Monday, December 10, 2018

Gifts I Gave Myself - A Lifestyle Editor's Holiday Wish List

So what does a New York area lifestyle editor want for Christmas? Check out my list. Check it out twice!

Each year I enjoy putting together gift guides for everyone on your holiday list. So this year I am going to share some top items on my own personal list for Santa. Maybe it could give you some good ideas too?

Cozy soft cotton and wool cable knit sweater from Hanna Andersson
I've been a fan of Hanna Andersson since forever as this catalog company offers well made, organic cotton clothing for the whole family. I picked up this gorgeous cable knit sweater while shopping for family gifts. It reminds me of the Irish hand knitted sweaters I've seen when marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parades. This is a unisex sweater in ecru with 70% cotton and 30% wool. Buy it a size up, (this is a medium) for layering and a comfy relaxed fit.
Tips: Look for free shipping offers and a 20% discount code for new customers. Also shop the clearance area as there are often many deep discounts on high quality organic cottons. Visit online at

100% Heavy Cotton Spa Robe. PHOTO: Me at Crystal Springs Resort Spa

When I visited Crystal Springs Resort and their Elements Spa, each suite had two thick cotton terry robes hanging the closet. It was so plush and luxurious that I wanted to take it home! So I was very happy to have found a similar heavy cotton robe by Alpine Swiss. Seriously this robe weighs nearly four pounds with the outer layer being made of cotton velour but the inside being lined with absorbent terry. The shawl collar is cotton velour and so soft against your skin. Has one chest and two hand pockets with a matching belt. Perfect for my spa days at home! My Alpine Swiss 100% Cotton Robe is available on Amazon.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Back to Campus Clean and Green Laundry Tips

Laundry Day on Campus can be clean AND green!
I was so spoiled! Either Nanny or my mother took care of my laundry even all the way through High School. When I arrived on campus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, I was clueless on how to do my wash. 

New on campus, Riders by Lee are wrinkle resistant so no ironing!
I can remember the huge front loading washing machines in the dorm basement which were similar to those in my aunt's laundry room. After that it was all Greek to me. Sorting colors, temperature and fabric settings all were hit and miss the first month or so. Ironing was another issue so I'd highly recommend investing in some Riders by Lee Casual Slacks pictured above. On the Go comfort and breathable, these are wash and wear ready. 
At the very least, make sure your freshman leaves with these few tips on how to wash their clothes while keeping it totally clean, green and natural. They will thank you for it.

Pure, Natural Laundry Soap from Reverie Farms

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What NEW CC Cream is Selling Out at Sephora?

Erborian CC Creme is flying off the shelves at Sephora. Why? PHOTO: Chanel Makeup Bag
So what's the hot item that Sephora can't keep in stock this summer? Well in the scheme of things color correcting, CC and BB creams abound but this new one from Erborian claims to also be a High Definition Radiance Face Cream. Here's what I found.

Sephora can't keep this new CC Creme in stock.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

NEW Japanese & Korean Summer Spa Treats

Far Eastern Skincare Secrets for your next Spa Day!
This summer, I've had the chance to try a few new pampering products out of both Korea and Japan. All of them can come together for a super summer spa day as you go from cleansing, masking,moisturizing and sun preparation.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NEW Summer Reads for Coffee Time

Summer Reads for Coffee Time!

Summer 2017 is here with lots of sizzling new titles to enjoy over some fantastic coffee. I mean what could be better? Coffee and a great read! Here are some of my favorites this summer with a side order of bombproof java. Here are some NEW books, coffee cups and coffee to enjoy or gift this coming season.

Freshly Roasted Organic Peruvian Coffee Beans

Making a Supreme Cup of Coffee from Beans
Summer is the time to experiment with cold cafe pressed coffee and iced coffee treats. Now you can still enjoy it hot but perhaps you'll want to add in some exotic, non-dairy creamers. I'm starting out with whole organic Laird's Peruvian Medium Roasted Coffee Beans, ground to perfection in my VitaMix Dry Grains Container. 

Home Ground Organic Peruvian Coffee from Laird's

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Outside of the Box Father's Day Gifts

Gifts sure to make Dad's Day extra special!
Father's Day 2017 is June 18th and your chance to show Dad that "you get him". These specially purveyed, exquisite gifts are the ones men want most this year (remember fathers are first and foremost MEN!)
So here are my top favorites for Pops while thinking outside of the box or gift basket.

Gifts for Java Dad
Coffee has gone to new heights these days with fresh roasted coffee beans done in small batches. If you really want to impress coffee-loving Dad, try ordering whole beans from Fire Dept.Coffee plus a beautiful GreyFoxPottery Minnesota handmade mug as a set. Fire Dept. Coffee Beans come in regular and liquor infused: Rum, Tequila and Bourbon. Add in a few Mocha Latte Eat Your Coffee Bars for an extra kick and your Java Basket for Dad is complete!

Java Dad Gift Basket Treats

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mother's DAY Gift Guide with Treasures that Give Back

YAY for Mother's Day! Great Gifts for Mom plus some that give back.
Mother's Day 2017 means more than just hearts and flowers for Mom. Gift giving with a secondary purpose of helping others takes it to a whole new level. So this year in addition to elegant gifts Mom will love, please consider some exotic gifts that are also sure to please.

Mother's YAY! Gifts that show you care.