Atlanta's Keune Launches BLEND Hair Styling Line

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Atlanta-based Keune Haircosmetics Launches BLEND Hair Styling Line. The 14 mix-and-match products celebrate diversity, individuality and personal style...

Keune Haircosmetics, a global hair care company with North American headquarters in Atlanta, launches its breakout new hair-styling product line BLEND in celebration of individuality. Fashioned for the modern muse, style chameleon and free spirit, Keune BLEND sparks creativity with endless mix-and-match hair-styling options. It is top-shelf mixology for hair that’s going places.

“Keune BLEND is inspired by what’s happening around the world,” explains Atlanta-based Chris Sulimay, Keune Advanced Academy and Technical Director. “Keune’s educators and stylists travel the globe and are always on the lookout for what’s new and hot. And while trends come and go, BLEND lets you change along with them.” 

The 14 premium products in the BLEND collection encourage personal style by offering everything you need to work with volume, texture, hold, shine and more. Use each product, from a shaping texturizing cream to a de-frizzing shine booster, alone or create a custom mash-up that suits your hair or the mood and mode of the moment. Grab two, three, four—as many products as you want—to invent a whole new shape and make it your own. 

Need inspiration? Keune has got you covered with eight international looks inspired by today’s street fashion and DIY videos to help you create them. BLEND is not only good for style, but also for hair health. Several products contain Keune’s Multi-Vitamin Complex to energize and nourish strands. 

The modern and colorful BLEND collection, featuring packaging with silver metallic, bold black and a rainbow of hot hues, looks just as great on your shelf or countertop as it does when used on your hair. The range of products include:

·       Keune BLEND Shape (SRP $24): This go-to texturizing cream for short, sweet hair contains ozokerite, a hard, mineral wax, and is perfect for creating unique, funky ’dos. To use: Rub Shape in the palms of your hands and style dry or damp hair.

·       Keune BLEND Paste (SRP $24): This intense texturizer with beeswax and fixing polymers makes it easy to create a messy, undone style for the best “I just woke up like this” effect of your life. To use: Apply a small amount to damp or dry hair, then scrunch and style as desired.

·       Keune BLEND Clay (SRP $24): The ultimate matte texturizer for bold definition features super-strong kaolin natural mineral clay to hold hair in place and prevent shine for that perfectly imperfect style. It remains pliable for easy restyling. To use: Rub Clay in the palms of your hands and apply to dry hair.

·       Keune BLEND De-Frizz (SRP $24): This major shine-booster enriched with fibers for flexible hold creates seriously silky-smooth, tangle-free hair, no matter what the length. To use: Apply to damp hair and set or blow-dry.

·       Keune BLEND Gel (SRP $24): Like to be in control? Then this one’s for you. The concentrated, transparent gel creates a static-free, wet-look effect that lasts but dries fast. Plus, a UV filter protects hair color against fading. To use: Apply to damp or dry hair and shape into desired style or smooth it on for a “wet” look.

·       Keune BLEND Wax (SRP $24): Make the most of short and medium-length hair with this smooth, clear wax that creates perfect definition sans grease. Glycerin and mineral oil add moisture and shine so strands won’t dry out. To use: Apply to damp or dry hair, then scrunch, squeeze and style, as desired.

·       Keune BLEND Fiber Wax (SRP $24): Structure-strengthening fibers give hair body, volume, texture and structure, all while maintaining an elastic, flexible hold without adding weight. Rice proteins provide natural protection from UV rays. To use: Emulsify a small amount in your palms and apply to damp or dry hair, and style.

·       Keune BLEND Glue (SRP $24): This water-resistant glue locks hair in place without stickiness for ultra-strong, ultra-matte, ultra-stylish hair that shuns humidity with a special moisture-balancing co-polymer. To use: Emulsify in your palms and work through damp or dry hair.

·       Keune BLEND Sea Salt Spray (SRP $24): Pure sea salt gives hair more volume, body and texture instantly without making it dry or tangly. To use: Spray all over towel-dried hair. Allow it to air-dry or grab a blow-dryer for even more texture.

·       Keune BLEND Prep Spray (SRP $24.00): If you’re using a flat iron, curling iron or blow-dryer, be sure to prep tresses first with this versatile spray. Soft styling polymers protect hair from heated tools and help your style last longer. To use: Spray generously on dry or damp hair. Blow-dry and style.

·       Keune BLEND Gloss Spray (SRP $24): Unique shine boosters make hair super-glossy and shiny, while providing grease-proof definition. To use: Hold the spray 12 inches away from dry hair and spritz away.

