Stories by: Grace

Fitness & HealthGraced by Grit

gracedWhile I love Spring for its innate optimism, it’s also a kick in the butt to well, get off my butt! It’s finally time to throw off the cold-weather layers and start exploring warm-weather wardrobes, and that means making sure my body isn’t still hibernating in winter mode. I’ll be the first to admit, I need a lot of incentive to get moving outside- a great playlist, comfortable running shoes, and fresh workout gear are often the most inspiring! I saw the name as a sign when I came across Graced By Grit, designed by two amazing athletes, for active women. Their inspiration comes from the life-shaping grit in life that shapes you as a person, and a welcome gift at the end of it is grace. The collection is unique because it is meant to function both in the water and on land, so the top-quality fabrics are light but woven to last.

The Show ‘Em Whatcha Got Cami is built for just that, a flattering and edgy cut made with quick-dry UPF 50+ fabric. It has a built-in bra, which can be supplemented by a sports bra for high-impact exercise. The top is fashionable enough to grab a smoothie in after the workout (the ruching had me at hello), but designed to be highly functional during it. I’ve taken the Cami for a few runs, and it’s comfortable and breathable, and doesn’t ride up. Most importantly, I feel safe running even at gloaming due to the reflective logos and the easily attached safety whistle always within arm’s reach.

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Dining & Nightlife, Hotels, TravelBourbon Steak Miami

bourbonMiami’s epic energy and fun spirit remain unmatched, which is due in large part to its unique fusion of cultures. I’ve always loved spending time on Miami beaches, basking in the sun (while it’s snowing at home) and being entertained by the people watching. Sometimes on vacay, I’m in the mood for something a little more laid-back but still carries that Miami vibe. Enter Bourbon Steak, a restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina, located within the sprawling and elegant Turnberry Isle Resort. A leisurely drive from the flocks of partiers, this is one place that the glitterati will migrate to for a taste of the superb cuisine in an elite club atmosphere with well-oiled service. The stunning entrance through glass doors invites diners into the sleek dining room which seats 250 and feels like the beginning of an opulent dream.

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Beauty, MakeupBoho Rock with Butter London

lsdWith one eye always on the runway, Butter London is label that we can count on to fuse  fashion and Rock & Roll. Since Butter shades are created specifically for the runway, we know we’re on the cutting edge when new colors are released. I love getting creative with high-fashion shades which add edge to any ensemble, especially if I’m dressed in one of my many neutral or black ensembles I’ve been gravitating toward. The Boho Rock collection takes earthy neutrals to the next level with soft, shimmering shades that accentuate every skin tone.

The Lucy in the Sky shade of Nail Polish is aptly named as it’ll definitely give you a trip! Undertones are reminiscent of tangerine trees and marmalade skies, and a girl with kaleidoscope eyes. I applied three layers to get a more opaque look packed with disco-fun glitter, which shows off gold and silver tones on a rose pink base. Butter polishes are always carcinogen-free which means no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, phthalates, or parabens. Since they are formulated to nourish and protect nails, rocking color doesn’t come at a cost of healthy nails.

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Beauty, Fashion Week, MakeupKevyn Aucoin Runway

Lela RoseWith NY Fashion Week behind us and Paris fresh in our minds, I’ve got a rush of adrenaline and new ideas and obsessions. Of course the fashion is amazing, but beauty is what completes the picture. In several shows including Milly and Lela Rose, Kevyn Aucoin produced some of the most editorial looks. The flawless, creamy complexions of the models were accented by glittery eyelids and dewy fresh lips were simple but fresh and beautiful. I’ve put together some of my favorite elements for a take-home version of the runway looks.

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Bath & Body, Mom & KidsEarth Mama Angel Baby

angelI’ve never really thought of myself as an “Earth Mama” but today I stopped for a moment and realized that I do love to give my daughter lots of love through natural organic foods, clothes, creams, and even wipes! A great addition to our bathtimes has been Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, a certified-organic favorite among moms. It’s made by Earth Mama Angel Baby, a company dedicated to organic products for pregnancy and post-partum care through toddler stages. The light foaming wash has a beautiful orange scent from Vanilla and Sweet Orange essential oils which I wish would linger long past the bath! The soap is actually not a traditional soap, but made from castile, a natural germ fighter. This eases my mind as I’ve been hearing so much about antibacterial handwipes and the like making us and our children more prone to drug-resistant mutant germs. I’ve always been partial to foaming washes because they are so efficient for coverage and even distribution over hair and skin, and they’re easier to control especially when going near the eyes. The Angel Baby formula is made with soothing organic Calendula, which is perfect for winter skin and eczema-prone babies. There are no detergents, sulfates, preservatives, parabens, or dyes, and is also gluten-free. Because it has zero toxins, it’s safe for newborns, pregnant women, and moms.

