Spotlight on Betsey Johnson.



Empires may crumble but great leaders and innovators never fade out from the fabric of time. They are celebrated always with merriment and admiration. Betsey Johnson is no exception to this truth. After thirty-four years on top of the fashion world the, forever respected, designer has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. She was and is the epitome of fun, free and forever young. Here are some photos that bare witness to the great creativity and mastery that was the Betsey Johnson brand. Also, be sure to check her online store, as everything must go but, I have a feeling we have not seen the last of this original wonder woman.



Vintage Betsey Johnson 1960’s




These models were temporarily tattooed by Betsey herself by hand for her 2012 Spring runway show!



This woman (above) is gorgeous. Check her and the other Betsey dolls in the video below.





I’m in love with this dress.



Go Gurrl! Not bad for a woman of 69 years old!


We will miss you.


Empire Beauty: “The Tents” Documentary

If you dig Fashion this documentary will rock your socks off! I LOVE Fashion and I LOVE New York. This documentary incorporates both a history of Fashion and of a magical period that changed the face of Fashion in New York City (and the world for that matter) forever…. A must see for Fashion heads everywhere! It can be found on Netflix, Cablevision on-demand and iTunes. Buen Provecho!

Street Love: Hani Street Art

Hani Shihada is New York City’s sidewalk art extraordinaire! He’s been bedazzling sidewalks in Europe and NYC for over 25 years. Homeboy is MARVELOUS! He began sharing his talents on sidewalks while studying art in Rome during the 70’s. He also studied in Spain as well! His life is an artists dream. His work has been featured in movies, commercial, clubs, news articles, ads…so on and so forth! He’s got  the skillz to pay the billz. He works in various mediums, and even does sculptures. The pastel chalks he uses to create his street masterpieces are all custom-made by the man himself! I’ve followed this artist for a few years now. So, I’m sure you could imagine my excitement when I bumped into Hani wrapping up his latest work!

Photocredit goes to

I have more photos I took with my Blackberry coming! I was super excited to find that he was extremely personable. We spoke about sharing art and how we are all connected. Here are a few other pieces of his I love!

My fellow Latina! Sonia Sotomayor! Photo By Ed Yourdon

Micheal Jackson!

How Bananas is this!!

Yes this is 3D street art! The illusion of his work is insane! God I love NY!

It’s crazy that this is a chalked flat drawing, but because of the skills that this man possesses, he is able to creat such a believable illusion!

Visit his website if you seek to be awed further!

Empire Beauty: Tribeca Film Festival 2011

Every year I attend the Tribeca Film Festivals Drive-in. I love this event! It’s one of the festivals FREE events held in the Financial building in Battery Park right on the Hudson. Its beautiful watching the sun set, watching the boats pass. This year it was like 23 degrees out there… it was survival of the fittest. I recommend taking a blanket with you cause it can get pretty nippy right by the water most years. Still, despite the punishing temperatures that snuck up on the crowd (…cause it started out nice), It’s one of those events where the atmosphere is completely cool… Strangers are conversing, taking turns watching each others things as alternating groups go to enjoy the free festivities before the main event. The themes always change so each year your left in anticipation awaiting the brand new line up. One year its Dirty Dancing, the next its Micheal Jacksons Thriller, or I’ve even experienced A Short Film Contest, where the audience were the judges…. This year it was the 80’s Classic Fame, The Muppets take Manhattan and a doc called when the drum is beating! You never know if your going to rub elbows with well know producers, directors or celebs! Not that people attend for this purpose, the fact is, most attend for the shared love of film and because everything down to the drinks and popcorn are free of course! Get more Behind the scenes and scoop inside!

My instant Buddies!!! They come baring gifts…Cant watch a film without Popcorn!

Vitamin water sponsored the event along with Timewarner! Lucky me I LOVE vitamin water~ Power-C ~ woooo whoooo!

This was the host Abe Goldfarb… He’s an actor, writer, director and  Burlesque personality, as well as, this years Tribeca Film Festivals Drive-in Host! He was super nice and had all around good energy.


These adorable girls were covering the Film Festival for Tribeca Kids Access. They were so professional and focused! I loved watching strong talented women in the making!

As an artist I’m in love with all artist! This guy drew my portrait in five minutes and he was dead on! lolol


Beautiful Sunset ALWAYS!

A general view of atmosphere at the Drive-In Presents "Fame" At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at North Cove at World Financial Center Plaza on April 21, 2011 in New York City.

This Photo credit goes to Zimbio! It was freezing! These are the warriors!

Cast members of Fame perform during the Drive-In Presents "Fame" At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at North Cove at World Financial Center Plaza on April 21, 2011 in New York City.

These dancers got alot of slack from an extremely critical audience but I dug the performance.

love this whole film… It’s an 80’s CLASSIC! But the part when theyre in the lunchroom is one of my favorite scenes! Click Here to keep your eyes on all things Tribeca!

Empire Beauty: The New York International Auto Show 2011

Cars, cars and more cars! Beautiful woman, over priced finger foods…. and good ol’ gut punchin’ New Yorkers, in all their aggression and charm. The New York International Auto Show  is held annually at the Jacob Javits Center and makes for a great fix if your into eye candy! It’s definitely the place to visit if you’re seeking to buy a brand new car or looking to bump into an old boyfriend. Everyone and their mother shows up to this treasured NYC event.

 My two favorite types of cars to look for at the event are the classic supped up rides (which are rare and few) and the concept cars (which this year get a solid six on the ten scale… not too impressive.) I’m usually limited as to what grabs my attention at this event because it’s just one mammoth car dealership show room floor if you ask me. I’m more of a classic car kind of girl myself…. Hot Rods, Muscle cars, Vintage and pimped out Lowriders all the way baby! None the less its great to explore what will be hitting the streets in the coming year.

If your tummy starts revving its engine at the show I recommend refueling on outside food as their prices at the show can be a bit outlandish for the quantity and quality of their food…. Entrance for Adults is $14 and $4 for children under twelve.

This car was like a huge disco ball! I wanted to take it home soooo bad! Just up my alley! Vanity, style, crazy and eccentricity all wrapped into one!


This was the saab concept car.


Saabs creative team has taken it to the next level with the Phoenix and they’ve done it so flawlessly! How futuristic is this beauty. To me this is what a great concept car does at an auto show…. Ushers the imagination into an unfolding and expanding future. I love glimpses of what to come. This is one of the reasons I attend the show….The idea of being surprised!


Justin, Jacob and I going for a hay ride! Justin’s grabbing some hay to chew…lol


I caught glances with this baby across the show room floor and I broke through the crowd to flirt with this beauty…. If she were mine  I’d take her for a spin on my weekly Pearl Paint runs or even take her on long road trips across the U.S. to Santa Cruz California and Vegas…. This is my kinda car. And I would do her an injustice if I failed to mention homegirl has S T Y L E.


This was one of the highlights of my trip to the Javits Center… Bumble Bee!!!!  On one of my Beautiful jungle runs I took a picture with Optimus Prime at Toys R Us Times Square so you can imagine how psyched I was when they had my favorite Transformer on display at the auto show!


Last Year at Toys R Us playing tour guide to a friend from Ecuador!

The Auto Show this year has run its course. I actually caught the last day, but for future reference Click here to sign up for their Newsletter, schedule and other Bonuses like Contests and Photos of all the Displays!

Empire Beauty: The Fantastic Guggenheim Museum!

Yesterday I went to the fantastic (Drum Roll Please….) Guggenheim Museum! It was one of those crazy and spontaneous things I do when I have absolutely no plans (I just go where the wind takes me….) and because it was a Saturday, I got in for only $3 buckeroos! In the event YOU want to take advantage of this really cool deal, you can do so on any given Saturday between 5:45-7:45pm. Be sure to get there at 5:45pm or even a little earlier, as the line has been known to whipped around the block! The suggested donation is $10, but with all the private donations, grants and people paying the regular price for tickets at $18 a pop! “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!” Give what you can…trust me They are NOT lacking!

I took this picture of their enormous Skylight with my rinky dink Blackberry Camera… The structure and design of this building is so flawless that you couldn’t ruin a photo opp if you tried.

 WARNING:They are VERY adamant about their NO flash photography policy! Everyone tries…Shit even I snuck in a few. Still, beware the security guards that are stationed on each level. Once you begin your journey up that ramp best believe they are-a-watchin and people get really offended when confronted. Its rather entertaining actually. lol

With that said, the following photos are all works of art currently on display at the museum (with the exception of one) BUT these photos were found online at various web sites and I claim no credit for them…. other than the effort involved in locating quality replicas of these amazing works! Still there is nothing like seeing them in person!

Amedeo Modigliani, Nude, 1917

The naked chic was one of my favorites because I loved the jagged brush strokes that fill in the simple black outline that defines her body. All of his nudes are equally amazing. I also love how the sensual nature of the painting consumes the onlooker. When I saw this image I instantly felt like I was transported into the room with this beautiful woman and Amedeo… like I was having a spiritual Ménage à trois. Nudes are sexy and the whole relationship between the Art, the Artist, the Subject and the observer is soooo romantic that it completely eradicates thoughts of distaste, it immediately seduces you.  

