City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

Last week I mentioned that I had the Nearly Permanent Manicure experience from the Acqua Beauty Bar (7E. 14th Street). I wanted to let you know how the nails are holding up. I am so amazed and thrilled by how they look. I type constantly, attempt to file my junk, and live your basic New York life. Not once have my nails chipped, lifted, snagged or misbehaved. The polish is still as glossy as it was the day it was applied to my digits. And let’s be honest here; you know when you get a French Manicure, the white part can get a tad bit dingy, well not even a hint of ick. They look perfect, absolutely flawless.

When you’re showing off new holiday jewelry, shaking hands, holding gifts or what have you, it’s refreshing to know that your nails look fabulous. With the Nearly Permanent Manicure you don’t need to make a last minute manicure appointment, or try to polish your own nails. Once they’re done, you can actually forget about them. During this hectic season isn’t it nice to know there’s one thing you can forget?

Mary Frances purses, wallets, business card holders, and pill cases aren’t just accessories, they’re works of art.

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Her items are beloved by Kate Hudson, Jessica Simpson, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain and Britney Spears. Mary Frances beat out Cole Haan and Francesco Biasia for the prestigious Accessory Designer of the 2004 award at the Dallas Fashion Awards. Mary Frances accessories are whimsical, beautiful, delicate and fun. Each Mary Frances design is crafted by hand. She has five different lines, each with their own personality. For more information on Mary Frances or to find out where you can purchase Mary Frances accessories, please go to http://www.maryfrancesaccessories.com

Did you know that Salma Hayek is AVON’s new spokeswoman? Not only is she the face of their latest fragrance, “Today, Tomorrow…Always…” but AVON has come out with a limited edition cosmetic collection, “After The Sunset” named after the movie she stars in with Pierce Brosnan. It’s got a glamorous red lipstick with coordinating eye shadows and blush. You can order directly from http://www.avon.com

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Have a doggie on your gift list? You can pick up a cute doggie parka, sweater, or outfit at the ChuChu Doggie Wear website. Cadence has created adorable costumes, dresses and outfits for your teacup to medium sized dogs in a very affordable price range. Nothing is higher than $25.00. Visit http://doggyclothes.8m.net to see for yourself.

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New York Brands Presents The 5th Annual Rebuild Sample Sale is going on all this week. The sample sale benefits the United Homeless Organization. There will be over 300 DJ performances everyday – Hip Hop, Drum & Bass, Funk & Soul, Freestyle, Classics, 80′s Reggae, House, Trance, Break Beats and Rock will be your musical shopping companion at the event. Brands include; Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Lithium, Triple Five Soul, Ecko, Ecko Red and Ecko Kids, Miss Sixty, Diesel, Zoo New York, PNB Nation and more up to 85% off retail.
The sample sale is going on until December 24th for you last minute shoppers.

New York Brands Presents The 5th Annual Rebuild Sample Sale
448 Broadway (Between Grand & Howard Streets)
11 AM – 8 Pm daily until 12/24

Feeling festive and don’t want to stay indoors – then check out these options –

13Bar/Lounge is having the last poetry slam of 2004 tonight. There are lots of special guests, including Shaija Patel, a Kenyan – Indian Poet. Look for an open mic and other surprise guests.

Poetry Slam @ 13 Bar/Lounge
35 E. 13th Street, Union Square
$5.00
7 PM
2 for 1 drinks all night
http://www.loderARTS.com

Mickey’s Blue Room is hosting a tree trimming party sponsored by Sierra Nevada. Bring an ornament and you get a free beer. There are giveaways all night long, and happy hour is extended until 10 PM. Hang out, play pool and enjoy the local art that’s on sale. You might pick up a present and meet a new friend.

Micky’s Blue Room
171 Avenue C (between 10th & 11th Streets)
212-375-0723

Do or Die???? Nope, PSNBC presents Mike Albo’s Buy or Die at the Marquee. It’s an off the wall evening of “dramatic readings” hosted by author/actor Mike Albo. Guests include Andrea Rosen, Dave Hill, Nora Burns, and Cary Curran. PSNB is network television’s only performance and development lab. You’ll find underground, funny, up and coming comedians performing here almost every week.

Mike Albo’s Buy or Die@ The Marquee (12/14)
356 Bowery (between Great Jones & E. 4th)
212-664-2957
$5.00, 8 PM

The Luna Lounge is known for showcasing groups that eventually conquer the nation’s airwaves. Tuesday, the 14th, you can catch Pinktricity, The Lost Trick and The King Left. The show kicks off at 7:30 PM. Wednesday, the 15th Holiday and Weird Owl are playing. That show starts at 8:30 PM

The Luna Lounge
171 Ludlow Street
212-260-2323
http://www.lunalounge.com

Lingerie is a great gift; for yourself or for that special someone. I found a shop in Midtown that carries Ferlina, Kenzo, On Gossamer, 68, Fredrick’s of Hollywood and many European brands for 50% to 70% off! Bras are $2.99 – $5.99, panties $1.00, bra sets (great brands – can’t mention) are $5.99 and up. Look for yummy teddies, peignoir sets, baby dolls, gowns, jammies, high heeled marabou trim slippers, and stockings too. So much stuff you’ll need to pace yourself or you’ll just start grabbing things frenetically. The shop is called Sincerely Yours. The sales people are helpful, patient, and very knowledgeable. Unfortunately, they’re going out of business, which is why the prices are so low. Hurry up or you’ll miss it!

Sincerely Yours
212 West 38th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
212-575-2472
Mon- Fri 10 AM – 6PM
Saturday 12Noon – 4PM

Originally published December 2004
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