5 Things May 2018

5 Things I'm Smitten With
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Tom Ford Lipstick
My abuelita taught me so many important lessons growing up including, “never leave the house without earrings or lipstick”. The former was always easy. Studs, danglies, even hoops constantly cling to my lobes. I have always loved shiny objects, and jewelry was just a natural extension of that. Lipstick on the other hand is another story. Gloss and balms were my default jam, but I could never get on board with the traditional stuff. Something about the texture and intensity of color made me feel like I was playing house in well, Grandma’s makeup. All of that changed the first time I slathered on a Tom Ford lipstick. Suddenly I felt glamorous instead of clown-ish. Sophisticated instead of simple. There are so many perfect shades to pick from with apt names like- Contempt, Open Kimono, and Vermillionaire. Apparently Mr. Ford infuses rare and exotic ingredients to create these beauties’ ultra-creamy texture. You’ll have to shell out $50 for a tube (she aint cheap but worth every penny!), but once you get one in your makeup bag you will be in trouble. Go ahead and take a sample smear at your closest Sephora or Bloomingdales make up counter. I dare you to pick just one.

2

Stoned
I’m sure I’ve waxed poetic about my love for libraries on here at least once. I rarely buy books to keep down clutter and if I do, I pass them on to others as opposed to letting them collect dust. In the case of Stoned, I was the lucky recipient of a previously read copy. A nerd for history and backstory, my friend Lisa already knew that Stoned was right in my wheel house. SO MUCH better than I could have imagined, this book penned by author Aja Raden, an experienced jeweler and trained scientist, is riveting in a way no non-fiction work should be. A journey through the history of human desire for what is rare and therefor precious, Stoned tells the account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history. Who knew that the triggering of cultural movements, political dynasties, and wars could be so shiny.

3

Starbucks Mobile Order
Maybe it’s because I live like a NY minute or maybe because my life IS the saying, “aint nobody got time for that”, but I am OBSESSED with Starbucks Mobile Order. Download the app on your phone, order, and pay before you even hit the store. Simply waltz in and grab your joe without slowing your roll. I no longer want to kill that no sugar, extra shot, hold the whip, make it a venti ,but split it into two cups annoying customer in line in front of me. Lives and time saved thanks to Starbucks.‘Cause aint nobody got time for THAT!

4

Fairy Hair
It’s true- I had my punk rock phase. Boy short hair in a variety of colors including fuchsia may have occurred. Now-a-days I’m much more subdued in my fashion and beauty choices. Gone are the days of Manic Panic and crop-tops complete with my Doc Martins. Yet- I still have some flash deep inside of me. So imagine my excitement when my girlfriend showed up to our neighborhood bar with shiny strands of color streaming down in her locks! Fairy hair she said, and I replied…”GIMMME!”. So months later we organized a field trip to Sparta New Jersey (yes there are only a handful of people that actually do this technique) to get fairy-fied. Using very thin, lightweight ribbon or tinsel, each vibrant strand was hand tied into my locks and promised to stay put for at least 3 weeks. I got 15 strands which yielded perfect shimmer in a subtle but “am I having a stroke or is there glitter in your hair?” way. My fairy hair was heat resistant so I could blow-dry or flat iron until my heart’s content as well as shampoo/condition as normal. When the fairies deem it time (and the strand of hair that your fairy hair is fastened to comes tumbling down) your bling will fall out. Simply make a wish, and thank the fairies for their noncommittal way to keep your flash.

5

Kitten Corner
My whole life I’ve always had animals. My very first pet was a Christmas cat presented in a box by my parents, exactly as I had asked Santa for. Next came a shelter mutt for my Grandma’s house complete with a parakeet named Rainbow and two box turtles (Ozzie and Harriet) recovered from the side of the road by my father. There was nary a childhood flashback that didn’t include some fur. Suddenly due to NYC apartment laws and a single girl life, I find myself 40 and well- animal-less. Thank goodness I have good friends with fluffy babies willing to share their love. My circle of friends all have cats and have bonded in their love for creatures by creating a text group aptly named- Kitten Corner. Whether it be pity or actual love for Cat-aunt Lindsay, I was inducted to the group even without a fur baby of my own. Daily I am graced with images of these lovely little souls and their antics. No matter what’s happening there’s usually some image or escapade that can brighten even the darkest of days. Animals have healing powers even via text. Make the world a little softer and brighter- get yourself a corner of your own STAT!

