Tuesday, November 21, 2017

20th The 'Waxman' Collaborating For A Cure



The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its 20th Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction at Cipriani Wall Street, posthumously honoring William S. Gorin, former CEO of MFA Financial, Inc., and featuring a musical performance by The Avett Brothers
Avett Brothers-a little bit rock, country, roots and a lot of bit- harmonies. Awesome live band

Gorgeous table settings-BYROBIN

The gala also introduced SWCRF’s new Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research Program, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging. 
Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which raised approximately $2.5 million for SWCRF cancer research programs.

The cavernous, glamorous Cipriani Wall Street-SOLD OUT! This year’s event was attended by about 800 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. The money raised will support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells, and to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer.!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Holiday Party Sparkle Accessories/Shoes

Tis the season to shine on-and glam it up...

Top picks that easily dress up the basics...

Snow-free footwear options-lustrous pearls trims, glittery diamonds, and wearable heels that guarantee blister free nights. 

Butter-wear these with---just about everything. Made in Italy...pointy toe mules-rich metallic or satin...on chic kitten heels...
ARIELLE Slides---polished toes share pearly presence-on block heel.. Summit Italy leather or suede options. $165
LOVE these elegant embellished- oversized square buckles -NINA-deep side cuts-festive flats are Red Carpet gorgeous!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

PCF's NY Dinner:with Whoopi, J-Rod- Kicks Off #VeteransWeek

Prostate Cancer Foundation:  2017 New York Dinner

...featuring guest host Whoopi Goldberg with special musical performance by Grammy and Academy Award-winning singerJennifer Hudson

Peter and Laurie Grauer
Legendary actress, comedian, and television host Whoopi Goldberg -with PCF founder Michael Milken and one of the distinguished veterans honored.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization founded by Michael Milken dedicated to identifying and funding groundbreaking cancer research programs, hosted the 2017 New York Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street New York. 

The night concluded with Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson belts out her signature hit songs including “Love You I Do,” “Spotlight,” “And I am Telling You,” and a Whitney Houston medley. WOW!!!!!!.(Patrick McMullan)

The evening kicked off with Michael Milken and guest host Whoopi Goldberg outlining the evening’s three themes: Women in Science, Big Data, and Family. (“What do you think of Big Data?” asked Milken. “I don’t know, maybe I should spend some time with him,” quipped Goldberg). 
After a beautiful rendition of the national anthem sung by army veteran Constance Campbell, guests learned about the ways PCF supports young female researchers through the PCF Young Investigator program. 

The Big Data portion of the evening included a speech by Dr. David Shulkin, Secretary of Veteran Affairs, who was presented by Dr. Jonathan Simons, PCF President and CEO. Dr. Shulkin spoke on the VA’s commitment to transformation and modernization, including aggressively attacking prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer among veterans. The theme of Family was exemplified by the night’s honorees, Peter and Laurie Grauer, who were recognized for their commitment to cancer research and dedication to increasing the number of women in leadership positions, both in science and beyond. 

J-LO + A-Rod (Patrick McMullan)
Beautiful table settings...

Throughout the evening, military veteran guests in the audience were recognized. Additionally, seven of the organization’s VA Network Centers of Excellence received funding through the generous donations of attendees. AllianceBernstein CEO Seth Bernstein’s table, which included guests Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, donated a total of $1 million to the PCF Young Investigator program. (Patrick McMullan)
Whoopi Goldberg-Poses with Veterans and Sec. of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin.
  Proceeds from the event, which raised $18 million, will support the partnership between PCF and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide precision oncology to all veterans by establishing eleven centers of excellence. By providing access to their more than 9 million patient records, PCF researchers will be able to discover new and better treatments that will impact all prostate cancer patients. The evening was the organization’s second largest fundraising night.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Peppermint Perfect Holiday Season Flavor

Right up there with '...Raindrops on Roses ..." Peppermint flavors are a fav thing,  taste-wise- for the holiday season.
TIP: Add authentic Peppermint flavor to baked goods, homemade candies (drool worthy Peppermint Patties alert), festive cocktails +/or  an aromatic accent to hearty winter dishes of lamb-poultry-pork... with Nielsen-Massey's purely delicious Peppermint Extract.  Kosher certified, gluten and GMO free -and free of allergens...available in 2-4 oz sizes. Insta-holiday extract-real taste you can actually taste-a drop-or a tsp- go a long way! 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


NEW easy eats-on the road-or grab and go...portable options that are tasty, ...helps to dissuade reaching for those sugar loaded/artery clogging options.


