New York City – Perfect Mini Weekend Break

If there’s one place that needs to be on your travel bucket list, it’s New York City. This is the one place that people from all over the world link to the United States. It features some of the most iconic sights, showcases some great unique neighborhoods and provides a striking backdrop for a fantastic weekend away. Of course, in an ideal world, most of us would have a lot longer than just a weekend to spend in New York City. But with a full time job to hold down, most of us are lucky to just get a few days of escape every couple of months. You might have shunned New York before and have put it down as being ‘too touristy’ or ‘too busy’. But, here are some reasons why we think it’s the perfect place for a weekend city break.

The travel system

Okay, so most people don’t pay attention to the local public transport when they are finding somewhere to go on vacation. But, when you only have a couple of days in one specific location, time is of the essence! Take an hour or so before your weekend away to familiarize yourself with the public transport system in and around New York City. As it is such as metropolitan place, it is relatively easy to get from one side of the city to the other on very reliable transport. You can travel by bus, by subway, by tram or even by boat down the Hudson River! If you are planning to travel quite extensively around the city while you are there, it may also be worth investing in a Metro Card. Plus, it would be a crime to visit New York and not take a ride in one of the famous yellow cabs – start practicing your hailing technique now!

The things to do

One thing is for sure: you’ll never be bored in New York City. There are way too many things to do to be able to get round them all in one weekend, so you will need to pick the very best to make the most of your time there. If you want a quiet, sophisticated activity that will take you away from the crowds of tourists, why not indulge in  wine tasting ny? Taking a stroll through Central Park is also a NY must-do, and if you want to go slightly off the beaten track, Brooklyn is a quirky neighborhood full of great independent eateries.

The places to stay

New York has some of the most diverse accommodation in the world, so you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to where to stay! If you like familiarity, you can simply choose one of the main international hotel chains that are within the city. Some of these are particularly close to the airports, which can come in useful when you don’t have much time to spend there. If you want something a little more individual, however, why not check out one of New York’s many famous hotels, or even stay at a bed and breakfast?

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The Life of Pablo Pop-Up Shop – Merchandise Launch

Kanye West hosted “The Life of Pablo” Pop-Up Shop at 21 international locations. Merchandise sold at the stores included Basic T-Shirts, Bomber Jackets, Hoodies, Military Jackets, and Baseball Caps.

Several fashion enthusiasts visited the shop.  Potential customers waited outside for several hours to view the merchandise.  Thus, the collection received mixed reviews due to the price, style, and return policy of the clothing.

Visual design of the pop-up shop was reminiscent of a minimalistic style with white walls, mirrors, and a few racks of clothing.

It was an interesting launch for “The Life of Pablo” Collection and sure this is only the beginning for the Music Artist and Fashion Designer.

Urban Stems Floral Design Workshop with Baltimore

UrbanStems is an on-demand flower delivery service sending happiness in DC, NY, and now Baltimore! We deliver beautiful, custom designed bouquets starting at $35 via bike couriers within two hours. We’re expanding quickly and will be delivering in Philly soon, too.
At UrbanStems, we firmly believe that you can’t buy happiness, but you can send flowers, and that’s pretty much the same thing! We created UrbanStems to make it easy, affordable and fun to make someone’s day (or your own) with stunning bouquets and gifts. We’re in the business of inspiring delight in our team, our customers, and our community, and every decision we make stems from our ultimate goal: to make the world a happier place.
UrbanStems: @sendurbanstems (Twitter and Instagram), #SendHappyBmore
Photographer, Isaiah Winters: @isaiahrw (Twitter and Instagram)
Location, Ceremony Coffee, 520 Park Ave: @ceremonycoffee (Twitter and Instagram)
Hashtags: #SendHappyBmore


Cabana Southampton – Shopping for Beyonce, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid

Cabana Chrissy Teigen

Cabana Southampton has everything you need to get your favorite celebrity’s look this summer. From Beyonce, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, A$AP Rocky, Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen, Kate Hudson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and everyone in between Cabana Southampton, the concept shop located at 53 Jobs Lane, has been curated by owner Julie Heller to bring everything you need to get your celebrity fashion game on point this summer to a one-stop shopping destination.

Score the jeans loved by Kendall Jenner, Olivia Wilde, and Heidi Klum (AMO Jeans), pick up some KREWE du Optic sunnies that Gigi Hadid seems to never leave home without. Also new this season is celeb-favorite label Anine Bing, the brand behind those lace bralette moments that Kendall Jenner has been stepping out in on the regular and some seriously chic boots we’ve spotted on Jessica Alba and Gigi Hadid. Don’t forget to pick up a Janessa Leone hat to shield you from the summer rays in the style of Beyonce, Chrissy Teigen, Kendall Jenner, or Rosie… or opt for Vanessa Hudgens’ summer hat of choice from Lack of Color. For a chilly eve, there’s always leather label VEDA, a favorite of Emily Ratajowski, Emma Roberts, and Leandra Medine. Layer it over Jennifer Lawrence’s cami of choice from Anine Bing. More ideas below…

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Cabana is a conceptual store where fashion, art, and culture coexist.

Cabana serves as a resource for expertly curated luxury items for the sophisticated and educated consumer who finds themself in The Hamptons during the summer season. The shop, which first opened in May 2015, carries a mix of women’s, men’s, and home designers brought to you from cities around the globe like Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Marrakech, Paris, and Tokyo as well as the home base of founder & curator Julie Heller, New York City. Cabana’s minimal gallery-like interiors are outfitted with works by Chris Martin, Leo Gabin, Rob Pruitt, Tony Lewis & Walead Beshty. The concept store hosts a range of coveted brands such as Alyx Studios, AMO Denim, Anine Bing, Auguste, Edith A. Miller, retaW, Alex Israel’s Icarus, Deer Dana, LaCausa, One Grey Day, Simon Miller, Veda, EraLuxe, Atalaye, Industry of All Nations, Frankie, La Paz, Stampd L.A., Freeway Eyewear, Janessa Leone, KREWE du optic, Lack of Color, Love Me Baby by Curtis Kulig, Matt Bernson, People Footwear, Regime des Fleurs, Hotel Costes, Ligne Blanche Paris, Medicom Toy Bearbrick, Studio Sandoval, Well Received, BAGGU, Nikolai Rose, and more…

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MoCADA 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball – Celebrity Attendees





Derrick Adams, The Rockefeller Foundation &

Studio One Eighty-Nine Founders Rosario Dawson and

Abrima Erwiah Were Honored with Advocacy Awards

Honorary Gala Chair Attendees Included Maxwell and Estelle – Celebrity guest attendees included Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe, Justine Skye, Fab Five Freddy & More

VIP Cocktail Reception Presented by Martell Cognacs Featured A Special Performance by Bilal and Visual Artist Laolu Senbanjo

Featured Benefit Paddle8 Art Auction Curated by Mickalene Thomas

Yesterday in Brooklyn New York, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), celebrated its 16th anniversary of serving the community through the arts with its 2nd annual MoCADA Masquerade Ball held on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Lepercq Ballroom. The annual Spring Gala fundraiser is aligned around an annual campaign to raise monies for community programs and to continually fund the development of their new larger museum in Brooklyn.

The MoCADA Masquerade Ball celebrated individuals who have positively influenced the Contemporary African Diasporan Arts and the community, including Derrick Adams who received the Artist Advocacy Award, The Rockefeller Foundation who received the Philanthropic Advocacy Award, and Studio One Eighty Nine Founders Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah who received the Social Justice Advocacy Award. The MoCADA Masquerade Ball was hosted by Tai Beauchamp and Emil Wilbekin and featured honorary Gala Chairs: Maxwell and Estelle. Celebrity guest attendees included Lion Babe, Justine Skye, Fab Five Freddy and more.

The MoCADA Annual Gala attracts individuals from New York’s most distinguished artistic and professional communities. This year, additional attendees included: Artist Kehinde Wiley, American fashion designer Charles Harbison, Isolde Brielmaier (Director of Contemporary Art Initiative, Westfield World Trade Center), Joi Brown (SVP Marketing & Brand Partnerships Atlantic Records), Kevin Parker (New York Senator), Legendary Damon, DJ MOMA, Laurie Cumbo (MoCADA Founder and New York City Council Member), Nausheen Shah (Fashion Influencer), Brett Johnson (Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated film The Butler) Zia Khan (Rockefeller Foundation) and more.

The MoCADA Masquerade Ball was underwritten by several generous corporations committed to supporting the community. The evening’s sponsors included Black Enterprise, Cholula Hot Sauce; FOX Audience Strategy, Habana Outpost, HBO, JetBlue and Martell Cognac.

