The Curly Nikki New York City Meetup Sponsored by Mizani

Hundreds of natural hair lovers packed the Millesime Lounge at The Carlton Hotel in New York City for Curly Nikki’s first NYC meetup. The soiree was sponsored by Mizani, who featured new additions to their True Textures Collection; Curl Soft, a weightless leave-in conditioner and Curl Set, a moisturizing high hold jelly.

(From right to left) Janet Hubert, Curly Nikki, and Karyn Parsons


We were also treated by surprise celebrity guests from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” actresses Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) and Karyn Parsons (Hillary), who came to show their support.

“CurlyNikki has built an amazing network of women who are passionate about natural hair. We’re happy to champion her, and what she’s doing. It coincides with what’s important to us in the beauty industry – a passionate exchange of ideas. “

-Veronique Morrison, MIZANI’s director of education
Nikki and Mizani team member, Rod Horton
Toni Jackson-Garcia preparing to show the results of the Lacers
The model’s hair turned out nicely defined in the end. Not your traditional curl shape

In the midst of all the lovely curlies was lot’s of picture taking and even some styling. Mizani Team member, Toni Jackson-Garcia showed off a new Mizani styling tool called Lacers. These cool little thingys let you achieve defined curls/waves easily, weather your hair is straightened or naturally textured. They’re soft and comfortable too. These are supposed to be available from Mizani, although they seemed to not be available on their website currently. I smell an investigation coming on!

I was a fan of Mizani products when I was relaxed and they are steadily convincing me to try the True Textures line on my natural locks now. I was so inspired by the products and styles I saw there, I rocked big, blow-dried, braidout hair the very next week!

Dark Horse Comics’s Signing Schedule for New York Comic

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For all you comic book lovers, fans of Hellboy, Star Wars, Mass Effect, TNT’s Falling Skies, etc. Below is the autograph signing schedule from Dark Horse Comics at the upcoming New York Comic Con:

Spin the Dark Horse prize wheel for a chance to win free digital comics, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Crimson Empire bundles!

Thursday, October 13

  • 6:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!

Friday, October 14

  • 10:30 a.m. The Occultist—Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) and Jenny Frison (Criminal Macabre)
  • 11:00 a.m. Bunny in the Moon—Tara McPherson
  • 11:00 a.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 11:30 a.m. Orchid—Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman) and Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic). FREE Orchid poster featuring art by Massimo Carnevale. Ticketed event. Please talk to a Dark Horse staff member at the show.
  • 12:30 p.m. Dethklok—Jon Schnepp, Jeremy Barlow, and Nate Piekos
  • 1:30 p.m. The Immortal—Ian Edginton. FREE poster revealing never-before-seen art from the upcoming comic The Immortal, adapted from an acclaimed Japanese novel and written by Ian Edginton (Scarlet Traces, Star Trek: Early Voyages, Warhammer 40,000)
  • 2:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a The Thing movie T-shirt and free digital comics! Read the FREE digital prequel comic of The Thing now!
  • 2:30 p.m. Star Wars—Andrea Mutti. Find out what Star Wars series Andrea Mutti (Rage) will be working on at Friday’s Dark Horse panel (1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 1A15).
  • 3:30 p.m. The Massive—Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson (DMZ)
  • 4:30 p.m. Star Wars: Jedi—The Dark Side—Scott Allie and Mahmud Asrar
  • 6:30 p.m. Dr. McNinja—Christopher Hastings


Saturday, October 15

  • 10:30 a.m. Mass Effect—Mac Walters
  • 11:00 a.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 11:30 a.m. The Last Dragon—Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay. FREE face painting inspired by The Last Dragon! FREE mini print to the first one hundred people in line for the signing.
  • 12:30 p.m. House of Night—Jenny Frison. Get Marked! FREE House of Night face painting during the signing with cover artist Jenny Frison! FREE House of Night poster. And the first twenty-five people in line for the signing will receive a copy of The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P. C. Cast with Kim Doner from St. Martin’s Press!
  • 1:30 p.m. Beasts of Burden—Evan Dorkin
  • 1:30 p.m. Avatar: The Last Airbender—FREE face-painting event
  • 2:30 p.m. Dragon Age—David Gaider and Mike Laidlaw. FREE print to the first one hundred people in line to meet the lead writer and lead designer of Dragon Age!
  • 3:30 p.m. Angel & Faith—Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs
  • 4:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 4:30 p.m. Comic TBA—Brian Wood (DMZ, Demo, Northlanders) and Becky Cloonan (Demo, Pixu). Find out what Dark Horse comic Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan are going to be working on together at Friday’s Dark Horse panel (1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 1A15)!
  • 5:30 p.m. Evelyn, Evelyn—Cynthia von Buhler

