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National Taco Day w/ Taco Dumbo Midtown West Grand Opening

Today is National Taco Day, what better day than that day to celebrate the grand opening of the new Taco Dumbo Midtown West. Granted, the grand opening was late last month but as we said, what better day than the day to celebrate all things tacos than to celebrate this taco heaven.

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Taco Dumbo is no ordinary taco spot; this market fresh taqueria and cold-pressed juice margarita bar are inspired by the healthy lifestyle where the beach, surf, and sun are synonymous with fresh local food. The goal of Taco Dumbo is to not only provide delicious, healthy food but they also strive to cultivate positives vibes. They’ve created a space where you can relax and escape from the outside world while enjoying a curated selection of eats and drinks. It’s almost like escaping for a quick tropical beach trip (the “flight attendant, and airport body and baggage scanners that greeted you at the door were a great addition).

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Walking into Taco Dumbo felt like no other. The vibe was an incredible party atmosphere; the music was pumping and you instantly felt transported from the hustle and bustle of NYC to the beaches of Southern California.

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When it came to the food, rest assured, all-time classics are recreated. Using responsibly sourced ingredients. Taco Dumbo has curated a delicious menu that compliments all eating lifestyles. Inclusive food is woven into Taco Dumbo’s DNA, providing options for the meat-lover, vegan, vegetarian, kosher, dairy-free, or gluten-free eater.

Menu highlights range from a truffle shroom and rotisserie chicken “tinga” to beef short-rib and nori spicy tuna tacos. The chef’s special plant-based “impossible” taco pairs perfectly as a side to the grain bowls and salads. Market fresh ingredients are locally sourced and are an essential element in elevating the drink selection. Taco Dumbo allows you to create your perfect margaritas; with six types of pressed juice options and nine different salts for the rim, you can customize your margarita.

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The entire team, kitchen, register and bar staff, are made up of people who genuinely care about putting good energy into the food. They aim to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. We enjoyed several rounds of “guess the song” with one of the servers as the DJ played hit after hit. That personal experience only added to the great service we were already enjoying.

Current Taco Dumbo Locations:

56 Prospect St., Dumbo Heights
2 Pennsylvania Plaza, Penn Station
1385 Broadway, Garment District
111 W 32nd St., Rosé Mansion
56 Spring St., SoHo

Beauty Photography: Sephora in New Jersey

Sephora Studio Hoboken: Small Store Concept, Big Beauty Experience

Hey Jersey girls, we’re excited to share our amazing trip to the newest member of the Sephora family, the Sephora Studio Hoboken. This newest location in Hoboken, New Jersey is the second small-format urban Sephora concept store which offers a more intimate format designed to offer a highly-customized shopping experience for all the neighborhood’s beauty addicts.

The 3,580 square foot Studio, located at 319 Washington St., offers a comprehensive menu of new and classic offerings to meet all of your unique wants and needs during your visit. The intimate beauty haven offers a carefully-curated product assortment, store beauty advisors with the highest level of Sephora training and certification, and a variety of high-tech digital tools that enhance your experience.

The new location is all about celebrating your beauty. We had the pleasure of experiencing the NEW Perk Hydrating Facial at the Skincare Studio – a premium 2-in-1 facial service that utilizes the PERK technology to exfoliate, hydrate and nourish skin for instant, glowing results, complimentary with a $75 minimum skincare product purchase.  Beauty lovers, you will love this facial.

Using suction and a nourishing solution for the face and a replenishing serum for the eyes, the Perk facial acts like a magnet for skin gunk. The device boasts five suction levels but none are even remotely painful or annoying, and there is no redness or soreness afterward. You may cringe a little at the gunk the Perk facial removes from your skin.

The Sephora Studio Hoboken also has apps that offer easy and convenient access to information, like the Digital Makeover Guide, Digital Skincare Guide, Beauty Studio Check-In,  and more. There are several digital components throughout the store that make beauty personal for you, like the Moisture Meter, Color IQ, Online Reservation iPads, and Sephora Virtual Artist.

They also have elevated service offerings at the Beauty Studio include Makeovers,  Studio Concierge, and Beauty Classes. With eight seats and four sinks, customers can the 15 Minute Mini Makeovers + Facials, 45 Minute Custom Makeovers, and the 75 Minute Custom Makeover Plus. Of course, all of your beauty favorites are available. Although smaller in square footage, the Sephora Studio Hoboken has a curated selection of brands across prestige cosmetics, skincare, hair care and fragrance (although the fragrance area is reduced to only rollerballs, it’s more than what you need). After our Perk Facial, we enjoyed a mini makeover using some of the prestige cosmetics and skincare brands Sephora offers.

We also took some time to tour the space to test and try products from the curated selection of brands available. This is something the Sephora Studio Hoboken highly encourages. Check out some of our favorites below:

Naturally, we couldn’t leave the Sephora Studio emptyhanded. Thanks to Sephora’s Scouted by Sephora initiative, we discovered new brands like Dr.Jart+, as well as new products from some of our favorite brands.

If you’re a beauty lover who lives in or near Hoboken, New Jersey, you must visit the Sephora Studio Hoboken location. You will love how this studio’s highly-customized approach to beauty aims to truly raise the bar for personalized services. Happy Shopping Hoboken beauty lovers.

Sleeping Beauty: Innisfree Beauty Welcomes New NYC Flagship Store

Take it from someone who knows first hand, we do not get enough sleep. Unfortunately, we are at a time when self-care has taken a back seat to working and getting things done. We’re not even talking about treating yourself to a vacation or spa treatment, we’re talking about simply getting enough sleep. Raise your hand if you get a full eight hours of sleep; how about five or six? We have personally been getting by on five or less and it’s been taking its toll on our skin and bodies. We recently had the pleasure of learning all about the benefits of getting enough “beauty sleep” from Sleep Expert, Dr. Rebecca Robbins. Our beauty sleep masterclass was held at the new flagship location of Innisfree Beauty, the K Beauty brand offering innovative beauty products. We also had the pleasure of being introduced to the must-have overnight beauty products from Innisfree Beauty.

We ventured up to the mini oasis that is the second floor to hear Dr. Robbins spoke about the benefits and importance of sleep and its impact on your skin and overall health. We learned about the various levels of sleep, the ideal amount of sleep we should all get, and of course, how the right amount of sleep and the right skincare products can keep you looking your best.

We highly recommend you pop into this K Beauty haven to get acquainted with all six of their overnight beauty products. Whether you need help with anti-oxidants, moisturizing, hydrating, brightening, or anti-aging, these overnight skincare solutions are amazing…..we’re currently obsessed. As we don’t get enough beauty sleep, we’ll happily take all the extra help we can get to improve our skin health.

Innisfree Beauty products like the Brightening & Pore-Caring Sleeping Mask and Lip Sleeping Pack with Canola Honey are targeted to work and improve skin while you sleep. They, along with all Innisfree Beauty products, are made from the finest natural ingredients responsibly sourced from Korea’s pristine Jeju Island.

Brightening & Pore-Caring Sleeping Mask – Rest easy as you indulge in this deeply nourishing night cream, infused with Jeju Tangerine Peel Extract, Jeju Green Tea Extract and rich Shea Butter. The zesty peel of Jeju Tangerines has four times the amount of anti-oxidant-rich Vitamin C than the juicy flesh. That’s the secret of this overnight cream that’s formulated to help even skin tone and reduce the look of dark spots. Wake up to skin that looks and feels astonishingly moist, supple and bright.

Lip Sleeping Pack with Canola Honey – Pamper your pout while you sleep with this deeply moisturizing evening lip balm formulated to care for and nourish your lips with Jeju Canola Honey and Oil. Smooth it on before you hit the sack and wake up to smoother, more hydrated lips.

Innisfree also offers a series of free 30 minute classes at their flagship, including Skincare Series {Age Delay – Keep it Strong!}, Girls’ Guide “Day to Night” Looks, Intro to K Beauty Skin Care Routine, and Make-up Series {Complexion – My Cushion 101}. We know you want to know more, so head over to Innisfree’s NYC flagship location in Union Square at 862 Broadway. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Grand Opening: Dr. Smood Opens Location in NY’s NoMad Neighborhood

Just like we do to our homes every spring season, we believe in doing the same for our bodies. A seasonal cleansing can do wonders for you internally. Getting rid of what may be causing you harm, aging you faster, etc. Of course, when we say cleansing, we’re not talking about the unhealthy cleansing trends and fads. You can cleanse your system while nourishing it thanks to the great range of organic smart foods from Dr. Smood, all of which are developed by scientists, nutritionists, doctors and raw vegan chefs. We had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Smood, at the grand opening of their second New York location in NoMad (North of Madison Square Park).

Dr. Smood is the first smart food boutique café specializing in health beneficial organic food and beverages. The cafes (more locations will be opening soon) offer certified organic juices, coffees, teas, sandwiches, salads, soups and nutrient-rich grab-and-go snacks that not only boast real nutrition, minerals, and basic vitamins but are also very delicious. They also offer signature organic coffee, sandwiches made with their proprietary Performance Bread and pastries created from the pulp of their cold-pressed juices. Not only are Dr. Smood’s products tasty, they are life-prolonging, curative and energizing. Their slogan of “Smart food for a good mood” really is true, with choices that benefit your body, mind and your general well being. Each Dr. Smood cafe is designed for maximum comfort and wellbeing. Like all their other locations nationwide, the NoMad location offers comfortable seating, free WiFi, charging stations for your mobile devices, even specially devised music playlists for different times of the day.

We had the opportunity to try one of their detox programs, the Dr. Smood Intermediate Detox Program, for a week, and the results were amazing. The program offers a product selection system that allows you to choose your mood: yellow for immunity, blue for energy, purple for health, pink for beauty, green for detox and orange for power. Our program included drinking five juices, one mylk, and one booster every day.

The first thing we noted was of course how delicious the juices and smoothies were. The second thing we noticed, and this was very important to us, was the lack of headaches and migraines. In the past when we’ve tried juice cleansing, we’ve always experienced migraines because although we were cleansing our bodies, we were not being properly nourished. With Dr. Smood, we never had that issue, and we never felt hungry at any point during our week-long cleansing. The third wonderful thing about our Dr. Smood experience, which of course truly excited us was our clothes fitting a bit looser, as well as being able to get into clothes that we couldn’t previously get into. The compliments about our glowing skin and happier disposition didn’t hurt either.

If you’re ready to try a cleansing program that has no negative side effects, we urge you to stop by Dr. Smood’s new NoMad location at 1151 Broadway, or any of their other cafe locations nationwide.

 

New Restaurant Alert: Chefs Club Counter Launches in New York City

Attention foodies, there’s a new culinary haven now open in the iconic neighborhood of Soho, NYC. Encompassing the famed corner of Spring and Lafayette, at 62 Spring Street, is Chefs Club Counter, the first “fine-fast” concept brought to life by Stephane De Baets, the Belgian entrepreneur behind the game-changing restaurant group, Chefs Club.

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An off-shoot of Chefs Club, Chefs Club Counter will offer a quick and affordable fine food options for customers eager to partake in popular dishes from some of the world’s best chefs in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. The menu, curated by Culinary Director Didier Elena, a 20-year Alain Ducasse alumnus, features select dishes available in a limited quantity for a limited time. We had the pleasure of indulging in Chefs Club Counter’s “fine-fast” food concept with the culinary geniuses Chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Eggslut‘s Alvin Cailan, and George Mendes.

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The VIP preview of Chefs Club Counter’s decadent bites included possibly the most amazing burger we’ve ever tasted, the JG (Jean-Georges) Burger Sliders, Duck Rice, Grain Bowls, Tomato, and Stracciatella, and Wild Mushroom and Chicory Pizzas, and the celebrated LA favorite, Eggslut Crostini from Chefs Club Counter roster: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, George Mendes, Linton Hopkins, Magnus Hansson, and Eggslut’s Alvin Cailan.

As if these delectable bites weren’t heaven enough, the dishes were paired with Ben Watts’ Watts Up Rosé, which flowed throughout the evening, much to our delight. Almost 600 guests were in attendance to sample the exclusive and limited edition menu, including downtown’s creative luminaries enthusiastic foodies, neighbors, and influencers from all walks of life.

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We’re not sure how long the menu will remain the same but we highly recommend you head over to Chefs Club Counter try their delicious fare as soon as you possibly can.

Nau Clothing Holiday Pop-Up Grand Opening in NYC

Is it too early to think about the holiday gifting season? We don’t think so, especially when the items we’re highlighting today are essential to the cold temperatures and wet weather we’ve been experiencing this fall. We had the pleasure of being introduced to the refined Fall/Winter collection from Portland-based apparel brand, Nau Clothing (pronounced now). The event was to celebrate the return of Nau Clothing to the East Coast and the opening of their New York pop-up shop.

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Founded in 2007, the Nau Clothing fashion label creates premium apparel for men and women that blend technical performance and modern design, crafted from sustainably sourced materials. The sustainable fashion brand, whose name means “Welcome”, offers rain jackets, insulated and recycled down jackets, trench coats, dresses, shirts, pants, and skirts. The fall/winter collection boasts sustainable basics and outerwear essentials. Some of our favorites include incredibly soft and cozy alpaca cardigans, structured Merino wool jackets, warm and travel-friendly down pullovers, modern and ultra-soft down stoles, moisture wicking and thermal regulating pants, comfortable, easy wool dresses, and much, much more.

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We love the design aesthetic and silhouettes from Nau Clothing because of its versatility, its classic looks, and its ease of travel anywhere pieces. Pieces from the Nau Clothing collection will last you multiple seasons for many years without losing its innate style. It’s no surprise to know these pieces will seamlessly take you from season to season, year to year. Many items will easily become favorites you’ll be pulling out of your closet to wear time after time.

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The event’s music was provided by Kristin Kontrol, the newest musical endeavor from Kristin Welchez of Dum Dum Girls, while Megan Morrison, fashion illustrator from TravelWriteDraw, captured guests sporting their Nau favorites with custom artwork. Guests also enjoyed complimentary farm-to-table bites and craft beer and wine from Oregon-based Ninkasi Brewing Company and Union Wine Company.

