On September 8th, I started my morning at the NYFW Style Stop at the Empire Hotel during New York Fashion Week. West Hollywood based salon, Benjamin, offered dry styling based on six different looks - The Artist (top knot bun), The Princess, The Lady, The Lover (messy french braid), The Dancer (low bun) and the Rebel (half up, half down with a top knot bun). I went with The Lady, a messy, low ponytail styled to one side. Benjamin has plans to open a salon in NYC soon, so I can't am looking forward to that!
Lounge guests also met with brands, including Bite Beauty, She + Lo, Poppin, Happy Plugs and Stella & Dot, and indulged in essie manicures from Hint Water.
I have yet to visit the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in Soho, but was super excited to experience making my own lipstick at the Style Stop. All I had to do is pick one of Bite Beauty's bold lipstick shades and then watched the entire process, from creating the mixture, pouring it into the mold and then letting it harden, resulting in the perfect tube of lipstick. I went with #9, a bold red.
She + Lo showcased their Fall 2014 collection of leather handbags, designed by Los Angeles designers Sheila Nazarian and Laura Darrah. She + Lo handbags are made of buttery soft leather, from mini satchels and mini messenger bags to crossbody bags.
Poppin previewed their latest office supplies, from trays and large envelopes to notebooks. Poppin is known for their bright colors, and have now added silver and gold into their palettte.
I first met Swedish brand Happy Plugs during CE Week this summer, and are known for their earbuds in a variety of colors. I especially love the rose gold pair, and find them to be very comfortable.
Stella & Dot showcased their new Keep Collective brand, which focuses on customizing leather wrap bracelets by choosing your bracelet color and selecting from over 300 charms.
- Kim Weling