Fab Four: April

Fab Four April

OXO Good Grips Spiralizer

The Spiralizer is the greatest kitchen gadget yet! I bought it last week when I decided to cook up  Cod Arabiata, and substitute the spaghetti with zucchini noodles! It worked like a charm. If you don't already own one, you should!!

The Spiralizer is the greatest kitchen gadget yet! I bought it last week when I decided to cook up a Cod Arabiata, and substitute the spaghetti with zucchini noodles! It worked like a charm. If you don't already own one, you should!!

Illuminage Pillow Case

I received this pillow case as a hostess gift and I love it! Loaded with lots of copper oxide, it is proven to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in up to 4 weeks. I love the way it feels against my skin and hair. It was one of the best gifts I ever received!

I received the Illuminage pillow case as a hostess gift and I love it! Loaded with lots of copper oxide, it is proven to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in up to 4 weeks. I love the way it feels against my skin and hair. It was one of the best gifts I ever received!

NeuBrow Eyebrow Enhancer

If you're like me, you have begun to experience thinner eyebrows that are more sparsely filled. Years of waxing and tweezing in the 80's and 90's have left my eyebrows a much lackluster version of the thick ones I left behind in my youth. Since fuller eyebrows are more youthful and on trend, I have decided not to thread (that's the hair removal of choice for my eyebrows), until they grow in a bit. To help with this process, I tried the NeuBrow eyebrow enhancer. It works!! I tried every oil on the market from castor to almond, but this concoction is simply the best. Easy to apply, I use it morning and night and fill them in with powder for some definition and shape. 

If you're like me, you have begun to experience thinner eyebrows that are more sparsely filled. Years of waxing and tweezing in the 80's and 90's have left my eyebrows a much lackluster version of the thick ones I left behind in my youth. Since fuller eyebrows are more youthful and on trend, I have decided not to thread (that's my hair removal of choice for my eyebrows), until they grow in a bit. To help with this process, I tried the NeuBrow eyebrow enhancer. It works!! I tried every oil on the market from castor to almond, but this concoction is simply the best. Easy to apply, I use it morning and night and fill them in with powder for some definition and shape. 

Veil Primer by Hourglass

The Veil Primer by Hourglass goes on so softly and smoothly, you won't want to keep your hands off your face...but you must! This is a primer with SPF, (it contains Titanium and Zinc Oxide),  that acts as a veil, (hence the name), for your skin. It minimizes pores and maintains the look your makeup or tinted moisturizer for hours. 

The Veil Primer by Hourglass goes on so softly and smoothly, you won't want to keep your hands off your face...but you must! This is a primer with SPF, (it contains Titanium and Zinc Oxide),  that acts as a veil, (hence the name), for your skin. It minimizes pores and maintains the look your makeup or tinted moisturizer for hours. 

Fab Four: March

The Mist by La Mer

I love this product, which freshens my skin and leaves it glowing. It can be used under or over makeup or simply whenever your skin is feeling like it could use some instant moisture. Infused with La Mer’s famous broth, I always feel as though I am nourishing my skin in the process. It won’t harm your makeup and promises to leave it dewy and fresh. 


Bobbi Brown Brush Cleaning Spray

I cannot begin to tell you how important it is to maintain clean makeup brushes. As a nurse, I have seen my fair share of infections and if there is one way to avoid an eye infection or skin breakout, it is by cleaning your brushes after use.


The Beachwaver

I love the look of beachy waves. I had been using a regular curling iron until I discovered the Beachwaver. The difference is the barrel size and heat-protective coating. I will admit that I do not use the clamp and turn option of this device; I simply wrap my hair around the wand, which I hold for 15-20 seconds and then slide it out. And presto… beachy waves! It makes a fabulous gift, too!


Quinoa Crisps

I discovered these delicious chips at a market in New York and was instantly addicted. Only 120 calories a serving, they are the perfect guilt free snack!

Fab Four: September


My friend, Isabel Madison, loved the look of a nude lip but couldn’t find the perfect shade for herself. So she did what any beautiful, smart and ambitious woman would do; she went out and developed her own line of Nude Lipsticks. Nude Envie comes in a array of nude shades and I guarantee you will find your perfect match. I personally love “Rush,” but I have a lot of natural color in my lip, so this one was perfect for me. On days where I just want to look like I have something on my lip, I will swipe “Pure,” and feel like I have dressed them in a very sheer and natural way. There is a universal liner that goes with every color. These colors are a must for every woman who wants to look polished but not “made up!” Brava Isabel!

