Tuesday, June 10, 2014

OPI Neon Shades Collection Launch


OPI announces the launch of six new neon nail lacquers, the brand’s first fullsize neon shades, along with Put a Coat On! – a special white base coat that instantly boosts neon color. Neons by OPI arrives just in time for summer, with electric hues in shades of lemon-lime, tangerine, hot pink, coral, lime and purple.

“With hands and feet constantly on display during warmer months, wearing nail lacquer is a must,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “I am a big fan of bright colors for summer, and Neons by OPI delivers a bold look that pairs perfectly with sun-kissed skin. To really make the neon shades pop, I recommend using Put a Coat On!, a new white base coat developed to be worn with bright lacquer hues to further enhance color.

“These six shades are the first full-size neons OPI has ever released,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With large demand for new bright lacquers, this collection is a welcome addition to OPI’s permanent line.”

Neons by OPI includes:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Fashion in the News: Forever 21 Launches Deeper Discount Store F21 Red

forever21storeIf you follow fashion news (or the buzz on budget blogs) you’ve been anticipating for a few weeks now Forever21’s new even lower priced store, F21 Red. The concept behind F21 Red is said to be providing basics at deeper discounted prices (as if Forever21 wasn’t cheap enough). The first F21 Red store officially launched this past Saturday in the Azalea Shopping Center just outside of Los Angeles, California. Prices have been reported ranging from $1.80 (camisoles) up to $7.80 for denim. Forever 21 hasn't yet announced any plans to roll out more F21 Red stores and appears to be using this first store to test the market.

Interestingly enough, this new store comes just as other retail chains also are working on possible lower priced stores such as J Crew’s “Mercantile” and Abercrombie and Fitch’s plan to change Hollister to a cheaper fast fashion brand.

Comment below and share your thought on this new store? Are you excited to see an even more budget friendly version of Forever 21? 

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Monthly Beauty Favorites

Fancy Francy Monthly Beauty Favorites

April went by faster than the speed of light, and May seems to be going at the same pace (Feliz Cinco de Mayo!) Last month there were a few items that I found myself constantly grabbing for (aka permanently attached to).

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish: The first item I talked about a few weeks ago when I first got introduced to it through Birchbox. Though I have been using this for the past few weeks, since it is a moisturizing cream based cleanser and the weather is warming up, I will probably switch to something lighter for the months to come.

Sephora Rose Gold Cream Blush: This is the first cream blush I've tried and though there was some getting use to (umm can we talk about how much brush hair gets stuck in this thing) I've really been loving the subtly color of  this blush and the long-lasting power of a cream vs powder.

Clinque Stay Matte Oil Free Foundation: I had been eyeing this product for a while and finally decided to take the plunge and buy it, and I'm sooo happy I did. As someone who doesn't wear foundation everyday, I wanted something that would be light and help to even out my skintone on those rough monday mornings. Although it's considered a foundation, this product is more of a tinted moisturizer/ BB cream with buildable coverage. Love this product for Spring/early Summer weather.

Clinque High Impact Mascara: Another gem by Clinque, I was gifted a sample of this mascara through some means and finally tried it last month. After using the sample up, I went out and bought the mascara and haven't looked back since.

Lush Cupcake face mask: Also another item I was introduced to through gifting. As someone who never really got the deal when it came to masks, I  can honestly say that this product produces a noticeable difference with my skin immediately. After using this product my face is brighter and tighter.

And there you have it. My favorite beauty goodies for the month of April. Comment below and let me know if you have tried these products or plan to. What were your favorite beauty products from last month?


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Brand you Should Know: Liz Earle Skincare


As a beauty blogger, I somewhat pride myself on staying up on major beauty trends and knowing most beauty companies. So naturally I was pretty surprised when I got introduced to a new company through Birchbox that was completely off my radar.

Recently Birchbox and Liz Earle hosted a special informational blogger breakfast were I got the opportunity to learn all about this British brand. While they are relatively new to the States, they have been a favorite across the pond for years. Liz Earle describes themselves as naturally active skincare. They focus on using "precious ingredients" to promote inside and outside beauty. While they do not label themselves as an organic brand, they use organic and ethically sourced ingredients in their products.

Their claim to fame is their signature "cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser". This two part system consists of a soothing cream cleanser and a muslim cloth for exfoliating/polishing off the cleanser. Like most of their products it's suitable for all skin types and doesn't contain any harsh ingredients.

