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First 2013 Trendylicious: Celebrity Makeup! + 振り袖 (Kimono) Photos

Today, the first episode of Trendylicious 2013 aired! My everyday look is pretty natural, but in this episode, a celebrity makeup artist will transform my look into something more fierce and intense. I never do anything to my eyebrows, but he actually tweezed my brows a lot beforehand so I was kind of worried... but when it was all finished, my face looked sharper with an overall sophisticated look!


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before_suppin.jpgClick the title link or photo below to watch the full How To: Celebrity Transformation Makeup Tutorial!

P.S. Next week will be on the hottest 2013 Hairstyles! Chic & trendy, quick & easy, a perfect everyday style as well as for parties. I learned a lot of tricks and loved the hairstyles a lot, so stay tuned!


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I also shared these through my Facebook and Twitter (thank you everyone for lots of kind feedback!), but here are the snapshots of the beautiful furisode I had the opportunity to wear for filming! :) 
May your 2013 be full of lots of smiles, laughter, and happiness.<3




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January 9, 2013 4:58 PM

♥Holiday Special: Christmas Dinner Cooking!♥

If you came to visit from my newest video, thanks for coming! I am currently writing my additional health information and secrets I didn't get to share in the video here, so please come back a little bit later! In the meantime, please scroll down and watch my recent episodes if you would like. They are all English translated for you. :) Thank you! xoxo

ベルMerry Christmas!!ベル

Yesterday, FCI aired a Holiday Special episodeー Christmas Dinner Cooking! The incredibly sweet and amazing Hideko Colton sensei taught me how to make a delicious Honey Mustard Glazed Pork that only requires one pan, as well as a Strawberry Trifle dessert! I had an incredibly wonderful time cooking with her, and I cannot wait for you to see the episode if you haven't already. I wrote the full translations and recipe for you in English below.<3

After learning, I made the dishes on my own for my family last night on Christmas Eve!! To see how it turned out, please be sure to scroll down and see this post until the end. :) But first, to watch the full video, click the title or photo below!restaurant

あの ひでこ・コルトン先生に、料理初心者の私でも簡単に作れちゃう素敵なレシピを教えて頂きました!


How To Make: Honey Mustard Glazed Pork & Strawberry Trifle

This is Today's EYE. Today and tomorrow, we will be airing special Christmas segments. The first is cooking! I'm sure there are many people still wondering what to make for Christmas dinner this year. In today's segment, Melodee went to learn how to cook a delicious Christmas meal anyone can make!

M: It's Christmas all over New York City! It's my favorite holiday so I cannot be more excited. I spend Christmas every year with my family, and this year, I would like to cook a fancy dinner for them. However, since I don't know too many recipes, I am going to visit a special person to help me out. Ittekimasu!
M: Good morning, Hideko-san!
H: Melodee, Good morning! Come on in!

In the NY Vacation Series Ep. 2 that aired on December 8th, I met Hideko Colton sensei who guided me as my navigator exploring NY cafes and restaurants. She holds her own cooking lessons in New York and creates a variety of homemade dishes that are great for special occasions and parties. Today, she will teach me how to make the perfect Christmas dinner!

M: I brought two aprons today so we could wear it together!
H: Aww so sweet! It's an apron perfect for Christmas.
M: Yes. So, let's get changed! *twirls*
M: What kind of Christmas dish can I learn from you today?
H: I will show you how to make a Honey Mustard Glazed Pork that's very easy to make with just one pan! Let's cook together.
M: Sounds delicious! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

Ingredients for 4 Servings
Pork Leg (4lbs), 12 Fingerling Potatoes, 1 Large Onion, 3 Carrots, Honey (1/2 cup),
Dijon Mustard (1/3 cup) , Olive Oil (2 tbsp), Garlics (2 bulbs), White wine (1/2 cup), Salt, Pepper

H: Here is the pork leg that we will be using for today's menu.
M: Wow, it's very big!
H: You may have never cooked with such a big piece of meat before, but there are different areas of pork you can use. Today we are using the leg that's very juicy, and it's also called the "fresh ham." Do you want to hold it?
M: May I? Wow, it's much heavier than I expected! What should we pay attention to when buying the pork leg?
H: I recommend to look for one that isn't dark in colorーa pink one is fresh.

