Monday, September 30, 2013

Makeup Monday: Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick


I recently fell in love with Stila's Stay all day liquid lipstick after I was introduced to it at Birchbox Local during this past NYFW. Unlike traditional lipsticks or lipgloss, this baby goes on like a lipgloss but drys like a matte lipstick, making it up there with sliced bread and cronuts. Stila's "Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick" is a godsend for woman with fuller lips such as myself, who struggle with getting lipstick to adhere to the inner portion of our pouts. Because it starts off as a gloss like consistency, it's easy to get a nice, even, full application over the entire lips.


Currently I've been rocking the shade Fiery, a beautiful red with a blue base and can't get enough! This is definitely one of my favorite shades and a must have for everyone's collection.

Comment below and let me know if you've tried Stila before or plan to?!


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Swoon App Relaunch Party


As the saying goes, in NewYork city one is always looking for either a new job, a new apartment, or a new significant other. While any of these can be challenging to find, a new app called Swoon, promises to help cross one of these items off your list.

And to prove it, recently they invited techies and tastemakers to test drive it at the Gramercy Park Hotel during their relaunch party.

Friday, September 27, 2013

3 Shoe Trends to Try this Fall


It’s officially Fall, and for many fashion-lovers, their favorite season of the year! What’s not to love about fashion week, new trends, and new shoes?? To celebrate the season, we've come up with a list of three out of the usual, shoe trends that are sure to spice up your shoe collection this Fall!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

How to Use OCC Lip Tars


I'll be honest, when I first came across Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) lip tars, I was excited!...but confused. I was familiar with them from hearing numerous beauty bloggers and YouTube gurus gush and rave over them but few had ever mentioned how they use them. I (like I would imagine most people would) assumed they were simply used like lipgloss and generously slathered on lips unbridled (yes, it's possible to use them that way but remember a little goes a long way). So imagine my surprise the first time I used a tube and ended up with globs of brightly colored high pigment lip product all over the general area of my mouth. Determined to not give up until I found the land of "milk and lip tar" every other beauty addict seemed to have found, I did some research as well as trial and error until I finally found three amazing uses for these products (and right in time for the launch of their newest Fall collection).

Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Motivation: The Secret to Getting Ahead


The secret to getting ahead is getting started, but how does one get started? No matter what the task is at hand that you need to begin, here are three tips to help you start!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan SS14: Punk Rock Garden Party


Emerson designer, Jackie Fraser-Swan, presented her Spring 2014 collection on September 8th in Lincoln Center. Fraser-Swan was inspired by the idea of a "Punk Rock Garden Party" and imagined that "a group of punk rock kids crashed a private garden on the Upper East Side where the Ramones were playing a secret show ."

To help convey this "clash of two worlds", Fraser-Swan teamed up with senior hairstylist Jorge Luis for PRIVE, and master makeup artist Tia Hebron for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. The model's nails were entrusted to technicians from "Miss Pop Nails".

Inline with the signature aesthetic of the Emerson collection, Fraser-Swan contrasted punk elements with classic femininity.

The collection color palette consisted of black, white, purple, fuchsia, sky blue, greens, and yellows.

The Spring 2014 collection featured three custom designed prints: Garden Gate, Allium Flower Field and Painted Hounds Tooth; with Garden Gate being the main focal point of the collection inspiration. Fraser-Swan's favorite flower inspired the Allium Flower Field, a whimsical and fun print, which was often combined with sheer black organza in a "paneled" effect throughout the collection.
Additional prints include a black & white Painted Stripe (hinting at Fraser-Swan's love of Tim Burton), Stone Tweed in black & gray or purple & gray, a Black/White Swir Stripe, featuring marbled/water like effect, and a Black/White Checker Print.

The collection was best summed up by this quote by Fraser-Swan:

"The "Emerson by JFS" girl is not afraid to be herself or stand out in a crowd, she is intelligent and can think for herself. She is a leader, not a follower." As Fraser-Swan's distant relative Ralph Waldo Emerson believed: Non-Conformity, Positivity, and Self-Reliance."

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Opening Ceremony Presents William Okpo S/S 2014 Collection

September 12, 2013 - William Okpo presented their Spring/Summer 2014 collection alongside Opening Ceremony’s BTW* series at the Super Pier in Manhattan.
The collection stayed true to William Okpo's usual "quirky cool" aesthetics of red, white and sea foam green. The collection featured a print of faces inspired by illustrations on barber shops the designers Lizzy and Darlene Okpo saw on their trip to Senegal which embodied a youthful innocence with the cartoon faces, fun silhouettes and the usual William Okpo cool quirk in red, white and sea foam. The looks were completed with loafers and Mary Janes from Dr. Martens.

The models wore a natural face, done by makeup artist Logan Slaughter of PrivĂ© Salon. The look consisted of brown eyeshadows, bronzer, and a light peach lip. Nail artist Christina Rinaldi complemented the look by using Mischo Beauty nail polish in “Mischo”, a solid bright red. Rinaldi had all the nails a solid red, with a longer accent nail that featured a mesh detail.
Hair for the models was also done by Privé, led by Creative Director Aaron Grenia and owner Laurent D. The duo created a unique look for the models which included a high ponytail on top of the head, braided upward with a puff at the end. The look was influenced by traditional West African "binding" and "pom pom" hairstyles.
After the presentation, guest were invited to stay for an after party on the pier which had Opening Ceremony pop-up shops, food by Cafe Habana, drinks by Tiger, photo booths and DJs A$AP J. Scott and Huggy Bear.

