Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Beautiful Dresses: Nick Verreos and his Dillard's Pembroke Lakes Mall models in NV Nick Vderreos dresses--Pembroke Pines Florida
Model in NV Nick Verreos blue jersey "Grecian Goddess" dress and Nick Verreos--Dillard's Pembroke Lakes Mall Pembroke Pines Florida
A couple of weeks ago, I went on my "Nick Tour" to promote my new dress line--NV Nick Verreos--at various Dillard's across the US. I've already covered my visit to Arizona, Texas, and now, it's all about Florida. I flew to Fort Lauderdale to do an in-store appearance and host a fashion show presentation showcasing my NV Nick Verreos dresses at the Dillard's in the Pembroke Lakes Mall, located in Pembroke Pines Florida. My NV Nick Verreos design partner-for-life David Paul and I arrived in Fort Lauderdale Florida (which is about 30 minutes from Pembroke Pines) the night before my event and checked into the beautiful W Hotel Fort Lauderdale, thinking maybe--just maybe--we might get some pool time (we somehow forgot that this was a BUSINESS trip and there would be no time for "play" notwithstanding the weather situation). Alas, not so much, it was the FIRST DAY of HURRICANE season and it stormed (almost) the entire time. But we made sure to sneak a photos of the pool that we never, ever used:
No Swimsuits Allowed: W Hotels Ft. Lauderdale Pool--Nick Verreos (right) and David Paul (left) pose near the pool they never used
Now, let's get to my NV Nick Verreos Dillard's In-Store Appearance/Event: My event and fashion presentation was fabulous--and a lot of fun--I had three of the sweetest (and nicest) models including one who was oe Cycle 10 of America's Next Top Models(!). After my event/presentation, almost everyone left (BAD Shoppers, Bad!)...but David, myself and our "NV Nick Verreos" Diva Janet Scibetta, wrangled some of the ladies back---so they could TRY on my dresses and eventually BUY! Anyhow, here's my Photo Gallery:
Monday, June 17, 2013
OMG! --Erin Brady Miss Connecticut USA gets crowned Miss USA 2013 by Nana Meriwether Miss USA 2012--PH Live Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas
Last night were the Finals of the 62nd annual Miss USA pageant. The winner was the beautiful 25-year-old 5' 8" tall Erin Brady "Miss Connecticut USA". She beat out 50 other lovely women representing all the United States plus the District of Columbia for the coveted title. Erin is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Finance and a minor in Criminal Justice and according to her Miss USA bio, she would like to pursue an MBA in the near future.
Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady
Also, according to her bio, she is a Financial Accountant, well up until last night. Now, she will spend a year traveling around the country as Miss USA 2013, and calling a NYC apartment home. She will also represent USA in the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which announced last night--will take place in November in Moscow Russia.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Slit Queen or Pageant Betty: Miss Virginia USA Shannon McAnally and Miss New Mexico USA Kathleen Danzer share things in common at Wednesday night's Miss USA 2013 Preliminary Evening Gown Competition--PH Live Theater Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas
As you might have read in my last few postings here on my blog, it's "Miss USA" time again and that means one thing: Pageant Gowns! The all-important Preliminary Competition occurred this past Wednesday night at PH Live Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas--site of the Finals on Sunday night. In my last post, I discussed my Favorites in Evening Gown (Miss Minnesota USA, Miss Texas USA, and so on) and now it's time to discuss "The Others". Normally, this is the "Oh Dear!" post. However, I have to admit, there weren't that many "Oh Dear's!" this year. This is a good thing and could signify that these pageant girls--and their style handlers--are getting a little more conscious of what defines A MESS. But for some pageant watchers (the catty ones!) it's also a semi-bad thing, since there's not much to wreck, as it were. So, with that in mind, I decided to break down the girls who STILL love a Good Slit, the "Blue Belles" (the color blue was a trend) as well as "Lipstick Ladies" (red gowns) and finally, the Pageant Betty's; contestants whose gowns were a bit of a throw-back to the 1990s. So, let's get to it:
One of the Best Gowns: Miss Texas USA Alexandria Nugent in a gown designed by Venezuelan beauty pageant designer Gionni Straccia--Miss USA 29013 Preliminaries
This last Wednesday was the Miss USA 2013 Preliminary Competition (Full Video at the end of this post, in case you missed it!). This is the pre-final contest in which a separate set of judges get to pick who the semi-finalists are for Sunday night's final Miss USA 2013 pageant...
Thursday, June 13, 2013
TV Ready: Nick Verreos with models (left to right) Rita Verreos, Julie Poppoon Chandio and Alexandra Ahmadi in NV Nick Verreos dresses--KENS5 "Great Day SA" Morning TV Show, San Antonio
Good Morning San Antonio: Nick Verreos gets his "Visitor's" sticker--KENS5 Great Day SA Morning Show San Antonio
As part of my time in San Antonio Texas last week promoting my NV Nick Verreos line at the Dillard's North Star Mall (Click HERE for the Recap!), I had the chance to do some TV shows and press for my event. The day before my event, I was invited to appear on the #1 Local Entertainment/Lifestyle Program in San Antonio, KENS5 "Great Day SA" Morning TV Show.
Dress Fab: Nick Verreos with his NV Nick Verreos models (left to right) Alexandra Ahmadi "Miss San Antonio USA 2013", Rita Verreos and Julie Poppoon Chandio--Nick Verreos/NV Nick Verreos In-Store Event Dillard's San Antonio North Star Mall
For the last couple of weeks I have been on a "Nick Tour" traveling around the country, promoting my NV Nick Verreos dress line at various Dillard's with In-Store Appearances and Fashion Presentations showing shoppers how they can have a FAB "Red Carpet Moment" wearing my dresses. As you may know, my NV Nick Verreos dress line is available at many Dillard's stores across the U.S.and at Dillards.com as well (so go BUY THEM!). I've been to Arizona (you can read that recap HERE), Florida and Texas. I'll have the Florida recap on a future post, but for this one, I wanted to highlight the AMAZING event I had in San Antonio Texas at the Dillard's North Star Mall, where we sold LOTS of my dresses and the Dillard's North Star execs told me that "it was one of the BEST events they'd ever had" (Love that!). I was especially excited to come to San Antonio since that is where my family--mom, dad, sister, niece and nephew--live.
Nick's Angels: Nick Verreos flanked by his NV Nick Verreos models (left to right) Rita Verreos, Alexandra Ahmadi and Julie Poppoon Chandio--Nick Verreos/NV Nick Verreos In-Store Event Dillard's San Antonio North Star Mall
It was a jam-packed three days while I was there including TV appearances, press, fittings, plus the actual event of course, so unfortunately I didn't get to spend much quality time with my family but then, there's always Christmas for that. I did, however, have the special treat of having my sister, Rita Verreos, model in my San Antonio event. Rita did an AMAZING job beforehand promoting my In-Store Visit and Event to all her friends in San Antonio and both David Paul (my NV Nick Verreos partner) and I were very, very grateful. Now, speaking of models, I was also thrilled when I found out during the fittings that one of the models, Alexandra Ahmadi, had just been crowned Miss San Antonio USA 2013 and will represent Alamo City at the upcoming Miss Texas 2013 pageant so I was happy to have a Texan Pageant Queen....in Texas...modeling my NV Nick Verreos dresses!
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Picture Perfect--Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband US-British hedge fund financier Christopher O' Neill
As I previously talked about HERE, the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden got married in a lavish Royal Wedding this past Saturday. In that post, it was all about Madeleine and her GORGEOUS Valentino Haute Couture wedding gown, designed by the (not so much) retired couturier Valentino Garavani.
Now, it's time to discuss the Guests, most all Royal, and one fabulously chic former Swedish reality show star...Let's get to it:
Parade of Princesses--(left to right) Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Princess Martha-Louise of Norway and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway