MedixBeauty App: An innovative medium for professional makeup techniques

About a month ago, MedixBeauty invited me to a press preview for the MedixBeauty App. MedixBeauty CEO Michelle Schaffer created the app in response to people’s passions and interests within the makeup community. This app is incredible in that it gives access to video tutorials by talented and recognized celebrity makeup artists. Each artist has his/her own channel with engaging content. The current lineup includes James Vincent, AJ Crimson, Orlando Santiago, Danessa Myricks, Aga Kaskiewicz, and many more. The tutorials are updated weekly with the latest trends and techniques. Users can reach out to the artists directly for questions or to request specific makeup looks. The app is truly revolutionary for the professional beauty and makeup industries.

Some of the artists attended the event and conveyed their passion for sharing their knowledge on the app. They also did mini facials with TwinMedix products and provided makeup applications for attendees. Later in the day, they led educational seminars on red carpet makeup, beauty tips and techniques, and mastering creative execution. What a phenomenal way to showcase talented artists and share makeup education! Download the MedixBeauty App for in-depth professional makeup tutorials. It’s available for iOS and Android platforms. You will absolutely love it!

R to L: MedixBeauty CEO Michelle Shaffer with her sister Tammy Shaffer Fleming

TwinMedix products

Aga Kaskiewicz holding TwinMedix products

Lesley with James Vincent

 

An exquisite tasting at Conrad New York

Not too long ago, I attended a media tasting at the ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant inside Conrad New York. The tasting served as a collaboration between Conrad New York and Conrad Dublin in tribute to Saint Patrick’s Day. Executive Chefs Gerron Douglas and Marcin Kolnierzak from the two properties, prepared an array of delicious dishes that embraced cultural elements. The dishes included Traditional Irish Breakfast, Salt Meadow Lamb Hand Pies, Potato and Smoked Ham Croquettes, Carlingford Irish Oysters, Whiskey Cured Salmon, and Irish Coffee Pain Perdue. Each one had an artistic presentation and paired well with Teeling whiskey.

One of the winners of the evening ended up being the Whiskey Cured Salmon which was served on a potato pancake with lemon jam and herbs. The other winner was the Irish Coffee Pain Perdue with molasses raisin gastrique and valharona cream. The salmon dish was served at the Conrad NY all of March, while the coffee dessert was served at the Conrad Dublin. These culinary specialties showcase the immense talent and creativity found at the Conrad properties. The chefs are always trying to find new ways to captivate customers at the establishments. Definitely check out the Conrad New York, and if you’re ever in Dublin, pay the Conrad Dublin a visit!

Photo courtesy of Ken Goodman Photography

Photo courtesy of Ken Goodman Photography

Executive Chefs Gerron Douglas and Marcin Kolnierzak

Right to left: Martin Mangan, General Manager of Conrad Dublin and Marlene Poynder, General Manager of the Conrad New York

NYC Winter Wine Festival: The perfect event for wine lovers

Last month, I checked out the NYC Winter Wine Festival at PlayStation Theater in Times Square. This annual festival is a great way to learn about wine varietals, and to speak with a number of reps from a variety of wineries and distributors. It featured over 250 wines curated by Vintry Fine Wines from all over the world. Some of these included: Maiden & Liberty, Dr. Konstantin Frank, Sanino Vineyard, and Jamesport Vineyards. I was impressed with the great mix of hors d’oeuvres and artisan food samples available that complemented the wines. Jazz saxophonist Michael Lington offered musical entertainment at the event with his captivating sound.

With so many wines to taste, it’s hard for me to pick favorites from the festival. However, I will mention a couple of notable wines. I enjoyed tasting a Fulkerson Estate Moscato, a Romilly Cidre, a Sanino Vineyard Savingnon Blanc, a Benmari Winery Dry Rosé, and a Maiden + Liberty Chardonnay. These wines were flavorful, vibrant, and definitely ones that I could see myself enjoying with my family and friends. I loved the atmosphere at the festival. It was so full of energy, wine experts, and wine lovers in a convivial setting. I’ll definitely be checking out the NYC Winter Wine Festival next year, and I hope you will too!

 

Kellogg’s NYC National Cereal Day celebration: Cheers to cereal

Earlier this month, Kellogg’s invited me to its National Cereal Day Countdown Bash at its café in Union Square. I loved the food creations that ranged from custom cereal mixes, Special K® Falafel bites to liquid nitrogen Froot Loops® cheesecake bites. There were also Froot Loops® and Cocoa Krispies® infused specialty cocktails. This is the first year that Kellogg’s has hosted such a celebration and it was impressive. Guests enjoyed posing with Kellogg’s characters including Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam at a customized photo booth.  They also listened to beats spun by DJ Flipside and marveled at the giant disco “bowl” hanging from the venue’s ceiling.  Giant cereal boxes also lined the ceiling and shelves of cereal boxes appeared throughout the venue as well.

