I had a wonderful weekend. My weekend schedule did not have an appointment or commitment in sight. It was simply LOVELY. Don’t get me wrong-it’s nice to have plans. It’s great to have weekends filled with activities with families and friends, but sometimes it’s also nice to have nothing to do – to have the weekend all to yourself. Don’t you just love those weekends?!
This past weekend the husband and I decided to venture out of our downtown area to the Upper East Side – Upper Madison Ave to be exact.. I’ve been living in downtown New York since my college days. Downtown is great but sometimes I forget that there is so much I love about this city that doesn’t reside in my 5 block radius. Despite the energy in this city, it’s actually quite easy to get stuck in one’s neighborhood . Sometimes I forget that in mere minutes, via bus, taxi, or subway, I can be discovering the charms of another neighborhood. The Upper East Side has amazing stores (in my case – amazing store windows to press your nose against and dream about) but aside from the stores it also has amazing architecture. We took the bus all the way uptown and then walked all the way back downtown. Taking a bus Uptown is a great way to have a “sneak preview” of what you’ll be sightseeing on your way back Downtown. We walked, we window shopped and we enjoyed a great FREE Picasso exhibit at The Gagosian Gallery. We capped it off with a lovely lunch by the fountain in front of The Plaza. I took the time to enjoy it and take it all in, and really…I loved every single minute of it. Whether you live in New York City, another big city OR any small town, it’s important to venture out of your “comfort zone” and appreciate your surroundings. You’ll be surprised at what it teaches you. My weekend neighborhood jaunt confirmed that I’m not quite ready to leave this city just yet… there is still so much to do, see, and discover.
Yep, I love NY too!
Idyllic Side Street just off of Madison Ave
Window shopping on Madison
New York City Architectural Beauty
I am by no means “Ms. Conservationist” but I do try and help the environmental movement in my own capacity. I recycle, I try to conserve water and electricity, and I try not to be wasteful. This is after all the only planet we’ve got, which is why I wanted to share with you a really cool product that makes me feel all earthy-crunchy inside. Not only is its design sleek and modern but it helps us use one of our greatest natural resources-Water.
This is the Bobble. The what you ask? The water bobble. Big deal–a water bottle. (Go pull the wool over someone else’s eyes Lady L). However this is not just a water bottle. Sure, at first sight it looks that way, but this cool bottle contains a portable filter that purifies any water source while you’re on the go. In my home, we try not to buy water bottles when we don’t have to. We have a great Brita Carafe that we use religiously but there was never a way to take this filtered water around and have it last all day. This water bottle lets you refill your bottle from any good water source and does the job of filtering it while you drink it. You can continue refilling and drinking while you’re out and about without having to buy those pesky plastic water bottles and pollute the earth.
So how did I stumble upon the Bobble? The DH (darling husband) and I were walking through Washington Square Park one summer afternoon when we saw two really eager people with bright shirts and a cart showing someone the Bobble. Curious old me decided to inobtrusively make my way into the conversation (the DH proceeded to shake his head). One of the bright shirts saw my interest and asked me if I knew what I was looking at. I told him I thought it was one of those bottles where you can fill water in the middle and freeze it to make ice. He told me that was not the case and began to extoll the virtues of this new found object. And then he told me something which made me just HAVE to try it. He said, “Here take one. Take one and try it out.” Then he looked at my DH who was standing a few feet away trying to look like he was not with me and said “Here, you can have one too.” His and Hers—how could I resist?
I love a free gift, but I really love a free gift that works and I can actually utilize. I pride myself on writing about things and sharing things that I actually like and use. The Bobble people don’t know me (aside from that sweet bright shirt guy that gave me this bobble), nor do I know them, but I wanted to share with you this great product because I feel it is definitely worth getting. I used the Bobble while spending the day at Hudson River Park the other day. It was an intensely hot day and the DH and I were drinking away from our Bobbles. As soon as we finished we simply went to the nearest water fountain and refilled.
If you want to learn more about the Bobble, check out their story here. And if you want to learn more about the negative effects that water bottles have on our environment please check out these frightening facts.
Next stop for me…Birkenstocks. Actually,no, not really ; )
We’ve had beautiful spring like weather here in NYC the last couple of days and I’m hoping that it continues! Every winter the cold winds, indoor heating, and hot showers strip my body of the moisture it so crucially needs and before I know it Spring/Summer fashions get into full swing and I’m left wondering how I’m going to get my skin dress and shorts ready. This year, I decided to make an effort to keep my body moisturized. I’m usually pretty lazy when it comes to a strict body lotion regime, but as I approach the big 3-0 this year, I realize that if I don’t start taking better care of my skin now, I won’t age as gracefully as I hope to. So I want to share the 3 body lotions that have really helped me be more body skincare conscious this winter season. I slathered on a whole bunch of brands over the course of the winter but kept coming back to these 3:
- My Creme de la Cremes
1)VZ SkinTherapy lotion (Hypoallergenic): This lotion is probably my favorite of the bunch. It has a medium thickness but is non-greasy and just traps tons of moisture into my skin, especially my legs (which can often get reptilian like in the winter). It has no fragrance but smells super clean–kind of like a brand new car. Sadly, VZ Products are not available here in the U.S. This lotion was brought to me from Argentina, where this company originates. I sooooo hope they come to the US because their products are amazing and their mission and look would be warmly welcomed here. I’m dying to try more (especially their gardenia and lemongrass lotions).
2) Kiehl’s Creme de Corps: Okay, now I know I’m not bringing anything new to the table here–this lotion has received rave reviews and has been featured in countless write ups. I’m basically here to tell you that it is just as amazing as everyone says. It’s thick, rich, and has no scent–you instantly feel like it’s doing the trick. Although the bottle says it’s non-greasy, I do detect more grease than the VZ lotion, but it’s nothing that will make you feel like you need to wipe anything off. I don’t necessarily think greasy is a bad thing either. This lotion is GREAT and I promise you won’t be disappointed
3)Bliss Body Butter (Blood Orange + White Pepper): If I could add this lotion to a Carr’s cracker and gobble it up–I would. The citrus scent is absolutely divine. Citrus always wakes me up and makes me feel invigorating and this lotion is definitely a happy mood enhancer. It has a light consistency and is non-greasy. It also contains coconut oil which helps soften the skin. I would highly recommend this one, especially on hot summer days when you want to have an amazing scent without having to spritz on perfume.
After slowly weaning myself off the Cucumber Martini obsession I was having last week, it seems only natural to talk about the other cocktail obession I’ve recently discovered–The Cocktail Pant. As Fashion Week finishes up here in New York, and the editors and buyers decide what will be ‘Hot’ for Fall 2011, I can only hope that the Cocktail Pant takes center stage both in stores and in editorials. Now I must admit, I’m not a huge follower of all the shows–I leave that to the aforementioned experts, but I know what I like and I know what I want and if I had a limitless budget, I would buy everything from Michael Kors Fall 2011 line. For me, the Cocktail Pant was the highlight at Kor’s show, and proved that this fall a woman will be able to look extremely elegant, sophisticated and luxurious without having to wear a dress. Elegance and practicality as Michale Kors does best. Here are some of my faves:
- Photos via Style.com
Don’t get me wrong, his dresses were out of this world fantastic too, but I love that he presented the pant as evening wear, with just the slightest details and embellishments to really make it stand out. I can already see confident, strong actresses a la Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, and Sandra Bullock wearing these pants to various events this season. Bravo Mr. Kors–an exceptional job! For those of you looking to read more about this true American Designer, check out a really great piece that New York Magazine ran last year. It will make you love him even more. xLL