Let there be (Laser) Light!

January 5th, 2015


{Getting our bronze on: Dani Diaz, moi, Vivi Duenas and I circa 1994}

treating sun-damaged skin

{Getting laser treatment with Aesthetician Holly at Dr. Leonard Tachmes‘ Miami Beach office}

laser facial

In highschool, my best friend Vivi (Dani would join occasionally) and I would hit the beaches located just South of Fifth, and douse ourselves with baby oil (see first photo which will make any red-blooded dermatologist curl up and croak). Afterwards, we’d rotate clockwise with the blazing sun for 5 solid hours while feverishly discussing our latest heartbreaks and hookups, how Ransom Everglades‘ curriculum is no joke, what we were going to order for lunch, what we were going to wear to the next “Casual Friday” at school, what we were going to eat for a snack and where we were going to grub for dinner. See a common theme here? We’re both next-level foodies. Clearly, we missed our calling as competitive eaters.

Fast forward to today, and these halcyon days on the beach have left me the gift that just keeps on giving (I kid!): Sun-damaged skin and brown spots on my face. But I’m hellbent on eradicating said sunspots with a little help of Doctor Leonard Tachmes and SharpLight‘s laser light therapy. Each session costs $250 and there’s no downtime or scary appearance (like Fraxel laser) afterward. Three to six treatments are needed for maximum results — this is not a one-trick pony per say.

The idea behind the laser treatment? The system penetrates deep into the dermal (second layer of skin) tissue where collagen (fibrous proteins) is produced to stimulate an increase in new collagen formation. This action tightens skin as well as reduce the appearance of redness, uneven facial textures, minor wrinkles and enlarged pores.

I received my first treatment (which takes about 20 minutes) last month with Holly and am going in for round two this Wednesday. There is minimal pain involved and the sensation can be best described as a blast of heat followed by a swift cooling sensation — with the area around the hairline being the most sensitive. Afterwards, I didn’t channel a red lobster and went about my day as usual. The following day, my sunspots were a little crusty (or “peppered” as Holly describes) and flaked off. One month later, I am indeed noticing a more even skintone. Holly tells me I’ll need 3 to 6 treatments to see maximum results, so I will update you all on this front.

The moral of the story? Always wear sunscreen and if you don’t, well, there’s a laser for that. 

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A Decadent Daily Grind

June 12th, 2014


{Now THAT’S a proper cup of Joe}

I always tell my husband, “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my morning coffee,” and now that statement has changed to a resounding, “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my Nespresso.”

Yes, the kind folks at Nespresso recently sent over their latest innovation, the revolutionary new VertuoLine system, which brews both an American style large-cup coffee topped with a silky and generous crema (see my pic above) as well as an authentic espresso all at the touch of a button. I know, brilliant!

While the VertuoLine boasts a bold range of flavor selections — Stormio (rich and strong), Odacio (bold nd lively), Melozio (smooth and balanced) and Elvazio (delicate and fruity) — I’m partial to Stormio because it wakes me right up and tastes delish when paired with my favorite crème brulée coffee creamer.

I was also asked to explore what I consider “Spring entertaining in style,” and I have to say my idea of the perfect social gathering would start off  by inviting friends over for a pool day. This would be followed by an Argentine BBQ (grilled by my husband) followed by more dips in the pool. And when everyone’s burnt out from the sun and steaks…I’d whip up a batch of Nespresso espressos to perk them back up!


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You, Too, Can Be a Top Chef. Really.

June 2nd, 2014

Blue Apron

{Blue Apron — cooking made easy}


{This is what is delivered to your door}


{Follow the dummy-proof steps}


{And…nom on the yumminess}

If I see another turkey meatball, I’m going to hurl myself off the Rickenbacker Causeway with cinder blocks tied to my ankles. No, really. You see, between my current rotation of tried-and-true home-cooked meals for my family (turkey meatballs, stuffed peppers, chicken fajitas and repeat), I got sick and tired of the same ol’, same ol’. One day, I saw Blue Apron on my friend’s Instagram feed and was gobsmacked. The next week, the fresh-ingredients-to-your-door service was on Gilt and I bought it at half the price (winning!).

