Monday, August 13, 2018

Bonobos Sample Sale | 8/14 - 8/19/18

Bonobos Sample Sale 
Shop men's fashion including apparel and accessories from the spring/summer collection 

About the Brand: Bonobos
"Bonobos is built around finding the perfect fit; The company was started after they could not find an acceptable fit for themselves. Turned out, a bunch of other guys felt the same way, and they went from selling 400 pairs of pants to being one of the largest clothing brands ever built on the web."

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

August 14th - August 19th
Tuesday : 9am-8pm
Wednesday - Saturday : 10am-7pm
Sunday : 10am-4pm

Helmut Lang Sample Sale | 8/14 - 8/19/18

Helmut Lang Sample Sale 
Shop men's fashion and women's fashion including apparel and accessories 

About the Brand: Helmut Lang
"Founded in 1986, Helmut Lang redefined fashion and style through innovative tailoring and a deep engagement with contemporary avant-garde culture. In 2006, Fast Retailing pivoted the brand into a successful contemporary business and enabled global expansion. In 2015, the brand relaunched with a newly refined vision for the collection and introduced a new retail concept at the brand's Los Angeles flagship on Melrose."

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

 August 14th - August 19th
Tuesday : 10am-8pm
Wednesday - Saturday : 10am-7pm
Sunday : 10am-5pm

Sephora Studio Hoboken Concept Store

Back in May, I had made my first trip to the new Sephora Studio experiential retail concept store in Hoboken. This new location opened on April 27th with an intimate format at 3,580 square feet and only the second of its kind (the first one launched last year in Boston, MA).

At the Sephora Studio, you can expect a carefully-curated assortment, expert store beauty advisors with the highest level of Sephora training and certification, and a variety of high-tech digital tools to enhance the shopping experience.

My first visit to Sephora Studio was during one of the opening events, focused on the monthly $10 beauty subscription box, PLAY! by Sephora. Since I was running late for the event, I was personally walked through the subscription box, and all the items featured for the month. 

Now given that the studio is quite smaller than your local Sephora store, you might not find the entire product line from your favorite brand there. Definitely let the studio know what you would like to see there. They can always help you find a similar product that's available or help you place an order. 

More Sephora Studios are expected to open across neighborhoods in the US this year, including Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Washington DC. 

Here are some of the offerings you can expect to find at the Sephora Studio:

  • NEW PERK Hydrating Facial at the Skincare Studio. A premium 2-in-1 facial service that utilizes PERK technology to exfoliate, hydrate and nourish skin for instant, glowing results. With the help of a Beauty Advisor, clients will experience a skincare consultation, receive a personalized skincare service and leave with customized product recommendations for healthier and more hydrated skin. This 30-minute facial is complimentary with a $75 minimum skincare product purchase. Clients can schedule an appointment in advance or just walk in.
  • Apps on the iPhone 7 Plus Cast Device offer easy and convenient access to information:         
          o Digital Makeover Guide – Sephora’s first interactive face chart that is a record of the specific service received, combined and customized product and application tips – connecting experience in-store to personal beauty journey at home
          o Digital Skincare Guide – sends a personalized skincare regimen after a skincare consultation or mini facial
          o Beauty Studio Check-In – an online reservation tool to check in for services + classes
          o Sephora Client App – Beauty Advisors can reference the app to quickly service clients, check Beauty Insider status and ratings and reviews on any product throughout the store
          o Mobile Point of Sale—provides easy and convenient check-out in-store, in addition to a cash wrap

  • Digital components throughout the store that make beauty personal:

          o Digital screens located at the entrance that offer easy navigation and self-help 
          o Moisture Meter to measure the hydration level of the skin for personalized skincare consultations
          o Color IQ for scientifically-precise foundation, lip and concealer shade matching
          o Sephora Virtual Artist augmented technology that allows users to virtually try-on thousands of lipstick, cheek, concealer and false lash options using 3D imaging on the clients’ own face
          o Online reservation iPads for check-in and appointment scheduling for services/classes

  • Elevated service offerings at the Beauty Studio with eight seats and four sinks, including:

          o Makeovers

  • 15 Minute Mini Makeovers + Facials
  • 45 Minute Custom Makeovers
  • 75 Minute Custom Makeover Plus

          o Beauty Classes – take a group class with all your friends and learn the latest tips, tricks and techniques
          o Studio Concierge – matches the client with the appropriate consultant based on beauty need

  • Sephora’s innovative retail concept designed to Teach, Inspire, Play will extend to the Studio by encouraging clients to freely test and try products from a curated selection of brands across prestige cosmetics, skincare, hair care and fragrance

- Kim Weling

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

#GiveKINDaTryNYC Campaign Kickoff

On Tuesday, July 10th, I attended the #giveKINDatryNYC Campaign kickoff at a gorgeous luxury penthouse at One Vandam. Douglass Elliman sponsored this amazing living space, which was absolutely amazing to explore room by room. With three floors total, breathtaking views and fully furnished rooms, this lavish penthouse comes with a steep price tag: over $19 million. 

Peppered throughout the penthouse were bars and boxes of KIND protein from real food™bars. The bars have a creamy, crunchy texture, and are available in the following flavors: Crunchy Peanut Butter, Double Dark Chocolate Nut, White Chocolate Cinnamon Almond and Toasted Caramel Nut. It's really hard for me to pick a favorite as a I like them all. I think it just depends which bar I am in the mood for. So far I think my KIND bar cravings have gravitated to Crunchy Peanut Butter and Toasted Caramel Nut the most. My niece is starting her freshman year at college this fall, so I will definitely be putting a care package together for her to include KIND protein bars!

Sponsors and brand collaborators to note include Honest Tea, Fabletics, Gotham Greens, Drink NINI, Bark Thins, Skinny POP, Lifetherapy, Bombas, Sheree Cosmetics, Winky Lux, Vitafusion, Velvet Eyewear, Krave Jerky, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Snappy Booth. 

A special thanks to the KIND Snacks team and Janine Just for hosting such a fun and fabulous evening!

Check out for the full range of snacks!

Gotham Greens Romaine Lettuce | KIND Cranberry Granola | Vegan Ricotta | Apple | Gotham Greens Vegan Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

 This salad was so good, especially the lemon basil dressing! I'm going to have to pick some up next time I'm at Whole Foods! The granola was a nice touch too!

The interior design throughout the penthouse was incredible. I love everything from the watercolor cloud wall and teal velvet sofa to the luxe area rugs. 

How gorgeous are these views??? 

I love the Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka! I need to try the Ruby Fizz, which calls for vodka mixed with prosecco or champagne.

I am in awe over the lighting and the stairs!How beautiful is this!

I haven't tried a pair of Fabletics leggings yet but I have heard such positive things about them! 
I need to check out the Fabletics at Garden State Plaza!

I'm usually afraid of heights and wouldn't normally sit on the edge but I just had to get a picture with this backdrop and skyline view!

- Kim Weling