KIERIN NYC Founder TALKS: on Challenging the Rules of Fragrance

KIERIN NYC Founder TALKS: on Challenging the Rules of Fragrance

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

As the founder of Manhattan Minds, I wasn't quite sure how to share... my own interviews. I thought it would be funny to do a vlog, instead of a blog... interviewing my self in the mirror a la Jimmy Fallon. Then, myself reminded myself, "You're just not that great of an actor, Mona."

So, here's the straight scoop (minus the theater) from me on the industry of beauty and my new venture, as a co-founder of KIERIN NYC...

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Brides and Grooms Take a Walk

Brides and Grooms Take a Walk

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the Best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

Wedding season is upon us – and, of course, the fanciest destinations were all booked months ago: The Central Park Boathouse, The Plaza and The Pierre, and Brooklyn Winery, among them. The pictures will be oh so amazing, I’m sure. But not nearly as extraordinary as the bill.

Assuming you didn't book the ballroom at the Waldorf or, in Sex and the City celebrity style, reserve the historical Foundry at the foot of the 59th Street Bridge for your reception...

Where in NYC can you go for a great wedding picture that won't cost a fortune? 

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This Mother's Day Declare Your OWN Theme Color!

This Mother's Day Declare Your OWN Theme Color!

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

In my blog, "What Mother's Day is Good For", I challenge the limiting use of the color pink as the exclusive color of women and moms.

Color is a form of non-verbal communication.

The meaning of colors can vary depending culture and circumstances. I don’t, personally, believe that color has a universal meaning. What matters and seems to have influence is how colors make you feel. The way colors vibrate, touching your invisible sense of self, can make a difference in mood. That’s a unique experience to you and can be special to that moment, too.

You may be a woman, but is pink really your personality and style?...

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Scent Bird Introduces KIERIN NYC

Scent Bird Introduces KIERIN NYC

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

I like to find articles that are worth sharing. Below is an article authored by Scent Bird on its introduction of KIERIN NYC to its subscribers. I think it sums it up well!...

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Siren Song of the Tattoo Salon

Siren Song of the Tattoo Salon

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

To tat or not to tat: that is the modern question. Whether ‘tis nobler to suffer the needle or take thee up artful quotations and demonstrate amidst the sea of protesters (but isn’t that, like, so 1960’s?)

Whether striving daily to “Let it be”, for “Family First” or just to remind every onlooker that “Black Lives Matter”, there is little doubt that inking one’s mantra is the modern and (mostly) permanent way to go. No longer the sign of rebellion, tattoos are for even the peaceful warrior.

What is so compelling and comforting about the permanence of tattoos?....

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Ah, the hilarity of Goop & Gwyneth!

Ah, the hilarity of Goop & Gwyneth!

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

When Gywneth Paltrow isn't turning in performances as Pepper Potts in Marvel's "Iron Man" franchise she can be found managing her rather controversial lifestyle brand, Goop.

What started as a newsletter and evolved into a brand is now a quarterly magazine published by Conde Nast. Aptly named Goop like the brand, the premier issue of the magazine was released mid-September and sports, not surprisingly and much to the pleasure of our eyes, goopologist-in-chief Gwyneth Paltrow herself on the cover.

Mostly naked and covered in some sort of purifying (no doubt) full-body mud mask the cover proclaims, “Earth to Gwyneth”.... seriously? Ah, yes indeed! And how true, in fact....

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