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Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashley Olsen and More Want You for Fashion’s Night Out

Aug 26, 2009 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Give Back, NYC Activities

With the Fashion’s Night Out only a few weeks away, it was only a matter of time before the most famous names in the industry got involved. With the help of MAC Cosmetics and Estee Lauder, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashley Olsen, Diddy, Zac Posen, Alexander Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg and more joined forces in this promotional video aimed to help put the fun back in shopping!

Go to People to read the whole story and find out how you can participate!

Read on to hear about free makeovers, exclusive in-store concerts, glorious gift bags, cocktails, and designer manicures the below brands are honoring Fashion’s Night Out in a big way.

In celebration of this event, The Plaza Beauty by Warren-Tricomi is offering visitors rare access to the sought-after experts and cult icons behind the elite brands carried at The Plaza Beauty. Expert makeup artists from Smashbox and Becca will be on site for makeup consultations as well as representatives from Sjal and Comfort Zone will be on hand to provide mini facials, hand massages and treatments using their legendary formulas. Renowned stylists Joel Warren and Edward Tricomi will be presenting hair demonstrations to showcase fall’s key trends. We will also be providing deluxe samples courtesy of Lisa Hoffman Skincare, Tocca, Revitalash, Luzern Skincare, Kai, Santa Maria Novella, MLAB and Sponge Skincare. You can also receive the chance to win a Day of Beauty at the Warren-Tricomi Salon at The Plaza and a custom-made hair piece from Lucia Hair Designs.


In honor of Fashion Night Out, Jurlique will be offering a free, full-size cleanser with any purchase of two products or more (a $40 value). Certified biodynamic and made with pure-living botanicals, Jurlique has become a favorite among fashionistas and celebrities such as Kate Moss, Gemma Ward, Kate Hudson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Visit their two New York City locations: Madison Avenue and West Broadway (Soho) for your opportunity to experience beauty by nature.


Sally Hansen manicurists will be on hand offering complimentary manicures at Tracy Reese’s store in honor of Fashion’s Night Out. Specially created Sally Hansen shades have walked Tracy Reese’s runway for the past 7 seasons in addition to the limited edition nail polish collections inspired by Tracy’s collections for each season as well.


Stop by Mackage’s first ever retail boutique for an intimate soiree to welcome the Fall season and the latest collection of luxe wool coats, exquisite leathers, sleek trenches, sophisticated puffys and unique packables. Mackage will host an evening of shopping and style: from 7-9pm, fashion authority Phillip Bloch provides seasonal fashion tips and head-to-toe, one-on-one style consultations and from 9-11pm, internationally renowned model Irina Lazareanu spins tunes in-store to continue the festivities as shoppers browse Mackage’s newest Fall styles. All night, shoppers will have the opportunity to enter to win a coat for the Spring and Fall 2010 seasons from Mackage*, as well as other great exclusives.

* Prize will be redeemable on The winner will receive two coats for the time period between December 2009 and December 2010, each valued at up to $700.


C.O. Bigelow, the oldest Apothecary in America will be offering a complimentary vintage soda fountain. When C.O. Bigelow first opened, they used to serve soda at this staple New York landmark that has seen the likes of everyone from Mark Twain and Eleanor Roosevelt to Kelly Ripa and Sarah Jessica Parker. For Fashion’s Night Out, C.O. Bigelow will also be handing out free Mentha Lip Shines, the number one selling lip gloss in America.



Head to the Korres stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn on Thursday, September 10th for an evening of cocktails and makeovers. Both stores will feature ‘Detox Bubbles, Cupcakes & More’ for guests to enjoy as they CELEBRATE a night of fashion. The stores will include a detox bar serving complimentary antioxidant-infused cocktails based on the Greek skincare brand’s natural ingredients – Wild Rose, Pomegranate, Thyme Honey & Sugar Crystal – along with delicious cupcakes also ‘packed’ with natural ingredients. Attendees can detox on the outside as well with a Korres makeover or advice on how to wear VOGUE’s hottest color looks of the season using ‘green’ make-up. All guests will receive a gift bag including global bestsellers and Korres favorites selected by the VOGUE beauty team. Complimentary makeovers can be pre-booked by visiting

