Sunday, August 18, 2019

W7 Cosmetics Announces Reuben de Maid as its Newest Brand Ambassador




Last month W7 Cosmetics hosted a celebratory party to announce it's newest brand ambassador, YouTube sensation, 14 year old Reuben de Maid.   Press got front row seats to watch the uber talented 14 year old make up artist in action, as well as check out products from the brand. 

 W7 Cosmetics is a wildly popular brand in the UK that is slowly (and thankfully!) making it's way to the US.  Turns out, W7 offers just about every product known to man for super affordable prices, and impressive quality.  

 The brand has an incredible selection of products that range from eye shadow palettes and primers, to lash curlers, foundations, lipsticks, bronzers and brushes.  Guests were treated to make up trials and got to experience the great quality first hand.  My favorite one that the MUA used was definitely the eye shadow palette Life's a Peach.   

Currently the brand is available mostly on line, but you can also find them in select stores like Century 21, and Walmart. In the meantime, you can shop them here.

P.S. W7 is currently running a pretty sweet sale :p

Scroll down to check out some of my favorite items, and comment your thoughts if you plan to try them out!

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Free Beauty Events August Giveaway





FreeBeautyEvents.com is back this month with another amazing giveaway, and time it has a whopping $125 value!  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. 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 industry favorites from L'Oreal, Maybelline, Neutrogena, Aveeno, Ardell, Revlon, LA Girl and more!  The contest runs from now through 8/31/19, winners will be chosen on 9/10/19 and notified by 9/15/19.  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 attended an event listed on the site? 




Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Lang Lang International Music Foundation Holds Young Scholars Concert at Steinway Hall


Last week the Lang Lang International Music Foundation held its Young Scholars Concert at Steinway Hall in New York City, which showcased some of its most celebrated young talent.   Founded in 2008 by world- class pianist, Lang Lang, the foundation strives to make music a part of every child's life, regardless of their background.  The foundation offers music education programs to children across the world, including the evening's Young Scholars program.  



The concert began with 14 year old Aliya Alsafa performing Mozart, Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat Major Ravel.  Aliya has performed for several prestigious concert venues including Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Hall.  She has also received a number of awards such as Best Etude at the 107 Seattle International Piano Completion and  First Prize at both the state and regional levels. 



The concert closed with 19 year old Amir Siraj, who began his performance with Mozart, Piano Sonata No. 17 in B Flat Major Liszt.  Amir's performances include the GRAMMY Salute to Classical Music at Carnegie Hall, and at the Joh F. Kennedy Center for teh Performing Arts in Washington D.C.  His resume includes the Grand Prize at the Fidelity Investments Young Arts Competition and First Prize at the Harvard Musical Association.    


"We believe that music has the power to make the world a better place and with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, we strive to achieve this every day", declared ceo  Leszek Barwinski-Brown, as he welcomed a capacity audience to their first Young Scholars Concert at Steinway Hall. Lang Lang himself chose the performers--- offering a note to the program, "My wife, Gina Alice, and I send our love and support .  You’ll forgive us for not being there as were on our honeymoon in China.”


A disarming talented and stunning Aliya Alsafa, 14, played Ravel, Mozart, Liszt and Morton Gould. With remarkable command.  Amir Siraj 19, now an alumni of the program, played  Mozart, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff.  Currently he’s at Harvard,  studying both piano and astrophysics (and a member of the Steinway Young Artist program).


Among the audience were board members David Hyrck, Kyle Wool, plus his wife Soo Yu.  Also guests Teri Agins, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Joanna Fisher, Stephanie and John Foster, Barrett Frelinghuysen, Michèle Gerber Klein, Luchia Hwong Gordon, Sylvia Hemingway, Kate and Gary Parr, Sana Sabbagh, Klara and Larry Silverstein, Mengmeng Wang, and Victoria Wyman

Leszek Barwinski-Brown closed the concert saying, "Without your friendship, we could have never accomplished and of this" A Moët & Chandon reception followed.




 Victor Roquette, myself





Photos courtesy of PR

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Free Beauty Events June Giveaway



 


FreeBeautyEvents.com is back this month with another amazing giveaway, and time it has a whopping $150 value!  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. 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 industry favorites from L'Oreal, Maybelline, Garnier, Carol's Daughter, Eva NYC and more!  The contest runs from now through 6/30/19, winners will be chosen on 7/10/19 and notified by 7/15/19.  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 attended an event listed on the site? 


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Knights Hold Annual Benefit Gala



Two weeks ago The Knights  held their annual benefit, a concert and dinner in Tribeca. Mela Hacklish, their board chair, extoled, "To everyone here we offer sincere thanks for your extraordinary partnership and support that empowers our musical innovation. We've many surprises for you tonight!"  and thus the orchestra launching onto a stunning concert that included Mozart, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich as well as contemporary music.  




Pianist Inon Barnantan joined the orchestra on stage with Knights co-founder and conductor Eric Jacobsen welcoming him,  "Inon’s invested in the future of The Knights and what we’re doing". Virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh performed an original composition, "Wedding" and offered, “Falling in love is one of the true human rights that no one can take away from us. This music I hope is a little like that." Next came a new arrangement of the gospel "I'll Fly Away", led by Christina Courtin who led the audience to sing the refrain. Ending with a performance of  "The Big Noise from Winnetka", The Knights received a standing ovation.



Photos courtesy of PR

The Look Breakdown

Thank you for all the love and compliments on my recent look!  I listed the basics on The Gram but I thought since it was so popular, I'd do a formal post and provide a more detailed breakdown for you all.  Scroll down for more pics, and the breakdown at the bottom!



 
 
  
 
 
 
 

 
 
 


 



Dress: Baby Blue
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Earrings: Vivi Sun Jewelry

Lashes: Kiss Flirty
Nails: imPress Press on Manicure
Makeup: by ME
Products: Eve Pearl HD Pro Palette, Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palette Contouring Eye Shadows 01 Cappuccino Nudes, L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Black Noir, Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Pencil, bare Minerals All Over Face Color and Original Mineral Veil, lavera Glossy Lips in Sweet Melon
Brushes: eco Tools (of course!)
Hair: by ME
Products:  L'Oreal Paris Lock it Weather Control Hairspray (my mother recently introduced me to this one and I LOVE it!) BaByliss Pro Curling Iron 2".
And although you obviously can't see it, I topped everything off with one of my fave fragrances: Amo Ferragamo

If there's anything I missed or that you have questions on, let me know and I'll do my best to find it for you! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Publicolor Holds 23rd Annual Stir Splatter & Roll Gala

 Last month, Publicolor celebrated their 23rd annual gala, Stir Splatter + Roll at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

The evening’s colorful cocktail hour had 13 painting stations for guests to participate with some of NYC’s leading artists, designers, and architects including Nicole Miller, Paul Haigh, Pamela Bell, Marvel Architects, Judy Ross, and TuckeViemeister. New York based string quartet Ethel played as guests sat for dinner.

Ruth Lande Shuman, founder of Publicolor, marched proudly into the room with her students while We Are Family played in the background.  Ruth thanked the guests for their long-time support and commitment to helping Publicolor improve the lives of their students. Ruth welcomed Board member Gene Kohn to the stage who expressed his admiration for Ruth and appreciation for being a part of Publicolor.  Gene graciously introduced his friend and 2019 honoree Tommy Craig.  Tommy expressed his gratitude stating, "For those who have grown up with, we have a moral duty to be generous of those who are not."   Trustee Patricia Harris took to the stage to express her admiration and praise for her dear friend and honoree Ed Skyler who spoke about color and expressed, “Color has the power to inspire and transform.”  Ruth announced the evening’s final honoree, Dr. David Kirkland, who passionately said “Let your hopes and not your hurts create your future.” As the evening came to an end, dozens of students performed Ain’t No Mountain High Enough . The closing song is an annual tradition as it symbolizes that there is no limit to what these students can achieve with Publicolor by their side.


 


 


Photos courtesy of Publicolor by Annie Watt

El Museo del Barrio Hosts 50th Anniversary Gala



El Museo Del Barrio Director Patrick Charpenel, El Museo Del Barrio Chair Maria Eugenia Maury, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl



Last week, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed from the stage of the Plaza Hotel Dia de El Museo Del Barrio at El Museo’s 50th anniversary celebration, May 2, 2019. “The creation of El Museo is one of the moments where history started to change,” said the Mayor as he presented an official proclamation from the City.  This was only one of the surprises in a Gala evening that honored Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Craig Robins, and El Museo’s founding director, artist Raphael Montanez Ortiz and raised in excess of $1.2 million.

El Museo board chair Maria Eugenia Maury opened the evening with spirited remarks invoking Latina activist Dolores Huerta who said, "Walk the streets with us into history. Get off the sidewalk." The evening was MC’d by WNBC TV Lynda Baquero with nearly 500 guests dancing in black tie. Executive director Patrick Charpenel expressed the feelings of many when he shared, “El Museo del Barrio is a museum created by and for the community in response to the cultural marginalization faced by Puerto Ricans in New York…Today, issues of representation and social justice remain central to Latinos in this country."

Artist Rirkrit Travanija introduced longtime supporter Craig Robins who received the Outstanding Patron of Art and Design Award. Craig graciously shared, “The growth and impact of this museum is nothing short of extraordinary.”  

El Museo chairman emeritus and artist, Tony Bechara, introduced Ella Fontanals-Cisneros who received the Outstanding Patron of the Arts award, noting her longtime support of Latin artists including early support Carmen Herrera, both thru acquiring her work and presenting it at her Miami intuition, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO).  With her family around her, Fontanals-Cisneros accepted the award elegantly in Spanish.

Sisters Ela Troyano and Carmelita Tropicana Troyano warmly welcomed their friend, Raphael Montanez Ortiz to the stage and read from a message from Chon A. Noriega that noted his importance to the Latinx community as well his remarkable body of work in many genres.  From a seat on the stage the handsome 85 year old artist led guests in his signature audience participation concert first activated in 1966. With the assistance of Executive Director Patrick Charpenel, the entire Plaza Ballroom audience took  white paper bags, wrote on them “whatever garbage or worries they have,” inflated the bags and “popped their worries away.” 

A live auction was conducted by Gabriela Palmieri, Senior Vice President of Sotheby’s, and daughter of legendary jazz artist Eddie Palmieri.  Gabriela made a loving donation on behalf of her mother Iraida Palmieri. Guests enjoyed magnums of Moet & Chandon at every table, danced to Latin music by Avenida B and a special performance by La Voz contestant Manny Cabo. 


Manny Cabo
 
 The live auction

  
Avenida B  

 

  Photos courtesy of  PMC/Aurora Rose and Krista Kennell

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

LongHouse Reserve Celebrates its 28th Season with Rites of Spring: Season Opening


Will Ryman, LongHouse 6 (2019)
LongHouse Reserve is excited to open its 28th season with Rites of Spring on Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.  The gardens will be filled with spectacular displays of flowering trees and showy daffodils that over 30 years have multiplied by hundreds of thousands.  The daffodils are now augmented with great swaths of tulips and other spring blooms making this a season not to be missed.  New art has been installed for the 2019 season and includes extraordinary works by Wendell Castle, Jun Kaneko, Joseph Walsh, Young Jae Lee, and Will Ryman.  LongHouse founder, Jack Lenor Larsen, noted textile designer, author and collector, created LongHouse Reserve on colonial farmland at the edge of East Hampton’s Northwest Woods and opened it to the public in 1992.   This unique outdoor museum and arboreta is one of the most popular cultural destinations on the East End of Long Island.
Making his debut at LongHouse Reserve is Will Ryman who has created a towering, site-specific “Rose” installation on the LongHouse Pyramid Plateau. Stemming from the artist’s internationally acclaimed exhibition, The Roses, 2011 on Park Avenue in New York City, Will Ryman’s monochrome red rose LongHouse 6, 2019 embodies a duality located in the cultural significance assigned to this flower. This romanticized symbol of beauty and perfection is at odds with the sculpture’s exaggerated size, hand worked quality, and the missing petals it has shed around its base. This duality, frequently at stake in Ryman’s work, reveals the imperfect and temporary nature of all things. 


