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Every year I attend the New York Fancy Food Show held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, and I must say that every time has been a tremendous experience. I went on Monday and Tuesday of June 27th and 28th and it was a major turn out. Hundreds of food booths are available for you to stop by and try their samples, and allowing you to chat and connect with them as well. Many wholesalers, retailers, and distributors all regarding the food industry come in for this show every year to make connections. There is such a huge range regarding the food that is offered to you, which is nice because you get a little taste of everything from all over the world!
Il Gelataio G7 is a gelato brand that is made in Italy and is the most delicious gelato I have ever tasted in my life. It was unreal! The company had so many different flavors to choose from to try, but I went for the Hazelnut, my all time favorite flavor. This gelato is special because of the handmade filling procedure, filling ever tub with gelato manually. They also make sure to use the best Italian ingredients and fresh Italian milk when making the amazing gelato flavors, also including everything is gluten free (yay!). My taste buds were going crazy because of how tasty this gelato was. I asked for three samples every time I was at the booth and went back for more samples the second day I was at the food show as well. I hunted down this booth because I couldn’t leave without having a taste before the show was over. The workers probably were sick of me always asking to try all the flavors. I didn’t care, that’s why they are here. Il Gelataio G7 is sold worldwide, but you can find the gelato in the United States located in California, Texas, Missouri, and Michigan.
Sigdal Bakeri is a Norwegian family owned bakery that started their crispbread production in 2010. Crispbread, aka, some of the best tasting all natural wholegrain crackers I’ve ever eaten, comes in ten different flavors, all which are appetizing! Each cracker flavor has a unique taste that contains different seeds and kernels. It’s been hard for me to find a healthy, good tasting, and nutritious cracker all in one. Talk about the perfect cracker! This was the first booth I went to at the show and it was amazing! If you pair these crisps with avocado or hummus it is the ultimate snack for the day. These crackers are sold in the Norwegian, Scandinavia, and several European markets. You can find these crispbread crackers sold online at the VeganSupply.ca or their website sigdalbakeri.com that is available to the United States. They also are exported here in New York City.
I recommend attending the food show next summer to anyone and everyone! Come with a very empty stomach because you will be having your breakfast, lunch, and dinner all at this event! Let me tell you, it does not disappoint!
Ladies, it’s now time to try out those hot summer hairstyles you’ve been waiting for! Let loose and spiff up your look with these perfect hairstyles that will give you perfect looking locks! It’s time to try out some of your #HairGoals and be an inspiration to other fashionistas!
Sexy curls- It’s time to put down the straightener and welcome in your curler! A classic look that gives your hair the volume it needs throughout the whole day. This style is very versatile; it can be an all day look that will make complete your entire get up looking good! You’ll be turning heads left and right with your perfectly styled hair!
Warm and cool tones- Blonde highlights always look great in the summer sun to brighten your look. Be creative for the summer and add some bright colors to your hair, or even get crazy with adding rainbow colored dye. These colors wash out after a few weeks, especially with all of the summer swimming taking place, so no need to worry about your hair color at the end of the summer! Try something different!
Tousled waves- Get your teasing comb ready ladies because these waves scream the natural loose beach waves. Loosely curl or wave pieces around the face or all around the head. Make sure the curls look natural and light to give off an effortless look. This style is a great look for when you’ve been at the beach or at the pool all day. Perfect to compliment your new tan skin!
Half up half down– When you’re limited with time, the easy thing to do is to put your hair in this look! You can pin half of your hair up with a clip or put it into a bun. This hair-do is carefree, but still can be stylish and chic, giving you a boho summer look. The slightly messy look is trending this summer, and now it’s your time to rock it! You could wear something casual or flirty with this look, but I vote flirty!
Sleek straight – You can still get the pin straight, shiny fresh looking hair! Sometimes, just blow-drying your hair straight is the easiest thing to do when you want to compliment your look! Just don’t forget the anti-frizz cream for the very humid summer nights, we all know what I’m talking about!
P.S. As always I would love to hear from you. What is your favorite summer hair do and how do you keep it fresh and hip? Share your comments, tips and suggestions so we can all benefit from everyone’s experience.
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Special thanks to Tony Horton
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What an amazing weekend it was at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Two days spent with fitness guru Tony Horton. We worked out, talked about the nutrition, challenged our body and minds to brake all personal records of endurance and mental strength. This man is so charismatic, has the most amazing powerful voice, stage presence but foremost he gets the best fitness version out of you. I was so fortunate to share these special moments, pick his brain through this lovely conversion. His generosity and down to earth style gets you into the zone of making impossible very real. He got me so addicted and excited to follow his PX90 fitness program and life philosophy that now I can’t leave without it.
He is a three dimensional trainer, where short but intense workouts from his popular series of PX90 workout programs guarantee staggering results for everyone who gives it a try. I was so amazed to witness how 55+ years old women were passing me with their physical strength, stamina and mental toughness during the 3 challenges we did. First one was a position of planque, second seating chair pose against the wall and last yoga tree pose. If you think its easy try to beat those records of passing 20 minutes in each pose. I guarantee you won’t. My best result was in a tree pose where I lasted over 14 minutes. The mussels fire and burn, the pain is excruciation, your mind is racing in all directions during this physical test but Tony gets you going overcoming those mental blocks. We were all supporting each other and kicking butts!!! This energy and encouragement will stay with me for a long time.
Thank you for all the tips.
Most New Yorkers spent their Summer or getaways in the Hamptons. Its such a highly desirable spot to be on the weekend enjoying sun on the white sand beaches, hanging in fashionable cafes with good looking crowd and chilling… You can be in this “paradise” just in 2-3hrs driving away from NYC. I have to admit it has been changing and evolving there for the past 20 years since I started going there myself. There are so many cool places to go for lunch, dinner, beach or longing with your friends, family or meet some cool strangers. Since you are a hip gal you must always be prepared to look trendy even on the beach while you’re at it. You want to stand out and be a trendsetter and not blend in with the other crowds on the beach.
By bringing these 7 essentials this summer vacation, I can assure you that you will have the successful and stress free time that you have been waiting for.
4. Relaxed Style: Keep your style casual and cool with a fabulous cover up at the pool and your favorite sundress for at nighttime. Choose a warm color like yellow that will bring out your gorgeous tan and will also make you light up the room. Let your hair go natural and get the beach waves everyone loves. I recently got this look from my favorite hair salon in NY L’Appartement on 5 East 57th street 7th FL
Happy travels- Relax in style!
P.S. As always i would like to hear from you how do you prepare for the summer? What’s your essentials? Share your comments, tips, and suggestions with the rest of us.
I know what you’re all thinking, another chocolate bar brand that will make you feel guilty after finishing it. Believe me when I tell you that this isn’t just like any other brand because listen up, every piece is made with organic raw ingredients, leaving everything dairy free, gluten free, soy free, and has very little sugar using stevia and coconut sugar. The chocolate flavoring comes from raw cacao powder and macca powder accommodated with mix of nuts, puff grains, and seeds. Did I mention that every bar is handmade too? This new company RAWMANTICCHOCOLATE is the real deal for healthy chocolates!
First off, the signature energy protein bar. The bar is offered in three flavors: dark chocolate, vanilla, and there is also a vegan option, using organic carob. This energy bar can be your breakfast, meal replacement or lunch, and serve you a dessert as well. This is very convenient for when you’re busy and on the go! What I love most about this energy bar is that it’s light on your stomach and it’s a whopping two ounces, what a deal! I could eat these bars for days on end.
