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 White Plains no longer will be distributing plastic bags. Even if you don’t shop at the healthy-living chain, you can BYOB(ag). Here are tote bags that are stylish, chic, and environmentally friendly. 


Pink Mimi the Sardine tote with an eco friendly acrylic coating and water-resistant fabric.





No pesticides are needed in the cultivation of hemp and his hemp tote is no exception.





Printed with water-based eco-friendly ink, this 100-percent certified organic bag is made right here in the U.S.







“Kiss Me, I’m Organic”canvas tote made in the U.S. from 100-percent certified organic cotton, meaning no pesticides were used in the cotton production.





Beau Soleil “Reduce, Recycle Renew”raw cotton canvas tote features recycled straps and studs.






Certified Organic black tote. Originally produced for the 2007 Emmy Awards; part of the proceeds benefit the Environmental Media Association.



Moves, Changes, & New Branches


22 South Greeley Ave Chappaqua  (914) 238-5600

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.


4 Washington Ave Pleasantville (914) 741-6294

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.


238 Saw Mill River Rd Millwood (Millwood Town Plaza, Route 100)

(914) 941-0977

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 Milltown Town Plaza. As a thank you for shopping locally, Loungerie discounts all merchandise 10 percent except for hosiery, which is offered at a “buy ten, get one free” savings.

 Laurie Yarnell

A PC Umbrella

What an idea! Pamela Zonsius, a Chappaqua resident and former director of women’s product development for Saks Fifth Avenue, has designed the world’s first biodegradable umbrella—the Brelli. This means that, unlike other umbrellas, whose plastic can take hundreds of years to biodegrade, the Brelli will decompose in one to two years. We at Westchester Magazine tested it out. And, even though it looks like something we’d stick in a pretty pink cocktail, it worked great in a nasty rainstorm. The 37-inch Brelli is $28; the 52-inch, $38. Available at Lilies and Lace in Armonk and

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.

Jane Wilson-Marquis, 275 Main St, Mount Kisco.

By Appointment Only.



9 Rolling Meadows La,

Pound Ridge

(914) 764-1606

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
appoint­ment. Through
July 1, enjoy a 15 percent discount on all merchandise.

Laurie Yarnell


It’s Easier Being Green

“Under the Canopy” at Fortunoff

1 Maple Ave, White Plains 

(Second floor, Bedding and Bath Department)

 (914) 287-8700

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

 Hair Today…

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 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,, 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 White Plains or at

 And of course there are always hair transplants.  “They provide the most long-term benefit,” says Yael Halaas, MD, a plastic surgeon from Scarsdale who practices in Manhattan. “Basically, we take a strip of hair from the back of the head and then microscopically dissect individual hair follicles and transplant them to the thinning areas.” The cost depends on the number of grafts needed, but averages around $5,000.

Bargain Alert

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 for details. And do hurry—these get snapped up fast!)


735 E Boston Post Rd , Mamaroneck, (914) 777-2873

Laser Cosmetica

10 Chester Ave, (First Floor), White Plains, (914) 682-0727

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

The Westchester, White Plains, (914) 840-8880

The Haven Spa

1326 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor (914) 923-4516

Village Day Spa

45 Kraft Ave Bronxville, (914) 337-7727


Is your favorite beauty pro MIA? Check here first.

Lorraine Hoy, winner of several Best of Westchester awards, is now laying her talented hands on faces at Satori (171 Katonah Ave, Katonah, 914-767-3303). How popular is Hoy? “She’s booked from eight am to eight pm,” reports Sandy Lussi, co-owner and acupuncturist at the spa.

After her landlord doubled her rent, Jennifer Yates was forced to close Le Spa in New Canaan. Now she has transformed the third floor of her spacious 1700s home in Greenwich (45A William St, 203-340-2616) into a spa and christened it Rejuvenations. Fans love her two-hour rejuvenation facial ($385) where she pulls out all the stops: microdermabrasion, microcurrent therapy, and lots of masks, serums, and yummy smelling creams. “Women walk out afterwards, their faces transformed and younger looking,” Yates says.

Frédéric Fekkai in Greenwich

Our region just got a bit more glamorous with the addition of Frédéric Fekkai Greenwich (2 Lewis Ct, Greenwich, CT, 203-861-6700). This is the super stylist’s  seventh outpost, and now you too can get a haircut for $750 from the master himself—that is if you can wait six months. You also can purchase his namesake hair spray for $23 or perhaps a classic hairbrush for $95. According to Creative Director Alexandre Chouery (the official hairdresser for the Cannes Film Festival), the salon will have extended hours—to 7 pm on Fridays and 8 pm on Thursdays.





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