Friday, September 26, 2008

How to Wear Scarves

Just yesterday Brenda serenaded me with a poetic explanation on why she loves scarves and how they have replaced cocktail rings as her accessory de jour. Well it appears that she is on to something and offers you a tutorial on how you too can become a muse for scarves.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Gilt-y Pleasures

Bienvenidas Casa Naranja members!

You have been selected by the Gilt Groupe: Luxury Brands, Hand-Selected Styles, Sample Sale Prices... and You're Invited.

Sign up for your free membership at Naranja

The Gilt Groupe - a must must must favorite link -- is a website that offers high end designer merchandise at steep discounts. Think of it as a veritable virtual sample sale that runs 24/7. Oh, but there is a catch. Like anything worthwhile, access is oh so exclusive. But, no worries fashionistas, we've got you covered. For Casa Naranja members, Gilt Groupe is happy to pull back the velvet rope and welcome you with open arms to the on-line word of the most exclusive, Latina beloved designers - Caroline Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Miguelina and many more. Membership has its privileges so what are you waiting for, log on to Gilt to enjoy yours. Did we mention you have a $10 credit off of your first order?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Arlenis Sosa Builds Anna Wintour Loyalty


Dominican newcomer Arlenis Sosa has already made Anna Wintour a fan. This should come as no surprise as we Dominicans have that effect on most :)

With the ink barely dry on her new contract with Lancôme, Dominican modeling phenom Arlenis Sosa continues to rack up acclaim. Only in the biz since April, the 19-year-old made her grand entrée into the editorial world as one of the lucky few catwalkers cast for Italian Vogue’s historic all-black issue and can already count Anna Wintour and makeup artist Pat McGrath as fans. Yesterday, she officially added muse to her growing list of attributes, opening and closing the Oscar de la Renta show. Backstage, where she was something of a celebrity in a room full of top models, we had a chance to catch up with the beauty about her whirlwind ride on the fame train. read on

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Friday, September 12, 2008



Target unleashes twenty-two designers at recessionista prices to help soothe style savvy, cash strapped NY'ers this fall.

With four pop-up Bullseye Bodegas, (that strongly resembles a Café Bustelo / Pantone color chip explosion) staged throughout Manhattan for a limited time, you'll find chic deals in home, fashion, beauty and accessories.

Labels include: Anya Hindmarch* | Christiane Lemieux - DwellStudio for Target | Converse One Star | Dean Harris | Isabelle de Borchgrave | Jemma Kidd – JK Jemma Kidd | John Derian* | Jonathan Saunders* | Keanan Duffty | Liz Lange | Marcia Kilgore – Soap & Glory | Michael Graves | Mossimo Giannulli | Napoleon Perdis – NP Set | Petra Strand - Pixi by Petra | Rachel Ashwell | Sean Conway | Sigerson Morrison* | Sonia Kashuk | Thomas O’Brien | Umberto Savone | Victoria Hagan

*Exclusive preview. Shop these designers before they hit Target stores.


101 57th Street at 6th

Union Square:
813 Broadway between 11th and 12th

489 Broome Street between Wooster
and West Broadway

East Village:
325 Bowery at 2nd

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

SATURDAY TEQUILA -Free Margaritas at Los Dados



Free Margaritas at Los Dados
For their one-year anniversary, Los Dados is offering up a free margarita with each meal to anyone polite enough to mention their birthday. Of course, if you want to be really polite, you could always get them a present...
Through Sept 16th
73 Gansevoort (at Washington)

A Trip to Rioja, Blahniks, or Vino!


Sunday, September 7, 2008

Casa Naranja's Back To School Schedule - Culture at the MET

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at the Met with the rhythm of Compañia Flamenco de Madrid, a company of singers, dancers, and instrumentalists that is one of Spain's premier flamenco ensembles. This joyful celebration of folkloric music and dance will take place in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium on Thursday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $50. Order tickets online or call 212-570-3949 for further information.

The Met offers an ongoing Family Program in Spanish, called
El Primer Contacto con el Arte: Talleres Educativos para la Familia en Español (Saturdays, October 11, 18, & 25, 11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.). The Cloisters museum and gardens presents La Experiencia Medieval: Talleres Educativos para la Familia en Español en Los Claustros (Saturdays, September 27 & October 25, 1:002:00 p.m.). See Events & Programs for further information about Spanish-language programs at the Met and The Cloisters.

Also enjoy the following Gallery Talks and Films that highlight Hispanic heritage:

Gallery Talks
The Vélez Blanco Patio
Tuesday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m.

Pre-Hispanic America: Art before Contact
Tuesday, September 23 at 11:00 a.m.

Spanish Painting from the Golden Age: El Greco to Goya
Saturday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m.

Only Human? An Exploration of Figural Imagery in Precolumbian Art
Sunday, October 5 at 11:00 a.m.

Songs of the Homeland: History of Tejano Music
(57 min.)
Tuesday and Thursday, October 7 & 9 at 2:00 p.m.
This film depicts the evolution of Tejano music within the context of the history of Mexican Americans who settled in Texas

Image: Antonio Molina, principal dancer, Compañia Flamenco de Madrid

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Casa Naranja's Back To School Schedule - Home Ec


Saturday, Sept 6th: Celebrate One Year at Pamplona, 37 East 28th Street, 212-213-2328,
Join chef-owner Alex Ureña for a celebration of his yearling tapas restaurant all evening long from 5pm to 12am. You can take turns whacking a piñata at 7pm and 9pm (and win the traditional candy inside!), and then have tapas Chorizo y Gambas, Albondigas and a Tapas Surprisa with a glass of sangria for $28 per person.

Sunday, Sept 7th: Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day at SushiSamba
SUSHISAMBA pays homage to its culinary heritage on Sunday by hosting a celebration to mark Brazil’s Independence Day. Both New York restaurant locations (SUSHISAMBA Park at 245 Park Avenue South, 212.475.9377; SUSHISAMBA 7 at 87 Seventh Avenue South, 212.691.7885) will feature an evening of samba and capoeira (a 400-year old Brazilian dance that incorporates martial arts) dancers along with Brazilian drummers in live shows. Chefs will also serve a special menu of cocktails, sushi rolls, and traditional Brazilian dishes. The entertainment kicks off at SUSHISAMBA Park at 7 pm and SUSHISAMBA 7 at 8 pm and 9 pm.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Save The Date - IntenSati Retreat led by Patricia Moreno and the Handel Group

Saturday, November 15th
Details to Follow

We are thrilled and honored to host an event with Patricia Moreno and the Handel Group. Please save the date, more details to follow shortly

Bringing awareness to the power of intention.
A high energy cardio sculpting workout that is dynamic yet easy to follow. This unique program combines martial arts, exercise, yoga and intentions. Intensati is a revolutionary fitness program because it is the first work out that exercises both your body and your positive thinking power—in one workout.