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CDFA Fashion Awards 2014: Best Dressed

The Best CDFA Fashion Awards
Article by Dory Jackson

Monday June 2nd, the CFDA Fashion Awards were held at Lincoln Center in NYC. As you all know, only the best of the best are invited to this exclusive event. It only follows that we present a few highlights of those who had attended the CDFA Fashion Awards.



Rihanna, CFDA’S selection for fashion icon of 2014, presented herself with complete poise in a very sheer crystal-encrusted gown. Despite the controversial choice to daringly showcase her body in her custom-made Adam Selman see-through gown, the singer looked dazzling in her bold look as she graced the red carpet.


Blake Lively—pictured with Michael Kors—looked stunning in a sequin gold minidress created by designer Michael Kors. Lively’s look had a retro 60’s vibe to it and she looked nothing but flawless.


Lupita Nyong’o looked incredible in outfit from the Suno AW14 Collection. Her outfit incorporated an assortment of vibrant colors and the makeup she wore complimented her outfit soothingly.



 Chanel Iman looked ravishing in a shimmery black gown all while flaunting her skin.


Lastly, Jessica Stam looked highly sophisticated in a white Giulietta jumpsuit, which she accompanied it with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.


Unfortunately we didn’t get to examine all of the attendees, but who do you think was best/worst dressed?


Mamarazzi Luncheon Toasting Robin Roberts book "Everybody's got something"

 Robin Roberts - Everybody's Got Something- book contest giveaway...

Denise Albert host of The Moms attends the Mamarazzi Luncheon Toasting Robin Roberts at NYY Steak Manhattan on April 24, 2014 in New York City. 


"Everybody's got something." That's what Robin Roberts' mother used to tell her. For the "Good Morning America" co-anchor, her something was myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, a rare blood disorder. Roberts, a breast cancer survivor, underwent a bone marrow transplant in September 2012 to treat MDS, receiving donor cells from her sister, Sally Ann, and candidly documented her journey.


 When Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts was a little girl, whenever she'd complain to her mother about how unfair life was, her mother would say, "Oh, everybody's got something."

 "I had that moment of: Wow, I can't believe I'm going through this. Why is this happening to me?" she tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "And my mother ... sweetly and gently — said to me, 'Honey, everybody's got something.' And it just really stuck with me."


Everybody's Got Something is the title of a new memoir Roberts has coauthored with Veronica Chambers. In it, she describes her "somethings" — her breast cancer and a rare blood disorder, which required a bone marrow transplant.

Roberts shared her treatment and recovery with her Good Morning America audience. "As my mother would say: 'Make your mess your message," Roberts says.  Robin Roberts very "Beauty within"





 Listen to Insight Daily Radio, Robin shares with listeners it's all about faith, family and friends in five different, two-minute segments.'bin-roberts



"Make your mess your message,"...Robin taught a nation of viewers
that while it is true that we've all got something -- a medical crisis to face, aging parents to care for, heartbreak in all its many forms --- We've also all got something to give.  Email us a time, How you transformed a tragedy that inspires others...  BWTV will choose 2 contestants to win Robin Roberts book -
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Gladiator Sandals are back!!!

History of Gladiator Sandals - Roman Footwear
Many of the gladiators fought barefoot but others wore Gladiator Sandals. Absolutely no Roman citizen would appear in public with bare feet. This would indicate poverty. Roman citizens wore sandals - footwear without toe coverings indoors and shoes or boots footwear with toe . Sandals were generally the most worn type of footwear in warm climates such as the countries surrounding the Mediterranean - the Roman Empire.

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LA Perla boutiques in Hong Kong and Macao 



La Perla Macao Ribbon Cutting with Silvio Scaglia, Chiara Scaglia and Liu Wen,


 The La Perla Boutique at Harbour City in Hong Kong celebrates its new image with an exclusive cocktail party on April 25, 2014. The La Perla Boutique at Venetian Resort in Macao was unveiled just one day later. Super model Liu Wen, who is one of the faces of the La Perla S/S 2014 campaign, and La Perla Asia Pacific Managing Director Ms. Chiara Scaglia attended the events.



 Liu Wen at Hong Kong re-opening event


The new design for the La Perla boutiques is the result of the work of architect Roberto Baciocchi, founder of the internationally renowned architectural studio with its headquarters in Arezzo - Italy. He also took the reins for all of the stores of Prada, Miu Miu and Church’s.


The project is clearly inspired by great Italian architecture, and was put together by Baciocchi for La Perla. References to the work of Carlo Scarpa from the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona can be found in the soft, dusty coloured walls dressed in painted fabric, and in the display cases within the store.




The ultra feminine range of colour shades, from pale blue, through dusky pink to daffodil yellow, plays on the luxurious essentiality of the hexagonal Portuguese marble slabs. Severity and softness are also found where the paving meets the rugs and silk tub armchairs in the same pastel tones as the walls.




The arch is one of the distinctive architectural elements of Italian art and here it becomes a backdrop lined in pink onyx inside each window.

The fitting rooms, featuring amethyst-coloured walls, are defined by backlit tulle panelling, creating a light, mellow and comfortable space. Another surprise is the metal grate feature that recalls ancient confessionals, and a “Service” bell for calling a member of the sales staff. 


Erica Campbell- McDonald's Gospel Tour

Billboard top selling gospel artist Erica Campbell visited the non-profit organization Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. (ARMHC) is dedicated to serving the needs of children, by providing temporary housing and support services to families of ill and injured children being treated at local hospitals.


  Erica Campbell brightened up the room in an ensemble styled and put together by her sister/ Celebrity Wardrobe Stylist Goo Goo. Erica also donated her debut solo album, "Help" to the Ronald McDonald House of Atlanta children battling life threatening diseases, and their families, staff, and volunteers as well.


     Erica is a supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities and is gearing up to hit the road to host and perform on the Eighth Annual McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour coming to a city near you. 

     “I am so thankful and honored to be chosen not only to host the tour, but to perform alongside other gospel greats,” stated Campbell, also one-half of sister duo Mary Mary. “The tour will definitely be filled with uplifting music, laughter and an overall good time for everyone.”









All Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour concerts are free of charge. Gospel music fans can visit to obtain tickets.

Erica's Wardrobe Description: 
Top: Glam Hustle Life Boutique LA @GlamLustLife under $60 
Skirt: Rebecca Taylor $495 
Shoes: LAMB from Charli Boutique LA @CharliBoutique
Earrings: Kate Spade $68 

Look Pulled successfully together by Seasoned Celebrity Stylist Goo Goo @TheeGooGoo Website:


Sweaty Butt Crack...


It's about to get hot here, folks.  We have about two weeks in the spring where the humidity doesn't assault you the second you step outside and that short period is officially over.  As soon as the humidity hits I'm hell bent on staying inside, except for evening and weekend morning walks.  Not only does humidity friz the hell out of your hair, for some more sweat... 


From the website (that's Shampoo, bodywash and powder for your butt, ha,ha...  The body wash is interesting.  The powder actually makes sense.  And in case the regular formula irritates your delicate sensibilities.


Another one:

 A few women have reviewed this and say it's fantastic.  Helps with chafing, sweating, rashes, razor burn, etc



How to Reduce a Sweaty Butt Crack

    • Don't wear clothes or undergarments that are too tight. Very tight clothing can impede the flow of air around your body and produce excess perspiration, especially in the backside region. Select garments that are well fitted and stay away from too many synthetic fabrics.

    • Wear natural fibers, such as cotton, linen and silk. These fabrics breathe and allow air to circulate around the body. Many underwear manufacturers produce cotton and silk underwear that is attractive and breathable.


Urban Night Life

By Hikari Iwata


Urban City Night Life


Take your style to the sky and never look back. Whatever your flavor of fashion you'll find your favorite look here. Be chic, be beautiful...

Tips that every entrepreneur should know - Sherilyn K. Smith-Rudolph

Tips that every entrepreneur should know featuring Sherilyn K. Smith-Rudolph
By Abesi Manyando

When celebrities, athletes and top corporations are in need of marketing and event management consulting there is one company that they always call on and that is Enigma LLC.  Founded by CEO, Sherilyn K. Smith-Rudolph, Enigma LLC has been the firm of choice for corporations such as General Motors, Dell, American Airlines and a slew of Hollywood Film agencies in need of perfectly produced premieres. Enigma has been responsible for the bulk of nation-wide film premieres in the Southwest region.  Over the years, Enigma orchestrated marketing, and PR for events such as the Superbowl
Superbowl, Megafest, and the NBA All Star Weekend. On the theatrical side of entertainment, Rudolph implemented exceptional marketing and promotions for Porgy & Bess, Fela and Dream Girls.  It seemed only appropriate that Rudolph was recently named “Supplier of the Year” by the Minority Suppliers Development Council and recognized as one of Dallas’ most significant contributors in business by the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce who presented her with the Quest for Success award. Despite all of the success that Enigma has received, Rudolph recognizes that it is not easy to be an entrepreneur or maintain a successful business in our current economy.  Her strategies, reach and marketing implementations have kept Enigma afloat and she works hard to encourage and help other business owners do the same.

