Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Best













WHAT I’M WEARING: 
SKIRT: H&M | DENIM BLOUSE: Banana Republic | PLATFORMS: Michael Kors | SUNNIES: Frieda Rothman | JEWELRY: Kara Ross 

I hope everyone had a good Easter or Passover holiday. For me, Easter isn’t really a “religious” day but more of a family gathering with familiar traditions. The older I get, the more I appreciate my family and what we have. Every holiday, birthday and celebration we are by each others sides and that means the world to me. I grew up with my cousins (everyone is a few years apart) and they have become my best friends. I am not sure where I would be without my family. Easter weekend was magical because of their love and I am so grateful. 

I kept my #SundayBest simple with a printed fit and flare high waisted Tee length skirt and denim top. I paired the casual “off duty” look with a killer pair of nude suede platform pumps and a pony tail. I really enjoy dressing up, obviously working in the fashion industry it is part of my job, but on the weekends keeping it semi-casual seems fitting. Easter is really the kick off for Spring, and the city is definitely in full bloom. It’s such a beautiful time of year, everyday gets a little warmer and the sun shines a little longer. The flowers are starting to bloom all around us, and its such a beautiful reminder that CHANGE IS GOOD. 




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Sunday, April 2, 2017

SET SAIL: Best Ways to UNWIND












WHAT I’M WEARING: 
DRESS: New York & Co | KNOTTED ROSE SLEEVE WRAP: Karma for a Cure | SANDALS: Aldo | SUNNIES: Freida Rothman | RINNGS & CUFF: Unleashed by Kara Ross

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, INCLUDING YOU.

I take a lot of pride in my work, I give everything I do 150% of myself always.  In order for me to be my best self, and do the best work sometimes I have to unplug and reboot for the best results. It is extremely hard for me to “turn off”, not sure if any of you experience the same problem. (do you?) When you love what you so much it is more then just a job, it is your life. It’s really important to find that little bit of balance every once in a while and simply just enjoy the present moments with no plans, no calendar reminders and freedom to do whatever you want. I took a long weekend to completely turn off, soak up some vitamin SEA and relax with old friends. It was amazing, and I feel refreshed and focused to take on an intense week with purpose and action. 

I used to live in Ft Lauderdale years ago for college, and it was a great experience… totally never took advantage of all it’s beauty at the time. Laudie is one of the resort capitals of the world, so naturally I had to rock a resort-wear line. This lacey bell sleeve top is by Karma for a Cure. The line was created by a great friend of mine with an impactful story. The collection’s proceeds benefit cancer research, and Founder + CEO Margaux Minutolo makes it her mission to give back and look fabulous while doing it.  When I first arrived in Laudie it took me a full day to just RELAX, something that is hard for me to do. Here are some helpful tips that might also help you unwind in your times of need. We can’t go on vacation every weekend, so these tools can help us make it through. Before you judge, give it a try:

USE YOUR BREATH (meditation) 
Ok I know what you are thinking, who really has 15 or 30 minutes to spare for this? How can I just relax and sit still and breathe? Meditation has truly changed my life, this is a daily practice and it really makes the world of a difference. Before I start the full preach, just know that it’s all about using your breathe. I do a guided mediation through the app INSACAPE which is my fav one yet. They have all different kinds and great foundation series. Headspace is a common one for beginners which is a good start, but give inscape a try. If you just make a little extra time in the morning, you will see how great the rest of your day will be. You will be present, calm and have a lot more patience. 

PLAY (literally) 
I play EVERY SINGLE DAY. Never loose your inner child. Play a sport, play a game, play some music. Go to the park, do some painting just for fun, color (Mandals are a great stress reliever), play with your nieces or nephews. It sounds so stupid simple, and guess what- it is.  

GENTLE MOVEMENTS (don’t worry I am not a yogi) 
Gentle movements can help you relax, and it’s literally scientifically proven that you can calm and stimulate your nervous system with a few simple things. My favorite is to engage your nervous system and feel the “tingles” after a mediation. Take your hands palms facing together and simply rub them slowly. When you do this movement along with deep breathing you will literally feel the tingle results as your nervous system gets going. Another great movement pattern calming set is to hold your hands out and touch each one of your fingers to your thumb slowly on both sides one by one while deeply breathing. Call me crazy, but it totally works. You feel instantly relaxed under five minutes flat. 

DOODLE & WRITE (journaling) 
This is such a beautiful stress reliever for me, it helps me relax and organize my thoughts + unwind. Even writing this post for you is a form of “unwinding”. Grab a big illustration note pad and MAP out how awesome your day will be, what you are thinking about this week and long term plans. Make a little doodle (doesn’t have to be Picasso), write down your feelings/fears/ambitions and ideas. Manifest and write down things you want by taping into creative visualization. Make some notes of gratitude, WHO are you grateful for in life and why? It WORKS. 

I bet the first thing you thought I was going to say was “have a big glass of wine” … and sometimes YES that is the key haha Just know you have options in the relaxation process. If you can’t jet set off or travel for the weekend there are still amazing things you can do for yourself to unplug and feel at peace. 

Hope this was helpful, get those palms rubbing and FEEL IT BABY. -JB 





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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Fort Lauderdale Underground Fashion Week














Fort Lauderdale Underground Fashion Week, Nicole Miller Spring 2017 Collection | FATVillage Art District 

I escaped the cold and rainy NYC weather this weekend to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Almost seven years ago this was home, and every time I come to FL I am always in Miami. I wanted to spend some time in Laudie, reconnect with old friends and simply RELAX. I promised myself no work this weekend, but when a friend told me Fort Lauderdale was putting together this little “Underground Fashion Week” I had to check it out. The heading designer was Nicole Miller, who showcased her S17 Collection hosted by Nina Garcia. 

