September 18, 2015

NYFW '15 Review!

Although I was unable to actually attend NYFW, I did do my fair share of cyberstalking and ogling over my phone! For those of you who actually attended...save me a seat next year! ;* Now that all the social media craziness of NYFW has finally died down, I think it's a good time to recap some of my favorite beauty looks, models, designers, and of course fashion! When it comes to runway models, I've always wondered why designers go out of their way to create an outlandish beauty look. I have to say that I'm old school, and enjoy a red-carpet-ready look, or a simple and pretty look. My favorite beauty look of NYFW was by far Diane Von Furstenberg. The look was big, soft, bouncy curls, flowers in the hair, a beautiful aqua eyecolor, peachy cheeks and lips! Very springtime, and very feminine! When it comes to the "models of the moment", the awards go to Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Gigi, and Bella Hadid! These ladies know how to give a fierce strut and rule the runway! When it comes to accessories, I think that Kate Spade and Edie Parker stole the spotlight. For Kate Spade, bag shapes ranged everywhere from dalmatians to ice cream trucks! Edie Parker's new line featured an array of nautical themed clutches that practically begged to be taken on vacation! Now on to the most important part, the fashion! When it comes to gowns, I love intricate detailing, dreamy silouttes, and plenty of bedazzle ;D Jenny Packham, and Idan Cohen perfectly displayed this with their S/S '15 collections! When it came to dresses portraying pastels, feminine grace, and beauty, Christian Siriano (I died over his shoes as well), Zimmermann, and Carolina Herrera were my top 3 favorites in this category. I also loved Badgley Mischka's RTW line of dresses and suiting. The mixture of florals, butterflies, and beaded detailing was absolutely perfect. My favorite line that I'd be able to actually purchase (you know how it is), would be the Lauren Conrad line for Kohl's. Tons of sparkle and affordable? Sounds right up my alley! Another favorite line that fell on the more business professional side was Tibi. If you love some sequin shorts, skirts, or metallic slacks, then this line is the line for you! Judging from the overall picks by designers, the must-have colors of 2016 will be iced coffee, lilac grey, rose quartz, buttercup yellow, fiesta red, peach echo, green flash, limpet stone, snorkel blue, and serenity blue. To see these colors, head to www.pantone.com. When it comes to styles, expect to see your fair share of sequins, nautical, feminine, and florals come this spring and summer!  Overall, this NYFW provided some of the most inspiring looks and lines that I have ever seen. Below are some of my favorite pieces from a few of the shows. Come on back to check out my London Fashion Week review coming soon!

Diane Von Furstenberg look on Kendall, Karlie, and Gigi. 
Idan Cohen
Christian Siriano
Christian Siriano
Zimmermann
Carolina Herrera
Badgley Mischka
Tibi

September 9, 2015

Beauty Basics!

If you read my Lipstick Review from a few posts back, you know that I'm a girl who has always loved to glam it up! Even though this is the case, I tend to get into a beauty routine that really works for me, and I roll with that same look for a long time. Seems to work, because I always recieve random compliments on my makeup, and questions on what my staple choices and brands are. I'm no beauty guru, these are just my personal fabulous finds! So, without further ado, I give you my top 9 beauty basics and steps! 1. First, I always start out with an original primer from Bare Minerals. Their pump bottle lasts me about 2 months, seeing as I only use about a pea sized pump each time. Primer is a very important step, because it ensures that your makeup sets well and lasts longer through the day! 2. When it comes to applying makeup, I use Bare Minerals precision brush for foundation, and rounded brushes for the blush and mineral veil. 3. My staple foundation is Bare Minerals original powder. I find that loose powders stay longer than liquid foundation, and won't melt off (insert Wizard of Oz flashback) or collect in the fine lines or creases on your face. 4. I tend to have slightly darker circles under eyes, so I use a small amount of the Bare Minerals stroke of light liquid concealer under my eyes. Don't swipe it into the half-moon under your eyes, instead blend in the form of a downwards triangle. This helps to prevent it caking under your eyes. 5. To finish it all up and make sure it stays in place, I use a light layer of Bare Minerals mineral veil on top of my finished coverage. 6. For a bit of color, I like to use Bare Minerals fruit cocktail blush on my cheeks. 7. I always use a waterproof eyeliner, (you never know when you'll watch a good tear-jerker or get caught in the rain...) and my favorite is L'OrĂ©al telescopic liquid liner. I find that a liquid liner is always more dramatic than a crayon or pencil. 8. My ALL TIME favorite mascara is Makeup For Ever smoky extravagant. This mascara will literally last you forever (hehe, get it?), and has super lash extension powers! 9. Lastly, I use Maybelline baby lips chapstick. I love this product, because it keeps my lips hydrated and also has a pinky sheen color to it. I hope that you find your own perfect beauty routine, and brands that you trust and love! For lipstick reviews and advice, visit my older post titled Lipstick Reviews!

September 4, 2015

Considerations Of A Shopaholic!

My "Fall Haul" from yesterday! Preparing to bundle up for cold comfy days, and stay professional and warm for work! Although clothing shopping may be my ultimate form of therapy, it's not always as easy as I make it look ;) Coming from a Class A Shopaholic, trust me when I say that it can be equally as stressful as it is relaxing. Thankfully, you have my experience and expertise to ensure your shopping trips always benefit your closet, budget, and fashion credibility! First, always make sure you're prepared with a good attitude, your personal allowance of cash, a coupon hoard, and a full stomach. Side note: I personally hate the thought of the person in the next fitting room enduring the loud gurgles of my growling stomach, and considering offering me their stashed granola bar... Anyways...when starting off, I like to stick to the brands that I am most loyal to first, then work my way down to the so-so brands. This way, I get all major purchases down first, and decide from there if I should continue to shop or drop! Always, and I mean ALWAYS try something on before you purchase it. I cannot stress enough how important this is. #1. All clothing fits each person's body type differently. Don't assume if it looks great on her that it will work the same magic on you. #2. You could have the wrong size, wrong color for your skin type, or all together wrong idea of what you wanted. #3. The return policy of that store may be strict, and you might not able to return it later if you discover your purchase was a mistake. No one likes getting home and not being able to hang that shiny new purchase in their closet because they ended up disliking it! I'm a big fan of the "huggable" method. If I adore something enough to want to wrap my arms around it and not let go, it's meant to come home with me. My mom has said that's how she knew I was serious in wanting something since I was a child, and has proven true into adulthood. If it's not a "huggable", then don't overhink it and move on. When it comes to coupons, make sure you've got the motherload of options on you. Sign up for mailed coupons, or emailed if you prefer prior to shopping at that store. I NEVER purchase anything at full price, because #1. It is not worth that full price, it is marked up a large percentage from the manufacturing price. #2. You can get more for your money. #3. Do you really want to pay $75 for one blouse? You should also take other things into consideration like, "should I really buy another cardigan when I already own 10?", or "how many more black items can I possibly fit into my wardrobe?". Keep a good variety going, and purchase staples that you know you need, or new styles you have been wanting to try. Always look over your clothing previous to buying it. Working in retail, I can't tell you how many times I find makeup-stained, snagged, or torn clothing on the salesfloor from all the times it has been carelessly tried on. Just give it a quick look, and you will save yourself an embarrassing trip back for an exchange. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help! Take your mom, your sister, your friends, or ask a sales associate if you need backup. 99% of the time they aren't working commission, and genuinely enjoy using their fashionable opinion to help you look great. Lastly, make sure you have a fun time! Don't be too harsh on yourself if at first you can't find the perfect fit for you, just keep looking until you've hit the jackpot. After all, in the end you will come out with a refreshed wardrobe, and that's something to be excited about Happy shopping, xoxo!