Friday, January 29, 2016

EcoLuxe Lounge teams up with Choices Recovery at Sundance Film Festival 2016

By Laura Medina

 Kendra Wilkinson

When you're in the middle of nowhere, it's good you don't have to worry about appearances because you have little resources.

This is where producer extraordinaire, Debbie Durkin, comes in with her EcoLuxe Lounge.

Yep, she brings Hollywood into the heart of Sundance, Utah but they're quality stuff that attendees need as they slog through the snow, from one indie film to another.

Debbie is the leading producer of sustainable product placement in TV and film, and organizes celebrity events like the EcoLuxe Lounge at many red carpet events like Sundance through out the year. Promoting healthier living for the world by showcasing ecologically sound, holistic products and services, the EcoLuxe Lounge is always packed with entertainment professionals and industry leaders. The 2016 Sundance EcoLuxe Lounge was held at the Blue Iguana in Park City on January 23rd and 24th

Chariot Travelware's durable but hip suitcases and luggage on wheels come in handy for attendees hauling necessary gear from lodging to screening.

LaCroix Water kept everybody hydrated.

Because she aligns eco-conscious brands with celebrities in the movies she produces, it makes sense she aligns good-hearted charities with celebrities she has worked in the past.

Los Angeles Shriners are one of the beneficiaries of Ms. Durkin's EcoLuxe Lounge.  Here's good-hearted Jason Ritter goofing around with LA Shriners' patient, Abassador Marius Woodward.

The wife of legendary musician  and Motley Crue bassist, Nikki Sixx, Courtney Sixx became an accidental socialite when she married Nikki Sixx.  Through him, she became acquainted with Choices Recovery where he is a strong supporter.  Now using her unique and privileged position, Courtney is one of the champions for Choices Recovery.  

Debbie Durkin also supports Choices Recovery at her EcoLuxe  Lounge,  raising awareness as well as helping to promote a holistic and sustainable lifestyle.  

Some of those who took a few moments to sit and chat with Courtney Sixx included Sam Neill of Jurassic Park fame, Aldis Hodge from box office smash Straight Outta Compton, Katie Maloney of Vanderpump Rules, and Monique Coleman of the High School Musical series.

Debbie Durkin's EcoLuxe Lounge, Sundance 2016 edition, nourish the outside and the inside. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Gentle Festival Makeup Swipes & Moisturizing Cleansers During a Blizzard at Sundance or Desert Partying at Coachella.

By Laura Medina

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap,, Left.  Le Mieux Phyto Marine Cleansing Lotion,, Middle.  Cure Aqua Gel,, right.

Whether you're dry, due to a lack of rain, or the thought of splashing cold water gives you the chills, here are some cleansing products to deal.

You can't go wrong with a classic.  Mario Badescu's Seaweed Cleansing Soap,, never goes out of fashion and it's forty-plus years old seaweed formula was forty-plus years ahead of its time, before the current seaweed/marine nutrients craze. 

An Upper East/West Side alternative to a bathroom classic, this gentle algae-based cleansing cream swipes off makeup and dermal debris for ages, without leaving the skin dry.

The new kid on the marine-algae block is an equally creamy Le Mieux Phyto Marine Cleansing Lotion,, .  Again, gentle enough to wipe the  gunk off your face without stripping it dry of natural oil.

Whether it's drought or frozen, busted water pipes or the water is just too filthy to touch, you don't need H2O to get clean with Cure Aqua Gel,, right.

In the desert or a snow storm, you never need to splash on water.  All you have to do is squirt one or two pumps in your palm then rub away the gunk by smearing this aqua gel on wherever.  Very economical.  Very environmental.  

Another gear to drop in your dopp kit for the festival circuit, whether it be frozen Sundance or the blistering dry Coachella.



Friday, January 22, 2016

Whether it be Sundance or New York Fashion Week in February, Slope n' Snow Styling or Soothing; or How to Survive Stylishly..

By Laura Medina


Shawl Collar Jacket

Whatever the intelligistas and creatives are bundling up in Sundance Film Festival right now, are what New Yorkers are  craving of , for the approaching snowstorm this weekend.  Stylish, rugged gear that are strong and warm as they are hip.

If they're real intelligistas, they'll be hitting the slopes to burn up calories and staying warm so, they really want to look cool doing it, especially it comes to buy that indie film or selling it to that studio buyer working in the studio's indie movie department, making an indie director make movies that no studio would put their own money into.

