Travel Savings - Add to Favorites

Before you ever buy anything online always google the company code with key words like "discount codes"; "promotion codes"; "coupons" just to check to see if there are any online codes you can add to your purchase to make that almost perfect purchase.

If you travel by Amtrak, a good link for codes is: http://www.retailmenot.com/view/amtrak.com

You can also use that site to search for other travel related codes such as Orbitz or your basic everyday retailer like Old Navy.

I just saved 20% on a ticket and you can do the same.



Skin Care Knowledge: Acne Regime

A few months ago I paid a visit to St. Luke's Roosevelt - Skin of Color Center for a facial skin check. Whether you have good skin or not so good skin, there is nothing wrong in getting it checked out and making sure you are doing the right things and using the right products. Bring your bag of products with you to the derm too.

Put it this way, you can read all the magazines you want to try to figure out what works for you, but nothing is better than a custom consultation with a derm. Plus more than likely a monthly medical insurance fee comes out of your paycheck - so use it. I will say that the free Skin Physical at Sephora is just as good or even better - at least they won't shove prescriptions down your throat (which was my experience at the derm).

Below are a list of products and instructions from the Acne Regime worksheet I got from the derm:


Mornings - Wash face with water and a mild facial cleanser. Examples: Cetaphil; purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash; Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser; Neutrogena One Step Gentle Cleanser; Ambi Even and Clear Foaming Cleanser. Do not use harsh sponges or scrubs, your won hands are preferable.

Apply a moisturizer with sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher). Make sure it's mom-comedogenic (does not clog pores). Examples: Cetaphic Facial Moisturizer SPF 15; Purpose Moisture Lotion SPF 15; Purpose Redness Reducing Moisturizer SPF 30; Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF 15; Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPF 30; Neutrogena Healthy Skin SPF 15; Ambi Even and Clear Daily Moisturizer SPF 30.

Evenings - Wash face with water and a mild facial cleanser as in the morning.

KC's 2 Cents: I have been using Biore products and found it to work wonderfully. Specifically the Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser and the Toner. As a night cream I use Clean and Clear's Advantage Moisturizer...it works for me and keeps my skin smooth.


A Stylish Must-Do Happy Hour

Who leaves work these days at 5PM to attend a 4-7PM Happy Hour? By the time you rush over to whatever bar it is you are just happy you made it time to make an order.

A favorite place for happy hour with style is Verlaine. I've been there about 4-5 times and it never lets me down.


  • It has a decent soothing ambiance to take away from the day's craziness

  • Happy hour is from 4-10PM - yes 10:00PM, 7 days a week!

  • Drink specials: Their delicious $4 Lychee Martinis; Sangrias, Vietnamese Bloody Marys; House red & white wines; Basic cocktails. Also 2 for 1 Bavaria Blond Lager

  • The food is also tasty and inexpensive - I recommend the dumplings, shrimp and their fried ginger chicken wings - yummy and a nice portion.

So chop chop and get there. It can be cool for a non-stuffy date; catch up time with the girls or one of many bar-hopping stops.

Location: 110 Rivington Street (bet. Essex a& Ludlow); F train to Second Avenue or the FJMZ to Delancey Street.

Oh and if after a couple of drinks you get those munchies... the pizza around there is delicious.


Craft-tastic Events coming to NYC

We all have a little love DIY in us. I happen to have a whole lot! Although I've become quite busy I always make time when cool craft related events come to town. Below are two events headed by the one and only Debbie Stoller (BUST magazine's Editor-In-Chief)

Saturday, December 8, 2007
10am - 8pm
@ The Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC

Stitch 'n Beach Cruise to the Caribbean
Feb 27-March 8, 2008
Leaving NYC

If it wasn't for my girl's wedding coming up in April (I'm a bridesmaid!) I might have signed up for the cruise!! But I'll see you at the Craftacular ;-)


ALERT! - Addtl 25% Off Jcrew In-Store

Jcrew stores are taking an additional 25% off sale items. You can easily get their "Favorite Tank" ( A small ribbed/man-beater shirt) for $7.49 after the additional discount.

Crazy to think of when lunch in Manhattan costs almost $10.



A Must-Read - Increase Your Financial Savvy

We all work for corporate companies and maybe non-profit organizations. Whatever you do there is a financial side that you should not ignore. Your work affects it just as much as it affects you.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been reading the book Financial Intelligence and it is a must read. You don't have to be a wizard on accounting or even have experience in the financial world. It is designed for anyone, regardless of your job role, who wants to be smarter of what the number mean.

It is the easiest financial read I have come across. It breaks down everything in layman terms and ties in the importance of understanding certain terms and concepts. Even the book layout and text size is pleasant to the eye.

Please read this, it will definitely increase your career success as you would understand you boss and your boss's boss concerns.

Check it out on Amazon.com and also read the free excerpt too.

By the name it is totally applicable to your personal life too.