Coach celebrates 75th Anniversary with Fashion Show & Party @Coach #Coach1941

To celebrate 75 years in the business and their reinvention Coach put on a Pre-Fall 17 fashion show and a massive after party complete with disco balls, 70’s automobiles, and a retro vibe where guests like Drew Barrymore, Zoe Kravitz, Emma Roberts, and Michael B. Jordan among others partied in a motel (hotel) lobby while listening to Mark Ronson at the DJ Booth. 

Cute Like Mad by Jeanette Svensk Li: Emerging Talent with a New Ethically sourced and exciting collection for SS17.

 

Launched in 2016 by Jeanette Svensk Li, who hails from Sweden and has lived and studied in San Francisco and London. “Cute Like Mad” is a brand manufactured in NYC. Inspired by “Quaintrelle”-  a woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures.

Jeanette’s collection is made in NYC with the environment in mind and with a focus on ethically sourced natural materials. In her debut season the “Cute like Mad”designer was described as an emerging talent with a rebellious yet luxurious collection of key pieces that a strong NYC woman on the go would have in her closet. A strong showing at the Nolcha Shows during NYFW and a featured designer in Fashion First Seattle, an annual fashion show featuring top designers, retailers and press from the Northwest brings “Cute Like Mad” to the forefront of fashion for 2017.

 

The Spring/Summer 17 collection color palette is a mix of greys, soft blush, black and white. Every season Jeanette incorporates a new and exclusive handmade print. The custom smoke print is shown on the Bettina dress, an on trend off the shoulder 100% silk dress perfect for day or night and on The Hedvig dress. Her pieces are designed to seamlessly mix & match and pair togetherShop Here

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Restaurant Review:Bocaditos Bistro Inwood,NY @BocaditosBistro_eb @ChefAlexis

 

Bocaditos Bistro & Espresso Bar is the newest member of the very well established and popular restaurant family in Inwood, other members being The Mamasushi and Mamajuana Cafe. A bakery in the front with European flair and decor, and a bi-level dining room in the back serving Tapas combining Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.

Owner Susana Osorio is warm and friendly and the vibe is of a quaint family style eatery and lounge with a varied wine list and a cocktail menu comprised of champagne and Sangria cocktails.

Favorite dishes included the Rose Soy Paper Wrapped Salmon stuffed with crabmeat in a thai curry sauce, Short Rib Fettucini, Miso Glazed Japanese Eggplant, and the Stout Braised Short Rib Empanadas. We topped dinner off with The Red Velvet Tres Leche cake with lychee cream and strawberry spheres, a must try.

Bocaditos Bistro & Espresso Bar 4863 Broadway (204th Street) New York, NY 10034 (646) 649-4212 http://www.bocaditosbistro.com

 

 

Spice Island Beach Resort: A Slice of Paradise In Grenada @SpiceResort

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Spice Island Beach Resort is not your typical all- inclusive. While it is wonderful to know that all the extras are included, such as premium top shelf liquor, both in the outdoor areas and ensuite, room service, water sports, and unlimited dining, what separates Spice Island from the rest is the attentive staff, the attention to detail, and the five star service throughout the resort.

Spice Island is truly a family operation. Headed by longtime hotelier and former Grenada Tourist Board executive Sir Roy Hopkin, Lady Hopkin, Ryan Hopkin, and the heir apparent Miss Janelle Hopkin, along with long time general manager Brian Hardy. The close knit Spice Island family work together meticulously to ensure a guest experience worthy of the coveted AAA Diamond Award, only granted to six other resorts in the Caribbean and 118 resorts worldwide. in 2014, 2015 and in 2016, Spice island was awarded the Six Star Diamond award from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, and has been ranked the #1 property in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor reviews. Spice Island is also a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).

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Upon arrival guests are greeted by friendly staff with a cold drink in hand to assist with check in. The airport is less than a 10 minute ride from the resort. A big plus for guests trying to maximize vacation time without a long trek from the airport. Once checked in guests are taken to their suite  and the holiday begins.

Spice Island’s 64 suites range from the 620 square foot Oleander Garden Suites to the ultra- lux Cinnamon and  Saffron Suites, measuring 1440 square feet located directly on Grande Anse Beach, just a few feet from the water.

Our party was fortunate to be given a trio of suites to discover. My suite was the Seagrape Beach Suite (pic above), the resort’s most popular requested accommodations. Either King Size or Queen Bedrooms ideal for couples, honeymooners or families, these beachfront rooms complete with hammocks and lounge chairs, are the go- to if waking up to an ocean breeze and waves are your idea of paradise.

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Luxury Almond Pool Suite

For a more private, Villa- like experience, the Pool Suites fit the bill. The Anthurium Pool Suites measure 1200 square feet, amidst personal gardens and a plunge pool. The Luxury Almond Pool Suites are 1500 square feet in size and feature a large private pool and outdoor terraces for sunbathing and dining. The most luxurious pool suites, fit for a prince or a sheik, are the Royal Collection Pool Suites, 1500 square feet, 16’X20 pool with private cedar saunas.