Mountains at Saint-Rémy (Montagnes à Saint-Rémy), July 1889. Oil on canvas, Vincent van Gogh Photo Credit: Matthew Felix Sun 

I have this gift. I see images in the marble tiles in bathrooms, in decorative plastered walls, in splattered paint, in dirt smudges and in the strokes of a canvas I can see images that where never intended. Thats why I love this landscape by Vincent. I see cloves of Garlic and a man playing the saxophone… and because of this I feel like, not the man, but the spirit of the man and  I, connect. The entities that are within, that make us both artist danced when I  laid eye on this painting.

Photo Credit: out of the Grey

When your ready for a break, take a stroll over to Cafe 3 across from the Kandinsky Gallery on Annex Level 3! Its well priced sandwiches are like $7 and change… Beers $7 and you can get a glass of wine between $6 and $9 bucks.. If you ask me, not bad at all! They serve sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea, wine, and beer, and there’s a really dope view of Central Park as well.

Cafe 3 Hours
10:30 am–5:15 pm
Closed Thursday

For more information, call 212 427 5682.

Man I wish I could have snuck this out in my pocket!!! I’m new to the work of Franz but he had me at Moo! His color usage is AMAZING! No photo could do this justice. This painting is a “you had to be there” piece. So sad you cant see it unless YOU’VE SEEN IT IN PERSON! That cow looks like its having a heck of a day! I did some research on his other works and they are all as magnificent!

Kupka, Frantisek – 1909-10 Planes by Colors, Large Nude Photo Credit: RasMarley

Now baby, this is ME! No like, for real, this is me on any given day of the week; lounging bare in the privacy of my home contemplating my world domination and what to cook for dinner. Have you ever had one of those “Why didn’t I think of that first” moments? Well, this was one of my “Why didn’t I paint that first” moments! This man is a GENIUS by every form of the definition. Color contrast, brush strokes, proportion, Soul! The image below was NOT ON DISPLAY but come on!

He is my new favorite… ok maybe my second new favorite! Now I just need to learn how to pronounce his name…hmmm.


Kandinsky’s “Black Lines” (1913).

Kandinsky.. Kandinsky.. Kandinsky (sigh) He owns the Guggenheim right now if you ask me and with good reason. Again, no justice I tell ya! When I saw this I knew “Houston we have a problem.” I knew I would never want to leave. I wondered if he painted to make women fall in love with him? Because the subject matter of his work suggests a loftiness.. like he’s in a class all his own and he knows it. As if to say, “my work supersedes your comprehension..Yes, I know.” It’s his disregard for your lack of understanding that’s so enticing. Because he draws you in with color… fantasy… intrigue… He IS in a class all his own and whether you understand it or not, you want to be apart of it. It’s the distance he creates that keeps you wanting more of him. The colors flirt. 

On Saturdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., admission to the Guggenheim Museum is “pay what you wish.”

Photo Credit: Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency

This building is soulless without these images or without the bodies that these images infatuate on a daily basis.

This is one of my rebel photos above!

Now I’ve not eaten here but a review of the Guggenheim would be incomplete without it!

The Wright:

Located at Fifth Avenue and 88th Street. Lunch and Dinner. The menu is seasonal. The restaurant was designed by architect Andre Kikoski.
11:30 am–3:30 pm
11:30 am–5 pm
5:30–11 pm
Sunday Brunch
11 am–3:30 pm

For Reservations 212 427 5690.

SOOOOOOOOO….after the museum just when I thought my soul could take no more… I run across an original De La Vega!!!!!!! AAAhhhhh! I’m having a mental  orgasm just typing this! I’m like a crazed teen at a Justin Bieber concert when it comes to Art! Could ya tell! lol  I love finding diamonds in the ruff! An original Del La Vega! Chalked on the ground across the street from the Guggenheim! A fish jumped ship, running with haste away from the bowl! I feel like he put that there just for ME…and dont you crush my dreams! and just when I thought it couldn’t get better….

I made it just in time for the Sunset at central Park! The ultimate work of art… the one that stole the show and every word… my very breath.

Then I got Very unhappy hahahahahahahaha cause my day was over. lol I was just playing with my camera! I’m nuts goodnight!

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128-0173
Purchase tickets

Museum Hours

Sun–Wed 10 am–5:45 pm
Fri 10 am–5:45 pm
Sat 10 am–7:45 pm
Closed Thurs, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
Some galleries may close prior to 5:45 pm Sun–Wed and Fri (7:45 pm Sat)


Saturday Baby! Pay as you wish! Otherwise, Adults $18
Students and Seniors (65 years +) with valid ID $15
Children under 12 Free
Members Free

Audio Tours

Audio tours are free with admission.

Cherry Poppin Never Stoppin: First of Empire Beauty Reviews!

Tonight was a “Low Key” evening, kinda. A little Business and alot of pleasure. We started out with Cocktails at the Hudson Hotel Bar on West 58th and ended with Rose petals and humus at Shalel Moroccan Bar Lounge on West 70th. It was the perfect recipe for pleasure and relaxation! Even though Shalel was a little crazier than anticipated; all in all the night was smooooth and silly much like its participants. I met up with a friend of mine by the name of Brandon Lewis who is a very talented photographer and when he is not shooting for my brand Posh Pirate, he is photographing aspiring Models, Actors, Fashion Designers and Events. If he can fit you into his tight schedule the wait is well worth it!

So now down to the nittay grittay….This will be my first of many stellar reviews on dining and night life in New York City, my surrogate monster mother, in all of her empire beauty!  (Yay! Gotta start somewhere) So lets begin with the ever so stylish Hudson Hotel! The green electric carpet that rolls out leading you up to the lobby, reveals the most incredible chandelier! Actually, you’ll find later that this introduction is merely foreshadowing the all around beauty and surprises, you’ve yet to encounter at this posh palace! Read on to see Pictures and Review

The Hudson Bar area is amazing, from the log bench and glass floors that light from within, to the excellent service. Not to mention the incredible hand painted ceiling that I can stare at for hours… Literally! The picture below is a very SMALL fragment of this hand painted masterpiece.

“One of New York’s hottest nightspots from the moment it opened, Hudson Bar in midtown Manhattan is a dazzling venue decorated in a riotous collection of styles. It features a glass floor lit from beneath and a hand painted ceiling by world-renowned artist Francesco Clemente… the perfect place for drinks, lively conversation, people-watching, and experiencing the undeniable excitement of New York.”

Brandon had to steal my attention away from the artwork to point out how dope the music was. I mean the Dj was on point with his musical selections and friendly enough to talk to Bran about his playlist… I had the Strawberry Sparkler and Bran had a Long Island! Caution: the cocktails are pricey at $18 a pop, but some of the wine and definitely the beer are WAY more reasonable!

After our photo opp… we dropped by the “Library” the second of five cool spots to hit up at the Hudson. They also have an outdoor terrace, a restaurant called Hudson Hall and the Private Park which is seasonal and reopens in spring 2011.

The Library is class with a little pizzaz! I wish I would have gotten a better picture of the books that line the top of this rooms borders! And if you’re not down for a game of Pool or Chess, there is always the awesome photography and books that are on display to have a gander at… not to mention the bar and Dj in the library that are equally as awesome as those at the Lounge.

After the Hudson, we decided to hit up a quaint little Moroccan spot my friend Rayboy put me on too… MY new spot, Shalel! this place was love at first sight!

I love that it is so incognito…. and the walk down ushers you into a rabbit hole of wonder and romance! But don’t get it twisted it doesn’t have to be romantic just for a couple, if you love yourself enough it could be romantic just for you.. it is for me.

This place was packed!!! I wish the bar was like this when we got there lol

Let me give you a visual. Rose petals line the stair cases… actually Rose petals are everywhere! There is a full bar and dozens of hidden rooms and cubbies. Every section makes you feel like you’re in an exclusive part of the space! There is a catch though! If you go on a busy night service is a little laxed. But, if your like me, that problem is fixed with a little kind assertion. But seriously, the ambience transports you to another part of the world.

The food is African, Greek and Middle Eastern and its, “The Stuff”, as I would say 🙂 Look at Brandon getting his sexy on…lol

We ordered the spread assortment and olives… Mind you this is the only time homeboy actually smiled for a picture, when the food began to arrive… “too funny!” This was the best time of the night!

Everything was fresh and perfectly prepared. The beers were cold and the cocktails were firm!

They even brought us some really great shots on the house! Slippery Nipples to be exact! All in moderation is fine… Drunken Stupor is not cool. Just thought I’d throw that out there. Drink responsibly!

Brandon’s friend Edgar stopped by later in the evening to join us. He’s an aspiring Actor/Model and all around cool dude…

I had to end the night early, being I’ve had way too much fun this weekend. Beginning with Saint Patrick’s Day on thursday. So homegirl was through… But to keep you all posted, Brandon has agreed to shoot for me in early April! So the scandal continues… and the building begins! Going Out Guns Blazin’! Peace!

Hudson Hotel Bar 

356 West 58 Street
New York, New York 10019
Tel. 212 554 6217

Sun-Wed 7 PM-2 AM
Thu-Sat 7 PM-4 AM

(You can take the 1 train to Columbus Circle and its like two blocks)


65 W 70th St (Between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West)
New York, NY 10023  Tel. (212) 873-2300

Sun-Thu 4:30pm-12am Fri-Sat 4:30pm-4am

( Nearest Transit 72nd St (B, C) 66th St (1) 72nd St (1, 2, 3)