Thursday, January 28, 2010

Event: Beyonce Heat Frangrance Launch

Beyonce Heats up Union Square in Honor of Her First-Ever Fragrance Beyonce Heat

-- NEW YORK, NY, January 28, 2010 --

Hailed as the Renaissance woman of the decade, Beyoncé has already conquered music, film and fashion and now brings her one-of-a-kind style, spirit and confidence to her first-ever fragrance. A captivating scent that exudes passion and unleashes a spirited fire within, Beyoncé Heat embodies the trendsetting vision and effortless chic of pop culture's most emulated icon.

On February 2nd, New Yorkers will catch the fever as Beyoncé turns up the heat in Union Square. To celebrate the launch of her debut fragrance, Beyoncé Heat, the visionary artist is illuminating the central destination with fiery red light and smoky fog, infusing the winter landscape with a steamy, sexy aura that embodies Beyoncé's unique appeal.

The unprecedented, spectacular display will vividly capture the spirit of Beyoncé Heat, creating a dramatic play of light that promises to turn heads and pique curiosity. The radiant spotlights transforming Union Square will serve as a luminous backdrop to the Beyoncé Heat launch party, where luminaries from the worlds of music, film, and media will gather to toast Beyoncé's latest venture.

Feminine and irresistible, the floral, fruity, woody scent features rare, sensual flowers. Beyoncé Heat opens with a radiant floral bouquet of magnolia, neroli and red vanilla orchid balanced with a kiss of luscious blush peach. At its heart, almond macaroon, sweet honeysuckle nectar and crème de musk combine to create an exquisitely sensual experience. Finally, warm and sexy notes of giant sequoia milkwood, tonka bean and amber linger to seduce the senses.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Union Square Park, New York City
Illumination at 6:00PM until Midnight

Monday, January 25, 2010

Catching up on TV and Award Show Fashions

I'm a little behind on my TV shows, I taped Supernatural last Thursday and watched it over the weekend. Who else is watching this show? I absolutely love it and that episode was really great especially returning after a break with Sam and Dean going undercover in a mental health facility.

Other shows I'm trying to catch up on are: CSI:NY, NCIS:LA, Demons(on BBC) and Medium. Psych will be coming back this Wednesday and I can't wait it's one of my favorite shows. It's so funny.

I'm not a big award show person but I like to check in to see some of the fashions and I thought Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston and Zoe Saldana (pictures below) looked amazing at the Golden Globes (yeah I know a week behind). I didn't watch the SAG awards which I hate I missed because I wanted to see Betty White being honored.

My Top 3 Best Dressed at the Golden Globes:

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Halle Berry

I love this dress, it's sexy without being overtly. It's lingerie inspired and elegant and classy. Halle Berry always looks amazing.

Jennifer Aniston

This dress just screams "Eat Your Heart Out" to all her exes. She looked stunning and amazing.

Zoe Saldana

I just love the pretty ruffles and bold color. This dress just seem perfect for her because it makes her look beautiful.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What I'm Reading: The Historian

I consider myself an avid reader and love to read different books. I love to read different genres and I was looking forward to reading "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova. I'm currently on the 15th page and so far it's very engaging and makes me want to read more of it. If anyone else had read this, I want to know what you think of it?

About the book:

In this riveting debut of breathtaking scope, a young girl discovers her father's darkest secret and embarks on a harrowing journey across Europe to complete the quest he never could -- to find history's most legendary fiend -- Dracula.

When a motherless American girl living in Europe finds a medieval book and a package of letters, all addressed ominously to "My dear and unfortunate successor..." she begins to unravel a thread that leads back to her father's past, his mentor's career, and an evil hidden in the depths of history.

In those few quiet moments, she unwittingly assumes a quest she will discover is her birthright -- a hunt that nearly brought her father to ruin and may have claimed the life of his adviser and dear friend, history professor Bartholomew Rossi. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler, the historical Dracula, have to do with the 20th century? Is it possible that Dracula has lived on in the modern world? And why have a select few historians risked reputation, sanity, and even their lives to learn the answer?

So begins an epic journey to unlock the secrets of the strange medieval book, an adventure that will carry our heroine across Europe and into the past -- not only to the times of Vlad's heinous reign, but to the days when her mother was alive and her father was still a vibrant young scholar. In the end, she uncovers the startling fate of Rossi, and comes face to face with the definition of evil -- to find, ultimately, that good may not always triumph.

Skylight One Hanson Hosts 'It's All About Brooklyn!' to Officially Launch the Taste of Brooklyn's High-End Potential Industry

Event to Showcase Select Brooklyn Small Businesses and Introduce a Beautiful, Historic Venue to the Community

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 20 -- The Skylight Group will officially introduce its new high-end Brooklyn venue to the New York special events industry at a launch party this Thursday, January 21st. "It's All About Brooklyn!" will feature hors d'oeuvres, drinks and desserts from many local vendors to show traditionally Manhattan-focused event planners the current caliber of the borough's offerings against the backdrop of one of its historical masterpieces. The 15,000 square-foot venue is located on the ground floor of One Hanson Place, a beautifully refurbished residential tower that for years was the iconic and historic Williamsburg Bank Building.

The original bank hall serves as the main event space for Skylight One Hanson. The venue features original details including intricate marble floors, carved teller stations and an impressive 40-foot mosaic of New York as a Dutch colony. It also boasts a vaulted 63-foot ceiling with images of the zodiac in the night sky. On Thursday, party guests will be given a sneak peek into the original bank vault, which provides a modern art deco contrast to the Romanesque space above, and will also be available for events. The inner workings of the vault's jaw-dropping 36-ton doors will be beautifully lit by L & M Sound and Light to enable the NYC event industry to discover a new use for this historic underground space.

The event will showcase some of Brooklyn's finest local businesses, including:

Great Performances, the exclusive caterer for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which sits adjacent to Skylight One Hanson and is best known for crafting food and beverage menus that celebrate the borough's distinctive flavor

Stinky BKLYN, a European-style cheese shop with a serious Brooklyn edge located just a mile from One Hanson

Wine Cellar Sorbets, purveyors that cater to the sweet tooth

Brooklyn Brewery, which started with a stand on the streets of NYC, and is now one of the 40 largest breweries in the country

Cakeman Raven, one of Brooklyn's most cherished bakeries, will provide a custom-designed cake that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will cut towards the end of the event.

"Skylight One Hanson offers a beautiful event space in Brooklyn's most iconic architectural landmark. Plus, it's conveniently located for guests arriving from the 'outer borough' of Manhattan – and I guarantee that once they see all that Brooklyn has to offer, some of them won't be going back!" joked Markowitz, President of the Brooklyn Borough.

"There is a real demand for special event venues located within architectural monuments both in Manhattan and in Brooklyn," said Jennifer Blumin, President of the Skylight Group. "The space's historical ties to the community make Skylight One Hanson the ideal setting to bring New York's event industry together with the best of Brooklyn's local vendors."

About One Hanson

One Hanson, also known as the Williamsburg Savings Bank is a true Brooklyn icon. This historic landmark, known for its four sided clock, has been reborn into 179 luxury residences, most with views of New York Harbor, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan skyline. One Hanson Place is located at the center of four vibrant neighborhoods and is surrounded by many of Brooklyn's rich cultural institutions such as The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Museum and The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Building amenities include Luxury Attache's concierge services, a Sky Lounge, a fitness center, a children's playroom and a high floor common terrace. One Hanson brings Manhattan luxury and lifestyle to Brooklyn. For more information, visit

To schedule a viewing of the luxury residences located above Skylight One Hanson, or for more information about the property, please call: (718) 233-6600 or email:

About Skylight Group

The Skylight Group is a Manhattan-based event space management firm that specializes in re-conceiving spaces and converting them for high-end event use. With a portfolio that includes Skylight Soho and Skylight West in Manhattan and Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn, the Skylight Group is known for providing full service and an extensive network of resources to its discerning clients, who include Ralph Lauren, the Whitney Museum, Vogue and Google. Managing every part of the process from inception and construction to long-term operations and marketing, The Skylight Group hosts several hundred events per year, which run the gamut from fashion shows and gala dinners to weddings and photo shoots.