I've personally been using this cleanser for a little over a week now and have enjoyed it. While I'm not sure if its made any improvements to my skin yet, I definitely enjoy using the warm muslim cloth on my face and like the fact that my skin doesn't feel stripped after like with other cleansers.

In addition to the polish and shine cleanser, they also have the Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Gentle Face Exfoliator, and Skin Repair Moisturizer to name a few.

Interested in trying out this brand? Liz Earle is available in the U.S through Birchbox.com. You can also shop my favorites from this line below!
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Out and About: The Other Woman Movie Screening


Earlier this week I got the opportunity to attend a Girl's Night Out event and private screening of the new movie The Other Woman. The event was held at the Crosby Hotel here in Manhattan and included a Q&A session after the movie with legendary costume designer Patricia Field. In the movie three very different women all came together through a shared experience and ultimately forge an unlikely friendship.

Overall the movie was hilarious, definitely the ultimate girls night out comedy that you will want to watch again and again with your girls. I loved how each character brought something different to the friendship and had their own unique style. As the former costume designer for Sex and the City, Patricia Fields knows a thing or two (or everything) about dressing woman characters to convey their personalities and personal sense of style. During the Q&A session, Patricia Fields explained some of the inspiration behind her wardrobe choices for this movie.

For example, Kate, played by Leslie Mann, was styled in pieces with a retro 50's vibe reminiscent of a modern "step ford wife". The character Kate also wore tons of great bright colors that mirrored her bubbly bright personality.

Alternatively, Carly, played by Cameron Diaz, was styled in chic and stylish neutral pieces that reflected her cool and savvy personality. Carly was styled in great sophisticated pieces that complimented her toned body and tan skin.

Lastly, Amber, played by model Kate Upton was dressed in carefree easy going pieces such as denim jackets, flowy shirts, and of course killer bikinis that all emulated the character's go with the flow personality.

While all the characters had great style, I would have to say that Carly's (Cameron Diaz) was the one that I most would love to raid her closet. As a transplant New Yorker, I live in neutral solid colors and loved the elegance of all her looks. Check out the trailer for the movie below to see more of the characters' style in the movie and be sure to check it out when it hits theaters April 25th!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Miss Jessie's New Wash and Go Stylers Launch



If you're a curly, kinky, wavy girl of any type, chances are you've heard of Miss Jessie's products. As one of the pioneer companies to focus on curly girls, these were some of the first products I heard of when I first went natural so needless to say I jumped at the chance to get to attend their event in partnership with Birchbox.



During the event, Miss Jessie's cofounder, Miko, discussed their three newest products while giving live demonstrations on curly girls with various hair textures.


The products feature a new tube container and help to quickly style "wash and gos" looks for various curl patterns. The new products include: "Transitioner's Magic", "Curly Custard", and "Multi Cultural Curls".


Transitioner's magic is ideal for anyone with both curly and straight hair textures from transitioning to natural or heat damage. The product encourages the hair to curl without weighing it down and works best used with a diffuser to further encourages straight ends to curl. Multi cultural curls is the 2nd lightest product out of the three and was inspired by Miss Jessie founders biracial heritage. This product also helps to encourage curls and works best sectioned on wet hair. Last but not least Curly Custard works similar to Multi cultural curls but is the heaviest of all three products. Curly Custard is ideal for ladies with tighter curls as well as loose waves to provide a more defined and bouncy wash and go.

Personally, I've been wearing my hair straight lately but can't wait to try these products once my hair is curly again.

Comment below and let me know have you heard of Miss Jessie's before? Do you plan on trying these products


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Makeup Trend to Try: Orange Lipstick

Spring Makeup Trend To Try : Orange Lipstick

Orange lips have been a major trend since last summer and this Spring it's back!  This year's trend is an orange with more of a red undertone. Try pairing this look with the "aqua eye trend" for a bold and colorful off work look. You can also make this trend day time appropriate by pairing it with a neutral eye and natural blush.

Feeling this trend? Check out a few of my picks below at price points for every budget!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

8 Incrediable Affordable Shoes for Spring

Step into spring

The perfect pair of flats are to Spring as boots are to Fall... totally essential. Heels are great and all but for everyday comfort and wear, flats are totally necessary in your Spring wardrobe. This season  floral prints, strappy leather, and sling-backs are major hits for sandals and flats. Here are eight options that are perfect to kick-start your spring footwear at an affordable price!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Kimono Trend

Kimono cardigans have been a thing for some time now, but just started hitting most mainstream stores in the past year. These low key pieces scream "cool girl chill" and festival season. I personally like them because they make for an awesome yet optional "third piece" to any outfit this spring or summer.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Beauty Basics: Do’s & Don’ts of Eyebrow Shaping By Face Shape


Eyebrows are like the curtains to the windows of the souls. Though seemingly unimportant, they can actually make or break the overall look of the face. So to start off the beauty basic series, what area could be more fitting to tackle first?

Keep reading to learn the Do’s & Don’ts of Eyebrow Shaping Based on your Face Shape.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fancy and Frugal: NYK Butter Lipstick Review

NYX Butter Lipstick

Recently Lulu's hosted their annual NYFW style studio for bloggers. Amongst the many sponsors of the fabulous event, was affordable makeup company NYX. In addition giving mini makeup touches at the event, they also gifted us their new Butter Lipsticks.

As someone who's been loving to experiment with lipsticks lately, I couldn't wait to try out the new product. I received shade Shade BLS12 -"Little Susie", which is a pretty wearable pink shade. The lipsticks goes on like a Chapstick but has the color pigment of a lipstick, something I was surprised to see, given the texture of the product going on.


Shade BLS12 -"Little Susie"

Although it did have quite a bit of pigment, the consistency of the product made it not as opaque as I usually like and required a few applications to get it full coverage of my lips. In addition, I found it also necessary to reapply throughout the day as you would Chapstick.

Overall I think it's a nice product if you are looking for an alternative to tinted lip balm or Revlon's lip butters. I really liked the fact that it was moisturizing instead of drying like other lipsticks, and also the color of the shades I tried. .

Interested in trying them out for yourself? These lipsticks are available in stores and online where ever NYK is sold.


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Weekend Wardrobe Inspiration: Colored Pants


This week marked the official start of Spring! And while the temperature might still be a little chilly, there's no reason why you can't start incorporating a little color into your wardrobe. Trade in the winter black or blah blue jeans this weekend for a little pop or color.

Don't have any colored pants yet? Shop a few of my picks at the end of this post!



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Makeup Trend To Try: Aqua Blue Eye Makeup

Spring Makeup Trend- Blue Eye Shadow

Blue eyeshadow is one of the many 90's fashion trends back again this season. While the look might seem dramatic, it can be easily toned down for everyday wear. As a brown eye girl, I particularly love this look because it helps to bring out our eyes even more. Try this trend by using a blue/aqua eyeliner or eyeshadow to line either your top lid like Lupita did above or your bottom waterline.

Below check out a few eyeshadow options below.


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Beauty Launch: Nars Contour Blush Collection


Contouring is one of the makeup things that sounds hard but is actually incredibly easy to do (see this how to here) and Nars' new contour blush collection is about to make it even easier. Finding the perfect two shades for contouring can be extremely difficult, especially for woman of color, but this new collection helps to solve both of these problems by putting highlight and contour side by side in the same compact in colors what will suit a variety of shades.

Nars New Contour Blush Collection

The beautifully balanced duos feature a lighter shade to illuminate the highpoints of the face and a deeper shade to enhance definition. Ultra-smooth, lightweight texture lends itself to a luminous finish and the specially designed contouring formula visual depth and dimension in a single swipe.

To create the perfect contour on cheeks, apply the deeper shade of the Contour Blush to the hollows of the cheek and along the hairline, sweep the light shade across the cheekbone toward the temple to soften and highlight. Finish the look with a pop of your favorite blush shade on the apples of the cheek.

Shop the collection below or in Nars stores now, the collection will be available at other retailers starting April 1st.



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Monday, March 10, 2014

Fancy and Frugal: T by Alexander Wang Triangle Crop Top

T by Alexander Wang Black Triangle Crop Top

We all know crop tops and other middrift baring tops are going to be huge for Spring and summer once again. Amongst celebs and other fashion taste makers, the T by Alexander Wang Triangle Crop Top has been huge. And while some people can afford the real thing, for those on a smaller budget this similar Triangle Crop Top from Lulu's can help you achieve the same look.

Save- Lulu's Disco Diva Black Crop Top

Splurge - T by Alexander Wang Triangle Crop Top


Comment below and let me know which one you prefer?!


