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WHAT I’M LOVING NOW (Spring Edition)

I know it has been a minute (OK…OK…a few months) since my last post; but to say that life has gotten in the way would be an understatement.

Work at QM has picked up quite a bit which has kept me super busy as of late. With the uptake in work  came some crazy moments with my health (as many of you know I have been managing Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which when out of control can really have me out of it along with my migraines). But, after NYFW this past February, I took stock and refocused and got myself back in order. Sometimes as women, we forget how difficult it can be to keep everything in balance if we don’t make a conscious effort to do so. I used the Spring (a time of renewal and rebirth) to make a pledge to myself to literally add the “me time” to the calendar in pen– otherwise know as investing in #TeamMe.

What does that mean?

Well, I have added yoga back to my weekly calendar after a two and a half year hiatus. At least twice a week, you can find me at Yoga Herald Square sweating it out at a 60 or 90 minute hot yoga class– releasing the stress and easing the aches and pains that come taking care of business (and running all over town doing so).

#TeamMe also had really making an effort of getting my thyroid disorder under control as it was affecting everything else in my life (sleep, diet, energy, skin, hair, concentration….just to name a few). I was tired of feel sluggish and tired all the time and looking like I got hit by a MACK truck (yes seriously…..I felt like it too). It didn’t help that I was in the middle of prepping clients for Fashion Week shows/presentations and burning the candle on both ends and along the sides (is that even possible?). After spending the night in the hospital after a really bad migraine right before NYFW  and being told by my doctor (well being screamed at to be more accurate) that I pretty much was deficient in every vitamin and mineral known to man– and being threatened with a hospital stay, I sought the help of a nutritional coach to help me get back on the ball.

Which brings me to the first item on my “What I’m Loving Now” List….





One of the biggest problems I was having was that I was so busy that I did’t have time to eat. I pretty much would spend the entire day working and would get into a flow and not want to stop for lunch and then find myself having unable to eat because either my head would hurt so much from a hunger headache or from being so filled with air that I just wasn’t hungry anymore. It was not a good look. It was wreaking havoc on my thyroid and pretty much just messing me up badly. I ended up meeting Irina (a former member of the Romanian national gymnastics team) over at NYC Health & Nutrition and began a 6 week program to get myself back on track. Irina put me on a schedule that included vitamins and food (among other things) that would help me get back in control.

One of the things she introduced me to was Herbalife’s nutritional shakes. It was a great option to get the much needed nutrients (remember what the doctor said) that I was missing from my lack of eating like a human being. Now Herbalife has a whole bunch of nutritional shakes in a some amazing flavors (dulce de leche, cookies and cream, chocolate, etc). I personally opted for the Alternative Proteins Shake which currently only comes in Vanilla as it doesn’t contain soy and gluten (no-no’s for folks with my issue). But why do I like it so much?  “Formula 1 Alternative Proteins is a delicious healthy meal that satisfies hunger, helps manage weight and gives lasting energy, with balanced amino acids from pea, sesame and rice proteins. Each gluten-free certified shake is packed with 21 vitamins and minerals, herbs and fiber.” I make mine with Almond milk and it taste great or when I want to feel fancy or have more time (like on the weekends) I throw it in the Nutribullet with a banana and some chia and other fruit and make a delicious smoothie. I have the shake twice a day (my second one is either before or after yoga) and keep it moving).

You can meet Irina or one of her partners at NYC Health & Nutrition here in New York or in their office in LA. Just visit their website here for more info.  Tell them Tamara sent you!




Maybe it’s in my name or maybe it is just what it is….but I am a walker. I walk everywhere here in New York. To be honest, I think it is more because I don’t have the patience to wait for public transportation or a cab. I just joined the FitBit tribe last month when I got a Charge. I’ve had fitness trackers in the past, but this is by far my favorite.Not the brand’s most fancy one, but for me it does what it needs to do and more  (track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and sleep– and it has caller ID and it tells time– HA).  But why do I love it so much? Well, it syncs to your phone via their own app (Android & iPhone) and your computer. It also has the ability to sync with other apps including MyFitnessPal, UA Record, MapMyFitness and many more. It also allows you to challenge your friends to see who can rack up the most steps during the day, the week or over the weekend. The natural competitor in me loves that and online, they have community forums which can lead to you finding a workout partner or a new friend. I can easily see why this is the most popular of the fitness trackers on the market.




