Thursday, December 28, 2006

You Had Me At Pr... Prada Sale

Head over to the Prada for half off selected ready-to-wear and accessories. Walk as quickly as your stilettos will allow on NYC pavement because the sale ends Sunday.

45 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022

*Photo credited to: Prada

New Year’s Eve Makeup at M.A.C ~ Sunday, Dec 31, 2006 (Manhattan) from COCOACHIC

New Year's Eve Makeup by M.A.C

Allow a M.A.C Pro makeup artist to set off your look for New Year's Eve

$60 includes

makeup application by a M.A.C Pro
redeemable for $50 worth of M.A.C products to take home

Sunday, December 31, 2006
6 - 8 p.m.


MAC Columbus
148 Columbus Ave (& 67th St)

By pre-pay reservation only. Click below to RSVP and pay for service.
RSVP by Saturday, December 30.


Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Just In Time For Your New Year's Eve Revelry, a Simple Chignon

Recently my very hip friend who runs a very hip company called ironically enough Hipguide invited me to a most swank affair. Rather then stress about what to wear, which I have taken care of thru the many sample sales that i recently patronized (more on credit card debt later) I stressed about what to do with the hair. In a moment of divine providence I remembered a video from Nexxus, I
clicked my way to Nexxus online, where a short instructional video gave me the equivlant of Jimmy Choo's at $50.00, a chic but simple hairstyle!

*Photo credited to:

Monday, December 25, 2006

Latin Ipod Mix

Wanted to share a super sexy Itunes play list I just received from our Milanese correspondent Arlene. Some tunes are familiar, some are undiscovered but all are equally great. Perfect CD for your next dinner party.

1. Duele el Amor/Aleks Syntek
2. Se Me Va La Vida/ALjadaqui
3. Amortiguador/Andrea Echeverri
4. En Algun Recuerdo/Bacilos
5. La Lola/Cafe Quijano
6. Durmiendo Con La Luna/Elefante
7. Quiereme mucho/Ely Guerra
8. Un'ora in Piu/Francesco Renga
9. Quisiera/Juan Luis Guerra
10. Nada valgo sin Tu Amor/Juanes
11. Andar Conmigo/Julieta Venegas
12. Muneca de Trapo/La Oreja de Van Gogh
13. Me Gustaria Qe Comprendieras/Luz Casal
14. Rara Vez/Mikel Erentxun
15. Lucha de Gigantes/Nacha Pop
16. Amarte Duele/Natalia Lafourcada
17. Solo 3 minuti/Negramaro
18. Todo De Ti/Nek
19. Salvame/RBD
20. Stop! Dimentica/Tiziano Ferro

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Alvin Valley pants $59

Ladies, major, major Alvin Valley scoop. Run, run, run to the showroom tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 11th! If you are a fan of his pants then you know that these prices are a steal!!!!

Six Hours Only
To my gorgeous, chic, intelligent, sample sale customers and friends…
In grateful appreciation of your support, and in consideration of the financial demands of the holiday season (and living in New York), I offer you the following unadvertised year-end FINAL price break for SIX HOURS ONLY:

$59 for cotton twill, sateen, corduroy, denim, seersucker, and linen pants.

$69 for gabardines, blends and wool pants.

$99 for leather or suede waistband pants.


$99 all fabrics.


$39 all fabrics (no leather).

$49 leather waistband skirts.

$69 all colors.

DATE: Monday, Dec. 11th

HOURS: 12:00 – 6:00pm

ADDRESS: 552 7th Ave., 3rd Floor (between 39-40th)

Last Chance to Dance

Kind ladies, Monday is “it”! Super-super-SUPER-save on “THE BEST FITTING PANTS IN THE UNIVERSE.” I thank you all.

This offer cannot be used retroactively or in conjunction with any other offer.

