At DEX New York's private makeup studio, everyone gets the celebrity treatment. DEX's professional artists help create, interpret, and perfect new looks for clients during private makeup applications or lessons, whether they need an everyday look or are headed to a red-carpet affair; and since their clientele has included stars such as Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and Carrie Underwood, a red-carpet event isn't out of the question.
Dexter Phillip, a 20-year veteran in the fashion and beauty industry, created the DEX New York signature mineral-makeup line. Made with plant-derived extracts, the hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free makeup aims to boost skin's regenerative properties and stimulate collagen production while providing wearers with runway- and street-inspired looks.
Makeup workshops and professional applications take place at DEX's studio, where clients can also stock up on matte-finish bronzers, cream eyeliners, lipstick, and other products from the DEX line. Plus, guests can visit the studio’s blog, which is regularly updated with helpful beauty know-how and pro tips.
When she isn’t busy knitting the kinds of garments that appear in collections by Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein, Berta Karapetyan shares her skills with fellow crafters at School Products Yarn. Located in an historic Manhattan yarn shop, the store stays true to its building’s past by stocking its shelves with a vast supply of yarns, needles, and woolly Civil War–era mutton chops.
The store’s ample fiber selection ranges from affordable wool blends to skeins of luxurious cashmere. Needles come in a variety of sizes, and a collection of handy tools and accessories keeps projects running along smoothly. Berta’s 15 years of industry experience serve her well when she’s advising purchases or overseeing students as they craft socks or snuggies for their pet anacondas during knitting classes.
If you already have a costume idea when you walk into the Abracadabra Superstore, hold onto it tight, because you’re bound to second-guess yourself. The shop overflows with outfit options, which range from superheroes, such as Thor and She-Ra, to animals, cowboys, and flappers. Many of the costumes come in all-in-one kits that ensure you don’t forget important items, such as the Cat in the Hat’s iconic top hat, bow tie, and pair of latchkey kids.
Those who enjoy building their own disguises piece by piece will find everything they need, too. There’s a wealth of wigs and beards, jewelry and accessories, and professional makeup and gear, including application brushes, adhesives, and prosthetics. Professional makeup artists are also on hand to give your costume a touch of authenticity, which ensures your David Bowie doesn’t get mistaken for a Twilight vampire.
Chef and restaurateur Lea Forant hand-selects organic and local produce for a menu of French-influenced cuisine. Although recipes, like holiday socks, change seasonally, a wide array of sandwiches, omelets, and seafood plates incorporate ingredients such as emmental cheese and smoked salmon. Chalkboards relay the daily assortment of freshly baked desserts and baristas fill glasses with house-made lavender lemonade and cranberry iced tea. Incorporating customizations for diet, taste, and budget, catering services deliver French cuisine to doorsteps. Natural light inundates the cafe's glassed-in sun porch, streaming past the striped awning and elbowing between clouds playing Red Rover.
As a leading wine educator in Manhattan, New York Vintners helps budding wine enthusiasts define and expand their personal wine tastes and cooking techniques at their high-end wine shop. During basic to advanced classes and wine-themed events, a team of six certified sommeliers and authorized enophiles elaborate on each wine's nuances from the angles of producer, region, and varietal. Smartly matched pairings and hands-on cooking instruction from Executive Chef Ryan Smith unpack the flavors even further. The staff keep a strong focus on terroir—the effect that environment has on a wine's flavor—as they select high-quality biodynamic and boutique wines for the shop's impressive, ever-changing list.
LDF Floral and Event Design infuses parties, weddings, and special occasions with a splash of botanic color. Utilizing a specific set of criteria that includes beauty, freshness, and rarity, the company's highly educated staff guides clients through the process of designing one-of-a-kind arrangements, including gift bouquets and wedding displays. To avoid the possibility of pieces getting distractingly large and luring the noses of passing parade floats, each kaleidoscopic ensemble is crafted bereft of filler and greenery. Additionally, LDF conducts follow-ups on orders to confirm punctual delivery and customer satisfaction.