Archive | November, 2012

Best beauty gifts under $50

29 Nov

You’ve stocked up on stylish gifts, how about a little primping?  Choose one of these luxe present that won’t leave you bankrupt.

For the girl who’s impossible to shop for
You don’t know what she likes or worse – she doesn’t know what she likes. Get her one of these items and she’s bound to be happy, but keep the gift receipt just in case ;).

Fragrance Sampler ‘for her’
Sephora, $50

Buying a scent for someone else is tricky. You know what you like, will they like it too? Give her the Fragrance sampler ‘for her’ from Sephora. This pretty beauty bag comes with 12 samples of Sephora’s most sought after scents as well as a voucher for a full size bottle. After sampling all the scents, she can fill out the voucher and redeem it at any Sephora store for the fragrance of her choice. At least you know they’ll use the fragrance!

Whole Lotta Colour
Clinique, $34.50

This gift set from Clinique features five Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms. Let her sample a few, including two of their new shades “Curvy Candy” and “Oversized Orange” and experiment to find which looks best.

Hypnose Star Mascara Collection
Sephora, $34

Even girls who don’t wear a lot of makeup like to put on a little mascara. This sampler courtesy of Sephora’s Hypnôse Star Mascara Collection features everything you need to work the eyes – a mascara base, mascara, precision point eyeliner and of course eye makeup remover to take it all off at the end of the night.

For the girl on the go

Her typical day? Yoga, then work, happy hour and a night with her man. She’s constantly moving and she needs beauty items that cater to her hectic lifestyle. Gift her one of these items to help her maintain her sexy while she’s out and about.

Brush wand
Sephora, $12

Girls on the go hate carrying ALL their essentials – it’s space sucking and easy to forget something at home. Sephora’s Brush wand comes with three magnetically connected brushes, that allow you to change the brush tip for your desired look. This is perfect for the gym rat, or the lady who likes to touch up her makeup throughout the day. You may want to give her Daily brush cleaner to keep each brush clean and ready for use!

‘Rich Caviar’ Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown, $47.50

This eye palette’s  six mix and match shadows from Bobbi Brown have everything you need for work and play. Use the solid shades for day and touch up your look with the sparkly shades for night. These neutral shades work on everyone and for every occasion.

For the girl who needs a change

Maybe she’s stuck in a rut or likes to alter her routine faster than you can keep up.  Give her any of these items so she can keep up with the latest  beauty craze.

Ciate Caviar Manicure Set ‘Rainbow’
Nordstrom, $25

Swipe on two coats of polish  then sprinkle with pearls while the nail is still wet. Put on a top coat after 20 minutes and VOILA, you’ve got a caviar mani courtesy of Ciate!!

Liquid Keratin 30 Day Straight Smooth Strong & Long Treatment, $49

For curly girls who want to straight hair that stays that way – just not FOREVER. Liquid Keratin’s 30 Day Straight Smooth Strong and Long Treatment turns curls into straight, smooth hair in 30 minutes. Results last up to six weeks. So by the time she’s over the straight look it’ll start to fade anyway.


Wednesday Wisdom

28 Nov

Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate on the present moment

Delicious or Nutritious? Matsu Sushi

28 Nov

411 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 744-4447

I enjoyed being adventuresome with my sushi, so I decided to try it again, this time at Matsu Sushi.

Shrimp tempura roll and King crab California roll

I started off with something safe – a shrimp tempura roll. Luckily it lived up to my expectations. I got slightly adventuresome with a King crab California roll. Not completely adventurous but I’ve never had crab in a roll. I quickly found out that I prefer my crab out of the shell. It wasn’t bad per se, but it certainly wasn’t as good as any of my usuals.

Wow-wow roll

The real adventure came when I tried the Wow-wow roll. Listed as one of their “Rolls to Remember”, Wow-wow was a spicy salmon avocado, eel and tobiko roll wrapped with a special crispy skin sans rice. This roll was the sushi equivalent of a fat sandwich, all of the ingredients sound good but have no business being put together in one serving. Unfortunately this was a roll to remember, but not for good reasons.

Fried ice cream

I decided another fried ice cream this week wouldn’t be such a bad idea so I ordered one. They didn’t offer different flavors so I was a bit upset when a green tea flavored ice cream arrived with my meal. First, they neglected to take any precautions to keep it cold, so I had smushed pieces of breading and green slime in a container. Second, green tea is a horrible idea for an ice cream flavor.

I love that they offer so many different options. I wish that they weren’t soo experimental. Sometimes simplicity is best.

With its wacky creations, which are mostly fried, Matsu Sushi is neither DELICIOUS nor NUTRITIOUS!

