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Cold Weather Chic Collabs

lexander Wang x Uniqlo

Fashion's marquee names have been collaborating with streetwear, fast fashion...and footwear companies for so many years now- there's a new collection every week. At least.

Sure-some still sell-out (mostly)...but the one we actually would wear (vs whatever-hoping for a quick flip profit on eBay) = Alexander Wang x Uniqlo...with everyday cold weather basics.

The line-up for women includes L/S crews, ribbed crew neck tees, tank tops, body suits (L/S and sleeveless), undergarments, and THE bottom staple-slim fitted leggings...all available in neutral tones- at the very un Wang but very Uniqlo price points.

There's a men's collection too.

The smart and innovative Japanese based label Uniqlo...and its heat reflecting fabric HEATTECH deliver in warm and extra warm versions...and as with all Uniqlo merchandise (our experience)-the quality is outstanding. 

From $9.90-$39.90

PS: not for nothing-we knew Alexander Wang was something-since earlierNYFW shows (…

Bali Inspirations: 5 Senses-Music, Dance, Beauty, Cuisine

Bali-is a magical island -inspiring tourists for fly and flop beaches, Aussie partyers,  peace seeking yoga devotees, and spa haven name just a few... who can travel many hours to get to this tropical paradise.

A half a planet away... (sigh, yes)-but Bali can still be experienced aural-visual wise- anywhere-via its music gamelan,,,and a cool film doc (Bali Beats of Paradise)- by native  Livi Zheng on the island's music+dance -recounting the winning funk mash-up with singer-songerwriter-producer-musician-Grammy Award winner -Judith Glory Hill.

Bali beauty- experience a bit of it-via aromatic JUARA skincare's collection of face/body products that sources Indonesian botanicals  and plants-including hydrating coconut, superfood Omega 3-6 loaded avocado and Kukui oil - skin soothing rice brand oil, plus anti-inflammatory turmeric, ginger, and fermented black its line.
Experience Balinese cuisine-reflect the island's Hindu traditions and tropical native crop…

Athlete Essentials: Pumped Up PaleoPro Powder

Rarely do we get a palatable powder to add to liquids...that boasts energy charger-bio-available loaded iron- blue green algae spirulina- plus loads of healthy vitamins, iron and  micronutrients that doesn't taste like grass.

Or something worse.


seriously-we've all been there

Which is why PaleoPro's Paleo Greens Powder is our new hero product. 

Sent a sample-we'd figure a tsp of this finely ground green powder in a few ounces of water...would best be inhaled like a shot-vs sipping to savor the taste.

But the taste really was naturally A OK...a sweetness from monk fruit extract but with no added sugar (and with 5 grams of plant based vegan protein-from organic hemp).

If you're the type to gulp Kombucha or Apple Cider Vinegar down straight -the surprising palatable taste of Paleo Greens Powder will come as sheer taste buds' joy.

Kudos to who ever figured this out.

Now part of our morning routine- adding a tsp to coffee.

What Else:


Gifts of Love, Literally

.Celebrate TRUE LOVE-Assam Teas's wedding blend


Gifts for Kids' Travel

oliday travel-can inspire wrapping up ready made gifts that safely go the distance.


Girl fav subscription box KIDPIK-

...takes the guesswork out of gifting coordinated (and stylish) wardrobes including these adorable easy on/off cold weather boots-with enough sparkle for the picky fashionista...and durable enough for the sporty type -ready to have days of snowy winter fun.

Travelbadger offers a slew of TSA approved toiletries and pre-packed fun options for kids (and older humans)...set for airplane or car ride holiday trips ."...easy peasy packing..".
Options include themed Travelbadger kits-for "kiddos" and baby's ($14.99-$19.99) and natural-organic product kits too ($24.99-$29.99)-plus kits are customizable. IMO-great for hospital visits-stash in cars or backpacks-in case,,,

Holiday Express: Stress Free

elax anywhere...

Part 3

Insta-calming-pure essential oils-aromatherapy-is one of the easiest and most effective ways to chill out in a fast paced life.

Easiest way-especially when not at home is to sprinkle 2-3 drops of a soothing USDA Certified Organic essential oils - on a lightbulb or in a bath (with muscle soothing Epsom salts).

Calmers include lavender (our pick for soaks=non-irritating for the skin)-or aromatic fruity orange, sweet mandarin, spice-y frankincense, florals geranium, rose and cleansing spearmint.
Find travel sizes of essential oils (10ml, 20ml,30ml)- pretty much anywhere one can shop-online or brick+mortar outlets. Inexpensive too.
Our pick- the single essential USDA Organic oils from Wyndmere Naturals.

On the road help and just beautiful to look at... Minnie Park's limited edition candle infused with calming lavender essential oil and pieces of clarifying amethyst stones. Light one to make any not home-impersonal room, more cozy

AT HOME-kitchen help-simmer aro…

Holiday Express Tips: Part 2

Better Snacking PDQ Nick the hunger with tasty fun functional ingredients-plant based- ready to (h)eat ...

NEW: yummy Garden Lites new Frittatas are flavor loaded-with loads of accolades earned-like being mini muffin shape-portion controlled- individually wrapped-ready to devour-without utensils- after  only a minute (microwave) or maybe like 18-25 minutes-in a toaster or regular oven-straight out of the freezer.

Delicious and appealing to kids-even with the adult pleasing flavors of mildly spiced veggie bacon and potato- or in a spinach  egg white + mozzarella version.

As snacks-or a main meal entrée ...trying Garden Lites Frittatas are a lot easier now that this brand is becoming widely available  in grocery store freezer sections-including where we shop -Tops Market ($4.19/box).

IMO: Heat up ahead of time-store in fridge and eat up at room temps-as in lunch box worthy.

Is there a plant based vegan protein salty (ish) puffy bites that are crispy addictive (as) without staining your …

Holiday Express: Tips

From Black Friday- Lunar New Year -adds up to around a lucky 13 weeks of celebrating something.

Time for everything? Of course not.

Some tips on speeding up parts of life without compromises.

Part One

Beauty Time Busters

We've covered imPress Nails since the company sponsored fashion runway shows. Though digital scrolling  Instagram has taken over that role...the variety of press on nails still are the best for fast manis with creative flair, including trendy limited editions like the ones pictured- the Alice+Olivia by Stacy Bendet collection.

PLUS...imPRESS press on manicures are so easy to put on-one could apply while commuting on mass transit.

Hint: Nail beds are shaped differently-if yours run a bit flatter-nail glue can help achieve a long lasting adhesive.

Hair shines with hold less the sticky stuff. Ecru New York... has a new multi-tasking TEXTURE Setting Spray that works -on wet or dry tresses.

Silk proteins thermally protect and provides for a lightweight frizz f…

De-Stress Cosmetics

A predictable theme for the holiday seasons is to de-stress..and a whole bunch of CALMing cosmetics and ingredients ( like soothing multi-tasker calamine) aims to minimize "nature's alarm system" cortisol's negative impact on skin.

PLUS-the latest in hydration, topically.

Best Fall/Winter Totes

"IT' bags for Fall-no longer seem relevant ...because what most people really end up carrying-most of the time-are either spacious tote bags-or smaller back packs -the size that don't scale Mt. Everest.


For cooler temps-swap out the white/beige canvas classics for more weather tough textiles and darker tones...

TOTAL HOME Open House Highlights

Sure...why not rent a $1800/night Air BnB (or $30,000 month furnished) -stunningly restored 4 bedroom/2.5 bath-3 terraces(!!!)  former Synagogue-to make some observations  about rental/home insurance.

Our hosts-the congenial married couple- Chip Wade of HGTV acclaim -and plenty of other ventures...including digital and a multi-tasking furniture collection,  Pauli Wade-a real estate broker in Atlanta area,  Liberty Mutual Insurance and partner Solaria Labs-and the cutest 'guy' in the room-Samson.

The night clued us in on millennial insurance matters.

Liberty Mutual Insurance imo-smartly targets that massive demographic-where the older folks (30+) -are buying homes-coupled with the majorities' urban renter's lifestyle-(though multiple generations of families living together is def a growing phenom too),

Interesting-the company's backed Total Home Score-a new API based analytics service that can impart live-ability info like noise (Quiet Score), traffic -and vehicle …

Day of the Dead Holiday: Celebrates Life

Dia de los Muertos -a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity heraldsaMexican tradition now celebrated throughout Latin America.

This three day (or so) holiday- honoring of the dead in life for some in the northern Western Hemisphere... may be limited to watching Disney's blockbuster "Coco" ...but now plenty of USA retail stores, restaurants and individuals are marking this occasion-with altars, festivities and feasts. online destination for Halloween costumes (among other offerings like lingerie/activewear) -even has its second biggest holiday sales for Day of the Dead festivities.


One of our fav James Bond opening sequences-that never lack for drama. A Day of the Dead parade...

Pan dulce-sweet breads, fermented beverage (pulque), hot chocolate, and white sugar skulls are some traditional treats.

For crowd pleasing light bites-Flirting with Flavors entertainment host par excellence Pamela Morgan serves up authentic Mexican cuisine like Teq…

Wellness: New Skin/Haircare Luxuries

Part 3-In-Cosmetics

A lot of instagram ready looks are aided by topical temporary fixes akin to IRL Photoshop...

At In-Cosmetics...we saw plenty of raw materials/ingredients to help.

Most Fun

JUST IN TIME for Halloween-Day of the Dead celebrations.. the colors by SANDREAM Impact-a company just bought over.

Impressed with the 2019-2020 mood boards of color tones...including autumnal boysenberry, auburn -crimson reds- to pinks-claret mauve (Moonstruck), gleaming sparkling glittery holiday fest of a rich metallic like teal +rose gold (Foil Fiesta), and gender neutral palette- of icy pastels+nudes (Second Skin).