Friday, December 14, 2007


This month’s GGT spotlight is on Elle Denise, Chief Visionary Officer of Elle Sharp PR & Planning. I first met her on MySpace! Who knew! And she isn’t even crazy! LOL. Chile, you know how people change when they're online; they have different personas. Elle is down-to-earth and a great lady. She, along with SavvySocialite, collaborated with Girlfriends Get-Together on the first Washington D.C. Girlfriends Get-Together event. It was a blast! Since then we have kept in touch with the rising-star girlfriend.

Her company:
Elle Sharp PR & Planning

What she offers:
Public Relations, Event Planning, Marketing, Desktop Publishing, Virtual Assistant/Administrative tasks, and she even sells The Body Shop @ Home products.

We asked the DC/MD/NOVA based Chica a few questions, and here is what she had to say…

GGT: Are you living your dreams?
As each day passes, I find that I’m getting closer to achieving my dreams: success and happiness. Event Planning is FUN to me. It’s my passion.

GGT: Are your career goals in line with your personal goals?
Yes. They go hand-in-hand. If my personal goals are in tact, then my career goals will follow (and vice versa).

GGT: Has there been an event or person that has greatly influenced you to be the person you are today?
Elle: Various people (friends, family, clients and guests) and events have encouraged me to remain focused. It’s always nice to be an inspiration to someone. That gives me more inspiration. Overall, I enjoy working with children. They’re grateful, determined, honest and aware of the smallest details.

GGT:What advice can you give to other rising-star girlfriends?

o Take your own advice. Don’t second-guess yourself.
o Get a mentor (or 2).
o Pursue YOUR dreams.
o Less is more.
o Take a chance.
o Think outside the box. Be original! Do the opposite of what everyone else is doing.
o Surround yourself with positive and like-minded people.
o Ignore “naysayers”: Optimism, IN! Pessimism, OUT!
o Network! Network! Network! Seek lasting connections.

GGT: Name some good books you’ve read.

o The Martha Rules: 10 Essentials for Achieving Success As You Start, Build, or Manage a Business ~ Martha Stewart
o How to Start a Home-Based Event Planning Business ~ Jill S. Morgan

o The Five People You Meet in Heaven~Mitch Albom
o Child of God ~ Lolita Files
o PUSH ~ Sapphire
o The Warmest December ~ Benilde Little
o God Don’t Like Ugly ~ Mary Monroe

Until next time...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cookie Swap!

The holidays are in full swing! Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate during this time of year?

Have a good ‘ole impromptu throw down cookie swap. Cookie swaps are fun, yummy, and a sure winner for a holiday gathering. Most people make up their own rules for cookie swaps, but here is a guideline you might like to follow:

If you are organizing the cookie swap, you will probably end up as the host for this event. Make sure that you have a table big enough to hold the plates of cookies that your guests will be bringing. Most of the guests may be planning on taking the cookies home, so you'll want to serve some refreshments. You can serve something light to nibble on such as cheese and crackers or hummus and pita.

Send out an evite ( or make calls to let people know when and where the cookie swap will take place. Tell everyone that they must make homemade cookies, let them know how many cookies to make. You might also want to tell your guests to bring copies of the recipes for the cookies that they make. Along with the cookies, your guests can swap their recipes. Get some tins or plastic containers for the guests to put cookies to take home. Now, you are on your way to having a delicious event that will be talked about for years.

Until next time,
“Luscious Lifestyle Diva”


When I don't want to look like Wolverine, I go to the local threading salon and have the East Indian women work it out on my eyebrows and upper lip. Since holiday party season is here, I must look sharp! I have my eyebrows threaded about once a month. The results are great. Here are some eyebrown beauty tips as per our Girlfriends at Dazzling Diva:

You've seen Eyebrow Threading Salons popping up in cities everywhere, well it is one of the best methods to shape eyebrows and to remove fine facial hair. You may be uneasy your first visit but it pays to fit this into your schedule every three weeks (varies diva to diva). Pay attention and read a few reasons why:

1. Eyebrow Threading is very precise and specialists have more control compared to other methods such as waxing, which results in a better brow shape.

2. Irritations and skin rashes are minimal with Eyebrow Threading because the top layer of the skin surface is not stripped off in the process.

3. More sanitary! Have you ever realized that when getting Eyebrows waxed most establishments use the same wax for all customers. New thread is used for each threading application.

4. Last but not least - Inexpensive when compared to other methods.

Until next time... don't be hairy and

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Here is the official wrap up of the celebratory party for Socialite/Fashion Designer Esther Nash:

The Quest for "it" held their first official covergirl party on Thursday, November 29th. Designer & Socialite Esther Nash {pictured left} played hostess to an intitmate crowd of well over 100 people at Gramercy Park's Room Service. Ms. Nash expertly decorated the venue with a photo exhibit featuring an assortment of photographers who all took shots of her during various moments in her career. Such photos included a shot of her most recent runway show in which Vogue Editor & Chief Anna Wintour attended. A video montage of television clips including a documentary of Esther start as a designer and her appearance on random dating shows - Single in the Hamptons. I though that was a bit odd, but cute.

Mannequins displayed Eshter's latest womenswear creations from the Babydoll line. Event Producer/Model Patrick Hazlewood {pictured right} of the B-1 Group donned an Esther Nash original tanktop. Mind you his pants were so low you could see the crack of his buttocks. I don’t think he was wearing underwear. Celebrity & Lifestyle Blogger Tia Walker {pictured right} and publisher of The Quest for "it" wore a black tank dress, also designed by Ms. Nash.

