John Bartlett for Farm Sanctuary Spring 2014 Collection

We have been loving the adorable animal silhouette tees and sweatshirts we’ve been seeing the over the last two seasons…..sorry we’re not talking about cats. We’re talking about chickens, and pigs, and cows….oh my. John Bartlett presents their second installation of their ongoing collaboration with Farm Sanctuary. For Spring 2014 John Bartlett has created a new series of the iconic “ambassador” animals of farm sanctuary.

Ladies, the limited edition t-shirt collection features bright and vibrant colors, and feature a pig, cow or chicken silhouette on the front and the limited edition logo on the back, making them a perfect addition to a color filled spring and summer wardrobe (the colors for men are more subtle).

Sale of these tees will run through the coming months and 10% of all proceeds will go to support the farm sanctuary, whose mission is “to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.” Unfortunately Alabama, Alaska, and Massachusetts, this charitable sales promotion is not available in your states bu everyone else can indulge. Get to know more about farmsanctuary.org and the great work of co-founder Gene Baur today.

What New in Beauty | Talika Zero Stretch Mark & Orlane Paris Poudre Libre

We love sharing what’s new to the beauty world, especially if its something we’re excited about. Today, we bring you two products from two of our favorite french beauty brands that we are majorly obsessed with – Talika and Orlane Paris. Today we’re highlighting a new body care product from Talika to combat stretch marks and a makeup product from Orlane Paris for a glowing but matte complexion.

TALIKA Zero Stretch Mark

There’s no argument that we would pay a kings ransom to get rid of stretch marks. These annoying skin “road marks” are actually caused by a permanent contraction of the fibroblasts, which then produce dysfunctional collagen and elastin, giving the skin a grooved effect with a purple-blue then pearly white appearance. Talika has isolated an active ingredient able to reverse the process causing the appearance of stretch marks – D-STRETCH® – and has incorporated it into a concentrated anti-stretch mark formula which over time restores your skin to its original appearance while firming, softening, moisturizing and nourishes skin. Zero Stretch Mark “relaxes” fibroblasts by 27%, right from the first application and doubles the level of functional collagen.

ORLANE PARIS Poudre Libre Transparent Loose Powder

This feather-light loose powder fits all skin tones, keeps your makeup in place longer, and blurs and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and imperfections, and enhances tone. Enjoy a perfect complexion and a “peachy” look to the skin from morning to night.

What do you think about these new beauty products?

Culinary Concierge | Hatchery Monthly Subscription Tasting Box

Great news for you culinary aficionados, foodies, and cooking fans. If you’re looking for an easy way to get your hands on artisan ingredients and condiments delivered to your door every month, look no further than the wonderful, monthly tasting box from Hatchery. Every month you receive 5-6 of the best sample-size ingredients carefully chosen from green markets and family farms from across the country. We were super excited to indulge in the incredible variety of curated flavors Hatchery had to offer.

This month’s Hatchery box included the following amazing culinary delights from Delta Blue Blueberries, Tonewood Maple, Elbow Foods, O Olive Oil, Two Snooty Chefs, and Murphys Mustard:

Delta Blue Blueberries Organic Blueberry Fruit Spread (Stockton, CA) – a low-sugar, flavorful, and certified organic spread that is high in antioxidants.

Tonewood Maple Flakes (Waitsfield, VT) – the amazing taste of rich, smoky, 100% pure maple syrup in an unconventional texture – Flakes. Add these crunchy flakes, which packs a delicious punch and livens up everything, to sweet to savory dishes.

Elbow Foods Glicco’s Arrabbiata Pasta Gravy (Meridian, MS) – love a pasta gravy (not sauce) with a bit of heat? You will love the chili kick that accompanies the fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions, bell peppers, honey, and herbs that are in this old family recipe.

O Olive Oil Fig Balsamic Vinegar (Petaluma, CA) – juicy, ripe mission figs slow-aged in Sonoma oak amplifies this rich, dark and almost syrupy California balsamic vinegar. Hatchery suggests drizzling it over vanilla ice cream.

Two Snooty Chefs Ol’ Hickory BBQ Gourmet Seasoning (Seattle, WA) – these self-proclaimed “uppity” seasonings do the hard work for you if you’re looking to add flavor to seafood, meat, soups or veggies. These curated spice and herb blends, created by chefs Gary Fuller and Chris Plemmons, will add the right amount of amazing flavor boosts your dishes need.

Murphys Mustard Motherlode (Murphys, CA) – this is not your run-of-the-mill mustard. With the power of brown sugar and cinnamon, this grainy mustard is a great way to add some great gusto to your dish. Mix with mayo for a quick dipping sauce with a bit of a bang.

Does this sound as great to you as it does to us? Get your monthly Hatchery tasting box subscription for only $20 per month to enjoy the 5-6 hand selected artisan ingredients, free shipping, and exclusive member promotions and discounts.

Spring into Style & Savings at jcpenney

Looking for stylish yet affordable looks for spring? Look no further than jcpenney‘s Spring 2014 many offerings from such great brands like Liz Claiborne, I Heart Ronson, nicole by Nicole Miller, Bisou Bisou, Call it Spring, Olsenboye, L’amour Nanette Lepore, etc. The multi-collection Spring 2014 offerings boasts vibrant colors, eye-catching, graphic prints, sophisticated silhouettes and modern classics in everything from clothing, handbags and accessories, and footwear.

All of the spring collections feature looks and trends that appeal to any individual fashion style….so there is something for everyone. It’s no surprise that we found several favorite pieces in each of the brand’s collections. This spring jcpenney continues to bring you fresh looks, modern trends, style, quality and value, making it easy to spring into style.

nicole by NICOLE MILLER


OLSENBOYE


I HEART RONSON


LIZ CLAIBORNE


BISOU BISOU


CALL IT SPRING

When was the last time you visited jcpenney? 

Michal Negrin Opens it’s First New York Flagship Store

We love all things vintage, especially if it reminds us of the romance of the Victorian era, so we were really excited to receive an invitation to the opening of Michal Negrin‘s first New York Store. Featuring vintage-inspired designs in jewelry, fashion, home décor, clothing, and accessories, you’ll be in awe as soon as you step into the beguiling boutique.

The over two decade old brand features unique decorative and fashion items, made with sparkling Swarovski crystals, handmade tone painted flowers and beads, lace, leather, brass ornaments, cameos, etc with a message of love and romantic style. To celebrate the opening, Michal Negrin (pictured below with two of her clothing looks) held a cocktail party where we got to play with all of the amazing variety of products. If you’re a woman who loves enchanting items that celebrate the idea of romance, femininity, love and style, this bewitching boutique is for you.

But even if it’s not your typical style, we think you should still stop by to experience the wonderful and visually beautiful store. You may surprise yourself and walk out with one of their keepsake pieces.

Get to know Michal Negrin by visiting it’s US Flagship Store located at 151 Prince St. (at West Broadway) in SOHO 212 334-2300.

When in Doubt, Just Add Sparkle | Deepa Gurnani Spring 2014

Deepa Gurnani once again wows me with their collection of stunning jewelry and accessory pieces featuring new and unusual beading and embroidery techniques. For spring, we continue to be dazzled by the neverending sparkle in everything from headbands, necklaces, belts and bags. Deepa Gurnani’s enchanting accessories are a great way to add a bit of sparkle to your daily wardrobe.

We can’t help but look at every piece from their collection and consider it a statement piece, whether they are chunky, bold pieces or single link chains with statement pendants, Deepa Gurnani‘s pieces will make you a standout. We love the mix of metallic threading, stunning embroidery, intricate beading, and woven cotten seen throughout the entire collection.

