• Las Vegas

    In the Biz: CocoFloss says FLOSS or BUST

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    I recently moved to Las Vegas as many of you know so everything is new to me here! Even though it is vastly different from NYC, I am finding gems in the most unusual places. In a city like Vegas, there is way less noise so you can appreciate and discover new things.

    I had some long overdue dental work that needed to be done so that was first on my list when we moved. We found Northview via Yelp and went for a visit. Upon my third visit, I noticed the cutest little promotional cards saying COCOFLOSS.

    I did some research and found out about them. A cool and modern twist on how to market, promotion and understand flossing. Very cool.

    This product was created a sister duo team! A dentist and an artist ūüôā ¬†How amazing.

    Find out more about Cocofloss and how to get them on http://www.cocofloss.com/

  • New York

    The Candle to Keep Mosquitos off: Aromaflage

    If you are sweet like me,  you know that mosquito bites are crazy in the summer time. But now you can enjoy the patio and balcony in peace with a new candle.  Have you seen this? Aromaflage, a luxury fragrance and candle line that naturally repels mosquitos! For July 4th, the limited edition 9 wick candle launched!
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    Created by Harvard Business School graduate and husband-wife duo, Aromaflage is free of DEET, chemicals, and parabens. Inspired by the ancient Southeast Asian practice of using aromatic essential oils to repel insects, Aromaflage is a botanical fragrance with a function.


    Aromaflage has been tested and is as effective as 25% DEET over 2.5 hours.

    About Mikey: If there is a round ball in sight, Mikey is putting, hitting, or chasing it. In fact, Mikey is always chasing his entrepreneurial ideas to make them a reality. He is constantly innovating and thinking of how to improve the way we live our lives. Mikey graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine and is pursuing an executive MBA at The Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. Partnering with his wife, Momo, has been the best decision of his life.

    About Momo: Momo lives in New York City, although she always needs her fix of waterside dining, outdoor activities, and beach time. She loves traveling and exploring new cultures, always integrating some piece of her adventures into her life. Momo is also intellectually curious, having completed degrees at Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge, and The Johns Hopkins University. She constantly pushes herself to question the status quo.

    The Story of Mikey & Momo‚ĄĘ: Momo is sweet. In fact, so sweet the bugs just love her. We were traveling through Southeast Asia and discovered an exotic, botanical fragrance that doubles as insect repellent. It smelled so good and worked so well. Too often we passed on applying perfume or cologne to avoid attracting painful and itchy bug bites. Too often we scrubbed our legs of insect repellent before climbing into bed‚Ķno more.

  • Asian

    In the Biz: Project Runway Designer Spotlight Angela Sum @byangelasum

    Where are you from/where do you live?
    born in HK, raised in Toronto (moved there at age 8), moved to NYC after uni, moved to LA just 4 months ago.

    If there was a theme song in your life, what would it be?
    –I really don’t have a good answer for this!¬† ‘Feel this moment’ ft Christina Agu

    What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?
    –Stay hungry, stay humble.¬† I think because of my humble beginnings (having to work for a lot), I appreciated every bit of opportunity I got.¬† I worked hard in everything I did.¬† I did really well in Waterloo comp and well in the finance-tech world, but I never settled, I didn’t get comfortable.¬† I still brought lunch almost daily, and I kept my rent cheap.¬† I wanted to prepare for the day I wouldn’t have a comfortable pay check and might not make income for years.

    What is the key to being successful/to stand out in your industry?
    It’s not one thing.¬† Talent itself won’t be enough.¬† I think it helps to be realistic and to be practical.¬† You need to plan but you also need to be flexible and adaptable–that’s something I’m learning since the corporate world was a lot more clear.¬† I’m still just starting so, I can’t say I’m successful or stand out enough quite yet to answer this question.

    What is your favorite quote?
    I really like this one I saw recently: Never trade respect for attention!

    Where can people find you online?
    twitter/instagram @byAngelaSum
    angelasum.com –on its way to be re-worked
    After so many years doing fashion as a side hobby, I’m finally starting up my line, so watch out for a new collection on www.angelasum.com.

  • New York

    In the Biz: @BenPatt

    Ben Patterson, Founder of http://heresthethingblog.com

    City you live in: Brooklyn

    If there was a theme song in your life, it would be:
    “This Must Be the Place” by the late, great Talking Heads.

    What’s the best advice you can give to a fledgling writer?
    Start writing. Now. Write every day. And read‚ÄĒmagazines, blogs, novels. The more you read, the better your writing will become. And if you don’t love writing, consider finding a new day job.

    What’s the key to being successful?
    Woody Allen said it best: 50 percent of success is showing up. (Or is it 70 percent? 90 percent? I forget.) Whatever the percentage is, the other critical part is being prepared. When someone finally opens the door, answers your call, or reads your email, make sure you’re putting your best foot forward.

    Quote that keeps you motivated:
    Fake it ’till you make it! (I probably say it to myself each and every day.)


    More Ben here: http://www.facebook.com/heresthething