The biggest treat of the celebration included a performance by Hailee Steinfeld. She sang “Love Myself,” “Let Me Go,” “Starving,” and “Most Girls.” Her set was electrifying and had everyone dancing and singing along. Hailee is a huge cereal fan so fittingly she closed her set out by leading a midnight countdown to mark National Cereal Day officially. Tons of confetti flew throughout the venue. The following day the venue opened to the public where they could try all of the new cereal recipes. What a wonderful mix of treats! Looking forward to Kellogg’s National Cereal Day celebration next year!

 

Il Fiorentino: Luxury and heritage at the forefront in NYC’s West Village

A couple of weeks ago, I checked out the launch party for Il Fiorentino, a boutique in the West Village. It carries women’s and men’s Italian luxury leather goods and accessories, furs, and ready-to-wear. Everything is crafted in Florence with the highest quality materials. Chris Tattanelli runs the boutique, which is the brand’s first NYC flagship. In 1978, his family started Il Fiorentino in Florence with a focus on craftsmanship and Florentine style. This year then marks the brand’s 40th anniversary. So it’s a special milestone that brings admirable recognition to the boutique.

Speaking of the boutique, the layout is impressive. The grey walls are lined with white shelves of handbags and accessories. Gold apparel racks line the boutique’s white floors.  Tables with sweaters and accessories are strategically placed throughout the store. I love the color combination as it gives a clean and classy aesthetic. Each item in the boutique is crave-worthy, but see my favorites at the end of this post. At the event, Chris custom embossed leather wallets, and I love my wallet. Il Fiorentino is a remarkable brand that represents luxury and flawless craftsmanship. Definitely check it out- you will not be disappointed!

Bold features and flawless detailing: LFW Recap 2

LFW had some bold elements and impressive detailing. Here’s a look at my last set of LFW highlights for the AW18 season:

Oxford Fashion Studio

Oxford Fashion Studio hosted a variety of AW18 collections at Devonshire Square. I attended the 5:00p and 7:00p shows. The first set featured Norish Kareem, who displayed contemporary dresses with floral and lace detailing. Femi Handbags followed with bold, sophisticated, and vibrant bags. Bogomil Group closed out the set with luxury, innovative urban menswear.

The second set started with Distinctly Unique, a line of couture dresses in vibrant blues, reds, and pinks. Mel Brookes followed with crop tops, form fitting pants, and dressy dusters. Next, Banni Peru presented its line of puffy outwear in a vibrant color wave. Lastly, Nasheli Juliana showed her nunnery-inspired collection of black and white avant-garde pieces. What an innovatively dynamic group of designers!

Jamie Wei Huang

Jamie Wei Huang showed her AW18 collection at 180 Strand in Covent Garden. It has a nostalgic feel to it, inspired by the 90s in Hong Kong. The collection is all about details with fringed pockets, accented sleeves, and ruffle detailing. My favorite looks include a white blouse with mustard flare pants, a dark blue denim shirt dress, a white blouse with blue plaid pants, and a beige sweater with a denim mixed material skirt. The collection is mod, passionately creative, and free-spirited!

Passavant and Lee

Passavant and Lee, a luxury men’s accessories line, hosted a cocktail event at Blind Spot at the St Martins Lane Hotel. The brand previewed a couple of its leather bags consisting of backpacks, briefcases, and carry-on bags. These bags all carry a great mix of British and American style with high quality materials and impeccable sophistication. DJ Amazonica spun the beats while guests enjoyed Haig Club Clubman specialty cocktails. Such an elegant evening with a brand focused on craftsmanship and originality!

The Great Hat Exhibition Preview

Monique Lee Millinery and X Terrace hosted a preview for The Great Hat Exhibition Preview at PINKO Flagship Store in Knightsbridge. It featured 32 hats designed by milliners from all over the world such as Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Australia, the UK, USA, and Germany. There was also a live presentation of 4 models wearing the hats. Each style is super creative and exquisite with the utmost detail. The Great Hat Exhibition Preview started today at The Living Centre in King’s Cross and will go through March 28. 200 hats are on display from 130 milliners worldwide. If you happen to be in London, definitely check out this impressive exhibition!

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Exhibit

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Exhibit opening reception took place at Australia House in Covent Garden. Notable attendees included Colin Firth, Lily Cole, and Jasmine Hemsley. The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange showcases designers and artisans from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries. Some of those designers include Karen Walker representing New Zealand, Stella McCartney representing the UK, and Bibi Russell representing Bangladesh. This group is all about creating new networks and connections as well opening up the potential of artisan fashion trades. The dresses are gorgeous in a range of colors with assorted detailing elements. So tough to pick a favorite- I loved them all. What an admirable program with a beautiful vision and creative direction!

