Thursday, February 4, 2016

Life in Pics: Rooney Mara, Tacos, and the Best Shabu Shabu Ever

Yes, we had a blizzard! I'm sure your social media timeline was assaulted with billions of snow photos.  I thought it was beautiful!

Hello, Ansonia.


And if you read my past post, you know that I got to reap some of the benefits of getting snowed in.  A free stay at The Palace Hotel.  

View outside the window


I wish all of my girlfriends could have joined me in the hotel room. We could have reenacted the sleepover scene from 13 Going on 30.  "Love is a battlefield!"
image via hollywoodjesus.com

Monday, February 1, 2016

My 2 Years with ClassPass! One Fee, Various Studios

Here's my fitness background. I did not have regularly scheduled workouts until 2014. Yes, that means that most of my adult life was spent NOT being active.  Eek.

I had gym memberships, but my money was basically a donation since I hardly ever went.  Gyms were boring so I would try out a fun studio here and there, but my budget would only allow for a class or two. These NYC prices are pretty steep! We are talking on average $25-35/class. Even if you buy a package deal, it can be an investment. For example, Barry's Boot Camp is $35/class. The 10-pack is still $320. And that's without taxes, my friends.

Then came ClassPass with its monthly membership fee which includes access to a huge network of fitness studios worldwide.  The fee is $79-$125 depending on your location. 

You can take a class at any of the hundreds of participating studios. Try them all if you want! You can visit a specific studio up to 3 times per monthly cycle. And if you decide that you want to attend more than 3 classes at a studio, you can buy the extra classes through ClassPass at a preferred rate. 


This meant I could do Barry's Boot Camp for less. Yes! 
(You guys, it's a crazy good workout.)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Look Inside Korean Beauty Store Tony Moly

When I was younger, I used to watch in amazement (and a bit of incredulity) as my mom went through her nightly skincare routine.  She'd slather on layer after layer of lotions and essences. If you are confused about that term essence, I understand.  I used to think it was some Korean English-sounding skincare line.  For clarification, here is an awesome guide to the difference between toner, serum, essence, and ampoules.  

Anyway, that weird word essence got reintroduced into my life with the recent Korean beauty craze.  And I got bitten by the bug.  Yes, I follow the 10-step Korean skincare routine! <---must read

So I was jumping up with joy when I saw that Tony Moly opened up a store in the city. This brand sells insanely cute products at affordable prices. I love Sephora's description of the items as "criminally cute"! See for yourselves!


Friday, January 29, 2016

Eggs-ellent recipes!

I didn't realize until recently how much I really enjoy eating eggs.  It started out as the easy go-to boiled eggs for meals and snacks. Then I began ordering egg dishes when I went out to restaurants.


Kimchi Deviled Egg from Sobban, which unfortunately closed.



Duck egg, cheese, and bacon sandwich from Graze



Eggs Benedict at City Crab Shack






Slow-poached eggs with quinoa, parmesan, and asparagus from The NoMad.



My first Scotch egg at The Breslin
Instructions on how to make them here. It's #4.


  
We even prepared eggs in fun ways for breakfast.




This is called Eggs with Soldiers. Our friend made this for us, and the yolk was perfect for dipping! Recipe here.

I even ate balut--yes, developing duck embryo.  Remember that

I will leave you with additional links to explore the beauty of eggs.



What are your favorite egg dishes? I'm hungry!

xo,

Erica

Thursday, January 28, 2016

#tbt to Oahu

In the middle of placing old photos into albums and scrapbooks, I came across these memories from my first trip to Hawaii back in 2004-2005ish. I went with my boyfriend at the time, and we drove a Jeep throughout the island of Oahu.


That's me.  I don't know where I was heading.


We went to Hanauma Bay.


I don't have many photos of me in Hawaii. In the few that I have, my eyes are closed. 

I was so excited to try out my disposable underwater camera.  To my disappointment, there was barely any marine life to capture on my nifty Kodak.  I suspected that years of us tourists trampling the coral reef killed everything off.  Perhaps it was isolated to when I went and where I specifically snorkeled (since recent Yelpers seemed to enjoy it), but it was a colorless aquatic graveyard for me.  My underwater photos might as well have been taken in a tub full of dirty water.  


I still can't tell if that's aggressive behavior, as in "Get the hell out of my way!"  This was probably before my first surf lesson in Huntington Beach, CA. I was so carefree and enthusiastic about surfing then. Now I'm terrified of sharks. Ok, I still surf, but with fear.


Other highlights of the trip were the garlic shrimp at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck and Matsumoto Shave Ice.  I also got in trouble for wearing my bikini top and shorts at a breakfast buffet. Guess I took the beach casual dress code too far. Some poor employee in a full-on suit at the Japanese-owned hotel had to politely let me know (that I was trash).  It was very uncharacteristic of me because a) bathing suits are not my best friend- I wear it to swim and tan. Otherwise, clothes are going on top asap. b) Hello! I'm at a buffet. I have been known to hang out at Las Vegas buffets for 3+ hours. Why would I want to wear only a bikini top when my gut is hanging out? 

Ah, 2004-2005 Erica. What an idiot.

Anyway, I would love to return to Hawaii one day and visit the other islands. Have you been to Hawaii? What are your favorite spots? 

xo,

Erica

Monday, January 25, 2016

Working on SNL During a Snow Blizzard = Free Stay at The Palace Hotel

While the city shut down on Saturday and I imagined people making it a Netflix and Chill kinda night, I was traipsing around Manhattan.


Late Thursday evening, I received a text for possible background work on Saturday Night Live. Background/extras means the randoms you see in those SNL sketches or digital shorts. This would be my second time working on SNL. The first was a digital short with Ryan Gosling. This is us before we all broke out into the Thriller dance. Can you spot me in my awesome YouTube screenshot? You can watch the short here.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Asian Beauty Products Giveaway!

Asian Beauty Products Giveaway! A great opportunity for you to try Asian skincare and makeup if you've never tried...or enter if you just love them! 
To enter: 

Like this page on FB and tell me what your favorite beauty product OR food is (I love both!) in the comments below the post.

Additional ways to enter at the end of this post via Twitter/Instagram.

Deadline: The contest closes at 11:59 pm EST on Sun Jan 31, 2016. I will be announcing a winner on Feb 1, 2016! ��

US mailing addresses only (Sorry, guys! Starting domestic!)

TonyMoly: I'm Real Aloe Mask Sheet, Magic Food Banana Sleeping Pack, Peach Anti-Aging Hand Cream, 1 Nose Pack, Mizon Returning Starfish Cream, Peripera: Heart Glow CC Cream, Peri's Fitting Curling Mascara, Rouge Pang in Courteous, Lumi Pang in XXX, and some samples :Goodal Phytowash Yerba Mate Bubble Peeling, Boscia's Cool Cleansing and Oil Detoxifying Black Cleanser, Dr. G Aquasis Water Vital Sleeping Mask.

Review of some of the products in my previous post:http://bit.ly/1ZHYEGj


You can also follow me on Twitter @yesanotherblog or Instagram @1llhaveanother. Following or liking an account PLUS a comment counts as an entry each. So you can be entered up to 3 times via following me on Instagram with a comment, following on Twitter with a tweet, and liking on Facebook with a comment. 3 entries max per person. 

Good luck!! 

Erica