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Gift Guides, Mom & KidsRousskine

rousskineJ’adore Rousskine, a delightful boutique I discovered recently whose owner Dominique pulls from her imagination to create handmade animals, scarves, and other cute friends. I introduced Arielle, a beautifully made super-stylish little fox to my daughter recently, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. I really appreciate the softness of that materials used, and details like a floral lining for the ears is so sweet. Arielle’s proportions make her cute and hip at the same time! I was so curious to get to know the creator of this chic collection, Dominique was kind enough to indulge some of my curiosities, all the way from Montreal.

Can you briefly describe your background? I studied fashion design but found my real passion when I studied textile design. I had the chance to work in a small handmade toy company one year later. So I still learn everyday, and get to do what I love full time.

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Home, Paper GoodsFamille Summerbelle: A Touch of Whimsy

NYCSilverNewI’m always in search of chic accents to add some unique charm to everyday home life, and am guilty of an affinity towards anything European. I was happy to come upon Famille Summerbelle, a family-run company based in the UK. All products are thoughtfully designed by Julie Marabelle who has a background in Fine Art and Theatre Design, which is apparent in the vibrant color and artistry. The beautiful city prints and cut-outs are so whimsical, I couldn’t resist the renditions of my favorite cities, New York and Paris. My hand screen-printed silver print arrived from across the pond and I immediately began marveling over the nuances that only a New Yorker would recognize! The details are amazing- the tramway going to Roosevelt Island is so cute, as is the guitarist playing tunes in the East Village. I’m dreaming of summer days and outdoor bands! READ MORE

Hotels, International, TravelParadise Found: Eden Roc Cap Cana

mainWhen I couldn’t stand the bone-chilling cold any longer, escape for a long weekend to warmer climate was paramount. A very in-the-know little bird recommended the Eden Roc Cap Cana as the perfect getaway, the only Relais & Chateaux property in the Dominican Republic. Nestled minutes from the airport in Punta Cana, the resort’s transport whisked me to paradise faster than I could shed my winter coat. Privacy is the theme at the elegant boutique property, a resort of 34 beautifully designed suites, and more pools than you could swim in. From sharing no walls as each suite is free-standing with its own pool (and not a small plunge pool, at that!) to your personal golf cart to whisk you anywhere on the property, they’ve simply thought of everything. For a few days, I lived the stuff of dreams filled with luxury, sunshine, and lazy breakfasts.

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Bath & Body, Mom & KidsMustela Baby Moisture

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Way too often this winter, I suddenly notice that my baby’s super-voluminous cheeks are red and chapped from the mistral-like winds that have overtaken the city. As a semi-prepared mother, I frantically dig out any moisturizer I can find in the top pockets of the go-bag and smear it on. With that bit of context, you can understand my giddiness when I discovered that the beloved Mustela brand which I have trusted since day 1, has put out an ultra-rich cold cream formula which is safe and hypoallergenic for even newborns. The best part is, it comes either in a nifty pocket-sized Hydra-stick which even cold hands can pull out and apply directly to baby’s lips and cheeks, or a Cold Cream Nutri-protective tube which is compact enough to be tucked into a diaper bag. Happily, this formula carries its signature irresistible sweet scent, which makes me want to linger kisses even longer!

The Hydra-stick is safe enough to be used even on newborns to protect and comfort skin with nourishing natural cold cream, lipid-replenishing ceramides and softening and soothing shea butter. I tried it out on my hand first, and it glides on easily and I can actually feel the protective barrier as it seals in moisture and minimizes the effect of drying wind and cold. It’s so cute watching my almost 2-year old smearing the stick on her own cheeks to the point that I have to trade a toy with her to release her grip! The hypoallergenic formula puts me at ease as it’s been tested by dermatologists for pediatric use.

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Beauty, SkincareYon-ka Hydra No 1 Treatment

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We’re all familiar with and love designer resort lines as a relief from the bundled-up winter, but what I’ve recently come to realize is that skin needs a resort holiday as well! From a change of scenery and climate is born a need for the equivalent in skincare, which I’ve found in the hydrating anti-aging treatment Yon-ka Hydra No 1. On my recent respite from the uber-cold northeast winter, I toted the Parisian line’s Hydra No 1 Serum and Fluide with me and have been in love with the results. Yon-ka’s anti-aging hydrating complex  restores and maintains hydration levels both in the skin’s superficial and deeper skin layers, but is very lightweight and absorbs well. Because hydration is the basis for skin’s softness, tone, smoothness, and brightness, the Hydra line works both instantly and long-term to restore and retain moisture. An innovative formula of imperata cylindrical, aloe vera, and silicon feed my complexion and relax tightness due to dehydration.

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