 

Unexpected innovations at London Fashion Week: Recap 1

London Fashion Week had some unexpected but impressive elements. It was my first time attending so I certainly took everything in with excitement. Here are some LFW highlights with those elements:

Fashion Hong Kong

The Fashion Hong Kong presentation took place at The Somerset House in Covent Garden. It featured a beautiful mix of brands: Heaven Please+, HOUSE OF V, MAISON VERMILLON, and methodology. Heaven Please combines 50s western influences with Hong Kong fashion style. It has a literary, artsy feel to it. HOUSE OF V embraces architectural elements such as lines, texture blocked, and detailed collars. It’s contemporary, minimalistic, and unexpected. MAISON VERMILLON combines Chinese paper cut with Western lace fabrics. It celebrates romance, classic elements and rebellion. Methodology uses textured and color blocking, highlighting plaid patterns. It’s playful, chic, and alluring.

Romeo Hunte

Romeo Hunte hosted a pop-up for his Pre-Fall 18 collection at Wolf & Badger in Notting Hill. Attendees included Actor Kyle James, UK Rapper Tino Kamal, and a variety of fashion influencers. Hunte’s collection features crop lumberjack jackets with shearling details, blue varick shawls, and leather jackets. Hunte’s signature 6 blocks logo was also featured on t-shirts. With this pop-up, Hunte wanted to introduce the brand to a different international audience. His goal is to build a connection with the community and to share exclusive pieces that are only available for a limited time. The luxury outerwear collection truly is one-of-a-kind!

Edeline Lee x Glass Magazine LFW Party

The Edeline Lee x Glass Magazine LFW Party took place at Kadie’s in Mayfair. It celebrated Edeline Lee’s Fall 2018 collection and the latest issue of Glass Magazine. Guests enjoyed D1 London Gin and Potato Vodka specialty cocktails. They also danced to beats by DJ Fabienne and lounged on Kadie’s plush couches. Notable attendees included designers Romeo Hunte and Malan Breton and actor Kyle James. It was definitely a night to remember!

Mark Fast

Mark Fast showcased his AW18 collection at 180 Strand in Covent Garden. The collection has a Greek goddess motif with sequin maribou yarns and beaded metallic knits. Party dresses carry banded lycra and feathers in a vibrant array of colors: peacock green, white, blush lilac, and black. My favorite dresses included a white feather and beaded gown with a black yarn netted neck, a peaclock green feathered and metallic yarn dress, a lilac beaded and feathered yarn dress, and an off white yarn fringed mini dress. All of the looks are sophisticated and attention-grabbing with impeccable detailing!

Eclectic fashion and art events during NYFW: Recap 4

NYFW was filled with eclectic experiences and notable moments. Here’s my final recap with those highlights:

HOOCH Black x Barney’s New York Celebrate Fashion Month

HOOCH Black and Barney’s hosted an exquisite celebration at Fred’s at Barney’s. HOOCH BLACK is an elevated membership that delivers exclusive travel perks, preferred dining, celebrity hosted member events, and special cocktail experiences. It also offers a personal concierge, access to high-end venues and drinks, and a free drink every day at any HOOCH venue. I love the eclectic assortment of experiences and venues that you can discover through this membership! Guests enjoyed pearl-dusted small bites such as fries, mini pizzas, and pink donuts. They also enjoyed chic specialty cocktails. What a sparkling event!

Bettina Werner
Bettina Werner hosted an opening reception for her art exhibit “Enlivening Red Velvet Heart” at ABXY Gallery. Guests enjoyed prosecco and heart shaped cookies. Bettina used salt crystals in her artwork to showcase salt’s mystical, emotional, and metaphysical qualities, and its essence as a life-source. My favorite pieces include three red hearts, a red framed piece with the word DO, and an “I ♥ NY” piece made with white salt crystals. Each piece is so innovative and mesmerizing!

Limitato
Limitato debuted its apparel collection at the Hotel On Rivington. The collection features T-shirts, sweatshirts, and blazers that are blended with art and photography. My favorites include a blue velour sweatshirt with black and white photography, a black t-shirt with a purple-themed photograph, a burgundy velvet blazer, and a black t-shirt with green, blue, and grey artwork. I’m so impressed with this artistic collection!

Chromat FW18 After-Party
Chromat hosted its FW18 After-Party at the Mailroom. Guests enjoyed tequila specialty cocktails and listening to current and old school hits at the event. They also got to watch a video of the runway show from earlier in the day. The collection featured bright colors and creative accessories in a range of swimwear, scuba dresses, and baggy pants. It celebrated body positivity, vacation getaways, and community. What an inspiring and fascinating collection!

