Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Maxi-Cosi’s #CosiStyle Event w/ Bobbie Thomas

One thing is sure, there are a lot very fashionable moms around, whether they love in New York, LA, Chicago, etc, the urban mom is very chic and edgy. We got to spend some time with a very fashionable mom, Bobbie Thomas, recently when we attended the Quinny and Maxi-Cosi #CosiStyle Event, to celebrate the launch of their customization program for the Mico Max 30 car seat. Since Mother’s Day is less than a month away, we thought the idea of a custom car seat would make a great gift idea for new moms. You know Bobbie Thomas as the Style Editor for NBC’s Today Show, but many people don’t realize she’s been a style expert for over a decade, and was one of the original co-Hosts for Fashion Police with Robert Verdi. As a first-time mom-to-be and a very fashion savvy woman, Bobbie was the perfect person to host this very stylish event.

In the age of celebrating personal style and uniqueness, and customizing everything to fit our likes and needs, Maxi-Cosi is the first child car seat maker to take on this growing trend toward personalized products and services. Guests were able to try out the Maxi-Cosi Customization Program, which boasts more than 250 potential looks, and design their own seats. Maxi-Cosi gives parents the fashionable capability to keep their child safe, and comfortable in custom frames, cushions and canopy colors, right from their smartphones, tablets and laptops. Bobbie also customized her own car seat at the event, selecting the following features: White Frame, Grey Gravel Main Seat Cushion, Grey Gravel Canopy, and Devoted Black Cozi Set. Since our obsession with the color pink knows no bounds, it should come as no surprise that ours has pink.

During the event, Bobbie discussed how she felt being a part of motherhood after a year of IVF treatments, her journey, the power of motherhood, and the new customization program for the Mico Max 30 car seat which allows parents to express their fashion style with their child’s car seat.

Staying in line with the custom-themed evening, the event also featured very chic maternity fashions from Seraphine, and Rachel Levin Jewelry, makeup consultations from makeup salon, Rouge New York, and specialty coffee drinks and cocktails from Illy Coffee.

For budding car seat designers, moms and dads-to-be, or those that just feel lucky, who want to share their custom designed car seat, there is a great promo currently on the Maxi-Cosi Facebook page that generates designs based on your answers to a fun lifestyle and personality quiz, with the chance to win one of ten custom Mico Max 30 seats. To try your hand at the Maxi-Cosi Custom Program or to add this great product as a Mother’s Day Gift, visit maxicosicustom.com from any smart phone, tablet or laptop, and see the Mico Max 30 image morph in real time as you select different colors of the seat’s component. Don’t forget to also check out other products from Maxi-Cosi, including strollers, specialty collection car seats, and travel systems.

The Mico Max 30 custom seats are hand-assembled, and delivered within three weeks, with free shipping offered for a limited time. Do you know a fashionable mom-to-be who would love a custom car seat this Mother’s Day?

Cruzan Rum Introduces New Blueberry Lemonade Flavored Rum

Just in time for the season of Bar-be-ques, summer Fridays, outdoor parties, and tropical summer cocktails, Cruzan Rum welcomes a brand new rum flavor that celebrates the spirit of the warmer seasons. We are so happy to help welcome Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum, a blend of the very fine Cruzan white Rum with the natural flavors of ripe blueberries, and tangy citrus to create a perfectly balanced spirit that combines the wonderful flavors of sweet and tart. A delightful combination that makes our inner rum fanatic extremely happy.

Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum takes lemonade, a classic summertime staple, to the next level by infusing it with the bright flavor of freshly picked blueberries. Like all Cruzan rums (there’s an impressive 14 other flavored rums in Cruzan’s portfolio), Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum is crafted by Cruzan Master Distiller Gary Nelthropp, whose family has been making rum on the island of St. Croix for generations. The new flavor boasts cane molasses and tropical rainwater, and is made using a unique five-column distillation process, staying true to Cruzan’s dedication to creating the cleanest-tasting, highest-quality rum on the market. We can already imagine ourselves relaxing on the porch sipping one of Cruzan Rum’s delicious cocktails as we immerse ourselves in the warmth of the sun.

Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Cooler

2 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum
3/4 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1 small pinch Sea Salt
Club Soda
Combine rum, grapefruit juice and salt over ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Double strain into a glass over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

Cruzan® Caribbean Dream

1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Cream
Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a fluted shot glass. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon and a speared Maraschino cherry.

“Cruzan continues to be a leader in the rum category and we see the demand for refreshing rum drinks continue to grow. This year, we created a new rum that would appeal to our loyal fans and new rum drinkers looking for a fun flavor option,” said Brendan Lynch, Senior Director of Rum & Cordials at Beam Suntory. “The combination of Cruzan Rum with sweet blueberries and fresh lemonade makes this perfect for anyone looking to create a refreshing cocktail that captures the spirit of the season.”

