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Saturday
Nov052016

Boutique & Beauty Bar: Recipe for a Unique Shopping Experience

https://madonnaandco.com/

There’s always a risk when you create something new. Will people like it? Will it succeed? Will it be worth it?

When Madonna and Co. re-launched in Mid-town East Side, (bordering on the Upper-East Side) from our former location in Soho, we emerged as a different entity, incorporating what made us great in the past, but with new additions. We were more.

In addition to our new location on 60th street, we opened a full service salon and beauty bar within the store, bringing to a life a completely unique shopping experience.

Fashion and Beauty: An Innovative Convergence

The inclusion of the beauty bar inside our boutique converged the worlds of fashion and beauty in a way that’s never been done. For the first time, women have the opportunity to receive comprehensive beautification in a one-stop shop.

Bringing together fashion and beauty as we have done was not without risk, but innovation always involves a leap of faith. New creations don’t arise from the ether. Innovation comes as the result of unique combinations, whether it be a boutique and a beauty bar, our designs and exclusive designer capsule collections, or glam and chic, etc. Creating one-of-a-kind experiences from unique combinations is what Madonna & Co. has always done.

Our willingness to break barriers and defy categorization is what makes our selection of fashion and accessories so vibrant and original. All of the clothing in our store has been designed and hand picked from collections around the world. By dealing with the designer themselves and direct with our factories, we are able to offer luxury items at affordable prices.

The vast selection of unique affordable clothing featured in our shop is what makes us the best NYC boutique operating today. By shopping at Madonna & Co., you receive the peace of mind in knowing that you’ll never cross paths with someone wearing the same outfit; one-of-a-kind, wearable and affordable clothes for independent woman is what we do.

Community of Independent Women

While the ability to get a full-service haircut, styling, and complete makeup treatment in the same place where you find all of your exclusive designs and luxury clothing is extremely convenient, the impetus behind opening the beauty bar had more to do with community than convenience.

We wanted to create a space where independent women from all walks of life and ages could come together to shop, socialize, and express their femininity. We imagined a world where the social aspects of a salon coalesced with the activity of shopping. Our love of fashion and beauty led us to invent a world that unites these spheres and offers women a place to have fun and engage in a dialogue about fashion and style.

At Madonna & Co. we believe in creating a personal style. We see it as our job to assist women in crafting their own individual aesthetic. Every woman that walks through our doors is a unique assemblage of beliefs, values, and traits. Her aesthetic preferences are a function of her entire worldview and identity.

Creating the perfect outfit involves a translation of sorts. Our aim is to help the women who shops in our store translate their core identity into an aesthetic that embodies and represents who they really are and how they feel. Every woman who comes into our store receives a unique treatment that results in a unique style – whether her preferences lean towards glam, chic, posh, or edgy.

The beauty bar allows us to take the crafting of a unique style one step further. In addition to helping women find their dream new fashions, our stylists bring years of experience and knowledge to the table, assisting women realize their dream hairstyle!

We offer every customer a free consultation at the salon and beauty bar before her first appointment. This consultation gives us the chance to learn about what the specific customer likes about her hair or makeup styling and what she’d like to change. Our stylists and make-up artists will then present some possible ways to enhance the aspects of her appearance that the customer would like to shake up.

While our head stylist is an expert in all types of hair, her specialty is curly hair and we call her "The Curly Hair Expert." Our custom line of No Frizz Miracle Gel – designed specifically for curly hair – mirrors this focus.

Come Join our Community

What are you waiting for? Come join in on the fun! Today’s the perfect day to unleash the beauty within you and find that perfect outfit you’ve been longing for.

Booking an appointment at the salon and beauty bar can be done either by phone or via styleseat.com or on our new on-line store www.MadonnaAndCo.com, for your convenience.

We also provide off-site makeup & hair services as well and can help you plan the perfect party or host all kinds of events in our luxurious boutique, including bridal/baby showers, fashion product launches, etc.

So come on down today and introduce yourself!

https://madonnaandco.com/

Friday
Nov042016

Cents Of Style: Thankful, Grateful, and So Very Blessed

As Thanksgiving comes along, we often take time to think about the theme "Thankful."  It's a shame that "Being Thankful" isn't celebrated throughout the year for most people. 

As for my husband, "I appreciated it" has become a phrase he uses a few times a week.  He really does mean it, however, it is sadly because of what he lacked growing up; not just materially but emotionally as well.  From his experiences, I have grown more of an appreciation for all that my parents have done for me.  I've learned to appreciate the relationships I have with my own siblings.  Together we hope to teach our kids to be thankful in their everyday lives and for the simplest gestures.

Simply, I am thankful for Life.  I am thankful I have days to look forward to.  I am thankful I have kids that never let me sleep, because they just want to be with me!

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I am Grateful for my two little surprises!  I never planned on having children, but I am grateful they are mine.

I am Blessed.

I am blessed with an interesting and amazing family growing up and they are still a big part of my life. 

I am blessed with two of the funniest sarcastic cutest monsters in the world. 

I am blessed by being able to spend the rest of my life with my high school sweetheart.  A week ago we just celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary! We've actually been tormenting each other for over 19 years! Haha.  

What makes you feel Thankful.Grateful.Blessed? 

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Wednesday
Oct262016

DERMA E Fresh New Look

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DERMA E is a line of natural skin products at a reasonable price available at Whole Foods, Target, and a number of other stores. 

I am definitely a fan of DERMA E's packaging reboot.  It's a simpler, yet sleeker.  Absolutely more appealing aesthetically.  However, the formulas are the same.  I have actually been a fan of the DERMA E products since my first DERMA E post months ago.

The DERMA E brand is passionate towards health, wellness and evironmental sustainability. Their products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.  They do not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, gluten, soy, GMOs, and most importantly for me there are no artificial colors.  I have known reactions to artificial colors so this is a huge selling point for me! 

Personally, I feel my skin screams help!  This hydrating duo came to the rescue.  I used both the Hydrating Night Creme and Hydrating Day Creme for two weeks and I loved it.  It wasn't greasy like other cremes that boast being hydrating to skin.  It felt so light on my skin, and it left my skin feeling soft and smooth.  Sometimes I would put my makeup on a little after I used the Hydrating day creme and it made my makeup go on smoother and my foundation less heavy.

After my two weeks of use, I can say I am definitely satisfied.  I liked it so much, that DERMA E's Hydrating Day Creme and Hydrating Night Creme is definitely an easy answer for the perfect Holiday gift.

http://dermae.com/       

 

Tuesday
Oct252016

Frankie

Friday
Oct212016

When my babies were babies...

Thursday
Oct202016

Cents of Style: Remi Long Sleeve Swing Dress

Finally a dress made for every body type.  I rarely wear dresses pass my knees because I'm not very tall and long dresses look like nightgowns on me.  The Remi Long Sleeve Swing Dressis sooo comfortable, not heavy, and so easy to wear. It comes in many 17 colors and is available in sizes Small-3x. The Remi Swing Dress is $21.95 + Free Shipping with promo code DRESS2016 at checkout.    

 

   

I chose the Serenity Blue Color because I love how it will contrast against the colors of the changing fall leaves, how it would stand out against the white winter snow, and how the color is light and airy for when winter turns to spring.  This is definitely a dress for all season. 

I paired the Remi Swing Dress with Cents of Style's Jojo Solid Blanket Scarfin charcoal.  The scarf is light enough to wear around your neck when it's chilly out or as a wrap on those cold season nights.

The Remi Long Sleeve Swing Dress is easy to dress up or down.

*Paired it with leggings and ankle boots to keep you warm and casual. 

*Dressed it up with date-night accessories and heels.

* Wear it with a fitted or loose sweater and show it off as a nice long skirt.

The are so many possibilities!!!

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A few style tips courtesy of Cents of Style

Our Style Tips

*Wear your new swing dress with your go-to pendant necklace and a pair of heels. It's simple and elegant. Hello, holiday parties!
*Plaid! Add a plaid shirt tied around your waist for the ideal festival vibe.
*This dress is an ideal addition to your favorite ankle boots. We're loving this look! (Hint - it pairs well with everything from a plaid shirt, to a vest, to a kimono, to a pendant necklace...it's the perfect finishing touch.)
*Layer a cute vest over your swing dress. It provides interesting texture and contrast and switches up your look just a little.
*Cold weather is coming! Pair this swing dress with a coordinating blanket scarf, add a great wool fedora and ankle boots, and you have a pulled together look that will keep the chill out too.
*Don't forget our other must-have accessory this Fall & Winter - the kimono. Layer a heavier kimono with a little length over your dress to add a bit of warmth without feeling bulky. You'll be right on trend.

Cents of Style

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Friday
Sep232016

Cents of Style Life Is Series...Life Is Beautiful

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

As part of Cents of Style's "Life Is.." campaign, I wanted to show you my "Life Is..." slogan: 

Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

In 2013 our family suffered 2 unexpected heartbreaking losses.  With those losses, I, like many other people who have lost someone, made promises to embrace life's moments, appreciate those around me and to take care of myself.  For a few months those promises lasted.

Everyday life and stresses made the days pass quicker.  Taking time to look around and feel the beauty of life stopped.  My days were filled with just accomplishing and getting over daily tasks.  I never did get around to take care of my health.  I've had a known thyroid issue for a few years and there have been a few times I would be really sick for unexplained reasons. Soo sick I went to the ER.  I've known of my issues but I had cast them aside to deal with them later.

In October 2014, things changed.  I got sick again, but it was different.  Without going into deeper details.  I thought it was it for me. I felt like my soul was leaving.  All I could think about was that I should have given my children and husband more of me. I could have been so much more for them. 

I got better, but after a few tests they still didn't know what was wrong.  I felt betrayed by my body.  Most days I would stay in my bedroom in the dark.  Going out was difficult.  I would then go back to the ER two more times within 2 months.  The doctors would find different things wrong with my body but not the source of my initial problem.

My January birthday passed and nothing changed.  By February, the birth month of my two children, I decided I wanted to feel life again. With time, the patience and support of my husband and children, and a few huge lifesyle changes, I have gotten better, but I'm not 100% the same.  Now I take the time to appreciate life, even the simplist things. Life is too beautiful to spend it in a dark room all alone in despair.

I chose Life Is Beautiful as my slogan because I truely believe that life is beautiful and should never be taken for granted.

Life Is Beautiful. Life is too beautiful to miss.

Life Is Beautiful.  Be a part of Life's Beauty!

What is your "Life is..." slogan? 

Cents of Style

Sunday
Sep182016

Seven Magic Mountains

 

 

 

Tuesday
Sep132016

"Nothing’s ever been done without criticism. Every great change, every great … whether it’s revolution or evolution of things … there’s always criticism of it. And there’s always that, ‘I don’t like change’ kind of mentality. But you have to be able to take that and say you know what in the long run they’ll see what’s going on, they’ll see what’s right, and they’ll understand." -KAEPERNICK

Monday
Sep122016

A Day at Julian Mining Company

Julian Mining Company was a very fun and education sidetrip during our trip to San Diego. We did gold mining as well as gem mining, which my kids loved!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a cute little store with the coolest items! Like animal shaped slingshots!

There are fun animals.