Clean Green: ECOS Earth-Friendly Cleaning Products

We’re definitely past spring house cleaning, but this feature isn’t about spring cleaning, it’s about eco and healthy cleaning of your home. Today we highlight a responsible company that cares about this planet and us, its inhabitants. We were introduced to ECOS Earth-friendly cleaning products (celebrating their 50th anniversary this year) a while back and after using it in our homes, we’re absolutely hooked on these hypoallergenic, naturally formulated and scented cleaning products.

Finding cleaning and other products that are safer for you, your family, and the environment should be easy, and ECOS Earth-friendly cleaning products are easy to find; in fact, ECOS offers over 200 environmentally friendly products. Derived from replenishable resources, this range of plant-powered products is full of award-winning eco-friendly home cleaning products including household cleaning products, laundry detergents, bathroom and kitchen cleaners, dishwashing liquids, pet, and baby products.

The plant-derived ECOS All Purpose Cleaner Parsley Plus will get almost any surface clean with the fresh and unique scent of Parsley. The perfect for everyday use cleaner is also available in Ginger Plus, and Orange Plus, with a concentrated version in Orange Plus. The ECOS Dishmate Hypoallergenic Dish Soap is concentrated with powerful, plant-derived cleaning agents that doubles as a hand soap. It’s available in the above Lavender, as well as Bamboo Lemon, Almond, Grapefruit, Pear, Apricot, and Free & Clear. The ECOS Hypoallergenic Hand Soap, available in Orange Blossom, Lemongrass, and Lavender, is blended with nourishing vitamin E and antioxidants. It cleanses and softens your hands with Non-drying, plant-derived ingredients that also leaves a delicate, refreshing aroma. The last product we tried was the ECOS Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent with Enzymes (the #1 selling green laundry detergent in the world), a concentrated formula with plant-derived cleaning agents and a built-in fabric softener; this hypoallergenic laundry detergent boasts scents made with aromatic natural fragrances and essential oils, such as Magnolia & Lily, Honeydew, Fresh Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Free & Clear.

ECOS products are made in the USA at one of four manufacturing facilities that are carbon neutral, water neutral and Zero Waste Platinum certified, saving over 53 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually and diverting over 95% of all waste from landfills.

Are you ready for a healthy home for yourself and your family with the safer, green plant-powered cleaners from the range of ECOS Earth-Friendly Cleaning Products? Learn more about ECOS by visiting www.ecos.com.

Event Recap: Campari Negroni Week Kickoff Event at Lovage Rooftop

We hope you guys had a wonderful time celebrating the fifth year of Campari Negroni Week because we certainly did. We had the pleasure of celebrating the apéritif at the Negroni Week VIP kickoff event with Imbibe Magazine at Lovage, the rooftop bar with 360-degree views. The Campari Negroni Week kickoff event featured several cocktail stations, where guests enjoyed several variations of the Campari cocktail.

The evening was a journey through many modern day interpretations of the Negroni cocktail, in various forms. We started our Campari Negroni Week cocktail journey with the Mai Tai Unigroni, a delicious concoction created by Joshua Anthony Campbell of Leyenda. This Negroni version of a Mai Tai was one of the favorites of the event’s guests, it was definitely one of ours.

For our next cocktail, we wanted something out of the world that would transport us (and our tastebuds) to another dimension, and the iridescent Galaxy Negroni Sbagliato, by Naren Young of Dante, was the perfect galactic cocktail to get us there.

We took a break from cocktails to enjoy one of the amazing Negroni edible treats, including the Negroni Pop Tarts from Scotch & Butter, Negroni Donuts from The Doughnut Project, and the most delightful Negroni Gelatin Balls.

After we had our fill, we continued on to our next cocktail, a frozen delight called the Frogoni, created by Julie Reiner, of the Clover Club. This slushy cocktail, whose ingredients included Campari and fresh strawberries, was the perfect way to cool down.

The flow of cocktails didn’t stop as we moved on to enjoy a few more libations. This time we went for the more classic Negroni cocktails. First up was The Red Planet Negroni, a classic looking drink boasting bold flavors by Leo Robitschek from The Nomad (you may remember his name as the creator of the amazing Red Velvet Swing cocktail from our holiday event with Campari).

Our next and last cocktail of the evening was the Classic Negroni, the perfect end to an event honoring the iconic cocktail. With the help of Mr. Negroni (and an ever-flowing Negroni fountain), we savored the simple, sophisticated cocktail as the event came to an end.

And that, dear readers, is how we celebrated Campi Negroni Week. We hope you had a great time honoring the week long event as well.

 

 

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.

