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All Of Your Questions Answered About Injectables And Meet A Master Injector.

I recently sat down with Master Injector, Gina Vignogna-Khan from Core Nutrition and Wellness. I had collected all of your questions about Botox and other injectables and decided to have Gina answer them all at once. I spent a long time with Gina and asked her to do my next round of injectables. I schedule my appointments usually about 4-6 months apart and I keep my treatment to a minimal amount of injections but Gina is amazing and I had very little pain and no bruising. The key to getting any type of injection is the injector. You need someone who listens to you, understands what you need and of course, administers a painless perfectly targeted shot. I highly recommend Gina. I was so impressed with her knowledge, and bedside manner. You can email her HERE with any of your questions or to get more information about scheduling an appointment.

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  1. What are facial injections? How do they work? …

Injections in the face can include neurotoxins such as Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, Juveau etc. They block signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract. The relaxation of these muscles can prevent wrinkles from forming and becoming deeper. Other injections in the face can include dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid, CAHA, or PLLA particles. These fillers and bio stimulatory agents can not only add volume back to sagging tissues giving the appearance of a more youthful look but some of them are also bio stimulatory. Biostimulation means they stimulate your body to make more collagen and elastin where the product is injected. 

  1. What are the possible side effects of injections? 

As with any medical procedure, there are always chances of side effects. The most common include bruising and swelling at the site of injection. Less common side effects include infection or allergic reaction. Those that are allergic to Lidocaine should avoid fillers in the face. Those that are on blood thinning agents should also avoid aesthetic procedures. Avoiding blood-thinning medications such as Motrin, Advil, and Aspirin a few days before the procedure can help minimize any bleeding or bruising. 

  1. What is the recovery like? 

Depending on what treatment you get can alter the recovery expectations. Neurotoxins have you back to your normal routine in 24 hours with minimal post-procedure care. No intense exercise or doing anything that will make your face get hot and sweaty is a good one to remember. No massage or manipulation to the area where you were injected for the first 24 hours can prevent the neuromodulator from moving around.  With dermal fillers you may experience some swelling for a few days after the treatment and waiting the full two weeks for them to integrate with your own body’s tissues is best before evaluating the full result. Everyone is different and some people will have no swelling on day one while others can have swelling for a week or two. Taking Arnica supplements is a good supplement if you tend to bruise or swell more than others. 

  1. When can I see the results? 

Neuromodulator results usually take two weeks. Some have reported that Dysport can show results within 4-5 days. Fillers have an immediate result taking into consideration that there may also be some swelling present for a few days. 

  1. How long do the results last? 

Neuromodulators usually last about 3-4 months. Dermal fillers usually last anywhere from 8 months to 1.5 years depending on where you get them and what kind. 

  1. How many treatments will I need? 

Each patient has an individualized plan that will determine the exact amount and number of treatments needed. 

  1. Does the treatment hurt?  

Generally speaking, the treatments are quick and easy but the pain is subjective and everyone has a different threshold. The needles used are very small but if someone needs numbing cream to avoid the pain I am more than happy to provide that.

  1. Which part of the face is the most painful?

According to what patients report, the lips seem to be the most sensitive. If you are getting a lip flip or lip filler make sure to come in 15 mins early to sit with some numbing cream!

  1. What is the difference between the name brands?

 The difference between brands can be individualized based on what you want or would like to achieve. Each injector also has certain preferences on what they feel works best in each area. Xeomin is the most natural form of a neuromodulator because it has no added proteins, therefore, enabling your body to build the least resistance with each use. Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra, Versa, RHA, and Belotero, are just a few of the great filler products I like to use. 

Maybe Use This Time To Take A Class!

Have you heard of Master Class? It is a site that offers online classes taught by people who are the BEST in their field…award-winning chefs, writers and performers. There are over 90 plus hours of classes! They are currently offering a special for a year subscription with unlimited classes for less than $10 per month! Let’s get learning….

How about a creativity and leasdership class with Anna Wintour

Or a filmmaking class with Martin Scorsese.

Or a tennis lesson with Serena Williams

Or a photography lesson with Annie Leibovitz

Or fashion brand building with Diane Von Furstenberg

Or a cooking class with Gordon Ramsay

The list goes on and on!!! For the full class offerings, click HERE

The Ultimate Skincare Workshop is Coming To Greenwich…

Next week Readers, your skincare dreams are going to come true. The incredible founder Cayli Cavaco Reck of Knockout Beauty is coming to Greenwich to bring her fabulous products to a few lucky women in a one-on-one beauty experience via the Knockout Beauty master class.

