Unite by Night

My start up nonprofit group recently debuted our first endeavor, the Unite by Night fundraising event on April 1 at The Foundry Suites in Buffalo, NY, benefiting the National Federation for Just Communities of WNY (NFJCWNY). The event, produced by our small group of socially conscious young professionals, aimed to celebrate the beauty of diversity and to promote respect and understanding in our community.

The group chose the NFJCWNY as the recipient of profits from the event, as they appreciate the work the organization does in the local Buffalo and WNY community. Members of the Unite by Night team feel passionate about supporting efforts to promote understanding and respect among people of all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education, and were proud to hold an event to help shine additional light on the good work the NFJCWNY accomplishes, while raising additional awareness of their mission.

The highlight of the evening event featured a “diversity fashion show” which displayed local community members of all races, religions, background and experiences, showing off their personal aspects of diversity through custom signage created by local artist Johanna Mustico of Nanny Goat Scrawl Crafts. The diversity show was energetic, fun and powerful, showing off the beauty of diversity and appreciation for people of all kinds.

Check out the slideshow!

Unite by Night team

Unite by Night events will continue in the future, with organizers (pictured l-to-r) James Neiler, Samantha Wentlent, Nii Sowah, Alisha Taggart Powell and Emily Burns Perryman aiming to find unique new ways to communicate the importance of fighting against racism, bias, discrimination, and promoting acceptance through special events, leadership training and education in the local community.

To learn more check out the group’s Facebook page.


You can also learn more about the NFJCWNY on their website.

Fall Wedding Style

A beautiful September wedding at Western New York’s Becker Farms, a 5th Generation family owned 340 acre working fruit and vegetable farm that sells most of their products directly to the public.


Wedding attireVintage red paisley print maxi dress, purchased in the Kensington Market neighborhood, Toronto, Canada

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Nautical New England Beach Style



a6a0110b1dbcac6ba6b8363454e815d6Vogue Australia: Pleasure Island, Vogue Australia August 2007. Chelsea Scanlon wears Filippa K. wool dress and Prada headband.Image by Max Doyle.
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6a34a62b76e9636f7b7e532ef59d6d19On holiday on the Amalfi Coast, Jackie Kennedy aboard a motorboat destined for Conca dei Marini Beach. August 24, 1962.


Newport Style

Joan Baez at the Newport Folk Festival, summer 1968.
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Next week for the Labor Day weekend I’ll be heading to beautiful New England, spending the end of the summer in the fabulous yachting capital, Newport, Rhode Island. A seaside city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, the stylish and relaxing vacation destination boasts opulent mansions that allow visitors a look back at the extravagance of the Gilded Age. From boat shoes to nautical stripes, preppy swimsuits and cover ups, to cheery, breezy sundresses, the best dressed folks express a casual, relaxed yet affluent look.

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