'Tis the season of giving and what better way to give back than looking good while doing it? The fashion company Otrera is teaming up with VH1 Save the Music Foundation for the End of the World (predicted by the Mayans to be 12/21/12) by launching a new line of protective and playful scarves. The VH1 Save the Music Foundation is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. 10% of all sales will benefit the organization.
Last night, The Sanctuary Hotel's Haven Rooftop debuted its new winter Ski Chalet. Instead of hitting the slopes in Vail and Aspen, stay put in NYC for a great (and less expensive) alternative. Waitresses donned sexy ski bunny outfits while serving Russian Standard Vodka on a shot ski. Other winter-themed cocktails were served, such as the Ultimate Irish Coffee and Candy Cane Martini. The rooftop was decked out with winter-worthy decor, complete with snow but without the chill. Haven Rooftop's Snowed In Thursday party will debut tonight, with top DJs spinning nightly Wed-Sat nights. Get the snowy reprieve from city life without the chasing it with the flu.
When Seun Olubodun used his dog, Duke, as inspiration for his fashion line, he had no idea it would become such a success. Duke & Winston, the company that offers east coast-inspired garments, is named after a bulldog and Winston Churchill...so obviously it can do no wrong.
The fashion line was created in 2009 and was solely focused on menswear. The goal was to create casual duds for the modern gentleman - sorry, Ed Hardy fans, that discludes you. The graphic tees in the collection sported Duke's mean mug and was an instant hit, and we can sure see why. Now the line has expanded to include both womenswear and clothing for pets (check out the perfect stocking stuffer for the pet lover here). Seun states of his most recent collection - his Fall 2012 Boathouse Row series - that he was "inspired to put together a fall line that is a little more refined than my more graphic line of t-shirts. It focuses more on subtle graphics and embroideries, and makes a perfect transition from summer to fall.”
Ilili Restaurant, which was just rated the #1 Mediterranean Restaurant in NYC by OpenTable diners, is joining the Sandy cause On Sunday, December 9th, the restaurant will donate 10% of all dinner sales to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Additionally, for the entire week, $1 of their signature Sandy Relief Cocktail will be donated to the same organization. The $15 cocktail is comprised of grapefruit, fresh mint, orange blossom simple syrup, with your choice of gin or vodka.
ilili is located at 236 5th Avenue. 212 683-2929
Photographer Matthew Rolston will be debuting his new book, Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits at Art Basel Miami. The launch party is sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and the famous, Fontainebleau on Friday December 7th from 7-9 pm.
The event will feature large-scale prints from the book and there will also be books available for purchase and Rolston will be on hand to sign copies. Hendrick's Gin will be serving cocktails inspired by the images along with tasty hors d'oeuvres.
Exclusiv Vodka launched in 2001, but has only emerged in the US in the past few years. The small vodka company based out of Moldova, a small country that neighbors the creator, Serge Chistov's, Ukranian home. The vodka is produced using only the best winter wheat, resulting in a natural sweetness and uses naturally filtrated water from Central Europe. Now that we've got a taste of this vodka, we want to share with you why it's so good!
It's Cheap. Let's face it, the economy is still struggling and with it, our bank accounts. So at a jaw-dropping price of $9.99 a bottle (no, we aren't joking), it's hard not to swipe up a bottle or five. Talk about bang for your buck!
The holidays are upon us! Take a break from that exhausting holiday shopping and enjoy this wonderful time of year by taking in a show, taking advantage of great deals, and eating your hearts out!
Gotham Burlesque Holiday Show: December 15th at 10pm, Stage 72 will play host to the sexiest ladies around. The titillating burlesque show will feature some of New York's hottest names in the biz, such as Nasty Canasta, Peekaboo Pointe, Minnie Tonka, Shelly Watson, and many more. The show will be hosted by World Famous *Bob*. Ticket prices range from $37-$49 and can be purchased here.
Four editors from some of the hottest fashion magazines in the world collaborated with Forever 21 to select this season's hottest looks. The participating editors include Laurel Pantin from Glamour, Mary Kate Steinmiller from Teen Vogue, Lindsey Frugier from W, and Justin Berkowitz from Details.
Each editor's picks will be featured in Forever 21 stores across the country throughout the holidays. The store will also sell one year subscriptions to the magazines for $8-$12.
Christmas is right around the corner and will be here before we know it. The best way to get prepared, besides shopping, is celebrating the holiday season with plenty of boozy treats. Check out the recipes below to serve up at your X-mas shindig, all inspired by America's holiday treat - candy canes!
Candy Cane (2 servings) 2 oz. BOLS Peppermint White
2 oz. BOLS Creme de Cacao White
2 oz. milk
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
½ oz. grenadine
Blend all ingredients and pour into glass.
Chocolate Peppermint Cookie
¾ oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
¾ oz. Godiva Liqueur
1-1/2 oz. Cream
Rim martini glass with chocolate syrup and crushed candy canes. Shake ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into martini glass.
Santlov, a Miami-based photographer and graphic artist, will be display his work at the brand new South Beach hotel, Gale Hotel on December 6th, the second day of Art Basel. Santlov has blown up on Instagram, with over 277,000 followers, and now he has this amazing opportunity to display his art in Miami. The event will take place at 7:30pm with a private cocktail reception in the Regent Bar, with Don Julio 1942 and Johnnie Walker Blue Label serving as the sponsors. After the reception, the doors will open to the public, with a personal tour of his underground gallery. Santlov will also announce the opening of Miami's new weekly party, BeachKred. Musical sensations Santigold, DJ Ruckus, Ross One, and Trouble Andrew will join Santlov in hosting this great event.