Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: I was a Lucky Dog in New Orleans #NOLA


Lucky Dogs Hot Dog Street Vendor in New Orleans, Louisiana

Happy Wordless Wednesday Butterflies! Bloggers be sure to comment here with a link to your Wordless Wednesday Post so we can check out your photos too!


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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

B-READY for the Stroller Fashion Show!


Fashion Week in New York City wasn't the only place where you could see new colors and fashions on the runway! Even in baby land there were Fashion Makeovers this month, and not just one but 3 new hot colors! This year’s hottest shades — bright copper, mossy green and slate gray — will be the featured fashions on BRITAX’s line of B-READY strollers. BRITAX blended fashion forecasting with customer research to identify and showcase these three new colors in 2013 on its popular B-READY stroller.

Check them out:

Britax B-READY Stroller in newest fabric color 'Copper'

Britax B-READY Stroller in newest fabric color 'Moss'

Britax B-READY Stroller in newest fabric color 'Slate'

“Our fashion selection strategy involves more than just changing or mixing primary colors,” said Davis. “At BRITAX, we draw inspiration from fashion research, listen carefully to our customers, and then bring colors that appeal to a parent’s sense of style. Together, these three new colors complement our evolving, fashion-forward stroller line.” ~ Michelle Davis, Director of Fashion Design, BRITAX

According to Michelle Davis, Director of Fashion Design at BRITAX, the B-READY’s new slate (gray) color frequently appears in home interiors, as families move beyond basic neutrals in search of a stately shade to complement a range of colors. BRITAX selected moss because the green hue is trending upward in apparel and accessories. Copper is increasingly popular as a chic accent in jewelry and decorative metals. So now your stroller can actually blend in and integrate with your decor and lifestyle!

Besides being chic, the B-READY stroller features foam-filled rubber tires and four-point suspension to provide a smooth ride. Baby can comfortably and safely ride from age 6 months (or from birth, when used with an infant car seat) up to 55 pounds.

The top-selling single modular stroller supports growing families with its integrated CLICK & GO system. It easily converts into 14 configurations that can carry one or two children using any combination of the top seat, 2nd seat, bassinet and infant car seats (sold separately). Additionally, its reversible top seat accommodates four recline positions.

The BRITAX B-READY’s (MSRP: $499.99) sleek new fashions will be available online and in independent and major retailers this February.

My Take:

With a look that both mom and baby can wear straight off the runway, what's NOT to love? I'm evenly tied between the three colors to be honest, but was toying with changing my living room over and painting the walls gray so the timing on the new slate gray couldn't be more perfect!

Which is your favorite new color Butterfly? Sound off with a comment here, who knows, maybe we'll even see a giveaway of one of the new colors here soon!

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FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am a Britax Latina Advisory Board Member and Hispanic Digital Outreach Blogger. All opinions, ideas, and stories are 100% my own. You can connect with BRITAX on Twitter and Facebook.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Soup's On! + The Winter Market at Bryant Park’s Fountain Terrace! cc @DuaneReade @CollectiveBias #cbias #cbiasNY #DRAsianMeals


Perhaps it's because I was born in April, but I am a total Spring baby. There is something about the mere thought of Spring that makes me perk up! Me being ever the optimist, I was ever so hopeful when Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early Spring. And I have tried to find signs of Spring being on the way, I really have, but when your streets still look like this:

Snow very much still on the ground around here!


It's a bit hard to think Spring!

Even with this little cutie on the windowsill:

Check out that sweet little birdie on the windowsill!


It is still FREEZING out! The wind was actually so strong today it was pushing me along and I kind of felt like I was skiing along as I ran my errands today!

On my way home I decided to stop off at Duane Reade to pick up some stuff:

Duane Reade, Bronx, New York


Not sure why that happened, but these shots were actually taken at the same time back to back but one looks like it's darker than the other, I guess it's the shooting angle:

Duane Reade, Bronx, New York

This isn't my regular Duane Reade shopping location so I had to check the Aisle names to find what I was looking for, in my usual location I have all the Aisles pretty much memorized. (I could probably shop my usual location blind-folded!)

Aisle 1, Duane Reade, Bronx, New York

I am trying to change my eating habits so I bypassed those tempting bags of chips and since my fingertips still felt like ice cubes I thought I'd check out the soup aisle! And I spotted something new!

Asian Meals Malaysian Noodle Soups are sold Duane Reade!

