Women are wearing summer dresses and the Times is on it, coining the look "much-too-warmcore" [NYT]
Here's what Hillary Clinton and Beyoncé would look like on a $20 bill [NYMag]
The story behind Greenpoint's roller-disco-turned-Rite-Aid [Brownstoner]
Insdie the internet's craziest destination for blogger hate [Racked]
a href="http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/07/30/goldfinch-movie-dream-cast/">Fashion's favorite book, The Goldfinch, to become a film [EW]
Here's what's wrong with your shower loofah [HuffPo]
Martha Stewart poses for Terry Richardson [Fashionista]
Korean cosmetics brand Tony Moly recently parlayed its cult following amongst beauty bloggers into a contract with Urban Outfitters (the brand is carried on the mega-chain's website and has its own display in their Herald Square flagship). And now, the company is making their U.S. takeover even more official with a brick-and-mortar shop in Koreatown.
Tony Moly's focus is on skincare, and the recently-opened Fifth Avenue space is lined with sheet masks (perfect for feeling productive while Netflix-ing), real-deal BB creams (the craze began in Korea), and moisturizers housed in cutesy packaging (we spotted containers shaped like pandas, eggs, and tangerines).
As for color cosmetics, there are rows of the brand's popular Bunny Gloss Bars (the Tony Moly equivalent of Maybelline's BabyLips), colorful liquid eyeliners, and anthropomorphized lip stains, begging to be Instagrammed.
Prices fall somewhere between drugstore and Sephora levels, with makeup in the $8 to $15 range, individual masks hovering around $3, and more intensive skincare products starting at $20. Grab a shopping basket (they're up front, grocery-store-style), chat up a salesgirl for recommendations if you're new to Korean beauty, and bask in the cuteness of Tony Moly's kitten atomizers and moisturizing fingertip masks.
· All Now Open Posts [Racked NY]
The Bottega Veneta sample sale opens to the public today at 11am, but we were able to get a look at what's on offer during last night's friends and family portion. And what's on offer will likely deplete your bank account, at least when it comes to handbags. Though discounts were up to 90% off on certain products, many of the signature weave-woven styles still carried four-digit price tags.
Bags are individually marked, and arranged on tables in the center of the sale space. Most are leather, though certain styles were made of snakeskin or crocodile skin, and came in a variety of shapes and sizes. The cheapest style we saw was a fanny pack for $250, while the most expensive was a purple crocodile carryall for $3,200 (marked down from $32,000).
In between, there's everything from a small white cross body style for $500 to a larger, rectangular-shaped woven bag with electric blue leather and black detailing for $1,500. Scroll through the gallery above to get an idea of what you'll find.
You'll also find small leather goods in this area, starting with iPhone cases for $30, toiletries cases for $80, and wristlets starting at $200.
Shoes are directly to the right of the entrance, and range in price from $100 to $250. There's a selection of flats, kitten heels, and black and white slingbacks with the leather woven pattern on the toe—the latter costs $150. There are some summery flats and low heels made with raffia and red or blue leather toe caps, and these are going for $100.
Other styles included black suede platform heels and booties for $100, pastel leather pumps for $100, and two crazy pairs that laced up in the front and had a super-chunky heel, also for $100. A sales associate said that what was out is likely all they have, so that leave a limited selection of sizes in most styles.
Most of the clothing is uniformly priced, posted on well-marked signs throughout the space. Dresses made up a majority of the women's selection and are $300 apiece. There was very little in the way of everyday wear—most of what we saw was heavily embellished, and very heavy to boot. Certain pieces in the lighter, silk styles also looked like they were beginning to fray.
If you're looking for a red carpet look, they've got about half a dozen of this dress, which Emma Watson wore to the New York premiere of the final Harry Potter movie. It's considered a "specialty RTW" piece on the pricing chart and should be marked individually, but a sales associate told us that this is also $300.
The rest of the women's selection included tops for $100, a selection of collarless blazers for $250, swimwear for $75 apiece, and a rack of pants for $100—plus a pretty badass jumpsuit for only $150.
The men's selection included several button down shirts for $100 in a variety of colors, plus some jeans, pants, blazers, and leather pieces. These items took up only a few racks in the far corner of the room.
Lastly, there's a small selection of accessories, including belts and ties for $100, necklaces for $125, bracelets for $75, and earrings and rings for $50—despite the affordable pricing, nothing stood out as a must-have.
Note that there's a limit of one bag purchase per customer (last year, it was two), so if that's what you're choosing to splurge on, splurge wisely. We were unable to get a clear answer of whether they'll be restocking today or tomorrow, but there is a chance that there will be markdowns as the sale winds down. Check out the Dealfeed below for location and times.
· Dealfeed: Bottega Veneta [Racked NY]
· The Bottega Veneta Sample Sale Hits Chelsea [Racked NY]
· All Sample Sales Coverage [Racked NY]
Inside Brooklyn Running Co.; Photo by Driely S. for Racked]
PROSPECT PARK— To gear up for the "mindful triathlon" hitting Brooklyn in September, Brooklyn Running Co. is hosting the Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn Run Club starting next Wednesday, August 6th. It'll meet in front of the store at 222 Grand Street every Wednesday at 7:15pm through September 10th. There will also be two in-store yoga sessions on the 6th and the 27th. For more information about the free club and to RSVP, head here.
SOHO— In need of some bedroom beauty tips? Babeland and Benefit Cosmetics are teaming up to give you complimentary makeup touchups and tips for improving your sex life, all in one place, tomorrow night starting at 7pm. The first 25 guests to arrive will also receive gift bags filled with Benefit and Babeland goodies. Be sure to RSVP here before heading over.
SOHO—Looking for something to do tonight? Check out the WTRMLN WTR pop-up shop at 187 Spring Street between 6pm and 8pm. Everyone who stops in gets a free bottle of a watermelon juice drink—like a cold-pressed watermelon-lemonade hybrid.
There's been a mass exodus from Orchard Street's Pink Building ever since Waterbridge Capital bought it for $27 million last summer. JFK Restaurant Supply picked up and moved to Canal Street, Jodamo downsized from two floors to one, Modern Decor crossed the river to Brooklyn (291 Avenue S), and Cellini Uomo moved further up the block to number 133. The reason for the flight? The building is possibly being covered to a "Chelsea Market style enterprise," Bowery Boogie reports, complete with "11,200 square-feet of high-end shops, and luxury living to match."
· Lower East Side Posts [Racked NY]
Image via Instagram/@botkier
Handbag designer Monica Botkier is opening her closet doors to the public for one day only. Tomorrow, July 31st, stop by her offices on the fifth floor of 525 Broadway to browse through her archive, which includes one-of-a-kind samples and vintage pieces.
The best part of this sale may be the prices, which start at just $50 Shoppers will also be able to find gold and silver jewelry from Manon on offer here. Head over between 10am and 7pm to check it out, and let us know if you find anything good!
· Monica Botkier's Favorite Place to Shop in Fort Greene [Racked NY]
The Designer Collective sample sale kicked off this morning at 114 Stanton St., with up to 80% off threads and accessories from indie and local labels including Collina Strada and Lindsey Thornburg. Because the goods on offer aren't mass-made, some of the garments still boast triple-digit price tags; but we think this sale is totally worth shopping for the one-of-a-kind finds. Plus, some of the designers are in-store to man the sale themselves, so they're available to answer any and all questions.
The sale is organized by designer, with each rack holding garments from a different label. We checked out the gear from Dusen Dusen first, and found tons of flattering, feminine gear including patterned silk shirt dresses for $150 and colorblock shifts for $95. In front of the designer's display is a bin with gear marked $20-$50: some of these items are damaged, but we found a $40 striped silk skirt that looked to be in perfect condition.
The Collina Strada display is stocked with leather garments and handbags of all sizes. We were stoked to find the label's Nico clutches for $70, as well as oversized leather totes for just $75. Clothing-wise, we spotted structured leather tees for $100, floral silk track pants for $120, and leather overalls for $350.
The selection of Some Odd Rubies gear was, in our opinion, among the coolest at the sale (and the least expensive). The brand specializes in re-purposing and recycling old vintage clothing, so nearly everything on offer is one-of-a-kind. Some highlights: high-waisted floral shorts for $25, a knife-pleat chiffon halter dress for $40, and a floral kimono-style jacket (which you can see in the gallery) for $60.
