• Beauty,  Gift Guide,  Health,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Finding new ways to enhance your waves, curls, and coils is all a part of the curly hair care journey

    After two decades in the haircare space, Jessicurl (www.jessicurl.com) relaunched with a new, fresh look to pair with their time-trusted, curly-girl friendly formulas and products last month. Jessicurl offers three hair care collections for their curly haired consumer: The Light and Luminous Collection for finer curls and waves, the Rich and Radiant Collection for thicker, curly hair and the Confidence Collection for coarse, kinky hair. All collections come available in your choice of Citrus Lavender or Island Fantasy scents, as well as a no-fragrance option.

    Understanding how to begin to care for your curly hair starts with identifying a few key attributes of your hair.  You’ll want to determine your hair type (the curl pattern type of your curls), your hair texture which would be either fine, medium or thick (coarse) and the porosity level of your hair. Jessicurl line is developed by founder Jess after she realizing that most hair products on the market contain ingredients that are bad for her hair. It seemed like everything had drying alcohols in hair gels or harsh detergents in shampoos. Like the people running it all didn’t know that there were certain ingredients to avoid in curly hair products. Nothing treated her naturally curly hair with the respect it deserved. She wanted to let other curlies know as to why she avoid certain ingredients in Jessicurl products.

    Jessicurl products don’t use any silicones. By using ingredients that IMPROVE the health of your hair rather than hiding damage, the result is a more vibrant head of curls.

    You’ll note the ingredients lists for Jessicurl Spiralicious Styling Gel does contain a drying alcohol. Ethanol, to be exact. Their bottles of Spiralicious contain about 7/10ths of 1% ethanol. It’s a necessary part in making Polyquaternium 69, one of the ingredients we use in that gel. However, the amount of ethanol is so low in this gel that it doesn’t have any negative effects. It’s been used on curlies around the world for well over a year now. They have never had a single report of it causing dryness. There ARE, however, certain types of alcohols that are actually good for the hair. These are what give that creamy consistency to most conditioners. The good ones are Lauryl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Myristyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol and Behenyl alcohol. The bad ones are SD alcohol, SD alcohol 40, Alcohol denat, Propanol, Propyl alcohol and Isopropyl alcohol. You’ll never find any of the bad ones in any of Jessicurl products and should avoid them all together. They’re really just horrible for curly hair.

    Gentle Lather Shampoo and Hair Cleansing Cream only use gentle cleansing agents like Decyl Polyglucose and Cocamidopropyl Betaine. This ensures that you have a good hair day EVERY day, not just three days after washing. Jessicurl is not interested in creating unhealthy dependency on their hair care products. The conditioners moisturize without coating the hair. The cleansers gently wash without stripping. And the styling products sculpt soft curls without building up on the hair. Jess believes in treating your hair with the respect it deserves and that you’ll love the results.

    About Jessicurl

    Jessicurl is an independent, curly-girl approved haircare brand that intentionally chose to grow organically through word of mouth rather than using hired spokespeople or glossy advertising. Jessicurl has thrived using this approach due to their outstanding product formulations and their commitment to vegan and cruelty-free curl-care. Relying on their dedicated customers to share word of the products and brand has allowed the company to grow steadily over the last 20 years while still maintaining high quality products and personalized customer care

    Today, Jessicurl products are sold worldwide and used in salons both domestically and internationally. However, in many ways the brand is still a well- kept “secret”, used primarily by those who heard about it from a trusted friend.

    The cult-favorite was founded in 2002 by Jess McGuinty, with the mission of producing high quality products that are specifically designed for curly hair. Jess is one of the pioneering female entrepreneurs in the U.S curly haircare movement/space in the early 2000’s and was also an early and frequent contributor on NaturallyCurly Curltalk. Through that work she developed a close friendship with Michelle Breyer, co-founder of naturallycurly.com.


  • Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Say it with roses! Rosepops roses are perfect to show your love and appreciation in Women’s History Month

    From the beginning of time, roses have been a symbol of expression and a hallmark gift for all occasions. Rosepops hand-crafted preserved arrangements add a touch of luxury to every moment, whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary or a simple pick-me-up.

    Rosepops roses are sustainably grown and sourced from the ultra-rich soil of Ecuadorian farms. The secret to keeping these roses looking fresh and bright for months is Rosepops all-natural and pet-friendly preservative. Rosepops signature, patented POP packaging allows to customize and ship these products to the customers in the most eco-friendly method possible.

    Generic is just not part of the Rosepops culture! Explore the many personal and custom touches you can add to any Rosepops arrangement! Every Rosepop POP was artfully designed with room to send a personal message to your POP’ee. Rosepops are talking next level treasured keepsake!

    At Rosepops, they delight in the details and are always excited about the journey that lays ahead. Rosepops want you to share their enthusiasm and are therefore determined to make your Rosepops experience one that will make you want to keep on POP’ping. When a new idea pops up, they make it happen. Rosepops also welcome POPulation explosions such as bulk custom orders–corporate, personal or matrimonial.

    The Chocolate Keeper by the Dozen

    Twelve captivating Cotton Candy blooms make the perfect dozen, housed in Rosepops rich Chocolate Brown mock crocodile box. For the ultimate in personalized gifting, these preserved petals have been left unscented, and are accompanied with our luxurious Arosatherapy Sampler Set. Your loved one will be able to select their favorite of Poproses custom blended fragrances and with 2-3 sprays to the roses, customize their POP to their sense’s delight!

    Add a personal message to your POP’ee who will be singing your praises upon receiving this precious POP!

    Patented POP

    Product Dimensions : 9.5″(W) x 4″(D) x 6.5″(H)
    Popped roses will add approximately 1.5″-2″ to the height of your POP

    Design Your Own


    From a single rose to an over the top arrangement of 18 roses, every size makes a statement.


    Picked at peak bloom from Rosepops Ecuadorian farms, these roses boast vivid color, velvety texture, and unparalleled delicate silhouettes.


    So many options! From custom fragrances to monograms and personalized photos and charms. Rosepops offer a host of ways to make your arrangement more personal.

    • Rose Color
    • Box Color & Style
    • Fragrance
    • Monogram
    • Video Message
    • Message
    • Charm
    • Personal Photo

    Rosepops timeless Classics Collection will elevate any space and leave a long-lasting impression on your loved ones. Rosepops mission is to create affordable, long-lasting roses with a twist. Make every moment special and touch the hearts of your loved ones.

  • Art,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like the timeless elegance of a roses

    With White Valentine’s Day (March 14th) just around the corner, POP-up arrangements of the finest preserved Ecuadorian roses are flying off the shelves! POP in to Rosepops now for the most unique White Valentine’s gift that will last and last!

    You know that sinking feeling of throwing away wilted roses that cost you your hard earned money? Well forget that! Rosepops arrangements can remain robust for one year or longer! Every Rosepop POP was artfully designed with room to send a personal message to your POP’ee. We are talking next level treasured keepsake!

    Sending and receiving a Rosepop ensures instant POP star status! Order now to see why Rospops is topping the POP charts in Preserved Roses!

    The Singular Sensation

    Regular price $32.00

    A single perfect Cherry blossom POPs perfectly from Black textured vegan lizard box. Your loved one is sure to think you are sensational for sending this classic petite POP.

    Dimensions: 3 in (H) x 2 in (W)

    * Popped Roses will add approximately 1.5-2 inches to the height of your pop

    The POP Rocks with a Heart

    Regular price $185.00

    This Gold Glitter Unforgettable Fourget Me Not box boasts 4 gorgeous Marshmallow Fluff Blooms, a custom gold heart box charm and so much more!

    A drawer at the bottom of the box opens to reveal a custom Gold Plated pavé heart bracelet, designed by renowned jeweler, Rachie Shnay. A hint of Red Carpet Rose Arosatherapy is the perfect finishing touch for this sophisticated gift that keeps on giving. And giving…

    The Fragrance Sampler Set

    Regular price $45.00

    Can’t decide on one specific scent for your POP? Select an unscented POP and a sampler set to leave your POP’tions open.

    Test each of 8 fragrances on coordinating silk rose petals (included). Select your favorite and 2-3 sprays on your roses will bring you POP perfection.

    Refresh as needed with the same scent or try another of our unique fragrances for an altogether new POP experience.

    8 sample bottles nestled in velvet lined packaging with silk rose petal “tester strips.” Coffee candy included to cleanse the nose palate between fragrances.

    Sample Set Dimensions : 11″(W) x 6″(D) x 3″(H)

    Rosepops roses come from a beautiful and spacious Ecuadorian garden, situated at high altitude, with 20 hectares of gorgeous variety. Highly specialized, all natural techniques are used by the growers in taking care of the water, observing the climate and knowing the ground. These perfected practices result in uniquely beautiful roses of the utmost quality. Rosepops is proud to say that their Rose farms work exclusively with non-toxic ingredients, ensuring that the unique processes do not pose any threat to humans or the environment.

    The Rosepops mission was to offer long-lasting roses and even longer lasting memories, without the usual hefty preserved petal price tags. Through these patented packaging, the premiere Ecuadorian Roses can be shipped safely and economically, never compromising on quality. These hand-crafted preserved roses arrangements can be personalized, so there is a POP for every occasion! And with free standard shipping within the United States, your loved one can know just how valued they are no matter where they are located!

  • Fashion,  Gift Guide,  New York,  San Diego

    Be Chic All Year Round with Sheec!

    Socks are made with your lifestyle in mind: Sheec is changing the way people think about socks. Traditionally, socks are a functional afterthought, or they’re thought of only as fashion accessories. By designing socks for an intended shoe type or activity, Sheec is able to produce the most comfortable socks that will support you every day, all day.

    John’s wife was commuting to her job at a global financial services firm daily in style–but not in comfort. The usual go-to for women in heels were either no socks or pantyhose, and as the days progressed so did the discomfort for John’s wife. In his attempt to provide his wife with some relief came the birth of Sheec. Born the same year as their first child the first 3 Sheec products were introduced to provide stylish comfort for all those in need: The Secret Ultra Low-Cut socks, Slingback socks and the Sockshion Ball-of-Foot Cushions – all meticulously designed for the perfect fit and support.

    Since then, Sheec has grown to be the only no show sock brand for men, women, & youth that designs to tackle the common everyday problem of style and comfort when it comes to socks. It currently boasts 15 different styles of no-show socks for any shoe of your choosing. Sheec is dedicated to improving daily life in a huge way by changing the banal ways of something so simple as socks.

    Sheec seeks to make EVERYTHING about socks better. Not only are Sheec socks manufactured using a combination of unique fabric blends & patented technology, every sock has a handcrafted element to it. Sheec socks function better, last longer, and are more comfortable.

    Sheec pays attention to details from beginning to end, and what they care about the most is making socks that you love because they were designed for you. Contact Sheec for any assistance finding the right socks for you both before and after you make the purchase. Yes, they have return and exchange policies. But they also have people behind them, making sure that Sheec socks satisfy your concerns because everyone has different feet and different needs.

    Men’s Active-X Mid-cut
    (Size 11 wear XL)

    Wearing socks with sneakers prevents bacterial growth.
    The socks you wear with your go-to sneakers should be breathable and comfortable.

    • Rise: Mid
    • Weight: Light
    • Great for: Sneakers and casual slip ons

    These socks are designed to be no show in most casual shoe designs.
    They are engineered using technology to keep your feet comfortable and your socks on your feet in fabric-lined shoes.

    Non-slip Heel Grip
    Seamless Toe
    Reinforced Toe & Heel
    Ultra Soft
    Moisture Wicking
    Ecofriendly Fabric
    SoleHugger Technology

  • Gift Guide,  New York,  Technology,  Travel

    Emotive Bass and Powerful Range— The HD 660S2’s from Sennheiser

    Sennheiser’s new HD 660S2 is an upgrade for audiophiles seeking exceptional detail with engaging low-frequency performance

    Old Lyme, CT, February 7, 2023 – Sennheiser’s updated HD 660S2 expands the capabilities of the 600-series family, the longstanding benchmark for high-performance audiophile headphones.Sennheiser responded to the hi-fi community’s feedback, crafting a headphone that skillfully balances reference-level detail with engaging frequency response. The headphone features a more dramatic listen with greater intensity from enhanced sub-bass tuning, extracting dynamic impact and emotion from audio enthusiasts’ favorite recordings. The updated acoustics offer a delightful new way to experience music all over again.

    “Our new Sennheiser HD 660S2 offers listeners what they requested most from the headphones’ predecessor,” says Jermo Koehnke, Sennheiser Audiophile Product Manager. “With precision and power like no other and new sensitivity across all frequencies, listeners will hear details they’ve never heard before, especially at the lower end of the spectrum.”

    The depth and drama audiophiles crave
    Improving on a beloved classic while retaining its best traits was a challenging task, starting with the lowest end of the frequency plot. The HD 660S2’s warm bass characteristics pair perfectly with its silky-smooth treble performance and trademark vocal presence, allowing the timbre and uniqueness of any instrument part to stand out.

    Across the entire frequency spectrum, the HD 660S2 delivers a refined listening experience thanks to improved transducer airflow and a refined voice coil. From thunderous timpani crescendos to pulsating EDM rises, even the most discerning audiophiles will notice the depth and nuance of low-frequency passages, adding dramatic flair to any type of music. Ultimately, listeners are treated to deeper, clearer bass without sacrificing the expansive detail the series is known for. By reducing the voice coil’s weight, impulse response improves, bringing hyper-realistic textures to the forefront of any performance reproduction. The overall experience is smoother and warmer than the original HD 660S, thanks to ​ that reduces the distances between select peaks and troughs. The overall impedance matches that of the HD 600 and HD 650, at an audiophile-friendly 300 ohms, for punchy dynamics and impressively low distortion.

    A fit for the long haul
    Designed in Germany and manufactured at Sennheiser’s state-of-the-art Ireland production facility, the HD 660S2 continues the series’ emphasis on quality, functional design using materials that contribute to the hi-fi experience. Plush earpads and cushy headband padding place the revised 300-ohm transducers at the optimal distance from the ear resulting in a spacious soundstage with an abundance of detail — even for extended musical exploration. The transducer surround drops the resonant frequency from 110 Hz (original HD 660S) down to 70 Hz for hefty kick drums that move with ease. Even the outer mesh grilles are crafted to manage airflow at the ideal impedance for exquisite open-back listening sessions.

    Versatile enough to connect to vintage classics and modern solutions alike, the HD 660S2 ships with two 1.8 meter (5.8 ft) user-detachable cables that terminate to 6.3 mm (1/4-inch) single-ended stereo and 4.4 mm balanced stereo jack plugs, respectively. A 6.3 mm to 3.5 mm (1/8-inch) adapter is also included, for use with popular hi-fi gear from DAC-amps, DAPs, and dedicated amplifiers such as the Sennheiser HDV 820. Distinguishing bronze accents complement the elegant jet-black finish, all of which is protected by a storage pouch.

    Pricing and availability
    The Sennheiser HD 660S2 will be available for pre-order globally from February 7, 2023, and will go on sale February 21, 2023, with an MSRP of $599.95 USD.


  • Gift Guide,  New York,  San Diego

    More Than 1 in 4 Americans Expect Their Partner to Spend $0 on V-Day Gifts + Best Places for Valentine’s Day 2023 – WalletHub Reports

    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and America’s sweethearts expected to spend $25.9 billion on the holiday this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Best Places for Valentine’s Day. It also released its nationally representative 2023 Valentine’s Day Spending Survey, which found that more than 1 in 4 of Americans expect their Valentine to not spend any money on gifts this year.

    To determine the most romantic yet affordable cities for celebrating the Day of Hearts, WalletHub compared 100 of the largest U.S. cities across 26 key metrics, ranging from florists per capita to forecasted precipitation to the cost of a three-course meal for two.

    Top 20 Places for Valentine’s Day 2023
    1. San Francisco, CA
    2. Seattle, WA
    3. San Diego, CA
    4. Las Vegas, NV
    5. Portland, OR
    6. Scottsdale, AZ
    7. Honolulu, HI
    8. Orlando, FL
    9. Denver, CO
    10. Washington, DC
    11. San Jose, CA
    12. New York, NY
    13. Atlanta, GA
    14. Austin, TX
    15. Chicago, IL
    16. Los Angeles, CA
    17. Phoenix, AZ
    18. Boston, MA
    19. Fremont, CA
    20. Virginia Beach, VA

    Valentine’s Day Spending Survey – Key Stats

    • Some People Anticipate Smaller Gifts. 23% of Americans expect their significant other to spend less on Valentine’s Day this year.
    • Dinner May Be Too Expensive. 36% people say that going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day is a bad deal.
    • V-Day Debt Is Worth It for Some People. Almost 1 in 5 Americans think a Valentine’s Day gift is worth going into credit card debt.
    • Financial Infidelity Hurts. Over half (55%) of Americans feel that financial infidelity can be worse than cheating.
    • Bad Credit Might Keep You Single. Around half of Americans would not marry someone with a bad WalletScore or bad credit.
    • Reckless Spending Leads to Breakups. Half of Americans would break up with their significant other if they spent money irresponsibly.
    • Paid Dating Apps Are Undesirable. 82% of Americans say paying for dating apps is not worth it in 2023.
    • Bad Spending Habits Stink. More than half of Americans say that irresponsible spending is a bigger turnoff than bad breath.

    Valentine’s Day Facts

    • $25.9 Billion: Total Valentine’s Day spending projected for 2023 ($192.80 per person celebrating).
    • 2X: Men will spend almost twice as much as women, on average, for Valentine’s Day 2023.
    • $9.9 Billion: Amount Americans will spend on jewelry ($5.5B) and a special evening out ($4.4B).
    • 25%: Share of marriages that begin online.
    • 33%: Overall online dating activity increase across the U.S. between February 1 and February 14.
    • $28.3 Billion: Projected global dating services market size by 2027.

    Q&A with WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzalez

    Do you think people on the dating scene worry about things like credit scores and financial literacy?

    “People want to date people who are financially responsible, especially as high inflation continues to put stress on many Americans’ wallets. In fact, half of Americans would break up with their significant other if they spent irresponsibly,” said WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzalez. “If you’re looking to settle down, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a decent credit score, as over 47% of people would not marry someone with bad credit. Bad credit can cause someone to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars over their lifetime, so that statistic is unsurprising. Thankfully, people with bad credit are able to improve their credit score over time if they stick to a budget and practice responsible credit use.”

    Why are men more likely to think that buying a Valentine’s Day gift is worth going into credit card debt?

    “Men are nearly 45% more likely than women to think that a Valentine’s Day gift is worth going into credit card debt, according to WalletHub’s new Valentine’s Day Spending Survey. Some of the reasons for this discrepancy likely include societal expectations for dating and historical gender roles. Even if we can explain this statistic, though, that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. Buying a gift is never worth going into debt, especially during this period of high inflation. Luckily, 23% of Americans are already expecting their partners to spend less this year, so there’s less pressure to break the bank,” said WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzalez. “People who can’t afford to spend much this Valentine’s Day can consider alternative gifts. For example, a handmade gift can often hold a lot more meaning than an expensive object.”

    Do you have any tips for how singles can get their finances relationship-ready?

    “Some of the biggest turnoffs when it comes to romantic partners are bad credit and irresponsible spending. Both can reflect negatively on a person’s future earnings and how they might behave in other areas of life. Single people who have a problem with overspending or who have bad credit might want to work on improving their financial situation before trying to date,” said WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzalez. “Some of the best first steps to take include increasing the amount of money you save or use to pay off debts, making fewer non-essential purchases and sticking to a budget. You should also monitor your credit score and credit report on a regular basis, as well as look for ways to boost your income. Taking time to improve your finances may lead to better romantic prospects.”