Posts Written On May 16, 2012

Creatures of Light Nature’s Bioluminescence @AMNH

Have you ever captured a glowing firefly? On a warm summer evening, a firefly’s light seems rare and magical. Yet the tree of life is spangled with organisms that blink, glow, flash, and glitter. Welcome to the world of bioluminescence—the generation of light by living things.

The Creatures of Light is now at the museum! I had a great time check out the exhibits. You have to see it for yourself! A perfect date event or family time 🙂 Eighty percent of all known bioluminescent groups inhabit the world’s oceans. At certain depths, nearly all organisms glow. On land, things are quite different. There are bioluminescent fungi and insects, but no flowering plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians, or mammals that glow.

Here are some of my favorites.

Fluorescent compounds may help corals survive, but the role they play is not yet well understood. Researchers are still studying these animals to find out more, but have suggested a few intriguing possibilities:

Fluorescent molecules may serve as a sunscreen, protecting corals and the dinoflagellates that live inside them by filtering out harmful ultraviolet rays.

Injured corals often form colorful patches. These colorful spots are also areas where the coral is making fluorescent molecules that act as antioxidants, capturing toxic oxygen radicals that threaten to damage cells.
Corals glow by absorbing and re-emitting light from the Sun. We can’t detect their fluorescence in bright sunlight, but it’s possible that some animals can. Many corals glow around the mouth and tentacles, and might use their light to attract prey.


Pink and in Charge @LeeStaffordHair

I met the ultimate UK hair guru and celebrity stylist today.

Lee Stafford was in New York City to showcase his pink range of hair products, DIY 5 Minute hair cuts and how to get incredible hair.

Lee’s story of how he built his incredible career, salon and product line truly showed his expertise and passion for the industry.

Personalize M&M’s made this even sweeter!

Lee demo’d new techniques for cutting and styling on 3 willing and brave hair models!
This is a 5 min reverse ponytail hair cut!

Thanks Lee! If you are interested in trying out Lee’s new products – go to Duane Reade tomorrow between 12pm – 2pm to see his demo the amazing award winning BEAutiful range of products. The event will be at the store located at 57th and 3rd. New York City

Have Fun, Look Wicked, Smell BEAutiful xXx

*I got a bag of goodies! If you want to win a Lee Stafford hair styling product, do the following

1. Like

2. Tweet @heydoyou i want to have fun, look wicked and smell beautiful with @leestaffodhair!

Winners will be announced May 31. Good luck!


Return of the “Godfather of Zin” @RavensWoodWine @ChefRobRainford

“Rebel winemaker” and founder of Sonoma Valley’s Ravenswood Winery, Joel Peterson returned to Toronto for the second summer in a row to treat us to an evening of great wine, and good eats. Celebrity Chef Rob Rainford was there working some serious magic on the BBQ grills, serving up some GOOD food inspired by a summer backyard BBQ. One doesn’t usually associate wine with a BBQ, but Ravenswood definitely proved to us that BBQ’s are not just for beer-drinkers, as the wines definitely held their own.

We got to try 6 Ravenswood Wines: Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2010, Sonoma County Zinfandel 2009, Tedelschi Zinfandel 2008, Chauvet Zinfandel2008, Old Hill  Zinfandel 2008, and the Pickberry Merlot-Cabernet 2007. I’m not a big red wine drinker, as I find they are usually hard to swallow and too acidic for my liking, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of the wines that were showcased last night, especially the Sonoma County Zinfandel 2009, and the Old Hill Zinfandel 2008.

Thank you for inviting us!


ps: Did you know that Joel Peterson is an award-winning winemaker and 2011 inductee to the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintner’s Hall of Fame? Now you do 🙂


Monthly Goodies with @BirchBox

Who doesn’t love a good surprise. And let’s be honest, we all deserve a little treat once in a while. So treat yourself to a BirchBox every month – a mail ordered package full of trendy beauty and lifestyle samples! I love experimenting and trying new things, and the beauty market is ever expanding. BirchBox helps me stay in tune with all the newest and best products out there, without breaking the bank. At $10 a month, you can’t really go wrong.

This month, BirchBox featured a GossipGirl-themed box, including a fabulously sparkly Stila liquid eye liner in blue, Dr. Jart+ BB tinted moisturizer, Kerastase shampoo and conditioner and fragrance, and to top it off, a gold nail polish by Color Club called “Disco Nap”! I truly recommend this to anyone who wants to try new things and likes to stay on top of what’s available on the market. BirchBox is an investment worth making for all you beauty lovers.

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