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Happy New Year with CHI Cordless Curling Iron

 CHI Launches The Escape Professional Cordless Curling Iron

Compact design with a car & wall charger creates on the go styling without limitations – #chihaircare

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Farouk Systems Inc. transforms the art of hairstyling with the absence of cords by launching the CHI Escape Cordless Curling Iron ($109.98). As the latest innovation from the brand, this iron is battery operated and features refined CHI ceramic technology that generates elegant styles on the go.

With its cordless fixture, the CHI Escape is apt for creating salon quality styles under any circumstance without an outlet in sight.  Its 1’’ ceramic barrel and ceramic heater provide optimal temperature control and even heat distribution in order to master smooth, sleek curls. The state of the art temperature control button is adept to any hair type, ranging from fine to course. The temperature control settings are color coded– Blue 340°F for Fine Hair, Green- 375°F for Medium Hair and Red- 392°F for coarse hair. The installed, lithium batteryallows up to 30 minutes of consistent heating in accordance to the heat setting.

The compact size will suit those who are always on the go and are looking to quickly touch-up their styles.  The complimentary pouch makes it easy to store and charge the iron at your convenience, while its locking mechanism makes it even safer for travel.


Hair by Rocky Vitelli

Key Iron Features:

  • Cordless Technology: Ideal for traveling and on the go styling.
  • 1’’ CHI Ceramic Barrel: Retains moisture in order to create smooth, sleek styles.
  • CHI Ceramic Heater: For optimal temperature control and even heat distribution.
  • Temperature and Control Button: Color-coded temperature settings.
  • Lithium Battery: Up to 30 min of constant heating.
  • Travel Pouch: Protects and stores iron and chargers.
  • Compact Size: Easy to store and travel.
  • Car and Wall Charger: Options for charging on the go.
  • *2 Year warranty

Lava Lamp is the Coolest Holiday Gift This Season

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Consider including Lava Lamp, the original shape of cool, on your holiday gift guides this year!

The iconic brand is celebrating its 50thanniversary by releasing a limited edition Anniversary collection as well as a line of lamps inspired by The Beatles.

Featuring modern details such as gold accents and updated tech paired with the classic shape, the Anniversary collection comes in in four sizes to fit any household.

The Beatles lamps come in 5 designs inspired by the albums Help!, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine.

The perfect addition to any office, home or dorm room, Lava Lamps make an excellent gift for anyone on your list.



Iconic Lava Lamp® Turns 50!

An American Icon Since 1965

(CHICAGO) – In 2015, the ubiquitous 1960’s pop culture icon celebrates its 50th Anniversary! This year marks a half-century of Lava®Lamps in the United States, which has been featured in countless TV shows, movies, magazines and more. In honor of its golden anniversary, the ever-popular “original shape of cool” has created a limited edition 50th collection for its fans!

For the past five decades, Lava Lite, LLC® has been the global manufacturer of Lava® Lamps worldwide and sells millions of Lava Lampsannually! Lava Lite is always evolving and staying relevant. This iconic product is popular with fans of all ages, from adults who grew up in the 1960’s to millennials, appearing everywhere from offices to dorm rooms. Lava Lite, LLC is no longer known for just motion lamps; they have expanded into novelty, party and even conventional lighting products!

“These are exciting times here at Lava® Lite, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary,” said Clay Farnsworth, President and CEO of LavaLite, LLC. “We’re very thankful for our iconic heritage and look forward to another 50 years of innovation and growth.”

The limited edition 50th Anniversary Collection includes four lamp sizes: 14.5” ($19.99), 17” ($29.99), 16.3” ($39.99), and 27” Grande ($119.99). The lamps have premium features included: gold painted base & cap, embossed 50th anniversary logo on the base, certificate of authenticity, and either an easy-access switch on the base or a dimmer switch, depending on the size of the lamp. The collection will be available for purchase at fine retailers across the country in addition to starting July 1st.

