Birchbox SoHo Hual

Happy Holiday everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas and preparing for an amazing 2015 !!!

When I was in New York few weeks back, I discover the Birchbox store in Soho. So naturally I had to go and check it out, as I am a big fan of Birchbox . I have had a subscription to both the men’s and women’s boxes for over a year now, and let me tell you its like Christmas every month.

The store management  were so nice! Not only did they allow me to film a episode of Mr. Jan All In One in the store, they even have one of their discovery specialist Aimee Simone show me around the store.

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Over all the store gave me a very friendly and welcome impression. The store is a stunning white color, very clean and fresh. Organized by category, not by brands, the store is very easy to navigate. There is two floors, the first floor is mostly color and build your own box . The lower level includes men’s products, skincare, body and nail services.

The build your own box is the same concepts of monthly Birchbox but you can pick the items you want to try. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough  time to build my own box, but  I picked up the items below while we are filming. I always manage a little shopping while working.

Vanity Affair Limited Holiday Box $ 98 value $309 WOW..
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I think when ever you are looking to purchase a gift for any events and you don’t know what to buy, this is a great ideas. This box contain the following items

BY TERRY Baume de Rose – Travel Size
Chantecaille Luminous Gloss – Lychee or Passionfruit
JINsoon Nail Lacquer – Coquette
JINsoon Nail Lacquer – Nostalgia
Maison Caulières Perfumed Bath Oil – Travel Size
MAKE Calypso Palette
Rosanna Alhambra Medium Vessel
Serge Normant Dream Big Instant Volumizing Spray – Travel Size
SHU UEMURA Art of Hair Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream – Travel Size
Stephanie Johnson Tinseltown Gold Jewelry Tray
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment – Travel Size
Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint
TOCCA Eau de Parfum, Margaux – Travel Size

Rituals Zensation – $15 Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom foaming shower gel . I love this foaming shower gel, not only smell good and make my skin feel super soft.

Oribe – Liquid Gold Lust Travel Set – $55 Includes Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo, 1.7 oz.; Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner, 1.7 oz.; and Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil, 1.7 oz.

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Molton Brown – $35 Mini Travel Discover & Scent set Includes Eucalyptus body wash , Ylang Ylang  body wash , body lotion and Janise Orange body wash and body lotion

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Overall I really like Birchbox store in SoHo, I hope one day they will open at LA area. If you are in New York city , make sure you stop by and discover  this amazing  place

Steve’s Waikiki Shopping Haul

Steve just returned from Honolulu, Hawaii, where he goes often as the National SK-II Skin Care Ambassador. Even though most of his day is spent at events, he usually finds time in the evening to squeeze in some shopping. This trip was no exception. Check out Steve’s latest video featuring just a few of the items he found on Waikiki Beach … it’s a shopping haul exclusive!

Travel Tips, New York City Sheraton

My corner room in New York City! Here are a couple of my tips to get an upgraded room.

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Always be nice to the front desk person! Use the front desk person’s name 2-3 time while they check you in and always ask for a suite or corner room if available. I would love to hear you tips for getting great deals while traveling. Share your tips with me on how to get a great hotel room. #mrjanallinone #stevejan #travel#sheartonnewyorktimesquare # luxury — at Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

The Beauty Secrets Of Pompeii

I recently saw the movie Pompeii, and it was pretty darn good. This movie was particularly interesting to me because in 2012 I went on a two week vacation to the Mediterranean which included a trip while in Naples, Italy to the ancient city of Pompeii. Trust me when I say, I am not easily impressed, so as we made our way down to Pompeii I prepared myself for just Pompeii Movie Posteranother tourist trap and a few ancient ruins. When we arrived in Pompeii, I was left speechless by the awesome size of the place … Pompeii was not only fascinating, it was huge! We walked for two or three hours through the ancient ruins, never repeating our steps. Pompeii was nothing less than amazing.

I am not a big scholar of history, and frankly, I am not normally interested in ancient ruins, but Pompeii had me captivated. There was something interesting everywhere you looked. The way the citizens of Pompeii cooked, the difference in housing between the very wealthy and the poor, the way they shopped and traded, and the rather seedy side of Pompeii (brothels, taverns, etc) that would make modern day Las Vegas look like an entry level adult playground. Pompeii was definitely the ultimate place for indulgence.

Steve Jan in the ancient city of Pompeii

Anticipating the release of the movie, I began to think about how the women, and men for that matter, managed beauty. Remember, this was a city obsessed with indulging in every pleasure of the flesh know to mankind, so they had to look beautiful. So, I did some research and put together a brand new video called “Beauty Secrets Of Pompeii”. I hope that you enjoy it.

Bottega Veneta Capri Bag Review

I recently went shopping at my favorite outlet mall “Desert Hills Premium Outlets” in Cabazon, California near Palm Springs. There are many premium designer stores in the mall, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Loro Piana, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Versace, Saint Laurent Paris and Bottega Veneta.

I purchased a new bag from Bottega Veneta called Capri bag. This is an outlet style Capri bag from Bottega Veneta. Many of the premium designers have special design for outlet store only. I am going to share with you what I have learned from my sales person at Bottega Veneta boutique store.

Bottega Veneta Bag

Bottega Veneta’s philosophy is “your own initial is enough” therefore, no logo will be found on the external part of the bag. There are four cornerstones about Bottega Veneta: 1. Quality materials; 2. Artisan and craftsmanship; 3. Contemporary functionality; and 4. Timeless design.
All leather is dyed with mineral powder, no chemicals are used. Each bag is hand weaved by one artisan from the beginning till the end, it is like knitting, so only one person can work on a bag at a time. It takes about one day to make one bag and therefore, quantities are very limited.
This Capri bag  is made of lamb skin. The longer you use this bag, the softer and shiner the leather is going to get as time goes by. It will feel almost like butter; soft and velvety.
You will find a circle saying “BV” on the inside of this bag, which specify that this is an outlet store exclusive style.

Bottega Veneta Inside Logo

Also another important thing about BV bag is that they are all made seamless. So there are only a few of the bag that have seams and are assembled with a few pieces of weaved leather. BV calls it a “weave” in English, but in Italian it’s called “intrecciato”.
Bottega Veneta in English means workshop in Veneta. They go by special romantic names of the bags color every season. They call black Nero which is one of the classic Bottege Veneta colors. Ebano or brown, is also a signature color that represents Bottega Veneta. Also the difference between the outlet exclusive and store version is that, the lining inside each bag is made of canvas, whereas the store version is all made in pig suede.

To differentiate between an authentic and imitation BV bag: each full piece of leather is soaked in dye and then air dried before it is place in a machine that cuts the leather into strips.
Each strip is called fatuche. The artisan will weave the fatuche into the bandina. So if you pay attention, you will be able to distinguish the fatuche and bandina, and you will be able to see the colors are clearly dyed through. Many imitation BV bags have the color sprayed on the surface of the leather, but the inside of the leather is still in original skin color.

Bottega Veneta Bag Clasp

The second way to tell the difference of a real bag is the proportion. I have seen some really well made imitation bags but they are always missing a little bit here and there. Third way is the hardware. This is really important to know that BV make their own hardware and they do not outsource . Therefore, you will know the bag is an imitation if the hardware is named YKK. Fourth, there is always a serial number inside the bag on the suede lining. Nevertheless, even the bag from the outlet store with the special logo is extremely nice and an authentic Bottega Veneta bag. If you are in the Southern California area, you should check out their store at the Cabazon Outlets. Here is my video featuring Cabazon.

 

 

Steve is freezing in Chicago, IL

On Thursday, December 5th, Steve left early in the morning and caught a flight to Chicago, IL. He will be making two appearances, December 6th and 7th at the brand new SK-II Skin Care counter in Bloomingdales on Michigan Ave. As most of you know, Steve is the National Skin Care Ambassador for the SK-II brand here in the United States. As you can see in the photo below, it is crazy cold in Chicago this weekend, so Steve is staying bundled up and warm.

Steve in Chicago, December 2013
Steve in Chicago, December 2013