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Hailee Steinfeld at the Post-It Back To School Event

Hailee Steinfeld and Post-it Brand Kick off Back to School

Can you believe the back to school season is almost here! As we head into the end of July, we can’t help but think that for many, school reopens in the mid to late August. So it’s time to really think about the upcoming school season. We had the great opportunity to kicked off the back-to-school season with Singer/Actress Hailee Steinfeld and Post-it Brand. An event with a wonderful surprise performance by Hailee (keep reading to see the video of her performance).

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We were among the very lucky few who got the chance to attend this wonderful event, which was a joint effort with Hailee Steinfeld and Post-it Brand to celebrate the back-to-school season and inspire students to dream big, set goals and make them stick.  The other attendees? Students from the NYC chapter of national non-profit After-School All-Stars, a program that provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life. The program strives to ensure that be safe and healthy, to graduate high school and go to college, to find careers they love and then give back to their communities.

Hailee Steinfeld and Post-It Notes Back to School Event

The kids had a great time dancing and playing with the available Post-It Notes. The Hailee Steinfeld and Post-it back-to-school event offered several interactive things to do including writing down special song requests on Post-It Extreme Notes and posting it on a brick wall for the DJ and sharing what motivates them, what they’re thinking about, and what are they looking forward to.

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We also enjoyed an exclusive preview of the new products from the Post-it Brand, an interactive Q&A with Hailee Steinfeld and Remi Kent, Global Business Director of the Post-it Brand, and the aforementioned one-of-a-kind performance by Hailee. Check out our video of the Q&A before her performance below:

Did you know you are 42% more likely to achieve a goal if you write it down? Both Remi Kent and Hailee Steinfeld stated this fact and from our own experience, we can attest to that. With this event, Post-it Brand helped to inspire students like the ones from After-School All-Stars NYC. We are certainly inspired and can’t wait to share our goals, to-do lists and dreams on some of the absolutely adorable new launches from Post-It Brand. We especially love the Polaroid Camera and White Ceramic Bear Post-It Notes dispensers, the Emoji and state-shaped Post-It Notes, and of course, the previously covered Post-It Extreme Notes. Which are your favorites?

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Without further delay, please enjoy Hailee Steinfeld’s acoustic musical performance featured below:

Last but certainly not least was the colorful decor, all done with post-it notes of course. From the incredible post-it notes flowers, streamers, and the massive Dream Wall.

You may notice the Post-It Dream wall is filled with handwritten hopes and dreams. Check out a close-up of some of those below and please share with us what would you write on the Dream Wall?

Rosé with an Edge: Celebrating the Launch of Three Olives Rosé Vodka

Spring and summer may be the season of rosé wines but that doesn’t mean we have to give up other spirits. Of course, this does beg the question, what if you had to choose between two spirits? What if you could either have a glass of rosé or a vodka cocktail? Luckily you don’t have to choose between the two, and you don’t have to wait until warm weather to enjoy. We’re celebrating the best of the rosé and vodka worlds with the latest from Three Olives Vodka, the new Three Olives Rosé Vodka.

Teaming up with Betches Media, Three Olives held a launch party celebrating their Three Olives Rosé Vodka, an absolutely intriguing Rosé-flavored vodka with actress Busy Philips. This new flavored vodka combines the refreshingly fruity taste of rosé wine with Three Olives’ signature smooth, crafted vodka. The result is beguiling.

Together with  Betches Media’s  “rosé all day” lifestyle, expect to see custom social content, limited-edition merchandise, and events (check out this rosé vs. vodka rap battle music video, it’s hilarious – Three Olives Vodka vs Rose Rap Battle) rolling out all summer long honoring Three Olives Rosé Vodka. At 30% ABV is extremely mixable in a variety of day-party and cocktail party drinks, from frosé to sangria and spritzers. At the launch event, we enjoyed several delicious rosé vodka cocktails that are sure to make your summer 100% better. They included Frosé Vosé (a frozen delight), Spritz & Giggles, Busy’s Rosé Gold-Tini (pictured directly below), and Red, White, and Rosé (also pictured below).

