Friday, October 20, 2017

Mercado Global Celebration Benefit 2017

Photo by Vlasta Pilot/
On Wednesday evening, Mercado Global, a Brooklyn-based accessory brand and non-profit that empowers rural Latin American women to become entrepreneurs, held their annual Celebration benefit at The Prince George Ballroom in New York City.  
Pamela Love
Photo by Vlasta Pilot/
Chaired by philanthropist Yaz Hernandez, the event celebrated Mercado Global’s work to empower women and promote ethical practices in the fashion industry.  New York based jewelry designer Pamela Love received the 2017 Fashion Forward Visionary Award.  Guests, including prominent business leaders, top retailers, and major philanthropists, all enjoyed an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing to celebrate. 

During the cocktail hour, guests had the opportunity to bid on a stunning array of items at the silent auction.
The auction included amazing items like Jenny Packham jewelry ensemble; Marchesa jewelry ensemble; Silvia Tcherassi item; Guatemala Getaway; Tomas Maier bag; Etro bag; Macro Palli Art piece;  Theory item; Signed gloves from Manny Pacquiaol Custom shoes by Lareymondie; Point shoes signed by Stella Abrera, Marcelo Lua, Cory Stearns, Misty Copeland, and Gillian Murphy; Milos Raonic Wimbledon shoes and hardcourt shoes; and a Giuseppe Zanotti Clutch to name a few.


It was a beautiful night with a beautiful message, and I had an amazing time. 
We're humbled by the support of our NYC community tonight... and we're thrilled to celebrate women's empowerment with such a successful event!"- Executive Director Ruth DeGolia.    

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Casita Maria Celebrates Fiesta 2017 at New York's Plaza Hotel

Tuesday night, the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education celebrated Fiesta 2017 at the luxurious Plaza Hotel in New York City. Each year at Fiesta, the Casita Maria Gold Medal of Honor is awarded to outstanding individuals in recognition of their contribution to the worlds of arts, education, and philanthropy. This year, Casita Maria honored three exceptional women: Rosaura Henkel, the Mexican philanthropist extraordinaire for her work with “Duerme Tranquilo” and service to numerous hospitals; New York’s own Elizabeth T. Peabody for her dedication to mental health and compassionate leadership to The Maria Droste Counseling Services, and Julia Salvi, the co-founder and visionary behind the renowned Cartagena International Music Festival.
The evening’s host was FOX TV’s Audrey Puente, the daughter of the great Latin percussionist Tito Puente, himself a Casita alumnus and former honoree. The Dinner Chairmen were Jacqueline Weld Drake and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia. The Gala Co-Chairmen were designer Carolina Herrera and husband Reinaldo Herrera. Casita Maria’s annual benefit was an elegant, festive evening that commenced with cocktails, followed by a seated dinner, music and dancing the night away to The Bob Hardwick Sound

Elizabeth T. Peabody

Rosaura Henkel

Photos courtesy of Cutty McGill, Aurora Rose/PMC, & Annie Watt/ Annie Watt Agency 

Friday, October 13, 2017

AiRS Foundation Hosts Dinner at Clover Grocery

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and it is an important conversation for all women to have.  The Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AiRS) Foundation  recently hosted an intimate press dinner at Clover Grocery in NYC, to spread the word about their mission and efforts to assist women who are seeking education and financial assistance for reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy.
Founded by Morgan Hare, Janet Denlinger, Ph. D and Dr. Rod Rohrich, AiRS focuses on the aftermath of cancer and the path to healing.  The foundation raises funds to connect women with doctors for help with emotional, and surgical needs.  AiRS assists women in understanding their health coverage, surgical options, and ultimately handles reconstructive costs of those that qualify.   

 "It's been impressive to see the number of organizations developed over time to educate about breast cancer... but what we realized is that after mastectomy, we go quiet and aren't doing much to address the continued healing that needs to take place with women who have gone through a mastectomy"- Morgan Hare
It is estimated that 70% of women do not have breast reconstruction options discussed with them or they are unable to pay for the surgery, which is why AiRS is a very special and necessary foundation.
Following the dinner, guests were gifted high end skin care products from eraclea .  The brand is operated by AiRS founders Morgan Hare and Janet Denlinger, and money from each purchase helps support the AiRS foundation.  The brand is one to keep in mind during your holiday shopping, or if you're looking to shop and want to give a little something back.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Upcoming Event: Mercado Global Celebration

Mercado Global Celebration is an evening of dinner to support women entrepreneurs on October 18, 2017 at the The Prince George Ballroom (15 East 27th street, New York). The benefit will honor Target and Accompany with the Global Impact Award and Pamela Love with the 2017 Fashion Forward Visionary Award.  

Chaired by Yaz Hernández, this year's will celebrate Mercado Global’s work to empower women and promote ethical practices in the fashion industry. Business leaders, top retailers, major philanthropists, and members of the press will enjoy an evening of inspiration and action set against a three-course dinner, open bar, silent auction, which starts at 6:30 and an after- party featuring a special guest DJ from 9PM to midnight.

Mercado Global is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers rural indigenous Mayan women by connecting them to international markets, fostering sustainable livelihoods for their families, and pioneering a socially responsible business model within the fashion industry. In the rural areas where Mercado Global works, forty-eight percent of the indigenous population lives in extreme poverty, earning an average of $1.25 or less per day. Mercado Global offers these women economic empowerment by providing financial literacy education, business development support, microloans for sewing machines and looms, design, and access to international retailers.

