July 31, 2008

Ok, I’ll admit it, I just “had” to have the new iPhone 3G. Miraculously, I didn’t have to wait more than 10 minutes (a whole other story) before I had the beautiful engineering marvel in my hands. Albeit not perfect, I think the iPhone is “wessential.” Why? See below!

-SF weather is a bit “schizophrenic.” What WIT doesn’t need to know how to plan her outfit accordingly for the day? Before I even peek my toes out of the duvet in the morning, I check the weather from the handy weather widget on my home page.

-The GPS is essential for finding your happy hour destination or the nearest cupcake bakery. Google the name of the establishment, click on the map, and next thing you know you have turn-by-turn directions to your destination!

-Google Reader. I’m never missing out on the latest Slate, Perez, ValleyWag, or WIT & Whimsy posts!

-Although a novice, I do like to keep up on the stock market. With the push of a button, I can check the market to see how Peet’s stock is doing, and whether I need to do my part to boost the economy by buying a $4 latte that morning!

-Visual Voicemail. That voicemail you’ve been avoiding, but have to listen to in order to get to the ones you care about? Not even an issue!

-Anything that isn’t already available on the phone, you can find via downloadable applications. My favorite is the tip-ulater, essential for nights out!

What do you think? Love it or leave it?

Photo courtesy DailyCandy


The Many Benefits of BeneFit

I love makeup. Call me superficial or high-maintenance- I really don’t mind because I love it not because of what it does for your face, but because it’s F – U – N! In the past year I’ve narrowed down my favorite brands to very few, but the all-star, number one, champion, takes the cake and the trophy home- is Benefit.

Not only is Benefit’s packaging absolutely darling (names include ‘Talk to the Tan,’ ‘Some Kind a Gorgeous,’ ‘Ooo La Lift,’ and ‘Eye-Con‘). Yes, I just named all those off the top of my head, in case you’re wondering. Benefit’s greatest value, however, is found in that their products are of the highest quality. Their creaseless cream eye shadows will stay on all day (I count ‘Stiletto’ and ‘Birthday Suit’ among my must-haves), their Bad Gal mascara will make your eyes look bigger, more awake and ensure a WIT has full lashes, and Ooo La Lift promises to perk up your eyes in the morning (trust me- I live for this stuff each and every a.m.) And my newest fav is PosieTint– a perky pink stain for eyes and cheeks that’ll never require touch ups throughout the day.

Having gotten it’s start here in beautiful San Francisco, there are several stand alone stores, but for those of you WITs in other states- head to Macy’s or Bloomingdales and sit down for a consultation- these gals know what they’re doing and you’ll instantly feel the benefits of Benefit!

Check back later for specific product reviews, recommendations and tips & tricks!

All photos courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics

I'm feeling a little bubbly…

July 30, 2008

Bubbles are coming to the surface everywhere it seems these days! This NYT article takes a look at how more and more cocktails are becoming infused with the effervescence that makes social sipping feel light, airy and celebratory- whether or not you’ve got a special occasion on your hands!

So for your next cocktail hour, scan the drink menu and order up a delicious concoction that incorporates some sort of carbonation. How about a champagne cocktail? A wine spritzer infused with fruit? Sparkling white sangria? Choose your cocktail of choice and prepare to feel a bit lighter!

Raspberry Fizz

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons lime juice

2 cups cranberry juice

3 cups seltzer

1 cup ginger ale (or champagne- let’s be honest, that’d be better!)

1 pint raspberry sorbet

In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the lime juice. Let the lime syrup cool to room temperature.

In a large pitcher, combine 1/2 cup of lime syrup with the cranberry juice, seltzer, and ginger ale. To serve, pour into glasses and top with scoops of raspberry sorbet.

Yield: Makes 6 servings
photo and recipe courtesy of Real Simple