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Bantam Bagels Opening

Breakfast Changer: Bantam Bagels NEW Bleecker Street Shop

Over the last few years, we’ve heard so much about portion control and enjoying food in moderation. Especially with the studies that show childhood and adult obesity is on the rise. Because of this, many people have cut out a lot of their favorite foods and snacks; but this drastic change is not really necessary. Everything can be enjoyed in moderation. While attending the Summer Fancy Food Show, we were introduced to one food brand that is “changing the way you breakfast”, Bantam Bagels.

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What are Bantam Bagels? These “mounds of heaven” are mini filled bagel balls with cream cheese on the inside. It’s truly the most unique and exciting way to eat an authentic New York bagel. Founded by husband and wife team, Nick and Elyse Oleksak, Bantam Bagels come in all your favorite bagels varieties and a few new ones.

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The varieties include Plain, Sesame, Onion, Everything, Cinnamon Sugar, Pizza Seasoned, Cinnamon Nutmeg, and Pretzel. The fillings include plain Cream Cheese, Cinnamon Swirl Cream Cheese, Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese, Veggie Cream Cheese, Maple Cream Cheese, Marinara Mozzarella Cream Cheese, Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese, Scallion Cream Cheese, and Cheddar Dijon Cream Cheese.

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These delicious homemade bagels, which originated in the couple’s Brooklyn apartment, has made appearances on ABC’s Shark Tank and QVC; and now you can enjoy to your heart’s content at their wonderful flagship at 283 Bleecker Street in New York. As we mentioned before, we were first introduced to Bantam Bagels at the Summer Fancy Food Show. It was love at first bite when Elyse invited us over to her booth to indulge. We’ve been addicted ever since.

Bantam Bagels Shop Elyse Oleksak of Bantam Bagels

From the moment you step inside the store, you’ll be treated like family by Elyse and her amazing team. You’ll also delight in the newest additions to their product line, Breakfast Bagels, an egg bagel stuffed with cheddar cheese cream cheese, Egg Bites, and Bantam Pancakes.

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We can’t sing the praises of these delicious, fun-size bagels enough. Trust us when we say once you take one bite of any of the varieties of Bantam Bagels products, you’ll never go back to regular-sized bagels again.

C. Wonder Opens at the Shops at Columbus Circle

The Upper West Side has now become a bit more colorful and vibrant. C. Wonder, the cutting-edge retail concept and lifestyle brand has opened a new location at the Shops at Columbus Circle.

This weekend, get your “dose of wonder” with C.Wonder’s chic and delightful array of clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories, housewares and home decor, personal electronics and charming bikes and other gifts. The first 300 customers this weekend received gift cards in values of $5 $25 and $250, while one lucky customer wins $1,000 worth of C.Wonder products. What else will you enjoy this weekend? How about a free gift with purchase, spin to win C.Wonder products and VIP perks at the top of every hour enjoy a carnival atmosphere and games and a live DJ playing the best in old school hits.

Already familiar with C. Wonder? Then you’ll recognize old favorites like the Monogram Shop, beautiful accessories, whimsical housewares (love the table setting from from Laura Day – pictured below with some of her collection)

For dates, times and location of the newest C. Wonder Store and its grand opening events, see below:


Saturday, September 22nd, 10am – 9pm 
Sunday, September 23rd, 11am – 7pm 
Time Warner Center
The Shops at Columbus Circle, Level 2 

10 Columbus Circle 
Take the A, B, C, D, and 1 trains to Columbus Circle/59th St

Burlington Coat Factory NYC Flagship Store Opening Preview

We at mylifeonandofftheguestlist.com were lucky enough to score an invitation to preview the new Burlington Coat Factory NYC flagship located in Union Square. Ladies (and gentlemen), get ready to indulge in “brag-worthy fashion and home finds” in three floors filled with incredible deals (you may have seen the ads around)

In this economy, being frugal is the new normal and with Burlington, frugal can be chic. Carrying such incredible brands in clothing such as Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Free People etc; gorgeous shoes from Missoni, Fyre, Elizabeth & James, etc; home goods from Rachel Rey, Black & Decker, etc at up to 65% off department store prices

Burlington toutes three floors of amazing products – clothing and accessories for men, women and children, Shoes and outerwear, home goods, maternity and a huge baby depot.

Already on my wishlist (naturally from he shoe department) are these to-die for boots from Missoni and Fyre.

The Missoni, which normally retails for $975.00 is available at Burlington for $349.99 and the Fyre, normally retails for $230.00, is only $149.99 at Burlington. You can’t beat those amazing prices.

Jean-Michel Cazabat Opens Flagship Store

Shoe lovers, fashionistas and celebs (including a few noted designers) et al stopped by to celebrate the flagship boutique of shoe designer, Jean-Michel Cazabat. His collections can already be found at the powerful Barneys, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, etc so the chic West Village boutique is right at home on Bleecker along designer brands Cynthia Rowley, Michael Kors, etc.

The boutique is designed to have a welcoming feeling – it seemed to me like a very large walk in shoe closet (if I ever get to have one of those, I want it to look exactly like Jean-Michel’s boutique). The “roaring” faux-fireplace, the plush red velvet seating, the addition of several of fashion’s must have books strewn everywhere, the shoe cubbies (I almost fainted at the back shoe cubby wall – my dream)

With his exquisite designs, twenty-five years of designing shoes and a philosophy inspired by his passion for music, nightlife and spirited women, its no surprise that Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna, etc are counted as lovers of Jean-Michel’s shoes. Jean-Michel’s use of colors, flirty silhouettes, whimsical details and exotic skins allows him to create a brand with its own distinctive styles that are fun, fashionable and feminine.But men are not to worry because there is a newly available mens collection

Enjoy a few more photos from the boutique’s opening party below

Music by DJ David De Barce
Hors D’oeuvres by Indochine
Champagne by Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne

Welcome to the Beauty Oasis – Sephora Meatpacking

There is an abundance of fashion designer boutiques in the Meatpacking District but until recently, your only real choices for beauty was Inglot for makeup and the fairly new L’Occitane for skincare. Beauty mecca Sephora has changed that with their cool new location on Ninth Ave and 13th Street.

Offering exclusive brands and an amazing beauty experience, though the building’s facade is typical meatpacking architecture, inside is vastly different; inside features a modern sleek design – a bit like being transported to a secret future beauty haven.

The Sephora meatpacking also features a roster of global and exclusive beauty brands such as Sponge Avocado Oil (Greece), Tatcha Blotting Papers (Japan), Absolution Eye Cream (France), Belmacz Gold Leaf Lip balm (UK), 21 Drops, Ellia Faas, Ken Gen Do Cosmetics, etc.
You can expect a free flowing design layout with areas dedicated to skincare, nail products, fragrance, color, brushes and my favorite – the Lash Bar, which allows you to try lashes in various colors and lengths.

This Sephora offers much more than products to purchase. With their Beauty Art Studio, you are invited to master any new beauty look with their Express Services or Customized makeup Application with the cost of each session redeemable in product. Services include Blush & Bronze, Flawless Foundation, Treat & Conceal, Beautiful Skin, Smoky Eye and Faux Lash as well as specialized Services which includes Prom, Bridal and Evening.

Upon entry, you are greeted by a powerful art installation by installation artist and sculptor, E.V. Day. The piece, made from an original flamenco dress and titled “Flamenco Tornado”, is the first commissioned by Sephora. it is distorted to show the power and movement of a woman, much like a tornado – it explores overt female power, sexuality, passion and energy

Another unique aspect to the Sephora Meatpacking location is the checkout system – this Sephora features a complete Mobile Checkout experience for faster, more efficient and easier purchasing.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Opens Flagship Boutique in NYC

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics pulls back the curtain on their first flagship boutique in Lower East Side, New York today, September 22nd. The store, located at 174 Ludlow Street (between Houston & Stanton) officially opens its doors to the public on September 23rd from 11am-7pm Monday through Saturday, and 12pm – 6pm on Sunday.

Until now, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’s 100% vegan, pro-only range of products, has only been available at exclusive industry-only Professional Makeup emporiums. Now, they are heading back to their roots on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, New York to make their cult-favorite products available to everyone. The retail store is conveniently nestled near some of the most hip boutiques in Manhattan, including fellow vegan friends Babycakes, Moo Shoes, and Teany.

