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Summer seduction

Everything seems sexier in the sun. Why is it when we’re one shot of tequila down on the hot sand, slathered in coconut oil, surrounded by bronzed pretty people in scandalous bikinis and bright swimming trunks, life is better? Simple, because it is.

Manhattan has swanky poolside rooftop terraces, which are welcome oasis amidst the hot asphalt. Yet, expensive sandals and a bikini it took days to find are not the main ingredients for a hot scene. The air is hot but people’s attitudes are not.

Hot Scene

Ingredients: 1 coconut with its water

2 shots rum or tequila

Double up the portions so you have some to share!

Shake well while dancing to playlist of all Latin greatest hits ever!

Rim the glass with chillies, salt and organic evaporated cane juice crystals.

Add a twist of fresh lime while offering your lover a tangy kiss.

Muddle in the pulp of every exquisite tropical fruit that ever was.

Stir in the sun’s glow, and moonlight to taste.

Serve chilled.

Garnish with a hammock and sunset.

Warning: This is a highly addictive cocktail with aphrodisiac properties.

Drink at your own risk. Consuming this cocktail in a group has been known to cause a hot scene.

The reason the best roof top escapes never feel quite like your last trip to the tropics, is because the experience gets lost in translation. I came back from one of the years most exclusive weddings held on a remote tropical island with approximately 350 pretty people. Playing in the sand and dancing on the beach till 7 AM, everyone was happy being happy and it was heaven. There’s an energy and spirit that even New Yorkers can learn from. Building walls is sad. We have so much to lose without each other’s company. Building castles in the sand together is a better aspiration.

There are jewels to be acquired and quite honestly our hot blooded Latin neighbors abroad and within our midst have a great and seductive energy that can help ease our cold demeanor and melt our frigid gringo ways, like the ice cubes melting in my cocktail.

Is there anything better then a day at the beach? When palm trees wave seductively while sultry rhythms play, do we not think to ourselves, that we finally understand what life’s really about and question our return ticket back to the hustle and grind?

I wish to stay in my swimsuit forever, convinced that wearing a bikini everyday must be the ultimate diet aid/appetite suppressant. But most of all, it’s the relaxed sensuous feeling that permeates the ocean breeze that’s missed, long after the tan fades. That care free feeling that has us dancing salsa and laughing till dawn is what we wish we could bottle and take back with us. But, like the end of a summer romance, reality taps us on the shoulder just when we’re debating our return flight, tempted not to pack the suitcase and simply run away from it all to stay in paradise.


Samantha von Sperling is a lifestyle guru who has spent her entire career going above and beyond to help her clients achieve their goals. “When asked what I do, I will tell you that I “Spit shine” people and things for a living. My arsenal of expertise helps smooth out the rough spots, whether it’s your look, the space you inhabit, or how you interact with the world around you. Our goal is to help you feel more comfortable in your skin and confident in your ability to handle any social situation with panache! Keen insight and fresh perspective is the first step to attaining your goal. Everything in life at some level is a matter of packaging and a game of seduction, a new job, a step up a ladder, the winning over of clients and friends or the conquest of your desire. Tell me what you want, what you need, even if it seems trivial, personal or impossible. If I can’t help you, I’ll tell you. If I can, it shall be done.” Samantha was raised in a sophisticated family where entertaining international guests was de rigueur; refined manners, elegant dress, proper posture, the art of conversation, and ballroom dancing are second nature to her. Her education is a continuation of a lifelong passion for the arts and a foundation for her business. Armed with a degree from New York University in Educational Theatre with a concentration in Speech Communications – also a classically trained ballroom dancer and actress – von Sperling set out the offer the world a new approach to the old concept of finishing. She uses her diverse talents through innovative group seminars or with one-on-one consultations. By utilizing all her skills and training, von Sperling has fulfilled requests from royal families, diplomats, politicians, celebrities, CEOs, companies big and small, regular joes, and soccer moms. Ms. von Sperling has appeared in print publications such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine, O The Oprah Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. She appears as a guest expert on numerous television programs, and currently contributes as ImageGal for and writes her own column, “Ask Sam” for Time Square Chronicles which she counts amongst her great joys in life. Samantha von Sperling from POLISHED Social Image Consultants has been on the forefront of the image consulting industry for a decade, helping to bring out the best in you – from the boardroom to the ballroom.

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Ask Sam: Interview with Tasha Lacy for Hoop for Your Heart



I had the great pleasure of interviewing my Heart Sister Tasha Lacy, Hoop Fit instructor, spokesperson, and fellow heart activist, for her huge exciting, upcoming ‘Hoop For Your Heart’ event In Dayton Ohio.The event will raise heart health awareness, strengthen and help empower peoples ability to have the knowledge and tools to help take charge of their heart health.Hoop for Your Heart will feature a variety of health focused experts and attendees, and directly help someone in need of major heart surgery. Check out the in depth Interview below.
Hoop For Your Heart 
Saturday July 15,2023
Greater Dayton Recreation Center 
2022 W Third St Dayton OH 45417
10a.m. To 4p.m.
Theme: ” Find something you love and move”
3 hour Hula Hoop Marathon begins at 1 p.m.
To pledge Tasya in the marathon go to
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To register to Hula Hoop for the marathon with Tasya also visit

Tasha Lacy

Bob Harper with Tasha Lacy. Photo Credit Bob Harper

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In Honor of February Heart Awareness Month 



Since I’m a #survivor, I decided to share  my heart story. Heart disease is the No.1 killer of women.
So eat a healthy diet and exercise, it could save your life. Please learn CPR, you could be the difference for someone else.
So I’m living my life to the fullest wearing red!
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Ask Sam: Interview with CJW



You might remember Chris Weaver a.k.a, CJW, Velvet voiced up-and-coming artist, living in Brooklyn New York. From his grand debut on season 13 of The Voice, a competition reality show on TV for talented singers. 
Growing up in the church CJW takes much inspiration from Gospel and classic R & B. In our interview with Weaver he said his goal with his music is to create a “feel good” Energy for his audiences.
CJW’s versatile range is outstanding. He’s ready to put on his show wherever, whenever and give his fans a taste of what can be seen of him live In our interview. 
I loved doing this interview with CJW has so much talent wrapped in an extremely lovely and positive person. I had the pleasure of co hosting the interview with my friend and colleague Martina.
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Ask Sam: I’m back! Better than ever!



It’s been an honor to write this column all these years alongside a privilege to write about various lifestyle topics, especially pertinent to us city dwellers, and have the freedom to speak my mind to all of you in a way I hope made you smile. I could not write all these articles about striving to be our best, unless I understood that our best is an elusive thing.

You can watch Samantha here

We are always growing and changing. The way we balance our wobble board of life is always shifting as we fight to maintain balance. Through the course of this shifting and striving, even if it’s just by a breath, the idea is to be better than yesterday. That’s the best we can do.

Samantha Bessudo Drucker

I’ve been quiet for a while so that I may put myself through a metamorphosis that has taken me some time to incubate my chrysalis. With a bigger wingspan, I can fly and I am excited to finally be able to share the launch of my rebrand with you!

Jeffrey and Samantha Bessudo Drucker

After a shining 20 years as the director of Polished Social Image Consultants – I took a hiatus to get married, author my book “90 Days to Husband No.2,” develop, reinvent, and remerge as – lifestyle genie. “Let me wave my wand!”

Samantha Bessudo Drucker

30 years ago, I started out as an actress and ballroom dancer. Morphed into a makeup artist and stylist, then became a celebrity image consultant for 20 years with clients from around the world including 2 royal families. I took some time off to design a new chapter after marrying my 2nd husband – architect Jeffery Drucker, rebrand, and develop projects that allow me to reach a greater audience.

As a Lifestyle Genie, I help people become the best version of themselves in all aspects, including image, wardrobe, grooming, style, and beauty. Alongside etiquette, social grace, communication skills, romantic advice, and interior design.

I am delighted to be back.

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2022 Wall Street Run & Heart Walk With Samantha Bessudo Drucker



On my 41st birthday – I received three stents in my heart.

It was after an eight-week hiatus from running due to injury, and I could not wait to get back to it. I was 10 minutes into a run when I didn’t feel right. It felt like my heart was beating in my throat and there was a pulsing sensation in my muscles that felt like fatigue after an exhausting workout.

Two days later while visiting the dentist, I told him everything that was happening to me. He wanted me to see a doctor right away. I visited a local clinic that ran tests. My pulse, blood pressure and EKG all came back normal. Everyone told me, ”You’re young, you’re fit, you’re female, you’re fine.” Writing it off as an anxiety attack, they actually gave me a prescription for Klonopin. But with hereditary high cholesterol and both my parents having heart attacks, I demanded an Echo Stress Test. I was scheduled for an angiogram the next day.

Hours later when I woke up, Dr. Coppola came into see me. He said, “In my 30 years as a cardiologist, I’ve never seen a heart like yours. Both of your arteries were blocked. I had to put three stents in your heart immediately. It’s a miracle that you are still here after having a heart attack in progress the past five days. The only explanation I can give is that your years as an  athlete created other passageways for blood to flow.”

Shock washed over me as I processed what he was saying. Dr. Coppola continued telling me that I was young and strong and would be okay. – Best birthday present ever!

I started the cardiac rehab program at NYU Langone, where I did cardio attached to a monitor to strengthen my heart again. It gave me the confidence to push myself and get back to my former athletic self. I was able to run the AHA Wall Street 5K, just nine months after the stents were put in. I no longer felt like a victim due to my diagnosis.

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. I beat the odds. I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. I exercise 4 to 5 times a week. I follow a gluten-free and plant-based diet. I spend time with people and animals that make me happy. I realize how precious life is.
I was asked to be a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. I was honored to be asked to share my story and help raise awareness about heart disease. I’m grateful for the advances in medicine that gave me a new lease on life.

When it comes to your health, I tell everyone to trust his, her or their instincts. No one knows your body better than you. I want to continue to share my personal experience and encourage people to make their heart a priority. Life is why.

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