Wednesday, March 4, 2015

nykeiko shops: Diptyque Sample Sale 2015 [March 2015 NYC Sample Sale]

Another year, another crazy Diptyque sample sale. See my review on Racked NY where I got to attend the friends and family portion of the sale. Even though it was a day early, there was a lot of 'friends and family' and all the good standard candles were sold out within the first hour. I got lucky with the Baies candles only because people had to give them up due to the 15-item limit per person.

This year, my haul is a lot smaller than previous years. For one, I am still using candles from last year's sale. Believe it or not, the only thing for me in the bunch is the Rosa Mundi candle and the Eau Rose body lotion which is a new product from last year. The rest is not for me. A colleague asked about my Do Son body lotion so I got one for him (to give to his wife aww) at half the retail price.
Even though it is a sample sale, $35 for candles is still not cheap. However, people still go crazy for this sale. The wait this morning was 2 to 4 hour long depending on when you got there. Saving ~40% on candles that never go on sale makes this sale one of the most successful sample sales in New York city.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

nykeiko shops: Harlem Bespoke x Sugar Hill Market ! Shop Local!

Clay bowl from Jonathan Castro and body butter from Flo & Theo. Shop local!

This past Sunday, I was planning on having one of those lazy Sundays that we all love to have but rarely do. A couple of inches of snow was expected to fall upon the city and staying indoors was the natural thing to do. I started organizing and cleaning our alcove which has been the same since we first moved in almost one year ago (woah). I also started making a nice melon soup and making a batch of tea eggs. While doing all of that, I was also eating everything in the fridge (Sandwich, leftovers, chocolates, crackers and pate, donuts...). After stuffing my face, I decided it was time for me to get out of the apartment. My plan was to drop a bag of donations at a local thrift shop and then drop by Sugar Hill Market since I have not visited a while.  See my piece on Racked NY about Sugar Hill Market here

I picked up a couple of things at the market from new vendors. I got this ceramic bowl. At first I thought we could use it for eating but then I thought that it will be perfect for planting small spiderettes from my spider plants. I also got this body butter handmade by sister duo Flo & Theo here in New York. I have been out of body lotion for a couple of months now so this is perfect. It's completely natural with no parabens and no harsh chemicals used. 

Below are some new vendors I got to meet... 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

nykeiko travels and eats: Four days and three nights in Hong Kong![Just food pictures here]

Since I am going to Asia again by end of this month, I thought it was a good time to finally finish my post about what we ate in Hong Kong. We visited Hong Kong last October with my parents. For me, I had one goal in mind and it was to eat. Oh yes, it was also for my mom's birthday so we had to make extra sure she had extra fun. My dad never liked Hong Kong because of the crowds but after this trip, he kind of warmed up to the city. The subways were super crowded while we were there, more than usual due to Occupy Central

Before going to Hong Kong, we asked a few of our friends to provide us with a list of their most recommended eats in Hong Kong. Knowing a few foodies out there, our friends gave us some really comprehensive lists with some tips about reservations or when it's best to visit etc. I was getting so excited reading all the recs but overwhelmed by the amount. We were only going to be in Hong Kong for 4 days and there were enough restaurants for 4 weeks. Dave being super handy with his spreadsheet skills, congregated all the list of restaurants into an excel sheet and then added each and every single eatery onto Google Maps. He even wrote who recommended it and what dishes to order. He couldn't have made it easier for us. By purchasing a sim card and using Google Maps, we could find the closest recommended restaurant everywhere we went, right at our fingertips. If you want to see the map, email me and ask nicely :)

Sadly, we couldn't eat at every single restaurant but my for me, I just had to try genuine char siu, wonton noodles, pineapple buns and milk tea. Here is our list (with pictures) of almost every restaurant we ate at! Most of them we liked but a few of them we thought was a waste of our stomach's real estate. We were really picky about what we were putting in our mouth because our stomach can only hold so much food at once. My mom was really funny and always asked us if we were eating somewhere famous or popular. If we couldn't fit it in our schedule and had to eat somewhere not highly recommended or unknown, she ate a bit less and held out for the next meal. She said she just couldn't eat as much as before anymore. 

Here goes!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

nykeiko shops: Tamara Mellon sample sale + purchase [February 2015 NYCsample sale]

I heard about the great prices offered at the Tamara Mellon sample sale last season but did not get a chance to check it out. I don't know much about the designer except that she once hailed as the chief creative officer and co-founder of Jimmy Choo. Last night, I went to the sale's preview. Here's my report for Racked. I thought I wasn't going to buy anything because Tamara Mellon's clothes is not really my style but...

My #TBT=#ThrowbackTravels #39: French Concession, Shanghai