All Knockout Beauty master classes are an immersive, dynamic, experience led by Cayli Cavaco Reck. The owner and founder of Knockout Beauty has developed a proven system of treatments and techniques that will ultimately transform your skin. Her casual and intimate style of teaching will touch on good habits, health and well-being, as well as her science-driven approach that is used by more than 20,000 people worldwide. Cavaco Reck is recognized as a skin insider and expert by media including, Allure, Vogue, New Beauty, and The Cut.

Dates: 11/3/22 & 11/4/22 

Price: An exclusive Poppy Caravan price of $100 (this experience usually retails for $400). 

**Please note this is paid at the time of booking and is non-refundable. 

Duration: 1.5 hours 

Location: The Delmar Greenwich Harbor, 500 Steamboat Rd, Greenwich, CT 06830

The Science of Beauty with Sarah Wragge Wellness  – This skincare masterclass will focus on the morning routine and preparing the skin for the day. Book the morning session by clicking here.

Afternoon Make-up Master Class – This class will focus on proper skin preparation followed by tricks and tips learned backstage and on set with world-renowned makeup artists over the last 40 years. Distilled and adjusted for everyday life, these classes will also be live selling events so that you will have the tools to execute your new skills. Book the afternoon session by clicking here.

Evening Advanced Master Class with Sarah Wragge Wellness   – This will be a skincare masterclass focusing on the nighttime routine and will introduce tools and growth factors. This could be considered an advanced class for anyone looking to amp up their routine, but it is open to anyone who would like to learn. Book the evening session by clicking here.

**We kindly recommend you come to the class with a clean face or as little makeup as possible, as you will be washing your face in the Master Class.

KNOCKOUT BEAUTY is a store and skincare consultancy with locations in NYC, the Hamptons, and Los Angeles, and a franchise in Locust Valley, NY. All boutiques stock vetted products across all beauty categories. Each retail location has a highly skilled esthetician and an innovative results-driven esthetics program.

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Greenwich Wine & Food 10 Year Anniversary!

Greenwich Wine + Food is returning this October for its 10-year anniversary celebration. The multi-day event will feature a completely re-imagined Gala, festivities that recreate the most memorable experiences from the past decade and more. Beneficiaries include two national non-profit organizations with roots in Connecticut – The Jacques Pépin Foundation and Wholesome Wave

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The GWF 10th Anniversary Celebrity Chef Gala on Friday, October 7, honoring legendary chef Jacques Pépin, will include renowned chefs cooking and mingling with guests throughout the evening. The evening will begin with a 6:00pm VIP reception with Pépin, Michel Nischan (Wholesome Wave), Rocco DiSpirito, Maneet Chauhan,Bun Lai, Mary Giuliani and Spike Mendelsohn (for special ticketholders only).  A cocktail reception will follow at 6:30pm, followed by the Chef’s Table dinner at 7:30pm.  Confirmed chefs who will prepare a four-course meal in front of guests at their designated tables include:

  • Carlos Baez (The Spread, El Segundo, Magic Pie);
  • Jes Bengtson (Terrain Garden Café, Amis Trattoria);
  • Arturo Franco-Camacho (Camacho Garage, Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill, Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill)
  • Evans Corrales (The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood);
  • Albert DeAngelis (Eastend, Meditteraneo, Terra, Sole);
  • Julio Genao (Prime Stamford);
  • Michael Kaphan (Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish);
  • Geoff Lazlo (Geoff Lazlo Food, The Country Table);
  • Stephen Lewandowski (Townhouse);
  • Nick Martschenko (South End, SE Uncorked, SE Back End);
  • Emily Mingrone (Tavern on State, Provisions on State, Fair Haven Oyster Company);
  • Forrest Pasternak (Bailey’s Backyard Farm to Table Restaurant);
  • Debra Ponzek (Aux Delices);
  • Jared Sippel (L’Ostal);
  • Matt Storch (Match, Match Burger Lobster);
  • Bill Taibe (The Whelk, Kawa Ni, Don Memo);
  • Renee Touponce (Oyster Club);
  • Luke Venner (Elm);
  • Chad Welch (Coterie Table One).

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In addition to this multi-course dinner, the evening will feature special programming to celebrate the incredible contributions that Pépin has made to the culinary world, as well as honor the 2022 class of Serendipity’s Most Innovative Chefs:  Steven Chen (MIKU, Greenwich, CT), Will Friedman (Kawa Ni, Westport, CT), Jared Sippel (L’Ostal, Darien, CT) and Renee Touponce (Oyster Club, Mystic, CT).  The evening will be capped off with dancing and music from DJ April Larken.  Held at Abigail Kirsch The Loading Dock in Stamford, CT, this limited ticket event will allow guests to purchase pairs of seats or full tables for groups of 10 and select their preferred award-winning chef. 

In addition to the Gala, unique, one-of-a-kind events will take place throughout the week at famed local restaurants and venues, such as a Seven Course Truffle Dinner at Greenwich-based Rosina’s, Mezcal Tasting and Dinner at Fairfield-based Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill, Prohibition Pairing Cocktail Class at SONO 1420, Champagne and Chocolate Master Class at Fairfield-based BE Chocolat and more. 

The 10-year anniversary celebration will continue in March 2023 with “The Big Easy,” honoring the sights, sounds and flavors of New Orleans with a mini–French Quarter at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, featuring legendary New Orleans Chef/Restaurateur Dickie Brennan as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.  Special guests in attendance will include Michel Nischan, Mary Giuliani and more.  The event will begin at 5:00pm with a private reception for special ticket holders, with doors opening to the dine-around event at 5:30pm.  Celebrity and acclaimed area chefs will be serving traditional NOLA eats from 5:30pm-8:30pm; local craft brews, wine and iconic Bourbon Street cocktails will be served from 5:00pm-10:45pm.  Adding to the evening’s celebration will be music beginning at 6:00pm from Dumpstaphunk (featuring Cyril Neville performing the music of The Meters), Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. 

For details, tickets and the full line-up of talent and events, visit

What Was Your Best Quarantine Purchase?

Over the past few days, we asked our readers what their best Quarantine purchases were. While many of you added new dogs to your household, there were some other really interesting and fabulous purchases from boats to outdoor TV’s and furniture. I am excited to share the list with you!!!!! Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond, this was such a fun post to pull together!!!

Waffle makers were high on the list.

As were ice cream makers

This facial was a lifesaver during the months spent at home…It is one of my favorites too!!

A lot of you bought robot vacuums….this is the one that I have..I love it..

Workout items and gear were high on the list from Peleton and Soul Cycle bikes to Training Machines. These bracelets weights were hands down a best seller.

Pajamas and Loungewear were also popular. These are my favorite.

A popcorn maker was also high on the list…

This portable bonfire was another great quarantine purchase.

Outdoor TV’s were another popular is the best selling “storm shell” that will protect any TV so you can use it outdoors…brilliant!!!

I received a lot of messages that an Air Fryer was a must..I agree..we have had ours for a couple of years and we all use it all the time!!!!! Such a good purchase!!

Smart TV’s were also on the list…I LOVE the Roku version….

New pillows were on the list…The Right Pillow is my favorite..I cannot sleep without mine…

One of my favorite sites was mentioned a few times…Master Class. I love it. Check out my post HERE

How to Become a Successful Business Leader in 14 Useful Tips

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Leadership is a crucial aspect of any business and can make or break a company’s success. Good leaders can inspire, motivate, and guide their teams toward a common goal. However, becoming a good business leader can be challenging. This blog post will discuss some essential tips and tricks for mastering the art of leadership and achieving success in your business.


Being a leader is not just giving orders or telling people what to do. It’s about setting a vision, creating a plan, and inspiring others to join you in achieving it. To be a good business leader, you must communicate effectively, make difficult decisions, and lead by example. This blog post will explore some key elements of good leadership, including time management, communication, decision-making, and more. Whether you’re a new or experienced leader, these tips will help you to become a more effective and successful business leader.

1. Setting a Clear Vision

One of the most important aspects of being a good leader is having a clear vision of where you want to take your team or organization. A vision provides a sense of direction and purpose and helps to focus your team’s efforts toward a common goal. As a leader, it’s your job to create a vision that is inspiring, achievable, and aligned with your organization’s mission and values.

