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Which Starlet Could Become The Next Super Heroine In Oya: Rise of the Orisha!

March 8th, 2013 by Kenya

Admit it, at one time or another you’ve dreamed of possessing supernatural powers or imagined being a superwoman, holding the balance of good and evil within your hands. In African folklore, the goddess Oya does just that. Oya is considered to be very omnipotent; representing feminine leadership and is known to be a powerful warrior.  The film, Oya: Rise of the Orisha resurrects mythical deities from African folklore, known as Orishas, into modern-day superheroes in Britain.



Who Is OYA?  Oya: Rise of the Orisha focuses on a young woman named Adesuwa who has the unique ability to transform into the fearsome warrior goddess, Oya, the Orisha of change.  As the Goddess of storms, her powers are similar to that of Storm from the X-Men. She brings good fortune to her followers and is the only African Orisha brave enough to confront death (as the goddess of funeral processions and cemeteries known as “Oya’s Garden.”)  The film follows Adesuwa as she goes on a head-stomping mission to keep the doorway between the Orisha and humanity closed. Filled with action, mystical adventure and more the question we’re left to wonder, which British starlet could take on the role of being such a powerful warrior woman?


Check out our top picks and why below…


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1. Naomie Harris


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Naomie Harris has played Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean and was recently cast as Eve Moneypenny in the Oscar-nominated James Bond film, Skyfall. Being named a Bond Girl is synonymous with kick-ass sensuality, cunning intellect, and superior power- she can definitely handle the superior warrior title and is our top pick.

2. Sophie Okonedo




Another excellent choice, Sophie Okonedo of Aeon Flux, Hotel Rwanda and The Secret Life of Bees fame. We’ll next see her alongside Will Smith in M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi film, After Earth (slated for release: June 2013). Her acting chops are fine tuned, her gaze is commanding and she would undoubtedly bring the essence of OYA to life in Rise of the Orisha.  

 3. Thandie Newton


thandie-newton-lo-feet-47500720Well known for her work in The Pursuit of Happyness, Mission: Impossible II, Crash and For Colored Girls, Thandie Newton is not afraid to get physical. She is stunningly beautiful and has proved a wide acting range.

4. Marianne Jean-Baptiste


Soon to star in RoboCop (2014), Marianne Jean-Baptiste previously made history as the first Black British actress to receive an Academy Award nomination for the 1996 drama Secrets & Lies. We’ve also seen her in 28 Days and Takers. No stranger to action or sci-fi, Marianne would be another brilliant choice to bring Oya to life.

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Through their visually stunning film, Oya: Rise of the Orisha (FBTwitter), filmmakers Nosa Igbinedion is working to bring Oya’s story to the big screen. Using IndieGoGo, Nosa Igbinedion is seeking crowd funding to make a short film of the script to secure a deal with a larger production company.  Would you like to see this film on the big screen?  Who would you pick to bring the Orisha Oya to life?

Celebrating New Year’s Eve In Times Square With Verizon Wireless #My2012Moment

January 9th, 2013 by Christen

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Last year (which was technically only 10 days ago) – I had the great pleasure of teaming up with Verizon Wireless for their #My2012Moment celebration campaign. I had the opportunity to meet and interact with many visitors from around the world – all with one goal in mind – to ring in the new year with over a million friends, family and more in what many call the crossroads of the world – Times Square.

We chatted about everything from accomplishments to milestones and everything in between that made many #My2012Moment for everyone. Some of #My2012Moment (s) definitely included: (Click here for the entire #My2012Moment list…)


  • Attending the 2012 London Olympics
  • My first ever Parisian escape to Paris, France
  • Being Named “Best In The Blogasphere 2012” by Black Enterprise


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…and even becoming the host for Verizon’s New Year’s Eve celebration video on New Year’s Eve was beyond a doubt one of my favorite moments of 2012 and it closed out the year with a bang!


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Want to check out the #My2012Moment experience from Times Square? Check out the video in it’s entirety below…




What were some of your favorite moments of 2012?  What are you looking forward to the most in 2013?  Share below…


New Year’s Fashionable Resolutions

January 3rd, 2013 by Fashion Staff

We’ve officially survived the Mayan Armageddon, yet another presidential election and a handful of fashion weeks the world over.  But when it comes to our closets, have we really moved forward?  The internet is full of New Year’s Eve fashion resolutions, but we  wanted to take a more local approach to discover what our readers were really thinking. We scoured the streets of New York City to find out what style habits its citizens want to break, change, or start in the name of the New Year and you’ll never guess what resolution admissions they revealed.

Here’s hoping that that their experiments in aesthetic evolution might influence some stylish science of your own!


Name: Peace

Hometown: Far Rockaway, Queens

New Year’s Fashion Resolution:  Adding pants to her wardrobe and experimenting with chunky heels


Name: Anna

Hometown: New York City

New Year’s Fashion Resolution: Dressing more businesslike





Name: Bruceling

Hometown: Brooklyn

New Year’s Fashion Resolution: “Stay true to my personal style.”




Name: Ian

Hometown: Brooklyn

New Year’s Fashion Resolution: “Wear better jeans”


Name: Jamie

Hometown: Philadelphia

New Year’s Fashion Resolution: “Wear more blouses”



Name: Kathleen

Hometown: Brooklyn

New Year’s Fashion Resolution: “To take more fashion risks”



Name: Margaret

Hometown: Hackensack, New Jersey

New Year’s Fashion Resolution: “To be less label-conscious”




Name: Tania

Hometown: Toronto

New Year’s Fashion Resolution: “More makeup”


The Divas & Dorks Guide to Making A Fashion Resolution of Your Own:


1.     Make it fit your life now, not 12 months ago.


Take a second to look at how your day-to-day schedule, commitments, personality, relationships, work life, down time, and general lifestyle have changed over the past year.  Then look at your wardrobe— does the tone of your personal style match that of your personal attitude (i.e. bolder color palette for a bold personality, more tailored/body-conscious pieces for a more confident body perception, etc.)? If not, pinpoint where it’s going wrong, and reconstruct it to reflect the current you— or, on the flipside, the you who you’d like to be in the New Year.


2.     Make sure it’s doable.


DO NOT, we repeat, do not aspire to spend insane amounts of money or to rack up ridiculous credit card bills in the pursuit of your fashion revolution resolution.   Do what the real fashionistas do— emulate design, not etymology.  Rather than getting hung up on labels, make a pros-and-cons list of what you love about your favorite designers’ designs, and scour your favorite stores for their more-affordable incarnations.  Allow yourself to invest big bucks on one piece that simultaneously captures your new attitude and straddles fashion borders (i.e. day-to-night or work-to-downtime).


3.     Commit to the change.


Don’t be afraid to break your former fashion cycles.  Trust that those who love you will welcome your fashion attitude as a reflection of a new and better you on the inside— that the change in your style cycles reflects a renewed sense of confidence and a reinvestment in self.



Do you have unique fashion resolutions for the new year?  What are they?  (Share your ideas below…)






We’re Counting Down Our Favorite Moments Of 2012 #My2012Moment

December 31st, 2012 by Christen


It’s true! This year has had truly been an amazing year of highs (and even higher highs) for From going to 2012 London Olympics to speaking at the National Black MBA Conference and everything in between. While looking forward to a better year than ever before – 2013, we can’t help but to look back at our favorite moments of 2012. Check out below to discover why this has been an unbelievably phenomenal for



Black Women in Music / Black Women in Hollywood

Thanks to Lincoln & Essence Magazine, we had the chance to rub elbows, talk tech and mingle with some of your favorite starlets, musicians and Hollywood celebrities. Kelly Rowland, Nene Leakes and more checked out the new 2014 Lincoln MKZ during Essence’s Black Women in Music, Grammy weekend in California. Just a week later, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross supported and uplifted fellow thespian sisters during the Black Women in Hollywood event during Oscar weekend in L.A.



In The Press –,,,, Pose Magazine

This was an incredible year for in the press. As a contributor for, I was featured in RollingOut & Pose Magazine highlighting the business behind the blog. even interviewed an unconventional mentor, (my mother) to reveal the secrets behind successful mentor/mentee relationships. Before the summer was complete, listed as one of the best blogs of 2012.



