As a mom, toys now play a huge part of my life. A good chunk of my day is spent on the floor with Hermione playing with the various dolls, blocks, books or musical instruments that live in her toy bin. I am very selective about what I will let her play with. At this age almost everything she touches ends up in her mouth so I have a very firm no plastic toys rule. I also want to inspire her to be creative with her play so none of her toys light up, use batteries, or play fake music. We are a mostly wooden toys and handmade dolls family.
I can’t believe Labor Day is only a week away. This summer has completely flown by! Doug and I have had the most special few months in the Hamptons with our baby girl. Every day has been an adventure as we get to know her better and better. The tiny infant we moved out here with at the end of June has morphed into a full-fledged chubby baby who laughs, smiles and has quite the personality! As we were on a walk the other day I noted to Doug that these past two months are probably be the most time we would ever spend together as a family. Yes, once his incredibly generous paternity leaves ends we will still see each other every morning and night but we will likely never again have two straight months of family time. So, as our extended family summer vacation draws to a close we are doing our best to savor every minute with lots of walks, beach time, farm trips, and baby snuggles.
I am always on the hunt for new restaurants, juice bars, markets, and takeout spots that fit into my clean, green, plant based eating philosophy. One of the joys of living in NYC is just when I think I know my city inside and out, I discover someplace new! Sometimes the new discovery turns into a minor obsession, as was the case when I was first introduced to Hu Kitchen. Hu Kitchen is a dream to me. From delicious pressed juices, to smoothies, to amazing prepared food, to the crave worthy mashbar™ I never tire of options when I visit. My most recent fixation has been the Rustic Root Vegetable Mash topped with Magic Mushroom Mix, hot sauce and cilantro. Go to Hu, try it and thank me later!
Unlike Starre Vartan, the subject of today’s In the Spotlight interview I was not raised in a very eco-friendly household. To be fair I grew up in Manhattan in the 80′s; consumption and consumerism were all the rage. Growing up we went through paper towels and bottled water like they were going out of style (actually they were!) We used tons of plastic and cleaned our house with incredibly toxic chemicals. We never thought about where our food came from or concerned ourselves with eating in season. Pineapple in NYC in February? Great!
I am very picky when it comes to personal scents. I prefer simple scented oils over expensive, toxic perfumes. In fact, I rarely wear a scent at all as I find most of them overpowering and artificial smelling.
Some people just have great style. Every time you see them they look perfectly put together and perfectly effortless at the same time. Cari Smulyan is one of those people. Cari has an amazing eye for style and design. Looking for the perfect every day dress? Just ask Cari. She will email you ten options that are not only perfect, but perfect for you. On top of being a great stylist Cari also has an incredible vintage jewelry line, Bubby’s Vintage. Whenever she is in NYC I selfishly host a trunk show for her so I can snap up some new goodies for myself.
When I find a product I love I immediately want to share the discovery with everyone I know. Such was the case when I discovered Soapwalla Deodorant Cream. As I have previously exclaimed here this stuff is truly amazing. I have tried many, many natural deodorants and NOTHING can stand up to a hot NYC day or a Soul-Cycle double like Soapwalla.
What girl doesn’t love a good bag? I know I do! Clutches, totes, satchels, I am an equal opportunity bag lover (bag obsessor). However, there is one particular bag that holds a very special place in my heart. Baggu. In a gorgeous array of colors and patterns these eco-friendly, reusable bags are not just for the grocery store. I have used mine as a shopping bag, beach bag, tote, place for my wet spin clothes etc. etc. I keep a Baggu in every one of my purses so no matter where I am I always have one at the ready. I long ago gave up taking disposable shopping bags from stores, and thanks to Baggu I am always carrying my purchases in style.
Welcome to my “In the Spotlight” interview series. There are so many people who I admire in the world of food, health, fitness, and beauty. To introduce them to you I decided to start an interview series with some of my favorite people who help make the world more clean, pure and simple. Who better to kick it off than the wonderful Spirit Demerson, founder of Spirit Beauty Lounge? Spirit is my go to for all things green beauty. Her site is always stocked with the best and latest makeup, skincare, fragrances and more. I know I can shop with confidence as Spirit has personally vetted all of the products she sells to make sure they meet her high standards of green beauty that is both good for you, and the environment. Without Spirit my life would be quite a bit less glam!