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Urban Tech Gala 2017 Gustavinos NYC @UrbanTechCenter


Last week the 22nd annual Urban Tech Gala was held at Gustavinos in NYC. The Urban Tech Center is a non-profit organization started by Pat Bransford over two decades ago. It’s primary focus is to build social and life skills, improve academic skills, financial, and digital literacy skills for the underserved youth in urban areas in New York City. It has since expanded to other urban areas nationwide. The Youth Leadership Academy(YLA) courses develop students fundamental skills for life effectiveness. Urban Tech’s “Adopt A School” program focuses on Financial Network Program, Dignity for All, STEM, and Social Justice & Community Leadership.

The Gala was co-hosted by actor, director, and screenwriter Ted Lange and TV Host, reporter and humanitarian Alicia Quarles

This year’s honorees were Vicky Fuller, Chief Investment officer at New York’s State Common Retirement Fund, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama’s Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Don Lowery, Senior Vice President Community Engagement at Nielsen.

The Gala also honored special guest Hannah Bronfman. Hannah is a DJ, health and wellness enthusiast and founder of, a unique online community for people who are passionate about health, beauty, fitness, wellness, travel, music, and travel. Hannah is also a fashionista and an “It Girl”. The award was presented to her by her mother Sherry Bronfman, a long time supporter of The Urban Tech Center.

To learn more about the center or to donate please visit:

Vera Bradley Partners with New TLC reality competition series Girl Starter Airing May 19th 7pm EST on TLC @VeraBradley @GirlStarter

Vera Bradley has been a favorite accessories designer of our team for years now, but now Vera is adding another component by teaming up with TLC and partnering with reality competition titled Girl Starter. Produced by Al Roker’s production company the show is aimed at empowering young female entrepreneurs ages 18-24 and those interested in supporting their dreams.

The competition follows the 6 steps of early phase business building from ideation through the pitch process and features entertaining challenges, vibrant guest stars culminating in a grand prize of $100,000 in funding and services.

Vera Bradley Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard will serve as a guest judge.

Airing May 19th 7:00PM EST on TLC


10th Annual Taste of The Upper West Side Coming to NYC on May 19th and 20th @NewTasteUWS

This years marks the 10th Anniversary of The Taste of The Upper West Side. Two nights of celebrations starting with Surf & Turf on the 19th hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli ( Butter owner/chef) & Adam Richman and “Best of The West” hosted by Jesse Palmer on the 20th. Both nights will feature celebrity chefs and award winning food authors.

Over 85 restaurants will serve signature bite size fare, cocktails and desserts while guests mix and mingle with celebrity chefs and DJ El Media will provide the music for the event.

To purchase tickets and to find out more details on participating restaurants please visit: tasteuws


Taste of The Nation 2017 @Nokidhungry @Maidenlanenyc


Taste of The Nation was held on April 24th in NYC. Chaired by Danny Meyer of The Union Square Hospitality Group. This walk around food/drink event featured over 40 restaurants with all proceeds going to end childhood hunger through The Share our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign.

Held at the waterfront location 180 Maiden Lane ,the vast space was no match for a crowded venue with enthusiastic guests vying for the small dishes of signature treats, cocktails and desserts. Some of the city’s top eateries participated including Pig Bleeker, Union Square Cafe, Dead Rabbit, Daily Provisions, lilac, and many more….  Main sponsors included Citi and Sysco, media sponsor The Food Network and national sponsors Open Table and The Glenlivet.

Local beneficiaries of The No Kid Hungry campaign and Taste of The Nation include City Harvest, Food Bank for New York City and Hunger Free America.

To find out more about this organization or to donate now please visit No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength

Taste of The Nation for No Kid Hungry is coming back to NYC on April 24th. Buy your tickets now! @NoKidHungry #TasteoftheNation @180MaidenLaneNYC

On April 24th the 28th annual Taste of The Nation for No Kid Hungry will be back in NYC on the East River Waterfront at the stunning Maiden Lane NYC. Hosted by Danny Meyer, featuring over 40 top eateries offering delicious bite size fare, cocktails, and desserts. Live music from the rock band The Strumbellas, who just performed on the TBS Conan show, will headline the evening’s entertainment.

Tickets start at $250 and are still available. Please come out for a great night to support a fantastic cause! Ticket info below. Full recap after the event will follow.

Taste of The Nation-Tickets


Hilaria & Alec Baldwin host an evening for The Dacor Modernist Collection Launch of Premium Kitchen Appliances @DacorKitchen @SamsungUS @837NYC #SamsungDinner


Late last year Samsung acquired Dacor, a premium home appliance designer. A complete collection of luxury kitchen appliances that bring focus to the kitchen as a centerpiece for entertaining and connecting with family and friends.

The Modernist Collection was launched on March 15th in NYC at Samsung 837. Hosted by Hilaria & Alec Baldwin, who are huge fans of the brand. With 3 kids under the age of 4, much of their time is spent in the kitchen, so a kitchen that is outfitted to be functional, stylish and interactive is of utmost importance to the family. Samsung CEO BK Yoon explained how technology and innovation are key to lead the way in the premium home appliance design market. Guests were treated to cocktails and dinner while they got the chance to interact up close and personal with the appliances.


Faviana Oscars Viewing Party #FavianaClubhouse #Faviana_NY #Faviana @WeWoreWhat #WeWoreWhat

Faviana, A leading designer in Evening Dresses for every special occasion from prom night to bridal threw an East Coast Oscars Red Carpet Viewing Party at the 75 Wall Street Rooftop. Hosted by We Wore What founder and influencer Danielle Bernstein the soiree was attended by many influencers, fashionistas, and a few “Housewives”. To get glam for the Faviana “Pink Carpet” VIP guests got their hair and makeup done in the Faviana Style Bar Lounge while Faviana supplied the dresses for the occasion. 

Every VIP Guest walked away with an Oscar worthy $1000 gift bag from Mycharge, ColourPop, Dylans Candy Bar, Cosabella, Corkcicle, WEN Haircare and much more including a personal invitation to a Faviana personal styling bar to get influencers/celebrities ready for all their social occasions throughout the year.      We Wore What




Conscious Contemporary Fashion Brand UN:DO Campaign Launch Party NYC @undonyc

With reports of repeated gun violence in NYC and around the country ,and no end in sight it was a pleasure to attend the inaugural campaign of a socially conscious fashion brand UN:DO aptly titled UN:LOAD. Founded by fashion entrepreneur Jack Klauber this ethically made in New York Brand ,with a Brooklyn Aesthetic and Berlin Culture Vibe focuses on gender- neutral ready- to- wear apparel and jewelry. The garments are distressed, tattered and no two garments are exactly alike.

UN:DO Donates 20% of all sales to the not-for-profit-organization Cure Violence. This organization focuses on reducing gun violence and saving lives in communities across the U.S. by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control- detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals and changing social norms- resulting in reductions of 40 to 70%. Cure Violence also provides much needed job opportunities to previously incarcerated individuals.





VOSS Foundation 7th Annual Women helping Women New York Luncheon @VossFoundation #VossFoundation

The VOSS Foundation is dedicated to providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene as a means to enable community driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Women helping Women (WHW) is a Voss Foundation Global Initiative that has raised over $650,000 in the United States and in Europe to fund 21 water access points and 291 sanitation facilities across Africa. Monies were raised through benefit events in New York City, The Hamptons, and in Boston.

This year’s Luncheon took place at The Stephen Weiss Studio in the West Village. Stephen Weiss is the late husband of Urban Zen and avid Voss Foundation supporter Donna Karan. In addition to a catered lunch by PTL catering and wines from Chateau Ste Michelle there was an African Bazaar with authentic artisanal handmade jewelry, scarves, baskets, and toys purchased directly from communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Liberia, Swaziland, and Uganda, where the foundation does active work.

