Even through the deafening SoulCycle music, I found myself unable to get Destiny's Child "Independent Women" out of my head. For once, it wasn't because I was pretending to be Kelly Rowland.
Oh no. Lucy Liu was on the bike in front of mine and at first sight, I was transported (in my mind) to the "Charlie's Angels" motocross scene pictured above. Lucy Liu and I were chasing down the bad guys in our sicker-than-your-average (R.I.P. Biggie) wheels. I mean work with me here; we were on stationary bikes peddling for our lives in a room with little ventilation. I'm allowed a bit of delusion.
That experience also taught me it's time to step up my active gear, "Charlie's Angels" style. 'Cause, you know a ratty tank and holey leggings are so not the move.
Swarovski-illuminated designs, handkerchief hems and all, the Rodarte S/S 2015 offered whimsy and a mash up of textures and ethereal, cascading materials.
The life aquatic was also a more-than-seeming inspiration for the turquoise hues, sheer detailing, and ubiquitous shiny accents. I'm not lying about the "aquatic' theme. Like seriously the sisters Mullevay were inspired by the tide as they waved good bye to fall (sorry).
Solitary Soul at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York City though somber and heartwrenching at times, offers a similarly optimistic fluid aesthetic via George Tooker's "Fountain" (1950). Its all-male, all-blonde figures revolve around the curvy, healing waters of the dove-hovering water fountain.
The Connection: There's a magical, sparkling moment that Rodarte and Solitary Soul share, which awakens the possibility that only spring can bring.
Curiously my TV has seen quite a bit of the NBA Finals. My sofa has experienced impassioned yelps and abundant profanity.
In short, my apartment is experiencing an NBA takeover; so maybe it's time for my NBA makeover. See what I did there?
Fact: I am a native New Yorker A) Despite that, I anticipate a Spike Lee sighting more than an actual Knicks' game B) The above statement leads me to...
Fact: I have no allegiance to any team. I base my cheers purely on... A) The team who is working together ("hustling"?) better B) The player that I find most attractive
As you can imagine, those facts brought me nowhere closer to my NBA Finals makeover; but this NBA Fashion page did! I think of my friend Crystal and her penchant for off-the-shoulder sweatshirts when I see this Knicks Andrews Top ($44.99).She of course, would rock her home team, the 76ers.
As high-top fades and Gumbys are in full effect (again), wouldn't you say it's time for a little '80s-inspired sweatshirt action? Speaking of action, if my crew were challenged to a b-ball game, I’d totally wear the Andrews Top. I'm pretty sure we'd look like the clip below (because I’m b-ball challenged):
During a particularly cathartic " Buddha" moment, I gave away one of my mom's amazing '70s hand-me-downs. It was an indigo-denim dress with a fitted top, long sleeves and an amazing flared skirt. It also happened to be the maternity dress she wore with ME in her belly. As much as I try to "que sera sera" that decision, it truly is a "que pena" moment (shout out to my Spanish teacher, Ms. Gliatta). So yeah, I have tacitly vowed to replicate the flyness that was that dress for the past 15 years. Seemingly impossible (it was dope plus it had sentimental value), I found my faith renewed when eShakti contacted me.
eShakti has a website chock full of styles to satisfy even the most finicky palates. How? You find a design you like and make it one you love (by altering aspects like the neckline, sleeves, length, and pockets even!); the cost to make changes is only $7.95. For the Queen of Picky Eaters (er, me), it was a movable feast of fashion once I picked my complimentary design.
I chose the Retro Chambray Shirtdress ($64.95). I shortened it to knee length and changed the sleeves from three-quarter to long. The neckline was perfect as is and of course, I kept the pockets intact; mama needs a place to put her hands. Its structured shoulders and soft chambray fabrication were chic edits to my mom's dress.
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As you'll see below, I completed my homage to '70s glamour with my brown knee-high boots (I forget the designer, but they're beyond) and my new fluffy hair:
Before Styled by June. Before her turban line. Before something else monumental, I loved June Ambrose.
Perhaps you remember when I met her at a fashion event last fall. I totally bartered with the Essence magazine photographer: "You can totally take a pic of me...um, but will you introduce me to June? I like, love her."
Minutes later it happened. She took a look at me in my vintage coat and said, "Girrrrrrl, you got me tonight. I spit on you...puh". True story.
