Anna Wintour, Kim Kardashian West, Kacey Musgraves, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and more depart The Mark Hotel for The Met Gala

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It’s A Fashion Parade

If you thought New York Fashion Week was the biggest time of the year for the fashion industry, then you’d have to turn it into a gala for all 8 days, that’s why fashion reserves to keep one night a year special always, it’s the night of The Met Gala, where fashion elites and celebrities gathered in New York City on Monday night to raise money for The Metropolitan Museum Of Art’s annual fashion exhibit, and The Mark Hotel gets its share of red carpet exposure as those staying there attending the event depart the hotel as tons of fans looked on, and paparazzi snapped away.

As fashion plays a vital role in such high-end circles, The Met Gala’s theme this year is Camp, the attraction to artifice and exaggeration, a place where one or a group of people are in that’s away from the real world, a simulated set up of real life, like in places such as performing arts camp, dance camp, summer camp, or any camp of the like, Anna Wintour proudly hosted this year’s Met Gala along with Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and Lady Gaga.

Literally, all of the fashion world and Hollywood pressed the pause button for this prestigious event to say the least, those attendees included Gwen Stefani, Janelle Monae, Travis Scott, Kacey Musgraves, Frank Ocean, Florence Welch, Maluma, French Montana, Dev Hynes, 21 Savage, Kelela, Anderson Paak, and Chris Lee.

As well as designers: Nicolas Ghesquiere, Jeremy Scott, Julien Dossena, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, & Dapper Dan.

The fashion world was represented by models: Karlie Kloss, Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Irina Shayk, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Mariacarla Boscono, Lily Rose Depp, Doutzen Kroes, Edie Campbell, Hari Nef, Karen Elson, Violet Chachki, Camila Morrone, Lily Aldridge, & Petra Collins.

Actors, included: Lily Collins, Lana Condor, Jennifer Connelly, Nia DaCosta, Ava DuVernay, Jordan Eli Roth, Tracee Ellis Ross, Elle Fanning, Regina Hall, Lucy Boynton, Omari Hardwick, Dakota Johnson, Riley Keough, Regina King, Kiki Layne, Jared Leto, Chloe Grace Moretz, Indya Moore, Carey Mulligan, Ruth Negga, Jeremy O’Harris, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naoki Kobayashi, Sarah Paulson, Saoirse Ronan, Naomi Scott, Yara Shahidi, Sadie Sink, Emma Stone, Justin Theroux, Tessa Thompson, & Alicia Vikander, and many more left the hotel at sundown to attend the annual Gala a block away on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Located in New York’s Upper East Side at the corner of Madison Avenue and 77th Street, The Mark Hotel combines avant-garde design with the latest technology & old-world comfort. Drawing on the expertise of an extraordinary group of talents that includes French legendary designer Jacques Grange, Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, celebrity hairstylist Frederic Fekkai and master perfumer Frederic Malle, The Mark Hotel is known worldwide for an exceptional level of personal service and an unprecedented list of amenities. The Mark Hotel offers 24/7 check-in, 24/7 room service by Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, 24/7 shopping at Bergdorf Goodman, access to The Mark Sailboat, a 70-foot vessel available to guests to sail around the New York harbor, among many other amenities that are part of #LifeAtTheMark.

Daniel Quintanilla

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Kristin Cavallari down & dirty in Cabo, Mexico on ‘Very Cavallari’

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Cabo Is Home…..Home Is Cabo

Cabo, Mexico has so much meaning to so many people, especially those who were in their teens and even their 20’s last decade, coming from affluent upbringings residing in Southern California, those young folk made Cabo a place to let loose, have a good time, and keep their deepest and darkest moments in Cabo, it’s so enriching for a bright and successful lady like Kristin Cavallari to revisit those fun-filled days down in that little town in Mexico on Sunday night’s episode of “Very Cavallari” as the Kristin and husband, Jay Cutler, vacation marched along.

Since Kristin and Jay got their candid talk with each other out of the way, Kristin and Jay were now ready to have lots of fun, plus the rest of Kristin’s and Jay’s friends were now arriving to join in on the day to day soirées, Jay didn’t mind the added company, so Kristin got reacquainted with her “hometown” by stopping at of her old and favorite haunts in Cabo, Squid Row, where Kristin declared a ton of memorable moments in Cabo way back when.

In between wild nights and days, Kelly got to talk about the mission she’s on to get married and start a family, Kelly now feels a little more added pressure from one the Aussie friends down in Cabo with Kristin and Jay, the Aussie says it’s like a 10 year plan to get married and start a family which has to begin when you’re young, so Kelly says she’s making it a point to freeze her eggs immediately after Cabo since Kelly can’t say when she’ll be getting married.

