Monday, September 30, 2013

A Sunday Stroll

This was my full look for yesterday's brunch date in Hoboken, NJ. I wanted to be comfortable and casual with a little bit of edge. Once again, it's all about dressing for your figure and knowing what pieces to put together. This high waisted leather skater skirt from Forever 21 is one of my "must havs" for fall because you can dress it up or down. I love the length of this skirt, because it is not too short, and it hits/flares at all the right places. I paired the skirt with this dressy two-tone black and tan blazer, and dressed it down with a graphic muscle T "BLAH". (which is how I always feel after a long Saturday night out with my friends) 

My leopard pony hair shoes are from ALDO, I think prints are always a fun detail for fall. This handbag is from Sienna Ray & Co., the "jovie" pleated tote in black and gold. It is an amazing bag because of the shoulder strap enabling hands free movement (which is a MUST for the girl on the go), and it is also the perfect tote with a ton of space and hidden compartments. These particular sunnies are from Jimmy Swagg Eyewear, known as the "LA Lennons". I have been such a fan of round frames all season. Saving the best for last, I am in love with this black stone pendant necklace from LA designer Diana Ho. I get so many compliments on it, and can layer the piece with almost anything. 

Skirt: Forever 21 | Blazer: Forever 21 | Muscle T: Forever 21 | Handbag: Sienna Ray
Sunglasses: Jimmy Swagg Eyewear | Necklace: Diana Ho Designs | Shoes: ALDO

Thank you to my blogger babe Naty Michele of A Love Affair With Fashion for snapping these shots. *I am not a model* and probably the most awkward person when doing these pictures ha! I just want to show people that you can always be stylish when you have confidence. Don't be afraid to take some risks, and play around in your wardrobe mixing pieces when you don't have the funds to go shopping. Being fierce is all about knowing how to express you style under any circumstance. 


Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Art of Brunch: Trinity Restaurant, Hoboken NJ

What a gorgeous day, just one of those days where you want to be outside. A little breeze, the perfect weather for a light jacket (or blazer).  My Sundays are described with the 3 Fs… family, friends, and food. Today's "Art of Brunch" took place at Trinity Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ on Frank Sinatra Drive.  My blogger babe, Naty Michele of A Love Affair With Fashion, and I arrived at the restaurant at noon and were ready to get our brunch on! I started with a bellini (of course) and Naty opted for the mimosa. I do have to say their version of a bellini is non traditional, so I switched over to a mimosa which was great. Trinity offers an amazing $25 Pre Fixe brunch (only served on Saturdays & Sundays 11am-3:30pm) including a basket of goodies, carafes of Vodka cocktails or mimosas, and your meal.  Even though this sounded highly tempting we both opted for a single dish of Eggs Benedict which was delicious. 

When we arrived at noon the restaurant was not too crowded, but by 1pm both the outside and inside dining area were packed. The service was great- our waiter constantly refilled glasses of water/coffee and kept checking up on us throughout the meal.  There was a complete mixed crowd, a lot of families (kid friendly), young couples, and groups of girlfriends chatting away.

Overall we really enjoyed ourselves! We dished about blogging,  planning some upcoming events in NYC, bouncing some design ideas off each other for a a really cool project Naty is working on (details coming soon), and of course the usual boy drama! Not only is she an awesome friend but a really talented lady in fashion and music. Until next Sunday ♡

A special thank you to Trinity for having us! Check out their restaurant for brunch next Sunday. 
306 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030 | ph: 201 533 4446
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Night Out at the Night Hotel

One of the truly amazing things about New York City is you can discover a new hotel or restaurant every night of the week. There are constantly new things popping up and places to "be seen". I was asked to come check out the Night Hotel (a Vikram Chatwal property) located in the middle of Manhattan by their fabulous sales manager, who is also named Jackie.  Let's just say I felt like an espionage spy stepping into Gotham City.  Another guilty pleasure of mine (seems like I have a lot of them ha!) is staying in different hotels.  If I had it my way I would live in a different hotel every month, that's probably my ideal dream life. The Night Hotel would definitely be on my list.

When you first walk into the hotel, off the crazy hustle and bustle of 45th street, you see darkness. Not just any darkness, but a dimmed sexy black and white/gothic glammed kind of darkness. The first thing that caught my eye was this freaking amazing couch made of pony hair (pretty much want this couch in my apartment). The floor had a chic pattern, there was black leather everywhere, and some really cool fashion photography hanging in every direction.  The Night only has about 70 rooms, making it a classic boutique hotel, with a very modern look. Despite it's size, the rooms where actually pretty big! I loved the wooden arch over the bed,  padded leather headboard, printed pillows, and of course the detailed wallpaper. Another supper cool element that caught my eye was their bathroom products. This is one of the few hotels that actually makes their own shampoos, conditioners, body washes and soaps. It is A LOT going on in one room, but I totally love it. Naturally, I am a fan of anything loud and guady… did I mention I'm from Jersey? 

After being "mind blown" by their cool decor and interior design work I headed downstairs to Red Moon lounge, which cleverly fuses Japanese with Vietnamese small bites and cocktails.  The intimate space holds about 60 people, and carries out the Gothic Glam feel of the hotel. A really cool feature for all the smokers… they have an "indoor/outdoor" smoke room attached to Red Moon which is connected to the lounge space.  We nibbled on some apps and had some really well made drinks. One of my favorite drinks is a lychee martini, which is actually pretty hard to come by. When I first saw it one the menu it was a done deal.  After a few martinis I had to switch to my signature (champagne & St Germain).  The crowd was mixed: business professionals, fashion peeps, out-of-towners, and a few large groups of friends for happy hour.  Red Moon also does a happy hour special, all appetizers are $4, which is a pretty sweet deal for NYC. 

If you are ever in the area, or wanna check out a really trendy new spot then make your way to The Night.  Sexy vive, cool atmosphere, devilishly good drinks… what more can a girl ask for? 


Friday, September 27, 2013

Beauty Business @ Foster Glorioso Salon

I have to admit, I am a total "salon snob", I get my hair done more then average because it is one of my guilty pleasures in life.  One of my best friends (yes I am talking to you J) took me to a salon when I was 17 for my first wild color process, where I felt completely transformed into a new person.  Ever since then, I am obsessed and fascinated by the salon/hair industry.  I have had the pleasure of working with some of the best salons throughout NYC, LA, FL and NJ. I'm a total risk taker when it comes to my hair, I think I have dyed it almost every color in the rainbow.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting NYC salon, Foster Glorioso, located at 5 E 19th Street in the Flatiron District. There are a few key necessities I look out for during my hair appointments: the initial "greet", the beverage "offer", the "shampoo" and the "closing". I am a bit demanding in the sense that I expect to be greeted with a genuine smile, offered water or coffee, have an amazing shampoo/head massage, and walk out with a fully finished/polished look.  Here is a visual of the salon:

I can honestly say that Foster Glorioso Salon met my expectations x 100. When I arrived, the front desk/receptionist was so sweet and friendly I felt comfortable and relaxed. I was even greeted by one of the owners, Michael, who was adorable and very down to earth. They offered to take my bags and showed me to the personalized changing rooms. I was offered water or coffee almost immediately after getting in my robe. I then sat down with master stylist, Vanessa Auerbach, where she gave me a full consultation and described her "vision" in detail to my liking. The next part was my favorite of all, the shampoo! I have been to MANY high end salons, and their chairs are always "average" and not so comfortable. Foster Glorioso actually had reclining leather chairs and leather cushioning for your neck on the sink. That was a major plus for me (they earned extra points in my book). Not only was the shampoo fabulous, they also provided a hand massage with hot towels and lotion. This is a service they provide for every guest. Can you say perfection? My hair cut was sharp, clean, and executed perfectly. My stylist also did a deep conditioning treatment to restore some life after all of my previous color processing. The blow out was great, and the final product left me feeling like a celebrity.

Thank you to the wonderful owners and my stylist Vanessa! Foster Glorioso Salon get's 5 starts in my book and I highly recommend visiting them for your next cut or color. To all my fellow fashionistas, hair is your best accessory! 

5 East 19th Street 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003
212 929 2938 
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Want It, Gotta Have It! (Fall 2013)

Fall is officially here, as of yesterday September 22. It is such a bittersweet time because I am sad to see summer go but ready for the next season, pretty much in every aspect of my life. The change of seasons is a time to reflect and start a new chapter, to look at what the past couple of months have been like and make positive changes in a new direction. New attitude, new outlook, new motivation, and most importantly new wardrobe! (basically out with the OLD and in with the NEW) Don't we all wish our bank accounts would feel that way too? It would be such a joy to shop for a whole new wardrobe for each season, but we have to be semi-realistic here. I have always been a "smart shopper", and everyone knows it is how you put it together.  I have picked my absolute fav fall trends/styles from accessible stores such as: Forever 21, ASOS, Top Shop, H&M, DSW, and River Island.  These are my must have items that are not going to break the bank. I can recreate looks with fun accessories and lots of layering, and mixing new pieces with wardrobe staples.  

Talk about hotness! I am completely in love with anything black & gold, chunky hardware, cutouts, dark florals, prints, lace-ups, and suede. Bring on the booties! All of these shoes are currently available at DSW

What is fall without some amazing jackets? Everyone should own a basic leather motto jacket, it's a complete must, if you don't already own one then get to it! I'm feeling the plaid, tweed, varsity style, and mix of materials. All of these jackets are currently available at ASOS

I've always been into hats. They are my best friend on a bad hair day, especially when it's freezing out. Big brims and floppys have always been around, this time with cool metal and detailed accents. Leather baseball caps are pretty major this season, kind of like a chic sports player. This is also the first time that I feel confident wearing beanies, they are supper fun and I love all the sassy sayings. 

Lots and lots of layers and leather. Bring on the sweaters, blouses, Ts, leggings, colored jeans, and herum pants. Don't be afraid to mix it up and take some risks. All of these pieces are currently available at Forever 21

Get your shop on! If your funds are  not permitting that right now, then play dress up in your closet, you'll be surprised by all the looks you can come up with from a new perspective.