Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year



We wanted to thank you for your continued support throughout the year, unfortunately this will be our last post for a while. This has been a difficult year for many of us and our lives has taken us in a different direction. We wish everyone the best!!! ~ God Bless You ~

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

May this year of 2013 be:
A year of Health & Happiness...
A year of Wealth & Wisdom...
A year of Peace & Prosperity...
And also a year of Love & Laughter...


We love you!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

All That Glitters


Glitter, Sequins & Metallics

Tis' the season to invest in anything that shines. We must admit, we are obsessed with glitter. We love glitter nail polish, make up, clothing, shoes and accessories. If it sparkles we will buy it. We adore pretty, shiny things!!!

But sequins and sparkles often illicit fear in some, and we'll admit, it can be hard finding that perfect glitter piece. But if today's current trends are any indication, glitter, sequins, and sparkle have transitioned from being cheesy to incredibly chic.

It's actually a huge fashion trend. In fact, glitter and sequins have become a mainstay in versatile fashion. Blogs, magazines, red carpet events and street style, stars are showing how today's fashion is all about some serious sparkle. We're taken notice and found an abundance of ultra glam slip-on shoes, casual tank dresses, and sexy skirts that range from showing a little glitter to sequins galore.



And as for how picking the right pieces, remember gold and silver sequins each offer a different feel. Gold is a bit warmer, a tad more glam, and even slightly more approachable, while silver gives off a cooler but just as chic look.

Depending on the texture, size and sparkle factor, sequins can be used in a big or small way. Subtle sparkle offers a little pizazz into every day work wear, or while larger sequins can serve as the perfect back drop to a fabulous night on the town, without fear of looking like a disco ball. 

A long sequined dress is very feminine but if you find it too much to see yourself from head to toe in glitter wrap, then try alternative metallics. Go for a shiny item such as a metallic top or pants and combine it with simple garments. Glitter aaccessories can stay quiet or completely go over the top. A glitter evening bag adds a pop of sparkle and a classic glitter shoe can complete a sophisticated look. Play with glitter accessories they're fun and easy to work into any outfit.

Whichever piece you choose, these head-turners can make a big difference in the life of your wardrobe. It's time to jazz things up! 

But Ladies, don't forget about glitter makeup and nails this can also make a big impact on your glam look. Dust some glitter eyeshadow over your lids and your eyes suddenly sparkle and shine, people will actually look you in the eye when speaking to you. It's simply irresistible! 



And who doesn't love glitter nail polish? Even the shyest of girls can pull off this trend and it's so easy.


The glitter nail art movement is here (yes, we said movement!). Here is a step-by-step how to achieve your own glitter nail art at home. And, it's not at all difficult!

Step 1:
File the nails first, then apply cuticle softener. Next, place your hands in warm soapy water. Take a metal pusher or an orange stick wrapped in cotton at the tip, dip in the water or polish remover and gently push the cuticle at the base of your nail back to form a smile line.

Step 2:
Apply basecoat. Always. Why? It makes your manicure last longer and protects your nails from staining. It also helps the polish color pop more. You can tell you have a bad basecoat when you take off your polish and your nails are yellow. Invest in a good basecoat.

Step 3:
Pick a polish color of your choice. The darker color, the more the glitter will show up but here we chose nude for a sophisticated look. It a look you can wear to the office and wear out at night. Choose your nude shade based on your skin color. If you're a pale, go peachy. If you're tan, go for a neutral taupe. If you're brown, go for a sheer pink.

Step 4:
Always apply two coasts (it lasts much longer), and never allow the brush to touch the cuticle. Although, it's not an unmitigated disaster if you do just avoid the cuticle. If you do get any polish on the cuticle it will just come right off in the shower, particularly when you wash your hair. Don't take a shower for at least four hours after your mani though, or better yet the next day. Hot water is nail polishes natural born enemy. It cause shrinkage at the tip and encourages chipping.

Step 5:
After two coats of nude polish, let your nails dry completely. You need to work on dry nails because if your polish is still wet you'll leave brush tracks in the nail when you go to add glitter.

Step 6:
Wet your brush again and again remove excess polish, and about a third of the way up the nail make a U-shape down from the edge across the nail, lightly covering all the way across.

Step 7:
Then using a very loaded brush, you make a French tip with a layer of glitter.

Step 8:
Take the more coarse glitter polish, get a good scoop of it and go to town! Dab one stroke all the way down and rest stays mostly at the tip. With the bigger glitter pieces. You can slide them around while they're wet with your fingertip if the brush happens to dump a large clump. 

Step 9:
Always add a top coat, it helps your nail art last longer.

File your nails at least once a week and every time you change your polish. It will make them strong and keep them from snagging.

Have a shiny New Year!!!



