Wednesday, February 28, 2018


A coveted secret of footwear addicts...and well know performance outsole musts for outdoor enthusiasts... Vibram's rubber soles are unique (patented) takes on the best underfoot protection...

via GIPHY fyi-shoes aren't heated...

...acclaimed for durability, protective, cushioning abilities- and grab appeal (the latest-Arctic Grip-is practically a 'miracle on ice')... but are also fashion statements. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

imPRESS Gel NAILS-Flaunt Fav Team Colors

Limited Editions by Fashion Designer Christian Siriano Adds To Nail Art Line-Up

We really love how two of our favs- fashion designer Christian Siriano and manicurist Gina Edwards (who has a slew of amazing editorial credits too-we read the fine print in those glossies)...managed to synch up during NYFW to celebrate the aforementioned ten years in the biz!

Christian Siriano and Gina Edwards
With the opulence and  elegance-inspired by late 18th century British Art that hangs in the Queen's Gallery of Buckingham Palace... Siriano's Fall 2018 fashion collection-ALSO heralded the launch of Christian Siriano limited edition imPress Nails' seven beautiful deep tones -and exotic designs that flatter all skin tones. Available now too.

Friday, February 23, 2018

FANCY FLATBREADS-Primizie Reinvents w/ Bold Flavors

Olympic viewing party gives way to the March Oscars' soirées -where the food bites get elevated ... right alongside those glam Red Carpet outfits.
Suggestions for a fancy finger food feast?
We were all set to conjure up appetizing eats that are more sophisticated than sporty pizza deliveries...

Simply Salted have a buttery sunflower oil-lick your fingers worthy crispiness-salted with real deal Set Gris-French Velvet  Grey Sea Salt  -delicate yet sturdy enough toehold up creamy thickish dips like hummus. Honestly thoughts is our prime picks as potato chip slayer... 

But then we finally opened up samples of new to us Primizie flavored flatbread crunchy snacks...and immediately 1) understood why they aren't packaged in resealable bags-cause each of the flavors tried----buttery crisp Simply Salt, grilled crunchy Green Harvest-fragrantly lightly spiced, and cracker like textured Rustic Beet---are so delicious-worthy of swapping out for not only typical crackers-crusty bread-bruchetta basics---but also-really tastier than snack addictive pleasers like potato chips ...there won't be any left to save for next time...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

MvVO Art -Celebrates Advertising Visual Arts

at Sotheby’s in New York
February 22-25, 2018
The First Art Show to Celebrate
A New Generation of Artists from the Advertising World

With the judicial recognition of non-mainstream artists (and their art)... a timely exhibition just one week after that $ finale in NYC...displays new emerging-and somewhat under -cover-not heralded artists from the advertising world. 

Put on by MvVO ART, an innovative New York-based art venture, the show welcomes a  new generation, indoors

Says Founder & CEO Maria van Vlodrop, “AD ART SHOW is a platform for discovering exciting new emerging artists that come from a historically rich landscape– following in the footsteps of Warhol, Magritte, Rockwell, O’Keefe, Hopper, Haring, Rosenquist & so many others with dual careers in art and commercial art.” 

This groundbreaking art show and MvVO ARTs newest art initiative, will be held at Sotheby’s New York (72nd street/York Avenue-Manhattan- from February 22-25, 2018.

AD ART SHOW features a selection of global artists chosen by a esteemed committee of contemporary art professionals, chaired by Laura Skoler, Board of Directors, New Museum, NYC and the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Drawing Foundation, Paris; and includes: Isaac Aden – Senior Curator, Jerome A. Cohen and Joan Lebold Cohen Center for Visual Arts • Natalie Bell – Assistant Curator, New Museum • Julia Fowler – Executive Director, JP. Morgan Private Bank/Hunter College Art Advisory Council • James Fuentes – Owner, James Fuentes Gallery, New York • Deborah Harris – Former Deputy Director, The New York Armory Show • John Hatfield – Executive Director, Socrates Sculpture Park • Matthew Higgs – Director, White Columns • Norman Kleeblatt – Independent Curator & Critic • Corina Larkin – Executive Director, CUE Art Foundation • Gracie Mansion – Gracie Mansion Gallery • Lisa Schiff – Founder & President, SFA Art Advisory • Eric Shiner – Senior Vice President, Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s and former Director, Andy Warhol Museum. 