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Conscious Contemporary Fashion Brand UN:DO Campaign Launch Party NYC @undonyc

With reports of repeated gun violence in NYC and around the country ,and no end in sight it was a pleasure to attend the inaugural campaign of a socially conscious fashion brand UN:DO aptly titled UN:LOAD. Founded by fashion entrepreneur Jack Klauber this ethically made in New York Brand ,with a Brooklyn Aesthetic and Berlin Culture Vibe focuses on gender- neutral ready- to- wear apparel and jewelry. The garments are distressed, tattered and no two garments are exactly alike.

UN:DO Donates 20% of all sales to the not-for-profit-organization Cure Violence. This organization focuses on reducing gun violence and saving lives in communities across the U.S. by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control- detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals and changing social norms- resulting in reductions of 40 to 70%. Cure Violence also provides much needed job opportunities to previously incarcerated individuals.

http://www.undonyc.com

 

 

 

 

VOSS Foundation 7th Annual Women helping Women New York Luncheon @VossFoundation #VossFoundation

The VOSS Foundation is dedicated to providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene as a means to enable community driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Women helping Women (WHW) is a Voss Foundation Global Initiative that has raised over $650,000 in the United States and in Europe to fund 21 water access points and 291 sanitation facilities across Africa. Monies were raised through benefit events in New York City, The Hamptons, and in Boston.

This year’s Luncheon took place at The Stephen Weiss Studio in the West Village. Stephen Weiss is the late husband of Urban Zen and avid Voss Foundation supporter Donna Karan. In addition to a catered lunch by PTL catering and wines from Chateau Ste Michelle there was an African Bazaar with authentic artisanal handmade jewelry, scarves, baskets, and toys purchased directly from communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Liberia, Swaziland, and Uganda, where the foundation does active work.

The benefit luncheon raised over $135,000 to fund VOSS Foundation’s ongoing water projects in Sub- Saharan Africa.

This year’s honorees were Monique Pean, a premier sustainable fine jewelry designer who raises awareness of art, culture and global environmental issues and Amikaeyla Gaston, an award winning singer, activist and executive director/founder of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute. (ICAHSI). The ladies were presented with handmade beaded walking sticks from Samburu, Kenya used by Nomadic Pastoralists.

Notable attendees included: VOSS Water CEO & CFO; Jack Belsito and Jan Saeboe, June Ambrose, Georgie Badiel, Elizabeth Belfer, Bill Cummings, Lydia Carlston, Carla Carstens, Greta Caruso, MacDella Cooper, Laura Currie, Rickie De Sole, Emie Diamond, Lauren Driscoll, Simon Doonan, Estelle Girard, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Susan Fales-Hill, Lindy Gad, Kara Gerson, Bernt Heiberg, Yaz Hernandez, Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, Jill Iscol, Angelina Jolin, Katherine Kung, Sandy Leong, Charlot Malin, Chloe Malle, Stephanie Nass, Edris Nichols, Dale Noelle, Beth O’Donnell, Taylor Olson, Gina Otto, Justin Parks, Sanjay Rawal, Cayli Cavaco Reck, Draya Rose, Charlotte Ronson, Maya Samuelsson, Kimberly Ayers Shariff, Latham Thomas and Veronica Varekova.

http://www.VossFoundation.org

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation”Collaborating For A Cure”19th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction @WaxmanCancer #WaxmanGala

 

Last Thursday Night We had the privilege of attending The 19th Annual Collaborating For A Cure Dinner, Auction, and Concert in honor of the 40th Anniversary of The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

Posthumously honoring Footwear Industry Icon Vince Camuto while introducing the (SWCRF) Vince Camuto Memorial Cancer Research Program. Mr. Camuto a great supporter of SWCRF passed away after a battle with Prostate Cancer in 2015. Louise Camuto, Chief Creative Officer of The Camuto Group accepted the award on her late husband’s behalf.

The evening was hosted by CBS News Host Chris Wragge and raised more than $2.5 million dollars for SWCRF research programs. 

In addition to a fabulous dinner and cocktail party at the Famed Cipriani Wall Street, the live auction, led by Hugh Hildesley, Vice President of Sotheby’s Auction House, featured some incredible items including a $10,000 shopping spree and lunch with John Varvatos that went for $15,000, A litter of adorable English bulldog puppies that went for $13,000 and $12,000 for the siblings, and the highest bid of the night, $48,000 went to a Private Jet Experience for 8 including 10 hours of air travel on the State of The Art Hawker 4000 Jet.

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Roger Daltry (Photo Credit) Patrick McMullen

The highlight of the Evening was A Concert By “The Who” Founder Roger Daltry who sounded great and played a full concert with all his greatest hits while a very excited crowd danced and sang along. Surprise guest performer Willie Nile joined Daltry on stage.