When I found out that my super-talented, celebrity hair stylist friend, Shedelle Holmes, created June's luscious waves for the CFDA awards this week, I had to get the scoop for us:
Shedelle's inspiration: "June is, of course, a trendsetter and I wanted her to be the 'eye catcher' of the night so that meant her hair had to make a statement. My inspiration behind June's voluminous waves was the late Donna Summer.
Believe it or not I achieved June's hair with 3 easy steps and 1 product (FRIZZ- EASE Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray).
1. Creating her waves with a 1/2 inch barrel curling iron
2. Teasing the hair from roots to end from the temple down (making sure to use moisture barrier on the teased sections).
3. Working with the last section of hair, which was from the temples up to the crown of the head, I created waves only at the ends of the hair (keeping it sleek and soft at the top)!"
Oh and here I am stepping and repeating with Ms. Ambrose last fall. No biggie.
Skinny, Flare, and Bootcut jeans. No matter your favorite fit, there's a chance you'd love a flatter-looking tummy and um, a more ample-looking butt.
Even if you've been hitting the Amstel too hard, Not Your Daughter's Jeans ($88- $130) can make you look a full size smaller, flatten your stomach, and boost your booty. How? So glad you asked. The criss-cross paneling flattens the stomach, the high-rise design prevents muffin top, and the higher back pockets visually lift the bum. For the record, I'm in love with my red Alisha skinnies.
Wanna win your own pair? Just leave a comment here or tweet me the NYDJ style you want. I'll select a winner. Oh! If you're not a Facebook fan, like us. You gotta' be a FB fan to win!
All photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America
I had no idea when I pulled out my gray dress that I'd be the sartorial manifestation of introspective elegance. I know, deep. But when I read the vision for the VLOV-QingQing Wu show, it was crystal clear. The gray represented introspective elegance while the blue and white depicted hope. I'm down with that. Here are highlights (including video).
Here's a video clip from the show!
...and here's my introspectively elegant gray dress--though I'm not sure what the fuschia bra straps mean.
At its best, Fashion's Night Out (FNO) is a night of fashion, beauty, music, complimentary services, and drinks. At its worst? An over-crowded hotbed of godawful trendsters. I'm slightly bitter.
Look, last year I was so overwhelmed by the platform-and-animal-skin-clad chicks in the West Village, I had to duck into an Italian restaurant to compose myself (eat pasta and drink red wine).
I missed out on celebrity DJs, one-night-only deals, and more. If I hit up FNO tomorrow, the following events look dope.
NYC Fashion's Night Out Schedule: Thursday, September 8
Win Free Tickets to the Rebecca Taylor S/S 2012 Fashion Show
Get your photo snapped on the "step & repeat" at the Rebecca Taylor Flagship Boutique. The person with the fiercest look will win two tickets to the Rebecca Taylor fashion show. P.S. Svedka cocktails & sweets will be there as well. If you're into that kinda' thing. Rebecca Taylor Flagship Boutique: 34 Gansevoort St.
9:30 Solange Knowles Spins at Sephora
Head to the by Carol's Daughter styliing bar at Sephora to get your coiffure "did" in one of four styles: mohawk, fishtail braids, modern updo, and hair accessories. And while you're waiting, you get to watch Solange get down on the ones and twos. Sephora: 597 Fifth Avenue, 48th & 49th St.
"Rhinestonate" Your Hanky Pankys
Ends at 11:00pm
End your night with some Hanky Panky at Blomingdale's Soho. Adorn your Hanky Panky thong or boy short purchase with rhinestones. Word. Bloomingdale's Soho: 504 Broadway between Broome and Spring.
Not planning to be in the NYC area? Get your virtual Fashion's Night Out happening at Piperlime.com. At 6PM on the dot, they'll reveal their new celebrity guest editors. You can be one of the first to shop the editors' top picks!
When Iman slaps her thigh and tells you to get the bag, you get the dang bag. Last night I found myself at the Platinum collection preview, running to the next room for my favorite bag. See? All that time watching "Supermarket Sweep" paid off.
Platinum is the newest addition to the IMAN Global Chic brand, offering moderately priced, yet majorly luxe apparel and accessories. And let me tell you, we're not talking stiff faux leather...we're talking yummy suede and genuine leather with details like pony hair.
Yup, the butter-soft, chocolate brown bag above, which Iman calls "the ultimate carry-on" is a must have in my eyes...and heart.
Iman will appear on HSN today to debut Platinum. The rest of the styles from the line (including the carry-on bag of my dreams) will air on October 26th!
