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5 Products That Will Help You Achieve A Better You

Evicii Athletica creates apparel that is designed to be versatile. It can be worn at the gym for a great workout but is edgy enough to wear out. The antibacterial fabrics use quick-dry technology to draw moisture away from the skin. To the Point Black Quilted Crop Top and Conqueror Leggings pictured above are part of one of their collections that has been called the little black dress for the actively inclined. Crop top, $52 and legging, $180. Available at

You may want to switch out your Altoids for some Voke® all-natural tablets that offer mental clarity and focus any time of day. These chewable tablets utilize the guarana berry, a natural source that is said to improve mental acuity and short-term memory. One tablet will last up to three hours and may come in handy when you are experiencing the afternoon slump and need a boost. $7. Available at

Part protein bar, part energy shot, and part multivitamin is how REDD Superfood Bars have been described. The bars are packed with superfood ingredients including acai, goji berries, and maca and also have some caffeine from yerba mate. Their latest flavor, Salted Caramel, was launched earlier this year and joins Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Chocolate, $2.99. Available at

For those who suffer from insomnia, there is an app that may help. Zeel, the Massage on Demand® company that started the in-home massage trend almost a decade ago, is now expanding to offer the sleep massage. This new massage is part of a nationwide wellness initiative to help Americans get more rest. And, customers can also still choose from their variety of other massages such as Swedish, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, and couples massage. Monthly member rates for the Long Island area start at $117 for a 60-minute massage or $142 for nonmembers. To book an appointment download Zeel’s app or visit

Everyone has seen those (unattractive) masks that people wear to protect themselves from germs, particularly in crowded areas. Now there is a more stylish alternative: The BioScarf. It’s an air filtration garment that helps protect you from not only colds and the flu, but pollution, pollen, even cigarette smoke. Made from sustainable materials — recycled PET water bottles and recycled PVC — the Bioscarf outperformed other masks on the market. Available in a variety of colors — olive, black, white and camouflage, $39.99. Available at

Prom Perfection: 5 Dresses for The Big Dance

Get on your dancing shoes because prom season is here.

The season’s colors are eye-catching, from the classic whites and ivories, reds, blacks, and blues to mauve, blush, Bordeaux, and emerald.

Sleek lines with minimal embellishments seen on the red carpet are the life of the party as well as illusion details, sequins, Swarovski crystals, lace and even velvet.

Lace Applique Corset Bodice Jersey Sheath Gown in Black/Blush $229.95.
Allover Sequined Velvet Sheath Gown in Gunmetal, $99.95.
Jovani Mauve Fitted Lace Backless Prom Dress, $448 (reg. $640).
MacDuggal Dragonfly Silk Crepe Blue Jersey Dress, $538.
Mac Duggal Gold Ball Gown $698.

Today Show Chef Siri Daly Dishes on Muses, Motherhood & New Cookbook

Siri Daly shared her thoughts about being a working mom, how much the Midwestern girl enjoys her new life on Long Island and her new cookbook, Siriously Delicious. Photo Courtesy of Time Inc. Books/Ellen Silverman

Meeting Today show food contributor Siri Daly — who’s also a popular food blogger, mother of three, wife of Carson Daly and now cookbook author — feels like meeting an old friend.

After getting her kids off to school and a stop at the gym, she took a break to chat with the Press at For Five Coffee Roasters near her Manhasset home, before running to Target (yes she is just like us). Over coffee, she shared her thoughts about motherhood, being a working mom, how she had the name Siri before Apple chose the name for its virtual assistant, and how much the Midwestern girl enjoys her new life on Long Island.

Her new cookbook, Siriously Delicious: 100 Nutritious (and Not So Nutritious) Simple Recipes for the Real Home Cook, is due out this month. Her warmth and wit was genuine as she shared her love of bacon and tacos, her family and friends, living a life of balance… And how she’s still trying to get her kids and Today anchor husband to try the Tropical Green Smoothie on page 16 of her book.

Siri Daly’s cookbook is due out April 17.

Long Island Press: How did Siriously Delicious begin?

Siri Daly: I started my blog called “Siriously Delicious” eight years ago after my son was born. I was working in late-night television and I was producing segments. I missed writing, and then I decided to combine that with my love of food. Starting a food blog wasn’t like I was suddenly a foodie, it was more like “Oh my gosh, I am in this domestic situation — how do people do it?” I started to keep track of meals that were working and meals that weren’t and then writing with humor along the way. A lot of feedback I have had over the years is when people tell me that they don’t cook, but I make them want to try. It’s a great compliment because that is my goal, to make cooking seem approachable and fun.

LIP: What is the origin of your name?

SD: My parents named me after a Scandinavian woman they had met. There is a lot of Norwegian in my family. I also heard it can be an Indian name or it can also be an iPhone name. It is not short for anything. It is just Siri. When I was a kid everyone would say, “Ooooh, are you serious?” And I always thought that was annoying and now, of course, I use it in my professional life because it works, except for the iPhone.

LIP: Have you heard every joke?

SD: Yes, people joke all the time. Mostly at Starbuck’s. Every barista has a funny joke. At least they think it is weird. I get a lot of “What’s the weather?” I am like, “Go turn on your TV or look outside.”

LIP: I love your humor throughout the book, and the reference on the cover is so relatable.

SD: I am all about balance. I named the book Siriously Delicious after myself because I feel a lot of the time people take cooking so seriously and it should be more fun and should be more about what you want to eat. Even though I have a green smoothie in the book, I will tell you that my kids won’t eat that. They know I am putting spinach in there. That one was for me.

LIP: I love your humor throughout the book, and the reference on the cover is so relatable.

SD: I am all about balance. I named the book Siriously Delicious after myself because I feel a lot of the time people take cooking so seriously and it should be more fun and should be more about what you want to eat. Even though I have a green smoothie in the book, I will tell you that my kids won’t eat that. They know I am putting spinach in there. That one was for me.

LIP: Does Carson like everything you cook?

SD: Yes, I think so. He loves food. He is not picky. There are certain things he won’t eat, like eggplant and olives. Carson is very inspirational. He has great ideas and he lets me execute them.

LIP: Can you tell me about the picture of your mom and O’mo?

SD: O’mo was Patty, my mother-in-law’s, nickname. It was short for the “Other Mother.” She passed away in September while I was writing the book and six weeks later my father-in-law passed away. I was literally in the thick of writing the book. My book is light and humorous, but when we were going through that difficult time, it was hard to find that humorous voice. Patty was the friendliest, happiest person I have ever known. I almost felt her presence as I was writing the book — she was nudging me along and encouraging me and that is why I dedicated the book to her and my mom. They have been such huge supporters.

Siri Daly with Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie, who wrote the foreword
to Siri’s new book while both were pregnant. (Photo By: Peter Kramer/NBC)

LIP: The foreword written by Savannah Guthrie seemed like she really captured you.

SD: I formed a friendship with Savannah and her husband. We were pregnant at the same time. She is the most down-to-earth, brilliant, funny, sweet, kind friend, so I was honored that she decided to write the foreword. Savannah doesn’t cook so it was fun to get her take on a cookbook.

LIP: How has your experience been on the Today show?

SD: Maybe it’s been two-and-a-half years since I have been a food contributor. I used to watch the Today show when I was a kid, so when I am there I still have to pinch myself. It is an incredible experience.

LIP: I laughed when you wrote that you and your family pretty much think about food all the time. Sounds familiar.

SD: Now it’s a joke. We can be eating breakfast, and then I am about to say it, and Carson is like, “Don’t say it.” And, then I ask, “What are we going to do for lunch? What are we going to do for dinner?” Food brings me so much joy. I want to know what is next. I am a little sad after I am done eating something. I need to know what I am looking forward to next.

LIP: Being a busy mom, how often do you cook?

SD: I probably cook four to five days a week and we will go out twice on the weekends and get takeout once.

LIP: Takeout is not taboo in your house?

SD: No. You have to order a pizza once in a while. We are moms. We need a break. I need someone to serve me sometimes, too.

LIP: You seem like you are in a really good place.

SD: I am really happy. This book was a dream. I still can’t even believe it. I am done with everything now. I have done a cookbook. I don’t need to do anything else (she laughs). Right now the book is available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. April 17th is when it is available.

Just a normal day for the Dalys, including Siri, Carson and their kids, Jackson, Etta and London.
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Time Inc. Books. Photographer: Ellen Silverman, Food Stylist: Eugene Jho, Stylist: Karin Olsen, Hair and Makeup Stylist:

LIP: The book is 256 pages. Quite ambitious.

