Monday, October 20, 2014

BEAUTY | Redken Color Rebel Hair Color

 Hair Mascara meets Temporary Hair Dye-
And its amazing. 


Some days I feel like rocking out with wild colored hair and my best air guitar, while other days I'd like to be a little more chic with classic red lips and a martini. The solution to all your fickle hair color wants is here. So when I got the opportunity to sample this fantastic new Redken product, that lets me do something bold to my hair without commitment, I knew it was a perfect product for me.

Redken and the latest technology have come together creating an easy to use hair color that deposits a very fine colored microcoating on the surface of hair.  The color is buildable and layerable for different effects and has pearlescent pigments that create multi-dimensional iridescent look. The product uses a water-based ink that flows easily and resistant against water, brushing, blow-drying, flat-ironing and curling.  

My sweet red ombre that was done by yours truly was supposed to only last 2 washes/days, but instead lasted about a week before it began looking extremely washed out and pink. The color coating is a clay like texture that coats to each individual strand of hair. I will say that overall I love the product, but it is not meant to be touched a lot and will rub off a little on your hands and clothing, but it does wash out.  The only other negative thing is it did make my hair a touch more dry and tangled.  This I'm sure because you don't get a vividly temporary color without drawbacks.         

Monday, October 13, 2014

NOMS | dinner @ DOS CAMINIOS in SOHO

Modern Mexican
( 212 ) 277 - 4300

After a full day adventure around Manhattan,  fine mexican is a great pick.  Traditional flavors kicked up with a new american twist and of course a great tequila and of course a craft margarita menu help to bump it up! Dos Caminos has a few locations and a ton of sister restaurants and I can certainly see why.  Each dish and cocktail was perfectly done. 

The whole vibe was really great, as was the service.  I would definitely recommend this spot.  The drinks and food was fab, and apparently they are known for fab special salsas and fresh guacamole.   Apparently we missed out in not getting any, but all the appetizers we did enjoy were simply amazing. And most importantly, get the dessert!  

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

MUSIC | Social Distortion @ the Paramount



Dear Lover,
I can't believe it's come to this..

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Mike Ness is a punk-rock god.  The front man of Social Distortion is still a great show to see live after over 36 years of pouring his soul into his rockabilly, punk rock songs.  Social Distortion became a band in 1978 and they still got it. 

We saw them at the Paramount, one of my favorite venues here on Long Island.  We also took a little time in the Founder's Room, which is an amazing speakeasy style bar and lounge under the venue.  It is super exclusive, has two bars and a variety of hidden rooms where you can just privately lounge with your whole crew. The place is truly amazing and a great way to enjoy before and after an amazing show.

Friday, October 03, 2014

LIFESTYLE | San Gennaro & City Adventures

An All Day Eating Affair
Lets get fat, fat sounds fun. 

I was so excited to finally go to San Gennaro this year, since I miss it every year.  Though, I must admit I was a touch disappointed.  Though there was a variety of delicious cannolis, sausage and peppers, stuffed artichokes, gelato, lots of meatballs and italian specialties.  It was also overrun with pina coladas, cronuts, fried pickles and asian and indian booths.  As much as I enjoy all of those things, it was not quite what I was looking for. So the feast of San Gennaro was kind of a let down.  

So after a day of eating, I came to the conclusion that I make better meatballs than the ones I had eaten on this day. So next year, I want to go to Ferragosto on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, also known as the new Little Italy.  That is where my favorite Italian deli is after all. Ferragosto is a tradition that recognizes the end of harvest and to signify enjoying the fruits of this harvest amongst family and friends.

So after I gave up searching for great Italian food and decided to just enjoy adventuring for the day and instead enjoy an amazing Mexican dinner at Dos Caminos.  The day all in all was amazing after all!        

Thursday, October 02, 2014

NOMS | Almond & Pecan Crusted Chicken overtop Pumpkin Ravioli

Ohhhkay, I caved.
Pumpkin Spice Bandwagon -Let me make you awesome.

Pumpkin spice and ugg boots is not what makes fall special to me.  I don't particularly love the overload of commercialized fake pumpkin everything. I love the smell of the first crisp breezy day, I love riding around with the windows down and the sun shining through the changing leaves, I love a good hot toddy, structured coats, sultry perfumes, fireplaces, Halloween and Thanksgiving! Those are my favorite fall things.  But don't get it twisted. I still love pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer, pumpkin raviolis, and yes even a good pumpkin latte sometimes.  Though pumpkin spice is not my everything. 

I don't always love pumpkin everything, but when I do - it's freakin' awesome. When I walked into La Parmigiana out here in Southampton, and then spotted these gems -I knew in that moment what I'd be cooking.  La Parm has been a Hampton's staple since the 70's, known for their family owned and cooked Italian food. They also have a classic Italian bakery and deli attached. I spotted their specialty raviolis and knew it was going to be great! So I created this amazing fall comfort dish. I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DAILY OUTFIT | slinky day dress

It's time to say goodbye to my weft wedges,
and hello peep toe booties. 

Finally packing in the last of summer, literally.  I've posted the last of my summer looks and I've begun to pack away my summer wardrobe.  So and now I need to retire my favorite MK clutch, which I am guilty of using way too much this past season- then pack away all my weft wedges, and my white skirts and dresses. Its over, for now.

After I pack away the last of my summer pieces, I'm on the hunt.  I need an essential, new pair of black booties.  So I've gone on the hunt for the perfect peep toe black wedge booties.  Wish me luck. 

Seriously how cute will this dress be with wedge booties!

Friday, September 26, 2014

ART | the artist's critique

My man, Jack -
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

As an artist, almost everything is never finished.  There is always something else to be tweaked, or to make better, and even sometimes do a completely different way.  Most days, you want to do better.  Though, every so often a creation comes along that makes you say: whoa -whoa. I don't hate it.  Now, of course it is never perfect. But from time and again you will be able to admit, thats pretty damn awesome. This is that piece for me. 

To date this is probably one of my favorite drawings yet.  I love the older faces of hollywood.  I also felt I primarily draw overly pretty people, so I wanted a face that had texture and unique character. Yet, I still managed to make him overly pretty. I chose a very young Jack Nicholson from an iconic still from the movie One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

DAILY OUTFIT | a leather skort with attitude

It's all about your attitude.

Now, this goes both ways.  Swaggering across the street with the wind in your hair, sashay in your hips and attitude on your pout,  is not only on a slow-mo entrance scene in a movie, but it can be in your reality, it's a mind set. It is more than mere confidence, but it is a general vibe of positivity. When you're feeling good, you exude this.  Boom, insta-sashay.  

Then all of a sudden, like this new found magnetic draw it seems -things are actually all working out. The more you not only walk with this confident attitude, but you believe it.  You have to always buy what you're selling.  So, I'm staying positive because a whole new part of my life is beginning.  As a newly engaged woman, going on her first pre-portfolio review at FIT in two week, who is moving into the city in about four months -I have a lot to be positive.  I'm keeping up that good kind of attitude.  

Hey, some days you've gotta fake it till you make it. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

LIFESTYLE | a 3-day fairytale romantic getaway

All you need is love,
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED.


A day that I will always remember with a smile, a story that will always be retold, the start down a whole new path.  SO, a month ago today I got engaged.  It was perfectly us and traditionally beautiful. We headed up to the Garrison/Cold Spring area along the Hudson in Upstate New York like we do every year for our anniversary weekend for the annual Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  It has become a special place for us, it is the place that flourished our relationship and then became a tradition.  
Last year I told you all how it all started while sharing our intimate story and showed you our romantic getaway here, the year before I simply showed you our trip here, and now I will show you this year's adventures and when I finally said yes, after a plethora of "Oh My God"s.

Its so crazy because he had me fooled, oh so good.  I knew it was coming -this was our sixth summer spent basking in the sunshine and snuggled tight on breezy summer nights.  I was the anti-marriage girl, "all we need is love", I would say.  Though Aaron always says he always knew he would marry me, I merely always knew we'd be together forever.  He managed to convince me he couldn't find a diamond, but that he was planning for the fall. 

Then when I decided to take some photos of the Hudson he asked a lovely couple to video me and then proceeded to get down on one knee.  He then sat patiently with the box open as I walked back up nonchalantly taking in my surroundings, completely oblivious to what was in front of me.  I plopped right down on the picnic blanket and then I looked up. "Oh My God." It seemed to be all I could utter when, for once in my life: I was speechless.  Like anyone ever had any doubt, I said yes.  So here I hope you enjoy a look into our special weekend and my engagement video is posted below!         

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NOMS | the last brunch @ the Riverhead Project

Good Bye -
to one of my Favorite Brunch Spots.

The Riverhead Project was a surprising find for any foodie who found themselves on Main Street in Riverhead on Long Island. A modern vibe with a 1960's essence, it was upscale, trendy and unique.  They had great seasonal specials, amazing desserts and the absolute best cocktails!

Dennis McDermott the owner of the trendy restaurant that pioneered the revitalization of this main street officially announced that it's doors would be closed forever a few days ago.  To read the full scoop on the story, check here.  

I'm sad to see the spot go, but this just means there will be a new proprietor and a new spot to try out soon enough.  So lets take a moment to reflect on how good the food was.  And that HA HA FRESH was pretty much one of my favorite brunch cocktails.       

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