 

Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive: Free Up Space On Your iPhone & iPad

We bet you complain about the storage space on your phone at least once a day, or that you have too many photos. But these photos are your life’s experiences and you cannot delete those memories, even if it is to free up your phone’s dwindling storage space. What if you didn’t have to? What if you could keep all your photos and still have an abundance of storage space on your phone? What if your gallery was as empty as when you first bought your smartphone but you still had access to all your photos and videos? In other words, could you use more storage on your smartphone? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive is the answer to your prayers.

With the Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive, you never have to worry about not having enough phone storage space to take or watch photos or videos. This wonderful little gadget offers many incredible features and advantages, which allows you to free up storage space on your phone. It’s an easy way to free up space on your iPhone or iPad quickly, automatically back up your iPhone or iPad camera roll anytime the drive is connected without using the cloud, watch popular format videos (.WMV, .AVI, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV) so you can store and watch videos straight from the drive, is designed with a flexible connector to plug directly into your iPhone or iPad without having to remove your case (there’s also a version built for the OtterBox uniVERSE case system), and the ability to transfer files in a flash through your computer’s USB 3.0 port.

The  Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive is available in four capacities: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, all equipped with a Lightning™ Connector and USB 3.0 interface. Through the iXpand Mobile App, available from the App Store, you can easily manage and watch your photos and videos directly from the drive. The Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive can be purchased at www.sandisk.com, BestBuy, and B&H Photo, www.amazon.com, Staples, and www.CDW.com.

National Doughnut Day with Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC

Is there anything better than the deep-fried and sweet mounds of yumminess that are doughnuts? If there ever was a sweet treat to be celebrated, it is doughnuts. It’s impossible to dislike them, and thankfully we got to properly celebrate the dessert! In honor of this very important desert food, acclaimed mixologist Adam Seger hosts Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC, the newest hotspot located in New York’s South Street Seaport EVERY Thursday evening. The months’ old bar (it’s just a little over 6 months old) is lively and intimate all at once. We had the pleasure of partaking in this amazing blend of confectionery and cocktail heaven just in time for National Doughnut Day.

These alcohol-infused, bite-sized doughnuts bring new meaning to the term Amuse-bouche because your mouth (along with your taste buds and stomachs) will be so happy once they indulge in these boozy doughnut holes. Our night’s indulgence included two types of doughnut holes, Old-fashioned Glazed, and Double Valrhona Fleur de Sel (chocolate covered holes topped with sea salt). What makes these doughnuts “drunken” are the accompanying boozy sauces and sides including the decadent Bourbon Dulce de Leche Sauce, Boyd & Blair 151 Vodka Cardamom Whipped Cream, Pimm’s Spiked Mango, Pineapple, Habanero Marmalade, Dark Rum & Cognac Chocolate Sauce, and last but certainly not least, a boozy Cereal Milk Ice Cream.

Fair warning to those of you who will no doubt enjoy this experience, these boozy sauces, and sides do not have “essence of alcohol” or “flavored with alcohol”, these are made with full on booze, you can definitely get tipsy off this experience. The whipped cream and marmalade by themselves are enough to knock you off your sober feet. To experience Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC, you’re escorted to a secret room behind a bookcase called the Green Room, a dimly lit hidden enclave few will notice if not paying attention.

Surrounded by bottles of alcohol, walls filled with photos of iconic, framed photos, and a vast library of infused spirits curated by Master Bartender and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger, created with The Tuck Room’s Heizenberg machine, you and your guests will greatly enjoy this modern speakeasy’s secret room.

All this was enjoyed at the end of this adventurous evening. Our evening of Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC begun with some very interesting and amazing Heizenberg infused cocktails. We decided to go with whatever cocktails were placed in from of us by the wonderful and attentive bar staff, Adam called it “Autopilot”.

The cocktails we enjoyed included the DrinkupNY, consisting of Balsam Magnolia Blossom Oolong New York Aperitif Wine, Perrier, and lemon; a modern interpretation of a Sidecar, featuring an infusion of Luxe Pierre Ferrand, California Nectarines, Nutmeg, and Sage with a float of Prosecco on top; a libation inspired by an English cocktail with Ginger bitters, Chartreuse, Cognac, and Fresh Lemon Juice; and a cocktail infused with Tequila, Fresh Cherries, Pomegranate, and lime. Since man can’t live by cocktails alone, we dined on wonderful starters by James Beard Award-winning chef Sherry Yard.

REUBEN CROQUETTES

These savory balls of yumminess were the perfect foodie delights to begin our culinary journey with The Tuck Room NYC. Each bit is filled with delicious crispy pastrami, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and sits upon a “thousand island” sauce.

BRIOCHE CRUSTED CRAB CAKES

Just when I thought I’d tasted heaven with the Rueben Croquettes, the crab cakes, which featured Old Bay Remoulade, Frisée + Citrus Salad, and Yuzu Vinaigrette took that feeling to another level.

