Smell Like Summer in the Middle of Winter

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What can I say? In the dead of winter, all I can think about are islands. Any island will do, but I’m partial to scents you find in the Hawaiian islands. So, if I can’t jet off to Maui, the next best thing is to recreate my island goddess with some island escape scents. One of our favorites is Malie, a brand of scents which takes inspiration from Hawaii’s natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle. Offering all-natural organic, Hawaiian luxury spa and beauty products, they embody the magnificence of Hawaii and its tropical flora. So, if you’re looking to travel and want to bring the islands with you, looking for a gift for someone to lift their spirits, or simply want to smell like the islands when you need it most, below are some top picks for you this cold, cold winter.

Jet Set Gift Set – Enjoy a spa-worthy experience wherever your travels take you! The perfect gift for the girl on-the-go, this TSA-friendly set includes a 2.5 oz Malie Body Cream, Body Wash and perfumed Shampoo and Conditioner nestled in an easily transportable travel bag. Available in two signature Malie fragrances: Plumeria and Mango Nectar.

Island Ambiance Gift Set – Whether you’re traveling for the holidays or planning a staycation, this TSA-approved trio of Malie’s signature reed diffusers will turn your space into a fragrant tropical getaway. The set features three travel-sized, alcohol-free, pure perfume oil-based reed diffusers in three best-selling Malie fragrances: Plumeria, Koke’e and Pikake.

Eau de Parfum – Available in all six of Malie’s signature aroma collections, these fragrances channel the essence of paradise in every drop. Housed in a beautiful glass bottle, the organic aromas will softly linger throughout the day, leaving behind a subtle, alluring scent.

Perfumed Shampoo & Conditioner – Indulge in the “aloha spirit” with every hair toss. A nourishing blend of botanical ingredients leaves strands silky-soft, while the tropical aroma lingers in the most beautifully subtle fashion, ensuring you’ll turn heads when you walk by. Available in Plumeria and Mango Nectar.

Body Cream – Give dull, dehydrated skin the nourishment it needs with Malie Organics Body Cream. Skin is left soft, smooth, and naturally glowing. Available in five signature Malie scents.

How to Get Vacation Hair… is Here

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Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Renewal Beach Spray

It may be winter, but there’s no reason that I can’t have summer vacation hair. So, recently, we decided to put some products to the test and here are our picks for the best sea salt hair sprays on the market. Not only do they smell delicious, but a little goes a long way to reviving our curls and making flat frizz look like tousled sea hair. After all, if we can’t escape to the tropics, we’d like our hair to look and smell like we have.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray

First and foremost, Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Renewal Beach Spray smells delicious and you’re tempted to just keep spraying, but you only new about 3-4 spritzes to liven up your do. It provides all the body and light hold you need to nourish and heal hair damage with the power of our favorite hair oil: Argan Oil.  It creates that undone texture that looks and feels like you¿ve spent a day by the sea.

Retails for $10-$21

Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Renewal Beach Spray

John Masters Organics

John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender

John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender 

One word: organic. Okay, three more words: sea salt & lavender. This spray is one of your lighter sprays and leaves the hair with a mist of low salted lavender that smells like a shower and a day in the Hamptons. We like it because the quality is high, it’s organic, and the effect is light and natural.

Retails for $15-$26

John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender 

Not Your Mother's

Not Your Mother’s

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray

What can we say? This one is the sleeping giant. Not only is it a complete steal, but we’ll admit that we love the branding and every time we spray it on our curls we feel fresh, alive, and so hip it’s like we just stepped off the beach in Tulum after listening to DJ Tiesto. We also included a shout out for their Beach Babe Texturing Hair Cream as it complements the spray nicely. With this product a little goes a long way. All we needed was a dime sized dollop and with 2-3 sprays we were good to go!

Retails $6-$12

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray

A Model Traveler Talks Bali & Conservation

Summer Crosley Photo by: Suzi Zoltin

This week, Summer Joy Crosley, a model based in Miami Beach, fill us in on some of her quick travel favorites.

Summer Crosley is not only a international model, she also happens to be a vocal Ocean Conservation Advocate.  We like her because she keeps conservation in mind when she jaunts around the world modeling and doing the local travel thing.

So what’s her favorite destination?

Bali, Indonesia.

Her favorite hotel in Bali? Surf Ulu

Her favorite Balinese restaurant: Mazaic

While she’s traveled to some of the top beach destinations in the world with her fiance to help raise awarness to help protect the oceans.  As there is an overwhelming amount of trash and pollution on the beaches and our world’s scared oceans are in danger, she helps the cause by selling candles and jewelry made out of sea urchin shells from Bali, with all proceeds from the sales going to Ocean Conservation.

You can check out her nifty products here:

When not traveling for work or Ocean Conservation efforts Summer is busy riding her beach cruiser, visiting local farmers markets, hiking and just relaxing to a good movie. Her future trips include Fiji and New Zealand.

So get your gorgeous rump to Bali and keep an eye out for Summer. She’s one hot season!