About Lava Lite, LLC

Lava Lite, LLC is the international manufacturing company that offers the original shape of cool, the Lava Lamp. At 50 years old and based out of Elk Grove Village, IL, Lava Lite, LLC holds the US trademark rights to the shape and name Lava Lamp and is sold across various distribution channels in US, Canadian, and European retailers. Lava products can be found in mass merchants, gift and specialty stores, warehouse clubs, and various online retailers. Just turn it on—ENJOY!

For more information, please visit or follow us at @LavaLamp on Twitter and Facebook or @LavaTheOriginal on Instagram.


Those Holiday Soirees May Be Taking A Toll on Your Lips

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Suffering from dry, chapped lips this season? While the cold, winter air can cause havoc to your pucker, those holiday soirees may also be to blame.

Coffee, alcoholic beverages, caffeine and artificial ingredients can dehydrate skin, especially the delicate lip area.

Keep those lips mistletoe ready, with a few keys tips:

·         Sip from a straw to ensure drying ingredients bypass you pucker.

·         Drink more water to not only hydrate skin, but also moisturize lips.

·         Avoid petroleum – While great at preventing moisture loss, this ingredient won’t solve the dilemma of curing currently chapped lips. Instead, opt for lip balms, creams and treatments that include natural and nourishing oils like our favorites, listed below.


Surya Brasil Vegan Lip Balm

This 100% natural and Vegan Moisturizing Lip Balm comes in five delicious flavors inspired by Surya Brasil’s commitment to organic ingredients and sustainably harvested botanicals.

These nutrient rich treatments keep lips soft, smooth and perfectly hydrated. Handcrafted with superior rainforest emollients, these beeswax-free lip balms nourish, replenish moisture and restore elasticity to your lips. Available in Acai Berry, Cinnamon Cupuacu, Strawberry Buriti, Chocolate Mint and Chocolate.

$3.49 via

and select Whole Foods


emeginC in lips we trust

This ultra-nourishing and soothing protective lip balm is formulated with natural plant oils and waxes to help soften and nurture lips, while powerful antioxidants help protect against free-radical damage.

Contains astaxanthin, coenzyme Q10, sweet almond oil, sweet orange peel wax, beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and vitamin E.

$24 via


Le Mieux Eye & Lip Cream

This rich, peptide-infused cream is specially formulated to increase firmness lips (and eyes!), while improving elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Featuring three ultra-hydrating lipids for intense moisture, along with green tea extract and Vitamin E, this multi-use concentrate keeps lips looking silky smooth and glowing.

$60 via


Awesome Gifts-That-Give-Back – ideal for Christmas & Valentine’s Day

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For the Yogi You Love
AumHome Soulsprays give back to children’s charities in India and the US
For the Kid In All of Us
The FAPE Coloring Kit supports cultural diplomacy through art
For the Athletes and Weekend Warriors In Your Family
– a great stocking stuffer, Perky Fruit Bodies supports organic farmers and also farming education for formerly homeless families in Florida
For Anyone With Skin
– Beauty Buster Skincare is a super-premium, locally made all natural line with products for Men and Women. All products give back to charities benefitting U.S. Vets and Veterans Families.
Aum Home Soul & Space Spray
Reiki infused essential oils, colloidal silver and crystal tinctures are hand blended by professional yogi, Feng Shui expert and healer Nidhi Huba at her Woodstock Retreat. Ideal for fortifying and perfuming your aura as well as every room of your house.

$27 per bottle
$54 for custom spray, receive 2 bottles one for home and one for altar.
Now it is running a sale now, online on etsy sprays are 22, for anyone replying to info@aumhome directly and using subject solstice blessing they can order for 18, two for 32 plus 7$ shipping.

AumHome Soul & Space Spray with Crystal

Each glass bottle comes with crystals in it that can be reused with your own essential oils. A portion of proceeds from each bottle benefits children’s charities in India and the 

FAPE Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies Coloring Book Cover

FAPE Coloring Book Kit
The FAPE Coloring Book Kit is the perfect gift to stoke a child’s creativity and help them think big about Art, their abilities and the world. It’s also great for adults who are into the Meditating-By-Coloring trend – have you tried it?
The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies’ Coloring Kit is a colorful collaboration between artists Donald Robertson and EunSun Lee of CMYK+WHITE, INC. Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson is the creative force behind Estée Lauder Company Brands and Creative Director of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Many individuals may also recognize him for his colorful and whimsical illustrations commonly found on Instagram.
The $40 kit includes:

  • Coloring book complete with 16 images of FAPE’s Site-Specific Collection (including works of art by Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Louise Bourgeois and others)
  • Map and sticker set
  • 8 pack of Crayola Crayons
  • FAPE Site-Specific Catalogue

Proceeds from the kit go towards FAPE’s mission of cultural diplomacy through art!
For details and to order, please visit:


IMG_4064Perky Fruit Bodies
A great stocking stuffer for all your healthy, active family members! This innovative, fun and delicious pocket-friendly snack, made of only pure, whole organic fruit and superfoods such as raw cacao and raw coconut, is an ideal snack for kids, parents, athletes and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

Founded by raw food educator Gil Cohen and his teenage sons RJ and Tal, Perky Fruit Bodies roll ups include naturally occurring, fiber, protein, enzymes and micronutrients and are Paleo-friendly and low-glycemic, to provide sustainable energy for the mind and body.

Would you like to experience Perky Fruit Bodies energy-boosting superfood rolls for yourself?

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Beauty Buster Skincare

Beauty Buster Skin Care is award-winning esthetician Lora Condon’s all-natural answer to raising the standards of skin care by using all active ingredients and no fillers. Beauty Buster Skincare will always donate 10% of proceeds to charities benefiting military families and soldiers serving overseas. Beauty Buster Skincare features only the most highly effective natural ingredients including meadowfoam oil for moisture and anti-aging benefits, pine essential oil for healing and anti-bacterial properties, rosewater for soothing hydration and more.

Celebrating “Strength In Beauty,” Beauty Buster Skincare chose inspirational women and men as celebrity faces of the new line including: Miss Kansas Theresa Vail – “America’s Choice” for Miss America and currently serving in the Armed Forces, Fitness Expert NikkiFitness, Author and former Marine Rachel Luna, and US Army SPC Justin Woods. .


Sexy Stocking Stuffers

static1.squarespaceHoliday shopping can sometimes be a real bore. Even with the convenience of online EVERYTHING, the joy of gifting can get lost in the clicks. offers the most unique gifts that put the spice back into your shopping lists!

With out of the box fun and flirty gifts for your girlfriend, boyfriend, bridal party, sorority sisters and hey! even yourself… Luz de la Riva makes the perfect sexy stocking stuffer!


Luz de la Riva Sahara Shimmering Massage Oil


Give your skin a touch of sparkle this holiday with Sahara Shimmering Massage Oil. This shimmering body oil’s fragrance has been composed of natural aphrodisiacs which impart intoxicating aromas on the skin. Made with natural oils including coconut, jojoba almond and sesame oil, she will leave your skin feeling radiant and smooth. Who needs tinsel, when you have Sahara?


Price: $38.00



Luz de la Riva Lulu 24k Edible Massage Oil


It’s no surprise that the Lulu Edible Massage Oil tastes and feels luxurious, but now you can literally indulge yourself with an experience fit for Cleopatra with Lulu 24k! The addition of 100% edible 24k gold flakes make the oil an extra special treat for the body. Made with organic ingredients and oils and formulated with natural pheromones, Lulu 24k will certainly keep you feeling hot even when the temperature drops!

Price: $40.00



Luz de la Riva Holiday Gift Set with Purchase


For the month of December, Luz de la Riva will be providing this sexy gift with purchase for ALL orders placed in the entire month! The sleek gift box includes mini versions of some of the brands best sellers including a Lola Body Wash, Sophia Soy Wax Candle and Sahara Shimmering Oil. Add this gift set to your sweeties stocking, or keep it for yourself! Nobody’s watching (but Santa!)

Price: Free, with any purchase for the month of December



Try The World Pop-Up & Exclusive Sneak Peek of Thailand Box

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Gourmet foods from around the world are now available in one convenient location!


Last Tuesday night, was invited to attend an evening of international food and drink to celebrate the launch of Try The World’s dynamic pop-up boutique. 


Try The World’s pop-up store (118 Orchard St. at Delancey) will be open every day from 10am – 7pm through Dec. 29, selling boxes from Spain, Japan, Paris and the limited-edition Holiday Box.

Try The World‘s upcoming Thailand box will be a great way to kick off the new year. The box features 8 novelties, available in various versions. Listed below is a sneak peek to awaken your appetite of what’s to come!

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Jasberry | Jasberry Rice | Roi-Et & Yasothon

A new strain of rice, jasberry is packed with antioxidants and fiber, making it one of the most healthful varieties. It’s also GMO-free, organic, and fair trade: Siam employs only small-scale producers and shares a third of their profits with farmers and cooperatives.

  • supports local community
  • all-natural or organic
  • sustainably grown

Nittaya Thai Curry | Curry Paste | Pathum Thani

Centuries ago, Thai cooks took inspiration from Indian curry to create a distinct variation using fresh herbs. Based on their traditional family recipe, Nittaya has gained a reputation for quality, making this curry a new staple in home kitchens in Thailand.

  • all-natural or organic
  • family business
  • traditional recipe

Lumlum | Tom Yum Soup Spices | Lamphun

A perfect balance of sour and spicy, Tom Yum Soup is known for its medicinal properties. The lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and chilies in this set are harvested from a small village in northern Thailand and make it easy to cook your own soup at home.

  • traditional recipe
  • all-natural or organic
  • sustainably grown

Chiwadi | Coconut Flower Syrup | Samut Songkhram

A popular sugar replacement, this hand-harvested syrup is made by collecting the nectar that flows from coconut flowers when the blossoms are cut and bruised. The producer, Chiwadi, provides fair wages and funds local projects in western Thailand.

  • traditional recipe
  • supports local community
  • all-natural or organic
  • sustainably grown

Virgin Coco | Coconut Crispy Rolls | Kanchanaburi

In Thai, these crumbly cookies are called thong muan—and loaded with symbolism because of it: thong means gold, so giving these cookies to someone as a gift is seen as a wish for wealth. They’re particularly delicious alongside traditional Thai tea.

  • traditional recipe

Eros | Dried Fruit | Bangkok

Families in Thailand generally buy produce from trucks that drive up and down the street to announce what’s available. These fruit and vegetables form an important part of the Thai diet. Locals enjoy the fresh or dried variety as a snack during the day.

  • all-natural or organic
  • traditional recipe

Chaidim | Herbal Tea | Chiang Rai

Chaidim grows their own organic aromatics in northern Thailand to create healthful tea blends, such as these three made with lemongrass. A natural tonic, lemongrass has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, antioxidant, and therapeutic properties.

  • all-natural or organic
  • sustainably grown
  • supports local community

Wangderm | Thai Iced Tea Kit | Chiang Rai

The milky and grassy flavors of Thai iced tea make it one of Thailand’s best-loved beverages. This kit is made by Wangderm, a company established on the site of the old royal palace in Bangkok that is committed to preserving Thai culture through food.

  • traditional recipe
  • family business

***Siammit | Spicy Rice Crackers | Suphanburi

Thailand is the second largest exporter of rice in the world, and rice forms the base of almost every Thai dish. These crackers are a wonderful variation on the staple grain: crunchy and full of flavorful spices, they’re an addicting snack that’s great with tea.

  • traditional recipe

***Minemadame | Taro Chips | Saraburi

A starchy root vegetable, taro tastes similarly to a potato, but is richer and milky in flavor. It’s generally sold fresh, cooked, or fried in markets in Thailand. True to Thai tradition, these chips are sweet and salty—a delicious snack at any time of day.

  • traditional recipe
  • all-natural or organic


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