Since shops and hotels are far and few in-between in this remote mountain town (and that's how Robert Redford likes it), it is best to pack up like a pack mule and pick what you need the most, like a cool, comfy parka that will keep you warm for a week.

Alps & Meters Shawl Collar Jacket is Rocky Mountain ruggediness timeless, sturdy leather patch pockets, shoulder yokes, and elbow patches where wear and tear occurs the most, in a 100% pure lambswool skin with interior 10k/10k waterproof membrane and waterproof pockets.  Since practicality and performance is the utmost importance in an isolated mountain town, flipping the jacket's bright orange lining inside-out can be used as an emergency signal to alert rescuers where you are.  Yep, the price can be steep for this leather and lambswool meet waterproof emergency jacket but it's classic Western styling and functionality will make it your Sundance mainstay.

The film-making intelligistas will be stomping and packing it this week in stylish but sensible wide, stacked high heel boots such as...


Flirtatious and feminine, STATUTE will command the attention you deserve. Designed to flatter, this tall boot has a body slimming silhoutte, stands on a beautiful heel, and decorated with 5 buckles up the shaft. 
High heel bootie with our rustic finish. Antique Brass Buckle up shaft. Leather welted outsole. 16" shaft, 3.5" heel, 14" circumference

 An film festival in a remote mountain town during Winter, provisions are hard to come by.   This is where sponsors come in...when necessary.

 The Smith Backpacks, top & The Ashton Tote-cum-Backpacks.

Whether you're bringing provisions yourself or collecting necessary supplies from sponsors keeping the film festival vital and alive for a week, you'll need something sturdy and stylish to haul all your supplies in.

The Smith,

State Bags' The Smith Backpack with the top open-foldover with clasp and handle makes it urbane enough for New York Fashion Week (for those lucky enough trek from Sundance Utah to Manhattan in one month time) while sturdy enough for Sundance.

The Smith is their fashion heritage backpack with a modern twist. It features a fold over design finished with leather shoe welt trim and an antique brass fireman clip closure, a front stash pocket and a small lower side pocket perfect for phone or wallet, and leather zipper pulls. Fits most 13" laptops. Finished with a signature STATE rivet in black.   It's made for sling over your shoulder.  A movement most men do when hauling and packing.

The Ashton,

For something just as sturdy and hardy as the guys but just a touch more feminine, this sensible tote transforms into a backpack then back again as a tote, the versatile Ashton is  two bags in one – it can be carried as both a single strap shoulder bag and as a tote. It features a stylish grosgrain strap and trim, polished silver zippers and bridle leather pulls. Never leave the house juggling multiple bags again. (To convert from shoulder bag to tote, simply snap the strap into place and lower the zippers.)

Both the Smith and the Ashton, from State Bags, can give L.L. Bean tote bags a run for their money.  Can't think of a better place to fully test out a hauler than isolated but hip Sundance, Utah.  Wise investments,  you can use them many times over in hauling your groceries.

But once the film festival is over, you still need soothing moisturizers to comfort and heal your face and body.

 Ultra Facial 1-2-3 Box Set

"Adventure-Tested" Ultra Moisture in 3 easy steps

If simplicity means straightforward effectiveness, then Kiehls' Chris Salgardo did all the work for you.  He and his Life Riders motorcycle gang did all the foot work for you...and then some.

Then again, trekking to Sundance, in Utah's wilderness in the Winter, is an adventure unto itself for Manhattanite film-makers.

Chris Salgardo finally officially debut the new Ultra Facial Line-up, an expansive riff on the classic Ultra Facial Cream. Based on first-hand experience, Kiehls politely packaged the new, essentials in an easy three-steps kit, Ultra Facial 1-2-3 Box Set  on the Kiehls' parade float at this recent Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day.

It holds the new 3 essentials:Ultra Facial Cleanser (1.0 oz),Ultra Facial Toner (1.4 oz), and Ultra Facial Cream (1.7 oz) to cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin.  


Ole Henriksen Pure Truth™ Melting Cleanser

If you want a complete all-in-one, Ole Henriksen Pure Truth™ Melting Cleanser leaves a moisturizer that immediately sinks in, with vitamin C, rose hip, and virgin cherry oils that
brightens, repairs, and nourishes the skin as you wipe away grout, grime, and makeup effortlessly.  Once checked into your Air BnB whatever, water activated, the unique oil emulsifies to milk that rinses clean, leaving skin refreshed, luminous, and healthy-looking.

