Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rockport Shoes for Fall, Feel the Difference

We hate to sound like a broken record, but we love comfort shoes.  And Rockport is one of the best brands for comfort and style.  Just in time for back to school (even though our school days are behind us), we were sent a pair of Rockport's XCS Rock On Air Laceup, and we've been wearing them all around New York City and on a recent trip to Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Feel the Rockport difference. 

The lightweight sneakers are fashion forward with a subtle Zebra embossed print, and they're so comfy they live up to their name. You'll feel like you're walking on air.  And get this, the leather is machine washable. 

About Rockport comfort shoes:

You may be familiar with the brand and what they're known for, but what you may not know is the awesome technology behind every pair. Whether walking shoes or 3" + high heels, every style is engineered from the inside out with amazing technology to provide you with all day comfort. ADIPRENE by adidas sport technology will lead you feet first into each daily adventure; in both comfort and style. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Get $50 Treatments During Spa Week Fall, October 12-18

It's that time again.  During the annual Spa Week, October 12-18, 2015, you can treat yourself to  facials, massages and alternative health treatments for just $50!  That's right, just $50. But appointments fill up quickly, so book yours today.

Essential Therapy L&Y Spa is participating in Spa Week, October 12-18, 2015.

Everything She Wants was invited to preview a treatment at Essential Therapy L&Y Spa (122 E. 25th Street, 212-777-2325) in New York City, one of many participating spas. For Spa Week, Essential Therapy offers: a 50 minute Custom Organic Facial with Pumpkin Masque and Extractions; Eyelash Extensions from Synthetic Mink; and a 50 minute Pumpkin Spice Massage with choice of deep tissue or Swedish technique. I recently pulled a muscle in my neck and my upper back, and I needed a massage, big time. So the timing was perfect.

Essential Therapy is conveniently located near Gramercy Park and the Flatiron District. From the outside, you can't tell the tranquil experience that awaits. The space is adorned with Buddha statues, wooden fixtures, hanging lanterns and candles that give it a decidedly Zen vibe. The waiting area is warm and inviting and the treatment rooms are spacious.

Spacious treatment room at Essential Therapy./Spa Week

My massage therapist was Yan, which initially took me by surprise.  I usually prefer a female masseuse, but Yan was friendly and his massage techniques were excellent. And he was willing to apply less or more pressure at my request.  The pumpkin oil and lotion he used was a nice touch. "Now you smell like a pumpkin," he said. I left my treatment feeling relaxed and more limber.

The spa is dedicated exclusively to the healing power of massage and holistic facials. Essential Therapy has a lot of regular customers, and I can see why. Use of the sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room is complimentary with each treatment.  So make sure to give yourself enough time to take advantage of those perks.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Healthy Back to School Lunches and Snacks from ALDI

Now that school is back in session, make sure your kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and leave home with a fresh and healthy lunch.  So skip the sugary and sodium-filled snacks and pack a lunch full of wholesome goodies from ALDI.  

Me shopping at ALDI in Baltimore./ESW
If you haven't heard of ALDI,  its a chain of affordable, quality supermarkets owned by the same parent company as Trader Joe's. And it's just as good, if not better, with many items a fraction of the TJ's price. We shop at ALDI when we visit Mom and Dad in Baltimore, and their SimplyNature Organic Soy Milk ($2.19) is our favorite. So check out at an ALDI near you.

To help you revamp your shopping list and plan healthy, kid-friendly meals and school lunches, here are a few dietician-approved product picks from the ALDI Advisory Council.  

Tara Gidus, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN “My picks are all about products that provide energy and nutrients you need every day for maximum performance physically and mentally.”
  • Fit & Active Egg Whites ($2.59)
  • Bell Peppers*
  • Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Tenderloins*
ALDI offers so many choices and low, low prices./ESW

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD “As a mom of two, I understand it can be difficult to find food options that are affordable and nutritious. My picks will not only make you feel good feeding it to your kids but you’ll also feel good about the money you save.”
  • Lunch Buddies Natural Applesauce ($1.49)
  • SimplyNature Organic Frozen Strawberries*
  • SimplyNature Reduced Fat 2% Organic Milk ($2.95)
Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD:  “Family members often have different eating styles, food preferences and nutritional needs. I picked healthy foods that are all about keeping everyone happy and healthy!”
  • L’oven Fresh 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Skinnys ($1.79)
  • Southern Grove Dry Roasted Peanuts ($2.19)
  • liveGfree Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix*
Mary Donkersloot, RDN“A great way to save is by choosing foods that are good for you, taste good and are satisfying, and that’s exactly how I chose my favorite picks!”
  • SimplyNature Creamy Almond Butter ($5.99)
  • Southern Grove Walnuts ($7.49)
  • Fit & Active Nonfat Yogurt ($1.89)
Sylvia Klinger, MS, RD, LDN“Switching up flavors helps to keep me inspired in the kitchen, so these picks should do the trick for you too!”
  • Fit & Active Light String Cheese ($2.79)
  • liveGfree Gluten Free Very Berry Granola Crunch ($3.49)
  • Organic Grass Fed Ground Beef ($6.99, 1 lb.)
*See price in store.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Football Season Is Here, Are You Ready for Some NFL Fashion?

We're not super football fans.  But we do enjoy a good Super Bowl party and the NFL's trendy new line of tees and tops for women. This season’s NFL apparel allows fans to celebrate their fandom outside of game day without sacrificing their personal style. And celebrity NFL ambassadors Alyssa Milano, Jamie Chung (actress and The Real World alum) and Dascha Polanco (Orange Is the New Black), have modeled some of these fashion-forward looks. 

