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VH1 Save The Music Noteworthy benefit at William Hill Estate Winery

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 by Nia Mack No Comments

 

On September 18th, I produced VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s (VH1 STMF) Noteworthy benefit at William Hill Estate Winery (WHE) for the third year in a row. Each year VH1 STMF hosts this invite-only event to show their appreciation to WHE for their commitment to restoring music education in public schools. This was a monumental year because WHE’s total donation to the Foundation has reached over $1M dollars.

This is one of my favorite events because the time of year it takes place is divine! Peak season in Napa, CA is September. The grapes are on the vine, the weather is calm (not too warm, not too cool) and the wine (as it always is) is delicious! William Hill Estate Winery is such a perfect place to host a benefit because of the open space, the view and the detail they put into everything from decor to food and wine pairings.

My involvement was more focused on talent management and hosting an intimate performance at William Hill Estate Winery, where guests could mingle, enjoy great music and raise funds for a worthy cause. This year BUSH performed.  The acoustic set by Gavin Rossdale and Chris Trainor was perfect for the up close and personal setting.

If you ever get out to Napa, I suggest scheduling a tour to view the Winery and taste their fine wine. My first choice from their extensive portfolio is the cabernet sauvignon. If you get a chance to visit the Winery, please take some time to appreciate the view from sitting or standing under the pergola.

Additional event sponsors for the 2014 Noteworthy benefit beyond WHE included: Avnet, Raymond Weil, Alex and Ani as well as Copper River Bags.

P.S. I met Gavin Rossdale from BUSH and had to fend off numerous amount of women (and a few men) who appreciated his music and his good looks. Check out some of the footage and images, I was able to capture.

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Happy Halloween from Quite U Inc

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Nia Mack No Comments

 

Wishing all of you a Happy and Safe Halloween!  Hoping you receive more “treats” then “tricks”! But if there are “tricks,” may they be DIY projects turning tulle into a Loofah Costume or green/purple balloons into Grapes!

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Either way, enjoy the chocolate, candy corn and other goodies.  Check out the Village Halloween Parade if you are in NYC ! And make sure you live it up because we should live for today and not worry about tomorrow.  Halloween is the time to share your creativity with the world, put your “fun” hat on, party with friends and, if you have children or will be around any little ones at all, let them stay up late and experience the ultimate sugar rush tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

Again, Happy Halloween and enjoy (it’s okay to make fun of) my throwback Urkel costume from 4 or 5 years ago.  (I just found those glasses in a desk drawer a few weeks ago – eek!)

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Restoration Hardware Gallery Opening on Melrose

Posted on: October 26th, 2014 by Nia Mack No Comments

IMG_1912I had the pleasure of attending the Restoration Hardware gallery opening on Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles last Wednesday. Restoration Hardware is one of my favorite luxury brands for the home. Their oversized furniture and classic looks continue to inspire me when considering event decor for clients.

It was an honor to attend and observe the unique look and feel of the new gallery. Its span was 4-stories high and that evening it welcomed over 2,000 guests with champagne, wine, small bites and a sneak peak into Restoration Hardware’s new music label, RH Music.  I hung out mostly on the rooftop deck and admired its centerpiece decor ~ long, wooden, communal coffee tables accentuated by myriads of tea light candles leading to an angelic statue that could be seen from Melrose Ave.

IMG_1914The LA crowd is so different from NYC so I enjoyed watching the scene and being inspired by the styles, conversations and designs throughout the night.  I also thoroughly enjoyed the live performances by RH Music artists.  Their current roster includes Larkin Poe and Edei. I must say that Edei’s set had me dancing, smiling and reminiscing about one of my favorite albums of all time “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”.

Her stage presence was exciting! She flirted with the crowd and her band in a manner that captured the attention and affection of attending guests. She used her music as a platform to get everyone to move to the beat and allow themselves to be swept away by the melodies.

 

 

 

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Kauff McGuire & Margolis Corporate Gathering

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by Nia Mack No Comments

For the BlogOn a historical day for NYC and the world (September 11), I coordinated the Kauff, McGuire & Margolis (KMM) corporate gathering in a gorgeous brownstone in Brooklyn, NY,  owned by one of the KMM partners . The firm’s portfolio of clients is impressive and offers services to companies like Viacom Media Networks, who is my employer (which happened to be a coincidence), BBC Worldwide Americas, AMC Networks, Barnes & Nobles, Conde Nast, Fisher-Price and many more.

This was my first time serving as the event planner for their annual event and I enjoyed it from start to finish. My favorite part of this event was the venue. The home of the partner was modern with contemporary furniture and clean accents.

Brooklyn brownstones are so unique. Each has its own personality and with that I selected furniture options for my client that reflected the organic look and feel of the home as well as the firm’s signature color “slate”  blue.

We ended up not using all the furniture suggested because of budget but the opportunities to jazz up the space in the future are extensive because of the classic architecture of the home.

The Kauff McGuire & Margolis corporate gathering included such a fun group of lawyers and I am hoping to coordinate their holiday party this December.  I have some great ideas on how to incorporate the partners’ and employees’ knack for music!

Check out and follow the Pinterest Board I created for the client based on decor that I believe accentuated the already amazing venue for the KMM corporate gathering!

10 Event Ready Tips to Glowing Skin and a Toned Body

Posted on: August 5th, 2014 by Nia Mack No Comments

 

With wedding season and summer gatherings in full effect, here are 10 ways to glowing skin and a toned body.

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For Glowing Skin

  1. SLEEP
  2. Vitamin C powder – You can mix it in your lotion and put it on your face at night and wash it off in the morning. You can find it at Whole Foods.
  3. Liquid Chlorophyll – It helps to detox the body and flushes out toxins.  Add 12 drops to your water twice a day for best results.
  4. Exfoliate your entire body – Getting those dead skin cells off will help your skin to shine.
  5. Tea bags over your eyes to reduce puffiness.

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Fitness Tips

  1. Drink lots of WATER
  2. Eat majority fruits and vegetables to detoxify your body.  It also helps with inflammation.
  3. Increase your workout to 90 minutes.
  4. Try exercises that work your core muscles.
  5. Cut out alcohol and sodium.

 

The goal is to be EVENT ready, however if you incorporate these tips daily you will ALWAYS be event ready.

STAY READY SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET READY – Will Smith

4 Tips On Using Online Calendars For Event Planning

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by Nia Mack No Comments

2013calendar6.19In planning any event – BIG or small – staying organized and on top (or at least as much as possible on top) of every detail is extremely important.  Being organized helps you stay confident and in control throughout the planning process.

Online calendars help me organize. Scheduling all my appointments in Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook Calendar keeps me on top of my event planning tasks.  I always use these calendars to pencil in appointments,  addresses to those appointments and reminders. These online calendars help me to put all my planning lists in one place.

4 TIPS ON USING ONLINE CALENDARS FOR EVENT PLANNING

  1. Designate certain days of the week to planning. By setting aside days beforehand, you can honor those few hours to get certain event items completed.  It also allows you freedom to do other things outside of planning your event, which helps to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
  2. Always set reminders a few days before the actual time of the task. This helps you mentally and physically prepare for what needs to get done.
  3. Invite other key players to join you.  This (most times) avoids communication errors.  When a task is in someone’s calendar they too will have all the information they need. The meeting invite should include the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and WHY. This helps to lighten your plate when managing others’ schedules as well as your own.
  4. When using Google Calendar, use the color function. This helps you categorize similar subjects based on color. For example, Green – catering and menus, Red – guest list and seating, Blue – All things venue

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