Saturday, December 29, 2012

feliz weekend!

image: joie lla via mrs.lilien

the party animal’s guide to hiding a holiday hangover
15 money-saving tips in the kitchen
how to drink wine
10 easy cocktails for new year’s eve
one of the single best posts of 2012 (imho) courtesy of creature comforts
bar cart essentials with mrs. lilien
gotta go? presenting 18 of the best in-store bathrooms in nyc
mickey drexler defends j.crew, the internet from ny times

Saturday, December 22, 2012

feliz weekend!

image: apartment

win a patrón cocktail party
the lazy girl's detox: 7 ways to stay healthy
when is the best time to shop for the holidays?
floral centerpiece tutorial from tulipina!
modern microwaves for the 21st century!
what are instagram and twitter fighting about, and why?
oh happy-happy day veuve clicquot is on pinterest

Friday, December 21, 2012

5 little luxuries

the perfect indulgence to counteract  the season's continuous cycle of drinking, noshing, and lack of sleep: yogi detox, herbal tea supplement tea. considering my schedule for the past 10 days, i ordered in bulk. the yogi messages cleanse my soul as well..
it’s the bff’s bday week! this year we decided to do something different and dialed down from a month of celebrations to just a week. with every year that passes, i have a deeper appreciation and reverence for my bff, so i am giving her bubbles that reflect my lofty sentiments: pol roger 'cuvee sir winston churchill' champagne 1999pol roger, which has a long and honorable association with the british aristocracy, was the favorite champagne of sir winston churchill (so devoted was he to the house of roger that they created a champagne in his honor). hey, if it was good enough for the winstonmeister….. it's what is being popped at besties candle blowing soiree.
love, love, love the marriage of multi-tasking and dewy skin. benefit’s fine one one is just that love child: a cheek and lip product that contains three stripes of sheer color – coral, watermelon and shimmering pale pink – which blend together for a soft pink or deeper cherry hue. part blush, part highlighter and even lip color. birchbox put together this most helpful video!
if you follow my quest (well documented on the blog) for dewy skin you will know that this is a must have in the arsenal evian mineral spray two sprays to set makeup and you are off to the incandescent convention. 
over the years i have been gifted with an array of gorgeous studs however I lose earrings at an alarming rate. so alas i am afraid to wear in fear that these heirlooms  will meet the fate of “that sock” in the dryer. instead i stock up on stunt studs and no one is the wiser.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

food and drink: euzkadi restaurant

chain of events went something like this…had a dear friend visiting from dominican republic, was craving paella, happened to glance at the savored app on my iphone and voila a reservation to euzkadi was made and it could not have worked out better.
inventive tapas:  datiles euzkai (dates filled w/cabrales, marcona almonds, wrapped in serrano ham) , pinxto de setas y jamon (mushrooms w/serrano ham and allioli) , albondigas de pato, (oasted duck meatballs in a sofrito duck demi-glace sauce ) coredero a la plancha (roasted lamb in a mushroom raisin demi-glace) a most memorable seafood paella and a luscious rioja.
with their tuesday pre-fixe menu (see below)  and flamenco performances, its pretty much given that i’ll be at the corner table on tuesday nights.
thanks to the reservation made thru savored online 30% was knocked off of the already reasonable bill. its all most civilized: no coupons or printouts needed; you just have to say you made your reservation thru savored.

check out a little dining secret below:
monday through thursday
special menu for two, including assorted cheese & meat platter, paella, dessert & bottle of wine or sangria
$50 cash only 5-7 pm
rumba flamenco on tuesdays 7:30pm
108 east 4th street (btwn 1/2nd avenue)
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Monday, December 10, 2012

belleza - buxom stay-there eye shadow

buxom stay-there eye shadow
last sunday i was running late (shocker) and became rather flustered.  you see, i had the oh-so-important task of delivering a birthday girl to her surprise party. the aforementioned fiesta was quite the swanky affair.  so i had to put in some extra effort in my makeup, an almost impossible prospect under the circumstances. that was until literally and figuratively this little baby, buxom stay-there eye shadow –(in the shade of pug, a smoky pewter), feel out of my makeup cabinet-seriously, i was reaching for my concealer and like a life metaphor the jar tumbled off the shelf. i took it as a sign. and in only 4 minutes, i was able to execute a perfect smokey eye:  i slapped on eye primer, packed on the buxom shadow with a dense brush, lined my eyes on the inner and outer rims, used my finger to blend and pow, i was a new smokey eye-al discuido, was born! 
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

feliz weekend!

