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Själ Skincare Lets Us In On Why Gemstones Are More Than Just A Luxury

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Skincare with a blend of gold, natural ingredients and luxurious gemstones seem to be one of the trendiest things in beauty—but are all those precious stones and metals really making any difference in your complexion? Kristin Petrovich of Själ Skincare spent some time with us explaining the ins and outs of her beauty products, well-being and just what makes those gems in your skincare so worth it.

The mother-daughter team at Själ Skincare, Karen and Kristin Petrovich, have long been fans of skincare and after years of searching for the right regimen decided to create one instead. “I always had a strong interest in Eastern or preventative medicine and my mother and I decided to go start a company to get into beauty because we loved doing that. We were especially passionate about skincare,” Petrovich explains. They wanted a simple routine that focused on a few key, multi-tasking products rather than a slew of confusing, time-wasting (and space-consuming) items. They believed with the right ingredients from both Western and Eastern medicine they could create a line that would be perfect for today’s women—simple, straightforward and effective. “Multitasking, nutritionally complete—we wanted something lifestyle-result oriented, but also with our own personal philosophy of Eastern and Western—more of an integrated concept,” she said.

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Consulting with experts in each field, the founding duo combined the best of holistic medicine and biochemistry into a skincare line consisting of only nine products—yes, you read correctly—only nine. The focus of the brand is to improve upon what they’ve created, to make the perfect skincare. “It’s very streamlined for as long as it’s been around and we do continue to update our existing products, so it’s not just about launching a new [product] every other year. It’s really about perfecting the ones that we have or re-looking at them or repositioning them—making sure that they’re current with everything that’s going on today—from looking at different kinds of degenerative aging diseases to environmental concerns to aging concerns and pushing the limits as much as possible,” Petrovich explained.

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While it might seem like a pipe dream for a skincare line, Petrovich assures us that that is the goal they set out to achieve—to better the skin, body and even the mind. She recalls when she was a young woman in New York working in the fashion industry. The stress and pressure caught up to her and after seeing numerous healers, doctors and acupuncturists realized that it was a common problem amongst today’s modern women. “Being overworked and overstretched, pushing yourself way too much—how do you find that balance? How do you start taking care of yourself so you’re not, like, completely falling apart?” she asks. Valid questions—and she’s hoping her holistic skincare will make a positive impact. “You know your skin, you know your body, start making good decisions that feel good for you. This is about you,” she said.

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With such a simplistic skincare system and so few products you might find yourself wondering if it will take care of all your skin concerns. The biotech in conjunction with precious gems and minerals might sound good, but how much can a few stones really help? “Gemstones and minerals can really only that much more enhance the biotech,” she explains. “It’s as simple as having your trace minerals supporting your vitamins or antioxidants. It’s not that much different of a concept, really, if you think about it, but it’s just always the two schools were so separate.”

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Using ingredients from all over the world allows Själ Skincare to bring the best of holistic remedies and biotechnology into one solution. “Most are indigenous, pharmaceutical grade” she says of her ingredient lists. “Some are organic when we can do it—the biotech is primarily from Europe, some is from Japan. Stones like blue sapphire would be from Burma…” As she began to list off stones, minerals and gems she explained what exactly their purpose was—and surprise—it isn’t just to make them sound fancy. “An amethyst that’s typically known for rebalancing energy is considered to have more of a healing aspect to it. Diamond is considered a master stone—people tend to use it more for a brightening aspect or clarity or anti-aging. Rose quartz—people use that for calming.”

Suddenly, oils with diamonds, masks with amethysts and serums with copper seem less of a luxury and more of a necessity. “Precious minerals, things like gold, silver, platinum… they’re natural antimicrobials, natural antibacterial, copper and silver are still used today in hospitals to treat burn victims so they’re wound healing. They’re also catalysts for your antioxidants and vitamins,” she explains.

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And all those minerals and gems have more than just a direct effect. “It starts off as simple as saying that precious minerals and gemstones actually physically vibrate at a higher frequency—and what that means is all matter on the planet has an energy,” she explains. While it’s all starting to sound a lot more scientific than we’d like to deal with in our beauty routine, she assures us it’s chock-full of good-for-you benefits. With the high frequency vibrations on our skin, we absorb some of that positive energy. “The gemstones themselves actually help to work on microcirculation and clarity so they do give the skin a glow or luminosity,” she adds.

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While Själ can’t promise a total change in skin and health, they’re moving beauty in the right direction, incorporating wellness and traditional medicines to care for your body. The products that they do have, though few, are meant to improve not only your skin, but also your well-being. “We’ve spent the last 12 years developing nine products and we’re only tweaking them, adjusting them and bettering them, but making sure that every product is beneficial and worthwhile,” Petrovich says.

Själ Skincare is available online at Själ and priced from $70-$255.

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Get Inspired to Host An Epic Holiday Party With These Food and Wine Ideas

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Epicurean inspirations to suit the season

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Thanksgiving break is the kickoff to five weeks of holiday soirées, family gatherings, friendly occasions, and festive excuses to eat. After all, this is the season of food, booze, hospitality, and good cheer. And just because you’re no Chopped wanna-be doesn’t mean your holiday table should be anything less than luxe. We have gourmet finger food recipes, homemade condiments, sweet treats and entertaining inspirations to up your holiday game this year.

 Stuffing Sandwiches

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Stuffing Sandwiches — The Savory Main-Course Finger Food

Although carved turkey loses its appeal almost immediately after Thanksgiving’s gluttonous main event, inventive turkey recipes will always find fans at the holiday table. Chef Michael Mina’s easy-to-emulate “Stuffing Sandwich” is somewhat of a misnomer; it’s actually a turkey, veggie and gravy sandwich on grilled brioche. Nonetheless, this is a brilliant way to use up leftovers (everything BUT the stuffing), and also great for a party, because sandwiches don’t need a fork.

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Cauliflower “Breadsticks” — The Vegetarian Savory

Another recipe that’s picked up a lot of Internet heat recently, the crispy cauliflower pan-bake is earning rave reviews amongst vegetarians, mom bloggers and dieters. Beaten egg and cheese binds the puréed or grated cauliflower, so after cooking at a fairly high temp (350-400 degrees) for 25-30 minutes and then cooling 10 minutes, it attains a consistency almost like pizza crust. Cookbook author and food blogger Faith Gorsky of Edible Mosaic recommends slathering with tomato and more cheese, and broiling a few minutes for extra yumminess.

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Brachetto d’Acqui — The Festive Sparkler

Swapping out your regular sparkling haul of Prosecco and Rosé for a few bottles of Brachetto d’Acqui may be the most inspired hosting move you make this year. Relatively unknown, except by restaurant/wine industry professionals in the U.S., Brachetto is a semi-sweet, raspberry-hued effervescent wine that’s a favorite of Italian connoisseurs. Banfi’s Rosa Regale is the most widely available in America, but Marenco and Braida are two other producers to look for.

 Surprise palates with elegant white wines

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Surprise Palates With Elegant White Wines

Decades of overabundance of cheap, sweet white wine has made it taboo in some crowds to admit you prefer white. Well, stand up with pride, white wine drinkers, because you can bring class to the party with bottles like Copain Chardonnay from Anderson Valley (a highly respected, off-the-radar Northern California region) and Ferrari Perle (a luxurious Italian sparkler). You can overturn stereotypes altogether with a hillside-grown, biodynamically produced, Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard “Vau de Vey” Chablis. Yes, Chablis. It upgrades well too.

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Brandied Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry is a bit like fruitcake: You must have it around during the holidays, even if it’s just the canned gloop that nobody eats. So why not spend 10 minutes on cranberry sauce people will actually enjoy? Rave Review! Original Culinary Spirits suggests a zingy and tasty sauce made of one pound fresh or frozen berries simmered with juice from an orange, a half-cup of sugar, cinnamon and 1/4 cup of culinary brandy. Simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, till the cranberries burst.

