Shop Barneys Holiday Package

This holiday season, New York’s most chic, discreet and beautifully designed hotel, The Mark, invites you to celebrate in luxurious style with the cities most iconic department store Barneys. From December 12th 2011 through January 15th 2012, when booking of the The Mark’s sumptuous suites for two or more nights, guests are invited to Shop Barneys. Let Barneys help you find the perfect cocktail dress for your New Years Eve celebrations, set the kids loose in the toy department, or work away those January blues in the stores famous shoe collections.

The ultimate shopping experience entitles you to a private consultation with one of Barney’s expert personal shoppers, either at the store or from the comfort of your suite, where highlights from the latest collections can be brought to you for a private viewing. You will also receive a $300 gift card together with a specially selected welcome gift from Barneys when checking in. After a busy day of retail therapy, guests are invited to relax in The Mark Bar with a cocktail.

The Mark Hotel and Barneys...Perfect!

As Sarah Jessica Parker once told Vanity Fair, “If you’re a nice person and you work hard, you get to go shopping at Barneys. It’s the decadent reward.”

So what are you waiting for…Happy Shopping!

Wine Wednesday: Celebrate Fashion Month at the Empire Hotel NYC

I can’t believe that it’s almost September – where did the summer go?? That also means that the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shows are right around the corner too.  That’s eight days of some of the latest, greatest and in some cases most daring fashions, will make their appearance to hundreds of editors from around the world.  Honestly there’s nothing like it and for some, the fashions outside (and fashionistas wearing them) are just as interesting as what’s seen inside the tents.  All that withstanding, even the most dedicated writer needs to take a break after hours and hours of seeing shows and writing.

This year it’s really special because Lincoln Center will celebrate its 1st anniversary of Fashion week in it’s new home.  Just across the street at the Empire Hotel, you’ll always find some celebrity, editor and photographer or just a fashion-lover taking a break to catch up with friends they haven’t seen since last season. Beginning September 1, The Empire Hotel adds new tasty recipes to their Fashion Week cocktail menu to help everyone celebrate. Partnering with Moises de la Renta (yes, son of Oscar) the hotels “Fashion Week Ambassadors,” will be wearing a custom designed dress just for this occasion.

Happy and fashionable wine Wednesday. The Empire Hotel will offer these specialty cocktails through the entire month of September so you’ll have 30 days to indulge your inner Fashionista!

Avant-Garde Tini

Avant-Garde Tini


  • 2 oz. Don Q Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • .75 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .75 oz. Turbinado Syrup
  • Marachino Cherry and Lemon Peel Garnish
Couture on the Catwalk

Couture on the Catwalk

Couture on the Catwalk

  • 1.5 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • .75 oz. LimeJuice
  • .5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • .75 oz. Crème de Mure
  • Topped with Prosecco
  • Garnish with 6-8 Blueberries

    Moises' Fashion Fix

    Moises' Fashion Fix

Moises’ Fashion Fix

  • 2 oz. Bacrdi Superior Rum
  • 1 oz. Lime Juice
  • .5 oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • .25 oz. Marachino Liqueur
  • .25 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Garnish with Sugar Cane Stick

    Make It Work

    Make It Work

Make It Work

  • 1 oz. Corzo Blanco Tequila
  • .5 oz. Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • .5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. Agave Syrup
  • 1 oz. White Wine
  • Garnish with Lime Wheel and Crystallized Ginger

    Lincoln Center Luster

    Lincoln Center Luster

Lincoln Center Luster

  • 1 oz. Remy Martin Cognac
  • .5 oz. Sugar
  • .5 oz. Lemon
  • 2.5 oz. Champagne
  • Lemon Peel Garnish

    Thanks It's Vintage

    Thanks It's Vintage

Thanks, It’s Vintage

  • 2 oz. Templeton Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • .25 oz. Pomegranate Molasses
  • 2 Dashes Cherry Bitters
  • Bourbon Soaked Apple Slices

Don’t Feed The Models

  • 2 oz. Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka
  • .75 oz. Fresh Lime
  • .75 oz. Simple Syrup
  • .5 oz. Cucumber Juice
  • Fresh Mint

    Front Row Fashionista

    Front Row Fashionista

Front Row Fashionista

  • 2 oz. Cabana Cachaca
  • 1 oz. Passion Fruit Puree
  • 1 oz. Velvet Falernum

As I always say, yes have fun but please remember to drink responsibly!

SATC2: Men lookin’ good inspire grooms worldwide

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Dior and Ralph Lauren styled the tuxes in SATC2

Grooms let me tell you something and you’ve probably heard it at least once before. “This is your wedding too.” So what does that mean? Your guests may oooh-ahh over your bride, but they are also checking out what you’re wearing. Trust me. Since you are also on center stage, why not do everything you can to look just as good?

Begin with making sure that your skin looks great (remember photoshop can only do so much!). Here are a few suggestions for you.

MiN New York Apothecary & Atelier has a real cool vibe. You’ll never feel rushed or pressured to purchase anything. Go, take a look around and feel free to ask Chad any question you have. My other new favorite for men is, Dermalogica located in Soho. They have a very simple skincare approach system that you’ll have no trouble following. Of course if you just want to check out a website that has volumes of information, turn to Craig the Barber. He is a professional barber and men’s grooming expert who can answer questions from ‘what to do about your sensitive skin’ to ‘why ‘green-tea’ actually helps your skin’ too.