Asian Meals currently offers 3 varieties of Noodle Soup being sold at Duane Reade, Sesame Ginger, Shitake Mushroom and Lemongrass Noodle. The Sesame Ginger was not available at this location or another one I tried, so I was only able to purchase two out of the three varieties.

Asian Meals Malaysian Shitake Noodle and Lemongrass Noodle Soups

While most soups are way better than any bag of chips, some can be very high in sodium, and while I don't have any dietary restrictions when it comes to sodium, it's still something I try to be very careful not to over consume, so I am definitely a label reader.

Asian Meals Malaysian Lemongrass Noodle Soup
What I loved about the label:


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 0 grams trans fat
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - No MSG
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - No preservatives
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - No artificial color
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - No 3-MCPD
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Non-GMO
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - A portion of every AsianMeals purchase helps children with cancer.

Asian Meals Malaysian Shitake Noodle Noodle Soup

You know just how much I love 'give backs', when I can do something good for me and my family and also give back to others at the same time, it's a total win/win in my book!

Feeling artsy and created a cute vignette with my soups!

A soup that will warm up my heart and my tummy? Sounds like a pretty good deal to me! As you can see I decided to bring them both home! They are super easy to prepare, they can be put in the microwave, or you can just add boiling water.

Asian Meals Malaysian Shitake Noodle and Lemongrass Noodle Soups

I chose to heat mine up in the microwave, don't you just love getting home cooked, simmered all day taste in just minutes?

Asian Meals Malaysian Shitake Noodle Soup

It's B.Y.O.C, yep, bring your own chopsticks, it's that easy! I'm definitely going back to Duane Reade to try and find the the Sesame Ginger, I might add some of my own extra chicken or shrimp to that one, I added a few extra mushrooms to my Mushroom Noodle! Soups are my favorite place for leftover proteins!

My Take:

These are warm and perfect anytime for dinner, you might want throw in some extra proteins or vegetables if you have something in the fridge leftover, or add a nice crusty bread to it. They are also perfect if you brown bag your lunch to work, since you can make them even if your office doesn't have a microwave with just boiling water! I do like to keep readers fully informed, and I think it's important that you are aware that they are manufactured in a facility that uses wheat, peanut, tree nut, soy, fish and shrimp, while they do follow good manufacturing practices to segregate ingredients to help avoid cross contact with allergens, I just thought I'd be sure to point that out. They contain soy and oyster so if you or your children are allergic to either you may want to avoid these. But if you are not allergic to any of the ingredients, go for it!



EVENT:

Just wanted to be sure my New York and tri-state area readers got the heads up about The Malaysian Winter Market at Bryant Park’s Fountain Terrace! On February 20 - 21, 2013 Malaysia Kitchen for the World will host The Malaysian Winter Market at Bryant Park’s Fountain Terrace, featuring a variety  of signature Malaysian dishes and traditional Malaysian food products by restaurants and vendors in New York City and the Tri-State area. The event will be held in the heart of Bryant Park, under large, stunning heated tents near the iconic Bryant Park fountain and skating rink, surrounded by colorful umbrellas and lanterns reminiscent of the street markets of Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The Malaysian Winter Market will be open all day, but be sure to stop by for lunch and dinner on both February 20 & 21 for great Malaysian dishes for up to $8 each:

Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm (or until sold out)
Dinner: 5:30pm – 9:00pm (or until sold out)

The event is open to the general public. Chef demonstrations and special performances by an authentic Malaysian dance troupe will take place on an elevated stage throughout the day. 

Participating restaurants include:

Laut 
   
Participating vendors include:


Get Social With It:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Malaysia Kitchen USA on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @ on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Visit the Malaysia Kitchen Website
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Duane Reade on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like @DuaneReade on Twitter

Check out a few more photos that didn't make this post on the Google + album of my shopping trip!

So butterflies, SOUP it's what for dinner! What are you making today?

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FTC Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®Duane Reade and Malaysia Kitchen #CBias #SocialFabric #DRAsianMeals

Friday, February 15, 2013

A quick way to make a difference for multi-cultural children with #Autism



The one thing many people are very surprised to find out about me is that I was a Special Education Teacher. I taught a class with students that had a very wide variety of Special Needs. Childhood Education issues and the needs of Special Ed students is something I still keep track on the pulse of despite the fact that I no longer teach.

