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Top Five Selfie Worthy Rides At The New York Auto Show

April 17th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

If you’re looking forward to the New York International Auto Show this weekend, you’re like many Tri-State area fans! More than one million car enthusiasts will descend upon the Jacob Javits Center for that moment to touch, feel and snap selfies with the hottest rides imaginable.  I’ve walked more than the 950,000 sq. ft. show floor just to find the top 10 selfie worthy rides from the Auto Show.  Discover which rides will knock your socks and which rides you can’t leave without snapping a good selfie with below.

1.  Jaguar

New York Auto Show Jaguar

 

 

2.  Nissan

New York Auto Show Nissan

 

 

3.  Toyota FV2

New York Auto Show Toyota

 

 

4.  Bugatti

New York Auto Show Bugatti

 

 

5.  Porsche

New York Auto Show Porsche

 

Looking for more concept cars, million dollar cars and more?  Find more selfie worthy rides from the New York International Auto Show at DivasDriveInHeels.com.

 

The show kicks off at Jacob Javits Center from April 18 – 27, 2014 and has some of the hottest cars and trucks ever seen all under one roof.  For more information visit autoshowny.com or connect with the auto show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube today.

 

Plug Into The 2015 Chrysler 200 And The Uconnect System #Chrysler200

March 23rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Chrysler 200

 

The good people at Chrysler brought hundreds of automotive journalists and social savvy bloggers into historic Louisville, Kentucky to discover the all new 2015 Chrysler 200.  The 2015 Chrysler 200 debuted a beautiful exterior design featuring the new “face” of the Chrysler brand.  While the interior offers the Uconnect Access system leveraging advanced embedded cellular technology with the largest, intuitive and easy-to-use 8.4-inch touchscreen in its class.

 

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With their hands on the wheel, Chrysler 200 customers also can use Uconnect Access to tap the power of the cloud. When a compatible (check UconnectPhone.com for device compatibility) Bluetooth mobile phone with the Message Access Profile (MAP) is paired, Uconnect Access will:

• Announce receipt of incoming texts

• Identify the senders

• “Read” the messages aloud

To respond or compose any new text, drivers need to simply dictate a message of 140 characters or less. The Uconnect system will send the message to a “cloud-based voice-recognition server,” that converts spoken words to text and “reads” it back for accuracy before sending verbatim. And it can all be done handsfree, without having to memorize any pre-approved messages. Drivers unsure of their destination and looking for popular locations around them can use their voice to conduct a Yelp search and simply say what they are looking for.

In Louisville, I linked up with Ashley Underdale with Uconnect Marketing to talk about the system and demonstrate how easy Uconnect can pair the power of your smartphone with the Chrysler 200 for the ultimate driving experience.  Check out “How To” plug into Uconnect below:

 

Chevy Connectivity With Beats Music And 4G LTE by AT&T

March 11th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Say hello to good music and great road trips this summer!  Chevrolet announced at South by Southwest that it will expand its in-vehicle entertainment offerings by integrating the new Beats Music streaming service into the Chevrolet AppShop, which will be available on select models later this year.

 

Chevy Connectivity With Beats Music

Beats Music, which officially launched earlier this year, provides listeners with a blend of digital innovation and human-created playlists from music experts across all genres for a truly personalized and curated experience. The result is a streaming music service that delivers the right song, at the right time, for every listener.

A seamless data connection for the Chevrolet AppShop will be possible thanks to the availability of high-speed 4G LTE connectivity and data plans through OnStar on most Chevrolet vehicles later this year. Chevrolet expects to offer the broadest deployment of 4G LTE connectivity of any automotive brand.

Chevy Connectivity With Beats Music

“Our customers are looking for choice and we’re giving them a great opportunity to customize their music by bringing the Beats Music app into our vehicles,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director. “Beats is a well-established brand, and its music service brings unique capabilities to the table that our customers will really enjoy.”

 Chevy Connectivity With Beats Music

 

Chevrolet will incorporate a version of Beats Music tailored for in-vehicle use. This includes such staple features as the Just For You personalized recommendations and the Highlights staff recommendations. Users will also have access to all of the playlists they’ve saved or created through their mobile accounts and can choose from dozens of specially tailored playlists for all drive times – from road trips to traffic jams to Sunday cruising and more. A trial or paid Beats Music account will be required. Features that require a large amount of attention – such as those that use a keyboard – will be unavailable while the vehicle is in motion.

The Chevrolet AppShop will begin to roll out later this year on select 2015 models in the U.S. and Canada with MyLink technology from the Cruze to the Colorado.  Check out how easy it is to connect with 4G LTE inside Chevy vehicles with our friend Stefan below.

 

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Chevrolet rolls out 4G LTE and AppShop At CES #ConnectedByOnStar

January 6th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Starting this summer, Chevrolet will have some of the fastest vehicles on the roads, and that has nothing to do with horsepower. Chevrolet drivers will be enjoying high-speed data – made possible by a new OnStar 4G LTE connection in the vehicle, running on AT&T¹s network, the nation¹s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network.

Last night at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet announced that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt d will be the first General Motors vehicles to come optionally equipped with OnStar 4G LTE. They will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV. In the Canadian market, OnStar with 4G LTE will be introduced on the Chevrolet Trax as well. The majority of the 2015 Chevrolet lineup in the U.S and Canada will have a 4G LTE connection built-in at vehicle launch. More models will be announced later this year.

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Chevrolet took infotainment personalization to a new level with Chevrolet AppShop.  Accessible through an icon displayed on the available MyLink screen that allows owners to view all available apps and download them directly to the vehicle, then organize, update or delete them. Available apps will connect drivers to music, news, weather, travel information, vehicle data and more and should help keep smartphones in pockets.

For live photos from last night’s event and more details, check out DivasDriveInHeels.com – Chevy Adds 4G, AppShop and PDR.

Stay connected with all the CES News by following @OnStar #CES2014 #ConnectedByOnStar

Nia Long Hosts An “Evening Of Style” With Lincoln Motor Company

November 22nd, 2013 by Christen Rochon

In celebration of the Los Angeles Auto Show, celebrity and automotive style came together as Best Man Holiday actress Nia Long hosts an “Evening of Style” with Lincoln Motor Company.

Nia Long hosts “Evening of Style” in Los Angeles

Nia Long hosts “Evening of Style” with Lincoln Motor Company in Los Angeles

 

The event, which took place at Hollywood’s Siren Studios, played host to the celebration of art, design and culture as well as the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC small premium utility vehicle. The “Evening of Style” was hosted by actress Nia Long and guest attendees including friend Daphne Wayans,  Zena Foster, Kel Mitchell, Pooch Hall and many more. Additionally, Lincoln MKC Brand Manager Jeff Reid also held an in depth discussion moderated by Automotive Rhythms president and publisher Kimatni D. Rawlins.

 

Nia Long hosts “Evening of Style”

The actress gushed about her love of luxury, from enjoying good chocolates, designer shoes and spa treatments – as well as dished on her upcoming film project “The Single Moms club” celebrating a journey that she’s closely familiar with, being a single mom herself.  Nia Long also shared her love of the new Lincoln MKC, noting the unique ambient lighting inside made her last minute makeup touch up “a breeze”.  The 2015 Lincoln MKC was originally introduced last week at a private NYC media event (check out the video from DivasDriveInHeels) and has garnered attention as a standout at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Check out more red carpet photos and the behind the scenes video on DivasDriveInHeels.com soon.

Lincoln Uptown Journey Series Kicks Off in L.A.

September 13th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Lincoln Uptown Journey Series

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Lincoln Uptown Journey Series: LA Kick-Off Event

 

Earlier this week, Lincoln Motor Company and Uptown Magazine took Los Angeles on a journey of self-discovery, acceptance and celebration kicking off the Lincoln Uptown Journey series at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel.  Hosted by media personality Bevy Smith, the networking and panel event highlighted the different journeys within the arts of clothier/designer Woody Wilson, TV/Music Powerhouse Carmen Murray and TV/Film producer Mara Brock Akil.

Lincoln Uptown Journey Series: Mara Brock Akil, Bevy Smith, Woody Wilson, Carmen Murray

Mara Brock Akil, Bevy Smith, Woody Wilson and Carmen Murray

 

Lincoln Uptown Journey Series: Woody Wilson

Road To Discovery: Woody Wilson talks taking the leap from corporate America to his stylish journey in fashion.

 

Lincoln Uptown Journey Series: Mara Brock Akil

Mara Bock Akil discusses her early passion in the creative arts from childhood to college to creating hit shows like “Girlfriends”, “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane”.

 

Lincoln Uptown Journey Series: Bevy Smith, Carmen Murray

Carmen Murray shares her love for women empowerment and management with Bevy Smith.

 

The Lincon Uptown Journey series will make several U.S. stops including Houston, Atlanta and Washington D.C later this year highlighting the journeys of tastemakers and trailblazers that we’ve come to know and love.

The rebranding of the All New Lincoln MKZ served as a constant reminder of what everyone in the room searched for, the rediscovery of their own journey and path towards greatness.  To learn more about the event and the Lincoln MKZ visit DivasDriveInHeels.com.

 

Photos via Lincoln Motor Co.

Toyota’s Girlfriend Adventures Series (Episodes 1 – 4)

August 4th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  Our first adventure, SALSA DANCING!

 

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Check out what happens when we take on salsa lessons at Step Into Salsa NY at Pearl Studios in NYC.


Summer In The City

Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve already gone salsa dancing, so our next stop?  Indoor rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders.

girlfriends adventures

 

What is Brooklyn Boulders?  Brooklyn Boulders is New York City’s only fully dedicated rock climbing gym and one of the East Coasts’ largest.  With 22,000 square feet of climbing surface and a dedicated and skilled setting staff, Brooklyn Boulders offer both a premium training ground for advanced climbers and a variety of climbs for the total beginner.  So whether you’re a seasoned 5.13 climber or just found yourself interested in trying something new, come to BKB and find what you’re looking for. (Located at 575 Degraw St. in Brooklyn – visit BrooklynBoulders.com for more info.)

Check out what happens when we take on the rock wall for the first time at Brooklyn Boulders in Brooklyn, NY.


 

 

Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve tackled the rock wall in Brooklyn, and learned some salsa moves, so our next stop?  Spicing it up in the kitchen at Cook&Go.

 

 

 

 

girlfriend adventures

What is Cook&Go?  Cook&Go Culinary Studio allows participants, who are not professional chefs, to learn culinary skills in a fun, relaxed environment.  Original menus test the limits of culinary aesthetics, while at the same time respecting traditions.  There is a spirit of fun making dishes that are accessible to all skill levels.  You don’t have to be a professional chef, you just need to have a passion for learning, sharing (and eating!). Cook & Go uses high quality, fresh products and a passion for teaching to help you to create healthy, well balanced meals.

 girlfriend adventures

I had such an amazing time and each dish we prepared exceeded my expectation of deliciousness!  This foodie’s dream came true inside of that kitchen, so much so a food blog could be in the works soon… maybe DivasandForks.com? (HA!)

 


 girlfriend adventures

girlfriend adventures

 

Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve tackled the rock wall in Brooklyn, learned some salsa moves AND stepped up our game in the kitchen – so our next stop?  High flying adventures at Trapeze School New York!

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What is Trapeze School New York?  Trapeze School New York (TSNY) is dedicated to making flying trapeze available to anyone who seeks inspiration, challenge, fitness or just a couple hours of unique fun. Located atop Pier 40 at Chelsea Piers, TSNY offers flying trapeze classes for all levels (first-timers and beginners welcome) as well as intensive multi-session workshops for more advanced flyers.  girlfriend adventures

Remember that Sex And The City Episode? (SATC Season 6 Episode 82 to be exact…) – let’s face it, if you’re a woman and a writer in New York, chances are you’ve experienced at least one Carrie moment in your life… and this was my moment…

Carrie Bradshaw Trapeze

 

 


 girlfriend adventures

girlfriend adventures

For a behind-the-scene look at all the up the wall action, visit our travel channel at DivasOnDestinations.com.

New York’s Elite Take Over Hamptons for 14th Annual Art For Life Gala

August 1st, 2013 by Christen Rochon
Soledad O'Brien, Tangie Murray, Danny Simmons, guest, Rashid Johnson, Tyler Perry, Walter Mosley (third from left) and Russell Simmons (R) attend the 14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams at Fairview Farms

Soledad O’Brien, Tangie Murray, Danny Simmons, guest, Rashid Johnson, Tyler Perry, Walter Mosley (third from left) and Russell Simmons (R) attend the 14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams at Fairview Farms.

It’s where the opulence of the city meets countryside and where the elite go to relax, it’s the Hamptons and this past weekend, it was the host of 14th Annual Art For Life Gala.  Hosted by Russell Simmons’ the 14th Annual Art For Life Gala: “A Field of Dreams” took place at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton with a variety of honored guests and supporters including Star Jones, Melanie Fiona, Anthony Anderson, Angela Simmons, Nicole Murphy, Michael Strahan and more.

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Hana Nitsche and Russell Simmons attend the Russell Simmons 14th Annual Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms.

14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams

Melanie Fiona and Maxwell attend the 14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams at Fairview Farms.

14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams

Nicole Murphy and attend the 14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams at Fairview Farms.

14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams

Rick Ross and Kevin Liles attend the 14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams at Fairview Farms.

14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams

Maxwell performs at the 14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams at Fairview Farms.

Special honorees included Walter MoselyTyler Perry and the evening concluded with special performances by EstelleRick Ross and Maxwell.  It was undoubtedly a memorable Hamptons weekend that’ll extend the fun well into the summer pending Fall.  How?  How would you like to spend time with Sarah Jessica Parker, Magic Johnson, Robin Thicke and more?  The Art For Life charity auction is extended until August 7th and offers you a chance to bid and win on amazing experiences while benefitingRush Philanthropic Arts Foundation art programs in urban schools.

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The opulent evening was powered by the Cadillac ATS – for a look at my entire #HamptonsATS weekend check out DivasDriveInHeels.com.

Essence Music Festival And Ford Fight Against Breast Cancer

July 6th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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During one of the biggest weekend’s in New Orleans, Ford Returns to 2013 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans for fifth consecutive year as the exclusive participating automotive brand.  “The ESSENCE Festival occupies a special place in the hearts of African Americans and particularly African American women,” said Shawn Thompson, manager, Ford multicultural marketing. “This relationship continues to allow Ford to go further as a company when it comes to not only our products but also our communities.

ford essence music festival

ford essence music festival

Ford is taking a new spin on breast cancer awareness support… discover more at DivasDriveInHeels.com

ford essence music festival

On Friday, for the second year in a row, the brand is activated what it calls “Pink Friday” in an effort to raise awareness around breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Discover how Ford Warriors in Pink is donating its efforts and funds in the battle against breast cancer at DivasDriveInHeels.com.

ford essence music festival

2013 marks Ford’s 19th year of support in the fight against breast cancer. To date, Ford has donated more than $115 million to the breast cancer cause. The Ford Warriors in Pink line of apparel and accessories is available exclusively on www.fordcares.com.

 

The 2013 BET Awards PRE Red Carpet With Cadillac andFave Celebs

July 1st, 2013 by Lifestyle Staff

 

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Patrice Yursik, Jocelyn K. Allen, Amy DuBois Barnett, Munson Steed, Florence Anthony & Christen Rochon

 

The 2013 BET Awards PRE dinner, hosted by BET CEO Debra Lee & co-hosted by Nelly took place Saturday night in West Hollywood.  Sponsored by Cadillac, this invite-only dinner allowed some of your fave celebs to mix & mingle before The BET Awards show on Sunday!  Celebrities got to check out the luxurious award winning Cadillac ATS and talk with Christen Rochon on the red carpet. Everyone undoubtedly had a good time mingling as you can see from the photos below. These celebs look fab posing with this beautiful car!

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Tyrese

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  - Tyrese

 

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Erica Hubbard

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  - Erica Hubbard

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch  Kym Whitley

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  - Kym Whitley

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Michelle Williams

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  - Michelle Williams

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Sherri Shepard and Lamar Sally

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  - Sherri Shepard and Lamar Sally

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Joyful Drake

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  - Joyful Drake

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Nelly Future

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  - Future and Nelly

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Angela Simmons

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  - Angela Simmons

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch  - Laila Ali - John Sally

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  - Laila Ali – John Sally

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch  - Lisa Leslie - Michael Lockwood

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet  - Lisa Leslie – Michael Lockwood

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet – John Sally & Cadillac’s Don Butler

 

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch  - Loretta Devine

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks – Loretta Devine and Glenn Marshall

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks – Lisa Leslie

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Wayne Brady

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks – Wayne Brady

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Nelly and Tichina Arnold

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks – Nelly and Tichina Arnold

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Tichina Arnold

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks – Tichina Arnold

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks Brunch - Angie Stone

Cadillac ATS PRE BET Awards 2013 Red Carpet Divas and Dorks – Angie Stone

 

{Photos compliments of Cadillac}

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