Garment District vibes: Two new hotspots to celebrate

Last Monday, I attended the grand opening party for The Rag Trader and Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store. The restaurant and underground piano cocktail bar are located in the Garment District, and have a lot of character. They draw inspiration from the ‘40s and ‘50s, the glory days of the Garment District. The main floor showcases elements of an old garment factory with chandeliers and a long bar. I love the nostalgic signs and elegant decor throughout. The upstairs section has ample seating and a Street Taco truck that serves authentic Mexican street food. Down below, the intimate Bo Peep gives a nod to what was once a tailor’s fitting room. I love its plush red couches and nostalgic lamps. The venue’s cocktail menu has over 30 options sorted by intriguing categories.

So many exciting highlights took place at the event! A series of burlesque dancers performed in the main area. Specialty cocktails for the event included The Rag Trader, The Red Dawn, El Guapo, Le Nouveau Spritz, and Three Piece Suit. A Jazz singer and pianist performed vibrant tunes in Bo Peep. Lastly, guests enjoyed a multitude of small bites prepared by Executive Chef Justin Ottervanger ranging from pizza, fried oysters, fried chicken sliders, butternut squash soup, cheese burgers, and mushroom tartelettes. I really enjoy the variety that the venues offer!

The Rag Trader and Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store do a great job of bringing together nostalgic elements with great food. They’re conveniently located on 36th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, in the heart of the Garment District. Both are welcome additions to the area, paying homage to vibrant times. I can’t wait to go back!

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Gifting for the holidays and the New Year: A spotlight on delights

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Gifting season continues! You can never have enough gifts 🙂 Whether you’re still looking for last minute holiday gifts or gifting offerings for the New Year, here are my suggestions that range from champagne, wines, jewelry, to games:

Champagne Taittinger Nocturne “City Lights”– This champagne is comprised of more than 35 different crus from a variety of harvests. It carries the aromas of white flowers, yellow peach and dried apricots. It’s has a smooth, creamy and very crisp palate that leads to raisins and fruit in syrup flavors. Nocturne is deliciously sweet and will light up any gathering!

Mionetto Luxury Cartizze DOCG– Here you have an elegant prosecco with apple and pear aromas and hints of citrus. It has a soft, creamy and fresh taste with a sugared almond finish. This gift is perfect for someone who enjoys hosting important occasions!

Mionetto Prestige Rose Extra Dry– This rosé prosecco comes in a beautiful pink wrapped bottle. It has pink grapefruit, pomegranate and black currant aromas with a hint of wild rose. There’s a well-balanced acidity with notes of red raspberry and strawberry that complement the effervescence. Mionetto Prestige Rose Extra Dry will definitely get a party started!

Kim Crawford Sauvingnon Blanc– With a beautiful gold limited-edition holiday bottle, this wine conveys sophistication. It has a variety of aromas: lifted citrus, tropical fruit, and crushed herbs Ripe. The flavor is tantalizingly tropical with a blend of passion fruit, melon, and grapefruit. Trust me, this wine is a winner!

Whispering Angel– This wine carries a fruity aroma with a mix of peaches, strawberries, and cherries. It has a dry yet refreshing taste. This gift is perfect for a classy dinner party!

Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore– With aromas of peaches and sweet flowers, this prosecco is a sweet welcome! It has fruity hints of pineapples and Rennet apples for a crisp taste. It’s definitely well-suited for any occasion.

VieVité Extraordinaire– This sophisticated rosé has scents of fresh fruit, spices and herbs. It has a smooth, refined taste that leaves a long, satin finish. This gift is perfect for the rosé aficionado!

Safi Kilima Tanzanite Bolo Bracelet– Nothing exudes glamour like a beautiful piece of jewelry! This bracelet shines with five tantalizing oval tanzanite stones united with an infinity motif. It’s secured with an adjustable clasp. This is such a chic gift!