Hairspiration: Natalie Portman

I'm going to be attending an engagement party tonight and I want a simple yet elegant hairstyle. Nothing too fussy or overly complicated. Which is why I love, Natalie Portman's sleek and simple bun. It would be easy to style and it's gives off this effortless look of sophistication and glamour.

It easy to style, with a slight side part and pull hair back in a slight side bun (maybe add a twist or two) and spritz a little hairspray (to keep flyaway in place).

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My Life: Volunteering and Fundraising

Sorry about the lack of posts, I was experiencing some technical difficulties and wasn't able to post anything.

So, what have I been up to. Let see for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I made time to volunteer at a senior center and in the evening I attended a speaker on African-American Artists from past to present at the museum.

A wonderful way that we can embrace Dr. King's philosophy is to celebrate our differences and know that we can learn something from each other. Our life experiences are what makes us unique. The world would be so boring if we all were the same. Maybe it's hokey to feel that way but maybe one day it will happen.

As for what going on with PR, lately I have been focusing on more causes and charitable organizations trying to help raise money for worthy causes. For anyone looking to enter PR, fundraising for museums is a great entry level way to get experience.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Green Girl: Tote Bags for Easy Eco-Living

I just love Tote Bags because they make it so easy to carry all of my stuff. Not to mention great for shopping. Neutral or colorful. Work or everyday use. They work for just about everything.

What I don't love at the moment is the ridiculous price tags attached to some of them. Since people are becoming more eco-conscious and carry more tote bags, along with celebrities seen carrying totes as well, designers want to create canvas bags with a luxury price. Yes, you want a bag that's sturdy but it doesn't have to be super expensive. Below are a few cool totes for easy eco-living:

Lena Bag $46.90

Merona Printed Canvas Tote $12.99 Target

Melody Tote Bag $68.00

Hollywood Intuition Mag Bag $19.99 Target

Heart Awareness Tote Bag $27.00 Target
A portion of the proceeds donated to American Heart Association

Pink Ribbon Carry-All Tote Bag $24.99 Target
A portion of the proceeds donated to help fight breast cancer

Felt Love Tote Bag $12.80 Forever21

Converse One Star Rubbed Seam Tote $29.99 Target

AE Tote Bag $29.50 American Eagle Outfitters

Smurfette Tote Bag $39.99 sale

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

How to Help: Haiti Earthquake Relief

The earthquake in Haiti is very devastating and heartbreaking, and the people are really in need of assistance. If you are able to send any donations be it financially or by putting together care packages, MSN provided websites and phone numbers (for a full lists from msn click here:), I have included a few below:

** American Red Cross, 800-733-2767
** American Jewish World Service, 212-792-2900
** Beyond Borders, 866-424-8403
** CARE, 800-521-2273
** Food for the Poor, 800-427-9104
** Haitian Health Foundation, 860-886-4357
** Meds and Food for Kids, 314-420-1634
** Rural Haiti Project, 347-405-5552
** The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769
** UNICEF, 800-367-5437
** World Relief, 800-535-5433
** Yele Haiti, 212-352-0552
Wyclef Jean's grassroots org: Text Yele to 501 501 to donate $5 via your cellphone

The U.S. State Department Operations Center said Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti should call 1-888-407-4747. Due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording. "Our embassy is still in the early stages of contacting American citizens through our Warden Network," the U.S. State Department said in a statement. "Communications are very difficult within Haiti at this time."

Tips from the FBI to avoid being scamed while trying to donate to the earthquake relief:

* Ignore unsolicited e-mails, and do not click on links within those messages.

* Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.

* Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files, because the files may contain computer viruses. Open attachments only from know senders.

* Decline to give personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions.

* Make contributions directly to known organizations, rather than relying on others who claim in e-mails that they will channel the donation to established groups.

