With the biggest award show falling this weekend, it's imperative to be prepared -- all the celebs are, after all. As you watch the hottest start walk the red carpet, sip on Oscar-worthy cocktails, full of bling, posing power, James Bond appeal. Whip up one of these camera-ready concoctions and get ready for your close up!
Pucker Bold Berry Bling
1 ½ parts Pucker Vodka Raspberry Rave
3 Fresh Blackberries
2-3 Fresh Basil Leaves
1 part Soda
1 part Lemon-Lime Soda
Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Gently squeeze the juice from the blackberries and add the berries to the shaker. Tear basil into small pieces and add. Add vodka and shake vigorously. Add soda, lemon-lime soda and pour into a Collins glass.
There's a whole lotta lady around these days, and we aren't just talking about Lady Gaga. Lady Starlight, Lady Gaga's friend and opening act for the recently postponed Born This Way Ball tour, is having a one night only Lil Monsters Heavy Metal Disco show at The Gramercy Theatre this Saturday, February 23 at 11pm. Joining her for this fun rock 'n' roll cabaret are Breedlove, The Dirty Pearls, and Arianna & The Rose. Lady Starlight, is a unique DJ and performer in her own way. She mixes heavy rock and metal into her sets and is intent upon bringing it back to pop culture. We got to chat with the budding star about opening for Lady Gaga, her upcoming performance, and what's on tap for the future.
Fashion Week is not only the most fashionable week in NYC, but also the week with the hottest parties and soirees. The first half of last week brought some amazing parties, but the second half of the week was just as fun. Check out what went on the rest of the week below:
Callula Lillibelle: Designer Melanie Fraser Hart showcased her Fall 2013 Callula Lillibelle collection at Hudson Terrace on Valentine's Day. The inspiration behind her latest collection was 'Puzzle Pieces in Motion,' and her muse was actress Christy Scott Cashman, who attended the event in one of the designer's signature coat dresses. Models worked the room and ballerinas posed around the salon, while guests enjoyed the view and Vision Vodka cocktails. Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin performed her hit "Feel So Alive." Guests included Jean Shafiroff, Michelle Marie Heinemann, Leesa Rowland, Steve Stanulis, Kathleen Giordano, and many more.
Watch the 85th Academy Awards in style at KTCHN Restaurant. Their viewing party will play homage to the first annual Academy Awards in 1929. Enjoy a cocktail hour at 7pm featuring champagne drink specials and complimentary hors d'oeuvres while you watch the red carpet arrivals on the restaurant's 120 inch screen TV. Continue the evening watching the awards ceremony while feasting on a special menu showcasing the dishes served at the first Oscar awards dinner, including consomme celestine, filet of sole saute au beurre and long branch potatoes, or you can opt for KTCHN's regular dinner menu.
All guests will have a chance to predict the night's big winners for the chance to win a variety of prizes and even their own Oscar (the edible candy version). Please book your reservations in advance at their website. Happy viewing!
NOLCHA Fashion Week showcased some of the best independant designers around. Fashion junkies, celebrities, and the media flocked to Chelsea Piers this week to check out some of the hottest fashion and we were not disappointed. Although there were so many great looks and trends on the runway this week, we've selected our three favorites trends from NOLCHA that we can't wait to see more of!
Tulle Skirts: Mermaid sillouhettes with an abundance of tulle were prominent during NOLCHA Fashion Week. Adolfo Sanchez perfected this look with three stunning gowns of different colors and slightly different styles. His looks that featured this trend were romantic, sophisticated and breathtakingly beautiful. His show-stopping final piece was a black leather dress with an over-the-top tulle skirt at the bottom and emphasized with a bold feather collar. Studio 6th Sense also showcased this look with an aysemmetrical dominatrix-style gown and Andressa Leao debuted a stunning short cupcake dress with the skirt made of tulle. It was a fresh and young take on the other tulle skirts showed during the week.
Sunday: Meatpacking madhouse Toy launched their new weekly event T @ Toy this past Sunday. The wild night featured gymnasts hanging from the ceiling and a special birthday celebration for fashion icon Patricia Field. Guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner and cocktails and an over the top evening of partying.
Monday: Carmen Electra hosted Conair Style360 opening night, featuring YARNZ at The Sanctuary Hotel's Haven Rooftop. Guests enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres and Russian Standard cocktails as Posso DJed the event. Celebrities in attendance included Wynter Gordon, Shea, Carla Facciolo, Lily Halpern, and Angela Simmons. The latest collection from the accessories line, YARNZ, designed by Larry Wolfe, was on display around the rooftop. The collection featured cashmere printed scarves and fun, printed bags.
Last Thursday, New York Fashion Week kicked off with stunning styles and plenty of texture...and we aren't just talking about the clothes. We went behind the scenes at two shows to see the latest runway hairstyles created by L'Oreal Professionnel lead stylist, Joseph DiMaggio.
At Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Joseph styled the hair for Timo Weiland's Women's Fall 2013 collection. The collection played on Baroque texture and military inspired cuts and to emphasive the regality of the collection, the models' hair was styled with center parts that flowed into 's' shaped waves. Joseph describes the look as "feminine tomboy, so it's a little done but it's kind of natural. She's ready for a fun weekend on the British countryside." To create the look, Joseph combined L'Oreal Professionnel Volume Expand Leave-In Spray and True Grip Texturizing Powder and sprayed all over the hair. He then braided the hair and set it into a bun. After a while, DiMaggio took out the bun and created voluminous waves using a flat iron to create 's' shaped waves.
LXR & Co. is a luxury vintage curator, which launched its online market in October 2013. The site has new vintage products arriving daily and is sure to become one of the top online destinations for discounted vintage luxury items. Earlier this week, LXR & Co., along with Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad and Shea Marie of Peace, Love, Shea, held a special Vintage Showcase and Pop Up Shop at The Empire Hotel in honor of their US debut and European launch. Press were able to attend a VIP brunch and cocktail reception and check out the fine display of vintage items. The shop then opened up to the public where guests could purchase pre-owned luxury handbags, accessories and watches from high-end fashion designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. Items were 30-80% off retail and the pop-up shop was timed perfectly to coincide with Fashion Week.
Last week, Hearing Health Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for hearling loss, hosted An Intimate Evening with Cyndi Lauper at B.B. King Blues Club in NYC. Richard Kind served as the comedic MC for the evening and guests enjoyed a silent and live auction, tasty bites and a cocktail reception sponsored by VEEV Liquor. Co-chairs for the evening, Natasha Boucai and Victoria Orlin presented a speech about the foundation and Foundation Executive Director Andrea Boidman talked about the foundation's recently launched Hearing Restoration Project, which aims to find a biologic cure for hearing loss by working on cell regeneration in the ear. A heartwarming tale was shared by Jennifer Harrington, a friend of the foundation, who spoke about her journey with hearing loss.