Additionally, MoCADA partnered with Paddle8, the award winning online auction house that offers museum-worthy works and contemporary collectibles. Paddle 8 offered an unprecedented online auction that was curated by Mickelene Thomas and include works from artists Renee Cox, Sanford Biggers Carrie Mae Weems and more. The online auction went live on May 5th and concluded post event on May 19th. For more information, please visit

During the MoCADA Gala’s VIP Cocktail Reception, guests enjoyed a specialty cocktail menu that featured Martell Cognac favorites. Guests also were treated to an intimate performance by R&B artist Bilal as well as live art by Nigerian visual artist Laolu Senbanjo.

MoCADA uses art to strengthen community, both locally and internationally. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture. Serving both youth and adults, MoCADA challenges the traditional definitions of the “museum”, using art to impact lives both within its physical walls and throughout the wider community.

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About MoCADA
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) was established in 1999 as Brooklyn’s first and only museum dedicated to the creation and interpretation of contemporary Black arts and culture. Starting from humble beginnings on the fourth floor of a Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone, MoCADA has since expanded from a grassroots startup with a social justice mission, to an internationally-recognized arts institution. Now located in Fort Greene, the museum has established a reputation for cutting-edge exhibitions and programs that cross artistic disciplines and create opportunities for emerging artists. MoCADA has produced over 60 exhibitions and 500 public programs, expanding from the museum’s main gallery to the streets, parks, schools, and public housing of Brooklyn and beyond, challenging the boundaries of the traditional museum to build community and increase public access to the arts.


Fashion Week season kicks off this Wednesday in New York, pick up the live stream here…

Rightster is thrilled to be working with IMG once again to provide the official live stream across theMBFW FW 2015
The Rightster fashion portal will feature:

50+ LIVE shows will be broadcast through our 24/7 automatically updating player.
Behind the Scenes looks
Model & Designer Interviews
Studio Stops

You can access the LIVE player here 


Kate Spade New York: Places to Go People to See New Book

Kate Spade

New York, NY (October 2014): American fashion and lifestyle brand kate spade new york shares vibrant photography and words of wisdom in the brand’s new hardcover book, kate spade new york: places to go, people to see.

Perfect for the experienced traveler or aspirational wanderlust, kate spade new york: places to go, people to see focuses on the how, where and why of travel through the lens of the always-inspired kate spade new york girl. Old-world glamour and a dash of charm fill the pages of kate spade new york’s most recent collection of passport-warranting inspiration. A colorful array destinations such as Paris, New York City, the Amalfi Coast, Marrakech, Tokyo, and St. Moritz are imagined through kate spade new york’s signature energetic imagery and thoughtful quotes. kate spade new york: places to go, people to see is a curated volume of captivating sights and experiences, influencing readers to live a travel-inspired lifestyle at home.

“Travel is a constant source of inspiration for me. kate spade new york: places to go, people to see is an illustrated compilation of the treasures that have formed the backbone of our collections over the years.”
— Deborah Lloyd, President and Chief Creative Officer, kate spade new york.

kate spade new york: places to go, people to see, the brand’s second book published by Abrams, will be available for purchase starting on October 14, 2014 through and major book sellers nationwide.

About kate spade new york
In 1993, Kate Spade designed the utilitarian bag she had been craving for years but couldn’t find anywhere and so began a revolution in the accessories market. Simple silhouettes with clever details and crisp palettes soon established a visual shorthand for the brand that’s recognizable the world over. In 2007, Kate Spade turned the reins over to the design powerhouse, Liz Claiborne Inc. which then became Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc, and now operates under Kate Spade & Company (NYSE: KATE). Deborah Lloyd, formerly of Banana Republic and Burberry took the helm as Chief Creative Officer with an aim to broadening the line while honoring Kate’s rich history. Today you’ll find the brand on the arms of women everywhere with nearly 300 kate spade new york stoes worldwide and a thriving e-commerce business.

kate spade new york: places to go, people to see
By kate spade new york
ISBN 978-1-41971-392-7
FORMAT Hardcover
PRICE $40.00
On Sale Date—October 16, 2014

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Angela Simmons – Giving Us Instagram Life

Angela Simmons gives us Instagram Life with her fashion-forward photos and creative style. She does a fabulous job mixing street glam with high couture. In my opinion, Angela is on her way to becoming a style icon.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez – Duplessis

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a New York and Connecticut Makeup Artist. Brandy, a native New Yorker, has worked at Estee Lauder in New York, the first M.A.C. Cosmetics counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in New Orleans, and owned and operated her own makeup boutique BGD Beauty Bar in New Orleans.

In demand as a freelance makeup artist, Gomez-Duplessis relocated back to New York and this is where this fashion forward maven began to craft her brand. As a New York Makeup Artist, Brandy Gomez- Duplessis is always moving between celebrity clients, red carpet events, fashion shows, and various makeup assignments.

Gomez-Duplessis has worked with: Kerry Washington, Golden Globe & Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Kim Kardashian, Malin Ackerman, Angela Bassett, Khloè Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Jordin Sparks, Reggie Bush, Chris Paul, and Usher. 

Additional Credentials: The View TV Show December 2012 Key Artist for Sherri Shepard Wig Segment L’OREAL Paris “Women Of Worth Awards” December 2012 Beauty makeup on honorees L’OREAL Paris USA November 2012 Glam Holiday Makeup Magaschoni Showroom November 2012 Beauty Makeup MTV 10 On Top Fashion Special November 2012 Key Makeup Artist Stila Cosmetics November 2012 Winter Makeup Looks L’OREAL Paris USA November 2012 Glamour Magazine #WOTY Awards Imagine Dragon Music Video November 2012 Key Makeup Artist Stila Cosmetics October 2012 Fall Makeup Looks 

The Fly Cut October 2012 Beauty makeup on guest L’OREAL Paris Project Runway Collection Party October 2012 Beauty makeup on guest L’OREAL Paris Product Launch September 2012 Makeup on L’OREAL Executives Cesar Galindo Fashion Show September 2012 Beauty makeup on models Project Runway Finale September 2012 Beauty makeup on models Limelight Shops Fashion Night Out September 2012 Special Guest Makeup Artist did beauty makeup on guest 

To learn more about the artist click on the following links: BGD Makeup Artistry, Brandy Gomez – Duplessis Portfolio, Inside The Life of a Glam Makeup Artist, and IMDb


Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis in Ebony Magazine September 2012 issue Beauty Awards (4)


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Celebrity Stylist and Coldwater Creek Style Consultant Cristina Ehrlich Visits the Manhattan Store

NYE 2012 Recap: New York, Washington DC, and Baltimore

NYE is a time to celebrate “new” beginnings with family and friends! This is also a significant holiday because we create resolutions that will inspire us for the upcoming year.

Although 2012 was dynamic year, I think it’s universal to say that we’re (all) striving towards individual change, personal growth, and a closer spiritual connection for the 2013 year.

Check out our New Year’s Eve {2012} Recap from Style Life


From New York, Washington DC, and Baltimore the socialites were out having a good time.  Cheers (raise your champagne flute) to the New Year!


Tyrice Johnson from The Belvedere Agency in New York


Celebrating in the New York: New year, new trend! Among the number of new trends this new year in the Big Apple, many New Yorkers and celebs, opted to attend small intimate house parties rather than foot the bill for a lavish night out. Low-key parties were attended by socialites and trendsetters throughout the city. Despite the smaller venues attended this New Year’s Eve, fashion was in full swing! Tuxedo jackets adorned or paired with heavy jewelry was a consistent trend.



Barbara Choice from Choice Management, LLC in Washington DC


Celebrating in Washington DC: I celebrated New Year’s Eve in DC at Alero’s Restaurant and Bar Nine. I purchased my dress and coat from H&M and wore Zara Shoes. My New Year’s Resolution is continue to work on me in becoming a better person!


Nafessah Carter English Teacher in Baltimore, Maryland (on the far left)


Celebrating in Baltimore: We partied at Select Lounge in Baltimore, Maryland. One of my New Years resolutions is to get closer to God.



Kimmie West from Style Life in Baltimore, Maryland

Celebrating in Baltimore: We celebrated at the Pisces Lounge, at the Hyatt Place Baltimore (where we also made a reservation for the evening.) I wore a black lace dress purchased from H&M along with black, leather knee boots (from Guess.) I also carried a black fur coat, just in case we stepped outside for the fireworks. The ADIDAS snapback cap was a gift to my hubby, who thought “this” would make a “fly” picture! {wink}




The fireworks show at the Baltimore Harbor