Monday, November 10, 2014

Events: Mixology Class at Harding's with Derrick Turner & St. George Spirits

In my attempt to mix things up, I did something new for me; a mixology class! On Tuesday Nov. 4th at Harding's in Chelsea we crafted cocktails featuring St. George Spirits with master mixologist, Derrick Turner. St. George Spirits is know for their original craft distillery making single malt whiskey, bourbon, absinthe, and several gins and liqueurs since 1982. 
All of us were equipped with a personal, fully stocked cocktail station, learning the step-by-step process of making three different cocktails featuring the artisanal spirits from St. George Spirits. Using a palette of easy-to-find ingredients, these cocktails are simple to recreate at home without losing the any flare to impress friends & relatives at the approaching Thanksgiving table dinners and/or Holiday parties! 

I had so much fun, Derrick was amazing teacher and the cocktails were delicious! I think my favorite would have to be the Blood in the Woods; the burnt cinnamon smelled amazing and the drink evolved after each sip as the flavors became more tasty and complex. I was most surprised by Simply Wicked because I am NOT a fan of Absinthe and avoid it at all costs! Its one of those flavors that you love it or hate it, but in the way that it was mixed and the fact that not much was added, shockingly I enjoyed the cocktail.

Finally its time for the fun part, the 3 Delicious Cocktails :-P See below for images & recipes:

The Rockefeller: 1oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, 2oz Rye Whiskey, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 1 dash Simple Syrup

Blood of the Woods1oz Apple Cider, 1 1/2oz of Bourbon, 1 chard Cinnamon Stick, 1/4oz Maple Syrup, Top w/ St. George Rasberry Liquor 

 Simply Wicked: 1/4oz St. George Absinthe, 1/2oz Agave Syrup, Pinch of Watercress, 1 1/2oz Gin, Garnish w/ Watercress 

Next Class Details:
December – Get the Party Started: Champagne Cocktails
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
PRICE: $35 per person

Space is limited, tickets strongly recommended.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloooooweennnnnn

Happy Halloween Guys! I hope everyone has an awesome and spooky holiday from me & my little Chicken taco :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fashion: Nautica Women's Fall/Holiday 2014 Collection

Nautica is a brand I've been wearing since middle school. It's always been the perfect choice for classic pieces that can be accompanied with anything. From sporty to dressy Nautica has plenty of new styles in their new fall/holiday collection that you'll want in your closet. I was able to stop by their showroom and take a look and the new line. As a lover of jackets of course I wanted everything! Below are a few looks that caught my eye from the lookbook, trust me it doesn't compare to how the pieces looked and felt in person. Nautica has always been a brand of quality and most importantly their clothing lasts! I know, I'm a little early but once its almost Halloween I'm already planning my gifts for people. I could easily do some holiday shopping for other and myself… 

Hope you like the new collection as much as I do.  Visit their website here to find more awesome stuff! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Events: Cat Footwear FW14 Featuring #ColoradoCouture

Earlier this week I got a chance to get a sneak peek at the new Cat Footwear pop up shop in the Roger Smith Hotel. We celebrated the launch of the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, as well as the return of the brand's original "Colorado" boot from 1990, which will be available again for the first time in the U.S. this Fall season! In keeping with this theme, they brought together 5 NYC-based artists who used the Colorado boot as a blank canvas, and unveiled their one-of-a-kind artworks. I can't believe how each one completely transformed the boots and made then truly into a piece of art! Whether drawing, painting, layering or building materials off of the boot as a foundation, they were remarkable. The featured artists were Ivan Orama, James Gulliver Hancock, Liz Lomax, Amanda Dolan, and Misha Tyutyunik. Models were on hand to showcase the new iterations of the Colorado boot from the AW14 collection, while we enjoyed cocktails and sounds by DJ Jasper Stapleton. 

More info about the pop up:
The Pop-Up will be officially open to the public for consumer shopping on October 21st - 28th 11am - 7pm! It will feature 3 limited edition styles from the UK that have never been available to the U.S. consumer.  The pop-up will be the first and only place to get these styles, while supplies last. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fashion: Top Shop Holiday 2014 featuring Cara Delevingne

Top Shop's new holiday collection featuring Cara Delevingne has a chic and cool vibe, not surprising since that's the feeling Cara adds to anything she wears. This glimpse showcasing what we can expect in stores and wanting in our closets. I'm into the rich golds, fun tights, feathers and luxe fur accents. They all give each look a boost, elevating the look for making the perfect entrance with the notable use for detail that pulls the styling together. 