Notable attendees included Sandra O. & Melody W. from Ikon Models, Celebrity Makeup Artist Jerry Lopez, FIT Professor Karen Rippy, Model Brandon Mills, Photographer Hai Zhang (whose photo was used for the Feature Story Cover), Bettina Lee of Tinalee Media & Events (me! haha) among others. Guests enjoyed the Lychee "it" a Lychee martini made with the refreshing spirit Ty Ku and Lychee puree, as well as the Natural a drink containing Ty Ku and club soda.

The event's success was recognized by massive amounts of press that at one point outweighed the evening's attendees, working press included: Jason Winslow (Splash News), Rob Klein (photographer), Cognac Wellerlane (Cognac's Corner & Long Island Exchange), Jeffrey Clark Grossman (Totally Cool), Christopher Butt (Freelance Photographer), David Jr. (internet personality), Yui-Kit Chu (Freelance Photographer), Juno Chi, Terry Maloney (Freelance Journalist).

*Photo credits Tommy Lee

Until next time...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Sample Sales

As per a prep job I did for one of the sales and Savvy Designers... here are a few sample sales. Enjoy, Chicas! ~Bettina
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I just wrapped prepping this sale today. Must say that the bags are badass! It will definitley be the S#IT B.A.N.A.N.A.S.! (in my Stefani voice and attitude)

L.A.M.B. / Jill Stuart / Harajuku Lovers
Sample & Stock Sale Event

WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion_123 West 18th Street (6th - 7th Aves)
WHEN: December 4th - 5th (T 8 - 8 W 8 - 6)

Payment accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express
50% Off Retail
$34 - $270 Signature Collection $118 - $725

Gwen Stefani's inspiration is her unique sense of style, love for design and need for practical pieces that she could wear every day and on the red carpet for an event. L.A.M.B. (an acronym for Love, Angel, Music, Baby) expresses the many varying components that define Gwen's iconic look.

The Jill Stuart handbag collection has flawless execution and compliments the ready-to-wear vintage-inspired, contemporary collection of their clutches, lady-like tailored handbags and extra large tote bags in patent leather, cotton velvet and Italian croco-embossed glazed leather.

Among her loyal followers are the likes of Penelope Cruz, Katie Holmes, Gwenyth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore, Angelina Jolie and Gisele Bundchen (just to name a few.) This is your opportunity to join the legions by snapping up this season's collection at prices that are very affordable.

These collections are available at Bloomingdales, Bendels, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Catherine Malandrino
Fall Collection 2007
Sample & Stock Sale Event
WHERE: 145 West 18th Street (6th - 7th Aves)
WHEN: December 4th - 6th (W 8 - 8 Th 10 - 8 F 10 – 8 )

Payment accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express

You know this event will be a MADHOUSE!! There will be a line so dress warm, bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes.

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Sample & Stock Sale

WHERE: 145 West 18th Street (6th - 7th Aves)
WHEN: December 13th – December 15th (Th 8am - 8pm F 10am - 8pm Sa 11am - 7pm)

Payment accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express
Prices are 70% – 80% off retail from $55 to $160

The collection is available in all of the finest department and specialty stores. Sizes 0 to 12 and P, S, M and L will be available. You won’t want to miss this sale event with prices that are up to 65% off retail. Retail prices usually range from $395 to $2250, at the sample sale prices are $55 to $160.

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Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent
Sample & Stock Sale

WHERE: 145 West 18th Street (6th - 7th Aves)
WHEN: December 13th – December 15th (Th 8am - 8pm F 10am - 8pm Sa 11am - 7pm)

Payment accepted: MasterCard, Visa, American Express

Sizes 0 to 12 and P, S, M and L will be available. You won’t want to miss this sale event with prices that are up to 65% off retail. Retail prices usually range from $225 to $690, at the sample sale prices are $98 to $300.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Here's another one ladies. Come mix and mingle while being educated on your body and giving to women in need!! I met Laughing Sage founder Alisa Vitti at a women's networking event and I must say, I love her company! Anything that empowers women and deals with our health, I am for!

I hope to see you there. The RSVP information is below!

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The Laughing Sage Wellness Group
Modern Venus Ltd.
and The Femme Network

Cordially Invite You to a

Glorious Health and Glamorous Living
Holiday Party

Please join us on Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at the chic and cozy Aspen bar for some holiday cheer! Bring your guy and girlfriends and start your holiday season in style, as well as for a good cause.*

WHERE: Aspen, 30 W. 22nd Street (212.645.5040)
WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, 6 pm - until?.
(goodies and drink specials from 6-8 pm)
WHY: Happy Holidays!
WHAT: Special cocktails, fancy foods, networking and raffle prizes

RSVPs are appreciated by emailing:

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For more information about our hostesses please visit:

The Laughing Sage Wellness Group
Modern Venus Ltd.
The Femme Network

*Donations are benefitting Women In Need, a nonprofit providing shelter and services to homeless women and families in New York City, will be collected throughout the evening.

Until next time...
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Monday, November 26, 2007


As you know, we like to support good people and good events. Girlfriend (and celebrity blogger) Tia Walker of The Quest for "it" is having a Feature Story Release Party hosted by Designer/Socialite Esther Nash

The Quest for "it"


Esther Nash "Resurfaces"
Recent fashions and jewelry designed by Esther Nash will be displayed.

