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The $100,000 Oscar Gift Bag



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This Sunday’s Oscars, has the nominees being treated to a gift bag worth over $100,000. The nominees are treated to swag that runs the gamut from beauty treatments to luxury holidays.  

The most luxurious gift is the 12-day trip for two to the Antarctic on the ultra-luxury expedition yacht, the Scenic Eclipse, which carries only 228 passengers. At $10,000-per-night, for a two-bedroom Owner’s Penthouse this yacht features its own helicopters.

Stars will be able to take a 12-day trip to the antarctic on ultra-luxury yacht, the Scenic Eclipse (pictured) which carries only 228 passengers
The cutting-edge boat features its own helicopters, 114 cabins, and a $10,000-per-night, two-bedroom Owner’s Penthouse Suite
The ultra-luxury yacht has 114 individual cabins

Don’t have 12 days to spend then a five-night stay to Waikiki, Hawaii at the Waikiki Beachcomber, a new wellness hotel, which provides poolside yoga, spa rituals, rotating art exhibits, farm-to-table brewpub and a Magic of Polynesia show. 

There is also a stay for eight guests in a Spanish lighthouse called The Faro Cumplida. 

A weekend Malibu wellness retreat from 3D Wellness Retreat.

A trip to the destination spa Golden Door.

A two-night luxury stay at Auberge Resorts in Los Cabos, Mexico.

$25,000 of treatments and cosmetic procedures from New York cosmetologist Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich 

The rest of the swag in the 2020 Oscars $100,000 goodie bag  

Dinner for two at Flora’s Field Kitchen.

A private phone call with life coach Jessica McGregor Johnson.

A guided tasting of Coda Signature’s chocolate edibles for eight.

Stars will also get to try a tasting set of Coda Signature's chocolate edibles for eight, infused with C02-extracted cannabis oil. Pictured, a range of Coda Signature's chocolate bars

A necklace from TAPS for Hope.

DIFF sunglasses and Veestro plant-based meals from PETA.

The celebrities will also receive a Royal Crown Chakra Bath Bomb 24-karat Gold Full Moon Charged Amethyst with Organic Hyaluronic Acid, from Hotsy Totsy Haus (pictured)

A 24 karat gold Royal Chakra Bath Bomb from Hotsy Totsy Haus.

Clothes from luxury clothing brand Happiest Tee.

A limited edition collector box from Trust Me Vodka.

An 18 karat gold necklace from Blush & Whimsy.

A one-year membership to Drawing Down the Moon, Britain’s premier matchmaking agency.

A custom stained glass portrait by artist John Thoman.

A bottle of A. Junod, a white absinthe handcrafted in France.

Event photography by Capture Roaming Halo.

Still Standing Unisex Foot Spray for red carpet appearances.

‘The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer (Edition 2)’ by Darren Tieste.

Ten personal training sessions with premier trainer Alexis Seletzky.

Two tickets to a Daybreaker morning yoga and dance class.

A $2,020 Respect Your Universe shopping spree and clothing donation.

CBD cocktail syrup from CBD Barkeep.

Ten personal training sessions with premier trainer Alexis Seletzky.

A high-end vape pen from Hollowtips.

DNA-based personalized medicine courtesy of Pharmazam.

Nominees will also receive a Soma's Sensuous Silk Kimono Robe which retails for £168.86 in the UK and is made from 100% silk (pictured)

A Soma’s Sensuous Silk Kimono Robe.

A ‘brain sensing headband’ from Muse.

A $115 sterling silver bracelet from Officina Bernardi.

A 5-day dietary program from Prolon.

A Sky Lite from BlissLights that projects a starry night onto walls.

‘Carson’s Garage’ by KD Storm.

Handmade luxury eyelashes from Céline Victor.

Charabanc’s luxury car fragrance.

Dwight Cleveland’s ‘Cinema on Paper: The Graphic Genius of Movie Posters.’

Personalized cosmetic enhancement services from Clinic Pour Vous.

A ‘spa kit for your mouth’ from Closys Oral Care.

Atara Twersky’s children’s book ‘Curlee Girlee,’ which empowers girls to love their curly hair.

A Sleep Essentials gift set from Essence One.

Two card games from Exploding Kittens.

Premium nut bars from Fast Bar.

A six-month supply of baby goodies from Baja Baby.

A urine collection system from Forte Medical that identifies potential health concerns.

Hydrogen-infused water from HFactor.

A skincare gift box from Instytutum.

A hand-dyed ombre alpaca throw from Johanna Howard Home.

A one-year membership to LiveItUp, an app that sends new text and video challenges designed to help users live richer lives.

The Giuliana Earring, a woven cut crystal earring from Millianna.

An assortment of macarons from Mad Mac Macarons.

Custom soy candles from Mood — The Candle Revival Company.

A hydration product for jet lag and tracel fatigue from My Flight Pack.

Meal kits from Nutrition for Longevity.

A year of optimal health full-body performance evaluation package from Dr. Salas-Whalen at New York Endocrinology.

Ultra Smooth deodorant from Old Spice.

A VIP day of wellness at Origin Stretch & Spa in West Hollywood.

