A Day In Sparkleshire with Enjella and author Jane F. Collen

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Enjoy A Fairy-tastic Day of Pampering and Meet Author Jane Collen & Illustrator David Trumble of the Award-Winning Enjella Adventure Series!

Saturday October 18th from 2-5pm at Inglot Studio, 5th Fl. in Chelsea Market

Kids, tweens, moms and dads are invited to meet author Jane F. Collen of the Enjella Adventure Series and celebrity Illustrator David Trumble for exclusive readings and book signings from brand new editions of the Mom’s Choice Award Winning Enjella Adventure Series books. Guests will also enjoy kid-approved guest performers, hot chocolate, Fairy Portraits by Trumble, makeup applications for moms and Fairy Facepainting for kids with Inglot Studio pros.

Collen’s new children’s picture book What More Can A Fairy Be? is debuting at the event. Enjella Uprooted and Storming Back to Key West by Jane F. Collen, are celebrating the launch of brand new editions with cover art designed by David Trumble as well as a new vocabulary section and dynamic interior illustrations throughout.

Critics have called Enjella Uprooted “An enchanting tale of finding one’s self.” Enjella is a “tooth fairy with bite!” She fights the rigid tooth fairy establishment to do what she knows is right and help children.

Trumble will be on hand to create once-in-a-lifetime Fairy Portraits for kids at this special event. Trumble is famous for his Feminists as Disney Princesses series, two notable Ted Talks and winning the Dan Hemingway Prize for Creativity when he was only 16 years old.

What: Readings from brand new Enjella books! Fairy Portraits for kids by celebrity Enjella illustrator David Trumble. Makeup Applications with Inglot Studio Pros. Fairy Facepainting for Kids. Family Photo Opps. Hot chocolate parties!

Where: Inglot Studios glamorous Meatpacking District space on the 5th floor of Chelsea Market in NYC

When: Saturday October 18th from 2-5pm

Why: Because your kids need a truly magical day, and you need some pampering. :-)

RSVP and Media Inquiries: Marcy@marcyclarkpr.com
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Critic’s Love Jane F. Collen’s Enjella Uprooted and the Enjella Adventure Series:

“Who doesn’t love a tooth fairy!  Especially one so inspiring and heartwarming as Enjella.  A creative and enlightening way to teach children about choice, self-esteem and following your dreams.  Enjella becomes a role model for young girls as she sparkles and shines while choosing her path in life.”
Ashley Papa, news writer and Producer, Fox News Channel

“Fun, fairy adventures for tweens who appreciate frills, sparkles and a clever female protagonist.”
Kirkus Reviews www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jane-f-collen/enjella-uprooted/

“Enjella’s example will encourage readers that they have the power to achieve their hearts’ desire no matter what; that there is good in the world; and that there will be people along the way who will help them reach their biggest dreams. Through Enjella’s example of nimble resilience, she also shows kids and tweens how to deal with bullies that come in the form of an authority figure.”
Cannes nominated filmmaker and screenwriter Nikki Roberts

“Enjella’s courageous story is destined to become a fairy tale classic! This modern-day SHEro epitomizes Girl Power in every sense of the word. Enjella is a celebration of what every girl in the 21st century should aspire to be: bold, beautiful and audaciously smart.”
Miss United States 2013 Candiace Dillard

“Enjella Uprooted is a riveting adventure for kids and kids-at-heart. Collen creates a singular magical world where a rigid rules, mysterious bureaucracy and personal jealousies abound. In the tradition of characters like Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter’s Hermoine and Little Women’s Jo March, plucky and ernest Enjella dares to question the status quo and forger her own path to happiness and personal fulfillment.”
Women’s Mafia

“What a bewitching and fully realized world Jane Collen has created in Enjella Uprooted! Young readers will be transfixed as they travel with Enjella through her fairy adventures—her mishaps and her tooth-fairy missions—in a world that is at once familiar and fantastic. In quickly paced scenes, with dynamic dialogue and good humor, Collen gives kids more than a story; here’s an extensive and enchanted universe where they can get deliciously lost.”
Anna Monardo, author of Falling in Love with Natassia, and Courtyard of Dreams