Thursday, November 29th
10:00 pm- Midnight

Room Service
35 East 21st Street
btwn Broadway & Park Ave South

Cocktails sponsored by Ty Ku

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Don't you just love when Girlfriends share? As we always say (well, we took it from our girlfriend Stacey Taylor who took it from the Care Bears) "Sharing Means Caring!" Click on the coupons and then print out.


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CASSIN Sample Sale
50-80% off retail!!

Luxe furs, rainwear, outerwear, cashmere sweaters, evening cover-ups, scarves, hats, and more...

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov 28th - Friday, Nov 30th (10am - 7pm)
WHERE: Cassin Showroom 150 West 30th St., 5th Fl
CONTACT: (212) 564-0946 /

5% of sales will be donated to
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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TOCCA Sample Sale
Everything is 60-80% off retail!!

WHEN: December 6 & 7th (12-7pm)
WHERE: 542 West 22nd St., 3rd Fl
Btwn 10th & 11th Ave
CONTACT: (212) 929-7122 /

Until next time...

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Monday, November 19, 2007


Oh Gosh!! It has been forever since we last spoke! *sigh*
Well, our gift to you ladies, HOOKUPS!


Bath & Bodyworks

Lord & Taylor


Footaction: 40% off clearance


Puma- 30% OFF!!!

Nine West

Calvin Klein

Dicks Sporting Goods


Sharper Image

Banana Republic

Best Buy



Restoration Hardware - Friends & Family
20% off all non-sale items.
Use Code: H07FAF02

Old Navy - Friends & Family
on line code good from Nov 27-Dec 3
20% off
Online code - F8JXXP9RGCNJ

Banana Republic Friends & Family
30% off Dec 1-3
Online code-QLOV5931S3G5

Gap Friends & Family
30% off Nov 30-Dec 3
Online code-D1L36GG596NL

GUCCI invites you to enjoy a special day of holiday shopping on Tuesday, November 20, 2007.
Customers who purchase at will receive a 10% discount on all merchandise, excluding the UNICEF Holiday Campaign items.
This offer will only be applicable to purchases made on the U.S. website, is non-transferable, and is valid only for orders placed on November 20th.



Friday, November 16, 2007

Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Sauce, oh my!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (next week to be exact), girl is your fork ready for you to get your grub on?

The thought of cooking can be overwhelming this time of year. It is easy to opt for making the same ‘ole thing you make during the holidays…year after year.

Well, I have two scrumptious recipes that are a sure hit for any Thanksgiving feast. One recipe is for a low-fat pumpkin pie. No one will know it is low-fat, cause it is packed with flavor. The other recipe is for a cranberry sauce that is out of this world. The sauce has port and shallots in it, so it is rich and bold.

Work your magic in the kitchen girlfriend!

Low-fat Pumpkin Pie

2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
1 pinch cloves, ground
1 ½ cups canned pumpkin
1 ½ cups evaporated skim milk
3 egg whites, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup orange juice
9 inches graham cracker crust

Preheat oven to 450F. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and pumpkin and stir well. Add vanilla, evaporated milk, and egg whites. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Fold in orange juice. Pour into unbaked pie shell bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 325F and bake for 45 minutes. Take out of the oven and cool. Serve alone or with fresh low fat/non fat whipped cream.

Cranberry Sauce w/ Port and Roasted Shallots

18 large shallots, peeled, quartered lengthwise through root end
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
5 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 2/3 cups ruby Port
1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 12-ounce bag cranberries
1/4 cup dried currants

Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss shallots with oil and 3 teaspoons thyme on small rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 tablespoon sugar in small bowl. Drizzle over shallots; toss to coat. Continue roasting until shallots caramelize, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Bring Port, brown sugar, and 4 tablespoons vinegar to boil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add cranberries and currants; cook until berries pop, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Mix in 2 teaspoons thyme. Mix in shallots. Transfer to bowl. Cover and chill overnight. Serve cold or at room temperature.


Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Aahhhh. Felt inspired to keep the beauty going. Here is a Sephora Friends & Family discount code. Use it online at Enjoy...

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Genevieve Santos is the Founder and Executive Director of Gorgeous on the Go, a mobile beauty and skincare company. She has been a makeup artist and skincare consultant for three years. Now, while this is a short time in the beauty industry, Genevieve’s success is firmly backed by her strong business savvy skill set. At the tender age of 22, this Girlfriend already has six years of entrepreneurial experience, non-profit development, and graphic design under her belt. At the age of 18, Genevieve started her first business—a line of custom designed photo albums. It proved to be very successful.

In this new entrepreneurial vein with Gorgeous on the Go, Genevieve has worked with quite a few clients such as: fashion house Harriet’s Alter Ego, CoverGirl Queen Collection, and the Harlem Bridal Expo. Understanding that makeup artists need to showcase their talent and generate work, Gorgeous on the Go takes pride in providing them such opportunities and experience by hiring them on consulting a basis. Gorgeous also forms partnerships with companies related to fashion, entrepreneurship and beauty thus furthering company exposure.

