Posts Written On July 2018

Subtle Trends of Millennial Luxury Fashion

The resurgence of luxury fashion for young people can be seen on social media platforms like Instagram daily. Showing off their new products, brand names and even the price or exclusivity of these items!  The includes handbags, sunglasses, tops, jackets, shoes and even jackets.

The access to these exclusive designer products can be very prominent in huge logos, brand color or simply by design.  While brands can be very recognizable like the Nike check mark, some have more subtle attributes like a pair of red bottom shoes.  A designer backpack or flashy jewelry also add to this millennial luxury fashion trends.

The main motivation behind this trend is to feel special, to demonstrate their great taste and of course, attention.

The importance of shoes as a fashion statement has many cultural references. With fairytales like Cinderella, the implication that a pair of shoes can change your life is deeply embedded in our minds.

If you think about creating an outfit – a pair of shoe can change the whole look of it. A black dress with a pair of white sneakers vs a black dress with a pair of motorcycle boots – can completely become two different outfits.

When being involved in a brand name product, the entry is usually fragrance. It has the company that licenses their brand name to create a fragrance is usually the first product a person buys when they want to partake in the brand. Beauty products are a low-cost entry point into the world of luxury. If you cannot afford Chanel or Louboutins, you can at least buy their nail polish first. Whereas a typical bottle of nail polish is around $2-$6, a Louboutin bottle will cost you around $30.  If you cannot get a pair of the iconic red bottom $1000 shoes, you can still participate in the brand in this way. And many millennial and Gen Xers do.

Loubiflash Neoprene, Pink

0 Comments

Antique & Animals Exhibition By Ellie Ji Yang at Kenektid X Gallery

Now is summer, don’t just stay at home watching Netflix…Let us go out looking for something fun. If you live in New York, I highly recommend to see some good art shows. There is one artist that I love her work all the time, and now she has a show going on!

Kenektid X Gallery is pleased to present Antique & Animals By Ellie Ji Yang. A solo show on view at 1026 6th Avenue, Suite 201 in New York, from July 12th through August 2nd, 2018, with an opening reception on Thursday, July 12th.

Ellie is a Korean artist, currently based in Brooklyn NY. She holds an MFA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and a BFA in Cartoon and Animation from Chosun University, South Korea. She is known for her ever heartwarming, cheerful and unfiltered-raw drawings.

Ellie Yang is an artist whose work is simultaneously aware of history and sentimentality. Her work is inhabited by familiar imagery; mountains, animals, lovers, explorers. However, these are not tropes that she engages by default. Rather, she deploys them in order to make a more significant assertion. She brings elements of history into her work as a way of addressing the relationship between her own inherited influences and her experience as a self-aware observer and documenter of the mundane. She summons the larger contextual sphere of art history by presenting Roman marbles as the protagonists of her vignettes. They become place holders for the artist herself and, more significantly, they serve as a vehicle for the viewer.

These marble figures are luxuriant and anxious in turn. Relaxing in pools of water among casually sketched butterflies and oysters. They visit museums, and touch the artifacts- overfamiliar with the practical objects now meant to be behind glass vitrines. Her figures do not lend themselves to oversimplification, her subjects are all party to certain laws of perception that she establishes by breaking or ignoring boundaries of animus. Whether they be cast in marble or flesh-tone, the inhabitants of Yang’s work are all imbued with personal charisma, and some contextual narrative. This lends them all a sense of trajectory, that we the viewer, happen to have intercepted in a posed and well-staged moment.

Her facility with the graphic technicality of an image is clear and well-honed and the work assumes very little about the viewer. Rather, it does much of the groundwork for us by graphic enticement. Her color, form and visual rhythm allow the viewer to relax and become enveloped into whatever delight is being offered. There is no opportunity to object or decline the invitation, because the vista is tailored towards delight.

In this work, the animal and the natural represents the presence of an instinct and spirit that supersedes generational or historical thinking. Yang’s work states that human experience is both mundane and everlasting. Personal and private moments join with the flow of a greater, collaborative continuity that establishes itself parallel to the narrative of both art history and personal experience because it is a hybrid of both.

