Dental Hygiene Under Quarantine: Is Linhart the Couture of Oral Care?




Of course we’re all indoors these days, FaceTiming or Skyping with our friends and colleagues. Sure, you can add an exotic beachy destination or far off landscape to your background, dress professionally (whatever that means anymore) from the waist up, and take Tom Ford’s recent tips for putting your best Zoom face forward. But what about your teeth? Yup, those pearly whites just waiting for their influencer moment.

Here enters LINHART, with it’s signature orange and black packaging, often referenced as “the Hermes of Oral Care.” We were sold on sight. But not only is the unexpectedly modern design a style-must in any medicine cabinet worth its shelf; this ultra high performing line of oral care products promises to usher you towards the kind of knockout smile that is sure to up your video conference game.

Intrigued, we (remotely of course) caught up with the father and son, New York City-based dental team Drs. Zachary and Jan Linhart to get the lowdown during lockdown here on the latest in maintaining your chompers for the duration and beyond. They also shared some at-home oral hygiene pointers until we’re all able to be back in the dentist’s chair (sigh).


What motivated you to create your own oral care line?

Zachary Linhart: After seeing patient after patient with enamel loss caused by other whitening toothpaste, my father and I spent ten years in research and product development to find a better, safer oral care solution. We married state-of-the-art ingredients with four decades of dental experience to create LINHART, as the answer to the harmful effects and limitations of commercial brands of oral care.
“By Dentists, For You!” means that every product is specially designed to be better-for-you. No gimmicks, no trends, just the best ingredients and materials to provide you with a healthy, white, beautiful smile.

The inspiration behind the beautiful design?

ZL: Described as “Phillipe Stark-esque” and “The Hermes of Oral Care,” the branding is certainly eye-catching. When we designed the LINHART packaging, we recruited the lead designer at Barneys NYC, a man with a legendary design pedigree. We delivered him all of the familial touchpoints: born of Czechoslovakia, three generations of doctors, emigration to the US in the 1960s, a heritage brand—and out came the most beautiful design we had ever seen.
The Lion crest harks back to the Czech Lion and in wearing a crown, the logo offers a subtle hint of a dental focus. The typeface of LINHART itself is custom and hand-drawn, borrowing inspiration from the Art Deco era of Eastern Europe which still holds strong today. Dr. Ernest Linhart’s original business card text from 1958 is eerily similar and only by coincidence.


Can you give us a bit of history of the practice?

ZL: The LINHART legacy began long before our collection hit the shelves. it dates back to 1929 when my grandfather, Dr. Ernest Linhart, graduated from Charles University Medical School in Prague. He left Czechoslovakia, a socialist country in 1966, while a successful and well-known dermatologist, bringing his wife, Magda Linhart, a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, and their two children, Jan and Katerina, emigrating to the US in search of freedom and the “American Dream.”
My father Dr. Jan Linhart began his dental practice in New York in 1979 after graduation from Bowdoin College and New York University College of Dentistry. I followed in my father’s footsteps with a Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience from Bowdoin and a DDS degree from NYU. I joined the practice in 2011 after finishing a residency at the Bronx VA.

What part do you see your brand playing in the current culture?

ZL: The LINHART collection’s iconic orange palette brings luxury to mind, the comparison goes beyond aesthetics. There’s an expectation of quality, craftsmanship, and detail that comes to mind. And shouldn’t oral care become a natural part of the larger cultural conversation around self-care? Almost everything that goes into your body enters through your mouth.