KORRES MANHATTAN / 110 Wooster St. [btw Prince & Spring, SoHo, NY]

KORRES BROOKLYN / 140 Montague St. [btw Clinton & Henry, Brooklyn, NY]


In celebration of the global brand’s arts platform, eryn brinié will host an intimate performance by recording artist Kate Earl. Singer-songwriter Kate Earl represents the artistic, expressive young women to whom the brand speaks – those with a visionary, curious spirit and nonconformist attitude. Earl will perform songs in-store from her self-titled debut album, the #1 pop album on iTunes just one day after its August 18th debut. Underscoring the brand’s position as a supporter of emerging talent in art and design, eryn brinié will also host an open call in August for creative students in New York City to submit designs for the store’s window display using Fashion’s Night Out T-shirts, ultimately selecting one student to design the flagship’s window for this evening.

Intermix Sale Great Brands Like Stella McCartney Matt Williamson and More! Huge Discounts

Aug 26, 2009 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Sales

Label: Intermix
Deal: Up to 80% off brands such as Stella McCartney and Matthew Williamson
When/Where: Thursday, August 27th through Saturday, August 29th. Thurs 8am-8pm; Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-6pm. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St between Sixth and Seventh Avenues (no phone).

Thanks, Racked!

Best Restaurant in Vermont- Simon Pearce is Worth Every Penny Best Romantic Getaway From New York City!

Aug 25, 2009 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: 301, Restaurant Review

So, as you know, Panties, I recently returned from a fantastic trip to Vermont. On our journey a friend recommended Simon Pearce restaurant to us so we figured we'd try it on my birthday. I'm telling you, this was probably the most romantic dinner I've ever been to. And not to steal credit away from BF but it had a little something to do with the ambiance (though we really appreciated the forethought of bringing a 2 and an 8 candle!). We sat at a table outside but in a room that could be enclosed by glass should it need to be. Our table overlooked a small but gorgeous waterfall. Things got even better when we got to watch a rainstorm from our seats, sipping champagne without getting wet. There was even a rainbow at the end! Okay, okay, no rainbow but it was spectacular. You can watch the sunset and the falls and the food is reasonably priced, for a nice meal. Entrees range from $22-$30. A glass of sparkling wine starts at $8.50. My favorite thing was the Pinot Noir Rose Frizzante (which I think was like 12)! I mean, sparkling red wine? I could not imagine a more perfect drink. BF and I split all the appetizers (LOL, seriously, just not the Duck Crepe) and 2 salads. It was all perfectly delicious and completely reasonable (especially since it was my birthday so I wasn't paying). If I were to pick one I think I'd go with the Mushroom strudel. Yumm.

The restaurant is acclaimed as one of Vermont's finest, drawing Gourmet Magazine's highest rating from food critic Peter S. Jennison, who writes, "The coarse Ballymaloe bread that arrives at your table with a crock of sweet butter is, almost alone, worth the trip. We have never been disappointed by the cuisine."

The meal was accented with Simon Pearce homeade glassware and pottery, which is available for purchase in the connected store (or online here). They're not cheap but they are extremely well made.

And you wanna hear about going green? They have always recycled their glass, metal and cardboard and are currently considering composting all of their food scraps in a commercial composting facility. Their goal is to reduce our waste to as close to zero as possible. They use the freshest ingredients from local farms. Perhaps my favorite thing about the restaurant that I learned is that its Chef, Joshua drives a Mercedes to and from work that they converted to run off the canola oil leftover from the restaurant. They no longer dispose of this oil and the engine emits considerably fewer pollutants into the atmosphere than gasoline powered vehicles. Talk about an inspiration!

The restaurant is located in the quaint town of Quechee, VT. We stayed in Cavendish, which was about 4.5 hours from the city and Quechee is about 45 minutes to an hour from there. Wonderful, relaxing and memorable experience!

Check out Simon Pearce at their website today!

*We did NOT receive anything in exhange for this review…in fact Simon Pearce has no idea we even did it.

Smartypanties Adventures: Our Least Favorite Summer Hang…The Subway

Aug 25, 2009 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: I HEART (and occasionally hate) NY MOMENTS

So, one perk of being a blogger is being able to share your bewilderment with your readers.

This evening on the subway a man got on the subway with a vacuum and a dustbuster un-boxed. He proceeded to dustbust the ground a few times until he exited at his stop. Enter man with antique bike and rusty saw, again unprotected, sans box. He proceeded to serenade us for about two stops and then exited leaving people diving out of the rusty saw’s way…

Another day in paradise people! You can’t make this stuff up…

One more reason why sometimes it’s okay to splurge on a taxi.

Jimmy Choo Sample Sale Yo! Get Your Discounted Heels Pumps and Boots.

Aug 25, 2009 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Sample Sales

All you have to pay is your life…

This sale ain’t for me but if you have the courage…

Label:Jimmy Choo
Deal: Up to 70% off the designer’s iconic heels
When/Where: Wednesday, August 26th, 1pm-6pm. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (no phone)


David Yurman Jewelry Friends and Family Sale! Huge Discounts of Rings Necklaces Bracelets and More!

Aug 25, 2009 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Friends & Family

David Yur-the-man!!!!!! Happy Shopping, Chickadeeeeeeeeeees!!!

Who: David Yurman

What: Friends and Family Sale


Thursday August 27- Friday, August 28, 8am-8pm

Saturday, August 29, 9am-6pm

Sunday, August 30, 9am-5pm


The Altman Building 135 West 18th Street

All sales are final. Happy Shopping!

Primitribe for Shu Uemura- Go Tribal!

Aug 25, 2009 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Beauty

Okay, so other than my eyelash curler I wanted since its mention in the Devil Wears Prada, I’ve got to admit, I haven’t tried much Shu Uemura makeup. But I am obsessed with this look, I know it’s over the top obvs I wouldn’t wear it out, I just really like it. What could I do with the yellow eyeliner? Whatta you think!?!

Infused with the prevailing spirit engendered by its founder that “modes have a right to break rules,” the premier beauty brand, named for its creator Mr. Shu Uemura, introduces “primitribe” (primitive+tribe), its 129th mode make-up collection.

Trained directly under Mr. Shu Uemura, international artistic director Kakuyasu Uchiide, continues to challenge the notions of the expected, taking us on an exploration that goes beyond the traditional borders of “seasonal makeup.”

With his creation of primitribe, Uchiide leads us to a land filled with a unique product mixture that brims with adventurous and vibrant colors, rich textures and elaborately adorned packaging.

For Eyes

Primal Color Stick ($30) – Cream to powder texture glides on easily to create smoky shadows or add shimmering radiance. Unique diagonally cut tip achieves maximum decoration. Available in four limited-edition shades: Blazed Gold, Misty Grove, Rich Earth and Night Maroon

Painting Liner ($40) – Ultra smooth-glide gel-type eyeliner in colors inspired by gems from the wild’s of nature. Decorate your eye line with lucent accents or blend in varying degrees. Match with color stick for a treasure trove of impact. Available in two limited-edition shades: Citrine and Turquoise

Primal Mix Eyelashes ($25) – Long lashes in natural dark colors become amulets for the eyes. Interspersed with flashes of blue, pink, light green and yellow color. Cut into any desired width and apply on top or bottom lashes to enjoy various accents on eyes.

For Face

Primal Mix Blush ($24) – Duo-color blush mixes a fresh tone with a soft terracotta tone to create a perfect harmony to add a healthy, warm and natural glow to skin. Available in three limited-edition shades: Rhythm, Soul and Echo
For Lips

Rouge Unlimited Lipstick ($23) – An inviting selection of shades inspired by wild fruits at different stages of ripening. Muted colors complement a healthy skin tone. Natural dewy sheer finish. Two new shades!

For Nails

Nail Enamel Supplement Mineral ($16) – An exquisite face is complemented by nails adorned with a caravan of vibrant colors caressed by the sun. Two new shades!

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