The NYC Talon NY Fashion Week Coverage: Strut

My NYFW experience kicked off with a bang last night at The MOMs Strut: The Fashionable Mom Show. Gone are the days of mom jeans and slouchy tees, last night these mom’s donned fashionable frocks and strutted their stuff for a number of worthy causes.

Among the causes were UN Shot @ Life – represented by Holly Pavlika, the Jason Taylor Foundation – represented by Katina and Zoe Taylor (wife and daughter of retired NFL Defensive End Jason Taylor), the Girl Rising Fund – represented by Tara Abrahams, Healthy Child, Healthy World – represented by Alysia Reiner, March of Dimes – represented by Victoria Recano and Maximilienne Burwell, and many more.

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It wouldn’t be New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week without a few celebrity spottings!

CC Sabathia, Jorge Posada, Amar'e Stoudemire

New York Yankee CC Sabathia was present in support of wife Amber Sabathia, and kids Carsten, Jaden, Cyia, and Carter who all walked the runway for the PitCCh In Foundation:

Amber Sabathia, and kids Carsten, Jaden, Cyia, and Carter

Also sitting courtside – er, runway-side, was Amar’e Stoudemire, whose wife Alexis and children Assata, Ar’e, and Amar’e Jr. all walked the runway for the Amar’e Stoudemire Foundation.

Keeping company with Amar’e and CC was retired Yankee, Jorge Posada, whose wife Laura Posada strutted down the runway for the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction.

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Also strutting her stuff was WNBC’s Today in NY anchor Darlene Rodriguez!

This is the third Strut: The Fashionable Mom Show – with this season’s show being sponsored primarily by Whirlpool, Cottonelle, and Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer and presented by The Moms and SWWCreative.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game with Duane Reade!

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Remember when you were younger and played tag? And you would always know where base was so you could run right over when you were out of breath or your legs were tired. Well for NYC’ers like me, Duane Reade is pretty much base. And especially on hot summer days when the heat is unbearable, the cool air conditioned pharmacy offers a much welcome refuge from the sun. But Duane Reade has always kept it’s finger on the pulse of NYC’ers – with products, sales, and events that appeal to city folk – their most recent was when as a part of MLB’s FanFest they sent their street team out to give out FREE tickets to this years All Star Week!

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I took my sisters and brother down with me to MLB’s Fan Cave this past week to check out what the Duane Reade street team was up to with those tickets. We forgot to wear our MLB duds, but the street team’s energy was definitely catching!

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Proof that NYC is really just a small town – many NY’ers on line had heard a “rumor” that there was going to be free FanFest tickets in front of the Fan Cave, but weren’t sure what was up. Handing out flyers, the Duane Reade street team let waiting fans know that anyone decked out in their best MLB outfit could win a pair of tickets just by letting the team know that “I want to be drafted by Duane Reade!” And who wouldn’t?

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We met Yankees pitcher David Robertson outside of the Fan Cave during the event!

Most people who were initially on line with us actually ended up getting tickets! How awesome is that!

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We have loads of traditions in my family, and one of them is baseball in the summer – in fact most NYC’ers I know share this tradition, and I love that Duane Reade reaches out and connects with the city by sharing these favorite pastimes!

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Duane Reade – refuge from the heat!

After checking out the Duane Reade street team, and making plans to return the next day – with our best Yankees gear on! We actually went on a tour of the MLB Fan Cave! It was awesome! See all my pics of the Duane Reade street team, the celebrity we met, and MLB Fan Cave by clicking here!

You can also check out what other blogs have to say about Duane Reade by following the #DuaneReade #cbias hashtags on twitter!

Steve Novak Previews McDonald’s New Premium McWrap!

Last week I was lucky enough to join Steve Novak and McDonald’s as they previewed McDonald’s newest creation – the premium McWrap!

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Lots of press at the 2nd floor’s First Taste event

At McDonald’s 14th Street location Thursday March 28th, press, New York Knick Steve Novak, musical talent, and locals gathered to celebrate the launch of the premium McWrap.

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The Premium McWrap is like the Snack Wrap’s older, bulkier brother. Filled with chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce, the Premium McWrap comes in Sweet Chili Chicken, Chicken & Bacon, or Chicken & Ranch.

  • Sweet Chili Chicken McWrap: sweet chili sauce, creamy garlic sauce, and sliced cucumbers
  • Chicken & Bacon McWrap: creamy garlic sauce, bacon, cheddar jack cheese, and tomato
  • Chicken & Ranch McWrap: ranch sauce, seasoned rice vinegar, cheddar jack cheese, sliced cucumbers, and tomato

New York Knick Forward Steve Novak seemed to be a big fan, he signed basketballs, took pictures, and even helped make his own McWrap!

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Steve Novak being interviewed by Bruce Beck

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Steve Novak and Denise of Boyz Rule Our World joking about her height – or lack thereof ;)

After answering questions and doing interviews, Steve joined the “Sweet Chili Chill Out Lounge” on the ground floor and helped judge a rap competition to fin NYC’s freshest MC – with a cash prize for the winner!

I tried out a grilled chicken and bacon McWrap – which was really flavorful and full of juicy chicken. I was really impressed with the size and packaging of the McWrap – it’s actually really convenient for on the go eating, and also mess free!

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Choose between crunchy or grilled chicken and pick up one of McDonald’s freshest creations – the McWrap!

BA Star Natural Eye Shadow Palette – Affordably Fabulous!

I just found an amazing high-end makeup dupe for a fraction of the price! I recently had a chance to try BA Star’s Natural Shadow palette and I have to say it has the same quality and same color payoff as the shadows in my Urban Decay Naked palette!

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Comparable to high end eye shadow palettes, the colors in the Natural Shadow palette are extremely versatile and blendable – which gives you access to a variety of shades. It includes three mineral shadows in Bronze, Cocoa, and Nude along with two gel glitters – Gold and Crystal.

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Going for a lighter daytime look here

What I love about this palette is that you can wear the glitter as a standalone eyeliner or shadow – or you can mix it with either the Bronze, Cocoa, and Nude and create a gorgeous custom ultra glam shade of your own! I used an elf brush to apply the shadows because I wasn’t a big fan of the applicator. Nude works as a great highlighter and looks beautiful swept across your lid for a lighter day look. I’m in love with the Bronze shadow because it’s such a pretty warm color – and it very buildable – so you can go darker with this one if you like. Also, Bronze looks amazing as a liner for your lower lash line! Cocoa is the perfect dark shadow for this set, it makes a great smoky eye and works wonderfully as a liner and blended into the corners of your eye.

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Bronze, Cocoa, and Nude

What I love best thought about BA Stars compact eyeshadows is that they go on beautifully – and feel like velvet! I don’t know how they did it, but it feels like a cross between creme and powder shadow. It holds very well to your skin and doesn’t feel heavy at all. They just feel so smooth, look gorgeous, and last for hours – without any primer!

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Gold and Crystal Gel Glitters

BA Star caters to dancers, cheerleaders, and trendsetters – providing top quality products at extremely affordable prices! This palette only runs for $8.75 – and you get a discount if you’re ordering six or more. The BA Star palettes come in Natural Shadow – the one I received  Smoky, Pretty N Pink, and True Blue. Right now, BA Star is offering a discount to readers of The NYC Talon, for a limited time you can use code BBSMOKY to knock 50% off your BA Star Palette order! Check out their online store here or by clicking the image below!

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*I was sent a product sample by BA Star in order to facilitate this review. No compensation was provided. All opinions presented here belong to The NYC Talon and are not influenced in any way.