A Haute Minute: Jewelry Designer Carola Bun

Canadian jewelry designer Carola Bun has designed jewelry for the most fashionable individuals including Lady Gaga, Brandy, and Lady Starlight. I was able to chat with the jewelry maven for a full frockOn 5 feature on frockOn.com. Angela Samartano gets the scoop from Miss BUN herself.

 

 

HAUTE NYC: How did you begin your business in jewelry and parfum creation?

Carola: Jewelry: For several years, I’ve made couture dresses. In August of last year, I became inspired by the designs of India and began adding hundreds, if not thousands of beads to the dresses I was creating. My beadwork progressed and moved me to work with pearls. Coco Chanel has always inspired me and the idea of a single strand of pearls married with a pair of stylized embroidery scissors came to mind; Chanel wore something very similar as she worked, therefore the necklace I created in her honor is aptly named “Coco”. Within a few weeks later, the Tutu Collection was born! Parfum: I’ve always loved fragrance, particularly scents with floral, feminine notes. Often, when I’m in the process of visioning a design or an idea, I’ll associate a scent with it. Creating a signature BUN fragrance was by far the biggest challenge to date. I made the assumption that by simply combining all my favorite essential oils, I would have the ultimate Parfum. Not the case. Many hours that turned into days and weeks were spent researching, combining, sampling and testing before Lady Godiva, a true, perfect Parfum was complete. Eau de Toilettes have become commonplace and true parfums costly and symbolic of days gone by. I want to bring that back. Place just a drop of “Lady Godiva Parfum” wherever you wish to be kissed!

 

 

HAUTE NYC: At the young age of 23 years old, you have already accomplished so much. What has been the best experience of your career thus far?

Carola: I attribute much of my success to the great people that have come into my life. Within one year of designing and making jewelry, I’ve had the opportunity to design for Lady Gaga, Lady Starlight, Lisa Mazzucco, Brandy, The Grammys and the Oscars! For my generation, there is much wonderment and excitement surrounding Starlets of today. Being a part of that is my greatest accomplishment so far.

 

BUN Styling Lady Starlight

 

HAUTE NYC: What is your favorite part about being a designer? What can we expect from the BUN brand in the upcoming months?

Carola: Bringing an idea from concept to creation, making something so special and unique that has never existed before, a physical object that you can touch and feel, then seeing others experience sheer joy from something I have created is magic.In the coming months, there are many exciting things ahead for BUN: two new collections “La Petite Fleur” and “Le Phantome”, BUN Events, and a BUN world tour.

 

 

 

 

 

Music Monday: NYCAngela March Mix

In the midst of my choatic schedule, I have been studying how to become a dj. As I continue learning how to mix music, I would like to share my very own compilation with my readers. This Music Monday, take a listen to my latest March mix featuring songs by Kaskade, Morgan Page, The Killers, and more. Please feel free to leave comments & show love. Enjoy!

 

Article by: Angela Samartano

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Haute Around the World: 2011, Year of the iPad 2

It was a little over a year ago to the date that Apple made a groundbreaking announcement of their soon to be released tablet pc. At first, the iPad received a mixed response from tech-critics, calling it an over-sized iPhone and that it would never be able to keep up with other laptops or pcs because it did not even contain flash when browsing the internet. Needless to say, those critics have eaten their words and now have a full stomach. In less than a year (April-December 2010), Apple has sold over 15 million iPads while other leading tech companies such as Motorola, Samsung, HP, Blackberry and now Android have scurried to put their own tablets on the market. Apple has trumped the competition in terms of tablets sold. Their 15 million iPad sales are more than EVERY other competitions respected tablet…put together. These amazing numbers equate to over $9.5 BILLION of revenue in 2010 and also have over 90% of the tablet market in terms of shares. To quote Steve Jobs from today’s Apple Announcement even, “Many have said this is the most successful consumer product ever launched. Over 90% market share… our competitors were flummoxed”.

So what makes today (March 2, 2011) special? Well if you stumbled upon this article then you may already know. Today at 1pm eastern, Apple held an iPad 2 event in Cupertino, California to announce the predecessor of the historically groundbreaking iPad…the iPad 2. Bloggers from all over the world sat patiently  awaiting as songs from The Beatles (Apple recently acquired the rights to sell all Beatles music on iTunes) were played. As the lights dimmed and anticipation rose…out stepped the CEO of Apple himself…Steve Jobs. This in itself was a huge surprise because due to his health, Steve Jobs has been on a leave of absence since mid-January, thus making this his first appearance since.

