Hpnotiq Gets Up Close and Personal With the Ladies of Downtown Diaries & Poison Ivy

Last night, bloggers from all over the city made their way to the Meatpacking District for HPNOTIQ and RdV’s “MusicMediaBuzz” summer series, hosted by Kristina Marino and Natalie Zfat of Downtown Diaries and Poison Ivy.

Harmonie specialty cocktails flowed freely, while nearly 200 bloggers mingled and munched on snacks from Harmonie’s candy bar. Later in the evening, guests rocked out to a live performance from Pete Wentz and The Black Cards.

During all the excitement, HPNOTIQ got a chance to chat with the hostesses of the evening about how they created their blogs, how they manage to balance work life and a personal site and what advice they have for up-and-coming bloggers.

How did you two gals meet?

KM: We met backstage at a Semi Precious Weapons concert about three years ago. It was for the launch of Justin Tranter’s Fetty line.


How did you guys come about creating your blogs?

KM: We met backstage, I didn’t have a blog at the time, but Natalie had hers. About a year later, we ran into each other again and I told her, “I think I’m going to start a blog” and she told me I should totally do it. And so I did.

NZ: I started my blog in January 2009 because I thought there was a niche to be filled for New York events and I love sort of finding a cool way to cover a party that really doesn’t happen in a Gate Crasher or Page Six; in more of a humanized way.

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High Heels and Handshakes Networking Event in Coral Gables

High Heels and Handshakes held its monthly networking event for business women last week at the Westin Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. Harmonie teamed up with Partida Tequila to create a special ‘Stiletto’ cocktail for over 400 guests to enjoy.

Ladies munched on the HPNOTIQ Harmonie candy bar while they made business contacts and exchanged business cards.

Attendees donated used business attire, handbags and jewelry to Dress For Success in Miami. The ladies also showed support to international causes with a portion of the night’s proceeds going to the non-profit organization Women for Women.

High Heels and Handshakes monthly happy hour, created by Bonnie Kilpatrick and Christina Ward, aims to bring create camaraderie among professional women while supporting local and international causes.

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Melanie Fiona Brings the House Down at the Steve Madden Music Summer Series

A packed crowd filled The Standard’s rooftop lounge Le Bain for Steve Madden Music’s summer concert series featuring the amazingly talented Melanie Fiona.

The crowd enjoyed a stunning view of Manhattan while they awaited — and sweated — for Melanie to arrive. Once the singer took stage, the audience was immediately captivated by her sultry powerhouse voice, performing breakout hits like “It Kills Me” and “Give it to Me Right.”

Melanie took time out of her set to sing a medley of Amy Winehouse songs in honor of the late singer. The crowd sang along to Winehouse hits “Rehab,” “Valerie” and “F Me Pumps.”

Melanie also gave the audience a taste of her upcoming album MF Life, which is expected to drop later this year.


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I’m With the DJ: Jeff G

Before joining the exciting Vegas night scene, DJ Jeff G lived a more subdued life as a wedding DJ before getting a gig as a DJ for an 18 and under club. Jeff soon moved to Portland where he deejayed for radio and clubs and then eventually relocated to Las Vegas.

These days you can listen to him daily on Vegas’ Hot 97.5 radio or watch him spin weekly at hot-spots like Voodoo Lounge, the Foundation Room or Insert Coins. HPNOTIQ got a chance to catch up with the Sin City deejay to discuss drunken requests and what he loves most about Vegas.

What makes a good DJ?

Someone who can read a crowd and play music accordingly.


What is one of your fondest memories behind the 1s and 2s:

I’m most fond of the nights that I have no memory of (laughs).


What other DJs would you love to work with? Why?

DJ Exodux. We’ve been friends a long time and I consider him one of the most talented guys in this city.

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HPNOTIQ Launches Exclusive E-Card Line on Someecards.com

Let your girlfriends know how you truly feel about them with one of HPNOTIQ’s exclusive E-cards.

Warm their heart while sharing a laugh. Check them out today!

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Harmonie Joins PYNK Magazine & LyraLoveStar for a “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Harmonie joined the ladies of PYNK magazine and designer Crystal Street, of LyraLoveStar, for a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Foley + Corinna boutique in Soho.

Street and Style Network’s Julissa Bermudez hosted the event, which featured close to 150 of New York City’s tastemakers and influencers and media from BET, Bleu magazine, Vibe magazine and Style Network.

Attendees sipped on Harmonie Purple Rain cocktails while getting complimentary Ginger + Liz manicures. LyraLoveStar’s upcoming line was also on display throughout the store for guests to preview. Check out photos from the event below!

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HPNOTIQ Launches HPNOTIQ Harmonies Radio on Pandora

HPNOTIQ is proud to announce the launch of our first ever HPNOTIQ Harmonies radio on Pandora! HPNOTIQ Harmonies is the ultimate addition to your Girls Night Out, featuring the hottest party tunes from some of your favorite artists, including Beyonce, Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Katy Perry and more. Check it out today!

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EXCLUSIVE: Photos of NYC’s Harmonie Launch Party With Khloe Kardashian

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You’ve probably already seen the amazing photos from last Tuesday’s Harmonie launch party, but we’re sure you didn’t get a peek of these! Check out the exclusive behind-the-scene photos from the event via kirilwashere.com. .

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Ladies Escape the Heat With Harmonie During Miami Swim Week

Miami Beach was scorching this weekend, but the sun’s hot rays weren’t solely to blame.

Mercedes-Benz held their annual Swim Wear Week in MIA, where close to two dozen designers came out to showcase their sexiest looks for next summer.

The five-day event — which took place at The Raleigh Hotel — featured a range of vibrant hues, animal-inspired prints and color striped desings.

HPNOTIQ was there to help cool everyone down from the summer heat at the Lifestyle Retreat Lounge. Attendees sipped on Harmonie cocktails and munched on snacks form the Harmonie candy bar while receiving beauty tips from celebrity make-up artist Ashunta Sheriff. Designers Taryn Aronson of Jewels by Dunn and Daniela Millan also stopped by the lounge for some cocktails.

Check out photos from the event, here.

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Ladies We Love: CREEP

This weekend, HPNOTIQ had the pleasure of witnessing first-hand the awesomeness known as CREEP!

The Brooklyn duo, made up of Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard, began their start in Dillard’s apartment while drinking a 30-pack of beer, and have evolved into one of the hottest up-and-coming artists out today.

Since CREEP’s inception, the girls have toured in Europe and have collaborated with a slew of artists including Nina Sky, Andrew Wyatt, Holly Miranda, Kazu from Blonde Redhead and Planningtorock. We suggest you keep an eye out for them, because we are convinced there is much more to come!

Here’s a listen:

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