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Cool Peep of the Week: Deniz Making Magic in MTK

27 Aug

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post)


Who is this “Cool Peep”? My name is Deniz (yes with a Z) and I’m a true New Yorker who’s short, loud and not afraid to be me! I’m 28 years old, but you could say I don’t look a day over 20. I grew up in Queens, New York and went to public school all my life, until I hit college, and then went to St. John’s University. I majored in Communications and pretty much had every job out there, from working as a production assistant for the Jerry Springer Show to a Promo Model for a Liquor Marketing Company. I lived in South Florida last year thinking that Florida would be my new home, but New York has my heart and I had to make the move back home this year. Right now I’m living in Moriches, Long Island and work in Montauk.

Note from CC: this is the FAMOUS Deniz mentioned in my review of the Driftwood Resort last week 🙂

Deniz, what are a few of your favorite things? My favorite things include my vast blazer collection (from H&M to Michael Kors), real NY pizza, shopping, trips to the beach, make-up (I could spend HOURS in Sephora), running, spending the day reading in Barnes and Noble (I love the smell of new books – is that weird?), exciting vacations, challenging myself and learning new things.

What is your favorite haunt? In NYC – Barnes and Noble on 5th and 46th Street – Just spending a few hours reading in a quiet book store while sipping on a Starbucks Latte can do wonders for your psyche.  Florida – Delray and Deerfield Beach. I love running on the beach in Florida, such an amazing way to clear your mind and re-energize. You can also find me having a few drinks at Sandbar.

What handbag are you carrying and what is in it – right now? Coach – Black leather tote bag. TONS of makeup – including my go-to liner Maybelline Stiletto

What is playing on iTunes, right now? Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans

What is on your wish list? To have my home featured on HGTV! I love interior design and I want to be able to design a beautiful home and have it featured on an HGTV show. I would also like to travel the world and see the world’s most beautiful beaches. Perhaps even buy a home on the ocean.

What song plays when you walk into a room? Back to the Future Theme song – My favorite movie of all time!

Where can we find you next? You’ll find me managing the Driftwood Resort in Montauk, enjoying the beach life. Come visit us through October – the sun is shining and the beach is a gorgeous as ever! Shoot me an email at dk@obmresorts.com-we look forward to seeing you at our property!

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Cool Peep of the Week: Getting to Know Uwe

23 Jul

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post)

CPOW Uwe Knicket

Who is this “Cool Peep”?  I am Uwe Flade. I grew up in Munich and now live in Berlin for the last 10 years. From directing music videos for bands like Depeche Mode, Rammstein and A-ha I moved on to producing Apps and now created the independent, filter based App Search Engine Knicket.com.

Uwe, what are a few of your favorite things? I am a bigger soccer fan and have a lot of fun this year with Germany winning the world cup. In enjoy Asian food, especially Vietnamese of which we have a great choice over here in Berlin. And I love the App Business. It´s inspiring to see permanently apps coming out that change our life.

When you are alone and you think no one is watching you…what quirky things are you doing? I play speed chess over the internet. It´s called Bullet.

What is your favorite haunt? Porto Rafti, near Athens, Greece. The summer house of my wife´s family. Just beautiful!

Empty your pockets – right now? BE HONEST…what did you find? Keys. Organic cigarettes called Yuma. Earplugs in a box from the ROCK IM PARK Festival.

What is one thing that no one would ever guess about you? That I like chess.

What is playing on iTunes, right now? Arctic Monkeys, NIN, Interpol

Where can we find you next? On the set of the video for the English electro pop band Zoot Woman. Because I still love directing videos.

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Cool Peep of the Week: Sam Villa, It Takes a Villa to Build a (Hair) Empire

25 Jun

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) Sam Villa Who is this “Cool Peep”? Sam Villa was born in New Mexico and grew up shining shoes and sweeping floors in his father’s barbershop.  “When my father took me to a Vidal Sassoon hair show, it changed my life.  I knew then and there that I wanted to be a hairdresser and educate,” says Sam.  He fulfilled that dream and went on to win Behind the Chair “Favorite Platform Artist and Educator” at the prestigious Stylist Choice Awards in 2012, 2011 and 2007.  Sam has more than 30 years teaching experience – he joined Redken in 1998 and as Education Artistic Director and is a lead Facilitator at the Redken Exchange in New York City where he teaches a variety of design and trend sessions to salon professionals from around the world and is part of the team that trains the entire Redken Artist Network worldwide. Sam is co-founder of the Sam Villa® brand (Allvus, LLC) designed to bring “More Sam to More People” – his educational world can be experienced on www.samvilla.com. Sam lives in Florida with his wife Lisa.

Sam, what are a few of your favorite things? I love having a nice meal with a table cloth (mMom always insisted using a table cloth)…my all time favorite sports team is the SF 49ers football team – I used to have access to season tickets, great times during the Joe Montana days…”The Power of Now” (by Eckhart Tolle) is my all time favorite book – it changed my life as only a good book can do…any song by Carlos Santana is at the top of my list…my wife, Lisa, makes me happy and getting outdoors playing a round of golf .

When you are alone and you think no one is watching you…what quirky things are you doing? I find myself grabbing and rubbing my ears a lot – rub and scratch my ear lobe.

What is your favorite haunt? My favorite local pub – I love to sit and read a newspaper with an ice-cold beer …and if on the road, I find a favorite pub.

Empty your pockets – right now? BE HONEST…what did you find? My iPhone is almost always in my pocket…and that’s what I just pulled out now, my iPhone.

What is one thing that no one would ever guess about you? Most people can’t believe I fish (fresh water) and play golf…really?  Really…fishing is so relaxing and an opportunity to quiet my mind, pause and reflect…golf…it’s just me and the ball.

What is playing on iTunes, right now? Classic rock, yet remixes…love finding music remixed.

Where can we find you next? On the road as usual…next stop as I write this, Las Vegas, as I have a PR stop for HairShow, a blow out bar I opened in March.  Yes, I have gotten back into the salon business as I have partnered with Look Style Society, a one stop beauty destination…then on to Orlando for the Premier Show. Note from CC:  In 2014 Sam Villa’s HairShow Blowout Bar opened the first ever location with LOOK Style Society at Town Square Las Vegas.  To book a reservation or for additional information, call 702.712.4348 or visit www.samvillahairshow.com.

SECRETS FROM THE PROS – what are your all time FAVE products? My favorite at the moment is Redken Powder Grip 03, great product for any girl to have in her purse …and course the Sam Villa Textur iron as it’s a tool that can do multiple things….I have a lot of like for Bumble and Bumble styling products too…

Accolades: Behindthechair.com Favorite Platform Artist and Educator 2007, 2011 and 2012; and Favorite top-five finalist from 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010; Redken Platform Artist of the Year 1998; “Master of the Craft” Award from the Art & Fashion Group 1992; and finalist in the North American Hairdressing Awards — Classic Category 1991. Follow Sam and stay up to date on all his work, upcoming events and personal appearances! Social Tree w words

#SamVillaHowTo Facebook/samvillapros and /SamVillaBrand  YouTube: samvillahair Twitter: @SamVillaPro and @SamVilla Instagram: @SamVillaHair Pinterest: /samvillahair 

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Quaint, Cozy, Back to Nature: Carmel-by-the-Sea

24 Jun

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post)

Imagine “Any City USA” (in my case, NYC) and all of its hustling-bustling glory. The blinding lights that never go out, the persistent honking of EVERY car, taxi and bus on the roads, the smothering smog that hangs in the air, the no-sense-of-personal-space commuters and yes, that indescribable, odoriferous odor that wafts through every street come trash days (especially in the heat of the summer).

