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Toy Fair 2017

This is my first time invited to Toy Fair, it was fun and engaging.  Toy Fair is an annual event that is exclusively open to buyers and press only.  Buyers and the press gets a glimpse what new toys are coming out to the market of this year.  I got the opportunity to see and try their new lines of toys. Just looking at these new toys, I wish I could be a kid again. All of these toys are so unique and pretty. There were many vendors that specialize their own line of toys. 

I got the opportunity to see some of the Calico Critters that my daughter used to play with. This toy line got her engaged many hours when she was younger. These are furry creature animals that live in their own animal-friendly town.  Pics show below Elephant family having a tea party. How cute is that? 

I'm really glad I had the chance to attend this event and scored a few freebies at this event.  Hope to have many more events to go to in the near future.

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Louie and Chan

It's always rewarding to have someone to watch our kids for even an hour so that my husband and I can try a new place. This time we ventured out to a new place called Louie and Chan located in the Lower East Side of New York City. Louie and Chan is a cozy Italian place that serves pastas and pizzas. The ambience of this restaurant is small, dimly lit and cozy at the same time, which is a perfect for Valentine's Day. After my Italy trip, I'm obsessed and love my pastas to fill my happy tummy.  I read some reviews that Louie and Chan is considered a Michelin Guide restaurant recommended and finally, I'm happy to have tried this place.

MARROW Savory Gianduja crusted bone marrow, chile & white balsamic jam, Himalayan sea salt, torn bread

We first ordered the Marrow appetizer, the bone marrow was filled with delicious fats topping off with slices of torn bread with a white balsamic jam and Himalyan Sea Salt.  Every bite of this was savory and tangy at the same time.  This is a highly recommend appetizer to start out with.  Then my husband and I shared this TAGLIATA DI MANZO Sirloin Steak and Pasta dish.  The Sirloin Steak was cooked medium rare and topped off with fresh cherry tomatoes, basils, parsley, and celeries.  Each bite was so fresh and refreshing, I could taste the freshness of the herbs making it satisfying to my mouth.  We ordered the Cacio E Pepe Spaghetti, butter, pepper, Parmigiano, Percorino Romano Garlic, it was a nice and simple pasta dish that complimented well with the steak dish I ordered.

TAGLIATA DI MANZO 10oz Black Angus sirloin steak, tomato/celery insalata
CACIO E PEPE - Spaghetti, butter, pepper, Parmigiano, Pecorino Romano, garlic

I highly recommend this place and they do accept reservation.  My husband and I walked in and there was no wait time at all typically because it was on a cold day.  Service was very nice and the food was served instantly fast.  


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Les Néréides

Sometimes you just need to spoil yourself and that's what I did. I realized that I need to start wearing more accessories with my outfits of the day. Without any accessories it makes the outfit looks a bit dull. When it comes to jewelry I don't have any taste. I have no clue what I wanted so I went on a shopping adventure and looked around online until I stumbled this brand called Les Néréides . Les Néréides is a Paris brand and that they handcraft their jewelry pieces making it whimsical and  unique at the same time.  I wanted something simple and that I can pair with many of my outfits. I ordered this piece called SINGULAR ROCKS GOLDEN CUBES AND BLACK STONE WITH CRYSTAL AND PEARLS SHORT NECKLACE. I'm just in awe with this jewelry piece, it's stunning and beautiful at the same time that shows so much fine details.  I hope I will have many more opportunity to start my jewelry collection with this brand. I have mentioned this in my prior Christmas Wishlist post and I thought it'll be a great way to shop for yourself even on Valentine's Day.   

What kind of Jewelry pieces do you tend to shop for?


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One of my New Year goals is to start off with a fresh and clean face.  I'm trying to stick to my regimen to have a healthier skin.  I want to have a nice and healthy glow, so I don't have to rely on putting on too many makeup products this year.  I'm so glad that I have an opportunity to try out this product line called Derma-E Charcoal Mask and Detox Scrub.  I will be reviewing these two products and to let you know what my insights on these products were. 

Derma-E Charcoal Mask
When I first tried the Charcoal Mask, it has help tighten and hydrates my face.  I also like that it's a dual action and a deep detox mask that purges pores of toxins.  After finishing washing this Charcoal Mask off my face feel very refreshed and my face felt cleaner and smoother.  This mask gave me a lovely radiance and a healthier appearance.  Overall this is a great products to use when you are under the harsh winter weather, great and helped rejuvenate my dry skin.  

Derma-E Detox Scrub
This scrub has helped and protect my skin from everyday toxins. This Dextox Scrub is a gentle exfoliate that lifts away pollutants. This scrub is not too harsh on my skin that contains Apricot Seed powder to remove micropollutants.  This scrub also have given me a softer and smoother appearance after using this.  Very good scrub that helps protecting my skin from toxins and this scrub is very mild on your face. 

Ethical Beauty
I like that they believe in Ethical Beauty, which means they are committed to my health, well-being and that they believe in natural environment. This brand makes their products eco-ethical skin care.  This product is cruelty-free, GMO-free, Gluten-free, soy-free, Recyclable and Wild Energy (Certificates). 

I hope you get an opportunity to try their product line.  More information can be found on their website: DERMA-E

  Disclaimer: Brandbacker kindly sent this product for me to try & share my thoughts with my readers. 

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Currently: Back to Gym

It's great to finally be back to the gym since I'm so cooped up at home. This year I want to make my ultimate 2017 goal to aim for a half marathon this year.  I'm kind of scared, but apart of me, I want to take that challenge. I'm going to commit into to training and hopefully, I can manage on doing a half marathon when the time comes.  Even just 30 mins away exercising is therapeutic from taking care of my daughter.  I can't wait that this winter will be over soon so I can run outdoor as well. Surely, I will take it easy and not over do it.

In the past I posted My Race/Jogging Tips, I hope to apply those tips again when I'm racing.  It's been a long while since I participated in a race.  Sometimes I don't rely on my time sufficient as long I'm capable of finishing it my race.  This time when training I want to try to make my time more sufficient...

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Shaking Crab

While my husband was away, I got the opportunity to hang out with my girlfriends with some good old seafood.  Those who knows me knows that I love seafood a lot.  I can have it anytime and that it has to be authentic. I got the opportunity to try this new place called Shaking Crab,  recommended by my friend to try this place. Over the weekend we made our journey to Flushing, Queens on a blizzard day.  Overall the food was pretty good, but their sauces were a bit overpowering by the spices. Their sauces are consist of House Cajun, Rich and Tangy and Sweet Chilli Miso. We ordered Sweet Chilli Miso crab and House Cajun half-pound of mixed shrimps and clams. Each bite of sauce got very intense for me, I thought I could tolerate the spiciness. We also ordered a small basket of oysters and a dish of their garlic noodles.  All of the food styles were unique that packed with a lot of intense flavors. I have to emphasize my favorite was their fried oysters and garlic noodles. The fried oyster was really good, the oysters were meaty that has a good size bite. I wished I could've ordered another basket of the oysters. I'm not sure how their typical ambience is because we went on a snowy day.  When I got there, it was quiet and there was no wait time. I got served immediately and the staff members there are very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend that you should try this place if you make your way to Flushing, Queens.


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My Business Cards

I can't express how ecstatic I was when Juke Box Print was offering free business cards on their Instagram.  I then took the opportunity to design my business card and since I'm a graphic designer I should utilize my skills.  Took me some attempts in designing my business card but here is the final outcome and I'm certainly happy with it.  I decided to create a business card just in case if there's any feature beauty or any events my husband invites me to and it certainly would be better to be professional on it.  Secondly, it would be a great way to expose my site more in the long run.  I hope I will have more time to manage my site and share with you all with more reviews.  Thank you Juke Box Print for providing free business cards.

Also right now I'm hosting a giveaway: Paul and Joe Compact + Blush giveaway, make sure you take the opportunity in entering it and good luck!

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