Inquiries: Call Rich at (646)228-0815 or reply to

Friday, December 8, 2006

Jobs for the Hispanic Advertising and Media professional from

Field Account Supervisor - McDonald Marketing
Media General Sales Manager/Account Executive
Media Account Executive - San Antonio
Media Account Executive - Houston
Media Account Executive - Austin
Account Executive Directo Hispanic Promotions, LTD
Field Account Supervisor McDonald Marketing
Media General Sales Manager/Account Executive LAT TV
Media General Sales Manager - LAT TV
Media Buyer / Media Negotiator - Ethnic Print Media Group
Director, Telemundo Sales Marketing - Telemundo
Account Executive - Dieste Harmel & Partners
Account Supervisor - Dieste Harmel & Partners
Bilingual Qualitative Project Director/Moderator - Phoenix Cultural Access Group
VP Marketing, Latino & CityWalk - NBC Universal
Product Marketing Manager - La Opinion
Sales Account Executive - All Access Entertainment
Account Supervisor - GlobalWorks
General Sales Manager - Univision Radio / Austin
Promotions Account Supervisor - LatinWorks
District Manager - Circuit City Stores, Inc.
Senior Marketing Manager - Thirteen/WNET New York
Director, Public Relations & Communications - Thirteen/WNET New York
Creative Director - Thirteen/WNET New York
Account Executive - IMAGES USA
Sales Assistant - Fox Sports en Espanol
Account Executive - LatinSphere Advertising
Senior Account Executive - CBS Outdoor

For more information CLICK below:

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Havana Alma de Cuba: 15% off entire check

Cuisine: Cuban, Latin American, Spanish
Category: Upscale Dining
Neighborhood: West Village, NYC

Given an impressive high score for its “muy delicioso” food in the 2006 Zagat survey, this cozy West Village spot evokes the soul of Havana, with exotic Cuban, Latin and Spanish dishes accompanied by house signature cocktails and the sounds of Salsa and Merengue. The music is live every weekend, and the food is hot every night, especially the roast suckling pig with cassava and fresh mojo, the sautéed pork “el cochinito” and the “Parillada” platter of chicken, steak and sausages. For a perfect evening, take 15% off the entire check with this hot DiningFever deal.

For more details and to get this great deal, click here

Alvin Valley, The Cuban King of Pants!


“The King of Pants” -WWD



PRINT THIS E-MAIL AND BRING IT for Extra Dollars-Off, as follows:

PANTS: $40 OFF second pant, and $40 OFF third (and every additional) pant purchased.

JACKETS: $40 OFF every jacket purchased.

SKIRTS: $20 OFF every skirt purchased.

100% CASHMERE KNITS: $20 OFF first cashmere, and $40 OFF second (and every additional) cashmere purchased. The cashmeres are new, pristine, in original seal-packs, and PERFECT HANNUKAH & CHRISTMAS GIFTS!!!

YES, you can e-mail this to your friends & co-workers.

YES, you must present this e-mail at check-out for purchases made 12/7/06 – 12/09/06.

YES, we are re-stocking new goods every day.

NO, you cannot use this certificate retroactively, duplicatively, or in conjunction with any other discount offer. All sales are final.

DATES: Dec. 7, 8 & 9th

HOURS: 12:00 – 6:00pm

ADDRESS: 552 7th Ave., 3rd Floor (btw. 39-40th)

INQUIRIES: Call Rich at (646)228-0815

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

File under "hey, you never know"

BEYONCE'S 2007 WORLD TOUR DANCE AUDITIONS-Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago!

Beyonce Searching for Background Dancers
Auditions in five U.S. cities
She selected her all-female band through nationwide auditions. Now, Beyonce is using the same process to secure dancers for her upcoming world tour behind new album “B’Day.”

Folks interested can head to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, New York or Chicago beginning next month, where open call auditions will be held at times to be announced soon.

Dancers may be male or female, of all nationalities, but must be at least 18 years old. For more information on Beyonce's 2007 World Tour Dance Auditions, please visit:

Audition Schedule:
December 6-7: Los Angeles, Alley Kat (1455 Gordon)
January 11-12: New York, Location TBA
January 27: Chicago, Location TBA

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Argentina and MUG

Argentinean Dossier as written by MUG

Not to pull a Latina version of the recent Gwyneth faux pas, but it is no secret that I love Argentina and all things Argentine. And it turns out I am not alone. MUG -- tops on my list for smart daily reads -- shares my love. Check out their Argentinean Dossier for a review of Argentine hot spots in the city.

