Fashion, Beauty, Celebrities, Events + Things We Love

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cierra Sisters Fundraiser: Marcus Harrison Green: The Human Lunacy Known as Love

Friday, February 8, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

MarcusHarrisonGreenThe rapture of love discovered, the agony

of love lost, and the hilarity of looking back 

on it all: Just in time for Valentine’s Day,

 Marcus Harrison Green, author of A Year 

Without April: The Novel About Everything 

You Wish You Knew About Love and Then 

Some; licensed relationship counselor Wendy Olsen, of Talk 

to Wendy; and stand-up comedian Mike Primavera join in a

 fun and spirited panel discussion about the most ubiquitous 

and misunderstood of all emotions. Whether you find yourself

alone this Valentine’s Day or happily entangled with a 

companion, this panel offers something to warm your heart, 

make you laugh—and possibly cause you to rethink just what 

it means to love and be loved. Presented as a fundraiser by 

the Cierra Sisters Foundation; all proceeds benefit the 

foundation, a nonprofit providing support for breast-cancer 


Advance tickets are $5 at Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Calling All Foodies + Winos!

The 36th Annual Newport Seafood and Wine Festival is coming up on February 21 – 24, 2013 in Newport, Oregon.   Please join the Cabral Edwards Management team at this fantastic upcoming event in Oregon, and watch for our reviews in local magazines following the event!

There is much that is new for the 36th Annual Newport Seafood and Wine Festival on February 21 – 24. You’ll find expanded hours and days of operation, an emphasis on advanced tickets, some coupon deals and much more.

In fact, advanced E-Tickets are already on sale and available at Purchasing online tickets also ensures you won’t have to wait in the long lines that often happen – especially on the Saturday of the event.  The festival has again added a fourth day: Thursday. That is admission by E-Tickets only, and the number tickets is limited to 1,000.

All E-Ticket prices will have an added processing fee. The number of tickets sold each day at the gate is limited.

Thursday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.  E-Ticket Only $15.00 (limited 1,000 tickets)
Friday 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. $13.00  E-Tickets $13.00 at the gate
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, $18.00 E-Tickets  $13.00 at the gate
Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $7.00 E-Tickets  $7.00 at the gate
3 day pass (2/22 -2/24) E-Ticket Only $32.00

Tickets are also available with a wine glass purchase for an additional fee.

E-Tickets also offer a special coupon on the back that get’s them $5 off clothing at the Chamber booth.
This year’s theme is Cirque du Vine and the presenting sponsor is again Chinook Winds Casino.
Special rates are available for groups of 15 or more.  Ticket prices do not include wine tasting. Food item prices range from $1 and up. Wine sampling starts at $1 and glasses of wine are available for menu price. Bottles and cases of wine are sold by wineries, too.

Parking is available at the festival site for $5.00. Free shuttle buses will run on a regular schedule from downtown Newport and major hotels. Maps are available at local businesses and at the Chamber. Cab service is also available for a nominal fee.

For more information, call 800-262-7844.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Favorite Prabal Gurung for Target Pieces

Today I announced my favorite pieces form Prabal Gurung's collection for Target on Poshy Magazine. Check out my article here:

The Nepalese-American designer lends his innovative eye to a new Target line, in stores Feb.  10th.   Target is partnering with Prabal Gurung, a widely celebrated designer to introduce a limited-edition collection of affordable women’s apparel and accessories, including handbags, shoes and jewelry.

My favorite look is “Look 01” in the official Prabal Gurung for Target LookBook. This outfit is stunning with a vibrant floral pattern on this sleeveless blouse, which is a signature Gurung look .  The blouse perfectly accents the lace-bottomed yellow skirt. The black and white wedge sandals help elevate a fun daytime look into a sleek getup for a night out. The colors are spot on for trends and the fit looks like it could be flattering on a variety of figures.
Look 01: Prabal Gurung for TARGET
So where did Prabal Gurung come from? Gurung has developed a strong base of fans, from Hollywood’s most-acclaimed to Great Britain’s royalty and beyond. In 2010 Gurung was the recipient of the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award and selected as runner up for the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. In 2011, he was honored as one of USA Network’s Character Approved Award recipients, named goodwill ambassador of Maiti Nepal, a finalist of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and was the recipient of the 2011 CFDA Swarovski Award for womenswear. In addition to his upcoming collaboration with Target, Gurung created two pieces- an elegant wool cape and bow-clad clutch- for the much- anticipated Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection, which launched Dec. 1, 2012.

Target says that the “Prabal Gurung for Target was inspired by a tender love story, offering women’s apparel and accessories suitable for all occasions from the initial crush to the first kiss, to everlasting love. Ranging in price from $19.99 to $199.99 for apparel and $12.99 to $39.99 for accessories and shoes.”

To shop this collection visit or one of their stores from Feb. 10th, until pieces sell out. I suggest shopping at midnight on Feb. 10th online or as early as possible in stores, as this collection will sell out quickly.

Which pieces are your favorite's?

x0xo Maile

My Style: From Photoshoot to Street Wear

My Style: My Outfit From Bellevue Fashionista Shoot

My Style: My Outfit From Bellevue Fashionista Shoot
I have been getting tons of questions about my outfit for the Bellevue Fashionista Shoot organized by Rebecca Klein of Eastside Fashion.  This posting details all the information I could pull together about my look including: brands, pricing details, website links to brand, brand descriptions and the location I purchased the items from. Honestly, a color palette and look book was sent to us for inspiration before the shoot. I was really nervous and didn’t have anything in my closet that matched the desired look, so I headed to Nordstrom, and Nordstrom Rack to pull together and purchase the perfect outfit.
My favorite part about this outfit, the hair and the makeup was the fact that I wore it for a photo shoot in the morning, then headed out for the day to a girlfriends birthday party out wine tasting. There are not a lot of outfits or looks you can take from a photoshoot, straight to the street.  Each of these pieces has become a favorite in my closet, getting tons of mileage and wear.
My Style Outfit Details:
Blazer Top: Aryn K., Style # AJ-6040-B, Nordstrom Rack. “Staying true and authentic to our customers while distributing inventive designs and quality, Aryn K. strives to be an industry leader and purveyor in the contemporary market. From producing our own branded line, Aryn K, we strongly stand with our company mottos of ” Love of all Cultures, arts, mondern vintage” insiration. Contemporary line with assortment of fabrics and forward prints, in an effort to bring true impression for our customers to give astonishing life style with Aryn K. Our collection has quickly grown into loyal celebrity fans and trendsetters such as Taylor Swift, Alexa Chung, Rihanna, Kelly Cuoco, Kim Kardashian, Emma Watson, Rachel Smith and many more. We stride to influence on sensuality and quality with heart, feminine details, beautiful fabrics and class with just the right amount of sexiness. Through our lines, we present an idea to collection of unique, versatile and comfort to our entire collection includes tops, dresses, bottoms and outerwear.”
Top: Love Squared, Cream + Polkadot Blouse, Nordstrom Rack.  “The Love Squared girl is all about maintaining her eclectic style while keeping up with the most up to date fashion. Her taste can vary from the vintage stands at the local flea markets or send her to far away lands to satisfy her couture style craving. Love Squared is all about vibrant prints and colors, novelty fabrics, details, and trims. There is always a style to suit our girl’s mood.”
Pants: Paige Denim, $189: Nordstrom. “Known for its considered and unexpected details, Paige has grown into a denim powerhouse offering styles that reflect the brand’s sex appeal and passion for the craft. Paige uses only the finest fabrics and materials while each design is infused with thought out and considered elements. As the expert on fit, Paige promises that every style delivers a drop dead fit. Every detail is carefully calculated, from a contoured waistband to forward sitting side seams each style is designed with the customer in mind.”

