An Interview with Markus Bender of Nordic Beach

It is a pleasure to introduce my readers to Nordic Beach, a company based in Southern California that has created a cozy, super-soft wrap jacket that can be worn year round. Their jackets currently come in three colors: Fluffy Gray, Fluffy Black, and Fluffy Frappe. These are perfect to wear everywhere: shopping, sporting events, yoga, work, a ski trip, the mountains, or anywhere you want to be comfy and cozy!

I love my Nordic Beach jacket so much! I will be wearing mine to the Hamptons International Film Festival this autumn, out to the park with my children, to the beach, and out shopping. The jacket is especially ideal for postpartum moms. When my son is born, the jacket will help protect him from the wind and the elements as I will be ‘wearing him’ as I am out and about.

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Nourishment for the Body

My beauty regiment each morning and evening has always been simple. However, the key to a smart beauty regiment is using products that nourish and hydrate the body. Rather than hide impurities, I try to embrace feeling my best and enhancing these feelings throughout my day. I love island-inspired scents, scrubs, and vegan-friendly products especially made with simple, high quality ingredients. Below you will discover five products I recently discovered that are all about pure nourishment for the body.  View Post

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An Interview with Stephanie McTigue of CoFi Leathers

I discovered CoFi Leathers just before I attended Jill Zarin’s 5th Annual Lux Luncheon in Southampton this summer. This refined and affordable genuine leather company, based out of Denver, sells an extensive collection of beautiful and unique clutches, cross-body bags, totes, wristlets, boots, shoes, and more. The name CoFi was created based off of the names of Founder Stephanie McTigue’s sons: “Co”lson and “Fi”nn. Each product created is named after family members or good friends.

To help launch the business and set the standards for impeccable quality, McTigue’s father, Clive, is a leather consultant and has been in the leather business for over 45 years. ‘He actively shares his extensive knowledge of leather manufacturing and product construction with McTigue to ensure that the CoFi brand not only represents style and individuality, but also upholds the highest quality.’ That notion became apparent to me right away as I was introduced to the company. I am in love with their chic and stylish collection that promotes a sense of individuality and confidence. For example, I own the Mollie Cross-Body Convertible Clutch in Rose Gold White and have received dozens of compliments ever since I started using it on a regular basis in July.

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Ja-Vie Stylish Jelly Flats Review and A Giveaway

When I was a graduate student, commuting through and working in Manhattan, I unfortunately destroyed several pairs of flats while trudging through the city streets in all sorts of weather conditions, rain, sleet and snow. I could never predict the weather and always failed to wear my waterproof boots on the correct days. However, walking about the city in rubber boots and carrying a change of shoes was also quite difficult as I had my work and school materials with me at all times. Five years after I graduated and moved permanently to the East End, I was introduced to the most comfortable and stylish flats that are so ideal for travel, work, and leisure.

I discovered Ja-Vie’s stylish jelly flats at this year’s OCRFA Super Saturday, held in Watermill in July. Their booth was packed with customers and while I was visiting, I was able to find two styles that I loved. This was Ja-Vie’s second OCRFA Super Saturday. “We love the idea of helping the OCRFA and spreading the word about our shoes. We donated over 200 pairs!” says Ja-Vie Owner Kyra Kelly. “We will be back next year as well. It is an amazing event!”

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One Tribe Apparel

It is such an honor to be introduced to One Tribe Apparel. Founded in 2013, One Tribe Apparel is a Bohemian fashion brand that began when two travelers fell in love with Thailand’s Bohemian styles, and decided to bring them back to the west in a socially conscious way. The company sells artisan-crafted Harem pants, Aladdin pants, shorts, leggings, crochet tops, kimonos, boho handbags, and yoga bags. Harem pants are perfect for leisurewear, yoga, stretching, and wearing in warmer climates. These pants are full, free-flowing and are made of a soft material that is gathered at the ankle. One Tribe Apparel’s  Hareem pants are made of 100% bamboo rayon.

All of their products are sourced and made in Thailand by local artisans who are paid fair wages. For every purchase, a donation is made to the Elephant Nature Park in Chang Mai, Thailand. The organization rescues and cares for endangered animals so they can roam freely in a safe environment. View Post

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