10 October 2014

See you in 2015!

We're headed to Asia! We will be in China, Korea and Japan until the end of October. I am excited to capture our discoveries with my new Nikon Cool Pix camera  and share them on Flickr (some time in in 2015). You can keep up with our adventures over the next coming months via Twitter & Instagram.

Things happening around he web:

Bloomberg is officially a Knight.

What kiddos eat for breakfast around the globe.

Behold: the hoody pillow.

A delicious, simple salad.

Women on aging.

Why don't we all do this?

Hammocks on a high line.

The 50 Best Bars in the World.



Love this towel from H&M.

Cool bowl for a halloween party.

A map that shows Manhattan development over 250 years.

Image: Jeju Island, South Korea

09 October 2014

For Fox Sake

Oh, for fox sake! Aren't these mugs hilarious? I have a handful of girlfriends that would love one.  More details and purchase at CoralBel's etsy shop.

08 October 2014

St. Vincent

Have you caught wind of the new film St. Vincent? Starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy (brilliant pairing!), the plot follows derelict Murray as he takes on babysitting McCarthy's eleven subtly amusing 11 year old son.

While on the subject: Bill Murray explains how to drink champagne.

06 October 2014

Everlane New York Show Room Event: Launch of the Loafer

Everlane recently launched their first women's shoe: the loafer. Crafted from Italian leather, the elegant design is available in olive, burgundy and black. I snagged up a pair of the olive from the online shop the day before they became available to the masses. They are slated to arrive in the mail today.

The Marketing team invited me to their New York Showroom for a special event last Friday to try on the shoes, peruse other items, inclusive of to-be launched colors of the Petra totes (images below) and the upcoming Petra cross body purse.

 A few moments after arriving, and accepting a glass of red wine, Founder Michael Preysman approached me to inquire when I had purchased the Petra Market Tote in Kiwi hanging from my shoulder. I clarified that I pre-ordered before it launched. He mentioned that it wasn't aging as designed and introduced me to a customer care gal of whom he asked  to email me and credit me for a new one. I was humbled and a bit of a deer in headlights. This is the guy behind my go-to staples!

After trying on the loafers, which are unbelievably cozy, I was tempted to order them in burgundy as well. Perhaps after returning from my big trip to Asia.

Purchase your loafers and other basics at Everlane.

Discoveries: Birchbox Limited Edition Fall Fete Box

Entertaining in your home is one of the most intimate and warm things you can do for the people in your life. I'm a huge fan of arranging platters and filling glasses for my friends. Birchbox designed their most recent Limited Edition box, Fall Fete, around this very idea. I snagged one up right away and have been enjoying the royalties of it over the past few weeks.

Included in the box:

Birchbox | Exclusive Printed Coasters
Who doesn't love options? The reversible cardboard coasters feature polka dots on one side and a chevron print opposite. They are  fun to mix & match or go with a single theme.

Core Bamboo | Salad Hands
Crafted from organic bamboo, these easy to grip salad hands are a subtly chic way to serve your favorite salads from a large bowl.

Core Kitchen | Essential Silicon 4 Piece Pinch Bowl Set
Designed for prepping, this set of bright little bowls each hold 1/2 cup each and can also double as serving bowls for olives, Marcona almonds or whatever else you're serving. A word to the wise: these do stain. I made a spicy yogurt dip for lamb meatballs for my last party and the material absorbed the red color. To be fair, I left the clean-up for the next morning. 

Govino | go anywhere decanter
Shatterproof and lightweight, this cute little decanter features a grip indent for easy use. It's perfect for entertaining on the terrace. 

Greenleaf | Room Spray in Apple Cinnamon
Candles are great for ambiance, but a sweet and spicy spray adds an instant Autumn warmth to your home. The fragrance is present, but not over bearing with a few seconds of spray.

Know & Bow | Party Confetti  Bag
Confetti is such a fun addition to any party (or holiday card). I love the playful colors and large pieces. I haven't decided what I'm going to do with this packet yet, but I was thinking of filling transparent balloons with for the next get-together.

Royal Rose | Simple Syrup 
My bar cart is already equipped with Royal Rose and I was thrilled to add this duo to the options. The included flavors,  Lavender Lemon and Rasperry,  are ideal for virgin and high octane cocktail options. I think I might pour some vodka, club soda, a twist and the raspberry into the Core decanter for my next fete.

Rifle Paper Company | Dusty Rose Placecards
I love seating arrangements. There is something that feels special about sauntering up to your table and finding your name on a pretty little card.  Rifle Paper Co. features elegant and modern designs with eco-friendly materials.

Order your box and sign-up for Birchbox here.

04 October 2014

Have a lovely October weekend.

October is in the air and I love every moment of it. The leaves were starting to fall in Battery Park this week, the air is crisper and the piping hot tea feels great between my palms in the morning. I'm a bit late on this post (and can't wait to share images of what I was up to Friday night!). We decided to take advantage of a rainy Saturday with comforting BBQ at Blue Smoke and tucking ourselves into the theatre to see Gone Girl.

Welcome to your weekend.

Things happening around the web:

You can rent the mayor's apt in NYC.

This melt's my heart.

The world's longest footbridge.

Less air? Perhaps. But who enjoys crumbles.

Riveting photos of the Underground Railroad at Night.

A fun engagement shoot in a Nashville bowling alley.

Delicious squash recipe ideas.

This makes me smile.

A cozy Catskills vacation home.

Stunning art.

This kitty loves to be vacuumed.


Discoveries: September ipsy Glam Bag

Dubbed Street Style, the September ipsy Glam Bag featured a metallic pouch ornate with studs. I'm totally digging it. I've been using it to toss my nail file and color in for touch-ups on the road.

Included in my Glam Bag:

Crown Brush  Infinity Shadow/Crease Brush | Full Size $7 Included
For the low price-point, this brush is fantastic quality. The crease side is a little miracle worker when applying make-up in a run for dashing out the door.
Bonus: 30% off any purchase of $25 or more with promo crownipsy30 at crownbrush dot us.

Hikari Lipstick in Cabernet | Full Size $13 Included
I must admit that the Cabernet hue is too dramatic for my taste. I passed this on to a friend at work, of whom is thrilled with the product.
Bonus: 30% off any purchase with promo HIKARI30  at hikari dot com.

NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Illusion | Full Size $4.50 Included
Don't you love NYX? The products are consistently well-pigmented, cheap and gentle on the skin. The deep purple pot is gorgeous as a liner.
Bonus: 30% off any purchase with promo FALLPROOF at nyxcosmetics dot com.

Pacifica Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil in Fringe | Full Size $11
Well-pigmented and natural, this  pencil STAYS PUT for the count without irritating the sensitive eye area. It's a hit.
Bonus: 20% off any purchase with promo FallBeauty at pacifica beauty dot com.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Hair Mask
As a lover of hair masks (I probably use them too frequently, but my hair dresser mentioned how healthy my hair was for how infrequently I get trims!), I am thrilled to have this deluxe sample in my shower caddy. The scent is pleasant and my hair is oh so silky after use.
Bonus: Free Shipping with promo IPSYSEP14

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uphill sweater jacket

Can we discuss the uphill sweater jacket from Madewell? It's the pitch-perfect uniform for hiking over crunching Autumn leaves when paired with your favorite jeans. Crafted from wool, nylon, alpaca and leather, you can purchase here. #wishlisted

02 October 2014

Discoveries: September Birchbox

September marked the start of Fall and Birchbox's spot- on Fresh Paint theme for their 4th Birthday. Subscribers received one of three festive special-edition designs and the choice to select one of the products included in the box (love this option!).

Included in my box:

Juliette Has a Gun  Fragrance in Lady Vengeance | Full Size $120
An earthy fragrance with an edgy name, Juliet Has A Gun is cocktail of rose, patchouli, vanilla and spice.

