Saturday, July 26, 2014

Animalistic Instincts

Dress: Pink Clubwear | Vest: UMGEE USA | Wedges: Rampage | Necklace: Child of Royals 

Did I mention I lived in South Florida for a few years? Once and a while my Latin flare comes out in my wardrobe choices. I'm all about this animal printed side slit curve hugging halter dress by Pink Clubwear. The animal print is very bold, and it definitely brings a sense of sexy confidence to my outfit.  This look is perf for hitting the beach (totally wishing I was in Miami at the moment), a night out on the town, or setting sail on a weekend adventure. The nude fringe crochet vest has become a recent wardrobe staple, there are so many ways to incorporate this fun layering piece into your look. Lastly, I am one lucky ducky because by BFF hooks me up with some fab seasonal samples. These snakeskin embellished wedges by rampage are fierce and supper comfy. 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Behind the Scenes Look: FR Holiday Shoot

Behind the Scenes Photo Credit: Molly Torian

One of the many fun parts of my job is producing and organizing seasonal lookbook/campaign shoots.  Working in fashion is not always as glamorous as it looks,  it's long ours LOTS of dedication and learning to grow a thick skin. It's extremely hectic, you have to learn how to be a master of multitasking, and a 24 hour solution finder.  Especially when you are working with a large team, if you keep your cool and create a positive environment, everyone else will also do the same.  The more shoots I have under my belt, the easier it gets, and the better the results. 

Last Sunday we shot the Freida Rothman Holiday lookbook in Brooklyn at Freida's AH-mazing home. It's days like this that really put everything in perspective for me. I got to choose an out of this world team that literally made this day MAGIC.  Personally, the best part of shoots for me is seeing everything come together. You spend weeks planning, making sure every detail is perfect, finding the right crew/model, but actually watching it unfold in front of your eyes is priceless. 

This was the 1st time I ever shot a "lookbook" in a house. Usually it is always in a studio space, but I 
wanted people to see an inside look of Freida's life. Freida is a designer, wife, supper mom and mother of 4.  She is this ultra glamorous woman but she is also extremely humble and down to earth. I had to laugh because half way through the shoot Freida's in her kitchen preparing this fabulous gourmet lunch for the entire crew in her gown and heels lol she literally does it all! 

A very special thank you to my "dream team" for responsible for this season's magic! I can not WAIT to release the book in September, everyone stay tuned! 

Photographer: Andrew Werner 
Stylist: Sa'Diyya Dunkley 
Hair: Adam Maclay
Makeup: Melissa Formica 
Model: Anastasia, Q Models 
Clothing: Angel Sanchez 
Fur: Adrienne Landau
Behind the Scenes: Molly Torian
Assistant: Val Debonis
Videographer: Eric Bujnowski


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Boho Beach Babe

Printed Kimno: UMGEE USA | Dress: ASOS Curve | Sandals: Charlotte Russe | Handbag: Remi & Reid | Cuff: Child of Royals | Necklaces/Rings: Freida Rothman | Floppy Hat: Forever 21

Salt in the air and sand in between my toes, there is no where else I'd rather be on a hot summer day than the beach. I spent every summer at the Jersey shore since I was 6 years old and it still feels like home.  On a day like today, I wanted to be casual and comfortable. I believe the #1 summer MUST HAVE is a printed kimono, the one I am wearing is from LA based wholesale apparel brand UMGEE USA (and I'm totally obsessed with it). So far I have worn it to work, for a night out in the city, and to the beach. 

My dress is the "new look inspire sleeveless skater dress" by ASOS curve in in blue.  My casual satchel/cross body navy leather handbag is by Cali based brand Remi & Reid.  Jewels by Freida Rothman (dying over this rose quartz necklace layering look) + pastel cuff by Child of Royals. Last but not least, I choose this black floppy hat from Forever 21 because I am SICK of seeing straw hats on the beach and I wanted to be a little more chic. 

I hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cosmopolitan Mag: Half Side Makeup #nofilter

Ok so it def drives me crazy when I see people post hashtags on insta #nomakeup #nofilter … NO offense but I'm not buying that BS. Try being bold enough to have half your face done and the other half with no makeup, and then have Cosmopolitan Mag show their readers! (and trust me this is no filter or extra editing) I don't wear a lot of makeup on a regular basis, I always try to keep it natural. I also never really leave my house without some bronzer, blush, mascara and gloss.  It was actually pretty cool to look into the mirror and see myself this way. I can appreciate the fact that I have good skin and do not need a ton of makeup to feel good about myself. I can also see that a little extra liner and color really accentuate my features. Like I said, no shame in that game honey! 

It was such a fun day and amazing experience to shoot with Cosmo in the Condenast building. Special thanks to the rockstar team for having me. Check out the full article here 

Cosmo Beauty Editor: Carly Cardellino| Makeup: Lauren Cosenza | Hair: Cash & Courtney Lawless 
Photos: Kathleen Kamhausen

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Beach Chic

Bathing suit: Forever21 | Skirt: Addition Elle | Fedora: LF | Necklace: Freida Rothman 

As you may know, I grew up in New Jersey. No matter what city I live in, I will always be a Jersey girl at heart. And like most Jersey girls, as soon as Memorial Day weekend hits we migrate south until Labor Day. Let me also get one thing straight, we don't go to the "beach" we go "down the shore" haha! (no not trashy seaside MTV style, but the real shore) I've been hitting the shore every summer with my family since I was born.  LBI, Long Branch, and Sea Bright are considered my second homes.  I don't get to come down here as much as I would like now because of a crazy busy schedule, but when I do it brings back great memories. 

Since yesterday was rainy and a wash out, I figured I would save my patriotic 4th of July look for the beach today. Just because you want to be a beach bum all weekend doesn't mean you can't still look chic! This retro halter red one piece is from Forever 21, and for us curvy girls it was a great steal (it also has good support and underwire).  The black swim skirt is by one of my fav Canadian based brands Addition Elle.  The fedora is from LF, totally miss going shopping in LF Las Olas in Ft Lauderdale… love that store! My cat eye sunnies are vintage, and the triangle pointed necklace and chain toggle bracelet are by Freida Rothman. Did you peep my patriotic "American Dream" mani? ;) 

Hope you have an amazzeee 4th of July weekend!