It was an amazing learning experience for me. I learned to sign because I had students that were deaf, I taught a class that was multi-cultural and my lesson plans were conducted in both English as well as Spanish. I could reach most of my students, but sadly not all. I had one Autistic student. A student who was a challenge to reach. And the fact the student's parents both told me their child really loved my class, made me want to try harder to reach him.

I didn't have the tech resources available to me then as I do now.

I recently participated in a contest, a very important one, AT&T put out a call for entries for an 'Autism Speaks App Idea Contest' and on a whim I entered. Well I forgot all about that whim until I got an email telling me my entry made the final round, and is up for voting. It brought tears to my eyes, while I was happy I am in the running for winning, I thought about that one student I could never fully reach.

The winning App will be featured at an upcoming AT&T Hackathon, the voting ends SOON on February 17th, so if you could take one second to vote for my App idea I would greatly appreciate it. Resources to reach Autistic children are crucial, and there isn't a ton out there for bi-lingual children either, this App would be a great resource and a great learning tool for children with Autism, their families and their teachers!

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Press here, you will go to another window
2) You will land on the Autism Speaks Facebook Page, like them if you are not doing so already
3) Press blue tab that reads 'view entries'
4) copy and paste this into search box: Bi-lingual Autism Feelings App then when the entry loads on the page
5) on the right press the blue button that reads VOTE!


THANK YOU!, THANK YOU!, THANK YOU!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received in exchange for sharing about this contest. I do not get any extra credit for sharing about it either, but if I win, I will win a non-cash prize.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day: Jewelry, Scent and Spa, OH MY! Edition


Left: Pictures on Gold Butterfly Pendant, Upper Right: MOR Cosmetics Blood Orange Bliss Duet, Lower Right: H2O+ Purifying Sea Salt Body Collection

Happy Valentine's Day Butterflies!

I hope you are all having a fantastic love day! I thought I'd share how I celebrated mine. As you know Butterflies factor heavily into everything for me they represent change, growth and transformation. This year is a year with many big changes and transformations ahead that are already underway. For me, there is no better gift than one that is personal, personalization can go beyond simple engraving, and when I hit upon PicturesOnGold.com Butterfly Pendant it was love at first sight. You can have a picture of your choice put in the center, or your child's thumbprint. I selected a picture of me and mama butterfly for my custom pendant, and when I saw the finished result I knew it would be my first pick as a Valentine's Day Buying Item, and I personally think it would also be fantastic for Mother's Day, Birthday's, Easter Gifts, or a special gift for a special Grad. It's pictured on the left hand side of the collage picture above.

My second Valentine's Day swoon item (on the upper right hand side of the collage picture above) is the MOR Cosmetics Blood Orange Bliss Duet, it comes packaged in a Peach colored heart coffret, the duet consists of a nurturing Shea Butter Hand Cream and Blood Orange Scented Soy Wax Petite Candle. The scent is ruby red Italian Blood Oranges infused with soft summer floral notes of Jasmine, Rose and Lily of the Valley resulting in a very fresh, delicious fragrance.

My third Valentine's Day swoon item is pictured on the lower right hand side of the collage above and it's the H2O Purifying Sea Salt Body Collection. The best way I can describe the body wash for this spa set is that you feel like you are in the inside of a champagne glass, the body wash lathers so well and it's so bubbly in a tingling and refreshing way that it feels sort of like the bubbles of a champagne glass! This set also helps to restore skin's mouisture balance and it feels super rich and indulgent. I began using H2O years ago when I discovered them in my local Bed, Bath and Beyond. In fact a lot of friends and family know I'm obsessed with their products and I get their kits often as gifts. I love their footcare sets as well.

My Take:

Valentine's Day is a day where we get to tell those we love just how much we appreciate them and vice-versa. I love personalized gifts and think that PicturesOnGold.com offerings of personal photo's on Gold or Silver Jewelry is such an amazing gift idea, and not just for Valentine's Day, but for any gift giving occasion! While Pictures on Gold was new to me, MOR and H2O+ definitely weren't as I've been using their products for a long time now. MOR products have wonderful scents and the most gorgeous packaging, and H2O+ products are also wonderfully scented and equally good for the skin, both of them feel like an indulgent spa day in the comfort of your own home!

Didn't get what you wanted this year? Our gift picks above are also a great way to say I Love You to YOU! So check them out for yourself as well as using them as gift ideas to give others.

