Monika Chiang + Beauty 4 Empowerment

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Last weekend, I was in New York City! It had been a couple of years since the last and first time I visited the Big Apple, and I was really excited to be back. During my first visit, after seeing the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Niko and I were given a flyer to visit “The Best Chocolate Cake in the World”…that was actually the name of the place! We were hungry, and it was close by, so we figured, why not? We had some lunch, and the cake (which, to me at least, wasn’t the best I’d ever had) and I met Rick. Rick had asked if he could snap a quick photo of Niko and I for his blog. He said we were a cute couple, so how could we say no? : ) Two years ago, in a little cake on Madison, I met Rick.

Last week, after letting him know I’d be in town, Rick asked me to attend a private event hosted by one of his favourite designers in his place. He would be out of the city the exact days I’d be visiting, and wanted to know if I’d be able to go to represent him and Icon-Americana, his fashion and lifestyle blog. I of course said yes, but I had my reservations. It would be my first time at event of this calibre and I wondered if I’d be able to do Rick justice. What would I say, what would I do, how do I act…?

The event was hosted by Monika Chiang, New York based designer who debuted her collection in Fall of 2011 and has been making waves ever since. Along with Dr. Shirley Madhére, founder of Beauty 4 Empowerment, the evening’s event was focused on the theme “The Language of Empowerment: How Fashion & Beauty Impact the World”.

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When we arrived at Monika’s beautiful store in Soho (yes – I made Niko come me, lol), I took a deep breath, and stepped in. I was almost immediately out of my element. Here was a room of very well-dressed, well-to-do people, who, not only oozed of sophisticated maturity, it also was quite honestly intimidating. So, I decided to focus on the one thing that put me in my element, taking photos of all the beautiful things! There was a photographer there for the event, and much like him, I was sneaking and weaving between guests, shooting everything that caught me eye, which happened to be a lot that night.

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The beautiful host, Monika Chiang

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When I wasn’t taking photos, I was trying my best not to be awkward, much to Niko’s amusement. I sipped on champagne and tried to make small talk when the opportunity presented itself. I did lose my lens cap towards the end of the evening and had my very own Bridget Jones moment sneakily trying to search for it. (Which I did manage to find underneath one of the guests…lol).

Awkwardness aside, I was happy that I attended and honoured to represent Icon-Americana in Rick’s place. I can only hope that I did him justice.

To view my post at Icon-Americana and for my full run-down of the event and guest speakers, click here. And if you have a few minutes, explore Icon-Americana too! Definitely worth the visit.

I did pick up a little something for myself, and it was all for a good cause, win-win, right?

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Don’t forget to visit Monika Chiang’s site and for a more glimpse into her life & fashion stylings, you can follow her on Instagram and Twitter – @monika_chiang

A huge thanks again to Rick, for the amazing opportunity and for believing in me : )

Till next time,

Laura XO

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