 EO® Ageless Skin Care Transformative Night Serum & EO® Certified Organic Body Serum 02 Restorative

EO® Ageless Skin Care Transformative Night Serum, this remarkable night serum is packed with natural and organic anti-aging botanical ingredients. Using this serum nightly reduces the visible signs of aging while you sleep. This elixir of antioxidant-rich Argan, Meadowfoam, Pumpkin, Rose, Tsubaki, Avocado, Macadamia, Hemp, Sunflower and Carrot Seed Oils repairs and protects the skin’s essential moisture barrier. 1 fl oz, packaged in a glass bottle with dropper included.

EO® Certified Organic Body Serum 02 Restorative, this transformative Body Serum restores radiance to dry and damaged skin. Sustainably sourced organic Palm Oil (Ethyl Palmate) creates a protective layer on your skin that helps deliver the nourishing effects of Vitamin E, Argan, Avocado and Olive oils. This nutrient-rich serum balances and softens skin, leaving it gently scented with pure essential oils. Packaged in a 4oz recycled blue bottle.


 Shea Face Soothing Fluid,82,1,29193,0.htm#xcms_position=carouselItem3#xcms_campaign=blues

This light-textured fluid, the latest release from L'Occitane, provides sensitive skin with triple daily protection against:
- drying: helps to optimize skin's barrier function
- skin stress: helps to soothe the skin
- pollution: helps to strengthen skin’s natural defenses

Contains shea butter (5%) and a natural complex of protective active ingredients (rose hip and calendula), for protection against external aggressions.


 7th Heaven's Manuka Honey Peel Off

Since you spent most of your money on transportation and lodging while heavy hauling, this drugstore hidden gem, 7th Heaven's Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask is a simple relief for $1.99 a pop.  As a facial mask, you'll can squeeze two face masks out of the packet.  Honey and Jasmine keep the skin soft without a lot of oil for all you oil phobics out there.


Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil

Needing some color for your Winter pallor that moisturizes?

For Winter, it's less about strobing and contouring (Kardashians' beauty isn't fit for Sundance's Winter harshness) than it is about glowing and flushing with color to appear to be alive...with life.

As much as this scribe loves her multiple-color sticks, Sundance...even New York Fashion Week in February...needs to deliver way more in tight spaces.

Tubes of Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oils in vivid colors of vibrant warm coral and vibrant poppy pink can bring your cheeks and lips back to life.  The moisturizing argan oil soothes and softens the dermis while you'll get much-needed color in coral, pinks, reds, and berries.  

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil

Even smudging Josie Maran's Argan Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in violet and honey can be make for easy, moisturizing eye shadows.  Mixed together, you can get sultry mauve that can soften the delicate eye area.

Sundance is sure is a testing ground, from fledgling indie movies to stuff that can actually help you to testing skincare and clothes out in the extremes.  If it can make it in Sundance, it'll make it in New York Fashion Week blizzard or your local, regional snowstorm or weekend ski get-away to Big Bear or Mammoth Lake in California. 




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Locals' Delight, Lindbergh Boutique & Cafe where Fashion Meets Food, a Lifestyle Destination.

By Laura Medina

Miles away from the Las Vegas Strip and an universe away from the tourists, there's an hidden gem that is a locals' delight.

At the very end of Las Vegas' Western end, at the very foot of the Red Rock Mountains, is Downtown Summerlin.  Yeah, they know.  It's not your typical, old-fashion Main Street in traditional, older American towns and cities where parking is costly and difficult to find.

Over there, the parking is so vast, because it's so new, that shoppers rely on valet parkers to locate and retrieve their cars, or else, they'll get lost finding their cars.

Dig deep and you'll discover the most un-Las Vegas gem where the most unlikely mash-up occurs but is directing where fashion has to head, a lifestyle store, the Lindbergh Boutique and Cafe.

You heard right, an high-end fashion emporium with a full-fledge cafe where shoppers can refuel and recharge and relax after shopping or before shopping or during shopping.  It doesn't which phase the shoppers are in since the staff is so polite and so nice that they'll locate and shop for you while you're lounging.

