ANNIESA HASIBUAN NYFW SS17

Posted on: September 30, 2016

 

Anniesa Hasibuan’s show was simply captivating and moving. At the young age of 28, Hasibuan was the first Indonesian designer to showcase her collection at NYFW. This show has been heard all over the world, and with good reason. History was made in New York at NYFW, for she was the first Indonesian designer to present her collection, where the hijab made its debut on the catwalk. Featuring colorful headscarves in pink, silver and gold. The hijab was styled with eye catching jackets, gowns, colorful silk and patterned tunics, velvets and brocades adorned with pearls and sequins. All handcrafted and beaded with precise detail and care. Anniesa Hasibuan’s collection was inspired by her hometown Jakarta. The final outfit was the most gorgeous showstopper that left the audience stunned. It was truly inspiring to see a young designer like Anniesa Hasibuan present at NYFW. Not only inspiring but empowering, making you believe that dreams really do come true. The look of joy and happiness shined bright on her face has she walked the runway at the end of her show. The show concluded with a standing ovation, that gave me goosebumps.

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I fell in love with the beaded jackets and gowns shown that evening. You can clearly see the time and effort that went into making each piece. How they were all handcrafted with the utmost love and care. Truly remarkable. I would totally rock one of those jackets any day!

[The hijab is a veil traditionally worn by Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest. The term can further refer to any head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to a certain standard of modesty. Hijab can also be used to refer to the seclusion of women from men in the public sphere, or it may denote a metaphysical dimension, for example referring to “the veil which separates man or the world from God”. (Wikipedia)]

Most often the hijab is worn by muslim women to display modesty and privacy. Most women are often stereotyped as disempowered, and constricted when wearing the hijab. Although, many women today choose to wear it for personal reasons. The hijab is in fact seen as a feminist statement to many. The women of the muslim culture have been neglected in the fashion industry for quite some time. But thanks to designers like Anniesa Hasibuan–she made her mark which was well received by many in the fashion industry. At the end of the show, I along with fellow blogger and friend Ellese Launer of Rock Paper Glam had the pleasure of speaking with the designer. A lovely women, with such great talents and a heart of gold. We asked, ” How long did the beading take?” And she responded, ” Quite some time, all were hand beaded and crafted.” When you speak to her, you too, will see her grace, charm and passion for fashion.

I’ll concluded with a statement Anniesa Hasibuan made to CNN, “I am so proud and thankful for everyone on the team who helped me so this event could happen, and I am thankful to international and local media from Indonesia for exposing my show. I did not realize the result can be this amazing, and I am thrilled and humbled by the welcome reaction given.” (CNN

Thank you Anniesa Hasibuan for inspiring and empowering many of us with your collection and making a huge impact on the world. Your designs are truly amazing and well respected.

If you saw the show, and if you caught my Snapchat story that evening, what were your thoughts? Comment below, I love hearing from you!

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey. I hope you enjoyed reading and I hope this post inspired you just as much as it did me.


Fall Fashion Edition: Fall Outfit from Day to Night

Posted on: September 30, 2016

 

My New York look in full effect. It’s so basic,  yet so chic all at the same time. For the daytime I like to feel comfy, and this is a great casual and chic look.  For a more daytime casual feel, as I’ve done here, wear flats. For the night time, throw on a pair of heels to make this outfit sizzle for a night out on the town. My favorite heels to pair with this outfit: Jimmy Choo Kiki Suede & Fringe Heels. In addition to the heels, change up your lip color to be night time ready. My suggestion would be: a bold red lip or even a deep mave or brown lip color. My favorite Fall shade lipsticks are: Bobbi Brown’s lipstick in the Shade Cocoa and Tom Ford’ Lip Color Matte in shade Ruby Rush What I love about wearing all black, it’s a look that’s so effortless and stylish. An outfit so basic, you just need to accessorize it to take it to the next level. I’m a huge fan of accessories! With the right accessories, you can make your outfit POP! If you’re looking to take your accessories to the next level, and you’re looking for unique, stylish and chic jewelry, head on over to my boutique: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/emilydesouza.

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Shop my look by clicking the links below

Blazer: Revolve Clothing

Top: Equipment ( Similar Top, I purchased my Equipment top last year)

Bag: Gucci (Old, Purchased back in 1998 at the Gucci Boutique, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Jeans: Frame Denim

Shoes: Chanel (Old, Purchased these back in 2010)

Hat: J.Crew

Sunglasses Quay Australia

Lipstick: Urban Decay

Necklace: Chloe and Isabel

Bracelet: Cartier

Bracelet: Hermes

Rings: Chloe and Isabel

 

 

 

All photos were taken by the lovely: Fay Photography @FayPhotos_NYC


NYFW + SHOPSTYLE SOCIAL HOUSE

Posted on: September 23, 2016

 

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The Shopstyle Social House was one event that I was SUPER excited about this season. I was thrilled to get invited to the Social House again and experience it all this NYFW SS17. I started my day with the Dan Liu show at the Skylight Clarkson Gallery. Then I headed uptown to the Glasshouses for the ShopStyle Social House event. This was one event I was looking forward to since I got the invitation. I was so happy and thrilled to experience and enjoy it all with my gal pal and fellow blogger friend Loren. She’s the writer and creator behind the blog: Enlightened By Bravery. If you aren’t following her yet, you should. She’s just a great women, with great style and an amazing personality. Such a beautiful soul she has, and I’m happy to have met her. Check her blog out: www.enlightenbybravery.com and her Instagram: @EnlightedByBravery.

This look was my favorite outfit I wore during NYFW. Probably not the best choice for that particular day though, because it felt like a sauna outside in early September. But hey, it’s all in the name of fashion. And let’s be honest, I’m a slave to FASHION. Rock it and own it, which is exactly what I did. What’s great about this dress is that it still can be worn and style for the Fall months. Can’t wait to style and rock the look again soon.

We enjoyed getting our hair done by the hairstylist there that day. Sipped on champagne and Rose,  browsed the clothing racks to borrow some FAB pieces to rock during NYFW. Thanks to Shopstyle, Sole Society, The Outnet Iris and Ink and Sam Edelman, for keeping me looking stylish and fashionably chic all throughout NYFW. We were also gifted great cross body bags by Gigi New York which were personally monogrammed for us by the Gigi New York staff. It was great to meet old and new friends as well as connecting with all the vendors at the event.

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Dress: Tularosa (You can find the dress on this website as well)

Bag: Chanel 

Oxford Lace up Brogues: Kurt Geiger

Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Velvet Choker Necklace: Chloe and Isabel

A special thanks to Shopstyle and @altamiranyc for the mini photoshoot. It was such a pleasure shooting with him. Thankful to have been photographed by someone so talented and amazing. Check him out on Instagram: @altamiranyc

As always, thanks so much for reading, following along and support me in my journey.


NYFW MARISSA WEBB SS17

Posted on: September 16, 2016

Marissa Webb is one designer I love and admire. When I attended her show last season, I was simply amazed by her incredible work. I can definitely say the same for this season. She presented on Day 1 of NYFW on September 8th at the Skylight Clarkson Gallery. Marissa Webb is one designer who perfectly balances feminine and masculine elements into her designs. Her designs exude cool, sophisticated, chic, and effortless all at the same time. Her SS17 Collection featured a soft palette of neutrals with pops of burnt orange, chartreuse in delicate silks and subtle ruffle accents. One of my favorite looks from this collection was her take on a suit. A modern day version of a traditional suit, and the back detail was just to die for. Every piece was absolutely AMAZING! I definitely had my favorites from her Ready-to-Wear collection. I wanted every piece in my size for my closet. I loved how she paired a military inspired jacket with her soft, pretty, floral dress. And how she paired a silk floral top with leather pants, seemed fitting and oh so stylish!

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When it comes to design, Marissa Webb doesn’t need to dig deep to find inspiration. She dresses what she knows best, and what speaks to her. Her inspiration comes from what’s around her, specifically ” The Modern New York woman,” as she stated backstage before the show. Although, her designs are inspired by the Modern New York woman, they aren’t the only ones who will fall in love with this collection.

 

What’s your favorite from the collection?

As always, thanks for reading, following, and supporting me in my journey. I hope you enjoyed my photos and recap


NYFW SS17 LEANNE MARSHALL

Posted on: September 12, 2016

Leanne Marshall’s SS17 collection at New York Fashion Week was absolutely stunning! We saw some gorgeous chiffon gowns, sheer cropped tops and pants numbers that floated down the runway leaving viewers speechless. Gowns were flowing, models glided through the runway almost as if they were floating on clouds. The overall vibe was something straight out of an elegant fairytale with stunning high fashion outfits. I believe, everyone who saw this show could see themselves wearing her entire collection. There’s no doubt about it, no matter what the occasion is, Leanne Marshall definitely showed beautiful consistency in every single piece that dawned the runway. Anybody who wears Leanne Marshall clothing will be a showstopper and will turn heads all over. Every look exude ethereal, feminine beauty that just flowed throughout the show.

