Archive | September, 2013

NYFW Ann Nahari 2014 Spring /Summer Collection

16 Sep

It was such a buzz in the air when arriving to the city, New York Fashion Week does that, so much so that I could not contain myself.

A very exciting two weeks.  One of the highlights was when Tamara Walker of Siena Media Group invited me as a guest to attend the showing of luxury plus brand;  Ann Nahari by designer Sumiyyah Rasheed!

The 2014 Spring /Summer collection was shown at Select Space right in the heart of the Garment district  (39th Street).


Ann Nahari is definitely an upscale ready-to-wear fashion and lingerie brand catering to the fuller figured woman.   Sumiyyah Rasheed has successfully presented plus size collections overseas in markets including Dubai and Istanbul, solidifying its presence in the global fashion market. Based in Los Angeles,  takes pride in the fact Ann Nahari is “made in the USA.”  I love that!

Known for creating high-end plus size ready-to-wear and lingerie, Ann Nahari is a well established global fashion brand which has successfully shown collections in Dubai and Istanbul. The brand targets curvaceous women sizes 14-22 who seek quality fabrications and impeccable fit. The Spring/Summer 2014 collection was inspired by the designer’s southern California beach lifestyle complete with a sensual yet serene color palate featuring vibrant blues and pinks in contrast to classic black and white.

Well the collection was absolutely beautiful!   Keeping my readers informed, I was sending tweets and instagrams back and forth ; receiving exciting feedback!  “Finally women who look like me!”, one of my readers said!

The colors were mystical and drew you right in, I’d instantly thought of myself being in the Caribbean – me walking on the beach and the scent of fresh air with my favorites of the collection!

What are they? My favorites in the Ann Nahari’s collection is first the Pastel Printed Silk Chiffon Maxi Dress!!!!!!  To give a look from dressy to looking casual, a Pastel Printed Wrap Tunic top with sage leggings was also superbly done; giving a woman options in a look that she has fallen in love with!  Then the  Black button tunic dress, a great option for a night out on the town!  It’s a perfect piece that every woman should own!

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“This is my second season working with the talented Nailah Lymus of the Underwraps Agency.  I’m happy she’s onboard to bring the vision to life,”said Ms. Rasheed. “I’m also excited and honored to collaborate with Augment — I am sure they will bring an international flair which will enhance the ambience of the collection.”

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Well I’m  now in NY Fashion Week recovery!  I loved every moment of it!

Tamara Walker is the personality behind the famed lifestyle blog, The Curvy Socialite. A regular contributor to various fashion, beauty, and lifestyle publications, Tamara also is the Director of NY PR Diva, a public relations and event planning firm catering to the fashion, beauty, entertainment and non-profit industries. She was recently named as the New York Fashion News Examiner on

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MakeUp by Augment, Japanese Creative Services Team.  Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design.

Regency Shop! Have Fun with Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen Chairs & More!

16 Sep

-ergonomic-sitting-areaLooking for that item that just tells everyone how fun you are?  With color, a POP, some PIZZAZZ!!!!

You want something different and looking for great ideas!  Well the old is coming back or should I say…old style never dies!  The old is new again!   You get what I’m saying!

I’ve found a wonderful website called Regency Shop!  It may be just what you’ve looking for modern Furniture with style and affordable prices.

I got it….old design made to be modern again! 🙂

Have you heard of Arne Jacobsen?


Arne Emil Jacobsen (11 February 1902 – 24 March 1971) was a Danish architect and designer. He is remembered for his contribution to architectural Functionalism as well as for the worldwide success he enjoyed with simple but effective chair designs.  It’s reproduction can be seen all over, in movies, TV set designs and now moving into homes.  One of the most influential furniture designers of the last century – has designed the lounge Egg Chair in 1956.

Besides the Egg chair is just so sexy!  No matter what color, it’s an attention grabber and who wouldn’t want to be noticed?