Who says winter can't be chic? Stay stylish and be the talk of the upcoming holiday parties with Top Shop's new Holiday looks. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Events: The Grand Opening of BV's Grill (Elegant & Delicious)

The new addition to the Bobby Van's Steakhouse family is new comer BV's Grill! The speciality of BV's Grill is new American and classic steakhouse fare. Less formal than the original, but maintains its elegance in the decor with a more approachable vibe. Spacious bar and dining areas for large crowds and large front patio space for those wanting to dine al fresco before the cold is upon us. 

The grand opening was packed with relatives, friends and press enjoying cocktails, wine and numerous hors d'oeuvres served on grand trays. Below in my second collage you can see some of the passed appetizers that were absolutely delicious. I had a lovely time catching up with friends over glasses of wine on my birthday eve and partaking in the grand opening celebration. The location is the perfect spot in Midtown for business meetings or meet ups after work. Oh and they have a tasty brunch menu, plus it's only a few blocks south from 59th street. Brunch with friends and burn it off with some shopping cardio! They have something for everyone from beef to seafood, pasta, wings, brunch and cafe options. Take a look at there website to view more about BV's Grill and to make your reservation today!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fashion: The Arty & Sporty Sides of Cynthia Rowley's Spring 2015 Collection

Cynthia Rowley decided to switch things up unveiling an arty ultra glam line and contrasting it with a new sport attire collection. For the Arty the runway collection was filled with artful sixties-inspired oversized, graphic prints and clean tailored separates. Bold silhouettes and jumbo lace added to the modish-sportif. As for the Sporty the line displays a variety from work to workout to go out, these pieces offer the freshest take on an active lifestyle. She started with wetsuits and now continues adding fashion to function with cute scalloped running shorts, printed leggings, ripstop coveralls and even a gold plated bike helmet.

Here are some of my top picks from the new Cynthia Rowley Spring 2015 Collection. Need more? See all of the looks here on her website.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fashion Week: Georgine SS15 Collection at MBFW

Another stunning show by Georgine! The Spring/Summer 2015 Collection delivered beachside sophistication directly to New York Fashion Week. Inspired by the glamorous demimonde who descended onto Saint-Tropez during the summers of the 1970's, the collection consisted of luxurious golds, rich creams, shimmering metallics and fresh mint. Looks were accessorized with mink tote bags and beach towels as well as leather clutches in the shape of surfboards in collaboration with Max Steiner Design. GEORGINE has crafted gorgeous bathing suit inspired evening wear, elegant beaded chiffon caftans and trench coats worthy of a stroll down both the boardwalk and Fifth avenue alike. 

Throughout the show I saw so many pieces that I need for my closet and daydreamed of the various places I'd love to travel and debut these amazing creations by designer Georgine Ratelband. Below are some of my favorite looks. I had a problem narrowing it down, so I picked 12. Each collage shows different elements throughout the show with color, accessories, separates, dresses, and swimwear. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Fashion Week: Luis Antonio SS15 'MARITIME' Collection at MBFW

Loved this collection! The prints and textured fabrics were fantastic. There wasn't a piece I didn't like from beginning to end. It felt like a collection that had something every woman would want to wear and the prints were done so well that the boldness of them were more subtle. The fit and accessories for styling each model were executed flawlessly. Well done Luis Antonio!

More about the collection:
MARITIME is an effortless and chic collection inspired by nautical colors and motifs. Luis Antonio combines graphic art and symmetric forms to create unique fabrics for his entire collection. This collection is inspired by all things nautical, but with a twist. Sea workers and shipbuilders have been a main source of inspiration for the the graphic and abstract prints Luis Antonio designed with a team of graphic designers. Silk Organza, Silk Crepe, Silk Gazar, Canvas and Twill will be spotlighted this season to turn traditional nautical elements on their heads. Everyday can be luxurious with his new Spring/Summer collection.    
(All runway photos by Randy Brooke)

Luis Antonio

Fashion Week: Son Jung Wan SS15 Collection at MBFW

Son Jung Wan's Spring/Summer 2015 collection was inspired by the concept of yin and yang and the idea that contrasting elements do not conflict, but exist in harmony. What was interesting about this collection was the use of fabric and design elements that dress up the ensemble while using a more relaxed fit. I particularly enjoyed the rich jewel tones and the bold gold both were not featured much in other collections during fashion week.

Son Jung Wan used the blues of the Danube River, jungle green, deep purple and cool mint give a fresh feeling and stand out against chalk white and tan neutrals. Metallic threads and sequins bring to mind the glint of the sun, and add unique detailing to each look. Many tangible dualities arise when rough-textured fabrics like hemp are made into sinuous silhouettes. Shapes are soft and feminine in washed linen and sheer silk. 
(All runway photos by Rodin Banica)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fashion Week: August Getty SS15 Collection at MBFW

The debut of August Getty collection was magical, every look was gorgeous! The color palate of the spring/summer collection featured various white, pastel, metallic and black ensembles. The tailoring was impeccable adding to the exquisite styling of each model. The collection felt very cohesive including separates to gowns. I felt very privileged to be at their first show, they will be a household name in no time!

More about the designer & collection:
August calls upon memories of wildly delightful European Heiresses, Statues and his family’s botanical gardens. He would sit for hours and draw Hydrangeas, Peonies and Wisteria -- flowers that abundantly appear throughout this season’s collection. Glamour, power and prestige push the envelope of Getty’s designs that include drop dead, head turning dresses and gowns. Monochromatic gowns in Black, White, and Oxblood create architectural lines complemented by a palette of Lavender and Muted Rose, while fierce metallics flash light throughout the collection. Fabrications include French custom made lace, leather and silks.

The Designers: Natalia Getty Williams, August Getty, Ariadne Getty
 Perez Hilton & Whoopi Goldberg at the show

Fashion Week: Stella Nolasco SS15 MBFW Collection

One of my favorite this season was Stella Nolasco. This was her first show in the states and we're bound to see more after this stunning collection. Stella Nolasco experiments with elaborate fabrics made of bright, metallic sequins and sheer, delicate laces to add an element of surprise to her feminine pieces.  In tasteful pastels and ivory, Nolasco creates exciting, refreshing textures using thick and thin lace appliques to create form-fitting light gowns that create beautiful movement. Her play on “the visible and invisible” is fascinating to see and interpret with the prevalence of exposed backs and torsos mixed and expertly placed details to maintain lady-like air while having strong character with her daring silhouettes. It truly is a beautiful, Spring dream to see Nolasco’s creations walk down the runway this season.  

The designer herself: Stella Nolasco

Friday, September 12, 2014

Food Review: Washington Market Tavern

New restaurant with a downstairs private lounge, Washington Market Tavern is the new Tribeca hot spot! I had the pleasure of coming for a networking event and decided to stay for dinner with my roomie. I had so many great things about the menu while I was there that I couldn't pass up trying some of the menu items for myself. What's unique about Washington Market Tavern is that the menu is ever changing based on what is in season(being that it is a farm to table restaurant) and what inspires the chef. Also not a bad way to keep customers coming back for new tasty meal options.

They have a delicious array of cocktails and fun facts. Each signature cocktail has the name and date of the first cocktail pioneer that invented it. I chose The Font cocktail and it was nothing short of amazing! Bourbon is growing on me with its huge comeback in the cocktail world and the fact that my roommate is from Kentucky, haha. Besides that The Font is more than a drink its an experience; they light cloves and trap the smoke for it to release when you uncover it table side before your first sip!

As for dinner we decided to share three items: the heirloom tomato salad, the maine lobster with squash and zucchini  and the amish chicken (cooked 2 ways). I can't describe how delicious everything was and how the staff was incredibly attentive and helpful. We finished it all! Freshest, tastiest tomatoes I've ever had and who doesn't love lobster especially when there's an ample amount. Before I say this you need to know that I'm not a chicken fan (i know, insert gasp). I say this because its rarely extraordinary which makes me feel like whats the point in ordering it. I'd rather have something extra scrumptious. But the Amish chicken at Washington Market Tavern was juicy and cooked perfectly seared on one side making the skin extra crispy. I understand why it was highly recommended. We were too stuffed to get dessert sadly. Definitely plan to go back for the deconstructed s'more, I heard its similar to the presentation of The Font cocktail in terms of the smoke presentation.

Since this wasn't a planned restaurant review, I didn't have my DSLR camera. So please excuse the quality of my iPhone pics, lol. Everyone knows the camera in low-lighting isn't that great.
The Font (left): bourbon (I chose Larceny), sweet vermouth, oloroso sherry, maple syrup, Angostura bitters, clove smoke. - Larceny on the rocks on the right - 
 Heirloom tomato salad
 Maine Lobster with squash & zucchini 
Amish Chicken: corn & hominy succotash / corn nectar puree / house corn bread / roasted jus
A view of the upstairs decor
Some of their other specialties from their website