Induction in Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top Of The Blogosphere’s Best

One of my favorite moments by far included kicking off this year’s Black Bloggers Month as being revealed as the first inductee in the 2012 Blogosphere’s Best for



Kayaking in the Pacific Ocean

During an exciting west coast excursion with Toyota, I had the best time camping and even kayaking, (yes, I really kayaked) in the Pacific Ocean all by myself.



Diva, Dork and Actress?

This year marked a year of firsts in front the camera, as I starred in Ford’s Escape To New Orleans web series and Samsung’s SmartTV informercial series.



Panelist, Host & Keynote Speaker

“When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” – Michelle Obama

This year has been filled with a lot of hard work, blessings beyond belief, and I was more than excited to share my experiences as a speaker/host/keynote speaker at the Financial (App)titude seminar, Style Bloggers of Color Conference, National Association of Black MBA, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Tom Joyner Family Reunion.



Mentorship & Inspiring Young Lives

As an active mentor for The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in NYC and host of D&D’s first “Social Girls Night” – we at Diva And Dorks believe in investing & encouraging young women to pursue their dreams, passions and more (and because of those beliefs, the Divas and Dorks Foundation was officially formed.)



Global Ambassador at the 2012 London Olympics

As Samsung’s official ‘Global Ambassador’ – I was privileged to represent Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics. I got the chance to meet Olympians, take in a few of the Olympic games and experience all the unique sights of London, England.



Last Train To Paris…

For the first time ever, I experienced a dream getaway to Paris, France from the United Kingdom (during the Olympics). The Effel Tower, The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysée all were seen and conquered by the diva!



Divas Love To Travel & Love Their Cars!

This has been an amazing year of travel and automotive adoration on So much so, that our sister sites and were born and slated to launch January 2013!




Here’s to a wonderful 2012 and an even better 2013!!!!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


Celebrate Your 2012 In Style With Verizon Wireless #My2012Moment

December 26th, 2012 by Christen

What’s the funniest thing that happened to you in 2012? What 2012 moment are you most proud of? What 2012 moment do you wish you could relive forever? Join us this Thursday as we kick off My2012Moment and relive the events that shaped our year!


Join DivasandDorks and Verizon Wireless

Thursday, December 27 at 8pm ET

FOR A SPECIAL TWITTER PARTY – Hosted by The Online Mom and Friends


Join @VerizonInsider @DivasandDorks @TheOnlineMom and friends this Thursday at 8pm ET as we look back at 2012 and Share Our Favorite Moments!

RSVP and join the party for a chance to win GREAT PRIZES!

(You must RSVP and attend the party to be eligible for a prize.)

To RSVP: Email subject line: My2012Moment | Spread the word and RT this link on your Twitter feed: | Join us on Tweetchat or Tweetgrid (#My2012Moment) this Thursday between 8 and 9pm ET | Tell your Twitter followers!


Join DivasandDorks and Verizon Wireless

Monday, December 31st at 8pm ET


Tag you photos, tweets and more with #My2012Moment and you could appear on MTV’s Video Billboard in Times Square!



3 Steps to Get a Head Start on Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 21st, 2012 by Lifestyle Staff

The countdown to the New Year has begun! Many are now declaring their excitement for a “New Year, New Me”. The most common resolutions year after year are kicking bad habits, improving finances, advancing in careers, having a more positive attitude and/or better love life, losing weight and lastly, eating healthier. Every year many of us wait until the clock strikes twelve to change our ways, and every year more than half of us don’t make it through the entire month before we are back to our old habits. Yet, people continue to make the same resolution every year, in hopes that this year their commitment will finally stick.


Others have simply stopped making New Year’s Resolutions all together. Those who don’t make resolutions might be onto something. Here’s why: You’ve already had over 300 days of cringe-worthy dates, disappointing paychecks, and heavy duty moments weighing in on what areas of your life need improving. The anti-New Year’s Resolutions people have not given up on changing their life for the better. Instead their mindset is “why wait another month to make a change, when the  first day of you working on the “new you” could be today?”


