You’re Invited: The 2nd Annual Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival

It’s back!! A little over a year ago we attended the inaugural Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival that combined two great American loves, running and craft beer. While we didn’t participate in the running, many running aficionados did, and over 1500 attendees enjoyed unlimited tastings of beers from 15 craft breweries at Randall’s Island Park. In a few short days (13 to be exact), the 2nd Annual Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival once again takes place to the delight of runners and beer drinkers.

On Saturday, October 21st, the 2nd Annual Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival will feature unlimited tastings from Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Brewery, Bronx Brewery, Interboro Spirits and Ales, Kings County Brewers Collective, Coney Island Brewing Company, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., Brewery Ommegang, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Citizen Cider, SpikedSeltzer, SingleCut Beersmiths, Rockaway Brewing Co., and more! The day starts off with a 5K race (Check-in starts at 10 am | Race at 12 pm) with waterfront views of the NYC skyline, followed by a festival until 4 pm where attendees will also enjoy live music, brewery row, lawn games, and delicious, local food vendors such as Dom’s Mac Truck and Sweet Chili, and seating areas.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Oceanic Global, an organization that aims to educate individuals on issues impacting our oceans and provides them with solutions for driving positive change. The Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival has made a commitment to go 100% plastic free to support Oceanic Global’s mission of reducing single-use plastic consumption and oceanic pollution!

FULL EVENT DETAILS ARE BELOW:

The 2nd Annual Brew Hop 5K + Craft Beer Festival
DATE: Saturday, October 21st
TIME: Check In Starts: 10:00 AM
Race Starts: 12:00 PM
Festival: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
VENUE: Randall’s Island Park, NYC
TICKET INFO: 5K + Beer Fest: Early Bird – $59.95, Advanced – $69.95, Same Day – $79.95
Beer Fest Only: Early Bird – $44.95, Advanced – $54.95, Same Day – $64.95
TICKETS: https://goo.gl/RgfYvF

Hurry now to get $10.00 off your ticket price with code: BrewHopNYC.

Kristine Serrano & Carlos Ruiz Create Best Tequila Herradura Cocktails

What better way to celebrate the fall season, thank with an evening of witnessing a tequila cocktail battle. Tequila Herradura recently sponsored the www.liquor.com and the US Bartenders’ Guild (USBG)‘s 2017 Bartender Legends competition where regional bartenders competed for the top spot and a trip to Mexico for the final competition at Casa Herradura. The event showcased ten regional semi-finalists from the area. Kristine Serrano and Carlos Ruiz’s original tequila cocktail recipes were named the best in New York.

The Bartender Legends competition allows bartenders across the country a chance to showcase their creativity and expertise through uniquely-crafted tequila cocktails. In addition to creating their own version of the original Horseshoe Margarita, participating bartenders were tasked with creating and presenting a twist on a classic cocktail made with Tequila Herradura.

After beating out their competitors at the regional level, Serrano and Ruiz move on to the next round of the competition, where they will compete with winning bartenders from the thirteen other participating markets. As finalists, Serrano and Ruiz won an all-expense paid trip to historic Casa Herradura, the last true tequila-producing hacienda on the planet, where they will compete in the national finale.

“I’m from one of the most diverse places in the world- Queens, New York,” Serrano said. “Growing up in Queens meant embracing the traditions, food, drinks, and spirits of many different people. I feel very privileged to have so much richness and variety of culture in my neighborhood. As a bartender in Queens, I enjoy being a part of a community that takes influence from all over the world.”

Crafted Cocktail by Kristine Serrano


1.5 parts Herradura Silver
.5 part Sotol Por Siempre
.5 part Lime Juice
.5 part Pineapple Gomme Syrup
.25 part Cynar
1 Inch Slice Muddled Green Pepper
Celery Salt/ Pepper Rim
Combine all ingredients in a tin and shake. Garnish with celery salt/pepper rim. Add Pineapple leaves to glass. The celery salt/ pepper rim is 2:1 celery salt to pepper. The pineapple leaves will stick in two ways- you can freeze them to the glass (my preferred method) or you can use a small pick in the back of the leaves.

“My inspiration was to be able to combine my Peruvian heritage and Mexico,” Ruiz said. “The yellow corn commonly found in the United States pales in comparison to the shapes, sizes, and colors of the traditional maize varieties cultivated by the indigenous peoples of Mexico. The ears of corn may range from a couple of inches to a foot long, in colors that include white, red, yellow, blue, purple and black. With that said I wanted to incorporate corn in my cocktail to not only showcase Chicha Morada but also highlight how corn can be so versatile.”

Crafted Cocktail by Carlos Ruiz

2 parts Herradura Reposado
1 part Chicha Morada
0.75 part Lime Juice
0.75 part Chai syrup
1 egg white
Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and dry shake first. After, shake with ice and double strain into coupe glass that has been chilled prior. Garnish with cinnamon salt on top.

Using the finest ingredients, including local fruit variants sourced directly from the grounds of the Casa, finalists will have the opportunity to create a truly original Tequila Herradura-inspired cocktail for the chance to win it all. During the trip, bartenders will also experience a VIP distillery tour, receive brand education and training, as well as explore popular and historic Mexico attractions.

NYFW: Sherri Hill Spring-Summer 2018 Collection

When it comes to glittering formal wear that is always feminine, fashion-forward, and all around fabulous, the go-to designer is Sherri Hill. Whether you’re hitting the red carpet, the prom, or any formal occasion, this formal evening wear designer should be at the top of your list. During New York Fashion Week, the stunning Sherri Hill Spring-Summer 2018 collection of occasion dresses debuted to a packed house of editors, celebrities (both on and off the runway), and influencers.

The Sherri Hill Spring-Summer 2018 Collection started with the bold shade of red. Red exploded down the runway in satin, intricate beadwork, large florals, and fringe. Speaking of fringe, the ornamental detail dominated the collection, appearing in crop tops, long and short skirts, and gowns.

Luxe fabrics, lots of sparkles, more intricate beading, and a variety of figure-flattering silhouettes, including pants and jumpsuits, were highlighted in the popular color palette of whites, pinks, and shimmery pastels were also present throughout the collection.

While all the looks were stunning, one truly stood out to us. Our favorite look from the evening was a stunning spaghetti strap “unicorn” gown with a very dramatic slit and pastel beaded bodice.

The highlight of the Sherri Hill Spring-Summer 2018 Collection was the presence of  Actors Jamie Foxx and Keenan Wayans sitting front row.


Both men were there to support their daughters, Corinne Foxx and Nala Wayans, as they made their NYFW runway debut. You may not know this, but both Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin made their New York Fashion Week debuts in Sherri Hill fashion week shows.

The Sherri Hill collection epitomizes the fashionable lifestyle of today’s contemporary women. Each look is designed to enhance and fit the female form with fashion-forward styling and wearability. Her design career began to gain recognition when various Miss USA, Miss Universe, and Miss America contestants won titles in her gowns. Today, the Hill family business has a network of over 1,000 stores selling the brand in over 30 countries.

What are your favorite looks from the Sherri Hill Spring-Summer 2018 Collection?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Runway Photos: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images North America

Backstage/Front Row Photos: Andrew Toth /Getty Images

Nolcha NYFW: Luyang by Yanglu Spring 2018 Collection

For the past 10 years, Nolcha Shows has been giving upcoming and indie designers a chance to shine during NYFW.  To celebrate their 10th Anniversary and the Spring/Summer 2018 season, Nolcha Shows featured seven collections, one of which was the Luyang by Yanglu Spring 2018 Collection. Based in Chongqing, China, Lu Yang graduated from Sichuan Fine Art Institute with the master’s degree in Fashion Design and made his debut his Lu Yang collection in 2013. His inspiration for his Spring 2018 Collection? The act of falling in love.

The color red playing a prominent role in many of the designs. The designer uses “Love” as the theme to express the emotional feelings of deep and passionate love. A flamingo is often referred as a metaphor of loyalty and faithfulness when comes to love. The collection featured intricate folds, embroidery, printing, and hanging ribbons, all to emphasize love in its many forms.

Colors such as red, white and blue and the geometric patterns derived from the shape of the Flamingo have been incorporated and elaborated in the Luyang by Yanglu Spring 2018 Collection. The collection featured a mix and balance of function and minimalist aesthetic. Waves of folds, embroidery, printing, hanging ribbon and other techniques used in the design state love in a variety of forms and express vigorous vitality.

The collection appeals to modern city girls and encourages feelings of love at first sight. It celebrates how love can make your heart flip; how it can create the feeling of butterflies in the stomach; how it can make your mind go crazy. Love can make you passionate, innocent and pure, it can bring out the best in you. The Luyang by Yanglu Spring 2018 Collection encourages you to understand, to experience, and to love.

What are your thoughts on the Luyang by Yanglu Spring 2018 Collection? Does his collection make you think of love? Any favorite looks from the collection?

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NaturallyCurly Kicks Off NYFW with Texture On The Runway

It’s a known fact that black women are trendsetters. From our fashions to our attitudes, to our hair, our style is coveted. It was an amazing pleasure to see that unabashed style and celebration in abundance at the NaturallyCurly Texture On The Runway event, sponsored by Sally Beauty. In its third year of celebrating textured hair and hairstyles, the NYFW kick-off event invited more than 700 influencers, media, and VIPs to experience an innovative runway show and to connect with leading textured hair care brands like Aphogee, Jamaican Mango and Lime, and the hair care brands participating in the runway segment. For this event, fashion took a back seat to hair. It was all about the textured hair.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Monica Mo Stevens, Karonda Cook, and Michelle Breyer (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NaturallyCurly.com co-founder Michelle Breyer hosted the event alongside professional hair stylist Monica Stevens of MoKnowsHair, and Sally Beauty Director of Merchandising Karonda Cook. It was an evening filled with not just textures on the runway, but culture and pride on the runway as well. From luscious ‘fros and cascading waves to wild ringlets and tribal braids – Cantu, Carol’s Daughter, Creme of Nature, Curlformers™, Mielle Organics and SheaMoisture headlined the runway show, featuring their unique vision for textured hair. Highlights of the night included each brand’s original interpretations demonstrating their expertise in texture and highlighting the beauty and versatility of texture.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Dancers perform on the runway for Cantu during Texture On The Runway (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Dancers perform on the runway for Cantu during Texture On The Runway (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Dancers perform on the runway for Creme of Nature during Texture On The Runway (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

While Cantu brought an amazing series of step and tap dancers rocking the coolest of hairdos, Creme of Nature wowed with elegant brown ballerinas. Carol’s Daughter had 90’s Brooklyn style and hair in full effect and showed that when it comes to hair, you either go big or go home.

Curlformers was highlighted with the absolutely adorable Instagram stars, Anais and Mirabelle Lee; while Mielle trotted out a bevy of golden goddesses who “slayed” the runway from beginning to end.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Anais and Mirabelle Lee walk the runway for CurlFormers during Texture On The Runway (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Models walk the runway for Mielle during Texture On The Runway (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

Last but certainly not least was SheaMoisture brought the house down with textured hairstyle fit for a queen (keep an eye out for their crowning glory “Egyptian crown” hairstyle).

 

We had a wonderful time and look forward to attending again next year. What did you think of these textured hairstyles? Any favorite styles from the Texture On The Runway show?

You’re Invited to Experience TechStyle NYC During NYFW

Hello fellow fashion lovers, ever wish you could participate in at least once new york fashion week event? Thanks to TechStyle NYC, you can. TechStyle NYC opens its doors to an all-day, influencer, media, and select guests-only event, on September 12th, a perfect event to help close out NYFW. This amazing brand showcase promises 3D printed garments, fashion forward apps, and new ways to accessorize your favorite wearables.

Located in a fashion-week friendly venue set suitably between Skylight Clarkson Square and Milk Studios, several very cool brands will highlight their goods and services at TechStyle NYC under the theme of sustainability.  Attendees will be enlightened to the likes of such innovative brands as Venia Collection, a contemporary design studio leveraging advancements in Virtual Reality and 3D Printing. They are the go-to for popularizing the possibilities of creating clothing using only 100% sustainable fibers to curate the best possible product for you and the environment. Guests are encouraged to interact with featured brands at the event, and via social media platforms. There will be plenty of activities to Instagram, Tweet, and Snapchat about.

Now in its 7th year, TechStyle NYC has always celebrated the New, Now and Next in the fashion, beauty, tech, and lifestyle industries. With tech fully immersing itself into the fashion realm, TechStyle NYC event is a must to attend, especially if you love innovation.

All these good things will take place at the lofts at Prince Street (177 Prince Street) in the Penthouse and Roof Deck. The open showcase of the brands will be held from 12-7pm on Tuesday 9/12/17. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://txtyl.nyc/sustain.  For more go to www.techstyle.nyc, follow the feed at #TechStyleNYC, @TechStyleNYC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and share your experience on Snapchat at TechStyle_NYC.

Will you be attending this innovative event during New York Fashion Week?

NYFW the Shows: Pamella Roland Spring 2018 Collection

There’s a quote by American Fashion Designer, Elizabeth Hawes that goes, “The French legend is a very simple one. All really beautiful clothes are designed in the houses of the French couturiers and all women want these clothes.” That is what was brought to our minds as we relished in the stunning Pamella Roland Spring 2018 Collection during NYFW.  Our first runway show of the season definitely started with a very breathtaking bang as we watched the 33-look collection beautifully glide down the runway.

No surprise what this quote popped into our minds as the effervescent Pamella Roland Spring 2018 Collection is inspired by the French Riviera. An ode to the glamorous seaside town of Monte Carlo, the Pamella Roland Spring 2018 Collection featured hand draped tulle ball gowns and clean streamlined silhouettes that we’re sure Princess Grace Kelly would covet. Looks were decorated in intricate metallic fringe, crystal, and sequin firework motifs, 3-D degrade embroidered scalloping, fabric manipulated flowers, and feather plumes.

Much of the magic and glamour you find in Monte Carlo was celebrated in the ombre Mikado, pleated tulle, and embroidered lace that made up the sea of luxurious fabrics you see above. The collection’s color palette boasted royal tones of cobalt, navy, and aqua (very much like the tones of the Côte d’Azur coastline) that seamlessly briefly sparked to hues of fuchsia, then paled down to elegant blush and lilac.

The collection also featured high low gowns, capes, lots of layered tulle, and bow details that rounded out a collection fit for a princess or glamorous Hollywood starlet. Some of our favorite looks from Pamella Roland (we’ve had a difficult time narrowing it down to three) include the sensuous blush and fuschia ombre Mikado draped cocktail dress, the lilac, and white ostrich feather cocktail dress with pleated tulle waistband, and the lilac high low gown with hand draped tulle.

Do you have any favorite looks from the Pamella Roland Spring 2018 Collection? Share them with us and have a wonderful fashion-filled week.

 

Photos by IMAXTREE.COM courtesy of FashionGPS

You’re Invited: The 5th Annual Craft Spirits Celebration

Calling all alcohol connoisseurs and craft spirit aficionados, have we got a great event for you to attend. Are you ready for an evening of flowing alcohol? The 10-day countdown is on for the 5th Annual Craft Spirits Celebration, where a variety of over 30, hand-selected spirit brands and over 100 expressions that represent a wide array of craft alcohol offerings from around the world, will showcase their spirits.

For the fifth year in a row, online spirits club, Flaviar, brings together distillers, connoisseurs, and craft spirit fans to a tasting journey that spans the globe with the Craft Spirits Celebration. With a theme of “Tasting is Believing”, the event, which will be held on September 14th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Houston Hall, promises to not only have you enjoy samplings of the spirits, you will learn all about those spirits directly from the people behind the brands. Get ready for an evening of tasting rare, exclusive alcohol offerings from global powerhouses such as Oban, Woodford Reserve and Dictador to small craft producers such as FEW, WhistlePig and Ilegal Mezcal.

“The Craft Spirits Celebration is all about bringing together people to explore fine spirits and connect with the community of like-minded people,” said Grisa Soba, co-founder of Flaviar. “Our Flaviar community gives us the ability to source spirits that they would not be able to get their hands on otherwise. In addition, we have been fortunate enough to be able to develop our own private bottlings as an exclusive offer, thus expanding the tasting experience.”

What other amazing things you can experience at the 5th Annual Craft Spirits Celebration event? A Glencairn Whisky Glass, Boozy Photo Booth, Cohiba Cigars, and food pairings. Tickets for the exclusive September 14th event are on sale now and are available in five tiers. Available tickets include:

  • Flavier Friends Exclusive Ticket – $79.00 (exclusive to existing Flavier members)
  • Discount for Duo: $120.00
  • Aficionado (including 3 months Flavier membership – a $60.00 value) – $120.00
  • Connoisseur (including 12 months Flavier membership – a $240.00 value) – $260.00
  • General Admission – $100.00

To purchase any of these tickets, head over to www.flaviar.com/craft-spirits-celebration and select your desired ticket.