And touching back to the candid talk, Kristin tells Jay that she wants to put in the effort to spend more time with Jay and the kids, and not have to worry about every single department over at Uncommon James, Kristin’s also glad that Jay’s willing to let Kristin do her thing with making Uncommon James a success.

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Kristin Cavallari announces ‘Very Cavallari’ renewed for another season

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The Drama Never Ends

Not only does Kristin Cavallari have the success of Uncommon James to celebrate, but Kristin’s celebrating how “Very Cavallari” has been on E! for the past 2 seasons, so the show’s Instagram page delivered big news on Friday, “Very Cavallari” has been renewed for a third season, which means the whole world will get to see more of Kristin hard at work and being a boss lady, drama unfolding in and out of work and at home, as well as Kelly’s quest to find the right guy, and husband, Jay Cutler, being the very best he can be, himself.

Kristin did a follow up to that announcement Saturday on her very own Instagram as Kristin along with some friends of hers were down in Cabo, Mexico making sure we don’t miss part 2 of Cabo, Mexico tonight on “Very Cavallari” on E!, while mentioning too that “VC’s” been renewed for a third season.

Kristin Cavallari again today had a message from Cabo, Mexico on Instagram, this time on video reminding us again about “Very Cavallari” being renewed for a season 3, how Kristin’s glad that people like the show, how Kristin has so much fun doing it, and to get ready for even more drama, especially over at Uncommon James, coming up in the new season, and the last 2 episodes of season 2 are tonight and next Sunday night, plus Kristin’s getting ready to host “Paradise Hotel” which starts this Thursday on FOX.

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American Ballet Theatre & Equinox hold ABT X EQUINOX class at The Shed with Lauren Post

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Life Is Dance

Daniel plus Lauren (yours truly) got to be apart of a special ballet class today provided by American Ballet Theatre with Equinox at The Shed at Hudson Yards here in New York City where many came out to the two sold-out classes that were held today, both by ABT’s Kathryn Boren and Lauren Post, who are prominent dancers with the prestigious ballet company that’s molded and shaped the world of ballet for 80 years, yours truly was very lucky to be apart of Lauren’s class as the morning ended and the overcast afternoon began.

Ballet enthusiasts would not be the proper words to use for someone who’s taken ballet all, most, or part of their life, like ballet, the proper and only words to say would be ballet dancers, ballet students, and even practitioners of ballet, those alike all came out including yours truly who recognized the terminology used in ballet, there were parallels, first position, second position, portabras, pointed, and flexed feet, and jumps leading the way as Lauren’s class was met with a touch of aerobic style in burst of cardio while arabesque, swan arms, turns, swan legs, and kick ball change were there to keep the ballet dance organic.

Afterwards, Lauren sat down with Equinox’s health newser, Furthermore, to talk about what led Lauren to join ABT during mid-season back in January 2008, Lauren originally had no intention of making ABT her permanent home, but Lauren was encouraged to audition for ABT, and got on board with the company surprisingly, which is one of the rare cases where doing what your boyfriend does actually works.

Even 6 months pregnant as of this moment, Lauren continues to practice ballet with ABT, where in normal circumstances, the life of a ballet dancer on a daily basis is starting the day with a company class that last 105 minutes, followed by rehearsal from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. for any given production taking place with ABT, dancers do get breaks in-between to build up their strength, and eat as much calories as they can to keep their stamina up.

With the Equinox philosophy of building your best body through science, proper eating, rest, training, and regeneration, companies like American Ballet Theatre do their very best to incorporate strength training with all the cardio exercise that’s intensely involved with ballet so the right amount of muscle mass, and calories are taken in.

Another valuable lesson learned from Lauren today is that ABT stays true to the original practice of classical ballet, as well as return to incorporating strength training with ballet as dancers like Lauren need to stay strong, getting in leg strength exercises, cross training, and weight lifting, especially with men who are constantly lifting their female partners during performance, and practice.

Being an accomplished ballet dancer like Lauren Post demands one to live a high performance life, and Equinox where Lauren is proudly a member of (DpL also), delivers the utmost standard of fitness and lifestyle to those who live a high performance life day in and day out, Equinox will also be a big part of Hudson Yards beginning next month as Equinox Hotels opens up.

The world of ballet at large is perceived to be something you’d see on movies like “Black Swan”, “Center Stage”, or other movies or TV shows alike, it’s quite the contrary says Lauren where it’s nothing less than a loving environment where one helps the other grow, and vice versa.

