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Kips Bay Decorator House 2013

6 May

My favorite time of the year, especially when it’s about the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.   It’s time to see interior designers at their best again!

I have anticipated seeing their designs!  Attending the Opening Night Cocktail party this evening; I love talking to the designers and seeing the relief on their faces!  They made the deadline!  So much work and planning goes into this <they only had 5 weeks>.  It’s all worth it; a wonderful cause for children.

For those interested in seeing the Sharp Townhouse and making a donation to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club; here’s the information!  Oh!  Don’t forget the Kips Bay Shop too; for great finds!

161 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065
Between 3rd and Lexington Avenues
May 7- June 4, 2013
Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am – 8:00pm
Tickets $35 click here to purchase
Participating Designers:
Andrew Suvalsky Designs
Barbara Ostrom Associates
Christopher Peacock
Dineen Architecture + Design PC
Eve Robinson Associates
Felicia Zwebner Design
Garcia / Maldonado
Gomez Associates
Huniford Design Studio
Jack Levy Design
Judy King Interiors
Kathryn M. Ireland Textiles & Design
Kristen McGinnis Design Inc.
Monica Rich Kosann Photography
Nievera Williams Design
Robert Brown Interior Design
Sara Story Design
Stephen Mooney Interiors
West Chin Architect, PLLC

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design  More to come!  Letia 🙂


“Ladies Who Lunch is a movement …

4 May

“Ladies Who Lunch is a movement that reaches affluent women who aspire to impact the world through their various business ventures and strategic partnerships.”

  Latisha Daring


A few months ago, I’d attended a spectacular luncheon, which empowered woman in the business!  For those who are in the Washington DC area a luncheon is being hosted today!

If you are not, please watch for the post commentaries for some useful information.

The next project stops are Atlanta and Chicago!

Read more about this wonderful movement: http://theladieswholunch.org/event/our-host-latisha-daring/.

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia

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Ladies Who Lunch with Latisha Daring!

Photos belong to Ladies Who Lunch Org

Architectural Digest Home Show 2013 – DIFFA

7 Apr

The Architectural Digest Home Show this year was awesome, but how could it not be! I’d left with such great knowledge on all the new and upcoming products and saw people who I haven’t seen in a year!

It was sunny day and quite a buzz inside! I’d made sure that I got there early and had the right shoes on! It was so crowded, but I’d loved it!

My favorite! Let’s just get right to it! DIFFA Dining by Design – always, always has great ideas for your entertaining! This is a quick sneak peek of the different entertaining tables I liked, see if you can get any ideas! My favorite was getting kisses!   ??

Yeah, the Hershey Kiss wall! Chocolate on a wall? But of course; eating chocolate off a wall is absolutely divine!….Why not! Enjoy! 🙂

Whoopi Goldberg did a collaboration also with DIFFA Dining by Design ; here’s a more inside look what the excitement is all about! 

Letia 😉

To subscribe to Architectural Digest, please go to http://www.architecturaldigest.com/shop/2013-04/architectural-digest-home-design-show

The Music of Prince, Michael Dorf Fundraiser at Carnegie Hall NYC

8 Mar

Not a new thing for me! Hanging out in NYC with friends!  However tonight was very special!   It was about music and the Arts!   It’s it just crazy that by hearing a mere note; can be recognizable in  a song completely!!

Or how, I could listen to a song and then remember the next track on an album ’til this day – because I used to play it to its entirety over and over again!  This is what music can do for you!   If often puts you in a happy place or moment that you can remember, because thee song was playing in the background!

Or perhaps, you are going through the woo woo woo moments and you can play that song that describes exactly how you sadly feel!

Or about giving music a try to a young person  – allowing them the opportunity to express themselves either by singing or playing an instrument!    All this is about music!

It is important to allow musical programs to be available to our, your children.  And what a wonderful way to use one of my favorite artists , a legend;  to aid in a musical fundraiser –  by just being honored.  Produced by Michael Dorf, founder of the Knitting Factory and Dorf’s City Winery, musically set the stage for honoring ………..Prince!!!

The Marvelous Prince

Prince Nelson Rogers! An American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career; spanning over 3 decades!

