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. 


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Suits of The Season #Summer2014

Swimsuit season is here and vacation is clear in sight. Embrace your curves in all the right ways, and stop crying over the fact that you do not look like a Victoria Secret model for summer.  Not everyone can look like Adriana Lima, curves are sexy too. Dressing for your figure requires some patience and a positive attitude when it comes to swimsuit shopping. Because this is my blog and I can say whatever I like, here it goes… skinny bitches can shop anywhere & spend $10 on a bikini and look fab, if you are a size 10 or over YOU CAN NOT. A great bathing suit with the proper padding and support are expensive. Stop being cheap and get yourself into something that will make you look and feel great all summer long. You * do not*  have to cover yourself up in a swim dress or 1 piece, you do have some great high wasted bikini options with fierce style. Check out my fav curvy swimsuit picks for the season! All it takes is a little confidence and a base tan (no one looks good pale). 

Make sure your sandal game is on point! I LIVE in sandals all summer long and I normally buy about 15 pairs of kicks under $100 to mix and match with different suits but this season I am going to SPLURGE on that dream pair… can you guess which one I picked? 

Enjoy your #sundayfunday


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: HYDE LAS VEGAS

Normally the old saying is "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" but not in this case.  I simply can not hide the fact that I pretty much had one of the best nights in my life at HYDE in the Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas. I know thats a pretty big statement, no exaggeration needed. This was probably one of the sickest nightclub experiences I have ever had (NYC, LA, Miami, Paris, Milano), it really does take the cake. 

I am a fan of smaller more intimate venues, where the cool kids hang. I am over the crazy crowded mega club scene. HYDE, owned by the SBE group, is a 10,000 sq ft indoor/outdoor space overlooking the Fountains of the Bellagio that opened in 2011. It was designed by Gulla Jonsdottir of G+ to resemble a lavish Italian villa (check! so on point).  Now… Vegas itself can be totally on the tacky side, but HYDE was a breath of fresh air.  The open space, floor to ceiling windows, outdoor terrace and amazing fountains couldn't have set a better scene in my mind. HYDE Las Vegas is the perfectttttt place for a bachelorette /bachelor party, birthday, or entertaining clients.  The club is also notoriously known for the XIV day party by the SBE Group. HYDE has some pretty wacky bottle packages, which can be accommodated at one of 40 VIP tables, the club itself can hold up to 714 people. The packages range from your bottle being delivered by Superman flying over to your table, or one of my favs "I'm on a boat bitch". 

(yes this is a $250,000 table/bottle package which is almost always sold out, can you say #HighRollers?)

(I'm on a boat bitch! Yes it's an actual bottle package equipped with hot bottle server brought over to you on a boat) 

Two major deciding HOT or NOT club factors I have (no matter how chic the place is) 1. the music 2. the service.  HYDE's DJ literally kept me dancing all night, playing a great mix between EDM, Hip Hop and old school throw backs. It was such a diverse variety, he even catered to both coasts.  Now I hate to say this to NYC but HYDE Vegas literally put you to shame. The service was totally impeccable. The managers were extremely friendly, our bottle service host was not only beautiful but a sweetheart (and patient with us), even the bouncer escorted us to and from the bathroom to avoid long lines. The DJ tolerated us climbing into the booth to request a song with a smile, and it was CERTAINLY a night to remember.  Here are some of my tippsy iphone snaps throughout the evening:

A very special thank you to the entire staff, managers, bottle servers, bouncers, DJ and owners for making our night the best experience in Vegas. One of my new favorite clubs, you MUST go next time your in sin city. 


Wednesday, June 4, 2014


I wanted to give you guys an inside look of JCK Las Vegas, and everything that it takes to make your presence in a sea of competitive jewelry companies.  Although we had a great time, this trip to Vegas was serious business. The Freida Rothman team has been prepping for JCK (the biggest jewelry tradeshow in the country) for almost 6 months now. The show takes place every year at the Mandalay Bay May Convention Center.  Every detail needs to be taken into consideration, there are so many pieces to the puzzle and behind the scenes action that goes into it. 

How will you design your booth? What will you do to the walls? What kind of lighting are you using? Where will you order the display furniture? How will you set up the layout? AND... most importantly, what will you do to stand out? EXHAUSTING! Lucky for me, I love my job and I am so thankful that I get to use my creative ideas everyday at work.  It also helps to have an amazing team and even better boss (no I don't get paid extra to say that). Freida is the definition of fabulous, a working mother of 4 and wife to the president of the company. She always remains calm and collected (I've never once heard her raise her voice) a talented designer and extremely fair/dedicated business woman. 

As Freida would say, "JCK is our runway, this is the jewelry industry's version of Fashion Week". Our brand participates in about 7 trade shows a year, and we always do our best to make a statement at each one. For JCK 2014 we decided to design our booth with a very boutique feel. The walls had 7 inch black and white horizontal stripes (OMG you should have seen my coworkers & I getting these bad boys up! I couldn't have done it without them). The logo was placed in the center, and the opposite wall consisted of vintage picture frames displaying jewelry. We even had a little black and white striped fishy (our new mascot) who we named Fraidy.

JCK was a complete success! I think the key to our great showcase is the amount of passion we all have for the brand. The Freida Rothman team works extremely hard and we always support each other.  This year taught me so may lessons and I am looking forward to improving some details for 2015.  Although it amazeee, I am so happy it's over! haha

Until next year! #VIVALAFREIDA