Next Now_Final Square Invite{Applications Due Friday!} THE NEXT NOW

Applications due: Friday, August 20th | 11:59 pm

Event: Tuesday, August 23 | 11am – 2pm @ the Ace Hotel. 20 W 29th St, Manhattan

Renowned designer jewelry retailer Ylang 23, in collaboration with NYC-based fashion incubator, TrendSeeder announce THE NEXT NOW: An Open Call for Emerging Jewelry Designers. Undiscovered designers will have the chance to privately present a range of their collection to the panel of judges who will select one winner. The jury is comprised of industry leaders and experts: Steven Alan, CEO, designer and CFDA member; Melissa Joy Manning, creative director, jewelry designer and CFDA member; Joanne Teichman, founder and managing director of Ylang 23; Avani Patel, Founder and CEO of TrendSeeder; and Will Kahn, Accessories Director at Town & Country. The winner will receive 20 total hours of mentoring from designer Melissa Joy Manning and Ylang 23’s Joanne Teichman; online presentation, presence and promotion on Ylang 23’s website of consigned merchandise with possibility for purchase order and long-term relationship; A one-year membership to TrendSeeder, valued at $1500; and opportunity to present to the Steven Alan team for potential distribution in Steven Alan boutique(s).

Designers must apply online at by August 20, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Admission is open and on a first-come, first-see basis.


Summer Friday at Union Square Greenmarket

Friday, August 19th | 4 – 9 pm @ Union Square Greenmarket

For Summer Fridays in Union Square, the market stays open late with live music, a beer and cider garden, and prepared foods from neighborhood restaurants like Luke’s Lobster, Palo Santo, Print, Blue Water Grill, The Pavilion, and Barbounia, plus seven craft beverage producers selling locally made beer and spirits by the bottle and can.

More information on Greenmarket’s website.

synchroniCITY | NYC Pop-Up Series

Every Saturday in August | 9 am – 5 pm @ Secret location, New York City

Find rooftop garden yoga, healers, global changemakers, Apothecary Pop-Up Shopping Experience with micro-batched, beauty and skincare sourced from nature; and special guests; Rockstar Shaman Alyson Charles, Kathleen Booker, Kate Wolff, PK Alexander, Nicole Sweet, Sasha Nelson, Abbi Miller and more at this immersive health experience. 

Tickets $20 – $50

hillsGovernor’s Island Hills Now Open

July 19 – September 25, Monday-Friday | 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday/Sunday | 10 am – 7 pm.

The Trust for Governors Island announces the opening of the Hills, ten newly designed acres of park on Governors Island that include slides, art and unparalleled harbor views. Designed by acclaimed landscape architects West 8 urban design & landscape architecture, the opening of the Hills marks a major milestone in the transformation of Governors Island from an abandoned military base into an iconic destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Opening nearly a year ahead of schedule, the four Hills include huge slides, sculptures, a scramble, paths, and an outlook with incredible views. The Hills are constructed of recycled demolition debris, general fill and lightweight pumice, stabilized with geotechnical reinforcement and covered with shrubs, trees and grassy lawns, and improve the island’s resilience in the face of increasingly dramatic weather patterns and rising sea levels. They are home to more than 860 new trees and 41,000 new shrubs planted in new high-quality topsoil and protected from brackish groundwater by the new topography. The new lawns, plantings and permeable paving also reduce erosion and storm run-off, while allowing for water collection and irrigation.

sushiMayonoki Month-Long Sushi Pop-Up

Starting August 3 @ 91 Clinton Street, Manhattan

This sustainable sushi joint (the only place to get purely sustainable sushi in the city) is going semi-permanent! Read my gushing review of them some months back, and go sign up for a spot.

$100 per person

savorSavor Summer Soirée

Saturday, August 20 | 3 to 6 pm @ Savor Spa – 327 West 11th St., Manhattan

Celebrate the end of the season and the launch of Savor’s new services for brides… but you don’t have to be a bride to enjoy this pampering day of beauty! Expect flower crowns made on-site and braids by amika: styleblow; mini facials by Savor Spa estheticians; makeup applications with Savor Master Makeup Artist Rebecca Casciano and our Savor Spa team; tarot card readings; and drinks by Empower Cocktails and our signature #beautyfood bites. Your $10 ticket will be applied as credit towards product purchased that night.

Tickets are $10

Chunky_Knit_Alpaca_Beanie_Model_grandeGlobal Goods Sample Sale

August 22nd + 23rd | 1 to 7 pm @ 115 West 30th Street, Suite 400

Global Goods Partners is a non-profit organization that partners with women artisans in developing countries and sells their handmade home and accessory products internationally for sustainable living wages, and they’re having a sample sale.

s_nestNest Co-op

Thursday, August 25th | 6-8pm @ 501 5th ave, suite 1608

Join the artisan organization Nest for a Trunk Show featuring Loom to Luxury silks incorporated in the latest collections from KINTU and where Mountains Meet. Meet ladies behind these socially conscious brands; touch, feel, and shop Nest Guild artisan craftsmanship; and learn more about the story behind the silks.

RSVP HERE to add your name to the complimentary guest list, space is limited!

naturaldyesilkNatural Dyeing With Avocado

Thursday, August 25th | 6-8pm @ Tinyfield Rooftop Farm, 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn

Natural color can come from a variety of botanical, mineral and insect ingredients. One of the most surprising natural colors, and one of the easiest to play with, is the beautiful blush pink that comes from avocado pits & skins! Join my friend Faye of Sustaining Life and learn how to turn this food waste into gorgeous, non-toxic color. During the workshop, you’ll learn how to dye clothing with avocado pits from start to finish. Each student will receive two scarves to dye and take home. Students are welcome to bring an item of their own to dye (must be made from cotton, silk, or wool) as well!

Tickets are $40

Local Roots NYC Still Summer Party 2016

sorayadarabiA Conversation with Soraya Darabi, Co-Founder of Zady & Angel Investor)

Thursday, September 1 | 6:30 to 9 pm @ Alley – 119 W. 24th Street, Manhattan

Join a conversation with Soraya Darabi (Co-Founder of Zady and Angel Investor) as she discusses her entrepreneurial journey and the opportunities she’s discovered by launching a mission-oriented fashion brand as well as her role in the NYC eco system and how she identifies great companies to invest in. 

Tickets $20 to $40

s_goldsupperSolid Gold Supper

 Brooklyn Grange, Clinton Ave. & Flushing Ave, Brooklyn

For NYC Honey Week’s 3rd Annual Solid Gold Supper, the Grange is teaming up with the beekeepers-turned-distillers at Caledonia Spirits, and Chef Arden Lewis of Purslane to present a family style celebration of honey, bees, and the producers who help protect them! Throughout the night, you’ll feast on the bounty of September harvests, with a multi-course, family style banquet showcasing local honey-touched dishes, and paired with craft cocktails made from sustainably-raised grain. Beekeepers will be seated amongst the guests, ready to regale you with tales of their favorite queens.

Tickets are $100 to $150

hero_convenientCONVENIENT | New York’s Love Affair With Plastics

Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 pm @ Museum of City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street), Manhattan

New Yorkers go through hundreds of millions of plastic shopping bags, coffee cups, take-out clamshells, soda straws, and other single-use items every day – all in the name of convenience. But that short-term convenience comes with long-term costs to the environment and our health. Journalist Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, talks about how the rise of plastic helped create a culture of convenience and how to live with the disposables we can’t seem to do without.

Admission is free, but advance registration required.

slowfoodslowdowninviteagv3Slow Food NYC’s 5th Annual (s)low down

Tuesday, September 20 | 7 to 10 pm @ Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street Between 3rd & 4th Aves, Brooklyn

You are cordially invited to Slow Food NYC’s 5th Annual (s)low down at Threes Brewing in Gowanus, Brooklyn! Celebrate the 2016 Snailblazer honoree, Hot Bread Kitchen Founder Jessamyn Rodriguez. The ‘Snailblazer’ award is a designation granted to those leaders in the farm-to-table movement committed to a local, sustainable, and fair food system. Party proceeds benefit Slow Food NYC’s programs including Urban Harvest, Good Food education programs in 15 NYC schools and a summer educational farm in East New York, Brooklyn. The (s)low down this year will be quite a party in the backyard at Threes Brewing, a celebrated brewery bar and event space in Gowanus, Brooklyn featuring beer, wine and small bites curated by The Meat Hook.

Tickets are $125

If there’s anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!