Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship Unveils New Beauty Floor

The future of beauty just opened today on the second floor of the Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship in NYC! Beauty on 2 is a one-of-a-kind destination for world-class services and luxury brands you can't find anywhere else. 

The new, 32,000-square-foot beauty space includes more than 120 color cosmetics, skincare, fragrance and wellness brands —58 of which are new to the floor. With a significant focus on experiences, the floor is approximately 40-percent larger and now includes 15 new spa rooms along with services such as medi-spa treatments, facials, massages, manicures, brow services, a flower shop and more. By moving the Beauty department to the second floor, Saks is evolving the way customers shop and experience beauty.

The Saks Store Planning and Design team, in collaboration with Gensler, spearheaded the design focusing on opening up the space, creating broad sightlines across the floor and modernizing traditional finishes that complement the brand's heritage. The team used custom agglomerate white stone flooring from Italy throughout and restored original windows facing Fifth Avenue, 49th Street, and 50th Street, allowing natural light to the floor and north and south facing views of the city.

Saks curated exciting treatments and luxury experiences for customers with services including:
  • FaceGym, the original non-invasive facial workout, exclusive to Saks and the first shop in the United States.
  • Dedicated spa rooms for CHANEL, Clé de Peau Beauté, Dior, Kiehl's Since 1851, La Mer, La Prairie, Martine de Richeville, SKINNEY MedSpa and Sisley Paris.
  • Brow and lash styling by Blink Brow Bar London, CoolSculpting and laser hair removal by SKINNEY MedSpa and manicures and meditation by sundays.
  • Martine de Richeville's signature slimming, deep-tissue massage, Rémodelage, —a Saks exclusive and brand-first space in the United States.
  • Hand-tied floral arrangements by EB Florals, revolving around the composition of the fragrances and their seasonal availability.
Anchor shops Aesop, CHANEL, Christian Louboutin Beauté, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Kiehl's Since 1851, La Mer, La Prairie, Sisley Paris, and Tom Ford, brought new concepts to Saks featuring the latest in technology or exclusive designs. Highlights include:
  • First of its kind CHANEL spa room modeled after the CHANEL au Ritz Hotel Spa in Paris.
  • Dior spa room modeled after the Dior Institut at the Plaza Athenée in Paris.
  • Ex Nihilo Osmologue for demi bespoke fragrances.
  • Gucci's first new beauty concept store in the United States.
  • A Guerlain Parfumeur boutique offering 110 iconic creations where visitors can choose their own scent through a digital consultation and personalize their own bottle.
Nearly all makeup and skincare brands at Saks provide a selection of complimentary services, known as "Beautiful Discoveries" including mini facials, eye treatments, hand massages, makeup and skincare coaching, and more. The floor will offer exclusive fragrances from Bond No. 9, By Kilian, Clive Christian, EB Florals, Ex Nihilo, Hermès, Roja Dove and more as well as feature an Apothecary concept including a 160-square-foot curated boutique of niche beauty products and expert favorites from 30 brands. Saks Fifth Avenue will launch new and exclusives brands including Orveda's gender-neutral range with 18 highly innovative and unique products as well as Floraïku, luxury fragrance inspired by Japan, and Valmont skincare and fragrance.

The department boasts a dedicated concierge who can direct visitors to specific brands, shops or products and book treatments. Clients can also easily reserve services on Saks.com. SaksFirst Beauty members can pick up their quarterly rewards at the beauty concierge counter and a beauty curator is available onsite to assess a customer's skin and recommend skincare treatment options.

Saks New York will host a series of beauty and wellness events in its 850-square-foot flexible event space with industry influencers, ranging from noted doctors to fitness empire founders and more. The space will also host master classes, public appearances, small private gatherings and visual installations.

Saks New York is located at 611 Fifth Avenue at 50th Street, and is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For additional information on the new location, visit the Saks New York store and events page on saks.com.

- Kim Weling

JOIE + Equipment + Current/Elliott Sample Sale | 5/22 - 5/27/18

JOIE, Equipment, & Current/Elliott Sample Sale
Shop discounts on women's fashion including apparel and accessories at prices far below retail.

