NYC Event Alert | Sandra Bernhard & Lea DeLaria Join Kiehl’s for Karaoke to Celebrate Ali Forney Center

Calling all singers, extroverts, and those of you who need a little bit of libation for courage to sing in public. Kiehl’s Since 1851 has an amazing event coming up to honor The Ali Forney Center and to celebrate its new Hell’s Kitchen Store and Barber Shop with Karaoke and Caroling.
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With Ladyfag as the Emcee and performances by Sandra Bernhard (comedienne, singer and actress), Lea DeLaria (singer, actress: “Orange Is The New Black”), and Betty Who (singer-songwriter), this event is sure to be another amazing Kiehl’s production. In its continued effort to give back to the communities in which it does business, Kiehl’s will donate $10,000 to The Ali Forney Center at the event which begins with a ribbon-cutting and check presentation to the center at 7:30 pm (the first 50 guests receiving a Mystery Gift Card from Kiehl’s, which could be worth $10, $25, $50, $100, $500, or $1,000) and continues on until 9 pm with karaoke open to all, and surprise celebrity performances. During the event the best-dressed and most festive holiday ensemble will win a year’s supply of Kiehl’s (retail value $1,000) while enjoying refreshments from Magnolia Bakery and Vita Coco. The event takes place at the new Kiehl’s Since 1851 Hells Kitchen location at  678 Ninth Ave at 47th St.

About The Ali Forney Center (AFC) 
Founded in 2002, AFC is the largest agency dedicated to serving homeless and runaway LGBT youth in New York City and in the nation. Our mission is to help homeless LGBT youth ages 16-24 to be safe, thrive, and become independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood by providing housing and a continuum of supportive and clinical services, in an effort to prepare them for successful independent living. On a typical day, AFC’s programming reaches nearly 300 homeless LGBT youth and over 1,000 unduplicated clients each year.

The Ali Forney Center was founded in honor of Ali Forney, a transgender teen, who was very familiar with the plight of homeless LGBT youth. Rejected by his parents, Ali ended up on the streets and turned to prostitution at age 13. Carl Siciliano first met Ali when he was 17 years old, when despite his troubles he was dedicated to advocating for the safety of other homeless LGBT youth. Ali was a committed HIV prevention worker, and aggressively advocated that the NYPD investigate a series of murders of the homeless transgender teens he had befriended. Ali was an inspiration to those who knew him. Tragically, in December of 1997, Ali was murdered on the streets. Committed to preventing further tragedies like Ali’s, Carl Siciliano and others founded the Ali Forney Center.

Triple Threat Tech | Samsung Launches Galaxy Gear, Galaxy Note 3 & Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition

Samsung continues to innovate the way we interact with our mobile devices by introducing three devices you didn’t know you needed – Galaxy Gear, Galaxy Note 3, & Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. The first wearable smartphone, Galaxy Gear™ is a tech and sci-fi fanatic’s dream come true, a wrist communicator. Anyone who’s been a fan of Dick Tracy, Transformers, Star Trek, Knight Rider, or Power Rangers has fantasized about owning a wrist communicator of their very own and now thanks to Samsung, they have seen their childhood dream come true with the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
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The Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch 320×320-pixel, super AMOLED screen surrounded by a modern metal frame, is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM and includes a 1.9-megapixel camera embedded into the rubberized watchband (which is available in six different colors, including my favorite, a Rosegold metal frame with a white band. With the Galaxy Gear, users can control their music, get discreet notifications of incoming calls, messages, and more in real time, hands-free calling directly from the Gear, S Voice™ access and so much more. Other features include Smart Lock (automatically unlock or lock Galaxy Note 3 with Galaxy Gear if it is more than 1.5 meters away from the smartphone), Find My Device (use your Galaxy Gear to locate Galaxy Note 3 and vice versa), Memographer, Voice Memo, approximately 70 optimized apps such as MyFitnessPal and RunKeeperis to track your nutrition and exercise, Pinterest, Evernote, etc. For now the Galaxy Gear can only be used with the Galaxy Note 3 but upcoming software update will allow you to pair it with the Galaxy S4 and Note 2.

And speaking of the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung continues to expand on the popularity of it’s range of Note devices with their Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a wider, full HD Super AMOLED display (5.7inch), a slimmer (8.3mm) and lighter (168g) overall design with a soft and textured-touch back cover, delicate stitching and serration pattern on the side; it features a faster and more powerful performance (boasting the largest 3GB RAM) with a longer lasting (3,200mAh) battery.

With the S Pen, you van accomplish everyday tasks with just one click. Samsung reinvents and modernizes the classic note-taking experience with Air Command (removes the need to toggle between screens, memorize commands or look up different menus), Action Memo (convert a handwritten note to formatted content, initiate a call, add to contacts, look up an address on a map, search the web, save a task to a to-do list), Screen Write (captures the full screen image of the current page, write comments and additional information onto the captured image), S Finder (expansively search for any content on the device), Pen Window (draw sketches, write notes, and open a small application window for a true multitasking experience), Drag and Drop (easily drag and drop content such as a text or image from one window), along with the features described in the Galaxy Gear and so much more.

With the success of the the integration of S Pen™ in last’s year’s Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung introduces improved S Pen capabilities, vibrant display and an updated Multi-Window functionality with the new The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition.

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Boasting a large, Super Clear LCD display (the 2,560 x 1,600 pixel WQXGA display contains over 4 million pixels) with brighter colors and more lifelike graphics, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition changes how you use your tablet. Enhanced multitasking allows you to seamlessly use two different apps side-by-side and easily drag and drop content from one window to another. The updated S Pen features several shortcuts and productivity tools and just like the Galaxy Note 3, features Air Command, Action Memo, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window, S Note and Scrapbooker (the S Pen lets you organize content you find interesting and places it into individualized scrapbooks). Samsung introduces a new magazine-style user interface called My Magazine that allows you to organize the latest news, social feeds and localized content in an easy-to-use, personalized dashboard.

 

Fashion & Function – Cell phone Accessories for Her

We’re always on the look out for cool, fashionable accessories that are functional especially when it comes to our lifeline – our cell phones. With that said, I’m happy to introduce you to three very cool cell phone accessories that are very fashionable and solve some issues we face every day. Just add these items to your handbag and you’re all set for a day with no cell phone issues.Trellie

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I love carrying big handbags, as I’ve said numerous times, and I always keep my cellphone in my handbag. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you how many cellphone calls I’ve missed because I don’t hear my cell phone ring or see it flashing when I receive a call. That is until I was introduced to an amazing little device called the Trellie. What is this cool new must-have? Trellie is an ultra-simple, handbag accessory that notifies you of an incoming (or missed) call through bright flashing LED lights. No more fumbling through your handbag because you thought you heard your cell phone ring. If your Trellie is flashing, you know you have a call, if it isn’t, you know it’s not your phone. Trellie is also very easy to set up – just pair it with your cellphone via Bluetooth one time and hook it on your bag. Charging is never required as Trellie runs on “AAA” batteries. The Trellie comes in silver or gold and retails for $49.99 on http://trellie.com/shop/.

PhoneFetcher

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Do you find that you constantly lose your phone in your huge handbag? Maybe it falls to the bottom or you forget on which side of your roomy bag you put it in. With PhoneFetcher, you will always be able to find your cell phone in your bag when you need it whether your bag is an everyday purse, backpack, gym bag, etc. The PhoneFetcher features a headphone jack with a snug fit to ensure your phone will not fall out plus leaving the PhoneFetcher hanging out of your bag will remind you that you do not have your phone with you. The “Bling” PhoneFetcher is available in nine colors and retails for $14.99 and the “sport” is also available in none color but retails for $12.99. Get your own at www.phonefetcher.com.

