Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Spaghetti Western

The last time my brother and I went on vacation together, we went to Bryce, Zion, and both sides of the Grand Canyon, among other destinations. There's so much to see and do in that area though, so this time we tackled 6 states in an all-American-style RV road trip! We left from his place in San Diego and drove across Nevada (hello Vegas!), celebrated the 4th of July in Arizona, toured Monument Valley in Utah, picked up New Mexico at Four Corners, and ended in Durango, Colorado. Sending a big congratulations to my cousin Becky too, as the reason for our road trip was to attend her wedding! Thanks for having us and we'll definitely be back in Durango soon!
My brother and I overlooking Monument Valley.

Hidden Arch at Goulding's.

Silverton & Durango Narrow Gauge Train
Molas Pass

Monday, June 1, 2015

Aveda's Rare Bloom

Aveda's Rare Bloom Collection
About two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a private press preview for Aveda's Spring 2015 Rare Bloom collection at the Cherry Hill Mall in NJ. Celebrity stylist and Aveda’s Global Artistic Director for Textured Hair, Tippi Shorter, was on hand for one-on-one consultations and gave me some great tips for taking care of my curly hair. She's the sweetest! 
Even the men's products smell amazing.
My mom happened to be in town for a short visit and the staff was kind enough to let her hang out and even treated her to a few samples too!
Tippi Shorter and I :)
Mom and I, how cute.

Stress-Fix line of products
As part of the experience, we were offered a complimentary makeover, massage, and a cup of Aveda's lovely Comforting Tea. The Stress-fix lavender body lotion also smelled amazing, but so do all of Aveda's products, so nothing new to report there! :)

Another one of us looking glamorous, because why not?
How adorable is my mom, by the way? She insisted that I learn to do this cat-eye all the time, but sadly I am terrible at getting the angle to match on both sides. However, their new lipstick in Poppy perfectly suited my complexion and it was also fun to try one of the Petal Essence Face Accents, as I don't usually wear highlighter on a regular basis. 

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Philadelphia Collection: South Street Open-Air Runway Show

On Tuesday, I attended the South Street Headhouse District's Philadelphia Collection runway show at the historic Headhouse Shambles. Hosted by America's Next Top Model finalist Cory Wade Hindorff, the event showcased men's and women's cutting-edge street styles from some of Philly's top boutiques and salons. Featuring looks from Urban Princess Boutique, Totem Brand, Passional Boutique, Eye's Gallery, Moon + Arrow, Philly AIDS Thrift, Conrad Booker, McKinzie Chic, Helena Boutique, Armour Philadelphia, Hats in the Belfry, Dudes Boutique, and Nostalgia, the evening offered a unique mix of vintage original designs, thrift-store fashions, punk rock chic, and more. As a special bonus, architect, couture fashion designer, and visual merchandiser Conrad Booker, whose work has also been featured on Project Runway, debuted new fashion installations.

Say hello to my feet.

Friday, August 15, 2014

InStyle for Nine West

I'm on the left! (From @ShopsatLiberty)
Last week, I received an email in my inbox that literally made me jump with shoe lover joy. Enclosed was an invitation for the launch party of the new InStyle for Nine West Fall Collection! Everyone knows by now how obsessed with shoes I am, so I had to RSVP with a big yes. Plus, Nine West is one of my favorite places in the mall to visit when I'm looking for something on-trend, high quality, and at a great price point.
From left to right: Tessa, Cate (back), Jaiden, and Elia
At the preview event, there were plenty of fun activities to get the party started, including a selfie mirror (SelfieMIR), music by DJ Lady FX, Flash Tattoos, and pink champagne. My top pic was the Elia Open Toe Sandal in black leather. Even with a 4" heel, they were still very comfortable to walk in with the padded insole and arch strap. However, I do recommend sizing down by a half size; I first tried on the size 10 (my usual), but the 9.5 offered a more secure fit.
It was hard to choose with so many cute design options.
Temporary tattoos gone fashionista, it was hard to resist.
On hand to answer questions about the new collection was InStyle's Senior Market Editor Dana Avidan-Cohn, with whom I spoke for about ten minutes. Asking her about the collaboration with Nine West and how it all came to fruition, Dana said, "We wanted a brand that was really beautiful that could produce a beautiful shoe at the right price point." While InStyle features many high end or luxury items within its pages, it was important to be conscious of price for this collection because great style requires a balanced mix. Tapping into Accessories Director Leah Karp to curate and design the shoes, the collaboration truly follows to a tee what is happening in the market right now in a very inexpensive way and delivering that to InStyle's readers. Dana shared that, "If you know Leah, she has such beautiful taste. Her personal wardrobe is really curated for the way she dresses. Now, everybody gets to have the Accessories Director at InStyle magazine curate for them through Nine West. It's a great collaboration." Nine West has absolutely delivered on their promise with this perfect capsule of shoes all girls will want for the upcoming season.
Jaiden was tempting; pointed toes are back for fall!
Reflecting on the inspiration for this collaboration, Dana mused about how this collaboration is really about "directing a style savvy girl to a place where she knows she is going to get something that is going to work. You can't make a mistake if you buy any of the shoes in this collection; they'll all have something strong for fall so I think it's a great concept." For the evening, Dana was wearing the Cate Pointed Toe Pumps in navy suede, but she also recommended trying them in the leopard pony hair too with a boyfriend jean rolled up and a white t-shirt half tucked in for a cool weekend or going out look. Summarizing her sentiments regarding the outcome of the collaboration, Dana closed by saying, "I think the details are what we are most proud of. The execution of this collection is just beautiful and representative of when a great editor and a great brand come together. Editors are obsessive about details and brands are great at executing."
You'll just have to try something on!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Split Personality

Summer in Philly can often be a mixed bag, and this season has been no exception. With a wide variety of activities on my agenda, finding a look that can transition between them easily, especially for day to night, is key. The gold accents are bold, but you know thats just how I like to do things. Don't call it a comeback!

Shift Dress In Mixed Mono Print @ ASOS
Gold Trim Boots @ Topshop

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Candy Coated

Spring is fully upon us and I finally feel like posting some new looks. I've been super busy with school, which is a terrible excuse, but I hope you guys will give me a free pass here! I'm also super late on posting the highlights from my trip to Cape Town, South Africa... but I promise I'll eventually get around to that too :(

Cotton Rib Ottoman Jacket @ American Apparel
Lips Print Crop Top @ American Apparel
Diamond Quilted Midi Skirt @ Topshop
Gold Trim Boots @ Topshop