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 Famed Luxury Swimwear & Resort Brand to Debut 2015 Collection during Fashion Week LA

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES–  After a recent hiatus, luxury resort and swimwear designer Stacey Williams announced today that she will be debuting her 2015 collection during Fashion Week LA next month. The capsule collection, entitled Surf & Curves: A Burlesque Experience, will mark the much anticipated return of Williams’ Stay by Stacey Angela brand. The showcase will take place on March 14th at the Runway Boutique in Los Angeles’ famed Miracle Mile.

Stay by Stacey Angela has always represented the jet-setting women in my life who live to look fabulous,” Ms. Williams said.  “My brand makes women feel confident and sexy—like our favorite fashion icons throughout the years.  We are all iconic in our own way. The re-launch of Stay by Stacey Angela showcases the icon in all of us.”

Credited by some for creating the “crochet” wear trend, Stay by Stacey Angela established itself from its onset as a sexy, edgy brand for the jet-setting woman with her own unique style sense. Found in the most chic boutiques in fashion capitals around the world including Los Angeles, Miami and Tokyo, this distinctive line graced the pages of some well-known publications including the Miami Herald, Lincoln Road Magazine, Complex, and NYLON as well as featured on Vh1 and America’s Next Top Model. Ms. Williams’ creations are quickly becoming coveted pieces by the celebrity world and has been spotted on the famed curves of Natalie Stewart (the “Floacist” of R&B duo, Floetry) and Angie Stone.

A huge fan of vintage fashion, pinup culture and the sex appeal of burlesque, the Surf & Curves collection was inspired by the beauty of women in all their various shapes and the desire to create the confidence to go with it. Teaming with Lauren Tyler, the principal make-up artist of IV Valentine Makeup Artistry, Inc. and the Founder/Curator of Afro-Pinup— which celebrates brown women in burlesque and performance art, Stacey Williams will be presenting the capsule collection during an evening of fashion, shopping and cocktails at Runway Boutique, located at 807 South La Brea Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Hosted by the personality behind the celebrated blog, The Curvy Socialite, Tamara Walker, the event will bring together some of LA’s most influential tastemakers, fashion insiders and press while raising awareness about Epilepsy, one fashionista at a time. The presentation will take place from 5 to 9pm on March 14th for an intimate gathering of invited guests.

For more information about Stay by Stacey Angela, contact Stay Media at staymedia46@gmail.com or Quintessential Media at tamara@qmedia-pr.com.

ABOUT STAY BY STACEY ANGELA

Designed by and named after Stacey Williams, STAY BY STACEY ANGELA is a high end swimwear and resort label based in the New York area. Catering to the fashion forward jetsetter with a unique sense of style, the brand features luxe, one-of-a-kind pieces crocheted by hand. Found in boutiques the world over, Stay by Stacey Angela has becoming synonymous with edgy, sexy apparel that celebrates a woman’s curves in all her beautiful shapes and sizes. Credited by many as the creator of the “crochet” wear trend, Stacey Williams has quickly established herself as the go to designer for today’s travel-centric woman.

ABOUT RUNWAY BOUTIQUE

Inspired by the symbiotic relationship between art, music and fashion, RUNWAY BOUTIQUE encapsulates the truest definition of culture by providing a medium for designers and artists to showcase their talent throughout the store, via fashion shows and during boutique events. Empowering women through fashion, Runway Boutique embraces every style of woman to make her fabulous.

ABOUT AFRO PINUP & IV VALENTINE MAKEUP ARTISTY, INC.

Lauren “IV Valentine” Tyler is the Principal Makeup Artist/Activist for IV Valentine Makeup Artistry INC. in the New York Metro area. She has been an industry professional for 11 years with experience in stage, video, film, runway, and fashion/editorial. For more information, contact Lauren at 973.433.6668.

Afro-Pinup, founded and curated by Ms. Tyler is the celebration of brown women in burlesque and performance art. Brown women in performance art have opened doors for many of the notable and acclaimed women of color in film, television, music and fashion. For more information, visit the Afro-Pinup website.

ABOUT THE CURVY SOCIALITE

THE CURVY SOCIALITE is a lifestyle blog that covers a wide range of topics including fashion, beauty, health & fitness, food, travel, entertainment and current events. Tamara Walker is the personality behind the famed lifestyle blog. A regular contributor to various publications including Raine Magazine, Lucky Magazine and Examiner.com, Ms. Walker has been featured in a variety of media outlets including the New York Post and Ladies’ Home Journal. For more information visit The Curvy Socialite Blog.

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W. M. Stone Enterprises Selects QUINTESSENTIAL MEDIA and STILETTOS & SOUNDS as PR Agencies Of Record

Melissa Harville-LeBron, CEO of W. M. Stone Enterprises

NEW YORKW. M. Stone Enterprises, a New York-based entertainment conglomeration, announced today it has chosen Quintessential Media and Stilettos & Sounds LLC as its Public Relation Agencies of Record.

Quintessential Media and Stilettos & Sounds LLC will work with W. M. Stone Enterprises to build the company’s CEO and Owner, Melissa Harville-LeBron’s presence as a sports, music and entertainment leader.  While doing so, both agencies will also work to build the visibility of the company’s subsidiaries Coutra Music Group (a boutique label specializing in Classical & Brazilian Jazz, R&B and Pop music) and E2 Northeast Motorsports (the first multicultural, competitive developmental racing team licensed by NASCAR). Through a joint effort, Quintessential Media and Stilettos & Sounds LLC will manage media relations through leadership initiatives and social media programs that will help raise brand and personality awareness.

“W.M. Stone has a great story to tell. We have been known primarily for our presence in the music and entertainment industries,” said LeBron, W. M. Stone Enterprises’ Founder and CEO. “What many don’t know is, our company is breaking ground in Sports—particularly in Motorsports. I personally selected Quintessential Media and Stilettos & Sounds LLC for their expertise in fashion, music and the non-profit sectors. They possess a clear understanding of the direction needed to grow our brand.”

The relationship with W. M. Stone Enterprises also heralds a new strategic alliance by Quintessential Media and Stilettos & Sounds LLC —veterans specializing in brand management/development, social media, public relations and event production. All parties will collectively focus on the firm’s business to provide solutions that integrate their advisory services and expertise.

“This is an historical time for W. M. Stone Enterprises and all involved. I am looking forward to working alongside this team on their ground breaking initiatives,” said Li Milan, Creative Director of W. M. Stone Enterprises. “Ms. LeBron and the team are working extremely hard at bridging the gap between the current NASCAR viewers and Pop Culture.  Diversity is the key element and W. M. Stone Enterprises is in possession of it. “

“Having the opportunity to partner on such an important journey with Ms. LeBron is why we are in the business of Public Relations,” Tamara Walker of Quintessential Media stated.  “We are looking forward to helping W. M. Stone Enterprises establish its presence across all industries.”

“Having W. M. Stone Enterprises as the newest client on our Stylishly Loud roster is an honor. We welcome Ms. LeBron and her team as we assist them on their mission,” said Shani Faure of Stilettos & Sounds LLC. “Ms. LeBron and her company are blazing a unique trail in the arenas of sports and entertainment.”

ABOUT W. M. STONE ENTERPRISES

W. M. Stone Enterprises is a multifarious entertainment conglomeration that serves as a platform for talent within the music and sports industries. With over 20 years of experience in entertainment, W. M. Stone Enterprises is headed by Melissa Harville-LeBron, and is the parent company to subsidiariesCoutra Music Group (a boutique label specializing in Classical & Brazilian Jazz, R&B and Pop music) and E2 Northeast Motorsports (the first multicultural, competitive developmental African-American and Latino racing team licensed by NASCAR).

SIENA MEDIA GROUP is now QUINTESSENTIAL MEDIA

As you may have noticed ( and as the subject line has stated) we have a new name. The firm you knew as Siena Media Group is morphing into Quintessential Media. The transition into fully using our new name will be completed by January 31st, 2015.

Aside from our company name, over the next few weeks we will be debuting a new logo, website and more. We will still offer the same level of dedication and service that we have become known for– we’re just growing and getting better.

EVENT ALERT: Hearts of Gold 18th Annual Gala

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Join hosts Soledad O’Brien, Rhonda Ross and Amy Carlson as they celebrate 20 years of fighting against homelessness at the 18th Annual Hearts of Gold Gala. Proceeds from the event will benefit Hearts of Gold, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster sustainable change in lifestyle and levels of self-sufficiency for homeless mothers and their children. Founded in 1994, the organization has helped more than 12,000 homeless mothers and children. Hearts of Gold helps families transition out of shelters and to thrive on their own.

Event highlights include:

• Cocktail reception and moveable feast

• Runway fashion show featuring designer’s Tracy Reese Fall Collection 2014

• Live and silent auctions, with special items including Business Class Tickets on Lufthansa, Fine Dining Packages,

Broadway package with backstage meet and greet

• Music by master DJ Johnny Dynell

For more information or for tickets visit: http://www.heartsofgold.org/20.html

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE…

Independent Woman Owned Film Company Set to Screen First Documentary, DIE, CRAZY, FAT

NEW YORK, NY—OCTOBER 2, 2014— America is a country obsessed with trends and fads in everything from fashion to beauty to healthy…even religion. According to industry experts, the health and wellness industry is gearing to be a trillion dollar business by 2017 with most of those dollars as a result of female purchasing power. Buona Donna Productions, an independent film company, takes a look at the journey of eight women on their quest to “healthy,” in the riveting new documentary DIE, CRAZY, FAT. Buona Donna will host a private screening on Thursday, October 30th at MIST Harlem in New York City.

“With America’s obsession with diet, exercise and its ever-growing misconceptions, I felt it was vitally important– especially for women– to understand the basics of good health,” said Buona Donna co-Founder, Tonya Conrad. “Faced with my own personal struggles, I wanted to expose the conflicting opinions in the medical and health industries and share insightful anecdotes that would allow others to determine for themselves the true meaning of healthy living; ultimately feeling inspired to take control of their own health.”

Co-founded by Tonya Conrad and Nichole “Nikki” Nichols, Buona Donna Productions is focused on creating films,  programming and other media forums to enhance and enrich the lives of others through the exploration of complex issues that have an impact on their lives including race, class, gender, spirituality, sex and more. Through DIE, CRAZY, FAT, the duo takes a in depth look at physical and mental health, diet, body image and spirituality through the eyes of both themselves and six other women across a diverse spectrum of age, race, and marital status.

The event will begin with a cocktail reception to celebrate the completion of the documentary followed by the screening of the two hour long film.  The reception begins at 6pm followed by the screening at 8pm. For more information about the event or to request tickets email tamara@sienamediagrp.com or visit the film’s fan page on Facebook.

ABOUT DIE CRAZY FAT

DIE, CRAZY, FAT is a riveting documentary showcasing the raw human progressions and set backs of eight women on a quest to a healthier self through physical, mental, lifestyle and spiritual changes. During the transformation process, these women make on new choices, and testing different alternatives pertaining to health and diet. Along the way, some of the participants find themselves vacillating between what the experts define as healthy and what their own minds and bodies feel that healthy is resulting in conflicting beliefs on what has become accepted doctrine over the years and what they are now discovering for themselves. Documenting an emotional six week journey, DIE, CRAZY, FAT will undoubtedly make an indelible mark amongst women of all demographics and ethnicities. Follow the film and its stars on Facebook on the documentary’s fan page.

ABOUT BUONA DONNA PRODUCTIONS

Buona Donna Productions (BDP) is a comprehensive film, television and social media company with offices in New York and New Jersey. The company’s managing partners, Nichole “Nikki” Nichols and Tonya Conrad, founded BDP on the basic principal to deliver creative and thought-provoking pieces that enhance communities and enrich the lives of others. BDP collaborates with a diverse new and established artists to bring to life creative works with unique character and individualism to the world. The company’s mission is to develop and produce projects utilizing both the talents of the managing partners as well as women and men from diverse backgrounds and to explore distribution as well as collaborative opportunities with other brands and producers. Production services provided by Buona Donna Productions include Film (short, full-length, documentaries and educational), Television (series and advertising), Social Media, and Photography (stills, sessions and print ads).

CREDITS

Participants

·         Tonya Conrad (Director)

·         Nichole “Nikki” Nichols (Director)

·         Ebony Garris

·         Vanessa McDonald

·         Suzanne Milani

·         Ife Mtume-Rodriguez

·         Kim Racine

·         Sandra Rankin-Fernandez

Professionals

·         Dr. Cheryl Hardy (Psychologist)

·         Desiree Lee (Master Food Analyst)

·         Chaka Ra-Amon (Physical Trainer)

·         Carol Robinson (Certified Yoga & Pilates Instructor)

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Tres Calaveras Studios Launches With the Release of the Second Installment of the Sara Rising Series

NEW YORK, NY– September 30, 2014– Morphing isn’t something that is alien to the world of comic books and illustration studios. The process of changing from one thing to another is often a key element of many series plots. Tres Calaveras Studios (www.trescalaverasstudios.com), formerly known as NovaStar, recently announced that it will release the second issue of its flagship series, Sara Rising at New York Comic-Con later this month.

Launched last month, Tres Calaveras (which means three skulls in Spanish) is a New York-based comic and graphic novel studio and publisher. As with its former self, the studio is presenting the work of new and established artists and writers. “Tres Calaveras is a studio dedicated to creating worlds people can immerse themselves in, enjoy and share with others,” Emilio Rodriguez, co-Founder of the studio. “It is our intention to create a new paradigm and set a high and much needed standard when it comes to self-published independent comics.”

Tres Calaveras is also the home of the Sara Rising series, created by Emilio and James Rodriguez (no relation). In the continuing saga of the series heroine, Sara Rising follows the exploits of a teenage girl, an alien bounty hunter, an adaptive bio-weapon, and the alien gangsters on a mission to retrieve it. The first two issues are available for sale via the studio’s website, select stores around the tri-state area and at Comic-Con.

Want to meet the Skulls in person? Tres Calaveras will be at New York Comic-Con, October 9-12, 2014 in Booth #1257.

ABOUT TRES CALAVERAS STUDIOS

Tres Calaveras Studios is a New York-based comic and graphic novel studio and publisher that is also a medium for new and established writers and artists to present their work. Formerly known as NovaStar Studios, Tres Calaveras, a new incarnation of the studio, was founded in September 2014 by Emilio and James Rodriguez (no relation).  For more information about Tres Calaveras Studios, visit http://www.trescalaverasstudios.com.

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