Hamptons Weekend Roundup 8/10  #OCRFASuperSaturday #ChefsandChampagne #HamptonsHappening

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years of our favorite Hamptons event, and yes we have attended every one, but this year marked The 20th Anniversary of Super Saturday supporting (OCRFA) Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. On a not so warm summer day at Nova’s Project in Water Mill, NY Hamptons celebs and regulars came out in droves to shop the designer garage sale, enjoy the carnival, catered lunch and desserts by Sant Ambroeus, manicures by Kendra Scott and Hair touchups by Conair.

The event on July 29th raised over $3 million dollars for OCRFA. 

 

On July 29th The James Beard Foundation held at it’s annual event, Chefs & Champagne at the spectacular Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack New York. This year the JBF honored multiple James Beard Foundation award winning chef Marcus Samuelsson. Over 35 chefs and 1000 guests feasted on special dishes created for this event while enjoying wines and ciders from the Wolffer vineyard as well as champagne from Barons de Rothschild. 

The silent auction raised over $100,000 to support the James Beard Foundation which focuses on education, research and advancement of Culinary Arts in the United States.

Marcus Samuellson was this year’s honoree. He sets an unprecedented example for young up and coming chefs with his great talents along with his energy and passion for philanthropic endeavors. 

Last weekend The 13th Annual A Hamptons Happening celebrated culinary excellence, philanthropy and science in the name of finding a cure for cancer. The benefit raised money for The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF)

Set on the beautiful Bridgehampton Estate of Maria and Kenneth Fishel, the fundraiser featured tastings from leading chefs from NYC and the Hamptons, a performance by Grammy artist Rufus Wainwright and Sophie Beem, and most importantly the announcement of two separate grants created by the SWCRF in collaboration with the Kate McGarrigle Foundation and the Anne Liguori Foundation for research in sarcoma and ovarian cancer, respectively. Ms. Liguori presented a $15,000 check to Dr. Samuel Waxman during the presentation.  

This year’s benefit was chaired by event Co-Founder Marion Waxman and co-chairs Karen Amster-YoungChris ArlottaJake Croman,Erica Linden-FinebergJacob Frisch, Jessica Mackin-CiproJennifer Saraf Myles and Jake Taub.

 Notable attendees included: Lori Stokes, Sharon Wilkes Kinberg and Robert Kinberg, Sybil and David Yurman, Elin and Michael Nierenberg, Maria and Kenneth Fishel, Sandy and Marc Taub, Pamela Morgan, Norena Barbella, Laurie Schaffran, James Frankel, Lewis A. Rubin, Gary Jacob, Bettina and Spencer Waxman, Julie and Scott Waxman, Ann Liguori, Scott ValleryBobbie Lloyd, Mark Petracca, Shep Gordon, Margaret Hayes, Gabriel Kreuther, Marion Waxman, Samuel Waxman, M.D., William T. Sullivan, Cesar Ricci, Karen Amster-YoungChris ArlottaJake CromanErica Linden-FinebergJacob Frisch, Jessica Mackin-CiproJennifer Saraf Myles, Glenn Myles, Sarah and Chris Wragge, Elle Winter and Jake Taub.

Costa Rica: Land of Natural Beauty, Eco- Tourism, and Luxury Resorts

Costa Rica is a Central American country bordered by Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the Southeast. One of only a handful of nations that can claim the Pacific Ocean on the west coast and The Caribbean Sea on the east. A rugged and rich interior with the Arenal Volcano and large rainforests, Costa Rica is a prime eco- tourism destination with hundreds of animal, plant, and flower species, many exclusive to the area. The climate is diverse with the coastlines offering sunny beach days, while the interiors are cooler located within the rainforests.

We toured a few properties in Guanacaste on the west coast and these are our recommendations of where to stay for a family, friends, or solo vacation or to plan a destination wedding and honeymoon.

 The Riu Palace in Guanacaste is a 5 star all-inclusive located on the edge of Matapalo Beach. A family friendly resort with 4 pools, beachfront location, multiple dining options, Renova Spa, and quality nightly entertainment for kids and adults. 