I think this is a wonderful idea. Genevieve allow ordinary women to have perks and live the fabulous life like a say… Kimora Lee Simmons {who btw has a Kimora Barbie due out this Holiday!}. Well, not quite, but you can have your makeup artist come to you and be on the go. You know how Girlfriends are. We keep it moving.

Gorgeous on the Go offers the following services:
· Makeup application for special occasions, photo shoots, and fashion shows
· Skin analysis consultation for individuals and group events
· Special packages for weddings, proms, sweet 16s, and other groups.

Check out their mini Ambush Makeover. It is very cute.

Until next time… be Gorgeous and…

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Wrap Up on DuBois Chicago Event

Chicagoen Girlfriend Modupe Arowolo provided the pictures and information for this post. I couldn’t attend, so she was my eyes and ears for the event. ~Bettina

Here is her first hand account:

The party began at 5:30pm at Ariel Capital Management, the investment firm operated by
Mellody Hobson who was also the hostess of the event. There were about 40-50 people in attendance (about 95% of those were women), with people constantly coming and going as the event went on.

While keeping my eyes peeled for Amy [DuBois Barnett], I mingled my way around the room and had the opportunity to meet women from various industries, backgrounds and cities. I was so amazed at how friendly everyone was. Rhonda Saffold, the woman who organized the event talked with me for a few min and I was surprised to learn that she was actually Amy's sister-in-law.

Soon after my chat with Rhonda, I spotted Amy. She wore a red party dress that was elegantly complimented by her sleek, black bob and black suede shoes. She was very warm approachable. She signed my book, gave me hug and she actually talked with me for a few minutes about career, Chicago, etc.

Soon after Mellody made her rounds, as she too, greeted every person who wanted to mingle with her. It soon became time for Amy to speak about the book and soon after she gave her account on the experiences that led to the inception of Get Yours!, Amy and Rhonda presented Mellody with an original painting that once hung in The Keny Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. A gallery founded by Rhonda's father.

At the end of the event, Amy officially began to sign books at table located in the lobby. Although the line was about 30-deep, she was cordial enough to chat with everyone.

Until next time... Get Yours! and

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Martha Stewart Collection

Hey girlfriends,

Yolanda Shoshana best known as, “Shoshi”, is on the now on the blog!

Here is a little 411 on me:

I am a lifestyle entrepreneur and artist known as the Luscious Lifestyle Diva and Queen of Kosher Soul Cuisine. My goal is to empower women to live luscious lives and celebrate living a life by design! I accomplish these goals through lifestyle, food/entertaining, art, and wellness. I am the founder Center of Female Empowerment, LLC, a lifestyle company in New York City.

I look forward to sharing advice/tips on home and entertaining with all of you!

By accident, I saw the new collection of houseware by Martha Stewart that is exclusively at Macy’s. In case you have missed the new commercials for the collection, one of them features Martha and Usher, which was a great way to bring to appeal to the urban market and the Connecticut housewives at the same time. Usher even calls Martha “girl” in the commercial and it didn’t seem to bother her….maybe Martha isn’t as stiff as she seems.

As for the Martha Stewart Collection, I found the colors for the sheets and bedding to be quite boring. Most of sheets and bread spreads are on sale, which might mean they are not flying off the shelves. The best thing about the collection is the cookware. Love or hate Martha, that woman knows how to make some fabulous cookware and bakeware! If you are strapped for cash don’t forget you can still get the lifestyle diva’s cookware at Kmart (probably for half the price)


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Fashion Industry Education

Picture uploaded small. That's whack!

Here are the event details:

Interested in Fashion?
Do you want to meet designers?
Have questions about the industry?

Every month, Caravan is pleased to annouce they will be hosting monthly fashion forums at their stores.

We bring designers, trend reporters, industry insiders together to talk about what is happening in fashion.

Our first premiere panel includes - Matt Levine of Steelo; Erin Burke from Cotton; Daniel Saynt from Fashion Indie; and Owner of Caravan Claudine Gumbel.

Join us for some wine and a meeting of the minds

November 1, 2007
7:30 - 8:30pm

2 Great Jones St.
(212) 260-8189

Visit their website for an update on this and future panel discussion:

Sponsored by Fuze beverages and Ecco Domani

Until next time...
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Sunday, October 28, 2007


WEAR IT’S AT! THE FALL EDITION is an indie designer trunk show hosted by Tinalee Media & Events, Inc. This exclusive shopping event features our favorite rising-star fashion designers such as unisex label Beeing, uber stylish wovens by Harshita Designs, unique jewelry from Vintage Whimseys and more! While you're there enjoy: complimentary cocktails, great music, and beauty services.

*Must be 21 years or older to enjoy complimentary cocktails. While supplies last.

Featured designers include:
Corrente Handbags
Harshita Designs
Myth Boutique
Teya Jewelry

WHEN: Nov. 17 (2-6pm)
WHERE: 500 Fifth Ave., 4th Fl (btwn 35 & 36th St) - NYC
COST: $10 advance / $15 at the door

**Purchase your tickets today! Click HERE

For more information, contact Tinalee Media & Events at: or (347) 621-1336

Friday, October 26, 2007


Or is it even Blackface at all? Is it just an artistic expression of beauty? We recently came across these two pictures. One is an ad (or so people have been saying) for American Apparel using Nars makeup on the model. The other is Kate Moss on the cover of The (red) Indedpendent. I think she looks pretty. Minus the crazy pink lips, the other picture really stands out.

