City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

It’s easy to get confused watching a fashion show. Sometimes a designer will have an outfit sashaying down the runway that makes you shake your head, wondering about its wearability. The trick is to break the outfit down to its basic components. I learned that trick when I saw an interview with Andre Leon Talley. During the interview, he said when you’re watching a fashion show, you need to break down the outfit you see on the runway into separate pieces. You must understand that sometimes a designer will show an over-the-top look on a runway, but if you break it down, you’ll see some very wearable items. I used his advice when I saw the Heatherette show, and it worked. Heatherette showed some very cute hooded jackets with fake fur hooded linings over dresses. The outfits were okay, but separately, the pieces were adorable. The next time you catch a show, whether you’re in the tents or watching it from the comfort of your couch, try that trick. It works.

Speaking of work, did you know that the Women For Hire Expo is on Wednesday, February 23rd? You’ll be able to network face-to-face with recruiters from accounting, aerospace, engineering, finance, government, human resources, insurance, technology and more fields. It’s happening over at the Manhattan Center and is free for professional women. There’s no pre-registration, but they do require professional attire and resumes. You’ll meet with over 60 employers including Lifetime Television, Lincoln Financial Group, MetLife, Morgan Stanley, NASD, Crate and Barrel, DEA, Aon Corporation and other top firms.

There will be free resume critiques and a coffee break sponsored by MetLife. Before the event there is a Women For Hire breakfast seminar, from 8:30 AM – 10 AM, hosted by its CEO, Tory Johnson. There will be networking, advice sharing for even the toughest job search. Attendees will receive a copy of their book, “Women For Hire’s Get Ahead Guide to Career Success”, priority admittance to the career expo immediately following, morning refreshments, and a free resume scan distributed to employers. To sign up for the seminar, go to their website http://www.womenforhire.com

What: Women For Hire Expo
When: Wednesday, February 23, 10AM -3PM
Where: Manhattan Center, 311 West 34th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues
Website: http://www.womenforhire.com

Valentine’s Day is just around the bend if you haven’t noticed any of the signs in the windows of shops, missed the adverts in print or on TV, or didn’t hear any hints from your sweetie. Thing is, you don’t have to just honor your partner on that day. You can honor your mom, your best friend, or a great sibling.

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Silk Day Spa has some fantabulous specials for two, like the “Mother and Daughter Celebration”. That has an aromatherapy facial and massage. Rather dish with your girlfriends? The grab your three best gals and try the “Girls Night Out.” You’ll enjoy the Silk Melt Away Massage, Silk Manicure, and the Silk Pedicure. Then you can go out and tear up the town, or just have a wonderful dinner and keep on dishing.

Now, if you feel romantic, try the “Silk Emperor/ Empress Signature Treatment.” It was created with couples in mind. There’s a shower, then a soak in fragrant herb filled tub laced with essential oils. You get to pick the combination of herbs and oils. There’s hand and foot reflexology, then a body scrub. A body mask that’s customized for you is next, and then a massage. Now, if you like to finger paint, a Silk Spa therapist will show you how to apply the mud, and then will leave the two of you alone, so you can paint away in privacy.

Or you can try the “East and West” treatment. It’s a hydrotherapy tub treatment and relaxing Silk Ki massage. This is perfect for the over-worked and over-stressed. And the tub can fit two!

If you want to get away, but can’t spare the time, try their “Urban Vacation.” You’ll enjoy a body scrub, hot stone massage, and papaya mango wrap. And yes, you can share with one other person for this mini-break.

The Silk Day Spa is so beautiful and calming, you might not want to leave. The spa is located at 47 West 13th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. To make a reservation, call 212-255-6457. To find out more about their delicious treatments, visit their website, http://silkdayspa.com

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How would you like to mingle with other singles and their dogs while sipping a cocktail? Leashes and Lovers is hosting a cocktail party at Tai, Tuesday, February 15th. The first hundred people and pooches that arrive, get in free. They’ll be taking cash and check donations for the Mighty Mutts Rescue League. http://www.mightymutts.tripod.com/frame.html

Might Mutts has rescued bunnies and chickens, but they primarily rescue abandoned and abused cats and dogs. They don’t have a main shelter; they rely on kind-hearted people to foster their wards until they are adopted. That’s how I got Sophie the Wonder Dog. Sophie is a charming Brittany Spaniel who was terribly abused by her previous owners. I was just going to foster her, but she now rules my apartment, my roomie and me. Did I mention she has her own loveseat?

The cocktail party will have yummy dog biscuits from Buttercup’s Paw-tisserie, drink specials, raffle prizes, live music inspired by dogs from Murray Weinstock (http://www.dogtunes.com)and Elaine Caswell. Their CD is called, “Tails of The City.” Did I mention that you can pick up complimentary passes to see, “Son of the Mask” the sequel to the Jim Carrey movie, “The Mask”? And of course you’ll meet single boys, single girls and their single dogs.

What: Leashes and Lovers: Where Dog Lovers Meet Cocktail Party
When: Tuesday, February 15th, 7PM – 9:30 PM
Where: Tai, (www.velvetnyc.com/lounge.html)223 Mulberry Street, second floor
Cost: free to the first 100 people, donations accepted for Mighty Mutts.
RSVP: http://www.leashesandlovers.com

Every Thursday in Lent, The Marble Collegiate Church is offering “Bach’s Lunch Series” a free 30 minute recital of music ranging from classical to jazz. It’s free, but unfortunately, you can’t bring your lunch. Didn’t someone say that music is food for the soul?
What: The Marble Collegiate Church – Bach’s Lunch Series
When: Every Thursday in Lent, 12:30 PM
Where: 5th Avenue @ 29th Street
Call: 212-686-2770 for more information
Website: http://www.marblechurch.org

How would you like to meet an Ambassador, Celebrities, members of Consular Corps, foreign trade reps, business leaders and government officials? This Thursday, February 10th, The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce is hosting their “Eighth Annual International Trade Cocktail Reception from 6 PM- 9 PM. What a great way to practice college French!

What: Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, “Eighth Annual International Trade Cocktail reception (business dress)
When: Thursday, February 10th, 6PM- 9 PM’
Where: United Nations (1st Avenue @ 46th Street)
Cost: $25.00 for members, $50.00 for non-members
RSVP: helana@chamber.com or call 212-686-7220

Catch up on a classic movie, Friday, February 11, when the New York Public Library shows Otto Preminger’s Carmen Jones. The film stars Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, it’s a modern version of Bizet’s opera Carmen.
What: Carmen Jones Movie Screening
When: Friday, February 11, 2 PM
Where: New York Public Library, 127 East 58th Street
Call: 212-759-7358 for more information

The Bronx Zoo is sponsoring Sex in the City: Valentine’s Day in the Animal Kingdom. Bring your favorite honey and enjoy a two-for-the-price-of-one general admission to the Bronx Zoo (adults and children) on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 12, 13, and 14 from 10am to 4:30pm. Learn about amazing animal mating behaviors as the Friends of the Zoo docents provide Zoo-lovers with hourly tours beginning at 10:30am until 1:30pm.
What: Valentine’s Day at the Bronx Zoo
When: Saturday, February 12- Monday, February 14, 10 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd.,
Call: 718-367-1010
Website: http://www.bronxzoo.com

This Saturday, February 12th, The American Museum of Natural History is celebrating Black History Month with a tribute to Thomas A. Dorsey, the father of gospel music. Activities include a gospel concert by the Emanuel Baptist Church Choir and singer Natalie Wilson at 4pm.Free with museum admission.
What: Gospel concert @ The Museum of National History
When: Saturday, February 12, 4 PM
Where: The Museum of Natural History, 79th street @ Central Park West
Cost: Concert is free with regular priced admission
Phone: 212-769-5100
Website: http://www.amnh.org

El Museo del Barrio is sponsoring the Retratos Family Day, Saturday, February 12th. Watch portraits come alive! El Museo invites children and families to discover 2,000 years of Latin American portraits in their current exhibit, Retratos, Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with bilingual gallery tours led by artist educators, storytelling, and art-making activities. Participants can also create their own family portrait.
What: Retratos Family Day @ El Museo del Barrio
When: Saturday, February 12th, Noon-4pm.
Where: El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street)
Cost: Free
Call: 212-831-7272
Website: http://www.elmuseo.org

Great Sales and more….Yippee!

Alexis Bittar, the Brooklyn designer, known for his gorgeous Lucite jewelry, will be at the MoMA Design Store, 44 W. 53rd street, between 5th and 6th avenues this Thursday, February 10, from 5-6:30pm, and will autograph your purchases. Call 212-767-1050 for more information.

Broadway Panhandler, 477 Broome @ Wooster, 212-966-3434. From 2/16-2/27, up to 65% off Le Creuset, and clearance on many other items.

Cath Kidston, 201 Mulberry between Kenmare and Spring, 212-343-0223. Now thru 2/14, sale on the British designer’s home accessories.

Elizabeth Charles, 639 Hudson @ Horatio, 212- 243-3201, through 2/14, up to 75% off the Australian and New Zealand clothing and accessories.

Encore, 1132 Mad between 84th and 85th streets, 212-879-2850. Up to 60% off at this resale shop: look for major labels like Armani, HermàƒÆ’à†’àƒâ€šà‚¨s, and Chanel.

Meg Cohen Design, 920 Broadway, between 20th and 21st Streets, Suite 905, 212-473-4002. Up to 40% off cashmere scarves (men and women) as well as other cashmere items, 2/11, 2/12, and 2/14, 11-7. Profits go to tsunami relief aid.

NOI New York, 8 Rivington, between Chrystie and Bowery, 212-260-9992. Up to 50% off, tomorrow thru 2/16, on their collection of glass pieces, including vases, tumblers, and bowls.

Valerio888, 35 W. 36th street, between 5th and 6th avenues, 3rd flr., 212-631-8090. Now thru 2/15 (closed on the weekend). Amber jewelry, wholesale prices

Originally published January 2005
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