Spice Island Beach Resort, A Slice of Heaven in Grenada

Spice Island Beach Resort is the ultimate all-inclusive getaway, located on Grand Anse Beach in Grenada. The island of Grenada, is in the Southern end of the Grenadines Island Chain. Known as the Spice Island, its major export is nutmeg, as is seen on the national flag.

Family owned by the Hopkin Family, RIP Sir Royston Hopkin, his devoted wife Betty and their daughters, Janelle M. Hopkin is continuing the family legacy as the new President & Managing Director off the award winning resort. Family is everything there and the values are transcended, seen openly amongst the staff who many, have been with the resort for decades. The staff is very attentive and guests will notice that their drink orders are remembered after the first day.

Upon arrival, by private chauffeur, guests are treated to a welcome cocktail, while a friendly front desk host explains all the amenities, activities, and options available.

64 Luxury Villa/Suites dot the property and range from Oleander Garden and Superior Suites to the ultra-lux Royal Cinnamon and Saffron Beach Suites. All contain a balcony or a patio, LCD Televisions, Nespresso Machines, Frette Linens, Molton Brown Toiletry Products, fully stocked Mini Bars and much more….

The resort is truly all-inclusive where guests are encouraged to leave their wallets behind. The dining options range from casual dining by the pool, en-suite dining, beachside barbecues, to fine dining every evening under the stars. The menu changes often, so guests are never bored. The cuisine ranges from authentic West Indian fare with a large focus on seafood, the rotis are not to be missed to fusion fare with Mediterranean, Asian, Caribbean and Vegetarian Options. Guests are welcome to request dishes they do not see on the menu. The beverage options range from premium cocktails to fine wines and beers, along with non-alcoholic choices. Mini Bars in suites are replenished daily.

Guests can do as little or as much as they want at the resort. A stunning pool set amongst lush foliage is there for guests to enjoy the sunshine, the white sand beach with calm warm waters awaits guests with beachside drink service, and the watersports area offers complimentary kayaks, snorkeling equipment, paddle boards, and Hobie cat rides.

Children are welcome at the resort with a complimentary kids club and private babysitting services available, additional charges apply.

Yoga is offered in an airy outdoor yoga pavilion. Janissa’s Spa is a full service spa offering restorative treatments ranging from massage, facial and body treatments, nails, hair and wedding services.

Weddings and Honeymoons are extremely popular with a dedicated team that can assist with everything from documents to custom wedding packages up to 35 people.

For guests who wish to explore Grenada a knowledgeable front desk team can arrange private tours to many of the most popular sights as well as to local haunts that only an experienced guide would know about.

To book your stay please visit spiceislandbeachresort.com

Spice Island Beach Resort, 
P.O. Box Six, St. George’s Grenada,
(800) 501-8603
reservations@spicebeachresort.com

Celebrity Chefs & Stars Attended The Serving Up Smiles Food Tasting Event To Benefit The #EncourageKidsFoundation

The enCourage Kids Foundation hosted Serving Up Smiles, a premier tasting event that included decadent plates from world-renowned chefs and top named restaurants in NYC, VIP Lounge, world-class wines, cocktails, and incredible auction items at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.

ABC Sports Anchor Ryan Field emceed the program and Chef Ralph Scamardella (Chef & Partner TAO Group Hospitality) served as Culinary Chair. 

Guests walked around and enjoyed a variety of different foods and beverages donated by Alvin & FriendsAvo TacobakeyoreyBen & Jack’s SteakhouseBryant Park GrillButterHappyBoardsLAVO New YorkRobertSfogliaSpice CultureSweets to CraveTAO UptownB. Stuyvesant ChampagneDr. Perricone Hydrogen WaterFever-TreeFIJI WaterJade Sparkling Wine, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery,Landmark VineyardsNewburgh Brewing CompanyOwl’s BrewRevel Spirits Inc.Shinju Japanese WhiskeyWhitley Neill Gin, and Zyr Vodka.

“All of us at enCourage Kids are beyond grateful for the continued support of our donors, sponsors and guests who are committed to the work of our organization. It was a special night to honor the late Michele Hall Duncan, our former president & CEO and acknowledge her hard work throughout the years. We are committed to our mission to make hospitals a better place to get better and we will continue to support our enCourage Kids families,” stayed Joe Wessely, Board Chair enCourage Kids Foundation.

A beautiful memorial video played for Michele Hall Duncan, the late president & CEO of enCourage Kids Foundation who lost her battle this past June to metastatic breast cancer. Wesley Duncan, Michele’s son, delivered a beautiful and meaningful speech, honoring his mother’s 26 years of work with the organization. The organization recently established The Michele Hall-Duncan Child Life Hero award which will be an annual award recognizing a Child Life professional for their outstanding service and dedication to pediatric patients.  The award will include a grant to the recipient’s institution to fund a pediatric program as another way to honor Michele’s legacy. The inaugural award will be granted at the 2023 enCourage Kids Gala.

