#CSTravelDiaries: 48 Hours in Miami

Running your own business isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. To be honest, I spend a lot of time working (of course– especially since I am primarily a solopreneur) and taking caring of administrative stuff like billing, taxes, and all that jazz. So vacations are hard to come by as time doesn’t always lend itself for them.  But after getting a very dicey start to 2016 health wise, I vowed I would do better (It also doesn’t help that a now retired Mr. Socialite has more time to be around to be on me about “resting” as well). So when an opportunity to go to Miami for the Style Chambers launch, I seized the moment as a time to build in a mini-vacation and spend some quality time with Mr. Socialite.

Because this was still a working vacation (I can’t escape it), we ended up making this a road trip and embarked on a 20-hour drive—yes 20 hours—to Florida. But it wasn’t as you may think. We used the time to catch up (life gets in the way and so it’s nice to have no interruptions and some alone time with your significant other), jam to Sirius Radio, listen and talk about politics, watch/listen the Olympics and more. We stopped at some interesting places along the way and saw some very interesting people.

When we made it to Vero Beach, we got hit with one of the craziest rainstorms that area had seen in a while (3.5 inches came down in an hour and pretty much zero visibility) had us pull over for a few until it let up a bit so we can continue on. We spent a few days in the Palm Beaches with my parents and for me to do some business before heading down to Miami (about 40 minutes south of Palm Beach County).

We arrived around 4:30 pm at the Yve Hotel, a Destination Hotel Group property, located in the heart of Downtown Miami. Located on Miami’s main thoroughfare, Biscayne Boulevard, the Yve is a boutique hotel is about a mile away from the Port of Miami and within of steps of the famed Bayside Marketplace, Bayfront Park, and the American Airlines Arena (home of the Miami Heat).  Miami’s famed Perez Art Museum is less than a 15-minute walk away while the Wynwood Design District, Miami Beach and the famed shopping mecca, Lincoln Road are less than 15 minutes away by car.

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Each room (though a little small) offers a flat screen TV, desk, a safe, and a petite (read small) bathroom.  Rooms have spectacular views of the bay and downtown areas. Valet parking is available for those who bring their own cars as we did.

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That evening, Mr. Socialite and I decided to explore the immediate area surrounding the hotel. As we took a stroll, we ventured into City Smoke, a cute little cigar shop offering a vast selection of Latin American and American cigars, vaporizers and accessories. The young lady was very knowledgeable about the various leaves and flavors of tobacco and where they were from and helped us select something that was light and ideal for someone who doesn’t smoke often. By this time our stomachs were starting to talk to us and it was time to look about dinner.

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We didn’t have to go far to find something spectacular to eat. Not too far down the same block (still behind that of the Yve) we came across Cvi.che 105, a restaurant specializing in Peruvian cuisine. To be honest, it was kind of hard to miss as it was definitely popping with music, lights and crowds. We were immediately seated and introduced to Yassine, our waiter for the evening. He immediately had us smiling and ready for a great dinner.

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If you couldn’t tell by the name, Cvi.che 105 one of its specialties is ceviche. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the dish, ceviche is a very popular northern South American dish (think Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru) that is made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices (lemon, or lime mainly) and seasoned with aji or chili peppers, onions, salt, cilantro and more. Ceviche is usually paired with sides that complement its flavor such as sweet potato, avocado, corn and plantains.

There was so many amazing choices, we didn’t know where to begin. So we asked Yassine to help us choose the perfect appetizer. His recommendation…. the Pulpito a la Herradura (Octopus marinated in Peruvian red pepper with potatoes and salsa). To say it was absolutely delicious would be an understatement.

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For the main meal, Mr. Socialite and I shared the Trilogia de Ceviches (the Ceviche Trilogy) – a platter of the eatery’s three most popular fish ceviches: virgin cream, yellow pepper and rocoto cream.

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Patricia, the manager, brought over some Mai Tais wade with a little extra passion (alcohol) which were absolutely delicious. She kept our drinks full at all times (I think Mr. Socialite had a fan in Patricia, lol!).

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We were definitely full be the end of the meal and didn’t have room for dessert. So we continued our stroll back to the hotel and sat our front to people watch and enjoy our cigar.

The next day we slept in a little. The king sized bed was absolutely divine and neither of us wanted to leave it but my purpose for being in Miami called. So we had to get it together and make our way downstairs…

The Yve is also the home to the Biscayne Tavern, an American pub which serves local cuisine, artisan cocktails, and craft beers. Mr. Socialite and I had brunch there on Saturday Morning before I headed over to the launch event.

