Friday, July 3, 2015

Le Lipstick

Does age determine what lip color you should consider? Okay so here I am at the age of 42 still enjoying the lipsticks that pop, brighten my skin and enhances my
look. I don't really think of lip color as an age factor. Yes, women after 40 tend to select more neutral colors or colors with pink tones for a youthful glow; I, on the other hand, would rather have colors that are glamorous and fun because at my age, I am determine to have fun with my style and that includes my lip color of choice.
Recently, I have been hooked on 'Hourglass Cosmetics'; by no means are they paying me to rave about them but quite frankly, I was attracted to their color palette and their concern on being non toxic and eco friendly.
Check it out!

left: Riviera Tangerine                        right: Raven


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is one of the most intriguing artist of the 20th Century. Frida was born during the cusp of the Mexican Revolution on July 6, 1907. Ironically, we share the same birthday!!
Frida was self taught and she painted self- portraits. Although her painting have a surrealistic approach, she never labeled herself a surreal artist but a "Magic Realistic" artist. Now until Nov. 1, the NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS is featuring over a dozen of her original paintings and her love of nature. I recently went and I am planning another visit! The exhibit and the displays of the garden are breathtaking and definitely A MUST SEE! 


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Arm Candy

Obsessing over arm candy is one of my many hobbies! Below you will find a few ways to "Trend" the "Arm Candy".  Wear your candy with pride!!

 
Note: All images were taken from my Pinterest board.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Gladiator/Cage Sandals

Are Gladiator Sandals becoming a "classic"style? Looking back to my younger years, I was rocking the style in both the 1980's and 1990's...check them out




The style vanished for a while and it was 2008 and 2009 that the Gladiator style was embraced once again. It was seen to the knee, with a wedge heel, adorned with embellishments- heck, its 2015 and the trend keeps growing. Has it gone away? Nope, it's officially a classic now...its here to stay!!
Bought these in 2012 from Juicy Couture...Still have them !!




 I believe you should invest in a pair!!

Note: All pictures were selected from google.com

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Iris Apfel

In 2005, I took my then fashion students to the MET; I had read about an interesting exhibit featuring a socialite who agreed to display some of her favorite pieces at the museum.  I was curious to learn about who this "Rare Avis" was ( also the title of her exhibition). When I arrived that evening at the museum, I was greeted by a mannequin suspended by a wire on the wall, wearing a "birdesque" type of fur coat.  As I proceeded further into the view of the collection, I was smitten!
Who was this woman who wore such beauteous pieces of clothing?
This intriguing individual was a woman named Iris Apfel; she was born in Queens, NY and was an only child. She attended NYU and studied art at University of Wisconsin.
Apfel worked for WWD( Women's Wear Daily), for an interior designer and also for an illustrator- Robert Goodman.
In 1948, She married and 2 years later her and her husband launched a textile firm.
Apfel worked on various projects including work at the White House.

At the age of 90, she was a visiting professor at University of Texas in Austin.

Apfel became well known throughout the fashion world in her late 80's early 90's. Ever since Apfel's MET exhibit, the whole fashion world was crushing on this woman.
It has been 10 years since I became hooked on Iris Apfel.
Apfel has inspired,motivated and has influenced my style! Apfel has become an icon!

On April 29th in NYC, there will be a featured documentary produced by the late, Albert Maysles( Grey Gardens) starring Iris Apfel.
 I won't miss it for the world!! When I grow up, I want to be the next Iris Apfel!







Note: All images are from Google

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jean Blanc

White Jeans made its debut in the 1980's.  I did own a pair as a teen but was always afraid to wear it. First, in my teenage mind, I thought white added pounds, it felt dull in a time where wild colors were the hype of the 8o's and not to forget, it attracted stains. In recent years, I have become fond of the white jeans.








I have delighted myself with ways of styling the denim with my body type. No, white doesn't make you heavier; on the contrary, if worn in a monochromatic form, it can actually make you look slimmer. Also the blanc denim is an all four season affair! White Jeans is the new black!



Pictures: 1. Google image of Blogger, Garance Dore at Paris Fashion week 2. J. Crew 3. and 4. Nordstrom ( Spring Feature) 5. Google images of celebrities wearing jeans

Monday, February 16, 2015

Stripes

Stripes have been seen for over 150 years now. It is said that stripes date back as far as the Medieval Times worn by hangmen, prostitutes  and prisoners- not a very sought out print- seen it conveyed the message of evil. It was only by the 18th Century that Stripes were chic and viewed as Royal especially since Queen Victoria had her son Albert suit up in a nautical theme. The 20th century took a different turn on the lovely stripes. French fishermen wore it as their uniform but it took one talented designer to convert those stripes. Coco Chanel took inspiration from the fishermen and started selling them for women in her shop in 1917. A total risqué for women of that time; that same risqué print is now a must have!
 Stripes are timeless and classic!  
J.Crew


J.Crew

Brigitte Bardot

Coco Chanel 1930

Late Summer 2014 

Fall 2014