On Friday, I took Amtrak up to New York City just in time for a TotalBeauty.com and Aveda sponsored dinner at Koi. Nestled in the Bryant Park Hotel, the restaurant is a stone’s throw from the white tents.

More than 25 beauty bloggers mingled, dined on delectable selections from the Japanese/California menu (I highly recommend the Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, and the Miso-Bronzed Black Cod), and talked (beauty) shop.

I was seated at a table with Teri (Beautiful Makeup Search & Splendicity), Christina (eBeautyDaily), Elke (Elke Von Freudenberg Blog & Beauty Blog Network), Jennifer (DeLush), and Samantha (Dark PR). The conversation flowed – as did the wine and sake. By the end of the night, we were all having so much fun that we lost track of time and essentially closed down the restaurant; the weary staff was mentally willing us to leave.

Koi is the Japanese word for love – which is fitting, because I can’t imagine anyone eating there and not falling in love. Koi proved to be the perfect start to my fashion-filled weekend.

Left to right: Me, Julia, Teri, Christina, Elke, and Jennifer (photo courtesy of Erika at Makeup Bag)

Amber and Marina

Marina, me, and my Hype purse. I luvre this bag! I’m a woman who carries everything in her purse, and this one easily held the usual contents, plus all of my fashion week essentials. Camera? Check. Dictaphone? Check. Memo pad and pens? Check. Extra pair of ugly/comfy shoes for when your dogs start barking? Check. Fifteen lip glosses? You betcha.

Besides being functional, this handbag is clearly also fashion-forward. The buttery soft leather and stylish hardware had heads turning – even at a chic eatery like Koi. Jealous? Don’t be. It’s giveaway time again, and Hype is the generous benefactor.

One lucky (what an understatement) winner will receive the Paloma North South Tote (in Watermelon) pictured, left. You won’t believe how beautiful it is. With this roomy tote, you can literally live out of your bag. No more agonizing over which makeup you absolutely need in your purse – because there’s room for all of that, and a bag of chips! The retail value of this prize is $325!

To enter:
*Name one of the beauty products that Fern Mallis (the SVP of IMG Fashion and the brains behind New York Fashion Week) carries in her bag. Hint: I wrote this post in October.

*Send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com – and make sure to include the product name, your full name, and email address.

The contest ends at 9 pm EST on Sunday, February 10th. A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, February 11th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one comment per person; duplicate comments will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents. Good luck!

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7 Comments on Fashion Week Part I: I Koi New York, Plus Hype Giveaway

  1. Charlotte Woodman
    February 5, 2008 at 9:08 PM (10 years ago)

    What an AMAZING giveaway.. I would love to win!

  2. mimi
    February 5, 2008 at 11:26 PM (10 years ago)

    watermelon is my favorite

    would love to win


  3. iowagirl301
    February 6, 2008 at 1:37 AM (10 years ago)

    I gotta win this pleaseeeeee! I just luv it! Please with gumdrops on top!

  4. Shannon Nelson
    February 7, 2008 at 2:19 AM (10 years ago)

    Don’t you love all of the camera faces Marina always makes? lol

    February 9, 2008 at 6:54 AM (10 years ago)

    I have a good use for it

  6. sappysmom
    February 10, 2008 at 9:22 PM (10 years ago)

    i love this purse!!!! i hope i win! absolutly beautiful! good luck all!

  7. sappysmom
    February 10, 2008 at 9:26 PM (10 years ago)

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE this purse! pick me… please!! good luck all!!