After a month of dashing between runway shows and presentations across two continents, I’m ready to take some time to relax. What better way is there to spend a Friday night than at an intimate wine and cheese party with your closest friends? Trouble is, being a hostess can also be draining, so I’ve rounded up all the greatest gadgets for minimizing the work and maximizing the enjoyment.
Nespresso has finally launched a machine were you can brew a large cup coffee. Unfortunately, the pods required to make this coffee do not fit into any of the Nespresso models aside from the just-launched VertuoLine.
I’ve been a fan of Enlightened ice cream ever since I first tasted it about six months ago. Their flavors are super low-calorie, low-fat, high in fiber, high in protein and most importantly super delicious and not filled with chemicals. Better yet, unlike its competitors, this is actually flavorful ice cream – it doesn’t taste like frozen water…even my father likes it (only because I never told him it was healthy)!
Scratch & Grain is one of the cutest food related products I’ve seen in awhile. I’m not a big cook or baker, but I do love making fresh cookies (especially when I’m invited over to a friend’s house)…except I’m usually too time-crunched to make them from scratch so I buy cookie dough.
Who doesn’t love chips and salsa? Unfortunately salsa tends to be far from healthy when you buy it in a jar at the supermarket. Not only are most very high in sodium, they’re usually devoid of any nutritional benefits and loaded with preservatives. Now there’s an alternative thanks to Yummy Yammy.
I make it a point to visit a spa in each city I travel to, which is a goal rarely achieved on New York Fashion Week trips. When my flight home was postponed due to a snow day, I knew I would finally have a chance to indulge. My girlfriend and I made lemonade out of lemons by scheduling services at NYC’s best and most luxurious hideaway – the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental New York.
I’ve always loved the London NYC. It was the only place my family would stay at when the boy was younger. With a West 54th Street address, the hotel is centrally located and walking distance from Central Park – not to mention comprised only of suites! Now I stay there by myself during Fashion Week.
With all the traveling I do there is one thing I cannot live without – the comfort and feel of home offered by my Kashwére blanket. The compact design has a zip-around pouch that turns into a pillowcase capable of making even the most awful airline pillows into little slices of heaven.