Wednesday, July 29, 2009

viewing: i am happy

if you see just documentary at the nyilff this is the one," i am happy"

"i am happy" sheds light on the humanity that resides in the favelas (slums) of rio de janeiro, brazil.

watch trailer here



Think you've got the look?! Show off your sense of style in the newest Sex And The City movie filming in New York City August - November 2009

Grant Wilfley Casting is holding an open call for background performers for

Seeking SAG and NON SAG to play:
Fashion Models, Celebrity types, Upscale socialites,
Urban Club goers, Gays and Lesbians,
International types (Middle Eastern, Arabic, Asian, European, British), Professional Soccer Players

Open Call:
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
between 6th & 7th Avenues

SAG: 10am - 12:30pm
NON-SAG: 1:30pm -4:00pm

Email a recent picture and contact info to:
if you cannot attend the open call

Please do not reply to this email. You can call 212 685 3168 or visit for more details. Hope to see you all at our open call looking Sex And The City Fabulous!!!
Grant Wilfley Casting, Inc.

did we hear jimmy choo and 65% off?

source: madison avenue spy

Jimmy Choo Discounts 65% Off

We just received word that Jimmy Choo has dropped prices again on their spring and summer merchandise. The current discount is now 65% but the sale only runs until Friday. We imagine that following Friday, all left over merchandise will be sent to the abyss of unwanted items of seasons past.

In May, Jimmy Choo took their
first discount of 30% off. Then prices dropped to 50% off in mid-June. This current discount is their third and final markdown. We hear that sizes are getting limited. So now would be a good time to get any items you were holding out for.

Contact: Faisa 212-759-7078

Monday, July 27, 2009

viewing: 7th annual cine fest petrobras brasil-ny

brazilophiles your film screenings await.....

tribeca cinemas
54 varick street (at laight st)
august 3-7th
purchase tickets here

Friday, July 24, 2009

speaking of gaudi.. casa naranja TRAVEL visits BARCELONA

casa naranja TRAVEL does BARCELONA

gaudi fans rejoice

are you a fan of the amazing work of the master architect Gaudi throughout Barcelona? his Sagrada Familia has become one of the world's architectural icons and is still under construction. this Friday at 7:00 we have special guest and renowned architect hiroya tanaka on hand to talk about his experience as one of the lead architects on the completion of the sagrada familia. he is one of the world’s foremost experts on everything Gaudi.

we will have some free appetizers and sangria for all who attend. please let me know if you'd like to attend and I will reserve a seat for you. and of course, forward this email to anyone you think may be interested.

Date: this friday the 24th from 7:00 – 9:00

Place: centro espanol: 239 West 14th street (bet. 7th and 8th aves)

Price: free!


Friday, July 17, 2009

obsessed over valentino: the last emperor

obsessed we tell you! absolutely obsessed with the valentino kingdom!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

listening: juanes' fijate bien

nice and smooth tune from back in the day to cap off a lovely wednesday at casa naranja hq.

tropi chat: brazilian filmmakers eduardo coutinho and bruno barreto

Eduardo Coutinho and Bruno Barreto

Monday, July 20, 6:30pm
Americas Society

680 Park Avenue (at 68th Street)
Free admission
Reservations are required. Please reserve online, by email to or call (212) 277 8359 ext. 3.

Presented as part of Premiere Brazil! 09 (July 16 - August 3), organized by The Museum of Modern Art andthe Rio de Janeiro Film Festival*

TropiChat: Eduardo Coutinho and Bruno Barreto is presented in partnership with Cinema Tropical and Americas Society with the support of the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.

cheap chica - alias premium denim

our querida fashion contributor liiana vazquez founder of the cheap chica's guide to style just uncovered a denim treasure for you...

It’s easy to find an amazing pair of jeans when you’re shopping for Paige, Rock & Republic and even the infamous Rag & Bone…but they’re completely OOOB (out of our budget) because these designer brands will cost you well over $150!

But you don’t have to spend whole lot to get that designer fit…for all the women out there who are jean obsessed (myself included) and are always looking for the perfect fit, I just found a pair that you’ll totally love!

I recently got to test drive a pair of jeans by Alias. Like most of us, the Alias designers were sick of spending money on premium denim and decided to take matters into their own hands…and create a line that’s affordable for all of us!

The jeans were very comfortable, they had a nice medium weight and the rise wasn’t too low…but if your anything like me, you’ll have to make a trip to the tailor, because these jeans are just a bit too long for someone who’s only 5′2″.

Overall, these jeans fit well and I love the fact that they’re made from high quality denim, but that they only retail for $40! The only downside is that the jeans only come in one style, but I’m super anxious to see what else they have in store for all of us designer denim junkies on a budget!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

you. argentine bbq. malbec. and a fabulous summer evening!

we don't really need a specific season to indulge in argentine asado and a gorgeous bottle of malbec but summer is a great time to experiment by making a simple chimichurri, a traditional dipping sauce of herbs, garlic and vinegar. chimichurri is used as a condiment to enhance the flavor of grilled meats, but also works well on chicken or vegetables.

here’s one iteration of the recipe, created by pablo ranea, executive chef at the restaurant francis mallman 1884 and azafrán:

1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
¼ cup of chopped parsley
1 chopped scallion (the green part only)
2 teaspoons of chili flakes
2 teaspoons of chopped thyme
3 ½ ounces of wine vinegar or lemon juice
3 ½ ounces of extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

mix all ingredients in a bowl, adding the olive oil last. chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours for integration of flavors. a full day would be better.

so here is the plan: make the chimichurri sauce. grill a few pieces of churasco (skirt steak.) serve a bottle of an exquisite malbec, Don Miguel Gascón, a simple mixed green salad and dulce de leche ice cream and you can feel as argentine as evita!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

lions den (leonera)

lion's den/leonera
a film by pablo trapero
(argentina, 2009, 113 min. in spanish with english subtitles)

Watch the trailer!

Sent to prison for allegedly killing her lover, Julia discovers she is pregnant and is sent to a high-security maternity ward to serve her time. Julia’s only concern now is her son. Her fellow inmate Marta becomes her ally; her mother Sofía, her opponent. One attempts to teach her how to be a mother; the other wishes to take over rearing the child. The film, shot in a real prison with inmates as extras, shines a light on a little known aspect of prison life: motherhood behind bars.

IFC Center

323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street
(212) 924-7771 /

yet another reason to heart nyc - restaurant week summer 09'

from july 12–31*, enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe $24.07 lunches and $35 dinners at participating restaurants.

HERE for participating restaurants and to make reservations.

mondays just took on a new appeal - free mojitos


free mojitos are on the menu for mondays. bacardi is teaming up with the crowne plaza times square's bar to tempt you with two hours of comped mint and rum fueled revelry, every monday from 6pm to 8pm, throughout the summer. consider it a reward for getting through the first day of the work week.

broadway 49 bar & lounge at the crowne plaza times square

1605 broadway (at 49th street)

midtown west, (212) 977-4000

listening - eva ayllon's "toro mata"

just in time for sultry summer nights, we discovered “queen of afro-peruvian soul, eva ayllon!”