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SHOP THE LOOK
Forever 21 Launches NBA Collection

Last week, Joonbug.com attended the launch of the Forever 21 x NBA Collection at Forever 21 Times Square, along with Tim Hardaway Jr. of the New York Knicks and the NBA Dance Team. Guests at the event enjoyed music by DJ Mode, NBA giveaways, free cupcakes, and a Facebook photo contest, all while shopping the new collection before it was released globally. The new collection features seven popular NBA teams in the form of fashion and flirty fitted jersey dresses, athletic shorts and relaxed tanks, all with logos from the teams.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Review: The Pitch & Fork Tackles the UES

Since all good things come in threes, it's no wonder that the latest (and third) restaurant to join Jacques Restaurant Group is a smash success. The Pitch & Fork has joined the ranks of Jacques Brasserie and Jacques 1534 as part of Jacque Ouari's restaurant conglomerate. Catering to the residents of the Upper East Side, The Pitch & Fork boasts hand-crafted cocktails and a fine French gastropub.

CULTURE CLUB
Event Recap: Voyages Into the Unusual

Imagine how Alice felt as she fell down the rabbit's hole and maybe you will be able to comprehend what went on at Hendricks Gin's Voyages Into the Unusual. The event, which takes place every year in big cities across the country, makes its final stop in New York City. Words can scarcely describe what goes on during this booze-infused evening, filled with eccentricities you can hardly imagine. Drinks pushed into your hands through shelves lined with skulls, dancing flowers, hidden bars, and unique creatures are just some of the things you can expect to find on your voyage. As you imbibe your delicious Hendricks Gin cocktails and explore this unusual world, you might find yourself lucky enough to be grabbed by a small hand and led to a secret lair hidden beneath a giantess's skirt (you read that correctly). Inside you will find a punch bowl filled with 'Cucumber Blood' which will be served to you quickly before you get shooed back outside.

THE HOT SPOT
Tips for Dating in the Winter

Dating these days can be tough--add a snowy winter into the mix and it can be downright impossible. Why bundle up in excessive layers and head out to the bar when you can throw on pajamas and snuggle with yourself on the couch? Luckily, we've got some tips for you on how to make this winter count, courtesy of Christina Bloom, founder of Find Your FaceMate. Find Your FaceMate is a dating website that matches couples based on similar facial features. Bloom believes that you shouldn't hibernate during the winter, but instead go out and seek the love you desire!

INDUSTRY NEWS
Big Winners at The Gotham Awards

Earlier this week, Cipriani Wall Street played host to the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. Guests and celebrities alike enjoyed cocktails provided by Russian Standard Vodka. The awards featured seven categories; juries of filmmakers determined the winners, while moviegoers chose the winner of the audience award. During the ceremony, Steve Buscemi gave a heartfelt tribute to renowned actor James Gandolfini. Ethan Hawke and Julie Dempley also presented Richard Linklater with a tribute, while Lee Daniels paid tribute to Forest Whitaker. Other presenters at the awards included Mayor Bloomberg, Rashida Jones, Katheryn Hahn, Shailene Woodley and Jared Leto. The awards were hosted by comedian Nick Kroll.

DAILY BITES
Giano Does One of a Kind Italian

The restaurant undoubtedly draws patrons in with their incredible homemade pasta dishes, but they can wow you with more than just pasta. Giano boasts creative appetizers, such as Crocchette di Ricotta e Tonno (tuna and riccotta corquettes), outstanding PolPette al Pomodoro gratinate (meatballs), and Asparagi Gratinati (asparagus with fontina cheese). Each dish stood out on its own and made us excited to try what was next.

As mentioned, Giano is quite well known for their delicious pastas. With eight different selections to choose from it can be quite a difficult choice. Stand outs include Gnocchi ai 4 Formaggi (four cheese potato gnocchi), Ravioli di Spinaci e ricotta (spinach and ricotta ravioli) and Bigoli al ragu d’agnello e noci tostate (thick spaghetti with lamb ragout). The gnocchi was so good it melted in your mouth and had the perfect consistency. The bigoli was so unique and fun, while the ravioli was a real winner. You can't go wrong with whatever dish you choose.

PRIMP IT
Get the Look: Runway Ready Hair

Douglas Hannant's Spring/Summer 2014 collection showcased during New York Fashion Week to incredible reviews. In help with that was the classic, fresh-faced look of the models. Lead hair stylist, Edward Tricomi (co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salons), styled the girls with slicked back hair with a simple twist. This is a great look for every day or a night on the town.

To recreate the simple, elegant look, blowdry your hair with a flat brush and use L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, which protects the hair, fights frizz and adds shine. Once the hair is dry, add a dime-sized amount of Mythic Oil and run through your hair and then flatiron hair.

HAPPENINGS
A Charity Worth Knowing: The Doe Fund

The Doe Fund, a New York City based non-profit, works around the clock to develop and implement cost-effective, holistic programs that meet the needs of a diverse population working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction and criminal recidivism. The organization, which was founded by George T. McDonald, is best known for its award winning program Ready, Willing & Able, which puts thousands of men to work in its signature blue uniforms throughout the city, helping to keep more than 150 miles of NYC streets clean and green each day as a transitional employment program. The program offers homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals transitional work and housing, along with case management, life skills, educational assistance, occupational training and more. Joonbug recently took a trip to their headquarters in Brooklyn to take a tour of their facilities and find out what The Doe Fund is all about.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
It's Oyster Week!

Friday, September 20th, marks the start of a momentous occasion...the first day of New York Oyster Week! NYOW is a fun-filled celebrate of all things oyster. Oyster Week was founded by Kevin Joseph in order to celebrate the oyster and its role in the ecology, economy, and culture of our planet. Not many people know this, but oysters are good for more than just eating! NYOW works to raise awareness and funds for non-profits that work to protect and restore habitats in which oysters thrive. It's important to aide in oyster shell recovery, which helps with oyster reef restoration and the creation of new oyster beds, instead of throwing your shells into the trash. Additionally, our beloved city was actually built out of oysters! That's right, back in the day oysters were used as mortar and helped to build the amazing city we all know and love. So now it's time to give back to the creatures that we all hold dear to our hearts...er, mouths, and celebrate our favorite bicuspid.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Life is Beautiful Festival

Las Vegas is well known for its over the top parties and theatrics, which makes it the perfect city to kick off the inaugural Life is Beautiful Festival. On Friday, October 25th, 2013, from 8-12pm, 16 celebrity chefs will participate in 'Grills & Guitars,' a celebration of barbecue, combining creative open flame cooking with craft brews, artisanal wines and original cocktails. Participating chefs include Clayton Arakawa, Aaron Sanchez, Scott Conant and more, with special appearances by Tom Colicchio, Nancy Silverton and Michael Symon. During the festival, Chef Jonathon Waxman will be honored with the first ever commemorative award for his dedication to educating and mentoring many of today's top chefs.