Last Minute Gifts for Welcoming the New Year

You might think it’s too late to find some holiday gifts, but fear not! Although Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwaanza have already passed, you can still get great New Year’s gifts to celebrate your favorite people. Here’s a unique list of items that would make the perfect gifts:

Baby Foot– If you’re looking for a pampering gift, this is the one to give. The brand’s Original Foot Peel will leave feet feeling super soft after only 1 hour of application. The product has 16 natural extracts and oils and alicyclic acid, which effectively exfoliates and moisturizes the skin, lessening any peeling over time. It’s an at-home spa experience that will surely delight!

Cocktail Bomb Shop– This is a fun gift to give to a cocktail aficionado.  The products are shaped like bath bombs but made for a drink! Drop these beauties into sparkling water and see them fizz as they deliver a yummy cocktail or mocktail. Get the Holiday Variety Pack that has flavors like Santa’s Secret Cocktail, Frosted Cranberry, Holiday Mule. The Lovely Variety pack is also a great choice with flavors like Raspberry Lemonade, Dreamsicle, and Lovely Spritzer. Whoever you give this to is in for a real treat!

NOPE Beverages–  This is an elevated beverage option with 0% alcohol- a perfect gift for someone observing a dry January or extending beyond that to a non-alcoholic lifestyle.  The brand’s variety pack includes four delicious flavors: Raspberry Lime Ginger Beer,  Mango Margarita with Jalapeño, Strawberry Basil Smash, and Rosemary Vanilla Lemonade. Each mocktail has no artificial flavors or sweeteners and has only 45 calories a glass. It’s definitely a winner!

Judy– Looking for a scent-worthy gift? Check out this all-inclusive and gender-neutral fine fragrance that honors the legendary Hollywood entertainer and actress Judy Garland. Cosmetic Chemist Vincenzo Spinnato developed the fragrance in collaboration with Judy’s children: Lorna Luft, Joey Luft, and Liza Minnelli. It features a variety of notes including Grapefruit, Pink Pepper, Patchouli Woods, hints of the official Judy Garland Rose, and a medley of sultry Gourmand and spice notes. What a unique gift!

So there you have it- some memorable, innovative gifts. Happy gifting and Happy New Year!


*All images are courtesy of the brands

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for 2020 into New Year’s: Hooray!


Looking for some last minute gifts for the holiday season and New Year’s? It’s not too late to get them! Here are some fascinating ideas to get you going:


DefenAge Luxe Set- This 5-piece set is the ultimate luxury skincare gift. It includes the DefenAge signature Clinical Power Trio, a 3D Eye Radiance Cream and 1-Step Multi Cleanse. The set also comes with a beautiful silk pillowcase to compliment the full DefenAge new skin regimen. Get ready for smooth, vibrant, and firmer skin! The Luxe Kit is priced at $380 after login. Each Luxe Kit purchased via the brand’s ebsite will have a card with a unique gift code for the next purchase – it’s all a matter of holiday luck on how much of a discount you’ll get!

Theraderm Skin Renewal Set-  Prep yourself for an an easy skincare system with each step complementing the other. It’s a 4-step daily regimen that comes with your choice of three moisturizers to address different concerns. The set contains gentle Cleansing Wash perfect for the entire body, a Fruit Acid Exfoliant for a smooth complexion, and OPC Reparative Serum that eliminates free radicals. It also comes with one of these moisturizers: the Peptide Hydrator Moisturizer, Enriched Facial Moisturizer, or Gentle Facial Moisturizer. The Skin Renewal System is available for $195.00.

Afore Gift Set- This set includes the AO Cleanser, a gentle, soap-free cleanser that gets rid of makeup, excess oil, and environmental pollutants without over-drying. It also has the C-Scrub Lemon Scrub which removes dead skin cells and excess oils, leaving behind healthier, younger looking skin. Lastly, it comes with Moisture Complete, rich facial cream formulated with green tea leaf extract, aloe, squalane, and hyaluronic acid. This luxurious moisturizer is perfect for colder months and will reveal visibly hydrated, firmer-looking skin. All three products together plus a free AFORE bag are available for $225.00. For each purchase made, $25.00 will be donated to the Few Initiative for Children, which provides Chicago’s disadvantaged youth financial support and academic programs to encourage life-long success.


NASCAR Crash Circuit Road Course with Winner’s Circle Set- This cool, new race set in collaboration with Far Out Toys features one of a kind “Roval” track and cars that break apart upon impact, sharing the excitement of NASCAR with kids at home. Players will race around steep turns at insane speeds and pass their competition or risk getting wrecked. The set includes two motorized race cars, two flash chargers, pit crew figurines, and a Winner’s Circle that really spins! It’s recommended for ages 5+. What an awesome, action-packed gift!


Sweetzer Cellars Pinot Noir-  Sweetzer Cellars carries wines ranging from fresh and lush notes to floral and earthy notes, perfect for all kinds of occasions. They’re well-known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and are all about reaching the perfect balance between fruit and earth. The hand-written label is a great touch for an extraordinary holiday gift!

So there you have it- some amazing last minute gifts for the holidays. One of them is sure to please this season. Happy Holidays!

*All images are courtesy of the brands.


DefenAge: Skincare that regenerates beautiful healthy skin

Regenerated, hydrated skin is a powerful concept. That’s why I was thrilled to discover DefenAge, a technology-driven skin care line that regenerates the top layer of the skin. It has a unique key ingredient, Age-Repair Defensins, that combats signs of skin exhaustion and aging in just 6 weeks. Improvements such as minimized pores, pigmentation, oiliness, and deep wrinkles are just some of the benefits of using this line. The line also just celebrated its 5 year anniversary. All of the products are backed by 15 clinical studies so the evidence is clear that they work.

The product line includes the 2-minute Reveal Mask, 24/7 Barrier Balance Cream, 8-in-1 BioSerum, DefenAge 1-Step Multi-Cleanse with Natural Prebiotics, and DefenAge 3D Radiance Eye Cream. Each product hydrates the skin, reverses skin aging, and regenerates new healthy skin cells. The first three products are known as the Clinical Power Trio because together they create healthy beautiful young skin. After using these products, the skin is more even, firm, elastic, and bright.

The brand sent me DefenAge 1-Step Multi-Cleanse with Natural Prebiotics and DefenAge 3D Radiance Eye Cream. The cleansing product’s texture is impressive and I love how lightweight it is. After a week, I noticed that my skin felt smoother and looked a bit more vibrant. I’ve been using it for a couple of months and definitely see a vast improvement in my skin’s health and firmness. With the eye cream, after just 1 day, I noticed that my undereye circles looked lighter and that my fine lines looked less visible. Within a month after using the product, I saw dramatic changes in the appearance of my undereye circles and fine lines. I definitely look more awake!

I highly recommend the DefenAge New Skin line as I’ve used a few products that truly work. The science behind it and the clinical studies don’t lie. Has anyone else tried DefenAge New Skin? Let me know in the comments what you think!


*Images courtesy of DefenAge

Labor Day must-haves: The best items for enjoyment

Hard to believe that Labor Day is next week! This Labor Day, make sure you’re stocked up on items that are invigorating and practical. Here are a couple of essentials that are on my Labor Day list:

CANTEEN– This brand has refreshing, flavor-forward and ready-to-drink Vodka Soda beverages. They are the perfect drinks to enjoy on the beach or anywhere else you want to venture or relax. Crafted with real vodka, CANTEEN is sugar, carb and sodium free, certified gluten free with 5% ALC/VOL and 99 calories per standard, portable 12 fl oz can. In addition, these beverages come in 5 tasty flavors: Watermelon, Black Cherry, Lime, Grapefruit and Cucumber Mint. You can’t go wrong with any flavor you choose. CANTEEN is a simple, practical refreshment that’s light, healthy and entertaining!