Notable guests in attendance included: Marion & Dr. Samuel Waxman, Elin & Michael Nierenberg, Host Cris Wragge, Louise Camuto, Spencer Waxman, Kenneth Fishel, David Hinkelman, Robert Kantor, Howard Kurz, Howard Shlafmitz, Baron Silverstein, Dena K. Weiner, Mary Kantor, Joyce & John Varvatos,  Jean Shafiroff, along with over 750 guests from the corporate, fashion, and media worlds.

http://www.waxmancancer.org

 

Mike’s Harder Lemonade X Lalo Yunda Collaboration @lalotattoos #HouseofMonkey @Harder

I have wanted to get a tattoo for years and even though my son is a tattoo aficionado with multiple tattoos, I was still reluctant. However, When I was recently invited to attend a pop up shop at The House of Monkey, owned by tattoo artist extraordinaire Lalo Yunda and his lovely wife, I decided to take the plunge. Lalo Yunda hails from Columbia and began his career with a homemade tattoo machine while developing a style of tattooing mixing fantasy and reality with difficult techniques and intricate colorful designs.

To celebrate The launch of Mike’s Harder Tennessee Barrel Lemonade, Harder collaborated with Lalo Yunda to create one of a kind tattoo designs on the Limited Edition Collectible Cans. Lalo, who appeared on Season 2 of Spike TV’s “Ink Master” is a self taught artist whose signature style is described as “magical realism”, which includes mythical elements combined with true to life images. The HARDER inspired tattoos feature designs such as a Skull, Snake, Dragon Horse, Bird, Jellyfish, and Coo-Coo Girl.

Yunda believes “Tattooing is one of the biggest art revolutions in history, and over the course of the next few years, collecting tattoos will of the same caliber as collecting fine artwork”. 

http://www.lalotattoos.com 

House of Monkey Tattoo 208 North 6th st, 1A Brooklyn, NY (929) 298-1887

http://www.houseofmonkeytattoo.com

http://www.MikesHarder.com

 

Fashion Tech Forum Comes to Brooklyn, NY #FTF2016 @FashionTechForum #FashionTechForum

 

Karen Harvey founded Fashion Tech Forum in 2014 when she realized there was a huge movement of blending fashion and technology in the retail sector. In it’s third year FTF took place at The Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn, NY.

The conference drew the likes of over 800 attendees from the Fashion, Tech, and Retail Worlds including Media, CEO’s, and VIP’s. A full day of activations, conferences, and discussions were highlighted by an all day menu created by Chef Danny Meyer ,and capped off by a cocktail party and a VIP Dinner.

Some of the notable guests and speakers included: Ganesh Srivats, VP of North America Sales for Tesla, Lulemon CEO Laurent Potdevin, Iris Apfel, Verizon CMO Diego Scotti, Elle, Editor in Chief Robbie Meyers, Diane Von Furstenberg, DVF CEO Paolo Riva, Theory Founder & CEO Andrew Rosen, Coach Chairman Emeritus, Lew Frankfort, Everlane CEO Michael Preysman & Rebekka Bay.

The FTF Whitespace Gallery showcased the top 10 fashion & technology startups to checkout: Prynt, Reify, Thursday Finest, Leblum, Evrnu, M2M, Orchard Mile, Sundar, RED Marketplace, Obvious.ly Social.

http://www.fashiontechforum.com

Domenico Vacca X Irina Shabayeva Fashion Show & VIP Brunch #DVClub #BridalFashionWeek

Domenico Vacca and Irina Shabayeva joined forces in creating a striking formal collection for men and women. To cap off Bridal Fashion Week in New York the duo showcased both formal wear and bridal creations in the presence of VIP’s, Celebrities, Media, and their Clients. The Runway show was capped off by a Brunch in Domenico’s opulent private club. Afterward’s Guests spent the afternoon shopping the collection.

 

Windstar Cruises: Portugal, Spain, France and Ireland James Beard Culinary Cruise @WindstarCruises @Beardfoundation #WindstarCruises

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Windstar Cruises is a luxury cruise line with a fleet of six yachts, three of which are their signature sailing yachts, and the other three, the newly refurbished motor yachts (Star Legend above) to the tune of $8.5 million dollars each. This year Windstar partnered with The James Beard Foundation to offer three voyages throughout Europe and Northern Africa with award winning Chefs and Sommeliers providing rich culinary experiences in each destination.

The yachts fit 210 people in luxurious suites, many with balconies, bathtubs, and walk-in closets. Small enough to enter rivers and ports where larger ships cannot go, but big enough to provide amenities like pools, jacuzzis, full-service spas, gym,multiple dining options and entertainment venues.

Our voyage began in Lisbon, Portugal a coastal city with old world charm that is seeing a huge growth as a premier destination with a growing foodie and art scene. Fashion Week in Lisbon is now drawing designers from all over Europe and abroad twice a year. 

