Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Look Great, Feel Good for the Holidays in GothamGear Fitness and Yoga Apparel

We know you're busy--always running from one appointment or event to another, trying to fit 20,000 things into the day before the kids get home from school. Which means you probably find yourself shlepping workout clothes around town until you eventually hit the gym...and taking time to change back to your civilian attire once you finish your workout. Lucky for you, there's Mortal by GothamGear, designed to meet the needs of, well, mere mortals.

This urban-chic, eco-friendly fitness and yoga line for women was designed by Jenny Goodman, a Manhattanite with an active lifestyle and little closet space. Jenny found it difficult to find flattering fitness apparel that moved easily from the gym or yoga studio to the sidewalk cafe or book store. With input from apparel experts, friends, fitness trainers and other athletes, she decided to create her own line, Mortal by GothamGear.

So is GothamGear really so special that it will make you put your Lululemons on a back shelf? Above all, GothamGear is performance wear - every piece is made from technical fabric with moisture wicking, breathability, durability, four-way stretch and comfort features including flat seams, non-elastic shelf bras and waistbands and double-layer gussets (what is a gusset? - check out the website). Jenny believes that it's okay to look great when you are working out - each piece is crafted with urban-chic styling with colors that are meant to mix and match and blend into the urban landscape (no need to look like you are training for the Olympics). The fabric is made from recycled nylon with Lycra so the entire line is eco-friendly. And if that isn't enough, it's all made in the US (look out for new styles coming this spring made right here, in Manhattan). But enough about the nitty gritty.

Do they look and feel great? The Fold-over Waist Yoga Pant does. You can fold the waistband to the height which is most flattering for your body type. This boot-cut pant features a hidden back hip pocket for your keys, cell phone or ID. The Trouser Pant (shown here in Indigo) features functional front zip welt pockets, faux back welt pockets and a slightly flared leg. On top: the Twist-Front Cami, Jenny's best-selling top, (shown here in Washed Blue)--boasts a sweetheart neckline and gathered bust. The shelf bra and adjustable bra-friendly straps make it a perfect fit for any workout routine.

The Squareneck Flutter Sleeve has a feminine flair, thanks to an empire seam and a loose, flirty fit on the bodice. It's so comfy and feminine you'll forget it's workout wear and slip it on for lunch with the girls. Jenny's best-selling pant, the Five Pocket Pant, looks and fits like your favorite boot-cut jean with faux front pockets and faux fly and functional back patch pockets. But my absolute favorite is the uber-comfy Cap Sleeve Scoopneck with shirred sleeves. Sure, it's moisture wicking and has four-way stretch but, have I mentioned how comfortable it is?! I put it on and couldn't wait to get to the gym... If that's not miracle workout wear, I don't know what is!

Just in time for the holidays...go to to make your purchase and enter coupon code KIDANDCABOODLE (all caps) at checkout to receive 20% off your order of $100 or more (valid today through 12/25/10).

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

expert advice: should I get a nose job as an adult? from plastic surgeon Sam Rizk

I have often thought about getting a nose job. I mean, who wouldn't want a prettier profile? But then I think to myself, "Wouldn't it be weird to all of a sudden show up at my kids' school with a new nose?" So I asked Dr. Sam Rizk his opinion on the procedure and how to handle getting a nose job later in life. Here, his expert response...

Kidandcaboodle: "Is it weird to get a nose job as an adult?"

Sam Rizk: "Rhinoplasty used to be considered a rite of passage for teens, but teenagers are just one group of rhinoplasty patients today. More and more adult women and men are seeking surgery to improve their profiles or correct a hump that has bothered them since childhood, or in many cases, restore a previous rhinoplasty that was sub optimal. About a third of my practice is teens, a third is adults, and the remaining third are secondary procedures to revise earlier surgeries. The biggest difference between a teenage patient and an adult is that adults typically want more subtle changes to be made because they do not want to look different. They want refinements, rather than obvious size reduction or sweeping changes. Most adults would prefer not to tell everyone they know that they have undergone a rhinoplasty, and with modern techniques, that is entirely possible. Your close friends and family may note something different about your appearance, but casual acquaintances will just think you look good but may not know exactly why. I strive to give you the same or similar nose you have, only refined and more beautiful to suit your other facial features. Balance is an integral component to a well orchestrated rhinoplasty operation."

K&C: "Can you explain your 3D procedure?"

SR: "The nose is the most prominent feature on your face; even a small change to your nose will affect your whole appearance in a big way. The modern concept in rhinoplasty is to preserve the general characteristics of the original nose, and make small alterations to straighten or refine the shape and projection, which is what my patients ask for. A natural looking profile and tip are far more desirable today than the pinched look that was prevalent in past decades. The nose is considered to be one of the most complex anatomical structures on the face. The internal structure of the nose is supported by a delicate framework of small bones and resilient cartilage. Even a tiny miscalculation on the part of the surgeon can lead to unsatisfactory results. However, with well orchestrated surgery it is certainly possible to create a beautiful and natural looking nose that will stand the test of time. With my high definition 3D approach, I am able to visualize all the delicate structures of the nose during the operation to fine tune the results I can achieve. The greatest advantage is precision; this technique enables me to make minute changes to cartilage and bone that have a big impact on the final shape of the nose. There are no cons so to speak about using this tool; only advantages in my view. It is most beneficial with more complex cases that require extensive grafts from cartilage and bone. For a primary rhinoplasty, a nose that just has a hump or tip deformity, 3D is less of a necessity, however, even in these instances, there are benefits to utilizing this unique technology."

K&C: "How long is the recovery time?"

SR: "In my practice, we are very focussed on making the recovery phase of surgery as seamless as possible. My patients are busy; whether they are CEOs or soccer moms, they have full schedules and need to get back in the game quickly - within a week or ten days. My Rapid Recovery rhinoplasty procedure allows for speedy recuperation, less bruising and swelling. Most of my patients look good in 10 days and great in 2-3 weeks as more of the swelling resolves. I have moved away from using packing in the nose which was uncomfortable for patients. There is usually a splint required for about 5 days which is removed in my office. Patients report that they have minimal discomfort; they feel stuffy and sore for the first few days but most of them only take Tylenol or nothing at all after that. Minor procedures will have even less of a recovery and it is not unusual for patients to get back to work in a week."

K&C: "Who are the best candidates for rhinoplasty?"

SR: "The best candidates for a High Definition Rhinoplasty are all ages, female and male, who desire a change to their profile, nasal tip and/or base of the nose in a simplified, precise manner with reduced recovery time. I use this technique now on all my rhinoplasty patients and it has become key to my approach in the operating room."

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