Oh, Hay!!!*

* a greeting or exclamation said with an exaggerated high pitch, sass, enthusiasm and emphasis on the “haaay.” Often used to indicate sexiness or a vivacious attitude.

I’d like to thank The Academy is what I want to say considering the timing of this inaugural blog post,  but the truth is I really must acknowledge and thank my many friends who believed in me when the INS didn’t.  I’m the luckiest guy in the world.

How it started…

My partner–who bought me a bottle of Cartier and an Umbrian clay bar from Fresh twelve years ago–you started it all.  What an extravagant way to see how I cleaned up!   And, to so many other friends, work colleagues, and fans, thank you for not calling TLC’s Hoarders after witnessing my obsession with piles of product with which I refuse to part.

My friends… <3

I recently re-watched the video from my college graduation surprise party and my friend Allison toasted me as ‘the perfect person to ask which eye cream to purchase.’ a comment that today still resonates and makes me realize, I should have begun writing seriously a long time ago.

And so I gave it a shot…

Just this month, I reached out to a handful of carefully selected bloggers in the UK and was lucky enough to be invited to guest blog, which I enjoyed tremendously.  That experience and the encouragement and kindness of readers conspired to get me started on my own online adventure.

I pledge always to be in haute pursuit of more than just the perfect eye cream. I’ll test out moisturizers and masks but also martinis, meatballs, and more. There will be restaurant openings to attend, vacations to relive or dream about, and, of course, great reads to recommend. Hang in. I’m not Gwyneth and certainly not Oprah, but an honest non-taste-maker with exceptionally good taste.



  1. March 1, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    Congratulations on your new venture!! Looking forward to lots of honest, unbiased reviews of eclectic tastes!

  2. March 2, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    Hey Bart,

    It’s me Justin or @jhair13 on instagram. Great to hear you’ve started a Blog! I was wondering what your first impressions are of the BRAD sublime gel-cream. I have worn it a few times since I got it in the mail and haven’t quite decided what I feel about it yet. I’ll be doing a first impressions post on the BRAD products I picked up from Hautelook over on my blog within the next few days. Look forward to many great posts from you in the future !


    • B.
      March 2, 2014 / 7:15 pm

      Hey Justin!

      Thanks so much for the note and words of encouragement! I’m excited to be on here! I picked up the Sublime duo and am loving both products. I’m a huge Ultra Peel fan from his line and these are both winners in my book. So lucked out on the Hautelook deal. I will definitely do a post about BRAD. Hope you’re liking the gel-cream!


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