Tuesday, May 19, 2015

It was a #Luxury and #Audio Enthusiasts Paradise at the New York Luxury #Technology Show! @LuxuryTechShow #theLTS

June is certainly a HUGE month for gifting - be it attending a June Wedding, A Graduation Ceremony or celebrating Dads for Father's Day, there will invariably be someone on your list that you are plum out of ideas in terms of what to shop for. Looking for gift ideas for the 'person that has it all' or some other hard to shop for person on your list this month? Want to send your Dad's eyeballs out their sockets and accelerate his pulse a bit?

How about new technology? How about a touch of Luxe? 

If you are shopping for an Audio Enthusiast or all around Gadget Geek, then I can assure you that the New York Luxury Technology Review has got you covered!

I regularly attend their Luxury Review Show events, but the Luxury Tech Show hadn't quite worked with my schedule until now, but with this particular show being an Audio enthusiasts 'Mecca' it was a perfect show for this #TwitterPartyDJ to attend for the first time.

In terms of the sheer scope of pictures and witty captions, I think Cnet's recap of the show is definitely worth the read so when you get a chance, check it out HERE.

PENGUIN's Organic Food Safety Checker


From the practical - like PENGUIN's Organic Food Safety Checker that helps you check for harmful elements in your daily food (this device allows you to check your groceries for antibiotics), the LugTrack which is a unique system that pairs two tags - one within your luggage and another to be installed as an app on your mobile device that then work together using a combo of GPS, GSM, WiFi and Bluetooth to relay tracking and location information of your luggage (perfect gift for a dad or grad in my opinion!), to something as '007' as The Kryptall K Phone which allows for encrypted global cellular calls, or how about not having to get up to turn the lights on or off, with Lutron you can do just that!

Lutron on display at The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015


Is your Dad or Grad into Fitness? - You may want to consider these fitness tech toys:

CUFF Fitness Tracker


CUFF - Both Smart Jewelry and Fitness Tracker, Cuff's products have built-in sensors that can alert you that you have a phone call, track your physical activity, or even call for help in case of an emergency Your 'in case of emergency' can also be your entire Facebook network if you choose, those contacts will get your location, live audio and other information needed for them to get you help. (They are compatible with most IoS or Android devices), and it's 'jewelry box' even has a charger which will keep the battery going for seven days. They definitely need to send me these for full review so I can put it all through it's paces and report back to you!

The Peloton Bike


The Peloton Bike - I'm sure you have seen them on TV by now, but Peloton is an indoor cycling company that wirelessly streams live spin classes right to their Peloton Bikes, the interactive display on the bike shows distance, speed and calories burned. I want one of these myself! 

ProdecoTech Electric Bicycles on display at The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015


ProdecoTech Phantom X Electric Bicycle on display at The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015
ProdecoTech Phantom X Electric Bicycle on display at The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015

ProdecoTech Electric Bicycles Close Up on display at The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015
ProdecoTech Electric Bicycles Close Up on display at The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015
ProdecoTech - For those who prefer their bicycling activities with a 'view', ProdectoTech had their Electric Bicycles on display! The Phantom X caught my eye, and I took a close up just to give you some more detail.

InBody Digital Scale

InBody - This digital scale breaks down body composition by muscle, fat and water weight in less than a minute using a bioelectrical analysis method and then gives a fairly wide variety of metrics including how well muscles are developed and how much fat is stored in each area of the body and can also estimate how many calories you are burning while at rest. It can aid in targeting not just your problem areas but also in helping you personalize workouts and treatment plans.

Petcube


For Petlovers - Petcube is much like a nanny cam, except it's for your furbaby, the 10 centimeter cube provides a 138-degree wide-angle camera view so you can keep an eye on Fido from your smartphone and it also offers a two-way audio stream through it's built in microphone, not only can you see AND hear your pet, it can also hear YOU!

Home Entertainment - There was quite a bit fine Audio and Entertainment to be had including:

Panasonic Reference Class R1 Series

Panasonic - The show taught me that when it comes to Audio, everything that's old is new again, Panasonic highlighted the return of their high-end Technics brand (which I remember quite well and I am excited to find out they are back again), they are bringing back premium music reproduction over a traditional home theater experience and they displayed their Premium Class C-700 Series (made up of a Stereo Integrated Amplfier, Network Audio Player, Compact Disc Player and Speaker System coming in at around 6K) and the Reference Class R1 Series (This line includes a Stereo Power Amplifier, Network Audio Control Player, Speaker type mid-range drive unit, plus one 1-inch Dome type tweeter with floorstanding speakers and will set you back around 60K!)

Panasonic Massage Chairs in use at The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015

They also displayed one of their 2014 4K Ultra HD Tv's as well as their cameras (including the Lumix DMC-CM1) and camcorders! And my favorite part of their booth, the Massage Chairs! (By the way I am not personally in the photo above, as you can see guests put those chairs to good use, just a few minutes on one will make you realize just how much you need one of these in your life!) - You would certainly score brownie points with Dad if you got him one of these for Father's Day! (By the way they would totally score brownie points with me if they sent one to Ascending Butterfly's offices - you know for when we are conducting interviews and stuff!)

Harmon Kardon on display at The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015

Harmon Kardon also brought a taste of their audio lineup including the JBL Authentics L16 speaker system, the Revel Performa F206 floorstanding loudspeakers, The Omni Wireless HD Audio Systems (hi res lossless music), JBL Authentics L16 Speaker (300 watt three-way Speaker System) - if you are based in NYC like I am you can visit their Madison Avenue retail location to hear these for yourself.

Geneva Home Audio The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015

Geneva displayed their single box audio solutions, on display The Model S ($300), Model M ($599), Model L ($1,199) and Model XL ($2,299) they offer FM Radios and Bluetooth Connectivity and the larger models include Apt-X support and integrated CD Players.

Fine Sounds Group  High-end Audio

Fine Sounds Group - High-end Audio offerings were on display from brands like McIntosh and Sonus Faber, if your Dad or Grad is an Audiophile you can never go wrong with the gift of Audio!

ClearView Clio speaker on display at The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015

and the system that gets 'pretty points' for most Aesthetically pleasing is ClearView's Clio speaker, featuring Bluetooth streaming support and a hidden woofer housed below the base, it retails for $349 and I am definitely hoping for a review unit on this one so I can give it an in-house test of my own as a tech show with so much noise in the background made it hard to get the nuances of this cute little wonder's sound.

Seura on display at The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015

Seura displayed their vanishing TV mirrors, waterproof televisions, outdoor televisions and lighted mirrors. When you want to bring your luxury lifestyle outdoors, this is definitely the brand to keep in mind! (and they do just as nicely indoors as well!)

Luxury Car at Luxury Technology Show #theLTS New York City

Cars:

Audi and BMW were giving  us all car envy at The Luxury Tech Show!

IO Hawk personal mobility device

Personal Mobility Device - Can't afford to get Dad or that Grad a Beamer? If those indulgences are not quite in your budget, perhaps the IO Hawk personal mobility device might be? These personal motorized transporters are where technology and innovation meet, it was fun watching people try these out!

Designer Richard Clarkson at The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015

If funky fun touches for the home is more your speed, then the fun lighting from Designer Richard Clarkson might be exactly what you are looking for! Put this one in your bedroom and literally sleep under the clouds!

Richard Clarkson Studio at The Luxury Technology Show New York City March 2015


My Take:

The Luxury Technology show definitely offered up a little something for everyone, and I'm pretty sure any Dad, Grad or Newlywed on your June shopping list would be delighted by these innovative offerings.

And let's not forget to mention the food and amazing cocktails that was certainly over-flowing. Busy New York City based press burn a lot of calories walking around this crazy city, and we like being fed, but being massaged on top of it all may just be event 'nirvana'!

Which of the items featured above is on your wishlist?