Proud Partnerships
AD ART SHOW is supported by the art world and the advertising & media community, including Presenting Sponsor, NBCUniversal, and Partners: Artsy, The One Club for Creativity, SRI Fine Art Services, Y&R, Geometry Global, Adforum, NYCxDESIGN, The School of Visual Arts, The Clarion List, Belvoir and Neuhaus.

MvVO ART is also collaborating with NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design administered by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), to celebrate the dynamic relationship between creativity and commerce in New York and introduce new audiences to New York’s artists and commercial designers.

MvVO ART is a proud supporter of Franklin Furnace and Artistic Dreams International.

Annual Event
AD ART SHOW is set to become an annual event with artists and sponsors ready to take part in 2019.

AD ART SHOW - Tickets
Complimentary General Admission Tickets, Courtesy of MvVO ART– Registration Required
Tickets Available at:

AD ART SHOW  - Exhibiting Artists
MvVO ART is proud to present all participating artists and their exhibiting work via Artsy

About MvVO ART:
MvVO ART is a New York based innovative art venture comprised of a team of advertising, art & technology professionals, dedicated to creating new opportunities for artists, art lovers & brands to discover each other and form powerful partnerships. MvVO ART Founder & CEO, Maria van Vlodrop, is a global business development executive with an impressive track record establishing new ventures. MvVO ART is poised to reimagine & redefine the relationship between Art & Commerce.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Fashion aside...the 2 big highlights of NY Fashion Week deserving the biggest applause... 
The the NGO launch- Humans of Fashion Foundation...a #METO#TIMESUP kind of application for the global fashion industry...
AND- the editorial attainable hair coifs.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

NYFW F/W 2018 Marcel Ostertag

Spring Street Studios NYC

Sometimes we go to a runway show-and leave the run of show-the 411 on the collection inspiration...for later-curious as to what comes to mind-before we get clued into the designer's thoughts.

meow-pussycat bows with sparkling feline print---70s vintage style-homage to YSL
For Marcel Ostertag...a designer seen years ago during Berlin's-based fashion was obvious from the opening musical notes-that production values were top notch.

Tried +True: Best Lip Balm

Sometimes it's NOT the packaging...
Our top Lip Fix...EpiCeram-L® Lip Care...boasts 3 essential lipids (ceramics, conjugated linoleum acid, and cholesterol)-the same healing ingredients found in some skin moisturizers-to ward off our daily (hourly) battle against dried, cracked lips.

IMO-longer lasting...and really does work on

FYI-the basic plastic packaging might remind you of way cheaper lip balms -but it's the replenishing balm formula that earns EpiCeram-L® a gold medal.

Added Points: FREE of steroids, parabens, gluten, petroleum, lanolin+ fragrance. Does NOT taste like anything either...kid-guy friendly.
Available online 3 pack $44.95

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Valentine's Day-just snuck up on us----with all the DRAMA + healthy Olympics' distractions.
Grab a fast last minute  chocolate treat-that will amaze-and will be worthy of sweethearts across America-aka- the yummy chewy melt in mouth gourmet candy - by a fairly new division of a giant  candy company (Sunrise Confections)-Sweet Valley Organics.
We couldn't believe how good these are...Sweet Valley Organics uses Fair Trade, non-GMO-USDA Certified Organic chocolates with a pleasing creamy buttery taste authentic dark chocolate...with hints of vanilla and organic naturally ripe bananas. IMO-who ever came up with this deserves a raise. That Good.
  Online $5.90/per 4oz. 4 servings per pouch-120 calories.
We say-be real-count on eating half-delivering 240 calories like those dreck awful mass market chocolate bars that pass for 'chocolate'  in this country...(just saying)
Considering we're not banana fans (though should be considering all the endurance sports we do)---these scrumptious USDA ORGANIC dark chocolate covered fruit candy bites Tender Bananas completely wowed us.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Asian Lunar New Year Gift ?-SOLVED

