After four exciting years of shopping til you drop and fashion hangovers, Anna Wintour has officially pulled the plug on fashion’s biggest party – Fashions Night Out. Fashion’s Biggest Party – Fashion’s Night Out Is Now Over.
According to the official website “Fashion’s Night Out will go on hiatus in the United States in 2013, in order to enable retailers to channel their resources towards strategies more in keeping with their current priorities.”… WAIT, what about those who priorities include fashionable partying? :/
According to organizers the problem wasn’t unruly shoppers turning quiet neighborhoods into “zoos” so much as it was about money. “The sponsors of the event—Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and NYC & Co.—made the joint decision to go on hiatus so retailers and designers can focus their budgets on projects that are more in line with their specific objectives, rather than a big event on one night in September.”
Lisa Lockwood at Women’s Wear Daily reported that the event became a burden for designers and retailers given that “they have had to invest more and more of their resources to maintain a high level of quality, and there unquestionably was some backlash, especially from designers who were staging fashion shows at the same time.” But as the event grew every year there were also logistical problems. After this year’s FNO Hillary Reisenberg wrote a piece at BuzzFeed titled ”How A Worldwide Shopping Party Became A Dangerous Liability,” a problem that was particularly evident in New York. She pointed out that in the city the crowds damaged cars and patrons were served drinks with little oversight as to whether or not they were underaged.
While I’ll admit, there were issues of extreme partying that took place during Fashion’s Night Out, the retail event really kicked off New York Fashion Week in a way unlike anything before. It was a chance for those who are unable to experience life underneath the NYFW tents to become apart of Fashion Week in some way. (Granted, those same individuals could quite possibly be the same ones featured in the unruly video above, but I digress.)
Will you miss the Fashion’s Night Out experience this year or are you over the pressures of retail therapy hype?
Everyone knows that New Years Eve is the one night of the year, besides Halloween, when letting go of inhibitions is not optional, but in fact mandatory. If you are like most of us, still pondering on what you want to do to bring in the New Year with loved ones, search no more. We have found the best of the best and combined them all into one place.
Here are the top five things you can do in the top five cities across the nation on December 31st to welcome 2013!
1710 N. Las Palmas Blvd, Hollywood CA 90068
3 of LA’s Hottest Clubs: Premiere Supper Club, Angels and Kings, and Las Palmas, unite to bring you Hollywood’s BIGGEST New Years Eve Party! With discounts offered to groups of 5 and 10 or more… you may want to gather up some friends, pick out your outfit and hit the town. There’s still time to get discounted tickets but they are sure to sell out soon!
2. Greystone Manor NYE Party– “The Grand Ball | A Black Tie Affair”
643 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90069
“THE GRAND BALL – A Black Tie Affair” is paying homage to the nostalgic era of old Hollywood Glamour and Decadence. Toast your champagne glasses at the stroke of midnight and dance all night to the eclectic music of Los Angeles’ Best Open Format DJ and Greystone Resident Devin Lucien!
3. Together as One Shrine Expo Hall,
649 West Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Together as one is an 18-and-over event that will be back in LA this year at the Shrine Expo Hall. They’re also throwing a pre-NYE party the night before with a 2-night party option.
3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
This event promotes itself as the most romantic New Year’s party in the OC. The event features three party rooms and an open bar.
5. OC Fair NYE Block Party OC Fair & Event Center,
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Held at the Orange County Fair Grounds, this event does not require any black ties and will feature a stage for every decade from the 60′s to the 90′s with tribute bands and DJs. There will also be a Demolition Derby in the arena, a gaming room with chips for prizes, rides and gourmet food trucks on hand to feed the masses.
96 Lafayette St., New York NY 10013
Designed as a concert hall, dance club and lounge, this triple threat venue has proven over and over again that it is the place to be. The focus at Santos Party House this New Years Eve is only on one idea: for people of all dances to revel in his house. Hipsters, funkers, beat-rockers, suits, dresses, skinnies and mini’s are all welcome to join in on the festivities. Celebrating New Years 2013 at Santos Party House is about letting go, starting fresh and indulging in the 5-hour premium open bar.
312 W. 34th St., New York NY 10001
Partying isn’t the only thing New Yorkers can do on NYE. For those looking to welcome 2013 with a good laugh, the 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Festival at AMC 34th Street is the place to be! Featuring favorite comedians and up and coming jokesters, you’ll howl into the new year with joy, and make merry with a 7-hour premium open bar.
West 40th – 53rd Streets, New York, NY
Times Square is the epicenter of the largest, most highly anticipated New Year’s Eve celebration on the planet! 1904 marked the first New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square saluting the opening of the New York Times headquarters located at One Times Square. Over a century later, be part of 2013 history. Join Christen & Verizon Wireless as we celebrate top memorable moments of 2012! Tag your photos, tweets and more with #My2012Moment and you could appear on MTV’s Video Billboard in Times Square during our NYE celebration!
312 W. 34th St. New York NY 10001
This is another alternative night to celebrate a new year. Film enthusiasts can celebrate New Year’s Eve in the company of Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck and plenty more of the world’s most timeless movie stars as we present the 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Silver Screen Festival at AMC 34th Street. Favorite classic films will play through the night, and guests can indulge in a 5-hour premium open bar, featuring unlimited wine and champagne.
I’m sure you’ve heard about Jay-Z and Cold Play performing at the Barclays… and unless you want to pay thousands of dollars for a ticket on StubHub, you’d probably be better off checking out some other options to see live performances in NYC this December 31st. Here’s a few you may want to check out:
Venue: Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn, NY)
Concert: Nas with Elle Varner
Venue: Radio City Music Hall (NYC)
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (NYC)
1421 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33130
Segafredo Brickell is offering a special! Cirque de New Year’s Eve show. It features a 3-Course dinner, glass of champagne upon arrival, New Year’s countdown, Lounge Music by Resident DJ Diego Harispe, and entertainment by Tony’s Circus.
301 N. Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33131
Bayfront Park is the place to be for the largest FREE party in South Florida! A Dance Party with Tony the Hitman and count down to midnight with Miami’s own, “La Gran Naranja” (formerly The Big Orange)! At the south end of the park, this New Year’s Eve icon will slowly ascend the side of the InterContinental Hotel, reaching the top at midnight in conjunction with a grand display of fireworks shot over beautiful Biscayne Bay, and is also named One of the Top 10 Places in the World to Ring in the New Year by USA Today and MSN.
1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach FL 33139
Cameo has one of Miami biggest New Years Eve celebrations as we ring in 2013 in true South Beach style. Featuring multiple levels and a glamorous interior, Cameo brings you NYE 2013 with a live performance by FUTURE and 3-hour Open Bar.
1203 Washington Ave., Miami Beach FL 33139
SoBe Live is voted #1 Hip Hop Venue by the Miami New Times in 2012 and voted #1 Hip Hop venue in the nation by VH-1 two years in a row. With a choice of a Regular open bar or Premium open bar ALL NIGHT LONG, a gourmet cuisine buffet, a $5,000 Balloon Drop and music by BET DJ Q45, SoBe Live is a great place to be on NYE.
This is not exactly Miami, but it is an alternative option for folks that plan to be in Florida and may want to steer away from the night life to something more family oriented. Celebrate New Year’s Eve fun-filled evening includes access to all DisneyQuest attractions and video games, including CyberSpace Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold and the Fix-It Felix console games from the Disney film Wreck-It Ralph, available for a limited time only, meet-and-greets with some of your favorite Disney Characters, 2 DJ dance parties, complete with party favors, a New Year’s Eve countdown and a confetti drop at midnight, and a meal.
1. PURE Nightclub – New Year’s Eve Hosted by Nicki Minaj
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas NV 89101
PURE Nightclub inside Caesars Palace welcomes club goers to ring in the New Year with multi-platinum recording artist Nicki Minaj as she hosts an unforgettable affair. The rapper, songwriter and television personality will throw a boisterous party as she leads the countdown to midnight and celebrates with partygoers at Las Vegas’ top mega-club.
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas NV 89101
The ultra-exclusive HYDE BELLAGIO is located on the water with unparalleled strip views and under the glow of the fireworks at midnight. Expect a night filled with celebrity surprises and performances. Open format and eclectic sounds provided by NYC’s own Mick Boogie. Open bar selection till 12 a.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. Also, the very handsome Common will be in the house with a live performance.
3. Fireworks on the Strip
No admission cost is required for this one. Just take up some space on the strip and you’re set. The sky over the Las Vegas Strip explodes in an extravagant show of sound and light with fireworks coordinated from the rooftops of the MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, the Flamingo, the Venetian, Treasure Island, Circus Circus and Stratosphere.
Vegas’ latest “it” club provides a packed house every night and more celebrity appearances than a Hollywood red carpet event. On NYE, DJ Vice will be providing hip-hop and rock mash ups for partygoers. J. Cole will also be hosting so it is sure to be a good time!
Moon is a nightclub that will make you feel like you are dancing in the stars. Located in Palms Casino Resort, the music in the club is a mix of hip-hop, mash-ups, and rock. Stylish nightlife attire is required. Wynter Gordon; DJ Jazzy Jeff and Wynter Gordon with Mikeattack and Exodus will be holding down the venue.
4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30346
RAAP Network Atlanta is hosting NYE in ATL, a four day-long event for young professionals in Atlanta, which ends with a celebration of the new year. The event includes a Meet and Greet on Friday, Vegas Night on Saturday, concert and after party on Sunday leading up to the bash to bring in 2013.
50 Upper Alabama St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
The 24th annual Peach Drop is a full day of family fun and an evening of top-notch entertainment! As 2013 nears, the main stage will light up with live performances and the 800 pound Peach will begin its descent just before the clock strikes midnight. Packed full of excitement, the Peach Drop is Atlanta’s favorite way of ringing in the New Year! Over 100,000 visitors are expected to ring in the New Year at Peach Drop 2013.
5851 Buffington Rd Atlanta, GA 30349
Experience a Legendary NYE Bash with sounds by DJ Nabs spinning the best in hip-hop, R&B, Top 40 and more. All guests in attendance will receive a complimentary champagne toast at midnight as well as light hors d’oeuvres and hookahs available. Complimentary car service will also be provided.
1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309
A very chill way to spend the evening. Chef Joe Truex is preparing a four-course meal with a champagne toast for a very affordable price. This is the perfect solution for those avoiding clubs and big crowds.
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339
Since its start in 2010, the All Star Comedy Jam has been touring around the country and making people laugh and chuckle. This year, the comedians on tour will be closing out the tour by performing in Atlanta. The lineup includes Gary Owen, Capone, Finesse Mitchell, and Tony Roberts. Bring in the New Year in Atlanta laughing till you can’t take it. This is going be a night to remember. These guys are the truth in comedy! DJ Spinderella will be providing music for the evening.
Whatever you choose to do this New Years Eve, Divas and Dorks wants you to be safe while bringing in the new year with fabulousity!
Happy Holidays and Have a Happy New Year!!
Now that you’ve survived the hustle and bustle of buying and sifting through presents, spending time with family, and devouring Christmas dinner, it’s time to make plans to ring in the New Year! There are many ways to celebrate, from being with family to hittin’ the Wobble alongside other party-goers to staying in and having a quiet toast at home. No matter your choice for the night, these apps will definitely boost your celebration.
Want to watch what happens live in Times Square without leaving home? Try Times Square Official New Year’s Eve Ball 2013 App (Free). No matter where you are, you can join the biggest U.S. celebration of New Year’s Eve with this app. Watch the show, countdown to the midnight ball drop, enter photos for possible selection to be shown on screen and learn about the history of the Times Square NYE Celebration.
Create memorable stories using Backspaces (Free). Similar to Storify, Backspaces is a mobile storytelling app that incorporates multiple photos, geo-tags, text and other captions into a short story that can be shared via web link on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere.
Curious about NYE festivities across the US or around the world in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Sao Paulo, Montreal, and Tokyo? Check out the New Year’s Live 2013 Earth Cam ($2.99). Using popular tourist cameras throughout the world, EarthCam live streams footage of crowds cheering and celebrating the coming of 2013. You can take virtual photos in costumes from around the world, and send party favors and special sound effects to help friends and family ring in the New Year.
Send a Happy New Year’s Eve eCard with Appygraph Greeting eCards (Free). Choose from hundreds of designs that can be customized by adding your own photo. Just like sending a text message, share your eCard through iMessage, Facebook, or as an image. Cards can be printed and mailed for $1.99 (US) & $2.99 (International).
Heading out for a night of partying and want to be safe? Try the Circle of 6 App (Free). Circle of 6 lets you program your top six friends or family that can come to your rescue in an instant. They can send you an “emergency” text to help you get out of a sketchy situation or you can send a drop-pin text with your exact location to be picked up. This app can also be used to keep track of friends when you’re out partying in a group and get lost. In urgent situations, Circle of 6 can dial a national rape or domestic violence hotline for you.
Another quick way to get home is Taxi Magic (Free). Use this online taxi booking service to find and pay for a taxi ride home. This app allows map view to help track the arrival of your ride and sends an eReceipt for your records.
Need answers about what the New Year will bring? Consult the New Year’s Oracle 2013 (Free). This app lets you virtually melt a piece of lead, originally shaped as symbols of luck, into a random shape. Use the accompanying list of meanings to help you interpret what you see. Share this app at parties, save the image in your photo stream, or share them on your favorite social networking sites.
Many believe that however you bring in NYE will be a reflection of what’s to come throughout the year. Start by avoiding the NYE hangover, then follow-up with a hearty meal that will ensure good health (rice), wealth (greens & cornbread), progress (ham), and good luck (black-eyed peas). If you happen to find love, online or in-person, be sure to check them out against these five red flags. Between the apps above and the tips linked in these articles, every Diva should have a fun, festive and happy New Year!
What creative way will you be bringing in the New Year?
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 karmaloop.com. 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 karmaloop.com 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 LULUS.com 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 –> (http://www.timeout.com/
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?
For many of those who work in corporate America, this time of year can be exceptionally festive. Business may be up or it might be down, but no doubt about it the office Holiday party is often the “happening” event of the season. It’s the time where showing your co-workers that you are more than just business suits and glasses. Check out a few different ways to “conquer” your office party in celebrity style.
This past week Fergie sparkled in a Monique Lhuillier red sequined dress at the Voli Lights Vodka “Cell Phones for Soldiers” Benefit Party. This look is perfect if you are going as the “attention” grabber for the nights.
If Fergie’s $3500 dress does not fit your budget, no worries you can still get the look-for-less with this Alice + Olivia dress for only $300.
If sequin is your thing, but you would like to tone it down a bit, sequin pants are always a great way to go for the party. They still provide the oomph, but at a less eye grabbing rate.
One of the trends you can also use for holiday party this season is the layering effects, glam up your plain white blouse with a sparkle sweater to achieve the layering look. You can also brighten the outfit with a punch of color with colorful booties.
If you’re the host ‘When in doubt’, always grab the trusty cocktail dress like Alicia Keys was seen rocking and off you go. Cocktail dresses are so versatile and allowed to be dress up in numerous ways with different earring, clutches, shoes, watches, necklaces, the options are endless.
Famed fashion designer, Rachel Roy will visit the Wendy Williams show tomorrow and will be sharing a few ideas on how to take your office look from day to holiday party night with these few tips…
TIP #1. Make sure to use your shoes and statement jewelry as stand out accessories. They’ll take any outfit from drab to fab within seconds.
TIP #2. Make your holiday cocktail dress, office appropriate with a few layers. You can opt for a thin turtleneck underneath a strapless dress or a quality cut blazer and extend the lift of your dress all year long!
TIP #3. Make your look pop with a high color jumpsuit! You can tone the look down in the office easily with a blazer and turn it up after hours with a body chain, pumps and more…
Now that you’ve got a few ideas you can use…How will you dress up to your holiday party?
The Cocktails & Couture Party this past Saturday was definitely the place to be. Filled with classic 90’s old school jams, tasty treats, and awesome drinks; making attendees feel like they were among family. Throughout the night bloggers from all walks of life enjoyed complimentary facials, makeovers, blowouts, and hair styling. A break from the hustle and bustle of other hectic Fashion Week events, guests comfortably mingled and warmly passed around smiles and compliments.
This bi-annual Cocktails & Couture was held on September 8th at Caravan Stylist Studio. Hosted by Cocktails & Couture founder and veteran beauty expert, Lianne Farbes of TheMakeupGirl.net, with special guest co-host Patrice Grell-Yursik of AfroBella.com, and presented by BlogHer.com, guests were treated to makeup applications and blowouts by Christo Fifth Ave, specialty cocktails by Hpnotiq, face and hand treatments by DDF, product demonstrations by new beauty site Pampadour.com, music by DJ Belle De Jour, raffle prizes by Hpnotiq, BlogHer, luxury european brands – Talika, Patyka and Lenor Greyl, there is no question that the social networking event was a success. People undoubtedly had a great time and left with new friends, a story to tell, and fantastic gift bag.
Patrick Neree / Neree Photos
It’s always a joy to receive nice surprises every now and then and recently Samsung was a bearer of great surprise as I found the gift of the Samsung BT S Pen.