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received, and all opinions are 100% my own!  I attended The Luxury Technology Show as Digital Press. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

@NYBG Press Preview of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life + a Gender Bending Twist I'm sure Frida would have LOVED! #FridaNYBG

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird circa 1940 at The New York Botanical Garden
View from the Tram of Poster that includes Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird circa 1940. Don't you just love the two butterflies?

While Kim Kardashian West boasts that she has been taking 'selfies' since the age of four, it's the true queen of self potraits, Frida Kahlo (of her approximately 200 paintings, nearly 55 are self-portraits), that comes to life from May 16th through November 1st at The New York Botanical Garden.

The newest exhibition from The New York Botanical Garden debuts this Saturday and is the first to examine Frida Kahlo's appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world as evidenced by her home and garden and the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork. The exhibition features a rare display of more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper (borrowed from Private Collections), but what truly stands out is how it re-imagines the artist's famed garden and studio at 'La Casa Azul' her lifelong home in Mexico City.

The exhibition was inspired by a trip taken by NYBG staff members to Kahlo's home in Mexico City, known as Casa Azul, it now exists as a museum dedicated to the artists life. They were inspired by the vivid indigo walls and lush plants in the courtyard. 

I will walk you through the Press Preview, but I needed to point out that this six month limited exhibition will be ever-evolving throughout the course of it's run, you want to check out www.nybg.org/frida to check out what is happening from week to week so you can maximize your experience.

Upon entering the main gates at Southern Boulevard you will see a row of tall palm trees in planters and hear the sounds of traditional Mexican folk music playing through the speakers. The addition of a special cantina created just for the exhibition is where visitors can stop and purchase 'agua de jamaica', hibiscus punch, horchata, or cocktails including specialty margaritas (try the prickly pear magarita, it's delicious!)

Here is a play-by-play of the press preview:

Gregory Long, Chief Executive Officer and The William C. Steere Sr. President of The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York kicks off the Media Preview of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life
Gregory Long, Chief Executive Officer and The William C. Steere Sr. President of The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York kicks off the Media Preview of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life



Above: Gregory Long let us know that the exhibition is "intended to celebrate not only Kahlo's work, but also the "energy and sophistication of Mexican Culture". The exhibition was made possible by a variety of sponsors including MetLife Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Institute of Museum and Library Services, AeroMexico, Azteca, Karen Katen Foundation, Mexico Tourism, National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works, Jose Cuervo, Gillian and Robert Steel, Univision Contigo, Club Med, Modelo Especial, Mex-Am Cultural Foundation, Prestige Paints, and the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

The Enid Haupt Conservatory should be your first stop, it is where Kahlo's re-imagined studio at La Casa Azul (the Blue House) is on display. During the quick walk there you can enjoy the poetry of Octavio Paz, as part of the Poetry for Every Season: Octavio Paz Poetry Walk. (His poems often referenced many native plants and flowers) but it is the exhibition wing at the Conservatory that comes alive with an explosion of native fauna of Mexio found at Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's Casa Azul including typical pottery and planters.

Frida and Diego lived in this house 1929-1954

Above: The sign reads "Frida and Diego lived in this house 1929-1954"

Todd Forrest, the New York Botanical Garden's Vice-President for horticulture and living collections gets ready to begin the tour of the exhibition in The Enid Haupt Conservatory
Todd Forrest, the New York Botanical Garden's Vice-President for horticulture and living collections gets ready to begin the tour of the exhibition in The Enid Haupt Conservatory

Above: The Conservatory was transformed with Cobalt Blue Walls, Lava-Rock Paths, beautiful displays of flowers as well as a scale version of a pyramid at Casa Azul that was created to display pre-Columbian art collected by Frida Kahlo's husband, famed artist Diego Rivera featuring Mexican terra-cotta posts filled with plants found in Kahlo's garden.

Re-creating La Casa Azul was no small task, but the results are truly impressive


Above: Re-creating La Casa Azul was no small task, but the results are truly impressive!

Aconium Plant


Above: I tried to nab a few shots of the flowers and plants along the way!

Calla-Lily Enid Haupt Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden #FridaNYBG


Above: Calla-Lily are quite prominent in Diego Rivera's work, I couldn't resist grabbing this shot, with living plants that almost appear as they are actually a painting, but these were created by the master painter known as 'Mother Nature'!

interactive workspace inspired by Frida Kahlo at the  Enid Haupt Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden #FridaNYBG
This interactive workspace is inspired by Frida Kahlo's own studio which overlooked the Garden.
Above: It was hard to resist the temptation to sit there and be transported, I could certainly use the injection of creativity!

Musical Artists in Residence, the Villabos Brothers perform in front of a living fence of cactuses at the Media Preview Day for Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life
Musical Artists in Residence, the Villalobos Brothers perform in front of a living fence of cactuses at the Media Preview Day for Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life

Above; They will be performing on both the opening and closing weekend of the exhibition as well as the upcoming 'Canciones de mi Padre' Concert with Linda Ronstadt on June 20th/Father's Day on Daffodil Hill. They blend indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz with the intricate harmonies of Jazz and Classical Music. I think I nabbed this shot at just the right moment if I do say so myself!

Artist in Residence, Humberto Spindola discusses the paper dresses he designed based on Frida's 'Las Dos Fridas' or translated 'The Two Fridas'
Artist in Residence, Humberto Spindola discusses the paper dresses he designed based on Frida's 'Las Dos Fridas' or translated 'The Two Fridas'

Above: Remember the 'Gender Bender Twist' that I alluded to in my title? Well here it is! Two male models brought the art to life by posing with Humberto's dresses. I think Frida Kahlo who was speculated to be bi-sexual, and often dressed in 'drag' as a male, even posing in family portraits as a man would have gotten a big kick out of this! And the models who remained very much 'in character' were incredibly compelling and brought an interesting dimension to the presentation of Humberto Spindola's work. NYBG staff members that had actually visited the 'real' Casa Azul in Mexico City met Humberto who was working there as a Gardener. (We were actually seated near each other during lunch and I had to work very hard to resist my urge to geek out and ask a ton of questions!)

Frida Khalo dressed a man, with her sisters Adriana and Christina and cousins Carmen and Carlos Verasa, photographed by Guillermo Kahlo in 1926
Above: If it weren't for the eyebrows I bet you wouldn't have guessed this was her!

Male Models pose in paper dresses created by Artist in Residence, Humberto Spindola designed based on Frida's 'Las Dos Fridas' or translated 'The Two Fridas'

AboveIf RuPaul were to caption this one I would guess he would share that the models are serving up Frida Kahlo REALNESS! and maybe hashtag it #WERK

La Casa Azul Taco Truck feeds the hungry Press at the Media Preview Day at The New York Botanical Garden #FridaNYBG
La Casa Azul Taco Truck feeds the hungry Press at the Media Preview Day

Above: La Casa Azul Taco Truck was a big hit for the hungry press at Media Preview Day!

Fish Taco and Modelo Especial Draft Beer from La Casa Azul Taco Truck feeds the hungry Press at the Media Preview Day at The New York Botanical Garden #FridaNYBG


Above: As my instagram of my La Casa Azul Taco Truck lunch was wildly popular, I thought I would share it again here too, I ordered a Fish Taco and A Modelo Especial Beer! It was an absolutely perfect moment, the weather was beautiful, not too hot or cold out, great company, great food, an amazing exhibition and eating outdoors with the beauty of the Garden surroundings.

Hecho en Mexico sign at The New York Botanical Garden #FridaNYBG

Much like the Orchid Show, the exhibition will also include an evenings version on Select Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. called 'Frida Al Fresco' allowing you to stroll the exhibition after hours that will include live music performances, an outdoor Cantina where you can enjoy a Modelo Especial Draft (cerveza) or a Jose Cuervo Margarita, and Mexican foodie fare inspired by Kahlo's own recipes called "Frida's Kitchen" a prix fixe menu in the brand new full-service restaurant the Hudson Garden Grill, I greatly enjoyed Orchid Evenings, and can't wait to experience 'Frida Al Fresco' this weekend! Your advanced ticket purchase for Frida Al Fresco includes one complimentary Modelo Especial Draft or a Jose Cuervo Tradicional Margarita, your choice (and of course non-alcholic beverages are available too if you prefer!).

That's me getting in touch with Nature!

My Take:

Frida Kahlo in many ways was ahead of her time, and I feel this exhibition is very much a living, breathing, ever-evolving tribute to the artist and the woman, It is interactive, immersive, creative, and vastly different from any presentation I have experienced of her work. I actually have way more pictures and could go on a lot longer, so I will be covering the show again throughout it's run and hopefully showing you how vastly different the experience is from visit to visit. Mexico is actually one of my favorite Travel Destinations, and The New York Botanical Garden has managed to bring a piece of the cultural richness of Mexico right to Bronx, New York!

Garden Members can enjoy a preview of the show on Friday, May 15th, and the show opens to the public on Saturday, May 16th. Benefits on the Members-Only Preview Day include Free Parking with a valid Member ID, 20% discount on all purchases at Shop in the Garden, 10% discount at the Cafe, and up to four half price tickets for friends and family.

I will also be working on a Pinterest Board that will include pictures that didn't make this post and will also include photos from all the days I visit this exhibit, I will post the link to the URL as soon as it's up.

Get Social:

Tag your tweets and instagrams with #FridaNYBG

Get Smart:

Take the Mobile Tour via smartphone, the mobile app serves much like a digital brochure and map of the exhibition on your phone, and has some fun extras including taking a Frida Selfie! Content on the app is in both English and Spanish as are the Poems in the Poetry Walk! There are also screenings

I can't begin to express just how much I enjoyed the Media Preview and I look forward to opening weekend! I have a strong feeling I will be back quite a bit during the course of this exhibition, this Latina Lifestyle Blogger was in paradise!

Do you have a favorite Frida Kahlo Painting? If so, which one? Butterflies I know just how much you appreciated the Orchid Evenings Giveaway and I will work on getting one put together for this show as well so please stay tuned!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received, and all opinions are 100% my own!  I attended a Media Preview of the Exhibition for Editorial Consideration. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

{#Movies} Highlights from the NYC @hotpursuitmovie Media Screening + Meet and Greet with @SofiaVergara #HotPursuit

Hot Pursuit Banner

At the movies and in theaters now is Hot Pursuit, a comedy/action/adventure starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara and I had the chance to attend the Media Preview that included a Meet and Greet with Sofia!

ABOUT THE FILM - IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE MAY 8

An uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Sofía Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

Walking into the Screening and seeing this, PRICELESS:

Movie Snacks


I spent my morning at BeautyPress Spotlight Day (more to come on that later) so this display of treats definitely perked me up! Hungry New York City Media like to be FED!

Sofia Vergara's Jewelry Line with Kay Jeweler's was on display:

Sofia Vergara for Kay Jewelers, Jewelry


But she was definitely focused on promoting her new movie Hot Pursuit which was filmed during her hiatus from the television series Modern Family.

Sofia Vergara in front of Hot Pursuit Theatrical Movie Poster


BELOW: Killing some time before the Media Screening I was in the Time Warner Center in New York City where I came upon this movie poster and took a moment to snap a shot in front of it:

Lifestyle Editor Tracy Iglesias of Ascending Butterfly in front of Hot Pursuit Movie Poster





































BELOW: I also got the chance to get a Photo with Sofia:

Lifestyle Editor Tracy Iglesias and Sofia Vergara at Hot Pursuit New York City Media Screening
Above: We are lipstick twinsies! She is the face of Covergirl and I'm wearing Covergirl Lipstick in this photo!

Here is the Movie Trailer so you can take a peek:



Get Social:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow on TwitterInstagram and Google+
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Visit ‘Hot Pursuit’ on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Tag your Social Posts about the movie #HotPursuit

MY TAKE:


While the pursuit movie format - protagonists on the run - is certainly not new, Vergara and Witherspoon play off each other well, and the out-takes at the end definitely make you laugh out loud. But it's probably Sofia's purchase of a t-shirt while she is on the run that reads "Butter my Biscuits" that will make you laugh hardest and the interjection of a love interest/bad boy (yes a bit a la Thelma and Louise) that picks the movie up a bit. I will let you guys decide whether or not to 'ticket or skip it' on this one as this is either a plot device you will like or not like. (and you guys all know my preferred Genre is Horror, although on occasion even I will relent and watch a comedy!)

Did you already see or will you go see this movie? Why or why not? Sound off with your opinion as a comment below!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received, and all opinions are 100% my own!  I was attended a Media Screening of Hot Pursuit for Editorial Consideration. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Let the @40Find App Put a Little More Fun in Your Cinco De Mayo (and BEYOND)! #40Find

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If you are based in New York City or New Jersey (or just find yourself in one of those cities for business or pleasure), pick up your phone (IOS or Android) and download this super user friendly and FREE app right NOW! The 40Find App is on my phone and it has made finding deals wherever I find myself much easier. (40 Find = Find 40 percent off, get it?)

Happy Hour, Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Photo Credit: Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco (I love San Fran!)


I know with Cinco de Mayo there is always a little 'happy hour' fun to be had and if you want to find out where the best deals are, this App is all you'll need!

I get contacted by App Makers all the time. I don't immediately write them back, in some cases I try out the app without ever telling them so, if I love it, then I will want to share all about it! (based on how few Apps I have actually covered since 2009 you can tell I don't just rave about an App if I don't really like it!)

Sushi, 15pictures.com
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Any app that helps me find Sushi at a great discount is all aces in my book! I'm a bit of a Sushi Fanatic, but super picky about where I'll eat it, when the app showed me deals at places that I actually already frequent I knew it was a keeper. I'm also a rawbar girl and there are enough Oyster deals on this app to keep me busy for a very long time!

Oysters, Rawbar, Saucy Thyme Blog
Photo Credit: Saucy Thyme Blog


Get Social:

Try out this app, once you do you are going to want to connect with them and tell them just how much you are loving these amazing deals!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Visit 40Find on Facebook

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Keep up with their Tweets via Twitter too, @40Find is the main twitter handle for the app, then you can add your city to connect with them too to share your local deal. For example, fellow New Yorkers yours would be @40FindNYC (by the way, the same holds true with the hashtags when you tweet out a picture of the great deal you just scored, use #40Find or #40Find and then your city, so for NYC it would be #40FindNYC)

MY Take:

I keep my phone incredibly app 'lite', every app on my phone is an app I am actually using and find useful. Every few months I look at my Apps again and if I am not really using one I will delete it. This App is one of my 'keeper apps', and as a foodie and Lifestyle blogger based in New York City, there is a tremendous amount of options at my disposal, but as a Fab Frugalista who tries hard to stick to her budget (I have big goals and future plans, I need to stick to my budget!), this app is going to make going to my favorite places that much sweeter with the discount, but also when I am in another city - like New Jersey where I like to visit as I love Atlantic City, or San Francisco (where I dream of re-locating someday!) this App will help me find the best deals in other cities too. I have to admit the App is also making me want to try out a few spots that are new to me in my own city. SCORE!

What kind of deal would you most use the 40Find App to nab? Would it be food, cocktails or Happy Hour? (and if it's all of the above we can definitely hang out together when you find yourself in New York City! LOL) Butterflies please try out the 40Find App and then come back and tell us what you think!

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FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, and all opinions are 100% my own! I present brands, products, events and services to my readers that I actually use, test and personally enjoy! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

10 year anniversary of @TheMakeupShow - highlights from the Blogger Preview with @jvincentmakeup! #‎TMSNYC‬ ‪#‎10YearsofTMS

10th Anniversary of The Makeup Show


Hope you are having a wonderful weekend Butterflies! The highlight of my weekend so far was yesterday's Blogger Preview Night of The Makeup Show in New York City. The show is celebrating it's 10 year anniversary, and bloggers were treated to a preview that was hosted by Makeup Artist, and Beauty Editor, James Vincent. While he says he is not friendly, secretly he was the secret brother in all of our heads and made us laugh quite a bit!

James Vincent hosts Blogger PreviewDay at The Makeup Show in honor of 10th Anniversary of The Makeup Show
Makeup Artist. and Beauty Editor, James Vincent hosts Beauty Blogger Preview Night In New York City!
Throughout the years many products have launched at this show by both emerging and established brands, and this year's show which begins Sunday, May 3rd at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City will be no different. In addition to the show hitting New York City on May 3-4th, the show will also hit Dallas on June 13th-14th, a Pop-Up Shop on August 29th-30th, Chicago on November-8th, and hits Orlando from January 30-31st in 2016.

There will be amazing Keynote Speakers who will be speaking on a wide variety of facets and nuances of the Makeup Industry from practical hands on 'how-to's' to making money! You can even view the show's floorplan in advance so you can scope out the booth numbers for brands you want to be sure not to miss!

The show will also be offering exclusive 10th Anniversary Products that are a nod to one of The Makeup Show's defining concepts including products from INGLOT, Crown Brush - Brush Set, I Make You Beautiful - Magic Touch Sponge, Glamcor Tec - The Makeup Show Custom Branded Light Kit, London Brush Company - Limited Edition - 5-Piece Set, Pinnacle Cosmetics - Vinyl Lipgloss, Make Up For Ever - Artist Eye Shadow Palette, Mehron - Cream and Powder Blush Set, and TEMPTU - Limited Shade Bronzer. Quite a few of these were in the blogger gift bags. And of course with Blogger Preview Events, there are swagbags. But let's face it, there are swagbags and there are SWAGBAGS on fleek! Needless to say this MakeUp Show Anniversary Swag Bag was filled with surprises and it honestly deserves it's own day in the sun with real pics that are hi-res and not grainy, so that is coming soon. and I will take a picture of the whole haul to show you and then review the products as time permits individually within their own separate posts.

In the meantime there are a few brands I will specifically be looking for like Smashbox, (I LOVE their products, and I will always love they were the very first Beauty Brand to support Ascending Butterfly's Mission and just really 'get' us and our vibe.) They took a chance on us when my numbers were low but my organic reach very high, and I still wax poetic about them! Their Gel Eyeliner is really my favorite! I will be looking for Eve Pearl, as they did a makeover on me during BeautyPress Spotlight Day in New York City and I used the products I was given to the end of the containers that's for sure! I hope they will be doing makeovers at their booth! I will wait for one! And while I have never worked with them personally, I am going to be pouncing my way over to the Kat Von D booth. Much like me she has a respect for a signature red lip that matches my own. I DIG her style!

Words were being thrown about like Contour, Contouring Kits, Bronzer, Duo Lipstick/Blush  Combo Products, and Brow Products as well as lashes were being discussed, how brands are incorporating these trends into the kits and how artists will be waving their 'magic brushes' to create their own interpretation of the trends are what I am waiting on baited breath to see.

And we all know I tweet about syfy's Face Off and Ru Paul Drag Race so obsessively I get a ton of their cast following me back, so the super creative show makeup will definitely be something I will watch closely and get great pictures off!

Sound Off:

Butterflies, Which brand are you most looking forward to connecting with at The Makeup Show? What type of makeup look is your favorite? What do you want to learn to do better? If you could ask one keynote or one professional any one question about Makeup what would it be?

Watch our Twitter @ascending1 and our instagram: ascending1 for photos and updates from the tradeshow floor! Tweet me anything you want a closer look of while I'm there!

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