Friday, December 19, 2014

DIY | The Best Last Minute X-MAS Present

The Cutest Chevron Bracelet,
easy to make and surely to please.

Well what's better than a thoughtful and useable present.  I suppose you could be sarcastic and say the winning lotto ticket, a vacation, or some other lavish big ticket item.  Though, truthfully -who can afford all that?  Not me and that probably also applies to ninety-nine percent of you as well.  

So how about something cool, thoughtful, inexpensive and something someone would actually want to wear. I thought they would be great mixed in with other bracelets or worn as a trio. 
Sound good okay great!  Check out how I made these chevron braided bracelets. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DAILY OUTFIT | Fall Layering

Classic, Pulled Together -
And always running late.

It may be december, but it is fall for another week.  So here was a little something from fall, as of late its been extra tough getting all these posts up, but I'm back and ready to keep it up.  I always pull it together, but I'm perpetually fashionably late.  So much change is coming and I hope you guys will enjoy reading about my adventures.

The holidays will of course be hectic, but I'm always happy to spend some quality time with my family and the food, of course one of my holiday favorites is the food. I will be anxiously awaiting a good word from FIT, which I'm planning on starting this Fall 2015 in the Textile and Surface design program and then to the.  I had my interview this past Sunday, I was so excited/ nervous before and after - seriously, I thought I might pee my pants.  Not really, but the feeling fluttering inside the cavern of my body was nuts.  

So regardless, After my 28th birthday this March I will be moving into the City, finally.  I lived my whole life an hour outside of the best city and I will finally be  living in it.  Follow me as I make my dreams come true, plan my "we're having a pre-wedding, we aren't getting married for a long time" engagement party, throw my fiancé his Dirty 30 Birthday party and continuing on a path of productivity and of course trying to be fab. So, ahhhh here it goes. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LIFESTYLE | Glade Pop-Up Boutique Debut

Art Installation Selling Feelings -
what will you feel?

If you live in NYC, this is one amazing pop-up shop that you need to experience. Glade is preparing to launch great variety of complex new scents in 2015 and in preparation they had their first ever pop-up shop in the Meatpacking District right here in the City.  And I got to attend the premiere cocktail party opening for this fab event of feelings, luxurious scents and great people. Glade is breaking boundaries between quality and affordability.  I really love some of the new outdoor scents such as Blooming Peony and Cherry, Cashmere woods and Moonlit Walk which will become available at local Targets in the coming year. 

The pop-up boutique consists of five scent themed rooms that give us the gift of feelings upon entrance of each creativity filled room. I loved the installations, each of the five rooms was labeled the feelings: Anticipation, Relaxation,  Fresh & New, Flirty and Energized -the rooms were a full multi-sensory experience and perfectly matched with to the scents of Sparling Spruce, Hawaiian Breeze, Clean Linen, Blooming Peony and Cherry, and the Red Honeysuckle Nectar.  

The beautiful scent lounge area and beautiful mosaic of a woman's face made up of all candles was created and curated by the talented and beautiful Stephanie Goto.  I loved her touch of retro glamour, classy chic style with a touch of whimsical nature to bring the space alive.  Upon first walking in I was greeted by the lovely hosts and then relaxed in the perfect feelings lounge and then making my way to the scent bar to experience all the scents and grab a refreshing coconut water mojito. 

Friday, December 05, 2014

DAILY OUTFIT | Staying on Track

And also, Introducing:
The coolest rain boots ever.

You never know when its going to rain, so why not let your rain boots make a statement just as any of your other boots do. Functionality and fashion can go together.  First it's sunny, then it starts raining - its crazy. Henry Ferrera makes the best cool designer looking rainboots (check below for some more styles). Basically these boots allow you to pull off being prepared without ruining your flair.

Flair, style, your essence, you know - "ya thing", its what we all possess and only some of us embrace it.  Lately, I will say I've been struggling to encapsulate all that is my flair.  For the past month and a half I've been working diligently on a new portfolio for FIT. Yes, new.  I decided to go a different route for my pieces and actually feel it is my best work.  I thought I would be getting my BFA, but no such luck.  The degree I want doesn't care I have a degree in business, so although I need to do a whole other associates degree over, I'm hoping for a 1-year associates to fulfill their art majored requirements.  I'm very excited to share some of these pieces with you all, I will soon, as soon as this interview is over.

Needless to say, I've been so crazy these last three weeks -that my posts have fallen a bit and I may have been losing my mind a bit.  The only thing I know is, I'm getting in.  It is the only program for me and the only classes that make me excited to learn.  I feel meant to do it, and like Andy Warhol would have said, it never mattered how slow I went, it only mattered that I've never stopped.       

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CRAFTY SIPS | A New Thanksgiving Beer

Thanksgiving is a time for sharing.
Sharing an awesome pumpkin porter.

Recently Erin and I shared a limited batch pumpkin mix pack.  The beer was a collaboration job by 21st Amendment and Elysian Brewing Companies called "He Said" that included two Belgian-Style Triples brewed with pumpkin and two Baltic Porters with Pumpkin.  

