Lifestyle

Shakin’ It With Shaklee Life Products! (Yes, There Are High Nutrition Products That Taste Good!)

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to have a one-on-one meeting with the friendly and super-informative Dr. Bruce Daggy, an internist who is the Chief Science Offer at Shaklee. Shaklee was interestingly enough the first company to come with with a meal replacement/nutrition shake over 50 years ago--and over the years they have updated the formula for both taste and…read more
Entertainment

The Big Apple Circus’ “Grand Tour” Takes You Around The World In Luxury–Without Leaving Your Seat In Damrosch Park

I am a huge fan of The Big Apple Circus and have gone pretty much every year for 20 years! Every year there is a different theme and a different "head clown" or in this year's case, a team of clowns that remind me a lot of Laurel  & Hardy. Like everyone in the circus, their garb is in keeping…read more
Fashion

A LOOK BACK AT NYFW FALL 2016

  The legendary NYFW tents are no longer. Many fashionistas, fashion press, buyers and any other Fashion Week guest most likely longs for the days of the gorgeous white tents in Bryant Park and then, more recently, in Lincoln Center. The dark and dreary Moynihan Station on West 33rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues might be spacious, but it…read more
Fashion

Fashion Week Came And Went Again–And It Was Great To Get A Sneak Peek At The Fall 2017 Styles!

While NYFW doesn't quite have the glitz and glamour that it once had prior to 10 years ago when it was still in Bryant Park, it's hard to resist going to see your favorite designers' latest collections and attending a press lounge or two. I only attended a few shows and lounges this year just because I am getting old…read more
Beauty

I’m A NARSissist! Here’s Why

I have been a longtime NARS fan. Diehard fans of this incredible, cutting edge cosmetic company are called NARSissists and I admit that I think their eyeliners are the best in the business. I have done water aerobics in heavily chlorinated swimming pools and my liner did not budge. The Larger Than Life Eyeliner is my fave and it gives…read more
Lifestyle

Anisette: A Comfy Country French Bistro That Will Tease Your Taste Buds!

I love breezy  bistro style restaurants where you can sit inside at the wine bar or take an outside table and people watch. Anisette at the NW corner of 19th Street and Third Avenue is totally captivating. They have simple country French decor and a menu to match with very reasonable prices for luscious dishes that range from a world-class…read more
Fashion

Hawaiian Tropic Apparel: Easy, Breezy Style For Warm Weather Fun ‘N Frolic!

I love the fact that Hawaiian Tropic has come up with so many easy-wear, easy-care flowing styles in their first ever foray into the fashion world. You can get boho chic pullover dresses and swimsuit covers, sexy lacy tunics that can be used many different ways, loose fitting shorts and pants and everything is of such soft, easy-wear fabrics. My pieces…read more
Lifestyle

Boppin’ ‘N Biting With Babeth’s Feast–The Ultimate Foodie’s Frozen Food Line

I recently got to attend a bloggers' dinner at the back of the wonderfully organized Babeth's Feast store on Third Avenue between 80th and 81st Streets. Most foodies turn their noses up at frozen foods but as the manager points out, it does not make a difference if you used all the highest qualities to begin with. Many customers have…read more
Beauty

VBeaute Comes Up With The “Charcoal Solution” Via Their New Deep Sheets!

I recently attended The Fashion Edit at the HSN offices in midtown Manhattan where they showed off their upcoming great fashion and beauty products to editors/bloggers. I loved perusing the racks of great clothing by Wendy Williams and Serena Williams among others--and I went nuts to see the great offering from Deborah Lippman and Lancome (you can't get much greater…read more
Lifestyle

The Friars Club Pays Tribute To Their Long-Time Abbott–Yeah, That Ol’ Blue-Eyed Guy–At The Pierre Hotel!

