NYFW Sears Style Bloggers Brunch

I will willingly admit Sears has not been on my radar since I was a teen and my mother took me there to buy my first bra, likely during a trip when we were buying a new vacuum cleaner or some equally practical household item.  Needless to say I was curious to see what Sears had to offer so when the invite arrived to the Sears Style event, I gladly accepted and prepared to satisfy my curiosity.    The Bagatelle restaurant in the meatpacking district played host to some of my favorite fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers and let me just say, if you have not visited the restaurant for brunch- go.now. They served truffle infused eggs that still have me dancing in my seat days later.   The brunch offered attendees the opportunity to get up close and personal with the brand and this was my first time having a chance to preview the Kardashian Kollection.   I loved everything about the Sears Style experience from the denim bar to the gorgeous lines of the Kardashian Kollection to the modern twists in some of the 50-year-old brands like Covington, Sears is definitely on my radar again.

 

Please visit Sears  to shop the Kardashian Kollection.

 

 

 

 

 

Harlem’s Fashion Row- Blogger Brunch Recap

Harlem’s Fashion Row kicked off  day one of NY Fashion Week by hosting a blogger brunch in conjunction with Dark and Lovely. The brunch included a panel discussion featuring hair stylist Keith Campbell, model Sessilee Lopez and designer Samantha Black and was moderated by Essence Magazine’s own Corynne Corbett. The theme was “Living the fashionable dream” and the panelists offered a surprisingly intimate glimpse into their lives as they chatted about their key wins and the challenges they have encountered on their respective fashionable journeys.

 

Samantha Black spoke with great passion about her design career and gave pretty sound advice to up and a coming designer that was simply “don’t do anything because it’s a trend”.  Sessile Lopez was hilarious as she talked about her modeling career, her mentors- including Alek Wek and Naomi Campbell and her “crew” of fellow brown girl models who refer to themselves as “Chocolate Thunder”. I don’t think any of the bloggers in attendance were prepared for just how comedic Sessile is and it was refreshing to see the amazing personality behind the beautiful face.  Attendees were then treated to a sneak peek of the Harlem’s Fashion Row designers who will present on September 7th and each piece was as beautiful as the next.

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Fashion’s Night Out, Thursday, September 6th

Fashionista’s, editors and buyers from across the globe are all prepping for New York Fashion Week. From thoughtful wardrobe selections to finding the perfect shoes that will offer equal parts form and function, there is a tremendous amount of preparation that goes into attending NYFW. Though I am excited about all of the events that surround the premier fashion event of the season, I am probably more excited about Fashion’s Night Out!  There is so much going on across the country that it’s enough to make your head swim.   I have made participating in NY’s Fashion Night an annual tradition that I participate in with some of my nearest and dearest friends and this year is no exception.  Fashion’s Night Out takes place nationwide on Thursday, September 6th.

 

Here’s a complete list of Fashion Night Out events  http://fashionsnightout.com/fno

And of course my hometown will be hosting Baltimore Fashion’s Night out and one of my favorite hand bag companies the Purse Paparazzi is a vendor the evening.

 

For more details on the Baltimore event check out the link below:

 

http://www.missiontix.com/events/product/15216/fashion-show—general-admission

Win a Pair of “Red Bottoms” Courtesy of Hukkster

 

I am a huge fan of any contest that gives me the opportunity to win luxury items and the folks over at Hukkster are offering three lucky winners the chance to win a pair of the highly coveted Louboutins.

 

Hukkster is essentially an online shopping destination, which allows you to curate looks from your favorite online shops and receive notification when the looks you love go on sale!

 

Here’s what you will need to do in order to enter:

 

Visit Hukkster on Facebook and request an invite to join the site by simply liking the fan page at www.facebook.com/hukkster.  Once you like the page you can click on the link for the giveaway and you will be entered to win a pair of “red bottoms” valued up to $750.

 

Good luck!

 

Lane Bryant Launches New Comprehensive Campaign

Many a fashionista is excited to visit their mailboxes eagerly anticipating the arrival of the coveted September issues of their favorite magazines.   With the September issues come new products, a focus on the latest trends and of course advertising and brands all vying for your attention.  I for one am a huge fan of Essence Magazine and I was pleasantly surprised to get a first hand glimpse of the comprehensive re-branding of one of my favorite curvy girl shopping destinations-Lane Bryant.  The premier plus sized retailer has been around for over 110 years and this fall marks the first overhaul of the companies advertising and branding since 2008.

 

The new campaign features a sleek logo and merges lifestyle and personal imagery with the fashion images captured by photographer Alexi Lubomirski. The tagline for the new campaign resonates “FASHION FOR EVERYDAY, STYLE JUST FOR YOU“.

 

Here’s a preview of the new Lane Bryant campaign.  I for one am LOVING the leopard!

 

 

Beauty to Go with Super Styled

 

Hair Room Service has established themselves as the go to beauty and glam squad for celebs in Los Angeles and New York. With a list of celebrity clients including iconic talents like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, the salon is THE place for celebs needing mobile hair, make-up and styling services. Super Styled is a new makeover show dedicated to transforming the every day woman into a super star with looks created by Michael Duenas (Hair room founder and hairstylist) make-up artist James Vincent, and celebrity manicurist Honey who are part of Hair Rooms roster of talented artist.

 

You can tune into the first episode by clicking on the link below and leave a comment, like or favorite the video and a randomly selected winner will be entered for a chance to win a MAC book Pro!

 

Gottex Resort 2013 Miami Swim Recap

The SLS pool was the sexy backdrop to the Gottex collection a show I almost missed because of the rain that pounded Miami on day 4 of swim week- I braved the rain and subsequent flooding and after having a chance to see the collection I was certainly glad I did.  Elegant, colorful resort wear was di riguer in the collection and the turbans that were combined with brightly hued caftans added a distinct dash of edgy chicness to the collection.  Simply put, Gottex had incredibly beautiful lines and is sure to be a go to choice of fashionistas in the upcoming resort season.

 

 

 

 

 

photo credit: Brian Hall, Luxe Glam Collective 

Red Carter Resort 2013- Recap

This Swim Week, Miami’s Native Son- Red Carter returned to the catwalk to present his latest Resort 2013 collection. From the moment the first model sauntered down the runway carrying a disco-ball and rocking hair that was very much an ode to the iconic Vidal Sassoon bob, attendees were guaranteed to be in for a treat.  The collection combined disco influences with a distinct nod to the golden era of the infamous Studio 54 in NYC;  combining  glitz, glamour and a combination of animal prints and Aztec influences.

The final pieces were accompanied by models that were wearing feathers, which looked like a nod to Moulin Rouge or the beautiful girls who dress in pageantry for Caribbean Carnival festivals. Needless to say, Red Carter is making an indelible mark in the fashion industry with his modern touches and  heavy couture influences and I am certain his influence and reach will extend even further with his recent relocation to NYC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo credit: Brian Hall, Luxe Glam Collective 

Aqua di Lara- Swimwear Collection 2013

Aqua di Lara was hands down one of my favorite shows of Miami Swim.  Swarovski crystal embellishments, gorgeous printed caftans and a great mix of mono-kini’s, string bikinis and high waited suits rounded out the collection.    The cover-ups were so well designed that they could have easily made a transition from day to evening and the swimwear offered up a variety of looks that would compliment most body types.

 

Created by award-winning designer Reyhan Sofraci,  Aqua di Lara strives to create forms that accentuate the feminine form and the 2013 collection is equal parts glamour and high fashion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo credit: Brian Hall, Luxe Glam Collective 

You Might Be a Fashionista If… .

A few months ago, one of my best friends took a step back, looked me up and down and declared you DO know you have on pink stockings right?  What my friend was referring to was a day like many others when I simply couldn’t find what I was looking for and ended up making a “statement”.  You see it’s simple, it was cold on this particular day, and I needed to wear stockings and all I could find was my lipstick colored spanx.  I put them on and considered the look color blocking. Of course my friends query was because I had on absolutely NOTHING else pink; so I really am more like an accidental fashionista- sure I love fashion, but I like classics and my interpretation of trends is limited to small exclamation points versus full-on, head to toe trends.   So, I thought other people may find themselves in my shoes, accidental fashionistas, rocking trends and making statements simply because you were making DO….

YOU might be a fashionista if:

 

  1. You routinely mix that $3 dollar dress you found on sale from Target, K-Mart or Wal-Mart with designer shoes.   I promise you I have a Merona dress from Target that people always think is DVF.   Because I paid less than the taxes on a DVF dress for it, this clearly makes me clap my hands with delight. Style is not purchased, or dictated by labels it simply is something you have or you don’t and no amount of designer labels is going to make you stylish.
  2. You very rarely shop at the mail – people are surprised to find that I truly dislike going to the mall.   There is very little inspiration there  and I get little to no pleasure out of walking from store to store where the windows and the selection look mostly the same. I prefer boutiques or more often then not- shopping online.
  3. You thrift- I get the greatest sense of pleasure when I find something truly fabulous at a vintage or thrift shop.  Just about every winter coat I own is probably 30 years old purchased at a thrift shop.
  4. People mimic your style.  If people frequently ask you where you got something and then you see them a few days later loosely wearing something similar, you have provided inspiration.    Imitation is the greatest form of flattery so embrace it and keep walking to the beat of your own fashionable drum.
  5. You have the ability to shop your closet. I firmly believe the chicest of them all understand the importance of having certain basic items- the perfectly cut pair of jeans, the hautest little black dress you know what to buy so when the time comes you don’t find yourself in a frenzy trying to purchase something new- the perfect item, for any event is likely already in your closet.

 

I believe it bears repeating- style is NOT dictated by labels. So embrace the walk to the stylish beat of your own drum and revel in being a style maven!

 

 

My favorite fashionistas ME @OhyMyTy , @DivasANDDorks @Swa-rai at NYFW

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