Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Russian Ballet Theatre's Production of Swan Lake

The Russian Ballet Theatre is on tour with their newly choreographed version of Swan Lake. The next performance in the NYC area will be at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn on November 17th, 2019.

I had the opportunity to catch the Russian Ballet Theatre's production of Swan Lake this past weekend at the lovely Nash Theater in Branchburg, NJ.  Everything about the performance offered a feast for the senses. The classical music, by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, is rich and engaging providing the perfect canvas for this lush production. Likewise, the set design and lighting took you convincingly from a boggy, moonlit lake to a bright and sumptuous palace ballroom.

The Hungarian Princesses dancing in the palace ballroom
This newly arranged ballet has humor, romance (of course), suspense and most of all exquisite choreography. Standout performances of the evening came from Vasli Bogdan (Von Rothbart) and the prima ballerina, Olga Kifyak.  Other high points included the "folk" style Hungarian, Russian and Spanish dances in the palace.  The impish court jester (danced by Mikhail Ovcharov) was an incredibly powerful dancer and stole many a scene with his pranks and antics!

Seating at The Nash Theater
With hand-painted sets and over 150 beautifully hand-sewn costumes, this was a first-rate production in every respect. Really on par with ballet productions I've seen at Lincoln Center in NYC. The theatrical makeup was done by none other than Irina Strukova, who has also worked on the sets of Crazy Rich Asians, Netflix, and HBO.  I already have my ticket to return to this theater to see The Nutcracker in December!  That production is by The Moscow Ballet.

Prince Siegfried and Odette

The Queen
Visit the troop online at RussianBalletTheatre.com  for upcoming tour dates and tickets.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Wigs and Wishes Gala + The Amoena Collection for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


A wonderful night of Wigs and Wishes for women and children cancer survivors. Martino Cartier, Paula Abdul, Taylor Dayne and the crown "Queen of the Night" with her family.  Photos courtesy of  Phil Jackson, Shootworks Photography for Wigs and Wishes

Philadelphia PA, Area Recapping this year's incredible Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the 7th Annual Wigs & Wishes Gala and elegant fashion prosthetics for women from Amoena!
Some of the most psyche challenging issues for women cancer survivors is the loss of hair and the removal of breasts or breast tissue (lumpectomy). Each of these changes can make a woman feel like she has lost some of her personal, feminine identity. Starting with her crowning glory, celebrity hairstylist and HSN favorite, Martino Cartier answered the call for women and children wishing to "look cancer-free" while battling this disease. He first founded "Friends are by Your Side" from which Wigs and Wishes emerged. Working with Follea Wigs and numerous hair salons across the country, Martino styles and Follea donates beautiful European Hair Wigs for women and children chemotherapy patients each year. Can you imagine what an incredible confidence booster this is? 


7th Annual Gala included a full-course dinner and entertainment.

Now in its 7th year, Martino, Paula Abdul, and Taylor Dayne hosted a gala evening which raised thousands of dollars for both wigs and to grant wishes to women and children battling cancer. 

If you would like to know more about Wigs and Wishes and or find out how you may help or even be helped, please visit them online at WigsandWishes.org

Here are some photo highlights from the evening:


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Back to School / Campus Essentials Coeds REALLY Want this Fall

Make your back to school, back to college coed extra happy this fall!
Oh! It's that time of year and if you are in college, more than likely already in the dorm. In fact it's Move In Week now at most universities. So if you are on campus or know someone who is, what would make them feel more at home?

As a Rutgers alumna, I can still remember those special "Care Packages" my parents put together for me. Those comforts from home, made all the difference transitioning into dormitory living. In fact, I'm back on campus again this fall. Among other endeavors, I have volunteered to help out with the college's alumni publication, 1766 Magazine. RU Rah RAH (deja vu)!

So here are my top suggestions for yourself or that special coed in your life.

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack, Apple iPad with stylus and Pamu Slide Earphones

Fjallraven Kanken Backpack is the IT bag this year on nearly every campus. Super lightweight yet rugged, it offers plenty of storage with a tablet compartment in the rear. 

6th Gen iPad 32 GB in Space Grey with Stylus is pretty much a necessity for every student these days. Sleek and elegant but ready to rock.

PaMu Slide Wireless Earphones offer amazing sound quality, resonant bass and actually stay in your ears. Bluetooth pairing is almost instant and the case doubles as a wireless phone recharger.


Desk Supplies: Rocket Book and SlitIt

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 HannaAndersson.com


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.