Oktoberfest is a 200 year old German festival which, historically, celebrates the wedding between a regional prince and princess. Today, however, it is the world's biggest fair, lasting over two weeks from the end of September to the beginning of October. Millions of visitors from all over the globe head to Munich to drink the local beer, feast on the sausages and pretzels, and meet new people.
No tickets to Munich? No problem. The hotel Andaz Wall Street is hosting a local Oktoberfest celebration in its Beirgarten from September 20th to October 5th. Authentic German specialties such as bratwurst, sauerkraut and potato salad will be prepared on Thursdays and Fridays by an on-site chef. To add to the atmosphere, the staff will wear traditional German garb. If you decide to rock a dirndl dress or lederhosen, you will get a free stein (beer glass). A stein-holding contest will take place each Thursday through Saturday--winners get a $100 gift certificate dinner for two at Andaz's restuarant Wall and Water. If you've never done a stein holding contest before, you can get the general idea here.
We all love going to a good party in the city. But sometimes, even better than a party in the city is a rave on a boat overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Bounce Boat is the World’s Premier Dance Cruise and an experience that is not to be missed. However, don’t let the name fool you. 210 feet long, fitted with a fully sound- integrated LED light system, state of the art sound system, and three spacious floors, Bounce Boat is measurable only to likes of a yacht.
On July 19, Bounce Boat set sail on the Hudson River for another jam-packed, debaucherous five hour party! And with Mother Nature on its side, it was sure to be an unforgettable night filled with the best new music, tons of drinks, and the sexiest people in NYC.
GorgeousChanel Iman has been in the news most recently for dating rapper, A$AP Rocky. But she has been been making news in elite fashion for much, much longer. The model (or supermodel, rather) has been making steady waves and devoted fans for several years now. The girl with the uniqely fashion name—both Chanel and Iman—is a superstar.
Although born in Atlanta, Chanel hails from LA. She signed with an agency at 13, and loved the camera. The camera clearly loved her, as she aced the Ford Look of the Year contest and won coveted 3rd place. Of mixed ancestry (both African American and Korean), Chanel has the exotic good looks that fashion was crying out for, Yet, as she spoke of on the Tyra Banks Show there were fews spots for black models like herself and her supermodel peers: Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls,and Arlenis Sosa.
NOLCHA Fashion Week showcased some of the best independant designers around. Fashion junkies, celebrities, and the media flocked to Chelsea Piers this week to check out some of the hottest fashion and we were not disappointed. Although there were so many great looks and trends on the runway this week, we've selected our three favorites trends from NOLCHA that we can't wait to see more of!
Tulle Skirts: Mermaid sillouhettes with an abundance of tulle were prominent during NOLCHA Fashion Week. Adolfo Sanchez perfected this look with three stunning gowns of different colors and slightly different styles. His looks that featured this trend were romantic, sophisticated and breathtakingly beautiful. His show-stopping final piece was a black leather dress with an over-the-top tulle skirt at the bottom and emphasized with a bold feather collar. Studio 6th Sense also showcased this look with an aysemmetrical dominatrix-style gown and Andressa Leao debuted a stunning short cupcake dress with the skirt made of tulle. It was a fresh and young take on the other tulle skirts showed during the week.
Buh-bye T-day, hello Christmas. Sure you snagged a lot of killer deals on Black Friday and perhaps picked up a present or ten for friends and family. But, some of our favorite pressies for the gift-of-giving holiday happen to be stocking stuffers. Here are some fun finds we scooped up while surfing the internet this weekend:
Liquid Courage: Cleverly Fashioned Flasks
These cheeky, vinyl-clad flasks feature diverse, distinctive designs, all encouraging that certain someone to sip with a smile.
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The Hoodie Shop, in downtown Manhattan, sells...you guessed it, hoodies! But not your run-of-the-mill college hoodies, rather a range of chic hooded apparel for both men and women. The store has a psychadelic 70s vibe, funky seating, and an overall party atmosphere, which is why it is more than just a store - it's a place to hang out. Aleah Speranza, owner of The Hoodie Shop, recently collaborated with NYC-based designer Alexander Campaz. We chat with the successful businesswoman about the shop, her recent collaboration, and future projects.
Last week, we at Joonbug attended the Macallan Masters of Photography Series launch event at the Bowery Hotel that debuted the drams latest venture into collaborative territory. That's right, the beloved whisky teamed up with photographer extroidinaire, Annie Leibovitz to launch a pricey, new bottle and promotional pictorals that featured Grey's Anatomy star, Kevin McKidd. The starry soiree brought much-a-buzz to Macallan paving way for more spirited collaborations?
Last Wednesday night, over 400 celebrities, cocktail industry enthusiasts and socialites dressed to impress and to raise a dram to the US launch of The Macallan Masters of Photography: Annie Leibovitz Edition featuring a photo-series with Kevin McKidd of Grey’s Anatomy at NYC's, Bowery Hotel.
While guests experienced Macallan 18 neat and on the rocks with ginger beer, the gliteratti posed for pics at the various step and repeats. Star sightings included Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser of Mad Men, Stacy Keibler, John Legend and his fiancé, Chrissy Teigan model, Carolyn Murphy and more. Also in the Whisky sippin’ crowd was author, Simon Doonan and founder of foursquare, Dennis Crowly.
For more about the artistic collaboration visit: http://www.themacallan.com/home.aspx
Upon first glance, 139 West 10th Street blends in with the century-old brownstones on this quiet, tree-lined West Village Street. On closer inspection though, you see the small white and black stencil sign above the door. This wooden sign tells you that this is not just another brownstone apartment building but rather De Santos, an inviting and warm restaurant with a deep connection to the arts throughout its history and in the present day. De Santos is co-owned by Alex González, the drummer of the hugely popular Mexican rock band Maná, Luis Miguel Amuito, and Sebastian Gonella. The owners all also have their own links to the world of art and music making 139 West 10th Street an appealing location for their Contemporary American restaurant.
Article by Brian Nowakowski
“I heard about this frog…” it wasn’t a very tiny frog, but it was very special. I didn’t find it in the jungle, but instead Hammerstein Ballroom; and indeed, my world is changed forever.
As darkness descended upon the crowd, the rumbling from above began. The growing, anticipatory hum of amplifiers, accompanied by neon diamonds lit up behind the stage, rained down an overwhelming feeling of epic-ness. The feeling? E.T. didn’t have a spacecraft of this magnitude. Suddenly, rolling synth overtook the airwaves and the universally cosmic message of “Intro” came belting out of front-man Anthony Gonzalez’ mouth… “Carry On”.