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Holiday Joy Found at Crate & Barrel

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Holiday joy is just around the corner! With this joyous time get ready to match your wonderful list with Santa. The nice on the sheet will win big with the most glorious gifts around from the phenomenal Crate & Barrel.

Every grand offering this season will bring a beautiful smile to your face. Wrap it up and give our favorite gifts from their wonderful collection today.

Here are our top things that are an absolute must for that special present this holiday season:

La Creuset Dutch Oven

Impervious acid, alkali, odors and stains, this hardworking round Dutch oven is made of cast iron coated in a neutral-colored smooth enamel. Great for soups, stews and braises, the Dutch oven is compatible with all types of heat sources, from gas and electric stoves, to ceramic and glass cooktops, to induction and halogen. Revered by both professional chefs and home cooks since its 1925 debut, Le Creuset’s classic French cookware is prized for its utilitarian good looks, unsurpassed heat retention, and lids that create an even “blanket” of heat.

 

Taiga Large Wood and Marble Tree Board

Natural mango wood and white marble craft a tree-shaped serving board that’s perfect for serving Christmas Eve appetizers or après-ski cheeseboards. Assembled by hand, the board alternates lengths of wood and marble to fashion a pine tree silhouette. Rich with the unique grain of renewable mango wood from trees no longer producing fruit and the distinctive veining of marble, the large board is the perfect backdrop for everything from charcuterie to a spill of decorated cookies.

Exclusive Holiday Pillows

Joan Anderson’s whimsical holiday critters are back by popular demand, this time posing solo on embroidered throw pillows. Outlined simply yet expressively in black, decks out for the season with red berries, a crimson bird tree topper and green-striped packages. Made of an off-white wool-blend fabric, the pillow cover reverses to a solid ivory linen-blend and is finished with black merrow-stitch edging. A lovely holiday accent on its own, the tree pillow cover creates a woodland gathering when tossed on a sofa with one or all of the four matching Arctic friends pillows in the collection. Fill this charming pillow cover with a plush feather-down or lofty down-alternative insert (sold separately).

 

 

 

 

 

 

ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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The Benefits of a Lymphatic-Drainage Massage

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I recently had the chance to try the icoone experience at the Organic Spa Media Event. What this machine does is give an intensive lymphatic drainage massage is the course of a short amount of time. The all-new icoone machine delivers 21,600 microstimulations every minute with Multi Micro Alveolar Stimulation that help to achieve quicker, longer-lasting results. The experience is extremely enjoyable and also does body shaping, anti-cellulite treatments, skin rejuvenation, lfirming, and improving blood circulation as well.

Getting a Lymphatic drainage massage is a specialized form of massage therapy that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system to promote the flow of lymph, a fluid that contains white blood cells, throughout the body. This type of massage helps to remove waste products, toxins, and excess fluids from the tissues, improving overall health and boosting the immune system.

The lymphatic drainage massage was developed in the 1930s by Danish doctors Emil and Estrid Vodder while they were working on the French Riviera. They noticed that patients with chronic colds had swollen lymph nodes, and through gentle massage techniques, they were able to relieve the swelling and improve the patients’ health. This technique has since been refined and is now used worldwide as a therapeutic treatment.

The lymphatic system is a crucial part of the immune system, consisting of a network of lymphatic vessels, nodes, and organs. It helps maintain fluid balance, absorb fats from the digestive tract, and protect the body against infections. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a central pump (like the heart) and relies on muscle movement, breathing, and manual manipulation to move lymph through the vessels.

A lymphatic drainage massage involves a series of gentle, rhythmic strokes and light pressure techniques that follow the direction of lymph flow, usually towards the heart. The therapist uses their hands to stimulate the lymphatic vessels and nodes, starting from the extremities and moving towards the body’s core. What this machine does is masterfully get in deeper and quicker.

You will feel small, circular movements on the skin. Then a gentle pressure and releasing it in a pumping motion. A scooping motion encourages lymph flow, while rotational movements on larger body areas.

Lymphatic drainage massage offers numerous health benefits, including:

  • Detoxification as it helps remove toxins and waste products from the body.
  • Reduced Swelling: Alleviates lymphedema and reduces fluid retention, especially after surgery or injury.
  • Improved Immune Function: Enhances the body’s ability to fight infections by stimulating lymph flow.
  • Pain Relief: Can reduce pain associated with conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis.
  • Skin Health: Promotes healthy, glowing skin by reducing puffiness and improving circulation.
  • Relaxation: Induces a state of deep relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety.

Lymphatic drainage massage can also help with post-surgical recovery to help reduce swelling and speed up healing. In chronic conditions, such as managing symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps reduce puffiness, improve skin tone, and manage cellulite.

Lymphatic drainage massage is not suitable for everyone. Especially if you have a chronic infections. Massages can spread an infection. Also if you have blood clots, heart conditions, cancer or kidney problems, as it can increase fluid load on the kidneys.

Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle, effective therapy for enhancing lymphatic flow, supporting the immune system, and promoting overall health. When performed by a trained therapist, it can provide significant benefits for a variety of conditions, contributing to both physical and mental well-being. However, it is essential to consider individual health conditions and consult with healthcare professionals before undergoing this type of massage therapy.

In NYC you can get this treatment here

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The Ultimate Wellness and Beauty Summer Guide

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Summer is about to kick off in a gorgeous way.

Our ultimate annual wellness and beauty guide this season has been carefully curated with top editor picks that will bring you bliss. From beauty products to health companies, we have brought together a list of outstanding items that will shine as bright in your life as the summer sun. The time to feel and look remarkable is now.

For a Perfect Summer Glow –

Transform your skin with the power of Glutathione with Auro Skincare. Dr. Nayan Patel ’s newest venture into skincare is right on target to bring you a perfect summer glow. The line showcases products that have potent antioxidants and adaptogens delivered with the Auro GSH Antioxidant Delivery System. Transformative results are set to come your way and there is no better way to discover the power than an introduction to the company’s travel kit which highlights how you can allow your skin to absorb Glutathione and other antioxidants like Vitamin C and Resveratrol in a deeper way than ever before.

Auro Skincare is a protocol of potent antioxidant formulas powered by the patented, first-of-its-kind Auro GSH Antioxidant Delivery System. By combining powerful ingredients and technology, Auro Products penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin providing you with results powered from the inside out.

For a Perfect Summer Smile –

Davids sensitive+whitening nano-hydroxyapatite premium toothpaste with peppermint is the refreshing thing you need for an amazing smile this summer. Harnesses the regenerative power of nano-hydroxyapatite to relieve tooth sensitivity, repair enamel, remove plaque, smooth the tooth surface, and naturally whiten teeth. We love the line that focuses on safe and clean ingredients that are fluoride free and SLS free. The line also carries a great 100% medical grade stainless steel professional tongue scraper designed to lift bacteria and debris quickly to make your tongue and mouth healthier and cleaner.

For Perfect Summer Hair –

Peter Coppola is a fantastic woman-owned company named after the famous stylist who developed keratin systems, Peter Coppola. Offering more than just treatments, the company showcases a vast array of products that you will fall in love with.

Some highlights we love are Total Repair Smoothing Shampoo, which instantly repairs your hair. The deeply moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo weightlessly strengthens, smooths, and restores lackluster locks with a unique blend of Keratin and Ceramides. The protection to combat humidity of the season is fantastic along with color vibrancy throughout the day. We also love the Infusion Anti-Frizz Cream, which keeps hair tidy, shiny and soft-to-the-touch with ultra-lightweight cream. Infusion Anti-Frizz Cream keeps curls under control and cuts blow-dry time while creating a barrier to block humidity for hair that is sleek and smooth until your next shampoo.

 

NEKKO is a pioneer of scalp and hair treatments geared toward achieving healthy and voluminous results. Believing in the principle that we must not neglect the scalp’s health and vitality; they showcase products that are meant to enrich with a carefully selected blend of plant-based ingredients and amino acids, strengthen and fortify hair and scalp with regular use,

NEKKO Scalp Oil makes a difference for those with a variety of hair issues. Cold-pressed to make for a gentle peeling effect and to purify the scalp, it removes loose dandruff flakes from the hair. This unique formula also works to regulate oily scalps. Delicately cleanses and moisturizes the scalp, which is important so much more in the summer as we expose ourselves to more sweat outdoors. You will love the way your hair feels over a few weeks.

For the Perfect Summer Manicure –

Radiant Cosmetics viral Nail Growth Oil lives up to all the hype.

Founder and TikTok influencer Ruth Ismayelyan and her vegan brand have overwhelmingly captivated beauty enthusiasts for good reason. Her cuticle oil has a unique formulation that after using in a week creates a noticeable difference. Nails look shinny and they start to grow in stronger. The results are really that quick. Nourishing your nails has never been easier and the vitamins in the formula also give a great boost to your overall nail health.

Ruth’s brand has also expanded to lipsticks, lip liners, and lash and brow serums. Products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan, and non-GMO.

Zoya has the perfect polish shades to achieve the classic and beachy vibe for you any day this season. From colors that elevate summer to a product that lasts and shines through with true beauty, we adore everything about this brand.

Shades such as Lillian with a faded aquamarine with a glossy cream finish and Lauren with warm, pink-kissed light beige with very fine gold and copper metallic shimmer are our favorites. They are elegant and fun. To add to the joy is the fact that Zoya is non-toxic and cruelty-free.

For Perfect Summer Social Media Posts –

KISS is set to make all your summer social media posts look radiant. The newest lash collection, designed for a “no makeup, makeup” aesthetic with full sets and a brand-new half lash style is perfect for summer. This trend is about flawlessly imperfect lashes, featuring uneven, sparsely distributed lash patterns for a remarkably natural effect.

We love the way they are easy to apply, comfortable, and incredibly easy to apply. The lash lift effect emphasizes a longer and fuller lash look. Best of all the brand is cruelty free, vegan friendly, and good for contact lens wearers.

For a Perfect Summer Body –

Nuebiome is a leading plant-based and bioferment skincare brand dedicated to harnessing the power of nature and science to deliver clean, effective beauty solutions. Formulated with potent botanical extracts and biofermented ingredients, Nuebiome products are designed to nourish the skin while respecting the planet.

We love their Prebiotic Magnesium Muscle Recovery Flakes. They are a combination of magnesium flakes for muscle relaxation, paired with prebiotic bioferments for skin balance. This salt is designed to provide a soothing and restorative experience, promoting well-being and skin vitality. Crafted with 100% magnesium chloride for a relaxing bath or foot soak.

Reveka Skincare’s Tea Tree + Peppermint Body Bar is a perfect way to find balance and beauty for your skin. Developed by a woman named Darlene who understands the deep principles of clean and healthy skincare products through the benefits of topical magnesium, this soap is a gamechanger this summer season. Reveka is crafted with clean ingredients including no preservatives or dyes and are 100% made in the U.S. The rich lather of Reveka’s soap makes it perfect for shampoo, soap, and shaving cream. It’s made with tea tree, peppermint and shea butter and will hydrate your skin to the next level.

And the best part is the Magnesium Chloride from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed. Two weeks of use and you will see the difference ass use promotes new tissue growth and can help alleviate common skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

 

For Perfect Summer Wellness Sips –

Summer is all about fabulous workout in the sun. Head to the park for a run or do yoga on the beach and know you have a perfect drink to be by your side with PWR LIFT.

The divine taste is refreshing and amps you up for an ultimate session followed by glorious recovery and hydration. This incredible electrolyte-rich, flavored protein water drink is infused with 10g whey protein and B vitamins.  Scrumptious flavors of Berry Strawberry, Lemon Lime, Blueberry Pomegranate and Orange Mango refuel you in a delicious way from head to toe. Help give your body the recovery, strength and hydration it needs with zero sugar and  be grateful to add power to your workout.

 

 

 

 

Kubo Tea is a great way to get amazing clean energy this summer. Crafted with organic green tea caffeine, their blends offer a revitalizing boost without the crash. With more caffeine than traditional teas and coffee, Kubo Tea activates your metabolism and increases energy levels. We love the taste and the pumped-up vibe without the jitters. It helps you concentrate, and you feel the amped up love during workouts and long summer walks on the beach.

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Wellsystem Waterbed Massage That Makes Your Body Feel Like You Are In Heaven

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Yesterday at the Wellness and Travel Media Event I was offered to try the Wellsystem Waterbed Massage. Having to get up at 6am in the morning and not being a morning person, I was dragging by 11am. Then I tried the Wellsystem Waterbed Massage and was sent into nirvana.

In this world stress, bad posture, lack of exercise and 5G are causing more and more people to experience tension and pain in their neck, shoulders back and legs. Wellsystem‘s dry water massage uses heat and water power for a relaxing full, or partial, body massage. I had a five minute session and was brought back to life.

Warm water jets hit the underside of the soft natural rubber surface in even movements. They massage the body from head to toe while you float almost weightlessly on the dry water surface. The soothing warmth and gentle power of the water activates the deeper tissue layers and loosens the entire muscle system. The contactless dry water massage is exceptionally hygienic and an ideal supplement or alternative to manual therapy. 

Right now there isn’t a spa that has this in New York, but hopefully soon as this bed really did the trick.

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Perfect Spring Cleaning with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day

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The perfect way to spring clean is as 1,2, 3 with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day.

While no one really enjoys the chore this time of the year, the long weekend you spend tidying up your home can be done in a joyful way when it comes to the brand. Making the very best of it is a powerful motto that started when Thelma A. Meyer, a real-life Iowa homemaker and mother of nine, who cherished her backyard garden and believed in a better way to care for her home, started the popular line. Inspired by the down-to-earth values of her mother, her daughter launched Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products, which smell wonderful and equally work hard and clean.

Now, Mrs. Meyer’s first-ever Summer Seasonal line is available now and through June 30 in store and online through retailers like Amazon, Target, and
Home Depot .The summer scents (Dandelion, Fresh Cut Grass and Tomato Vine) are available in hand soap, dish soap and multi-surface everyday cleaner.

• Sweet Dandelion twirls in whimsy and wonder, bringing with it a drip of honey. Top notes include Lemon, Orange and Green.

• Smelling Fresh Cut Grass feels like summer inside and out. Top notes include Fresh Cut Grass and Cucumber Blossom.• The ripe smell of Tomato Vine, slightly earthy & subtly sweet, cuts through with its herbaceous tang and burst of brightness. Top notes include Nasturtium, Tomato, Vine and Eucalyptus.

Mrs. Meyer’s garden-inspired line offers a variety of products for home care to body care; including lotions, soaps, surface cleaners, room sprays, candles and laundry items. Products are made with essential oils, plant-derived and other thoughtfully chosen ingredients that are powerful against dirt and grime while being a pleasure to use.

We particularly love the laundry line, which Detergent and Ultra Concentrated formulas bring the freshness of the garden indoors. Products are optical brightener free and full of stain-fighting enzymes. The new laundry innovations and Mrs. Meyer’s first-ever summer collection are particularly wonderful.

Find the latest products and scents from Mrs. Meyer’s at mrsmeyers.com and check out  Instagram and Facebook @mrsmeyerscleanday, Twitter @MrsMeyersClean and YouTube at Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day.

 


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Glen-Gery Launches First U.S. Exclusive Edition of Materiality at Dazzling New York Event

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Glen-Gery is once again bringing beautiful artistic impressions to the world. On April 18, they hosted an exclusive launch event for the first U.S. edition of “Materiality.” Over 300 guests gathered at Brickworks Design Studio on 5th Avenue for a spectacular event that showcased lively discussions with experts during “Shapes to the X Degree.”

The discussion was moderated by Morris Adjmi of Morris Adjmi Architects and spotlighted panelists Stanley Saitowtiz of Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc; Gregory Hoss of David M. Schwarz Architects; Kent Suhrbier, FAIA, LEED AP of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Ben Widger, AIA of Kennedy Violich Architects; Arthur Chang of NADAAA Inc. and Diego Samuel of HDR.

“In an era where architectural trends and materials come and go, brick’s enduring beauty, versatility and resilience stand out as a cornerstone in shaping structures that transcend time and inspire generations,” says Tim Leese, director of marketing for Brickworks North America. “Within its pages, Materiality: Brick in contemporary university architecture vividly illustrates this belief, showcasing the most exceptional architectural projects and designs from universities across the U.S.”

Featured architects brilliantly discussed how unique architectural designs and details can be achieved using masonry. Each honored professional spent time passionately explaining projects around America that re-shaped the modern landscape. It was a fascinating presentation that the audience enjoyed from start to finish.

The “Materiality” discussion was followed by Glen-Gery announcing its first-ever architect collaboration program to educate and empower the current and future generations of architects and designers.

All event attendees, including architects, designers and students, were given a chance to receive a one-of-a-kind collaboration opportunity with Glen-Gery to become an honorary member of its R&D Team. Those chosen will have the chance to visit the company’s Mid-Atlantic factory in Pennsylvania where they will work with Glen-Gery to design a custom brick shape, which can then serve as the centerpiece for conceptual building project renderings or sketches, cementing the program’s transformative impact.

Outstanding building designs that were in the spotlight on the special night included:

  • Zeppos Residential College at Vanderbilt University: A monumental 260,000-square-foot residential building with a collegiate gothic-style structure. Through the use of limestone details, patterned brick and a warm palette of interior materials, the building scale is humanizing and creates a series of public and private spaces, bringing comfort and familiarity to residents.
  • The Iribe Center of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Maryland: Peeling back the layers of this building project, the two-part structure showcases the intricacies of the non-structural application of brick. Through the use of parametric modeling, an abstract pattern was translated into a system of brick that creates the illusion of movement along the interior walls.
  • The Institute for Data Science at University of Rochester: As the signature focus of the University’s strategic plan, the 61,000-square-foot research institute’s design treats each brick as a digital ‘pixel’ of information. Shadows from the projecting bricks activate the facades, creating dynamic, textural surfaces that communicate natural environment data across the days and seasons.

To request a complimentary hard copy of Materiality, visit www.glengery.com/materiality.

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