“If vodka, rosé, and summer had a baby, their love child would be called Vosé,” said Jordana Abraham, Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of Betches Media. “Summer is a type of feeling, not a season, and that feeling begins when you pop your favorite bottle of rosé vodka. We are always looking for a great way to upgrade our fun, and we’ll be saying ‘yes way Vosé’ this summer to our very own cocktail creation, Three Olives Rosé Vodka with a splash of prosecco.”

Now available nationwide, Three Olives Rosé Vodka retails for $17.99 per 750mL bottle. For cocktail recipes visit www.threeolives.com and visit www.Shopbetches.com to shop limited edition merchandise, like the below “Vodka or and Rose” Tee,  and celebrate rosé all day and all night.

Are you ready to indulge in Three Olives Rosé Vodka? You can’t go wrong when you’re living that rosé all day lifestyle

Michelle Monaghan and Alba Botanica Skin & Hair Care Celebrate Women

Thanks to Alba Botanica Skin & Hair Care, a wonderful botanical-based, natural and 100% vegetarian skincare brand, we enjoyed a night of celebrating some amazing women and the incredible work they’ve been doing. Alba’s Do Good, Do Beautiful grant program awarded two female grant winners who are doing wonderful things, at this event with special celebrity guest, Michelle Monaghan. Founded in 2017, the campaign represents what the Alba Botanica brand stands for, female empowerment, environmental sustainability, animal rights and rescue as well as empowering fearless females who take the reins, create legacies, and are unafraid to start a revolution.

The Alba Botanica brand consistently “does beautiful” by reducing its environmental footprint whenever possible. Determined to continue “doing good,” the brand has introduced their Do Good, Do Beautiful Grant, which was set in place to further empower, encourage and inspire fearless females.

Two female-led non-profits, Emilee Spear of Rusty’s Angels Sanctuary and Kat Welton of The Barn for Equine Learning, have been awarded $15,000 to create, expand, or sustain a project in their organizations. The Do Good Do Beautiful campaign was launched through a series of videos that journeyed through the lives of five remarkable women. The women featured were dedicated and determined to empower those around them by creating positive change in the world. Each woman delves into her story, showcasing how she impacted the world around her and how her values help Alba Botanica communicate the brand message in a unique, impactful way.  On display at the event were Alba Botanica’s staple skincare products (we’re huge fans of the Hawaiian Detox Warming Clay Cleanser).

Alba Botanica Skin & Hair Care products contain 100% vegetarian ingredients and are made with vitamins, plant emollients and therapeutic botanicas for optimum beau benefits. The Alba Botanica brand range includes: Hawaiian skin care, hair care and spa treatment: Even Advanced” skin care; ACNEdoteTM acne skin care treatments; Very Emollient body lotions, bath and shower gels, cream shaves and foam shaves; Good & Clean” facial cleansers; Fast Fix beauty treatments; a full range of sun care products and deodorant sticks.

Meet Costume Designer Dan Lawson at the DL for PONO Fall 2017 Event

Calling all fans of The Good Wife, it’s sequel series, The Good Fight, BrainDead, and all things jewelry and accessories. Emmy-nominated Costume Designer Dan Lawson, the man behind the fabulous fashion for these three tv shows, is hosting a special event to launch his DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection of handcrafted Italian resin jewelry and accessories……..and you’re invited!!

If you love the fashion from his shows, this is the perfect time to preview the stunning DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection with Jewelry Designer, Joan Goodman (before they make their television debuts), and perhaps pick his brain on all thing fashion and costume design. This event, which will be held next Thursday, June 15th at the Museum of Art & Design in Columbus Circle, promises baubles, bubbly, and even appearances by Good Wife VIPs. The event also allows you to shop the pieces from the luxury jewelry collection, available at the Museum of Art & Design.

There are many inspirations that help to forge the beautiful pieces from DL for PONO Fall 2017 Collection such as the stunning dark green hue of malachite, represented in an eye-catching two-sided necklace, the cool blue, white ice hues, and raw look of an iceberg, and metal etched by fire. The bold jewelry collection is not for the timid fashionista, DL for PONO loves wearers who love to make a bold statement with their style. We love the mix of colors and textures (many times this mix varies from piece to piece, making the jewelry pieces one of a kind), and love the idea that they embrace those of us who love to stand out. We promise you’ll love it too.

