Style Events, News & Gossip From Around the City

Happy March Orlando! Get your shamrocks ready, St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and we all know what that means…it’s time to dust off that lime green outfit you wouldn’t be seen dead in on any other day of the year. However, before we over-indulge ourselves in too much green beer and fun, let’s take a quick moment to recap some of the city’s most recent not to be missed events. I’ve got them all for you right here, just in case you missed it!

On January 20th, Hilton Bonnet Creek celebrated the grand opening of Myth Bar, the newest addition to Orlando’s growing roster of upscale lobby bars. The Myth Bar lounge offers light bites and craft cocktails such as the Water Goddess, a sinfully delicious drink made with herb-infused vodka and caviar stuffed olives. The power of myths have connected people for millennia so what good would Myth Bar be without its own tale to tell? For Hilton Bonnet Creek, that story revolves around the Bonnet Sisters, the fashionable women who grace the ceiling of the new lobby. As the story goes, the Bonnet sisters summered with their family at their Bonnet Creek Estate. As children they would frolic in the water, dreaming themselves transformed into mythical sea creatures. As they grew, they blossomed into true water goddesses—smart, fashionable and fit, loved by everyone. Over time stories of these sociable young ladies became more and more sensational. Several were certain they had seen fins or tails glittering under the waves. Summers came and went, and still the myth endured. Some say when the moon is full and bright, you can still see the Bonnet sisters shimmering in the blue waters, as if following their bliss to the stars!

On February 6th, Orlando Style helped celebrate the grand opening of the J. Christine Salon and Blow Dry Bar. The new, upscale salon has been all the buzz in Dr. Phillips and the VIP grand opening celebration was the perfect opportunity for the community to find out why. From transformative hair cutting to image defining color, J. Christine salon offers a wide range of professional salon services in their luxurious facilities. Previewing their all Blow Dry Bar menu is a must! Thick, long, curly, or straight hair, all wash and blowouts are one flat fee no matter what type you have. Guests at the grand opening celebration showed up in their finest cocktail attire and enjoyed a lovely evening of beauty, refreshing beverages, appetizing hors d’oeuvres and a live DJ that kept the celebration hype all evening long.

On your mark… get set… go! Automotive enthusiasts across Central Florida were eager to start their engines and get to Lake Mary last month. From February 6th-8th, the 11th Annual “Cars for the Cure” Heathrow Automotive Festival transformed the beautiful streets of Colonial TownPark into a car lover’s dream. Lamborghinis, Bugattis’, Porsches and Aston Martins are just a few of the over 150 exotic cars that lined the road for the largest charitable car show in the Southeast United States. The three-day event was hosted by the American Lung Association and showcased an array of the most distinctive and unforgettable cars. Friday’s Casino themed VIP opening reception took place at the Westin Lake Mary and featured a magician, a silent auction and live music. Free to public, Saturday’s all-day auto showing was certainly one of the highlights of the weekend as some of the most powerful and highly tuned cars from around the world were put on display. The fabulous weekend came to a close with the traditional Sunday Drive event for the festival’s registered participants.

On February 7th, Rosen Shingle Creek became the scene of the new ‘wild, wild west’ when the city of Orlando came together for Cattle Barons’ Ball 2015. The western themed gala is the largest single-night fundraiser in the nation for cancer research and is hosted by the American Cancer Society. Cowboys and cowgirls of all types joined event chairs, Harris Rosen and Vicky McVay, for an upscale evening of fundraising fun. Throughout the night, guests enjoyed gourmet dining on culinary creations from Orlando’s finest restaurants, thrilling auctions, live entertainment and more. This year’s guests were treated to a headline performance by country music sensation and star of One Tree Hill, Jana Kramer. The volunteer-driven event was an undoubted success as folks reveled in the chance to put on their favorite denim and dust off their ten-gallon hats all while raising proceeds for a great cause.

February was a busy month for Glam Dry blow dry lounge, which celebrated the grand opening of its first location on Saturday, February 7th. Located on North Alafaya Trail in Waterford Lakes Town Center, Glam Dry’s concept is simple, quick and revolutionary. You sit, you get a shampoo and blow dry, and you look perfect. Their only focus is blowouts, so Glam Dry is your chance to be glamorous every day! The first 100 guests of the grand opening received swag bags and everyone got to enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres by Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant. Great music by DJ Major kept the packed celebration alive and fun for all.

Perhaps one of February’s steamiest highlights was the release of the long awaited “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie. While most of Orlando had to suffer in anticipation until February 13th, guests of BRIO Tuscan Grille’s “Fifty Shades” cocktail party received an exclusive, pre-opening viewing. The Winter Park Village restaurant hosted the soirée, which allowed guests to indulge in sensuous libations and small bites featured in the movie. From a frosty lemon martini depicting Carrick’s lethal lemon martini in “Fifty Shades Darker,” to lamb with yogurt mint sauce which Christian feeds Ana in “Fifty Shades Freed” — the staff at BRIO definitely did their homework! Following the cocktail party, guests took a short stroll to the Regal Cinemas Winter Park Village Theater to partake in their exclusive, private screening of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

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