Celebrating Two “Visionary Women”: author Angella Nazarian and Somy Ali, all in ONE day! Fashion + Fab Overload.

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Last Thursday in Miami was a pretty huge social day for moi. It entailed two colorful outfit changes between event one and event two. The day was based around fashion and philanthropy with a twist of intellectual conversation. Then add some tears, plus a few glasses of rose and champagne…That is the short of the long. However, I went to bed knowing that hard work by a slew of beautiful ladies, saved two lives. This is all rather interesting, and VERY ADD thus far, but true.Lisa Heiden, Erin Newberg & Iran Issa Khan

I will start with event one, also known as a book signing of “Visionary Women,” by Angella Nazarian. Visionary women coincidentally happened to be the theme of my day…because I was surrounded by them; some in print, and a few in reality. Event number 2, which I hosted with a great, powerful group of women, was for No More Tears. Hundreds of guests gathered at Jimmy Choo in the Village of Merrick Park in support of Somy Ali, a survivor. A woman with a vision who dedicates her daily life on a volunteer basis to save the lives of sex and human trafficked women and men, right here, in our back yard.

So, at noon, I headed to the Grill at the Bal Harbour Shops in celebration of Angella Nazarian’s new book, “Visionary Women.” I was speechless, after admiring Nazarian’s jewelry. We share something in common: our LOVE for Vhernier, and yes, she was dripping in it. Hosted by PR GURU Lara Shriftman and Editor in Chief Sarah Harrelson (le superb duo who know how to curate the perfect guest lists), the lunch for approximately 40 of Miami’s most interesting, fashionable and cool women, included Gee Beauty Studio’s Natalie and Celene Gee, Mandolin owner Anastasia Koutsioukis, internationally acclaimed and beyond hysterical photographer Iran Issa Khan, Sarah Lacharlotte, renowned Dermatologist Roberta Del Campo, glamazon Interior Designer Sam Robin, Criselda Breene, Miami Herald’s Stephanie Sayfie, Alejandra Torres, Erica Korman, Amy Vogel, Betsie PiussanAndrea Kaplan, Malu Duhau, Kathy Pappas, Kim Caceres, Florida Regional Director of Van Cleef & Arpels Maya Le Troadec, Ingrid Palmisano, Cristina Sosa, Dr. Brooke Owens, Lisa Heiden, Tiffany Speyer, Wendy Rostyn and Abby Zanarini.

Following the lunch, Angella along with Books & Books hosted an intimate signing at Bal Harbour Shops, in celebration of “Visionary Women,” which honors twenty of the world’s most inspiring women, including Katherine Graham, Rosario Perez, Miuccia Prada, Shirin Neshat, Diana Nyad, Helen Keller, and Sandra Day O’ Connor. This inspiring volume will compel readers to reconnect with their own dreams and envision new goals to challenge themselves in any stage of life. How chic, considering she is a sought-after international speaker on leadership and women’s issues and is the best-selling author of three books.

To my surprise (and happiness), each guest received a gift bag which included a signed copy of Nazarian’s “Visionary Women” and a scented candle from the maker of luxury candles and home fragrances, Diptyque, located at Bal Harbour Shops. I had Angella sign my copy to my gorgeous grandma Berenice, who is my mentor, and was in fact a visionary woman in Miami when she arrived here 70 years ago. My Diptyque candle was schlepped in my overweight luggage to Mexico, where it looks tres chic in my new house.

After I did my quickie outfit change, from Pucci to Mary Katrantzou, I waze’d through Coconut Grove to Merrick Park for the event I was hosting alongside Lauren Gnazzo, Rachel Alpert, Daniela Frewa, Julia Ford-Carther, Iva Kosovic and No More Tears founder Somy Ali. Hundreds of Miami’s stylish philanthropists ‘n fashion lovers joined us for a three hour shopping + champagne + catered soiree, and over the two week period, 28,000 USD was sold, having mentioned NMT, providing Somy with approximately 3,000 dollars toward her organization, which helped to save two lives, but more importantly, the evening was a great start to shedding light on things that occur, that people like myself, would have never known about. Awareness is key. No More Tears is a non-profit organization with a mission to assist and empower victims of human and sex trafficking. It’s founder Somy Ali, whom as a child, was a victim of sexual abuse, made a passionate speech that raised awareness of the prevalence of human and sex trafficking in our local community, and gave real life examples of survivors experiences, just from this week…leaving guests in tears.

The true happy ending to the long day, was a gorgeous email from Jilian Sanz, which stated

“I came tonight looking a mess, to support you all and not really knowing much about why this charity event might be different. I can tell you, thankfully, that I don’t have a single story to tell you that is relatable. But I can also tell you that I’ve never been so affected by any one problem. This life, although beautiful, is anything but easy; heartache comes for free–it’s a package deal–but meeting Somi and hearing her story shed a light on how desperately we need to pay extra attention, give extra love and learn how to further support in a way that nothing else has. Please let me know how I can help. Love you all very much and thank you for continuing to be voices for those who aren’t heard. You’ll all be in my prayers tonight as will all of the victims of these unfortunate travesties. Take care of yourselves.”

Forever yours,

then, there was my dessert by Sweet Guilt by Angelica who sponsored a portion of the evening’s catering at Jimmy Choo. Knowing my offensive dietary needs, she made me a gluten free + dairy free carrot cake in a jar. I should have SnapChatted the experience, because I will say….it was better than….you know what.

I am glad, that having had solely five days in Miami, I was able to give back to my community, do the social rounds, catch up with old friends, attend the boat show, celebrate Lauren Gnazzo and ‘the Gnazzo Group, and some how end up in one piece….and back in Mexico City, where yes, I slept 14 hours last night. Off to bed. J’adore and stay tuned for my next post….which will be on NYC and the Armory Show!

Until the next time….J’adore. XO, Erin

*a special thank you to World Red Eye’s Photographer Sam for the beautiful photos from No More Tears event at Jimmy Choo in Merrick Park*

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