Happy National Boss Day

Happy National Boss Day! If you work for yourself, then happy #Girlboss Day! Either way, today is a good day to splurge on some favorite things.

Whether it is for you or your boss, these cute indulgences are a fun way to look and feel your best while succeeding at work. Ranging from femme fatal calendars to super luxe body creams, and of course, the rock star studs there is no way you can’t feel like a true #Girlboss. Especially if you walk in with that beautiful grey coat and fringe faux leather bag.

When times get stressful a great scented candle is the perfect way to unwind. My favorite candles are from Henri Bendel. They are luxurious and smell amazing!

Need some positive energy? The Alex and Ani initial bracelet is charged with positive energy to make your day run smoothly. If all else fails, read Mindy Kaling’s latest book and laugh your way through whatever is happening in your own life.

So reward yourself today and those that have helped you get to where you are. Be grateful for what you have, and all that you have accomplished! I would love to read in the comments who has inspired you in your career, and how you are going to reward your hard efforts.

PS. I made it easy to feel good about splurging as each option is Vegan-Friendly and Cruelty-free! The planet and animals will love you.

 




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Navigating Columbus Day Sales

Columbus day sales are here for the weekend! It is the last big sale before Black Friday. If you are anything like me, getting a great bag for an amazing price is a total “yes, please!”

So what should you look for during the Columbus day sales?

The biggest discount are on shoes and accessories. You will find price drops anywhere between 25-90% off! This is a great time to stock up on boots for the winter months ahead, or grab a few clutches and accessories for all the holiday parties you’ll attend.

Skip on clothes. This might be the only time I will advise you to ever skip the clothing racks. While there are sales, stores just released their winter wear and it won’t be as big of a discount as Black Friday. Girl, hold on for one more month – it will be worth it!

Who has the best deals?

Here are a list of places holding the best Columbus day sales, and codes to get the best price:

Last Call by Neiman Marcus: 30% off and Extra 10% off with code Gimme10.

Macy’s: 40% off and an Extra 20% off with code Fall.

Asos: 50% off and free shipping.

Barneys Warehouse: Extra 40% off clearance.

BCBG: 30% off sales.

Diane Von Furstenberg: Additional 25% off sales with code Enjoy25.

Kate Spade: 50% off sale and additional 25% off with code Sweet.

Any suggested picks from the sale?

Glad you asked! I have spent hours sourcing the web for the absolute best deals and here they are. My top picks from this years Columbus day sale. Plus, they are all animal loving faux fur and faux leather options. Happy shopping!

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The Launch Fashion Show

A series of new designers presented their Spring Summer 2016 designs at The Launch this past fashion week, and I was lucky enough to be invited! Held at the Grand Soho Hotel, the event was was ultra swanky and filled with forward-thinking fashionistas. I had a blast chatting with other bloggers, and sipping organic ginger ale before the shows. Once the designers began their presentation (a total of four shows) we gathered around the runway in awe of the collections. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the respected designers, as well as what I wore to the incredible event. I hope you enjoy!

The Soho Grand Hotel. Fall Outfit Idea 2015

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Soho Grand Hotel, New York Fashion Week

Soho Grand Hotel, New York Fashion Week, Fall Fashion ideas 2015

 

Alexa Blaq:

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The Launch, Soho Grand Hotel, New York Fashion Week Alexa Blaq

Hanah NYC:

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Soho Grand Hotel, New York Fashion Week Hanah NYC

Soho Grand Hotel, New York Fashion Week Hanah NYC

Autie:

The Launch, Soho Grand Hotel, New York Fashion Week Autie

The Launch, Soho Grand Hotel, New York Fashion Week Autie

The Launch, Soho Grand Hotel, New York Fashion Week Autie

The Launch, Soho Grand Hotel, New York Fashion Week Autie

Grinko:

The Launch, Soho Grand Hotel, New York Fashion Week Grinko

The Launch, Soho Grand Hotel, New York Fashion Week Grinko

The Launch, Soho Grand Hotel, New York Fashion Week Grinko




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5 brands you need to know for fall

My favorite time of the years is upon us!  I thought I would share five brands that you absolutely need to know to make this fall that much better. From forward-thinking, to fun designs these brands will brighten the crisp fall days ahead. Enjoy!

Gorjana: I am a fan of any brand whose slogan is live love layer. Gorjana jewelry is simple, delicate, yet absolutely stunning. I had the opportunity to meet her last year at a rewardStyle meetup. She and her jewelry were such a delight in person.

Rebecca Minkoff: We all know Rebecca makes some of the most beautiful handbags, but did you know that she makes some amazing shoes to match? Her fall boots are to die for. I mean, just look at those thigh-high fringe boots!

Revolve clothing: I am obsessed with Revolve Clothing collection of fitted knitted midi dresses for fall! They are perfect to dress up or dress down. I love them the most for the mere fact that all you need to do is throw one on with heels, and you have a complete look.

Tibi: The colors Tibi uses for fall are perfection! I love the deep evergreen and plum hues. Plus the tie details and the draping for each garment are impeccable. This brand is great for classic fall looks.

Zimmermann: Grey never looked so good. I love the way Zimmermann infuses muted tones with high-quality silhouettes and fabrics. The grey felt brim hat and tassel shoes are some of my favorite pieces from the fall line.

What are you favorites?

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Doré Fashion Presentation

I am still dreaming about all the designs and clothes I saw during New York Fashion Week. One of the most incredible presentation was the ever so flirtatious yet elegant designer, Doré. Held at the spectacular Gramercy Hotel, a line of beautiful models showcased the vibrant Spring/Summer 2016 line.

Doré began designing for dance students using the finest fabrics, as well as construction to withhold movement of the dancers. They easily flourished into providing beautiful ensembles for figure skaters, ballroom dancers and the like. They have been a featured designer on the hit show “So you think you can dance”. I felt very honored to see their upcoming line and spot a few pieces that I would wear every day, dancing or not.

My top two favorites from the line were the black tulle dress with the beautifully embellished top in the first two photos. As well as the long, exquisitely draped red dress in the last two photos. Do you see a favorite you would wear? Let me know in the comments bellow.

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Beauty tips from a professional

There is only one person I trust when it comes to getting my makeup done, Sophia Joseph. The most talented professional makeup artist and friend graciously spent time disclosing her secret beauty tips and tricks of the trade. You have no idea how excited I was for this interview!

Q: To Start, where should someone begin when it comes to makeup? Any area we should master first in makeup application?

A: Well it would depend on the amount of experience one would have. There are many phenomenal makeup artists that were self-taught, picking up tips and tricks along the way. As for myself, I took a course in makeup artistry. I had little to no experience in makeup whatsoever. I wanted to learn every inch of the art of makeup from the history of makeup to proper makeup application, face structure, skin, set ethics, and building a business from the ground up. The first area I would suggest someone to master is the art of communication. Is is so important to listen to your client and to be sensitive to their needs. You have to build a trust with them. Once that is established, you are then perceived as someone they can count on and most importantly respect. That is something to have in this business and in life general. Secondly, I would advise learning basic beauty makeup. It is the foundation to all makeup application whether bridal, special effects or any other kind of makeup, you have to be able to create a flawless face.

Q: What is your absolute favorite makeup brand? Brush brand?

A: I get this question a lot. I do not have a favorite brand, I do however, have a lot of favorite products from many different brands. I’ll give you a list of my top five favorites:

  • RCMA foundation cream palette: this is a God sent I can create so much looks with this palette. Full to sheer coverage, contour, bronzer, color correct the list goes on.
  • Inglot eyeliner gel: this a must have for anyone who is having a problem with eyeliner not lasting through out the day. This bad boy once set is not going anywhere, but you defiantly have to work fast. my favorite colors are Gold (95), Black (77), and White (76).
  • MAC pigment in Vanilla: I adore this pigment I use it as an eyeshadow, face highlight, nail polish, or mix with body cream and use as a body highlights for an editorial look very versatile product.
  • Beauty Blender Sponge: is essential for a kit, it creates a more flawless airbrushed finish on the skin.
  • Eve Pearl Invisible finish powerless powder: control shine amazingly when I first use it I was like “oh my God this is magic”. When used on clients or myself I do not have to reapply as often or at all. It great for all skin tones and complexions.
Beauty Tips from Expert Makeup Artist Sophia Joseph
Makeup by Sophia Joseph

Q: What trick do you use that most people wouldn’t think about doing when it comes to makeup?

A: After I apply foundation and before I set the makeup with powder I like to blot. I take apart a 2ply Kleenex tissue and blot the entire face removing any excess makeup this helps the makeup from creasing and looking too caked on. Once I am done bolting I then go ahead and set my makeup. If I feel that I’ve removed too much makeup I pick up my brush or sponge that I used to apply foundation with product still on it I and go over areas where I lost little coverage.

Q: What makeup trends are you loving right now? Hating right now?

A: I am loving the clean look that I have been seeing on the fashion runways the past couple of seasons. A fresh dewy skin is by far my favorite makeup to do. I am really disliking over done brows. When it comes to brows, unless you are going for an over done editorial look, my advice is to use light strokes and a color that is one to two shades lighter than your natural hair color. If you’re a blond use light to medium taupe shades.

Q: Who is your beauty role model?

A: One of my favorite beauty role models is Pat McGrath. I absolutely adore her work. I draw inspirations from many of her runway looks she has created, and I cannot wait for the day to meet and work side by side with her. Pat McGrath is a living legend.

 Q: How can someone create a glam look on a budget? Any tips in where to find quality products at an affordable price?

A: Creating a glam look on a budget is a lot easier than people think. I also say “it is not about the products but about the technique”. Once you know how to use a product correctly you can have a finish face that look as if you used products that cost hundreds of dollars when in reality it properly cost maybe $40 and will last you six months to a year depending how often you use the items. Checking out your local drug store like CVS or Rite Aide. They are great places to find affordable makeup and usually have awesome sales (BOGO). Some drug store brands I like to use for a glam or any look are:

Beauty Tips from Expert Makeup Artist Sophia Joseph
Makeup by Sophia Joseph

Q: What are three beauty products (hair, makeup, brushes) essential for your everyday use?

A: My three beauty products to have are hairspray even when there is a hair artist on set I always walk with extra hairspray and pin in case I have to tame a section and the stylist is not available at that particular moment. Second would be press powder to remove any shine that I would get throughout the day. Lastly, my MAC 217 blending brush, I love this brush I have about ten duplicates including Sigma and other nameless brands. I use this brush to apply eyeshadow, blend eyeshadow, buff in concealer and foundation around small areas, and to also set the makeup with.

Q: What is the most exciting experience you’ve had as a makeup artist?

A: Tough question I feel that every experience I’ve had thus far has been exciting. But I do remember early on into career when I had just finished my Makeup course and I was doing my second fashion show for charity. I was still so green and inexperienced I was worried that I would not be able to perform on a level that was expected of me. However, I had to subside those thoughts because that was not the place nor the time to panic. So I start doing what I’ve learned and what I’ve practice, as I contained to work on my models one after another I turned around to observe my environment I notice I had a line of models waiting for me to do their makeup. I really had no clue where this line came from. There were several other makeup artist working there as well. One model told me once she got into my chair that she was watching me and she loved the makeup I was doing and she wanted only me to do her makeup. I felt extremely flattered, humbled and blessed that she found my work beautiful and just moments before I was having a silent panic attack. From that day on I believed in myself and had more confidence in my work. If I ever have self-doubts I always say to myself “I was chosen for a reason, they like my work and they believe in me, now I have to believe in myself”. When you have a passion for something, nothing should hold you back from achieving it even if it’s yourself.

Q: What can we expect to see from you in the upcoming year?

A: In the next year I am definitely going to continue building my clientele and my portfolio. I plan on branching into bridal hair and makeup artistry I want to build a network for that, as well as continue doing editorial work which I also love to do. It allows me to do something different and think outside the box. I also look forward to booking work international. I’ve never been out the country for work, so I cannot wait to experience that.




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Casual Friday

 

 

Happy Friday! We made it to the weekend, and now it is time to take a breather. I don’t know about you, but this has been one busy week. I am looking forward to slipping into super comfy clothes and watching some really bad reality shows on Bravo.

Today I want to share some tips on how to create a fun casual Friday look that is sleek, timeless, but still has that designer edge. If you know me even a little bit, you know that this is my ultimate go to look. I love clean lines, no fuss accessories, and black denim.

So, how do you get the look? Really easy. I took one main designer and matched my outfit around that piece. As you can see I went with my all time favorite Chanel black quilted purse. For an alternative, more affordable quilted purse, click here!

The other recognizable brand I am rocking are my Ray-Ban shades. That’s it though for brands! A great tip is to never mix too many designers and labels in one outfit. It becomes a little overwhelming otherwise.

For colors, I went with monotones to create a sleek, NYC vibe. The V-neck long sleeve shirt and black denim pants I found at Old Navy.  I suggest tucking in your shirt to instantly kick the outfit up a notch without much effort involved.

Of course, the shoes are from dollhouse, but you can get an even more killer pair here by Jeffrey Campbell. I pulled my hair pack into a loose ponytail to match the simplicity and clean lines of the look.

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Obviously this is a look that goes beyond casual Friday. Comment below on how you style a simple look. Follow along and make sure you subscribe!

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A night with Lulu*s

During NYFW, I attended  Lulu*s Style Studio, and then immediately proceeded to fall love with the brand all over again. The event easily became my number one highlight during the week-long celebration of fashion. Lulu*s went above and beyond decorating three floors full of beauty goodies, drinks, and of course loads of clothes to browse through.

A major plus was how incredibly friendly all the attendees and staff were. More amazing was how each girl looked absolutely stunning despite the torrential downpour happening outside. Everywhere I turned, I was greeted by big time bloggers and YouTubers, who were mingling and enjoying the night as well. My kind of heaven.

On the top floor, I had a chance to browse and snag a couple pieces from Lulu*s clothing line. One piece in particular that I took home was this gorgeous leather jacket. I literally ended up wearing this piece to every event thereafter (stay tuned for a featured post). It is truly the perfect fall jacket.

Additionally, there were a plethora of Lulu*s favorite beauty brands at the event. Shockingly the majority of the beauty products were made san parabens, and of high-quality natural ingredients! Mind Blown.

To me, the night was perfection. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off my very first NYFW!

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Simple Fall Sweater Look

It is time for sweater season! I am excited for the cooler weather and the chance to wear some extra comfy leggings. However, I am not quite ready to switch out my sandals. Not just yet. Give me one more weekend, please!

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Wearing My absolute favorite sweater I found in Quebec City by Contemporaine, here is a similar style from Boohoo. Leggings from Zara Basics. The purse is Saint Laurent, a more affordable option can be found here. Shoes are Dollhouse, a similar style by Jeffrey Campbell.

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