NOW …imagine the complete ANTITHESIS of all that… a small hometown with NO traffic lights, NO honking, NO street address numbers and even a law against wearing high heels.  A place where people are kind, genuine, polite and always friendly; the alluring scents of dewy grass, fragrant flowers and pine needles consistently kiss your nostrils – regardless of whether or not it is trash day. I know what you are thinking ‘where on EARTH is this place and when can I go?’…

HofsasThe town is Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.  The the place to rest your weary head is the  Hofsas House (located between 3rd & 4th Ave on San Carlos Street), and the time you need to go is NOW (did you not read the paragraph above? get with the program).  Carmel-by-the-Sea, often called simply Carmel, is a small city on the Monterey Peninsula. Founded in 1902,  Carmel is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history.

If my intro didn’t entice you enough, I am confident my own personal experience in Carmel and at the Hofsas House will. This family owned 38-room boutique establishment was the ultimate getaway with ocean views overlooking the pines. It makes you want to turn off the TV, shut down the iPad, let your cell phone die (and not re-charge it), kick your shoes off and enjoy the sun and stars as your sources of light. With her inviting persona and ideal location, the Hofsas House is a prime vacation spot for a romantic weekend away with your honey or for a solo trip to reconnect with YOU (which is what I opted for after a business trip to San Fran). Hofsas House is like a luxurious massage that never ends – ridding unnecessary stresses upon entering the front Dutch door.  The charming decor added just the right amount of familiarity for instant comfort yet the amenities quietly reminded me I was on VACATION: cozy king size bed, a private kitchen stocked with wine and cheese, a fireplace (indoor s’mores anyone?!) and the front balcony overlooking the most glorious gifts of nature. The Pacific Ocean glistened with tiny diamonds in the horizon – I was officially off the clock (at least for 3 days).

With a glass of wine in hand, I grabbed a book (Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D. –  oh, the irony), curled up with a blanket on the balcony, and embraced the views of the immaculate sunset Hofsas House has become famous for, staying just long enough to welcome the full moon.

One of the most enjoyable parts of my trip was the Carmel-Wine-Walk by-the-Sea™ and I recommend you make time for it. ‘Sip , swish and spit’ at your own pace, visiting 9 different tasting rooms all stocked with local estate-grown still and sparkling wines (all within a 1X1 square mile radius). Don’t forget your ‘passport (which you can get it at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center) – it provides a $10 flight at each room . Each sampler offers something unique, you spend the day with wonderful folks, and all the wines are locally crafted to perfection. Best of all if you do buy a bottle (I purchased and very much enjoyed the Sauvignon Blanc from Wrath Tasting Room and Merlot from Shale Canyon Wines), the corkage fee is waived from most restaurants in the Carmel area, including Mundaka.

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The landscaping, food and design at Mundaka (San Carlos Street between Ocean and 7th Ave) makes you feel like you have traveled to Spain (even my waiter had an accent!). With indoor and outdoor seating and a mouth-watering menu, I opted for a courtyard table. I sat solo near a fountain that offered the most picturesque backdrop for my spectacular meal. True to my intro where I described people as kind and friendly, a group of people who sat nearby struck up a conversation and asked me to join them. As it turns out, they had all just met as well (try doing that in NYC and you might just get yourself arrested!).  Sitting with my new set of dinner companions, it came time to order. Our waiter was from Spain, and his accent and heritage only added to my belief that I had “beamed” myself over-seas. With his help, my dinner delights included (hold back your drool):

Tartare: beef tartare, house chips, 6 minute egg
Rusa: shrimp, potatoes, peas, carrots, aioli, forty-minute egg
Bravas: fried potatoes, brava sauce, aioli
Datiles: bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese, almond
Gratin: potato,butternut squash,mahon cheese
Hamburguesa: mini lamb burger, pickled cauliflower, truffle fries

Deliciously decadent and perfectly portioned, the only negative thing I have to report is  I stuffed myself silly! At the end of our meal the owner came out to ensure everything was prepared to our liking. Fabulous Sangria, food and (new) friends – I couldn’t ask for much more (but I did when I requested the waiter to surprise me with dessert and he brought out something I can only describe as “death by chocolate crepe”. CC muerto!

I have had a long-standing love for Dr. Seuss (little known fact: I wrote all of my college entrance essays inside a drawing of  “The Cat in the Hat” ), so you can imagine my delight when I came upon the Art of Dr. Seuss gallery.  Located on San Carlos Street, it’s a must see – I walked right back in time and my 6 year-old self squealed with delight at the framed masterpieces.  My favorite showcased was his original rendering of the ‘Cat’ (for obvious reasons).

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” – Dr. Seuss

Upon my departure, I sipped my last cup of mint tea on the Hofsas House back deck and “reflection hour” commenced .

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a true gift – a hidden charm that up until this trip remained unknown to me (and likely you).  A village that reflects Dutch architectural charm, Pleasantville’s poise, yet oozes artistic expression and left-brain flow – it gets my highest rating (Fact: After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake the village was inundated with musicians, writers, painters and other artists turning to the established artist colony after the bay city was destroyed).

Now I cannot bash my Big Apple too much…she is my heart and I really do love living here, but ever comes the day that  the owners of Hofsas House want to adopt me, Carmel-by-the-Sea might just be the place for me!

The Hofsas House
Address: San Carlos St,
Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-2745




Carmel-by-the-Sea is an exceptionally dog-friendly city. Most hotels allow dogs to stay with guests. Almost all restaurants that offer outside dining allow dogs in those areas, with most of them also offering water. A few have special “doggie menus.” Many retailers allow dogs to accompany their owners in their stores and many have treats available. Water bowls and dog biscuits can also be found in front of many stores.

UNUSUAL LAWS (Ladies, leave the Louboutins at HOME):

Though often mistakenly thought of as an urban myth, the municipal code prohibits wearing shoes having heels more than 2 inches in height or with a base of less than one square inch unless the wearer has obtained a permit for them. While the local police do not cite those in violation of the ordinance, this seemingly peculiar law was authored by the city attorney in the 1920s to defend the city from lawsuits resulting from wearers of high-heeled shoes tripping over irregular pavement distorted by tree roots. Permits are available without charge at City Hall.


Carmel-by-the-Sea experiences a cool summer Mediterranean climate  normal in coastal areas of California. The wet season is from October to May.  September and October (Indian Summer) offer the best weather of the year, with an average high of 72 °F (22 °C).

* (Source: wiki)

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Cool Peep of the Week: Ruth Roche, Hair Goddess…

18 Jun

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post)

Who is this “Cool Peep”?  Ruth Roche is Artistic Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care, specializing in design and finishing.  She is also an established celebrity stylist (Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Amy Adams, Jenna Fischer, Mariah Carey…) and maintains a loyal clientele at RARE Salon in NYC, where she is both founder and creative director. Her work has been published in countless magazines, including Bazaar, Nylon, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Culture, More, American Salon and Modern Salon (portfolio). Stylists from around the world fuel their creative fire with her and consumers and celebrities are attracted to her down-to-earth edgy approach to hair. Roche makes everyday a good hair day!
What are you from? I was born in San Fran and my dad was in the navy so we moved quite a bit. Ended up in Napa for high school.  I have been living in Manhattan for 18 years… this is my home now.   What are a few of your favorite things? Coffee, a canvas and paints, my bed, doing hair, animals, family

NOTE FROM CC:  I had the pleasure of seeing Ruth’s artwork and it is #amazing

What is on your wish list? Scuba diving in Belize .. Cozumel and Hawaii. Owning a big vacation home for my family to congregate – on the water somewhere! What is playing on your iTunes, right now? Chill station on Spotify What handbag are you carrying and what is in it – right now? It’s not a designer label, but it’s cool, I got it in the Seattle airport. It’s black leather with cream stitching, satchel-type.  Small ipod and headphones, wallet, 2 phones, gum, zicam, hair clip, pencil, keys, my favorite Tom Ford lipstick, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, mints… What song plays when you walk into a room? The only song I can think of at the moment is ‘Thriftshop” … ‘I’m gonna get some clothes … I got 20 dollars in my pocket…” Where can we find you next? I am heading to Denver, Long Beach, Tampa and Seattle sharing and teaching!

SECRETS FROM THE PROS- Ruth’s go-to products include:Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Condition, Root Lift and her Sam Villa texture iron!

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