Monday, June 8, 2020

Black-Owned Beauty Brands to Support

To share my support for the Black community, I've included some of my favorite black-owned beauty brands that you'll find in my beauty closet. The next time you shop for makeup, skincare or haircare, consider all the brands that celebrate inclusivity and diversity. 

1. Pat McGrath Labs - I have always been in awe of Pat as a makeup artist and had the pleasure of first meeting her back in June 2010 for the launch of COVERGIRL for LeSportsac. I've been a fan of her cosmetics line since it launched at Sephora back in 2016. My favorite from Pat McGrath Labs are the eyeshadow palettes, which always have amazing, richly pigmented hues, from neutrals to jewel tones, and works for a wide range of skin tones. 

2. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna - I remember when Fenty Beauty had first launched at Sephora, and Rihanna herself was ringing up customers at the register. Her line was created to offer shades and colors for all different skin tones. I love the Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set, which includes the travel size Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow and Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in the Hu$tla Baby.

3. Danessa Myricks Beauty - One of the sweetest, talented makeup artists that has also been on my radar for years, thanks to The Makeup Show. Her work is both amazing and inspiring. My favorites from her line include the Illuminating Veil and Waterproof Cushion Liner.

4. Lauren Napier Beauty - I remember how happy I was for Lauren, when she had first exhibited her line at The Makeup Show. I'm obsessed with CLEANSE facial cleansing wipes. I always have them in my cosmetic bag and take them with me when I travel. I use them not only for removing makeup but also for touching up my eye makeup, especially when my eyeliner is running. I'm almost out of wipes, so I plan on trying the LA ROSE facial cleansing wipes infused with rosewater, starfruit and cucumber extracts.

5. Briogeo - I first met Briogeo founder Nancy Twine back in 2015 at Sephora and I've been hooked on her products ever since, especially the Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizer. At the time her company was still fairly new and upcoming, so I'm so happy to see how much her company has grown. I would love to try the Scalp Revival charcoal + coconut oil micro-exfoliating shampoo next. Also, Briogeo is one of Sephora's birthday gift options for 2020 so I recommend choosing it! 

6. Yelle Skincare - I had first met Yelle-founder Yandy Smith back in December 2017 when she had walked me through her natural plant-based skincare line and The Essential 3-Piece System that was just about to launch, comprised of the Awakening Milk & Honey Cleanser, Awakening Milk & Honey Toner and Awakening Daily Moisturizer. Her skincare line was designed specifically for melanin-rich skin. My favorite if her products is the toner, made with calming aloe, rose hip oil and hyaluronic acid.

7. Nyakio - Nyakio Kamoche Grieco's line celebrates traditional clean and green ingredients from around the world. My favorite is the Maracuja & Yangu Soothing Oil. I'd like to try the Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm. 

- Kim Weling

Friday, May 8, 2020

Accessories Council Mother's Day Top Picks 2020

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms! Whether you are celebrating Mother's Day with a gift for yourself or looking to ship something special to your mom, check out these Accessories Council Mother's Day Top Picks!

Chic, eco-conscious, and affordable, Carmen Sol is made in Italy, with all accessories made of pure rose scented jelly material. The jelly is 100% recyclable, vegan.

Carolee offers unique pearl jewelry, and is inspired by everything from timeless silhouettes to the avant-garde. With the popular rose quartz being a stone of unconditional love, promoting a loving relationship with oneself and others, the Rose Quartz drop earrings is one of my favorite Carolee pieces. 

I love how fun and colorful Certain Standard umbrella designs are. These umbrellas are stylish and compact, with a full size canopy.   

Fortune & Frame designs jewelry and accessories that hold fortunes, meaningful messages, and personal mantras. Cute designs, including the Fortune Cookie locket and Envelope Fortune locket.
Jeff Wan features luxury bags and small leatherwear hand-made in Italy, with urban-minimalist design inspired by the colors and landscapes of Mauritius. One of my favorite pieces is the Lunch Box 11 in vibrant orange. 
Jumper Maybach's collection of luxuriously vibrant silk scarves make the perfect gift for any mom that loves bold patterns and colors. 

LEIGH celebrates your love of shoes, fashion and travel. Available in an array of luxurious nylon colors, all lined with X-STATIC Anti-Odor Silver Tech. Also great for clipping to your travel bag if you run out of room.

PavĂ© the Way, a division of Joan Hornig Jewelry, features a selection of necklaces and bracelets made with sterling silver, 18k gold and Swarovski Zirconia. 100% of profits are donated to the purchaser’s charity of choice.

Rachel offers tights unique tights according to your style. Part shop, part 2 for $25 subscription, Rachel delivers a personal style service that is on the cutting edge of both design and technology.

SSY makes you look good with their iconic bags, clutches, and small leathergoods. SSY creates the trademarked Shoe Jewelz and Laceeys. Shoe Jewelz are jewelry pieces designed for your footwear. All you do is slip the elastic band over any shoe. Laceeys are jewelry for your sneakers. They hook into the holes of your sneakers or shoes where your traditional laces are.

Stacy Kessler Accessories is a sustainable, vegan leather PETA approved, eco-chic accessory’s brand, providing both luxury and sustainability while also giving back to charities. I especially love the featured skull design.

Vint & York is an eyewear brand offering prescription frames and sunglasses, bringing together the essence of nostalgia with contemporary, classic design. Vintage feel initially inspired by the 1920s and reimagined into modern, stylish frames that are playful and timeless in vibrant colors, and unique shapes and styles.

ZuZu Kim produces The Couture Bow Tie® for people and pets, and are handmade in New York City. Many bow ties have a matching set for the wearer and their pet that make a perfect gift.

- Kim Weling

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Amicale Cashmere Sample Sale | 12/4 - 12/6/19


Drop all your plans and make sure you make it to the Amicale cashmere sample sale! Year after year I find all my cashmere/fur/faux fur accessories and holiday gifts! 

This time I was super excited for the racks of samples including capes, scarves and sweaters for $35 each! Another great deal are faux fur trapper hats for $15 and faux fur scarves and wraps for 2 for $30! Other favorites are the faux fur blankets for $50, knit wool/cashmere blend throws for $95 and cashmere woven throws for $135. For guys, be sure to check out the rack full of red tag samples for $50!

Check out the full price lists and images below to get an idea of the selection / brands available.





- Kim Weling

Monday, December 2, 2019

Amundsen Sports NYC Pop Up Shop

Norwegian performance brand Amundsen Sports, known for there heritage-inspired apparel and footwear is hosting a pop up in NYC through the end of this year at the Westerlind store, located at 29 Spring Street. 

At the pop up opening, I met with industrial designer Jorgen Amundsen, who co-founded Amundsen Sports in 2009 with Norwegian explorer and skier Erik Friis. Jorgen is a relative of Roald Amundsen, who set out to explore the South Pole in 1911, and lived with the Inuits to study their knowledge of cold weather survival and also explored cutting edge technology. 

Amundsen Sports is best known for the technical knickerbocker, combining traditional ski wear with modern materials and functionality. Amundsen Sports is focused on building a sustainable, contemporary wardrobe, using natural materials such as wool, corduroy and cotton.

- Kim Weling

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Ani Ramen Soul of Sake 1 Year Anniversary

Ani Ramen regularly has ticketed events, including their Soul of Sake 1 year anniversary party, which I attended on September 17th at District Kitchen Harborside, 210 Hudson Street in Jersey City. Over 200+ people turned up for dinner, drinks and dancing. Guests enjoyed bowls of ramen and shrimp and pork buns all night, along with sake, beer, whisky tastings. My favorite drink of the night was the Rose Petals cocktail at the Fun Luge ice station, made with Tchiko, rose water, lavender syrup and fresh lemon juice. 

Ani Ramen is one of my favorite Ramen houses ever, and the best I know of in New Jersey. Aside from this event, I've only dined at the Ani Ramen in Montclair, but they also have additional locations in Jersey City, Summit and Maplewood. My favorites dishes at Ani Ramen include the Chicken Wings Two Ways appetizer, Pork Buns and Miso Ramen with classic chicken broth, miso tare with chashu pork, kakuni, bean sprouts, spinach & scallions.

- Kim Weling

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Big Chocolate Show Highlights 2019

The Big Chocolate Show 2019 took place on September 20 & 21 at the Resorts World Casino in Queens. This was quite a departure from previous shows as it has always taken place in Manhattan, and Queens was quite a trek but I do really love chocolate. I do hope The Big Chocolate Show returns to Manhattan next year though. This show seemed to have a smaller amount of exhibitors and less attendees. In previous years, vendors usually sampled whole pieces of chocolate. I felt like this time around the focus was more on selling chocolate, yet limited sampling was provided by some exhibitors. Please check out my highlights from this year's show below and my recap of the Decadent Evening of Chocolate and Cocktails.

If you're curious about how The Big Chocolate Show has been in previous years, check out these links:
VillaKuyaya is Ecuadorian premium organic dark chocolate. Some of my favorite flavors include Earl Grey Lavender, Himalaya Pink Salt, Cherry Vanilla and Coffee.

2 Chicks with Chocolate (Metuchen, NJ): artisan chocolate hand-crafted with fresh cream. The flavors are amazing, with lots of alcohol-inspired ones including Makers Mark, Jameson, and my favorite, Champagne. I was also eyeing Salted Turtle, Cold Brew Coffee Caramel, and Nutella. 


Chocolat Stella

Origen Cacao

Bang Cookies (Jersey City, NJ): makes giant sized, soft baked, organic & natural cookies in an assortment of flavors.

Emy Desserts: loved their mini fudge cups, especially the Chocolate Sun Butter Fudge Cups!

Twizzles Tasty Treats (Valley Stream, NY)
Hand crafted truffles with custom flavors. Blueberry Port, Salted Caramel, Dark Raspberry and Mexican Coffee all caught my eye. 

- Kim Weling