The practice of ballet with its rules, regulations, and movements will continue to be as it’s been for centuries, but the proper training that ABT and Equinox provides, and the awareness made by dancers like Lauren Post, Kathryn Boren, and Misty Copeland, who’s also apart of ABT, will ensure that injuries and permanent damage are minimized.

Daniel Quintanilla

Lauren Conrad’s gift ideas for Mother’s Day

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Gift To The Mother

Today, it’s May 1st, that means we only for 11 more days till the next holiday, Mother’s Day is our next big one, we’ve had a little break after Easter, and a very big time to chill out from Valentine’s Day and Christmas, so now it’s time to show the ones that brought us into the world how much we love them by finding the right gift for mom, which Lauren Conrad does in her gift guide with ideas on gifts mom will love.

It all starts with LC Lauren Conrad and some mama bear heart charm keychain, then comes white sapphire post earrings that’ll make any mom feel special, Olive & June come out with the everything box that holds what you need to have a good home manicure, it’s The Little Market and their layered tassel jewelry gift box, LC Lauren Conrad mama split necklace, and Chelsea King with mama and me 2 set of scrunchies.

LC Lauren Conrad returns with the mama bear trinket tray that can hold all kinds of jewelry, Clare V and every mother counts tote bag, LC Lauren Conrad I Got It From My Mama compact mirror, LC Lauren Conrad again with the mama and baby cat trinket tray, The Little Market best mom candle, and the Splendid Shortie PJ Set.

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Whitney Port mom-shamed on social media

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Don’t Speak Unless In A Village

If you’ve ever been a celebrity, you know that you live an entirely different life than we folks or commoners in the real world, a star’s pressures and problems are not the same of an ordinary individual, it can relate sometimes, but it’s an entirely different universe, but it doesn’t stop ordinary people from giving their own opinions where there’s an opportunity to leave a comment, that’s what Whitney Port deals with, and told Us Magazine exactly this on Monday, as Whitney talks about parenting advice.

Being a parent is tough, having criticism from the American public on top of raising a child makes it a whole lot tougher, Whitney says she always has to question what’s she’s doing because people are watching, and one slight mistake can get someone like Whitney to be shamed on social media, which Whitney has encountered already.

In the end, Whitney has to remind herself constantly that she needs to parent her child in a way which is comfortable for Whitney Port, and not cow tow, step and fetch, or cater to the ones chiming in from the peanut gallery.

Whitney and the rest of “The Hills: New Beginnings” lean on each other for advice with not only themselves, but with being a parent.

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Lauren Conrad styles 3 vases from LC Lauren Conrad

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Every Vase Deserves A Flower

It’s that time of year, where the first of the freshest flowers have already bloomed and are ready for picking, there’s nothing beautiful than roses, daisies, and all kinds or flowers and herbs to grace our living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens to make our homes more cheerful to be in, and let’s not forget the beautiful vases we get to put those flowers in, so it’s very fitting today that Lauren Conrad finds 3 new beautiful vases from her LC Lauren Conrad Collection that give the beautiful flowers a run for their money.

With help from Lauren’s prop stylist, Kate Martindale, the LC Lauren Conrad Bud Vase 3-Piece Set starts out by going green, but not in the sick ways we know already, but in pops of green with greenery from the flowers themselves, it’s also best to determine the length and amount of green that you’ll need depending on how long the pastel vase is.

The beauty that is boho beauty isn’t retreating anytime soon, so as pastels rule on these vases, it’s only fitting to give out bold looks on contrasting hues involving dried pampas grass and large feathers depending on the type of vase and color pastel being used.

Fresh flowers in even vases like LC Lauren Conrad still work in and out, finding flowers of a small cut will not only leave from for the flowers to shine, but the vase will get strong equal attention too, so it’s 50/50 all around.

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Kristin Cavallari heads to Cabo on ‘Very Cavallari’

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Sorting Things Out

Sunday night came the big moment for Kristin Cavallari and husband, Jay Cutler, to head off to Cabo, Mexico on “Very Cavallari” for some much needed time with each other where there are no kids to intervene, or friends for at least a few days to spoil the moment both man and wife have with each owner, but there was one important thing Kristin wanted to do first before Cabo came a calling.

Kristin came up with the brilliant idea of having a photo shoot for Uncommon James little extension that’s Little James on the backdrop of her beautiful scenic home surroundings which will greatly enhance the baby line, even though Jay has slightly minor objections about the shoot, the shoot goes on as planned with Kristin also involving her 3 kids in the fun day outside with muddy trails and hanging out in back of trucks to create that perfect look for the baby.

