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How to Extend the Life of your Clothes

Less is more when washing your clothes – especially with more natural fabrics like denim, silk and wool. There are some items that you will still need to wash after each wear (i.e. underwear, sweaty shirt or shirts) and that’s okay! But the majority can be worn more than once before washing.

Atelier Beauté Chanel in Soho

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the evening was doing a blind “smell test” of all the Chanel perfumes. They were anonymously categorized by numbers and grouped by qualities such as floral, amber or woody. I eventually chose #6 from the soft amber category as my favorite although I had a hard time deciding. Fun fact: 50% of men choose a female perfume for themselves during this blind test.

5 Best Sustainable Restaurants in Manhattan, NYC

Regularly trying new “hotspots” is one of the best things about living in Manhattan. You’ll soon find that certain restaurants stand above the rest as far as taste, service and presentation. New Yorker’s love amazing dining experiences! Here’s your cheat-sheet list of spots to try on your next vacation, compiled by a local. If you care about sustainable agriculture and our planetary resources but still have a lust for delectable delights, read on to discover the top sustainable restaurants in Manhattan.

Love Languages; What NOT to Do

While it’s important to become “fluent” in speaking your partner’s language, it’s equally important to be aware of the types of actions that actively take away from our partner feeling loved and valued. There are certain words or actions that actually speak unlovingly for each of the five love languages.

Relationship researchers have found that it takes between 5-13 positive interactions to make up for one negative interaction. Interestingly, if there’s zero negative interactions and never any disagreement this also predicts a poor relational outcome.

It’s useful to know your partners top two love languages. In order to make someone feel loved we need to practice all five languages but it’s much more impactful to focus on your partner’s top two love languages. It’s extremely helpful to avoid taking away from their top two love languages inadvertently as well. What are the triggering actions for each love language that are likely to cause strife? Read on to find out.

My Birthday in NYC

Birthdays are also a rare opportunity for all your favorite people to be in the same place at the same time! I love to through my own parties even though it’s a lot of work because the experience is so rare! Even so, you may find yourself asking when the time comes, how should I celebrate my birthday in NYC? Or, where can I take my birthday in NYC?

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Midsummer Gala

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research hosted their annual midsummer gala this past Thursday at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan, NYC. In support of Denise Rich’s Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, several artists, including myself, donated works valued at $5000 or more to raise money for the cause. Artwork from around the globe was featured in the silent …

What is Micro-Cheating?

Relationships are the most rewarding and, at times, the most challenging part of life. To have a successful and long lasting relationship, not only do you have to put work into understanding your chosen partner but you have to know yourself. Knowing your personal boundaries and the boundaries of your relationship is of the utmost …

How to Communicate When Emotionally Triggered

The trick to being able to predict your emotional response lies in your ability to connect the dots. When you feel upset, ask yourself ‘why?’ Notice which thoughts keep coming up for you in different situations throughout your life; ask yourself, what belief or fear is underlying the negative emotions? Only you can do this work for yourself, everyone has different triggers and different reasons for being emotionally triggered.

Is Okra Good for You? The Side Effects and Health Benefits

Have you tried Okra? Mostly used in the South, this green pod vegetable is a staple in soulful Southern dishes such as gumbo or fried okra. It’s also known as “lady fingers” and originally comes from Africa. This unique plant can survive extreme heat and also drought. In fact, the okra plant has even been known to survive heat above 100F.

Some may not appreciate its rarified mouthfeel; when cooked the pods become gooey or slimy. Okra is known to be “mucilaginous”. This slime is actually very healthy and contains soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is a unique form of fiber that can actually be metabolized by the flora in our lower intestine, and helps to keep our arteries clean and healthy. In this way, Okra is potentially good for heart and brain health.

What is the Fastest Home Remedy for Flu and Cold?

Any good doctor will tell you that medicine is an art and not a science, so use your own intuition. Let’s start with the basics. Sleep as much as possible! Sleep is the fastest home remedy there is for the flu. Eat and drink enough. You need to consume ample fluids to produce enough thin mucus to flush out the virus.