About the Brand: JOIE
"JOIE has become one of the most sought-after contemporary lifestyle brands catering to the savvy, fashion-minded woman. Understatedly chic, JOIE's designes are constantly inspired by the southern California lifestyle and its casual, yet sophisticated way of life."

About the Brand: Equipment
"From its founding in a 1976 salon in Paris, Equipment fuses unparalleled French sophistication with an air of effortlessly chic style. Staying true to its heritage, the new Equipment collection recalls the classic, nonchalantly European undertones of the illustrious brand. Timeless and innovative, the collection exudes discreet sexiness in the form of luxe fabrics and unexpected details found in modern, androgynous silhouettes."

About the Brand: Current/Elliott
"Current/Elliott transcends denim trends with its unique silhouettes, classic fits, and everlasting aesthetics. Constantly inspired by the past, yet always looking to the future."

260 Fifth Avenue
(​Btwn 28th & 29th Street)
NY, NY 10001
​W/R T​rain to 28th St.
6 T​rain to 28th St

 May 22nd - May 27th
Tuesday : 10am-8pm
Wednesday - Thursday : 10am-7pm
Friday - Saturday : 10am-8pm
Sunday : 10am-5pm

Charlotte Olympia Sample Sale | 5/22 - 5/27/18

Charlotte Olympia Sample Sale 
Shop women's flats, heels, sneakers, handbags, and small leather goods at up to 70% off retail!

About the Brand: Charlotte Olympia
One of fashion's favourite footwear designers Charlotte Olympia Dellal has built an internationally recognised accessories brand through her creativity and wit. Winner of accessories designer of the year award at the British Fashion Awards in 2011 and 2015, Dellal is known for her "Dolly" platforms and kitsch influences, effortlessly combining British humour and Hollywood bombshell aesthetics.

150 Greene Street
(​Btwn Houston & Prince Street)
NY, NY 10012
​W/R T​rain to Prince St.
C/E T​rain to Spring St
B/D/F/M T​rain to Broadway/Lafayette

May 22nd - May 27th
Tuesday : 9am-8pm
Wednesday - Thursday : 10am-7pm
Friday - Saturday : 10am-8pm
Sunday : 10am-5pm

Monday, May 21, 2018

SweatCon Rally NYC Spring 2018 Presented by Sweat Concierge & Reebok

On Saturday, May 12th,  I participated in the first ever SweatCon Rally NYC. Prior to this one in NYC, there have been three SweatCon Rally events held in Boston over the last three years. Sweatcon Rally is a one day fitness event that kicked off with a check-in party and fitness lounge at the new NEO U in Midtown, followed by three thirty-minute workouts back-to-back at different studio locations in your chosen area. 

At the check-in party and fitness lounge, guests picked up their swag bag (filled with samples from Progenex, High Brew Coffee, RX Bar and more) and SweatCon Rally tank top, and enjoyed a GLAMSQUAD braid bar, lunch from Dig Inn (one of my favorite NYC eats - the food is amazing!),  Vita Coco water bar, juice bar sampling at NEO Cafe, MINDBODY animated GIF booth, music by DJ Malyna and 30% off Reebok in-store purchases. 

This was the first time I had heard about and checked out NEO U and I definitely would love to go back and take a class or two there. After the party, I made my way to my workouts at Yoga Vida Union Square, Spiderbands® and Shadowbox. I chose the Union Square fitness group because I really wanted to try out Spiderbands®, which is a cardio resistance workout that leverages gravity & body weight and makes you feel like a superhero. 

The Spiderdome® class was super intense - the cardio resistance and aerobics mix was non-stop, and was tough for me since I have poor upper arm strength. It was definitely a struggle for me to use and keep up with the higher bands, especially since I had to jump up on the bosu in order to even reach them. I do want to go back and try the Spider Jumpstrike® and Spiderkix® classes. 

Shadow Box was amazing too! That was my first ever boxing class and I think I am hooked! What I liked was that there was a lot of freestyle, so you can throw your own punches/combinations, and I liked that that the room was dark and the music was loud. 

I'll admit, I didn't think I was going to be able to make it through all three classes but I survived it! I was definitely exhausted by the end so I'm glad the party was before and not after the classes! SweatCon Rally allows you to try out new workouts and new studios. The schedule itself is full of recommendations for studios to check out on your own long after SweatCon Rally is over. 

