Tuesday, October 16, 2012

¡Olé! and Fabuloso!!

Latino Panel Fab: Nick Verreos hosts Latino Style Panel Discussion with Nayzeth Carillo (second from left), Flor de Maria Rivero (center) and Lizzie Bermudez  (right)--"Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event",  Macy's Westfield Valley Fair SantaClara/San Jose
Photo Courtesy of flordemariafashion.com

In my last post, I recapped the event I hosted last week in Chicago's Macy's On State Street event which was a HUGE success. So, this past weekend, I flew to San Jose California, to do my second Macy's event Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and Honoring Carlos Santana as "Icon of Style"at Santa Clara's Westfield Valley Fair Center/Mall Macy's. I've hosted several events at this Macy's, most recently one celebrating Brazil, so I was excited to be back!


For this latest event, I was invited to be part of the Panel Discussion on Latino Style and didn't have to host the event. Less pressure on me for not having the hosting responsibilities (Yeayy!). Joining me on this panel would be Nayzeth Carillo, of Nayzeth Beverly Hills; bi-lingual fashion blogger and fashion girl about town Flor de Maria Rivera, and musician Rolando Morales, who would later be performing for the Macy's audience and shoppers. Our host for the day was to be the fabulous Lizzie Bermudez, Pop Culture Contributor for ABC-SF Channel 7's "7Live".

Macy's Valley Fair Green Room cheese-and-crackers--"Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event"--Macy's Westfield Valley Fair Santa Clara/San Jose

Soon after I arrived for my panel discussion/event, Macy's informed me that Lizzie Bermudez--the actual host, was stuck in traffic and might be delayed and therefore, I would have to be the host--at the last minute (literally!). Forget that previous statement about not having the hostin' pressures (LOL!)...

Nick Verreos--studying his "script" minutes before going on--"Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event"--Macy's Westfield Valley Fair Santa Clara/San Jose

Well..."Done and Done" as they say! I quickly got the "script", did a quick "take a breathe" and then it was "show time"!

Vanidades Seats: free copies of Vanidades Magazines on audience chairs--"Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event"--Macy's Westfield Valley Fair Santa Clara/San Jose

The Stage--2nd Floor Macy's Westfield Valley Fair Santa Clara/San Jose

 A Full--San Jose--House: "Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event"--Macy's Westfield Valley Fair Santa Clara/San Jose

There were over 100 people in the audience attending this fab event at Macy's Valley Fair in Santa Clara/San Jose. The event began with a great Spanish dance and music presentation by Caminos Flamencos:

Castanets and Flamenco Ruffles: "Caminos Flamencos" opens the Macy's Hispanic Heritage Event at Macy's Westfield Valley Fair Santa Clara/San Jose--They did such a wonderful job getting the audience ready for a Latino-inspired event. I don't know if it was the singing, the guitar playing, or those Sevillana costumes, but I almost wanted to throw on a peineta/mantilla and jump up on stage and join them! After their performance, it was time for my hosting duties, honoring Carlos Santana as Macy's Icon of Style and moderating the panel discussion on his influence on style, Hispanic Culture, music, as well as taking Latina Fashion:

HOLA San Jose!!! Nick Verreos hosts "Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event", Macy's Westfield Valley Fair Santa Clara/San Jose

Panelists: (left to right) Nayzeth Carillo, Flor de Maria Rivera, Lizzie Bermudez and Rolando Morales--"Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event", Macy's Westfield Valley Fair Santa Clara/San Jose--the original host--Lizzie Bermudez, in the black dress, second from right--as you can see, did eventually show up--right as we began and she was sweet enough to just let me continue being the "Host-with-the-Most"

Atmosphere: "Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event",  Macy's Westfield Valley Fair Santa Clara/San Jose

Moda Macy's and Carlos Santana: In between our panel discussion I also MC'ed a fashion presentation showcasing the latest Fall 2012 looks, all accessorized (of course) with Carlos by Carlos Santana shoes, boots and bags--"Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event", Macy's Westfield Valley Fair Santa Clara/San Jose

Color for Fall: Nick Verreos describing the fashion and accessories at the "Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event", Macy's Westfield Valley Fair Santa Clara/San Jose

I had such fun hosting this FABULOSO event and moderating a great panel discussion on Latino Style and its influence in all facets of society. I think the crowd also loved it. After we finished the panel talk and fashion presentation, then it was time for meet-and-greet with the audience and taking some photos (yes, for Facebook, Twitter). Caterers soon began bringing out Latino-inspired hors d'oeuvres and juice drinks. Yes, kids, there was FREE FOOD!

I heard the mini empanadas were deliciosas! And while shoppers shopped, enjoyed the food and drinks, the event ended with some great live music from Rolando Morales and his band. At one point I even got into the "Latino Flavor", doing some salsa dancing with one of my co-panelists, the lovely Nayzeth. Thank goodness, there are NO PHOTOS or video of that. I think. 


All in all, a very fun event once again at Macy's, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and Carlos Santana. I can't wait to return to Macy's Westfield Santa Clara/San Jose to hopefully host another great event! Adios for now!

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