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Indie Beauty Expo: 6 NY based Vegan, Organic, Natural Beauty Brands

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We’ve been observing a trend around the world: people are changing their values about lifestyle. Behind the Scenes NYC attended the Indie Beauty Expo that took place in New York and found some amazing NY based Vegan, Organic, Natural beauty brands.

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During the last couple of years, the number of organic products have grown exponentially and more people started to practice physical activities as part of their daily routine. Today, we will tell you what we found at the Indie Beauty Expo in NYC.

There is a clear concern about the origin of every beauty product that we use. Even Netflix has launched a Series called Broken that shows the terrible things that happen in this industry.

People are now choosing to live in the most natural way possible. It’s not a surprise that this new lifestyle also includes the concern with cosmetic products we purchase.

Hence, we see so many new brands in the market, with different proposes, offering vegan and organic formulas.

We attended the Indie Beauty Expo, that took place in New York a while ago.

“IBE’S mission is to provide a platform to recognize, showcase and celebrate independent beauty, wellness and lifestyle brands. Indie brands are among the fastest growing product categories.”

They have become a ‘must have’ in almost every retailer’s collection and are now directly influencing key trends in their markets. We can see this in New York, with several stores specialized in brands that offer natural cosmetics.

Here are some brands that called our Contributor’s, Laura Peruchi, attention at the Indie Beauty Expo 2016:


NYC Hot Spots By The World Traveller, Ido Simyoni

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We interviewed Ido Simyoni, a world traveller and the mind behind huge and successful Social Media campaigns that went viral on Instagram, #StopTheTerror. He shared with us his 7 NYC hot spots and answered a few fun questions!

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Our Founder, Fernanda Paronetto, interviewed a very special guest for this week with an amazing story and how he’s influenced and is still influencing the world through Social Media!

Ido Simyoni (@Ido8All) is the mind behind huge and successful Social Media campaigns that went viral on Instagram, #StopTheTerror.

Check out his Bio, his +7 NYC Tips and a few fun questions:

“After 9 years of working on the biggest TV productions In Tel Aviv (from “The Israeli Idol” to “The Big Brother”), I decided that I need a new challenge. My biggest dream was to move to NYC and this was on my Bio, on Instagram, for almost 6 months: “Living in Tel Aviv, Dreaming of New York City – looking for an opportunity”.

But, the world had different plans for me and (almost 4 years ago) I was head-hunted by an education company (Kaplan International English), based in London, for the role of Head of Creative, Content and Social Media.

In addition, with my storytelling skills and my passion for Social Media, I’ve also managed to achieve some big success in my personal life: from running international the Social Media campaign (#StopTheTerror) to creating powerful Social Media accounts – even for my precious dog, Izo (@TheIzoTimes), traveling all over the world with my #Ido8allBus and sharing the love.”

See below 2 beautiful short videos of his breathtaking experience. The first, he tells us “How it feels to be dead” and his incredible recovery!

…and the second, how he skyrocketed his exposure on Instagram and went Global:

Now, to his +7 NYC Tips:

Burger and Barrel

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“My handle on Social Media is @Ido8all (Ido ate all) because I love food, so most of my time in NYC I’m looking for places to eat. The variety of burger places in the city is rad. Finding THE place for burgers was challenging and quite calorie heavy, however I’m happy to announce Burgers and Barrel as my winner because of the taste that makes you want to order more (even though you are completely full #TrueStory).”

Burger and Barrel is an American Pub and is owned by the renowned restauranteur John McDonald and Chef Josh Capon.

With a perfect location, in the heart of SoHo, they feature an award-winning burger named “Bash Burger”. Plus, they have an outstanding wine list.

Hours:
Monday – Tuesday: 11:30am – 10pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 11:30am – 11pm
Friday: 11:30am – 11pm (kitchen) and 12am (bar)
Saturday: 11am – 11pm (kitchen) and 12am (bar)
Sunday: 11am – 10pm

Location: 25 West Houston Street, SoHo

www.burgerandbarrel.com


Peacefood Cafe

“Go Vegan (?!) – I love meat and the more red, the better, however when my friend introduced me to Peacefood Cafe – next to Union Square, I just couldn’t believe how amazing Vegan Food can be (they fooled me with Fake Chicken).”

Moreover, the description on their website is surely the best one, so here it is:

Peacefood Cafe is named after the simple idea that peace begins on your plate. Two vegans founded Peacefood Cafe in 2009 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Eric, an antiques dealer, and Peter, an interior designer, believe the awareness of non-violence can be spread through feeding people with delicious vegan food.

Amazing, right? This is definitely up our alley!

Hours: Check their website to see the different locations.

Locations:
41 East 11th Street, Greenwich Village
460 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side

www.peacefoodcafe.com


Dominique Ansel’s Bakery

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“I usually don’t eat anything sweet in the morning, but one thing can’t avoid having at least (1…2… and 3) are the Cronuts at Dominique Ansel’s Bakery… This is giving Bakeries totally new meaning.”

Dominique founded his Bakery in November of 2011 and in no time, was all over the news and receiving countless awards.

Today, it’s not a “behind the scenes” spot any more, but we have to confess it’s still top of our list for Bakeries in the City.

Oh! You might be asking “What is a Cronut?”. It’s a croissant and doughnut hybrid – surely to die for, and as Ido said, hard to eat only one.

Plus, to see more pictures and infos on Dominique Ansel’s Bakery, see our post!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 8pm
Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Location: 189 Spring Street, SoHo

http://dominiqueansel.com


230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

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“I am probably not up-to-date with the latest trendiest rooftop bars in the city, but my heart is with one of my firsts 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar – because the drinks are accompanied with fantastic views of the City and always packed with mega chic crowd. #SelfieWithEmpireState is a must.”

It’s surely one of the best views of the Empire State Building you’ll get, even though it is quite touristy.

The place is beautiful, large windows, beautiful opened area, delicious food and cocktails, paired with a great crowd, as Ido said.

The Music? Well, during weeknights they play upbeat lounge and weekends, primarily 80’s, 90’s and House Music.

Hours:
Opened 7 days a week, all year long, from 4pm – 4am
Food served only up till 12am

Location: 230 Fifth Avenue, Flatiron

www.230-fifth.com


Shopping Spree

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“Shopping – When I’m not in Woodbury Common or The Mills at Jersey Gardens, you’ll find me searching for vintage clothes in the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.”

Woodbury Common features over 220 stores including Tory Burch, Nike, Celine, Bottega Veneta, Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Burberry, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, The North Face and more. And, all of it at savings of 25% to 65% every day. They have a list of the best luxury brands with amazing discounts.

Contrary from Woodbury, The Mills at Jersey Gardens is a two-level indoor outlet mall in Elizabeth, located in New Jersey. It’s a great place to spend the day if you’re in the mood of shopping.

Williamsburg, or Willyb as we kindly call it, is definitely a great spot for shopping if you enjoy off the beaten track brands and vintage stuff. But, prices can get surprisingly high around there. We love it anyway.


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“You’ll always see me with my camera and phone when walking in the street of the City. However, one of the places I like capturing the most is Chelsea Piers – specially the skateboard park because it reminds me of Venice Beach in L.A., without the beach.”

Located on the Hudson River, Chelsea Piers offers over 25+ different sports if you’re into learning, practicing or even competing.

Moreover, they have great classes and competitions for kids and adults, plus a great health club and other dedicated event spaces.

Location: 23rd Street & Hudson River Park – 62 Chelsea Piers

www.chelseapiers.com


Hairrari East Village

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“If you are looking to cut your hair in a cool friendly place you should try Hairrari East Village. I absolutely love them and my new haircut!”

Hairrari was founded in 2011 by Magda Ryczko in Williamsburg.

Different from normal hair salon, Hairrari “flips the barber salon concept upside down once inside”.

They welcome girls and boys and can work on your unique dream hair style.

And, as they say: “Take a seat, grab a drink, and check out the local art on our walls while we take care of your hair up top and give you the look you want.”

Location: 34 East 1st Street, East Village

http://hairrari.com


We also asked Ido a few fun questions too:

What does NYC mean to you?

“NYC to me is my dream (and hopefully future) home. I have always been fascinated by the city and keep falling in love with it every single time that I’m there…”

Which famous New Yorker would you like to meet? And why?

“With no doubt, Jimmy Fallon. I’m always fascinated by talented people and he’s an example of someone who’s just good in everything he does. So, I would probably challenge him to cook me dinner and choose our outfits, while we do the history of rap 26.”

Do you have any embarrassing moments in the City, you’d love to share?

“I have been to New York more the 18 times and consider myself as someone who “knows the city”. One night, after going out with my non-local friends, I was in charge of ‘navigating’ and instead of going Downtown to Brooklyn we ended up in Queens.

I felt so dumb, but I blamed it on the great wine we had. Luckily they were so tired and tipsy that they ended up forgiving me for this long ride. My tip here is go download and use CityMapper.


And, for more information on Ido and his amazing and inspiring work, take a look at his website.

http://ido8all.com


Photo Credits: Chris Loupos (portrait picture), Courtesy of the Venues, Insidertripps, LWYang, Greyline, Jie Jenny Zou, Jeff Gipson and Urban Omnibus
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Julien Farel Salon: Olivia Palermo’s Hair By A Brilliant Duo

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You all have definitely noticed how amazing Olivia Palermo’s hair is, right? Well, I do also know that many of you would love to know her secrets and also “who” are the people responsible for taking care of her.

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So, the search began! I knew that the professional “behind” Olivia Palermo’s hair would be hard to schedule a real appointment, not to mention, an interview.

I was able to connect with the very kind, André Davis, Olivia Palermo’s hair stylist. He has been the guru behind Olivia’s hair style for the past 11 years! Plus, we also talked to Abby Haliti, responsible for Oliva’s amazing coloring! This duo is definitely unmatchable and one of a kind.

They both work at the Julien Farel Salon & Spa, located inside the upscale Loews Regency New York hotel.

If you want to book an appointment with them, you can mention you read this post, and try to get a spot.


Here are a few secrets and tips André gave me, when we met:

“In the summer, you should always try and use hats, that protect your hair from the sun, besides keeping you super stylish. After all, New York is the perfect city to use and abuse of them.

Using a small amount of sunscreen on the tips of your hair, will also make them healthy during the super hot season.

For fine hair, using a dry shampoo is a good option. And, for oily hair, Paul Mitchell and Oribe have amazing products.

I love the super well-known Ricky’s beauty stores, but my secret in New York is Beauty 35, located at 505 8th Avenue.”


For hats, we recommend for you to explore Satya Twena, the fine milliner/hatter and Goorin Bros, the super traditional and bold had brand!

What André loves about his work at Julien Farel Salon?

“Everything. From connecting with my client’s inner beauty and making then gain confidence with healthy hair to offering a good program for them to follow. This will definitely help keep ends clean and a sexy hair. I also love doing dramatic hair transformations. They are always exciting (laughs).”

Thank you André and Abby for your time! You guys are awesome!

I’ll surely be there soon to take care of my own hair.

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 8am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 5pm

Location: 540 Park Avenue

www.julienfarel.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Julien Farel, Olivia Palermo and Ty Cole
*Last Update on March/2020.*

CAP Beauty: The First 100% Natural Beauty Store in NYC

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Nestled between Hudson and Bleecker Street, in the West Village, lies what is our new favorite go-to health and beauty haven: CAP Beauty. They are the first 100% natural beauty store in NYC.

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One of our Contributors, Helenita Salom, visited her favorite all natural beauty store in the West Village.

I came across CAP Beauty a few weeks ago on my quest to dig deeper to find simple, yet effective, chemical free products that are healthy and clean.

There are so many different options out there, specially in NYC – from your local pharmacy to Sephora, that offer “natural” products. But, upon reading the labels I still found myself confused by many of the synthetic ingredients found in these products.

Eager to find a trusted source, I began doing a little research and, in no time, discovered CAP Beauty.

CAP Beauty first opened its doors in February 2015 by co-founders Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy DiPrima.

They realized they weren’t just “another beauty store in NYC” that carried all 100% natural, synthetic free beauty products. They were actually the first and only store in Manhattan to carry only products that are all completely natural! The space is also absolutely beautiful, both inside and out.

Having shopped here twice now, I have been blown away by the warmth and knowledge of the entire staff. They are friendly, readily available and extremely knowledgeable on each of the beauty lines they carry.

The first time I went into the store I was helped by Karrilynn Pamer herself, and was instantly at ease with the way she addressed my concerns and made suggestions according to what I was looking for.

