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smartwater Gets Even Smarter

November 2, 2018

smartwatersmartwater came to town with a few amazing activations to introduce it’s new products – smartwater antioxidant and smartwater alkaline

First, they partnered with the meditation group The Big Quiet and together launched a first-ever mass meditation tour of the U.S. Together, smartwater and The Big Quiet are working to support smarter ways to practice self-care, with mindfulness front and center. How amazing is that?!!!

I attended a lovely dinner to learn more about the new water and the story behind the brand in general. I left feeling inspired, connected to the brand in a way I could have never imagined, not to mention excited about how far wellness has come, that it trickled all the up to a brand as epic as smartwater.

Listening to the genius of Salehe Bembury and realizing we went the same highschool in NYC. I swear the grey pashmina was there for us because it was chilly outside and I know it doesn’t really go with my dress. Side note, I became so attached to it, I wore it home. 

Ok, let me fill you in.

Hydration + Innovation. Both are big in the market. And they are just getting bigger – the ways in which we can stay hydrated and healthy throughout the day is at the forefront of smartwater’s innovations.

These innovations: ionized for a 9+ pH (smartwater alkaline) or infused with antioxidant selenium (smartwater antioxidant).

Alkaline: A solution’s pH level expresses its acidity or alkalinity on a scale, with 7.0 being neutral. Values below 7.0 are considered acidic, and those above 7.0 are considered alkaline.

Antioxidants: Compounds present in some foods. When these compounds are absorbed by the body, they help to inactivate free radicals or prevent their formation.

So now, you have your smartwater, smartwater sparkling, smartwater alkaline or smartwater antioxidant… all with the same proposition as original smartwater, which is vapor distilled with added electrolytes for taste.

Soaking up the goddess that is Angela Manuel Davis 

Babbling at the divine dinner with Joe Holder, Ashley Guarassi amongst others.

 

Superfood Your Coffee with BARISTA BOOST

October 21, 2018

I was looking for a superfood for my coffee the other day. Sure, I have ten bottles of Sun Potion goodies that all cost a fortune ( seriously, I think I spent $300 in one check out last year) and honestly they don’t taste great. At all. I wanted something with healthy fats and collagen and all the good stuff.

Enter Barista Boost

It soooo good. First off, I send everything first to my trainer and ‘brain fixer’ keto – Intermittent fasting maniac friend Arthur, for approval. He asked me to text him a photo of the back – alas – APPROVED! He said “it’s excellent, I want to try it!” – Phew.

I have not missed one day adding it to my coffee. And here is why below…OH, and it’s available on Amazon!

  • MADE WITH ORGANIC, NON-GMO INGREDIENTS – Every jar of Coffee Booster coffee creamer is handmade in small batches with high-quality non-GMO ingredients. This high-calorie creamer is made with organic grass-fed ghee, all-natural coconut oil, and raw cacao powder.

 

  • EXCEPTIONAL TASTE – The key behind Coffee Booster’s smooth, delicious taste is all natural ingredients with no emulsifiers. Other products like soy lecithin, omega power creamer, and keto creamer use odd tasting emulsifiers to solidify their creamers. This GMO-free creamer tastes great with any style of coffee and is full of flavor. 

 

  • CONTAINS HEALTHY FATS & MINIMAL CARBS – This calorie supplementing creamer is high in fat and contains few carbs. Just one scoop of this coconut oil and ghee based coffee butter is enough to supplement a meal’s worth of calories as well as provide healthy fats. Coffee Booster helps you feel bulletproof by increasing your energy, helping your brain maintain focus through the day, and reducing your hunger cravings.

  • PERFECT FOR YOUR DIET & LIFESTYLE – This high-fat organic coffee creamer is diet friendly and works with anyone on the Paleo Diet or the Ketogenic Diet. This flavorful creamer is also very popular with fans of crossfit, gamers, and anyone who wants sustained energy from their coffee.

 

  • SIMPLE TO USE & EASY TO STORE – This fatty creamer can quickly be dissolved into coffee or tea and can easily be combined with a mixer to make a rich blend. Coffee Booster can be stored anywhere since no refrigeration is necessary. Avoid keeping the product in direct sunlight or in environments with temperatures exceeding 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Coffee Booster jars are available in singles and in three-pack bundles.

 

Brandon Ravare’s Unique Curated Fall Cocktails At The Los Angeles Athletic Club

October 18, 2018

Nothing says FALL like a swanky cocktail.   

Growing up in NYC, come Fall, my friends and I would walk down to the Plaza and use our fake ID’s to order whatever the” cool” grown up cocktail of the season was. It was usually something dark and mysterious that I would pretend to enjoy, when all I really wanted was a Shirley Temple. I never developed a sophisticated taste for cocktails, despite growing up in the most precocious of cities. That being said, when I taste a craft cocktail – it’s almost as if I have loved them all along. Thank you Brandon Ravare for ushering me into an adult cocktail palate when it comes to your stunning creations.

If you haven’t been over to the historic, swanky and sexy Los Angeles Athletic Club, you are missing out on a true LA classic.