LINHART’s Oral Care Tips During Quarantine

As your body’s main immuno-gatekeeper, the mouth restricts the entry of harmful bacteria that impacts our digestive and respiratory systems. How do we keep it healthy and clean during quarantine?
  • Just like soap and water disrupt and kill microbes on your hands, brushing your teeth does the same thing for your mouth. Using a fluoridated toothpaste helps in keeping your mouth clean while strengthening your enamel, giving you a healthier smile.
  • The type of toothbrush you use right now really matters. Ideally, you put a toothbrush inside your mouth at least twice a day. But the average toothbrush contains 10 million bacteria or more—including E. coli and Staph Aureus. Look for an anti-bacterial AND an anti-microbial toothbrush with soft bristles to help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. The soft bristles are better for you as they help alleviate gum recession and/or enamel erosion. The LINHART Toothbrush is infused with nano-silver particles, killing 99% of harmful bacteria, preventing the microbial (viral) proliferation that plagues ordinary toothbrushes.
  • Don’t try DIY dentistry – especially now. Do your research and hang tight before investing in the trendy at-home aligners (you know the ones you see in your Instagram feeds). These kits are potentially dangerous as tooth movement should only be performed by a licensed dentist or orthodontist.

Floss Like a Boss

Look, we get it—flossing is not the sexiest part of a dental routine. But now is the best time to revamp some solid daily habits at home. “Our dental hygienist, Marie, who’s been with our team for 25 years, actually taught me all of the secrets of flossing like a pro,” says Dr. Zach Linhart. Tips include:
1. Wrap the floss around your middle fingers and leave your index fingers free to guide the floss.
2. Make it taut.
3. As you move around the mouth, unroll one side and roll the other so you get a fresh piece of floss between each set of teeth.
4. Brush after flossing. While flossing, you’re removing all the pieces of food and then you can brush them away.

Going HAOMA: Six Steps to Natural / Plant-Based Health + Beauty




There’s a thinking that goes that every tragedy carries the seeds of enlightenment. And while our most imperative task during the corona crisis is to stay indoors to slow the spread of the virus, we should also use the time to consider small changes that may offer long-term improvement to our lives once this is all behind us.

Now, few would argue against the benefits of moving towards more plant-centric habits in our daily routines—and not just when it comes to eating. The beauty world has also been reshaping the way we tend to the health of our appearance and the appearance of our health—and suddenly CBD is leading the revolution. New York based HAOMA is one of the newest, founded by cannabis entrepreneur Jason Osni and beauty industry veteran Doreen Hatcher (Kiehls, Origins). But not just another CBD brand, rather it was birthed from the belief that plant based products in the overall can lead to a more complete mind/body health outlook and lifestyle.

Indeed, HAOMA’s holistic approach is more than just sloganeering—but rather blends art and science (remember science?), while adhering to vegan friendly and FSC—Forest Stewardship Council—approved standards, using only the best quality adaptogenic plant and earth-based ingredients. Their Cannabidiol line includes products like the Radiant Face Serum, Nourishing Cleansing Balm, Preservation Day Cream, Recovery Night Cream and Calming Temple Balm…decisively accommodating a total beauty regime.

In normal times, HAOMA is sold at Neiman Marcus and Vince stores across the country—but during this sheltering-in period, you can still shop for all their products at

And since caring for our overall health is more imperative than ever during the stress of quarantine, HAOMA Resident Herbalist Brennan Courtney was kind enough to share her daily routine, so that we might emerge from all of this as fit and ready as possible.

Six Steps to Plant Based Beauty with HAOMA’s Resident Herbalist Brennan Courtney

Step 1. Start your day with a plant-based probiotic and hot lemon water.

This small commitment first thing in the morning has made a dramatic difference in my energy levels and the health of my skin. Lemon water jump starts metabolism, balances pH and is packed with Vitamin C, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. When taken regularly, probiotics have been shown to improve digestion, mood, immunity, reproductive and heart health.  Two of my favorites are Seed and Ion* Biome.

Step 2. Make an herbal infusion to sip throughout the day.

The potent, long steeped infusion of a single, mineral-rich herb is truly a miracle in its simplicity. Some favorites: Oatstraw, Red Raspberry, Nettle…all are affordable and easily accessible through trusted organic suppliers such as Mountain Rose. Just bring a quart of filtered water to a boil on the stove then place a hefty handful’s worth of herbs into a heat-safe vessel.(If you’re a person who likes exact measurements, we’re shooting for 1 weighted ounce of plant material.) When the water has just begun to boil, turn off the heat and pour the water over the herbs, stir to combine and saturate all plant material. Leave this infusion overnight and strain in the morning. Enjoy throughout the day chilled, room temperature, or warm—but be sure to refrigerate the strained infusion and consume within 36 hours for maximum freshness. Repeat daily, swapping out herbs to get a wide spectrum of bioavailable minerals incorporated into your weekly routine.

