Spring brings out the best in all of us. There is so much to smile about with beautiful weather kicking in. It’s a time to find your happy place with our best of the month list.
BODY – To add to that beauty our pick is PHYTO Botanical Power. Every person can relate to pandemic hair woes, but here is a universal solution to make you feel your best this season. We absolutely LOVE the entire line, but our heart goes to Phytonovathrix. Inspired by the patented and award-winning formula, PHYTOLOGIST, PHYTO created the most expert solution for hair thinning. You always hear how products dramatically change your hair, and it is hard to believe. But, this is hair truth from heaven. Worth every penny your hair will be restored and rejuvinated.
Enhanced with its innovative Celery Seed Extract, PHYTONOVATHRIX creates an optimal environment to boost healthy hair growth and promote hair’s beauty and density. The new non-oily formula stimulates the scalp to promote thicker hair. It is the ideal natural solution to act on all types of hair thinning. Designed for men and women experiencing temporary to severe hair loss due to stress, fatigue, illness, pregnancy, hormonal imbalance, or genetics.
And, it’s also great to look at their entire line with additional focus on an incredible selection of shampoos like the Forifying Energizing Shampoo that brings a breath of fresh air to your day, and the Moisturizing Shampoo that makes your dry hair feel nurtured again. With products being vegan, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and silicone-free they are gentle enough for all ages. We just cannot speak enough lovely words for this amazing line that is a must add for your daily hair routine.
MIND – We think that anyone can benefit from working on their mind muscle, but especially parents. A little “me” time goes a long way, working on centering yourself and your mind is not just good for you, but for your whole family. What better way to exercise your ‘mental fitness’ than with a class from the first-ever mental fitness studio- Liberate.
Launched in May 2020, Liberate leads a variety of virtual group classes that are created to empower you to be your best self. Each class flows through the unique Liberate Method which includes: Intention Setting, setting yourself up for the class; Mindful Movement, gentle stretching or light yoga; Reflection Journaling, guided prompts to deep dive; Conversation Connection, optional opportunity to share with the group; and Meditation, a grounding activity to finish the session.
Developed with the help of sports psychologists and founder and CEO Liv Bowsers’ own knowledge & experience as a Certified Meditation and Mindfulness teacher, the Liberate Method has helped thousands of participants alleviate anxiety, build confidence and self-love, create “inner calm” and more.
Here is to finding your beauty inside and out this spring.
Events in the News
Here are some exciting things in the news.
City of Hope, one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the United States and a leading research center for diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses, held the third annual Closing the Care Gap event last night with its Music, Film and Entertainment Industry (MFEI) fundraising group. Hosted by music industry icons, Lyor Cohen, global head of Music at YouTube and Google, and Sylvia Rhone, chair and CEO of Epic Records, the event brought together industry professionals and influencers to inspire, educate and support opportunities to achieve access to the best treatment and care available for all people facing cancer.
“Too many people needlessly suffer due to lack of access to the latest medical innovations and systemic barriers that prevent them from getting the best cancer care,” said John Carpten, Ph.D., director of City of Hope’s National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, director of Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, chief scientific officer and the Irell & Manella Cancer Center Director’s Distinguished Chair. “At City of Hope, we are working to carry out solutions that increase the likelihood that every person living with cancer — regardless of race or region — can get the best care.”
The US Open Tennis Championships has IHG Hotels & Resorts creating memorable and interactive fan experiences. There is a secret gift for superfans, which they can unlock with a special password. Beginning August 27, guests staying at select IHG hotels in NYC can unlock the surprise by whispering “Game. Set. Swag.” at the front desk to receive an IHG swag bag full of goodies to use at the US Open.
Kits are first come, first served, while supplies last, and are available to guests checking in at the below NYC-area IHG hotels
And coming up, the Grand Kyiv Ballet is excited to announce an upcoming American Tour this fall, featuring the performance “Snow White.” The show is scheduled for September 26, 2023, at the King Theatre in New York. This tour holds a special purpose, as it aims to support the renovation of the Kyiv State Choreographic College, an important institution in Ukraine. The principal dancers relocated recently to Seattle because of war, and it’s their first American tour.
Summer Finale with a List to Love
From beauty to fashion to sips, we have had some wonderful fun with these amazing products that dazzled brightly this shiny summer season.
For fashion lovers –
Portland Leather Goods has a wallet that is perfect for holding your ID and credit cards without compromising style.
Their Mini Daisy Wallet is truly wonderful for any place you go this season. Carry it with ease in your pocket at concerts or in your beach bag. You will love the fun colors and exciting details.
