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How Are We Coping With Self Isolation: Insight From Around the Country And The World With Lauren Pinkston



Fifteen year old Lauren Pinkston began dancing at the age of 2, acting and singing at age 4 and designing fashions at age 4. She established her fashion design company Tiny Designs, LLC when she was 9 and has since showed her designs on numerous runways along the Gulf Coast and at NYFW.  

Lauren Pinkston

Lauren has, entered several natural pageants and won many awards at all levels from local events to international events, including World’s Most Photogenic.  Following on that, she trained with Barbizon and began her modeling career which includes both runway and print modeling.  She has been a soloist at the annual Veteran’s Day parade at Pensacola Beach and at the annual Optimist Club Holiday Show.   

She has a love of musical theater and has performed in many shows regionally, including Cinderella (Cinderella), Anna (Frozen), and Tin Woodsman (Wizard of Oz).  She was Lead Girl in the anti-bullying music video “Jkuch-Beb” filmed by Border Williams.  She is represented by Robert R. Blume, Step Forward Entertainment.

Lauren Pinkston

T2C: How are you dealing with home containment in Pensacola, FL?

Lauren Pinkston: I am actually not dealing with quarantine as badly as I thought I would.  A lot of my life is similar to my usual routine in that my mom, who is a doctor, still goes to work, and since I am  homeschooled, I still do that. 

T2C: What would you say is the difference of being in self lockdown between Pensacola, FL and NY?

Lauren Pinkston: Pensacola, being such a small town, didn’t have a lot of cases at first, so most people didn’t take it seriously.   Pensacola really got hit when the Spring Break tourists rushed the beaches and from then on, we saw our numbers quickly rise.  That’s really when the panic set in, but it didn’t last.  There was major chaos for a few weeks. The grocery stores were stripped bare almost immediately after that and we started to hear horror stories from our friends in larger cities about how bad it was getting for them.  Many rumors were being spread such as the threat of marshal law to prevent people from leaving their homes, and that added to the panic.    After the initial chaos died down, there were some people who ceased using precautionary measures.  Now we are in Phase 1 of Re-opening Florida and many people here are acting like the pandemic is over.  Someone said to me, “I don’t even know anyone who knows anyone who had COVID-19.”  I do.  A friend of mine died from it.  However, I think that guy’s comment is kind of the general attitude here in the Pensacola area.  Of course, I’m not in New York, but it seems like people there are taking precautionary measures much more seriously.  

Lauren Pinkston

T2C: What have you been able to accomplish in this time?

Lauren Pinkston: I have started making masks with hand-beading and sequins. With the proceeds from that, I purchase supplies to make masks for donation to my local hospitals that need them.  I have also been designing a lot more.  I have more time to develop my artistic skills and draw out really detailed designs.  I have also done some online fashion shows and a group chat meeting where I was able to meet and talk with other artists.  This was hosted by NY fashion designer Pim Comedy, for whom she modeled at last year’s NYFW.  I have also been doing some writing for a local newspaper, “The Island Times.” 

Lauren Pinkston

T2C: What has this time stopped you from accomplishing?

Lauren Pinkston: Since so much of what I do is already done at home, my main social activity as well as exercise is dance.  I have been taking dance since I was 2 years old and now I am also an assistant teacher as well, so it is really odd for me to not be going to dance.  We always have a big summer production, which we were working on and that has now been canceled.  I was scheduled to show my designs in many fashion shows as well as hosting my own fashion show, all of which have been canceled. 

Lauren Pinkston

T2C: What kind of emotions does this time bring out of you?

Lauren Pinkston: I’m a people person and so not getting to see my friends and attend live events is really hard.   

As an actor and fashion designer, my usual career things are really gone right now.  I am worried about what will happen during the second half of 2020.  I am scheduled to model and show my designs in multiple shows during NYFW,  but it’s hard to predict whether those events will be happening since NY has been so hard hit by the pandemic.  I keep working on my goals and try to remember that the world will not always be under quarantine.  It is devastating to think of how many people have experienced loss, especially in NY. 

T2C: If you were to equate this time to a song or song cycle, what would it be?

Lauren Pinkston: “When will my life begin” from Disney’s “Tangled.”  I think we’re all wondering that right now!

Lauren Pinkston

T2C: What message would you like to give the world right now?

Lauren Pinkston: I think we all express ourselves through our own style and fashion.  Even with social distancing we can still share our own unique styles with others through social media.  

T2C: What is the first thing you will do when we are no longer self-quarantined?

Lauren Pinkston: The first thing I am going to do is go to the DMV and get my learner’s permit to start learning to drive! 

T2C: What are the things that are getting you through this time?

