Shopping for a New Year’s Eve Dress: Fashionably Fit for the Occasion

New Years Eve Dresses

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Better question: what are you wearing?

During a holiday that is fun and fabulous, it can really be hard to determine what you want to wear? In most cases it will depend upon where you are going and what you will be doing? Will you be dancing the night away? Will you be hosting your own dinner party? Will you be spending time at church? These are very important questions to consider before you make the purchase.

Once you have figured out your destination and how you will be participating in the festivities, then you can decide what dress will be most appropriate for your evening affair.

Below are a few dress ideas to help you look chic, have fun and have a happy New Year!

ZUHAIR MURAD metallic evening dress
If you are going to be hosting your own upscale “invite-only” dinner affair than this metallic evening dress is what a host should be wearing. This dress has so much panache, no one will ever forget what you wore!
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Going out to with the girls? Be the center of attention in this cute A-line disco dress and dance like you never danced before!
Matthew Williamson Lacquer Lace Feathered Dress
This  feather cocktail dress is a good look for a “Great Gatsby” themed party . It is a great dress for young ladies that may be attending a teen party.
Roksanda Ilincic Alcott Ruffled Wool Dress
This flutter sleeve dress  is an amazing look if socializing with friends at a dinner party, hosting at home or attending a church service.
Diane von Furstenberg Sol sequined silk-chiffon dress
An amazing cocktail dress that you can wear almost anywhere, but the comfort and fit is definitely for the party!
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An adorable sweetheart dress with amazing leaf features, and gorgeous beaded detailing makes this dress a head turner for a young woman bringing in the New Year with family or friends.
HERVE LEGER Iman Foil Gold Champagne Metallic coated bandage dress
A bodycon dress is PERFECT for a dinner date with the man in your life. It is also a great dress for GETTING a man for the new year.
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A very classic and ladylike dress, the baroque dress is very nice to wear for a family function or evening in worship.
Kaliko Satin Shift Dress, Mid Green
A satin dress is very inviting and friendly during the holiday season. Wear it out, entertaining at home, on a date or an evening service at church.
Blue Bandeau Peplum Dress

 

A peplum cocktail dress? But of course! This strapless number is filled with dazzle and sparkle just perfect for the parties or a fun filled date.
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 This snug fit dress is dashing and daring! A dress that is fit for almost any party or event.

Low Back Sequin Dress

 The moment that you walk into the room and everyone stares… Yeah, you look that good in a low back sequin dress. Definitely a showstopping party dress.

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 Be the effortlessly chic date or the flawless party host in this glitterati number.

No matter the dress or how you will celebrate, have fun enjoy life and look forward to what the new year has to bring!
Do you know what you will be wearing? Which dress tickles your fancy?
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EVENT: Techweek Draws a Crowd for Debut Conference in New York City

Techweek New York 2014 will take place Sept. 29 through Oct. 5, 2014 at 82Mercer in Manhattan.

With a packed house, a robust panel of speakers and the generosity of our sponsors, Techweek New York was undoubtedly a success.

Techweek New York, the conference dedicated to showcasing the innovation ecosystem in New York City and along the east coast, held its debut conference Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 at 82Mercer in Manhattan. The event brought in mayoral candidates, fashion designers, tech CEOs and venture capitalists, many from the New York City area, though many others made the event a destination. Techweek will return to host Techweek New York 2014 on Sept. 29 through Oct. 5, 2014, with the conference being held at 82 Mercer on Oct. 2 through Oct. 3.

Highlights of this year’s event include:

The Smart Social Marketing Summit – Presented by Unified, a leading cloud marketing technology company and premiere conference sponsor, this summit gathered experts and innovators from leading global brands and agencies to explore the impact of social media on marketing and technology. Speakers at the Smart Social Marketing Summit included: Beth Goza, Senior Social Media Marketing Manager at Microsoft; Jason Beckerman, Co-Founder at Unified; Paul Marcum, Director of Global Digital Marketing & Programming at General Electric; and Rob Norman, Chief Digital Officer at Groupon.

High-profile Speakers – Techweek New York gathered dozens of experts to discuss topics such as technology development, the future of media, fashion technology and startup growth advice. Featured speakers included: Stefan Weitz, Senior Director of Search at Bing; Erica Bell and Katie Finnegan, co-founders at Hukkster; Steve Jacobs, CIO at Gilt Groupe; Jon Czaja, COO at Bonobos; Jenny Lawton, President at Makerbot; and New York City mayoral candidates, Jack Hidary and Adolfo Carrión.

