Gift Guide Part 1: The Best Cook You Know.

Platform Bowl, $32.50, to make their kitchen look as chic as them. This simple module can be combined in stacks of two, three or four to create a tiered display. The Platform Bowl is both a useful tool for separating fruits and vegetables and an attractive centerpiece.

Royale Elité Walnut Hnadled Knives, $100, because a knife is is used everyday! These knives combine a stunning, smooth American Walnut handle with a German-made stainless steel alloy blade. Walnut is favored for its strength and stamina, and it ain’t too shabby looking, either! 

Detailed Rolling Pin, $125, these stunning handmade rolling pins are not only useful but can be passed down through generations.

Classic serving cutlery, $15–$111, because it’s high time they have the perfect set of serving cutlery, and get rid of all those miss match ones.
Ceramic juicer, $55, because it’s so chic that they won't have to forget it in the cupboard. Hand-crafted from fine eathware, and perfectly sized to accommodate everything from limes to grapefruit.

I love New York: Ingredients and recipes by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, $32, because it is one of the best cook books out there. In I Love New York, Humm and Guidara present an in-depth look at the region’s centuries-old farming traditions along with nearly 150 recipes that highlight its outstanding ingredients—from apples, celery root, and foie gras to nettles, pork, scallops, and venison.

Peugeot Pepper Mill, $45, because it is the best pepper mill out there. I mentioned here that this was one of the best things I bought last year, and I stand by it. Seriously, worth every penny. 

5 Cool Red Things

Sindroms, Issue #1: Red

Sindroms is a journal of monochrome states of mind, Curating its content based on specific colours and investigating them across culture, Sindroms immerses its readers in the feelings and moods evoked by each colour. In the first issue, Red Sindrom, celebrates the use of red in everyday life through conceptual and carefully curated editorials and visual essays, which carry the reader though an emotional rollercoaster throughout its 140 pages.

Red Glass Three Level Serving Dish

Everything looks fancy when you serve it on a three level serving dish, don’t you agree? If you’re hosting any parties this season, this serving dish would be perfect for small desserts. The pretty pattern would even make a simple biscuit look royal worthy.

Nino Giani Frerea shoulder bag

Inspired by the vintage binocular cases, this smooth leather bag has a structure shape in the most gorgeous red.

Red Turtleneck

This beautiful red turtleneck made from wool knit would look good on its own or layered under. If you are digging the all red look, this would be the perfect base - under a red blazer or coat tucked inside red trousers.

La Bouche Rouge Lipstick

Newly launched French makeup house La Bouche Rouge only makes lipsticks in various shades of red. They are also about using clean ingredients and keeping sustainability in mind. Their formulas are micro-plastic free and their leather tube is reusable with any of their refillable shades. Their current selection has everything from nude red to orange red to pink red, basically they want you to find the perfect red for yourself.

The Void Rug

How cool is this void rug? I would pause every time before stepping on it!

“Multidisciplinary artist Scott Jarvie has designed an optical illusion ‘void rug’, when viewed from a particular angle, creates the image of a gaping circular void in the floor.”

via swissmiss.

What Keeps Your Skin Clear?

Most of us have that certain product or products that we swear we can’t live without because it keeps our skin clear. For my skin, there is a combination of things that help keep my skin clear. Diet, I notice sugar spikes the very next day, properly washing my face in the evening, and using a great toner. The only toner that I have bought regularly for the past two years is Biologique Recherche P50. Of course, I use other toners, but this particular one will always be in my skincare drawer.

This toner is a cult favorite because it exfoliates, hydrates and balances the ph of your skin. I still remember the first time I used it, there was quite a bit of tingling and my skin felt a bit numb. But I woke up with baby soft skin the next morning. Ever since I have been using it thrice at week after washing my face in the evening. I soak a cotton gauze pad with it and dab it on my entire face and neck, and follow with my usual nighttime skincare. I also think it’s great to use before applying a mask because whatever you use after using this toner is more able to penetrate.

I’d love to know if you have a product you swear by?

Photo is a screen shot of Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion. 

Birthday Weekend

Last week I celebrated my birthday! There was no big party because I like to keep things small and intimate. To celebrate, I just wanted to eat a very nice slice of cake with some tea. I prefer going somewhere for a slice than ordering a big cake for 2 - 4 people, and then having cold leftovers. A bit of sleuthing led me to find this place call Lady M. I was sold as soon as I saw the pictures of the cakes on the website. The store was even better! It is so chic and feels like such a treat to eat there. The cakes were absolutely delicious. Soft, melt in your mouth cakes with a cup of delicate Jasmin tea. It was such a perfect way to celebrate my day.