Committed to the mission of enCourage Kids, Erik Coleman (Former NFL Safety & MSG Commentator of Odds with Ends), Jimmy Leyritz (2x NY Yankees World Series Champion), Tony Richardson (NFL Legend & Sports Commentator), and Matt Brust (Former NBA Forward & Finance Expert), who attended and enjoyed eating and dancing the night away with the music provided by Live Wire Band

Event sponsors included ARK RESTAURANTSBRYANT PARK GRILLCAPITAL ONECOUGAR Capital, The Donut PubFeil Family FoundationGFP Real EstateROBERT, Signature BankLucy and David BallGoldberg Weprin Finkel Goldstein LLPCUSHMAN & WAKEFIELDBUCHBINDER & WARREN, and Emerson Amusements Company.


EKF has several life-altering programs to help make hospitals a better place to get better. Their Jay Anderson Pediatric Hospital Support Program is their cornerstone program and funds grants to hospitals for a variety of programs such as creative arts and music therapy programs and facility dogs for patients and pediatric staff.  The enCourage Kids Bear program provides cuddly teddy bears to pediatric patients that provide much needed solace and serves as a valuable teaching tool to help kids develop coping skills.

About enCourage Kids Foundation                                                                                                            Since 1985, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the Child Life Community. Serving more than one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better. Their programs offer relief from the constant burden of treatment, hospital stays, and doctor appointments, while also helping pediatric facilities to meet the unique needs of their patients. enCourage Kids Foundation envisions a world where every child–regardless of the difficulty of his or her medical journey—experiences joy, hope, resilience, and healing.

To get involved with the organization or make a donationwww.encourage-kids.org

Board Members Encourage Kids Foundation

Global Lyme Alliance Hosts The GLA Global Gala in NYC

Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases held the GLA GLOBAL GALA 2022 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

The event raises Lyme disease awareness and funds for research to improve diagnostics and treatments and ultimately find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The spectacular and one-of-a-kind gala was a night to remember for invited celebrities, business leaders, and top scientists alike.

The evening’s honored guests included Kim & Atty Cleworth, A mother and daughter who have been impacted by Lyme. They are also Executive Producers of the film, I’m Not Crazy I’m Sick. An exclusive preview was shown to the audience of the documentary about their struggle.

A highlight of New York’s philanthropic calendar, this year’s event raised more than $1.85 million to advance GLA’s mission to conquer Lyme. A live auction led by Jason Lamoreaux auctioned items including a trilogy of sports events, travel experiences and a golf weekend with professional Jimmy Walker for which bidding was keen. The GLA has gained national prominence for funding the most promising research in the field.

The evening program began with cocktails and dinner, a video contribution by Debbie Gibson, and speech by Broadway Star Ashley Loren, on the impact that Lyme disease has had on their lives. The event was hosted by master of ceremonies Rosanna Scotto, Co-Host of FOX 5 “Good Day New York.” The evening also featured an exceptional live performance by Recording Artist Pia Toscano and later in the night, Erich Bergen, Star of Madam Secretary and both the stage and screen versions of Jersey Boys.

Cipriani

Celebrated event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events produced the gala experience by donating his designs and décor to the virtuous cause for the fourth year in a row, showcasing his long-standing dedication to the Lyme community.

Notable Attendees included: Kim Cleworth & Atty Cleworth (Honorees), Rosanna Scotto (Master of Ceremonies), Erich Bergen (Entertainment), Pia Toscano (Recording Artist), Larry Scott (Lawrence Scott Events), Ashley Loren (Broadway Star), Chris Meloni (Actor), Kelley Flanagan and Peter Weber (TV’s The Bachelor), Margaret Josephs and Joe Benigno (Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ)), Dolores Catania (Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ)), Jennifer FesslerNicole Miller (Fashion Designer), Lindsay Solmer (Influencer), Alexa Laura (Influencer), Gina Valles(Influencer), Mar Jennings (TV Show Host), Jon James Stavola (Artist).

The Co-Chairs for the event include Rose Anastasio, Amy Balducci, Charles Balducci, Diane M. Blanchard, Robert Kobre, Brett Kristoff, Jarrod Nadel, Lorrie Nadel, Paul B. Ross, Larry Scott, Erin Walker and Jimmy Walker.

Photo Credits: Jared Siskin/PMC / Rob Berry/BFA / Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Têt Rouge Resort, Adults- Only Paradise in Choiseul, Saint Lucia

Têt Rouge is an adults only high end resort situated between the Gros Piton and the Caribbean Sea. An intimate retreat with only six sea-view suites, offers guests a personalized stay, where activities are tailored to guests requests. Perfect for honeymooners seeking privacy, comfort, and serenity.

