It’s officially FALL! New season, means new trends. Here are some of my faves for this season. I always love hearing from you, let me know what your most excited to seeing and trying out the most.
I’ve always been a fan of this print, and you can never go wrong with it. Try it out
Who doesn’t LOVE a bold lip, I sure do!
Power Pant Suits
I love a good pant suit, dress it up, down, go casual. No matter how you style it, you’ll be so on trend and Tre chic!
There’s always time for glam, but less can also be more too. Try the no make up, make up look
Pajama Pants OOTD
I love the whole bedtime fashion concept, comfort + style is always a winner in my book
Medium/Long Hairstyles with a slight Wave
Definitely my newest and fave hairstyle look. I’ve always been a fan of long locks, but change is good. Have fun with your hair, change it up, don’t worry it’ll grow back!
All I see is shades of RED
Who doesn’t LOVE the color red, great color especially for FALL! Add a POP of color like RED and trust me you won’t be disappointed!
Handbags MY LOVE, but What’s in style Smaller sized bags
So chic, cute and oh so trendy! My motto, Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize. Accessories really bring an outfit together!
What are some of your fave trends that your looking forward to wear and try? Let me know I’d love to hear from you!
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!
First rule of thumb, comfort first! But if they’re Jimmy Choo’s then all bets are off! 🙂 Well, it may also depend on the shoe and situation. But I do love a good Jimmy Choo heel, I mean am I right!?!!! Who doesn’t love JIMMY CHOO!! <3
My go-to shoe of choice lately have been flats. Whether it be a loafer, slip-on sneaker, brogues you name it I’m wearing it. I couldn’t be happier that flats– particularly loafers and brogues are on trend and back in style. As much as I appreciate and LOVE heels, I always think: “Comfort first,” no matter what the occasion may be. And let me tell you, when I’m wearing any form of flats it’s like walking on clouds, and not to mention my feet are beyond thankful. This menswear inspired footwear comes in varying styles and price points. Very versatile, stylish and suitable for any outfit and occasion. A trend I believe will be around for awhile. Here are a few of my favorites. Shop these styles by clicking the links below.
Shop the Style
Kurt Geiger Brogues: Knox Silver Low Heel Brogue
Celine: Skate Slip-on in Pony Calfskin
Gucci: Princetown Leather Slippers
Vince: Blair Velvet Sneaker
Gentle Souls By Kenneth Cole: Gentle Soul Penny Loafters in Gold
KDB Flats: Aada Flats
Zara: Flatform Bluchers
Zara: Flatform Loafers
Sole Society: Cheetah Dot Smoking Slipper Flat
Sole Society: Daria Light Gold Athletic Loafer
Marc Fisher: Traycee Round Toe Smoking Slipper
Zara: Velvet Loafers
What style would you wear?
I hope you try this style out, you’ll feet will be happy. Share your footwear style with me using the hashtag: #SFBFashion
As always, I hope you enjoyed reading along and thank you for all the love and support!
New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has come and gone. Another season added to the books. Although it was a crazy and SUPER busy week, I had so much fun!! I can’t wait until next season. This season I attended a few shows and events, met old and new friends. All in all, a fun and event[FULL] week. Here’s a recap along with photos from the shows, presentations and events I attended. I wasn’t able to attend every show and event, but I hope you were able to catch all my adventures and fun during NYFW on my Snapchat.
The shows I attended:
Fashion Palette’s Australian RTW SS17 Collection (Multiple Designers)
Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid SS17
Style NYFW (Multiple Designers)
Anniesa Hasibuan SS17
Brock Collection MADE NYFW
ART <3’S FASHION (Multiple Designers)
The Set NYFW
Jasmine Chong Presentation
Shop style Social House
Kimora Lee X Harper’s Bazaar at Bloomingdales
Rihanna X Bergdorf Goodman
X Jewellery X My Fashion Guitar Kickoff NYFW
Coterie X Mercer Hotel (Lounge)
Walk In Closet Event at W Residences
Daniel Gregory Natale Event
What we can look forward to in Fashion for Spring/Summer 2017: patterns, prints, bold colors, flowy gowns, trains, capes, beaded details, fringe, ethereal vibes, and ruffles. One things for sure I’ll definitely be rocking some of these styles come Spring/Summer of 2017. My closet and me CAN’T WAIT!!
What style will you rock next Spring/Summer 2017?
I’d love to hear you, comment below or write to me. Please do share your fashion secrets and what style you’ll be rocking come Spring/Summer 2017, us the hashtag: #SFBFashion.
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey!
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!
(MY FAVORITES FROM THE COLLECTION)
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
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.
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. ]
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
Sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli
Handbag: Black West 57th Crossbody
Shop the Look for Less:
Jeans: Embellished Distressed Jeans
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
SFB FASHION FRIDAYS: YOGA X FASHION: YOGI LADY BOSS FASHIONISTA
Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and connecting with this lovely, smart, fashionable business woman. Whose combined her love for fashion and Yoga and created a business that speaks for itself. The moment I first spoke with Jen Stock, I immediately was drawn to her positive vibes and energy. It was no surprise that we immediately gravitated towards one another. From that moment on, I just knew I wanted to learn more about this savvy – yogi loving and fashion forward business woman.
When you meet Jen Stocks it’s easy to be completely drawn by her presence. She’s all about positive energies and good vibes which is something I can definitely relate to. With her positive outlook on life, spiritualty, love for fashion and yoga these elements are what inspired her jewelry line: Jen Stock Designs.
She’s always had a love and passion for fashion and knew one day she would do something with that. Thus came her spiritually inspired jewelry designs. For over 25 years she’s practiced yoga which has been the root and inspiration behind her jewelry. She takes what she has practiced on the mat and puts it all into her work. All of her jewelry is handmade, vegan, and yoga inspired. Her jewelry exudes luxury, with a symbolic and spiritual balance between mind, body and soul, all things that Jen Stocks embodies and something that holds a strong importance to her.
Her designs have been worn by the likes of Russell Simmons, Heidi Klum, Rita Ora and many well- known Hollywood stars and yogi enthusiast. Her jewelry is known for its wearable fashion and style for both for men and woman. Each piece holds a different meaning and possess a unique design. The message behind her jewelry is: “What you put out in the universe, is what you will receive in return.”Something I feel many can relate to and believe in.
If ever you get the chance to meet this remarkable, business owner and Lady Boss you too will see what I see. Not only does she design beautiful, luxurious jewelry, her personality is so positive and not to mention contagious. You can find her at a Yoga studio near you, either on the mat or displaying and selling her designs. If you too embody and belief in all things: positive, uplifting and empowering, check out Jen and her jewelry. Not only will you love her jewelry line but the designer behind it all as well. A true lady boss and spiritual believer, we all can learn something from her.
As you read along and follow my journey, just like Jen’s positive vibes and energy that’s what I’m all about. So, it was only fitting to have worked with such a positive minded and fashion minded enthusiast like herself. I too hope to inspire, empower and uplift you all to have only the most positive outlook on life.
Jen Stock is a true talent, who takes being a business owner and fashion lover to the next level. I look forward to working with her again and seeing her new collection and designs come to life.
For more information on Jen Stocks and her jewelry go to: jenstock.com. You can also find her on Instagram: @JenStockDesigns. Be sure to purchase your very own Jen Stock Designs jewelry today!!
Thanks for reading, following along my journey, and all your love and support.
What inspires and empowers you?
As always much love and happiness to you ALL!!
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being invited to a fun event and trunk show. I enjoyed checking out and supporting local businesses in and out of the Tri-State area. I believe in that, supporting local business, we all gotta start from somewhere and I loved seeing the various talent and creativity from all the vendors present. Be sure to check out the Epic Trunk Show which takes place each year, be on the look out for the next one coming soon!
Epic & Co. Trunk Show June 4, 2016, Shop Studios : 528 W39th Street, NYC
During my time there, I was able to do a Q & A with the creator and founder of the Epic Trunk Show. Continuing reading and see how it all started and came together.
Q. Give us a little background about you/How did the Epic and Co. get its start?
When, how, where?
A. Epic & Co. (theultimatetrunkshow.com) started in my apartment back in 2009. At the time I had an online boutique and was looking to sell older inventory in order to buy for the upcoming season. I was unfortunately/but fortunately unemployed at the time after being laid off during the time that the economy not doing so well. It was perfect timing. The event started in my apartment and literally took on a life of its on. It became an instant success and soon after we threw our first large scale trunk show at the Dumbo Loft in December 2009 in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Q. Who were the first vendors to start with Epic and Co.?
A. When the trunk show just began in my apartment, the brands that were apart of it were Heirport Apparel, Remember Me Retro, Elan Regime and Ally Marie.
Q. What’s behind the name for the trunk show , Epic and Co.?
A. Epic is a powerful word and how we should all live our day to day! It’s about never settling and going beyond the usual or norm. That’s what goes through my mind daily when planning the trunk show.
Q. What inspired you to start Epic and Co.?
A. My love for talented designers and makers/creators and the enjoyment of being able to give these talented individuals a platform to showcase their collection.
Q. Do you have any favorites, as far as vendors that join the trunk show?
A. They are all my favorite. That’s why they are apart of Epic & Co. We work with an overall amazing bunch of talented designers that each contribute to the overall success of the show.
Q. How do you choose the vendors to be part of the trunk show?
A. They first have to be designers or makers/creators of a product. Their collection has to be cohesive, creative and reflect epic!
Q. How many years has the Epic and Co. Trunk show been running?
A. We are currently in our 7th year.
Q. What goes into putting together a trunk show?
A. A lot!! LOL. It’s a lot of work. You have good days and bad days but what really goes into putting it together is resilience and determination. You have to have tunnel vision so you can keep your eye on the prize, which is putting together a successful event for your guest, vendors and sponsors.
Q. Any advice for those who want to get their start and put together a trunk show at a size like the one last Saturday?
A. Be unique and find YOUR niche! Be prepared to learn from the process. The learning is the best
What inspires you?
Thanks so much to Epic & Co. and First and Last PR for partnering and collaborating with me for this post. All thoughts are mine, outside of the Q&A answers.
As always thanks for reading, following and for your support. Thank you for following me in my journey.
Ask and you shall receive….
I know this has been a long awaited post, so here it is guys. Here are all my favorites /LOVES from beauty, fashion, home, and much more. So if you want to find out more just keep reading!
QUE BELLA MOISTURIZING GEL EYE MASK
WHY I LOVE IT: I’ve tried many different ones, but these are great. Not only are they affordable, they brighten, tighten and have reduced dark circles and under eye bags tremendously. Soothing, gentle and hydrating. I use them religiously and would recommend them to anyone and everyone. Available at target.
CAUDALIE BEAUTY ELIXIR
WHY I LOVE IT: This is one product I carry with me all the time. Raved about my many celebrities this was the best thing that was ever created. Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famous elixir of youth, Beauty Elixir is formulated with grape extracts and clarifying ingredients to provide an immediate burst of radiance. The complexion treatment reduces dullness and is infused with toning rosemary, astringent mint, and soothing rose essential oil to prepare your skin for further treatments. (Sephora.com) I used this everyday after I cleanse, to set my make up and as a refreshing spritz. Great for travel, I use it all the time. A natural, innovative toning mist that sets makeup, provides an instant burst of radiance, and tightens the appearance of pores, featuring the same bestselling formula with a new, improved pump to finely and evenly distribute the lightweight mist. (Sephora.com) Great for uneven skin and texture, dullness, pores and dryness. Once you try this you’ll LOVE it too.
PRICE: 1OZ $18.00 3.4 OZ $49.00
CAUDALIE GRAPE WATER
WHY I LOVE IT: I discovered this product after watching one of Amerie’s youtube videos. And after reading up about it I decided to purchase it and give it a try. I’m so glad I did because I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. It’s 100% organic formula increases hydration and reduces sensitivity. Grape water provide immediate benefits of +127 percent hydration and -61 percent sensitivity when used. It’s soothes, hydrates, reduces redness and calms the skin. It has unique ingredients of both minerals and active plants that help strengthen your skins barrier function making your skin more resilient and less sensitive over time. That’s amazing, it has done that and more for my skin. And because the product is so versatile you can use it as a makeup setting spray, toner after cleansing or to use during the day as a refreshing spritz. Either way your skin will love you for it!