With three simple steps you can set yourself up for success and have a better a chance at not dropping the ball before the ball drops. 

1. Prepare

The first step towards weight loss has always been going to the gym and signing up. Of course, after the first great workout the motivation wears off and the only thing getting smaller is your bank account as the automatic monthly fee -for the membership you stopped using- continues to deduct itself. Like any resolution, deciding to get in better shape by preparing to do so is an action-oriented step. While preparing to make self changes the most important thing to do is research. Look into how much you want to lose, how much you want to save up, etc. and decide on a realistic time frame to make it happen.


Then set up your environment so that your goal is attainable. For example, many people choose a gym based on the best deal or the amenities, but finding a gym that you are going to visit often is all about location, location, location! Find a gym that’s close to your job so you can fit in a workout before you clock in, during lunch or right after you clock out. Also, always have your gym bag stocked and at the door so there is no excuse to leave home without it.

2. Practice

Once you have found a place that fits your needs, location, and schedule it’s time to put your plan into practice. Play around with different types of workouts until you find something you like and fall into a rhythm. It’s about building up until your practice becomes an enjoyable routine. It’s not about perfection. Start with one day a week and continue to build. Try going at different times on different days to see which are best for you. Try out different equipment until you find the ones that will help you reach your ideal body shape.


3. Persist

Preparing through planning and research, then practicing until you get into a comfortable groove helps you to build a foundation so that you can persist to the finish line.

Persistence is the driving force when you’re having a bad day or don’t feel as motivated. It’s the voice in the back of your head that keeps reminding you that you’ve already come so far. Once you have this your resolution has become a habit. These steps can apply to any of the things you want to improve about yourself. The key is being proactive. Many of us never leave the starting line, or lose steam early because we think of the resolution as a solution, as opposed to the first step in a proactive decision to be a better version of ourselves. Think about it, if you are proactive about taking the necessary steps to self improvement now, then by the first day of the New Year you will be ahead of the game.




Tell us some of your resolutions and how you plan to keep them below…






‘What Were They Thinking?’ Celebrity Moments of 2012

December 19th, 2012 by Tiffany
2012 has been a year filled with outlandish relationships, fashion statements, trends, and thoughtless statements by celebrities that seemed thoughtless, leaving many of us with our mouths wide open. Celebrities from political figures, to singers, comedians, actors, gymnasts, and even to child stars have made their mark on 2012. We have compiled a list of the top 12 celebrity moments that have left you thinking ‘what the… -were they thinking?!’ Rewind with us, laugh and revisit some of the best celebrity moments as we say goodbye to 2012.


Evelyn Lozada and Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson definitely shocked the world in August of 2012. Johnson, 34, was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge after he allegedly head-butted Lozada during an argument. Lozada was treated for a “pretty good-sized” laceration to her forehead. While the situation was physically damaging to Lozada, it was detrimental to Johnson’s football career.  We bet he’ll never head-butt another soul.


Of all the 2012 celebrity pregnancies, Snookie was by far the most surprising of them all. The high-paid reality star had a baby boy on August 26, but was once the life of the party on Jersey Shore.  The March 2012 confirmation of Polizzi’s pregnancy gave cause to speculate as to how the creative direction of her spinoff would be affected, as she would be unable to engage in the “hard-partying, booze-swilling” antics that had previously garnered high ratings for MTV. Many of us were shocked to find out this reformed party-goer would be putting down the liquor bottles for the baby bottles.



Men and women were both surprised when Frank Ocean dropped the bombshell about his sexuality. Right before releasing his album Channel Orange he admitted to the world that he was bisexual. He stirred up so much of a buzz that even Beyonce wrote him a letter with handwritten words over a picture of Ocean saying, “Be fearless. Be honest. Be generous. Be brave. Be poetic. Be open. Be free. Be yourself. Be in love. Be happy. Be inspiration.” Shock to some, inspiration to many others. His Twitter response: “Don’t get it twisted, I’ll still take your girlfriend.”


Comedian Katt Williams had a double whammy that left everyone wondering what is wrong with him?! After a high speed police chase in California, Katt went into a Target store and was caught on camera slapping an employee! He then did a tearful news interview after another altercation at a Seattle restaurant saying he was “done with stand-up comedy”.

If you missed it watch an out of it Katt Williams give his statement after the incidents.


After the birth certificate conspiracy, Donald Trump’s Twitter rants and his again total disrespect for the president after President Barack Obama’s victorious win lands him on our 2012 ‘What Were They Thinking’ list.  Once the state of Ohio was called for President Obama and sealed the win for his re-election, Trump took to Twitter saying: “Barack Obama’s win was a disgusting injustice.” He even tried to rally his fans against an election that he called a ‘travesty’. Who other than the multi-billionaire himself could blatantly disrespect the president like this? Definitely left us wondering where is mind really was, and what reality he lives in.
Obama had the best comedic response to Trump on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, watch here.


While some were onto Rihanna and Chris Brown early on, others were shocked by her Tweets and Instagram pictures confirming that they were officially back together. She convinced us on Oprah’s Life Chapter that she had forgiven him but moved on… we should have known better. While some were excited, many were left thinking  ‘what is she thinking?!’ I suppose next year will tell whether it will be the ‘dynamic duo’ or ‘destructive dummies’. To be continued…


Real Housewives of Atlanta newest cast member Porsha Stewart may not be known for her own name or accomplishments, but she is definitely known for her dumb statements. Her ‘265 days a year’ statement left everyone wondering if she had any brains in that pretty head of hers. Although her point- ‘it’s not just about feeding the hungry only on Thanksgiving, it’s an everyday situation’ -was genuine, so was her stupidity with her next remark. “I mean, this is 265 days a year!” Porsha could definitely make a better name away for herself by talking less.


 The Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj cat fight definitely tops this year’s WTF moments. The unlikely duo’s brawl seemed to come out of no where and spiraled out of control with Nicki claiming she would shoot her! Due to her discomfort and Nicki’s ‘unpredictable’ behavior Mariah then had her security increased following the incident. While producers called speculation surrounding the spat ‘inaccurate’, a spokesman for the show said: “This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we’ve ever had.” Coincidence or not? We think not, but it still makes for a shocking moment we wont forget.


This before and after picture shows the weight-gain transformation Lady Gaga purposely underwent, launching what she called a “body revolution”. Known for her rainbow wigs, outlandish fashion, and self-empowerment-themed music Lady Gaga has always sought to make a point. The above picture went viral after hitting the internet, while she used it as an opportunity to reveal her own struggles in hopes of empowering her “little monsters”.
In case you missed it this news clip from abcNews explains her message and reasons behind it.


Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson has definitely made a name for herself this year. Landing her own reality show on TLC, she has also recently appeared on Barbara Walters‘s Most Fascinating People of 2012 list. While she has had many memorable moments  on both Toddlers and Tiaras and  spin-off Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, her guest appearance- or lack of appearance- on the Dr. Drew show lands her on our 2012 memorable moments list as she defiantly expresses her boredom on camera.

If you missed it watch her doze off on Dr. Drew here.


Brad Pitt had everyone in a state of confusion as he rambled through the latest Chanel No. 5 perfume commercial. Sounding as if he had no script, he talked about the world turning, his luck, his fate and left everyone wondering what the commercial was about. Not even 24 hours later Saturday Night Live and several other YouTube clips surfaced mocking the commercial and Pitt’s confusing role.
Check out the controversial commercial for yourself.



Nicki Minaj confused, shocked and even scared a few during her February performance at the 2012 Grammy’s in Los Angeles. She performed Roman Holiday sitting next to The Pope  and called the performance “The exorcism of [Nicki‘s alter ego] Roman.” Choreographed by Laurieann Gibson,  it featured religious imagery, pyrotechnics, and backup dancers dressed as monks. The performance may -or may not- have been a mock of the Illuminati conspiracies, but it definitely rubbed many the wrong way.