image: kris atomic 

how to feel like a beautiful woman 365 days each year
16 detoxing cleanse foods
hendrick’s presents an apocalyptic epiphany
10 tips for making the winter wake-ups easier
travel in style
every december issue gift guide ever (hysterically funny).
such a cute idea from creature comforts, a neighborly get well kit and a free downloadable printables.
not entirely sure how i feel about the new service that touts itself the netflix of nail polishes.
a handy list i hope you won’t need this season: holiday stain removal tips

Friday, December 7, 2012

5 little luxuries

this is one of those things I never thought I need until I saw it:  pluggabugg, the super cute, anti dust plug for idevices
calling all ladies deathly afraid of cats (i am talking to you brenda!)  i hope this hypnotic gift will remedy the jitters.
my apt décor is a work in progress. the bedroom lighting fixture was inspired by this postand while i am quite happy with the look i decided to enhance it with a ceiling rose (to feed my “i come from a long line of medici’s” fantasies.)
i believe myself to be a candle and home fragrance connoisseur. i hold this truth to be evident given the number of candles i burn in each room of my apt at any given moment.  and now that I’ve purchased the perfect candle snuffer, its official:  self anoint myself an expert.
i finally discovered the trick to get that “omg your skin is so luminescent it looks like you swallowed a light bulb!” completely by accident !when i ran out of my usual moisturizer, i mixed the sample of decleor instant radiance moisturizer  i had been meaning to try with my jouer luminizing moisture tint and tad-ta, gorgeous, dewy skin! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

wonder capes

ever since my first pair of wonderwoman underoos (just to put a song in your head for the next week..”underoos fun to wear yeah! something super new in underwear”) i have adored capes. a custom cape inspired by the vibes of buenos aires and the beat of new york city was just a fantasy until now. leslie tessler has brought my dreams to life. from delicious fabric choices, to exquisite  buttons, to styling that effortlessly evokes the south american soul and the chic sophisticatation of madison avenue… i could write a sonnet about this cape. well i  probably couldn’t write a sonnet but i can write a damn fine haiku…
cape of luxury
south american splendor
your warmth surrounds me
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

venezuelan brass and spanish cinema

carnegie hall is celebrating the music and artists of latin america with the voices from latin america festival. and rightly so, we are a people and culture to be celebrated J!  with tickets starting at only $10 you cannot not go to hear the venezuelan brass ensemblefor an evening that promises to be epic. need proof: see their performance of leonard bernstein’s “mambo” from west side story here or, better yet, george gershwin’s “i got rhythm” here.
stern auditorium/perelman stage
friday, december 7th at 8pm
purchase tickets here

one of the film society's longestrunning and most popular programs returns with another comprehensive look at the best from the past year in new spanish cinema
walter reade theater
film society lincoln center
165 west 65th street, new york, ny 
from dec 7th to 16th @ various times
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

the bottomless brunch at zengo

mark your calendars! the richard sandoval empire just got a little more regal. coming to zengo in january 2013 ( a mere few weeks away)  a $35 bottomless brunch!
$35 gets you unlimited small plates and free-flowing brunch cocktails.
622 third ave at 40th st
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Monday, December 3, 2012

belleza - dream lumi™ touch highlighting concealer

while on my weekly pilgrimage to duane reade,  i stumbled on this treasure of a concealer! initially i purchased on a whim to compare to the ysl touche éclat and i am elated to report that the similarities are astounding  at almost 1/5th of the price!!  trust me i am not looking back. it is the ultimate magic wand - a true highlighter and a concealer. as a latina, i get frustrated searching for (read spend lots of $$) the perfect shade of skin makeup w/yellow undertones and dream lumi seems to have heard my cries and delivered. maybe its maybelline indeed!
available at all major drug stores
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

feliz weekend!

image: here 
stylish pieces for holiday outfits

did you watch lifetime’s “liz and dick?” i was only able to watch bits but this review not only had me crying from laughing so hard, i am incited to attempt to watch again (i am pretty sure it will be on at least 10 more times in the next weeks….)  i smell a campy classic. 

16 cool new gadgets to add to your wishlist.