The new refreshing flavor is made from natural ingredients which includes cane molasses and tropical rainwater, using a unique five-column distillation process that stays true to Cruzan’s dedication to creating the cleanest-tasting rum on the market. The Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum is available now, and retails for a very budget-friendly price of $14.99 per 750 mL bottle. For more information on Cruzan and their other 14 delicious rum flavors, visit www.CruzanRum.com.

Cultivate your Curves w/ Hourglass Angel’s Amia Waist Cincher

At one point in time, we were known to have a tiny waist and flat stomach. Sadly those days are long gone mainly because we don’t work out as we used to; while we still possess our shapely hourglass figure, everything has become…..larger. Our once size 6 body is now closer to a size 10, and while we do enjoy the fuller curves and being uber Coke Bottle Beauties, we do miss our flat stomach. With the rise of waist training, we decided we had to try this trend to help us get back to a smaller midsection. With the help of an Amia Shapewear from HourglassAngel.com “everyday midsection shaper” (we believe this style is called a Faja), generously provided by the company, we are on our way back down to our smaller size waist.  We must note that we’re not looking for extreme results, because as we said, we already have an hourglass figure, we just want to control our tummy bulge. The Amia Classic Cincher Waist Trainer we received, also known as Cincher A102, “boasts power latex and flexi-boning for firm compression, with flexibility and comfort Hook-and-eye closures for a precision fit, and versatile strapless design.”

Our main issue is the above stated pudginess of our lower abdomen, plus the annoying back fat, both of which we’re dying to get rid of. Although we made a slight mistake in size (we requested the size large, when we should have gone for a medium), we’ve were pleased with the initial results. We must say, the first time we tried to get the Cincher on, it was a bit of a struggle. As they usually do sometimes, our ample bosom got in the way; we had to lay down to get all those eye-hooks to meet their partners, but we certainly did appreciate the extra calories burned. After all eye-hooks were closed, we found the Amia Cincher to be quite comfortable. We had no issues sitting up, or bending, and we could breathe normally, without any stress or feeling overly constricted. We actually prefer this Faja to a traditional corset because of its latex and flexible boning. It is hard to believe that this bloated tummy of ours will be reduced, but we are on our way to great results.

We were not sure how many hours women could comfortably wear a cincher a day (it is advised that we begin with 2-3 hours per day, with increasing numbers), but since we had a larger size, we decided to begin with higher numbers. We also contemplated whether we should sleep in our cincher or not (some days we did, others we didn’t……depending on how we felt). The only issue we’re having so far is length, we wish the Cincher was a bit shorter, because sometimes the edges roll a bit when we sit down……but that’s only because we have a short waist.

Fair warning ladies, sleeping in the waist cincher for the first time will take some getting used to (kudos to all woman who did this during the Victoria era, and whoever does it now). We had to find our comfort zone to get a solid night of sleep, but thankfully we eventually did (our sweet spot was sleeping on our back or side with the upper part of our body elevated). We also found out that if you’re not careful, sleeping the wrong way can cause bloating, so we advise that you test a few positions to find your ideal sleeping position.

Our verdict so far? We think the Amia Waist Cincher does an amazing job of increasing insulation for ultimate body heat activity and perspiration (no one knew when we were wearing it so there was no fear of embarrassing perspiration marks), our food intake decreased significantly while wearing the Amia Cincher, we also found our posture improved, and we burned twice as many calories while walking the city. We haven’t gotten to the point of wearing the waist trainer every day, but we knew it was working when a friend who we hadn’t seen in a while commented that we looked like we lost weight….and we were not wearing our cincher that day. At this rate, we will be all set for summer and maybe a few crop tops.

The Amia is a great way to begin your waist training, just make sure you also include a proper diet and exercise regimen (even if its just walking) as well. We recommend buying two sizes (your current top size, and a smaller size) to gradually and healthily step down a size, but if you feel one size will be enough, we recommend going with the smaller size. If you are ready to begin, visit www.hourglassangel.com and explore their various cinchers.

Teleflora Flowers & Ancestry Celebrate Generations of Love this Mother’s Day

There’s a great quote by Robert Tew that goes, “Understanding your past can help you to create a better future;” if ever there was a perfect time to highlight this quote, this is it. Everyone wants to know where they came from, their family’s history, lives, and experiences. This Mother’s Day, Teleflora has teamed up with Ancestry.com, the world’s leading family history service, to pay tribute to mom with gorgeous 3-in-1 floral gifts. These stunning gift ideas include stunning bouquet of flowers in lovely collectible containers, plus a complimentary and exclusive one-month membership to Ancestry.com to create mom’s family tree.

Beginning today, with the launch of the new Mother’s Day bouquets, anyone who purchases Teleflora’s Beautiful Butterfly Bouquet, or Teleflora’s Artful Elegance Bouquet, will receive a complimentary exclusive-to-Teleflora, one-month membership to Ancestry, valued at $19.99 to trace mom’s roots and take advantage of one of the most popular pursuits in the United States.

Teleflora’s Fill My Heart Bouquet (starting at $59.95)

Pour your heart into expressing thanks and gratitude to Mom with this charming French country botanical floral arrangement artfully presented in a delicate ceramic pitcher that is FDA-approved, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Teleflora’s Artful Elegance Bouquet (starting at $104.95)

No one epitomizes elegance more that your favorite matriarch. Now surprise her with this classic floral bouquet overflowing with lavender roses, white lilies, and fresh purple blooms in this exquisite Venetian hand-blown glass vase.

Teleflora’s Beautiful Butterfly Bouquet (starting at $69.95)

Send her butterfly kisses with this 3-in-1 gift that celebrates Mom’s infinite love. Mom will cherish this stunning floral arrangement of fresh roses, lilies and seasonal stems that arrives hand-arranged in a ceramic Teleflora exclusive vase in a rich shade of lavender and adorned with a beautiful crystal butterfly pendant.

Teleflora’s Field of Butterflies Bouquet (starting at $69.95)

Just as butterflies are the jewels of the garden, remind mom just how beautiful and special she is with this gorgeous springtime fresh floral bouquet and custom vintage-style box with lid that makes a lovely jewelry box.

We know all moms will love these stunning flowers, but will she also love a walk down family history lane? As Ancestry says, “you just might find the story of a lifetime.”

The Village Voice Announces Fourth Annual Choice Streets Food Truck Event

The Food Trucks are Coming! The Food Trucks are Coming! Yes, it is almost time again for the great outdoor Village Voice foodie event that is the Choice Streets Food Trucks Event. In its 4th year, the event, held on May 5th at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Pier 86, will feature 20+ handpicked food trucks from all over New York City. Attendees will enjoy hours of fabulous food, complimentary drinks, free tours of the Intrepid ship, and an amazing view of New York City. We had an amazingly decadent foodie experience at last year’s Choice Streets event, enjoying samples of pizza, seafood, cheese steaks, pulled pork, etc and practically had to be rolled home. Because the event happens on Cinco de Mayo, attendees will enjoy live music from Mariachi Flor de Toloache – New York’s first, and only established, all-female mariachi band – along with other festive surprises.

Twelve Food trucks have already been confirmed, including Big D’s Grub, Korilla BBQ, Langos Truck, Snowday, Solber Pupusas, Sweet Chili, Valducci’s Pizza, Yankee Doodle Dandy’s, Domo Taco, Gorilla Cheese, Ponti Rossi and The Treats Truck, with many more to be announced soon. This year’s Choice Streets will feature three tiers of ticket options – the VIP ticket ($85.00) will allow guests a full VIP Hour beginning at 7:00pm plus a gift bag, the Early Entry ticket ($65.00) will allow guests entry into the event at 7:30pm for a half hour preview and the General Admission ticket ($55.00) will allow guests in at 8:00pm.

Sponsors of the 2015 Choice Streets food truck event include: Stella Artois, Shock Top, Rums of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Tourism, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Califia Farms, Caleb’s Kola, Whole Foods Market, Green Mountain Energy, Enterprise Ride Share and Verizon. For this year’s event, the Village Voice has teamed up with non-profit organization, Slow Food NYC, as the charitable partner of Choice Streets, who will receive a portion of the proceeds. For more details on this year’s three ticket options, see all the event details below:

EVENT DETAILS:

Tuesday May 5th, 2015 (Rain date: Friday May 8th, 2015)
The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum/Pier 86
W. 46th St. and 12th Ave.
TICKETS: On sale – http://bit.ly/StreetsTix

For the latest on “Choice Streets”, visit www.villagevoice.com/choicestreets.

Happy Hour w/ Powell & Mahoney and Master Mixologist, Tad Carducci

A few weeks ago we were invited to enjoy a great happy hour experience with the all-natural cocktail mixers, award-winning cocktail mixers from Powell & Mahoney. We’ve previously highlighted several delicious cocktails from the brand, but this time, we got the opportunity to indulge in the amazing cocktail-making skills of renowned Master Mixologist, Tad Carducci of Tippling Brothers, as well as pick the brain of Powell & Mahoney co-founders, Brian Powell, and Mark Mahoney.

