object of desire

Worth every bit of the $80 price tag. Gorgeous and functional. Which color will you buy? By SimpleHuman

All photos by SimpleHuman

jet lag sucks – get over it!

I have no magic cure for jet lag.  All those tips and tricks about setting your watch, eating certain types of foods, taking supplements, adjusting your sleep schedule days and weeks before flying . . . I don’t know if any of it helps for sure.  We may be able to fool the mind but it’s hard to fool the body.

I don’t go to extremes to try to cure jet lag. But I have found the following tips make it easier:

  • Drink plenty of and only water (yes, even if it means using the stinky airplane bathrooms)
  • Fly at night, so you have a better chance of sleeping on board — bring your own wrap/blanket, pillow and eye mask. I promise it is worth it!
  • Eat a healthy meal before boarding and don’t eat the airplane food, especially the tempting sugary snacks — avoid the free for all Tim Tams at all costs!
  • When you arrive at your destination, jump right in. Don’t nap.
  • Sweat it out! Fresh air and exercise are great but a real sweat session is even better.
  • Fly the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner* (pictured above) if possible. They say the air circulation is different, the vibration different, turbulence is reduced, even the lighting is better. Maybe it’s a bunch of marketing malarkey but having flown the Dreamliner in both directions between Los Angeles and Australia recently I can honestly say for the first time, I had absolutely no jet lag upon arrival (in fact after a 2 hour walk in the sunshine I was feeling absolutely euphoric) and was fully back and adjusted on my normal schedule within just a couple of days on the way home.  Never been able to say that before.

*I flew both the American Airlines and Qantas versions of this plane. While American offered 5″ of extra leg room for only 50 dollars in coach (a real comfort boost for little cost), I found and always prefer the Qantas experience. More detail and care go into the customer experience on Qantas from the seat design, to the airplane layout, to the service and general attitude of the crew.  Although there is still no way to avoid a full aircraft regardless — both airlines fill every last seat. It is astounding to me how many people fly to Australia and back each day!

 

lusty lashes

I’m not talking super long, over lusty, f-me lashes like Kylie Jenner . . . I just like the idea of looking alive without a lot of fuss. Honestly, I never even thought of going beyond my Shu Uemura eyelash curler and Armani Eyes to Kill Classic Mascara (the best I promise you!) until I started flying long haul a lot.

When you arrive at a destination at 7AM after 15 hours in the air and can’t check into your hotel, you want to a trick or two to looking presentable for a day on the town without a shower or make up. A change of shirt, a tooth brush and nice lashes really do the trick!

To get those nice lashes without racoon eyes or pinchy curling, here are some options:

Lash Extensions:  Painstakingly applied one lash at a time . . . For a few years I did extensions when I traveled. And then for a while after returning home, I would try to keep them up. But it’s expensive and very time consuming — fills every 3 weeks, hours on a table, no getting wet for 24 hours each time and a price tag in the hundreds, several hundreds, each application.

Not to mention, finding someone who understands the request for natural looking lashes vs. a super long, overly Bambi, “I’ve got lash extensions on” look. After some trial and error, I found mink lashes, the shortest they make, without longer lashes applied to the corners gave me the look I was going for — like I am wearing mascara with nice natural curl. While this was good for a few years, moving to glam-driven LA, made this look really hard to come by and more than I was willing to spend at big city prices, even for that special vacation.

Magnetic Lashes: In theory I love this idea. No glue, no fuss. Just pop on and go when needed. With full lash or partial lash options, in varying thickness and lengths it seems simple, right?

Wrong! (For me anyway)

Try as I might to get application down, these little suckers are really difficult to put on. I tried both the partial and full set versions and spent hours in front of the mirror — longer than it takes to get extensions applied. And I can’t tell you how many lower lash replacements I ordered at $15 a pop (that’s just for one, not a pair). Even the most basic magnetic lashes, are long, dark and anything but natural looking when you do finally get them on. They say other people don’t notice, but I was hyper aware of the thick magnets showing. A trial run to the grocery store was as far as I got to venturing out in public with these spiders on my eyes.

Original Lashes (full and partial) by One Two Cosmetics

False Eye Lashes:  The tried and true, old fashioned solution with endless styles available to give you just the look you are going for. I recall my mother peeling these off her eyes at the end of a special night at her bathroom mirror, as a little girl. Possible to do yourself and very affordable, the glue can be messy and application can be tricky, so I recommend leaving the deed to a good make-up artist for a one and done occasion.Are Those Real? Mink False Lashes by Velour

Lash Lift:  This is my solution of choice for really great, natural looking lashes!  It’s a little perm for your lashes — smell of perm solution and all. It takes less than an hour to have done, curls your lashes which enhances your natural color and just makes you look more awake. The curl lasts 6-8 weeks — easy enough to keep up for an everyday solution. I haven’t used my eyelash curler in forever and rarely enhance with mascara even. My ophthamologist (who had to remove an ingrown eyelash that I’m sure was a result of my last round of extensions and required a scalpel) even commented on how great my lashes were and she couldn’t believe they were mine!

Lash Tint:  A great enhancement to a lash lift or just a way to get a bit of oomph for everyday.. However, I find tinting doesn’t last long so best for a short vacation or again, great on that initial long haul flight. I  especially like it when I am staying with friends or at the spa so I don’t look a fright going make-up-less in these casual environments. But know, it’s not legal everywhere. So do at your homework.

Serums:  I must admit I haven’t tried any serums. Latisse does work I hear but also can change the color of your eyes — a risk I’m not willing to take — and can result in some wild growth patterns. My lash lift girl swears by GrandeLASH-MD and says it takes about 4 weeks to work, just thickens the growth (only as long as you use it) and doesn’t have any of the side effects of Latisse.  I’m always weary of upsell but I did go online and read nothing but glowing reviews. Maybe in time . . .

We girls go through a lot for natural beauty! But really, to not have to wear mascara every day and to even be able to go without make up — trust me I just returned from a 10 day vacation and I think I wore make up twice — makes life a lot easier. Find the solution that works for you and make your life easier too.

Live in Los Angles? You can get most of the above services at Beverly Hills Lashes

hail yes!

A splurge to feel good about!  Have you heard of Hail Mary tarts, cups and bites? Available in your grocers refrigerated section, they are raw indulgences that are free from dairy, wheat, gluten, grains, soy, corn, and are all certified NON-GMO.

I’m partial to the cups. The lemon ones to be exact. Puckery, yummy and the perfect combination of creamy filling to crunchy crust. Sooooooo gooooood!

If you are a chocolate lover there’s a cup for you too! I don’t want to poo poo the tarts and bites but there is something about that ratio on the cups that I promise is just about perfect. I dare you not to eat both cups every time you open a package.

To find a store near you check out the Hail Merry store locator

how do you hydrate?

The latest fashion accessory is a good looking water bottle. Here are some favorites:

1. The classic Swell bottle comes in multiple sizes (go big!) and more designs than you can imagine. The fashionable choice: monochromatic solids and metallics  2. Corksicle’s non-slip, easy grab shape makes it unique  3. This BPA free plastic number, is easy to use with a flip top/carry ring, one hand operation and comfortable wide mouth is a winner in the functionality department. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe. From Contigo  4.  Easy to look at perhaps hard to use, the notebook style water bottle fits easy in a pocket or purse.  5. Boho chic, the good old fashioned canning jar gets a new life with screw in beverage top.  6. If you’re going to have a small opening water bottle you gotta have one of these.

Save

Save

Save

oh, my aching back

71dewojfsml-_sx522_This little machine is the best $40, ever spent! Have you ever been to the chiropractor and wanted to take home their electrode based massaging machine? Well, now you can have a simple version of it all for yourself at less than the price of an office visit.

witouch1Sold under the brand names Aleve by Bayer (blue) or WiTouch (green), regardless the brand, the machine is exactly the same little battery powered contraption that in 30 minutes offers amazing relief. While not as high powered or multi-armed as the fancy doctor’s office machine, it’s two pads sit either side of the spine and provides varied pulse sensations in a pre-programmed rhythm and is adjustable from low to medium intensity. If you suffer from lower back pain it is well worth a try.

Tip: 

The WiTouch replacement gel pads, required for each use (usually lasting 2-5 uses each) are much less expensive than the Aleve branded pads. And since the machines are exactly the same, go for the cheaper option.

available at drugstores or Amazon.com

the new billboard

Two great uses of technology by one advertising agency in Sweden . . .

giving 2016

holiday-2016This year of all years, give the gift of a donation to causes that need our support like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Union of Concerned Scientists, The Sierra Club, NPR, etc… If our government is not going to protect what’s near and dear to our hearts as caring citizens, then it’s up to us to make a difference. Friends and family will understand if donations are a priority and gifts are small this year. With that in mind, here are just a few small gift ideas to help take minds off our worries:

1. No holiday season (or stressful time) is complete without a little chocolate. This bean to bar chocolate company weaves social responsibility into everything they do so you can feel good about this guilty pleasure.  Askinosie Chocolate Peppermint Bark  $30  |   2. Pizza solves all woes. Where to Eat Pizza from Phaidon  $20  |   3. Maybe the future holds something better. Here’s Hoping!  Tea Leaf Reading Kit  $23  |   4.  A little humor goes a long way even if hidden from view. Cheeky Knickers by Naja  $22 each   5.  YOGA!!  Two Toned Mat by Stella McCartney  $71    6. The ultimate mind-numbing puzzle challenge.  500 pc. Gradient Puzzle  $20, avail in 3 colorways.

Save

another new beauty

hellodysonDyson has introduced their answer to the hairdryer and it is a looker!  Always on the cutting edge of technology and design, Dyson is great at making great looking things. I’m not a fan of their vacuums (because I prefer a bag to bagless) but this little beauty might be worth a shot.

dysondyson-attachmentsWith two colorways and three magnetic attachments, it looks like a hand held version of their room fans. Reviews are thus far positive owing to the balance that shifts the weight to the handle, those easy to use magnetic attachments, quietness and descent amount of power. At $400 it is priced like a professional model so before you jump, maybe see if the pros adopt it as a tool of choice.

dysondryer