It’s official: It's FALL 🍁🍂

Hot apple cider, scented candles, sweaters and of course deep moisturizing products for your skin and dry shampoo for your hair.

Sharing my SKIN CARE season favorites first.  If we have a common connection of not having enough time on some days to spend on your beauty routine, and you need products that provide the best results while time efficient; click on the product names that will connect you to further descriptions and reviews while purchasing on Sephora.com:

Day Regimen:

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Korres Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer

Lip Moisturizer: Tatcha Camellia Gold Spun Lip Balm

Night Regimen (Post Tacha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil):

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

Algenist GENIUS Liquid Collagen

DRY SHAMPOO I especially love during the cooler seasons.  I’ve been using IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo since it’s release.

Regardless, I am always interested in the opinions, feedback and research from other like-minded individuals; which is why I am hoping you will too (after all, you are reading my post) 😃.  Be sure to check out the below link; it gives a full breakdown with additional suggestions based on hair type at every price range:



SPRING SEASON is HERE (although it doesn’t feel like that in NYC currently 😞). 

The reason I love this time of year: NO MORE WINTER COAT & GEAR!!! Summer dresses, sandals and lighter makeup…focusing on skin care and showcasing your natural beauty!

I’ve listed 2 options in each category; to be applied accordingly in the order below, for an easy daytime natural makeup look.  All products I've tested and are my (new) monthly favorites to check out at the one and only: Sephora.com




Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream


Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment


J. One Hana Cream (I especially love the concept of this)

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet


Jurlique Rose Water Balancing Mist Intense Limited Edition

Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment


Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+


During the cold, winter months and especially when I have the flu my mom’s chicken noodle soup is the dish that makes everything better.  We all have recipes from our mothers that we love, this is mine.

One: it is super easy to make

Two: requires little to no clean-up if your pot can fit in the refrigerator.

Great for large gatherings when you don’t have a lot of time to be in the kitchen or enjoying a bowl watching your favorite show (snuggled up next to the one you love…that includes pets).



INGREDIENTS (for large stock pot, adjust accordingly for smaller batch):


1 package of skinless chicken legs (or breasts/thighs, ideally 4-6 pieces)

1 large onion, diced (approximately 12 – 16 oz)

1 head of garlic, diced

(Tip: can use less; but this is key to prevent inflammation/cold symptoms)

2-3 stalks of celery, diced

2-3 carrots, diced

(Tip: pre-washed/cut celery and carrots in deli are a great time saver just chop at home/pop in food processor)

1 large potato, diced

1 package of Egg Noodles (Recommend: No Yolks Dumplings Egg Noodles 12 oz)

1 lemon

olive oil, salt & pepper to taste




In a large stock pot, add olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan (about 4 tbsp). 

When you see bubbles appear in oil, add: chicken, onion, garlic, celery and carrots to pot.  Stir and mix all ingredients well and cover to allow steam to cook for 10 minutes.  Fire to remain on high heat.

Add a little water (approx. 6 oz) to the pot and continue steam cooking the chicken 15 more minutes in covered stock pot.

After 25 minutes, add potato and water to cover all ingredients, stirring well.  Tip: while stirring, try to break off pieces of chicken on bone to create bite size pieces in chicken stock.

Add salt and pepper to taste, wait 15 minutes for liquid to come to a full boil.

Once liquid is boiling, add ½ of the Egg Noodle package (or all if you like more in your soup) and cook noodles for 10 minutes on simmer heat.  Keep the pot lid, half-way covering the pot, can use the pot spoon to balance the lid.

Final step, scoop soup into bowl and squeeze the juice of half of lemon into the soup.  This adds a delicious flavor and secret key ingredient: VITAMIN C to help with flu or prevent it.

*If there are left-overs, the noodles will soak up some of the liquid; solution: add a 1-2 tbsp per bowl when reheating