2. Communicating Effectively

Effective communication is crucial for any leader, as it allows them to convey their vision and goals to their team. As a leader, you should communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing. You should also be able to listen actively and respond appropriately to the needs and concerns of your team. When you communicate effectively, you can build stronger relationships with your team, improve productivity, and create a positive work environment.

3. Making Decisions

Leaders are often required to make difficult decisions, and they must be able to do so in a timely and efficient manner. Good decision-making skills are essential for managing risk, solving problems, and keeping your team on track. To be a good leader, you must be able to weigh the pros and cons of different options and make the best decision based on the information available.

4. Leading by Example

The best leaders lead by example and set the tone for their team by living the values and principles they espouse. As a leader, you should be able to walk the talk and be a role model for your team. This means being honest, dependable, ethical, and willing to put in the hard work and dedication you expect from your team. By leading by example, you can gain the respect and trust of your team and create a positive work environment. 

5. Empowering Others

Good leaders empower their team members by giving them the tools and resources they need to be successful. As a leader, you should be able to identify the strengths of your team members and provide them with the autonomy to use their skills to the fullest. Empowerment also means allowing your team members to make decisions, take ownership of their work, and be accountable for their actions. 

6. Managing Conflict

Conflict is an inevitable part of any team or organization, and good leaders know how to manage it effectively. As a leader, you should identify and address conflicts before they escalate and be able to mediate disputes between team members. It’s important to understand that conflict can be healthy and lead to new ideas and solutions. However, it’s essential to remember that the goal is to resolve the conflict and not to blame or place fault on anyone, which will help maintain a positive work environment.

7. Embracing Change

Change is a constant in the business world, and leaders must be able to adapt and embrace it. Good leaders are comfortable with change and can create a culture that welcomes and encourages it. In addition, they can anticipate and plan for change and communicate the benefits of change to their team in a way that is understandable and motivating.

8. Time Management

Time management is a critical skill for any leader, as it allows them to prioritize tasks effectively and ensure that their team is working efficiently. Good leaders can set clear goals and deadlines and create a schedule that will enable their team to meet those goals. They also should consider workforce scheduling to ensure that their team can work together effectively while also balancing the needs of the individual team members.

9. Building Strong Relationships

Good leaders understand the importance of building solid relationships with their team members and other leaders in their industry or community. As a result, they can communicate effectively, show empathy and understanding, and create a positive work environment that fosters trust and collaboration.  An example of a way to build strong relationships with your team is to show gratitude for their work by rewarding them for exemplary performance in their work.

10. Continuously Learning and Improving

A good leader is constantly learning and improving, and they are open to feedback and criticism. As a leader, you should be aware of your own weaknesses and be willing to work on them. Additionally, you should seek opportunities to learn and grow through formal education, mentoring, or on-the-job experience. By continuously learning and improving, you can stay current in your field and make better business decisions.

11. Being Adaptable

Good leaders should be adaptable and able to adjust their leadership style depending on the situation and the team members they lead. As a leader, you should understand that different people respond differently to different leadership styles and be able to adjust accordingly. This means being open to feedback, being aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, and being willing to try new approaches. 

12. Encouraging Creativity and Innovation

Good leaders understand the importance of creativity and innovation in a business and create an environment that encourages it. As a leader, you should be willing to take risks, try new things and provide the resources and support your team needs to be creative and innovative. Encouraging creativity and innovation can lead to new and better solutions, increased productivity, and improved employee satisfaction. 

13. Maintaining a Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is an essential aspect of being a good business leader. As a leader, you should balance your professional and personal responsibilities to be effective in both areas. Additionally, you should be able to encourage your team members to maintain a healthy work-life balance as well. By promoting work-life balance, you can increase the well-being of your team members and reduce the risk of burnout

14. Networking

Networking is an essential aspect of being a good business leader. As a leader, you should be able to build and maintain relationships with other leaders in your industry, as well as with potential clients and customers. Networking lets you stay informed about industry trends and identify new growth and development opportunities. Additionally, networking can lead to new partnerships and collaborations, which can help you and your organization to achieve more than you could on your own.


Being a good business leader takes work, but it is a critical skill that can lead to success in any organization. It combines vision, communication, decision-making, and many other skills. Following the tips and tricks outlined in this blog post can make you a more effective and successful business leader. We encourage you to reflect on your own leadership style and see how you can improve, and don’t hesitate to engage with us and share your own tips and experiences on this topic.