“You can’t help but fall in love with first class tooth fairy, Enjella.  Come  along with Enjella as she flutters from one adventure to the next, sparkling teeth and sparkling the lives of the children she meets along her route.  An enchanting tale of finding one’s self.”
Deb Chouinard, 3rd grade teacher, Westfield, Mass

Lora “The Beauty Buster” Hosts the 2013 Beauty Buster Awards

Beauty Books Events Exploits Featured Shopping & Acquisitions

Winners Include Teresa Giudice’s Milania Haircare, Xtreme Lashes, Shea Moisture, American Spa Magazine and many more

On Wednesday July 31st celeb esthetician, makeup artist and beauty consumer advocate Lora Condon hosted “The Beauty Buster Awards” in Manhattan at Lexington Plastic Surgeons and Next Vanity Salon. Condon is known as a “pitbull” of the beauty industry and for her tireless consumer advocacy work and for providing exceptional and innovative spa services. With over 15 years in the beauty and spa industry, it is no wonder Dr. Oz he called her the “ultimate beauty insider.” The Beauty Buster Awards are an expression of her commitment to excellence in skincare, haircare and cosmetics.

Teresa Giudice attended the event, which was quite notable as it was her first public appearance after being indicted. Her appearance caused quite a stir at the event, with event host and “Beauty Buster” Lora Condon noting: “Everyone was very surprised to see her there, but definitely excited. Teresa Giudice was gracious and took time to take pictures with all the guests at the Beauty Buster Awards. Her acceptance speech for Youthful 8 Milania Hair Care was extremely passionate and even told how she came about developing the product with her hairstylist.”

The Beauty Buster Awards brought together many of the renowned names in the beauty industry who will be featured in the sequel to Lora’s popular memoir and beauty tome SPA WARS. The new edition, entitled SPA WARS: True Stories From The Beauty Industries Front Lines, will feature stories from celebrity makeup artists, hair stylists for stage and screen, cosmetic visionaries and spa owners. Celebrity interviewer Stephen Marinaro, TheSalonGuy interviewed VIP guests and winners all night including Winner Teresa Guidice, Beauty Accessory Winner Satin Van Cleef, Presenter and spa owner Enrique Ramirez, and Winner Dima Mousselli for Xtreme Lashes. Celebrity Makeup Artist Troy Edwards, celebrity Stylist Ianthe Foushee, Brow Artist Sara Kosmyna, television personality DeeDee Benkie and other VIP’s also joined in the festivities.

Lora Condon with Satin Van Cleef of Vienna Victoria

Television commentator DeeDee Benkie presenting the award for Best Lash Extensions to Dima Mousselli accepting for Xtreme Lashes.

Full List of Winners:

Overall Best Skincare – Control Corrective – www.controlcorrective.com The most effective non-prescription medical skin care line on the market

Best Sunscreen – Control Corrective Aroma Matte Day Cream SPF 30 www.controlcorrective.com It really is matte, long lasting and anti-aging.

Best Body Moisturizer – Shea Moisture – Organic Raw Shea Butter Baby Eczema Therapy –www.sheamoisture.com The best thing I’ve ever found in Target! This dense balm is healing, soothing. If it’s good enough for a babies skin, it’s good enough for mine.

Best Nail Polish – Del Sol Color Change – www.delsol.com So much fun to wear and see how it becomes a completely different color in the sun.  Perfect when you don’t have time to change your nail color from day to night!

Best Nail Appliques – OPI Peel Trend Tips, Real Lacquer Strips – www.sephora.com These strips are very long lasting and higher end looking than a basic nail design.  Perfect for people that don’t have time to wait for their nails to dry.

Best Overall Hair Care – Davines –www.davines.com The LOVE line is perfect for colored and damaged hair.

Best Specialty Hair Products– Youthful 8 Milania Hair Care – www.milaniahaircare.com These  3 hair healing products will revolutionize your hair, save it from breaking, frizzing and further damage.  Every girl must have these if they blow-dry, flat-iron, color or straighten their hair.

Best Airbrush Makeup – Temptu – www.temptu.com Temptu is the industry leader for airbrush makeup in Hollywood and the best makeup artists in the world.  Once you airbrush, you can never go back.

Best Overall Makeup – Makeup Forever – www.makeupforeverusa.com/mufe. MUFE really delivers high impact colors, pigment and coverage.

Best Spa Trade Magazine  – American Spa Magazine – www.spatrade.com/americanspa. The best way for professional spa owners and therapists to stay ahead of the curve and competition.

Best Spa Consumer Magazine  –Spa Finder – www.spafinder.com A leader in bringing wellness to the spa and educating consumers on what to expect at the best spas or the spa around the corner. Beautiful pictures of places I’ll never be able to afford to go!

Best Lip Treatment  –Herbalife – Lip Refiner SPF 15 –www.goherbalife.com/celebrityweightloss This has a slight plumping, which feels refreshing. It’s so effective, you don’t have to keep reapplying it all day long and of course the SPF clinches this award.

Best Mens Fragrance – FRESH – Cannibis Santal Eau De Parfum – www.fresh.com – Sexy, smoky and oh la, la!  Every man loves this fragrance and every woman loves it on them.

Best Womens Fragrance – Ivanka Trump – www.ivankatrumpfragrance.com Another instant classic from my style heroine! A little sweet, a little smoky and a little powder that works for any occasion

Best Tweezers – Anastasia – www.anastasia.net No hair will left behind!

Best Eyelash Extensions – Jo Mouselli Xtreme –www.xtremelashes.com. The safest glue, best training and the answer to most of life’s problems is lashes!

Lora with Dima Mousselli of Xtreme Lashes and TV Personality DeeDee Benkie photo by Lora Warnick

Best Body Bronzer – Scott Barnes Body Bling – www.ScottBarnes.com. Body Bling is the reason behind JLO’s glow, need I say more?

Best Glitter Makeup – Eye Kandy- www.eyekandycosmetics.com A Jersey girls dream come true. Finally a glitter that stays on all night while fist pumping in the club.

Best Spa Music – Paradise Music – www.paradisemusic.us.com – If you can’t hit the spa, make sure to pick up a few CD’s from their collection to distress, focus and breathe deeply.

Best Ingestible Tinctures – Medicine of the People www.medicineofthepeople.net

From appetite suppressants to liver cleansing, these are safe, all-natural and made in the U.S.A. by Navajo Indians in Arizona.

Best Sore Muscle/Joint Oil – Medicine of the People – Sore Joint Massage Oil – medicineofthepeople.net A miracle for sore muscles, tight shoulders and tired feet.

Industry Visionary Leader – Spa Week www.spaweek.comSpa Week was able to allow the general non-spa going public, hit the spas and try treatments they might never experience. It was so successful, us spa junkies started to go to multiple spas in one week. Genius!

Best Scar Repair Treatment – Keloid Care by Dr. Michael Jones. www.lexingtonplasticsurgeons.com No one wants unsightly scars and this cream makes them disappear or diminish to the point that you can feel confident showing as much skin as possible!

Lora Condon with Genevieve Malandra representing Lexington Plastic Surgeons and Keloid Care

Best Beauty Accessory – Vienna Victoria www.viennavictoria.com
A genius idea where your makeup is secretly housed in a piece of Swarovski jewelry.

Attendees enjoyed treats by Posh Pop Cupcakes and fabulous gift bags featuring award-winning product lines to celebrate with the winners. Phase 3 Recovery provided liquid energy and Grace Forster and Karen Biehl of Doggie Moms attended as did EricAndrewNYCSocialite.