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Gourmet Made-From-Scratch “Ranch Dip” and Crudités

While most people know that grocery store ranch dip is horrible stuff (the fat content! The unpronounceable ingredients!), few have ever thought to make a better-tasting version in their own kitchen. Chef Paul Piscopo of St. Regis San Francisco does a version you can copy easily. He simply folds diced fresh shallots, parsley, chives, dill, garlic, lemon juice and zest, a drip of apple cider vinegar and a pinch of seasoning in to crème fraiche. Serve with crudités, because Ruffles would be a sin.

 Old Vine Zinfandel  the winter-warmer wine

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Old Vine Zinfandel – The Winter-Warmer Wine

Sometimes a chilly, windy, sleeting night really calls for a large glass of fortifying red wine. Cabernets being largely too pricey and Pinots and Merlots too nichey to attain “go-to” status, we’ve always turned to Zinfandel — the big spicy fruit-bombs that came from Italy centuries ago. If you’re looking for a party conversation starter, try an old vine Zin from California. Their intensity, complexity, and history — not to mention their oftentimes-colorful branding — make them a great pick for the price category. Seghesio is a stalwart, produced by one of Sonoma’s most beloved wine families.

 Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches no-forks dessert

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Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches — No-Forks Dessert

Known for its sophisticated yet delicious and fun-loving party cuisine, Elegant Affairs is a go-to amongst Tri-State socialites, especially during the holidays. This ice cream sandwich — pumpkin wedged between two homemade gingerbread cookies — is among the simplest of their seasonal desserts, and easy to emulate.

 Caramel Dipped Apple Tini

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Caramel Dipped Apple’Tini

Of all the million-and-one flavored vodkas that have hit the market in recent years, EFFEN Salted Caramel is one of the most velvety, most buttery, and most delicious. It will give you the dizzies if you overdo it, but savored in a single holiday cocktail, it’s pure delight.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 parts EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka
  • 3/4 part Apple Schnapps
  • 1 part Fresh Sour Mix

Directions:

Mix, shake, strain, garnish with an apple slice dipped in caramel.

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Holiday Chocolates The Guilty Pleasure Staple

No matter how full people are and no matter how much they decry sweets, if you put chocolate truffles on the table, those little morsels will disappear. Anything bite-sized is a winning temptation, and Harry & David’s holiday collection is full of decadent seasonal flavors. Five-Spice Pear, Pumpkin Pie, Candy Cane, to name a few. If there are kids coming, get a box of Krispy Pops in Santa and reindeer likenesses as well.

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Six Sensual Fragrances to Capture the Scent of the Season

Having tasted the last of summer’s heat, it’s time to retire our lighter fragrances in favor of the richer notes of fall and winter. As much as we love the light lingering smells of minty citrus—spicy woods and deep patchoulis offer a more seasonal fragrance. We still adore our Marc Jacobs Honey and Anna Sui La Vie de Boheme, but with darker weather, heavy layers and the oncoming cold, nothing says winter like the perfect scent. We have a few favorites that compliment both the feel and spirit of the holidays and these are sure to make you feel feminine and beautiful in the months ahead.

Acqua Di Parma-Profumo

While we love perfume for ourselves, there’s no denying this fragrance comes perfectly gift-ready. Delicately tucked inside its own display box and etched into a timeless piece of art, the Proumo packaging is almost more beautiful than the fragrance itself. With notes of damask rose, jasmine, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood and musk the fragrance is a heavier scent and lasts for hours. It’s lingering essence is dignified, but not overly mature and can be worn by women of all ages. Acqua Di Parma’s Profumo is available at Bergdorf Goodman and priced at $355

Lolita Lempicka-Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum

If you’re having a harder time adjusting to the early evenings, cold weather and heavy layers then you could definitely ease into the season with Elle L’Aime the newest fragrance from Lolita Lempicka. Neiman Marcus offers an exclusive set that comes with a (supercute) bracelet, and the fragrance itself teeters on the brink of summer and winter. While its top notes consist of white flower, coconut flower and lime and base consists of ylang-ylang, myrrh and sandalwood, making it a perfect combination for those who want to hold onto the light balm of summer, but transition smoothly into winter. Lolita Lempicka’s Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum is available exclusively at Neiman Marcus and is priced at $100.

Tom Ford-Neroli Portfino

Made for both men and women the fragrance is a strong, crisp scent with a variety of undertones that can be worn all year round. While there are citrus notes they’re a spicier version of their summery counterparts and leave a distinct fragrance that’s perfect for the colder seasons. With woody and amber undertones this fragrance will leave a lasting impression on those around you without leaving a cloud of perfume in your wake. Tom Ford’s Neroli Portfino is available at Sephora and priced at $290.

L’artisan Parfumeur-Explosions D’Emotions Skin On Skin

While the bottle is absolutely something you want sitting on your vanity next to your wedding photos and grandmothers broach, it’s the scent that makes it such a boudoir fantasy. The fragrance has top notes of iris, suede, velvet and leather then follows with base notes of saffron, whiskey, lavender and rose. Despite the name the fragrance isn’t as heady and lustful as it sounds, but it will leave you with a sensual fragrance that’s your significant other will love. L’artisan Parfumeur’s Explosions D’Emotions Skin On Skin is available at Barney’s and priced at $280.

Seth Kornegay- Trés Belle Femme

One of our favorite new fragrances may not look like much from the outside. A simple bottle and label may leave you wanting etched glass and vintage pumps, but what the façade lacks in decoration it makes up for in intensely beautiful bouquet. A rich ultra-feminine scent that’s perfect for those that want the punch of a winter fragrance without the heaviness of more masculine undertones. Basil, lavender and coriander sit atop ylang, ylang, jasmine and sandalwood creating one of the most memorable signature scents. Seth Kornegay’s Trés Belle Femme is available exclusively at Seth Kornegay and is priced at $345.

House of Sillage- Holiday Limited Edition

With each fragrance coming in two bottles, one of which is a limited collector’s edition, it’s hard not to want every single one. This holiday fragrance is only available in the Swarovski studded limited edition snow globe bottle, which just makes it that much more covetable. While notes of peach, mandarin, and blood orange are heavy in this fragrance, its more floral scents help to balance out the fragrance for the colder seasons. House of Sillage’s Holiday Limited Edition is available online at Parfumerie Nasreen and is priced at $1,200.

Designers Unveil Sizzling New Scents for the Summer

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Summer 2013:

Fashion designers are well aware that as temperatures rise, inevitably, women wear less. Hot summer days call for lighter clothing which calls for lighter

fragrances,

so many of the finest fashion designers are launching new summer scents to compliment the fresh spirit of the season.

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Festive Gift Ideas for the Woman in Your Life

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There’s no need to be baffled about what to buy the woman in your life with our helpful selection of spot-on luxury gifts.

Billed as the next generation of anti-aging skincare, the range from 111 SKIN will be a welcome stocking-filler this Christmas. The products are the creation of American surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides of 111 Harley Street, London. There are eight stunning products in the range, from the energizing Youth Tonic and Facelift Repair Serum, to the Bright Eye Lift Gel which promise to hydrate, regenerate and detoxify skin cells using ingredients that limit the effects of environmental damage. Available online or in Harrods, London.Prices range from £35-£190 (or about $46-$250, at current exchange rate.)

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The Best of Men’s Spa Offerings From Coast to Coast

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Give the man in your life the gift of

luxury spa treatments

this holiday season (even if the man in your life is you!) The secrets out, the stigmas long gone, and the time for men to proudly say, Yes, I deserve to be pampered! has arrived. Need inspiration? Check out the gentlemans offerings at popular spas from coast to coast.

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Marie France Van Damme Redefines Resort Wear for the Jet-Setting Woman

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If youre a woman and you say youre a good at packing, youre most likely lying. While there are many things that we are innately good at, deciding what to bring on a trip is not one of our fortes. Fortunately

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Marie France Van Damme has created a line of womens wear that solves this age-old dilemma and fits perfectly into the resort wear niche.

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