The infinity pool spans 40 feet with a swim-up bar, and a pool side restaurant. The views are spectacular from the pool, with neighboring island Saint Vincent on display. Other amenities include ensuite massages, romantic dinners on the beach or in the lush gardens of the resort, yoga classes, a private catamaran for private sunset cruises or day sailing trips.  Anse L’Ivrogne beach at the base of the Gros Piton is a 20 minute stroll from the resort, shuttle service is available. The base of the Gross Piton is where climbers meet to begin their hiking trek to the top of the mountain.

The six sea-view suites are each designed slightly different, but all feature high lofty ceilings, kitchenettes, hammocks on the terrace, indoor/outdoor showers, and four poster comfy beds with mosquito netting. There is free WIFI available throughout the resort.

The dining options are local and fresh, many of our meals were pre-ordered and ready to be served at our dining time. The bartender remembers guests names and drink orders, giving feels of an almost private villa experience with a few newly found friends.

Saint Lucia has long been a favorite for travelers seeking romance and adventure. Home of the majestic Pitons, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is something for everyone, from gorgeous beaches, watersports, hiking, rainforests, sulphur springs, a volcano, horseback riding, and amazing dining options. The resort can book any adventure guests may want to experience on the island.

With direct flights from Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Dallas on American Airlines, New York and Newark on Jet Blue, Atlanta on Delta, Toronto on Air Canada, and London on Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, Saint Lucia and Têt Rouge Resort are just a short hop away.

For more information and booking, visit the Têt Rouge Resort website tetrouge.com or telephone reservations on 1-758-487-5051 & 1-758-384-5561 or email info@tetrouge.com

Fragrance Foundation Connections Media Brunch Heralding New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2023 #FRAGRANCEFORWARDTFF

Photos by Rob Kim/Getty Images

The Fragrance Foundation held their Inaugural Media Connections Brunch at Melbas, the famous Harlem eatery know for it’s sumptuous southern cuisine and celebrity clientele. Held in an intimate setting, the sit down brunch was attended by 40 top brand owners, media, designers, influencers, and style makers. Celebrating New York Fashion Week and learning about the latest on the #FragranceForwardTFF initiative dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the fragrance industry.

Linda G. Levy, President of the Fragrance Foundation kicked off the networking hour by introducing brand owners Chris Collins, founder of World of Chris Collins, Teri Johnson, of the Harlem Candle Company, and Francisco Costa of Costa Brazil.

New York-1 anchor Cheryl Wills reported from the event as part of the network’s official NEW York Fashion Week coverage. Notable guests included television personality Dahiana Perez, designer and artist Rebecca Moses, Ambassador Digital’s Musa Jackson, Elle’s Kathleen Hou, WWD’s Noor Lobad, Ama Kwarteng from Coveteur, Pat Stevenson, publisher of the Harlem News Group, the New York Beacon’s Audrey J. Bernard, influencers Tiff Benson and Rosa Chang Crespo, author and fashion editor Walter Greene, El Diario’s Listeth Perez Almeida, Avril Graham, Harper’s Bazaar US, award winning journalist Jacklyn Monk, TelevisaUnivision’s Maria del Pilar Casal, Fashionsweek’s Maya Litovsky, Anne Raso of LuxLifeNYC.com and Instyle’s Pat Velasco.

To learn more about the Fragrance Foundation please visit: Fragrance.org

Weekend Getaway to Boston on a Seaplane

Tailwind Air offers quick, safe, and super fun flights from New York City to Boston and to several other cities on the Eastern Seaboard including the Hamptons and Cape Cod.

The seaplanes are 8 seaters, outfitted with comfy leather seats, power outlets, with a selection of onboard snacks and drinks. Operated by an experienced 2 man or woman crew, from takeoff, in our case from the East River on 23rd street to landing in beautiful Boston Harbor, the flight was about 75 minutes long, with amazing views and a unique travel experience. There are no long rides to the airport, no TSA lines, check- in takes about 10 minutes, so when traveling for business or a quick weekend getaway, there are no hours wasted getting to and from the plane.

For more info and to book your flight please visit: flytailwind.com

The Lenox Hotel located in the upscale Back Bay Area of Boston is the perfect boutique hotel for a weekend getaway. Part of The Historic Hotels of America Hotel Group, the rooms are decorated, with modern design, comfy bedding, and yes some even have real working fireplaces. The hotel itself is steps away from Newbury Street, filled with restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping options.

To book your next stay visit: lenoxhotel.com

City Table is located in the Lenox Hotel. The casual eatery offers a largely seafood inspired menu, including the must have fresh oysters, as well as a creative cocktail menu, and a very popular weekend brunch. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the service is very friendly and the vibe is chill yet sophisticated. citytableboston.com

Hamptons 3rd Annual Interactive Brunch benefitting the Children’s Museum of the East End

The place to be this coming Saturday August 6th will be the 3rd Annual Hamptons Interactive Brunch at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor. Hosted by Tastemaker Vanessa Gordon with co-host LeeAnne Locken, the brunch is presented by Holistic Origen Vodka. The event is produced by celebrity event planners Brian Kelly and Sean Koski of Ticket2Events Luxury Event Planning.

