Friday, December 22, 2017

New Skin Savior-30 Minute Treatments

A new year often ushers in vows for better beauty habits.

The reality...those new routines-often including at-home beauty devices- can have metaphorically,  short shelf lives. 
For longer term pro-aging facial boosts-way under one hour procedures, FDA cleared-with little or no downtime...require less effort-and get results, PDQ.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Executive Chef Vito Gnazzo
Shares His Exclusive Holiday Recipes From Il Gattopardo and The Leopard at des Artistes

FINALLY---two recipes for hearty and flavorful dishes from two of our favorite restaurants...  The Leopard at des Artistes’ Christmas Salad Of Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, And Octopus In A Fresh Lemon Dressing and Il Gattopardo’s Artisanal Lobster Ravioli - that add Italian flavors to holiday feasts.
AND will dazzle the tastebuds of guests-as well as leave time to enjoy their bon mots too!

Courtesy of Leopard at des Artistes' Executive Chef Vito Gnazzo...who conjured up probably one of the best meals we have ever eaten anywhere. (Review)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Newstalgic Cold Busting Coats-Men's

Keep warm-in classic jackets-of longer length designs - but made of new materials for weather worthy wear -that won't date.


Helly Hansen LONGYEAR PARK $500-Norweigan heritage lends SERIOUS weather beater cred-waterproof, windproof protection w/  Allied Down 80/20 600 Fill insulation, YKK® zippers,  detachable faux fur collar, reflective pops on sleeves w/ adjustable cuffs (and hood)-and big exterior pockets, hand warmer pockets- plus interior ones. Men's sizes-M-XXL

FREE COUNTRY-kinda an under the radar hipster label defies the elements-men's KEYSTONE DOWN QUILTED JACKET on sale now $69.99...80/20 down/feather fill, ez care-machine washable- stain resistant polyester fabric shell, wind resistant chin guard, removable hood w/ drawcord, storm placket+storm cuffs, loads of zipper close ex-interior pockets and dual zipper and button closure.
Swedish label Fjällräven durable jackets made from unique fabrics that  have been time tested in tough conditions-keeping wearers warm+dry.. Similar to the above pictured outerwear piece for guys, the shorter length 3L ÖVIK Eco-Shell Jacket $475-has numerous outer pockets-snap closed, fixed hood-laminated brim, several outer pockets, and 2 way front zipper w/ protective flaps, and cold banishing button adjustments at cuffs.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

BETTER EATS Between Holiday Feasts

WHAT TO EAT BETWEEN binge-like bursts of celebratory calorie loaded holiday fare that may not be so great, calorie-wise-or even taste that good.

TRY INSTEAD...A gluten -free Creamy Rich Protein W/O the Calories & the best slim Crunchy Sweet To Eat Without Feeling 'Deprived.'

Say cheese :-) to the old is now new revamped image (and taste)-of the ideal protein packed pick- a diet staple, cottage cheese...
Picky eaters, feline or otherwise...will love MUUNA ..(tip)-serve chilled-as creamy slightly chewy texture...enhanced cold. FYI-if like us, cereal qualifies as dinner...(so easy)...we suggest stocking up on MUUNA for more healthy, protein option that is very satisfying, taste buds wise. Above-MUUNA 4% milk fat-Classic Plain delivering a meaningful 14 grams of protein/15% calcium needs- and only 110 calories half cup human serving-4 human sized servings per 16oz container. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


  L.L. BEAN, K2, ABUS, HOBIE, KidPik, STIO, UGGS     

Cause they're more tech savvy than WHY BOTHER?


Opt for newstalgic outdoor FUN
Mad for plaid ---L.L. Bean outdoor toys with style include...snazzy water repellent cushion-plaid cover $55 ($65) for the timeless kid's pull sled w/ rope 2 sizes-$149 small-$179 large= smooth vertical snow sailing. Made of kiln dry no warp hardwoods finished w/clear water based lacquer. A real keeper.

 L.L. Bean SONIC snow tube...pile in opportunities for solo or group rides on hard packed or fluffy snow...made of 1000 denier tough nylon protects the heavy duty inner butyl rubber tube, a cold impervious semi-rigid polyurethane base, sturdy handles, straps+nylon webbing tow for going back up the hill. 

Plaid, plaid world...courtesy of L.L. Bean

Rollerblading-aka inline skates-ready for a comeback(?)-K2's for fast mobility speed fiends or dry land hockey slap-stickers. Start at $85 Marlee and Raider skates for kids-with vibration absorbing frame, interlocked on the base for balance aid, a stability cuff PLUS five full sizes of adjustable-up to $435 for the new tricked out MOD series in adult sizes.
We wish we had these super fitting/supportive ankle twist banisher- K2 ice skates growing up...vs old fashion lace up kind! Pictured Rink Raven BOA$110-recreational skate with size adjustable feature +easier on/off with that dial fit technology. The integrated blade mount-allows wearer a lower center of gravity for ez (er) balance...with Original K2 Softboot® w/ brushed liner+water repellant materials for warm, dry comfort.
Snowboard boots-have much so that even carry-on luggage only type of travelers -who rent the latest boards...haul around their own boots. These rock! With BOA adjustments, insulation, and grippy Vibram outsole-pictured are W Haven...but kid versions ($119.95-$159.95) also sport inner heat moldable liners for great fit+BOA dial lacing system. 

durable Vibram outsoles...

integrated LED rear light
ABUS is a German company that precisely engineers bike helmets par excellence that kids will think are cool looking. Featured-one of several youth specific styles-Youn-I Ace-: extended foam visor for face protection, deep temple+neck protection, in mold for durable fusion of the outer shelling shock absorbing helmet material, size adjustable, ventilation via multiple air vents, foamed in fly net, .., pictured above-the integrated LED rear light

LOVE THIS DECK-talk about a retro stunner-the Original Super Surfer Skateboard from water sports specialist HOBIE

Friday, December 8, 2017

VISVIM/VIBRAM Collab-Designer Hiroki Nakamura

Limited Edition-Hand Crafted Boots by a legendary men's shoe maestro celebrates 80th anniversary of iconic Vibram's Carramato lug design.
Timeless too-Vibram's Italian born Megagrip rubber lug a game changer...for those wishing to remained upright when on the move in incremental weather.
YUP-those hand wrought details abound in this men's only (wha????) lace-up brush leather suede lace-up hiker hybrid-by cult fav Japanese streetwear label...VISVIM-the Jibari-takes a day to make. $1200

credit J.Dicuollo.

Where: Pop-Up shop at 180 Duane Street-Tribeca-a spacious white gallery with those soaring ceilings-brick walls of areas cast iron architecture...temporarily aligned with retro-style hand crafted apparel/footwear-a stunning fusion of folklore, an urban -cool Asian aesthetic-plus world friendly silhouettes (like the handsome kimonos having a fashion moment-again).
VISVIM -has a huge fan club that travels-given the international turn-out for this opening night celebration of his footwear masterpieces.
The Vibram outsole here-pictured with Rock Yeh+...with contrast stitching- welt construction-pops against the full grain leather uppers. Three days of intense labor are needed-provided by skilled craftsmen to complete each pair. We def got schooled on the value and rarity of finding humans capable of the labor intensive efforts (and training) needed to make each of these matter where shoes are made. Those pictured, are made in mainland China-at establishments that  Nakamura-Yeh have well established relationships with-clearly. 

AHHHHH-stunning standouts- designed by Hiroki Nakamura. Like double laces...
Other iterations of  coveted VISVIM shoes available-including this moccasin wrap construction-hand sewn upper slip-on style...with TPU heel stabilizer-and hand stitch bead details...also available-with white rubber Vibram outsoles in 3 tones. Pictured-FBT Lhamo-Folk in black $650. VISVIM selections sold at a few other fashion forward brick and mortars here and in Japan+Hong Kong.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Winter Boots - Ice/Snow Busters With Style

L.L. Bean, Adidas Outdoors, Carhartt, ULU Boots, OBOZ

Slush, snow, ice-for a few days-or a few weeks-require focused footwear. 
Top picks for weather beaters, boot wise-with enough style to wear weekdays-week-ends.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Seasonal Cold Weather Shoes+Boots-No Snow Needed


F/W selections to wear practically year round-with any outfit-JUST IN CASE warming climates limit (eliminate) the absolute need for burly snow boots-yet work JUST IN CASE inclement weather makes a brief appearance. 
PS: & travel well too.

CHACO's year round men's kicks-love how the non-marking white blown rubber outsoles-practical skid resistant tread design in a  year round temps' appropriate pop of color-with dark brown nubuck+full leather grain uppers-white contrast stitching. Pictured in the front-men's THOMPSIN SLIP $115-with the brand's men's specific durable+ removable Cloud PU footbed. In back Pinecone shaded THOMPSON CHUKKA $135...also comes in a cool gray. Similar to aforementioned-with round waxed cotton laces.

CHACO's women's HARPER LACE $110- pictured in Caribou brown- nubuck+full grain leather upper-with skid resistant non-marking rubber outsole-hits the right note via a 3 season wearable design-with a signature Chaco web element anchoring the round wax cotton laces.

Chaco's non-marking rubber outsole

Street CHIC -love these beauties by Spanish based Pikolinos...managing to merge a duck boot-hiker quilted silhouette and lace-up closures atop a practical tread outsole---and smooth leather upper and block heel option- elevates this mountain side boot-to urban bootie status. Pictured- right/back our fav CONNELLEY $230

Check out -outdoor brand specialist KEEN's Women specific Terradora for a  year round urban/mountain friendly boots-in waterproof mid,  low or après-ski options. Leather and/or synthetic -mesh uppers-all day lightweight comfort guaranteed with cushioned ankle panel and glove like fit, CLEANSPORT NXT odor control, dual density PU footbed, treaded non-marking rubber outsole-w/ 4mm multi-directional lugs, and an ESS stability shank for support-in multiple color options. $140-$150