The FBI says anyone receiving an e-mail that appears to be a scam should forward it to this website:

Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy Hour Cocktail: Gingerbread Latte

If you absolutely adore the taste of gingerbread then you are going to love this drink, the Gingerbread Latte. Even though last years big holidays are over, you still want to party during the rest of winter and this yummy cocktail is the ultimate party drink to serve.

Gingerbread Latte (from Cocktail Times)


- 1 1/2 parts Absolut Vodka
- 1 part Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liquer
- 1/2 part Kahlua
- 1 /2 part Milk
Garnish: whipped cream, nutmeg


1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.
2. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.
3. Garnish with whipped cream and a shake of nutmeg.

Couture Bridal Gown Designer to the Stars, Amsale to Help Promote New Movie "When in Rome"

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 -- Amsale, couture bridal gown designer to the stars, is using her design talent to help promote the upcoming release of the new film from Touchstone Pictures, "WHEN IN ROME," a spirited romantic comedy starring Hollywood's newest leading lady Kristen Bell and big- screen sensation Josh Duhamel.

Over the years Amsale Aberra has become the couture designer of choice for numerous films and television shows such as Grey's Anatomy, The Hangover, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and many more. It seems now that word is spreading like wildfire through Hollywood. Why does she think her gowns are such a natural fit for the stage and screen? "I think that my gowns naturally lend themselves to telling a story. They all have an element of fantasy to them, but at the same time they are believable. They are modern classics that make sense for real brides to wear," says Amsale.

Amsale is also partnering with Disney and Robbins Brothers in the "Engagement of Dreams" contest. Visit to learn how you can win your very own Amsale wedding gown. Whether you're planning a destination wedding in 'Rome' or a backyard wedding, Amsale's elegant and timeless designs will be a sure fit for your dream wedding.

About the Movie:

An ambitious young New Yorker disillusioned with romance, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of an odd group of suitors. But when a charming reporter pursues her with equal zest, how will she know if his love is the real thing? "WHEN IN ROME" is rated PG-13 and opens nationwide on Jan. 29.

About Amsale:

Amsale's elegant designs have made her one of the most sought after couture wedding gown designers in the United States. She is the creative director of the Amsale, Kenneth Pool and Christos bridal collections, the Amsale Bridesmaids collection and Amsale Presents the Little White Dress collection. Amsale has also gained a strong celebrity following for her evening wear, as seen on screen, editorially and on the red carpet on stars such as Jennifer Garner, Halle Berry, Kate Hudson, Julianna Margulies, Diane Lane and Vanessa Williams.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

5 New Year's Resolution Tips for Staying Motivated

Style and Focus Lifestyle PR

New Year, New You that's the motto that's out this time of year. Where everyone is so excited and motivated to make changes in their lives. You can't change the channel, surf the net or read a magazine without being bombarded with ads, interviews or tips to help us lose weight and get in shape, stop smoking, get organized, advice for saving money, etc. We start out strong but unfortunately by March or April most of us has lost any motivation to continue. What can we do to stay motivated? Style and Focus Lifestyle PR have 5 simple but effective tips to help you stick to your resolutions:

1. Have Patience. It's going to take time, you didn't gain weight or become disorganized over night. So don't expect to instantly become slim and organized (no matter what the infomercials say).

2. Set Goals. Whether they are short or long term goals, they will help you keep track and measure your progress. For some goals it's going to take hard work and determination to succeed.

3. Have a Positive Attitude. If you think positively about the changes you're making then it's going to make it a lot easier to accomplish your goals. As well as surround yourself with positive people who encourage instead of discourage you, which also makes big difference.

4. Don't Deal in Absolutes. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. So, there is no need to over do it. So what if you weren't able to workout today, there's always the next day.

5. Have Fun. Who says you have to take New Year's resolutions so seriously. Squeeze in a little time for fun such as watching a funny movie, hanging out with friends or going out dancing. By making time for yourself that's not focused on your resolutions, will help recharge you and keep you motivated.

The main thing is keep at it and know that you are making healthy changes to your life.

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