Monday, September 17, 2018

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival 2018 Sept 21-23

If you are a food and wine lover, there is no BETTER way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon than sipping away on the Marble House lawn. There are still some tickets left for Sunday, but Saturday is sold out. Looking forward to the weekend...Cheers!

Press Release:

13th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival
Just Two Weeks Away
Tickets still available for weekend events including A Conversation with Zac Posen, Sunday Grand Tasting, and Seminars

NEWPORT, RI (September 10, 2018) ­–The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival Saturday Grand Tasting is sold out, but plenty of tickets remain for the Sunday Grand Tasting and many other weekend events, including A Conversation with Zac Posen on Saturday, September 21 in the elegant gold ballroom at Marble House.

Presented by The Preservation Society of Newport County and FOOD & WINE Magazine, the Festival runs from September 20-23 in three of Newport's most beautiful historic mansions.  A combination ticket that includes a special Conversation with Zac Posen on Saturday morning followed by admission to the Grand Tasting is still available in limited numbers. Posen, an internationally acclaimed designer and now cookbook author, will also appear on the MONOGRAM Culinary Stage and sign copies of his book, Cooking With Zac.

Tickets are still available for the Sunday Grand Tasting, with access to hundreds of wines from around the world, cooking demonstrations by local and regional chefs, and samplings of a variety of cuisine from regional restaurants and caterers.

Seminars will take place on Friday and Saturday at The Breakers Stable & Carriage House on Coggeshall Avenue in Newport, allowing visitors the opportunity to learn about wines from different regions of the world.  Led by vintners and industry experts, these engaging educational seminars are designed for every wine and food lover – from oysters to artisan cheese, to bubbles and caviar and beyond.

For more information on additional weekend events and to purchase tickets, visit or call (401) 847-1000. 

The Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is FOOD & WINE Magazine. MONOGRAM is the Culinary Stage Sponsor. Additional sponsors include Dole & Bailey, Simi Winery, Santa Margherita, Chateau d'Esclans, Tito's Handmade Vodka,  Atria Senior Living, Boar’s Head, Coca-Cola, Gurney’s Newport, Calvisius Caviar, Alta Vista, Forty 1˚ North,  Kobrand Fine Wine and Spirits, Dasani, Outdoor Kitchen Design Store, Peak Event Services, Brockman’s Premium Gin, West + Wilder, National Trust Insurance Services LLC, United, Maker’s Mark, Sequoia Grove and St. Francis Winery. All proceeds from the event benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County.


About Marble House and the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival
Built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt, Marble House was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport’s subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces. The house was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt, inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles and made of 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Mr. Vanderbilt gave the house to his wife Alva, a leading hostess in Newport society who envisioned Marble House as her “temple to the arts” in America, as a 39th birthday present. Alva would later have the Chinese Tea House built on the seaside cliffs, where she hosted rallies for women’s right to vote.

All proceeds from the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County, a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts.  Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen

Whether your hitting up Long Island Sound, the coast, the bay, the lake, the pond, the pool, or a kiddie pool in the backyard this weekend, don't forget your sun block! I have always been a fan of Australian Gold. They offer great products that smell wonderful and it will leave your skin feeling nourished and protected. They offer reef friendly products, and the new Botanical line is perfect for the whole family.

The Botanical Mineral line includes SPF30 & SPF50 ($15.99 each)  Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF30 & SPF50 ($15.99 each) Natural Spray Sunscreen, SPF50 ($15.99 each) Kids Sunscreen Lotion, and SPF50 ($12.99 each) Tinted Face Sunscreen Lotion ($13.99 each). Australian Gold was kind enough to send me over some of the new collection to check out for myself.

These are very water resistant and last up to 80 minutes. The sprays are my favorite and they have a Citrus Oasis fragrance with notes of pineapple and pomegranate. The line can be found at CVS, Ulta, Target, and Walmart. To read more about Australian Gold Botanical's, please go to:

The Tinted Face Sunscreen comes highly rated if your looking to blend and not clog pores. It leaves a powdery rather than a sticky feeling on your face.

Thanks Australian Gold!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge

Did you know that sun exposure is responsible for the most visible aging of your skin? DERMAdoctor offers a Rescue & Protect Eye Balm if your looking for something a little extra to treat the eye area specifically and help repair sun damage. This is a super-hydrating eye balm that will hopefully improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's great to apply to the upper lids, under-eye area, and crow's feet region.

It does not have a scent and it's quick to absorb and not greasy. It can be a little pricey at $50 for 0.5 fl oz, but a little dab will go a long way. It's moisturizing and a great base before applying makeup, but I do not expect drastic results. They recommend using it twice a day.

To find out more about Wrinkle Revenge, you can go to:

It can also be found at stores like Ulta, Sephora, & Nordstrom.

Thanks DERMAdoctor for sending this over!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Hard Candy Plumping Serum

Check out these volumizing lip glosses from Hard Candy available in 24 different shades. Sheer and full color shades are available at Walmart for a great price of $6 each. It has a slight tingle for a plumping serum and even the darkest color I tried was still a sheer.

My favorite color was Skin Deep, followed by Love Child, and then Barely There which is just a sheer gloss. If your looking for a reasonably priced new gloss, check these out!It has a nice wand to provide easy application, and it comes in a nice looking copper colored tube.

To find out more, please go to:

Thanks Hard Candy for sending these over ;)

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Emma Hardie Skincare

Emma Hardie is an award-winning British Skincare line that offers natural products aimed at improving skin health. They believe in treating skin, "from the bone up' and help to achieve plumper, firmer, and renewed skin without the use of harsh products or invasive techniques. Emma Hardie was kind enough to send over a few hot summer items for us to check out.

First up, protect your skin this summer with Protect and Prime SPF30 ($72) with this non-greasy light-weight, skin priming and anti-ageing SPF30 that gives long lasting UVA and UVB protection. Mongongo oil, oat extract and Vitamin E work to give skin an immediate firm, smooth and primed base and help to blur out any imperfections. 

Next, I tried the Age Support Face Cream ($65) and this is an intense super-hydrating and lifting treatment cream. Natural oils Moringa, Evening Primrose and rose hip nourish moisture and soothe the skin, while Vitamin E protects the skin against pollution and toxins. It's a heavy cream that hydrates well and it takes a few hours for the fragrance to wear off, so if you are sensitive to scents, be aware. 

To find out more about Emma Hardie or to order directly, please go to:

Thanks Emma Hardie for sending these treats over!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Nubian Heritage - Wellness Collection of Bath & Body Products

Two Harlem street vendors fresh out of college in 1991, came up with the idea to bring together ancient Nubian traditional healing practices, cultural wisdom and indigenous ingredients, to create modern wellness solutions for skin and hair. Several of their ingredients are sourced from woman's cooperatives around the world and they have a product for everything. If you have dry skin, try the Infused Butters, if you have sensitive skin try the Goat's Milk & Chai collection, and if you have problem skin try the African Black Soap that soothes with shea butter, oats, aloe, and cocoa pod ash.

I was able to check out a few of their products myself. My favorite of the group is the Olive Oil and Green Tea Body Lotion. It's great for dry skin and aging skin. This goes for $12.99 for 13 fl oz and it smells amazingly fresh. The lotion has a fluffy whipped appearance and it feels creamy and moisturizing. I keep reapplying just to smell it again.

The next item is the Mango Butter Body Wash. This goes for $10.99 for 13 fl oz and it's a refreshing scent and great way to start any day. Mango Butter is formulated with Vitamin C, to rejuvenate and firm the skin.

Lastly, I checked out the Cococut & Papaya Bath Bombs which 6 go for $14.99. Unfortunately when you have kids, you don't actually to get to use the bath bombs. These are fun and they smelled so much better afterwards. You can never go wrong with a great bath bomb. So, for an average of $2.49 a bomb, it's cheaper than a Lush bomb, and provides the same soft skin, and not as hard to watch wash down the drain after 4 minutes.

Shea butter is the base for most of Nubian's products. They work with 7 different woman's Shea Butter cooperatives in Ghana. They are working to empower these woman by paying ethical wage premiums, ensuring positive quality of life, plus providing access to education and the benefits of financial freedom.  Not only will you get great looking skin by using ancient Nubian products, but you will be helping to alleviate poverty and helping out your soul sisters on the other side of the world.

To find out more about Nubian Heritage, or to order directly, please go to:
Nubian Heritage can be found at Vitamin Shoppe.
All natural and cruelty free. Made in the USA.

Thanks Nubian Heritage for sending these over!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Steel Cut Oats

Here's a tasty healthy breakfast option that you can customize to your cravings. Steel Cut oats are less processed than rolled oats. The same groats used to make rolled oats are instead chopped into two or three pieces rather than flattened. Steel Cut Oats make a great breakfast option because they are high in fiber, and it's a slowly digesting meal that will keep you full and energized until the next snack or meal. The nutritional value of rolled and steel cut oats is basically the same, but steel cut will keep you fuller longer. Steel Cut can take longer to cook, but the good news is that they have quick cook options.

The best part is you can change your toppings so it does not get old. Pineapple, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, kiwis, any kind of fruit your craving. Another option I love to use is the raw bar at Whole Foods. They have some great granola mixes to pick from like French Vanilla Almond or Coconut Granola and I always keep a few options on stock in the pantry to use as toppings. Mixed nuts and shaved coconut add some extra texture and crunch to it.

Sometimes I like to add some vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins, craisins, and chopped Hazelnuts. Pick what you like and the healthy combo's are endless. Enjoy!