Step 3. Take time to connect with the natural world.

An important part of holistic, plant-based beauty is communing with live plants. I recommend making a regular habit of simply sitting in nature or among plants in your home or in the garden. It is immensely healing to experience nature as a simple act of being: Walking barefoot on cool, dew-covered grass. Spending time near natural bodies of water. Witnessing the change of seasons, who’s sowing seeds, who’s evolving into inflorescence, who’s returning their vital force back to the earth and who’s bursting forth. The goal is to become so immersed that you experience that moment of subtle transcendence to oneness, when you are no longer something that is separate from your surroundings.


Ion Biome

Step 4. Incorporate Plants into your Diet

Dark leafy greens are rich in vitamins A & E, supporting a healthy complexion and alkalizing the body. A variety of seeds(flax, sunflower, pumpkin, chia, hemp) contain rich essential fatty acids and selenium, helping to build healthy hair, skin and nails. To accompany these two staples, I rotate seasonally available fruits and vegetables, both cooked and raw, making sure to have as many colors represented as possible, to get a wide range of polyphenols and antioxidants. I dress it with my homemade wild greens vinegar and top with avocado and sea salt. Pair with sprouted grains or beans for extra protein.    

Step 5. Take an Herbal Bath

Bathing can be so comforting to body and soul. By incorporating botanicals, salts, essences and aromatherapy, the experience can be deeply restorative. Start by making a large pot of simmering herbs on the stove, on a low setting, covered: lavender, chamomile, lemon balm, violet leaf. Purify the tub by scrubbing it down with coarse salt and a few splashes of distilled vinegar. As the tub is filling, strain the herbal tea into a container that’s easy to carry, and then pour the tea directly into the bath. When I enter the bath, I visualize my stress, my doubts and my worries are being washed away. I use this as a time to focus awareness on my physical body and detach from thoughts and expectations. Some other attributes for intentional bathing include: salts, seaweed, essential oils(avoid peppermint in the tub!), flower and gem essences, freshly picked blossoms or flower petals, and stones.  Consider this a sacred art and lean into whatever feels right intuitively. 

Step 6. Dial in your evening routine.

Some of the most important reparative work happens while you sleep.  My evening ritual starts with HAOMA’s Nourishing Cleansing Balm. It goes on like honey onto dry skin and warms under my fingertips as I massage it all over my face and neck. It’s so nourishing, the scent is heavenly and my skin feels smooth, clean and refreshed—with no residue or need for double cleansing. To remove, use a warm, wet face cloth(A couple of times a week I leave it on as a mask for 8-10 minutes to really let it sink in. This cannabidiol + botanical formula is incredibly calming for redness and irritation.) I follow this up with our Radiant Face Serum and Recovery Night Cream. The serum is packed with antioxidants and micronutrients, I can feel my skin practically savoring the lightweight formula as it absorbs. The night cream, with its calming blend of Skullcap, Lavender and Chamomile, feels rich and soothing and has made a dramatic difference in how my skin holds onto moisture, thanks to the abundant Sodium Hyaluronate content. Without fail, I wake up feeling and looking refreshed.


Tag Heuer Just Debuted a Sleek New ‘Connected Watch’ That Can Also Keep You Healthy



Perhaps it’s an omen of a sorts, that we were able to sneak in one last splashy launch party before the coronavirus lockdown in NYC. And the introduction event for the sexy new Tag Heuer Connected Watch definitely provided enough glamorous diversion to hold us over for the next few weeks.

And there are plenty of reasons to love this sleek new timepiece, which combines the fashionable looks of TG’s statement Carrera watch with the functionality of a smartphone, the brand’s third generation version of this line.

Very much designed with sporting types in mind, there’s an impressive range of bells and whistles that are intended to measure your performance and vitals. Indeed, through a Google Assist program, it comes connected to a sports app that will track your GPS and heart rate, with accelerometer and gyroscopic sensors to synch up with sports such as cycling, running and golf. It can all be integrated with Apple Health and Google Fit.



Most impressive is the ability to transition from different looks as you change your mood—giving it a sort of underlying fashionplate/superhero vibe. To be sure, it easily switches from a dressier steel bracelet to a sportier rubber style, via interchangeable and distinctively good looking straps. The works are housed in an elegant 45mm steel or titanium case, while the touchscreen OLED display offers five different face options, for instance the classic analog Tag Chronograph, the Heuer 02 skeletonized dial, a digital animated orbital face, and their heritage timekeeping stopwatch.

On hand for the final hurrah (for now) were Frederic Arnault of LVMH, along with brand ambassadors Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris, Oliver Cheshire, Paulina Vega and VIP’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Broderick Hunter and Young Paris. It was a pretty fabulous note to end on—but we’ll be back soon.


Above two images by BFA

If Cosmetic Dentistry Is An Art Form, Celeb Dentist Dr. Marc Lowenberg Made It So



If you look at pictures of Keith Richards’s less-than-stellar teeth during the early years of The Rolling Stones, you’d probably just chalk it up to a British thing. But all legends aside about the effects of the rocker lifestyle on his chompers, if you look at him now, he’s got a smile that can pretty much light up a room – albeit in a very Keith Richards sort of way.

He’s not gone on record about it, but it is entirely possible that his 180 on dental salubriousness was due to a serendipitous crossing of the paths with a young New York dentist named Marc Lowenberg. The latter was still in dental school when he was called down to the capital for a large protest of the Vietnam War that was scheduled to take place there.

“There were these marches on Washington [D.C.] called Moratoriums,” he recalls. “I was sent down to act as a medic, and I met the Rolling Stones’ personal physician there. He told me that when I open my practice, I should call him, and he would send them to me.”



He didn’t take it all too seriously. That is, until he soon after found them actually sitting in his dental chair – and the rest is history. Of course, since rock stars tend to talk to other rock stars, word got around; he was soon counting the likes of Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Roberta Flack, even Iggy Pop amongst his patients.

“I became a ‘celebrity dentist,’ he jokes. “Because all those musicians knew photographers and hairstylists and makeup artists, and they also sent the actors and the models – I think we were treating every supermodel at the time.”



Fast forward to 2019, and Lowenberg’s success rests on not just the company he keeps, but on the chances he’s taken. He had been roundly castigated by colleagues and the “industry” for being one of the first to make a real practice of cosmetic dentistry. At the time, most considered it a betrayal of the principles taught and learned in dentistry school – and viewed it as little more than a “cash-in” by those willing to offer it.

“Oh, it was terrible,” he remembers. “In New York City I was criticized by every traditional sort of dentist, they called me a quack. Then all those guys that were criticizing it started doing it, because it was very lucrative.”

Indeed, by 2001, a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) revealed that dollars spent on cosmetic surgery had more than doubled in the five years previous. And Reuters reported recently that 96% of cosmetic dentistry patients were female – meaning that as more men become openly concerned with their physical appearance, growth could skyrocket anew. Porcelain veneers, which came on the market in the ’80s, have led the way, with techniques improving all the time. But nothing has come along to decisively replace them.



What one has to overcome, as with any cosmetic procedure, is the impression that it is all merely being done in the name of vanity. Yet an entire field of study has grown up around the subject of how physical appearance directly affects self-esteem. Lowenberg, who states that he has “definitely changed people’s lives,” even tells the story of a patient in her 40s, whose low sense of self was partly influenced by her unhappiness with her teeth.

“She finally had her teeth fixed with porcelain veneers,” he says. “And the day that I put them in, she was so proud of her new smile, she met a guy in a bar that night, who she ended up marrying. It gave her the confidence to flirt with this guy, which she normally never would have done.”

He does point to Invisalign as an example of how technology is also influencing cosmetic dentistry, by allowing doctors to scan patients’ teeth into a computer. The result is that, rather than wearing wire braces, you’re given a tray that fits onto your teeth, slowly aligning them over a period of up to about 40 weeks.

