Charlotte Tilbury Quick ‘N’ Easy Makeup

I am so excited to share my review of Charlotte Tilbury’s brand new Quick ‘N’ Easy makeup kits. I am always impressed with her line of products as they are so unbelievably luxurious in quality, highly pigmented, and long lasting.

Charlotte has created four Quick ‘N’ Easy kits designed for every skin tone, every occasion and most importantly for the woman on the go. Each one of the kits can be applied with beautiful results in just 5 minutes! Who doesn’t have 5 minutes to enhance their appearance?!

As Charlotte states, “The ingredients are so good, fingers are the best tools… smoothing, smudging, slicking, and sculpting straight from the bullet with the warmth of your fingers is the quickest and the easiest way to get expert results on the go in 5 minutes.”

Kits can be purchased for $75 and include the Daytime Chic Look, Natural Glowing Look, Red Carpet Look, and the Smokey Eye Evening Look available for purchase online, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter.com, and BeautyLish.com.

Stay tuned for my how to tutorial video featuring the stunning Daytime Chic Look. This fabulous kit includes a mini Wonderglow (creamy consistency that redirects light towards flattering angles of the face), Legendary Lashes Mascara (infused with tamanu oil for nourished lashes), Classic Eye Liner in Audrey (beautiful deep chocolate color with olive undertones), and the Beach Stick in Formentera (warm peach color that easily glides onto cheeks and lips for a refreshed look).

 

Easy Vegan Recipe

This particular vegan recipe was created from my craving of something fresh, mediterranean, and filling. Serve this gluten free pasta dish with a juicy orange and all the food groups are represented. It’s simple to make and satisfies hunger.

Here’s what you will need:

2-4 oz of your favorite Banza pasta (I used shells and elbows)

1-2 teaspoons of olive oil

3-4 jarred red bell peppers

1/2 cup organic canned sliced mushrooms

5 large stuffed green olives

1 teaspoon of garlic

1/2 teaspoon of parsley

1/4 teaspoon of red chili flakes

pinch of salt

Juice from 1/2 of lemon

How to:

Boil pasta, drain and add to large bowl. Add the olives, drained mushrooms, and peppers. Finely chop the garlic and add to olive oil, lemon juice, and spices. Drizzle over the pasta, stir, and serve. Enjoy!

Vegan Pasta Salad

 

Clarins Grand Opening

The number one European luxury skincare brand, Clarins, just opened its very first U.S. store! Clarins can be purchased in many high-end retailers, but now customers can shop at the brand new store and spa in the King of Prussia Mall.

I have been using Clarins products for years. The company is grounded in environmentally responsible sourcing, skincare for every concern, and utilizing nature’s finest ingredients to create the most effective products. Plus as a company they are kind, generous, knowledgeable, and take pride in developing results driven products.

Makeup, body care, skincare for all ages can now be found under one roof, with the added bonus of a customized experience.

Clarins

Clarins

Clarins

On the night of the grand opening, I was so excited to see how Clarins would translate their brand into an entire boutique. Hoping that the philosophy and culture would shine and capture the essence of Clarins. They were able to achieve just that and much more.

The store itself is absolutely beautiful. Open and bright with an inviting floor plan. As you walk in the door to the right is a counter of mini skincare routines- a snap shot of the routines and treatments for those feeling overwhelmed or confused. On the other side is a counter featuring computer tablets for each customer to easily play with color on a Clarins app, allowing you to see which makeup is complementary to your skin tone.

Clarins

Clarins

Did I mention that there is a mini spa in the store? Yes, a mini spa, where you can schedule one of seven spa treatments, 30 minutes for $30. The perfect on the go refresher! Men and women can experience the power and benefits of the Clarins products instantly with any one of these fabulous treatments, focusing on dry or tired skin, eyes, or a gentle massage to soothe away tension and stress.

Clarins

Clarins

Every one of the Clarins expert associates are highly trained and incredibly helpful. They are dedicated to finding the right product for you, ensuring that every visit is a positive and fun experience!

Clarins

Clarins

Clarins

Whether you are looking to find your very first skincare routine or interested in trying something new and effective, plan a visit to the Clarins store. Allow the associates to be your guide, you will not regret it!

Clarins

 

 

White Dog Cafe- Wayne PA

How many times have I passed the White Dog Cafe? Many, many times. Sadly, I have only just dined at this beautiful and delicious restaurant and it was well worth the wait!