Looking for a chic after-work cocktail spot or somewhere cool to suggest to that Raya date? What about sexy spot for a get together or event? Look no further that the LAAC. This is where bar director Brandon Ravare has created a unique new fall cocktail program for you – alas, your bespoke craft cocktail fantasies are all about to come true. And in one of LA’s coolest settings.

Bar Director Brandon Ravare  creations include Carnard Pretentieux – with ingredients including duck fat and thyme-infused cognac – to a very tropical Christmas on Lanai and a refreshing Eastside option – made up of Brokers gin, lime juice, cucumber slices, simple syrup and mint leaves – as well as Autumn Sonata, featuring a clover sliced pear. Is it 5 o’clock yet?!

Brandon was mentored by Marcos Tello – often credited as the originator of craft cocktails in LA – and, oversees the Club’s bar programs, including the newly-debuted and surf-inspired Kahuna Room as well as Invention, Blue Room and special events.

(The secret recipes you see here!)

Canard Pretentieux –2 oz. Duck Fat and Thyme infused Cognac, .5 Demerara Syrup, .5 Cream, 1 Entire Egg (Tri-Shake and Fine-Strain. Garnish with grated Nutmeg. Whiskey Dram)

Christmas on Lanai’ – .25 oz. Lime Juice, 1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice, .75 oz. Coco Lopez, .25 oz. Hamilton 151 Rum, 1.5 oz. House Made Spiced Rum (Whip and Dump. Garnish with grated cinnamon, mint bush and cinnamon stick. Pilsner Glass)

Paloma with grapefruit and limes – .5 oz. Lime Juice, .5 oz. Agave Syrup, 2 oz. Grapefruit Juice, 1.5 oz. Los Altos Blanco Tequila (Top with Tonic Water. Toss and Strain. Salted Rim and Lime Wedge. Pilsner Glass)

Autumn Sonata with Absolut Elyx and pear – .75 oz. Lime Juice, .75 oz. Ginger Syrup, 1 oz. St. George Spiced Pear Liquer, 1 oz. Absolut Elyx (Top with Shramsberg Blanc de Blanc. Toss & Strain.Garnish with Cloved Pear Slice.Collins Glass)

Eastside with the cucumber ribbon -6 to 8 Mint Leaves,  2 Cucumber Slices, 1 oz. Lime Juice, .75 Simple Syrup, 2 oz. Brokers Gin (Muddle, Shake and Fine-Strain. Garnish with Mint Leaf)

American Trilogy –1 oz. Rittenhouse Rye, 1 oz. St. George Apple Brandy, 1 Brown Sugar Cube, Dash of Orange Bitters (Muddle, Stir and Strain. Garnish with an Orange Peel. Double Old-Fashioned Glass)

Los Angeles Athletic Club
431 West Seventh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 625-2211

  

H FACTOR WATER

October 9, 2018

Katie Welch looking gorg with H Factor.

When a new hydration situation pops into view, we get excited – VERY EXCITED.

Here’s the deal – plain and simple:
“Because Hydrogen is the smallest molecule and it is a carrier, it bonds with the compound molecule of water and permeates the water directly into your organs and tissues and muscles. your brain is a giant muscle so it reduces inflammation and hydrates you in real time.”

People have had results of, clearer skin, energy boosts, relief from chronic pain, and so many more.

HYDROGEN INFUSED WATER IS CLINICALLY PROVEN TO
INCREASE
ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
REDUCE INFLAMMATION
FROM EXERCISE

DELIVER POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS 

 

The water comes in both a can and eco-conscious pouches which are built to hold the perfect proportion of hydrogen. The pouches are my perfect handy go-to. I am never not thirsty. I seriously suffer from a chronic dry mouth. These light weight pouches save me from lugging around bottles of water all day and I now just make sure they are tossed into all my bags, my car…well…everywhere. My kids are obsessed and anything that makes drinking water fun for kids…I AM IN!!

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Get Ready To Roll Back To School With Saje

August 20, 2018

It’s back-to-school peeps.  I’m stressed. My kid is stressed.

Think about it – your kid has six bosses in six different classes that they report to at 7:30 am only to go home after eight long hours- not including after school extracurriculars- to labor over loads of homework and study material for their AP classes and SATs. Wow. School really sucks.

Over-scheduled. Under-slept. Overly-stressed.

Rest assured, Saje Natural Wellness has over 500, all-natural, safe and effective products to help your kid stay healthy during the nine months of arduous schooling that’s to come in just a few short weeks.

The Ready to Roll Blend Bar ($50.95) equips any student, no matter their age, with plant-based remedies formulated to boost energy, stimulate the brain, and keep the mind clear and calm.

· Contains:
o Brainstorm – refreshing and invigorating creating a sense of balance and heightened awareness
o Energy – natural pick me up with stimulating rosemary essential oil
o Stress Release – calming and grounding to be used throughout the day or night creating a sense of relaxation
o Peppermint Halo – revitalizing peppermint helps immediately transport you to a state of alertness, focus and support