Enjoy a gourmet brunch menu paired with Holistic Spirits, Origen Vodka and Baron’s Cove Culinary favorites. There will be complimentary beauty services courtesy of Beachwaver. Guests will interact with participating brands including SummerGo, Press Alcoholic Hard Seltzer, Nippies, and KoKolu.

Limited tickets are still available but are going fast: allevents.in/sag

Dressed To The Kilt Fashion Show and Dinner To Benefit The Navy Seals Foundation #NavySealsFoundation #DressedToTheKilt

Dressed To The Kilt is a night of Fashion, Food, and Fun to benefit the Navy Seals Foundation. Scottish Fashion was on hand with a slew of very impressive models including former Navy Seals Brian Valenza, Derek Valance, Lea Gabrielle a former US Navy fighter Pilot, Robin King, CEO of the Navy Seals Foundation, a Scottish Lad holding a Loch Duart Salmon, the Rolls Royce of Scottish Salmon, a couple Miss Scotland’s, Claudia Todd and Mhairi Fergusson, Brian Stern, co-founder of Project Dynamo, Geoff Day, Dr. Monica Crowley, Andy Torbet, Admiral Thomas Richards, world record holder for rowing across the Atlantic Taylor Winyard, Us Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sergeant David Bellavia and many more.

Some of the designers showcasing their goods were Beira, Blues & Browns, Greeley Hat Works, Gwen Russell, Harris Tweed Hebrides, Sara Tiara, Sherlock Holmes Tartan, Totty Rocks, Walker Slater, Kinalba, J.Higgins, and Lucan.

The event was held at Mill Neck Manor House. A Tudor Style Mansion overlooking the Long Island Sound. In 1949 the estate was purchased by Lutheran Friends of the Deaf, the founding organization for the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. Following the Fashion Show guests enjoyed cocktails and a buffet dinner while a DJ Spun Music all night.

The Navy Seal Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support to The Naval Special Warfare Community, their families and to the families of the fallen. 93 cents of every dollar donated is directly to the programs and to future programs.

 info@navySEALfoundation.org

Part 1: Aion Aesthetics Natural Growth Factor Hair Restoration.

Aion Aesthetics is located in a townhouse on the Upper East Side. They offer a host of treatments ranging from injections, fillers, microneedling, kybella, natural hair restoration and much more.

Hair restoration for men is a much needed and yet still taboo subject. It is gaining popularity as self-care and anti-aging treatments have blown up in the last few years, with more men opting for treatments that are natural and don’t require alot of downtime.

In this story, we will capture the process of starting a natural hair restoration treatment program for a young, healthy, and athletic 28 year old, who is just starting to feel the effects of a thinning hairline and wants hair to be full and thick.

On his first visit, Justin goes went through a thorough consultation to see which treatment would be most effective and PRF Fibrin Hair Restoration Injections were chosen as the optimal treatment. Using ones own blood that is drawn and spun in a high- tech centrifuge machine, heavier cells in the blood, the stem cells and white blood cells to collect in the bottom part of the test tube, while the platelets and plasma collect in the upper part.

The platelets and plasma are collected and injected into the areas of thinning hair. The procedure involves lots of injections with a very thin needle into the scalp where the follicles are sparse. Little discomfort was felt on the first visit and we are looking to see the results that take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to become visible. Justin did inform us that he saw visible effects after 2 weeks.

Look out for chapter 2 coming in there next couple of weeks after his 2nd visit. aionnyc.com

Barkan Vineyards Wine Pairing Dinner at Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse in New York City

Barkan Vineyards Israeli Wine Dinner at Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse

Barkan Vineyards, the most awarded Israeli winery in international wine competitions held a wine pairing dinner at Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse in New York City to showcase their best vintages to a crowd of wine aficionados and journalists. Hosted by Head Winemaker, Ido Lewinsohn MW. Ido holds a diploma as a Master of Wine, one of only 100 people in the world to do so.

The wine tasting selection offered included the Barkan Superior 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Barkan Platinum 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Barkan Classic 2020, and theBarkan Gold Edition. These wines hail from the upper Galilee wine region of Israel. A selection of Segal wines featured were the Unfiltered 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Uf, Whole Clusters and the Native Marawi 2019 from the Judean Mountains and the lower Galilee wine region.

The wines were paired with fantastic food from Wolf & Lamb, ranging from Steak to Seafood with appetizers and sides served family style.

For more info on the wines and where to purchase please visit: barkan-winery.co.il/en

The Fragrance Foundation 2022 Awards Lincoln Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 09: Courtney Lopez, President of the Fragrance Foundation Linda G. Levy and Mario Lopez attends the 2022 Fragrance Foundation Awards at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for The Fragrance Foundation)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 09: Naomi Watts and Jason Wu attend the 2022 Fragrance Foundation Awards at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for The Fragrance Foundation)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 09: Louie Schwartzberg and Linda Valentino attend the 2022 Fragrance Foundation Awards at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for The Fragrance Foundation)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 09: Jerry Vittoria attends the 2022 Fragrance Foundation Awards at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for The Fragrance Foundation)

Last night, back in-person after three years, The Fragrance Foundation celebrated the fragrance industry’s outstanding creative achievements at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater in New York City. With a mission to inspire the world to discover the artistry and passion of fragrance, the theme for this year’s event focused on gratitude as the industry has emerged more resilient than ever. 

Actor and television host Mario Lopez and his wife, actress Courtney Lopez, hosted the event. Additional guests and presenters included producer and entrepreneur Naomi Watts, legendary designer Tommy Hilfiger, award-winning director and cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg, acclaimed designers Jason Wu and Sergio Hudson and artist Rebecca Moses.

The program began with Mario and Courtney Lopez presenting Women’s Media Campaign of the Year to D.S. & DURGA’s “I Don’t Know What is Everywhere” campaign and the night continued with Tom Ford’s Black Orchid being crowned the winner of the Fragrance Hall of Fame. Billie Eilish, Gucci and Tom Ford fragrances were awarded the show’s most prestigious awards, with Billie’s Fragrance “Eilish Eau de Parfum” voted as Most Popular Fragrance of The Year. 

Naomi Watts also took to the stage to present the winners of Luxury Packaging and Prestige/Popular Packaging of the Year and Jason Wu granted Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum the winner of Women’s Prestige Fragrance of the Year.

Jeff Gennette, Macy’s Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, was honored with the 2022 Hall of Fame award. François Demachy, former Dior Perfumer-Creator received the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Perfumer. The evening brought together the global fragrance community as TFFAwards Finalists were celebrated in 20 categories and the 2022 Award Winners were announced.

“The Fragrance Foundation was thrilled to host a reunion at our signature TFFAwards. We shared our gratitude and celebrated fragrances that achieved great success, as consumers’ appreciation has grown for fragrance that enhances their lives,” said Linda Levy, President of The Fragrance Foundation. “Honoring Jeff Gennette of Macy’s Inc. with our Hall of Fame Award is our way of recognizing a leader who is an ambassador of our shared mission and values and has contributed to the fragrance industry in an impactful way. The Lifetime Achievement Perfumer this year is Francois Demachy whose Dior fragrances are legendary for their magnificent ingredients and success in the United States.”

On the heels of The Fragrance Foundation’s #FragranceForwardTFF initiative to advance diversity which was launched last fall, Ms. Levy? announced the winners of their Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Diversity Scholarships, benefiting FIT and students of diverse backgrounds interested in pursuing a career in fragrance. A truly unique opportunity, The Fragrance Foundation FIT Diversity Scholarship serves as an ongoing investment in the future of the industry, as well as a pillar of support in creating opportunities for more diverse students to pursue their passion for fragrance through a meaningful, industry-focused education at FIT.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 09: President of The Fragrance Foundation Linda G. Levy, Courtney Lopez and Mario Lopez speak onstage during the 2022 Fragrance Foundation Awards at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for The Fragrance Foundation)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 09: Tommy Hilfiger and Jeff Gennette speak onstage during the 2022 Fragrance Foundation Awards at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for The Fragrance Foundation)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 09: A view of atmosphere during the 2022 Fragrance Foundation Awards at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for The Fragrance Foundation)

Summer Essentials Guide 2022

Hempz Limited Edition Pride Month Juicy Pineapple & Creamy Coconut Body Moisturizer 17oz. $19.99 Shop Here: hempz.com

Benefit Cosmetics Sunny Coral Blush: Sweatproof and smudge proof. Available in 11 colors. $29 Shop Here: benefitcosmetics.com