The chiffon, organza, and cotton lace fabrics she used draped the feminine silhouettes effortlessly, making a grand entrance that was so captivating as they appeared on the runway. The inspiration behind her collection came from crystals and the meaning behind their healing energy. Each crystal could mean something different for a lot people. They can be used as a means to uplift you, help you channel the different things you may be going thru or even a way to find a sense of relief or meditation. Many designers have embraced the, “see it now, buy it now,” trend, something Marshall has begun to do too. 41 looks were presented at NYFW, and 10 of them were made to order immediately available now  on her website. I don’t know about you, but I would love to owe a Leanne Marshall original any day!

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The amount of detail of sheer illusions, hand-beading, and embellishments that Leanne Marshall designed were simply beautiful.  It just goes to show the amount of time, dedication and detail that went into every piece of the collection. Needless to say, this show left me stunned by the beauty that existed in every piece that glided through the runway. I loved her color palette choice of soft pastels: rose quartz, plum, and blue. They invoked romantic and flirty feels that complimented Marshall’s artistry,  almost dream like ambiance with the use of chiffon fabrics. I’m still amazed by the draping and movement of each piece. Two words I’d use to describe her collection: breathtaking and absolutely stunning. It only leaves us in high anticipation to see what’s to come next season. One things for sure, we know it will be nothing short from AMAZING!

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey. I hope you enjoyed my recap and photos from this stunning show.


Fashion+Style: My Summer Casual Look

Posted on: July 15, 2016

 

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There are so many reasons why I love New York City. One reason, is that I love to explore the city. I feel NYC, is great for exploring. I like to walk around, and venture in and around the city.  You can pretty much discover something new everyday.

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This summer I did a lot exploring and walking around this beautiful city. It was definitely hot and steamy most days, but this outfit was easy and breezy not to mention light weight. That I didn’t feel uncomfortable wearing it in the Summer heat. I like to call this look: My summer time casual look. This is outfit was not only lightweight, it was stylish and comfortable. I took this daytime look, and turned it into a night time ready look.  I dressed it up by changing my sandals to heels and changed up my make up for a more sultry and sexy night time look.

[Coming soon to the blog, this same Trench vest is great staple to own, great transitional piece for all seasons. ]

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Shop my Look: 

Jeans: Alice and Oliva Embellished Distressed Jeans

 Top: White silk Button down Shirt

 Jewelry: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/emilydesouza

Bracelets: Cartier Love Bracelets

Trench Vest: Who What Where for Target

Sandals:  Zara Gold Metallic Open toed Loafers  (Old, Sold out)

Heels: Burberry Lattice Peep-Toe Ankle Boots, $895

Hat:  J.Crew 

Sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli

Handbag: Black West 57th Crossbody

Shop the Look for Less:

 Jeans: Embellished Distressed Jeans 

Top: White Button Down Shirt

Jewelry: Jewelry

Duster Vest: Long Olive Green Trench Vest 

Sandals: Gold Flat Sandals  

Heels: BCBG Cage Lace up Heels

Hat: Straw Fedora  

Sunglasses: Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Handbag: Black CrossBody Bag

What’s you’re summer time casual look? I love hearing from you, comment below or write to me.

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me on my journey!

All photos were taken by : Fay Photography @ FayPhotos_NYC

 


FASHION FRIDAY: TRUE LADY BOSSES WHO MADE THEIR DREAMS INTO REALITY EDITION PART I

Posted on: May 20, 2016

FASHION FRIDAY: TRUE LADY BOSSES WHO MADE THEIR DREAMS INTO REALITY EDITION PART I

Happy Friday Loves!!

For my Fashion Friday’s, todays edition will feature two fashion designers. This SFBFashionFriday Edition will be broken up into two parts. The first will feature my Q&A session with Fashion Designer Lavandya Coodly. Where she tells us all about her designs and how her passion for Fashion came about. To learn more continue reading!!

Ever wondered what it was like to design clothes and what goes into it? How to make a garment from start to finish?  Continuing reading my Q&A session with Fashion Designer Lavanya Coodly.

Q. What is your name?

A. Lavanya Coodly, of Indian decent.

Q. Give us a little background of yourself, how did you get started in jewelry design?

A. My start in design came very early in life and inadvertently. Growing up in India at a time when we did not have mass production in clothing that could be purchased off the rack, designing one’s garment was not unusual. My aunts living in the USA would send me Sears and McCall’ catalogs. Outfits I saw in these catalogs were my original sources of inspiration. I began designing my clothing at the age of Seven or Eight.

Q. Did you have any formal training for clothing design? How did you come to realize your talents?

A.  I have had a lot of formal schooling but none in  garment design! To that extent, I am self-taught, learning through experimental trial and error. With the help of my talented team members. The brand aesthetic and design ideas are my own.

Q. What lead you into the direction of designing?

A.  I have always been interested in textiles, weaves, colors, prints and personal presentation ever since I can remember. I could never get tired of being engaged in any of these. After spending many years in bio-medical research, I wanted to work in a different area. Designing clothes was a natural second career choice because firstly, it’s my passion, my hobby. Secondly, I felt that I had a point of view which could be expressed and thirdly, I would be addressing a void in the market.

 

Q. Where does your inspiration come from when designing your pieces?

A. Inspiration comes from many sources- travel, walks on the beach, music, films, engaging with nature and the world around me. I am particularly drawn to fabrics places that I love or spent my childhood. I welcome the challenge of using what is available to create a look. After all, designing should solve a problem and a good designer must be able to create something unique from unexpected findings.

 

Q.  What is your process when you design your piece? What are things you incorporate or don’t?

A. I use natural fabrics as much as possible. Handwoven silks, cottons and wools are my favorite mediums. Our cotton prints are hand blocked by skilled artist using non-toxic, environmentally friendly dyes. Our embroideries are also hand executed by skilled workers. Each design begins with a sketch that is worked on until the idea become coherent and the design flows smoothly, from my perspective. I am open to incorporating most ideas EXCEPT anything that would make the garment uncomfortable to wear or would knowingly harm those that lack a voice in our society-environment, child, the poor or animals.

 

Q.  What were your first design pieces that you created? And how has your brand evolved over the years?

A.  My very first piece was a dress created from imported blue lace when I was 7 or 8. Professionally, I began with making embroidered silk tunics. Since then, we have incorporated pants dresses, evening gowns, jackets, skirts, night wear, and bridal gowns. I am also pleased to introduce comfortable, multi-functional pants for women who work out of home and need to rush out for quick errands.

Q. Who do you envision wearing your work/designs? Do you think about this when your designing a piece?

A. I think my designs would connect with urban woman who are bohemian at heart. They dress to please themselves. I am attracted to soft and flowing feminine silhouettes as much as more defined constructions. What I design depends on the fabric and materials in front of me. A soft watercolor print would result in a feminine silhouette with gathers and soft ruffles whereas a heavy ikat cotton weave would most probably end up as a pair of shorts. We have also begun designing bridal gowns, menswear and clothing for children. My brand is slowing but surely expanding.

Q.  What are some new designs you’re working on? What do you envision for the future?

A.  I have been recently given the opportunity to work with a talented and visible Hollywood actress. We will begin creating several looks for her based on events, as well as her style and color preferences. I am also developing my Spring and Summer 2017 collection for Women, Men, and children incorporating some new concepts. I plan to introduce some new ideas in Bridal gowns as well. I would like the brand to grow in all these areas. I strongly feel that designing should be in step  with societal and lifestyle changes.

Q. How did you go about creating your business plan and what was your starting investment?

A. I started with an investment of less than $1000 dollars because testing I was testing the waters. The business plan evolved out the reaction from customers and my own desire to address a void in the market for range of stylish but comfortable and well- made clothing that would take you from the moment you begin your day and up until you fall asleep. We don’t want to overproduce and be wasteful.

 

Q. What’s a typical day in your life at your office?

A. I wake early and begin with discussing updates of work received from my overseas team. We go back and forth exchanging images and messages until it’s time to get my son ready for school. After I drop him off, I get dressed myself and continue my work, whatever that needs to be done. This includes: packing, shipping, inventory updates, managing orders, sketching, planning photoshoots, interviews and writing content for my website or to fulfill requests from other content writers.

