Sunday, July 6, 2014

Healthy Summer Snacks and Sweet Treats

To help you pack some healthy snacks for your next picnic or outdoor party, here are a few of Everything She Wants' new summertime snack faves.

NatureBox

NatureBox is a monthly subscription box that will deliver delicious, healthy sweet and savory snacks to you at home or at work.  Each month, subscribers select five full-size bags of gourmet snacks or you can opt for a surprise box of goodies. We were gifted a three-month NatureBox subscription and always looked forward to getting our delivery. Among our favorites are the dehydrated 'Big Island' pineapple; whole wheat figgy bars (they come in blueberry, strawberry, lemon and raspberry); and honey crunch crisps.  New items are regularly introduced, and subscriptions range from $15.95 to $19.95 per month.

Palais des Thes XL Iced Tea Bags

Palais des Thes XL Iced Tea Bags makes iced tea easy. You don't even need to heat the water, and the tea bag's long cord makes it easy to remove from the pitcher one the tea has steeped. The line of all-natural XL tea bags come in four signature blends flavored with fruits, flowers and spices; each one is identified as sweet, refreshing, fruity and uplifting. Each bag makes 16 oz of tea (use two for a quart-size pitcher). Individual packages of six XL tea bags are sold for $12.50 and the Selection of Summer Teas Box is $29 (16 bags; 4 of each).


BARE All Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips

BARE All Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips are a unique kind of all natural snack crafted from top quality Nam Hom coconuts from Thailand. They're baked and not fried, gluten-free and made with seven ingredients or less (that you can actually pronounce) and never contain artificial ingredients. The coconut chips are available in five crave-worthy flavors including Simply Toasted, Show Me the Honey,  Chocolate Bliss and Sea Salt Caramel. BARE also specializes in apple chips and dried fruit snacks.



Monday, June 30, 2014

June Summer Sandals Style from Aerosoles

Me modeling my Yet Another sandals./Everything She Wants
I love being a blog ambassador for Aerosoles. With a new style to try out each month, who wouldn't? For June, I picked out the low stacked wedge gladiator sandal, "Yet Another," in tan (the trendy style also comes in black and olive green).

The shoe stands out because of the three contrasting buckles on the leather upper.  To be honest, when I first tried the shoes on, I wasn't sure how comfortable they would be mainly because of the location of the buckles.  But when I actually wore them to work, they were surprisingly easy to navigate the hard city streets in.  And each time I wear "Yet Another," the better they feel.

The shoe's comfort factor is due to the Heel Rest Design that distributes weight towards your heel and away from the ball of the foot, and the Diamond Flex Sole absorbs impact and disperses friction and weight.

"Yet Another" is way too modest a moniker for these signature sandals.  But once you get one pair, you may want to pick up...yet another.

Aerosoles' Yet Another./Photo from Zappos



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer Skincare Tips from Celebrity Aesthetician Joanna Vargas

During the summer months, we get a natural sun-kissed glow.  But we still need to take time to exfoliate, hydrate and protect our skin from sun damage--especially our faces.  So Philips Pure Radiance Facial Cleansing System (the only cleansing system in the world that has a unique Sonic Technology with Advanced Dual Motion) enlisted celebrity aesthetician Joanna Vargas to give us her tried-and-true tips for flawless skin this summer and year-round. 

Celebrity aesthetician Joanna Vargas.

Everything She Wants was gifted a Philips Pure Radiance Cleansing System to try out and we love how gentle and lightweight it is (move over Clarisonic Mia); and we've been a client of Joanna's for several years, and always leave her tony Manhattan salon rejuvenated and refreshed. 

Joanna's tips for sumer vacation-ready skin.
  • Sleep in an enzyme mask overnight. It will gently break down protein in dead skin cells and lightly exfoliate the skin. Enzyme masks are also known to improve circulation, tone, texture, and smoothness of the skin. It’s basically an overnight miracle worker!
  • I also recommend using a fruit acid peel. They become truly detoxifying when you increase the skin’s circulation. Give yourself a facial massage while it’s on the face or use a peel that also contains paprika to get the blood flowing.
  • Whether you’re traveling for vacation or to an upcoming event, flying on an airplane is really rough on the skin. I tell my celebrity clients who travel all over the world to spritz a rosewater spray mid-flight to re-hydrate the skin and exfoliate once they land.
  • Headed to a fabulous island for some rest and relaxation? Don’t forget to dry brush your skin! It is my favorite old-fashioned yet effective tool to fight cellulite. If you want to have a perfect, beach ready figure you need to dry brush every day right before the shower. It increases collagen production, elasticity, and circulation immediately.
  • Sunscreen is a must for so many reasons- elasticity, lines and unwanted pigment. I love when my clients use mineral sunscreen powders throughout the day- these products are great because they can be reapplied and never clog your pores. In fact, many of them contain zinc which helps keep control of your oil production.
  • We all love that post-vacation glow, but the sun damage isn’t worth it! Use a product like Philips PureRadiance to fool your friends. The facial cleansing system stimulates blood flow improving microcirculation, resulting in radiant skin. As an added bonus, it’s sold with a travel pouch so you can take it wherever you go.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mobile Fun's Genuine Samsung Galaxy S3 Flip Cover

Me with my new Samsung S3 flip case./Everything She Wants
A few months ago, I finally upgraded my outdated, clunky smart phone to the streamlined Samsung Galaxy S3.  While it's a couple models behind the latest Samsung Galaxy phone, I love it. And the Genuine Samsung Galaxy S3 flip cover I was gifted from Mobile Fun has made my phone even better.