Gone are the days of ‘one tux fits all’. It’s all about your personal style. If your wedding is on the beach, I don’t expect you to be in a tux (unless you want to – there are no rules!!). The men in the Sex and the City 2 movie captured the look of a well-dressed man at a wedding and you and your groomsmen can too. Need some help, these are the men behind the clothes:
Stanford wore Christian Dior homme and Carrie wore a slim-legged Christian Dior tux as Best-woman.
John Preston (AKA: Big) looked wonderful in Ralph Lauren
Anthony knew that it was time to turn in his ‘wedding planner attire’ for the cool and clean look of Dolce&Gabbana
All of these shops are located in nationwide, ready to help you find your best look.

I know you may think that all eyes are on her, and it’s not a big deal, but trust me – it is. Sadly, this may be the only time your bride sees you looking this amazing. I say, start a new trend – men wanting to look good for the women they love. You should invest in a great suit as the trend grows to ‘renew vows’…this way, you don’t have to keep renting.

The bottom line is, let this be the first of many times you take your brides breath away. This will be an investment well worth it.

SATC2: Morocco is a wonderful destination for your honeymoon – SPOILER ALERTincl.

SATAC2 Sarah Jessica Parker
Walking across the sands of time….

I’m lucky. I have one of the best jobs on the planet. I love my PR business and clients (like Samantha), I enjoy living in Brooklyn (like Miranda) and a hopeless romantic (like Charlotte) and love a good pair of shoes (like Carrie….ok, I have tons of shoes, sans the closet). The anticipation of Sex and the City 2 is at a fever pitch and last night, the NYC premiere was INSANE!!

Today I hope to provide you with helpful information that will have you saying, “I want to go to the Kasbah for my honeymoon.” Tomorrow, let’s talk stationery and the finer details of a certain wedding….YOURS and how you can incorporate some of the SATC2 details in your wedding and reception. Friday a look from the male perspective: nothing like a well dressed man.

Ok so a warning…there are some SPOILERS here. I didn’t want this to just be about SATC so please consider having your honeymoon in Morocco. It’s a beautiful, friendly, safe and now ‘sexy’ city

1 – While they say they are in Abu Dhabi, the movie is actually filmed in Morocco. The team of SATC2 hoped to film in Dubai rather than Abu Dhabi, but were refused permission after the script was submitted for review.

2 – The beautiful sand dunes (Ait Benhaddou Ouarzazate ) where the girls ride camels and have lunch and cocktails are the same where “Lawrence of Arabia” was filmed. Getting into Morocco yes, fly Emirates airline as the service is wonderful. You may not want to sleep in the middle of a desert so you should check out the Mamounia Hotel or Riad 72. Honestly my ultimate favorite location is Kasbah Tamadot as it offers everything you can think of and then some. This is a Sir Richard Branson (yes of Virgin fame) property and the service will have you begging to stay forever.

3 – SATC stylist Patricia Field worked her wardrobe magic again, flawlessly mixing high and low-end pieces for stylishly innovative looks. She is a wonderfully talented woman (and really nice too!!). Are you looking for the Moroccan-type tunic you can get inexpensive ones Zara (corner of 42nd Street/5th Ave), H&M or more elaborate designs at Tory Burch. Finally, if you are wondering if the ‘shoes’ (actually they are leather pointy-toed slippers known as ‘babouches’) are actually $20 as “Carrie” says in the movie…well, mine were $8. Yes, I bought many!

4 – Did you wonder what the scene of Columbus Circle? Did you think, “Oh this is a great opening scene of NYC” well, it is, but did you know the Columbus Circle fountain is where Carrie and Aidan broke up? SPOILER ALERT: Is this a indication of what’s to come? You know the entire “full-circle” theory.

5 – The beautiful men at the pool are actually the Australian Rugby team. They were actually staying at the same hotel while the movie was filming and you can bet, they weren’t expecting this cameo moment.

6 – SPOILER ALERT: There are several keys throughout the movie proving everything isn’t “as black or white as it seems”. In other words…be careful what you wish for.

7 – MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: The theme of the wedding is ‘Old Hollywood’ glam; that means lots of sparkle. From the chandelier, floral arrangements, trees, the footbridge, champagne, the cake, top-hat and ‘tails’ to perhaps….another putting ‘a ring on it’. To cap of the GLAM, Liza Minnelli officiates Stanford’s wedding to Anthony before busting into Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It). Look for the ever stylish Tim Gunn to make an appearance.

That’s it for now. See you tomorrow when we talk wedding details.

SATC2 2010 SPOILER: Scenes from the movie to tease

Are you a Sex and the City fan? Did you hear about a certain wedding (or possibly two??) If so and you’re going to the movie this week, you may not want to look at this article. These clips of some of the scenes from the Sex and the City 2 movie are coming to you via

Enjoy these clips today and let me know what’s your favorite SATC episode. I can say right now, I’m pretty torn between the wedding in SATC1 and SATC2 (oh…just wait until you see it). Actually, I hope you use this as an opportunity to spend time with the women in your bridal party. Remember “Men, babies whatever. Your girlfriends are forever.” Tomorrow there will be more spoilers that I know you’re going to want to hear (hint, hint), along with information on designers who can help you create your own magical wedding (or at least really cool weekend with your girls). Friday is dedicated to the men in our lives. Grooms and their groomsmen want to look ‘sexy’ too.

Sex and the City 2 movie begins May 27.

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