Exclusive Invite: Beauty Buster Skincare Launch at Lips on April 28th

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Will you be able to join us on Monday April 28th for the official launch of Beauty Buster Skincare by award winning esthetician, author, makeup artist and Women’s Mafia contributor Lora “the Beauty Buster”?

Women’s Mafia guests will enjoy mini spa treatments, live entertainment with our special celebrity hosts, a Milagros Tequila bar, Lips signature Frozen Cosmos made with local Adirondack Distilling Co. Vodka, coveted gift bags with the new all natural skincare line and much more!
Monday April 28th 7-10pm
Lips Restaurant, 227 East 56th Street, NYC.
RSVP (required!): Marcy@yellowskyagency.com

“Strength In Beauty”

Lora Condon “The Beauty Buster” is an award winning esthetician and author who has appeared on Dr. Oz, The New York Times, the NY Daily News, American Spa, Better TV and numerous other outlets. Come celebrate the launch of her new all-natural skincare line. Guests will enjoy mini spa treatments, gift bags, and live entertainment featuring “AllBeefPatty” of America’s Got Talent and more!

Lora’s Beauty Buster Skincare will be donating 10% of proceeds to charities benefiting military families. Celebrity faces of the new line include Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, Fitness Expert NikkiFitness, motivational speaker and former Marine Rachel Luna, and Actor and US Army Reserve SPC Justin Michael.

For more details about celebrity esthetician, makeup artist and author Lora “The Beauty Buster” visit: www.thebeautybuster.com/home.

Exclusive: Women’s Mafia Interview with Rent A Gent Founder Sara Shikhman

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Ed note: Sara Shikhman and her clever, controversial and daring new company Rent A Gent is off to a roaring start and is taking the media by storm. Longtime Women’s Mafia member, model and actress Lorianna Izrailova scored an exclusive interview with Sara and we have the skinny on her superstar start-up.

By Lorianna Izrailova

WM: What’s Rent A Gent?

SS: Rent a Gent is a new entertainment service for successful women. All of our gents are handsome, smart, and talented. Their skills range from cooking, bar tending, cleaning, dancing, singing, to poetry, karate and breakdancing.

WM: How’d you get the idea for Rent A Gent?

SS: I attended a few boring bachelorette parties where the oily guy who showed up at the door looked nothing like the guy we selected. I also had an ex’s birthday party to attend and wanted to bring a super hot date, the kind that would turn heads, but could’t find anyone on short notice.

Rent A Gent Founder Sara Shikhman

Women’s Mafia: Is Rent A Gent only for single women?

Sara Shikhman: Rent A Gent is for any woman who’s successful, confident and has a busy social calendar.

WM: Is Rent A Gent expensive?

SS: It’s less expensive than a pair of Louboutins.

WM: Is Rent A Gent available outside of NYC?

SS: Rent A Gent is currently available in NY, NJ, PA, DC, DE, MD, and VA. We are rapidly expanding to other locations including Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

WM: How many gents are there?

SS: We currently have 22 gents with a range of talents, selected from the over 1000 who applied to work with us.

WM: What’s a gent?

SS: A gent is a gentleman who’s handsome, smart, and talented.

WM: Valentine’s Day is coming up, is this a busy time for you?

SS: Since we’ve opened a few months ago and appeared in magazines and on TV the service is becoming more and more popular.

WM: What makes these men so special?

SS: They represent the top 1% of the men who applied to work with us, they are tall, have six packs, look even better in person than on their pictures, and are intelligent.

WM: What can the gents do?

SS: Each gent has his own unique set of talents. We are only limited by our own imaginations here. Want him to paint your toe nails? He can do that too.

WM: How do you find these guys?

SS: We post our job ads on the major career websites, plus the acting and modeling boards.

WM: What’s the craziest thing anyone has booked a gent for?

SS: Skydiving.

WM: What’s the most common activity people do with a gent?

SS: Dinner.

WM: Who’s the most popular gent?

SS: Eric.

WM: Did you ever use a gent yourself?

