Wednesday, December 17, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Harney & Sons Teas in Soho, NYC glams up their window with an angelic mannequin

Tea parties are much more enjoyable as an adult. These days, a pot of fragrant jasmine (green tea), a couple friends and a comfortably chic caftan set the stage for a relaxing escape from the daily grind. Over at Harney & Sons, Soho, glitter and glamour pave the way for a celestial tea ceremony in the store window. Visitors who step inside can sample an eclectic variety of traditional and unique teas. Chocolate Mint, Tower of London, African Autumn and White Christmas--the choices are endless (oh--and the scones are to die for!)! Definitely one of my top 5 tea spots in NYC--have you been? Happy Wednesday and keep reading for more Wednesday Windows...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GIMME! GIMME! GLITTER... @INGLOT

Inglot eye shadow #159 and O2M breathable nail enamel #219
  
Cosmetic couture in the form of bi-weekly beauty blasts grace my inbox, courtesy of Melody Joy PR. Yet--over the last year--I neglect the abundant announcements, instead skimming speedily for style-inspired pop-ups and forward-thinking fashion exhibitions. Seizing the moment on a sleep-deprived Sunday evening, I reluctantly read up on Inglot; the rave reviews pique my curiosity. With an early end on a manic Monday, I trek to Chelsea Market--mostly to satiate my craving for cappuccino cinnamon brownies (half price after 5 PM at Fat Witch!) and partly to acquiesce with makeup enthusiasts on Ingolot's latest collaboration. Five floors above the market, Inglot showcases the Gimme! Gimme! Glitter collection, inspired by Mamma Mia (Broadway's 9th longest running show). The brand mixes bold bravado with a hint of shimmery elegance to create a wearable and workable line of cosmetics. Keep reading for a look inside...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Christmas windows at Macy's Herald Square featuring the story of Virginia O'Hanlon

Cherry cheeks and red velour complement the bearded man who heroically hosts holidays past and present. Slinging a satchel of surprises from rooftop to fireplace, "Santa" represents merriment, cheer and generosity for all ages. This week, Macy's 34th Street windows showcase the story of Virginia O'Hanlon, the 8-year-old who wrote The New York Sun and posed the question of whether Santa Claus exists. The famous response [here], prompted a book, a movie, and remains the most reprinted editorial published in an English language newspaper. Keep reading for a look at Macy's holiday windows featuring Virginia's iconic story...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

PLASMATIK @ GALERIA MELISSA

Crystalline Pendulum & Crystalline Pyramid by Kirsten Kay Thoen and Photoradio by Sean Augustine March

Shoes, sculpture and spatial enlightenment transform Galeria Melissa, Soho into a "PLASMATIK" paradise. Since Brazilian brand Melissa first hit home with its legendary "jelly shoe" in 1992, coveted collaborations with fashion innovators Vivienne Westwood, Gareth Pugh, Karl Lagerfeld and others have emerged, naturally blurring the line between fashion and art. Through concept spaces in Sao Paulo, NYC and London, Galeria Melissa showcases the artistic vision and inspiration of distinguished artists along with rotating influencers on the Melissa brand. This winter in NYC, Melissa shoes share the spotlight with five local artists in an installation curated by Natalie Kates Projects. Keep reading for a closer look.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Bergdorf Goodman's holiday windows pay tribute to the arts. Neon lights take center stage in the "Theater" themed window

Good ol' fashioned creativity is slyly shrouded by busy schedules and pressing priorities. This holiday, Bergdorf Goodman pays homage to the visual arts, performing arts and fine arts with an ardent assemblage of bright lights, abundant objects and the theme "inspired." From faux ice to big-band brilliance, David Hoey continues the tradition of priceless presentation. Get inspired! What do you do with your artistic side? 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

SENSE THROUGH SCENTS @ GLADE BOUTIQUE

A mysterious outer entryway to the Glade Boutique, 408 W. 14th St. ; a pop-up that sells feelings

A medley of Orange + Green Tea + Marine Water + Fresh Greens + Crisp Ozone mixes with hints of Rose, Violet, Jasmine, Muguet and Magnolia to make Sunshine Showers, a scent capturing "the essence of an invigorating day under the sun" [source: Glade promotional materials]. Created to evoke feelings of "limitless," Sunshine Showers joins Poppy Groove, Honeybee Rhythm and a host of other fragrances at Glade's pop-up scent boutiqueWhile exhibits traditionally emphasize the visual, Glade's #FEELGLADE popup departs from the norm, offering visitors a truly sense-sational experience. Keep reading for details...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Window shopping  at Tiffany's 5th Ave. and 57th St.

Arriving again, this wet Wednesday-before-Thanksgiving begins an annual of ritual of reflection and frenzied preparation. For some, delectable delights are shared among friends and family. Others celebrate a more meager and solitary occasion. This week's windows at Tiffany & Co., Fifth Ave. showcases gatherings and generosity, against the backdrop of New York City. What are you thankful for this year?   

Saturday, November 22, 2014

#KIPLINGHOLIDAY SOHO POP UP

Backlit sign at the #KIPLINGHOLIDAY pop-up shop; Greene St., Soho 

With an affinity for "cute," Kipling's candy colored monkeys appeal to customers young and old, serving as the coveted component of the spirited bags. Just shy of celebrating 3 decades in business, Antwerp-based Kipling expands its product offerings and advances its silhouettes to be be notably trend-worthy, covering the spectrum of consumers from kiddie chic to work-appropriate. Steady success speaks volumes--within the last 5 years, the brand's sales doubled! Before being invited to the brand's #Kiplingholiday 3-day Soho pop-up, I had forgotten about my Heather Rose colored, crinkled nylon duffel which currently warms the top shelf of my closet. Keep reading for some of this season's surprises...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Baz Dazzled; Barney's Holiday Windows by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin at Barneys, Madison Ave.

With tragic tales transpiring over the last week, Barney's front façade bears a fitting banner, reminding viewers that "A life lived in fear is a life half lived." As unveiled last week, the Great Gatsby's design duo Baz Luhrmann and wife Catherine Martin beautify Barneys with energizing extravagance. Add merry melodies and ancillary animation to an arts-inspired theme and marvel with awe at a moving menagerie of metal, sensational sculptures and oversized opulence in the store's windows. Keep reading for a first look at this year's holiday windows.... 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

DELICIOUS OBJECTS @ DRAFTspace

 Delicious Objects exhibit presented by DRAFTspace at the Highline Loft features 27 International designers

The tables are set at the Highline Loft and for 3 days--from November 13-15--guests are invited to feast their eyes on Delicious Objects, an exhibit of closely curated jewelry and handbags. Spread across two dining areas, drool-worthy accessories from 27 top emerging designers are splayed on plates, spilling from glasses and speared by silverware. Presented by DRAFTspace the exhibit was "conceived not only as a feast for the senses, but as a way to challenge conventional perceptions of fashion and style" according to Joseph Pastrana, the event's publicist. Keep reading for details...