About William Okpo
Sisters Lizzy and Darlene Okpo launched Wiliam Okpo in 2010. The line, named for their father, is defined by a combination of his style, their Nigerian culture, and culture and style found in New York. They are GenArt alumni, having shown at Fresh Faces of Fashion in 2011 and again at New Garde in February of 2012. William Okpo is sold by Opening Ceremony in New York and Los Angeles, Cloak and Dagger, End of Century, and Village Verve.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Phillip Lim for Target Collection Launch

The Phillip Lim for Target collection is launching online and in stores today as most designer collab enthusiast are already well aware of. As a precursor to the launch, Target held a "Phillip Lim for Target" collection party in Manhattan last week. I was there to view the collection (and the mayhem) and survived to tell about it.


By the time I got inside the party around 8pm, the clothing racks had seem seriously ramsacked and the bags were only a whispered rumor. I contemplated picking up the "drop dress" but had to reconsider when I saw the immense line.

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As I wondered around trying to get a good look at as many pieces as possible so I could form my plan of attack for when the collection went online, I stumbled across Jessica Alba looking amazing as ever in the "boom print sweatshirt" and navy tuxedo pants.



Overall the event was great and I am really impressed by a lot of items in the collection. Although I have a hunch a lot of the print items are going to be very popular (be ready to see everyone walking around in sweaters that say "boom" soon), I gravitated more towards the solid print/work wear appropriate items.

Phillip Lim for Target #Limsanity Twitter

Saturday night/ early Sunday morning I engaged in #Limsanity with the rest of the twitter world to get all of the pieces I saw and wanted. Through diligent twitter stalking and insomnia I was able to score the following:

Friday, September 13, 2013

Francy Answers: How to Transition Your Wardrobe for Fall


Fall has finally, finally arrived, and I for one couldn't be happier. Some time back in July I started daydreaming about the days when I would once again be able to venture out of the house without my face instantly turning into a sweaty mess and the subways feeling like Dante's Inferno.

Now that those gruesomely hot days have past, our closets needs a little time and TLC to get it in gear for the Fall days ahead. Below are a few tips on how to get your wardrobe transitioned into Fall.

Monday, September 9, 2013

NYFW SS14 Coverage Jonathan Simkhai


The name Jonathan Simkhai might not ring a bell to you yet, but we have a hunch that soon it will. Known for his "sexy athleticism" style, and even dubbed a "young Michael Kors" by some Jonathan's Simkhai's latest collection did not fail to deliver. Shown at Milk on September 7, Simkhai's SS14 was inspired by the "infamous 1960's fight between the Mods and Rockers at Brighton Beach". To convey the perfect look, Simkhai enlisted the help of CATWALK by Tigi global creative director, Nick Irwin, to help him design just the right hairstyle for the models and top makeup artist Gucci Westman of Revlon to create a flawless face.


Irwin explained to us how he worked with Simkhai to create an "expensive yet simple" hairstyle to compliment the abundance of lines and stripes in the collection. Although luxurious, the aim was to keep the hair simple, stylish, and sleek in order to allow the clothes to have the attention, "this is not a hair moment. This is about the clothes." Irwin remarked. To achieve this "high end" yet simple hairstyle, Irwin added mousse to dry hair (his favorite hair secret) then blew it out and finished with a defined side part. The overall look was "classic, sleek styling with a hint of cool." To create this, he used CATWALK by Tigi Sleek Mystique Fast Fixx Style Prep, Curlesque Strong Mousse, Your Highness Shine Spray, and Sleek Mystique Look-Lock Hair Spray.


Makeup artist Gucci Westman gave the models an "all American" look to complement the "sporty cute/boyish chic" style of the collection. To achieve this look Westman used the new "Bronzilla" bronzer and "Nearly Naked" foundation by Revlon. Westman added brown "Lego" eyeshadow in the socket and underneath the lower lash line and cream highlight under the brow. , To finish up the look, the brows were darkened with "Fantasy" and light freckles were added to the model's face.



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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fancy Francy Lookercase Giveaway

Saying good bye to Summer can be hard. For many of us, summer is our chance each year to travel, hang out with friends, and enjoy the overall good weather. To make the transition into Fall just a little bit easier, I wanted to share with all of you one of my favorite accessories of all time... my iphone case! Okay, so you may be wondering how a phone case can be so awesome but trust me, it is! Since I started using this case over 6 months ago I'm absolutely in love.

The Looker case is awesome because of its incredible functionality. Not only is the case sleek and easy to hold, but it has an actual mirror that you'll quickly wonder how you ever lived without. If that wasn't enough, the icing on the cake is a card slot perfect for holding your metro card or I.D


Never has a phone case gotten as much attention from friends, family, and strangers like the Looker case. Everywhere I go people are constantly remarking on how “cool” it is that I have a mirror and a place to keep my metro card. To be honest, I never knew what I was missing in a phone case until I tried The Looker Case from Mobile Togs out.

Mobiletogs Designer case

In honor of the launch of their newest phone case, The Designer, Togs has decided to partner with Fancy Francy to giveaway my favorite case. The " Designer" iPhone case still features a mirror back and slot for credit cards, like The Looker, but also has the option of completely customizing the case design to fit your style or mood! To learn more about the case, check out the kickstarter campaign here:

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