Thursday, October 30, 2014

Alexander Wang x H&M Hits Stores November 6

Designer Alexander Wang will capitalize on the popularity of "athleisure" wear with his sporty H&M collaboration. Alexander Wang x H&M hits select stores and the chain's website on November 6.

Rihanna in Alexander Wang x H&M/ photo from H&M

A preview of the collection of fitness-inspired clothing and accessories for women and men landed in our inbox and at first look, we didn't see anything from the predominantly black and gray line that would inspire us to camp outside one of New York City's H&M stores.

Wang, however, is a prodigious talent who launched his brand in 2007 and is currently the creative director at Balenciaga. At 30, the New Yorker is the youngest and only American designer to do a collabo with the fast fashion retailer.

Prices for Alexander Wang x H&M range from $12.95 to $299.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Salted Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe from Crunchmaster

To help satisfy your apple season cravings, here's a sweet and savory recipe* for salted caramel apple crisp with crunchy almond streusel made using yummy, gluten free Crunchmaster crackers. Enjoy.

*Salted caramel apple crisp recipe by Jan V./Crunchmaster


Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Crunchmaster Original Multi-Grain Crisps crushed
  • 4 large Honeycrisp Apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup prepared caramel sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  •  6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, roughly chopped
  • vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9”x9” baking dish with 2 Tbsp. of butter.
  • In a bowl, toss together the apples, 4 Tbsp. of brown sugar, caramel sauce, salt and cinnamon. Mix well. Transfer the apple mixture to the baking dish.
  • In a bowl, combine the crushed Multi-Grain Crisps, oats, almond flour, almonds and the remaining 4 Tbsp. of brown sugar. Mix well.
  • Cut the remaining 4 Tbsp. of butter into small pieces and add it to the oats mixture. Using your fingers, rub the mixture together until crumbly.
  •  Sprinkle the mixture evenly on top of the apples and bake for 50 - 60 minutes, until the apples are tender and the topping is crisp.Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. 
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Eco-Beauty Products from Surya Brasil

Founded by Clelia Angelon, Surya Brasil is a sustainable, cruelty-free beauty brand and lifestyle company. During a trip to the brand's pop-up at the seasonal Holiday Shops at the Winter Village at Bryant Park, I met Clelia, a svelte woman in her 60's with vibrant red hair and a magnetic personality to match, and her lovely daughter Wanda Malhotra, who runs the New York arm of the business.

Me with Surya Brasil founders, Clelia Angelon (l) and Wanda Malhotra (r).

The company launched in 1995, initially with its staple product, the chemical-free Surya Henna Powder made with raw materials imported from India. The powder is guaranteed to cover your stubborn grays, and its sister product, Surya Henna Cream, is the first hair coloring product with organic ingredients.

The mother-daughter team discussed how Surya Brasil is about much more than its eco-beauty products. It signifies a mindset and lifestyle. Clelia is vegetarian, a staunch animal welfare advocate, and she started a music program that helps underprivileged teens in her native Sao Paulo.

"One thing leads to another…food, my way of thinking, my yoga and meditation practices, contact with nature …it's all part of a lifestyle that I wanted to apply at Surya," she says.

Surya Brasil products are good for you and the environment./Photos by Everything She Wants.

Other popular Surya products include the gluten-and-synthetic fragrance-free Sapien Women and Sapien Men lines, and the Amazonia Preciosa line, enriched with essential oil from the Preciosa tree, acai and other exotic organic ingredients sustainably-harvested from the Amazon Rainforest.  A perfect gift for the holidays or anytime, Surya Brasil's Amazonia Preciosa Gift Set ($38) includes sulfate-free shampoo, conditioner, exfoliating shower gel with passion fruit, buriti oil and acai grains, and a moisturizing hand and body lotion made with macadamia nut.

All products are available online and at Surya Brasil's shop in Bryant Park, which is open through January 4, 2015. Guests at the pop-up receive complimentary hand warming massages, natural hair color consultations and delish vegan treats from Vegan Divas.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fair Trade Month Picks from PACT

Most of us know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know its Fair Trade Month, too?  The goal is to raise awareness about why purchasing and using socially and commercially responsible fair trade products in place of commodities which may harm the environment, the economy and disadvantaged communities.


So get in the spirit with some new fair trade, organic cotton under garments for men and women from PACT, made with non genetically modified cotton plants grown and harvested in farmer-run coops. The yarns and fabrics are then dyed using non-toxic water-based dyes and then rinsed using water conserving recycling systems.

The resulting products are super soft undies, leggings, tees, baby onesies, long johns and socks. PACT is sold at select Whole Foods Market stores and on their website.  We were introduced to the sustainable brand at a blogger's breakfast at an uber-cool Whole Foods in Brooklyn. To get a few PACT goodies for yourself, Everything She Wants has a Friends and Family discount code to share with our readers.  Just enter the code PACTFAM at checkout, and enjoy 30 percent off any purchase Oct. 20 through Oct. 23.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Think Pink, Breast Cancer Awareness Style

Show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with statement jewelry, footwear and accessories from Sterling Forever, Flopz flip flops and White House/Black Market. Up to 25% of all sales during the month of October will go to leading breast cancer charities.






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1-3. Twenty-five percent of sales from Sterling Forever's "Think Pink" BCA Collection of stunning, cheap chic statement jewelry will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

4. The new upscale flip flop brand flopZ will donate 25% of sales from their sporty Siam pink flip flops with pink straps to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

5. White House | Black Market's girly Give Hope Collection includes a Butterfly Embellished Black Tee, Butterfly Cashmere Sweater, Scarf and Butterfly Watch. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each item will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. The collection is available in-stores and online. 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

5 Fall Beauty and Skin Care Essentials

It's officially fall, so it's time to switch up your beauty regimen and look for products with more moisturizing and exfoliating benefits. To assist you with your picks, here are five products that Everything She Wants recently gave a test drive.

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub smells good enough to eat and feels like a luxe spa product.  The unique fusion of Kenyan coffee beans, sugar, shea butter and mongongo nut oil, jojoba and avocado oils will invigorate and soften your skin.

After receiving a review sample a while back, I searched high and low for another bottle of Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Body Wash, formulated with oats, aloe vera and vitamin E. Duane Reade and Walgreens didn't have it and a local store that sells natural beauty products was sold out, but I finally found the miraculous wash that fights acne, detoxifies and sloughs away dead at Whole Foods.

The lightweight Bare Minerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer effectively provides balanced hydration for combination skin while improving its tautness and giving it a healthy, age-defying J-Lo glow.

While browsing the aisles at a super spacious and well-stocked Target in Chicago, I purchased Clear Ultra Shea Nourishing Scalp & Hair Oil, and the non-greasy shea butter-based oil has done wonders for my dry scalp.  The oil works for both natural and relaxed hair, and after using it for a few weeks, I have less big flakes and my hair has more suppleness and sheen.

During Fashion Week a friend asked how I keep my skin looking so good?  Well, I was tempted to quote Bey and say, "I woke up like this….I woke up like this." The truth is, for several months I've been using the Phillips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System I was gifted.  The portable, wand-like tool has really stepped up my skincare regimen. Just add your favorite scrub or cleanser and get ready for flawless, younger looking skin.



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Scandal Inspires a Fall Collection for The Limited

"We are feminine and fierce. We are sexy and strong. And if playing up our power suits is a scandal, then it's one we can gladly handle." Words to live by from the mailer we received from The Limited's new Scandal inspired collection.

Scandal star Kerry Washington./CBSNews

Designed by actress Kerry Washington, costume designer Lyn Paolo and Elliot Staples, the exclusive collection's dramatic white suiting, long leather gloves, oversized tote bag, taupe dolman wrap coat and standout plaid cape would make powerful and pouty political "fixer" Olivia Pope, proud.


"Women often feel they have to choose between smart or sexy," says Washington. "This collection says you can be both of those things. You can be fabulous and fearless."

So gladiators get your red wine glasses and your wardrobes ready. The new melodrama-packed season of Scandal premieres tonight on ABC, and the Scandal-inspired collection at The Limited is available in stores and online now. Prices range from $39.95 to $248.