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October 22, 2014

Crispy Tofu, Broccoli and Pepper Stir Fry Recipe

Easy Vegetarian Recipe

I think I may have talked about being a part time vegetarian on here before or maybe I haven't. Anyway it's been a thing in our household for some time now. While I wouldn't want to give up meat completely, I have absolutely no problem with not eating it most days of the week.  It's just healthier and actually more economical and better for the environment as well. One dish that I make pretty regularly is this crispy tofu, broccoli and red pepper stir fry which is a meatless adaptation of a dish that I originally made with flank steak in place of the tofu. I cook with broccoli and red bell peppers alot because they're loaded with vitamins and antioxidants and we happen to like the way they taste. Making the tofu crispy adds a different dimension in texture which works quite well with the vegetables and it's really tasty too. I usually serve this with rice cause hubster likes his rice.

Crispy Tofu, Broccoli and Pepper Stir Fry

October 20, 2014

Through My Lens : Recently

Autumn in New York City

I just realized that I didn't do one of these posts last month but since I shared our island vacation photos instead, it was kind of like I did. Anyway, here are are some photos of life recently. It's starting to look like fall in NYC these days and this is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the city.

October 17, 2014

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Review

Exfoliating for better skin

I get that exfoliation is a key step in any good skincare routine but since I have sensitive skin that's on the dry side, I tend to take a less is more approach to it. I was also told recently by a skincare expert that over exfoliation can lead to hyperpigmentation and that has only made me only more wary. Still I do recognize that it's necessary so I try to be gentle in my approach. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant was a product that I had been meaning to try so I was more than happy when I received a free sample. 

About the Brand: Dermalogica is a US based professional skincare company that has been around since 1986. Their product line is focused on improving skin health without the use of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts.

Key Ingredients: Rice Bran and Rice Extract gently micro-exfoliate skin surface to facilitate penetration of the Skin Brightening Complex. Papain Enzyme (papaya proteinase) and Salicylic Acid to help dissolve excess surface cells. Skin Brightening Complex of Licorice and Bearberry to brighten and even tone. Green Tea, Gingko and Colloidal Oatmeal to soothe the skin and leave it clear and refreshed. Formulated without artificial ingredients or colors.

Packaging: A clinical looking white plastic bottle that feels light yet substantial. It has a screw off top and the product is dispensed via two small openings.

Price: $52 for a 2.8 oz. Sounds pricey but considering you only have to use 1/2 teaspoon each time, one bottle can last for quite awhile especially if you don't use it daily.

Exfoliating for better skin

October 15, 2014

Currently Coveting

A few items currently on my wish list. I'm really more into beauty than fashion at the moment.
What are you coveting lately?

1. Everlane Petra Magazine Tote {Quiet affordable luxury meets minimalist styling and quality workmanship}
2. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream {This cult favorite is now available stateside and I want to try it!}
3. Beauty Counter Lip Sheer in Plum {A non-intimidating way to go darker with my lip color, in a gorgeous casing to boot}
4. Fresh Sake Candle {I'm a fan of the fragrance and I think the fresh yet exotic scent will translate well for the home} 
5. Kure Bazaar Nail Lacquer in Chloe {A sophisticated almost neutral color in an eco-friendly 5-free formula}
6. Illume Coconut Milk Mango Fine Bath Salts {I consider baths a form of escape and this sounds like a lovely tropical escape}

October 13, 2014

Eye Candy : Faye Wong for Elle

Faye Wong graces 3 special covers for the 26th anniversary issue of Elle China. In the accompanying editorial, also photographed by Chen Man and styled by Stephanie Zhuge, the stylish HK pop diva certainly appears as youthful and luminous as ever, that it's almost hard to believe she turned 45 this year. Faye was at the height of her popularity in the late 90's. I was such a fan of her music back then and really admired how she had such a strong individual style and experimented with different genres. She was also a successful actress, known most notably for her roles in Wong Kar Wai's Chungking Express and 2046. Last month she made a musical comeback with the song One Love Away which is the theme for the Chinese film One Step Away (触不可及). The atmospheric tune is quite true to her trademark style and her haunting vocals on it are just lovely.

Not to gossip but I read recently that Faye Wong and Nicholas Tse had reunited and it may've been Vicki Zhao Wei who brought them back together. The pair had famously dated over a decade ago before he married Cecilia Cheung and she wed Li Yapeng. There was an outpouring of fan support for the pair after the news broke and it seems their 11 year age difference isn't as big a deal anymore. Best of luck to them!

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