·       Keune BLEND Refreshing Spray (Dry Shampoo) (SRP $24): No time to wash? No worries. Refresh your roots with this genius spray. The lightweight formula cleans without water, as it absorbs oils and volumizes for good-as-new, second-day hair. To use: Shake well and spray throughout the hair or directly onto roots. Allow it to sink in, then brush it lightly into the hair.

·       Keune BLEND Volume Powder (SRP $24): Pump up the volume and create incredible texture while retaining hair’s natural movement with this lightweight powder. To use: Sprinkle a small amount on the roots of dry hair, massage it in and style as desired. For extra volume, apply powder to the entire hair shaft.

·       Keune BLEND Fixing Spray (SRP $24): This powerhouse working and fixing hairspray ensures maximum hold and big volume that lasts all day yet brushes out easily. It’s super-strong but won’t give you helmet hair. To use: Hold the can 12 inches away and mist across. Shape the hair quickly before the spray dries.

All Keune BLEND products are available for purchase at professional salons, including Salon 124 and Genesis Salon locations in the Atlanta area. To find one near you, visit us.keune.com/salonfinder

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KATE UPTON wears LA PERLA for final LOVE advent video

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The final film from the magazine's calendar event features Kate Upton wearing the LA PERLA Lace Story Balconette Bra in Leavers Lace, which is available for purchase at www.laperla.com. The lightly underwired, petal pink balconette bra features fine, floral Leavers lace inserts to the cups, offering an element of ‘conceal and reveal’ which runs through the Lace Story collection. 

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Melànie D Design Luxury Diamond Collection Brings a Personal Touch and Story to Jewelry

Melànie D. Design, a luxury diamond jewelry brand based in Atlanta, Georgia, will introduce its new collection on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at an exclusive location. The launch will give a sneak peek into the collection's unparalleled pieces, which are exquisitely crafted using the finest materials.

Melànie's artistic journey began with the loss of a diamond in a ring her mother gifted her after the untimely death of her father. Seeking to replace the unique stone, she located a jeweler in California to handle the repair. As Melànie conversed with the jeweler, he asked about the history of her ring—she shared the story of her father. The jeweler asked her to send him the ring and days later returned it to Melànie with the signature two teardrop diamonds once again in place.

The jeweler informed Melànie that there would be no charge for the repair, but instead he asked for one of her drawings in return. During the repair process, he noticed her incredible talent for design and asked for more jewelry sketches. "I started sketching and inspiration just took over," says Melànie.

Unique in concept, Melànie D. Designs are all custom made. From the beginning of the design process, clients share their personal stories and memories that evolve into one-of-a-kind, wearable works of art.

"Designing is a spiritual experience for me and every piece is a highly personal labor of love," says Melànie.

The Melànie D. Design debut collection includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings fit for any occasion. Distinct features include the exquisite details surrounding the mosaic pave design, and the Bird of Paradise Motif (Melànie's father's favorite flower) that she incorporates into several of her key pieces.

For more information about Melànie D. Design, please visit http://melanied.design/

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Where to Spend New Years's Eve in Atlanta

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DINE WITH ATLAS AT THE ST. REGIS THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

Decked out in holiday décor, Atlas will offer three seatings this New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. for a special, three-course prix fixe dinner created by Executive Chef Chris Grossman.  The full dinner menu, which changes daily, will also be available. Diners will also be treated to a celebratory midnight toast to ring in 2017.  With a focus on curating fresh ingredients from local farms, Atlas is located in The St. Regis Atlanta (88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW) and celebrates the very best in seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. For more information or to make a reservation, visit atlasrestaurant.com

JOIN STK ATLANTA THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE FOR BLACK TIES AND BUBBLES

This New Year’s Eve, join Midtown’s sexiest steakhouse for an unforgettable “Black Ties and Bubbles” celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2016. Known for its high-energy atmosphere and exceptional, signature and seasonal offerings, STK will take luxe to the next level this New Year’s Eve.  Not only are partygoers invited to enjoy a selection of seasonal specials created by Executive Chef Andrea Montobbio from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., but they can also take advantage of a 3-hour premium open bar beginning at 9 p.m. Music for the evening will be provided by local favorite DJ Dillon and revelers will be treated to complimentary New Year’s Eve party favors, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and more. STK’s full dinner menu will also be available. Dinner reservations are also availble without the premium bar tickets for a $100 minimum per person.  General admission tickets start at $75 and VIP tickets start at $120. VIP partygoers will also receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot per four guests. To purchase tickets to STK’s Black Ties and Bubbles New Year’s Eve celebration, visit:  https://www.xorbia.com/events/stkatlanta/black-ties-and-bubbles-new-years-eve-celebration.  For more information about STK, visit www.stkhouse.com or call 404-793-0144

SAIL INTO THE NEW YEAR WITH YATCH ROCK REVUE AT PARK TAVERN IN PIEDMONT PARK

Let the countdown begin as Park Tavern gets ready to sail into the New Year on Saturday, December 31, 2016 with an all-inclusive celebration featuring live music from Yacht Rock Revue in the Piedmont Room.  Beginning at 9 p.m., partygoers are invited to enjoy an open bar of premium liquor, beer, wine and champagne from Coors Light, Redd’s Apple Ale, Absolut, Jack Daniels Winter Jack and El Jimador tequila, along with a range of tasty offerings a including hors d'oeuvres, tacos, sliders, fresh sushi flown in from Hawaii, and s’mores.  At midnight, guests will be treated to a champagne toast and can dive into a breakfast buffet that includes Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, breakfast burritos, and much more. General Admission tickets begin at $125 for ages 21 and up and covers all food and beverage between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. Group tickets are also available for purchase with a savings discount of 10% percent when purchased in groups of 20 people or more. Park Tavern is located on the Atlanta BeltLine in the heart of Midtown at 500 10th Street NE on the corner of 10th Street and Monroe overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.parktavern.com or call (404) 249-0001.   

HEAD TO DANTANNA’S FOR A FOOTBALL-INFUSED NEW YEAR’S EVE

For revelers with football on their minds this New Year’s Eve, Dantanna’s boasts three convenient locations, Buckhead, Downtown in CNN Center and Sandy Springs. A landmark Atlanta dining and drinking staple, Dantanna’s combines culinary excellence with the entertainment value of sports to create the ultimate restaurant experience. Dantanna’s Buckhead and Downtown exude the sophistication of a five-star restaurant and the entertainment of having a private box at your favorite game, while the recently renovated Sandy Springs location provides a more intimate neighborhood dining experience. Partygoers at the Buckhead and Sandy Springs locations can enjoy  a champagne toast at midnight to ring in the new year. Of course, for those looking for a lively spot convenient to the Georgia Dome to grab a bite before or after the the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl or to simply watch the game where all the action is happening, Dantanna’s in CNN Center will be the place to go. 

Dantanna’s Buckhead is located at the Lenox Mall in Buckhead at 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326; Dantanna’s Downtown is located at ONE CNN Center, Suite #269, Atlanta, GA 30303; and Dantanna’s Sandy Springs is located in Abernathy Square Shopping Center at 6649 Roswell, Rd, Unit 30, Sandy Springs, GA 30328.  For more information visit www.dantannas.com or call 404.760.8873.

DRESS UP OR DRESS DOWN THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE AT HAMPTON + HUDSON

This New Year’s Eve, Hampton + Hudson will be kicking off the day with nonstop college football on flat screens throughout the popular Inman Park bar and restaurant. Beginning at 7 p.m., the official “Dress Up or Dress Down” New Year’s Bash begins. For $15, revelers are invited to enjoy $5 specialty cocktails from Old Forth Ward Distillery, a live performance from DJ Skooter, a balloon drop, and a complimentary champagne toast and midnight breakfast.  Tickets will be available at the door.  Hampton + Hudson is located 299 Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. For more information, visit http://www.hamptonandhudson.com/.

THREE-COURSE NEW YEAR’S EVE PRIX FIXE MENU AT GENKI NOODLES AND SUSHI

Sushi and Japanese cuisine lovers are invited to spend New Year’s Eve with Genki Noodles and Sushi.  With three convenient locations, Buckhead, Virginia Highland and Sandy Springs, Executive Chef Jimmy Meas has created a special, 3-course prix fixe menu just for the occasion.  Available for $40 per person, guests can begin their dinner with a choice of thinly sliced yellowtail with fresh jalapeño drizzled with ponzu sauce or steaming miso soup. For the second course, diners can choose from surf and turf for two – an Angus filet and Imperial crab lobster roll served with wasabi mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and Mongolian sauce; or sushi sashimi for two that includes Genki’s popular Volcano roll, eight pieces of sashimi and six pieces of nigiri. Dessert lovers can end their email with Genki’s Dorayaki, Japanese pancakes infused with honey and sweet red bean filling that are served chilled with a side of brown sugar ice-cream. Genki Noodles and Sushi is located in Buckhead at 3186 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30305; The Prado in Sandy Springs at 5590 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30342; and Virginia Highland at 1040 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306.  For more information, www.genkiatl.com

TOAST TO THE NEW YEAR AT GRAIN WITH MOËT CHAMPAGNE, OYSTERS AND COCKTAILS

Champagne and oyster lovers can ring in the New Year at GRAIN, a favorite neighborhood drink shop with an intimate atmosphere, eclectic bar bites menu and a thoughtful and inventive cocktail program.  Beginning at 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, couples will be treated to a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne, a dozen fresh oysters and two cocktails for $100 per couple. GRAIN’s full sharable bites menu will also be available. Revelers ages 21 and up can purchase tickets at the door or online at:  https://grain-bar.xorbia.com/toast-to-the-new-year-with-moet-champagne-oysters-and-cocktails/xt/?referral=xt-buy-tix.  GRAIN is located in the heart of Midtown on the corner of W. Peachtree and Abercrombie Road at the MidCity Lofts next to the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown at 845 Spring Street, Unit D1, Atlanta, GA. The GPS Address: 856 W. Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA.  For more information call 404.881.5377 or visit www.grain-bar.com.

RING IN 2017 AT CYPRESS STREET PINT AND PLATE’S RELAXED NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION

Not in the mood for glitz, glamour and balloon drops this New Year’s Eve? Head to Cypress Street Pint and Plate, one of Atlanta’s most cherished neighborhood haunts, for its laid back New Year’s Eve celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2016. Open from 10 a.m. to 2:45 a.m., revelers are invited to belly up to the bar, sit by the fire pit, and mix and mingle with friends while watching college football. Partygoers can also enjoy the regular food menu, extensive craft beer list, $5 well drinks, half priced wine bottles, or can ring in the new year properly by taking advantage of half priced bottles of champagne or $3 champagne by the glass. For more information, please visit www.cypressbar.com or call 404.815.9243.  Cypress Street Pint and Plate is located on the corner of 6th street and Cypress Street at 817 West Peachtree, Suite E-125, Atlanta, Georgia.

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Sip, Simmer & Savor at GUNSHOW with Jack Daniels Single Barrel

Last week, I attended a fabulous dining experience at Kevin Gillespie's Gunshow. "Sip, Simmer & Savor" is part of a culinary event series presented by Jack Daniels Single Barrel Collection so as you can imagine, there was an abundance of Jack Daniels cocktails to "sip." [And I did!]

The private dinner featured an impressive menu including Jack Daniels Single Barrel wet aged prime filet served with black & blue and select relaxed foie gras; sweet crab with marinated fennel and parsnip ravioli with brussels and pomegranate. [See full menu in the slideshow above.]

While the Jack Daniels dinner was a one-night-only event, Gunshow is open nightly for your dining and culinary pleasure. I strongly recommend going if you haven't already.

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FRYE Atlanta Presents an Afternoon of Holiday Caroling with The Whiskey Gentry

Celebrate the spirit of the season on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at FRYE’s Atlanta store at Ponce City Market during its second annual rockin’ holiday caroling event with The Whiskey Gentry. From 1 to 4 p.m., shoppers are invited to a experience a high-energy, live acoustic show outside the store while enjoying hot drinks from American Spirit Whiskey, Wild Heaven craft beers, and cookies from Atlanta favorite Farm to Ladle.  Frye’s Holiday Collection, which includes an array of exclusive hats, scarves, gloves, belts and more for men and women, will be available for purchase.  Shoppers are also invited to enjoy complimentary on-site customization with a purchase from acclaimed chain stitch embroidery collective Ft. Lonesome

The event is open to the public by RSVPing to RSVP@TheFryeCompany.com.  The Frye Company’s Atlanta flagship store is located in Ponce City Market at 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Visit The Frye Company online at www.TheFryeCompany.com.

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ATLANTA FOUNDATION FOR PUBLIC SPACES CELEBRATES THE FOURTH ANNUAL CALLANWOLDE ARTS FESTIVAL

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Join the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces (AFFPS) on Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2017, as they celebrate the fourth annual Callanwolde Arts Festival. The award-winning, two-day indoor festival is located in one of Atlanta’s most distinctive historic properties, the 27,000-square foot Callanwolde Mansion in Druid Hills, and features approximately 86 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more.  The festival, which is open to all ages, will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, food trucks with healthy alternatives, and live music and dance performances. Admission is $5 at the door.

Art lovers are also invited to take advantage of the ticketed V.I.P. Preview Sales Party on Friday, January 20th from 6 to 9 p.m.  Upon arrival, guests will be greeted are with a glass of wine to sip on as they stroll throughout the historic home and will be the first to view and shop the artwork showcased at this year’s festival.  Guests are also invited to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres while they mix and mingle with the artists and enjoy live acoustic music.  Admission to the V.I.P. Preview Sales Party is $20 for ages 21 and up. Tickets can be purchased at the door.  For more information visit http://callanwoldeartsfestival.com/

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