Estelle Hosts H & M Event “Fashion Against Aids”

H & M and Designers Against Aids teamed up together to create the Fashion Against Aids Collection and celebrate the newest H & M store on 86th Street and Lexington hosted by singing sensation, Estelle.

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Dave was already at the location with Stephon, another friend of ours.

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Kim and I arrived about twenty minutes after it started to find press photog and other media at the red carpet waiting for the celeb guests. I invited a young friend of mine, Matt, who helped me move (he’s an aspiring model), so I thought he might enjoy this event (it also was a good way to pay him back for helping me). And it so was (I will post a pic of him a bit later).

After we checked in, Kim and I walked into the new location to find some very fierce fashion on the first floor including my friend Indashio (which you might remember as the winner of the VH1 Show “Glam God” hosted by Vivica A. Fox)

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The fabulous Andre J

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and some other very fashionable people

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We went upstairs to find the second floor was the party floor. It was very crowded, hors d’oeuvres were being passed around and the bars were packed

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The very cute “Fashion Against Aids” t-shirts (designed by Cyndi Lauper, Dita Von Teese, Dangerous Muse, Estelle, Katharine Hamnett, Katy Perry, Moby, N.E.R.D, Robyn, Tokio Hotel, Roisin Murphy, Yelle and Yoko Ono), condoms, buttons (they were gone, so no photo of them) and displays are located to the right of the top of the escalator

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It was then that I took a photo of Matt

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Soon after this photo was taken, Estelle arrived and she was very gracious with taking photos with her fans (including Matt who had been quite busy networking the fashion crowd and showing his portfolio. He ended the night with some great connections)

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Then it was off to shopping. At the event, H & M allowed guests 25% off everything in the store, so we had to take advantage of that. After a quick trip to the bar for a drink and some oogling of the cute bartenders, we proceeded to shop

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I purchased the following t-shirts (not shown is the one by Dita Von Teese). The last one is the one by Estelle. I considered having her autograph it but I want to actually wear it



we walked around a bit more, taking in the sights, trying clothes on, etc. I was lucky to find one guest really enjoying the music, so I pulled out mt camera and proceeded to take some video (I love to see people having a great time)

We continued to have a great time the rest of the evening. We drank some more (except for Matt, who didn’t touch any alcoholic beverages at all- excellent), enjoyed more hors d’oeuves, paid for our purchases and left quite happy right to the red carpet and step n repeat banner for more photos



Sabido and Basteris Luxury jewelry Launch Party At Norwood

A very good friend invited me to the launch event of a Jewelry line that was launching in the US for the first time. Naturally, I attended and dragged Kim along with me. The Sabido and Basteris luxury jewelry collection is absolutely breathtaking; the words gorgeous, enchanting, amazing does not do it justice (I only took one photo because they were made available to us). The event was held gallery style at the exclusive Norwood Club lent even more to the regal beauty of the jewelry, they truly are pieces of art.

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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.

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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:

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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

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DIZTRICT RE-LAUNCH EVENT

Apologies to all but there’s been some major changes going on in my normally easy life. I’ve attended a few events and skipped several but here I am to discuss the ones I’ve attended. Ok, here we go

For many years, I’ve walked down Bleecker Street on my way hang out with friends, grab some cupcakes from the Magnolia Bakery (yum) and I’ve always passed by this boutique called EOS New York plenty of times but have never gone in…until today. EOS New York, which only carried EOS branded products is now called Diztrict, located at 259 Bleecker St


Diztrict now carries the following brands:

EOS NEW YORK
TOKIDOKI
PAN AM
REVENJ
J.FOLD
GOORIN
PAUL FRANK
MODERN AM– USEMENT
NOOKA
DIESEL
G SHOCK
KIDROBOT
DAVID + GOLIATH
STORM

A very chic boutique that only sells accessories, it is the perfect place to pick up that certain piece that completes your look. it’s a small but beautiful boutique, so vivid and full of color




As usual, I was the first to arrive, both Kim and Dave were running late. This of course gave me a chance to have a really good cosmo

and excellent extreme topping hotdogs from New York Hotdogs and Coffee, located just a few doors down at 245 Bleecker St. I also got a chance to interview Mukul Lalchandani, CEO of EOS New York