To purchase and see more of Lavanya Coodly’s designs check out her website:www.lavanyacoodly.com. 

How amazing is Lavanya Coodly, and what a beautiful name too. With her love for fashion at a young age and beginning her own business and fashion line having no formal training is true talent. Her story and passion has definitely inspired me and I hope it inspires and motivates you to create the life you want and to build your dreams and make them a reality.

A true inspiration and Ladyboss. Can’t wait to see Lavanya’s newest collection coming soon!

And to all my fellow lady boss’s — live life with passion and live your best life possible. Have fun, work hard, stay motivated, determined, and good luck! Stay tuned!

Thank you Lavanya Coodly for partnering and collaborating with me on this post. All thoughts outside of Q&A answers are my own.


FASHION FRIDAY: TRUE LADY BOSSES WHO MADE THEIR DREAMS INTO REALITY EDITION PART II

Posted on: May 20, 2016

Ever wanted to pick the brain of a fashion designer and see just  where all their inspiration comes from? Ever wanted to learn a designers aesthetic and see how they create their designs from start to finish?

Continue reading and learn more about Fashion accessories designer: Maria Cardelli.

 

 

Q. Give us a little background of yourself, how did you get started in design?

A. I have been designing my entire life. I started very young, and used to draw all over my school books even during school lessons. I began painting at around age 10, and spent all my pocket money on new pencils, watercolours and paints. I still remember when I found my first set of watercolour pencils in the shop. I was so excited! As a teenager, I used to spend evenings and late nights working on oil paintings. Since at the time we didn’t have the internet, I had to teach myself and just figure things out. An artist friend of my dad lent him a book on basic painting techniques, how to prepare your own mix of gesso, how to stretch a canvas, etc., which I learned from, as well as from my own mistakes. At that time, my works were mostly figurative, and sometimes a friend would pose for me.

Q. What lead you into the direction of designing Clothing?

A. At a certain point I had to make a decision whether to go into fine art, architecture or fashion design. Since I really enjoyed designing my own clothing, which my aunt Matilde was making for me, I opted for fashion design and joined the Accademia di Moda e Costume in Rome. After a couple of years, eager to get some hands on experience, I began looking for freelance work with companies all over Italy. A friend of mine mentioned someone she knew in NYC who was designing children shoes, and recommended that I stop there on my way to California, where I was headed. I did. I ended up working at BBC international for 7 years, designing children’s shoes for very diverse clients.

Q.  Where does your inspiration come from when designing your pieces?

A. I’m mostly inspired by my own past designs. I dig into my pile of sketches and things that I drew but hadn’t had a chance to produce and I rework them, often for hours or even days, until I come up with something that I am happy with. I may take a piece from one of my bags and make it into a strap for a shoe, or sometimes get an idea while at night when I am trying to sleep. I always keep a sketch pad near the bed for those moments of inspiration. Other times I get inspired from a new leather treatment I find, or a fun fabric I see, and I may design a bag or a shoe just to use them.

Q. What is your design process? What types of things do you or don’t you incorporate?

A. I plan the categories I want to cover in the handbags, or the heel heights I want represented if I am working on the footwear, and then I start drawing ideas. I may draw numerous rough sketches in a little book I keep around, then I choose the ideas I like the most and develop only these. Since my brand is a small company, I cannot make a very large collection, so I do a preselection at an early stage. I then carry ideas from the footwear into the hand bags or vice versa, so that they can complement each other. Once I am happy with my designs I start with the prototyping process.

Q.  Do you envision the wearer when you’re designing your pieces? Who do you envision?

A. I mostly design things that I would like to wear myself. I don’t have many opportunities to wear glamorous shoes myself, so when designing footwear I imagine the wearer at a special event, all evening, and I try to make them beautiful and functional. (For example, I can sometimes add platforms in the front of the shoe so that the heel does not feel as high as it looks.) When designing the bags, I like making them beautiful and practical as well, with useful inside pockets, removable shoulder straps or even bags that can be used 3 ways, like a handbag, shoulder bag and also backpack (like my Back-Up bag). All of my bags have the modern working woman in mind, and are large enough to fit a laptop and other gadgets, so that she can always travel and work in great style.

Q. What are some new designs you’re working on? What do you envision for the future?

A. I am currently working on the spring-summer collection for 2017. Lots of gorgeous colours, simple, sophisticated and clean lines, and some fun prints.

