Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Ashley Bouder Project Opens at Symphony Space in NYC

As a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, Ashley Bouder knows that despite George Balanchine's famous saying "Ballet is woman", it is in fact an industry ruled by men.  Bouder has since founded The Ashley Bouder Project, a platform dedicated to showcasing choreography created solely by women.        

Last month, The Ashley Bouder Project debuted at the esteemed Symphony Space in NYC, and unveiled a collection of works, with music accompaniment by the New York Jazzharmonic.  The 17 piece orchestra was lead by Bouder's co-producer, Ron Wasserman.    

The theme of the night was fittingly "At this dance, women take the lead".  The show kicked off with "In Pursuit Of", a brand new piece choreographed by Ms. Bouder herself, set to music by NY Jazzharmonic's associate director, Miho Hazara.  It was performed by six NYCB dancers whose uplifting fluidity soared across the stage.  It's cheerful movement and classic partnering styles put the audience in a genuine, feel good type of mood.       

Perhaps the most captivating piece of the night was "Duet", the pas de deux performed by Bouder and fellow company member Sara Mearns.  The two women, a pairing almost unheard of in ballet, performed choreography by Liz Gerring to music by Anna Weber.  "Duet" was a moving picture of masterful purpose and intensity, with rough and tough music to match.  As ballerinas, both dancers admitted venturing into modern dance was stepping vastly outside of their comfort zone, yet both women demonstrated flawless technique and the ability to conquer a new genre of dance.    

The night closed with a glorious revival of Susan Stroman's "Blossom Got Kissed" set to music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhdorn.  The jazz infused number starred Ms. Bouder as an off beat, quirky dancer named Rose, who just can't seem to get the steps right, that is until she gets kissed.  It's a lively piece with intricate formations and precise timing.  Overall, a sincerely fun one to watch and you can't help but root for Rose.   

Ashley Bouder and Co- Producer Ron Wasserman

The evening marked a positive step forward for the future of women in ballet, and hopefully more will follow.  For an industry so fastened on the grace and delicacy of a woman, it is only logical to celebrate her in every facet.          

Photos by Diana Mino, provided by PR

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Free Beauty Events April Giveaway

After a brief hiatus, is back with a giveaway that's bigger and better then before!  For those not familiar, the site is a great tool for any and every beauty addict.  It lets you stay up to date on the latest beauty happenings in your area and serves as an awesome way to snag killer free samples. Best of all, each month the site gives away a bundle chalk full of the industry's best must haves.  Let's check them out!

This month's basket includes products from Nexxus, L'Oreal, Almay, La Roche-Posay, Marc Anthony, Cantu, Rimmel Cosmetics, Maybelline, Neutrogena and more! The Contest runs from now through 4/30/17, winners will be chosen on 5/10/2017 and notified by 5/15/2017. Entering is simple!  Visit FreeBeautyEvents on Facebook (don't forget to like them!) or enter directly on their website.

Besides the monthly giveaways, the site also offers great beauty advice and product reviews on their blog.  Like any of the products you read about?  Keep your eyes open for your chance to stock up!  Easy as 1-2-3, just enter your zip code into the site's search bar to find out which locations in your area might be handing out samples.  It's a helpful way to keep up to date with the beauty events happening in your town.    
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Press Preview: International Vision Expo 2018

This year's International Vision Expo 2018  is back at the Javits Center in NYC this weekend.  On Thursday, press attended an exclusive preview at The Crowne Plaza to get an up close look at the latest trends for the Spring/Summer 2018 season, as well as a sneak peek into Fall/Winter 2018. 
The season's four macro trends: 
Slow Features looks to the past to inform the future.  Expect to see colors like sulfur greens and reflective tones on the lenses as a way of incorporating both nature and technology. 
Psychotropical is wildly exotic and playful.  Exaggeration is considered key, and thus includes looks that create an oversized cat eye feel, and colors like lush pinks and electric greens. 
Kinship draws from global inspiration.  Color combinations like intense reds balanced by precious indigos, with touches of metals create a sophisticated feel.   
Youth Tonic blurs the boundaries between ages.  Considered to have a youthful direction with a DIY approach to styling, references to the 1990's are common.  It fuses electric pastels with new colored metals and has more unisex
  After the lecture, press had the chance to meet with brands and try on styles with the latest trends.  Below are some of my favorites:
All of the MODO styles were beautiful and they nailed several of the talked about trends.  They had pairs with the chic double bar, matte metal frames, and rich indigo and caramel coloring.  Another nice element about these particular glasses is that they're incredibly lightweight and comfortable.  They felt very different then average glasses.

Judith Leiber is known for its luxurious hand bags, and has since designed a collection of decadent looking eyewear.  For ladies who love to sparkle, Judith Leiber glasses are ideal.  The immaculate rhinestone detailing along the side bar creates a luxe feel and is complimented nicely by the "pain effect" trends that appears on the ear rests.    

The pieces from TC Charton Asian Fit Eyewear were beautifully crafted.  I loved the unique take on the double bar (above) and the fact that it had been rounded over each lens, instead of left straight across.  Ombre is still trending.  Only, expect to see it with two hard contrasting colors, like TC Charton's black and red style, instead of the traditional dark to light gradation.  
The Kendall and Kylie collection adopts trend upon trend, ultimately creating styles that simply can't miss.   Oversized cat eyes and chunky, angular shapes, combined with the popular "paint effect" speckling and futuristic, ombre like lenses are completely spot on.   

These Jonathan Adler styles have a breezy, nautical feel and are available now.  I love big lenses and the striped detailing is adorable.  Perfect for the outdoor BBQs coming up!

Tomorrow 4/2 is the last day for the Expo!  Check it out if you haven't already.  For those who already attended, what did you think?  Which were your favorites?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment

Retail: $10.00
Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment from Beautiful Nutrition is described as a ph Balancing Restorative Rinse that will rid your scalp of build up and whip dull hair back into shape.  The brand boasts use of the highest quality natural ingredients, and each product is free of parabens, DEA/MEA/TEA, or artificial colors, flavors or fragrances.
My hair is curly and therefore always on the dry side.  I don't use clarifying treatments as often as I should, and I like this one because it's quick.  You simply apply an amount after you've shampooed and conditioned, then rinse it out after a minute or so.  

The lemon scent is evident, but not overwhelming.  The formula is clear with zero lather, so for me, that was the only challenge.  The first couple of times I squirted it in my hand, and then tried to apply to my scalp.  But ultimately, I found it was easier to just squirt it directly onto my head.  That way, I felt sure I wasn't missing spots.    
The directions say you only need to leave it in for a few seconds, but I usually left it on for at least two minutes or so.  My hair is really thick so I wanted to make sure it had time to penetrate.  I expected there to be some sort of tingling sensation, but there wasn't any.  Instead, my scalp felt soothed and refreshed after I rinsed it out. 
Almost right away I felt like my hair looked shinier, and I could see more of my blond highlights.  It also seemed to diminish some of my frizz.  It was after a few more uses that I noticed the build up really start to disappear.  Overall, I'd say it did a good job.  For only $10.00 it's definitely worth a shot.
Have you tried this rinse?  What did you think?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

RIOULT Dance NY Holds Winter Gala 2017

Last week I had the honor of attending RIOULT Dance NY's  2017 Winter Gala at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.  It was a celebratory evening held to honor Ellen Harris (in memoriam) and The Coughlin/Davis Family for their steadfast support of the company.  
Everything from the ambiance, to the food and entertainment were perfection.  Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while bidding on luxury items, private gourmet dinners, theatre tickets and professionally framed photos of the RIOULT dancers during a silent auction.    

The auction was followed by an incredible dinner menu that included dishes like Artisanal Vegetable Tart, Truffled Day Boat Cod, and Family Style Sweets!


 Without a doubt, my favorite part of the evening was watching the RIOULT dancers perform, and learning about the plans to build a brand new dance center.
Artistic Director and choreographer, Pascal Rioult, and his wife, Associate Artistic Director Joyce Herring, shared exciting updates on the project; “Building RIOULT Dance Center, studios and a world-class school, has been a dream of mine since the inception of the Company.  Beyond my body of work, this will be my legacy, an intuition where we will train professional dancers and artists. The dream is now becoming reality with the help all of you, my dancers, my staff, my Board and our extended family of fans and friends. We are building an open, welcoming, beautiful place for the arts to flourish. We need it more than ever.”  

The dancers gave breathtaking and dynamic performances throughout the night, including an excerpt from Pascal's new work set to the music of Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water.

Photo by Eric Bandiero


RIOULT has a definitively unique presence that resonates long after they leave the stage.  I highly recommend experiencing it for yourself during their NY season.
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