Archive for the ‘Event’ Category

The Smiles Foundation meets again on Tuesday, December 11th 2012, at the popular urban contemporary restaurant, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm to celebrate A Night for Smiles.  The Smiles Foundation’s fourth annual event in Miami promises to raise funds for various foundations in Colombia and Bolivia. The funds collected on this night will be distributed to local organizations to implement effective projects thanks to the help of Conexion Colombia and Bolivia Smiles Foundation. The night’s promise is to deliver gifts to thousands of children in December and in addition, promote education in these rural sectors. Conscience and glamour, under one roof. 

The Smiles Foundation is a philanthropic group that seeks to give support, offer economic aid and achieve many smiles.  This year, A Night for Smiles will offer its guests a cocktail reception at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, located at 2550 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida. The space will offer a unique experience, surrounded by art and a relaxed atmosphere, where guests can enjoy a vast selection of international wines as Marqués de Riscal and Epica, and toast for this wonderful occasion. The magical portion of the night will be the silent auction which will offer unique items of memorable value.  This year, recognized brands such as Silvia Tcherassi, Avianca and Viceroy Hotel, will be donating items and services.

On this edition, Latin stars as Shakira and others, will join the cause by donating to the long and valued list of auction items.  As an added feature, the event will offer a live mystery show, where guests will share the main ingredient of the night, a warm smile.   The realization of this major project would not have been possible without the valuable collaboration of those people who believed in the unlimited smiles that The Smiles Foundation will bring to thousands of children.  Likewise, its production had the valuable support of important allied companies who joined their services for the night’s success.


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Mandrake Public Relations was yet again present for round three at the Miami Hair, Beauty & Fashion which took place at the always elegant Spa at the Viceroy, this past November 8th.  On its 3rd edition, there was more fashion, more celebrities and more beauty.

Miami Hair, Beauty and Fashion by Rocco Donna

Mandrake had the honor of being in the  middle of everything, handling the Celebrity Suite, where we met many Latin celebrities and were able to chat with them while they got ready for the pink carpet and the fabulous runway.

The behind the scenes was out of this world, as hair and makeup prep was like playing musical chairs while the Spa at the Viceroy filled up with more than 450 people, awaiting the night’s one of kind show.  Known as the event to showcase the latest hairstyles, makeup looks and clothing design, this VIP party was one not to miss, and this year it didn’t fall short to the hype of past years.

Personalities as Marisa Del Portillo, Sonya Smith and Karent Sierra, were a few of the guests invited this year to walk down the runway wearing unique designs from hip urban/chic Ixoye by Rosita Hurtado, full of one of my favorite painters of all times, Frida Khalo.  And designer Miguel Angel MasJuan who couldn’t get any elegant, with his gowns full of colors that exuded style and classic sophistication. How will Rocco Donna surpass this year’s success in 2013? We will have to wait and see…

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During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami, I had the honor and pleasure of working with Trendy Studios for the production of Agua Bendita’s Fashion Show.

The electricity, the good one, was perceived instantly from corner to corner the moment you entered the white tent encapsulating the white runway for Agua Bendita’s 2013 collection. Mandrake was able to work backstage prepping video and camera for the show, and we had a glimpse of what is to come in 2013 from this bohemian chic swimwear brand.  With a delightful meeting, followed by an insight interview with Mariana Hinestroza, one of the two designers behind the creative bikini and accessory line, I had the inside scoop of what inspired this new collection, and a first look at the their fashion show lineup.   

The collection has prominent Native American/Wild West motif with a twist of metals and blinding brights. “We wanted to showcases the effort, work and honor natives have in their work and struggle for existence.” stated Hinestroza. And I might add, it is quite sexy and fun.

It quickly transformed into a navy and military concept, featuring 1940’s style pinups, shiny army insignias, feminine pink anchors and retro military propagandas images.  Genius!  Masculine, but pretty; Retro but modern.