A one-year supply of Oxygenating Foundation from Oxygenetix.

A two-pack of Pepperidge Farm’s Dark Chocolate Milano cookies.

Color-coordinated pillows from Pillow Pops.

A bottle of Próspero Tequila.

Purusha Botanicals’ Skincare Ritual pack.

A custom security door from Remo Security Doors.

A custom work of art from Reian Williams Fine Art.

Rita Hazan’s Shine Balm.

Seurcell Serum with KFS Cellular Protein Complex, which blends over 1,500 key skin nutrients.

CBD-infused essential oils from SHEbd Broad Spectrum.

A candle from Soul Shropshire.

A complimentary TempSure Envi radiofrequency skincare treatment.

Cleansers from The Right to Shower, which donates a percentage of profits to mobile shower initiatives for homeless populations.

Tru Niagen vitamins, which increase NAD — a molecule that boosts cellular energy and repair.

Violent vitamins, which alleviate breast pain.

A hammock from Wise Owl Outfitters.

Stars need never worry about wardrobe malfunctions again, as their bags also includes Bust support tape by Yen the Label (Pictured)

Bust support tape by Yen the Label.

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:


March Baby Madness



Six March Baby birthdays were celebrated together on St Patrick’s Day Eve.

The celebrants included actress, singer, dancer, Quinn Lemley, Health and Wellness entrepreneur, Women’s Health and Veterans Advocate, Anne Akers, Good Will Ambassador, Errol Rappaport, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Judy Gilbert, entrepreneur, politician and philanthropist, DeCosta Headley and executive director, psychotherapist and columnist, Lorraine Silvetz, MSW.

Robert Silvetz and Lorraine Silvetz Photo by Jeff Smith

Cherie Corso and Lorraine Silvetz Photo by Jeff Smith

A large circle of dear friends joined them for complimentary hors d’oeuvres at the beautiful Sandbar Rooftop at the Chelsea Hilton and then all attendees were gifted tickets to attend Randy Edelman’s performance at the Chelsea Table and Stage. Randy’s show was sold out being one of the most accomplished and world renowned musicians and composers of our times with over 100 film and television soundtracks, a Golden Globe nomination (Last of the Mohicans), and a multitude of awards. He is also recognized for writing some of the most popular songs covered by some of the most popular artists (Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Patty Labelle, Olivia Newton John, among others. His music enchanted the crowd.

Liza Pllumaj, Nicota Hawkeye, Lorraine Silvetz and Flora Pllumaj Photo by Jeff Smith

Photo by Jeff Smith

The 6 March Babies don’t just share birthdays in March but a passion and commitment to philanthropy.

Lorraine Silvetz, David Sexta, and Flora Pllumaj Photo by Jeff Smith

Ralph DePalo, PhD, Lorraine Silvetz, MSW and Robert Silvetz, MD Photo by Jeff Smith

Dear friend and spokesperson for Global Stress Initiative (GSI), 3 Time Emmy Award Winning Anchor and 2 Time NY Times Best Selling Author, Rita Cosby has served as spokesperson for Lorraine Silvetz, MSW’s GSI since she founded it in 2010. GSI focuses on research and treatment of veterans, domestic violence and human trafficking survivors with PTSD.

March Babies and friends Photo by Jeff Smith

Anne Akers, Lorraine Silvetz and Jane Pontarelli Photo by Jeff Smith

The Six March Babies are a very accomplished group of entrepreneurs, writers, actors, dancers and philanthropists. As a group they support and serve as Board embers on several foundations including Lou Gehrig ALS NYC, Ronald MacDonald House, St Francis Food Pantry and Shelter, The DREAM Foundation, Career Bridges, Daisy Jopling Music Mentoring Foundation, Portrait of Freedom, Mommy’s Heart, The Veterans Association of NY, National Meningitis Association, The Skin Cancer Foundation, Ovarian Cancer at Mt Sinai, Tournesol Wellness, David Lynch Foundation, Operation Warrior Wellness, among others.

Corina Cortenescu, Rose Billings, Lorraine Silvetz and Guiseppe Signorinni Photo by Jeff Smith

Cherie Corso, Sara Johnson Kaplan, Flora Pllumaj, Abe Shainberg and Liza Pllumaj
Photo by Jeff Smith

Several notable guests were in attendance including PEP real estate owner and Tribeca Records founder, Johnny Pasquale aka “Soho Johnny”; fashion designers, Guiseppe Singorinni, Daniela Reginato and Diana Mahrach; clinical scientist, Robert Silvetz, MD; psychotherapist and professor, Ralph DePalo, PhD; brain upgrade expert, Paul Oleska; comedian and author, Jeffrey Gurian; former opera singers and Career Bridges’ founders, Barbara and David Bender; celebrity photographer, Rose Billings; artist and Portrait of Freedom co-founders, Tatyana Horoshko Gegera and Alexandr Sasha Gegera; best selling author, Tom Avitabile; PR Guru, Eileen Shapiro; artist, Cherie Corso; oil painting artist and tech innovator, actress/model, Sara Johnson Kaplan, actress/not for profit founder, Julianne Michelle; Purple Runway founder, Gigi McMillan; Rosalind Panda; entertainment correspondent, Jan Mercer Dahms; politician, Jude Elie; artist/actor; Nicole Leigh Morris; inventor/scientist, Nicota Hawkeye; author, Robin Lieberman; entrepreneur, Jessy Moya; Luce Foundation founder, Jim Luce; musician and filmmaker, David Sexta; artist, Tony Silber-Delerieve; President Actors Temple, Carol Ostrow; creative director and founder, makeup artistry, Donna Sousa; health/wellness expert, Judi Hellman, MD; author, Gay Rosen; real estate expert, Marcia Minassian; health wellness expert, Deborah Farkash; publisher and journalist, Suzanna Bowling; entrepreneur, Margarita Parlionas; psychologist, artist, actor, Nicole Leigh Morris; health/ wellness expert, Barbara Bartlik, MD; psychotherapist, Beatty Cohan, LCSW, author; cabaret singer, Carol Sue Gershman; and author Magda Katz.

Sasha Gegera, Tatyana Horoshko Gegera, Danielle ? and Soho Johnny Photo by Jeff Smith

Marcia Minassian and Gay Rose Photo by Jeff Smith

Amazing artist and friend, Tatyana Horoshko Gegera, along with her husband, Alexandr Sasha Gegera, gifted her amazing drawings to several of the March Babies in her signature style. The portrait artist has donated her art to many foundation heads and their honorees including Southampton Animal Shelter, Operation Warrior Shield, Global Stress Initiative, Mommy’s Heart, Doodles for Hunger Drive among others.

Rosalind Panda, Jane Pontarelli, Gay Rosen, Marcia Minassian, Judy Gilbert, Susan Anderson, Joe Pontarelli and guest Photo by Jeff Smith

The March Babies birthday wish was to have as many of their beloved friends, old and new, celebrate their birthdays together since life is too short. It seems they got their wish and then some!

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Looking Your Best With Morphe



For awhile now I have been looking for a make-up brand I could count on. The bases I tried were thick, heavy, never the right color and didn’t make my skin glow. Then I was introduced to Morphe. First I tried their Lightform Extended Hydration Foundation ($20), weightless, long lasting and corrects imperfections instantly with undetectable coverage. My skin also stayed hydrated and radiant.
I also use the Jumbo Bake & Set Soft Focus Setting Powder ($19). This sets my makeup with a soft, natural finish, that lasts.

Their makeup brushes apply everything with a smooth texture and the base. I love the Lightform Dual Ended Complexion Brush ($15) which just makes my life a lot easier. Also the Three-In-One Brow Sculpting Brush ($9)

Another great item is the Continuous Prep & Set Mist+ ($19) and Continuous Setting Mist ($17). What these products do is prime and keep your make-up lasting all day. Infused with vitamin E, vitamin B5, and fruit extracts—sets liquid and powder makeup, enhancing its look and performance all day.

If you are looking for great make-up that doesn’t cost a fortune Morphe is the one to try.

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And Oh What A Party It Was As Randy Edelman Sang Out



The March Babies Birthday Party on St. Patty’s Eve was held at Sandbar Rooftop and Chelsea Table + Stage celebrating hostess Lorraine Silvetz and her March baby frends; Anne Akers, Judy Gilbert, DeCosta Headley, Quinn Lemley and Errol Rappaport. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a good time were had by all before heading down to Chelsea Table & Stage.

Birthday babies Judy Gilbert, Errol Rappaport and Quinn Lemley Photo by Jeff Smith

Birthday baby Lorriane Silvetz and Rita Cosby Photo by Jeff Smith

Birthday girl Quinn Lemley with painting by Taty Photo by Jeff Smith

Margarita Parlionas, Rita Cosby, Suzanna Bowling

Sandbar Rooftop is a truly magical place for a party and hostess Lorraine Silvetz made sure that everyone was in the mood for this joint celebration.

Photo by Jeff Smith

Photo by Jeff Smith

Ask for the fabulous manager Kea Chan, who is a performer in her on rights. She served me a Pina Colada that was really unique and rimmed with toasted coconut.

At Chelsea Table & Stage guests were treated to a concert by Randy Edelman, who gave an amazing performance.

Randy Edelman Photo by Jeff Smith

You can hear him play here.

Randy’s magical melodies can be heard in films that transport such as Twins, Ghostbusters II, Kindergarten Cop, Drop Dead Fred, Beethoven, The Distinguished Gentleman, Gettysburg, Angels in the Outfield, The Mask, Dragonheart, and more.

Guests dined on the fare by Chef Kimberley Vega , which was really well done. My Table had the sliders which were plump juicy and plentiful. 

The sliders

We also had the baby spinach and artichoke pinsa with mozzarella.

Both were delightful and easily shared.

Designer Daniela Z. Reginato and Jessy S. Moya Photo by Jeff Smith

Artist Taty and her photographer husband Sasha Photo by Jeff Smith

Photo by Jeff Smith

Here is a toast to all the March Birthday babies. Here’s to life!


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Fashion icon Iris Apfel Brings Her Style To Heaven



Portrait of Iris by

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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