Our first port of call was Porto, Portugal (Day 1). A coastal city in Northwest Portugal known mostly for the many bridges ,and for the producers of Port Wine. Being on a culinary cruise with daily wine tastings, the Sommelier, William Davis, went into Porto and shopped for favorites to introduce to guests that evening. Windstar provides two complimentary culinary excursions on each sailing. Guests can choose which port of call to attend these immersive activities. Wines offered during nighly wine tastings are complimentary during event and at dinner.

The next two ports of call( Day 2 & 3) were in El Ferrol and Gijon, Spain. Two old cities in the Province of A Coruna on the Atlantic Coast, and in Austurias, respectively. El Ferrol is known to be major naval shipbuilding center for Spain and Northern Europe. Gijon is located on the Bay of Biscay. Gijon is mostly recognized these days for having one of the best International Film Festivals in Spain.

Days 4 & 5 We were docked in beautiful Bordeaux, France. Windstar offers overnight stays in cities where most cruise lines only stay for the day. Part of the Windstar program is a complimentary excursion to a French Chateau (Chateau Kirwan) and Vineyard. A catered cocktail party awaits the guests with delicious food, wines from the vineyard and live music.

Day 6 We were in La Rochelle, France. A coastal city in southwestern France. A busting marina with tons of outdoor cafes and shops. Renaissance architecture mixed with colorful hillside homes. Many Europeans venture here for weekend stays and boating activities during the summer months.

Day 7 was the first of two enrichment days at sea. A time to unwind and enjoy activities on board including cooking demonstrations with James Beard award winning chef Maria Hines. Guests can also arrange galley tours and lectures with Sommelier William Davis.

Day 8 was spent in  Saint- Malo, France. A coastal city in Brittany with the downtown located in a Walled City and the Saint-Malo cathedral as the centerpoint. A popular Windstar excursion is the Oysters of Cancale tour. Driving through the countryside until you reach the Oyster farm, a family run business producing some of the freshest oysters that are sold locally and exported worldwide.

Another highlight of the cruise was the extravagant deck BBQ, well more like an enormous variety of Seafood, Meats, Paella, Salads, BBQ, Desserts and more. Combined with live music involving the ship’s crew, who have way more unlisted talents then you would imagine in their job description.

Day 9 was another relaxing enrichment day and the final day to indulge in spa services, learn about wine, or work -out after nine days of James Beard inspired eating and drinking.

Day 10 Arrival in Dublin, Ireland. Windstar offers post-cruise packages as well as daily excursions for guests with late flights.

One of the highlights of the cruise was a chance to dine with James Beard COO/CFO Marilyn Platzer and her husband Kenneth who was on board as well. We discussed how the James Beard institute raised over 6.5 million dollars in scholarship money to aspiring chefs to build careers in the culinary arts. The institute funds research in sustainability, environment, and the growth of the food industry. 

http://www.windstarcruises.com

http://www.jamesbeard.org

TAP Portugal offers daily nonstop flights out of Newark to Lisbon and offers connections throughout Europe. TAP Executive Business Class offers premium seating, dining, and entertainment options. http://www.flytap.com

Restaurant Review: Sixty 5 On Main Nyack, NY @sixty5onmain

 

Nyack is known for it’s dining and entertainment scene and is also seeing a growth in art galleries and the hotel industry, with the recently opened NYC outpost of the TIME Hotel. As more New Yorkers are searching for weekend getaways, that are convenient and unique, yet exciting the foodie scene is following in their footsteps and opening Eateries to satisfy their needs.

Sixty 5 on Main has an international feel with furniture, many one of a kind pieces, that were obtained from markets or antique stores ,while the foundation is local with some of the wall panels and tables made from trees in the Hudson Valley.

The Bar is the focal point of the space with a hand-made wine cellar showcasing bottles from the local Hudson Valley, to France, Italy, and Australia. The bartenders create specialty crafted cocktails depending on the season. Chef Moshe Grundman, formerly of Michelin-star winning restaurant Oceana, in NYC, created a menu with small plates perfect for sharing.

The cuisine is a mix of international flavors with a focus on Mediterranean dishes and plates with an Asian flare, utilizing locally sourced ingredients from the Hudson Valley. Our meal consisted of a tasting menu featuring fresh tuna crudo, fluke ceviche, fried calamari, meatballs on spaghetti cakes, a favorite, short rib fritters and Homemade ravioli, also a favorite and highly recommended.

The Music at 65 Main sets this restaurant apart with performers ranging from local bands to performers brought in from other venues. Jazz and Blues fills the room on many nights. There are three rooms in the venue with the Main Room, where all the action happens, The Cave Room, a dark intimate lounge ,and The Library, a smaller private space perfect for private parties and events.

Sixty 5 On Main: 65 Main Street, Nyack, NY 10960 (845) 358-5200 http://www.sixty5onmain.com 

Restaurant Review: Machiavelli on The Upper West Side @Machiavellinyc

Walking into Machiavelli is like walking into a Museum with “Renaissance” inspired murals, upholstered chairs and banquets, candelabras and a a live piano player on most nights.