Founder Susan DelPriore’s touch is on each piece, whether she’s designed it herself or curated it from top brands, such as Free People, Steve Madden, and Chinese Laundry. She’s involved in every buying decision and creation, ensuring a proper fit for every body size.
For picnic lovers on wine duty for the party –
PureWine – The Wand is an awesome purifier and the only product available that purifies your wine by removing both histamines and sulfites from a single glass serving.
For keeping summer going all year long –
Fall Beauty Colors the Senses
Fall is just around the corner. The time is now to get your beauty on with an array of fantastic offerings. Here are some simply gorgeous things we love to make you feel beautiful this season.
Armani Beauty’s Eye Tint Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeshadow is the absolute best eye shadow selection of the season. There is something so divine about using a product that goes on smooth like butter and feels like silk on the face. Every shade of color goes with any skin tone and will make the lucky wearer feel the power of luxury. It is exquisite and a true game changer in the industry.
Perfect for creating the Latte eye, and the water-infused formula is creamy, blendable, and long lasting. Use a neutral, matte shade like 30 on the lid, then apply a darker, matte shade like 36 in the crease. Then, go in with a neutral shimmer in the corner with shades 9 or 12.
Lights Lacquer is the nail polish that you have been wanting your entire life. Your hands take on divine sophistication with this incredible brand. Let your hand do the talking with this on because you will have a lot of wonderful things to say!
The female-founded, Latina-owned brand founded by KathleenLights, has launched YNBB III, the third volume of the popular nudes collection, featuring six new sheer nudes that were thoughtfully designed to enhance the natural beauty of all skin tones. YNBB III is the perfect collection for the latest nail trends dominating the beauty space, in the award-winning formula Lights Lacquer is known for. YNBB III includes rich sheer jelly & crelly (similar to a jelly, but has more pigment) tones.
Your hair is set to feel as much luxury with Aveeno Blackberry Quinoa Protein Shampoo and Conditioner.
Infused with blackberry and quinoa protein, this shampoo and conditioner helps preserve hair color and restore naturally lightened strands. The shampoo and conditioner are also beneficial for an irritated scalp.
Make your hair feel even more superb with Rogaine. The 1st FDA-approved over-the-counter topical hair loss treatment proven to regrow hair truly works. It fits easily into your daily routine, with offerings in two convenient formats: foam and solution; both which provide same great results with continued usage.
We love the way the Women’s Solution makes a noticeable difference in about a month without feeling like you have used harsh chemicals. Hair becomes noticeably thicker, especially on top root areas. This is such a sensitive topic for women, so they way it works well and in a sophisticated way is truly admirable and should be applauded.
For 35 years, Rogaine products have been proven to counteract the effects of hair loss by revitalizing hair follicles so you can regrow thicker, fuller hair. All Rogaine products feature minoxidil, the only ingredient clinically-proven to stimulate new hair regrowth in topical form.
Stream2Sea sunscreen brand developed by Autumn Blum, a chemist, entrepreneur, and ocean advocate who has testified before Congress on the harmful effects of chemical-based personal care products on the environment. What is available to the consumer is an incredible brand that protects your skin and for all the right reasons. The offerings of the company are great for both kids and adults. We even adore the way it is fantastic for people with sensitive skin. Enjoy your time in the sun during fall walks on the park or even brisk hikes on trails full of colorful autumn leaves.
Stream2Sea offers a range of sunscreen products that are consciously formulated to be safe for both the environment and the user. Suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin, the formulas are water-based and non-greasy, so you never have to worry about the sunscreen blocking your pores! The products are biodegradable and packaged in either recyclable sugar cane resin or PCR plastic made from recycled milk jugs. Its sunscreen formulas are enriched with a potent blend of antioxidant-rich ingredients like wakame seaweed, aloe vera, tulsi (holy basil), green tea, and olive leaf. These ingredients work together to protect and nourish the skin, making them ideal for adventurers from all walks of life. With Stream2Sea, consumers can make a wise decision that supports a better future for all.
PHYTO Pro Style line is favorite of celebrity stylists, this new and improved hairspray, naturally controls and tames hair, and provides medium hold and volume. Now reformulated with less alcohol, it is made with Silk proteins, which have filmogenic properties and boost shine. The ultimate red carpet favorite, this has been used on celebrities such as Emily Olsen and Angela Bassett to finish off and hold their looks.
The PHYTO PRO STYLE Volume Mousse was used on Lucy Hale’s hair at the 2022 Met Gala, this new formula is a dense, lightweight, creamy mousse that gives hair volume and body. It has been reformulated with Quinoa extract, which is rich in proteins, and the hydrating properties of Provitamin B5.
Float Factory’s Fantastic Summer with Star-Studded Influencers
Summer is sizzling and in full swing as shown by Float Factory. This season the stars have been shining sunshine joy all over the country. From swimming pool to lakes and beachfront resorts, there has been so much fun!
Demi Bagby (aka Demi Baby), is a well-known fitness influencer and social media megastar. Over two million followers tune in to watch her video tutorials and workouts featuring CrossFit, weightlifting, calisthenics, yoga, parkour, cheerleading, acrobatics, skateboarding, surfing, and martial arts.
These videos not only challenge followers, but inspire them. In 2014, Demi Bagby suffered a freak accident during a cheerleading stunt. A misstep broke her back, left her paralyzed for three months, and transformed the rest of her life.
While recovering, Bagby became fascinated with CrossFit and calisthenics. In the very next year, she ranked 517th in the US CrossFit Open for 14 to 15-year-old girls, and ranked 23rd in the world the following year.
As an influencer, Bagby uses her story to motivate online followers to achieve fitness success and conquer physical challenges, but not all of Bagby’s social media posts show her breaking a sweat. In fact, some of her latest pics show her cooling off in her two favorite inflatables from Float Factory.
In one of those pics, Bagby takes aim with the water cannon on her Pool Punisher tank-style float. Her cannon is no joke, sucking an endless supply of water directly from the pool and soaking enemy combatants up to 30 feet away. Converting the photo to black-and-white and captioning it “MIA,” she’s clearly having a blast this summer!
Bagby’s second inflatable is another red and black Formula One racer, just like Fonsi’s. This photo depicts her chilling with back supports, armrests, and dual cup holders and waiting for the checkered flag to drop.
Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero is best known by his stage name Luis Fonsi and his hit song “Despacito” featuring rapper Daddy Yankee. This Puerto Rican singer and songwriter won Song of the Year and three Billboard Latin Music Awards in the Latin Grammy Awards for “Aquí Estoy Yo,” but “Despacito” is his most prominent success. The song earned him three Grammy nominations, four Latin Grammy Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, seven Billboard Latin Music Awards, and sold over 11 million records — breaking six Guinness World Records.
Despite all of this, Fonsi’s latest Instagram post does not have anything to do with music. Instead, he shares a photo of himself kicking back and enjoying some summer fun on one of the newest inflatables from Float Factory.
Since the post was made, over 14 million followers have caught a glimpse of Fonsi racing across the pool in a red-and-black Formula One-style racecar. Decked out in a racing helmet, Fonsi is ready to make waves in the inflatable equipped with multi-directional steering and a Hydro Motor.
Alexa Collins has modeled for well-known brands like Baja Bae tanning lotion, LaBoom By Crystal tanning lotion, and TBS Swimwear. As a swimsuit model and Instagram influencer with over 3 million followers, her pictures often portray her poolside in stylish bikinis.
Most recently, her followers had a chance to see Collins’s favorite new pool toy. To heighten the suspense, she released an unboxing clip of inflating her blue and gray Formula One-style racecar. The next pic shows the fully inflated car in action with Collins at the wheel.
These influencers have built trust with their followers through authenticity. When they recommend a product, their followers know the suggestion is coming from someone who actually uses it and knows what they’re talking about, which is why brands like Float Factory partner with content creators.
The best partnerships between brands and influencers are a mutual win for both parties. Influencers use their platforms to promote products or services they love, while brands get access to an engaged audience who trusts the recommendations of their favorite content creators. As in the case of Float Factory, collaborations like this help both sides grow their audience and reach new customers.
The Sizzling Hot Summer List
Go bold and big this summer with your shopping list. If you have a summer birthday, celebrating an anniversary, want to do Fourth of July in grand style, or you simply want to spoil yourself this is the the list for you!
With the season heating up so are the deals and the selections that will make your days go by with glee. There is something for everyone in our big summer bonanza.
For those who are seeking travel adventure around the globe this season
This is the travel blanket off all blankets! Ultra-soft, lightweight blanket made of 74% Micro Modal and 26% Cotton. The Micro Modal Travel Blanket offers a soft, lightweight hand that rivals cashmere in a small size designed to fit in a suitcase or handbag. Also makes a wonderful day blanket for lounging on the sofa or in your Jetson Chair. Machine washable. Comes with a matching carry pouch.
For the fashion lover, get your style on this summer. The days are longer in July and August, so it gives you more time each week to look your absolute best.
Discover your next obsession with this affordable line that is cute and goes with everything. Fit is true and style selections are splendid. They even offer a unique selection of vintage pieces so you can find something truly unique for everyone on your list.
