And I must have it (so you know I’ve already entered). LOFT’s has announced a fabulous Spring Sweeps (ignore what’s going on outside). One of us (hope its me) will win a pair of LOFT’s MUST-HAVE BOOTIE, a stylish peep-toe.
LeSportsac recently held a celebration for the launch of the limited edition COVERGIRL for LeSportSac cosmetic bags, designed in collaboration with legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath at the LeSportsac Soho Flagship Store
As you can see they make a great addiction to the existing LeSportSac collection; both will be available at LeSportSac.com (the PAT is available online now, the PAGE is coming soon).
I’m looking forward to more being added to this collection soon.
Celebrity Stylist Extraordinaire, Red Carpet Aficionado and now host of his own show, The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi hosted his third The Future of Fashion Retreat for the fashion elite to relax and unwind in between the mad dashes to shows. We, lucky few, were treated to “Blowouts from PHYTO’s professional hair stylist, Manicures from Ginger+Liz, Make-up touch ups from Jouer Cosmetics (all were too busy so I never got a chance to enjoy), New ABSOLUT Berri Acai cocktails, Healthy lunches & recovery kits from Blue Print Cleanse, SmartWater & the new VitaminWater Zero, Aluminum bottles from Coca-Cola, Rock & Republic Jeans (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE), ShatoBu Shapewear Bar (heaven), Vans custom shoe station (I never got a chance to try it out), Shades from Carrera (I never got to check these out either) and one-on-one fittings to find your perfect bra size from Maidenform” and a few more treats.
Before I go into detail on my gifting experience, let’s find out a bit more on this amazing retreat (and a few other tidbits) from the man who created it – Robert Verdi. Although I didn’t get to experience every aspect, Robert Verdi does go into great detail the brands featured in his retreat.
Now, my first stop was to Popcorn, Indiana. I must say that Kettle Corn is my favorite and as you can see below, there was plenty of it to enjoy.
I then ventured to the private boudoir to get fitted for my perfect bra size by Maidenform thanks to Nicole. I found out some very interesting things including the fact that I have to get rid of most of the bras I own as they are the wrong size.
I was introduced to a new bra guaranteed to give you two cup sizes instantly – as many of you may know that is something I don’t need so Nicole introduced me to the custom fit bra. I asked her the one question that all women should know the answer but don’t – because I didn’t
My next stop was to sample the fantastic and healthy food and drinks from BPC (Blue Print Cleanse). I loved the Spicy Lemonade and Cashew Milk from BPC and the amazing cocktail made with Absolut Berri Acai (a delicious combination of Acai, Blueberry, and Pomegranate)
Then it was off to the Rock & Republic Denim bar to find a new pair of favorite jeans. Rock & Republic is a luxurious denim brand who makes “must have” jeans and has recently branched out into the Cosmetics market to join their handbag and accessories lines.
My favorite were these embellished skinny jeans (UPDATE: the jeans are called F#@k Me B#@!H)
Then I was introduced to what could possibly be my new best friend – The ShāToBu™ Shaper, the workout you wear. ShāToBu™ burns up to 12% more daily calorie- that is my type of workout. “Designed to be worn all day, every day, ShāToBu™ offers enough resistance in the bands to provide a significant toning and burning effect”. I welcome the challenge to these thighs of mine.
And although I didn’t get to personally try out the Carrera Sunglasses which has been around since 1956 and has made quite a comeback thanks in part to Lady Gaga and other celebs, in my interview with Robert Verdi, he does talk about them and I do have a photo (thanks to a friend).
What do you think of the items we saw at the Robert Verdi’s The Future of Fashion Retreat? Any favorites you’ll be keeping an eye out for?
As I mentioned in my post on the NYIGF, there were companies from around the world showcasing their products. I had the pleasure of getting to know a few like Handbag Butler of Australia. Handbag Butler is a chic, foldable hanger that can be attached to a tabletop to keep you handbag out of harm’s way. (like a dirty floor) Launched in Australia in October 2008, the Handbag Butler has given women the freedom to dine in style without putting their purse in peril.
