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: http://www.shopcaravan.com/

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: Contact@tinaleemedia.com 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: http://www.artmospherecafe.com/ or call 301-927-CAFE

Contact: KaNikki Jakarta &
Princess of Controversy projectfab@yahoo.com 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! Allure.com 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 www.allure.com/freestuff 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 www.pumawomen.com (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: http://www.milkscreen.com/

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: www.ambermag.com/shopcure.html

*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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