PRICE: 12 OZ $13.00 6.7 OZ $22.00
NATURE REPUBLIC California Aloe Vera Cleansing Tissue
WHY I LOVE IT: These Cleansing tissues are the best. Soft and gentle and they take off all my makeup just about everything from my face from the day. I mentioned these on my snapchat before, and I only speak the truth when it comes to what I use especially on my skin. Very soothing and refreshing on the skin too.
NATURE REPUBLIC Aqua Collagen Solution Hydrogel Mask
WHY I LOVE IT: This is another sheet mask that i’m loving. It’s a hydrating mask that’s infused with collagen. While your wearing the mask it works to strengthen your skin’s elasticity while adding moisture back into our skin with its marine enegery. The formula is enhanced by hyaluronic acid, while it moisturizes the skin with its pure Hawaiian ocean water enriched minerals which help to make your skin healthy. Great mask to give your skin elasticity, hydration, moisture and just healthy skin all around.
PRICE: $ 7.90
NATURE’S REPUBLIC COCONUT BIO SKIN MASK
WHY I LOVE IT: I’m all about mask especially sheet mask. This mask right here though, is simply AMAZING!! Super moisturizing, with ingredients to give your skin hydration and elasticity. Ultra-Moisturizing, and excellent elasticity. (Review on Nature Republic products coming soon to my blog)
TOM FORD SCANDOLA MOISTURECORE LIP COLOR
WHY I LOVE IT: The perfect shade of nude with a hint of pink for the summer. Not only is it an amazing color, it’s also lightweight and super moisturizing. And it stays and last for HOURS.
PRICE: $ 55.00
TOM FORD GOLDEN PEACH CREAM AND POWDER EYE COLOR
WHY I LOVE IT:
Gorgeous color this duo cream and powder eye shade. Cream to work in as a base and the powder to add some dimension and drama to your eye makeup. It’s not heavy or cakie, you can wear it on it’s own or with other powders and cream shadows. These ultra-pigmented, metallic colors glides on rich giving you an intense eye with just enough shimmer and glow. A great lustrous and seductive eye for the summer. I love this duo compact, great for travel. And since I don’t wear much makeup in the Summer time, this is great. It gives you just enough drama and color without having to use so many products.
PRICE: $ 60.00
TOM FORD NEROLI PORTOFINO ACQUA
WHY I LOVE IT: Light, soft, fresh scent great for the summertime months. And the scent lingers and last longer than your average Perfume. Brings me back to my days in Italia specifically the Amalfi Coast and the Italian Rivera.. Love this fragrance.
PRICE: $ 205.00
TOM FORD CREAM CHEEK COLOR IN: PIENO SOLE
WHY I LOVE IT: Perfect shade for the summer months. We all want that glow, sun kissed skin. This will do the trick. Not to heavy or harsh, it’s lightweight and gives just enough sheer and glow your skin needs. Love the color and texture of this product. I wear very minimal make up during the hot summer months and I love to add a little highlight on my cheekbones. This does just the trick, it comes in two shades, this was just perfect for my skin tone. Love this!
JOSIE MARAN PURE ARGAN MILK INTENSIVE HYDRATING TREATMENT
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://www.sephora.com/pure-argan-milk-tm-intensive-hydrating-treatment-P384780?skuId=1721430&om_mmc=ppc-GG&mkwid=srtdlfKXC&pcrid=50233217079&pdv=c&site=_search&country_switch=&lang=en&gclid=CPfVxtfoic0CFYEehgodG50HoQ
WHY I LOVE IT: This is another Josie Maran product that has become and absolute favorite. I’ve incorporated this into my nighttime routine and it’s done wonders for my skin. (This will be seen in my upcoming update skincare routine post, coming soon) I used this as a serum during the night time hours, its light and keeps my skin hydrated, smooth and gives a my skin a phenomenal glow. If you aren’t using any serums in your routine you should start NOW. It will do wonders for your skin. I used to have a lot of acne scars and sun and skin spots when I was in college and in the last 9 years since I’ve added serum to my skincare regiment my skin has changed tremendously and in and amazing way. Its great for day and night, it will leave your skin feeling silky smooth, soft and hydrated. And i’ve been told it has made me look younger than I actually am. Can’t beat that. Try it out for yourself.
JOSIE MARAN 100% PURE ARGAN LIGHT
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://www.sephora.com/100-pure-argan-oil-light-P380805?skuId=1548270
WHY I LOVE IT: I’ve used this product for YEARS and I absolutely love it! I love the fact it’s not just great for your face, but your hair, nails and skin. It may sound weird using oil to moisturize your face especially if your like me who has combination skin. But ever since i’ve incorporated oils to my face routine, it’s been a HUGE game changer for my skin. I used this product on my face at night, it give my face enough moisture, and helps to control my acne prone skin as well. I also take a travel size with me and use it while i’m up in the air. Just like when we are sleeping at night, our skin and face tends to lose a lot of moisture and hydration. A dime size of this Argan oil light goes a long way. And my skin feels and looks clean, moisturized, fresh and hydrated. Great especially during the cold winter season as well. You can also use this product on your cuticles, and your hair as well.
Check out my full on skin routine: http://www.socialfashionistabeauty.com/#!BEAUTY-BLOGGER-Secrets-How-tos-Tips-and-Tricks-Ways-to-getting-Glowing-Healthy-and-Hydrated-Skin/cyh4/56204b5e0cf2c3a4a7104e12
PETER THOMAS ROTH 24K GOLD PURE CLEANSING BUTTER
WHY I LOVE IT: I’ve tried Peter Thomas Roth’s mask before and when I went to Sephora last I saw this and decided to check it out. I’m so happy I bought it, it’s now part of my face wash routine. (I’ll have an updated Face routine up on the blog soon) I love using this at night, I wash off the day using this cleansing butter and it literally takes off everything, my make up, stubborn eyeliner, I mean EVERYTHING. And it leaves my skin feeling clean and moisturized. Definitely worth the purchase.
CURL KEEPERS BEACH MIST SPRAY
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://www.frizzoff.com/99-Curl-Keeper-Beach-Mist.aspx
WHY I LOVE IT: I was gifted this product when I attended a Beauty Press event last month. I used this during our trip to the Bahamas last month and it kept my beach waves intact and left my hair smelling amazing. My husband LOVES the scent as do I. I don’t have curly hair, but when I do style my hair using a curling wand, blowout or even a curling iron I love using products that one smell great while also keeping my hair looking amazing. This product from Curl Keeper did just that and more giving my hair the right amount of texture, moisture and volume. Shop the link above and find this product and learn more about their hair care line on their website. You can also find their products at Target.
PRICE: 3.4. OZ/ 100 ML 9.99 8 OZ /240 ML $17.50
FOR THE HOME FAVES:
AURA CACIA AROMATHERAPY MIST EUCALYPTUS HARVEST
WHY I LOVE IT: I discovered this product when we were in Miami last February/March at Whole Foods. Before we left for our cruise, we went to Whole Foods to pick up some last minute things for our cruise. And while roaming the aisles I stumbled upon this product. I love anything Eucalyptus, it’s clearing, refreshing and rejuvenating. This came in handy on the cruise, sometimes it can get a bit stuffy in our suites so this was a great scent to spray all over our bedroom and suite. It’s even a body spray as well. Great combo with a such a fresh and clean scent. Our steward and butler loved the scent too that I recommended it to them as well. You can find and purchase via the link above or even at your local Whole Foods.
HONEST COMPANY DISH SOAP ULTRA CONCENTRATED, PLANT BASED, GREASE-CUTTING DISHWASHING
LIQUID IN GRAPEFRUIT AND LEMON VERBANA
WHERE TO FIND IT: https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-dish-soap
WHY I LOVE HONEST COMPANY PRODUCTS: I discovered some of the Honest Company products when was at Target. I started reading up about Honest Company, their brand and what they stand for. I love the fact they are plant-based, no harsh and strong scents of harsh chemicals and natural products. They leave our home looking and smelling so clean and fresh. They also offer great products for babies and kids as well. And I love that one of the Co-Founders is: Jessica Alba. She’s been an all-time favorite for many years. And I love that she created such an affordable brand thats simply HONEST. If you haven’t check out The Honest Company go and read up about it and check them out. You can test them out by trying out their free trial by signing up on their website. (NOT SPONSORED)
HONEST COMPANY MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER
WHERE TO FIND IT: https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-surface-cleaner
PRICE: $ 5.95
HONEST COMPANY BATHROOM CLEANER
WHERE TO FIND IT: https://www.honest.com/cleaning/honest-bathroom-cleaner
HONEST COMPANY GLASS+ WINDOW CLEANER
WHERE TO FIND IT: https://www.honest.com/cleaning/glass-cleaner
FASHION + STYLE FAVES:
QUAY AUSTRALIA : ” ON THE PROWL”
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://www.quayaustralia.com/products/on-the-prowl
WHY I LOVE IT: These have to be my fave Quay Sunnies. They are big and have mirrored lenses. I wear them all the time. Great size for my face shape, they are quite the popular pair. These sold out quick, but I think they are now available on their website or a 3rd party website: whitefoxboutique.com.
