Previously mentioned here, the sold out Peach and Lily Korean beauty box has been restocked. Refer to fan-b’s blog (link) for a full review. I have been loving the Banila Co. Clean It Zero cleansing balm which melts into a oil-based cleanser upon application. Perfect for travel! (If you don’t want an entire box, there will be a sale on just the Banila balm most likely later this weekend…)
Image source: Target
- I LOVE cauliflower and the cauliflower cake from Ottolenghi’s new cookbook, Plenty More, looks amazing. See the recipe here (via Serious Eats) and let me know if you attempt to make it!
- I need to try this cookie.
- This slow cooker osso buco recipe looks delicious.
- Doughnuts are a favorite. Here’s a list of a dozen donut shops to try in NYC. (If you’re a Dough fan, they are open in Flatiron!)
- Are you a Madewell fan? Here’s a little history on the brand.
- Oops – I misspoke in the last brain dump. Uniqlo’s big anniversary sale is still going on and there’s an additional $5 off $100 coupon. I went to the Paramus, NJ location last night to make a massive Urban Sweats return and checked out the +J collection while I was at it. I ended up loving the wool wrap coat and need a sale. By the way, the Paramus store may be my favorite area Uniqlo since they are not as crowded as the city ones and have its own entrance.
- Amex users, I hope you are taking advantage of Amex offers. It’s a little frustrating since offers come from different channels and aren’t always communicated and are sometimes targeted. I check my Amex offers tab online or through the Amex app every few days, I skim Slickdeals updates (through RSS), and my bff keeps me informed.
- NYCers, read on. You can get a $10 statement credit for each $50 spent at participating NYC retailers, up to three times! In the past, gift cards have qualified, but I will be poring over the terms before I take the plunge. Phone orders and online orders do not count. The retailers include B&H, Uniqlo!, and H&M. See the full list here. To get the offer, follow the Twitter syncing process, tweet #Amexshopny, and wait for a confirmation, or you can register directly here.
- How to make leather shoes last.
(Image source: Rifle Paper Co.)
- Dominique Ansel revealed his Cronut recipe in advance of his cookbook launch at the end of the month. Not that I have any desire to attempt it. It’s very labor intensive and I wasn’t enthralled with the Cronut I tried. P.S. His instagram has lots of food porn.
- Today is the last day to shop Uniqlo‘s big anniversary sale! There are tons of fresh new Heattech, Ultra Light Down, and don’t forget Ines de la Fressange (which isn’t on sale).
- Last fall there was a tan plaid blanket/shawl/scarf spotted on many bloggers including one of my favorites, Atlantic-Pacific. This year, you can find the similar look at Target (but it’s really a scarf and not oversized), Amazon via China (based on reviews, something fell off the truck at the same factory as Zara), and Nastygal. P.S. This polka dot infinity scarf from Target looks very cute online.
(Image source: The Animal Print Shop)
- I’ve been following David Lebovitz‘s pastry blog for ages. His new iPhone app just relaunched and is only 99 cents. I got it even though I don’t have my next trip planned. There is tons of food p0rn!
- This recipe for the famous wings from Portland, Oregon’s Pok Pok look surprisingly easy.
- If you frequent Starbucks, I hope you have a loyalty card (which can be created from any gift card). I don’t go as frequently as I used to, but if you do, I highly recommend buying a discounted gift card. I’ve been a happy customer of Raise.com. They are legit and Starbucks gift cards sell on average for 20% off. Though $80 or even $100 sounds like a lot, Starbucks fans know that that doesn’t last very long. Raise.com has a ton of other retailers as well so it’s a nice, indirect way to get a discount on something that never goes on sale. Why pay full price when you don’t have to? (Note: I’ve never sold any gift cards through them and can’t comment on that.) New customers get $5 off orders over $50.
- Gilt City has a free 30% coupon for J.Crew Factory through September 14. It works on top of existing promotions but does have some fine print. In general, I’m not a fan of outlet quality but have really liked some of the J.Crew incarnations at Factory. You can find reviews if you Google, but often the Factory version is more wearable (whether it’s longer, in easier to maintain material) and the price isn’t bad. These Baggus (already on sale) are excluded from the promotion but are still a great find! These jewelry trays are cute.
- Love the new Clare Vivier spot design. Especially this Margot tote and this pouch. If she ever did a collab with Baggu…
When I was younger, my suitcases would be full of Asian stationary goods (esp. Classmate pens), magazines, and cassette tapes/CDs when I returned from the motherland. Cassette tapes are now obsolete, CDs are also getting there, as are the perfect pens (people steal pens at work! and sometimes chew on them!). Many years later, I’ve shifted focus to beauty and skincare products.
Asian brands have been making their way stateside slowly (which can be explained by the vast quantity of brands one can find in Asian). The bigger ones have a footprint at major chains like Sephora (like Dr. Jart+). The smaller ones — I’m usually too lazy to hunt for them. As I was reading my latest magazines, blogs, and emails, two new sites popped up that warrants some attention:
- Peach and Lily. Sign up here. The Birchbox blog has been pushing them hard. Peach and Lily is also blogging. It looks like they will be focusing on Korean products but will also have Japanese, and I think they will be higher end than Soko Glam. They just launched with 3 brands.
- Soko Glam. This site sells Korean products — many brands will look familiar to anyone who has stepped foot in Seoul. And it just reminded me — I have no idea where that IOPE eyeliner I splurged on years ago went. (From DailyCandy: Use code dailysoko10 for 10 percent off all purchases through March 31.) Their Facebook is also entertaining.
Watsons is my favorite place to start when I visit HK or Taipei. And it’s not enough to go to one store — some have better promotions or stock. They sell higher end brands than the typical American drugstore (excluding the fancy, renovated Duane Reades, CVSes, and Walgreens of NYC). Similar to the Parisian pharmacies, it can be much cheaper to buy local brands locally. I wore Fiberwig mascara for many years and would restock here for $12-15/pop vs $22 at Sephora.
In the colder weather, I’ve been loving Shiseido’s Asia-brand, Majolica Majorca, and their Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara because they hold a curl way better than Fiberwig. It’s only a lengthener, but I’ve get asked if my lashes are real. (To be honest, my girlfriends and I spend a lot of time talking about eyelashes.) Another kind is pictured above that I have yet to try. I have yet to figure out how to prevent it from smudging in warmer weather while setting. It’s tough figuring out how much to buy if you don’t have time to test a product. I need a Majolica Majorca supplier :(