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The Protein Snacks of Summer

Packin' The Protein - From Crunchy Savory Sweet to Thirst Quenchingworthy indulgent subs for the nutrition free-but calorie loaded alternatives   via GIPHY

Saffron Road roasted crunchy chickpeas- salty snacks take their delicious texture satisfying crunchiness and laden on rich Fair Trade sourced dark chocolate-straight up or chai spiced, and sweet vanilla inflected salty caramel-or roasted honey coatings.
Each are truly yummy-and imo-appeal to younger kids who might not like spicier versions of these bites.
All treats, available in re-sealable bags- are naturally protein packed (3-4 grams protein/130 calories serving) - gluten free, non-GMO, certified Halal, Kosher-and somewhat filling too-great option to snack on between meals when wanting to curb hunger pains. Widely available...

Next Year's Beauty+Skin Savers...

Plus Home Scent Inspirations...

Part 3

Some Themes from NYSCC Suppliers Day(s)

Sustainable Sourcing-Of Nature

Akin to the food industry-consumer demands for supply chain transparency, fair labor wages + eliminating child labor, earth concerns and production realities on the finite supplies from Mother Nature (aka major CPG cocoa sourcing initiatives )...

Essential Oils and Natural Alternatives to Silicone, PEG, Parabens are in great demand....


Orchidia's "story-telling through fragrance" inspiration for exotic blends imo-destined for home scents...are mythical creatures-def. go beyond Puff The Magic Dragon--including the Hungarian Horntail-of Harry Potter fame.


Pro Aging-Practices-Procedures

Part 2


"Get Your Glow On"  a desired mission condition in global cultures -universally translates into dewy-plump (youthful), even tone-non-spotty, healthy looking-I woke up like this selfie worthy skin.

Along with products with 'clean' ingredients, and the quest to combat signs of aging courtesy of-stress, lack of sleep-social media jet lag (yes a thing-tv binging, Instagram addiction-blue light screen savagery), environmental pollution (urban dwellers especially), poor eating-living habits-UVA-UVB sun exposure, smoking, and genetics -the 'Glow On' derma goals are the guiding light direction of many new treatments.

We strongly feel that ditching some of the insane pricey creams/lotions that might take months to work  on the upper epidermis layer of the skin's appearance- and opting for one or two- non-ablative/or mildly ablative laser treatments with real positive visible results immediately and over a few month's time-  treating even the lower d…

Practices of PRO-AGING Pros


Some the latest ingredients and trends in skincare, healthy hair and best beauty bets-from the NY Society of Cosmetic Chemists (Javits Convention Center) + Halo by Sciton, Alastin, GlamSquad NY Media Presentation 

 It's always interesting (to us) reflect back on what's remembered from the slew of information and new products soaked up at  NYSCC Supplier Days. 

Attended by loads of skincare+ cosmetic brands looking for the next 'it' ingredients, this two day affair gets very little mainstream press-but imo-is a good indicator of current trends and future skin/hair/beauty biz products. 
And the major issues of companies- including regulations/compliances

Therefore- standing out the most -was learning that not only does the FDA practically do zilch with regards to banning chemicals in the afore mentioned cosmetic product categories...(10 vs EU's ban of  1700 chemicals plus-and another 100 or so not yet reviewed chemicals reviewed by member countries…

The Best+Fastest Makeover

It's Not What You Think...
No -we're not talking $ plastic surgery-but a much easier+wallet friendly way-to turn back the clock-5-15 years(+) for something  maybemore important than your selfie enhancement procedure--- customizing a fav pair of shoes.

A new lease on life-retrofit...of any footwear (just about) healing required-for those Sex In The City era pumps,  Burning Man-runway worthy comfort sandals,  moto boots that have lost their grrrrr, athletic boots worn of their functional pop...
and for even added snazzy swagger of drab dress shoes for truly personalized work-to-play style. 

VIBRAMs SOLE FACTOR Program and current tour is the solution.

