Fall-Proof Your Pout

Fall is finally here, even if it doesn’t quite feel like it yet in New York City. That being said, we’re officially transitioning our dewy, bronzed summer look into a sophisticated cinnamon hued palette. With falling temperatures (forecast permitting), however, comes dry flaky skin. If you’re like us, the worst part about dry skin is what it means for lips. Chapped, cracked, peeling, discolored- none of it is even remotely cute. Furthermore, dry lips can make or break a look, regardless of whether you opt for lip color or not. Fear not, dear readers, a luscious, hydrated, plump pout is within reach during the colder months. And the best part? It only requires two products, although we’ve also included some other fave finds to finish off your look.

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The secret to Fall-proofing your pout? Step 1: exfoliate, step 2: lock in moisture.

Step 1: Lush Lip Scrub

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  • This vegan lip scrub is good enough to eat- literally. With ingredients including sugar, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and salt you can buff away dead skin cells while moisturizing your pout. Once you’re finished, simply lick it away! While Lush offers a range of flavors, our favorite is Popcorn- which packs a buttery punch.

Step 2: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

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  • One of my favorite finds of 2017 is Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. My dog approves too- every time I have it on, she goes straight for the mouth. Not only does it taste and smell great, however, it also transforms your lips overnight. I’m such a fan that it has since replaced my everyday chapstick. My lips have never felt better. If the lip mask is too heavy for your tastes, they also offer a lighter Agave Lip Balm.

 

Complete the Look

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Study Guide: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at BAM

This week, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch returned to New York City to present Bausch’s “Café Müller” (1978) and “The Rite of Spring” (1975) as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2017 Next Wave Festival. Running September 14-24, seeing this program in this venue is particularly exciting, given that it was this program that Bausch presented at BAM for Tanztheater Wuppertal’s 1984 New York debut. While all performances are currently sold out, here are some things to consider before, during, and after the performance if you were fortunate enough to procure a ticket.

Before the show:

During the show:

  • Pay attention to gender roles and the interaction between genders
  • Keep an eye out for repetition and the effect that it produces in “Café Müller”
  • Consider the functionality of each performer in “Café Müller”
  • Stay in the audience for all of intermission

After the show:

  • Compare your notes to Brian Seibert’s NYT review. If you’re curious to know how the pieces were received in 1984, check out this one as well.

 

A Tiny Splurge

A Tiny Splurge

Recently, I shamelessly had my make-up done in the lobby of an Equinox with a friend a. so I could look b-e-a-u-tiful at work for once and b. because it came with the promise of a 20% off coupon. Turns out, I’m a bigger fan of Bobbi Brown than I realized before and have zero impulse control when it comes to a discount with an expiration date. Cue one of the biggest orders that I’ve made online in a while and one that I’ll be paying for for another couple of paychecks. But hey, #noregrets, right?

 

Included in my purchase was the Intensive Skin Supplement & Hydrating Eye Cream (have to start fighting wrinkles early, amirite?), Instant Full Cover Concealer (truly better than sleep), Skin Foundation Stick (just the right amount of coverage and somehow it magically matches my skin tone), and a corrector (because I always carry two large tote bags under my eyes and need a way to camouflage them). Bonus points: I got to make my own skin care sampler set for free, so it’s totally justifiable, right? Right?

Lemon Garlic Scallops over a Bed of Greens and Tomatoes

Lemon Garlic Scallops over a Bed of Greens and Tomatoes

For some reason or another, Friday night I was hit hard with a craving for scallops, despite the fact that I had never before prepared that protein. Additionally, I’ve been trying to maintain a vegan diet for at least 5 days a week, for environmental and ethical purposes, but have given myself two days of wiggle room for those inevitable cravings. Thus, when this craving hit, I counted it as a cheat day and riffed on some online scallop cooking methods. that I found I found the results quite enjoyable- I hope you do too!

 

Lemon-garlic scallops over a bed of arugula, sprouts, and tomatoes:

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup sprouts
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sautée shallots, diced, and garlic, minced, in melted butter. Add scallops and cook for a few minutes on one side until opaque (shaking pan every 30 sec). Flip scallops to sear on other side.

 

While scallops are cooking, prepare a bed of arugula on a clean plate. Nest sprouts on top of arugula. Sprinkle quartered tomatoes on top of greens.

 

Once scallops are fully cooked, transfer them to bed of greens, Squeeze lemons into skillet. Mix lemon juice with remaining butter, garlic, and shallots to create sauce. Drizzle sauce over plate to serve.

Bon appétit!

Summer Time at Lincoln Center

Summer Time at Lincoln Center

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I remember the first time I ever visited Lincoln Center. I was in middle school, living in the mountains and  traveling to New York for the first time with my drama class. The weather was starting to get warmer, seeing as it was an end of the year pilgrimage, and the city bursting with verdant foliage. It was that time of year that I had my first introduction to Lincoln Center. And I thought that it was one of the ugliest landmarks that I had ever seen. The austere buildings and jeweled interiors struck me as dated and cold. I lamented the fact that the US lacked a true Bolshoi Theatre or Palais Garnier.

 

Years later, and after having visited both the Bolshoi and Palais Garnier, I could not disagree more with my younger self. A glamorous, palatial theater would look gauche against the New York City Skyline. Lincoln Center has a quiet dignity and grace that serves as the perfect counterpoint to the spirit of the city that I now call home. It’s a sanctuary, yet not an escape, from the every day. You go there to exhale and consider the experience of others, to open your mind and your heart and your soul, but not to forget the world outside. It’s architecture ensures just that.

Fresh Finds for February

Fresh Finds for February

 

Regardless of your Valentine’s Day plans, everyone wants to feel a little luxe and romantic in February. Especially if your current plans revolve around a night making sweet love to some chocolate and a bottle of wine alone on your couch like yours truly, it can help to feel like Grace Kelly reclining while you do so. And nothing will make you feel more like Grace Kelly than a beautifully designed product. A product that will look good while making you look good. Check out our picks below:

Tocca fragrance
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Confession: I spend a lot of time at Sephora. For some reason, I feel like any money I spend there doesn’t count, like calories you don’t add yo your calorie tracker (hint: they never happened). With the amount of time I’ve spent there, you can bet your a** I’ve tried on every fragrance in their catalog. Every time I go to buy perfume, I tell myself I’m going to branch out, but nothing can beat Florence by Tocca, so that’s the only perfume I’ve ever gone home with. It wears beautifully, makes itself known without making an Axe like statement, and is supposed to make me smell like a “Parisian sophisticate”. An earthy floral, this perfume should be stocked in your purse stat. Bonus: The rollerball comes in beautiful gold and olive packaging.
Hourglass is one of my favorite finds from the past year. Of my Hourglass finds, this compact is by far my favorite. I’ve had a hard time finding a natural looking highlighter. Most of my other attempts revolved around sticks or liquids, which were either too harsh or too gummy on my skin. This compact delivers a subtle healthy glow through blush, highlighter, and a bronzer. It’s my one stop shop in the morning to sculpt a dynamic look, even in the middle of February when it’s been approximately 5 months since I last saw sunshine. Bonus: You’ll want to show off the beautiful, marble look case.

Givenchy makeup
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This lip color comes in a pink leather case that looks oh so chic. It also, plumps, moisturizes, and delivers custom lip color by reacting to your skin’s Ph. The color is sheer and your lips, but better. Additionally, if you’re anything like me, your lips are a hot mess by now so it pays to have a lip balm that you actually want to wear.

Cheese Fried Eggs

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As a dancer, I love nothing more than starting my day off with a protein packed breakfast. As such, my go-to is a delicious, nutritious (and not to mention cheap!) plate of eggs. For some reason I developed an aversion to runny yolks and scrambled eggs at some point during high school so that’s left me with the meager options of egg white omelets or two fried eggs over hard. While omelets are easier to get creative with, people generally don’t like to mess with fried eggs. I’m hoping to change that today. Cheese fried eggs made me excited for breakfast again, and could not be easier to make. Happy munching!

Recipe:

Olive oil (I use a spray but oil from the bottle will work as well)

2 eggs

Cheese of your choice (My favorites are shredded parmesan, crumbled goat cheese, and shredded cheddar)

Preheat and grease pan. Sprinkle cheese to thinly cover bottom of pan. Crack eggs into pan and fry until the yolk reaches your desired consistency.

Bon appétit!

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Note: Feel free to get creative with it! I like to add avocado at the end or sauté some mushrooms before adding the cheese and eggs #yum