Now I have been a fan of yogurt for a number of years as it's a great source of a number of vitamins and goodies that you need in your system. I love that it's a snack that begs to be mixed in with other items as well as it can be used in baking a number of items for a healthy alternative! On Super Bowl Sunday this year as I was waiting for the much anticipated Beyonce half time show, I heard Macy Gray singing and realized that it was included within the Chobani commercial. It was such a clean and simple add that showcased how the Chobani aesthetic works into a well rounded and happy lifestyle!
Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I was on Twitter and heard about Chocolate and Pistachio as a Chobani flavor. I assumed that it was an offering to check out at my local Whole Foods until I realized that there was a store! I had no idea but thankfully, the dots were connected and after a few emails it was unveiled to me that Chobani Soho is in fact a real place and one where you can enjoy sweer and savory blends! Roll over the image to see what I sampled last week as well as check out my two faves (both happening to be seasonal offerings (although you can get these cards that tell you how to make it at home when it's no longer offered at the store) - Smoked Salmon + Dill as well as Grapefruit + Mint. It was such an amazing experience and with two sizes (half portion - $4; full portion - $5.50), this is a great way to use it as a meal, snack or whatever you need to get through the day. In addition, I love that you can keep the glass containers or recycle them (take .25 towards your next purchase) and of course you can buy the premade items that may not have made it to where you purchase Chobani.
Stay in the loop with what's going on with Chobani via Twitter with the brand's account, @Chobani and their only store which is right here in NYC @ChobaniSoho.
Everyone is thinking about having a few days of down time wherever that may be for you! That means that at a moments notice, you never know where you're off to or when an overnight trip becomes one that could be a little longer. In these cases I pack up my weekender from Brahmin which is apart of their Melbourne Anywhere collection in this fabulously rich almond shade and I ensure that my fave 5's make it with me as I need to look refreshed no matter what the day or night holds!
Included in my bag of beauty tricks is a fun shade! Now we all know that I am all about Zoya's Indigo which is a fabulous blue with a glitter component in it but when I received Butter London's nail polish in Jaffa a vibrant orange/coral shade, it got me into thinking about upcoming spring vacations or winter vacations in Turks and Caicos (there soon). I definitely love the idea of embracing fun shades on holiday and I love that it's free of all the chemicals that you don't need on your nails or adding into the environment. In addition, I recently became super fond of Clairvoyant Beauty, another eco friendly line. Because I do a lot my eyes can get super tired and with pictures and having these be the window to my soul, I love that this line contains a product that is all about De-Puffing with it's Cucumber and Cranberry Eye Gel. It's refreshing and yet again making sure your skin is fab.
Don't leave the rest of your skin out without using Fresh's Brown Sugar Body Polish which is a must. It smells phenomenal but I believe weekly use (and of course using Palmer's Cocoa Butter afterwards ensures that your skin is soft and supple as if you just finished spaing. When it's about topical solutions, I'm all about having my atomizer of my fragrance of the moment so I'm not TSA concerned as I jet through the airport and I'm loving Frago's (Fragrance on the Go) Atomizer which comes in a number of hues! It's all about the gloss at the end of the day and Tom Ford's lip gloss in Pink Guilt is sultry perfection and perfect for wherever you're off to.
When it comes to obsessing over a few items my closet does mini shifts but the above items are apart of my musts whether you're running to events, shoots, segments or just prepping for the upcoming holiday season! Since Fashion Week, some of these have been apart of my beauty arsenal and one item I just received yesterday but am definitely drooling over it in under 24 hours!
NP Set (available at Target) is a must in my world of lip gloss. After going to the presentation prior to New York Fashion Week and meeting Napoleon himself, I am convinced that he has a number of hues within the pinky spectrum to make you look amazing while leaving in so many enriching nutrients that you don't have to worry about stripping your lips! Yesterday as I ran out the door, my doorman let me know that a little bag was waiting for me and thankfully I paused as L'Occitane just sent me their lip balms. Now I have been a fan of their traditional hand creams for years and I think it makes awesome gifts whether it's a thank you or you're just being a proper house guest but starting Oct 12th, you can get their limited edition "In the Patterns and Scents of Africa" which has Bogolan packaging designs that are inspired by traditional fabrics of the villages. In addition to the lip balms (including 10% shea), there are shea butters in hand and body creams. The three scents are derived from 3 African flowers: Desert Rose from Morocco (fruity and zesty), Hibiscus from Egypt (sensual and sunny) and Cocoa Flower from the Ivory Coast (warm with that hint of cacao).
During NYFW, Kitten Lounge celebrated its 4th Anniversary at a party at Shobha and one of our generous sponsors was Birchbox which included their Sept box (items curated in conjunction with Scoop NYC. Within this curation, they included Bliss' Blood Orange and White Pepper Hand Cream which is perfect for fitting within your purse. Everyone knows that I am obsessed over blood orange and I love the thick nourishing feel of this cream while being in one of my favorite scents. Finally, Caswell-Massey has been a mainstay in my travels as I carry the packets of their Cucumber Eye Pads with me. But if you wish to stock up or have a little love on your vanity, they also have this fab jar, These are soothing as the real cucumbers without having to cut them into the thin sheets. Simply take them out and place them on your eyes and be transported to calm.
Tuesday, I headed to the Columbus Hotel to hear about new products that were added to Ponds. We're familiar from the brand in terms of the creams but Carmindy, from TLC's "What Not to Wear" reminded us that it was something that she remembered her grandmother using as she had fabulous skin! Carmindy is all about natural beauty and although she walked us through a phenomenal series of looks that were perfect for the summer and not so weighty, she also highlighted Ponds wipes as an essential component to clean your face when you're not into washing it with your fave skincare as well as when you're in places that don't have water!
With me heading to HSN later on today to be on air on Fri (2am and 7am) as well as Sat (6am), I can say that with all the makeup that gives me the natural look on camera, it's quite a bit to wash down the drain! The wipes allow me to create a clean slate so that I can get some fabulous shut eye! We were introduced to Morning Refresh Towletttes with microbeads to polish away dullness. In addition it has citrus and cucumber scents which definitely revitalizes the skin as well as being perfect for the morning. At night, you can choose Evening Soother which cleans away traces of dirt and makeup - even with waterproof mascara. This contains Chamomile and White Tea! Of course, I love that they travel well and they are in resealable packets as well - they are my new must to ensure that I have no excuse for laziness!
Without a doubt, you should treat your skin right - especially your face! But the night before an amazing glam event, then I have to sit down and seriously give some much needed TLC! With the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Opening Night Gala at the New York Public Library being tomorrow, that means that I have 3 times (day/night/day) to give tons of attention. It's not about crazy scrubbing. I'm a huge fan of Neutrogena Naturals which ensures that any makeup on your face is removed, then I love doing a nice scrub (gentle gentle). I also believe in eye creams especially when you know that you will have tons of camera time. The more moisture you can provide this thin portion of your skin, the more it will look dewey which will show better in pictures. Yes to Carrots is a great line and I love the extra hydration of the Cucumber which is super something. Finally, I love love love Lip Strip from Laura Geller. I have used this for years and it keeps my lips supple and happy! These are just a few of the amazing finds that are perfect to prep your skin for a great night out!
This year I have brought in a number of products that have become apart of my daily routine! For one, I am a huge fan of Poppy, a fab fragrance from Coach! Yes I know it's meant for the summer but I have enjoyed wearing it in the fall and apparently it is a super magnet as well! I love Jack Black's lip balms and although I am a huge fan of their Black Tea, I sadly lost it and started using Grapefruit and then Mint. All three are new favorites for me. Laura Geller has been a fan of mine for the past two years. It looks amazing on the cheekbones and across the t-zone areas. Finally, I love the Green Tea and Cucumber lotion which smells amazing and is such a calming effect for your skin. Together this is apart of the overall beauty routine that I am obsessed with!
No seriously can't everyday be Poppy? So let's back track a little. We're all aware of Coach as it's something that we have grown up with but what we think we know about Coach isn't all inclusive. It's a brand that continues to take on new dimensions. This was definitely clear to me when last year they reached out to me to be apart of the Coach Holiday Blog a Day campaign where each day within 30 days was featured on their site styling their Holiday Collection and of course we had the fab giveaway! So now bringing it to the present, we have Poppy this quirky, girlie collection that's definitely Coach but with a fun twist! You've seen me cover various tote bags from them and I was honored to be selected to do some fun things with their fall collection which I will let you know about when it launches but it is soon!
