Category Archives: New York City

Betsey Johnson Spring Summer 2012 Goes for Tits & Ass

Betsey Johnson SS 12

Betsey Johnson’s a woman after my own heart, she’s not afraid of color, doesn’t need to care about trends, and for her Spring Summer 2012, line she’s all about tits and ass. Betsey’s collections radiate a no apologies, I’m going to wear whatever the hell I want attitude that creates the persona every woman needs a little bit of. I’ll admit I chuckled a little when I heard her theme for the show was tits and ass, and I greeted the female figure with ample respect. Sequins, flowy and short skirts, with a heavy dose of cleavage made for tons of fun. It’s her non-stop love of color that really gets me going every season and this collection is no different. But what I really want a little bit of is that hair, and Peter Gray of Cutler Salon has bestowed all the details on how to get it:

Betsey Johnson Meets Jerry Hall

• Apply Redken Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray (or whatever root-lifting spray you’ve got) all over at the root.
• Divide the hair in a diagonal part from front left to back right.
• Take hair under left part and sweep it around for a tight ponytail on the lower right nape of the neck.
• Gather hair on the right side of the part. Pin curl section by section and let set. Spray vigorously with Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray on the top and inside each of the curls to lock into place.
• Once hair has dried, take the clips out and brush through to create dramatic waves.
• Spray Cutler Shine Tattoo to add glossy finish.
• Apply Redken Rootful 06 Root Lifting Spray all over at the root.
• Divide the hair in a diagonal part from front left to back right.
• Take hair under left part and sweep it around for a tight ponytail on the lower right nape of the neck.
• Gather hair on the right side of the part. Pin curl section by section and let set. Sprayvigorously with Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile Working Spray on the top and insideeach of the curls to lock into place.
• Once hair has dried, take the clips out and brush through to create dramatic waves.
• Spray Cutler Shine Tattoo to add glossy finish.

#NYFW Theatrics

NYFW Theatrics

It’s a well known fact that Fashion Week in New York City is nothing if not a bonafide crazy-fest and this season is not disappointing. From girls standing up posing in the middle of Lincoln Center waiting, nay begging (albeit silently), for their photos to be taken to unknown designers walking around with models trying to squeeze the tents for a little press, Fashion Week is sort of NYC’s version of a circus.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this circus, but it is a circus nonetheless. My favorite thus far has been the models that gave me the very distinct impression that if not for their shoes, their lanky bodies would be carried away by the balloons that had been strategically tied to clumps of their hair. It sort of reminded me of that movie Up. A part of me desperately wanted one of them to go flying. Presumably we were meant to be staring at the jewelry, although the truly sad part is that, if not for the photographs I took, I would have no idea what they were wearing. When confronted with them face to face I couldn’t stop staring at the cluster of balloons attached to their heads. Let the drama continue we’ve only got a night and one full day left.

The Scent of a Boyfriend (&& FNO Details)

Boyfriend Perfume by Kate Walsh

Among my many childhood oddities: I might have played with my mothers make up and tried on her clothes, but oddly enough I remember gravitating towards my father’s cologne. When I was a toddler and anyone asked me where my father was, I’d say ‘Daddy working’ and it wasn’t because my father was always working, he could have been right beside me and I’d have said the same thing every time. But, whenever my dad did come home from work, I’d run to the door to hug him, and my senses would instantly be flooded with the scent of his cologne and that’s just how I remembered him.

It’s probably for that reason that I gravitate to masculine scents, or it may just be my aversion to smelling like flowers and candy all the time. When I really like a guy, I don’t mind smelling like him, I actually like it. So this new perfume from Kate Walsh, “Boyfriend” is right up my alley. The best part is that I don’t have to get my heartstrings all tangled up in knots to wear it. Boyfriend still airs on the feminine side, Kate’s vision was to make a perfume that captured the essence of that smell you get when your boyfriend’s scent mixes with yours. It’s a super sensual scent in a classic cologne bottle scrawled with the names or random potential boyfriends to be. With notes of Dark Plum, jasmine blooms, skin musk, golden amber, vanilla woods, and myrrh, this blend embodies the essence of a lovers embrace.

Fashion’s Night Out – Meet Kate Walsh @ Sephora

Sephora Times Square
1500 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Sephora 5th Avenue
597 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10017

For the Love of the Bottomless Brunch: Yerba Buena

Yerba Buena

I love to eat (and drink), it’s just that simple. Nestled in Alphabet City is a New York City treasure, Yerba Buena, named after a herb in the mint family with a weekend brunch any self respecting brunchaholic will love.

