I recently stopped by the Vera Bradley store in Soho NYC at 411 W Broadway. I’ve never been in a Vera Bradley store before but it really was an experience – a very enjoyable one! The colors are so vibrant & cheerful. The staff is so friendly. It’s a very happy place. Curious, I googled the brand and discovered an interesting history behind the brand. Personally, the travel accessories were my favorites, especially their makeup bags with clear panels so you can find things quickly. I also liked the Stylist Necklace Sets. Beyond that, it’s a matter of preference.
Recently, we were invited to an open house at 520 West 28th street in West Chelsea & it was nothing less than breathtaking. Brilliant & cutting edge interior design by Jennifer Post was one of the highlights of the tour. Combined with Zaha Hadid’s incredible architectural design and open views of the Highline below, the condominium residencies offer the latest in high-end luxury amenities — including an IMAX theater, robot valet service, a community of galleries and more.
Get ready for one of the (literally) hottest events in April as High River Sauces 5th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo returns to Brooklyn NY. Featuring 45 Hot Sauce vendors from throughout the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South American and England along with some great sponsors, this event is not to be missed. Some of the things you may find : Eating Challenges, Craft Beers, Spicy Food & Amazing Mix-Drinks including Stoli & Murphs Bloody Mary’s “The Bloody Mary Mix-Down.” Bartenders from the United States are slated to compete in this National Championship with the Best Bloody Mary winner going home with $2500.
With the year coming to an end, we decided to publish eight of our favorite photos from our street art gallery for readers to enjoy. While some of these artworks may still be found, many have been lost, moved or painted over. Unlike works of art found inside great museums, these artists and their works enjoy far less permanence but our camera has preserved them here.
A simple column beneath a scaffold is transformed into a colorful group of paintings on west 57th street NY NY.
Also at the same location, a colorful collection of dream-like portraits mingles with the old and new.
A shadowy figure stretches out an exaggerated hand above parked green and yellow cars in Brooklyn near MOFAD.
A young woman exposes an intricate tattoo as part of a collection of body art during fashion week.
A mysterious figure wearing a collage of prints similarly exposes a bare shoulder at Tao downtown’s passageway.
A tree trunk completely wrapped in a variety of colorful crochet patterns on New York’s West Side this summer.
Stunning architectural details greet subway riders passing through a stop in the financial district.
New York Yankees fans enjoyed viewing a custom Toyota Hybrid car at the New York Auto Show this year. Although very different from the other photos shown here, we’ve never seen this car before & aren’t sure where it ended up. Perhaps in a warehouse, showroom or repainted. From street art, to body art & commercial art, images provide an endless supply of creativity to be viewed, while it lasts.
The 7th Annual KidCinemaFest Film Festival returns to New York City from October 23 – 30, 2015. A much anticipated event, the festival will feature more than 30 films from more than 20 countries from around the world. Entry is free, open to the public, and English subtitles are provided. This year’s opening film is SON OF THE SEA is an animated film by Academy Award nominee Irish director Tomm Moor, and is suitable for all ages. The film draws its inspiration from Irish folklore and the Selkies, mythological creatures who have the ability to transform from seals to humans.
About the festival: KidCinemaFest Film Festival New York is a project of Cine-Art Entertainment Productions via the collaboration of City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center and Catholic Charities. The festival is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of its sponsors: LatinTrends Magazine and Manhattan Times in collaboration with ACDP, Asociación Comunal Dominicanos Progresistas, CUNY in the Heights and Casita Maria. Designed to encourage children to develop and cultivate an interest in a diverse range of films, KidCinemaFest offers a great opportunity for families and children to view new and exciting films together. Such events serve to enrich the city and community by allowing access to international films with unique perspectives on the world. Armando Guareño (the film festival founder and director) stated “This year’s film program strives to enrich the lives of children through the art of cinema, enabling children and families to learn from different cultures without having to leave New York City.” And Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez concurs with, “As a longtime supporter of the KidsCinemaFest, I’m incredibly proud of the success the program has enjoyed. Over a few short years it has grown to the preeminent children’s film festival in New York City, broadening the cultural horizons of hundreds.”
Recent Press: “KidCinemaFest venues are: Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 West 166th Street and Amsterdam), Casita Maria in the South Bronx (928 Simpson St at 163rd Street) CUNY in the Heights (5030 Broadway at 213th), Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en USA (541 West 145th St (2nd Floor), Beacon MS 326 (401 West 164th Street, New York, NY 10032 and public schools throughout Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the Bronx. KidCinemaFest closes on October 30th 2015 with the Argentinian film EL INVENTOR DE JUEGOS (The Games Maker) for ages 8 and over. The program also includes Alê Abreu’s film O MENINO E O MUNDO (Boy and the World) a Brazilian animation (for all ages); from the USA BUBBLE BUBBLE MEOWS AND THE METEOR STOMACHACHE by Matt Orefice (For all ages); KAHLIL GRBRAN: THE PROPHET (ages 12+) by various director including Tomm Moore and produced by Salma Hayek; the hilarious Mexican adventure LA FÓRMULA DEL DOCTOR FUNES (Doctor Fune’s Formula) directed by . José Bull (all ages); the beautiful Mexican animation LA INCREÍBLE HISTORIA DEL NIÑO DE PIEDRA (The incredible story of stone boy) Directed by Pablo Aldrete, Jaime Romadía, Miguel Bonilla, Miguel Ángel Uriegas (all ages); and PATEMA INVERTED by the well-known Japanese director Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Ages 10+).”