Get Social With It:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @PicturesOnGold1 on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Pictures On Gold on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @MORcosmetics on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like MOR Cosmetics on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @H2O_Plus on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like H2O on Facebook

How was your Valentine's Day Butterfly, Did Cupid Surprise You with something fantastic this year? Do Tell, leave us a comment and let us know!

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FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation has been received to share our product reviews. All opinions are 100% my own. Pictures on Gold and H2O+ provided samples for editorial consideration, please note the Blood Orange Bliss Duet Kit by MOR Cosmetics was a prize that I won in a competition that they sponsored, I had NO obligation to share about it, I chose to do so because I truly love the products.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Launch of Perfect Pearl (@Pearlworldinc) at Barneys New York (@BarneysNY) during #NYFW #PerfectPearl {Photos}



This has been an incredibly busy month and it's barely at it's midpoint! I've had the opportunity to attend a number of amazing events this month and catch some great shows during New York Fashion Week, and I'll try to get event recaps posted as soon as possible!
 
Last week I headed into the city earlier than usual, for a very special breakfast. A new brand of luxury skincare for both Mom AND Baby called Perfect Pearl, hit the market recently and they held a special Breakfast Launch at Fred's at Barneys New York City. The event was presented in conjunction with my favorite Social Media Dynamic Duo, The Moms!
 
I wanted to recap this event during Wordless Wednesday, because although this post is far from being entirely Wordless, it's super picture heavy, so I thought it would fit best as our Wordless Wednesday this week.
 
When we arrived at Barneys and got off the elevator to enter Fred's, we immediately heard Harp music and thought we landed in heaven! :)
 
Harpist plays during Perfect Pearl Breakfast Launch at Barneys New York City
 
Had to zoom in and get the details on the Harp!
 
The music set such a serene ambience, and me being 'The Official #TwitterPartyDJ' I definitely know that music really does set a mood. It was a touch I didn't expect but definitely enjoyed!
 
Yogurt, Granola and Fruit, Fred at Barneys in New York City for the launch of Perfect Pearl
 
Once we got settled in, we just had to grab one of these, and they definitely tasted as good as they looked!
 
Close up of table setting at Perfect Pearl Breakfast Launch at Freds at Barneys New York City
 
 Look how cute the tables were set up!
 
 
 
Had to get a close up of the Pearls! Perfect Pearl uses Pearl Powder and Pearl Extract to make their line of Luxury Skin Care for both mom and baby. Pearl Extract is one of the most expensive ingredients in Cosmetic use today, but the Pearl which has been utilized by many cultures for centuries, including Asian, Mayan, Egyptian and Indians for health purposes, to gain a youthful vitality and for beautifying the skin.



These lovely ladies came around to each table to allow everyone to sample the products!



The Maternity/Mom's Line Consists of:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Bust Serum with Pure Pearl: This one has a fresh, light texture, the Amino Acids in the pearl powder and the active ingredient, Osilift, helps promote firmness and prevent loss of elasticity, relieving skin tension and soothing breast tightness.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Nursing Comfort Cream with Pure Pearl: This was formulated for moms who have chosen to breastfeed. It consists of a blend of pearl extract and an ultra pure grade of lanolin, which not only provides relief but also protection to tender nipples and also lightens nipple darkness, this product is safe to use while breastfeeding. (and for those of you who are like me, and are not yet moms, this can also be used as an incredible hand cream or anywhere you may have dark spots!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Stretch Mark Cream with Pure Pearl: This is a more creamy and fine textured cream, it's active ingredient Sepilift DPHP, along with lanolin, organic aloe, vitamin E, shea butter and a mixture of exotic oils actively stimulates skin cells and promotes tissue regeneration which all helps to reduce the size, depth and color of stretch marks. And again for my fellow non-moms, don't think this is for moms only, anywhere you have stretch marks, tummy, arms, hips from rapid weight gain and loss, this cream is a God Send! It's not just exclusively for moms! Doesn't your skin deserve pure and natural ingredients?



The Baby Collection Consists of:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Baby Cleansing Foam For Hair and Body: This unique cleansing foam for hair and body cleansing contains their signature Pearl Extract and provitamin B12. This sulfate free cleanser is gentle for baby's hair, scalp and all over body without drying their skin. It's good for everyday use on newborns and babies with sensitive to normal skin. (and again ladies, this is equally good for your skin as well!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Baby Daily Moisture Lotion with Pure Pearl: A blend of pure pearl extract, drago-calm, grape seed and safflower oils provides immediate and lasting hydration for baby's skin, leaving a porcelain shine-free finish.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Baby Diaper Cream with Pure Pearl: Use this cream to prevent as well treat the skin irritation that is caused by urine and diaper chafing on baby's skin. It utilizes Zinc Oxide in pearl extract and is blended with shea butter and castor seed oil, it seals out wetness and softens the skin.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Baby Face Cream with Pure Pearl: Considered to be the 'ultimate face cream' it contains a luxurious level of pearl extract, oat flour, oat kernel extract and safflower oil. Perfect for the face of newborns and babies with delicate skin.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Baby Pearl Powder with Pure Pearl: This Ultra-Silky baby pearl powder contains a luxurious level of pure pearl powder and natural cornstarch to soothe and heal irritated skin. This was my standout item of the Baby Collection. I LOVE this powder. I actually like to use baby powder on my own skin, and fell in love with this powder when I applied it to my skin during the event, this one is definitely all for me! :)

 
 
 
  
 


Then the moms introduced us to the Founder and President of Perfect Pearl, Ying Zhou Eliason!

 
 
 

It was fantastic to get a behind the scenes and learn about what drove Ying to develop the line. A visit from Ying's Grandmother four years ago when Ying's first daughter was born and her grandmother brought the gift of pearl powder, which showed such incredible results on her daughter's skin that she went in search of products here in the U.S. that utilize Pearl Powder or Pearl Extracts for baby and couldn't find any, prompting her to develop her own line.



We learned from their chemist as well as an MD who is endorsing the brand that Perfect Pearl products are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, colorant and paraben free!



My Take:

As far as I'm concerned you can't really put a price on using the finest ingredients available to you to protect your skin and your baby's skin! If their launch's attention to detail is any indication of what lies ahead, this is definitely a brand to watch!

Get Social With It:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Perfect Pearl on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @Pearlworldinc on Twitter

Happy Wordless Wednesday Butterflies! Do you use any skincare products that contain Pearl Powder or Pearl Extract? If so, please share with us what you use! Also, bloggers feel free to link us to your Wordless Wednesday by leaving a comment on this post with your link. We'd love to see your photos!

 
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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received to share our event recap. Attendees did leave this event with gift bags and were provided breakfast, however all opinions are 100% my own! Ascending Butterfly enjoys sharing products that are family friendly.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine's Day - How I style it! #Fashion #Polyvore #Curvy #handbags #shoes with @IGIGI @NicoleMillerNYC @EarthiesUSA

IGIGI Ambrosia Dress - How I styled it







Nicole Miller Clutch
Available for Purchase at www.nicolemiller.com



Van Cleef Arpels pins jewelry



As we start to approach Valentine's Day I thought I'd share some buying recommendations from what to wear, jewelry, accessories and more!
 
I got so inspired by my first finds that I thought I'd create a cute polyvore set to highlight them all! The folks at IGIGI sent me the Ambrosia Dress, and that started a chain reaction! I already had the great clutch (which you may recall from our last Nicole Miller Giveaway HERE), and I also already had the shoes), I think together these make a killer combo and are perfect for a night on the town no matter where your town may be. As for me, I'm in New York City, the City that Never Sleeps, and which favors the color black! It's been New York Fashion Week Insanity all week.
 
The seductive Ambrosia Dress is cut from all-season stretch jersey and hugs, smoothes, & enhances the contour of your curves. Whether in rich blue or black add some bright gems, a colorful clutch and strappy pumps for head turning style.

 
The Ambrosia Dress couldn't be more perfect for Love Day, not just because of the perfect for Valentine's Day name, but it's made to flatter your curves, accentuate what you want to accentuate and helps you hide what you need to hide because of the fantastic ruching!
 
And because despite Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of an early Spring this year, it's still FREEZING in the Northeast, but there is no way I was going to put this super cute dress under my puffer jacket, I was so happy when IGIGI sent over their Hanna Coat! It's a perfect compliment to the dress, and a stylish outwear option for us curvy girls!
 
 

I of course went with Black again, but this coat literally goes with everything, and I couldn't love it more! I have to add some photos of myself wearing everything (model photos are above)!
 
