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Interview with Author/Photographer Sadaf Syed of I Cover Book – 2011

Mrs. Syed captures moments in the day-to-day lives of these Muslim women, moments that the average American can relate to once they “embrace” the fact that she covers her hair.

The accompanying photo captions and personal quotes flesh out the dimensions of these women’s lives. In the faces of a dancer, a surfer-girl, a biker, a tri-athlete and even a boxer you hear their voices, and touch their thoughts, dreams, struggles and fears. With each page, a stereotypes is shattered and the misunderstandings that surround the female followers of a faith of 1.3 billion diminish. iCOVER has garnered significant publicity both domestically and internationally.

GBK Celebrity Gift and Styling Lounge – 2012 New York Fashion Week, Vendors 2 – 2012

The following vendors were interviewed for World Liberty TV Fashion Review Channel:
BLINKZGEAR, Urban+Life Messenger Bags with cool graphic designed zip out front covers. Artist Candice Shaw will complement the BLINKZGEAR bags with a custom designed GBK logo in honor of this year’s Fashion Week event.
Nail designs were provided by imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails – the revolutionary way to apply polish allowing you to get salon-perfect manicure in seconds with no glue. Simply peel off, press on and you’re done!
Cosmetic and General Dentistry, New York City’s top private concierge cosmetic and general dentistry provider, gifting $1500 gift certificates towards exclusive private “on location” concierge dental and medical services.
Jada Toys, Inc., gifting their Cutie Pops which are trendy fashion dolls that come with special “style pops” that allow you to decorate them from head to toe creating the ultimate fashion looks.

Tweezerman International, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zwilling J.A. Henckels AG since December 2004. Based in Solingen, Germany, Zwilling J.A. Henckels manufactures and sells high quality branded consumer goods for kitchen, flatware, beauty instruments and hairdressing equipment.
Izlla, eco-luxury face and body products, gifting their Fresh Sweet Carrot Facial Day Crème, Urban Elements Defense Serum and Peace Facial Serum.

Moda Fame & Accessories: The Show – 2011

Buyers can always expect the season’s best designers and trademark amenities to complement this all-inclusive shopping event.

Complimentary Show Bags & Totes (While supplies lasted)
• Bottled Water
• DJ Lexey Spinning LIVE!
• Complimentary Breakfast & Lunch
• Beverage Lounge
• WiFi Hotspot

It takes a lot of talent and experience to produce the longest-running and largest accessories-only show in the United States. The people of Accessories The Show skillfully attend to every aspect of the industry’s most upscale, EDITED show: Merchandising, visual design, trend forecasting, journalism, licensing, retailing, operations, marketing, public relations, executive sales, design/product development, publishing and customer service.

This depth of talent is unusual in the trade-show arena, where the standard practice often calls for interns and temporary personnel.

Enk Coterie and Children’s Club – 2011

ENK International is unequivocally the most exclusive trade show producer in the United States. Like a world-class conductor, ENK International orchestrates a series of trade exhibitions that include nearly 10,000 design companies. In New York City and Las Vegas, ENK International’s shows attract 250,000 domestic and international buyers and press yearly which produces sales of over $1 billion.

What distinguishes ENK International from all other trade exhibitions is its juried roster of exhibitors, its progressive show environment, comprehensive services and unsurpassed amenities. Currently, ENK International produces 16+ annual exhibitions including Coterie, Accessorie Circuit, Intermezzo Collections, Children’s Club and ENKVegas.

With an ever expanding vision and the guts to cut new inroads in a highly competitive environment, ENK is strategically positioned to continue the growth and innovation that has clearly made it the industry leader. Today ENK is a truly global brand known worldwide for its superior trade events hallmarked by its unique style and excusive brands. The fashion compass will determine where ENK goes next.

Fashions Night Out at Shehnaai Couture – 2012

Shehnaai is the brainchild of entrepreneurial couple Shirin and Sanjeev Vinayak whose vision and close connections within India’s fashion industry has given them a selection of clothing that is on-trend with its South Asian-American clientele.

Says Shirin Vinayak, “The reason Shehnaai has done so well for the 7 years we have been open is because we work very closely with our customers and are in-tune with their fashion preferences. Also, since we are in Manhattan’s fashion district, we are well aware of current mainstream trends. It’s this combined vision for which we are known for.”

Carrying only high-end labels, Shehnaai Couture has long been known as the go-to place for India’s Couture Collections in New York City. Now with an expanded showroom on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan’s Fashion District, Shehnaai’s collections of lehngas, saris, sherwanis and suits represent the biggest designers out of India.

Shehnaai houses the latest collections from a hand-selected mix of established and upcoming designers. Labels such as Sabyasachi, Vikram Phadnis, Prriya & Chintan, Amber & Shirrin, Private Collections by Zeenat Sayani and Neeta Bhargava mix with newcomers such as SaanShe, Zene by Priya and Farzeen, Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma and Sapana Amin. Each of Shehnaai’s designers has established brand presence in India and each collection is indicative of the designer’s individuality. Multi-designers and seasonal rotation keeps the boutique completely on trend with the fashion of India.

With its unique product line, personalized service and recurring designer trunk shows and seasonal fashion shows, Shehnaai Couture bridges the distance between New York City and India’s Runway Couture.

Curve Expo Lingerie Event – 2011

Over 350 brands featuring: swimwear, lingerie, men’s, sleepwear, loungwear, shapewear, hosiery, maternity, active wear, plus size

70% domestic and 30% international

Top swimwear brands: L*Space, Luli Fama, Shan, Karla Colletto, Pain de Sucre, Perry Ellis, Jantzen, Jag, Vitamin A, ViX Swimwear, 1 Sol Swim, Agua de Coco, Salinas, DiNeila Brazil

Top lingerie brands: Chantelle, DKNY, Wacoal, Natori, Betsey Johnson, Oscar de La Renta, Hanky Panky, Simone Perele, Huit8, Elle Macpherson, Stella McCartney, Cosabella, Hanes

Top Mens’ brands: Hugo Boss, Pull-in, Jam, Saxx Underwear, Gregg Homme, Hanro, GBGB, Seven 7.

CURVENY New York & CURVENV Las Vegas are the largest and only events of their kind in North America; a leadership presence both on the East coast and the West coast, as an intimate apparel show and a swimwear show. With more than 200 exhibiting brands it is today the only international lingerie and swim show in New York and Las Vegas. The best lingerie boutiques, the most stylish swimwear retailers and the most prominent department stores coming from all over the world shop the latest in lingerie, men’s underwear, swimwear, activewear and many more.

Jamaica Destination Wedding Showcase in New York at The 80 5th Ave Penthouse – 2013

Jamaica Destination Wedding Showcase, where you discover the top destinations wedding venues and honeymoon Resorts in Jamaica. There were Cake tastings, Cocktails, Beauty makeovers, Honeymoon Giveaways, Fabulous Gift Bags and many companies from Jamaica exhibiting their services.

World Liberty TV had the pleasure of speaking to Mrs. Tatiana Byron, Founder and president of Wedding Salon, who has done wedding showcases worldwide. See what she had to say.

Fashion Ware & Kapi Awards Event at The Venetian Ballroom – Las Vegas, 2013

The fourth annual KAPi Kids at Play Awards honor the best of the best in children’s technology. This year’s winners have been selected and awards will be handed out on January 10th at 7 p.m. PT in the Venetian Ballroom.
This year’s KAPi Award winners were selected from a pool of 712 apps, video games, toys and other commercial digital products designed for children, as well as individuals who have make their mark in the world of children’s tech.

Among the winners are breakthrough technologies that include a portal of power that allows toy giants to jump into a popular kids video game, technology that turns your TV two-way so kids can interact with their favorite Sesame Street characters, snap-together circuits for budding engineers and an at-home 3D printer, as well as the man credited for starting the “maker movement”.

“Getting the most respected thought leaders in kids’ media to agree is no easy task, but this year it’s clear to see that we’ve identified 10 winning technologies and technologists that have kid’s best interest at heart,” said Robin Raskin, founder of Living in Digital Times.

“We always learn so much from the KAPi juror discussion,” said Warren Buckleitner, editor of Children’s Technology Review. “Each category had many possible winners; at the end of the day we had to choose just one that raised the bar over last year.”

The 2013 KAPi Award Winners are:

1. Best Younger Children’s App: LetterSchool by Boreaal Publishers
2. Best Older Children’s App: IMAG-N-O-TRON by Moonbot Studios
3. Best Tech Leveraged Toy: Skylanders Giants by Activision
4. Best Video Game Software: Kinect Sesame Street TV by Microsoft Studios
5. Best Hardware or Peripheral: Kindle Fire HD with Kindle FreeTime Unlimited by Amazon
6. Best Technology Toy: littleBits by littleBits Electronics
7. Best Educational Technology: BrainPOP GameUp by BrainPOP LLC.
8. Innovation: The Cube by 3D Systems, Inc.
9. Pioneer: Dale Dougherty, Co-Creator, Maker Faire; Publisher, MAKE Magazine
10. Pioneering Team: Toca Boca

Lettuce 101: Vegetables in Dole Salad Luncheon Presentation – 2011

Here are a few facts about salad – from the Dole Salad 101 Guide Book.

Dole presented us with 28 different salad veggies. From ones I have heard of – like iceberg, romaine – to new varieties like Tango and Mizuna. Then each one of us tasted these varieties back to back with no added salad dressings – raw and in their pure taste profile state. So much fun! It was amazing to be reminded of the different tastes and texture of different salad varieties. Here are a few of my favorite varieties we tasted – and some nutrition facts:

Butter lettuce – excellent source of vitamins A and K – and folate. Small round heads of lettuce. Soft and succulent with “buttery” textured leaves.

Green and Red Cabbage – dense, waxy heads – crunchy texture. The red cabbage has twice the vitamin C as green cabbage! Both red and green cabbage are good sources of glucosinolates that help promote heart health.

Escarole – a member of the endive/chicory family. It has broad, crispy, slightly curved pale green leaves. Escarole is high in folate. I love the mild, bitter, complex flavor of raw escarole – but you can also add it to cooked dishes like soups.

Frisee – ah yes, the “frizzy” looking lettuce. Although it used to be thought of as a purely ‘accent’ ingredient to salads – a new trend is to use frisee as the main ingredient. Crunchy and zesty – frisee will add some zing to your salad. It is packed with nutrients. Folic acid, vitamins A, C and K and manganese. It has approx. 1/3 the RDA of both vitamins A and C per serving!

Iceberg Lettuce – crunchy and crisp – this lettuce is not a “powerhouse” of nutrients – but is a good source of vitamin K.

Radicchio – those purple round heads of biter-tasting leaves are rich in phosphorus, calcium and vitamins B and C. Add some complexity to your salad by tossing in some radicchio.

Romaine – one of my classic faves. The latest trend is to grill your romaine then chop it up into a salad. So good! Romaine is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, beta-carotene and vitamins A, B and C.

Snow Peas – I always forget that snow peas are delicious eaten raw! And they are a great source of vitamin C and iron.

Arugula – possibly the most “trendy” lettuce variety is spicy arugula. It is also called “Roquette” to some. It has a peppery mustard flavor and its nutty flavor matures into a slight bitterness as the leaves mature. Arugula contains glucosinolates which are believed to have a possible protective role against certain types of cancers.

Tango – a baby tender leaf lettuce with ruffled edges. Adds a soft texture to salad mixes. You will probably find this in a spring mix variety.

Mache – I adore mache, also called Lamb Lettuce. Sweet, buttery, nutty and tender – you’ll swoon over this gently leaf. Mache is rich in B vitamins and vitamin C.

Mizuna – what a fun name, right? Mizuna is a mustard green with small feathered leaves. It has a slightly peppery, mild mustard flavor. Excellent source of vitamins A and C.

Spinach – we all love these tender sweet and salty leaves of spinach. Spinach is indeed a nutrient powerhouse: rich in vitamins A, C B6, folate, iron, calcium and magnesium.

2. McDonalds First Taste Event 2011 – With Chicken McNuggets, Asian Salad, Premium Chicken Sandwiches & Fruit Mango Pineapple Smoothie.

I attended a McDonald’s First Taste Event at one of their New York City locations. At this event, I had the opportunity to learn more about their “Made Just for You” platform and taste McDonald’s newest menu items, including their Premium Chicken Sandwiches, the Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie, and the return of the Asian salad. Also in attendance was McDonald’s Executive Chef and Senior Director of Culinary Innovation, Chef Dan Coudreaut, McDonald’s Nutrition Manager, Julia Braun, MPH, RD and Founder and Principle for Hispanic Food Communications, Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, MS, RD, LDN.

There’s also the Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie which features a combination of sweet mangos and citrusy pineapples blended with low-fat yogurt, ice and a little bit of fruit juice concentrate. A small 12 oz serving contains about half a cup of fruit. The Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie will be available at McDonald’s this July.

New York Vegetarian Foods – 2011

The first annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival in the Altman Building in Chelsea. It was a combination trade show, restaurant showcase, and educational experience.
The festival is the brainchild of Sarah Gross (founder of Rescue Chocolate) and Nira Paliwoda who created the event to raise awareness of vegetarian and vegan options, and to prove how exciting the flavors can be.
There were cooking demos, diet and nutrition presentations, and dance performances.

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