I don't know what exactly either picture is supposed to portray. Why did they feel the need to put the models in black face? There is a link to the Independent's article. Perhaps that may help their reasoning.

When I emailed American Apparel to complain, this was their response...


The photo in question is actually not an American Apparel ad. It was a picture included in a layout in the British fashion magazine i-D. We had absolutely nothing to do with the production of this image, this is not one of our models, and we shoot our own advertising campaigns in-house. We opened up our blog when this magazine came out last August to a discussion of the image here:
It was a controversial picture, including amongst us here at the factory, and got us all talking, which was undoubtedly what the magazine and the photographer
intended. I can't really say what he meant though, I've never met the fellow. I would suggest contacting i-D for clarification if you so desire. Thanks for letting us know how you feel.
Spencer Windes
Web Team Assistant

Hmm, interesting. You be the judge. So does this mean that Blackface is popular abroad? This is an American based blog. If someone other there knows, please pass along the knowledge.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007


I know I do. We first met Zulema last year at one of the overrated Shecky's event (yeah, I said it). She stood out. Her spunk and badass handbags had women clamoring over themselves as if they were at a Barney's basement sale. I knew she was something special. Below is her bio. Read on Girl, read on...

Zulema N. George, the creative designer behind Anavaa Kisasa LLC was born in Kingstown, St. Vincent. Anavaa Kisasa, a fashion accessory line specializing in women's handbags,was founded in 2004 when this Brooklyn native became tired of purchasing handbags that she knew he could create herself. "Adding my sense of style to an array of the finest leathers, I started creating funky, versatile bags that any woman would love. My handbags are custom made and personally handcrafted. I use leathers in a variety of colors adding a touch of personality to each handbag with a special detail." She replied when asked about her line.

Zulema always had a flair for fashion and knew what looked good, but she didn’t become interested in being a designer until 1995 when she returned to New York after attending Howard University to take a job in the fashion/retail industry. This sparked her interest in clothing and accessory design. Though her collegiate degrees are in the sciences, Zulema's true passion is design. Her current studies, at the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City, has only heightened her interests and fueled her creativity and desire to share her vision with the world. She has a unique eye for fashion and a knack for making everything that she touches beautiful.

Visit her online at:

Until next time...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Chicago Event: Amy DuBois Barnett book party

For all our Chicagoean Chicas... Enjoy!

If you can't make out the RSVP address, contact Bettina and she'll send you the info.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

D.C. Event: Discusson on Skin Color

We are supporting our Chicas in the Maryland/D.C. area. Here is a wonderful event from Friends About Business. Please support.

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Who: Project F.A.B. ~ Friends About Business

What: Project F.A.B. Phase III

When: Tuesday, October 23rd @ 7-9pm **$5 before 8pm, $7 after

Where: Artmosphere Cafe (3311 Rhode Island Avenue Mt. Rainer, MD) -

Why: To celebrate & appreciate the beauty of our shades, while networking & supporting our fellow sisters' businesses... Discussion of "the light/dark thing" will be had.

Directions: or call 301-927-CAFE

Contact: KaNikki Jakarta &
Princess of Controversy or call 703-593-8505

Until next time...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

We heard it was coming...

and finally it's here. Sean John is bringing out it's women's line. It's about time. I know they had a few things here and there, but it wasn't much to write home about. I wonder if he meant for it to coincide with Brooklyn Fashion Week(end).

Until next time...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Girlfriends Get-Together Anniversary Brunch (Oct 21)

You are cordially invited to attend our anniversary brunch!
Please RSVP to secure your seat.

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We are celebrating what it is to be a Girlfriend and to have Girlfriends. Come toast with your choice of a Mimosa or Bellini. The day will begin at 2pm sharp! We have a pre-fix menu featuring: French Toast topped with pineapple, pecans and maple syrup; Shrimp & Grits; Lola’s Famous 101 Spiced Fried Chicken; Red Velvet Cake; Crème Brulee; Blood Orange sorbet and more! *Price includes tax AND tip so you are taken care of.

When: Sunday, October 21
Time: 2pm
Where: Lola - 15 Watts (btwn W. Broadway & Thompson)
Cost: $38*
Subway Directions: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Canal St.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Allure's Chanel Fall Makeup Collection Giveaway

Hey Ladies! is giving away Chanel's Fall Makeup Collection that’s more than $700 worth of eye, lip, face, and nail colors. One winner will receive 23 products including their limited-edition palette of pink-beige Shiny Satin Lip gloss in Orchidées, eye shadow quads in Garden Party (greens and pinks) and Sequoia (peaches and browns), and nail polish in Tulipe Noire, Lily Beige, and Magnolia Rose. Log on to daily for your chance to win. I’m logging on now! (Although the last thing I won was $5 in the 5th grade) Hopefully I’ll get lucky!!

Bonus for the New Yorkers!

I love a good sample sale!

Dolce & Gabbana

Up to 70 percent off party frocks, patent leather bags, stilettos, men’s suiting, and more.

When: Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 85 Spring St., b/t Broadway & Crosby St., 2nd flr. (646-613-7091)

Tracy Feith

Dresses, coats, and pants are $200 and under. Merch from Le Shack and Raj for less than $75.

When: Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Where: 410 W. 14th St., b/t Ninth Ave. & Washington St., 2nd flr. (212-966-6390).

Happy Shopping!

Until next time..

One should not enter a room and expect ambiance; One should enter a room and become it..