SD: I think there were about maybe 40 recipes that were pre-existing on the blog and the rest of them are all new, even the ones that had already existed. I wrote a new introduction to each recipe and refreshed the recipes. There is a team of amazing food photographers and recipe developers that work with Time Inc. We all worked together. It was a wonderful process. It was about a year. I spent a lot of time at coffee shops. I can’t write at home. I get distracted. I want to empty the dishwasher, organize the kid’s toys.

LIP: Let’s talk breakfast.

SD: The Hash Brown Egg Cups are so easy to make. The sweet potato adds the vitamins and minerals. They are on-the-go friendly and one of my favorites.

LIP: Please tell us about the Brown Sugar Peppered Bacon. We really need to know.

SD: Oh, my gosh. I have a thing for crispy delicious bacon, but that particular recipe has that sweet and savory going on with the brown sugar and pepper. It’s so good.

LIP: And those Grilled Cheese Roll- Up Dippers. Yum!

SD: Anything you can dip, especially for kids, they just love that. It’s a grilled cheese. You press the bread and roll it and that is what makes it stick together and get crispy.

LIP: About Part Three, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” — Do you ever have time for an adult beverage with kids running amok?

SD: I do from time to time. I am lucky Carson is home by 10 a.m. on a good day because he works in the morning and if he is not doing The Voice he is here to help with the kids and homework, activities. Sometimes the stars align, Carson is here hanging out and we can have a cocktail and cook dinner, and it can be manageable and then the girls start screaming and then you need the cocktail.

LIP: I am still thinking about that Bloody Mary in the book. Is that Carson’s signature drink?

SD: Yes, he has become very famous for them. I think it is the bread-and-butter pickle juice that makes it stand out. It is a little bit of sweet and savory. I make them now but I don’t know what his secret is. Nothing compares. My signature drink, I feel like it would be boring. I love a spicy margarita. 


Photographer: Caitlin Bensel, Food Stylists: Margaret Monroe Dickey and Karen Shroeder-Rankin, Prop Stylist: Kay E. Clarke

If you make anything from this cookbook, make these Greek Nachos. Right now. Stop everything you’re doing, go buy these ingredients, and make. these. nachos. As you can tell, I am very passionate about how good they are. Not good, outstanding. Epic. I could keep listing synonyms for “tremendous” from the thesaurus, if you’d like? But I won’t, because I know you will agree with me. First, bake up perfectly seasoned, homemade pita chips, top them with creamy crumbled feta cheese, chopped veggies, salty olives and finally drizzle everything with a spicy yogurt sauce. Then, come back to this page and nod in agreement with the magic that is this recipe. Each ingredient merged together creates a unified, delightful appetizer that will make any happy hour even happier.

Serves 8
Hands on time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 35 Minutes

1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

6 (5-inch) pita rounds
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1⁄2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1⁄2 cups crumbled feta cheese
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium-sized red onion, finely chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
3⁄4 cup sliced kalamata olives
3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh chives

1. Make the Dressing: Whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth.
2. Make the Nachos: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut each pita into 8 wedges. Arrange the pita wedges in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Brush the pita wedges with the oil and sprinkle with the paprika and salt. Bake until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes.
3. Remove the pita wedges from the oven. Increase the heat to a high broil. Sprinkle the wedges with the feta, bell pepper, and red onion. Broil until the cheese starts to melt, about 3 minutes. Remove from the oven.
4. Sprinkle with the tomato, olives, and chives. Transfer the dressing to a squeeze bottle, or spoon into a plastic ziptop bag and snip 1 corner to make a small hole. Drizzle the nachos with your desired amount of dressing. Reserve any remaining dressing for another use.

Siriously Mini:
To make this more kid-friendly, top the toasted pita with store-bought hummus, feta, and diced avocado.

Bathrooms That Feel Zen And Will Help You Disconnect

With life always moving at lightning speed, the bathroom should be the one place in the home to disconnect and just “be.”

Whether it is for alone time or couple time, designers are seeing greater interest in the bathroom as a priority and space that homeowners want to invest in.

“Bathroom time is important,” says designer Keith Baltimore of Port Washington-based Baltimore Design Group. “It is alone time for yourself or alone time for a couple. Their private space, especially with a house full of kids. A place that is romantic and also a place to go and have a conversation while getting dressed for dinner or an event.”

Some design details that are being recognized in 2018 include wallpaper, brass and gold, exotic stone, great art, accent lighting, and comfortable seating featuring walls with either the organic impact of a marble slab or something dramatic
like a black marble with gold water jet details.

