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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.

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Top Beauty Picks for Spring 2017

Paula’s Choice Smoothing Primer Serum with SPF 30, Good for all skin types. Prepares skin for flawless makeup application. $3o Buy Here

YBF Beauty Bloomin’Cray Cray Crayons trio. Tons of pigment with with a creamy lush feel and lasting color. $29 Buy Here

Glo.Minerals Lipstick has lots of nourishing ingredients while providing bold shades, soft nudes and shades in between $20 Buy Here

Cargo Swimmables Longwear Eye Shadow Sticks are water resistant. 20 second playtime then they are set to stay on till you take it off. Many Shades to choose from. $20 Buy Here

Jane Iredale Purepressed Eye Shadow Triple. Shown Above in Brown Sugar. Can be used wet or dry. Deeply pigmented and long lasting. $30 Buy Here

MILK MAKEUP Blur Stick is an oil free primer that blurs out skin imperfections on all skin tones. Perfect for creating that flawless selfie. Parabens ,Sulfates, and Phthalates free. Vegan and cruelty free. $36 Buy Here

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Neck gels. Only 10 minutes once a week. These masks tighten and restore elasticity to sagging and aging skin in the neck area. They contain niacin amide and plant collagen. 4 masks in a package.$35 Buy Here

Sonia Kashuk Always Organized Cosmetic Bag  in Shazam pattern. Vibrant design with multiple zippered compartments including a separate one for brushes. Exclusively at Target. $18.99 Buy Here

Red Carpet Gel at home manicure kit. Long lasting shiny nails at home. Includes LED Gel polishes in light cream pink & classic cream red, Adhesion nail primer, Structure Base Coat Nail Gel, Brilliance Seal & Shine Top Coat, Revitalize Nail & Cuticle Oil, Purify Pre & Post Cleanser, Erase Gel Nail Polish Remover, Pro 45 LED light – USB cord – AC/DC adapter, 10 Foil wraps, 20 Lint-free wipes, and Accessories Kit :Cuticle and pro buffing stick, 2 strips adhesive buffing tabs, Emery board. From HSN on sale on for $59.97 for a limited time. Buy Here

Curls Blueberry Blissfull Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamins. With organic blueberry extract this liquid vitamin promotes hair growth and hair health. Liquid vitamins have a 98% absorption rate as opposed to 20% from pill intake. $25.99 at Target. Buy Here

Gliss Ultra Moisture Shampo Hair Repair plus moisture & Conditioner. Extra hydrating. Prevents hair breakage up to 85%. $6.99 Buy Here

Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam. This waterless cleansing form removes oil and product buildup to prevent from over shampooing. Good on all hair types. Paraben free. Our favorite and a must try! $28 Buy Here

 

 

Major Skincare Collection Launches to be excited about now

Every season we are introduced to dozens of skincare brands and launches. These 4 chosen are must haves in different price ranges and for different age groups and skin types. All featuring  the newest technologies and only the finest ingredients for your best skin.

Sustainable Youth‘s key ingredient is Alasta, the most potent immunostimulatory ingredient sourced from the aloe vera plant. Known for aloe’s soothing and healing properties these products also delivery anti-aging results minimizing and reducing fine lines and wrinkles with visible results in 4 weeks and noticeable skin improvement in just a week. The collection consists of Sustainable Youth Super Boost Night SerumSustainable Youth Elasticity CreamSustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing LotionSustainable Youth Firming & Revitalizing Serum, and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment.

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Cellcosmet Switzerland Face & Neck Treatment set. This is a higher price point product, but is ultra luxurious with advanced liposome-encapsulated amino-peptide complexes with 75% high performance ingredients with 15% Active Stabilized Bio Integral cells that restores density, hydration, energy and youthful contours.

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A Complete was founded by Angelica Fuentes, a prominent business woman and philanthropist from Latin America. This collection is designed for the woman on the go with a 5 step routine that can be purchased as complete set or individually. Step 1: Youth Preserve Deep Cleanser, Step 2: Highly Concentrated Youth Preserve Serum, Step 3: Youth Preserve Eye Contouring Creme, Step 4: Youth Moisturizing Creme, Step 5: Beauty Concentrate Supplement.