Jun Kaneko’s “Dango” 1996, a gift to LongHouse from the Judith and Gerson Leiber Foundation will take center stage in the Edward Albee Amphitheater and a magnificent bronze bench by Wendell Castle will invite visitors to relax in the gardens.  Rites of Spring will also premiere “Vessels”, an exhibition of stunning ceramics by noted artist Young Jae Lee.   Joseph Walsh, the brilliant furniture designer from Cork, Ireland, has created a site-specific wall shelf for LongHouse, “Enignum Shelf XXXVI” that highlights his mastery of curvilinear forms.
LongHouse Reserve members will enjoy the “perk” of exploring the grounds the 1st Saturday of each month (First Saturdays) 11:00AM-1:00PM.  LongHouse will also offer 15% off on new, renewal and gifts memberships from now until opening day on April 27.

French Heritage Society Presents its Third Annual Book Award



Cheryl Hurley and Caroline Weber


French Heritage Society bestowed its third annual Book Award upon Caroline Weber, author of Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris. Gathering at a private club on the Upper East Side last week, the evening began with cocktails before moving into a larger salon for the award presentation and program. "It is our goal to foster Franco-American friendship, amité, and understanding," said Elizabeth F. Stribling, Chairman of the Board of Directors of French Heritage Society. "What better means to learn about France than through books!"

In presenting the award, Jennifer Herlein, executive director of French Heritage, spoke on behalf of Christian Draz, French Heritage Society Book Award Co-Chair and Board Member: “Whatever offense her three society divas may have taken at being used as creative fodder for Proust's satirical fiction, they would surely be highly flattered by the extraordinary lengths to which Caroline went to document the truth of their real and often difficult lives.”  Said Ms. Weber, "I was excited when the French Heritage Society asked me a few years ago to moderate the discussion with their Book Award winner, Luc Sante.  I did not imagine I would be in the other seat - ever. Thank you for this honor.”  

In a staged conversation with Cheryl Hurley, former president of the Library of America, Weber illuminated Proust's milieu with insights culled from her extensive research. 
 
The French Heritage Book Award recognizes and honors a nonfiction work of literary, scholarly or aesthetic distinction that illuminates for the general public either an important element of French cultural or historical patrimony or the considerable and noteworthy influence France, its citizens and its culture have had in shaping American history, thought and culture.

The evening was made possible by Co-Chairs Elizabeth Stribling and Christian Draz; the Book Award Steering Committee, Yann Coatanlem, Janet Desforges, Patricia Forelle, and Clydette de Groot; and the New York Chapter Co-Chairmen, Guy Robinson and Odile de Schiétère-Longchampt. A jury comprised of Anne Poulet, Bruno Racine, and Elaine Sciolino chose Proust’s Duchess unanimously from a shortlist of four non-fiction titles that illuminate elements of French cultural or historical patrimony in interesting ways.

Photo credit: David Dupuy/AnnieWatt.com 

Monday, April 1, 2019

El Museo del Barrio Holds Gala Kick-Off Soirée




 El Museo del Barrio's chairman, María Eugenia Maury, with her husband William Haseltine, opened their Fifth Avenue home for a pre-gala soirée. María Eugenia welcomed her guests, "All of you are wonderful friends and great supporters. El Museo is turning 50 years old!" Museum director Patrick Charpenel shared that, “The Museum has appointed a new chief curator, Rodrigo Moura, from Brazil. He brings many new ideas and is aligned with the values and mission of El Museo." 

El Museo’s Gala will be held on Thursday, May 2 at The Plaza Hotel, honoring Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Raphael Montañez-Ortiz, and Craig Robins.

Guests included: chairman emeritus Tony Bechara, and board member Claudia Marmolejo, as well as Debbie Bancroft, Danny Baez, Alejandra Cicognani, Anna Maria Gonzalez Cuevas, Carey and Gloria Fieldcamp, Virgilio Garza, Michael Gross, Alex Morris, Sergio Orozco, Dan Pollock, Liliana Porter, Sana Sabbagh, Jean Shafiroff, and Victoria Wyman.

Opening on April 11th at El Museo is “Culture and The People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969-2019”, a two-part exhibition featuring selections from the Permanent Collection.

About El Museo del Barrio:
New York’s leading Latino cultural institution, welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. Their richness is represented in El Museo’s wide-ranging collections and exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs.



Photos (c) John Sanderson for AnnieWatt.com  
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