Category Archives: Body

Jetset Gal

Jetset Gal

In the month of January, I stayed in five different hotels, in five different cities.  I was traveling all month for work and for fun and I actually find myself missing those giant makeup mirrors attached to the wall in hotel bathrooms.  Because I do find myself on the go so often I actually have my toiletry bag packed and always ready to go.  I have an extra set of essentials – toothbrush, hairbrush, deodorant, face cream, hair bands, etc. in there so when it’s time, all I have to do is throw that sucker in my carry on and I am ready.

Every now and then I come across a miniature version of one my product essentials and I squeal (out loud, in the middle of Target, for God and everyone to hear) then snap up 5 to 10 of them for my travel stash.  You can usually find small versions of products at the big places like Sephora, Ulta, Target, and your local pharmacy.  But when you’re a total brand loyalist like myself, it can get tricky.  I refuse to use anything but Dove deodorant, and I once came across a teeny-weeny stick attached to a normal sized one as part of a promotion – squealing ensued.

So what to do when you can’t find your favorite product in itty-bitty size?  Well, I have your solution!  I recently came across this website –  It’s genius.  It’s like a Sephora for Polly Pocket.  Just about anything you can think of is on here: really great skin care, amazing hair products and cosmetic lines I’ve never heard of before (which is rare).  I’m dying to try this facial mist for those flights that suck all the precious moisture from my skin.  They also have brilliantly curated kits of teeny-weeny products that serve a multitude of purposes – Gym Kit

Go Smile Kit

Top to bottom:  the gym kit and the Go Smile kit.  I have about half of the gym kit already – the cucumber facial towelettes, Herban Essentials antibacterial towelettes, and Oscar Blandi dry shampoo are all currently in my gym bag!  Love that they’ve come up a few other essentials and put them all together.

Here are some of my other travel essentials:

Clear travel bags to organize all the above mentioned itty-bitty-teeny-weeny beauty products

–  A cozy wrap that can double as a blanket during chilly flights

Tablet privacy screen cover, so that nosy neighbors don’t watch reruns of Real Housewives over your shoulder.  (*more importantly if you online shop on your iPad like I do – so they can’t see you enter your address or credit card information.  I once sat next to a man on a flight from Florida to California who informed me after our flight was over that he saw EVERYTHING and to be more careful next time.)

Safe travels my loves!

*top photo from Old Time Friend


Get Loose With the Juice!

{ my “lunch” the other day: apple/beet/carrot/ginger/spinach juice }

Do you juice? Are you a juicer? Does pulverized fruit get you all excited? Yeah, me neither.  Buuuuuuut – I thought I might give it a go. I keep hearing all the benefits and advantages to juicing and wouldn’t mind any of that.  In my poking around the internet, I’ve found a lot of juice “cleanses” – which also don’t sound like a bad idea.  Everybody needs a good detox every now and then (especially this girl: lover of all things champagne/cheesecake/smoked pork product related).  There are some out there that are one day, three days, or five days.  I think the most I could last is three.  Solid food and I have a had a pretty good run, I’m not willing to break up quite yet. 

What about you?  Have you ever tried juicing? Have you ever tried a cleanse? What about the master cleanse?  Did you think you would kill for some real food?  I’m dying to try it out – here a few of the options I’ve been looking at:

1.  The “Can Can Cleanse” – based in San Francisco, owner/founder Teresa Piro blends up and presses seasonal fruits and veggies for this one, three, or five-day cleanse.  You get 8 juices a day, which also includes some herbal teas and a nut milk.  Teresa includes some pretty helpful guidelines on her website for the cleanse like how to prep before you start, how to come down when you finish and what to eat if you’re really feelin’ the need for some solid food.  And how cute are those reusable mason jars?!

2.  The “BluePrintCleanse” – these juices are freshly made in New York City, but the juices can be shipped out in coolers so you could get them wherever you are!  They are numbered in the order you drink them, pretty easy to follow.  Similar to the Can Can cleanse, it includes fruit and veggie juices along with a nut milk.  There is also a “Juice ‘Til Dinner” program that includes food if the juice alone is too intense.  BluePrintCleanse also has three different levels, so that if you are a rookie or a more “advanced” juicer there is something for everyone.  I’d be an advanced juicer…no, no that’s a lie.  I’m a rookie.  Sigh.

3. The “Goop Cleanse” – created by Gwyneth Paltrow’s doctor, Dr. Junger, this cleanse is composed of not just juice, but soups and solid food including steamed salmon and greens, detox teriyaki chicken and smoothies for breakfast.  There are also helpful lifestyle tips to follow while on the cleanse and recipes for all of the juices and food.  One tip I particularly liked addressed “sluggish bowel movements”, mostly because it made me giggle like a 10-year-old.

5. The “Juicey Lucy’s Cleanse” – Also San Francisco based, this juice business actually operates out of a food truck and can be found at area farmers markets. The ingredients are fresh, local and you can pick a cleanse that lasts three, five, seven, ten days, or one day a week for however many weeks you choose.   According to their website, one 16 oz. Lucy’s Juice is equivalent to three servings of veggies.  Now that’s some serious nutrition.

I think that a cleanse would be difficult, but in the end would also probably feel totally amazing.  I think I need a juice cleanse buddy, however – someone in the trenches with me as we starve, hallucinate, and snap at one another due to low blood sugar.  Who’s with me?

*photos courtesy of Can Can Cleanse, BluePrintCleanse, Goop, Juicey Lucy’s

Gifts for Guy

Gifts for Guy


Lomography Mini Diana White Camera, $65
Nixon watch, $500
Eshu Road Warrior Travel Pack ($40 Value) Road Warrior Travel Pack, $32
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, Imperial Grey, $350
Beer Making Kits | Williams-Sonoma, $40
Momento Vitae, by Alexander Beeching, $50
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest iPad Cover, $35
The Meatball Shop Cookbook, $14
Crew socks, $9

I find gift-shopping for guys so much harder than gift-shopping for girls,  so when I’m buying presents for dad, bro, or the special guy in my life I try to find things that are fun, useful and something they would proudly show off to their friends (stuffed animals are out of the question).  Although, gift shopping for my brother has become incredibly easy as over the years we’ve developed a “comedy DVD/gag gift/item of clothing” system that works remarkbly well.

p.s. How cool is that iPad cover? 

Because this girl is always on the go…

So I just got these incredibly incredible towelettes from Herban Essentials. Each towelette is individually wrapped so I can stow them in my purse, glove box, office drawer, laptop case, pocket…anywhere! The best part, they smell absolutely amazing. You know that little mist that sprays up when you start peeling a fresh orange? The orange towelette smells EXACTLY like that – crisp and delicious. They have all sorts of yummy versions like lavender, lemon, peppermint and eucalyptus. Each one is soaked in all natural essential oil – so they’re antibacterial to boot. Soooo much better than the make-your-hands-dryer-than-the-Sahara hand gel.

With all of the hub-bub about the flu and H1N1, I have a feeling I’m going to be using these towelettes allllll season long. Not to mention that they are super convenient and super portable, these are going to be so handy on the flights I seem to be constantly taking. Before landing these are going to be great for an arm and hand wipe down so that I can smell more “crisp and delicious” and less “Southwest recycled air”.