• food,  Gift Guide,  New York

    Make your day extra special with MarieBelle New York custom chocolates

    Make your wedding events all the sweeter with an unforgettable takeaway for friends and family: custom wedding chocolates from MarieBelle New York personalized with your own unique design hand-made to celebrate and mark your special day.

    Simply drop an email at info@mariebelle.com with a few details of your big day (design, aesthetic, colors, etc) and any artwork or design you might already have in mind and MarieBelle will get back to you within 24hrs!

    Some ideas:

    2pc Spring Party Favor

    This box is customizable

    Add a hint of spring and decadence with this adorable white box that opens to reveal two pieces of MarieBelle New York ganache. Each is crafted from the finest ingredients and all-natural flavors, in particular, the flavors in this box are Lavender and Dark.

    6pc Chocolate Ganache Blue Box

    Treat yourself to a chocolate lover’s fantasy with this collection of hand-made chocolates featuring six pieces of MarieBelle New York gourmet ganache featuring our whimsical year-round designs. Made from the finest ingredients and culinary practices, they feature flavors like Passion Fruit, Milk Chocolate, and Pistachio, all artfully packaged in this signature blue MarieBelle New York boxes. A jewel-like treat to give as it is to receive, it’s no wonder it’s New York’s sweetest indulgence.

    Note: Designs pictured may be subject to change based on availability. Flavors are pre-assorted and can not be changed.

    MarieBelle fascination with chocolate is accentuated by a profound obsession with its provenance and preparation. All MarieBelle chocolate products are handmade from the highest quality single origin cacao resulting in rich complex flavors not commonly found in chocolate.

    (MarieBelle Mother’s Day Collection)

    MarieBelle chooses only the finest selection of Criollo cacao beans from all over the world. What the fine Arabica bean is to coffee, the even finer and rarer Criollo bean is to chocolate. Criollo cacao makes up less than 10% of worldwide chocolate production, and as such, is highly sought after by connoisseurs. Chocolate made from Criollo beans has a distinct reddish color, and an equally distinctive complex taste, which can include flavors of caramel, nuts, vanilla and tobacco.

    MarieBelle chocolates are all handmade by passionate chocolate artisans. Their startling creativity and gift for harmonizing flavors have been the source of continuous innovation in their chocolate-making process and techniques.

  • Gift Guide,  New York,  San Diego

    Get Dad a gift he’ll appreciate. Get Dad a Geekey!

    Make life easier and fix anything in a pinch! Geekey is an innovative, compact multi-tool like never seen before…it’s truly a work of art with engineering that combines everyday common tools into one sleek little punch that delivers endless capability. This multi-tool comes equipped with over 16+ unique functions to help you tackle everyday challenges.

    Its features include a 3.2/3.3mm Bike Spoke Key, a Screwdriver tip that will fit a #2/3 Slotted, #2 Square Drive, #2/3 Phillips, and #2/3 Combinations (Phillips/Slotted or Phillips/Square) screw all in one bit, Imperial and Metric Closed Wrench, ¼ inch Open Wrench, ¼ inch Bit Driver, Scoring Tip, Serrated Edge, Can Opener, Wire Stripper, File, Imperial and Metric Ruler, Protractor, Bottle Opener, Multi-head fit Driver, and a Lanyard Hole.

    Geekey is truly a work of art with engineering that combines everyday common tools into one sleek little punch that delivers endless capability. Geekey features many common tools that have been used for decades and proven essential for everyday fixes . . .Geekey is designed to go everywhere. Whether you’re out hiking on the trails, fishing at the lake, biking at the summit, camping at the basin, doing a few tasks around the house, or just hanging out with friends, you’ll always be prepared.

    The Geekey expertly combines your go-to tools into a beautifully designed device that attaches to your keychain for easy portability. It is only 2.76” x 1.15” x 0.20” (70mm x 29mm x 5mm) and 0.77 oz. Each Geekey is metal injection molded with 420 stainless steel and fashioned into a lightweight, compact tool that fits perfectly on your keyring and is TSA compliant. This is the perfect gift for any biker, outdoor enthusiast, handyman, and anyone else who wants to be prepared at a moment’s notice for anything life throws at them.

  • Eco,  Fashion,  New York,  San Diego

    Shop organic cotton underwear for non-toxic comfort everyday.

