Author: Lillian Africano

Uniworld Launches U, a River Cruise for Millennials

Share: While other river cruise lines simply add features designed to appeal to millennials, Uniworld has boldly staked out the millennial market with a unique new brand called U. With two ships—the A and B—each carrying a maximum of 120 passengers, the brand is aimed at reaching 21- to 45-year-olds with a combination of luxury, casual elegance, customized cuisine, entertainment and shore excursions. To educate travel agents in the same age group as the target demographic, Uniworld launched a contest (through August 15th) to have agents compete for spots on the sneak-peek cruise sailing a Paris to Paris itinerary...

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My Beauty Buster Experience with Celebrity Esthetician Lora Condon

Share: Until a few weeks ago, I had nothing in common with Tory Johnson, Debra Rush, Flo Anthony and a long list of other celebrities. But now I ‘m a member of the Beauty Buster Experience club, one of the lucky people to have been treated by Lora Condon, who has developed a truly extraordinary facial that is unlike any I have ever experienced. The beauty Buster Experience, a 90-minute treatment includes DMK Enzymes (the magical ingredients!), my own oxygen, LED lights, Beauty Buster Skin Care products, Reiki, a jade roller and—the bonus—a callus-dissolving foot treatment with reflexology. Lora...

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Sunset Boulevard Closes With a Really Big Bang

Share: I’ve been going to the theater since I was 12 years old, but until recently I had never been to a final performance. Okay, for the many years I was a theater critic, I did attend some final performances—because the shows opened and then closed almost immediately. But this Sunday matinee of Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close was very, very different. First and foremost, it was an Event, a celebration of Glenn Close’s magnificent portrayal of Norma Desmond, the aging and delusional star of silent movies who believes she can–and should–return to the silver screen. Ms. Close sets...

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Etymotic’s MK5 Isolator Earphones Deliver High End Sound for a Low-End Price

Share: New high-fidelity, low profile earphones for sports and travel I travel a lot and during long-haul flights, I plug into my vintage iPod for entertainment and usually listen to favorite audiobooks. Since engine noise can make listening difficult, I use noise isolating earphones. I’ve tried a borrowed pair of the big Bose earphones that cost about $450, and though they did a perfect job of delivering excellent, uncluttered sound quality, I decided against purchasing a pair due to their size and price. I did buy the company’s SoundTrue earphones for $130 from an online vendor—and subsequently returned them...

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Enter New Jersey Sandcastle Contest July 12

Share: Making castles in the sand has always been a fun part of a trip to Jersey Shore beaches. Some talented sand sculptors have raised that past time to an art. On July 12, amateurs and professionals alike can show their talent at the 18th Avenue Beach in Belmar, during the 31st Annual NJ Sandcastle Contest. In addition to the contest, there will be games, dancing, music and prizes. This perfect family event is free and is open to sandcastle artists of all ages. Judging is based on originality, creativity, resourcefulness and accessories. Participants are encouraged to use environmentally friendly materials when building...

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