Lauren Pinkston: My dogs are always doing something weird or cute or funny that will always make me laugh.  They go everywhere with me, even on the red carpet!   And of course, the internet has no shortage of cute animal pictures!  I find that I am strangely fascinated with these museum and archaeology documentaries—and that meets some of my homeschooling needs, too, so I guess that’s win-win!

Lauren Pinkston

T2C: What haven’t we asked you that you would like to say?

Lauren Pinkston: My heart goes out to all who are suffering from this pandemic and we will make it through!

To see more of Lauren go yo IG: @PinkstonActor, @TinyDesignsLLC; FB:  Tiny Designs LLC; Island Times:

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


Fashion icon Iris Apfel Brings Her Style To Heaven



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Iris Apfel was born August 29, 1921 in Astoria, Queens. I had the pleasure of meeting Iris, through Errol Rappaport. His mother Francesca had been one of the first people to bring Iris to recognition and had at one time had a lot of her work in her houses. The two of them had been friends for over 70 years.

Francesca Rappaport and Iris Apfel

Francesca Rappaport and Iris Apfal friends for over 70 years

Iris started her career as a copywriter for Women’s Wear Daily and interior designer Elinor Johnson.

Carl, Errol Rappaport and Iris

Errol Rappaport and Iris

In 1948, she married husband Carl Apfel, and the duo owned a textile firm until they retired 44 years later.  Over the years the pair worked on many restoration projects, including the White House.

Errol and Iris

Carl died at the age of 100 in 2015.

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

Iris at 90, she began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. At 94, she was the subject of a documentary by Albert Maysles, simply titled “Iris”. At 97, she became a model and modeled for Vogue Italia, Kate Spade, M.A.C. and many others.  Iris was also the oldest person to have had a Barbie doll made by Mattel in her image. In addition to modeling, she also designed her own clothing and accessories line for HSN and published a book in 2018. It was then she became a fashion icon and self-proclaimed “geriatric starlet”, at the age of 102. Sadly she passed away on Friday in her Palm Beach, Florida, home.

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

Apfel was known for chunky bracelets, layers of necklaces, and those iconic heavy-framed glasses – she nicknamed eyebobs. She came to worldwide attention in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art showed an exhibition focusing on her fashion sense titled Rara Avis (Rare Bird).

Albert Maysles, Iris Apfel

Albert Maysles and Iris Apfel

Iris’s style, creativity and joy of life will be missed.


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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Shani Grosz, Dee Rivera, Shani Grosz, Daniela Reginato and Jane Elissa



“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is a new show that is filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. We will run the video on our site every Thursday and then it moves onto the podcast networks.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Dee Rivera, Shani Grosz, Daniela Reginato and Jane Elissa. This show was all about women entrepreneurs and empowering women. 
We were so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

I am so grateful to my guests Dee, Shani, Daniela and Jane for joining me. Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison  for their kindness and hospitality.

We hope to see you there on February 28th. We will announce our guests shortly.

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Has Added One More Guest Dee Rivera



Women entrepreneur and empowering women is what this week’s podcast and show is about. Joining our guests Shani Grosz, Daniela Reginato and Jane Elissa is the fabulous Dee Rivera.

Dee Rivera is considered by many the Latina of fashion and the trailblazer in discovering new designers, bringing nearly 25 years of fashion and public relations experience, and working with some of the most recognizable fashion, beauty, luxury, lifestyle brands, and celebrities in the world, Dee has her polished finger on the pulse of the next big trend.

Dee’s background started in editorial fashion working for magazines such as Modern Bride Magazine, Essence Communication, and spent 3 years as the Director of Fashion at Latina Magazine. Her career shifted when she decided to dabble into public relations. Ever the entrepreneur, the rest is history. She is the creator of, Latinista Fashion Week, Hamptons Fashion Week, Times Square Fashion Week, and the author of Glambition Knocking Down Walls in Heels. As CEO and founder of DCG Public Relations and DCG Media Group, Dee is an expert at crafting and delivering the messages of her brands to the media, and consumers alike. She works tirelessly to secure the top print outlets as well as high profile digital magazines, blogs, and national TV with a gift of the pen and a flair for the dramatic, she is also a jet setting lifestyle writer, forthcoming author, and animal lover. Her goal is to have a farm & rescue all animals who need a home.

Follow her at IG: @dcgpublicrelations

“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is a new show that is filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our first episode click here and our second episode click here. Please join us this Wednesday at 5pm in the Edison Hotel lobby for this exciting chat.

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Our Guests Shani Grosz, Daniela Z Reginato and Jane Elissa



Women entrepreneur and empowering women is what this week’s podcast and show is about. I am so pleased to announce our guests Shani Grosz, Daniela Reginato and Jane Elissa.

Shani Grosz

For over two decades, Shani Grosz has created beautiful dresses for women. Her signature line is known for its use of color blocking and cutting-edge tailoring, creating the perfect silhouettes.

Shani Grosz Fashion

Her message is very clear: See the dress but FOCUS on the woman. She dresses News anchors, Broadway stars, television personalities and many more in the entertainment industry who flock to Shani. Shani’s designs are like the perfect little black dress –something every woman needs in her wardrobe that she can always count on to let her look her best. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, Shani, is an internationally recognized designer with over two decades as the President and Designer of SHANI Collection. She has won many prestigious design awards for her well executed vision of “Wearable Art”. Shani works closely at developing up and coming talent. Shani designs for the modern woman, celebrating her multi-faceted lifestyle that allows her to be both feminine and strong.

Daniela Z Reginato

Daniela Zahradnikova Reginato, has over twenty years experience in haute couture, fashion distribution, customer acquisition and retention, marketing strategy, relationship management and social-media-driven market development.

Daniela Z Reginato Fashion

Following the launch of a successful and lucrative modeling career, Mrs. Reginato had leadership positions at the Mercer Hotel, Georgio’s in FL, Domenico Vacca and  Zoom, Southampton, NY where daily sales volumes averaged $10,000. Mrs. Reginato co-founded Space Sixteen, SoHo and Southampton, NY, where she served as Creative Director and Marketing Strategist.

Daniela in Daniela Z Reginato Fashion

In these capacities Mrs. Reginato identified emerging trends and nurtured leading designers, NFP, Fairchild Baldwin, Andraab, Casana, AGF, Tusk, Lorenz-Bach, Giorgio of Palm Beach, Olfactive Studio and Victor DeSouza each.  She recruited King Saladeenn, Craig Holt, Edwina Sandys and Jeffrey Teresen to provide artistic works. Mrs. Reginato also founded and funded Yoy Dally, an NGO dedicated to increasing awareness of the plight of the Romani children of Eastern Europe with links to a cultural center in Bucharest for Romani children and in concern with the Roma delegation to the United Nations, Office of Foreign Missions.  Specifically, Mrs. Reginato’s work focused on addressing the harsh treatment of Romani children in Eastern European schools including bullying, low graduation rates and educational under achievement.

Jane Elissa and Mauricio Martinez, a past recipient of the benefit’s Shining Star Award. Photo by Eleanor Tivnan.

For the past 25 years fashion designer, artist/designer and author Jane Elissa has been voluntarily raising money for cancer and leukemia research through her benefits and designs. She is also an advocate for Leukemia Research. Her whimsical hats have become best-sellers and her handmade creations have been collected by people from all over the world.

Jane Elissa luggage

Her unique one of a kind- appliqued, beaded, jeweled and painted NY pieces are made to inspire us to have a whimsical and positive vision of life. Her Victorian and Deco inspired retro pieces are collectibles that use vintage fabrics in combination with new ones to bring the past into the present.

Jane Elissa luggage

All of Jane’s works reflect her unique talent of putting unexpected pieces together in a collage to create a story. She not only encourages you to try and imagine “her” story, but also to see into the works and create your own. With her commitment to charity and her expert craftsmanship, she’s proud to present these works for sale.

Jane Elissa jacket

“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents ”, is a new show that is filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our first episode click here and our second episode click here. Please join us this Wednesday at 5pm in the Edison Hotel lobby for this exciting chat.

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It Was A Saltburn Midsummer Night’s Dream Ending Fashion Week Shani Grosz



Nobody puts on a fashion show like Shani Grosz. Closing out the week Shani’s over the top “A Saltburn Midsummer Night’s Dream” display over at the Copacabana at West 51st Street was part Moulin Rouge and part circus.

You were greeted with performances and trucks handing out vintage popcorn.

Shani and newscasters

Gracie Gold

In the audience were the actresses, athletes and television news anchors Shani dresses. I saw Rita Crosby and the two-time U.S. national champion and Olympic Figure Skater Gracie Gold whose new memoir just came out.

The fashion was ultra feminine and flattered every women’s figure. Shani Grosz’s dresses have such a flattering fit, that she makes every woman look like a superstar. Her clothes are timeless, elegant, her fabrics are sourced from all over the world. Feathers, beading, embroidery, Swarovski crystals. and sequins create a floaty, dreamy feeling, but these are women who have their feet firmly planted on the ground.

Shani has dressed thousands of women who because of the career and life styles must look fabulous and feel comfortable, because there is an audience watching their every move. Grosz knows how to make all women look and feel their best, no matter what their job is.

The Shani’s Collections are sold at Saks and Nordstrom. The Focus by Shani line is available at Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off 5th and Kohl’s. Both collections are available online at

Grosz creates a new dress collection twice a year, her clothes are so timeless they will never goes out of style.

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