Startup LAUNCH Competition – 30 tech startups participated in Techweek’s startup LAUNCH competition. Document management system SeamlessDocs impressed the judges and walked away with $100,000 in cash and prizes from sponsors including: Unified, Fluent, Ruckus Marketing, Marengo Hampshire Partners, Embedded Advisors, Kindling, Loud Interactive, Herman Law LLC and LOFTBPO. SeamlessDocs is a next-generation eSigning solution with the mission to completely eliminate paperwork with cloud-based documents and forms.

Fashion Tech Runway Show – Capping off the conference was a fashion show featuring styles and accessories from iconic brands such as DKNY, Motorola, RACHEL Rachel Roy and Gemma Kahng, as well as e-commerce brands JustFab, Bow & Drape and StyleSaint.

“With a packed house, a robust panel of speakers and the generosity of our sponsors, Techweek New York was undoubtedly a success,” said Iain Shovlin, Chairman of Techweek. “We look forward to further growth next year. Mark your calendars for Techweek New York 2014.”

Having previously hosted conferences in Chicago and Los Angeles, this was Techweek’s first conference in New York.

To learn more about Techweek New York, visit http://techweek.com/newyork/.

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FASHION: ATTENTION! Fashion’s Night Out Cancelled for 2013!

I am sad to share with you Fashionistas that Fashion’s Night Out events have been cancelled in the United States this year due to the designers’ concerns with budget restrictions, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Fashion Night Out, which was launched in 2009, was made to encouraging consumers to shop with one-night-only events featuring top brands but the event sponsors, Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and NYC & Co.  are concerned that with the economy the way it is, the event may not be a financial success.

They feel as though it would be smarter to invest their funds into other other priorities.

For those who are outside of the US don’t fret! The events will be on as always.

EVENT RECAP: 15th Annual Sisters’ Recognition Luncheon and Fashion Show!

On May 11, 2013, I had the privilege of being in the company of really great women at the 15th Annual Sisters’ Recognition Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Hilton Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. The event recognizes women within the Islamic community who contribute their time to people in need of their support and they also celebrate in their sisterhood by having a great time catching up with their fellow Muslimahs, praying together, and sharing their love for the modest and beautiful fashion that makes them unique.

A little history: I was graciously invited by my sister friend, Aliyah Ali who I was so happy for because this was her first year to serve as the Chair of the UMM (United Muslim Masjid) Fashion Show Committee. I first met Aliyah while she was at work at Joan Shepp. I thought that she was absolutely fierce as she wore her cheetah print hijab and all black. She then sashayed by me and gave a warm hello. We have been associates ever since. So when she invited me to this event to share in her culture, I did not want to miss this opportunity as I was a special invited guest and I so wanted to meet the sisters of Islam.

Back to the day of the event. I had already decided what I was going to wear weeks in advance because I wanted to be sure that I represented modesty. See, the Islamic religion is very much like my culture when it comes to dress. The women of the Nantigo Tribe are also about modesty, grace and natural beauty. I wore a long red dress with navy blue roses. Check out the split. I know that the reds are not the same in my jacket but this leather jacket is the bomb and I so wanted to wear it.

So the event started at 11am and my mom, manager, partner and bestie decided that it would be wise to be there at 12pm for the lunch, what a bad idea! The place was packed and there was nowhere for us to sit. I did run into my dear sister, Aliyah Ali, who promised me that she was looking for a seat for us. My mom and I stood at the entrance and admired the wonderfully dressed women walk by in their traditional abayas with a modern edge. Each woman offered a warm smile and a friendly hello, making us feel like we belonged.

Finally, seats were found for us. There was no press table so I had to sit amongst the sisters that were at the table. My mom and I were again welcomed to the table warmly and I had a pleasant conversation with sister Kadijah Ali Campbell, who came all the way from New Hampshire to share in the love with her sisters. That was the sister that I hung out with during the fashion show and we had a ball chatting it up.

I ran into my girl, Yumnah Najah, the awesome accessory designer who was displaying her goods and was also featuring her jewelry in the fashion show. There were not a lot of vendors but there were a lot of fashionable clothing that came down the runway.

The fashion show was awesome as there were designs from many great designers but my favorites of the day were Gwendolyn Dawan and Z Fashions. What I liked so much about the fashion show is that there were a lot of new designers that really did an excellent job and they had their opportunity to shine in the spotlight and be celebrated as if they were seasoned designers.

I know that my girl, Saniyyah Bilal of Curio Styling was in the back as the model coordinator, but I was so pleasantly surprised to see her strutting down the catwalk, the girl werked!!! I also saw my girl, Keziah of Philly Hijabs Killing It who also served as the Assistant Design Director. She looked absolutely stunning in her red traditional dress. She is just so stylish!

Me with Keziah of Philly Hijabs Killing It and Saniyyah Bilal of Curio Styling

Overall, my mother and I had a great time and the experience was amazing. I think beyond the fashion and the food, what made it such a great time was being with women who were modest and so humble. They enjoyed themselves as sisters and they were so kind to me and my mom. We enjoyed the M.C. Aliya Khabir who was hilarious, loved her! Women getting together and enjoying life in harmony is the environment that I love to be a part of.

I so look forward to the next event and to my sister Aliyah Ali, thank you. You did a WONDERFUL job and don’t forget about me next year. Save my seat because you know that I am coming!

Me with Aliyah Ali

Side Note: There are not any photos to show you of the clothing that appeared on the runway because we were asked not to take pictures of the women for modesty sake, so please enjoy the ones that are posted here and make an effort to attend one in person, you will not be disappointed.

Fashionably out,

Tweety Elitou

EVENT: The Philadelphia Natural Hair Show

On May 4, 2013, I had the opportunity to visit the Natural Hair Show in Philadelphia, PA and it was definitely an interesting experience. The Philadelphia Natural Hair Show was created to assist women who have chosen to adopt a natural and healthy hair lifestyle. The vision is for women to have an unequivocal love for the hair they were given. This was definitely felt as my mom, sisters and I walked through the crowd of beautiful women who adorned many different styles and had many different textures of natural hair. You could see locks, curls and twist from one corner of the room to the next. Even the women who wore their hair closely shaven were there rocking their baldy like a priceless jewel. It was interesting to walk through the marketplace as there were so many natural hair care products to choose from that I didn’t know where to start. I had the chance to meet one of my past Walk the Talk Exclusive Fashion Event sponsors, Mixxed Chicks; Herbal Body Blessings from Virginia had really great natural products for the hair and body that smelled so good and felt like butter rubbed on the skin; and I met two positive authors, Cheron K. Griffin (3PM) and Dionne Peart (Somerset Grove). I had a few dollars in my pocket and I was hoping to shop for a few unique products but unfortunately, there were not a lot of clothing and accessory lines but the hair care products were abundant! I wish there was a few natural or healthy food vendors since I was starving…LOL. Women were empowered with education from top leading hair care providers in Philadelphia that included Duafe Holistic Hair and The Weave Bar so that women would understand the importance of maintaining a healthy head of hair, how to transition from processed hair to natural hair, and how to show love for your tresses. Overall, it was a fun experience and I had a good time meeting new people, sharing hair experiences and learning more about how to maintain that perfect mane. I look forward to the next event in 2014. To learn more about the Philadelphia Natural Hair Show, visit: http://www.phillynaturalhairshow.com

EVENT: Tweety on the Scene at Sultry’s Make Up Launch- “Springtime in Paris”

You know that I love to support fashionistas that love to support me, and that is what I did this past weekend. On April 14, 2013 my wonderful makeup artists, Ms. Toni launched her new lipstick and gloss line, “Springtime in Paris” for her new makeup line, Sultry at Marki Starr Studio in Philly, PA. The studio was very quaint, chic and perfect place to launch Ms. Toni’s lip line.

The lipstick is made smooth with a little matte but enough vitamin E that it gives you a smooth feel. Each gloss and lipstick is made of natural ingredients such as bees wax, mica and pigment, Vitamin E, and Castor Oil. The colors are very vibrant and most of the colors look great on almost any skin tone (again, almost every, not every skin tone). I was wearing a really pretty orange color called, “Romantique “which was my favorite color.

There were a lot of good people in attendance to receive goodies bags with samples of the gloss, including the Blue Nile color that had the crowd buzzing.  There were light refreshments (the Spinach Dip was EVERYTHING), good music provided by DJ Dior, and makeup testing with the one and only Ms. Toni that led to spending.

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EVENT: Beautifully Adorned- Muslim Women from Delaware Valley and Tri State area Discover the Beauty of Modesty at Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser

Mother’s Day weekend is always filled with celebratory brunches, support-the-cause marathons, and of course the mother-daughter fashion shows that take place at every church and nonprofit organization. Mother’s Day weekend 2013 will be no different, but for Muslim women in the Delaware Valley and tri-state areas, the weekend has one highlight, the 15th Annual Sister’s Recognition Luncheon and Fashion Show. Sponsored by United Muslim Masjid, a very active and well known mosque in South Philadelphia, the show serves as the major fundraiser of the year, funding the basic operations of the building.

I am really excited about attending this event because for many years, the Muslimah community has supported me for many years and I look forward to supporting them. In addition to the support, this is a unique experience for me because this is the very first Islamic fashion show that I have ever attended, especially since I was not aware that they had fashion shows.

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