Noir Cosmetics Long-Wear Eyeliner | Full Size $15 Included
This smooth glider is enriched with vitamin E and formulated for waterproof, all-day wear. Bring on the rain.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate | Full Size $95
(My pick!) Although I'm not exactly sold on throwing one more potion into my skin regiment,  I must admit that I've been anticipating this concentrate, which is great for replenishing skin exposed to urban pollution. Curated for morning and night application, apply to clean face before serum and moisturizer to boost results. Ultimune promises to enhance skin's defensive power against signs of aging for  radiant complexion. I purchased the full size and I'm saving the remainder of my deluxe sample for my upcoming Asia trip.

TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Champagne Shimmer | Full Size $27.50
Every gal needs a great highlighter (or several options) in her vanity. TEMPTU is an uber shimmery liquid for use on the contours of the cheeks, brow bones and cupid's bow. I've lost my summer glow, but feel this product will work for me with a little more color.

Tocca Crema da Mano in Bianca | Full Size $10
I love everything Tocca. The Crema da Mano is packed with natural oils and has a light green tea and lemon scent. It's living in my purse and my hands are loving the quick refresh to combat dryness as the weather is cooling.

Not yet a subscriber? Sign-up here.

Frends Taylor Headphones in Oil Slick / Black

We're back from San Francisco! It occurred to me while tapping into the featured movie on the plane, that great earphones are a sound in investment (see what I did there?).  I have a pretty pair of Frends earphones, but would love a pair with a noise cancellation design. The Taylor design is gorgeously urbane chic with in  oil slick/black. #wishlisted


26 September 2014

Have a breezy weekend.

Welcome to your weekend.

We're headed to San Francisco this evening (Pug in tote!) for a childhood girlfriend's wedding. I'm excited to rediscover this city I love with my little family and celebrate all weekend.


A round-up of things happening around the web:

The deepest pool in the world.

Puppy Thug Life in gifs.

The best way to reheat pizza.

A day in the life of a ballerina.


I love these shoes.

What a Gothamist columnist learned from visiting five psychics.

Healthy recipes you can make in a mug.

Teaser: Alex & Ani Gabriel Collection

 As much as I love a beautiful Italian-crafted handbag, I cannot help but be excited about Alex & Ani's upcoming launch of the Gabriel collection, which is 100% American sourced and crafted leather. Isn't the purple gorgeous? Read more about Gabriel here.

25 September 2014

Dr. Brandt Laser Focus Launch at Birchbox SoHo

Birchbox teamed up with Dr. Brandt Skin Care to host a VIP event in their SoHo brick & mortar shop in mid-September to launch the new Laser Fx serum line.  The celebrity dermatologist Dr. Brandt made himself available to speak on his product line and socialize with Birchbloggers.

Wine and hors d'oeuvres flowed between the clean displays of Dr. Brandt skin care products and other featured offerings. Dr. Brandt opened with an impromptu rap (view it here), then shared the story behind the three Fx serums: Lift, Perfect and Bright. Birchbloggers were then encouraged to approach Dr. Brandt one-to-one and enjoy beauty treatments.

As the evening came to a close, each Birchblogger received a custom gift-bag with their choice of serum (I opted for the Laser Fx Bright), which included over $200 of Dr. Brant Skin Care products and a wine stopper. The wine stopper made me laugh. Random...and appreciated!

I waited to share this post until I'd used the products for at least a week. The Laser Fx Bright Serum promises to target dark spots and dullness. The formula is infused with encapsulated Vitamin C, Epidermosil and Knotgrass extract, which is a proven infrared and thermal aging fighter.

While true results should typically take 4-6 weeks, I can attest that in this short time my skin feels supple and I have a slight improvement in a dewy appearance. I love the light texture and clean scent.

Purchase Dr. Brandt at Birchbox.

Pizza in the Wild

Photographer Jonpaul Douglass created a slightly ridiculous photo series, Pizza in Wild, which features pizzas in places they don't belong.  View the two-part series at his online portfolio and check out his blog, which has some pretty fantastic photos involving skittles.