Elina Organics Baikal Crystal Face Infusion. Micro-Crystal Facial Serum with Taurine and Hayaluronic Acid. Revitalizes dehydrated and aging complexions, for glowing healthier skin. $190 Shop Here: elinaorganics.com
Vita Liberata Body Blur Sunless Glow in Latte. Perfects your skin’s appearance by minimizing blemishes and smoothing out imperfections but it also leaves you with a flawless tan. $41.99 Shop Here: vitaliberata.com
ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen. Lightweight sunscreen for daily use, fast absorbing, non- greasy, providing all- mineral broad spectrum sun protection. $60 Shop Here: isdin.com/en-US
Oxygenetix concealer is part makeup part skincare. It conceals dark skin discolorations and blemishes and helps sooth skin, perfect for acne and rosacea without clogging pores or irritating skin. A favorite of Kourtney K! Available in multiple shades, shown here is 7.0 $49 Shop Here: oxygenetix.com
D’Care Face Up peeling Pads. Blend of 4 hydroxy acids and 5 botanical extracts created naturally with chemical exfoliants to exfoliate, remove blackheads, whiteheads and to unclog pores. $48 Shop Here: beautysuites.com
Nautica Oceans Pacific Coast Eau de Toilette. Refreshing scent for summer with notes of pinewood and mint 1.6oz. $27.98 Shop Here: amazon.com
I-N Intelligent Haircare Amplify Hair Kit: The must haves for voluminous hair including our new Amplifi-hair shampoo, conditioner and two favorite volumizing stylers along with a reusable I-N tote. $120 Shop Here: i-nbeauty.com
LaJeanell Skin Care AM Routine: Includes a daily SPF 55 broad spectrum (UVA/UVB invisible technology and a simply thirst moisturizing creme with hyaluronic acid. $119 Shop Here: lajeanell.com
Off! Clean Feel Insect Repellant. Non-greasy lightweight protection from mosquitos, ticks and flies for up to 8 hours. Odorless formula that dries quickly. $7.49 Shop Here: target.com
Serengeti Sungless “Hayworth” with a Shiny Crystal Sand Beige Frame and Mineral Polarized Drivers Gold Cat 3 to 3 B4 lens. Very bright light conditions, ideal for driving and everyday use. $425 Shop Here: serengeti-eyewear.com
Dune Jewelry x 4ocean Hawaii Gradient Necklace. This necklace represents your passion and awareness for the importance of our oceans and the fight against plastic pollution. .925 Sterling Silver with a wave shaped bezel, and adjustable cable chain. $156 Shop Here: dunejewelry.com
Vesper Necklace by Crave. High polish 316 stainless steel with a gold finish. Discreet vibrator with three settings from low to high. USB charging. $149 Shop Here: lovecrave.com
Bikini Block Aquata Sporty Bikini Top. Great for athletic water activities or sports. Provides comfort, support and is chic. Pair with the aquata high waisted bottoms ($58), sold separately. $58 Shop Here: thebikiniblock.com

Noteworthy Restaurants to Check Out in NYC This Summer

Jue Lan Club occupies the previous home of the Infamous Club from the 90’s The Limelight. Elevated Chinese Cuisine with a lounge vibe. Grand dining room, outdoor garden and various VIP rooms that can be reserved for private events. The VVIP room holds the bottles of celebs under lock & key for when they dine there.

49 W 20th St (Between 5th & 6th Ave) New York, NY 10011 (646) 524-7409


David Burke Tavern is a modern American restaurant located on the upper east side, owned by celebrity Chef David Burke. Situated in a cozy townhouse, the menu and presentation is equally creative. The clotheslines Bacon is not to be missed.

135 East 62nd ST, New York, NY 10065 (212) 988- 9021

UN Plaza Grill is a upscale Kosher restaurant located across the street from the United Nations. Premium Steaks, Seafood, Asian and Mediterranean dishes set in a lavish setting.

845 United Nations Plaza New York, NY (212) 223-1801

Sevilla is an old school Spanish restaurant located in the west village. Known for paellas, tapas, and sangria. The waiters still wear tuxedos. Great place for a special occasion dinner with friends and family.

62 Charles Street ( Corner of west 4th street.) New York, Ny 10014 (212) 929-3189

Baby Brasa Fuses Latin Cusine with a New York State of mind. Tapas, a raw bar, lots of latin dishes like the classic Lomo Soltado a Steak Stir fry are on the menu. There is also a lively lounge scene with bingo, and they have introduced wellness and fitness classes straight out of Brazil.

173 7th Ave. South New York, NY 10014 (646) 590-9010

HWA YUAN is a high-end Chinese restaurant located in Chinatown. The restaurant has a rich history and is now back under the tutelage of the son of Chef Shorty Tang. Known for having the best cold sesame noodles in all of NYC, perfected by original owner and chef Shorty Tang himself.

42 East Broadway New York, NY 10002 (212) 966-6002

Excuse My French is a French tapas bar on the lower east side. A cozy space resemblant of a tenement apartment from back in the day, but decorated to green and gold wallpaper, gold frames, and large paintings. The food is really good and the tapas are a great portion size. Save room for the Crepe Suzettes!

96 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002 (212) 780-9600

Honest is a casual vegetarian Indian restaurant featuring street food from areas throughout India and Thailand. Every dish is cooked fresh daily, nothing is ever frozen or processed. Affordable and delicious!

176 Bleeker Street New York, NY (917) 261-2610

Hortus is a Asian fusion restaurant blending cuisines from China, Thailand, and Korea. Try the 2 course pre-fixe menu for $50, or the The Hortus 3 course tasting menu for $70, add a wine pairing to each for $25 and $40 accordingly.

271 5th Avenue New York, NY 10016 (646) 858-3784

Serendipity is a must visit in NYC for any visitor or local. Known for the decadent desserts and the world famous frozen hot chocolate. The menu is Americana, with huge portions meant to be shared.

225 east 60th street New York, NY 10022 (212) 838-3531

Yves is a quant French bistro located in the heart of Tribeca. A warm and cozy vibe, with classic French food along with lots of seafood options. A wonderful cocktail and wine menu is available.

