Posts Written On November 10, 2010

(T.O.) A toast to YOU

“… a quality, great tasting and affordable wine that brings fun and enjoyment to people from all around the world on any occassion.”-John Casella
John and I

A couple days ago I attended an intimate wine tasting event, hosted by Yellowtail Wine and Harbinger Ideas. There was tonnes of food and of course LOTS of wine…GOOD wine. Managing Director John Casella of Casella Wines, was there to give us some background info on Yellowtail wines, and he also treated us to some interesting and touching stories.

“By combining the passion of his Italian winemaking heritage with a relaxed Australian attitude, John produces great wines that are extremely accessible and appeal to all people.”-Harbinger Ideas. 
So what’s the deal with Yellowtail? Well John grew up at the family winery in a small-town in Australia, he then pursued his wine-making education, worked as winery manager for Riverina Estate Wines, and finally joined the family business becoming Managing Director of Casella Wines. This is when the highly successful yellow tail brand came to life! 
John says he prefers not to give wine pairing advice as he believes Yellowtail wines are perfect for any dish and any occasion. I love that! I believe you should be able to pour yourself a glass and just enjoy it without worrying about all the other stuff…However, if you REALLY want some wine pairing advice, he’s more than happy to give it to you!
Renowned sommelier Zoltan Szabo (far right) was there to show his support for Yellowtail Wines.

Even though I couldn’t eat it, that didn’t stop me from admiring the food with my camera 🙂
Yellowtail wines have won numerous awards, and they continue to become a favorite with wine lovers everywhere… I totally understand why. I’m not a big wine drinker, but I drank me some wine on this day!
Yellowtail wines are easy and so enjoyable to drink; I usually prefer white wines, but this time around the Yellowtail Reserve Shiraz (Fruit flavours of cherry, some dark chocolate, spice and a hint of cracked pepper *yummy*) was my favorite, with the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon following closely behind. 
“From humble beginnings as a family winery to one of the world’s most recognisable wine brands, we haven’t lost sight of where we came from.”-Yellowtail Wines
It was an afternoon of good talks, an abundance of shared wine knowledge, and of course GREAT wine. For my wine lovers, I have some good video footage, and will upload them as soon as possible for your viewing pleasure.

For more info on yellowtail wines, go here!
peace and love
ps: I totally recommend Yellowtail wines, whether you’re new to wine, or are an avid wine drinker I’m certain you will find a wine that more than suits your fancy 🙂
*HeyDoYou is for the cute, clever and connected*


Keepin’ My Glow

Are you missing that summer glow already? I don’t know how my lovely summer tan has faded already. With this quick and easy trick you’ll be able to fake a gorgeous tan without stepping into a tanning booth or slathering on self-tanner and taking risk that you’ll turn orange. Just because winter is coming around the corner doesn’t mean you can’t still show off those sexy legs!

Mix your favorite body lotion with a golden shimmery powder. Add a few sprinkles of loose bronzer as well if you’d like to add some extra color. Use this instead of your ordinary lotion when you get out of the shower on your legs, arms, and wherever you feel you want to glow! I recommend using this after you shower so your skin is still smooth so you get a nice even coat of shimmer all over once the lotion is absorbed. Best thing about using this is you can add as much powder as you want to achieve the color you want AND it’ll wash away in the shower.
I recommend using
Mattify! Cosmetics Body Shimmer
Mattify! Cosmetics Loose Bronzer
Jergens Ultra Healing Body Lotion
You can buy Mattify! Cosmetics’ Body Shimmer and Bronzer as well as all their other products on their website. I highly recommend the body shimmer and bronzer! They’re perfect for any occasion and match any and every skin tone. They’d make a perfect stocking stuffer for the holidays coming up as well!

*HeyDoYou is for the cute, clever and connected*


(NY) Shearling

Shearling has been making a huge hit this winter! Don’t let winter sloppy tendencies get you down. You are going to stylish, amazing and warm.  This is my first winter in New York and it is going to be hella cold. Looking for coats… and really over the down et goose… for now.  What about shearling?
A lamb- or sheepskin that has been tanned with the curly wool left on. Offering rugged appeal and the ultimate warmth, shearling is a popular leather for winter coats, hats and gloves. Basically like UGGS.
Are you going to do it up?

The look sooooooooooooooooooo warm!

*HeyDoYou is for the cute, clever and connected*


(NY) Skin Deep with Dr Baumann

*Special Guest Blog New York based Beauty Blogger from Alexandra Mann*  Thanks Alexandra!

 Most of You Are Buying the Wrong Products for Your Skin and Dr. Leslie Baumann Wants to Change That

It’s been five years since women all over America who had been wearing the wrong bra size – 80% of them evidently – cast their old bras aside at Oprah Winfrey’s urging, and got properly fitted for new bras, thus enhancing their self confidence and style.  Now it’s time for 80% of women – hopefully not the same 80% – to turn their attention to their skin.

Enter Dr. Leslie Baumann, who has dedicated her practice and research to ensuring that her patients are properly educated on the actual type of skin they have (not the type they think they have), for only then can they treat it properly and protect it, nurture it and make it look its best. Dr. Baumann was in New York today to promote her book, The Skin Type Solution,  her new PBS special airing this month (check your local listings) and her website,

Dr. Baumann’s 16 skin types are based on being either Oily or Dry; Resistant or Sensitive (i.e., having acne, rosacea, burning, etc.); Pigmented or Non-Pigmented (this is not related to ethnicity but rather to unwanted brown spots); and Wrinkled or Tight. “Eighty percent of women think they know their skin type and they’re wrong,” Dr. Baumann said. “Oily people think they’re dry and wrinkled people think they’re less wrinkled…”
You get the idea.

Dr. Baumann’s system evolved from 400 questions and her work with thousands of patients’ skin. The result is a questionnaire that literally anyone can fill out online. Based on the type of skin one has, Dr. Baumann and her team then recommend a full complement of skin care products from a range of brands that are best for you (“I’m not affiliated with particular brands,” she says).

Once you go through the process of getting properly typed – which I did today – it makes you wonder why we are all so willing to spend our hard-earned money on products that promise the world but might be totally wrong for us. Vanity? I think it’s safe to say that’s certainly a component of caring for our skin, but if that’s the case then wouldn’t we want to do it right? I can’t recall a department store cosmetics salesperson asking me if I ever smoked cigarettes (I did but don’t anymore), how much cumulative time I’ve spent in the sun (quite a bit ages ago but never now), or if I am usually able to use hotel soaps on my face without incident (I am). But Dr. Baumann did ask me, and she will ask you, too… I won’t tell you my type, but I will tell you I’m now in the 20%.

If you want to find out your type:

*HeyDoYou is for the cute, clever and connected*