Backstage with CND At The Blonds 2014

CND was the exclusive nail designer for the Blonds Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The designing duo Phillipe and David Blond chose a theme of “good girl gone bad” for this seasons collection and they used comic book villains including Cat Woman, Poison Ivy and the Joker as inspiration for the runway looks.

CND created 23 unique designs for the Blonds and the creative team pulled from their modern folklore trend as a foundation for the looks. The nails are nothing short of amazing and CND co-founder, Jan Arnold describe the looks best “We don’t paint nails backstage at Fashion Week- we transform them into mini-masterpieces”.
The nails reflect the pointy, “stiletto” nail look that continues to be on trend both on and off the runway and the team used dramatic elements including swarvorski crystal, vintage jewelry, chains and even leather to craft the looks.

For more details on how to create these looks please visit https://www.cnd.com/fwdigitalhq/

Photo credit: Jennifer Graylock

Photo credit: Jennifer Graylock

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Photo credit: Arun Nevader

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Photo credit: Jennifer Graylock

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Photo credit: Arun Nevader

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Photo credit: Arun Nevader

Backstage At Tracy Reese Fall 2014 With Ouidad

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Ouidad returned as the official hair sponsor for the Tracy Reese Fall Winter 2014 presentation. Led by Creative Director Morgan Willhite the focus of the hair included natural textured looks, free flowing strands with an emphasis on individual beauty. 

Bold, naturally textured styles are all the rage right now and will continue to be a growing trend. These styles can be achieved on all hair types and these effortless looks can be achieved with appropriate styling products and tools.”
– Morgan

The products used to create the looks included Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray, Shine Glaze Serum, Styling Mist and Holding Spray.Ouidad products can be found at www.ouidad.com or at Ulta stores nationwide.

Reese’s collection gave a nod to menswear as well as classic tweeds and oversized sweaters. Heavily embellished cocktail dresses topped with flirty ostrich accents rounded out the collection.

About Ouidad
Ouidad is a leader in the hair care industry, pioneering innovative products for curly, wavy and natural textured hair, as well as breakthrough cutting and styling techniques practiced at Ouidad Flagship Salons in New York and Los Angeles and certified salons nationwide. Founded in 1984, Ouidad broke ground with its launch as the sole hair care brand to understand, embrace and specialize in curls. With over 300 certified salons nationwide, and more than 30 years of experience treating, styling and educating, Ouidad offers superior services, products and technical expertise. Aggressive new product innovation with lines like Curl Recovery™, Salon Series by Ouidad and Wave Create™ has reinforced Ouidad’s position as the curl category leader. The company has won numerous awards including Allure “Best of Beauty,” Ladies’ Home Journal “This Stuff Works” and Latina “Beauty Awards” for its breakthrough products, services and exclusive ingredient technologies. Experiencing ongoing market demand, the brand has increased its retail footprint with distribution at all new Ulta locations, with availability at over 680 doors nationwide, and continues to expand in the professional channel to bring its proprietary cutting and styling technical expertise and certification to salons nationwide. Ouidad has been an innovator and leader in a growing hair care category and continues to help clients love and care for all types of curls.

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photo credit Will Ragozzino

New York Fashion Week Street Style

NYFW Street Style

Street style has long since been recognized as inspiration for designer collections and this September the fashionistas and fashionistos upped the ante with some serious swoon-worthy style. I sent my photog out to capture some New York Fashion Week street style in front of the Lincoln Center.

Check out my highlights here and visit my Pinterest board for some more fabulously turned out fashion week street style.

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Cocktails and Couture New York Fashion Week Recap

This year Cocktail & Couture tried something a bit different, bringing a Personal Branding & Social Media panel into the mix to talk to up-and-coming bloggers on how to build their brand. Though I was anticipating the “turn up” I found myself learning some valuable information so heres the breakdown of the C&C branding portion.
The Panelist: Claire Sulmers – Freelance Fashion Writer and Creator/Editor of FashionBombDaily.com, Jennifer Walsh – Beauty Executive / Founder: The Beauty Bar, Behind The Brand Media, Jessica Goon – Senior Manager, Public Relations & Social Media, Avon & mark,Tracylee – Celebrity Manicurist and Sally Hansen Nail Ambassador, JasFly – Writer/Multimedia Personality, Charlene Dance - Global Marketing Director of Strength of Nature
5 Things I Learned:
Stay true to yourself: Being somebody else is doing a disservice to yourself and stops people from getting to know the real you
If your interested in working with a brand introduce yourself, cover them on your blog, and build a relationship
Be smart on social media
Own what makes you unique because brands are always looking for the next unique voice
Learn to say “no” if a project doesn’t represent your brand then don’t be afraid to pass it up. Only do things that you want to reflect your voice.
Photo Credit:  Patrick Neree / Neree Photos
Naturalistas at cocktails and Couture

Naturalistas at cocktails and Couture

 

Cocktails and Couture panelist including Claire Sulmers and JasFly

Cocktails and Couture panelist including Claire Sulmers and JasFly

Lianne Farbes the creator of Cocktails and Couture

Lianne Farbes the creator of Cocktails and Couture

NYFW Recap- Frank And Oak

Founded by childhood friends Ethan and Hichman Frank and Oak is a Montreal-based menswear line dedicated to producing high quality items at an affordable price point. Their Spring collection contained elements of preppy, school boy chic- featuring colored slim fitting chords and blazers with skinny ties; the entire collection includes timeless and classic lines.

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photo credit: Brian Hall, Luxe Glam Collective

Fro Fashion Week Makes NYC Debut

For many, gaining entry into New York Fashion week is a huge mystery. As a result of this elusiveness, many alternatives to Fashion Week have sprouted up- Full Figured Fashion Week pays homage to the curvy fashionista with style and right across the bridge in Brooklyn ‘Fro Fashion Week made its NYC debut . The creator of Fro Fashion week- Tarin Boone developed the concept in order to celebrate the naturalista who essentially embraces her natural hair all while being impeccably turned out in the newest, latest, hottest.
The weekend boasted a series of seminars, pop-up shops and the marquee event was a fashion show which featured emerging designers.

Of course over the course of the week I will spend some time “at the tents” and look forward to the experience of having a first-hand look at the latest trends, snapping some real style and squealing with delight when I finally meet a blogger who’s style I’ve admired on Instagram. However, I thoroughly enjoyed my time across the bridge at Fro Fashion Week with some of my natural tressed sisters delighting in the fact that I had an opportunity to attend a show where my unique beauty was reflected on the runway.

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Photo credit: Sherrie Wood, Luxe Glam Collective

Backstage at Harlem’s Fashion Row With Dark And Lovely

Dark and Lovely served as the exclusive backstage hair sponsor of Harlem’s Fashion Row- an organization dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging African-American designers. Celebrity hair stylist Keith Campbell crafted looks that were futuristic and ran the gamut from highly textured tresses to sleek ponytails.

I had a chance to chat with Mezei Jefferson, Softsheen-Carson Director of education about the companies foray into natural hair care and he indicated “we want women to stay in the dark and lovely family-They were pioneers in the relaxer so they decided to keep up with the trend of natural hair”.

To create the looks:

For the highly teased and textured hair Au Naturale Coil Moisturizing soufflé (SRP 9.99) was used- two- strand twists can be created to add greater volume and definition; untwist and spray Natural Shine Sealing Nectar (SRP 9.99)to provide moisture and sheen.

For sleek ponytails:
Apply Let’s Jam Custard and brush hair into a high ponytail. Complete the look by braiding hair into a single ponytail.

Kena Marvel served as key make up artist for the show and the runway looks were inspired by the samurai, futuristic chic and African tribal influences.

Dark and Lovely can be found at discount retailers nationwide.

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Mezei Jefferson, Softsheen Carson Director of Education

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Long ponytails shown backstage

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Celebrity Stylist Keith Campbell

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photo credit: Sherrie Wood, Luxe Glam Collective

NYFW- Maatano A/W 2013 Food and Fashion!

 

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Let’s skip this winter and fast forward straight to fall which is going to be amazingly dark,  laid back  and regal all at the same time. With tons of texture, gold and prints that keep you mesmerized Mataano served fall on a platter that made you want to devour each piece. The collection channeled Janet Jackson circa 1997 patent leather, cheetah print and it was rich with color.

Speaking of platter as part of the festivities Chef Roble was the master of eats serving a plethora of appetizers that made me want to slap your mother. Chicken, portobello mushroom , succulent steak, mixed greens and tortellini rounded out the menu.

 Come fall, I can see I will  need some leather of all types in my wardrobe, and what about that makeup winged liner and those vamp lips ladies get ready for the fall it’s going to be dark and lovely.

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Miss Merli Estime is the creator of the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog Miss Merli In NYC. A makeup artist and stylist, she works with clients at fashion shows, magazine photo shoots, and more enhancing the beauty of the masses. More than anything she loves sharing life through her eyes via photography with the masses all day, everyday via Instagram & Twitter follow her: @MissMerli! twitter @MissMerli
www.missmerlinyc.com

 

Backstage at Lisa Perry A/W 2013

Lisa Perry presented her autumn/ winter 2013 collection as NY fashion week kicks off today. Revlon Global Artistic director, Gucci Westman partnered with the designer to create retro chic makeup looks which offered a definite nod to the mod look made popular in the 60′s.

Deep purples and cool blues were used for liner instead of black and a vibrant blue shadow was added to the look to create additional drama. The rest of the face was kept natural.

Here’s a rundown of what Westman used:

FACE:
Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer in Bronzed and Chic, $12.99

EYES:
Revlon ColorStay 16H Eyeshadow Quad in Free Spirit from The Spring/Summer ’13 Collection by Gucci Westman, $7.49 (available April 2013)

Revlon PhotoReady Primer and Shadow in Muse from The Fall ’13 Collection by Gucci Westman, $9.99 (available October 2013)
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black, $8.99

Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $7.99
Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eyeliner + Brightener in Blue Nile, $8.99 (available June 2013)
Revlon Fantasy Lengths Maximum Wear Glue-On Lashes in Intensifying and Wispy (depending on model), $5.49
Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara in Blackest Black, $8.99

LIPS:
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sugar Frosting, $7.49
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Cupcake $7.49

NAIL:
Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Provence, $7.99

For more details visit www.revlon.com

 

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Fashion’s Night Out with Beautiful Textures

This year for Fashions Night Out (FNO) the folks over at Beautiful Textures hosted a soiree in honor of girls with kinks, coils and curls. The event aptly titled “curl couture” was an evening filled with beauty, bites and great fun for all that attended.  Clearly this was one of the hottest tickets for FNO  as evidenced by the bevy of natural-haired beauties who formed a line that stretched nearly a full block  in front of the uber-chic Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea.   Two of my favorite beauty bloggers- Afrobella and Tia Williams along with Teyanna Taylor  were hosts for the evening.

 

For more information on beautiful textures click here.

 

I LOVE Afrobella’s hair!

 

Tia Williams of The Fly Cut

 

Stylist Ty Hunter (far left)

 

Corynne Corbett, Teyana Taylor, Afrobella

 

photo credit:Strength Of Nature Global

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