Monday, October 31, 2016

JITROIS-Jean-Claude Jitrois Celebrate Spring '17 "Another World" Collection

Jessica Gorlicky live painted a portrait of Jean-Claude Jitrois

A European semester abroad -junior year (back in the day)...exposed us to more than romantic foreign languages...but also  the fabulousness of family owned French luxury brands still not sold in our hometown... in beauty (Nuxe, La Roche Poseé), superior haircare (Lenore Greyl) and the form fitting stretch leather -sophisticated sexy silhouettes of Jitrois-that were prominently displayed in the premier Paris department store- Galerie Lafayettes,
Since then- Jitrois'-worldwide boutiques have established this label as the go to for confident-women with a stylish edge -which was the partial draw to a new Madison Avenue boutique -the other being the leading light-Jean-Claude Jitrois-charmingly serving as host.
For Spring '17-which we got a preview of (and wanted it all)...tattoos inspired the delicate embroideries of suede, leather, organza into tulle-as it appears against bare skin. Oh là là. Embroideries that highlight the lingerie as outwear form fitting attire...in rich monochromatic palettes...should garner Jitrois-even more fans that already include many kleig-light celebrities.-
Jitrois
959 Madison Avenue -NYC

Jean-Claude Jitrois

Sunday, October 30, 2016

SNACK TREATS-Chips+Bars Organic/Lower Sugar ...Keep The FUN TASTE

 Garden of Eatin'-Corn Tortilla Chips,  Clif Bars- Luna Bars


Snack eating are a way of life-replacing at least one meal a day for most folks we know-and that's why organic -and/or nutritional options are gaining favor with those on the go. Our favs for Fall-sure didn't last much long- past the point when this picture was snapped-devoured ALL during a mountainous multi-hour hike-and there were only 5 of us.
AUTUMNAL FAVS-Garden of Eatin' redefines how big flavorful a tortilla chip can be-not just a bland base for accoutrements-but stand other own salty crunchy bites -staples in snacking households.
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IMO-who needs salsa (or guac) when these new flavors-the terrific authentic butternut squash (130 calories/1 ounce)available on AMAZON)-sweet spicy bites-hints of sgae+onion- ...AND seasonal organic (:-)) Pumpkin (gluten free too-available on AMAZON)with hints of sea salt, real pepita seeds and nutmeg-a tad sweet from evaporated cane syrup...-are crispy treats worthy of straight outta the bag-eating. Almost qualify as dessert in a way too-we could  see pairing these crunchy triangle shaped chips-a top a scoop (or 3) of vanilla ice cream-with some chocolate syrup...as well as worthy of chunky tomato-cilantro dips, Made with non-GMO USDA organic yellow corn and all natural ingredients...PLUS no preservatives, no trans fats,no  hydrogenated oils, and made with synthetic or harmful pesticides.
Energy bars are meal subs for us...and after long endurance races-our choice for immediate fuel -delivering proteins/carbs and replacing depleted  nutrients like iron, Vit E, magnesium, phosphorus... vs the sketchy -inappropriate 'official' post race food served up past the finish line. New from CLIF bars...protein blessed Nut Butter filled-esp the pictured yummy Chocolate Hazelnut Butter-with unsweetened chocolate and Coconut Almond Butter-with organic coconut  (both 230 calories apiece)....just in time for trick or treating' with an emphasis on the later. Both are just filling enough-...with creamy interiors-organic peanut butter and organic almond butter respectively--fused with the the cookie like(rolled oats )and chewy (organic date paste) textures...that do NOT need a gallon of fluids as a chaser...USDA Organic-non-GMO-and grams of plant based protein-low glycemic (aka no buzzy rush-then burn).
LUNA bars...a Clif Bar family member-originally was ladies leaning product line  -but we see these typically lower calorie options-smaller in size than Clif bars- good for everyone! The Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk has 8 grams of nutritious protein (organic peanuts,organic peanut butter)...is non-GMO, gluten free and only 5 grams of sugar...yet does not skimp on the chocolate (organic unsweetened chocolate), and reminded us of those chewy rice crispy marshmallow treats in texture and looks-..FUN.  Subtle hints of sea salt and chicory adds to well rounded flavor...organic rolled oats provides the crunch,