A Northern Italian eatery owned by Nathalie de La Fontaine who lived in Northern Italy for several years and managed La Foccaccia in the West Village. Nathalie recently chose a new chef Gian Pietro Ferro, who was the executive chef at Osteria al Doge and head chef at Fiorello. His job was to revamp and revitalize the menu to celebrate the restaurant’s fifth anniversary.

Machiavelli’s menu focuses on pasta rolled by hand, pizzas, salads, and a variety of classic Italian dishes. We started our meal with the highly recommended “Sformato di Spinaci”. A flan made with fresh ricotta and spinach, topped with a classic fontina white truffle scented fondue cheese sauce.

The “Bruschetta”  is made to order with traditional red and yellow tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, basil over Tuscan Bread.

My favorite was the “Carpachio di Manzo”, thin slices of seared rare beef, baby arugula, grand padding and truffle oil. I am very picky with my Carpachio ,so I was pleasantly surprised by the texture and the flavor.

Farfalle Neri al Salmone

The pasta course was the most anticipated since this is what Machiavelli prides itself on. The “Farfalle Neri al Salmone” with Canadian Salmon in a pink sauce was served al dente with large chunks of salmon.

The “Tagliatelle Al Ragu di Vitello”, egg pasta ribbons served with veal ragu is also a very popular choice.

 Lamb Chops

Traditional Northern Italian Specialties include The “Pollo all Chichi”, breaded free- range Chicken Milanese served with baby arugula, onions and tomato, and my guests recommended “Costoletta d’Agnello alle erbe fresche”, Roasted Colorado Lamb Chops served with roasted potatoes and veggies. 

Prosciutto di Parma Pizza

The Pizzas at Machiavelli are made using the traditional Italian method with extra virgin olive oil, san marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. They are very good sized portions and can be shared. Pictured above is our favorite the “Prosciutto di Parma”, tomato, mozzarella, tomatoes, arugula and prosciutto di Parma.

 

 Tirimisu

Dessert was a traditional and very tasty Tirimisu, However many options are available. The wine selection was plentiful with many choices, either by the glass or bottle along with well crafted cocktails.

Machiavelli  519 Columbus Ave. New York, NY 10024 (212) 724-2658 http://www.machiavellinyc.com

Beauty Review: Dr. Kenneth Mark Skincare Collection Launch

This is one Skincare Brand that we are excited about this fall! Dr. Kenneth Mark is considered to be one of the preeminent dermatologists in the field of skin cancer detection, treatment and surgery. Considered in the top 5% of physicians nationwide selected by his peers and with a fellowship in Mohs’ Skin Cancer Surgery, Plastic Reconstruction, and Cosmetic Procedures. Dr. Mark practices in Manhattan (Soho), The Hamptons, and Aspen and has treated every kind of customer including several socialites, “housewives” and celebrities.

The recently launched skincare collection features Four products for all skin types that tackle a variety of skincare concerns in a simple ,easy to use skincare regimen containing key powerful ingredients for maximum efficacy.

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1.) The All -In One Cleanser combines a multi-tasking formula exclusive to Dr. Mark to cleanse, tone, and remove makeup. Key Ingredient Green Tea Extract removes impurities and pollutants from the skin for glowing and radiant skin. The cleanser is the first step to prepare before applying Dr. Mark’s other products.Contains Hyaluronic Acid to increase skin hydration and enhance tissue repair.

Directions: Apply to face & neck twice daily rinse off. $65 8oz.

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2.) Exfoliating & Hydrating Mask contains 5 Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHA), Peptides, Jojoba and Calendula Oils, and Hyaluronic Acid. A patented delivery system of AHA’s prevents skin irritation. Exfoliates, soothes and smooths skin. Effective for men after shaving as well. Reduces appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. Increases cell turnover and extracellular matrix renewal.

Directions: Use twice weekly. Apply to face & neck. Rinse with warm water after 10 minutes. $85 2.5 oz

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3.) The Antioxidant Boost is the “Hero” product in the collection containing “Asta- Zome”, encapsulated astaxanthin( Dr. Ken’s proprietary ingredient), stem cells, peptides, precious mineral extract and vitamins. Also Argan Oil, Acai Oil, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, and Grape Seed Oil. Protects skin from free radicals and significantly reduces appearance of wrinkles by up to 46%. 

Directions: Apply morning and/ or night after applying The Dr. Kenneth Mark All in one cleanser $190 1.7 oz.

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4.) The Moisture Cure for deep and long lasting hydration contains Argan Oil, Acai Oil, Grape seed oil and Shea Butter. Also contains anti aging peptides, antioxidants and botanicals that work synergistically with the Dr.Kenneth Mark Antioxidant Boost. Decreases skin discoloration, increases skin cell renewal and smooths skin texture.

Directions: Apply Morning and/or night after applying Dr. Kenneth Mark all in one cleanser or after applying The Kenneth Mark Antioxidant Boost. $175 1.7oz

http://www.KennethMarkMD.com

Restaurant Review: Halifax at The W Hotel in Hoboken, NJ @WHoboken

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Halifax recently opened at the W Hotel in Hoboken, the only hotel in downtown Hoboken, NJ ,a city that is seeing quite a resurgence with many eateries and bars popping up as scores of young New Yorkers are flocking to the area with several luxury living options, many with views of NYC, with only a 15 minute PATH train commute to midtown.

A creative collaboration between owner Michael Barry and Executive Chef Seadon Shouse, who hails from Nova Scotia himself. Halifax is a taste of the Northeastern coast with land and sea options that are locally sourced from the Mid- Atlantic to New England.

Architect and designer Gwathmey Siegel and Peter Bentel of Bentel & Bental, whose other past projects include Le Bernardin, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park and Craft, to name a few collaborated in creating a space that fits the concept the owner and chef envisioned. The decor at Halifax captures the essence of the menu which evokes the sea, sky, and coastal farmland with light blues, light greens, whites, and grays.

Our dinner began with a serving of popcorn dusted with smoked seaweed and horseradish along with  warm house baked rolls served with butter and sea salt personally harvested by Chef Shouse from the atlantic ocean. 

The first course on the tasting menu, or ala carte if preferred is the highly recommended smoked fish, charcuterie and cheese boards for the table. There are options to choose from one category or from all three for your party.  Our favorites were the maple glazed smoked wild salmon, the duck liver pate and Slyboro goat cheese.

The raw bar selection is extensive with East and West Coast Oysters, Long island Littleneck Clams, Poached Shrimp, and Seadon’s house smoked mussels. The selection of Crudo changes depending on the season, with the current section being the Montauk fluke, topped with lime, fresno chillies, radish and sun chokes.

For the entrees the Maine Lobster Rigatoni was a favorite with large chunks of lobster meat, trumpet mushrooms and lemon. For land lovers the Smoked Amish Chicken, brined and lightly smoked in-house, then roasted, served with warm salad of toasted bread and local greens, with currants, pine nuts and scallions was deliciously prepared and served. Other guest favorites were the NJ Lamb Ragout with ricotta cavatelli, tomato confit and chanterelles.

Pastry Chef Stuart Max who has worked with Chef David Burke at Fromagerie and with Dominic Filoni at Avenue created a dessert menu with Northeastern inspirations including Boston Cream Pie, Maple Cream Brûlée, Strawberry Rhubarb and white chocolate parfait and Apple Fritters with caramel sauce.

Halifax has a rich wine menu that can be paired with dinner with a knowledgeable Sommelier at the helm. Wines come from upstate New York, the vineyards of Long Island including The North Fork and other locations along the coast along with traditional wine choices from California, France and Italy. Beers on tap come from Departed Soles in Jersey City, Singlecut Beersmiths from Queens and other local breweries.

Halifax is open 7 Days a week. On weekends the Bubbles Brunch with unlimited small plates and a bottle of Champagne is served from 11am -3pm

Halifax at the W Hoboken 225 River Street Hoboken, NJ (201) 253-2500 http://www.halifaxhoboken.com

 

Weekend Getaway: Menla, a Catskills Spirituality and Health Resort @Menla

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 This past August we were invited to a Hiking R & R in the glorious Catskill Mountains, specifically to a mountain retreat known as Menla, A Retreat- Resort and a Spa. Only a 2 hour hour drive north of New York City, but a million miles away, when it comes to the peace and relaxation the retreat offers for mind and body.

Menla is owned and operated by Tibet House, located in New York City. The goal of both centers is to teach Tibetan culture, practices, and healing methods to the western world.

Nena Thurman is the director of the retreat and is also the Mahasukha Spa designer, where Tibetan treatments and massage are the focus and the staff is expertly trained in administering them. The Spiritual Leader of Menla is Robert Thurman, an acclaimed author, Columbia University Professor, proclaimed authority on Tibetan Buddism, being the first American ordained as a Tibetan monk in 1964. Nena and Robert also happen to be parents to actress Uma Thurman.

Throughout the year Menla offers several packages and getaways. The Hiking R & R and Yoga are quite popular,as are the retreats that include workshops with Robert Thurman and special guests. As a bonus, the weekend we were there, Mark Epstein M.D. and Robert Thurman held a retreat dealing with Anxiety, Depression and Addiction: Buddhist Psychological Insights for Mental and Spiritual Health in the modern world.

The weekend itinerary includes workshops with lectures by both Robert and Mark, along with meditation sessions, and Q & A’s drew an inspired group, many whom are loyal to both men’s work in their respective fields ,and some making the trek just to hear them speak. The Yoga (Art of Iyenger Asana) retreat was happening simultaneously headed by Carolyn Christie.

Set on 325 green lush acres surrounded by Mountains the retreat is a healing center, a spa, a resort and a meeting center for small like- minded groups and organizations. Menla also welcomes individuals and couples looking for a weekend getaway  (2 night minimum), and includes gourmet vegetarian cuisine throughout the stay with the option to book spa treatments, guided hikes, and a multitude of healing treatments without having to partake in group classes. High- Speed Free Wifi is included throughout the retreat as phone reception is limited. It is highly encouraged to disconnect for a few days to fully experience the healing benefits of Menla.