22 September 2014

Discoveries: POPSUGAR Must Have September Box

September marks the beginning of all things Autumn: changing leaves, chic layers and piping hot comfort drinks. POPSUGAR Must Have pulled together a gorgeous box to transition into all things Fall.

Included in the box:

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Fred Segal and Ron Herman, this hand-dyed modal scarf is incredibly versatile while transitioning between seasons. The ombre print BEAUTIFUL. I love to drape it around the strap of my bag or wrapping it around my neck.

I'll always take a spare pair of ear buds! Although the sound-quality isn't on par with say a $200 pair of earphones, these come in a fun blue style and are perfect for tucking into your carryon as a back-up. My husband always forgets his when we travel and will be thrilled to find that I have his back this weekend when we jet West to San Francisco.

Made with 100 percent organic ingredients, this yummy almond brownie from Urban Remedy is backed by Cindy Crawford. It's hearty and a perfect marriage of chewy and crumbly. Food should make you feel good and Urban Remedy is on board with that.

As a lover of the Oribe texture and shine sprays, I was thrilled to welcome the Superfine hair spray into my vanity. The formula provides a reliable hold and smells amazing.

Oh how cute are these pencils?! Hand-foil-stamped with  arrows, you can do jot down your to-do list in style. I also love these coupled with another item for a hostess gift or divided into goody bags for parties.

Although I'm a big tech nerd, I have to come clean: I love physical cards and notes. Two of my favorite artists, Rifle Paper Co. and Garance Dore, partnered to create these cards featuring iconic illustrations with blank interiors. 

Special Extras

Nike $20 Gift Care + Free 2-Day Shipping | $35
Yes, please and thank you! I invested in a black running jacket, which has become a fast favorite for jogs along the windy East River.

The funny thing is, I picked-up a bag of these little morsels a few weeks ago and I'm happy we now have a spare. They are delicious and the perfect little treat, when you're feeling for something sweet.

19 September 2014

Have a cozy weekend.

Welcome to your weekend.

Things happening around the web:

The Photographer that Rejected Racism in the American South.

The keys to a happy marriage.

Nine disasters that forever changed New York's infrastructure.

There is a giant Dutch hippo in London's Thames River.

Uniqlo is paying for student's Harvard tuition.

A new insight on how women remember childbirth.

I saw a woman in Tribeca toting this and I adore it.

Wedding wear for pets.

Stunning images of volcanic activity.

American Cities, Ranked.

This made me smile.

18 September 2014

Discoveries: POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Fall Style

It's that wonderful time of year when the humidity tapers, the scarves come out and the leaves change color. I love Autumn! POPSUGAR Must Have launched their Special Edition Fall Style box in time for New York Fashion Week and I managed to snag one!


Included in the box:

Marchesa Voyage For ShopStyle Printed Scarf
Lightweight and perfect for the transition between seasons, this oh so pretty marriage of black and cobalt has become a fast-favorite in my wardrobe.

MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Radicchio
Don't you love the name Radicchio for a lip color? MAKE silk cream lipsticks are formulated to deliver long lasting color + hydration. I'm warming up to the deep, pigmented red,Having spent years working on Wall Street, I've historically been a neutral lip color gal. The girls I work with in beauty are bold, which is inspiring me to be more adventurous.

Capsule Parfums Byway Eau de Parfum
Inspired by beauty, fashion and street culture, this boutique fragrance features notes of amber petals, spun sugar, twilight jasmine and vanilla. It's smells divine and it's been my daily staple for a solid two weeks.

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
A good cleanser is worth its weight in gold to me. Indie Lee is cult favorite for its all natural pink formula which oxidizes into a buttercream hue to exfoliate, tighten and sooth skin to perfection.

Joie Zorina Knit Hat
My closet is peppered with great pieces from Joie and this wool-cashmere blend hat in a chic cream is feeling right at home with them.

Sugarpova Chic Gummy Candy
Tennis champion Marisa Sugarpover created this chic line of candy. The gummy morsels are stylishly shaped as lips, pumps and other lady loves. My husband has been shamelessly devouring them.

Get on the in with POPSUGAR MUST HAVE here.