Sephora Collection to Rock……..at Coachella

As the exclusive beauty sponsor of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Sephora Collection announced it will be hosting The Sephora Collection Beauty Studio at the famed music event. “The massive 40’ by 40’ tent will offer all festival attendees an opportunity to escape the heat, recharge their mobile devices and discover Sephora Collection’s extensive product assortment through dedicated beauty stations and integrated digital experiences.”

The Sephora Collection Beauty Studio will accessible to all during both weekends of the Coachella, April 11th-13th and April 18th-20th. The beauty escape boasts nine dedicated beauty stations staffed by Sephora PRO and Sephora Collection artists that attendees are encouraged to explore. Sephora welcomes Coachella to recharge their mobile devices as well as themselves between performances.Capture and relive the moments of fun at the Sephora Collection Beauty Studio digital photo booth, sponsored by Sephora’s exciting new social shopping platform, Beauty Board, with three live LED screens displaying all of your social sharing.

Sephora will also be providing touch up services for the festival performers., all of which you can follow and share throughout the entire festival with the dedicated hashtag #SephoraCoachella.

All visitors to the Sephora Collection Beauty Studio will receive a complimentary hair tie and digital offer to redeem at the Sephora Palm Desert, or online at www.Sephora.com, while VIB and VIB Rouge members of Sephora’s Beauty Insider loyalty program receive fast track access to the tent and services.

Peace, love, music and beauty to you all attending Coachella.

OneStopPlus.com’s Spring 2014 Plus Size Fashion Offerings

It’s a true fact that fashion and style knows no size and the spring 2014 offerings from OneStopPlus.com affirms just that with its impressive variety of plus size fashion. With stylish looks in plus size women’s fashion, intimate apparel, footwear and accessories, OneStopPlus is the perfect online destination for sizes 12-44W. For Spring 2014, they offer vibrant, fashionable looks from such brands as City Chic, IGIGI, Eliza Parker, Queen Grace, Torrid, etc.

We are loving the abundance of bold colors and eye-catching floral prints available to the plus size customer. A few of our favorite plus size dresses are featured above. With OneStopPlus, plus size fashionistas won’t have to sacrifice style or trends for fit.

The self proclaimed online plus size fashion mall offers much more than just clothing, plus size women can also enjoy footwear and accessories that will be a more comfortable fit, as well as some chic handbags any woman would love. Our favorite piece of jewelry is this stunning Set of Three Ribbon Cocktail Ring from Palm Beach Jewelry (see below).

Shopping NYC | Scotch & Soda Sample Sale

Love Amsterdam fashion house Scotch & Soda? Well you’re in luck fashion lovers, the label is having a sample sale…it is sample sale season after all. See all the glorious details below


Scotch & Soda  
260 5th Ave btwn. 28th & 29th Street  
April 22nd through April 27th 

Receive up to 70% off retail from both the Men’s and Women’s Fall and Summer Collections.

Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker’s Man | Duncan Hines Launches New Flavors

We’re sure you are quite familiar with the name Duncan Hines, they have been helping us bake delicious cakes for various occasions for decades. We’ve personally baked and enjoyed numerous Duncan Hines flavors including Classic chocolate, Lemon Supreme, Pineapple Supreme, Red Velvet, etc. In fact the Duncan Hines Red Velvet is one of our favorites and we’ve been guilty of enjoying more than a slice or two in one sitting. This is why we were so excited to see their newest flavor additions – Signature Pink Velvet, Signature Blue Velvet, and Decadent Salted Caramel Brownies mixes.

Duncan Hines Signature Pink and Blue Velvets Cake Mix:

The new Duncan Hines® Signature Pink and Blue Velvets are part of the new velvets line and are must-haves for birthday celebrations and gender reveal parties. They are a great way to add color to any celebration and create deliciously magical moments you will always remember. The two new flavors, both of which feature a buttery vanilla flavor, are the first in the baking aisle to add variety to velvet cakes beyond the traditional red velvet. Some of our favorite recipes are featured above including the pretty Pink Velvet Cake Pops, Pink Velvet Whoopie Pies, Blue Velvet Napoleon, and Blue Velvet Mini Shortcakes (all shown in the above photos). The Duncan Hines® Signature Pink Velvet Cake and Duncan Hines® Signature Blue Velvet Cake Mixes are available at retailers nationwide at a suggested retail price of $1.79.

Duncan Hines Decadent Salted Caramel Brownies:

The combination of salty and sweet has always been popular and the introduction of Salted Caramel has elevated that taste combination to amazing new heights. With their latest brownie mix, Duncan Hines is bringing the salted caramel trend to the baking aisle. The Duncan Hines® New Decadent Salted Caramel Brownie Mix was created to satisfy consumer demand for a new, exciting brownie choice. This Decadent Salted Caramel Brownie Mix gives you an easy way to go above and beyond traditional brownies with a decadent, on-trend flavor and easy to use salted caramel pouch. While you can make the traditional style brownie, why not go a bit more unique with your recipes and try the Salted Caramel S’more Brownie Bites and Salted Caramel Brownie Pretzel Lollipops (both pictured above). The Decadent Salted Caramel Brownie Mix is also available at retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $2.99. 

Say Cheese | Gourmet & Artisan Cheese Favorites

We are the type to sit down with a platter of cheese and crackers and be completely content. We have actually this entertainment platter as breakfast, lunch and a few times dinner. It is an enjoyable and very satisfying meal, one which of course is owed all to the cheese you use. Once you start with a great gourmet or artisan cheese, nothing else matters. Today we share three of our favorite artisan cheese brands, Roth Cheese, Sartori Cheese, and Chavrie Cheese, that we love to snack on, entertain with and prepare delicious dishes with.

Roth Cheese

A recent introduction to us, we’re finding ourselves adding the award-winning Roth Cheese selections to our rotation of toasted sandwiches. Last year Roth Cheese took home 24 awards and they are sure to continue taking home honors with the introduction of three new flavored Raclette cheeses: Roasted Garlic, 5 Peppercorn and Mediterranean. Raclette, a delicious Swiss tradition, is perfect for melting. This mild but very flavorful cheese boasts a delicious creamy texture, making it the perfect choice to bring bold flavor to recipes and dishes that call for melted cheese. Use the Roasted Garlic, 5 Peppercorn and Mediterranean Cheese to top foods such as pizza, burgers, and pasta, basically any recipe that calls for mozzarella or cheddar cheese. Roth Raclette and the new flavored Raclettes are available at www.rothcheese.com, select grocery stores, and deli counters throughout the US.

Satori Cheese

Sartori Cheese is an old favorite that we have loved for quite a while – we’ve even shared our obsession with Satori. We’ve enjoyed our go-to-flavor, Extra-Aged Goat on numerous occasions, and indulged in the Chai BellaVitano and Peppermint BellaVitano during the holiday season. With such extraordinary flavors, it should come as no surprise that Sartori also has some award-winning cheeses; their Extra-Aged Asiago was named “Best Asiago”, while their SarVecchio® Parmesan received a “Best of Class” in the shredded cheese open class in this year’s World Championship Cheese Contest held in Madison, WI against 2,600 entries from a total of 22 countries. This year also marks Sartori’s 75th Anniversary, and they’re celebrating by sharing their never-before-released Family Heirloom Parmesan (2nd in the above photo), an exclusive cheese that is wonderfully fruity, and full of caramelized nutty flavors. Based in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Sartori has an impressive array of award winning cheese noted for innovative approaches and consistent top quality across their entire line. For more information on Sartori, visit http://www.sartoricheese.com.

Chavrie Cheese

The Chavrie® Cheese brand is another one that we’ve enjoyed, especially while at events. They offers a variety of fresh, gluten-free and Kosher-certified goat cheeses. While we’ve quite familiar with the creamy original Pyramid, we were completely blown away by the introduction of the Caramelized Onion Pyramid. and the Sweet Basil Pyramid practically has a cult following. The sweet flavor of the caramelized onions blended exquisitely with Chavrie’s creamy goat cheese. We have also found ourselves slightly obsessing over the delicious taste of sundried tomatoes, savory garlic, and parsley that is the Sundried Tomato and Garlic Log. Introduced to the United States in 1989, Chavrie all natural fresh goat cheese is based on a classic French recipe and is created from the milk of local Amish farmers in the lush farmlands of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For more information on this delicious goat cheese, visit http://www.chavrie.com

Culinary Delight | Village Voice’s Choice Eats Annual Tasting Event Recap

Culinary heaven thy name is the Village Voice’s Choice Eats. We had the immense pleasure of indulging in some of the most delicious and eclectic range of unlimited culinary delights from some of the most well-known and hidden gem restaurants New York has to offer. This year, 84 restaurants from the 5 boroughs participated in this year’s food bonanza that offered food varieties from over 35 countries, to an audience of 3,000 people. For us the event started an hour earlier in the VIP Lounge located in the upstairs level of Basketball City. We had the opportunity to spoil ourselves in some decadent noshes.