Sunday, October 16

  • 10:00 a.m. Beanworld—Larry Marder
  • 10:30 a.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 11:00 a.m. Mignolaverse—Mike Mignola and John Arcudi. Ticketed event. Please talk to a Dark Horse staff member at the show.
  • 12:00 p.m. Creepy—Dan Braun. It’s trick-or-treat time, but not for the kiddos! FREE Creepy comics to the first one hundred people in line, plus an array of crazy Creepy prizes just in time for All Hallow’s Eve!
  • 1:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes of Mass Effect—Mac Walters. Mac Walters discusses the process of writing Mass Effect comics and walks through a digital preview of Mass Effect: Invasion #1.
  • 2:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
  • 2:30 p.m. Kult—Jeremy Barlow
  • 3:00 p.m. Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword—Jeremy Barlow, Paul Tobin, and Joshua Williamson
  • 4:00 p.m. Falling Skies—Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra. Are you missing Falling Skies? Talk to the creators of the preview comic and get a Falling Skies pin from TNT, while supplies last!

Keep your eyes on the Dark Horse blog for further announcements on signings, in-booth events, green-screen photo ops, and so much more!

Daisy Fuentes Spring 2012 Collection for Kohl’s

Inspired by the beauty and energy of the South of France, Daisy Fuentes’ S/S 2012 collection, available only at Kohl’s, was whirlwind of color and soft textures. I was quite impressed with the playful prints and energy of the pieces.

One can imagine wearing these looks through a weekend. From a late breakfast on the beach to casual drink after dinner. This interpretation of the cool bohemian style of St. Tropez proved electrifying.

From prints to color, I found so many of these looks wearable. This collection alone is worth making a trip to your nearest Kohl’s store.

To see other looks from the Daisy Fuentes Spring 2012 for Kohl’s, take a look at the show’s finale below

Makeup lead: Vlktorija Bowers at Kate Ryan, Inc. using Beauti Control
Hair lead: Whitney Blischke for Toni & Guy
Nails: Patti Yankee for Dashing Diva

TEEN VOGUE hosts TEEN VOGUE Haute Spot at Lincoln Center

Teen Vogue opens Haute Spot, an interactive fashion destination, and lounge at Lincoln Center, providing young fashion and beauty lovers with their own inviting, interactive environment where they can participate in fashion and beauty events created exclusively for them. The space is open to the public, Sept 8-15 from 10:30am-7:30 pm. Haute Spot will feature daily events including editor, designer and celebrity appearances, runway-inspired daily makeovers, model castings, live performances, runway show screenings, blogger lounge, fragrance bars, and more.See complete calendar listing below:

Thursday, September 8, 3PM
· Pia Toscano from American Idol performs
· TEEN VOGUE Book Signing, 4PM
Meet TEEN VOGUE Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley while she signs copies of The TEEN VOGUE Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion.


Friday, September 9, 4PM
· Declare Your Denim Seminar
Join DIY guru, Erica Domesek of P.S.-I made this… and DIY your denim.
· Shay Mitchell Meet & Greet , 4:30PM
Meet fashionable star Shay Mitchell of “Pretty Little Liars”
· A Fine Frenzy, alternative singer, songwriter and pianist, performs, 5:30PM


Saturday, September 10, 11AM-1PM
· Soyon An, American Idol stylist, stops by for a styling session.
· Jill Stuart Runway Show Screening, 2-4PM
TEEN VOGUE Fashion Director, Gloria Baume and designer, Jill Stuart will host a screening of Stuart’s runway show. Afterward, singer Sabi will guest DJ (5-6PM).
· Wynter Gordon, pop singer, performs, 6PM


Sunday, September 11, 3:15PM
· Declare Your Denim Fashion Show
Join us on the Plaza for a fashion presentation of fall’s hottest denim trends.
· Later, TEEN VOGUE’s Eva Chen discusses the hottest beauty trends with
YouTube sensations, The Fowler Sisters, Elle and Blair Fowler


Monday, September 12, 3PM
· Model Monday: Runway Coaching and Casting Call
Learn the tricks of the trade with runway coach Mac Folkes, and then strut your stuff for casting scouts from IMG Models.


Tuesday, September 13, 5PM
· Erin Fetherston Runway Show Screening
Check out Erin Fetherston’s latest runway show with an exclusive screening, hosted by TEEN VOGUE Fashion Market Editor, Mary Kate Steinmiller.


Wednesday, September 14, 3-6PM
· Tory Burch Runway Show Screening
Watch a special screening of Tory Burch’s latest runway show.
· Nikki Lane, Country music singer, performs, 6PM


Thursday, September 15, 4PM
· Phillip Lim Runway Show Screening
On the closing day of the TEEN VOGUE Haute Spot, designer Phillip Lim will treat guests to a screening of Lim’s latest runway show, hosted by TEEN VOGUE Fashion Director, Gloria Baume.