 

Q. How did you come to realize your talents? Did youhave any formal training for jewelry design and or clothing design?

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A. My true love is to create more luxurious products, ones allowing for more creativity. And, I always wanted to go back and produce things in Italy, and to one day be able to create something more special and unique as a tribute of sorts to Italian craftsmanship. I took part in numerous art exhibitions around Europe for a few years. Many people commented on my colourful paintings in a way that made me think that I could probably have them printed on silk and make scarves, or ‘wearable art.” So, in 2013 I started doing that. After that I added a collection of handbags and now a small collection of women’s footwear for winter 2016-17. Everything I design is made in Italy.

 

Q.  What were your first designs that you created? And how has your brand evolved over the years?

  A. To be honest, I’ve been doing this for so long I can’t remember my first design. But come to think of it, it might have been some kind of clothing. And as far as how my designs have evolved, I think they probably evolved with what i’ve included in my designs and I attribute that to what I have learned through the years. When I started, for example, I used to design only very elegant footwear with leather soles and artsy heels. However, after working with factories in many parts of the world and designing many different types of footwear, from wooden clogs to athletics and dress, I incorporate that knowledge into my designs and I can mix and match styles as I please, for example incorporating some typically athletic feature into the more elegant styles, and I can have more fun in the process.

Q. How did you go about creating your business plan and what was your starting investment?

A. I had gained some experience already while working for others, but did additional research before creating my own company, especially since I didn’t know the rules in The Netherlands. (Where my husband and I relocated.) My husband has been my main supporter of course. And, he had been telling me for years that I should do my own collection. So he helped me by financing most of it. The rest came from cashing out my pension plan.

Q. What is a typical day in your life and at your office?

A. In the morning I take care of my 2 children. I get them ready for school and when they are off, I work until I have to pick them up at 3:30. Once they are in bed for the night, I pick up my work again. Fortunately, I work on my own and, without many distractions, I can be as productive as possible. And, with all the communication tools we have these days like Skype and video calls, I can talk to the factories regularly and make many corrections to the products without leaving my desk. Sometimes traveling is still necessary, especially at the prototype stage, but thankfully, Italy is not far from The Netherlands.

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A true world class designer Maria is, and her accessories are to DIE FOR!! A fashionista, multi-tasker, designer and fellow lady boss, Maria Cardelli is one woman to watch out for she’s taking the Fashion world by storm.  Her designs are ones you’ll want to own and add to your wardrobe. I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE her designers. I want one of everything and I know you will too. To shop and learn more visit her website: www.mariacardellifashion.com.

Go and check out her website you WON’T be disappointed!!

Thanks to Maria Cardelli for collaborating with me on this post. All thoughts are my own.

As always thanks for stopping by, reading, supporting, and following along!!


MOTIVATIONAL MONDAYS: TRUE GIRL BOSSES WHO MADE THEIR DREAMS INTO REALITY PART II

Posted on: May 16, 2016

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAYS: TRUE GIRL BOSSES WHO MADE THEIR DREAMS INTO REALITY PART II

Are you an aspiring jewelry designer who wants to get into the Jewelry business? Continue reading along and see how this dynamic duo created their own jewelry line and see what it has grown into today from when they first started? Check out my Q&A session I had with the designers behind the Jewelry line: ALIJST.

Q. What is your name?

A. Co-Founders: Stacy A. Noz and Jil Lin.

Q. Give us a little background of yourself, how did you get started in jewelry design?

A. ALIJST was formed in 2015 by two women as Co-founders, Stacy Noz as Managing Director and Jil Lin as Creative Director.  Both co-founders shared the same passion and appreciation in jewelry and learned up to visualize their vision. Coming form different backgrounds, Lin’s of jewellery design and Noz’s of the Fashion Media Industries, their teamwork are of the right combination.

The Co-founders:

Stacy A. Noz, grew up with a multinational upbringing that includes Dutch, Indonesian and Chinese heritage, she internalized the combination of different cultures as her inspiration, as well as a Fashion Media & Industries at Lasalle College of The Arts graduate that honed her skills in business and aesthetics.

Jin Lin, is a Singapore based Jewellery Design graduate from Raffles Design Institute. She was the only Singaporean selected by HRD in 2011, for the 14th HRD Diamond Design Awards. Armed with no only jewellery design, this multi-disciplinary designer with a sculpting background has represented Singapore multiple times in international Snow-Sculpting competitions and Symposiums.

Q. Did you have any formal training for your jewelry design? How did you come to realize your talents?

A. Our Creative Direct and Jewelry designer, Jil Lin, graduated from Raffles Design Institute Singapore in Jewelry Design. She initially started as a Fine Arts of Sculpting major switched to jewelry design. Her deeper understanding in the arts continues as she changed her path to become a jewelry designer.

Q. What lead you into the direction of designing Jewelry?

A. We believe that jewelry is a means of self-expression higher than clothing would have on a whole look. the idea of something so subtle but so loud interests us to the point of designing our very own versions of how we feel, jewelry should look and be worn for women with unique tastes and desire.

Q. Where does your inspiration come from when designing your pieces?

A.  Our inspiration comes from art and culture primarily capturing the provocative and controversial side of a subject. There’s always a strong concept and story behind each of our collections. We take the elements of each concept and translate it into precious, contemporary, yet timeless jewelry pieces. We focus on the sensuality of the skin and how jewelry compliments a woman’s presence. For example on our first collection “ Domina,” we took provocative and intriguing exterior from different elements and turned them into wearable art.

Q.  What were your first design pieces that you created? And how has your brand evolved over the years?

A. We launched back in late 2015, so our current collection happens to be our first design pieces. Our brand is coming into a new season’s collection that are sill in preparation to launch soon for Spring/Summer 2016.

Q.  What is your process when you design your piece? What are things you incorporate or don’t?

A. Firstly, a concept is usually taken in and elaborated for a whole collection. Then, when all is set from there, our designer will take notes on the subject matter based on direct or indirect influences and begins sketching ideas for the collection’s pieces.

There are no limits to things we incorporate into designing the pieces because our whole image

mainly revolves around pushing boundaries . Everything finally depends on the aesthetic and

  especially the feel of the end design.

Q. Who do you envision wearing your designs? Do you think about this when you’re designing your pieces?

A. Our ALIJST WOMAN: The powerful, sophisticated modern-women. Women who are proud to expose their true-selves and thrive for excellence in every aspect of their lives. They are the ones who stride with an air of grace when entering a room. We definitely have these women in mind when designing new pieces.

Q. What are some new designs you’re working on? What do you envision for the future?

A.  Currently, we are preparing the launch of our Spring/Summer 2016 Collection, a continuation from our first collection (Autumn/Winter 2015- DOMINA). In comparison, the designs of our upcoming collection are heading towards a more subtle, feminine aesthetic look. The pieces are easier to mix and match.

Q. How did you go about creating your business plan and what was your starting investment?

A. We did numerous research and (both qualitative and quantitative) surveys in order to help us create a business plan. When the result came in we were surprised by the numbers and all efforts led us to create ALIJST.

Our starting investments was definitely having strong concepts and ideas. We studied and explored how wild the ideas can be, and most importantly, we understand the “unspoken” borderline/limitation on how some designs are to be accepted by audiences.

Q. What is a typical day in your life and at the office?

A. A typical day in our lives mostly consist of working on building ALIJST’s brand image and future collections as we are pretty new in the industry so we’d like to make our mark. At the office, we have a small group of individuals working closely together who invest valuable time on their task given to expand the label.

The dynamic duo behind ALIJST are true, innovated Girlboss designers. They truly have a passion for their business. Looking forward to see their upcoming collection coming soon!   To learn more about ALIJST and the creators behind the jewelry line go to their website: http://www.alijst.com

Thank you AJLIST for collaborating with me on this post. All thoughts outside of the Q&A answers are my own.

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FASHION FRIDAYS: BAG TRENDS — BAGS YOU NEED AND THAT YOU’LL WANT FOR THIS SPRING/SUMMER 2016

Posted on: April 1, 2016

If your anything like me, and those who know me I’m a lover of all things fashion! With that being said, that goes for handbags too. I’m a huge handbag LOVER!! Some may call me handbag obsessed, but I love changing up my style, and I feel that they are great statement pieces all on their own. Plus, what I keep on telling my husband, is that they are great investment pieces for our future daughter. Even though I know fashion and trends are always changing, he doesn’t need to know that.. (But I’m sure he does lol). Anyways, with my love for handbags, I thought it would be fitting that my for Fashion Fridays post, I’d share with you the latest trends in handbag fashion.

Spring is here and the weather in the city has been unpredictable, if I must say. But I can’t complain, because the sun is out and warm weather is on it’s way….. It’s time to change things up, spice up our style and fashion, and think bold, with color and statements galore. Well, at least when it comes to fashion, specifically handbags. The Handbag game is so strong right now it’s time to get everyone on point and on trend. After Spring Fashion week 2016, if the fashion runway taught us anything It would be, that we shouldn’t have to choose between what would be practical and what’s aesthetically beautiful when it comes to our everyday bag.

I don’t know about you, but the latest trends and styles in handbags are just to DIE FOR…. Now if you haven’t gotten your hands on a bucket style bag, this will be one you’d want in your collection because it’s a style that is here to stay. Another fashion alert in the handbag department would be bags with statement handles, bold and fierce colors. This type of handbag will soon replace your run of the mill boring tote bag.  And whoever said you can’t wear white after Labor day didn’t know anything about fashion because just like clothing, all white everything is all the rave and it  just screams supreme elegance, classy and sophistication.

Below are examples of  affordable and high end brands/options to keep you in the loop and on trend for this season. And if you’re anything like me,  you’ll definitely want to go out and purchase one if you haven’t already. It’s so hard to choose from all the different styles and variety out there. But here are some options that may suit you and ones that you just might go out and buy.

Before you know it your  fashion and style sense will be on point and you’ll be getting compliments everywhere you go!! Enjoy loves!!

ALL WHITE EVERYTHING BAGS

All white everything–the fresh new addition to hit the runways this Spring. And it proves to be easy to wear– just like the saying goes, everything goes with black same for white. Many Designers proved that white is all the rave for this season, and surprisingly the biggest statement that needs little to no effort. White to mean can be so versatile,  but a “color”  will give off the chic and elegant vibe all at the same time. Here are some options of handbags in different styles. What suits your fancy?

Mansur Gavriel Saffiano Large bucket Bag Barneys $625

Kevin White Drawstring Bucket Bag  Sole Society $51.96

Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Convertible Nordstroms $195 Crossbody Bag

Saint Laurent classic Medium Monogram Gourmette Chain Shoulder Bag with Interlocking Metal YSL Signature $1,990.00 YSL.com

Savannah Medium Saffiano Leather Satchel $348.00 MICHAEL KORS 

Tom Ford India Large Leather Satchel Bag $3,950.00 Neiman Marcus

STATEMENT HANDLES

Owning and sporting a bag with a statement handle is one way to changing up your Spring style. Shift gears and spice up your Spring look and shop for bags with more details and bold colors.  Owning a bag that has a killer statement handle, along with detail and color, just screams TRENDY and not to mention oh so chic. Rock it  Honey!! YASS CHILD!

Chain City Bag $179.00 Zara  

GOTHAM SNAKE MINI TOTE $428.00 Henri Bendel 

Gucci  Dionysus Striped Bamboo Top-Handle Bag, Cuir/Green/Red Satchel Neiman Marcus $3,500.00

SHOULDER BAG PYTON PRING AYERS $ 2,680.00 Miu Miu 

BUCKET BAG

If you don’t own a bucket bag you’re gonna want to own one after hearing this. Let’s face it, we all lovesmall clutches and handbags but they aren’t designer to carry or hold all our everyday essentials. But don’t get me wrong I love all my clutches and small purses, but they are more ideal for the evening hours or a night out on the town when you don’t want to carry so much or don’t need to carry as much in your bag. The bucket bags are back in style and on trend and they are better than ever. Designers like Celine, Mansur Gaviel and others have taken notice to this style and they have created the perfect bucket bag that’s great for everyday use. It’s sleek look, durable and spacious shape, makes it your go to bag to choose for work or just something to use on the daily.  This is one bag you won’t mind showing off!! So get out there and grab a bucket bag of your own!! Own it girl!

MINI BUCKET BAG IN LEATHER $98.00 J.Crew

Medium Miranda’ Bucket Bag $695.00 Michael Kors

Madewell Lafayette bucket bag $174.50 Madewell

BUCKET BAG $49.90 Zara

BLOCK-T BUCKET TOTE $ 425.00 Tory Burch 

Are you a handbag lover?

Whose your favorite handbag designer?

What bag style is your style?

Comment below and write to me I love hearing from you!

XO,

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