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!

Friday, June 27, 2014

#CosmoMag Hair How to!

Us short hair gals do not have a lot of options for styling bobs in the summer heat. Luckily, celebrity hair stylist Cash Lawless (yes he is a total bad-ass) and the Cosmopolitan Magazine beauty team gave me a few pointers on this "Hair How To".  It was SUCH a fun day shooting in the Hearst building, and we all had a blast.  Here are the steps below; it's actually really easy to try out!

1. Add body with root lifter. Spray a volumizer, like Michael O'Rourke Rock Your Hair Size Matters Big Volume Root Pump, over and under the first two inches of your root along your part. This will give your hair a nice grip and texture.

2. Blast your hair with a blow dryer. Using your hands, rough-dry your hair with a blow dryer.

3. French braid a section of hair above your ear to keep it hidden. Take a three-inch section, starting at your temples, and separate the rest of your hair by clipping it back. Make sure to leave a one-inch section of hair in front of the braid and leave it down to frame your face. Then, start French braiding from the above your ear back to the center of your head, and secure with a hair tie. Repeat on the other side. "If you want a shorter look, pull more hair into the braid from the nape of the neck as you go," Lawless says.

4. Clip the ends of the braids against the back of your head. Crisscross the remaining hair that's sticking out of the elastic bands and clip them down.

5. Let down the rest of your hair and curl it. Quickly wrap one-inch sections of hair around the barrel of a medium-size curling iron. Hold the iron vertically for a loose bend. Be sure to alternate directions of the wave (wrapping it over and around the barrel, and then under and around), and leave the ends out so they remain straight, giving the style an edgier look.

6. Add texture with pomade. Take a dime-size amount of pomade and warm it in your hands, and then gently drag the product through the ends only to separate some strands of hair. Try Garnier Fructis Power Putty Surfer Hair.

Finally, spritz your hair with hairspray and you're done! Now go Instagram the hell out of your super chic, short hairstyle, and tweet @Cosmopolitan with the hashtag #CosmoSexyHair.

What do you think of the style? Special thanks to Cosmo’s FAB beauty editor Carly Cardellino, celebrity makeup artist Lauren Cosenza, and photographer Kathleen Kamphausen. See the full article here. All of the jewels in this shoot are by Freida Rothman. More Cosmopolitan Magazine collabs coming your way!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Brooklyn Casual

Dress: Forever 21 | Clutch: ASOS | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Jewelry: Freida Rothman | Flats: Tahari

Can you believe it's officially the 2nd day of summer?! I am loving the weather and I figured it was time to pull out this black and white tribal print strapless number from Forever 21. I paired it with a black sheer hoodie (perfect layering piece) and some killer printed sunnies "London Edition" by Ray-Ban.  The awesome black and white striped flats are a recent find at Century 21, and the 2 tone clutch is by ASOS.  One of my good friends and blogger babe Naty Michele of A Love Affair With Fashion & I had a little BK adventure around my new hood this afternoon. The vibe in Bay Ridge is supper casual and relaxed, literally the perfect Sunday afternoon.  

… so we don't have a BITCH STOLE MY LOOK moment, here's how you can get the look & make it your own.

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend as much as I did! (I'm still hurting) 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Floral High-Low

Dress & Blazer: Forever 21 | Sandals: Victoria Secret | Jewlery: Freida Rothman | Lipstick: Revlon 

I basically live in dresses all year long, ESPECIALLY in the summer. I was always a fan of the high-low cut, AND I can't resist a good dress with pockets! Florals are the perfect pattern to get you in the summer spirit, and the sheer sweetheart detail spices up a casual look.  Pastel blazers are a great touch to any summer time outfit, and I love the front ruffle detail on this one.  It's light weight (great for hot weather) and the 3/4 sleeve cut is done just right.  I accessorized this look with round John Lennon style gradient sunnys, a fun tribal print manicure, metallic ankle strap sandals, and a purple lippy. Now, let's talk about the jewels! The mother-of-pearl and mercer cross toggle bracelets, black/gold bangle stack, rings, and geometric shaped necklace are all by Freida Rothman. This was my casual Father's Day brunch look, but can also be fab for the office or dinner. The dress is easily transitional from day to night.  

… so we don't have a BITCH STOLE MY LOOK moment, here's how you can get the look & make it your own. 

Remember don't take life too seriously, sometimes you need to slow down and enjoy the little things.