Handbag Butler comes in 25 unique styles in three very elegant collections – Printed Collection, Sparkle Collection and Crystal Collection (click on each Handbag Butler to see a more detailed view). I love the elegant beauty of the Printed Collection, the Swirl, the Butterfly and Tinker being my favs in this collection. They are so feminine and ornate. My other favorite is from the dazzling Sparkle Collection, which is so opulent; in fact it is from this collection that I found my own Handbag Butler – The Rose Petal
Now I know there are a few people in the market with this must have accessory but Handbag Butler stood out to me, not just because of their designs and beauty but their packaging as well. I ask, what do you do with your Handbag Butler when it’s not in use? Just put it in it’s little holder which is so adorable. And that holder comes in an intricately decorated – utterly adorable
Unfortunately, Handbag Butler isn’t available in US Stores as yet (I’m sure that will change soon after showing at the NYIGF) but you are able to order via their website. The Printed and Crystal Collections retail for $24.95 USD each and the Sparkle Collection retails for $29.95 USD. Funny thing, I’ve seen less beautiful pieces for much more. Trust me, go with the Handbag Butler.
As before, I got a chance to speak with the owner – Ana Slavka
****UPDATE – In approx 5 weeks, Handbag Butler will be available in about 20 shops in the US. For now it is available at “Lee’s Art Shop”, located at 220 West 57th Street . Happy Shopping.
I was already familiar with the collection by covering their launch event at Norwood but this time I had the pleasure of not only meeting Victor Sabido but also got a first-hand introduction to his Sabido & Basteris Luxury jewelry collection.
Victor personally walked me through his new pieces which I immediately fell head over heels for. To refresh your memory, Sabido & Basteris uses cutting edge technology to dye silver using natural materials to create colorful ribbons of silver thread. Inspired by the beauty of the Mayan Temples, the ribbons are woven into the gorgeous pieces you see here
My absolute favorite pieces (the earrings, the ring which I had to try on and the necklace) are featured below, yes those beautiful pieces you see below are dyed woven silver thread; it is actually quite light and pliable to the touch; the pieces also have movement, they are not stiff at all. Every one of the Sabido & Basteris’s jewelry pieces are stand outs. One piece (any one piece) would be the perfect accessory to make your look come alive.
Now, I cannot write about Sabido & Basteris without mentioning his luxe and grown-up friendship bracelets (which we had the pleasure of receiving at the Norwood launch). Aren’t they incredibly cute? I love the bright new colors and want one ( it’s a great look when you double and triple wear them).
As stated above, I got a chance to learn about and see the collection from Mr. Sabido Basteris himself – check out the video below
As we walked around enjoying taking in the beauty of the pieces, enjoying champagne and the tasty hors d’oeuvres, we were told of the concept of the collection. Inspired by the Mayan Temples, designer, and creator, Victor Sabido Basteris rediscovered the art of using natural materials to create color. “Sabido & Basteris combines fine jewelry design with cutting edge technology to dye silver using natural materials to create ribbons of rainbows. The line is distinguished by brilliant colors and silver thread that is weft in a completely unique way.”. The eco-friendly and sustainable line not only featured silver but also a mix of materials such as gold, leather, precious stones (as well as stones indigenous to various countries), wood and crystal creating the beauty that you see above. I expect to see the Sabido and Basteris pieces very soon on the red carpet.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to meet the designer as we had another event to attend (always another event) but on our way out we were gifted with a beautiful friendship bracelet like the ones featured below:
There was one piece that made me speechless but alas I didn’t take a photo and thankfully a quick search brought it up. I won’t call it a necklace, it is just a gorgeous piece of artwork
In celebration of Barbie’s 50th Anniversary, Bloomingdales 59th Street has about 120 Barbies on display this month. You can see the original Barbie and all the Barbies from then on to today displayed on the 3rd floor of Bloomingdales. The spectacular retrospective features Barbie dolls from the five decades, in six categories: Heritage, Careers, Celebrities, designers, Pop Culture/Fantasy, and the Barbie fashion Model Collection. You can also purchase Barbie clothing for the grown up little girl in your life (even if that little girl is you). I got a few photos of my favorites below:
Some of my favorites were the more elaborately dressed Barbies from the Pop Culture/Fantasy collection
but you couldn’t help but love each one for its individual style, details, and fabulous accessories
and last but certainly not least, we can’t forget the classic Barbies, the original doll so many fell in love with
We shared our favorites with you, now tell us, do you have a favorite Barbie doll? Are you a lucky collector who lives, breathes and worship Barbie, then head over to this amazing display honoring everyone’s favorite doll and fashion icon. We’re not blessed with many (we only have two), but they are in pristine condition and we mean them to stay that way.
