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OUTDOOR FESTIVALS: Gear Essentials

What to bring when the accommodations are more grungy camp Burning Man...and NOT the glammy Bahamian yachts that was paid for (grrrrr)...
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BLOCK HEELS SPRING's Fancier Open Toe Option

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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...














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 labels...like 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.
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Today there are many Gore-Tex fabrics with varying degrees of windproof/waterproof/breathable-from proprietary tech...sele…

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.
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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.


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

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...





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.  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 pro...plus 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 (foll…

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.
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.

AT HME USE:

LURE ESSENTIALS. -offers facial and body cupping kits...like 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 a…

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.
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L.L. BEAN Small Batch Bean Boots

Iconic Practical Style Gets Stylishvia GIPHY Inspiration...
L.L.Bean Introduces Small Batch Bean Boots  – L.L.Bean has several new limited edition Bean Boot designs made in their Lewiston and Brunswick, Maine factories...with nifty upper colors and outsole tones for practical style that wears well with anything from casual apparel to rtw dressier threads...as seen all over the FALL 2017 Runway show catwalks.

“After 105 years of perfecting the original, we’re rolling out one-of-a-kind small batch editions of the L.L.Bean Boot, meticulously hand-crafted in Maine, just like the original...” the company said in an email we recently got. .  The spring small batch is available now and includes the 8” boot in plum leather upper and in dark ash upper with brick red sole (pictured above second and third from front, respectively)  and the 6” boot with field olive leather upper and sail orange sole (better seen pictured below, 2nd from left).  These limited-edition Bean Boots will be introduced …

WOLVERINE 1000 Mile Boots-Custom + 'RTW' Footwear

Wolverine unveils the Wolverine Workshop, offers custom options for the Original 1000 Mile Boot-and new RTW Spring styles Wolverine introduced the first 1000 Mile boot in 1914; using a secret tanning method to create leather that was soft, flexible and durable, the shoe was advertised as “comfortable and durable enough to give you 1000 miles of wear.” With a focus on quality, craftsmanship, durability and comfort in footwear, the Wolverine 1000 Mile boot changed the industry standard forever.

VIBRAM®'s 80th Year of Good Grips

The buzz words 'heritage' and 'authentic' tossed around lately-rarely get applied to what's underneath one's feet but in reality, that part of one's footwear is one of the most important component of shoe construction. via GIPHY
For anyone standing/moving upright, that is.
Hence-a big birthday celebration to 'senior citizen' VIBRAM-an Italian company with proprietary rubber compounds that grip the ground in all sorts of conditions-allowing everyone from adventurists mountain scalers to casual  strollers-the ability to see the scenery from a vertical perspective, with ease.

MOZZARELLA E VINO Casual Italian Food-Restaurant Review

33 West 54th Street, Midtown Manhattan, NYC

Even walking at an uncharacteristic for midtown Manhattan leisurely pace, it's easy to miss the small windowed street front to Mozzarella E Vino.
However-past the entrance -a big hearted casual eatery, and a welcoming staff- attributes for a fine dining experience for solo eaters-or a crowd-wonderfully exists...tempting enthusiasts of Italian food  willing to forgo showier dining non-essentials in order to concentrate on the most delicious 'rustic' cuisine, delivered professionally.

ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH? NYFD Adventure Race

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LUNA Presents: Are You Brave Enough?
What:
A firefighter themed adventure race and community festival
Who:
Hosted by: Vulcan Society and United Women Firefighters Sponsored by: LUNA
Where:
St. Mary’s Park 450 St Ann's Ave Bronx, NY 10455
When: April, 8th 2017 9AM
For firefighter exam information please visit: ​ ​http://www.joinfdny.com/ ### 

THE DETAILS: 

United Women Firefighter and Vulcan Society Host Firefighter Themed Festival

On April 8th, 2017 the ​United Women Firefighters​ (UWF) and the ​Vulcan Society​ will host a free community festival and firefighter themed adventure race to promote diversity in the FDNY. T
his event will take place the first weekend that filing is open for the Firefighter exam and eligible candidates will be able to file for the exam on site. The last time filing was open for this competitive exam was 2012. The event is sponsored by ​LUNA​, the popular nutrition bar for women. The United Women Firefighters represent the 57 women firefighters and …

Digitial Patriots Dinner-#CTATECHWEEK

13th annual Digital Patriots Dinner- Consumer Technology Association(CTA) -Washington DC



It's "more critical than ever that CTA play a role in governmental policies..." was appropriately in the opening word mix of Gary Shapiro, the President and CEO-who genuinely welcomed a congenial group of industry and political types from both sides of the 'AISLE'-to the first gathering, post the 2017 Presidential inauguration -of this influential trade group-and the force behind the massively popular CES show in Las Vegas.

The well packed cocktails/dinner- at the magnificent Smithsonian American Art Museum + National Portrait Gallery ...officially launched CTA members' efforts during #CTATechWeek-that is an interactive human push  "to work with anyone elected...to move our nation forward..."

The major spoken themes touched on by Shapiro and the four award winners, all members of the House - align with CTA's mission--- including shaping public policies to encou…

BRASSERIE 8 ½ -Midtown Restaurant Review

Setting:
With a clever address (in the landmark 9 West 57th Street building-right off Fifth Ave.) and a grand entrance (a wide sweeping spiral of a  staircase-down)...



...Brasserie 8 ½'s first impression is that of a glamorous ocean liner- transporting guests to a Parisian 'modern slice of la belle époque' or civilized Mediterranean seaside enclave-but decidedly on land-in a spacious midtown eatery -with a dedicated luxe lounge (perfect for cocktails), multi-seat bars made for conversation (sans TV screens) -and a plush leather banquet lined main dining room-elegantly adorned with framed Matisse prints and original artwork by Marco Del Re and dramatically partitioned from the kitchen by a striking stain glass artistic tour de force.

From our welcoming greeting at the street level-to the last sip of after dinner espresso-our experience was intuitively well paced-with professional service as befits an upscale dining experience...and relaxed environment-polished, not precious…

Grab+Go-NEW Healthy SNACKS

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