Saturday, October 31, 2009

November Soiree Calendar

This month you will find the Urbanistas out supporting our communities.  As the fall winds down, and the holidays draw nearer, this is a time to reflect on all of the wonderful things we are blessed with, but it's also a time to care for others who are less fortunate.

Caring for Kids-Night at Moulin
When:  Friday, November 6
Time:  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where:  Moulin at Vin de Set, 2017 Chouteau

Join Caring for Kids for the 3rd Annual A Night at Moulin featuring hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and “Martini Jazz” music by Kevin Mitchell 4. Rouge Attire Encouraged.
 Tickets are $35 in advance ($45 at the door) your can purchase tickets at (use key phrase “Night at Moulin”). A percentage of your admission is tax deductible. For more information, visit

When:  Friday November 6
Time:  7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. 
Where:  Lumen
You've raced, pedaled, and walked... now dance, induldge and party for a CURE! One of the most unique events in St. Louis, CUREiosity celebrates the "Rock Docs" making a difference at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center.
Tickets are $120 for the VIP Event or $40 for the after-party only ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Cocktail attire is suggested. 

10th  Annual Salute to Excellence in Busines
When:  Tuesday, November 10
Time:  11:00 a.m. Networking reception; 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Luncheon program
Where:  Ritz Carlton, Clayton 

Join the St. Louis American as they salute African-American corporate managers and businesses, and to enhance awareness of the opportunities available for African Americans in business. This year's honorees include Todd Weaver, President and Founder, Legacy Building Group, Ann Marr, VP Human Resources Worldwide Technology, and Flint Fowler, President, Herber Hoover Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis.  Kelvin Simmons, Commissioner of Adminstration, State of Missouri will be the speaker.  
Tickets are $75 each for general seating and may be purchased online at  For info call 314-533-8000, ext. 305

25th Anniversary Celebration:  Women United for Change Event
When:  Saturday, November 14
Time:  10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Where:  Missouri Athletic Club

This event is hosted by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Saint Louis Chapter
Honoring Past Presidents: Dr. Queen Fowler, Jacquelyn Harris, Ruth Smith, Ernestine Thomas and Freida Wheaton, Esq.  Selected Community Awardees include: Sheila Little-Forrest and Thelma Steward

Entertainment: CoCo Soul • Silent Auction
Tickets are $50, for more information contact Daffney Moore at 314-622-3400 ext. 610

Mind of an Entrepreneur Forum and Showcase
Hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 
Omicron Eta Omega Chapter
When:  Saturday, November 21
Time:  10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Where:  Cultural Art Center (Regional Arts Commission Bldg.)

Urbanistas, I am proud to announce that the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Omicron Eta Omega Chapter (my initiation chapter) will be holding a small business owner showcase.  This event is a free, open educational program and exhibition for the metropolitan St. Louis community. 
This event will also include a business forum panel featuring minorities who are business and entrepreneurial leaders within the St. Louis community.  The panelist’s topics will include seizing the reins of entrepreneurship, becoming a part of the business landscape, growing the enterprise, and facing challenges of new venture management and expansion.  Our panelist will also discuss strategies for making small businesses even more successful, including access to capital and expansion tips.  The goal of this session is to build a strong foundation for minorities in business through creating economic expertise, and success in business and networking opportunities for the non-traditional entrepreneur.
To RSVP for the event, please visit:

Urbanistas Annual Holiday Fete
Invitation Only 
When:  Friday, November 20
Where:  TBD
Time:  7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

It's been an entire year since the Urbanistas joined together for the first time to network and fellowship.  Throughout the year we have supported and encouraged one another, developed strong bonds, supported various philanthropic organizations, and attended some fabulous events.  During our holiday fete we will celebrate our accomplishments for the past year, discuss plans for the new year, and come up with even more exciting opportunities for networking and having fun for 2010!  

Alive Magazine Fashion Week Wrap Party
When:  Wednesday, November 25
Where:  Red Kitchen and Bar (in the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront Hotel, Downtown)
Time:  8:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. 

Celebrate a successful Saint Louis Fashion Week with the cast and crew at the Wrap Party at Red Kitchen and Bar. Enjoy Bud Select, food specials and music by DJ Steve Meier while partying with St. Louis’ most stylish set. No cover. For more info, go to

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Urbanista In the City-Shan Keith Fashion Show

Last Friday night I decided to check out the Shan Keith fashion show featuring his latest line, Nēché Collection.  Nēché Collection by Shan Keith is a line dedicated to his late sister Ms. Santonya Nēché Oliver. Shan lost his sister last year due to a brain aneurysm. He dedicated his entire show in memory of her.  For those that don't know, Shan Keith also won Project Design at St. Louis Fashion Week this past Spring.  This also happened to be the first STLFW show I had attended and can truly say he deserved the title!

The show was held at Windows on Washington downtown, and was the perfect spot to host this fabulous show.   As I entered the lobby I was greeted by a gentleman serving complimentary champagne, and a beautiful rain fountain with glass flowers that sparkled under the light.  The ambiance was truly and urban experience.  I then proceeded to the freight elevator which took me to the 8th floor where the show was being held.  Once upstairs, I nibbled on cheese, crackers, and fruit then chatted at the bar until they announced for everyone to take their seats.  Before the show started, I wanted to check to see what goodies I got in my VIP bag thanks to my girl Nikole!  I was happy to see a small bottle of Pearl Vodka, Aveda samples, and various coupons to local downtown businesses.  

At about 8:00, the show began.  The host for the night was P-Dub, fomerly known as Pretty Willy.  As the music pumped up, the photographers got in place, the models came strutting out in some sharp ensembles.  I have to give it to Shan, he has talent.  He featured about 60 different looks that evening and everything was on point!  I loved his models too.  There were all shades of brown and sizes modeling his line, which is what I appreciated.  He gets it...Shan realizes that the all types of people love fashion, and we are all not 6 feet tall and a size 0!!  I can't wait to head down to NV Showroom and Boutique (1909 Washington Ave) to see if I can get one of the pieces this plus sized woman was rocking down the runway.  

During and after the show I spotted Kenya Vaughn of St. Louis American, Ma'at, blogger for Outtown, Attilio D'Agostino and Jill Manoff of Alive Magazine, and Nikole Shurn-Perkins who did the PR for the event and just opened up NV Showroom and Boutique.  There were also a host of socialites including my Sorors Rachel Westerfield and Trenell Billups (Skee Wee Sorors)! As with most of the events I attend, I had a fabulous time and I will definitely look for future shows from this up and coming designer!  Click here for all the pics

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Feaure--Fabulosity Tips!!

About a year ago, I decided to purchase Kimora's book "Fabulosity."  Now I have to admit, I really wasn't a big fan of Kimora, not that I didn't like her, I just didn't know much about her.  It wasn't until I started watching her reality show "Life in the Fab Lane" that I became intrigued by her.  I loved the fact that she was so "extra", but confident, down to earth, and in essence a "true sista"!  I loved her book.  She discusses everything from beauty and fashion, and work and family life, to self-confidence and wellness, and lifestyle and sustainability.  I thought this book captured the epitome of what an Urbanista is all about.  So with that said, I decided that I would include a few tips from Kimora's book from time to time.

Since this month I have been engulfed with all things beauty and fashion, I'll start with *Kimora's five-point fashion manifesto:

1.  Style is a form of self-promotion
2.  Developing a style is like your brandmark; it'll get you noticed and remembered.
3.  Fashion bestows autority and power on the wearer:  dress to impress, and you will be taken seriously.
4.  Great style says, "Here I am!  Pay attention to me!" I value myself enough to put effort into this, and you should too.
5.  Style is invididual.  Style is subjective.  Nobody can grade you on it.

*Excerpt taken from the book Fabulosity: What It Is and How To Get It, by Kimora Lee Simmons.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

St. Louis Fashion Week--All Access Pass!!

Hey Urbanistas, I know you all have been waiting so patiently to get a recap on STLFW, so here it is!  This is the 2nd time the Urbanistas attended STLFW this year and we were not disappointed.  In addition to attending shows, we also decided volunteer for STLFW through The Raymond Experience.  We kicked of the fun by attending Emerge on Friday night which featured Bolongaro Trevor, Love Brigade, and TRIM.  We started at the bar as there were complimentary Budweiser products and the bartendars were mixing up batches of Borbatinis for guests to try.  Then we headed to check out some of the vendors. Spotted were PR mavens Pamela Raymond, Cheresse Pentella, Amit Dawan, and Dwight Carter, STLFW Producer Attillio D'Agostino, media gurus Debra Bass and Gilberto Pinela, Alive Mag crew Sheniqua Faulkner, Jason Nichols, and Christy Miller, Jeff & Mary Clark of Mother Model Management, and Steve & Chena Garnett of Solique Modeling.  After the show, we hit up SleeK for the afterparty, but didn't stay too long as we had to be back in the morning to work behind the scenes. 

Working backstage was awesome despite the fact I had to be downtown at 6:30 am!  I was back there hustling too.  Although I have a full time career in HR, I didn't have a problem getting down with some of the young bucks and doing some of the grunt work! And fashion director Jill Manoff was ready to put me to work.  I dug through boxes of Baker's shoes for the designers, steamed clothes for designer Paul Gibson's collection Reign, then folded and packed up clothes for Bolongaro Trevor.  I loved everything they had, but one dress was so tiny it was like I could fit one thigh in it!LOL 

Here is Stuart Trevor, 1/2 of the Bolongaro Trevor design team posed with Attillio in Hotel Lumiere's lobby on his way back to London.  While backstage I chatted with models Christian Coffield, Madison Bradley (who just got signed to Ford), and Jade about their experiences as models in St. Louis.  After all my hard work, I did get a chance to enjoy the 1:00 Evolve show to check out some of St. Louis' up and coming designers, Michael Drummond, Laura Kathleen, and Michael Shead.  During the show I spotted Hostess Danielle Lee of the Fete Society in the front row bobbing her head to the funky beats the DJ was mixing.

After I went home to rest, I headed back downtown later that evening for Surface, the final fashion show of the week.  I had the best time!  I was a little late to the show as I was waiting for my fashionably late partner in crime, Ms. Brandii, but it all worked out as I ended up in the front row and finally got to see all the action I was missing.  I was near the media section which was great as I saw the models strutting down the runway then posing which provided for great picture opportunities (click here for all the pics)! 
After the show we chatted with Sande Stevenson who was doing a piece for STL-TV and will be featured as our Ultimate Urbansista in a few months, Ma'At, blogger for Outtown, Gilberto Pinela, Ola Hawatmeh with Mom Me Makeover (and this month's Ultimate Urbanista), Jennifer Neal, whose designs were featured in Project Design, the fashion show that kicked off STLFW, and Kyjuan and Murphy Lee who were also in the house. 

Some of my favorite designers featured at STLFW include Bolongaro Trevor, Jennifer Neal, Laura Kathleen, Michael Shead, and Trashbiscuit.  Who would've thunk that I would like the punk look of Trashbiscuit, but I really loved the creativity of this line! Overall, we had a fabulous time and have a lot more respect for all those that work to put on this great event for us Midwesterners!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Urbanistas Give Back-Big Pink Blast @ JBucks

Urbanistas, we are entering the last days of breast cancer awareness month.  If you haven't done so already, please do something to support this cause; even if it's purchasing some of the products I mentioned below.  I am planning to attend the Big Pink Blast @ JBucks this year to support breast cancer awareness in honor of my mother-in-law.  I first heard about this event last year and didn't get a chance to attend.  I heard nothing but great reviews and told myself that I wouldn't miss it again!

KLOU radio personality Julie Buck is hosting St. John’s Mercy’s second annual Big Pink Blast at Buck’s. The event takes place on Thursday, October 29, 2009, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at J.Buck’s Clayton. Tickets are $50 per person, and proceeds will benefit St. John’s Mercy Foundation in support of breast cancer services for underserved women. Your entrance fee entitles you to a $25 Studio Branca gift card. This event is selling out quickly as tickets are now only available at the door. 

Make sure that you put on a touch of pink before you arrive.  During the celebration, they will announce the winners of their Makeover Contest for Breast Cancer Survivors in partnership with Studio Branca Salonspa. In addition, Michael Genovese Jewelers will present a custom-designed jewelry collection to promote breast cancer awareness. A portion of the proceeds from the jewelry sales will support breast cancer services for underserved women. The evening will also feature live entertainment, pink cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and special attendance prizes.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ultimate Urbanista-Ola Hawatmeh

Ola Hawatmeh is this month’s Ultimate Urbanista for several reasons. She is a wife, mother, business owner, socialite, fashionista, and involved in several community projects. She was recently recognized in Alive Magazine as one of St. Louis’ Most Influential Women; not to mention she is Mrs. St. Louis! I met up with Ola for lunch at Companions in Ladue to discuss her many endeavors and how she juggles it all.

Ola owns Mom Me Makeover. M3 is a makeover company that provides makeovers to mothers to help them feel more confident about themselves. Ola has recruited a five-star team consisting of a Beverly Hills Hair Stylist, personal shoppers, makeup artists, and others to help women (and men) look and feel their best.
Ola also just wrapped up producing the first ever St. Charles Fashion Week. She was inspired to start this as she is from NYC and has attended both New York and St. Louis Fashion Weeks. She thought it would be great to bring in exclusive designers from New York such as Indashio, but also give local designers a chance to showcase their fashions.

Ola’s favorite designers include Patricia Fields (loves), Versace, and Isaac Mizrahi. She usually makes her shopping rounds in NYC and LA, but while she is in town, she can been seen shopping in local boutiques like Courtney Gene and Jecca, and Bronx Diba for shoes. Ola loves couture, luxury, mixing and matching, but likes simplicity. She pairs neutral clothing with fun accessories like big watches which are her fave! Ola also loves layers in the winter and said that high-waters and pleated pants are a no-no!!

Ola’s “must” attend events include Nelly’s Black and White Ball, St. Louis Fashion Week, and St. Louis Magazine’s Fever Fashion Shows. If there is a hot event in St. Louis, you are bound to see Ola. Like all Urbanistas, Ola is always on the go and she loves to venture out with her closest friends. She is always found supporting them, their business and their events on a daily basis.

Ola started Makeover for a Cause which provides makeover services to several non-profit organizations that assist homeless, battered, and sheltered women, as well as cancer victims. In addition, Ola coordinates teen fashion shows exclusively for Macy’s to help young ladies feel and look good, while helping raise their self esteem.

With work and community service, I wondered how Ola could handle it all. I found out that she has a great staff and delegates a lot! She stated that “you must have a vision, and be creative”. Though Ola is a busy woman, her main priority is spending quality time with her husband and children.

Soiree Spotlight-MIX: A Celebration of SLM's Top Singles

All the SINGLE LADIES, all the SINGLE LADIES, now put your hands up!!  Urbanistas, if you are looking for a boo to snuggle up to this winter, go and check out Mix hosted by St. Louis Magazine as they reveal the Top Singles in St. Louis and launch their November issue. Enjoy music from DJ Steve Meier and delectable hors d'oeuvres from Eclipse as you mingle with St. Louis' most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes tomorrow!!

When:  Tuesday, October 20
Time:  7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Where:  Moonrise Hotel

Space is limited so reserve your spot today! Tickets are $20 and a $5 donation per ticket benefits Angels' Arms. To reserve your ticket CLICK HERE to order online or call 314.918.3026.

Take the elevator home! Special Moonrise Hotel rate for the evening - only $99. Call 314.721.1111 and mention SINGLES09.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Urbanistas Give Back-Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Urbanistas, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  St. Louis does a good job supporting the cause with events such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Pink at the Rink with the St. Louis Blues & Picnic in Pink (both events on October 23rd).  In addition, there are several resources available for breast cancer patients such as the Gilda's Club and the Siteman Cancer Center (stay tuned for more info on Curieosity, a fab event coming up in November that will benefit this center).

As Urbanistas we should not only care about our outside appearance, but should take good care of our bodies.  Start by eating a well balanced meal (I know it's not easy), getting regular medical checkups, and performing a monthly self breast examination.  Breast cancer can happen to anyone, young or old.  I have a Soror who is in her 20's and although she was not diagnosed with breast cancer, she has Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a form of cancer.  I decided to mention her so we can realize that this thing is real and just because you are young, doesn't make you exempt.  My Soror is so brave and I am so proud of her.  If you can take some time, read her blog about her journey and if you could make a small contribution to her, she would be beyond grateful.  Here is the link:

Urbanistas, you can do your part and support the cause too!  There are several beauty companies offering products that when purchased, a portion of the sales will go to breast cancer research.  Here are some of my faves:

Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer was created by OPI exclusively to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. You can buy it for $8.50 on OPI's website. 

Brighton has created a Power of Pink Bracelet.  If purchased, they will  donate $5 to support Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.  Visit Brighton @ the St. Louis Galleria.

Elemis is donating a portion of the proceeds to Breast Cancer Care when you buy their Essential Beauty Secrets Kit, $95. You can get it at Nordstrom or Nieman Marcus.

Ciao Urbanistas!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fresh Fall Scent-Leslie Blodgett Perfume Diaries

This fall I am big on signature fragrances.  I feel that a great fragrance will pull your entire look together.  Some of my faves so far are Lola by Marc Jacobs, Parisienne by Yves Saint Laurent, and Fancy Love by Jessica Simpson.  I can have a tshirt and pair of jeans on and still feel elegant and sensual once I put on one of these fragrances.  So Urbanistas go and get your "signature scent" and while your at it, try out the new Bare Skin fragrance by Leslie Blodgett!

Leslie Blodgett Perfume Diaries is a limited edition fragrance collection, created exclusively for Sephora, that revisit and evoke pivotal moments in Leslie’s life.

Bare Skin, the first scent in the series, harkens back to a time when Leslie was bursting with the unbridled joy of life, sunbathing on a Mexican beach and cart-wheeling fancy-free on the warm sands. “Bare Skin…” she explains, “is the way you feel when the sun is beating down on you during the day, but then you go out at night and you’re still sizzling from the warmth of the day which mingles with night air and music.”

The scent delivers top notes of black pepper, freesia and anise, heart notes of iris, vanilla orchid, plumeria and patchouli, and the dry down sizzles with sandalwood, labdanum and musk.

Bare Skin will go to market with an Eau de Parfum ($55), a Solid Perfume Compact ($35), and a Perfumed Body Cream ($30). The line will be available for purchase exclusively on on 10/08, and hitting store shelves shortly after on 10/15.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Soiree Spotlight--Boots, Baubles, and Bows

Celebrate the fall season with a fun two-day fashion affair!

The women of Wish, What A Girl Wants and Jule invite you to the chicest fall shopping event of the season.  Bring your girlfriends, mothers, sisters, daughters, work pals - or just bring yourself - and get ready to look fabulous this fall.  Update your look for the season with prixed pieces that will last a lifetime - high-end footwear, fine jewelry, and lingerie. 

Wish will be offereing 20% OFF all boots, What A Girl Wants will showcase a new selection of stunning 18kt gold peices; and don't miss the opportunity to buy any two bras at Jule and get a FREE pair of Hanky Panky thongs ($18 value). 

For two days only!  Don't miss it!
Thursday, October 15th & Friday, October 16th
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wish Shoes & Accessories
9765 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63124

9757 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO  63124

Jule and Wish are located next door to each other.  What A Girl Wants will be displayed at Jule.

Fab Fashionista

This week's Fab Fashionista is Ms. Brandii Mayes.  We caught up with Brandii @ the Shecky's Girls Night Out Event.  Brandii was sporting a cute ruffled tank, skinny jeans, and fab accessories which made her outfit look effortless! 

Age:  29
Occupation:  Public Health (full time) - Non Profit Director (part time)

Her Look: Sexy, Fun and Chic
Shirt - Forever 21
Pants - Stretch 7 For All Mankind
Shoes - Steve Madden
Hairstylist - Sissy at Shear Magic
Accessories - Juicy Couture
Bag - Vintage Gucci clutch

Her Fave Five:
Boutique/Store - BCBG Max Azria
Fashion Staple - a great handbag
Fashion Obsession - one shoulder anything!
Trend - above the knee boots
Designer - Gucci

Friday, October 2, 2009

Soiree Spotlight-Flawless @ HOME

Urbanistas, I can't believe how many fashion events are going on this month!  I know it's last minute, but here is an event going on tonight that I am sure you will enjoy as Cheresse always puts on the most fabulous events!  The Urbanistas Fashion Team may be out, so make sure you have on the cutest platforms, boots, stilettos, or whatever you put on your fancy feet in case we decide to feature you for our Fab Fashionista profile coming soon!

Over 70 pairs of exquisite shoes will be given away as SWAG! Featuring the leading designer of European Footwear Bronx Diba Shoes. FREE ADMISSION prior to midnight.

RSVP with Cheresse INK

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Soiree Calendar-October

This month you will catch the Urbanistas networking, getting entertaining tips, and checking out all the latest fashions!  We had so much fun at STLFW in the Spring and definitely looking forward to seeing what's new for Spring 2010!  Be on the lookout for the Urbanistas Fashion Team as we will be out snapping pics to feature ladies for our upcoming Fashionista Profile. 

Connect With...St. Louis Happy Hour
When:  Wednesday, October 7th
Where: Hotel Indigo, 4630 Lindell
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Don't miss the premier Connect With... event. For the fourth year, Connect With...St. Louis Happy Hour will feature the more than 45 member organziations. Come see how you can get connected! Drink ticket and appetizers provided. Ask Hotel Indigo about their "Take the Elevator Home" special rate.

Brunch with Gale Gand
When: Saturday, October 10th
Where: Macy’s Saint Louis Galleria
Time: 10am – noon
Info: 866.607.4422 or

Gale Gand, expert pastry chef and former host of the Food Network dessert show, Sweet Dreams. The topic: brunch. Learn how to create a tablescape and pick out coffees – then watch Gand make some recipes from her cookbook, Gale Gand’s Brunch.

St. Louis Fashion Week
When: Monday, October 12th - Sunday, October 18th
Where: Lumiere Place Casino & Hotels

For more info and to purchase tickets, go to

NeShe by Shan Keith Fashion Show
When: Friday, October 23rd
Where: Windows on Washington, 8th Floor
Time: 7pm – 10pm
General Admission $25
VIP Admission $40

This show will feature a total overview of Shan’s work from both his men’s and women’s collection. The garments will convey Shan’s personal style, upbeat personality and his desire to create quality ready to wear attire. After the show, the collection will be exclusively available at NV Showroom Boutique located in downtown St. Louis at 1909 Washington Avenue. A portion of the proceeds from the fashion show will benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

Girls Night Out Trend Report-St. Louis

Hey Urbanistas, as you know I had the fabulous opportunity to do some freelance work with Shecky's last Friday, for their Girls Night Out Event.  My assignment....identify St. Louis trends in fashion.  I am so proud to say that my trend report is listed on the Shecky's website!

So ladies if you are looking for what St. Louis Urbanistas are sporting this fall, check this out:

Ciao Urbanistas!