And here comes a teaser……be sure to check back into to Casa Naranja later this week for our ultimate gift giving guide.


A noteworthy group of Argentinean artists have work on exhibit at the Consulate General of Argentina, 12 W. 56th [5th/6th] that leads up to an event this week. On Wednesday at the Consulate, 6pm-9:30pm, an evening of art, wine, and a silent auction. Tickets are $20. Auction items will include a trip to Buenos Aires, Catena and other wines, and Proenza Schouler clothing. The artwork has been donated by the artists and all proceeds will go to artist scholarships at ProyectArte, a NYC-based nonprofit that, among other things, helps educate and develop promising teenage artists at its school in Buenos Aires. You can see the auction catalogue here.



Major Latin music producer Gustavo Santaolalla is behind the Bajofondo Tango Club, a group whose sound is a mashup of musical styles, including tango and electronica. They've got two albums out and the sound will just keep growing on you.



Through December 14th, "Landscapes: Urban, Interior, and Natural" at Susan Eley Fine Art, 46 W. 90th (by appointment). There are works from three artists, including Leando Artigala, born in Buenos Aires, who shows his 2003 images of the Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia.



Fans of suspense films should catch The Aura, directed by Fabián Bielinsky, who died earlier this year at the age of 47. Much of it is set in a Patagonian forest, where an epileptic taxidermist finds himself isolated and confronted by mystery and violence. Bielinsky's masterful technique is to ratchet up tension without increasing the pace. At the IFC


• Argentine Pavillion, 32 W. 46th [5th/6th] 212.921.0835
• Azul Bistro, 152 Stanton [Suffolk] 646.602.2004
• Buenos Aires, 513 E. 6th [A/B] 212.228.2775
• Chimichurri Grill, 606 9th [43rd/44th] 212.586.8655
• Hacienda de Argentina, 339 E. 75th [1st/2nd] 212.472.5300
• Industria Argentina, 329 Greenwich St. [Duane/Jay] 212.965.8560



Nail some of those tango walks, sweeps, and turns with guidance from classes found here, and practice virtually any night of the month by check out events listed on this calendar.



Go-Today has some of the best deals to Argentina, including a package starting at $749 (departing from Miami), that includes flight and five nights.

Haydee Milanes the Cuban Norah Jones

Sunday, December 10
Haydee Milanes performing at Living Room

Yes, she is the Pablo Milanes' daughter!
Listen for yourself.

154 Ludlow St, at Stanton St, Lower East Side [F,V to Lower East Side-Second Ave] 212-533-7235

Monday, December 4, 2006

A fabulous and French winter destination

As told to us by our favorite Dominicana who resides in Milan, Mrs. Arlene Ventura-Valentini:

For all you ladies who have spent one too many restless cold nights in N.Y. wondering about what the French do in the winter....well, ponder no more. I have been asked to quench your thirsts with my neo-European know how and escapades…and well, if you MUST know, they go skiing in Magical Megève. Forget that whole American-French rivalry thing, its ALL about the French Alps over here.

Doing the Mountains, French Style

Yes, they are fierce, they are fabulous, they refuse to speak English, have major attitude and have no qualms about showing you their distaste in tourists but Megève is worth the experience.

Megeve was one of the earliest ski resorts to be created – a French answer to St. Moritz. Tucked neatly at the toes of Mt. Blanc, Megeve is very accessible by plane (Lyon or Geneva) or by car from Italy, Switzerland and all major French cities. It took us about 3 hours from Milan by car and the sights along the way are beautiful, although a bit claustrophobic if you are not into 360° panoramic views of mountains.

Megève is 599km (372 miles) SE of Paris and 72km (45 miles) SE of Geneva.

Set amid pine forests, foothills, and mountain streams, Megève offers history, ambience and altitude that differ from any other French ski resort. Here you will find cozy chalet homes with smoky chimneys, ancient agricultural farms and luxurious 5 star hotels all together in harmony. Better known for its “glamorous” atmosphere, much credited to royalty, elites and celebrities the likes of Porfirio Rubirosa, Frank Sinatra, the Benettons and Baroness de Rothschild who constructed five resort hotels, which include the restaurant La Taverne Du Mont D’Arbois, great for grilled meats and regarded as Megève’s most fashionable address, have made Megève the “It” place in France .

Megève is undisputedly the most complete cosmopolitan ski resort; with more than 290km (190 miles) of downhill runs plus nearly 81km (50 miles) of cross-country trails. It is the home of the world’s largest lift-linked ski areas that includes neighbouring Chamonix, Combloux, Saint-Nicolas-de-Vèroce and St. Gervais, completing the Evasion-Mont Blanc ski area. Today it boasts one of the best ski schools in Europe (not that looking cute in a snowbunny suit requires any lessons) and is home to one of the world’s best spas, Les Fermes de Marie. In summer, Megève offers a number of activities including water sports on Lac de Javen (ok, Im guessing this is the lovely frozen lake I saw), hiking, horseback-riding, mountain-biking, golf and my favourite, horse-drawn carriage rides through its narrow, medieval-style cobbled streets. The driver even gives you a warm fuzzy blanket that soon matches the feeling you get while taking it all in.

My fond memories of skiing in NY involve Hunter Mountain and manmade snow, standing in line for that hotdog and fries while walking in those boots and trying to look like it was actually easy. In Megève, there is no need for all that façade, if you made it there you are fierce enough to just stand around (very a la Victoria Beckham) and look fabulous. Take a walk in the centre and stop in a café for coffee and croissants (these two things are worthy enough to get yourself over here), window shop or just look at the French do their “thing”. But if you have children like I do, you might actually be forced to do something physical with the snow. In our case it was sledding. We were a bit disappointed Megève didn’t offer the same amenities for some serious sledding but we made the best of it and tore those bunny hills up. Half an hour into this sport and having had entertained all with our originality we were ready for some good ol’ French cuisine (think cheese fondues, chocolate crepes and soufflès, warm baguettes, foie gras, fruit jams with butter and anything with melted Raclette cheese on it). Ok, I absolutely love French cuisine and have to honestly say that this was my biggest motivation for going back to Megève this winter. I recommend Le Ferme de Mon Perè ,with three Michelin stars, it is one of the top restaurants in France. With cooking that verges on the satirical, this restaurant put Megève on the gourmet map when it opened in 1999. They have a 20,000 bottle wine cellar, honey, need I say more? My only advice is that you try and meet a cute local that wouldn’t mind translating all those dishes on the menus for you, since they are not big on English here.

So pack your Versace ski-suit, your Gucci snow-boots, a French dictionary and your Diva alterego and book your next winter escape for Megève, where the French do it better!

For more information on Megève contact:

The Office de Tourisme, 70 Rue Monseigneur Conseil (Tel. 04 50 21 27 28) or

Friday, December 1, 2006

Screening of The Suitor - Based on a short story by Julia Álvarez

Wednesday, December 20th 6:00 pm
Instituto Cervantes Auditorium
211 East 49th Street (between 3rd and 2nd Av.)

The Suitor

Director: Julia Solomonoff. Based on a short story by Julia Álvarez. 2001. 55 min.

When Yolanda García decides to visit the town where she was born in the Dominican Republic, her American boyfriend throws himself wholeheartedly into the trip. Fascinated by the stories of eccentric aunts and lovely cousins, he anticipates a festive week of eating and drinking, endless dancing and topless beaches. But one of Yolanda’s relatives is running for president—which couldn’t be a worse time to introduce her live-in gringo lover to her traditional Dominican family. Their relationship, which was working so well in New York, turns upside down in the unforgiving heat of the Caribbean.

Free admission. English without subtitles.

Golden Gifts from H&M

every single day thru december 24th H&M is offering a super must have deal. Today's goody is a comfy satin jacket with a furry hoodie for only $19.90. and hurry, it's all day today at every H&M location (while supplies last).