Before I start, I must say congrats to my good friend Indashio for winning VH1’s Glam God with Vivica A Fox. You go baby and don’t let the negative people spoil your love of your job.
Back to the event. As October is Breast Cancer Month, you know there are Breast Cancer Events going on. I attended one hosted by the Cosmedical Spa, Smooth Synergy. It was originally supposed to be cruise around New York but because they got more RSVPs than expected, they moved the entire event to Mansion. An email was sent out the night before the event but some people got it the same day as the event (which is unfortunate – I will explain a bit later). Anyway, the event was being hosted by Christian Michael de Medici and sponsored by The Daily (Fashion Week Daily to the layman)
(yes, from THAT de Medici family), who has his own reality show called POPLIFE: The Adventures of a de Medici. At the event, they stated the show airs on MTV, I assumed MTV Europe. Anyway, as soon as you walk in, there are pap-type photogs waiting and you’re asked to post against this step and repeat
I of course followed direction, Angelique* on the other hand is not fond of taking pictures, so she passed. Afterwards, you check in with these two lovely ladies,
given a gift bag ticket as well as a drink ticket (this part surprised us as the invitation stated open bar but as said before, the change of venue notice said they expecting much more people than before, so I guess the open bar was now limited to one drink. I’m not that big a drinker (I usually stay at 2 drinks at an event) and Angelique* doesn’t drink alcohol (yes, really) except for one curious moment with a glass of Sangria (which she didn’t like) LOL. So of course, neither of us minded, it’s for a great cause and we were ready to battle to crowd for a good spot, we were however intrigued to see what we’d get in the gift bags considering Angelique* has previously searched for Gifts for cancer patients for some motivational and heartwarming presents for our mutual friends that are unfortunately battling with different cancers at the moment. Anyway, we walk into the main hall of Mansion to the screens showcasing this (they will later show snippets from POPLIFE: The Adventures of a de Medici)
Unfortunately, the guests seem very scarce but it’s still early yet. We join Kim and her friend Allison, Marisol and her brother (all we’ve met before), so we sit and chit chat about the past events we attended, the future events we will attend, the lack of people at this event, the hors d’oeuvres, world news, etc, etc. Then Angelique* and I got our one drink (mine was pretty powerful, so I’m glad it’s only one). Several minutes later, Christian de Medici introduces himself and he begins the auction (did I forget that there is an auction……well, there is an auction, there I mentioned it. It is a charitable event after all).
Not everything up for auction was available to take photos, except the artwork (no the horn in the back is not a part of it)
which this gentleman and his wife purchase one (they are the owners of Smooth Synergy)
The other painting was purchased by this man
who also walked away with a fashion Week in Paris trip worth $45,000 for ONLY $3,000. YES, REALLY! The package included a roundtrip for two on a private jet, front row tickets to Paris fashion Week with Christian de Medici, of course hotel. $3,000, I’ll say it again $3,000. I almost past out. Oh god, I wish, I wish that was me. The whole event was like a sale (I think he bought something else too but I can’t remember).
Imagine a free hotel stay for ANY W Hotel in the world – how much would you expect that to cost and where would you go? It was valued at $10,000. The winning bid did not spend that much – at all.
There was also a botox and restylane packages worth thousand that went for like $300, a trip for two to Miami and Los Angeles that went for nothing. Kim, Angelique*, Marisol and I all turned a very deep shade of envy green that night. The reason for the rock bottom prices? As I stated before, guests were very scarce at this event. I think not everyone got the new location email that was sent out. So everything had to go to at least get some money for the organization. I’m just happy at least some money was made. I wish I had a lot of my own to bid (on the Paris trip) but not everyone is as lucky as others in this struggling economy..sigh……
Anyway, at about midnight or 1 am (who can remember), the club officially changed from charity event host location to full on club. The transition was made by them (guess I’d have to be a straight man to get the concept but whatever)
The last part of the evening is of course gift bag time, and here it is
*Some names have been changed to protect the permanently shy and those possibly under witness protection
UPDATE: It seems the elusive “Christian Michael de Medici” has been caught, click here for news update: http://www.wfaa.com/news/Suspect-nabbed-in–82325612.html