What I’m Smitten With April 2017

5 Things I'm Smitten With
1

Broadchurch
Maybe it’s the accents, but British TV just seems so much more refined than our junky American shows. In the case of Broadchurch it’s more than accents that elevate this murder mystery drama. Based in a fictional Jurassic Coast town, creator and writer Chris Chibnall experiments with the concept of what happens to a small, close-knit community when a child is murdered. Beautifully shot, this almost cinematic series will have you riveted to your couch to see whodunit. Turns out Chibnall knows how just to create the angst we crave in a proper thriller. He painstakingly guarded the identity of the killer by shooting the scenes in order, watermarking scripts, and keeping actors in the dark about their own guilt. The result is a fanatical following of fans binge watching the show on Netflix way past our bedtime. Season two picks up where one left off and DOES NOT disappoint. Time to get caught up on this phenom before Season 3 hits Netflix December 2017/January 2018 or if you’re lucky enough to have BBC you can watch all the episodes right now. Just try and keep your mouth shut…no one likes a spoiler.

2

Everlane Street Fleece Pants
A sucker for a rhyme it was more than this catchy name that caught my attention. As a fitprenuer, living life in sweatpants gets old real quick. I’m always on the look out for attire that can go from teaching to traversing NYC without a hitch. These pants are perfect for such days, honestly these pants are just about perfect for everything. “A refined and modern take on the sweat pant”, Everlane bonded 100% cotton sweatshirt material to a neoprene-like lining. The result is a perfectly cozy and warm pant, that wicks fabric like a dream. I found this out the other day when my sparking water exploded all over my Street Fleece. These lovelies dried in seconds. Perfectly fitted with trouser-like details including a stylish ankle zipper, these beg for compliments and “where did you get those pants” comments. Plus at $65 a pop you can nab a pair in every color. Who says uniform dressing is for the boring?

3

Ed Sheeran
The thing about popular music is it’s well, popular. Often overplayed and catchy to a default the songs that get stuck in your head are often the ones we don’t want. A self proclaimed pop princess I love a good toe-tapping melody, even if the song is as vapid as the artist themselves. Not the case with Ed Sheeran. I welcomed humming A Team by Ed Sheeran before I ever saw this Ginger IRL. English born and bred, his brogue tinged voice is just beautiful to listen to. His musical roots give his songs that infectious head turn, but it’s the lyrics and his artistry that keeps you coming back. His newest album, Divide just dropped and has been on repeat on my Spotify since. I don’t get bored since each track has it’s own personality and vibe. One minute you feel like you’re transported to his homeland with that House on the Hill, the next you’re a freakin’ dance star with Shape of You, and then he leaves you with tears falling from Save Me. Trust me, this will be your go-to album since there’s no one-hit with this wonder.

4

Pesto Chicken
Looking for an easy weeknight dinner? Look no further! I’m totally obsessed with this uber easy Paleo friendly dish. The recipe below has you making your Pesto from scratch but if I’m cooking mid week I simply skip this step with a prepared pesto (My go to choice is the Kale Pest from Whole Foods). For my Vegan friends this recipe is dairy free, using Nutritional Yeast. I’m cheese obsessed so I used a Parmesan/Pecorino blend instead. Make it on a Sunday night and you’ll have the left overs in sandwiches salads or whatevs.
Full recipe here:)

5

Dr. Teals
After two years of living in an apartment that teased me with a deep bathtub that couldn’t be utilized (since it could potentially overflow into my downstairs neighbor’s kitchen), I am in bath recovery. As an ex-dancer I was dedicated to soaking my gams in warm Epsom salt baths daily. After my brief lapse of a working tub, I am back and my favorite pre-bed ritual just got better. I like my bath water hot (like I like my men) so while it feels amazing on my muscles the heat is hella drying to the skin. This Ultra Moisturizing Mineral Soak from Dr. Teal’s has all the healing properties of Epsoms but with major moisturizing Avocado oil. I was skeptical as Salt and Moisturizing aren’t exactly synonymous but this is the real deal. After a half hour soak my muscles and skin are like buddah. With an easy resealable bag and other varieties such as Milk and Honey, Rosemary and Mint, and Ginger and Clay- Teal’s has a fan for life.

January 2017

HELLO!!! I’m back! It’s been THREE years since I last posted…but I’m smitten again! Feel free to share this with your friends and leave me comments on things you’re smitten with!