8 Stylish gifts to give this season

27 Nov

This year give the gift of style without breaking your pockets. Whether wrapped up with a pretty bow or stuffed in a  stocking these $50 and under items will add a pop of swag to someone’s world.

For the homebody
Someone who doesn’t get out much should still be surrounded in style. These gifts will give their humble abode a nice touch.

Three o’clock exotic woods scented candle
Nest, $32

If they won’t leave the house, bring nature to them with a Three O’Clock exotic woods scented candle from Nest. In chic black its bound to blend in with their home decor and provide a pleasant aroma throughout the room.


Mirrored frames
West Elm, $19-$24

It’s time to get those photos off a digital camera and display them in style. Mirrored frames add a  sleek design to any dresser, desk or bookshelf. Make it personal by adding a monogram for an extra seven dollars.


For the girl who works hard, and plays harder
Don’t let anyone tell you they don’t have time to look fly. It’s as simple as effortlessly toting around a few stylish everyday accessories.

Crosby medium zip pouch by Cole Haan
Dillards, $23.80

Whether she’s running to Starbucks or dashing into the club, this  handy pouch from Cole Haan will hold her most basic essentials and add a simple sophisticated pop of color to her look.


Tory Burch Hardshell Phone case
Nordstrom, $33.60

Pay hundreds for a  trendy cool phone just to mask it with an ugly  case? Uh-uh! This Tory Burch Hardshell iPhone 4S case  is a stylishly graphic way to protect your phone on the go.

For the girl who needs help
When it comes to style, some of us need more help than others. Don’t be afraid to give the gift of guidance this season! Point a struggling fashionista in the right direction with one of these gifts.

The Truth About Style by Stacy London
Barnes & Noble, $20

Style is a personal statement we make, and lack of style can be symptomatic of a bigger issue. In The Truth About Style, Stacy London examines why women face style issues and how improving personal style can improve your outlook on life.

BZR Ombre Tights ‘Fuschian Violet’
Etsy, $40

Some people are afraid to dive head first into trends or commit to a new look, so just let them make baby steps. Trendy tights allow someone to keep up with what’s hot without committing to a full wardrobe change.


For the party animal
This girl  just can’t get enough of the nightlife. Give her one of these to help stay stay trendy after dark. 

Cut out cuff by Kenneth Cole
Piperlime, $48

A simple cuff courtesy of Kenneth Cole she can wear again and again to add a little sparkle to her night time look.

Lattice cafe hard case clutch
Express, $41.93

In totally on trend black and gold, this Lattice cage hard case clutch from Express will keep hold all her essentials while she dances the night away.

Soul Train Awards 2012: Highlights and lowlights

26 Nov

Last night both BET and Centric aired the Soul Train Awards hosted by Comic Cedric the Entertainer.

This year there were three major fashion trends running the red carpet. White seemed to be a popular choice of color, as R&B legend Faith Evans, American Idol alum Leah LaBelle, and Singer Melanie Fiona all donned white ensembles.

While Melanie Fiona was most unique with a doily inspired dress (is this a new trend emerging?), Soulstress Goapele took the night with her metal band around the waist, black sandals and gold earrings.

Keeping with the white trend, Tyler Perry’s House of Payneactress Demetria McKinney also incorporated color-blocking in her black and white asymmetrical dress. New 106th & Park host Paigion arrived in a colorblocked red and black number.

The most risky trend of the night had to be prints and fros. Actress Kat Graham worked it with her large print floral extremely high slit dress and huge hair. “Refill” singer and Best New Artist Recipient Elle Varner contained her fro in a low ponytail and wore a black and white graphic print peplum ensemble.

Mint Condition's Stokley Williams

Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams

One more disturbing trend re-appeared on this red carpet. Despite how simple it is for men to dress up for nice events, throwing on a well-tailored black suit seems to be too much work in 2012. Mint Condition frontman Stokley Williams arrived in a dark denim, a plaid blazer and, le sigh, sneakers. This look would’ve been great for an everyday appearance but an awards show? Please try harder next time.

Among the evening’s performances where Self-proclaimed Relationship Expert Singer Tyrese with his Song of the Year winning “Stay” followed by fellow TGT members Ginuwine and Tank. John Legend performed his hit “Tonight” from the motion picture soundtrack to Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Legend was up for several awards and took home the Ashford & Simpson Award for Songwriter of the Year. Ne-Yo performed his hit “Let Me Love You” from his new album R.E.D., this time infusing a bit more soul into the electronica-dance based tune.

The Soul Train Awards was taped on November 8th in Las Vegas. This was the first award show to air since the passing of the show’s creator Don Cornelius in February of this year.