    Question – Ever wonder what that ‘pocket’ in your underwear is for? Surprise, it’s not to keep things in. It’s to add another layer of thickness for hygiene and absorbency. Most companies don’t sew it down in an effort to save time. La Coochie believes in ultimate comfort, so they take the extra time to sew it down so it never bunches after that first wash. Quality should last through many washes.

    Heavy metals, ammonia, formaldehyde, petroleum, chlorine, and phthalates. Nope, we’re not having a science class. These are all chemicals you can find in non-organic cotton (aka toxic fabrics). ⁠Disgusting, huh? How ‘bout we skip all that nonsense and shop non-toxic organic cotton and protect our sensitive areas instead?!

    La Coochie just has really high standards and they want to be able to give you the best for your body without sacrificing sexiness. ⁠

    Priority: Coochie safety ⁠

    Bonus: Feminine details and a super soft waistband so you feel great and gross elastic marks⁠

    Your coochie is one of the most absorptive organs of the body. Certified organic cotton is free of toxic chemicals like chlorine, formaldehyde, carcinogens, and other harsh chemicals.  Cotton is naturally breathable and helps prevent yeast, vaginal, and bladder infections. La Coochie‘s cotton fabric is certified with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), which is the highest standard in the world, while having a low impact on the environment. Organically grown cotton saves vasts amounts of water and is grown without harmful toxic insecticides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. The GOTS supports organic cotton farmers and producers by providing and guaranteeing living wages and humane treatment of their factory employees.

    La Coochie is a collection of everyday sexy underwear better for your body, especially your coochie. Why? Simple. Regular cotton is toxic because it is full of chlorine, carcinogens, and other chemicals. La Coochie uses certified GOTS organic cotton, which has none of those harsh chemicals.

    La Coochie pioneered the idea of everyday cotton underwear with modern silhouettes. They offer unparalleled designs using thoughtful feminine details and sustainable materials. They don’t think you should compromise your style for comfort or quality for price. That is why they have created a new standard of cotton underwear that is not only safe for your body but sexy enough to get caught in.

    La Coochie partnered with sustainable fabric mills to develop their certified toxic-free fabrics. La Coochie factories are regularly audited and certified with safe working conditions for their employees. Each style and size is fit and measured against real women of all shapes. And because they don’t believe in boring, La Coochie adds feminine and sexy details… hello leg trimmed high-leg.

    La Coochie’s 100% toxic-free underwear betters your body AND the environment, resulting in better sex, comfort, and style! Using certified GOTS organic cotton and Oeko Tex lace trim, La Coochie underwear is free from harmful substances like formaldehyde and nickel AND help prevent yeast, vaginal, and bladder infections.

  • Asian,  Fashion,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    Here is Me, a Chinese Girl Wearing Our Traditional Dress – Qipao

    When I asked my husband which one he loves the most among all my dresses, he answered without hesitate – Qipao. Yes, I trust his opinion. Every Chinese girl wants to have a couple of beautiful Qipao dresses in her closet. Believe me, it is difficult to find a high quality Qipao in US. If you found a $50 Qipao in Chinatown, that is not the one you can wear and appreciate. Qipao needs to be made in high quality materials and beautiful patterns.

    Let me introduce my Qipao, which comes from the elegant fashion brand Ming Wang. This dress is a beautiful nod to Ming Wang’s Asian American heritage, the knit qipao-style dress is a part of the brand limited edition Chinoiserie collection. Bold, oversized florals are striking, yet feminine, creating a truly distinctive style. A mandarin collar and ornamental frog closures at the neckline finish off the piece with elegant flair. Comfortable and easy to care for, this lightweight dress is crafted with Ming Wang’s machine washable yarns that resist wrinkling, stretching, and fading for a gorgeous, one-and-done look that lasts season after season and year after year.

    • Wrinkle-Resistant Knit Dress
    • Fade & Stretch Resistant to Hold Its Shape and Color
    • Women’s Dress Length is 38″. Length May Vary Slightly According to Size.
    • Machine Wash Gentle or Hand Wash, Wash Separately, Cold Water; Do Not Bleach
    • Lay Flat to Dry; Iron with Low Temperature Inside Out
    • Short Sleeves (8″); Mandarin Collar; Zip Back; Unlined
    • 60% Acrylic / 15% Viscose / 15% Rayon / 5% Nylon / 5% Polyester
    • Imported

    Other than this beautiful Qipao, there is anther dress from Ming Wang is in my bucket list. It is a light blue dress, perfect for summer and elegant enough to attend some events. One of the reasons that I love Ming Wang’s dresses is they are really easy to take care of. They are wrinkle resistant and machine wash. What you expect more for a good quality knit dress? I think I feel a hundred percent satisfied already.

    Ombre Stripe Button-Front Knit Dress

    Tap into the timeless beauty of this textural, ombre striped knit dress. Reminiscent of the feminine silhouettes of the ’40s, this elegant piece accentuates the waist for a flattering look, complete with the natural sophistication of shell buttons.

    • Wrinkle-Resistant Knit Dress
    • Fade & Stretch Resistant to Hold Its Shape and Color
    • Women’s Dress Length is 36″. Length May Vary Slightly According to Size.
    • Machine or Hand Wash, Cold Water; Do Not Bleach
    • Lay Flat to Dry; Iron with Low Temperature Inside Out
    • 10″-Length Sleeves; Y-Neck; Button-Front; Unlined
    • 52% Rayon / 48% Polyester
    • Imported

    Should I get this one? I think so. It is so pretty and perfect for Summer! Ming Wang’s signature knits form the foundation of every collection — brought to life by our talented team of designers using vibrant colors, distinctive patterns, and chic Ming Wang touches you will love. At Ming Wang, they inspire all women to be confident in their skin with striking, easy-care statement knits crafted to offer a lifetime of style.

    After moving to the US from Taiwan with her young family over 30 years ago, Ming Wang founded her legendary brand, offering a bold range of luxury knits and distinctive styles designed to help all women feel comfortable and confident. Still family owned and operated, the brand continues to be passionate about the same things: Effortless fashion, the artistry of knitting, and a focus on enduring quality.

    Complete your wardrobe with our collection of neutral, year-round Basics designed to be the perfect layering pieces for every jacket, sweater, or blazer you have — effortlessly creating the foundation for everlasting style.

  • Eco,  Fashion,  Gift Guide,  New York,  San Diego

    Grey State – Sustainable, ethical women’s clothing brand on a mission to make your life easier

    During these two years pandemic, the time quarantined at home made me cleaned up my closet. I realized how many clothes I haven’t really worn for several years. There were still a lot of little short cocktail dresses hanging there. But I can’t see I will ever wear some of those anymore. Instead of having the clothes that I only wear one or two times in the whole lifetime, I want something comfortable, timeless and sustainable.

    Now I care about more than just outfit’s appearance – that working conditions, environmental impact and personal health also determine where I shop for clothes. Grey State is a female-owned and operated fashion brand thoughtfully curated to be trend-relevant but not trend-driven, ideal for even the busiest of lifestyles. Grey State apparel is made with soft, touchable, eco-friendly USA cotton for long-lasting wear and is committed to keeping their environmental impact low. Grey State tries to be as clear, honest, and transparent about their manufacturing process as possible. Grey State is a fully vertical family-owned brand. By handling the entire manufacturing process ourselves, they’re able to dramatically reduce waste, energy use, and environmental pollution at every stage of production.

    Let me introduce my favorite stay home or go out new dress. Yes, when I say stay home or go out, that is true. Having a clean and clear closet is my new year resolution, I don’t want to store so many unnecessary items any more. A new style dress can be stylish enough to go out, but also comfortable enough to wear as a lounge wear.

    Juliette Dress

    The Juliette Dress is effortlessly chic and stylish with delicate lace detailing. Made sustainably in our Relaxed Terry, it’s this season’s go-everywhere, wear-anytime closet staple.

    • Rib at neckline and sleeve cuffs
    • Self-fabric belt at waist
    • Lace accent at sleeves

    Material and Care:

    • Grey State super-soft Relaxed Terry made from 100% ring-spun combed USA cotton. They gave it a special enzyme wash to remove hairiness. This fabric is clean and smooth with a soft lived-in feel.
    • 100% USA cotton
    • Machine washable

    There is another collection in Grey State captures my eyes, it is their Wellness Collection. Say hello to nourishment with the brand new Wellness Collection. Featuring three innovative fabric blends that act like skin care: adding hydration, providing anti-aging benefits, and nurturing your body for deliciously soft skin – all day long.

    Halli Top

    Made from Grey State sustainably biodegradable Lenzing® micromodal, our Halli Top is perfect for practicing self-care while being stylishly comfortable. This new closet favorite is heavenly soft, breathable, and feels silky smooth against your skin while helping to reduce environmental impact.

    • Extended shoulder silhouette
    • Adjustable ruching detail at side seams with self-ties

    Material and Care:

    • Wrap yourself in luxury with Grey State heavenly soft & unbelievably yummy 1X1 Micromodal Rib. Made from 100% biodegradable Lenzing® Micromodal, they’ve managed to craft a premium fabric that’s sustainably biodegradable, yet silky-soft on skin. Featuring key qualities like breathability, washability, and temperature regulation, this fabric is the ace up sleeve when it comes to livable yet luxurious clothing. Because we want our fabric to mean something to you.
    • 96% Micromodal 4% Spandex
    • Machine wash cold. Gentle cycle. Lay flat to dry

    Shop Grey State other Wellness Collection items at this link – https://greystateapparel.com/pages/wellness.

    Check out more about the brand at this link – https://greystateapparel.com/.

  • Asian,  Fashion,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego,  Seoul,  WorldWide

    When I talk about in-style, I mean elegant and comfortable

    Time changes people taste? I don’t think so, it wouldn’t change too much, but something would evolve, because you know better about yourself, and your comfort zone. For me, when I get in my 30s, I fall in love with the clothes have good quality and last longer. I start to love classic patterns and comfortable fabrics. Easy to take care is also important, since we are getting busier and busier in our life.

    At Misook, you won’t find trends that fade, but modern inspirations blended with classic silhouettes for styles that are just like you; timeless and elegant. Korean American Misook Doolittle founded her namesake brand in 1985 as a source of effortlessly refined style to meet the needs of distinguished, jet-setting women like her. Today, CEO Steven Wang and his family-owned company have further elevated MISOOK’s legacy of luxury through striking collections defined by modern designs and intricate, one-of-a kind details — all crafted with uncompromising quality. Success starts with confidence, confidence starts by looking and feeling your best.

    This duster-style topper takes a time-honored theme and gives it the modern treatment. Machine washable to fit your lifestyle, the knit is crisscrossed by a sweeping windowpane pattern. With side slits for your best fit, it’s a look that transitions from denim to dressy with ease.

    • Wrinkle-Resistant Knit Jacket
    • 90% Acrylic / 10% Polyester
    • Machine or Hand Wash Cold Water
    • Heritage Fit; Women’s Jacket Length is 36″
    • Bracelet-Length Sleeves (20″); Jewel Neck; Hook-and-Eye Closure at Collar; Unlined
    • Side Slit Design for Comfort and Fit
    • Fade & Stretch Resistant to Hold Its Shape and Color

    Bluesign® Certified Dyeing

    As a part of Misook mindful crafting process, this knit was colored in accordance with Bluesign® certified safe dyeing practices that require the use of non-hazardous chemicals and a more efficient process that saves water and energy.

    This topper is an everywhere light coat for me, it is wrinkle-resistant, which is perfect to put in my big bag or in the car and take it out whenever I need it. If you ever come to South California, you would notice the temperature drops a lot when the sun goes down. Preparing a stylish and never wrinkled jacket is so necessary. That’s why I take this beautiful Graphic Plaid Knit Topper everywhere. If you are not a black-white style girl, this design comes with another color option which is red and black.

    Discover the right outfit for every attitude. Misook‘s designers envision styles that will look as good on you as they do in the sketchbook. Their clothing is carefully engineered to flatter the figures of real women, gracing your body in all the right places. Each design is created with your lifestyle in mind for a truly timeless and versatile piece that will move with you through the seasons.
    When it comes to manufacturing, Misook‘s factories serve MISOOK exclusively, using the finest equipment available. Each piece is crafted individually using the full fashion technique, a top-tier production method generally reserved for couture lines. This eliminates stretching and warping over time, and also allows for precise pattern placement on every garment. Misook‘s quality control process is unsurpassed in the industry. Every finished garment is carefully hand inspected, pressed, and hung before it makes its way to loyal customers. Misook firmly believes that the benefits of their meticulous methods outweigh the costs, resulting in premium clothing that’s perfectly suited to the way you live.