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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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BEST OF NYC: A Dental-Mental Makeover with Dr. Frank DiCicco

3 Jul

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

I am in a sheer panic. Sweating profusely, spitting out what seems like many more than 32 teeth from my mouth. Frantically, I try to pick them up from the ground and push them back into their gummy homes (which at this point have become too soft to re-attach to anything).

THIS is the night terror-esque recurring dream I have had since I was mini CC. With no past trauma that would cause such a sequence to play on loop for a good 30 years, one can only imagine the fear that sets within my whole body when the dreaded text for my “check-up and cleaning” pops onto my iPhone.

“You don’t have to floss all your teeth, CC”, said Lisa, my dear friend and dental hygienist by trade. “Just floss the ones you want to keep”.  Her snark was an attempt to scare me into keeping on schedule for my bi-annual visits. I took her advice and became more diligent about flossing. Day two into my regiment, that damn white, waxy string pulled a piece of my back tooth right off. Yes, only me. Nightmare quickly turned into my reality.


That happened in October 2013. In June 2014, the discomfort had become so extreme I had no choice but to go get myself into that dreaded chair. Fortunately, I had heard one of the top sedation dentists Dr. Frank DiCicco (Central Park South Dentistry) practiced right in my neighborhood. I had no more excuses. And honestly, if anyone was going to treat me at this point, it needed to be someone who catered to cowards; one who would willingly offer me unlimited visits to the nitrous gas buffet.

As I dug my nails into the door frame of Dr. DiCicco’s  2nd floor suite, I looked more like a felon resisting arrest, than an adult arriving to a pristine dental office for a tooth consultation.

My hands were noticeably shaking when I greeted the good doctor. Though my instinct was to yelp out a terror infused “I hate you” right in his face – his kind eyes and gentle manner immediately put me at ease and made me not want to hate him (knowing still,  he might be solely responsible for inducing some sort of pain and anxiety in me at any given moment). I realized, I had just met “the tooth whisperer”…

Then the ‘aha-moment’ happened. Sedation dentistry is not just slapping a mask on my face and making me giggle ‘til dawn like I am champagne giddy. Sedation dentistry delves much deeper and Dr. DiCicco’s thorough explanation of the process (start to finish) made me trust him instantaneously. I even laughed (sans drugs)…dare I say, I then gave him permission to not only crown my broken back tooth, but to also place veneers on my two, upper lateral incisors. Underneath bonding that was birthed with the big-hair bands, were mere “peg laterals” (i.e. in Layman’s terms – stunted little vampire teeth. Cool on the cast of Twilight perhaps, but NOT cool on this beauty and fashion guru).

How could someone as informed as me not know about this?  I have spent years at other dental offices offering my first-born in exchange for any type of mind altering substance to get me through my cleanings and drilling sessions. Sadly…denied every time. Until I met Dr. Frank DiCicco – who single-handedly changed my world and my teeth in just one day.

One week after my consultation, “D-Day” arrived and Kara escorted me to Central Park Dentistry (which wound up being more of a chaperone job much to her delight).

Sedation dentistry begins the day before your appointment, with 5mg dose of Diazepam before bed. One hour prior to your scheduled appointment, a dose of Triazolam is taken and then upon arrival, a powder form dose of Diazepam is placed under your tongue. What a difference one week and a ‘cowards cocktail’ can make…I practically cartwheeled through the same door that I clawed at the week prior.

The end result after my 2 hours in the chair? What I can tell you is I have never had so many compliments on my smile. At least once a day someone comments how beautiful and white my teeth are. Though they were not whitened, the porcelain veneers are so lifelike they reflect the light the same as natural teeth. Dr. DiCicco explained, “There are many advantages to using porcelain vs. traditional composite bonding. Composite bonded restorations typically stain over time, dulling the appearance of the rest of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are color matched to the patients other teeth, are translucent in appearance and mimic natural tooth structure. Results are dramatic and can generally be completed in just two visits.”

My mouth (though never an unfortunate one), has gone from “run of the mill”, to toothpaste commercial perfection. Innumerable people have asked me if I am in love, because I have a certain glow about me (hells ya! I am in love with my new teeth).  Total sidebar, I went to my general practitioner four times in four months about my debilitating chronic sinus pain. Unbeknownst to me, all that pain and suffering was a result of my exposed tooth and nerve. Since my appointment with Dr. Frank DiCicco, I am no longer keeping Novartis in business with my extensive Excedrin purchases.

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My advice? Call Central Park South Dentistry and never look back. Trust Dr. DiCicco and his very capable team – they know what they are doing.

“YOU ARE IN A SAFE PLACE…” one candid dentophobic said to the rest of the anxiety-ridden bunch.

I promise you will thank me later when your therapy sessions get a fighting chance to aid in the recovery of another neurosis or psychosis you harbor. After meeting Dr. Frank DiCicco, you might even LIKE going to the dentist. Perchance you pro-actively make appointments now…call me crazy, but you shall see for yourself. I already booked my six month cleaning AND decided to have more veneers added. #DentalMentalMakeover

Things you should know before going:

  • Bring a friend who you trust (one who will not post photos and videos of you acting like a moron on Facebook.
  • Be prepared for a bit of temporary amnesia. That is why you are there to start with! Gone is the time in the dentist’s chair, but also gone is a part of your day post procedure. Apparently I Salsa danced in the room, passed out in the 5 minute cab ride home and yelled at Kara for taking advantage of me while filming me in my profound (albeit temporary) Bell’s Palsy glory. None of which I remember (but thanks to my trusted assistant, is all digitally documented).
  • Take the day off of work (you probably need a vacation day anyway). Though I tend to be a delicate flower…I was “out of it” for the majority of the day and my face was paralyzed on one side clear until dinner time (Kara later confessed, she feared I would stay that way).
  • Be comfortable – wear flat shoes ladies. I fell over quite a few times on the commute from CPS to the UWS. My klutz-factor magnified with the sedation aids. Who knew?

DICICCO HEADSHOT LO RESFrank DiCicco, DMD, is a sedation dentist who performs general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments. He attended San Diego State University, with a major in biology and a pre-dental course of study. Dr. DiCicco continued his education at Temple University School of Dentistry as an advanced-standing student before he completed his undergraduate education. Dr. DiCicco graduated with honors from the Periodontal Society and the Stomatognathic Honor Society at Temple University.

Owner of thriving dental practice in Philadelphia, PA for almost a decade, Dr. DiCicco recenly relocated to continue growing his private dental practice, Central Park South Cosmetic Dentistry in New York City.

A member of the Dental Organization for Oral Conscious Sedation (DOCS), Dr. DiCicco brings to the practice exceptional surgical and endodontic skills, including the ability to service highly anxious patients.

30 Central Park South, Suite 2C
New York, NY 10019

Office Hours:
Monday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesday :8:00AM – 3:00PM
Wednesday :11:00AM – 7:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Friday – Sunday: Closed

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5 Summer Beach Bum Hair Fixes…

1 Jul

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

According to top stylist Sam Villa, Founding Partner of Sam Villa and Redken Education Artistic Directorhair care rituals should change with the seasons.  In the summer, protecting hair from the sun, water, chlorine and salt is a full time job while trying to look chic on the beach and poolside. Here are 5 Summer Hair Fixes Villa describes as simplexity – simple tips that deliver complex results.

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1. Protect: Oils like Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine are light and deliver restorative and protective properties that maintain optimal health and control during the summer months.  Perfect for 2nd and 3rd day hair and great for adding shine.

2. Set: Take advantage of the braid parade – tame hair poolside by braiding and then remove the set in the evening for casual curl and texture – can it be any easier?

3. Temperature: Don’t crank thermal tools up during the summer months when hair is fragile, stick to medium and color treated temperatures.  And, slow down to speed up – slow down the pass with the iron so heat is directed to the sections of hair that need to be altered, it prevents unnecessary wear on hair and styles it much faster.

4. Spray: Hairspray is a women’s best friend, especially in summer when humidity and flyaways are a factor.  Redken fashion work 12 versatile hairspray is formulated with Vitamins C and E to protect hair and prevent color fading, and it provides 24-hour humidity resistance and 8-hour control.

5. Shine: Blondes tend to be less shiny than darker hair hues, pump up the gloss with Redken shine flash 02 glistening mist  – it has Vitamin B5 and camelina oil to boost hair’s natural shine and control frizz for an ultra polished look.

Sam Villa is founding partner of the Sam Villa® brand, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007).  He is the pro that teaches the pros how to do hair.  Check out his new consumer website (www.samvilla.com) for hot tips, tricks and techniques for achieving professional results at home, including professional recommendations for the tools needed to recreate the looks – Sam Villa Signature Series brushes, combs, thermal tools and blow dryers. Sam Villa’s HairShow Blowout Bar is located at LOOK Style Society at Town Square Las Vegas www.samvillahairshow.comFacebook: SamVillaBrand; Youtube: SamVillaHair;Twitter: @samvilla; Pinterest: SamVillaHair; Instagram: @SamVillaHair + #SamVillaHowTo.

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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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