Vigoss in Blogger Styling Wars!

Check out Vigoss in the Styling Wars between two bloggers, Sammy Davis and HelloKatyXo! We feel the love here at Vigoss with the debate over which blogger styled our product best:

Here’s Sammy’s Video!

And here’s Katy’s video!

Who do you think does it best??

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Tastemaker’s Choice: Grace Gotham

Grace Gotham

Although I love living on the Upper East Side (more specifically, Yorkville), I find that when I’m jonesing for a delicious, handcrafted cocktail, it is nearly impossible to find. Other than a couple of restaurants that have a specialized drink or two on their menu – a caipirinha here and a mojito there – my neighborhood is mostly long spans of Irish pubs and generic sports bars with a frat house feel. Sure, they offer some good beers, but if you want a decent glass of wine, champagne, or something besides a Cape Cod, you’re pretty much out of luck.

So, I inevitably have to wait until I find myself out in Boerum Hill Brooklyn at Clover Club; on the Lower East Side at Milk & Honey or Freemans; at Weather Up TriBeCa; or somewhere between Chelsea and the Flatiron District for a libation at Raines Law Room.

However, I found a very interesting place last week – in my own neighborhood and only a few weeks old – that has a very interesting wine cocktail menu (created by Meaghan Dorman of the aforementioned Raines Law Room), as well as exceptional food, and a sophisticated (yet rustic) ambience that somehow combines an English country cottage, a London corner pub, and Freemans, sans taxidermy – although the wood-paneled space with multiple skylights and a secret outdoor garden was formerly a taxidermy shop (no kidding!).

Jones Wood Foundry is a British-themed place that describes itself as “a food driven pub” (note the savvy omission of the omnipresent and overused “gastro pub”). The long bar has burlap sack-covered bar stools, interesting beer offerings (including the hard-to-find-above-14th-Street Allagash White), and food menu that will delight any Anglophile.

My cocktail of choice at JWF? The “First Bloom,” a refreshing concoction of sauvignon blanc, elderflower cordial (St. Germain), lemon juice, and club soda. The absence of a liquor license (beer and wine only), may sound disappointing at first, but it gets customers out of their same ol’ boring drinking habits and invites them to try something new – and surprising delicious. (And yes, you still get a buzz! Don’t worry!).

As if that’s not enough to get Upper East Siders tickled pink, JWF also has incredible British food. The cod-n-chips that I had there a few days ago is, without a doubt, the best fish-n-chips I have ever had the joy of devouring (easily beating out the fish-n-chips I ate during a trip to London in 2004, which previously held the title).

Jones Wood Foundry
401 East 76th Street (between York and First Avenues)
212-249-2700
www.joneswoodfoundry.com


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Born To Be Wild: Jason Mraz

Jason MrazToday we celebrate the birth of music’s smoothest golden child, Mr. Jason Mraz. A native of Virgina, Jason Mraz grew up performing. After high school, he moved to New York City where he enrolled in The American Musical and Dramatic Academy to pursue theater but dropped out to immediately start performing. He released his first album “Live at Java Joe’s”  in 2001 and songs from this album have since been included in the catalog of Mraz’ greatest hits. Over the year, Jason Mraz has become a fixture in the music industry with songs like “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)”, “Curbside Prophet”, “You and I Both”, and “I’m Yours” becoming hits. The Loft wishes Jason Mraz a happy 34th birthday because he was born to be wild.

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Tastemaker’s Choice: Robin Soko

Robin SokoWhile my love affair with Harlem began many moons ago, this little gem of a restaurant has me committed. No more jumping through hoops for a frenzied brunch on my well-earned lazy day. I can loll-i-gag away the week’s shenanigans with a stroll to Settipani; knowing however long it takes my roster of usual suspects to congregate, they will be seated indeed!

Come fresh in your Sunday best, arm in arm with your guy; bring your bowler hat, and bring your bow tie. Settipani caters a delightful Mediterranean menu to compliment its vibrant locale. Nestled on Lenox Ave @120th, their dream-like interiors come replete with chestnut wovens, plush velvets, virgin white marble, spring tulips, and crisp heavenly light. Stalwart wardrobes ripped from a page of C.S. Lewis? They have ‘em. This uptown eatery will see you transported… or you may apparate if that’s your wish.

Settipani
196 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10026
http://www.settepani.com/

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