On the Uncommon James office front, the drama continues to brew with Brittany and Reagan, where Reagan goes as far as saying they’re not close anymore, but that declaration to co-workers has more weight and meaning to everyone else, people tell Brittany that Reagan has turned it into something where Brittany is the crazy one, so Brittany had to talk again with Reagan about what’s going down at Uncommon James.

And then came Cabo, the moment that Kristin and Jay have long been waiting for, where they’re heart to heart talk took place, Kristin feels confident about their candid chat, but Jay may be getting fed up in other ways as we’ll see next week.

Daniel Quintanilla

Vox celebrates its 5th anniversary in Washington, D.C.

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Content Built Around You

There’s a world out there that will eat you up if you let it, constant flames of information shooting out at you in every corner or pothole that’s easily missed, so much news, facts, opinions, and negative feedback about the world without filter that you’re consumed by it all and forever changed about what you see and who you know, but only one media operation celebrates and keeps you in mind, it’s Vox that celebrated its 5th anniversary Thursday night at The Line Hotel in our beautiful nation’s capitol that is Washington, D.C.

Five years ago, Ezra Klein, Melissa Bell, and Matt Yglesias founded Vox with what Editor-in-Chief Lauren Williams now describes as “a pristine clarity of purpose” that has, in five years, translated across beats, platforms, and mediums. Vox explains. Vox gives the context. Vox goes deep. Vox puts its audience first.  

On Vox’s fifth anniversary, this clarity of purpose is the through-line of its best work, in-depth explainers on Vox.com; Emmy-nominated YouTube videos; “Explained” on Netflix; podcasts such as “Today”, “Explained” and “The Weeds”; “Future Perfect” and “The Goods” verticals; “The Highlight” on Apple News+; and its upcoming partnership with Recode.

The Vox fifth anniversary party at The Line Hotel in Adam’s Morgan were filled with all its Vox staffers that included Jim Bankoff, Melissa Bell, Ezra Klein, Susan Rice, Ian Cameron, Mike Allen, Sally Quinn, Heather Podesta, Dylan Byers, Nedra Pickler, Matt Yglesias, Sarah Kliff, Jeremy Bash, Robyn Bash, Steve Clemons, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Brian Stelter, Jim Acosta, Kyle Dropp, Sara Fischer, Lynn Sweet, Jeff Zeleny, Kate Nocera, Dave Weigel, Natalie Cucchiara, Matt Rivera, Ryan Reilly, Betsy Woodruff, Igor Bobic, Alex Seitz-Wald, Nick Johnston, Margaret Carlson, Jonathan Swan, Meridith Webster, Pam Stevens, Didem Nisanci, Nate Tibbits, David DiMartino, Bruce Andrews, Jay Newton-Small, Mark Ein, Allison Rockey, Lauren Williams, Geoff Morell, Heather Podesta, Eric Schultz, Carol Lee, and Eric Lipton.

On behalf of Lauren Williams, Allison Rockey, Joe Posner, and the rest of Vox’s leadership team, they say thank you to everyone who has read, watched, and listened to Vox in the last five years.

Daniel Quintanilla

Lauren Conrad & A Casa Rosa Tequila Cocktail

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It’s Cocktail Season

Truly, there’s no specific time of year to have a nice cocktail or tequila, any time of day, night, or any hour of that matter is a perfect moment to sip into a nice little drink that ignites one hell of a good time with friends, family, loved one, and even yourself, it also helps when that cocktail’s decorated and flavored to one’s desire, especially when it’s a special occasion like with Lauren Conrad when attending the International Woman’s Day conference awhile back, Lauren tells today about the Casa Rosa Tequila Cocktail that’s made wonderfully.

Lauren’s fine contributor, Kate Martindale, went on and recreated this delightful cocktail that starts out with Casamigos Blanco Tequila that only needs 2 ounces worth in all its grapefruit glory of 75 ounces coming in pink grapefruit juice, it’s then 5 ounces of fresh lemon juice, 5 ounces of almond syrup, 2 dashes of jasmine water, and edible flowers used to garnish.

With a little shake mixed in with ice, this Casa Rosa Tequila Cocktail gets strained into a coupe glass as your moment of sailing glory gets propelled with fresh ingredients and classy tequila, as well as a nice buzz to start out with.

Whether you got marital problems or maturity issues, a Casa Rosa Tequila Cocktail definitely is the cure in your moments of struggle, when you gotta face the music about your short comings, and that moment of truth where you gotta make a decision about love.

Daniel Quintanilla