IN THE SPOTLIGHT
L is for Lounges

If you're looking for a swank, hip lounge to celebrate this New Year's Eve, you might want to check out some of these hot venues in NYC to kick off the New Year

At La Zarza, voted East Village's number one exotic resto-lounge, they will be hosting a five hour open bar, including a champagne toast at midnight. Even better, a ticket to La Zarza includes a complimentary ticket to the Juliet after party.

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Ella Baby, Be Good

The life of a journalist is hardly a difficult one. I get told to go and attend restaurant openings, club launches, bar anniversaries. Really, there are worse things I could be doing with my time in New York.

Yesterday, my inspirational editor told me that Ella in the East Village was celebrating their 1 year anniversary, and I should go and scope it out. It’s six blocks from my apartment… That’s stumbling distance home, even in the rain we’ve had the past few days. It would be rude to refuse.

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Joonbug Spotlights New Jewelry Line by Tara&Miemy!

Joonbug’s Aliza Olin and Claire Smith met up with 23-year-old Emily Gellis, one half of the jewelry design duo Tara & Miemy, to talk about her new line and future plans for the brand.

Joonbug: Where are you originally from?
Emily: Originally Great Neck, New York, but I’ve been living in NYC since college.

JB: Where did you attend college and what was your major?
E: I graduated from NYU in 2008 and majored in Communications with a specialization in Economics.

JB: How did you to get into the fashion industry?
E: I interned for a year at Intermix and was eventually promoted to Assistant Buyer of Ready–To-Wear Domestic Collections. It gave me a real insight to the industry and helped me develop my own eye for fashion.

JB: What made you decide to start your own company?
E: My friend Tara (also from Great Neck, NY) had started to design some jewelry so I’d been helping her out and it just seemed to take off from there. The name came from a trip to Miami with my family and Tara where they would tease me saying “Miami, My-emy”, like a play on words of my name. So, when we came to name our jewelry line, Tara & Miemy just stuck.

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Reigning Princess of the DJ Booth: Lindsay Luv

Boston native turned NYC turntable goddess, Lindsay Luv, definitely rocks the music scene with her 80’s-esque revival beats and eclectic mix of electro/house, rock, old school hip-hop and electro mash-ups.

What can be said of the doting spinner? With Red Bull Vodka in hand and a patent leather designer DJ bag, the humorous Luv is sure to charm you with her effervescent wit; with a slight dash of Courtney Love plus or minus the psychotic parts… all jokes aside, when it comes down to it, Luv does know what she is doing.

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ASSME at Ella

ASSME held a party on Wednesday at Ella where the members sipped free p.i.n.k. vodka. ASSME, The American Society of Shitcanned Media Elites, is the end result of the economic recession which led media companies to let go 30,000 employees this year and the numbers are growing which means ASSME is recruiting more members. Their mission is to drink and socialize. The chief executive of the group Sid Holt got sponsorship from p.i.n.k. vodka. The group was able to dance, drink and celebrate the holiday season.

Party at Ella for Assme to Accomplish Mission of Drinking and Interacting [Guest of a Guest]