From Photoshoot to Birthday Party!
Shoe: Jessica Simpson “Abriana” Pump, $89.95 from
Necklace: Costume jewelry pearl neckclace strand. Uknown brand. (Honestly, I have had this in my closet forever and can’t remember where it came from).
Hair: Styled by Jeska Newman of EVOLVE Hair And Art. {Contact Jessica for pricing. Available both on site and in their store.}
Makeup by Sequoia Leopold + Assistant fromFlawless Beauty Bars. {Contact Sequoia for pricing. Available both on site and in their store.}
(This blog originally appeared on NW Beauty Magazine. To view original article please click here: 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

PR Tip Tuesday: Keeping Promises

Our PR Tip Tuesday this week is a very simple concept and won't require a long post. Today we want to bring up keeping the promises that you make.  All to often in business, and in life, we promise people something, something we never deliver.  Saying "yes" then never following through only results in disappointment and even worse, resentment from the person you promised something to. If you're going to make a promise, that is great! Just make sure you follow through with it. If you can't for some reason, contact the person directly, explain as honestly as possible why you are unable to, and offer to make ammends somehow.   Another way to avoid making promises and breaking them is to learn how to say "no".  If someone asks a favor and you know right off the bat you're not going to be able to complete the task they as of you, simply and politely tell them no, that you are unable to. Follow up with a positive remark and a request to keep in touch in case you can assist in the future.

Our challenge to you is to go out and find one thing you can do for someone today, take action and deliver. We also challenge you to find someone you had promised something to, and apologize and offer to make ammends. We all make mistakes.  Our challange for you tomorrow, is to give thoughtful consideration on your ability to deliver before making any promises or saying "yes" to people in the future.

Why I Write: The History of My GPH Seattle Celeb Buzz Blog

01.06 Why I Write: The History of My GPH Seattle Celeb Buzz Blog
Most of you probably think I write this Celebrity Buzz blog because I am celebrity obsessed or something like that. This couldn’t be father from the truth. I write because I love it.  It is my passion. My release, my art.  Some of you like to dance, some like to make clothes or some other hobby, I write.  When I first approached Darnell Sue, founder of Girl Power Hour about writing for GPH 2 years ago, I asked, “What topics are yet to be covered?” She replied that no one was covering celebrities yet, and I jumped at the chance, agreeing to write the Celeb Buzz Blog.
Girl Power Hour was the first organization that gave me a platform to write on a public forum.  From here, I have written a DLIST Magazine cover article, DLIST Magazine blogs, articles for countless blogs and several other local magazines.   My topics have ranged from all things celebrity, to personal interviews, fashion, event coverage, beauty topics, charity reviews and more.  These published articles are great, but I by no means consider myself a professional journalist. I’m a girl with a passion, doing what she loves. Sure, I can write technical things, like Press Releases, by this by no means makes me a journalist.
Anytime you write a blog, a magazine article or anything posted on a public forum, you open yourself up to criticism.  Personally, I love this criticism. Since I am not a professionally trained journalist, I take this criticism as an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to better perfect my “art”.  At the same time, this willingness to learn doesn’t mean I’m not human. Occasionally I’ll get a piece of criticism about my writing that is particularly hard to swallow.  I shared a recent criticism with Darnell and she responded, “I think your posts are great Maile… you are growing and learning and becoming really good. Don’t quit!”
Darnell’s encouragement has helped bring me to where I am today.  I plan on taking her advice wholeheartedly, and I’m not going to quit writing. I’m going to take whatever criticism I can get, learn from it, and become even better.  Thank you to everyone, including Darnell, who has supported my blog, shared a link, or encouraged me. I appreciate it greatly.  When I write I am doing what I love, and I hope that whatever you are doing, you love doing as well.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Kacie Boguski- Guest Blog Post on NW Beauty Mag

We wanted to write a quick and public Thank You to Kacie Boguski for her really great guest blog post on NW Beauty Magazine, "A New Year- A New You From The Inside-Out". Great job!

Guest Post From Kacie Boguski: A New Year, A New You… From the Inside- OUT

Guest Post From Kacie Boguski: A New Year, A New You… From the Inside- OUT
Kacie’s Green Smoothie
As 2013 has kicked off I can already tell that it is going to be the BEST yet and a busy one at that.  I’ve made it my resolution to stay healthy from the inside so that it shows on the outside to ensure that my confidence is always at its best.
To do this, I’m starting from the inside every morning! I’ve made it my goal to start the day with a prayer to God asking him for guidance and strength.  Then I’ll charge up with my “Green Smoothie.” What you put in your body shows on the outside! I want my skin to be healthy and shine (“bright like a diamond”). I fire up the Magic Bullet to get the job done.

Green Smoothie
1/2 frozen banana
3 cups of Kale
6-8 oz. of Coconut water (depending on consistancy you prefer)
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!  If you need a little more flavor add in a dash of cinnamon! Does the trick every time!
I also think its important to get in as much exercise as possible, but with a hectic schedule everyday this can sometimes make it to the bottom of the list.  I’ve made it a point to park a little farther from the office everyday to get a few extra steps in, good for the soul and the waist line, and then attend Pilates 3 days a week and Spin class 2 days a week.  Anything else on top of that is just icing on the cake!
Two of the three components are taken care of, now we need to work on the outside, which with combining with the others will make this the most balanced year to date.  I’m adding a few things to my beauty regimen this year! And they all begin with teeth whitening! I was so excited to get my whitening trays this year and to use my Philips Zoom white formula. BUT this can be pricy, so the alternative that I’ve found as equally effective is Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid. No matter what, you can be confident everyday with a pearly white smile, make-up or not!
The next thing you will find in my daily routine is the Rodan & Fields Anti-Age Regimen! I don’t think you’re ever to young to start taking care of your skin. It’s easier to prevent wrinkles, than try and reverse them!
In 4 easy steps twice a day, you will see amazing results.  And incase you thought Rodan & Fields sounded familiar, you would be correct.  They’re the doctors that created ProActive, so you know they’re trustworthy!
And finally, after I’ve gotten my skin and teeth taken care of, the last thing that always makes me feel a little more special are false eyelashes!  The confidence boost they give me is amazing.  Some days you just need that little bit of VOLA! On those days I throw on e.l.f. Dramatic Eyelashes. They’re only $1! And apply them with Duo Eyelash Adhesive!
I hope that a few of these tips help you make 2013 the best year yet! Start from the inside out and everyday will be your best day!
-Kacie B.
Special Thank You to Kacie B. For This Article!

Disappointment In Business

Yesterday we posted an article to Poshy Magazine about dealing with "NO" in business and wanted to repost it here.  And, we'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback...

As a publicist, you often hear “no” more than you ever hear “yes” and when the dreaded NO comes out you have to learn to deal with the disappointment.  When you are pitching stories, product placement or interviews, some prospects will tell you “yes” right away, some will respond “yes” after considerable discussion and sometimes you wear hear “no”.  And even worse than a “no” is a no response.

I have had to learn over the course of my career, to take the emotion out of the “no” and realize it's just business.  It’s simple math. To get to those “YES"s you have to hear the “NO”s, and lots of them.  Lucky for me, I am learning to pick up after hearing a “no” and relentlessly going after my “yes”.

Another thing I have learned is that I will never let one “no” stop me. One of my favorite quotes is, “Don’t let today’s disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams.” ~Unknown” I know that all sales people, even outside of PR know what I am talking about. In fact, I am sure the most successful sales people; hear “no” all the time!  Don’t let fear stop you. Once you hear that “no”, reflect on it, learn from it, pick up our chin and keep going. You’ll be glad you did.

If you get a “no” that is particularly hard for you to swallow, consider discussing it with a mentor. I myself am human, and I am not immune to having emotions when I hear no. My best remedy I experienced recently when I had a “no” that was difficult for me to process, was confiding in a friend. She reminded me that sometimes things are not meant to be and when one door closes, you‘ve created the space for another to open.  I have to believe that this in particular no happened for a reason, and that I am better off for it.  I decided to reflect on this experience and here is what I came up with as my best tips for dealing with disappointment:


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Another Expecting Mommy To Be Has BINSI: Holly Madison

We are proud to announce that we've helped yet another celebrity get some BINSI gear.   BINSI® Labor and Birth Apparel is a unique line designed to empower women during pregnancy, birth and beyond. BINSI® is the only labor and birth apparel designed by a birth doula and mother of three to work well for midwives, doctors, nurses, anesethsiologists, doulas - and most of all you! Our designs were tested and evaluated by mothers and all other birth professionals to make sure that they are the best design possible. BINSI® skirts fit below your belly, so they won't irritate your sensitive skin during contractions or interfere with monitoring. They are adjustable, so they fit your ever changing figure easily, all while keeping you covered and comfortable so you can focus on what's really important. BINSI® tops have clasps on the front straps that unhook to accommodate breastfeeding and medical equipment. They also have side snaps to allow the top to be partially, or completely, removed with ease. Make sure to put BINSI® in your birth plan and go over it with your health provider before your big day.   

Holly Madison
Photo Credit CLICK HERE.
BINSI was excited to hear the news that Holly Madison is expecting with her boyfriend, Pasquale Rotella, the Electronic Daisy Carnival and Insomniac Events founder.  The Peepshow dancer and star of Holly’s World first broke the news to US WEEKLY in August of 2012.  Since the big announcement Madison has been sharing photos of herself and her growing baby belly online, telling US WEEKLY “Damn! My belly popped out of nowhere!”   Madison and Rotella are expecting a baby girl, and she is “really excited about decorating the nursery. We’ve already started buying things”  she said.

At BINSI, we love sharing our brand with great moms-to-be.  We sent a gift package over to Holly and Pasquale. Along with some girly girl dancewear for their future little dancer, and a little owl rattle, we wanted Holly to have all of our essential BINSI items.  Check out the labor and birth products we sent Holly, including:

1.     The BINSI® PrimaMama Birth Skirt®-  A great under belly fit skirt, perfect for maternity wear, labor and birthing.  Covers your rear when in the hospital for the more conservative mommy.

2.     The BINSI® Go Go Birth Bra™-  A perfect little sports bra for the mommy to be, or new mom.  Designed with adjustable front hoods and side snaps to accommodate medical equipment.  Allows immediate access for skin to skin contact which is a great way to bond with your baby and encourage breastfeeding. 

3.     The BINSI® Thankini™ Birth Tank-  This special little top is made for moms who want extra coverage and fabulous features. Once you’ve worn it you’ll be so thankful you found it!  Designed with breathability in mind and accommodates any medical equipment you may need or choose.   The top straps easily clip off for instant breast feeding and skin to skin time with your baby.

Join us in congratulating Holly and Pasquale on their growing family.  Tweet with the momma-to-be Holly Madison @HollyMadison, follow her blog at or LIKE her official Facebook page at:

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

PR Basics and Press Conference Tips

PR Basics and Press Conference Tips

Press conferences are a great tool for getting a message about your brand or company out to the media in a quick and efficient way.  Rather than sending out costly press releases, or making hundreds of individual journalist appointments, you can get your information across to a roomful of people all at once. Here are our tips from CEM to have the most beneficial press conference, and how to best get your message across in an effective manner.  We’ve assembled some great tips for someone who is well versed in press conferences as well as the press conference newbie.

·       Stay calm! Stay calm and focus on facts over emotion (more on this later). Staying calm tells the journalists in the room they are not going to be able to get an emotional reaction from you, perhaps getting you to say something you will wish later you hadn’t said.

·       Don’t sit! Stand rather than sit. A table is a barrier between you and the reporters.  Sitting also suggests a psychological lack of energy. Not to mention, a podium is the best way to allow yourself to read notes, while allowing media to attach recording devices or microphones.

·       No family! Press conferences are a place of business. Keep your personal family and friend attendance to a minimum.

·       Keep control! Control your message. Plan ahead and know exactly what message you want to be sent. The less you say, the more likely it is the news will publish your intended sound bites. The more you say gives the reporters more to decipher, and increases the chances of your message being misunderstood or misinterpreted.  Keep your message as short and simple as possible, journalists are busy. You don’t want to irritate them by keeping them too long.

·       Admit your mistakes.  If you are holding a “crisis press conference” admit your mistakes. Honesty is always the best policy. If you attempt to “throw other people under the bus” it will only make you look bad and will almost always come back to haunt you. Telling the truth will not harm your reputation as much in the end as lying will.   The key to admitting your mistakes is atoning for your wrong doings, admitting to them and looking forward to a bright future. In this situation says that “you can’t reverse the past, but you can attempt to have an honorable future.”

·       Use facts instead of emotions.   There is a time and place to be emotional and a press conference is almost always not one of them. Remember, journalists and the media are to report on facts, and in most cases not emotions.  Keep a level  head, you’ll almost always regret getting too overly emotional and reacting emotionally at a press conference.

·       Tell the truth!  Especially in crisis press conferences, The best way to deal with a crisis and do damage control is to face it head on and come clean. Not a lot of people like a cheater — but no one likes a bold-faced liar. We all make mistakes but admitting to them is the first step in repairing a tarnished reputation” (   If you’ve wronged someone or something, you’re better off admitting it.  If you don’t, and the crisis is big enough, it will come out eventually. Better from you than a “beat writer”.

·       Be helpful.  Try to answer as many questions as you can. If you are unable to answer a question, tell the media you’ll have the appropriate department or person answer that question at a later time, preferably as soon as possible. There is nothing worse than a journalist who feels ignored. They’ll try to find the answer on their own, and may discover an answer, different from the one you want them to provide.

·       Consult a professional! We highly suggest you select a team of professionals to advise you before going into any press conference.  Have a plan for how you will answer any difficult questions. Having a plan will help you control the ultimate message you are trying to send. It is not weak to be advised by a PR team on how to best get your message to the media. Trust us, especially when communicating any type of crisis communications, you’ll be glad you did!

·       Keep speakers to a minimum.  People speak and interpret things differently, the more people that speak, the more cloudy your vision or message will become. Send the person with the most public relations experience out to speak. If you have an inexperienced team, make sure they have a strong PR individual advising them ahead of time to help them prepare. Assigning one person to address the press also cuts down on the likelihood that you and your company / brand will be misquoted.

·       Remember your audience! Don’t let the “beat reporter” in the front row get you flustered. Remember that the reporter is not your final audience. Keep in mind that the reporter is simply your avenue for getting your message across.  Keep your message as direct and down to earth as possible, so that the key people watching the press conference or reading quotes in the paper the next day understand your message.

·       Don’t play favorites with reporters! If you are well versed in press conferences, then we know that in your career, you have developed favorites or non favorites when it comes to reporters.  We know that some reporters have more influence than others, but don’t play favorites, it will only back fire later on. Treat all members of the media courteously and with even keeled respect.  Journalists can become your best friend or your worst enemy, attempt to avoid that by being professional at all times, under all circumstances.

·       Keep an eye on that “beat writer” in the front row.  Journalists in general are very good at spinning things, especially the one’s known as “beat writers”.  These type of writers are experts at spinning your message and trying to infer either a positive or negative response from you.  Be aware of their methods, and prepare in advance for their questions with your PR advisor.

Press conferences can be a great way to give out information about your brand, company or changes to your company. We cannot stress enough how important it is to plan for them in advance, and to have a strong PR professional advising you on the best way to get your message across.  A press conference is like any other media interview, journalists want information, and you have to make a plan to get them the exact information it is that you want them to have.