Archives for April 13, 2016

Get “In The Nude” with new products from Sally Hansen, Rimmel London and NYC New York Color I love these new shades! Must-Haves for the Spring!

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Rimmel London, Sally Hansen and NYC New York Color have the perfect new products to give you a subtle and sexy “nude” look! The new  Expert Last Matte Lip Lacquer in Noho Matte Nude and the Rimmel London NEW! Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Nudes collection will add a subtle glow to your lips while the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (new formula infused with Keratin Complex) in Camelflage or Au Nature-Al, will add the perfect “nude” hue to your nails!

I love these neutral shades for the Spring!

NYC New York Color Expert Last Matte Lip Color: ($3.99)

With a comfort of a gloss and a color impact of a matte lipstick, the NYC NEW YORK COLOR Expert last matte lip laquer offers you the most glamourous look ever

  • With High Impact, explosive color, a velvet smooth, non-sticky finish and full coverage, this gloss has it all.
  • Available shades: Bowery Matte Berry, Riverdale Matte Red, Noho Matte Nude (shown above)



Sally Hansen continues to lead in nail innovation! Complete Salon ManicureTM, loved by millions of women worldwide, is now even better. Drawing from technological advances in the hair-care arena, the newly revamped formula now incorporates a keratin complex to help reinforce nail strength to resist breaking and chipping for up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip- resistant wear. It’s everything you need to achieve a professional nail look at home.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon ManicureTM boasts 7 benefits in one bottle, plus a flawless-finish brush for easy application and a salon-quality finish. The chip-resistant polish still features all of the elements you know and love: base coat, strengthener now featuring a keratin complex, growth treatment, salon color in runway-ready shades, top coat, and gel shine finish. 


THINK: Dare to go bare!


WHAT IT IS: Ready to go bare?  No one knows better than Kate that neutrals create a gorgeous and understated look, transcending day to night and demure to sexy. What’s more, there is a perfect, flattering nude for Each and Every skin tone – perfect for boosting your natural glamour.


Kate has created the season’s most lust-worthy nude shades for lips and tips. Inspired by the catwalks and her own timeless sense of style, the Nude Collection By Kate Moss offers delicate pinks, subtle apricots, cashmere beiges and rich toffee tones – there truly is a chic shade for everyone!


Talking about her Nude Collection, Kate says: “I want every girl to feel great in her own skin and find her prefect nude. Makeup is all about having fun and experimenting with both natural looks and red carpet glamour.  But, for this collection, I really wanted to go back to basics, so I have designed a perfect palette of nudes to suit everyone. I think we’ve truly got a shade for every Rimmel girl.”


The Essential Nude Lip: Lasting Finish Lipstick By Kate

Nude lips are having a major moment. Whether you’re a delicate rose or a caramel beauty, every girl needs the perfect au naturel lipstick. The Nude Collection stars ten new shades of Lasting Finish Lipstick, each carefully created by Kate. You’ll love the tan nude hue of shade #043, flattering for girls with warm undertone. Add warmth to skin with three pretty nude pink shades: #040, #041 and #042. Brighten-up your look with coral-hued #044, rose-tinted #045 and olive nude #046. Or give dimension to lips with the brandy, chocolate and coffee tones of #047, #048 and #049. Find your fave then go nude with total confidence and a full-on London attitude.  Don’t know which nude is right for you? Keep an eye out for Rimmel lipstick map on social media platforms to find your perfect nude.


The lipstick’s ultra-elegant design makes it a must-have. The soft peach nude pack echoes the shade palette with the Kate signature emblazoned on the cap in chic white.

These are my favorites! I love the colors!


AVAILABLE SHADES: #040 – a pale nude (not pictured), #041 – a pink nude, #042 – an apricot nude, #043 – a tan nude, #044 – a coral nude,  #045 – a rose nude,  #046 – an olive nude,  #047 – a brandy nude, #048 – a dark nude,  #049 – a coffee nude.

WHAT THEY COST: $5.79 exclusively at Walmart.

Credit: Sally Hansen, Rimmel London and NYC New York Color.


ergoPouch Swaddles, Sleep Sacks & Sleep Suits Acknowledged As “Hip-Healthy” Products By The International Hip Dysplasia Institute


Award-winning manufacturer ergoPouch’s range of baby swaddles, sleep sacks and sleep suits have received “hip-healthy” designation from The International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI).  Australian-based ergoPouch is renowned for the design and manufacture of premium baby swaddles, sleeping bags and sleep suits made from pure natural fibers.  The International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of those afflicted with hip dysplasia.


“We are thrilled to receive this designation from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute,” said Alina Sack, Founder, ergoPouch.  “Baby’s health and comfort is at the forefront of every ergoPouch design and we’re pleased to be recognized for our products which promote healthy hip development during infancy by an organization of this caliber.”


In 2012 Prof Nicholas Clarke of University Hospital Southampton raised the alarm about tight swaddling. Prof Clarke stated, “Safe swaddling with appropriate devices should be promoted because it is recognized that traditional swaddling is a risk factor for developmental dislocation of the hip.” Prof Clarke added “In order to allow for healthy hip development, legs should be able to bend up and out at the hips. This position allows for natural development of the hip joints. The babies’ legs should not be tightly wrapped in extension and pressed together.”


His article highlighted potential issues associated with the traditional wrapping method — parents can end up wrapping too tightly to ensure their babies stay securely swaddled. Wraps can tend to unravel, but it is really important to avoid wrapping a baby’s legs tightly in a straight (prone) position.


There is no origami and no wrapping involved when using an ergoCocoon or AirCocoon, they keep even the most determined Houdini babies snug!  For this reason the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) has recognized these products as “Hip-Healthy”.  ErgoPouch products are ergonomically designed with a bell-shaped bottom for extra legroom and made from stretchy organic cotton or bamboo to allow babies to move their legs comfortably and adopt the ‘frog-leg’ position.  They are perfect for babies diagnosed with hip dysplasia as a brace can be worn comfortably inside the swaddle. ErgoPouch also offers different sizes to ensure the right fit for baby.


Melbourne, Australia-based ergoPouch was founded in 2009 by Alina Sack.  As a mother, Sack drew on her own personal experiences of sleep deprivation to come up with innovative products designed to help babies and kids get a better night’s sleep.  The award-winning ergoPouch collection includes premium quality baby swaddles, sleeping bags and sleep suits available from birth to 6 years of age sizing.  All ergoPouch products are made with pure natural fibers including Organic Cotton, Bamboo and Merino.  ergoPouch products offer great functionality and versatility with swaddles that can easily transition to a sleeping bag, and sleep suits that convert from bags to suits with legs for easy use from bassinet to stroller to baby carrier.  For more information






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First 365 by Whole Foods Market will open May 25 in Silver Lake


Last week, 365 by Whole Foods Market™ announced it will open its highly anticipated first location Wednesday, May 25 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Designed to complement the Whole Foods Market® (NASDAQ: WFM) brand by bringing fresh, healthy food to a broader audience with a streamlined, quality-meets-value shopping experience, 365 by Whole Foods Market stores will feature a curated mix of products that adhere to the company’s industry-leading quality standards in an environment that’s fun and convenient for shoppers.

Silver Lake’s 365 by Whole Foods Market will host several “Friends of 365” venues through partnerships with by CHLOE., Allegro Coffee Company and teaBOT, a new retail platform that provides custom grab-and-go tea in less than 30 seconds. Friends of 365 is an opportunity for innovative businesses and entrepreneurs that align with the mission and quality standards of Whole Foods Market to establish their own independent retail spaces inside of 365 by Whole Foods Market stores.

Allegro Coffee Company will expand its coffee experience with its craft brew bar, serving customers hot coffee, cold beer and a selection of food items. Toronto-based startup teaBOT will install an efficient self-serve kiosk, allowing customers to personalize tea by mixing up to three of 18 different teas and herbal ingredients. Popular New York -based vegan restaurant by CHLOE. will offer guests a diverse menu of plant-based foods, including burgers, salads, market specials, pastas and sweets that can be enjoyed in the restaurant, taken to-go or to a communal dine-in experience elsewhere in the store.

“With each store, we’re looking to curate a unique experience that’s customized to that location. Allegro’s craft brew bar will provide a casual place for Silver Lake residents to relax before or after they shop, while teaBOT’s unique service will offer a quick, yet deeply personalized tea-making experience,” said Jeff Turnas, president of 365 by Whole Foods Market. “We’ve really dedicated ourselves to partnering with like-minded companies that are doing new and interesting things in their respective field to bring a truly unique shopping experience that complements our thoughtfully curated selection of foods.”

To provide shoppers with added convenience, 365 by Whole Foods Market stores will offer online ordering and delivery services through Instacart.

365 by Whole Foods Market also selected sustainable casual goods purveyor Loomstate to custom design team member apparel for its stores. Loomstate was chosen for its contemporary looks, sustainable practices and commitment to organic products.

The Silver Lake Los Angeles location will also feature hand-picked product selections from Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value® brand products, plus select local and branded products. Two additional 365 by Whole Foods Market locations will open in 2016 – in Bellevue, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. Up to 10 stores are expected to open in 2017.

Credit: Whole Foods Market.

Zoe is Pet of the Week!


Double feature! Last week, we introduced Jazz, and this week, near-identical Zoe is in the spotlight. Both cocker spaniels were brought in to Animal Care Services by their owner despite their being 12 years old and accustomed to care for so many years. This is a sad situation for two sweet dogs. Luckily, they have each other—all they need is one loving forever home. Meet them at Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A567903 for Zoe and ID#A567904 for Jazz.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village.

The Dog Film Festival is Coming to Los Angeles this Summer! An Afternoon Tea Pooch Party will kick off the festival on June 4


This summer, the Dog Film Festival™ will premiere on the West Coast when it comes to Westwood to celebrate the love between dogs and their people – and the animal welfare groups that bring them together.

The Dog Film Festival™ features canine-themed films – documentary, animated and live-action – in two separate screenings of entirely different films. The earlier screening features a medley of light-hearted, animated and narrative films (perfect for younger children and families) while the later screening is more sophisticated and includes a series of short documentaries and sub-titled narrative films.  Both programs are approximately 90 minutes long.

To kick off the Dog Film Festival™, VCA Hospital is sponsoring an outdoor Afternoon Tea Pooch Party, where the green carpet will be rolled out for dogs and their escorts. Serving tea, finger sandwiches, pastries, special canine treats and more, the Pooch Party will feature adoptable dogs from the Lange Foundation, fun contests with prizes, a doggy fashion show, photo opps, meet and greets with celebrity dogs, and special sWag bags.

Tickets to the festival are $15 per screening, or $25 for both screenings. Tickets to the Pooch Party are $150 and include an “all-access dog tag” that allows for VIP early entry to both screenings of the Dog Film Festival™.  Fifty percent of every Film Festival ticket and $50 of every Pooch Party ticket benefit the Lange Foundation.

Dog Film Festival™
Sunday, June 5, 2016
2:00-3:30 PM, 4:00-5:30 PM

Pooch Party
Saturday, June 4, 2016
3:00-5:00 PM

Dog Film Festival™
Majestic Crest Theater
1262 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Pooch Party
VCA WLA Animal Hospital
1900 South Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Credit: Dog Film Festival.