SS: Yes :-)

Sara Shikhman

Co-Founder and CEO, Rent A Gent

Like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RentaGent


Fassbinder Smith Street Returns to Cobble Hill

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233 Smith Street. Open Now through Jan 31st, Tues. – Sun 2pm – 9pm daily

Dec. 4th, 5-9pm: Holiday Party & Launch of “Warm Winter Wednesday’s” Featuring Traditional German Glühwein

FASSBINDER, Sonja Fries’s beloved former West Village jewelry boutique that popped back up last season in Cobble Hill, is returning to her coveted Smith Street location just in time for the holidays.

Sonja Fries Luciana Earrings

In addition to Fries’s own jewelry line, the store will feature a fresh line-up of intriguing and unique work from jewelry designers Naomi Blumenthal, Martin Bernstein, Symbiotique and Michal Lando, fine jewelry artists whose work is usually found in galleries and art shows such as SOFA and Miami Art Basel. This year also marks the introduction of a ready to wear clothing collection by designer Kal Rieman. All featured designers create their work in the United States.

Sonja has long been enamored with Smith Street and its vibe, making the decision to return to Cobble Hill to interact with customers and promote local artists against the cultural backdrop of Brooklyn, her chosen location. The new store will embrace a “salon” ethos and host a variety of special events including traditional German Glühwein and evenings of prosecco sippings for the ladies as they build up their holiday wish lists. Sonja says: “My motivation is seeing the pop up being explored and appreciated by people who have an artistic approach to jewelry and fashion.”

Sonja Fries Luciana rings
Martin Bernstein Blue Topaz Earrings

Fries, recognizable as a blue-eyed svelte Bavarian gamine, is a meticulous goldsmith from Germany whose sublime jewelry has caught the attention of Michael Stipe, The Scissor Sisters, and Julianne Moore over the years. Her reputation as a dedicated and esteemed artist extends to Europe and the Far East where she has owned and managed galleries throughout Germany and Bangkok, including a decade long stint with partner Hal Ludacer at the much adored Fassbinder gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village.

www.sonjafriesllc.blogspot.com .

Michal Lando Translucent Necklace

Michal Lando

Martin Bernstein Pearl Necklace

Naomi Blumenthal Studio Stud Cuff

Naomi Blumenthal Studio Pentagon Earrings

Michal Lando

Wondershow: For a Night Of The Unexpected!

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Get Ready for WONDERSHOW
Featuring an extraordinary line up of the city’s hottest magicians and variety acts.
Nov. 22nd, Doors 7pm, $15. 21 and over
Galapagos Art Space 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY (DUMBO)

Developed by award-winning producer Patrick Terry, don’t miss the mind-blowing illusions of rising star RYAN DUTCHER (MTV), the exquisite sleight of hand of New York’s own DAVID SCHWARTZ, and the inspiring miracles of international sensation ANDREW GOLDENHERSH  (The Magic Castle), & much more! See a video teaser here.

Illusionist Ryan Dutcher in NYC
Aurora Black

Presented exclusively at DUMBO’s gorgeous Galapagos Art Space, WONDERSHOW is an experience like no other – and will showcase the best in underground performers as well as established professionals, like the incredible ASI WIND, a recent winner of the Merlin Award for “Most Innovative Show” – an honor whose previous recipients include Penn & Teller, Criss Angel, and David Copperfield. In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed mentalists, Asi also served as an advisor on David Blaine’s new TV special and recently wrapped a sold out run of his hit show Concert of the Mind.

The line up will also include a special appearance by FRANCIS MENOTTI, known far and wide as one of the most respected entertainers working today. As well as spellbinding burlesque by New York City’s naughtiest ballerina, AURORA BLACK. WONDERSHOW’s creator, Patrick Terry will serve as the Master of Ceremonies chaperoning the night’s spirit of all things astounding and confounding.

Producer and Magic Man himself, Patrick Terry

Like nothing you expect and everything you imagine, this unique variety experience, continues to be the city’s most exciting destination for magic, mischief & mystery.

