Target Too Gallery

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Recently, Target presented "Target Too" at a Chelsea gallery in NYC. It featured works of art and sculptures all made from products currently available at Target. It was a fun display, seeing the Target dog made out of legos, a lips portrait made entirely of thousands of EOS lip balms, and even a working record player made out of Bose speakers. Guests were even able to interact with the pieces via the Target Too app. We could hover the art with our phones and it would instantly come to life. Animated rain drops would fall with the work displayed above, the lips would give you a kiss, etc. The next song to be played could be voted for selection.

There was even a printing station where you can design your own t-shirt, iPhone case, or tote bag and take it home with you. I arrived at the very last hour of the entire 6-day event so I was there too late to place a printing order in. Nonetheless, it was an interesting experience and cool to see!

Art in Bloom

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Every year, Macy's puts on a flower show in multiple cities and I do always try to check it out. It's free to the public and always a spectacular set up. This year, it was titled "Art in Bloom", utilizing flowers with famous artists & their respective work. You may recognize a representation of Picasso below. 

In other years, I remember it being separate from the flagship store in Herald Square. I'm guessing from the brutal winter, they moved it inside the store this time around. It was much more crowded with all of the shoppers, tourists, and other flower show visitors.

Artists were painting live male models in floral prints as well, which was interesting to see as they were replications of the main statue at the entrance. Arranged within the main aisles and on top of ceiling arches, it was beautiful to see yet difficult to fully appreciate it at the same time.

Peeps Easter Cake

Monday, April 06, 2015

How was everyone's holiday weekends? 

This past Easter, I decided to make a Peeps Easter cake (who doesn't love Peeps?!). It's perfect if you have a sweet tooth. To balance the sweetness, I used blue raspberry flavored Peeps - which have a slightly sour/tangy kick.

  • 2 boxes of Funfetti cake mix
  • 6 eggs
  • 2/3 cups of oil
  • 2 cups of water
  • box of your favorite Peeps
  • can of icing/sprinkles
  • 2 8-inch round pans
  • cooking spray

1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
2. Mix the cake mix, eggs, oil and water. I did it in two batches (one for each cake mix) to go into two separate round pans. Each should be a mix of 1 box of cake mix, 1/3 cup of oil, 3 eggs, and 1 cup of water.
3. Pour mixtures into the round pans and place in oven for about 35-38 minutes.
4. Cool for 10-15 minutes before removing the cake from the pans.
5. Place both cake tiers on top of each other and wait until it's cool before icing.
6. Ice the cake and add sprinkles.
7. Add the Peeps.

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Jane Iredale's Country Weekend

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Last week, I was invited upstate in Bedford, NY for a countryside dinner. It was themed based on Jane Iredale's newest collection, called Country Weekend. It features a limited edition getaway eye shadow kit ($58), a jelly jar gel eyeliner in Espresso ($28), and a Just Kissed lip and cheek stain in Forever Peach ($25). The eye shadow palette includes highly pigmented shades perfect for any skin tone and is set in a rose gold mirrored compact. It's perfect for everyday wear as it really goes with everything. The Espresso gel eyeliner is a shimmery brown grey and gives a defining dark line, but still is a softer look rather than a harsh black. Best of all, it's water resistant. My favorite from the bunch is the lip and cheek stain. One, for its versatility. Second, for the beautiful color. It enhances the skin's unique undertone and natural coloring, while moisturizing at the same time.
We were transported to the Bedford Post Inn, which was absolutely beautiful upon arrival. It was a cozy spot - perfect for a city escape. Fortunately, we had better weather then (lately it's been snowing & freezing cold, including today!).
We walked in and were able to view the collection up close and even have makeup touch ups utilizing the collection. It was nice to actually try it while viewing & learning about the products. Later on, we were treated to a cooking demo, where we were able to watch and actually try to make handmade ravioli.

The cooking demo was fun, but good thing we were served the real deal later (done by professionals!). It was SO scrumptious, a few of us actually requested an extra plate to share even more! My mouth is still watering over it. If anything, that would probably be the reason I visit back. Seriously.

We were also kindly treated to a wine pairing with both dishes. A white wine with our beet salad, and a lovely red with our main dish. The other entree option featured halibut - I sampled it from a fellow blogger who sat next to me that ordered it, and it was equally delicious.

Chubby Lip Tints

Saturday, February 28, 2015

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@audreyallure), you probably have seen my post on those Jing Ai chubby sticks, which I received from the Accessories Council Valentine’s Day picks. It was the first time I’ve tried chubby sticks, since before I preferred lip wands or regular lipsticks. I was wary that my clumsy self wouldn’t be able to apply correctly, without the precision a smaller application would offer. I have been proven wrong. And now, I am obsessed with how easy it is. That, and how long the color lasts for a long time.
During this winter, I’ve been playing with different lipsticks and lip tints. My natural lips are already slightly darker so sometimes it may seem like I am already wearing a shade, so lip tints are hard to show through. I found some beautiful colors from tarte – my favorite hues are pictured above. Lucky seems like a great everyday color. It’s versatile for a day at work or a night out, and goes with any outfit and skin tone. A matte finish, Moody, is a deeper, gorgeous shade of red. I’m always wishing I could wear darker shades more often! As for a vivacious pigment, True Love is my pick for days when you feel bolder and brighter.
I’ve always eyed Stila chubby sticks as well. These are definitely fun, especially if you’re an adventurous night owl. These after glow lip colors, pictured in a hot pink and in their Tangerine Dream shade. Both options change color once under a UV light – perfect opportunity to show them off at a night club or bar in the city. The hot pink comes from the Vivid Violet shade, and the Tangerine Dream turns into a more vibrant orange. I’ve had those black light nail polishes, and while it’s different than having something glow on your face versus your nails, I find the change so entertaining & definitely a conversation starter.

Lip tints are so useful in a way that you could re-wear them as cheek tints or to even add color for your eyes. (Of course, I wouldn’t recommend using the Stila ones for your cheeks unless you want them to literally glow). I also find that these chubby lip products are moisturizing for your lips and don’t dry them out, which is definitely ideal especially since it’s looking to be a much longer winter.

Which makeup product are your currently obsessed with?

Fitness Fridays: Yoga Style

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lately, I’ve been getting into yoga - on top of going to the gym 3 times a week. It’s a refreshing and relaxing change from cardio. It’s also convenient, since I have the option to do it at home. It’s been freezing cold outside in NYC (in the negatives!), and you almost don’t want to leave the warmth indoors. I admit, there have been times this winter, when I’ve chosen to stay in and cuddle up for a Netflix/Hulu binge.

Honestly, I’ve been wearing the same type of clothes I do for the gym – which are usually a looser fit for comfort. I definitely don’t want to be worrying about pulling up or pulling down & adjusting while I’m working out at the gym. Yoga is different though. In some positions, it’s much easier with clothes that fit closer to the body. Yoga pants are really the way to go.
Sweaty Betty
I’ve been looking for new yoga clothes and gear, and love these options. The Sweaty Betty harem pant is the perfect combination of comfort and functionality. You can stretch and bend without feeling like you’re revealing too much. I also love the print of these leggings. They’re so fun, and they brighten your mood.
BKR, Happy Socks, Forever 21
Sometimes, I wear socks – depending where I am. Sweaty Betty has options for good grip. Happy Socks offers eclectic patterns and prints in various lengths that range from the ankle to knee highs.
Forever 21 is having a sale on t-shirts & tank tops, and I picked up a bunch since they’re perfect for layering, mixing, and matching. Shopping around SoHo, I noticed Aritzia has these super cute sports bras which are equally comfortable. The BKR water bottle is one of the newest trends I’ve spotted around. They’re glass bottles with silicone rubber casing, and come in fun colors. I personally have the one (the “London” bottle that’s gray with a white heart) for everyday, but I’ve been planning on getting another for a pop of color. And my yoga mat, pictured above, is actually from Target! It has great grip and comes in other hues and sizes.

What’s your work out style?


Tarot Reading

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, a stylist friend of mine, Jamie Salazar, invited me to visit the Michele Varian store in SoHo for a tarot card reading. It was a fun night, and the store offered amazing ceramics & art - I could browse for hours. Jamie was only doing the reading for 3 nights, and luckily I went early on the first night. I heard it was packed the next two nights!
She started by "sageing" me, burning sage around me for wisdom and clarity. I learned that tarot cards aren't about predicting the future, but bringing focus and channeling certain situations/feelings. I received these 4 cards: the moon, four pentagrams, swords, and temperance.
Overall, it was about needing balance in my life. Apparently, there is anxiety, stress, and feeling of being overwhelmed - which was true since it was a chaotic week at work. I was also told I needed to compromise on something, and I'm not sure what it be yet.

It was interesting for my first read. Since Jamie became so popular, the store asked her to come back once a week - so there's a possibility she might be able to give you a reading as well (if you're in the NYC area)!