10.29.2014

NYC DIARY PART 2 // BRUNCH & MUNCH

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Greenwich and West Village are places I’ve strolled around but never really had a chance to look around, but I told myself I would go back once I had the opportunity. I wanted to brunch at Joseph Leonard but the wait was an hour and a half so we decided to go elsewhere. My sister and I walked around to see if there was another place nearby and ended up at Extra Virgin. They had an amazing smoked salmon eggs benedict (I know I say that about almost every place that serves it but it was delicious!) and fresh squeezed orange juice. The weather was amazing and so we sat outside and soaked in the sun and admired the fall foliage while we brunched! Afterwards we walked around Bleecker Street and along the way stopped by Van Leeuwen in Greenwich for a scoop of pistachio and early grey ice cream. The streets were busy with children trick-or-treating with their parents and even dogs were dressed up for the occasion as well. I got to squeeze in a little shopping in SoHo and stopped by Chobani before heading home.

The next day my sister took me to Cup & Cup, a Korean coffee shop and cafe that serves heavenly lattes. We decided to get lunch and ordered bibimbap and green tea and red velvet latte! As tradition we always get macaron with tea or coffee together and catch up so we headed over to Macaron Cafe. They have a variety of flavors to choose from but my favorites are green tea, rose, and honey lavender. Part 3 of my trip will be up next stay tuned!

 

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Love, Sharon

10.26.2014

nyc diary part 1 // oh the places you’ll go

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I’m currently in New York City and discovering new places this time! I told myself I would try out new places I’ve never been (or been once) to since I always go to the same restaurants and cafes. All of the places I’ve been to have been amazing (food wise) and wanted to recommend some places to go if you’re in need of places to try.

EATS

1 | Freemans
Amazing place to have brunch but everything on their menu is delicious anytime you go! I love this place because of their homey and warm decor, the stringed lightbulbs and plants welcoming you in.
2 | Morgenstern’s Ice Cream Shop
I had their raw milk + green tea pistachio…this is so gooood period. A must try for any ice cream fanatic!
3 | Mokbar
A new spot in Chelsea Market that opened up recently and have gotten raves for their Korean style ramen with a variety of dishes with a twist. Korean fusion with a kick. I shared tteokboki and the classic mokbar classic ramen…yum!
4 | Los Tacos 1
I always passed by this taco place in Chelsea Market but never gave it a chance until my friends told me that this place has one of the best tacos. I had the carne asada taco after Mokbar and wanted to go back for more…it’s on top of my list with Taqueria Diana on St. Marks.
5 | Nook
I didn’t want to try a new brunch place but heard great things about it so I decided to try it out as long as they offered smoked salmon eggs benedict. Their poached eggs are different
I don’t know what it is but it’s incredible. It’s tiny inside and there’s a wait but it’s worth it!
6 | Happy Bones
I was told this cafe was tiny and busy so I wasn’t planning on going, but passed by it and luckily there was an empty table so I decided to sit down and enjoy some hot chocolate and a doughnut. I’ve seen bloggers post pictures on Instagram so I’ve been wanting to check it out and see what the hype was all about. The ambiance and food were on point and for those who are suckers for packaging they sell water in a milk carton!
7 | Paris Baguette
This is a franchise that started in Korea and found its way in the States but I love that their cafe offers a great view of the city (in the Times Square location) and bathrooms. Their green tea cheesecake and iced green tea was a great pick me up! It’s a great place for tourists and New York natives who want to rest or catch up with friends and enjoy yummy pastries and drinks. I try to come when I visit because it’s my little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
8 | Umami Burger
The truffle burger is hard to beat! Hands down the best burger in town (in my opinion). Even though it is a franchise and started in the West Coast it is unbelievably good. For anyone that loves truffle (like myself) I would recommend the truffle especiale burger and the truffle fries…mmmmm!

 

PLACES

Farmers Market is always a treat on the weekend with fresh produce, jam, flowers, you name it. My sister and I picked up a small pumpkin and lavender on the way home!

*I would also recommend Grounded Coffee. My sister had the black tea rose latte and I had the green tea soy latte…it’s like a taste of heaven. I was hesitant to share this place because it’s that amazing and did I mention that it’s organic?!

Part 2 of my NYC diary will be up as soon as my trip wraps up but for the meantime check my Instagram and Twitter for my whereabouts and adventures in the city. Feel free to comment below and recommend any other places I should go to during my stay!

 

 

Love, Sharon

10.22.2014

MINI GARDEN

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I’ve always wanted to build a terrarium ever since I saw photos on pinterest so I drove to my local garden center and bought succulents and cactus along with some materials. I picked up a small glass bowl and three hanging mini glass bowls to place around the house. I depotted the succulents and placed it in the bowls and added terrarium dirt. I thought it would take only a couple of minutes but it took two hours or so because I wasn’t happy with how it turned out the first time. I’m not exactly sure what to do with the cactus yet but that will be my next project! I wish I could’ve taken more pictures of the process but it started pouring but hopefully this will inspire you to create a mini garden :)

 

Love, Sharon

10.21.2014

four things

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I know it’s only mid-October but I wanted to share some things that have brought me laughter and joy in October. What are some things that made you happy or smile? Here are mine:

1 | Spontaneous trip to DC and making time for Sprinkles cupcakes with friends! (My favorite flavors are strawberry and pumpkin)

2 | Having meaningful conversations with friends while enjoying the crisp fall air.

3 | Greek yogurt + granola + berries = happiness. Plus pretty flowers = happiness.

4 | Celebrating October birthdays! Making new memories with friends and family is priceless.

 

 

Love, Sharon

10.15.2014

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

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It’s pumpkin season! Everywhere I go I see pumpkin but I’m not complaining I love it. I bought a box of pumpkin spice macarons from Trader Joes this past weekend and they were delicious, only $5 for a box of 12! Another reason why I love fall is because some of my favorite places offer pumpkin cupcakes. I’m in the process of re arranging and decorating my space and can’t wait to show what it looks like after I’m done. Hope everyone stays warm and enjoys the fall foliage. P.S. Happy Birthday Saya!

 

Love, Sharon

10.01.2014

BACK AT THE BIG APPLE

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Hello, happy October! Last weekend I was in New York City and wanted to share snippets from my trip. The highlight of my trip was The North River Lobster Company. It’s a hidden gem in the city where you can ride a boat and enjoy fresh seafood while having a view of the city. I was also in town when the People’s Climate March was taking place and was amazed to see the turn out, almost 400,000 people took over the streets of New York! The weather was amazing so I walked around and enjoyed hot chocolate at High Line and enjoyed the fall breeze. I discovered new spots in the city and went to my first flea market in the city! And how did I not know about Chobani in SoHo – that place is amazing! Can’t wait to go back to New York and get lost in the city in the fall! A big thank you to Distrikt Hotel for the hospitality.

 

Love, Sharon

09.10.2014

fresh tulips

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I picked up these pretty pink tulips yesterday night and they lit up my room when I woke up in the morning! The quote from my Kate Spade’s agenda has been encouraging me to live the life I’ve always imagined and not doubt what I can achieve. Hope everyone is enjoying their week so far! I have some exciting projects coming up that I can’t wait to share :)

 

 

Love, Sharon

09.02.2014

HELLO SEPTEMBER

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Hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend. So excited that it’s already September! Can’t wait for the upcoming fall festivities and fall clothes; if you can’t tell already fall is my favorite season. I thought I would share some of my fall staples like a neutral tone bag, denim jacket, and black denim jeans. What are your wardrobe staples for fall?

 

Love, Sharon

08.15.2014

tea time + flat tummy tea giveaway

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I’m a huge fan of tea and was excited when I heard about Flat Tummy Tea! What is Flat Tummy Tea? Flat Tummy Tea is a tea designed to help you get rid of the toxins in your body and reduce bloating during the 2 or 4 week detox. Other benefits includes feeling energized throughout the day and helps with digestion and eliminating water weight. The tea is 100% natural and has a delicious, herbal taste that I like to use as a base when whipping up a smoothie. I usually brew the loose leaf for about 3-5 minutes in the afternoon and drink it while snacking on fruits. This tea wasn’t designed for weight loss but is a great way to kick start healthy eating habits and lifestyle. I’m almost done with my 2 week detox and so far have had no side effects (my stomach is sensitive) and love the taste of it! For additional information and FAQ, you can check their website HERE. With that being said, here’s a chance for you to win a four week detox – one for you and a friend to detox together!

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EDIT // THANK YOU FOR ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY! THE WINNER IS:

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 GIVEAWAY RULES:

  1. Follow Flat Tummy Tea on instagram @flattummytea
  2. Follow my blog here
  3. Comment below with who you would like to detox with
  4. This giveaway is open worldwide, giveaway will begin August 15, 2014 and end August 22, 2014 at 11:59pm EST and winner will be announced and notified on August 23, 2014 on this blog post.

EXTRA ENTRIES:

  1. Like Flat Tummy Tea’s Facebook page here
  2. Follow my twitter here and pinterest here

Good luck!

 

Love, Sharon

07.30.2014

beauty box collab with memebox

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Hello! Happy Wednesday :) So excited to share a special collaboration with MEMEBOX, MEMEBOX is a non-subscription beauty box where you can pick and choose which box you would like to try out! Typically, MEMEBOX comes with 4-8 full-sized products and deluxe samples that ship to your doorstep from Korea, but if you would like only full-sized products there are Superboxes that are curated with its own exclusive theme. I have curated a beauty box with MEMEBOX and have selected products that I personally love and know would be a great addition to anyone wanting to try out Korean cosmetics :)

My limited edition MEMEBOX will come with 6 full sized products and is available for purchase here, but I will giveaway 5 boxes to 5 of my followers! Each item was selected by me for you and I hope they become part of your favorites. One of my favorite product that I use everyday is the Banila Co. primer in “classic”, it is one of Korea’s cult favorites and helps smooth out your skin texture and works wonders on those with an oily t-zone like myself. It has a gel-like texture and you can’t feel it once you have applied it, one thing I do appreciate because I don’t like to feel like I’m wearing any makeup. Another favorite of mine is the Croquis eye shadow stick which I like to use in the inner corner of my eye to make my eyes appear awake and brighter. One last product I would like to share from my box is the black sugar facial scrub which I use to exfoliate and help keep my face glowing and feeling refreshed. The products may have directions in Korean, but there is a leaflet with the product description and how to use in English. To be one of the lucky winners to enter my giveaway, please follow the rules below and enter :)

MEMEBOX x The Pink Diary box is limited edition, to purchase please click here. (sold out)

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EDIT // Big THANK YOU to everyone that entered the contest, here are the winners:

*winners will be notified via e-mail from MEMEBOX

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GIVEAWAY RULES:

  1. You must create an account with MEMEBOX here (it will be easier for MEMEBOX to ship out the box if you are one of the lucky winners!) Please leave your e-mail address or full name you signed up with in the comment box.
  2. You must follow my blog here
  3. Comment below sharing your favorite beauty product
  4. This giveaway is open worldwide, giveaway will begin July 30, 2014 end August 10, 2014 at 11:59pm EST and winner will be announced and notified on August 11, 2014 on this blog post.

EXTRA ENTRIES:

  1. Follow MEMEBOX on facebook and instagram
  2. Follow me on pinterest and twitter
  3. Follow MEMEBOX on youtube and my instagram

Good luck!

 

Love, Sharon