Monday, May 15, 2017

No More Excuses (For Feet That Is): Silipos Active Foot Care

Are you still sitting on the couch binge-watching 'Stranger Things'?  My friend, that's what the Winter was for!  Need I remind you that in just a couple of weeks every news outlet and everyone who has been patiently waiting for it will be all too happy to announce the unofficial start of Summer.  So you've procrastinated and it's almost Memorial Day, but have no fear.  All it takes is the will to get up off of the sofa and turn off the AppleTV or tell Alexa to disengage the Firestick, take a walk over to your closest mirror and realize that since the season is practically upon us, it's now or never to start a routine to rid yourself of that channel-surfing, comfort-eating paunch.  

Most will now say, my aching this or my sore that, but maybe it's to rely on those who know to put you in the know.  Since I know a thing or two about footwear, let me put you at ease and let you know that your aching feet need not talk you out of even the simplest of fitness plans this season.  This is due to my discovery of a line of ergonomic foot pampering that'll make it easier to jog, run, sprint, lift, cross-train, walk, squat, lunge and hot-skip-n-jump this season.

Silipos Active has a wonderful line foot care accessories tricked out for sport-related activity to help cushion everything from your on again off again bunions to chronic heel pain.  Their Active line is equipped with gel protectants covered by materials that are the same as your smartphone armbands and ankle-weights to ensure added comfort while being pressure-alleviating, hypoallergenic and latex-free.  The Silipos Active line consists of Gel Corn Pads, Sandal Gel Toe Protectors, Heel Spurs/Cushions, Ball of Foot Gel Cushions, an Active Gel Bunion Sleeve and a Gel Toe Protector with Spreader.  I think they've got your foot malady covered, not to mention cushioned and relieved. 

The Silipos Active line is available here at Silipos.com.  

Monday, May 8, 2017

Love For The Skin You're In And The Planet You're On: EmerginC Skin Care and Cosmeceuticals

I remember years ago when the shift happened in fashion marketing.  All of a sudden it wasn't just about the product they wanted you to see since many times the product was more hype than helpful.  It became about the lifestyle you could have (or should have) if you decide to purchase this product.  Ads and even fashion editorials painted a picture of beauty not too much centered around the product, but had more of a fixation on the prospective buyer to delve mind-first into the world that this product encompassed.  This shift created, if you will, a greater consciousness for the consumer as to what was behind the creation of the product and thusly the utilization and aftermath of experiencing the product more than a focus on the product itself.  All the questions, the where's, why's, and for whom it was created, seemed to be the selling point in convincing the consumer that they needed it.  The conscious consumer was being cultivated to not just accept a pretty face holding a pretty package in the age of global warming,  fair wages and carbon footprints; they were being cultivated to actually begin to take deeper stock and care about not just spending their money, but investing it in order to add to their happiness and sense of humanity.  

With that said (along with the recently leap into my 40s) I asked myself after looking at my four closets full of clothing, leaning towers of shoeboxes and bathroom drawers filled with various skin care endeavors, what really matters?  A new-found consciousness made me realize that, as you age, the real things that stick with you are things like beliefs rather than feelings, quality rather than quantity and longevity rather than temporal.  I tried to combine this thinking with the aforementioned  to balance with how I spend now and a desire to find a personal contentment.  

So I'm a more conscious consumer with a belief that whatever initiates my spending must inevitably lead to good investments.  This is exactly why when I hear of companies like EmerginC, my interests are peaked.  I had the distinct pleasure of discovering EmerginC last week in a roundtable discussion with its founder Ian Lirenman and his dedicated energetic New York staff.  Here's what I discovered.  Scoff if you will, but there is much truth to the fact that we humans are slowly ruining this planet.  Further, if the planet is being ruined then what we borrow, utilize and ingest from it is not excluded.  I, for one, do not want to damage myself too much before my end-date so the philosophy of EmerginC spoke volumes to me in its adherence to sustainable skin care birthed out of a concern for the planet's natural abundance.  

What began in 1996 with a small run of the most effective Vitamin C serums on the market has since grown into a full line of pure and potent cosmeceuticals ethically sustained and formulated to have a three-fold effect.  How three-fold?  EmerginC helps bring the best out of your skin by 1) bringing the best to your skin, 2) not harming the planet in doing so and 3) ethically involving, not exploiting, those involved in its mission.  The company works with top chemists and state-of-the-art labs in using medical grade and expert natural cosmeceutical ingredients, active botanicals and marine extracts to ensure sustainable and stellar visually rejuvenating, scientifically proven and spiritually renewing products.  Since synthetics are not their thing, for every product bought from EmerginC, a tree is planted in many of the countries they source from and they have even started the EmerginBees and EmerginCeeds programs to involve the conscious consumer in their mission and to create and source fair trade ethically and sustainably wherever possible.

The company has even started tree-planting initiatives in countries such as in Madagascar where since 2014 has planted over 200,000 trees, restored 100 acres of land, and created over 400 days of employment for planters on the African island country.  This gives products like their Kombucha Cleanser, Coconut Argan Body Oil, Vitamin C Retinol Mask and Spirulina Toner that full circle credibility by not only giving its consumers the best but also creating a livelihood for a country to ensure that they can provide their best for their families and  helping give back to the planet.  What a fulfilling way to do your part to thank the planet and keep it going by creating and showcasing a beautiful you.  

For more on the amazing restorative products, technologies and initiatives of EmerginC head on over to their website here.  Be inspired to live and do better and inevitably look better!

Monday, April 24, 2017

New Season, New Clothes: Noah Waxman and The Kooples Sample Sales NYC

Well if you've been procrastinating like men then the season has hit you before you gave any thought to what or where your Spring/Summer wardrobe may even want to go.  Perhaps you were in the New York City area and too busy trying to adjust to the Tourette syndrome-like Duncan yo-yo-esque weather we've been having.  It's like Mother Nature has been going through the 'change', but I digress.

The sample sales are coming, in fact, some are already here and arriving this week.  Shoe impresario Noah Waxman and the chicly cool brand The Kooples have samples sales in NYC to get your inner-shopaholic and procrastinating selves right for the season.  Check out the deets below and happy hunting gents.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Did You Hear The One About The Margarita On St. Patty's Day?: Patron Margarita Of The Year Event Recap and Tropicante Margarita Cocktail Recipe

It's that time of year again when green prevails and shamrocks bloom.  St. Patrick's ushers in, if not a patented Irish pride and acknowledgment, a certifiable reason to drink to one's unashamed delight.  Now while the Irish are known for their whiskies and gins, this here modern gent will toast the day with that spirit that will get me into the intoxicated mood to say "I don't care if I'm Jamaican, kiss me regardless!"  That spirit is tequila.

Now while there are many things that start a great party, one of the sure-shot party starters are tequila shots.  So when I combine festivity with the herbal rich crispness of tequila, I can't help but think that it's not a party till the Patron is popped.  How ironic that the makers of Patron also know how to throw a great party as well.  A couple weeks ago for National Margarita Day, Patron hosted a grand party on New York's Westside to introduce this year's selections for their annual Margarita Of The Year Contest while celebrating the beloved sweet and tart cocktail.  

On hand adding to the festivities of the day were the seven contenders for the contest all offering up freshly-made delicious variations inspired by a curated selection of great ingredients for their cultivated offering of a margarita.  The global spin of flavors was pretty epic from the English Garden Margarita to the Pacific Rim Margarita to the Mumbai Margarita to my personal favorite, The Tropicante Margarita which incidentally happens to fit in splendidly if honoring green is your St. Patty's thing or you just desire a pretty amazing margarita.

The Tropicante Margarita was a standout for me because of the flavor and textural harmony.  Using Patron's Reposado and Citrónage Mango, this cocktail delved into flavors involving heat, tartness, sweetness, island life that were all rounded-out by the surprising creaminess added by the fresh avocado.  

Saint Patrick's Day is this Friday, March 17.  Check out the photos from Patron's Margarita Of The Year Contest and see the recipe for the Tropicante Margarita below and with whatever you choose to imbibe in this St. Patty's Day, please remember to drink and enjoy responsibly.

Created by Alex Kady and served at 12 @ Madison in Denver

1.75 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango
.5 oz Light agave syrup
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.25 Medium avocado
+ Short dash celery bitters
+ Short dash grapefruit bitters
+ Chipotle chili salt* (.5 Cup of salt : 1 T chipotle powder)
+ Sliced mango for garnish

1. Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.
2. Scoop out half of one side and add to cocktail tin, mashing with spoon until soft.
3. Add liquid ingredients to the tin, use a spoon to release avocado from the side of the tin, and “dry shake” the contents (without ice) until the avocado is broken up and emulsified.
4. Rim a double old fashioned glass with chipotle chili salt* and fill with ice.
5. Add ice to shaker tin and shake vigorously until well chilled.
6. Use a mesh strainer to “fine strain” the cocktail into the iced glass.
7. Garnish with a ribbon of mango.