L’Oreal Paris Brings Beauty Underground, Introducing First-Ever Intelligent Shopping Experience in the New York City Subway

New Yorkers are about to stop in their tracks. Riding the subway just got more beautiful thanks to L’Oreal Paris (www.lorealparisusa.com). The leading global beauty brand is making history by unveiling the first-ever, intelligent vending experience in the New York City Subway system. Launching Monday, November 4, 2013, the breakthrough L’Oreal Paris Intelligent Color Experience works as a three-step process. It first detects the colors in a woman’s outfit and picks out the most prominent and related color palettes, then recommends L’Oreal Paris products to match and lastly allows women to quickly and easily purchase those products on the spot.

L'Oreal Paris Intelligent Color Experience.  (PRNewsFoto/L'Oreal Paris)

L’Oreal Paris Intelligent Color Experience. (PRNewsFoto/L’Oreal Paris)

Stationed within the Bryant Park subway station and developed by digital agency R/GA, the L’Oreal Paris Intelligent Color Experience is part of a partnership with R/GA and CBS OutdoorL’Oreal Paris was chosen as the inaugural brand to participate in the two-month program.

FROM STEPPING UP TO STANDING OUT: HOW IT WORKS

When a woman approaches the L’Oreal Paris Intelligent Color Experience, she sees her reflection in a full-length, well-lit mirror. She is then immersed in a world of color. Digital animations that represent her silhouette and the colors she is wearing appear alongside her reflection and suggest expertly-coordinated eye, lip and nail shade recommendations that “Match” or “Clash” her outfit.  Women can experiment with a variety of personalized looks from L’Oreal Paris’ best-selling Colour Riche franchise, beloved for its luxurious formulas and rich shades. From the time the mirror scans a woman’s look to when the products are in her purse, the entire experience takes less than two minutes.

The L’Oreal Paris Intelligent Color Experience is open November 4, 2013 through December 30, 2013, helping women look and feel beautiful on-the-go throughout the holiday season. Eye, nail and lip products from L’Oreal Paris’ Colour Riche franchise will all be available for purchase along with the brand’s newest mascara innovation, Voluminous Butterfly. Women will have the option to purchase just one or the multiple products recommended to them. Prices will be in line with other New York City retailers.

The L’Oreal Paris Intelligent Color Experience is located in the MTA Bryant Park subway station and can be accessed from the entrance on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. It will be open weekdays from 7:00AM – 9:00PM and on weekends from 10:00AM – 8:00PM, with limited hours on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. Continue reading

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Sharing is Caring: Glittering Lights Illuminates the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2013 Holiday Season

Glittering Lights (www.glitteringlightslasvegas.com), the beloved holiday drive-through spectacular, will once again illuminate the Las Vegas Motor Speedway nightly from Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, featuring more than 400 animated, energy-efficient LED lights along a 2.5-mile racetrack.

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The attraction is back for its 13th season and its fourth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A new element that will debut on Friday, Nov. 29 is the Living Nativity made possible by the branches of the United Methodist Church. Another added attraction will be the Princess Fairy World and back for its second year will be the Avenue of Trees, a dazzling display of Christmas trees that pays tribute to the charities Glittering Lights has supported through the Speedway Children’s GLLogoCharity.

Glittering Lights will be open nightly Sunday – Thursday from 5:30 – 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 – 10 p.m. at $15/vehicle on weeknights and $20/vehicle Friday – Sunday and holidays. The Living Nativity will run every Thursday – Saturday through Christmas with additional dates on Sunday, Dec. 22 – Tuesday, Dec. 24. The first 15,000 vehicles will receive a gift bag filled with goodies. Purchase tickets at www.glitteringlightslasvegas.com or at Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Discount tickets available at all area Walgreens.

The beauty with Glittering Lights is that our visitors can bask in the holiday glow within the comfort of their vehicle,” stated Shannon Bentham, co-founder of Ivory Star Productions. “This year promises to be extra memorable with the addition of the Living Nativity, made possible by the branches of the United Methodist Church.”