① First, sprinkle on salt and pepper onto the meat to prepare. Then, start making the sauce.
H: Melodee, can you mix this for me? We're going to put in honey and dijon mustard consisting of white wine which will add a pleasant flavor.

② Put in grinded garlic.
M: Usually, you don't put in garlic in honey mustard sauce, right...?
H: That's right. The garlic scent is wonderful with the pork though, so it's a great addition. It becomes a very tasty sauce, so I highly recommend putting some in!

③ Add salt and olive oil, and mix thoroughly.
M: When I was young, my mother used to make a honey mustard dip sauce with meat dishes, so it's a flavor that's very nostalgic to me and I love it very much.
H: Ah~ I see. It definitely is a flavor that kids love as well.

④ Spread olive oil on the pan and cook both sides for 3 minutes each.
M: Is there a special tip that you have when cooking the meat?
H: You want to lock in the juicyness of the meat as much as possible, so please cook on high heat so that it becomes slightly charred on both sides.

⑤ Once both sides are cooked, take the meat out and cook the vegetables. Lightly pour some white wine and place the meat on top of the vegetables. Apply half of the honey mustard sauce on the meat and place it in the oven for 20 minutes. Then, take the pan out and flip the meat over. Apply the rest of the sauce, and this time without the lid, cook in the oven for another 20 minutes.

⑥ Take the pork out and let it cook on remaining heat. Put the pan back in the oven (with the vegetables still in it) and let the sauce thicken.

While we wait for the pork to finish, Hideko-sensei will teach me a dessert recipe!
H: Melodee, do you like sweets?
M: I absolutely do!
H: Great! Then, let's make a Strawberry Trifle together that you can easily make it minutes.

Ingredients for 4 Servings
1 Pound Cake, Strawberries (1 pack), Heavy Cream (1 cup), Mascarpone Cheese (1 cup),
20 Vanilla Meringue Cookies, 2 Peppermint Candy Canes, Balsamic Vinegar (3 tbsp)

Making a cake can take a long time, so instead, Hideko sensei has come up with this idea!
H: Today, we are going to be using these.
M: I see, we're going to use glasses!

① Coat thinly sliced strawberry with Balsamic vinegar.
M: Wait, we're going to use Balsamic vinegar for sweets...?
H: Correct! You may think vinegar and fruits would be an odd combination, but the vinegar actually helps soften the strawberries, and it's unique scent matches wonderfully with fruits.

② Add mascarpone cheese into the whipped cream. Then, crush the meringue cookies into pieces to use instead of sugar. Finally, combine the meringue pieces into the cheese and whipped cream mixture.
③ Put in the pound cake, cream, and strawberries in layers into the glass.

M: It's kind of like making a flower shape. I love cream, so is it okay if I put a lot in?
H: Of course!
M: It's almost like a super simple version of strawberry shortcake because it's red and white!

④ Lastly, sprinkle on small pieces of candy cane and... "The Strawberry Trifle is finished!"

So now that the pork is ready...
H: Let's slice the pork! You can adjust the thickness to your own preference.
Place the pork and vegetables on the plate and... "The Honey Mustard Glazed Pork is finished!"

M: Itadakimasu!
Mmm, very juicy! The sweet and sour honey mustard along with the garlic scent is extremely delicious.
H: Yes, the scent is wonderful. The meat's juice makes the vegetables very tasty as well. This sauce can actually be used for salmon as well!
M: Great, so you can use this sauce for fish dishes, too. Above all, what's most incredible about this dish is that you can make it so easily and quickly with just one pan. I really love it!

