Author: Lillian Africano

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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Aboard the One-of-a-Kind Crystal Esprit

Share: The one-of-a-kind Crystal Esprit yacht was launched as part of the line’s brand expansion into every aspect of luxury travel, which included private jets (Crystal Luxury Air), river cruises, new ocean ships/products and more. The yacht, which debuted in December 2015 was formerly a private vessel built in 1991 and owned by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, the Malaysian billionaire who acquired the cruise line earlier in the year. After an extensive renovation and retrofit, the Crystal Esprit emerged as a 31-cabin ship that could carry a maximum of 62 passengers, with a 90+ crew—a service ratio that...

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Alpha Blu Skincare: Stem Cell Anti-Aging Pioneer

Share: Not so long ago, the only options for serious anti-aging treatments were peels, needles and surgery. But today scientific advances and new technology offer options undreamed of in the 20th century. A pioneer in revolutionary anti-aging technology is the Alpha Blu skincare line, which contains ingredients derived directly from ethically harvested adult human stem cells, as well as cytokines and proteins to support the improvement and firmness of skin while promoting elasticity and offering a natural boost to create a youthful glow. The line was developed by NYC-based Blue Horizon International, the global leader in the most advanced technologies currently available...

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ALASTIN Restorative Skin Complex: A Powerhouse Anti-Aging Treatment

Share: Some anti-aging products simply soothe and refresh the skin but offer no lasting improvement. And some promise and deliver powerhouse results. Alastin Restorative Skin Complex with TriHex Technology™ is a powerhouse that is said to restore volume and plump up thinning skin, lift sagging skin and smooth lines and wrinkles on the face, neck and décolleté–and help even out skin tone. Even better, the product contains potent antioxidants to help protect the skin from further damage. So how does it actually work? Though the texture is luxuriously rich, it is absorbed quickly so I could apply the tinted...

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Three Perfect Days in Nice, France

Share: After a perfect Mediterranean cruise aboard the Star Flyer, my daughter and I headed to Nice, France, for what turned out to be three perfect days of sightseeing, exploring, dining well–and simply enjoying the charms of a beautiful city. Perfection began at the Hotel Windsor, a magical place infused with the creativity of the artists whose work is displayed in the room and throughout the public places. Some rooms display posters paying homage to such well-known artists as Robert Indiana, Niky de Saint Phalle and Martial Raysse. Our room honored artist Lawrence Weiner. Though the room was modest...

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