So if you are free next Thursday, June 15th and want the chance to see some gorgeous jewelry, speak with a renown Costume Designer, and Jewelry Designer, and enjoy a glass or two of wine, head over to the Museum of Art & Design in Columbus Circle between 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Hope to see you fellow jewelry lovers there.

 

Celebrating Pride Weekend with Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Mya

Once again we were lucky enough to score an invitation to celebrate Pride Weekend with Kiehl’s Since 1851. If there is one company you want to celebrate with, it is this American skincare brand that specializes premium skin, hair, and body care products. Every year Kiehl’s hosts the official kick-off party with NYC Pride to the great joy of all in attendance, including us. As with all their past pride events, Kiehl’s president, Chris Salgardo co-hosted the event with a noted celebrity, made another wonderful donation to a non-profit organization, and had guests enjoying themselves with a hot DJ on deck. This year’s celebrity co-host was recording artist, songwriter, and actress, Mya, with DJ Gustavo on the 1-and-2s.

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As always, the party, which was held at Third Avenue and East 13th Street, the first and flagship Kiehl’s location, was completely packed with party goers, activists, Kiehl’s employees, members of the LGBTQ community, celebrities, etc. It was a wonderful mix of people enjoying delicious cocktails and refreshments at a fun and philanthropic event.

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We say philanthropic because once again Kiehl’s president, Chris Salgardo (pictured directly below), made a donation to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, as he does every year during the Pride Weekend with Kiehl’s parties. For those not aware, the Hetrick-Martin Institute is a non-profit that believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families.

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To keep the party going, Mya, who graciously signed autographs of her 2016 album, Smoove Jones, for fans, also took a turn as guest DJ for the anxious crowd, treating us to one or two of her songs.

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As always, we had a great time at the Pride Weekend with Kiehl’s kick-off party, it’s a must if you can attend. Will you be attending the Pride Weekend events? We hope you all celebrate pride weekend safely this year; have fun in whatever pride events you attend but get home safe.

KFC Recommits to its Colonel Quality Taste Guaranteed Chicken

As the old saying goes, “sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward”, and that’s exactly what KFC is doing with their chicken. The fast food giant announced it’s going to show things down in an effort to bring us the Kentucky Fried Chicken we originally fell in love with, using Colonel Sanders’s original method of preparing and cooking chicken, known as The Hard Way. This recommitment to the standards set forth by founder Colonel Harland Sanders, promises a taste guarantee in all of KFC’s U.S. restaurants called the “Colonel Quality Taste Guarantee.” On hand to celebrate KFC’s Re-Colonelization, and show us the old method of preparing the Colonel’s chicken, was KFC U.S. President Jason Marker, Actress and Comedian Rachel Dratch, and KFC Head Chef Bob Daas.

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To see a part of the announcement from KFC U.S. President Jason Marker, check out our video below:

To help ensure consistent training across the country, managers and cooks underwent re-certification in KFC’s “Chicken Mastery” program, retraining them in the 25-minute process for prepping and cooking Original Recipe chicken. The process, as we learned, includes mixing all the following ingredients, including breading flour, the Colonel’s Secret Recipe of 11 herbs and spices, breading salt, and milk & egg powder, which makes the chicken GBD (golden brown delicious).

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 Following this is checking for and removing imperfect pieces of chicken, then comes a series of steps, the Colonel’s once patented process, that take seven seconds each before they are pressure fried. Actress and Comedian Rachel Dratch performs the seven-second steps in the video below with Chef Bob Haas.

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All of the 4,200+ U.S. KFC locations underwent this re-certification in KFC’s “Chicken Mastery” program and they stand behind these changes with their Colonel Quality Taste Guarantee which promises customers will be satisfied or the restaurant will remake the portion of your the meal you didn’t love.

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This is not the first step in KFC’s turnaround, not only have they launched a new advertising campaign featuring a reintroduction of the Colonel, they’ve also updated their kitchens with state-of-the-art equipment in 98% of its restaurants, with a goal of remodeling 3,000 restaurants over the next three years in hopes of once again becoming no. 1 on taste by the end of 2017.

Are you ready to get reacquainted with the Colonel’s”finger lickin’ good” chicken?

