Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Post Election Day Peace with Rituals

Election Day is today, which means the campaigning madness is finally coming to an end! Thank goodness! Why not bring some Zen back to your mind, body and soul with these soothing products from Rituals? Celebrate the end of the presidential media madness with these calming products that will bring you a new sense of peace...we hope.

The Ritual of Dao Lotus Secret Candle ($35) The Lotus Secret candle features the calming scents of YiYi Ren and White Lotus and creates a wonderfully warm and calming candle lit atmosphere in your home.

The Ritual of Light Pure Light Body Cream ($33) This nourishing body cream combines the refreshing properties of sweet orange and the warm aroma of cinnamon that makes for the perfect tranquil lotion.

The Ritual of Hammam Hot Scrub ($29) A nourishing body scrub with warming Ginger and refreshing Eucalyptus that sloughs away stress and leaves you with a warm and delicious feeling that immediately reduces tiredness.

The Ritual of Hammam Fragrance Sticks ($39) Let these fragrance sticks revitalize your home and calm your senses with scents of refreshing Eucalyptus and Rosemary.

I don't know about you but I could certainly use a day of rest and relaxation.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

alice + olivia X Basquiat

alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet recently announced that the late Neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has been selected, through the Basquiat Estate, as the partner for the second capsule collection that will help support the Council of Fashion Designers of America's efforts to promote young talent. The 17-piece collection is now available in stores and online. 

Jean-Michel Basquiat earned his recognition in the art world before the age of 27, even gaining the title of youngest artist to be given a solo show at the widely respected KestnerGesekkschaft gallery in Germany. His personal achievements and participation in an American art movement that ushered in a wave of young new artists make Basquiat the perfect next partner for the promotion of young artists within the fashion industry. 

For the partnership with the CFDA alice + olivia works with a new artist to create a capsule collection that will be available for purchase at all alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet stores, aliceandolivia.com, and other retail partners with 50% of the proceeds from select items donated to the CFDA. 

The new collection includes a variety of unique apparel pieces, accessories and gifts that feature iconic elements of Basquiat’s art, such as the golden crown and colorful, street-art inspired design, mixed with alice + olivia’s whimsical and feminine touch. “Beat Bop” 1983, “Replicas” 1983, “Ascent” 1983, “In Italian” 1983, “Panel of Experts” 1982 and “Notary” 1983 are some of the artist’s famed works that Bendet cites as inspiration for the capsule collection. 

Elements of these iconic works can be seen throughout the collection of apparel and accessories, which ranges in price from $150 - $1,295, and each item is reflective of a different piece of Basquiat’s works.  An array of textual references to Greek mythology, Roman history, and African Tribal culture from “Notary” can be found on the printed legging ($150), flare skirt ($395), and one of two printed gownskirts ($1,295). Nods to the hip hop and rap music that inspired Basquiat to create “Beat Bop” are seen in the fabric used for the slip dress ($350), one of two printed crop tops ($250) and Basquiat clutch ($495). The “Ascent” print used for the ruffel maxi dress ($1,195), second printed crop top ($250) and canvas weekender bag ($355) give a glimpse into Basquiat’s creative process – combining the sequencing of unconnected ideas with patterns of images and text from illustrated books. The “In Italian” print used for the printed shift dress ($395), a-line short skirt ($265) and second printed gownskirt ($1,295) highlights Basquiat’s interest in the use of language and multi media, tied in to themes of capitalism and monetary exchange. The pops of blue, red and yellow on the overlapping pattern buttondown ($350) are the perfect pairing to Basquiat’s “Replica”, one of the more muted prints used in the collection and a beautiful contrast to the hues in “Dos Cabezas” which can be seen on the large clutch ($295). The final pieces from the collection – hand painted moto jacket ($1,095), distressed patchwork jean ($595), and crown woven shirt ($395) – all utilize a combination of Basquiat prints and iconic symbols.  Bendet delivers a modern interpretation of Basquiat’s iconic artworks with the incorporation of beadwork and embroidery details which add a dimensional element to the iconic Basquiat works as they come to life in the form of dresses, tops, skirts, jackets, handbags, shoes, eyewear and more. 

Cocktails Got Style

The hustle and bustle of the Holiday madness is coming! BUT...before you get sucked all the way in, why not try out a few drink recipes that will get you prepped and ready to be the hostess with the most-ess the holiday season?

Here's a few signature cocktails we love created by Jose Cuervo to keep you stress free and of course, stylish too.

The Late Night
Inspired by The Rolling Stones’ notorious 1972 North American tour, this unique cocktail is a twist on the Margarita and is sure to be a hit with all your friends. 

1 oz Jose Cuervo® Especial Silver Rolling Stones Edition
1 oz triple sec
2 oz of fresh orange juice
1/2 oz shot fresh lime juice
glass: martini

Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Or...How about this one?

The Trend Setter
Inspired by The Rolling Stones’ notorious 1972 North American tour, this cocktail will spice up your night with jalapeño stuffed olives as a garnish. 

2 oz Jose Cuervo® Especial Silver Rolling Stones Edition 
1 oz of fresh lime juice
1/2 oz triple sec
1/4 oz agave nectar
jalapeño stuffed olives for garnish
glass: martini

Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with two jalapeño stuffed olives. 

And last but not certainly not least...

The Catwalk
Inspired by The Rolling Stones’ notorious 1972 North American tour, this cocktail not only looks chic but tastes delicious too. 

2 shots Jose Cuervo® Especial Silver Rolling Stones Edition 
.5 shot agave nectar
3 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters
glass: old fashioned

Stir half of the tequila with two ice cubes in a glass.  Add agave syrup and Angostura and two more ice cubes.

Now, who's ready to have a drink with Jose Cuervo?

Fashion Bike Brand Goes Patriotic

Like most people, I don't have very many positive things to say about this 2016 Presidential election however, when I think of cycling and the joy it brought me as a kid and even now as an adult, I can fully appreciate this patriotic gesture...

Fashion bike brand (yes...that's a thing) Martone Cycling Co. will celebrate the ultimate American freedom this Election Day with a special limited edition duo. Outfitted in red, white and blue, the stylish commuter bikes pay homage to our nation’s right to vote and the power those votes represent. A surprise capsule collection designed just in time for the presidential election and forthcoming inauguration, the bikes are a Resort offering from the three year-old cycling brand.

The 50cm step-thru ‘Freedom’ bike is outfitted with an architectural basket perfect for carrying any tote, and retails for $1300 USD. The diamond ‘Freedom’ bike is available in two sizes (52cm or 56cm) for $1200 USD and can be purchased with an optional basket. Seriously...who doesn't love a basket on their bike? Keeping true to MCC’s standards, both models boast dual-legged adjustable kickstands, a SRAM system that automatically shifts gears as the rider cycles, and of course, the signature red chain and lucite pedals.

“Personally I’ve been overcome by the excitement of the 2016 presidential election, and I could think of no better way to channel that passion than into the design of this capsule collection,” said Martone Cycling founder and designer, Lorenzo Martone.

The ‘Freedom Bikes’ are the second iteration of multi-colored bikes to join the MCC collection, the first having arrived earlier this summer to commemorate the Rio Olympics, inspired by the colors of the Olympic rings. Martone Cycling’s ‘Freedom Bikes’ will sequentially make their transatlantic debut in April 2017 to commemorate the upcoming presidential election in France.

These limited-edition red, white and blue bikes will be available exclusively at www.martonecycling.com NOW!