Posts Written On September 11, 2015

Fashion Must Have New Persil PROClean

Every fashionistas worst nightmare is a spill on a new outfit. But fear not, Persil is here! I am always on the look out for new products and when I tried Persil on the last load of laundry – I was really thrilled!  Persil is a powerful liquid detergent and a little goes a long way.

Power-Liquid with the signature Persil Original Scent is packed with Pro-Power Technology to help remove tough stains for an exceptional clean.  Experience premium clean with the stain-fighting power of Persil Power-Liquid detergent

  • Powerful stain-fighting combination for a premium clean
  • Great for everday laundry and to help fight tough stains
  • Also available in Power-Pearls™ and Power-Caps™

Available in:
40 fl oz (25 loads)
75 fl oz (48 loads)
100 fl oz (64 loads)
150 fl oz (96 loads)


Terra Kitchen’s Beer-Infused Game Day Mustard

As Football season officially kick-off tonight, what better way to wow your family and friends then with Terra’s Kitchen recipe for Beer-Infused Game Day Mustard. So easy, that the most uncoordinated chef can prepare, and healthy enough for your most conscious of friends, this fewer than 5 calorie condiment will have your taste buds rooting for more. Combining the tangy flavor mustard is known for with everyone’s most loved adult beverage, this condiment is great to add on burgers, hotdogs and more.



  • 1/4 cup dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 cup beer (we like a pale lager)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)


  1. In a medium metal or pyrex mixing bowl, whisk together the mustard, turmeric and beer. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add enough water to come up the sides 2-inches and bring to a simmer.
  3. Whisk in the remaining ingredients to the mustard mixture and set over the pan of simmering water.
  4. Cook, whisking constantly until the mixture begins to thicken (about 5 minutes).
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool before transferring to a jar with a lid and refrigerating.
  6. TK Beer-Infused Game Day Mustard keeps refrigerated for 2 weeks.



Meet Mervin the Chihuahua

Mervin the Chihuahua. Mervin is a very special-needs dog who has made a major splash all over social media. Mervin was found as a severely damaged stray by the ASPCA. He was emaciated and had major kneecap damage that required surgery. Beyond that, he was suffering from a very severe dental disease that required full removal of his teeth.

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Luckily, after having a hard time getting adopted, Mervin was adopted by Joey T., a kind man who works at the ASPCA. Although Mervin will be on soft food for the rest of his life, he is completely healed and healthy. Together, Joey and Mervin are on a mission to show support against animal cruelty and to promote the adoption of dogs.


Food, Glorious (Italian) Food!

Of course she was hungry. She was in Italy, wasn’t she? – from “Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale”

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 8.52.32 PMItaly. Food. Italian food in Italy. Yes.

The country that produced the Colosseum, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Valentino, can also claim to have given the world some pretty darn good things to eat. It just can’t be disputed. Well, I guess it can, but I won’t listen to any arguments. Therefore, if you are traveling to Italy, prepare to surrender yourself (and any sort of possible diet) to the food, and more importantly, to enjoy yourself in the process of eating.

Pizza, Gelato, Nutella-Oh My!
Italy has typically been stereotyped as a country synonymous with pizza, gelato, and Nutella, and with good reason. The first thin crust pizza margherita was made in Naples to honor the visit of Prince Umberto and Queen Margherita of Italy. Little did the creator, Raffaele Esposito, know how popular his masterpiece would become, and how it would (literally) expand around the globe (think American thick crust versions). Although it’s rooted in Sicily, in the 1920-30s, the first gelato cart was developed in the northern Italian city of Varese. And then there’s Nutella– a category in and unto itself. The popular chocolate hazelnut spread  by Ferraro can be found in candies, pastries, and various gelato flavors. But there’s so much more to Italian cuisine than these well-known favorites.  Arancini (fried and stuffed rice balls), traditional Roman amatriciana, Venetian black squid ink pasta, hearty Tuscan panzanella and ribolita.… and don’t forget about the fresh fruit and produce being sold in the local piazzas. There’s much to choose from, and even the the pickiest non-foodie will be spoiled with the endless culinary choices. So, by all means, enjoy that pizza, gelato, and Nutella (spread on just about anything), but remember to give the local dishes a chance.

Snacks? Yes, I Think So.
Is there ever a wrong time to snack while on vacation (and in Italy, no less)? I think not. First of all, your stomach will most likely still be in a different time zone for half your trip, causing you to feel hungry all the time. And second, you are in Italy. Don’t fight it. If a coppa of creamy stracciatella is calling to you as you walk by a gelateria, listen to it. If you are trudging up Via San Marco in Positano (in the 90 degree+ heat) and you feel it necessary, in fact, imperative, that you stop for a thirst-quenching rossini and some salty pistachios to help you make it up the rest of the hill or stairs, then do what you gotta do. Some of my finest travel memories in Italy involve my friends and me snacking away in various places and the laughs we had (some of it induced by how many adult beverages we’d consumed, but nonetheless classic fun). So, repeat after me: snacking = necessary time to rest, recharge, and get ready for another round.

You’re Worried About What?
Food is good and exceptionally good food is even better. Keep this in mind as you travel in Italy or for that matter, anywhere. I’ve wasted many vacations anxiously fretting about my calorie consumption and how I was possibly going to burn it all off. It did not make for an enjoyable trip for me or my friends who had to invariably listen to me complain. I’ve since gotten over that and learned to appreciate one of Italy’s finest souvenirs – its food.

P.S. If you’re in Positano or any other hill town – make use of the stairs as an “easy” workout. You’ll thank (or curse) me later.

You’re welcome.
About the author
Catie Costa has traveled all over Western Europe, with repeated trips to Ireland and Italy. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She recently published a new fiction novel, “Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale,” a story of two best friends, Kit and Bridget, who flee their humdrum lives in the States to spend an adventurous summer in Positano, Italy, where Prosecco, Nutella and romance abound. For more about the book, as well as Catie’s blog, visit



NYFW The Glam App

Beauty on demand service, The Glam App (founded by actress/blogger Cara Santana and hair/makeup expert Joey Maalouf) is transforming into a mobile salon, hitting the streets for New York Fashion Week with complimentary blowouts, makeup application, and manicures aboard a custom bus and we would love for you to join us! Loved by everyone from Gigi Hadid to Julianne Hough the app is bringing their glam expertise led by Maalouf to NY’s most popular fashion week destinations.

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Leave the glam to us during NY’s busiest week – whether you want to refresh your look between shows or swap a bold eye for a bright lip for great street style – we have you covered!


Saturday September 12th: Washington St btwn Clarkson and Houston St (near Skylight Clarkson Square)
Sunday, September 13th: 8th Ave btwn 30th and 31st St (near Clarkson Moynihan Station)
Monday, September 14th: Meatpacking District, 14th street


ABOUT THE GLAM APP: Founded by Cara Santana and Joey Maalouf, The Glam App is beauty on demand. With the push of a button, The Glam App delivers beauty experts to your front door. Offering services that range from a blow dry, to make up applications, or just a simple polish change there’s no need to leave your house, when we bring the salon to you. The app also acts as a virtual agency, allowing stylists to act as freelance artists; making their own hours, building clientele, and managing their schedules and appointments. Celebrity Fans include Molly Sims, Rachel Zoe, Julianne Hough, Gigi Hadid, Ashley Madekwe, Jamie Chung, Ashley Greene, Nina Dobrev, Charlotte McKinney.