There’s only one way to celebrate Fat Tuesday… well, ok two. But if you’re not partying down in New Orleans, then sinking your teeth into a big old feast is the way to go. While I advocate eating mostly plant based, whole foods whenever possible – I’m also a big believer in the occasional indulgence. So, in honor of the occasion – I decided to gather a few girlfriends together to do just that. And what more appropriate restaurant to host than the West Village’s Fatty ‘Cue?! But just because the name is caloric, doesn’t mean the food necessarily is. Despite the fact that ‘cue is short for barbecue, the menu actually offers a wide range of flavor packed seafood, chicken and vegetable dishes, in addition to elegantly prepared steak and lamb. They also use only the best meats (Heritage pork, Brandt beef), often locally sourced, and stock their produce from the Union Square Farmers Market. Knowing my affinity for healthful food, the Fatty crew generously created a selection of hippie-friendly menu items that allowed my guests and I to get a taste of it all.
And taste it all we did… After five, finger licking savory courses and two desserts, we felt that we’d celebrated the holiday appropriately. So it’s a good thing that I had asked everyone to wear their favorite “chic to feast”; aka “fat day” outfit. Because let’s face it, no matter what your denim size, we all have our off days, but that doesn’t mean that everyone needs to know. If you need inspiration for your next fat tuesday (or fat Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday…) click through to check out how these gals and I stay stylish any day of the week.[+READ MORE]
If the Guggenheim Young Collector’s Party had a theme, it would be simplicity and decadence combined. The stark white, multi level museum provided a sexy back drop for the gaggle of young, wealthy and beautiful guests in attendance. Party-goers were treated to an unlimited Pointy Snout caviar bar, where servers dolled out porcelain spoons and oyster shells filled with black pearls one after the other. DJ Chelsea Leyland spun from the center of the room, dressed in a red peplum dress and braid crown. So what does one wear to an evening of grandeur on a windy 12-degree night? My answer: a sequined white sheath dress, layered over a thin cashmere tank and Uniqlo Heattech tights. Yes, the secret to dressing up in the dead of winter; is hiding layers of warmth wherever you can! So while my sparkling sleeveless dress appeared cool, especially when paired with a dark plum lip and copious amounts of arm candy – I was anything but cold. Click through to see what I wore, and tips on winter cocktail attire.
Our Fashion Correspondent, Natalie Decleve is always out and about at the best events in NYC. Follow her posts here to see where she went and what she wore, and learn helpful tips to dressing for a fashionable life.
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As do all rivers lead to an ocean, all red carpets lead to this one… The Oscars. Thanks to a rare sprinkling of rain that had Los Angelenos in a tizzy, the river metaphor seems especially appropriate for last night’s soaked red carpet. But rain or shine, the show must go on! This year’s nominees offered us a library of worthy films and performances, all vying for a little gold statue of their very own. From 12 Years a Slave to Dallas Buyers Club and everything in between, the competition was commendable and so was the red carpet fashion.
There is always a fine line between making a fashion statement at the Oscars, and respecting it’s heritage with classic styling. Last night, most of our favorite Hollywood starlets (along with a few TV hosts and musicians who stole the spotlight) opted for elegant gowns that will stand the test of time. Plunging necklines and champagne shades dominated the red carpet and gave fashion followers plenty to toast to.
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Being a true “foodie” is about more than just sampling the city’s best restaurants and cooking healthfully at home. It’s equally important to understand where our food comes from, and the impact it has on the environment and community. So when I stumbled upon International Rescue Committee (IRC)’s New Roots program – I was curious. As it turns out, the program is doing good in more ways than one. Not only do they train and employ refugees from disaster destroyed and war torn countries, but that employment is by way of sustainable farming. Meaning that in 22 cities across the US, refugees are trained to farm produce in environmentally responsible ways, which they then sell locally to farmers markets and restaurants. The IRC also revitalizes low-income neighborhoods by transforming urban lots into gardens, and providing nutritional education. So essentially, they are:
- Giving refugees a way out of war torn countries by providing jobs and education
- Using and promoting sustainable farming techniques to protect the environment
- Improving underprivileged neighborhoods by creating green space and engaging the entire community
- Teaching people the power of food and nutrition and how to eat healthfully
WHAT?! This program is awesome.
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After an exhilarating but exhausting 8 days of runway shows, parties and trudging around town in the snow – Fashion Week has finally come to an end! As a special treat to celebrate it’s finale, I hosted an intimate dinner for some of my most fashionable friends at Mas (la grillade). With temperatures well below zero, and yet another impending snowstorm on the forecast – a relaxed and decadent meal full of smoky goodness seemed the perfect way to unwind and recap the week.
I chose Mas (la grillade) for it’s insanely delicious, but also entirely seasonal, local and mostly organic, menu. I love when I can indulge without worrying that my lamb shank has been pumped full of hormones and my broccoli is the size of a tree because it’s been genetically modified. In addition, Mas allows you to completely customize your own tasting menu (seriously – everything is available in appetizer or entrée size!) which appeals to my indecisive Gemini tendencies. I also love any excuse to dress up. So, with Fashion Week as the theme, I found it only fitting to ask my guests to come dressed in their favorite runway trend. From tutus and embellishment to tonal camouflage, everyone had something unique to bring to the (literal) table.
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From sun up to sun down, our Fashion Correspondent, Natalie Decleve, has been all over town capturing the best of NYFW for Guest of a Guest. Whether she’s attending runway shows, interviewing designers and celebrities backstage, or snapping street style – she’s always in the mix. So what does she wear during a week of see-and-be seen activities? Click through to find out.
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If you have ever seen what goes on backstage before a runway show, you know that it takes an army to get the models to look the way they do. Perfectly sleek ponytails and outrageous eyes don’t just make themselves you know, and even the barest skin or tussled bed head takes careful preparation. This season, I snagged a moment with the biz’s best experts in hair, makeup and nails to get them to share their beauty secrets. From how to make your manicure last, to capturing a natural glow (even in winter!) click through for deceptively simple tips that we can all apply in real life.
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