I'm glad I had time to eat lunch from Dig Inn and drink plenty of regular water and coconut water because I couldn't imagine getting through the day without all of that! If you decide to participate in a SweatCon Rally, be sure to get to the check-in party on time so you have enough time to experience everything! Although the studio locations were walking distance from one another, you had just enough time to get to each class.

Thank you Sweat Concierge for having me! I'm looking forward to the next SweatCon Rally in NYC! Until then, you have inspired me to keep trying out new studios and workouts! SweatCon Rally Washington, D.C. is up next on June 16th! 

Above photo provided by Sweat Concierge

Thank you Sweat Concierge for preparing a locker for me with my SweatCon Rally tank top and MINDBODY water bottle! Thank you to Sweat Concierge and Reebok for my new spring Speed Her TR Training Shoes! They are extremely comfortable and lightweight, and have great cushioning and support! 

Reebok Speed Her TR Training Shoes

- Kim Weling

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Beauty Event at Lotte New York Palace

On  Saturday, May 12th, Lotte New York Palace hosted a Mother's Day beauty event, as guests enjoyed sampling, shopping, gifts and complimentary makeovers. Luxurious beauty brands included Creed, Nest Fragrances, Lancôme, Acqua di Parma, Molton Brown, and Nars, available at Saks Fifth Avenue. Check out the highlights and products you'll find from each brand for spring/summer. Neuhaus Chocolate was also showcased, and Lotte New York Palace Spa & Fitness Center offered complimentary mini massages. 

Creed has the most gorgeous perfume bottles, especially the Les Royales Exclusives Collection. Jardin d'Amalfi is one of my favorites, with a characteristic scent of citrus and middle notes of cedar, apple and rose for a floral-fresh fragrance. The Les Royales Exclusives come in a gold-accented, hand-crafted glass bottle by centuries-old Parisian glassmaker, Pochet.

Nest Fragrances was showcasing its newest scent, Linen, along with two popular scents, Grapefruit and Bamboo. 

This was the first time I had been introduced to Lancôme Absolue L'Extrait, and upon applying the eye-balm elixir I immediately saw a difference! It helps get rid of any dark circles or puffy eyes. The serum is super smooth and hydrating. I really would love to try out this entire line!

I was also impressed by the Lancome L'Autre Ôud fragrance collection with uniquely crafted scents.

The Hermès Garden Collection is inspired by gardens all over the world, and consists of four fragrances: Un Jardin en Mediterranée, Un Jardin sur le Nil, Un Jardin sur le Toit and Le Jardin de Monsieur Li. 

Un Jardin en Mediterranée tells the spirit of a Mediterranean secret garden, Un Jardin sur le Nil is a sensory stroll along the Nile River, Un Jardin sur le Toit describes a secret garden hidden in the heart of Paris, and Le Jardin de Monsieur Li describes a Chinese garden. La Collection Des Parfums-Jardins has the perfect travel set of all four delicate and light fragrances, packaged beautifully in a Hermès green box.

Acqua di Parma showcased feminine fragrances, including Iris Nobile, Magnolia Nobile, Gelsomino Nobile, Rosa Nobile and Peonia Nobile.

Molton Brown has always been my go-to for hand wash and bodywash. The newest launch is the Orange & Bergamot Radiant Body Polisher, with an amazing citrus scent.

I love all the shades in the new NARS x Erdem Strange Flowers Collection. Known for floral prints, this color palette is very true to Erdem. The collection includes creamy lipsticks, blush, lip powder palette and two eyeshadow palettes.

Neuhaus Chocolate had several different gift boxes available. All of their Belgian chocolates are delicious: irrésistibles, manons, fresh cream, cornets, gianuja, praliné, ganache, caramel, truffles, confectionary, marzipan, liquors, gourmandises and bonbons.

The Palace Signature Facial is a popular choice at the Lotte New York Palace Spa & Fitness Center, but has a luxe menu of spa treatment options, from the Hot Stone Massage to a Customized Peel or Royal Manicure. Spa treatments incorporate Naturopathica products, which have a holistic approach to health and beauty.

- Kim Weling