TruVision Health: An Objective Review

The search for the best-quality, most-effective health supplements continues. Today we want to take a look at TruVision Health, and give it an objective review. There are quite a few customer reviews of the product casting them in a less than positive light, but everyone deserves their day in court, right? So we’ll take a look and analyze for ourselves all the information out there on the product so we can figure out if this is the real deal or just another one of the endless non-starters out there.

What’s It About, Exactly?

First things first. TruVision is a company that specializes in a wide variety of products including such well-known names as TruEssentials, TruNeccessity, and TruHealth. Note before we go much further that the lukewarm reviews we mentioned above weren’t complaints about negative side-effects as such or complaints about their health being impaired as a result of using the product, but more like customers bemoaning the lack of personal results they experienced with the product.

That’s why we figured a closer inspection of what exactly goes into their product might shed some light on to what exactly is going on here. That’s what we’ll be getting into a bit further down. For now, here’s a bit more background information on their product.

The company introduced their TruVision supplement line back in 2014 with the ostensible aim of helping their customers achieve their weight-loss aspirations. They are widely available from a large number of distributors, retailers, as well as their online store where you can order directly from them.

Does The Science Back Up TruVision’s Claims?

One thing we noticed about the supplements, which are to be taken twice a day, was the inclusion of natural ingredients in their formulations. Some of these TruVision Health ingredients included:

Bitter Orange
Caffeine
Various Vitamins
Dendrobium
Assorted Minerals

The company claims that their products will help their clients with losing wight, and that the results will be evident. What we couldn’t locate anywhere, however, were any independent clinical studies to back up these claims about TruVision Health.

What we could find, however, was ample evidence from clinical studies that confirmed the fact that the ingredients that go into the product do have a beneficial impact on weight loss. Rasberry ketones, green tea extract, caffeine, and others all have a well-documented backing in science regarding their effectiveness as weight loss helpers. We would love to see someone carry out a formal study on TruVision products in order to more solidly back up their claims.

TruVision ‘Side-effects’

Every dietary supplement out there will have is fair share of possible side-effects, and this is no exception. For people with a low tolerance to caffeine, some feelings of shakiness or jitters are a possibility. For some others, feelings of impatience and agitation might present themselves. Should these be the case for you, it’s recommended that you decrease your dosage of the supplement. It shouldn’t worry us too much though, as it’s only a matter of getting used to caffeine in your system and the effects will fade away on their own with time.

Again, it’s not everybody who will experience these side-effects. In fact, for some users reported POSITIVE side-effects of the supplement, for example some users who stated that their stomach issues vanished once they started on the supplements.

Can We Trust These Guys?

That’s the real question here, isn’t it? There is no end to the reports of these so-called health companies scamming unknowing customers with useless, ineffective, and potentially harmful products, so it’s wise to be careful with them.

In April 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) contacted numerous companies offering products that contained 4-amino-2-methylpentane citrate (DMBA), and TruVision was on that list. They stated that the ingredient was still not cleared for human consumption, and thus they requested that the companies do away with it until it was approved.

TruVision immediately complied with the directive and pulled its affected products from all shelves. The thing to note here is the fact that TruVision demonstrated its commitment to fully complying with all safety precautions out there, even when it probably cost them money. That’s not how scam companies behave. Not by a long shot.

In Conclusion

At the end of the day, every supplement comes with clear instruction son its usage, and accompanying directions on what lifestyle changes will need to be made or avoided for them to work effectively.

We might not know whether customers who don’t experience the results they expect follow these instructions as they should, but the science behind the ingredients of TruVision Health is solid. It has shown positive results for untold numbers of people, and we think confidence in their products is not misplaced. Try them out for yourself.

Ian Fleming Collection Drinks Reception

Join Sunspel at the Notting Hill store to celebrate the launch of the Ian Fleming™ Collection.

The author of the Bond novels was a fan of Sea Island cotton such as Sunspel’s. In homage we’ve created a special collection made from this rare fabric, which has been used by Sunspel since the early years of the 20th century.

Sunspel’s chief executive, Nicholas Brooke, will be at the Sunspel Notting Hill store to discuss the collaboration’s unexpected origins.

And yes, gin martinis will be served!

Tuesday 17th April 2018, 6-9pm

Sunspel Notting Hill
23 Kensington Park Road
London W11 2EU

Please confirm your attendance via RSVP@sunspel.com

Win a Year’s Supply of Riviera Polos 
And don’t forget to enter te latest Bond Lifestyle contest for your chance to win a Year’s Supply of Sunspel Riviera Polo Shirts!

sunspel ian fleming collection

I Shop These Sites From My Couch When I Need Something Last-Minute

No matter how hard I work to ensure that I’m always prepared for whatever life throws at me (sartorially speaking, at least), without fail, occasions often arise in which I realize that I need something I don’t have. But I’m also an online-shopping devotee who isn’t fond of visiting brick-and-mortar stores. Because of these reasons, over the years, I’ve figured out which sites won’t let me down when I need something—and fast. I’m talking wide selection, quick and affordable shipping, and great customer service.

Something that I’ve realized after moving from the West Coast to the East Coast a few years ago is that some of the sites that I used to rely on for quick shipping have changed, due to where they ship from. (Not that this stops me from ordering from them; I just have to plan ahead a little more.)

Ready to bookmark these sites the next time you’re in a wardrobe-induced panic? Keep scrolling for my recommendations, and shop my current picks from each.

Especially since moving to the East Coast (it’s based in Richmond, Virginia), Need Supply Co. is one of my most shopped sites. It offers a great variety of brands (both affordable and designer) and plenty of covetable accessories. Plus, it offers free shipping on orders over $100, and even two-day shipping is only $15.

Available in sizes S to L.
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Available in sizes 6 to 10.
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Available in sizes XS to L.
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Available in sizes 0 to 14.
Available in size S/M.
Available in one size.
Available in sizes 35.5 to 41.
Available in sizes 34 to 42.
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Available in sizes 23 to 32.
Available in sizes XXS to L.

I hope this leads you to many non-frantic shopping trips from the comfort of your couch, too.

I know I’m stating the obvious here, but if you just order from Shopbop by 7 p.m. CT, the free shipping option will get your item to you in three days. Even better, if you log in with your Amazon Prime account, you get free two-day shipping or next-day shipping for a mere $3.99 per item.

Heads up: Everything at Shopbop is 20% to 25% off from April 11 to 14! Some brand exclusions apply.

Miraculously, ordering from UK-based Matches Fashion means free, duty-free shipping with an arrival on the East Coast within one to two days, and usually just as quickly on the West Coast. Plus, the customer service is as good as it gets.

You’re probably already aware, but I’ll say it anyway: An Amazon Prime membership is worth every penny. Two-day shipping is free, next-day shipping is $3.99 per item, and same-day shipping on certain items is usually less than $10.

Fwrd and sister site Revolve offer free two-day shipping and $20 overnight shipping. Not bad, if you ask me. And between the two of them, you can find anything your heart could possibly desire.

If you sign up for an ASOS Premiere Delivery membership for $19 per year, you’ll get your items from the UK-based e-tailer in just two days. Otherwise, two-day delivery is $8 (also not bad at all).

We Who What Wear editors are partial to Pixie Market‘s affordable statement tops, and they’ll arrive at your door in two to three days via USPS Priority Mail. (Shipping is free for orders over $75.)

I don’t need additional incentive to shop at Net-a-Porter, as I’m already hooked for many reasons, but it doesn’t hurt that the e-tailer offers free three-day delivery and $20 for next business day. It’s another one with impeccable customer service, to boot.

Especially on the East Coast (most items ship from Virginia), Madewell orders often arrive within a couple days. Standard shipping is free if you’re a Madewell Insider (it’s free to sign up) and just $15 for guaranteed expedited shipping.

Aritiza is based in Canada, but U.S. orders ship from the East Coast. It’s one of my go-tos for affordable basics, and it doesn’t hurt that standard shipping is $8 (free for orders over $100), express is $15, and overnight is $22.

Steve Madden's Best-Selling Sandals Are Racking Up 5-Star Reviews

The numbers for these Steve Madden sandals are looking good: They ring in at just $70, are available in four colors, and boast an average rating of 4.5 out of five stars. Still not convinced? Allow us to explain. Steve Madden’s Kimmie Sandals ($70) are currently on the brand’s best seller list, with 20 of the 30 reviews giving them five stars.

Specifically, almost all the reviews cite the shoes’ comfort as being a major factor. “I’m very picky when it comes to sandals since I tend to stay in sneakers every day, but these sandals are amazing!” one reviewer wrote. “I bought these for a trip to California and not once did they hurt my feet.” Another reviewer is similarly obsessed: “I love them so much I want them in every color! I’m complimented on them every time I wear them.” If you’re intrigued, scroll down to shop the shoes in three different shades.

Available in sizes 5 to 11. 
Available in sizes 5 to 11. 
Available in sizes 5 to 11. 

Opening Image: The Style Stalker

These Are Queen Letizia’s Favorite Brands

Thanks to Kate Middleton’s third pregnancy and Meghan Markle’s impending wedding, all eyes are currently on the British royal family. But you’d be remiss to ignore another very stylish royal: Queen Letizia of Spain. She consistently shows off polished outfits that are begging to be re-created.