My skin suffered the most during this whole crazy period when my thyroid was really out of whack. I had breakouts that I hadn’t seen since junior high and that had me running to the dermatologists and to the spa to try and save my face. I started going for regular facials at the Desheli Spa & Rejuvenation Center in Midtown. Desheli, founded in 2008 in Israel, is known worldwide for their innovation in botanical, stem-cell, diamond powder and light therapies. They focus on improving the look and texture of the skin and hair of men women with patented deep hydration and anti-aging products. One of my favorite products are their hyaluronic capsules.

Look, it’s a fact, we are going to get older and our skin changes. Some faster than others and outside factors (pollution, health, etc) also contribute to the acceleration of the aging process. These capsules contain hyaluronic acid that fill cells with moisture and helps them stay hydrated throughout the day. Used morning and night, the capsules help stimulate the  cells regeneration process, helping to minimize lines and wrinkles, increases the tone of the skin, and slows the aging process. Desheli’s Hyaluronic Capsules contain natural oils and extracts that nourish the skin.




Another random and unwanted side effect of Hashimoto’s is super dry skin and hair (which causes the hair to thin and break a lot). Having dreadlocks,it’s hard to put some of the products on the market “designed” for natural hair  in my hair as they tend to be heavy and cake and not dissolve totally in my hair due to the nature of the style and also have parabens and other irritants that hurt my scalp. With that said, my new best friend is Tropic Isle Living’s Lavender Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I use it for everything! It’s a natural miracle worker. It’s great for treating everything from dry hair and dry scalp to helping to thicken your hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows! It is also great for helping with extremely dry skin and mild acne (did I say it was a miracle worker? For more uses, check out this great article.). By itself, castor oil can smell a little icky, but Tropic Isle Living infuses theirs with some great natural oils including lavender and coconut. I personally like the scent of lavender and it’s calming properties (I tend to do my hair moisturizing at night so it helps to calm me before sleeping).  Mr Socialite has commented on how thick and healthy and long my hair has gotten thanks to this all natural (yep…only ingredients…Castor Oil and Lavender Oil) gem of a product.





Who doesn’t love the feel of a clean face? Between the recent breakouts, my hot yoga workouts and my general obsession with my skin, I am always looking for the perfect product or tool to help achieve the feel and look of gorgeous clear skin. Vanity Planet’s Spin For  Perfect Skin cleansing brush set is definitely a must have for the skin obsessed. This 5 piece system (1 facial cleansing brush, 1 exfoliating facial brush, 1 body cleansing brush, 1 pumice stone and the handheld device) needs to be part of your daily and weekly routine. Let’s face it (pun intended) we live in environments which wreak havoc on our skin. From smog and other air pollutants, the sun, sweat and more….and the fact that we are aging (hello, we aren’t getting any younger), we want our skin to look its best. The Spin For Perfect Skin system pretty much can help you do that from head to toe with brushes (and a pumice stone) for all your needs. What separates this  brush systems from many of the others out there is that it actually spins in gentle circular motions versus a side to side movement. I personally like this because I feel like I am getting a gentle exfoliation with each wash as well as a thorough cleansing. Afterward, I did the astringent test– you know, when you go and follow your cleansing with an astringent. Most times you find yourself still removing a layer of dirt and asking yourself “did I actually wash my face?” But, with the Spin For Perfect Skin, I haven’t had to ask myself this once! Oh and yeah…your misters are going to want to get in on the action too…smdh. Just ask Mr. Socialite who finds this thing pretty cool.




The French have been raving about Micellar Cleansing Water for over a hundred years. We here in the States are a little tardy to the party on this one. Found at most local drugstores, beauty specialty stores and department stores, (I am found of Garnier’s and I get mine at CVS), there is no longer any excuses ladies to sleep with makeup on. None. Nope. Nada. I don’t care how tired you are coming from work or the club or wherever, you can now clean your face before bed. Why? Because this one product simplifies the nightly cleansing process from 3-4 steps down to just 1– and no rinsing is involved! I know you are looking at the screen all skeptical, but it works and it’s pretty simple (and ingenious) actually. Micellar Cleansing Water features micelle cleansing molecules that pull oil and dirt away from the face (see the images below for the explanation). And because there is no alcohol, fragrance or harsh chemicals in micellar cleansing water, it’s pretty much safe for all skin types (particularly those who suffer with dry and acne prone skin– yay me).



TRADITIONAL CLEANSERS work individually to dissolve oil, dirt and makeup so you have to rub your face harshly and rinse with water to clean your face completely (image via Garnier)


MICELLAR CLEANSING MOLECULES cluster together to lift the oil, dirt and makeup on contact. So basically you don’t have to rub or rinse! (image courtesy of Garnier)


That’s what I have been coveting so far this spring. All the images (except for the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water) are clickable and will lead you to the brand’s page so you can get one too. Because you can get the Cleansing Water at most major chain drug stores, start there first.

And also….this isn’t a sponsored post. I bought each product mentioned here and reviewed each on my own without any solicitation.

Hope you find these products as great as I have found them.

Until next time my lovelies!


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There is no denying that New York City lives up to its nickname, “the City that never sleeps.” There is always something going on—a parade here, a protest there, maybe a street fair and a high profile political figure’s visit thrown in for good measure. It’s enough to drive anyone (even this Big Apple native) crazy.

With the mercury rising and folks enjoying the busy streets on summer vacation, New York is especially busy. Browsing the shops of Rockefeller Center can be a little hectic with all the people milling past you posing for pictures, strolling in and out of stores or sampling some “street meat” at one of the many food carts on the corner.  In the midst of all that chaos is a beautiful oasis known as RAIN AFRICA. From the moment you step in off the street, you’re drawn into a sanctuary. To say in a short time that this has become one of my favorite hideaways in the city would be an understatement.

Rain Africa is an amazing boutique that specializes in handmade, African products. The store (and over all Rain Africa company) prides itself on its commitment to not only bring their customers high quality products but also products that are ecologically responsible and are ethically traded. Each item sold there are crafted from oils and other materials wild-harvested from indigenous plants sourced throughout Southern Africa and are presented in 100% handmade packaging that is recyclable and deliberately made to be multi-purpose.

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Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of getting to know the staff and the products very well. Every person working at Rain is intimately familiar with each item sold, their ingredients, their properties and more. They gladly suggest gifts, products you might enjoy and their favorites—giving you one-on-one, hands on experience as they take you through the store.  The staff will gladly take you through the various “stations” and tables in the store on what you quickly find to be a tour for your senses—as you touch, smell and see what makes the products at Rain Africa so wonderful.

The store is full of what seems like an endless supply of beauty, spa, home and baby items crafted specifically to tantalize. I had the pleasure of sampling a few of their products that definitely have me craving more.

Their newest collection is called BIOLOGIE and features a line of high quality all natural and organic products designed not only cleanse and moisturize but also to heal. I had a chance to try both the Shampoo and Conditioner. With natural hair (I have dreadlocks) and a very sensitive scalp, I am very particular about the products I use.

The Biologie shampoo is quickly becoming a favorite of mine because of how light, fragrant (but not over powering) and easily rinses out it is. Made with healing ingredients including Baobab Pulp, Rooibos, Rosemary Oil, Spearmint Oil (great for migraines, fatigue and stress) along with vitamins A, E, D, F and Omega fatty acids, this shampoo gently yet thoroughly cleanses your hair removing all the traces of the grime and grit from your day.

Biologie Shampoo $20
Biologie Shampoo $20

The conditioner features Jojoba, Marula Oil, Vitamin E, Sesame Seed and Spearmint Oils that adds moisture without weighing down your locks as well as soothes the scalp. As the season’s change, I tend to get very dry scalp and one thing I noticed with regular use of both the shampoo and conditioner that began to change. The Spearmint Oil also seemed to “open” my scalp up not leaving me with a tight feeling as I have experienced with other shampoos and conditioners. Both are made for all hair types, it is safe enough for everyday use. The Shampoo retails for $20 and the conditioner retails for $22.

Biologie Conditioner #22
Biologie Conditioner $22

I also tried what has now become my signature scent (sorry Daisy (the original one), you have been eclipsed after all these years)—the African Rain Mist. As many of you already know, I am not your typical woman when it comes to fragrances. I tend to gravitate to musky, woodsy smells—almost like a man’s cologne.  African Rain Mist features subtle tones of lemon, mandarin, freesia and moss that are absolutely intoxicating.  An example of the multi-purpose nature of Rain’s products, this mist “triples” as a room refresher, linen spray as well as a perfume—and it’s unisex. The fragrance….super sexy.  As African Rain is non-pressurized and does not contain CFCs, it is “ozone friendly” and sensual at the same time. African Rain Mist retails for $24.

African Rain Mist $24
African Rain Mist $24

Rain Africa is located in the heart of Rockefeller Center at 59 W 49th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in midtown Manhattan.   Also, through the end of the year, Rain is also hosting a pop-up shop on 8th Avenue and 46th Street.  Both shops are easily accessible. Stop by…tell them the Curvy Socialite sent you!

For those of you not in the New York area, you can also shop online at




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