My Take:
 
Both the Ambrosia Dress and Hanna Coat are not just 'figure-friendly' but 'figure-flattering', as they are cut for curvy girls, their sizes tend to run bigger, so if you are ordering for the first time, refer to their size charts to ensure the best fit! (Although you should really do that anyway if you are ordering via internet or mail order for the first time with any brand!)

Get Social With It:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like IGIGI on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @IGIGI on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow IGIGI's Boards on Pinterest too!
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - And don't forget to subscribe to their channel on YouTube

In fact you'll be super happy you are following them across their channels, as they are hosting a giveaway via their facebook page and pinterest page right NOW! What you are waiting for butterfly, get in on the fun and a chance to win an IGIGI gift card of your own!

Butterfly, What are YOU wearing for Valentine's Day this year?

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FTC Disclosure: The Ambrosia Dress and Hanna Coat were sent to Ascending Butterfly for Editorial Consideration, however all opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Highlights from January 2013 @beautypress Spotlight Day!

 
 
The fourth edition of the beautypress Spotlight Day, a press-only beauty product showcase featuring niche and specialty brands brought over 120 media guests to connect with 11 exhibiting vendors, which is double the amount of participants since the premier event three years ago!
 
Much like the last BeautyPress Spotlight Day that I covered (you can read that recap HERE), this one introduced me to quite a few brands that were entirely new to me, and that's one of the things that excite me most about the event.
 
Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail
 
 
Journalists, bloggers, and beauty enthusiasts gathered at the stylish Midtown Loft and Terrace to discover new product offerings from niche and specialty brands. In addition to new product finds, guests also received a posture evaluation from the Wellness Center of NY, while sipping on artful tea creations by Le Palais des Thes, a French brand of premium tea that offers all-natural signature flavors and snacking on healthy chocolate treats from Antidote, a new brand of health-inspired raw chocolate with bold and unique flavor combinations.
 
And now for the brands featured at Spotlight Day in alphabetical order:
 
 
 
BABOR: The BABOR brand is a luxury skincare and cosmetics brand. Combining state-of-the-art scientific knowledge with natural formulations, each line is created with unique ingredients yielded from the most exceptional environments across the globe including volcanoes, arctic berry fields, orchards, and oceanic fissures. Not only are the products highly effective, but they are also extremely compatible with the skin. At BABOR Cosmetics, clients are taken on a seduction of the senses within each product.
 
BABOR is the leading, professionally sold and recommended skin care system in Continental Europe and recognized as one of the most trusted brands in the industry today.

 
 
Bio-Logical: Bio-Logical is a Paris-based organic skincare line which brings a fresh perspective to the natural beauty category by providing effective, fun, and easy products to modern consumers looking to embrace more natural beauty routines. The brand fills a void in the natural/organic skincare category by offering affordable, French-manufactured, certified organic skincare solutions based on ancient botanically-derived remedies presented in trendy, high-quality eco-sensitive packaging. The cruelty-free product line is “Tested on Frenchies, not on Animals!” ™

 
 
Dossage Fragrances: Dossage Fragrances collaborated with the finest luxury fragrance house to develop distinct scents with complimentary notes. The only mandate we insisted on was for a fragrance to be worn by the client in a subtle way. This is luxury. We believe you should wear the scent, the scent should not overtake your presence only enhance it. Our other specification was inspiration from world travel.
 
The fragrances all compliment each other and there is a little bit of each scent in all of us!
 
The balance of scent and the addition of a mood enhancement agent is present in all of our fragrances. Not only are your senses heightened ……your spirits are lifted as well.

Pictured above is Dossage Fragrances CEO Tara Durkan, the fragrance, the story behind it and the Dossage crew made a huge impression on me, and I am going to re-visit them for a more detailed review post, my standouts were Dossage 8 for him and her! I know scent is very much subjective and what one person likes another may or may not, and if you notice, I don't do a ton of collaborations when it comes to fragrances, I'm incredibly picky and they are just something that have no grey for me, I either like it or I don't. I LOVE these, so you will see more posted about this brand for sure!

 
 
HairMax: Lexington International is the manufacturer and developer of advanced laser phototherapy devices for home use. Since its founding in 2000, Lexington International’s mission has been to provide the most advanced hair loss treatments and hair care products. The company’s premiere product, the HairMax LaserComb, is the first and only laser phototherapy medical device FDA Cleared for home-use to treat hair loss and stimulate hair growth in men and women suffering certain class of hereditary hair loss. Sold in in over 165 countries worldwide, Lexington Int., has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals treat their hair loss and promote hair growth. (And if any of you are like me, and think that these are 'hot' to the touch or would burn your scalp, I just want you to know it's NOT hot, you feel no heat when you touch it, and it will not burn your hair or scalp.