There are delicious raw chocolates available as well, including plain chocolate squares, chocolate squares with toppings, and truffles (yum). All of the items come in dark (75%) raw chocolate and vanilla (dairy-free), all handcrafted from organic raw ingredients. The chocolate squares have toppings consisting of almonds, hazelnuts, figs, millet, and quinoa. These toppings were chosen to be conscious of common nut allergies; so many people can consume these delicious sweets! The truffles are offered plain or with amazing different fillings, as well as dipped in different toppings such as coconut shavings and hazelnuts. My mouth is watering while typing. I need these chocolates RIGHT now!
The company has done events at local markets and organic cafes, which is where the energy bars and chocolates are sold. The events have included setting up a table and putting free samples on a platter that are offered to any customers in the stores. We love to mingle with customers and make sure they have a great experience when it comes to eating these chocolates because what’s not to love?
You can feel guilt free eating these amazing raw chocolates. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine surely has. Multiple times. If you thought regular chocolate was wonderful, just wait until you try these healthy delights!
Hand rolled large scarf (Like Hermes print & quality) click here
Hand rolled large scarf (Like Hermes print & quality) click here
Celine silk scarf click here
One scarf, unlimited styles
Wearing a scarf in the summer? Yes you heard correctly! I know you’re probably thinking that there isn’t such a way, but think again! There are plenty of ways to style a scarf in the summer (without sweating)! The key is finding the right lightweight and sheer scarf, keeping your look cool and weightless on your neck during the summer heat. Wearing a brightly printed shall with your summer style is a perfect way to add the finishing touch to your outfit. Here are just five creative ways to inspire you to spice up your wardrobe. Bring on the summer scarves!
A scarf can do it al!l
P.S. As always i would like to hear from you how do you accessorize and wear your scarves. Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us. I would be very appreciative if you could share this post with your friends through social media.
Insider For Fabulous Style at Affordable Prices
Designer shoes; something I go loco each time shopping at Bergdorf. The only bump in the road when looking for a great pair of luxurious shoes is the price. It can be discouraging to find your dream stilettos on the rack just until you glance at the price sticker and want to scream your lungs out why there are so digits there? Now, before you start thinking about that pair of shoes you couldn’t buy, I have fantastic news that you will LOVE to hear. You frankly don’t have to fret anymore about that immense price! Boutique on 57 offers the same up-scale merchandise as any designer store on the market, but our discounted prices are more suitable for your bank account (hallelujah). Who doesn’t love an extra sixty percent off on the shoes you’ve been dying to have for months? No one. This is my point exactly. So what’s holding you back now? There’s never a wrong time to purchase new shoes, am I right? Iris Apfel once said, “If your hair is done properly and you’re wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything”. I don’t think Iris could be any more spot-on with that statement. There are specific shoes in store to spice up your amazing outfits that I’m confident your feet cannot wait to wear, so what are we waiting for already?! Here are the incredible shoes at an unbelievable price.
Roberto Cavalli heels click here
Honesty, what is not to love about this wonderful platform heel? Cavalli certainly made this shoe standout with it’s open toe, side cutouts, and adjustable buckle strap around heel. These heels scream “fun night on the town”. The thick heel provides sturdiness and support while you’re out and about, so there is no need to worry about twisting your ankle and falling (ouch!). These shoes are flirty yet elegant, which is a perfect way to show off your chic style.
Chrstian Louboutin emerald green suede pumps click here
Ahhh here are the timeless Louboutin’s, A.K.A every woman’s fantasy to own at least one pair. The fantastic thing about these heels is that they are a great staple for your closet. The round shape toe, red soles, and very appealing high arch are iconic. The shoes simply can go with any outfit that you put on. You can dress up or down. It’s important to find heels that are versatile and transitional when going from daytime in the office to nighttime dinner and cocktails, and these shoes offer just that. The suede heel is a huge fashion “yes!”
Gucci coral small heel pumps click here
If you’re looking to make a statement, these pumps are what you’ve been waiting for. These Gucci one-inch heels with a pointed toe can make your outfit exciting with the bright dash of color. Not to mention, who doesn’t look good in red? No one! Like, yeah these shoes are fierce, and yes, you do love the attention you get while wearing them. These shoes do the talking for you.
