Wednesday, November 19, 2014

4 Holiday Pop-Up Shops in New York City

Why shop at the mall when you can find handcrafted, artisanal and designer deals at a New York City holiday pop-up shop?  With hot cocoa in tow, Everything She Wants loves to peruse the crafty gifts and goods at festive pop-ups and marketplaces--some one-off events and others lasting 'til the end of the holiday season. 

UrbanSpace's Union Square Holiday Market.

Here's a short list:

1. Before or after brunch, spend your Sunday afternoon at a fashionable shopping event hosted at the Gansevoort Hotel on Park Avenue (Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; free and open to the public). Located in the Ivy Room on the hotel's rooftop, indie brands will come together and create a unique shopping experience. Gift wrapping will be provided and 100 percent of the gift wrapping donations will benefit Leg Up Farm. 

2. Stock up on beauty products from 40 top brands including Smashbox, Mario Badescu and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics at The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Shop (Dec. 6 & 7, 11 a.m. to  6 p.m and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $25), an exclusive luxury sample sale. And stay for a seminar to get tips from makeup artists who set the trends we see on the runway and the red carpet. 

3. This year's BUST Holiday Craftacular (Dec. 6 & 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; $3, first 300 attendees each day get goodie bags) at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint will feature over 200 vendors selling handmade crafts, delectable foods, groovy vintage finds and more at NYC's longest-running indie craft fair. Wrap your gifts in style at the wrapping paper station, handcraft a card, and don't miss the Ugly Sweater Selfie Booth. Best of all, the event features a cat cafe with adorable, adoptable cats from several local animal rescue organizations. Meow!

4. Over 150 vendors will offer their wares this year at the Union Square Holiday Market (Nov. 20 to Dec. 24, weekdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), including new vendors like Corkbuds, The Men's Soap Shop, Farm to People and New York Puzzle Company. With an expanded “Little Brooklyn” section, visitors and Manhanannites alike will discover goods from Brooklyn Slate, Pepper Press, Brooklyn Brew Shop, and more. 

UrbanSpace has also designed a new interactive art installation specifically for the 2014 market, called Hope Notes Fountain. Located on the west side of the market, visitors can display positive messages of holiday cheer and make donations to Just Food, an organization that empowers and supports community-led efforts to increase access to locally grown food.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Healthy Treats from Beanitos, Bare Snacks and Aquaphor

Everything She Wants hosted its second clothing swap* and snacks and freebies were provided by Beanitos, Bare Snacks and Aquaphor.  We had a swapping and snacking good time, and proceeds from the swap were donated to the no-kill animal rescue, For Animals, Inc. and the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.

Everything She Wants' swappers enjoying Beanitos and Bare Snacks.

It's lip balm season. Get your Aquaphor Healing Ointment.

More about the sponsors:


Beanitos (@Beanitos) are all natural snack chips and puffs made from beans, which means they're high in fiber and protein. Plus, they're free of gluten, trans fat, MSG and GMOs.


Bare Snacks (@BareSnacks) are made with 100% real fruit that's baked never fried.  They're gluten-free, fat free and GMO-free with no preservatives or artificial anything. We love to mix the apple chips with a variety of the coconut chip flavors.

Photos by Tracy E. Hopkins

Aquaphor Healing Ointment (@AquaphorUS) provides immediate relief for dry, chapped and irritated lips. Our swappers loved getting freebies of this doctor-recommended lip balm.


*To receive an invite to Everything She Wants' next Brooklyn swap & shop event, email Tracy at popandshop@gmail.com.

Light Up the Holiday Season with Fragrant Candles

November is National Candle Month, and as the weather gets chillier we love to fill our home with the warm scent of fragrant candles.  Here are a few of Everything She Wants' favorites  for the fall and holiday season.


Agraria’s signature fragrance, Bitter Orange.


1. Agraria’s signature fragrance, Bitter Orange, is the perfect home fragrance for the winter months. A complex and subtle blend of Clove, the zest of Bitter Orange and a touch of Cypress, the Bitter Orange fragrance creates a warm and uplifting background for the holiday season. The candle is available in the larger 7 oz. Woven Crystal Candle and the smaller 3.4 oz. Crystal Cane Candle.

2. Palais des Thes tea-scented candles come in a variety of inviting flowery, fruity and classic scents including Cherry Blossom and Earl Grey.

3. Created by veteran entertainment publicist and world traveler, Yvette Davis Gayle, The Sitota Collection are an exclusive collection of exotic, soy-based candles.

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.