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New York Fashion Week Spotlight: Bibhu Mohapatra

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Sitting at a fashion show watching the models effortlessly breeze by it’s easy to take for granted all the hard work that goes into the creation of the garments they are wearing.  Not at Bibhu Mohapatra’s show.  The craftsmanship of his collection shines brighter than the runway lights. Bibhu’s designs are always stunning and this season’s offerings were no different.  Beautiful gowns worn by beautiful people with beautiful jewelry (also designed by Bibhu).

Singer Sammi Rae Murciano Turns Hardship Into Beautiful Music

Sammi Rae Murciano
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A lot of the music that we listen to often comes from the singer/songwriter’s personal life story in hopes that we are able to relate to what they are trying to convey.  A common theme in a lot of this type of music is pain from an experience or experiences they have dealt with in the past and are now using that in a musical way for many to hear.  This is exactly what Sammi Rae Murciano has done with her song “Reflection” and new EP that will be out this fall.

Bagatelle Hosts Kristin Cavallari For New York Fashion Week

Kristin Cavallari
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Kristin Cavallari attends Kia STYLE360 Hosts Uncommon James + Chinese Laundry by Kristin Cavallari Hosted at Bagatelle NYC and Presented by ChapStick at Metropolitan West on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Concordia/Getty Images for Kia)

I have been a huge fan of Kristin Cavallari ever since her days on Laguna Beach and The Hills.  She took her fame from reality television and turned it into a fashion empire due to her lines with Uncommon James and Chinese Laundry, both of which were on full display last night as Bagatelle hosted an event with her during New York Fashion Week.

Megu at Dream Downtown is a Little Bit of Heaven in Chelsea

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Megu has got to be one of the sexiest and trendiest experiences I have ever had in my endless dining quests here in Manhattan.  Located at the Dream Downtown (which also has its perks while staying in NYC), Megu is a sophisticated high-quality Japanese restaurant that serves some of the best sashimi, sushi, steak and a bevy of other options that will leave you feeling incredibly satisfied upon completion.  If there is one restaurant to visit this fall, it is Megu.

Bonnie Raitt Earns Lifetime Achievement Award At Little Kids Rock Benefit

Bonnie Raitt
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Bonnie Raitt is one of music’s biggest living legend, and over the course of her incredible career she has earned many accolades including 10 Grammy Awards.  This coming October, she will receive another big honor as the annual Little Kids Rock Benefit will award her with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Electric Zoo Turns Randall’s Island Into an NYC Dance Party

Electric Zoo
Main Stage by Day. Photo courtesy of aLIVE Coverage on behalf of ElectricZooFestival.com

September may have ushered in a few showers, but it did little to dissuade over 90,000 outdoor revelers from shuffling, pumping, and grooving to endless electronic music artists at Randall’s Island over Labor Day.

Benjamin Hey! Brings Sexy, Soul & Sophistication Back to the Biz

Benjamin Hey!
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Benjamin Hey! has tons to bring to the table in the music industry. Good looks, great vocals and a ton of self awareness could make him the next big thing.  Upon first listen to his record “LAX”, its very clear that he is bringing back the three s’ to the music industry: sexy, smooth and sophistication.  In a time where music is running high on stale material, Benjamin Hey! could easily be a fresh spin on what’s going on right now.

Why RuPaul’s DragCon Was Unbelievably Epic… Hunty

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We had a fantastic time at RuPaul’s DragCon this past weekend, which took place at the Jacob Javitz Center in Midtown Manhattan.  The event took place for the first time here on the east coast (it’s been running for three years straight in Los Angeles), and I have to say that they have clearly struck gold based on the sheer chaos and excitement that the entire building felt throughout the two days there.

You Just Won Brunch! My Roasted Chicken Apple & Kale Salad Recipe.

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You get the dreaded invite. “Brunch. My place. Bring something to share – and a bottle of bubbly.” Ugh. What do you do? If you bring anything people actually want to eat you’ll get carb shamed. And lets not even talk about the shade that was thrown when your one unsuspecting friend brought something pre-made to the last brunch, even if it was from Dean and DeLuca.

“The Suitcase Under the Bed” Reveals Quite a Treasure

Holiday House. PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine

In my 3 plus years of experience covering productions at the Mint Theater Company, I have concluded that the barometer of their works range from good to great. I’m relieved to say that I’ve never walked away feeling as though my time had been wasted. If only I could give that same praise for every other production in this town, I’d be the happiest critic in Manhattan!