Archive for January, 2012
I haven’t been doing a lot of domestic travel the past year so when my friend Jean heard about a PAL promo fare to go to Bacolod for the chinese new year weekend, I immediately said yes.
I’ve been to Bacolod several times before this trip but it was Jean’s first and I knew she likes to go around and check out sites. I personally just wanted to relax, and in fairness, i got to do what i intended to do.
Here was my CNY weekend in pictures.
First stop: Inasal at Chicken House
We stayed at L’Fisher Chalet as recommended by my friends who grew up in Bacolod. I was pleasantly surprised to see nice, clean and modern facilities. my favorite parts were the pool and the spa.
I had a wonderful time getting a tan while catching up on music and my books. Major bonding with the kindle is pure heaven!
Jean wanted to see the sites around Bacolod, Silay and Talisay, so off we went.
yep, we should do this more often. #itsmorefuninthephilippines!
nomama artisanal ramen sounds like a place you’d love to hate. apart from bespoke (even sartorial or fusion), artisanal is one of those buzz words you should avoid – it is either overused or used inappropriately. admittedly, i had my doubts at first. but after hearing good things about the place from different people PLUS it was in my neighborhood, i was really getting very curious.
tucked in a residential area in quezon city, nomama is bright yet still has a nondescript air about it. it is the brainchild of chef him uy of east, that tiny resto inside of rustan’s.
i had googled the night before so i knew what to order and what to avoid. we settled for the following:
the mushroom gyoza looked like the traditional japanese ones but when we looked for the sauce, the waiter said it was already incorporated in the dumpling.
think of it as a vegetarian xiao long bao – a soupy yet crunchy XLB. it was light and refreshing.
the seafood kilawin sounds very filipino from the get-go. that said, unlike the traditional kilawin which had a more brine-y taste to the seafood, nomama’s version was succulent and didn’t have that overwhelming vinegar-y taste.
the beef tataki with sweet potato chips was my favorite. tataki is a japanese way of preparing meat or fish, seared very briefly over a hot flame or pan, briefly marinated in vinegar, sliced thinly and seasoned with ginger. nomama’s version had hints of garlic and chili. and if you scoop out the tataki using the chips and top it with a little alfalfa sprout, this combination melds into a delightful mix of textures and flavors.
the nomama ramen had a shoyu-based(soy) broth with chasyu(pork slices) and topped with a beckoning “ramen” egg or ajitsuke tamago. ajitsuke tamago is basically a soft-boiled egg flavored and marinated overnight. although the ramen and broth itself were just ok, the egg was done wonderfully.
we ended the meal with the flourless chocolate cake with miso salted caramel, which seemed like something out of the “hip” food catalogue(again?). and since i was a sucker for anything salted caramel, i had to try it. the cake itself was pretty dense but i loved the idea of the salty bits incorporated in the batter. the caramel was also more tampered in sweetness.
as compliments of the chef, he sent over a slice of buttermilk poundcake with a wasabi-chocolate sauce. the chef mentioned he rarely bakes so he wanted us to try it. i really liked the poundcake because it didn’t taste that rich and heavy, probably because of the buttermilk used. the sauce had a stronger kick of wasabi, more than the usual when used as a dessert. i told him i found it interesting and he thought i didn’t like it. interesting is not exactly bad, you know.
what i like most about nomama is that the place and the dishes surprised me! it was all sorts of good things rolled into one – modern, tastey and homey all at the same time. i liked it so much, i had dinner there two nights in a row. it’s that kind of restaurant you’d love to go back just to try out the other stuff on the menu.
Nomama Artisanal Ramen
G/F FSS Bldg 2, Scout Tuason cor
Scout Castor Sts, Quezon City
got all caught up in my short vacay over the weekend that i didn’t get to do this week’s glossy. heehee. but in case you’re bored, here’s a link to all the glossies so far. enjoy!
Ivy Kirzhner is a Filipino-American shoe designer and photographer based in New York City. Ivy is multi-talented and gifted having graduated from the prestigious and highly selective La Guardia high school or commonly known as the FAME high school which calls Erica Jong, Robert de Niro, Steven Bochco, Jennifer Aniston, among its alumni. After high school, she went on to the Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated with a BFA in accessories design.
Since then, Ivy has become a young creative leader in contemporary footwear design where she has lead teams domestically and overseas, and designed footwear lines for Dolce Vita, DV by Dolce Vita, Sweet Life by Dolce Vita, Dolcetta, Pencey, BEBE, Steve Madden, H by Halson, Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic just to name a few. She is currently the Designer and Creative Director of Footwear for BCBGMAXAZRIA at the Camuto Group, where she also works closely alongside the legendary icon and industry patriarch, Vince Camuto.
Apart from being a creative fashion force, she als runs a very popular blog http://www.saintandlibertine.com.
At home in New York, I do tend to keep quite a maximalist lifestyle, being in fashion and in various creative fields.
However, my grooming essentials are quite simplistic since I travel a lot for work and leisure. I stick to products that are fool-proof and reliable, and I try to keep my daily routine down to a minimum. I also try not to splurge. (My savings go to my photography equipment… and on my designer pieces. 😉
These are the 40 things I love and cannot live without.
My facial routine has not changed much since I was a teenager. I’ve been using almost the same exact products since. Thankfully, I never really had any issues with my skin despite of my age.
1) Clean&Clear Persagel. I apply this on my T-zone after cleansing, even if I don’t have any pimples. It keeps everything under control and it bleaches out blemishes.
2) Neutrogena Healthy Skin Moisturizer. I have been using this since I was a teenager. I’m not ready to move yet.
3) Neutrogena Ageless Intensives. This is a recent add-on to my nightly routine as a aging preventive.
4) Bliss Fabulous Foaming Facewash. I love this cleanser! It cleanses, exfoliates and freshens the skin all at the same time. My skin feels like petals afterwards.
5) Natural Crystal Essence deodorant with Lavender and White Tea Oil. I’m a big fan of all-natural products. This one works awesome!
6) Listerine Mouthwash. As a rule at home, we decant our mouthwash. 😉
7) L’Occitane hand lotions. I actually use these as body lotions as well, since they’re so rich and yummy. They work great especially for my super dry legs and arms.
I’m a big bubble bath buff. Bubble baths are like ice cream. You gotta have different scents of all kinds! Here are some of my absolute favorites:
8) Satu Poppy Showers Bubble Bath.
9) Lollia Sugared Pastilles BubbleBath. This one smells super delicious!
10) L’Occtinate Cherry Blossom Bath Pebbles. Aside for bubble bath soaps, I like to throw in bath salts into the mix. They keep your skin from drying up.
11) Sabon Mineral Powder. (divasoria:I LOVE SABON PRODUCTS!)
12) Sabon Peach Bubble Bath Foam.
I recently got a Japanese hair perm and it’s important that I keep my hair super hydrated and that I use sulfate-free products.
13) Organix Vanilla Silk. This one for general cleansing. It’s also sulfate-free.
14) L’Oreal Sulfate Free, Silicone-Free Smoothing Shampoo. This is what use for my second lather/rinse to smooth and repair.
15) dAvines LOVE Conditoner. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this conditioner from Italy! It smells like babies AND it is super hydrating. You only need a teeny tiny dollop and soon, you can say goodbye to hot oil treatments. It really works!
Styling regiments on top shelf
16) Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry. I use this for when I really want to get that super pin-straight ZEN-like polished hairdo.
17) Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum It smells like coconut, but works great on keeping my hair lush and super strong. Great for when I don’t need to blow dry my hair straight
I love perfumes. I had been looking for the perfect scent that blended well with my body chemistry. I have amassed quite a few until I tried Chloe. Chloe has become the signature scent for me. It interacts magically and effortlessly with my natural scent… and drives my husband wild! I think that’s when you know you have found the right perfume. Once in a while, I would change it up with the other perfumes I have kept. It all depends on my mood, the season and the occasion. But for everyday, I use Chloe.
20) YSL Babydoll. For flirty days.
I spray this on whenever I go to some serious occasions in the Fall, like seeing Opera or the Ballet. I relate this scent to velvet and pearls in November.
22) Dior Cherie. This one makes a great Spring/Summer scent.
23) D.S. & Durga Silent Grove & Coriander. I love the smell of Coriander. It’s so fresh and natural and so green. The Silent Grove is actually superbly romantic, yet simply floral at the same time. I wear these two together sometimes.
24) Chloe parfum and lotion. Absolute LOVE!
25) L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Cologne. Another great spring/summer scent.
26) L’Occitane Eau de Miel. I put this on at night as it’s alcohol-free and super mild. It smells like babies!
I have a really simple cosmetics and makeup regiment. Learned from just playing with makeup randomly as a kid.
After cleansing and moisturizing, I normally use 27) Bobbi Brown’s concealer with finishing powder and then apply 28) Guerlain powder foundation on top.
For my cheeks, I use a teeny tiny bit 29) Makeup Forever’s HD Tint.
For my eyes, I stick to 31) Dior Couture’s Black Flash and Gold Touch eyeshadow, but I would sometimes use 32) Chanel Les 4 Ombres No 14. Then I define my lids with 33) Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliners with a brush (which is so amazingly fuss-free!!!). Then I finish it off with 34) Guerlains waterproof/smudge-proof double-wand mascara.
For lips, for everyday, I stick to 35) Bobbi Brown’s nude palette. For evening and if I want something more dramatic, I love using red, etiher 36) Chanel no. 14 or 37) Chanel Shanghai Red. Occasionally, I’d go for the hot coral pink 38) YSL Rouge Volupte especially in the springtime.
Other things I use:
39) C.O. Bigelow No.140 Chapped Hands Cleanser. Wintertime is quite brutal in New York and my hands are the first victim. It really leaves your hands feeling suepr moisturized and protected.
40) Crest 3D White. This is the simple secret to a bright fluorescent smile. Seriously, the color of your teeth can make or break any look. 😀
as told to divasoria
co·coon·ing noun -ˈkü-niŋ – the practice of spending leisure time at home in preference to going out
i think it’s more of a function of getting older but i’ve found myself and even my friends preferring to enjoy each other’s company in the comforts of our own home. there just seems to be a huge black hole in places that cater to my demographic – everything is just too manic or too loud.
i’ve also noticed that i spend hours looking at design and home decor sites lately. i’ve been skipping the end-of-season sales of zara, mango, topshop etc in favor of buying “home” things. my favorite purchase so far? these lovely pillows.
it’s from bleach home by bleach catastrophe, one of my favorite local brands. i like the neutral palette and the quirky visuals. since i’m a huge fan of a more eclectic aesthetic, i thought the delicate ballet slippers and butterfly graphics worked perfectly with the skull print it’s very feminine and homey yet still modern and rock n roll.
yup, i think i’m growing up.
2nd level, greenbelt 5,