Prince established his own recording studio and label; writing, self-producing and playing most, or all, of the instruments on his recordings.   In addition, he has been a “talent promoter” for the careers of Sheila E., Carmen Electra, The Time and Vanity 6 and his songs have been recorded by these artists and others (including Chaka Khan, The Bangles, Sinéad O’Connor, and Kim Basinger). He also has several hundred unreleased songs in his “vault”.

Prince, the honoree of the fundraiser “The Music of Prince” held at Carnegie Hall NYC on March 7th.  Where various artists had their pick to choose from Prince’s roster of songs and perform their rendition at their best!  Even if they could not sing, a poem approach did just fine!

$100,000 + was raised from the patrons who attended, a 100% of the net profit went to the following organizations:

Church Street School of Music & Art

Grammy In the Schools

The Center for Arts Education

The American Symphony Orchestra

Young Audience New York

Little Kids Rock

Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools

Let’s say it was like a private party in a place where the mere sound of a guitar was emphasized based on the acoustic ability of Carnegie Hall.

I had such a wonderful time, although I sung off key….I was excited, happy to be at Carnegie Hall NYC, in a winter storm, on a Thursday night and having a Prince vibe all around!

Just picture if you will…. dancing, grooving and even the reserved guy next to me was swaying back and forth….cause the music was so damn good! 🙂

Just to get the idea of the night, you had Maya Rudolph, Eric Leeds, thee Wendy Melvoin of Wendy & Lisa, the band was The Roots with QuestLove giving renditions of the following songs:

  1. Purple Rain“,  Purple Rain – The Waterboys, Steve Wickham, Wendy Melvoin
  2. Raspberry Beret”  on Around the World in a Day –  Booker T. Jones w /Choir & Diane Birch
  3. Nothing Compares 2 You” On the Family; Nina Perrson
  4. High Fashion/Mutiny“, The Family – Fdeluxe
  5. Little Red Corvette“, 1999 – Sandra Bernhard
  6. Mountains“, Parade – DeVotchka
  7. When Doves Cry“, Parade – Bhi Bhiman
  8. The Beautiful Ones” – Kat Edmonson
  9. The Cross“, Sign O the Times – Blind Boys of Alabama
  10. Pop Life“, Around the World in a Day – Citzen Cope & Alice Smith
  11. Annie Christian” – Talib Kweli
  12. Sister“, Dirty Mind – Bilal 
  13. “If I Was Your Girlfriend” – Chris Rock, poem
  14. Kiss“, Parade – Bettye Lavette
  15. Darling Nikki“, Purple Rain – PRINCEss
  16. Moonbeam Levels“, unreleased song – Elvis Costello
  17. Its Gonna Be a Beautiful Night“, Sign O the Times – D’Angelo   
  18. 1999“, 1999  – Group Tribute

New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/09/arts/music/the-music-of-prince-tribute-at-carnegie-hall.html?smid=pl-share

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia 🙂

Carnegie Hall is located close to midtown Manhattan in NYC, at 881 Seventh Avenue.  Occupying the east stretch of 7th Ave. between West 56th Street & West 57th Street, two blocks south of Central Park.   Designed by architect William Burnet Tuthill, built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891 –  one of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical music and popular music.

A Beautiful Surprise in Brooklyn – Urban Vintage Boutique Cafe!!!

17 Jun

I had a wonderful experience today, invited to a private celebration held in the Clinton Hill section, Brooklyn (10 minutes from the Brooklyn Bridge).

To my surprise, here was this quaint boutique cafe, where it felt like you stepped back in time!  To the time where all items felt like simple treasures, because you were looking at them in this space!

Then the second surprise for me; was meeting the owners!!

Urban Vintage Boutique Cafe

Where can I begin, the owners are two beautiful young ladies, Emily and Elizabeth Hazlewood!  They are sisters; where first I thought they were twins – for they look so much alike.  Even though they are both in their early 20’s…Elizabeth kindly let me know – she was the oldest!!!

They both had an idea, let’s open a business! What I love about being entrepreneurial,  is the mere fact of the idea behind it!  Imagine growing up; living just across the street and dreaming of changing something.  A small place right on the corner of Grand Ave. in Brooklyn!

When an idea comes into fruition, it not only makes you pinch yourself 10 times over; it’s gives you a sense of pride.  You can do anything that you put your mind to!  And with the love and support of their family, THEY did just that!

Wow, whoever said our young adults don’t have a vision towards the future, were absolutely wrong!  Not all young adults are aped for the college path, however if they have an idea on working and contributing to society – well parents should support them!

Elizabeth and Emily Hazlewood, Owners of Urban Vintage

Whereas for this beautiful story, Emily and Elizabeth’s parents did and are still doing just that!   Here you have two smart young ladies, saying let’s open up a chic boutique cafe, right here in Brooklyn!  It’s near downtown Brooklyn, Pratt University in the area, residential brownstones around; so there are families and other local businesses who would love an espresso or tea at lunchtime!  Why not?

Urban Vintage opened in April of 2010, so they just celebrated their 2 year anniversary! The cafe has such a vintage feel, even if an item maybe new – the ambience and style; keeps you thinking it!

Victorian couches

What I so loved about it? The soft music in the background, there’s no standard seating or a traditional style of seating; you typically would have in a cafe.  The decor has mix-match tables all around, different style chairs, Victorian couches giving you the comfort of home and the scent of flowers was all around.  That’s why this place is so unique, there’s no rules to follow; just comfort.

Their sense of style has been very attractive to their patrons; the ladies often receive hire requests, simply to get their advice on decorating!  Consignment arrangements and silent auctions too! Say if you are not interested in all that; you can just relax a little and check-up on your e-mails, with free Wi-Fi!

 The food menu is packed with great choices, giving the feel of a gourmet style; but not stuffy at all.  The food provided for the private celebration consisted of many items from their menu.  So I was actually quite happy that I was able to sample!

Urban Vintage desserts

From the mixed green salad topped with goat cheese complimented with a raspberry vinaigrette, tasty quiche slices, vegetable wraps to die for, an almond pound cake topped with a thick vanilla candy coated glaze right down to the last wire of chocolate covered strawberries! Of course, I had to have my English tea to give a brilliant end to my experience.

As I was meeting everyone, I was actually shopping!  So, when I got a moment, before anyone else could consider the things I was eyeing; I quickly told Emily all the items and made my purchases in a hurry!  Their beautiful mother was right there on hand also to help the ladies.  Speaking with her, you could see why these two ladies are so, so exceptional!

Now perhaps, if by chance you are walking across the Brooklyn Bridge looking for a nice spot to eat or maybe looking for a wonderful place to have your special party celebration, Urban Vintage Boutique Cafe is an excellent choice!

Located at 295 Grand Ave, Brooklyn NY. (between Lafayette Ave & Clifton Pl) Monday – Friday  8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday – Reserved for Special Parties and Sunday – 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.  During the summer months, the cafe closes 1 hr early. Their number is 718.783.6045 .

Here is their website: Urban Vintage

I had such a wonderful time; with some really lovely people; which made it all worth while!  I definitely will be back!

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Letia 😉

P.s.  I didn’t mention what I bought, they are gifts!  Ssssh!

Pictures of Urban Vintage by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle Design. 

Housing Works Design on a Dime Event NYC – Elizabeth Taylor

29 Apr

Partnered with the Hearst Design Group, Housing Works hosted their 8th annual Design on a Dime!

The event ended yesterday and there were sale showcases of designer and celebrity vignettes featuring donated and new merchandise.

All products sold helped the homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS (housing to be completed this late Spring).

One vignette was so beautiful, homage to Elizabeth Taylor, my favorite!

I’ll let the photograph speak for itself!  Anyone would love this in their space!

I had a wonderful time!

If you are interested in donating or volunteering, here is their website:  www.housingworks.org.

Letia 🙂

Lara Spencer, Design on a Dime Event Co-Chair, with Good Morning America co-host Sam Champion.  

My Day at ABC’s The Chew and Gordon Elliott!!!!!

3 Apr

As you know, I have attended a lot of  television shows trying to bring everyone an inside take on what it’s like; one in particular is The Chew!   Loving food, I wanted to know how another cooking show would fare the way to daytime TV.  So I asked a couple of my dearest friends to attend a live broadcast of the show with me on a sunny and brisk day – where we had to be at the studio at 7 am!  Everyone was on time and here we were in the waiting area, waiting to be seated!   Of course, I was engaging with a few other audience members; getting their take on why they were at the show!

As you know, every show has a comedian to help welcome the audience members and show how entertainment is on the arise by including them on the jokes; giving them queues when to make their experience a success while attending the show.

My friends and I were part of the comedy, referred to as Destiny’s child while the spotlight was honed on us when being shown to our seats, the audience was very amused at our expense.  🙂

While waiting to seat, over the PA I hear this voice in a British accent, saying Welcome everyone.    Saying to myself, his voice sounds so familiar!   Listening again, I noticed a tall man talking to a member of the crew and said to “OMG!!!   GORDON ELLIOTT?” in a loud and exciting voice!

Standing about 6’5″, handsome with blond hair with hints of grey, he replied “OMG! Yes it’s me and do I know you?”, mimicking my voice!   I said “OMG, I remember you going to work and waking people up in the morning when you were at “Good Day New York!  In the morning you used to stop by and get a cup of coffee at the same place as I did, our work schedules were kind of the same!!”   We laughed and he gave me the puzzled look – that he didn’t remember me.  But then he reassured me that he did!

So the show is produced by Gordon Elliotts Chew Productions for the ABC Television Network.   So here is some background information about Gordon Elliot!

Gordon Elliott (born 30 September 1956) is a British-born Australian journalist and producer. He is the executive producer of ABC’s daytime program The Chew, but is probably better known for his 1990s TV talk show program, The Gordon Elliott Show.

Born in Everton, Liverpool, England, in the United Kingdom but grew up in Lewisham, Australia. Gordon was educated at Christian Brothers’ High School, Lewisham and attended the University of Sydney for a law degree. While studying as a Sydney student, Elliott worked part time on a radio show and ended up on Good Morning Australia (breakfast TV).

After several jobs hosting morning news programs and landing work as the feature reporter on the Fox Television show A Current Affair (produced by New York’s WNYW) in 1987, Elliott appeared as the house-entering feature reporter on WNYW’s morning news program Good Day New York.

In the 1990s you may have seen him hosting game and talk shows, including The Gordon Elliott Show from 1994–1997. In 1990, Elliott also hosted To Tell the Truth for two months before being replaced by Lynn Swann. In 2000, he hosted It’s Your Chance of a Lifetime.

Viewers were awaiting what show would be placed in the time slot, where All My Children was the staple.  When announced, it was the most anticipated daytime show ever!   The show’s co-hosts are worldly known and if you are a foodie, then there’s a touch fun and great learning ahead!  So here comes “The Chew“!

The co-hosts are:

Carla Hall, best known as a competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef, where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase “Hootie Hoo” and philosophy to always cook with LOVE!!!

Mario Batali, Mario Batali and his business partner Joe Bastianich own 17 restaurants across the country, including their flagship New York City restaurant Babbo, as well as two restaurants in Los Angeles and three in Las Vegas. In the summer of 2010, they opened Eataly, the largest Italian artisanal food marketplace in the world.

However, my favourite of his restaurants, is the Tarry Lodge Pizzeria in Westport, CT!  Having a divine glass of red wine and thee Guanciale, Black Truffles and Sunny Side Egg pizza! HEAVAAAAAN!  I’ll do a post on this later!

Michael Symon, funny and lovable is best known as a star of the popular Food Network series Iron Chef America, where he cooks with soul, creating boldly flavored dishes. His other television credits include serving as host of Food Feuds and Cook Like an Iron Chef, as well as a featured judge on season three of The Next Iron Chef.

Daphne Oz, passionate about health and wellness, is The Chew’s fresh face of healthy living, and resident practical tipster, sharing her personal insights, interests and helpful information.

Clinton Kelly, wonderfully known as the style host of TLC’s popular series What Not to Wear!  He has also appeared in several specials for TLC, including: The Miss America Pageant; Fashioning a Home with Clinton Kelly; Mind Your Manners and Redo My Spouse.

The show’s topic was spicy food and incorporating it in your daily life!  When you think of spice on your food, what do you think?  The Chew co-hosts thought of Tabasco sauce!    Lot’s of Tabasco sauce as a gift to the audience members, all the sauces that Tabasco makes!  SPICY time!

I had a wonderful time and as you may already know, it is quite a show!  I’d enjoyed the day, reconnecting with an old friend named Gordon Elliott, learning how to SPICE up my LIFE in my food and spending time with my friends!  Tickets can be requested through the website to attend or watch it, I am pretty sure you will have a great time!


http://www.abc.com/thechew  http://twitter.com/thechew  Photos courtesy of ABC “The Chew” and Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design.

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