I will preface this by saying that my love of Porters has been vastly growing. I love them, I'm obsessed with this year's batch of Long Ireland Chocolate Porter and now I have a new beer to add to the list. With the good comes the bad and I will admit, I was not crazy about the Belgian Triple Ale.  It was slightly too bitter in the finish, which I like sometimes - but not with pumpkin beers.  I look for a smooth body and slightly sweet finish with a great pumpkin beer and with that the porter took home the bacon!

I now only wish I could buy solo packs of the He Said Baltic Pumpkin Porter and hoard it up to have all winter.  Yes, it was that delicious.    

So, with tomorrow's holiday be sure to share the love and the beer.  I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and gets to spend with people they care most about.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DAILY OUTFIT | Parisian Vibes

J e   V e u x   v o i r   l e   M o n d e
                                                                                       : i want to see the world.

The older I get, the more my perception of "rich" or "value" continues to change.  Of course we'd all love to be served breakfast in bed, own a summer home - how about own a private jet, while we are at it.  Though, only few things make an individual actually rich.

In my opinion, all the money and general wealth in the world can not make your life rich by merely existing.  A rich life is comprised of:   l o v e  - love of oneself, love of another, feeling that love in return, love of one's purpose, love of life ;  e d u c a t i o n  - you have stopped living if you are no longer learning ;  t r a v e l - there is so much to see in this world and with each discovery lies a chance at an enriching adventure ; lastly and positively accompanying is :  p a s s i o n - without passion the hunger that fuels each of these life enriching elements will cease to exist. 

Although, it will be a bit more of a wait till I hop the pond.  I will have to appease myself with Domestic travel, Caribbean trips, and fantastic casual outfits.  Every day is an opportunity to artistically express an emotion and my emotions want to travel Europe. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BEAUTY | Fake that Summer Glow All Winter Long

As the Winter Chill sets in, 
the summer glow doesn't have to leave.

As soon as the holidays become close, the freeze begins to creep in.  With that the dry and pasty skin lurks around like the awkward family members that you try to avoid at family parties. I have never been a huge fake tanner, self tanner, tanning bed sort of girl -but I also cannot deny that I feel miserable as soon as my tan has completely faded. 

FakeBake is a great way to fake the healthy, glowing and toned complexion to your skin.  It is a washable faux glow that is easily applied and rubbed in.  It's instant gratification because you can see the product blending and can carefully apply it evenly.  FakeBake is great for you body and face. A great option for an instant bronzed look that washes away easily in the shower, yet will not rub off if it is dried and layered properly.  I will say I layered it really thick to appear extra dark for a halloween costume ( see here ) and I got it on my white sweater scarf -though after washing it, my scarf appeared like new. So, basically I'm telling you it is not only a great way to fake a summer glow, but that it is completely washable! Do it, I won't tell anyone. 

So these are a few of my favorite products, they are all spectacular and do a fantastic job of keeping my skin soft, healthy and have a natural year round glow.  I highly recommend this regimen! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

DAILY OUTFIT | Smells Like Teen Spirit

90's are apparently the new 80's,
and I like the music more. 

I still think I like 80's movies better, but 90's music is the best.  There is something about those grunge bands that started in garages and then found themselves creating their own genres. I love them all: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and I can't forget my little obsession with Gavin Rossdale and his band Bush.

With that being said, the grungy elements of the 90's fashion really look great with modern lines. I love the textures of plaid, leather and silver hardware with the sheer flowy nature of the shirt and the grungy style boots and beanie.  

So this years immersion into the subculture's fashion and into mainstream has made my "stuck in the 90's" mentality even more relevant.  To top off being able to rock 90's gear with fresh albums coming out from some of my favorite 90's people.  A new Bush album is dropping and the new Foo Fighters album just dropped last week, now I'm anxiously awaiting for the release of tour dates. But to hold me over, I'll just bask in the revamping of the 90s in my wardrobe. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

MUSIC | that boozy, bluesy rock and roll

A night with some of my favorite people
& some of my favorite living bands.

It may take a little bit before a show tops this one, and by a little bit, I mean next show I attend. I just love the feeling of being in the crowd below the stage, feeling the energy and what music is all about. So needless to say, it was to be a great night. Not only did I score very limited general admission front section tickets to the Black Keys and Cage the Elephant - but I got to enjoy it with some of my best friends and my fiancé. I bought these tickets last spring and anticipated this show all summer.

My expectations were most certainly surpassed, Cage was sick and my love for Dan Auerbach continues to grow.  The Black Keys helped me realize there is still real music out there.  Not every newer artist is strictly a studio act - they actually can put on a real live show. 

Although, to be perfectly honest -a great show is like a full blown addiction, thrilling and wild, but consumingly addictive.   After seeing great bands, I only want to see more.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

DAILY OUTFIT | Princess & the Denim

Pretty, Pretty Princess

Opposites always attract, I really love the contrast of opposing style.  In this case I used the tulle style skirt, simply folded from this dress (here) and paired it with a studded chambray top.  Its a simple look with a that I could easily wear with flat boots to dress it down a touch. The really girlie, ultrafem style skirt and grunge style denim is a great balance. I also, love the idea of reinventing a dress into a skirt for extra versatility.  It really worked great with this particular piece and I can't wait to see what else I can do with it in the spring. 

If you like this chambray, you should check out Mavy Savvy and their unique collection.  This top was one of the great items I received!  Enter my contest (here) to receive discounts on their fab pieces.


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