POP-UP Art Sale in Dumbo

Starting tomorrow, The Dumbo Arts Center is hosting a big open art sale. About 200 artists will be selling works in all media from  $50 to $2000. We would be crazy not to check it out!

From Friday Feb 26th to Sunday 28th
Dumbo Arts Center is located 30 Washington St in Dumbo
Directions: F train to York St.  A/C train to High St.
Hours: Friday 6-9 PM; Saturday 12-8 PM; Sunday 12-6 PM

Get your own Bobble

We hear over and over that we have to be more eco friendly, we have to think about our planet and we should live healthier lifestyles… Well, here is the perfect accessory to do so. Bobble is a stylish bottle of water, designed by Karim Rashid that filters tap water as you drink. The filter handles about 300 bottles worth of water! It’ll make you save money, avoid plastic bottle waste and due to its small size, you can carry it all over.

It’s a win win situation for our planet, your wallet, and obviously your style 😉

Bobble is available at JC Penney, Barnes & Noble, Wegmans, Whole Foods and more. It can also be purchased online at www.waterbobble.com. Its recommended retail price is $9.95.

The Mast Brothers Chocolate factory

Chocolate junkies can’t help falling in love with Mast Brothers Chocolate. These two brothers work magic in their old Williamsburg factory, where the chocolate bars are all handmade in delicate batches. The most original flavors like Almond + Sea Salt, Pistachios, Fleur de Sel, or Salt and Pepper are wrapped up in gorgeous, old-school papers. For a treat, for a gift or just to look at, they are so tasty and pretty that you’ll want them in your kitchen… It’s the Chocolate Revolution!

Mast Brothers Chocolate can be found in Manhattan at Dean Deluca, Murray’s Cheese and many more. For further info visit their Website

Meet Velvetine

This young lady, straight from Paris, is storming into the Big Apple with a really stylish line of bags. Realistically speaking, we can’t all afford our so called “object of desire” -YSL, Hermes & Co are just not at everybody’s reach… Anne Cecile Couetil’s collection will appease your cravings… Made with Italian leather, as soft and precious as its name suggests, Velvetine ‘s bags are the kind you won’t get tired of. You can be sure to find them in everybody’s closet in no time…

They’ll quickly become the must-haves of the season!

VELVETINE bags are available at Blue Bag in Nolita. 266 Elizabeth St. For more info contact jenna@luxcartel.com

5 mn with… Michaela Dosamantes

Profession: Stylist

Who are you Michaela?

I was born in Mexico and raised in NY. I’m 26, I’ve been living in New York since I finished university 5 years ago. While studying Art History I lived in Florence and London, where I gained an appreciation for art, culture, design, music and I saw these facets of culture intertwine and affect each other. Fashion was always something I loved but I never thought I could work at it  until I lived in Europe. I started to see it as means of self expression and a way of combining different elements of culture, background and taste. 

After moving to NY I started working for the NY bureau of French Vogue where I worked on many photo shoots– after that the inspiration was endless! 

How did you decide to become a stylist?

Working at the magazine, it was easy to by influenced by the people I worked with, I love meeting new people and getting to know them. Working on shoots you are always meeting new creative people with different points of view and collaborating with them to create something. thats amazing. 


Shoot with Robin Wright Penn

Lot’s of fashion stylists dream to work for French Vogue, what would be your dream job now?

My favorite part of the job is working on a shoot and creating something as a team with the photographer, model, makeup artist and hair stylist. I have my dream job! I get to collaborate with such talented people every day. I just hope I get to do it for a long time. I would also like to own a store one day…and go on shopping trips around the world to find fun treasures!

What is your best memory on shoot?

Every shoot is memorable, but one of my favorite shoots was for French Vogue in Montauk for the November 2007 issue. The photographer was Bruce Webber, and we ended up shooting at a petting zoo! We had 6 models, ducks, chickens, pigs (and piglets too!), horses and lamas roaming around, it was so much fun and really hilarious! 

The toughest or worst experience?

A not so funny thing that recently happened to me was having the sprinkler system go off in the middle of the shoot and the firemen had to come to the studio to turn it off! thankfully, none of the models and clothes did get wet. but the camera got soaked!

You must have been on shoot with lots of celebrities, any funny stories?

Lets just say it involved a TOP model, a garbage boat, and a looooong night! You won’t get more details than that. 

Give us a fashion tip or a must have for this winter.

My must have for winter is my Marc Jacobs cashmere beanie from the Mens store on Bleeker street, and of course my vintage mink coat (from my secret spot on the upper west). A must in NY winter!

What does a city like NY bring to you?

The kinetic energy that this city offers you is so special, you can start from scratch every day and have new opportunities at your doorstep. I love that you can walk down one block and hear 6 different languages, and be immersed in several different cultures in one day… In NY you meet people from all over the world, what they all have in common is that they’ve come here to make it. And we all know, if you can make it here you can make it anywhere.  

What is your favorite vintage shop in the city?

I don’t have a single favorite vintage shop, but East Eleventh street has a couple of gems!

What is the best affordable one?

Maybe somewhere like Buffalo exchange, you never know what you are going to find!

And an expensive one?

Rare Vintage and Resurrection they have amazing collectable pieces. And, if you are lucky you may get to see the rental only basement at Resurrection, they have Thierry Mugler, Versace and Alaia from the 80’s and 90’s that is to die for! Also, Jewel Diva at the Manhattan antiques pavilion on west 25th street has some pretty amazing costume jewelry from the last 20 years. Ask for Connie. 

What’s next? Any project? 

NY Fashion week just ended, I went to see my friend Joseph Altuzarra’s collection, which was absolutely beautiful. Check it out on Style.com!! And, fingers crossed many shoots and Paris fashion week in a couple of weeks…

Click here to check Michaela’s latest work.

Please don’t tell

© Noah Kalina

New Yorkers are proud of their city and therefore love to show it off to visitors… A great place to impress is PLEASE DON’T TELL . This speakeasy has the most unusual and original entrance of them all… Believe it or not but this cozy bar is hidden behind the telephone booth of  a random hot dog joint… When you get there, all you have to do is pick up the phone and convince the nice hostess to open up the secret door…

PLEASE DON’T TELL: 113 St. Marks Pl. @ First av. Tel: 1 212-614-0386.


IZAKAYA TEN is intimate, cosy and the food is delicious. The rare kind of Japanese restaurant where you feel at home.
No reservation needed, you just might have five minutes at the bar to sip some sake or a lichee Martini (highly recommended) and nibble on some edamame before being seated at a small candle-lit table.
Saikoro Beef Steak, Yuzu Duck, Monkfish Liver, … everything is extremely tasty and served in small portions, so you can try them all ;-). For the late bird, note that IZAKAYA TEN is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 3 am!

This spot is the ultimate NY Butterfly’s pick!

IZAKAYA TEN: 207 10th Avenue, bet 22nd & 23rd St. Tel: 1 212 627 7777