La Tourangelle ARTISAN OILS new Asian Oil Trio
A new moon always greets Chinese New Year-and this go round-celebrating the Earth Dog.
 Another reason to gather- and celebrate all things Asian---  binge watching  the fun South Korean Olympics=happy occasions. 
beautifully packaged-just tie a ribbon on
The perfect host gift for enthusiastic home chefs-or an easy way FOR YOU to speed dial the subtle to boldly fiery flavors of the cuisines from that part of the planet are the deliciously fresh, aromatic Asian Inspiration trio  of 3 infused oils ($16.97) by the premier now California based oil mill -aka masters of,,.La Tourangelle.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tried and True:Outdoor-City/Country-Boots

Part 4

City ice slicked sidewalks demand style, still.
Our fav waterproof boots-are for any place you stroll...
as well as the labels deemed timelessly fashionably even the pickiest attire snobs...

Is there anyone in this country that hasn't seen like every other person in colder/wet weather wearing L.L. Bean duck boots in some iteration.
No wonder-this company with the STILL generous return policy...introduces new styles as refreshing as the original classics.
The still made in Maine boot weather busters...small batch with water proof rubber bottoms + supportive steel shank, pictured above...on left women's cheery cherry/cherry guide orange ($119), kids' vintage style flexible waxed canvas-handstiched $129, and women's small batch 8"  premium full grain leather-(a guy version too-both $129) with rubber chain tread bottom for great durability/grip.  

Bernardo 1946-chelsea RAIN BOOTS are waterproof rubber kicks...side buckle adjusts (Zoe + Zain models-now on sale $99), other pull-on styles in multiple colors -including pastels which we love ---in the Paige- with pretty ribbon lace up backs $145.

Le Chameau Boots (women, men) are France's answer to the Brit's- Hunter...a heritage brand
We have a pair like these-that are leather lined purchased in France decade+ ago...but they're also now available in the USA-with different linings-like 3MM neoprene, wool or jersey low and mid heights.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Tried and True: Party On Heels

Part 3:


Insta party-TGIF outfit help that  'gets the look for less' without a loss in quality?

NINA's Bridal Collection styles in all heel heights-designs for year round wear=best sellers
Need matching hand held clutch-these NINA's select styles (big enough for smartphones+) are on sale NOW at bargain  50%-70% off-prices. 

NINA SHOES- sandals and kitten heels with feathery crystals and bold pearl trims-  adds chic festive flair to all of our wardrobe staples aka LBDs-black leggings/tunics, or all kinds of denim tee-tank tops attire.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

TRIED AND TRUE: Superfoods

Best Protein Powders+Drinks 

Convenient and a way for those on special diets (vegan, carb avoiders etc) to meet their protein needs w/o cooking-it's no wonder that protein powders and drinks have gotten so popular the past few years.
Our favs...

Monday, February 5, 2018

SURPRISE-THE 'New'/Old Amarone Red Wine

Del Posto/NYC

A focused wine tasting featuring a selection of AMARONE Red Wines...from Veneto-Italy area-was a revelation.

THINK: Drink ready intense ruby-deep berry wines-with enough complexity, balanced acid, velvety tannins-full flavored fruity-spice hints...AND fantastic food pairing potentials with today's "IT" global cuisines!


And good values---ranging from around $20-$75.

indigenous grapes 

Top Pick: Yummy-Deep ruby red-ripe berry+hints of cinnamon+cocoa=silky tannins, smooth silky finish-full bodied and structured,,,MASI (Gargagnago) RISERVA DI COSTASERA AMARONE DELLA Valpolicella DOCG Classico with vines face Lake Garda....made of 70% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta and 5% Molinare-aged 38-40 months in 600 liter Slavonian + Allier oak casts. Info:

Tried and True:The Best Of Everything List

Part 1:


Shiny new objects abound-but sometimes its the
don't mess with success' stuff-we keep going back to use/wear/eat...

Best high and/or mid waist- winter worthy black leggings-for exercising (or crawling along) wear in/out of gym, on a run, layered up over-for a night out-or in- that won't want to rip off the sec you get home: