SPHATIKA, “MIRACLE ON MADISON!”

SPHATIKA, “Miracles on Madison!”

Today I took time out of my otherwise hurried schedule to discover a “Miracle on Madison” and indulged myself into 30 minutes of Euphoria with  “The Instant Oxygen Rejuvenation Facial” regularly $118.18 but for a limited time on special for $89 at SPHATIKA. So for those of use who know “I’m Worth It” but on a limited budget, $ are no longer an excuse to treat yourself to Wellness! And for those of you where budget is not an issue, what are you waiting for?

BEFORE

BEFORE

Living in a instant society can be quite demanding on your mind, body, and soul. But thanks to Sphatika, you can also revive yourself in an instant! During my 30 minutes of pure Lux I was taken away from it all with a potpourri of exclusive sounds, scents, and healing vibrations omitted from very special Quartz gigantic in size, and other varied crystals and stones which resided in my treatment room. That with a delicious infusion of pure and concentrated Oxygen, hydrating hyaluronic acid combined with all natural Sphatika products delivered by Midori Maeda, equalled in the rebirth of ME!

AFTER

AFTER

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SPHATIKA 4JULY PROMO

SPHATIKA 4JULY PROMO

Sphatika International, LLC.

818 Madison Ave. 3rd Floor

Between 68th & 69th St.

New York, New York 10065

Phone: (212) 265-5885

Fax: (212) 265-3388

info@sphatika.com

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SPHATIKA a Secret Oasis of Calm

Today I took the time out of my hurried schedule for a much needed Euphoric 30 minutes of rejuvenation with Midori at SPHATIKA! Please, enjoy my blog about that experience and stay tuned in for my sequel, MIRACLE ON MADISON!

ELEMENTS of FIERCE Blog

SPHATIKA

A Secret Oasis Of Calm

I was really torn about writing this particular blog because I wanted to insure being able to get an appointment in the future. Hands down the Royal SPHATIKA Spa must be one of the best kept secrets in New York!

It’s no coincidence that the Life Centering Haven, and Crystal (meaning of Sphatika) Sanctuary, is located in the center of Manhattan at Columbus Circle.

The life charging, unforgettable, belated Valentine experience I shared with a very dear person in my life will never be forgotten.

BEAU-T BY BLANE Design/Wellness Consulting is also dedicated to the promotion of health first, beauty second, knowing that they both go hand in hand. My clients always walk away with the realization that beauty starts within. Actually, when you can truly own your inner beauty you can make a paper sack look good (with a belt of course)!

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MORE OR LESS? Staging for Street Easy

MORE OR LESS?
The Jefferson at 211 E 13 #PHE STAGING 09/19/14

The Jefferson at 211 East 13 Street #PHE

The Jefferson at 211 East 13 Street #PHE

The Jefferson at 211 East 13 Street #PHE

The Jefferson at 211 East 13 Street #PHE

The Jefferson at 211 East 13 Street #PHE

The Jefferson at 211 East 13 Street #PHE

It’s amazing what we as humans can accomplish when refuse to be paralyzed by fear! This project really drove that point home for me.

The challenge with the staging of this penthouse was unusual because I actually had to bring in furniture to make the small space appear to be larger.

My job was also to gently mentor the potential buyer on how to maximize usage of the space visually.

Thanks to Corinth Harrison, Rental Consultant at http://www.cort.com
I was able to victoriously answer the call. The pressure was on as my staging services were requested three days before their first official open house. But, with Cort’s 48-hour delivery/pickup service, and specially trained managers to handle the unique needs of a staged home we made the impossible possible!

The Jefferson at 211 East 13 Street #PHE

The Jefferson at 211 East 13 Street #PHE

The Jefferson at 211 East 13 Street #PHE

The Jefferson at 211 East 13 Street #PHE

Some of my best work has been produced under pressure and I’m thrilled to add this project to the list!

CORT Furniture Rental

CORT Furniture Rental

The moment I walked into the Cort showroom, I knew it was a marriage made in heaven. The quality, variety, simplicity, and textures of their furniture and accessories brought so much ease to the decision-making process. Their broad selection caters to fit any lifestyle.

Before any Staging consultation takes place, a clearing of the entire space is mandatory. My go to for achieving this goal effectively is White Sage.

White Sage Smudge

White Sage Smudge

White Sage (Also called Sacred Sage) leaves are widely used as a cleansing herb, to purify the mind, body and also to purify the atmosphere & to dispel negativity.

Smudging with white sage offers the benefits of purifying you and your environment, banishing negative energy and/or entities, clearing haunted spaces and relaxing and calming people, pets and spirits.

“Less Is More” is usually my motto, but in this situation More was the key to achieving our goal. To stage or not to stage was not the issue. According to HUD, a staged home sells in about half the time and for an average of 6.32%-17% more (compared to just 1.6% above list price on non-staged homes). Deciding how much of the More factor was the issue that could make or break the success of this project.

I, myself was amazed at just how larger the space felt with just a few key elements.

LivingDining1

The key elements for this space were a colorful, Missoni print, and spacious Angelina sofa multi 86″ to accommodate a lot of seating in one area, and an oval Havana cocktail table to soften all of the other square edges.

Two Sunkist orange Ara accent chairs and a round glass chrome Eileen Grey side table to create another conversation nook within the living room was placed across from the couch.  A bold, tangerine and white graphic rug was selected to contain these pieces and give a sense of a separate room within a room minus the walls.

 

Likewise, a 38″ round Julia metal glass dining table for four with four oval, Belina high back dining chairs gently created the feeling of a slightly enclosed  dining area within the kitchen without adding a feeling of clutter to the overall space.

Antique Credenza

Antique Credenza

The vintage credenza gave me an opportunity to merge old with the new while perfectly filling in an odd sized space and giving it a newfound sense of purpose.

The large column in the middle of what otherwise would be a panoramic view in the bedroom proved to be a total eyesore especially without furniture.

Bedroom

Bedroom

So instead of working against the column, I worked with it and gave it a headboard treatment for the full-sized bed with Matelasse finishings which I placed in front of it with 2 hammered metal Champaign three draw chest framing the bed on both sides.

Foyer Table

Foyer Table

The walnut Conal console table in the foyer was narrow yet long enough to effectively serve it’s purpose without interrupting the flow when entering the condo.

We decided on no art on the walls to maximize the feeling of openness.

Turquoise Sculpture

Turquoise Sculpture

Instead, we opted for sculpture in the living room windows with the turquoise hand blown mutable glass behind the couch, and the Buddha bust from India near the credenza.

To complete the delicate mix of vintage and modern, the accents were purchased from Vintage Thrift Shop 236 third avenue with the brilliant assistance from Charles who knows his inventory quite well.

CoffeeTable

 

 

In the Living room we simple placed two square smoky topaz glass bowls circa 1930s.

JellybeansCredenza2
The center piece on top of the credenza featured a shallow round crystal circa 1940s.

DiningTable
On the dining table wrest a Waterford crystal bowl and pewter candle holder circa 1920s.

KitchenLimes
The kitchen features a teak wooden bowl circa 1950s.

VintageRosebudVasesItalianSoap
The bathroom sink displays a set of porcelain rose bud vases circa 1930s and cobalt depression glass soap dish.

RedGlovesCorksSilverVase
On the foyer table rest an iridescent rectangle glass dish circa 1950s, and an antique silver bowl dated 1977.

The candy apple red kid skin leather gloves (which mystically fit my client’s hand and became a gift for her), Trapp votive/gift candle from Bash & Bow 210 East 21 Street , and a sprinkle of the latest fashion/interior design magazines added to creating that lived in feeling for the space.

