Saturday, May 28, 2011

find your solemate

Whether you’re going to be a bridesmaid at an outdoor wedding or you’re planning on attending a Memorial Day picnic, chances are the thought of your heels sinking into the ground has crossed your mind. Before you go ahead and ruin a good pair of Manolos (and get yourself into a sticky situation), try SolesMates’ High Heeler ($9.95 per pair). The heel protector comes in three styles, Narrow (for super skinny heels), Wide and Classic and four colors–clear, black, gold and silver. They fit snuggly on the heel of your shoe and stay put while walking. By increasing the surface area on the base of the heel, it reduces pressure on this area and prevents heels from sinking into grass or falling into the cracks of bricks, cobblestones, subway grates and even wooden decks. You may be skeptical at first but you won’t think twice when you realize how much longer your shoes will really last without a visit to the shoemaker to repair the normal wear and tear. Go to to purchase or look for them at retailers nationwide.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

shield your skin from the sun

Here in New York City, it feels as if the rain will never end. But sooner or later it will be sunny again and we'll need to protect ourselves from all that UV stuff. Up to 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun. But instead of walking around all lathered up with sunscreen, try Mott50 sun protective clothing.

Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, Mott 50 is a new line of clothing that helps protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Each easy-to-wear piece offers a UPF of 50 (while a regular shirt provides a UPF of 5) and blocks both UVA (aging) and UBV (burning rays). The co-founders are two young women who were keenly aware of the damaging affects of ultra violet radiation (one has a history of melanoma in her family) and wanted a stylish option that encouraged better sun protection.

While traditionally this would be considered “fashion,” the brand also represents a new option in “skincare” and offers a chic alternative for people concerned with sun damage (wrinkles, brown spots, etc.) and skin cancer. During the month of May, 10% of tunic sales will go to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

To choose your favorite Mott 50 pieces, go to