• Beauty,  Fashion,  food,  Gift Guide,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    Be My Valentine at This February 14th

    First thing when I wake up, wait a bit, I need to do a special makeup.

    I used the GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Palette from the NEW bareMinerals Beauty of Nature Collection, as well as their GEN NUDE mineral-rich long-wearing blush for my Valentine’s Day makeup!

    A sweet nice breakfast is necessary for a sweet day. I have the home-made banana muffin with Tahini for the dip, also adding some fruits with coconut whipped cream. This tahini is one of my favorite thing I can add to everything – for salad, pastries, or even my sandwiches. It is the Mighty Sesame Tahini Dressings in squeezable bottles.

    Adding a Beetology drink is also a good idea to boost your nutrition and energy!

    I wear a warm long knit dress with a red bag for this special day! Being pretty, as the same time keeping warm, this is how smart we are! Lucy Paris has a lot of stylish fashion choices for you for any your special event. The cute red bag is from Urban Originals, I like it because it is very comfortable to wear, also you can have all your needs in this small-look bag no problem.

    A morning walk along the cove, I love the breathe and sunshine!

    For lunch, I prepare this wild Alaskan salmon at home, with my cat as my date, why not? I enjoy his company.

    Sitka Salmon Shares delivers premium, sustainable, wild Alaskan seafood from the fishermen directly to members’ doorsteps! Sitka Salmon Shares is built around a humble collective of committed fishermen that put quality first, handling fish one at a time, with respect and care. It’s their livelihood, afterall, and many of their fishermen have been using these highly selective, small-batch fishing methods for generations. Read on to know your fishermen—from how they got started, why they love life on the open water and why they are part of Sitka Salmon Shares. They also have a lot of recipes on their website!

    Valentine’s Day afternoon, I would love to share my time with my bestie – Galentine at Valentine’s Day. I love this double happiness. We went to SOMI SOMI, a super cute yummy tayaki & soft serve ice cream store. What I wear is from Brooklyn Cloth, which is a leader in on-trend apparel that enables their customers to express individuality. They pull inspiration from across the globe, and in their backyard of New York City, to develop their bold collections. Brooklyn Cloth stands out for its unique fabrics, eye-catching graphics, and must-have silhouettes. They observe trends that define today’s market to bring fresh, expressive collections to the table.

    Valentine’s celebration is always to be official at night. I chose to have cakes with Ryan at one of my favorite dessert spots in San Diego – Extraordinary Desserts.

    See these beautiful cakes, I just can’t help myself to draw them on my paper!

    There is always something else sweet waiting for me at Valentine’s Day! It is MarieBelle’s signature Ganache chocolate, which comes from New York’s famous Soho District. It is the world-renowned, luxurious bean-to-bar chocolate company, MarieBelle Chocolates.

    Before sleep, I need to be relax, because I want to have a sweet dream to end this beautiful day. A hot bath helps. Don’t forget to drop a cute bath bomb into the bathtub. This beautiful crystal bath bomb is from Village Naturals Aromatherapy‘s bath and body collection.

    I can say it is a full successful Valentine’s Day for me. And now I need to say good night!

  • Art,  New York,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    LULU Drew The Official 2019 Holiday Card for FIT Foundation

    This was definitely the most excited assignment for Lulu in 2019. Lulu was invited to draw the official 2019 holiday card for her school – Fashion Institute of Technology. The postcard was sent to all the special alumni and FIT’s sponsors by FIT Foundation.

    As we all know, Fashion Institute of Technology is one of the best fashion schools in the whole world. There are a lot of well-known fashion designers, interior designers and artists are graduated from this amazing school, such as Calvin Klein and Michael Kors are both from FIT.

    Lulu is graduated from FIT’s MFA Illustration Program at 2017. She is thankful to her professor Melanie Reim, who always encourages her and made great advices to be a good illustrator. She is very proud to be a alumni of FIT.

    Lulu, Yueming Qu was trained in the traditional Chinese painting style who moved from Beijing to New York to obtain second master’s degree in Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After spending 4 years’ in New York, Lulu relocated to San Diego in November of 2018 to continue her focus on professional illustration.

    When she was in China, she was different from other Chinese painting artists in that she love using bright colors in her artwork, She love drawing whimsical imaginative views of everyday life, and displaying her paintings in installation style. Lulu decided to come to the United States to broaden her art skills albeit she still uses traditional Chinese painting materials; such as, ink, gouache, and Chinese brushes while drawing the modern city landscapes, fashion and more recently food. She is passionate about combining traditional Asian art technique with modern Western art techniques together to explore more artistic possibilities. For example, she uses traditional Chinese brush and ink to draw the outlines, then uses pastels to make colors.

    From the East Coast to West Coast, Lulu always strive to take on more art adventures, bringing more influences from different cultures which she’s very interested in.

    You can check out more Lulu’s artworks from her website – qululululu.com or instagram @qululululu.

  • New York,  WorldWide

    Featuring Yueming Qu’s “Young and Beautiful – Something About New York” Project

    The graduates in illustration MFA Program at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will be presenting their works in Gallery FIT located in the Museum at FIT on Seventh Avenue at 27th Street in New York City. The exhibition runs from June 13th to the end of the month. The Museum is open from Tuesday to Friday, 12pm to 8pm, and Saturday, 10am to 5pm.The exhibition is titled “Thirteen Stories”, as there are thirteen students in this class. Fashion artist Yueming Qu will be showing her artworks from her book, titled:” Young and Beautiful – Something About New York”.

    “Young and Beautiful – Something About New York” is a guide book of New York City using illustrations from some young girls’ perspectives. They are seventeen girls who live in New York City, whose age range from twenty to early thirties. The girls came from different countries, working in different fields, and looking extremely different, but now, all of them are living in the same city – New York. Yueming gathered these seventeen girls by friends’ introducing, Craigslist, Instagram, and even in the subway. All the girls are young, and beautiful no matter outside and inside. Yueming found the attractive points of these girls and interviewed with them. She asked questions about these girls’ lives in New York, and let them to introduce some good spots in the city, such as their favorite restaurants and the best nightlife places. Then Yueming would go to the spots to check out and illustrate them. At the exhibition, Yueming makes her work an interactive work. She printed her illustrations on nice paper and handcrafted them into magnets which the people attending the exhibit can interact with.

    “New York is the most international city in the world. People here are comimg to chase their dreams from every corner of the earth, of course including these young girls. They are young, ambitious, hard working, but sometimes they feel tired of busy New York lives. I interviewed with them and get to know the real lives in this city, what they answered is what I drew on the paper. It is all real.” Yueming stated, “I know there are already thousands of guide books about this city, but the one I make is just from these young female New Yorkers’ perspectives.” Yueming loves doing live location sketches in the city because she thinks New York is the city that keeps changing but at the same time has a timeless beauty. Watercolor, gouache, ink and pen, she uses these materials to illustrate these fashionable girls with their suggestions about the city.

    The two things make Yueming’s art style impressive are she originally came from China and majored in Chinese painting. She graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and got a Master of Art degree. Three years ago, she came to New York to be a fashion illustrator. Her artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally and published in many magazines such as Interiors + Sources magazine and Woman’s Day magazine. She was invited to draw live sketches in New York Fashion Week every season.

    Yueming still keeps using traditional Asian brushes to draw the color, and she uses pen to make fine lines. She says fashion illustration is not only about pretty girls, and it can go deeper than surface appearance. For more information contact Yueming Qu at quyueminglulu@gmail.com.


  • New York,  WorldWide

    Where is the best truffle pizza in the town?


    Here is where is the best truffle pizza at, guess where is this? I can tell you a secret about the photo I hold above. The owner’s grandfather in this old photo. But why I want to show you this photo? Because this restaurant is a place full of family atmosphere, you just feel you are at your grandparents’ house for a sweet dinner.

    Here is MAMO!






    The Legendary Cannes Film Festival opens May, 2016 in the South of France, right around the same time that celebrity favorite MAMO restaurant celebrates its first year in New York’s bustling SoHo neighborhood. MAMO New York is the transatlantic sister to Cannes film festival go-to restaurant MAMO Le Michelangelo, a two decades old French Riviera staple and favorite among movie stars and socialites alike.

    MAMO, the younger SoHo sibling, is run by Italian restauranteur Mike “Mamo” Mammoliti (son of MAMO Le Michelangelo’s Herve Mammoliti) and maintains the same authentic feel and dedication to Provençal flavors as its Antibes namesake. Just like MAMO Le Michelangelo, MAMO New York attracts a wide array of celebrities, including Rhianna, Magic Johnson, Alexander Wang, Diane Kruger, Samuel L. Jackson, Gigi Hadid, Beyonce and Jay Z.