Watch ya Mouth– This game is card-based and super funny. Each player takes turn wearing a mouth guard while the other players have to guess what’s being said through the mouth-guard. The game is perfect for anyone who likes a good laugh and a great time!

Each of these gifts are thoughtful and offer a wow factor! Which gifting option is your favorite?

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Top-notch gifts that will get you praise-worthy attention

It’s not too late to find terrific gifts for your significant other, best friend, or favorite family member! I love giving and receiving gifts that are functional, envy-worthy, and that bring smiles during the holiday season Check out my list of coveted beauty, tech, and fashion gifts down below:

Baxter of California SHOWE (RED) Kit– This kit offers the perfect combination of daily essentials and a charitable component. 20% of retail sales of this kit are donated to the (RED) Global Fund to raise awareness and funds for AIDS. It includes Sulfate-Free Daily Face Wash, Daily Fortifying Shampoo, Invigorating Body Wash, and Aluminum-Free Deodorant. The lucky gifted guy will be pleased with this shower-ready, cause-supporting gift!

philosophy apple cider shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath– This multi-purpose product smells delicious and gives your hair and skin the softest feeling. It creates a luxurious lather, You’ll want to use it every day!

philosophy mens duo renewed hope for men mattifying moisturizer & the microdelivery face and body scrub– This set is perfect for men’s sensitive skin. The mattifying moisturizer provides comfort and hydration to freshly shaved skin. the microdelivery face and body scrub gently removes dry skin, and minimizes ingrown hairs, leaving skin smooth with the perfect glow. Every guy will love this gift!

Joico K-Pak Holiday Trio W/Gift Tote 3-pc. Value Set – 24.9 oz. This trio repairs and strengthens damages hair. It includes K-Pak Shampoo, K-Pak Conditioner, and K-Pak Reconstructor all inside of a cute holiday bag.

Achi Tweezers– These rose gold tweezers are perfect for grooming during the winter season. This pretty, shiny gift will be a welcome addition to any gal’s vanity area!

Armitron watches- This brand has such an assorted range of watches at affordable price points. The watches are stylish, functional, and celebrate the spirit of individuality. My pick for men is the White Analog-Digital Watch with Gray Accents, a modern, sporty watch that’s classy. My pick for women is the Rose Gold-Tone Dress Bracelet Watch with Mother-of-Pearl Dial and Swarovski Crystal Accents. It’s elegant, statement-worthy, and simply perfect for any occasion.

Scentbird Hand Creams– These creams feel so luxurious and smell delicious! They’re made with real fruit extracts, vitamins A + E, soothing aloe leaf. Plus, they’re 100% cruelty free with NO parabens or sulfates. A little bit goes a long way for smooth skin. My favorite scents are Rose & Prosecco and Pineapple & White Amber.

instaCHARGE Dual-Plug 22,000mAh Portable Tablet and Phone Charger– This is perfect for the tech-savvy person who uses devices a bunch. It charges smartphones, tablets, media players and more when you’re on the go. It also comes in a variety of great colors and its ultimate compact accessory!

ARDELL Faux Mink Lash Lookbook 8 Pairs + Duo– Who doesn’t love glam eyelashes? This kit offers a variety of fun looks to sport during the holiday season. This is a hit for anyone who wants their lashes to take the spotlight!

Avon True Color Lots of Lips– This makeup gift features an 80-piece assortment of Avon True Color minis. All of the colors are beautiful and perfect to alternate with throughout the holiday season and beyond. It’s a makeup lover’s dream!

Avon Joyful Beautiful Knit Scarf– This scarf is so soft and cozy. It has some fun pom-poms at each end and is available in hot pink or red. Whoever gets it will be wearing it all winter long and loving it!

PRAI Platinum Firm & Lift Serum 3.4 fl. oz. in Paw Print Pump– This serum minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and gives skin an uplifted sensation. Your skin will feel firmer in no time. I also love the adorable packaging that has a paw print and glittery details!