Ten restaurants were in the VIP Lounge, which was sponsored by Stella Artois. The Belgium beer flowed as we enjoyed fare from Carlo’s Bakery, Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen, Grandaisy Bakery, Doughnut Plant, Juliette, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbeque, La Slowteria, Pickle Shack, and Clarke’s Standard. Our favorites from the VIP Lounge included the amazing Red Velvet Cake from Carlo’s Bakery, a delight everyone must experience, just about everything from Doughnut Plant, the grilled sausages from Rosamunde’s Sausage Grill, and the Sweet Grill Cheese from Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen.

On the main floor, attendees were more than happy with the unlimited wine, beer, and spirits tastings from local brewers as they sampled barbecue, seafood, vegetarian dishes, dessert, and everything in between. And although it was very crowded, we did get to enjoy quite a bit, so much so that we’ve added a few restaurants to our “must dine” list. Maima’s Liberian Bistro brought us back to our love of spicy exotic fare, you can’t not love Luke’s Lobster, the ribs from Martha Brooklyn melted in our mouths, while Devi NYC and The Kati Roll Company wowed us with their vegetarian choices, and Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken gave us the soul food we’ve been missing. On the sweet side, we’ve been craving Ample Hills Creamery‘s Gather ‘Round the Campfire ice cream, and Fay Da Bakery‘s Mango Cake and bubble tea.

When it was time to head on to cocktails, it seemed an unlimited supply was in store for every person. Whether you prefered vodka, Gin, Bourbon, wine, et al, this event was beyond prepared to keep the libations flowing.

The Village Voice also announced the return of their next foodie event, the third annual “Choice Streets” Food Truck Tasting Event, set to be held on Wednesday, May 7th from 7:00 – 11:00 PM (Rain Date: May 9th). Set amid the backdrop of the New York Landmark – Pier 86 of The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum – attendees will feast and enjoy an evening of fabulous food and drinks with an amazing view of New York City.

Kicking off Streets, The Village Voice is offering a limited time exclusive Choice Eats/Choice Streets General Admission combo ticket for only $89.00 (original price $110.00). This ticket offers guests a $21.00 total savings from the $60.00 “Choice Eats” ticket/ $50.00 “Choice Streets” ticket. Exclusive combo tickets went on sale Wednesday, March 12th, for a limited time only here: http://www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats.

NEW Product Alert: Dry Idea® StainClear Antiperspirants/Deodorants

Great news for those who perspire a lot and for those of you who hate sweat stains. Although it is healthy to sweat (most people perspire due to exercising, hot weather, or from nervousness, anxiety or stress), no one wants to look like a walking billboard for perspiration. Dry Idea recently launched a powerful, hypoallergenic antiperspirant/deodorant that fights stains without compromising powerful sweat and offers 72-hour odor protection. The NEW Dry Idea® StainClear™ boasts a new formulation that encloses its active ingredient in the water phase to enable the use of less wax than traditional invisible solids, allowing the formula to go on clear.

With this breakthrough technology, you can say goodbye to annoying white streaks and sweat rings, and as Dry Idea® as always said, “never let ‘em see you sweat”. Available in a variety of application methods, Invisible Solid, Roll-on, and Clinical Solid, you can select which StainClear™ antiperspirant/deodorant is right for you.

The NEW Dry Idea Stain Invisible Solid retails for $3.99, the Roll-On for $3.49, and the Clinical solid for $7.99 and are available at all drugstores nationwide.

Nicki Minaj Launches Swimwear Collection

Nicki Minaj has expanded her collection for Kmart to include swimwear. Just in time for the warmer weather, the fashionable and extroverted rapper/singer adds swimwear styles that, like her, are bold, sexy and statement-makers. The small collection introduces five swimsuit styles, three of which are featured below. They are reminiscent of the hot pink Herve Leger swimsuit she recently wore in her High School music video – very much her style and personality.

featuring sexy cut-outs, color blocking and silhouettes that celebrate and showcase the woman’s body, you can clearly see that she loves everything sexy and is not afraid to say that. Pure speculation on our part, or maybe hope, but we’re going to believe the other two swimwear styles are two-pieces swimsuits. We’re sure to be seeing the Barbz rocking these styles this summer.

On a separate note, we’re actually surprised she didn’t wear one of her swimsuits in her recent video, but that may just have been timing with samples. What do you think of Nicki Minaj’s swimwear collection? The swimwear will be sold at Kmart and on www.shopyourway.com and will retail for $34.99.