Monday, June 5, 2017

Oprah Would Love Rudi's Organic Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Oprah loves bread.  We do, too...but in moderation. And when we get that carb craving we reach for a slice of Rudi's Organic Bakery breads, which are about as healthy and wholesome as bread can get. Rudi's has been baking small batch breads for over thirty-five years and is the leading producer of certified organic breads in the U.S., but Everything She Wants was recently introduced to the brand at an Editor's Showcase in New York City.

Grilled apple and brie sandwich on Rudi's Cinnamon Raisin Bread.
Rudi's graciously sent us a several loaves of its yummy Cinnamon Raisin Bread, with 15 grams of whole grains and loaded with plenty of plump organic raisins and organic sunflower seeds in each slice.

The bread makes a delish sweet and savory snack anytime of the day. We love our slice slathered with crunchy organic almond butter. And Rudi's raisin bread makes great sandwiches and French toast, too.

Check out this fun recipe.

French Toast made with Rudi's Organic Cinnamon Raisin Bread and Triple Sec

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur or frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 Slices of Rudi’s Organic Cinnamon Raisin
  • 4 tablespoons(1/2 stick) butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Warm maple syrup
Preparation
  1. Whisk first 6 ingredients to blend in medium bowl.
  2. Dip each bread slice into egg mixture.  For best results, dip and flip the bread slices in the batter 4-5 times before placing in the skillet.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add 4 bread slices to skillet until cooked through and brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. Place on baking sheet in oven to keep warm. Repeat cooking with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 4 bread slices. Transfer French toast to 4 plates. Sift powdered sugar over. Serve with maple syrup.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Haircare Tips from Celebrity Stylist Larry Sims

Celebrity hair stylist Larry Sims' work speaks for itself -- Gabrielle Union's sleek tresses; Tracee Ellis Ross's unruly curls; Lupita Nyong'o's tapered natural; and Zendaya's ever-changing mane. Sims, a former dancer and choreographer, is also the star of his own raucous reality show on Bravo, "Invite Only Cabo." 

Larry Sims
To get you ready to sit pretty pool-and-beach-side, we asked the Los Angeles-based hair guru for a few summer hair care tips and product picks.

1. The healthiest way of wearing your hair is embracing your natural texture without using any heat. Use styling products the got2b kinkier collection to add shine and bounce to you curls.

Product pick: Long-lasting curl definition doesn’t have 
to come at the expense of flirty, finger-twirl-able locks. 
got2b kinkier gloss ‘n define curling mousse gives moveable 
and weightless hold for touchable feel and shiny bouncy 
looking curls while helping to control unruly frizz. 
Give curls the ultimate boost with this luxurious mousse. 
Work into towel-dried hair for jaw-dropping ringlets. 
$5.99; available at mass retailers

2. Always use a good heat protectant if you have to use heat. Hot tools should also not surpass 375 degrees.

Product pick

In a world where women battle with heat styling appliances daily, it’s reassuring to know that divine intervention is now available from göt2b guardian angel flat iron balm. Developed with heavenly hair in mind, göt2b unlocks the secret to superior heat protection plus advanced styling support. Each product is formulated with an innovative patented heat-activated polymer technology that delivers proven 425°F 
heat protection with a glossy finish. $5.99; available at mass retailers

3. Do a regular moisturize mask treatment once a week to make sure hair stays hydrated!

Product pick: Schwarzkopf GLISS Ultra Moisture Anti-Breakage Treatment contains a special complex of Keratin Care-19 Complex and penetrates deep into your hair for softness and shine, with up to 95% less hair breakage. $5.99; available at mass retailers




4.  Use shampoos with natural oils and keratin and don’t shampoo your hair on a daily basis, which can strip your hair of oil. If you have buildup, try to rinse and condition. 

Product picks: Long hair brushes against your shoulders or back leaving it weak: often breaking it. To keep hair soft and healthy-looking it needs intense care that deeply restores from length to tip. GLISS™ Oil Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner is a non-greasy 
formula with eight beauty oils and Keratin that only nourishes the hair, but also deeply repairs stressed hair structure, for fewer split ends.

Schwarzkopf Stylist Tip:

· Rinse with cool water to close the cuticle locking in the caring ingredients provided by this sublime repair conditioner.

· For a deeper treatment use GLISS™ Oil Nutritive Split-End Serum after conditioning.
$5.99; available at mass retailers

5. Don’t go too long without trimming your split and dead ends. The quicker you let them go the healthier and fuller your hair will be. 

Schwarzkopf GLISS Hair Repair Oil Nutritive Split-End Serum

This non-greasy formula with eight Beauty Oils & Keratin not only nourishes the hair, but also deeply repairs stressed hair structure, for fewer split ends. Long hair brushes against your shoulders or back leaving it weak, often breaking it. To keep hair soft and healthy-looking, it needs intense care that deeply restores from length to tip.

Key Benefits:
·   Deep hair repair without weighing hair down
·   Up to 90% fewer split ends*
·   Touchably soft and shiny hair

$5.99; available at mass retailers



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sneakers from Adidas Outdoor Made from Recycled Ocean Plastic

One fashion-forward way to celebrate Earth Month is by supporting footwear and apparel that's made with recycled materials. And we have an eco-friendly pick for you.

In partnership with Parley for the Oceans, adidas Outdoor, the athletic brand in the outdoors, has designed a funky, unisex sneaker made from recycled ocean plastic. The Terrex Parley Climacool Boat Shoe for men and women ($140), features a knitted Parley upper, Climacool tooling for enhanced breathability and a Traxion outsole for stability and grip. And the Terrex Parley logo tee ($30) is knitted with Parley yarns from ocean plastic and has Climalite technology that is quick-drying and moisture wicking. 

The Terrex Boat DLX Parley ($130) will debut in August 2017, featuring a knitted Parley sock construction upper for ultimate comfort and a Traxion outsole for stability and grip.



Adidas entered into a partnership with Parley for the Oceans in 2015, an environmental organization and collaboration network that raises awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans, and implements comprehensive strategies to end ocean plastic pollution.

“The ocean is our most important eco-system on the planet, and it is important that we work hard to address damage being caused by its pollution,” said Greg Thomsen, managing director, adidas Outdoor U.S. 

“With 40 million pounds of plastic floating in the north Pacific alone, we recognize that making a change is essential for the future of the environment. As a global company, we have the power to make a difference, and we take that very serious. Together, adidas and Parley have taken major strides towards the solution of ending plastic waste pollution in the oceans by creating a new supply chain to recycle ocean plastic.”

In 2016, Parley intercepted a total of 740 tons of plastic waste in the Maldives, and adidas is now turning this plastic waste into apparel and footwear. In running alone, at least one million pairs of shoes will be created using ocean plastic by the end of 2017, which equals 11 million bottles retrieved from coastal areas.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spa Week Deal: $50 Microdermabrasion at Skin Spa New York

Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the outer layer of dry, dead skill cells. This treatment is especially effective for controlling hyperpigmentation (uneven skin tone) and diminishing acne scars and dark spots.

Skin Spa New York Flatiron/Chelsea./Spa Week
When I can afford it, I treat myself to microdermabrasion every couple months. So thanks to the nice folks at Spa Week Media, I got the chance to preview the $50 Spa Week deal for micro at Skin Spa New York's Flatiron/Chelsea location.

During Spa Week, Skin Spa -- which has several locations in New York City including Soho and Midtown -- offers a $50 power peel, customized facial, Brazilian wax or a 50-minute Swedish, deep tissue or aromatherapy massage.

This was my first visit to Skin Spa New York and I was pleasantly surprised by the minimalist, modern decor. And my aesthetician, Marina, was warm and friendly.  She agreed that micro was a good treatment for my skin type.  First she removed my makeup and made sure my skin was dry before using the crystal micro machine. It felt a bit too rough at first, so she adjusted the strength.  I made a joke about how Samantha looked after she got a laser resurfacing peel on a classic episode of Sex and the City. Marina laughed and assured me that micro is far more gentle than a laser facial, which she would not recommend for my skin type.

After about 10 minutes of exfoliation, Marina soothed my skin with a calming mask, which she left on for a few minutes. She then removed the mask, cleansed and applied a light sunscreen -- a must no matter the season because micro makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

I left Skin Spa New York with glowing, rejuvenated skin. Marina recommended that I also try a glycolic acid peel and to get a series of 3-6 micro/peel treatments in order to see more improvement in my skin tone.  I may come back for another treatment in a month. But you shouldn't wait. Spa Week is April 17-23, so book your $50 treatments now at one of the participating Skin Spa New York locations.