QUAY AUSTRALIA SUNGLASSES
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://www.quayaustralia.com
WHY I LOVE IT: If you don’t know about Quay Sunglasses go out and buy some. I saw a lot of youtube make-up guru’s wearing and talking about Quay. So I went and checked out their brand, and OMG. I died and fell in love. Affordable sunnies that are big and oh so fashionable. Go shop Quay now!
CHLOE + ISABEL JEWELRY
WHERE TO FIND IT: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/emilydesouza
WHY I LOVE IT: Affordable, high quality, fashionable, chic jewelry with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE. Loving our newest collection inspired by the Amalfi Coast one of my favorite place in the entire world. Shop my boutique today and discover these styles and so much more.
PRICE: $16.00- $180.00
GENTLE MONSTER SUNGLASSES & EYEWEAR (DEBORAH MIRRORED LENSE SUNNIES)
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://en.gentlemonster.com
WHY I LOVE IT: I discovered Gentle Monster from one of my faves LV from HausofColor. And I feel in love with her sunnies. I had to ask her where she bought them and she told me: Gentle Monster. So I checked out the brand and since them I fell in love. I love how they customize the fit so it’s just right for you. If your in the NYC area go and check out their Flagship store at: 79 Grand St, New York, NY 10013.
CELINE NEW AUDREY SUNGLASSES
WHY I LOVE IT: I love big Sunglasses, great for any day, and for trips. These are the perfect size and shape for my face. I have an oval face. And the Celine New Audrey’s are one of my faves. Sleek and chic loves. Great for any face shape I feel. So, if you don’t have a pair you should pick some up.
PRICE: $ 405.00
CELINE ZIPPED TWISTED CABAS SHINY SMOOTH CALFSKIN HANDBAG
WHY I LOVE IT: CELINE– another fave designer. I’m a handbag lover for sure, but this one right here its simple yet chic and classy. I own a few of her signature Celine Nano, Medium Luggage tote and her Trapeze handbags. This one right here is a great bag to have when you live and work in the city. I love to be hands free and this bag is great for that. Plus, its big enough to hold all the things you need for the day, and it’s not heavy at all. Love the black color with red interior with detailing on the strap and yellow on the opposing side of the strap. Simple, minimal but still chic. Great city bag to own and add to the collection. Plus I believe it comes in other styles, but this right here is my fave.
CHANEL YELLOW PYTHON FLAP MAXI HANDBAG
WHERE TO FIND IT: http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fashion/products/handbags.html
WHY I LOVE IT: First of all, if you know me you know my love and obsession for handbags is REAL. And I love adding unique, classic and fun pieces to my collection. This one right here has to be my fave for the season. The color, I love yellow and with the summer season, you can pair this with any outfit, it will look fabulous. The details, the python flap and all oh my goodness, just gorgeous. But I will admit this bag was hard to find because of the detail and design, but it’s definitely a keeper. You don’t need to really accessorized that much with this bag by your side, because the bag speaks for itself. So if you were to accessorize, I’d keep them minimal, so it won’t take eyes off of this beautiful bag.
PRICE: 6,000 AND UP
OFF THE SHOULDER TOPS
WHY I LOVE IT: The look is so chic, sleek and feminine. So just enough skin, and such a great look for this season. This look can be dressed up, down, casual, glam, however you choose to style it you’ll look oh so fashionable and fabulous.
PRICE: $30 AND UP
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.
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
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
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?
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