He enthuses, “That process, which is all technology, is amazing.”


These days, now teamed with partners Dr. Gregg Lituchy and Dr. Brian Kantor as Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor, he continues to look after the teeth of the A-list, those whose public presentation is often essential to their continued success. Just a few? Julianna Margulies, Amanda Peet, Renee Zellweger, Heidi Klum…even Chris Rock, whose mischievous smile is arguably an essential element of his comedic persona.

But perhaps Dr. Lowenberg‘s greatest achievement has been to at last take the dread out of a visit to the dentist. For something that was born under a cloud of suspicion, cosmetic dentistry has gone on to change so many lives for the better – and not just rock stars and movie stars.

“I credit myself with having the temerity to go out on a limb and do something that was not accepted in the dental arena,” he considers. “And because of that, I have been able to perfect the art of cosmetic dentistry – because it is genuinely is an art form.”


First Images: ‘Louis Vuitton X’ Exhibition Opens in Beverly Hills


Ever aware of the singular level of devotion the label inspires, Louis Vuitton will unveil a new exhibition this month in Beverly Hills titled, intriguingly, Louis Vuitton X. Opening in July, it will present an exhilarating exploration of its ongoing dialogue between heritage and modernity, contemporary innovation and LV’s legendary savoir-faire.

The collections highlight signature vintage pieces developed as part of the creative exchanges and collaborations with artists across the venerable house’s 160-year fashion journey. Nearly 200 items from the Vuitton archives along with stunning scenography trace the brand’s storied legacy. The exhibition will feature striking examples of early 20th Century special-order trunks, art deco perfume bottles and window displays commissioned and designed by Louis Vuitton’s grandson, Gaston-Louis.



Additional pieces include iconic LV monogram bags reworked by fashion icons Karl Lagerfeld, Rei Kawakubo, Cindy Sherman and Frank Gehry. Commissions by artists Yayoi Kusama, Richard Prince and the late architectural great Zaha Hadid, will also be included.

The exhibit culminates with the Artycapucines collection, the house’s new and exciting collaborative project with six leading contemporary artists: Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self and Jonas Wood. Named after the street on which Louis Vuitton opened his first store, all artists have transformed the Capucines bag by combining their skills and imagination with the unparalleled artisanal acumen of the label’s ateliers, to create limited-edition original works.

Louis Vuitton X runs from June 28 through September 15 at 468 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills.



Can CBD Bring on a Beauty Revolution? An Exclusive Guide by Skincare Guru Ildi Pekar



Not even a year ago, CBD was the cheeky new novelty, upsetting conservative types with its surreptitious mainstreaming of hemp culture. It promised everything from alleviation of chronic pain to the calming of significant levels of stress.

Push the clocks forward to summer 2019, and dubious CBD products can now be found in roadside convenience stores in Idaho and Wyoming. Surely without expert guidance, there’s almost no way to be sure how to sort through it all.

One topic still fairly unexplored is CBD beauty. After all, its basic effects would seem to address some very specific needs – for one, how anxiety inarguably negatively affects the condition of the skin.

Beauty expert Alfredo Mineo observes, “We are seeing CBD integrated into a variety of beauty products, mostly serums. I have seen significant results, both aesthetic and medicinal.”

Opportunists are jumping on the bandwagon, naturally – but Ildi Pekar is a bonafide pioneer, a respected naturopath with an extremely popular namesake salon in New York City. More than six years ago she discovered the ethereal qualities of cannabis when applied to the quest for natural, healthy beauty. Or as beauty branding expert Elizabeth Cohen puts it, “Ildi was the first to create luxury CBD skincare, and her products surpass all that are on the market. A facial with Ildi is like going to Heaven.”


Ildi Pekar Skin Care


But in fact, most have a much more earthly goal: to slow down the aging process in the most organic way possible, and without having to resort to cosmetic surgery. Her CBD based products and treatments have proven to be game-changers, using the highest grade CBD oil sourced from organic farms in California and Colorado, but enlightened by her inimitable intuition for each individual’s needs.attracting an impressively elite clientele.

Pekar herself says, “We wouldn’t necessarily use the word ‘changing.’ It is more like an addition and upgrade to the beauty regimen. It is a powerful ingredient to treat inflammation, so it is great for concerns like acne, psoriasis, eczema and sunburn. It has a  great amount of antioxidants, so it helps to slow down aging and gives you a healthy, youthful, glowing look.”

We had the chance to experience one of her facial treatments, and can confirm its ethereal effects both on the skin and subsequently on the psyche; you just feel better when it’s done. Amusingly, it’s been said that many become…addicted to her facial treatments.

“Our mission is to show the power of nature in skincare and wellness,” she explains. “We combine natural European techniques with modern technology to provide superior services and make the highest quality products.”

We asked three beauty industry notables to explain their experience with Ildi Pekar, and then asked her to create a “best of CBD beauty” list, a combination of her own products, and others that she very much recommends.





Three Beauty Experts Who Swear by Ildi Pekar Products and Treatments

Christine Cherbonnier 

Celebrity Makeup Artist

Christine was recently on Harbor Island, Bahamas, where they were shooting the new summer video campaign for Italian Swimwear + Beachwear brand Calzedonia. Christine recently used Ildi Pekar’s CBD Facial Serum to prepare the models’ skin for a Calzedonia shoot, because it “eased redness + inflammation. Once the models’ skin was calmed + soothed, I could best apply the natural-looking makeup for this epic video.” 

Jorge Luis

Celebrity Hair Stylist + Beauty Expert (Rob Lowe, Kesha, Ireland Baldwin)

“I am a strong believer in serums, tried so many, really, but this one blew my mind, the texture, and the way it makes my skin feel, I am a fan. I find that it has a calming effect on my skin. I am going to start to use it on my clients’ hair.”

Matin Maulawizada

Celebrity Makeup Artist (Mandy Moore, Dido, Clare Danes)

“I have always been a fan of oils and pure products that are beneficial to skin without a lot of fillers, emulsifiers and stabilizers that go into lotions. I also am a believer that a lot of misinformation causes most of what we see as ‘aging badly.’ CBD is a wonderful anti-inflammatory substance and it’s wonderful to have it in skincare items. I’ve been using Ildi Pekar’s serum and uplifting oil on clients and on myself since I discovered it a couple of months ago, and it’s amazing to see such luxurious textures and scents with CBD in it.”



Ildi Pekar Treatment: CBD Vibe

Vibe out with nature’s natural therapy designed to provide an instant uplifting energy and illuminate the skin by combining the effects of CBD oil, electric stimulation, and negative ion oxygen therapy to feel lighter physically with glowing skin.
Electrostatic polarization massage sends vibrations through all the skin’s layers, into the muscles underneath. The vibrations also release the build up of metabolic waste, improving cell conditions. When pressure is applied with two hands in the direction of lymphatic flow, an electrostatic field pulls at the tissue. Once the field is discharged, tissue returns to its former position.
The CBD ingredient is then penetrated deep into the skin to hydrate, balance, and reduce topical inflammation for longer lasting results.
Oxygenating negative ion therapy helps to balance the skin PH, hydrate, and reinforces collagen production for youthful and glowing skin
BENEFITS: Releases muscle tension and skin surface tension, revitalizes skin, stimulates microcirculation, loosens metabolic waste, removes toxin deposits, detoxifies skin and speeds up healing, increases energy levels while decreases stress, leaving you feeling lighter physically and brighter energetically.



CBD products by Ildi Pekar

Tissue Repair Serum infused with 250 MG CBD oil

Known for its healing properties, cannabis oil can provide powerful antioxidants, omegas, and anti-inflammatory benefits. All of which can address the common skin concerns of inflamed, dehydrated, and aging skin. Our mission is to reduce inflammation, help rebuild healthy skin cells and tissue fibers, as well as hydrate the skin.This luxury serum also has skin-loving ingredients such as aloe vera juice, vitamin C, vitamin B3 and hyaluronic acid to plump, and nourish the skin.

Sleeping Mask with 250 MG CBD oil

A unique formulation of natural and organic ingredients that help address all skin concerns ranging from dryness, texture, to lightening and brightening. This ultimate repairing mask can bring your skin back to life. Its therapeutic effect can help you sleep deeper and assist the cells, leaving you refreshed and ready for the next day. It reduces topical inflammation, nourishes your skin, and leaves you with a beautiful glow in the morning.

Uplifting Blend with 500 MG CBD

Our unique blend helps to relieve aches and pains, discomfort, inflammation and elevate scar tissue breakup. We made this blend even more powerful, adding 500 mg CBD to it, what has been demonstrated to promote muscle relaxation, while reducing stress and inflammation.This luxurious product is accessorized with a rose quartz roller. Using the stone of love has been a beauty ritual since the ancient times, it is beautifying, healing, relieving tension, soothing anxiety, migraine and increasing self love.

Balancing Drops with 500 MG CBD

The I PEKAR Balancing Drops can be used to supplement a healthy and balanced lifestyle, as well as to support the management of various conditions. CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory property, it can relieve pain, reduce depression and anxiety, improve your well-being, mood and help to achieve better sleep. We believe that skincare is healthcare, and when you balance your body on the inside, you will accomplish a balanced and glowing skin on the outside.


Other CBD Luxury Wellness Products

Lord Jones Old Fashioned Gumdrops

It helps to promote a calm sense of well being and it acts like a mood stabilizer. I like it, because they use simple and natural ingredients, it is great to have it on a stressful day or before you go to sleep.

Ritual Body Oil by Cordial Organics

This body oil is great to heal the skin, lift the mood, and reduce internal and external stress. A fast-absorbing blend of rich oils combined with supercritical CBD and uplifting essential oils – regenerative, anti-inflammatory, bordering on euphoric. It can be used on the body or massaged into the scalp.


Beboe Calming Blend CBD Vaporizer Pen

Made from all-natural hemp plants, Beboe’s Calming Blend CBD Pen can help relieve stress, relieve pain, and even reduce inflammation without any of the psychoactive effects of THC. Keeping you cool, calm, and collected, Calming Blend is the perfect way to unclench the mind and stay even.

CBD Infused Lip and Skin Balm by Vertly

This is one of my favorite lip care products. Vertly’s infused balm is deliciously moisturizing, healing, protective and plant-based. It contains hemp-derived CBD, which is packed with vitamins, omegas and essential fatty acids.

CBD Bath Bomb by Life Elements

I believe that taking a warm bath time to time can be extremely helpful to get rid of the daily stress and relax the body and mind. Everybody should have some me-time at least once a week, that includes an at least 15-20 minutes soak. I love using this CBD bath bomb, because it helps to relax my muscles, wash aways aches and pains and soften my skin.



Blackbarn at Chelsea Market Celebrates One Year of Inimitable Style



Few design brands have cultivated such a singular and recognizable aesthetic as has New York’s Blackbarn. Founded by Mark Zeff (whose MARKZEFF is one of the country’s most respected interior design concerns) along with his wife Kristen, they draw inspiration from the East End farmhouses of the Hamptons to the industrial style lofts of Manhattan – and quite a lot in between.

This time last year, the new Blackbarn shop/cafe/bar opened in Chelsea Market to much fanfare. Indeed, it represented something singularly unique (though it nevertheless feels very much in harmony with the market’s overall vision), from the eclectic mix of home decor items, to stylish tabletop settings, to their own branded personal care line, and even temporary exhibitions of notable artists such as Christopher Tennant. To be sure, everything seems to forward not just an inimitable sense of style, but rather presents a veritable lifestyle in a shop – right down to choosing “conscious” products.

“I would call our aesthetic unique/eclectic,” says Kristen Zeff. “While we have a large selection of international goods, we also have a growing collection of American-made items. Additionally, we have an increasing number of fair trade and ‘gifts for good’ items that support artisan communities and charitable causes.”



That lifestyle extends to the (of course) smartly designed cafe and bar at the back of the shop, which has become one of Chelsea’s most popular meeting points for shoppers, visitors and the local cognoscenti. Venerable chef John Doherty (formerly of the Waldorf Astoria) serves up new takes curried cauliflower steak, lobster risotto, and chicken milanese in a stylish, light-flooded space.

But perhaps most exciting is the opening of a sexy new lounge area at Blackbarn, bearing the brand’s aesthetic signature, and featuring sets by carefully selected local DJ talent.

“The lounge is like being in a chic home,” Mark Zeff explains, “collectibles and art as well as found items. The furniture is custom designed as well as vintage, giving the space a calm and comfortable aesthetic.”



There’s a new gardening section in the shop as well, acknowledging the steady rise of the urban gardener culture. And up next? Expect a new coffee-related partnership with Kobricks, and a new chocolate line with Cioccolada.

“We are also working with a small family owned candle factory on three more scents,” enthuses Mark. “We have created some hits in this area and hope to find more!”

So was there a particular highlight from the past year?

Mark recalls, “We went to Spain and Portugal in a search of family owned factories to collaborate with. What a treat it was to meet owners and work with them to develop product including glass, crockery, linens and toweling.”




Gentle Fendi Eyewear Collection is Launched with a Totally Surrealist Campaign



Fashion collaborations are simply abounding these days; but when two of our favorite brands come together to create something unpredictably grand and groovy…well, it’s definitely still news. And to be sure, iconic fashion house Fendi has just teamed up with super hip South Korean eyewear creator Gentle Monster, to bring to life a capsule collection of impossibly cool limited edition sunglasses.

The Gentle Fendi collection is introduced via a campaign with a surreal, Dali-esque video directed by Russian artist collective AES+F. It features models wearing the limited-edition eyewear as they playfully cavort with alien-like geometric forms. (Is it possible this is what the world looks like through Gentle Fendi glasses?)



The striking collection includes two unisex eyewear styles which are each available in three colorways. Gentle Fendi No. 1 is an avant-garde take on the classic cat’s eye frame in black, blue, and pink with the Fendi logo prominently displayed on the tips of the lenses. Gentle Fendi No. 2 is a universally flattering oversized aviator shape in khaki, orange, and yellow with the distinctive Fendi logo visible on the temples.

For our part, we’re still having a hard time deciding.

Gentle Fendi debuts May 7th, and is available in select Fendi and Gentle Monster boutiques worldwide.





Kit Kemp Launches Exclusive Collaboration w/ Bergdorf Goodman


Few interior designers can legitimately claim an utterly unmistakable signature. Jacques Garcia is one; Kelly Wearstler is certainly another. But Kit Kemp goes them all one further – having arguably created an immersive world all of her own making, something of an “Alice’s Wonderland” for unconventional but uniquely cultivated aesthetes.

Now that style is on full glorious display at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, as the exalted luxury retailer has granted the iconoclastic British designer a trilogy of rooms to write a new chapter in her inimitable stylistic story. Kemp is known, of course, for her daring textile juxtapositions (especially in her and husband Tim Kemp’s Firmdale Hotels in London and NYC), which blend English eccentricity with a uniquely feminine elegance – though certainly urbane gents love just as much.



Central to the new partnership is the launch of a new Wedgwood fine bone china collection, romantically titled Sailor’s Farewell – drawing inspiration from a folkloric tale of a lover waving goodbye to her sea-bound beau. Less obviously dramatic but certainly no less eye-catching will be displays of sofas, chairs, cushions, rugs and blankets sporting fabrics from her recent collection with Brit interior designer Andrew Martin – as well as collectable art and special one-off found items.

“With Bergdorf, it is an opportunity to have all my collaborations and designs in one place under one roof,” Kemp enthuses. “It is the first time I have had the chance to do this, especially in such an iconic place.”

It’s also most serendipitously timed with the release of her latest book Design Thread, published last month via Hardie Grant.

Kit Kemp’s shop at Bergdorf Goodman will be open through August 12; for full effect, book a room or at least an afternoon tea after shopping at Firmdale’s Whitby Hotel, just around the corner.