The Perfect Provenance fashion preview: A blend of elevated pieces

Photo by: The Perfect Provenance

Recently, The Perfect Provenance, a unique luxury lifestyle retail concept based in Greenwich, Connecticut, hosted a spring fashion preview at FANCY in Soho. It has a wide variety of fashion, accessories, and home décor from around the world. FANCY’s flagship store now sells a curated range of men’s and women’s fashion, jewelry, the brand’s signature candles, and handbags from The Perfect Provenance. Many of the items are also available on FANCY.com. The collection is fun, elevated chic, and perfect for the warm seasons. FANCY provides an incredible space in Soho for customers to feel and experience The Perfect Provenance’s products.

I think that the luxury lifestyle retailer does a great job at showcasing an eclectic blend of fashion and accessories. My favorites pieces are a Floral Trouser by Blumarine, a Le Cabriolet by Perrin Paris Gloria V Neck in Navy & Orange, and a Have Fun Sweater by Blugirl. I also loved the Brass Bangle with Diamond by The Caliber Collection. The signature candles smell amazing with these scents: Sunshine Limone, Prosperite, and Fir Goodness Sake. I’m impressed with everything Perfect Provenance does!

FANCY’s flagship store is located at 57 Bond Street. It will continue to carry The Perfect Provenance’s products for a long time. Be sure to check this wonderful space out!

Dessert Goals: A sweet-toothed paradise

I attended Dessert Goals a couple of weeks ago, and what a sweet adventure it was! The Spring 2019 edition marked the sweet festival’s 6th activation and took place at Sound Studios in Long Island City. It featured a wide assortment of dessert vendors selling chocolate, ice cream, marshmallows, peanut butter cups, cakes, and more. Vendors included Stax Ice Cream, Squish Marshmallow, Matcha n’ More, ROYCE’ Chocolate, Eight Turn Crepe, and 17 other delightful vendors. Desserts ranged from around $5 to $12 each. This fest’s theme was Party Animal and all of the vendors created some amazing and colorful desserts. Some vendors even had animal-inspired confections. Dessert Goals was certainly a sweet aficionado’s dream with a good mix of treats!

In addition to the desserts, guests enjoyed other activations at the event. There was an Instagram Garden everyone could pose in that had custom backdrops. Guests also had access to a complimentary candy bar by Sour Punch and Red Vines. Pop Chips also was on hand giving out savory snacks. In addition, Boxed Water, Sparkling Ice, and Harmless Harvest offered guests free beverages. My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream gave free mochi treats as well.

Dessert Goals proved to be an invigorating, sugar-filled adventure! My favorite dessert was a donut ice cream sandwich from Stax Ice Cream- such a sweet combination! I also enjoyed the matcha chocolate from Royce Chocolate- the perfect amount of sweetness! I’m so glad that I could check the festival out. It allowed guests to sample and purchase a great assortment of desserts from locally based vendors. Looking forward to seeing what’s planned for next year!

DIFFA hosts a meaningful evening: Dining By Design

Recently, I attended a cocktail party for DIFFA: Dining By Design. DIFFA is a national foundation that has funded early initiatives and a wide range of programs. It also actively supports programs aimed at protecting the legal rights and security of people living with HIV/AIDS. Dining By Design is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers that features a variety of dining installations displayed for 5 days. Designers, manufacturers, ad creative individuals come together to produce these incredible installations. This year’s theme was unity, which was fitting both in creating the displays as well as bringing people together in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

All of the installations were remarkable, but I want to highlight my favorites. I loved the Mckenzie Liautaud and Robert Verdi installation that was inspired by the river and sea. It had a great mix of pearls, crystal, and silver. I also enjoyed the Rockwell Group creation that paid homage to James McNeil Whistler’s “The Peacock Room.” The installation featured a custom made peacock-feather tablecloth and a digital wallcovering that made for an exotic, beautiful space. Lastly, the Patrick Mele for Benjamin Moore installation was remarkable. It had a mix of pinks, gold, cream, and silver, a beautiful chandelier, and an elegant vibe all around.

In addition to the installations, the event also hosted a silent auction. The auction included items such as an pillows, artwork, lamps,  armchairs, and travel packages. The event raised around $800,000 to benefit DIFFA’s initiatives for HIV/AIDS. What a worthy cause and memorable evening!

 

Blink Fitness launches innovative elements for its members

Recently, Blink Fitness, a top value-based gym, celebrated a few exciting launches at an event in Midtown West. The first launch is a patented Personalized Mobile Companion. It’s a technology that delivers a personalized feed of daily content that spans a variety of healthy living topics. This customized feed helps Blink members reach their specific goals with exercise tips, nutrition advice, and ways to recharge. The Personalized Mobile Companion is available within the Blink app. The second launch is a apparel line with MSX by Michael Strahan. The activewear line is unisex, size-inclusive, and stylish. It also has no-chafe seams, auto-lock zippers, UV protection, and Quick-Dri Stretch Technology. The line is exclusively available at Blink locations nationwide.

I had a chance to test out the Personalized Mobile Companion at the event, and I have to say it’s impressive! I found out some of the best workout moves to do when you only have 5 minutes as well as fun, nutritional ways to incorporate more vegetables into your everyday life. In addition, I got to check out the MSX by Michael Strahan x Blink Fitness line, and it is fabulous! The line consists of cozy sweats, stylish hoodies, lightweight t-shirts, and other trendy and affordable pieces. Every piece is functional and easy to wear!

Blink Fitness has truly found innovative ways to go beyond the gym and interconnect healthy topics and into its member’s regimens. It also has rolled out the perfect activewear line to meet the various style preferences of its members. Congratulations to Blink Fitness on these amazing launches!

The Vision Council Press Preview: A fantastic display of Spring ’19 Trends

 

Last month, The Vision Council hosted a press preview at Gramercy Park Hotel’s Terrace. The event kicked off the annual Vision Expo, which took place the next day at Javits Center. Some of the Vision Council members and Vision Expo exhibitors showcased their eyewear collections, sharing informative insights at the intimate event. That list included Modern Optical, Allure Eyewear, Classique Eyewear, Luxxotica, Marchon Eyewear, Match Eyewear, LaFont Paris, and Altair Eyewear. It also included Marcolin, Modo Eyewear, Smith, Safilo, Kazoku Lunettes, Zeiss, and more. Guests posed at a floral Vision Council and Vison Expo step and repeat with  props to get the perfect photo.

The event was quite insightful and entertaining, featuring a number of  Spring 2019 trends that I loved. My favorite trends included the big geometric frames, intricate detailing, eccentric aviator frames, demurred cateye frames, and lots of mirrored sunglasses. I love a good aviator but I’m drawn to creative innovations as well. Lafont Paris has a lot of frames that are lined with a beautiful floral style detailing. I’m also amazed with the variety of stylish eyeglasses that these brands developed. For example, Altair Eyewear collaborated with Lisa Loeb and her collection of glasses is outstanding. The glasses have her signature cateye style and the stems have a guitar pick shape for a unique touch!

All in all, the Vision Council Press Preview did a great job at showcasing an incredible lineup of brands with innovative trends. It was an eyewear aficionado’s dream in a perfectly chosen venue. Cheers to creative vision, hot trends and stylish eyewear!

 

Hudson Yards: A remarkable new retail and culinary hub

A couple of weeks ago, The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards had its grand opening party to celebrate its innovative space. Neiman Marcus, one of the largest stores in the venue with 3 floors, had a special VIP hour. Guests got an early peek at the beautiful store setup. The store has a spacious beauty department, shoe salon, gourmet food section, and apparel departments. In the latter area, Charli XX and Liza Minelli were the evening’s surprise performers. Guests enjoyed the performances and both danced and sang along to the artist’s popular tunes. Neiman Marcus is truly an impressive luxury retailer at Hudson Yards.

The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards is also the new home to 130 retail, food, and art destinations on 8 floors. They include Dylan’s Candy Bar, Sephora, Molton Brown, UNIQLO, Queensyard, Shake Shack, Avant Gallery, and more. A Residential Gallery is located on Level 1, and guests can request tours there of 15 Hudson Yards and 35 Hudson Yards, both high-end luxury residential buildings. Also, currently 4 of the floors house HY x OFFTHEWALL, large-scale interactive displays and murals from 13 artists. My favorite installation is called I WAS HERE, and it features interactive sequin tapestry that viewers can play with and admire.

The grand opening evening for the venue was very entertaining. It included store activations such as live painting, monogramming, and photo ops. The event also featured dancing troupes such as Industrial Rhythm, a drumline band called Brooklyn United, and other special performances throughout the shopping destination. DJ Paul Sevigny also played a variety of hits all night long. I’m amazed by how much there is to see and do at Hudson Yards. I haven’t climbed The Vessel yet, though I definitely want to. I hear that it is an incredible experience climbing 154 interconnected flights of stairs and taking in the view. Definitely check out this unparalleled collection of experiences!

Bella New York Influencer Issue Cover Party: A classy and vibrant evening

Photo by: Steve White

Recently, Bella New York celebrated the launch of its Influencer Issue at Bagatelle in the Meatpacking District.  Christie Brinkley, who appears on the cover of the magazine, came to the event wearing a stylish yellow suit. She looked incredible! Guests included influencers, stylists, and members of the media. They enjoyed prosecco and cocktails such as the Brinkley On The Beach and Passion Fruit Punch. Guests also enjoyed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Bagatelle and getting sketched by Chic Sketch. HERLA showcased its line of natural skincare with ingredients such as damask rose oil and kakadu plum. Preventative Measures 101 also presented its line of moisturizing, SPF30 lip balms. The issue launch definitely brought out a great crowd.

Inside the issue, Christie talks about the many roles she has ranging from entrepreneur, mom, to upcoming Broadway star. The issue also features some great spotlights on fashion trends, food influencers, beauty trends, and more. It’s currently out on newsstands. Be sure to check it out!

SCOPE New York 2019: An impressive art destination

A few weeks ago, the 19th edition of SCOPE New York took place at Metropolitan Pavilion. SCOPE New York is the destination for contemporary artists and their pioneering work. 60 international exhibitors participated in the event such as local galleries as well as galleries from England, France, Russia, Netherlands, and more. I loved the assortment of art that included vibrant paintings, detailed photographs, unique sculptures, and innovative live art installations. It was a wonderful experience going through aisles and aisles of incredible work.

I was captivated by so many pieces at the show. Mike Stilkey had a book sculpture with a painting of a stunning woman. ShyGlo had a series of oil on canvas paintings of notable figures with hand blown neon lights. Hans van Bentem showcased a series of unique ceramic sculptures. Kevin Graham’s large scale aerial photography series was mind-blowing. Elise Cirillo showcased her beautiful “Who is She” art series with a variety of vibrant colors and detailed materials. Multiple exhibitors reported strong sales so the event was certainly successful.

Images of my favorite pieces are in my slideshow. Hope you enjoy them. Did you have any favorites? Let me know what you think. Looking forward to next year’s event!

Beauty Squared: Mindful beauty brands take the spotlight

Earlier this month, Beauty Squared hosted its Spring Event in Downtown Manhattan. It showcased 25 international mindful beauty brands to media. These mindful beauty brands ranging from skincare, haircare, to makeup are natural, organic, and sustainable. Guests had the opportunity to test products and network with each brand’s representatives. I was impressed with the assorted lineup of brands! Some of them included The Good Science, Gallinée, Beeswax Cosmetics, MOI Cosmetics, Indie Goat Soap, and Self Kaire. Each brand had a beautiful display of its products, and its representatives were friendly and informative.

There was so much to experience at the event, but here are my highlights. Lather had an essential oil blending bar. Beewaxed Cosmetics presented its customizable skincare range that addresses every skin type and concern. Gallinée showcased its unique skincare line that contains a complex of prebiotics, probiotics, and lactic acid for smoother skin. SWAY featured its core product, Detox Deodorant as well as some of its new products such as a Vitamin E Glow Serum and Repair Tonic. What a fantastic variety of conscious brands!

Vibrant events during NYFW: Amazing brands coming together

Fashion Week had some vibrant events this season. They offered a great mix of styling, beauty, and unwinding. Here’s a round-up of some of the hottest events that week:

 Elle NYFW Lounge

The Elle NYFW Lounge was a perfect space for relaxing, recharging, and getting a bit of pampering. Makeup and hair services were offered and European Wax offered brow touch-ups. Dr. Yoon-Soo Cindy Bae and Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin in partnership with Allergan provided consultations to guests on Botox. The event took place in a beautiful penthouse in the Flatiron district that offered great views of Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building. I enjoyed flipping through the latest Elle issue with Ashley Graham on the cover as well some small bites to nosh on. It was an amazing Instragramable event!

Before Beauty Bar NYFW Event

Before Beauty Bar in partnership with Riviere Agency offered beauty services in a cute suite at The James Hotel. Guests had the choice of hair, makeup, or nail appointments to get their glam on. Candice from Before Beauty Bar did a fabulous job on my nails, as she gave me a red Chanel polish manicure. I left with goodies such as Evian Facial Spray and Before Beauty Bar travel size shampoo and conditioner. What a fun mid-NYFW treat!

Redken x NYFW Styling Suite

The Redken x NYFW Styling Suite took place at the Cutler Salon in the Arlo SoHo, and it was major! The salon offered dry styling looks created with Redken products such as Triple Take 32 Extreme High-Hold Hairspray and Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray. Melissa from Cutler Salon gave me bouncy beach waves cutely set with bobby pins as clips. I love how the products feel on my hair and how good they smell. Redken even put together a cozy setup with its products where guests could get the perfect shot. It was beyond memorable!

WWD Style Dimension VIP Party

The WWD Style Dimension VIP Party offered the perfect setup for the intersection of technology, fashion, and beauty. It took place at The Cadillac House where multiple screens played Fashion Week content. The event offered makeup touch-ups and styling consultations from W by Worth. Copies of the latest WWD issue were available at the event and guests enjoyed dancing to the DJ-spun pop hits.  dpHUE gave out some of its haircare products at the party as well. Cocktails and food were flowing and it was a great atmosphere to take in!

Caravan Stylist Lounge Fashion Week Glam

Caravan Stylist Lounge offered cute pampering services at its studio in Midtown. Guests could choose from Dry hair styling, manicures, mini-facials and makeup services. Planted in Beauty by Well Within was there with its latest line of skincare products. I chose to do dry hair styling and Valerie did an amazing job of giving me a side brave with some fun waves. It’s always a fab time at Caravan Lounge!