Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New York Junior League’s 63rd Annual Winter Ball at The Pierre Hotel

The New York Junior League (NYJL) held a magical Winter Ball at the Pierre Hotel this past Saturday. The evening brought together volunteers, family, and friends to honor recipients of NYJL’s Outstanding Sustainer and Outstanding Volunteer Awards, the NYJL’s highest honor.   

Kristine Johnson, Emmy award-winning CBS News anchor presented awards to Outstanding Sustainers Catherine C. Crane and Peggy Anne Dineen, and Outstanding Volunteers Jana Beauchamp, Sharon Bonanni, Allison Marie Hyers, Cynthia Vitari Song, and Leah Wenger.

The fundraising evening also commemorated both the groundbreaking community service projects and the women volunteers, who dedicate their time and efforts to realizing the mission of the New York Junior League. With approximately 600 guests in attendance, this was the largest annual fundraiser for the NYJL, and its proceeds benefit the organization’s charitable activities.
“The New York Junior League has been an important part of my life for nearly 20 years. I've had the privilege of working in the community as well as the support side of things. The training I've received has helped me both personally and professionally. Additionally, I have met so many bright, motivated and philanthropic women since joining. The NYJL has truly been a life changing experience for me,” commented President of the NYJL, Stacey Lawrence Lee.

Since 1952, the NYJL has celebrated its history of community service by honoring outstanding NYJL volunteers and community partners at its largest annual fundraiser, the Winter Ball. More than 3,000 invitations are mailed to recipients in the New York metropolitan area and approximately 600 guests attend the black-tie gala. Proceeds from this event support the NYJL’s collaborative community programs in the New York City metropolitan area, including: Union Settlement Association, the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Women’s Prison Association, Mentoring USA, and numerous others as well as operations of the New York Junior League and the continued training of their volunteers.

The New York Junior League (NYJL) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Since 1901, the NYJL has been a leader in identifying and responding to unmet community needs. Through direct service, collaborations with other community organizations and advocacy, the NYJL provides a positive force for change within the communities it serves.

Each year more than 2,600 trained volunteers donate more than 250,000 hours of their time to better the lives of women and children in New York City. The NYJL works with more than 20 community-based organizations and public agencies to deliver services and assistance directly to women and children in need.

To learn more or donate visit: www.nyjl.org

Sunday, March 1, 2015

House of Harlow, CC SKYE, Karen Kane, and n: PHILANTHROPY Summer and Fall 2015 Collection Preview

dOMAIN NY Showroom hosted a fabulous preview for their brand’s Spring/Summer and upcoming Fall 2015 collections. Designers included House of Harlow, CC SKYE, Karen Kane, and n: PHILANTHROPY.

I had so much fun browsing n: PHILANTHROPY's casual-chic denims, knits and basics, and getting a glimpse at what's coming next from this luxe new brand. One of my favorite pieces from their new collection was the above pink faux fur coat. It was so glamorous and I couldn’t resist trying it on!

GLAMHOUSE jewelry brands House of Harlow 1960 (by Nicole Richie), CC Skye and Karen Kane showcased their hottest new collections and CC Skye was on-hand to share her inspiration for her line.

Guests also had an opportunity to refresh with small bites and drinks in addition to getting their hair and nails done. Certainly not a bad way to spend an evening! ;) 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

THEIA's Fall 2015 Glamorous Art Nouveau Inspired Collection

I had the pleasure of previewing THEIA’s new Fall 2015 collection at their glamorous NY showroom.

Every season THEIA’s designer, Don O’Neill takes the collection to another dimension. The Fall 2015 season was certainly no exception, and with a quite literal emphasis on exciting new art inspired dimensions. 

Don’s inspiration for the new collection came from an Irish furniture designer named Joseph Walsh, specifically his Lumenoria II collection. This was the starting point for the collection, which evolved into more brilliant Art Nouveau references.  

HSN Cinderella Press Preview + Exclusive Interview With Designer/ Supermodel Coco Rocha!

HSN hosted a special press preview at the Tribeca Grand Hotel for their new capsule collections inspired by Disney’s all-new action movie Cinderella.

Supermodel Coco Rocha launched her first ever apparel line, Modern Princess by Coco Rocha, as part of HSN’s Cinderella inspired assortment. 