PLUS….Daily Makeovers with Maybelline New York

For more information, follow @TVHauteSpot on Twitter. These amazing and fun events take place at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts/Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

 

Stone Rose Lounge Presents Thrashin’ Week

For those of you (I know it’s probably 90% of guys) who are not into fashion week, there is an event for you. Stone Rose Lounge trades runways for ramps with the debut of Thrashin’ Week, a three-day bash that brings New York’s downtown skate scene to one of the city’s most in-demand uptown haunts. The Manhattan hotspot has partnered with Red Bull to invite the biggest names in action sports to grind through Fashion Week on a 30-foot mini ramp that will be unveiled beside the lounge’s sweeping views of Central Park and Columbus Circle. From athletes to models, everyone is invited to enjoy all-star skateboarding sessions, mini ramp contests with some of New York’s top skaters, and live musical performances from today’s’ most anticipated artists.

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Athletes attending include Billy Rohan, Nolan Lee, Quim Cardona, Luis Tolentino, Danny Falla, Taji Ameen, Leo Gutman, Willy Akers, Dave Willis, Curtis Rapp, Ron Deily, Kevin Tierney and more TBA. Musical performances by Motion City Soundtrack, Mick Boogie, Ninjasonik, Penguin Prison, Xaphoon Jones of Chiddy Bang, London Souls, Jeffrey Tonnesen, Terry Urban and more TBA.


WHERE: Stone Rose Lounge
Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10019
(Ground floor entrance)


WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 8, – Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

To RSVP for these events, visit http://www.gerberbars.com/thrashinweek/

Thrashin’ Week is brought to you by Gerber Group, Stone Rose Lounge, Red Bull, Rock the Vote, and SOUL by Ludacris

Win a Trip to Fashion Week from LOFT & US Weekly

Hello all you fashionistas, fashion obsessed and New York Fashion Week fan. Want to attend a Fashion show during the fashion holy week in New York? LOFT and US Weekly have partnered to give on person the chance to win a trip to New York City during Fashion Week. In addition, the winner will receive 2 tickets to US Weekly’s “25 Most Stylish New Yorkers Fashion Week Party” (a party I’d kill to attend), dinner at a downtown Manhattan hopspot as well as full looks from LOFT.

See some of the amazing fashions that’s coming for Spring 2012 before your friends in person, be close enough to touch the fashions and be surrounded by the energy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Visit LOFT’s facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/LOFT and enter every day through August 15th to win.

Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 and Covergirl Collection Party

The legendary Pat McGrath, makeup artist for P & G Beauty (which owns Covergirl), has once again collaborated with LeSportsac to create an 8-piece pro cosmetic bag collection. We were one of the lucky few who got to attend the Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 and Covergirl Collection Party. She is legendary and the most influential editorial and celebrity makeup artist in the known world.

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Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011
Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011
Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011

The premier collection, which debuted last year, featured two makeup bags inspired by CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara. The 2011 collection is inspired lips, specifically by the CoverGirl LipPerfection lip color collection, and features new exclusive designs and shades from LeSportsac that coordinate perfectly.

The collection ranged from the small Kiss Case to the large Professional Carry All Tote that’s large enough to hold several other pieces from the Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 collection which makes for easy travel. Though we did not get to interview Ms. McGrath at the launch event, she sweetly posed for a photo.

Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 Launch

The Covergirl beauty team was also on hand to offer makeup touchups and beauty tips to all who wanted to experience their great colors in all categories – lips, cheeks, and eyes.

Guests also got to enjoy some yummy treats (a sweet tooth’s heaven), a fantastic view of New York City and deliciously refreshing cocktails. It was the perfect backdrop to celebrate this wonderful, limited edition collection.

The collection will be sold on LeSportsac.com and at LeSportsac boutiques starting this month. Keep an eye out for a coupon for CoverGirl LipPerfection lip color with every bag purchase. What are your thoughts on this collection? Are you excited for the Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 collection?

Carol’s Daughter Spokesbeauties unveil Monoi Haircare at Sephora 34th Street

Two days ago I announced Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks and Cassie would be at Sephora to celebrate the launch of Carol’s Daughter new haircare collection – Monoi Haircare. See the announcement HERE. Well here are some photos from the event as the ladies unveiled their ads. Red carpet ran a bit behind so I didn’t get to shoot Cassie or Mary J. Blige, but Selita Ebanks and Solange Knowles are photographed in from of their posters below

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The front and interior of the 34th Street Sephora was incredibly packed when the ladies hit the red carpet as fans scrambled to catch a glimpse of the ladies and first-hand look at the new Monoi Haircare Collection placed in stand-alone kiosks featuring photos of the Spokesbeauties. We were lucky enough to have access to inside the beauty retailer to capture the kiosks photos, but all the action was outside as the ladies  took photos in front of their Monoi Haircare Collection posters

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Enjoy a few more photos from the ladies’ appearance and unveiling at Sephora 34th St
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