Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The First ever SA Fashion week approaches!

My brother, Nick Verreos, instilled in me a love, admiration and respect for fashion. I remember in High School, year after year, Nick got "Best Dressed." I was sooo far from best dressed, in fact, I remember myself as an Ugly duckling and I remember Nick embarrassed of me:(. Thanks to how much I love and admire my big brother, I payed close attention. I grew out of the ugly duckling and develop my own signature style..well, not so own as the signature has NIKOLAKI (my brother's line's name) written all over it..lol. A few weeks ago, IADT, (Nick & I at the IADT Imagine Fashion Show 09) a fashion school for which my brother is a National Spokesperson, invited me to attend a board meeting. At this meeting I met one of the Directors of FGI here in San Antonio, Priscilla Martinez. At a follow up meeting, she honored me inviting me to serve as Moderator for the below described event. I hope all who can, do attend and help us put San Antonio on the Fashion map along with NY, Paris and LA!

Fashion Group Int'l of San Antonio has an exciting panel discussion program entitled "Creative Marketing in a Roller Coaster Economy", part of our Dollar$ & Fashion Cents Panel Series, scheduled for July 1 at Aloft, a lifestyle hotel from the Starwood W Hotel Group, at 838 NW Loop 410 & Blanco at 6pm.

Tickets are $15 members, $25 non members and $5 students. Includes appetizers and one beverage from the Wxyz bar. Space is limited! Reserve now........!

And now you can pay with PayPal! Scroll down to find the links.


Priscilla Martinez
Programs Co-Chair
Fran Stamper
Programs Co-Chair

Got a question? Need an answer?
Our panelists want your questions...!
Be a part of this interactive panel discussion. Submit your question you would like to have anwswered by our expert panelists. Some questions already submitted include:

1) what kind of marketing do we need to focus on to capture peoples attention in these tough times?
2) How should advertisers combat theuse of TiVo and
the DVR?
3) what is the most effective way to target women from a digital perspective?
4) what is an effective way for people in the fashion industry to use Twitter, Facebook, etc?

Got a question? Submit them to pmartinez@joyarte.com by Friday , June 26th. Hear the answers at our panel......

Creative Marketing in a Roller Coaster Economy
Business of Fashion - Dollar$ & Fashion Cents Panel Series

Our moderator:
Rita Verreos, Rita Verreos began her career as a beauty queen for the Miss Venezuela pageant, a model and actress which led her to work as the official coach for the Miss California pageant. It was there that the casting director for the CBS reality show "Survivor" spotted her and became San Antonio's only participant.
Alongside her TV appearances, she has been asked to emcee local and national events such as the Hispanic Heritage Awards, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ovations for the Cure in Boston, and The City of Hope in Orange County. As a TV host, her work includes Telemundo's "En Nuestro Hogar", HEB Plus! TV Spokesperson on "Great Day SA" traffic reports for KENS TV 5 morning news, and co-host of CW's Latin Fusion TV. Film work includes a role in Steven Seagal's "Marked for Death" and a recent starring role in the independant film, "Just Murdered". Rita holds a BA in French and Italian Literatures from UCLA where she graduated magna cum laude.

Where & When
Aloft Hotel,
July 1, 2009

Includes appetizers and one beverage from the Wxyz bar.

Tickets can be purchased in advance with PayPal.

Reservations recommended as seating is limited!

Member Price: $15 Non Member Price $25 Students with ID: $5

The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit, professional
organization with 5000 members in the fashion industry including
apparel, accessories, beauty and home.

The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business
of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective
in their careers. To do this, FGI provides insights on major trends
in person, online and in print; access to business professionals and a
gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.

Fashion Group International of San Antonio

Fashion Week SA 2009
Oct 6-9 What to know more? Want to be involved? Make plans to join a committee and be a part of an unforgettable gem of a week of celebrating fashionin San Antonio!

We would like to follow in the formidable footsteps of cities like Austin, Cleveland, Dallas, and of course, New York, who have created similar city wide events that enhance their public awareness, image and involvement of fashion in the local community as well as the national map. If they can achieve that, certainly San Antonio can too! Our beautiful city, known for its charm and hospitality, also deserves to be known as fashionably dressed!

Our scheduled outline includes some fabulous runway shows, special awards presentations, design competitions, intriguing industry tours, hands-on workshops, informative seminars, fanciful exhibits and festive meet-n-greet parties planned.
We welcome the generosity of interested sponsors, that as a partner with Fashion Group Int'l , we will be able to accomplish this reachable goal of a grand Fashion Week San Antonio. In kind services are also welcome and all In-kind donors will be prominently recognized in the Event Programs.

For more information, sponsorship packages or to join a committee, contact :
Priscilla Martinez 210.363.1891. pmartinez@joyarte.com.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Grand Opening of New Hamburger Joint in San Antonio

Here I am, so happy to have my beautiful little girl helping me to "smash!"
Mason PR invited me to be a part of the Official Grand Opening of SMASHBURGER. They asked me to create my own signature "Survivor Rita" Hamburger:) These hamburgers are really the juciest hamburgers that I've EVER tasted...soooo good. I also tried their seasoned and veggie fries. Everything was truly delicious. My whole family, except my brother, who btw, would LOVE these hamburgers, came with me. We had a GREAT time. I'm workin' on uploading the video I took that day. Unfortunately, I erased it from my camera and my computer won't read DVD's:(

Thursday, June 25, 2009

with Red Mc Comb's, May 09

At the Tommy Nobis Kick Off Rally held at Jefferson High School, San Antonio, I ran into a wonderful man, Mr. Red McCombs. He is an ICON of San Antonio and, therefore, it's always such a pleasure and honor to run into him. Every time I run into him, he fills me with more energy to keep on the road that I am on as he tells me how proud he was of my participation on SURVIVOR FIJI and how I handled myself. Making Red proud is like making my own father proud. Red is very sweet to let me know that he's followed my "career" since being on SURVIVOR and how very proud he continues to be of the work I continue to do, both for the community and for my career as a tv host. Thank you so much, Red. As I already wrote, it's always an honor and a pleasure to be in your presence!

Autograph Signing for the Boys & Girls Club, 09

When my season of Survivor aired, I received an invitation to throw the first pitch for the local baseball team, The San Antonio Missions. Now, I've always been a super active mommie, constantly participating in playing sports with my very athletic son. I'd played baseball with my son and his friends many times so I thought, piece of cake! My son was very excited that his mommie was going to throw the first pitch so he rounded up a few of his buddied and out we went to practice. What I got was a broken garage door panel and the realization that I really sucked at pitching! lol. My little boy's excitement soon turned into the relizatoin that he might be embarrassed by his mommie so, to my disappointment, my son came up with some excuse not to go to the game. As it turns out, I did GREAT! I threw the pitch right down the middle. I did have a video of this, but the camcorder with this video was stolen at the Happiest place on earth, Disneyland:) From what I understand, the girl who was videotaping my pitch, Lisa Martin of Creative Civilization, told me the baseball players were whistling and saying things like "we don't really care how Rita pitches as long as she looks like that." Wow!! Actually, I admit, I was really nervous about not pitching well so I did have another "strategy" and that was, indeed, tryting to distract a bit weraing a cute outfit..lol. Alrighty, this LONG story was the intro to how I got this invite to do an autograph signing at the Quarry Cinema in San Antonio. When I finished pitching, the Mission's mascot, The Ballapeno came running up to me with a photo of me on Survivor. Turns out I was so lucky, he was a huge fan of the show. Also, even luckier for me, Wesley (the Ballapeno), is a Mananger at the Quarry Cinema. He asked me to help him raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of America. Of course I accepted! Here are some images from that day. I had so much fun especially because I was able to share the day with my daughter and her girlfriends. Afterwards, Wesley generously treated us to the movies. We saw the tearjerker...yes, I have officially turned into my mother!..UP.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Emcee for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Mixer

I'm so honored to have been asked to Emcee the first of a series of events for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, ultimate, Tower Climb 2010! I was so happy to have Mr. Hugh Farr ask me if I would be interested. Over and over, my faith in God is rewarded as HE keeps putting me at the right place at the right time. When I ran into Hugh recently at a local IADT Fashion Show, was one of those times. Something made him invite me to Emcee this event without his knowledge that I had another reason for wanting to be part of this cause. A couple of years ago, a dear friend and fellow Greek,Randall Boudouris made headlines when he bicycled cross country raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation because one of his daughters suffers from this disease. It's for this reason, that I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity to help The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and my friend, Randy. Please, join us at this and all upcoming events to help us raise funds to find the cure for this debilitating and fatal disease.