It’s similar in size and shape to the company’s Galaxy S Pen Holder Kit, which serves as a sleeve for the standard-issue Note S Pen, but Bluetooth functionality, along with a microphone and tiny speaker, enable the lightweight plastic contraption to double as a wireless headset. (Hello? Can you hear me now?)
With three hours of talk time and 130 hours of standby, it weighs 21 grams, offers Bluetooth 3.0 compatibility and will work with Galaxy Note devices — you could use it as a headset with other bluetooth enabled gadgets such as the Samsung Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note 10.1 and the original Galaxy Note phablet too. No pricing is available yet, but as a cool TECHcessory, it’s a great tool to have on hand in case you need to transcribe notes while on a conference call.
Could you find yourself talking on the phone with the Samsung BT S Pen? Would you like to see it on store shelves soon?
Personalization. Productivity. Performance. Creativity
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is finally ready to take the stage here in the United States! Today’s launch event for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was a welcomed declaration of pomp & circumstance for the latest tech entry into the market. Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablet such a huge hit in the tech community and beyond after it launched last year, and Samsung is clearly hoping that the Note formula will propel this new tablet into the big leagues.
Even designers got into the tech mix as Zac Posen shared his experience with the tablet & how he plans to continue using the Galaxy Note 10.1 as a creative tool in design. As reported last week, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will offer features beyond what normal tablet users are used to today. From multi-tasking on touch screens to eLearning on another level, I got the chance to experience the Galaxy Note 10.1 live and in person today during the launch event and boy was it amazing!
From the user interface to changing my face into a caricature cartoon, the event had tons of Samsung experts on hand to highlight the device as well as a classroom setting and arcade for Galaxy Note fun!
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 You can edit photos, create detailed illustrations & increase your productivity like never before. With the multiscreen function, watch videos or read articles on one screen while taking notes on the other – all on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for maximum performance.
Check out a brief review of the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 and few photos from today’s Galaxy Note launch event below…
- 10.1-inch LCD display running at 1280 by 720
- Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s custom UI (Jelly Bean coming later this year)
- 1.4GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16 or 32GB of internal storage, accepts microSD cards as large as 64GB
- 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi only
- MSRP: $499 for the 16GB model, $549 for the 32GB model, available (NOW at Best Buy Union Square in New York ) and available nationwide on August 16
- Split screen multitasking
- The S pen is a cutting edge tech accessory & easy to use
- Strong spec sheet means great performance
- Photo quality is still lacking
- Maximizing usage of the S Pen & tablet interface will take a while if you’re not already a pro
Have you tried out the new Galaxy Note 10.1 yet? Stop by a Samsung or Best Buy store soon to try it out for yourself & see if it lives up as the next great tablet on the market.
Tis the season to look fabulous! With all of the upcoming family gatherings and holiday parties for Christmas and New Years, I’ve put together 3 of my favorite Holiday Party looks that are sure to make you the best dressed employee at the Holiday party, the most stylish cousin at the family get together and the sexiest woman bringing in the New Year.
When celebrating the holiday with family, I always want to look cute and comfortable so this year I will be wearing my favorite denim top from Avenue at $34.50.
Just like Plaid, denim shirts are back in style and I love the way mine fits (Not too small, not too big).
I will be pairing my denim shirt with my Vibrant Flame Minnie Pant from J Crew ($79.50). They are unbelievable comfortable. I can dress them up or down. I love them so much I bought them in Black, Navy and Khaki as well.
My shoe pick also comes from J Crew. Ill be wearing the Glitterati Ballet Flat ($158) that are comfy with a touch of sparkle!
Unfortunately I am not apart of Corporate America but I have tons of friends who are preparing for their office Holiday Party and if I am not mistaken, it takes place after work. That’s why I chose the Bubbled Career Navy dress with the camel bow skinny belt from Rackety Rack at $120. Its perfect to wear to work and head right over to the party after work hours. I love all of the beautiful drapes and folds. I would pair this dress with some Opaque tights with matching black pumps from Steve Madden at $99.95.
If you are planning to attend a formal Holiday party, here are two dresses that will definitely make you stand out in the room. My first choice is the Swing Dress from ASOS Curve ($136.35). Its soft, feminine and flows so beautifully. Another great option is the Samantha Sequin Party Dress by one of my favorite designers Monif C ($228). You can never go wrong with Sequin, it is a definite show stopper. I would pair this form fitting glamorous dress with a nude Louboutin Pump. What looks do you have your eyes set on for the upcoming Holiday parties?