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Puma NYC Event

The tiny text reads:
Join PUMA for a night on the town with your girlfriends including cocktails and hors d' oeuvres and fun shopping experiences.

What: An exclusinve after-hours event to hightlight the Autumn 2007 collection where you can shop our store, consult with personal shoppers and receive 20% off of purchases for the evening.

When: October 16, 7-9pm

Where: The PUMA Store (33 Union Square West, NYC)

How: RSVP at (They have events in other cities so go online and check it out)

Music by DJ Seraphim Delush

Exclusive PUMA gift bag to the first 100 people valued at approx. $200 and the chance to win the ultimaate giftbag including a $500 PUMA shopping spree.


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Umm, Alcohol and Breast Milk?

No one here at Tinalee Media & Events has a baby as of yet, but we realize that some of you do. I know that when I have a baby, I will breastfeed for sure. You know, I'm not sure how I came across this, but this is something Britney Spears and perhaps a few other young Moms should know about. Milkscreen. Founded by Mommies Julie Jumonville and Elizabeth Smith, Milkscreen is like a breathlizer for your boobs. And ladies, they say the 'pump and dump' method doesn't work. Here is what they say about the system:

Congratulations on your new baby and your decision to breastfeed!
Mothers around the world agree; breastfeeding is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling experiences of motherhood. But it is also full of challenges and mystery. Milkscreen aims to eliminate one mystery for nursing mothers by providing peace of mind that the milk baby drinks is alcohol free.

Why test your breast milk for alcohol? Alcohol in your breast milk can have a number of negative impacts on you and your baby:

  • Let-down and milk production: Studies show that alcohol can inhibit your let-down and milk production (one study showed a 23% decrease in milk volume with one drink1).
  • Calorie consumption by the infant: Your baby may also drink less milk if your milk contains alcohol, limiting the number of the extremely valuable calories he or she may receive.
  • Sleep: Studies also show that babies do fall asleep sooner after ingesting alcohol in breast milk, but they sleep less soundly and wake earlier.
  • Development of motor-skills: In more extreme cases, an infant's motor skill development may be hampered.

For all of these reasons, alcohol-free milk is safer for your baby, and with Milkscreen, it is easy to find out exactly when to breastfeed and when to use an alternate solution.

What does a positive result mean?
A positive result with Milkscreen indicates alcohol exists in the milk and you may want to seek an alternate source of food for your baby. With a positive test result, options include waiting for an hour or so and then re-testing your milk, using formula, or using stored, pre-pumped milk.

Note: Pumping your milk (the "pump and dump" method) does NOT eliminate alcohol from your breast milk. The only way to eliminate alcohol from your bloodstream is to wait a period of time.

Because every mom metabolizes alcohol differently, it is important to test your milk before feeding your baby if there is any question of the lingering presence of alcohol.
1 Mennella & Beauchamp 1991, 1993; Mennella 1997, 1999

Hmmm, interesting. For more information or to order this system, visit:

Until next time... Keep your tetas clean AND

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Saturday, October 6, 2007

AMBERawareness Shopping for a Cure

We at GGT love to give back and help out when we can. And if you could do a little shopping in the process, why not? In the meantime, PLEASE check your breasts and make sure you don't have any inconspicuous lumps and bumps. For more information on how to properly perform a self-examination on your breasts, click here to download a breast self-examination card in 9 languages.

AMBERawareness Shopping for a Cure

N Harlem

Harlem's only men & women's luxury lifestyle boutique

114 W. 116th St (btwn 7th & Lenox Ave)

Sip on cocktails and nosh on hors d' eouvres: enter to win cool door prizes; see the latest fall fashions from designers such at Byron Lars, Nicole Miller, Lia Kes, Citizens of Humanity, Joe's Jeans & more!

Thursday, Oct. 11


RSVP by Oct 10th to:

*Proceeds from each purchase will be donated to the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in Harlem.

See you later alligator; Afterwhile crocodile...

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Friday, October 5, 2007

Ode to the Fashion of the Past..

With all the publicity for the Hip Hop Honors this week, I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries and videos of music from the past. I’m loving the fashion of the 80’s: the staple Kangol hat, Adidas, dookie ropes, and the sweat suit. And this was rocked by the women too! The beauty of it was that we didn’t focus on how tight the jeans were, or how short the skirts were. It was all about the music!! Remember MC Lyte circa 1988? She could rap any dude under the table and still didn’t have to look too provocative doing it. Or how about Queen Latifah, 1989, when she came on the scene with Ladies First? Now while I’m reminiscing about the nostalgia of the 80’s, let me be clear, I’d rather not see the 1985 version of LL without his shirt (I would, however, get a thrill out of somebody having the guts to walk down the street with a boom box on their shoulder). We all know that fads come back around eventually.. Can we say Crimps? Mohawks? I’m just wondering what’s next.. As long as it’s not Jeri Curls and Thriller jackets. I don’t think I’ll be able to take it.. Either way, I can’t wait to watch more videos this weekend saluting the pioneers of Hip Hop and trendsetters of the 80’s! Aah the memories..

Until next time..

One should never enter a room and expect ambiance; One should enter a room and become it..


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Black Girls Rock Awards Ceremony

Now, Toni mentioned a BGR event that is taking place on Friday, but I'm going to give you the breakdown of who is being honored at the awards ceremony, courtesy of a BGR boardmember.