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Friday, March 7, 2014

Weekend Wardrobe Inspiration: Quilted Leather


We're well into March, and although March sounds like a "warm month" (at least in my southern minded head) it's actually still pretty chilly. So to spice up your weekend wardrobe with out freezing your butt, try a quilted leather skirt as you brunch and party it up this weekend. A quilted leather skirt is a fun twist on the leather skirt trend that's been ohhh soo popular for so long now.


Pleated Leather and vegan leather skirt options for all budgets:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fancy Foods: Eating Lean

Lean Cuisine Diet

Getting off and keeping off that last ten pounds of vanity weight that stands between me and the crate of "later clothes" under my bed has been the bain of my existence for the past year.

So in an attempt to get lean before the warm weather finally returns, I decided to do something slightly controversial. I remembered back when I was an intern in New York living in a tiny dorm with no kitchen and no money, I lived off a diet of frozen dinners and free food from events. Fast forward to the end of the summer, my already college lean body was 15 pounds lighter and struggling to keep my pants up on my waist.

So what was the secret?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fancy and Frugal: Nuance by Salma Hayek Spring Beauty Line

Nuance by Salma Hayek

Nuance by Salma Hayek is a premium beauty line sold exclusive at CVS pharmacy that combines exotic, natural ingredients, ancient beauty secrets and advanced science to create products that are designed to enhance the “nuances” that make up every woman’s beauty.

Nuance Salma Hayek

Last week, Nuance Salma Hayek launched their Spring collection, adding 10 new beauty and hair products to the shelves. All of the products contain key moisturizing ingredients such as: Shea Butter and Coconut, Avocado and Macadamia Seed Oils which soften and help maintain moisture levels in skin.

Nuane Salma Hayek

To celebrate the Spring launch of Nuane Salma Hayek, beauty editors were invited to attend "Selma's Secret garden" where we learned about the details of the line and the nourishing ingredients inside.

Nuane Salma Hayek

Nuane Salma Hayek

Below is a list of the ten new items added to the collection and the benefits of each. Personally, I can't wait to try the Eye Balm, Glycolic Cream Cleanser, and Neck & Chest Balm.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fancy and Frugal: Forever 21 Launches Premium Makeup Line

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Forever 21 introduces an exciting new premium cosmetic collection, Forever 21 Cosmetics, launching in 50 U.S. stores and online just in time for Spring/Summer 2014. The new line is a full collection of beauty must-haves with an assortment of 23 products and 72 styles with prices ranging from $7.80 to $14.80. With its sleek look and feel, the line will be an immersive in-store experience for the beauty addict. From professional artistry makeup brushes and high-quality skincare fundamentals, to a mix of trending shades and core make-up essentials, the fully-loaded product range encapsulates the cool, bold and statement-making spirit of Forever 21.
“We are very pleased to be offering this line of premium cosmetics to satisfy the growing demands of our biggest fans,” says Forever 21 General Merchandise Manager Linda Chang. “With this new line, customers will be able to use a large array of wearable shades that are designed to be as subtle or dramatic as our consumer wants.”

The line launched in stores February 7 and online February 6 at www.forever21.com. The line was developed with the makeup savvy in mind and includes both cream and single eye shadows, lipstick, shimmer stick, blush, mascara, foundation, concealer and pressed powder in an array of shades and tints. The collection will be displayed in store to allow customers to test the product before purchasing.

Check out my picks from the line below!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Must Have Monday: Cute Work out Wear

Must have Monday: Workout Wear


The count down to Spring (aka mid-drift baring season) has begun and those of us who've put on a little "winter weight" are slowly but surely starting to wake up from our hibernation. With only a few precious weeks left to prepare for the "Spring body debut", I've been hitting the gym again and trying out a new diet (more on that later). As someone who is the furthest thing from a "gym bunny" I need all the help I can get to motivate myself to go to the gym. With that in mind, I've been eying new cute active wear, to make going to the gym slightly more enjoyable. Although typically I don't wear a lot of pink for some reason when it comes to work out gear, I love everything bright pink or black (just like my running shoes).

Keep reading below to see my active wear picks (pictured clockwise from left) and why they're on my "lust list".

- A cheetah print bra tank and sports bra it's definitely just the right pick me up for early morning workouts, which is why I'm loving these ones from Juicy Couture

- While the weather is still chilly, a light weight jacket is essential, such as this stylish pink windbreaker  from Yoox.com

- There's nothing like the perfect pair of running shorts, a staple for everyone's workout wardrobe. I love these classic dry fit ones from Nike.