In case you’re not a close follower of her style, we’ll let you in on a secret: She has a few favorite brands she relies on over and over again. For starters, she owns a slew of Hugo Boss pieces, including a skirt suit that she mixes and matches with other pieces, a sweater, wide-leg pants, and more. She also loves Carolina Herrera for the designer’s chic prints while Zara is her go-to affordable label. Scroll down to see how she’s styled this trio of brands recently.

FYI: Madewell Really Wants You to Try This Swimsuit Trend

From low-back one-pieces to more modest versions, we’ve been busy whittling down the best swimsuits on the market for spring and summer. As it turns out, we can also rely on Madewell for inspiration aplenty—the brand’s swimwear is looking especially chic right now. Scrolling through Madewell’s selection, we noticed a recurring theme: vertical rainbow stripes. In fact, Madewell has no less than nine options to go along with the trend.

Think you can’t pull off the look? Madewell has you covered whether you’re into one-pieces, skimpy bikinis, or more covered-up two-pieces. One trend in three different ways—now that’s the kind of versatility we can get behind. Read on to shop our favorite rainbow-striped swimsuits from Madewell, as well as more of our favorite pieces on the internet.

Madewell x Tavik Lila One-Piece Swimsuit in Rainbow Stripe ($146). Available in sizes XS to L.
Solid & Striped Brigitte Bikini ($88). Available in sizes XS to L.
Madewell x Tavik Jett Bikini Top ($74) and Ali Bikini Bottoms ($66). Available in sizes XS to L.

A Small Kindness I’ll Never Forget

When I was pregnant with my first child, my doctor discovered a grapefruit-sized cyst in my right ovary…

It was most likely nothing, she said; a benign blob that had probably always been there, possibly blooming after marinating in pregnancy hormones. But it had to come out because if it were to rupture, I could go into septic shock. And we had to test it to rule out cancer.

Since we couldn’t remove it while I was pregnant, my doctor explained that I would need major surgery within a year of having my baby. Admittedly, I break out in boob sweat at the mere thought of a hospital. The idea of surgery produced full-body shudders.

Caught up in the thrill of new motherhood, I was able to put the grapefruit out of my mind. The days were joyful blurs of nursing, diapering and binge-watching my son, Owen, as though he were a TV. In the middle of the night, however, my postpartum mind replayed worst case scenarios on loop. What if it was cancer? What if I didn’t wake up? I pictured a knife slicing through skin, flesh, muscle and organ. I imagined a version of Owen’s life without me in it.

Me being me, I waited the full year, just before Owen’s first birthday. I wanted to face my fears like a mother, bravely and gracefully, but I was struggling. From the backseat of a taxi, my husband and I watched the sun rise over the East River, as we headed to the hospital, quietly holding hands. The hospital was a linoleum hive of early morning bustle; for some people, this was just another day at the office. I remember pulling on fuzzy hospital-issued socks with trembling legs and chattering teeth. Is nothing more vulnerable than having your bare ass exposed in a mauve hospital gown?

Handing the nurse my belongings felt uncomfortably symbolic. Here are my jeans, I thought, riddled with nerves. My purse, my dreams, my life. Take them.

“I’m a mother,” I tried explaining, through tears. “I have a little boy.”

The nurse had short blonde hair and don’t-bullshit-me eyes. Her stoic, tough-love demeanor reminded me of Frances McDormand. She looked me squarely in the face and told me it was going to be okay. She let me squeeze her hand as my IV was administered, and she rubbed my shoulder.

There are few things more terrifying than being wheeled awake into an operating room. The room is blindingly white, and with my contact lenses removed, the semi-circle of surgeons and nurses appeared to be aliens waiting to harvest my organs. Furthering my bewilderment, Led Zeppelin was blasting on a boom box.

I know it’s un-cool to admit this, but I have never really liked Led Zeppelin. I get why other people like them but to me, they sound like a duet between a jackhammer and a cat in heat. If this were to be the last song I would hear in my life, please god, don’t let it be Kashmir.

I jokingly asked if the DJ was taking requests.

“You don’t like Zeppelin?” a nurse asked, in his thick Queens accent. “Who do you like?”

I heard myself muttering the first band that came to mind: “The Beatles?”

Someone actually left the room in search of a Beatles CD but returned empty-handed.

“Well, I guess we should just call the whole thing off,”  I said, laughing nervously.

They stood around me in awkward silence. I could see in their faces how much they wanted to soothe me; they were all trying so hard to be cheerful and upbeat, but the truth was, the show must go on.

Then, from somewhere behind me, outside my peripheral vision, a lone male voice started to sing. “In the town, where I was born… lived a ma-a-an who sailed to sea…”

He was slowly joined in chorus by the other surgeons, nurses, assistants and anesthesiologists, in what was possibly the strangest, sweetest, most tuneless version of Yellow Submarine ever to be sung. 

“…and he told us of his life in the la-a-and of submarines…”

I counted backwards to a song I had loved since childhood; a song I sang nightly to my baby. I relaxed as the medicine took me under and I let go. 

Next thing I knew, it was over and, thankfully, I was ok.

When placing your life in someone’s hands, you want to know that they are particularly skilled hands. You want the best surgeon that exists in the universe. But beyond skill, beyond technology, medicine and state-of-the-art equipment, the thing you remember long after you’ve healed is human compassion. 

It was a simple gesture — impulsive and somewhat goofy — for someone to sing Yellow Submarine to an excessively nervous young mother who would most likely by all statistics get to go home and live a healthy life. Others may have been put off by my jitters — they see far worse on a daily basis — but in my personal hour of desperation, this medical staff displayed a kindness I will not soon forget.

I find the small kindnesses in life to be the most poignant because they are not expected. There is no obligation by the giver. They may not even know you. But in that moment, they mean everything.

In this current climate of gasp-inducing headlines and daily doses of wobbly uncertainty, the world can feel cold and sometimes cruel.

On those days when we wake up feeling tender and raw after a sleepless night, when an old friend mysteriously un-friends us on social media, when our children ask us with worried eyes if they will be safe at school, when the week’s small slights and emotional bruises strung together threaten death by a million paper cuts… look for the small kindnesses.

They are there. You will always find them.

Here are mine from last week: Homemade biscotti wrapped in tinfoil, left on my doormat from my upstairs neighbor. Thoughtful, detailed praise of my work, via Facebook by someone I have never met. A childhood friend who listened — really listened — to a particular heartbreak of mine; who offered no advice or admonishment; and when I cried, he cried too.

But on a particularly hard day or week, if even the smallest kindnesses seem to be elusive — be kind to yourself. There is tremendous kindness in a hot shower. A steamy, glasses-fogging bowl of soup. Cat cow in your pajamas. A badly sung song (even Kashmir) sung from your heart, with all the air in your lungs.


Lisa Rubisch started her career at MTV and now directs commercials and music videos for major brands at Park Pictures in New York. She also contributes writing to websites, anthologies and books, and has written two other essays for Cup of Jo.

P.S. Happiness vs. wholeness.

(Photo of the Beatles.)

What Are Your Nighttime Rituals?

I used to be bad at nighttime. Every night would go something like this: eat dinner much too late, watch 45 episodes of something mildly terrifying, stare at my phone until the neon glow would render my vision blurry, then finally — surprise! — have trouble falling asleep. Gone are those days. (Thank goodness.) Now, with help from Kiehl’s, my routine looks like this…

Caroline Donofrio

After years of accidentally slumbering with my makeup on (and waking to discover that my mascara had migrated), I’ve finally learned that “wash your face before bed” does not necessarily mean in the three minutes before you fall asleep. Washing your face can take place at any point in the evening hours. (This may sound self-evident, but for me, this was a game changer.) So now, I’ll wash my face as soon as I get home, while I have the energy to do it well.

Kiehls Ginger Hibiscus Overnight Firming Mask

It’s amazing how relaxed the rest of the night feels with that step out of the way. It also makes time for a treatment. Recently, I’ve been using Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Overnight Mask.

Caroline Donofrio

Unlike rinse-off masks — where you look like this for 10 minutes, take a scary selfie and then wash it off — this overnight mask immediately sinks into your skin, disappearing from sight. (I am actually wearing it in this photo, as I look wistful.)

Kiehls Ginger Hibiscus Overnight Firming Mask

Right away, the mask has a firming, plumping effect on skin. The texture is similar to a moisturizer; it leaves no residue and won’t rub off on your pillow. It continues working overnight, so your skin feels smooth and soft in the morning.

Kiehl’s suggests using it five nights per week, which makes it an ideal weeknight ritual. After only one week of regular use, I noticed a pronounced difference in my skin’s texture — particularly the lessening of my grumpiest forehead wrinkle.

Caroline Donofrio

While the mask is doing its thing, I’ll use this time to relax and unwind. I banish my phone to the living room where its glow cannot beckon. Then, I’ll read a book. Other times, I’ll practice yoga nidra, a super relaxing style of meditation that takes you to a state between sleep and waking.