Room categories range from Jr. Suites with garden views to Jacuzzi Suites, perfect for honeymooners to 2 bedroom family suites big enough to accommodate a larger family. 

The hotels offers beach activities like snorkeling, diving, fishing, volleyball, kayaks, windsurfing and sailing. The very friendly staff was very eager to make guests happy and encouraged participation in daily and nightly activities.

The hotel offers a varied amount of excursions to eco-parks, volcanoes, rainforests, and golf near by. 

For more info and to book click here: Reserve your stay

The Occidental Papagayo is an Adults-Only 5 star all inclusive also located on the Guanacaste Coast that caters to adults who want a more relaxing experience with a focus on romance and honeymooners. Set on the dramatic Gulf Of Papagayo the views are magical and the lush natural surroundings are true to Costa Rica.  

The all inclusive program allows guests to choose from 2 a la carte restaurants as well as an international buffet and snack bar.

Rooms vary from deluxe modern standard rooms with all needed amenities to Premium level luxury concierge rooms, where specialized customer service will make the most discerning customers feel special.

Activities offered include diving, cycling, kayaks, outside excursions or just lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand. A relaxing spa and fitness are available for guests to enjoy.

The dedicated hotel Wedding department can help prepare the special day from A to Z so that guests can start their honeymoon early and leave all the worries behind.

For more info and to book your stay click here: Occidental Papagayo

One of the most highly recommended activities when visiting the Guanacaste coast is a visit to Diamante Eco- Adventure Park.

Located about 10 minutes away from The Riu Palace this park offers the longest dual zipline in the country, horseback riding on the beach, and ATV Rentals. The “Superman” zipline is a mile long course over looking the ocean ending with with a free fall and the Tarzan swing. The guides are highly trained with quality equipment and top safety standards to make this a safe enjoyable experience for guests with any amount of experience.

The Diamante Animal Sanctuary is the largest on the Guanacaste coast. Conservation is very important to the park and the region. There are species of sloths, monkeys, jaguars, pumas, crocodiles, and toucans along with a wild cat habitat. The animals are rescued and brought to Diamante by MINAE, The Costa Rica Ministry of Wildlife.

Getting to Costa Rica:

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While many think that only US airlines offer convenient daily service to Costa Rica, we were pleasantly surprised that Aeromexico offers daily service from JFK and other US cities to San Jose, Costa Rica through its Mexico City Hub. We always prefer the gracious service and staff of international airlines, like Aeromexico with full meal service and complimentary alcoholic beverages even in Economy. Class Premier offers an enhanced flight experience with top notch cuisine and on board entertainment.

The recently renovated Salon Premier in Mexico City Airport provides passengers a comfortable VIP experience while waiting for their connecting flights. Offering a variety of food, drinks, WIFI, satellite TV and reading options the enhanced space now has greater capacity, private relaxation spaces, spa, and showers in the international salon. An experienced staff caters to guests who expect the best from their airline when they travel either for business or leisure. Aeromexico premier lounges are located in 10 airports within Mexico.

Cosmoprof North America 2017 @Cosmoproflv #Cosmoprof @MandalayBay

 

Cosmoprof North America is the largest B2B trade show in the United States where beauty professionals, media, buyers, retailers and influencers congregate at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention center for a whirlwind 3 days of product exhibitions, business forums, award dinners and press previews.

This year over 1200 exhibitors from around the world showcased the latest and greatest offerings in skincare, haircare, cosmetics, nails, and professional beauty products and tools. The show was divided into multiple categories like Discover Green, which focused on organic and natural products and Discover Beauty where the newest beauty companies from around the world promoted their skincare and beauty collections.

In the next few months we will test and review many of the products received and will have follow up posts and inclusions in gift guides. Stay tuned!

4th of July aboard Classic Harbor Line Schooner America 2.0 @ClassicHarbor

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display over the East River is the largest and most extravagant celebration in the country and nothing beats being on a opulent sailboat champagne in one hand with a delicious treat in the other saluting our nation’s birthday.

Classic Harbor Line operates 5 unique vessels ranging from sleek motor yachts to smaller intimate mini-yachts who travel NYC waterways offering a variety of tours including special full day trips up the Hudson River. These boats can be chartered for private events, weddings, or corporate functions.

The 4th of July cruise was aboard the newest addition to the fleet The Schooner America 2.0. Built in 2011, this 105 foot sailing yacht is a tribute to the original Schooner America who won the first ever America’s Cup in 1851. A wide open deck with seating for 75, bar service, a full galley, and restrooms that would rival a motor yacht’s. 2.0 stands for how modern and eco-friendly the Schooner is ,and with a powerful engine can efficiently travel along our waterways with minimal environmental impact.

To book a cruise please visit: Classic Harbor Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health and Beauty Summer Product Must Haves for Healthy Skin, Hair, and Body #SummerSkin #BeachLife

1.) Oscar Blandi At Home Glaze. Brightens Natural and Color treated hair. Prevents color fading from chlorine & adds moisture. $27 Buy Here: nordstrom.com

2.) Jane Iredale Skin Accumax Supplements. Synergistic combination of vitamins & plant nutrients which address the underlying causes o cystic acne. Available in single, double, or triple pack. $65.80- $157 Buy Here: janeiredale.com

3.) YBF Beauty Gelus Eyes 5 Piece Collection. 5 eyeliner shades in great summer colors. $28.80 Buy Here: ybfbeauty.com

4.) NatureThin Healthy Weight Loss Supplements with Essential Vitamins, Botanical Based Ingredients, & Water 16 Day Free Trial Available Here: Alternascript.com 

5.) Heliocare Daily Antioxidant supplements with Fernblock Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE). Active ingredient helps maintain skin ability to protect itself against the aging effects of free radicals. $29.99 Buy Here: walgreens.com

6.) Frownies Gel Neck Mask. Softens, Smoothes, and Firms the neck area with a bio-metric membrane carrier patch. $15 Buy Here: frownies.com

 

Urban Tech Gala 2017 Gustavinos NYC @UrbanTechCenter

 

Last week the 22nd annual Urban Tech Gala was held at Gustavinos in NYC. The Urban Tech Center is a non-profit organization started by Pat Bransford over two decades ago. It’s primary focus is to build social and life skills, improve academic skills, financial, and digital literacy skills for the underserved youth in urban areas in New York City. It has since expanded to other urban areas nationwide. The Youth Leadership Academy(YLA) courses develop students fundamental skills for life effectiveness. Urban Tech’s “Adopt A School” program focuses on Financial Network Program, Dignity for All, STEM, and Social Justice & Community Leadership.

The Gala was co-hosted by actor, director, and screenwriter Ted Lange and TV Host, reporter and humanitarian Alicia Quarles

This year’s honorees were Vicky Fuller, Chief Investment officer at New York’s State Common Retirement Fund, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama’s Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Don Lowery, Senior Vice President Community Engagement at Nielsen.

The Gala also honored special guest Hannah Bronfman. Hannah is a DJ, health and wellness enthusiast and founder of HBFIT.com, a unique online community for people who are passionate about health, beauty, fitness, wellness, travel, music, and travel. Hannah is also a fashionista and an “It Girl”. The award was presented to her by her mother Sherry Bronfman, a long time supporter of The Urban Tech Center.

To learn more about the center or to donate please visit: www.urbantechnyc.com

Restaurant Review: Almayass NYC Lebanese and Armenian Cuisine @AlmayassNYC

 

Almayass NYC  is a a blend of modern Lebanese & Armenian cuisine owned and operated by the Alexandrian family. Rooted in Lebanon with locations in Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait City, Doha at The Pearl and Dubai. Almayass first arrived on the New York restaurant scene in 2012 and immediately was a hit and gained a loyal following for it’s upscale food and wines, yet fun casual family vibe with terrific service. In 2017 it continues to impress with new menu options focusing on sharing of small plates, authentic Armenian dishes and Armenian artwork displayed through the entire restaurant.