Ralph Lauren wedge sneakers click here
Honestly, we all know that you are doomed if you don’t have the correct footwear on while exploring the streets of New York City. So when you’re deciding between wearing sneakers or wedges from Ralph Lauren. This shoe is the perfect answer. The two-in-one, sneaker wedges. With a braided jute wedge heel matched with off white canvas and laces, these are the perfect wedges for putting together a trendy outfit along with having comfortable feet all day long. What’s not to love? Pair these shoes with a classy skirt or dress and you’re outfit is flawless.
Remember: If you’re wearing the right shoes, then you look fabulous
P.S. As always i would like to hear from you about your shoe experience shopping and your favorite styles. Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us. And i would appreciate if you could share this blog post via your social media pages.
Happy Shoe Shopping!
With so many traveling restrictions forced upon us “VOYAGE” became strategic game planning. I admire those girls who travel with their high heels perfectly tucked in outfits carrying luxurious luggage. I’ve been watching them closely and decided to follow their stiletto steps.
I didn’t quite understand how they manage to stay so perfectly put together while rushing to their final destinations.
What I did understand however, were all the luxurious designer travel bags they were carrying. From Louis Vuitton to Prada and many more, it was time for me to find my perfect luggage match. Suitcase sizes and weight is always an issue for me and I have to prepare my packing painlessly. Otherwise I will be the one who will literally drug that extra weight on my shoulders at the airport terminals.
Being a fashionista and now travelista, all on a budget, I have found the simplest way to travel fashionably and light. It is merely just having the right designer bag that is professional but stylish as well. Let’s be honest, traveling and looking stylish makes the whole experience so much more thrilling. I have found two designer bags to use while getting away that are very practical and make my experience so much better. I love the luxury of Goyard foldable garment bag. With pockets for shoes, multi compartments and hanging dresses this bag is the ultimate convenience to fit it all in.!.
Another great find is large cross body messenger style by Gucci made of calfskin black leather. What I love about it is the impact of lightness and multi functionality.
I can easily pack my essentials while getting away fro the weekend, going to the gym, or carry it on the plane with me. Both of these bags make sense to travel because they are simple, durable, and luxurious.
Now every Travelonista can travel like real Fashionista.
Outfits used in the photos:
Goyard Garment bag click here
Gucci messenger black bag click here
Dolce & Gabbana turquoise blue dress click here
Blumarine red dress click here
Last week I returned from LA where I was intensely mastering chocolate and nut cheese making at Matthew Kenny Culinary Academy in Venice, CA. This is always a treat for me to be mentored by such a great wholesome vegan dietary chef. I was so impressed with his new restaurant Plant Food + Wine and Culinary school that he recently moved from Santa Monica.
Venice Beach, CA lately became trendy, hip neighborhood with plenty of coolest vibrant cafes, restaurants and shops to choose from. It’s a must visit destination.
I was so regaled to be preparing some delicious recipes and meeting new people at the class. We were a group of 10 and each one was assigned to their workstation equipped with essentials like cutting boards, Blendtec blenders, and mandolins and professional chefs aprons. We were given detailed program itinerary, shown a demo and were ready to put Blendtec, vivacious energy, imagination, and confidence into a good use. Our program started with preparing macadamia nut cheese, raw beet ravioli, pesto, macaroons, and chocolates.
What I loved most about the class was plate decorating using eatable colorful flowers, spreading and smearing flavored colorful sauces. It felt like being at the art class playing with textures, colors, seasoning, portion sizing while creating the most spectacular dishes. When we finished our first course of beet ravioli we were ready to lunch on a terrace and compare our creations. Everyone was so enthusiastic, and seriously focused on perfecting the house recipe. Eating it was the best part of that day.
The Plant Food & Wine restaurant is modern, cozy, with elegant composition of earth tones. There are multiple dining rooms with a beautiful white marble tables and gray cushions. The Culinary Academy is specious, modern and well organized accommodating 16 chefs. I adored the deco of fancy large communal white marble table, oversized windows and stepping out terrace overlooking the garden.
The Academy is located on the second floor just next door to the restaurant. Olive & Fig trees garden is the best feature of MK culinary empire. It felt so special preparing delicious meals upstairs and experiencing PF & W divine menu in the comfort of beautiful nature and tasteful surroundings.
Prior to my intense chocolate course I went with my girlfriend for lunch to Plant Food + Wine ordering almost everything on the menu. We couldn’t resist it was that delicious. I highly recommend turmeric chi latte that will turn your tongue funny yellow color, MK salad, and Brussels sprouts tacos. Everything is served on beautiful black oversized plates. For dessert we chose non-dairy banana split, which was to die for.
The menu is elegantly crafted from finest fresh organic ingredients.
I never knew that I could fall in love with cooking or talk about it so passionately. For the most part in the past I left it to my mom. She has spent endless hours in the kitchen crafting new recipes or exchanging them with her girlfriends and my aunts. I always had plenty of excuses when I was asked to help out. I think I got discouraged after few attempts of making a traditional cheesecake that completely flopped and ended in the trash. Since then I had grown keen on the idea of learning , trying, and striking the right balance between nourishing the body and mind simultaneously.
My love affair with cooking started while traveling to Paris. I wanted to indulge in tasting absolutely everything during my visit in the city of lights. I observed that eating quality food For French people was like obeying a religion. Cooking was definitely an art there, where precision of flavors and taste played a major factor in creating fine cuisine. This observing awaken healthy cooking passion in me that I currently share with my family and friends over home dinners. I wanted to learn from the best raw food chef’s new techniques, plate decorations, portion control, and course placement. There is still so much to learn and improve. Today I am exchanging recipes with my mom and girlfriends showing new ways of preparing healthy dishes while carefully selecting ingredients. Through my culinary journey I discovered that the best and fastest way through everyone’s heart is certainly through fine fresh organic ingredients & lots of chocolates.
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Bra-blems are something that every single woman can relate to. It’s just in the cards when it comes to being a woman that no guy can ever come close to relating to. Every woman has different bra-blems, but today I’m going to share mine. You see, it’s always been an issue for me to find the right bra that fits my cup in all the right ways. It drives me crazy when straps keep falling down or snaps in the back keep rising to the top of my head. And Underwire pierce under my skin or pop out of the bra. Some have lace that its to thin leaving not much to the imagination or the embroidery can be to harsh rubbing off the nipples. I have few of those that decorate my lingerie drawer instead of my breast.
At some point I felt like giving it up and staying bra less. It worked for a little while but I was often challenged when wanted to wear certain tops or dresses with delicate transparent fabric or lace. I was on the mission to find a perfect bra that could be soft, comfortable and do all the “special effect” tricks. I came across ThirdLove and was immediately intrigued by their solution to all my concerns. With help of few questions, deciding on my breast shape and a large assortment of newest technology bras like foam memory I knew I came to the right place. I was even offered 30 days free trial that guaranteed the comfort, and luxury I was looking for.
It’s true art to pick properly right cup size and avoid discomfort. Most of us desire bigger and perkier breast. And at certain age only few remain those assets ready to wear confidently and comfortably trendy backless dresses and low cut shirts. Some girls are forced to wear a stick-on bra, which doesn’t help them on making more full due to the lack of push up and support stick-on bras have. I researched plenty and found at ThirdLove so many choices. My favorite was feather light breathable selection in all beautiful colors, strapless, and variety of fabrics.
Everyone’s bra-blems are a major factor when it comes to deciding what shirt to wear, and maybe my bra-blem made you feel better about yours. Happy bra shopping!
Thank you Sofia Montanarelli for writing this article
P.S. As always I would love to hear from you. What is your biggest bra-challenge and your solution to it? Share your comments, tips, and suggestions with the rest of us