Additional top designers included Vince Camuto, Christos, Hal Rubenstein, Heidi Daus and many more.

I had such a lovely time covering this presentation! Cinderella has always been one of my favorite movies so it was really exciting to see top designers create their own modern Princess themed apparel, footwear, jewelry, accessories, home and beauty merchandise. 

Tommy Bahama’s Island Life Oasis: Celebrating The Launch Of Their New 'Island Life' Fragrance Collection!

Tommy Bahama hosted an Island Life Oasis in celebration of their newly launched fragrance collection, Island Life. 

The invitation read “Join Tommy Bahama for a tropical escape of Island Life to new his and hers fragrance collection. Leave everything else behind to embark on an aromatic retreat where you will be indulged with exotic cocktails, paddle boarding for the adventurer and more!” Umm, yes please! 

I was beyond excited to leave the frigid Winter weather of NYC and get a taste of Summer at Tommy Bahama's tropical retreat.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mark and Estel's 'Stairway To The Stars' Fall/Winter 2015 Collection

One of my favorite shows this season was Mark and Estel who brilliantly combined music and fashion into an unforgettable collection called ‘Stairway to the Stars’. This is also the name of one of the songs Mark and Estel made while making the new collection. 

This season Mark and Estel sent spectacularly long capes, lots of cool plaid variations, bold graphic print blouses, jumpsuits and flowing dresses down the runway.

Mark Tango and Estel Day are both fashion designers and music artists. Combining their passions, they create fashion and music under one name Mark and Estel, the band and the brand.

Mark and Estel made fashion and music history as the first fashion designers ever to perform their own songs live on the runway in September 2013, during their RTW debut at Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week, New York. 

Their fashion collections are created to be wearable versions of their music, and they create and perform all of the music for their runway shows.

Of course this season was no exception as Mark and Estel performed one of the coolest post show performances that I’ve ever seen!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mark and Estel’s Sneak Peek Party For Their ‘Stairway to the Stars’ Fall/Winter 2015 Collection

Mark and Estel, the rock star designers of their namesake brand held an epic party dubbed ‘bubbles & bites’ for editors/bloggers to get a sneak peek of their new Fall/Winter 2015 collection before it hit the runway a few days later at Lincoln Center. This was one of my favorite fashion week memories by far as I’ve never had a chance to see a designer’s collection BEFORE its official runway debut.

I was equally excited for a chance to meet the famous designer duo, Mark and Estel. Both were exceptionally sweet and had such a cool rock star vibe about them. They are the kind of people you wish you could spend hours and hours with as they would always keep you endlessly entertained.

Mark Tango and Estel Day launched their fashion brand “Mark and Estel” in Los Angeles in 2005. Made in the USA, the Mark and Estel fashion line boasts signature fashion tees, flowing dresses and iconic cut-out leggings alongside ready to wear jackets and separates. The duo’s rocker style and love of music signaled the simultaneous launch of their band “Mark and Estel,” and their fashion/music hybrid quickly became their brand signature. 

In 2009, Mark and Estel garnered further recognition when they custom made their ‘Ripped & Holey Leggings’ for Lady Gaga on her Fame Ball Tour. Mark and Estel’s rockerchic yet incredibly comfortable silhouettes continue to count fashionistas and sporty girls as their customers, alongside music and fashion celebrities including Kendall Jenner and Kelly Osbourne.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Emily Cho Fall 2015 Luxury Handbag Preview + MySpa2Go Pre-Fashion Week Pampering

The day before fashion week my lovely friend and Celebrity Stylist Lauren Rae Levy hosted a fabulous soiree to preview Emily Cho’s new Fall 2015 collection at the Dream Hotel in New York.

The event featured complimentary manicures and reiki sessions by MySpa2Go, a luxury, premier mobile spa service that provides beauty and wellness services.

Lauren came over to greet me and show me around. It’s always so lovely to see her during fashion season. Aside from being extraordinarily adept at what she does, Lauren is also one of the nicest people in the business. We chose our favorite Emily Cho handbag for our photo together. I picked the black tote bag since my look that day consisted of a black top and my favorite checker print pencil skirt by Natori.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Natori Fall/Winter 2015 Fashion Show: A Journey To Istanbul

It’s always exciting to be invited to Josie Natori’s fashion show. This season Josie Natori presented her Fall/Winter 2015 collection at the DiMenna Center, where the setting was defined by a square floor, illuminated by outlined lights. 

Josie Natori's Fall/Winter 2015 collection took us on a journey to Istanbul, the historic crossroads where East meets West. There, Josie was inspired by fabric bazars, spice souks, brass markets, and whirling dervishes. The Fall 2015 collection reflects an explosion of art and culture felt on every ancient and modern street in this ever-dynamic city.

Josie’s newest collection featured standout chartreuse, black, white, mauve and cornflower blue colors that are blended flawlessly with an array of luxurious fabrics including silk knit, cashmere, pane velvet, felting, silk brocade, wool quilting, and rabbit furs.

The rich textures and intricate embroidery showed extravagant embellishments that create more dimension and definition. The Istanbul inspired collection also introduced new silhouettes with full skirts, blanket shawls, redefining capes, and higher necklines.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Betsey Johnson's Epic Baubles and Bubbly Party

A week or so ago I received an email from Betsey Johnson’s team inviting me to her Baubles & Bubbly Cocktail party in NYC to celebrate her SS15 and FW15 jewelry collections. If you’re lucky enough to attend anything Betsey Johnson related then you know it’s going to be an over-the-top, unforgettable experience. I still remember going to her phenomenal 70th Birthday party/fashion show/concert by Cyndi Lauper. Yes, it was all three things at once!

Fast forward to last Thursday and it was finally the day of Betsey’s party. I rummaged through my closet to find something Betsey would approve of. Luckily, I just got a new velvet blue dress with ruffled shoulders. I immediately thought it was SO Betsey! (I was right, Betsey did love my dress!). I paired the look with black tights, classic heels and a golden Natori cuff.

While en route to the party I re-read my invitation which mentioned champagne, treats and a sneak peek of Betsey’s new jewelry collection. I couldn’t wait to see what fun surprises were in-store this time! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

X'Tige Holiday Party at Trump Soho

A holiday party at Trump Soho... Yes, please! I was thrilled when my good friend Eleonora Quizmolli invited me to her holiday party for luxury designer showroom X’Tige at Trump Soho. I’ve known Eleonora for a few years now and every time she throws a party it’s always the talk of the town. 

Eleonora runs Sensation of House, a full-service production and management company in addition to being an affiliate for X’Tige showroom. 

Holiday parties are my absolute favorite events as they're the perfect opportunity to indulge in sparkly dresses and red lipstick, and of course I couldn't resist both for this occasion! 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Aegis Capital's Magical Carnival Themed Holiday Party at Pier 60

One of my all time favorite holiday parties this season was Aegis Capital Corp's epic Carnival themed soiree at Pier 60. Thousands of guests were invited to this bash and I was lucky to be my best friend’s plus 1. 

Ironically, the party was held on Dec 18th, the same day of another big holiday party I had planned to attend. As fate would have it things didn’t work out and I ended up going to Aegis’s holiday party instead.

It’s funny how fate works. You think you’re missing out on something really good but then you get something even better in its place... :)

Aegis’s Carnival themed holiday party was something that dreams are made of. The venue was completely transformed into a Coney Island-esque carnival with games/prizes, carnival food, drinks, live music, performers and much more.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

#KiplingHoliday Tour Launch Holiday Party

Kipling held a fabulous Holiday Tour launch party to celebrate the festive season. The party included Kipling giveaways, live performances, yummy bites and sips.

Kipling is one of my favorite brands for colorful monogram accessories. The company was found back in 1987 in Belgium and was playfully dubbed Kipling after the clever little spirit of the monkeys in Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. How cute?!

The event was held in Soho, one of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC. It’s always such a pleasure to walk around the area as everyone seems so put together and glamorous in that part of town.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Forevermark’s #HoldMyHandForever Social Media Project Party With Diamonds, Celebrities and Lots of Love!

Hold my hand forever? It's perhaps one of the most romantic phrases and now Forevermark's new social media campaign.

Forevermark, the diamond brand from The De Beers Group of Companies, embarked on a new project to explore and celebrate the rich symbolic meanings of holding hands. They unveiled their #HoldMyHandForever exhibit at a special party at the Highline Stages in New York City. I was thrilled to be a part of such a momentous occasion!

Among those who came out to celebrate, a glowing and pregnant Coco Rocha dressed in Forevermark diamonds, and her husband James Conran. New parents Kevin and Danielle Jonas had a parents night out and gushed about their new addition seven-month-old Alena Rose

Other guests in attendance included models Shaun Ross and Diandra Forrest  who struck a pose at the social media station. Newlyweds HollywoodLife reporter and TV personality Chloe Melas and restauranteur Brian Mazza were also in attendance as well as model and Real Housewife, Kelly Bensimon

Throughout time, holding hands has remained one of the most instinctual and powerful ways of communicating positive emotion and reflects a unique and intimate promise. 

Forevermark believes in the power of promises; from its promise of beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced diamonds, to the unspoken promise that connects two people when they hold hands.

You're invited to rediscover the powerful gesture of holding hands and the promise that it symbolizes in your own relationships by sharing images and stories with the hashtag #HoldMyHandForever.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

“Alina Allure” by Fashion Illustration Artist Richard Vyse

I’m so excited and honored to share works of art that fashion illustration artist Richard Vyse recently painted of me.

Last week I posted a flashback portrait on my Facebook that Richard kindly painted of me back in 2012. 

Just one day after I posted the picture, Richard sent me these beautiful pictures that he just did of me.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kings of Cole First Annual Kings of Cause Charity Cocktail Event

Luxury loungewear line Kings of Cole launched their first annual Kings of Cause Charity Cocktail Event in honor of October being National Anti-Bully month. The event was held in Soho at The Institute, Erno Laszlo and was hosted by Elana Brynes, designer and owner of Kings of Cole and Sean James, former NFL athlete and founder of Be In The Know About Bullying foundation.

Notable attendees included Tracy Anderson, Chris Wragge, Luis Da Silva Jr. (from films including: 21 Jump Street, Fast Five, The Heat and Gone Girl), Former and Current NFL players: Derek Faulkner and Brendan Ayanbadejo to name a few. In addition, influencers from fashion, sports and beauty communities also came out to support and raise funds for this remarkable charity.

Be In The Know About Bullying provides support services to youth and families affected by bullying, violence, and suicide through preventative education and communication. The charity embraces all segments of the community of all race and ethnic backgrounds, social levels, sexual orientations and gender identities. Be In The Know not only gives direct services to families and communities affected by bullying, teen suicide and school violence, but also provide programming to educational institutions through its staff, speakers and curriculum.  
Check out www.knowaboutbullying.com to learn more and donate.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Wearing A Custom Made Dress by K. L. Tyree to New York Fashion Week

This past Summer a budding and wildly talented designer named Kristin Tyree reached out to me and offered to dress me for September Fashion Week. It’s perhaps every girl’s dream to be dressed for one of the biggest fashion events in the world. I couldn’t have been more excited and honored for the opportunity to wear a custom made piece from Kristin’s couture line, K. L. Tyree.

Leading up to the big day Kristin emailed me a sketch of her idea of my look. I was instantly impressed with her eye for detail and keen attention to how a dress should compliment a women’s body.

Although a new designer, her concept and excecution of my dress was well beyond her years in the industry.

Kristin Tyree was born in a small, history-rich town in Pennsylvania, with dreams of succeeding in multiple fields of science. After encouragement from a special teacher, Kristin discovered her artistic talents. Her dreams of becoming a scientist quickly evolved into becoming a published author.

Once Kristin moved on to high school, a series of life-changing events altered her career goals, and she decided to move forth into the fashion industry. She is expected to graduate from undergrad school in March 2015, and is applying to Parsons for grad school for Fall 2015.

Her ultimate goal is to go into couture and ready-to-wear, assisting women in feeling beautiful and realizing the beauty that surrounds them.  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Style Socialite Hosts An End of Fashion Week Party At The Highline Ballroom

Dress by Luis Buchinho and shoes by abcense from The Style Chamber
(Giving me best fierce pose in these cool designer pieces)

I can’t believe another Fashion Week has come and gone. This season I was thrilled that my blog was one of the promoted hosts for an end of Fashion Week party at the Highline Ballroom. 

My friends at The Style Chamber sent over a special delivery of dresses and shoes all the way from Abu Dhabi for me to wear to New York Fashion Week. I was so happy to receive the package just in time for my big event that evening.

Monday, September 8, 2014

YOU'RE INVITED! New York Fashion Week Party and Fashion Show at Highline Ballroom

I'm so excited to announce that The Style Socialite blog is one of the official hosts for the New York Fashion Week Party and Fashion Show at Highline Ballroom!

The event will take place this coming Thursday, September 11th at 8pm. It will include an open bar, epic fashion show and live performances. 

Join me, Jspace and Israel's Voice for this unforgettable finale event for New York Fashion Week. 

Tickets are starting at only $10 and are expected to sell out soon so make sure to secure your ticket here: http://jspace.co/1xl635s

Sunday, August 31, 2014

China Southern Airlines Dignitary Gala at The Plaza Hotel

China Southern Airlines held a glamorous gala at The Plaza Hotel to celebrate their inaugural flight from Guangzhou, China to JFK.

This is China Southern Airline's new non-stop service between New York and Guangzhou that is meant to better connect the US and Chinese markets and further promote New York as a global destination. 

The evening gala featured a cocktail hour followed by a sit-down dinner in The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom, speeches by China Southern executives, a raffle and performances by China Southern’s flight attendants.

This unique international evening had an impressive roster of invited guests that included, WABC Host, NY Times bestselling author and TV Correspondent Rita Cosby, Actress Julianne Michelle and Political Filmmaker, Social Activist, and Actor Sean Stone.

Confirmed Government Officials included:
Kenneth E. Hyatt – Acting Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce
Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally –Executive Director, SelectUSA International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce
William Colton – Assemblyman, United States Government
Markly Wilson – Director of International Marketing for the New York State Division of Tourism, United States Government
Haitian Lu, United Nations
Ian Chan – Office Manager of Councilman Peter Koo, United States Government
Elaine Fan, United States Government
Liu Yiwei – Counselor
Li Xiaomei – Consul, Consulate General of China in New York
Liu Lian –Secretary of Consul General Sun Guoxiang

For more than 30 years, China Southern - www.csair.com - has been the largest airline in The People’s Republic of China and is headquartered at the ultra-modern Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou. China Southern operates a fleet of more than 550 aircraft and serves 193 cities in 30 countries and regions, forming an extensive network with Guangzhou and Beijing as its hubs. China Southern is a proud member of SkyTeam and together with member airlines offers passengers a worldwide system of more than 19,000 daily flights spanning more than 1,000 destinations in 187 countries.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

3rd Annual Edeyo Foundation Gives Hope Ball

The Edeyo Foundation held their 3rd annual Gives Hope Ball at the historic Liberty Theater. I was so excited to have the opportunity to cover this fundamental fundraiser for Haiti.

The evening raised much-needed funds for the Edeyo Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the future for children in Haiti through education.

The gala was hosted by Stephen Baldwin and sponsored by Uptown Magazine, Ciroc, Jet Blue, Soniq Chips and LDV Hospitality.

This fun-filled and colorful evening showcased Edeyo’s charitable programs abroad while exposing guests to the vibrant culture of Haiti. The ticketed evening’s program also included a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, live auction, special guest musical performances by Grammy Award winning Jazz Guitarist Fabrizio Sotti & Gramm-Award winning recording artist, Melanie Fiona, music & dancing by Donna D. Cruz, and a brief interactive presentation to raise awareness about the mission of the Edeyo Foundation.

I wore a metallic green one shoulder gown from Laundry by Shelli Segal. I couldn’t imagine a more befitting choice for the Edeyo Gives Hope Ball. It was one of the first dresses I tried on and it ended up fitting like it was made just for me. The color was also absolutely perfect for the evening's theme. To complement the look I chose a pair of red and gold earrings by Jill Zarin. 

The Edeyo Foundation is dedicated to improving the future of children in Haiti through education, supplying students with learning materials and providing them with nutritional support. Edeyo in Haitian creole means “Help Them.” Since Edeyo was created in 2007, it has been responsible for the creation and management of a brand new primary school for students in the area of Bel Air in Port au Prince. École Communautaire du Bel-Air Herve Romain Cœur Joyeux (“École du Bel-Air”) currently serves about 220 students per year, all of whom had limited or no access to education until they enrolled in their program.

For more information or to donate, visit www.edeyo.org