Congratulations California

Please tell your women friends that wearing fur coats doesn’t make them look like fashionistas. They look like fashionstinkas. Smart NYC women gave away their furs years ago.

Read this article. See how many luxury brands forbid fur anything. Many years ago, Albert Maysles. a client and famous documentary filmmaker, threw me out of his office when I showed up in a raccoon coat. I had to go home and returned with a cloth coat. That night Eliot and I gave away my two fur coats to two girl friends. Never wore fur again.

Weeks later I watched a woman get drenched in blood all over her so-called gorgeous mink coat in front of Barney’s. A group of PETA folks surrounded her in five seconds and then ran away to a waiting cab down the street. Congrats California.

California Signed the First State-Wide Ban on Fur Sales

Put On Your “To Do” Next Time In France

Centre Pompidou to Open 237,000-Square-Foot ‘Art Factory’ in Paris Suburb -ARTnews

Update On WeWork

SoftBank is reportedly prepping a roughly $5 billion financial rescue package for its least favorite child, WeWork

Cucumbers On My Mind

I have been thinking about Cucumbers ever since Rosh Hashanah. My holiday hosts, Jenn and Scott, served cut up cucumbers like they were potato chips. I like to nosh all day long. Cucumber chips are a great choice.


1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks

great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10.Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the

shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for better and safer ways to solve life’s everyday problems

From Pen To Tablet

Wow, the Livescribe pen has come a long way. I was so surprised to find the NeoLab Neo Smartpen N2 Silver at the new Beta store in the Hudson Yards mall. I didn’t know that new digital pens existed.

It’s great to be able to take notes (and draw) and have it magically appear on smartphones, tablets, and PC’s.

Ok, it’s not magic. The NeoLab Convergence Neo smartpen N2 works with the Neo Notes app to transfer your work on paper to digital devices.

The NeoLab Neo Smartpen N2 also has a new feature that will make a lot of folks very happy. You can now add color to your notes and drawings. You can also choose various pen colors and thickness options for drawings.

The NeoLab Neo Smartpen N2 is priced at $169.00.

Let me know if you think it’s worth it.

The New “Beta” Store

The new “Beta” store in Hudson Yards, NYC, is definitely a model of what the future of retailing is going to look like. This is the set up: the product next to an iPad which gives you the name of the item, a description, the price and a “buy now” click bar.

The introduction to each product is clean and very simple. Everything is digital and the products are sent to your home after your made the purchase. Most of the products for sale are new to the market. Hence, the name “Beta.”

It’s a fun place to shop because your are guaranteed to be wowed. There is something for everyone. “Beta” is an updated “Sharper Image.”

I included new product photos below. I will talk about a few of them in the days to come. Stayed tuned.

Try “Channeling” To Cure Your Woes

Channeling Is Now A More Accepted Discipline To Help You With Life Challenges

I recently had a “channeling” session with Dr. Peter Wisch. It helped me understand certain conditions better and what choices I had to address them. Everyone needs clarity. High energies are all around us. All you have to do is believe in them.

Dr. Peter Wisch

Channeling is a discipline whereby information is obtained from more evolved and enlightened energies to help guide you with regard to various difficult issues and hardships you may be experiencing in life.

Many clients have reported positive results from these sessions.  

TV personality Steve Greenbergand PR expert Lois Whitman, co-hosts of “Lying on the Beach” podcast spoke to Dr. Wisch about the “channeling” process.

Efren Olivares Is Your Personal Guide To NY Art

Want to learn more about art and the galleries/museums in NYC? You need to meet Efren Olivares. TV personality Steve Greenberg, and PR expert Lois Whitman, interviewed Efren on our podcast “Lying on the Beach.”

Efren is the creator, an art tour service focused on taking both art lovers and beginners to some of the best art shows NY has to offer.

Efren graduated with honors from the Wharton School, secured an MBA from the U. of Southern California and spent over 20 years as a leader in Pharma, from helping launch Viagra across Latin America to launching Pfizer’s only HIV antiretroviral.

Then Efren re-invented himself.He got a Masters Program in Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie’s.

Steve and Lois talked to Efren about Art in NYC. Add Efren’s tours to your must-do list when you visit NYC.

Click here to listen to the podcast

Chasing The Northern Lights

Our Group: Marcos, Eliot, Lois, Rene, Howard, and Greg

The Sun Voyager (1990) (Icelandic: Sólfar) is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason. It’s the symbol of Iceland. The sculpture is located next to the Sæbraut road in Reykjavík, Iceland. Sun Voyager is described as a dreamboat, or an ode to the Sun. The artist intended it to convey the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.

One Of The Most Beautiful Buildings In The World

Harpa is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. Because if its progressive design, the building is talked about across the globe. The opening concert was held on May 4, 2011. Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The structure consists of a steel framework clad with geometric shaped glass panels of different colours.

Smartphone Tricks

This is a panoramic photo of our traveling companions at a Reykjavik caldera. Our tour guide took the photo by starting on the left and then as he moved to the right, Rene, Howard and Greg, ran around him (to the right) to be ready for when he moved the camera to where they ended up. Marcos stayed in the middle to enhance the mystery.

Having lunch at a tomato farm (greenhouse) in Reykjavik

A Reykjavik geyser in slow motion

Reykjavik Waterfalls

The Many Lives Of Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill

Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill is an actor, singer, dancer, and producer. She has been married to the talented actor, playwright and director Larry Luckinbill for 40 years.

They have 5 marvelous children and most recently two amazing grandchildren. Lucie started her career in showbiz as the daughter of the legendary Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

But as we all know, famous parents only takes you so far. Lucie has had a steady career in TV, film, and theatre. What’s even more remarkable is that even though Lucie is now more in demand as ever, she is an extreme activist in both politics and the environment.

TV personality Steve Greenberg and PR expert Lois Whitman-Hess, of the Lying on the Beach podcast, recently talked to Lucie about how she successfully does it all.

The Teacher Wears Prada

I couldn’t believe my eyes today. I received an alert from Master Class, the online classroom, that Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, and the creative director of Condé Nast, was teaching a course on leadership and creativity.

What? How could that be? I never thought the woman, who has always been portrayed as a block of ice, was going to spend her time sharing information with the common man/woman.

I had to see what this was all about. I am a yearly member of Master Class, so I was able to access the course immediately.

I spent a few hours today listening to Anna Wintour talk about her life, family, career, aspirations, mentors, team members, new hires, the changes in the editorial world, designers, models, and celebrities.

She certainly didn’t act like the woman Meryl Streep portrayed in the “Devil Wears Prada.” Knowing many strong women in the business world, I’m sure Anna Wintour was demanding, but not anymore forceful than most successful bosses.

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for most young people to take this course. Just like the podcast I posted in DigiDame two weeks ago, when I interviewed Frank O’connell, Anna Wintour shared career tips that were invaluable for anyone who seriously wants to do well.

The only requirement is for the student to have an open mind and be willing to learn.

Good luck!

Click here to see a promo of Anna Wintour’s course.

Eliot Hess, September Photo Mailing

Munich and the Surrounding
Bavarian Countryside

Family and friends ask me why I travel as much as I do. There is a simple answer to that. “To see the world while I can.” I love to photograph the unexpected.

I love showing others that the world is filled with wonderful surprises that bring us all together in peace and harmony. I never expected that Munich and the Bavarian countryside would be so welcoming. I think we all now understand how a very few can destroy it all. Do something to protect what we all love and want.