- These bright pink yoga pants from Under Armor also caught my eye and almost made it into my shopping cart until I realized Birkram Yoga class not included


Comment below and let me know what's on your must have list this week!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

3 Trends in Bridal for 2014

Wedding bouquet

With Christmas and Valentine’s Day now behind us, chances are your Facebook timeline has already started getting flooded with engagement announcements as the unofficial start to wedding season begins. This year I'm going to be part of a wedding party and have been looking to social media sites like Pinterest, TV shows like Four Weddings, and blogs to stay up on the latest trends in weddings. Below are three trends in weddings for 2014 that are sure to be coming down the aisle!

1. Heavenly Hues: For 2014 weddings, expect to see lot of romantic palettes that mix soft hues with pops of rich, vibrant colors. Pinks continue to reign supreme in tints that range from blush and pale pink to rich rose gold jewelry. For a whimsical undertone, many brides are turning to lilac and Pantone’s color of the year, wild orchid. When contrasted with other popular pigments like navy blue, gray, green, gold and tangerine, the created combinations bring both the sweetness and drama.

2. Saying Yes to A Dress: The wedding gowns of 2014 exude romance with soft lace, rich fabrics and

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What I'm Loving Now: Snowy Weather Essentials


Usually by mid February I'm starting to lust after warm weather clothes and accessories. Sadly, in light of the seemingly daily blizzard conditions here in NYC and across the country, instead I've been drooling over fur hats, cute snow boots, warm quilted leather, and stylish bags to dress up drab winter gear. I'm loving these ten items this week because they have just enough "fancy" and function to help make it through the last stretch of winter.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

William Okpo FW14 Recap

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February 11th, 2014 thirteen women marched single-file to mount carefully placed wooden crates, signaling the start of the William Okpo FW14 presentation. The pieces seemed to simply exuded brightness and warmth on a most cold and dreary day in New York City.The presentation included elements of a homage to their African heritage in the music selections and in the photography displayed in large color format from their partnership with charitable organization 14+.

The looks, which ranged from a blue-and-white crossed- culottes, A-line dress, jumper with skinny pants, draped skirt and top - were clean and crisp. The collection, seemed to shout a return to a time where paint and playtime reigned - yet incorporated an element of sophistication that kept it far from childish. This "unofficial theme" was visible in everything from the denim pieces, part appliquéd with flowers and finished with daisy buttons at the collar, ala 90s Mary-Kate and Ashley; down to the glitter accented sandals and oxfords. When describing the inspiration behind F/W 14 (and arguably all predecessor collections), Darlene Okpo, one-half of the formidable duo behind William Okpo, articulated this desire to channel the spirit of their father. In her thoughts, he was this eclectic man of the 70s, one who took care in how he dressed and took his time, finding himself as a human being. It is this journey of self-discovery that comes out in this collection. With this in mind, the duo was able to make each look fun, incorporating color, and staying true to how Darlene and her co-collaborator Lizzy Okpo felt in the months and days preceding Tuesday night’s presentation. This organic process, Darlene notes, gave them the freedom to create and allowed William Okpo to escape the fate of fellow young labels that are so concentrated on getting into retail stores, they lose their style setting.


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Noon by Noor FW14 Recap

Noon by noor

Noon by Noor definitely did not disappoint as they showed their Fall 2014 collection on February 10th. The theme of the collection, nature, was referenced throughout the show through the beautiful colors and unique prints. Cloud formations, crystalline structures and geometric patterns seen in minerals were all sources of inspiration the designers found in the natural environment and translated into the brand’s signature prints.

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The collection featured a nod to the oversized silhouette with voluminous coats, culotte pants and sweatshirts juxtapose straight dresses. Hints of masculine tailoring balanced sporty, effortless daywear; while the expanded evening wear repertoire focused on intricate embellishments unexpectedly scattered on tops or cascading down tiered gowns. The looks were modernized through experimentation with texture such as neoprene, waffle wool, mohair and a houndstooth jacquard wool. The color palette was almost as striking as the texture choices and boasted hues of  blue, cool mint, mauve, navy, burgundy and vanilla with pops of yellow, chartreuse and royal purple.

Overall the collection seemed to personify Fall fashion and had many looks that would work perfectly for crisp Fall work days or chilly gala nights.

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