Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mamas, vistasen para sentirse bellas! (Moms, dress to feel beautiful)

If you're a mom, its easy to become so focused on your family that you neglect yourself and your appearance. This is why its important for you to dress to feel beautiful everyday. Watch this short video with single mom and author, Mireya Posada as she talks about how moms can dress to make themselves feel sexier and more confident.

Si usted es una madre, es fácil en solo concentrarse y enfocarse en su familia. Hasta puedes enpesar a abandonar te a ti misma y a tu apariencia. Por esta razón es que es importante que te vistas para sentirse bella todos los días. Vea este corto vídeo con una madre soltera y autora, Mireya Posada, mientras habla sobre cómo las madres pueden vestirse para sentirse más sexy y con más confianza.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cumbia - Bailadores Colombianos en El Museo del Arte de Queens

Video of Colombian dancers at the Queens Museum of Art dancing a traditional Colombian dance called "Cumbia".  I love their dresses; que linda!

Colombian Dancers at Queens Museum of Art

VIVE Katerin was on hand  for the August 19th ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Queens Museum of Art's 2011 Colombian Flower Festival. The exhibit features over 2 millions roses, carnations, sunflowers and lilies.  El Festival de Las Flores had its origins in Medellin, Colombia to commemorate the end of slavery in the country.

While I didn't get to see the flowers last night due to the heavy thunderstorms that rolled through, I did get to see some of great dancers of Estampas Negras Dance Company accompanied by Pablo Mayor & Ensamble.

Here are some pics of some of the dancers. I'll be posting some video of the dances shortly. I hope to go back to get some shots of the las flores this week.  The exhibit is only on for 10 days, so it you want to see it, get over to the Queens Museum of Art (in Flushing Meadows Park).

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pool Party & Fashion Show for Charity

VIVE Katerin stopped by The Talent Xchange’s “Fashions by the Pool” charity event at the Grace Hotel in Times Square benefitting the Institute for Cancer Research.  The beautiful pool and lounge which are literally in the lobby of the hotel just behind the reception area were illuminated with colored light which added dramatic effect to the trendy, Scandavian-style furniture and blonde wood panels.  The event began with a red carpet photo shoot with hosts Johnny Donovan (MTV/VH1 reality TV mogul), Naomi Defensor (of MTV’s Real World Las Vegas) and a host of other reality show celebs.  Angela Pivarnick, former Jersey Shore star was joined by Jeff Miranda, boyfriend of Jersey Shore star Snooki.  SiTV’s “Model Latina” winners Jessica Caban and Codie Cabral were also in attendance.

The party heated up when guest DJ Teso started spinning and the fashion show got underway showcasing swimwear collections from designers Johanna Sarria, Joy Couture and KM Swimwear.  Couture footwear designer John Ashford outfitted many of the models with amazing custom made shoes.

Sponsor, Talent Xchange is an entertainment industry networking website for actors, models, designers, photographers and writers. Talent Xchange owner, Reggie Menos was in attendance overseeing all details of the event to make everything ran smoothly and everyone had a great time.

Photography credit: Champion Eye Media (all photos used with permission)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Salsa Dancing in NYC

Are you looking for ideas for what to do tonight in NYC? Why not go to Iguana, a multi-level restaurant and dance lounge, which is well known for its salsa dancing.  Iguana has a full service Mexican restaurant on the main level, salsa upstairs, and another dance floor downstairs that spins mixed dance music.  Located at 240 W. 54th Street (between 8th & Broadway), Iguana is convenient to Times Square, the Theater District and Midtown. Given its location, it’s a easy spot to stop into after work or pre-Broadway show for cocktails or dinner.  If you don’t know how to dance salsa, don’t worry – Iguana offers free salsa dancing lessons. 

I met with Nino Brusco, who has managed Iguana for over 8 years.  Nino started in the hospitality business at age 10 when he worked in his uncle’s restaurant as a dishwasher.  He worked his way up to busboy and then waiter and then went to school to study hotel and restaurant management.  After finishing college, Nino managed several restaurants and even owned several of his own.  When commercial real estate investor and Iguana owner, Jerry Shallow, approached Nino about helping him launch Iguana, he jumped at the opportunity.  Nino prides himself on hard work and not being afraid to fail – two traits he believes are critical to success in the restaurant and hospitality industry.    

Plan a girls’ night out for salsa dancing and stop by Iguana for a great time.

Photography credits:
  • Iguana logo, courtesy of Iguana. 
  • Photo of Nino Brusco w/ VIVE Katerin taken by Sunny Norton Photography

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Last week, I attended a fabulous party/fashion show at the Sky Room in NYC with the Sachika Twins. The Vietnamese identical twin designers, To-Tam and To-Nya, presented a runway show of their latest fashions which will be part of the Fall 2011 collection at Reve Boutique in Englewood, NJ.  The Sachikas have been building a name for themselves with their designs which are being worn by many Hollywood celebs.  Additionally, the have appeared as regulars on the E! cable TV show "Ice Loves Coco" starring Ice-T.  I'm looking forward to spending some more time with the twins soon to learn more about their background and how they grew their fashion business into such as success!

Here are some photos from the event.  You can see the models were stunning in the many creative and unique Sachika designs.  It was all highlighted by an amazing setting in the Sky Room with views of west midtown Manhattan and the Hudson River. A great party and great night of fashion.

Photography credit: Sunny Norton Photography