Spring 2014 Beauty Routine

Spring Make Up 2014Finally after countless Birchbox and Ipsy subscriptions and plenty of beauty events, I finally nailed down my go to products for the work week. In the morning after I wash my face I always use Lush’s Breath of Fresh Air toner water. I picked up a bottle during the LUSH Spa opening and I am forever grateful to my roommate who is a serious LUSH fanatic and showed me the product. After the toner water drys, I add moisturizer. From having Kiehl’s in my back pocket at work, I was able to score many moisturizer samples, finally I have to say that the Ultra Facial Moisturizer with SPF 30 is the one for me. Next comes applying some CC cream which I use for under my eyes and some other red sections of my face. After reading some ULTA reviews, I decided to stick with the Olay brand because even though I would love to ball out on expensive makeup all the time, its just not the right time. Olay CC cream also has SPF 15 in it, which will work wonders for my pale complexion in the summer.

My go to make up pieces are MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush in shade #220, Revlon’s Photo Ready Eyeshadow set #505 and NYX Mascara in Le Frou Frou (you have done amazing things to my lashes. I <3 you).

In the evening, I’m trying to improve my PM skincare routine so again I thank Kiehl’s for making such awesome products. The Midnight Concrete has lavender oil in both products which not only makes my skin feel shiny and new when  I wake up, it relaxes me into a nice slumber before bed.

What are some of your favorite beauty products?

[See Jade Dine] Nunzio Ristorante Rustico

I am a sucker for a really good Italian restaurant. I hate to say that I’m picky, but when you have a step-dad from the mother land, Italian food can be hard to come by when dining out. I was thrilled to make a trip over the bridge to Nunzio Ristorante Rustico (BYOB) in Collingswood, New Jersey for a date night with Scott. [Literally it took 15 minutes from my house to the restaurant!] The short commute was perfect for how hungry we were and right away the bread came out with a pesto dipping sauce!


I wouldn’t be an honorary Italian without ordering an antipasto plate and calamari as appetizers.Nunzios_2

The marinara sauce had a spicy kick to it! Two thumbs up for that since I love adding spice to all of my meals.Nunzios_3


Scott got the Lobster Bisque soup which was the Soup of the Day. I had a few bites filled with lobster meat and this will go down as one of my favorite soups in the area. The sauce was rich and creamy, perfect for bread dipping.Nunzios_5

Next was our entrees. Scott got the Medaglioni di Vitello Saltimbocca (above) this was veal medallions sautéed with sage and prosciutto in a white wine sauce topped with fresh mozzarella. I got a veal special which was stuffed with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe (below). I was aiming to get the Chicken Parm since that is my tried and true old faithful, but as soon as I heard sharp prov I knew I had to try it!Nunzios_6


Onto dessert! Cannoli alla Siciliana (above) and homemade Limoncello (below). Chef Nunzio came out to talk to us and I asked him if the limoncello recipe was the same as my parents. He gave me a wink and said that they probably used the same ingredients. Nunzios_8Is your mouth watering? I hope so! I think I finally found one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the area and I will definitely be going back!

706 Haddon Ave Collingswood, NJ 08108

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Happy Weekend!


We made it! The temps dropped a little bit this week, so I hope everyone still had their winter coats to not freeze on their commutes in the city. So many spring events are coming up in the end of April/beginning of May I really need to find some fun dresses to wear to the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party and Preakness at the Piazza. I’m lucky that I get to work on both of these fun events but since they are both fashion related, planning an outfit in advance is a must. Are you looking forward to anything in the next few weeks? {Besides Morgan’s Pier re-opening May 1st!} Have a great weekend!

PS – Happy #FBF to my heterolifemate, Amanda as we celebrate her birthday all weekend long!

Zac Posen

Keeping on theme for the holiday I wanted to highlight one of my favorite designers, who happens to be a part of the tribe, Zac Posen. I’m not sure when my love for Zac first started, I have a feeling it must have been around senior year of high school when I was looking for the ultimate princess dress for prom. I simply loved everything that I had seen on the red carpet and in photo shoots as I flipped through Vogue and Elle so in some way Zac Posen won my heart over for his beautiful gowns that screamed “look at me, I’m a big couture cupcake.” Maybe right now, the whole big princess dress isn’t my thing, but my love for Zac hasn’t changed!

Zac Posen - Runway - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week


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[See Jade Dine] Passover!


Today I am kissing leavened bread goodbye since tonight begins Passover. If you don’t know the story of Passover, I highly recommend the Rugrat’s special, very educational. Any who besides spending time with family over a traditional dinner for one evening, the rest of the holiday I’m left in my kitchen scratching my head. I can only make a salad so many times you know?

Thankfully around January I discovered the blog What Jew Wanna Eat. I thought the title was extremely clever and the author, Amy Kritzer is super friendly via social media. Since I wanted to make my matzah super savory I discovered her recipe for Pizza Matzo Brei and Matzah Pizza. Also thanks to Pinterest, fellow food blog, Forks Up featured Amy’s recipe for a Caprese Matzo Brei.

This is a big step up from just adding cream cheese and lox to my diet! Have you made any special recipes for holidays? Let me know!

Image via Amy Kritzer

Happy Weekend!

PTW_1Photo from the Femme & Fortune + Shops at Liberty Place Philly Tech Week Panel!

Another work week come and gone! If you didn’t know and aren’t on social media all day, this past week was Philly Tech Week! PTW celebrates all things tech, start ups and collaborations in Philadelphia with a slew of events. I knew that when I started working at The Shops I really wanted to plan an event for PTW so I partnered with Melissa and Celestine from Femme & Fortune. Together, a panel discussion titled “From Passion to Business” happened and it was a huge success! Not only was our panel very educational for the budding entrepreneur, we had amazing catering from Davio’s. {Which may be my new happy hour spot.}

Tonight I’m going to Nunzio’s in New Jersey with Scott. Its a gorgeous little BYOB and right in the middle of Collingswood. I’ll have a full recap next week. What are your plans for the weekend? I hope you spend it outside since it might really be spring now guys!


[Event Alert] Rad Girls Launch Party

Rad-Girls-1If you didn’t already know, here are two bits of information:

  • Its Philly Tech Week!
  • Rad Girls is an awesome new website celebrating everything about women empowerment and all things rad. They are having their launch party tomorrow night and I highly suggest you attend. It will be the social event of #ptw14! To RSVP and score a ticket click [here].


[Event Alert] Flavors of the Avenue

Last week I was fortunate enough to go on a media tour of the East Passyunk Ave’s signature event Flavors of the Avenue (real event date: April 26th). {Of course I said yes!} East Passyunk has so many restaurants popping up in the neighborhood, I can’t even keep track anymore. The Flavors tour was a great way to get reacquainted with some old favorites (The P.O.P.E., Marra’s) and new restaurants I have been wanting to try (Fond and Noord). Let me tell you, I am still dreaming about all of the food I ate last week and I am definitely contemplating rallying some friends up to go the Flavors. Let me take you on a virtual tour of everything I got to sample.


My first stop was the P.O.P.E. (Pub on Passyunk East). They kept their samples spicy with a chipotle tomato soup (photo below) and a hot chicken wing for us to try (above)




Up next was fish tacos at Ippolito’s! I have passed Ippolito’s a hundred times and I have never gone inside. This fish taco was life changing. The restaurant has a fresh fish market for you to purchase whatever you like and a sit down area for you to enjoy a hot meal.

THIS was my favorite. Fond served us chicken live mousse.

Noord served up the pork bitterballen with a tasty mustard for dipping.Flavors_6

I always wait for the bus next to Chiarella’s and this restaurant resides in a beautiful building right by the fountain on EPA. Their eggplant with vodka sauce was delicious! Flavors_7

Izumi’s homemade pork goyza!

Marra’s was the last stop on the tour. I’m a sucker for brick oven pizza. Even more of a sucker for white pizza with tomatoes. Below we had chicken with gnocchi!

Flavors_9Are your taste buds ready for more? Click [here] to buy your tickets!