Fashion Island’s Sizzling Night

The Great Hall at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center served as a beautiful backdrop for this lavish affair. Fashion Island celebrated  its first  ever runway show with a bash and a cool crowd of over 200 attendees. People everywhere were mingling and praising the extravagant designs from the “Sketch Your Style” competition while sipping on champagne and savoring appetizers at the cocktail reception.

Alexandra Porto, director of membership and outreach for the SIEDC, did an amazing job organizing and planning this event and making every last little detail a bit special. Looking around the room the atmosphere was that of an elegant fashion party with stimulating energy and amazing talent.  Aside from the one-of-a-kind designs, there were many items donated to the auction by such glamorous designers as Roberto Cavalli and Oscar de la Renta.

As the lights dimmed, statement-making styles inspired by Staten Island’s landmarks along with other fall- inspired looks, hit the runway. It was very exciting to watch these fashions come to live. The crowd was cheering and gushing over every piece. Drawing from the diverse range of inspirations, the designers put together a tremendous show that any Staten Islander would be proud of. It was a beautiful event and I left feeling honored to have been a part of it.

 

Designer and an FIT student, Tara Ricci, won the first prize for her children’s wear design inspired by the Staten Island Ferry.

Rosemarie Paone, a truly inspiring spirit at just 16 years old, took home a second-place for her Staten Island Zoo inspired gown.

                                                                      Walk, Walk   Fashion Baby!

A fabulous third-place winner, Monique Anderson, paid tribute to St. George Theater with her show-stopping gown worn by Sheena Colette.

Below are the highlights from Fashion Island shot by Dmitriy M.

 

Visit the Greenmarket, it’ll become your favorite weekend activity

Over the weekend I visited the weekly outdoor market, and what a great selection of fresh, local produce they had.  The vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables, the smell of freshly baked goods in the air, and friendly vendors made the experience even more charming.  As I wandered through the market I was instantly inspired by all the fresh ingredients, after all, delicious dishes begin with great ingredients. Some things may get a bit pricey but remember you are paying for the quality. I would definitely recommend visiting the farmers’ market at one of the two locations: Staten island Mall and St. George.

My tips: Get to the market early for best selection, bring cash, and stick to what’s in season. Go for basil this time of year, it is lemony and fresh.

My favorites: Local fresh herb focaccia at Bread Alone and Stawberry Apple Juice from Red Jacket Orchards.

 

Teavana – Heaven of tea, now in Staten Island Mall

 

Teavana, part Tea Bar, part Tea Emporium, opened it’s doors to the public inside the Staten Island Mall. I stopped by for a visit and was more than pleased with the variety and the decor of this new gem. The delicious aroma of the store creates a perfect atmosphere for tasting the rich and flavorful tea that grabs your attention from the first sip. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, they will even teach you how to brew a proper cup of tea while explaining the beneficial qualities of a certain type. It is no wonder that British consider teatime as a fashionable social ritual and a part of a healthy lifestyle. I only wish tea rooms were more popular here, where you could meet for a nice afternoon tea with the girlfriends.

After tasting and smelling just about every tea in the store, I’ve settled on the Jasmine Dragon Pearls green tea, it is – divine. If you are shopping at the mall, I strongly suggest making a stop at Teavana, I’m sure you won’t leave empty-handed. It also makes for a great gift.

For all of you tech savvy tea drinkers, Teavana created a free app for iphones and ipads, it’s pretty neat. Here’s the link :  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/teavana-perfect-tea-touch/id346612502?mt=8