Friday, April 30, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Life for the world's "I am Haitan, I am an artist" Art Exhibit.

What an idea! What an ingenuous form of expression: to have 100 orphan children deposit their emotions on canvas, painting pictures that could only be birthed from the pain and hope they felt January 12th on. The hardship they had just been through would give them a gift. But it took a team of visionaries (life for the world) to bring this gift stateside and offer us yet another opportunity to reach out and touch the Haitian people.
As I stood in the Rogue Space | Chelsea last night, surrounded by the art painted by those children I couldn't help but feel like I was in Haiti because in as sense I was: surrounded by it's children.
"We went down right after to bring food, clothes, personal doctors and rebuild the orphanage." Said Paulo Thomas one of Life for the world's members. "We took lots of pictures and planned to exhibit them to raise funds but when we got back to NY we had another idea". The idea was simple: give the children an opportunity to process the horrific event they had been through via paint and auction off their artwork to raise money.
And off they went. They purchased hundreds of canvases, paint, paint brushes and brought them to the children. All of this to rebuild their school which was also their home destroyed by the earthquake. Home built thanks to the love of one man, Life for the world's founder Michael Fedele. In photo: Michael with Maranatha orphans.
In his own words: "Life for the world is about healing the human spirit. Sometimes people ask me: why do you dance with the people in the village? I tell them it's because that's loves, that's human connection, it's lifting the spirit out of its misery. Leading the human spirit to friendship and love."
Come see this labor of love firsthand on Thursday, April 29th and Saturday, May 1st @ Rogue Space, 526W 26th St., NYC.
Love, Kelie
PS: The night's entertainment was inspirational and riveting. I invite you to discover: Gospel for teens' powerful message through song. :)
Photo credits: Life for the world. Click here to see more. Visit us tomorrow for a sneak peak at the art showcased at the show.

Fashion's Night Out to have Fashion show open to the public!

We had so much fun at Fashion's Night Out last year. The lager than life shopping party is making it's way back and rumor has it that it will outdo itself! Mark your calendars: the party starts September 10! And to mark the occasion not only will there be FNO shirts and hoodies and a one-hour CBS special documenting the event, but there will be a huge public fashion show, involving over 200 top models and 1,500 random ticket-holding guests. The event will take place a few days before FNO on September 7 at New York Fashion Week's new home, Lincoln Center. "As for the clothing, it’ll be a mash-up of pieces from different designers, handpicked by Vogue editors to educate the masses on the fall 2010 trends. How very democratic!" (Nymag)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Stories like this make me want to tweet!

I love everything technology. I push my Blackberry curve to the limit with the amount of apps I run on it. A few months ago, I purchased a Rebel SLR camera and now I made the transition from PC to Mac getting over my aversion for the hype that accompanies Apple products. I figured I'd give them a fair chance. Apple has come a long way from the days of the rainbow. But on this rainy day I am tempted to give in to another cyber trend: tweeting. To be perfectly clear I have yet to sign on to twitter but an article I read in New York's Metro News last Thursday, is making me rethink my position. The article titled "Hollywood 'tweets' to aid disease", showed me what most of you twitterers probably already know: twitter is an amazing tool if used the right way. At first I thought that letting people know what I was doing play by play was quite self indulgent and a little naive. What could one possibly be doing that might interest me at that very moment? I also saw twitter as a stalker's dream! Hey creepy guy/gal I'm over here!!! WUWT? Right? But reading about Colin Powell, billionaire Bill Gates and Queen Rania of Jordan using their fame to raise awareness for Malaria changed my mind by redefining my vantage point. Joining them in their Twitter campaign to stop Malaria Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Seacrest and other Hollywood stars started sending out tweets encouraging their followers to donate to buy bed nets which protect against the mosquitoes that spread malaria in Africa. What a concept? Raising awareness via tweet! FWAC loves this! Look out we just might get a Twitter account! Love, Kelie
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Friday, April 23, 2010

Just because we love T-shirts....

Cat-print cotton T-shirt by See by Chloe $145.00Toucan beaded jersey T-shirt by Issa, $350.00
Look at the beading detail. It is absolutely stunning. Wouldn't you say so. Now that is a chic tee.
Love, Kelie.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day turns 40 tomorrow!

To celebrate Louis Vuitton will donate 10% of all it's April 22nd USA online sales to GLOBAL GREEN USA!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Vogue Paris - May 2010 triple cover. Odd.

I find it a bit odd for a magazine like Vogue Paris to feature celebrities like they did for their upcoming May issue. Carine Roitfeld usually favors models to grace her covers and when she does choose to use a celebrity she usually presents them under a very fashion forward light. In this case although the pictures look great, this cover is not fashion forward in its traditional sense. It actually looks more like a GAP ad. Odd. However the choice of celebrities along with the message behind the cover are totally out of the box and could be considered forward for a high fashion magazine. Love, Kelie. On covers: Penelope Cruz, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts and Bono.
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Thursday, April 15, 2010

En images...

