Friday, March 30, 2018


     Part 2

                                                              SUMMER SIPS:
ROSÉ Season!!!

Portugal is poppin'-as a second hone+vacay destination...and earning a great rep for its wine in addition to its signature cork that goes on top...

Grape composition 25% Saborinho, 25% Agronomica, 25% Aragones, 25% Touriga Nacional. Sustainably grown tiny plots (2 to 6 bush trained vines per square) planted in 1991 in volcanic soil at sea level. 12.5% alcohol...around $25 bottle
Sips of the mineral-delicately black peppery- acidic Rosé Vulcânico-courtesy of the deep volcanic black basalt soil of the Portuguese archipelago -AZORES (Pico island)...conjures up summer breezes, long sunny days at the beach, sunlight outdoor deck parties. Easy to drink (and now)...this thirst quenching wine pairs particularly well with salty snacks, Asian eats, grilled veggies +fresh fish/seafood.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


(it's almost-or already there...)

New Products That Help Celebrate Snowmelts, Uncovered Grills,  Aromatic BBQ Al Fresco, and Backyard Fun...

Part 1: The Eats

Upgraded Condiments:

FYI -fair warning-one tablespoon of ANY Traina ketchup -rich savory offerings -courtesy of 3lbs of tomatoes-in each bottle (!!!!)-will have you ditch those mass market- really red bottles-straight into recycling.

It's almost like a re-invented condiment staple.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Transitional Sandal Season Solved

Weather alternating between snowy slush and really Spring?

For those warm moments- suede/leather sandals in  3 (or 4) season colors-like mustard yellow, brick red,  navy, or camel brown aka luggage-shades well with wear whatever flowy black outfit or denim wardrobe staple one wears.

Pr People multi-task...
Our fav-by BERNARDO -have southwestern flavored triangle embroidered details on the uppers-in a walk all day 1" block heel (GABI) leather elegant take on a thong...or peep-toe suede 3" wooden heel statement maker (HARPER).

GABI $158

Thursday, March 22, 2018


A recent Puerto Rico Ironman 70.3-had us appreciating (experiencing) the clean ocean waters.

Which is partially why we heart big time...that plastic bottles -retrieved and recycled by non-profit Parley For The Oceans- end up as uppers in the continuing popular collaboration with the sport-performance-fashion giant,  Adidas. 
(Other reasons-comfort, good looks, functional).

The snazzy looking Parley kicks' collection has sold over a million-and counting. New Spring additions for ADIDAS OUTDOORS- feature quick dry climacool® woven uppers made from recycled yarns and outsoles boasting the brand's grippy Traxion®or Stealth® rubber outsoles (in Boat and Voyager $90-$120 ). 
Great Pacific Garbage Patch-world's largest mass of ocean garbage-now 2x the size of Texas
TERREX CC VOYAGER PARLEY-has toe protection+lightweight EVA midsole for long term cushioning

drainage system through midsole sidewalls

Stealth® rubber grippy outsole (from sister brand FiveTen)
TERREX CC BOAT PARLEY $99-pictured in trace blue/raw gray/chalk ideal boat shoe with urban style bonus points. Very comfy with lightweight toe protection, breathable per with TPU weldings, perforated mid+outsoles lets the water out, 
Traxion non-marking outsole for great grip

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fashionable Performance Sunglasses

Eyes were made for the shade...blocking out sunlight/bluelight rays are a must these days (ha ha and nights, maybe)- for short-long term vision health.
TOP PICKS: NATIVE Eyewear and COSTA Del Mar-style-wise-and like so many other accessories (footwear)-the shapes+trims are fashionable with performance elements. All are lightweight, made from durable materials, offer super sharp vision-color accuracy...and bonus points- affordable and made with sustainably minded companies.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Skincare Trends...

The most recent NYC IBS tradeshow for spa professionals highlighted non-invasive skincare trends.
For at home users-the  proliferation of FDA approved beauty tools available...and salon only brands-being sold on Amazon or direct to consumer also lined the aisles...

CRYO FACIAL SYSTEM-Cryotherapy's deep freeze anti-inflammatory benefits-are now available for the face/neck only-and is very tolerable.  Liquid nitrogen vapors (-130º) targets the area--supposedly increases blood flow, reduces pore size, reduces inflammation+puffiness, reduces dark spots-and- this def makes sense to us-might sooth dermatitis, eczema patches. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

HAIR TRENDS: Rainbow Hues

 IECSC N.Y. Tradeshow-Javits Center

Besides ear-splitting backbeats, we can always count on the latest hair trends-and the companies that make the products to get the looks-to show up at the annual March hair+spa- jam packed with humans, tradeshow.
Noticeable-multi-hues-multi-strands + barbershop artistic hair styles-unisex and multi-cultural neck-up statements.
MANIC PANIC-founded by club legends Tish+Snooky...Manic Panic serves up professional worthy, semi-permanent hair colors and saturated shades of highly pigmented make-up for do-it-yourselfers. Pictured above-mermaid worthy hair that makes a statement. AND yes, copious amounts of hair spray needed too.
-Manic Panic mixes it up- on the right-bleach hair starting point for true rainbow shading
Rainbow lovely locks---ramp up single saturated shades -a harkening back to 1980's London punchy punk scene that celebrates all genders/types of hair. FFFUUUUUNNNN!!!!

TO KEEP TRUE COLORS trust-worthy:
Sulfate free, rich ingredients' hair care products are musts. IMO-the best of the bunch- are usually made by smaller, still privately owned, cruelty free (no animal testing) hair care companies who don't compromise on ingredients in order to churn out stock market-like profit margins.

New to us...

Keratin Complex®...refs the building blocks of gorgeous tresses in their name...and accordingly, have a slew of widely available. color supporting products that nurture luscious locks of kinds. 
FYI: Free From sulfates, sodium chloride (a keratin treatment killer fyi-and an unfortunate ingredient in a slew of high-low priced shampoos/conditioners), and parabens

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

HEALTHY KID SNACKS- They'll Prefer. Promise.

HEALTHY kids snacks are NOW more appealing-to kids!!!!

Cleaner ingredients combined with fun packaging helps the bigger humans seal the deal when it comes to good-for-them nutritious eats.

AHHHH-so retro-no one should eat like this...

Our fav eating grabs -worthy of little and big hands ...
This above trio are ready to eat snack 'classics'-so stock up.
L-R: SWEET VALLEY ORGANICS Tart Cherries are addictive-Fair Trade melt in your mouth dark chocolate chewy 'candy'-surrounding naturally sweet dried tart cherries. Heavenly. Come in re-sealable pouches but-be prepared and buy two at a time.

HALOS 'Pure Goodness" Mandarins/Clementines are in season for just two more months- bad news BUT are readily available pretty much everywhere we shop in handy net bags at terrific price points!. Seedless and super easy to peel-in juicy tiny sections- so no editing process aka adult intervention needed. We say-keep a bowl of HALOS on the kitchen counter/table ...for guaranteed battle free healthy snacking.

California based Traina Foods' new ORGANIC FRUITONS are single served-dried tropical mix or single fruit snacks- taken to another level... bite sized real deal apricots (julienne or in the mix-with peaches, nectarines, pears, cranberries, dark and golden raisins (and also available cherries-natural or sour dusted cherries)-just might be reached for instead of those gummy bear candy alternatives-imo-with genuine sweet flavors, chewy textures-and ideal size for pint sized faces...
Naturally-blessed with all the nutrients of fruit-like vitamins, niacin, magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium because it is real fruit (yay).  Honestly tho-adults should opt for the big mouth age appropriate FRUITON size 6 oz size re-sealable bags or even Traina Foods bulk size 2 lb dried fruit options available online the family owned private brand's website.
GoGo squeeZ applesauce on the go- in the twist off squeeze easily the toddler fav in the house...and seemingly disappear by the time we replenish our supply! Top flavor -is the USDA Organic Apple Cinnamon version-but truly none of the other 6 organic options last very long. FYI-adult friendly for endurance sport athletes...esp. easy on the stomach-easy on the go energy pops...on the loong ultra-marathon training runs. 
So cute- so healthy-sneak in veggies-like carrots, beets, cauliflower and sweet potato and even Ganeden BC30 probiotics via f sweet tasting (organic cane sugar) SNEAKZ USDA Organic shelf ready portable  single serve (skim milk) milkshake protein drinks (with attached plastic straw)...
or super handy re-sealable protein vegan powder option (scoop it up-so much better packaged than those insane oversized containers of other vegan powder brands that are like half empty anyway grrrr).. Vegan, and NSF certified (aka athletes and others are guaranteed no crazy stuff in the mix like yech no artificial colors, GMOs, synthetics). Per serving=14 grams protein, 10 essential amino acids, and gluten, soy, and dairy free + kosher.FYI-the SNEAZ vanilla powder -also available in chocolate-is handy ingredient in winning sweet treats for ages like Purple Power Vegan Ice Cream-made with coconut milk- or add scoop or two to pancake mixes for added nutrition.
the 411 on nutrition for organic sneakz single serve shelf stable milkshakes...meaningful amounts ofVitamin A and calcium  -100 calories