The DivaGals threw our first party Wednesday night, and thanks to some of our favorite GAL APPROVED items, it was one not to be forgotten! Check it out below!
THE PLACE. Design Diva breaks down our party spotΓÇª The Empire Hotel lobby bar casts a golden glow on all who enter, an inner sanctum that is moody, dark, alluring and intimate. Imagine curling up on the embossed high back settees during a snowstorm, gently caressing a hot beverage. Yet refuge can just as easily be found from the sultry heat of summer. The outer rim lounge is splattered with movable bronze side tables that can serve double duty as an ottoman. Deep velvet umber colored curtains rise 20 feet above the stone floor. Low candlelight level lanterns and pendant fixtures enhances the glow. At the end of the room, a large curved staircase creates an aura of drama with each rising, which made it an ever-so-divine spot for the DivaGals to make their first public appearance together. Come as you are, stay as long as you like — to rest your Empire state of mind.
THE FACE. As a “Style Gal,” I love learning of the latest brands on the scene, one of those brands being Face Stockholm, a Swedish cosmetics company with literally hundreds of shades to make your gorgeous. So I knew they would have everything I needed get my “face on” for our soiree. Makeup artist Shannon Pulley pulled all the right hues for my skin tone and gave me the best gold smoky eye my ModeListas dresses could handle. Great cream foundation and light textured eye shadow allowed my makeup to hold up very well. So well, I still looked fab when finally getting home … at 2 AM. I wasn’t the only gal to get Stockholm-ized. TV DivaGal, with the help of Stockholm artist Nina Ordman, complemented her metallic dress with Eye Dusts in “Vanity” and “Treasure,” complemented by “Extas” blush and set with loose powder #8. Needless to say, we were both feeling fab all night long.
THE DRESSES. One soiree + face by Face Stockholm = two gorgeous dresses by ModaListas. Yes, you read right. Style Gal couldn’t style out without a wardrobe change! ModaLista, a store and website with ohh-la-la pieces, first decked me out in a gorgeous single strap grey Grecian sheath, only to be upstaged by the piece de resistance… a skin tight black sheath with a see-through mid-drift and back, accessorized with a silver multi- strand metal necklace in the design of its drapes. Both pieces were eye catchers, but that last one was a head turner, literally. Luxe Gal’s choice for the cameras was a LBD by ModaLista, with a figure-hugging fit, lace cutouts and cowl neck.
Entertainment Gal went all out red carpet in a floor-length Faviana gown, which fit perfectly, making me look supermodel long while hugging all my curves. I felt like a celebrity walking the red carpet all night long!
Who says you have to spend a million to look it. A few DivaGals rocked it out in dresses from TJ Maxx, our go-to store for designer looks at a fraction of the cost. We scoured the “Runway” racks at TJ Maxx on 57th street and found TV DivaGal the perfect metallic strapless cocktail dress by Leifsdottir, a young designer collection by Finland native Johanna Uurasjarvi. It was a perfect fit for her petite frame. Our Fitness Gal showed off her taught tris in a leopard print halter dress. “I felt slim, and chic,” she exclaims. “The dress complimented my swagger as glided across the floor feeling confident and dynamic.” Ringing in under $30, it leaves her lots of dough to burn off at the gym this weekend!
THE DRINK. We all know who the real star of the night wasΓÇª “The DivaGal,” Empire Hotel’s signature drink of the evening, named in our honor. The tasty concoction, courtesy Zonin Prosecco, was like drinking a spirited champagne mojito, according to Image Gal. Translation? Just deliciously Diva-licious!
THE “POP.” How do you complement “The DivaGal,” Empire Hotel’s swanky cocktail creation for us? Via our favorite snack popchips, the perfect guilt-free nosh because it is popped not fried and is friendly on our thighs, keeps the place clean and tidy and thwarts double dipping with individual bags. Luxe Gal’s favorite flavor is sour cream and onions. Just to be on the safe side, make sure you and your main-squeeze are snacking on the same flavor.
THE DREAM. After a fabulous night of celebrating with my fellow DivaGals, winding down for the night wasn’t exactly easy. Thank goodness TV DivaGal had Dream Water on hand. In an oh-so-cute travel size bottle, this little shot of an elixir is an all-natural sleep enhancer that helps you bring on the snoozes. I chose the “Lullaby Lemon,” sipped it gently (it has no calories, so there’s no need to worry about packing on the pounds at bedtime), and snuggled into my bed with a night of pleasant dreams and a refreshed tomorrow. You can get nationwide at Walgreens, GNC and Walmart, or purchase it on www.drinkDreamWater.com.
Come inside the party and meet our celebrity guests in our exclusive video on Monday, only at DivaGalsDaily!
photo credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos; MTMedia NYC