Steve came out to a standing ovation of techno geeks and blog writers as he began to set up Apple’s announcement of the iPad 2. He began by saying since the creation of iBooks (an app for Apple handheld devices that allow the user to download books and other reading material from an online store), 200 million accounts have been created with over 100 million books available for purchase through the iBookstore. Jobs also stated that developers have created over 65,000 apps just for the iPad, resulting in $2 BILLION paid to them from Apple.

Now…onto the iPad 2 itself.

Specifications

  • available March 11, 2011
  • choice between Black or White color options
  • same models and pricing as original iPad (16gig, 32gig, 64gig in WiFi and 3G options)
  • 3G models will be available on both AT&T and Verizon carriers
  • 8.8mm thick (33% thinner than original iPad which was 13.4mm, and thinner than the (9.3mm iPhone 4)
  • Apple A5 dual-core processor chip (the first dual-core processor tablet on the market)
  • 2x faster CPU and 9x faster graphics
  • Rear and Front-facing video cameras (specs not released but most likely will be the same cameras used on the iPhone 4) which will allow for FaceTime between other iPad 2s, iPhone 4s, and iPod Touches.
  • 10 hour battery life (same as original iPad despite the enhances technology)
  • HDMI output (only accessible with $40 hdmi accessory cable from Apple)
  • Apple will also be selling a new Smart-Cover which is a new invention by itself specifically designed for the iPad 2.
  • It will be sold separately at prices of $39 (Polyurethane) and $69 (leather)
  • 5 color choices for each material
  • doubles as a protective cover as well as a stand
  • attaches to the iPad 2 by use of magnets, which is recognizable by the iPad 2 because when the cover is closed over the screen the iPad 2 will go on sleep mode and when it is uncovered the iPad 2 will deactivate sleep mode automatically.
  • ships with brand new iOS 4.3 software (preloaded on iPad 2, available March 11 on iPad, iPhone 4, iPod touch)
  • iOS 4.3 features 3 newly designed apps for the iPad (a completely redesigned iMovie app, an amazing Garage Band app as well as Photo Booth) iMovie and Garage Band will be available on the App Store March 11 for a price of $4.99 each.
  • new software will also enable the iPad 2 to be a WiFi hotspot for iPhone 4s

There you have it. Mark down Friday, March 11 2011 on your calendars because it will be another momentous day in Apple history as the iPad 2 will be available at all Apple Stores at 5PM. It will also be the day that iOS 4.3 will be available for update through iTunes on the original iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Article by: Andrew Marano

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The Haute Spot: Delta House NYC

Hey New Yorkers! The newest Upper East Side Animal House inspired bar, Delta House is great for a night of drinking with a group of your friends. The frat friendly bar offers great deals for during the weekend, like the $10 unlimited draft beer deal that includes Coors Light, Budweiser, and Michelob Ultra. Snag that offer Thursdays through Saturdays from 5pm-10pm for happy hour beer guzzlers. Take your unlimited drafts over to one of the eight beer pong tables and show off your skills. Most recently written up in Time Out New York for “Best Group Drinking”, Delta House is definitely worth the trip. Delta House is located at 1683 First Avenue (Between 87th & 88th Street).

 

 

Check out Delta House on Twitter – @DeltaHouseNYC

Article by: Angela Samartano

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Haute Couple: Carmelo Anthony & La La Vazquez

The latest Haute Couple in New York is non other then the newest member of the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony and wife La La Vazquez. The new starting forward for the Knicks made the move to New York with his wife who will also be starring in her own Vh1 reality show, La La’s Full Court Life. The show is currently slated to premiere in August of this year.

 

This haute couple originally had their own series revolved around their wedding day, “La La’s Full Court Wedding”. To catch an encore of the finale, watch Vh1 on Sunday, February 27th at both 7pm and 11pm EST. Basketball star Carmelo Anthony is sure to play a major role within the series. With all the melo-drama over Mr. Anthony in New York lately, be sure to keep your eyes on this power couple throughout the city.

 

Article by: Angela Samartano

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HAUTE Music: Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance 2011 CD

Armin Van Buuren reveals “A State of Trance 2011” compilation CD Artwork/Tracklist & releases “Armin Only: Mirage” World Tour DVD/Blu Ray!

The world’s #1 DJ four years running, Armin Van Buuren is gearing up for the annual release of Armada’s own “A State of Trance” complication. Van Buuren mixes a double disc which targets both “On The Beach” and “In The Club“. On The Beach provides melodic soothing melodies which provides as the perfect soundtrack for a relaxing night on the beach. In The Club will have you moving in no time.

Since 2004, Van Buuren in conjunction with Armada Music has released this continuous mix compilation double disc and has since then set the standard for the upcoming year in trance and progressive tunes. The eighth release of the series is set to drop on March 18th, 2011 with tracks from some familiar artists as well as some new up and coming artists/producers. With Armin surely keeping us in a state of trance, check to see if your favorite DJs made the cut!

A State of Trance 2011 Tracklist:

Disc 1
1. Triple A – Winter Stayed (Armin van Buuren’s On the Beach Intro Mix)
2. The Blizzard & Omnia – My Inner Island
3. Mike Shiver vs Matias Lehtola – Slacker
4. Dreas vs Alex Robert – Mormugao (Alex Robert 2011 Mix)
5. Anhken – Always Look Back
6. Nuera – Green Cape Sunset
7. Rex Mundi – Sandstone
8. Robert Nickson & Thomas Datt – Godless (Protoculture Remix)
9. Bobina – Lamento Sentimental
10. Mark Otten – Libertine
11. Max Graham feat. Neev Kennedy – So Caught Up
12. Ashley Wallbridge – Moonlight Sonata
13. Beat Service feat. Cathy Burton – When Tomorrow Never Comes
14. Arty & Mat Zo – Rebound

Disc 2
1. Ron Hagen & Al Exander – Now Is The Time (Armin van Buuren’s Intro Edit)
2. Super8 & Tab feat. Julie Thompson – My Enemy (Rank 1 Remix)
3. Shogun – Skyfire
4. John O’Callaghan & Timmy & Tommy – Talk To Me (Ørjan Nilsen Trance Mix)
5. Armin van Buuren presents Gaia – Status Excessu D (ASOT 500 Theme)
6. Mark Eteson – Blackboard (Jon O’Bir Remix)
7. Daniel Kandi & Phillip Alpha – If It Ain’t Broke
8. Andrew Rayel – Aether
9. Ørjan Nilsen – Between The Rays
10. Armin van Buuren feat. Winter Kills – Take A Moment (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
11. Lost World – Stargazer
12. Aly & Fila feat. Jwaydan – We Control The Sunlight
13. Juventa – Dionysia
14. Bjorn Akesson – Painting Pyramids
15. Laura Jansen – Use Somebody (Armin van Buuren Rework)

Van Buuren’s latest single released under his alias “Gaia“, “Status Excessu D” (translating to 500), is the theme for his upcoming 500th A State of Trance Radio Show celebration. Released on 2/25 on DVD/Blu Ray disc, Armin Only: Mirage. Fans have the opportunity to explore life on tour with Armin Only backstage, in the studio, as well as live performances from Armin, Eller Van Buuren, Benno De Goej, Nadia Ali, Susana, Christian Burns and Ana Criado. A chosen 31 tracks are featured from the live nine hour show which was held in Uterect, Netherlands during the ladder half of 2010.

Armin Only: Mirage DVD/Blu Ray Tracklist:

01 Armin van Buuren feat. Ana Criado – Down To Love (Live performance by Ana Criado)
02 Armin van Buuren – I Don’t Own You
03 Armin van Buuren feat. Susana – Desiderium 207 (Live performance by Susana)
04 Armin van Buuren – Mirage (Official opening Armin Only Mirage, live performance by Susana, Bagga Bownz, Eller van Buuren, Benno de Goeij & Orchestra)
05 W&W – Alpha
06 Armin van Buuren feat. Christian Burns – This Light Between Us (Live performance by Christian Burns & Orchestra)
07 Armin van Buuren – Full Focus (Live performance by Benno de Goeij)
08 Ørjan Nilsen – Go Fast
(World of Gaia)
09 Gaia – Aisha
10 Armin van Buuren – Orbion (Live performance by Susana)
11 Gaia – Tuvan
12 Armin van Buuren vs Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving Up On Love (Dash Berlin 4AM Mix)
13 Dave202 vs Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren – Arrival vs Beggin’ You (Acapella ) (Armin van Buuren Mashup)
14 W&W – AK47
15 Armin van Buuren feat. Nadia Ali – Feels So Good (Live performance by Nadia Ali)
16 Nadia Ali – Rapture (Tristan Garner mix) (Live performance by Nadia Ali)
17 Armin van Buuren feat. BT – These Silent Hearts
18 Armin van Buuren – Coming Home (Live performance by Benno de Goeij & Eller van Buuren)
19 Solarstone – Touchstone (Aly & Fila Remix)
20 Armin van Buuren feat. VanVelzen – Broken Tonight (Live performance by Roel VanVelzen)
21 Faithless – Not Going Home (Armin van Buuren Remix)
22 Armin van Buuren feat. Jaren – Unforgivable (Stoneface & Terminal Mix)
23 Armin van Buuren feat. Cathy Burton – Rain (Cosmic Gate Remix)
24 Armin van Buuren feat. Jan Vayne – Serenity
25 Laura Jansen – Use Somebody (Armin van Buuren Rework)
26 DJ ’s United – Remember Love
27 Armin van Buuren vs Ferry Corsten – Minack
28 John O’Callaghan presents Mannix – Pyramid (Live performance by Koen Herfst)
Trance Classics Mix – Live keyboards by Benno de Goeij
29 Rank 1 – L.E.D. There Be Light
30 The Thrillseekers – Synaesthesia
31 Binary Finary – 1998
32 Armin van Buuren feat. Justine Suissa – Burned With Desire (live performance by Bagga Bownz, Benno de Goeij, Ana Criado, Christian Burns, Nadia Ali, Susana & Cathy Burton)

Article by: Mark Mancino

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Haute Music: Super8 & Tab debut in New York City

Trance DJs/Producers Super8 & Tab from Helsinki, Finland are set to make their NYC debut this Thursday February 24 at Cielo NYC. Miika Eloranta who aliases as Super8 and Janne Mansnerus, known as DJ Tab, took a break from perusing their individual careers in 2005 to form the partnership tag team. For their NYC debut, Super8 & Tab can be seen at Cielo, a vibrant space, offering a more intimate feel than your typical New York City Nightclub.

Working on their solo careers until joining forces in 2005, the Anjunabeats recording artists have worked alongside quite a few A-List DJs including Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Above & Beyond and Ferry Corsten. The trance music duo are best known for their singles “Needs To Feel“, “Helsinki Scorchin“, “Elektra”, “Irufushi” and the 2010 releases “Black Is The New Yellow“, “Empire” and “Mercy” recorded with Jan Burton, and “My Enemy” featuring vocals by Julie Thompson. Also known for their hard-hitting club remixes, Super8 & Tab renditions may be heard amongnst Above & Beyond‘s “Oceanic“, Ferry Corsten‘s “Made Of Love” , Luminary’s Amsterdam”, Paul Van Dyk’s “New York City” and “Nothing But You“. Re-mastering the Above & Beyond club classic featuring Zoe JohnsonCan’t Sleep” in early 2011, Super8 & Tab are sure to supply Cielo with a well balanced set for their New York City debut. Advance Tickets are available for $15 through Made Event, a limited number will be available at the door.

 

Article by: Mark Mancino

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Haute Looks: Get Silky Skin with Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson’s latest line of products can keep anyones skin as smooth as a baby. Whether or not there are any babies in your life, you can always count on these products for deep moisturizing and the ultimate clean feeling. HAUTE NYC’s Angela & Magen share two of their favorite new Johnson & Johnson products to keep you looking haute.

Magen

We all know that haute moms are always busy and in a rush, but somehow should still find the time to look and feel fabulous. Johnson & Johnson products are perfect for Haute moms, or any woman on the go. Products like the Baby Oil Gel with Shea and Cocoa Butter are just what the beauty gods created for staying fresh and moisturized. Though generally created for use on babies these products serve a dual purpose. Not only will your baby’s skin be protected but so will yours. Only $3.29 for 6.5 oz, this body gel oil is perfect for maintaining moisture and adding a glow to your skin. For extra moisture I recommend using the gel after shaving and when your body is still wet, doing so locks in the moisture and leaves you feeling baby smooth for hours. Other great uses for this product are for massages, we all know how being a mom can be a tad-bit stressful but go ahead, treat yourself to a massage using the oil gel, you will sure feel fantastic. I am a big fan of body oils, I often prefer to use them over lotions as they tend to hold on to moisture longer and leave me feeling a bit on the sexy side. This product can be found in food, drug and general mass-market chain stores, so go on treat yourself, you know you deserve it.

Angela

The winter months can be harsh on any skin, young or old. Many body washes tend to gear toward a particular scent rather than the moisture of your skin. There are others that promise smooth and soft skin, but seem to end up leaving a greasy feel to the skin. The perfect balance between the two lays in the new Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil Body Wash with Shea & Cocoa Butter that instantly became my new favorite. Since the day I tried it, I have actually found a noticeable difference in the softness of my skin by using the body wash. Winter in New York this year has been one of the worst on record, and this has been the one product that allows me to battle the dreaded dry skin of winter. Since beginning my obsession with this at the beginning of the month, my skin is ready for summer and so am I! The aromatic scent of cocoa and shea butters are reminiscent of a warm summer day and is so refreshing on the skin. For only $3.99 in any drugstore, you can get a 15oz. bottle that is definitely worth the purchase.

Article By: Angela Samartano & Magen Martin

Courtesty of: C-Com Group, Inc.

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