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September 10, 2014 / Tamara

nailah invite


NEW YORK CITY— Brooklyn-based fashion brand, Amirah Creations, announced recently that her Spring/Summer 2014 collection will debut during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York later this month. Featuring the modest yet edgily sophisticated designs of ingénue, Nailah Lymus, the highly anticipated presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Alchemical Theatre, located at 104 W 14th Street in the city’s trendy West Village.

Known for creating modest yet fashion forward apparel, Amirah Creations is an established brand who has successfully shown collections around the United States and most recently in Indonesia. The brand targets women who seek quality fabrications, great fit, en trend styling all the while conforming to a more modest style of dress. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection, entitled Equanimity, is inspired by a woman who leads a stress free, fashionable life. She cares about her presentation, making a statement with her style yet refused to make things complicated and uncomfortable. She will not be identified as a follower but rather defined by her individuality. The collection is for women in all stages of life…mother, wife, career woman, socialite and of course…fashionista.

This season, Nailah Lymus will be co-presenting her collection with Australian-based designer Amalina Aman. Showcasing her self-titled line, Amalina is well known throughout Asia and Australia for creating beautiful, feminine and modest yet chic clothing. Drawing inspiration from cultural (Malay/Cocos/Australian) and familial ties, Aman will debut her collection entitled Enchanting Romance. This particular collection was inspired by history, nature and art. Amalina find the motivation for her fashion from everything around—from works of art in a museum to the beaches of her native Keeling Island to her mother and grandmother who serve as her muses.  Amalina Aman is for today’s woman.

Nailah Lymus, who in addition to being a designer is the founder of modest modeling agency, Underwraps Agency ( is casting and producing this season’s presentation. Both designers have teamed with the famed Japanese creative services agency, Augment (, who will be creating hair and make-up magic for the showcase.

Amirah Creations and Amalina Aman will be available for view by invitation only at 12:30pm. The public is invited to view the collection and shop the Fall 2014 collections at 4pm.

For information about the designers, email or to RSVP, please contact


September 2, 2014 / Tamara


PNO returns with Ashley Stewart, IDEEL, Sydney’s Closet And Bicoastal Models as exclusive sponsors


NEW YORK, NY—September 2nd, 2014Plus Night Out (, the Virginia based plus size focused fashion event announced its return to the famed Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Founded by Jovanna Reyes, Plus Night Out (PNO) will take place on Saturday September 6th, 2014 at W83 Loft, located at 150 W 83rd Street on the city’s tony Upper West Side.

In its fourth year as Plus Night Out has been producing events nationwide which have provided a platform for independent designers and plus-centric retailers to showcase new collections in a chic, upscale environment.  This season, plus fashion retailer, Ashley Stewart ( returns as the title sponsor of PNO as well as the exclusive host of the official Plus Night Out model search. New sponsors this year include IDEEL (, the online flash sale retailer who recently launched a plus size fashion shop on their site; and Sydney’s Closet (, the evening wear and bridal fashion destination devoted to the full figured woman.

Bicoastal Model Management (, debuts this year as a sponsor for the Plus Night Out model search sponsor.  The PNO Model Search winner will receive a modeling contract with the modeling agency, campaigns with Ashley Stewart and IDEEL as well as covers/editorial placement in leading plus focused publications.

Designers and brands showcasing this season include: Ashley Stewart, Authentic by John Ashford, Qristyl Frazier Designs, Jill Alexander Designs, Pink Sorbie, Jon Marc, F3 (Full Figured Fashionista) and more. IDEEL will be sponsoring the footwear and accessories featured on the Plus Night Out runway.

There will be a private, pre-show cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for media, bloggers and VIP ticket holders, sponsored by IDEEL.

For more on the event and for ticket information for Plus Night Out 2014 please visit the website

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Founded by Jovanna Reyes, Plus Night Out (PNO) is one of the premier plus-centric fashion events in the United States. Originally created to cater to the full figured fashion-forward woman during the Fashion Night Out series of events that took place worldwide to kick off the September fashion season, PNO provides a platform for independent designers and plus-centric retailers to showcase new collections in a chic, upscale environment. The event has come to serve as a medium to connect brands, bloggers and traditional media with the much-varied plus size woman/consumer. For more information about Plus Night Out, visit



When the brand launched in the early 1990’s, Ashley Stewart captured the hearts and minds of curvy women throughout the New York area offering inspiring, fashion-forward, affordable clothing in an easily accessible and welcoming environment.  Today, the brand has 90 stores in the U.S. and a growing international presence through .  As a leading retailer of plus-sized fashion, Ashley Stewart continues its heritage of uncompromising style and flattering fit for the curvy, sexy, fashion forward woman.


ideel offers its members online access to designer brands at up to 70 percent off retail every day. ideel’s limited-time sales feature the most sought-after brands in women’s apparel, shoes, beauty and accessories, plus must-haves for men and home. ideel has brought the world its inspired take on fashion, style and the best trends since 2006 and officially joined the Groupon family in January 2014. ideel is headquartered in New York City. For more information visit ideel at To download ideel’s mobile apps, visit


W83 is a five-story, multi-function community and cultural center, located on the Upper West Side, NYC, owned and operated by Redeemer Presbyterian Church. This 45,000 square foot venue has a LEED Certified status, granted in 2013 for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for New Construction. For more info, please visit



June 9, 2014 / Tamara


SK WiLBURNaturally MeSTAY by Stacey Angela and the team at Siena Media Group would like to congratulate America’s Next Top Model alum, Camille McDonald on the upcoming birth of her bundle of joy. Check out the pics from this weekend’s shower!


