Category Archives: LIFE + STYLE


April 19, 2017


OK – you know this!

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and according to the Skin Cancer Foundation: An estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017. An estimated 9,730 people will die of melanoma in 2017. The majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. Sun protective apparel is the best way to protect yourself from the sun.

TUTUBLUE, founded by actress Sarah Buxton after a scare with melanoma, has recently expanded to offer even more options for active outdoor enthusiasts to stay protected from the sun’s harmful rays while outside.

Buxton launched the brand with an original full-body women’s beach suit offering complete neck-to-ankle 50+ UPF protection in 2016. After appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank, Buxton secured a partnership with sun protective clothing pioneer Sun Protection Zone, which has allowed her to expand the collection to include leggings and rash guards for men, women and children just in time for Melanoma Monday on May 1st.

There is so many cute options to choose from! Leggings, wet suits – the works.

In 2015, Buxton noticed a strange spot on her hand just before an audition. After getting it checked out, she was diagnosed with melanoma. The melanoma was successfully surgically removed, but her doctors advised her not to go back in the sun or risk a melanoma recurrence.

As an active native Southern Californian who loves the beach and outdoors, she had a hard time accepting this advice and while still in the hospital recovering from surgery, conceptualized the idea for a full-coverage sun protective suit she could wear outside. She launched the brand with the signature full-body women’s suits in early 2016 on Shark Tank. Although she didn’t get a deal on the show, her phone started ringing with offers from investors and potential partners.

The suits are beautiful, comfortable, fun, functional and provide the ultimate protection from the sun while still being lightweight, breathable and offering fast-drying and cooling properties. While the cuts and construction support athletic activity, the silhouettes are form fitting and flattering.

The surf-friendly long-sleeved one piece is the cornerstone of the collection offering a complete coverage alternative to applying sunscreen. The short one-piece offers a slightly less conservative look and the highly versatile leggings offer stylish sun protection for watersports while transcending seamlessly from the beach to yoga or other fitness and lifestyle activities. Rashguards have been added allowing consumers to mix and max the pieces, and styles are also now available for children and men.

See the full collection and learn more at and follow the brand on Instagram ( and Facebook (

The TUTUBLUE collection from actress Sarah Buxton features a full range of UPF50 activewear for adults and children. The suits are strong, lightweight, breathable, comfortable, quick drying and provide the ultimate protection from the sun. The cut and construction support athletic activity while also creating a flattering silhouette for all shapes and sizes. Perfect for any outdoor activity with long or short exposure to the sun. Made in sunny Los Angeles. 

About Sun Protection Zone

Founded in 2005, Sun Protection Zone develops men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories with 100 percent UVA & UVB protection. The collection includes tee-shirts, long sleeved shirts, rash guards, shorts, hats and arm sleeves. Sun Protection Zone’s goal is to inform and protect consumers from the sun in fashionable ways with great quality and unique design. Sun Protection Zone not only sells sun protective products, but is very involved in the community and charity by spreading the message of sun safety in unique ways. They also work with leading dermatologists to raise awareness of skin cancer and educate their patients about sun protection through product sampling, brochures and other informative publications.

Stasher: self-sealing, airtight, reusable non-plastic bag.

April 15, 2017

stasher is the first first—and only—self-sealing, airtight, reusable non-plastic bag! Made from 100% pure platinum silicone, stasher protects both the planet and your health. stasher can be reused thousands of times, making it a green alternative to plastic, but it also contains no BPA, BPS, phthalates, vinyl, petroleum or other icky chemicals found in plastic, making it safe to cook in (either sous vide or in the microwave) and eat out of.  

stasher is making my kid’s lunch boxes way more fun and green!

1,000+ years for plastic to begin degrading
20m plastic bags to landfill per year
10.5b pounds of plastic generated annually

it’s time to rethink plastic.

Sure, plastic is convenient and easy to use, but there’s no question that it’s toxic to the environment, and more worryingly, to our bodies. fortunately, you now have a healthier option: silicone is a more flexible, sustainable, and safer alternative to plastic, so it’s good for people and the planet.



less really is more—especially when it comes to saving natural resources and protecting the environment. reducing waste means making thoughtful choices every day. the less you throw away, the better for everyone!

+ buy only what you truly need

+ choose sustainably produced products with minimal packaging

+ compost food and organic waste

+ repair instead of buying new

+ borrow infrequently used items

+ take mass transit, ride a bike or walk to work


do what you can not to throw things in the can! instead, reuse whatever you can; and if you can’t use it, maybe someone else can. not only will you save money, but you’ll be keeping perfectly useful items from going to landfill.

+ always buy reusable vs. disposable items (like stasher!)

+ byob: bring your own (reusable) bags when you shop

+ visit consignment shops, thrift stores and the library

+ donate used clothes, books and household items

+ organize a neighborhood garage sale


cans, bottles, paper, minerals, timber, electronics, and more can now be repurposed instead of going to landfill. recycling reduces waste, conserves resources, saves energy, helps prevent pollution and reduces greenhouse gases. recycling also creates jobs and saves money—it’s a win-win for everyone!

