Wasara’s tableware is too pretty to eat off just once, but intended for single-use, all products are made of 100% renewable material, like bamboo, reed pulp, and bagasse.
The organic forms are beautifully designed to hold comfortably in your hand. They’re perfect to add an elegant touch to casual dinner parties outdoors under the stars.
I’m sharing my favorite beauty/skin care products today; the ones that usually fit into my daily routine -
1. BB Cream – I use BB Cream in lieu of liquid or powder foundations. I’ve yet to find another kind of base that provides the coverage, SPF, and moisture that BB Cream gives. I believe the best kind of makeup- either in product or technique- is when others can’t tell you’re wearing any, so the main thing I love about BB Cream is that it evens out my skin tone while still remaining translucent and lightweight.
2. Cleansing System – I only recently began using a cleansing brush for my skin when I read about the Clarisonic on Bleubird, but now, I can’t imagine ever not using it. It gently exfoliates and cleanses my skin, and after each use my face is able to absorb lotions and makeup nicely and so evenly. My face was glowing ever since its first use. Highly recommend!
3. Rosebud Salve – My beloved little tin of Rosebud Salve. I’ve used it since high school, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be using it for all my years to come. I put it on my lips every night before going to bed, and my lips stay super soft and hydrated all day. Subtle shine, slight tint, beautiful branding – I love everything about this simple product. It’s great for your cuticles too! After putting it on my lips, I always rub the remaining salve left on my finger into my cuticles.
4.NARS Blush in Orgasm – This blush makes you look as though you walked a mile in a frigid blizzard, bundled in a thick coat and scarf, with your head down against the falling snow, to arrive home, the inside glowing with candles and a wood-burning fireplace warming a cozy and lively room full of friends and family who are drinking apple cider and laughing heartily, and you walk in and everyone cheers at your arrival, and you feel yourself glowing from the engulfing warmth of gentle fire and so much happiness. That glow.
5. Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara – I’ve tried Lancôme’s Definicils, Benefit’s They’re Real!, Diorshow, and many others, and Maybelline’s Mega Plush could stand with them all, for a quarter of the price. I really think the effectiveness of different mascaras depends on the individual’s eyelash thickness, length, the form of their eyelid, and other factors. Mega Plush really works for me, and true to its name, it makes my lashes look full and soft.
Benefit High Beam – I bought my first bottle for prom night, but this highlighter has remained with me over the years as a daily beauty favorite. The liquid formula blends in flawlessly, making my skin look dewy and fresh. It’s fantastic at highlighting my cheekbones, and on special nights, I blend some on my brow bones, collarbones, and shoulders as well. It gives me the perfect glow to make me feel glamorous.
e.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner – I oftentimes find drugstore beauty products to perform just as well as high-end ones, and in this case as well, e.l.f.’s black eyeliner is my daily pick. The applicator’s fine point makes for precision lining, and the liquid dries quickly on my lids. It’s not waterproof, but as long as you don’t rub your eyes, it’ll stay put throughout the day, even after some tears. I really like how easily it comes off at the end of the night though, because I find my eyes too delicate to have to repeatedly try wiping off thick, smudgy, waterproof eyeliner.
Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer – This concealer matches my skin tone perfectly, and has acne medication to treat blemishes while providing flawless coverage. I use a tiny concealer brush to apply the light concealer, and it blends into my skin so well that up close, you can’t see the blemish or the concealer at all.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – I’m sure you’ve heard of Shu Uemura’s eyelash curler before. There’s certainly a reason why it’s again and again the leader of the curling pack. It has never pinched my lids (ouch!) , and perfectly curls my lashes with its silicone pads, as though the form of the device was custom made for the shape of my eyelids.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Lipstick – I usually look really silly with any kind of lipstick on, but my YSL lipstick in Peach Passion is the only kind and color that looks lovely. It comes on smooth and I had originally chose the color for the Spring season, but it so wonderfully transitions over with me into the Fall and Winter. My year-round lipstick. When I find myself in a mad dash in the morning and can’t put on any makeup or do anything with my hair, I flip my head over and twist my hair into a tippy top bun and put on this lipstick, and I instantly look chic and put together. Hooray!While on the topic of beauty, sometimes, I like funky things…
bright and bold color
And other times I like it natural…
Either way, have fun with it! As with makeup or clothes or accessories, let it frame the true beauty within- the inner parts of a kind soul.
