Ask Audrey Staff | What’s In Our Bag? (Summer Edition)

Its time to pull out the sundresses and shorts- summer has arrived! Here at Audrey, we’ve noticed that the products we use during the summertime are very specific. Maybe its the sun or maybe its the mood we’re in during the summertime. Whatever the reason may be, we all have our essential summer items and we’re here to share them with you! Read more to see what’s in our bag this summer!

 

 

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“I love using Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. It’s true to its name, it has great staying power, which is essential for someone like me with oily skin. Plus, the applicator is easy to use!”


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“Its easy to forget that the sun can also be harmful for my eyes and not just my skin. This is where sunglasses come in! Ray-Bans are basically  the little black dresses of the sunglasses world. Keep this is your bag in case you have unexpected summer adventures and need a pair to match most of your summer looks.”

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“For summer, I lay off on the makeup and load up on sunscreen. I generally just use a BB Cream with SPF (I currently have DHC’s BB Cream in my current rotation). This particular one blends really nicely – feels so weightless and provides great coverage. ”

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“For an extra glow/shimmer, I finish off with MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightescapade - it feels very luxurious”

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Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer.Since it’s hot and you don’t want to have sweaty make-up/ foundation on, you just use concealer. I LOVE THIS CONCEALER! There are different shades to match your skin tone. This helps just cover blemishes and it doesn’t feel heavy.”

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“I enjoy using Kiehl’s Lip Balm! It works well and smells good. There are different flavors. I’m currently using the coconut one.”

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“I’ve been wearing the Victoria Secret Fantasies collection for as long as I can remember. While I usually opt for warmer scents like vanilla, the new Beach Dreams Collection is perfect for the summertime.”

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“Since the sun is out more often in summer (and I sit right where we get a direct amount of sunlight from the ceiling), I like wearing quirky baseball caps to shield my face at the office. Like this one.”

 

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“For sunscreen, I use two: for the body Aveeno’s Protect and Hydrate

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and for the face, Bona Clara’s Hello, Sunshine! Universal Fluid SPF 29. The latter is pretty awesome because its non-sticky, comes in liquid form – and you can blend it in your daily moisturizer for extra protection. My skin is pretty sensitive – and thankfully, this is a sunscreen that hasn’t given me any breakouts on the face.”

 

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The Daily SHAG | Lee Jin Wook For Marie Claire Photoshoot

Its Friday, the weekend is just around the corner, and the sunshine today marks the first official day of summer. What could possibly make this day even better than it already is?

A SHAG. Always a SHAG.

Today’s Smoking Hot Asian Guy is none other than actor Lee Jin Wook. Known for his roles in dramas such as Alone in Love, Smile Again, and Glass Castle,  Lee Jin Wook continues to steal hearts with his most recent role as Park Sun-Woo in Nine: Nine Time Travels. What fans may not know about this heartthrob is his life before fame. Prior to acting, Lee Jin Wook was in Cheongju University pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. Brains, talent, good looks, and a good sense of style? Lee Jin Wook clearly deserves a spot on our SHAG list.

Check out Lee Jin Woo embracing his inner geek chic in this Marie Claire fashion photoshoot. Happy Friday Audrey Readers!

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Audrey’s Days of Summer | Summer Hotspots of Washington D.C.

With America still stuck in one of the biggest recession since The Great Depression, days and nights of eating out have been hard to come by. We get it, so we pulled out some of the hottest restaurants and bars out of our little black book that has some of the happiest of happy hours around. Whether the hotspot is a chill bar to hang out with your friends or it’s an upscale restaurant to lure in a love interest, we got your back.

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Audrey’s Days of Summer | Liang Ban Tofu with Video Tutorial

Photo courtesy of hungerhunger.blogspot.com.

Here’s another great summer dish from my Nai Nai’s kitchen. This dish is cool and refreshing, and is perfect for those hot days when you don’t want to warm up the house with cooking heat. “Liang” means cool and “ban” means toss, and that describes this dish perfectly because the preparation is all cutting and assembling—easy and simple. This recipe uses a couple ingredients only found in Chinese super markets. Zha cai are pickled vegetables that add a great crunch to the dish. Century eggs are preserved duck eggs that look really funky, but taste great. This dish is a wonderful combination of flavors and textures and is also extremely healthy. The tofu and duck eggs make this dish almost entirely protein and will keep you going during the summer. Enjoy!

 

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Summer Must-Haves: Binna’s Top Five

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Drinking water and staying hydrated are the most important things you could do for your skin and body – especially when the days are hotter and sunnier. This is why my Ello water bottle in dark gray is one of my 5 favorite things this summer. Not only does it help my skin and body, as the 20 oz. bottle forces me to drink at least that much each day, but it also helps the environment. The other cool thing about this bottle is, besides that it only costs $10, that it’s BPA free!

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In addition to staying hydrated, moisturizing is also important for your skin. The drastic change in the weather can do all kinds of crazy things to your body. I like to moisturize with Gold Bond Ultimate’s Silk Softness Sheer Ribbons body lotion in “touchably soft skin.” After sampling one pump of this lotion at a local Walgreens, this is the only lotion I’ll buy. It truly leaves your skin feeling silky smooth – plus it smells great.

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Audrey Living | Entertaining: A Summer Tableau

Summer may bring to mind barbecues and pool parties, but why sacrifice style for a warm weather fête when all it takes is a few details to lighten up any look? Here, some experts show us how we can bring summer to two very different décor styles.

 

ISSUE: Summer 2012

DEPT: Audrey Living

PHOTO: Callaway Gable

STYLISTS: Carpe Diem Special Events and Designs; Rrivre Works, Inc.

FLOWERS: Mille Flori Floral Design

VENUE: Rrivre Works, Inc.

 

“When you’re thinking of a summer dinner with friends, it is always nice to give your guests the unexpected,” says Slomique Hawrylo, who runs Carpe Diem, an event planning company, with partner Alice Chung. Always consider your surroundings when planning your tablescape, says Hawrylo. If you’ve got access to a great outdoor setting with a breathtaking view, you’re practically done. But if you’re working with an indoor venue, Hawrylo suggests an eye-catching print accenting the wall behind your table setting, like a bold damask design. Setting up a striking backdrop is easy to achieve, she adds. “Just purchase a large amount of fabric from your local fabric store and hang it flush to the wall accenting your tablescape.”

Against a sophisticated black and white backdrop, Hawrylo finds it important to make sure accent pieces are “wow pieces.” She suggests “sprinkling in a little summer brightness with a crisp apple green,” like vintage-inspired stemware and napkins. Don’t be afraid to mix and match modern and vintage styles of stemware in varying shades of your accent color. “Your guests will be impressed by the wonderful play on colors,” she says.

Florist Gina Kim-Park of Mille Fiori Floral Design continued the apple green theme by accenting each table setting with green cymbidium orchid blooms. She also used “modern baroque-style” mirrored trays for the charger. “You can purchase any cool picture frame to use as chargers for any dinner setting,” she adds.

To play off the bold damask backdrop, Kim-Park created an oversized garland with white and black paper flowers. She created one centerpiece with a white paper flower bloom accented with green moss balls, and another utilizing white akito roses meandering down a tall ceramic vase. As for setting up the layout of your dinner party, never feel that you are confined to the conventional table, says Hawrylo. “If you have a unique bar at your home, and you want your guests to experience a modern way of having a dinner party, have the entire evening themed around the bar. Your place settings, conversation and, of course, drinks will all take place at this unconventional table.”

If you’re working with a more traditional dining setting, bring summer inside — in an enchanted-forest- midsummer-night’s-dream type of way. This dreamy tablescape was created around the Montage Table, which features a magnolia tree at the center, by Rrivre Works, an event design and rental company. “Bring the outdoors in with living foliage, and accent with florals in the colors of the season,” says Rrivre Davies, owner of Rrivre Works. If your dinner is outdoors, he suggests building a table around your favorite tree.

If you don’t happen to have a tree in your dining room, “consider a potted tree for your next centerpiece,” says Hawrylo. “Big or small, it can provide an unexpected wow factor.” Kim-Park used oversized glass balls with candles for a whimsical yet modern touch — a crystal garland would work just as well against the hand-distressed texture of the table. She added large succulents with accents of fern greenery “for a more organic feel.” 

“We like to take our themes to the max,” says Davies. “Sweet bird dishware and natural linen napkins take the stuffiness out of a formal event without compromising elegance. Layering multiple textures gives the setting a unique, eclectic look.” Pair vintage-inspired “found” dishware from flea markets and estate sales with your existing china to add personality to your table. And never underestimate the power of a napkin, says Hawrylo. “The right color or detail on a napkin can make a table pop. An easy way to add a little flavor to your napkin is by taking two napkins with two different colors and folding it to accomplish a two-tone napkin. This adds character and a little charm.”

Finish off the tablescape with fresh seasonal blooms. For this particular look, Kim-Park used ranunculus, peonies, tulips, fruitilaria and green viburnum in a gold alabaster glass urn, but she says natural florals in miniature vases spread throughout the table work, too.

Swimsuit Guide: Best Suits for Our Bodies

Norwegian-Thai Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen shows you how to properly pose in a swimsuit

As summer is almost upon us (eeks! finishing up Audrey Magazine‘s summer issue as we speak!), it’s time for that annual hunt of great swimsuits to wear to the pool or the beach or down the street. (Ain’t no one stopping you.)

We’ve compiled some details to look out for when finding your perfect swimsuit–especially ones that tend to flatter Asian American bodies and skin tones. Take a look. Continue reading

Lust for Life’s Olivia Lopez: 5 Hot Trends for Summer

Olivia Lopez has got a Lust for Life.

Olivia is a Filipino-Chinese-Spanish American 18-year-old fashion blogger from Southern California. Recognized in the blog world for her free spirited and experimental style, it’s crazy to think that all this creativity comes from someone so young. As of right now, Olivia has 14,073 fans, and 153 looks on Lookbook.nu, not to mention a cult following on her blog site. With a spot as a guest blogger for Olsenboye as well as the numerous modeling gigs she has under her belt (she is the face of the latest Pain de Sucre lookbook shot by Harper’s Bazaar photographer Sylvie Malfray), she is definitely a face to look out for.

Just for Audrey, Olivia has put together a list of five hot trends for this upcoming summer season. Check it out after the jump.

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Beauty Kit | Suncare Special

ISSUE: Summer 2011

DEPT: Beauty Kit

STORY: Anna M. Park

We all know by now that we have to protect ourselves from the sun. But there is so much confusion out there about SPF, the different types of blockers and how much to apply. So we asked cosmetic dermatologist and author Tess Mauricio, M.D., who is of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish descent, to cut to the basics.

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Cargo’s Judy Yonemoto Shares Celeb Makeup Secrets

Want gorgeous skin like Maggie Q’s? Read on.
Cargo’s Judy Yonemoto on how to look as good as your favorite celebs.

ISSUE: Summer 2011

DEPT: Beauty Kit


Makeup artist Judy Yonemoto, a member of cosmetic brand Cargo’s Elite Artist Community, specializes in film and television, and is currently working with the cast of NBC’s hit comedy Outsourced. It’s a perfect fit for the Japanese American because Cargo’s blu-ray High Definition line was specifically designed with photochromatic pigments and micronized minerals to meet the challenges of high definition filming. Here, Judy addresses some of the makeup issues important to Asian women.

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