This will be our fourth year hosting Glittering Lights and our passion for ensuring that this remains the best holiday experience in our city is stronger than ever,” said Chris Powell, president of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “Not only does this enable us to raise money for children in need here in the Las Vegas community, but this is also the ideal holiday activity for Southern Nevada’s families.”

A portion of Glittering Lights’ proceeds will aid Speedway Children’s Charities efforts in funding children’s charities throughout Southern Nevada. Goodwill of Southern Nevada is also offering $2 off admission with a donation of gently used items at any of the 30 sites located in Southern Nevada or at the gates of Glittering Lights.

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The Speedway Children’s Charities provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the Southern Nevada community that meet the direct needs of children. From coats, beds, food, new shoes, transportation to specialized camps or for medical treatment, The Speedway Children’s Charities has most likely touched the life of someone you know. Last year they awarded more than $260,000 in grants to 46 children’s organizations in our valley including:

  • Ameriface
  • Baby’s Bounty
  • Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer
  • Goody Two-Shoes
  • Miracle Flights for Kids
  •  Special Olympics
  • The Lullaby Connection

The organization raise funds by hosting various special events throughout the year. We are also fortunate to be the recipient of funds from other events held on our behalf, like Glittering Lights. When we drove the various organizations receiving an SCC grant through Glittering Lights, not only the children, but the parents were beyond excited, impressed and sheer joy showed on their faces forgetting any health or other problems they might be experiencing – at least for a little while enjoying the beauty of Glittering Lights.

TripAdvisor Serves Up 2013 Travelers’ Choice Restaurants

Second Annual Awards Recognize Travelers’ Favorite Fine Dining Spots Around the Globe

TripAdvisor® (www.tripadvisor.com), the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its 2013 Travelers’ Choice Restaurants awards. The awards honor travelers’ favorite fine dining establishments worldwide, based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor.

The awards recognize 171 restaurants, covering 13 countries and seven regions around the globe, including lists for Europe, Asia, South America, South Pacific, the Caribbean, the U.S. and the World.

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France - #1 World (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France – #1 World (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Le Cinq, Paris, France - #3 World (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Le Cinq, Paris, France – #3 World (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

It’s always food for thought when we tap our community for their favorite restaurants. This year, they’ve highlighted some amazing eateries in popular destinations, but also uncovered some hidden gems that are off the beaten path,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Outstanding service and quality continue to be a hallmark of the Travelers’ Choice awards and with 171 favorites around the world, these fine establishments are sure to offer cuisine that satisfies every appetite.”

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco, California - #2 U.S. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco, California – #2 U.S. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Victoria and Albert’s, Orlando, Florida - #3 U.S. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Restaurants – Victoria and Albert’s, Orlando, Florida – #3 U.S. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

Colicchio and Sons Main Dining Room, New York City, New York - #2 World and #1 U.S. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

Colicchio and Sons Main Dining Room, New York City, New York – #2 World and #1 U.S. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

Travelers’ Choice Favorite Fine Dining Restaurants Worldwide:

1.      Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France

2.      Colicchio and Sons Main Dining Room, New York City, New York

3.      Le Cinq, Paris, France

4.      El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

5.      Caprice, Hong Kong, China

6.      Funky Gourmet, Athens, Greece

7.      Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton, England

8.      Cum Quibus, San Gimignano, Italy

9.      Voila Bistrot, Paraty, Brazil

10.    Passion by Martin Berasategui at Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Travelers’ Choice Favorite Fine Dining Restaurants in the U.S.:

1.      Colicchio and Sons Main Dining Room, New York City, New York

2.      Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco, California

3.      Victoria & Albert’s, Orlando, Florida

4.      Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, Louisiana

5.      The French Room, Dallas, Texas

6.      Halls Chophouse, Charleston, South Carolina

7.      Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia

8.      L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas, Nevada

9.      Uchiko, Austin, Texas

10.    Mama’s Fish House, Maui, Hawaii

For the complete list of 2013 Travelers’ Choice Restaurants winners, go to: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Restaurants. Continue reading

handvaerk Launches with Debut Collection of Luxury Wardrobe Basics

handvaerk, a New York based luxury basics apparel brand, today launched its debut collection exclusively online at www.handvaerk.com.  The collection features a thoughtfully chosen selection of men’s and women’s luxury wardrobe basics, including t-shirts, polos, henleys, tank tops, underwear and other classic everyday pieces. Each item is handcrafted in small production runs in family-owned and operated workshops, maintaining the elegant artistry and grace that is inherent in traditional high-quality craftsmanship.

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“We are thrilled to bring handvaerk’s line of men and women luxury essentials to the U.S. market,” said Esteban Saba, Co-Founder and CEO of handvaerk. “More than a statement of our devotion to the highest standards of craftsmanship and quality, handvaerk offers consumers basics that have thoughtful design and premium materials sourced from around the world.”

handvaerk was conceptualized by husband and wife team Esteban Saba and Petra Brichnacova as an artisanal collection of  wardrobe basics made from the highest quality materials. Inspired by the Danish word handvaerk, meaning artisanal and handcrafted, the brand offers a line with a pure aesthetic and takes its cues from mid century modern design. Each product has been designed for ultimate comfort, which is due to the fabric’s ultimate softness, meticulous tailoring and an unparalleled emphasis on every single sartorial detail.

Prior to creating håndvaerk, Esteban spent more than 15 years in the investment banking divisions of Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, and Citigroup; a senior strategic advisor to corporations on their major transactions, including Mergers & Acquisitions, and IPOs. Prior to moving to New York, he earned his MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Petra is an artist at heart; from an early age a prolific student of aesthetics, philosophy, literature, and history of world art. She specialized in textile and surface design at Prague’s Mastership School of Art and Design and worked at several renowned art galleries in Prague. Petra also earned a degree in textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Prior to co founding håndvaerk, she spent a decade managing and curating Waldmann Inc. Petra is tasked with formulating the overarching art direction for håndværk and leads the design process. She is inspired by nature’s authentic beauty, and her collaborations with manufacturers who share her passion for natural, high quality fabrics.

The brand offers a product of exceptional quality made with distinct fabrics derived from the highest-grade Pima cotton from the northern coastal valley in Peru, Mongolian cashmere and merino wool from Scotland. All items are handmade or hand finished to maintain the artistry and grace that are inherent in high-quality craftsmanship.

We create luxury essentials of uncompromising quality by crafting timelessly elegant products using the world’s finest natural fibers. Our heritage is grounded in three generations of small-scale family production; a storied legacy of manufacturing textiles, garments, and luxury products. Our minimalist style incorporates clean, pure lines, and pays homage to the materials used. Functional design accentuates the relationship between the human body and the exquisite comfort derived from the ultimate softness of our fabrics.” States the Co-founders. “We produce for those few who are truly thoughtful when investing in a product, appreciate the rigorous process required for high quality manufacturing, and understand how håndværk is redefining how luxury essentials should be made. Our inaugural collection has been thoughtfully curated to form the foundation of a modern and timeless wardrobe. We traveled to Peru for the finest Pima cotton from the northern coastal valleys and to Scotland for the best Mongolian cashmere and superfine merino wool.” Continue reading

Holiday 2013 Gift Guide: New Kitchen Products From Bonavita for the Holidays with Buzz

Bonavita®, Based in Seattle, Introduces Innovative Kitchen Scales and Gooseneck Kettles, plus Brewing Equipment for “Coffee Geeks”

A catalog of cutting-edge products for the kitchen is being introduced this Winter by the coffee experts behind the Bonavita collection. Bonavita’s 8 Cup Coffee Brewer has received accolades as a “Best Buy” recommendation from Cook’s Illustrated magazine and as an “Editor’s Favorite” in Food & Wine magazine.  The brand’s design-forward, yet classically-inspired Gooseneck Kettles have also received the nod from the Los Angeles Times Daily Dish” column, which describes them as “for coffee geeks, the latest electric pour-over kettle.”

Bonavita, an Espresso Supply Inc. brand, is based in Seattle. Espresso Supply Inc. has been a leader in the specialty coffee industry for 20 years. With the Bonavita collection they have expanded into a new category of home electronics for the kitchen.

The Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle is known for the expert, elegant pour control its design produces. Lauded by the LA Times and industry leaders such as Food 52, the kettle comes in three styles. (Stove Top version 29600 MSRP $44.99; Standard Bonavita Gooseneck Electric Kettle 29601 MSRP $69.99; Variable Temperature Bonavita Gooseneck Electric 29602 MSRP $104.99.) It’s a kitchen staple for making coffee, tea and for such kitchen tasks as filling a pot with boiling water for pasta.  The Variable Temperature Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle is excellent for making just-right, and not too hot “kid’s cocoas,” plus hot toddies and holiday cocktails.  Its sleek lines dress up the home bar beautifully for entertaining.

Bonavita is introducing a commercial grade, precision-focused Electronic Kitchen Scale (29671 MSRP $94.99) this holiday season to home cooks, pastry chefs and bakers, plus any cooks who need their measurements exact.  The Bonavita scale weighs with great precision and speed to the 0.1 gram. Tested by pros, the Bonavita Electronic Scale has been the workhorse scale of demanding baristas at some of the world’s busiest, most revered coffee shops and espresso bars.  Now it is available to the public.

Also debuting this holiday season is the Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper for brewing both coffee and tea.  The Immersion Dripper allows for precise control of the water to coffee contact time, much like a French Press, but with the added benefit of filtration to produce a “cleaner” cup.  Its porcelain construction is great for durability and heat retention during the brew.   (For up to 16 ounces of coffee or tea the Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Dripper 29130 MSRP $39.99.)

The Bonavita 8 Cup Coffee Brewer comes in two styles. (Glass Carafe version 53010 MSRP $159.99; Thermal Carafe version 53050 MSRP $179.99.)

Bonavita is carried internationally including in the United States by boutique shops such as Seattle Coffee Gear, plus larger retailers including Starbucks, Chef’s Catalog and Sur la Table.

32 Ways To Celebrate The Holidays In Philadelphia This Year: A Light Show Spectacular, A Pop-Up Shop & Restaurant & The Nutcracker Market

Images Provided by The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC)

Philadelphia boasts many holiday traditions that locals and visitors delight in year after year (Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker and the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade), but this year revelers can partake in new activities that are sure to become beloved traditions. There’s the all-new Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show, a sparkling holiday tribute to Ben Franklin; the addition of a pop-up restaurant and shop at the Blue Cross River Rink; and the Nutcracker Market, featuring hand-made arts and crafts from American artisans. Here are 32 ways to celebrate the holidays in Philadelphia:

Philadelphia’s City Hall, the largest one in the country, is festooned with colorful lights and garlands during the Christmas season. This unique angle shows Love Park’s sparkling tree in the foreground.

Philadelphia’s City Hall, the largest one in the country, is festooned with colorful lights and garlands during the Christmas season. This unique angle shows Love Park’s sparkling tree in the foreground.

New This Year:

The holiday magic at Ben Franklin’s namesake park begins with the new Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show, featuring a 10-foot-tall kite made of lights that sparkle and spread the glow to lights throughout the square. The show runs every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8:00 p.m., weather permitting. Other festivities include visits from Santa, Ben Franklin and other special guests, rides on the Franklin Square holiday train and the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, seasonal treats at SquareBurger and even mini-golf with warming stations to keep even the littlest players cozy. Activities and special events celebrate everything from Hannukah to Christmas to Kwanzaa. November 14-December 31, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas. 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, www.historicphiladelphia.org

RiverRink in Philadelphia on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006.: Skaters glide on ice against a picturesque backdrop at the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing. Visitors can beat the chill with activities and snacks in the warming pavilion. Credit: Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

RiverRink in Philadelphia on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006.: Skaters glide on ice against a picturesque backdrop at the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing. Visitors can beat the chill with activities and snacks in the warming pavilion. Credit: Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing opens its 20th season with a whole new look that comes in the form of a pop-up holiday winter garden and village called Waterfront Winterfest, featuring shops, music and food. Also new this year: a holiday-themed light show that runs on the hour from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. And under a massive 400-person warming tent created from recycled shipping containers, folks enjoy comfort food, holiday cocktails and local beers. November 29-January 5. Columbus Boulevard & Market Street, (215) 925-RINK, www.riverrink.com

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Thousands of lights brighten the streets of New Hope, Pennsylvania, during the holiday shopping season. The charming Bucks County town, just 35 miles north of Philadelphia, is home to many unique shops, restaurants, galleries and studios.