 Hiking R & R Retreat : Activities and Times Vary Based on type of retreat and time of year. This was for our 4 day/ 3 night Hiking Retreat.

Thursday:

3-8pm Check In

4-8 (Optional Spa Services/Relaxation Time

6-7 Dinner

7:30 Evening Program

Friday:

7-8am Morning Yoga

8-9am Breakfast

9-12pm Beginners Hike or

free time for Spa, Tennis, Swimming (Seasonal Outdoor Pool)

12-1pm Lunch

1-4pm Free Time for Spa Services, Sauna, Steam Room

4:30-5:30 Mindfulness Meditation

6-7pm Dinner

7:30 Evening Activities

Saturday:

7-8am Morning Yoga

8-9am Breakfast

9-12pm Intermediate Hike

12-1pm Lunch

1-4pm Free time Spa, Swimming (Seasonal Outdoor Pool), Sauna, Steam Room

4:30-5:30 Mindfulness Meditation

6-7pm Dinner

7:30 Evening Activities

Sunday:

7-8am Morning Yoga

8-9am Breakfast

9 to 12pm Free time Swimming( Seasonal Outdoor Pool), Hiking, Tennis

10-2pm Spa Services

12-1pm Lunch and Check Out

Menla:  375 Pantherkill Road Phoenicia, NY 12464 (845) 688-6897 http://www.menla.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where We Ate In September 16 NYC #Foodie

 

Guac Tacos & Tequila opened September 16th on National Guacamole Day, in the East Village, 179 Avenue B between 11th & 12th St. (212) 254-4822. http://www.guacnyc.com

11 types of Guacamole, hence the namesake, 10 types of Tequila. Authentic Mexican Cuisine, fresh ingredients with tons of flavor. Recommended: Guacamole Trio Sampler, Tacos: Steak, Shrimp, Grilled Chicken, Cactus. Traditional Mexican Dishes: Chicken Mole. Good Portions and Lively Ambiance!

Adoro Lei is an interesting combination of an Italian Eatery with a specialty in Pizzas, including the Highly Recommended, Henriette: (Sweet Cocoa Zeppole Pie/ Jacques Torres Cocoa & Chocolate Ice Cream/ Fresh Cream/ Berries/ Chocolate Drizzle.thanks to collaboration with Jacques Torres and the Giacomo: Savory Cocoa Crust Pie/Jacques Torres Cocoa & Nibs/ Home Made Mozzarella/Bacon/Fig Puree/ Gorgonzola/Caramelized Onions.

Come for the food, stay for the fun with extensive list of cocktails and wines with in-house DJ. 287 Hudson Street New, NY 10013 (646) 666-5096 http://www.adorolei.com

China Fun is a classic Chinese Restaurant located on the Upper East Side. A long time neighborhood favorite that serves up an extensive menu of Chinese dishes and Japanese offerings, However it tends to specialize in Cantonese Cuisine. Favorites included the Soup Dumplings, Peking Duck, and The Crispy Whole Seabass topped with Scallions and Ginger. 

China Fun 1221 second ave. New York, NY 10065 (212) 752-0810 http://www.chinafun-ny.com

Ola VivaBar, a latin infused restaurant owned by a family, synonymous with Italian food, the Inzerillo brothers (Sal, Rosario, and Joe), who own the UBER popular Italian eatery, Salvo’s next door.

Headed by Peruvian chef Antonio Acuna. Dishes served from Mexico, Peru, El Salvador and Guatemala. Authentic latin food which is pretty rare in this neighborhood with a lively vibe, good wine and cocktail list and beers on tap. Favorites: Empanadas, Ceviche, Tuna Tartare, and Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce served with rice, beans and grilled mexican corn. 

Leave room for dessert: Tres Leche Cake, Dulce De Leche Cheescake, and the Coconut Flan are must haves!

Ola VivaBar  453 east 78th st. New York, NY 10075 (646) 767-9970 http://www.olanyc.com

 Teremok, a popular Moscow fast food chain just opened their second NYC location in less than a year. Specializing in Blinis, crepes that are filled with savory and sweet fillings, Russian soups, salads and desserts.

Using simple and fresh ingredients that resemble a Russian grandmother’s recipes from back in the day, favorites include The Red Stars( Caviar & Sour Cream) Bliny, and the Chicken Pot Pie Bliny. The “Borscht Soup and the Russian Salad “Olivier are authentic Russian dishes to try. Our favorite Sweet Bliny was the Chocomok Dark Chocolate and the Dulce de Leche with Apples. Other popular desserts are the “Syrniki” small russian style cheesecakes filled with a choice of sweet fillings. 

Teremok 555 6th avenue New York, NY 10011 (917) 472-7322 http://www.teremok.com

 

Fox & Jane Salon Lower East Side @FoxandJane

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Co- Founder and Creative Director Lorean Cairns opened this flagship location in 2011 and since then has expanded to 3 locations in NYC, Brooklyn, and San Diego. Not an easy feat in the hair business, especially in NYC where salons are a dime a dozen. The Fox & Jane approach is synonymous with street fashion, current trends, expertly trained staff specifically in balayage, dramatic color changes, and fresh hair cuts

Lorean herself has built a loyal following and is now in demand doing editorial work as well as being a beauty and trend forecaster for several publications. Her partner Billy Canu is the marketing force behind the operation.

After a long summer of pools, the beach, humidity and products my hair was ready for a makeover for fall. Jackie Marie, a lovely and professional colorist & stylist in the LES location created a plan for hair that had included a single process to match my roots and go a little darker, more to my natural hair color, then she balayaged warm/dark blonde tones throughout my hair for an updated, even look.  My hair feels healthy and shiny. The relaxed and friendly vibe complete with wine makes for a happy hair experience.

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Fox & Jane Salon

154 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002

(212) 837-2774 http://www.foxandjanesalon.com

Alpessence Skincare: Luxury Tech-Infused Skincare from Switzerland @Alpessence #Beauty

The Skincare Industry is saturated with hundreds of brands from all over the world, each vying for a spot in the Uber competitive US Market. To be recognized in the luxury market, a brand has to have the newest technology, quality ingredients, and prove to be highly effective. Alpessence Skincare, a luxury brand from Switzerland, launched a collection with all these qualities in 14 countries, and earlier this year started delivering them stateside.

The collection includes eight products at the moment with a range of moisturizers, serums, cleansers, toners, and masks infused with diamonds, pearls, caviar, rose stem cells and other luxurious ingredients. Each product is designed to deliver unique anti-aging results and to regenerate and repair skin damaged by stress, toxins, and the environment. An important aspect in our review is that Alpessence does not test on animals and is cruelty free.

The newest wave in skincare technology is based on infusion and product absorption. Alpessence scientists discovered that efficacy rates of a product greatly increased when the product was absorbed deep into the outer layers of the epidermis instead of remaining on the surface. The team came up with a group of active ingredients that when combined, provide deep absorption and therefore maximum results. The collection focuses on aiding with dark spots, dull skin, lifting & firming skin, pores, wrinkles, dry skin and anti- oxidant protection. The Hero product and our favorite is the Caviar Serum that boost’s the skin’s ability to absorb the product and any product applied after. 

Alpessence delivers top of the line ingredients, quality, and results, and is on it’s way to becoming a player in the luxury skincare market here in the US, yet with an attainable price point ranging from $99 to $149.

http://www.alpessence.com

The Fuel Stop NYC Opens First Fast-Track Regeneration Center @TheFuelStopNYC

 

The Fuel Stop NYC recently opened its doors on Central Park South in New York City. The concept behind this fast-track rejuvenation center was derived by Owner/ Founder Mila Joura, whose expertise in nutrition and the study of preventive anti-aging methods for mind and body provides a unique circuit of procedures that are designed for consumers on go that are effective, not time consuming and won’t brake the bank.

Mila’s experience as a nutritionist and a busy mother of 2 led to her quest for natural, non-invasive treatments that are scientifically based and can be done in a short period of time. The procedures can be done individually or as part of a circuit.

Endurance, Energy, and Body Contour are the three integrated cornerstones behind The Fuel Stop.

The Endurance Center is built around a high- tech whole body cry-chamber machine, first of it’s kind from a German manufacturer. The theory is that short exposures (2-3) min to extreme cold (-200 degrees Fahrenheit) is safe and effective in building endurance, stamina, and building up the immune system.

The 10 minute nitrogen facial using cryo technology immediately tightens the skin and gives skin a refreshed glow.

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 The Fuel Stop Energy Lounge is a place where “fuelstoppers” can pause and refuel with  proprietary brain enhancement cocktails and energy bars.

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The Fuel Stop Contour Center provides treatments for the face and body that are intense, yet non-invasive to remove fat and cellulite. Results are cumulative for weight loss and a part of a healthy nutrition/workout plan. Using traditional Columbian methods of deep manual massage to move fat deposits around in dedicated body parts, where weight loss is difficult to achieve through diet and exercise.

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Initially I was a little bit scared of being exposed to such cold temperatures, but hearing about the health and beauty benefits I decided to give it a try. With the assistance of Mila’s friendly and knowledgable team, and beats by Rihanna, Oh yeah, dancing, in protective gear, is highly encouraged to pass the time in the chamber. Surprisingly the 2 minutes went by rather quickly and for folks who are claustrophobic this machine has a door that can be pushed to open in the case that the cold is too much to bear. I think I will try 3 minutes next time! I felt much more energized after the session.

Packages are available to customize the fast-track treatments.

The Fuel Stop 

200 Central Park South NYC, 10019

(212) 235-1066

http://www.thefuelstopnyc.com

 

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