It was a frigid Saturday in January when I visited Face Love Fitness's pop-up space in South Street Seaport. Ducking past the throngs of frozen tourists in line at the TKTS booth next door, I entered a little winter sanctuary, where I was greeted by Rachel Lang and Heidi Frederick: two of Face Love Fitness’s three co-founders. Rachel and Heidi; an aesthetician and a massage therapist respectively, combined their talents with that of personal trainer, Kate Gyllenhaal to create a beautifying treatment that is equal parts facial, massage and exercise. They dubbed their creation Face Love Fitness, and as I would soon find out, the result is 100% unique and invigorating.
Lela Rose has an agenda, and it’s rooted deep in her desire to constantly experiment with fabrics and her past, particularly when she lived in the South. Down there, women look nice all the time – combined with elements of bird watching and the Old West, her modern take on rural life is quite beautiful. We caught up with her during NYFW to talk historic inspirations, southern mentality, and industry perseverance.
On Friday, Skateroom and the MoMA Design Store presented the special PROPO collection of skate decks designed by famed artist Paul McCarthy. The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby was filled with cases holding 215 skateboards (with several cases serving as the bar, holding beer and wine rather than skateboards) featuring 10 different prints based on McCarthy's PROPO photographs. The proceeds from the skateboards all go entirely to fund Skateistan's first skate school in Johannesburg. The school would use skateboarding as a channel to educate and provide opportunities to youths of different socio-economic positions. The guests were eager to support the cause, with many people toting around their new decks. Artist Richard Phillips told us about his passion for skateboarding he's maintained since his days with the best skate crews on the East Coast. Nonetheless, he was excited when the staff finally stepped in to hand him his deck which he pulled out to reveal the image of a "Ken Doll."
Wednesday night, Isaac Mizrahi celebrated the launch of his new cosmetics line, TRUE Isaac Mizrahi, with a fabulous crowd. The full cosmetics collection was on display while attendees were treated to mini makeovers using the collection, aura readings by famed psychic Fahrusha, a photo booth with custom backdrops to coincide with the aura readings, cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres.
Love the comfort of leggings, but looking for something a little more polished? We all still shudder at the "tights are not pants" lectures we got in college, but we have a bit more faith in alternative types of leggings. From Kylie Jenner's Plush Moto Leggings to chic Jogger pants, stylish yet comfortable choices are out there - it's just up to you to buy them.
Dining at a nice restaurant, grabbing drinks at a cool downtown bar, or catching the newest film release are all tried and true date ideas, but after a while they start coming off a bit blasé. You certainly won't blow your date's mind by suggesting any of them. If you want to keep your companion for the night fascinated rather than fatigued, you need to get slightly more creative. Click through for a slew of unique date ideas right here in Manhattan! (Let us know when you're ready to send over those thank you chocolates; we quite like L.A. Burdick or La Maison du Chocolat).
Time on your hands? Need a hobby? Embrace the didactic and sign up for one of these classes. Learn new things, make new friends, and more importantly, keep yourself off the streets and out of trouble - who knows what New Yorkers can get up to when they're bored. Click through to expand on your many talents.
This weekend, art takes the spotlight as SCOPE hosts an afterparty at No.8 and PULSE hosts one at Hotel Americano as Armory Week continues. As always for full details and more events, check out our calendar and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for pics from these events and more. [photo via @scopeartshow]
Bored of the same typical dinner spots? Looking for a little stimulation and entertainment while you eat? Well we've done our research and rounded up the 10 most unique dining experiences in NYC. From secret jazz clubs and urban rooftop farms to gourmet grasshoppers and otherworldly acrobatics, there's a dinner spot for every type of adventurous foodie. Only in New York, right?