Monday, August 21, 2017

Natural (er) Beauty: Reasons+Solutions

De-regulation of certain industries is a dominate Fed Thing, these days- but in the USA- cosmetics and supplements-elude FDA oversight-ALREADY-in ways that might surprise consumers/users.

One solution-stick with European made products- load up on your favs when there. That includes mass globally marketed brands...where-we suspect...same name products are made differently-as in higher standards-on the other side of the Pond.

Another solution-for supplements-opt for brands with 3rd party verifications of potency/contents-while for beauty-buy small cult brands that have ditched the unregulated/tested for safety stuff to begin with.
Top Picks:

For fuller brows... EES™ (Essential Eyebrow Solution®)-developed by RMV Trademarks LLC-a clinically tested topical solution (on chemotherapy patients) that encourages the appearance of eyebrow hair growth/conditioning.

EES™ is patented, paraben free, hypoallergenic, pH balanced with natural black cohosh-and it's safe to paint on sensitive skin...apply liquid formulation with a cotton swab, 2x daily on dry, clean brows-then let brows dry-10-15 minutes before applying any brow powder etc,
FYI-eyebrow hairs are on a four month growing cycle, generally speaking---so as with most supplements-imo-give it about three months of daily use. A 2oz bottle should last 6 months-applied as directed.

Sunday, August 20, 2017


For end of summer vacays-that will carry the load straight into Spring-top picks for durable duffles+backpacks-with  eye catching patterns and trims....pack down and travel well (carry-on sizes all!!!!)- for long hauls everywhere.


further 'proof'---carry-ons-a must


Licensed merchandise with urban flair-Buxton's Budweiser
 men's travel/DOPP bags, RFID blocking wallets and accessories-including solid leather belts-sharp enough for urban style hounds - tricked out with functional metal hardware details- (bottle opener!)-delivering just in time for the first NFL kickoff...

Friday, August 18, 2017

FALL FAVS-Footwear :Part 3

Details and patterns- add flair to seasonless kicks...


Chunky Heeled Chelsea Boots+Chukkas
LATIGO-lace-y punch-out collar edge on faded red block heel Scout bootie-$119

Pikolinos burnished leather chunky heel shoes-fuse urban/artisan inspirations-Canada $195 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

FALLS FAVS-Seasonless Footwear

Part Two
Fall footwear-fast $ approachable way to seasonally transition to autumnal times when it's still summery temps. For weeks -and weeks.
Our picks -on trend made for walking footwear= smart buys that'll wear well into Spring.



SUPRA's women's mid top CUTTER-snazzy silhouette-vulcanized sole, slightly fit, minimal branding with that gold hardware lateral zipper.actually functions ez on/off.
Spring look-with functional block color outsole- pattern designs-refs the brand's surf/sake inspirations.
on right-SUPRA's Skytop Evo with gold Tcage-at quarter, heel + collar-and black foiled leather+black lycra upper-paired with white foxing...on left Skytop II-streamline look of the original in brick red foiled leather upper+black-neat detail-high foxing tape provides optimal shoe flex -vulcanized sole construction-distinctive tongue with 2 pull tabs.
NATIVE-insane lightweight-comfortable, affordable and vegan=win times 3! Men's  Johnny Treklite delivers in 4 colors $95-boasts hiking boots construction like compression EVA midsole, micro-fleece lining, treklite 2 part outsole w/ultra-light rubber outsole, metal eyelets, foam insole, upper-coated ripstop nylon-PU coated that's waterproof backing-defender repellent systems w/ Scotchguard™
women's NATIVE low moc slip-on-micro-fleece lining, white foxing-lightweight outsole


Revived Butter made in Italy brand-nailed it when it came to our musts for Fall accessible prices given the feminine deluxe materials and craftsmanship of each and every pair. LOVE...beige spotted pony on left bunch in Bella bootie $498,  Pecker pointy toe slide $338 and squarish leather cap toe flat-stylish touch to a comfort silhouette. Lilac Metal Brocade Cali $388-and Tanya Pink Metal Brocade $328- adds instant glamor to even the basic denim-white tee uniform...

Pointy toe booties in front...are (imo) most versatile it look has a whiff of retro elegance...from casual leggings to frilly Fall dresses-including cocktail frocks-top pick -BELLA silhouette....delivers in leather, velvet, satin or super chic swirling metal brocade-form $398. In the back-tie it up with a bow-ROMA mid calf leather boot-has that slightly wide top width-can tuck jeans suede or nappa $498

chunky heel is the easiest way to walk -add height...NIECE in black suede with floral embroidery  shouts out to country western flair-for city slick gals. $418. Chelsea boots gone luxe-Nadine sleekly available in nappa, suede and (not pictured) blue steel velvet $480

BUTTER LOVE=Ali Multi Velvet Paisley -had us grabbing our 70's YSL vintage out of the closet to pair with these 21st century block heel beauties $398

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fall Favs-SEASONLESS Apparel

Part One

70'sº in December-snow burying flowers-nope-this isn't JUST the weather in the southern hemisphere-anymore.

With all the buzz (and hoped for retail $) of the much hyped Fall collections...practically speaking -smart buys to get in autumnal mood are three seasons wearable- multi-tasking-urban/outdoor trendy designs -and price approachable.

Top Picks:
NAU-sharp urban functional design paired with eco-friendly sourced components-make NAU a fav label. For Fall -this chic knit -with shoulder button-adds to flattering diagonal drape-in pale grey color take wearers from cool Fall nights-to over AC-ed under interiors in July.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Snack Nation: New Products+Forever Favs...

New and old snacks...get 'cleaner' -crafty the best sweet indulgences...