We were gifted a cool Baltimore Ravens top with camouflage accents (Dad will be proud). 

Show your team spirit with new tops and tees from NFLShop./ESW
Go Ravens! 
You can even dress up your football style./ESW

Fans nationwide can celebrate the return of football season and have the opportunity to break a Guinness World Record by participating in the NFL’s Back to Football Friday challenge. Starting Thursday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. ET, fans can showcase their team spirit and upload photos of themselves using #NFLFanRecord on Twitter, Instagram or at

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Is it For You?

If you are a woman of a certain age, you are probably experiencing hormonal changes.  And take it from us -- hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain and other physical and emotional issues are no fun. To alleviate these troubling symptoms, your doctor might recommend hormone replacement therapy.  

But be aware that traditional HRT drugs like Premarin have been linked to an increased risk of endometrial cancer and heart disease. An alternative, however, is the more “natural” form of HRT you may have heard Oprah raving about, known as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).  To give us the skinny on bio-identical hormones, we interviewed Dr. Gino Tutera, a respected obstetrician-gynecologist in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Everything She Wants: What are the benefits of taking bio-identical hormones for peri-menopausal and menopausal women?

Dr. Tutera: The benefits for bio-identical hormones come from utilizing hormones that have the exact chemical structures as what the body produces, therefore exerting a much more natural effect compared to the effects of synthetic or non-human hormones. The body recognizes these hormones as their own and receive the same beneficial effects as if the body was increasing its production once again.

ESW: What are the risk factors of taking bio-identical hormones for peri-menopausal and menopausal women?

Dr. Tutera: The risk factors are the same as any other hormone utilized. But the chances of adverse effects are lessened considerably compared to the use of other forms of hormone replacement.

ESW: You work with a form of BHRT where rice sized pellets are inserted under the skin tailored to a woman's unique body type and hormonal needs.  How does this differ from other types of BHRT?

Dr. Tutera: The pellets can be placed painlessly under the skin. After placement, the body itself controls the release of the hormone by the heart rate and cardiac output, which is not the mechanism of action for all other forms of HRT. Those other forms control the body and the body cannot alter the release, while the pellets are under the complete control of the body. Also, the hormone released from the pellets does not use the liver for metabolism unlike many of the oral and injectable methods of hormone delivery.

ESW: What age should women start taking bio-identical hormones, and how long should women use them?

Dr. Tutera: Starting the use of hormones differs from patient to patient. Women with testosterone deficiency may need it in their late 20's; women with menstrual migraines may start even earlier. The usual time to see if you need hormone therapy depends on when the patient begins suffering the problems of anxiety, loss of libido, difficulty sleeping, loss of muscle tone, decreasing exercise tolerance, putting on fat, and loss of mental acuity. 

ESW: Other than the pellets, what is the efficacy of BHRT in pill form versus creams?

Dr. Tutera: Hormones in a cream form are a safer route of administration, and may help with symptoms. But you must have blood work before and after starting therapy to see if you are getting internal benefits, and not the just the relief of symptoms.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Why Waist Trainers Are Really Bad For Your Health

Most women are perpetually in pursuit of a slimmer waist.  While many of us are willing to make the necessary changes in our diet and whittle away at the gym, wearing a waist trainer is a popular trend. Back in the day, these were called girdles. And way, way back in the day, they were called corsets.  

So what's up with the renewed interest in "waist training?"

Perhaps Kim Kardashian is to blame since interest in the constricting body-shaping technique peaked after she started posting photos of herself wearing a waist trainer on Instagram. And PreMadonna, the creator of Kim K's coveted corsets, has attracted even more Waist Gang Society converts thanks to her appearances on Season 4 of Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta.

But women should think twice before they wear a waist trainer. 

According to Yahoo! Health, although wearing the compression garment for a short amount of time is usually harmless, it can cause fainting, acid reflux and indigestion because of the pressure it puts on your stomach. There are also more serious reports of spinal injuries and reproductive issues

While waist trainers may look sexy and give you the hourglass figure affect, medical experts also say that wearing the corset actually doesn't help women lose fat around their waists or promote long-term weight loss. In fact, critics say that once you stop wearing the constricting waist cincher, your tummy will look just as flabu-lous as it did before you started wearing one. Ouch!

So if you want a svelte stomach, skip the shortcuts. Instead, find a workout routine you enjoy and modify your diet (cutting processed foods and refined sugar products is a great way to start). It may take longer, but the results will last and your body will thank you for it.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Brooklyn Fashion Style, Weekend Sale at TRUNK Store in Dumbo

Attention, Brooklyn shoppers. TRUNK, a lifestyle boutique created by the three independent designer-owners, Aimee G, Samoy Lenko and Radka Design, is having a huge sale this weekend.  And everything is up to 50% off! 

TRUNK provides a stimulating platform for each designers' creations, as well as for the works of invited local New York designers and artists. Collections featured at TRUNK include women’s wear, jewelry, accessories, art and furniture, all locally designed and manufactured, making a bold creative statement that “style can be created and found locally.” 

68 Jay Street #101 (btwn. Front & Water Streets) 
Brooklyn, NY 11201 | 718 522 6488 

Monday - Saturday 11am - 7pm 
Sunday 12pm - 6pm 

F Train to York Street  
A/C Train to High Street 
East River Ferry to DUMBO (the scenic route)