Zandile Blay is a managing partner and editorial director at Blay Digital Media (BDM). With an impressive resume including previous positions as Digital Fashion Editor at Essence and Readers Editor at Seventeen Magazine, Zandile has become one of the top fashion journalists in the business. Zandile's writing, found in New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, InStyle, Teen People, and more, has certainly made an impression in the journalism world. She was also a 2012-2013 Semi-Finalist for the Nieman Journalism Fellowship at Harvard University, an impressive honor.
Sometimes the best gift to give someone is a gift basket. Packed with different bits and pieces, it's the perfect option when you don't know what to get the person you're shopping for. We've rounded up our favorite baskets for every occasion, from weddings to birthdays, or just because you feel like it. Click through to see our picks!
Last night, guests gathered at Omar's for a party celebrating the NYFF premiere of "Clouds of Sils Maria," starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche with writer/director Olivier Assayas. Partygoers enjoyed a Lillet cocktail named Maria's Alpine Escape, and each other's company. Sundance Selects with Moncler, W Magazine, and The Cinema Society hosted the evening.
Luigi Tadini, the stylish man-about-town is a fixture in the fashion/social scene. His handsome style and spirited personality has caught the attention of publications including the New York Observer, The Beauty Fox, Time Out, and more. Luigi is also the Director of Creative Strategy at BMF Media, "put on this earth to make life fun." BMF designs custom events, produces platform events, manages talent, and creates content as an experimental marketing agency. Clients have included Coty, VH1, UV Vodka, Asahi Beer, and with Luigi's expertise, Target and Lanvin too. For more reasons to know this style-guru, read on! [You Should Know]
You've picked out the flowers, your dress, a venue – and all that's left is a wedding hashtag and a social media artist from Tweet the Bride to capture it all on Instagram and Twitter. That's right: Tweet the Bride, the D.C.-born wedding social media company, is now covering weddings in and near New York City. If you're getting married in November, enter here for a chance to have your wedding covered for free! Tweet the Bride shared their five best wedding Instagrams with us. For more wedding Instagrams, follow them HERE.
Carson Griffith the "girl writer with a boy name" has been our go-to for what's happening in NYC for years. Carson is a walking encyclopedia for who's who and what's what in the social world. And, she's not just a pretty face. At the age of 25, Carson became an editor at the New York Daily News' gossip column. In 2013, she resigned to embark on a career of freelance writing and contributing editing: Her resume in the past year and a half includes a laundry list of bylines chronicling society and cultural trends in the The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, GQ, Women's Wear Daily, The New York Observer, Cosmopolitan, Billboard and Elle - to name a few. Her work has been parodied on Saturday Night Live ("Giving New Meaning To 'Gin and Juice'" - New York Times), while she appeared as herself in a cameo on the last season of Gossip Girl - as what else? a real life Gossip Girl.
George Sotelo is the designer behind the swimwear line Thorsun which is "focused on creating the perfect swim short for the modern, discerning, traveling man." Thorsun has attracted much attention, including that of Style.com and fashion consultant Roopal Patel (who you should also know!) The Thorsun collection is made up of attractive prints, solids, and embroidery, for the "modern, discerning, traveling man." Be sure to check out the S/S '15 line from this on-trend brand, inspired by a desert town in Northern Mexico called Mata Ortiz. And of course, read on for more reasons to know George! [You Should Know]
While our cashmere sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes are a nice salute to fall, we think it's time to start paying the season a proper tribute. It's time to stop stalking your friends' Instagram pics of the autumn leaves, escape the city, and take advantage of everything fall has to offer by taking an apple picking day trip. Can't decide which farm works best for you? Don't worry, we've compiled a list of the best orchards for a trip with the girls, with this kids, or with the whole group. Now start planning!
Francesca DiMattio is a talented artist who's shown numerous exhibitions and group shows throughout the country. Her work with ceramics, acrylic paint, and sculpture is both beautiful and captivating. Francesca has been awarded the Steeprock Residency, the Terra Summer Residency in Giverny, France, and the Agnes Martin Fellowship Fund for her talent. Furthermore, Francesca's appeared in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Londonist,W Magazine, Refinery29, Art Critical, Time Out London, and most recently, Bon Appetit Magazine in August. You might spot Francesca out at some of NYC's most exclusive events including Tory Burch's In Color Book Launch this week with fashion and art's top guests including Anna Wintour, Dustin Yellin, and Stefano Tonchi. Read on for more reasons to know Francesca! [You Should Know]