Friday, October 28, 2016

HI-LOW TEC-Power Up TailGate-Camping Necessaries Part 4


SECUR, BERNZOMATIC, the COOLEST COOLER, DIGIPOWER, VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY, ENERPLEX 


"Life's Batter Outside"-outdoor experiences- from remote locales or packed music festivals-are musts for 'capturing' for visuals viewed later...or streamed live.

NO WORRIES...never miss sharing a moment as there's an entire gadget industry devoted to keeping those personal electronics-all fired up-incase you cannot harness the sparks generated by your own physical movements!!!


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

HI-LOW TECH-Gear/ Accessories/Watches -Outdoor Gear Part 3

SlideBelts, Casio Watches, Opinel, Lander



Surviving any outdoor survivor jaunt-anywhere on planet earth with ease-and make great gifts for the aesthete too--being well designed...and tough.
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SlideBelts-rachet belt design-is slide adjustable- up to 48" waist...pictured-the rugged Survival Belt $180
On left-ferrocirium fire started rod..right-serious integrated folding knife (heat treated AUS-8 stainless steel) can be opened with one hand
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SlideBelts..."Adventure More, Carry Less"-handsomely packaged the Survivor Belt-is faux leather -actually made of internal webbing core coated in durable TPU alloy-have buckles that resemble car buckles-of highly durable glass filed nylon...and similarly are potentially life saving-as they are nifty compartments for LED flashlight/firestarter/knife/bottle opener. Note-Survival Belt won't survive TSA scrutiny. Pictured in classic brown...


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

HI-LOW TECH, COOL GEAR+ACCESSORIES-Part 2

Keep Personal Electronics Plugged In, Lit-Up-Shine-On, and Protected-At Home and On the Road

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NiteIze, GOALZERO, SEATTLE SPORTS

Gadget-thing-y mobile device accessory masters NiteIze serves up a solution to those cracked screens and misplaced  cards and dollar bills-a CONNECT wallet that holds and ruggedly protects BOTH-with a CONNECT clip-can clip smartphone when wallet is removed-sized for iPhones+Samsungs. 

Never miss a step-recharegable headlamps-are a huge growing category-vital for the early morning/late afternoon hours  in limited daylight hours,..and a smart item for cars and travelers everywhere-no matter how they get there. From NiteIze- Swipe to Shine™ technology-activates the light...INOVA STS Powerswitch headlamp-dual power options (3 AAA batteries-or , a micro USB, rechargeable lithium-ion battery), dual (red or white)LED options-4 modes -compact+waterproof -and is also a multi-mounter-for accessories-like NiteIze bike-helmet mounts- or headlight strap !



GOALZERO lanterns-lights...big or mini bright lights anywhere-shine bright and charge up...on left-Lighthouse 400 Lantern&USB Power Hub-dimmable and turbo settings for adjustable light up to bright 400 lumens. Recharge form any USB port, a GoalZero Nimad Solar panel-or use the built-in hand crank to charge up instantly....the internal lithium battery boasts a 4,4000mAh with a 1.5A USB output-enough 'juice' for smartphones and tablets, and DUALITE™ directional lighting-collapsible legs for easy storage. $79.99

Lighthouse Micro-a CES Innovation Award winner $59.99

Light-A-Life Mini-USB chainable light-hangs out where you do-power up with usb  port including GoalZero rechargers $24.99



Monday, October 24, 2016

HI-Low Tech-Cool Gear

STAY CONNECTED, CHARGED, AND WARM-Personable Wearables, Power On The Go-Off Grid Energy, App Enabled Devices, Hands Crafted Help

ThermaCELL, BioLite Energy, RE-FUEL, SHINOLA DETROIT-LEATHERMAN, PUFFY PATCH

Part One-What's New:
Just when we thought the cooler temps were being pushed forward to early next year-a wave of snow in fact falls-even  ski resorts like Killington VT are ready to open up :-) One of best ways we know-for the perfect fitting hiking boots -to be comfy year round favs-whenthe mercury dips-we add in the heated insoles...by ThermaCELL® that now come in 3 versions for 2016/17...wireless remote controlled-Original+ ProFLEX -up to 5 hours run time and new ProFLEX Heavy Duty-pictured below.
Yup-now with Bluetooth connectivity control-for our app world...ThermaCELL ProFLEX Heavy Duty-10x more durable than ProFLEX-control via Bluetooth connectivity- your smartphone (vs a remote) up to 6.5 hours of warmth, removable battery charges up in 80 minutes-mad of breathable+highly water resistant polyurethane foam- new cushioning and stability for even more comfort. $199.99

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

#IWokeUpLikeThis-HELP FOR NATURAL BEAUTY

NYC

BBL Broadband Light Phototherapy (Review)

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Whether facing the world -barefaced (aka #IWokeUpLikeThis), slightly hidden under tinted lightweight lotions - or full-on hiding under thick concealer - one's skin's texture and tone -from the neck-up-is never really masked. And as the saying goes-want to know a person's age-check out the back of his/her hands. SO TRUE.

Which is why-post summer-non-invasive complexion improving treatments for those most visible parts-are growing in popularity.

Fortunately-the best solutions don't  require the most time commitment or $ either.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

RECOVERY -STRENGTHEN Athlete Essentials Footwear

EARTH RUNNERS, VIBRAM, OOFOS, FREEWATERS

Recovery shoes-that cushion-massage the feet and absorb stress- are musts for athletes. Also though -barefoot style-minimalist shoes (running sneakers) - def not for everyone-still are worthy as footwear---for other endeavors...as many humans believe walking barefoot is a great way to strengthen feet-legs.
Close-imo-opting for minimal type shoes for strolls on shock absorbing surfaces like dirt/sand-stress free way to build up those muscles too.
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Highlights:
From Earth Runners-a minimalist outdoors sandal company...is very cool. A build your own custom sandal (more or less 'cushioning' options)-is offered-aimed at different outdoor activities...from trail running-to camping-travel-or approach shoe etc. We use ours-vegan model-quick drying rubber with it's custom molded minimalist 8mm Vibram® outsole- as the perfect beach shoe. The fit-(it comes with detailed instructions on how to adjust the non-stretch mil-spec nylon straps)...nicely aligns with our entire foot...and holds-without slippage-via locking buckle...benefit of that-when walking sand-keeps it out the sand...and the sandal stays with you-versus flips flops. $69-$84 
(L-R)Vibram's FUROSHIKI-an Asian inspired neoprene wrap shoe (sides attach via velcro) now come in winter worthy shearling lined -unlined  water repellent neoprene high/mid lengths. Our mid length-neoprene in black (or course)-perfect kick to wear with jogger style pants-there is actually a moisture wicking-slight cushioning footbed-hels when the turf is city sidewalks...and the Megagrip rubber outsole compund-is made for forever durability-grips great on wet surfaces. Great easy style for hanging out -fits like a glove without restrictions. $120-$160
OOFOS flip-flops (pictured- the OOlala sandal $59.95)-are akin to a massage for the feet-made with a patented rubber compound sourced from KOREA-biomechanically engineered to reduce foot stress and soreness for the best recovery shoe out there-it's foam absorbs more shock than traditional foams-noticeably so-IMO. No wonder this brand-has clog and slide styles too-in men's -women's and children sizes. No surprise to us-we had a pair since the company launched --Ooofos-is now found in a lot of runner's-athlete shops and on the the feet of people who spend their days on theirs.
FREEWATERS-THERMA-REST™ memory footbed sandals ( similar tyle-men's Treeline $40)-beefed up flip-flops with style- is a best selling collab based on the cushioning camping foam pads-that have coddled outdoor adventurers for years. Vegan too-the rubber outsole has grooves for grip, polyester webbing comes in geometric graphics and different colors- and arch support too. Ideal the travel sandal for hotter climates-where one's terrain ranges from boardwalk-beach-street concrete, to trail dirt.