Yerba Buena

When I moseyed my way on over to Yerba Buena, the delectable plate of huevos rancheros and the glass-never-empty mimosas (jalepeño bloody Marys or bellinis) seemed to have just been waiting for me. The posh space with its dim lighting and exceedingly attentive staff was utter perfection. It’s safe to say Yerba Buena has perfected my favorite weekend past-time, and with Mexican hot chocolate and mini churros on the menu to add to the scrumptious brunch offerings, I’m planning to become a frequent bruncher. In the words of Rachel Ray – “Yummo!”

Yerba Buena
23 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 529-2919

Brooklyn Brunching: Cafecito Bogota

Cafecito Bogota

I’d been dying to try this place Cafecito Bogota in Brooklyn, because I’d read somewhere or other about their Colombian Eggs Benedict. The Eggs Bolivarianos features Colombian salami instead of peameal bacon with two poached eggs on arepa halves with passion fruit sauce instead of hollandaise, sounds good right?

Well with one perfectly poached egg and the other wildly overcooked, I have to say I was disappointed with my meal’s main star. It didn’t help matters that the salami’s flavor was so strong, my arepas weren’t toasted and everything else needed salt (something I refuse to add to my food once it’s been cooked). The passion fruit sauce, Maracuya, it just didn’t have the pop of flavor that a passion fruit is supposed to have: wonderfully tangy and sweet, divinely delectable. The flavor composition just didn’t melt in my mouth the way I desperately wanted it to. At $15.50 for the entire brunch (even though their website menu says brunch is $14.50), my three glasses of passion fruit sangria were the best part of my meal. I’d go back for the cocktails perhaps, but I’d only eat there again if their chef learned the art of using a little salt or spice to better develop the flavors that simply fell flat on my cute banana leaf shaped plate.

Cafecito Bogota
1015 Manhattan Ave.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222

Me Myself & Audrey

04.05.1929 – 20.01.1993

I’d happily spend days on end watching Audrey Hepburn on screen in everything from Charade to How to Steal a Million. If Audrey Hepburn were alive she would have been 82 today and a toast is in order. To the woman that has inspired many with her words of wisdom on How to Be Lovely, her ability to charm the pants of anyone, and her grace. It’s why she was so convincing as the prostitute with a heart of gold in Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Audrey Hepburn possessed real gum-shun, she had a persona that was willing to give all it could and ask nothing in return. With all my love, I only wish I could have met her.

Over the weekend I took a trip to the Upper East Side to see the house that she lived in, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s – located at 169 East 71st Street. The only way I could definitely identify it was by the molding around the door. Nevertheless it’s time to watch a little Audrey and celebrate the life of one of the most amazing actresses ever to grace the silver screen.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Sound Off: “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institute Gala At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

I expected a bit more drama from the guests of last night’s Met Gala, especially with the night being a tribute to Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibit. Perhaps I expected too much because, while industry titans, taste makers and stars took to the red carpet I couldn’t help but feel a little underwhelmed.

I expected brilliance, ‘splendiforousness’ and all the wonder that come with names like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Society, Anna Wintour, Vogue, and Alexander McQueen.

Christina Ricci in Zac PosenMy favorite gown of the night, this Zac Posen spider web dress is positively divine. It’s as if the Adams Family took to the high fashion world in a frock that embodies the Savage Beauty that the Met Gala was supposed to exhibit.

Andre Leon Talley & Anna WintourBlake Lively with Karl Lagerfeld

It may be Anna Wintour posing center stage in Chanel, but it’s definitely Andre Leon Talley that’s caught my eye. The Isabel Toledo cerulean blue cape has an outlandish quality and his facial expression takes the cake – his whole persona was perfectly in tune with the drama that the Met Gala is supposed to encourage. As for Blake Lively, between the strawberry blond locks and the Chanel couture gown that manages to conceal all of her assets, I just couldn’t understand it, at the very least I can usually expect something that deserves a closer look – this does not.

Leighton MeesterI didn’t much care for her Louis Vuitton corset dress to be honest, but there was this sort of startling resemblance to Audrey Hepburn in Leighton Meester last night that I can’t take my eyes off of her. From the moment I saw her in the first episode of Gossip Girl, I knew the casting director made the right choice.

In other news, here were the hits from last night’s foray onto the red carpet: