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The Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks for the Holidays

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The holiday season is associated with good cheer, but not all of us want to drink alcohol when we have a party or visit family. 

Whether it’s because you’re recovering or it’s just your choice, there are plenty of great drinks you can try during the holidays that have no alcohol. 

These include:

Regular Eggnog

Eggnog comes in two types: alcoholic eggnog you can find in any liquor store, or non-alcoholic eggnog you can find in the dairy aisle during the holiday season. 

You can choose the latter and be able to celebrate in style. Nowadays, this drink is available in many flavors. You can also find vegan eggnog if you are a vegan or if you’re watching your calories.

Vegan eggnog tends to have half the calories of regular eggnog, making it a favorite for those who want to indulge but not go too hard.

Sparkling Juices

You can find sparkling juices available at stores, usually in grape or cranberry. These juices generally come in regal bottles and give off the impression you’re drinking nice expensive wine. 

However, they are affordable and lack any alcohol. They have plenty of flavors and make for a good conversation starter.

Hot Chocolate

Here’s another holiday favorite that you can make that lacks any alcohol. A warm glass of hot cocoa with some marshmallows can be a great way to stay cozy and warm without drinking any alcohol. 

Also, you can serve this favorite cold for a twist on the classic.  Hot chocolate can warm up anyone’s day, so enjoy a cup on a cold day.

Mocktails

Another good way to have a holiday celebration is to look up themed mocktail recipes. For those who don’t know, a mocktail is a mixed drink that gives the impression of a cocktail, but contains no alcohol.

Look up some of them, or make your own. You may end up impressing your friends and family with what you can make.

Water

Finally, when you’re trying to recover, there are some instances where you may not want to drink something that resembles a cocktail at all. Everyone is different, but the Master Center for Addiction Medicine points out the various triggers that can lead to someone relapsing.

In that case, drinking some water can be refreshing. Not only does it not add any calories, but many people get dehydrated in the winter without even realizing it. Winter dehydration can sneak up on you, as we associate summer with a lack of fluids. 

Have a glass of water and enjoy yourself!

Conclusion

There is no shame in abstaining from alcohol during the holiday season, especially if you have an addiction. 

You should not feel pressured to drink or do anything you are uncomfortable with this season. Remember that the holidays are about having a fun time and enjoying yourself, and you shouldn’t do anything that’s not fun to you. 

We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season.

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The Ultimate Wellness Summer Guide

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Summer is about to kick off in a gorgeous way.

Our ultimate wellness 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.

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.

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Best of Spring Shopping

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Here are our favorite shopping ideas for spring. You might be in search for a perfect gift or just something to treat yourself. This season enjoy the finer things in life with these incredible items.

For the gift of elegant scent –

Maison d’Orient is perfect for those seeking out-of-the-ordinary scents. Divine and exotic Arabian oud perfumes present here an array of timeless fragrances.

Of note is the PEARLANERA collection, featuring a symphony of scents in spray and concentrated perfume oils. It boasts a rich tapestry of scent profiles, offering an unparalleled opportunity for fragrance layering to express one’s personality.

 Maison d’Orient comes in several selections that represent affordable luxury with many unisex offerings. Mixing and matching scents to complement one’s character opens up a new world of exploration. Olfactory notes of fragrances here create new and exciting sensations.

For the person looking for the ultimate spring clean feeling –

Good Time’s soap collection gives you a fresh feeling like you have never experienced. Their superb portfolio of Cleansing Body Bars, Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioning Bars, Exfoliating Body Bar, Gentle Cleansing Face Bar (fragrance-free) and Moisturizing Shave Bar have amassed 9 award wins for a good reason.

We love the way your skin feels amazing after use. Our favorite is their offering of three refreshing bar soaps in signature fragrances. Cleanses without stripping, leaving skin soft and smooth. It includes: Summer’s Here (bergamot, tangerine and juniper berry); Big Sky (cedarwood, sandalwood and vetiver), and Morning Light (mandarin, thyme and lemon. Half of the company’s profits also go toward supporting clean water initiatives and they focus on less waste.

For those looking to live and eat healthy this season –

Mikuna is a fantastic option for those who want to give themselves a healthy lifestyle. Chocho Superfood Protein is a plant-based product made from just one ingredient – Andean-grown Chocho. The great tasting protein is packed with more nourishing nutrients than any other plant protein.