5 Things I'm Smitten With
1

Pear River Mart
If you’re a proud New Yorker like me, the ever changing landscape of our fair city can be well…depressing. Everywhere Mom and Pop shops are disappearing. Not a day goes by when I don’t happen on a sign announcing a closing. Pizzarias, historical buildings, and even the notable speakeasy are all getting priced out their leases. I like my Grande soy latte as much as the next girl but there are just certain things specialty stores have that leave corporations in the dust. This was the case with my beloved Pear River Mart.
On my very first trip to NYC (ahem 25 years ago), I got to experience the splendor that is Pear River Mart first hand. Founded in 1971 Pearl grew from a small shop in NYC’s Chinatown to a sprawling 30,000 foot super store in the heart of SoHo. Like many independent businesses a prohibitive rent hike caused them to shutter their doors. Inspired by the community’s outcry and support the original owner’s daughter-in-law stepped up and decided we all needed a bit of China in our city. Enter Pearl River 2.0. Now a pop-up in a TriBeCa store front, the brick and mortar will experience renovations and officially relaunch in May 2017. While you can still get your paper lanterns, affordable table wear, slippers and incense like before, Pearl River is now also an exhibition and art space. Future plans to expand in other states as well as a hearty e-commerce site might be bringing China to your neighborhood sooner than you think. Finally an evolution story with a happy ending.

2

Burgundy Mascara
Ok I know you’re already rolling your eyes at this one. Isn’t colored mascara so…80’s?!? Yes. I absolutely wore bright blue Maybelline back when I was teasing my bangs and wearing scrunchi’s, but like all good things the colored lash has come back around. Just in time for the new year I got some seriously gorgeous burgundy colored mascara in my stocking. Dark enough to still color your lashes and make them pop, this mascara is so fun and looks gorgeous too. I don’t like to spend too much time getting ready so this update to my makeup bag is a huge bonus. Create a simple face, don some burgundy on your lash, and watch out world!

3

Netipot
I suffer from allergies and I know I’m not alone. The winters in NYC are problematic for obvious reasons with cold, snow, out of control steam heat, and sick neighbors on the train. My inherit allergies can spin out of control and develop into nasty little sinus troubles so during my last physical I pressed my MD for solution. She suggested using a Netipot and I thought to myself…”isn’t that what hippies use instead of Claritin?” Turns out the Neti has been used for thousands of years and and now has become my BFF. I know. It seems strange to shoot salted water up your shnoz on purpose but man…IT WORKS! Go from feeling stuffy and headachy, to breathing free with no sinus pressure. I usually do it only when I feel sneezy or itchy and double up on it when I feel something more serious creeping in. I have staved off many a cold or infection and find myself recommending it to sniffily people on the street. It may seem weird but damn it works!

4

Coconut Pineapple Emergen C
Piggy backing on the Netipot is my recommendation for some serious vitamin C to ward off errant sneezes. A proponent of getting your nutrients from food before supplements, I realize that busy lives and sub par diets are just part of life. So if you are gonna take one pill to combat the common cold make it C. Vitamin C is said to help boost your immunity by actually attacking bacteria until they are dead. That’s some powerful shit. Because I like things that taste good and make me drink more water, I use Emergen C often. This fizzy powder not only provides an affective dose of killer C but also 7 B vitamins to help boost your energy. Emergen C comes in lots of yummy flavors but this new Coconut Pineapple is rocking my world. It has real coconut water powder that adds electrolytes to help naturally replenish after getting your sweat on. Whisk your taste buds to warmer climes. Emergen C take me away!

5

Quip
Look, let’s just face it…oral health is anything but sexy. The peeps at Quip have set about to change all of that by designing an electric toothbrush and service that simplifies healthy habits. Not only do their brushes look damn good they are cleaning my teeth better than ever. Gone are the days of bulky electric models with brush heads in desperate need of replacing. Say Sayonara to worn out, non hygienic prehistoric models hogging bathroom counter space. Quip’s updated brush expertly affixes to your wall and can be removed and re-stuck a million times more for peeps like me on the go. Their brushes are super sleek and come in lots of non-toothbrush colors like silver, slate, cooper, and gold, and have perfectly soft bristles. The gentle pulsing reminds you to spend more time than you’d like as you brush and ahem…scrape that tongue. A brilliant subscription model, you can sign up for monthly deliveries of brush heads, toothpaste, or both delivered right to your door so your hygiene stays on point. Perfect for a busy New Yorker who has promised her dentist she’d do better and now, actually can.