Hot Sauce, A Scorching Success

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It’s always interesting to discover a product that suddenly steps into the limelight after years (in this case, centuries) in the shadows. Hot sauce, pardon the pun, is a product that is absolutely on fire currently. Domesticated chile pepper plants were cultivated and used in cooking as far back as 6,000 years ago in South […]

Every Story Matters

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At the end of this month, the day after Thanksgiving to be exact, a groundbreaking and inspirational organization is encouraging us to stop, sit and listen. StoryCorps, started in 2003 by author, editor, broadcaster and TED Prize award winner, Dave Isay, was created to help strengthen the indelible human bond and connection to one another […]

Exploring the Business of Birthdays

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A certain special someone, my Brandettes partner, recently celebrated a birthday. Candles, cake, cards and all of the trimmings were must haves for a proper celebration, of course. The momentous occasion got us thinking about the business of birthdays, in general, and the extreme spending surrounding this “holiday” that happens 365 days of the year. […]

White Hot Product Trend: Smoke

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Smoke has slithered its way into the latest lifestyle product trend; from cosmetics to cocktails and confections, smoke is white hot. To fully embrace this trend, we’ve uncovered a whole range of crave-worthy products (plus one delectable recipe) to bring a little smoke to your side of town this fall.   Ice Cream A new level of […]

Meet Douglas Little of Window Warriors

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Visionary.  Tastemaker.  Creative Genius. Three terms used to describe an elite few and artist Douglas Little most certainly makes the cut.  I had the privilege of working with Douglas when we were both just kids beginning our careers.  With Douglas, there was never a “remember when he was just…”  Douglas was always a standout.  Brilliant and authentic, he is […]

Branding by Blood Type

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At Brandettes, we are fascinated with the future and constantly working to incorporate developing trends into our brands. While there are always a lot of unknowns, one thing is very clear – as science and technology continue to evolve, everything from our healthcare to our diet to our beauty regimen will become more personalized. We’ve […]

A Cutting Edge Concept- Barbershops & Booze

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A cutting edge cut and single malt scotch have not always been comfortable bedfellows, until now. Barbershop/bar hybrids are on the rise across the U.S., praised for their quirky brand of cool that delivers far beyond convenience. And we’re not talking about barbershops that serve complimentary beer or wine while you wait; these are full […]

3 New Ways to Detox the Body and Soul


With summer in full swing, many of us are taking a much-needed break to rejuvenate and recharge. But for most of us, that vacation relaxation is gone the moment we step back into our crazy daily routines. That should come as no surprise considering that our bodies are being exposed to stressors on multiple fronts. […]

Foo Fighters’ Learn to Fly

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Full disclaimer, this blogger is biased. My love for the Foo Fighters is far reaching, inclusive of albums, concerts and Foo Fighters Christmas logo wear. Recently, though, a group of Foos super fans in Italy put my fanaticism to shame. The group, known on You Yube as the Rockin’ 1,000 assembled in Cesena, Italy with their […]

Getting Good Vibes from Crystal Infused Skincare


Crystals have been used over the centuries for everything from healing to protection to feng shui, but they’ve just recently made their way to department store shelves in the form of beauty products. The word crystal comes from the Greek word krystallos, meaning frozen light.  The belief is that each crystal has its own vibration that […]