Q. Hello Breezy!! So, I have to go to a wedding Sept 3 @ 3pm at one of our friend's homes. It is a gorgeous house, party tents galore and it should be super swanky. What do I wear? Time crunch...what site to shop on? Ha!!! I need help ;)
A. Hey girl! I am a HUGE fan of J.Crew for a dope cocktail dress. That way you can buy it online, but if you need to do a size change or something, you can roll into the store. I also love Shop Bop for on-trend yet classic pieces. I have a MAJOR crush on this one-shoulder Halston Heritage number.
Oh and if you have time, I'd also suggest hitting up a flash sale like Gilt Groupe or Amazon's My Habit. You can get a high-end dress for a low-end price. Now let's talk accessories!
I have yet to overhear a woman compliment a guy's jeans--when said jeans are hanging off the dude's butt. From the loosie-tight hip hopper to the tightie-tight hipster, undies exposed beyond a waistband do not work. Let me say that again: do not work. I've seen girls' Facebook statuses devoted to the subject and participated in conversations about sad, sad saggers.
If you're a low-rider, here are denim styles for hip(sters) and hip(hoppers). But first, for the love of all that's good, pull up your damned pants!
Girls, if you're into boyfriend jeans and his look terrible on you (no worries we've all tried it), maybe you'll find something cute (and in your size):
Before I even knew who Makeda was, I knew the necklace. And since spending quite a bit of bonding time with the glamazon, the knotted pearl necklace has been her accoutrement of choice time after time: brunch, dinner, countless fashion events, and apartment fetes. In fact, the only time the pearls didn't make an appearance was when we went running along the Chelsea Piers. Knowing her though, she probably wore them under her T-shirt.
Last week, some of my fave beauty & fashion bloggers assembled at Alma G salon for the Glamazon Summer Social. Makeda presented us with her most beloved summer products and introduced us to the super-charismatic owner of the salon, Alma. Alma gave us her handcrafted, essential-oil-based, hair boosting serum, Almatized ($50).
Behold, the truck-load of other treats to make your summer a "glamazonous" one:
I've been wearing these Lucky Brand sunnies ever since I walked away from the social. And the Knockarounds ($14) with moonshine lenses are on my list for this weekend. They're both lightweight, stylish and inexpensive. Three of my favorite adjectives.
Wellies. Jellies. Stilettos? Typically, one wouldn't consider going out in a torrential downpour in high heels...unless they're eco-friendly and waterproof, Jean Paul Gaultier-Melissa Sandals ($143).
A part of me truly wants to reveal the location of a nail spot that offers $20 mani-pedis, but I just can't. I gotta' keep something to myself. I will, however, share with you the gorgeous Texas collection by OPI ($8.50) and the Braziliant collection by Essie ($8 each).
Makeda and Felicia raved about the anti-aging & brighteningDr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Facial Peel ($28 for 10 packets). It's the only facial peel on the market that contains five Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids, Retinol, Ubiquinone, Resveratrol, antioxidants, vitamins, and botanicals.
From the moment I stole a spritz from my college roommate's bottle, I had a love-love relationship with CK One. Since this limited-edition scent features crisp apple and sweet crushed berry top notes and cedarwood and incense base notes, I'm all over it (well, guess it's all over me).
Super light...and inexpensive. They're great for city walking: comfy enough to break into a sprint in case something goes down. And there's always a chance something will go down...don't you watch "Cops"?
For the days when makeup is a must...and waterproof mascara is the only way to go (if you have allergies, you know what I mean), these wipes remove makeup, refresh the skin, and leave it with a light, pleasant scent.
If I hear, let alone say, "pop of color" one more time, I shan't be held responsible for my actions. But hey, there really isn't a better way to describe such a glorious color, enriched with moisturizing collagen, Vitamins A, C & E, and SPF 15 gracing soup coolers everywhere.
Did you guys know that you're supposed to use your scrub BEFORE cleansing? Yup. When you use a scrub like this one, which includes ruby crystals, anti-aging/free-radical-busting red tea, and seaweed, it will lift up dead skin cells allowing your cleanser to work better. You heard it here, folks.
I'm a ride-or-die bikini girl. BUT I think this one piece from Amazon's new Swim Shop, is the perfect combination of color, pattern, and va-va-voominess (thanks to strategic ruching).
Enter to win a $100 Amazon Swim Shop Gift Card: Just tell me "I'm a bikini girl" or "I'm a one-piece girl" in the comment area below or Tweet me. Be sure to include your email address.The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, June 10th.
I'm sure you remember the DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince classic, "Summertime". I recall thinking how grown up Will Smith looked with facial hair. Gotta' love it.
There are certain songs that choke me up without fail. Tupac's "Dear Mama" and Boyz II Men's "A Song for Mama" are definitely at the top of that list. I also fight tears when I have a real-deal conversation with my mom like the one I had the other day.
I am grateful she raised me to know that however I looked, whatever I wore, or whomever I loved was perfect; I never doubted she'd love me unconditionally. It wasn't until I became a woman that I realized how profound (and rare) that is for many girls.
So of course I was psyched for last week's Accessories Council Mother's Day Top Picks Event. I was simultaneously nervous that I'd keep everything for myself like I did with my Valentine's Day goodies. Because it was in fact, an Accessories Council event, I knew without fail, I'd be presented with fantastic gift ideas from brands like Michael Kors, Givenchy, and even Sky Mall (for traveling mamacitas).
Since the gifts below are intended for Mother's Day, I vow to give my mom more than what I keep. Though I MIGHT need you to keep me honest.
Second row: Style will be made in the shade (wow, that was so corny!) with this Dorfman Pacific Hat. And speaking of shades...how cute are these Michael Kors sunnies and this MCM leather rabbit keychain? Show her the bling with this Givenchy necklace. I think this red Noon Copenhagen for Skymall watch is money for spring. Nothing says, mother like this BELK bead charm bracelet. I'm serious. One charm says, "Happy Mother's Day". And don't forget her Hair Rules!
Third row: If your mom is like mine, she'll be all over this Nine West animal print tote. Maybe she can rock it to a fancy dinner ar a great restaurant like, Rouge Tomate.
Last time on Temple of Glam, fashion stylist Jenny Altman gave us the first part of her tips on becoming a stylist. Here's part two...Enjoy!
9. While at shoots, make friends with all of the other shoot assistants (assistants to photographers, hair and make up people) and models. Spending nights and weekends doing tests with them is the only way to get photos for your portfolio.
11. Always offer your styling services to your superiors for the small jobs that won't be interesting to them. Eventually they will say yes and let you step in. Then it's up to you to show your talent.
12. Be ready, willing and able on all fronts. Styling is the glamorous part of the job, but not most of it. A stylist is really a glorified schlepper. You run all over town carrying trunks and rolling racks, and it's physically exhausting. You have to really love it to stick with it.
13. If you realize early on that it's not as glam as you thought, move on. I always like to point out to my favorite interns that you don't have to work in fashion to love fashion. You can be the most fashionable doctor or architect of all time.
14. If you are lucky enough to make a living as a stylist, enjoy it. I have. Traveling the world, dressing celebrities, has taken me far beyond my wildest imaginations. As an assistant, I used to sit staring at the beach in Bahia, looking up at skyscrapers in Toyko and running through the markets of Marrakech reminding myself that although exhausted, my life was pretty extraordinary.
Jenny Altman and I go waaay back. Back when I was fetching Starbucks, hosiery, and Double Bubble gum for my boss, the Editor-in-Chief of a major fashion magazine. I learned a lot in my position: how to write the perfect thank you note, how to de-carbofy a bagel, and how terrible of an assistant I really was! Of course I did some incredible stuff (like being Michael Kors' assistant for a magazine story & riding with Selma Blair as she and my boss went to the Costume Institute Gala at the Met). But the bevy of super-talented and beautiful women I worked with infinitely enriched my life.
Fast forward to now. I can't tell you the last time I spilled coffee on myself during a Starbucks run for someone else and now I'm organizing my own Fashion Week calendar. I'm also having tete-a-tetes with crazy-cool stylists like Jenny Altman who has worked with Fergie, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, and Cameron Diaz.
So you say you want to be a stylist? Here's how:
1. Don't study fashion. It's blunt, but true. Many people in the business turn their nose up towards people who only study fashion. HR execs prefer more broad-minded students.
2. Learn basic sewing skills and be the best ironer and steamer possible.
3. Do whatever you can to get an internship at a fashion magazine. Be the best intern you can be. Leave all humility at the door. When an editor asks for coffee, just be glad she/he knows you even exist to ask you for the coffee.
4. Bond with the fashion assistants, they are your key to a job in the industry. When your internship is over, stay in touch without being annoying.
5. Offer to assist on any shoots or help out when needed. Even if you're working for free, it shows your dedication and enthusiasm.
5. It's important to be around and be seen. "Out of sight, out of mind" is very true in this business, so you need to stay fresh in everyone's mind for when they do need an assistant.
6. Try to become a full-time stylist's assistant (whether they are a freelance stylist or magazine stylist).
7. Keep quiet when you are on a shoot; remember it's their shoot not yours. Your input and opinion are not necessary.
8. Make sure you have good credit and a credit card you can use for lots of buys and returns.
Come back tomorrow for the rest of Jenny's tips on how to become a fashion stylist!
Only a close friend could pick up a hiccup in my otherwise pristine non-dialect, dialect (barring an occasional New York "dawg" and "caw-fee"). In fact, I am the first person to notice inflection, intonation, and any other voice thingy in a person's speech. So, when a friend questioned my pronunciation of the word "umbrella", I thought she was joking.
"UHHM-brella, UHHM-brella...what?" My Southern roots apparently come out to say "howdy" when I say that word.
No matter how you say it, can we agree that this Pasotti Ombre Black Dahlia Umbrella ($189) is phenomenal? Quite a few (if not all) of these jammies are handmade and like this one, feature intricate handles adorned with Swarovski crystals. So I guess that's where the 200 duckets come in.
And though I'm not 100% sure umbrellas fit into a fashion or beauty post, I do know this. Farnsworth Bentley was once Diddy's umbrella guy; and they are both quite fashionable, so there. I also watched "Get Him to the Greek" recently and Diddy's performance was genius ("you cannot outrun me. I am black!").
Diddy...Farnsworth..."I am black"...Back Dahlia umbrella. This umbrella thing makes total sense now, right?
I guess I realized the weather was getting to me when I heard myself say with a deadpan expression, "So help me. If this weather continues through April, I'm jumping off a bridge." That, of course, led to another less-dramatic thought/question: What do we gals do when we have "a case of the Mondays" all week?
Sometimes we head to the hair salon: We color. We cut. We regret. We wait for hair to grow out.
I'm suggesting retail therapy. When life gives you lemons, take out the plastic and buy something pretty.
For instance, I'm kinda' having a floral moment lately. Admittedly, the moment is mostly happening in my mind, but it's HUGE. I really like this dress from Very.co.uk; they have a great range of women's clothes.
Even though they don't deliver to the U.S., you can use it as style inspiration...or if you know someone with a UK address, maybe you can get them to send it to you. If so, holler. I want that dress.
As much as I try to escape to Denial Isle, Valentine's Day is almost here. I know this because my stomach is in knots at the very thought of Russell Stover chocolates. And cherubic Cupid? I have a few choice words for him.
So when I got an invite to attend the Accessories Council Top Valentine's Day Gifts event, I dared them (psychically, of course) to wow me.
Last night I sat with my fashion-blogging compadres sipping MOET & Chandon and promising myself a cupcake after the presentation. I was ready to behold affordable and pretty perfect gifts for Valentine's Day. All right, enough with the talk, check out the goods:
(from left to right...sorta)
A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR A MOUTH FACIAL (A $250 VALUE)* & ORAL THERAPY TOOTHPASTE FROM REJUVENATION DENTISTRY
A BOX OF VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FROM CORNELIA GUEST
You and I know what happens at this time of the day...your craving a snack (and if there's nothing at your desk, you're heading to the vending machine) and you're craving some retail therapy. I can help you with one of the two primal urges: Boots under $100. I love the super sleek boot with the mega skinny heel. Take that platforms!
Make sure to share what you snagged (the boots or the snacks)!
Spiegel is looking to whisk away real (fabulous) women from ages 20-60, to a two-day shoot in New York City. After your hair is done by Fantastic Sams Hair Salon and your outfit is selected, you will be shot by a famous photographer and featured in Spiegel. Your shoot will look a little like this:
Enter and find out more here! Ends this Friday 8/27.
You might have heard about 7 for All Mankind's limited edition collection of 7 (of course!) pieces designed by photographer, Mika Ninagawa. As you can see from the styles above, the collection will be just as bold and in-your-face as Ninagawa's photography. But did you know that a Jersey Shore cast member was riding the wave of exposed (and dyed) denim shorts' pockets possibly a year before the collection's announcement?
On last week's season premiere, I noticed Ms. Angelina's shorts with exposed fuschia pockets and even had a disagreement with my friend about the outfit's flyness factor. Now I doubt very much that her shorts are from the new collection, but I loved them paired with brown chunky stacked heels. My buddy hated the whole look. What do you think...to dye for?