Victorinox Werks Traveler 6.0 Weekender XL ($139.00)- Victorinox designed the original Swiss Army Knife. The brand has multiple other products that have Swiss quality, functionality, innovation and iconic design. Inspired by the iconic, compact and feature-loaded Swiss Army Knife, the Victorinox Werks Traveler 6.0 collection line fuses smart functions with elevated detailing. It’s all about comfort, practicality, and high style.  The Weekender XL carry-all tote has a drop-down expansion panel for more space and a simple surface that is a perfect fit for packing up your Labor Day gear!

Heart Water– This product stays cold for hours with its sustainable, BPA-free aluminum bottle. The 24 oz bottle is also perfect for easy refilling and is recyclable for 60 days. Say goodbye to those single-use plastic water bottles. Each bottle contains alkaline rainwater and has  pink Himalayan minerals for electrolytes and antioxidants. You’ll stay hydrated all day. *For each case of Heart Water purchased, a case is donated to children in need through The Heart Water Foundation

Here’s to having a fantastic Labor Day weekend!


* All 3 photos are courtesy of the brands.

7th Annual WindowsWearAwards: Innovation at its finest

A few weeks ago, WindowsWear hosted its annual WindowsWear Awards party at Marquee. I love this event because it celebrates the innovativeness and intelligence that goes into creating incredible retail design and storefront windows. Legendary window dresser Simon Doonan hosted the event for the second year in a row. Award categories ranged from Best Pop-Up, Best Prop, Best Window Display, and Best Packaging. Some of this year’s winners included Bottega Veneta for Best Interior, H&M and Giambattista Valla for Best Collaboration, Michael Kors for Best Interactive Experience, and Dior for Best Use of Light. Alice and Olivia’s creative team won the Simon Doonan Award. Check out the rest of the winners here.

Guests enjoyed dancing to the beats spun by Marquee’s DJ and they also enjoyed eating quinoa veggie burgers, french fries, pretzels, shrimp, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, and macarons by La Maison du Macaron. So much energy and creativity in one room! A well-deserved congrats to all of this year’s WindowsWear Awards winners!

This entry was posted in Events.

LLK: A dental studio that offers innovative care

First 3 photos courtesy of LLK

Last month, I attended the launch party for a new dental studio by celebrity cosmetic dentists Lowenberg, Lituchy, and Kantor (LLK). These dentists have enhanced the smiles of many actors, models, and other famous figures. The space is beautiful and Dr. Lowenberg designed it (He has a passion for art, photography, and interior design). The dental studio definitely has an art gallery feel with well-known photographs from his own personal collection, including those of Arthur Elgorz, Mark Seliger, Albert Watson and David Yarro.

The practice’s focus is on the art of the smile with an exclusive partnership with Master Ceramist Jason Kim. He has been the sculptor for every major cosmetic dentist for the past 25 years, enhancing a countless number of celebrity smiles. The office has expanded to accommodate a state-of-the-art onsite lab for Kim’s masterful work. I really enjoyed being able to see this lab in person!

In addition, LLK’s treatment rooms have the most up-to-date technology for both cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Patients can enjoy watching shows on in-room televisions with access to HBO, Netflix and Hulu. They also can use the room’s wireless headphones and internet connections, while enjoying Central Park views. Lastly, patients can also take advantage of the in-house reflexologist and get a relaxing massage during their appointments.

So if you’re looking for a dental studio that provides top-notch service and an artsy ambience, LLK hits the mark. What an innovative office!


Holiday 2019: CityChick Style Beauty and Fashion Finds

Holiday 2019 is all about sparkly, luxurious, elevated gifts. I can’t believe that the core holiday season is less than two weeks away, but it’s not too late to get your friends and family something memorable. Whether you’re looking for haircare, skincare, makeup, grooming, or fashion gifts, this Holiday 2019 guide has you covered.

Rahua Customizable Daily Haircare Set– I love this set because it’s such a creative idea: haircare to meet every need. It features 8 exquisitely packaged 22ML OZ -bottles of Classic, Color Full, Voluminous and Hydration shampoo and conditioner sets. Even the box itself is designed with a beautiful Amazonian-inspired illustration. These shampoos and conditioners give hair and scalp the ultimate nourishment and renewal!

Trilogy Rosehip-it-up Kit– This kit is perfect for cleansing, hydrating, and moisturizing your skin. It includes a Rosehip Transformation Cleansing Oil, a Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, and a Vital Moisturising Cream. I’m obsessed with the cute red canvas cosmetic travel bag. The set is great for all skin types and delivers the perfect skin glow!

Leovard Luxury Nail Kit– This top-notch 10-piece nail kit caters to all nail and cuticle needs. It features tools made with premium, durable materials such as clippers, tweezers, and a nail file. The kit is unisex and comes in a chic leather case that’s easy to carry around. I think it’s perfect for the person that’s meticulous about his or her nails. It’s sure to last a long time!

Eminence Cleanse and Glow Daily Cleanser & Exfoliation Gift Set- Who doesn’t love smooth skin? This kit features 2 Eminence best sellers: Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser and Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant. I love how the duo gently exfoliates skin and evens out skin tone. It leaves your skin soft and glowing. The box is also super cute with a geometric design. It’s the ultimate mini-spa experience!

Joico JOIFULL Hair Goals Box Set– This cute winter-inspired kit is perfect for managing any hair dilemma. It comes with JOIFULL Shampoo, JOIFULL Conditioner, and Defy Damage Masque. The shampoo cleans hair of all oils and dirt and protects hair from humidity while the conditioner detangles, leaving hair bouncy and manageable. The masque keeps style protected all day long. This trio is the perfect knockout for hair dilemmas!

Shiseido ModernMatte Powder LipstickThis non-drying formula delivers matte, full-coverage color that feels utterly weightless and leaves a powder-soft finish on lips. It has a unique blend of waxes and oils that turn into an ultra-thin, featherweight powder. It also blurs imperfections. This lipstick is the ultimate gift offering for the makeup lover!

SH- RD Nutra Therapy Shine Serum–  This serum delivers amazing hair protection. It’s made with natural oils and hydrolyzed keratin protein that gives long-lasting vibrant shine to hair. The product protects and repairs all hair layers and smooths the hair cuticle. It’s the perfect gift for soft, shiny hair!

SH- RD Protein Cream– This cream is the ultimate leave-in treatment for repairing, restoring, and renewing hair. It has a formulated Silk Protein Complex that locks in hydration and strengthens hair. The cream delivers shine, bounciness and softness. This product is an amazing pampering gift!

Ulta Beauty Exclusives– For some unique beauty gifts, you should check out Ulta Beauty! A couple of these include: Tarte’s Gift & Glam Collector’s Set with 24 eye & cheek shades in 4 pocket palettes; Smashbox Cosmic Celebrations Photo Finish Primer Water Duo, a set of 2 scented travel-size Primer Waters to hydrate and refresh skin; Proactiv Holiday Glow Kit, Kendall’s Favs: Deep Cleansing Face Wash, Amazonian Clay Mask w/ Silicone Applicator Brush, and Green Tea Moisturizer  for the smoothest skin; and NYX Professional Makeup Love Lust Disco Body Illuminating Puff, a multi-colored shimmer puff for a beautiful glow. So many beautiful Holiday 2019 gifting ideas!

Chapstick Gift Packaging– These sets are the cutest stocking stuffers! The packaging includes a tree, an ornament, a snowman pouch, a santa pouch, and a light blue mini stocking. This year’s holiday flavors are so festive: Candy Cane, Holiday Cocoa, Sugar Cookie, Pumpkin Pie and Vanilla Latte. There’s also the ChapStick® Total Hydration Snowflake which features Soothing Vanilla & Cooling Peppermint and Soothing Oasis & Coconut. Any of these options are the perfect gifts for moisturized lips!

Laura Mercier Caviar Vault Collection– This set is the ultimate gift for eye makeup aficionados. It includes 10 pigment-rich colors: Rosegold, Amethyst, Moonlight, Au Naturel, Blossom, Vanilla Kiss, Cocoa, Orchid, Sandglow, Tuxedo. These Caviar Sticks are cult favorites and are perfect for creating multiple eye looks that last for 12 hours. You can use them as eyeliners, to create a smoky eye look, or to create a sophisticated mauve look. The possibilities are endless. I also love the red and rose gold patterned box that these Caviar Sticks come in. It’s such a luxurious holiday 2019 gift!

Morgan Taylor Lacquer Champagne and Moonbeams Holiday Collection– This beautiful collection includes 12 new colors that are perfect for the holiday season. It features gorgeous hues of pink, nude, mauve, and some deep holiday glam shades. The collection is available in mini 4 packs and makes the cutest holiday gift!

FRÉ Skincare: The 123FRÉ Set– The athletic woman in your life will love this nifty gift that’s designed for skin that sweats. It includes Purify Me (a hydrating facial cleanser), Revive Me (a deep replenishing serum), and Protect Me (an ultra-light moisturizer with SPF30). The trio’s Argania Active Complex helps to reduce signs of aging, sun damage, and dark spots. Plus, the travel bag is super cute and easy to travel with. It’s the perfect set for the active warrior!

Old Navy Sherpa Slipper Socks– These socks make the perfect winter-warming gift. They have holiday-themed designs such as candy canes, penguins, and snow cones. Plus, they’re made out of a soft knit fabric and have a plush, warm Sherpa lining. They’re essential for the Holiday 2019 season!

Duluth Trading Women’s Ponte Pro Dress– This dress transitions wonderfully from work wear to cocktail hour. It’s designed with ponté knit fabric that’s super-smooth and completely cling free. This gift is so stylish and comfortable!

ISDIN Si-Nails– This gift is perfect for strengthening brittle nails. It increases the nails’ thickness, density, and durability. You apply it to the entire nail and cuticle, and you’ll see a noticeable difference in as little as 2 weeks. Cuticles get improved hydration and nails are less brittle. I love how it’s an easy to use one-click applicator pen!

ISDIN Mineral Brush 50 This powerful brush protects against the visible signs of photoaging and delivers breathable coverage. It evens out skin tone and gives a natural, matte appearance for various skin tones. For protection from environmental damage, this is a must-have!

SGX NYC Dry Touch Volumizing Dry Shampoo– This luxurious product is made with sea botanicals and bamboo. It’s designed to absorb oil, wake up flat, second-day hair, and boost volume. It’s perfect on-the-go, brushing invisibly with no residue. What a game-changer!

SGX NYC The DO-IT-ALL 3-in-1 Dry Texture Spray– This miracle worker instantly revitalizes flat styles adding texture and a light, flexible hold. It has sea salt, sea kale, and red seaweed extract and is humidity-resistant. It‘s the essential pick-me-up for instantly texturized hair!

Illuminations Cranberry Orange Deluxe Signature Scented Candle– This gift has an intoxicatingly wonderful scent. It features a blend of cranberry, orange, plum, and vanilla-scented tonka bean spiked with spicy cinnamon. The candle has red-toned wax and the glass is wrapped in marbleized vellum. It’s absolutely beautiful and has a striking glow when lit. The candle burns for 60-70 hours and perfectly captures the holiday 2019 spirit!

L.A.C Lip Kit Honey Love Liquid Lipstick and Matching Lip GlossThis lovely duo has a specially formulized blend of antioxidants, nourishing Olive Oil and Vitamin E. The blend helps hydrate, nourish and condition your lips. The lipstick is cruelty-free and has globally sourced materials. This is the ultimate gift for the environmentally-conscious beauty aficionado in your life!

BX GLOW Daily Cleanser Redefining Radiance– If you’re looking for a game-changing cleanser to gift someone, this is definitely it. Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada created this product for her plant-infused line. It has licorice root and antioxidant-rich coffee seed extract. The pure cleanser actively works to bring out the natural radiance and clarity of your skin.

Mizz Bloom Luscious Organic Body Butter in White Chocolate–  This luxurious body butter has the most amazing white chocolate aroma. It’s made with almond oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and virgin coconut oil. The product glides on skin easily with an incredibly smooth texture. It’s filled with beneficial vitamins, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids to emanate the beauty and moisture in your skin.  The body butter is the perfect holiday gift for someone who loves the decadent smell of chocolate and a lovely whipped texture!

Biossance Rose Radiance Trio– This trio delivers the ultimate hydration and radiance. It consists of Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm, and Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Mask. The products feel so luxurious and really moisturize the skin. The pink holiday-themed box is a pretty cute keepsake too. This gift is a real skincare treat!

Biossance Clean Favorites Trio– This 3-piece set is perfect for hydrating, brightening, and moisturizing the skin. It includes Squalane + Omega Repair Cream, Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, and Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream. The green holiday-themed box is adorable. I’m obsessed with how these 3 products give you an even toned, glowing radiance!

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Superstars– Looking for a gift for the brow-loving queen? This is definitely the one to get! It includes 6 full-size bestsellers: Gimme Brow +, Precisely, My Brow Pencil, Goof Proof Brow Pencil, Ka-BROW!, 3D BROWtones and 24-HR Brow Setter. The gift is perfect for creating any natural or dramatic brow look. Plus, the products come in a cute top-hat themed box. This gift is a real brow-lifting winner!

Sol De Janeiro Carnaval Celebration Set– This set contains addictive scents and skin-loving benefits. It consists of Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (240ml), Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel (90ml), Brazilian Touch Hand Cream (50ml), and Brazilian Crush Fragrance Mist. I love the Carnaval-inspired box that they all come in. Your gift recipient will smell amazing and have the smoothest skin with this perfect set!

Beekman 1802 Triple Milk Skincare Travel Set– When it comes to your skincare, sometimes you want something practical, cute, and easy to carry. You can definitely have that with this set! It includes a full-sized Milk Bar facial cleanser and Skin Milk moisturizer, and mini versions of the Milk Cleanser makeup remover and exfoliating Milk Peel. It’s perfect for the clean beauty aficionado since it’s EWG verified. This trio leaves skin moisturized to the max and glowing!

Iroha Nature Foot Mask Socks: These socks are made with natural ingredients such as peach, peppermint, and argan. They work in 15 minutes to visibly heal, hydrate and brighten feet. The packaging is also super cute. These foot mask socks are the perfect gifts for super soft, radiant feet!

Paul Mitchell The Book of Texture Holiday Gift SetThis book-inspired holiday gift set is perfect for effortless, undone looks. It includes: Invisiblewear® Shampoo, Invisiblewear® Conditioner, and Invisiblewear® Undone Texture Hairspray. Say goodbye to dull locks and hello to great hair!

Neuro Liquid Treat & Protect Holiday Gift Set–  This set is great for someone who is addicted to blow-drying or straight ironing her hair. It includes Repair HeatCTRL® Treatment, Protect HeatCTRL® Iron Hairspray, and Prime HeatCTRL® Blowout Primer. All three products deliver the ultimate thermal protection!

 So there you have it- a sensational list of Holiday 2019 offerings that will surely please beauty and fashion mavens!


*All product images are courtesy of the brands except for the Iroha Foot Mask Socks image, which is my own.