And check out more $50 Spa Week deals, here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Get $50 Spa Treatments This Spring During Spa Week, April 17-23

We love Spa Week. And it's back, April 17-23, 2017. When else can you book luxe spa services for only $50? Available at day spas nationwide, Spa Week is the time to pamper and treat yourself to a facial, massage, mani/pedi or alternative therapy like acupuncture, cupping or floatation tank therapy. So what are you waiting for?  Book your $50 treatments today!


Spa & Wellness gift cards can now be purchased at select retailers like CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid nationwide, and can be used at many of the spas participating in Spa Week.


About Spa Week
The Spa Week concept was born on a rainy spring morning in 2004. The goal was simple: bring the spa and wellness experience to the masses by offering full service treatments, normally costing hundreds of dollars, for just $50 dollars each. No longer would a trip to the spa be considered an indulgence and something relegated to the wealthy few. Spa Week was the vehicle that was destined to change an industry and make a spa visit part an affordable healthy lifestyle.
After months of research and organization, Spa Week was officially launched in October 2004. The beginning was humble at best with a mere 25 spas participating in the New York area. Never once during those long months of planning did I ever dream that the Spa Week franchise would be embraced the way it has. The response was both overwhelming and instantaneous—Spa Week became an instant cultural phenomenon.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring Fashion Trends Spotlight: Vegan Handbags from Veggani

During Fashion Week, Everything She Wants went to a preview for Laura de Waal's stylish vegan handbag line, Veggani.  I'm a huge animal welfare advocate and appreciate the idea of swapping a leather handbag for one made with quality vegan leather. So I chatted with the Philly designer via email about what inspires her, her cool hometown, and more.

Me modeling Veggani's 'Maya' bag./ESW


Everything She Wants: How did you get started?


Laura de Waal: I attended art school (SMFA) in Boston and then did an internship with a retail company which really started me down my path of design. I continued to design and work for other brands for the next few years.  Throughout my twenties I shuffled back and forth between the design retail world and working for non profits. As a little girl, my best friend and I always thought that we would start a brand together. 

Unfortunately, due to literally residing on different continents now, my childhood BFF is not my design partner, though her own talent and creativity still inspire me. For my SS16 Line the 'ACE' bag is named in honor of her. Ultimately, I want to create beautiful modern handbags that have a positive impact on the people creating them and a positive energy for the people buying them.   

ESWWhy did you start a vegan handbag line?


Laura: I myself have always been an animal lover and advocate.  I have fostered over 12 dogs in the past and have been a proud ‘mommy’ over the years, currently to an adopted cat and two adopted dogs.  I am also a vegan and once I really cared about what I was putting in my body the logical step was to also care about what I am putting on my body.  I did not feel there were enough modern vegan brands out there to promote this growing conscientious lifestyle. I also wanted to stay true to myself and of course not harming animals in the process of creating my line was very important.  

Today, that is also much easier with the quality of materials that we now have available out there.  Many of our linings are made from post consumer plastic bottles and the hand feel is really luxurious and super soft.




Veggani styles from the Fall and Spring/Summer lines./ESW

ESW: One of your bags is named 'Maya' after Maya Angelou. What do you find most inspiring about Dr. Angelou?

Laura: I name all of my bags after women which I find inspiring and do so as a small nod to them as they are the women who have made me who I am today.  There is nowhere on the site or the bags themselves that I explain the name of each bag as it is more of a small personal touch in my creative process, however you are correct the Maya was named after Maya Angelou.

I feel like Maya Angelou’s raw insightfulness and also beautiful way to express herself through her poetry has been inspiring to many people.  I have always admired her writing since reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  I think she was a beautiful soul and was not afraid to share herself or her art with the world.  My 'Maya' bag holds more than you expect and is simple yet beautiful and lays effortlessly on your shoulder.


One of Philly's many murals./Visit Philly


ESW Philly is such a cool city. What are a few of your favorite vegan restaurants and places to shop and explore?

Laura: If you are vegan and in Philadelphia then you may want to do yourself a favor and try VEDGE as it has been described as one of the best vegan restaurants in America.
Also in Philly, a cute little store that I like to visit is Art Star in the Northern Liberties area.  
It's like visiting a mini hipster craft fair and I always leave with something original, and right across the street is Soy Cafe where you can grab a vegan smoothie before continuing to explore the city. Or if you want to relax longer, half a block away is Green Eggs which serves an awesome vegan French toast and other ridiculous good brunch food for the non-vegans in your group.  To be honest Philadelphia has become very veggie and vegan friendly, most restaurants offer something interesting to serve their vegan customers.  You can even get the famous philly cheesesteak vegan versions: try Tattoed MomJoe’s Steaks or Govinda’s.

For shopping, If you are in center city near Rittenhouse Square, the Anthropologie there is in a beautiful building and was one of the original stores (Anthro is a Pennsylvania brand). Also in Rittenhouse, swing by Philly Eye Works for our local fabulous eyewear in great candy colors.  

To do something a little off the beaten path from visiting the Liberty Bell, we have the ‘Magic Gardens’ on South Street which is a huge art installation of found objects and glass tiles started in the 1960's covering a whole building and courtyard. [For more street art], you can also take a tour by Mural Arts to learn about the murals and graffiti across Philadelphia.  With Philadelphia having more [public] murals in the U.S than any other city, you can also just stroll the city and stumble across many on your own.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Spring Break Workout Tips: Get a Brazilian Carnival Queen Body!

Even if you can't travel to Brazil for Carnival, you can get a toned Brazilian bod that will rival any Carnival Queen. As Rio de Janeiro gears up for 2017’s festivities, long-time Rio procession dancer and Notthinghill Carnival Queen, Juliana Campos, tells Everything She Wants how she keeps her body fit and toned.

“You don’t need a gym and fancy equipment to raise your metabolism, burn fat and tone," says Campos, an exercise coach and fitness expert. "Doing a workout at home with household objects and your favorite music can build that perfectly toned Brazilian figure."




WARM UP

Choose some great music - preferably with a Brazilian drumbeat – and dance for 15 minutes. Then do 100 star jumps.


CARDIO RESISTANCE

Sofa steps: Make the sofa your best friend, but for exercise, not to lounge about on! Holding a litre bottle of water in each hand, step up onto the sofa and lift the bottles of over your head. When you step down, go into the squat position, and repeat the whole procedure 3 x 10. Finish with 20 seconds of star jumps. 

Chair press ups: Place a chair in front of you with its back securely flush with the wall.  Then placing your hands the width of the chair seat and assume the press position, and press up and down 3 x 10. Again, finish with 20 seconds of star jumps. 

Mountain climbing: Either on a chair or on the floor, keep your hands at shoulder-width. Then, with a straight back and legs, bring your right knee towards your right elbow, and then the same with your left, just as if you’re climbing a mountain. Repeat 3 x 20, and finish with 20 seconds of star jumps.  

Chair squats: Placing a chair behind you, stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms parallel to the floor at shoulder level. Sit down and get up again, all the time keeping that straight back. To get up, you should use your quads and your abs – not your back. 3 x 10 and finish with 20 seconds of star jumps.  

Walking lunges: Walk like a duck around your house, with your knees almost touching the floor. Keeping your spine very straight, make sure you do 30 lunges with each leg. Finish with 20 seconds of star jumps.  

Kick-out squats: Squat down with your feet hip width apart and kick back with your right leg, and then the left. Repeat 3 x 10 and – you’ve guessed it! – finish with 20 seconds of star jumps. 

Stretch: Always end your workout by stretching all your muscles properly.


DIET TIPS

Juliana is keen to stress that achieving and keeping a "Carnival Queen body" isn’t all about exercise – it's just as important to think about what you eat, too.
  • Before your workout, she recommends having a black coffee with a teaspoonful of coconut oil stirred into it. This will speed up your metabolism and do wonders for your workout. Also, drink lots of water while you’re training – you need to keep hydrated as well as flush out waste products. 
  • Eat light, lean and clean – salads with plenty of olive oil for example. Fish is great, but Juliana’s mantra is “meat’s a treat for twice a week." Avoid junk food, butter, fried food and sugary drinks. When you go out for dinner, politely ask the waiter/chef that you like your food light, lean and clean. 
  • Eliminate butter and salt from your diet, ask for lemon on the side, and add a little bowl of olive oil for flavor. Sometimes it’s good to relax a bit and "cheat" on the weekend. Have a little of what you fancy – a pizza or burger, for example – but no more than half a portion. 
  • For a healthy, antioxidant-packed snack, try Juliana’s favorite ‘Acai in the Bowl’ recipe. It's made with pieces of banana and tastes like ice cream.  Yum!