Jungwon at Night

Friday, May 29, 2015

I wore this amazing jacket after a night out on a belated birthday cruise Andres took me on. It was the perfect lightweight jacket needed for a summer-like night. It also helped with the wind blowing out on the deck of the boat. Jungwon makes durable, breathable, windproof & waterproof jackets, and it held true to its word. I did get accidentally splashed a little while on board, and by the end of the night it looked like I just walked out of my house from the beginning of the night - you couldn't even tell. The jacket also has these great big pockets, perfect for being on the go.

Visit to Jungwon

Thursday, May 28, 2015

First of all, congrats to Densyia for winning the Teavana In Bloom Collection in my last giveaway!

I recently visited the Jungwon NYC store, beautifully located by City Hall. I did see a couple of their fashion shows during Nolcha Fashion Week for a few seasons, so it was nice to be up close to the gorgeous array of jackets. Jungwon's outerwear are all waterproof, windproof, wrinkle-free, and breathable. It's definitely the winning combination for unpredictable weather here in New York. I tried on a few different styles and there were so many great looks to try from.

This jacket was one of my favorites - I love the rope-like waist closure. It's such a simple detail that elevates it to a whole new look. I ended up getting this jacket, and stay tuned for my next post to see how I wore it!

The Girl on the Train

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I recently read, The Girl on the Train, as I was looking for another juicy thriller, and this book seemed to pop up a lot. Claimed to be as good as Gone Girl, I decided to give it a shot. To be honest, personally it felt a bit slow for me in the beginning, and I was waiting for those edge-of-my-seat moments. Once it picked up its pace, it started to get good. I just couldn't put it down. It's written from different perspectives of a few characters, which gives us a deeper glance at these various lives to fully understand the whole story. I can't really say much since I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't read it, and it's really best read spoiler-free. However, if you don't mind, some spoilers are up ahead after the jump.

Jane Iredale Mystikol

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

You know how much I love Jane Iredale makeup, and I was excited to try out these babies! Pictured, are Jane Iredale's Mystikol - a highlighter and eyeliner in one. Only $20, it gives you a soft, creamy blend perfect for a smoky eye look. It's fairly easy to apply with soft applicators. I have the more natural tones, great for every day wear. Although, it does come in brighter colors like aquamarine to deep royal blue.

When worn, it feels light and stays for a long time without having to reapply. These will be one of my favorite summer beauty products!

Teavana In Bloom + Giveaway!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Teavana offers a large variety of different teas - from white teas, green teas, to herbal, chai, and black. There's even a few tea bars in the city, and I was lucky enough to visit one recently to learn about various brewing techniques and sampling the delicious cups of tea. We were also treated to a brief sit-down, where we given ideas on party decor inspiration + DIYs.

The In Bloom Collection, is perfect for any occasion, but most fitting for Mother's Day. It includes a 32oz tea pot, 2 decorative tea tins includes flowering pineapple and lemon marigold blossom white teas. The teas are hand tied in the traditional Chinese way, and it makes it easy to brew.

Boil up water, place one of the tea balls into the strainer that comes with the tea pot, pour the water and let it brew. The ball will then blossom beautifully, and when it's ready you can pour for drinking.
It may be late for Mother's Day, but it's still a perfect gift for mom. I'm teaming up with Teavana to give one of you lucky readers a chance to win your own In Bloom Collection!

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Tasty Thursdays: El Parador

Thursday, May 07, 2015

If you missed my post yesterday, I was raving about Mad Men Dining Week, to coincide with the final season of the show. All restaurants participating offered meals for $19.69 or two cocktails for the same price, and were all the hot spots during that time.

My coworker and I visited El Parador, and walking in, we were instantly awed. I had the Federico's Special, which isn't on their regular menu and consisted of an amazing beef taco with stuffed mozzarella cheese. On the side we had beans & rice.

We opted to go for the entree and the dessert instead of an appetizer and the entree. It was so hard to choose between all of them but ultimately, I went with the dulce de leche angel cake and she went with the sweet rice pudding, and we shared. Both were divine! Personally, the dulce de leche was too sweet for me, and a smaller portion would have been enough for me. It was delicious though. The rice pudding would have been my choice if I went again & it was offered on their regular menu. I definitely plan on revisiting and trying their other dishes!

Mad Men Dining

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

For the last half of the final season of Mad Men, many activities around New York City are happening. One being the Mad Men Dining Week, which was about a month ago (yes, I'm way behind on blogging!) Other events include museum exhibits, talks with Matthew Weiner, etc. They even have a Mad Men Avenue and a Don Draper Way sign set up by the Time & Life Building (headquarters of the fictional Sterling Cooper & Partners), where you can even have a seat next to the iconic Don Draper silhouette on the bench [more info here].
I love food, and I went 3x that week during the Dining Week. All restaurants offered a deal of 2 entrees OR two cocktails for $19.69. The locations were the hot spots during the Mad Men times, and some still are! A few offered special cocktails named after the show, while most offered amazing dishes regular to their menu.

I went to Harding's with my friend Sarah. While I've been there before for a previous unrelated event (by the bar area), it was nice to explore a new part of the restaurant that I didn't get to see before. It was bigger than I realized, and we actually ended up choosing other options from the menu instead of the Mad Men Week deal.

Another day, I went to the majestic Tavern on the Green with Andres. They did close for awhile, but reopened within the last year. We were late for our reservation so we weren't seated in the main dining area under the gorgeous glass walls, with the view of the park, but seated by the lounge/bar was a lot cooler (not under the heat of the sun). It also felt more private and the best part? We were seated two seats away from Chef Eric Ripert!
The dishes offered weren't on their regular menu so it was nice to enjoy these amazing meals. We devoured the salmon with pears & dill sauce for the appetizer, chicken with mashed potatoes, and topped it off with the red wine soaked pears with salted caramel ice cream.

Read about the third place I visited, tomorrow for Tasty Thursdays!