Beauty & Style
Planet-pleasing home textiles and totes, battling baldness, and more.
Beauty & Style
Green Bag It
By Marisa Iallonardo
Starting on April 22, Whole Foods Market in
Moves, Changes, & New Branches
EYE GALLERY OF CHAPPAQUA
The sister store to the 30-plus-year favorite, Scarsdale EyeCare, Eye Gallery offers a stylish inventory of high-end eye wear by Tom Ford, Robert Marc, Prada, John Varvatos, etc. (designer frames start at $200 and go up to $1,000). Optometrists on staff daily.
GLASS ONION ORIGINALS
This whimsical gifts gallery has moved into a larger space, just around the corner from its previous location. Find jewelry, glass ceramics, vintage furniture, women’s designer T-shirts, and clocks, most American-made and ranging from $20-$1,300.
This intimate-apparel boutique, featuring daywear and sleepwear by such designers as Natori, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, and Carole Hochman ($40-$175), has relocated to the
A PC Umbrella
What an idea! Pamela Zonsius, a Chappaqua resident and former director of women’s product development for
Reinvent Your Clothes
Thanks to designer Jane Wilson-Marquis, custom-made doesn’t have to mean bank-breaking prices.
Couture bridal and evening wear designer Jane Wilson-Marquis has given new meaning to the term “custom-made.” The English-born designer literally will reinvent your wardrobe: she’ll come to your home, look in your closet, and take items that you once loved and create new pieces. “This way, you have some input into what you’re wearing,” she says.
If you haven’t heard of Wilson-Marquis, odds are good it’s because you’re not in the market for a wedding gown. The designer made her mark in bridal fashions, creating couture and ready-to-wear gowns over the last 20 years for women from SoHo to Hollywood (Sandra Bullock in Forces of Nature and Meg Ryan in Kate & Leopold donned her dresses). She recently has expanded her business to include the in-home consultations, which start at about $750.
By Appointment Only. bridalgowns.net
9 Rolling Meadows La,
This upscale women’s boutique which opened in February, showcases couture day and evening wear, most original designs by owner Susan Miranda, a Parsons The New School for Design graduate. Miranda, who has outfitted such celebs as Gladys Knight and Carmen McRae, makes frequent use of sumptuous materials—she offers reversible silk-and-cashmere capes, velvet camisole tops, and iridescent silk chiffon scarves. “Because I design the fashions, I can accommodate any size or figure,” she says. The
shop is located in Miranda’s home; hours are by
July 1, enjoy a 15 percent discount on all merchandise.
It’s Easier Being Green
“Under the Canopy” at Fortunoff
(Second floor, Bedding and Bath Department)
(914) 287-8700 fortunoff.com
Want an all-green bedroom or bathroom? Consider shopping at this new shop-within-a-shop, a collaborative partnership between Fortunoff and the Under the Canopy company, makers of organic home textiles. This mini-boutique, located within the store’s second-floor Bedding and Bath Department, showcases the Under the Canopy brand of 100-percent organic bed and bath “fashions,” that is, sheets, comforters, towels, and loungewear.
In addition to being “earth-friendly”—no harmful pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers are used in their production, according to Under the Canopy’s founder and president, Marci Zaroff—these PC textiles are rather elegant. And while prices may be slightly higher than your regulation Bed, Bath & Beyond designs, blame it on the use of fair-trade cotton and production methods. So go ahead and pamper the planet—and yourself—with snuggly reversible duvets (starting at $79.99) and super-soft sheets (starting at $35.99), both featuring 250-thread-count sateen weave; lightweight jersey-knit nighties (starting at $28.49); voile drawstring pants ($47.99); baby-doll tank tops (starting at $32.99); and solid T-shirts ($22.49).
And expect extra-sweet dreams when you catch your zzzs sleeping on or wearing these eco-friendly designs—provided those sheep you count are organically raised at Stone Barns. // LY
By Nancy L. Claus
Photo courtesy of Getty Images
When your crowning glory is anything but, what can you do? The FDA has approved only three products for treatment of hair loss. No matter how much you want to believe, all the magic potions, lotions, tonics, and vitamins touted on late-night television just don’t work. The problem isn’t your diet, blocked hair follicles, or stress. The problem is, your hair follicles are dying. The culprit is DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a hormone present in both men and women (naturally, men have more of this hormone, therefore, more hair loss). It accounts for 95 percent of all hair loss and is, alas, a genetic trait, making hair loss hereditary. Other culprits include a physical or emotional crisis, low or high thyroid levels, anemia, diabetes, or going off birth control pills (even switching from a high- to low-dose pill can affect your hair). Still the following products are proven to work.
Propecia, a prescription-only pill just for men (cost per month: $60), inhibits production of DHT. In tests, it has helped men with mild to moderate hair loss on the top of the head and the middle-front of the head. (It hasn’t been proven to restore receding hairlines at the temples.) Dr. Saryna Young, a dermatologist at Westchester Medical Group, says Propecia “is one of the most evidence-based treatments that stops hair loss while encouraging modest hair regrowth.” Potential side effects include decreased libido. “There are also some unknowns about the long-term affects on the prostate gland,” Dr. Young says.
DHT does its dirty work by shrinking hair follicles. Rogaine, an over-the-counter lotion or foam, counters that by swelling the hair follicles’ tiny microvascular structures. As the follicles increase in size, the growing phase becomes longer, resulting in more hair. (At rogainedirect.com a four-month supply costs less than $60.) Rogaine comes in both men’s and women’s formulas, and works primarily on the vertex, or top of the head, for men. It is applied topically twice a day.
This past February, HairMax Lasercomb ($545, hairmax.com), a hand-held, low-level laser that passes light through the skin to reach cells below the surface, was approved for home use. While the company concedes that the process isn’t completely understood (though it believes the laser light causes an increase in cellular metabolism), its clinical study showed that 93 percent of subjects using the HairMax demonstrated “some degree” of hair re-growth. A female colleague, plagued with sudden and inexplicable hair loss, agreed to be our guinea pig and used Rogaine in conjunction with the LaserComb. After about six months, she reports, “the thinning spots have filled in considerably.”
Whichever product you try, before growth kicks in (usually after three or four months), consider using Toppik to conceal thinning spots. It comes in a shaker, sprinkling tiny color-matched organic keratin protein fibers on the scalp, which adhere via static electricity, intertwining with natural hair. No mess, no fuss, but you do need to avoid brushing your hair afterward, water, and excessive sweating ($21.95 for .363-ounce bottle). Available at Static Salon in
And of course there are always hair transplants. “They provide the most long-term benefit,” says Yael Halaas, MD, a plastic surgeon from
Heard of Restaurant Week? Now we’ve got Spa Week—and we’re not complaining. From April 14 through 20, prices on selected spa treatments are cut to $50 each at the following spas. (Visit spaweek.org for details. And do hurry—these get snapped up fast!)
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa
The Haven Spa
Village Day Spa
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Lorraine Hoy, winner of several Best of Westchester awards, is now laying her talented hands on faces at Satori (
After her landlord doubled her rent, Jennifer Yates was forced to close Le Spa in
Frédéric Fekkai in
Our region just got a bit more glamorous with the addition of Frédéric Fekkai Greenwich (