More Wine at the Caffé

Dating Food Nightlife

by Saira Toppin

I entered Caffé e Vino simply to drop off photographs with my partner Luis Vaz (photographer) for the owner’s wife. Luis introduced me to Giuseppe who then asked us if we wanted a drink… The night was in the bag from there.

Our jackets were taken to coat check, wine was served and appetizers were ordered. Fresh soft bread with tomato spread and water was placed on the table. We ate fried calamari and zucchini and sipped wine.

Since we only stepped in to make a drop, having a full meal was not on my mind. Giuseppe asked us if we wanted to eat…what to do?? Having had a late lunch that day I knew I was not too hungry, but me giving up delicious Italian food is unheard of, never to be uttered aloud. I told him to make a light dish for me. A few minutes later we were met with linguine with Alfredo sauce topped with shrimp. Luis was not too happy because they served us both small plates. I got what I asked for, sorry buddy.

I thought that we were receiving exceptional treatment because my partner knew the owner, but it seemed to be given to all attendees of the restaurant, which is amazing, because we were given a lot of attention. The atmosphere was very warm, exposed brick and candlelight, always perfect for a second date. I say second because you do not want to start off with too much romance on the first date. Don’t scare him/her away just yet.

Back to the pasta which was great, the Alfredo sauce was different, nothing like I had before. It truly tasted homemade.

To end the meal off we were given homemade cheesecake and I opted for more wine instead of a latte. I left with a smile on my face and an overstuffed stomach. No room for complaint. We grabbed our coats and crossed the bridge to attend a party thrown by the Mayor.

If you are looking for a great new restaurant to try, head over to Caffé e Vino in Downtown Brooklyn, right before the Manhattan Bridge at 112 Dekalb Avenue.

Attention Wine Lovers!

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Get Ready to Sip & Swirl at the 6th Annual New York Wine Expo

New York, NY (January 7, 2013) Raise a glass in celebration! The New York Wine Expo is celebrating its 6th anniversary, March 1-3, 2013.  With only their wine glasses and taste buds to lead them, attendees can travel through the vineyards of Europe and the Mediterranean; from South America to South Africa; and coast to coast in the United States.  In all, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a sampling of over 500 wines.  The 6th annual New York Wine Expo is at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

“The Expo is truly a feast for the senses, with wines from every corner of the world represented,” said Ed Hurley, Marketing Director, ResourcePlus Shows & Events. “For anyone who enjoys wine or is a beginner and wants to learn, a day at the Expo is a deliciously fun way to spend time with friends and family.”

Dedicated fans know him as “Your Resident Foodie,” and this year for the first time David Venable will be joining the New York Wine Expo.  As host of the hit QVC program, In the Kitchen with David, he offers a unique interactive viewership experience and features the latest in gourmet foods, cookware, kitchen gadgets and cookbooks.  Although he will not be cooking David will be conducting a “Meet & Greet” and will share wine pairing ideas.

Along with the Grand Tasting, consumers can purchase tickets to a variety of seminars led by industry experts.  Additions to the seminar calendar are updated frequently.  To date,

Wine 101: Taste Like a Pro with Wine Spectator’s Director of Education         Gloria Maroti Frazee
Friday, March 1st at 6:00pm | Saturday, March 2nd at 11:30am
In this seminar, attendees will build the wine appreciation framework required for a lifetime of vinous adventure. Tasting a bounty ofwine from around the world, they’ll learn the tasting techniques used by pros, explore important grapes, identify key wine styles and determine their own wine preferences.

The Cool Climate, World Class Wines of the Finger Lakes

Saturday, March 2nd at Noon

The Finger Lakes region of New York State has undergone an evolution in quality and developed into a cool climate, world classwine growing region.  Join Thomas Pastuszak, Wine Director at the NoMad in New York City, for a discussion and tasting of winesfrom the region. Learn about what makes the Finger Lakes the premier growing region for cool climate grape varieties in the United States and how it compares on a global level to other regions.

