It’s been a long week wrapping up projects cooped up in my office so on Friday I finally got a blowout and starting playing with some of my black friday purchases — how good are these Eliza J pants? I round up my favorite sparkle tops below but quick side bar I have been in hair hell lately. Overly processing my hair finally caught up with me during my last session and the stylist left in my toner too long (and then tried to fix it by literally murdering my strands).
I just got back from traveling around Mexico and I can’t wait to go back south! From swimming in the ocean, wind in my hair, feet in the sand and eating my weight in guacamole to leaving the beaches to head to Mexico City to fulfill one of my dreams of seeing Frida Kahlo’s house it was a magical week away. I can’t believe I almost canceled my trip after the earthquake hit. I was so devastated by the news that I wanted to use our trip to volunteer but the reality was donating money and tourism was what the city really needed. And to my surprise all of the attractions were open, the city was alive and in traveling all over the Mexico City I saw very little damage. Granted most of the accounts were in residential areas, none of the damage interfered with out trip and spirits were high as we walked the streets.
Right now many of the islands off of Mexico and much of the Caribbean have either no damage or are recovering and opened their ports, ready for our arrival. Now is a great time for tourism to help the islands rebound and return to normalcy.
Last week, I closed out fashion week with some major sparkle, hosting the Swarovski’s REMIX Collection Launch Party with actress, Skai Jackson at the brand’s Rockefeller Center Store. Skai also served as Teen Vogues Fashion Week ambassador and did a really great recap of her journey and the event on teenvogue.com. For anyone not familiar with the Remix collection, it’s a vast mix of silver and rose gold bracelets with a magnet clasp making it easy to stack, and also hook together to turn bracelets into wrap bracelets, necklaces and beyond.With so many styles and endless mix and match opportunities — just look at all the different ways and personalities Karlie Kloss captures in her above ad campaign. What I love about this collection is its versatility and ability to be styled to your personal style. My style is a mix of edgy and classic, I love mixing metallics and textures. I also loved looping it through my ring finger.Speaking of personal style, I was so honored to have one of my favorite people join me, famed costume stylist and fashion icon, Patricia Field. And of course, my pomeranian and side kick, Charlie, who was rocking some Swarovski of his own.
Well, I can now officially check “walking in a New York Fashion Week show” off of my list! Recently, I hit the runway for the introduction of new fashion brand Livari, a zero waste and ethically sourced label that focuses on empowering women and helping the environment. Created by the environmental and feminist activist and award-winning actress from Orange is the New Black, Alysia Reiner, my good friend and bad a$$ celebrity stylist and founder of Caravan Stylist Studio, Claudine DeSola and Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, the designer behind Tabii Just and is the Youth Initiatives Coordinator for the Women’s March movement!!!! These incredible women created this new brand, to take their cause further and empower women through fashionable clothing that is made ethically and sustainably.
For the premiere Livari fashion show, they partnered with brands who promote environmental and social change such as Cool Effect, Ivy, and Brother. Hosted by Kia and Style360 NYFW, myself, as well as my fellow models were chosen to walk in the show to help spread the brand’s social impact.
Melissa Shoes moved around the corner in from their location on Greene Street to the booming block on Broadway. And lets just say the new store is on a whole new level of cool. They adopted an experiential store concept that features part boutique and part art gallery. This larger flagship location is chalk full of unique and engaging decor, from the fixtures to the live green wall and my personal favorite, the infinity room — mirrors everywhere (hello selfie opportunity!).While there was no shortage of designer plastic, rain shoes, flip flops, platforms and everything in between that I wanted, I opted for the Melissa Shoes x Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Chelsea Boots at the opening and am obsessed!!!! Like their other Galeria locations around the world, the store will stock styles from Melissa’s main women’s collection, as well as their infamous designer collaborations with brands including Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, Jeremy Scott…
I’m so happy I got back from Greece in time to make it to the Hampton for Super Saturday with OCRFA, the largest global charity making advances in ovarian cancer research. It’s by far my most favorite shopping day of the year with all of the proceeds going to Ovarian Cancer Research!
I don’t know what to say except island life is really agreeing with me. I don’t know that I’ve ever been so relaxed. Mykonos really agrees with me. I have no concept of what time it is or even what day it is. Patricia Field threw the most fabulous party and runway show for her ARTFASHION x Apostolos Mitropoulous collaboration on the island (I’ll be posting the video and images shortly), and she’s been the most amazing host.
Her friends are incredible, full of life and just so happen to have the best taste in restaurants — great food with exceptional views of the water. Speaking of her friends, Darren Star and Debi Mazar came from filming the finale of Younger to be at the show (are you all watching? Because it’s one of the best comedy shows out right now, plus Patricia Field is styling it!). And yes, Debi Mazar
I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced anything as magical as the Rodarte Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show during Couture Week in Paris. The Mulleavy sisters really brought it for their first showing in Paris. No detail was left unturned.
For this trip I was with the nail sponsor for the show, Morgan Taylor Lacquer, and had the pleasure of joining in on the nail tests and getting to watch their lead artist, Tracylee Percival in action. I’ve known Tracylee for years, she’s the best of the best but getting to watch her vision come to life… she’s a genius and an incredible artist. Just look at this look she created using real flowers — and my small part in bringing her vision to life!
Paris for Couture Week is like nothing I’ve ever experienced, and I’ve done Paris and New York Fashion Week on repeat. For this trip I was with the Morgan Taylor Lacquer team, who traveled to do the nails for Proenza Schouler and Rodarte’s Couture Week shows. Here’s a quick video from behind the scenes and also at the show for Proenza Schouler (I’ll have a video up soon on Rodarte!). It was really cool to be apart of the nail tests, which is when the nail team joins the hair and makeup team before the show at the designer’s studio they they can test and make the final decisions on the beauty look.
We did our beauty test the day before the Proenza Schouler show. Based on the designers vision, Morgan Taylor lead artist, Vu Nguyen along with Taylor Daniel (or as I like to call her THE Taylor of Morgan Taylor), put forth some dark reds and burgundies, as well as some variations of nudes with different top coats. Ultimately they settled on their deep burgundy, “Take the Lead” shade for some of the models and the others were met with just a single coat of “Matte’s A Wrap” over a well manicured nail for a more minimalist look.
It was a modern take on a minimalist look with the matte top coat, while the deep burgundy choice was all about going against the grain for spring (move over pastels) and challenging tradition.
Then came show day, and right down to the invitations the show was gorgeous (see photo above and shop my jewelry HERE). Set at the Lycée Jacques-Decour, a school built in the 19th century, the label sent down beautiful prints, slim fit dresses with cut outs, straps, and texture down the runway to a dramatic beat (I’m sorry I had to cut the music, Youtube is a challenge with any music you don’t have the rights to), but you can catch the show finale in the video above.