Monday, September 15, 2014

Fashion: Hat Attack

Free People Ring Set, A Peace Treaty Asmat Ring

It's no secret that I'm one hat crazed lady therefore it's no surprise that at the Elaine Turner #NYFW Fall 2014 Launch Party my eyes kept gravitating toward this beautiful brown hat housed perfectly next to a stack of the coziest knit sweaters! As I was about to leave the event, I knew I could not walk out of that store without trying it on and before you know it, I'm at the register wrapping up this amazing hat! I can't stress the awesomeness of a great hat! Often times a great hat will really make my outfit come alive and is my saving grace on bad hair days! I have gotten non-stop compliments on this topper from both men & women, helping boost my self-confidence while strutting down the streets!

Onto the beauty realm of things, while celebrating blogger Cara of The Stylephile's birthday this past Saturday, we contacted PRIV, an on-demand beauty & wellness app that allows you to schedule haircuts, blowouts, manicures, getting your makeup done, massages and more with the click of a button no matter where you are in NYC (currently expanding to London, Los Angeles & San Francisco)! It's just as amazing as it sounds with prices comparable to brick & mortar salon services! We all met up at Cara's apartment for an evening of mani's and hair touch-ups while snacking on some finger foods and chatting it up. It's nice to feel pampered every once in awhile and having a service that is super accommodating for us busy city gals with time constraints makes it all possible! Heck, they'll even meet you at the office while on your lunch break! The PRIV ladies were super sweet, professional and got the job done! I opted for Essie's After School Boy Blazer, a rich, dark navy in celebration of the cool weather & some loose tousled waves! I was completely satisfied with the end results and would absolutely book their service again. Maybe a nice at-home couples massage? ;)

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P.S. Stay tuned for a MANDA unchained giveaway! One of my personal favorite jewelry designers who resides in Spain! Learn more about this amazing lady and her line here!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Private Opening of Nordstrom Rack Queens

Welcome to Queens, Nordstrom Rack! ;)

The 3 looks styled by (from L to R) Kim of Eat.Sleep.Wear, Natalie of Natalie Off Duty

The always fierce & stunning Natalie Suarez. Love you!

Cutie pie contest winner Angela Ly sipping on some champagne!

Angela Ly & myself with blogger babes Kim of Eat.Sleep.Wear & 
Natalie of Natalie Off Duty

As an Astoria resident, I was thrilled to learn that a Nordstrom Rack was opening at the Skyview Center, close to my hood! The amazing Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty held a contest on her blog for admission to the private store opening of Nordstrom Rack Queens & I was the lucky winner :) Not only did I get a sneak peak of the brand new store before doors officially opened the day after, but the lovely Nordstrom Rack team presented me with a gift card to shop & be styled by the ever fashionable model/blogger! 

Hosted by blogger extraodinaires Natalie, Kim & Naty, myself and 2 other contest winners were given a tour of the multi-level grandiouse space (one of the larger Nordstrom Racks to date at 39,000 sq ft) while sipping on champagne and endless bite-sized hors d'oeuvres. Then the shopping spree began! Nat and I scanned the many racks of clothing and accessories for the perfect pieces as she gave me some style tips on her knack for layering both clothing & jewels. Of course we both fell in love with some really great Free People, Rag & Bone, Paige Denim, Kate Spade and Burberry finds, but I settled on a pair of J Brand Skinny Jeans, something my wardrobe was currently lacking & the comfiest Chaser Brand tee. I can't lie, I've been wearing the dang outfit nearly every day since purchasing it because I love it so much! 

Those who were invited to the private opening were hovering over the accessories and outwear section, filling their carts with designer items at nearly half the price! I must say, I was really impressed with the selection of accessories. The wall of hats (you guys know how I'm obsessed with hats!), jewelry displays, bag collection and sunglass selection were over flowing with some of the season's hottest must-have trends. From home goods to women & men's apparel and so much more, I know us Queens residents are thankful to have a quality one-stop-shop close to home! I left the Nordstrom Rack with a few more pieces I can't quite seem to put out of my mind, so I should probably hurry back soon before the goods are gone!

Thank you SO much to Nordstrom Rack, Whitney Popa & Natalie Suarez for a fantastic event & a shout out to the lovely contest winners Angela Ly & Amanda Helani! I had such a great time with you all & I hope to see you again soon! <3


Friday, September 12, 2014

Trina Turk #NYFW SS 2015

The Lady of the Hour: Designer Trina Turk

Color, patterns & prints!

I couldn't help but walk into Trina Turk's S/S 2015 presentation wide-eyed and inspired! While we are all in the midst of preparing for fall, these outfits were looking mighty fine with the unexpected September heat we've been experiencing here in NYC! I must say, this collection was absolutely refreshing for my 1st MBFW experience!

From head to toe, these models looked as though they has been dipped into a canister of sunshine! 
Trina's use of color and pattern mixing was unlike anything I had seen before. I'm a big fan of mixing prints, but haven been a bit timid in participating in the trend for fear that it just hasn't quite come together for me, but after seeing TT's S/S 2015 line, I'm feeling quite daring. She's done it so well & tastefully! Mixing California vibes with 60's & 70's inspired-silhouettes--it simply works! The accessories personally stood out to me. Super chunky statement necklaces, perfectly tailored outerwear in the coolest prints, animal print sandals I need to call my own and ultra chic mod black & white striped headbands! Is this the latest accessories trend? Do you think they'll make a big come back?

During the presentation, models were encouraged to take selfies and interact with the viewers, answering questions and striking poses just for us! Trina Turk's SS 2015 runway presentation was such a fun and unique environment, encouraging guests to take our time appreciating each look by giving us all a "front row" experience! What a treat!