Jellyfish Go-Go Juice Power Charger

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We all hate being caught out and about with a dying cellphone battery and no charger. The answer is of course a portable charger that you can take with you anyway for quick recharging. For those who want to keep the fashion aspect  in your portable charger, say hello to the Jellyfish Go-Go Juice Power Charger. This compact design is lightweight and fits easily in your pocket or backpack and features a 2200 mAh battery that provides up to a full phone charge and 6-8 hours additional talk time. It has both Micro and USB portals for universal use with various tablets and smartphones, LED Battery level indicator lights, and built-in LED Flashlight. It shuts off automatically when not in use and will retain a full charge up to 1 year. The Go-Go Juice charger comes in four colors and retails for $39.99 at http://www.jellyfishbuzz.com/power-collection/.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Twisted Shotz

My favorite thing about being a Blogger continues to be discovering and sharing amazing new brands and products. I previously wrote about attending the 2013 Holiday Buying Show and discovering some delicious spirits. One of the most fun and innovative alcohol brands I discovered at the show was Twisted Shotz.
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What exactly are Twisted Shotz? They are delicious, bartender-quality mixed drinks that offer TWO great flavors in one Twisted Shot! The liqueurs are held separately in each divided shot glass ready for your enjoyment. Indulge in such delicious shots as Porn Stara Raspberry Vodka and Blue Curacao Liqueur, Sex on the Beacha Banana/Pear Liqueur and Cream Liqueur, Buttery NippleButterscotch Vodka and Vanilla Cream Vodka, etc. There are several delicious cocktail options to enjoy. These must-try shots are available in a 4-pack and part of a party pack. Get to know all the delicious twisted combinations from Twisted Shotz.
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Just in time for the holiday season, Twisted Shotz introduces Polar Bear – a sensational combination of Peppermint and White Chocolate Cream Liqueur. Want to get some for your next party? Just click on Find Twisted Shotz to see retailers near you.

 

Priyanka Chopra Becomes the New Face of GUESS

Bollywood Icon, Priyanka Chopra Becomes the New Face of GUESS

GUESS unveils their Holiday 2013 advertising campaign featuring the multiple award-winning, Bollywood icon, Priyanka Chopra. Priyanka, former Miss World 2000, actress, and recording artist, is one of the most recognized and celebrated Indian film actresses (you can currently hear her as the voice of Ishani, the reigning Pan-Asian champion from India in Disney Animation Studios’s film Planes). In the campaign, Priyanka portrays a movie star at home in an elegant Mediterranean villa wearing some of the season’s most stand-out dresses.
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Guided by Paul Marciano, Creative Director for GUESS?, Inc., and shot by former GUESS collaborator and musician, Bryan Adams, the campaign captures Priyanka’s free-spirited glamour in a collection of signature black and white photographs. “Priyanka’s confidence, strength, and sensuality reflect the qualities I always look for in a model,” said Marciano. “Priyanka reminds me of the young Sophia Loren and the top actresses of the 1950s. With the Indian movie industry exploding on a global stage, and GUESS having a brand presence in 87 countries, we could not have found a better global brand ambassador. Choosing Priyanka reinforces our celebration of multi-talented, dynamic and accomplished women.”

The campaign is stunningly beautiful. Looking at the images, I can’t help but think she’s channeling Brigitte Bardot or Sophia Loren. It’s great to see GUESS move from their typical “blond bombshell” to a “brown bombshell”. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Priyanka (see video interview below) at the GUESS and Marciano Spring 2014 Press Preview (she graciously posed me for in the floral printed dress she’s wearing in one of the campaign photos). Although she’s represented many popular brands such as Pepsi, Nokia, Garnier, etc, GUESS is the first US fashion label she’s worked with.

“For as long as I can remember, GUESS has been at the epicenter of fashion for women. I am honored to be face of the GUESS brand and this iconic holiday campaign. GUESS is aspirational, inspirational and so relatable to women from across the world and I think this is a remarkable opportunity which in its own way, erases boundaries and makes the world a smaller place. When you look good, you feel great…and to me, that’s what Paul Marciano captured in these pictures and what GUESS is all about.”

Check out the video of the interview below:

Know Thyself & Live Better w/ the UP by Jawbone Wristband

It’s a safe bet to say that the more you know about yourself, the happier and healthier you will be because you will know what is best for you. That is the idea behind the UP by Jawbone Wristband . This brilliant and fashionable little wristband that is available in three sizes (S, M and L), is a perfect example of wearable technology. It keeps you updated on what’s happening with you, instantly! Keep tabs on your sleep patterns, your activities, and what you’re eating.
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UP by Jawbone is designed to be comfortable enough to be worn 24/7 and to fit seamlessly in your life and daily activities no matter how laid back or active they may be. Available in eight colors (onyx, mint green, blue, light grey, navy blue, red, orange and hunter green), UP is a astute combination of engineering and design, custom-made for how we live – the result is an intelligent computer wrapped around your wrist recording all pertinent information for a healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re sleeping, running errands or at the gym, UP is right there with you.

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To complement your UP Wrist Band, Jawbone provides an app that allows you to track your weight, map activities like bike rides, provides access to an extensive food library and also provides a detailed view on your UP sleep, movement, mood data, etc. Along with the above mentioned, UP also reminds you to move if you’ve been idle for too long, is water resistant no there’s no worries about removing it when showering, shows you patterns in your day-to-day activities, has a smart alarm to have you wake up feeling refreshed, along with other cool features.

UP bands retail for $129.99 and are available online on the Jawbone Store and Authorized Retailers.

Shine Bright Like a Forever Brilliant Moissanite

They say “a diamond is forever” but paying for it shouldn’t have to be. What if you can get the beauty, brilliance and of a diamond without the lifetime of paying. That is the beauty of the Forever Brilliant Moissanite gemstone, an enhanced round by Charles and Colvard that is created through a thermal growing process exclusive to the company. It’s process of creation also makes Moissanite an environmentally friendly gemstone. Unlike diamonds, which are extracted from the earth, no harm is done to our planet to cultivate Moissanite.
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The Forever Brilliant gemstone is up to four times whiter than traditional Moissanite, making it’s refraction utterly brilliant and 10% more brilliant than a diamond. And at one-tenth the cost of a diamond, you get the most brilliant stone for any budget. Don’t mistake the Forever Brilliant Moissanite for a diamond substitute, it is its own jewel, a beautiful combination of art and science that will rival its competition.

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Several other media outlets were invited to test our skills and take the Forever Brilliant Challenge and choose which stone out of six was the diamond and which were the Moissanite. Needless to say NOT one of us selected the diamond, proving that this stunning stone exceeds all expectations in the five C’s.

 

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More durable then sapphires, rubies and emerald, the Forever Brilliant Moissanite is one of the hardest gemstones on earth while outshining other colorless gems. So say goodbye to the old 3-month salary rule when it comes to purchasing engagement rings, anniversary or other special occasion jewelry because with Moissanite, you don’t have to compromise quality, size, or style to fit your budget.

Shopping NYC | Up to 30% Off Gucci, Hermes, Loubs – You determine the Discount

Hello fellow shoppers, I know we all love and are always on the lookout for a great deal. Well do I have an amazing way to get more savings for you. Imagine shopping where you control how much you save. There’s a famous quote that goes “there is power in numbers”, and with the new shopping app, Plurro, that statement holds true.

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What exactly is this new amazing app? Plurro is a brand new way to shop and get discounts on brands that you love. As a consumer, the app gives YOU the power to create a Cash Mob (the more people attend, the higher the discount for everybody) at any business that has a profile in the Plurro system. Get your friends, colleagues, social media followers and other deal lovers to sign up to attend a Cash Mob and watch the discount get higher and higher. Imagine the savings of Black Friday, Every Day!! Here’s a quick demo video showing how Plurro works:

Plurro is doing their first Cash Mob tomorrow, August 1st, at vintage store, Second Time Around, located at 238 West 72nd Street. From 4pm to 8pm, the Plurro Cash Mob will take over Second Time Around to bestow huge discounts to you on brands like Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik, Louboutin and more! The guaranteed discount is 20% off right now; but it will climb to 25% if 25 people sign on to join the cash mob and goes to 30% off if 50 or more people join. Anyone can join this Cash Mob, just download the Free Plurro App available both on www.plurro.com and for iPhone in the App Store and head on over to Second Time Around.

Want to get started on setting up a Cash Mob of your own? You can set up a Cash Mob four hours from now or four days from now, it’s totally up to you. And it’s not limited to just fashion either; create a Cash Mob for dinner, movies, or a spa treatment – you decide where, when, and how much your discount will be.

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Plurro allows users to get huge discounts and save a ton of money by finding other people who want to shop where they love to shop, eat where they love to eat, or play where they love to play. That’s what the Cash Mob is all about. The more people who come to the Cash Mob, the bigger the discount everyone gets. Plurro is available on the Web at www.plurro.com and for iPhone in the App Store.

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