Posts Written On June 2015

Jewelry on a budget: #Rocksbox

Normally I’m the type of person that shies away from subscription services. Something about the predictability of things coming the mail all the time and having a strict routine…(maybe it’s just the free-spirited, non-committal Gemini in me, I dunno.) So when I heard about the service Rocksbox, I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive. After I did a bit of research and saw that I could cancel at anytime, I took the plunge.

To shop the Rocksbox catalog you need to become a member. It’s an easy three step process; you take a style survey and add items to your jewelry wish list; receive three pieces to wear on loan– each is hand selected for you based on your specific requests in the survey. Return your rocksbox to get three new pieces. Really simple and relaxing. I took my time with the survey, looking through the entire catalog and picking just what I like, from gold to silver to simple pieces to more ornate items.

It’s $19 a month for unlimited jewelry rental with free prepaid shipping both ways, with the return shipping label included in your box of bobbles. You can even  get the first month for free! My referral code is krovargasxoxo. Use today and tomorrow!

(Keep in mind, even though it’s free the first month, you still need to enter a credit card.)

The first three pieces I received coordinated with each other nicely (again, based on what I checked off in my wish list). If you happen to love an item so much, you can buy it at the “members only” discounted price.

Here’s what I got in my first #Rocksbox.

My first rocksbox! Cute little gift box with a fabric bow ~

Everything came in this cute little box tied with a ribbon– the loveliest little gift. I’m a sucker for nice packaging! Each item was wrapped in a tiny see-through silk baggie (not pictured), nestled in chevron tissue paper, as seen below.

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Gold simplicity. I really like the earrings and ring.

Pictured are the Perry Street Charlotte Earrings, Gorjana Nesa Necklace and the Sophie Harper Pavé X Ring in Gold.

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This Pavé X Ring in gold was my favorite item in the box! So delicate and girly ~

The  Pavé X Ring was my favorite item in this whole box. It fit like a dream. Light enought to wear daily without feeling bulky, sturdy good quality that did not bend or warp in any way and shiny enough to add some gleam to my hand without being overbearing.

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The Charlotte Earrings are so classy, while the Nesa necklace is delicate and airy with their tiny arrow design.

I liked the Charolette earrings, they were okay. Very pretty up close and little on the heavy side, though not enough to be bothersome when worn. They were a bit on the dressy-side for me, if that makes sense. I held off wearing them until I knew I had to go to an event.

The only item I sorta disliked in this box was the Nesa necklace. I like to wear delicate pieces from time to time, bu this one was too delicate. The necklace itself is very thin and the arrow head pieces barely stood out when I wore it. The tiny clasp also gave me more trouble than I would have liked when I was putting on and taking it off. I wore the necklace for a 12 hr work day and none of coworkers or friends noticed I was wearing it.
You can see the earrings and necklace worn below, with my hair tied back.

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Here I’m wearing the necklace and earrings. Of the two, the earrings were my favorite. They have just the right amount of shine!

Would I recommend Rocksbox? Sure! If I can spend $20 a month of cheap disposable accessories from fast fashion houses like F21 or H&M, why not use that same cash to get some good quality jewelry I can exchange at anytime?

I loved 2/3 of my first set and am looking forward to what I’ll be getting next month.

Use my referral code today and tomorrow to get your first month free!

Code: krovargasxoxo

Happy shopping!



Celebrate National Orange Blossom Day with @KriglerPerfumer & #soapandpaperfactory

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The Orange Blossom is the fragrant flower of the orange tree and in the language of flowers, it stands for Innocence and Eternal Love. Marriage and Fruitfulness. This pleasantly fragrant flower brings a little zest to your scent. These luxe brands have the fancy flora covered.

Krigler‘s history spans five generations and reaches from St. Petersburg to Berlin and Paris, from the French Riviera to New York. The Krigler family first operated a small retail venue within the Plaza from 1931 to 1970s and after a period of dormancy, the company reopened in 2000 and returned to the Plaza in 2008.

With such a rich emphasis on legacy, archival fragrance recipes and famous clientele, Krigler is a brand that can not be ignored even if you tried. I received samples of two of their wonderfully chic perfumes with hints of orange blossom in each.


