GAL APPROVED Wkd: Gifts from the ESPYs, Hot Handbags & One Good Doc!

By   |   July 25, 2014   |   Gal Approved

WATCH. The DivaGals attended the premiere screening of The Knick, a new Cinemax series, at The New York Academy of Medicine Wednesday night. The series takes place at New YorkΓÇÖs Knickerbocker Hospital, circa 1900. A new asst. director of surgery, Dr. Algernon Edwards, is hired to keep the the hospitalΓÇÖs most generous donors happy, but the color of his skin turns off the other doctors within The KnickΓÇÖs halls. Played brilliantly by Andre Holland, the actor told guests during a panel after the screening that Algernon is ΓÇ£brilliant and talented and is still not quite fitting in.ΓÇ¥ If you donΓÇÖt mind gore, you may be able to stomach the operating scenes — TV DivaGal shielded her eyes. Although that didnΓÇÖt stop me and the gang from enjoying a tapas feast of chicken and steak skewers, sweet plaintain, chocolate-covered strawberries and other tasty goodies at the post-screening fete! The Knick, which explores issues of racism, drugs, sex, and the never-ending search to modernize medicine, even when life is sacrificed to achieve it, premieres Aug. 8 on Cinemax.

TREAT. Nothing like a spa day to treat your inner and outer Diva. But what do you do when your budget is more club soda than champagne? At the ESPYs gift suite, the DivaGals met Heather Marianna, the Sicilian goddess behind Beauty Kitchen. Heather shares her favorite at-home spa rituals on the Beauty Kitchen website and her YouTube page. In her online store, Heather offers bath bombs, soaks and soaps. We tried the coconut cupcake soap and couldnΓÇÖt get over the heavenly smell it left on our skin. Beauty Kitchen also offers a monthly delivery program. Subscribers get full-sized items and yet-to-be sold samples of HeatherΓÇÖs favorite designs and products. Yep, home pampering can be a treat all year long!

sports bags

TREAT 2. The ESPYs gift suite featured an ideal gift for the man in your life. Zumer Sport, an innovative company that makes products out of actual sports ball materials, showcased their backpacks, bill clips and other carry-all items. What does “sports balls materials” mean? Exactly what it says: these backpacks are made from the same material as footballs, basketballs, baseballs, soccer and tennis balls. Even if your guy is not a sports fan, he’ll appreciate the uniqueness of this gift. You can order online so go to the website and check them out.

She Lo Handbag


WEAR. We DivaGals have to stick together. With that being said, let me let you in on a little secret. We attended the launch of Sheila Nazarian and Laura Darrah‘s new handbag collection She+Lo, a California-inspired line of causal carryalls, set to debut this fall. If you’re looking to have that high-end handbag look without breaking the bank, She+Lo is where the action is. Happy Shopping!

photo credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos, Amanne Media Group, Facebook

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