Organic IMAGINE broths are familiar occupiers of our kitchen cebinet-but the new creamy smooth soups-Super Reds + Super Greens-make those blender whirling creations we attempt to make, irrelevant. Nutritious ingredients abound (carrots, onions, beets, potatoes, celery, red lentils, red bell peppers sweet potatoes, cranberries-Red...broccoli, potatoes, onions, peas, celery, spinach, carrots-Green)...and just the right amount of spices... both healthy options will hit the spot (we 'nuke to heat) -especially for those picky eaters who 'snack' vs sit-down meals. The texture is creamy -pourable, not super thick. The Super Reds-is warmly fragrant with hints of garlic/ginger---and the Super Greens-spiced up-touch of cumin (we think), garlic and ginger -with a tad of sea salt. USDA Organic/Vegan/Non-GMO/Dairy Free- both---chances are eating one's veggies will never be so liquid tasty-delivering meaningful percentages of Vitamin A and fiber. BONUS: 90-80 calories per serving, four servings per container. NICE.

Another way to get one's greens/fruits, by the scoop...ALOHA Superfood Greens-vegan 'superfood' powders-NON-GMO, Vegan, gluten-dairy FREE-add a sprinkle atop cereal or a lot -to drinks...contains wheatgrass juice and energy charger-r Spirulina, superfood wild blueberries plus mushrooms, peas and spinach. Delivers..12 essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins-including 200%-500% Daily Value of Vitamin D. In three flavors-Chocolate with Fair Trade Cacao, Berry, and Original.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Eat Right-Fast

New Shelf Stables -For Fast Eats For The Van Life / Home


Personal Chef--a specialized maestro for each course...
Pasticcieri Siciliani Chefs (Dessert should be first course)

Sous Chef Entremetier
Chef de Partier-Royal Chef-plus clean -up crew DUH

But what you really have is...


A bowl of milk (vodka) + cereal =Cocktail Hour/Dinner MEAL Combo

Some other approaches for a delicious -healthy meal, fast.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Newest Skincare Trends: Basics/Natural/Multi-Tasking

In Cosmetics NY, Women's Dermatologic Society

Even with the caveat that a legal definition of  'natural'-isn't exactly USA government regulated as of yet- with regards to beauty products...(or food -for that matter), third party certification, non-profit watch groups (EWG.org, for example), willing companies (Proctor+Gamble)  and class action lawsuits-help wised up buyers make choices.  Cause those ingredient lists-as well as efficacy/value proposition/ethically-sustainably sourced and cruelty free factors are big deals-not just 'greenwash' marketing buzz.

The term 'simple' ingredients-is  somewhat baffling-as even botanics-algae-rice-and charcoal-components that seem to be popular formula sources-are complex. But familiar...so no surprise we saw new multi-syllable offerings from a slew of companies at the sourcing makeup/beauty trade show-In Cosmetics NY.
New Green Aqua Foundation by French supplier Sensient Technologies -is "...made of several natural ingredients such as mineral pigments treated with super hydrophilic rice-based surface treatment PHY..." Added to foundation formulas like the one here-the end result felt light and fresh-a barely there feel- when we tried it...with great, buildable coverage. Rice derivatives showed up at several exhibitors.
LIPOCHEMICALS-Vantage Specialty Ingredients was one of several companies incorporating activated charcoal in cleansers/face masques...to draw out dirt, toxins, and oils while minimizing pore sizes,
Sensient Cosmetic Technologies- Aqua Charcoal Gel Cleanser-made with vegetable charcoal-aimed at the booming market for skincare products targeting the desire to detox...combating the negative effects of environmental and modern day stresses
A Mintel presentation featured two products we've written about- when they first hit the market: ANTONYM® EcoCert + Leaping Bunny Certified -cruelty free makeup collection- free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, petrochemicals or phthalates.Pictured the multi-tasking Baked Highlighter encased in a very cool bamboo box.
USDA ORGANIC -S.W. Basics  Cream is also Leaping Bunny cruelty free-and a B certified company-w/ hero ingredient-fair trade sourced shea butter.