January 30, 2015 - Comments Off on Press: Nicole Lenzen on the Bene Rialto Blog

Press: Nicole Lenzen on the Bene Rialto Blog

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Making a first impression is crucial, whether you're on a date, job interview, or meeting with a client. The best thing you can do to start things off on the right note? Pick out a flattering outfit. When you feel your best, you're bound to put off that confident glow. The good people over at Bene Rialto have pulled five "Dress to Impress" store picks together—you'll recognize a few familiar Nicole Lenzen faces! Our Bubble Dress, Evelyn Dress, and Elena Dress are made to stand out.

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January 20, 2015 - Comments Off on Stories & Style: Comedian Mad Libs

Stories & Style: Comedian Mad Libs

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Our Stories & Style event is coming up quick—have you RSVP'd yet? (Better get on that—the list is filling up!) We've told you all about the night's storytellers: Ophira Eisenberg, Elna Baker, and Sara Benincasa. While a bit of background information is always a good thing to have in tow when you're off to meet someone new, we wanted to give you a deeper look into the personalities and humor of these fine ladies, including our very own Nicole Lenzen. We gave them a throwback assignment of sorts, one that will look very familiar if you grew up with those handy-dandy packets called Mad Libs.

Sit back, read on, and get to know these four empowering ladies:

Ophira Eisenberg, Writer/Host of NPR's Ask Me Another

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I  can’t leave home without red lipstick.

My go-to clothing item is a sequin top. Unless it's dirty, then I wear a dirty sequin top.

When I feel most confident I look in the mirror and say, it's better than I thought.

My best beauty tip is to smile, but never ever fake laugh.

When I wanna dance I listen to Prince. When I need to cry I listen to Joni Mitchell.

Ray LaMontagne keeps me sane.

The strangest/best compliment I’ve ever gotten was, "I've masturbated to your voice on public radio. If you're looking for something less dirty: "I can tell by looking at you that you live in a fifth floor walk up. Keep it up."

My favorite thing to do for myself is cancel everything on my schedule.

Rachel Maddow is the most empowering woman I know.

Fedora, Beret, Beanie, or Top Hat?  In this order: Beret, Top Hat, Fedora, Beanie.

When I’m looking for a pick-me-up, strong espresso, little milk (or icy vodka) is just what I need.

Purse, Backpack, Fannypack, or Pockets? Purse, Pockets—If I never see another backpack or fannypack again, that would be great.

At parties I try to stand right next to the cheese cubes.

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January 15, 2015 - Comments Off on Women Who Inspire: Smita’s Take on Indian Culture, Women in Information Technology, and Must-Sees in Bangalore

Women Who Inspire: Smita’s Take on Indian Culture, Women in Information Technology, and Must-Sees in Bangalore

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Meet Smita, Technology Consultant and Outdoor Adventurer

Nicole and Smita met while working together on a project for Brooks Brothers. While they successfully designed and implemented a PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) system, they also became quick friends in the process. Smita works and lives in Bangalore, India as a consultant for a company called ITC Infotech, helping clients better understand the technology they use for their manufacturing processes and order tracking. While that might come off as Latin to anyone not involved in the industry—hey, that's why Smita's there!—you're sure to recognize some of the names she's worked with: Charming Shoppes, Levi's, QVC.

We were lucky to catch Smita on a wintry Sunday in NYC on her most recent consulting trip to the States. We had a great time catching up over many pots of tea, going shopping at Young & Able, and grabbing a yummy vegetarian meal at Le Verdure at Eataly. Smita wouldn't usually gravitate to a bold, red outfit, but we managed to get her to try on the scarlet Elena dress. As you can see, she's totally rocking it. Read on to hear what Smita has to share on being a woman in an Indian tech company, the chaos that is her daily commute, and must-see spots in Bangalore:

A Day in the Life

Let's start with the weekdays. When I'm in India and working from ITC headquarters I wake up around 6:00am and go for a jog, then get ready for work, and put together a lunchbox to take to the office—I don't like my office food anymore. It's not healthy or tasty. My day at the office starts around 9-9:30 am and goes until 8 or 9pm, depending on which customer I am working for. I go back home and I try not to work after that, but I haven't succeeded in that yet! I have something for dinner and watch TV or read a book—something to soothe my mind after I leave work. I sometimes stay up late, but I try to at least get six hours of sleep.

Dressing for Work: It used to be all typical Indian dress, whether you wear Salwar Kameez or a kurti—which is a long top with leggings. I don't wear a lot of Indian clothes to work. I do wear jeans, but normally I'll dress up in trousers and a comfortable top. Apart from that, we do have our ethnic dress, like saris. On special days the whole office is festive. I prefer clothes that I can move easily in—I don't want to worry about wrinkles.

You have a lot of Indian companies and manufacturers who are making western clothes. But you also have brands like Marks & Spencer, Zara, Mango—mostly European companies. The style is definitely evolving and leaning toward more trendy nowadays. In India, we don't have a seasonal concept because you can wear jeans and a T-shirt almost 365 days out of the year—the temperature is not extreme. Things tend to be colorful and bright. I try not to look overly professional or nerdy! I don't prefer skirts because I think they make me look even shorter.

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January 12, 2015 - Comments Off on Stories & Style: Get to Know Writer/Comedian Sara Benincasa

Stories & Style: Get to Know Writer/Comedian Sara Benincasa

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If you haven’t already heard, we’re hosting an exclusive event at Bene Rialto in Manhattan on Thursday, January 29th from 6:30pm-9pm. Aside from meeting Nicole and having the chance to try on pieces from the Eva and Candy Collections, we’ll have delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine for you to enjoy while taking in fashion-focused, personal, storytelling performances from three amazing women—NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg, Writer/Comedian Elna Baker, and Author/Comedian Sara BenincasaWe’re going to be sharing a little background on each of our guests over the next couple of days.

Sara Benincasa: Author, comedian, proud father, and grandfather—in her own words. Let's start by describing her as the author of this empowering body image story on Playboy.com. Whether she's sharing the power that is a boudoir photo shoot or working on her podcast In the Casa, there's one thing you can't deny: She is one refreshingly honest woman. Take this story she penned on Jezebel, for example:

I'm sorry my vagina is so sensitive.

There's a moment at which every junkie hits rock bottom. I think that was mine. I'm an apology addict. Most women I know are similarly afflicted. We think our value as females is dependent on being literally and figuratively pliable to the point of contortions that would make a pretzel or a porn star jealous. And in so doing, we not only devalue our actual important and genuine apologies ("I'm sorry I slept with your brother.") but posit ourselves as being ever in error, constantly over-speaking, overspending, over-laughing, over-crying, overeating, over-existing.

Men fear not being enough. Women fear being too much.

Sara is the best of both worlds. She can take on a powerful topic (see above), but she also knows when to keep it light. Here's proof:

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January 9, 2015 - Comments Off on Stories & Style: Get to Know Author/Comedian Elna Baker

Stories & Style: Get to Know Author/Comedian Elna Baker

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If you haven’t already heard, we’re hosting an exclusive event at Bene Rialto in Manhattan on Thursday, January 29th from 6:30pm-9pm. Aside from meeting Nicole and having the chance to try on pieces from the Eva and Candy Collections, we’ll have delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine for you to enjoy while taking in  fashion-focused, personal, storytelling performances from three amazing women—NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg, Writer/Comedian Elna Baker, and Author/Comedian Sara BenincasaWe’re going to be sharing a little background on each of our guests over the next couple of days.

Meet Elna Baker. She's a published author, comedian, and "This American Life" storyteller. That tells you something, but the fact that a headline describing Elna reading "Imagine Carrie Bradshaw as a Mormon" pops up on the first page of her Google search results says a lot more. Her amazing book title alone—"The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance"—is a great indication at what you're treating yourself to with Elna. Here are a few words from others that dig a little deeper:

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January 8, 2015 - Comments Off on Stories & Style: Get to Know NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg

Stories & Style: Get to Know NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg

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If you haven't already heard, we're hosting an exclusive event at Bene Rialto in Manhattan on Thursday, January 29th from 6:30pm-9pm. Aside from meeting Nicole and having the chance to try on pieces from the Eva and Candy Collections, we'll have delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine for you to enjoy while taking in  fashion-focused, personal, storytelling performances from three amazing women—NPR's Ophira Eisenberg, Writer/Comedian Elna Baker, and Author/Comedian Sara BenincasaWe're going to be sharing a little background on each of our guests over the next couple of days.

Without further ado, meet Ophira.

Aside from having one of the most beautiful names we've ever heard, she's the host of NPR's trivia/puzzle/game show, "Ask Me Another" (a "half raucous pub trivia, half comedy talk show with witty banter, celebrity guests, and live music blended in," to borrow some of Ophira's own words). Aside from her gig as a podcast personality, she's also a published author and stand-up comedian (with plenty of written accolades to boot). Her debut memoir, "Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy," is—according to Esquire—"a history of her bed-hopping adventures, including, among others, a one-night-stand with a cat doll fetishist and bathroom sex with the lead singer of a U2 cover band." If that doesn't reel you in, I'm not quite sure what will. (Maybe the fact that we'll be giving away a signed copy at the event.)

She has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, VH-1, the E! Channel, CNN, and more. Her comedy album, "Bangs!" was released last October—one lucky person will also get a signed copy at the event. Here's a peek at what you've got to look forward to on the 29th:

January 5, 2015 - Comments Off on Round-Up: Survive Winter (And Look Good Doing It) With These Tights

Round-Up: Survive Winter (And Look Good Doing It) With These Tights

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With winter weather comes many things—wind-blown hairdos, rosy cheeks, and the great fashion responsibility that is layering. Instead of thinking of them as another layer between you and the great season that is summer, treat them as the versatile accessory that they are. The right pair of tights can take an outfit to new levels, whether you're working with patterns or a bold color.

Tights are also great for turning summer wardrobe pieces into weather-appropriate outfits—just like the Edie and Pixie Rompers. (We love how they look with either solid or patterned hosiery). We know it's overwhelming—you can't turn around in any department store or website without running into a pair of tights ('tis the season), so we rounded up some of our favorite for your shopping convenience. From the perfect everyday legwear to bold seamed varieties to flaunt on date night, we've found the perfect pair for you.

For the Sustainably Minded

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They put it best: "Grown without pesticides, harvested safely, and spun without chemicals, this cotton is soft, safe and scrumptious." How can you resist a pair of tights that are described as scrumptious?

These tights are made to be lighter than other cold-weather designs, making them a great choice if you're looking for a pair to show off during warmer months, too.

The Go-To, Everyday Tight

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M6 from Bene Rialto

These opaque tights are perfect for weatherproofing your favorite summer outfit—whether it be a favorite pair of shorts or a romper. Make sure to play up your accessories to break up the opaque look, if you're working with a monochrome outfit. A stand-out pair of shoes can go a long way with a black pair of tights, as well.

M6 makes their hosiery in Germany, but you can find their designs at Bene Rialto in Manhattan.

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December 31, 2014 - Comments Off on Event: Join Us for ‘Stories & Style’ at Bene Rialto on January 29th

Event: Join Us for ‘Stories & Style’ at Bene Rialto on January 29th

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Mark your calendars—you won't want to miss Stories & Style. Every piece of clothing and style comes with a story, whether it's something that happened while you were wearing it or the very inspiration behind the design. At Bene Rialto on Thursday, January 29th, we're joining forces with three storytellers to bring you a night of entertainment and fashion.

Come hear NPR's Ophira Eisenberg, Writer/Comedian Elna Baker, and Author/Comedian Sara Benincasa recount fashion-focused tales—we guarantee you won't leave without having a laugh. You'll also be able to meet the designer and try on pieces from the Nicole Lenzen ready-to-wear collection, browse the other apparel and accessory brands featured throughout Bene Rialto's multilevel retail marketplace, and snack on some yummy appetizers and wine.

An RSVP will be required to enter, so get your name on the list for this free event quickly!

STORIES & STYLE
When: Thursday, January 29th
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: Bene Rialto, 13 W 38th St. New York, NY 10018
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December 17, 2014 - Comments Off on Press: The Erin Dress on Blonde in This City

Press: The Erin Dress on Blonde in This City

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We've had a great time being a part of the Young & Able Series space in Lower Manhattan—from our styling event on December 9th to the packed opening party. You've still got a few days to visit the space before it closes up on December 21st. (You're sure to find something for everyone on your holiday list!) The wonderful Rose Mayo from Blonde in This City got all gussied up in some of the pieces from the Young & Able shop—including our very own Erin Dress. Head on over to her blog to read the full write-up and see what she loved about her Nicole Lenzen dress.

December 6, 2014 - Comments Off on Women Who Inspire: Infomous’ Chief Operating Officer Scarlett Sieber on Being a Woman in the Tech Scene, Gaming, and Creating a Community on Twitter

Women Who Inspire: Infomous’ Chief Operating Officer Scarlett Sieber on Being a Woman in the Tech Scene, Gaming, and Creating a Community on Twitter

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Meet Scarlett Sieber, Chief Operating Officer at Infomous—but that's not all.

Scarlett is a lady who wears many hats—from her day job as COO at a tech start-up to an avid tweeter with an impressive community of entrepreneurial followers. Scarlett has been in the tech scene for three years, but the impact she's already made will long outlast the little time she has already dedicated to her various outlets. Aside from her full-time gig, she's constantly attending networking events, participates in the prestigious Start-Up Leadership Program, and manages to find time on the weekend to play video games with her boyfriend—more on that later.

We grabbed some time with Scarlett to talk about all of her activities, and the hobbies she manages to fit in during the free time she makes the most of. Tune in to learn what Scarlett has to say on the state of the tech scene in New York City, her advice for starting a business venture, her growing Twitter following, and more:

The Daily Grind

I manage and oversee a team who helps with the design and development of our website, including a marketing analytics and a web development intern. Let's say we're walking through a Monday morning. We always have an hour-long strategy meeting to discuss the high-level goals for the week. We'll put a goal up on the board and try to achieve it by the following week. After that, there are always a lot of sales calls. On any given day, I'll have between two and three sales calls with prospective clients. A lot of that is also about follow-ups, going through and making sure we reconnect with the people we talked to the week before and send them the appropriate documents—marketing documents, proposals, or whatever is applicable to that specific client.

I spend a lot of time applying us for different competitions. It's time-consuming, but really fun. Specifically within the last six months, we've been looking for funding. So it's been a lot of investor stuff—researching investors and the companies they invest in, looking at the portfolio companies and seeing if they are the right match for us and getting as much information as we can about them.

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