Our meal began with a variety of salads and their famous hummus dishes including our highly recommended favorite Hummus with cauliflower. Followed by the freshly made hot feta with oven baked feta cheese, vine tomato, oregano & spicy red peppers. The spicy potatoes were seasons with fresh garlic & cilantro. Another house favorite and a must try was the Mantee Traditional with meat, spinach option available. The Chef’s special is marinated diced filet mignon with the chef’s special sauce, and is a tasty option for any meat lover.

For the main course we recommend the Bronzini fillet with a sesame based sauce cooked with onion, cilantro and garnished with Almond. The Alaskan Sablefish (Black Cod) is tender and flaky served with baby spinach. The lamb chops were cooked just right served with brussel sprouts and cauliflower puree.

Our meal was accompanied wines, specialty cocktails, and authentic Armenian Cognac.

Almayass NYC is open 7 days a days for lunch & dinner. 24 East 21st New York, NY 10010 (212) 473-3100 

 

Capital Grille’s 9th Annual “The Generous Pour” Wine Event is back from July 10th through September 3rd @CapitalGrille

 

Wine pairing with delicious cuisine is a truly enjoyable experience for foodies and wine lovers alike. However, this can be a costly venture. For the 9th straight year The Capital Grille  is rolling out it’s summer time “The Generous Pour” wine event with a tasting experience of seven acclaimed wines from California and Oregon.

The wines are selected to pair with the restaurant’s signature menu items. The Generous Pour wine experience is available for $28, for 7 wine tastings, yes that’s $4 a glass, an unheard of price for a fine dining establishment. Price is $38 in the Pennsylvania market.

At the helm of The Generous Pour event is Advanced Sommelier Brian Philipps. With over 15 years experience in the hospitality industry Brian joined The Capital Grille in 2013 through another luxury restaurant Eddie V’s Prime Seafood.

As Advanced Sommelier with The Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Wine Educator from The Society of Wine Educators, he is currently pursuing the final Master Sommelier certification.

The theme of this year’s event – The Critics’ Darlings: 90+ Point Finds- brings together wines that have been rated 90 points or higher by respected wine critics.  The lineup this year includes wines from California’s Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Santa Barbara regions, as well as Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

The wines offered are: Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (92 Points), Arrowood “Sonoma Estates” Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 (90 Points), Siduri Pinot Noir, 2015 (90 Points), Edmeades Zinfandel, 2013 (91 Points), Matanzes Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 (92 Points). Cambria Clone 4 Chardonnay, 2015 (91 Points) and The Willakenzie Pinot Gris, 2016 (90 Points). 

For more info and locations please visit: www.thecapitalgrille.com

 

VSPOT New York’s Premiere “ReVAJENation”MediSpa Spa opens it’s Madison Ave Doors @vspot_medispa

 

Cindy Barshop of Completely Bare fame has been an innovator and pioneer in women’s sexual health and aesthetics. Her latest venture is the VSPOT Medispa that focuses primarily on lifting the taboo on women’s sexual ‘s health with treatments that correct problems millions of women have, but may be too embarrassed to discuss. Problems that interfere with our quality of life and sexual satisfaction.

Located on Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side, surrounded by some of the top retailers in the city, Cindy’s team of trained and certified female gynecologists perform “The Femilift” and administer “The O Shot”. The Femilift tightens the vagina and The O shot increases blood flow to the area for a more enjoyable sexual experience. (more…)

Maxim names “The Power List” Highlighting The 9 Most Powerful Leading Women In Business Today @MaximMag

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Every year MAXIM lists their top 100 list, but this year they have added “The Power List”. In 2017 there is a record breaking amount of women who are leading and running Fortune 500 companies. MAXIM focused on featured brilliant women who are breaking the ceiling ,but also those that are trailblazers for future generations of female empowerment and success in business.

