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

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.

Zang Toi’s ‘Mystique Beauty of Venice’ Fall 2015 Collection


Every season for the past few years I’ve been lucky to be invited to Zang Toi’s fashion show. Anyone who’s seen his work can attest to the fact of how fortunate they’re to get a live glimpse of the granular details, sparkles, feathers, luxe furs and any other befitting decorations that adorn his many works of art. 

Work of art is certainly an ideal word to describe a Zang Toi design. His Fall 2015 collection ever so perfectly captured the romantic and mysterious essence of Venice. Appropriately titled “Mystique Beauty of Venice”, the collection demonstrated Zang’s heavy weight craftsmanship through each majestic Italian themed look. 

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.