385 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10013 (212) 431-3385

Seiless is a Asian Fusion Speakeasy in midtown. Just as much a lounge as a restaurant, Seiless has became a favorite for celebs and professional athletes. People watching is a favorite activity. The fare is upscale Chinese and seafood.

156 west 38th street New York, NY 10018 (212) 586-2675

Tiny’s NYC is a legendary family owned restaurant in Tribeca. A pink townhouse, with great food and drinks that welcomes tourists and locals alike. The Oysters & Martin Bar varieties of oysters and crudo, while the main dining room offers elevated American cuisine with some Italian and Mediterranean dishes blended in.

135 West Broadway New York, NY 10013 (212) 374-1135

Osteria Brooklyn is owned and operated by Chef Rafaelle. His energy and passion for offering the finest Italian Cuisine possible is noticed instantaneously when you walk through the front door. The menu changes weekly, with a focus on seafood, especially in the summer months. Some nights you can find the chef making guests fresh pasta table side.

485 Myrtle Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205 (646) 750-9156

Bar Crudo is a oyster bar, seafood restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It started out as a pop-up ceviche restaurant and is now a full service restaurant with a comprehensive food and cocktail menu. Focusing primarily on seafood, there are meat, vegetarian, and vegan options available. There is also a very popular happy hour with great deals on food & drinks.

412 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 701-1894

Kokomo is a Caribbean restaurant located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The cuisine fuses flavors from the islands of the Caribbean and the eatery itself lends a chill island vibe. The cocktails are colorful invoking a vacation feel. The Jerk Chicken & The Whole Red Snapper were outstanding.

65 Kent Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11249 (347) 799-1312

Chela Park Slope is a neighborhood Mexican Restaurant. The menu offers freshly made guacamole, a variety of tacos, and our favorites were the Chela Ribs, Seafood Enchiladas, and the Skirt Steak.

408 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 701-1891

The Rooftop at Exchange Place is not exactly in New York City, but it is one stop on the Path train from WTC or a 10 minute ferry ride. The views alone are worth the trip, but with fantastic food and cocktails it is a must visit for a night out with friends or a special occasion.

1 Exchange Place Jersey City, NJ 07302 (551) 256-7850

Encourage Kids Foundation 37Th Annual Gala Honoring The Legacy of Jay Anderson

The enCourage Kids Foundation celebrated its 37th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Cipriani South Street in NYC. enCourage Kids honored Jay Anderson and renamed his favorite program The Jay Anderson Pediatric Hospital Support Fund in his memory. Guests celebrated his legacy and paid tribute to his philanthropy and generosity of spirit that will have an enduring impact on thousands of children and families.

“It was such a privilege to honor the legacy of Jay Anderson this year and rename his favorite program The Jay Anderson Pediatric Hospital Support Fund in his memory,” said Michele Hall Duncan – President & CEO enCourage Kids Foundation. “I’m so grateful to all our supporters for making our 37th Annual Gala such a success.”

“We were all so moved by the evening and especially the video tribute to our father,” stated Stephen Anderson. “We are beyond grateful to my father’s colleagues and friends who came out to support this very special night and meaningful work of enCourage Kids Foundation.”

Ryan Field, WABC 7 Sports Anchor emceed the evening and was joined by over 300 supporters that included notable guests Malik Yoba, Tony Richardson, Christian Peter, and Dr. Perricone. Live Wire Entertainment provided the hits that had guests on their feet. The evening raised 1.1M which will support the Pediatric Hospital Support Program (PHSP).

The enCourage Kids Presenting Sponsor was The Lee & Jeffrey Feil Family Foundation, and Venue Sponsors include Haim Chera & Family (Cocktail Hour), Capital One (Décor), Extell (Entertainment) and CBRE (Photography).

To make a donation, please visit www.encourage-kids.org

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Runway 7 New York Fashion Week Fall 2022: Spotlight on Brand To Watch Gaucho-Buenos Aires

Director of Design Lautaro Garcia de la Peña.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage In NYC December 21st through the 24th.

By Maya Litovsky

Just in time for Christmas, everyone’s favorite Peanuts holiday special comes to life in A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on StageNew Yorkers can celebrate the holiday season with the Peanuts gang when the show plays its New York City premiere engagement, December 21 – 24 at The Palladium Times Square (1515 Broadway, NYC).


