Are you ready for sandals?

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Hot weather means “sandal feet” and putting your toes on display. According to celebrity podiatrist Dr. Suzanne Levine, “Our feet tend to swell more from the summer heat, looking less attractive at a time when they are more visible in open shoes. Treat your feet the way you treat your face,” she says, repeating one of her often-quoted instructions.


Dr. Levine founded the Institute Beauté on Manhattan’s Park Avenue, and has authored seven books, including the best-seller, My Feet are Killing Me. Known in Manhattan as the Park Avenue podiatrist, or podiatrist in high heels, she says, “Swelling can cause problems year-round, but it’s especially troublesome in the summer, when people wear sandals and other shoes with straps. The inflammation aggravates bunions, bursas, corns and hammer toes.”


To combat the swelling and soothe sore feet Dr. Levine recommends adding half a cup of Epsom salts to a gallon of lukewarm water and soaking your feet for 15 minutes at the end of the day. “Ideally, it should be done every day, but if people are too busy, it should be done at least three times a week.

“You can also make a paste with Epsom salts and use it to exfoliate your feet,” Dr. Levine says. Her recipe: mix half a cup of Epsom salts with a holistic, natural moisturizing agent, such as 5% or 10% glycolic cream. She keeps a Tupperware container with the paste in the shower. “It’s fabulous,” Dr. Levine says. “It works on the callouses, makes the hard skin disappear and makes the foot feel better.”


Other foot advice from Dr. Levine:


Prevent ingrown toenails by trimming toenails straight across without cutting into the sides.


Use a pumice stone and a moisturizing agent to soothe callouses.


Bring your own equipment to your nail spa to help guard against fungus and other infections.


Apply zinc oxide sunscreen to your feet to reduce sun damage, including sun burn, premature aging of your skin and hyperpigmentation (an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color.)

DolceDolce tips: 

To make your feet glow and feel luxuriously soft you can use a home foot mask.

Target carries PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing Mask which contains Shea butter, apple extract, and peppermint. Or try the PediSpa Gentle Exfoliating foot mask with chamomile and natural botanical fruit extracts to help control callus build-up.

Wear the little booties for 20-30 minutes. The box contains 2 pairs and sells for $9.99


Holika Holika Baby Silky Hand + Foot Mask Sheet Masks are from Korea and unlike the masks that make feet peel for up to two weeks, this is a skin softening mask.

It costs under $10, online.



Mother’s Day fantasy

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From the fabulous late Jackie Collins’ scorching bestsellers to E. L. James’ erotic sensation, 50 Shades of Grey, it is clear that fantasy fuels desire.  It’s not that soccer Moms and career women want to run away to join harems – though many might want to become Jackie’s famous heroine, Lucky Angelo, if they could manage it – but the fantasy can be a turn-on.

So, this Mother’s Day why not give yourself, or let it be known you want your own idea of a sexy little fantasy.  Dressing up can really put you in the mood.

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You can order everything you desire, from a lace mask, to a sexy harem dancer outfit. There are costumes that will let you play out scenes from any movie or drama you can imagine. Measure carefully and order from the high-end for well-made, wearable outifts.


Sexy Shimmer lips with no tricks

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You have seen the YouTube tutorials where women apply 5 colours to their lips to get the “Marilyn look” or the “Kylie look”. Forget it!  Those tricks and all that makeup can look great in studio lighting but for everyday it looks awful!

Borghese’s new Eclissare ColorStruck Lipsticks are colour-saturated, full pigment lipsticks that flatter skin tones.  Each shade has the perfect amount of pigment and pearl. The multi-dimensional hues were designed to create the illusion of fuller looking lips.  They also stay on for hours!

This is the most gorgeous lipstick I have seen in ages! It makes your lips look delicious!

I also tried the other shades that came in the new collection: Swoon is a light, gold-flecked, peachy- nude tone. I love this colour for summer. I will look fabulous with fair skin or with a tan.

Escape is very soft coral-red with gold flecks. It is a very easy to wear red that is flattering to warm skin tones. Departure is a sheer, creamy mauve. Edge is a creamy coca-nude. Dare is a vibrant shade of gold-flecked burgundy.

These are gorgeous lipsticks elegantly packaged in sleek black metal cases with copper accents.



Trend alert: Nautical stripes

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Nautical stripes are having a moment with designers. The look is classic.

You can’t go wrong adding a new crisped marine inspired top or dress to your wardrobe.

Look for a face-flattering neckline or perhaps an unusual twist on colour or shape.

Avoid anything that looks too busy, or cheaply made items that will defeat the charm of this timeless trend.

Milly Invisibles Stripe Cutout Dress $385.00


Belly Bandit’s The Mother Tucker Shortie.

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Celebrities love Belly Bandit! It is the brand that is trusted to help keep the stars comfortable and smooth before and after pregnancy. Now they have a line of silky shapewear.

Belly Bandit’s The Mother Tucker Shortie is  “uniquely designed to stay securely in place, without awkward tugging and adjusting. The lightweight, barely there material is like a second skin, invisible under clothes” The one to try is silky, and while it is not super sheer, it doesn’t move. This is very important because tugging can drive you crazy and ruin the chicest look.

It comes in black and nude.



Miss Fortune

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Lauren Weidman’s Miss Fortune is a chronicle of her life as a modern woman – having it all. I could only marvel at her resignation in recounting a humiliating threesome with co-workers in the Netherlands and later her husband’s affair with their babysitter.

I plodded – rather than plowed – through this book, wondering if all the abuse this woman willingly endures at the hands of others is what made her an award winning comedic actress.  She chronicles her life in a series of incidents, including maltreatment at the hands of her adopted mother, sister, co-workers, lovers, friends and finally her husband.

The title is apt. This is indeed a tale of Misfortune. Alas I didn’t see much hope or resolution.


Bikini friendly cocktails!

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Beach season will be here before you know it, so it is time to get into shape. Blue Ice Vodka is handcrafted, gluten free, NON-GMO potato Vodka with half the calories of your standard vodka. It contains, according to its makers contains, precisely 52 calories per ounce. So if you are looking for a bikini-friendly cocktail try it straight up or in the recipe below.

Vodka Lemon

2 ounces of Blue Ice Vodka

2 tsp of Lemon Juice

2 tsp sugar (1 tsp Petite Canne Sugar Cane Syrup, very pure prepared sweet sugar syrup that will dissolve completely in cocktails.)

Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass with a little lemon juice and dip in ½ of the sugar to frost. Mix vodka and remaining lemon juice and sugar in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.


Mother’s Day


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I not saying that there aren’t any good movies any more but I miss a nice light chick-flick. They may not be everyone’s bag of popcorn but I love Julia Robert in Pretty Woman and Notting Hill. And Kate Hudson in Almost Famous and Le Divorce. Director Gary Marshall made Pretty Woman which is just another reason I am looking forward to his new feel-good movie Mother’s Day.

The movie is about three women; Julia Roberts as a television, Jennifer Anniston as a divorcee looking for love, and Kate Hudson who want a better relationship with her mother.

The three stories are intertwined.

If you are still looking for a Mother’s Day gift at my beautiful flowers from Proflowers might give you an idea.

Proflowers partnered with Mother’s Day and they offer gift ideas. This is the bouquet (This vase but one this one came with the flowers) you can send your mother beautiful roses and lilies and a vase – just like these for just under $30. I love flowers and these are very fresh. Shipping fees and tax are extra.




Life is sweet but sometimes it is complicate too.


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