“Thoughtful design in the bathroom has become a priority for my clients,” says Huntington-based designer Kim Radovich of Kim Radovich Interiors. “This high-tech fast paced life we live in with so much technology and the pressures of life and so many distractions makes it even more essential to create living spaces that offer a respite from reality.” Radovich offers some inspiring words to help inspire and get started:  “Think of the most glamorous hotel room bath and start with that as your inspiration.”

Stylish Waterfront Condominiums for The Empty Nester

The rooftop terrace features all the amenities of outdoor dining during the daylight or under the stars.

Luxury living is within reach in Nassau County for those mature adults looking for a home with a smaller footprint. It’s called Knickerbocker Bay Club, a condominium community located in Port Washington with waterfront views designed for the 62-plus active adult.

Formerly the home of the Knickerbocker Yacht Club, three residences are still available from the 32 that were built in 2015. One of these homes is Residence 212, an elegant 2,544-square-foot unit that features three bedrooms; two-and-a half baths; a new contemporary gourmet-style kitchen with custom white cabinetry imported from Italy; quartz countertop island; Sub-Zero refrigerator; dining area that seats eight; fireplace with white marble detail; plank oak wood  flooring; and spa-like bathrooms with Crema Marfil marble.

Outside, it has a terrace that is so large a wedding reception could be held on it, laughs Anne Arter, Real Estate Associate Broker with Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International and Sales Manager at the Knickerbocker Bay Club.

“This unit is unusual,” Arter says. “The terrace is larger in square footage than the unit itself.”

“One of the biggest draws is the water,” she adds. “You have the Manhasset Bay views, and you can see the Manhattan skyline from the rooftop terrace and enjoy the sunsets that are phenomenal.”

The condo that is priced at $1,760,100 offers on-site indoor assigned parking and storage, a 24-hour virtual doorman, state-of-the-art fitness center, rooftop terrace with BBQ, putting green, fire pit, dining and lounge area and a private dock with slips and moorings available for those residents who enjoy having their boats close by.

“Ironically, no one has a boat, which was a surprise to all of us,” Arter laughs. “The slips and moorings are here.”

The building, she says, is also pet friendly with at least 15 percent of occupants owning a pet. There is even a conference room on-site and a spacious sitting area in the lobby.

“In the last few years we are seeing that condos are becoming more of a trend particularly with the 60-plus age group,” says Arter. “People want to downsize and no longer want the maintenance of a home. They don’t want to move out of state — they want to stay on Long Island and be close to their children and grandchildren. They also want the convenience. Everything is right here within walking distance from shopping, restaurants, the train, so you don’t even need a car.”

The building, located on Main Street, is close to the library, the Landmark on Main Street theater, boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops as well as local beaches and parks. Residents can also enjoy the Bay Walk, a waterfront park completed over the summer, within walking distance of Knickerbocker Bay Club and featuring kayak access, bicycles, new benches and a garden. There are many draws of condo living and for Arter, one, in particular, is the peacefulness of it all.

“The building is made of concrete- grade steel, so you don’t hear your neighbors at all,” she says.

For more information contact Anne Arter, Real Estate Associate Broker, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty and Sales Manager, Knickerbocker Bay Club at 516-639-4448.

The design of the master bedroom and sitting area gives a feeling of serenity with its ocean views and elegant decor. Double doors lead into the spacious great room.
The open floor plan features built-in cabinets, comfortable seating, a 60-inch Samsung television with sound system and grande windows offering beautiful views of Manhasset Bay.
The private patio offers an intimate setting for friends and family to gather.

Spring Fashion: It’s All About Color

Now that spring is in the air and spring fever is setting in, it’s time to shed those layers, pack up the snow boots and switch out all your black ensembles for bold, bright colors that are light, flowy and fabulous.

Spotlighting some of this season’s star lineup are florals and fringe, multicolored patterns, polka dots and pastels and asymmetrical lines that are all playful, professional, and on point.

“This spring is all about color and I’m talking serious color, not for for the faint of heart,” says Danielle Merollo, Director of Personal Shopping at Americana Manhasset. “For those of us who’ve grown accustomed to an all-black winter wardrobe, this transition can be a little scary. Don’t fret. There are so many gorgeous, colorful pieces to choose from.”

