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NYFW: WGACA x Philip Ayler FW17 Collection Presentation

This season, our NYFW experience begun with an old fashion favorite, Bomber Jackets. We had the pleasure of starting our fashion week celebrating Los Angeles musician-turned-designer, Ayler Young, and his new collection of gorgeous Bomber jackets at the WGACA x Philip Ayler FW17 Collection Presentation. The edgy fashion crowd gathered into What Goes Around Comes Around, the leading purveyor of authentic luxury and vintage pieces, to preview the limited edition jacket collection.

The limited edition, unisex and handmade Bomber Jackets are made from vintage European fabrics. We were in awe of the stunning assortment of vintage French bouclés and Italian fabrics. Each unique piece is constructed in downtown Los Angeles and is available in such luxury fabrics as vintage Armani crepe, a rainbow confetti French bouclé, vintage French brocade, vintage French terry houndstooth, and so on. The story behind the creation of these jackets is just as wonderful as the jackets themselves:

“I started making these jackets because I had this vivid dream about traveling the world wearing this burgundy bomber jacket. I didn’t know where it came from but it stayed with me after I woke up. I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. [That morning] I got a phone call from a close friend of mine who’s a stylst and 15 minutes later she pulls up at my house, hops out of the car and is carrying a gift for me, a burgundy bomber jacket. I literally got on my knees outside of my house and said, ‘This is the strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, because I had a dream about this jacket last night.”

One of our favorite details about the jackets, aside from the amazingly beautiful and unique fabrics, is that each jacket from the WGACA x Philip Ayler FW17 Collection also reversible, and are finished with signature gloss nickel zippers and luxurious custom ribbing.

The WGACA x Philip Ayler FW17 Collection jackets are available exclusively online at www.PhilipAyler.com and at What Goes Around Comes Around in New York and Los Angeles. The one-of-a-kind, luxury jackets are priced from $795.00 to $2,495.00 (depending on the fabric). What are your thoughts on the WGACA x Philip Ayler FW17 Collection? Which of the colors, or prints are your favorites?

Celebrate International Margarita Day with a “Margarita” Margherita Pizza

We have every intention of celebrating the upcoming International Margarita Day by drinking a round or two of delicious Margaritas but believe it or not, there are more ways to enjoying a margarita than just drinking one…….how about eating one. In celebration of International Margarita Day, February 22nd, Patrón Tequila has released the first-ever edible margarita pizza entitled the Platinum Margarita Margherita Pizza. Alcohol-infused food is not new, we personally grew up on the alcohol-soaked black cake, but we’re seeing this food trend making a big resurgence in culinary markets we hadn’t before. Just last year we enjoyed Patrón Tequila-infused ice cream and popsicles at their National Tequila Day event.

Here’s what you need to know about this mindblowing and one-of-a-kind pizza:

This amazing bit of delicious food art is inspired by the signature Patrón margarita and was customized by Chef Michael Armstrong of upscale Mexican hotspot, Bodega Negra, located inside the trendy Dream Downtown Hotel. The $500.00 Platinum Margarita Margherita Pizza is infused with Gran Patrón Platinum tequila (retail value, $200.00) and Patrón Burdeos (retail value, $500.00).  The colorful pizza pie boasts layers of the most insane, over-the-top toppings, such as Osetra caviar, black truffles, tomato, avocado, glazed lobster, and mango, both cooked in Patrón Burdeos, pickled onions, and crema-infused with Platinum Patrón. All perfectly layered on top of a thin, flour tortilla crust.

They say good things come to those who wait and anything good is worth waiting for, which is good because the Platinum Margarita Margherita Pizza takes 45 minutes to create,  and it must be ordered two days in advance. Enjoying this medium-sized culinary journey is ideal for a group of  2-3 friends, preferably accompanied with an equally delicious Patron Tequila Margarita, like the Tropicante Margarita, created by Alexander Kady of Denver, Colorado, which we will highlight in our Patron Margarita write up.

 

Fair warning folks, you can only partake in this indulgence until International Margarita Day; after February 22nd, the limited edition, Platinum “Margarita” Margherita Pizza is gone for good. Are you up to indulging in this indulgent first ever “Margarita” Margherita Pizza?

#SprinkledWithCare: Care Bears X Sprinkles Cupcakes Decorating Event

There’s something a bit magical when you get to relive moments from your childhood. For us, it was celebrating the collaboration between childhood Saturday morning cartoon favorite, the Care Bears, and the decadent Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery. To honor the 35th Anniversary of the iconic children’s characters, we had the pleasure of attending a Care Bears X Sprinkles Cupcakes Decorating Event held at Sprinkles Bakery.

Don’t worry dear readers, you get to participate in some cool Care Bears X Sprinkles Cupcakes activities as well, where you can win prizes. From January 5th through January 25th, Sprinkles is offering limited-edition, regular and mini Care Bears cupcakes and sweet surprises to satisfy your cupcake cravings, at all their bakery locations nationwide.

In addition to limited-edition Care Bears cupcakes, special “whisper words” will be revealed on the Care Bears and Sprinkles Instagram pages every week, with instructions on how you can redeem them for freebies and special goodies at all Sprinkles checkouts. A huge celebration will also take place at select Sprinkles stores on January 21st for National Hug Day. On this special day, Care Bears X Sprinkles Cupcakes fans of all ages can enjoy product giveaways and lots of cheerful activities.

”Our freshly baked, handcrafted cupcakes bring our customers cheer and delight, and we think the loveable, huggable Care Bears evoke those same feelings,” exclaimes Nicole Schwartz,VP of Marketing, Sprinkles. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Care Bears!”

As we stated above, guests not only had the pleasure of enjoying Sprinkles’ amazing vanilla, chocolate, red velvet and banana cupcakes, already decorated with edible Care Bears decoration, we got to customize our own. For our Care Bears X Sprinkles Cupcake (which you can see above), we chose an incredibly delicious banana cupcake and topped it with vanilla buttercream, fondant stars, and a heart. As you can imagine, it was addictively yummy and we can’t wait to go back for more.

”We are thrilled to kick off the Care Bears 35th Anniversary celebration with Sprinkles and know fans of both brands are in for something truly sweet,” shared Sean Gorman, President of American Greetings Entertainment, the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings. “We look forward to celebrating our 35 years of caring, sharing and hugs with Sprinkles and other great partners in 2017.”

For more information regarding the Care Bears x Sprinkles cupcakes, including the select stores participating in National Hug Day, please visit www.carebears.com and www.sprinkles.com and follow the #SprinkledWithCare hashtag on Instagram. We’re really looking forward to stopping by Sprinkles on January 21st, although we can’t wait that long, we’re keeping an eye out for those special “whisper words” on Instagram, will you?

 

Patron Unveils Limited Edition Patron Silver 1-Liter Bottle

Tis the season of giving and no one would ever turn down receiving a wonderful gift that’s not only sure to be enjoyed thoroughly but is limited edition as well. We had the pleasure of attending a Patron tequila event where they unveiled their limited edition Patron Silver 1-Liter Bottle, perfect for gifting during the holiday season. Whether you’re giving it as a regular gift, hostess gift, or a gift to toast the New year with, this beautifully adorned bottle is the perfect gift for the spirits collector or casual sipper.

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The event, held at SISTERS in Brooklyn, was a joyous escape, filled with amazing hors d’oeuvres, freshly made guacamole and chips, and several delicious cocktails like the amazing concoction served perfectly chilled from the ice cauldron you see below:

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This beautiful Patrón Silver One-Liter Limited-Edition bottle was inspired by Mexico’s rich heritage of art deco design. The bottle features a black and silver handcrafted pewter label, intricately adorned with detailed geometric lines and the iconic Patrón bee. The bottle is topped with a beautifully crafted cork closure in black and silver, mirroring the art deco aesthetic of the label. The stunning black and silver bottle is presented in a sleek and sophisticated black and transparent gift bag that showcases the bottle on one side. The Patrón Silver One-Liter Limited-Edition bottle makes any display case, home bar, or bar cart more festive.

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Inside this special edition bottle, every drop of ultra-premium Patrón Silver tequila is handcrafted in small batches from the highest quality 100 percent Weber Blue Agave and distilled and bottled at the Hacienda Patrón distillery in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.

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The Patrón Silver One-Liter Limited-Edition bottle retails for $62.00 and is only available for delivery in the following states:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, HI, IL, KY, MD, MA, MI, MN, NE, NV, NJ, NY, SC, TX, WA, and WI. Who would you give this amazing limited edition tequila gift to this holiday season?

Pedal to the Polls: Election-themed Bikes from Martone Cycling Co.

Well, it’s finally election day and depending on the election results, many people might be fleeing the country or joyously celebrating in the streets. Whichever post-election action you take, why not do it in some patriotic style? In honor of this memorable Presidential Election, fashion bike brand Martone Cycling Co. celebrates our democracy, the ultimate American freedom, with two special limited edition, Freedom Bikes.

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The stylish, limited edition, Martone Cycling Co. commuter bikes celebrate the rights of our citizens to vote, and the power voting represents (especially since not too long ago, many American citizens ie. African Americans and women) did not have that right. Just in time for the presidential election and the upcoming inauguration, these red, white and blue bikes and the folks behind this three-yr-old cycling company encourage you to “pedal to the polls”.

“Personally I’ve been overcome by the excitement of the 2016 presidential election, and I could think of no better way to channel that passion than into the design of this capsule collection,” said Martone Cycling founder and designer, Lorenzo Martone. “When so much is at stake for our nation, the power of voting and what that freedom means resonates even more deeply.”

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The 50cm step-thru Freedom bike, which is outfitted with an architectural basket perfect for carrying any tote and retails for $1,300. The Diamond Freedom bike is available in two sizes (52cm or 56cm) for $1,200, and can be purchased with an optional basket. Keeping true to MCC’s standards, both models boast dual-legged adjustable kickstands, a SRAM system that automatically shifts gears as you ride, and boasts Martone’s signature red chain and lucite pedals.

The Freedom Bikes are the second iteration of multi-colored bikes to join the MCC collection, the first being the Olympic Diamond Bike, created to commemorate the Rio Olympics, inspired by the colors of the Olympic rings. Martone Cycling’s Freedom Bikes will make their transatlantic debut in April 2017 to commemorate the upcoming presidential election in France.

The limited-edition red, white and blue Martone Cycling Co. bikes are available now, exclusively at www.martonecycling.com. Now get out there and Vote!!

Hello Beauty!! Welcome the ColourPop X Hello Kitty Cosmetics Collection

Exciting news beauty addicts and fans of Hello Kitty. On November 1st (ours and Hello Kitty’s shared birthday), Sanrio and innovative, Southern California-based global cosmetics company, ColourPop, launched the ColourPop X Hello Kitty Cosmetics Collection! This new range of cosmetics products includes super cute beauty products for the eyes, lips, and face.

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The ColourPop X Hello Kitty Cosmetics Collection is a limited edition and cruelty-free collection of cosmetics and is a first lifestyle brand collaboration for ColourPop. Inspired by Hello Kitty and the latest seasonal shades, the  ColourPop X Hello Kitty Cosmetics Collection consists of singles, sets of four eye shadow shades, and a face kit that pairs three eye shadows, blush, highlighter, signature ColourPop ultra matte and ultra gloss lipglosses, and a limited edition makeup bag.

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The complete ColourPop x Hello Kitty Cosmetics Collection includes:

  • Shadows and Pigments – Boasting a long-wearing crème powder formula, these eyeshadows come in an assortment of vibrant shades including Rainbow, a sheer white with highlights of silver and pink glitter in a glitter sheer finish; Small Gift, a mid-tone peachy pink with a pearlized finish; School Bus, a deep navy blue with a pearlized finish; and Friendship File, a warm peachy beige dusted with pink and silver glitter with a metallic finish. The shadows are available as singles, as well as in a Super Shock Shadow Foursome called Mama’s Apple Pie.
  • Ultra Glossy Lips – This super shiny lip gloss provides extreme shine with a cushion-like feel, with absolutely NO stickiness or tackiness. Colors include Trinkets, a crisp blue/red with a soft sparkle in a sheer finish; Arigato, a bright hot pink topped with a ton of hot pink glitter in a sheer finish; and Supercute!, a bright warm pink doused with pink glitter in a sheer finish.
  • Ultra Satin Lips – A lightweight, comfortable, bold lipstick with a satin finish, this stunning lip color is available in Lock Diary, a saturated fuchsia; and Tiny Chum, a baby nude pink.
  • Ultra Metallic Lips – This super intense metallized liquid lipstick is dripping with high impact metallic pearls, and only available in one sultry color – Surprise, a dynamic ruby red that is topped with copper and hot pink glitter!
  • Lippie Stix – ColourPop’s signature medium – full coverage lipstick has an extra creamy feel. Available in Let’s Play, a brilliant cranberry lightly dusted with hot pink pearls in a satin luxe finish; Date Mate, a vibrant cool-tone fuchsia in ColourPop’s “matte “ finish; and Konichiwa, a mid-tone cool blue pink with a crème finish.
  • Blush and Highlighter – ColourPop’s blushes go on easy with a super silky feel. Coin Purse, a bright cool-toned rosy pink blush in a matte finish is the go-to blush in the assortment. The highlighter gives a sultry contour in a long-wearing crème formula. Available in School is Fun, a soft iridescent duo chrome gold highlighter in the offering with a pearlized finish, it is the perfect finish to a gorgeous face!

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We recommend you starting with the Hello Pretty Kit so you can enjoy most of the makeup products at once. The kit comes with two lip glosses, the highlighter, blush, and three eye shadows. It’s a great ay to get acquainted with the makeup collection. Are you excited to try this collection? Have you tried the products? Share your thoughts with us.

Tweezerman Introduces Limited Edition Art of Elysium Tweezer

There are lots of ways to support the arts, and while it’s always an amazing feeling to do it selflessly, sometimes getting a reward for doing something good is a wonderful thing. For beauty lovers like us, doing something wonderful and receiving a beauty reward for it is almost euphoric. Take for instance this limited edition Art of Elysium Tweezer from Tweezerman, purchasing this bright floral print tweezer helps to continue the amazing workshops between children and artists.

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Tweezerman, the premiere beauty tool brand recognized for its professional quality and cutting edge products, has introduced a new 2016 limited edition tweezer to support The Art of Elysium, a charitable organization dedicated to empowering artists and communities of need to join together and emotionally triumph over their circumstances through art. The Dahlia Mini Slant Tweezer, created in partnership with The Art of Elysium, features the dahlia flower, which symbolizes blooming self-expression represents the blossoming of hope and support each new day. This cheerful limited edition mini slant tweezer was inspired by art created through a collaborative in-hospital workshop with children and artist Andrew Ondrejcak, honoring The Art of Elysium’s 2016 Visionary Recipients: Vivienne Westwood & Andreas Kronthaler. It features the same famous precision as Tweezerman’s award-winning, full-size slant tweezer, including the stainless steel tips that are both durable and easy to clean. The Dahlia Mini Slant Art of Elysium Tweezer is the perfect size to keep in your handbag for emergency stray hair issues.

Tweezerman has been a long-standing supporter of The Art of Elysium organization, sponsoring their annual star-studded black-tie charity gala “HEAVEN”, in addition to partnering with them the last three years designing limited edition Mini Slant prints.

The Dahlia Mini Slant Art of Elysium Tweezer retails for $17.00, with one dollar from each tweezer sold at Sephora, donated to The Art of Elysium charitable organization.

Handbag Heaven: Melissa X CSC Satchel Collection

Hello and happy Friday fellow fashionistas. We’ve got some amazing accessory news to share in honor of London Fashion week. One of our favorite footwear brands, Brazilian plastic footwear brand, Melissa, has announced an exciting new collaboration with iconic British handbag and accessories brand, The Cambridge Satchel Company. Officially launched today, the first day of London Fashion Week, Melissa and The Cambridge Satchel Company welcome the Melissa X CSC Satchel Collection. The contemporary capsule collection of bags features Cambridge’s classic 11″ satchel, in Melissa’s signature Melflex plastic, giving CSC cutomers a vegan alternative. The Melissa X CSC Collection is the perfect blending of British heritage and Melissa’s innovative and stylish designs, giving the bags both a modern and timeless feel.

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The re-envisioned Melissa The Cambridge Satchel Company 11-inch satchels feature classic buckle closures, detailed stitching, easy-to-open pin closures, an adjustable strap, and nickel-free metal hardware with authentic “Cambridge” branding.  The bags boast a glossy finish, a delectable bubblegum scent, and is entirely waterproof, perfect for London, who averages around fifteen rainy days a month. Production for the Melissa X CSC Collection was moved to Melissa’s manufacturing facilities in Brazil specifically for the collaboration (The Cambridge Satchel Company bags are traditionally handmade in England). The stylish Melissa X CSC Collection bags are offered in three distinct colorways: Black, Red, and limited edition color, Holographic.

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The Melissa X CSC Collection satchels are available now for purchase at Galeria Melissa London and The Cambridge Satchel Company flagship for €135.00 ($155.00 USD). The Cambridge Satchel Company joins an impressive repertoire of top-caliber designers who have collaborated with Melissa, including Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Zaha Hadid, and many more.

Are you loving these bags as much as we are? What are your thoughts on the Melissa X CSC Collection bags? Are you excited for this collaboration? Share your thoughts in the comments.