    Although an ocean away from its sibling restaurant MAMO Le Michelangelo, MAMO New York will be celebrating Cannes Film Festival and its 1 year anniversary from New York with some specials this May. These include decadent Cannes Favorites such as Raviolini al Tartufo (truffle ravioli), Focaccia al Tartufo (truffle pizza) and to drink, the signature Martini Al Tartufo (truffle martini).

    mamo-truffle-pizza-truffle-burgerHeading up the kitchen and the brand new spring 2016 menu is Michelin-Starred Executive Chef Massimo Sola, formerly of Eataly Roma and Ristorante Quattro Mori. A native of Italy, Sola grew up surrounded by the flavors and cooking style of the Italian/French Provençal cuisine. Drawing on colors and nature as inspiration, Sola is known for his simple yet eye catching dishes. Some of MAMO’s signature offerings include their flavorful Tagliata Di Filetto Al Vino Rosso, the MAMO Burger and the very popular home-style Capri salad. For those with a sweet tooth, MAMO also offers delicious desserts such as the classic Tiramisu, the rich Affogato alla vaniglia con fragole calde and the Cheesecake alla lavanda (cheesecake with a lavender twist).

     MAMO offers diners traditional southern Italian/French cuisine in an intimate yet elegant setting. The bi-level restaurant includes a casual lounge on the ground floor and a formal dining room upstairs. Both spaces capture the Riviera’s “sense of home” with original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The decor also incorporates classic New York-inspired touches such as exposed brick walls.

    To complement the flavorful dishes, MAMO also boasts an impressive cocktail menu from which diners can enjoy specialty cocktails such as the MAMO Negroni, the MAMO Spritz and their one-of-a-kind Truffle Martini. In addition to the cocktail program, MAMO also has an extensive wine list of carefully selected French and Italian wines to complement the cuisine.


    Specialty Dishes:                 

    Lasagne Alla Bolognese  lasagna with meat sauce

    Tagliata Di Filetto Al Vino Rosso  beef tenderloin in red wine

    Raviolini al Tartufo  ravioli with fresh truffles

    MAMO Burger  wagyo beef burger with fresh truffles and foie gras, served with MAMO gravy

    mamo-the-rigatoni-with-meatballs-and-sausage mamo-truffle-ravioli mamo-cheese-cake

    Specialty Drinks:               

    Martini Al Tartufo  dry vermouth, a dash of Campari, Black Moth Truffle Vodka, orange twist, garnished with shaved truffle

    MAMO Spritz  Pimm’s, Cynar Italian bitter, Prosecco, soda + a couple secret ingredients

    MAMO Negroni  Aperol, Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth, Gordon’s orange infused gin, orange bitters, garnished with orange peel

    Roza  dry vermouth, rose cordial, Nolet’s dry gin, lemon twist, garnished with a rose petal

    Cidre  pressed apple juice, fresh squeezed lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, garnished with a slice of apple

    Florie di Miele  fresh squeezed lime juice, St. Germain liqueur, honey syrup, Pisco Kappa, garnished with a lime wedge



    About MAMO and the Executive Chef:

    Located on West Broadway between Grand and Canal Streets, MAMO restaurant is a purveyor of affectionate Italian and Provençal dining experience. MAMO is bringing a long tradition of Italian hospitality and Provençal charm to New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. MAMO, The New York outpost of Le Michelangelo, a 23-year-old staple located on the French Riviera, boasts Michelin-starred chef Massimo Sola (formerly of Eataly Roma, Ristorante Quattro Mori) as executive chef. Whether you prefer a relaxing night out with your closest friends, intimate gatherings and business meetings, or a grand cocktail party, you are certain to experience an unforgettable evening at MAMO and enjoy the incredible service and food. The menu incorporates a mix of classic family recipes as well as market specials. The restaurant’s design embodies the Riviera’s “sense of home” with a warm color palate, original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The multi-level restaurant offers an unforgettable experience where every single person is treated with affection and love.

    Massimo Sola is the Executive Chef at the SoHo Provençal restaurant MAMO. Massimo is originally from Milan and has been in the culinary industry for 32 years. From 1985, he studied in Liguria at Istituto Migliorini Hotel School.

    After then working in Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy and Lebanon, Sola opened his restaurant Ristorante Quattro Mori in Varese, Italy in 1993. This restaurant received a Michelin star in November 2007. Throughout his tenure at the restaurant, he emphasized the use of high quality techniques in a simple manner.

    On the heels of the success at Ristorante Quattro Mori, he won Best Chef of the Lombardia region in 2009. Sola then went on to become the Executive Chef at Eataly in Rome in 2012, where he worked for a year and a half. In 2014, Chef Massimo joined Mike Mammoliti to open the New York outpost of the popular Provencal restaurant, MAMO Le Michelangelo. At MAMO, Sola skillfully prepares the menu passed on from MAMO with his Michelin-starred technique and crafts consistent market specials.

    Chef Sola also won the Il Primo Manhattan 2016 competition for New York’s best pasta dish – his winning dish was an exquisite spin on a traditional pasta carbonara, or as the judges called it, a “quasi carbonara” made with finesse and elegance.

    Chef Massimo now lives in New York City. During his free time, he enjoys walking through different neighborhoods, taking pictures and eating at Michelin starred restaurants.


  • New York



    Spain-based skincare company – ISDIN®, is excited to introduce ISDINCEUTICS™, to the US market. The cosmeceutical skincare line combines scientific innovation and established ingredients to deliver an unparalleled range of solutions that help support beautiful skin. ISDINCEUTICS™ is a revolutionary range of solutions that help maintain the appearance of beautiful skin throughout life. It is the perfect combination of dermatology and aesthetics, of science and beauty.

    Powerful Antioxidant Routine

    Illuminate your skin with a daily antioxidant routine that offers two novel solutions.  FLAVO-C ULTRAGLICAN™ is an all-in-one skin booster with Vitamin Cand Ultraglicans that reduces the appearance of micro-wrinkles and elevates your skin’s natural moisture production. Designed for daily use in early skin aging,Ultraglicans  foster a rejuvenated and radiant complexion. For mature skin, the skincare experts at ISDIN® recommend using FLAVO-C™. FLAVO-C SERUM™ is your antidote to skin damage. The powerful combination of Vitamin C and Gingko Biloba helps your skin’s rejuvenation process and provides advanced environmental protection against UV-induced free radicals. Together, these products form a total antioxidant solution, from daily support to targeted therapy.


    Corrective Treatments that Deliver

    There likely isn’t a woman on earth who doesn’t have a beauty problem that plagues her. Whether she has sun spots or deep under-eye circles that make her look tired, ISDINCEUTICS™ has next-generation treatments that deliver. MELACLEAR™ is a perennial brightening serum formulated with Phytic Acid and Vitamin C that helps restore your skin´s luminosity and natural tone, while preventing the appearance of new spots. ISDINCEUTICS™ also offers K-OX EYES™, a complete eye contouring cream with ingredients Vitamin K Oxide, Haloxyl ™ and Eyeliss , all of which target the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. 

    Conceal to Reveal with Skin Drops

    By applying science to your beauty regimen ISDINCEUTICS™ can help you conceal a variety of common beauty imperfections such as vitiligo, uneven skin tone, broken capillaries, bruises, scars, and burns. For certain occasions such as a job interview, for example, SKIN DROPS can even conceal tattoos. Apply SKIN DROPS before starting your makeup routine to create a smooth base that won’t clog your pores. This lightweight liquid foundation is available with a dropper for easy application. SKIN DROPS has a silky texture that glides on easily for buildable coverage that lasts up to 12 hours. SKIN DROPS come in two shades, Sandand Bronze and can be blended together to cover a range of skin tones.

    Science for Beauty

    ISDINCEUTICS™ is at forefront of scientific innovation in skincare; each product’s formula harnesses the power of vitamins and hydrators, rather than chemicals, to create the ultimate anti-aging skincare routine. Following the ISDINCEUTICS™ regimen will yield unrivalled results— a luminous glow that epitomizes a healthy, youthful look.  So, say adieu to the effects of aging by adding ISDINCEUTICS™ to your daily beauty routine.

    All products are available through select dermatologists and plastic surgeons, or online at, www.isdin.com/us



    Isdinceutics K-Ox Eyes is an eye contouring gel cream that helps reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, and restores elasticity to the delicate skin under the eyes. Formulated with a powerful combination of three ingredients, Vitamin K Oxide, Haloxyl and Eyeliss, this unique cream works to strengthen capillaries and constrict the amount of blood flow to the area around the eyes, ultimately tightening skin and reducing the appearance of under-eye puffiness and dark circles. $85 USD (15ml)


    Enhance radiance, elasticity and help prevent the first signs of aging with Idinceutics Flavo-C Ultraglican, an advanced combination of antioxidants and moisturizers that combat lack of firmness and fine expression lines. $102USD (30*2ml)


    Isdinceutics skin drops is a line of lightweight, liquid foundations that are available for use with a dropper. The silky texture of Skin Drops glides on easily for buildable coverage that lasts up to 12 hours. Just a few drops of the foundation conceals skin imperfections, such as vitiligo, discoloration, varicose veins, bruising, scars, burns and even tattoos. Skin Drops come in two shades, Sand and Bronze and work for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-4. To achieve the best match for your complexion, blend, or use separately. $52USD (15ml)


    Isdinceutics Melaclear is a corrective serum that helps reduce discoloration of age spots and hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure, like melasma, reaction to sun-sensitizing medication or to a dermatological procedure. The powerful antioxidant effect of the Vitamin C helps slow melanin oxidation, gradually decreasing the appearance of spots and lightening discoloration for a more even complexion. The Phytic Acid in the formulation, acts as a catalyst, enhancing the effects of Vitamin C by gently exfoliating hyperpigmented areas. $75USD (30ml)


    The novel serum is a powerful combination of antioxidants that help to address the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by phtoaging. Isdinceutics Flavo-C is formulated with Vitamin C and Gingko Biloba extract to help skin regain its elasticity for a more youthful complexion. The formulation of Isdinceutics Flavo-C allows the Vitamin C to remain stable for up to 8 hours, to neutralize free radicals and help protect against the effects of UV radiation, while the Gingko Biloba Extract, rich in flavonoids, deeply nourishes dehydrated, sun-damaged skin. $84USD (30ml)


    About ISDINisdn-logo-500x500

    Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, ISDIN is a European dermatology brand with a 40-year history. It is jointly set up by the international business groups, Puig and Esteve, benchmarks both in the cosmetic, fashion and beauty, and pharmaceutical industries respectively. As a multinational company, ISDIN is committed to offering a holistic skin care solution with its portfolio of treatment and adjuvant therapy products to meet major dermatological needs and solve dermatological problems. Constant innovation and research share a common objective: development of products at the forefront of dermatology, advanced formulas and new textures. Having enjoyed rapid development since it was founded; ISDIN nowadays leads the skincare sector and is the #1 dermatological brand in Spain.

    ISDIN is present mainly across Europe, Latin America, North America and South Africa with sales in over 30 countries. This includes Spain, France, Belgium, Portugal, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, and now, China and the US. ISDIN is trusted and recommended by dermatologists worldwide and has enjoyed great popularity among consumers all over the world for 40 years.

    For more information or to purchase products, please visit www.isdin.com.

  • New York,  WorldWide

    Sephora Hair Launch – Madam C.J. Walker Scalp Exfoliator Treatment

    Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Introduces Dream Come True Wonderful Scalp Exfoliator

    Pre-poo scalp exfoliating crème to detoxify & purify clogged follicles


    Not only does the scalp contain more oil glands than your nose, cheeks and forehead combined, clogging elements like pollution, dead skin cells, dandruff, and product build-up add even more stress to hair follicles. So if we regularly apply our favorite facial scrubs for beautiful, clear skin, why do we often forget about scalp exfoliation?

    The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Dream Come True Wonderful Scalp Exfoliator is a pre-poo purifying treatment to remove unwanted buildup and flakes while simultaneously soothing a dry, dehydrated scalp. This concentrated cream detoxifies to thoroughly revitalize and rebalance for a fresh, clean canvas. The formula’s salicylic acid works to dissolve and lift away impurities. A nourishing combination of shea, olive and coconut oils work together to cleanse, revitalize and rebalance.

    scan-288As the new step in your cleansing routine, simply massage the Dream Come True Wonderful Scalp Exfoliator in to reveal the start of healthy, gorgeous hair. Paraben, Sulfate, and Phthalate Free.

    Price: $32.00 exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com

    Suggested Usage:

    • Prior to shampoo, massage directly on scalp using fingertips.
    • Leave on for up to 12 minutes.
    • Rinse well and follow with shampoo and conditioning regimen.

    Ingredient Highlights:

    • Shea Butter: Deeply moisturizes while conditioning hair and scalp.
    • Olive Oil: Penetrates hair shaft to deeply condition.
    • Coconut Oil: Adds luster, shine, and softness to the hair; helps prevent hair breakage and split ends.
    • Salicylic Acid: Natural exfoliant.