A Fresh Finnish Food Festival

Fresh Finnish Food

We love the Slow Food Movement and we really love the Nordic region. All that smoked fish and dill… we’re in. So what’s better than having a bit of both? Slow Food, Travel, Finland… We’re just not sure it can get any better! To that end, local producers, upscale restaurateurs and food aficionados from all walks of life are getting together at Slow Food Festival in the village of Fiskars, Finland on October 1st – 2nd 2011. Only an hour’s journey from the Finnish capital Helsinki, up to 10,000 Slow Foodies are expected to attend this year’s fresh food fest!

First class fairly produced food can be tasted and experienced in numerous forms at Slow Food Festival. The eco-gastronomic market will feature products from organic farmers of sheep, beef and pork, as well as fishermen, food artisans and restaurateurs. Food-themed exhibitions, panel discussions, debates, photography and lectures are part of the programme. Cooking demonstrations and tastings are a given, and live animals will be on show.

Renowned Swedish food author Mats-Eric Nilsson and Ambassador of Nordic Food (What a great title!) Michael Björklund will be entertaining crowds, while German-born Christine Linder of Svartå Manor talks about hunting and preparing game (we’re game). Niko Tuominen, ex-chef at the famed restaurant Savoy in Helsinki, will also prepare tasty desserts from local berries and goat milk (among other delicacies). Yum, yummers. Look these blokes and birds up!

Transport from central Helsinki to Fiskars and back is arranged on both days of the festival.

A little bit about Fiskars village: Best known for the former Fiskars Bruk, an ironworks founded in 1646 that later developed into the Fiskars company, making quality design products ranging from kitchenware to gardening tools, today, the factory is a budding centre of Finnish art and design. So, in addition to being a place of residence for many artisans, artists and designers, the factory area is also a popular tourist destination.  Oh… and did we mention how much we love Finnish design? Clean, pure genius just runs in their blood.

A little bit about  Slow Food: A global non-profit organization founded to promote the production of quality food, local traditions and environmentally friendly agriculture, has more than 100, 000 members in 153 countries.

Slow Food Festival:

Fiskars village:

Slow Food Helsinki chapter:; International:

Finland travel and tourism online:

NYC: A Boutique Hotel in the Heart of the City

Finding a hotel in New York is easy. Finding a hotel that’s quiet, spacious, and reasonably priced is another story. That’s what motivated us to mention The Fitzpatrick Hotels, two family-owned boutique hotels that offer all of the above and pride themselves on European style with personalized service.

We stayed at the recently renovated Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel located in the heart of the city’s most popular retail district at 687 Lexington Avenue between East 56th and East 57th Street. Impressed with the absolute calm in the heart of such bustle was impressive, it’s perfectly situated just a few blocks from Central Park and the Guggenheim. All 91 guest rooms and suites have been renovated with owner John Fitzpatrick actively involved in re-designing every area of the hotel, drawing inspiration from the finest country estates of Ireland. The finished product is perfect for couples, small families, and business travelers… a quiet sanctuary in midtown that is both warm and elegant.

Both properties offer deluxe accommodations including traditional Irish canopy beds with pillow-top mattresses (so comfortable it was hard to get out of bed!), Irish chocolates at turndown, high speed wireless internet, and spacious bathrooms. The hotel restaurants, The Wheeltapper, at the Fitzpatrick Grand Central, and The Fitz, in the Fitzpatrick Manhattan, offer traditional Irish cuisine with a modern flare and a dark sexy bar setting that is discrete enough for that fly-by-night romance. We give it two thumb’s up and plan to tell our business associates and relatives next time they’re looking for a well-priced and comfortable spot near all the major museums and restaurants.

Room rates from $179

Also not to be missed. Right down the street at the Hiro Haraguchi salon on 41 East 57th Street at the corner of Madison and East 57th Street, there’s a luxe organic hair treatment developed by resident stylist Mordechai Alvow. The line of organic essential oils called ‘YAROK’ promises to give new life to drab tresses. We recommend checking out the latest Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit at the Guggenheim, grabbing some lunch an an outdoor boite, and then heading your weary tresses to Hiro Haraguchi’s salon. Mordechai Alvow’s on-going quest for performance-driven products healthy for clients and the environment motivated him to create YAROK, a blend of base and essential oils, handpicked for their medicinal and sensory benefits throughout history, and grown so as to retain the highest possible concentration of nutrients.

Each of the seven serums is designed to deliver a heightened sensory experience while addressing seven specific scalp and hair conditions in both men and women, resulting from blow-drying, chemical processing, product overload, free radical assaults and everyday stress — offering a personalized solution for lifeless hair.

Seven Nourishing YAROK Serums include:

· Serum 2: Real Brunettes with Rosemary and Hemp Oil — Rosemary, a naturally stimulating essential oil, controls dandruff and encourage hair growth. It also preserves all shades of brown hair. Hemp Oil, derived from essential fatty acids, is believed to aid in healing.

· Serum 6: Booster For Men with Jasmine and Camellia Oil — Recommended for frequent flyers whose traveling — and high altitudes in general — creates a moisture imbalance in the scalp which over time, coupled with stress, sleep deprivation and poor nutrition (as well as genetics), can lead to hair loss and thinning. Jasmine Oil is a fast-acting hydrator that helps reduce trans-epidermal moisture loss that can dry out scalp and hair, while Camellia Oil is a super-moisturizer.

Treatment is $100.
Individual serums for take-home use $60.