There are some happy people there.   A pair of girlfriends laughing and lounging, sipping champagne in fur.  A boyfriend/girlfriend snapping photos of the cafe lounge.

For a fashion cafe, the menu and the food is pretty decent.  The cafe makes you feel pretty welcome.  Not only can you sip champagne, you can sit at the cafe order "Buy One Glass of Wine or Draft Beer, Get One for Free" at the cafe bar, watching TV while snacking and sipping.  No judgement here, just accommodations the best way they can.

For Breakfast, they have Texas Toast and Pesto Benedict: Poached Eggs, Tomato & Arugula, Smoked Salmon drizzled with pesto.  They even have their own namesake omelette, Lindbergh Omelette: Kosher Salami, Sauteed Spinach, Onions, Tomatoes, Avocados finished with a cheese blanket.

They also have crepes and smoothies.

For lunch and dinner, you can dine on Crisp Honey Roasted Wings, Tuna Tarter served with caviar, spring rolls, pizza, loaded burger, loaded hot dog, Croquet Monsieur, Bacon Grilled Cheese, Apple Brie Sandwich, and Peppered Bone-In Prime Ribeye, served with mushrooms, green peppers and corn on the cob.  During Spring and Summer, you can have Salad Nicoise and Spicy Honey Chicken Salad.

For dessert, they have French Macaroons, Chocolate Mocha Cake, Tiramisu, Flourless Chocolate Cookie, Lemon Chantilly, and Eclairs in three flavors: Chocolate, Pistacho, and Salted Caramel.

Whether it's freezing and snowing in at the foothills, you can Thai Tea Latte, Matcha Green Tea Latte, and Chai Tea Latte, hot and iced.  The Green Teas come in: Hojicha, Green Dragon, Marrakesh Mint, and Green Tea Tropical.  There are nine herbal teas, such as Ginger Twist, Raspberry, Organic Detox, and Chamomile Citrus, and Organic African.  Black tea in six flavors like Vanilla Bean, Bombay Chai, and Orange Spice.

This fashion boutique's baristas can squirt and mix you flavored coffee in Almond Roca, Coconut, Hazelnut, Peppermint, Creme de Banana, Raspberry, and Vanilla.  Their coffee becomes even more specialized with Hot/Iced Illy Cafe in Nutella Cappuccino and Latte and Cafe Mocha and White Mocha or Torani Caramel, Nutella, and White Chocolate Steamers, either Hot or Iced.

Lest that people forget because you're too busy having fun sipping and dining, Lindbergh is still a fashion brand and store.

For all you fashionistas and stylistos, whose heads are still reeling and spinning over a fashion boutique-cum-cafe, know that Lindbergh is a Danish menswear specializing in modern Nordic fare serving food and refreshments.  What is a Nordic sportswear company doing in Vegas?

What the tourists are ignoring is that it gets intensely freezing cold during the Winter as it gets burning hot in Summer.  Whatever they lack in massive body of water, locals make it up in hiking or horse-back riding in Spring then ski up the mountain during Winter.  Where this fashion boutique/cafe is located, it's convenient at the foothills of a mountain, locals' delight.

What a convenient and a wide, open market for Lindbergh's Nordic Prep, not too American, not too British, not too Alpine.

Their waterproof moto jackets and parkas, slim (not puffy) ski jackets, and Fair Isle sweaters are stylish ski gear hitting the slopes, which are next door.  This isn't the rugged final frontier, but a stylish set's secret. 

 Quilted Tweed Blazer.

While American Prep is stuck in wool Navy blazers and drab khakis, Nordic is functional as it is fashionable.

This fashion emporium is fully stocked with specialized clothes that can only be found at the emporium itself, not online!  So, take the time to really shop and discover modern Nordic Prep.

This scribe borrowed from the boys with this Quilted Tweed Blazer.  The Tweed weave in a classic blazer is hip for the streets but the extra quilted padding outside and inside is added warmth.  She'll be hitting the slopes in style then seamlessly slide on back to the streets, shopping and sipping.

Yes, where the Lindbergh Boutique and Cafe is located is the locals' idea of "Aspen Meets Vegas;" and that's how they want to keep it.  

For the newly arrived or just bored with the Strip, the Lindbergh Boutique and Cafe ( 702-240-1886) is located at Sahara Avenue & 215 Beltway, Las Vegas, NV 89135. Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm.  Sun: 11am-7pm  Lindbergh Cafe Site


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter Skincare That Doesn't Bust the Budget...While Primping & Pampering During Awards Season...

By Laura Medina

Post-holidays, the tv scene traditionally tends to be bleak with re-runs.  This is why it's either pre-NFL Superbowl play-offs or it's Awards Season.

Even you're secretly cheering on for the Superbowl, you can still use some daily beauty stuff to comfort and soothe your chapped skin with ideas from Awards Season.

Actors and music performers came from all-over the globes to attend and celebrate the Golden Globes, and the Grammys then towards the finish line, the one awards show that matters, the Oscars.

Which means, they're freezing too in New York or London or anywhere where's cold, dry, and snowing.  Oh, forget New York Fashion Week is approaching soon, too.  Models, actors, and musicians, they all need gentle but effective moisturizers to soothe dry, scaly skin so they can be comfortable in the glare of the red carpet...soon.

Glad that these moisturizers are pretty affordable and available which means, you can slather on them aplenty with aplomb, ease with reassurance.

Yes, there are performers and thespians suffering from eczema and are pretty darn nervous as they are in pain, thinking about being on the red carpet...during Winter.

Curel Itch Defense and Fragrance-Free and all its versions, are available in locations and price and pretty effective in texture that soaks right into the skin.  No greasy or waxy residue in sight.

Curel Itch Defense® Lotion instantly relieves dry itchy, skin and over time, helps control flare ups while rebalancing skin to keep irritation from coming back.

This safe and effective formula soothes eczema prone skin and is gentle enough for babies 6 months and up.
  • Rebalances pH levels, moisture levels, and cellular turnover to promote healthy skin
  • Received the National Eczema Association Seal of AcceptanceTM
  • Soothes eczema prone skin
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Dermatologist Recommended
  • Allergist Tested
  • Pediatrician tested-good for babies 6 months and up
  • Gentle enough to use on face 
What's even better, Curel comes in generous pump bottles of 13 oz. and 20 oz. for under $10, enough to moisturize knees, elbows, heels, from head to toe.

This scribe's latest fave is Curel Fragrance-Free Lotion.

For someone who's in mid-life with decreasing oil glands, this gentle Curel Fragrance-Free for Dry & Sensitive Skin was a Winter Budget relief, slathering this from face to toe, without a break-out or an oil slick, in a budget-busting bulk of 13 oz. and 20 oz. pump bottles.

It's a great Winter skin lotion base to build your platform that you can boost with Summer's serums.  Ta-Dah! Saving skincare and money during and after the holidays while primping and prepping during Awards Season.

A fragrance-free version of our original formula, this lotion features time-released moisturizers to hydrate and relieve dry skin all day long. Clinically proven to provide 24 hours of continuous moisturizing, this dermatologist recommended, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, leaving your skin smooth, comforted, and intensely satisfied.

  • 24 hours of continuous hydration
  • Fragrance-free & hypo-allergenic
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Dermatologist Recommended
  • Non-greasy & won’t clog pores
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Gentle enough to use on face

This scribe fell in love with this newest and latest beauty basic hits from Neutrogena at their Oscar Viewing Party at the W Hollywood.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Line must had made quite an impression among the tastemakers because the line sold-out immediately the next day.  Having one of each isn't enough to last you from Winter Awards Season to Summer.

With you're scaling from sun burn to chapping on the slopes, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is the first Hyaluronic Acid to hit the mass market.  Light enough to soothe in the deserts of Coachella to comforting oily complexions that need that extra help, Hydro Boost Water Gel is a new beauty basic.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream is for those with already dry and sensitive skin that needs that extra umph, especially during Winter.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream is a godsend for those getting their crow's feet for the first time.  It's the new medicine cabinet basic.

They wouldn't say it but Curel and Neutrogena Hydro Boost are the everyday beauty basics for stars getting ready for the red carpet.

The unique water gel formula absorbs quickly, like a gel, but has the long-lasting, intense moisturizing power of a cream. It boosts skin's hydration level and locks it in all day.

Naturally found in the skin, hydrating hyaluronic acid acts as a sponge for dry skin cells, moisturizing with up to 1,000 times its weight in water, resulting in more supple and smooth skin.
  • Oil-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Purified Hyaluronic acid
  • Wearable under makeup
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