Saturday, August 27, 2016

Magnolia Bakery 20th Birthday Party & Limited Edition Peanut Butter Banana Pudding


On Tuesday, August 23rd, I celebrated Magnolia Bakery's 20th Birthday, with a special unveiling of the newest banana pudding flavor, peanut butter! The new flavor, just in time to also celebrate National Banana Pudding Day, is peanut butter blended with vanilla pudding and layered with Nabisco Nutter Butter wafers, bananas and crusted dry roasted salted peanuts. The limited edition flavor is only available for five days, through Sunday, August 28th in small ($3.75), medium ($5.50) and large ($6.75). Although you can't beat the original, I hope this flavor decides to stick around longer as I'm sure it will be a hit with Magnolia Bakery fans!

During the celebration, guests previewed scallop border, confetti, ombre rosettes and naked red velvet cakes, and sampled mini cupcakes, and birthday-themed funfetti cookies, whoopie pies, and ice cream sandwiches. 

Not only did I get to enjoy delicious cupcakes (oooooh that buttercream icing!) with my prosecco, I got to learn how to frost cupcakes just the way Magnolia Bakery does! At the DIY cupcake station, I picked up some key icing techniques while learning how to frost a rose and scalloped petals on cupcakes and adding glitter and sprinkles. Magnolia Bakery does hold classes, so you can check out the schedule on their website at magnoliabakery.com

If you've never had any desserts from Magnolia Bakery, I definitely recommend you try something! They have much more to offer in-store than the desserts I just mentioned, such as pies, brownies, and blueberry cobbler. 



 










 





My cupcake creations!

- Kim Weling

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Scotch & Soda Sample Sale - 8/23 - 8/28/16


SCOTCH & SODA SAMPLE SALE
MENS, WOMENS, AND ACCESSORIES FOR UP TO 80% OFF RETAIL

" WE'RE INSPIRED BY THE WORLD AND CURATED BY AMSTERDAM. SCOTCH & SODA ARE DISCOVERERS AND COLLECTORS, SCORING THE GLOBE FOR THAT PAINTING, POEM, VINTAGE PIECE, RUIN, OR ARTIFACT THAT SPARKS OUR NEVER-ENDING CURIOSITY. "

​​260 FIFTH AVENUE
(28/29TH STREET)
NYC NY 10001
N/R/6 TRAIN TO 28TH STREET

AUGUST 23RD - AUGUST 28TH
TUESDAY - SATURDAY : 10AM-7PM
SUNDAY : 10AM-4PM




Friday, August 19, 2016

Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Beauty Pop Up Shop


On Wednesday, August 16th, I attended the media preview for the Sol de Janeiro's Brazilian Beauty Pop Up Shop. The pop up shop is a retail space open to consumers from 11am-7pm August 17th-19th at 2 Rivington (between Bowery and Chrystie) with exclusive events after hours, coinciding with the Olympics

Sephora’s most buzzed and deliciously Brazilian beauty brand, Sol de Janeiro, brings a Brazilian beach party to NYC for 3 days only with an experiential pop up shop in the Lower East Side.

The story of Sol de Janeiro’s luxe, easygoing lifestyle will be told through a variety of creative visual elements utilizing organic materials and tech, while the space is transformed into an authentic Brazilian experience that makes you feel like you are on the shores of Rio.

The pop up showcases the brand’s three most sought after products bringing the beauty secrets of Brazil to life. Among the three products are Sol de Janeiro's Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care, and Brazilian Golden Body Veil. 

The Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is clearly the star product that's super moisturizing with an addictive Pistachio Caramel fragrance and a touch of mica for an immediate Brazilian glow. It also helps tighten and smooth so it's perfect for those end of summer trips to the beach or lounging at the pool.

I also got to preview Sol de Janeiro's newest limited edition products coming this fall to Sephora & sephora.com: Brazilian Body Boom gift set, including Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel and Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (launches in September for $55.00), and Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Beauty on the Go, with a travel size Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and new Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter (launches in October for $25).

Sol de Janeiro's products are infused with Sol de Janeiro's Brazilian Beauty Blend of nourishing Cupuaçu Butter, antioxidant superpower Açai and skin conditioning Coconut Oil.

Right next door to the 3 day pop up shop is trendy lower east side ice cream parlor Morgenstern's, creating a special limited edition "Brazilian Bum Bum" flavor inspired by the deliciously addictive Pistachio caramel fragrance of the products.  

Additionally, Sol de Janeiro has a special offer: 15% off purchase for consumers and a free deluxe sample of the most talked about Brazilian Bum Bum Cream.








Morgenstern's limited edition "Brazilian Bum Bum" flavor



- Kim Weling

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Barbara Bui Sample Sale - 8/16 - 8/21/16


BARBARA BUI SAMPLE SALE 
RTW, SHOES, HANDBAGS, AND ACCESSORIES.