Monday, October 17, 2016

STUNNING DEBUT: ONE BERNARDO Luxury Footwear

Made In Italy Premium Women's Sandals-Shoes-Flats-Loafers-Slides
up top-ad from Vogue...in front Bernardo 1946 archival selections


Resort-Spring Collection Highlights

WHAT:
Inspired by a rich heritage of unique designs, and distinct architectural -sculptural inspirations-and training of founder Bernard Rudofsky----


Best Seasonal Snacks-Fall's Pumpkin+Spices

TERRA CHIPS: CRISPY+CHEWY Spice-Sweet - Limited Editions, Year Round Favs
































AHHH...wholesome pumpkin, juicy fresh apples, aromatic seasonings of cinnamon+nutmeg =the autumnal flavors that seemingly appear across all food and beverage categories...REALLY make their tasty presence known in one of our fav satisfying snacks...TERRA CHIPs-  that this year-has truly upped the ante for what delicious savory-salty-sweet - crispy-chewy bites are

Made from real whole vegetables-always- sourcing sustainable ingredients-the company MO from the start-has been make the best chips EVER...and imho- practically re-invented the chips category. In a good way.

WHAT's NEW: Terra Chips -all non-GMO fyi- 20 exotic root vegetables combined with American heritage versions of sweet potatoes and pumpkin -like the new Beaurguard Sweet Potato (Louisiana), Fairytale Pumpkin (aka Musquee de Provence-rich mahogany color +shape).

Delivering now-the winning combo of Sweets & Apples- -crowd pleasing fusion of crispy Ipomdea Batatasi- a sweet potato-married with naturally sweet juicy Gala-Fuji apples for a unique crisp-chewy mouthful...with hints of spice cinnamon.

The limited edition of Pumpkin Spice Sweets---sweet potatoes with zesty spices...full flavor awesome-a pumpkin spice blend that's full favored and appropriate.

Ditch the icky corn syrup candies-and ho hum holiday desserts-for those family/friends gatherings -the Terra Chip snacks are so much better tasting and textural satisfyingly scrumptious. Treat without the tricks...though doubtful they'll be any leftovers. 
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Athlete Essentials-Recovery Foam Rollers/Hydration Part One

 TriggerPoint Performance Therapy, Eternal Naturally Alkaline Spring Water


Ask a top performing athlete-from dedicated endurance amateur-to professional-tips for success-and no doubt-recovery is right up there with practice, dedication, grit/luck and proper nutrition/hydration (okay-and talent)...as the key factors for winning performances.
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Not having a daily deep massage (WISH), or the expensive NormaTec recovery System (OTHER wish-gift list), nor tried cryotherapy (need to work up our nerve),  there nonetheless- is an accessible effective help for muscle relief =foam rolling- inexpensive- and not time consuming either-that we do have.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Natural Beauty-Skincare Effective+Affordable

 Part 2

GOOD KARMA SKINCARE, DEVERA NATURALS, IXXI Cosmetics


"Clean ingredients' are certainly a skincare concern-just as pronounceable food labels are a must -for growing numbers consumers of ALL AGES.
Solution-check out the under the radar brands-launched by small regional beauty entrepreneurs-that are noticeably without the toxic ingredients of many big name beauty brands-def have more of the natural (often pricier) 'stuff' higher up on the ingredient list-yet have reasonable retail prices- challenging some of the mass marketed prestige brands that are more widely available.
Good Karma Skincare -has a travel pack -aka convenient sizes of three products in their Facial Systems To Go -$35-part of the Lux7 Age Defying Products' collection. Pictured-The Four-In-One Face Cream (for normal/dry skin), Purifying Facial Cleanser, and Balancing Spray Toner. BONUS POINTS: With a serious list of "stuff we don't use"including collagen that is human or animal sourced, parabens, SLS, sulfates, silicone, talc...etc...and any unsubstantiated ingredients even if they are the latest buzz..but are without any safety track record. Ingredient efficacy as a Good Karma Skincare's SOP-very cool as is the company mission to use components from sustainable sources-not necessarily certified organic-but made without (or certainly less) chemicals-a very hands on approach-one of the reasons to seek out under the radar brands. The facial cleanser- very creamy with seeds and fruit oils-easily removes water tough makeup... and toner- which we used as a mist -sprayed on-recommend for normal-dry skin-with its ultra-hydrating oils in the formula....imo great to use on an airplane to revive oneself before landing...so don't pack it.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Athlete Essentials: Performance Sunglasses For All Optical Conditions

BOLLÉ, DRAGON ALLIANCE, VUARNET, SMITH OPTICS, SVEN CAN SEE

Changing light conditions...a sun setting earlier and seasonal solar angle shifts-demand multi-tasking sunglasses that can 'handle' the high noon sunshine as well as the low light of weather challenged days.
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For athletes-wide vision fields, no slip adjustable nosepads, anti-fog and impact resistant lenses that block out damaging rays, and of course, exceptional color clarity-are must attributes. Right up there with lightweight frames that fit faces.

Our Picks:


Bollé Sixth Sense Sunglasses-RoseBlue lens w/ B-Max extra large field view, B-Thin Active design RX, B-Clear lenses, optical precision, serious impact resistance, interchangeable lenses, anti-fog treatment, Hydrophobic/Oleophobic treatment, adjustable nosepiece/temples


Monday, October 10, 2016

Athlete Essentials: Year Round Gear -Fall Ready


Part One:

BOLLÉ CYCLE HELMETS, NITE IZE, BRILLIANT REFLECTIVE STRIPS

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Since the hot temps and daylight hours- around our universe-have peaked for while-but out lengthy training bouts have not-we are just now appreciating the essential gear we have- that's year round suitable.
PLUS: Season-less multi-taskers save $ and closet space.

about as neat as our transition spot gets-pictured athlete essentials-Bollé sunglasses. ALL GOOD mineral sport sunscreen, Clif Gel Shot-Espresso with caffeine (duh), speed laces-Newtons running flats, and TYR Skinsuit...cause the swims are becoming less and less wetsuit legal :-(
Increasingly- like what we wear-(streetwear takes on 'athlesiure') multi-functional attributes of what we own gear-wise-adjust to changing weather conditions-are musts.

Our Picks:

Bollé is a company-that we always knew for its tech savvy ski goggles...but it is their cycle helmet-THE ONE- (Road-Premium)-that is hands down-the best fitting head protection gear we ever had...to the point where we wonder if everything we ever wore prior-would have actually protected our brain cells adequately enough. We can't say enough good things about the "Click-To-Fit" perfect fit... beyond the adjustable chin strap-easy to maneuver-even on the bike.
What Else We loved...

When cooler temps finally arrived...we easily snapped on the top aero cover piece- durable composite material that covers top 31(!!!!) vents...
removable aero cover-securely snaps in to keep top of head breeze free...

all air vents exposed...allow for cooling flow around the head....without compromise of velocity speed...or protection

BE SEEN-LED LIGHT is sizably BE SEEN way...easy to attach...inside the helmet-hole on left-pop through pen...removes the plate- seen below

Light plate on the back of the helmet pops out-seen below...the very visible LED light -controlled by tap on/off -securely snaps right in

Colder temps-no problem-a cozy moisture wicking winter LINER- soft to the skin blend -slips inside the helmet-there's also a removable summer liner-velcroed in...all no bulk and chafe free seams...also pictured-the Mountain Bike visor for times you're hitting the trails-also easily snaps in/out...and in the middle-the triangular LED lights...blinks and shines continuously solid - we didn't notice any weight-but racers opt for the capsule cause each gram counts.
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side view-can see the sunglass garage-holds sunglasses securely---very handy when finishing a ride as sunlight fades. Bollé road+ mountain bike (MTB)+messenger -THE ONE have this feature. Also QR code scan for rider info...a major safety features that anyone with a smartphone can access-in case of emergency
OTHER VISIBILITY ESSENTIALS..
Nite Iz-SlapLit® slap it wrist bracelet-LED wrap-actually can replace battery though our's has yet to need it...blinks or shines solid

Nite Ize-another must for us... the adjustable mesh LED Run Vest-that we also wear biking-reflects the headlights -front and back...plus there's a zipped pocket-that is sized for keys, driver license, gel or bar- and even big enough for a smartphone. HANDY. Orange pop is good for going out- to and fro -during hunting season.
Brilliant Reflective Strips-Iron On (pictured $9.99/pack) and Stick On Reflective Safety Strips-can turn just about any piece of apparel, outdoor gear like backpacks- etc...more visible when hit by light..without adding weight. Handy-we tried this out on a jacket- ironed on-and so far- did survive our laundering a jacket-- stick on ones come in various sizes handy for water bottles and bike frames








Sunday, October 9, 2016

CULT BEAUTY: New SKINCARE Brands

PART ONE: APPRIYA

Embracing Naturally Sourced - Cutting Edge Ingredients-the newer skincare/cosmetic labels from ladies-  are gaining favor without the massive marketing budgets or fancy packaging of the big names.
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Today's consumers have easier access to everything -including information on what works, toxic ingredients to avoid (the well respected EWG's -or Credo Beauty's lists of no-nos-avidly read), awareness of the Canadian Euro Zone's Cosmetic Directive  -a ban of 1300+ chemicals-.and the latest science vs the hype.

Our latest favs:

Founded by two women-APPRIYA is a special skincare line based on mineral rich, mountain sourced neutral pH waters containing respected skin/nail strengthener-skin volume inducer, silica- and copper-a natural anti-inflammatory/anti-bacterial-as its main ingredient.

With the added benefits of an impressive list of other active ingredients in each product-i.e. the Mineral Complex Serum-with moisture imparting workhorse hyaluronic acid, anti-radical slayer-scientifically respected niacinamide -formatted to target skin tone and texture, and known soothers coconut oil, lotus flower extract and brightener evening primrose seed extract--- all Appriya products are effective powerhouses- delivering hydrating, bio-degradable nano-particles to effectively seep deep into the dermis-combating environmental stresses, and supporting collagen and skin builder elastin fibers for a radiant, more youthful appearance.

Intrigued?

We were- as we know loads of people who part with serious coinage to drink only the finest mountain sourced alkaline waters...and we personally have experienced the skin healing-anti-inflammatory waters of those glorious Hokkaido-Japan hot springs ...so it would make sense that the same positive healing benefits from special waters... could be incorporated into a skincare line-respected for efficacy.


What We Tried:

Five APPRIYA products are available now-a Mineral Cleansing Mousse-that comes in a pump bottle-nifty-it's liquid then pleasingly turns to a refreshing foam (one pump dose) that gently removes serious city dirt and long-wearing makeup, a Mineral Tonic - a milky essence/toner hybrid (imo) that one sparingly splashes on/into cleansed skin-containing sea acid-that smooths skin, cell stimulating plant growth factors and a mushroom extract-a natural astringent that minimizes pores, a fast absorbing facial/neck Mineral Complex Serum (aforementioned), a soothing wrinkle smoothing Delicate Zone Serum (we used on our entire eye socket)-with heavy hitting anti-oxidant Nano Q-10, and a Comprehensive Mineral Day/Night Cream-infused with costly Colloidal Gold-an anti-inflammatory/anti-bacterial skin healer,  and Vitamins A, E + B3... our daily staple now (LOVE IT)...fyi bonus packaging points here-it is in a ingredient preserving pump bottle that protects the integrity of the ingredients-vs the formula spoiling screw jars of other brands including pricier ones!