THE WEEKDAY LOOKConsider mixing soft pastels with bright outerwear. Mix and match bags in lovely rose and blush tones that are this season’s new neutrals. For a bright splash, finish off the look with floral ankle strap sandal.

Dress: Theory Good Wool Shift Dress in Berry Tint, $325
Coat: Theory Suede Piazza Coat in Deep Celadon, $1,555
Bag: Salvatore Ferragamo Medium Sophia Rainbow Bag, $2,400
Shoe: Salvatore Ferragamo Ankle-Strap Foulard Sandal in New Blush, $695

THE WEEKEND LOOKFreshen up your denim look with a distressed pair of jeans and a modern, vibrant top. Add fun, graphic touches — another big trend — with your accessories. Complete the look beautifully bold bags and shoes.

Top: Rag & Bone Vanessa Top in Bright Rose, $350
Jean: Alice + Olivia Genevieve Distressed Jean, $295
Bag: Dior Dio(R)evolution Flap Bag with Slot Handclasp in Off-White, $3,900
Strap: Dior Multi-Colored Canvas Shoulder Strap with J’aDior Signature, $1,500
Shoe: Louis Vuitton Fireball Mule in Noir / Blanc, $1,120

THE EVENING LOOKHere’s where you can pull out all the stops. A flowing skirt and silk tank in a mix of rich gem tones is sure to turn heads, while still looking effortless and easy. Pair the look with vivid sandals and an elegant clutch and you’re ready to paint the town red… and green and pink!

Top: Alice + Olivia Harmon Drapey Silk Tank in Bright Juniper, $195
Skirt: Alice + Olivia Katz Sunburst Pleat Mid Length Skirt, $660
Bag: Bottega Veneta Stretch Knot Clutch, $1,800
Shoe: Giorgio Armani Sandal with Heel and Braided Laces, $1,195

Model/Stylist: Lucianna Bartellino with the Americana Manhasset

5 Products That Will Help You Achieve a Better You

To celebrate National Nutrition month, we found the perfect gadget to promote healthy living: The NutraMilk, an appliance that will help you create different types of milk and butter using any nut, seed or legume you like. Aside from some of our favorites – peanut butter, almond and coconut milk – the appliance also whips up dips and spreads, smoothies and other treats. For those looking to get creative, there’s a NutraMilk book with up to 200 recipes geared not only to the health-conscious but for those who are dairy-free or follow a vegan, paleo and gluten-free diet, $449.00. Available at the (As a special to our readers, apply discount code LongIsland50 for $50 off.)

NOURISH BOWLSWe know it can be challenging to eat healthy, especially when you are on the go. Nourish Bowls created by Mann Packaging may just be the solution. Each bowl is packed with fresh vegetables and protein to help keep your energy up throughout the day. These warm vegetable dishes can be heated in a microwave or prepared in a skillet. Some of the flavors include Sesame Sirachi, Cauli Rice Curry, Monterey Risotto and their newest flavor Spicy Thai. Available in the fresh vegetable section of retailers Shop Rite and Stop and Shop, $3.99-$4.99.

PREVINEXIt’s never too late to reset or detox. Previnex, the health and wellness company, offers two different programs to help keep you recharged: the 7-Day Detox or the 21-Day Reset. The seven day is a more intense program that combines four to five of their plant-based and vegan protein shakes, a probiotic supplement and one Lean and Green meal per day. The 21-Day Reset is a two-phase program that is similar but, incorporates snacks and a multivitamin and omega to the mix. The company is also working towards eradicating childhood malnutrition with their program Get Health, Give Health. For every order on their site, they donate a bottle of children’s vitamins to children in need around the world. To date, they’ve distributed more than 110,00 vitamins to Haiti, El Salvador, and Peru, $199.99 ea.

G-PLANSYou can look as good as your favorite celebrity with G-Plans, an online nutrition platform that creates customized meal plans based on a user’s metabolic body type. Created by celebrity nutritionist, Dr. Philip Goglia, whose client list includes actor Chris Hemsworth, reality star Khloe Kardashian, and basketball player Kevin Love. Monthly membership is $39 per month. For more information, visit

THE TURMERIC COOKBOOKTurmeric, considered one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients, is the star in this new cookbook: The Turmeric Cookbook, a 128-page resource filled with 50 recipes from soups and stews to curries and marinades, by the editors at Aster, $12.99. Available

The Salon Project Offers Peerless Spa Days

Joel Warren, creator/owner of The Salon Project poses with Ruth Bashinsky, Long Island Press Beauty Editor, in The Salon Project "selfie" room that features a hip black and white mural with important words to live by.

When celebrity stylist Joel Warren was asked how long it took him to launch The Salon Project, a new venture that promises to revolutionize the beauty industry, he laughed and then replied, “A lifetime.”

During a visit to his posh salon in Saks Fifth Avenue at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station, Warren, looking dapper in his black jeans and fedora, spoke passionately about how he has taken the traditional salon experience to the next level by delivering a more streamlined approach with a futuristic edge.

Unlike the standard salon model that involves multiple people working on a client’s hair and beauty needs at once, Warren’s concept is more intimate. When a client steps into the salon up to two stylists assist them and stays with them for the duration of their visit, from check in and consultation to shampoo, cut, color and makeup to check out. Each station is equipped with a sink, so the client never has to leave the chair.

“I took a look at the way the clients were being seen at everyday salons — women with wet hair walking around, towels falling off — and I thought this was not luxury, it was a chore and not what it is supposed to be,” he says. “I wanted to make it better.”To enhance each visit, patrons experience a virtual program that enables them to view different hairstyles and makeup colors based on superimposed computer-generated images shown on an iPad.

Committed and driven, Warren drew on more than 30 years of experience, learning the trade from top stylists such as Louis Licari and eventually co-owning Warren Tricomi, one of the hottest salons in Manhattan. When it was time to execute his vision, Warren was ready.

His one-stop-shop concept sells an extensive assortment of the best beauty and high end hair care products, including Oribe, L’Oreal, Kerastase, Bumble, and Living Proof. Warren also plans to offer products geared to those who suffer from hair loss.

“The Salon Project is very unique,” he says. “We are curating something that doesn’t exist anywhere.”

To enhance his clients’ beauty journey, Warren put a state-of-the-art medispa on the  premises, so his clients don’t have to travel far for more advanced treatments. He says his services — at the medispa and salon — are within reach and offer different levels of pricing.

“It’s not like you can’t come here and get a $40 blow-dry,” he says. “It’s all a la carte. You just need to figure out what you want. There is really something for everybody.”Warren’s exclusive partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, he explains, has given him a tremendous opportunity that no other salon has.

“I have salon support and a partnership to help me drive business into the place,” says Warren. “We have events, personal shoppers. We have everything going on here that doesn’t exist anywhere else.”

“Get clothes and jewelry,” he continued. “Eat downstairs. You can even get alcohol. You can stay the whole day and walk out an entirely new person.”

With The Salon Project at Saks, his first and only Long Island location, Warren is set to open 11 more locations, with Manhattan and Boca Raton next. In the meantime, Warren, who doesn’t show any signs of fatigue and is completely energized by the buzz surrounding his salons of the future, jokes that his next project is figuring out how he can clone himself.

The Salon Project is located at The Shops at Walt Whitman Mall. They can be reached at 631-421-0002 or

Inside the medispa

The Salon Project offers a medispa onsite with the latest innovations in anti-aging and rejuvenating skin and body treatments.

Services include CoolSculpting (a nonsurgical fat-reduction treatment that uses a handheld device to freeze and destroy fat); ultherapy (a noninvasive procedure that lifts and tightens the neck, chin, and brow, and improves lines and wrinkles on the chest); HydraFacial (hydraderm-abrasion facial that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection), and IPL — Intense Pulsed Light treatment (erases mild sun damage, freckles, brown spots and irregular pigmentation).

Trained aestheticians can also provide Botox and Restylane therapy; microdermabrasion (an instrument that gently scrapes the skin to reduce light scarring, discoloration, sun damage and stretch marks) and dermaplaning (a method of exfoliation that uses a surgical scalpel to gently scrape off dead skin cells on the surface of the skin for a smoother, brighter complexion).

As if that weren’t enough reasons to stop in, the medispa will also offer minor cosmetic procedures for the eyelids and under-eye area. All the magic takes place in a private area in the salon.

Melissa Lee: A Financial Force In The World of TV News

Caption 1: Melissa Lee, who hosts multiple CNBC financial shows, is a Great Neck native. (Photo courtesy of CNBC)

Don’t be surprised if you see CNBC anchor Melissa Lee descending down to the financial news network’s studios on a parachute one of these days.

The award-winning journalist and television host flies from one show to another as host of Fast Money, an hour-long show that recaps the day on Wall Street decisions and Options Action, a half-hour show that explains the advantages of option trading, both  airing daily on weekdays. She is also a cast member of Power Lunch, a two-hour show airing Monday through Friday that focuses on business, breaking news, market and stock coverage.

In between her hosting and contributing duties, Lee travels all over the world filming documentaries for the network. She’s currently abroad shooting a CNBC documentary about the growth of bitcoin in emerging global markets. Some people may need to catch their breath managing the day-to-day, but not Lee.

Lee, who just got back to New York from her honeymoon after getting married in August, spoke with the Press about growing up on Long Island, her days at Harvard University, her recent safari adventure and her second love: the stock market.

Long Island Press: Any surprises on your honeymoon safari?

Melissa Lee: Everybody watches National Geographic, right? Lions eating other animals, but when you see it in person, it is a completely different experience. I was completely unplugged, which was unusual. The WiFi was so spotty, I couldn’t even be connected if I wanted to. Sometimes you need a little nudge in that direction. I am such a city person. I was really surprised that you can see animals living together.

LIP: Your schedule is so hectic with all the shows you host, all the documentaries you are filming. How do you manage?

ML: Whether I was doing one show at the end of the day or three shows a day, which has been my typical schedule of late, it is all a process of constantly being ready. I am constantly reading and constantly talking to people when I have time in close space shows. You are not just getting ready for that day’s news, but you have to build up that foundation of knowledge so that anything can happen at any time…I may never talk about a company on a daily basis, but in that breaking news moment, you’ve got nothing but yourself to rely on and that information and knowledge.

LIP: Is there a particular show you are partial to?

ML: I love every show that I do and have done in the past for many different reasons, but I think Fast Money is the show that will always be part of my fiber. I have been on that show the longest. It is almost like it has become a part of me and I have become a part of it. And, it is a trading show. I like talking about movements of stocks, why stocks trade the way they do, the psychology of the markets. To me, it is just a fascinating puzzle. I love trying to figure that out because there is not any one answer as to why a stock moves up and down. It is also the challenge of trying to decipher all those given factors on how a stock will trade the next day on the news.

LIP: There has been so much up and down with the market. Can you tell us why it has been so volatile?

ML: The markets have lacked volatility for such a long time that this is a bit of a shock to investors. But, it’s normal action and investors are working through how rising rates will impact their investments. We’ve lived with low-interest rates for so long, and higher rates change the investment environment. How? That’s the big question, and that’s why markets have been more volatile.

LIP: I know Power Lunch is airing soon. Do you have time to eat lunch with your schedule?

ML: Well, to me, I didn’t have lunch I would be a hangry person, for sure. I always make sure I eat something, especially if I don’t eat before Power Lunch; the next opportunity is at 3 p.m. which is just way too long. I lead a very regimented life, as you can imagine with my schedule. I have a window of time to eat. I have a window of time to do makeup. I have a window of time to go to the bathroom. At 3:30 p.m. I have to be in a car to get to the NASDAQ on time for Fast Money. It is important for me to stick to the schedule because your performance on air is going to be impacted. If you are hungry, you may not be completely engaged in what is going on.

LIP: How was it growing up in Great Neck?

ML: I grew up on Arbor Street. I don’t have family that is still there. I have an older sister and a younger brother. My parents moved to the city in 2004. They waited until all of us graduated high school and started college. I went to Saddle Rock for elementary school and Great Neck South for middle school and high school. I feel like nothing exists from my era. It seems the stores are more upscale. We used to go to Gino’s Pizza and the deli on Lakeville Road. I don’t think it is still there. Sometimes my mom and I drive through to see how the town has changed or just see the outside of the house for fun.

LIP: Can you share a childhood memory?

ML: One of my first professional journalism jobs is when I worked for the Great Neck Record. That was my afterschool job during high school. I wrote articles, and it was a very valuable lesson, regarding the importance of community. Initially, I covered the PTA and then sports. I love writing and to go out to talk to people in the community. It was fun. It was a great experience. And it was a great way to earn money. I think it was 20 bucks an article. It was a lot of money even looking back. My father would have to drive me to the PTA meetings, and sometimes they were four to five hours. He would joke that he would get a cut from my paycheck.

LIP: You were assistant managing editor of Harvard’s Crimson. Were you the first in the family to go to an Ivy League school?