Featured in the issue are Susan Wojcicki – CEO of YouTube, Ursula Barns- American Chairperson & CEO of Xerax. Mary Barra- CEO & Chairperson of General Motors, Beth Comstock- Vice Chair of GE, Marilyn Hewson- Chairperson, President & CEO of Lockheed Martin, Safra Katz- Co CEO of Oracle, Emma Walmsley- CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, Harriet Green- GM of IBM and Wendy Tan White- General Partner of Entrepreneur First.

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Restaurant Review: Sushi Seki Times Square @SushiSeki #SushiSeki

 

Sushi Seki is a mini-chain of high end Sushi restaurants that cater to a crowd of sushi devotees that know the quality of their food and are not a afraid to spend a few bucks on it.

The Times Square location is a abuzz with the theatre crowd and guests looking for a late lounge experience as well as weekly saki tastings. “Omakase” a term used when the Chef is given a free pass to pick and choose the tasting menu starting with the lightest appetizers and sushi all the way to the cooked and grilled portion of the menu.

Our tasting menu began with a selection of the freshest salmon, tuna, eel, and yellowtail sushi and sashimi. Followed by mixed shrimp and vegetable tempura, a handful of rolls, ahi tartare, and topped off with tender and perfectly seasoned miso cod. All the selections were paired with appropriate sakis, wines, the Rose was a favorite, and specialty cocktails.

Decorated with a sleek minimalism vibe, with private party dining areas in a 2 floor setting, Sushi Seki is a must try for any sushi fan who wants to mix in quality cuisine and a good time.

Sushi Seki 365 west 46th street New York, NY (212) 262 – 8880 sushiseki.com

 

Vera Bradley Partners with New TLC reality competition series Girl Starter Airing May 19th 7pm EST on TLC @VeraBradley @GirlStarter

Vera Bradley has been a favorite accessories designer of our team for years now, but now Vera is adding another component by teaming up with TLC and partnering with reality competition titled Girl Starter. Produced by Al Roker’s production company the show is aimed at empowering young female entrepreneurs ages 18-24 and those interested in supporting their dreams.

The competition follows the 6 steps of early phase business building from ideation through the pitch process and features entertaining challenges, vibrant guest stars culminating in a grand prize of $100,000 in funding and services.

Vera Bradley Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard will serve as a guest judge.

Airing May 19th 7:00PM EST on TLC

 

Dr.Edward Alvarez “Bro-Tox” Day of Beauty. Cosmetic Dentist, Wrinkle Eraser and much more…. @NYCLaserDentist

 

The last few years has seen a huge rise in men requesting non-invasive anti-aging outpatient services that were normally reserved for women. Men wanting to look younger but not done are booking Botox, Juviderm, and Kybella injections (removes fat from the chin aka the double chin. 

Dr. Edward Alvarez has been a distinguished cosmetic dentist practicing his craft in The Murray Hill area of Manhattan for almost 20 years. A fellow of The World Clinical Laser Institute, the most respected organization leading to advancement of lasers in dentistry. Dr. Alvarez holds degrees from several top schools including a degree in acupuncture from Harvard Medical School.

About a decade ago Dr. Alvarez discovered the close connection between cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetic enhancement. As we age we develop lines, lips lose their fullness, and skin loses its tightness due to collagen loss.

Dr. Alvarez became certified in dermal fillers for the reduction of facial wrinkles and in lip augmentation. He figured that by closely examining, and charting a patients face, yes he actually plots where the injections will go with a sharpie like pen for accuracy and symmetry purposes, he can achieve the most positive results for his patients. His patients come in to fix their mouths and walk out with both their teeth and faces revitalized.

During the “Day of Beauty” we had the chance to meet celebrity chef Chris Nirschel and former NY Giants Christian Peter, while they spent time with Dr. Alvarez and got pampered.

For more info & to book your consultation please visit: nyclaserdentist.com

 Dr. Edward Alvarez 210 east 36th street Suite 1H New York, NY 10016 (212) 519-8360 nyclaserdentist@gmail.com

Memorial Day Weekend Getaway Must Haves 2017 #MemorialDay

Memorial Day is just around the corner so we put together a list of weekend getaway must haves to make packing a breeze and make you feel stylish and comfortable.

