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Art Bodega’s Style Issue Release Party in NYC

July 1, 2015

After being cordially invited to the viewing of the Paraiba Star, held at New York’s Astro Gallery of Gems, Manhattan’s elite celebrated the launch of Art Bodega’s Summer 2015 Style Issue. 

Rebeca Hererro, editor of Art Bodega Magazine gleamed brighter than a diamond as she played hostess of the dazzling unveiling of the world’s largest cut Paraiba Tourmaline housed in a spectacular necklace by Kaufmann de Suisse. 


There were about 15 million reasons that caught the eyes of the wealthy and luxurious crowd who fell in love with the gallery, the gems, and of course the exquisite piece built around the exhibit. While many exclusive, pure and natural cut stones were displayed around the centerpiece, the uniquely rare design of the necklace, valued at 12 million, exemplified what it meant to be a media draw.

Representing incomparable style and grace, Rebeca and other knowledgeable galleria commissioners provided detailed information enamoring party-goers with insightful dialogue surrounding the story behind the one-of-a-kind Paraibia Star.

The Paraibia Star was the absolute perfect symbol to capture the high-end brand and clientele which Art Bodega caters to…

Art Bodega’s Rebeca Hererro conceivably embodies the same extraordinary qualities as the Paraibia Star reaching new levels of class to the modern New Yorker and the demographic of the publication.

Highlighted at the event, the opportunity arose to speak to the creator of the necklace as she explained a little about the process of creating the Paraibia Star and the imagery which inspires its greatness!


The invite-only occasion proved to be the talk of the town…(Midtown to be exact) – as many attendees arrived in black tie attire to honor the pages of the magazine featuring their glamorous lifestyle.  Those included L.A. Dawson, who wrote “The Stone Cold Truth About Style” on the magazine’s last page, about (you-guessed-it) precious stones, and Holly Signorelli, author of “Do You Know Where Your Money is?” with a featured spread.
Paraiba Star of the Ocean Necklace
Gisela A. Reis, a Sales and Marketing Professional at Astro Gallery about the museum-like store and their clientele. “We get people of all ages and all nationalities, tourists, locals, and celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, who was on the guest list,” she said. “We have items for just a few dollars and all the way up!” She remarked that she’d like to see security camera footage of the gallery after closing, musing that much like “Night At The Museum” perhaps the dinosaur skeleton and other featured creatures move around. She gave me the gallery’s list of stones and their properties which is quite extensive. For Tourmaline (of all colors) it reads: Dispels fear, negativity, and grief. Promotes healthy environment, tranquil sleep, balance in relationship, self-expression. Eases compulsiveness.

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The Paraiba Star was in good company on this magical night in NYC. Congrats to all involved in the collaboration of Art Bodega Magazine and Kaufmann de Suisse’s phenomenal artistry and cultural contribution.


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The Rum Diaries: Key West Style

June 16, 2015

The Gates Hotel is one of a kind…

By Rebeca Herrero

Key West, Florida

Key West, where sailors and writers lived in seclusion for decades, is also known as the southernmost tip point of Florida.   Here tourists view it as a destination incomparable to other cities that are surrounded by water, and just plain fun!

Decades old wooden houses give shelter to locals and visitors that come to escape their daily routine lives, and also to watch that incredible sunset.  As the expansion of specialty hotels take place in the area, one new property stands out, The Gates Hotel. With a fun vibe, and great décor, this unique destination located in New Town has a great volume of rooms, and is quite spectacular, for the record!

The Gates Hotel reminds us of boutique hotels in the world that must offer its visitors art, cleanliness, cool gadgets, fun themes, and most of all, a modern version of what sophisticated young adults are looking for in its accommodations.  The fun part has to do with its strategic partners….

The Rum Diaries, Key West Style!

If you happen to know Key West resident like Paul Menta (an import from Philadelphia), you can figure out he is one amazing attraction.

He owns the First Legal Rum Distillery near Duval Street, in what used to be an old Coca Cola Bottling Factory in the 1940’s.  Inside the distillery there are Coca Cola bottles that were hidden underground for decades.  His partnership with The Gates consists of rum drinks mixed at the Rum Row bar.  We tasted one of the cigar aroma mixed drinks, and oh boy, they were amazing!  Menta also happens to be a record holding kite surfer, too!

At Key West First Legal Rum you can taste the “Up in Smoke”, which is a nod to the cigar industry, or the Tomoka Mojito, named after a famous rum-running ship.  You can pair a drink with a Rodriguez Cigar, another partner of The Gates Hotel.

De La Gallery in Old Town was chosen to be a part of the décor at the hotel.  Here, Cuban artist and photographer Jorge de la Torriente exhibits digital editions of Key West images that are also available to its patrons.

Amazing food, the culinary experience trend

The Blind Pig is The Gates’ signature food truck serving tapas-style selection of regional Cuban, Bahamian, Caribbean and Floridian flavors- also known as “conch fusion”.  Spearheaded by local chef David Fuhrman of Great Events Catering, The Blind Pig’s menu is seasonally-inspired and constantly rotating with dishes, including conch salads, grouper sliders and a modern take on the muffuletta sandwich.

The cooking demonstrations at Isle Cook are a wondrous activity for the visitor who wants to enjoy leisure time with great food.  Whether you want to taste a heirloom tomato gazpacho with mango salsa, or baked spaghetti beef tongue in parchment paper with Mediterranean Anchovies from local super star chefs, the wine pairing is a fun experience for foodies.  The lessons are priced from $70 to $150 per person.  Worth every penny….

Many bars are located alongside the strip of Duval Street.  Here you will find plenty of old and new locations to taste a variety of beers and wines, or enjoy that mojito during a humid afternoon, ready to cool your taste buds already saturated with seafood and spicy new southern dishes.

Because Key West is the place to go, no matter where you live in the world…….


Other amenities

-Martone Cycling Company, custom-designed blue and white bikes exclusive to the hotel.

-Experience the sunset sail boats owned and operated by Fury Water Adventures near Sloppy Joe’s.


The Gates Hotel- Key West (rooms start at $249 a night) is located at 3824 N. Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West, 33040.  For reservations call 305-320-0930 or visit

You can also visit:  @GatesKeyWest on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest and Gates Hotel-Key West on Facebook.

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Everything Makos- a book by Glitterati Inc.

December 21, 2014

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Great photographs make up this luxury product available now by the well known publishing house in New York City.
From Everything by Christopher Makos, © 2014, published by Glitterati Incorporated

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Jaeger Le Coultre & The Muse Diane Kruger

December 21, 2014

Diane_Kruger_on_Place_Vendome.jpg_cmykWomen increasingly regard their watch as an essential style accessory, just like their handbag or their elegant shoes. And because each woman is unique, she looks for a unique watch… And what could be more unique that to own a personalised watch bearing initials, a drawing, or a secret symbol?
Wearing a Reverso, the legendary actor on the universal watchmaking stage, is never insignificant: it is a vivid token of attachment to fine craftsmanship, to a legend, and to extreme quality. Wearing the Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin powerfully expresses a certain vision of luxury, of glamour, and of extreme high-end watchmaking. It also embodies a taste for an independent-minded spirit of self-affirmation and of daring to be different. And finally, it pays homage to women’s most cherished dreams…

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