Editor’s Pick: Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker

By  November 10, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.


Music is daily necessity for me whether it’s on the commute to and from work, writing up the latest Beauty Buzz, or even just singing (badly) in the shower. While my headphones are always packed up and ready to go, laptops on the other hand don’t pump up the volume enough for me.

So when I need to turn my space into a dance party for one (or more), my latest music must has become Bose’s newest speaker. The small size means I can easily pack it into a travel tote to tag along to any venue, especially for any of my upcoming holiday soirees. I can pipe in music via an audio cord or Bluetooth and there’s a voice prompt to ensure the right device gets connected. The sound from speaker is full, natural, and loud once it’s connected and lasts up to eight hours, so the party can go on all night. Plus, it comes in a slew of colors to coordinate with your décor. Time to turn it up to 11 and let the music play! – Valis Vicenty

Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker, $129.95


Tis the Season of Sparkle with Starbucks and Swarovski

By  November 03, 2014


Starbucks is getting an extra dose of dazzle this holiday season with some help from Swarovski.

The Austrian crystal brand created a series of tumblers embellished with its signature sparklers to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Starbucks’s iconic Christmas Blend. Highlights include a blinged out travel mug that arrives in a gift-ready wooden case and a crystal-adorned ceramic tumbler that accompanies a bag of the seasonal coffee. There’s even a shimmering Starbucks cup ornament to set off the rest of your holiday décor.

There’s no need to wait for the Black Friday to get into the spirit, as the collaboration is already available for purchase online. The only catch is the ornament will be the only item available to snap up in-store starting November 12. Consider the coffee-consumer on your shopping list taken care of!

5 Spooky Spirits to Serve at Your Haute Halloween Soiree

By  October 31, 2014

After all of the party planning and costume construction, Halloween is upon us! If you’re hosting a frightful fête this weekend, a classic cocktail won’t be enough to stir the spirits of your guests. Start you monster mash off right with one of these creepy cocktails and watch your party rise from the dead…at least until the sun rises. Muwhahaha!

Haunted Hacienda by John Henderson


1 ½ oz. Pisco Portón
¾ oz. sweet vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 Campari ice cube*

In a short rocks glass, combine Pisco Portón, sweet vermouth and dash of Angostura bitters. Place the Campari ice cube in glass and if desired, garnish with a SMALL pinch of pink salt. As the salt hits the cube, it will spur the Campari cube to melt.

*Campari ice cube: Overnight, freeze a mixture of Campari and water, at a ratio close to 50:50

Cruzan Black Widow


2 oz. Cruzan Black Cherry Rum
1 oz. Cruzan Vanilla Rum
1/2 part Chocolate Syrup
1 part Milk
Splash Grenadine

Combine all ingredients in a blender with 1/2 cup of ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass drizzled with chocolate sauce. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cherry.

Pinnacle Spooky Pumpkin Pie


2 oz. Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
1 oz. Pinnacle Citrus Vodka
2 oz. Fresh Lemon Sour
1 oz. Fresh Orange Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with graham cracker crust (optional).

Candy Corn Cocktail from Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse


1 oz. Godiva White
½ oz. pumpkin spice liquor
1 oz. vanilla vodka
Splash of cream

Shake over ice and strain into martini glass top with fresh whipped cream

Cacao Corpse Reviver Numero Dos by April Wachtel

¾ oz. Solbeso
¾ oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
Cocchi Americano and Absinthe Foam*

Build all ingredients except foam in a mixing tin. Add ice, shake and strain into a cocktail glass; garnish with ample topping of Cocchi/Absinthe foam.

*For the Cocchi Americano/Absinthe Foam:
Isi cream whipper (whipped cream canister)
1 cream charger (use 2 if you want more bubbles)
1 gelatin sheet
4 oz. Cocchi Americano
½ oz. absinthe (or several droplets for visual effect)

Send Your Seasonal Salutations with Marchesa

By  October 30, 2014


Marchesa’s glamorous design aesthetic has reached beyond the red carpet to our vanities and homes with partnerships with Revlon and Lenox. But now the brand is extending its reach even further to everyone’s mailboxes with Tiny Prints.

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have partnered with the online stationary boutique for a series of seven designs pulled from Marchesa’s Scottish Highlands-inspired Fall 2014 collection. The collection features holiday cards, address labels, and thank you notes in the brand’s signature ornate detailing in black, cranberry, gold, and saffron – a perfect fit for the decadence of the season. “I know our customers are going to fall in love with Marchesa’s ornate, jaw-dropping designs which are translated perfectly to paper this holiday season,” Meg Bohnert, senior trends expert at Tiny Prints, told InStyle. “With inspiration taken straight from the runway, the Marchesa designs round out Tiny Prints’ highly-curated, trend-forward holiday collection.”

Season’s greetings!

