Showing posts with label A Dash of Staph. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A Dash of Staph. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

An Old Christmas Tradition

When I was younger, my mother used to buy me these darling french book series called Martine. Each Christmas, like clockwork, I would read the books until I feel asleep. I must have done so for at least ten years straight. Recently, I found the collection of Martine books on amazon and the nostalgia was just overwhelming. What a great tradition to pass down! Doesn't snuggling in bed with your favorite book, and perhaps a mug of steaming hot chocolate sound heavenly?  Do you have any special Christmastime traditions?

Also, check out these classic children's books from ToysRus!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Proud)

I simply cannot believe how grown up Alex has gotten, it seems just like yesterday that he looked like this. No matter how old you get, you'll still be my baby brother. I love you, Alex!

How to email a busy person. This will really come in handy since I will be graduating from grad school in about two weeks. I need to get those recruiters' attention.

Lost love.

Snowy, Sparkly Pine Cone Ornaments. What a fun kid project!

Oribe Maximista Thickening Hair Spray. I need this, like now!

We Never Met. What an interesting Instagram feed!

I love these shoes from just fab. They're perfect for the holiday season!

Happy Socks! What a great holiday gift idea! I love, love, love lounging around the house in snuggly, colorful socks.

I'm loving this Fleece Pajamas from Intimissimi! It's sort of like a family tradition of ours to buy new PJ's for the holiday season, this one is definitely a contender.

Boozy chocolate pot de creme. This has become my go-to desert. Quick and divine!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chanel No 5

Have you seen the new Gisele Bundchen commercial for Chanel No 5? She's  just stunning! However, I wish that I could muster up the same kind of enthusiasm for the iconic fragrance. My mom has an enormous bottle in her room which she uses periodically, but I never truly developed a liking for it, and I've tried. I would dab it on my wrists and each time, after the initial alcohol scent dissipates,  I hoped to detect nuances of spicy, sexy, intricate notes that would make me fall utterly in love with it, but all I ever get is muddled flowers. I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but it just smells like old lady.

Do you like Chanel No 5? Coco Mademoiselle and Allure are my favorite Chanel fragrances. I'm also looking forward to trying Coco Noir.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Masculine Scents

My boyfriend wears this Yves Saint Laurent cologne, sometimes I snuggle extra close to him because the scent is subtle but also warm, spicy and intoxicating. I remember when I was younger, my mother used to always wear masculine scents. Remember this oldies but goodie? I think I'd like to jump on the bandwagon too. I've been wanting to try this and this yummy musk from Kiehl's. Black XS by Paco Robanne and this Men Energizing EDT spray from DKNY have also peaked my interest. Would you wear a masculine scent?
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Tired)

Tired of soggy cauliflower? roast it!
Would you like fries with that? too bad you're dead. Drive-thru funerals, seriously?
Riveting photos of the Underground Railroad.
Learning to love criticism.
Best way to reheat leftover pizza.
A baked potato party! My mother, Alex and I do this all the time!
The Nudes Palette eye shadow from Maybelline. Great for the fall season!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

'God Only Knows'

BBC has assembled the likes of Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Lorde, Chris Martin, Stevie Wonder, One Direction, Dave Grohl, Sam Smith and others to sing the Beach Boy's "God Only Knows," to promote its launch of BBC Music. You know you want to sing along!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fallen For Fall

To me, fall has always felt like a season full of wonder and magic. For some reason, the shift in the weather feels like a fresh start. I can't help but  to feel positively revived by the change of pace, which is funny, because everything feels slower and lazier, but in the best possible way.

Last week, on my way to Cafeteria for Yves' cousin's 30th birthday party, I had to pull my blazer tighter onto me to keep the chilly air at bay. Like the geek that I am, I suddenly felt giddy, with visions of hot toddies, throw pillows and a roaring fire swirling around my crazy brain. And no, I don't even have a fireplace in my house. I don't know what it is about this time of year, I  just feel warmer and full of hope, like anything is possible.
Speaking of feeling warmer, I'm in dire need of cozy sweaters. What do you think of this one from J.Crew?

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Disney Princesses Redux

Disney Princesses have never been so bad. Emmanuel Viola, an Italian illustrator and digital artist turned the prim and proper Disney princesses of yesteryear into total modern day rebels, with piercings and tattoos to boot. No need to come charging on your white steed, Prince Charming! these ladies are certainly no damsels in distress.
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Flattering Lipstick

This lipstick shade from Revlon is so pretty on dark skin women, yes? it would be great for everyday use.
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

What's Your Beauty Routine?

My nighttime beauty regimen has been the same for as long as I can remember. I began using eye cream in my early twenties because I figured the best way to avoid wrinkles is to reduce its appearance at an early age. My early prevention method seems to have worked so far because I'm in my late twenties and there are no wrinkles in sight. I know I'm speaking a bit prematurely but as the age-old adage goes "black don't crack."

Since we are about to transition from summer to fall, the shift in weather is going to take a major toll on my skin. I'm bracing myself for dry, flaky skin, dark patches, the works. I'm thinking about adding a new moisturizer to my current skin care regimen. I've being using Olay Regenerist as a night cream but it's a little heavy for daily morning use. I need something lightweight and uber moisturizing. I'm thinking this one or this one from Kiehl's. What's your daily beauty routine? weigh in!