 

Swiss Perfection is another product from Switzerland that offers a comprehensive collection of skin care products featuring Cellular Active IRISA, high in enzymes and proteins, accelerates the regeneration of skin cells, increases the oxygenation of the pores, provides optimal hydration for the skin, improves the metabolism of the dermis & epidermis and its unique anti-aging qualities rejuvenate the skin visibly.

ROKI Le Izakaya: Modern new Japanese Brasserie In The Flatiron District NYC #RokiLeIzakaya

Last weekend we were invited to dinner at the brand new hotspot in the Flatiron District Roki Le Izakaya. A modern take on a traditional Japanese restaurant that fuses typical fare like sushi and sashimi with a Ramen menu and tapas dishes meant to be shared. Using the freshest ingredients the dishes are created with a healthy flair.

Owned and operated by Keiko Ono Aoki and Executive Chef Koji Hagihara. Keiko is the wife of the late Rocky Aoki, owner and founder of the world famous Benihana chain.

The decor is modern and sleek, yet casual with murals and a communal table along with traditional banquettes and a seating area by the bar if you choose to watch the chef at work.

Our tasting menu consisted of Kanpachi Carpacchio, our favorite! Amberjack fish with onion, radish sprouts, wasabi, garlic and ponzu sauce. We then moved on to the Japanese canapés. The menu offers 9 options so we choose the Kani (snow crab & avocado), Amaebi (sweet shrimp) & the Ahi Poke (Tuna). They are served over crispy sushi rice which adds great texture to the dish. The Spicy shrimp tempura roll was crunchy and delicious served with spicy mayo.

Now it was time to try some hot appetizers. We went for the ROKI Shrimp steamed Gyoza. Tender shrimp, pork belly, water chestnut and bamboo wrapped in a gyoza wrapper. My companions favorite dish was the Wagyu shortribs. The meat was cooked just right served with seasonal vegetables.

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Ramen is one of the most popular dishes at the brasserie. The ROKI ROKI Ramen Nabe is a hotpot for 2, although it’s enormous and can be shared amongst a larger party. The choices are seafood, original dan dan ramen, the most popular, and the beef & vegetable ramen. Individual ramen choices are the classic chashu shoyu( sliced pork belly, veggies in a soy sauce broth), chashu tonkutso premium ramen(chicken & pork broth, pork belly, sliced pork & veggies), and organic vegetable ramen(soy milk broth, miso, seasonal vegetables, kale noodles & seaweed).

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For dessert we highly recommend the Earl Grey Creme Brûlée. Perfectly fluffy with a hint of Earl Grey and not too sweet.

As of last week ROKI is still working on a liquor license so guests are welcomed and encouraged to BYOB.

Beginning March 14th Roki Le Izakaya will be open for lunch with a special lunch menu served Mon- Fri noon till 2:30.

ROKI Le Izakaya 12 west 21st. New York, NY 10010 (646) 383- 7654  website: rokieleizakaya.com

It’s All About The Brows at Hibba Beauty Studio @BrowbarbyHibba @HibbaBeauty

 

Hibba Kapil of Hibba Beauty and her team of experienced Browologists and waxing technicians have been busy shaping women’s eyebrows and providing organic whole body hair removal services in New York City since 2010. Now with 3 locations, with the latest being a cozy cheerful salon in the heart of Columbus Circle.

For eyebrows or any hair removal on the face, Hibba does not believing in waxing. The areas are too sensitive and waxing can be harsh and not as precise as the threading method. The focus is on the arch and recreating the arch is Hibba’s main focus. When done correctly eyebrows are the centerpoint of the face and accentuate features and bone structure.

Initially I was little bit nervous about threading because I always plucked and waxed my eyebrows. However, with a few mishaps in the last year and the last few months I have been letting them grow out and even out, I was ready to try it out. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick it was and less painful than waxing. She was able to grab hard to reach hairs that waxing could not. I highly recommend it!

Brow Reformation or Microblading is a huge trend right now and is a specialty of Hibba’s. Although I did not have it done yet many colleagues have praised her work. It’s basically taking thin sparse brows and reforming them into fuller brows with a semi-permanent tattoo. The process takes about 2 hours including an extensive consultation and costs between $400-650 dollars. Considering how thick eyebrows are all the rage now, this is a valuable investment, plus you save on not having to purchase all those eyebrow pencils!

For the body Hibba uses Azulene wax which is infused with chamomile and honey, which have soothing properties, to relieve the pain and her well trained staff provide a quick and surprisingly pretty painless experience.

Sugaring is also offered for hair removal on the body. This very gentle natural method uses a paste made from sugar, lemon, and water. This method has been around for thousands of years and Hibba’s salon is one of the few in the city to offer a truly authentic shugaring experience.

There are many packages available when purchasing multiple sessions. I highly recommend  a visit! Hibba Beauty

Disclaimer: While I received complimentary services at the salon all opinions are my own.

 

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.

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A Culinary Treat With Nestle Damak @NestleDamak @Tasting Table

 Last week we were treated to a unique foodie experience with Nestle Damak. Who knew pistachios can be used in such a variety of dishes and cocktails? Nestle Damak has been a premium chocolate brand hailing from Turkey since 1933. Damak incorporates pistachios into their chocolate bars available in Fine and Dark Chocolate. Pistachios were used in our dinner preparation of Roast Leg of Lamb, Bean Salad, Flatbreads and a variety of dips as well along with the cocktails. 

The pistachios are sourced from from the Gaziantep region of Turkey which boasts an ideal climate for growing these nuts. These pistachios are considered to be some of the best in the world. Damak is also committed to improving the lives of the farmers who grow the pistachios and making a positive impact on their communities. Nestle Damak has committed over $1 million dollars to fund training in agricultural methods and improve the welfare of the Gaziantep growing region of Turkey.#Sponsored

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Cool Fun Restaurants we checked out in February

 

A.G.Kitchen opened up in late 2015 on the Upper West Side. Chef/Owner Alex Garcia of sister restaurant Calle Ocho mixes a variety of latin cuisines into a lively but laid back restaurant. On a cold monday night the restaurant was hopping with a nice mix of families, couples and a happy hour bar crowd. House specialties include guacamole made tableside to your liking, A paella dish stuffed with shrimp, mussels, lobster, crab, chicken and chorizo, big enough to share!, tacos, burgers and The Cubano, some say is the best in NYC. Cocktails that are latin inspired and milkshakes made with booze are must tries.

A.G. Kitchen 269 Columbus Ave.(73rd. st.) New York, NY 10023 (212) 873-9400 agkitchen.com

Adoro Lei, a loungy eatery downtown on Hudson Street serving contemporary Italian cuisine, many dishes that can and are encouraged to be shared. A late night lounge vibe complete with a DJ on weekends and special themed menus. We recently attended a Valentines Day themed soiree with a menu that was available the week of Valentines day with many dishes on the every day menu. A Staple dish and our favorite was The Burrata Divine, Burrata Cheese, eggplant, ripe tomatoes, truffle and honey drizzle. The pizzas are delicious with nearly 20 varieties including 2 options of “Chocolate Pizza”, the Giacomo and the Henriette.  The menu features several fresh pastas and a plentiful wine and cocktail list.

Adoro Lei 287 Hudson Street New York, NY 10013 (646) 666- 5096. adorolei.com

Coffeemania was introduced in Moscow in 2001 and now has over 25 locations including a brand new location in the heart of Bryant Park. A fancy coffee house featuring an extensive menu with a focus on Russian specialties like Borsch Soup, A Solyanka Soup made with Kielbasa , green olives and lime in a hearty and spicy tomato sauce, and traditional Russian Pelmeni. Standouts for us were the lobster Uni Carbonara, a large chuck of butter poached lobster with Fettuccinni, soy, red seaweed and shiso and the cowboy steak for 2. For dessert diners are encouraged to walk through the bakery featuring fresh pastries and cakes along with a multitude of coffee choices.

Coffeemania 1065 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10018 (212) 221- 2510 coffeemanianyc.com

Delilah, a newly opened restaurant and lounge on the lower east side is serving a mediterranean tapas menu and craft cocktails. Owner Mino Habib is also the owner of trendy establishments The DL, Veranda, and The Attic Rooftop. Replacing St. Jerome’s, a dive bar that was a favorite haunt for Lady Gaga. The decor is sleek with plush velvet banquettes and a back room with a DJ available for private parties. Spicy lamb sliders, crispy lobster flatbreads, garlic shrimp and creative cocktails  mixed by Rael Petit are reasons to check Delilah out. 

Delilah 155 Rivington St. New York, NY (212) 777-2520 delilahnyc.com

 

Beth Minardi Colorist Extraordinaire X Samuel Shriqui Salon Upper East Side @BethMinardi #SamuelShriqui #BethMinardi

Recently Beth Minardi, colorist to the stars, educator, and entrepreneur was welcomed to the exclusive Samuel Shriqui salon on the upper east side, home to some of the most exclusive shops. The salon houses the flagship Essie Nail Salon with over 250 shades available, and will soon be home to the flagship Kerastase salon later this spring. A lovely courtyard is available, weather permitting, for clients to have lunch, process color, and can be booked for a private event. The full service salon is filled with some of the most talented people in the business offering color, cuts, Keratin treatments, waxing, nails, skincare and makeup.

Beth has a loyal client and fan base because of her rich passion for education and for being on the forefront of what’s new in haircolor as it translates within the fashion and beauty industry. She translates this onto the regular client wanting color that’s on trend yet personalized. Every season Beth has a vision and for Spring 17 she is creating lots of brunette silhouettes tweaked to ones individual features and skintone. Beth’s line of signature color is used in the salon, it’s focus is to nourish the hair while achieving optimal color results.

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Some of Beth’s better known clients include Christie Brinkley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brad Pitt, and Julianne Moore to name a few along with socialites and business executives galore. Beth’s personality and charm add to her bedside manner as she is genuinely interested in getting to know and bond with her clientele.

For more info on Beth visit bethminardi.nyc

Samuel Shriqui Salon 35 east 65th street New York, NY 10065 (212) 472-6805 samuelshriquisalon.com

 

Wisewear: Fashion meets Tech according to Iris Apfel @Wisewear

 

 

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Wisewear was conceived out of the reality that the population is getting older, but is also more fashionable and tech savvy than previous generations. The company collaborated with 94 year fashion icon, designer and innovator Iris Apfel to design the Socialite collection, comprised of three uniquely designed smart bracelets that are equally functional and fashionable.

The primary features of these trackers are the norm and include text, email, calls, footsteps, and calorie counts, but what sets these bracelets apart is the distress signal feature that sends out a signal to ones contacts in case of a fall or other safety emergency.

Originally designed for an older consumer because of the distress feature and a higher price point ($295-$345) it has been discovered that younger women also had a need and a desire to own a trendy fashionable accessory that can go with any outfit and provide them with a piece of mind knowing help is easily accessible if they should need it. Now available for purchase at Saks Fifth Ave and other retailers abroad. #Sponsored

Buy Here: wisewear.com

 

Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Great Moments Puerto Vallarta, Mexico @buenaventurahtl #PVPressTrip #PuertoVallarta @Aeromexico

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Mexico is a vacationer’s dream. With so many destinations featuring gorgeous beaches, cultural experiences and an immense variety of hotel/resort choices in every price range, a trip to Mexico truly offers something for everyone.

Based in New York City our team has visited Cancun and the Riviera Maya on several occasions with a short 3.5 hour flight, making a long weekend an easy reality. This time we decided to venture to Puerto Vallarta, on the western coast of Mexico to experience what it has to offer.

Puerto Vallarta has been a go to for west coasters for decades as well as midwesterners and Canadians due to convenient direct flights and charters. From NYC there are many convenient connections to Puerto Vallarta VIA Mexico City on Aeromexico, more details on that below.

When choosing a resort to discover in Puerto Vallarta, we wanted to experience a family all- inclusive traveling with a 10 year old, but also wanted to pamper ourselves, relax, and experience the authenticity and charm of Puerto Vallarta. The Buenaventura Grand & Great Moments is centrally located about 15 minutes from the airport and a short stroll from the famous seaside boardwalk know as “The Malecon” featuring many cafes, shops, outdoor clubs and entertainment.

A beachfront property on The Bay of Banderas, the resort offers three pool areas including an adults only area along a beach bar where friendly bartenders mix refreshing cocktails with daily specials and remember guests drink choices by the second day. 

 

The resort is going through a gradual renovation that began in 2016 with all the rooms eventually being transformed to include flat screen tv’s and visually pleasing decor and modern luxuries. The main restaurant Frutas Y Flores and the specialty restaurant Sunset were also renovated late last year along with the resort’s kitchen. Both restaurants feature regional specialties along with an international menu and offer a variety of vegetarian and gluten free options.

The resort offers daily activities, a kids club and nightly entertainment including a weekly themed “Mexican Night” featuring local cuisine and an authentic Mexican Show.

The parent company also owns The Villa Premiere right next door, an adults-only, all suites, premiere all-inclusive, boutique resort that is perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoon.

Things To Do In Puerto Vallarta:

The hotel concierge can arrange many types of adventures throughout Puerto Vallarta. Here are our favorites:

Dolphin Discovery offers several swimming with the dolphins packages that allow an unforgettable experience for the entire family. These smart and adorable mammals love to interact with guests while trainers teach participants about them. Located in Aquaventuras Park, featuring 10 waterslides, a lazy river, zipline, and a climbing wall challenge. An area dedicated to little ones is also available. Open daily 10 to 5. The park offers a variety of packages, some that include food & beverages.

Vallarta Adventures excursion to YELAPA & MAJAHUITAS. The full day excursion begins with a breakfast onboard a catamaran that departs from marina vallarta. Sailing south along the Puerto Vallarta coast to the peaceful cove of Majahuitas, the catamaran stops in this isolated cove for 1.5 hours of snorkeling and kayaking. A tasty lunch follows as well as an open bar. The afternoon is spent in Yelapa where guests can choose to be beachside on lounge chairs or climb the Yelapa waterfall before hitting the beach. On the way back the bar is once again open and there is rock show on board. As a bonus we saw Whales, not guaranteed!

A few other suggestions are: Vallarta Food Tours Taco Tour, Canopy River’s River Expedition, San Sebastian and Artwalk.

Getting There:

Aeromexico offers daily service to Puerto Vallarta from several cities via Mexico City. The airline recently introduced daily service from JFK to Mexico City aboard The 787 Dreamliner. This state of the art aircraft offers a modern cabin with more oxygen, LED lighting, noise reduction technology and a much smoother ride. The aircraft is also environmentally efficient with a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and thus leaving a 20% smaller footprint. Inflight service includes full meal and beverage service and entertainment options at every seat featuring the latest movies, Netflix, and WIFI.

For the ultimate in comfort and a first class experience book a ticket in Clase Premier, which offers fully flat seats aboard The 787 Dreamliner and comfortable wide reclining seats aboard the 737-800. Enhanced meal and beverage service, priority boarding and the use of VIP lounges and partner Skyteam lounges globally.

 

 

Fashion Week Fall 17 Parties & Lounges #NYFW17 #NewYorkFashionWeek #NYFW

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017 #NYFW17 @CFDA#NYFW

This Season Fashion Week in NYC was a mix of new designers, the see now/ buy now shows, established steadfast participants like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors and unfortunately a few who moved on to digital presentations and Los Angeles like Tommy Hilfiger, Rachel Comey and Rodarte on to Paris. Here are our favorites:

The Red Dress Show:

Nicholas K:

Erin Fetherston:

 

Malan Breton:

Tadashi Shoji:

Hakan Akkaya:

Concept Korea:

Pamella Roland:

ARTISTIX By Andy Hilfiger & Greg Polisseni:

TOME Backstage for Aveda:

Marcel Ostertag:

Memere:

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Men’s Fall/Winter 17 Fashion Week #NYFWM @CFDA 

 

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Coach celebrates 75th Anniversary with Fashion Show & Party @Coach #Coach1941

To celebrate 75 years in the business and their reinvention Coach put on a Pre-Fall 17 fashion show and a massive after party complete with disco balls, 70’s automobiles, and a retro vibe where guests like Drew Barrymore, Zoe Kravitz, Emma Roberts, and Michael B. Jordan among others partied in a motel (hotel) lobby while listening to Mark Ronson at the DJ Booth. 

Cute Like Mad by Jeanette Svensk Li: Emerging Talent with a New Ethically sourced and exciting collection for SS17.

 

Launched in 2016 by Jeanette Svensk Li, who hails from Sweden and has lived and studied in San Francisco and London. “Cute Like Mad” is a brand manufactured in NYC. Inspired by “Quaintrelle”-  a woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures.

Jeanette’s collection is made in NYC with the environment in mind and with a focus on ethically sourced natural materials. In her debut season the “Cute like Mad”designer was described as an emerging talent with a rebellious yet luxurious collection of key pieces that a strong NYC woman on the go would have in her closet. A strong showing at the Nolcha Shows during NYFW and a featured designer in Fashion First Seattle, an annual fashion show featuring top designers, retailers and press from the Northwest brings “Cute Like Mad” to the forefront of fashion for 2017.

 

The Spring/Summer 17 collection color palette is a mix of greys, soft blush, black and white. Every season Jeanette incorporates a new and exclusive handmade print. The custom smoke print is shown on the Bettina dress, an on trend off the shoulder 100% silk dress perfect for day or night and on The Hedvig dress. Her pieces are designed to seamlessly mix & match and pair togetherShop Here

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Spice Island Beach Resort: A Slice of Paradise In Grenada @SpiceResort

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Spice Island Beach Resort is not your typical all- inclusive. While it is wonderful to know that all the extras are included, such as premium top shelf liquor, both in the outdoor areas and ensuite, room service, water sports, and unlimited dining, what separates Spice Island from the rest is the attentive staff, the attention to detail, and the five star service throughout the resort.

Spice Island is truly a family operation. Headed by longtime hotelier and former Grenada Tourist Board executive Sir Roy Hopkin, Lady Hopkin, Ryan Hopkin, and the heir apparent Miss Janelle Hopkin, along with long time general manager Brian Hardy. The close knit Spice Island family work together meticulously to ensure a guest experience worthy of the coveted AAA Diamond Award, only granted to six other resorts in the Caribbean and 118 resorts worldwide. in 2014, 2015 and in 2016, Spice island was awarded the Six Star Diamond award from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, and has been ranked the #1 property in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor reviews. Spice Island is also a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).

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Upon arrival guests are greeted by friendly staff with a cold drink in hand to assist with check in. The airport is less than a 10 minute ride from the resort. A big plus for guests trying to maximize vacation time without a long trek from the airport. Once checked in guests are taken to their suite  and the holiday begins.

Spice Island’s 64 suites range from the 620 square foot Oleander Garden Suites to the ultra- lux Cinnamon and  Saffron Suites, measuring 1440 square feet located directly on Grande Anse Beach, just a few feet from the water.

Our party was fortunate to be given a trio of suites to discover. My suite was the Seagrape Beach Suite (pic above), the resort’s most popular requested accommodations. Either King Size or Queen Bedrooms ideal for couples, honeymooners or families, these beachfront rooms complete with hammocks and lounge chairs, are the go- to if waking up to an ocean breeze and waves are your idea of paradise.

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Luxury Almond Pool Suite

For a more private, Villa- like experience, the Pool Suites fit the bill. The Anthurium Pool Suites measure 1200 square feet, amidst personal gardens and a plunge pool. The Luxury Almond Pool Suites are 1500 square feet in size and feature a large private pool and outdoor terraces for sunbathing and dining. The most luxurious pool suites, fit for a prince or a sheik, are the Royal Collection Pool Suites, 1500 square feet, 16’X20 pool with private cedar saunas.

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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.

http://www.undonyc.com

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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