Thousands of lights brighten the streets of New Hope, Pennsylvania, during the holiday shopping season. The charming Bucks County town, just 35 miles north of Philadelphia, is home to many unique shops, restaurants, galleries and studios.

Shoppers stock up on one-of-a-kind, artisan-made gifts at the Pennsylvania Ballet’s first-ever Nutcracker Market at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Fifty selected artists and craftsmen offer hand-made American crafts and gifts. December 7-8. Broad & Spruce Streets, (855) 406-2743, www.paballet.org/nutmarket Continue reading

BROOKLYN JUST GOT MORE BEAUTIFUL: SEPHORA Opens Its First Brooklyn Store On November 1st

Calling all makeup mavens, fragrance fanatics, skincare enthusiasts and beauty addicts! SEPHORA is opening its first store in Brooklyn on November 1st. And what’s even more beautiful? The first 100 clients to show up at the grand opening on Friday, November 1st at 8 AM and Saturday, November 2nd at 9 AM, will receive a SEPHORA gift card with mystery values worth up to $1000!

Artist Mickalene Thomas for Sephora Brooklyn (original artwork)

Artist Mickalene Thomas for Sephora Brooklyn (original artwork)

The beauty fun doesn’t stop there. To celebrate the opening, SEPHORA has a weekend full of festivities, beginning Friday, November 1st with the grand opening ribbon cutting. Grand opening weekend activities include:

  • BROOKLYN, you’re a work of  art. Be among the first to experience five original works of art from Brooklyn      based artists Gary Panter, Kim Gordon, Keegan McHargue, Hisham Bharoocha and Mickalene Thomas – only at SEPHORA Brooklyn grand opening weekend. Let these chromatic paintings inspire your shopping      experience as we celebrate the beauty of Brooklyn.
  • GET CREATIVE. Channel Brooklyn’s creative energy with unique in-store experiences and beauty related art workshops conducted by local artists.

FRIDAY, November 1st

  • 11 AM to 7 PM, GO PRO: Receive Express Services and beauty consultations from SEPHORA      PRO Artists, stationed at the Beauty Studio.
  • 12PM to 4 PM, MAKEUP AS MATERIAL:  Join celebrated makeup artist Will Lemon, known for his customized skin      art, to watch and learn how he uses in-store products with natural ingredients to create custom skin-prints.
  • Enjoy a SEPHORA photo      booth to take pictures and share your memories from the grand opening fun.
  • Vibe as you enjoy the day’s activities with DJ sets by BK Creatives and campaign collaborators Will Lemon      and Hisham Bharoocha.
  • Morris Kitchen, a Brooklyn based food vendor, will be serving up delicious, locally sourced bites, Brooklyn-brewed coffee and refreshing drinks.
  • While celebrating the opening, Sephora Beauty Insiders can also receive an exclusive Sephora Brooklyn tote bag*, featuring illustrator Gary Panter’s campaign artwork, with any purchase of $50 or more!

SATURDAY, November 2nd

  • 11 AM to 3 PM, COLOR PALETTE EXPLORATION: Fashion and beauty enthusiast Katherine Bernhardt, who is known for      her colorful, expressionistic, large-scale paintings of celebrities and models, will be in-store to teach clients her technique and take them      through color palettes of makeup in fashion using acrylic paint.
  • 4 PM to 8 PM, BEAUTY COLLAGE: Brooklyn campaign artist, Hisham Bharoocha, whose vibrant work has      been published in notable art, fashion, and culture magazines, will teach      participants how to make their own original artwork by collaging beauty imagery from fashion magazines and other mixed media materials.
  • Enjoy a SEPHORA photo booth to take pictures and share your memories from the grand opening fun.
  • While celebrating the opening, Sephora Beauty Insiders can also receive an exclusive Sephora Brooklyn tote bag*, featuring illustrator Gary Panter’s campaign artwork, with any purchase of $50 or more! Continue reading