TrappWaterCandleBathroom

TrappLavenderBedroom

Bash&Bow

TRAPP
Water votive for the bathroom
Lavender votive for the bedroom
Teak and Oud Wood candle/gift to client for the living room

To add more color, I introduced non perishable yet edible items like gum balls  in the bowls on the coffee table in the living room and gourmet jelly beans in the bowl on top of the credenza.
http://streeteasy.com/building/the-jefferson/phe

Signature statements:
– Fashion item #redgloves
– Spiritual item #BuddhaHead
– Edible accents #gumballs/jellybeans
– Old meets New #credenza/accents
– Aromatherapy #TrappedCandles
– Color #HappySpace

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WHAT TO WEAR? F/W 2014 “FAB FIVE FAVS!”

WHAT TO WEAR? F/W 2014 “FAB FIVE FAVS!”

Our Fashion Weeks have all come to an end and the fashion dust has settled!

Now for the moment of truth, What To Wear?

For me, the perfect ensemble for any season is a combination of practicality and a personal reflection of originality. When deciding where to invest your “doll bucks”, shoes, coats and handbags should top your list. As these items can update and add personality to all of of your classic looks.

For the gentlemen, Brioni captured my attention with their Kimoni inspired suit jacket. This is a perfect merge of Japanese culture and Italian fine tailoring. This will definitely add a little spice to your wardrobe! I see this jacket also paired with a turtleneck and a pair of dark denim jeans on a casually chic note.

http://www.brioni.com

Brioni Kimono Inspired Suit Jacket F/W2014

Brioni Kimono Inspired Suit Jacket F/W2014

Now for my ladies, this is the season for all of you anti high heel fashionistas which sounds like a contradiction to me. The flat shoe is totally in Vogue for F/W 2014 and here is my FFF selection from my favorite women’s shoe designer hands down! It oozes effortless luxury which can be dressed up or down.

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
Fred Python Flat Brogue

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Fred Python Flat Brogue

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
Fred Python Flat Brogue

Astrakhan Fur was all the rage, and Givenchy got it right!

 Astrakhan Fur Givenchy F/W2014

Astrakhan Fur Givenchy F/W2014

The bar has been raised all the way to our thighs this season and the FFF award goes to PRADA Thigh High Boot F/W2014

PRADA Thigh High Boot F/W2014

PRADA Thigh High Boot F/W2014

For that perfect wrap, look to the Robe Coat to complete any look. I love the versatility of the Falabella Wrap Coat by Altuzarra. It also comes in a beige/grey combination for a more neutral look.

ALTUZARRA

Falabella Wrap Coat

Altuzarra F/W14 Collection

Altuzarra F/W14 Collection

That wraps up my “Fab Five Favs!” for 2014

Check out these two websites I discovered that are a great resource for high quality classics. #Somethingforeveryone

http://www.25bedford.com

http://www.modcloth.com

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AND OUD TO WOOD!

AND OUD TO WOOD!

Oud-wood

It all started with the discovery of

TRAPP No. 68 Teak and Oud Wood

TRAPP No. 68
Teak and Oud Wood

TRAPP CANDLE NO. 68
The complex natures of Teak and Oud woods create a modern combination of dark woody and sophisticated sweet notes.  Madagascar vanilla and Tonka Bean balance out this fragrance to create a smooth and spicy aroma.

BASH & BOW New York

BASH & BOW New York

from walking into a unique and inviting boutique on my way to a modeling gig for the SVA Photo Department and meeting Leema Basharyar the mastermind behind this brilliant concept of supporting both local and global entrepreneurs.

My first purchases sold to me by the owner Leema Basharyar

My first purchases sold to me by the owner Leema Basharyar

BASH AND BOW
MANIFESTO

To present a modern approach to traditional boutique shopping.

To create a space that blends the friendliness of a country general store with the luxury of a high end boutique.

To carry merchandise that is not only thoughtfully curated and beautiful, but also useful and relevant to our customer.

To make a conscious effort to source and offer only items that are accessibly priced.

To provide extras like complimentary gift packaging and a personalized gift concierge service.

To support both local designers and global artisans. Why limit our resources?

To maintain an open and honest dialogue with our vendors and our customers, in order to evolve and grow.

Here at Dover Street Market New York my coat from Thom Browne F/W 2014 collection photo by David Unich

Here at Dover Street Market New York my coat from Thom Browne F/W 2014 collection photo by David Unich

I then was thrilled to discover, while working with the personal assistance of my dear friend and former BNY colleague, David Unich, on my fashion blog featuring

https://elementsoffierce.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/fab-five-favs-celebrates-dsmny-dover-street-market-new-york-2/

DOVER STREET MARKET NEW YORK

“I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos …” –Rei Kawakubo

Dover Street Market is a multilevel fashion retail store created by Rei Kawakubo of Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons. It is located in Dover Street, Mayfair, London. Dover Street Market Tokyo opened in 2006 and is a smaller version of the London store.

My New Obsession! COMME des GARCONS WONDEROUD Eau de Parfum

My New Obsession!
COMME des GARCONS
WONDEROUD Eau de Parfum photo by Sabrina Reales

to discover the latest scent by COMME des GARCONS 

WONDEROUD Eau de Parfum

WONDEROUD the latest homage to Wood by COMME des GARCONS

WONDEROUD the latest homage to Wood by COMME des GARCONS photo by Sabrina Reales

My First Purchase at DSMNY photo by Sabrina Reales

My First Purchase at DSMNY photo by Sabrina Reales

WONDEROUD is an orgasmic celebration of the Wonders of Nature!” –BEAU-T BY BLANE

One of nature’s most precious gifts, worth its weight in gold. An aromatic resin, scented with subtle notes, Oud is known as The Black Gold of Perfumers. 

Used only for the most precious and mythical concoctions, its powerful and rich character brings a woody, animal, balsamic and even honey feel and texture to a fragrance. 

100% Natural Oud extracted from resinous Aquilaria trees grown sustainably in South East Asia. 

Texas Cedarwood Fraction OrPur, Oud Wood, Indonesian Patchouli, Australian Sandalwood, Haitian Vetiver, Guaiac Wood, Pashminol.

Sabrina Reales, fifth floor Manager, was very helpful, and made my first purchase a very special occasion. and she took some great pics to boot!

AGARWOOD
Agarwood, also known as oud, oodh or agar, is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees (large evergreens native to southeast Asia) when they become infected with a type of mould. Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale coloured;

Uninfected Aquilaria Wood

Uninfected Aquilaria Wood

however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. The resin embedded wood is commonly called gaharu, jinko, aloeswood, agarwood, or oud (not to be confused with ‘Bakhoor’) and is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for incense and perfumes.

First Grade Agarwood

First Grade Agarwood

One of the main reasons for the relative rarity and high cost of agarwood is the depletion of the wild resource. Since 1995 Aquilaria malaccensis, the primary source, has been listed in Appendix II (potentially threatened species) by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. In 2004 all Aquilaria species were listed in Appendix II; however, a number of countries have outstanding reservations regarding that listing.

First-grade agarwood is one of the most expensive natural raw materials in the world. A whole range of qualities and products are on the market, varying in quality with geographical location and cultural deposition. Oud oil is distilled from agarwood, it fetches high prices depending on the oil’s purity. The current global market for agarwood is estimated to be in the range of US$ 6 – 8 billion and is growing rapidly. (Notes from Agarwood – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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OWN and EMBRACE YOUR CURVES!

A Bowl of Curves!

                     A Bowl of Curves!

OWN and EMBRACE YOUR CURVES!

Each time we look at our bowl of favorite fruits nature reminds us of the beauty in owning and embracing our personal curves!!!

I get such a thrill when I can empower my clients to own their beauty by connecting them with the designers that skillfully enhance their unique and personal style.

Most recently I had the pleasure of assisting a friend referred to me by a long time client and dear friend requesting help with defining her since of style and giving her the tools to own her fierceness!

At BEAU-T BY BLANE we pride ourselves on encouraging our clients to go from being predictable to being original!

Many of us think that baggy, louse, clothing makes you appear smaller when in actuality it makes you look wider which equals larger.

Whereas properly fitted clothing elongate the body and provides a slimming effect.

One of our recent clients expressed a desire to shop at her favorite and familiar destinations, Banana Republic, The Loft, and J Crew. But, during my pre-shop analysis, I discovered that the color palettes for Banana Republic was quite drab, and the earth tones would not work for her.

BEAU-T BY BLANE is all about “Turning Drab Into Fab!” and places much emphasis on the importance of color.

Client wears dress by Tracy Reese here at Anthropologie

                                    Client wears dress by Tracy Reese here at Anthropologie

We get such a thrill introducing our clients to new designers that will enhance their overall look. My client was familiar with my suggestion, to check out Anthropologie. But, she wasn’t familiar with Tracy Reese, a female African-American designer who dresses our First Lady M. Obama, and is also my friend. And Tracy loves curves, especially her own, and doesn’t design anything she wouldn’t wear herself!

Tracy Reese at TRFall 2014 fashion show

                                                   Tracy Reese at TRFall 2014 fashion show

Here at the Tracy Reese Fall 2014 fashion show with me,
Monique Roberts of http://www.rejuvyabody.com
Lesley Ware of http://www.lesleyware.com
Charlene Keogh of http://www.keoghdesign.com

Here at TRFall14 fashion show with Lesley Ware and Monique Roberts Tracy's personal pilates trainer

Here at TRFall14 fashion show with Lesley Ware and Monique Roberts Tracy’s personal pilates trainer

Blane and my dear friend/client Charlene Keogh

                                         Blane and my dear friend/client Charlene Keogh

Check out more fabulous pictures from Tracy Reese Fall 2014 collection on Instagram #TRFall14
Tracy_Reese
http://www.tracyreese.com

Tracy Reese joins us her at BEAU-T by BLANE in celebrating a woman’s body and having fun in the process!

Here with my client in a dress by Mauve at Anthropologie

                                 Here with my client in a dress by Mauve at Anthropologie

Stepping into a boutique like Anthropologie could be quite overwhelming visually! But, with my client’s newfound and refined sense of style after our wardrobe consultation she was amazed at how effortlessly it was to navigate with me through the boutique.

This time it was all about color, and we discovered some wonderful dresses, and unique blouses that all carried a huge “WOW FACTOR!”

Kelly and Saudee at Anthropologie in Rockerfeller and David Domangue at J Crew both offered us stellar service bringing us needed sizes, helpful suggestions, and surprising us with items off the floor that were perfectly suited for my client’s needs.

J CREW Merino Wool Swing Sweater in Crushed Grape

J CREW Merino Wool Swing Sweater in Crushed Grape

For example, we fell in love with this deep purple (my client’s favorite color & color of the season) silk blouse at J Crew but they no longer had her size. David surprised us with the exact same color in a luscious merino wool pullover sweater that Betty could also wear under her business suiting. We all walked away Winners!

At BEAU-T BY BLANE we only work with point persons that are fully knowledgeable of the collections they represent and like us, can think outside of the box.

Introducing my client to JOE FRESH designer of her striped dress, loafers and my blazer

         Introducing my client to JOE FRESH designer of her striped dress, loafers and my blazer

Here at JOE FRESH featuring clients ensemble and my blazer from the Fall 2104 collection

       Here at JOE FRESH featuring clients ensemble and my blazer from the Fall 2104 collection

Joe Fresh is a great destination for wonderful color and bold prints. Here at the Madison Avenue Flagship store, Kabrina gave us a personal tour of the Fall 2014 collection. Our “Favs” were the made in USA, limited editions straight from the runway.

Here at the LOFT with my client in their designs

                                 Here at Ann Taylor  LOFT with my client in one of their designs

Here with my client in another FAB dress from The LOFT

                                Here with my client in another FAB dress from Ann Taylor LOFT

Ann Taylor Loft has great slacks to compliment any figure and their dresses make sexy comfortable! Zakiya Moore, here at the 1492 Third Avenue and 84th Street location, was very efficient in bringing prime highlights from their latest collection that were perfectly suited for my client’s needs. Eva Bullock and visiting manager, Kathleen Rojas made us feel right at home. And even though we were nearing the closing hour, they offered over the top service and VIP treatment until the very end!

WHITE GLOVES

                        WHITE GLOVES

BEAU-T BY BLANE also prides itself on its White Glove approach to service. Our clients carry nothing, fold or hang nothing, button or zip nothing! All of our clients are VIP! We look forward to sharing this luxurious experience with you!

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OPI NORDIC COLLECTION F/W 2014

OPI NORDIC COLLECTION F/W 2014

OPI NORDIC COLLECTION F/W 2014

OPI NORDIC COLLECTION F/W 2014 color featured, “Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm?” over “A Grape Fit!”
Photo: David Urich
Stylist: Blane Charles
Location: Dover Street Market NY
Manicure: Hana at Spa Belles 170 W 23 Street
Jewelry: Lynn Ban, Watch: Cartier Tank (models own)
Clutch: Alaia A/W 2014 collection.

http://pro.opi.com/

ROSE BAKERY

ROSE BAKERY

Looking for any excuse to revisit ROSE BAKERY, we decided to make DSMNY the location for our OPI NORDIC COLLECTION F/W 2014 promo shoot

Rose Bakery London Green Park

Rose Bakery London Green Park

My personal connection goes all the back to when I lived in London during the 90’s when Rose Bakery was my second home that I proudly sent or brought all of my visitors!

London

Dover Street Market

17-18 Dover Street London W1S 4LT, UK

Rose Bakery Cookbooks

Rose Bakery Cookbooks

In the 1990s they set up Villandry, which started off selling quiches, soups and sandwiches from a tiny shop in London’s Marylebone High Street.

Fashion Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology

Eight years after returning to New York to study at The Fashion Institute of Technology I returned to Paris to discover that Rose Bakery had opened in my “FAV” area of Paris, the Marais!

Paris

Dover Street Market

40 rue de Debblyeme Marais

46 rue des Martyrs

Montmartre 10 Blvd De La Bastille

Rose Bakery France

Rose Bakery France

They opened the first Rose Bakery in Paris in 2002, which, in addition to selling a dazzling selection of salads and organic store-cupboard goodies, is also stacked full of chocolate brownies, sponges, carrot cakes and crumbles and teas in enamel tins.

Rose Bakery Carrot Cake

Rose Bakery Carrot Cake

After the shoot, for my afternoon reprise, Mara P. introduced me to RB signature item on their menu, Carrot Cake, and Davey, Barista Extraordinaire prepared my Mocha with freshly melted Guayaquil chocolate from Ecuador. http://www.southernexplorations.com/adventure-travel-information/travel-articles/ecuador/chocolate/chocolate-western-ecuador.htm

OPI NORDIC COLLECTION F/W 2014 #2

OPI NORDIC COLLECTION F/W 2014 #2

OPI NORDIC COLLECTION F/W 2014 color featuring, “Viking In A Vinter Vonderland” over “A Grape Fit!”

Selfie: Blane Charles
Stylist: Blane Charles
Location: Smith 9th Street F train platform
Manicure: Hana at Spa Belles 170 W 23 Street
Shades: Karen Walker Eyewear
Bracelets: Cyrus aka Flyrus

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