Walking into the flagship store you will see an array of makeup in bold and dramatic colours with pops of neon and saturated pastels, radiating from every corner. Professional Makeup Artists are standing by to offer private consultations, makeup applications, and will even show you how to perfect airbrush makeup. Customers will not want to miss OCC’s Mixing Bar where they can custom create their perfect shade, or recreate their favorite colour. Gone are the days anyone has to live without their favorite discontinued beauty product! With over 36 shades of Lip Tars, highly pigmented loose eyeshadows, and an array of vibrant nail polishes, OCC’s flagship store is sure to become the next beauty haven for any makeup artist or beauty buff.

GUESS and Vanity Fair Celebrate the Grand Opening of the New 5th Avenue Flagship Store with Special Music Performance by Jessie J

GUESS, the American lifestyle brand famous for its trend setting denim and unforgettable campaigns, is proud to partner with Vanity Fair to celebrate the grand opening of the new GUESS 5th Avenue Flagship Store with an exclusive music performance by Jessie J. The invite-only celebration will take place on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 PM in the brand’s new 13,000 square foot retail space on 5th Avenue at 47th Street, the largest GUESS flagship location in the world.

DO YOU WANT TO ATTEND? Well here’s what you have to do.

On Tuesday, April 19, GUESS will “tweet” clues from @GUESS_Inc on Twitter to two secret locations in New York City. At each notable spot, a GUESS model outfitted in one of this season’s must-have looks will be on-hand with a limited number of invitations to attend the celebration event. The first five fashion mavens to find the model in each location and say “I LOVE GUESS AND JESSIE J” will receive a pair of invitations to watch Jessie J perform live in-store on April 20. Fans are encouraged to start following @GUESS_Inc on Twitter now to be sure not to miss the opportunity to attend this memorable event!
With her eye-catching style, infectious personality and unparalleled vocal chops, Jessie J. is commanding attention all over the world as a global music star. The critically-acclaimed, British-born singer-songwriter has already surpassed platinum sales in the UK and garnered over 100 million views for her videos on YouTube/VEVO. With the recent US debut of her album WHO YOU ARE, led by her chart-climbing lead single “Price Tag”, Jessie J is now poised to take America by storm. To learn more about Jessie J, visit http://www.jessiejofficial.com/index and follow her on Twitter @jessiejofficial.

GUESS?, INC.
Established in 1981, GUESS began as a denim company and has since successfully grown into a global lifestyle brand. Today, GUESS designs, markets and distributes full collections of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel as well as accessories. Throughout the years, the GUESS image has been portrayed in unforgettable, innovative campaigns that have made the brand a household name. GUESS is distributed throughout the world in fine department and specialty stores, its retail and factory stores, and on its online store www.GUESS.com. GUESS has licensees and distributors in South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East. In addition to shopping online, you can find more information on GUESS at www.GUESS.com.

ABOUT VANITY FAIR
With its mix of muscular journalism, stunning photography, in-depth reporting, and memorable profiles of the movers and shakers of the age, Vanity Fair has become, by many estimates, the magazine world’s acknowledged arbiter of modern society, power, and personality. Since Graydon Carter became editor in 1992, the magazine has won numerous awards— and he has assembled a group of A-list contributors, and expanded the magazine’s mandate to cover politics, business, and world affairs. For more information, please visit vanityfair.com.

Skateboarder Ryan Sheckler hosts NYC Oakley Store Opening

Oakley christened their new Store in the heart of New York City – Times Square with the help of MTV’s Ryan Sheckler. Some of you may remember Sheckler from the MTV show, Life of Ryan.

Photo Courtesy of Shecklermania.org

Interesting note – The new Oakley NYC store is inthe same building that housed MTV’s TRL


Oakley demonstrated their High Definition Optics which gives customers the freedom to express their own personal style by letting them design their own sunglasses.

Several media attendees and special invited guests in the packed store tried on various frames and lenses to discover their perfect personality fit while sipping on cocktails and enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres.

Want to visit the new Oakley store for yourself? get over to 1515 Broadway on the corner of 45th Street to discover your perfect Oakley fit.