Join Ella Blu tomorrow for a fun night of shopping, cocktails and appetizers! 20% of all buys will proceed the Alzheimer's Association! (Great news if you still haven't filed your taxes) And of course, because more is MORE, bring a friend!
Girl's Night Out Shopping Party
Thursday, April 1st, 5-8 PM
5410 N. Mesa
FIGHTING HUNGER THROUGH FASHION: Jewels of the Desert 2010 Woman's Club Civic Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show
Photograph: Marcos Gurrola
On Saturday, March 27, 2010,The Woman’s Club of El Paso will host its annual fundraiser and fashion show. The Jewels of the Desert 2010 Civic Benefit Luncheon and Fashion Show will take place at the El Paso Country Club at 11am. This fashion extravaganza will treat guests to a dazzling runway fashion show featuring the hottest new styles of the season. Local designers from the Fashion technology Department at the El Paso Community College will showcase their creations and for the first time in El Paso International designer Guillermo Jop will be presenting his GUiSHEM of New York and Guatemala collection. The designs will be presented by Bazaar Models (www.bazaarmodels.com).
The Woman’s Club of El Paso was founded in 1894 and has an impressive history of community support and involvement. They are a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been holding Civic Benefits and fundraising events for over 26 years. The money raised at these events is donated yearly to charitable organizations in the El Paso community. This year they have chosen the Highland Presbyterian Northeast Food Cupboard and Bob Kelly Trinity Methodist Food Pantry to be the recipients of the 2010 benefit. Both of these non-profit organizations are local and most deserving. The need for food has increased dramatically in the past year in El Paso.
Photograph: Marcos Gurrola
Reservations can be made through the Woman’s Club of El Paso at 532-6131. Doors open for the event at 11 am. The Silent Auction will be from 11 – 1pm. Monies are raised at the Benefit through ticket sales, a raffle, a silent auction, and underwritten through community support. Southwest Airlines has generously given two round trip tickets, Hyatt Tamaya Resort donated a two-night stay at their lovely resort, and the Inn of the Mountain Gods gave two rounds of golf on their beautiful course. Last years successful event had an attendance of 400 and was able to contribute $20,000 to the Baptist Free Clinic in South El Paso.
Photograph: Marcos Gurrola
Contact: Niecie Klingstedt
First Vice President
Contact: Carlos Mendoza
I hope you all had a fanstastic weekend and are feeling refreshed and ready for a great week. I had an exceptionally fun second weekend in NYC meeting new friends, old ones and seeing my beautiful sister, who's in town for the weekend.
Last night, I met my sister, Kiki, and her friend, Kivas, at Earth Matters
, a delicious health food cafe in the East Village. After dinner, we wandered across the street to well-known pool bar, Max Fish
. To my surprise (and delight!), Kivas is great friends with former Scissor Sister drummer, Patrick Seacor
, whose music studio is underneath the bar. Well, long story short, we were invited to an impromtu jam session of sorts, where I had the honor of attempting to play the hand drum to Patrick, Kivas and Kiki's badass (real) drumming and listen to some great music.
I only had my iPhone on me, but here are a few photos I was able to take. Such a fun, surreal night.
Kiki and Kivas on the hand drums
Beautiful, unique interior of the studio
Back wall of the studio plastered with old music articles, flyers and collectibles
"Paddy Boom" on the drums
Kivas keeping up
Porgy & Bess at the Opera was fantastic! I attended with Farzad and my friend, Jaco. Farzad's brother, Farrokh works sound at the Abraham Chavez Theater so he gave us a little tour behind stage before it started. Although I enjoyed the beautiful singing, my favorite part was the opening orchestra number.
I shot a quick pic backstage as the orchestra warmed up
As we left, Farzad joked, "I got more culture than Activia," and I just had to share!
Got my hair 'did' and here it is. My hair dresser, Mercedes, went a little golden and subtle with the highlights a la SJP (as seen in one of my recent posts)...notice how they start a couple of inches below my hair line. I love the boho feel. What do you guys think?
Buy a ticket to El Paso Opera's "Porgy & Bess" gala benefit concert this weekend and help the El Paso Opera get out of debt! Opera is expensive and after 16 years of bringing opera to El Paso, there is a hefty debt on the opera books. Do your part and help spread the word about this weekend's concert. For information on "Porgy & Bess" and to buy your tickets, visit us online at www.epopera.org.
Porgy & Bess is a true American classic, Porgy and Bess encompasses the essence of Americana combining the spiritual with blues and the jazz of New Orleans. Included are such hits as “Summertime”, “My Man’s Gone Now” and “Bess, You is My Woman Now”. This is coupled with El Paso’s own Maestro Raymond Harvey performing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.
Friday, March 12, 2010 at 7:00pm
Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 10:00pm
Abraham Chavez Theater
Our friend Lisa D, who works closely with the EP Opera recently posed the question, "What does one wear to the opera? or a black tie event if you can't afford a tux?" We thought it was a GREAT question! People often refrain from attending such events because of the intimidating thought of looking under-dressed and not being to afford Hugo Boss or Armani. And sure, we all love big brand names and status but remember, YOU make the clothes...the clothes don't make you.
We've compiled a list of wonderful items for men and women (all under $50) to help doll you up for the opera or that next fancy fete.
Tune in to 1150 AM today at 1p.m. (mountain standard time) or stream online at TalkRadio1150.com to hear us chat with our good friend, Lisa D about dressing up on a budget!
Dress Shoes, Kohl's
For the less-formal events, add a V neck to your suit for a sexy, casual look.
V Neck, Kohl's
Add a bow tie to a blazer and dark slacks (or denim) for a preppy look.
We think this is so adorable, reminds us of our stylish friend, Farzad of TMFB
Bow Tie, Topman
Add some texture to your look by pairing a velvet blazer with some dark slacks.
We suggest pairing it up with a charcoal v neck or a black dress shirt.
Velvet Blazer, Forever 21
Add a skinny tie for a modern-day Don Draper
(We promise there isn't a woman who doesn't love him).
Pair up your skinny tie with a fitted, gray suit.
You can also pair up your skinny tie with a
v neck sweater, blazer, dark denim, and some nice dress shoes.
Skinny Tie, Forever 21
You can never go wrong with a simple black dress, it's a great canvas on which to accessorize based on your personal style.
Pearls lend a hint of elegance to any look, while a necklace several strands, like this one, keep an outfit from looking outdated or too conservative.
Accessorize based on your own taste. Go modern and edgy with a statement cuff in a cool texture, or a bit more whimsical with gold bangles and loose locks.
Make sure you balance your jewelry. Pair daintier earrings with a chunkier necklace or bold ring, or chandelier earrings with a bare neck and wristfull of bangles.
Have fun with your handbag. Go for a neutral color in a fun texture (this one has a subtle sparkle).
There are plenty of inexpensive options when it comes to the shoes. Payless often partners up with upscale designers and affordable, fashionable footwear.
-C & J.
Just a quick pic I snapped yesterday. I've always loved the flower vendors here--what a great, inexpensive way to brighten someone's day (or apartment!)
I've got a big interview I'm studying for this afternoon, but I'll have more up later. Have a great Wednesday, everyone!
A BOOK for your book. How adorable are these laptop cases?
Find 'em here.
Big news, readers:
I am officially a New Yorker.
I moved up last week with a two suitcases in tow and a few great girlfriends to call on. Since then, I've been busy getting my room (and life) in order and coordinating job interviews, sending out resumes, etc. Of course, I've been taking in the city, too, and am really feeling so lucky and at peace.
I'll have more updates this afternoon, but I'll leave you now with a photo I took from my iPhone: NYC from the watertaxi I took to Ikea in Brooklyn.