I selected the official Samsung case in a fashionable dark pink color.  Besides being lovely to look at, it fits and protects my phone without looking bulky or detracting from the phone's super slim profile.

Admittedly, I'm not a tech gal.  So in a "blonde" moment, I originally tried to fit my phone into the case without removing the back cover. But my gadget-savvy hubby (his review of the I-Phone 5 case he picked from Mobile Fun is coming soon), quickly showed me how to easily snap the phone into the cover.

The sturdy yet feminine case is great to travel with (see the photo of me with the case on a recent trip to Sandals La Source Grenada resort), and the trendy flip cover provides privacy and shields from the glare of the summer sun.

Since the pink flip cover is a bestseller on Mobile Fun.com, it may be currently out of stock. But check the site if you want this cute case, which I was unable to find at any of my cell phone carrier's stores. Mobile Fun also has plenty of other stylish S3 cases and covers to suit everything you want.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Comfort Shoes with Style: Share Your Vionic #SoleStory

When it comes to footwear, do you usually select fashion over function? Well, here's some good news. With shoes by Vionic with Orthaheel Technology, you can find trendy styles you like with built-in comfort.

This consumer brand offers sandals, shoes and slippers that feature an innovative, podiatrist-designed Orthaheel Technology (found in every pair of Vionic) that helps reduce over-pronation, and as a result improves foot function and relieves common problems like heel, knee, leg and back pain. Vionic is the only footwear recommended by both the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and renowned integrative medical doctor, Andrew Weill.


The Catarina

The Santiago

The Havana


To encourage people (women in particular) to wear shoes that not only look good but feel good, Vionic launched the #SoleStory campaign, where brand loyalists share why wearing stylish yet supportive shoes has enhanced their lives. 

I received a pair of Vionic sandals (the Havana) that I plan to wear to work and play this summer in New York City.  But if you're also a fan of the creative comfort shoe, through June 15th you can share your #SoleStory on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

The person with the most votes will be featured in Vionic's 2015 ad campaign! So don't delay, enter today.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

SheaMoisture's Anti-Cellulite SuperFruit Complex Collection

We love SheaMoisture because the hair, bath and body brand is paraben-and-sulfate-free and made with natural and certified-organic ingredients. Adding to their stellar lineup of products, SheaMoisture has a new solution for keeping your skin supple, firm and cellulite-free--the new SuperFruit Complex collection ($4.99-$9.99) available exclusively at Ulta locations nationwide.

SuperFruit Complex collection./Photo credit, Everything She Wants

Each product in the SuperFruit Complex collection contains a proprietary blend of certified organic Shea Butter (a rich emollient that intensely moisturizes and rejuvenates for softer skin); Green Coffee Bean Extract (helps nourish, contour and smooth dimpled, uneven skin); and an antioxidant-rich complex of Raspberry Ketone, Goji, Acai and Guava (highly effective in promoting smooth, youthful skin).

The products include:

SuperFruit Complex Body Lotion -- Kiss cellulite goodbye thanks to this nourishing lotion that helps improve your skin's elasticity.

SuperFruit Complex Bubble Bath & Body Wash -- Lather up or soak in a warm bath to your heart's content with this delicious   body wash and bubble bath.  You'll emerge with radiant and youthful-looking skin.

SuperFruit Complex Bath, Body & Massage Oil -- Pour into a warm bath to create a fragrant at-home spa, gently rub into skin after a shower or bath, or use as a therapeutic massage to smooth and soften.

SuperFruit Complex Hand & Body Scrub -- Exfoliate dry, rough skin with this decadent scrub. It also works to lighten scars and dark spots.

SuperFruit Complex Bar Soap -- Everything She Wants has been using this soap daily for a couple months and it deeply cleanses your skin without any traces of residue, and leaves it feeling super soft and moisturized.



Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spring Shoe Trends from Aerosoles

April showers bring May flowers. So AEROSOLES' Sprig Break, an adorable peep toe leather shoe with a playful floral pattern and a low cork-like wedge heel, is the perfect footwear choice for the season. Not only is the shoe a casual chic fashion statement, but it's cushioned footbed and Diamond Flex Sole engineered to absorb impact and disperse friction with every step, make it seriously comfy. We love ours.  So treat your feet to a sensible-yet-stylish pair, on sale now for $59.99. The shoe also comes in Black Leather, Jute Suede, Light Blue Suede and White Leather.

Me wearing my cute Sprig Break peep-toe sandals, courtesy of AEROSOLES.