Design Dreaming: Bathroom Fixture Fantasies With DXV by American Standard

By  October 27, 2014


Whether you’re due for a restroom renovation or just decor dreaming for fun, you’re sure to swoon over the nine picks that made our washroom wish list. When it came to finding luxe-looking details that stand up to soap and suds as well as changing styles for many years to come, we looked no further than American Standard.

The leader in kitchen and bathroom products is in its 15th decade of business and still defining design for the modern home as we know it, most recently with the launch of its DXV luxury line. The exquisite, ultra-sophisticated collection is a dream come true for both decorating devotees and rookie renovators, with its timeless touch, high-end heritage, and practical yet polished finish. The DXV portfolio, which includes 70 unique product and style offerings for both kitchens and baths, is curated into four artistic, culturally inspired movements: Classic, Golden Era, Modern, and Contemporary. Reinterpreting the ideals of each era with au courant artistry and an ageless eye, American Standard produces perfection to last through the ages once again with DXV.

Both the St. George Freestanding Soak Tub and the Landfair Bridge Bathroom Faucet mesh decorative art and architectural utilitarianism. The aesthetic is organic and fresh, with free-flowing lines and patterns.
St. George Freestanding Soak Tub, $5,250
Landfair Bridge Bathroom Faucet, $675

Golden Era
Refined and reflective, the well-tailored Fitzgerald Console Lavatory and the sophistication behind the Keefe collection’s towel ring and bar represent the design style of the golden era.
Fitzgerald Console Lavatory, $1,260
Keefe 24-Inch Towel Bar, $170
Keefe Towel Ring, $135

The bold bathroom fixtures featured under the modern movement focus on the experimentation of shape and style. The Roycroft 26-Inch Pedestal Lavatory and Rem Vessel Faucet are beautiful representations of this.
Roycroft 26-Inch Pedestal Lavatory, $785
Rem Vessel Faucet, $620

Imaginative and unique, both the Contemporary 10-Inch Round Showerhead and the Contemporary Hand Shower are stunning standouts. We wouldn’t be able to choose one or the other.
Contemporary 10-Inch Round Showerhead, $654
Contemporary Hand Shower, $106

DXV is sold exclusively in showrooms. For all your luxe-living needs, no matter what your style, find one near you and visit today!


Step Your Instagram Game Up With the Smart Selfie

By  October 27, 2014


The word “selfie” was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013, officially cementing our narcissistic habit in the lexicon and culture forever. There are allegedly over 1 million selfies taken on a daily basis, so it takes effort and ingenuity to come up with ways to earn those likes. Sometimes your arms just aren’t long enough to get a good shot. And it isn’t a selfie if someone else takes it, right? Now you don’t have to worry about some stranger at a tourist hotspot running away with your phone. You can whip the Satechi Smart Selfie Extension Arm Monopod out of your backpack and snap your own shots.

It’s a cool, slender, lightweight device that works for iPhones as well as iOS and Android smartphones, allowing you to take sick selfies that capture your awesomeness as well as the background behind you. It’s perfect for group selfies – usies, if you will – and for those trips to majestic natural sites, think Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. The selfie arm can position your phone to 3 feet away, creating that perfect wide angle shot and holding your phone steady. You snap the photo from the device’s integrated control buttons, and just like that you’ll be the envy of all the other selfie snappers. It’s the perfect holiday gift for the narcissist in your life! Get yourself a Selfie Extension Arm Monopod at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.

The Nomadic Life: Carmel, California

By  October 24, 2014


We are everywhere all at once. Whether we like it or not, we find ourselves on the road…a lot. Downside: Living out of a suitcase. Upside: We have hit up some pretty cool pit stops along the way. 

Come October, as the weather starts to drop and we switch September shorts for Autumnal sweaters, when traveling we instinctively head to the West Coast. If you are likewise so inclined, we suggest a stop in Carmel, California. Whether you hit up this artsy, dog friendly, culture-filled city for a day trip or a whole weekend it is always a pleaser. Below are our top 3 “must see” stops in between hikes and gallery visits.

Eat: La Bicyclette

They use fresh ingredients and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Do: The Cottage of Sweets

Who doesn’t want a pound of homemade penuche to add to the trunk.

See: 17 Mile Drive

It. Is. Gorgeous. Nuf’ said.

tomboy kc bioTOMBOY KC is a fashion and lifestyle blog written by actress Katie Cassidy and pint-sized real-life friend, Lynsey Eaton. Focused on personal style that is, well, personal, TKC is a place for smart and opinionated (read: sarcastic) women to join together and accumulate stilettos while collectively wearing their sneakers…everywhere. Self proclaimed nomads, when the girls aren’t traveling for work or buying two of everything (one apiece, you see), you can find them sitting on Lynsey’s couch eating pizza and drinking champagne in men’s pajamas while waxing poetic about the present state of culottes. Feel free to come on over.

Easy Living – 7 New Cookbooks You Need ASAP

By  October 24, 2014


Welcome to Easy Living, my new lifestyle column all about the things that make nesting fun and will make your home both unique and beautiful. Here I’m going to cover the things that new homeowners don’t think about initially, moving tips, awesome products, good luck items for your home, finding the best rugs and furniture and mattresses, trends in kitchen, bedroom and bathroom décor, cool home products like candles and bed sheets and towels and cookware, tips on hosting the best cocktail party and setting a perfect table, and where to find the coolest products and most awesome deals to beautify your home!

The internet has changed the publishing industry in so many ways. People are reading books via device nowadays, via their Kindles and Nooks, smartphones and tablets. Most books translate just as well from paperback to digital, but there’s one genre that calls out for print editions. Cookbooks. A cookbook is a keepsake. It’s something you thumb through, leave stained fingerprints and torn bookmarks in, write in the margins and photocopy pages for your friends and family. Cookbooks are also awesome in the pristine digital form, but there’s nothing like a good cookbook – the heft, the weight, the pictures to provide visual inspiration. Here are seven awesome new cookbooks you’ll want to add to your library!

The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka: In the category of blogs turned books, Gina Homolka’s Skinnytaste is an inspiration. Gina’s blog has been a must-visit for healthy recipes since 2008, and her cookbook is beautiful and offers a range of delicious food that at-home chefs can easily master.

Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans by Michelle Tam and Henry Fond: The paleo diet can seem intimidating and hardcore, but the pages of Nom Nom Paleo are adorable and accessible to anyone who just wants to eat healthy, delicious, clean food.

Better Homes and Gardens 16th Edition: The red plaid cookbook that every respectable at-home cook has in their collection is still going strong, now in its 16th edition, all updated and revised with 1000 mouthwatering photos.

One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More by Martha Stewart: I’ll admit, I’ve found some of Martha Stewart’s recipes to be needlessly complex. This cookbook promises to be the opposite – effortless cooking that does itself during the day, with the benefit of just one pan to stew, steam, simmer, braise or roast an amazing meal.

How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food By Mark Bittman: There are at-home chefs who worship at the altar of Bittman, food journalist and columnist for the New York Times. The author of How To Cook Everything has done it again, but sped it all up for the busy and stressed out among us.

Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast By Jamie Oliver: Jamie Oliver is the man when it comes to delicious and innovative recipes, and now he’s bringing his insight and techniques to the people with Meals in Minutes. Finally, cookbooks that fit into today’s demanding world!

Indian for Everyone by Anupy Singla: Anupy Singla has made it her mission to demystify and spread the gospel of Indian food, and her third cookbook may be her most accessible. The photos are beautiful, and the recipes are fragrant and delectable.

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.

Step Inside Jennifer Lopez’s New Manhattan Home

By  October 23, 2014


Jenny from the Block has it made in Manhattan with a swanky new space!
Jennifer Lopez has just bought the $22 million penthouse at The Whitman, a luxury boutique condo that extends the entire block between East 26 and East 27 St. The 6,540-square foot flat was originally built in 1924 and boasts four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and an extra 3,000 square feet of exterior space spread across four terraces that overlook Madison Square Park – perfect for her children to play in. It’s also equipped with a smart home system to control lights, temperature, and music and a residents-only gym. Hello, Healthy Obsessions!
Lopez reportedly looked at a few homes in Tribeca before settling into the same building as Chelsea Clinton and NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon. Now this is a house warming party we’d love an invite to!

Treat Yourself to Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Cocktails

By  October 22, 2014


Bethenny Frankel isn’t just shaking up the latest cast of the New York Housewives, she’s also back and serving up delicious low-cal cocktails, just in time for the holiday season. In her fifth book, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Frankel is extending her reach into party-planning, with expert tips, appetizer recipes, and of course, guilt-free cocktails. With Halloween right around the corner, there’s no better time to cut calories from drinks to make room for chocolate! Here a few to add to your menu:

The Good Thyme Girl

  • 1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
  • 1 ½ parts lemonade
  • 1 ½ parts watermelon juice
  • Leaves stripped from a 2-ince sprig of fresh thyme, plus a small sprig for garnish
  • Fresh watermelon ball/ slice for garnish

Combine the vodka, lemonade, juice, and thyme leaves with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until well chilled. Double-strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish on the rim with the thyme sprig speared into the melon ball.

Pink Lemon Drop

  • 1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Meyer Lemon Vodka
  • ¾ part orange or citrus liqueur
  • 1 ½ parts lemon sour mix
  • 3-4 fresh (or thawed frozen) raspberries
  • Lemon wheel for garnish

Muddle the raspberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, liqueur, sour mix and ice.  Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon wheel on the rim.

Spicy Jalapeno Margarita

  • 3 parts Skinnygirl® Margarita
  • Two ¼-inch slices jalapeno chile, seeds removed
  • Chili powder or Mexican chili seasoning with coarse salt, for rimming the glass
  • Lime peel, for garnish

Muddle the jalapeno slices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.  Pour the Skinnygirl® Margarita over the jalapenos. Add ice and shake well. Rim a rocks glass with the chili powder mixture and pour in the margarita. Garnish with a lime peel.