Friday, May 29, 2009

Rain, Rain...F*** OFF

If only life in a rain-drenched city really looked like this. Black, white and dreamy.

Unfortunately, it looks more like this.

NOT glamourous - don't let it fool you.



P.S. How come when I lived in London this didn't seem to bother me a bit? Hmm, maybe it was the afternoon tea and cute London buses. They sure put a smile on a face, rain or shine.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

As of Late...

...I have supremely sucked at blogging.

I hereby resolve to be better. Starting tomorrow.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


These past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. Between R going to L.A., me going to Mexico, getting boutique DESIGN and DREAMbooks produced and out of the office, embarking on the production of Evteks News and Fabrics & Furnishings International's Summer issue and readying myself mentally and physically for Vegas next week - I guess I've had a lot on the brain. Perhaps why I haven't much been blogging, and am now talking like Yoda.

I may be slowly losing it folks.

But - the bright side is that between all of that work, work and more work, I managed to fit in a few fun-filled activities that I'd love to gush about.

First off, there's Mexico. I haven't had much time to fill you in on my trip and what went down in the country of swine flu (which is totally being blown out of proportion, btw). For a brief rundown of the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, check out my blog on boutique DESIGN. But here, I'll tell you a little more of the fun details that BD readers may or may not be interested in. The first day at the resort, we toured the entire property from the all-pool villas to the residences that not only have their own private pools and hot tubs, but sit right on the beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea - which I do believe could not possibly be a more perfect shade of aquamarine. That night we dined at Saffron, the resort's authentic Thai restaurant. (Banyan Tree is a Thai brand with lots of properties dotting Asia and Europe, but the Mexico spot is the first North American opening.) The food - everything from green curry to roasted veggies to duck to sesame seed ice cream - was delicious, and the ambiance (an outdoor deck which juts out over the water of the resorts man-made canals) even better. It was good preparation for the next day which would be full of activity.

On Thursday, we trekked out to Coba, where we climbed the only still-climbable Mayan temple in the Riviera Maya's collection of ruins. Riding bikes through the ancient city, ziplining through the trees, canoeing through lakes and swimming in a cenote worked up quite an appetite for us journos, and sure enough it was satiated by a traditional, Mayan-style meal complete with fresh tortillas and ice-cold cervezas. Yum. Then we had to go back to the hotel and only two hours again. That was rough. But we managed - perhaps only because we weren't fed a seven-course meal like the night prior. Thank god.

The next day was Tulum - another ancient Mayan city; this one used as a trading port in the old days, and also as a giant calendar to predict the seasons and time of year by charting the solstices. Perched right on the beach, the city is as beautiful as it is haunting. I could only imagine what it must have been like thousands of years ago, living only by the sun and hoping for a plethora of goods to come your way through the port - how primitively exciting! That afternoon, after two days of trekking through ruins, it was time to be treated to an intense relaxation session, i.e. a three-hour Thai massage. How awful, right? Of course it was fabulous and of course the three hours seemed like one. I could use another round right now.

The last day, we had some time to relax, after an eco-tour through the canals of the Mayakoba development where I and the rest of the crew got to plant our very own trees! That's right, I now own a Button-wood Mangroves in the Riviera Maya...or at least that's what the Banyan Tree team has lead me to believe. After a day of lounging, we ventured to Playa del Carmen, where we happened upon the best taco bus ever. This woman sure knew how to whip up a fried jalapeno. We capped off the trip with a dinner at a traditional Mayan restaurant and were ready to head home.

As much as the adventure of the journey had me going, I was anxious to get back to NYC, especially to a certain Apt. 5K, where I was warmly welcomed with a kiss and a rose. (Note to self: think of this moment whenEVER feeling down about...well...anything.)

P.S. When I started writing this I ambitiously thought I'd cover Mexico and the Kills concert - hence the title, M.E.X.I.C.O.C.U., but I'm saving that for the next round.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Yes, I still love him

And of course just as quickly as he disappoints me, he makes me proud with his bad ass moves to uphold his musical integrity.

Thus my undying love for Trent remains - despite his HORRIBLE decision to marry another.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

You Got if from Your Mama

If you have curly hair - the kind you want to rip out of your scalp more often than is healthy because it simply won't cooperate - then perhaps you've heard of Ouidad. If not, you need to since it's the curly girl's hair fixer-upper.

And it's likely that if this plagues you, it's on your Mama too. So treat her and you to the Ouidad Mother’s Day duo discount: Bring mom into the New York City salon between May 3rd - 17th and receive a 30% discount on her services.

Were my Mama a New Yorker, perhaps I'd bring her in myself - but instead I will be visiting her in good 'ole C-Town to take care of her post-surgery for the weekend :( She has to get her finger joint replaced and will have the dreaded club cast on for four days so I'll be there to play Ms. Nurse least for a day or two. We won't be able to do our usual hike in the park, but it will still be nice to spend time at home.

What will you be doing for Mommy?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Unrequited Love

I thought this was the saddest moment of my life, but alas, 'twas only preparation for the REAL saddest moment of my life.

My lifelong mission for Trent is officially over.

Cry for me.

Touch Tocca (yeah, that's repetitive)

Wish I could afford some of these gorgeous Italian pieces, but maybe you can. If so, send me pics. of what you bought - I'd love to see your new treasures and covet them.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Testing 1, 2

The fabulously talented NYC photographer, Kent Miller and I got together for a test photo shoot on Wednesday night. While he's still working on the photos - here's a preview for you makeup lovers and/or photographers out there.

It helped of course the Elizabeth is such a natural beauty.