Italian Cheeses and Wine with Lou DiPalo, the Cheese Guru of DiPalo’s Fine Foods in Little Italy, NYC

Saturday, March 2, 2:30pm

Don’t miss a chance to meet this most knowledgeable and passionate advocate for the cheeses and wines of Italy. Lou DiPalo will detail how typicity, provenance, and maturation regimes contribute to the irresistible quality of Italian cheese. Amongst the cheeses to be tasted will be Agriform’s Grana Padano, Piave, Asiago, and Valtellina Casera, with Italian wines selected for pairing perfection. You will leave this informative and tasty seminar with a bevy of expert suggestions on how best to entertain with Italianwine and cheese.

Attendees can ensure they remember the names of every wine and wine maker they liked and lifestyle vendor they stopped by with the free New York Wine Expo mobile app.  Along with notes, the app will help attendees navigate the venue, find exhibitors of interest and provide the latest event news.

Grand Tasting Pricing & Hours:

Friday, March 1, 6pm to 10pm – $85

Saturday, March 2, 1pm to 5pm – $95

Sunday, March 3, Noon to 4pm (Trade only)

Please note: Sunday, March 3 is dedicated to trade representatives. Liquor licensees from throughout the region are invited to attend on Sunday along with attendees of the co-located International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York. The Wine Expo is not open to the general public on Sunday.

Event Recap: Dore Exquisite Gowns Spring 2013

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The Country’s Top Ballroom Dance Atelier To The Stars Launches A New Collection

Dore Exquisite Gowns, the top Ballroom design atelier in the country, headed by lead designer Dawn Smart, debuted their premiere collection of evening gowns at New York Fashion Week on September 12th, 2012. Arena NYC accommodated a glamorous audience of 300 guests, which included some notable editors from InStyle, Vogue, Haarper’s Bazaar, Glamour and Pinstripe Magazine, stylists, bloggers and fashionistas. Among the distinguished guests were Miss New York

Mallory Hagan, Miss Gotham City Acacia Courtney, Amy Poliakoff and Maggie Schaffer of Bravo’s Gallery Girls, Heidi Dillon of Style’s Big Rich Texas, celebrity aesthetician and beauty author Lora Condon, celebrity interviewer Cognac Wellerlane and Royal & celeb stylist Engie Hassan, the official stylist of the show.
Miss New York Mallory Hagan (Miss America Organization), Miss Gotham City Acacia Courtney and celebrity interviewer Cognac Wellerlane

The evening was an entertaining blend of fashion, music and dance. The show commenced with a scintillating dance performance by Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach who looked impeccable in outfits by Dore Designs. This was soon followed by the eagerly anticipated display of Dore Design’s evening gowns. The dresses showcased richness in color and style, featuring hand painting, Swarovski crystal elements (Swarovski was a sponsor of the show), and couture craftsmanship. Several gowns featured inventive details such as sky high slits, long feathered trains and even petticoat-like ruffles. The gowns did justice to the models’ figures with captivating flow and movement as they dazzled on the runway.

Right after the show was another brilliant performance by Vard Margaryan (of So You Think You Can Dance) and Sofya Fil. Sarah Atereth, a U.K. # 1 recording artist then took the stage and entertained the audience with two of her dance numbers to which the enthusiastic crowd sang along and danced.
The after party saw an enthusiastic crowd dancing away. DJ Eric Voz had the perfect music playing to set the right ambience. The evening full of entertainment and talent ended on a note of promise of many more glamorous events by Dore Designs. Special thanks to the sponsors and partners for the event : Swarovski Elements, Ecru New York, All Natural Snapple, EngieStyle, Yellow Sky Agency, Lead Makeup Artist Nesreen Hamdan and Boutique Artists.

Dore Designs is an industry leader in the United States for Ballroom fashion. The company sponsors 42 professional and amateur couples in the United States and Canada. Dore Designs can be seen across the globe on world champions, finalists and dance novices. Dore Designs thrives in the French tradition of haute couture, in keeping each Dore Designs ballroom or evening wear gown an exclusive creation made to the wearer’s explicit measurements and carriage. The future success of Dore Designs will be expanded by couture and ready-to-wear lines for evening, as well as practice wear that can be customized for dance studios to brand themselves. For more on Dawn Smart and Dore Designs visit www.doredesigns.com and “like” DoreDesigns on Facebook to stay abreast of their latest designs.

Royal and Celeb Stylist Engie Hassan with Designer Dawn Smart of Dore Designs

Win tickets to our NYFW event Dore Designs Spring 2013

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This NYFW Spring 2013, 5 lucky Women’s Mafia members have the chance to win  tickets for the Dore Design fashion show and after-party on September 12th.
Write to rsvp@yellowskyagency.com with the subject “Win Dore” to be entered in the contest! A limited number of tickets will also be available for sale if you don’t win. Respond by September 6th for your chance to be at New York Fashion Week!

Dore Designs Spring 2013  –  Wednesday September 12th at 7pm.
ARENA, 135 West 41st Street, between 6th and Broadway

Dore Designs has long been the leading purveyor of the finest couture ballroom dance gowns in the United States and is now launching their evening gown collection. Dore Designs can be seen on the amazing young dancers of the reality show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” and on the global stage in national and international dance competitions.  Dore Designs and CEO / Head Designer Dawn Smart are bringing haute couture to American shores with striking custom made gowns, which are highly coveted by ballroom dance champions and private clients alike.

In keeping with the French tradition of haute couture each Dore Design garment is an exclusive creation made to the wearer’s explicit measurements and carriage. Dore Design garments are produced in jersey, crepe, silk, elastin and various types of Swarovski crystals or hand painting for glamorous embellishments. Gowns are all draped and hand crafted for a stunningly singular look that allows the wearer to feel confident, comfortable and elegant.


TALENT Q&A: Lynette Ong of Edge of Ember Jewelry

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Jeweler extraordinaire Lynette Ong’s new collection SARAT (from the Khmer word for Beauty) supports inspiring local charity projects that benefit women. The line also features inventive, awe-inspiring details such as featuring reclaimed landmine metals in many of their pieces. Will you join us on Wednesday September 5th at POP242 and welcome Edge of Ember designer Lynette Ong to New York for their US debut?

Women’s Mafia: How did you get started in design? When did you start Edge of Ember?

Lynette Ong: EDGE OF EMBER launched early this year, but the inspiration for EDGE OF EMBER first came to me two years back when I was in Ubud, Bali where there were tons of silversmiths and art workshops. Most of them had an open workshop concept where customers could see the artisans working on these uniquely handcrafted pieces. I found these gorgeous works of art absolutely amazing. Yet with the overwhelming trend in the marketplace towards mass production, customers get either machine-lasered fare from factories or designer handmade items that were exorbitantly priced.

Living in Hong Kong, I travelled extensively in Asia and would often buy locally crafted accessories on these trips. I thought that with proper retail channels and commercial expertise, the craftsmanship of these smaller artisan groups could be well appreciated by a global audience, and their livelihood would also be supported through this.

So I was inspired to start an ethically produced accessories label that brings the stories and skills of these local artisans to the rest of the world. As I developed this model, it was important to me that my new venture carried a socially responsible message. Unfortunately in the current market, everything needs to be done cheaply and efficiently, thus producers often disregard the welfare and development of those who make their wares.  And in the wake of mass production, traditional craftsmanship is also often thrown out the window. It would have been easier and cheaper to simply have my designs made in a China factory but I didn’t want that.

I have always loved jewelry. I think accessories complete an outfit and showcase an individual’s personality. But it was only when the EDGE OF EMBER idea came to me that I started dabbling with jewelry design. I have not had formal design training; the brand’s aesthetic is just a reflection of my personal style. I love combining simple, classic pieces and bolder jewelry to create a look that is versatile enough to wear for both casual and formal occasions.

I understand that your work is all fair-trade, and that many of your pieces are created with scrap metal from Landmines. Can you tell me about how this idea came to you and why you made that choice?