“It doesn’t matter who you are as long as you have a small business, there are things that you will experience in the quest to transform your company into becoming a recognizable force in the industry.  I think every entrepreneur experiences highs and lows, so never think that you are the only one going through difficulties when things aren’t going as you hope,” says Rudolph. “The first tip that I would give to aspiring entrepreneurs is study your field and master what it is you want to do.  If you want to win you have to be the best at what you do and you have to wake up every morning with your game face on, ready to perform to the best of your ability.  Number two: You have to be willing to strategically market yourself.  An entrepreneur doesn’t wait for the opportunity to come to them, we have to go out and create the opportunity.  For example, I have been wanting to work with Tyler Perry Studios for a long time.  I have worked with many film companies the last fifteen years managing their premiers and penetrating the urban market to run to the box office during opening weekend and beyond. Over the years ,I have had  a strong desire and passion to work with Mr. Perry so right now I’m brainstorming ways to reach him and make him aware that my firm exists.  I’m doing this now so that when the opportunity comes to market his next project (be it film or television) perhaps my company can be considered.  Entrepreneurs have to stay ahead of the curve and create their own opportunities like I am doing.”
“Network, network, network you never know who your next potential client will be.  It’s important to take advantage of any meetings, events and situations.  Your work isn’t always going to fall on your lap you have to make the effort to talk to people about your business.  It’s important to always be a positive representation of your business and know that as you network you are marketing yourself. The last tip is that every entrepreneur has to know how to budget it is hard to predict what can happen from months to months but you always have to save and budget.  Sometimes you may come across an account/job that will require you to have a great line of credit just to get the account especially if you aspiring to land a multi-million dollar bid or even less in event marketing.  So managing your money is definitely key! Clients have to trust that you can manage your budget.”
Along with being an exceptional entrepreneur, Sherilyn K. Smith-Rudolph is a mentor to other young entrepreneurs.  Her mission is to uplift and strengthen women who have their own businesses. She is also a domestic violence survivor who dedicates her time to a women’s shelter in Dallas.  Please go to www.enigmallc to connect with Rudolph.



Pharrell Williams Cries While Watching 'Happy' Fan Videos on 'Oprah'

Pharrell Williams Talks Creative Inspiration, Sources of Happiness

Even Pharrell Williams, he of the flamboyant toppers, can't overcome the bowling-over capabilities of Oprah..

During his "Oprah Prime" appearance on Sunday, the seven-time Grammy-winner was overcome with emotion as the TV queen brought up his infectious song "Happy" and its breakout influence all over the world.  A montage of fan-created YouTube videos adapted to his No. 1 Hot 100 hit "Happy." Following a series of videos from London, the Philippines, Iceland and more, the singer found himself in tears.

Finally, Williams opens up, confessing, "It's overwhelming because I love what I do and people have believed in me for so long that I can make it to this point, to feel that."

Not only is he a great perormer but he is probably the greatest music producer of this generation. The Raw emotion is from hard work and dediction. Finally he is getting the long overdue credit he deserves. 




Bridal Fashion Week - Isabelle Armstrong

 Images by : Nakulwa Smith 

Traditional with a twist of modern romance, Isabelle Armstong wedding dresses for "Fall 2014" season are beautiful.

BWTV attended the launch of Isabelle Armstrong Bridal Couture at Penthouse 45 as part of New York’s Bridal Fashion Week. It was a breathtaking collection perfect for the modern bride who still wants incorporate tradition. The collection ranged from flowing ball gowns to short cocktail style dresses.



There is no bride in the world who doesn't want to be the most gorgeous bride. To some extent, this can be achieved by a perfect wedding gown.




 Isabelle Armstrong gowns in NY are perfect for your special day.


CalExotic hosts Coco-Licious Launch Party(Pleasure Toys)

Written and Photographed by: SeeSantana


What's a better way to spend an evening than a celebrity hang-out in Chelsea? Coco launches her new sex toy line with CalExotics at The Raven. The night was filled with the swanky socialites of Manhattan and exclusive celebrity allure. The venue was glamourous as it was bedazzled with sex toys for her and the best part was that everyone got to home with one! Yes...even BeautyWithinTv.


How to produce a successful event to remember!

Tips that every publicist & event planner should know

by Abesi Manyando featuring Tyelise Nelson

Everybody loves to attend a great event but a lot of people don’t know what goes into creating a  spectacular event. If you’ve ever tried to plan an event that didn’t go as planned perhaps you should consider tips from an expert. Highly acclaimed Event Planner and Marketing Consultant, Tyelise Nelson is one of New York’s top go-to Event Planning Consultant. Nelson is CEO/Founder of iAdonia, LLC, a special event firm that provides event production and management as well as marketing. Through iAdonia LLC (formerly Manna Management), Tyelise has created, coordinated, produced and assisted with events for such high profile clients as Allan Houston, Amare Stoudemire, Ben Gordon, DMX, NY Liberty, Tyra Banks, Celebrity Chef Max Hardy, MasterCard, Pfizer, and MetLife to name a few. I had the opportunity of working with Tyelise last year at one of New York’s most talked about private celebrity-studded fundraiser. After years of pulling off back to back stellar events, Tyelise wanted to help other event planners and publicists by sharing her tips on how to produce a memorable and successful event.

Tyelise’s Tips:

First I would like to say a great event is described by its attendees as an experience. Your event should
be something that guests remember years later, and this will be because it was well thought out and well-planned. There are ways to make that possible.

1. Mission- treat your event like a business plan. Have a mission as to why you're planning this event.
Be it to launch your magazine or newly released album, celebrate a successful campaign win, or to raise
money for a not-for-profit, each event should begin with a mission. Know exactly why you are having this event.

2. Vision- the next step in creating an experience is your vision. What do you see when you close your
eyes? It may be beautiful flowers. It may be hundreds of children having a ball at a carnival. Perhaps it's a room full of celebrities singing with you as you perform your song. See it and communicate it to your planner. I ask my clients this question so we can create a strategy to make the vision a reality.


3. Budget - be very clear with exactly what your budget is so you can understand how much of that vision can actually become a reality. When I do weddings, so many clients want this extravagant Jay-Z and Beyonce wedding with Thelma and Keith money. They would request elaborate decor, then back out once they saw their invoice. Be honest with yourself and your planner exactly what you can afford. It may mean you have to push your date back in order to have all that you envision. Or perhaps it may ,mean you may have to do without some things.

4. Venue- be sure to find a venue that contributes to your event. Location, location location!! Make sure
it's accessible by public transportation as well as by car. Venues with beautiful views and awesome decor are huge pluses. I'm a stickler when it comes to bathrooms. The more modern and grande the bathrooms are, the more I may go with a venue. Venues that focus on modernizing their restrooms are usually owners who understand the value that modern components brings to their venue. Flat screen monitors, high end A/V options and state of the art LED lighting that comes with the venue are great incentives. In addition, it could help with costs.

5. Logistics - what's your menu? What drinks will be served? What's the room design and set-up?    Where will celebrities enter and exit? These are some questions to be answered in the logistical process of producing an event to remember. This is probably the most important step in planning a successful
event. Decide on food and beverage, paparazzi management, audio/visual and entire run of the event.  Creating an event specification sheet as well as a timeline to be sure everything runs smoothly is oh so necessary. Nothing says "great event" better than a very organized event.

6. Entertainment - Your entertainment, be it a DJ, band, quartet or performer, can make or break your
event. Therefore take this very, very seriously when choosing. I've been to events that were horribly organized, yet the DJ was so awesome, we ended up having the best time ever. I've also been to      events that were masterpieces, but the band was awful, so we left early. Planners and clients have to remember you can't go with your friend's brother DJ Joey who does all of the local baby showers          because he's charging you $300. Your event is not the time to give your niece's band their first playing gig a bust, your event will be remembered for all of the wrong reasons. Make sure a nice portion of your budget is allotted for a great DJ or entertainer that will drive guests to your event and enjoy your event from start to end.


7. Decor - Aim for over the top decor. Creative color palettes, out of the box furniture, illuminated logos
bars and incredible centerpieces aren't even a drop in the bucket for great event decor ideas. Do your
research and find pieces that will not only wow your guests, but create an inviting atmosphere.


8. Marketing - creative invitations can always help with initial marketing of your event. Over the top invites create a buzz that can entice guests to want to attend just to see how great your event will be. However, that usually works for weddings, and other social events. For most, other avenues such as      websites, blogs and email blasts help reach individuals you may not normally have access to. While you   can advertise your event with local radio stations, and periodicals, nothing reaches the mass as much as social media. Facebook, Twitter, And Instagram can access just about anyone. Use this to your

9. Guest List - Celebrities always drive people to your party. The more celebrities you can confirm for
your party, the more you can bet on your RSVP list to grow. However, not everyone has access to
celebrities or the who's who of your city, and that's fine. Focus on guests who are important to you and
include Company leaders, local radio personalities, local socialites.







Rising Star - Jhene' Aiko video "The Worst"



On Aiko’s debut EP, she arises as a new female rising artist of today. While “Sail Out” marks Aiko’s major-label solo debut, she has a long and high-profile history in the industry. The 25-year-old Los Angeles native — whose first name is pronounced Juh-NEH — has been serving as the sultry secret weapon in key songs from Kendrick Lamar, Wale, Big Sean, J. Cole and, most prominently, Drake. Aiko released a mixtape two years ago that featured cameos by stars including Miguel and West, and she appears as a guest on Drake’s current tour.

The majority of Sail Out is sleepy and melodic, pertaining to either getting faded or relationship problems. Though these seem like typically played-out topics, Jhene's vocals come with a definite freshness. With the exception of the revealing bonus track "Comfort Inn Ending", each song is produced by frequent collaborator Fisticuffs, a combination that unquestionably works.


Jhene' Aiko video "The Worst"


Eden Advocate: Amy Purdy Paralympic Snowboarding Star an inspiration

Featured Eden Advocate:

Amy Purdy | February 2014


Element Eden was born from the desire to make a difference. Based around the advocate program, our mission is to inspire girls to follow their own path and to find a different perspective from the old standard. Genuine, creative, and passionate, Element Eden lets you express yourself without saying a word. You are what you wear, because you wear what you are. 

Element Eden Advocates are a team of crafts women, including artists, musicians, filmmakers, social activists, environmentalists, poets, designers, skaters and many other creative and inspiring individuals. The goal of the program is to inspire, as well as presenting a broader and more realistic definition of what it means to be a woman - something with real substance and depth. This more balanced view of the female perspective inspires younger generations and allows Element to forever flourish and adapt with each Advocate.


Amy Purdy was a competitive snowboarder for 5 years and an aspiring actress. In 1999 she contracted an illness that threatened her life, She survived but at a cost: she walked out of the hospital with prosthetic legs, her father also donated a kidney to her. She has returned to her love of snowboarding

This month, Element Eden focuses on Advocate Amy Purdy, a star of US Snowboarding Paralympics, who will compete at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, March 7-16 at the debut competition for snowboard cross. T


Amy's Element Eden February 2014 Picks:



Surviving our economic crisis: A proactive approach

Surviving our economic crisis: A proactive approach
Financial Strategist, Donnell Bobo’s  tips for a successful financial year
by  Abesi Manyando


In a recent article from “An Economy in Crisis,” writer George Barlow wrote the following; “The U.S. economy is in dire straits. Americans can tell something is wrong, but they can’t put their finger on what the problem is. Our country was once a leader in productive manufacturing, but now we have been relegated to a “service economy” where we make nothing of value. Some Americans have been able to maintain their former standard of living, but our whole nation is living on the back of mounting debt. This is unsustainable and will ultimately lead to the total collapse of our economy if nothing is done to stop it.”
Many Financial analysts agree with Barlows’s sentiments about the economy.  More and more Americans are struggling to make it without being consumed in debt.  Financial Strategist and owner of DB Enterprise Financial, Donnell Bobo states that “times are difficult for the average American family but there are a few things that people can do to not be harshly victimized by our staggering economic crisis.”  Perhaps the suspended state of economic despair will not last much longer but nevertheless Bobo suggest that we could make the following provisions to have a better financial year.



For people who work a 9 to 5, Bobo suggests that there is nothing wrong with starting your own business on the side.  If you have a skill or craft, you can turn that into something profitable or it can be an extra income to add to your earnings.  Find something that you enjoy doing and see how that skill can translate into dollars for you.
Once you have created a business that reflects your interests, you can think about creating capital through business credit.  If your business is structured correctly you may build the business credit for your new company.
 Depending on your ability to take risks or not, purchasing penny stocks may be a good idea, whereas penny stocks can have a good return.
 In the event you do not have readily accessible capital, I would recommend taking up a trade of some sort that will give you more skill and ability to prepare yourself for the real world.
  And for those of you who have a tax return we recommend making a secure investment with your money rather than buying frivolous and unnecessary items. Such investments: CD, mutual fund, bluechip stocks, and real-estate. This is the time to maybe think about buying a piece of property which will be very beneficial in the long haul.

Along with being the CEO of DB Enterprise Financial, Mr. Bobo is also the owner of UCS Credit Repair and Cybernetics Technology.  Cybernetics uses the state of the art project management tools to monitor and manage tasks and projects on a daily basis. Bobo also works with under-privileged families educating them about financial literacy and credit rights.  Donnell Bobo can be reached at: