|Jessica Gorlicky live painted a portrait of Jean-Claude Jitrois|
959 Madison Avenue -NYC
|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.-
|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.
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,
|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|
|packaging gives the 411|
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...
|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|
|Light-A-Life Mini-USB chainable light-hangs out where you do-power up with usb port including GoalZero rechargers $24.99|
|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|
|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.
|up top-ad from Vogue...in front Bernardo 1946 archival selections|
|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.|
|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|
|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 :-(|
|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.|
|nifty feature-sunglass garage|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|FootPod outsole---see how the treads are shaped like a foot! Great slip-on feel|
|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.|
|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 .|