 
 
LASHEM: The LASHEM brand was developed to help the everyday woman keep her youthful glow. It is a reflection of a healthy and natural lifestyle to accommodate everyone from the working woman to the stay at home mom. The brand combines natural ingredients for the highest quality formulations made possible. The LASHEM brand is dedicated to promoting natural beauty in a world full of unrealistic expectations. LASHEM offers anti-aging products that are natural and made in the United States. The LASHEM natural product line consists of mascara, anti aging creams, and eyelash booster. (Because they use natural ingredients, these will not tint your eyelids!)

 
 
Merlot Skin Care: Merlot Skin Care is a natural grape seed-based brand that utilizes antioxidants to fight free radicals, the particles that routinely damage our skin. Merlot is a privately-held, family-run brand committed to innovative skin care products. Founded in 2001, Merlot Skin Care products are available at Walgreens, Drugstore.com, and on their website as well!

 
 
NaiLuv: NaiLuv is all about nail love! Born out of a passion to create and offer the best and the latest in nail fashion and technology, NaiLuv is committed to providing quality, safe and fashionable nail products. Every NaiLuv product is made with love. Each formulation undergoes a rigorous product development process that involves several studies and extensive market research. NaiLuv provides customers with the finest and most practical choices in nail care and technology.

 
 
Paul Brown: This global brand features an extensive line of professional hair care products and six successful salons and day spas throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Master hairstylist, educator and businessman Paul Brown launched his hair care system in the late 1980s to provide hair care solutions for all types of hair, in all cultures. Incorporating natural Hawaiian plant and sea essences, this system includes high quality shampoos, conditioners, other hairstyling products and appliances. Brown is credited for introducing the thermal straightening system and one of the first flat irons to the U.S. Paul Brown Hawaii products and services are now offered worldwide, while being sold exclusively in professional salons and spas.

Much like Dossage's CEO, Paul was so enthusiastic and so open that I would like to feature them separately from this recap, so stay tuned, I wanted to make sure you put not only the beauty products, but the flat iron on your hair radar!

 
 
 
 
Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists of NY and NJ: David J. Goldberg, M.D. is recognized nationally and internationally for his innovative work with skin lasers, cosmetic dermatology and facial rejuvenation techniques. A board-certified dermatologist who has been in practice since 1985, he has treated patients and taught doctors throughout the world in the use of these cutting-edge technologies. Under his direction, Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey has been a pioneer in making skin laser and cosmetic dermatology technologies available to the public.

 
 
Tilth Beauty: Based on three decades of experience, research, and development, Tilth Beauty is a natural-based, high-performance skincare line. Each product has been painstakingly crafted with a unique and potent blend of botanical and industry-proven ingredients without ANY potentially harmful elements commonly found in most skincare products. The result is beautiful, vibrant, radiant, youthful and healthy skin.
 
No other skincare product on the market comes close to what Tilth Beauty does. We do not use any parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petroleum -based products, silicones, synthetic fragrances or GMO’s, animal/dairy derived products, or artificial colors.

 
 
HBA Global: HBA Global Expo and Conference, is the most important product development source from concept to market–for the cosmetics, personal care, skin care, fragrance and wellness industries and features a comprehensive educational program and exhibits floor with attendees coming from the top prestige, mass and emerging beauty and personal care brands worldwide.

 
 
The Wellness Center of NY: The Wellness Center of NY provides services and solutions for individuals who seek to improve their health. Meet Dr. Fishel and learn how to improve physical beauty through good posture, happiness, tension relief and overall well being. The Wellness Center Of New York is located in midtown Manhattan providing Natural health care including Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Nutrition and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Craig Fishel, Chiropracter and Wellness Educator, Founder and Director of the Wellness Center of New York in Manhattan is board certified and a member of the New York Chiropractic College Alumni Association. Education is Dr. Fishel's passion. Pain relief is one of the great side effects of his care, but the true benefit is general well-being, medical knowledge, and a sense of community.

Have you tried a 'new to you' beauty product for the New Year butterfly? If so, please share!
 
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