ML: My father went to Columbia. My father said to me, “If you don’t get into Harvard, Yale or Columbia, then you have to go to a SUNY school.” For him, education was very important, but it was also important for us to look at the big picture and see how much schools would cost and how much debt we would have when we graduated and if that would be worthwhile. I loved Harvard. It was my parents’ dream for me to go there. It was my dream. I had a picture of Harvard Yard with the commencement flags over my mirror all throughout high school because I knew that was the school I wanted to go to, so getting in was the fulfillment of my dream and my parents’ dream…To go to a place like Harvard and know that you can cut it there was very empowering for later on. I think that is one of the reasons why I was willing to take the risk of going into TV news. It seemed like the career that had the most unsure path to success. I was willing to take it because of this notion that if I made it there then I can do this and I can do that; I can do whatever I set my mind too.

LIP: Are your siblings in the same industry as you?

ML: No, I’m the outlaw. We are just doing different things. My sister is a lawyer with the Department of Justice. She is six years older than I and she is just sort of a trailblazer regarding her career path. My parents wanted a lawyer and a doctor in the family. She is a lawyer, and I was supposed to be the doctor. I thought I was going to be the doctor. In high school, in addition to liking journalism, I did all sorts of lab research over the summers. I had this real interest, and I was good at science and math too. I decided I would give journalism a whirl. My younger brother lives in Queens. He’s a small business owner, and my sister lives in Tribeca. She lives in the same building as my parents.

LIP: Being a young person today is not easy; can you share some wisdom?

ML: I think it is important for you to be your own judge. Take criticism. Factor it all in, but, at the end of the day you live with yourself. You live with your own decisions. You are your own ultimate judge. Just keep that in mind with anything you do. Especially in this day where there is Instagram and Snapchat and a lot of fear of missing out and comparing your life to others. That is not how you should live your life at all. At the end of the day, it is all about if you think you did a good job and if you think you are a good person and that you are living up to your true potential.

LIP: You have accomplished so much professionally and now being newly married. What is next for you?

ML: That is probably the hardest question anyone can ever ask me. That’s another  chapter of my life. It is exciting to me to start this new life with somebody else. Professionally, when I am asked that question, I think the person expects me to say some new big job or dream job, but I enjoy what I do right now, fortunately, at CNBC. I have always been given new challenges whether it be a documentary or different show. Right now, I am shooting a documentary on bitcoin and blockchain, and that is exciting. I have always had new things to do and new ways to stretch myself, so I am not looking to go anywhere else or go into a different role.

LIP: Do your friends ask you for stock tips?

ML: Yes! And I say to them, “Do you want to take stock tips from someone who is not allowed stock themselves?”

2 Stylish Kitchens, 2 Different Vibes

Traditional and contemporary kitchen designs are quite different, yet equally beautiful.

Design details that dominate in a traditional kitchen include ornate molding and trim; cabinets in cherry, walnut or mahogany shades; antique fixtures; and appliances with open shelving. This warm and inviting look borrows from American and European homes of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

For a more contemporary design, characteristics include a clean look that has no molding or other ornamentation, asymmetric and horizontal lines, streamlined surfaces, and man-made materials such as stainless steel, laminate, concrete chrome, and lacquer. These contemporary styles encompass the 1940s to present, with Italian, German, and Scandinavian influences.

To find out which style you prefer, read on.


Showcase Kitchens took an outdated kitchen and transformed it into a contemporary chic space that this family of five can enjoy for years to come.

The new kitchen with its Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired style flows seamlessly with the rest of their Kings Point home.

“They wanted their kitchen to be more conducive to the home’s overall style, sleek and clean lines,” says John Starck, the head designer, who had to do a gut renovation for the magic to begin.

Some of the notable design features of the room are the vaulted ceiling with skylights and a center island, what Starck describes as “the focal point axis.”

“It’s a key signature element I strive to implement in most of my designs,” he says.


This colonial home in Carle Place, built in the early 1900s, had gone through many renovations, including being split into multiple dwelling units, before its current owners purchased the home.

“This created an awkward, disjointed layout,” explains Ralph DeFelippis, lead designer with Alure Home Improvements and National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) awardwinning designer. “The family found their dream home but the galley style eat-in kitchen was bursting at the seams.”

DeFelippis doubled the square footage and converted the galley into a spacious kitchen with traditional details. The homeowners, who like to cook and entertain, can now whip up gourmet meals and host their friends and family in an attractive space that has abundant counter and storage compartments and multiple cooking zones.