Hope you had a chance to visit Zac's pop up shop! If not here is a sneak peak. Remember you have until 11pm tonight! Love, Kelie. Photo credits: Me and my Rebel!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It is crunch time...Zac Posen for Target pop up shop!

Only 24hrs stand between us and the colorful dresses, tuxedo jackets and swimwear that will be at Target's pop up shop tomorrow! I can hardly wait to get my hands on all these goodies! I hope to see you later at 481 Eight Ave., at 34th St. Remember the time: shop pops up at 11p.m. on April 15th and closes at 11p.m. on April 16th. These will be the longest 24hrs ever! Love, Kelie.

Michelle in Mexico in images

Michelle visits Haiti sans Barack

Michelle Obama is a woman after my own heart. She went to Haiti on her first official trip abroad sans Barrack. Michelle reminds us that the tragedy is ongoing: "it's powerful" she said, "the devastation is definitely powerful". It is heartbreaking to know that three months after the disaster hundreds of thousands of Haitians remain homeless. When I heard from one of my neighbors that Michelle and Jill, Joe Biden's wife, were in Haiti and rushed to the elevator, through my front door, dropped my purse on the floor, launched Firefox on my laptop and found this Associated Press article:
Michelle Obama visits quake-ravaged Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — First lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit Tuesday to the ruins of the Haitian capital, a high-profile reminder that hundreds of thousands of people remain in desperate straits three months after the devastating earthquake.

The first lady and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, took a helicopter tour of Port-au-Prince, where hundreds of thousands of people are still homeless because of the quake, before landing at the destroyed national palace to meet President Rene Preval. They later met with students whose lives have been upended by the disaster and walked along a vast, squalid encampment of families living under bed sheets and tents.

"It's powerful," Obama told reporters. "The devastation is definitely powerful."

A number of past and present world leaders have visited since the earthquake, including former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. But few have the star power here of the American first lady, whose husband is widely popular in Haiti and throughout the Caribbean.

The U.S. government historically has had a troubled relationship with Haiti, occupying the country for nearly two decades early in the 20th century and later backing brutal dictators, but many Haitians are grateful for the aid and security that the U.S. has provided since the earthquake.

The U.S. has provided nearly $1 billion in humanitarian aid and pledged more than $1 billion in additional aid to the impoverished country.

Obama and Biden's visit is intended to underscore U.S. commitment to the Haitian reconstruction effort and to thank American officials who have worked in the country for the past three months, the administration said in a statement.

Obama smiled and waved her way through the wrecked center of Haiti's capital.

After greeting Preval with a kiss at the crushed national palace, she set off with Biden and Haiti's first lady, Elisabeth Debrosse Preval to a post-quake child care center where 450 boys and girls are participating in art therapy classes in converted city buses donated from Santo Domingo.

Obama jumped, danced and clapped with the singing children. Then the delegation entered one of the green buses for a painting session. Biden made a blue house, Preval a green and yellow sun. Obama painted a purple fish in the ocean.

"It was a request, the kids asked me to," she said. The children's paintings were harder to read, a mix of letters and symbols. Asked what they represented, Obama said "their lives."

People were eager for a glimpse of the first ladies at the huge Champ de Mars camp — and hopeful that they would be seen as well.

"Make sure you get a good look at us!" a man living in the camp yelled at a passing press bus.

Associated Press writer Ezequiel Abiu Lopez contributed to this report.

Love, Kelie.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Please watch this slideshow!

Click on title. Love, Kelie.

Don't forget....

Countdown to Posen dance-off: 3 days!!!

Recessionista files: Sample Sales

Most New Yorkers would agree that yesterday's weather was magical. There is something about being outdoors on a warm, sunny day that just puts you in a good mood. Another side effect of the sudden change in weather is the urge to go shopping. Keep in mind that the recession is not yet over so let's all be shopportunistic. Here are a few sample sales to get you started.
Menswear, womenswear, shoes, and handbags are 70 to 80 percent off at the Elie Tahari sample sale. The black jersey jeweled halter dress is $129 (originally $698), the long chocolate-brown leather jacket is $279 (originally $1,198), and the metallic leather sandals with beaded detailing are $99 (originally $498). Through 4/17. 510 Fifth Ave., nr. 43rd St. (212-398-2622); T–F (8:30–7:30), S (10–5). ----
Find deep discounts at the Julie Haus sample sale. Tops are $20 to $95, pants are $25 to $105, dresses are $45 to $250, and jackets are $50 to $300. Through 4/16. 39 W. 38th St., nr. Sixth Ave., sixth fl.; T–F (10–8).

Friday, April 9, 2010

Michelle O's latest looks

Ah! Springtime! What a delightful time for us women. The dresses, blouses, shorts, skirts, peep toes, flats in all the yummy colors of the rainbow we get to wear are only the beginning. Springtime gives us a new life perspective; we put on our pink glasses and all of a sudden things aren't as bad as we thought. Michelle's latest spring looks remind us that the best is yet to come! Image by AP Photo
Image by Jim Young / Reuters, cardigan by L'Wren Scott, blouse by Talbots.

Just a thought...

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in other; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

- Audrey Hepburn