Egg Chair


How about Eero Saarinen?  He’s a Finnish American architect and industrial designer of the 20th century famous for varying his style according to the demands of the project: simple, sweeping, arching structural curves or machine-like rationalism.  Noted for his 1946 Womb chair.  This is also a very stylish chair too!


How about that James Bond movie?  Can you guess what movie, this Saarinen chair was seen in?

Hanging Bubble Chair



Regency Shop is offering 10% off on any non-clearance item and 5% off on any clearance items.   Please click any of the RegencyShop pictures and you will be directed right to their site.   Here are the coupon codes below.  They can be entered right at the time of checkout:

Clearance item coupon code: 5DISCOUNT
Regular Item code: 10DISCOUNT

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Between the two of us photo by Chloe Warner.  View from top photo by Axis Mundi.  Patio photo by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects.  Website photos by Regency Shop.

Fornasetti! Just Beautiful!

6 Sep


One of my favorite photos I found! And one of my favorite things! Fornasetti is a form of art, which will be a guaranteed conversation piece! A great site to review some beautiful pieces!

Here’s the two I also love!


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Piero Fornasetti is celebrated as being among the most original creative talents of the twentieth century. During his career he created a visual vocabulary that is instantly recognisable and unceasingly engaging. Fornasetti designed a magical world, saturated in image and colour and filled with whimsy and wit. Piero Fornasetti created 350 different plate designs based on the face of one woman named Lina Cavalieri, an Italian opera soprano singer.

Tamar Braxton! A Wonderful & Amazing Time for Her! The Love & War CD is Released!

4 Sep

20130904-221323.jpgTamar Estine Braxton was born in Severn, Maryland to Michael and Evelyn Braxton on March 17, 1977.

The youngest of the Braxtons’ six children, Tamar started singing as a toddler.

In 2011, Tamar Braxton reunited with her sisters, The Braxtons, for the WE tv reality show, Braxton Family Values. The first season was the #1 rated reality show on WE tv and the network ordered a 13-episode second season of the show after the third episode. The third season is on the way!

Tamar released the lead single “Love and War” from her upcoming second studio album. The song topped the iTunes charts, reaching number one in the United States!

Tamar and Vincent Herbert are now proud parents of Logan Vincent Herbert, he was born in June!

She is now one of the hosts of The Real talk show along with Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon, and Tamera Mowry, which premiered on July 15, 2013. The show will return this Fall.

The second season of Tamar & Vince premieres on WE tv at 9/8c, September 5th. This season will be centered around her pregnancy, her relationship with Vince, and her musical success.

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Tamar has  just released her second album  Love And War, this past Tuesday, September 3, 2013!  I had the pleasure of meeting Tamar and where we chatted a bit about her long-awaited CD!

Being  absolutely beautiful and gracious!  Tamar says:

“You know she love her fans, they’re my Tamaratians!  I’m a  new Mommy!  There’s a lot of work ahead, promotional appearances, tour, working with my sisters and a talk show host!!!  Vince and I are amazingly blessed and happy”. 


Tamar Braxton CD Release

Well, I’m listening to the CD right now, <actually all day> it’s hot!  Click here for the CD via ITunes.  Her CD Release party is this Friday in NYC, check out her Twitter page for more details @TamarBraxton.  I left thanking her for her time and wishing her the absolute best for the future.  For her, Vince and their son Logan!

Her YouTube video for the single to date has over 7,778,947 views!

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Roger Anthony Ford, Executive Creative Design Asst.  Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC.    

A Perfect Wait at the Carlyle Hotel – New York City

3 Sep

Early last week, I met one of my friends at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC for lunch!   I was quite early and I knew there was about 20 minutes to go before their arrival.   I hadn’t been at this hotel for years, this would be my second time!  I love this hotel because of its history and the interior design.

Immediately you seem to be put right back in time, although some of the furniture is current – the style still resembles the 1930’s time period.  However, I must say there are still true overall hints of authenticity; which is so delightfully present in the Carlyle Hotel today.