I gnoshed on fresh fruit, sweet plantains, croquettes and scrambled eggs before making my way a few blocks over to Mindwarehouse Connect, a gorgeous event space and gallery owned by Winsome Bolt (yes of the Olympic connection) who also owns the shared work space on the floor above, where the Style Chambers launch was being hosted. I got a chance to tour the space prior to the event and checked out some of the art work on display. Here are a few of my favorite pieces that were being exhibited as part of the From Haiti with Love exhibit.

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Style Chambers is the brain child of New York based stylist and image consultant, Styles Lewis, and South Florida based marketing guru, Tresa Chambers, which was born earlier this year. The mission of the brand is to produce live events, broadcast and digital content that reaches affluent taste makers passionate about fashion, art and culture. The brand launched with a great event that drew a diverse group of movers and shakers from New York and Miami (an eclectic mix just like the brand’s founders) including Rory Lee, internationally recognized make-up artist and beauty business maven, up-and-coming fashion designer, Yasser Faraco, and more.

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I cut out the event a little early to grab dinner with Mr. Socialite who hung back (for those of you have had the pleasure of seeing the unicorn that is he is you will understand that he rarely makes public appearances) to watch track and field and basketball – it was the Olympics after all. This time we decided to take our adventure in Miami a little further out than the downtown area. Be recommendation of our valet, we headed to the West Flagler neighborhood of Miami (near the airport) and to the famous La Carreta restaurant for a traditional Cuban food.

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Ok, let me warn you now….in real Miami (sorry South Beach) everyone assumes you speak Spanish unless you prove otherwise no matter your race (I’m not going to get into what people think Hispanic/Latin is in the US versus the rest of the world in this post and if you want to read some great posts about that, check out my girl, Amaris over at Black, Latina & Fabulous). So when you come to La Carreta they will speak to you in Spanish first. Wasn’t a problem for me as I do speak Spanish but, please note that the majority of their clientele do speak Spanish. But when you respond in English they will continue the conversation in English and then give you the English menu. Just letting you know. With that said, you will be glad you came.

La Carreta has been serving Miami since the 70s and they offer what tastes like homemade Cuban food. Where we live in the New York/ New Jersey area, we don’t always get a chance to truly authentic Cuban food so Mr. Socialite and I were definitely in from a treat. From the yucca fries served with cilantro aioli sauce to the Famous Cuban Sandwich (Mr. Socialite’s choice) to Chicarrones with Black beans and Rice (my choice) we were in foodie heaven. The food was affordable and large portions (we had enough to take back with us!).

With very full bellies we headed back to the Yve for the evening. The next day we had to head back on our long road trip back home. But though the trip was brief, we did have an excellent 48 hours in Miami.

I admit, getting that  work-life balance thing  right is still a work in progress, but this trip was weekend “escape” was a great start.

 

Until the next trip….

 

 

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EVENT ALERT:  Style Chambers Launch in Miami 8/13!

Hi Miami (and South Florida)!

I’ll be in town August 13th for the launch of STYLE CHAMBERS, the region’s newest event series geared toward the style, art and culture enthusiast. I will be speaking as part of the panel. 

Interested in attending, RSVP at Stylechambers.biz@gmail.com.

See you there! 

WHAT I’M LOVING NOW (Spring Edition)

I know it has been a minute (OK…OK…a few months) since my last post; but to say that life has gotten in the way would be an understatement.

Work at QM has picked up quite a bit which has kept me super busy as of late. With the uptake in work  came some crazy moments with my health (as many of you know I have been managing Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which when out of control can really have me out of it along with my migraines). But, after NYFW this past February, I took stock and refocused and got myself back in order. Sometimes as women, we forget how difficult it can be to keep everything in balance if we don’t make a conscious effort to do so. I used the Spring (a time of renewal and rebirth) to make a pledge to myself to literally add the “me time” to the calendar in pen– otherwise know as investing in #TeamMe.

What does that mean?

Well, I have added yoga back to my weekly calendar after a two and a half year hiatus. At least twice a week, you can find me at Yoga Herald Square sweating it out at a 60 or 90 minute hot yoga class– releasing the stress and easing the aches and pains that come taking care of business (and running all over town doing so).

#TeamMe also had really making an effort of getting my thyroid disorder under control as it was affecting everything else in my life (sleep, diet, energy, skin, hair, concentration….just to name a few). I was tired of feel sluggish and tired all the time and looking like I got hit by a MACK truck (yes seriously…..I felt like it too). It didn’t help that I was in the middle of prepping clients for Fashion Week shows/presentations and burning the candle on both ends and along the sides (is that even possible?). After spending the night in the hospital after a really bad migraine right before NYFW  and being told by my doctor (well being screamed at to be more accurate) that I pretty much was deficient in every vitamin and mineral known to man– and being threatened with a hospital stay, I sought the help of a nutritional coach to help me get back on the ball.

Which brings me to the first item on my “What I’m Loving Now” List….

 

HERBALIFE’S FORMULA 1 HEALTHY MEAL NUTRITIONAL SHAKE MIX– ALTERNATIVE PROTEINS

 

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One of the biggest problems I was having was that I was so busy that I did’t have time to eat. I pretty much would spend the entire day working and would get into a flow and not want to stop for lunch and then find myself having unable to eat because either my head would hurt so much from a hunger headache or from being so filled with air that I just wasn’t hungry anymore. It was not a good look. It was wreaking havoc on my thyroid and pretty much just messing me up badly. I ended up meeting Irina (a former member of the Romanian national gymnastics team) over at NYC Health & Nutrition and began a 6 week program to get myself back on track. Irina put me on a schedule that included vitamins and food (among other things) that would help me get back in control.

One of the things she introduced me to was Herbalife’s nutritional shakes. It was a great option to get the much needed nutrients (remember what the doctor said) that I was missing from my lack of eating like a human being. Now Herbalife has a whole bunch of nutritional shakes in a some amazing flavors (dulce de leche, cookies and cream, chocolate, etc). I personally opted for the Alternative Proteins Shake which currently only comes in Vanilla as it doesn’t contain soy and gluten (no-no’s for folks with my issue). But why do I like it so much?  “Formula 1 Alternative Proteins is a delicious healthy meal that satisfies hunger, helps manage weight and gives lasting energy, with balanced amino acids from pea, sesame and rice proteins. Each gluten-free certified shake is packed with 21 vitamins and minerals, herbs and fiber.” I make mine with Almond milk and it taste great or when I want to feel fancy or have more time (like on the weekends) I throw it in the Nutribullet with a banana and some chia and other fruit and make a delicious smoothie. I have the shake twice a day (my second one is either before or after yoga) and keep it moving).

You can meet Irina or one of her partners at NYC Health & Nutrition here in New York or in their office in LA. Just visit their website here for more info.  Tell them Tamara sent you!

 

FITBIT CHARGE

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Maybe it’s in my name or maybe it is just what it is….but I am a walker. I walk everywhere here in New York. To be honest, I think it is more because I don’t have the patience to wait for public transportation or a cab. I just joined the FitBit tribe last month when I got a Charge. I’ve had fitness trackers in the past, but this is by far my favorite.Not the brand’s most fancy one, but for me it does what it needs to do and more  (track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and sleep– and it has caller ID and it tells time– HA).  But why do I love it so much? Well, it syncs to your phone via their own app (Android & iPhone) and your computer. It also has the ability to sync with other apps including MyFitnessPal, UA Record, MapMyFitness and many more. It also allows you to challenge your friends to see who can rack up the most steps during the day, the week or over the weekend. The natural competitor in me loves that and online, they have community forums which can lead to you finding a workout partner or a new friend. I can easily see why this is the most popular of the fitness trackers on the market.

 

DESHELI HYALURONIC CAPSULES

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My skin suffered the most during this whole crazy period when my thyroid was really out of whack. I had breakouts that I hadn’t seen since junior high and that had me running to the dermatologists and to the spa to try and save my face. I started going for regular facials at the Desheli Spa & Rejuvenation Center in Midtown. Desheli, founded in 2008 in Israel, is known worldwide for their innovation in botanical, stem-cell, diamond powder and light therapies. They focus on improving the look and texture of the skin and hair of men women with patented deep hydration and anti-aging products. One of my favorite products are their hyaluronic capsules.

Look, it’s a fact, we are going to get older and our skin changes. Some faster than others and outside factors (pollution, health, etc) also contribute to the acceleration of the aging process. These capsules contain hyaluronic acid that fill cells with moisture and helps them stay hydrated throughout the day. Used morning and night, the capsules help stimulate the  cells regeneration process, helping to minimize lines and wrinkles, increases the tone of the skin, and slows the aging process. Desheli’s Hyaluronic Capsules contain natural oils and extracts that nourish the skin.