+ participate in curbside recycling programs

+ recycle large appliances and building supplies

+ check with your local waste management company to learn more about e-waste recycling programs in your area

+ buy products made with recycled materials


of all the 4 rs, this one might be the easiest. simply changing the way you think can make a big difference. learn to be more conscious about what you buy, and what you throw away. make thoughtful choices every day, and you’ll see how little things add up over time.

+ make smarter choices when you buy

+ reconsider what you throw away

+ share what you can: rides, stuff, food

+ get involved (volunteer for beach clean up days, create a community garden, organize a neighborhood garage sale)

silicone vs. plastic

silicone is more flexible, sustainable and safer than plastic



Male Must Haves for the Diligently Dapper

April 14, 2017

As you enter your 30’s men start seeing signs of aging and for some it sneaks up sooner and for the lucky ones it’s not until your mid 30’s. No matter how blessed your gene pool either way, a daily routine is needed to slow down the pace while exuding radiant confidence. Being conscientious in our demeanor is what makes us truly dapper. Its not always easy with balancing work, play, dates, hopefully sex and sleep so I’ve made a list to narrow down your search for the products that sincerely work and will add that extra vigor needed to remain on top of your game. Botox and Hydra Facials take time and not every man likes to spend an hour or more in a doctor’s office, so I’m here to help you stay fresh and poised for the elegant man on the go.

Keep in mind that all skin types are different, however, following this routine you should never worry about looking dull, tired or hung-over again. Here is some gentlemanly advice to keep you on the right track.

Morning Routine

Exfoliate your face and body everyday!

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Face Scrub wipes away toxins and invigorates with finely ground Ecuadorian Palm Seeds.

Malin Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub is a foaming exfoliate mixing peppermint, amino acids, bamboo and pumice to help shed dead skin and stimulate cell renewal.

Never forget to use a toner after you cleanse your face!

Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner is alcohol-free and uses rose-petal water, aloe vera and Thayers’ proprietary Witch Hazel extract for smooth toned skin.

Facial oils, moisturizers and eye creams are a MUST in maintaining youthful hydrated skin.

Herbivore Phoenix Face Oil is an absolute favorite using natural CoQ10 to dramatically rejuvenate your skin at the cellular level.

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Moisturizer SPF 15 replenishes skin and protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays and is formulated mixing Sesame Seed Oil and Hyaluronic Acid.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment is a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and antioxidant-rich botanical juices as well as Vitamin C to reduce dark circles under the eyes.

Body oils and mists are the new body moisturizer and lasts longer.  

Immunocologie Body Serum is an anti-inflammatory treatment using a unique combination of African desert date seed oil, sunflower seed oil and Brazilian protium heptaphyllum resin to boost skin vitality and radiance.

Jack Black All-Over Body Spray combines mint and rosemary to create an invigorating scent for all men and can also be used as a deodorant for those who don’t like aluminum based products.

All dapper gentleman need to maintain a proper hairstyle.

Moroccanoil Original Treatment can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine boosting vitamins, this completely transformative hair treatment detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine. I use it before I blow dry daily for silky smooth hair.

Baxter of California Grooming Cream is the perfect pre-style cream. Apply to hair as a “primer” for manageability and overall conditioning then follow with normal styling regimen, including Baxter of California’s collection of versatile pomades.

Baxter of California Pomades is easily applied to wet hair for a wet-look finish, or to dry hair for a more natural look with less definition.


Nighttime Routine

Always use a gentle enzyme face wash before bed and never go to sleep with a dirty face or without repairing eye cream.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel is perfect for all skin types and is a refreshing gel which features fruit enzymes and alpha-hydroxy acids found naturally in Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts to dissolve away impurities.

Herbivore Brighten Instant Glow Mask uses gentle Pineapple and Papaya enzymes combined with micronized Brazilian White Tourmaline gemstone and rice powder, which has been used in Japan for centuries, to give you a vibrant complexion.

Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water Get-Toner immediately melts from a treatment gel to a water toner as it is massaged into the skin. Marshmallow and green tea soothe and diminish the look of redness, while cucumber and witch hazel extracts tone and tighten. Manuka, a relative of tea tree oil, in conjunction with black cumin and magnolia bark extracts, provides purifying properties to balance oily and problem skin conditions while promoting a visibly improved, clearer, smoother, and shine-free complexion.

Sunday Riley UFO Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is a quick-absorbing, medicated dry oil to clear congested pores, prevent and treat blemishes, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for clearer, perfect skin.

Immunocologie Intense Eye Cream stimulates blood flow and eliminates impurities from around the orbital eye area. The Lannea Microcarpa fruit extract, has a vasoconstrictor effect when applied on the skin, reducing the capillary enlargement that causes puffiness and dark circles.

XX Jonathan Stinson

Photo credit: Immunocologie, Sunday Riley, Baxter of California and
Jack Black images by


April 13, 2017

The Madison Floral…(I mean, need, want, must have. NOW!)

Once again, The A List explodes with another party of the year, celebrating yet another fantastic designer and with all the eye (and real!) candy a girl could dream of. Last night’s epic, candy themed party for the alice + olivia Eyewear Launch really took the cake (sensing a theme?)

Photo Rony Alwin

Delicious darlings like Kourtney Kardashian, Freida Pinto, Olivia Culpo, Leona Lewis, and Lydia Hearst joined Stacey Bendet, alice + olivia’s CEO and Creative Director, to celebrate the brand’s eyewear debut with an exclusive “Eyewear is Art” party.

Mia Moretti, Stacey Bendet

Stacey Bendet, Kourtney Kardashian, Allie Rizzo, Margot Moe

The Black Mercer (get on my face please)

Kourtney Kardashian, Stacey Bendet

The launch, which was held at Greenhouse at Platform in Los Angeles, was an eye candy art installation with oversized sculptures, interactive vignettes, and models wearing signature alice + olivia looks and sunglasses. 

DJ DUO TO DIE FOR! THE DOLLS – Margot Moe, Mia Moretti – can I just bask in your glow all day?

Margot Moe, Mia Moretti

Margot Moe

Olivia Culpo, Stacey Bendet, Freida Pinto

Partygoers mixed and mingled in the colorful eye candy world of A+O and enjoyed music by The Dolls (DJ Mia Moretti + Margot). Guests were also treated to food by LA staple In-N-Out Burger and sipped on eyewear-themed libations courtesy of SVEDKA, including the Mercer Mule and Melrose Mint.

Guests had fun in the “What are you really thinking?” Bosco booth where clever thought bubbles automatically generated on the photos of the eyewear-clad partygoers with thoughts like, “Whoa, that was close. I almost had to socialize” and “I know you think I’m looking at you, but I’m really trying to see my reflection in your phone case.” 

BWAAHAAAA! I mean, I just can’t – everything about this celebration was pitch perfect divine!  The A list parties are not just parties – they are immersive experiences – multi-media, sensorial and emotional.  Yup, they make you laugh your head off while filling your belly with your favorite forbidden goodies from childhood – and always with a heavy dose of wit, irony, fun and nostalgia. You feel like you are in exactly the right place at the right moment. And the it-girl star gazing is always so, so real. 


Donald Robertson, Stacey Bendet

Taye Hansberry

Bella Harris

Leona Lewis

Freida Pinto, Olivia Culpo

Lydia Hearst

Stacey Bendet, Sydne Summer

Sydne Summer

Full list of attendees included: Adelaide Kane, Alicia Machado, Chandler Kinney, Crystal Reed, Freida Pinto, Kayla Maisonet, Kelli Berglund, Kourtney Kardashian, Leona Lewis, Liana Liberato, Lydia Hearst, Michelle Trachtenberg, Molly Tarlov, Olivia Culpo, and Rose McIver

About alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Eyewear

For her first eyewear collection, Stacey Bendet collaborated with Eponym to design and produce a playful assortment of sunglasses and eyeglasses. Reminiscent of Bendet’s signature oversized statement sunglasses, the “staceface” look, the collection consists of 16 styles of handmade Italian acetate sunglasses in bold shapes including oversized cat eye, square, and 80’s inspired round frames. Swarovski crystals, stainless steel studs and pops of color bring original elements to the fun silhouettes. Most styles come in various colorways with all frames ranging in price from $250 to $525 USD. 

PHOTO CREDIT        Billy Farrell/BFA for alice + olivia

Hygge Essentials from C.O. Bigelow, Carthusia, TULA and WelleCo

April 7, 2017

As you may know, hygge is the newest lifestyle trend. It’s a Danish concept that embodies the feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple pleasures in life. It is about creating an atmosphere that makes you happy. Embody the hygge lifestyle with these essentials:

C.O. Bigelow Candles ($36.00,

C.O. Bigelow’s candles are especially crafted with the highest quality fragrance oils. They can burn for up to 60 hours, creating the ultimate comfy experience.  Candles are vital to the hygge experience and can transform any room into one that is warm, cozy and inviting.

Available in Smoke, Neroili, Musk, Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint, Freesia, Fig, Eucalyptus and Amber

Carthusia Home Diffuser ($45.00,

Carthusia’s Home Diffusers are a great way to add warmth and intimacy to an environment. Once the reeds are dipped into the perfume, the fragrance gently diffuses into the air around, creating a comfortable atmosphere.

Available in Corrallium, Fiori di Capri, Mediterraneo and Via Camerelle

TULA Exfoliating Treatment Mask ($54.00,

Treat yourself to an indulgent face mask during hygge. TULA’s Exfoliating Treatment Mask gently exfoliates and purifies skin, revealing a glowing complexion. Its formula is suitable for all ages and all skin types. The product’s probiotic technology leaves skin nourished and balanced.

WelleCo Super Elixir Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea ($69.00,

WelleCo’s Super Elixir Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea is a natural and effective blend of herbs that are perfect when you need a moment of zen, stillness and calm. It contains lemon balm, passionflower and mango flower to create a soothing drink. This product is the perfect way to de-stress, the ultimate hygge essential.