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With 2013 right around the corner we had to do our yearly review of the top trends. This year was amazing for the fashion and beauty industries. The popular trends took the world, yes the world, by storm. You had everything from oxblood and tangerine, to “poetic justice” braids and wedge sneakers, celebs and fashionistas all over made 2012 a year to remember. Take a look at the hottest trends of 2012.

Beauty- Tangerine Lips, Vampy Lips, Claw nails and intricate nail art

For the spring/summer we saw tangerine lips all of the street and for the fall/winter vampy lips were in control. The nail art craze went to an entirely new level, especially with the intricate designs and 3d application. We can’t forget about the claw/stiletto shape either.

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Hair- Poetic Justice Braids, Ombre Hair, High Bun (top knot)- none of these trends are new or groundbreaking, but they made a huge comeback in 2012. The most popular would have to be the top knot that Lala is rocking. Everyone from my 5 year old niece to Beyonce took part in this trend. Solange brought back the “poetic justice braids” again this year and even got her sister Beyonce to partake in the trend. Lastly, ombre hair was huge. Everyone from Ciara to Keke Palmer took rocked this look.

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Fashion- Peplum, Hi-Lo (skirts, dresses, tops), Wedge sneakers were huge this year. I mean Tracee Ellis Ross rocked her Isabel Marants and the internet went crazy! Now you can find a dupe pair almost anywhere and in multiple color ways. Then you had the infamous peplum. Whether it was a shirt, skirt, dress, or jacket everyone accentuated their curves with this trend. Lastly, the hi-low trend made a good run. There were hi-low maxis, midis, tops, and more. It allowed you to show a little leg in the front and keep things to the imagination in the back.

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What was your favorite trend for fashion, beauty, and hair this year?

Hey my loves!

Next week Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, and I have some amazing fashion and beauty deals for you all this year. This is the beginning of the holiday shopping season. While some people shop all year round for the holidays, majority of the people, including myself, wait until after Thanksgiving to really get things going.

Here are a few tips before you head out to your favorite shops for your favorite deals.

  1. Make a list! You have to be prepared. This is not the time to go and browse the stores casually. You need to have a plan. You will no exactly what stores to go to and what items you will purchase from the stores. So grab those newspaper circulars or print them out to create your list. You can also prioritize and figure out which stores you will attend first  and what items you will try to grab as well.
  2.  Shop with a friend. Usually I like to shop alone but shopping with a friend during this time is a necessity. You guys can split up and divide and conquer! Ok that may be a little extreme, but you can each pick up the items you need in half of the time. Also you can wait on line in shifts.
  3. Wear comfortable clothing. I would suggest something that you can maneuver in easily, so layers are perfect. Comfortable jeans and knit leggings are essentials. I would go with leggings and some flat riding boots with zippers that will be easy to take off if I need to. Also wear a cross body bag to avoid holding your purse in your hand or on your arm. Lastly oversized cardigans, scarves and anorak jackets are great too. You can tie the jacket around your waist if you get a little warm and the cardigan is great for an additional layer of warmth.
  4. Be assertive, yet friendly. You want to be pleasant to the workers because this is an extremely stressful time and you want them to be as helpful as possible. You have to be assertive when it comes to the other customers. Do not get in to a fight, but if there is a deal that is a must have go for it!
  5. Set reasonable expectations for yourself. You may have 15 items on your list that you want to purchase, but you not be able to get those items, so be realistic on what you can actually accomplish, and also remember, what you do not get on Black Friday there is always Cyber Monday.
So, whether you are shopping on line, or standing in line at your favorite store to get the best deals we have something for you so check it out!

 

Fashion

  • H&M is having an AMAZING Black Friday week! With items starting at $5 women can find sweaters and holiday party dresses, men can find great pants for $10, and you can find great winter jackets for your kids starting at $10. The first 100 customers in line will also have a chance to win up to $300 in scratch offs. They also have extended hours with stores opening at midnight on November 23. They also have Pre-Black Friday deals starting November 19th with items starting at $7. So make sure you check out H&M
  • Department store jc penney is a great one stop shop. With their specialty shops you have something for everyone that represents a variety of style. Their deals are from Thursday-Saturday so you can shop before you meet up with your family for Thanksgiving or even early Saturday morning to avoid the Friday rush. It starts from 6am-11pm. So get ready to stock up on great stocking stuffers like $20 Liz Claiborne gloves, $30 metallic puffer jackets, $10 cable knit sweaters, $15 jeans, $15 work pants and more! There are even amazing deals for men, children, and the household.
  • New York and Company is offering 505-705 off of everything in the store or online so stock up on your work essentials to have a killer winter wardrobe for the office
  • Express is offering 50% off of everything
  • ASOS is offering u p to 30% off knits, coats, and more but check out their outlet as well
  • Aldo is offering 50% off of all clearance merchandise
  • Lulu’s has deals on dresses, tops, bottoms and shoes!
  • One of my favorite department stores besides jc penney is Kohl’s has deals for the entire family and home
  • The Gap is offering 60% off of everything through Saturday online and Sunday in stores!
  • J. Crew is offering 25% off so try to get your hands on their awesome cashmere sweaters
  • Forever 21 not only has Black Friday Deals but Pre-Deals as well, so if you want some trendy items, now is the time to shop.
  • Macy’s will definitely be a mad house so get there early to grab all of the great deals! Check out their Black Friday Specials here
  • Score your favorite designer pieces at Lohemann’s starting with 25% off of already discounted prices
  • Nordstrom Rack is giving back to their loyal customers. For every $100 you spend you will receive a $10 card!  Also you can earn double points shopping from November 23rd- November 25th. Lastly,  look for the green dot to win a $50 gift card at your local Nordstrom Rack!

How amazing are these deals!?!

Check Makeup Artist Kim Porter’s blog for all of your beauty deals!

Happy Shopping!

Last week’s heat wave was just crazy. I love the summer just not at 98 degrees plus humidity. I prefer the temperature to be between 85 and 90 with low humidity. I know that is wishful thinking, but hey I have a right to dream. Right before the summer hits I make sure I have my arsenal of must have items. I am a pretty simple girl and low maintenance during the summer. I want to do as little work as possible when it comes to getting dressed, staying cool, and even applying makeup. So here are my must have items for the summer

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1. Tinted Moisturizer- I rarely wear foundation in the summer. When it is really hot and I am doing a lot of walking it just melts off. Tinted moisturizer is light and gives you and even complexion with minimal coverage. I am using OCC’s tinted moisturizer and I love it.

2. Bronzer- We all want that Beyonce glow so I use bronzer to get just that. I have like 4 or 5 bronzers but my favorites would have to be Milani Baked Bronzer and Young Blood Lunar Dust

3. Sunscreen- I just raved about the Hawaiian Tropic silk hydration sunscreen. It moisturizes and protects. You can’t get any better than that

4. Oil Absorbing Sheets- I use e.l.f.’s absorbing sheets (you can’t beat $1) and they are great. I mainly get oily in my t-zone so I always have them on hand to erase the shine

5. Perfume/Body Splash- I love The Body Shops Love Etc…- I get tons of compliments whenever I wear it and it is so inexpensive. When I tell people what it is they are shocked. I also love Marc Jacob’s Daisy Eau So Fresh.

6. Wen Deep Cleansing Conditioner- My hair never lasts in the summer. I’m always sweating it out and it sucks. I usually do low maintenance hair styles like buns, bantu knot-outs, twist outs, etc. I wash my hair using Wen Deep Cleansing Conditioner and either let it air dry and do one of the styles listed above.

7. Lip Gloss with spf- Last week I raved about Hawaiian Tropic aloha kiss. It gives great shine and it also has spf. I pair the gloss with any lipstick and I am ready to go.

8. Misting spray- Avene Thermal Spring Water provides the perfect relief from those hot summer days. It also moisturizes your skin.

9. Bold and bright nail polish- Summer time is the perfect time to pull out all of the stops with your nails. So I go for neon pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, turquoise and more!

Fashion

1. Sun glasses! I have tons of sun glasses in all shapes and colors. I love large glasses. I feel like Nicole Richie lol. Sun glasses are the perfect summer accessory- the protect you from the sun and the weirdos on the train trying to make eye contact

2. Tote bag/cross body bag- The tote bag is a necessity because I always carry my life around. It is large enough for some flat sandals, my makeup bag, wallet, water bottle, and just about everything else. The cross body bag is perfect for those spontaneous adventures where a large shoulder bag or tote isn’t necessary. It also forces you to pack light.

3. Maxi dress/skirt- These are the easiest things to throw on and they are so chic. I have dresses and skirts in a variety of colors and prints. This is always my go to outfit choice.

4. Denim shorts- when I don’t feel like wearing a dress I throw on some shorts a t-shirt or tank and depending on the occasion flat sandals or a wedge. You can never go wrong with a pair of denim shorts. Dress them up or down- it really doesn’t matter because they are classic.

5. Cute sandals and wedges- I do a lot of walking in the summer so high heels are out of the question in NYC, unless I’m going from car to chair lol. So I need my sandals to by fashionable and functional. I can strut around the city in a wedge because I get the height of a heel and the comfort of a flat so those are necessary as well.

6. Basics- t-shirts and tanks in all colors and prints. You can never have too many t-shirts or tank tops. If I find a style that fits me well I buy at least 3-4 in various colors. T-shirts and tanks are comfortable and can be paired with almost anything- denim shorts, boyfriend jeans, Bermuda shorts, maxi skirts, body con skirts, a-line skirts, harem pants, cropped pants- you get my drift? They can be dressed up with statement jewelry or worn with a simple necklace and earrings. I couldn’t get through the summer without these.

7. Casual sneakers/flats- I like to be adventurous and go to the park a lot during the summer. I may need to climb a few rocks, you never know so I always have a pair of casual sneakers, like converses or Tom’s handy.

This is my list. What are some of your summer must haves?

Happy Friday Ladies! It is SCORCHING in NYC this week and I am loving every moment of it (Summer is my favorite season). I wanted to share with you guys my “My Must Haves” for the Summer.  Key factors to my beauty and fashion choices during the Summer is being comfortable, cool , minimizing (less is more) while still looking GREAT! :)

 

 

 

Beauty & Health:

Summer Essentials: Beauty

NARS Malaga Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – In this heat it is way too hot to wear full out foundation so instead I opt for a tinted moisturizer with spf.  I love this one from Nars because it has full coverage but is very light on the skin.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Flared Waterproof Mascara – I love Maybelline mascara – I’ve tried all the other high end brands and Maybelline definitely is equal if not better.  Their waterproof mascara does not disappoint- this mascara lasts me all day and I don’t have to worry about any embarrassing racoon eyes.

NARS Sheer Lipstick – Belle de Jour: This summer is all about light and sheer makeup.  Nothing looks fresher to me than a nude lip.  I love this NARS version because it lasts all day and keeps my lips moisturized.

Tarte EmphasEYES™ For Brows High Definition Eyebrow Pencil: Did I tell you guys I am obsessed with my eyebrows? No seriously, I take them VERY SERIOUS.  This eyebrow pencil by Tarte gets my eyebrows looking PERFECT yet natural.  My biggest beauty MUST HAVE.

Flora by Gucci: I love all Gucci’s perfume, they are always light and delicious and Flora stays true to all this.  Flora smell’s like Summer (I swear) – what does Summer smell like you ask?  Go to Macy’s and smell Flora and than you will understand what I mean! :)

Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, 7 oz.:  Between all the sweat and oils that get in my skin during the Summer I always like a good exfoliator scrub that removes all the dead skin and gets my skin soft and smooth.  This Brown Sugar Body Polish by Fresh works amazing and smell’s even better.

Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System For Skin Types 3, 4 Combination Oily Skin:  My skin and I have a love/hate battle.  Over the past year we have been growing a better relationship thanks to Clinique.  I love this 3 step system because it help to almost eliminate that “oily” look your face gets during the Summer.

Mixed Chicks Leave In Conditioner: My hair is naturally curly but I tend to get a lot of blow outs and I wear it straight most of the time.  However, in Summer…straight hair is way too difficult to keep up with in the heat.  This Leave In Conditioner gets my curls looking gorgeous – defined, moisturized and bouncy.

Marc Jacobs Cranberry Splash: Guys….this perfume is amazing (if you like fruity scents).  Another Summery scent that’s just perfect for the hot weather.  Whenever I wear it I always have at least 5-10 people asking me what I’m wearing.

Clean & Clear Absorbing Sheets:  Let’s face it.  We all sweat and we all tend to have oil faces during the Summer.  I swear by there oil absorbing sheets by Clean & Clear, they are something I do not leave home without.

Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow: Metallic eyes are in this season and my favorite metallic shadow is Gold (it looks so good against brown skin :)).  This eyeshadow by Bobbi Brown literally lasts ALL DAY. Believe me, I am constantly rubbing my eyes and touching my face and this shadow is still intact at the end of the day.

Fashion:

Summer Essentials: Fashion

Maxi Dresses are a must have this Summer for me.  They are cool, comfortable and are very versatile so you can go to work and still hit happy hour afterwards lookin’ fly.  I’m especially loving all the semi sheer and pleated ones as well as the black and white striped ones.

Peplum dresses are another item that can be worn for both work and play.  I love the peplum  silhouette ((dresses and shirts) because it is ultra feminine and looks great on every women.  It’s just so chic and ladylike to me!  I like all the peplums in bold colors and patterns for this season.

Sheer, Collared Shirts:  This is probably the item I own the most of.  I have at least 12 of these shorts (THEY ARE EVERYWHERE) and I love them.  You can wear them with shorts, skirts, jeans….styling with these is endless.  I can’t stop buying them (I am wearing one as I type this….) lol.

Vertical Stripe Jeans/Leggings: I love these black and white vertical stripe jeans (I also have some of the leggings) they scream summer to me (it’s like wearing white jeans, except you don’t have to worry about spilling something on them) and they literally go with so many different things.  LOVE!

Wedges: I’m going to be honest – I don’t wear a lot of heels.  NYC is not the place (IMO) to be wearing 6″ Louboutins especially when you are walking and taking public transportation.  So, when I really want to wear heels I usually opt for a wedge.  Wedges can be very sexy yet comfortable (even at 5″ high) and can be dressed up or down.

Embellished Flat Sandals:  As I stated above, I don’t really do heels in NYC but that doesn’t mean I don’t want my shoes to be FLY.  I always make sure that if I wear flats that they stand out, whether they be embellished (chains, bows etc) or have a bold color.  Who says flat shoes can’t be fashionable??

Neon Handbag: I love Neon but I don’t own that much Neon clothing however when I want to add a little splash of neon to my outfit I grab my bag.  A neon bag adds something special to every outfit.

Collar Necklace:  These necklaces are a major MUST HAVE accessory for me.  I love to pair them with my sheer, collared shirts. :)

Straw Fedora: These just something about straw fedoras that scream “Summer” to me and I love to wear these hats ( I wear them with EVERYTHING, Maxi’s, Shorts, etc) plus…they are GREAT for a bad hair day.  You can walk around looking fly and no one even suspects what’s really going on under the hat.

Cat Eye Sunglasses: Cat Eye Sunglasses are ultra chic and look great on most face shapes.  If you haven’t got a pair yet – GET YOU SOME!
Well, those are my Beauty and Fashion must haves.  What are yours????