Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Yay - Exquisite Gifts & Treats

Yay for Valentine's Day!  Goodies to give share or enjoy for yourself.
Valentine's Day is to be enjoyed with someone special or just on your own. Here are some lovely "out of the box" treats to give him and to get for yourself.

Beard Guyz, Van der Hagen
For Him - Doop Kit Essentials
Trending now are metro-sexual grooming aids for the guys. Think "Art of the Shave". Beard Guyz are up and coming with retro shave sets such as this Badger Hair Brush and highly polished Stainess Steel Safety Razor by Van der Hagen. Set comes with a Soap Cup and Shaving Soap shown below. Old school elegance! Visit BeardGuyz.com


Badger Hair Brush & Safety Razor Doop Kit by Van der Hagen

Thursday, January 26, 2017

10 NEW Things That Will Make Your Life AMAZING in 2017


What's IN for 2017?

2017 is going to be a GREAT year, yes indeed! Always looking to improve, I've gathered a few new tools and gadgets which I've ferreted out for you. Each item, great or small is personally tested and fully tried so you get the honest to goodness truth. So here are 10 things that will help put you on the path to an incredible 2017:



Koffiestraw + thermal insulated Klean Kanteen
1.) Koffiestraw + Insulated Reusable Drink Containers
If you really want to keep your teeth white while knocking back those caramel lattes (or an occasional glass of wine), you should check out Koffiestraw. Made of easy to clean, inert silicone, these lightweight little straws go everywhere and will even fit in your favorite Starbucks cap. These nifty little straws keep staining liquids off the front of your teeth and can be used at home or at the coffee shop.  Check them out at KoffieStraw.com



One of my reusable thermal containers.
I say go one better and invest in a refillable, reusable thermos. Many coffee shops will give you a little discount when you bring your own for a "refill" which is what I do with my Klean Kanteen. There are other brands and sometimes the barista shop will carry their own. Save a cup, save the environment!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Holiday Fashions with Michael Kors, Musse & Cloud and Ruby Ribbon

Polished holiday styles for shopping, parties and dinners!
Christmas is just around the corner and you'll want to look great shopping, traveling to family gatherings and going out. Sometimes all three in one day! So it's important to be comfortable while doing it. I've chosen some of my favorite kicks, bags and an outfit that will throw them a few curves at the same time.

Ruby Ribbon Jane Top in Heather and Fit and Flair Skirt in Black
Ruby Ribbon separates are incredibly comfortable to wear while acting as stealthy shape wear under it all. That's because the pieces have built in control panels just where you need them. 
The Jane Top has strategic layers with silicone grips along the hem to keep it down which unlike other shape wear, really stays put. I wore it out as you can see above and tucked in as seen below. No matter, it stayed put!



Jane Top tucked inside the skirt for a different look

Friday, December 9, 2016

Best Picks Magazine's Posh Holiday Gift Guide

Elegant Gifts for everyone on your list this year!
As Christmas & Hanukkah draw near, we not only want to find the perfect gift but be remembered for what we gave. In fact what we choose to give speaks volumes about us as well. So here are my top picks of some of the most posh gifts for those very fortunate, fabu people on your list this year:

Gifts that DeStress


Aromatherapy Gift Set
Aromatherapy Gift Box by Sublime Beauty is a lovely compliment to their Zen Oil Box Monthly Subscription which is another great gift idea. UPDATE: The Zen Oil Box goes BiMonthly or 6 deliveries per year in 2017! Really you get the best of the best in your choice of three different content gift boxes. Chock full of Aromatherapy goodies for your bath plus jewelry and accessories to help you take your essential oils along on vacation or to use everyday. Comes gift boxed as you see in the photo above so you could have it shipped direct to your giftee. Lovely from SublimeNaturals.com



Ritual of Dao Set
Ritual of Dao offers layers of relaxing natural fragrance via their Ritual of Light bath scrub, body cream and luscious candles. Beautifully packaged and organically scented, these make the perfect gift for the frazzled among us. Visit them at Ritual of Dao


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Foodie Alert: The Ultimate Food Lovers Holiday Gift Guide

The BEST Gifts for the Foodies on your list!
Here is the ultimate Christmas List for the Foodie, Food Lover or Chef this season. These are the best of the best goodies for cooking, entertaining or presenting as host gifts for those with discriminating tastes (like you)! So here are my favorite finds for an unforgettable Gourmet Gift plus a few ideas for putting together a personalized Holiday Gift Basket.


Monthly Food Delivery Subscriptions and Food Gift Certificates
A monthly subscription from a place like ButcherBox or a gift certificate from NYC's Fulton Fish Market means the recipient will get premium grass fed, free range meats and fresh seafood delivered to their door year round. These services were once only available to professional chefs but now ship to anyone. I posted some wonderful menu ideas for these food delivery services HERE. Visit them online at ButcherBox.com and FultonFishMarket.com


Add a few grilling accessories like these from Charcoal Companion.

Fulton Fish Market's Halibut in Parchment. Convection Microwave & Grill by Cuisinart

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

FAST & Furious Menu Ideas with ButcherBox & NYC's Fulton Fish Market

Easy yet delicious recipes for the busy holidays ahead.
Now that the holidays are HERE, we have shopping trips, gift wrapping, card sending, parties, gatherings and unexpected guests from out of town. So how do you stay on top of your quick-prepare menu ideas? Here are some tips so you'll be ready no matter what!


Fresh fish delivered to your door from NYC's Historic Fulton Fish Market
Start Fresh - Seafood Delivered Right to Your Door
You don't have to be a professional chef to get fresh seafood from NYC's iconic Fulton Fish Market delivered right to your door. Go online and you will find a wide variety of fish and shellfish ready to be shipped fresh to you. Shown above are: Flounder, Halibut, Salmon and Gulf Shrimp (Prawns).
Fulton Fish Market is one of the world's largest second only to Japan's. They expertly fillet and seal your fish order into manageable portion sizes. The taste, freshness and quality of the fish is incredible. Arrives ready to cook or freeze. My order arrived at my request on Friday and was ready to cook that evening. Perfect for busy chefs. Visit them to order online: FultonFishMarket.com Here's a fast, easy and scrumptious recipe for the Halibut:

Friday, November 18, 2016

Au Naturale Body Spa Secrets

Natural goodies for your home spa rituals.
Ready or not the Holidays are HERE along with cooler, dryer weather that can wreak havoc on skin that may also be drying out. Time to tap into my Spa Secrets as I have so enjoyed visiting some of the top day spas in the NYC area. The secret is not in the fluffy robes and towels (while those are wonderful) but in the products used on your skin. I have been phasing out mineral oil and dimethecone this past year so the main products I rely on do not have them. So how do you get A-List celebrity skin...at home? Read on for my secrets for your home body spa!


Body Spa Secret #1. Exfoliate! Sublime Beauty CEO Kathy Heshelow