One of my favorite products I purchased is the MUN No. 1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum.  A serum I can apply with my moisturizer both day and night containing just three but very potent ingredients: Prickly Pear Seed, Argan Oil and Rose Essential Oil.

After just a few weeks of using the serum I notice a difference in the way my skin feels and can already tell it will become a staple in my beauty routine.

CAP Beauty also offers spa services as well as a variety of teas, adaptogens, honeys and much more!

Can’t wait to go there again! I loved this first 100% Natural Beauty Store in NYC.

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 12pm – 7pm
Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Location: 238 West 10th Street

www.capbeauty.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of CAP Beauty and Sasha Israel
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Le Botaniste: A Plant-Based Organic Food And Natural Wine Bar

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How about eating and taking care of our Planet? Located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Le Botaniste is a plant-based organic food and natural wine bar!

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They are originally from Belgium and have opened their first store in NYC this past February.

This new concept restaurant was created by Le Pain Quotidien’s Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Alain Coumont and will surely grow!

His awareness of how we all need to take care of our bodies and consequently take care of the planet, drives his passion and this healthy entrepreneurial spirit that we love. Oh! And yes, it’s Vegan!

We tried a few different dishes which were delicious:

  • Tibetan Mama Rice Bowl – brown rice packed with coconut peanut curry and greens,
  • Make Your Own Salad” – greens, seaweed tartare, marinated carrots, onions
  • Quinoa Chili with sour cream

We didn’t forget the dessert, of course! We had the Coconut Chia Seed Pudding and the Key Lime Pie.

And, we also ordered their house-made juices (the lemonade, and two detox), which were amazingly refreshing.

As we always say, there’s nothing better than a plant-based organic food restaurant!

Do you want to explore the Upper East Side? Well, let us help you out! Try some of these spots!

If you want to go for a good coffee, pass by Padoca Bakery! You can also go to the super upscale and trendy Sant Ambroeus a bit North from Le Botaniste.

Feel like splurge-shopping today!? Well, pass by Jack Vartanian’s amazing jewelry shop. He’s a famous Brazilian high-end jewelry designer that dresses powerful women like Gisele Bündchen,  Kate Hudson, Rachel McAdams and Jessica Alba.

Want to feel even more pampered? Call our experts to learn about our Private Jewelry Shopping & Consultation, so we can arrange with you an exclusive visit to Jack Vartanian’s store and other extremely high-end stores and private ateliers!

And, for the ultimate VIP Experience, contact us to learn about our different Concierge Services and Corporate Services.

Come to New York City and feel what it is like to be a local!

Have fun!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Location: 833 Lexington Avenue (btw 63rd & 64th)

http://lebotaniste.us


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brussels Vegan
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Eva Baczynska: Top NYC Tips By A Beauty, Health & Travel Expert

Curiosities Insider Interviews Eva Baczynska

The Beauty, Health and Travel Expert, Eva Baczynska, shares her NYC tips! Take a look at 4 places in New York City that you’re likely spot her in!

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tommy Mendes Photography

We invited the beautiful and talented Eva Baczynska from Travelle.Co to share her best beauty, health and cool tips in town!

Eva is always on the go and in and out of planes, so she decided to share with us what she does to keep always healthy, fit and in style.

See below her tips:


Beauty Tip: Ten Over Ten

Curiosities Insider Interviews Eva Baczynska Ten Over Ten TriBeCa

“With 3 nail salons in Manhattan (TriBeCa, Soho and Midtown), Ten Over Ten has a super unique store design that will make you feel at home while doing a manicure and pedicure! Plus, the have they own beauty product line!”

Locations:
119 West 56th Street, Midtown
132 West Houston Street, SoHo
112 Reade Street, TriBeCa
121 Fulton Street, Financial District

www.tenoverten.com


Wellness / Exercise Tip: The Fhitting Room

Curiosities Insider Interviews Eva Baczynska Fhitting Room

“The Fhitting Room is a boutique fitness studio, with a super modern environment, offering small classes with huge amounts of calorie burn, lean muscle growth and amazing results!

“Strong is the new skinny,” remember? I, myself, have tried the class! It was e-x-h-a-u-s-t-i-n-g in a wonderful way! Results are definitely guaranteed!”