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pure– This fragrance is enchanting with the freshest scent. Its main component is water which is combined with lily of the valley, jasmine, and damask rose. The bottle is even in the shape of a water drop to further show the timeless flow of water. The fragrance exudes elegance and serenity, perfect for the modern, confident woman!

Nigella Therapy Perfecting Gift Set– This set is perfect for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles and for delivering radiant skin. It includes the Perfecting Day Serum, Perfecting Night Serum, and Nigenol® black seed oil. All of the products are made with 100% pure and natural black seed oil, a powerful ingredient for rejuvenating the skin. They’re beautifully packaged and skin lifesavers!

These gifts offer great benefits, value, and joyful cheer! Which option is your favorite?

 

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Vacheron Constantin unveils classically modern timepieces

A few days ago, Vacheron Constantin, the Geneva watchmaker, hosted a cocktail party at The Raines Law Room at The William. The brand unveiled 3 vintage-inspired watches at the event called Historiques Triple Calendar 1942 and 1948, and Historiques American 1921 Small. All three of these watches are modern versions of iconic watches from the past. I love these beautiful and sophisticated watches! Both the Triple Calendar 1942 and 1948 are available with blue or red dial variations, dark brown or dark blue straps, and new manual movements. The American 1921 is very similar to its past version, but it carries smaller dimensions meant for smaller wrists. It’s available with a dark brown or red strap. Additionally, the Triple Calendar 1948 and the American 1921 Small both have rose gold cases. These watches are perfect for watch connoisseurs with elevated taste.

Speaking of elevated taste, the event’s venue couldn’t have been more fitting for the unveiling. Raines Law Room offers an old school classy flair with a modern twist. A perfect setup for displaying the watches and entertaining guests! The bar offered specialty cocktails and guests could get professional photographs wearing a Historiques watch. Guests also enjoyed assorted hors d’oeuvres such as charcuterie and prosciutto wrapped figs. What a delightful evening!

The 3 new models in the Historiques collection are available this month. For more information, check out http://www.vacheron-constantin.com/en/watches/historiques.html Congratulations to Vacheron Constantin on incredibly brilliant new timepieces!

Diamonds for days: Forevermark launches exquisite collections

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending Forevermark’s Tribute Collection launch party in Chelsea. Guests included Zendaya, Chrissy Tiegen, Ashley Graham, Freida Pinto, and Chloë Moretz. I couldn’t get over the incredible display of jewelry! The Forevermark Tribute™ Collection honors a woman’s unique personality, style, and characteristics. It consists of layered pendants, stackable rings and drop earrings. All of the pieces feature assorted Forevermark diamonds in different shapes and are set in 18k white, yellow, and rose gold. They can be worn together or separately to represent each woman’s individual style and qualities. Each piece has the finest craftsmanship and shines like nothing else! The Forevermark Tribute™ Collection can be purchased at participating Forevermark jewelers.

Some of my favorite pieces include: The Forevermark Tribute™ Collection Double Diamond Drop Earrings; The Forevermark Tribute™ Collection Round Diamond Ring; and The Forevermark Tribute™ Collection Pear Diamond Necklace. The pieces are absolutely stunning!

That evening, Forevermark also launched its latest collaboration with designer Jade Trau. It’s the next phase of the five year partnership between the two entities. The Forevermark x Jade Trau Alchemy Collection brings together the world’s most carefully selected diamonds with Jade’s passion for detail and quality. The collection features four diamond shapes – emerald, round, pear, and marquise. Jade wanted to design jewelry that evokes the same connection to diamonds that she developed at a young age. This passion flows through the Forevermark x Jade Trau Collection, inspiring women to form this bond and show off their essence through Jade’s diamond shapes.The Forevermark x Jade Trau Alchemy Collection will be available at select Forevermark Jewelers in early 2018. Cheers to Forevermark on these two new innovative and captivating collections!

Ruffino: 140 years of wines with a bright future ahead

Recently, I attended Ruffino’s 140 year anniversary at Emily West Village. Beppe d’Andrea, Ruffino’s Global Brand Ambassador welcomed guests and chatted with them as well. Guests could enjoy Ruffino Prosecco, Ruffino Sparkling Rosé, Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio, Ruffino Modus, and Ruffino Reserva Ducale. Each wine varietal carries a distinct, memorable flavor. We also enjoyed seasonal spritzers made with Ruffino Prosecco. The wines paired perfectly with Emily’s pizza choices such as The Grammy, Madre, and Vodka Classic- basil. We all mingled and enjoyed chatting about the Ruffino wine portfolio.

Beppe spoke about the Ruffino wines and how the brand has preserved its heritage but also welcomed new creations. For instance, Ruffino Reserva Ducale is deeply rooted in the brand’s history while Ruffino Sparkling Rosé is a relatively new wine for the brand. As Beppe mentioned, “Innovation today must be tradition tomorrow.” The wines are truly remarkable and the brand’s 140 year history is impressive. What an outstanding evening!

Stella Artois hosts a flavorful soiree with vibrant flair and music

A few weeks ago, Stella Artois invited me to its ‘A Symphony of Flavors’ event near the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Improvisational chef Jonah Reider, who hosts a weekly supper club called Pith, co-hosted the event. The soiree celebrated the launch of the “Make Every Table a Chef’s Table” video. The dynamic video is part of the brand’s “Host One to Remember” 4-part video series in collaboration with T Brand Studio. I loved the event’s concept of pairing artistic cuisine with lively music, all in a scenic venue. A big brass band performed all throughout the evening mixing classic and modern tunes. The evening was definitely filled with innovative elements.

To start off the evening, Jonah showcased 2 cocktails that paired perfectly with the food: Stella Artois Cidre Cinnamon Spice for a zesty flavor and Stella Artois Cidre Sweet Harmony for a sweeter flavor. We enjoyed multiple tasting stations with his delicious dishes such as oysters, celeriac soup, phyllo triangles, and fluke crudo. We also tried tomatoes filled with corn puree and hot dog sausages. To close out the evening, we enjoyed Jonah’s desserts such as panna cotta with caramelized apple cider and madeleine cream puffs that had a pastry cream infused with Stella Artois.

Flavorful dishes and tasty cocktails shined that evening. Jonah is a great host and you can truly see how much he enjoys bringing people together, much as Stella Artois does. He created a memorable occasion with his art of hosting and his innovative flair. Cheers to Stella Artois for celebrating the social experience of gathering together and throwing an amazing soiree!

Brand Director of Stella Artois at Anheuser-Busch InBev Carolyn Zwiener and Chef Jonah Reider joined Stella Artois to celebrate the brands Host One to Remember series on October 10, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

Stella Artois celebrates the launch of chef Jonah Reiders video Make Every Table a Chefs Table as part of the brands Host One to Remember series on October 10, 2017 in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

NYFW Part 5 recap: Collections and technology take the spotlight

NYFW featured a fascinating range of events with fashion collections and technology. Check them out below:

The WWD x Samsung NYFW VIP Party took place at Samsung 837. It featured virtual reality stations, tech product stations, and a photo booth. WWD’s NYFW coverage also graced the multiple screens within the space.

The MaxMara Madison reopened during fashion week with a fun cocktail party. The beautifully designed store features 3 levels and that night fall and winter fashion collections took the spotlight on the racks. Bella Hadid, Philip Bloch, and Nikki Taylor attended the event.

Kristin Cavallari showcased her Uncommon James + Chinese Laundry by Kristin Cavallari collections at Bagatelle. The Uncommon James collection features effortless, sophisticated jewelry. The Chinese Laundry by Kristin Cavallari line features a chic line of boots, flats, sandals, and pumps that are perfect for everyday wear. Guests enjoyed viewing both collections at the event and enjoyed delicious small bites.

Awl & Sundry threw a launch party for its Capsule Collection at 40/40. The collection features men’s shoes envisioned by athletes Eric Neddle, Nate Burelson, Rashad Jennings, and Marcel Reese. The shoes are sophisticated, trendy, and innovative.

Timberland hosted a NYFW lounge at Arlo Soho. Guests enjoyed viewing the Fall 2017 women’s collection and unwinding in the lounge. They were also able to customize 6 inch boots online through Timberland’s website.

Yigal Azrouël’s SS18 after-party took place at The Mailroom. Guests enjoyed vodka specialty cocktails and viewing the SS18 collection on a screen within the venue. The collection consists of asymmetrical dresses, two piece outfits, and coats that have an elegant yet relaxed vibe. The clothing just flows seamlessly.

Vionic’s Zen NYFW Lounge took place at the brand’s showroom in Midtown Manhattan. Vionic creates stylish shoes that are comfortable with orthotic contour built into every shoe support. Guests were able to unwind and recharge. They also got to browse the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 shoe collections.

What a great mix of events. Hope you all have enjoyed my NYFW recaps!

NYFW Part 4 Recap: Vibrant parties and events for the week

There was no shortage of cool events and parties at NYFW! Here’s a look at some of them:

TechStyle NYC gathered a great set of sustainable, fashion, lifestyle, and technology brands at The Lofts at Prince. Baked Bouquet creates rose-like bouquets that are made out of cupcakes. KIND makes nutritional snacks such as Vanilla Blueberry bars and Cherry Apple Chia bars. Cladwell is an app that helps you create personally styled outfits. A Genie’s Dream is a monthly subscription that inspires your mystical soul and inner genie goddess. PERCH designs interactive retail displays that customers can engage with at stores like Sephora. VENIA designs modern, sustainable fashion pieces. K. Carroll Accessories carries stylish and functional handbags and accessories. DV Closet is an app that works as a private fashion stylist and provides fashion advice and news. Thread transforms trash from the poorest communities into meaningful, recycled fabric. Lastly, Plant-O-Gram distributes exotic and tropical fruit trees worldwide.

Domenica Vacca showcased his SS18 collection at his store and Domingo Zapata hosted at art opening for his exhibit “Sueños” at the Domenico Vacca Gallery. Over 400 guests attended the dual parties such as Victoria Silvstedt, Antoine Verglas, Tony Lo Bianco, Marc Elliott, and Greg Kelly. Vacca’s SS18 collection is vibrantly colorful with chic silhouettes. Zapata’s exhibit is inspired by New York and its street art. The paintings are colorful, provocative, and hip. The exhibit will be up at the DV Gallery for another month.

Alpha Blu Skincare hosted a pampering suite at The Dream Hotel. Guests enjoyed massages and facials with Alpha Blu Skincare Day Cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, and Smoothing Skin Serum. These products contain ethically gathered human stem cells that provide anti-aging benefits and generate an illuminating glow. I can attest that they leave your skin feeling smooth and looking youthful!

Domingo Zapata celebrated the launch of his newest book The Beautiful Dream of Life at Chef’s Club Counter. The book is about an internationally celebrated artist with a combination of wealth, exclusive parties, and admirers who becomes disillusioned by the world around him. Kelly Rutherford, one of Zapata’s biggest supporters attended the event.  Guests also enjoyed samplings of paella.

The OK! Magazine NYFW Party at Under The Hudson was the hot event to be at! Notable guests included Rachel Lindsay & Bryan Abasolo, Dorinda Medley, Christina Milian, Melissa Gorga, Kelly Rutherford, and Miss J Alexander. Some of the event’s sponsors included Schick Quattro You, Color Oops, LA Girl, Tampax/Always, and Masque Bar. Guests enjoyed dancing to beats by DJ Tom Macari and drinking Smirnoff specialty cocktails out of coconuts.

The Snoopy & Belle in Fashion exhibit took place at Brookfield Place. It featured the Peanuts characters dressed in exclusive designs by Zac Posen, Swarovski, Betsey Johnson, Anna Sui, Gucci, J. Mendel, and more. Each design is unique, trendy, and super adorable!

NYFW Part 3 Recap: Lounges and events that inspire

There was a great range of lounges and networking events during NYFW. Check out my coverage of some of these lounges and events below:

The Nolcha Shows Fashion Lounge took place at the Bryant Park Hotel and featured a great showcase of brands. Cheryl Eve Acosta displayed her sculptural jewelry line that is wearable art. ALL BLACK FOOTWEAR highlighted its chic shoe line that includes slides, sneakers, and booties. Gallery of Indonesia showcased jewelry designed with metal and Indonesian water pearls and handbags made from handwoven fabric. SHOLDIT featured its multi-functional scarf that’s super soft. Neubryne showcased innovative shoes with hand-painted wooden heels. TRADE by Gina Lamorte displayed its handbag line with an ethical mission: 20% of profits go to an organization advocating against human trafficking and slavery. Lastly, ECRU New York highlighted its Dry Texture Spray, a hybrid of dry shampoo and hairspray, and provided guests with makeup touchups.

The Sanctuary of Wellness with Cygalle Healing Spa took place at the Rose Hill Rooftop. Guests enjoyed Gold Kinetic Facials that used organic and natural cleansers, masks, toners, moisturizers, and more. I love how all of the products smell great and leave your skin feeling and looking flawless. Guests also enjoyed mini manicures and Doctor Perricone Hydrogen Water which is a great source of energy.

Blogger and the Brand at the Manhanttan Penthouse was great for networking and learning. Mary Gui from Layers of Chic Blog, Christina Galbato from Bold Brunette, and Stephanie Abrams, Co-founder and CEO of SocialFly led a panel at the event. They talked about a range of topics from how they started their blogs, to what brands are looking for when they work with influencers. I loved their different stories and perspectives! Event sponsors included Ombre Digital, Adessa, Bartenura, Nineteenth Amendment, and When.

The GBK NYFW Styling Lounge was the place to be seen! Held at 404NYC, it featured an incredible range of beauty, lifestyle, and fashion brands. Here’s a brief overview:

All Beauty Water- This beverage is filled with vitamins that are good for your skin and other essential ingredients such as calcium and zinc. It comes in 3 different flavors: Pomegranate Rose, Cucumber Aloe, and Strawberry Acai.

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies- Just 2 delicious gummies a day promote healthy skin, nails, and hair. The brand also had a lounge with manicures courtesy of Paintbox.

Grande Cosmetics- The beauty line was showcasing its line of Lip Hydrating Plumpers which improve lip volume in just 3-5 minutes and hydrate dry areas.

Catskill Provisions- This brand makes rye whiskey infused with honey and honey whiskey truffles. The honey is locally sourced in the Catskills Mountains.

Fortune & Frame- This jewelry line consists of handcrafted fortune lockets and other inspirational pieces. The pieces are available in gold, silver, and rose gold.

Sclarandis- Started by Sarah Sclarandis, this shoe line carries high quality, Italian-made luxury footwear that’s comfortable and stylish. The line ranges from flats to booties to over the knee boots.

Milene Jardine- This artisanal chocolate truffle brand is inspired by travel, international beauty, and love. It designs 5 piece and 15 piece boxes that are perfect for gifting.

Champagne Jeeper- This champagne from Faverolles et Coëmy has been around since 1949, but has just been introduced to the US market this year. It’s crisp, refreshing, and has fruity aromas.

Bfloral- Known for its custom floral bouquets, this brand also creates floral-inspired jewelry. Everything from hair crowns to rings and chokers!

Cynthia Gale jewelry- This brand features fine sterling silver jewelry & accessories for women and men. All of the pieces are modern, innovative, and artistic.

Eva Gems and Jewels- Eva Meijer creates fine jewelry pieces made with the most unique colored gemstones. She carries ready-to-wear jewelry and she designs customized pieces.

What an incredible mix of lounges and events!