NYC – relax at K-town sauna

K-town sauna review 

Let me start off by saying I am not a huge fan of massages or facials. But I love going to spas because you get to put on the soft robe and slippers, listen to spa music and everyone is friendly and relaxed. There’s a certain ambiance. But how do you get that sort of ambiance without having to have a treatment done… well you can get a little of that at K-town sauna.

But my one recommendation would be to go solo. And there is no need to bring a bathing suit.

It is in midtown, in Korea town to be exact. You enter the building, take an elevator to the 4th floor and check in at the front desk. It is 2 floors. Top floor: check in area, lockers, showers, steam room and 2 heated tubs. Bottom floor: food area and different saunas. The top floor is segregated by sex, bottom floor is mixed. You get a bracelet which is your “key” to get in to your lockers- you get a small locker for your shoes and a bigger locker to put the rest of your belongings. You are given a towel and a “uniform, ie:  generic shirt and shorts” by an attendant. Whom then tells you that you must shower prior to entering any of the areas, including tubs and saunas. Here is where you will wished you went solo unless you want to see your friend naked. You undress.. put a towel on and PRIOR to entering the area with the shower, tubs, and steam room.. you MUST take off your towel. Once inside it is a free for all.. the showers are separated by a small partition.. you will see your neighbor in the next shower and everyone else… You are not allowed to wear a bathing suit in the area. You use all the facilities there nude. So once you have had your shower and are germ-free.. you put on your uniform and head downstairs. There are different heated saunas which are fun and relaxing. Also a few tables and an area to order food. There are no water activities downstairs so you do not need your bathing suit. It wasn’t crowded when I went so it was fun to experience the different saunas and just relax inside. I didn’t try the food but there were a few people eating and it did look good..

Overall its a fun and interesting experience. Worth checking out. But do keep in mind that if you are interested in going in to the tubs or the steam room… nude only.

Selling your luxury goods

Selling your items to websites like Fashionphile and Yoogie’s Closet 

I love vintage, and I love antiques. There is something so alluring about things from a different time period. It’s like an essence of that period is now with you here in the present. I like keeping things from childhood for instance (like an old stuffed animal). Although I know those things are perhaps more for sentimental value. In terms of things like clothes and handbags, I don’t like to keep it if I don’t love it and it is just going to take up space, a “waste” essentially. I’d rather it go to a new home where someone will love and use it. Donating is great, but are you really going to donate a 1,000 handbag?  I’ve never been an ebay person. Even when ebay was all the rage. I don’t want to deal with that seller/buyer interaction. So when I discovered websites that would buy your bag from you with just some pictures and a description-quick and easy, I thought to myself- perfect! I have sold 2 bags to Yoogi’s Closet, and 2 pairs of shoes. I have submitted my bags and shoes for quotes to Fashionphile but the quote from Yoogi’s Closet was always higher in my case.

It’s pretty simple for both websites. You create an account. You submit some pictures, and a short description. Then you get a quote. It took about 3 days for both to get back to me with a quote.

For instance, I just sold a Balenciaga bag.

Yoogi’s Closet quote: $480-$520 (they determine final quote after receiving the bag).

Fashionphile quote: $400.

Obviously I chose Yoogi’s Closet who gave the higher quote. You have the choice to accept or decline the quote once they give you the offer. If you accept, then you print a free shipping label and off it goes. For Yoogi’s Closet, you can choose to have a check mailed to you or have them deposit to a paypal account. I chose to have my checks mailed to me. They arrived within 2 week each time.

I have also sold 1 pair of Chanel flats and 1 pair of Christian Louboutin pumps to Yoogis Closet. Fashionphile also accepts shoes but they must be in “like-new” condition. I wore each of my shoes maybe 3-4 times, so they were in good condition. Yoogi’s Closet gave me $150 for each pair. Which honestly is almost nothing considering the price I paid for them. But they were sitting in my closet, and hadn’t been worn for probably 4 years, so getting $150 for used shoes to me is not a bad deal at all.

So overall to me, it a win-win. I enjoyed my bags and shoes for the time I had it, but I just wasn’t using it anymore. So I was able to make some money, and somewhere someone else could now enjoy and love it. The way I once had.

Is Turks and Caicos worth it?

My vacation review

The Palms

The Palms- Resort and Spa

I remember the first time I went on vacation in the Caribbean, it was to Punta Cana and it was probably the most memorable if not my most favorite vacation. I remember the beautiful clean sand, the warm salty water, the beaming sun. Since then I’ve also been to the Bahamas and Bermuda. I have always heard many good things about Turks and Caicos, so I finally went.. and although I enjoyed myself… I did not love it. Would I go back there? probably not…

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A good drugstore highlighter

WET n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in precious petals

Do we want something more when it’s harder to get? When I first heard about the WET n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in precious petals, I was intrigued because it was getting rave reviews. It was being compared to higher end highlighters with much higher price tags, and for the most part the consensus was that it was just as good.

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The Mansur Gavriel tote bag

Review of the the small Mansur Gavriel tote bag in black vegetable leather
mansur gavriel tote

Every girl needs a good tote, right? I personally love totes. I love the simplicity of a good tote bag. You can “throw” all your essentials in it without worrying about pockets, snaps, fitting it between things, etc. I was using the Longchamp Le Pliage for many years, and I absolutely love that bag. It is lightweight, classy, functional, as well as very affordable. But I wanted something a little more high-end–ie: more expensive, because who doesn’t love fancy, nice things..? I looked at many brands and although I love the style of the Louis Vuitton Neverfull, it is just a bit too ubiquitous for me… I also wanted something a little less “flashy”. My new tote bag was going to be my work bag, and I wanted something nice but understated. So when I saw the Mansur Gavriel tote bag… it seemed pretty much perfect. I ordered my bag in December 2015 after waiting for about a month for the restock.

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Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub

Review of the Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial ScrubBurt's Bees Citrus Facial Scrub

This is a highly recommended product by one of my favorite bloggers, Kandee Johnson, the Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub. I trust her reviews and recommendations so I had very high hopes for this product. Like all things, everything is not for everyone. Something that works well for person may not for someone else. This was the case for me with the Burt’s Bees citrus facial scrub. The first time I used it, not only did it make me break out on my cheek but it also left my skin dry and irritated.

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Afternoon tea in NYC

Tea experience at Lady Mendl’s and The Palm Court 

One of my favorite things is a cup of warm tea. And even better when paired with sweet and savory bites. Afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason in London was one of my favorite memories from London and it started my quest for a place just as good in NYC.

Lady Mendl's

Lady Mendl’s
56 Irving Pl
New York, NY 10003
$40, plus tax and gratuity


Lady Mendl’s: I had high hopes for Lady Mendl’s because of it’s great reviews. The tea salon is situated in a brownstone building just off of Union Square with beautiful décor. I had the “Lady Mendl’s” tea which was delicious. But towards the end of the pot, the tea got cold very quickly. The food was good but nothing to rave about. The sandwiches were average. The scones were warm and scrumptious with clotted cream. I wasn’t a fan of the signature cake, and the cookies tasted store bought. I did however enjoy the chocolate covered strawberry. I wouldn’t go back for the food, but I would for the tea and the overall atmosphere. The service was friendly and attentive and I never felt rushed. So overall, I had a nice, enjoyable afternoon tea in a beautiful atmosphere.


The Palm Court

The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
 $50-$60, plus tax and gratuity


The Palm Court: When you think of afternoon tea in NYC, the luxury hotels seem like the quintessential place, but The Palm Court inside the famed Plaza Hotel was a complete let down. Overall, the place felt very touristy, and the service reflected that. When we sat down, my friend did not have a plate, and even after the food was brought out, it was difficult to find our waiter to bring her a plate. There was no apology either for the inconvenience. The sandwiches were barely edible. They didn’t taste fresh. The scones were warm and good. I did not like the desserts, and only had a small taste of each. I did enjoy the tea. I won’t be returning here, not for the food or the atmosphere.

Making the most of Lush products

Helpful tips to make the most out of your LUSH products.


  •  Split your bubble bars in half and store them in ziplock bags. Most are big enough to last two full baths!
  •  With the purchase of two massage bars, you get a free tin, or you can purchase one for $3.95. A must have to keep massage bars clean and without melting everywhere.
  •  Fill your sink with a little bit of warm water (only about an inch), place your tin on top of the water with your massage bar inside (It will float on top of the water). This will heat up the tin and melt the bar just enough to apply onto the skin.
  •  I don’t recommend cutting the soaps into pieces. The smaller the piece the harder it is to hold onto in the shower. Instead, rub it on a washcloth or loofa. It creates a wonderful lather like a shower gel and won’t melt away quickly.

Vacation starts with the flight

My top 5 tips for flyinglondon olympics

I used to think of flying as the scary part you have to get through to begin your vacation. But I’ve come to enjoy it as part of the vacation. My top tips to make flying as fun as possible.

1) Use a purse with a zipper. The airport can get crowded and you don’t want to make it easy for someone to reach into your purse. As you go through security, you don’t want anything falling out onto the bin as it goes through the x-ray. Also, you are required to store your bag underneath the chair in front of you on the plane, and you don’t want something unknowingly falling out.

2) Get a travel wallet. It’s a good idea to keep receipts to check for discrepancies when you get home. I know not all people like to do this, but if you are one of those people, getting a large travel wallet is a must-have. You can easily fit all receipts, credit cards, ID, passport, change, coupons, ticket stubs, etc in your wallet neatly. No need to stuff receipts in your purse or try to find and organize them later on
3) Charge everything to full capacity. Whether that be your iphone, e-reader, camera, laptop, etc. You never know when there might be a flight delay. Even if you have a charger with you, there may not be an outlet for you to charge your device. Boredom will make the delay seem 10X longer.
4) Download new songs. New music is always a delight. Many airlines now have internet access (but most aren’t free) 
5) Always carry a sweater and never wear shorts. It could be 100 degrees outside, but it can get very cold on a plane. You’ll be glad you brought a comfy sweater when the chill hits.