Grand Opening: Dr. Smood Opens Location in NY’s NoMad Neighborhood

Just like we do to our homes every spring season, we believe in doing the same for our bodies. A seasonal cleansing can do wonders for you internally. Getting rid of what may be causing you harm, aging you faster, etc. Of course, when we say cleansing, we’re not talking about the unhealthy cleansing trends and fads. You can cleanse your system while nourishing it thanks to the great range of organic smart foods from Dr. Smood, all of which are developed by scientists, nutritionists, doctors and raw vegan chefs. We had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Smood, at the grand opening of their second New York location in NoMad (North of Madison Square Park).

Dr. Smood is the first smart food boutique café specializing in health beneficial organic food and beverages. The cafes (more locations will be opening soon) offer certified organic juices, coffees, teas, sandwiches, salads, soups and nutrient-rich grab-and-go snacks that not only boast real nutrition, minerals, and basic vitamins but are also very delicious. They also offer signature organic coffee, sandwiches made with their proprietary Performance Bread and pastries created from the pulp of their cold-pressed juices. Not only are Dr. Smood’s products tasty, they are life-prolonging, curative and energizing. Their slogan of “Smart food for a good mood” really is true, with choices that benefit your body, mind and your general well being. Each Dr. Smood cafe is designed for maximum comfort and wellbeing. Like all their other locations nationwide, the NoMad location offers comfortable seating, free WiFi, charging stations for your mobile devices, even specially devised music playlists for different times of the day.

We had the opportunity to try one of their detox programs, the Dr. Smood Intermediate Detox Program, for a week, and the results were amazing. The program offers a product selection system that allows you to choose your mood: yellow for immunity, blue for energy, purple for health, pink for beauty, green for detox and orange for power. Our program included drinking five juices, one mylk, and one booster every day.

The first thing we noted was of course how delicious the juices and smoothies were. The second thing we noticed, and this was very important to us, was the lack of headaches and migraines. In the past when we’ve tried juice cleansing, we’ve always experienced migraines because although we were cleansing our bodies, we were not being properly nourished. With Dr. Smood, we never had that issue, and we never felt hungry at any point during our week-long cleansing. The third wonderful thing about our Dr. Smood experience, which of course truly excited us was our clothes fitting a bit looser, as well as being able to get into clothes that we couldn’t previously get into. The compliments about our glowing skin and happier disposition didn’t hurt either.

If you’re ready to try a cleansing program that has no negative side effects, we urge you to stop by Dr. Smood’s new NoMad location at 1151 Broadway, or any of their other cafe locations nationwide.

 

Verday Chlorophyll Water: Antioxidant & Cleansing Green Water

Welcome to the spring season, the time of renewals, rebirths, and spring cleaning. It is the time we purge ourselves of the things we don’t use or need anymore; a chance to make our lives a little lighter, a little less clogged. Of course what’s true for our wardrobes and apartments is very much true for our bodies. Could your body use a spring cleaning? But of course you do, we all could! We were recently introduced to Verday Chlorophyll Water, an antioxidant and cleansing, thirst-quenching water that provides the antioxidant and cleansing benefits of a green juice, and will help your body’s spring cleaning efforts.

Available in five delicious natural flavors: Blueberry, Watermelon, Coconut, Cucumber, and Lemongrass & Ginger, Verday has zero calories, zero diet sweeteners, zero preservatives, and is vegan, non-GMO, paleo, and gluten-free. The secret to Verday Chlorophyll Water is, of course, Chlorophyll, the nourishing green nutrient that allows plants to harness energy from the sun. Chlorophyll is considered a super food, it promotes healthy skin, it curbs your cravings for junk food and lowers your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, helps to boost your immune system by promoting the formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells in the body, and promotes healthy digestion.

As previously stated, Verday Chlorophyll Water comes in five flavors, the newest being Blueberry Chlorophyll Water (our favorite flavor), and is just the right blend of juicy sweet and fresh berry tart. The Lemongrass & Ginger Chlorophyll Water has a touch of zing and spice; the refreshing and natural Cucumber Chlorophyll Water is exhilaratingly crisp and cool; the Coconut Chlorophyll Water is refreshing and deliciously tropical, and the Watermelon Chlorophyll Water is sumptuously summer-esque.

Each bottle of Verday Chlorophyll Water is packed with 100mg of Chlorophyll, the same amount of Chlorophyll in two shots of wheatgrass, four cups of spinach, or twelve cups of arugula! Get a 12 pack of 16 oz. bottles of Verday Chlorophyll Water for $39.99 on www.drinkverday.com.

Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water Launches New Ruby Rose Flavor

Last year, while attending the Summer Fancy Food Show, we were introduced to several wonderful drinks and beverage brands, once of which was an all-natural and organic sparkling beverage, Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water, which we highlighted in our Good for You Summer Drinks blogpost. During our introduction to Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water, we feel in love (at first sip) with their delicious flavors: Ginger Blossom, Lemon Flower, Mojo Berry, Summer Pear, and Zesty Orange. We were more than happy to get reacquainted with them as they launch their newest flavor, Ruby Rose.

The newest refreshing flavor to join the Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water range of sophisticated sparkling beverages is a combination of organic grapefruit, honey, and rosemary extracts. It has a refreshing, tangy kick from the grapefruit, with slightly sweet hints of honey, and a fragrant finish of rosemary. As with their other sparkling flavors, the Ruby Rose is USDA certified organic and lightly sweetened with agave. At the launch event, we were treated to some refreshingly delicious cocktails made with the new Ruby Rose flavor, as well as Zesty Orange and Lemon Flower. The three refreshing flavors were paired with Gin, Tequila, and Vodka respectively.

“We are really excited to be adding our sixth flavor to the line,” said CEO/Founder Beth Wilson-Parentice. “As with our other flavors, Ruby Rose’s ingredients are culinary-inspired, perfect for enjoying with a meal or mixing in a cocktail. I’m really looking forward to hearing feedback about the flavor at Expo East.”

We can honestly say that the new Ruby Rose flavor of Sipp Sparkling Organics Soda Water is our new favorite flavor taking over the title from Sipp’s Ginger Blossom – but not by much. When we had those few days of 90+ degrees, a cold 12oz bottle of this invigorating, sparkling beverage was just what the doctor ordered. Sipp Ruby Rose is available now and is available at Whole Foods, Fairway, Balducci’s, Wegman’s, Target, etc.

emerginC: Helping Your Skin and Healing the Planet

We live in a time where the products we use greatly affects our lives; not just our bodies, but our environment as well. We no longer just have to worry about what we put into our bodies, attention must be paid to what we put on our skin and how we treat our environment. One skincare brand making sure that both our bodies and our surroundings are well protected is emerginC, an ethical and sustainable organic skincare company that incorporates clinically proven cosmeceutical, medical-grade, and fair trade ingredients, active botanicals, and marine extracts into their products. For over 20 years, emerginC has been using only high-quality, cutting-edge ingredients formulated with natural plant-based preservatives.

We had the opportunity to meet Ian Lirenman, CEO, and founder of emerginC, as he introduced the brand’s latest launch, the Scientific Organics Body Firming Serum, an advanced, lightweight body firming serum formulated with Actigym™, Nocturshape™, arnica extract and fair trade aloe, features a unique glass roller ball tube application system to help reduce the appearance of cellulite while toning and firming the skin. We also got to know more about their cult-favorites, the Vitamin C Serum (the most stable and effective vitamin C serums to emerge on the market, and the very first product they created), Scientific Organics Kombucha Cleanser (which we’re currently using and loving), and Scientific Organics Facial Cleansing Wipes.

But creating exceptional skincare products is not all that emerginC does. They are also giving back with the industry-first “buy one, plant one” tree planting program in collaboration with Plant-It 2020. For every emerginC product sold, one indigenous tree is planted in a non-harvest location. As of today, emerginC and Plant-It 2020 have planted over 600,000 trees in such areas as Madagascar, Nepal, Poland, etc. The organic skincare company, known for their history of environmental consciousness, have also started an emerginBees bee habitat initiative as well as an emerginCeeds organic vegetable program.

The brand is headquartered in a wind-powered building near the waterfront in Brooklyn, the company offers its staff accesses to weekly yoga classes, a rooftop garden with vegetables and flowers, and chickens that produce organic eggs all year round. See Founder and CEO, Ian Lirenman, planting Pok Choi on the emerginC rooftop garden below:

We love companies that are doing great things, especially when we, the consumers can be a part of that initiative. So whether you purchase their famed Vitamin C Serum, Facial Cleaning Wipes, or their new Body Firming Serum, you’re helping to save our planet, one tree at a time. Have you tried any emerginC skincare products? Share your thoughts with us.

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil: The All Season Hydrator

As one who has used an almost immeasurable amount of body moisturizers to keep our skin hydrated throughout the year and through the various and vastly different seasons, we can 100 percent say there is nothing like the hydrating and protective benefits of coconut oil. Of course, the best coconut oil to use is a high-quality one that leaves the raw nutrients intact; that coconut oil is 100% virgin coconut oil, Skinny & Co Coconut Oil.

Skinny & Co Coconut Oil is the only raw, 100% alkaline coconut oil in the world; it is made with hand-picked wild-Harvested, not plantation grown coconuts. What makes Skinny & Co Coconut Oil even more amazing is that is cold-processed, not just cold pressed, thanks to their patent-pending Nutralock System. You already know coconut oil has over a hundred uses. You can cook with it, substituting it for butter and other oils, condition your hair, Oil pulling, and of course use it as a moisturizer on your face and body.

You will immediately notice the difference between Skinny & Co Coconut Oil and other brands. It absorbs much better into your skin and keeps it hydrated and moisturized all day, even on the coldest winter days. We’ve been using Skinny & Co Coconut Oil for two seasons now and our skin couldn’t be happier. It’s become our go-to lip, scalp, and skin moisturizer, makeup remover, cuticle hydrator, and cooking oil.

The 100% raw coconut oil isn’t the only product we’re loving from Skinny & Co Coconut Oil. You’ll love the Coconut Oil Bar Soaps (available in five scents); the deeply hydrating Skinny Shampoo Bars that delivers intense hydration to your hair without creating excess oils (your hair will love you for this); the Whipped Body Butter that’s perfect to use as an all over moisturizer, hair mask or conditioner, or shaving cream; the Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub, a pH balanced scrub that can be used as an all-over body exfoliant, prep for self-tanner, and as a lip scrub; and a Clarifying Moisturizing Facial Oil for blemish-prone and oily skin types. We know what you’re thinking – why would I put oil on my oily skin? This 100% oil moisturizer helps clarify and balance by removing impurities and congestion from the surface of the skin. These wonderful products are just some of the great skincare products from Skinny & Co, check out their site to see more.

Do you use coconut oil in your beauty or skincare regime? Are you looking to trying a great coconut oil? Don’t take our word for it, check out Skinny & Co’s customer reviews and see who else is loving their coconut oil.

Get Glowing Skin with these Skin Prep Beauty Tools from Tweezerman

The best way to get healthy skin is to get it glowing. We all want a naturally gorgeous complexion that will turn heads and we’re here to help you achieve your skin goals with the highlight of the latest beauty tools from Tweezerman. Last month they launched several great beauty tools, two of which we’re really excited about – the Tweezerman Complexion Cleansing Brush and Tweezerman Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner.

If you haven’t heard, Dermaplaning is the latest innovative way to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin to hit the US market. While you can get this treatment in some spas and with professional tools, Tweezerman gives you the option to enjoy this treatment with their at-home tool that achieves results that rival those of professional Dermaplaners. The second of the beauty tools from Tweezerman is perfect for pampering your skin. This great cleansing brush boasts super soft bristles that you’ll have to feel to believe. Whether you use a cream or gel cleanser, your skin will look brighter each use.

 

Here’s to brushing up on your skincare routine with the new Tweezerman Complexion Cleansing Brush. This handy tool works to gently cleanse and wash away impurities, leaving you with glowing, healthy skin. The Complexion Cleansing Brush features velvety soft bristles that work to lift and remove all unwanted layers of makeup and dirt, cleaning deep into the pores. The brush’s ergonomic shape makes it easy to hold, plus, the titled head allows water to drain so the bristles dry thoroughly. Get it now on www.Tweezerman.com and www.Uita.com for $16.00 each.

This new, easy and safe “at home” facial tool exfoliates and rejuvenates your skin thanks to its high-quality stainless steel blades that clear away dead, dull skin cells promoting a brighter, clearer complexion with a luminous glow. The small ergonomic beauty tool fits nicely in the palm of your hand and its specifically designed cartridge keeps the blade at the perfect angle to guarantee safe and effective application; so there’s no fear of accidentally cutting your skin. The Tweezerman Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner comes with 3 replaceable blades that easily slides into place. Each blade can be used for up to three months and with a total of four blades, the device has a one year supply when used as directed. Get this innoc=vtive beauty tool on www.Tweezerman.com and www.Ulta.com for $30.00.

What are your thoughts on these new beauty tools from Tweezerman? Have you tried Dermaplanning?