For more information about Mercado Global Celebration 2017, click here

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Oon Arvelo Salon Hosts Night of Beauty

The luxury Oon Arvelo Salon in midtown recently treated press to an exclusive night of beauty.  The evening included hydrating scalp treatments, blowouts and yummy cocktails!  
The salon used PHYTO, one of my favorite brands, to perform the scalp treatment.  Its lavender scent was both delicious and relaxing.  I sipped my prosecco and drifted away while my stylist sectioned off areas of hair, and applied the scented oil throughout.  She let the oil sit for about 10 minutes and then rinsed it out.    
The result?  Super soft hair and a sleek looking blowout!  Before leaving, guests were gifted swag bags with more amazing PHYTO products to help keep their hair in check.
The staff proved to be super talented, very friendly and were extremely attentive throughout the night. The salon offers an array of services including hair, makeup, nails, and waxing and is definitely worth checking out!
12 East 52nd St, 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10022
Browse the salon menu here

Friday, October 6, 2017

Free Beauty Events October Giveaway is back this month with another amazing giveaway.  For anyone not familiar with FBE, the site is a great tool for all beauty addicts.  It helps 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 some of my favorite brands including Rimmel, La Roche, Posay, L'Oreal, Vichy, Revlon, Maybelline, Juicy Bath Co. and more! The Contest runs from now through 10/31/17, winners will be chosen on 11/10/17 and notified by 11/15/17.  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.    
Get more FBE info here
Have you ever attended any events after using the site? 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

MANIC PANIC Lanuches New Professional Collection at Ricky's NYC

Last week, MANIC PANIC launched its brand new Professional Collection at the popular beauty haven, Ricky’s NYC.  Founders Tish & Snooky were even in attendance to meet guests and chat about their innovative new hair dye. 

When asked about what sets their new product apart from other dyes, the duo explained that it's a gel- like dye designed to stay in place and not bleed. 

What's in it?
- Castor Seed Oil smoothes split ends and improves moisture retention to create smooth, shiny, healthier looking hair
- Lactic Acid conditions, moisturizes, and strengthens hair to prevent breakage

How does it work?
- A semi permanent dye formulated to identify and bond with hair fibers.  Once bonded, the molecules mimics the fiber, thus creating a flawless finish

The end result?
- Increased saturation of the hair shaft
- Maximum color longevity - can last up to 40 shampoos
- True fade on tone result
- Even deposit throughout the hair length creating uniform results

 A table was set up for guests to test out various colors on clip in extensions and experience the dye's anti- bleed ability up close. 
The end result was an impressive rainbow of colors, all very meticulously placed!
I'm not a professional hairstylist but even I felt like the dye was easy to work with.  The consistency was gel like, and it was super easy to apply the color right where I wanted it.  You can see on my sweet looking samples below how the colors stay separate.  Definitely a great option dye for when you want to work with more then one color at a time, or if you want color placement in specific areas only.        


It was such a fun time mingling with these two dolls over cocktails and talking hair!  Make sure to stop over at Ricky's NYC and check out the new line.      


Monday, September 4, 2017

New Launch: ecoTools 2018 Collection

In July, ecoTools hosted an exclusive press preview of their upcoming 2018 Collection at the luxurious Red Door Salon and Spa on 5th Ave in NYC.  The spa-inspired collection showcases a variety of new brushes, kits and beauty sponges.  Press also got a peek at the brand's 2017 Holiday Collection which is full of fun holiday colors!   

These brush sets and festive colored sponges make for the perfect stocking stuffer, not to mention fun holiday décor for your vanity!  
  Among the new 2018 sponges will be the Total Perfecting Blender, Tri-Fecting Wedges, and the Perfecting Cushion Wedge.  Each is made with Eco Tools' unique EcoFoam Technology and 70% plant based materials, and are designed to achieve the perfect finish with any liquid, cream or cushion compact.  

 The collection has several new brushes in every shape and size.  One of the awesome new features is that some of the sets are package in handy stackable organizers.  The trays make storage so much easier and the prices are still incredibly affordable.  
I nearly died over the new Buki brushes (bottom right).  The three versions include the Style, the Sculpt and the Bonze.  Each has a curved handle for maximum control, and the specially shaped brushes are designed to provide various types of coverage.   
 The Sculpt has a waved brush which is designed to fit the curves of your face and is great for contour and color definition.  

The brand's on the go and travel size kits are a must for any makeup addict who travels.  Every season they debut a fun new color scheme or design and this year's is the chic "Stay Matte and Beautiful", which I love.   

Some of the brand's popular items are its cleansing tools the Cleansing Cloths and Makeup Brush Shampoo
I'm a fan of the sleek white handles and stylish ombre bristles.
After a tour of the new collection, guests mingled over glasses of prosecco and delicious bites.   The brand also treated guests to on site manis, facials and massages, as well as the chance to personalize their make up brushes!  A professional was on hand to engrave the brushes with whatever your little heart desired. 
ecoTools has been one of my favorite brands of makeup brushes since I first tried them back in 2012.  They're sleek, soft, durable and totally affordable.  I can always count on ecoTools to bring something new to the table and the upcoming collection definitely didn't disappoint.   
Shop the new products here
Have you tried ecoTools?  What did you think?
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