M: Now, I am going to eat the dessert I have been waiting for!
Wow, the balsamic vinegar's tartness, sweet and sour strawberries, and meringue cookies creating the crunchy food texture... All of them combined creates this very unique flavor. It's so yummy!
H: True. I think a lot of women would enjoy this dessert because it's not too sweet.
M: Definitely. For this dessert, I think you could also substitute with other fruits and maybe add something like chocolate sauce, right?
H: Yes, you can of course arrange it with your favorite fruits and toppings!

M: If you are still thinking of what to make this Christmas, please refer to this Honey Glazed Pork and Strawberry Trifle that Hideko sensei has taught me today.
Now, I feel that I will be able to make these two dishes all on my own!
H: Yes, you definitely can. Please have fun cooking!
M: Thank you very much!
~ Happy Holidays!! ~

Melodee's Version: Christmas Eve Dinner for my Family!
So this weekend, I went to the market to gather all the ingredients for Christmas dinner!
Since the pork I got was thick and big, I cut them in smaller pieces so it'd be easier for me to cook.

xmas1.jpgAbout to flip the super heavy meat over...! I had to be real careful not to burn myself. ^^;
調理しやすくするためお肉をカットしたのですが、それでもやっぱり... お、重いっ!

My ingredients to make the trifles! I added some other fruits and colorful meringue cookies for fun. :)
トライフルの材料です♪ 少しアレンジするため、色々なフルーツとカラフルなメレンゲクッキーを買いました☆

My fruitful trifle topped off with chocolate sauce! And now, it seems like the pork is ready as well.......


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It turned out very well!! I don't use the oven too often so I was afraid it may not turn out right...
but I followed Hideko sensei's directions carefully and was able to make my family satisfied. Yay! :)

よかったぁ〜 ><

★My Family's Thoughts on my Christmas Dinner / 家族からの感想★

母 / Mother

父 / Father

兄 / Brother
"It was really good! Can't believe you cooked such a big piece of pork. I also enjoyed the trifle a lot. It was an interesting dessert of all kinds of flavors. 美味しかった!"

My father wouldn't believe that I made it all on my own, so I showed him the photos and video I took while I was cooking and he finally believed me. lol. I guess it's because it looks like a restaurant course dish, but it's so simple to make. :D Once again, thank you SO much Hideko sensei for teaching me such a wonderful recipe and making my Christmas amazing this year. Everyone, please try making these delicious treats!<3


Thank you so much for reading until the end.
I hope you enjoyed it, and Happy Holidays to everyone all around the world!! xoxo


FINAL NY Vacation Series Episode
& New York Giveaway!
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December 23, 2012 8:24 PM

FCI日本語放送30周年記念 + NY Yankees + 5 Min Makeup Video!

Today was FCI Japanese Broadcasting Program's 30th Anniversary! I grew up watching FCI Morning EYE, and it was a program that had helped me to greatly improve my Japanese, as well as learn about my own Japanese culture while being in the states. Becoming the reporter for FCI Morning EYE was something I did not see coming at all, but I am very honored, blessed, and thankful for such an incredible opportunity. We would all greatly appreciate your continued support for our 31st year!! :)





Lastly, I just uploaded my 5 Minute Makeup Challenge Video on my NEW YouTube Channel a few hours ago! I am going to be featured in the November issue of a Japanese makeup and beauty magazine called bea's up, and this video will be on there as well! This is my first challenge video ever, so please come by and see how I do! Full Products list below, too. :)

そして、つい先ほど 私の新しいユーチューブチャンネルに「5分 デートメイク」ビデオをアップしました!tulip


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melodee5minthmb.jpgProducts List & Tools Used in Order:

Missha Perfect Cover M BB Cream
Sigma F60 Flat Foundation Brush
Sigma Precision Angled P84 Brush
KATE Design Eyebrow N
Eyebrow Pencil (Brand unknown)
Lioele Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner (Brown)
Avance Liquid Eyeliner (Black)
Too Faced Romantic Eye Classic Beauty Shadow Collection - Soulmates, Ever After, Kiss the Bride
Hakuhodo Round Top Brush
VECUA Wonder Honey Cream Cheek
Sigma F50 Duo Fibre Brush
Revlon Cream Finish Lipstick in Wink for Pink

I hope you enjoy the video, and have a great weekend! xoxo

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October 4, 2012 5:27 PM

Skincare Products I bought in Japan!

