Most of you know Drita D'Avanzo as one of the stars of Vh1's Mob Wives, but what you didn't know was that prior to starring in the hit reality show, Drita was one of the most in-demand makeup artists in New York City. She received her cosmetology license and spent over 10 years working with top luxury brands like Saks Fifth Avenue. With her extensive experience working with everyone from models to your everyday woman, as well as a range of makeup products, Drita decided to create her own cosmetics line, Just Me Cosmetics. Along with the line, Drita also opened a makeup store in Staten Island called Just Make Me Over, where she provides makeup servies to customers.
Le Cercle Rive Droite, an organization dedicated to bringing together the most prestigious chateaux from The Right Bank of the Gironde Estuary in the Bordeaux region, is hosting a one night only event this week in New York City. On Thursday, April 18th, Le Cercle Rive Droite will be hosting an exclusive wine event at Millesime inside the Carlton Hotel (92 Madison Avenue) where they will be introducing their 2010 Bordeaux vintages and the 2012 en primeur wines. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the producers, association president Dr. Alain Raynaud, and try the best offerings of 32 chateaux from the region. Tickets for the consumer portion of the event are on sale for $150 with 10% if ticket sales going to Citymeals-on-Wheels (can be purchased here). Additionally, there will be a silent auction during the event where guests can bid on their favorite Right Bank bottles and magnums, with 100% of the proceeds going toward Citymeals-on-Wheels.
You can check out all of the participating wineries here.
Next Thursday, April 25th, Pratt Institute's Fashion Show + Cocktail Benefit Honoring Thom Browne, will take place at Center548. The show will present innovative and forward-thinking collections that showcase the intersection of fashion, film, and technology presented by graduating students. This year's show marks the 114th annual showcase. The collections that appear on the runway will highlight the technical and creative strengths of Pratt students as emerging designers and will be pre-selected by esteemed fashion industry leaders. The professional runway show provides a unqiue platform for Pratt students to demonstrate creative acheivement by designing, producing, and presenting their collections. The award presentation honoring prestigious designer, Thom Browne and fashion show will begin at 6pm. A cocktail benefit reception will follow taking place at The Top of the Standard at 7:30pm. Past award winners include Diane Von Furstenberg, Narcisco Rodriguez, Catherine Malendrino, among others. Past award winner Hamish Bowles will be presenting Thom Browne with his award.
Let's preface this review by saying that this is some of the best damn pasta we've ever eaten. Seriously. Located in SoHo, Galli opened up in late 2012 and continues serving up delicious Italian comfort food. Envisioned by Steve Gallo, Karen Gallo, and Michael Forrest, this hip downtown restaurant exudes sophistication with an edge. Upon entering, you will find cozy cafe-style seating and a marble bar that's just the right size. Head back into the main dining room, where you will find booth seating and communal tables underneath a fun glass roof, perfect for both intimate occasions and larger parties. But enough about the scenery—what you'll really be feasting your eyes on is the food, and it sure does look just as delicious as it tastes.
Lexington Brass: This EMM Group restaurant recently introduced an epic boozy brunch available every weekend. The restaurant offers a DIY champagne kit for groups of two ($50) or four ($85), which also includes a six-course tasting of comfort creations, such as jelly donuts, waffles, and truffle fries. Does it get any better than that?
Pennsylvania 6: This recently opened restaurant just introduced brunch to its weekend menu. Make sure to stop by mixologist Craig Hutson's Bloody Mary Bar, where you can play bartender and craft your own boozy concoction—start with the vodka of your choice and choose from an array of mixes, hot sauces, stuffed olive, jalapenos, and more. Basically all you could ever want in your Bloody Mary is yours for the taking.
Infuse Your Own Soju: Mono + Mono is launching an amazing 'Infuse Your Own Soju' program that will take place every Monday evening during the month of May. Soju expert and owner, MJ Chung, will guide diners through using fresh fruits and herbs to imbue Korea's national spirit with amazing flavors. All you have to do is make a reservation!
Wine Tasting Dinner: Ooh la la! Crown Group Hospitality will be hosting their first ever wine tasting dinner in a series focused on highly sought-after producers and vintages from various regions. The first dinner will launch April 15th at the Lion, followed by a vintage tasting at Crown on April 22nd. All of the tastings include a five-course pairing menu led by Chef Proprietor John DeLucie.
Christopher Fischer stuns us all again with this super chic cover-up. The Kehinde Cover-up ($275) is a great, easy look to go over any swimsuit. Best of all, it's mesh fabric allows onlookers to admire that to die for bikini you've got on underneath it.
Blue Glue has so many amazing cover-ups for this season, it's hard to pick a favorite. Every style you can imagine, they've got it. We particularly love this Alhambra Paleo Cover-up ($50), which is sensual without being overtly so. Best of all, you don't need to go far to find a great accessory to pair with it—Blue Glue collections offer matching bikinis, jewelry, beach bags, and more.
For the third year in a row, Hamptonites will have the amazing opportunity to indulge in the tastiest food around at Dan's Taste of Two Forks. Presented by Farrell Building Company, famed Chef Bobby Flay will serve as the host of the main event on Saturday evening, July 13th. The event takes place at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. This culinary event is known as the food and wine event in the Hamptons, where attendees can sample the best dishes from local restaurants, sip on wine from local vineyards, and sample goods from East End purveyors. The event will also feature music from DJ Phresh. A portion of this year's proceeds will go toward All For the East End, an organization dedicated to generating new and creative sources of funding and support for the non-profits of Long Island's East End townships.
A mentally unstable man walks into a room full of strangers...thus begins Bullet Catch, a riveting show written and performed by Rob Drummond and directed by David Overend at 59E59 Theaters. The 75 minute show just had its US premiere and will be running through April 21st. The bullet catch is an infamous magic trick, so dangerous that Houdini himself refused to even attempt it. It has claimed the lives of at least 12 illusionists, assistants, and spectators since its conception in 1613. The trick goes as this—a volunteer is told to aim a gun at the magician's face and pull the trigger. If all goes well, the bullet will be caught between the magician's teeth. If all doesn't go well...well, you can imagine the mess. Rob Drummond tells the tale of this epic piece of magic, all while entertaining with mind reading, levitation, and heartfelt storytelling. The tension rises as the show draws nearer to the end and audience members are anxious to witness the show's notorious finale.