BGR! Teams Up With VH1 During Hip Hop Honors Weekend To Celebrate Exceptional Women Of Color

World renowned celebrity DJ and Philanthropist,
Beverly Bond, has enlisted a cadre of some of the biggest bold faced names in entertainment to join her in recognizing exceptional women of color who have made outstanding contributions in their careers and communities. Esteemed actresses Regina King and Gabrielle Union will join forces as co-hosts of the 2nd Annual 2007 BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards, taking place Saturday October 6th, 2007, 8:00 PM in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Sponsored by CoverGirl Queen Collection, VH1 Hip Hop Honors, bluhammock music, Jordan Brand, Akademiks, GIANT Magazine and METRO, this year’s growing list of presenters include breakout superstar and COVERGIRL spokesmodel
Rihanna, R&B heartthrob Mario, pop-star Mya, philanthropist/poet/artist Danny Simmons, hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte, R&B princess Ashanti, and Bad Boy recording artist and actress in the upcoming Disney film “Step Up 2,” Cassie. Other presenters include music mogul Andre Harrell, Hip-Hop legend and icon KRS-One, Rain Pryor, NAACP Image Award winning actress, author, MS Avocate and daughter of legendary comedian Richard Pryor, philanthropist and former model Bethann Hardison, “The Wire’s” Sonja Sohn, Discovery Home Channel celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and more.

Some of the featured awards & recipients are:
· BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ‘Social Humanitarian Award’-
Susan Taylor, Editorial Director and the driving force behind ESSENCE Magazine, a staunch advocate for the nation's poor and dedicated to moving the Black community forward.
· BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ‘Monument Award’-
The Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team, having endured the highly publicized slight and the media firestorm that followed, held their own and emerged gracefully from what will be remembered as a catalyst for historical change in mainstream media.
· BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ‘Corporate Award’-
Sylvia Rhone, music mogul and pioneer, is largely regarded as one of the most influential female executives in the history of the music business.
· BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ‘COVERGIRL QUEEN Who Got Next Award’ - Newcomer Def Jam songbird
Chrisette Michele, who burst on the scene this year with her raw energy and soulful sound, is scheduled to perform.
DJ Diamond Kuts who at the age of 24 has already made history by being the first and only female mixer on Philadelphia radio.
· BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ‘Soul Sista Award’ -
Marsha Ambrosius “The Songstress” of the hit making duo Floetry who recently embarked on a solo career is also scheduled to perform.
· BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ‘Creative Visionary Award’ – 5 Time Grammy Winner,
Missy Elliott, is one of the most prominent contemporary female entertainers of our time.
· BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ‘Fashionista Award’ – Designer
Tracy Reese epitomizes “feminine chic” with her eponymous collection, Tracy Reese, and her fanciful line, Plenty, both of which have been fashion favorites since their inception.
· BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ‘Community Outreach Award’ - Fox 5 Investigative Reporter and Hot 97 Street Soldier,
Lisa Evers, a journalist and nationally regarded community activist is dedicated to addressing issues that affect the urban community at large through her weekly talk show.
· BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ‘Soul Brother # 1 Award’ - Hip hop artist,
Common is best known for songs that focus on spirituality, poverty, and other issues to do with social awareness.

Also performing on Lincoln Center’s world class stage will be country crooning newcomer
Rissi Palmer, a rising Black female country star, Jean Baylor formerly of the hit R&B duo Zhane, and J Records rising star Emily King.

“We are proud and humbled to have such strong, beautiful and powerful women involved with this event,” says Beverly Bond Founder and President of BGR! “In light of the media’s constant focus on the negative depiction of Black women it is so very important that Black Girls Rock! takes the time to shine a much needed light on our Sheroes.”
About Black Girls Rock!, Inc.

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! INC. is a 501c3 nonprofit, youth empowerment mentoring organization established for young women of color as a reaction to the often seen negative images consistently imprinted upon women of color expressly in mass media. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc.’s mission is to promote the arts and to encourage positive life changing activity, critical thinking, and dialogue about the images of women in our present day culture. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! seeks to build the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons, and helping them to empower themselves. The name alone is an AFFIRMATION! BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has boldly taken on the crisis of our female youth of color here in America head on and understands the need for positive self-images and a strong sense of awareness. WE SEE SOLUTIONS.

For tickets and more information on Black Girls Rock! and the Black Girls Rock! Awards, visit

Until next time...
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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Russell Simmons’ Surprise Birthday Bash

Everyone who knows me (personally) knows that I LOVE BIRTHDAYS! So when my girlfriend, Darra Boyd (Like Dat – Charm School, Flava of Love) convinced me to go out with her Sunday and I found out we were headed to Russell’s birthday… I knew I would have a blast. Of course I took client Amos Winbush {pictured left with Kimora} along. He had a blast as well. Apparently, Kimora planned the elaborate party as a surprise. His 50 & Fabulous party. And it was. It was held at Gustavino’s on 59th street. They were formerly a restaurant, but are now only open to parties of 100 persons and more. Dinner started the evening, but we attended the after-party, which was held in the same space.

The décor was Buddha chic. Gongs, Buddha statues, red candles, red silk couches, chiffon covered gazebos, and false trees which gave an autumn feel. The venue had an overall sexy maroon hue while soft music and several flatscreen montage picture displays of Russell and family greeted guests. It was a great tribute.