After the prep, hair and make up, the music went blasting and the catwalk was blinded by international flashes capturing images for mayor press entities who were delighted by this Colombian fashion line.

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Last week I bumped into one of a kind design by Tirana Jewelry, and was ecstatic as I found the perfect Earth Day jewelry piece. Tirana Jewelry items are made from oxidized recycled sterling silver and brass material.  The creator behind the brand, Graciela Fuentes, knows perfectly well how to balance old with new, as she plays with the mechanical and intricate details of vintage watches, keys and medals.  She creates necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, brooches and cufflings using parts she stumbles upon all around the world.   Her unique and edgy style of dismantling a jewelry item to create a totally different piece while using the same parts, works well with many styles that search vintage/classic fashion with an edge that separates them from the rest. As many pledge to do their part during Earth Day, we invite readers to analyze ways we can all help improve our earth and make it better and suitable for future generations. Happy Earth Day!

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The Sony Ericsson Open is in full swing in Miami and the excitement and love for the game is at everybody’s reach. With a full range of international and national players, Miami’s sunny days will be fun to enjoy as every day, starting March 19 through April 1, 2012, players battle their cunning speed, wit and precision on the set.

But besides this fascinating game, there are always great opportunities to bump into celebrities, as the Sony Ericsson Open is known to be a Hot Hub for personalities as Shakira and Anna Wintour, who come down south to enjoy the games and follow tennis Masters as Rafael Nadal, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova.  With over 78 Male and 79 Women line up, everybody’s taste will be satisfied. Are you in the game?

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The Miami Hair, Beauty and Fashion Show is back for its sophomore year, and it is bigger and better!  The night is all about discovering the latest trends and celebrating everything that is fabulous.  With its renowned pink carpet, already set at the always chic Viceroy Miami Hotel to welcome countless local and international celebrities who will strut their fresh off the runway designs, it will surely fascinate the crowd.  Media from all over the country, and more, will be on site to grasp the magic of this one-of-a-kind event, which took last year the city by storm, and hopes to do the same this year. 

And with new global sponsors adding to its impressive list of supporters as Avianca, Enzo Milano and Mercedes Benz,  it will definitely be again, an event to remember. For more information please visit: www.miamihairbeautyandfashion.com


Hotel Viceroy Miami

485 Brickell Avenue.

Miami Fl 33131

DATE: Thursday, October 27th, 2011

TIME: 6:00pm-12:00am

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A new campaign is beginning this October, with a clear message of the importance it is to self-check for Breast Cancer and titled with a peculiar name “Tocarse esta de Moda” (Touch Yourself, is IN).  Mandrake was right in the middle of it all, giving ourselves a breast exam while the camera shoot for the upcoming October 2011 issue of MODA Fashion Magazine.

Ladies, remember October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the point of the campaign is to make women proactive and less prudish.  Leave behind the wrong concept of a self-check and perceive it with the serious notion it has, as a preventive tool in the battle against breast cancer. You have the power to protect yourself by being cautious and actively doing something against it. So keep yourself informed of how to give yourself a correct breast exam in order to know what to look and effectively detect any abnormalities or changes, and it all starts by touching yourself.

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MODA Fashion Magazine abre sus páginas para el deleite de todos los fanáticos de la moda vanguardista.  Publicada cada dos meses para un total de seis ediciones al ano, MODA Fashion Magazine ofrecerá noticias provenientes de cinco principales ciudades del mundo, proporcionando amplia cobertura de la moda contemporánea con un toque original.  La revista pretende cautivar la atención de diseñadores de moda, compradores, modelos, estilistas, arquitectos, fotógrafos y todo aquel seguidor del área creativa.  Celebrando  esta fecha especial junto a sus colaboradores y personalidades, MODA Fashion lanzara su primera publicación el próximo Miércoles, 27 de Julio 2011 en Kitchen 305, en el reconocido Hotel y Resort Newport Beachside en Sunny Isles.
Su primera edición titulada Edición de Verano, estará disponible al público en esta oportunidad virtualmente en:http://www.modafashionmagazine.com/ y por correo a los suscriptores en Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico. En futuras ediciones, MODA Fashion Magazine estará disponible en puntos de venta de libros, aeropuertos internacionales, tiendas especializadas en arte y puestos de noticias.  MODA Fashion Magazine promete ofrecer temas de moda, productos de lujos, artículos de decoración, pero se enfatizara en abrirles puertas a diseñadores de moda e intelectuales en el ambiente creativo, quienes buscan recursos para expresar sus creaciones originales.  La revista contara con la colaboración de una variedad de personalidades creativas quienes implementaran sus experiencias y habilidades.  Entre ellos, MODA Fashion Magazine, cuenta con personalidades como: Jodie Aboud, periodista, diseñadora y empresaria destacada en el área de la moda en el sur de la Florida vía Fashion Connect Studio, LLC; Aisha Sánchez escritora de la industria de la Moda de Latinoamérica; Adeline Betroneche destacada Estilista y experta en mercadeo de Moda, Paola De Castro, publicista de moda y presidente de Mandrake Public Relations, Inc. y Erika Montes cosmetóloga y amante de la MODA en la ciudad de Nueva York, entre otros.
Con publicaciones programadas para Agosto 2011 presentando líneas de trajes de baño, Octubre 2011, celebrando la vida y apoyando la cura contra el Cáncer y Diciembre 2011 ofreciendo las mejores ideas para regalos y consejos de belleza, MODA Fashion Magazine espera cautivar a sus lectores con primicias de la moda, diseñadores originales e ideas creativas.  Para más información sobre MODA Fashion Magazine y sus participantes, por favor de comunicarse con Paola De Castro vía email a paola@mandrakepr.com.
MODA  Fashion Magazine, se publica cada dos meses – seis números al año, es una revista de moda verdaderamente internacional con noticias de  corresponsales aclamado en más de una de las 5 principales ciudades del mundo. Proporcionando una amplia cobertura, comentarios internacionales de la vanguardia de la moda contemporánea y un inculcación en el más amplio espectro cultural y contemporáneo. MODA Fashion Magazine  es una necesidad para aquellos que necesitan estar informados sobre lo que está de moda. Los lectores se componen principalmente de grupos de interés, incluyendo diseñadores de moda y compradores, modelos, arquitectos, diseñadores, fotógrafos y otros profesionales que trabajan en cine, música, publicidad, moda, nuevos medios de comunicación y en instituciones de moda contemporánea. Para mas información, por favor visite: http://www.modafashionmagazine.com/

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So as promised, here is our recount of what it was to outlive the famous “Running of the Brides” and I can say with total honesty…it wasn’t that bad.  Fortunate enough, we were some of the few lucky ones that actually walked out the doors carrying their trophy dress. 

Arriving at 5:30am, we were extra caffeinated than normally, and ready, wearing our home-made war uniform, with our team’s name “Royal Pains” on the front.  While waiting for 8am to roam around, we were actually entertained by several wedding vendors who offered their many services.  Also, we were fed with protein bars and milk shakes, dressed with t-shirts and provided comfy yoga mats, all courtesy of SlimFast.

Finally, it was time to get ready, and as the countdown came to 0, we found ourselves carrying rather heavy dresses and bumping into half naked brides.  With what we didn’t bump into, was with any designer dresses or anything remotely close to Vera Wang, but the prices did balance out the equation of having such a disappointment.  As two and a half hours passed by, I had selected 2 dresses that could resemble the Monique Lhuillier Fall 2011 dress I had my heart set on.  But as things unexpectedly happen in life, and while I was on my last walk through down the hall of left-over dresses, something caught my attention. And just then and there, I had found THE dress. It’s funny when things happened like that!

Please enjoy the images of our such a memorable experience.

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