This farm to table treasure, offers locally sourced (no more than 50 mile radius), sustainable, and fresh food options. The menu changes according to the season, the restaurant cans and preserves food as well to enjoy all year round. Read their story here. 

An allergy free menu is available for all those suffering with dietary restrictions including (but not limited to) shellfish, nuts, and gluten. There is also a vegetarian menu available and most items can be tweaked to accommodate vegans as well.

My menu included an amuse-bouche of roasted red beet with sorrel and lemon olive oil, which awakened my palette with a burst of bright flavor.

beet amuse-bouche

I am a creature of habit after all and even with many options to choose, I decided on the homemade hummus trio with fresh cut vegetables for my appetizer. Beet, red pepper, and garlic graced the table in small mason jars and served on a butcher block. What stands out the most about this hummus is the way it was left slightly chunky, which allowed every flavor and ingredient to shine.

Hummus trio

My main course consisted of sauteed cruciferous and root vegetables with lemon olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction glaze. The melody of flavors were in perfect harmony with each other and I found myself finishing the entire plate.

veggies

The meal would not be complete without dessert. Homemade blueberry coconut and grapefruit sorbet. This sweet and thirst quenching dessert was a real treat after a savory and healthy meal. The smooth, creamy and icy consistency melted in my mouth and satisfied my sweet tooth.

sorbet

The atmosphere of the White Dog is decorated with a running theme of man’s best friend. Portraits of dogs, dog coat hooks, and knick knacks filter tastefully throughout the establishment. Even the bathroom contains paw prints embedded in the floor and wall tiles. Dim lighting gives the restaurant a warm and inviting glow. White Dog is spotless, the servers are friendly and approachable, more than willing to create something special to accommodate any health concern.

White Dog Cafe

White Dog Cafe

White Dog Cafe

White Dog Cafe

White Dog Cafe

I absolutely recommend White Dog Cafe. If you have not yet, make a reservation and enjoy a delicious meal with a fabulous philosophy, atmosphere, and service.

Valentine’s Day at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club

The Rittenhouse Spa & Club is a beautiful and luxurious oasis in Philadelphia, complete with an array of spa services. Last year, I was able to feature The Rittenhouse on Sugarpeel and the fabulous talent of Paul Labrecque and team. Check out my hair transformation here.

As Valentine’s Day approaches the Spa has special offers to make your day and night extra romantic- all offers extend through the month of February. The signature Rittenhouse Couples Massage is a 60 minute customized massage utilizing aromatherapy essential oils for maximum relaxation.

Couples Massage The Rittenhouse Spa & Club

Salt and Oil Body Glow. This 30 minute exfoliation treatment leaves skin feeling nourished, soft and silky smooth. Follow this treatment with the ESPA massage. If your skin is sensitive, try the exfoliating body polish instead of the salt and oil scrub.

A gift card is always a perfect Valentine’s idea, especially for those who need a day of pampering. If you purchase a gift card of $300 or more you will receive an additional gift card worth 10% if its value!

The Rittenhouse Spa & Club also suggests the ESPA nourishing lip trio treatment in natural, pink and red for a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift.

ESPA

 

Philadelphia Heart Ball

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This year I am proud to attend and cover the 2017 Philadelphia Heart Ball, which marks the 60th Anniversary! The Philadelphia Heart Ball raises funds for local research and education. Sadly, heart disease and stroke is the number one and number five killers of men and women. However, the American Heart Association is dedicated and determined to reduce those staggering statistics by raising significant funds every year through philanthropic giving. Last year The Philadelphia Heart Ball raised a record $2 million!

“This is one of our largest and most important events,” says Laura Hollot, Executive Director of the American Heart Association Philadelphia office. “The Heart Ball raises awareness of heart disease and health issues in our community, and it also celebrates the results of our research, advocacy and educational programs at work.”

This year, The Philadelphia Heart Ball will take place on February 4, 2017 at the Philadelphia Marriott. Ajay Raju, Chairman and CEO of Dilworth Paxson LLP will be honored with the Heart of Philadelphia Award. This prestigious award recognizes a member of the community that is performing philanthropic duties that are positively impacting change in our society.

Dr. Thomas L. Spray M.D, the Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Director of the hospital’s Thoracic Organ Transplantation Program, will receive the Edward S. Cooper Award, an honor bestowed upon those making meaningful contributions within the medical field.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Becky Shenk at [email protected] or 215-545-5222.

Please stay tuned for my upcoming coverage of this year’s Philadelphia Heart Ball!

DrKennethB.MarguliesandDr.MariellJessup

Dr. Kenneth B. Margulies and Dr. Mariell Jessup- 2016

Dr.RichardSnyderAHABoardChair

Dr. Richard Snyder AHA Board Chair- 2016

Healthy Food Brands

I love to include recipes that are easy and satisfying, especially for those of us with dietary restrictions or interested in eating healthy.

I want to take a moment to backtrack a bit and list some of my favorite food brands, which include gluten free and vegan. It is important to mention that not all gluten free brands are equal and can have cross contamination. For instance, I cannot have any oats that claim to be gluten free. If you are extremely sensitive oats may bother you as well- beware.

King Arthur Flour is a delicious brand with a variety of gluten free options. I love the Bread and Pizza Crust Mix  that can easily be converted to a vegan mix as well by using coconut butter and flax eggs.

KingArthurBreadMix

Amy’s Kitchen offers gluten free, vegan, soy fee, nut free prepared meals and desserts in the frozen specialty section. I am a big fan of the tamale, burrito, and chocolate cake options.

For a sweet tooth, Enjoy Life and Amore Di Mona specialize in allergy free snacks and chocolate, which is a comfort knowing that I can still enjoy a treat every now and again without fear of a reaction.

Banza is my favorite gluten free, vegan pasta alternative. All of the pasta options are made with chickpea flour and are packed with protein, especially helpful for those on a vegan food diet.

Vegan meat alternative brand, Beyond Meat offers a delicious Beyond Burger void of soy and palm oil. This “burger” contains 20 grams of protein derived from pea protein.

Please leave a comment to share your favorite vegan and gluten free brands! Also, feel free to ask any questions about other food brands that I love.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Extreme

Vanille Extreme

Gorgeous Illustration by International Artist, Wendy Buiter wendybuiter.com

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Extreme is an absolutely lovely fragrance that I have been wearing since my days at C.O. Bigelow. The brand offers unique scents from jasmine, neroli, and tobacco from all over the world in both perfumes (15-20% essential oil) and colognes (5-10% essential oil).

The Vanille Extreme is my favorite of all the fragrances. Sugar, vanilla, and heliotrope are harmoniously mixed together to form a delicate and balanced sweetly floral scent.

I recommend this fragrance all year round, which can be layered for extra staying power with equally beautiful and complementary products including Ylang Ylang body wash from Molton Brown.

Maple Holistics- Vitamin C Facial Serum

Trying new skincare products is always a bittersweet experience for me. On one hand, it is exciting to try the latest in skincare technology or the newest product. On the other hand if you are someone like me with a large amount of allergies and sensitivities, it can be nerve-racking to risk a reaction on your face.

I always recommend a patch test when trying a new product before you apply all over your face or skin. If no reaction is visible, then slowly add more. Recently, I tried the Vitamin C Serum from Maple Holistics.  An organic company that I reviewed a couple years ago and loved. The products are packed with natural and healthy ingredients that you can feel safe using on your skin.

Maple Holistics Vitamin C Serum

It has been roughly two months of using the serum. I always apply a few drops to my palms and pat into my damp, clean face. I make sure that my face has some moisture to avoid any unnecessary pulling on my skin, which can create wrinkles over time. Immediately, the serum dries and leaves my skin feeling a bit tight, almost as if I can instantly feel my skin smoothing. I have also noticed a complete brightening of my skin tone, which would be perfect for those with uneven skin or sun/age spots. It is important to add your favorite moisturizer on top of the serum to hydrate skin. Here are some storing tips for your beauty products, which will increase the length of effectiveness.

Keep in mind that Vitamin C should be clear and any yellowing or brown change in color reflects oxidization, rendering the Vitamin C ineffective.  

Marilyn Scarf

Over Christmas my Aunt and Uncle bought me a beautiful black and white Marilyn Monroe printed scarf. I absolutely love it; the style, size, and of course the very modern almost pop like print of a classic beauty. They are such generous and thoughtful people, always finding unique gifts.

When choosing the right outfit for the scarf, I focused on creating a simple look to place the emphasis on Marilyn. Today, I am wearing a peplum Karl Lagerfeld for Lord & Taylor (similar here) blazer with silver zipper detail, a plain pair of  black joggers, and my Sam Edelman flats (earlier post). There are numerous ways to wear a scarf, but I kept it draped simply over one shoulder to allow the print to shine!

Ashley

Ashley