October 6, 2015

Travel Abroad: 5 Packing Essentials

Last week I took the 'red-eye' from New York to Paris for fashion week. Although I've been to Paris several times before, this was my first time to travel for Paris Fashion Week for this blog. As you might guess, I was beyond excited and will post on some of my experiences over the next week or so. In the meantime, I wanted to share some packing tips/products that are essential to me when traveling. As the holiday/vacation season approaches, hopefully you will find some of these helpful to you as well!

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1. Travel Hot Rollers- If you know me well, you know that I can not do my hair without my hot rollers. I don't use a brush or comb (sorry!) and have never been able to properly blow it out on my own. All I do is dry it, sleep on it, then use hot rollers in the morning for about 3 mins. Easy. The problem is that a traditional hot roller set is pretty big, so not conducive to traveling... Found this travel set about a year ago which is the only one so far that works for me. Aside from its compact size, the set includes 5 rollers with a 1.25" diameter which is the ideal size for adding wave without over-curling. In addition, it is dual voltage which is a necessity when traveling abroad.

2. Packing Pouches- In a set of 3 sizes, these zippered pouches help me keep my undergarments, socks, shirts, etc. organized and protected from other items in my suitcase. Made of parachute-like material, the pouches are extremely lightweight, durable, and enable you to push the air out to densely pack your items to fit more and prevent shifting within your bag. 

3. Voltage Converter and Outlet Adapter Set- This is a great all-in-one set that includes different adapter plugs for several international regions, and is not as heavy or large as some of the other converter sets I tried. 

4. Jewelry Organizer- I like this one from Kendra Scott, because it keeps everything in one place, yet gives you an option to remove the individual pouches. Also love that there is a hook to hang it up wherever you are getting ready. See below for an image of the jewelry organizer when opened...

5. Nalgene Bottles- For cosmetics, toiletries, etc., these bottles don't leak. Nalgene makes bottles for use in laboratories, so these are made with a laboratory quality seal. After many incidences of leakage from my lower quality bottles that I had purchased randomly at the drugstore, etc.; I now try to only use these Nalgene bottles during airplane travel. Love them.

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September 21, 2015

NYFW Spring 2016 - Angel Sanchez

Angel Sanchez Spring 2016 Fuchsia Gown
Angel Sanchez for Spring 2016 took my breath away. In fact, it wasn't just me as I heard gasps from show-goers seated to the left and right of me, especially when dress after gorgeous dress came down the runway.

The collection, which debuted at Skylight Moynihan Station during NYFW, was inspired by the Cayena Flower (aka the Hibiscus). With a vivid color palette of grass green, citrus yellow, mango, orange and fuchsia; Angel Sanchez created a series of looks that stayed true to his description of the collection: "Tropical Couture". The fabrics such as gazar, jacquard and organza were luxurious, and were perfect to provide the right combination for structured yet fluid looks. Standout details of the looks were leather hand-cut flowers, and the utilization of illusion necklines or bodices which made the pieces appear to magically float or drape on the models as they walked.

Incorporating 50's couture silhouettes, Angel Sanchez created pretty and elegant looks for Spring 2016 that were blended with just the right amount of drama to make them downright stunning.

The images in this post are some of my fave looks from the show. Enjoy!

Angel Sanchez Spring 2016 white gazar dress
Angel Sanchez Spring 2016 green wrap dress
Angel Sanchez Spring 2016 black jacquard Gown
Angel Sanchez Spring 2016 citrus Gown
Angel Sanchez Spring 2016 printed floral Ball Gown

Images courtesy of Angel Sanchez

September 19, 2015

NYFW Spring 2016 - Georgine

Georgine SS16 Look14
Held at The Dock at Skylight Moynihan Station for New York Fashion Week, the GEORGINE show for Spring/Summer 2016 revealed looks that stayed true to the GEORGINE woman as we have come to know her from previous collections. She was strong, confident, and seductively feminine. 

Showing an influence of design elements from both the 60's and 70's, the collection played with the notion of challenging conventional ways of dressing by using unexpected fabrics in non-traditional colors and styles. Also, details such as cut-outs (see 1st pic below) on a conservative look, and edgy elbow length [fingerless] gloves added to this element of surprise.

The images in this post are what I considered were the standout looks of GEORGINE for SS16.

Georgine SS16 Look15
My favorite look from the collection: Love the intricate embellishment, and how the femininity of the dress contrasts the bright blue gloves.
Georgine SS16 Look25

Georgine SS16 Look27
Love the use of vibrant colors...
Georgine SS16
 Final look:
Georgine SS16 Look36

Photos courtesy of GEORGINE

September 18, 2015

NYFW Spring 2016 - Jay Godfrey

Incorporating geometric detail and inspiration, the Jay Godfrey collection for SS16 was a showcase of dresses and separates that were refreshingly minimal in all-white, yet still sexy and sophisticated. 
Jay Godfrey poses with models, SS16 Presentation
Jay Godfrey posing with the models
Presented at Pier 59 Studios during New York Fashion Week, the sleek and sometimes edgy looks were softened with figure revealing silhouettes, flounce detail and luxe fabrics.

Jay Godfrey SS16
 Love his masterful use of cut-outs...
Jay Godfrey Spring 2016
Jay Godfrey cut-out detail on look
A standout accompaniment to the collection were the shoes. Obsessed with the geometric cut detail on the heels shown below. Love it!
Geometric detail on shoes, Jay Godfrey, SS16

Check out my Instagram pics from the Jay Godfrey SS16 Presentation here and here.

September 17, 2015

NYFW Spring 2016 - Leanne Marshall

Leanne Marshall, ivory silk gazaar gown, spring 2016
For Spring/Summer 2016Leanne Marshall created a gorgeous collection of dresses and gowns by utilizing intricate detail and draping with luxe fabrics such as silk organza, chiffon, and silk gazaar.

The flowy and feminine looks were divided into 4 stories that showed the 'journey of rebirth' to give an overall message of renewal and hope.

The image above is my fave look from the entire collection, so elegant and ethereal. See below for each story description and my fave look from each series.

 Dark World: all black
Leanne Marshall, black silk dress, spring 2016

 Tsunami: shades of blue representing stormy waters
Leanne Marshall, blue gown, spring 2016

 Calming Waters: ethereal and light. (The 1st image was from this series as well.)
Leanne Marshall, light blue silk organza dress, spring 2016

 Nature Reclaimed: earth tones and verdant green
Leanne Marshall, ivory silk gazaar gown, spring 2016


Photos courtesy of Leanne Marshall Designs (credit: Brian Ach/Getty Images) 

September 14, 2015

Devlin Launches for Spring 2016

Last week I kicked off NYFW with a preview of Devlin, a new contemporary collection to launch for Spring 2016. On-trend quality pieces, the collection incorporates a diversity of colors, textures, prints and silhouettes to keep the looks interesting and versatile.
Devlin Manhattan Showroom
the Devlin showroom in Manhattan
The line was created with millennials as the target market; however, I found many pieces that would look great on a woman of any age. For great style, it's really about finding pieces that work for your body and personal style while keeping it on-trend. The Devlin collection showed many great outfit and wardrobe options while maintaining an overall look of flirty, feminine and fashion forward.

What I especially love about this collection is the price point. In the range of $69-$128, the pieces are accessible and affordable. Perfect if you're on a budget, or just obsessed with a high-low mix (like me...).

Devlin Spring 16
It was so hot the first few days of fashion week, I wanted the collection to be available now!
Devlin Collection Spring 2016

Standout features of the collection were the beautiful prints and textures. See below for my fave looks from the Spring 2016 lookbook. (The 5 lookbook photos below are courtesy of Devlin.)
Obsessed with this dress. A go-to piece for a wedding, party, date-night, weekend getaway, etc. etc.

I think I'll need each one of these for my next warm weather vacay, please... :)

September 7, 2015

Sale Picks from Nordstrom and J.Crew

Hope you all had a great weekend! These are my sale picks from J.Crew and Nordstrom. Although many of the Labor Day Sales end on the 7th, there are a few like these that give you some extra days (see my post here for sale dates and applicable codes).

Love the J.Crew pieces above for their classic styles with a modern edge. The peacoat is especially fun, because it comes in 8 different colors. My fave was the color above ('deep pacific'), but the same coat in 'golden sun' and 'light flamingo' were my 2nd and 3rd choices!

The 4 pieces below from Nordstrom are great wardrobe staples that would work well from season to season.

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September 6, 2015

Labor Day Sale Picks, So Far....

Labor Day Sale Picks- Day1
There are so many options to transition into fall that are on sale now. These are my picks from Anthropologie, Bloomingdale's, Club Monaco and Madewell. Just bought the black McGuire jeans for NYFW. Hope they fit...

Check back tomorrow for some more from my other faves stores/sites.

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