You will love the Flora Lambskin Leather Moto Jacket on summer nights.
STATE is a mission-driven family bag brand that gives back. The Graham Shopper ($145) is an amazing example in the line. Zip from yoga to the airport with our new puffer shopper tote. Lightweight and sleek, yet incredibly spacious and packed with functionality, this bag was made to move with you. For every State bag purchased, they support American children and families in need in the ways they need it most. Our giving initiatives include donating fully packed backpacks at our signature bag drop rallies, fueling #WhatDoWeTellTheKids activations and special projects with partner charities and schools in which we so deeply believe.
The brand is making a splash with their new swim line.
They have perfected the Certified Clean First Layer —bras, underwear and tanks—making them supportive, deeply comfortable and free from harmful chemicals and fabrics including pesticides, chlorine bleach, flame retardants, formaldehyde, heavy metals and carcinogenic, allergy-inducing dyes. The undergarments are made with ethically sourced materials best-in-class blends of European silk to deliver the highest quality first layers possible.
For those looking to get their beauty game amped up, these are splendid to try. All will love the great glow you will get when you try these.
This will bring joy to your skin. Neon Hippie brings together future forward science and the best ingredients the earth gives us. The brand’s lead chemist has led the way and created a proprietary blend of seven skin transforming mushrooms, called the 7 Shroom ComplexTM. They’ve chosen the seven most productive strains cultivated specifically for skincare, each of which has an effect on its own, but when you blend them, it creates a ballet of activity that performs to quench eco-damaged textures and promotes cellular turnover.
The MicroTouch Titanium Max is perfect for beauty grooming at home. The micro-precision trimmer has an ultra-thin head with a perfectly-angled, side-mounted blades, that goes beyond where clippers and scissors can. Now, with micro-oscillating German stainless steel blades, bonded with Titanium, the MicroTouch® Titanium Max™ finishes your groom like nothing else can.
The signature cleansing cream cleans and conditions without harsh foams and damaging detergents found in traditional shampoos. We love this product and it is good for Earth! Minimize our impact on the environment from Hairstory. Through manufacturing, packaging and shipping, everything Hairstory does is done with the intention of being a more sustainable and environmentally mindful business. Making the switch to New Wash reduces your carbon footprint, your plastic consumption, and your water consumption by enabling shorter showers, cutting back on both water use and carbon emissions to heat the water. The pouches use much less plastic than a single plastic bottle, and the savings are doubled for shampoo and conditioner each.
The Moisture Shave Cream is a great option rather than a traditional shaving gel as it functions as a 4-in-1 solution. Treat yourself to moisturizing indulgence as you shave with Kiss My Face Moisture Shave Creams. It comes in Fragrance Free, Cool Mint, Lavender & Shea and Cedarwood and Bergamot.
The Ekos Creamy and Exfoliating bars are wonderful. The vegan soap bar set made with Amazon bioactives protect, revitalize and moisturize the skin during the bath moment.
For those looking to take their fitness to the next level, these amazing finds will amp you up all season long.
This shoe will transform you. The Kane Revive provides superior cushioning coupled with precise biomechanics. The proprietary blend of EVA, a 10mm heel raise, and arch support ensure an easy transfer from heel to toe, allowing foot and leg muscles to recover.
Copper Fit knows what it’s like when you are unable to perform at your best. Instantly smooth, shape, and support your core with the Coreshaper designed with 4-shaping supports to help support lower back muscles, and copper-infused to reduce odors. You will also love their Energy Compression Socks to help absorb shock as well as a targeted compression band that gently hugs your arch to help reduce foot and leg fatigue.
New York Pilates’ fantastic spray-on deodorant created with 70% cane alcohol and a blend of essential oils will leave you feeling fresh during your workout. The newest addition to the brand’s SUPERFICIAL skincare range and is perfect to throw in your gym bag. It is guaranteed to become an essential part of your daily routine.
For those with kids looking for a fun day, these are amazing options. It can be at home or at your children’s favorite place to visit. These are things they will treasure forever.
Blok Watches are Swiss-made, sustainable, and stylish analog watches for kids. Gift your kiddo a grown-up kids watch with all the watch fanatic bells and whistles: ETA Quartz movement, kid-proof sapphire crystal lens, stainless steel screw down crown, waterproof, 10-year battery life and adjustable strap. Comes in 6 different colors.
For those looking to travel, summer is the perfect time to explore. These are things that will make your time on the road absolutely perfect.
Simple and easy baking kits that kids will enjoy in the kitchen with parents. Make something delicious as a family and bring to a BBQ or picnic this season.
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