Photo by: Chromat

Photo by: Chromat

Photo by: Chromat

Photo by: Chromat

Stylish looks and innovative events: NYFW Recap 3

Stylish collections and tech-forward events took a spotlight during NYFW. Take a look at some notable highlights:

Katie Gallagher
Katie Gallagher showcased her “True Red” Fall 2018 collection at Mailroom in the Financial District. It explores deep hues that can exhibit wildness and death simultaneously. The collection uses heavy wool, velvet, and sheer mesh. Alluring tops are paired with ultra-fitted skirts that are complement red military berets. My favorite looks included: a black sheer top with a wrapped sleeve paired with a black wool side-tied skirt and polka dot tights; a black wool shrug over a black bra paired with a matching sheer skirt; and black wool and sheer top paired with a black wool pencil skirt and red leather leggings. The collection is sensual, dark, and stylish!

Arianne Elmy
Arianne Elmy presented her first collection at 151 Gallery in Chelsea. The collection carries a retro chic vibe with a focus on ruffles, shimmer, and side cutouts. My favorite looks included a paillette sequin mini dress, a denim bustier top paired with a mint ruffle skirt, a light blue organza beaded tee paired with mint strap pants, and a hunter green pantsuit with shoulder cutouts. What a super feminine, sophisticated, and playful collection!

Tech Style NYC
Tech Style NYC, an event that brings together fashion, technology, and sustainability brands, took place at the Fashion Class in Midtown. Participating brands included Cuvée Beauty, Dress Code, Boxed Water, Beau Brummell, and Sheree Cosmetics. Each brand rep was informative and resourceful. Guests enjoyed a braid bar by Caravan and a makeup touch up station. They also enjoyed Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails and KIND bars. The event provided a stylish mix of creativity and technology!

Style Dimension VIP Party
WWD and Samsung celebrated their Style Dimension VIP Party at Samsung 837 in the Meatpacking District. Guests enjoyed watching videos of NYFW-related content on Samsung three story high screens. They also got to check out the latest Samsung devices and a VR experience. AMOREPACIFIC offered guests information on and samples from some of their brands. Michael Todd Beauty also showcased its latest beauty tools. Lastly, guests were offered hair styling with OGX Beauty products. The party revealed an impressive set of brands and innovative products!

 

Detailing plays a pivotal role at NYFW: Recap 2

Here are some more NYFW highlights that embrace detailing and creativity:

Kate Stoltz

Kate Stoltz debuted her first luxury women’s collection at a pop-up storefront in Soho. It features 25 pieces made with lace, wool, silk, and hand embellishments and embroideries. The collection was inspired by a trip she took to Greece as well as an Irving Penn exhibit. Her clothes are sustainable, feminine, and detailed. My favorite pieces are: a blush camisole with lace detail paired with silk bell bottom pants; a black lace appliqué blouse paired with a hand embroidered wool skirt; an abstract bodice silk chiffon gown; and a black organza cocktail dress with side cutouts. Every piece has a custom fit, making it one-of-a-kind!

Stuart Weitzman
Stuart Weitzman also had its NYFW debut with its pre-fall and Fall 2018 collections at The Pool in Midtown. The well-established brand has refreshed its popular styles with new interpretations. Hardware is a pivotal element in the collections. The brand’s boots are now available in an assortment of materials. Detailing is also a highlighted component in mules with fur-lined ankle boots and jewel-toned mules with bows on them. Stuart Weitzman is also debuting a handbag collection in the fall. Every style is incredible, but check out my standout favorites!

Paul Andrew
Paul Andrew showcased his Fall 2018 shoe collection at Ramscale Studio in Greenwich Village. His inspiration was drawn from the ‘80s era as well as a Robert Motherwell painting that uses black, red, and white. The collection features a beautiful mix of pumps, ankle booties, and mules for women, and boots for men. All of the shoes are comfortable, stylish, and innovative. Key features include jewel embellishments, bows, and textured detailing. I’m obsessed with the red patent ankle booties adorned with jewels, but the entire collection is impeccable!

Melissa Shoes
Melissa Shoes hosted a party at its Soho store to celebrate its Mapping Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which pays tributes to the evolution of cities and their relationship with technology. The party also celebrated two new art installations inside of the store: mmmmmBILLBOARD by Rachel Rossin and Danaus Plexippas by Cecilia Salama. The first installation is an interactive video throughout the lobby of the store that showcases projected images in multiple ways. The second installation is an immersive experience that focuses on butterflies and the themes of migration, eco-diversity, femininity and identification politics. They’ll both be on display until May.

What a great set of inspirational brands!