Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Preview of Laura Ciccarello's Stylish Accessories + Exclusive Interview!


One of my absolute favorite things about being a fashion blogger is the chance to really get to know the people behind the fashion scene. I recently had a chance to meet Accessories Designer Laura Ciccarello who designs jewelry, scarves and handbags under her namesake brand. 

I’m a big fan of unconventional designs and Laura certainly delivers with themes like Karl Lagerfeld is really Chuck Norris and Queen of the Aztec.

Fascinated by her unique designs, I caught up with Laura for an in-depth interview. Check out what she had to say about her super cool new collection, inspiration, career advise for budding new designers and much more! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

3rd Annual More The Merrier HSN Holiday Collection Preview At The Academy Mansion


The Holidays came a little early for HSN as the iconic home shopping network hosted its 3rd annual More The Merrier HSNi Holiday Collection at the Academy Mansion in NYC. In addition to HSN, other showcasing brands included Frontgate, TravelSmith, Ballard Designs, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, Improvements, and Chasing Fireflies.

It was so exciting to have a chance to visit the Academy Mansion on the upper east side to see the new HSN Holiday collection. I’ve been to quite a few in the city, but this is by far my favorite one. I’m a secret history nerd, so in the midst of writing this post I took a quick look at the mansion’s long history. 

According to an online source, the mansion was constructed in 1921 by William Ziegler, Jr, an heir to the Royal Baking Powder Company fortune. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

It's Officially Summer With OFF! & Guest Of A Guest At The Maritime Hotel!


You know that one epic evening of Summer that you’ll always remember? The OFF® and Guest of a Guest’s style bash was certainly it for me. Hosted at the chic Cabanas in the Maritime Hotel, the event featured classic Summer activities like mini-golf, an outdoor décor tutorial courtesy of NYC florist Something May, s’mores by a fire pit and music by DJ Jilly Hendrix

And what’s an over-the-top Summer party without a few celebrities?! Notable guests included Stacy London, Lo Bosworth, Azeeza KhanJess Levin, Michelle Mcswain, Sarah Haman, Gigi Burris, Annette & Phoebe Stephens, Rachelle Hrushka Macpherson and many more!

The backyard style bash was a perfect reminder for guests to get back outside this Summer and stay protected with OFF!.

One of my favorite moments was meeting former Laguna Beach star and current fashion blogger Lo Bosworth. Lo now writes a popular fashion blog called TheLoDown.com.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Carrie Lane's Album Release Red Carpet Party + Special Performance!


NYC’s Pop Princess Carrie Lane celebrated the release of her EP "Bows Before Bros" album release party at Stitch Lounge. It was so much fun to join her fans and attending celebrities at this exclusive red carpet event. 

The evening was hosted by Edvin Ortega from Orange is the New Black and Larger than Life

Bows Before Bros is Carrie Lane's Freshman EP. The EP tells the story of a young girls journey through love, including everything from a first kiss to devastating breakup. The songs were co-written by Lane herself and Ron Geffen, the featured producer on the album. The two work together in order to captivate the essence of teenage love by marrying the theme to catchy melodies and upbeat, feel-good tracks. Lane has set the stage for her musical career to tell her story by relating to her fans and encouraging them to get out there and be themselves.

Check out Carrie Lane's music on her website: www.carrielanemusic.com

Friday, June 26, 2015

Designer Holiday Collections Sneak Preview: JS Collections, Carmen Marc Valvo, Cynthia Rowley and ML Monique Lhuillier


During my visit to the JS Group showroom I also had a chance to get a sneak preview of the new Holiday collections from Carmen Marc Valvo, Cynthia Rowley and ML Monique Lhuillier. The Holidays may be a while away, but it's never to early to get excited about great style coming up for the season! 

Each collection delivered a great selection of chic Holiday looks. I loved all of them, but if I had to choose I would definitely go with either a red dress from Carmen Marc Valvo or the stunning black and blue feather dress by Cynthia Rowley. 

Check out the rest of the photos from the preview below! 

THEIA Resort 2016: Inspired by Bauhaus Textile Artist Anni Albers


I always enjoy visiting the THEIA showroom, but it’s an extra special treat when it’s to see a sneak peek of designer Don O'Neill’s brilliant new collection! 

