HAUTE Chicks: Christy Velazquez

Christy Velazquez is an aspiring dancer & model from Staten Island, New York. For the latest HAUTE Chicks post, we ask & admire her style.

HAUTE NYC: How do you describe your personal style?

Christy: Casual, always a balance between cute and sexy.


HAUTE NYC: What is the one item in your closet you cannot live without? Why?

Christy: Plain Black Stilettos! They never go out of style and you can use them to dress up any outfit.

Check out more from Christy

Twitter: @iamtheeprincess





Music Monday: Axwell at Webster Hall NYC

Last weekend, DJ/producer Axwell of Swedish House Mafia brought electro house beats to famous New York Club, Webster Hall. Axwell is the #10 DJ in the world according to DJMag.com and he proved to NYC exactly why he holds that spot on November 20th. Swedish House Mafia has had worldwide success with their latest club hit, “ONE” that is mixed by all three members of the group, Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso. In this Music Monday, I have included some of my own videos from the event at Webster Hall. You can see in the videos alone just how crowded the venue was by the time Axwell took the stage. This was truly a haute event where seemingly everyone was singing and dancing along to every song.  Be sure to check out Webster Hall the next time you are in NYC!




Written by: Angela Samartano @NYCAngela


Haute Couple: Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz

Songstress Alicia Keys and rapper/producer hubby Swizz Beatz were married this past July, and compliment each other in so many ways. Their style is hip-hop urban meets glam, no matter what the situation. The happy couple recently gave birth to their first son together, baby Egypt Daoud Dean, born on October 14, 2010.  The proud parents are seen here shopping in NYC just days after the birth of their son last month. Even in sweats, they still look haute!

Shortly before the new baby arrived, Keys shows off a motherly glow in Dolce & Gabbana as she hosted the 2010 Keep A Child Alive Black Ball on September 30th. The two looks so in love together. Beatz rocked a navy velvet dinner jacket with a fitted velvet bow-tie that looked so elegant next to Alicia’s gown.

Here are some other pictures of this edition of Haute Couple.

-After Alicia’s show at London’s O2 Area-

-Photo via DailyMail May 2010-

Alicia Keys hosts Gotham Magazine Annual Gala Presented by Bing – March 15,2010

Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys (pre-baby)

Photo via NecoleBitchie.com

Haute Music: Lifted Crew

This past Thursday, I had the pleasure of hearing the amazing sound of hip-hop group Lifted Crew at Greenhouse in SoHo. Lifted has just signed on for a monthly residency at the swanky NYC ‘haute’ spot. Lifted Crew completely rocked the club at Greenhouse this Thursday! They also brought along an impressive crowd including the singer/songwriter kin of Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Fredo as well as music producer and humanitarian Mike Jean Baptiste. I was in attendance with the fabulous Melanie of FrockOn.com, rubbing shoulders with all the high profile individuals. Check out some of our photos from the event here.

– Lifted Crew-

– Lifted Crew –

– Angela of HAUTE NYC & FrockOn.com with Melanie of FrockOn.com

Angela Samartano with Mike Jean Baptiste

– Angela Samartano snags a photo opp with Michael Fredo –

Greenhouse is definitely a sight to see. They truly bring the term “going green” to new levels! Greenhouse is a bi-level upscale club located on the lower west side of Manhattan. Inside you will find walls made of sustainable bamboo as a greener alternative to wooden panels. Greenhouse brings a glamorous yet earthy vibe, showcasing a huge waterfall inside and an abundance of live plants. However, going green doesn’t necessarily come free. Drinks are moderately priced for Manhattan party-goers, but the ambiance will make you quickly forget that $15 you just spent on your mixed drink. To check out what else Greenhouse has to offer, check out their website.

If you’re in NYC and you NEED to check out Lifted Crew at Greenhouse. Check out the crew on Facebook & MySpace for more details about performances!

A Haute Minute with Dubraska Sosa

Meet the El Diabla of roller derby, Dubraska Sosa. In the latest Haute Minute, HAUTE NYC’s own Angela chats with Dubraska to find out just how intense roller derby can be. Check out FrockOn.com for my full FrockOn 5 interview!

HAUTE NYC: Not everyone may know a lot about roller derby. What insight to the sport can you provide for us about it? Is it difficult to acquire the skills necessary to play?

Sosa: It’s way more than just roller skating in a circle.  There are complex rules and regulations, a large yet really tight community, and a huge amount of personal dedication.  Most derby teams practice four to five times a weeks, so not only is there a huge time commitment but we spend a huge amount of time together as well.

Although it’s seen as a hobby, we are putting so much time and money and effort into derby.  We really put aside our everyday life to be good at rollerderby.  And it’s not just practicing but personal training, running, biking, and staying in shape as well.

My team has been training and practicing intensely for 5 years and we still haven’t made the top ten teams in the country. It takes so much commitment and work.

HAUTE NYC: How would you describe your personal style? Do you feel that roller derby plays a role on the way you dress?

Sosa: I have a really hard time with this kind of questions so i’ll let several of my friends answer it.
Caldwell: kinda hipster, newsie, shoe slut, from the 80’s and 90’s with a bit of crust punk and bike dork, along with a taste for the ironic.