Caroline Donofrio

…and other times, like last night for example, I’ll watch “The Real Housewives of New York City.” It’s all about balance.

Caroline Donofrio and Mia

Here is a gratuitous dog photo. Just because.

Kiehls Ginger Hibiscus Overnight Firming Mask

It feels so nice to take a moment for yourself, and waking up to glowy skin is a definite bonus. I highly recommend this mask.

Do you have a nighttime routine? Have you indulged in any special self-care rituals? We’d love to hear…

(Photos by Heather Moore for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Kiehl’s, a brand we’ve loved for years. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Cup of Jo running.)

The Table Cafe Southwark Street London SE1

Restaurant Review: The Table Cafe. Homeboy and I enjoyed a delicious weekend brunch at The Table Cafe on Sunday. We liked it so much we went back on Monday for breakfast! If you’re looking for best weekend brunch in Southwark, places to eat breakfast in SE1 or cafes near the Tate Modern, you should check it out.

“Relaxed weekend brunch spot with delicious cooked breakfasts, pancakes and waffles. It’s perfect for anyone visiting the Tate Modern and wants an independent eatery rather than a chain,” Homegirl London

This independent restaurant has evolved as the Bankside area around it has revitalised. They promise customers simple food with flair. Shaun Alpine-Crabtree is the chef and co-owner who established the cafe with architectural practice Allies and Morrison. With fresh herbs and veg purchased from an allotment under the Shard and strong relationships with British food suppliers, you have all the ingredients for tasty food.

Vegan Cooked Breakfast

We tried a couple of dishes from the weekend brunch menu on Sunday. These were the vegan breakfast called the Green Goddess including avocado, sourdough toast, veggie baked beans, spinach, roast tomatoes, herby mushrooms and sweet potato wedges. The Veggie Borough was our other choice with fried eggs, halloumi, spinach, veggie baked beans, roast tomatoes, mushrooms and sourdough. These were delicious and very filling. Meat eaters can go for The Borough Full English with streaky bacon plus pork and leek sausages.

Vegetarian Cooked Breakfast

They have a selection of hollandaise sauce egg dishes. Choose from Eggs Benedict with bacon, Eggs Royale with salmon or Eggs Fallow with avocado and halloumi. The bagel stack featuring ham hock and chorizo with baked beans and poached eggs was also treated to a helping of hollandaise sauce. If you’re in the mood for burgers they have several beef creations available.

Eggs Fallow

The brunch pancakes and waffles were very tempting, but we had absolutely no room left to squeeze these in. You can order waffles or pancakes with savoury breakfast items. Or a sweeter alternative like blueberries with berry sauce, cream and maple syrup. The vegan pancakes included the Pumpkin Patch and Malibu Beach sounded amazing.  That’s why we went back on Monday morning, to get a pancake fix! We sampled lovely fluffy pancakes with little pots of berries, double cream, chocolate sauce and syrup … yummy.

Pancakes

To give you the idea of price points big breakfasts are £11-13, breakfast bruschetta £9.5, brunch burgers are £10-14, pancakes and waffles are £8-9. You can treat yourself to a side of chips (triple cooked, cheesy or gravy) for £2.5-3. Drinks include house sodas for £2.50.

The Table Cafe Interiors

Restaurant Interior

The restaurant is glass fronted so you get a great view overlooking Southwark Street. The interior is contemporary and relaxed with wooden floors and wooden furniture. There is more seating towards the back / side of the restaurant which would be a lovely place to sit on a sunny day (I hope that’s soon!). With an open kitchen, you get to see the chef and team preparing your food. This is a great place to get together with your lover, friends or family.

The Table Cafe Information

Restaurant Exterior

To find out more about this independent restaurant go to The Table Cafe Website. The address is 83 Southwark Street, London SE1 0HX. The nearest stations are Southwark (Jubilee Line), Borough (Northern Line), Waterloo East (Southeastern Trains). It’s behind the back of the Tate Modern. Current opening times listed are Monday to Wednesday 7.30am-10.30pm, Thursday and Friday 7.30am-11.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-4.30pm.

Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for visiting with me.

The Table Cafe Southwark Street London SE1

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The Table Cafe Southwark Street London SE1 was last modified: April 12th, 2018 by Homegirl London

iMovie gets some attention with an iPhone X-ready update

After a few months without updates, Apple has shown some attention to the mobile version of its free iMovie video editor with a new update. It’s now fully compatible with the iPhone X’s Super Retina Display (and that notch), and according to the notes, finally takes advantage of the Metal API for direct access to your iPhone GPU. Unfortunately, judging by a few early reports, that doesn’t seem to do much for video rendering time, but maybe there are benefits that just haven’t been uncovered yet.