Juicy Jasmine 30 combines the charm of the purest jasmine flowers with the fruity tang of orange blossom. The scent is sparkling and spontaneous. An exquisite floral blend of hyacinth, lily of the valley, ylang and gaiac wood. When I opened the packaging, I was in love. The perfect fun and fresh scent that clings to your skin all day, leaving a light airy, zesty trail. This is the smell of girlish flirty, fun. Because of the perfumes spontaneous nature, wearing this made me feel like I could go from a serious, mature lady to a  flirty coquette. I’d wear this on an extra special night out with the girls ~


Dolce Tuberose 43 is described as “A dream of romance never greater! Beautiful promenade on the Italian Riviera passing Portofino and San Remo. The sweet scent of Tuberose mingles with warm Rose Wood and exotic Ylang-Ylang for a romantic and dreamlike feel, while captivating Geranium and classic Vanilla combine with zesty orange blossom for a smooth, delectable finish”. Such a beautiful panorama to envision with a whiff of this delicate, but strong scent. Add a ray of setting sunlight on a summer evening to the painting and you have simple, sophisticated perfection. Mature and classy, yet bright and vibrant. I’ll be needing this for those days I want to channel my inner Miranda Priestly.

The packaging has an old-world European flair. Simple and classy. The perfect vanity decor.

Availability: Krigler at the Plaza Hotel, 1 West 58th Street (Grand Army Plaza), New York, NY 10019; (212) 371-1122; website.

Soap and Paper Factory is a New York based brand that creates all natural, beautifully scented, handmade products wrapped in exquisite, earth friendly packages. Each pattern and fragrance are created together. They chose boxes and tubes made from recycled materials to hold their products, they do not test on animals, and all their products are free of petroleum, parabens, and phthalates.


From S&P, I received the beautifully wrapped Neroli Shea Butter Soap Bar. This gorgeous bar is enormous! Like a brick in the palm of my hand. The paper it’s packaged in is beautiful and vibrant with a small wax seal embellished with the S&P logo. I adore it~  The scent– to die for! Orange Blossom, Orange water and Citrus. All natural, all beautiful. This artisanal shea butter soap isn’t like your run of mill bar. While it doesn’t lather up like most bars, it leaves a trail of delicate light suds as it cleanses and moisturizes.
My skin felt so soft and subtle after the first couple of uses, I didn’t need to use any body lotion afterwards. I was taking small sniffs of myself all night after my bedtime bath!

Availability: website

Brighten up your day and shine on all summer long with these zesty, but luxurious products.





@FoodFete: Summer 2015

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Food Fête is an exclusive, intimate event that allows exhibitors to showcase their newest food, beverage and kitchenware products in an intimate, cocktail party setting to marketing and PR professionals.

In the two and a half hours I was able to take a peek into upcoming new foods and beverages that are ready to be released this summer. The attendance list was quite impressive, with companies and brands ranging from artisanal food start-ups to familiar national brands.

I visited a few choice brands like Kozy Shack, Eleni’s, and Lovin’ Scoopful, just to name a few!

No doubt about it, summer 2015 is going to be packed with all sorts of new culinary treats!



Kozy Shack has unbelievably delicious pudding. Decadent yet guilt free– check them out! @kozyshack


Stone Ridge Orchard. Tucked away in the Rondout river valley between the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountain, this local company has nothing but the freshest of the fresh fruit!


America’s first contemporary artisan chocolate manufacturer, SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolate Maker set out to craft the richest, most flavorful chocolate. @ScharffenBerger


Delicious and nutritious almonds from California. @almonds


Rich and creamy ice cream from Lovin’ Scoopful! 25% of profits are shared with Special Olympics and other causes– amazing! @LovinScoopful


Three Bridges Salsa. These were seriously yummy ~ check them out for new recipe ideas, too! @ThreeBridgesUSA


Eleni’s. New York based nut free bakery– everything was so cute and so good! Please, please look them up! @ElenisCookies


Beautiful holiday cookie. Look at the artistry ~


Cheeeeeeese!! Londoner Cheese Imported from Great Britain, These cheeses were crafted in the heart of Great Britain’s countryside, and hand-selected by award winning graders. I think I died and went to heaven. @LondonerUSA


Between healthy almonds, savory salsa and cheeses and sweet sweet sweets, this summer looks like it’s going to be a culinary journey. Check out these companies for all your summer 2015 recipes!




11th Annual Cheap Chic Wedding #TPDress Contest sponsored by @CharminChic

On June 17th, Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique was the host of the 11th Annual Cheap Chic Wedding Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest that awards the winner with a grand prize of $10,000 and for the first time, the winner’s toilet paper design is going to be made into a ready-to-wear dress by Kleinfeld. What an honor!

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If you’re not familiar with the Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, sponsored by Charmin, the object is to challenge creative minds from across the country to create a wearable on-trend wedding dress and corresponding headpiece from only toilet paper, glue, tape and a needle and thread. No biggie.

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Make a wedding dress with these? Yikes!

Cheap Chic Weddings received close to 1,500 entries this year! After much deliberation, the founders of CCW, Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, narrowed down the selection to the top ten. Those finalists were flown here to NYC for the final fashion show, which took place at the prestigious Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique.

Model runway at Kleinfeld.

The boutique floor was transformed into a runway where the top ten finalists strutted their elaborate and beautiful dresses for the celebrity panel of judges. One by one the finalists designs made their way down the makeshift runway passing the celebrity judges, showcasing every detail. From elaborate and beautiful buttons made from glue to detachable and removable skirts and vests, to amazing and breath-taking headpieces and veils.

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Amazing details in each and every final design.

In the end the judges chose the fitted gown; a tuxedo-inspired design, with a flowing, flower-covered train, and an adorable bow tie with the handmade top hat and detachable pieces created by designer, Donna Pope Vincler. Her dress will be turned into a ready-to-wear item available for sale at Kleinfeld.

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Close up of Donna Vincler’s tuxedo inspired wedding dress including top hat, bow tie, removable vest and detectable train.
Winner Donna Pope Vincler.

But what was going through the judges minds when it came time to choose a final winner? I had the opportunity to interview judge, Mikie Russo, Celebrity Wedding/Party Planner, who said, “…as a judge, I’m looking for a style and design that is reminiscent of a traditional wedding gown, in design, feel and silhouette.”

Honored to have met judge Mikie Russo!

The judges overall were looking for the dress that had beauty, showcased originality and creativity. They were also looking for the designer that had the best use of toilet paper and followed the rules most well.

In the end, Donna Pope Vincler’s design encompassed every aspect of what the judges were looking for. Congratulations Donna!




A Night with the Stars @ CAPE + Verizon’s #IAM Night Out

Ciao lovelies!

This past week I was fortunate to join CAPE + Verizon’s #IAM Night Out in NYC.


CAPE, or the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment is an incredible non profit who’s goal is to shed light on Asian American Pacifics in the media. Some of the fellows from this year include Constance Wu (aka sassy mom from FRESH OFF THE BOAT) and Youtube Sensation Joseph Vincent  (You’re welcome ladies!)

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The #IAM campaign was really special because it allowed these amazing self made professionals to tell the story of how they started off and how they got to where they are today. I think anyone, regardless of their heritage can relate to chasing a dream, and then with some luck and hard work, actually achieving it!


A lot of fashionistas came out to see the event. I LOVE this flowery print top paired with this solid black skirt. I also loved the unique detailing of this Indian Septum ring spotted on one of the lovely ladies from the event’s sponsor, Verizon.


The night was seasoned with some AMAZING live performances form Youtube musicians Joseph Vincent and Justin Chen and some hilarious stand up from Host/stand up comedian Paul PK Kim. Some inspiring stories also came from Yong Kim, Ted Kim, and Chris Oh, two brothers and a childhood bestie who quit their advertising jobs to start the Korean sausage company, Seoul Sausage Co. They ended up competing in Food Network’s “Food Truck Race” in season 3 and won EVERY. SINGLE. ROUND. (mic drop)


As inspiring as that was, my favorite anecdote came from Dancing With The Star’s, Carrie Ann Inaba and her very first audition for the early 90’s show, “IN LIVING COLOR“. (PS- I have no words for the dancing or outfits in this link:)

For those of you who don’t know, this is the show where JLO, “Jenny from the Block” first made her way in the spotlight. After a vigorous dance audition, creator Keenan Ivory Wayans said to Carrie, “Do you know why I chose you? You were the worst dressed person but you walked in with such confidence, I gave you the job before I even saw you dance. You were so confident, I had to drink your Kool Aid.”


So my Reading Rainbow message to you lovely folks tonight is, remember, the world isn’t about just what you wear, but also your mindset. If you believe in yourself, than maybe the rest of the world will follow suit and you’ll be one step closer to achieving your dream. Maybe it’ll be you up on stage inspiring us all one day:)

Chau for now!


And another one joins the fun!

Hey everyone!

My name is Chau (like Ciao!) and I am the latest to join in on the summer fun here! I’m a native New Yorker, born and bred in Brooklyn. I always raise my hand and say, “Right here!” when the DJ asks, “Where Brooklyn At? Where Brooklyn at?!” and I always, always fold my pizza in half.  Besides that, I am  an avid traveler (planning a round the world trip for 2016), cinephile, lover of dad jokes and fashion/beauty fan. Follow me as I explore NY one bejeweled lipstick at a time!


You can also follow me and my travels around the world at or on IG at @ciaochaumui.