Lindsey Thornburg's section includes everything from casual linen rompers for $45 to floor-length velvet-accented dresses for $120. We also spotted linen crop tops for $50, velvet-trimmed chiffon tanks for $135, and an oversized smoking jacket for $120.
The Obesity+Speed selection is relatively small. Expect to find graphic tees for $30, mesh tanks for $40, and graphic sweatshirts for $50. The prices are good, considering the brand's gear usually goes for a lot more; but we think your money is better spent on the more unique pieces at this sale.
As for accessories, you'll find handmade leather bags by local label Cold Picnic for $110, Wildfox Couture sunglasses for $95, and a small smattering of jewelry from Suzannah Wainhouse, like brass cross earrings ($60) and broken-heart friendship rings for $200 (for a set of two). There is also a tiny selection of $110 sandals by Lola Sabbia, but they're all one style (available in silver, blue, and black) and start at size 7.
There's a small changing area in the back of the sale space, which can fit about two people at once (there are curtains separating out two small spaces for privacy). The designers will all bring out more stock as the sale continues, and markdowns are possible on Sunday, the last day of the sale. For time info, head to the dealfeed. —Gillian Fuller
· Sample Sale: Designer Collective [Racked NY]
· All Sample Sales Coverage [Racked NY]
To celebrate its 15th birthday this summer, Bikram Yoga NYC is offering appropriately-priced discounts to its students. Throughout the rest of August, single classes are only $15—that's a 40% discount right there—and if you buy a package of ten classes by August 15th, it's just $140, for a 25% savings. You'll find their studios in the Flatiron District, Midtown, and the Upper East and West Sides. [Bikram Yoga NYC]
If Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn shutter, we could very well have a Midtown East home goods crisis on our hands. The 32,000 square feet of space that these two stores occupy is being listed by the retail division of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and can be available in the early part of 2015. "Being able to assemble 32,000 square feet across from Bloomingdale's is pretty significant," the listing agent remarked—especially since the asking rent per square foot is less than half of what other tenants in the area are paying. [NYP]
There's been a Yumi Kim sample sale quietly going on in Nolita this week, and we popped in around lunchtime to check out what's left. In short? Basically everything. A sign in the window advertises prices that are up to 80% off retail, but they've already taken their happy red slasher pen to sale signs.
Prices are as follows: Beaded dresses are $35; dresses of all lengths, rompers, and jumpsuits are $30; beaded tops are $25; silk tops, skirts, shorts, and pants are $20; and shoes are $10 (there were only a few pairs left though). Accessories, including bangles, necklaces, rings, and more, top out at $10.
Racks here are stuffed with merchandise that doesn't look to be organized by size—it seems like small was the most popular size, but we easily found mediums and large in the mix as well. Nothing that we saw looked damaged, but most of the silk pieces could use a good steam.
Mini and maxi dresses dominated the selection, most adorned with signature Yumi Kim bright florals. Since original prices on these dresses can go upwards of $200, there's definitely steals to be had.
The sale runs through 7pm tonight and wraps up tomorrow evening—despite an advertisement on their website that says it runs through August 1st. Sales associates said they don't plan on doing any further markdowns as of now, but there could be a price drop an hour or two before they close on Thursday night.
· Dealfeed: Yumi Kim [Racked NY]
· All Sample Sales Coverage [Racked NY]
Image via WWD
Luxury Rebel design director Renée Snelson has recently taken on a second job—that of a street artist. She's been transferring her fanciful shoe sketches onto the streets of New York as of late, noted WWD, tagging walls with what she dubs as "shoefiti".
"I've always been in love with street art, and this influence can be seen in my style of painting," Snelson told the paper. "I started doing street art earlier this year, and I have since been obsessed. It combines my favorite things: shoes and graffiti."
She's tagged neighborhoods like the East Village, Lower East Side, and Chelsea, as well as parts of Brooklyn. "I go to places that have abandoned buildings or popular tagging spots, where other street artists also have work," she said "I sometimes ask permission, depending on the location. People have been very cool about it."
Welcome to Workout Wednesday: every hump-day, we'll be rounding up some of the city's hottest fitness trends and studios.
You can pedal your way through just so many spin classes before your routine is left gasping for a breath of fresh air. Luckily, that's just a hiking trail away. New York City is situated in the center of it all, with trails sprawling in all directions: the Lemon Squeeze to the north in the Hudson Valley; Oyster Pond Trail to the east in Montauk; Four Birds Trail to the south in North Jersey; and Donut HoleTrail to the west in Pennsylvania.
Like any solid cardio workout, hiking has been shown to improve cardiovascular health, muscle strength, bone density, and overall mood. Maneuvering your way up a rocky hill can intensify your heart rate and burn extra calories while honing balance and stability. And getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city just for a day definitely has its own benefits.
But first, there are essentials you'll want in your hiking pack—ten to be exact. We tapped Maria Gabriela Garcia, a camping sales representative over at REI in Soho and Christopher Hawson, a buyer for Paragon Sports for tips.
Why It's Essential: If you're going on a hike, you need to know where you're going, right? Navigation can include maps, compasses, and GPS devices. While your GPS device may be spot on when it comes to directing you toward the nearest Organic Avenue, it's not so reliable once it's dragged off the beaten concrete path, where wireless signals can be few and far between.
"When that GPS signal doesn't show up, when your battery dies, when you drop your smartphone and it shatters into a million pieces; you're going to wish you had a map, and that you knew how to read it," says Garcia.
What to Pack: Most maps today are printed on water-resistant paper. If the one you need isn't, you can pick up an inexpensive water-proof sleeve to store it in. For a compass, most people can get away with REI's Therm-O Compass. This little keychain has a water compass, a temperature gauge, and a wind-chill chart on the back to calculate temperature difference. If you're stressing about not being able to read a map, REI offers free classes.
Why It's Essential: We're talking more than just a bottle of sunscreen here (which you do need). You want to also consider lip balm, sunglasses, and hats. "You would be surprised at all the ways those rays will catch you while out on a hike, especially what the glare off the water can do," says Hawson.
What to Pack: An Outdoor Research's broad brim sun hat, like the Oasis Sombrero Sun Hat. The thing about this hat is it doesn't just shade you from the sun—it actually protects your face, neck, and shoulders from UV rays with its expansive brim made of SolarShield fabric with UPF 50+. Plus, it's equipped with a wicking headband that keeps perspiration (and unfortunate hairline acne) in check.
Why It's Essential: A number of garments fall under this essential: jacket, vest, pants, gloves, etc. The thing about hiking through different elevations is that temps can change along the journey.
What to Pack: Since you're heading out on a summer hike a light but versatile jacket will do, like North Face's Venture Jacket. It provides waterproof and windproof protection and breathable comfort with its HyVent technology, which is great if a thunderstorm rolls in. But what we're really interested in are the little things: like the adjustable Velcro cuff tabs, zipper pockets, and "pit-zips," zipper concealed mesh openings in the jacket's armpits that help prevent overheating when tearing through the trails.
Why It's Essential: What most novice hikers aren't aware of is that you really should have three sources of light at your fingertips when out on the trails. "On your person yourself, you should have at least two sources of light," says Garcia. "So this way if your primary source of light, like say a lantern defaults, you're still good to go."
What to Pack: These two sources can include a flashlight, a clip light, even a headlamp, which these days are super small, lightweight, and really easy to use. "I always recommend Princeton Tec," Garcia adds. "The Remix is the most popular one right now. It's right down the middle: it's not too expensive, it's not too cheap, and at 125 lumens that's more light than you'll probably ever need."
Why It's Essential: You're on an adventure, and you know that every adventure comes with a worthwhile danger or two.
What to Pack: Grab Adventure Medical's Fundamentals Easy Care Kit. It's equipped for just about every hiking mishap you can think of: scrapes and wounds, insect stings and bites, sprains and fractures, and so on. What's really awesome though is that all contents in this two-pound kit are organized by injury along with specific instructions, enabling even the clumsiest to administer first aid quickly confidently.
Why It's Essential: This is another one of those in-case-of-an-emergency essentials. And really, who's to say that stopping midway through an 8-hour hike to roast a hot dog over an open flame isn't an emergency?
What to Pack: The SOL All-Weather Fire Cubes. These eco-friendly, non-toxic, smokeless, and odorless cubes easily ignite and stay lit in any condition—yeah, they're even windproof. Since each full cube will burn for ten to twelve minutes, they're ideal for getting a fire started but not necessarily being the sole source. However, one cube can boil sixteen ounces of water in ten minutes.
Why It's Essential: "You never know what you may end up having to fix when out on the trails," says Hawson. "Screws do have a habit of coming loose and eyelets in boots have been known to bend out of shape."
What to Pack: A Leatherman Wave Multitool.This tool of all tools (17 in total) is equipped with numerous screwdrivers, needle nose pliers, wire cutters, a ruler, scissors, assorted files, a bottle opener, and various knives, among a few other things.
Why it's Essential: It's suggested you pack an extra day's food supply, even if you're just out on a day hike—because, well, your plans could go off course.
What to Pack: In an effort to keep it light while still meeting your recommended daily caloric intake and vitamin needs, energy bars, like ProBar, are really the way to go. For instance, there's the ProBar Superfruit Slam Whole Food Meal Bar that's loaded with organic acai berries, strawberries, almonds, and oats. It's a solid source of Omega 3 and 6, as well as a number of other nutritonal necessities, deeming this tasty vegan teat a suitable meal replacement.
Why It's Essential: While you're out on the trail, you'll likely forget you're exercising—until you start working up a sweat. What you don't want to forget is to stay hydrated, and the most effective way is to drink small amounts of fluids about every fifteen to twenty minutes, or when you start to feel thirsty.
What to Pack: Outfit your hiking pack with a Camelback Antidote Reservoir made of super-strong polyurethane and equipped with a quick-snap cap and drinking hose. "The hose is really the key feature here," Hawson explains. "When you're hiking you will likely be using your hands to maintain balance and by having the hose right there you can drink as you go, no need to stop, unscrew a bottle, and lose the cap."
Why It's Essential: You set out on a hike expecting the best and hoping to avoid the worst, but there's always a chance you may cross paths with the worst. You'd be surprised what qualifies as an emergency shelter: like a tent, tarp, bivy (basically a lightweight waterproof sleeping bag), and a reflective blanket.
What to Pack: A windproof, waterproof Grabber Outdoors Space Emergency Bag made of 1/2mm heat retaining polyester film. "This inexpensive emergency bag is amazing to have because it serves so many different purposes," says Garcia. "You can use it as a ground tarp or as an overhead shelter, you can use it as a functional carrier, and most importantly, you can use it as a blanket, which is crucial when temperatures drop."—Ellen Thompson
BOOM: Staten Island's Empire Outlets just signed its first tenant—Nordstrom Rack. And, unlike the city's six other Nordstrom Racks, this 34,000-square-foot outpost will share a waterfront mega-compound with roughly 100 discount retails (and the world's largest ferris wheel).
Empire Outlets is slated to open on Black Friday, 2016, which means we have two years of tenant announcements to look forward to. As for the rest of the shops, "It's going to be high-end European fashion brands, [among others]" said Don Capoccia of BFC Partners, the firm developing the mall. "It will be the usual suspects."
· Staten Island Outlet Mall Looking at Black Friday 2016 Opening [Racked NY]
· Possible Delays For the Staten Island Outlet Mall, Ferris Wheel [Racked NY]
Welcome back to Editor's Essentials, a Wednesday feature in which editors from around the Racked network discuss their all-time best buys.
Braless in a promotional freebie t-shirt and The Big Cotton Undies is a fine way to sleep—by yourself or with an understanding bedfellow. However, there are times where you need to look a touch more put together while lounging around the house: perhaps you're staying at your in-laws', you've rented a weekend house with friends, you're working from home and have a shred of self respect, or you know the FedEx guy is going to buzz at any minute.
For these occasions, and with the heat of the season in mind, our editors have pulled their personal favorite presentable pajamas and polished loungewear essentials for your consideration. Breezy nightgowns, cute PJ sets, and the best tee to steal from the boys are among our picks in the gallery below.
We scan the inbox so you don't have to. Today, four items of note:
Best Bets Daily: Yellow gold "ear crawlers"
Byrdie: Harnessing the power of face products
GiltCity NYC: Discounts to a FiDi Pilates studio
Into the Gloss: A must-know fragrance line
The New Potato: Food and fashion with Claire Distenfeld (pictured)
Pulsd: See Heathers tonight for free
Refinery29: A reminder to heart New York
Style.com: Kate Hudson's makeup picks
Well & Good: Would you buy a $14,000 treadmill?
WWWD: Fashion tricks to shrink your waist
The Zoe Report: Beauty mistakes to avoid
Two Hell Square tailors just folded [Bowery Boogie]
The Bleecker-St.-Records-to-Dunkin-Donuts transformation is complete [Jeremiah's Vanishing New York]
A woman spotted the wedding dress she lost during Hurricane Sandy in a dry cleaner's window [Consumerist]
Madewell drops 47 new denim styles [Racked]
Warby Parker's Beck frames are now shoppable [Pret-a-Reporter]
Kanye's creative director unveils his first collection for Off-White [CRFB]
Waitlist for YSL space-age foundation up to 12,000 people [Marie Claire UK]
Christian Siriano on the difficulties of casting plus-size models [HuffPo]
One of several pieces from Fishs Eddy's 212 New York Skyline collection
Fishs Eddy has come under fire with the authorities—specifically, the Port Authority. According to the New York Times, the agency has a serious problem with the iconic kitchenware store's goods that depict their properties, particularly the 212 New York Skyline and Bridge and Tunnel series with cartoon images of bridges, tunnels, and city landmarks.
"Your use of the Port Authority's assets on dinnerware and other items is of great concern to the Port Authority," a lawyer for the agency wrote on July 24th, positing that the store is "unfairly reaping a benefit" and is looking to "evoke thoughts of the Port Authority, the twin towers, W.T.C. and the September 11th terrorist attacks."
"If they hurt this pattern, they hurt us," co-owner Julie Gaines told the paper this week, citing the collections' popularity. "Are they going to stop everyone from using the trade center in the skyline?" she added. "If so, they better get going."
A Port Authority spokeswoman said that they have been in contact with others who they see as benefitting off of their trademark, but declined to give out names.
· Port Agency Tells Stores to Drop 9/11 Items [Racked NY]
· Criticism Erupts Over the 9/11 Memorial Museum Gift Shop [Racked NY]
· 38 of New York City's Best Home Goods and Furniture Stores [Racked NY]
BaubleBar's latest sample sale opens to the public tomorrow, but we—and the Racked readers who got early access (which you can still get!)—got to shop the best picks this morning. Loads of the label's signature costume jewelry is on offer, with prices starting at just $5. You won't find any high-end jewels or investment pieces here, but this sale, packed to the brim with sparkly items and playful accessories, is worth it all the same.
Everything is priced as marked, ranging from $5 for rings to $25 for statement necklaces. The sale space is organized categorically, so if you're looking for something in specific—a cuff bracelet, for example—it'll be super easy to find.
The sale is heaviest on bracelets and necklaces. Of the former, there's everything from woven friendship bracelets for $5 to rhinestone-adorned lucite cuffs for $20. We liked colorful bangles with gold pyramid stud detailing for $10 each, rose gold serpent hinge cuffs for $10, and oversized metal cuffs for $15.
Necklaces are definitely the highlight of this sale, with tons of funky, colorful statement pieces to choose from. Some of our favorites included faux pearl and rhinestone collar necklaces for $15, oversized rope and neon-gem styles for $25, and teardrop faux-stone adorned chokers for $15.
All rings are just $5. Most of these are pretty unexciting—various shapes in shades of silver and gold—but there are some worthwhile picks, including a mock-druzy cocktail ring and stacking styles in every color imaginable.
One large table holds earrings. You'll find simple studs for $5, faux-pearl chandelier earrings for $15, and silver pyramid-stud styles for $10. Flashier styles—including starburst-shaped neon and rhinestone pairs—run a little higher, but all prices cap off at $25. We also found one pair of oversized rhinestone ear cuffs for $15 which, while almost completely unfit for real life (so costumey), were super cool and worth nabbing just for fun.
Some styles will be restocked throughout the sale, but there will be no more markdowns, so head in now for the best selection. The sale runs through Thursday—see the link below for the address and timing information. Don't forget, they're only taking credit cards at this sale.—Gillian Fuller
Earlier this month, the living breathing Tumblr page that is the Soho VFiles shop marked its second anniversary with an in-store bash, and New York Magazine was there to witness party-goers pontificate on the meaning of "normcore." Here, we've rounded up the most glorious quotes from the event—which are best appreciated without context, and with cats.
· All VFiles Coverage [Racked NY]