Carlyle Hotel Lobby, NYC

Taking a seat, I wondered if anyone notices? Like the Chinese Chippendale mirror, the Art Deco style of crown moldings, the marble floors with its inlay of granite!  How the chandeliers are pristine and inversely high in the ceiling, beautiful.  The curves of each stair on the staircase – each stair was one entire piece of marble.  I could have sat there forever, it was so hard not to concentrate on every nook and cranny….I was trying not be so obvious (so I took a few snapshots)!  marble floors

Chinese Chippendale Mirror

The elevators, originals!  Each only 4 ft wide and little over 6 ft tall; many have to walk in sideways!  A total of 5 elevator doors; all giving a very lovely scene.

What a wonderful experience to also be still and watch the guests come and go out of the Carlyle Hotel lobby!  Each elevator door has a maître ‘d.  “Hello, sir!  Floor 30?”  “Floor 18.”  Beep goes the elevator,  as the door closes; another one opens!

Beep…just saw the actor, Brad Garrett from the television show Everyone Loves Raymond!! I love his new show, How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)!  I’d smiled when Mr. Garrett had to bend his head to get in the elevator, he’s only 6 ft 8 1/2 inches tall!   Brad Garrett

Beep, the maître d is giving directions, “Mam, the tea room is to the right.”, looking immaculate with his dark grey suite, silk black tie and spit polished shoes; so shiny – you could see your face!  Beep! “11th floor please!” Beep! “Bonjour.”  “Which floor are we going?” “18”.

My friend arrives!  So I sigh!  Off to Cafe Carlyle for lunch, where we talk while enjoying a delicious crab cake and their special martinis.

Other patrons were having fancy imported teas and lovely cakes; some where reading their newspapers and others were asking questions about getting to Times Square in time for a Broadway play.

I really enjoyed myself, the atmosphere was so very nice, I just kept imagining how wonderful it must have been to be here to hear Bobby Short play!   It was a great day indeed!  So, if you ever get the chance to visit New York City, the Carlyle Hotel is a must to see!


The Carlyle Hotel, A Rosewood Hotel, known formally as The Carlyle, is a combination luxury and residential hotel located at 35 East 76th Street on the northeast corner of Madison Avenue, in the Upper East Side area of New York City. The hotel is designed in Art Deco style and was named after Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle.

The new thirty-five floor hotel “was to be a masterpiece in the modern idiom, in which shops and restaurants on the lower floors would give residents the convenience and comforts of a “community skyscraper”. However, by the time the Carlyle was ready to open its doors, the 1929 stock market crash had decisively ended the boom times. The new hotel struggled, went into receivership in 1931 and was sold to the Lyleson Corporation in 1932.  The new owners kept the original management, which was able to dramatically improve the property’s financial situation through maintaining high occupancy and rates favorable to the hotel’s costs. However, the hotel’s reputation at this time was “staid rather than ritzy”.  The next postwar boom allowed the hotel to take on new high-society prominence.

The Carlyle became known as “the New York White House” during the administration of President John F. Kennedy, who owned an apartment on the 34th floor for the last ten years of his life. He stayed at the apartment in a well-publicized visit for a few days just prior to his inauguration in January 1961. Marilyn Monroe was sneaked in through the service entrance on East 77th Street.

The hotel’s Café Carlyle has featured a number of well-known jazz performers – notably George Feyer from 1955–1968, and Bobby Short from 1968-2004. Woody Allen and his jazz band have been playing weekly at the café since 1996.  The Carlyle is the regular residence of Mick Jagger, when he is in New York.

The Café Carlyle is noted for the murals by Marcel Vertes, which were cleaned in the summer of 2007 as part of a renovation and redecoration of the café.  Reopening in September 2007, making it appeal to a younger generation.

Crab Cake when dining in the Cafe Carlyle

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