Have a funky weekend!
New York-based artist Nobutaka Aozaki‘s works make me smile. The first time I heard of Aozaki was from his project, From Here to There, in which Aozaki, pretending to be a tourist in New York, asks pedestrians for directions by having them draw a map to the destination. From Here to There is an ongoing project, still yet unfinished, as Aozaki composes the small handrawn maps together to form a large map of Manhattan. Value_Added is another one of his projects which I found amusing. The artist takes the same can of corn to multiple supermarket and re-buys it. The single can of corn has been re-bought from 105 supermarkets for a total of $113.07. ( as of June 1, 2013 )
And another – Open Bag, in which Aozaki walks around the city with a backpack unzipped. Inside the backpack is a voice recorder, capturing the voices of strangers telling him his bag is open. A recording of these fleeting interactions is placed and played back in the open backpack .
Some photos from a weekend trip to San Francisco. The city that holds my heart. Tartine is always the first stop. Oh, scone.Lying on the grass at Dolores Park.
A breathtaking hike at Lands End.Dinner at B Star. The tea leaf salad and the spicy shrimp, eggplant, and tomato curry with coconut rice are my favorite dishes. By the time I thought of taking a picture of dinner, most of it was already happily consumed. Saturday Farmers’ Market at the Ferry Building. Blue Bottle Coffee and Roli Roti’s porchetta sandwich for breakfast. A precious indigo bud vase from Heath, and the sweetest pluots from Frog Hollow Farm brought home. A walk around Alamo Square.Lunch at Zuni Cafe before heading home.
Nendo’s designs are near perfection. Minimal, playful, functional. Beautiful.
British photographer and director John Lindquist’s narrative short beautifully shot in the village of Positano on Italy’s Almalfi coast.
“For a while you’re carefree and going with the flow but then you have to make a choice about the direction you want to take,” he explains. “And that was the starting point for the story: a small moment of realization.”
Have a lovely weekend.
dreamy cream scones – I used this scone recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook for my first time baking scones from scratch, and I can honestly say that I never need another scone recipe again. I couldn’t believe I pulled these out of my oven. I may not have baked many scones before, but I’ve definitely eaten many*, and I tell you, this is the scone of your dreams. It’s at the tippy-top of scone perfection. It’s moist, but sturdy, but still so soft and light and buttery and wonderful. The perfect scone.
baked oatmeal – I made this not too long ago, and I’ve had it every morning for the past couple months. Yes, every single day. Sometimes I use apples rather than blueberries. The amount of cinnamon in the recipe goes well with the apples, naturally, and I like to use a mix of Fiji and Granny Smith apples. Pears would be a nice alternative. Are you still perplexed by the fact that I eat the same breakfast every day? I find an incredible amount of comfort in breakfast routines, leave me alone.
slowly scrambled eggs – 30 minutes for scrambled eggs? Yes. Ruth Reichl says, “…scrambled eggs, cooked with great patience, have a texture like velvet and a taste that reminds you why you want to be alive.” This recipe will require your time and patience, but it’ll give back the most luxurious dish of eggs. The slow process of constant stirring not only creates a luscious texture, but the flavor of egg is phenomenally reduced and concentrated in every bite.
croissant + preserves + coffee
avocado toast – No recipe needed here – simply mash half an avocado onto a well-toasted slice of a nutty, whole-grain bread, sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Healthy, hearty, easy, quick, delicious.
When the yogurt is especially good and fresh, I like to keep the toppings to a minimum. This is one of my favorite combinations.
April Bloomfield’s English Porridge – You’ve probably heard it before – it’s been praised by The Wednesday Chef, The Amateur Gourmet, Food52, among many others. This oatmeal doesn’t need me to say it, but I’ll say it. It’s special.
dippy eggs and soldiers – Buttered strips of toast dipped in rich egg yolk. My favorite meal for those slow, glorious mornings of breakfast in bed, a good book, and the morning sun.
cold cereal – Cold cereal never, ever gets old. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or late night snack, it’ll do. Kashi in the morning, Frosted Flakes and Lucky Charms at night.
I love the color palettes used in Zara’s new campaign. The greys and whites, with the navy and black just look so cool.