 

TROPIC ISLE LIVING LAVENDER JAMAICAN BLACK CASTOR OIL

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Another random and unwanted side effect of Hashimoto’s is super dry skin and hair (which causes the hair to thin and break a lot). Having dreadlocks,it’s hard to put some of the products on the market “designed” for natural hair  in my hair as they tend to be heavy and cake and not dissolve totally in my hair due to the nature of the style and also have parabens and other irritants that hurt my scalp. With that said, my new best friend is Tropic Isle Living’s Lavender Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I use it for everything! It’s a natural miracle worker. It’s great for treating everything from dry hair and dry scalp to helping to thicken your hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows! It is also great for helping with extremely dry skin and mild acne (did I say it was a miracle worker? For more uses, check out this great article.). By itself, castor oil can smell a little icky, but Tropic Isle Living infuses theirs with some great natural oils including lavender and coconut. I personally like the scent of lavender and it’s calming properties (I tend to do my hair moisturizing at night so it helps to calm me before sleeping).  Mr Socialite has commented on how thick and healthy and long my hair has gotten thanks to this all natural (yep…only ingredients…Castor Oil and Lavender Oil) gem of a product.

 

VANITY PLANET’S SPIN FOR PERFECT SKIN

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Who doesn’t love the feel of a clean face? Between the recent breakouts, my hot yoga workouts and my general obsession with my skin, I am always looking for the perfect product or tool to help achieve the feel and look of gorgeous clear skin. Vanity Planet’s Spin For  Perfect Skin cleansing brush set is definitely a must have for the skin obsessed. This 5 piece system (1 facial cleansing brush, 1 exfoliating facial brush, 1 body cleansing brush, 1 pumice stone and the handheld device) needs to be part of your daily and weekly routine. Let’s face it (pun intended) we live in environments which wreak havoc on our skin. From smog and other air pollutants, the sun, sweat and more….and the fact that we are aging (hello, we aren’t getting any younger), we want our skin to look its best. The Spin For Perfect Skin system pretty much can help you do that from head to toe with brushes (and a pumice stone) for all your needs. What separates this  brush systems from many of the others out there is that it actually spins in gentle circular motions versus a side to side movement. I personally like this because I feel like I am getting a gentle exfoliation with each wash as well as a thorough cleansing. Afterward, I did the astringent test– you know, when you go and follow your cleansing with an astringent. Most times you find yourself still removing a layer of dirt and asking yourself “did I actually wash my face?” But, with the Spin For Perfect Skin, I haven’t had to ask myself this once! Oh and yeah…your misters are going to want to get in on the action too…smdh. Just ask Mr. Socialite who finds this thing pretty cool.

 

GARNIER MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER 

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The French have been raving about Micellar Cleansing Water for over a hundred years. We here in the States are a little tardy to the party on this one. Found at most local drugstores, beauty specialty stores and department stores, (I am found of Garnier’s and I get mine at CVS), there is no longer any excuses ladies to sleep with makeup on. None. Nope. Nada. I don’t care how tired you are coming from work or the club or wherever, you can now clean your face before bed. Why? Because this one product simplifies the nightly cleansing process from 3-4 steps down to just 1– and no rinsing is involved! I know you are looking at the screen all skeptical, but it works and it’s pretty simple (and ingenious) actually. Micellar Cleansing Water features micelle cleansing molecules that pull oil and dirt away from the face (see the images below for the explanation). And because there is no alcohol, fragrance or harsh chemicals in micellar cleansing water, it’s pretty much safe for all skin types (particularly those who suffer with dry and acne prone skin– yay me).

 

 

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TRADITIONAL CLEANSERS work individually to dissolve oil, dirt and makeup so you have to rub your face harshly and rinse with water to clean your face completely (image via Garnier)

 

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MICELLAR CLEANSING MOLECULES cluster together to lift the oil, dirt and makeup on contact. So basically you don’t have to rub or rinse! (image courtesy of Garnier)

 

That’s what I have been coveting so far this spring. All the images (except for the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water) are clickable and will lead you to the brand’s page so you can get one too. Because you can get the Cleansing Water at most major chain drug stores, start there first.

And also….this isn’t a sponsored post. I bought each product mentioned here and reviewed each on my own without any solicitation.

Hope you find these products as great as I have found them.

Until next time my lovelies!

 

Happy Blogiversary!

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Ummm….so 5 years ago today,  I embarked on a very special journey with the launch of The Curvy Socialite. To be honest, I never thought it would grow to be where it is today. This  was just supposed to be an outlet for my (mis)adventures here in my day to day travels. Now the Curvy Socialite  has turned into a lifestyle blog that has led to some pretty amazing opportunities (wait post Fashion Week for more about that).

Thank you everyone who has followed  and supported this  burgeoning brand over the past 5 years. I’m looking forward to more “blogiversaries” in the years  to come.

Also, in the next few weeks, Curvy  Socialite will be experiencing  a makeover that reflects  the awesomeness that she has  become.

Thank you again for your continued support!

Xoxo,

Tamara Walker
Aka The Curvy Socialite

#CheckYourself (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s kind of hard not to know it. Everything has been awash with pink—from the NFL to the Empire State Building. And then there are the pink ribbons….they’re everywhere! From the pins to social media avatars, the world is all about breast cancer awareness. It’s great that everyone is about it, but how many actually are truly aware of breast cancer?

What do I mean?

Did you know that breast cancer is one of the two most common cancers among women? Skin cancer is the other. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime?* That’s about 12% of 150 million people—roughly half the population of the US. No one can dispute that is a lot of people. More and more people can say that either they themselves or someone they know has been affected by breast cancer.

Millions of women are surviving this disease thanks to early detection and the continued improvements in treatment and research. Organizations like the American Cancer Society are on the front lines of the fight against breast cancer by educating women about risk factors, treatment options and helping them get tested to find the cancer earlier.

Based on the statistics, every woman should be aware of her own personal level of risk for breast cancer and ways in general she can lower her risk of getting the disease. At the end of the day, some of the factors—being a woman, age, and genetics—can’t be changed. However, we do have control over others including diet and exercise, smoking and other lifestyle choices can help lower your risk of getting breast cancer as well as improving your overall health.

Some of the known risk factors for breast cancer are listed below. To find out more about these and other factors linked to this disease, visit BreastCancer.org.

  • Being a woman
  • Age
  • Family History
  • Genetics
  • Being overweight
  • Race/Ethnicity

Early detection is key in the battle against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that:

  • Women 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and continue to do so as long as they’re healthy
  • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of their regular healthy exam every 3 years and every year starting at the age of 40.
  • Women should routinely perform self-examinations and report any changes to a doctor or nurse right away.

For more information about early detection, visit the American Cancer Society.

This month there are all kinds of interesting (and fun) events going on around the world including walks, runs, landmarks being illuminated in pink and more designed to raise awareness. For example, on October 25th, the NFL and the American Cancer Society have teamed up for A Crucial Catch Day—a nationwide event to provide breast cancer education and free or low-cost screenings in under served communities.

Other events include:

Celebrities are getting in on the action too. Check out Paula Abdul‘s #CheckYourself video for the Avon Foundation for Women

 

 

*Statistics are courtesy of BreastCancer.Org

SO….SEPTEMBER IS KIND OF A BIG MONTH FOR ME (Birthdays, Anniversaries & more)

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So September is a big month over here at the Curvy Socialite.

This month marks the beginning of the fashion season with New York Fashion Week. With the last vestages of summer,  September is also the anniversary month for this wonderful blog– a blog that is slowly but steadily growing thanks to loyal and wonderful followers like you.

And lastly, on this day thirty-something years ago, I made my debut.

Thank you for helping to make this month so special.

THE CURVY SOCIALITE’S PICKS FOR FATHER’S DAY 2014

 

 

You forgot it was Father’s Day this weekend…didn’t you?  Let me give you a second to let the panic set in. Are you done? Ok…good. Take a deep breath and fear not. I have a few solutions for you gift dilemma for dear old Dad.

If you’re lucky, you have a father like I do. He sends wish lists (usually after Christmas the year before) of what he would like for the coming year and all the festivities (birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Father’s Day, etc) that it brings. If you aren’t as fortunate as I am or need some ideas aside from the annual tie (have you noticed he has never worn any of the ones you’ve given him in the last decade?) or the power tool (seriously do you want him tinkering around with a table saw?) here are a few ideas that might help you in your hunt for the perfect present.

According to Forbes, like women, there are essential pieces that every man should have in his wardrobe. No I am not suggesting you buy your father a whole new closet but maybe you can work on adding a few key items to it.

A HANDSOME WATCH

It doesn’t matter what line of business your dad is in (or no longer in if he is retired) he needs to tell time. A man doesn’t really have too many options for accessorizing. Aside from a wedding ring (if he’s hitched), the only “jewelry” many men wear is a watch. Though I find a fancy watch appealing, I think a good everyday watch for Daddy dearest is a great gift idea. Each time he puts it on, he’ll remember his favorite child gave him a snazzy timepiece. One of my favorite go to brands for a well made watch for daily wear is INVICTA.

Based in Switzerland (no one does a watch better than the Swiss) and founded in 1837, INVICTA is known for exceptional quality at an affordable price—perfect for a watch you want Dad to use regularly not just for special occasions. Here are my picks for Father’s Day:

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These can be found at your nearest INVICTA retailer (check the site for stockists), online or at the fabulous men’s boutique, St. James & Company in New Jersey.

THE PERFECT SHOE

We’ve all heard the phrase, “the shoes make the man.”  According to AskMen.com, the statement is definitely true and the quality of a man’s shoes reveals how much he respects himself. Match.com (yes the dating site) and author, Donna Sozio  (Never Trust A Man in Alligator Loafers: What His Shoes Really Say About His True Love Potential), went as far to say “The shoes a man wears and the way that he treats them are fail-safe indicators of not only his romantic personality, but also how he’ll treat his woman.” Now at the end of the day we want our dads to look good (for his wife/partner, a blind date or just for us when we take him out). But shoes have to fit your father’s personality. Here are some of my top choices from two of my favorite online retailers:

VIONIC is a footwear brand that marries science/medicine and fashion. I already know what you’re thinking….and no their not your grandpa’s orthopedic shoe. It’s no secret that many men (and women) suffer with foot, joint and back pain from wearing the wrong shoes, worn out shoes or just sacrificing comfort for the sake of fashion (yes men do that too). Vionic puts an end to this with a great men’s collection. With the summer season upon us, I am loving Vionic’s Regatta Deck Shoe (offered in suede and leather) and their Conner Casual Slip On. Both of these casual yet comfortable styles feature Vionic’s breakthrough Orthaheel technology developed by experts in biomechanics and foot health ensure relief from issues including plantar fasciitis, knee, back and foot pain.

 

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PLANET SHOES is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites for shoe shopping. The whole mission of the company is to “help customers make healthy choices for themselves the environment and the community.” Basically they sell great shoes that look good, feel good and do good for the environment. Planet shoes features brands from across the globe including the Spanish based shoe company, Pikolinos and American company, Red Wing. They have so many great shoes for men.  My favorites for Father’s Day choices include:

 

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THE MAN BAG

Everyone has a favorite bag—yes even men. Anytime I hope on the Metro North I see some very worn “favorites” seated next two well-suited gentleman as well as those in casual fare. They may not think they need a new one (hello, the handle of their brief case is holding on by mere threads), but they sure would appreciate a bag for Father’s Day. Here are my picks from my go-to men’s boutique, St. James & Company…

 

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GROOMING

No matter what a man says to you, he cares about how his skin looks. Please, they don’t want razor bumps, acne or wrinkles any more than a woman does. But he’s not about any 4 step cleansing processes either.  Enter MENAJI.

Founded by beauty expert and professional make-up artist, Michele Probst (alongside a team of dermatologists and chemists), Menaji is a line of men’s skincare and grooming products that are all about enhancing his skin. I am a big fan of their Gentleman’s Kit. It gives the father in your life all the core products needed to cleanse, replenish, rejuvenate and maintain their skin. Dad may look at you funny when you give it to him (Mr. Socialite did when I asked him to sample them) but all you have to tell him is that some of the most well-known men in the world (Johnny Depp, Kevin Bacon,  Kevin Costner, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw….hell, even President Obama and Regis Philbin) use it.  You can order this set via the Menaji website for $125.

 

The Gentleman’s Kit (Aftershave Hydrator, Face & Body Scrub, Eraser, Lip Agent)

 

These are just a few ideas for Daddy.

With that said, Happy Father’s Day from the Curvy Socialite

108stitches Spring Trunk Show (Event Alert)

108stitches Spring Trunk Show (Event Alert)

Hello lovlies!

Did you know that Harriette Cole launched a clothing line last year called 108stitches?

As Ms. Cole herself describes it, “108 Stitches is a line of hand-crocheted accessories that I launched last year. Made from sumptuous yarns, each piece is a meditation on love.”

From the images I have seen on the website featuring American Ballet Theatre soloist, Misty Copeland (one of my favorite dancers), the collection looks amazing.

She’s hosting a trunk show on June 18th at one of my favorite boutiques, Noir et Blanc NYC! I can’t wait to see the collection in person.

Check our Instagram on the 18th for images from the event.