And that’s a wrap! Hopefully celebrities will give their statements a little more thought before putting them out into the world in 2013. Since that might be inevitable, we’re already excited to compile next year’s ‘What Were They Thinking’ moments. Until then…
Tell us your favorite ‘What Were They Thinking’ celebrity moment. What made you laugh or left your mouth wide open? Tell us below…

How To Prioritize Healthy Relationships In Time For The New Year

December 18th, 2012 by Christen



We’re in full throttle of the holiday season, and with Christmas next week and 2013 a mere two weeks away – it’s safe to say that everyone’s re-evaluating all types of relationships this season.  If you’re not, then might I suggest taking this time to evaluate each interpersonal relationship that you currently have in your life.   Relationships between you and your family, friends, business relationships and even romantic relationships can be tricky all year round… and when unaddressed unhealthy relationships begin to affect other relationships in our lives?  Watch out! Check out this sneak peek clip of this week’s Mary Mary episode below…


Recently, I got the chance to check out a full sneak peek of  this week’s episode of Mary Mary on WeTV and I realized that no matter what phase of life you’re in, the holidays are always a great time to prioritize healthy relationships in all areas of your life, just in time for the new year.




Need help figuring out what you can do today?  Check out a few tips on creating & prioritizing healthy relationships in your life below…


TIP 1:  Take responsibility for your own happiness. Save yourself unnecessary hours of arguing by remembering this one rule: it’s not up to anyone else to make you happy. Sure, you can choose to be in a relationship with this person and derive joy and happiness from it, but it’s not anyone’s responsibility to dig you out of a pitty-party pit every day. Remember that everyday, and you’re well on your way to enjoying happy & healthier relationships into the new year.


TIP 2:  Devote time to each other. Make spending time with your partner or important people in your life a priority, even if it’s a little inconvenient at first. Relationships need shared experiences to grow, and you’re demonstrating that nurturing yours is important to you.  Trying to develop stronger working relationships, use networking opportunities and invest time in nurturing the relationship.  (The same goes for interpersonal relationships as well.)


TIP 3:  Develop better communication. Most people aren’t born great communicators — it’s something nearly everyone has to work at.  Relay your expectations. If you expect your partner to do something, say it. Don’t expect that he or she should read your mind, and don’t rely on hints. Being clear about what you want gives your partner a fair shot at succeeding.  Say “please” and “thank you.” You should be able to let loose around your partner, so there’s no need to worry about having impeccable manners all the time.


Balancing healthy family and business relationships doesn’t take holidays or vacations.  Curating a variety of great relationships in your life takes time and plenty of designated efforts – but during this season of reflection, remembering to take just a few extra steps could lead you into the new year and beyond with host of healthy relationships.



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WE tv. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s situations like these that the three-time Grammy® award-winning gospel duo Erica and Tina Campbell face in Season 2 of WE tv’s hit series Mary Mary as they balance being recording artists, mothers, and wives. MARY MARY premieres Thursday, December 6 at 10|9c and moves to its regular timeslot on Thursdays at 9|8c, beginning December 13. Watch a sneak peek here!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WE tv. The opinions and text are all mine.

Discover Your New Year’s Eve Style For $100 Or Less!

December 14th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

With a little over 2 weeks left until the ball drops on 2013 its time to start scouring the racks for the perfect New Years Eve outfit!!

And with holiday spending still on your heels and your credit cards, you’ll want to be pretty conservative in your spending, but still be fabulous. That’s why we’re here to help!


Time Out New York shared a list of 100 party dresses under $100 and here are my New Years Eve choices from that list plus a few more!

Sit back and relax, we’ve got you covered here at Divas & Dorks there’s bound to be one you love for less than you think!


Rihanna’s strapless black asymmetrical dress during her performance of “Diamonds” during the Victoria Secret fashion show is perfect for a formal NYE’s event and you can have a similar look for only $78 on It’s called The Danielle from NYC Boutique.


Like the look but don’t want to wear all black? Try this strapless black and cream assymetricla dress also on from Plastic Island for $96

H&M has two striking choices, one in bright pink with a sweetheart neck and empire waist for only $50.


The second dress from H&M is also $50 and features a black faux leather bodice with a layered skirt in black and white with a sheer bib and hemline.


Next we have a one shoulder fitted printed dress in black white indigo and teal from Marshalls, it comes in at $40.


Looking for a brighter print? BBDakota has a magenta, purple, black  and grey printed dress with a sheath like top with an A-line pleated skirt $89.


Want to be on trend this New Years Eve? How about a formal number in the color of the season, oxblood. This one shoulder cape dress from Leaves of Sass is found on and is only $59


Also if you are a little more full figured and don’t want anything too clingy this black and white dress with chiffon overlay from The Avenue is only $80

See the full list of 100 dresses here –> (



Do you have big plans for New Year’s Eve? Let us know what you’re wearing! Planning on going with something off our list?

This Week In Designer Sample Sales…DVF, Tory Burch, Nautica & More!

December 10th, 2012 by Christen


Looking for a few ways to save some cash on designer frocks?  Check out this up to date listing we scored on the latest designer sample sales in New York City this week!


What’s in the sale: Discounts up to 80% off. Be the gifter of good looks this season with a trip to PONO’s annual Holiday sample sale. Snag a steal with a set of Two Tone Italian resin bangles – 3 for $25 (regular $120); at 78% off. Grab something big and bold like The Flower Power Necklace priced at $100 (regular $265) or get festive with a jewel tone Everglade Cuff now fetching $100 (originally $365). Take home the trends with a sassy Alligator Bangle – now $25 (originally $115), and finish with a fantastic new classic, Let The Great World Spin Necklace on sale for $50 (originally $200).

When: December 3rd through 12th: Weekdays, 9am to 6pm

Location: 347 W. 36th St., 4th Floor: Suite 405 (between 8th & 9th Ave.)

For more information call 212.216.0022. Cash and credit accepted.

Diane von Furstenberg Sample Sale

DVF Sample Sale | Sample Sale Avenue

What’s in the sale: Up to 70% off DVF merchandise. New stuff added throughout the week.

When: December 11th through 14th: Tuesday: 9am to 6:30pm, Wednesday: 10am to 8pm, Thursday: 10am to 7pm, Friday: 10am to 7pm, Friday: 9am to 3pm

Location: 260 5th Avenue (between 28th and 29th St.)

Cash and credit accepted. For more information visit or call 212.725.5400.

Yarnz Cashmere Sample Sale

Yarnz Sample Sale | NYC Sample Sales

What’s in the sale: Discounts on cashmere apparel and accessories.

When: December 3rd through 19th: Monday – Friday: 10am to 5:30pm

Location: 260 W. 36th St., Suite 201

Credit card for purchases $200 +

James Jeans Sample Sale

James Jeans Sample Sale | Sample Sale Avenue

What’s in the sale: Discounts on James Jeans merchandise.

When: December 11th through 13th: Tuesday: 9am to 7:30pm, Wednesday: 9:30am to 5:30pm, Thursday: 9:30am to 7:30pm

Location: James Jeans Showroom: 500 Greenwich Street #202

Visa & Mastercard accepted.

eeBoo Holiday Sample Sale

eeBoo Sample Sale | Sample Sale Avenue

What’s in the sale: Up to 75% off retail on eeBoo toys, games, arts & crafts and stationery. Prices $3 and up!

When: December 12th through 14th: 8am to 6pm

Location: 170 W. 74th St., Suite 102 in Lobby (at Amsterdam Ave.)

Nolan Glove Co. Holiday Sample Sale

Nolan Glove Co. Sample Sale | Sample Sale Avenue

What’s in the sale: Nolan Glove Co is the licensed accessories manufacturer for Laundry by Shelli Segal for Women and Kids, Geoffrey Beene, OshKosh B’gosh, and many more brands. Our sale will feature cold-weather knit gloves, hats, and scarves sold by our designers in high-end department stores, but for a fraction of the price.

When: December 12th through 14th: 12pm to 6:30pm

Location: 22 W. 38th St., 6th Floor (between 5th & 6th)

Circle Showroom Maternity Sample Sale

Circle Maternity Sample Sale | NYC Sample Sales

What’s in the sale: Up to 80% off maternity wear.

When: December 5th through 14th: Monday – Thursday: 9:30am to 5pm, Friday: 9:30am to 3pm

Location: 347 West 36th Street, Suite 601 (between 8th & 9th Ave.)

Cash only.

Tory Burch Sample Sale

What’s in the sale: Discounts on Fall/Winter Tory Burch merchandise including ready to wear, footwear & bags. All sizes available.

When: December 11th through 16th: Tuesday – Friday: 11am to 7pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Location: 261 W 36th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave), 2nd Floor

YMX Athletic Apparel Sample Sale

YMX Athletic Apparel Sample Sale | Sample Sale Avenue

What’s in the sale: 50% to 70% off YMX Athletic Apparel including printed tanks, base layers, and cycle jerseys, and other attire perfect for running, cycling, dance, yoga, working out and all around town.

When: December 12th through 14th: 11am to 6pm

Location: YMX/Yellowman: 205 W. 39th St., 15th Floor

Nautica & Kipling Sample Sale

Nautica Sample Sale | Sample Sale Avenue

What’s in the sale: Discounts on Men’s & Women’s Nautica Sportswear, Men’s Nautica Jeans Co., Men’s & Women’s Nautica Sleepwear & Kipling

When: December 12th through 14th: Wednesday: 11am to 7pm, Thursday – Friday: 10am to 7pm

Location: Metropolitan Pavilion: 123 W. 18th St., 5th Floor (between 6th & 7th Ave.)

Cash, Visa & Mastercard accepted only. All sales are final. No children under 7 permitted in the sale.

Echo Design Sample Sale

Echo Design Sample Sale | Sample Sale Avenue

What’s in the sale: Discounts on scarfs, gloves, handbags, accessories, outerwear & more cold weather merchandise for Men, Women and Kids.

When: December 13th through 15th: Thursday: 12pm to 8pm, Friday: 8am to 8pm, Saturday: 8am to 6pm

Location: Metropolitan Pavilion: 123 W. 18th St., 5th Floor (between 6th & 7th Ave.)

Cash, Visa & Mastercard accepted only. All sales are final.

Mackage & Soia & Kyo Sample Sale

Mackage Sample Sale | Sample Sale Avenue

What’s in the sale: Discounts on Women’s & Men’s designer merchandise.

When: December 13th through 16th: Thursday – Saturday: 10am to 7pm, Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Location: 530 Fifth Avenue (corner of 44th St.)

Ecko Sample Sale

What’s in the sale: Men’s & Women’s clothing and outerwear at a huge discount. Everything must go. Bring in this ad and receive an additional 20% off every item in the store

When: Through January 1st: 10am to 8pm

Location: 148 Lafayette (between Grand & Howard)

Adrienne Landau Sample Sale

Adrienne Landau Sample Sale | Sample Sale Avenue

What’s in the sale: Up to 80% off Fall 2012 apparel and accessories.

When: December 16th through 19th: Sunday: 11am to 5pm, Monday – Wednesday: 10am to 6pm

Location: Adrienne Landau Showroom: 519 8th Avenue, 21st Floor

Frette Sample Sale

What’s in the sale: Discounts on Fine Italian Linens, Bed, Bath, Table and Frette to Wear

When: December 12th through December 16th: Wednesday – Saturday: 9am to 6:30pm, Sunday: 9am to 5pm

Location: Soiffer Haskin: 317 West 33rd Street, NYC (just west of 8th Avenue)

Credit cards only. All sales final. No strollers allowed and no children under 12 will be admitted. For more information call 718.747.1656.

Rena Lange Sample Sale

What’s in the sale: Up to 90% off Women’s clothing: Fall/Winter 2012 and Previous Seasons (Sample & Stock Sizes 4-14)

When: December 16th through December 18th: 10am to 6pm

Location: Rena Lange Showroom: 430 West 14th Street, Suite 201 (between 9th and 10th Ave.)

Credit cards only. All sales final. No strollers allowed and no children under 12 will be admitted. For more information call 718.747.1656.

Now that you have the latest in where you can find designer deals at up to 90% off you can enjoy your holiday shopping a little bit more without breaking the bank!  What NYC sample sales do you most look forward too?



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