This time last year, we had the freaky snow that came right before Halloween and now on the East Coast we're dealing with a hurricane (in the midwest there was an earthquake that came in at 3.9!) Yesterday we were out braving Sandy to stock up and I have to say there are times when an umbrella isn't the best thing when there's wind running around! But if you are able to rock an umbrella in this weather, Marc Jacobs can definitely complete the look. With the rest of the week being rainy, it's a pretty key accessory. I'm obsessed with Ahnu rainboots which came thanks to me attending Pamela Pekerman's Well Accessorized for the Holidays. I have to say that these are super comfy and yet fit your feet in such a way that you don't feel like you have a clunky boot. When the rains hit, you want items that are perfect for getting wet - this leather shopper tote from Hunter Boot is amazing and can be worn with this rubber watch from Swiss Army watch. Finally, I'm loving that there is no reason to not look super chic in this inclimate weather by Burberry trench coat with a hood! Together this looks super cute and ensures that your items will not be drenched! Stay dry and safe as we continue on with Hurricane Sandy.
Last year (right before Sept NY Fashion Week to be precise), I was introduced to threading and headed to a salon in Soho. Now, I had heard about threading and have seen various locations throughout the city. As much as I wanted to try it, some of the cramped spaces made me a little nervous so I was happy to go to the salon I was introduced to. Just the other day, a few beauty bloggers were tweeting back and forth asking about their favorite threading salon. I had heard of Shobha but to see so many people excited about it, to see the depth of services and then to see that they had multiple locations including one in Columbus Circle and one on Madison in the East 50's - I was hooked! I knew I had to head there this week and when Jessica in marketing reached out to invite me to stop in, I couldn't say no!
I headed to the Madison Ave location where they have been in the same building but changed floors and was shocked to see a wide, airy and colorful space! There were chairs for those that were doing services that you could definitely do in an open forum; however, they had private rooms for those that were more discreet. I thoroughly enjoyed having Manju not only tame my brows but to also ask how I'd like to have them and to also make suggestions! In addition, I love that the treatment began and ended with rose water which smelled great but also felt so natural. In fact, they have such a depth of Shobha products that were made by natural formulas created by Shobha Tummala (love that she's a fellow midwest girl, went to college in the midwest and is a Harvard Business Grad - hello) that are available during your sessions, for purchase and many products are also available in bulk so you'll find them in spas!
At the end of my session, I left with rocking brows that opened my eyes (even more than my previous spot), Shobha Rosewater Freshening Cloths (both Manju and I used them to clean our hands prior to my threading and they were used to clean my eyebrow area prior to starting), Shobha Rosewater Calming Gel (which feels and smells phenomenal) and a Shobha Eyebrow Pencil for brunettes to fill in certain areas. I love trying new places and sharing with my readers of course, but I love when I have found a new home! With so many services (check out sugaring, the fact that men and women can go and its accessibility - this is definitely a must visit!
So this is a multi-layered story for sure! I grew up in Indiana (my mom is from Jersey and my dad is from Ohio) and we ate very typical steak and potato dinners growing up. When I got to college, it was the first time that I ate a number of items that were not served at our dinner table. While I was in college, my love affair for Food Network started. I was introduced to so many things and I remember watching Ming Tsai's East Meets West! I'm not a cook and don't do it a lot but I loved seeing what he created and knew that I had to continue expanding what I ate.
Fast forward to today - I'm a huge fan of Japanese, Chinese, Moroccan, Indian cuisines and more! Last week we kicked off Oct with a post about National Sake Day which featured TY KU Sake and this week I ended up being invited to an amazing zen space where I would not only try a selection of their beverages but we would also eat an east meets west menu that was prepared by none other than Ming Tsai! To know that he is also from the midwest, is the chef/owner of Blue Ginger, has his show Simply Ming and has designed a variety of items that you can use in the kitchen and are eco friendly AND is battling to be The Next Iron Chef - I was beyond thrilled for this event.
I enjoyed sipping TY KU Sake which is a Super Premium Junmai Ginjo sake (black bottle) which is perfect to eat with anything and is not just meant for sushi! It has such a smooth finish and is amazing when chilled! I also fell in love with Ultra Premium Junmai Daiginjo sake (white bottle) which is like a celebration beverage. I could definitely imagine drinking this for a special occasion and it is something to enjoy when you're super relaxed or amongst friends. There were also mixed cocktails such as the Upside Down Pineapple Sake Martini - which was beyond decadent. Mojitos were also made from TY KU's liqueur. As we enjoyed the beverages I loved having the oysters which had sake in them, pork dumplings, veggie sushi rolls and then these amazing flattened shrimps.
The setting complimented the food as we were in a gorgeous penthouse that had artifacts and Buddhas everywhere you looked. Everyone was able to mingle and catch up and to enjoy the pairings of the cocktails and the food. At the end of the night, Ming came out and chatted with everyone and to hear his energy and to tell us how he came up with flattened shrimp that we all enjoyed was a great way to see how to turn a possibly bad situation into an amazing one. Apparently, he was making shrimp and it wasn't heating up a certain way but when he flattened it, it worked out and then it became an amazing dish - with the oysters and shrimp alone, I could eat that everyday! I also love that he made us drinks as well and spent time chatting with each of us which was another highlight from the night!
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