Posh Boutique Masquerade Fundraiser

Posh Boutique owner Jairo Arias
Lovely Rissa Dress
When Jairo Arias, owner of Posh Boutique puts on a fashion show, he coordinates a Lollapalooza of sorts. By now you know there are two different stores in  Northern NJ with similar names and dueling RHONJ promoters (it’s a story I will leave for someone else to tell.) In addition to red carpet photo ops, a cocktail hour, and vendor tables, there were two musical acts, singers Justin Love and Apryl Evans, that entertained the guests before the models took to the catwalk at the masquerade ball themed event.

Designer Marissa Erskine

Held at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ, the show raised money for Marblejam Kids a non-profit organization that provides individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders with “creative arts therapies and  “therapeutically supported after school enrichment programs.” Founder Anna Villa-Bager and Co-Founder Sarah E. Melone, both parents of children that benefit from such therapies, took to the stage to speak about their organization and the challenges they face with their own children who inspire their work. They were followed by event hostess, New Jersey Housewife Kathy Wakile who made a lovely speech about the importance of MJK. 

The fashion show consisted of male and female models dressed in hot Jersey style. Dresses were short and muscled chests were bared. Designer Marissa Erskine,(lovelyrissa.com),whose collection of holiday dresses was a focal point of the evening, was in attendance with her very proud mother. Also in attendance was Valerie Krsulic, founder of Angels Without Wings, Inc, an organization that fights bullying in the community. Krsulic wore a white tiered ruffle dress designed by Project Runway All-Star Elisa Jiminez.
The crowd was very spirited, among the most spirited were the Haute Housewives, a group of very energetic and enthusiastic New Jersey women whose mission, according to member April Stec , is to “network women in business to promote and support each other in a positive way.”
Arias was very happy with the success of the evening. He also sang the praises of Wakile who has been both a good friend and supporter of his business. The entire Wakile family, along with Aunt Rosie Pierri and everybody’s favorite Nonna Maria, were also there to support Posh Boutique and MJK.  Wakile,too was very pleased, “Anything that has to do with kids really grabs my heart,” she said. Reality TV, you’re on there, you take the hit, you do this, you do that, but good things come out of it too. I’m glad that I can do this and be a part of it.”

Since I had her ear I also congratulated her on her cannoli kit which will be available on QVC  the first week of December. “It’s my way of bringing decadent indulgent desserts but in a mini size. It’s a way for every woman to be the goddess of her own kitchen and make her own desserts.” And as for the NJ Housewives Season IV? “I’m glad it’s over.”

Valerie Krsulic in white Elisa Jiminez dress

Justin Love performs

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NJ Sweet Spot Owner Melina Milionis