NYC Events: Meet Fashion Designer Derek Lam at SEPHORA

Fashion addicts, this is a full alert! If plans to meet renowned fashion designer Derek Lam is on your bucket list, here is your chance to finally cross it off. Thanks to the wonderful people at Sephora, everyone’s favorite beauty haven, the designer will be on hand to help you discover his new Derek Lam 10 Crosby fragrance collection and film collaboration. Are your ready to meet Fashion Designer Derek Lam at Sephora?

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The Derek Lam 10 Crosby fragrance collection features 10 distinctive, modern fragrances based on one New York City street, 10 stories, and 10 moments. From fresh and floral to deep and oriental, the scents constructions vary from simple and chic to
complex and sophisticated, yet all are modern and unique. In regards to the fragrance bottles, Derek selected a color palate that would be varied in hue to tone. He first selected fabric swatches, then worked on translating those colors into glass, and the end result is the collection of beautifully hued fragrances you see above. The initial collection has 2 distinct sizes to create a visually, impactful skyline – 175ml and 50ml.

FRAGRANCE NAMES WITH NOTES

  1. Derek Lam 10 Crosby SILENT ST – White Musks
  2. Derek Lam 10 Crosby LOOKING GLASS – Chinese Magnolia and Tonka Bean Madagascar
  3. Derek Lam 10 Crosby HI-FI – Pink Peony and French Narcisse
  4. Derek Lam 10 Crosby DRUNK ON YOUTH – Crisp Apple and Honeysuckle
  5. Derek Lam 10 Crosby AFLOAT – White Mimosa and Orris
  6. Derek Lam 10 Crosby RAIN DAY – Neroli Tunisia and Vetiver Haiti
  7. Derek Lam 10 Crosby SOMETHING WILD – Cedarwood and Vanilla Bean Madagascar
  8. Derek Lam 10 Crosby ELLIPSIS – Australian Sandalwood and Jasmine
  9. Derek Lam 10 Crosby BLACKOUT – Osmanthus and Chai Tea Essence
  10. Derek Lam 10 Crosby 2AM KISS – Salty Wood and Crystallized Amber

Derek Lam meet and greetThe event takes place on Saturday, April 2nd,  from 1 pm – 7 pm at Sephora Meatpacking, located at 21-27 Ninth Avenue. Sample each scent and meet and greet with Derek Lam at 2 pm. For more information on the event, call Sephora at (212) 510-7941.

The Derek Lam 10 Crosby fragrance collection is exclusively at Sephora and on Sephora.com for $175 (175mL), $95 (50mL), and Collection Gift Set for $95 (Eau de Parfum). Mark your calendars for this amazing opportunity to meet Derek Lam at Sephora.

NYC Event Alert: Kohl’s Story Booth and Holiday Pop Up w/ Giuliana and Bill Rancic – **CANCELLED**

UPDATE: During this time of heightened awareness, for the safety of our consumers, staff and invited guests, Kohl’s has made the decision to postpone the holiday gifting truck scheduled to be in Times Square on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21. Thank you for your interest and we will be in touch with updates on events and locations for our holiday gifting truck

If you’re like us, you’re not lucky enough to Kohl’s near you and have to trek out to another borough or town to take advantage of their amazing deals. For a few days, this month, Kohl’s is brought to you.  For two days, Kohl’s welcomes their Story Booth and Holiday Pop Up in the middle of Times Square. Shop some must-have holiday gifts with such celebrities as Giuliana Rancic, Bill Rancic, and their adorable son Duke Rancic, as well as Molly Sims and her children, Brooks and Scarlett.

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E! BRAND SHOOT — Season: 2013 — Pictured (l-r): Bill Rancic, Giuliana Rancic — (Photo by: Brian Bowen Smith/E!)

Let Bill and Giuliana Rancic (with baby Duke!) welcome you to Kohl’s Story Booth and Holiday Pop Up in Times Square this weekend. As part of their “All Together Now” holiday campaign, Kohl’s invites you and your families to step into their story booth and share your favorite holiday traditions, where the best stories will be turned into short, animated videos, narrated by an entertainer. All guests will be able to shop Kohl’s top holiday offerings as well as win prizes from their gifting truck. What could be better than that!

Grab your family and head over to Times Square’s 46th and 47th Street Plaza on Friday, November 20th, from
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, and Saturday, November 21st, from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, for a fun-filled day at Kohl’s Story Booth and Holiday Pop Up.