The Biggest Baby Shower Ever: A hub for expecting and new parents

Earlier this month, I attended the Biggest Baby Shower Ever at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The event was hosted by Big City Moms, the nation’s largest resource for new and expectant parents. Brands at the event included Huggies, Baboo Naturals, Tiny Organics, Uppababy, Chicco, Hello Products, and Green Toys. Additional brands included Happiest Baby, WaterWipes, Pippette, Earth’s Best and so many more. Sema4 hosted an exclusive reception focusing on recent advances in genetics. There were also a number of seminars from parenting experts on topics such as breastfeeding and early childhood education.

The Biggest Baby Shower offered an excellent one-stop resource for parents to explore a variety of products. It also gave them the opportunity to speak with informative brand reps about these products. They were able to enter raffles for items such as a year supply of Similac or a baby basket put together by New York Life. So many great prizes!

The event is hosting its last edition of 2019 in Miami on December 10. It’ll be back in NYC on May 15, 2020. Looking forward to that!

A chocolate event like no other: Salon du Chocolat

Chocolate is one of my favorite sweets. Who can resist? So I’m thrilled to share that Salon du Chocolat, an interactive experience that offers unique treats from chocolatiers around the world is coming to NYC! The event will also feature other innovative activations.  It’s happening at the Javits Center from November 16-17 from 10AM-5PM. Some of the exhibiting brands include Éclat Chocolate, Hotel Chocolat, Neuhaus Chocolates, Ronnie Sue’s Chocolates, and Valrhona. This event is perfect for diehard chocolate fans and the whole family. Activities will include Decorating Cakes With Pipiing, Holiday Pies, Crafting Cookies, and the Salon du Chocolat Fashion Show. The fashion show will showcase unique dresses designed with edible fabrics as well as a number of Instagrammable moments. The dresses will be on display following the show.

In addition, the event will host a slew of other great activations. There’s a special area for aspiring young chefs called Salon du Chocolat Junior that will host lots of interactive workshops. The event’s artist-in-residence, Paul Joachim, known as the Chocolate Genius, will create an enormous, unparalleled chocolate sculpture throughout the weekend. The Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival will also have its moment at the event. It’s the perfect time of year for hot chocolate! Lastly, guests will have the opportunity to make their own vegan chocolates. So many delicious experiences to enjoy!

For more information about Salon du Chocolat, be sure to check out You can purchase tickets on Eventbrite. I’m definitely looking forward to it!

*All photos courtesy of Salon du Chocolat

Toast 2019 and The Museum of Stupid Cancer: Recognizing a worthy cause

Shannon Black

Kenny Kane

A representative for Amgen

Lauren Hoffman

Last month, I attended Toast 2019 and The Museum of Stupid Cancer at SECOND. Stupid Cancer is an organization that inspires the adolescent and young adult communities affected by cancer by building community. Shannon Black was the Toast 2019 Emcee and Honoree. She gave a heartfelt speech on her personal experience as well as her connection with the organization. Kenny Kane received the Stupid Cancer Community Recognition Award. Amgen received the Global Patient Advocacy Award. Lastly, Lauren Hoffman received the Stupid Cancer Ambassador Award. Sponsors for the event included Amgen, Newman Knight Mark Hopelab, Servier, Taconic Capital Advisors, and Ted Time Co.

The Museum of Stupid Cancer consisted of donated personal objects, original art, evidence and memories from loved ones. It also showcased highlights of the story of the organization. The experience both moved and fascinated me. There were so many detailed stories and interesting objects to view. These young cancer patients and survivors went through so much.  They were brave enough to share their personal experiences. All funds raised from the event went to the CancerCon 2020 Survivor Scholarship Fund. 

Stupid Cancer serves a great purpose for the adolescent and young adult community affected by cancer. It offers innovative programming such as CancerCon, The Stupid Cancer Show, Stupid Cancer Summits, webinars, and more. These events are life-changing and foster meaningful relationships. Through continuous donations, the organization is able to continue thriving and making a difference. To learn more about Stupid Cancer and donate, visit What an impactful organization!