April 2017 archive

Photography: Essence of My Neighborhood, Up & Out and Sweet

I’ve posted here before about my photography assignment, The Essence of My Neighborhood, focusing on the park and hospital. Other hot spots in our hood include the local blow out bar, Up & Out, and cupcake emporium, Sweet. They are always packed! As promised, here are some pics.

Walking east on 4th Street, at 4th and Garden, a.k.a. the corner of yummy and heaven!

How delicious do these scones look?

The chocolate icing on these cupcakes is ah-mazing!

If you continue walking east on Fourth, you reach the corner of Fourth and Bloomfield, and the Up & Out Blow Out Bar.

Up & Out always has the best signs!

They do the bounciest blowouts!

The place smells like Moroccoanoil products! So fabulous!

And there you have some more highlights (and lowlights and balayage) of my neighborhood! Tell me, what are the busiest spots in your neighborhood? Where do you like to hang out? Share your favorite local places in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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Florida Vacation 2017 and Some Fabulous Links!

17 days. That’s how long  it’s been since the people who follow the Fabulous Forever page have heard from me, according to Facebook. Not good. I’m sorry.

The day after Easter, Mother Bear and I went to Florida for our annual defrosting. We hit the pool and the beach, and of course, did a little shopping. I didn’t even bring my camera with me. Between my photography class, blogging, and my freelance work this winter, I was exhausted. However, I snapped a few photos on my iPhone.

The view from my beach chair. I could get used to this!

Mother Bear and I

The pool in our condo complex.

I have managed to keep up with beauty news, though: Urban Decay is launching a new Naked contouring palette and this body butter has a loooonnggg waiting list.

Here’s an article on Racked about beauty accelerators and incubators. Beth Shapouri is a great beauty writer/reporter, and this is an easy-to-understand explanation of an important strategy driving product development in the beauty industry.

Fear not, everyone. I’ve fully recharged and I’m back! I’ll post another photo story from my photography class later in the week. And my favorite beauty event of the year, The Makeup Show NYC, is coming up on May 7 and 8! And don’t forget, May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Need I mention SPF?

This weekend is supposed to be beautiful in New Jersey. It might be time to blow the dust off my camera, too!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

 

Fabulous Links of the Week

Happy Spring!

What a beautiful weekend here in New Jersey! I shot outdoors both days, and I’m including some of my faves from Saturday in this post.

Now to the important stuff…beauty news! Jenna Lyons moves on, three cool women share words of wisdom on aging, and a hairdresser turns his love of vintage into an Insta-sensation, in this week’s Fabulous Links!

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that Jenna Lyons is leaving J.Crew. The woman who taught us how to mix preppy staples like blazers and chinos with high heels, chunky necklaces, and flowy tops is leaving the brand at the end of the year. Lyons single-handedly turned J.Crew from a catalog-only purveyor of basics into a fashion-forward mainstay. It’s the end of an era. I’ll be watching through my tears to see what she does next. (New York Times) (WWD) (WWD Style Slideshow)

Rocker Debbie Harry, dancer Judith Jamison, and model Pat Cleveland are all north of 65, and getting this aging thing so right. They shared their thoughts on beauty and growing older with Glamour, and I wanted to share the piece with you. I’ll be referring to their wisdom in my own life time and time again. (Glamour)

I know I’ve mentioned my love of all things vintage: Jackie O, the cancelled TV show Pan Am (set in the early 60s), the WWII era. You name it. Apparently hairdresser Tony Medina feels the same way. Medina has worked with people who rock retro-inspired looks like Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese. Don’t miss his Instagram, @hisvintagetouch. (Allure)

This week on the the blog, I reviewed Sustainable Youth skincare and shared some of my favorite photos from my photography class field trip to NYC.

Colorful flowers are coming out to play!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

OK. One more since you asked nicely.

 

Photography: NYC Field Trip

For a little weekend fun, I put together a post of my favorite shots from my photography class field trip to NYC last Sunday. We got an early start at about 8 am, and took the PATH to the World Trade Center so we could take pictures in The Oculus and the new Westfield World Trade Center shopping mall.

The Oculus at the World Trade Center.

One World Trade Center, as seen through a window in The Oculus.

Then we walked up Broadway in Chelsea, and stopped so we could practice capturing the blur of a moving object.

Panning blur shot of the ubiquitous NYC yellow cab.

The next stop was Columbus Park. On the way, I snapped this interesting-looking building.

This building looks like Jenga.

We finally arrived at the park. It’s actually a pretty big place with ping pong tables, basketball courts, and a few soccer fields.

A spirited ping pong game was in progress…

You could cut the excitement with a knife…

There was action on the basketball court, too.

I took my camera over to the soccer field. GOOOAAALLL!

From Columbus Park we moved on to Chinatown.

Chinatown is a particularly photogenic part of Manhattan.

I wonder if their noodles are any good? I love Asian noodle dishes…

Chinatown has a lot of these little alleyways…

So there you have the highlights. At least on my camera roll. After Chinatown, I took the PATH back to Hoboken with the instructor and another student. By that time, it was after 11 am, and I wanted to upload my pictures to my computer.

I plan go back and shoot just in Chinatown. I have a feeling these shots just scratched the surface.

Tell me about the most photogenic neighborhood where you live. Let’s talk photo inspiration in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

 

Product Review: Sustainable Youth

Spring has sprung in New Jersey. At least it’s trying to. The weather is warmer (most of the time), and the days are getting noticeably longer. The weather switch up means the time has come to reach for a lighter skin care regimen.

So I was glad to find the skin care routine I got from Sustainable Youth felt nice and light on my skin.* I tried the Anytime Lift Eye Treatment, Firming & Revitalizing Serum, Super Boost Night Serum, and the Elasticity Cream.

I love how great my skin looks. And it feels really soft, too. I am definitely packing this for my upcoming vacation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have SPF, so you (and I) need to add that step in the morning.

The products contain alasta, a patent-pending ingredient derived from the rind of the aloe vera plant. Alasta helps improve elasticity and firmness through boosting immune system performance, the company said.

The press materials I got from the company said alasta works by stimulating macrophages, a type of white blood cell, to produce substances called cytokines, which eliminate free radicals caused by UV and environmental damage to the skin.

You may have used the gel of the aloe plant to soothe a sunburn. A spokeswoman from Sustainable Youth told me in an email that in addition to having the hydrating and soothing benefits of aloe vera gel, alasta helps improve the skin’s firmness and radiance. She also said that when applied topically, alasta has been clinically proven to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles. I haven’t noticed any new smile lines popping up in the last few weeks.

You can pick up Sustainable Youth online.

Tell me. How do you change your skin care routine in the warmer weather? Have you ever heard of using aloe vera for anything but applying the gel to a sunburn? Let’s talk warm weather beauty and aloe in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

*The Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment, Elasticity Cream, Firming & Revitalizing Serum, and Super Boost Night Serum were sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

 

 

Fabulous Links of the Week

Of course I took a beauty-related shot…

I went on a field trip to NYC with my photography class this morning. I was at the PATH before 8 am, people! Since it was a gorgeous day, the photo opportunities were amazing. But I came home beat. However, we have some Fabulous Links to get to, so…

A modeling agency reps only over-45-year-old models, a K-beauty section curated by Peach & Lily’s Alicia Yoon comes to CVS, and Bobbi Brown talks about how she pioneered “no-makeup makeup,” in this week’s Fabulous Links!

The Russian modeling agency Oldushka works just with models over 45. That’s awesome! Yes, beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and skin tones, but it also comes at every age. With age comes wisdom and confidence. And there’s nothing sexier. (Yahoo! Beauty)

In the wake of the debut of K-beauty at Target, CVS is really upping it’s beauty game. Like Target, the pharmacy/convenience chain is working with Alicia Yoon of Peach & Lily fame to curate and feature a huge K-beauty section, debuting in April at CVS stores. More than 100 products are expected to arrive on shelves over the next year. Keep your eyes peeled. Definitely tweet me or comment about any products you try! (Allure)

Bobbi Brown, who made a career of no-makeup makeup and the beauty of inner confidence, sits down with Linda Wells of The Cut and chats about the evolution of her brand. (The Cut)

This week on the blog, I shared my favorite photos from the first part of the Everyday Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge.

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!

OK, one more from today’s adventure in NYC.

These two pictures were from an event held this weekend called Beauty & Balance at Westfield World Trade Center.

p.s. I’ll tell you what. I’ll post the rest of my favorites from today a little later this week. xo C

 

 

 

Photography: Everyday Eyecandy Project 52

Remember how I said I was doing the Everyday Eyecandy Project 52 over on Instagram and Facebook? And that I’d post about my progress about once every quarter? Well, Q1 is in the books, my friends! So here are a few of my favorites.

The beginning is a great place to start. The prompt for week 1 was Me at the Beginning.

The prompt for week 6 was black and white. I love these old posts in front of the turn-of-the-century brownstones in Hoboken!

The beautiful rich colors in this photo…

…make it a good black and white photo.

The prompt for week 11 was portrait. I call this “tortitude.” I took this picture in the LHS cattery for my photography class final project.

“Bokeh” was the prompt for week 12. Bokeh is an Instagram word for limited depth of field. See how the tulip in the foreground is in focus, but the flowers in the background are fuzzy?

What can I tell you? Flowers make for great bokeh pictures…

Hope you enjoyed my favorites (so far). And can you believe it? Today was my final photography class! I’ll share some more picture stories I did for class over the next few weeks, including my final project about our local animal shelter.

Tell me. What do you like to photograph? Family? Animals? Landscapes? Let’s talk subject matter in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’m thinking I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Wish me luck!

Be sure to subscribe to Fabulous Forever using the form on the top right of the homepage, and use the social sharing buttons below the form to follow me on social media. Here’s my Twitter and Instagram. I’m on Snapchat at clobuono. And don’t forget to like the Fabulous Forever Facebook page!