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!

Innovative detailing takes the lead at NYFW

 

Innovative detailing and originality played a big role at NYFW. From an assortment of fabrics and detailing to unique presentations, there were no dull moments. Here are some of those exceptional collections:

Dennis Basso

Dennis Basso’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection is inspired by the New York City girl and it’s all about fashion experimentation. Models elegantly graced the runway in shades of eggplant, pink, yellow, and brown. They also wore cashmere, mink, sable, shearling, satin, and wool. My favorite looks include a strapless animal print gown with embellishments, a tweed trench coat with a fox fur collar, a pink cashmere trench coat with a rose gold belt, an eggplant satin strapless gown, and a black velvet off the shoulder gown worn by supermodel Carol Alt. These looks were certainly powerful and uninhibiting!

Romeo Hunte

Romeo Hunte’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection is a tribute to the fashion trends of the mid-1900s, but with a streetstyle twist. It featured mink, denim, shearling, lambskin, and satin. The collection is innovative, glamorous, and show-stopping. I’m obsessed with the following looks: a two-toned denim jacket with a lambskin collar, a charcoal grey and khaki denim trench coat, a gray/white snakeskin leather and khaki trench coat poncho, a purple lambskin two pocket coat, and a purple multi graffiti robe. All of the looks are trendsetting and captivating!

Paola Hernandez

Paola Hernandez presented her Fall/Winter 2019 collection called A Constellation of Time in an original way. She had dancers perform beautiful choreography while wearing her pieces. Paola’s collection is all about minimalism, casual comfort, and artistic expression. My top looks included a navy intarsia sweater, a grey/white poncho paired with a white oversized shirt, and a grey long knitted dress. What a contemporary and effortlessly chic collection!

Chloe Gosselin

Chloe Gosselin showcased her Fall/Winter 2019 shoe collection, which featured chic evening heels as well as stylish everyday sandals and boots. My favorite styles included a gold and emerald green satin heel, a red suede heeled mule with a tortoise clip, a black leather lace up bootie, and a pink patent leather heel with chain detailing. Such a classy and original collection!

Memorable looks take the stage at NYFW

Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Blue Jacket

Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tadashi Shoji

This season’s New York Fashion Week had a lot of memorable looks. Whether there was a focus on detailing, sustainability, or elegance, designers definitely left their mark.  Here’s a look at some of the fashion shows and presentations that conveyed a lasting impression:

Greta Constantine

The Greta Constantine Fall/Winter 2019 collection was all about elegance, modesty, and sustainability. It’s inspired by the designer-duo’s , Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, trip to Dubai, where women exude sophistication and confidence. They decided to reuse fabrics from previous seasons and purpose them in unique ways, My favorite looks included a silver metallic knit floor length dress, a tulle jumpsuit paired with a sequin turtleneck, and a black ruffle jacket over a sequin turtleneck and gray flowy pants. All of the outfits were attention-grabbing, vibrant, and full of class.

Jiri Kalfar
The Jiri Kalfar Fall/Winter 2019 runway show highlighted a refined, luxurious essence. The designer used silk, tulle, wool, tweed, and lots of lace. My top picks included a red silk dress with billowed sleeves paired with over the knee red boots, a red wool sweater paired with red silk cuffed pants, and a black silk dress with ruffles paired with a Tonak red cotton captain hat. I loved how a lot of the looks were wearable and how chic they were. They were expressive, powerful, and playful all at once. So many memorable looks!

Blue Jacket Fashion Show
The Blue Jacket Fashion Show promoted awareness for prostate cancer and had a great lineup of notable models. These participants included Nigel Barker, Mario Cantone, Buster Skrine, Drake Bell, Alex Lundqvist, Simon Doonan, Jeremy Carver, Steven Kolb, and more. Renowned designers designed their jackets: Polo Ralph Lauren, John Varvatos, Joseph Abboud, Emporio Armani, Todd Snyder, Hugo Boss, and more. I loved the Brooks Brother jacket that Nigel Barker wore, the Duckie Brown jacket that Buster Skrine sported, and the Michael Kors jacket worn by Mario Cantone. The show was so entertaining and for such a great cause!

Tadashi Shoji
Tadashi Shoji showcased glamour and chic sophistication in his Fall/Winter 2019 collection. He featured an ample amount of lace, velvet, deep v-neck silhouettes, cutouts, and jewel tones. My favorite looks included a blue velvet off the shoulder gown, a gold silk and sequined gown with side cutouts, a black lace gown with pink applique flowers, and a black and silver one-shoulder gown. This collection is certainly all about the intricate detailing!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Great last-minute ideas

* All photos provided by the individual brands

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but it’s not too late to find the perfect gift! I love romantic gifts, but I’m also loving functional and fun ones. Here’s my list of favorite gifting ideas for the special day:

 

Ruffino– Whether you get a bottle or two of the brand’s Pinot Grigio or it’s Sparkling Rosé, you just can’t go wrong with this idea. Ruffino is known for its high quality, balanced wines. Go a step, further and make a fun cocktail! Try the RUFFINO Strawberry Sparkler:

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ part sugar
  • ½ part water
  • 1 ripe strawberries
  • ½ part basil leaves, torn
  • 1/8 part lime juice
  • 1 part Ruffino Sparkling Rosé, chilled
  • Basil leaves and strawberries, to garnish

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a small saucepan bring the sugar and water to a boil, cook 2 minutes. Crush the strawberries well with the bottom of a jar or your hands. Add the basil and strawberries to the hot sugar syrup, cover and let cool at least 30 mins. Strain the syrup and add the lime juice. Add 1 ounce of strawberry syrup to a coupe or wine glass. Top with Ruffino Sparkling Rosé. Garnish with basil leaves andsome sliced fresh strawberries if desired. TIPS: Strain and refrigerate the covered syrup up to 1 week. Try this breezy cocktail with raspberries or other seasonal soft fruit in place of the strawberries.

 

Mod Sélection Rosé– This champagne has elegance and class written all over it. It is one of the few champagnes that’s produced by the rare saignée method. The avant garde bottle design is absolutely beautiful and the taste has a nice balance of nectar and red fruits. It’s perfect for the wine aficionado!

Kim Crawford Wines The brand’s entire line of wines are wonderful. If you’re looking to gift a nice bottle of white wine, I’d recommend the Sauvingnon Blanc which is crisp and refreshing. You can even make a creative cocktail with it called The Kim Crawford Cupid:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 oz Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • ¾ oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tbsp simple syrup
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice
  • Crème de Cassis
  • Sage leaves and grapefruit for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS:

Mix Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, simple syrup and grapefruit juice in a shaker or mixing glass with ice. Strain over ice into serving glass and fill with sparkling water. Top with a splash of crème de cassis and garnish with sage leaves and grapefruit twist. Makes 1 cocktail.

 

Man Crates– This brand has a great assortment of perfect gifts for the special man in your life. Choose from coveted ideas such as the Beer Enthusiast Crate, the Hot And Spicy Crate, the Salami Bouquet, and so much more. Each curated gift has been designed to be unique and meaningful for your man. What a clever concept!

Which idea is your favorite? Here’s to a fabulous Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

wagamama Murray Hill: A new restaurant with a lot of vibrant flavors

*All photos by: Danielle Adams

I’m thrilled to share that wagamama, an Asian fusion casual eatery, is opening its 3rd location in Murray Hill on February 6. The UK-based brand offers an assortment of Asian inspired dishes with a twist. Think Chicken Katsu curry, Duck Donburi, Tofu Ramen, and much more. It follows an egalitarian “Bowl to Soul” idea: wholesome, fresh food and a welcoming environment to fill up the body as well as the soul. In honor of this new location, wagamama will feature an exclusive dish, Hot Chicken Katsu curry, at the Murry Hill locale only for a limited time. Also, the first 50 customers on opening day will get a free Hot or Regular Chicken Katsu curry.

In addition to its meat dishes, wagamama Murray Hill will offer a new vegan menu. Its opening coincides with Veganuary, a UK campaign that started in 2014 to motivate people to eat more plant-based food. Veganuary goes from January 7 to February 28. The restaurant will also feature a limited edition vegan dish, Avant Gard’n, a coconut and sriracha vegan ‘egg,’ paired with barbeque-glazed seitan and a few sides. wagamama’s Executive Chef Steve Mangleshot and trailblazing UK vegan chef Gaz Oakley co-created the dish. It will be available for 4 weeks starting January 28 at all its NYC and Boston locations. It’s nice to see that there are so many options here for vegans and meat lovers alike!

Last night, I had the chance to try the food at a media opening dinner. The Avant Gard’n is delicious! It is such a flavorful, colorful dish with healthy ingredients. I also enjoyed the Hot Chicken Katsu curry that has the perfect amount of spiciness. Additionally, the chicken is tender and goes well with the rice and curry sauce. My other favorite items included Vegetable Tempura, Chicken Gyoza, Tofu Ramen, Chicken Pad Thai, and Banana Katsu for dessert.

On top of its food, wagamama has a new cocktail menu. Drink options such as a Lychee Martini and Yuzu Collins will satisfy guests. Mocktails such as Elderflower + Ginger and Cranberry + Blossom will also be available. Such a fascinating mix of flavors!

Plus, wagamama’s restaurant design in Murray Hill is very inviting. Hanging lights and exposed brick walls welcome guests. There’s also a vibrant graffiti mural by London-based street artist Woskerski and chic wood seating. The modern décor pairs well with the Asian fusion cocktails and dishes. Be sure to check out this invigorating hotspot!

Another look at Rhinoplasty: For a natural looking nose

If you’re looking for a natural looking nose following rhinoplasty, Dr. Shahar is the perfect doctor for this. He will make sure that your nose is in proportion with the rest of your face. Above is another example of a successful procedure. You can see that the nose is sleeker with only the most subtle improvement. Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Shahar today by calling 212-717-4066 or by visiting naturallookinstitute.com. Here are more insights from Natural Look Institute:

ARTISTIC APPROACH TO THE NATURAL LOOKING NOSE
Nose surgery not only reshapes your nose but it also affects the balance of your facial features. Dr. Shahar is an experienced surgeon who has performed hundreds of nose surgery. His artistic approach will help you achieve natural looking results…everyone will notice, but no one will know!! Learn more by
visiting https://www.naturallookinstitute.com/nose-reshaping

Lunchtime Lift: A minimal procedure with lasting results

A lunchtime lift is a great procedure for anyone looking to tighten the facial skin and jawline. As I mentioned in a previous post, Dr. Shahar at Natural Look Institute performs this procedure with artistic precision. It’s a quick procedure that generates amazing results. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 212-717-4066 or by visiting naturallookinstitute.com. Here’s more information:

LUNCHTIME LIFT
This patient (above) had a lunchtime lift, a new technique Dr. Shahar developed that is less invasive with minimal downtime to fit most people’s lifestyle. A short procedure, under local anesthetic with small hidden scars behind the ears. This procedure tightens the underline muscles and excess skin, defines your jawline, improves your neck laxity and overall look. If you are not ready for a facelift this can benefit you. Learn more at naturallookinstitute.com/minifacelift