Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I feel like it flew by but it was nice to just hang out with Casey and the kitty and enjoy the perfect weather we had in New York. Fall is finally making an appearance!
I worked off of this behind the scenes image from the photo shoot to show where my inspiration came from. I love how her hair is swept off to one side and is sort of messy.
I know, I know, you might not think “punk” when you think of me, but believe or not I love creating an edgier outfit from time to time and that’s what is so fun about fashion! You can change your look just by altering your clothing and makeup. But of course, I obviously still wanted my outfit to be authentic to me, just spunkier, so I styled my look around leather, plaid and red lipstick. I tousled my hair, wore a cat eye and kept everything else really simple and straightforward so as not to overwhelm the overall look.
If you live in New York, make sure to check out the Sunglass Hut SoHo Pop-in shop, which connects NYC to their London Fashion Week sponsorship and was totally recreated for consumers to touch and interact with the Sunglass Hut PUNK IT UP campaign. And for every purchase at the SoHo location, an exclusive tote bag designed by Gareth Pugh will be given away for a limited time only, so go check it out!
When I first moved to New York, I lived on the Upper West Side. I loved it up there because it felt safe and quaint, yet still a part of the big city. After living there for a year I became familiar with the different avenues and eventually made my way down to Columbus Circle to explore, which is on 59th street. The Shops at Columbus Circle are pretty amazing and quite a destination spot if you ask me. There are so many stores there plus the fact that there is a huge Whole Foods, an Equinox, plus many restaurants and more.
So with all that said, I recently partnered with The Shops at Columbus Circle with the plan of action to spot five lucky people shopping and gift them great pieces from The Shops that would complement what they were already wearing. You can read on to see how the weekend went!
First off, I saw these two cute friends and their adorable babies and new they would be the perfect fit for the items I had in store. One being a pair of classic black Ray Ban Wayfarers from Solstice Sunglass Boutique, and the other, a grey Eileen Fisher circle scarf. They already looked so cute in what they were wearing, that is was so easy to style them with one extra accessory each.
For Jessica, I thought that they Rayban wayfarers would be the perfect piece to edge up her outfit a bit. The size of the frames looked great on her face and her little boy seemed to love them too, so it was a win win.
And for Tiffany, I liked her striped dress a lot and thought that the grey circle scarf would really complement the colors she was already wearing plus her overall look.
Next up came Todd, who was visiting with his wife from Florida and they were about to get a glass of wine after shopping all day before I snagged him! I really dug his relaxed style but loved how he still looked put together. I knew that just a couple accessories could elevate his look in no time.
I chose this wool grey tie from J.Crew for him and a blue and white silk pocket square from Thomas Pink, just for fun, to take his afternoon look straight to pre-dinner cocktails.
The next girl I found was named Julie and she was just shopping around killing some time before meeting a friend for lunch. Since my gift was a few bracelets from Satya Jewelry, I thought her outfit would be perfect with the addition of some pretty black and gold bangles. They accented her classic gold watch so well and I loved that they played off her already white and black ensemble.
After Julie, I spotted another young girl shopping around named Katelyn, who I thought would be perfect for the next gift! I had found some really pretty delicate necklaces in Montmartre and since her original look was fairly straightforward and simple with no jewelry, I knew this girl’s outfit would be even more perfect with just the addition of these two pieces.
Lastly I ran into such a sweet guy named Eric coming out of the New York Running Company Store. He already had a great athletic look going on, but was only wearing a t-shirt and shorts. As the weather starts to get chillier, I thought that the pullover shell I had selected from the store would be a great and practical piece for not only seasonal running but also just hanging out with friends.
The day was super successful and I think everyone went home happy with their gifts. It was a great time and I loved meeting new people and spending time in such an awesome space. If you are ever in town or live up near the park, make sure to head on over to The Shops at Columbus Circle and check it out! xo
(More photos of this outfit to come later this week!)
This September marks my sixth year attending New York fashion week, and it never fails to amaze me that I am lucky enough to be involved in such an amazing experience. Sure, it can be stressful and busy and hectic, but it’s such an incredible feeling when all the chaos settles down just minutes before the lights go dim, and the music starts pumping through the speakers. Everyone becomes still and very focused, waiting with baited breath for the lights to go bright and see that first model stride out onto the runway, wearing some incredible outfit, with flawless hair and makeup. It’s just so exciting!
So earlier this week, when I was asked to attend the Tracy Reese show and go backstage on behalf of Mary Kay I of course jumped at the chance to get a sneak peek behind the scenes to see and learn about the makeup for the show. I haven’t done a lot of backstage in the past but love doing so because I find it fascinating to see how everything comes together as well as learning where the designer’s inspiration comes from. The shows are definitely focused on the clothing, but there is so much more that goes into the overall look.
Whenever I step backstage, I am always in awe of how many people it takes to make everything happen. There are stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, nail artists, coordinators, photographers, media, press, you name it and everyone has a very specific and timely job to do. It looks a bit like pure chaos, but everyone just works together to make the magic happen that we see on the runway.
The Tracy Reese SS16 collection was inspired by light; focusing on a theme of transparency and layering fabrics together. By using sequins and beautiful rhinestones, Tracy incorporated shine and sparkle but in subtle and organic ways. The beauty look translated by celebrating shine and luminosity, giving off a natural yet modern, fresh aesthetic.
Read more below about how to get the final makeup look using all Mary Kay products!
What a beautiful show! I had such a fun time and can’t wait to try this makeup look on myself! Even though it is geared toward spring, I think by wearing a slightly darker lip for fall, this makeup look is really versatile. Love it too? Learn how you can get the look below!
GET THE LOOK:
Tracy Reese Spring/Summer 2016 Makeup:
1. Prep your skin for a glowing, luminous finish. First, use the Satin Lips Mask, which is the best prep for lipstick ever. Apply it to the lips for 1-2 minutes to
1. You want to get a “just caught in the wind” look so use Mary Kay At Play Lip & Cheek Stick in Peach Pop for fair skin or Razzleberry dark skin, which will give you a soft, rosy glow. Make sure to apply in a circular motion and
blend until you get a soft stain.
2. Optional: Apply rhinestone “freckles” for a bit of sparkle!
Et voila! You just recreated the exact look that was worn at the Tracy Reese show, so congratulations! Now go out on the town and flaunt it! :)
Hello everyone, and happy Tuesday! Today’s post is sponsored by Hanes, which in my opinion is pretty awesome. I have been a fan of the brand for a while now and always have their white ribbed tanks and boxer briefs on hand to slip on when I am just lounging around the house. So needless to say, I was very excited to create this post. I styled up three different outfits wearing Hanes, if you’d like to take a look…
Yesterday I headed to Flatiron to check out the new Eddie Bauer flagship store on 5th, which is the first Manhattan store the brand has had in city in seven years! Seeing as I am from Seattle, which is where the brand originated from, and having grown up shopping there with my parents, I have a nostalgic tie to Eddie Bauer for sure. But what’s so exciting is how much the style and brand in general has evolved and changed. I feel like there’s something for everyone inside, whether you are looking for something to hike in, work out in or just an easy carefree dress for summer, they have it!
Upon arriving to the store, there was quite the party happening outside, complete was a prize wheel, a customized airstream, food trucks and a live band, which was really cool. After checking it out for a minute, I headed inside the store to meet the lucky winner who scored a $500 gift card and a styling session with me. I ended up working with a mother named Maureen and her son Finn, shown above, who were super nice and friendly (he wanted to be involved in whatever we did. :) We ended up selecting two super cute dresses for her since they have an upcoming trip to the Grand Canyon this summer, where she will most definitely need easy, packable items that won’t wrinkle.
I’m wearing a vest from Eddie Bauer, which I also can’t wait to wear in fall with a flannel or layer under a jacket when it gets chilly outside.
I had a blast styling Maureen and was so happy she left feeling great about her purchases as well as having a new impression of the Eddie Bauer brand. Job complete! xo
All photos were taken by my lovely friend, Lacy, who patiently helped me document every single step of this process.
Hey everyone! So, I’ve teamed up with Vidal Sassoon to take on the fun challenge of coloring my hair at home with their new Salonist hair color product. I chose Dark Red Violet 4/46 (eeek, talk about nervous!) but everything in the box provides professional tools (brush and a bowl) to achieve awesome results, so now you can color just like the pros!
The truth of the matter is, I’ve done at home color before and the results have left me with uneven color and eventually very dull looking hair. Unimpressive to say the least. So, over Christmas, I had it done professionally and was really happy with the outcome. It’s been about three months and my little brown roots are starting to show, so this project couldn’t have come at a better time!
My hair is naturally brown, so when it was colored a few months ago, I brightened it up a bit and went with a pretty purply-red. I loved it so much, that I decided to aim for a similar color this time around.
Something to remember when coloring your hair is, in order to achieve color that is full of depths and tones, it’s essential to treat roots and lengths separately since new hair growth and previously colored hair absorb color differently. Coloring also alters the pigment content, changing the hair’s surface structure and making it more porous. So since lengths have been colored up to 20x more than roots, the lengths require less dye.
1. First off, make sure to wear the gloves! Then empty tube 1 and bottle 1 together in the Salonist bowl and mix until smooth.
2. Next, use the Salonist brush to apply the color cream to your roots, starting with your hair’s natural part. Continue all the way down the back of your head. Brush the color cream onto your hairline. Part your hair again, ½ -inch below your natural part, and brush color cream onto the roots. Repeat this process as many times as needed to completely cover your roots. Use approximately ¾ of the color cream in the bowl.
Oh my gaaawd, I’m really doing this!
3. Add the VS Serum into the ¼ of color cream still left in the Salonist bowl and mix well.
4. Scoop the mixture out with your hands and blend it throughout the lengths of your hair. Massage the color in all over, even at your roots. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes.
5. Rinse out the color, and wash your hair with a color-safe shampoo. Then apply the included Salonist Color Preserving Conditioner and let it absorb for 2 minutes.
Voila, all done, and so happy with my gorgeous results! Next up on the hair to-do list…a haircut!
A few more tips from the experts:
The baby hairs around your hairline are weaker and softer and therefore develop faster than the hair around the crown. If you want even hair color, start coloring hair at the crown and then work your way out. Your hairline and bangs should be last. Just remember that application is key, otherwise you’ll be left with patchy hair color.
Apply hair color like you’re unraveling or peeling an orange. Start by applying hair color at the crown and then take sections of hair and work clockwise. You’ll want to finish applying hair color around the nape and the hairline since those strands develop faster.
To avoid hair color staining your skin, apply some Vaseline around your hairline.
Happy Monday! This past weekend was a mix of productive and fun, which felt great. I got a lot done but also had time to spend with my good friend Krystal, who was in town looking for apartments (she found one – YAY!) since she is moving here next month (double YAY)! Saturday night, Casey, Krystal and I went to Gelso & Grand to celebrate her finding a place and to indulge in their yummy pastas and pizza. I highly recommend you check this place out, and if you can have William as your server, even better. He was awesome.
Anyway, you might be wondering what this post is about, so I will get down to it. A little while back, Mary Kay asked if I would like to partner with them on a project celebrating their new microsite, Discover What You Love, which focuses on empowering women, sharing love for yourself, family and friends, and for those special things that give you meaning in life. With that in mind, I wanted to take a minute and talk about something I love, and some of the people I have met and came to love while doing it.
The something is my blogging career, which has opened up so many amazing possibilities for me and has introduced me to some pretty amazing women. And the people I would like to focus specifically on are four girls that I have come to love so much, and who have become “real” friends, not just work pals. We support each other through thick and thin, we listen to each other during the ups and downs and we believe in each other no matter what. Plus I always have a blast whenever we are together.
Below, I pulled together a collage of some photos of us over the years, along with a photo of the Brooklyn Bridge, since New York is where is all happened, plus photos of my three favorite *Mary Kay products that I have been wearing nonstop and love applying when I am out on the town with the lovely ladies below.
Photo 1: Me and Helena at a rooftop party / Photo 2: Me, Alicia and Krystal this past Fashion Week at The Ludlow Hotel / 3. Helena, me and Keiko on vacation / 4. Me and Krystal during Fashion Week three years ago / 5. The Brooklyn Bridge / 6. My favorite go-to Mary Kay products at the moment. / 7. Me and Alicia at the Nanette Lepore show / 8. My favorite go-to Mary Kay products at the moment (see listed at the bottom). / 9. Krystal and I at dinner this past weekend / 10. Helena and I goofing off at the apple orchards upstate / 11. Me, Keiko and Helena in a cab heading to an event. / 12. Keiko and me at our friend Angie’s Birthday party last year.
I first met Keiko and Krystal, five years ago at a Weardrobe Conference, Helena at a DVF shoot four years ago and Alicia at a Lucky Shopping event about three years ago. I feel so lucky to have these special girls in my life (they all know and love each other, which makes for a really fun time when we all get together) and I like to think that the quote at the very top of this post has a lot to do with it. If it weren’t for just saying a simple hello, introducing myself and seeing where it took me from there, who knows? I might not know these lovely ladies. I guess what I am saying is, in life, it’s all about taking chances, opening yourself up and allowing for the universe to work its magic.
So, here’s to strong and independent women, stimulating and rewarding careers, and supportive and amazing friendships. So go check out Mary Kay’s new microsite here and get inspired! Huzzah! xo