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Mosaic Buddha Head Lamps

Mosaic Buddha Lamps Display
All Photos By Gail

Hey what’s up? Is your Holiday shopping all done, or do you maybe need to pick up something special for the Buddhist or Yoga fan on your list? If that is the case, look no further than these totally bitchen, illuminated mosaic Buddha Heads. Available in an array of bright and cheery colors at the Union Square Holiday Market, Located in Union Square Park at 14th Street, between Union Square West and Broadway, through December 24th, 2016!

Mosaic Buddha Lamp Detail

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Product Review: Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder

mollys-suds-laundry-powder
Above Image Source. All Other Photos By Gail

As consumers, we are constantly monitoring what we eat, and scrutinizing food  product labels; but we don’t think as deeply about what we allow to touch our skin. Not many people are aware that a skincare product’s ingredients can, and do, find their way into our bloodstream. It’s a scary thought. After watching This Film, I became increasingly vigilant about checking labels on household products, searching out natural, fragrance-free, and chemically safe product alternatives for cleaning around my home.

Mollys Suds Advisory

Recently, I was asked to try the laundry powder Molly’s Suds and received a small sample packet it email to try on my own laundry. Molly’s Suds has a fascinating back story: the product line was created by a pediatric nurse, who began to do extensive research on chemical product additives after suffering the stillbirth of a child. She discovered that newborn baby cord blood and amniotic fluid have shown the presence of multiple non-natural toxins (as many as 240 chemicals have been found in cord blood). More than 120 of the chemicals were from toxins in food, personal care, household and environmental products. From her own personal tragedy, she felt a responsibility to teach others about these toxins, and to make a difference.

Mollys Suds Sample Package

The sample I received (shown above) contained enough laundry powder for two average-sized loads of wash, and you need to use just over one measured tablespoon for effective cleaning! If you are in the habit of using half a cup of liquid detergent (or more) per load, as I am, you know this may seems weird, because you can’t believe that such a small amount of product will really work. I was excited to put it to the test!

Being detergent-free, Molly’s Suds is low-sudsing product (in fact, you may see no suds at all), but don’t panic just because you are accustomed to equating lots of suds with a higher degree of cleanliness. One thing has nothing to do with other, so just trust that the small amount you’ve added to your wash is sufficient to get your clothes clean.

Upon coming out of the dryer, my clothes smelled fresh and clean, but had no discernible perfume-y scent, and even a well-trod-upon rug came out bright and stain free. I am sold on this product and happy to spread the word about Molly’s Suds: A safe and effective laundry product! Learn more about Molly’s Suds and buy their products online at This Link!

Mollys Suds Label

Beauties Sculpture Installation By John Monti in The Grace Building Lobby

Sculptures By John Monti
All Photos By Gail

I love a happy accident, which is what I have to call my discovery of this fun new exhibit by artist John Monti, which I spotted in the 42nd Street Lobby of The Grace Building as I walked past on the way to the F Train.

Sculptures By John Monti

Sculptures By John Monti Signage

The installation, which is made up of seven amorphous-shaped bright Red and Lime Green sculptures,  is called Beauties and it actually opens with a reception on Thursday, September 15th from 6 – 8 PM, which means there will probably be free wine!

Sculptures By John Monti

Sculptures By John Monti

Red Surface

Up close, you can see that the sculptures’ surfaces are covered with fine, sparkly glitter!

Green Surface

Sculptures By John Monti

I enjoyed looking at them.

Sculptures By John Monti

I know that if Geoffrey sees this photo he will say that they look like Sex Toys. Because they do.

Beauties will be on Exhibit through November 11th, 2016, at The Grace Building Lobby, Located at 1114 Avenue of the Americas (AKA Sixth Avenue), But the Main Entrance is on 42nd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, just across the street from Bryant Park and New York Public Library. This exhibit is sponsored by Arts Brookfield.

Eye On Design: Fluorescent Cactus Garden By Nobel Truong

Fluorescent Cactus Garden
All Photos By Gail

Laser cut from fluorescent green and fluorescent red acrylic, the Cactus Garden acts a both a day and night lighting fixture. The sculptures offer a subtle glow when in light thanks to the fluorescent material from which they are cut.

Fluorescent Cactus Garden

An LED wired base can also be fitted to each cactus, illumining the sculptures in UV blacklight. All cactus styles are cut to nest the lamp base, making the design entirely interchangeable.

Fluorescent Cactus Garden Detail 2

This installation was designed and fabricated by Nobel Truong in Los Angeles and photographed at the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC.

Fluorescent Cactus Garden Detail 3

Robert Miller Gallery Presents Glen Rubsamen’s Polygala

Glen Rubsamen Polygala
All Photos By Gail

If you’ve ever spent any time in LA or the surrounding area, few experiences that you can have here in NYC will imbue you with a sense of sweet nostalgia for the Southland quite like viewing this series of new paintings and photographs by artist Glen Rubsamen, which he calls Polygala.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Purple Palm Tree

In his second solo exhibition at Robert Miller, Rubsamen presents a series of paintings based on a project he began in 2012 to photograph juxtaposed billboards, palm trees and cell phone masts. As he explains, “it became quickly apparent that it was almost impossible to photograph a billboard in Los Angeles without a palm tree or cell phone tower, or both, sneaking into the picture frame.” Rubsamen describes the work’s static construction as an ‘accidental ensemble,’ an exercise in chance, and humorous negation of the classical principles of perspective, sequence and scale.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Two Guys and Palm Trees

I loved this painting, seen above, so much that I didn’t even want to wait for these two guys to move to photograph it, because obviously they are digging it as well, so why not just bring them into the experience?

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Street Lamp and Tree

I think part of the reason I was so quickly enamored of this exhibit is the color palette he uses – gradations of purples, blues and mint greens – all set against black shadows, which definitely set a mood of either dusk or dawn, while extracting endless memories of time I spent growing up in Southern California. In other words, these paintings really spoke to me, as they did to the friend I attended the exhibit with who is also from that area. I don’t think there is any greater compliment I could offer than that. I would love to own any of these pieces.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Billboard and Palm Trees

I think these are some of the most beautiful paintings I’ve seen in a recent exhibit. I highly recommend you check out this show while it is still up, because they are even more impactful in person.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Duo Framed

Glen Rubsamen’s Polygala will be on Exhibit Through December 21st, 2013 at Robert Miller Gallery, Located at 524 West 26th Street, In the Chelsea Gallery District. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM.

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Billboard and Street Light

Glen Rubsamen Polygala Signage

It's a Green Thing: "Bobble" Reusable Filtered Personal Water Bottle!


The Bobble: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

People who know me know that I am all about saving the Earth. I once wrote an article – and this was way, way back in the day before recycling was mandatory in NYC or anyone was talking about Global Warming or going “Green” or whatever – called “Save The Earth, Or Go Somewhere Else.” The article was highly controversial for its time, because I recommended that people do rad things like practice responsible family planning (Octomom, ugh. Gross), since disposable diapers are polluting the soil, and bringing their own coffee mugs to work in order to cut down on the wasteful use of disposable cups. Crazy! These days, I will lose my shit on tree-killers who throw clean, used copy paper in the regular trash instead of the recycling bin, because that is how much I love the Earth. And don’t even get me started on the shortsighted airheads who insist on ordering disposable bottles of drinking water by the cartons because they are too clueless and lazy to refill a reusable bottle. Those people frustrate me so much! Arrgh!

Fortunately, thank god, people are finally starting to grow some brain cells of consciousness about how bad for our environment disposal water bottles are when they end up in landfills and not in the appropriate recycling container. One company aiming to at least lower if not eliminate the use of disposable plastic water bottles is Bobble, which has introduced a line of individually filtered, refillable water bottles! According to Alkalinewaterfilterexperts.com, the public’s health would improve drastically if the masses adopted personal filters as a lifestyle. It’s like owning a personal sized Brita filter to carry around with you – healthy, economical, ecologically responsible and darn if they don’t look snazzy as well! There is no reason not to own one of these Bobble things. The Bobble comes in all kinds of cool colors (mine is hot Pink, naturally) and you can buy one now online for just $9.95. Save the Earth! Or go somewhere else!