So with the fall project for Coach Poppy with the leathergoods, I felt totally immersed in Poppy when I went to the launch of their fragrance for Poppy which is available in stores on July 1st! We were invited this past Tues to the Rescue Beauty Lounge in the Meat Packing District which was decorated with not only the bottles of the product but also fun punchy colors and sequin pillows. We really delved into the Poppy fragrance by learning about the notes that were involved to create a scent that was classic but also had this juicy, airy and fun quality to it. The Poppy girl is that fun girl about time who has a fun quirky sensibility that makes you want to be around her. It's a scent that's all its own and has definitely taken a prominent placement on my shelf! in a few words spritzing some on you have released cucumber flower, mandarin, freesia, jasmine, lily, creme brulee, cedarwood, sandalwood and wait for it - marshmallow. This has the sophistication of Coach while also having fruity and floral elements that make it all its own.
After the presentation of the brand the Poppy love continued. Upon entering, I sipped on a Ginger and Prosecco beverage but now that it was lunch and the other half of the girls were getting their treatments, we had the chance to enjoy cucumber sandwiches, salmon sandwiches, a lobster salad with mango and hearts of palm - all very tasty and perfect to be in this fabulous space. It also gave us a chance to talk to other bloggers (Aly and Kristin) as well as the publicists from the brand, fragrance end and more.
Now when it was my turn, the Rescue Beauty Lounge is a fabulous space of zen and even when you get your treatments there are little pods where four people can sit so if you and your besties want to do this together you feel like you have your own little section to go over the day. Even our mani/pedis had the Poppy spirit! I enjoyed the Poppy Mandarin manicure (I loved Sheer Nude which is from Rescue Beauty Lounge's line) which was inspired by the fragrance's juice mandarin notes and finished with a touch of Poppy scent. The Poppy Cucumber Pedicure (I loved Black Noir which is one Rescue Beauty Lounge's hues) was inspired by the fragrance’s bright cucumber flower notes and finished with a touch of Poppy scent as well. The treatments were phenomenal and it was truly a luxurious feeling. It was amazing to smell all of this poppy and I loved the cute Coach flip flops we received to show off our pedis. Afterwards it was just fun to chat as we were at the event for four hours! Above is an image of the fab goodie bag! You'll see the Coach Fragrance which is in a cute little box, the rollerball fragrance for your purse, the lotion which is beyond smooth, the cosmetic bag which is apart of the Poppy collection for fall and finally a bracelet in purple from the Poppy Collection as well. It was an amazing way to spend the day and yes life should be infused with Poppy!
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of KAO Brands. All opinions are 100% mine.
We all have a different way of working it. You know when you're taking opportunities, seeing a guy or just running around with your own theme song in your head to get things done. Temptation is Beautiful wants to know what type are you "Hot, hot, hot", "Just Right" or "Cool as a Cucumber". Check out their site to not only register for the chance to win the grand prize (sorry only open to US Residents) of winning an amazing trip for you and 3 of your friends to go to Las Vegas for 3 days and 2 nights, with round trip coach class air transportation, ground transportation, hotel accommodations and to enjoy $1500 in cash but you can also receive one of the daily beauty baskets! These baskets include KAO products such as Curel Moisturizers, Jergens Moisturizers, Biore Skincare, John Frieda Haircare and Ban Antiperspirants.
With all the goodies available that you could possibly win, you'll want to make sure that you take the Temptation is Beautiful quiz (I was considered Just Right - the perfect mix between being the sex kitten while being laid back) and that you share your results with your friends via your favorite social media networks and you make sure that they get in on the fun. Once you have taken the quiz, make sure that you leave a comment here on what your temperature is and who knows, you could be selected as the grand winner to have an amazing night out with your friends in Las Vegas.
There is something about the Oscar's that make it my favorite award show to watch - the clothing. I actually love watching E! Red Carpet more than the actual show. Each season I look at all the accessories that hit the carpet, dresses that I saw earlier during Fashion Weeks and more. This year, I was invited to the Dove Red Carpet VIP viewing party hosted by my friend, Jeannine Morris of Beauty Sweet Spot. Heading over, all I could think about was making sure I didn't miss the first people to hit the carpet and to get some insider carpet info as Jeannine was on the E! Red Carpet show for the Emmy's last year providing info on what the stars were wearing in terms of beauty. It was definitely fitting that she would be hosting this Dove party and I had heard a lot about Dove's Visibly Smooth.
Ever since I could remember we used Dove growing up. It's always interesting to see the products that you use as many of them are influenced by what you had at home; however, the staying power comes to see what use as you go into college and beyond. For me, I started with the classic Dove white bar. When I went to college and then came out to NYC back in 2002, I was obsessed with not only the soap (by this time I had found my preferred scent - Cucumber) but I also used the lotion, facial pads and the cream after I had washed my face. As time would have it, I actually influenced my mom to try other products within this brand when we traveled. So it wasn't hard for me to try this new product as well.
The night was definitely one filled with laughter, fashion commentary and just enjoying the overall awards. I left with my own sample and the ability to allow five of my readers the chance to get their hands on Dove Visibly Smooth Deodorant as well due to my participation in the Dove Visibly Smooth Deodorant VIP Program. Just leave a comment below about what products you used when you were at home and why you still use it now. If you don't have one then let me know a product that is apart of your beauty regimen that you would never be without. Five winners will be selected next Thurs and Dove will send you Visibly Smooth.
I am so excited to share this with you! Today we kick of the 25 Days of Holiday Glam which means Giveaway opportunities for you! Each day we will give a nail polish away courtesy of Dashing Diva who has graciously sponsored us for the Kitten Lounge Holiday Gift Guide. To win the Dashing Diva nail polish today and on any day let us know what you have your eye on this holiday season whether it's for you or someone you have on your list!
In addition to the daily giveaway, today there is another giveaway that we are kicking off for a lucky winner from Yes To Carrots! I have a hair care pack from their cucmber line which includes shampoo and conditioner. If you would like to have this, leave an additional note letting me know how do you wear your do when you head out to special events during the holidays? By the end of today I will have chosen a winner for the nail polish and another winner for the Cucumber hair products from Yes to Carrots.
Personally, I love nap time. Is there anything better than an afternoon nap on a chilly Saturday afternoon with a heavy blanket, a lightly cracked window and the warmth of Kitten Lounge’s Editor-in-Chief? The answer is no. The problem is that most of our weekend naps usually follow a heavy meal full of the deadliest combination of carbs and protein; in other words, meat and potatoes. The problem is that our bodies have an extremely difficult time digesting such combinations. But, don’t worry help is on the way. Instead of pasta, rice or potatoes a textbook side dish to any protein is taboule (pronounced: tuh-boo-lee).
Taboule is a traditional Middle Eastern wheat salad and is prepared best with The Roots blasting in the background, accompanying the company of the delicious and the healthy. The brain, the source, the transistor radio transmitting the message from the messenger – healthy body equals healthy mind.
The preparation is simple. Combine 2 cups of bulgur wheat with 1 ¾ cups of boiling water and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Chop the rest of the ingredients, combine with the wheat and season with olive oil, salt and pepper to your taste.
The beauty of taboule is that you can add pretty much any ingredients; from kiwis to mangos. If you are new to cooking, one important note is to make sure to purge the herbs in cold water to get rid of all the sand before chopping. And if your delicious taboule is being accompanied with a piece of delectable fish, I would suggest pairing your dinner with a bottle of La Playa’s Sauvignon Blanc.
I love the Shoreham Hotel. I love that it's down the way from me and that it's always full of people right after work and then it just kind of winds down. It's one of those places that reminds me of South Beach (even when it's super cold and you can't imagine even leaving your door). They have an amazing Calamari and yes, their Cucumber Drink is one of the reasons that I always come back. For those of us in the Fashion Industry, it tends to be a great stop on the way from the office when trying to show off our knowledge of what places are in the know. But when it comes to just somewhere to go, this has such a pleasing atmosphere and is very welcoming! This was definitely a place that I went to during the warmer months and just recently, the day befer FANY, I was here with a friend and loved the idea that the indoor beach environment was just as welcoming as it is when there are warmer temperatures. I do love that in the summer, the windows are actually full length doors and you can step in and out of them and enjoy the breezes.
So when you're looking for a great place in midtown (they're located between 5th and 6th aves on 55th street), this boutique hotel is perfect. You can stop in here prior to heading down town or while you're wating for your reservation from Tao to be ready. If anything, this is an interesting way to enjoy watching others leaving work to go to their next function without being in the way!
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