Thursday, June 26, 2008

Rescue Me


Recently my mother took me to Rescue Beauty Lounge at 34 Gansevoort Street for a manicure. The nail technicians were lovely, the spa was beautiful and sunny with skylights and magazines galore, and every implement was either single use or sterilized. The best part of the whole experience is the amazing colors that you get to choose from, many of which are from Rescue's own line of designer polishes. I picked an electric violet color called Purple Haze, while my mother went for a bright pink called Smitten. I've had the polish on for four days now, and there is not a chip in sight. After your manicure, check out the wide variety of hard to find beauty products that they sell. I was pleasantly surprised to find the whole range of Creme de la Mer as well as Serge Lutens fragrances, among other lines. Now I don't have to run all the way up to Barney's or Saks whenever I want to buy one of these products. Rescue is truly a downtown girl's beauty mecca.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Superhero Beauty Arsenal



By request I've decided to extend the superhero theme for an additional post! Wonder Woman's top four beauty essentials have been carefully compiled below so that you can emulate her look with these superhero products.

1.) Benefit Cosmetics' Boo Boo Zap: For lightening speed blemish zapping!
2.) Freeze 24-7's Ice Shield Facial Cleanser with Sunscreen SPF 15: Because even superheroes need sunscreen!
3.) Smashbox's O-Glow Cheek Gel: This magic gel surely has super powers. It changes from clear to pale pink in seconds flat!
4.) American Apparel's Shiny Legging: Look chic while you fight evil villains!

photo credit Boo Boo Zap: http://www.amazon.com
photo credit O-Glow: http://www,sephora.com
photo credit Facial Cleanser: http://store.skinelite.com
photo credit leggings: http://www.americanapparel.net

Monday, June 23, 2008

Coffee Table Cred

I am a self-professed collector of coffee table books of all varieties. Now, some literati might read the term "coffee table book" as an offensive slur, used to distinguish over-sized reading material the intellectual consistency of marshmallow fluff that is not fit for the shelf. However, I reserve this term for that special find in the bookstore or museum gift shop that is fit to be displayed, shared, and discussed. My collection ranges in scope from Candida Hofer's Louvre to Roberta Bayley's Blondie: Unseen 1976-1980. The qualities these books have in common are that they are visually interesting, decidedly unique, and certain to provoke questions and comments from house guests. After visiting the geektastically chic costume exhibition Superheroes at the Metropolitan Museum last week, I believe that I have found the holy grail of coffee table books. The brightly colored Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy is replete with a wealth of awesome technicolor photographs that explore the concept of mutable identity via costuming. Fashion and fantasy collide in this visually exciting exhibition catalog featuring many of our favorite superheroes like Wonder Woman and Spider Man, ensuring that this coffee table book will never, under any circumstances, become just another coaster for your water glass.

photo credit: http://www.amazon.com

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Everything but the Kitchen Sink


If you're looking for a unique one stop shop, then check out Blue Ribbon General Store. Located in Boerum Hill Brooklyn at 365 State Street, this shop carries an eclectic mix of nostalgia and green themed gifts, as well as items for every room in your house, and a section of rare beauty products. Some standouts include the Spring Chicken Muscle Rub spiked with cinnamon and peppermint, sugary rainbow Twirl Pops, and Good Manners Flash Cards featuring fun animal illustrations. Create your own Wish List of items from the vast selection that they offer. This "urban" general store is sure to be the talk of the town.

photo credits: http://www.blueribbongeneralstore.com

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Wedding Present Woes

It's difficult to pick a wedding present that is completely unique, rather than the typical kitchen appliance or monogrammed towel. These decoupaged plates from Kaas GlassWorks are highly original gifts. They are beautiful art pieces as well as functional surfaces. The plates are available in an array of shapes and sizes. Also, they come decorated with a variety of vintage images, so that you can be sure to find the perfect match for the happy couple and their home decor. Perusing the selection on the website is highly addictive. My favorite is the Victorian "boudoir tray" (pictured here). Order online or go over to the tiny English-cottage-esque store decorated with ivy. Once inside, you will be overwhelmed by the splendid array of colorful plates that will make you feel as though you've stepped into your very own secret garden.

photo credit: http://www.kaas.com

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Picnic Promises


Every summer I vow to have a picnic in the park, but thus far I've been pretty bad at keeping this promise. However, this summer I am committed to partaking of the greenery, Tupperware, and pasta-saladish fare that constitute a genuine urban picnic. I've come up with a few bare essentials that will help you to create the ideal picnicking experience that even Edouard Manet would approve of (nudity optional).

1.) First you need a chic basket: Carnival Brighton Blue Basket. A fancy blanket for sitting on is not practical, so opt for large beach towels or an old bed sheet instead.

2.) Next, you need some delicious food: Order a gourmet Salad Box or Sandwich Box complete with a drink and dessert from http://www.elizabar.com/picnics.html or head to Zabar's on the Upper West Side and pick out your own delicacies. FYI: if you're picnicking in a group and everyone is in charge of bringing something, opt for dessert and head over to Rice to Riches on the LES. Pick up a bright orange "Sumo" sized container of your fav flavors like Hazelnut Chocolate Bear Hug or Coast to Coast Cheesecake.

3.) Now don't forget your frisbee, bugspray, and sunblock!

Note: For those of you that like the idea of picnicking but hate the whole ants in your salad thing, pick up a candle from Space NK. Alfresco Living and Bathing in the Woods are both apropos.

photo credit basket: http://www.picnicfun.com
painting credit: Edouard Manet, Luncheon on the Grass, 1863.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Groovy Girls

I love trying on my mother's dresses from the 70's that she kept for me. My favorite pieces are a peach lace mini dress and a multi-colored beaded paisley halter dress that looks like something from The Summer of Love exhibition at the Whitney. There are many photographs of my mother in these dresses attending fabulous parties with her girlfriends. The girls are clad in fuschia, tangerine, and lime evening gowns. Remarkably, all of them have noticeably perfect and lustrous hair styled in updos and bobs. Recently my mother revealed the secret of groovy girls in the 70's: "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific" shampoo in a bright pink bottle. You can purchase this product on the Vermont Country Store website. My mother and her friends all used it, and now I use it too. It makes your hair Marsha-Brady-shiny and leaves a delicate and clean scent that lingers throughout the day.

photo credit for Marsha Brady picture:
http://www.blog.oregonlive.com/qpdx/2007/10/medium_brady.jpg
photo credit for shampoo: http://www.vermontcountrystore.com