Once dinner was over, everyone came downstairs and the party began. DJ Kid Capri was on the wheels of steel. He started spinning classics and today’s popular music, “I got my drink and my 2-step…” and then Kimora greeted everyone. She then stated how this was a surprise birthday party and brought out the biggest surprise, Ms. Patti Labelle{sorry for the dark picture, but that is her above singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"}, to sing happy birthday. Ms. Labelle tore it up! A massive pink and gold cake was cut and passed around. I didn’t try it, but it looked good. I don’t like massive thick pink frosting, but I bet the spongy cake part was good. Shortly thereafter the performances began. Musiq Soulchild was up first. I swear I see/hear him all the time when I’m out and about. He didn’t have anything new to sing and the crowd was clearly bored. He kept hollering at us to see if we were still there. Uh, yeah, but sing some new ish! He sang about 3-4 songs. Then Kid Capri got back up there and made us groove again. Now, I saw Ladies Love Cool James in the house, but didn’t know he would perform. He rocked the house! LL Cool J is hard as hell! Battle anybody I don’t care if you tell. He excels, they all fail. Now let him continue to ROCK THE BELLS! Ahhh and he did. The lips were scrumptious. He kept drinking from a bottle of champagne and then pouring it out for the homies. When LL performed ‘Jingling Baby,’ he brought Ms. Labelle (with the promise that he wouldn’t do anything kinky. Remember the last time she brought a man on stage and he started freaking her. She had to put him in his place and tell him who she was. Lol), Kimora and some random chick on the stage. I tried to convince Darra to go up there, but she didn’t.

We had a good time. We were whisked into VIP and I was chilling with Michaela angela DavisHoney and Essence magazine (who invited me to Black Girls Rock! this Saturday so I need to pull my pennies together for that $300 ticket. She doesn’t even get comped and she’s a board member) Kimora, family and friends.

Guests we spotted:
Djimon Hounsou
– Kimora’s boyfriend (still don’t understand how that works, but it works for them so I’m not one to complain)
Gabrielle Union
Zab Judah

Andre Royo (The Wire)
Idris Elba (Tyler Perry movies and The Wire)
Doug E. Fresh
BJ Coleman – Of course
Kevin Liles
Andre Harrell
Gayle King

And a gambit of high-powered songwriters and music execs

Good times were had by all.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Amy Book Launch recap

Hey Chicas,

So sorry for the delay. We were grinding so I don't know HOW I thought someone was going to be able to get pictures. :-( {pictured right: Co-hosts Gayle King, author Amy DuBois Barnett and Kevin Liles. Not pictured co-host Angela Burt-Murray}

BUT, appearances for the book start today and Amy is thrilled. Once we get the full schedule, we will let you know. In the meantime, she will be at the Baltimore Book Festival tonight!

Here are the details:

Mount Vernon Place
600 Block North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Ladies’ Night Out Panel Discussion
7:00PM Literary Salon

Back for its 2nd year by popular demand …Featuring complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres provided by Lebanese Taverna Restaurant.

Moderated by Susan Piver, How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life
Panelists include:

Patricia Carlin, How to Tell if Your Boyfriend is the Antichrist
Amy Cohen, The Late Bloomer’s Revolution
**Amy DuBois Barnett, Get Yours! The Girlfriends' Guide to Having Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More!
Amber Madison, Hooking Up: A Girl's All-Out Guide to Sex & Sexuality

Until next time...

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Does Hip Hop Hate Women?

So does it?

Let’s find out at the community dialogue on Hip Hop on Friday, October 5th at 7pm.
The event is hosted by Beverly Bond of Black Girls Rock! Inc., and moderated by Bakari Kitwana of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention. This discussion of the gender crisis facing the hip-hop generation features intellectuals and activists including Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University; Joan Morgan, author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip-Hop Feminist; M-1, aka Mutulu Olugabala, rapper and activist; Byron Hurt, director of Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes; and Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, Vanderbilt University.

This event is presented by Black Girls Rock! in conjunction with VH1 Hip Hop Honors Weekend.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, my favorite spa, Bliss, is having a blowout sale! 80% off!! I logged on to the website today and stocked up on a few of my obsessions. Hurry, the sale ends on September 30th. You know what I like about them? Free samples! Every time you place an order with Bliss, you get the very cute, eco-friendly Bliss bag and free samples. Who doesn’t love a sample?! Log on at

Until next time..

One should not enter a room and expect ambiance, One should enter a room and become it..


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Book, Party, and Notes

Hello Girlfriends Get-Together community:

We told you about it in the August 28th post, but now it is here. Girlfriend Amy DuBois Barnett 's book, Get Yours! The Girlfriends' Guide to Having Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More launched yesterday. Amy is a wonderful client, friend and mentor. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and wish her much success on this new venture. For a more personal look into Amy's quest or to sign-up for her book tour, visit You can also "Add her as a friend" on MySpace at

Okay, so tonight is her book launch party. It's being hosted by Gayle King, Kevin Liles and Angela Burt-Murray. We've been working on the guestlist for weeks now. We invited just over 600 guests, the capacity of the space is 200, but the RSVP list has soared to over 800. Where did all these random people come from? Hot mess. An email will be sent to all the party crashers to deter them from doing so, but you know how people can be. Special invited GGTers will be on hand to partake in the festivites.

Tomorrow we'll recap the party and post pictures.

Until next time...

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