She uses each image’s central figure as a stand-in for the viewer, handing us our role on the stage she has set. The images are not preoccupied with the “when” of the moment but instead they describe the sensation of each experience through the charismatic doppelgangers who stand in on our behalf and, in turn, who we inhabit- seeing the world through the eyes she has crafted for us.

The article is written by Miles Debas.

If you love her work, please see more information through Ellie Yang Ji’s website http://www.ellie-yang.com/.

0 Comments

First Day of New York Restaurant Week at Momofuku Nish

Restaurant week is here, I made a long list to try! My first destination is Momofuku Nish at the very first day of New York Restaurant Week.

Here’s Momofuku Nishi’s Restaurant Week menu.

LUNCH
July 23 – August 17
Monday – Friday only
$26 per person

PRIMI
Choice of:
Gem Lettuce – dates, sunflower seeds, pecorino
Ricotta Toast – radishes, coriander vinaigrette
Black Bass – meyer lemon, green chili

SECONDI
Choice of:
Lumache – pomodoro, chili, breadcrumb
Smoked Brisket – tomato, brassicas
Skate Wing – salsa verde, pea shoots

DOLCE
Choice of:
Frozen Vanilla Mousse – black lime, amaro
Olive Oil Cake – strawberry, buttermilk

My choice

Black Bass – meyer lemon, green chili

Lumache – pomodoro, chili, breadcrumb

Frozen Vanilla Mousse – black lime, amaro

A very nice meal, I will say I can give them 4.5 stars!

After the meal, I went to the Milk Bar of course.

What a wonderful day!

0 Comments

Make Today a Pasta Day – Orecchiette Orecchiette Pasta with Broccoli sauce

The Pasta Kit Orecchiette pasta with Broccoli green sauce is an artisan product made in Italy that is perfect as a gift and it is really easy to cook.

The kit contains 250g of Orecchiette Pasta, 90 g of Broccoli sauce and a wooden spoon. Recipe: bring water to a boil in a large pan, cook the Orecchiette pasta until “al dente” (12 to 14 minutes).

About halfway through cooking time, heat the Broccoli Rabe Green Sauce in a skillet, with a tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, let simmer for 2 or 3 minutes.

When pasta is ready, drain it and the sauce. Top with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese before serving.

Pasta Ingredients: durum wheat semolina, water

Green sauce Ingredients: Broccoli rabe greens 75%, extra virgin olive oil, vegetable oil, anchovies, crushed chili pepper, wine vinegar, salt, natural flavors.

Check out www.italiaregina.it for more delicious products and recipes.

Here it is! I can’t wait to eat it now!!

0 Comments

To love, respect and steward the land – OLA TROPICAL APOTHECARY BODY BUTTER

Premium beauty and wellness products handcrafted in Hawaii,

where living in harmony with nature is a way of life.

Ola Tropical Apothecary’s luxuriously rich Body Butters repair, replenish and moisturize dry, thirsty skin. Infused with a unique synergetic healing blend and all-natural, organic ingredients, these lush body butters can be used from head to toes to uncover smooth, silky skin.

Choose from Rainforest, Coconut, Passion Fruit, Pikake, Plumeria and Tuberose flavors.

Plumeria Body Butter

Rainforest Body Butter

Body Butter is a rich harmonizing blend of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Aloe Vera, Macadamia and Cocoa Seed butters infused with our signature blend of Organic plant hydrosols to create a creamy, luxurious formula that will repair, replenish and moisturize dry, thirsty skin.

Ar better specialty store, fine salons and spas nationwide or by visiting www.hawaiianbodyproducts.com.

About Ola Tropical Apothecary:

Ola Tropical Apothecary is a natural-based bath and body spa collection centered on the Hawaiian concept of beauty and wellness. Each of the Company’s hand-crafted bath and body products combine beneficial botanicals, oils, fruits, sea elements and flowers in the time-honored, traditional Hawaiian way. Know more about the story, click here.

 

 

0 Comments

Summer Snacks For Your Chilling Time and Parties

It’s officially summer and that means it’s time to get to snacking on delicious food with clean ingredients that you can pig out on.
Finally, plant-based bacon that doesn’t taste like cardboard! Pig Out *pigless* Bacon Chips are so delicious, your taste buds will never believe that meat is not even a little bit included. Pig Out chips are as much an ingredient for your favorite recipes as they are a mouthwatering snack.
These chips were perfected by the renowned pioneer of the plant-based space, chef Dave Anderson. He is an alchemist of the highest order who built his reputation on making “plant-based” a synonym for “insanely delicious”.
Chef Dave was turning plants into epic tasting menus long before kale was running the headlines and certainly before mega-meat brands like Tyson Foods were investing in plant-based innovation. He was in the kitchen with this trend before it was in every trendy celeb’s Instagram story. He’s that rare real deal.

Right now Pig Out has a contest going right now to win chips for a year, http://swee.ps/XgELVQGJt.

Along with Pig Out grand prize of winning FREE PigOut chips for a year, there are many other chances to win! See below:

  1. (1) Grand Prize | The Boss Hog: The Grand Prize winner who has earned the highest number of points and will receive one year of PigOut chips* (see rules for details).
  2. (25) 2nd Place | Chips for Days: Our 2nd place winners will win one case of PigOut (12-pack) chips in all four flavors (Original, Kansas City BBQ, Chipotle, and Cheddar).
  3. (50) 3rd Place | Sun’s Out, Snouts Out: Our 3rd place winners will win a 4-pack of PigOut chips, which includes one bag of PigOut chips in each of our current flavors (Original, Kansas City BBQ, Chipotle, and Cheddar).

Times running out the contest ends on Aug 15, 2018 11:45 PM.

VitaPOP Popcorn is the world’s FIRST vitamin infused popcorn. It’s packed with over 15 essential vitamins including Vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1, B2, B6, B12, Niacin, Biotin, Folic Acid, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and Potassium. It’s also 100% organic and made with the protein your body needs – a full 10 grams (!!) per serving.

This delicious snack comes in three yummy flavors in perfectly-sized pouches. Stash one at your desk, in your kid’s backpacks, your gym bag—anywhere a healthy snack is needed.

Why choose VitaPOP?

  • Packed with 15 essential vitamins
  • 10 grams of protein
  • Organic kernels
  • Vegan and Non-GMO
  • Available in three flavors: Black Truffle, Sea Salt, and White Cheddar

VitaPOP is available on skinnyvitamins.com and Amazon!

Welch’s Fruit Snacks just dropped the fruit snacks of your dreams: Superfruit Mix!

The exciting new launch features a delicious and unique combination of trending flavors and fruit shapes including:

  • Pomegranate-Passionfruit
  • Starfruit-Kiwi
  • Dragonfruit-Blackberry
  • Açai-Blueberry
  • Goji–Apricot

Like all Welch’s Fruit Snack varietals, Superfruit Mix is made with fruit as the 1st ingredient and are gluten-free. With buzzy flavors in every delectably chewy bite, Superfruit Mix will be your new go-to for summer snacking or back to school packing.

KEY PRODUCT FEATURES:

  • Made with REAL Fruit
  • Fruit is Our First Ingredient
  • Gluten-Free
  • Colors from Natural Sources
  • Fat-Free
  • No Preservatives
  • 10ct Box $2.99

Moo is Moot with Milkadamia’s Easy Drinking Alternatives. Enjoy these ideas for vegan summer snacks and get a sneak peek at their upcoming collection of palate-pleasing creamers.

The environmentally conscious brand of macadamia nut milks is changing the coffee and cereal bowl staple for the better with regeneratively farmed nuts and a rich creamy taste that’s closer to dairy than any other.

As the weather heats up and our minds wander to ice cream cones, chilled basil soups, and smoothie bowls, Milkadamia’s smooth and refreshing beverages create the perfect backbone for these hot weather staples.

Milkadamia Highlights:

  • Made from raw, never roasted, nuts for a smooth, easy flavor
  • Performs beautifully in recipes thanks to its naturally creamy texture
  • Regeneratively farmed with techniques that create new soil and conserve water
    (Macadamias are harvested from trees watered only by nature’s rainfall–not artificial irrigation)
  • Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free, and Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • Cholesterol-free
  • Excellent source of vitamins D and B12
  • 50% more calcium than 1% dairy milk
0 Comments