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Boda Skins X Misshattan Limited Edition New Yorkers Leather Jacket

There are a million reasons to love New York and Boda Skins and Misshattan has just added one more. What happens when you combine the most wanted UK leather jacket brand with the photographic eye of fearless cityscape photographer, Misshattan? A freaking gorgeous leather jacket that we’d possibly sell our souls for, the Boda Skins X Misshattan Limited Edition New Yorkers Leather Jacket. We had the pleasure of getting to know this amazing leather jacket and the UK brand behind it during a launch event at the W New York – Union Square.

This super stylish and badass leather jacket exists because of the friendship between the famed UK label and the fearless cityscape photographer, Misshattan formed over their joint love for New York City. This instant creative-connection inspired the exclusive, limited edition version of Boda Skins’ iconic Kay Michaels leather jacket that you see above. A wearable piece of art, which this dynamic jacket allows its wearer to keep a piece of NYC with them wherever they go.

The Boda Skins X Misshattan Limited Edition New Yorkers Leather Jacket ($709.00) is hand-crafted from butter soft, premium Napa Sheepskin Leather with striking gunmetal hardware. It is expertly lined with silky-to-the-touch fabric that is printed with an extremely high-quality image of Manhattan, taken by Misshattan as the sun falls and the lights of the concrete jungle go up. If that wasn’t enough to make this THE leather jacket to have, this very limited edition leather jacket is limited to only 100 pieces. So don’t wait to get your hands on one for yourself. Of course, this wasn’t the only Boda Skins leather jacket we were drooling over, the UK brand thankfully brought many of their other drool-worthy styles for us to play with.

From left to right are the Boda Skins Queen’s Guard Napoleon in Black ($679.00, named after the soldiers who guard the Royal residences in the UK), the Red Fox Kay Michaels ($589.00), the Napoleon in Oil Black with gold hardware ($569.00), and the Black Suede Kay Michaels ($679.00), made from 100% Premium natural, hand-brushed, buttery Nubuck sheepskin leather. All of these (and more) are available now on www.bodaskins.com.

Are you drooling yet? There’s so much more leather jackets and other offerings to love from Boda Skins. We certainly hope to have the Boda Skins X Misshattan Limited Edition New Yorkers Leather Jacket gracing our bodies one day for the rest of our lives. So we have to ask fellow New Yorkers, what are your thoughts on the Boda Skins X Misshattan Limited Edition New Yorkers Leather Jacket?

National Fragrance Day with Cartier, Proenza Schouler and Viktor & Rolf

Did you know that yesterday, March 21st, the first day of Spring, was also National Fragrance Day? We think Mother Nature loves the wonderful scent of fragrances instead of the spring season since we got such a heavy snowstorm. On the other hand, the latest scents from Cartier, Proenza Schouler, and Viktor & Rolf are more than ready to have you spritzing into spring. To honor National Fragrance Day, here are some of Spring’s must-have fragrances that will have you smelling wonderful all season long.

Whether you love floral, spicy, or musky fragrances, National Fragrance Day is the perfect time to celebrate it all, especially when you have these wonderful designer fragrances available to you.

The Classic Woman: Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum

What better time than the Spring season to wear this floral fragrance with feline notes, illuminated with gardenia, a lively flower peppered with chypre and velvety nuances and comprised of an accord in three parts, chypre, floral and musk. Get a 1.6oz bottle for $110.00 at www.Macys.com.

The Wanderlust Seeker: Proenza Schouler Arizona Eau de Parfum

Inspired by nature, this scent includes an innovative floral accord of white cactus flower never before used in perfumery combined with a creamy orris sparking your spirit of discovery.  It is the first fragrance from designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the duo behind the sought-after New York womenswear label. Get a 1.7 oz bottle for $100.00 exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue and www.SaksFifthAvenue.com.

The Fun, Flirty & Outgoing Gal: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum

Containing 1,000 flowers in each bottle, this explosive floral scent captivates and transforms anything into something positive making it a new kind of flower power. Get a 1.7oz bottle for $115.00 at www.Sephora.com.

The Bold, Daring Man: Cartier Declaration Eau de Parfum

Although we don’t normally highlight men’s products, men love fragrances too. Ladies, you’ll want to have your man wearing this modern, elegant twist on a classic scent. The masculine and bold scent is intensely spicy and woody, making it a perfect addition to any man’s routine. Get a 3.3oz bottle for $135.oo on www.Cartier.com.

What do you guys think of these amazing fragrances? What fragrance did you wear on National Fragrance Day?

Enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails from Milagro Tequila

Why you may assume all St. Patrick’s Day cocktails are typically made with Whiskey, we’re seeing more and more crossover with different spirits. Today we’re sharing St. Patrick’s Day cocktails from Milagro Tequila. We know what you’re thinking, “Irish cocktails made with a Mexican spirit?”  Yes, and they are delicious! Milagro’s National Ambassador, Jaime Salas, has crafted some great St. Patrick’s Day inspired cocktails that will make you dance an Irish jig and probably shout, “kiss me, I’m Irish”, even though these libations are not made with traditional Irish spirits.

Today we present three curated cocktails. One cocktail whose name means shamrock in Spanish and is the perfect alternative to whiskey this St. Patrick’s Day! A tangy margarita that is a perfect drink to help get you Irish stepping on the dance floor! and a round of spicy shots that will make you feel like you have the luck of the Irish.

Del Campo Cocktail

1 ½ parts Milagro silver
½ part lime juice
¾ part celery juice
½ nopal (optional)
1 part pineapple juice
½ part cilantro or parsley
Chicharron Salt Garnish
With a half lime, rinse around the rim of a rocks glass and salt with Chicharron salt. Separately, combine all ingredients and shake well. Strain and mix over fresh ice into the salt-rimmed glass.

“This cocktail was inspired by the Mexican “green” juice served during a typical breakfast in Mexico. It’s refreshing vegetal and tropical notes along with the savory notes of the chicharron awaken the senses.” – Jaime Salas

El Vocho Cocktail

4 parts Milagro Reposado
2 part Pineapple juice (tinned)
10 mint leaves
10 cilantro leaves
1 small jalapeno slice
In four shooter glasses, pour Milagro Reposado neat, Blend all other ingredients together. Strain and pour into four separate shooter glasses.

Trebol Cocktail

2 parts Milagro Silver
1 slice tomatillo
1 part lime juice
4 cucumber slices
1 pinch cilantro
1 slice jalapeno
1 pinch salt
Blend all ingredients without ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Garnish with cucumber.

What are your thoughts on these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails from Milagro Tequila? Could you enjoy these non-traditional St.Paddy’s Day cocktails?

It’s Easy Eating Green: Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day Pasta Recipes

We know when it comes to celebrating the luckiest day of the year, it’s usually done with cocktails, but we’re here to tell you, enjoying a delicious plate of a delicious pasta is another great way to honor the greenest holiday. All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam-packed with nutrients. While they may not be Irish, these Explore Cuisine pastas, made with Green Lentil, Edamame, and Mung Bean, are actually green. Ready to try these Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day pasta recipes?

Free of artificial colors, Explore Cuisine integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious. The following Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day pasta recipes include two pesto dishes and a pasta salad.

Green Lentil Penne with Deconstructed Pesto

1 package Explore Cuisine Green Lentil Penne – cooked, drained
2 T. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
A handful fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
salt and red chili flakes to taste
3 T. pine nuts, toasted
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat oil in a small sauté pan. Add garlic and cook one minute. Toss penne with garlic oil. Gently fold in torn basil. Season with salt and chili flakes. Garnish with pine nuts. Add cheese if desired.

Explore Cuisine Super Green Pasta Salad

1 7oz Explore Cuisine Edamame Spaghetti
4 cups spinach (finely sliced & packed)
2 spring onions (finely sliced)
2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
1/2 tsp sea salt
Green Tahini Sauce
1 cup fresh basil (packed)
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup water (the pasta cooking water)
1/2 cup lemon juice (3 lemons)
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup brazil nut parmesan (to top)
Cook pasta for 4 minutes, then drain and rinse briefly under cold water. Be sure to reserve 1/2 cup cooking water – it’ll make a huge difference to your sauce! While the pasta cooks, make up the Brazil nut parmesan by blitzing all ingredients in a blender until crumbly. Once your pasta is cooked, make the sauce by blending all sauce ingredients (including your reserved pasta cooking water) until smooth. Place the pasta back in the pan and turn the element onto a low heat. Add the sauce and spinach, cooking for just a minute or two until the spinach it very lightly wilted but still vibrant. Finally, mix through the tomatoes and spring onions and then remove from heat, (this maintains all the nutritional benefits of the raw vegetables while lightly heating them). Plate your pasta into bowls, adding 1 tbsp of parmesan to each plus cracked black pepper and extra sea salt to taste. **Recipe courtesy of Recipe by Buffy Ellen of begoodorganics**

Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine in a Light Pesto Sauce

7 oz. Explore Cuisine Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine – cooked and drained
2 large yellow squashes, peeled into ribbons with a peeler
3.5 oz. pecans – peeled & halved
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
3 oz. pine nuts

LIGHT PESTO SAUCE
1 large bunch of fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
2 oz. olive oil
2 tbsp pine nuts
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

Peel skin from garlic cloves, and chop into big chunks. Using a food processor, pulse basil, garlic, and nuts several times until finely chopped. Add the salt and olive oil, pulse until blended. Pesto may be thick, so add more olive oil for a looser consistency. Lightly toast the pecans, pomegranate seeds and pine nuts in a skillet. Mix the fettuccine with the sauce, gently fold in the remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

What are your thoughts on these Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day pasta recipes?

Fashion Photography: Plus Size Swimwear for Women

JCPenney and Jessica Milagros Celebrate the Launch of Boutique+ Swim

With every cold day, every snowstorm we’ve had, we’ve been praying for the quick arrival of the warmth of the summer season. There may still be snow on the ground, but we’re already looking forward to swimsuit season, and so is JCPenney. The famed retailer has expanded its plus-size private label brand, Boutique+, to include swimwear that fits and flatters curvy silhouettes of all sizes. This first Boutique+ Swim collection is in collaboration with Jessica Milagros, the first plus-size Latina model to land a national campaign with JCPenney.

(Mark Von Holden/AP Images for JCPenney)

(Mark Von Holden/AP Images for JCPenney)

One major concern of plus size fashionistas, besides options and availability of fashionable choices, is the fact that they’re not able to try on swimsuits in stores. Their only option is to order online, try on at home and return what they don’t want but JCPenney is changing that with the Boutique+ Swim collection. Ladies that wear sizes 1x-3x can purchase the swimwear collections both online AND in-store. JCPenney has been creating a wonderful haven for plus-size fashion lovers. You may remember their fab collaboration with Boutique+ plus-size fashion and Project Runway’s Ashley Nell Tipton.

The expanded swimwear collection was celebrated with a wonderful pool party at the Parker Hotel in NYC. Curvy girls of all sizes were rocking one-piece and two-piece swimsuits from the expanded collection. Along with enjoying a break from the winter cold, attendees enjoyed indulging in the pool, customizing and personalizing Tote bags and flip-flops, and an indoor burger grilling station.

As previously stated, each stylish swimsuit is specially-engineered for sizes 1x-3x and features adjustable straps, molded cups, tummy control, and power mesh. Check out Jessica Milagros rocking swimwear from the collection below:

The Boutique+ Swim collection is available exclusively at www.jcpenney.com and in select JCPenney stores now, with additional styles rolling out in April. Are you ready for swimsuit season? What’s your favorite Boutique+ Swim collection piece?

Be Nutrient-Rich: Sneakz Organic Milkshakes and Vegan Protein Powders

With breakfast and now lunch being eaten on the go, it’s become almost impossible to eat a well-balanced meal or even get your daily full servings of vegetables. We have become a nation of nutrient deficient individuals, but there is something you and your family can do to change that. Lots of kids don’t eat their vegetables, but then so do many adults. To keep our bodies strong and healthy, we need to a nutrient-rich diet. We have a delicious way for you to enjoy half-serving of whole vegetables that you will absolutely enjoy, Sneakz Organic milkshakes and vegan protein powders. We promise you these veggie-based milkshakes are definitely delicious.

With a simple blend of whole organic foods, including sweet potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, and beets, Sneakz Organic combines great taste with positive nutrition to help you and your family eat better and enjoy your vegetables. Sneakz Organic milkshakes and vegan protein powders also have less sugar than sodas and many juice drinks.

Sneakz Organic comes available in a ready-to-drink milkshake in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla flavors and the newly launched Vegan Protein Powders in the same flavors. The organic, vegan protein mixes boast a veggie blend of pea protein, carrots, cauliflower, beets, sweet potato, and spinach; it also contains organic cane sugar, organic flavors, organic alkalized cocoa, Bacillus Coagulans GBI-30 6086, and sea salt. It provides 14 grams of protein, probiotics, 10 essential amino acids and 1/2 serving of daily vegetables, and at least 500 million CFUs of probiotics per scoop. Sneakz contains no GMOs, antibiotics or synthetic hormones, and no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. It does not contain gluten ingredients and is free from carrageenan.

There are also more ways to enjoy Sneakz than just drinking it. You can feast on some very delicious recipes, including Heart Healthy Oatmeal PancakesApricot Energy BitesLoaded Vegan PizzaCheesy Potato Gratin, or 7 Layer Rainbow Smoothie Pops.

Could your daily vegetable intake use a delicious overhaul? Try the veggie-packed Sneakz Organic milkshakes and vegan protein powders today.

The Oscars Hair: Lupita Nyong’o’s Amasunzu Hairstyle by Vernon François

All queens must wear crowns and that is exactly how we can describe Lupita Nyong’o’s stunning Academy Awards hairstyle. To coordinate with her gold and black Custom Atelier Versace, celebrity hairstylist and textured hair whisperer, Vernon François created an elegant and regal Amasunzu inspired hairstyle. These elaborate hairstyles are traditionally worn by Rwandan men and single women noted for their crescent shapes. An Amasunzu hairstyle designates a wearer’s social status and Lupita’s Oscars red carpet hairstyle clearly displays her regality.

“Lupita’s look was inspired by images of Amasunzu hairstyles, which are traditional to Rwandan culture. We wanted something clean and sculpted to accent her dress and show off the neckline.” – Vernon François

To recreate Lupita’s look, Vernon washed her hair with the Pure~Fro Shampoo and Pure~Fro Conditioner which contains keratin to help the hair retain moisture. Vernon then prepped Lupita’s hair with the Mist~Nourishing Water, and Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Locs Spray to soothe and protect strands before blow-drying with a round brush. Next, Vernon smoothed her ends using a flatiron, leaving roots authentic. Using only his hands, Vernon molded her hair to create the clean, contoured structure and setting with hairspray. To complete the look, Vernon weaved a gold thread through her hair using a classic stitch technique for a touch of glamour & shine.

We loved how this hairstyle celebrated the texture of Lupita’s hair, as well as celebrating the traditional yet ostentatious  Rwandan hairstyle. The Vernon François products used on Lupita are available now. Retail costs for the Vernon François hair products are as follows: Mist~Nourishing Water -$18.00, Pure~Fro Shampoo -$26.00, Pure~Fro Conditioner – $28.00, and the Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Locs Spray – $24.00. All of the hair products are available on www.Sephora.com, select Sephora retailers, and on www.VernonFrancois.com.

What are your thoughts on Lupita Nyong’o’s stunning Academy Awards hairstyle? Are you ready to rock an Amasunzu inspired hairstyle?

All Decked Out: Deck of Scarlet Beauty Palette #07

Want to take your makeup look from day to night without having to carry a lot of makeup around? Check out the newest makeup palette Deck of Scarlet has just launched with influencer Roxette Arisa. Deck of Scarlet’s makeup Palette Edition #07 boasts high-quality, fully-pigmented, shades in nine beauty essentials from eyeshadows, cheeks, lips, and liners.

 

Escape to the tropics with Deck of Scarlet’s beauty Palette #07. The nine-piece beauty palette includes three eyeshadows –  Starry Eyed, Bora Bora, and Bronzed; one highlighter – Roxstar; one cheek color – Lovesick; two lip colors – Smootch and Swept Away; one lip liner – Foxy; and one eyeliner – Goddess.

Want to transport your look to exotic sandy beaches? Try the stunning eyeshadow hues of Bora Bora, a sizzling aquamarine shimmer, and Bronzed, a metallic brown that builds a sultry gaze. The Lovesick cheek color adds just the right amount of flush pink across the cheeks, while gold-tinged Roxstar highlights all your best angles. Get ultra-luxe lips, using Deck of Scarlet’s creamy matte formula – perfect for layering on all day and into the night.

For those of you not familiar, Deck of Scarlet is a monthly subscription-based makeup palette service which offers a new full-sized palette every two months. Each palette is made in collaboration with a popular YouTuber and once the limited edition palettes are gone, they’re gone forever. Every palette comes with eight or nine makeup products, assortment will change with every palette. The products are all animal cruelty-free, paraben-free, and made in the US. As with all monthly subscription services, you can skip a month, or cancel anytime. Palettes offer multiple makeup looks in one, and are only $29.95 each for subscribers (a $132 value).

The Palette Edition #07 with Roxette Arisa is available now for only $29.95 to subscribers or for $44.95 for non-subscribers. Are you ready to be all decked out with the gorgeous color palettes from Deck of Scarlet?