See more about the post we wrote on the Fhitting Room.

Locations:
201 East 67th Street, Upper East Side
31 West 19th Street, Flatiron
584 Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side

www.fhittingroom.com


Food Tip: Nourish Kitchen

Curiosities Insider Interviews Eva Baczynska Nourish Kitchen

“Located in the West Village, Nourish offers amazing healthy, seasonally-influenced and locally-inspired takeaway foods and café!”

Location: 95 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich Village

www.nourishkitchentable.com


Style Tip: Otte NY

Curiosities Insider Interviews Eva Baczynska Otte NY

“Otte NY is one of the coolest multi brand stores in town! Originally from Williamsburg, each of the 3 stores – Upper East Side, TriBeCa, West Village – have a unique mix of brands that ‘evokes the vibe of each neighborhood’.”

Locations:
121 Greenwich Avenue, West Village
37 North Moore Street, TriBeCa
1281 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side

http://otteny.com


Thank you, Eva, for the amazing NYC tips and congratulations for your fantastic work!!!

See more of her travel expert work on her website.

www.travelle.co


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Eva B. and Tommy Mendes Photography
*Last Update on March/2020.*

BodyBrite NYC: Some Of The Best Beauty And Spa Treatments In New York

Fitness Health Body Brite Giovanna Battaglia by Tommy Ton

We always get questions regarding the best beauty and spa treatments in New York. This is a personal tip by our Founder, Fê Paronetto. She uses and loves BodyBrite NYC!

Fitness Health Body Brite Giovanna Battaglia by Tommy Ton
Photo Credit: Giovanna Battaglia by Tommy Ton

Back home, in Brazil, I did a treatment for hair removal that really worked for me. I did it in three different parts of my body, and now I need just to so a simply maintenance 1-2 times during the entire year.

In Brazil, these treatments are very popular, specially because we have good weather year round. Everyone is always showing some skin. Some more, some less (laughs), but hair removal is a bit thing.

On the other hand, we are very cautious with the treatments we do, since there are many that are too aggressive and damaging to the skin.

After intensive research, one of the treatments that I found was perfect (for me), was the hair removal with IPL – Intense Pulsed Light. It’s practically painless, specially in comparison to laser hair removal methods. Besides, it’s much cheaper too.

You do have to schedule a few more sessions than laser treatments, but in the end, the “math” is better. Much lower price, practically painless, no burns, not aggressive for the skin, etc. After just the first few sessions, you already see visible results. I did around 3-4 sessions, then started seeing the difference. I did a total of 8-10 and now only have to do maintenance once or twice a year.

So, when I moved to New York City, I wanted to find the same method I used back home.

I found it! So, the other day I headed to the Upper West Side of Manhattan to understand all the treatments that BodyBrite NYC offered. I really was impressed with it all.

They have more than 200 centers worldwide and in NYC they launched their first location a few years ago.

I’m a bit fan of non-invasive machines and treatments, and they do offer many good options.

A few of the services they offer are:

  • IPL Hair Removal: $69 per session per zone | $49 – if you commit to a package!
  • IPL Skin Rejuvenation, also known as Photofacial: $89
  • LED Teeth Whitening: $99
  • DermaOxy Oxygen Facial

BodyBrite NYC also has an exclusive partnerships like the global pharmacological skin care brand DMK. They offer a range of non-machine services from Chemical Peels and Enzyme Facial Therapies (a MUST try!), to anti-cellulite treatments.

Another partnership I got super excited about was with SkinCeuticals, since I’m totally and completely obsessed with them! Most of my skincare products I buy with them. Expensive, but worth every dollar, believe me!

They do have some of the best beauty and spa treatments in New York.

Note: This is not a paid post. I’ve been using their IPL Hair Removal treatment for over 4 years now.

While you’re up in the Upper West Side, you might want to check out a the famous Tavern on the Green. It’s a bit touristy, yes, but it’s one of the spots you have to visit once. Fore the dive-bar-lovers, head up to E’s Bar. You’ll find a pretty energetic crowd.

Hours: Check online for specific details.

Location : 42nd West 72nd Street – Ste A

www.bodybriteusa.com


Photo Credit: Giovanna Battaglia for Tommy Ton
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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