Archive for July, 2011

Rainforest Adventures

Costa Rica Zip Lining

I was made for the jungle and the jungle, baby, the jungle… she was made for me. Her symphonic sounds, her riotous curves, her mountainous valleys. Plus, I’m about the only person I know who actually likes it when it’s hot and humid. My skin is clearer, my hair is bouncier, and my body begins to blossom like the frisky little bud that it is.

So, any chance I can get to frolic in the jungle (or the sea near the rain forest), you can pretty much count me in… which is why I like Rain Forest Adventures, a collection of five eco-adventure parks located in Costa Rica, Jamaica, Dominica and St. Lucia. So why not discover the persona of each park?

Costa Rica Atlantic is a misty jungle nucleus with rugged trails for an off-the-map adventure. Costa Rica Pacific sits on a sunny mountain with views of the Pacific Ocean from the Aerial Tram. Dominica, located on the Nature Island, features a daunting suspension bridge over the 300-foor drop Breakfast River Gorge.

Jamaica found inspiration from the original Jamaican Bobsled team and features a Rainforest Bobsled ride. St. Lucia is the ultimate family escape and thrills with the Adrenaline zip line course. All work well with my philosophy, my physique (and my pelo). Each destination combines adventure with enlightenment, simultaneously showcasing and protecting the rainforest and its precious eco-system. Experience the rainforest canopy from a bird’s eye view on the parks’ signature Aerial Tram (which are handicap accessible). Gondolas ride high into the jungle, led by a naturalist guide who illustrates flora, fauna and bird life. Zip line courses are thrilling for the adventure set (like moi). Hiking trails and bird watching, butterfly, frog and snake gardens… all available for that curious jungle seeker in you. The parks were built on a principle of sustainability, integrated into every aspect from construction, including daily water recycling so we give them a big thumb’s up and a little shake of our tail.  Price point for Aerial Tram: $46-$64 Adult ($27.50 – $64)

Nally & Millie Forever


We love NALLY & MILLIE! We’ll be honest, when we were  first sent their linesheets we couldn’t get a handle on the quality of their line. Sometimes, it’s just too hard to tell how an article of clothing is made from looking at linesheets.

Then, when we were sent their goods… Mama Mia… soft as butter, so well made, and excellent fit. Want to know why?

Made in the USA, baby!

Knits for just about any occasion – think cozy-at-home, office, plane ride, or a night out (yes, they’re that versatile),  the all-new Fall 2011 collection delivers deep colors and prints for a season dominated by its knits and easy-to-wear fits-everyone manteaux. These pieces make a great start off point to your look and offer a wide variety of ways to go from casual to chic with a bit of accessorizing. The excellent draping creates a relaxed yet fashionable effect with the flexibility to remain loose or be cinched with a wide belt. That’s what I love most, particularly when this Eco-Adventurer is flying around Europe or Asia and needs to get fancy in a jiffy. Plus, they have looks for every age demo. I prefer the neutral colors or the bold single colors, but they also have more flashy prints for those who still want a little Miami or Boca in their diet. Showcasing sweater and layered pieces, burnouts, lace, jacquards and novelty fabrics for slimming tops, tunics, cardigans, dresses and skirts, the cross-over contemporary brand provides flattering options in deep shades of heather grey, biscotti, French roast, redwood, corn flower, primrose and basil.  Original hand rendered and digital prints focus on bold graphics as well as animal patterns for versatile day-to-evening styles that work well with denim and leggings or dressier jackets and heels.

Perfect for the Plane Ride or Another Office to Evening Look

Conceived by award-winning designer Nally Park and James Park, NALLY & MILLIE is manufactured entirely in the United States using the softest natural fabrics and most technically advanced synthetics and blends for consistent quality, durability, memory and a flawlessly supple hand.  So, although not every piece is organic, they are sustainable when it comes to keeping jobs in the USA and they make a very strong effort to source responsibly. For over a decade, the brand has been delivering high quality pieces with accessible price points at retail from $44.00 to $96.00 for tops and skirts, from $96.00 to $129.00 for dresses in over a thousand specialty boutiques and department stores nationwide including Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Von Maur.