The boutique is known for it’s amazing line of watches


(I took short video of some of my favorites)

but now, you will see the gorg bags (I so want one) from Pan Am


cool boards and the cutest little animals (Kim bought one)


As you can see, this store is amazing, so stop running around the city looking for chic accessories, you have it right here. Along with the amazing cosmo and hotdogs, we got a great giftbag

which includes one of my summer staples…..a hand fan. Since I’ve destroyed all my others from excessive use, I’m happy I get to save on a new one (thanks guys)

AND SPEAKING OF BARBIES……

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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:

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Some of my favorites were the more elaborately dressed Barbies from the Pop Culture/Fantasy collection

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but you couldn’t help but love each one for its individual style, details, and fabulous accessories

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and last but certainly not least, we can’t forget the classic Barbies, the original doll so many fell in love with

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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.

Aerosoles Supports The Women’s HIV/Aids Collaborative of NY

Few people know this but in high school I used to be a peer educator on HIV/Aids. I was in charge of the condom presentation; my presentation board had an array of condoms – colored, flavored, etc but I’m getting off topic here.Anyway, as I was saying, not many know that I was a peer educator, but many know my love, ok lust, alright obsession with shoes. So when this event came up, you know I had to attend.

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The event hosted by Aerosoles on 5th Ave between 21st & 22nd. Zia*, Angelique* and I were going to attend but at the last minute Angelique*, who had to work a little later decided not to attend at the last minute. So Zia* and I walk into a crowd of women shopping like crazy in the small boutique. Although it started at 5 pm, and we got there at around 5:45 pm or 6 pm and there was already a long line at the register (I guess the economy isn’t THAT bad), but everyone really got some great savings. First you get 15% off your first purchase, 25% off all boots and if you bought two pairs of shoes, you get an additional 20% off your second pair of shoes. With savings like this, I guess horde as many shoes as your cash or credit flow will allow.

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Anyway, although Aerosoles isn’t exactly my cup of tea (what? 1-inch heels? I’m sorry I don’t speak that language). Zia*, on the other hand, was in heaven, she practically has an Aerosoles collection growing in her closet, I did manage to find some cute shoes, though. Aerosoles-in-Store-HIV-Event4Aerosoles-in-Store-HIV-Event5

Zia*, on the other hand, got two pairs to add to her collection. Usually, the girl likes color as much as a vampire likes sunlight but she did take home colors way out of her comfort zone (which is black, brown, tan or gray).

 

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She got the silver in the above style, she really wanted the gold, which shocked the hell out of me, but they didn’t have her size. She also got these in PURPLE!!

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Of course, she took those home on a trial basis. Like I said a vampire to sunlight. For all I know, they may go right back to the store tomorrow. Anyway, more shopping happened around us. I must add that this woman (in the black jacket) also purchased the silver ballet flats when she saw them on Zia*.

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We also ran into a new friend of ours, Amanda, who I met at the PUMA event (she invited us to the book launch for Slim Satisfied and Sexy) and she left with two pairs of boots. I’m not showing her face because I didn’t ask her permission but here she is with her two pairs of shoes

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Anyway, I didn’t forget the main purpose of the event, which is to bring awareness to the Women’s HIV Collaborative

 

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I’m not sure what percentage of tonight’s proceeds went to the Women’s HIV Collaborative but from the amount of shopping done tonight, it will be a good amount. Although I didn’t buy any shoes from Aerosoles tonight (I”m saving for a big upcoming trip), I did order some very cute boots and they came today….YEAHHH!!! Here they are (I am not saying the brand because I don’t want to see these everywhere, especially since I want a chance to wear them properly first)

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As an extra reward, all attendees got a 15% off Lifetime coupon to Aerosoles. Zia* has one and so does Angelique* (we took one for her), so if anyone wants mine, let me know.

On the way out we ran into Kim on her way to the event. The three of us talked for a while (me mostly complaining that I’m not yet well known in the blog world to get an invitation to the Robin Thicke Album release party tonight………oh poo).

That is all, until the next event tomorrow.

*Some names have been changed to protect the permanently shy and those possibly under witness protection