smith Hotel. We celebrated the launch of the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, as well as the return of the brand's original "Colorado" boot from 1990, which will be available again for the first time in the U.S. this Fall season! In keeping with this theme, they brought together 5 NYC-based artists who used the Colorado boot as a blank canvas, and unveiled their one-of-a-kind artworks. I can't believe how each one completely transformed the boots and made then truly into a piece of art! Whether drawing, painting, layering or building materials off of the boot as a foundation, they were remarkable. The featured artists were Ivan Orama, James Gulliver Hancock, Liz Lomax, Amanda Dolan, and Misha Tyutyunik. Models were on hand to showcase the new iterations of the Colorado boot from the AW14 collection, while we enjoyed cocktails and sounds by DJ Jasper Stapleton. 

More info about the pop up:
The Pop-Up will be officially open to the public for consumer shopping on October 21st - 28th 11am - 7pm! It will feature 3 limited edition styles from the UK that have never been available to the U.S. consumer.  The pop-up will be the first and only place to get these styles, while supplies last. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fashion: Top Shop Holiday 2014 featuring Cara Delevingne

Top Shop's new holiday collection featuring Cara Delevingne has a chic and cool vibe, not surprising since that's the feeling Cara adds to anything she wears. This glimpse showcasing what we can expect in stores and wanting in our closets. I'm into the rich golds, fun tights, feathers and luxe fur accents. They all give each look a boost, elevating the look for making the perfect entrance with the notable use for detail that pulls the styling together. 

Who says winter can't be chic? Stay stylish and be the talk of the upcoming holiday parties with Top Shop's new Holiday looks. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Events: The Grand Opening of BV's Grill (Elegant & Delicious)

The new addition to the Bobby Van's Steakhouse family is new comer BV's Grill! The speciality of BV's Grill is new American and classic steakhouse fare. Less formal than the original, but maintains its elegance in the decor with a more approachable vibe. Spacious bar and dining areas for large crowds and large front patio space for those wanting to dine al fresco before the cold is upon us. 

The grand opening was packed with relatives, friends and press enjoying cocktails, wine and numerous hors d'oeuvres served on grand trays. Below in my second collage you can see some of the passed appetizers that were absolutely delicious. I had a lovely time catching up with friends over glasses of wine on my birthday eve and partaking in the grand opening celebration. The location is the perfect spot in Midtown for business meetings or meet ups after work. Oh and they have a tasty brunch menu, plus it's only a few blocks south from 59th street. Brunch with friends and burn it off with some shopping cardio! They have something for everyone from beef to seafood, pasta, wings, brunch and cafe options. Take a look at there website to view more about BV's Grill and to make your reservation today!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fashion: The Arty & Sporty Sides of Cynthia Rowley's Spring 2015 Collection

Cynthia Rowley decided to switch things up unveiling an arty ultra glam line and contrasting it with a new sport attire collection. For the Arty the runway collection was filled with artful sixties-inspired oversized, graphic prints and clean tailored separates. Bold silhouettes and jumbo lace added to the modish-sportif. As for the Sporty the line displays a variety from work to workout to go out, these pieces offer the freshest take on an active lifestyle. She started with wetsuits and now continues adding fashion to function with cute scalloped running shorts, printed leggings, ripstop coveralls and even a gold plated bike helmet.

Here are some of my top picks from the new Cynthia Rowley Spring 2015 Collection. Need more? See all of the looks here on her website.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fashion Week: Georgine SS15 Collection at MBFW

Another stunning show by Georgine! The Spring/Summer 2015 Collection delivered beachside sophistication directly to New York Fashion Week. Inspired by the glamorous demimonde who descended onto Saint-Tropez during the summers of the 1970's, the collection consisted of luxurious golds, rich creams, shimmering metallics and fresh mint. Looks were accessorized with mink tote bags and beach towels as well as leather clutches in the shape of surfboards in collaboration with Max Steiner Design. GEORGINE has crafted gorgeous bathing suit inspired evening wear, elegant beaded chiffon caftans and trench coats worthy of a stroll down both the boardwalk and Fifth avenue alike. 

Throughout the show I saw so many pieces that I need for my closet and daydreamed of the various places I'd love to travel and debut these amazing creations by designer Georgine Ratelband. Below are some of my favorite looks. I had a problem narrowing it down, so I picked 12. Each collage shows different elements throughout the show with color, accessories, separates, dresses, and swimwear. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Fashion Week: Luis Antonio SS15 'MARITIME' Collection at MBFW

Loved this collection! The prints and textured fabrics were fantastic. There wasn't a piece I didn't like from beginning to end. It felt like a collection that had something every woman would want to wear and the prints were done so well that the boldness of them were more subtle. The fit and accessories for styling each model were executed flawlessly. Well done Luis Antonio!

More about the collection:
MARITIME is an effortless and chic collection inspired by nautical colors and motifs. Luis Antonio combines graphic art and symmetric forms to create unique fabrics for his entire collection. This collection is inspired by all things nautical, but with a twist. Sea workers and shipbuilders have been a main source of inspiration for the the graphic and abstract prints Luis Antonio designed with a team of graphic designers. Silk Organza, Silk Crepe, Silk Gazar, Canvas and Twill will be spotlighted this season to turn traditional nautical elements on their heads. Everyday can be luxurious with his new Spring/Summer collection.    
(All runway photos by Randy Brooke)

Luis Antonio

Fashion Week: Son Jung Wan SS15 Collection at MBFW

Son Jung Wan's Spring/Summer 2015 collection was inspired by the concept of yin and yang and the idea that contrasting elements do not conflict, but exist in harmony. What was interesting about this collection was the use of fabric and design elements that dress up the ensemble while using a more relaxed fit. I particularly enjoyed the rich jewel tones and the bold gold both were not featured much in other collections during fashion week.

Son Jung Wan used the blues of the Danube River, jungle green, deep purple and cool mint give a fresh feeling and stand out against chalk white and tan neutrals. Metallic threads and sequins bring to mind the glint of the sun, and add unique detailing to each look. Many tangible dualities arise when rough-textured fabrics like hemp are made into sinuous silhouettes. Shapes are soft and feminine in washed linen and sheer silk. 
(All runway photos by Rodin Banica)