Naturally packed with calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, 25% daily plant fiber, and 9/9 essential amino acids, a few weeks of adding this to your diet you can feel the difference with more energy and less cravings for things that may not be good for you. Mikuna’s Chocho is clean, vegan, lectin- free, gluten-free and dairy-free protein.

 

For those looking to add sophistication to a night at home –

The exquisite handblown glassware brand Glasvin is set to be the jewel of your home collection. Elevate a night of drinks with a portfolio that deserves three cheers and more. Toast to this simply lovely brand that is the go-to stemware for over two dozen Michelin-star restaurants in the U.S

David Kong, Glasvin’s founder and Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, left his role as a hedge fund manager to create a brand that delivers high-quality glasses at affordable prices. He has succeeded because he has cut out the middleman and works directly with the glass artisans to bring you exquisite hand-blown glassware at a fraction of the cost.

Glasvin is making waves with its AAPI-owned company status and commitment to promoting greater diversity and participation in the world of wine. There is simply no better reason to bring sparkle in your life with this elegant option this spring season.

 

For those looking for a quality spirit to enjoy with friends  –

Flecha Azul Tequila is the fantastic 100% additive-free tequila you have been searching for all this time. The ultra-premium, Mexican-founded brand is made with just three ingredients – 100% Blue Weber Agave, water, and yeast, and free of any unnecessary additives like syrups, sugars, or caramel coloring.

Every sip is sweet and smooth. You can taste the difference on the rocks or in or in splendid cocktails this spring. Flecha Azul Blanco delivers a balanced profile of tantalizing spice, cooked agave, ripe fruit and honey-sweet floral notes while Flecha Azul Reposado maintains the bright, crisp character of Blanco, layered against praline, vanilla, sandalwood and subtle baking spices.

 

Happy spring!

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Elevated Holiday Traveling with Puro Sound Labs

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We all know that travel during the holidays can be stressful. Getting on planes with other passengers who talk loudly to kid in the backseat in the car crying that they are bored only adds to the pressure.

This season don’t let it cook up inside. Save the heat to roast up your favorite Christmas dishes and give yourself the perfect early gift from Puro Sound Labs.

For the adult who is commuting home on mass transportation or the one who still must work despite the family gathering over hot cocoa in the next room, the ideal present is found in the glorious silence as only produced by Puro Sound Labs PuroPro volume limiting, active noise cancelling adult headphones.

A truly lovely design is matched by incredible studio grade audio quality, providing adults with a listening experience that is both high quality and healthy. In keeping with the Puro Sound Labs mission to protect consumers’ hearing, the headphones are also volume limited to 85 dB for up to 8 hours per day, and 95 dB for up to 50 mins per day, as recommended by the World Health Organization.

It is like a miracle has come to rescue. Eliminating hectic noise in your environment has never been easier than with the smart buy of the season. This is an amazing find, especially for those who suffer every time an outside sound disrupts their mental well-being. The discovery of peace in sound is phenomenal and at your own setting and pace is just a bonus.

The headphones are equipped with Puro Balanced Response® Curve technology, engineered to deliver an amazing listening experience with clear, crisp vocals, plus two adjustable ANC levels, ensuring that users can listen to their favorite tracks and podcasts undisturbed, or find their own space in shared environments.

Your travel will be elevated, and your private time will be glorious. The wireless Bluetooth v.5 headphones are complete with a lightweight, foldable design and matching hard cover carrying case and are ideal for travel, with long lasting batteries that provide up to 28 hours playtime with ANC, 32 hours without and 300 hours of standby time. (Available from Amazon.com).

Then for the kids, the holidays just got even more an amazing. They will certainly be nothing more than nice with the Puro Sound Labs BT2200 Plus Volume Limited Kids Headphones. Colorful and a producer of epic sound.  While the headphones are volume limited to the maximum safe listening level, they certainly do not compromise on sound quality. The Puro Balanced Response® Curve technology is engineered to deliver the finest genuine studio sound with clear, crisp vocals and full dynamic bass suitable for all genres of music.

Protecting consumers’ hearing, especially for youth, is of the utmost importance with this company that has headphones specifically made to protect young listeners’ eardrums with volume limited to 85 dB as recommended by the World Health Organization.

BT2200 Plus headphones are lightweight and durable, which all parents know are very important qualities to have. Kids will also love the soft ear cushions. The BT2200 Plus also comes with interchangeable ear cups so children can switch from on-ear to over-ear for a better seal and more comfort. (Available from Amazon.com).