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June 5, 2014 / Tamara

Join Hearts of Gold at “Walk For Kids” Supporting NYC’s Homeless Families

HoG Kids Walk 2014 logo hi res

Click the logo to find out how you can participate.


NEW YORK CITY– Hearts of Gold (, a not-for-profit organization that fosters sustainable change in lifestyle and levels of self-sufficiency for homeless mothers and their children, invites the community to participate in the organization’s fourth annual “Walk for Kids” Fundraiser.
“This year, Hearts of Gold celebrates 20 years of bringing joy and confidence to homeless families. Register to walk with us, or donate to help improve the lives of New York City’s homeless mothers and children, by visiting,” said Deborah Koenigsberger, Founder & Executive Director of Hearts of Gold.
The one mile Walk will be held in New York’s Riverside Park on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Enter the Walk by visiting and clicking on the 2014 Walk logo, or enter on the morning of the Walk between 8:00 and 8:45 a.m. ($10 youth; $25 adult). Check-in for pre-registered participants begins at 8:00 a.m. Entrance to the Park is at 83rd Street and Riverside Drive. Fundraisers along with moms and kids from the shelters the organization supports will walk along a one-mile path through the park. At the finish line, participants will celebrate with games, prizes and refreshments. Proceeds fund Hearts of Gold’s children’s programs at the organization’s adopted shelters, which include providing school supplies and clothing, after-school activities, tutoring, meals, summer camp scholarships and day trips to cultural attractions.
Celebrity participants in the Walk include Rhonda Ross, an Emmy Award nominated actress and singer/entertainer, who will be performing the National Anthem; and Amy Carlson, star of the CBS hit show Blue Bloods, who will assist in starting the race.
Founded in 1994, Hearts of Gold has raised more than $7 million to help homeless New York City families exit the city’s shelters and thrive on their own. The organization supports more than 1,000 mothers and children in residence annually in shelters operated by Nazareth Housing, Semiperm and Freedom House. To donate, or to learn more about Hearts of Gold, visit or call (212) 206-1461.
Since 1994 through partnerships with Family Respite Center, Alexander Abraham Residence, Icahn House, Semiperm, Nazareth Housing and Barrier Free Living shelters coupled with unique Hearts of Gold programs, Hearts of Gold has impacted the lives of approximately 30,000 families in the greater New York City area. In 2001, Hearts of Gold was recognized by the Internal Revenue
Service as a 501 (c) (3) organization. The Hearts of Gold Fresh Start University, the organization’s most recent initiative seeks to create lasting changes in women’s lifestyles, education and levels of self-sufficiency.
While many organizations that support homeless women focus solely on one element of support, such as housing or job search services, Hearts of Gold provides a holistic approach with an aim to create lasting changes in women’s lifestyles, education and levels of self-sufficiency. Through a unique Three-Pronged Approach, HoG has been able to create positive sustainable change in thousands of lives.
For more information, please visit
June 4, 2014 / Tamara

EVENT ALERT: Noir et Blanc to Host 108stitches by Harriette Cole Spring Trunk Show


Join Noir et Blanc NYC and 108stitches by Harriette Cole for a Spring trunk show on June 18th!

April 20, 2014 / Tamara

Happy Easter from Siena Media Group!

Happy Easter from Siena Media Group!

April 9, 2014 / Tamara

NEW WORK: Renessta Olds Styles Priyanka Chopra for April issue of Raine Magazine

NEW WORK: Renessta Olds Styles Priyanka Chopra for April issue of Raine Magazine

Celebrity stylist, Renessta Olds, does it again with this amazing cover and spread for the April issue of Raine Magazine featuring famed model and actress, Priyanka Chopra

April 5, 2014 / Tamara

EVENT RECAP: NYJTL’s Future Leaders of Tomorrow Panel

This past Thursday, New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) played host to the Future Leaders of Tomorrow event at Bronxwood Prep Academy (Bronx, NY) featuring some of the city’s top influencers hailing from fashion, publishing, education, activism and entertainment. Hosted by veteran gospel singer and producer Sheila Carpenter, the speakers included:

  • Author and life coach, Fila Antwine
  • Fashion designer, Alicia Appleton
  • Producer, Alonzo Brown
  • Sports analyst, Stephen A. Smith
  • Educator and activist, Aiesha Turman
  • Actor and former athlete, Otis Winston

Students gleaned tips on how to break into their favorite industries as well as what it takes to be successful.

From left to right: Alonzo Brown, Alicia Appleton, Fila Antwine, Tawana Butler of NYJTL, Otis Winston and Aiesha Turman

From left to right: Alonzo Brown, Alicia Appleton, Fila Antwine, Tawana Butler of NYJTL, Otis Winston and Aiesha Turman. 

March 31, 2014 / Tamara


Wise words courtesy of Chaundra Smith, founder of Naturally Me.


Here are some wise words from Naturally Me founder Chaundra Smith who is currently being featured in an online exhibit with the National Women’s History Museum. Congratulations!

March 27, 2014 / Tamara

PRESS: SK WILBUR featured on the


Recently, the “handbag architect,” Wilbur Pack, Jr. of SK WILBUR sat down with Staci at the to talk about the new collection and his crowd-funding campaign with Before the Label.  

Check out the interview here.


The Happy Collection from SK WILBUR


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