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October 31, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness

I didn't want to let October close out without mentioning that it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can shop for products that benefit BCA but more importantly, schedule a checkup if you're due or if you have a family history of cancer and make sure you know the facts about this disease and how to reduce your risk. Life is too short and too precious, so make the most of it and take the best care of yourself!

Think Pink: Breast Cancer History, Risk Factors, and Prevention

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October 29, 2014

Kiku At The NY Botanical Garden

It's been more than a few years since my last visit to the New York Botanical Garden. I'd probably go more if it's Bronx location wasn't such a trek from lower Manhattan. This past weekend we decided to make the most of the beautiful weather and ventured to view the magnificent chrysanthemums featured in Kiku: Art of The Japanese Garden. The chrysanthemum (kiku) is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall flowering plants and this installation pays homage to hanami, the custom of enjoying the transitory beauty of flowers through a stunning variety of presentations. It was a visual delight and some of the displays were truly artful. It's such a marvel that many chrysanthemums actually grow out of a single stem and I had no idea there were so many different types. We also tried out the special Japanese pop up restaurant that opened up in conjunction with this exhibit. The service was quite terrible but at least the food was good. I read that this may be the last time the Botanical Garden will present Kiku for awhile so I'm really glad we went. I'm already planning another trip up there next spring for the peony show.

Are there botanical gardens where you live? Have you visited recently?

October 27, 2014

Targeted Skincare with Dr. Brandt Laser Fx

Dr. Brandt Laser Fx Serum Review

So I used to have this mole under my right eye. I say used to because when I was 20, my mom took me to have it lasered off. She's fairly superstitious and said that the position of that mole was like a tear on my face and would thus bring me sadness. She was rather insistent so just went with it. The procedure was quick and burning hot but it banished the mole for good. I've been lucky to not to have to really deal with any other moles on my face but I am vexed by dark spots and freckles which are the result of being less vigilant about sun protection when I was younger. It's a constant battle and if laser treatments weren't so pricey, I'd probably just have went that route.

Enter Dr. Fredric Brandt's new line of serums created to mimic the effects of in-office dermatological laser treatments. I learned about these skin fixers at an event hosted by Birchbox Soho last month. Dr. Brandt, a noted celebrity dermatologist and anti-aging authority was on hand to personally introduce his Laser Fx line and explain how they work. These treatments feature a breakthrough smart dual encapsulation system to deliver precise skin targeting, penetration and higher efficacy. There are three products in this series and each is specifically formulated to provide focused results in addressing particular skin concerns.

October 24, 2014

Eye Candy : Lee Dong Wook for Arena Homme+

Lee Dong Wook

I'm not really sure if Lee Dong Wook is one of those actors who started out as a model but he certainly looks model perfect in this Arena Homme+ editorial which was photographed on location in Hawaii. His hair is looking phenomenally good and the styling is spot on. My only complaint about this pictorial is that there are only four photos. How amazing is this first one? Somehow he never gets featured in huge spreads even when he was in Paris. I've had a bit of soft spot for Dong Wook since watching the K-drama My Girl. The hair was a little suspect back then but his characterization of Seol Gong Chan was superbly charming. I can't say the same for his co-star which is probably why I skipped their drama reunion earlier this year in Hotel King. The handsome actor is currently appearing in the drama Blade Man as a man who literally has knives springing out of his body. I passed on this one as well cause the premise is a little out there for me. As if he wasn't busy enough, he is also a cast member on the reality/variety program Roommate which has a group of celebrities and entertainers living together under one roof.

October 22, 2014

Crispy Tofu, Broccoli and Pepper Stir Fry Recipe

Easy Vegetarian Recipe, Asian 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 favorite 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

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