The new THEIA Resort 2016 collection was inspired by the work of the extraordinary Bauhaus Textile artist Anni Albers.

Her simple and clean use of lines to create textiles and wall hangings, informed a minimal approach to the collection. Don began with navy blue ribbon embroidered tulle, woven thru with linear micro sequins, which is used throughout the collection.

The vibrational aspect of color she used in vivid stripes inspired nautical dresses and her graphic black and whites resonate in a mosaic-tiled embroidery, while white details accentuate clean lines on Black dresses.

A rose is interpreted as an illustration created using a series of straight “sketched” lines. A Floral print is rendered linear by printing on a striped silk gazar.

Metallic golds reflect her awe inspiring innovative metallic wall hangings, interpreted for the THEIA woman in metallic jacquards and silver glass beads hand embroidered on silk chiffon gowns. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

COACH Pups Campaign Launches With Lady Gaga’s French Bulldog Miss Asia Kinney


Coach just shared with me its new advertising campaign titled “COACH PUPS”. How cute?!

The new campaign features canine stars in a series of portraits photographed by Steven Meisel. It launches this month with Miss Asia Kinney, the adorable four-legged companion of Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga commented: “I am so proud of Miss Asia! She's a natural in front of the camera, and we're both so excited that the iconic Steven Meisel shot her for Coach's pup campaign! I really love getting to watch my best friend be a star.”

The campaign celebrates the dogs in our lives and captures the pups’ unique personalities as they “model” Coach’s Fall 2015 star bags.

Additional PUPS staring in the campaign will be revealed shortly. Miss Asia Kinney, Lady Gaga’s now famous French Bulldog has amassed a substantial social media following in only a few short weeks. The Coach bags she elegantly models in the campaign are the Edie and the Rucksack.

Art directed by Fabien Baron and styled by Karl Templer, COACH PUPS will appear in print, online and on outdoor media globally starting in July.

This new initiative will introduce the social campaign #coachpups, including a range of online activities for fellow dog fanciers, opportunities for Instameets, special talks and other events hosted by the great and the good of the canine world. This will also mark the debut of the Coach Snapchat account.

Coach has also made a donation to Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (frenchieporvous.org) on behalf of Miss Asia Kinney and her devoted owner.

I look forward to seeing the full Coach Fall 2015 collection with the rest of its predictably adorable furry stars! 


Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Flood Sisters Gala & Fashion Show at Trump Tower


The Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation of America held an unforgettable gala and Love.Give.Life. fashion show at Trump Tower to raise awareness and funds for kidney disease and organ donation. 

The event was hosted by PIX 11 News 4-Time Emmy Award Reporter, Kirstin Cole and The Flood Sisters

The gala honored Michael Dellorso, kidney transplant recipient, Andrea LaPierre Battista, kidney donor as well as the Montefiore Transplant Team.

Speakers included 12 year old Acacia Puleo, 3 organ donor recipient, Andrea Samson, 20 year old in need of a kidney donor and the Montefiore Kidney Transplant Team.

Guests were invited to an elegant dinner and fashion show with top NYC designers such as EILEEN FISHER, Norma Kamali, Dana-Maxx, NY Rangers Goalie, Henrik Lundqvist's Crown Collection and GUESS

The gala also featured a silent auction with luxury items from Ferrari USA, DryBar, A look from designer, Dana-Maxx, Late Night With Seth Meyers, ELTAMD SKINCARE, Vineyard Vines, BARE SKIN & LASER and more.

The Flood Sisters started the organization after helping their father find an organ donor a few years ago. After saving their father's life Jennifer, Cynthia and Heather Flood created The Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation of America to save many others in need. 

According to The Flood Sisters, "Our story is simple. It is a message that conveys the courage to go beyond the norm and act upon it. It is only through courage, persistence, hope and love that we can start saving lives together."

Visit floodsisters.org to learn more. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

PUMA Summer 2015 #ForeverFaster Collection Preview


Athletic giant PUMA invited me to preview their new Summer 2015 collection of ‘Forever Faster’ sportswear. I’ve been on a total health kick and daily fitness regime these past few months so I was super excited to check out their newest collection. 

I usually wear a look that goes along with the theme of an event and this time was no exception! 

Instead of wearing heels and a dress I opted for my favorite PUMA sneakers, Members Only jacket, and vintage shorts. 

I’ve never worn sneakers to an event before but I really couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do it for the PUMA preview!  

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Vionic Fall/Winter 2015 Collection Cocktail Party & Preview


Vionic invited me to check out their Fall/Winter 2015 collection at the chic Bryant Park Hotel this past week. 

In attendance was the Vionic spokesperson and celebrity fitness trainer Juliet Kaska who was on hand to demonstrate fitness moves to take everyday walks into red carpet exercises. Kaska is the trainer to Hollywood elite such as Karlie Kloss, Kerry Washington, Ali Larter, Pink, Kate Walsh and more! 

I brought my own red carpet moves for Vionic’s fun photo-op station where they provided cute signs for guest’s social media posts.

My Steven Colluci painted scarf turned out to the perfect accessory for this colorful adventure. ;)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Cantina Rooftop's Cinco de Mayo Pre-Opening Tasting Soiree


Salsa under the stars?  Sí.  Mezcal margaritas after work?  Por supuesto!  Modern Mexican cuisine, expertly crafted drinks and a year-round rooftop nightlife scene? Muy bueno! 

I had the absolute pleasure of attending Cantina Rooftop’s Cinco de Mayo pre-opening tasting party before its official grand opening on May 5th. Located on 605 W. 48th Street, this Mexican rooftop delight is perfectly situated to overlook the best views in the city. 

Cantina Rooftop is the latest dining/social experience from Pedro Zamora. Cantina Rooftop is distinguished by an innovative modern Mexican menu from Executive Chef Gonzalo Colin (Frankie & Johnnies, City Bistro, Sequoia, Robert), a Mexico City native who spent a year traveling to dozens of cities across Mexico to bring the best flavors and dishes home to New York City.

Just steps away from the Hudson River, and with stunning skyline views of Midtown Manhattan, Cantina Rooftop will be open year-round, rain or shine, made possible by a retractable rooftop and abundant space heaters during cooler months.  Intimate yet accommodating, the open-air venue features a 20-seat bar and lounge and an 80-person outdoor dining area with a secondary bar, surrounded by lush greenery, banquettes, and communal and individual tables.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Audubon Young Members 2015 Spring Benefit At The Bowery Hotel Rooftop


Audubon New York Young Members hosted an epic benefit last night at the Bowery Hotel Rooftop.

The philanthropic soiree featured an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and silent auction filled with art, entertainment, travel, beauty, and fashion items.

Host Committee included:
Arielle Patrick, Chair
Martin Ambrose, Elizabeth Baker, Samantha Chin, Alexander Cook, Stephanie Cozzi, Rich Cummings, Wael Alexander Davis, Christina Eberli, Juliet Falchi, Kate Falchi, Grant Ginsberg, Winnie Lewis, Jenna Manula, Carolyn Niemann, Meg Niemann, Dominic Pepper, Joshua Pino, Adrienne Rudkin, Patricia Ruiz-Healy, Peter Stamm, James Tierney Tang and Jenny Zeckendorf.

The benefit raised nearly $30,000 through tickets sales and silent auction items.

100% of that money will go toward Audubon New York's important conservation, education, policy and advocacy work that aims to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

Specifically, the money raised will help fund the ‘Lights Out’ program. Every year, billions of birds migrate north in the spring and south in the fall. Most fly at night. As they pass over big cities on their way, they can become disoriented by bright lights, especially those on buildings and other structures that reach high into the sky directly in their path. Millions die.

Lights Out is a national effort to reduce this problem. The strategy is simple: By convincing building owners and managers to turn off excess lighting during the months migrating birds are flying overhead, the intiative helps to provide them safe passage between their nesting and wintering grounds.

To learn more and donate visit: www.audubon.org 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Marfan Foundation's 15th Heartworks Gala At Cipriani


The Marfan Foundation’s 15th Annual Heartworks gala was a glamorous affair to remember, partially for its decadence but more so for the unforgettable stories and speeches from people whom Marfan syndrome has affected. The star-studded gala was held at Cipriani on East 42nd Street in New York City and included a cocktail reception, silent auction, live performance, dinner and an awards ceremony.

This year the Marfan Foundation honored Isaiah Austin, the former Baylor University basketball star, and Carolyn Levering, Emeritus CEO of The Marfan Foundation, with its 2015 Hero with a Heart Award.

Special guests included Former NY Knicks standout Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actress and dancer Bebe Neuwirth; and several members of the New York Knicks. Additionally, the who’s who of business and philanthropy were also in attendance to lend their support.  

Tony Award-winner James Naughton was the master of ceremonies, with support from broadcasters Jill Martin and Janice Huff who assisted with the presentations. Megan Hilty, famous Broadway and television actor and singer entertained the crowd with jaw dropping performances.

Sponsors of the event included the American Heart Association, CRBE, Cushman & Wakefield, Macy’s, Nautica, Univision, and VF Sportswear.

The Marfan Foundation creates a brighter future for everyone affected by Marfan syndrome and related disorders. It works tirelessly to advance research, serve as a resource for families and healthcare providers, and raise public awareness. 

Marfan syndrome is a life-threatening genetic disorder of the body's connective tissue. It affects the heart and blood vessels, the bones and the eyes. Knowing the signs is the key to early and accurate diagnosis and life-saving treatment.

The 15th Heartworks gala raised over $1.2 million dollars that evening. The funds will benefit the Marfan Foundation’s efforts to provide education, patient support, and research to create a brighter future for people living with Marfan syndrome and related disorders. 

Learn more and get involved at www.marfan.org.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Runway Ready with Jay Manuel's Cosmetic Line Exclusively at HSN


Jay Manuel, a celebrity makeup artist who’s most notably known for his work on America’s Next Top Model created a namesake makeup collection. I was thrilled for the opportunity to review it for HSN, especially after seeing Coco Rocha rave about it on her Instagram! 

Jay Manuel Beauty recently launched exclusively at HSN and it's selling out fast. The collection ranges from $20.00 for the Ultimate Lip Gloss, available in five colors, to $38.00 for the Skin Perfector Foundation, plus exclusive kits for $39.99. The brand is founded on Jay’s professional expertise and built around products and techniques that translate from the runway to real life. Jay believes that a woman’s appearance is an outward reflection of who she really is and Jay Manuel Beauty offers three unique looks to choose from:  Classic, Iconic, and Avant-Garde.  

I’ve always been a fan of Jay’s work and especially after meeting him a few years ago at Fashion Week. He was so nice, and the epitome of high fashion. His makeup line is truly a reflection of his aesthetic and more importantly looks just like the makeup that’s used on runway models. And, who doesn’t want to look like a gorgeous model?! 

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

Monday, March 2, 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! ;) 

Sunday, March 1, 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.

New York Fashion Week Diary F/W15 Day 5: Wearing Kevin V. Thai and CHUCHU NY


My Day 5 of New York Fashion Week was the very last day of shows at Lincoln Center. I wore another lovely Kevin V. Thai dress and CHUCHU NY fascinator for my last look. I was very much inspired by Venice and artists when putting together this outfit. The dress looks like Kevin literally took a brush and painted the whole thing by hand. It was so artsy and chic! 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New York Fashion Week Diary F/W15 Day 4: Wearing Kevin V. Thai and CHUCHU NY



I went with a royal theme for day 4 of New York Fashion Week, wearing another cool CHUCHU NY fascinator, Kevin V. Thai sheer strip top and flared royal lace skirt. 

I finished the look with a Natori golden cuff and my favorite spiked boots. The look was very 1940’s meets Asian fusion royalty. I like to mix things up! ;)

Everything went together very well, but I seriously miss my long blonde ombre hair. Out of all the hairstyles I've tried over the years this was by far my favorite. Unfortunately, I had to cut it all off as it became too damaged and my last stylist couldn’t fix it. I'm really looking forward to growing out my hair in the coming months and hopefully going back to a similar hairstyle!