Simple to Follow Custom Repair Steps: peruse the Vibram outsole option types-available online...and mail or bring in a pair to one of the many designated cobblers-available coast to coast-who can add serious sass (eye-candy patterns -colors) serious grip (the amazing ice clutching Arctic Grip)... AND practically plush …


Yup-even the hair brush-born over a millennium plus ago-gets a re-boot with a fab scalp hugging curve design for a better untangling of wet or dry tresses.

Affordable+ re-usable for stressed out-environmentally harassed scalps-now delivered---The FLEX BRUSH promotes healthy hair growth with its cool curved shape that massages all sizes of scalps, and takes the knots out of all hair types -from the fine to thick- real or otherwise (like wigs, RHO...worthy extensions, etc).
PLUS the super lightweight, vented design- enhances air flow from blow dryers.
Also a great tool for dry brushing imo-...helps shed dry skin cells to smooth+brighten- and reportedly improve the body's lymphatic systems...and is perfect pet brush for shedding felines/canines.

Sharp Looking Points!

There's something about pointy toe shoes-the pictured below-not the pictured above-that make these easy wear slip-ons- comfy citified cool!


Friendly food takes on savory flavors-have broad appeal-with just enough detectable/delicious zing for mild to fiery palates.

Sabra hummus goes great with a lot-like crunchy chips, crackers, hunks of bread, and cut-up veggies-though perhaps not pen caps.
Hummus-a chickpea based dip- re-invented as an All-American staple from its Tahini--Mid-East heritage-IMO-courtesy of Sabra...when their hummus landed in refrigerator aisles back in the first 21st century decade. Now part of the "Pepsi generation' -it's flavorful varieties are available in assorted sizes-including snack sizes with pretzels-practically everywhere food is sold.


Savory spices-from distinctive fiery to sweet n' tangy-flavor BBQ sauces and the latest  popular crunchy snacks.
New-Top Picks To Fire Up Palates:

TBar Steak and Lounge: Tasty Upscale Casual on UES

In the past-NYC's 'it' steak restaurants catered to power players - wearing power suits - surrounded by power dark wood panels- located (mostly) in power zipcodes. To start ...  power drinks or bottles power label wines or power scotches, followed by power (humongous) portions for power appetites...

Yada yada yada.

Now-preferred steakhouse dining- is lower key- welcoming-in  local spots. Lighter interiors   comfortably seat whatever attired eaters - often with kids in tow-at earlier hours. 
Food wise- a broader range of menu printed options including iconic crowd-pleasers -  satiably satisfying tastebuds craving both the namesake familiar (well rendered)- to more global (fusion) selections.

Paleo please???

Today's diverse diets+eating 'rituals' from functional healthy free of  fare- to shareable portions for  hungry nibblers and grazing snackers who skip the traditional 2-3 course meal...are a dining out given.

Able to deliciously please all of THAT-is the UES …

Van Life- Sleep Essentials-Bedgear

In the late 80s- NYC Marathons pre-race had 20,000+ humans-meandering around - hanging out in  basic tents for about 2 hours-eventually set-off in one massive start post the Achilles hand-cycles-wheelchair + pros. There were no timing chips- the 'gun time' was your time.

The night prior-some slept on semi-stiff cotton-poly sheets- or all cotton ones-fabrics that made up a lot of runner's outfits too.
Now-  over 51,000 NYC Marathon racers wearing textile performance attire + race bibs+accurate timing chips- still get to Staten Island crazy early.

But the assigned race start waves (8!!!) are staggered  over 2 ½ hours-now added to the 2 plus hours of hanging around.

SO it didn't exactly surprise us- that  the Bedgear Performance-a company that makes smart tech sleep products-is a NYC marathon sponsor (solicited, too).

Those long waits before the pace starts to pick up-practically begs for a nap!

Some help for wiry racers -and others... the entire line-up of Bedgear® sleep…