You may remember that I first mentioned (and discovered) ShāToBu in my post on the Robert Verdi Suite from this past season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Click HERE for a refresher. Anyway, while attending the CurveNY Show, which is a trade show held at the Jacobs Javits Center for lingerie, shapewear, etc. I decided to begin trying out my pair of ShāToBu™ (you’ve heard me discuss my thighs over and over again, and walking the trade show is a great workout). I was happily surprised to run into their booth at CurveNY.
But it turns out I surprised them when I was asked by the creator, Dr. Denise Perron, if I was familiar with ShāToBu™, I told them not only did I find out all about it at the Robert Verdi Suite but I was actually wearing a pair right now (yes I showed them) and how much I loved them (I really do). Many people who wear shapewear and the few complaints you hear the most are “they’re not comfortable, can’t breathe, bulging, visible lines through your clothes, too hot, etc” – well, I haven’t experienced any of that. In fact, I tend to forget that I am wearing the Waist to Knee Shape. Directly below is the High Waist to Knee Shaper which gives you a more enhanced hourglass look
ShāToBu – The Workout You Wear™ – is the revolutionary shaper that helps women shape, tone and burn more calories during everyday activities. It burns up to 12% more daily calories while helping you maintain a sleek, smooth silhouette in today’s fashions.
The benefits go beyond ordinary shapewear – ShaToBu instantly gives a sleeker silhouette, but women can also see and feel a difference in their bodies with regular use over time. By incorporating resistance bands right into the garment, muscles work a little harder and more calories are burned during daily activities.
ShaToBu helps women fit a workout into their normal day while looking and feeling great.
It was a wonderful experience visiting the ShāToBu booth and I enjoyed meeting Dr. Denise Perron
Find out all the technical details of the magic of ShāToBu in their video below
video courtesy of ShāToBu™
Let me start by saying, I wish this event was at least two days or more (And preferably prior to Fashion Week) because there is no way to hit more than three places in one night but we attempted to anyway.
We (Dave, Zia, Kim, our new photog friend, Brittany and I) foolishly thought we would be able to do this (Kim and I even had a charity event to attend that same night). Anyway, Dave, Zia and I started off at Movado (they started at 5pm while everyone else started at either 6pm or 8pm), stayed for a while, drank champagne, grabbed our giftbag and then headed to Gucci. We arrived to find a concert-length line (we should have skipped Movado); the first 200 people or so got the official Fashion Night Out t-shirt for free. Needless to say, we didn’t get the shirt, there were still about 20 people ahead of us when they ran out but we went in anyway to enjoy a few cocktails and drool over the accessories. We left 10 minutes later and headed to Bergdorf Goodman where most of the action was. On our way in, Zac Posen was rushing out the door (wearing a tiara) after painting one-of-a-kind dresses and we headed into the madness that awaited us. In the middle of a very large crowd (mob) were designers, Badgley Mischka signing fashion night out t-shirts.
With the help of heels, a long reach and a damn good camera, I got these photos and the video following
Of course they were only signing t-shirts purchased at Bergdorf so we attempted to do just that, with no luck. After several minutes, we decided to try to head to the 7th floor where Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were guest bartenders but it seemed the madness found it’s way there too and we gave up and decided to try another store. To our surprise, on our way down via the escalators, i turned around to say something to my crew and who do I see riding on the escalator directly behind them? The queen of Vogue herself, Madame Anna Wintour
After excitedly taking a few photos (because she was actually smiling and waving to us), we remained in awe for a few more minutes then proceeded to escape the crowd. It was here we separated – Kim, Zia and I headed to the charity event which was attended by Housewives of NYC’s Alex McCord and Ugly Betty’s Ana Ortiz and Mark Indelicato. We then hit up BCBG where we received a free BCBG t-shirt and enjoyed drinks (although by this point water was all we wanted), then flew down to the meatpacking district for the finsl hour of Fashion Night Out. Dave and Brittany attempted to run into Pharrell at his store (no luck – too crowded).
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
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.
Dave was already at the location with Stephon, another friend of ours.
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)
The fabulous Andre J
and some other very fashionable people
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
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
It was then that I took a photo of Matt
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)
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
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
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
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
MODERN AM– USEMENT
DAVID + GOLIATH
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)