Drybar DetoxDry Shampoo for Brunettes

I have always shied away from dry shampoo because of how the white powder residue shows up on my dark hair. Now that I have the problem of grey roots, this dry shampoo does double duty. It freshens my hair between shampoos, and covers the grey!

SC Cheesecakes

Like many of you I have a terrible sugar addiction. I have to shy away from it completely, or I will overindulge. My nutritionist, Susan Cohen, turned me on to these little treats for those desperate times when I need something sweet but do not want to start dipping into dangerous territory. Each little cake comes individually packaged with its own spoon, is 95 calories and only 4.5 grams of sugar. I took these to the Hollywood Bowl and handed them out to my dinner companions for a lower calorie dessert indulgence. The reviews are in….FABULOUS!  

 

Robanda Anti Aging Hand Treatment

I found this hand cream at a local beauty supply store (La Peer Beauty Supply), and am I ever glad that I did. I keep one in the house and one in the car. It is treated with Retinol, the anti oxidant, Emblica and Broad Spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen. It is both moisturizing and has a pleasant fragrance. What I like most is the fact that it is protecting my hands from further sun and environmental damage while moisturizing and improving their look immediately.

Summer Reads

Stir

 by Jessica Fechtor

 

At twenty-eight, Jessica Fechtor, a vibrant, intelligent and athletic young woman suffered a brain aneurysm while jogging on a treadmill.  This beautifully written book is the author’s personal account of her illness and how she ultimately healed herself through her deep love of cooking, The book is filled with personal stories and recipes that helped her to recover from this life threatening illness.


by Dr. Michael Levi

As a child, Michael Levi’s revered UCLA coach and legend, John Wooden. As fate would have it, years later, Dr. Levi, a Los Angeles podiatrist, treated Coach Wooden in his home every Wednesday. This book is a delightful and warm-hearted read, proving that if you follow your dreams and work hard, anything is possible.


by Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff’s creative and uniquely written novel delves into every corner of a twenty-four year marriage of two complex individuals. Its uniqueness lies in how secrets rather than truth kept it alive.


by Dalia Sofer

This is a well crafted story of how one family is torn apart during the Iranian revolution, and their incredible journey back to each other. 

I have many close Persian friends and now family members.  This novel helped me to better understand their experience after the fall of the Shah, and how dangerous and difficult it must have been to live through that.

 

Fab Four: July

 This little travel size bottle is a real problem solver for removing wrinkles after clothes have been sitting inside your suitcase. Just a few spritzes, tugs and smoothing of the fabric and that top or dress is as good as new!


 

Why spend a fortune on bath products when these products will give you the same result for less than half the cost of their competitors. I soak in these nightly. They smell divine and are soothing and relaxing.

 


The days of having salad stuck between your teeth are over, thanks to these easy to carry Floss Singles. Developed By Dr. Ken Nussen, these are a must-have item to carry in your makeup bag, purse, or car!


Trust me when I tell you that I have tried every mascara known to mankind. This one, by Benefit, is simply the best; it lengthens, separates and adds volume in just a few strokes. Best of all, you will not find it smudged under your eye. It wipes clean with regular eye makeup remover (I use Neutrogena). Enough said!

Fab Four for Father's Day

Here is my roundup for some Fabulous Father's Day Gifts

1) Whether he is an expert at the BBQ or a novice, this set is perfect! Jeff loves his!
William Sonoma Grill Tools and Accessories Kit


2) These headphones are perfect for use on the plane, at home or in the gym. They are my favorite!

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3) This gift is the perfect travel companion for the neat freak...


4) Who doesn't want to slide their feet into these?

Fab Four for May

While staying at my parents’ home in the desert last month, I found this body wash in my Mom’s shower. To my delight it smelled great, lathered up well, and was moisturizing. The best thing of all is that it costs $5. To me this is a Fab Find! 

Dr. Dana Nail Renewal System

For as long as I can remember I had long, healthy nails. When I reached my mid-40’s, they began to peel and chip easily. Over the course of time I have wrapped them in silk, fortified them with nail strengtheners, and moisturized them with cuticle creams, all to no avail. I recently discovered Dr. Dana’s Nail Renewal System and could not believe how it transformed my nails from dry and peeling into healthy and lustrous. All of this was achieved without the use of nail polish. I have started to use it once a week in between my manicures and it has already made a huge difference.

Benefit – Gimme Brow Eyebrow Gel

During my last visit to New York, Serena took me to the Benefit Brow Bar, where she goes to get her brows groomed. I had always been curious about the Benefit cosmetics line and here was my opportunity to explore. While waiting for Serena, I asked one of the beauticians which eyebrow products she recommended. She looked at my eyebrows and noticed that they looked “crunchy” in other words that the gel I was using was unnatural looking and far too thick. She suggested that I try the Gimme Brow Gel by Benefit and she began to comb my eyebrows with it. The transformation was instant and I am now hooked on this product! It fills in the spaces and keeps them in place, while feeling soft and natural. This is definitely a Fab Find. 

Little White Lie

This past week I had the pleasure of hearing filmmaker Lacey Schwartz speak at a Jewish Federation Luncheon. Lacey wrote and produced a documentary entitled Little White Lie. I don’t want to give away the details of this film, which explores race, identity, and family secrets. I highly recommend that you watch it on Netflix; it is 60 minutes of complete fascination. Lacey is a wonderful storyteller and movie maker, and her story is incredible.  

Fab Four for April

Slather, not lather is the sound bite of this “hair wash” that is taking the beauty industry by storm. I am a huge fan and have now replaced my shampoos, conditioners and masques with this all-in-one miracle worker. Your hair will love this line which features three style products: “Dressed Up” for a smart blow dry, “Undressed” for a modern next-day-wave look, and “Hair Balm” for the person who likes to air-dry . If this product line can transform my unruly kinky, keratin relaxed mop, into a moisturized tame wavy version of itself, think of what it will do for yours. Read the entire story and get yours HERE. 

 

The Jewelry Bar on El Paseo

With the Coachella Music Festival coming up this weekend, thousands of you and/or your kids will be flocking to the desert to partake in the concerts and festivities of the Coachella Valley. If you need a little retail therapy and crave a bit of bling, look no further than The Jewelry Bar on El Paseo. Pat, Lisa and owner Ryan Ryan, are the warmest, friendliest group of people with an incredible eye for baubles both high end and low. Just go in and have a look… I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

The Airdyne Bike by Schwinn

After messing up my ankle skiing this month, and having to shelf my running shoes for a while, my trainer, Roberto Clema, advised me to start riding the Airdyne Bike. I am now addicted to this unique stationary bicycle that engages the arms and legs for a total body workout.


 Packed with Vitamin C, neuropeptides and SPF 30, this multi-tasker, primes, conceals and brightens like nothing I have used before. 

Fab Four March

PB2 - Powdered Peanut Butter

This is the one of best finds I have ever encountered! Two tablespoons of this powder is only 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. You can add it to a protein shake or reconstitute it with water and spread it on an apple. Enjoy!!


Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo

This is my new go to lip color. It has the shine of a lip gloss and the comfort of a lip balm. It is long lasting and you do not need to reapply it as often as a regular lipstick.


Bally Handbag

This is not your grandmother's fashion house. Bally has been updated and reinvented; it is a chic line that is completely on trend, while remaining true to the classic and traditional foundation that made it so popular for the last century. This handbag is an investment piece that I am pining for and I know it will make its way into my closet sooner rather than later! It has 3 compartments and can hold much more than it appears to at first glance. 


Terrracotta Bronzing Spray 

If you're feeling a little pale and need a little bit of color, this is the product for you. A little spray goes a long way to give you a healthy glow! 

Fab Four Roundup for February


Pomwum's Instagram 

These furry little charms are the perfect way to spruce up your handbag or keychain. Order your own by contacting pomwum@gmail.com.


White Hydrangea in a small silver or glass vase adds elegance to any work space! 


The Skimm

I read this every morning while I'm still in bed. It arrives in my inbox and allows me to "skim" the news before my feet hit the floor. 


Aaron Sanchez's Mexican Brownies

A spicy twist on an old classic. 

Fab Four

Ballet Slippers

Put the spring back in your step with these fabulous foot saving miracles by Stuart Weitzman. Whether you have a long jaunt to an event or your feet ache after a night of dancing, these flats will become your new best friend. Fold them and stash them inside you handbag, tote or even under your chair. Your feet will thank you!

 

Trish McEvoy Sheer Lip Color

At last, a sheer lipstick that does double duty, as it moisturizes and tints for a beautiful long lasting effect. My favorite color is Mulberry. Your lips will be grateful, especially after a long cold winter.

 

The Boys In The Boat

This novel recounts the incredible story of the US crew team that competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. To me this the classic American story, which proves that anything is possible and achievable. 

 

Molten Brown Hand Creams

These small hand creams by Molten Brown provide a moisturizing barrier as well as a pleasing fragrance. They are small enough to stash in your handbag or your car. Another must-have item to get you through a long cold winter. 

Fab Four: Holiday Gifts under $20.00

Chef’n Poptop Popcorn Popper

 

Make popcorn even healthier, by microwaving it in this easy to use container without added fat, salt or calories. What you add afterwards is your secret! Get it at Crate and Barrel or Bed Bath and Beyond, or order it online here!

 

Jin Soon nail polishes.

 

These nail polishes, available at Bloomingdales, Nordstrom's and Sephora, are the hottest in the industry. My faves are Cantata and Audacity. Jin Soon is a New York City based manicurist who has several salons throughout the city. If you find yourself in New York over the holidays, treat yourself to the Milk and Honey manicure for $28.00. Your, hands, nails and general well being will thank you.

 

Personalized Photo Frame

 

Aaron Brothers or Bed Bath and Beyond are great places to find frames under $20.00. Inserting a meaningful picture makes the gift even more special. Find this glass frame at Aaron Brothers for $15.00!

 

Recipe Book

 A recipe book is a wonderful gift for under $20. You can order them online or pick one up at the car wash… yes… especially in Los Angeles. However, my new favorite recipe books are by Chloe Coscarelli, and they are all under $20. 

Fab Four

Here is the roundup for this month of November

 

 

1)   French Women Don’t Get Fat

This is a wonderfully written book by Mireille Guiliano, CEO of Cliquot, Inc. Mireille shares the secrets, recipes and remedies of French women. Portion controlled meals and day after compensation seem to be the reasons as to why this particular breed of women is famously gorgeous and healthy. This book is a delightful and informative read!

 

2)   If you are a fan of dance, you must watch this. It is brilliant!

              

 

3)   Here is a way of lighting up your eyes for the holidays. Line the inside of your lower lid and watch your eyes come alive! 


 

Chanel Or Safran Eye Crayon

 

4)   If you are looking for that perfect combination of ambiance and delicious food, look no further than The Rooftop Grill atop The Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Gorgeous views of the Hollywood Hills, coupled with scrumptious meals make this a true winner! And if there happens to be a chill in the air, they will supply you with a cashmere pashmina!

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Brave Miss World

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Compelling, smart, beautiful, funny, sad, and dynamic….these are just a few of the words that I would use to describe Linor Abargil. I had the privilege of hearing her speak last week at a women’s luncheon for the Jewish Federation. Linor’s apparent beauty and engaging personality led her to become Miss Israel, and later, Miss World. This all happened at the age of 18. What is incredulous, is that she was crowned Miss World just 6 weeks after being brutally raped. I will not document the entire story for you. Suffice to say, I strongly recommend that you download this 80 minute documentary on Netflix, as Jeff and I did this week.

  Why is this the second time that I am writing about this subject? The answer is simple and clear. Women and men must be made aware of this horrendous crime and we must do what we can to give victims of rape, a voice, so that they are truly heard. In this way, we are enabling them to preserve their dignity and sanity. Why the laws allow these monsters to go free, often times without being convicted or serving time, is a question that burns deep in my soul. I want to do everything that I can to help spread the word that there are a multitude of support groups for rape victims that will enable the healing process to take place.

Linor has used her tragedy to speak out and to help other victims heal by allowing them the opportunity to  express themselves and tell their story.  Through her website, she has given thousands of women and men (statistically 1 in 6 men will and have been raped), throughout the world, a voice and a forum for being heard.

Linor’s strength and fortitude are both remarkable and a blessing.