Favorite Local Finds for Gifting

Try supporting small local businesses, artists, makers and friends with service-based businesses. Yours truly is being gifted by a husband as a surprise for his wife who has been wanting a consult with me. You may choose to shop online but even that can be with local businesses. Here are a few favorites.


Hudson Naturals: Pure, Plant-based Skin Care

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Hudson Naturals skincare products made from scratch in small batches in Newburgh using all natural ingredients. Photo provided.

Hudson Naturals skincare company is made at their flagship store, Field Trip in Newburgh. Inspired by nature and the therapeutic, rejuvenating qualities of plants and flowers; they began making their own natural products to soothe, cleanse and hydrate the skin without the use of potentially harmful additives found in many commercial skincare and bath products.

All of the skincare and bath products are made from scratch in small batches. Their philosophy is sourcing the best local and sustainable plant oils, extracts, butters, waxes and botanicals. They do not use detergents, synthetic fragrances, parabens, sodium laurel sulphate, phthalates, mineral oils, petroleum, artificial colorants or dyes, unnatural preservatives or fillers and do not undertake animal testing.

Note: My fave is Hudson Naturals Hand Sanitizer. It is smells fresh & feels clean. 

Field Trip 113 Liberty Street, Newburgh NY 12250



Photograph of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


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Ruth Bader Ginsberg photograph signed by Photojournalist David Burnett of Newburgh. This was taken in 1993 when RBG was nominated to the Supreme Court. Photo Credit! David Burnett

Photographed by photojournalist David Burnett of Newburgh, this 8×10″ print (image size approximately 6×9″) is signed by the photographer and shipped free USA.

Burnett recalls, “In 1993 TIME magazine called me to photograph the newly nominated Judge Ginsburg, for a feature. I was to appear at 5:30 at her Watergate apartment for a short portrait session. I arrived a little early and was greeted by Marty, her husband, who showed me around. I’d asked for the best lit rooms and ended up in the front foyer. She was, as we learn in the documentary about her, running late at work, and as the sun began to disappear, I started freaking out just a little. Even with Kodachrome 200 you can only hand hold it so long. She did finally arrive about 6, and I asked her to just stand in the hallway being bathed in that last bit of evening light, and yes, please, maybe hold on to your briefcase (with the Notorious RBG lettering). To me she looked like a 4th grade schoolgirl, getting ready to head out on the first day of school. I shot a couple of rolls, but once I had this frame, at least I knew I had something. It ran the next week, a full page in TIME.”

Note: Met David Burnett for coffee to pick up my own copy of the signed RBG print. He’s so talented & authentic with amazing stories to share. Check out davidburnett.com



House of Brinson

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William and Susan Brinson are renovating an old home in the Hudson Valley with a huge Instagram following. The Brinson’s opened an online shop as a means to make a living in the pandemic. Susan says, “Our normal careers, commercial photography, was greatly reduced and almost has come to a halt. We’ve always loved sharing our favorite products with our Instagram audience, so a shop seemed like a natural next step. Our focus is on design centric home goods.”

Since opening 4 months ago, they’ve had 726 orders and counting. They offer local pick up at the Newburgh Vintage Ware-house on 17K.

Note: Follow House of Brinson on Instagram & don’t miss their Insta-stories as they renovate their house & the delightful ‘Cocktails with Will’. Cheers!



Wishing you safety, happiness and health.