Gilding a classic

Click on top title to open This spring designers gilded t 123rochjpghe runways. Models shimmered from head to toe in gilded leathers and lighter-than-air Lurex.

One of the most interesting and unusual items that caught my eye was the selection of classic totes updated in silver, gold, copper, and rose gold. Designers have taken beloved and familiar bags and offered them in richly-textured metal for spring. The look is modern, rich, and the perfect way to update your look.

The Rochas Zip Borsa Tote in Khaki is deceptively simple looking at first glance. Its appeal lays the texture of the rich pebbled finish of metallic leather. The bag is simple and rich. It costs $1,500.

Nina Ricci’s gold Marche Tote is a classic structured tailored handbag updated with a burnished metal patina. This bag is large enough for everyday or even a weekend, if you travel light. It will work with jeans and a white shirt or a suit and heels. It is priced at $1,509.

Vince Camuto’s Owen Tote is good sized rectangular bag that comes in a variety of metallic finishes from pastel to black. It has metal corners to help give it a little shape and short drop from the shoulder to hit at 123NR.jpgthe hip. This bag has a cool downtown vibe but in a black, silver, or gold it can go anywhere. Priced at $228, it is an affordable way to try a trend. ( L Nina Ricci R Vince Camuto)123vc


Beat the bloat

_losalt.jpgClick on to title to open Bloating is uncomfortable and unattractive. As warmer weather arrives a swollen midriff can be even more noticeable in bare summer fashions. Bloating is often the result of bad habits. Caroline Klinge from LoSalt®, a leading reduced sodium salt, has tips on how to avoid the bloat. “These are simple recommendations for changes we can make in our daily lives that don’t involve too much hassle, yet will make us feel significantly healthier,” says Klinge.

Know Your Food Allergies  If you can’t figure out the cause of your bloating have your doctor test for food allergies. Food allergies and intolerances can be a common source of bloating, so it’s reassuring to recognize the cause. Be sure to make the trip to the doctor and don’t self-diagnose because cutting out food groups unnecessarily can lead to negative health effects. 

Take Your Time Eating t properly chew our food, it leads to air swallowing, which is a cause of bloating. Even better, if you take your time eating, you will actually recognize when you are hungry and then not overeat.

Overconsumption of Salt  According to the American Heart Association, nine out of ten Americans eat too much salt. Sodium consumption leads to the retention of fluids in the body and therefore, bloating. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends daily sodium intake of less than 2,400 mg, but the average America consumes 3,400 milligrams per day.

Instead of cutting out salt completely, try LoSalt, with 66 percent less sodium than regular table, sea, and rock salts, but which tastes just like regular salt. Plus, LoSalt is a great source of potassium, which helps to regulate your fluid balance.

Get Active  The weather has finally become nice – so go enjoy the fresh air and get moving. Physical activity will trigger your sweat glands to release fluids which your body could be retaining. Whether it’s an intense run or a leisurely walk, awaken those sweat glands to stop the bloat.

No Carbs after Dark  Carbs such as bread and pasta can cause your body to retain water. Try to stay away from these food groups in the evening when your day is starting to wind down in order to avoid their bloating effect.

LoSalt, the UK’s leading salt substitute, is now available online and in many major U.S. grocery chains.



Trend alert: Dramatic florals

abVWClick on top title to open and scroll down If you think that florals are tired or matronly, think again. This spring floral prints are dramatic and modern.  For a special occasion try a sexy sheath. The flowery print is on trend and makes ta svelte dress like this one from Vivienne Westwood Red Label, perfect for an afternoon wedding or cocktails. Or, for a cool downtown take on this trend try this floral-graphic design from Coral Canyon. And, if you are on a budget or just want to pick up a pretty summer dress for a song, we like this botanical print in black from Forever 21. 

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Multicolour Duchesse Floral Print Dress Liberty of London $1,045

Clover Canyon Floral Maze Dress, Neiman Marcus $269

Forever 21 Botanical Floral Midi Dress $15.80




Beauty bargain


Click on top title to open   As a beauty editor I have been able to try out almost every beauty product under the sun.  So I can tell you that there is no need to spend a fortune to get good results when it comes to skin care. There are pricy products that are worth every penny, but there are also real bargains at the drug store. I like to use scrubs head to toe almost daily and at least twice a week on my face – and more often in the dirty, sticky summer months.  Now St. Ives, one of my favourites, has gotten even better with a full line of products for every skin type. The scrubs come in different strengths, and some like the New Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Scrub + Mask can even be used as a mask. This creamy mask is one of my favourites. It leaves skin feeling silky.  These masks contain natural ingredients and are priced from $3.99 – $4.79, making them a true beauty bargain. At this price you can stock up and indulge.

You can now find a St. Ives scrub for every skin type and issue.