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Vera Bradley Sidesaddle Crossbody Tan with Classic Navy as seen on Hillary Duff in NYC $168 Buy Here: verabradley.com

 

 

 

 

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Aerosoles “Capitol”  4 inch Wedge Sandals $79 Buy Here: aerosoles.com

 

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   Free People Fleur Du Joir Shift Dress $148 Buy Here: nordstrom.com

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Longchamp Le Pliage Nylon Weekender Tote Bag $135 Buy Here: bloomingdales.com

 

 

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Echo Sundial Tunic Swim Cover Up in Brilliant $69 Buy Here: bloomingdales.com

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Ray Ban Standard Clubmaster 51mm Sunglasses in Green Flash $175 Buy Here: nordstrom.com

 

 

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Hunter Slide Sandals in Light Succulent $85 Buy Here: us.hunterboots.com

 

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Vera Bradley Beach Towel in “Rumba”. $35 Buy Here: verabradley.com

Love, Lilly Chinoiserie Pom Pom Dress

This preppy chic dress by Connecticut designer Lilly Spratt is perfect for a Hamptons weekend getaway. Style: Chinoiserie Blue, V Neck Dress with Pom Pom Trim. $148 Her dresses can be bought here: Alicenyc.com as well as several other boutiques in the tri-state area. For details visit: Lovelillywh.com

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Jane Iredale Powder- Me SPF Dry Sunscreen $47 Buy Here: JaneIredale.com

 

10th Annual Taste of The Upper West Side Coming to NYC on May 19th and 20th @NewTasteUWS

This years marks the 10th Anniversary of The Taste of The Upper West Side. Two nights of celebrations starting with Surf & Turf on the 19th hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli ( Butter owner/chef) & Adam Richman and “Best of The West” hosted by Jesse Palmer on the 20th. Both nights will feature celebrity chefs and award winning food authors.

Over 85 restaurants will serve signature bite size fare, cocktails and desserts while guests mix and mingle with celebrity chefs and DJ El Media will provide the music for the event.

To purchase tickets and to find out more details on participating restaurants please visit: tasteuws

 

This Weekend: The Makeup Show NYC May 7th-8th @TheMakeupShow

This weekend The Makeup Show arrives in NYC . The creme de la creme for the makeup industry, every top beauty brand and makeup artist professional descends on the Metropolitan Pavilion for 2 days of beauty brand launches from over 75 brands, education classes, and appearances by top artists in the industry.

The Makeup Show is open all professionals who are working or studying in the beauty and fashion industry. For more info and to purchase tickets please visit: The Makeup Show

Taste of The Nation 2017 @Nokidhungry @Maidenlanenyc

 

Taste of The Nation was held on April 24th in NYC. Chaired by Danny Meyer of The Union Square Hospitality Group. This walk around food/drink event featured over 40 restaurants with all proceeds going to end childhood hunger through The Share our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign.

Held at the waterfront location 180 Maiden Lane ,the vast space was no match for a crowded venue with enthusiastic guests vying for the small dishes of signature treats, cocktails and desserts. Some of the city’s top eateries participated including Pig Bleeker, Union Square Cafe, Dead Rabbit, Daily Provisions, lilac, and many more….  Main sponsors included Citi and Sysco, media sponsor The Food Network and national sponsors Open Table and The Glenlivet.

Local beneficiaries of The No Kid Hungry campaign and Taste of The Nation include City Harvest, Food Bank for New York City and Hunger Free America.

To find out more about this organization or to donate now please visit No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength

St. Lucia: Nature and Luxury in the Caribbean @Ladera_Resort @Eastwindshotel @Windjammerstl

St. Lucia is an island located in the Southern Caribbean that is blessed with 2 completely unique sides, making it a 2 for 1 destination for travelers. The South of the Island has the majestic Pitons as it’s backdrop with old plantations and beautiful hidden beaches dotted around the town of Soufriere. Sulphur Springs (Soufriere Volcano) is considered to be the only drive-in volcano in the world. Lush vegetation and very little commercialism make Soufriere and it’s surrounding regions a perfect destination for vacationers and honeymooners who want to connect with nature and completely relax.

Ladera Resort, is a luxurious, eco- friendly, romantic hideaway set in between The Pitons overlooking the Caribbean Sea. It was one of the first resorts to build rooms with only 3 walls leaving the fourth open to allow glorious vistas from your bedroom. Wooden decor with impressionist art, four poster beds with mosquito netting and colorful mosaic tiles in the bathrooms make Ladera a resort with all the luxuries while capturing the natural and authentic feel of the area. 

All rooms at Ladera have plunge pools, some are cold and some are heated. The newest rooms are located at Paradise Ridge and these are the largest and most luxurious accommodations that include butler service and airport transfers. Free Wifi is available throughout the resort but there are no TV’s in the room. 

The property features a pool, a spa, baths and while there is no beach on-site the resort offers complimentary shuttle service several times daily to Sugar Beach below where guests can obtain lounge chairs and are offered room charging privileges to purchase food and drinks.

Dasheene, the open air laid back restaurant is the main dining venue offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with a focus on Caribbean fare and daily specials along with live music and a weekly Caribbean themed night. The bar is open late with cocktail specialties, local beers and a diverse wine list. Many guests choose room service in the privacy of their guest rooms.

Ladera specializes in weddings and honeymoons with an experienced wedding planner onsite that can help plan a dream wedding and honeymoon. All-Inclusive packages are available and can be customized based on budget and group size. A concierge is on call to organize activities and excursions.

To book your stay or for more info visit: Ladera Resort

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Review: Ziip Nano Current Device; A Sleek New Device that promises to conquer breakouts and wrinkles @ziipbeauty

The last few weeks I had the chance to review one of the newest and most hi- tech beauty devices out on the market today.  The Ziip Nano Current Device was developed by Melanie Simon an electrical esthetician. The device looks like a super fancy computer mouse that with the aid of the app through your iPhone/ipad offers up 6 different treatments “electrical cocktails” depending on your skin goals.

The technology behind Ziip is that it sends tiny electrical wavelengths deep below the surface of the skin and depending on the setting will deliver different results. When set on low it breaks down dirt and bacteria in the skin to help get rid of acne. My favorite treatment was the “vitaleyes”. The 2 to 4 minute treatment, I did the 4, really helps with dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines.

For sensitive skin and for 1st time users the “sensitive energize” treatment is a gentle 12 minute ant- aging treatment. For men who don’t want to spend much time on their face, the 2 minute treatment, twice a week is perfect to help reduce dark circles, fine lines and tighten pores. 

The first step is to prepare the face for treatment. The Golden Conductive Gel Treatment, which feels like petroleum jelly, has to be applied liberally before you glide the Ziip device over your face and neck. Time depends on treatment selected. It is recommended to use the Ziip 1 to 3 times a week and the results are cumulative.

After a few weeks of use I find that my pores are tighter, skin definitely looks brighter and my under eye area is way less puffy. It is on the pricey side but worth it and makes a great gift for mothers day. $495 Where To Buy

 

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Taste of The Nation for No Kid Hungry is coming back to NYC on April 24th. Buy your tickets now! @NoKidHungry #TasteoftheNation @180MaidenLaneNYC

On April 24th the 28th annual Taste of The Nation for No Kid Hungry will be back in NYC on the East River Waterfront at the stunning Maiden Lane NYC. Hosted by Danny Meyer, featuring over 40 top eateries offering delicious bite size fare, cocktails, and desserts. Live music from the rock band The Strumbellas, who just performed on the TBS Conan show, will headline the evening’s entertainment.

Tickets start at $250 and are still available. Please come out for a great night to support a fantastic cause! Ticket info below. Full recap after the event will follow.

Taste of The Nation-Tickets

 

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