Protecting Your Skin from the Sun is Scary Business

It doesn’t matter if you’re at the beach or walking around in New York City, you need to wear sunscreen now. We all hear about the dangers we face from the sun. Beauty magazines talk incessantly of the sun’s aging effects and medical experts urge us to be aware the sun’s effect on skin cancer. I love this video; it shows unprotected skin under UV light, and clearly shows the benefits sunscreen provides. You can tell by the reactions how startled the subjects are.

Applying too little sunscreen or reapplying it too infrequently diminishes protection and like most people, you’re probably using your sunscreen wrong. To make all this even more complicated, the chemicals in some sunscreens can be harmful to you!  The just released Environmental Working Group 2015 Guide To Sunscreens reports on sunscreen chemicals  that will make you study the label a bit closer. Conclusion?  Stay with mineral sunscreens that have a base of Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, or Avobenzone. Avoid sunscreens with Oxybenzone, Octinoxate and Homosalate.

UVA and UVB Rays

Many sunscreens don’t provide adequate protection from UVA rays. Higher-energy UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburns and pre-cancerous DNA mutations, but UVA rays cause more subtle damage. They penetrate deeper into skin tissue and are most responsible for generating free radicals – energized molecules that are highly reactive and can damage DNA and skin cells (Marrot 2005), promote skin aging (Wlasckek 2001) and cause skin cancer. Make sure that you choose a sunscreen that protects against both types of rays.


SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and measures how long your skin will be protected from UVB rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends an SPF of 30 or higher. But don’t be fooled by high SPF. High-SPF products tempt people to apply too little sunscreen and stay in the sun too long. The FDA has actually proposed prohibiting the sale of sunscreens with SPF values greater than 50+, calling higher SPF values “inherently misleading.” Yikes! The EWG report touts European sunscreen over USA versions, so if you’re traveling abroad this summer, stock up over there!

Sunscreen for the face and neck:

For the body

  • Use the equivalent of 1 – 1.5 shot glasses to the exposed areas of the body  (Skin Cancer Foundation).

If you’re out in a sundress, not only should you slather sunscreen on the main parts of your face and body but also these easily forgotten areas: the tops of ears, lips, back of the neck and the hands. Guys, if it’s getting thin up top, be diligent in applying sunscreen to your head!

So, New Yorkers…


SummerStage 2015 LineUp



Its that time again – time for SummerStage!  SummerStage is an outdoor festival of the arts held each year at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park -which is right off the 5th Avenue and 69th Street entrance to Central Park. The festival runs during the months of June, July, and August, and mostly performances are free, with the exception of a few big name benefit concerts that help fund the free SummerStage programming. All SummerStage shows go on rain or shine and are only cancelled in the event of dangerous lightning during a performance.   Great performers are lined up for 2015 – take a look at the list below.

What you should know before you go:

-Enter the park on 69th Street and 5th Avenue
-Doors open 1 hr before (weekdays) / 1.5 hrs before (weekends)
-Depending on the show, bleacher seating may be available
-Tickets not required for free events but space is limited
-There are food and beverage stands inside with pizza, hot dogs, sandwiches, ice cream, beer, wine, soda & water
-There is space to listen on the grass outside of SummerStage

Not Permitted at SummerStage:
Alcoholic beverages, glass bottles, cans, coolers, flash photography, SLR cameras, video cameras, tape recorders, professional camera gear, chairs, skateboards, bikes, rollerblades, pets, beach umbrellas.

All bags are subject to search. The distribution or sale of unauthorized promotional materials is not permitted.


SummerStageSummerStage 2015 upcoming events are:

6/15 | 7:00 PM The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series Featuring Janai Brugger, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, and Pianist Dan Saunders

6/16 | 6:00 PM Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and Chassidic Music

6/17 | 7:00 PM Lindsey Stirling: The Music Box Tour

6/20 | 5:00 PM The Big Quiet – A Meditation in Central Park

6/20 | 6:00 PM Jungle / Ibeyi

6/22 | 6:30 PM Save the Date: City Parks Foundation Gala

6/24 | 5:00 PM The Kooks / Atlas Genius with guest Joywave

6/27 | 2:00 PM VP Records 35th Anniversary: Maxi Priest / Gyptian / Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons / Massive B

6/28 | 2:00 PM Catalan Sounds on Tour: Oques Grasses / La iaia / Silvia Perez Cruz / DJ Guillamino

6/29 | 5:00 PM Ingrid Michaelson / Jukebox the Ghost / Secret Someones

Photo:David Gettens
7/2 | 7:00 PM Un Break a Mozart / The DASH Ensemble

7/5 | 2:00 PM Global Family Day: Shine and the Moonbeams with special guest The Noel Pointer Youth Orchestra / The Red Trouser Show / Batoto Yetu / Ziporah Roney and Collaborative Artists

7/8 | 5:00 PM Compass / System Solar / Helado Negro

7/11 | 2:00 PM Vicentico / Ximena Sarinana / No Te Va Gustar

7/12 | 2:00 PM Cesaria Evora Orchestra / Mayra Andrade / Dino D’Santiago

7/15 | 6:00 PM NPR and WNYC’s Ask Me Another: Celebrating 30 Years of SummerStage

7/18 | 6:00 PM Freedom Party NYC: Special SummerStage Anniversary Theme

7/19 | 6:00 PM Jorge Drexler / Diego Garcia / Danay Suarez

7/20 | 6:00 PM Guster / Kishi Bashi

7/22 | 6:00 PM Milky Chance / X Ambassadors

7/25 | 2:00 PM Bombino / Young Fathers / Fantastic Negrito

7/26 | 2:00 PM Rock Steady Crew 38th Anniversary Concert: Whodini / Big Daddy Kane & moreSummerStage

7/27 | 5:00 PM Dawes & First Aid Kit

7/28 | 5:00 PM Rise Against with Killswitch Engage & Letlive

7/29 | 7:00 PM PHILADANCO! / TU Dance

7/31 | 5:00 PM Smorgasburg

8/1 | 2:00 PM Dr. John & the Nite Trippers / Amy Helm

8/2 | 2:00 PM Nacao Zumbi / Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan feat. Cha Wa / DJ sets by Vinil Pompeia

8/3 | 7:00 PM Beautiful – The Carol King Musical: Songs in Concert

8/5 | 5:00 PM Father John Misty with Angel Olsen & Summer Moon

8/8 | 5:00 PM 30th Anniversary DJ Celebration: Quantic / Gilles Peterson / Afrika Bambaataa

8/9 | 2:00 PM Glass Animals / Taylor McFerrin / BattleFest League Dancers

8/12 | 7:00 PM The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music

8/15 | 6:00 PM Brazilian Film Festival of NY: Baby Do Brasil / screening: Samba & Jazz

8/16 | 5:00 PM Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito 25th Anniversary concert / screening: Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives

8/19 | 7:00 PM ALT MODE: a collaboration between RYAT and Kate Watson-Wallace

8/23 | 6:00 PM RCA Summer Concert Celebration featuring: Jazmine Sullivan / Jordan Bratton & more

9/2 | 5:00 PM Lake Street Dive / Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

9/16 | 5:00 PM Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Eric Krasno, Adam MacDougall and Tony Leone

9/24 | 6:00 PM Walk the Moon

Fashion Shoot

This is not a post about fashion. This is a post about what makes living in New York City so fun. Yesterday afternoon I was running errands and bumped into this fashion shoot in Columbus Circle on the corner of Central Park.   A small crowd had gathered, smartphones out taking pictures and video, to watch these leggy girls do this walk over and over and over again, taking instruction from their Director. ❤ ❤


#fashion shoot @ Columbus Circle #nyclifer #nycurbanlife #fashionshoot #models #model #nyc #photo #photography

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Escada Sample Sale

escadaescadaescadaThere are lots of samples sales happening right now and it’s hard to choose where to spend, but don’t miss Escada’s. With beautiful dresses, suits, jackets & more, you won’t be disappointed by the selection – not to mention, the amazing deals.
Enjoy some beautifully crafted apparel at the Escada Sample Sale, Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at 9:00AM to
Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at 6:00PM.
Soiffer Haskin
317 West 33rd Street, NYC

(Just West of 8th Avenue)

Pour The Core: Hard Cider Festival, June 13, 2015

Cider FestivalIt seems like NY’ers can’t get their fill of alcohol. The Craft Beer Festival just ended last weekend and now, to be fair, we’re on to the Hard Cider Festival.

Cider enthusiasts can pay one-price and have an opportunity to try some world class ciders made locally and around the globe. You can speak to over 30 different brewers, responsible for creating some of the world’s most popular and award-winning fermentations.  The one-day event will have live music, lectures, and an array of food trucks.

Cider DrinkerMy favorite ciders are J.K.’s Scrumpy Hard Cider and Strongbow. What’s yours?




June 13, 2015
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

VIP: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
GA: 2:30PM – 6:00PM

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Alice + Olivia Sample Sale

Alice Olivia sample saleAnother sample sale is happening this week.  Alice + Olivia is offering up to 70% Off dresses and accessories. This contemporary brand has celebrity fans in Angelina Jolie, Katy Perry, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Dakota Fanning.

You can see more:
Monday, June 8th, 2015 at 12:00PM to
Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at 7:00PM

260 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016