BrazilFoundation online auction - Bid on top artwork for peanuts – and for charity!

BrazilFoundation’s tenth annual gala happened a week ago creating a well-deserved buzz in the media. 500 attendees, including Valentino, this year’s chair Andre Dellal and the creator of Rio The Movie, Carlos Saldanha, were the most recognizable amongst dozens of Brazilian import beauties, including Victoria’s Secret angels Alessandra Ambrosio, Ana Beatriz Barros and Jeísa Chiminazzo. The glitz at the New York Public Library that night was undeniable, but the true shining star of the event was the founder Leona Forman, for having started such important work which brought true positive changes in it’s 10 years of existence. More then 300 projects have received the support of the foundation in underdeveloped regions and needy areas in vast Brazil.

All funds raised by this New York based non-profit go towards social projects in Brazil, reshaping the country’s daunting social reality.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to be present at this magical evening, you still have a chance to help, and by doing so, acquire beautiful art by some acclaimed artists, for a way lower price than what these pieces are worth at galleries. And of course, as this is a charity, your bid is tax deductible.

Bid now, auction ends MIDNIGHT TOMORROW! Run Cinderella Hood... and spread the good word.

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The Hudson Hotel: still going strong after all these years

Bookmark and  ShareBookmark and Share With so many offerings of places to go, it is rare that anybody would repeat visiting the same venue within the same week. I did. Twice in a row was I enjoying the evening end of summer breeze at the “Private Park” of the Hudson hotel. This is not a hot spot nor a cool location (midtown west) however, this 10 year old hotel is consistently attractive, and welcoming. I had not been in many years, but ended up there Monday night for the after party of the movie premier “I don’t know how she does it” with Sarah Jessica Parker (fun flick worth seeing). And then again I went back last night, when I needed a last minute reservation for seven people –kind of a challenge on a Thursday evening. I wanted something were we could meet for a drink and then have dinner, without a crazy wait or hassle. And the Hudson was perfect for it. You can have drinks at the charming library, or outside at the beautifully planted terrace. When hunger strikes, the restaurant is right there, with its delicious “self-service” gourmet food. The tuna tartar also worth a repetition.

The Hudson

356 West 58th Street (corner of 9th Avenue)

Fashion’s Night out: Celebrate Brazilian Style on Sept 8th

NY’s third installment of Fashion’s Night Out is around the corner and bigger than ever. I was wondering what best advice to give you, besides just telling you to get your butt out the door of course, and mingle with creative types and fashionistas while sipping bad wine and enjoying a disco vibe of loud music taking over your favorite store. But now I know where I can safely suggest you will have a good time. I’ve already raved about Assouline at the Plaza, and what a perfect bookstore it is to buy or just browse. On the 8th, the publisher is having a sort of book launch party a la brasileira: samba dancers clad in colorful carnival tiny feathery things and free flowing cachaca, the national drink. Brazilian iconic designers Alexandre Herchovitch and Carlos Miele will be present as well as Armand Limnander, the curator for Assouline’s new coffee table book: Brazilian Style.

You might even want to get an autographed copy of the book. Here's an insider exclusive look:

Any gathering that offers caipirinha can’t go wrong, trust me, I know. And the invitation is clear : Vamos dançar!– let’s dance!

September 8

7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Assouline at The Plaza
 Lobby Mezzanine

59th Street and Fifth Avenue


For full event listings and an iphone app for live updates go to Fashion's Night Out official website

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Cipriani Wall Street: a classy respite from the markets’ folly

Bankers know where to go for a deliciously decadent italian lunch. They head to the subtle entrance of Cipriani Club 55. If you’re in a hurry, or gazing at the skyscrapers above, you will pass it. Step away (and up a flight of stairs) from the grimy grey streets of the financial district into this luxurious oasis that feels a bit like a pleasurable discovery. The dark woods, tasteful art and elegant setting all around whisks you away from the madness that goes down a few steps away in the NY Stock Exchange hall. Next time you are strolling or zooming by Wall Street, remember you can have a retreat of it all accompanied by a delicious meal and extensive wine list. If weather permits, go for the terrace. A three-course lunch trades for $25.00. Good value on the street.

PS: word of advice: Cipriani Wall Street is not Cipriani Downtwon, which is on West Broadway by Grand Street. When making plans with friends, make sure you are talking about the same one. Yes, it has happened to me… total annoying miscommunication. Nothing a bellini an hour later couldn’t iron out.

55 Wall Street (betw. William and Hanover Streets)

212 699 4069

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