The essence of the EDGE OF EMBER brand is ethical commerce i.e. fair wages and opportunities. Certain organizations that we work with focus their employment on disadvantaged groups, for example Rehab Crafts, the Phnom-Penh based group that we collaborate with, employs victims of landmines. Also Mahaguthi, the organization based in Nepal, endeavors to provide women with more work opportunities through flexible home-based arrangements, in an otherwise male dominated workforce.

When educated and given the choice, I think consumers want to purchase ethically produced goods. In addition to a fair trade philosophy in production, I also felt it was paramount to allow customers to contribute, through their purchases, to the communities of the artisans who are creating the EDGE OF EMBER line, hence the 10% of contribution through the EMBER PROJECT.

The concept of using up-cycled materials, such as recycled brass bombshells in Cambodia and discarded buffalo horn in Vietnam, complements the ethos of the EDGE OF EMBER brand. I hope to, wherever feasible, continue to employ this concept in more jewelry pieces going forward. In Cambodia, the artisan group we work with gets raw brass bombshells from organized demining efforts (Halo Trust, Cambodian Mine Action Center), cleans and melts the bombshells before reusing this material for jewelry making. I love this sustainable repurposing of genocide remnants, and the meaningful concept of turning an ugly reminder of their history into beautiful works of art.

Where do you get your design inspirations?

Everywhere, really – from architecture to fashion or just the “vibe” of different places I go to. I travel a lot especially around Asia since I moved to Hong Kong five years ago, and I love pairing the more traditional, ethnic aesthetic in Asia to a contemporary urban style.

The current collection SARAT (the Khmer word for “beauty”) showcases jewelry pieces handmade in Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia and Vietnam, with organic hand-hammered metals, bold geometric studs and ethnic-inspired tassels that are accompanied by an elegant mix of crystals and pearls for a sprinkling of luxury. It is influenced by a variety of moodboards. The studs and spikes give an edgy and raw feel that I translated from bustling developing cities like Phnom Penh and Hanoi, the crystals set in antique-plated bezels show a hint of vintage and Art Deco with, and the pearls and tassels add a touch of old school glamour. I also like to contrast the edgy and feminine, the ethnic and the contemporary in pieces. Continue reading

Socialite Closet Sale at POP 242: Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Catherine Malandrino and more!

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On a quest for all things beautiful? Then Pop 242’s Socialite Closet Sale is the place to be on Wednesday, August 29!
The sale will feature top notch brands like Catherine Malandrino, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Tam, DKNY, Walter and Susanna Monaco. There are also outstanding deals on other great brands featured in the shop such as: Perry GarganoSpencer DevineSan & SoniPima Doll, Ken & Dale and Rae.
When: Wed. August 29th from 6-9pm
Where: Pop 242 Grand, 242 Grand Street in Williamsburg, between Driggs and Roebling – close to the Bedford L and the J,M, Z and G trains
Why: Be a part of a special evening and enjoy Pop 242’s signature cocktails, great company and amazing deals!
(Also, remember Spencer Devine Handbags and Travel is launching on August 8th at Pop 242!)

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Cindy Lee


Catherine Malandrino Top and DKNY Skirt

Elizabeth and James & Vivienne Tam
Also at POP 242:

Designer, tastemaker and human rights activist Kristine Gottilla has been creating stylish and inventive handbags for almost 10 years. What began as a hobby, has progressed into a popular brand sold in New York, LA and boutiques around the country and her new endeavors increasingly support women in low income countries where there are lacking opportunities. Her handbag and travel line Spencer Devine is being debuted to Women’s Mafia members, stylists, press and bloggers on Wednesday August 8th at POP 242 Grand in Williamsburg with a big party featuring a flash sale, prizes and gifts for the press.

Enjoy a new Q&A with Kristine about Spencer Devine and her unique business model and design aesthetic here.

Pop 242’s Outstanding Labels Include:

Perry Gargano Jewelry

Spencer Devine Handbags and Travel


A Peace Treaty

San and Soni

Pima Doll

Marcy Clark   President,  Yellow Sky Agency PR   212.729.9619 marcy@yellowskyagency.com
Founder, Women’s Mafia  www.womensmafia.com
Founder, POP 242 Grand
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