Jen: sharp and put together.  Kinda like a boyish street charm, with fancy butch.  clean

Margo: Eclectic mix of punk but not punk.  Badass.  A perfect blend of function and fashion

Sena: Faggy butch

On any given day I can be wearing a button down shirt with a tie and shoes that are shiny and slippery and make me fall, but next day I could be wearing a ripped shirt with a tiny hat and shoes with holes in them.  I need to be able to ride my bike but still look presentable for work (and for the ladies after work). I don’t know if derby has influenced my personal style that much.  Maybe it’s given me a slightly more sporty edge on some days, but not a huge amount.


HAUTE NYC: What advice can you give to readers interested in roller derby? What can young women do to get their foot in the door?

Sosa: Go and check out your local roller derby league.  Most leagues are self supporting with tight budgets, so all financial help is always welcome, and we love the fans.
If you’re interested in playing roller derby, put on your skates and practice. Check your local league and find out when they hold try outs and practice practice practice – that’s the only way to get better and learn.  Also, be ready to commit yourself to roller derby.  It’s not for someone who wants a half ass hobby, but it’s extremely rewarding.


For more of this interview, go to FrockOn.com

To get more Dubraska Sosa, check her out on MySpace.

People’s Sexiest Man Alive: Ryan Reynolds

So it’s that time of year again when People Magazine picks their sexiest man alive. Who else but then the hot Canadian actor, Ryan Reynolds to scorch the pages of the latest issue of People and hold the coveted title. Besides being married to smoking hot Scarlett Johansson, Reynolds wins the hearts of millions of women in movies like The Proposal, and is gearing up as the Green Lantern, coming out in 2011.

In case you don’t take People Magazine‘s word for it, here are a few photos to help you realize how they may of made their decision. 🙂




Music Monday: Light a Fire in Your New Shoes

One of my favorite songs of the moment comes from Illinois born dj, Kaskade. With a busy schedule filled with gigs all over the world, Kaskade will be returning to New York City at Pacha NYC on Saturday, December 4, 2010. The song that I just can’t stop listening to collaborates Kaskade with Martina, the voice of the Dragonettes. Fire in Your New Shoes is an upbeat, sultry song that can’t help but make you dance. Check out the official video for one of Kaskade’s latest hits. Like what you hear? Join Kaskade at Pacha NYC on December 4th for hours of house music that will keep your feet moving. Doors open at 10pm. For ticket information, click here.

Music Monday: Max Graham

For this week’s Music Monday feature, I have called upon one of my favorite DJs, Max Graham. Graham is a Canadian based composer, producer, and professional DJ. Graham specializes in progressive house and trance music. His songs and remixes have been featured by various artists including Armin van Buuren and Markus Schulz. I was lucky enough to get some information directly from the source! Graham’s new album Radio was released on June 25,2010. With the huge success of its first single “Sun in the Winter”, Radio will surely continue to pulse the dance floors straight into 2011.

HAUTE NYC: How old were you when you started to DJ and how do you think you’ve grown since then?
GRAHAM: Well I didn’t start touring until I was about 29, I’ve changed and grown the same in music as I have in life, I no longer wear the same clothes that I did in 1999, I don’t have the same hair style etc… I think we naturally progress through music just like we do in everything else, looking for something new to inspire us. I think if any of us played the same music as ten or even five years ago it wouldn’t work.

HAUTE NYC: What are your biggest influences right now in the music industry right now?

GRAHAM: I would say the people I’m most impressed with are Arty and Protoculture this year, but so many people have been influences both personally and professionally. After taking a year off I was a little concerned about returning to the scene but lots of guys like Markus and Armin were very supportive and it’s been a great year so far.

HAUTE NYC: You recently released your new album entitled Radio this year. My audience is loving the first two singles Sun in the Winter & Nothing Else Matters. Any ideas for what your third single might be?

GRAHAM: Well NEM is actually the third single with Dusky 2010 being the second… We’re talking about possibly releasing “out of the fire” as a single with remixes but that’s still up in the air.

– Picture via ArmadaMusic.com

HAUTE NYC: What is your most memorable experience at a gig and where is your favorite place to play?
GRAHAM: Probably my first gig at Pacha in Buenos Aires, I walked in at 4am, the place was packed the house lights were on and I thought something was wrong, like the fire alarm had been pulled. The lighting guy told me “no they are waiting for you” and as soon as I started they turned down the lights and turned up the sound, I played for four hours to the most incredible crowd and I will never forget that gig. Favorite place? Different places for different reasons, Israel, Tokyo, Colombia, Argentina… so many, some for the food and the culture, some for the girls! haha, some just for the love of dance music.


HAUTE NYC: Your remix of Sun in the Winter was featured on #1 DJ in the world, Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance 2010 album. Many would consider that a great honor. How did you feel when you found out Armin would be featuring this track?

GRAHAM: Well I was really excited when Oakenfold put Airtight on his compilation in 2001, I’ve since had a few tracks on Armin/Tiesto/Oakenfold comps but yes it’s always an honor that they have chosen yours when they have so many to choose from. 🙂


HAUTE NYC: What advice would you give to new DJ’s just starting on the scene?
GRAHAM: Produce produce produce, while i may not agree with it, the only way to become a successful dj today is to make records. I think it’s quite easy to be successful and rise up IF you make good records. We are always on the look out for new amazing productions and when we find them we play them to death, this is the fastest way to get known as a dj and performer.


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