Clearly-Appriya is a high end skincare assortment -with multiple proven effective ingredients high on the contents' list---not cheap fillers---and appropriately packaged. And as anyone from the age of mid 20s up -has anti-aging concerns- we think Aprriya's serums and day/night creams in particular- are perfect- targeting fine lines/wrinkles, packed with stimulative positive ingredients for a more even skin tone-including fading brown spots (serums)...and delivering meaningful prevention-making this line suitable for all skin types.

Even super sensitive skin can benefit from Appriya- we barely detected a scent...and even our worked up raw dermis-courtesy of serious workouts-including pool swims...practically drank up Appriya-tonic, serums, day/night cream (in that order). Also-size-wise -products should last 3-4 months when used as recommended.

NOTE: sunscreen/makeup went on easily on top of fast sinking Appriya...no need for primer-as our skin was notably smooth and plump (in that good way-not puffy lol)...even after only using the regimen for a week. NICE.

We even got compliment when-after only a few day's use of Appriya's regimen -which needed only a about 4-6 minutes, 2x day)... we went to get a facial at a rather posh spa...where/when let's fact it (pun intended)-we expected a list of dermal ailments to be remedied. Progress.

ECO NOTES: Sustainably sourced waters are planet and cruelty free-plus Appriya  products are formulated WITHOUT sulfates, parabens, diehalonomides, mineral oils, bithionol, methylene chloride, vinyl chloride, zirconium containing complexes or prohibited cattle materials.

Factoid-Appriya is Sanskrit for beloved water.








Thursday, October 6, 2016

19th Annual North American Cycle Courier Championships-NYC


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As if Brooklyn wasn't buzzy enough -today through October 10th- hardcore messenger racing will descend on East Williamsburg when 400 of the best bike messengers in North America duke it out in a closed­course work simulation for the title of North American Cycle Courier Champion. 

Speed, routing, package control, and politeness are integral to earning this honor and will all be tested throughout the competition.

 A host of side events such as skids, sprints, track stands, footdown, quick lock, wheelie contest, and more round out the talent, athleticism, and goofiness of the weekend, coincident with Messenger Appreciation Day.
Records have already been broken this year with State Bicycles sponsoring registration for nearly 100 women thus far, a staggering three times as many historically, according to Kelly Pennington of the Women's Bike Messenger Association. 
“We are overjoyed by the messenger community’s support and eagerness for a New York City championships. While bringing closed course racing to Brooklyn streets has been challenging, we are incredibly stoked with the outcome and can’t wait for the races” says Event Director and multi­time champion Austin Horse.

The R2 group ride of messengers arrive by bicycle from Boston today-and tonight, an art show crawl, celebrating messenger artists and related work, begins at the Chrome store in SoHo and crosses over to friendly galleries and bike shops in Williamsburg, finishing at the Superchief Gallery in Greenpoint.

Friday begins with a group ride to Kissena Velodrome for a day of track racing, a sprint competition, a BMX toss, and tracklocross. That night at the World Welcome Party presented by Kryptonite, messengers will dine on delicious vegan food from Monk’s Meats and race the clock and each other on Goldsprints stationary bikes.

Saturday morning, participants will enjoy a group breakfast before tackling qualifying heats for cargo and main race at the closed course venue. Anchored Inn, beloved messenger retirement plan, will host Start/Finish headquarters. 
Highlights of the cargo race include hay bales, empty kegs, shipping pallets, car wheels, and quail eggs. Community forums will close the day on the course. 

At Saturday night’s party, the main race qualifiers will be announced. A badass private performance will take away the sting of disappointment from the many who don’t make the cut.

Racers return Sunday for the main event. The NACCC champions will be decided at a grueling four ­hour, multi­manifest, cutting­edge main race competition, to be followed by a decisive culmination of the cargo bike championship bracket. 

Podium celebrations and afterparty will be held at the new Brooklyn Bazaar, where male and female champion prizes will include custom ­embroidered prize bags from Chrome. Spectators throughout the weekend are welcome free of charge and can consult the schedule at http://naccc2016.messengers.org

FALL FOOTWEAR-Athletic Comfort Brands Hit The Streets

Part 3

ALTRA, BIRKENSTOCK, FORSAKE, CHACO, TREDAGAIN,  WOLVERINE 1000 MILE X SAUCONY, FREEWATERS, FIVE TEN, SKECHERS

Athletic/Comfort footwear companies-makers of sneakers for running/sports on dirt, mountains, or watery endeavors and healthy sandals that coddle...are offering up lifestyle choices for the already wearing their brand types AND people looking for that comfort technology in an everyday wear.

High fashion dressy versions-these are not...instead most looks border on the line between weekday work and weekend playable styles. And that's practically ok all the time...except for rarely worn fancy attire anyway...

Highlights:

Altra  Dessert Boot-offers a comfortable yet dressier-premium leather upper- take on their fab award winning running shoes. Using the brand's own dual EVA midsole with A-Bound™top layer and FootPod™ outsole -on the signature cushioned Zero Drop™ platform and Footshape™ toe box-allows toes to splay- feet to naturally move the way it should. 5mm footbed too-$120
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

FALL's FANCY FLATS, SLINGBACKS, PUMPS: Fashion/Comfort

Part 2

NINA, NINA ORIGINALS, FRENCH SOLE FS/NY, LATIGO, SUPERFEET

Suede's texture, patent's shine, ornate embellishments, and warm rich tones-of F/W shoes transition well-when worn with heavier fabrics of colder climes- as well as lighter attire for  summery days.


NINA-LOVE dapper menswear inspired lace-ups for the ladies-pointy toe silhouettes and solid block heel-make these sexy and comfy choice for office dresses/suits-to night's out frocks/denim. Probably the most versatile shoe to add to one's footwear arsenal. 

our fav-a 60's staple- the sling back in suede with pretty patent bows. are chic modern musts..NINA Originals makes this summer style for the other months of the year in easy to wear neutral tones.

Embellished color blocked- block heels-eye catching-AND easier to walk on vs a stiletto. These feminine suede pumps ref the 70's serve up serious retro glam!  NINA Originals ...show them off with above the knee dress/skirt. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

FALL FASHION-Comfort FOOTWEAR FAVs

Autumnal flashy Flats, dressy Low Heels and swank Block Heels...can almost have the comfort of summer's flip-flops, sandals, and lifestyle sneakers---but are more sophisticated -and therefore worthy seasonal transition options for feet -that sizzle no matter the outside temps.


Shoes, pumps and fashion takes on sneakers-are the earliest wardrobe way to shift to Fall's calendar reality---when we're still basically wearing our summer apparel -with an added sweater/jacket -if needed.
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Part One-Pikolinos, Bernardo 1946, Summit by White Mountain, Oysby London: 


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PIKOLINOS-Spanish footwear from a family owned company-sure brings out the sartorial smiles...and why not? The smoothest leathers and oiled suedes- with textural extras this year (felts, wools)-of their urban modern designs are all constructed with the quality worthy of primo brands.
Love these-Pikolinos BLACK METAL -in slick looking luxe sneaker, a fab play on the classic men's monk strap with cushioning durable treaded rubber outsole-that paris with every wardrobe essential-just about...and inner zip- block heel bootie that hits legs where it flatters-not where it shortens the legs-the mistake a lot of other brands make .