Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Did You Kn-eau?

I was recently in NYC and Boston for work, but I took some mini-breaks to sneak into Sephora in both cities and discovered a collection of handy roll-ons from some of my favorite scents.

Piled into displays adjacent to the check-out areas, I was on to Sephora's strategy: positioning these roll-ons like the candy on shelves near the cash register at grocery stores!

Though they're small in size, they didn't skimp on packaging (after all, packaging is what gets us with those impulse purchases!). And with prices easier on the wallet than normal-sized fragrance packages, it's easier to buy more than one. You could potentially have a mini-bar of little fragrance roll-ons with the added bonus of touching up on-the-go! XO

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Let's Get Out of Here

This is my last week working with some people I really like and respect. That's not why I'm listening to this song, despite it's title (though I guess it's a little apropos).

It's a little bittersweet, but I'm excited for what all of us have in store!

Side note: I first saw Les Savy Fav at SXSW in 2007. Their onstage antics are, well, memorable. They definitely have a lot of energy and that's apparent in their music.

America, the Baked!

I've written about one of my favorite bakeries in Brooklyn: BAKED. Recently, they've come out with a new book about American baking (available here).

Check out this trailer, featuring some thoughts on baking in this country and a skillet-baked chocolate cake. Personally I find American baking to be my favorite kind. I'm a simple baker, and don't like to fuss too much when it comes to dessert (although my favorite fruit crumble recipe came out of the Rose Bakery cookbook).

When the temperature comes down and it starts to feel like Autumn, I'll be testing out these recipes in my kitchen. XO

Monday, September 27, 2010


Sorry I haven't posted in awhile, but the last few weeks have been occupied with a few big events for a client.

The biggest project took place in Times Square with CR-Z3dNYC featuring N.E.R.D., friends at PlayStation/Gran Turismo 5, Maxim, Hit+Run and Polite In Public. Check out the videos from the event, below.

We even had a special guest in the evening: Ne-Yo who performed on our stage in Times Square for the Children's Miracle Network charity.

After watching both performances, I made a mental note to self: if I decide to switch careers, perhaps I can try my hand at back up dancing! I don't think I'm switching anytime soon.

CR-Z3dNYC art designed by Matthew Goldman of MFG Productions

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Definitely a Fan of: Tasteologie

Haven't heard of Tasteologie? It's the brand new food site from the NOTCOT empire!

Miss Jean Aw's NOT Empire is already one of my daily stops for inspiration and now I can find drool-worthy food images and the recipes that go with them, as well as, new product and food trend posts on Tasteologie.

A few of my favorite links I found via Tasteologie:
Check out the site and find your next culinary adventure OR submit your own link here. XO

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Soup's On

This recent feature in Bon Appetit makes me hungry.

I love when magazines showcase real people entertaining in real life (even if it's a reenactment of an event that already happened). I especially love when magazines show real people from my hometown, Los Angeles! This one featured jewelry designer Melissa McClure (whose designs are so so beautiful btw).

The photos and recipes inspire me to plan a similar party. And I love the warm spirit of Ms. McClure's advice: "Always double your recipe. You never know how many people will drop in!"

All photos by Sara McOsker, for Bon Appetit

Friday, September 10, 2010

Slow Down

I haven't posted this entire week. Very unlike me. It's not that I forgot, it's that I forgot to take some time. Which leads me to my next point...

I like the sentiment of this. Though fall is my favorite season, it's hard to see another summer come and go. I used to have days on end with nothing to do. I'd read books, practice my penmanship, watch soap operas. Such was the life of an only child at home alone.

These days (during the week), I'm reading digitally, typing as fast as I can and see the outside world from the nearest window. By the time the weekend comes I' am DONE!

If I had a regret this summer, it's that I didn't take time in general. I feel life has been moving at the speed of light and it's good to remind ourselves to take a deep breath and stop to smell the flowers, or coffee, or lunch. XO

Image via Rita Wainer

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Lovely Package, Built-in Surprise

Last night we came home to a package - a much coveted package from Heath Ceramics (a wedding gift from my friend Jeremy!).

A lovely gift. Something from our registry. Definitely the gift he ordered, based on the shipping bill. But this gift came with an unintended surprise. See below a little tour of the opening.

I love branded packing tape.

Inside: well-designed/recycled paper peanuts.

Had to take another photo, they are so cool!

After some digging, I spied a most beautiful blue. Yay!

Right side up and out of the box. This is why Heath Ceramics is amazing.

Did I mention the handwritten card we got? I know Jeremy ordered one, it was in the shipping bill (handwritten card, qty: 1). Such a beautiful weight and nice cotton feel to the paper. Satsuma Press is the card company.

But! It looks like the packer accidentally stuck the wrong card with our gift! Oops.

Jeremy, it's OK. We can pretend the sentiments from Lauren are yours! Thank you for the beautiful gift, we love it. XOXO