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Shhh...Happy Birthday Grandma!

So, my family and I are heading to Florida next week Thursday for my Grandmother's 86th birthday bash! It's supposed to be a surprise but despite our best efforts to hide the upcoming celebration, I know she has already put-two-and-two together, she's just astutely aware of everything that one. I love you Grandma! and I can't wait to celebrate you.

I definitely need some shades to shield my extremely sensitive eyes from the hot Florida sun. Although, it's completely out of my price range for right now, I'm really liking this Oakley aviator from Sunglass Hut.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Winged Eyeliner

I hardly ever wear eyeliner but for the past few months, I've been experimenting with various winged eyeliner looks for nights out on the town. Needless to say as an amateur, I've had more failures than successes. Thankfully, I've been binge-watching tons of YouTube makeup tutorials, so I can finally draw a defined line. I no longer look like a toddler doodled on my face. 
This gel eyeliner from Benefit Cosmetics is a great option for beginners because it won't smudge. If you want a less intense liner, I recommend this eyeliner pencil from Nars Cosmetics.
Check out this adorable youtuber's "9 different eyeliner looks" tutorial.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ready To Transition

Can you believe it's already September? I might be ruffling a few feathers when I say this but I'm not sad to see summer go, I'm thrilled actually. Good riddance to sweltering, sticky-and-icky nights and tossing and turning in your own sweat - and hello to crisper air and cooler Fall nights. Do I need to mention, once again, that Fall is my favorite season? These sweaters are perfect for your Fall attire. I like this one from Kate Spade and this shawl cardigan from American Apparel is perfect for a cozy night in on the couch.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Anxious)

Why do we yawn? and it's not because we're not getting enough oxygen, as previously reported.

How to make English Jacket Potatoes, I made a few the other day and they turned out amazingly!

Surprising way to keep avocados fresh.

Secrets to a happy marriage. Such wonderful advice, Joanna!

City Hall weddings!

Botanical portraits at Vogue.

How to be polite.

Inexpensive Fall accessories at Forever21 and MANGO. There are also some great choices at Baublebar. You can even personalize your own necklace!

I tried to make chocolate pot de crème yesterday and for some reason it refused to set, which is a shame because the batch was delectable. I suspect I used too much chocolate. Perhaps, you will have much better results than I did with this yummy recipe from the Foodnetwork!

Alex is in desperate need of a new headphone and his primary choice is the ever-popular Beats by Dr. Dre, off course. I will purchase them for him eventually, but in the meantime I found him a great and might I add, cheaper alternative at Amazon.

I really, really want the MacBook Pro, like now! and a gold watch. My birthday is coming up in October, so fingers and toes crossed :)
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Stuffed)

Networking for introverts. Must read!

Preserving the lost art of letter writing. My High School boyfriend was incredibly romantic, he used to write me these heartfelt letters everyday. Seriously, he never missed a day. Goodness, it was like being in a Lifetime TV movie, LoL. Till this day, when I think of him, I sigh...

Vanilla ice cream with olive oil and sea salt. What an odd but interesting pairing, I think I might give it a try.

OMG! I would bathe in a vat of this Almond Lavender Bourbon Milk Punch, Yum!

I'm loving the all-black trend this season, it's incredibly chic, yes?

Do you tuck your shirt like this?

The perfect picnic.

Speaking of picnics, I ordered this fun blanket not too long ago for Bryant Park's annual film festival.

What one of my favorite authors, Jane Austen, might have looked like. Fascinating!

I so want this chair or this chair for my room. I'm really just a big kid.

The eyes have it.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When You Realize Your Relationship Is Over

My good friend from Virginia, whom I've known since we were in diapers, has been trying to make his marriage work for quite some time now. But, when I asked him about his progress last week, he told me about the moment he finally realized his marriage was over. He and his wife were discussing their annual family vacation, and it finally sunk in. He just couldn't envision a future with her anymore, because she was a ghost of her former self. He had also changed, they no longer fit together.

It's a lesson, I've come to realize myself. What initially seemed like a perfect fit, sometimes turns out not to be so perfect - and it's ok. Relationships are investments and like every investment, you nourish them and watch them grow. But sometimes, they can't withstand the weather and they wither and die. Sure, you had hopes and fantasized about what would have been, but when all those dreams are dashed, it's time to set sails to your next destination.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Happy Fourth of July my darlings! What are your plans for this weekend? I'm going to celebrate with my mom and Alex later today, and then spend the weekend with a good buddy of mine who flew in from Virginia. This apple pie recipe seems fitting, since nothing else is more American!
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Friday, June 27, 2014

What Staph Likes (Feeling: Overworked)

How to make homemade lox. It's a simple, time consuming process, but well worth it.

My in-depth feature article about the Western Bays of Long Island, read it here, darling!

I bought this dress for a wedding I attended last week, it fits like a glove.

Best smokey cat eye makeup tutorial, and it's so simple to do.

How to get Grace Kelly hair at home.

Flight of the stingrays. What an amazing video!

This girl has such amazing style, I'm in awe of her.

The best Final Jeopardy response ever!

8 ways to improve your morning routine.

Adorable kitty flats for the summer.

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