Top Pick for Natural Skincare: Jason’s C-Effects Super C Toner

Jason's C-Effects Super C Toner

I live in New York City and, as much as I love the place, it’s not always the best for my skin. Either too hot or too cold, let’s just say… you have to take extra care of your skin (and your mind) in these elements. The daily sun and environmental exposure is, in one word, tough. Even a few minutes in the sun or pollution can lead to free radical damage, or oxidation of the skin.  Day after day, your skin faces a free radical attack that damages the skin’s DNA structure and accelerates the aging process, resulting in unwanted fine lines, wrinkles and an uneven skin tone.

No, thank you.

Well, since we also love to take a natural approach to aging, we’ve always liked JASON products and this line right here is one of the best on the market. Plus, it smells delicious and feels like a refreshing mist of spring – like a mandarin orange freshly squeezed right on that pretty little mug of yours. The newly renovated JĀSÖN™ C-Effects™ line delivers an arsenal of formulas to fight free radical attack with its exclusive Multi-Antioxidant Complex, powered by Ester-C®, the most stable, naturally derived and deeply penetrating form of natural Vitamin C.

The complex also features a well-rounded, potent blend of free radical-fighting ingredients, including Vitamin E to naturally moisturize, naturally derived Green Tea to shield skin from environmental stressors and Thioctic Acid, an essential nutrient that helps to create a healthy, even skin tone.  I’ve been using the C-Effects skin toner and combo moisturizer/sunscreen and loving them both. With continued use, the C-Effects Crème is also clinically tested to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin clarity in 4 weeks for more radiant and younger-looking skin.

We’ve been using this line for about 4 weeks and can certainly concur.  Jason’s C-Effects™ line is a must.


A New York Treat for Families

New York City Rugrats Riding the Streets of the City

On July 1st, The Plaza invited you to connect with your inner child. That’s right, get back to the days when lemonade sales were you’re biggest worry. Get this: the landmark hotel just re-launched a 1956 original – the Tricycle Garage! City dwellers and hotel guests will be able to rent Radio Flyer tricycles, bicycles and scooters to celebrate summer in Central Park and explore some of the city’s most popular sights. How cute (and eco-friendly) is that?

Following the success of Kay Thompson’s book and the upsurge of Eloise fans everywhere, the Tricycle Garage was originally instated in May 1956 and housed children’s’ bicycles and tricycles in a whimsical, candy-store inspired setting. Bike racks and numbered license plates were available for a nominal fee of $.15 a day (that’s $3/month!) and Plaza guests were allowed to use the garage gratis. Today, The Plaza Boutique’s Tricycle Garage will offer kids of all ages and families the same exciting New York City experience.  Rental fees will range from $20/hour to $40/day (2011 NYC city prices, of course), but it will promise to be that bicycle in the city experience you and your little ones will never forget.

The Plaza Hotel's Eloise Suite (compliments of Betsey Johnson)

Want to go even further with the whimsical theme? Me too. The Plaza, along with Betsey Johnson, also happened to team up to design an Eloise suite! J’adore.

In addition to all that, with Central Park Conservancy’s premier historian and photographer, Sara Cedar Miller, the adults can have their own enlightening experience. They’re offering exclusive, private tours of Central Park as a part of a new summer package.  Tours can be customized to the guests’ interests and passions, making this New York city deal ideal for families, couples and girlfriend getaways.  Package details are as follows, but contact the hotel for more info (because if this doesn’t tickle your fancy, The Plaza will certainly have something that might):

  • Luxurious overnight accommodations in a Suite
  • A private, customized tour through one of New York’s most fabled attractions
  • A signed copy of Central Park, An American Masterpiece; Seeing Central Park, The Official Guide to the World’s Greatest Urban Park; or Strawberry Fields: Central Park’s Memorial to John Lennon by Sara Cedar Miller
  • Champagne toast for two in the Champagne Bar at The Plaza
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