Thursday, November 20, 2014
La Mas Bella: Ariadna Gutierrez, "Señorita Colombia 2014-2015"/Miss Colombia 2014-2015

Two nights ago, Colombia's top national beauty pageant took place, the 80th (yes, kids, the 80th!!!) edition of Señorita Colombia/Miss Colombia pageant for 2014-2015 in the city of Cartagena de Indias. Its winner goes on to represent the South American nation in the Miss Universe 2015 pageant (not the one happening in January 2015 in Doral Florida USA--that's Miss Universe 2014-- but the next one, in a yet-to-be-determined location and date).
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Nick Verreos with FIDM L.A. Open House attendee--FIDM Los Angeles Fall 2014 Open House

This past weekend, I had the humbling honor of being the "Celebrity Appearance" at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM Fall 2014 Open House in the FIDM Los Angeles campus. Open House is a unique way for students thinking of  possibly attending FIDM to see for themselves what it's like to be a student at FIDM by checking out the campus, libraries, study spaces, classrooms. Open House attendees get to meet and interact with students, faculty and alumni as well. 

Alumni Hosting: Nick Verreos moderating the FIDM Los Angeles Fall 2014 Open House Alumni Panel Discussion

Speaking of alumni, during this weekend's Open House, I also had the fabulous honor of hosting and moderating the FIDM Open House Alumni Panel (photo above). I had a great time and here's my Blog Recap with Lots of Pics of the day. If you were one of those lucky students and/or parents who attended...ENJOY!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Flutter Sleeves Are The Rage...at the 2014 Rostelecom Cup: (L to R) U.S. Ice Dance team Madison Chock and Evan Bates during their "Paso Doble" Short Dance and Russia's Kristina Astakhova and Alexei Rogonov during their Pairs Free Program--2014 Rostelecom Cup/Cup of Russia, Moscow Russia

In my last post, I discussed the Costumes Highlights of this past weekend's 2014 Rostelecom Cup/Cup of Russia ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and in particular the LADIES and MEN. Now, it's time to wrap it up with the PAIRS and ICE DANCE Costumes...
Monday, November 17, 2014
Ladies Classic and Men Slashed: (L to R) Canada's Alaine Chartrand and Russia's Sergei Voronov, both in their Free Skate Costumes--2014 Rostelecom Cup, Moscow Russia

This past weekend was the fourth of six ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events/competitions--the 2014 Rostelecom Cup, named after Russia's leading long-distance telephone provider and telecommunications giant. Also known as the Cup of Russia, the Rostelecom Cup was held in Moscow, Russia (of course), at the Small Sports Arena of Luzhniki.

As it has been the case for several seasons now, I have been commenting on the costumes of the Grand Prix season and this year, was no exception, of course. If you want to catch up on my comments so far for 2014 Skate America, 2014 Skate Canada and 2014 Lexus Cup of China, just scroll down here on the blog or search "Ice Style" on the right hand search bar. Anyhow, time to discuss the first part of my 2014 Rostelecom Cup Costumes.

Let's begin with the LADIES:
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Nick Verreos at the 15th Annual Human Rights Campaign Palm Springs Garden Party

This past weekend, I had the honor to be invited to the Human Rights Campaign's 15th Annual Palm Springs Garden Party and present EJ Johnson--Magic and Cookie Johnson's fabulously OUT son and TV personality from E!'s "#RichKids of Beverly Hills"--with the Human Rights Campaign/HRC 2014 "Visibility Award".

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest LGBT civil rights and political lobbying advocacy group. Its mission is to promote the social welfare of LGBT people. I have been involved with HRC for years and was honored to have been asked to present this year's "Visibility Award".
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Ayyy Dios Mio! Newly crowned "Miss International 2014" Valerie Hernandez Matias representing "Puerto Rico"--Miss International 2014 Finals, Tokyo Japan

Tuesday night, a new "Miss International" was crowned. She was 21-year old Valerie Hernandez Matias "Miss Puerto Rico". The 1.80 M (5' 11") tall beauty hails from Carolina, a municipality in the northeast of Puerto Rico.

Her win was a complete surprise to most beauty pageant followers and in fact, most of the major Beauty Pageant Blogs of note--did not have her in any top list; she wasn't even in the "Long Shot to Win" list.
Top Three Pairs: (L to R) Silver medalists Yu Xiaoyu and Jin Yang, Gold medalists Peng Cheng and Zhang Hao, Bronze medalists Wang Xuehan and Wang Lei, all three pairs from China--2014 Lexus Cup of China

Finishing up with my 2014 Lexus Cup of China Costumes Review/Recap--it's now time for the PAIRS and ICE DANCE. In case you missed by LADIES and MEN Blog, click HERE. There was no colliding drama on the ice for the Pairs or Ice Dancers but just some dishy change-of-partner news for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Bronze Medal-winning Ice Dancers...or at least the female half...
Now, let's discuss the COSTUMES. First up, the PAIRS:
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