During my stay in Japan, I went to Matsumoto Kiyoshi, a Japanese drugstore that has a variety of Japanese makeup, skincare, hair, and everyday affordable products. I went to the one that was right across Shibuya 109! 


IMG_2073.JPGI'll edit and upload a Shop-with-Me in Shibuya 109 Video as well since many of you requested it! I selected several popular Japanese fashion stores that I thought were most entertaining, so if you've never been inside there, now you'll have the chance to when I get the video up! :) hehe




Here's what it looks like inside Matsumoto Kiyoshi! I selected 3 interesting & affordable Japanese makeup products after searching the entire store, so I will be doing a collaboration review + makeup tutorial for that on my channel, so stay tuned! Today, I'm going to briefly review The TOP 3 Skincare Products at Matsumoto Kiyoshi!

というわけで!今日はマツモトキヨシ一押しのスキンケアアイテムをご紹介しちゃいまーす sign03 happy02
店員さんから色々なアドバイスを頂き... トップ3はこちら・・・!


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① Suhada Shizuku Pack Gel -素肌しずく パックジェル


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The packaging is tear-dropped shape, symbolizing the very watery, moisturizing product. Surprisingly, this has skin toning lotion, milky lotion, serum, and cream ALL in this one item! On top of that, this even has a facial mask effect to lock in moisture right after you shower. This product creates a very cool effect when applied and massaged on the skin, so I will show you in a demo when I make a full video reviewing each of the skincare products from this blog today.


② Ke-ana Spots Cleaner - 毛穴 スポッツクリーナー

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Mini Japanese lesson time! "Ke-ana" means pores, "kuro" means black, so if you see the words "ke-ana" and "kuro", it is most likely a product for blackheads and removing dirt in pores. This gel gently takes away old sebum using a vitamin pink gel which turns white as you massage. I haven't used it yet... so let's see!

美容成分のジェルが毛穴につまっている角質や皮脂を溶かしてくれ、引き締め効果もあるそうです up

And lastly...
③ Retinotime's special 5-set Facial Kit! (or 4 tubes + sample packets on top)

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The very left cream makeup remover works as a massaging cream simultaneously, and I fell in love with the texture when the Matsumoto Kiyoshi beauty staff brought it up to me to try out. Retinotime is a brand that aims to give age defying beauty treatment, so their products are very rich but gentle. :) 


That's all for now! I will tell you all the details of each product, any pros/cons, and my honest opinions so hopefully my video will be somewhat helpful to you when shopping for Japanese skincare! All the products I selected were pretty inexpensive! I'll planning on filming the video tomorrow if you are interested, so if you have any questions, comments, or requests, please comment down below so I can read them before I start filming tomorrow! Also, check out this video if you haven't yet. :D Perfect for those craving summer sweets.<3

Skincare Tipsもご紹介するので、少しでも参考にして頂けると嬉しいです。
それから、まだご覧になっていない方はとっても珍しい N.Y.アイスも是非チェック してくださいね♪

それでは、また次回のアップを待っててくださいねcherry Have a great rest of the weekend!<3

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August 18, 2012 5:41 PM

Trendylicious: NY Summer Sweets & FujiTV Japan!

Although we are halfway past August, it's still very hot and humid... perfect for ice cold sweets! Today's Trendylicious will be on the most unique ice cream flavors in NYC!


今日は、夏に爽やかでちょっとユニークなアイスをご紹介しましたdelicious up

The first one I tried was a Mexican flavored ice cream- Avocado with Chili Pepper topping! Very interesting combination, right? The avocado flavor is a bit sour and extremely creamy, and adding the chili pepper on top created a nice contrast between sour and hot. I liked the flavor a lot more with it. The Pineapple Jalapeno ice pop tasted like any other pineapple ice pop until...! :o Watch the video to see my reaction! lol It was unexpected so I was surprised. ><

最初はアボカドとチリペッパーのアイスバー★ ちょっと酸っぱめのアボカド味のアイスバーにチリペッパーをかけると、これぞメキシカン!!っといったとてもパンチのあるアイスでしたgood 2つ目は、パイナップルの甘い味がきて、それをハラペーニョの辛さが追いかけてくるなんとも変わったアイスthunder 甘さと辛さのコンビネーションがとてもいい感じで食べやすく、特に男性が好きそうな感じです。

Third, a ginger and peach ice pop from People's Pops! Right... ginger and peach can't go well together... But surprisingly, it was very yummy! When you first bite into it, you taste the refreshing ginger and not too much of the peach. Then comes the sweet peach flavor that's fruity and creates the perfect combination with the ginger. Ginger is especially well known to be a popular ingredient for beauty in Japan, so if you ever walk by People's Pops, try it out to taste a flavor you've never had before! I highly recommend it.
3つ目は、ジンジャーとピーチのアイスバー!ジンジャーがどんどん前に出てくる感じのアイスバーで、ほんのりピーチの風味があります。夏の暑い日にこのジンジャーの刺激で口の中もさっぱりスッキリnote こちらのアイスは、どちらかと言うと女性好みかもしれませんwink

Lastly, cute little pop bites from the super popular ice cream shop, Pop Bar! Pop Bar's pop bites actually have gelato inside, and I ate the regular and strawberry flavors. Gelato is much more soothing than vanilla ice cream, and since these pop bites are the perfect size, I felt like I could finish the entire box myself!
最後に、Pop BarのPop Bites!これは食べたい時に食べたい数だけ食べられる一口アイスheart01 中身はジェラート!レギュラーとストロベリー味を食べましたが、チョコレートのコーティングとの相性が抜群でした。バニラアイスに比べて、だいぶスッキリしているので夏にはピッタリ♪ ちょうどいいサイズなので、止まらなくなっちゃいそうですが... coldsweats01(笑)

ご自分でお好きな食材を試してみてはいかかでしょうか?:) flair 私も好きな野菜とフルーツで、ちょっと変わったコンビネーションアイスを作ってみようと思いますcherry アイスバーはどんな食材でも細かくして凍らせてしまえばOKscissors

Picking out ingredients to create your own unique ice pop flavor would be very fun to do! :) If you have an end-of-the-summer gathering coming up, try cutting up your favorite fruit, mix it up with another topping, freeze it, and enjoy! I think I'm going to make my own ice pop by mixing my favorite veggie and fruits. :9
Thank you for coming by and tuning in this week's Trendylicious! I actually just returned from Japan a few hours ago, so I think I'm going to rest now. I posted this photo on my facebook page as a quiz, but you all guessed right... the place where I went the first day in Japan was Odaiba's Fuji Television! They had a fun summer festival going on and took lots of photos and videos, so I'll share that soon, too!



今週もトレンディliciousを見てくださってどうもありがとうございました!数時間前に日本からニューヨークに帰ってきたばかりなので、そろそろ寝ようかなと思います★ 私のフェイスブックページで公開しましたが、初日だけオフの時間があったのでお台場のフジテレビに行ってきました!ちょうど夏フェスもやっていたので、日本のお祭りのような楽しい雰囲気を味うことができましたheart04

I hope you all are having a fantastic week, and stay cool in the summer heat! :)






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