Charles M. Schulz’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning story has been a longstanding tradition, warming the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now, the live stage adaptation of the classic animated television special brings all your favorite characters to life -all set to the original special’s dialogue as well as the unforgettable sounds of the classic Vince Guaraldi musical score. A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage celebrates the timeless television classic as the whole family can join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts characters in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas. After the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing traditional Christmas songs and carols. A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage, by Charles M. Schulz, is based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson, and adapted for the stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer, by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. The show is produced by Gershwin Entertainment / Todd Gershwin. Directed by Robert Coulson, the cast of A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage features D’Marreon Alexander as Linus, Giuliana Augello as Violet, Connor Barr as Charlie Brown, Sophia Delucchi as Sally Brown, Chloe Gabila (Ensemble), Andrew Hainz as Pigpen, Will Jewett as Snoopy, Brent C. Mauldin as Schroeder, Lucy Rhoades as Frieda, Sam Sanderson (Ensemble), Elliot Wallace as Shermy, Emma T. Wilcox as Patty, and Leah Windahl as Lucy. The live performance features choreography by Charlotte Bydwell; music supervision and additional arrangements by Garrett Taylor,; scenic design by Adam KochAssociates; costume design by Jeffrey Meek; lighting design by Nathan Scheuer; and sound design by Josh Samuels.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage plays Dec. 21 – 24 at palladiumtimessquare.com (1515 Broadway, NYC). Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale at ticketmaster.com

New York Restaurants To Visit This Fall

By Maya Litovsky

Encourage Kids Foundation Serving Up Smiles Signature Tasting Event To Benefit The Encourage Kids Programs

By Maya Litovsky

The https://encourage-kids.org Foundation hosted their Serving Up Smiles premier tasting event that included decadent plates from the hottest chefs and top named restaurants in NYC, a VIP Speakeasy Lounge presented by Go Tab, Inc., Shinju Japanese Whiskey, world-class wines, cocktails, and incredible auction items at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

“I want to thank all the sponsors, board members, guests and my team for a wonderful and successful night. The outpouring of support for the work we do at the enCourage Kids Foundation in helping humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the child life community, is beyond humbling. We look forward to seeing everybody at our next event,” Michele Hall Duncan – CEO enCourage Kids Foundation.

Guests were greeted outside by DJ Chef who had the crowd dancing their way through the entrance doors.  ABC Sports Anchor Ryan Field emceed the evening alongside Michele Hall Duncan and Culinary Chair/Chef & Partner TAO Hospitality Group, Chef Ralph Scamardella. The music and dancing continued inside with Acute Inflections and Live Wire BandMalik Yoba (Actor Empire & NY Undercover) ate and danced his way through the evening having a great time with the guests.

“What a great event for the perfect cause, said Actor Malik Yoba. I look forward to continue to support the efforts of the enCourage Kids Foundation for a long time.” 

Participating restaurants included BAKEYOREY, BRYANT PARK GRILL, BUTTER, CARDINALI BAKERY, KELLARI TAVERNA, LAMIA’S FISH MARKET, LAVO, ME CASA, MYKONOS BLEU, OMAR’S KITCHEN, SKORPIOS, SPICE CULTURE and SPYCE sauce.

Participating wines and spirits included AQUAFINA, BROOKLYN BREWERY, BUBLY, DR. PERRICONE HYDROGEN WATER, FERVOR MEZCAL, HARLEM HOPS, LOS DOS TEQUILA, OWL’S BREW, PRESSED, REVEL SPIRITS, ROUTESTOCK -WILSON DANIELS, TEQUILA ARMERO, WHITLEY NEILL GIN and ZYR VODKA.

Event sponsors included FEIL FAMILY FOUNDATION, ARK RESTAURANTS, BRYANT PARK GRILL, COUGAR CAPITAL, THE DONUT PUB, SIGNATURE BANK, LUCY and DAVID BALL, BUCHBINDER & WARREN LLC, SANDERS FAMILY, EMERSON AMUSEMENTS, and GO TAB.

About Michele Hall Duncan – President & CEO enCourage Kids Foundation  

President & CEO, Michele’s expertise in the nonprofit and development space, leads the organization in developing varied Programs and overseeing the growth of the Pediatric Hospital Support Program. The relationships she has fostered over the years with Child Life staff and all levels of hospital administration, have helped her to develop an integral understanding of their needs and has helped position the organization to be on the forefront of state-of-the-art programming.

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Cosmoprof 2021 North America Is Back

By Maya Litovsky

Cosmoprof made a huge comeback In late August at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center after being cancelled in 2020 due to Covid 19. As the world begins to live a new normal, emerging and established brands traveled to Las Vegas to come together and build relationships, collaborations and show off their brands.

The event was a bit smaller than years past due to travel restrictions especially from Asia, but we liked being able to navigate the Convention Center and felt we were able to meet and connect with more brands as a result. Special areas included Discover Beauty, Discover Green, CBD Beauty, The Beauty Vanities, Tones of Beauty and Discover Beauty Spotlights. There was also a section devoted to professional beauty for those in the beauty trade and Cosmopack that is all about packaging.

There were educational opportunities with Cosmotalks. A conference like format with seminars, classes, and workshops with top beauty and business professionals.

Next year Cosmoprof is switching it up and relocating to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Anticipating a larger event for next year as travel restrictions loosen as vaccinations are up and cases are down, we are looking forward to next summer. The event will take place from July 12th-14th 2022.

Look for our favorite brands to be featured in our Holiday Gift Guide going live on November 20th.

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