Lora Condon with our cupcake sponsor Posh Pop Bakeshop

As a professional makeup artist, a licensed esthetician and the owner of “Magic Hands Skin and Body Spa” in New Jersey and Manhattan, Lora Condon has won 5 awards for her work including “Best Facial” and “Best Treatment” in the National SPA WEEK Awards. As a makeup artist, Lora’s work has appeared in publications such as, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times, Time Out New York and in spots for Good Morning America, The View, Larry King, CNN, Fox News and ESPN. She is known as the “Lash Dr.” among her celebrity and socialite clientele and she is New York’s premier Xtreme Lash technician, giving mega-watt lash extensions to an elite group. Lora also honed her skills for the perfect brow under “brow guru” Anastasia of Beverly Hills and had the honor of being the New 2012 Pick for Brows in NJ by InStyle Magazine.

In 2012 Lora authored Spa Wars: The Ugly Truth About the Beauty Industry, which brings together her funniest true stories and professional insight gleamed from over 15 years in the industry. Spa Wars received rave reviews and write-ups in the New York Times, New York Magazine, American Spa, Better TV, About.com, Spa Finder and numerous other outlets. The first edition of SPA WARS is available at Barnes & Noble, www.bn.com and Amazon. The new edition of SPA WARS, entitled SPA WARS: True Stories From The Beauty Industries Front Lines is accepting submissions now from beauty industry professionals and is slated for release in early 2014. For more information on Lora, her services, books and events visit www.makeupwithme.com and www.thelashdr.com.

Brow Artist Sara Kosmyna and Kara from Celebrity Hairstyles

TheSalonGuy Stephen Marinaro and Enrique Ramirez
Teresa Giudice with Stephen "TheSalonGuy"

A Cross-Country Trek for Love: Scott Gralnick Takes Dating Way Outside the Box

Books Causes Dating Exploits Talent Technology Travel

By Marcy Clark, with additional reporting by Lauren Garroni

Can you think of the last time you did something romantic for the one you loved? That long huh? In the age of Facebook, Skype, texting, and Match.com it has never been easier to have a relationship, but with all these digital interventions something has been lost in translation. A virtual teddy bear gifted via Facebook doesn’t hold the same romantic weight as its analogue counterpart. Scott Gralnick, author of How to Get a Girl in a 1995 Corolla, has taken note of culture’s shifting romantic priorities. When Gralnick wrote the book How to Get a Girl…, a reference to his ability to pick up women despite his lackluster vehicle, two years ago he was single and on the prowl. He parlayed his talent with the fairer sex into a guidebook that taught men how to meet women in a tactful yet creative way. But today Gralnick is a changed man, he’s found what we’re all searching for – Love. There is one caveat, because of his charm book past she isn’t sure if she should date him…that and she lives across the country. What is a determined boy in love to do? Walk across the country to prove his love – of course. This is Dating Outside The Box.

Women’s Mafia: What qualities does this woman have that she has bewitched you soo that you are going to walk across the country to win her?
Scott Gralnick: Her compassion for the human race and wanting to help others. The love for her family. She has taken a step back from life and has learned a lot and keeps learning. She has a smile that can bring peace to anyone. Truth is her ally. She drives me to be a better person. I can get lost in her eyes. After I talk to her I have a feeling of fullness, but the fullness I feel is the essence she is. (I could go on for ever)

WM: Where did you get the idea for your trans-continental marathon stroll? Do you know of anyone who has attempted this mission and lived to tell the tale?

SG: My idea lies deep within my soul. I may not be the wealthiest man, but I am the most resourceful you’ll meet! If I cant fly there, id drive, if I cant drive Id bus, but i think most or any man can take those transportation to one they dream of. I want to show that We can over come anything, I am willing to put my soul and mind and all I am to get to her. The idea came to me with conviction and I knew I had to do it, wether or not I win her over I have to get the “WHAT IF” out of my head.. SEIZE THE DAY, well, this is my day and soon ours, I hope!  At the same time I want to show everyone who will joint DOTB.tv that some times no matter what you have to take that leep and not fear.. Dating outside the box, Living outside the box and most of all live with passion outside the box!

I don’t know anyone who has done what I am going to do. But I look forward to bring out the hopeless romantics in the world and showing them not to be afraid.

WM: “Dating Outside the Box” is a mission, a slogan and a way of life for you, are you hoping to inspire others with your quest to go all out for love?

SG: Outside The Box is a world of its own, and yes, if this action brings about a whirl of love and thought of loving actions for good, then Dating Outside The Box has done good. I am merely a man, a man who is filled with much compassion, which I need to let out. And for the first time someone has hit a deep inner core with me and in that moment I knew I had to walk and share with the world, DATING OUTSIDE THE BOX and what we stand for.

WM: How can adventurous people, without your impressive stamina and free schedule, break out of normal, boring dating box? Will your new business plan help them in a meaningful way? What’s different about DOTB.TV?

SG: DOTB.TV will bring about world peace one date at a time. People who hate the initial time if investment into online dating will love our site and mobile app. We bring online dating offline for real human interaction. I don’t want to get into all the boring tech talk but through us you’ll get a date quick and have tons of fun doing it. Continue reading

EVENT RECAP: Fashionable Friday Beauty & Style Gifting Event

Beauty Books Events Fashion Featured Shopping & Acquisitions

By Carlos Aparicio for Women’s Mafia

Marcy Clark and the Women’s Mafia were thrilled to host the first (of many to come) press-only Fashionable Friday Gifting Events. Celebrity Stylist Nick Arrojo (you will remember his excellent cuts and sexy accent from TLC’s What Not To Wear) hosted us at Arrojo Studio in lower Manhattan last Friday July 22nd.

A group of selected bloggers and journalists, many from the fab NYC Fashion Bloggers Meet-up group, were treated with makeovers including hair & make up treatments by the professionals at Arrojo Studio, as well as gifts from latest jewelry collection by rising-star designer J. Rudy Lewis.

The bloggers were excited to meet J. Rudy Lewis and pick a piece to wear at the event and be photographed rocking his designs. He is rapidly becoming one of the darlings of celebrity stylists, publications such as Vogue, royalty (such as Her Highness Princess Ameerah of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family) and various fashion editors.

Guests were also treated to an exclusive reading by author Lora Condon with excerpts from her recently published book SPA WARS: The Ugly Truth About The Beauty Industry and afterwards they got a signed copy of SPA WARS. Lora Condon is a well-known Esthetician, Make-up artist and Beauty Industry Consultant who has been working in the beauty and spa industry for over 15 years and put together hilarious anecdotes and experiences in her book, which was recently featured in the New York Times. She is also known as the Lash Doctor for her excellence in applying fabulous lash extensions, working with clients such as the cast of Good

Morning America, among other TV and fashion shows. For the first hour of the event the Lash Doctor applied Xtreme lashes on the lucky bloggers who made it early!

It was an exciting time for all of those involved and all the girls looked beautiful with their new ‘dos and J. Rudy Lewis jewelry.Bloggers and editors at the event also got to meet Women’s Mafia Media Partner ASTONISH Magazine and sign up for their new ASTONISHBloggerati program. Women’s Mafia and Yellow Sky Agency will launch the stunning new Fashion & Art publication at this Fall’s Fashion Week.

Pop-Up Studio, a great new enterprise by photographer David Christiansen, captured the event and entertained all the guests with an authentic Photo-Studio experience. It will be the first of many collaborations with Pop-Up Studio!!!

Stay tuned for future possible Fashionable Friday’s for Women’s Mafia members!

To see more pictures from this event at PopUpStudio.com, click here

Beauty & Fashion Literati Come Together to Support GLAAD at SPA WARS Book Launch Event

Altruism Beauty Books Causes Design Events Exploits Fashion Shopping & Acquisitions

Style Icon Patricia Field & The Women’s Mafia Present:


Beauty, Shopping and Book Signing Event

Official Book Launch for “Spa Wars: The Ugly Truth About The Beauty Industry”
by Celebrity Makeup Artist, Esthetician and Consumer Advocate Lora Condon

Friday, May 6th 6 – 10pm

House of Field and The Salon at Patricia Field
302 Bowery Street, Between Houston and Bleecker

Expected Guests and Judges of the SPA WARS Fierce Photo Contest include: Countess LuAnn De Lesseps, Celebrity hairstylist Eric Alt, Radio and Television personality Flo Anthony, Royal Stylist Engie Hassan, Music Impresario Lori Michaels, Award Winning Beauty Queen Miss Tiffany and surprise guests.

DJ Sharri Model will be spinning electro-rock tunes all night long and Montana USA will be our official SPA WARS photographer. VIP’s will be getting glammed up by Makeup Artist Alicia Oliveri and the amazing Salon at Patricia Field team and interviewed on the Red Carpet by Cognac’s Corner, Flo Anthony and our esteemed media partner The Salon Guy.

Enjoy Cupcakes from The Stuffed Cupcake, Empanadas from Empanada Mama, Butternuts Beer and Chambord and Fris Vodka cocktails throughout the night!

Media Partners:

Marcy Clark
Founder, The Women’s Mafia, Social Club & Online Magazine www.womensmafia.com
cell: 212.729.9619 fax: 212.208.2579 Marcy@womensmafia.com
Director, Yellow Sky Publicity www.yellowskyagency.com

Beauty, Shopping & Book Signing Event to Benefit GLAAD

New York, NY. May 6, 2011 – This Friday May 6th at the House of Field, Fashion & Beauty insiders will gather together to support the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and be among the first to get a signed copy and face-to-face with Author Lora Condon. Style icon Patricia Field and the New York Social Club, The Women’s Mafia, are hosting this glamorous book launch event for SPA WARS: The Ugly Truth About The Beauty Industry.

In addition to being able to snag one of the first signed copies of SPA WARS, guests of the event will also be able to enjoy Salon & Beauty treatments at special rates all day at the Salon at Patricia Field and they will be able to compete in the SPA WARS themed Fierce Photo Contest, judged by special VIP guests including Countess LuAnn De Lesseps, Celebrity hairstylist Eric Alt, Radio and Television personality Flo Anthony, Royal Stylist Engie Hassan, Music Impresario Lori Michaels, Award Winning Beauty Queen Miss Tiffany and surprise guests.

In “SPA WARS: The Ugly Truth about the Beauty Industry”, Celebrity Makeup Artist, Esthetician and Consumer Advocate Lora Condon reveals the true secrets of the Spa and Beauty Industry, along with tips and advice to get the most out of your investment in beauty products.

This unique benefit for GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, features a red carpet, top shelf Chambord Cocktails, Butternuts Beer, treats from Empanada Mama and the Stuffed Cupcake, a 20% discount throughout the store and prizes all night long! Guests will enjoy electro-rock tunes by DJ Sharri Model, makeup by Alicia Oliveri and get their photo taken by celebrity photographer Montana.

Lora Condon, aka “The Beauty Buster,” is a recognized expert on revitalizing Spa and Beauty businesses and her popular new memoir and call for greater integrity and transparency in the beauty industry, is being reviewed extremely favorably. American Spa Magazine compared it to “Kitchen Confidential” for the Spa Set. And Spa Wish called it “a candid memoir” and “a hoot.”

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. www.glaad.org

“Spa Wars: The Ugly Truth About the Beauty Industry” the new book by Consumer Advocate, Beauty Myth Buster and Certified Esthetician Lora Condon brings together the funniest true stories and the professional insight gleamed from over 15 years in the Spa and beauty industry. Irreverent, insightful, hilarious and actionable, “Spa Wars” is an invaluable tome for beauty junkies and wellness purists alike.

Lora Condon is known for her healing hands, professional demeanor and no-nonsense approach to beauty and skin care. As a professional makeup artist for film, television and celebrities, a licensed esthetician, a Reiki master and a consumer advocate, Lora is a sought after Beauty Expert, Spa Consultant and Motivational Trainer. As a professional make-up artist, Lora’s work has appeared in publications such as, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times, Time Out New York and on television in spots for Good Morning America, The View, Larry King, CNN, Fox News and ESPN. As the owner of “Magic Hands Skin and Body Spa” she he has won awards for her esthetic work such as the three National Awards by Spa Week readers and she has served as the Director of Esthetics for a 5,000 square foot day spa in North Jersey. After being personally trained and working for the “brow guru”, Anastasia of Beverly Hills, Lora honed her skills for the perfect brow. She served as the Northeast Sales and Training Manager for Anastasia. Lora is also a certified Xtreme Lash technician and is known affectionately as the “Lash Dr.” among her celebrity and socialite clientele. For more on Lora Condon and “Spa Wars” visit Lora’s site www.makeupwithme.com.

Save the Date, RSVP and Book Today. We look forward to seeing you!
RSVP: rsvp@womensmafia.com

Call 212-966-4066 to reserve hair and beauty treatments.
Editors can submit press accreditation to reserve one complimentary Salon Treatment while space permits.

Treatments Packages:

1. The Full Patricia (blowout, haircut or hightlights, lashes and glam make-up) $125

2. Scalp Treatment, Blow Out and Style $50

3. Blow-Out $35

4. Lashes $20

5. Trim $50

6. Partial Highlights $75

7. Men’s Cuts starting at $30

8. Glam Makeup Applications Starting at $35

For more details on SPA WARS and LORA CONDON visit www.makeupwithme.com
For more details on PATRICIA FIELD, the House of Field and Salon at Patricia Field visit www.patriciafield.com

BOOK REVIEW – Spa Wars: The Ugly Truth About The Beauty Industry by Lora Condon

Beauty Books Exploits Shopping & Acquisitions Talent

By Carolina Sanchez for Women’s Mafia

“Spa Wars” by Lora Condon is filled with hilarious true stories about the highs and lows of the Spa and Beauty Industry, with names sometimes-but-not-always-changed to protect the not so innocent. It is followed by tips by this illustrious professional makeup artist and three-time National Spa Week Award Winning Esthetician on the best products. You will also find the best insights for applying and combining beauty products like a pro, spa etiquette and recommendations to get the most out of your hard-earned spa dollars.

Lora’s account of how she came to write this Memoir-meets-Buyer-Beware are almost as hilarious as her true Spa horror stories. Lora made the attempt to write a book about her life back in 2002, following a Haitian Voodoo priest’s advice, but this did not become a reality when she considered the thought of re-living her life was just “too depressing.” Later, in 2006 she started writing a book called “Just Your Average Angry American.” The book revolved around things that bother people, including politics and stupidity. In it she also added her own stories from when she worked in the Spa industry. As she told people, such as her celebrity and news industry clients, what she was writing about, she became aware that what people really want to read is what happens in the spa and and behind the makeup counter when the doors are closed.

Spa Wars tells true stories about the Spa and Beauty Industry, each narrated by the author in a witty manner. Lora, also known as “The Beauty Buster” for her consumer advocating tendencies, has a clear mission with her debut book: increased quality, integrity and authenticity in the beauty industry and truth in advertising to protect clients and the companies trying to keep them.

Some highlights: learn about “Gay Trance” and much more about Makeup Counter Psychology, an entire chapter of “Beauty Bullshit” that will have you cleaning out your makeup bag, guides on the best products and “fixes” to make all kinds of cosmetic products work better for you.

Available immediately for you at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders and more!

For more on Lora Condon visit www.makeupwithme.com

Full Disclosure: Lora is a longtime member of the Women’s Mafia and works with the Women’s Mafia on events, branding and PR projects. The Women’s Mafia will be co-hosting her official book launch party in April – so stay tuned and watch this space!

Women’s Mafia Endorsed Event: Meet the Newest Bravo-Lebrity – Jene Luciani!

Books Design Events Exploits Fashion Nightlife Shopping & Acquisitions Talent

By Marcy Clark

Our good friend and Women’s Mafia member, Style Correspondent Jené Luciani, will be hosting a Bravo-filmed uber-glamorous event on Thursday March 10th that celebrates both her new Couture Collaboration with Project Runway’s Chris March and the launch of the digital version of “The Bra Book.” It’s at the restaurant at the Charles Hotel from 6-9pm.

Email TheBraBookOnBravo@gmail.com to get on this exclusive guest list! Will I get to see you there?

More Details on Jene Luciani:

Style Correspondent – TV/Print/Radio/Web
Contributing Editor/Writer/Stylist
Author of The Bra Book (BenBella Books, 2009) – Buy it at Amazon , Barnes and Noble, Borders and other fine bookstores!

EVENT RECAP: An Evening At The Interior Design Building with Bryan Batt

Art Books Design Events Shopping & Acquisitions
Bryan Batt signing books at Doris Leslie Blau (Image by Charity De Meer)

By Marcy Clark

Thank you so much to those of you who joined us for “An Evening at The Interior Design Building with Bryan Batt,” with the charming, witty and dashing author, designer, actor and star of Mad Men, Bryan Batt. The evening was presented by the dealers at New York’s venerable Interior Design Building at 306 East 61st Street, an amazing resource for museum-quality, highly collectible antiques, art and original home furnishings and accessories. We were thrilled to be joined by New York’s top Interior Designers, Architects, Editors, Publishing Executives and so many other special guests. Guests secured their very own copy of Bryan Batt’s poignant and humor-saturated memoir “She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother” and got to get their book signed. Design aficionados took the opportunity to shop and explore the 7 floors of the Interior Design Building, open for “Evening Hours” in partnership with our media partner for the event: 1st Dibs. Participating Showrooms included: Lucca & Co, Lee Calicchio, Sentimento, Liz O’Brien, John Rosselli, Doris Leslie BlauAtlantic Gallery, C.J. Peters, Suzanne Golden Antiques, Amy Perlin Antiques and Niall Smith.

Batt with Ron Wagner and Timothy Van Dam of Wagner Van Dam Design and Decor (Charity De Meer)
Bryan Batt meeting Lee Calicchio of Lee Calicchio Ltd.
Joan and Jayne Michaels of 2 Michaels Design Being Interviewed by French Film Crew StoryBox Press

Catherine Aaron, Bryan Batt, Lance Thompson at Lucca & Co.
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An Evening At The Interior Design Building with Bryan Batt

Books Events Exploits Featured Shopping & Acquisitions

Please come as my guest to an exclusive event at 306 E 61st, The Interior Design Building, with Bryan Batt: designer, author and star of Mad Men.

The event will feature a book signing for Bryan Batt’s new book “She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother” and will be an Open Showroom event – a chance to see what is new from the designers, dealers and furnishings experts at 306 E 61st.
Come to meet Bryan and secure a signed-copy of his book, stay to re-design your living room!

Will we get to see you soon?

RSVP to Marcy@yellowskyagency.com

For press and media inquiries into Bryan Batt contact Cynthia Parsons McDaniel 917.412.0555.

Book Review: B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras

Beauty Books

By Saira Toppin

B as in Beauty is a novel about self appreciation and uplifting one’s spirit. The novel informs the reader in subtle ways, that we can learn lessons in unimaginable ways. This is a cliché technique, but works every time. I think that is why many authors use it over and over. We see this happen with the main character B (Beauty Maria Zavala). She has very little self-confidence, but one day an encounter with a tax preparer changes her entire outlook on life.

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