Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FURLA Fabulous

Are you a lover of FURLA? I definitely am and their new A/W 2016 collection is superb.

I promise you there isn't anything better than attending press previews for fabulous luxury brands...it's certainly one of my favorite past times. And guess what? I've got your first look!

Check out the stylish offerings from FURLA below, make your personal notes on which one item (or two or three) will be added to your must have list this year and get ready to show off your personal style!

















Monday, May 9, 2016

Mmmm...Massage - HomeSTYLE

If you've been doing a great job by sticking to your workout routine (you know, the one that you put on your New Year's resolutions list), you should be in great shape by now right? Well, it's time to reward yourself! Oh, wait...What? You don't remember making that resolution? *wink, wink* Oh well, you still deserve a reward...partial credit is kinda acceptable too.

Here's something that should definitely be on your Spring "must-have" list and it's a great motivator to start over and get back in the gym. It's the perfect, stylish item to sooth your aching muscles and add some spice to your home décor. Introducing the M Cushion Massage Pillow

What's better than coming home after a great workout and having something right at your finger tips to massage your newly developed muscles into pure relaxation? I'd say nothing is better (well almost nothing...naughty minds) but "this" is darn close to "that".

Yup that's right! The M Cushion massage pillow is the first major innovation for decorative cushions since the creation of the zipper! It's the world's first fashion forward decorative cushion hiding a powerful shiatsu massager inside. And when I say powerful, I really mean it! M Cushion's four deep-kneading massage nodes relax muscle tightness, and the optional heating function melts away the day’s stress. I promise you, this pillow is literally like having a masseuse at your beckon call in your home and the designs are just as handsome too!


The wonderful thing about owning a M Cushion massage pillow is that it's disguised as a fabulous decorative pillow perfect for your favorite chair, couch or even in your bedroom. Personally, mine lives on the chaise in the meditation room in my home and fits my design aesthetic perfectly, wouldn't you agree? I absolutely love coming home after a long day, lighting a candle, curling up in my cozy blanket, and enjoy a massage on demand and you will too!


M Cushion’s interchangeable, machine washable covers designed by celebrity ready-to-wear designer, Jay Godfrey, make the newest solution for at-home and on demand massage, the perfect décor accessory for the upscale home. Seriously, it really just doesn't get much better than this. And when I tell you I felt so good after using mine the first time...honey, I could have run a mile! Instead I decided to grab a glass a wine and melt right back into my awesome new shiatsu massage pillow. Work outs be damned...for now. I promise, I will "resolve" to try again tomorrow.

Wanna see more? Check THIS out, then get yours! No matter when you decide to use it, after a long day's work or following an intense workout, you won't regret it. Happy relaxing!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Wholistic Beauty Baby!

I'm on a nature kick guys! Not simply because it's the cool, trendy thing to do but because there is nothing more stylish than taking care of oneself and as you know, I am about all things "style".

Seriously, we take our bodies for granted so often that I wonder if we realize the damage we are truly doing. Aside from meditation, which I love, my newest obsession is the GuruNada Diffuser. I literally wake up in the morning and turn this baby on and again before I go to bed at night.


This aromatherapy gift set that features two different oils (calming lavender and uplifting peppermint) and an ultrasonic diffuser with a color-changing LED light to add to the sensory experience is perfect for the spa-loving woman in your life. If you're still looking for a great Mother's Day gift, ad this to the list and you can even pick one up at Walmart!

Need more stress relieving and nature inspired products? Of course you do!
Nature’s Gate, a brand inspired by the eco-conscious consumer and influenced by Mother Nature offers a cohesive line of wholistic (whole (body) + holistic (lifestyle)) beauty products from hair to toes, economically-sound without sacrificing substance or quality.  I absolutely adore everything with lavender and this lotion is at the top of the list.


Get ready to soften and soothe! The new Lavender Lotion is a blend of Valerian Root, Violet and Frankincense to help repair skin. ($8.49/Wholefoods, Sprouts)

The Nature's Gate products are trusted for their safe, vegan, wholesome, responsible and cruelty-free formulas. Even the packaging is recyclable and made with post-consumer recycle materials.  What more do you need to know?

And last but certainly not least...if you're looking for the best way to achieve healthy hair, skin and nails. Look no further than Seabuck Wonders!

SeabuckWondersthe first-brand ever to bring Sea Buckthorn Berries to the US, recently launched their new Ultimate Hair, Skin & Nails (with Sea Buckthorn Berries & Biotin) - the perfect product to keep your skin well-moisturized, your nails strong and hair healthy, especially as the weather changes. Plus, it has so many other amazing health benefits - talk about a powerful punch!  

Sea Buckthorn with rare Omega-7, antioxidants and vitamins A and E helps:

  • Promote skin hydration, elasticity and regeneration
  • Protect the skin from UV-induced stress
  • Maintain shiny hair and healthy nails
  • Age defying and cell membrane supporting properties
  • Skin maintain its normal cell structure
  • Provide support for a healthy, bright complexion
  • Aid with skin conditions and wounds and burn
  • Fight free-radical damage that leads to fine lines and wrinkles
  • Provide cardiovascular and immune system support
  • Gastrointestinal balance, liver support and inflammatory response
So as you can see the benefits of this product are endless and so are the benefits of taking care of your body. Do yourself a favor...make a very stylish lifestyle change and make taking care of you top priority.


Hydrate to Live with 1907Water

When DJ Khalid was on the Ellen Degeneres show, he spoke about water and how important it is for us to drink as much water as we can every day. The benefits truly are endless and although the audience found most of what he had to say, entertaining and funny, there's quite a lot of truth to it. With the water crisis' in Flint, Michigan, Newark, NJ and around the world, more and more we are learning how truly important clean water really is. With that said, allow me to introduce you to 1907Water.

Last year the New Zealand water company 1907Water launched its line of naturally sourced alkaline water to the US market. Now in 2016, 1907Water is available in retailers nationwide and they recently launched a new 10 L Bag in Box water with with easy to pour spout. So why is Alkaline water so important you might ask? Due to our natural alkalinity, 1907water helps balance the body’s acidity levels, by mitigating the negative effects caused by stress, lack of sleep and poor diet. Everyone gets a little (or a lot) stressed sometimes so why not give your body everything it needs to stay stylish...inside and out. Less stress equals better skin and better shin equals...well, less trips to the dermatologist and is a general key to the fountain of youth right?

 1907Water is sourced 680 feet deep at the foot of New Zealand’s Kaimanawa Ranges, resulting in pure, uncontaminated water. The lower mineral content of 1907Water naturally alkalized water also ensures a smooth finish won its a win, win!


The new1907Water’s 10 L Bag in Box water is made of 100% recycled BPA-free PET and are 100% recyclable. This box of water is great product to store in the fridge or pantry, take camping, on boats, picnics etc. 1907Water is also available in 3 attractive sizes (2 Liter $3.99, 1 liter $2.19, 500ml: $1.29). Give it a try, I did and the entire box was gone before I knew it. Between my football payer son and gymnast daughter, I hard to horde a few bottles for myself! 

MANUS X MACHINA

If you have not yet seen the Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology exhibit at The Met Museum, make it a point to get there before the exhibit closes on August 14th. It is simply amazing.

I had the esteemed opportunity to get a first look at the entire collection (yes, even before the celebs who attended the Met Gala) on the first Monday in May during the morning press preview. A privilege I do not take lightly, I am consistently in awe of what Andrew Bolton produces along with his team of dedicated fashion/art professionals.

For those who do not believe that fashion is truly an art form, simply take a look at this...
(all photos taken by T.Strong StyleMayvin with iPhone 6)


(l. to r.) House of Dior, House of Dior, Alexander McQueen




Yves Saint Laurent







House of Chanel







2014 Haute Couture Wedding Dress by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
This dress was Andrew's inspiration for the entire exhibition

2014 Haute Couture Wedding Dress by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel 
The 20 foot train alone took 450 hours of workmanship to create








Maiko Takeda

(far right) Iris Van Herpen


Miyake Design Studio


Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan









Alexander McQueen


 Alexander McQueen, Iris Herpen

 Paul Poiret







Noa Raviv


And the man with the ultimate fashion plan... Andrew Bolton
Head Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute