Friday, April 28, 2017

BLOCK HEELS SPRING's Fancier Open Toe Option


Height without the pain-and bone altering consequences-a solid block heel merger of shoe/sandals- lifts off for Spring...with sophistication.
Our affordable favs...

Open toe-shootie/bootie...a fav versatile shoe-PIPER from Wolverine 1883 -full grain leather upper-sophisticated "sandal" with adjustable buckle-can show off that pedicure -while keeping it professional enough for most city offices. 3" block heel makes for solid steps. $175
leather/rubber outsole
Bernardo1946 Bennet -B/W stripes -fun red tassel fringe detail-2.5" heel and padded insole=fun trendy slide goes with all of our casual wardrobe-jeans, black leggings we live in-and lightweight summer dresses of patio parties$175

Bernardo 1946-HAYDEN - 3 inch geometric block heel -2 strap sandal -with suede upper-Italian chic + elegant -for upscale day or after hour occasions-without stiletto suffering $219 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Urban Performance-Outerwear: The Fabrics

GORE-TEX®, LYCRA® Organic Cotton-Recycled Plastic, OrthoLite, Polygiene

Favored apparel labels of  Millennials -includes hybrid athlete- athleisure brands...which imo...implies a casual lifestyle AND clued in consumers -reading the info mandated on listing country of origin (manufacturing), garment care, fiber content and other finishings/treatments. Just like reading the ingredients label on foods/liquids...savvy customers demand transparency.

Hangtags that hang with those of the maker- usually adds to a garment's caché...and  helps explain the prices commanded by premium products-in apparel and footwear.

Some of the most common that we see...

Gore-Tex® was the first lightweight waterproof/breathable membrane addition to our winter wardrobe ...back in the 80s. Their GTX appearance on hiking and winter boots=game changer.

Today there are many Gore-Tex fabrics with varying degrees of windproof/waterproof/breathable-from proprietary tech...selecting-depending on product's performance needs. And budgets.

Award for biggest boom in usage- seems to be stretchy elastane fiber (aka spandex/USA)...woven in everything from active + swim wear (percentages ranging from 5%-20%), compression pieces-like socks (30%+) to as little as 1%- 2% of the mix- appearing in premium dress apparel and RTW-like denim...for comfort/durability that permits human movements in today's fitted silhouettes. Without ripping.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

BIRKENSTOCKS-Sandals for Summer

OFTEN IMITATED-NEVER DUPLICATED...the original BIRKENSTOCK Arizonas get metallic -shiny 'snake'  flair, covered toe kicks, soft footbed options...and  platform wedge styles-seasonal highlights.


ARRAN-in sparkling white leather-Men's $210-leather lining, corked footbed, rubber outsole

THE signature contoured corkbed footbeds in Birkenstocks coddle and support feet-miraculously so as these shapes work for all kinds of arch heights-something that cannot be said for other comfort footwear brands. Deep heel cups and cushioning outsoles complete the shock absorption proposition- that makes this brand beloved by many-and a good travel choice for summer trips.
Arran with textile upper-for men/women-in multiple colors 

Barrie -women's slip-on (L, R)-stretchy elasticized sides- for ez on/off, sued footbed lining, rubber outsole, and Original Birkenstock footbed for all day comfort and good choice for the pedicure-free toesies. $150

Friday, April 21, 2017

Footwear With Style Point of View: Vibram, Keen, ADIDAS x PARLEY

Jun-Inoue Live Painting at Backwoods Gallery
The Asian aesthetic-specifically Japanese - is a very distinct point of view that translates into the visual arts and fashion: it's reflective of nature in its wondrous simplicity and complexity.
With this month's Costume Institute- Metropolitan Museum of Art honoring the Japanese fashion icon Rei Kuwakubo (Commes Des Garçon+Dover Market's leading light) -we found three footwear styles that would pair well with any of her apparel designs-aside from those of her own collab with NIKE...
Vibram's FUROSHIKI Original style-inspired by the Japanese custom of packaging items by wrapping them in cloth- gets some bright print patterns for SS 2017

Vibram's FUROSHIKI $110-A Vibram outsole that cradles the foot-including tippy top toe bumps+ fitting stretch fabric in a wrapped style -snuggly attaches at the ankle with velcro closure. Comes with a traveling case (seen upper right)-great for travelers. Unisex sizing.
UNEEK x PNCA...Spring styles available now-polyester braided cord with nylon core for increased strength  uniquely adapts to shape of foot w/ a lightweight PU midsole, microfiber footbed cover, durable non-marking rubber outsole-razor siped for grip-(or in  leather woven upper)-distinct collab between Portland's Keen and  five artists of Pacific Northwest College of Art-in UNEEK slides (pictured above) and sandal styles. Men's and Women's and kid's sizes available

like the white pops on this UNEEK style-Fall look with secure lace capture system-part sneaker/part sandal

ADIDAS  x PARLEY-a collab with Parley to use plastic debris found in the ocean waters-woven into knit uppers in boathouse pictured above-unisex sized kick with comfort EVA midsole, arch support,  durable ClimaCool outsole, recycled laces. $140 Available MAY 10th-other styles-flip flops, ULTRABOOST X Parley and ULTRABOOST PARLEY runners women/men $200

Resident Magazine Celebrates THE Fabulous Wendy Williams

Resident Magazine
Celebrated April 2017 Cover Star
Wendy Williams
Lovage Rooftop, 350 West 40th Street, NYC

This past Wednesday night's celebration of "The Diva of Dish" Wendy William's Resident Magazine cover/interview hosted by Publisher Michael Travin, Associate Publisher Melissa Kassis, and Editor-In-Chief Hillary Latos-had us cheering for this glamorous gal-who has a nationally syndicated, entertaining talk show -AND many acclaimed radio, Broadway and film performances to her credit. 
Melissa Kassis, Wendy Williams, Hillary Latos (Photo Credit: Andrew Werner Photography)
Looking fabulous as always, and unlike male celebrities-actually taller than assumed, Wendy Williams drew out the crowd- deftly balancing a sharp wit with the comedic timing of a stand-up is super gracious and personable-no wonder her television show is a daytime Emmy Winner! 
We'll never forget a benefit we attended where Mrs. Williams made the introductory remarks for her guest of honor BF, now Senator Cory Booker-who at the time, was  a Newark Mayor. Her eloquence (followed by quite the rafter roof raising speech) -had us glued to her daytime talk show the next day. FUN!

Style Tip:
For luscious do's- ladies who coif their own locks-should check out Carol's Daughter's collection of hair products including: Black VanillaHair MilkAlmond Milk, and Sacred Tiare— that caters to the needs of multiple varieties of hair types and concerns, "Born in Brooklyn. Made with Love" -AND we note another stellar women's brand with a name that's a throwback to the 20th century. 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Active Beauty: CUPPING

Buzz generator Gwyneth Paltrow put cupping (via her backless gown revealing "CUP KISSES") on our radar-but it was Olympic swimmer/winner Michael Phelp's torso adorned with the characteristic red circles (when a pro uses traditional glass 'fire'versions- and heats it up)...that had us convinced of CUPPING's true value.
Lure Essentials
An Eastern medicine practice-aka been around for hundreds of years...cupping promotes Qi energy-improves circulation to remove toxins, drain and rid body fluids stagnation etc-to relieve aches, pains, stress, reduce inflammation to increase oxygenation of the blood and treat tight muscles and sports injuries.
Easy to see how this would benefit one's skin...and overall facial glow...and as an anti-aging tool too.


LURE ESSENTIALS. -offers facial and body cupping the one pictured above- the GLAM facial kit (onside $29.95)... made from surgical grade BPA free silicone...for at home use.

For the face, the suction/release action (what we did) completely painless-one keeps moving the cups around in certain directions-(no marks left behind)... by squeezing -on wet skin...very slight lifting of the skin. It reminds us of what a facials might do to drain the face of puffiness and target fine lines/wrinkles. Nice to have someone else do it of course, but our three minute application-actually something one can do while watching tv. Meaning...relaxing.

One can also use a massage-y or glide motion with these cupping shapes, depends what par to the face one is applying the cups to.
Apply a fav facial oil or moisturizer for effective treatments...or use with essential oils for an aromatic experience too.

FOR MORE INFO: LURE ESSENTIALS including VERY helpful tutorials

Monday, April 17, 2017

Active Beauty: Springtime's Best Bets

Pared down skin routines-who has the time-it's PRACTICALLY SUMMER- demand multi-tasking no fuss skincare products.

Some favs...part one:
Micellar Water's popularity from a Parisian's answer to skin cleansing instead of using French city's hard water has now evolved into versions amped up with ingredients for targeted benefits. From natural brand DERMA-E  a new Vitamin C collection-includes the ideal warm weather version-the Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water -gives thorough skin cleansing (via liquid dampened cotton ball)-dissolving water-resistant makeup and impurities that includes sweat--leaving a fresh feeling. Since facial skin feels replenished not striped,  (Rooibus has polyphenols-supposed to support  youthful skin -similar to grapes, grape seeds and maritime tree bark, Probiotics.anti aging properties))--normal to oily skin can skip the moisturizer after using this product-especially during the warm temps. Added plus: as with the entire DERMA-E collection-the Vitamin C collection is Eco-Ethical: Vegan, GMO-free, and cruelty free. 
ALASTIN SKINCARE HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36-uses physical sun blocking ingredients Titanium Dioxide 8.9% and Zinc Oxide 3.4% -non-irritating and long lasting, sun blocker-but additionally, amps up this lightweight-liquidy-ish easy to apply facial sunscreen with powerhouse skin ingredients-including a slew of anti-oxidants, PLUS Thermus Thermophilus Ferment (counteracts IR-generated free radicals-powerful skin DNA repairer), and Asteriscus Graveolens (flower/fruit/leaf/stem extract)-helps prevent air pollution induced oxidative stress-new buzzy focus of high end skin care lines.Except ALASTIN Skincare-packs it all -in-one tinted formula. We feel we can skip a lot of layers of skin care products-using this on cleansed skin. FYI somewhat sheer effect-no-makeup look-fits most skin color types light-medium.

GODDESS GARDEN Organics sunscreens are natural-but not USDA Certified Organic... one will NOT find chemicals like oxybenzone in their products. The new moisturizing lip protections-are USDA organic though (YAY)- in fun flavors/scents-like raspberry, orange vanilla, and lavender mint-protects vulnerable lips via physical block SPF30 -reef safe cruelty and beeswax free and non-GMO. And easily found too at value prices. $3.99