The Nau Clothing pop-up shop is located at 262 Mott Street in New York. Hours are Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. For more information, call (212) 334-3343.

Final Two Photos by MJ Romero-Clark

Freshark Juice Bar & Grill: Your Destination for Eating Clean

Attention all healthy eaters, foodies, juice bar fans, and those who are all about clean eating. Whether you’re an expert on the topic or a beginner wanting to implement healthy eating into your lifestyle, we’ve got a great, new place for you. We had the pleasure of welcoming Freshark Juice Bar and Grill to their first Manhattan location, the second opening for the brand (the Ripe Juice Bar on Long Island was the first).

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Freshark Juice Bar and Grill was founded by two health-conscious restaurateurs (and high school friends), Peter Kambitsis and Elias Kalogiros, with Mark J. Sarro as the culinary wizard and Director of Operations.

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In the world of fast food, it’s quite difficult to find a healthy place to eat or get a fast meal with slow-food flavor without the calories and fat. Luckily for us, Freshark Juice Bar and Grill solves both those problems. healthy food, squeezed-to-order juices and smoothies.

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Are you ready for made-to-order wraps, overflowing salads, lean burgers, and grilled entrees? At the event, we got to an enjoy an array of delicious food (see the first photo directly above) including Sweet Potato Power Cakes, vitamin-packed sweet potato pancakes stacked up with egg whites, turkey bacon, and served with agave syrup; the Farmers Salad with fresh grilled broccoli, sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers with lentils over mixed kale blend & agave lemon mustard dressing; Acai Granola Bowl, a bowl created of raw oats, nuts & fruits filled with refreshing acai berry sorbet, protein-packed peanut butter; Tex-Mex Wrap, a 3-bean medley, pico de gallo, chipotle lime bbq sauce, shredded cheddar; Peanut Butter Balls, a delicious blend of peanut butter, raw oats, granola and dark chocolate; Apple Pie, a new take on the tradition dessert with apples, dates, almonds, egg white protein, and cinnamon; Raw Cocoa Balls with dates, cocoa, cashews, whey protein; the Immune Booster energizing juice with orange, ginger, carrot juices; the Acai Detox super smoothie with acai berries, strawberry, apple, blueberry; and a wheat grass shot from local organic wheatgrass company Perfect Foods.

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The new Freshark Juice Bar and Grill is located at 1026 second ave, between 54th & 55th streets. They’re open seven days a week from 10am until 8pm (Saturday and Sunday), and 10pm (Monday – Friday). We highly recommend stopping by the savor their slow-cooked flavors, fresh juices, and smoothies.

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Flying Tiger Opens Second Location in NYC’s Upper East Side

If you’ve been around the Flatiron District, then we’re sure you’ve been enchanted by Flying Tiger, a Danish design store which offers a vast variety of quirky, ever-changing selections of original products designed by the company, at ridiculously affordable prices. Seriously once you step inside the store, you’ll be hooked by all the cool, kitschy products you never knew you needed. Well, if you love the store as much as we do, and you happen to live on the Upper East Side or just uptown in new York city, we have some great news for you, because Flying Tiger has opened a location on the UES.

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The UES store, located at 1282 Third Avenue, bet. 73rd + 74th (there are currently more than 500 Tiger stores in 25 countries), is the second Flying Tiger store in the US. The assortment of Flying Tiger products covers everyday categories such as kitchen utensils, office supplies, toys, hobby and crafts, party products, food, stationery, electronics, sports, gadgets and fashion accessories. The result is a collection of all own-branded designs that are stylish and colorful, practical, original and often surprising and humorous. The below are just a few of our favorite available items from Flying Tiger

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As you can see, the prices are incredibly low. We found several items that only costs $1.00, and $2.00 each. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly place to do some shopping for whimsy knick knacks and accessories, Flying Tiger should be your first stop. Check out a few more favorites below:

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Flying Tiger has also partnered with Japanese contemporary artist, Misaki Kawai, known for her honest, unfiltered approach to art, to create a 28-piece limited edition line called Play with Misaki Kawai. Misaki, known for her fun, playful and quirky designs that refer to American and Japanese pop culture and comic books, created oven mitts, playing cards, yoga mats, pillows, a talking ice cream cone, crazy bananas and more in bold, bright colors for the home, children, and adults.

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The Play with Misaki Kawai collection is designed to encourage play for both children and adults, is all about making art more accessible and also reflects Flying Tiger’s vision of surprising people with new and exciting cultural experiences. It is available now in over 600 stores in 28 countries, with items ranging from $4.00 – $40.00. Discover all the cool things that this Denmark import retailer has to offer at their Flatiron and Upper east side locations.