Craft Beer Salsa by Mrs. Renfro's-fun medium heat-with beery flavor...merger of two local Texas businesses-the aforementioned +Rahr&Sons-cold ones...and at 15 calories-2 tbsp serving-tasty way to perk up chips and salads without adding the pounds.

Garden of Eatin  USDA Organic Nacho +Ranch Corn Tortilla Chips=   crisp triangle sized, scoop up the dip/salsa musts-with the addition of creamy cheddar cheese-or buttermilk-that surprisingly (to us)-worked with traditional spice-y heat we expect from this popular crunch. The Nacho flavor-has hints of tomato, onion, cayenne pepper and garlic -with organic cheddar cheese-while the Ranch contain 6 grams fat -25% less than other brands-and is gluten-free/certified Kosher-with organic black pepper, white pepper, chili pepper and cumin-giving off subtle heat.

GOOD HEALTH-better for you crunches-takes south of the border inspiration-with its savory Organic Tortillas Black Bean & Rice chips-slightly salted to perfection with Himalayan Salt. USDA Organic-non-GMO-organic whole grain whose masa flour and organic whole grain brown rice flour-blended with aromatic heat from red cayenne pepper, cumin, chili pepper-impressively mixed with SURPRISE -vegetables like carrots, broccoli, beets +spinach (all organic)-all serving up nutritional goodness (vitamins A, C K, Bs and even tad of IRON). Impressive-great way to give vegetable phobic a 'hidden' dose of goodness-sans trans fats or artificial colors.
Addiction alert-why do you think each and every MLB dugout probably goes through a case of sunflower seeds per game...sure beats the days of yore staple-chewing tobacco. NEW Flavor Fusion-Nacho Dill by GIANT. Sunflower seeds from North Dakota -grown by family farmers...get a seasoned twist...that-as we were told -super popular-especially now available Dill Pickle Flavored and BBQ-join the original salted version.  Widely available...and fyi-bags are resealable if for some strange reason-not eaten up all at once.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Gourmet Takes - Ballpark Inspiration: Part 2

Dressed Up Burgers, Scrumptious Crunchy Salads, Sophisticated Salty+Spicy Seasonings=Tempting  Takes on Ballpark Staples to eat at home.

California based, Cypress Grove's soft-ripened -Humboldt Fog jettisoned American gourmet cheeses from insular cult fav to mass adoration, as THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN® imo.
Cheese burgers-or grilled cheese PLEASE...ditch the processed bleh for melted nirvana via TRUFFLE TREMOR- a creamy luscious soft-ripened goat cheese enhanced with the aromatic earthiness of black truffles. A fav of ours (outta, like 3000+ selections)- from most recent Fancy Food Show-sold in wheel and mini sizes & widely available-including  company website w/ flat rate shipping $.

Corn on the cob companion, Kaiser roll/bread enhancer, or a rich full flavored BBQ enabler to grilled meats-fish-vegetables ...real deal Smoked Maplewood Amish Roll Butter by family owned Minerva Dairy may just steal THAT finger lickin' good ad slogan from a certain franchise...

Non-flavored-the hand packed-Amish Roll Butter -with premium lush thick textured ( 84% butterfat), is made by slow-churning process. Factoid-Minerva Dairy was founded in 1894-is fifth generation owned!!!!

Salads made of satisfying, slightly crunchy -and very slightly (barely) nutty, cooked up-  Pereg Naturals-KANIWA-aka Baby Quinoa-a superfood (protein, iron, calcium, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins-B AND fiber loaded) grain-like seed, native to Peru/Bolivia (non-GMO and gluten-free) ...will have even junk food only eaters-reassessing their notions of bland boring eats. Pereg Naturals-a maker of the popular- ready in minutes delicious flavored/seasoned whole grain entrees (pictured below) -introduces this quinoa botanical relative -that even for non-chefs-easily cooks up via simmering/sitting-and serves up deliciously-retaining its crunchy texture-(and imo-mush proof) with whatever spices, chopped/sliced/diced fresh vegetables, and/or protein is on hand. Can even used instead of breadcrumbs as coating.
PLUS: tempting entrees prepared with KANIWA-like this plant based burger  or veg, chili recipes-simply replaces artery cloggers without feeling food indulgence deprivation=HOMERUN!

France's LA BALEINE-is probably Americans first bonjour to gourmet salt. Set to deliver... their new sodium reduced natural sea salt-imo-  has best selling status potential-and a big bonus for  those who never met a salt shaker they didn't like-but for health reasons-need to cut back on the sodium ( like up to 50%). Interested-we tried and found no difference-practically-as La Baleine manages to preserve same salty taste as regular ole' table salt-and texture of fine version-via "presence of marine minerals directly from the sea..." FYI-stil loaded with potassium, magnesium, sea minerals and calcium-as yet another reason-even non-fancy feasters we know- use sea salt. Period.

Sun dried tomatoes have a heavenly pungent intense taste -yay- is brilliantly captured bottled ketchup-by California based Traina Foods. Spoil alert-try their take on this shelf stable-see it everywhere condiment-and you'll never go back to that mass market muck. EVEN BETTER: Traina Foods intros a new savory-rich USDA Organic Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup--that  delivers all the distinctive taste of sun-dried tomatoes-set to deliver soon. FYI-guaranteed to elevate+enliven any home version of backyard picnic staples-french fries & burgers-plant or meat based.
SOFI AWARD winner -Woodland Farms' Manitou Trading Bulgogi Seasoning-one of 82 blends offered up by this entity-is a zesty blend based on the trendy Korean BBQ staple-with tangy red miso, ginger- garlic, brown sugar, dab of sesame and sizzling hot red chili peppers. A little goes a long way-try a pinch or two on grilled anything...or add to butter/dips/dressings for added savory flavorings.