SPICED + SWEET PORK BELLY WRAPS

Last but not least on the foodie adventure before our sweet tooth journey begun was the above pork belly wraps featuring Butter Lettuce, Nuoc Cham Caramel, Limes, Radishes, Jalapeño, Fresno Chile Aioli, and Cilantro.

All this was enjoyed while sitting at the bar, listening to what could only be called as the perfect classic bar music, as episodes of BarTales (the new single-city documentary series featuring Dale DeGroff, Gaz Regan, Adam Seger, and David Wondrich) plays on the flat screen directly above. This entire evening felt like we crossed something off our bucket list. We promise you will enjoy everything about Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room. So if you’re looking for an amazingly delicious and intoxicating foodie experience, head over to the South Street Seaport and indulge in a night of Drunken Doughnuts at The Tuck Room NYC.

Kapten & Son Limited Edition PRIDE Watch to Celebrate LGBT Pride Month

In case you didn’t know, tomorrow, June 1st, marks the beginning of LGBT Pride Month.  This month honors the Stonewall riots, which happened in Greenwich Village, at the end of June 1969. This month commemorates all who celebrate, fight for, and love the LGBT community. To celebrate this impactful month, Kapten & Son, the affordable luxury brand that offers adventurous and stylish accessories, is launching a Kapten & Son Limited Edition PRIDE watch to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

Each Kapten & Son limited edition PRIDE watch features a custom rainbow nylon band and stylish stainless steel 316L casing (rose gold or silver), a white or black watch face, and is available in two sizes – Campina at 36mm and Campus at 40mm diameters. This limited-edition watch not only looks very fashionable, it does great work as well (and we’re not referring to its precision timekeeping). 15% of proceeds from the sale of each watch benefiting Heritage of Pride, the non-profit organization that produces New York City’s official LGBT Pride events each year.

“We are grateful to Kapten & Son for their support of our efforts and community,” said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of Heritage of Pride. “The Pride watch is a great way to show your pride and support, through continued visibility for the community, and the funds raised will help support our programming.”

Other features of the Kapten & Son Limited edition PRIDE watch include 7 MM case size,  Ronda 762 quartz movement, and 5 ATM ~50M water­proofness.

Founded in 2014 by three college friends, Artjem Weissbeck, Fabian Deventer and Johannes Theobald, Kapten & Son offers watches and sunglasses designed to be the perfect companion for the global wanderer, celebrating today’s generation and each individual’s unique journey.

The Kapten & Son Limited edition PRIDE watch will be available exclusively online at www.kapten-son.com, ($149.00 for Campina, $159.00 for Campus) starting tomorrow, June 1st. The rainbow watch strap by itself is available for only $19.00 and easily fits other Kapten & Son watches. More than 700 global retailers, including Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Need Supply, and more carry Kapten & Son watches.

GIVEAWAY: The 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards

When it comes to selecting a fragrance, choosing your favorite, the fragrance that captures you, captivates you, and expresses what makes you, you, is a very personal thing. In honor of, and partnership with, the 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards, we’re here to celebrate your favorite fragrances; by voting for your favorite among the Fragrance Foundation nominees (voting is now closed) in the Consumer Choice Awards, we’re giving four readers the chance to win their choice of the nominated scents.

Thirteen fragrances are nominated in three categories, Women’s Fragrances, Men’s Fragrances, and for the first time ever, this year welcomes the Fragrance Hall of Fame nominees. The full list of the 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards nominees (in alphabetical order) include:

Women’s Fragrances

Coach Eau de Parfum
Magic in the Air by Bath & Body Works Signature Collection
Ralph Lauren Tender Romance
Sweet Like Candy Ariana Grande
Victoria’s Secret Crush

Men’s Fragrances

Montblanc Legend Spirit
Nautica Voyage Sport
Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Eau de Parfum

Fragrance Hall of Fame

Estée Lauder pleasures
ETERNITY Calvin Klein for Men
Ralph Lauren Romance
Victoria’s Secret Heavenly
Warm Vanilla Sugar by Bath & Body Works Signature Collection

Do you see a personal favorite from the selected Eau de Parfums, Eau de Toilettes, and Colognes featured above? Then vote for it and you just might win it! Voting for the 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards ends on May 31st at 11:59:59 pm EST, and it will count as an entry to win one of the above fragrances, so we advise you to vote now. While the winners of nominated scents will be announced at The Fragrance Foundation Awards on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, the winners of our giveaway will be announced next week. To enter our 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards, see the Rafflecopter entry form below, and again, don’t forget to vote for your favorite nominated fragrance.

To vote your favorite scents, click on www.fragrance.org/vote (voting is now closed), and to enter our 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards giveaway, see the Rafflecopter entry form below, and again, don’t forget to vote for your favorite nominated fragrance.

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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.