CAP Beauty: NYC’s First Green Beauty Brick & Mortar Shop

When I first heard word that the founders behind the trendy West Village clothing and accessories boutique, Castor & Pollux were opening up a brick and mortar green beauty shop in NYC, I could barely contain my excitement. CAP Beauty (which stands for the store’s former name, Castor & Pollux as well as “clean and pure”) will be the first Manhattan store dedicated to natural, organic and plant-based beauty and wellness products.

Castor & Pollux will reopen as CAP Beauty in it’s newly renovated space in 2015. Featuring amazing local brands as well as new international brands to discover, CAP Beauty is already the talk of the town. Sarita of Edible Facial, organized a lovely blogger brunch and visit at CAP Beauty for all of us local folk. As expected, it was a fun time catching up with blogger friends (it never seems like enough time), meeting the store’s founders and other brand owners, and of course, drooling over the delicious beauty and skincare bounty. Heaven!

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Links to Love This Week Vol. 4

Links to Love 11/6

Wow I can’t believe it’s already November! Thanksgiving, holiday fetes and family gatherings are all on my mind…

eBay has teamed up with some top designers to create fashionable and function bracelets that double as smartphone chargers. These limited-edition techy-necessities go on sale November 11th and proceeds benefit the Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation. See the creations featuring designs by Mara HoffmanMichael BastianMillyRachel Zoe and Shipley & HalmosEcouterre

A man films his view of Shanghai from his apartment on the 23rd floor through time-lapses taken over two years and the result is amazing — Shanghaiist 

Amazon has launched a new program called Kindle Matchbook. Depending on your past print-edition book purchases from Amazon, through Matchbook you can receive a digital version for free or at prices starting from $2.99– Amazon

NYC’s funky dessert chain, Momofuku Milk Bar is offering their annual stuffed croissant for the Thanksgiving season. This classic pastry is filled with turkey, cranberry, stuffing and gravy. Only 300 are made per day and are available at all 5 NYC Milk Bar locations. — The Kitchn

The delightfully unusual and intriguing Japanese pop-artist, Yayoi Kusama returns to Manhattan with a new exhibition at David Zwirner gallery beginning on November 8th until December 21st– Architectural Digest

Intelligent Nutrients is opening an NYC store! The leading organic hair brand founded by Horst Rechelbacher (former Aveda founder) is scheduled to open on Decemeber 15 and will be the brand’s first brick and mortar store on the East Coast– Well + Good NYC

Known for their cute, sustainable kicks that give back, TOMS has added another online venture to their site, The Marketplace. It’s an online store featuring goods sold by other like-minded entrepreneurs that promote social good– TOMS

An Ireland-based photographer, Mark Nixon released a book called “Much Loved” featuring photos of people’s stuffed animals collected and loved over the years. Nixon thought of the idea after observing his young son’s attachment to his stuffed bunny. — Photo District News

Okay, 2 of my big obsessions: ballet and Sarah Jessica Parker. SJP has teamed up with the New York City Ballet (for which she is a board member) in the creation and production of an online AOL docuseries revealing the world of ballerinas in the NYCB. I’ll be glued to my computer screen for this.– Refinery 29

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You’re Invited: NYC Green Beauty Events

It’s a great time of the year to be a green beauty in NYC! Here are some exciting events in New York City that you won’t want to miss out on this month:

ABC Carpet & Home is hosting a day-long Beauty, Wellness, Wisdom event on Saturday, October 26 from 9:30am- 4pm. Featuring wellness workshops, luxe juice bar treats, mini massage sessions and mingling with like-minded folk and industry leaders, this is one jam-packed Saturday event you won’t want to miss. S.W. Basics founder, Adina Grigore and RMS Beauty founder and renowned green makeup artist, Rose-Marie Swift are among the headliners speaking at the event.Tickets are $75 with a family-style lunch catered by ABC Kitchen & ABC Cocina at an additional cost. Check out the full event lineup and purchase your ticket here.

Is stress or the busyness of life making you feel tired and weak? Learn how to balance and restore your health amidst a busy lifestyle with the Wellness Salon Series hosted by NYC’s top wellness experts, Kristen Arnett the founder of Green Beauty Team, Dr. Anthony Lyon of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, and Elena Brower of Virayoga. This 3-part series discusses the different ways you can improve your overall health and mindset. Merging medicine, wellness and beauty, the 3 sessions are: Oct 8, 2013- Part I: How to Feel Your Best, Oct. 22- Part II: How to Look Your Best, Nov. 5- Part III: How to Best Sustain Your Health. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

Join one of my new favorite green beauty brands, W3LL PEOPLE as they host their debut beauty event, Supernatural Sessions at Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue on Thursday, November 7 from 5pm- 8pm. These sessions will bring together natural beauty experts to teach you all about being eco-chic. There will be, makeovers, hair-styling, skin-care treatments, some organic chocolate, bubbly and more! The event features W3LL People creative and color director, Shirley Pinkson, beauty guru and blogger, Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics skin care, hair genius and founder of Yarok Organic Haircare, Mordechai Alvow and Well + Good NYC co-founder and natural beauty expert, Melisse Gelula. Grab some of your friends and buy your tickets now as this special engagement is only limited to 50 guests. Tickets are $25 online and will be applied toward product purchase at the event.

So much to do, so little time! Are you planning on attending any of these events? I know I am!

Images from ABC Carpet & Home, Green Beauty Team and W3LL People.