Make your holidays simply sound perfect with Puro Sound Labs.

 

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Things We Love in New York This Season

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It’s hard to believe how quickly the year has flown by. This time of the year we all reflect on so many things. In New York us New Yorkers get especially sentimental. We appreciate come December all the wonderful things that Big Apple has to offer. Here are some of our favorite things and the people who make this city great.

So many businesses are bringing joy.  Park Terrace Hotel Hotel Chocolat‘s holiday kick-off is a sweet event coming up. Guests are expected at the hotel’s Terrazzo Lounge overlooking Bryant Park. The celebration will oversee the fireworks from the Bryant Park Christmas tree lighting ceremony from the terrace’s vantage point. A holiday sing-along hosted by Broadway stars Orfeh and Andy Karl will also take place.

City snow bunnies will unite at Park Lane Hotel’s Darling for a special Winter Chalet on the Park launch. The only après ski high above Central Park party will showcase music by Alix Brown along with drink from Moët & Chandon.

Anita La Mamma del Gelato recently-opened its third New York City location in Times Square. It is the perfect spot after visiting the legendary Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a show at Radio City Music Hall or a respite after holiday shopping. The family-owned gelateria is celebrated for its rotating 150 flavors of gelato, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream, including sugar-free and vegan options, all made in-house using Anita’s original recipes. The Times Square location offers 36 selections of frozen treats daily that rotate seasonally, each handmade in-store.

Crate & Barrel new flagship store officially opened in Flatiron, the heart of NYC’s home design district. The brand finds its new home in the historic Palace of Trade building (881 N Broadway), which was carefully renovated to preserve its rich history and offer Crate & Barrel + Crate & Kids customers a best-in-class shopping experience with concierge-level services. To celebrate the store’s opening, Crate & Barrel will be hosting the Flatiron Food & Design Festival through December 19 with events featuring brand partners like Molly Baz and Athena Calderone.

People we adore are doing good things in town. Renowned Hamptons based Argentine artists and gallerists Lautaro Cuttica and Isadora Capraro are launching a new group show ‘Matter Over Mind’ at 1155 6th Avenue. The show will run until December 8 and is open and free to view by appointment.  Cuttica and Capraro are behind the gallery Gambit Works. They have debuted several shows in the Hamptons at their property Campo Cuttica, a destination that is home to a family of artists.

April Kayganich, hairstylist & educator, has been busy at work in her WeHo salon suite. Revolutionizing hair care routines for New Yorkers. She recommends cocktailing her favorite combination of products: Dressed Up and Lift. This dynamic duo ensures that every section of your hair receives an equal amount of product, resulting in a perfectly bouncy blowout.

And, Jem Bleu has been singing for subway riders for a while and brings joyous smiles to commuters. Consider yourself lucky to hear him now before his star sparks big time. Another artist dazzling the scene is upcoming actor Leon Megyeri. We love the way people are following their dreams in The Big Apple.

 

 

 

 

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Girl Boss Holiday Gift Ideas

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‘Tis the season for the ultimate Girl Boss gift. Every fantastic woman in your life can enjoy the holidays with these perfect ideas just for her.

For the Sophisticated One Getting Ready for Epic Holiday Parties

The ultimate form of glamour and luxury is profoundly felt with Armani beauty products. The Girl Boss can have simply perfect eyes and lips with the perfect gift of a four-piece limited edition set that features Eyes to Kill Classico Mascara, two fan favorite full-size Eye Tints, Deluxe Size Lip Power Satin, and a special edition Armani Pouch.

In one special package is found an empowering vision. She can make a bold statement and all attention will be on her glorious look. Grand and stylish, she becomes a goddess who is full of joyful wisdom knowing that she is the life of the party. Availabile at Nordstrom.com and Giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

For the One Getting Ready for Positively Fun Day Running the World

Every good Girl Boss has been inspired by a childhood hero. The legacy of Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will make anyone smile, but when she has the precious gift of these joyful figures dazzled out on her beauty products, she will conquer the world with delight. Tweezerman’s award-winning tools in the “Where Imagination Meets Precision” collection is truly the perfect holiday surprise.

The fun-loving collaboration brings Disney’s timeless imagination to premium Tweezerman products including Slant Tweezer, Mini Slant Tweezer, Tweezer Sets, Lash Curler and Nail Care. Each product works in the most fantastic way and will have the Girl Boss in Your Life feeling confidently happy. Available now on Tweezerman.com.

Happy Holidays!

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