February 2023

Fashion Week Survival Kit: What We Rely On

There are so many places to be and things to see during New York Fashion Week that it’s nearly impossible to stay refreshed at all times. That’s why Melissa and the gang at PageDaily rely on some can’t-live-without-products to get us through the wild week.


MiLi Charger, $32, available on OpenSky

You can get your very own on OpenSky the next time you check out Melissa’s picks! This little wonder device is compatible for nearly all devices, including Blackberry and iPhone. The cute Power Candy charger fits into any bag and will give you up to 2 additional hours of talk time. Perfect for those moments when you can’t find an outlet.

Band-Aid Friction Block, $5, available at drugstores

Nothing is worse than limping from show to show in those cab-to-curb heels that were too fabulous to not wear. Instead of sacrificing fashion, tuck a Band Aid Friction Block into your bag. Rub the clear wax onto your foot before you put it on and it will keep your tootsies blister-free all day.

Boscia Blotting Sheets, $10 for 100, at Boscia or Sephora

We found these life savers via the girls at the Birchbox Sample Stop and subway rides have never been the same since. The Green Tea Blotting Linens are part of the preservative-free line, perfect for sensitive skin. The real power behind these blotting linens lies in their ability to take off sweat and shine without taking off makeup – a truly modern feat!

Marcona Almonds, $2, available at Starbucks

 Nutritionists everywhere laud the healthy habit of picking up almonds as a healthy snack. To make sure you’re pre-portioned, try our favorites at Starbucks.  Dry roasted for maximum flavor and unsalted for bloating control, this little pop of protein gets us through those 4pm and on shows.

Dr. Scholl’s Foot Cushions, about $24 for a pack of 4, available at drugstores

No one ever said walking in high heels was easy, but with these Dr. Scholl’s foot pads you can make the process a little less painless. They last up to 6 months and require no trimming to fit inside even your most precarious shoe. The balls of your feet will literally thank you.

Mini Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity Hairspray, $9.99 available on Amazon

Hairspray is an every day essential and its importance only becomes greater during fashion week. Keep this little mini sprayer in your bag to tame flyaways, stop runs in your opaque black tights, and hold that pony together tightly as you run from Lincoln Center to MILK and back. The formula is weightless and brushable, which is perfect for backseat hair styling.

Mini Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo, $11, available at Beauty.com

 In addition to keeping your tresses tamed, you’ll want to keep the oil at bay, too. Again, thanks to our friends at the Birchbox Sample Stop, we tried the Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo and are in love! The Ojon stylist on site at the Birchbox Sample Stop, Cynthia Alvarez, gave us a great tip for using dry shampoo: try putting it on at night to soak up oils instead of during the day. Pull your hair back in two chic twists and go!

Colgate wisps, $2.25 for 16 brushes, available at drugstores

You never know what you’re going to be eating for lunch during fashion week – usually it’s whatever you can forage on 10th avenue before jumping into another cab. Take precaution against unwanted onions, coffee, and the like with Colgate’s disposable wisp toothbrushes, which you use and toss.

Ask Melissa: Healthy Snacks

I’m always out on the run and sometimes I’m tempted to pick up a candy bar or a bag of chips. What are your suggestions for healthy snacks while on the run?

There’s no need to ignore your sweet and salty cravings if you know your (healthy) options! I’m loving Marcona Almonds –a sweeter take on the classic nut, these Spanish imports are a softer variety, roasted in olive oil topped with sea salt. Ten nuts should hold you over between meals. Calbee’s Snapea Crisps are unbelievably delicious and have the crunch of potato chips without the grease! They are made from fresh peas that are grinded and baked. Another favorite of mine are the Wonderful Pistachios’ 100-calorie packs of pistachios—perfect for tucking in your purse while out on the go. Snooki’s already a fan!

If you’re looking for a chocolate fix, I like TCHO Nibs (cacao beans drenched in dark chocolate) for their bite-sized accessibility and richness. Another great way to satisfy your sweet tooth is with Calcium bites Chocolate Covered Caramels. Celebrity nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot turned me on to them, and I promise they taste like Rolos. Each piece is 30 calories, contains 500 mg of calcium, and has 6 grams of fiber. I eat one after lunch and dinner every day!

Buy Now, Marcona Almonds, $11.95

Buy Now, Calbee’s Snapea Crisps, $15.39

Buy Now, TCHO Nibs, $9

Buy Now, Calcium bites Chocolate Covered Caramels, $16.39