All of the cocktails featured on the Powell & Mahoney Cocktail Mixer bottles were created by Tad Carducci, who used the event to highlight the new must-have cocktails for the Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday seasons, including Agave Mango Mule, Blood Orange Mule, Low-calorie Margarita, Madras, Momotaro, Pumpkin Smash, Perfect Dloody Mary, and Easy French 75.

While we tried several of the delicious cocktails offerings, we found ourselves going back for more of the Agave Mango Mule and Blood Orange Mule (two recipes we’ve had fun recreating over the past few weeks). We highly recommend you acquire the Mango Passion Fruit Margarita, Blood Orange, and the Old Ballycastle Ginger Cocktail Mixers and try these delicious recipes for yourself.

At the 2014 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, Powell & Mahoney’s mixers took home several awards. The Sriracha Bloody Mary won a gold medal, “Best of Show”, and “Best of Division”, the Chipotle Bloody Mary and the Peach Bellini also both won gold medals, and the Jalapeno Margarita and original Bloody Mary received silver medals. This year, the Sriracha Bloody Mary, Jalapeno Margarita, and Peach Bellini cocktail mixers all received high honors from the Beverage Testing Institute.

We’ve been having quite a time thinking up new ways to enjoy Powell & Mahoney mixers, and not all of our recipes contain alcohol, for example, we’re currently adding the Old Ballycastle Ginger Mixer to lemonade (a must try recipe), allowing us to discover our new, refreshing summer beverage.

The mixers, which retail from $5.99 to $7.99, are available at select Target locations, Whole Foods, finer natural foods, grocery stores, wherever fine wine and craft beers are sold and online at www.powellandmahoney.com

TYR Sport Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Bathing suit season is here, and we all know what means, time to go shopping for some fun swimwear. Yes ladies, there’s no escaping beach season but luckily with the swimwear we’re highlighting today, hiding will be the furthest thing from your minds. TYR Sport, named for the Norse god of warriors, and makers of recreational, and competitive swimwear, offers two great collections of swimwear options for spring/summer 2015. The Active Lifestyle Collection, and Huntington Beach Collection.

ACTIVE LIFESTYLE – great for those who use the beach as their gym. Whether you’re doing yoga, running the beach, or paddle boarding, the Breathable Durafast Lite fabric, 60 degree range of motion, sleek fit and unrestricted movement, and UPF 50+ Protection of this collection provides the perfect blend of comfort and function. The collection features must-have sport styles like, Long Sleeve Swim Shirts, Racerback Sportkinis, Boyshorts, Bikini and Triangle Bikini Tops, One-Pieces, Swim Skorts, and Tankikis, etc, in striking patterns and bold, solid colors.

HUNTINGTON BEACH – If lounging is you favorite beach activity, styles from the colorful Huntington Beach collection is your go-to. Whether you’re swimming or strutting your stuff poolside, or on the sand, you will be looking good in these chic, colorful designs. Hypnotize onlookers with a bold checkered, tye dye, tribal, or floral print swimsuit, which comes in One Pieces, Bikinis, Hipkinis, Boyshorts, and Cropped Swim Tops. We love this collection for its subtle sexy details, smocking on the sides of the Highwaisted Bottom, the deep V-back on (our favorite) Milos Aurora One-Piece, and the sheer, mesh detailing on the Milos Isle separates.

What started out as fun, and performance-driven swimwear company for the competitive swim market, has grown into a global swimwear and swim accessories brand, with champion swim athletes wearing TYR Sport’s fashionable prints. So whether you’re looking for swimsuits that perform very well with your activities, or fun, cool prints, get to know this amazing brand.

GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win a Wonderful Pistachios Music Festival Survival Pack

Are you heading to any music festivals this summer? If you are venturing to the any of this year’s most the famed music festivals, you are going to need essentials. You’re going to need more than just a cool wardrobe, love of music, or an appreciation of art to survive the amazing music events. Together with Wonderful Pistachios, we are giving one lucky reader the chance to “Get Crackin” with a fantastic festival survival pack, valued at approximately $120.00.

The lucky Wonderful Pistachios Music Festival Survival Pack winner will be armed with all the necessities needed for a perfect summer festival experience, including:

  • Wonderful Pistachios tube packs for on-the-go snacking
  • Mini FIJI water to stay hydrated
  • EOS Lip Balm for that unexpected windy sandstorm
  • Mini sunscreen to keep skin tanned to perfection
  • Wayfarer sunglasses to achieve the complete look
  • Retro Canvas Backpack

If you haven’t yet, we invite you to try the delicious pistachios flavors from Wonderful Brands. We’re sure everyone is familiar with the original and best-selling Roasted & Salted flavor, but we urge you to try the perfectly seasoned Salt & Pepper, and the sweet and spicy Sweet Chili…..you won’t be disappointed.

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