Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Park Hyatt, NYC

With temps reliably dipping...and summer's tans fading (fake or otherwise)...real skin conditions reveal themselves...making NOW the perfect time to prep/correct one's largest organ from the effects of the sun.


At home gadgets aimed at skin rejuvenation are popular for good reason-often FDA approved, these products go through rigorous testing to prove health claims-and really REALLY are easy enough for  time pressed humans (and that wool be everyone) who may also be technically challenged.

Which is why we jumped at the chance to experience the latest products-courtesy of the meetings of the minds-between the at home facial technology inspired by dermaplanning DEMAFLASH (founder Dara Levy) and the best-selling anti-inflammatory PERRICONE MD skincare line based on patented science by Dr. Nicholas Perricone. 

Interesting-an introduction via Connecticut's Senator Joe Lieberman (we asked)...resulted in these two entrepreneurs launch a VERY special limited edition collaboration kit dubbed the Ultimate Exfoliation & Treatment System...that delivers with:

The Dermaflash pre-treatment cleanser-- that removes oil from the face (Step One)... 

...The breakthrough DERMAFLASH device with  (6 replacement blades- in a cartridge tray)--- features a gentle edge combined with subtle sonic vibration that painlessly removes dead skin cells and peach fuzz (all ladies are born with, fyi), at perfect angles for one's facial structure (that's right so stop using a razor-yikes)...resulting in smooth radiant skin (Step Two)... 

...Followed by the Perricone MD's amazing non-rinse Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment-an amped up micellar based Blue Plasma cleansing treatment-that once applied on cotton pad- 'sweeps' the skin (Step Three) and magically lifts seen/unseen /the aforementioned dead cells/dirt/grime (trust us-this is so true)...

...With a grand finale- Perricone MD's luscious cream- OVM treatment-packaged in a screw jar top-that gets dabbed on skin with fingers-is readily absorbed-delivering (via a proprietary system) the anti-aging benefits of dermis stalwart Retinol (encouraging cell-turnover-minimizing appearance of fine lines/wrinkles) -without any inflammation, flaking or peeling- thanks to the inclusion of unique ingredients-Eggshell membrane (full of peptides, proteins, and nutrients), a stabilized effective version of Vitamin C Ester (a worshipped skin brightener), and anti-radical slayer, Vitamin E.   

This ultimate exfoliation - treatment system certainly had us happy-with skin fully radiant and hydrated (not greasy) and smooooth...that post sunscreen (and we also tried the anti-aging Perricone MD Pre Empt Serum application)- and 'makeup' application- the genius Perricone MD "NO MAKEUP SKINCARE"---3 fast steps (foundation, bronzer, blush-a trio that works for all skin types/ethnicities...had us as selfie ready as we have ever been 

Impressive---and quick-the entire Dermaflash routine requiring maybe 10 minutes tops. 

THE 411:
The limited-edition Ultimate Exfoliation & Treatment System from DERMAFLASH and Perricone MD and retails for $229 (a $286.50 value) and will be available at,,,, and in select Nordstrom stores while supplies last. 

Demaflash can be used 1x week-1x/month...while the aforementioned Perricone MD products can be used daily.


Monday, September 26, 2016

GERMAN RIESLINGS-The Perfect Halloween Wines

No surprise-Halloween candy sales are racking up registers to more than $2.6 billion estimated for last year-with $7 billion expected to be spent on the holiday festivities generally speaking.

And why not-it's fun, no gifts expected other than "tricks or treats," no family obligations and the parties are usually local...

Which is why this increasingly adult excuse of a good time...costumes included-is turning into a night of good times---with foods and drinks themed accordingly.

fruity and aromatic-with crisp green apple, grapefruit, peach and honey notes-Relax Riesling and Blue Fish Original Riesling are meant to be drunk NOW-slightly chilled. As with rieslings generally speaking-these wines are great paired with  fish, pastas, salads...salty foods as well as cheeses too-with its distinct sugar/acid balanced taste. Both are widely available.
Sure pumpkin flavored beers dominated our past events-but this year-we got a tip about the dry and off dry styles of aromatic German Rieslings-from the white grape native to the Rhine region- that pair perfectly with the often sticky sweetness of chewy candies (like gummy bears) and the  sour  sugary flavors of the one day/night a year only indulgence of American candies like fruity Starbursts, chewy Skittles (yes--a candy-)... and our fav-the classic Necco wafers!

Our Picks-The affordable- the balanced sugar-acid- aromatic slightly fermented RELAX Riesling (we found online for under $10.00)-with a hint of citrus... and the drier 2014 Blue Fish Original Dry Riesling $11-a sophisticated bargain of ripe peach, lemon, tart cherry and mineral notes-both  are great for the crowds of over 21 witches and goblins...or no doubt this year...costumed Presidential candidate masks/attire- which in certain circles-are a scary sight indeed LOL.

Ready To Go Gourmet Eats/New Panasonic Countertop Induction Oven

 Part 2: Simple, Healthy and Fast

Meal delivery kits are growing in popularity---saving eaters precious shopping time.
IMO-What is more of a delicious time saver are the numerous entree, pasta and soup mixes -requiring little added products---to serve up timely tasty results that rival multi-step 'homemade' versions.
never feel this amped ready to cook???? Easy solutions abound.

PLUS and maybe even better-for one dish wonders-our most coveted worthy new tabletop appliance...that reduces cooking time for speedier eats. Quality Cooking Made Simple=Panasonic's new Countertop Induction Oven.

Frontier Soups...sophisticated spicy chili and soup mixes are 100% natural...Homemade In Minutes® -pictured Montana Creekside Classic Chili mix...

Sunday, September 25, 2016

SKI VERMONT: Getting Ready For A New Season

WHAT: A press event that introduced (and reaffirmed) the wonders of the great state of Vermont...that serves up a lot of beautifully scenic, fun outdoors, user friendly destinations for snow pursuits, gourmet dining and laid back good times...!

From the northern Jay Peak Ski Resort-near the Canadian border-to the more southerly-  Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain -a private forested-mountain oasis with a 90,000 sq foot slope side lodge with numerous facilities-and easy to get to from NYC and Boston,  Mt. Snow. home to the largest freestyle terrain east of the Rockies...there was plenty of new exciting ventures planned for the upcoming 2016-2017 season-year round.

Kudos to Killington's score of the  first WORLD CUP races to touch down on the east coast-Thanksgiving weekend. Very cool.

Other top spots that beckon...Stratton, (major thanks for our 2 bedroom condo+lift tickets-raffle win-CANNOT WAIT) Okemo (top rated snowmaking covering 98% of the overall terrine-#1 in Vermont- and high speed heated Orange Bubble chairlifts=fun), family friendly Smuggler's Notch with an expanded FunZone-featuring inflatables, games and areas of imaginative play for the under 10 years olds-and ninja warrior type obstacle courses, laser tag, climbing wall, slot car racing, arcade-etc-for older kids (and adults wanting in...)-and nearby Sugarbush Resort Stowe Mountain Resort, Bolton Valley (with loooong night skier hours for those willing and able to go for 12-13 hours/per), member's owned Quechee Club, the cult fav and a CO-OP (makes sense from the Sen. Saunders state) Mad River Glen, the "...better throwback ski area"-uncrowded Magic Mountain- the four seasons worthy- central Vermont located- luxurious Woodstock Inn and Resort-a timeless elegant oasis of relaxed New England charm -worthy of a a Gold List Conde Nast Traveler's fav with a LEEDS certified Spa (count us in!!!) -and nearby the Suicide Six Ski area... and the Mountaintop Inn and Resort -on 350 private lakeside acres with its own equestrian,  nordic ski and snowshoe center-in partnership with the US Forest Service for ample back country wanderings------with both- surrounded by the majestic Green Mountains.

BONUS Points: tours of Ben & Jerry's Factory in Waterbury  and Long Trail Brewing Co. in Bridgewater Corners.

Stay tuned...and for general info

Friday, September 23, 2016

Academy of Art University SS'17 Collections

The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University selected thirteen 13 students to debut their Spring 2017 collections at the University's 20th New York Fashion Week show on 9/9/ The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station/NYC.

"Since our first runway presentation at New York Fashion Week in September 2005, the show has grown in size and in the caliber of those in attendance such as retail executives, designers, recruiters, as well as the national and international media," said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. 

"We have always been committed to help launch the careers of our students, and are honored to have a platform of this magnitude to present their work."

"This season each of designers holds a unique and thoughtful vision," said Simon Ungless, Executive Director of the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University. 

"Their collections honor the essence of our industry and carry a conscientious connection to textile design, three-dimensional design, tailoring and construction techniques, they honor the essence of our industry. It has been a pleasure for all of us in the School of Fashion to guide them while preserving their individuality and integrity."

Thursday, September 22, 2016

London Fashion Week: Backstage Makeup CHRISTOPER KANE SS'17

Skin looks natural and glowing. The look is accentuated by an ashy smudged eye inspired by World War II
when women wore no makeup and used cigarette ash to give their eyes definition.”
—Lucia Pieroni using NARS Cosmetics


“The look is inspired by the accessories and water elements featured in the show.
The eyelids are heavily glossed,
which creates a wet, marbled effect that complements the jewelry."
—Sada Ito, NARS International Lead Makeup Stylist