Although we tried, we couldn’t select any favorites as we are in love with it all. We can see every piece adding a bit of edge and eccentric beauty to our look. What do you think of the collection?

BEAUTY EVENT ALERT: The Makeup Show NYC Returns May 4th and 5th

Hello beauty lovers, the time has come for the greatest beauty show to return to NYC once again.  The Makeup Show NYC returns on May 4th and 5th with tons of new beauty products being featured, some launching exclusively at the show. Top beauty brands continue to come back to the must-attend show to launch their newest, and showcase their most coveted products. Returning beauty brand favorites include Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Ofra, Kett, and more, all of who will showcase their latest launches to the pro-community and beauty-loving consumers. A few of the products you can find at the show include:

OFRA Cosmetics is launching their Foundation Stick (pictured below) in 7 new shades, exclusively at The Makeup Show NYC

This is a creamy, oil-free foundation stick that will glide on with the ease of a cream. With a built in primer for a long-lasting wear, the stick provides a silky texture and sheer-to-full coverage.

CLEANSE by Lauren Napier will also be launching exclusively at The Makeup Show NYC.

This premium skincare product (pictured above) is like no other; its single use technology allows you to cleanse on-the-go. Whether you take one or three, the wipes remain saturated and ready for use.

Sephora Collection will be showcasing the PRO makeup brush collection along with a special edition 5-piece kit, created exclusively for The Makeup Show. Experts from Sephora PRO, as well as Sephora’s national artistry team, will be on hand to share their extensive knowledge and best practices on how to use, maintain and clean Sephora PRO brushes along with a demo of how they are made. As a Makeup Show NY attendee, you will be able to purchase a selection of the Sephora Collection PRO brushes along with the limited edition set for a discounted price of 40% of retail.

Kett Cosmetics will be showcasing their recently launched Crème Correctors. The Crème Correctors will conceal, correct, and neutralize under eye discoloration with their signature waterproof formula and are enriched with vitamins a, c, e and licorice root extract.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics will be launching their summer collection at The Makeup Show NYC! Don’t miss their booth to pick up these popular products that are sure to sell out!

CATTIVA Cosmetics recently launched a beautiful Lip Kit, which includes a number of lip products all offered at a special price! Be sure to pick yours up at The Makeup Show NYC.

TEMPTU Pro will be featuring their new 2.0 Starter Kit which comes equipped with two airbrush guns. This is a must have for any pro!

The Makeup Show NYC will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 9am to 6pm and on Monday, May 5, 2014 from 9am to 5pm at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY. For a complete list of participating brands, educational speakers, schedule of events and prices, please visit www.themakeupshow.com.

Sweet Smelling Easter Treats from Yardley London

Who says Easter treats only have to just have to taste delicious; they can smell delicious too! If gorging on sweets, tirelessly egg painting, and egg hunting this Easter is not your thing. Why not settle for a relaxing goodie basket filled with skin soothing Yardley London Bath Bars in a variety of yummy scents.

Established in 1770, Yardley London is one of the oldest cosmetics, perfume and toiletry companies in the world; their bars are made with essential oils and skin loving ingredients that help smooth your skin and soothe your mind; their creamy body washes and fragrant shower gels boasts gentle, natural extracts and rich moisturizers that pamper the skin in sumptuous aromatherapeutic pleasure. Their bath bars come in two collections, Botanical Bath Bar Collection, and Premium Bath Bar Collection. Today we highlight scents from the Botanical Collection, including a favorite we grew up with, the Oatmeal & Almond bath bar, a rich, exfoliating bar with enriched with sweet almond and oatmeal.

These sweet-scented bars of cleansing delights come in a total of seven varieties including:

NEW Shea Buttermilk Sensitive Skin

Jasmine Pearl

English Lavender

Oatmeal & Almond

Fresh Aloe & Cucumber

Lemon Verbena

Pomegranate Rose

All varieties are available for $1.49 each at mass retailers nationwide.