First of all, I love the fact that Fort Lauderdale is working hard to have it’s own identity from Miami. Laudie is the yachting and resort capital of Florida, such a great untapped market. Many years ago when I lived in Florida, Ft Lauderdale Fashion Week was our baby, it feels so good to see the industry trying again to make something special here. 

Nicole Miller served up some SUMMER SASS on the runway. The collection was inspired by Panama with a Thailand flare, lots of embroidery + bright colors and cut out panel work. It was airy, bohemian and extremely wearable. I snapped some of my favs for you to see. 


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BISOU NYC: Nail Art Heaven















BISOU NY: 6 Spring Street, New York NY PH: 347.330.3477

There is no secret- I have a nail goddess and her name is Asami. I am crazy about my nails, actually more like a nail lunatic. I truly believe that your nails are 10 tiny canvases and should be a form of self-expression. I have been working in fashion (particularly accessories + jewelry) for a long time now and I feel that my nails are “my suit”. How can you present jewelry to someone if your nails are not done?! It’s part of my character, my personal style and how I express myself. I have been doing nail art manis for over 7 years now, before it was even considered a “cool thing” to do. People would just tell me I am crazy and it’s a waste of time, well guess what… It’s not and I am not planning on stopping anytime soon! 

I met the owner of BISOU NY (Asami) through a mutual friend who is just as crazy about her nails as I am with mine. I was going to another nail salon in NYC (I wont say the name) and they royally screwed up my nails, they felt so weak, and overall I did not like the customer service. As soon as I started working with Asami it was like nail magic INSTANTLY. She is not a “manicurist” she is an artist. Over the past year I would not let anyone else touch my nails. The best part is Asami opened her first JAPANESE NAIL ATELIER salon in Nolita (yes my favorite spot in NYC) a few months ago at 6 Spring Street

BISOU NY is a little slice of heaven. The interior is gorgeous black & white with accents of gold, very minimalistic style. Every single artist Asami hired is extremely talented and can make magic happen on your finger tips. Something very important to note: THIS IS NOT AN AVERAGE NAIL SALON OR MANICURE. BISOU NY only does Japanese gel and and specializes in designs. No pedis, no regular manis, just nail art. 

They are some of the most talented nail artists I have ever met, the work they are producing is incredible. You can show them ANY picture, a fashion collection, a piece of art and they can create something custom on your nails. (its beyond amazing) Yes, it does take some time- I am usually in there for at least 3 hours each visit, but I don’t mind as long as I can charge my phone/have good wifi and some green tea. 
Prices from from 50 onwards, BUT these gel nails last me almost a month each time so it’s totally worth it. 

Lastly, people always ask me “how are your nails so healthy?” . I have included a picture of my naked nails so you can see for yourself. BISOU NY does not “machine buff” off the gel, they are extremely careful with removals so my nails do not get damaged. The gel they use is “PARA GEL” and it has actually made my nails stronger over the past year. 

I get stopped about 5 times a day for my nails. I do not want to keep BISOU NY a secret, I am sharing my favorite spot because I truly believe in them. I love the work they do, every artist is super talented and you will not be disappointed. Did I mention Vogue, Refinery 29, Elle.com and WWD also showed BISOU NY major love? 

If you do check it out please let me let me know and send me a pic of your nail art ;) 



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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BLUSHINGTON Beauty










 Location: Blushington Midtown West- Le Parker Meridien Hotel | 119 West 56th St 
Make an Appointment: PH 646 410 2208 

 Ok here it goes- I used to HATE getting my makeup done. Hair is another story, but makeup would never come out right. Every time I got my makeup done it was not what I wanted/ I didn’t feel like myself. My face was always too pale (not matching my body), and it was just “too much” as I don’t really wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis. Just a very simple beauty routine with my same few products. This has all recently changed thanks to BLUSHINGTON Makeup & Beauty Lounge. 

I first visited the Upper East Side location to interview UNLEASHED ambassador and friend Natasha Cornstein, CEO of BLUSHINGTON. She literally spent the time walking me through the BLUSHINGTON expiernce, all of their amazing products and HOW they give back to support women and entrepreneurs. The space is absolutely stunning, cotton candy pink + chandeliers and touches of gold elevate the scene (not your average “dry bar esq” feel). 

I wanted to support BLUSHINGTON on my own time, so I booked my first “full face” makeup application at the Midtown West, located inside the Le Parker Meridien Hotel. This first experience was absolutely on point, I literally felt like I was getting ready to go out for the night with my girlfriends. Champagne, five star treatment and a beautiful atmosphere to boot. Not to mention my artist LISTENED to every word I said, and took the time to blend and match my skin perfectly. She worked quickly and effectively, yet I did not feel rushed. I really loved the end results, you can see the before picture here too (don’t judge me without makeup!). 

I liked the fact that everyone was so professional and friendly, they seemed to be enjoying their jobs and it was a positive and fun environment. I also learned SO MUCH about new makeup products, and even purchased a few since my last applications (Stila conceler and now addicted to Jouer Lip-glosses). I have literally gone back about 4 more times in the past few weeks, I am a BLUSHINGTON addict! It is affordable, they use amazing products and it's about the experience. Check out their services HERE- they even offer a monthly package known as "Carte Blush" which is $250 a month for *unlimited* applications (yes thats right, UNLIMITED)
Ladies you have to check it out, I wouldn’t steer you wrong. 


“Feeling Pretty is Priceless”- BLUSHINGTON Founder, Stephanie Maron 





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