Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Girls Night Out - NY Auto Show

On the second night of the press review day for the NY Auto Show, Toyota, SheBuysCars and TravelingMom hosted its annual "Girls Night Out" event. A party like none other, this event allowed invited attendees and their guests the opportunity to not only check out the newest Toyota vehicles but to also have a great time!

Kim Orlando of TravelingMom, Scotty Reiss of SheBuysCars and Maryann Kolb, Greater New York Auto Dealers Association board member and president of Bill Kolb Subaru, giving opening remarks at the NY Auto Show Girls Night Out event and then it was time to party!

The event focused on style, tech and wellness ideas and to take it a step further, guests had the chance to win two Kate Spade Handbags, a pair of Tieks shoes and a cosmetic bag from ElleLa Cosmetics. 

Toyota's Teen Drive 365 simulator lets teens--or adults--experience the dangers of distracted driving while behind the wheel. The simulator is part of Toyota's nationwide effort to help teens become smarter, more focused drivers.

Among the special guests and speakers for the event Alison Brower, editor in chief of Dr Oz, The Good Life magazine was in attendance and talked about how to stay focused and be healthy when spending a lot of time in the car.

Another great event pulled off perfectly! If you missed this one, stay tuned. There will certainly be additional upcoming opportunities for a Girls Night Out party again soon!

Wear PACT!

What's your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? I love to actually sit and listen to the rain because it is so calming and beautiful. Every fashionable woman needs to take some time to simply be. To that end I have donned my new PACT leggings, tank and cozy socks (made with 100% wind power I might add) for the day and I must say, I LOVE each piece!

I simply couldn't be more comfy! And the organic cotton underwear (pictured below) are beyond fabulous feeling and that's all I have to say about that!

Even the panties have purpose! This pretty blue and cream butterfly pattern is inspired by springtime renewal and regrowth.

PACT makes sustainable 100% cotton clothing for men, women and babies. PACT is obsessed with a big idea as per their website. "clothes that make the world a better place. Socks with soul, altruistic underwear and other everyday essentials made with favrics that feel good and go easy on the environment." Now that's style I can stand behind! PACT is in fact a movement disguised as a clothing company.

PACT says that together we change the world and "the team" is already well on their way to doing so. Last fall, with the help of consumers, PACT and Whole Planet Foundation $50,000 was raised to lend a hand to low-income entrepreneurs who wanted to start their own small businesses. PACT's Fall 2013 collection was inspired by small businesses, from tailors to repair shops to local cafes - these are the foundation of thriving communities. Every purchase contributed to a fund that turned into micro-loans for entrepreneurs. Consumers were able to get super soft, organic socks and underwear, and big-dreamers got their first chance at a first chance. How awesome is that?

Now as I sit with my "must-have" cup of Starbucks coffee, enjoying this rainy day, I think of all of the many imPACTs we can all make, big and small. And with PACT, we can do it all in style.

Mykita + Maison Martin Margiela

My readers know I love a good ole collaboration and this one with Mykita and Maison Martin Margiela is perfect for the summer sun!

Recently during the newest opening of the Mykita store in Bikini Berlin, the cities most talked about retail space, they announced that the collaboration will run for three-and-a-half years. Look out for the next collection coming in September.

Check out the Mykita website for more information.

Celebrating Designer Patrick Kelly

Fashion is celebrated this spring at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the retrospective Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, which explores the meteoric rise and remarkable achievements of a 1980s legend whose clothing was worn by women of every age, from actress Bette Davis, late in her life, to singer Vanessa Williams, then in her twenties. This is the first exhibition to showcase the full scope of Kelly’s head-to-toe runway ensembles, and will include selections from the artist’s significant holdings of black memorabilia, videos of his exuberant fashion shows, and works by renowned photographers Horst P. Horst, Pierre et Gilles, and Oliviero Toscani.

An exhibition of whimsical streetwear by Gerlan Jeans complements Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love. Founded in 2009 by New York–based graphic artist and designer Gerlan Marcel (born 1976), Gerlan Jeans reinterprets Kelly’s signature bows, buttons, and other bold embellishments to create clothes that embody the dynamic spirit of a new generation. Gerlan Jeans  Patrick Kelly explores Kelly’s enduring relevance as he inspires a contemporary label whose vibrant sensibility is embraced by style and pop icons such as Beyoncé and Katy Perry.

StyleMayvin Contributor, Myra Hardy visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art to celebrate the Patrick Kelly exhibit during a recent press preview. Here is her account of the experience:

Patrick Kelly was one of the most talented and amazing designers of his time. Kelly’s work from head to toe encompassed the 80’s look to his collections. His creations were body-conscious dresses with vibrant colored buttons. Patrick Kelly was born in Mississippi and moved to Paris to embark on his fashion career. The exhibit displayed quite a bit of memorabilia from dolls to household trinkets. Kelly's aesthetic developed out of his African-American and southern roots of his fashion, art history, and the club cultural scenes in New York and Paris. His work pushed racial and cultural boundaries with golliwog logos, Aunt Jemima, Bandana dresses, and black baby doll brooches. Patrick Kelly's looks were inspired by his muse Josephine Baker as well as Coco Chanel, Madame Gres, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Yves Saint Laurent.  Kelly's brilliant vision and career were cut short when he passed away on January 1, 1990. Kelly's Runway of Love Collection showcases over eighty ensembles that have been presented to museums as a promised gift by Kelly’s business and life partner, Bjorn Guil Amelan, and Bill T. Jones. It is a must see collection and a part of iconic fashion history.

Now, go check it out for yourself! The Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love and Gerlan Jeans Patrick Kelly exhibits are both available for viewing from April 27-November 30. For more information visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

My Camera Has A Phone In It! - TechSTYLE

I am a geek for camera phones! Mainly because I take so many pictures as a blogger and a "style seeker"and am always looking for the next best shot. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the mother of all camera phones! In fact, for me it's actually more like a camera with a phone in it. This baby takes some of the sharpest photos I have ever seen!

See what I mean? Here's a few things I love about it: 
  • Sharpest photos ever from a phone 
  • Pro Camera app provides lots of creative control 
  • An awesome flash 
  • Bright and colorful display 
  • 41 - MP sensor and prosumer controls

Nokia is certainly focused on making this camera the best of all smart phones and in my experience, they are crushing the competition. I had the opportunity to play with this camera/phone during the NY Auto Show and I want to share some of the photos I took at the show. 

The 4.5-inch AMOLED PureMotion display on the Lumia 1020 is simply awesome! With a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, all of my photos turned out perfectly.

All photos taken with the Nokia Lumia 1050