September 29, 2014

Hairspiration Monday: Redken Color Rebel

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Color Rebel c/o Redken

When the opportunity came to get a first hand try of Redken's new temporary hair coloring I jumped on the opportunity! I've been feeling blue that the pink streaks I dyed back in July didn't hold so seeing this gave me hope that it would fill that pink void that I've been feeling. The Redken Color Rebel comes in 5 different colors: Red-y to Rock: True red, Rebel Without a Coral: Punchy coral, Punked Up Pink: Fuchsia pink, Purple Riot: Bright purple, and Gilty as Charged: Gold Shimmer. These temporary colors are perfectly bold and actually easy to use. When I was in high school I used so many different types of temporary hair colors, so trust me when I say that these were a snap to use. I love that you can easily create different looks, you can do subtle streaks or go bold and mix different colors. 

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1. Remove cap and the plug applicator. Replace plug applicator with the sponge top.
2. Shake well and twist the cap in the direction of the arrows until the tip is saturated. 
3. Apply Color Rebel to clean or day-after hair by gently pulling sections taut and applying in a smooth sweeping motion. Start with a light layer – you can always add more to build color intensity. 

4. Brush in. 
5. Simply let hair air dry or blowdry for faster results. Keep combing or brushing to a minimum after applying as this will break up the color pigments. 

How to Remove?
Color Rebel washes out after two shampoos, but if you want to remove instantly, you can do so in two easy ways. Simply wash hair with Redken Hair Cleansing Cream or apply a drop of Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine or All Soft Argan-6 Multicare Oil to the area where you would like to remove the color and rub the hair between your fingers until the color pigment dissolves.

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Shirt: Urban Outfitters | Shorts: Urban Outfitters | Sneakers: Peter Pilotto for Target | Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: Aldo | Color Rebel c/o Redken

Since summer made a repeat this weekend I took this as an opportunity to punk up my hair again and do my subtle hints of pink. I love that this is a fun easy temporary way to have fun with your hair. Especially since I'm not a teenager anymore and have to be mindful of my job. Maybe over a long weekend I'll try to do it with all of my tips pink.

You will be able to find Redken Color Rebel in-stores in October! Just in time for Halloween!! Would try Redken Color Rebel?

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September 24, 2014

How to Mix Animal Prints like a Pro

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The idea alone of mixing animal prints can freak people out, but really mixing animal prints is just like mixing and matching other prints. The trick is to find mis-matched animal prints. If you do a smaller print top mix it with a bigger print bottom. Also mix prints that aren't the same color. This helps the actual clashing of prints, it notes that there is a mix-and-match. If you pick something too close in color and size it will look off and the mixing won't actually be tied together. We always want to purposely mis-match.

How I Wore the Look:

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Shirt: Zara | Skirt: 3.1 Philip Lim X Target | Boots: Zara | Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: Raybans

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

I wore this mix-and-match print on the 2 Day of NYFW this season and got lots of compliments on it. Although, for fashion week I wore it with my nude tie up sandals and Alexander Wang bag, this time I threw on my black booties and my small Coach bag. Neutrals accessories are a must for any mix print look.  This was a fun look to pull off for work and for fashion events afterwards...and obliviously again for just work with different shoes and bag.

Sometimes we take fashion to seriously and we just need to remember fashion should be fun! Experiment with your clothes. Sometimes we have stuff in our closet that never end up pairing up and sometimes when we do it ends up being magical.

Would you mix and match animal prints?

September 22, 2014

Inspirational Monday: Hello Autumn

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Poncho: H&M(similar styles here) | Shirt: Gap | Jeans: Zara | Boots: ALDO (similar styles here and here) | Hat: ALDO | Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: Raybans 

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Tomorrow is the first full day of Autumn!  I love Fall. Actually I like every season minus winter. I hate winter....But Fall has all those seasonal drinks and smells that match perfectly to the weather. I'm all about the chunky sweaters, crisp days, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, pumpkin beer, hot apple cider, Oktoberfest, Halloween, Thanksgiving...I mostly love Fall because of the weather. You can wear a dress with a sweater but without tights, throw on your favorite pair of knee high boots and still be able to show off your whole look without hiding it under a heavy coat. The only down fall of Autumn is Winter is right around the corner. Winter is coming.....

September 17, 2014

What in the Devil is Normcore?


"The act of deconstructing fashion by purposely dressing blank or dull. What once started as a post-ironic anti-fashion, "purposely uncool" trend by hipsters in an attempt to pull away from the subculture fashion that were becoming commercialized and popular, norm core is quickly becoming a legitimate fashion trend. Characterized by boxy, unflattering jean jackets, oversized sweatshirts, gift shop baseball hats. Anything that looks like it might be featured in a Calvin Klein from 1998, or anything you'd wear around the house on laundry day."- Urban Dictionary 
After wearing heels at fashion week all week, on Tuesday of NYFW I couldn't bring myself to put on another pair of heels. So I wore a top from Clover Canyon that could have been a pass for a swimsuit top (or a sports bra I suppose), high waist jeans, a long blazer and sneakers, this what I had called the sporty/business look.  Or as my friend Simone of Fashion Runs the World called it "normcore." What Vogue editor decided to name this whole trying not to care what you look like but caring look...."normcore?" I feel like my style of dressing has always been the whole "normcore" thing. T-shirt, jeans, and go type of look...or as I like to call it the "model off duty look." Whatever you call it it's a basic dressing, not caring what you look like, that makes up Normcore. Urban Dictionary is pretty accurate with its last statement "Anything that looks like it might be featured in a Calvin Klein from 1998, or anything you'd wear around the house on laundry day."

How I Do Normcore:

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Sweater: Loft | Jeans: American Eagle | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Bag: Coach

pictures taken by Brian Cavanaugh

I love dressing down, especially on the weekends. There are very few times on the weekends you will find me in high heels. Normcore for me are sweaters paired with distressed jeans and simple slip on shoes. Of course rocking bed hair and minimal make-up (red lip is always my must).

Would you wear the "normcore" trend?

September 15, 2014

Weekend Wear: Laundry Day

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Sweater: Carlos Miele (sample sale) | Bra: Victoria Secrets | Shorts: Zara | Boots: Jeffrey Campbell | Bag: Coach | Sunglasses: Ray Bans

photos taken by Brian Cavanaugh

Sunday's in our house is typically laundry day. This Sunday was no different...but this time I had two weeks of laundry to do. Fashion week ate most of my time, energy, and clothes. Laundry day for me is anything that feels more like pajamas. I was happy that the weather on Sunday was beautiful, crisp enough for a light sweater and warm enough to still wear shorts. I'm def. looking forward to the fall temperatures as well as festivities.

September 14, 2014

NYFW Spring 2015: Karolyn Pho's Vagabond Girl

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all pictures taken by me. see more pictures here.

Karolyn Pho debuted her Spring 2015 collection down at Pier 59 in Chelsea Piers. Pho drew a bit of inspiration from her own life. Her girl this spring is a vagabond, "meanders through castles in the air, traipses between realities and crosses unknown borders. She is a nomad, a traveler, lost within her own self-perception" (press release). But unlike her character, Pho found herself couch surfing from friends apartments to her own families home. Her collection stayed true to who she is as a designer, masculine pieces with a touch of softness. Pho drew inspiration from one of my favorites places, Miami. Her color palette was inspired by the Med-Deco architecture of Miami.

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Karolyn Pho's girl reminds me of the cool chick walking around Brooklyn's street. She looks effortless yet still put together. Her style would be the term "normcore." I love that her collection yet again is so relatable and wearable. There are pieces within this collection for every woman, for the funky gal who can rock a pale blue jumpsuit to the more sophisticated style who would rather wear a duster vest. I like that you can see that Pho has fun with her collections like adding oversized sequins to a top or having a simple leopard print tank but pairing it under a sheer top. My favorite pieces are are the duster vest as well as the pleated pants.

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NYFW Spring 2015: Luis Antonio's Maritime

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Luis Antonio might not be new to the fashion seen but he is new to New York Fashion Week. Antonio has been designing in Puerto Rico for the past 20 years but made his New York Fashion Week debut under the tents last Saturday. His spring collection, which he named Maritime, was all about the nautical looks and effortless chic styles. He combined bold colors with bold patterns.

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all pictures taken by me. see more pictures here. 

The first look down the runway had me going gaga. Look after look I was just so excited and interested in seeing more. This whole collection had this vacation/resort feel. I loved the abstract prints paired with the stripes. There was a sense of playfulness with in the collection with the use of prints, such as the abstract rope prints. It's hard to say what pieces were my favorites as I loved the jumpsuits and the abstract print gowns...but the long tulle skirt with the white shimmery top totally stole my heart...from the way it flowed and shimmered down the runway...SWOONS.

It's always important for a debut collection to make an impact and I really think this one made a statement. When asked which collections I've seen has been my favorite, this one is on my list.

What did you think of Luis Antonio's debut at New York Fashion Week?

September 13, 2014

NYFW Spring 2015: Georgine's Cabana Glam

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After spending her days in bikinis off the coast of Thailand, designer Georgine Ratelband, delivered a cabana glam inspired Spring 2015 collection on Monday afternoon at Lincoln Center. The collection was inspired by 1970s glam which she used gold, rich cremes, and mints. She wanted a collection that can take a woman from beach to night but in a more luxurious way. These designs were paired with luxury accessories including mink towels and bags. Along with whimsical surfboard clutches in collaboration with Max Steiner Designs.

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Georgine has quickly become a designer I look forward to seeing. Her debut collection last season (read here) was one of my favorites and this season is no different. I've always believed I was born on the wrong coast. I think I was made for the beach life and not so much the City. These looks were right up my ally, beach wear with a twist of glam. It was everything a woman who loves the beach and fashion needs. I loved everything from the clothes to the accessories (I need the NO DIVING mink towel...don't know what I would do with it but I need it) to the hair and make-up. The turbans were beautifully done and the make-up was a bronze goddess look. Her inspiration transported me from my seat in Lincoln Center to sitting in my private cabana on the beach being fabulous and drinking tropical drinks. This collection makes me long for my vacation in Hawaii thats coming up in November.

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