150 GREENE STREET
(BTWN HOUSTON & PRINCE ST.)
NYC NY 10012
N/R TRAIN TO PRINCE ST.
C/E TRAIN TO SPRING ST.
B/D/F/M TRAIN TO BROADWAY-LAFAYETTE

AUGUST 16TH - AUGUST 21ST
TUESDAY : 10AM-8PM
WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY : 11AM-7PM
SUNDAY : 11AM-5PM

Vilebrequin Sample Sale - 8/16 - 8/21/16


VILEBREQUIN SAMPLE SALE 

"SINCE 1971 IN ST. TROPEZ, VILEBREQUIN HAS DEVOTED ITSELF TO PERFECTING THE ART OF MEN'S SWIMWEAR AND BEACHWEAR. THE ORIGINATORS OF THE FATHER & SON MATCHING CONCEPT. VILEBREQUIN IS KEEPING TIES TO ITS HERITAGE BY OFFERING A MOTHER & DAUGHTER COLLECTION."
260 FIFTH AVENUE
(28/29TH STREET)
NYC NY 10001
N/R/6 TRAIN TO 28TH STREET

AUGUST 16TH - AUGUST 21ST
TUESDAY : 10AM-8PM
WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY : 10AM-7PM
SUNDAY : 10AM-4PM



Sunday, August 14, 2016

Summer Essentials: Las Vegas Trip


So I just got back from Las Vegas last week, and even though it wasn't humid as it is in NJ, it was still between 100-110 degrees, making it feel like I hot blow dryer was constantly aimed in your direction. Here's a look at some skincare and accessory essentials that helped me withstand the heat, as well as working all day at Las Vegas Market.


For skincare essentials, SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is always part of my regimen. I use it morning and night right after my cleanser and before applying a serum. It helps my skin feel hydrated and refreshed. This has 90% Pitera, the main ingredient which does wonders on my skin. I suggest getting a sample from Nordstrom or picking up the Pitera Essence Set to try this and some of their other products. 


I can honestly use skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($30) at anytime - on the plane, in the morning before I apply my makeup, at the pool, or in the evening. I always keep these refrigerated in the summer for an extra cooling effect. If you are feeling sleepy this will instantly these will instantly refresh your eye area and wake up your eyes. You just keep the eye gels on for 10 minutes to de-puff your eyes and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


For lounging at the pool. I prefer to use organic Ilike Tomato Suntan Gel (has been discontinued) as a secondary option for protecting against damaging rays. This doesn't block sun entirely, so I still like to use an SPF 30 sunscreen for my face.


Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50 ($57) keeps my face from looking oily and shiny while protecting my skin, since the rays are strong in the morning and evening when traveling to and from market.


When it's super hot, my eyeliner starts to run as quickly as I put it on, so Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads ($5.99) come in handy for cleaning up my eye area without causing irritation.


Usually if you see me at market I will be sucking up the pain standing around and walking the showroom in 5 inch heels for most of the day instead of feeling short and comfy in flats. I try to apply Topricin Foot Pain Relief Cream before I put on my heels in the morning and when I finally get to take them off at the end of the day. It's hard for me to tell how well this really works, since no matter what I'm going to feel pain from wearing heels all day. But I'd like to think this helps to decrease some of the pain. 


Also to alleviate some of the pain from wearing heels, I began wearing Superfeet me High Heel 3/4 ($29.95) insoles. The heel cup and foam of the insole adds cushioning and support, and actually keeps my feet from sliding out of my shoes. Many insoles I use have an adhesive backing, and I like that this one doesn't, so you can easily switch them out of different shoes. Also there's no need to cut these down to size.


I am constantly charging my phone while it's in use, so once my phone case chargers run out I need something to juice it up pretty quickly. The Moshi IonBank 10K is great for on-the-go portable charging, with hideaway lightning and USB cables. With 10,300 mAh, that's enough power to recharge an iPhone 6S up to four times.


Malouf's new Zoned Dough Lavender travel pillow made its debut at Las Vegas Market. This is my new favorite as far as travel pillows go, since the dough shape is easiest for me to travel with. I can store it in my tote and just throw it around my neck as I'm getting on the plane. The Dough memory foam is infused with real lavender oil, has pin-core ventilation, and is super soft with a tencel mesh cover. I had a red eye flight on the way back from market and I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have this pillow! The lavender scent definitely helped me relax and fall asleep. 

- Kim Weling

Friday, August 12, 2016

Maybelline 2016 Summer Favorites and Looks


A few months ago I got a sneak peek at Maybelline's summer looks, with their latest launches for 2016. The looks include how to contour to perfection, rocking pops of purple, making brows happen, glowing with dreamy skin, and bold lip beauty.

I'm a huge Maybelline fan, and there's no reason why you have to spend a fortune on your makeup products all the time. Here's a look at some of my favorites!

- Eyestudio Brow Drama Pomade Crayon: perfect for filling in & sculpting brows, while keeping hairs in place.

- Eyestudio Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil: easily glides on and stays on. Glides on smoothly along upper lash line.

- Lash Sensational Mascara - adds volume and length. Goes on evenly without clumping.

- The Rock Nudes Palette: great shades and pigmentation.

- Vivid Matte Liquid Color: love the bold colors, like Fuchsia Ecstasy (25), and Orange Shot (30) and Berry Boost (40) and nudes - Nude Thrill (5) and Nude Flush (10).






- Kim Weling