Unlike other food delivery services, Blue Apron mails you three uncooked meals for two people ($10 each meal). Fresh fruits, veggies, spices and protein are mailed to your door in a refrigerated box (see picture above to see what I mean). All you have to do is prepare and cook each meal which, bible, tastes so good, it makes me wanna smack yo’ mama.

Pictured here is my first meal — Korean Stir-Fried Beef Chapchae. It’s something I would never fathom cooking on my own accord, so that notion in itself is of note. Next, said recipe required exotic spices such as Gochugaru, sweet potato vermicelli noodles and ginger — again, ingredients I would never buy on my own. I whipped up this dish in 30 minutes and it was enough to feed my family of four. All of us loved it — especially since it was something novel and delicious. Change is good!

Just thought I’d share this new found gem with you — just in case you, too, suffer “I have nothing to cook” syndrome.

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It Girl Stats: Martina Borgomanero Basabe

May 27th, 2014

Martina Borgomanero Basabe

{Fabian & Martina Basabe}

She loves a fierce game of Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga (GOD I LOVE THIS WOMAN). She’s a doting mother (and a damn sexy one at that). She’s Italian (which is everything to me). She’s married to socialite, reality TV star and hunk Fabian Basabe (and he’s a picky one, I tell you). She’s also the heiress to the La Perla lingerie fortune (um, winning!). And she loves going to the movies by herself which is totally cool (and ball-sy). Yes, I’m talking about the stunning Martina Borgomanero Basabe, kids. Without further ado, I share with you Martina’s musts, lusts and more…

Name: Martina Borgomanero Basabe
Location: Miami Beach
Occupation: Mom
Secret talent: Ping Pong
Current handbag on rotation: Muzungu Sisters and Rogier Vivier Metro Bag
Go-to Jeans: J Brand plus a couple of trusted vintage Levi’s
T-Shirt: Forever 21
Swimwear: Tezuk — I buy them in Italy —  they don’t distribute in USA yet
Pajamas: Never
TV Shows: SNL, The Walking Dead
Mascara: Maybelline’s Great Lash BIG Mascara in Blackest Black
Foundation: Never
Eyeshadow/liner: MAC’s Pearglide Intense Eye Liner in Industrial
Lipstick/gloss: MAC’s Lipstick in Russian Red and Rosebud Perfume Co.’s Minted Rose Lip Balm
Blush: Benefit Cosmetics’ Benetint
Bronzer: Never
Shampoo & Conditioner: Ojon — on rotation according to needs
Hair product: Unite U Luxury Argan Oil
Salon for cut and color: Concept 5 Edgewater Studio
Nails salon: Anywhere off the streets
Fave nail polish hue: They’re always clear
Body moisturizer: Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Lotion
Face wash: Cetaphil
Facial moisturizer: Murad’s Essential C-Day Moisture by day and Perfecting Serum by night
Fitness: Bikram yoga… occasionally
Athletic wear: Forever 21
Lingerie: Eberjey
Sneakers: Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Stars
Lunch spot: The Local House
Dinner: Casa Tua
Sweet spot: Buena Vista Deli
Dessert: Espresso
Last meal on earth: Ristorante “Da Fino” in Riccione, Italy
Travel: India
Fun fact: I absolutely love to go to the movie theater by myself
For my birthday, get me: Ms. Pac Man & Galaga upright arcade game machines

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Read This: The Good House

January 19th, 2014


The Good House will have you reaching for a big glass of wine — until you stumble upon the page in which you find out the loveable protagonist, Hildy Good, is a recovering alcoholic. And still struggling with sobriety.

In this guilty pleasure chosen by my neighborhood book club group, author Ann Leary (also a recovering addict) does a wonderful job portraying small-town life in coastal New England — peppered with nosy neighbors, witchcraft, boozy shenanigans, horrid hangovers, a cheating scandal and real estate greed.

From the moment I picked up this well-written tale, I couldn’t put it down. Same will go with you. It will also have you rooting for Hildy to get back on the wagon. Cheers to that!

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