  The world-famous Friars Club celebrated Frank Sinatra¹s 100th birthday with a gala at the Pierre Hotel on January 11, 2016.  Friars Club President, legendary talk show host, Larry King, was be the Master of Ceremonies. Many of the show¹s performers worked directly with Sinatra over the course of his incredible career. Norm Crosby, Tony Danza, Robert Davi, Tom Dreesen, Shawn King, Deana Martin, Frank…read more
Entertainment

Getting The Backstory on Tom Jones’ Interesting Life “Out Of A Suitcase” At AOL BUILD!

I was lucky enough to attend Tom Jones' appearance on AOL Backstory on December 16th. It is a small intimate Q&A that takes place on the 4th floor of AOL's NYC headquarters on 770 Broadway in the East Village, and it is wonderful because each attendee got to get a signed new CD (Jones' latest is called Long Lost Suitcase),…read more
Lifestyle

Carolee Jewelry: Class, Luxury And Style At The Right Price!

It never ceases to amaze me how many great designs the legendary 42-year-old jewelry company Carolee comes up with each year. They always have 30 to 35 jewelry designers on hand and not only have their own line that you can see in the center of the costume jewelry departments of Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Macy's and other popular department stores, but…read more
Lifestyle

Mulino A Vino: This Avant Garde Italian Eaterie Might Just Be NYC’s Greatest (And It’s Only A Year Old)

Being of Italian-American descent and having both Northern and Southern Itaian members in my family, I am very fussy when it comes to "real" Italian dishes. Mulino A Vino on 14th Street between 8th and 9th is steeped in both old school Italian traditions (mainly ones from the Milan area where the owner Paolo Meregalli comes from) mixed with clever twists…read more
Beauty

What’s New At Clarins–And What Makes Them So Classic? (Quality + Innovation!

I love Clarins simply because their skincare stands the test of time. Their Huile Tonic Body Treatment is just a wonderful product to rub all over yourself in the morning to get your skin soft and your senses flowing. It smells of lavender, fennel and assorted flowers and is one of the most distinctive scents in all of the luxury…read more
Entertainment

The Gazillion Bubble Show: The Most Bubble-licious Fun On Off-Broadway (Or Anywhere For That Matter)!

I recently revisited The Gazillion Bubble Show after seeing it both six and seven years ago, respectively. The Yang family-- Guinness Record holders for more than a dozen bubble titles including creating the world's biggest bubble at 179 feet long--have members switch on and off for different shows. There are often three a day, and each show goes a little over…read more
Lifestyle

Paname: Where Classic New York Neighborhood Warmth Meets Classy Contemporary Parisian Fare!

Paname is a Sutton Place neighborhood gem at 1086 Second Avenue (between 56th and 57th Streets) that features classic French fare in large portions for reasonable prices. Items are plated with a modern feel, and every presentation is a work of art. The native Parisian proprietor Bernard Ros has a long history in the restaurant business and had a successful 17-year run…read more
Lifestyle

An Unforgettable Visit To The Alex Soldier Studio: Puttin’ On The Glam!

I recently visited legendary Russian jewelry design Alex Soldier's studio in the garment district of Manhattan. My eyes lit up upon entering the clean and chic space filled with display cases of not only his fabulous precious and semi-precious jewelry currently for sale in luxe stores like Neiman's and Bergdorf's, but real gold and gemstone awards he created for the…read more
Lifestyle

FFS 2015: The Reason I Was The Most Full Press Person At The Show Was Because Of All The Unique Exhibitors With Goodies Galore!

It's no secret that I'm a foodie and when the Fancy Food Show comes to New York's Javits Center the last Sunday in June (for a total of a three-day stint), I'm the first in line to "nosh around the clock" and check out both the old classics and newbie food items on exhibit. I always have to go press…read more
Lifestyle

Semsom: Lebanese Fare That’s Tantalizing To The Senses (And Taste Buds)!

I recently sauntered on down to Semsom at 2 Astor Place, to the immediate left of the legendary Astor Place Haircutters, an East Village mainstay for 40-something years. It took the place of the Financier Patisserie that use to be on this loft-like ground level spot. Semsom is not your typical "run in and grab a bite" fast food place. The…read more