The benefit luncheon raised over $135,000 to fund VOSS Foundation’s ongoing water projects in Sub- Saharan Africa.

This year’s honorees were Monique Pean, a premier sustainable fine jewelry designer who raises awareness of art, culture and global environmental issues and Amikaeyla Gaston, an award winning singer, activist and executive director/founder of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute. (ICAHSI). The ladies were presented with handmade beaded walking sticks from Samburu, Kenya used by Nomadic Pastoralists.

Notable attendees included: VOSS Water CEO & CFO; Jack Belsito and Jan Saeboe, June Ambrose, Georgie Badiel, Elizabeth Belfer, Bill Cummings, Lydia Carlston, Carla Carstens, Greta Caruso, MacDella Cooper, Laura Currie, Rickie De Sole, Emie Diamond, Lauren Driscoll, Simon Doonan, Estelle Girard, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Susan Fales-Hill, Lindy Gad, Kara Gerson, Bernt Heiberg, Yaz Hernandez, Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, Jill Iscol, Angelina Jolin, Katherine Kung, Sandy Leong, Charlot Malin, Chloe Malle, Stephanie Nass, Edris Nichols, Dale Noelle, Beth O’Donnell, Taylor Olson, Gina Otto, Justin Parks, Sanjay Rawal, Cayli Cavaco Reck, Draya Rose, Charlotte Ronson, Maya Samuelsson, Kimberly Ayers Shariff, Latham Thomas and Veronica Varekova.

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation”Collaborating For A Cure”19th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction @WaxmanCancer #WaxmanGala


Last Thursday Night We had the privilege of attending The 19th Annual Collaborating For A Cure Dinner, Auction, and Concert in honor of the 40th Anniversary of The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

Posthumously honoring Footwear Industry Icon Vince Camuto while introducing the (SWCRF) Vince Camuto Memorial Cancer Research Program. Mr. Camuto a great supporter of SWCRF passed away after a battle with Prostate Cancer in 2015. Louise Camuto, Chief Creative Officer of The Camuto Group accepted the award on her late husband’s behalf.

The evening was hosted by CBS News Host Chris Wragge and raised more than $2.5 million dollars for SWCRF research programs. 

In addition to a fabulous dinner and cocktail party at the Famed Cipriani Wall Street, the live auction, led by Hugh Hildesley, Vice President of Sotheby’s Auction House, featured some incredible items including a $10,000 shopping spree and lunch with John Varvatos that went for $15,000, A litter of adorable English bulldog puppies that went for $13,000 and $12,000 for the siblings, and the highest bid of the night, $48,000 went to a Private Jet Experience for 8 including 10 hours of air travel on the State of The Art Hawker 4000 Jet.


Roger Daltry (Photo Credit) Patrick McMullen

The highlight of the Evening was A Concert By “The Who” Founder Roger Daltry who sounded great and played a full concert with all his greatest hits while a very excited crowd danced and sang along. Surprise guest performer Willie Nile joined Daltry on stage.

Notable guests in attendance included: Marion & Dr. Samuel Waxman, Elin & Michael Nierenberg, Host Cris Wragge, Louise Camuto, Spencer Waxman, Kenneth Fishel, David Hinkelman, Robert Kantor, Howard Kurz, Howard Shlafmitz, Baron Silverstein, Dena K. Weiner, Mary Kantor, Joyce & John Varvatos,  Jean Shafiroff, along with over 750 guests from the corporate, fashion, and media worlds.


Mike’s Harder Lemonade X Lalo Yunda Collaboration @lalotattoos #HouseofMonkey @Harder

I have wanted to get a tattoo for years and even though my son is a tattoo aficionado with multiple tattoos, I was still reluctant. However, When I was recently invited to attend a pop up shop at The House of Monkey, owned by tattoo artist extraordinaire Lalo Yunda and his lovely wife, I decided to take the plunge. Lalo Yunda hails from Columbia and began his career with a homemade tattoo machine while developing a style of tattooing mixing fantasy and reality with difficult techniques and intricate colorful designs.

To celebrate The launch of Mike’s Harder Tennessee Barrel Lemonade, Harder collaborated with Lalo Yunda to create one of a kind tattoo designs on the Limited Edition Collectible Cans. Lalo, who appeared on Season 2 of Spike TV’s “Ink Master” is a self taught artist whose signature style is described as “magical realism”, which includes mythical elements combined with true to life images. The HARDER inspired tattoos feature designs such as a Skull, Snake, Dragon Horse, Bird, Jellyfish, and Coo-Coo Girl.

Yunda believes “Tattooing is one of the biggest art revolutions in history, and over the course of the next few years, collecting tattoos will of the same caliber as collecting fine artwork”. 

House of Monkey Tattoo 208 North 6th st, 1A Brooklyn, NY (929) 298-1887


Fashion Tech Forum Comes to Brooklyn, NY #FTF2016 @FashionTechForum #FashionTechForum


Karen Harvey founded Fashion Tech Forum in 2014 when she realized there was a huge movement of blending fashion and technology in the retail sector. In it’s third year FTF took place at The Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn, NY.

The conference drew the likes of over 800 attendees from the Fashion, Tech, and Retail Worlds including Media, CEO’s, and VIP’s. A full day of activations, conferences, and discussions were highlighted by an all day menu created by Chef Danny Meyer ,and capped off by a cocktail party and a VIP Dinner.

Some of the notable guests and speakers included: Ganesh Srivats, VP of North America Sales for Tesla, Lulemon CEO Laurent Potdevin, Iris Apfel, Verizon CMO Diego Scotti, Elle, Editor in Chief Robbie Meyers, Diane Von Furstenberg, DVF CEO Paolo Riva, Theory Founder & CEO Andrew Rosen, Coach Chairman Emeritus, Lew Frankfort, Everlane CEO Michael Preysman & Rebekka Bay.

The FTF Whitespace Gallery showcased the top 10 fashion & technology startups to checkout: Prynt, Reify, Thursday Finest, Leblum, Evrnu, M2M, Orchard Mile, Sundar, RED Marketplace, Social.

Domenico Vacca X Irina Shabayeva Fashion Show & VIP Brunch #DVClub #BridalFashionWeek

Domenico Vacca and Irina Shabayeva joined forces in creating a striking formal collection for men and women. To cap off Bridal Fashion Week in New York the duo showcased both formal wear and bridal creations in the presence of VIP’s, Celebrities, Media, and their Clients. The Runway show was capped off by a Brunch in Domenico’s opulent private club. Afterward’s Guests spent the afternoon shopping the collection.


Vera Bradley Flagship Soho Opening Celebration & Launch of #Itsgoodtobeagirl social campaign @verabradley #vbsoho

Photos By: Kelly Taub

Last week long time favorite designer of handbags, luggage, apparel and more… Vera Bradley opened a their Flagship Store in the heart of Soho. The landmarked location debuted the new Vera Bradley logo and will offer products exclusive to the location.

the soiree also celebrated the launch of the #Itsgoodtobeagirl to empower and instill confidence in girls. Model and actress Olivia Culpo, actress/comedian Noel Wells, TV personality Jill Martin, fashion insiders like Adam Gassman ,along with Vera Bradley co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Barbara Bradley Baekgaard mingled with media and guests while enjoying custom cocktails, savory bites and music by “It” girl and DJ Chelsea Leyland.

Vera Bradley

411 West Broadway New York, NY 10012

(212) 334- 2302

Hailey Baldwin for UGG Classic Street Collection Launch Party: Beach at The Dream Hotel Downtown #ClassicStreet @UGG

Last week UGG Australia introduced model and “it girl” Hailey Baldwin as the face of their new Classic Street Collection. Guests sipped cocktails, tasted small bites, while dancing to music by model and DJ Harley Viera Newton. 

A picture perfect sunny day at the “Beach at the Dream Hotel Downtown”, the pool was filled with giant UGG logo balloons. Guests relaxed poolside on decorated cabana lounges, while viewing the new fall collection.

Taste of Tennis 2016 New York @TasteofTennis #TasteofTennis


The 17th Annual Taste of Tennis took place last week at the W Hotel in New York City. Serving as the “unofficial party” for the US Open in Flushing, this event mixed tennis superstars such as Venus and Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Raphael Nadal, Gael Monfils and many more along with renowned chefs such as Marcus Samuelson, Jonathan Waxman and Roxanne Spruance.

Tennis players participated in cooking demos, signed tennis balls, and even showed some dance moves with DJ Mad Linx. Guests enjoyed food tastings galore from top New York City Chefs and cocktails courtesy of Appleton along with fine wines and beers.

The event was made possible thanks to Olive Oils from Spain, the world’s largest producer and exporter of Olive Oil. Portion of the proceeds from the event benefit Wellness In The Schools(WITS). A national non-profit that inspires fitness and healthy eating for kids in public school.



VOSS Foundation Hosts “Women Helping Women Hamptons Luncheon” @VossFoundation


Photos above by Patrice Casanova:

Last week The Voss Foundation held it’s 2nd Annual “Women helping Women” Hamptons Luncheon at Gabby Karan De Felice’s restaurant Tutto il Giorno for over 90 notable guests.

The luncheon featured a bazaar that was open throughout the luncheon where guests shopped for handmade jewelry, scarves, homeware and toys that were directly from communities where the organization works.

Hostess and Mistress of Ceremonies, Magatte Wade, an activist from Senegal and founder of luxury skincare line “Tiossan”  praised the Voss foundation for their unwavering dedication and understanding of African culture and listening to the needs of the people.

Liberian philanthropist MacDella Cooper introduced Georgie Badiel, the event’s honoree and praised her for her efforts to educate and empower African women.

Over 33,000 dollars were raised from the luncheon through ticket sales, dedicated project donations, and purchases made at the bazaar. All proceeds go directly to The Voss Foundation to further support the cause.

Notable attendees included Gabby Karan De Felice, Cristina Cuomo, Judith Guiliani, Bonnie Young, Christine Mack and more……

OCRFA Super Saturday NY Hosted By Donna Karan, Kelly Ripa, and Gabby Karan De Felice @OCRF #OCRFASuperSaturday

Super Saturday NY has been our favorite Charity Event of the long list of annual Hamptons events for well over a decade now. In 2016, OCRFA’s Super Saturday events raised close to $3.5 million dollars. An event for the entire family combining fantastic shopping deals with a catered lunch, cocktails, raffle, kids activities and rides while supporting The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.

 One hundred fifty prominent designers donated their wares to be sold at hugely discounted prices to support the cause. As the day progressed the prices dipped lower and guests including ours truly walked away, guilt free, with huge bags filed with designer accessories, apparel, and beauty products. 

Celebs in attendance included Hosts Donna Karan, Kelly Ripa, and Gabby Karan de Felice as well as June Ambrose, Joy Behar, Kelly Bensimon, Lorraine Bracco, Jonathan Cheban, Mayor Rudolph & Judith Guiliani, Star Jones, Elin Nordegren, Molly Sims, Kristen Taekman, Christy Turlington, Aida Turturro, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and more!….



Hampton Parties and Benefits July 23rd. #Revolveinthehamptons #JillZarinLuxLunch #AstonMartinBrunch @RandLuxury @SocialLifeMagazine #StBarths #ChefsandChampagne @BeardFoundation #Hamptons


Photos Above by BFA

This past weekend was another whirlwind of pool parties, brunches, and charity events, but our favorite was and is The Jill Zarin Luxury Luncheon held annually at her Waterfront Southampton Estate with proceeds benefitting The Eric Trump Foundation /St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Original (RHONY) Jill Zarin and husband Bobby Zarin hosted this poolside luncheon where invited guests received personalized golden tickets that could be redeemed for an assortment of luxury clothing items, accessories, and a beauty bar featuring products from Kiss USA, Ageless La Cure, Cane + Austin, Clio/Mumsie, Poo-Pourri. GIGI New York personalized handbags and gifted them to guests.

The tone of the day was “Discover The Palm Beaches” where brands from Florida such as Nervana, Hallow & Plank, Chic Boutique and more held trunk shows where attendees received discounts and the proceeds benefitted The Eric Trump Foundation.

Guests were able to escape the heat and get pampered thanks to a nail bar from Pop of Color, a braid bar hosted by RPZL, Sania’s Brow Bar and onsite massages.

Lunch was catered and served by Carlyle of The Green with Celebrity Chef Adam Banks and cocktails courtesy of Blue Ice Vodka and Rose flowed all day thanks to Studio Wines Boisset.

Guests included Jonathan Cheban, Jason Binn, Olivia Caridi, Kelly Bensimon, Cindy Barshop, Lisa Wexler, Chris Burch, Stylist Philip Bloch, Country Music Star Jon Stone, Rita Cosby,(RHOC) Vicki Gunvalson, Dottie Herman, (RHNJ) Kathy Wakilie, (RHNY) Ramona Singer, Domingo Zapata, (RHOA) Kristen Taekman, and more!….

Rand Luxury continued their summer brunch series in Bridgehampton in a $9.995 million dollar estate that is currently on the market. Aston Martin supplied the gorgeous cars while guests enjoyed brunch and cocktails poolside, while several guests opted to relax in the mansion itself given it was 95 degrees outside.  (more…)

Hamptons Roundup: #RevolveintheHamptons, #CamillawithLove, #HamptonsHappening @waxmancancer

Another summer weekend means another round of parties, product launches and charity benefits in the Hamptons. This weekend Uber trendy LA based clothing store Revolve held it’s 2nd of 4 poolside parties with host Hailey Baldwin, Chanel Iman, and Jamie Chung. Coco and Breezy took over the DJ and entertainment duties and Moet and Patron supplied the flowing champagne and cocktails throughout the day. Other guests included Jill & Bobby Zarin, Tallulah and Scout Willis   blogger Kristina Bazan and performances by Tinashe and D.R.A.M.


Designer Camilla Franks held a cocktail party at new go- to spot Moby’s in Easthampton showing off her new resort collection with colorful and creative designs. Breezy and flowing kaftans were the look of the day with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served around a fire pit.

Photos By Rob Rich

The Big Event of the evening was the 12th Annual  “A Hamptons Happening” benefitting The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Honoring Sandra Lee, Jayma Cardoso, and Deirdre Quinn.

This event marked the 40th Anniversary of the founding of (SWCRF) by noted oncologist Samuel Waxman, MD. Taking place at the home of Maria and Kenneth Fishel the soiree featured 40 top chefs from NYC and the Hamptons, Costumed performers from The National Circus Project and a live auction that featured hot ticket items like “Hamilton” tickets, a trip to the Dominican Republic, A Canyon Ranch Spa Package, a dinner for 8 prepared by Michelin starred chef, and last but not least a Dinner for 10 by World Renowned chef  at Rao’s in NYC.

“A Hamptons Happening” is one of the most eagerly anticipated and Fun events on the Hamptons Social Calendar combining delicious cuisine, cocktails, and entertainment while raising seriously needed dollars to combat a disease that is near and dear to all of us. 

Notable guests in attendance included Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion N. Waxman, Laurie L. Schaffron, Karen Amster- Young, Erica Fineberg, Maria & Kenneth Fishel, Bradley Fishel, Chris Wragge, Sandra Lee, Jayma Cardoso, Deirdre Quinn, Jill & Bobby Zarin, Ramona Singer,  Fernanda Capobianco, Francois Payard, Michael Nierenberg, Chris Arlotta, Jessica Mackin, Pamela Morgan, and a slew of socialites and wallstreeters.

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