Posts Written On October 2016

SpaRitual Halloween Nails!

Spice up your Halloween nails this year with great nail lacquer shades from SpaRitual. If you are looking for a dark color, Street Smart is the perfect jet black. Add a neon shimmer with a Halloween orange, Infuse. You can even transform any SpaRitual nail lacquer with Lighthouse, turning your nails into a glow-in-the-dark manicure.
SpaRitual was the first vegan nail lacquer brand and is way more than five free, made without harmful ingredients.

FIAF’s 2016 Trophée des Arts Gala

On Friday, October 28, 2016, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) honored American visual artist Jeff Koons with the 2016 Trophée des Arts and L’Oréal Chairman & CEO Jean-Paul Agon with the 2016 Pilier d’Or at The Plaza hotel.


The annual FIAF Trophée des Arts gala evening will raise funds to support FIAF’s educational and cultural programs and is co-chaired by Larry Gagosian, Kenneth M. Jacobs, William & Clémence Von Mueffling and Robert & Elisabeth G. Wilmers.


“This year’s honorees are pioneers and adventurers,” explains FIAF President Marie-Monique Steckel. “There is no doubt that each honoree is a leader in beauty and exploration. Jeff Koons has reinvented contemporary art and created a conversation about new forms and ways to express artistic creation; Jean-Paul Agon has spent his career traveling the world for L’Oréal and exploring new expressions of beauty.”


Marie- Monique Steckel said, “Every year, we gather to celebrate FIAF’s mission of promoting transatlantic dialogue in New York. On this occasion, we are delighted to honor artist Jeff Koons and businessman Jean-Paul Agon.

Our 2016-2017 season marks important milestones for our institution. We celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Crossing the Line Festival (CTL), embarked on a major renovation project to Florence Gould Hall (thanks to the generous support of John Young and the Florence Gould Foundation), and we expanded our Preschool to include a second classroom. Other highlights from this season include the new CTL initiative in partnership with The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations: BRIDGING A French-American Dialogue on Diversity and inclusion in the Arts as well as the return of Tilt Kids Festival this March.

As always, community engagement remains an important part of FIAF’s mission Our reach extends to all five boroughs and beyond through our Young Audience Program that invites schoolchildren to FIAF for French cultural and educational programming.”1

Heydoyou blogger and fashion illustrator, Lulu Qu with James, Founder of Stylemusic.


Silent Auction at cocktail reception at Plaza Hotel.


L’Oréal Chairman & CEO Jean-Paul Agon gave a welcome talk in the event.


Jeff Koons explained his work “Balloon Dog (Yellow), limited edition of 2300” at Live Auction dinner.

About Trophée des Arts

Established in 1992, the Trophée des Arts is awarded each year to a distinguished artist or cultural icon who was exemplified our organization’s mission of French American friendship and across-cultural exchange.It has been bestowed upon French and American artists and cultural icons. Past recipients have included Lauren Bacall, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Marc Jacobs, Le Cirque du Soleil, Christian Lacroix, Louis Malle, Charlie Rose, Jeanne Moreau, Jerome Robbins, Robert Wilson, Philippe de Montebello, Alain Ducasse, Angelique Kidjo, Francois Cluzet, Jacques Grange, and Francoise Gilot among others.


Jeff Koons, 2016 Trophée des Arts

Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Jeff Koons has been recognized as one of the most prominent artists working today. Koons has long contributed to the cultural life in France. He presented his extraordinary floral public sculpture, Split-Rocker, for the first time at the Palais des Papes, Avignon, in 2000 and subsequently in the gardens of the Château de Versailles, which opened its doors to a living artist for the first time with Jeff Koons: Versailles in 2008. A recent exhibition, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective was presented to great fanfare in 2015 at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.



Jean-Paul Agon, 2016 Pilier d’Or

Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal, Jean-Paul Agon has spent his entire career with L’Oréal and is largely responsible for L’Oréal’s success in the growing Asian and American markets. A man of action, he instills in the Group the energy, rigor and vision needed to tackle the challenges of the world of beauty products. With vigor and conviction, he channels that same passion into promoting L’Oréal’s ethical values, making the company a model of corporate citizenship.

The Pilier d’Or recognizes a leading business figure, diplomat or philanthropist for outstanding contributions to the French-American community. Former honorees include Pierre Bellon (Sodexo), Thierry Breton (ATOS), Paul Desmarais Jr. (Power Corporation of Canada), Carlos Ghosn (Renault-Nissan Alliance), Fabrice Grinda (internet entrepeneur and investor);Alexandre de Juniac (Air France – KLM), Jean-Bernard Lévy (Vivendi), Christophe de Margerie (TOTAL), and Bernard Poussot (Wyeth).



The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF‘s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross-cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.

FIAF’s language center is the largest French language school dedicated to reaching French in the tri-state area. More information could be accessed at here,


Smart House Technology!

This month is Fire Prevention Month! To keep your home safe from flames, start with FireAvert! Created by firefighter, Peter Thorpe, this amazing device can stop an open fire before it even starts!

Smart Home Technology FireAvert Offers an Effective Fire-prevention Solution


Thanks to technological advances, home technology devices are smarter than ever.FireAvert provides a quick and easy solution to prevent kitchen fires before they happen. Since smoke always precedes a fire, this life-saving gadget is activated by the sound of a smoke alarm and instantly cuts the power to the stove and oven before there is a flame in sight. FireAvert is the only one of its kind on the market that turns off stoves when smoke is detected.

In honor of Fire Prevention Month, keep yourself and your loved ones safe from dangerous fires. Installing FireAvert requires no tools or professional skills , just plug it right into the back of your stove. This smart home device is also reusable, maintenance-free and does not expire.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 162,400 home structure fires each year involving cooking equipment. FireAvert can significantly drop this number and eliminate the dangers of cooking.

unnamed-1 FireAvert is sharing these important tips to ensure a fire-free household.

  • Always have a fire extinguisher around kitchens and grills, and make sure your family know how to use them.
  • Be sure to replace batteries in your smoke detectors. They should be tested regularly to make sure they are working.
  • Make sure the family knows of an exit plan if a fire were to start.
  • If you tend to do a lot of cooking, invest in a second timer. They’re an inexpensive backup method, ensuring that your summer dishes do not overcook.
  • Always keep your grill a safe distance from your home.
  • It is always a good idea to keep a splatter mat underneath the grill, especially when your grill is on a wooden patio or deck connected to your home.
  • Install FireAvert to the back of your electric stove. FireAvert is a simple wall unit that automatically shuts off the stove in the event that smoke is detected.

Smart home gadget, FireAvert comes with a 30-day money back and a 1-year warranty.

FireAvert founder and active firefighter, Peter Thorpe, was called to kitchen fires weekly where someone often left their home with the stove on. He came up the idea of FireAvert, and developed and designed the solution to offer independence and peace of mind for the user.


Natural Hair, Don’t Care

No matter the season, our tresses are always in danger. In the summer we are worrying about sun, salt and chlorine while in the winter, it’s the below freezing temperatures and dry, indoor heat. Let’s face it—there’s no escape! Made with all-natural, organic ANDcruelty-free ingredients, shampoos and conditioners from NIUCOCO, Art Naturalsand Surya Brasil will protect your locks all year round. What more could you ask for?


NIUCOCO Hydrating Shampoo and Smoothing Conditioner

This milky, natural formula is the best shampoo you will every use. Created with cold pressed coconut oil, this shampoo produces glossy voluminous hair with movement and shine while enhancing your color. Follow with our velvety-rich weightless conditioner to nourish thirsty strands while helping to improve manageability and end damage.

Hydrating Shampoo: $29

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Art Naturals Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set

Moisturize, reduce dandruff and restore split ends! Argan oil rejuvenates dry, damaged hair while leaving your skin infused with antioxidant-rich vitamins E and B. When applied, it acts as a natural emollient soothing your scalp while unclogging hair follicles and promoting hair growth.

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Surya Brasil Shampoo and Conditioner

Made with rich, organic ingredients from the Amazon, the Sapien Women Shampoo and Conditioner drench hair with intense moisture, shine and softness while controlling frizz.

Sapien Women Shampoo: $31.99

Sapien Women Conditioner: $26.59

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