Friday, November 16, 2012

Sweater Weather

Post Hurricane Sandy has caused the weather temperatures to drop dramatically and it's down right chilly out there which means it's officially.....


Our favorite thing about autumn is not just the delicious crisp air and the leaves changing color, we get to take out our favorite sweaters. Yes! Fall fashion is in full swing! And if you're anything like us, a day of shopping for fall favorites followed by some warm butternut squash soup and hot apple cider is a perfect seasonal day.

When the opportunity comes along to flaunt your favorite cozy staple as a trend, we'll take it and run with it! For us, this means we're going to be rocking the over-sized sweater six days out of seven. It also means we need to stop styling it with sweatpants and at-home headbands.

But, after spending some time studying the fall runways, we've found the solution: Chic ways to wear over-sized sweaters without looking like a potato sack. 

The trick is to always style the heavy knits and bulky shapes with sleek and slim or short-fitting bottoms like miniskirts, cropped trousers, leggings and skinny jeans. Once you've mastered the silhouette, elevate your look with pretty shoes and costume jewelry, and your over-sized sweaters will feel right at home no matter where you go....without making it look like you're actually sitting around at home.

With the wide assortment of options out there, we know firsthand that the task of deciding which knit essential to buy can seem overwhelming. Good news: we combed the market for the season's top sweater trends and gathered the best styles for you to try now. Yes, there are some splurges in the mix, but we found affordable option too, which means there's a sweater for everyone and every budget.

3-D
If your sweater collection is currently stocked with all the basics, consider investing in one with 3-D detailing. These subtle statement-makers are an easy way to introduce texture into your repertoire. Since they often demand the spotlight, keep the rest of your ensemble minimal with a pair of standard tuxedo pants for a polished finish.

Animal Print
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my - more like, oh yes! It's a real animal planet out there, both on the runways and on the streets. Animal prints seem to never go out of style and reappear every season, a great investment and statement piece. Whether they're single, over-sized graphics or patterns they are making their mark on fall fashion. These prints are a cool contrast to sleek and sophisticated pieces, such as a leather pencil skirt and patent heels.

Graphic
Sweaters with distinctive digital designs and patchwork prints are like a grown-up version of graphic t-shirts. In other words, they offer an easy way to increase intrigue in a humdrum closet. In keeping with their fashion-forward look, style them with a pair of printed jeans for a look-at-me-now outcome.

Fisherman
The versatility of a comfortable-yet-elegant fisherman knit makes this sweater a closet essential every year. Take a cue from the Michael Kors runway and juxtapose its casual vibe with a delicate skirt, or embrace its rustic roots and pair it with corduroys and rugged boots for the weekend. They even look sweet with a short flirty skirt. Have fun and play with it!


~ Keep Warm ~

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Now that we are reaching the end of what has proven to be a horrific week for so many people, We wanted to say that our hearts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. It goes without saying that the storm and its aftermath has affected so many people and businesses throughout the East Coast and beyond. Most importantly, though, this is a moment to wish you, your friends, and loved ones well. 

We are happy to say that our New York staff is safe and continues to be through this difficult time. We are working hard to update our blog. We apologize for any inconvenience.  

To help relief efforts, we've made a donation to The American Red Cross. You can donate @ redcross.org

If you safely weathered the storm and are able to donate time or money, please do so. Not all of our friends, family and neighbors were so lucky.

To volunteer immediately, email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, email address, and borough. Someone will contact you with ways to help today and over the next week. The Red Cross is also looking for shelter volunteers; visit nyredcross.org for sign-up information. For opportunities in the coming months, go to newyorkcares.org

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those seriously affected by the storm and with the first responders.


~ God bless you ~

Friday, October 19, 2012

Oxblood


With every new season, there comes a fresh wave of color for us to sink our teeth into, and the forecast for the upcoming months is permeated with deep burgundy. Dubbed "oxblood" by the fashion world, the Bordeaux hue was one of the biggest trends on the Fall 2012 runways. But don't let the creepy name throw you -- it's just the latest spin on burgundy, a rich Merlot red that's bold yet classic and easy to wear. It's a beautiful alternative to more mundane neutrals like brown. It's richer, more noticeable and combines well with gold hardware, all of which makes oxblood ideal for fall.

Love the color and want to incorporate in into your wardrobe? Well, you're in luck. Oxblood is very easy to assimilate with what you already own in big amounts or small doses. Personally, we love oxblood for leather goods, in shoes and as an accent to neutral colors like grey, navy, tans and our favorite moss green. However, feel free to incorporate this color in a stronger way. A coat in oxblood would be gorgeous for fall as would some great sweaters or even a pair of oxblood jeans. Nail polish and makeup is another way to embrace this trend. Either way, take a bite out of this trendy color.


Fall Palette


Jonathan Saunders pleated dress
$2,645 - harveynichols.com



Dorothy perkin
$29 - dorothyperkins.com


Dorothy Perkins pencil skirt
dorothyperkins.com


Cross shoulder bag
fredflare.com




Nars cosmetic
narscosmetics.com


Chantecaille
saksfifthavenue.com


Clarins matte eyeshadow
lordandtaylor.com


Bobbi brown cosmetic
barneys.com



Friday, October 5, 2012

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013



After four weeks of shows, we've finally reached the end of spring 2013 season and it definitely closed out with a bang. For months, the industry had been buzzing about the arrival of the popular designers at two of the biggest fashion houses in the world, Raf Simons at Dior and Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent. Both the same age, 44, and they established their careers roughly at the same time. We call it a "Paris Face Off" and it was the talk of the town.

Raf Simon - Dior
The show was held in a vast white cube that had been erected on one side of the Hotel National des Invalides, practically at the doorstep of Napoleon's tomb. Inside, the space was divided into more intimate rooms, with bright lighting, white carpeting and pastel-curtained windows placed randomly in the walls so that guests could see into the neighboring rooms. Simon's collection broke free from the past (both Dior and his own) with clothes that had freedom of movement, creating new shapes and jackets, some based on a tuxedo, that were long enough to be worn as coats. And he created short dresses with a combination of electric and pastel colors, some made of a fabric that looked like cellophane. The reviews are in and they were exceptional, "well worth every drop of anticipation and every second of the wait" and "a triumph of 21st century modernism." Retailers who had never carried the line have been sending him notes asking for appointments. The show was a total success! Simons wiped away the gloom left by John Galliano's unceremonious exit, but also because, as the critics said, he understood the vision of Christian Dior and interpreted it in his own modern way.


Hedi Slimane - Saint Laurent
In the months, before the show, he changed the name of the house from YSL to Saint Laurent, designed a new logo and, most controversially, decided to base his studio in Los Angeles, rather than the Paris Atelier. Of course, intrigue and mystery has always surrounded the house of Saint Laurent since its founding in the early 1960's. The show, held in a black-swathed gallery in the rafters of the Grand Palais, the setting was very dark. Slimane's look echoed the sort of bohemian chic of long caftans, peasant blouses, frilly bows, tiered skirts and fringed jackets that Mr. Saint Laurent designed in the 1970's. His fellow designers praised the collection for being "very Saint Laurent" and retailers appeared enthusiastic about the collection. But the collection was not entirely well received. Although Slimane's signature skinny suits were there, in the form of tuxedos the collection was not what critics expected, some compared it to the style of Rachel Zoe, a Hollywood stylist. Of course, she was totally flattered and wanted to wear every piece from his collection. Despite what the critics thought, we loved the collection, it was youthful, classic, and electric.


Dior and Saint Laurent grabbed a lot of attention, so designers went big to draw attention to their collections. Karl Lagerfeld installed multi-story white windmills at the Grand Palais for the Chanel runway show. They turned slowly and gave the Art Nouveau building a suddenly contemporary appeal. This was a collection powered on both color and volume. The show opened with black skirts that hung away from the body and jackets dotted with gumball-sized pearls. Slim trousers appeared to have constructed of a kind of mesh, the tiny holes aerating the physique. The pants were often topped with cropped jackets that were loose and light-hearted. The collection was at its best! We loved it, when it moved from black and white into denim and Technicolor with red-checked baseball-style jackets, printed shirt dresses in an oversize silhouette and beach playwear in shades of cobalt and violet. And who couldn't miss the over-sized accessories, the circle Chanel bags were to die for, Karl Lagerfeld was at the top of his game.

Marc Jacobs installed four escalators on the runway for Louis Vuitton. 
But in the case of Jacobs, there was method to the madness. The escalators were a site-specific installation by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren, known for creating art in public spaces. Models came out in pairs, walking lock step, descending and ascending the escalators at once, as if on a never-ending loop. The Mod, 1960's. Rather than just a themed fashion show, this was performance art. But the clothes were lovely, reinforcing the graphic message of the season, which Jacobs began in New York with his own collection.

The overall workmanship and beauty of the collections reaffirmed that Paris is the fashion capital of the world.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013


Top Trends from NYFW 

New York Fashion Week has come and gone, and now we're left to sift through the many, many different trends we saw on the Spring 2013 runways and decipher which are the most influential for the coming season. All the fashion shows presented lots of fresh trends that have real potential to last - sporty references, sheer layering, powerful prints, bold stripes, awesome denim and leather are just some of the trends we spotted on the runways from American designers like Jason Wu, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler. Additionally, there were a plethora of chic black and white color combinations,'90s-inspired oversized silhouettes, and metallic sheens (we all love a little shine, right?). Here are our favorite NYFW trends.

Sporty Girl


Spring Leather



Sheer Details



Standing Stripes



Cut Outs



Metallics