Posts Written On February 2014

Give the Gift of Glam @GlamsquadApp

There’s nothing better than New York City.  Its bright lights and hustle and bustle lend lyrics to songs and set the scene for classic films. This city is its own breed of unique with an eclectic mix of people, scenery and site sightseeing.

In true New York spirit, looking great is of top priority.  Whether you’ve lived here for 10 years or are visiting for the weekend, you can now treat yourself to “New York’s finest” via your iPhone with GLAMSQUAD, the on-demand styling app that brings the blow out artist directly to you!

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 5.56.11 PMNo more trekking across town to get to a blow dry bar! GLAMSQUAD can meet you at your home, office or gym to give you the perfect look.  Simply choose from one of the brand’s 10 signature styles or create your own.  While visiting the city, GLAMSQUAD can be at your hotel room in a “New York Minute” with the ability to service appointments 60 minutes in advance to give you a blowout SJP would be jealous of. Extremely affordable, all blowouts are available for $50 while braids can be arranged for $75 and updos range from $85-$125.  A small price to pay for at-home luxury!

Downloading the GLAMSQUAD app  is free on the Apple iTunes store, and after your first appointment, you’ll never book a blowout easier or more conveniently no matter where you are in New York City.

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Stylish Sips Cocktails at @TheLondonNYC

I was invited to The London Bar at The London NYC hotel last week to try cocktails from their “Stylish Sips” menu. The London NYC was the Preferred Hotel of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, so it was only fitting that they offered a special, runway-inspired cocktail list throughout the month of February.

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THE BAR
Even though MBFW had just wrapped up the week before, there was no shortage of chic and fashionable clientele at the sexy, luxurious bar. It’s the type of place where you could bump into a celeb at any moment, but somehow manages to pull off being welcoming and unpretentious. It’s the type of place that’s super swanky, but you can have round after round of perfectly-crafted cocktails, great conversation — and completely lose track of time. The night I went, it was the perfect escape from the work week on a cold night in NYC.

 

THE DRINKS
It was hard for me to choose from the menu, but I decided on the Glamazon and The Red Carpet.

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The London Red Carpet
Fresh raspberries, Stoli Vodka, blood orange and lime juices, agave nectar, topped with Thai chili pepper-infused oil

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Glamazon ($20)
Pisco 100, Solerno Blood Orange Liquor, Cointreau, St Germain, fresh lime juice

 

THE VERDICT
I love the swanky, Sex and the City vibe, great service and perfect drinks. Stylish Sips is over at the end of the month, but The London Bar’s signature cocktails, like The London Bloom and Pink Panther, look incredible and they also have an amazing wine list. This is a must-do for NYC.

 

The London Bar
151 West 54th Street, NYC

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New @Aveda Spring Culture Clash Collection

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Janell Geason, Aveda Global Artistic DirectorMakeup drew her inspiration for the Culture Clash makeup collection from the colors and textures of different cultures around the world. The end result is a global palette of universal hues that works on all skin tones and makeup looks that are as earthy and exotic as they are street smart and chic. “Culture Clash has a distinct boho vibe with a futuristic flair,” Geason says. “For makeup, this means pairing natural, earthy tones like warm coppers and fleshy nudes with a pop of vivid color, for a look that feels fresh and pretty yet sophisticated.”

Culture Clash Makeup 2Aveda petal essence™ single eye color in New Lilac

Flower wax-infused soft-to-the-touch shadow that is both color-true and crease-resistant-that builds and blends effortlessly, surrounded by a soft floral aroma.

Talc- and mineral oil-free. Ophthalmologist-tested. (US$14 SRP).

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I love this look – Click to see the full video!

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Smell Rich Hippie

On Sunday 2 March the 86th annual Academy Awards will be rolling into town and just like everyone else Rich Hippie will be waiting with baited breath to see who will be taking to the stage with their well-prepped acceptance speech.
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This year’s host is the inimitable Ellen DeGeneres. For the comedienne it will be a welcome return to the Oscars ceremony – she previously hosted the awards in 2007. If we had to compare America’s favourite talk show host to a Rich Hippie perfume it’s an easy choice. The warm, deep notes of Rich Hippie’s Nirvana perfectly match the warmth the star exudes. This scent is a highly romantic choice thanks to its wild crafted ingredients, including organic Indian sandalwood, West Indian wild bay leaf and organic Italian bergamot peel. So if Ellen’s looking for a perfume to give her the confidence to stand up in front of a global audience of thousands this is the one for her.
Of course the most hotly contested award on the night will be that of Best Picture. Although it faces stiff competition from the likes of American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club we’re rooting for the off-beat film Her. This Spike Jonze film features Joaquin Phoenix falling in love with his new computer operating system – voiced by the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson. And we’re sure that if anyone can add some glitz and glamour to Oscars night it will be Scarlett. Come Monday we’re expecting to see images of her dressed to the nines splashed across the world’s headlines as fashionistas eagerly look forward to analysing her outfit of choice. Of course, if she’s looking for the perfect accessory to her best frock we can highly recommend Rich Hippie’s Wild Thing. Expertly blended with rare Indian jasmine, Albanian orris root and Egyptian rose this is a perfume that is truly special. Just like Scarlett, it’s intoxicating, romantic and sensual with a floral edge to it.
Moving on to Best Actress in a Leading Role we’re hoping that Cate Blanchett’s name will be called out, for her stand-out performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. At this year’s Golden Globes the actress not only took an award for her role in the film, but she also wore some of the first pieces of jewelery from Eco Age’s Green Carpet Challenge – a scheme to raise the profile of ethical fashion on the red carpet. We’re hoping the actress will make a similar fashion statement at the Oscars – and thanks to Rich Hippie’s faultless eco credentials she couldn’t go wrong by opting to wear one of our organic perfumes. We use only carefully sourced ingredients from small-scale farmers and no phthalates, fixatives or preservatives are added to ensure the purity and ethical standards that many of our customers demand.
We’re looking forward to seeing one of our favourite Red Carpet stars – Julia Roberts. The beautiful actress is up for nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role thanks to her performance in August: Osage County. Ever since she pulled on her knee high boots in Pretty Woman we’ve been in love with Julia – in a world of celebrities who see beauty in fillers, botox and liposuction, Julia has always shone out for her natural beauty. If we were to select a scent for her to wear to the Oscars we’d select Rich Hippie Shambala. Packed full of beautiful natural ingredients from across the globe – including organic Indian jasmine petals, French and Croatian lavender bud, Bulgarian, Tunisian and Moroccan rose petals and Madagascan ylang ylang flowers – this is a sexy, sweet, spiritual and uplifting floral perfume which we think perfectly sums up Julia.
Finally we couldn’t leave out the men – Rich Hippie also has a number of unisex scents to keep them happy too. For Leonardo DiCaprio – up for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his film The Wolf of Wall Street – we’d select Utopia, as we know it matches up to his demand for earth friendly products. Featuring a fresh mix of citrus extracts including Japanese Yuzu and Pink Grapefruit, this perfume is sexy, fresh and deep – and of course importantly for Leonardo it has impeccable ethical credentials.
So, while you wait for the Oscars to start why not log on to www.rich-hippie.com. For every scent you purchase you can select another of equal value or less for absolutely no cost! All you need to do is enter the name of your chosen free perfume in the comment box and we’ll do the rest. Happy shopping!
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The Connection between Who you Date and What you Eat @AYIDATING

What you put in your mouth says a lot about you, or rather, who will date you. After analyzing 2.4 million interactions, dating site AYI.com discovered just how much your dietary preferences affect your dating life.

 

The data they found can not only help you find your perfect match, but can help you decide where to take your date out to eat just by looking at their profile—because there’s no faster way to ruin a first date than taking a vegetarian out to a steakhouse! Here’s what AYI.com says to look for:

  • Gender—It turns out that men prefer vegetarian women 11% more than meat eaters, yet women prefer meat eaters 13% more than vegetarians.
  • Ethnicity—Indians are 11x more likely than all other ethnicities to be vegetarian, while Native Americans (followed by African-Americans) are the most likely to be meat eaters. Asians most often identify as healthy eaters—twice as often as African-Americans or Caucasians.
  • Religion—Christians are the most likely to be meat eaters, while Hindus are over 8x more likely than any other religion to be vegetarian/vegan.
  • Education—According to AYI.com, the more education you have, the more likely you are to be a healthy eater. Those with a Ph.D. are 3x more likely than someone with any other degree to be vegetarian, while those without any collegiate experience are 17% more likely than all other education levels to be meat eaters.
  • Location—It’s no surprise that the state your date is from also plays a role in how healthily they eat. California, New York and Florida are the three states with the highest percentage of healthy eaters, while North Dakota, West Virginia and Montana are the least healthy. So if you’re taking a California girl out, you might want to stay away from that greasy burger joint, but if she’s from North Dakota, she might appreciate the grub!

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 Join over 25 million registered users at http://AYI.com .

 

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