Sunday, June 28, 2009

Farm Fresh

When I was little my parents used to take me to visit a goat named Lily at a farm up in Montreal. The farm was a home for runaways and juvenile delinquents (which made my mother uneasy) and the workers manufactured their own goat's milk products. My favorite thing to buy was a bar of pure goat's milk soap stamped with a goat's face on it that came packaged in a small linen pouch. I used to wash my face with the soap before bed, and it would make my skin incredibly soft. Sure it smelled a bit like a goat farm, but there was an authenticity to it that no other bar soaps could replicate. The farm is a bit far away, and I don't think that they have a website, but I did find Beekman 1802, a gorgeous farm website that sells authentic goat's milk soap (it even comes packaged in a tiny pouch).

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Limited Edition Summer Lip Balm

Yesterday was the first day in a long time that actually felt like summer. It feels like it has been raining endlessly in the city for the past week. To get me through the cloudy days I have been toting around this tiny Malin + Goetz mojito lip balm in my purse. It's clear and extremely glossy (without being sticky or heavy), and it has a refreshing hint of lime and mint. I picked it up at the Malin + Goetz store, which is one of the best stores to visit in Chelsea. All of their products coming in this amazing minimalist packaging (my personal favorite is the Detox Face Mask), the candles smell incredible, and you get to pat the owner's little English Bulldog .

P.S. For a really refreshing mojito-inspired drink, put a lime Froz-Fruit popsicle and fresh mint leaves in the blender (rum is optional).

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Perfect Summer Fragrance

When I was in fourth grade I had an English teacher who was raised in Greece. She loved to recount stories of her childhood to the class while we listened transfixed. My favorite story was the one where she described how she and her sisters used to eat watermelon. Apparently in Greece it is very popular to eat watermelon with sea salt, so she and her sisters would sit down at the table and pass around a tiny salt cellar and sprinkle a pinch of salt onto their slices of watermelon. I once tried it, and it actually tastes pretty delicious. This fragrance Brezza di Mare from i Profumi di Firenze reminds me of that summery combination of watermelon and sea salt. Notes of Calabrian bergamot and Sicilian lemons and limes impart an added crispness to the scent. The perfume was originally crafted for Florentine royalty and only during the summer months. Now, thankfully you can purchase it year-round. The scent is also unisex, so both men and women can enjoy it.

For the Indecisive Sort

While some people have no problems making decisions, there are those of us who find it incredibly difficult to decide what type of yogurt to buy in the grocery store or what movie to rent on a Saturday night. I usually fall into the second category. While I will occasionally know exactly what I want (like a Tazo Chai Latte at Starbucks or a Marc Jacobs dress that I can't afford) there are definitely other times when I waver and ruminate over certain decisions. In those trying times, now (thanks to my friend's recommendation) I have Hunch to come to my rescue. With a huge range of questions including the ever-popular "What should I wear today?" and the more obscure "Which coffee table book should I buy?" Hunch has got you covered and it gets smarter the more that you use it. Beauty addicts can seek counsel as well with topics such as "What's the best sunscreen for me?" and other burning questions.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

High Line Finally Open: It's a Party!

Obnoxious developments like the Caledonia, and the co-ops in the Seminary Park threatened our rep; but now that the High Line is finally open, West Chelsea is cool again. Here are some interesting facts about the new High Line park:
1.) No dogs allowed.
2.) Currently you can only enter on Gansevoort Street.
3.) The park is open until 10 pm!

Check out this article from The Moment Blog about fashions inspired by the High Line.

The Secret to Beautiful Skin

The amount of products that I've tried that promise epidermal perfection are too numerous to count, and while quite a few have delivered outstanding results, I've still never been completely satisfied. The problem is that while one product will eradicate acne it won't erase fine lines, or vice versa, so that I am stuck in a situation where I am using 5 or 6 different products on my face at any given time. Right now my rotation includes 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment from Neutrogena, Shiseido Benefiance Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream, Fresh's Umbrian Clay Mask, and Creme de la Mer. This doesn't include the myriad of peels and exfoliants that I also use routinely. However, a few morning's ago, I realized that I had been approaching this situation all wrong. I had been trying to find a miracle cream to transform my skin, while the secret to beautiful skin actually lay elsewhere. For more than three days I had the worst cold/flu thing that forced me to stay in bed. I started using a cold-mist humidifier at night called the Air-O-Swiss to keep my throat hydrated. On the third morning (after not even bothering to wash my face the night before let alone apply all my creams), I woke up and looked in the mirror to find that my skin looked incredible. It was hydrated and plumped, no fine lines were visible, and it had an incredible glow. I've been using it ever since and the results keep getting better. Who knew that the secret to beautiful skin was a cold-air humidifier?

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Fashion Flash-Forward

I know that it's 80 degrees outside, and fall fashion is far from everyones' minds right now, but indulge me for a moment. Apparently the item to have this fall will be a pair of Lauren Urstadt leather gloves. This fringed fingerless version and cropped chain one are my current favorites. Don't say that I didn't warn you.

Fellini-Inspired Items

Fellini films are notoriously elegant affairs with buxom Italian beauties, dashing leading men, chic interiors, post-card-worthy shots of Roma, and effervescent musical scores. Since watching La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2 (set in an Italian spa), I have developed a huge crush on Marcello Mastroianni and a desire to go back to Italy. Recently, Fellini has served as the inspiration behind a perfume Giulietta (based on his romantic trips to Capri with his wife) and a stunning line of pottery. Click on the links below to get the scoop: