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.

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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

St. George’s Society 2014 English Ball

I was honored to receive an invitation to St. George’s Society English Ball. This year the coveted society ball was held at 583 Park Avenue.
The English Ball, at which guests wear formal attire with decorations, is the Society’s major annual fundraiser with proceeds going directly to its charitable programs.

Since it began in 1770 as a banquet to celebrate St. George, the patron saint of England, it has been with rare exceptions held every year since and is now established as the premier English social event in New York.

In 1995, the Society established the Medal of Honor, to recognize a person for exemplary service to British interests and/or the international community at large and it was decided that this honor would be awarded every year at the English Ball. Previous distinguished recipients include Sir Win Bischoff of Lloyds Banking Group, Bob Diamond of Barclays, Angela Ahrendts of Burberry, Mark C. Pigott, KBE of PACCAR; Lionel Barber of The Financial Times; Sir John Rose of Rolls-Royce; Martin J. Sullivan, OBE of Willis; and Sir Howard Stringer of Sony Corporation of America.

This year the Society honored Wilbur Ross, CEO of WL Ross & Co. LLC. A well-known private equity investor in the U.S., Mr. Ross was designated one of 50 most influential people in global finance by Bloomberg Businessweek.

 “I am honored to have been awarded the St. George’s Society’s Medal of Honor and to associated with the organization, which has an extraordinary history of helping British and Commonwealth nationals in the New York area, said Mr. Ross.

The Honorary Chair of the 2014 English Ball is Hilary Geary Ross, with co-chairs JoAnne Davidson and Ceasar N. Anquillare JP.

The Society’s Royal Patron is HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, who takes an active interest in the charity’s work.

St. George’s Society of New York was founded in 1770 by English settlers for the purpose of offering advice and relief to fellow Englishmen in need or distress. Its mission today is to assist disadvantaged people of British and Commonwealth heritage living in the New York area. The Society provides two major forms of assistance, a Beneficiary Program helping elderly and disabled people, and a Scholarship Program at Lehman College (part of CUNY) supporting outstanding students with university tuition.

Visit www.stgeorgessociety.org to learn more and donate.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Lighthouse International 2014 POSH Gala

Lighthouse International’s POSH gala was a decadent affair that brought out both fashion and society's elite. This year the gala was held at the historic and lavish Metropolitan Club on 5th ave. 

Posh Gala hosts included: Hamish Bowles, Amy Fine Collins, Alex Hitz and Lorry Newhouse.

This year’s honorees were: 

Jonathan Adler, Founder & CEO of Jonathan Adler Enterprises-POSH® Lifestyle Visionary

Thom Browne, Designer, POSH® Fashion Visionary 

Sheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentary Films- POSH® Artistic Visionary  

POSH® Vice Chairmen: Muffie Potter Aston, Andrew Bolton, Michael Bruno, Mario Buatta, Margo & John Catsimatidis, Chele Upton Chiavacci & Richard Farley, H.R.H. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Simon Doonan, Somers Farkas, Cornelia Guest, Sharon Handler-Loeb, Karin Hehenberger, MD, PhD & Jean Denoyer, Carolina Herrera, Grace & Chris Meigher, Richard Plepler, Marc Rosen, Remo Ruffino, Chairman/Moncler, Allison Sarofim, Julie Wainwright.

Lighthouse Guild is the leading not-for-profit vision + healthcare organization with a longstanding heritage of serving the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions.

Visit lighthouse.org to learn more and donate. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

CANY 2014 Gala at the Edison Ballroom

Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY) held their annual gala at the beautiful Edison Ballroom this year. I was thrilled to be invited to cover such a special and tremendously important gala fundraiser. Through the use of drama therapy and creative expression in a group setting, CANY helps children and adults expand their self-concept, imagine new life possibilities and build the social and emotional tools they need in order to live meaningful lives.

In honor of the occasion I wore a vintage hot pink petal THEIA gown. Actress Katrina Bowden wore the same dress a few months earlier to an event. I loved the theatrics of the look with its ever so delicate flower petals that transitioned into a show-stopping hot pink ombre. 

My makeup/hair was done by Valerie Starr from Caravan Stylist Studios. Valerie created the most brilliant movie star-esque updo/ makeup using Sexy Hair, Kryolan makeup, MD Complete Skincare and iKonic Styling tools

Valerie made me over into a modern day version of Audrey Hepburn with an immaculately sculpted side-swept updo and feature enhancing make-up. It was the most perfect look for the THEIA dress and of course the theatre themed evening.  

For over thirty years, Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY) has been offering drama therapy programs to traumatized children and adults in the New York Metropolitan area, helping them to build new life skills and realize their potential through the art of drama. Working in partnership with 20 leading social service agencies and health care institutions, CANY serves almost 1,500 children and adults annually in residential centers for children and youth, special schools, veterans mental health centers, and domestic violence safe shelters.

Check out www.cany.org to learn more and donate! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Patrizia Luca F/W Desk 2 Dinner Presentation for Barami

Lauren Rae Levy and me. (Both dressed in Patrizia Luca for Barami)
I was thrilled to have a chance to preview Patrizia Luca’s Desk 2 Dinner F/W14 collection for Barami. My friend and Celebrity Stylist Lauren Rae Levy curated select pieces for the preview and extended the invitation for me to attend. 

The Patrizia Luca collection for Barami featured a selection of high-end day to night pieces that very much embodied the glamorous European look. Patrizia Luca or P.Luca as it’s known is an extension of the Barami brand. 

Headquartered in New York City, Barami’s vision is simple: To provide women with fashionable, affordable, quality clothing that can be worn from day to night. As women become more prominent in the workforce, founder, Bahram Hakakian focuses on providing both value and quality by manufacturing his own designs. 

Barami is a lifestyle brand that embodies fashion and versatility. Barami styles are perfect to wear to work and can transition seamlessly to an evening out. 

His team includes daughters, Neda and Nika Hakakian who grew up loving fashion and admiring their father’s hands-on approach to womenswear. Neda and Nika developed and launched the high-end Patrizia Luca Milano line as part of the Barami brand. I had the pleasure of meeting the ever so glamorous Neda at the preview that day. 

P.Luca for Barami clothing can be found at any Barami store location, and online at pluca4barami.com.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Magaschoni Private Shopping Party Hosted by Francine Leinhardt

Magaschoni held an exclusive shopping event and a preview of their 2014 Fall collection at their showroom. The private event was hosted by Francine Leinhardt with her friends as invited guests.

Synonymous with luxury, Magaschoni is known for its gorgeous and diverse range of custom colors, sumptuous and high-quality cashmere, and designer-level detailing, such as intricate embellishments and specialty stitching. Each garment is constructed with great care, impeccably tailored and finished with a beautiful lining so you will feel glamorously pulled together inside and out.

Headquartered in the heart of New York City’s fashion avenue, Magaschoni has four freestanding boutiques and is sold in 800 premier department and specialty stores worldwide.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Harley Davidson Fashion Preview + Motorcycle Riding Experience!

Harley Davidson hosted a unique event experience for Editors/Bloggers to preview their stylish new apparel and accessories collection for women. The event also featured a presentation and a cool opportunity to see what riding a Harley feels like.  

The morning of the event I was going through my closet to pick out the most appropriate outfit for the occasion.

I decided to go with my Member’s Only leather leggings and crushed velvet top by Juicy. Edgy chic accomplished! 

Fast forward to later in the day. Harley Davidson sent a personal car service to pick me up for their special event. (It’s always such a treat to have transportation provided.) Beaming with excitement I couldn’t wait to see what they had in-store for me!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ivanka Trump Shop For a Cause Boutique Soiree

The Shop for a Cause soiree was held at the Ivanka Trump boutique in Soho to benefit the Orthopaedic Foundation's 2014 "Dr. for a Day" Program.

The Dr. for a Day program gives students the experience of being a doctor for the day, working alongside top orthopaedic surgeons.
Chaired by Karen Kollitides, the shopping party had a wide array of exquisite Ivanka Trump jewelry, handbags, and shoes to choose from.
Ivanka personally curated some of her favorite pieces and offered 20% to support the cause.
World renowned wine connoisseur, Jim Clendenen, from Au Bon Climat chose his Santa Barbara County Chardonnay and La Badge Au-dessus Pinot Noir to accompany a sampling of Mediterranean Hors D’oeuvres.  
I wore one of my favorite pink Eliza J dresses, a golden Natori cuff and Rachel Roy heels for the party.  

Thursday, May 1, 2014

41st Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Hollywood Legend Rob Reiner

Photo credit: Richard Lurie 

The 41st Chaplin Award Gala at Lincoln Center was a star studded affair of cinematic proportions. This year legendary director, producer and actor Rob Reiner was honored with the coveted Chaplin Award.

Cinema legend, and 1998 Chaplin Award recipient, Martin Scorsese presented the award to Rob. A roster of film legends was also in attendance to honor Rob, including Billy Crystal, Michael Douglas, Michael McKean, Robin Wright, James Caan and Meg Ryan.

The 41st Chaplin Awards paid tribute to Rob’s extensive range of work from the pure comedy of This Is Spinal Tap and The Princess Bride to the intense drama of Stand by Me, the romantic comedy of When Harry Met Sally…, as well as his substantial on-screen work highlighted with the role of Michael “Meathead Stivic in the landmark television series All in Family.

In addition to his film career, Rob was also honored for his contribution to political causes like the California Children & Families Commission and most recently the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

The Film Society’s Annual Gala began in 1972 and honored Charles Chaplin as its first recipient. Since then, the award has been renamed for Chaplin, and has honored many of the film industry’s most notable talents including: Barbra Streisand, Catherine Deneuve, Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Caine, Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Chaplin and many more.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience.