Monday, May 18, 2015

UNBREAKABLE











What I'm Wearing
Dress: New York & Co. | Vest: Zara | Wedges: Aldo | Sunnies: Ray Ban
Earrings/Pendent Necklace/Gemstone Bracelet: RIMMA | Cuff: Kara Ross | Rings: Freida Rothman
Studded Clutch: Sienna Ray | V Necklace: Forever 21 

There is just one very important message I would like to send out into the universe this week. DIAMONDS ARE MADE UNDER PRESSURE, and us women are #unbreakable. No matter what you are going through in life, just know there will always be lots of ups and downs. With great highs come great lows. You must learn how to deal with the pressure and balance your inner self at ease. It has taken me many years to find this understanding and inner peace. Now that I have it, I will never let it go. 

I have lots of personal change and GROWTH happening over the next few weeks which I am so excited to share with you. This announcement has come with a lot of hard work and owning my craft. I have been working in the fashion industry for quite some time now, many people would assume my life is rainbows and sunshine + shoes, which is not all true. I have had my fair share of blood, sweat, and tears in this business but I never gave up. 

I always get asked the same question, "What is your best advice to someone starting out in the fashion industry?".  Here it goes (uncensored): NOTHING will be handed to you... get ready to work your ass off. PROVE YOURSELF... your nothing until you can prove your actions and back it up.  TAKE A HIT... like a boxing match you will get knocked out a few times, a true champion stands back up and comes in swinging. THICK SKIN...you will have a lot of critics in this business, you have to learn how to handle them and keep it moving. BE YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES... stay true to you, only you know what's best in your heart and follow it. 

...Now that I got that off my chest lol let's talk style!

I am wearing a bright colored cotton green dress from NY & Co. layered with a white vest and some black/tan wedges. I think this look is great for a weekend rendevous, brunch date, or even happy hour in the city. I threw on some classic black Ray-Ban sunnies, I haven't worn them in a while. I did a red lip to give it a sexy vibe and layered on a TON of fab jewelry. I am obsessed with the gemstone line RIMMA- which is all about vibrant color. My good friend started the line (family owned business) and their website is launching in Summer 2015. 


Until next time dolls! Keep your head up and remember our little chat. 



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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pearly Whites






Doctors Anthony Vocaturo & Donald Lapine


The cat is officially out of the bag, have you noticed me smiling a little wider (and brighter) the past few days? I visited NJ Cosmetic & Wellness Center in my hometown of Bayonne, NJ last week with my blogger babes for a very special consultation and whitening procedure with Dr. Lapine (who is SUCH a doll!). This is a very personal post for me,  I wanted to share my experience and hopefully inspire a few others. 

I have been extremely insecure about my smile for a while now. I really hate going to the dentist, and have been told a few times I need braces. I feel that I am too old for them now, and it's just not an option for me at this point in my life. Dr. Lapine was so helpful breaking down my options on the cosmetic side of things (veneers), to improve my smile and confidence. I also recently made a few MAJOR life changes including: quitting smoking, not drinking soda and totally changing my eating habits. I noticed my teeth were not as white as they used to be, and those "at home" treatments are really not even good for your teeth and strip away the good stuff. 

When I was invited to the center to try the "ZOOM" laser whitening procedure, I must admit I was a little nervous at first. My initial questions were: does it hurt? how long does it take? does it actually work? I wanted to share ALL the details about this treatment because it was amazing. To answer the most important questions (and what I get asked the most), this treatment does not hurt AT ALL.  Dr Lapine applied a hydrogen peroxide gel on my teeth and a little lip stretcher, also some protective rubbery peel on my gums. Don't I look glamorous haha! 

Next we did 4 1/2 fifteen minutes sessions of the whitening laser machine on my teeth. I felt nothing, it did not hurt at all, I was even taking selfies during the treatment. After the laser the nurse peeled the rubber off my gums, I rinsed and then checked out my new pearly whites. I really did notice a big difference in my smile. 

I would absolutely recommend the ZOOM whitening treatment and all my New Jersey based fashionistas you have to check out the NJ Cosmetic & Wellness Center, it will be well-worth it.
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Did I mention this is a dentist + family owned wellness center? After my treatment I was escorted up to the 3rd floor to a mini sanctuary spa with my blogger babes. I had a FABULOUS body massage and it was definitely a day of pampering. This makes a trip to the dentist that much better when you get a facial or massage right after? Now that's what I call full service! 

Check out the Spa-Lash Center as well! 





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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Being GLAM at Galli Restaurant





Galli LES98 Rivington St, NYC 

Sick of going to the same local spots in the city for dinner? There is no excuse not to try something new every night. Our city is filled with the BEST restaurants in the country. I recently dined at Galli on the LES, and it was SO GOOD that I literally need to tell you all about it. Talk about a "cool downtown vibe", I felt like I was literally sitting next to the entire lookbook.nu community hahaha! I loved the casual yet extremely chic "you need to be here" type of atmosphere. This is NYC's new IT spot, and if you haven't been yet then you better make a ressy like ASAP. (unless you want to keep doing the whole Beauty & Essex/Acme thing forevz... been there, done that)

Now let's get down to the details: SERVICE/FOOD/VIBES. 

My partner in crime, Daily Fashionista Dana, and I were greeted by a well-dressed handsome Italian man from Milano with an accent. Need I say more? (droolz) The wait staff was very helpful when ordering, and extremely attentive to the table.  You know I am a stickler for service, so I honestly give them two thumbs up for being amazing. 

The main reason you need to go to Galli, the food! D E L I S H 
We started with the Carciofi  (pan fried artichoke, parmigiano, chipotle mayo), and I had the Chicken Francese (pan seared chicken, white wine, lemon butter, organic garden vegetables). This meal was literally to die for, I would highly suggest ordering these items from the menu. If you are a real authentic Italian, you will appreciate the Francese sauce as it was so light and perfect.  I even treated myself to a killer cocktail, the Berry Serio (Vodka, St. Germain,Thyme, Lemon, Raspberries), this was very refreshing and sweet.  Even though I was stuffed till next Tuesday, I can NEVER ... EVER pass up anything with Nutella  So naturally, we split the Nutella Crepe topped with whipped cream and fresh berries. (danger-zone)

Lastly, the vibes. Let me tell you something,  you'll be VIBIN all night during your meal. Where else will you be eating a chic Italian dinner as they blast drake and current artists? This isn't necessarily the restaurant you take mom when visiting New York, you know what I mean? This IS the restaurant to have a fun night out with your ladies, a night date, or even an after work bite with cool co-workers. I have to mention the space is a bit small (as per usual NYC restaurants) so get ready to get to know your neighbors, you will be in close proximity. We had a great crowd the night we dined and the vibes were super chill and chic. 

Are you going to check out Galli LES this weekend?




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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Spirit of Spring









Photos By: Jalene Gibbons, Location: Alba Vineyard 

Dress: Ralph Lauren
Flats: Tory Burch | Headband: Olivia Nelson | Jewelry: Freida Rothman | Watch: Michael Kors 

I hope everyone had a truly fabulous weekend! Happy belated Mother's Day to all of the amazing moms out there! You guys are my inspiration and I hope to be a wonderful mother one day myself. It's kind of a family tradition that we visit the Alba Vineyards in NJ on Mother's Day. It's such a beautiful winery with live music, tastings (make sure you have a DD haha) and great food vendors. 

Not to mention the setting is absolutely GORG, so naturally I felt like prancing around in this navy flower printed frock by Ralph Lauren. I paired the dress with these stunning yet classic metallic gold perforated flats by Tory (a wardrobe must have). I styled my hair in a low pony with my favorite hand-beaded headband by Olivia Nelson. I wanted to feel extremely feminine, yet laid back and comfortable to tackle the adventures of the day. 

Are you in the "Sprint of Spring"?




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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Color Blocking












Colorbock Suede Sandals: GUCCI
Dress & Blouse: DVF | Silk Scarf: (Vintage) Dash London | Jewelry: Freida Rothman 
Nails by Joyce @ Angel Gift Salon in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn 

So basically we just jumped right from Winter into Summer kind of completely skipping Spring?! I am not complaining, but the weather is now turning HOT HOT in NYC. (So bring out those sandals and make sure you get a pedi!) I was so excited to finally put my booties down and test out my new Spring/Summer sandal looks this week. These are my beloved babies by Gucci, I also got them for a fab deal. I love the color block contrast of purple and orange suede with a block heel.  I don't always like to be so matchy-matchy, I love the look of bright colors mixed together. The brighter the better!

I am wearing a fabulous look by DVF, a fit and flare dress that hits at all the right places to accentuate  your figure. As a designer, Diane Von Furstenberg understands a woman's body and natural curves. I feel like a princess in all of her pieces. I layered over a deep purple silk DVF blouse left unbuttoned with the sleeves rolled for a casual everyday feel. This Dash London silk scarf belonged to my Grandma Jenny, I love playing with scarves in Spring as a fun accessory to your outfit. This is also a great style tip for women with a large chest! If your dresses are a bit too low cut for a work function or you would like some additional coverage, a scarf is the best way to ensure a professional effect without taking away from your look. 

My funky wink ;) nails are inspired by Lucky Magazine's Beauty Editor Maura Lynch (Love her!!). I will A L W A Y S have fun nails, no matter what position or job I am in. It's part of my style and ability to express myself. Fashion doesn't always have to be so serious, you have to have fun and find your unique look that sets you apart.  

There are so many exciting transitions and changes happening over the next few weeks in my career and professional life...  I can't wait to share them with you! I feel so very lucky and blessed to work with such amazing designers and talented business professionals in this industry. It's been a very challenging week with all of these changes, but nothing that I can't handle. 

I saw a really wonderful quote today that resonated with me and I wanted to share it with you: 
"Make yourself a priority. At the end of the day, you're your longest commitment." 

...Stay tunned to hear about all the exciting news soon! 




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Monday, May 4, 2015

Beauty BIZZ: Metamorphosis Day Spa







Here's a little something to cure your Monday Blues. Feeling stressed after a long week or need some time for yourself? I HIGHLY recommend a trip to the Metamorphosis Day Spa located on East 56th street in Manhattan. I visited this spa recently for a hydrating facial and full body massage. I am always a little bit skeptical about getting a facial as it can sometimes be painful and leave some marks or redness. This is a REAL review and I honestly have to say this was the best facial I have ever had

My skin was peeling from too much sun exposure, and very sensitive. My aesthetician was extremely gentle and listened to my instruction. She only used organic product, focused on deep hydration/exfoliation and removed any dirt with gentle ease.  I loved the deep steam on my face, it also helped clear up my sinuses. I would also recommending getting the Vitamin C mask as it clearly did wonders.  This picture was taken right after my facial and as you can see my skin is literally glowing with very little redness or irritation. (PERFECTION) 

After my facial was complete, I went right into my full body massage. I opted for the "Metamorphosis Signature" with medium pressure and it was heavenly. I carry most of my stress in my lower back, and I loved every minute of it. I try to have a full body massage every few months to relieve physical pressure and stress pains. If you are booking your massage and it's your first time, I suggest  a light Swedish or Aromatherapy. If you are more comfortable with massages then DEF go for the signature. 

I have also been using a special line of Stem Cell products carried at the Metamorphosis Day Spa. I use this serum daily in the morning and at night. The special Stem Cells are from rare Swiss Apples and it is the latest and greatest of the beauty industry. These products are specialized in preventing wrinkles, skin dryness and pigment coloration. So far, I have seen a small change in my skin in terms of peeling and dryness. I would recommend testing it out! 

127 East 56th Street 
New York, NY 10022
Ph: 212 751 6051

Book your next spa day now (it will get you through the week), tell them Blazers & Bellinis sent you! 



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