Cocktails and Couture New York Fashion Week Recap

This year Cocktail & Couture tried something a bit different, bringing a Personal Branding & Social Media panel into the mix to talk to up-and-coming bloggers on how to build their brand. Though I was anticipating the “turn up” I found myself learning some valuable information so heres the breakdown of the C&C branding portion.
The Panelist: Claire Sulmers – Freelance Fashion Writer and Creator/Editor of, Jennifer Walsh – Beauty Executive / Founder: The Beauty Bar, Behind The Brand Media, Jessica Goon – Senior Manager, Public Relations & Social Media, Avon & mark,Tracylee – Celebrity Manicurist and Sally Hansen Nail Ambassador, JasFly – Writer/Multimedia Personality, Charlene Dance – Global Marketing Director of Strength of Nature
5 Things I Learned:
Stay true to yourself: Being somebody else is doing a disservice to yourself and stops people from getting to know the real you
If your interested in working with a brand introduce yourself, cover them on your blog, and build a relationship
Be smart on social media
Own what makes you unique because brands are always looking for the next unique voice
Learn to say “no” if a project doesn’t represent your brand then don’t be afraid to pass it up. Only do things that you want to reflect your voice.
Photo Credit:  Patrick Neree / Neree Photos
Naturalistas at cocktails and Couture

Naturalistas at cocktails and Couture


Cocktails and Couture panelist including Claire Sulmers and JasFly

Cocktails and Couture panelist including Claire Sulmers and JasFly

Lianne Farbes the creator of Cocktails and Couture

Lianne Farbes the creator of Cocktails and Couture

Fashion’s Night Out with Beautiful Textures

This year for Fashions Night Out (FNO) the folks over at Beautiful Textures hosted a soiree in honor of girls with kinks, coils and curls. The event aptly titled “curl couture” was an evening filled with beauty, bites and great fun for all that attended.  Clearly this was one of the hottest tickets for FNO  as evidenced by the bevy of natural-haired beauties who formed a line that stretched nearly a full block  in front of the uber-chic Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea.   Two of my favorite beauty bloggers- Afrobella and Tia Williams along with Teyanna Taylor  were hosts for the evening.


For more information on beautiful textures click here.


I LOVE Afrobella’s hair!


Tia Williams of The Fly Cut


Stylist Ty Hunter (far left)


Corynne Corbett, Teyana Taylor, Afrobella


photo credit:Strength Of Nature Global

QVC to Launch Isaac Mizrahi’s Fabulous Fragrance during Fashion’s Night Out

New York Fashion Week kicks off this week and there are tons of events, designer presentations and of course one of my favorite NYFW events- Fashions Night Out!  This year marks the fourth anniversary of the shopping event which has grown significantly with celebrity appearances , discounted shopping and new product launches occurring nationwide. One of my favorite guilty shopping pleasures QVC will participate in Fashion Night Out by premiering the launch of designer Isaac Mizrahi’s new fragrance- Fabulous. Tune in on Thursday, September 6th  from 9pm- midnight for the unveiling of the fragrance, which combines the notes of citrus, musk and peony.

Retail Giant Lord & Taylor to Sponsor Season 10 of Project Runway

I can scarcely believe that Project Runway is in it’s tenth season – and as we approach the anniversary of this very fashionable reality series, the show has announced an exclusive partnership with retail giant Lord and Taylor.  This season, the retailer will sponsor highly curated items including, accessories, shoes and handbags that the contestants will have at their disposal to complete their looks.


The integrated marketing component of this sponsorship will include exclusive behind the scenes footage  of episodes ( to be aired on, as well as a challenge taking place on August 30th where the winner will receive the coveted honor of having their designs sold at the Fifth Avenue flagship.


Finally, the retailer will once against host an elaborate Fashion’s Night Out celebration where previous Project Runway contestants will make appearances.


I will definitely be tuned in- will you?



NY Fashion Week SS 2012- Take One

I am fortunate enough to live a commutable distance to NYC so I tend to “do” fashion week in two parts- The first half usually involves the ultimate fashionistas shopping experience – Fashions Night out and for this season, I also had an opportunity to meet some of the most amazing fashion and beauty bloggers during the Independent Fashion Blogger’s Conference. The conference focused on really taking a critical look at the business of blogging, the role of social media and my favorite panel hands down was an open forum with Elle Magazine’s Creative Director- Mr. Joe Zee.

Independent Fashion Blogger Photo Recap


Shainna Tucker, A Thick Girls Closet


Heather Marie- 72 Luxe @72LuxeCeo

Sandy Gordon of Marley Simone


Marina in head to toe Missoni from Target




Ty Alexander, EIC Iconography Magazine @OhmyTy





Fashion’s Night Out
Fashion’s Night Out is so amazing; however there are so many activities around the city that you definitely need to be strategic around what events to participate in. When I saw that Solange Knowles was going to be hitting the wheels of steel at Lord and Taylor, they quickly jumped to the top of my list of places to hit for the evening.

The crowd in Soho


Solange Knowles on the wheels of steel


The second half of my fashion week experience will come later this week when I have an opportunity to check out some emerging designers as well as the Arise Magazine’s presentation which highlights designers from Africa. Check back later this week for my coverage from those collections.

NY Fashion Week- Live from Your Laptop

Fashion enthusiasts and industry insiders are all working themselves into a frenzy as they prepare to descend on New York City for the largest media event the city hosts- New York Fashion Week.   Most of the shows begin on September 8th which also marks the biggest and arguably the best Fashion Night out event.  Fashionistas will storm the city being plucked, made over, pampered, dined and of course there’s the shopping.   Not able to make it to the Big Apple to partake in the festivities? Don’t worry- just about every major city is hosting their own Fashion’s night out… check the full list of events


You can also have the opportunity to view not only several of the digital (online) collections of your favorite designers- but also take a peek at what’s going on backstage before the shows.   Maybelline has teamed up with YouTube to bring you LiveRunway…. the Runway channel at Beginning September 1st- you can log on to see behind the scenes of NYFW and the live shows will begin on September 8th.  Share your passion for fashion by using the hashtag #Liverunway in social media to join the conversation with other fashionistas/os!


Another really good source for viewing NYFW (and other runway collections) is

So open your laptop, settle in and enjoy your front row seat at NYFW.

The Kardashians launch line for curvy girls

photo source:The Kim Kardashian
Fashionistas across the globe are planning their evenings out as September 10th marks the epic shopping event- Fashions Night Out. Well the Kardashian sisters who are branding geniuses will lend their famous name to a new line designed specifically with the curvy girl in mind. Kim Kardashians hind parts have placed her squarely on the radar of most men who love a donk and her enviable assets make her an official curvy girl. Well on September 10th the sisters will launch a line via QVC titled K-Dash exclusively for the curvy fashionista

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