New: Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Scrub + Mask exfoliate skin with its gentle strength and also hydrates dry skin. For an extra softening benefit, use as a mask by leaving on your face for five to seven minutes.

Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub helps to clear breakouts while calming redness in your skin. Strength level: Gentle.

New: Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub polishes away unwanted imperfections to help even out skin tone. Strength level: Moderate.

Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub is an award-winning scrub that leaves skin smooth and brightens dull skin.  Strength level: Deep.

Blemish Control Apricot Scrub exfoliates to deeply clean pores and helps stop breakouts before they occur. Strength level: Deep.


Tight line for a natural look

abctightlineClick on top title to open and scroll down IT Cosmetics Tight line Full Lash Length Black Eyelash Primer is a natural-looking, mascara-like, lash-enhancing cosmetic.  The special wand lets women get to the “root” of their lashes for a “Tightline” eyeliner effect. The ultra-black formula doesn’t clump as it darkens your lashes. You can wear it alone or use it to maximize the results of your favorite mascara. The ultra-skinny wand lets you get right down to the base of your lashes. The result is a line of black pigment along your entire lash line that fills in spare spots, giving you a full beautiful lash line.  Tightline Full Lash Length Black Eyelash Primer also contains conditioning serum to infuse a blend of lash-enhancing ingredients including peptides, collagen, proteins, biotin, nettle extract, green tea, jojoba, and vitamins to help improve your own natural lashes. Tightline is also paraben-free, fragrance-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free – and is it great for even the most sensitive eyes.

This one of the most effective and original lash products I have seen. It really makes lashes look beautiful. If you love a natural look with a little more oomph this is for you.

Find Tightline Full Lash Length Black Eyelash Primer online and at Ulta. It costs $24.




Social death!

12sDjpg.jpgClick on top title to open  Tatiana Boncompagni’s novel Social Death is a
fast-paced, media-driven world. The plot is straight from the headlines. A society heiress is found murdered in her apartment.
The police suspect her husband, trainer, and best friend. Network news producer Clyde Shaw is called to the scene only to find that murder victim is Olivia Kravis, her oldest friend. Olivia is also the daughter of Clyde’s billionaire boss. Clyde insists on covering the story because she is determined to find out who murdered her friend.
As the case heats up so does a ratings war and Clyde’s career, reputation, and life are suddenly on the line.

The closer Clyde gets to the truth the more attempts are made to stop her from finding who killed her friend and why,

Boncompagni drops her characters in to swanky East-side parties and fraught network newsrooms with ease as she unfolds a fascinating and multilayered plot.

This mystery will delight fans who love sophisticated characters and fast-paced plotting.


Thai twist on chicken salad

smthaochicsljpgClick on top title to open I think every meal should be a little special, even if it’s just a salad or sandwich. This simple twist on chicken salad will delight anyone who loves Thai food.

Use leftover chicken, either your own or a rotisserie chicken from your favourite shop. The secret is in the mayo which has red Thai curry paste and few other ingredients you add yourself. You can eat it as a salad on lettuce as I prefer, or in a baguette as my husband prefers.

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Prepare and mix in a small bowl:

1½ cups of chopped/shredded cooked chicken

½ small sweet onion, diced

1 small sweet red pepper, diced

Several well-rinsed fresh basil leaves rolled and sliced thinly or cut into chiffonade.

Optional: 1 Tbsp. almonds or cashews

½ peeled and chopped mango, apple, or grapes cut in half

Mix together:

2 tbsp. good quality mayo (regular, reduced calorie, or 1 Tbsp. mayo and 1Tbsp. low-fat plain yogurt.

2 tsp or 2½ tsp Thai red curry paste

Juice from ½ of a lime (save the other half for garnish)

1 tsp (Thai) fish sauce

Add sauce to chicken, vegetables, and fruit, and toss well.

Serve over lettuce or in a baguette

Garnish with lime and more fresh basil



One competition is one too many

12graceysmallClick on top title to open Recently I opened a press release for a new YouTube channel that encourages you post your last will for family, friends, and posterity. I can’t say this shocked me, after writing about the Kardashians, Paris Hilton, and the antics of other reality stars little of this nature does. But it did disgust me. The money-making scheme –and that is all that this is – is promoting its launch with a contest .To encourage people give them free content they are offering “up to $2,500 in cash prizes for the video that gets the most votes”. The whole idea is revolting and exemplifies exploitation. I do get chuckle thinking about the jokes late night comics will make at their expense and the hundreds of fake “wills” they will sift have to view and will post. I for one would never participate in this tawdry nonsense. I hope it soon is exposed for what it is a crash attempt to exploit a sensitive subject or to attempt to get free content with such paltry prizes. All in all this is one too many contests for me.

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