Treat Yourself to Fabulous Hair at the Angelo David Salon

If there’s one thing we don’t do enough of, it’s treating ourselves to more pampering. Sometimes dealing with life’s ups and downs can make you forget to take care of yourself. I’m not talking about the basics like food, shelter, I mean rewarding yourself. We’ve been a bit on autopilot over here and we’ve forgotten about treating ourselves. Luckily we know some amazing people, like the Angelo David Salon, who remind you that you deserve a little pampering. So at the tail end of NYFW, I was treated to an afternoon of fabulous hair at the Angelo David Salon in midtown Manhattan.

Don’t get me wrong, my natural hair is fabulous and amazing in its natural state (see photos below) but sometimes I want a different look; sometimes I desperately need a hair trim; sometimes I’m tired of doing my own hair and having my arms get tired from the day long routine of washing and styling. Again, this is about getting pampered, so someone else handling the task is always a welcomed treat. So taking a break from our daily top knot or low ponytail, the result of my fabulous hair at the Angelo David Salon is what you see above.

Once again, our girl Ivy (pictured below), a staple everyone must visit at the Angelo David Salon, hooked us up with a head full of lush flowing locks and we left the salon in peak fabulousness. We advise everyone looking for great hair results book themselves an appointment for their own day of fabulous hair at the Angelo David Salon.

Not only do they create wonderful experiences, Salon Owner Angelo David Pisacreta, world-renowned hairstylist and thinning hair expert, is known for his high-quality, luxury solutions to thinning hair, including highly-customized human-hair extensions, additions, fillers, wigs, and a genius at hair color. Along with his team of exceptional beauty specialists, like Ivy, they will fulfill your every hair need, no matter what it is. The Madison Avenue salon recently opened its Couture Hair Boutique, to showcase the range of extensions, wigs, and additions available to make it easier for clients to choose an option that suits them and their lifestyle.

Could you use a little hair pampering right now? Are you ready to treat yourself fabulous hair at the Angelo David Salon?

Get the Tea: Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey

Do you still love the products you enjoyed as a child? Whether it’s something you enjoyed to eat or drink, played with, etc. We certainly do; there are brands we grew up that we still use to this day, one of which is Twinings of London tea. You already know of our obsession with all things tea, so we write this with a great deal of pleasure. We had the great pleasure of being invited to celebrate Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey, the three newest flavor additions to the brand’s long legacy of fine teas (they have 300 years of tea expertise under their belt).

For those not in the know, Earl Grey is a black tea infused with bergamot, it is aromatic, flavorful, a great energy booster, and one of the two most popular blends of black tea in the world (English Breakfast is the other). Twinings has been blending Earl Grey tea for almost two centuries. The Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey Collection includes Earl Grey – Extra Bold, Earl Grey – Jasmine, and Earl Grey – Lavender. Seeing as January is Hot Tea Month, it’s the perfect time to honor the new flavors.

Earl Grey – Extra Bold

Like the other two blends, the Earl Grey – Extra Bold is a modern twist on the classic tea. Starting with Twinings of London’s original Earl Grey tea, they then added more of its exquisite flavor to create a mouthwatering tea with a rich, vibrant taste.

Earl Grey – Jasmine

The Earl Grey – Jasmine is a smooth, uplifting blend that is known for its intoxicating aroma and slightly sweet taste. The uplifting flavor of jasmine creates an aromatic tea that will light up your day.

Earl Grey – Lavender

Get ready to sit back and relax with the soothing taste of the warm, inviting Earl Grey – Lavender tea. Known for its fresh, floral aroma and soothing taste, the luxurious flavor of lavender creates a rewarding tea that will calm and soothe your soul.

Along with enjoying several cups of the new teas in their flavorful glory, we also got to enjoy quite a few Earl Grey variety cocktails including The Canterbury, a bourbon rum hot toddy with Earl Grey – Extra Bold, The Newcastle, a white rum old fashioned with Earl Grey – Jasmine, and The Strand, a Gin Collins with Earl Grey – Lavender.

We also had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Stephen Twining (pictured below), a 10th Generation Twining. Along with singing the praises of Twinings tea to him, we had the opportunity to ask him a question we have wondered about since we first started drinking Twinings – what’s the significance of the “S” on the brand name? If you notice, his last name has no S.

As it goes:

When Richard Twining (The Grandson of the founder) put up the doorway to our Strand Shop in 1787, he did not like the ” ” at the end of the name, so removed it. Thus creating our brand name.

It’s not at all what we expected but I love that little detail. So there it is tea lovers, the new flavors that make up the Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey collection. All three flavors, and so much more, are all available now on the Twinings website. Are you eager to try these new Earl Grey varieties?