A series of short films will be also be shown, including Kid Flix Mix. This series is best suited for the youngest audience (ages 3 and up); Party Mix, a collection of beautiful short films from around the world, is more suitable for older children (ages 9 and up). ¡Viva! A showcase of the best of Spanish and Latin American short was chosen from over five years of New York International Children Film Festival short film programs.
For a complete list of films and show times, please visit www.kidcinemafest.com. Thank you.
Once upon a time, to recount the story of Cinderella, girls dreamed of meeting their Prince Charming at an exclusive gala where such fantasies were the stuff of popular fiction & fairy tales. Now fast-forward a few hundred years where the same demographic & dream can still be found beneath the vaulted marble ceilings at invite-only affairs. And while it might seem as if very little has changed, there has been one drastic transformation brought upon by the modern massive information treasure trove aka the internet, which in its hunger for new content, allows everyone to view photographs and stories about the select few at exclusive Cinderella-eque galas and parties. Even more exciting is the newfound opportunity to actually attend exclusive high-society events, as tickets and invites are now offered for sale online to anyone willing and/or able to pay for them(or lucky enough to find a great discount via promo codes and coupons). It was by this exact method that we managed to score tickets to a few of this season’s exclusive VIP Polo events and it did not disappoint (for more information on how to attend a Polo match visit www.internationalpoloclub.com). Yet the sport of Polo is somewhat of an enigma for those unfamiliar with the game. How does one prepare for a Polo match? If you’ve never been to one, we’ve provided a quick crash course on the Polo dress code.
POLO : WHAT TO WEAR
- Women who choose to attend Polo matches do so for many reasons, but certainly one of the top reasons is to watch the handsome Polo players & meet a potential romantic interest (& hopefully one who is well-off enough to afford Polo). The way you dress ought to reflect your intentions, whether you’re there for purely the sport, networking or something else..
- If you’re there purely for the game: men should wear a nice dress or polo shirt and khakis or neat Bermuda shorts. Don’t wear jeans(unless they’re white), doing so will red-flag you as “uninformed” unless you’re so rich or famous that it doesn’t matter. Even so, it’s polite to respect the dress code regardless.
- If you’re there to network: men should wear a sports coat and women should wear an appropriate dress. Below the knee is suggested, paired with flats (not heels due to the soft ground). If you own an expensive watch, wear it to the game and casually flash it at the check-in desk. Wear something designer, but not everything designer with labels all over the place. In our opinion, good designers are so high quality that one doesn’t need to have a garish name/label obviously displayed. Some good choices include: Lilly Pulitzer (an ever-popular choice), Burberry, Chanel, Cartier and of course Ralph Lauren and Hermes; Lulus.com has a curated selection of floral and cocktail dresses for this season.
- If you’re there looking to meet someone & connect romantically: you have a few options but don’t make the classic mistake that most newbies do and show up wearing stiletto heels and a bodycon dress because that’s an obvious sign you have no clue. Remember, you’re going to a Polo match not a night club. Sharp stiletto heels will only sink into the ground and cause damage the lawn. Also, by wearing heels, you will be unable to participate in the stomping of the divots, a perfect chance to meet new people while getting your frustrations out.
- Whatever your reason for going: remember to wear SPF sunscreen and bring along a hat and sunglasses.
- If you aren’t sure about what to wear, look at photographs on the web and see what other people are currently wearing.
- Keep in mind that Polo is its own world in a sense, there are rules, etiquette and traditions. If you’re living in the city, don’t make the mistake of wearing the same stuff you’d wear downtown unless you want to be labelled as a city-dweller. It’s far better to “blend in” by dressing and acting appropriately than to stand out (unless that’s your intention).
- Finally, Polo matches are a great place to show off your taste in automobiles; if you own a classic car or luxury convertible vehicle, now is the time to take it out of the garage for a spin. People love showing up in their expensive cars at Polo matches and showing them off. In fact, if you look at the companies who sponsor Polo matches, you’ll often find automakers like Mercedes Benz, Audi, Tesla et cetera listed as major sponsors. So if you happen to own a car made by the luxury automotive brand sponsoring the match, remember to bring your car key with you and flash it– it could get you some great perks!