During the week of New York Fashion Week I had the great opportunity of attending GBK’s Fun and Fresh Luxury Gift and Style Lounge at the Empire Hotel hosted by Pilot Pen. It was a great way to rest my tired feet, learn aboutnewandinnovative brands while being pampered all in the same breath.

As I walked in the atmosphere was relaxed yet with a sense of fun. The first booth that caught my eye was Pilot Pen. They had a beautiful set up that displayed all of they new pen styles vividly. Their representative Allison was very quick to teach me all abouteach of the pens on display including a dress thatwas constructed our of Pilot Pens designed by Nicholas K. Guests received aFriXion Clicker, an erasable pen that is uniquely designed to write smooth and erase clean,as well as the stylish MR Animal Collection of writing instruments thatare designed to provoke your wild side while providing high style and delivering superior writing performance, and an elegant tri-fold Pilot Journal for your writing pleasure. I will now be ready to take notes and sketch wherever I go!

The 2nd booth that definitely caught my eye was Hard Candy! Their set up was fabulous with overflowing wall makeup for guests totry and a styling bar for guests to have their hair and makeup retouched and nails done. Since I had just did my makeup before I headed over to the event I chose for the Hard Candy team to fix my hair! They did an incredible job! I left feeling runway ready! For those of you thatmay not be familiar with Hard Candy; Hard Candy is a lifestyle brand anchored by an edgy cosmetics collection that has redefined makeup in the mass market. In addition to a full cosmetic assortment, Hard Candy offers apparel, eyeglass frames, sportswear and more.

Another company that caught my eye was Michael Todd True Organics® ! I have always wanted to try a face brush but have been skeptical about them. The representatives from the company educated me about their SONICLEAR brush; the World’s First Antimicrobial Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush and Sonic Eraser. Additionally is it the first ever serum infuser with a 3-in-1 sonic, ionic and heat based delivery system to maximize thebenefitsofhydrating skin products. When I returned home and tested this brush I was very pleased. Everyone needs to go out and buy a SONICLEAR.

The rest of the event was splendid meeting with jewelry designer Jane Basch who designs beautiful personalized jewelry, LUMINITA  – a Seattle based jewelry brand known for their Glass Beads Woven Bracelets,Glass Beads Woven Tassel necklaces for women, and Leather Bracelets for Men,

Robdechi –  a new innovative clothing company the represents fashion, function, and luxury, Skinny&Co. – the proud producer of  Skinny Coconut Oil (the ONLY 100% RAW, supplement grade coconut oil in the world), Cynthia Gale – designer of  modern, urban eclectic, timeless art-inspired sterling silver jewelry since 1991, JeJu Sixteen Water – naturally purified through 16 layers of volcanic bedrock, creating a ready to drink water that is cleansed through a natural process untouched by human hands.Palace Resorts in association with Caribbean Living, The Artisan Group®, Brow Art 23  is a fully licensed eyebrow threading boutique who also offers a wide range of beauty and skin care services to help you find the image you’re looking for, EMK Beverly Hills –  providing botanical placental skin care products to top plastic surgeons, dermatologists and celebrities for over 14years, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research –  funds the nation’s best and brightest scientific investigators with eighty-nine cents of every dollar raised directly funding doctors whose goal is to improve the efficacy of cancer treatments, reduce their toxicity and improve the quality of life of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers, Princess London Shoes and Hydroxycut Drops.

The event was designed in part with Floral Heights Flowers and Events, BloomNation.com, DJ Max Power, Spirits and snacks were provided by Partita Tequila, Svedka Vodka, and Quest Nutrition Bars.
Thank you to GBK & Illumination PR for inviting us to such a great event! We had a blast learning all about these new and innovative brands. We can’t wait to attend your next event and share it with our readers!
xoxo Dara Senders – The Style Senders

photography by Molly Torian

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