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I’m pretty sure I’ve spoken about this before but I have a very small foot. Size five in fact! Yes that’s right FIVE! And a size three in children shoes! Yes I know you’re giggling now, but think of the price difference. Not laughing now right? When I find a pair of shoes that are my size I usually always buy them on the spot, no matter the price. Most stores don’t carry my size or carry a very limited quantity, so I am 99% sure I won’t see them again anytime soon. Yesterday during an evening trip to the mall I was looking for an inexpensive pair of flats. Ask anyone that spends a lot of time in NYC, flats are your best friend! A new pair are a bit overdue, so I was in search of a new pair. I didn’t find what I was looking for because my go to for my small foot (Payless) didn’t have anything! Don’t think Payless has fashionable options? Think again! Its not the Payless of yesteryear, and thanks to their Christian Siriano collaboration more fashionable than ever! Again small feet don’t give you a chance to discriminate anyway! Plus if you are a true fashion lover you can style a $10 anything and make it look like $1000 bucks. After an unsuccessful trip to Payless I checked out Call It Spring. I hit the shoe jackpot and bought 2 pairs of shoes!

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I really needed a pair of bottles without a heel! The booties I currently have (fashion week pics) are super cute but killers on my feet at the end of the day! So I was so glad when I found a block heel moto inspired pair at Call It Spring. I was also shocked that they had shoes in my size, as in the past this has not always been the case.The Nunalla booties was exactly what I was looking for. Its definitely comfortable due to the block heel that gives my short stature a lift without a steep angle. I practically like the metal accent detail on the heel that elevates the all black look. It also has a mix of textures that is subtle. They are basically the perfect pair of boots made for walking! The Nunalla was originally $74.99 but I paid $22.50 thanks to the current sale!

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New flats!

To my surprise Call it Spring was also where I found a pair of flats. I couldn’t find a super causal pair, but came across a semi-casual pair of flats. At first I thought they were too formal but thanks to my shopping partner in crime (mother) saw the possibilities. The small heel is covered in sequins giving it a festive feel for a semi-casual event. The satin like fabric is perfect for after work events. While a bow pulls the timeless style shoe together. These are a pair that I won’t being wearing every single day but they are definitely going to be useful. I’m still looking for a new pair that can take on the everyday work of the NYC streets. The Desarro was originally $39.99 but thanks to the current sale they were $29.98. Classic and sparkly!

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I’m always in a happy place when I buy new shoes, no matter the price! Do you have a hard time finding shoes like I do? If you do, wear do you find your shoes?!

T.S.

 

 

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New Hair! I Love It!

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ll know I recently got my hair done. I got it cut and for the first time ever, colored! I had been wanting to get my hair colored since before New York Fashion Week, but unfortunately I was not fast enough in booking my hair stylist. I say that because she is always booked and for good reason! My hair stylist Krystal works at Vito Mazza known in 2012 for being the best Salon and Spa in the U.S. by Repackage.

I had never had my hair colored but I was ready for a lighter look and to say good-bye to my naturally dark brown/black hair. I have thick curly hair but my curls were being weighed down by the length of my hair. I was also losing hair in the shower and some days in bigger chunks than I was comfortable seeing. I take Biotin, the supplement known to help with hair growth and strength, but not regularly. So I was ready for a change that would be healthy for my hair.

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My hair before my new cut and color.

I chose my hair stylist before I chose the salon, as she is someone I went to college with. Don’t you love when you’ve kept in touch with someone who becomes successful!? I knew she would do a great job on my hair not only because I knew her, but because her social media is a resume for her work. A scroll through her Instagram alone is an album of her meticulous cut and colors. And not to mention my mom who has very short hair has become her one of her clients as well. Although my mom colors her own hair she always gets it professionally cut. She’s been getting her hair done by hair stylists since I was little, so I knew she would shoot me straight on where to go.

I was more excited for the change than nervous and had sent Krystal pictures on what I was thinking. I didn’t know what the name of the style I wanted was, thankfully she did. Turns out what I wanted was a balayage! Similar yet different from an ombre hairstyle due to the way the color is applied. The goal in this technique is to make the color transition more natural looking. Unlike an ombre hairstyle, dark hair or your natural hair color is left uncolored in the bottom half of the hair. Who Knew!

Here are the steps Krystal took to achieve my awesome new hair.

  • Dry cut my hair.

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  •      She then applied Matrix Light Master, which lightens the color of your hair (the blayage).
  •      Once she applied the Matrix lightener she wrapped those sections with foil.

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  • My hair was taken out of the foils and the Matrix was rinsed out.
  • She then toned my hair with Matrix Color Sync which helps strengthen the hair fibers. It also helps get rid of unwashed color pigment while locking in the color.
  • Next Bond Ultim8 Step two was applied to my hair for ten mins. This step helps protect your hair from damage in the process of coloring.
  • Once the Bond Ultim8 was rinsed off my hair was shampooed and conditioned with Matrix Biolage Hydrasource.

 

 

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Once the foils came off my hair was lighter already!

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 A sit under the dryer came next to lightly dry my hair.

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Already loving it at this point!

She then cut my hair again, to give it a long in the front and shorter in the back style.

   As I hardly straighten my hair I opted for a curly do so she styled it with Deva Curl frizz free foam,   coconut curl cream and curl boosting gel spray  .

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Krystal and I. Loving my new hair!

I use Tresemme Color protect shampoo and conditioner every morning. I try not to leave my hair under hot water as I don’t want the color to be stripped quickly. Once a week I apply the Matrix Bond Ultim8 for ten minutes and rinse it out. I am currently using Shea Moisture coconut, hibiscus curl and shine leave-in conditioner for thick and curly hair when I style my hair

My amazing hairstylist Krystal is also a Matrix Artistic Educator. She not only works for Vito Mazza but does hair for special occasions like weddings and proms. Check her out and book her now, she gets booked fast!

I love my new hair! Have you ever tried a new hair style? How was your experience?

T.S.

 

 

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Why Start Monday

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Why do we work so hard? Why do we pursue our dreams and goals? What gives us the drive to get up each morning and push forward? Perhaps is a family we need to support or the contract you signed. Well for me  its the knowing that if I never start and hustle I will immensely disappoint myself. Yes I say myself, because I am much tougher on myself than anyone could be. For me the idea of leaving something to be done later keeps me up at night. That is why I don’t leave things for Monday!

As many of you know already I work in the fashion industry and I still find myself having to explain what that is really like. Just reading comments on social media in regards to the industry I feel I work in a fishbowl with people looking in. Many people still have many negative connotations towards people that work in this industry. Whether it is that we don’t work, are shallow or aren’t making significant impacts on important parts of society. When in fact many creative industry people are extremely hard workers that have lives full of late nights.  Do you know why? Because thin skinned people who expect to enjoy the perks of the industry without the work get chewed up and spit out. They get hit with reality real quick and they quit, I’ve seen it.

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So with the fact that I work in such a difficult industry, why the heck would I start a blog/business! I’ll tell you why. When I started the blog I was having such a hard time finding work. I started to feel like I was failing and I was losing my mind without something to do everyday. The idea of talking about an industry that I have a degree in became a no brainer to me.  So I decided to do my homework and start the blog, because why start Monday?

Starting it has been one of the best decisions ever. Although it has added more to my workload and long nights it has enriched my life in many ways. The community of bloggers, some that I have developed friendships with, has always been supportive. The readers and followers who enjoy my content with their positive feedback have also been a testament on why I didn’t wait for Monday. The relationships with  brands, companies and network of people I’ve created relationships have become priceless.

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A company that understands the urgency of starting your journey to your goals is Why Start Monday. Creator Aimee Virtucio realized that we are a society that believes Monday is the day to start tackling our goals. It is an easier decision to leave something for Monday than start immediately. She experienced this with her workout regimen when she made the decision to get healthy. She would leave her diet and workout for Monday, which allowed her time to come up with excuses and not accomplish her goals. This mentality started to affect other aspects of her life. Realizing this she started “Why Start Monday” a brand that constantly reminds you to tackle you goals and dreams.

So go ahead start that business, class, workout regime and tackle that tough industry! Just be realistic on how much hard work you are going to need to put into it. Don’t let the million nos and slammed doors stop you from pursuing your goals. In the end you don’t want to be one of those people that say “I should’ve”  instead of “I did”. Why Start Monday!

Is there something you started that you’re happy you didn’t leave for Monday? Or is there something you have been pushing off for Monday? Learn more about Why Start Monday here, which by the way gives 10% of each purchase to the Make a Wish foundation. Motivational and charitable!

P.S. Use the code sale10 for 10% off of your purchase!

T.S.

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Blogger and Freelancer: A Juggling Act

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This is a sponsored post. Parts of this post were guest written by Alex Berger. This post contains sponsored links and content.

Since I decided to start writing about my career I figured I’d write about how I juggle being a freelancer in the fashion industry and being a blogger. Any blogger who runs their blog as a business can tell you it’s a 24/7 job. I’m always attached to my email for blogging purposes and as a freelancer in the fashion industry as well. I’m always editing, brainstorming and responding to people on social media and on the blog. Many times a lunch break consist of eating and answering blog related emails or social media tasks. As a freelancer I have agents who help me along my professional journey of working in the fashion industry. It is up to me and those agents to keep a constant open line of communication. This is equally important when you are working with companies for a blog or social media post. When I began this journey I had to figure out how I would balance it all, and you can too! Here are some guidelines on how I balance my hectic career and a blog.

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Organize Yourself

This can be done simply with journals, agenda, calendars, alarms etc. I don’t do anything in the fashion industry without a notebook dedicated to the job I’m doing. As anyone who has ever worked in a creative industry knows, projects and people move way too fast to keep track of every change without a written reminder. There can also be so many different tasks you have to handle that without an organized list you wouldn’t know what to get done first. This is similar in having a blog, I have dedicated notebooks and different stationery to my blog. I organize meetings, events and posts within these notebooks to keep me up to date. These also help me track blogging numbers and goals by writing everything down. Now I’m partial to writing things on paper, but I also use the calendar in my phone to keep me on track. There are also apps that help you carve out time to focus on your task.

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My notebooks. Some older than others.

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Experiment with all methods of organization to help you get your work done. Something is bound to help you accomplish each goal. Writing for me as well as many other bloggers begins at least three days to a week in advance. So carving time out of your busy schedule to get a post done is super important. Step away from distractions for as long as you can to work on a post. Trust me I have been there and always feel better when I have at least something written down rather than nothing at all.

Always Conduct Yourself Professionally

In all ways and at all times act professional. As bloggers we are subject to a much more of the public’s reaction than other people. When a personal matter is occurring it is up to you to decide if you want to share it and how much of it to share. I feel the same about political topics, you may be super frustrated about what is happening but you must be careful what you post. I like many bloggers post every single day to social media because it is part of the job. In doing so you will attract many comments and readers. How you respond to both negative and positive feedback is up to you. I choose professionalism over anything else, because remember being a blogger is being subject to the public. Consider your boss, coworkers, family and collaborators as being part of that public!

Educate yourself

When you are the creator and editor of your own blog or business you never stop learning. Just like when you start a new job, there are bound to be things you don’t know. Before I started my blog I did a lot of homework with the help of Pinterest and social media. Being open to mentorship and critiques works in your favor as well. People who have more experience than you do are bound to give you sound advice. In saying that learning how to make SEO, plugins, apps and networks work for my blog is something I constantly do as well.

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a huge part of running a functional blog. When applied correctly it helps search engines like Google find your content. To have this work you must input a mix of keywords, tag words and links. The title of your post must also be long enough and correspond with your keywords. SEO also helps you determine how the link to your article will appear in a search engine. It allows you to see what the title, pictures and link will look like once posted. What I love about using SEO is what I call the “grading system” which signals you with red, yellow or green circles. As you write and edit your article the circles go from red to green. Symbolizing how easy your article is to read and whether it will be found easily on search engines. With this guidance it is easier to write an understandable and reachable article.

Be Flexible

Being able to collaborate with other bloggers, industry experts and people who have more experience than you do is paramount in working in both a faced paced industry and being a blogger. Dates might be changed on a collaborative project, something I’ve personally dealt with. Essentially it’s about respecting the other person’s schedule as best as possible and finding a way to work it out. Figuring out what you want to write about is also part of being flexible. I may want to write about a specific topic but might have to put it off until I get a different post done first. Finding a way to balance your needs and wants as a blogger is part of being your own boss.

I would love to be able to do everything myself, but it’s just not possible, so I have to pick and choose based on what needs to get done and what I am skilled in. One thing that a lot of bloggers and freelancers should spend more time on is digital marketing and SEO, but unfortunately most are not skilled in it. This is where collaborating with industry experts comes into play, but then you have to go through the process of finding the right marketing agency to hire. Although this can be time consuming and it can take many hours of research to learn about SEO. Some would be better off by searching for the right company to help them with the SEO process.

The NJ SEO Company or NJ SEO is the number one marketing agency in New Jersey. They are a full service marketing agency offering effective content strategies for forward thinking companies. Lead by brothers, Matt and Dan Anton, NJ SEO is dominating multiple markets – in Atlanta, Georgia and New Jersey. Matt is in charge of client strategy and execution, optimizing for specific industries, business goals and budgets for the New Jersey office. He is cited as an SEO expert and has many amazing reviews and over 100+ testimonials. Supporting a local and family-run businesses that can assist me is the way to go, in my opinion. According to the SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration), “Since 1990, as big business eliminated 4 million jobs, small businesses added 8 million new jobs.” This is just another reason to support local businesses, including NJ SEO and Matt Anton.

 

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Owner Matt Anton!

 

So now you have an insight into how I juggle being a blogger and working in the fashion industry. Organization, Professionalism, Education and Flexibility will all help you not only work in a tough industry but run your own a business as well. These paired with perseverance, a strong work ethic and using the businesses around you like NJ SEO you will be better prepared to juggle a job and a business.

How do you juggle it all? Let me know in the comments and on social media!

T.S.

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Working a Tradeshow

Childrens Club Fashion

For the past few months I worked for Children’s Club, the leading tradeshow for children’s fashion in NY and Vegas. I’ve done so in the past and have written a post about what it is like to attend a show and the brands that were there. Read about that here! As part of a new section of my blog I will start writing about what it is like to work in the fashion industry. Today I will be talking about what it is like to prepare for and set up a tradeshow.

Before a tradeshow occurs there are months of preparation for an event that is only three days long. For every tradeshow there is a team behind it who guides every company that wishes to exhibit at the tradeshow. During my time working for Children’s Club my responsibilities include inputting contracts, chasing money and selecting pictures sent to us by the brands. These pictures would be put on social media, a slide show shown during the show and in the brand book that’s given out at the show. I also was in charge of interacting with the brands on Instagram.

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The process of brands selecting a booth starts with the contract. Each brand is given a contract which gives them options on what type of booth they want, where they want to be located and who they don’t or do want to be located near. And lastly they have to sign the contract, something believe it or not some brands forget to do. Once this first step is taken a tradeshow manager or I can input the contract into the system which officially puts the brand into the tradeshow. After I’ve put in contracts and helped double-check all of them, it’s time to chase down money from brands who have yet to pay the full price of their booth.

Once we’ve collected all the money owed it’s time to floor plan. Something I helped with occasionally, but that is predominantly done by the rest of the team. Booth size, type of booth and the brands’ wishes are all taken into account, although you can’t please everyone and some brands will complain about their positioning and price. There are also the brands who pull out of the show or try to, without realizing they sign a legally binding contract. There are some sad excuses given when the brand has to explain why they are breaking the contract. Although life happens and family or legal issues has forced brands to legitimately back out.

After months of this detailed preparation the show dates are upon us. It’s time for all the brands and teams from UBM Fashion to make their way to the Jacob Javits Convention Center to set up and attend the show. Set up days can be hectic and they are longggg.  They consists of most of the brands coming into the Javits all in one day and setting up the merchandise in their booths. At this point the actual booths are already up, and if the brand is satisfied with their booth they start to put in their merchandise. Operative word is IF, because most of the time set up day consist of all the UBM fashion crew (including me) being pulled in every which way with a million and one questions.

During these days my job predominantly consist of helping salesmen recheck that all of the more than 500 booths have the correct signage. I also help collect samples from all the brands that have the opportunity to showcase their merchandise on mannequins. These are place in the front of the tradeshow entrance. This is basically a free ad for these brands, a great opportunity for them. At the end of each day the mannequins are dressed with the samples I or a salesman collected. I had never changed a mannequin until I worked at UBM! Those things can be uncooperative but look adorable once all dressed and arranged into a group of coordinated outfits.

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At the end of the day is when the mannequins for which I picked up samples for are dressed. I dressed the girl in the front with the striped top. Outfits are arranged as best as possible with what each brand gives us.

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Crates of merchandise are delivered, forklifts are being driven in every which way and carpet is yet to be laid. These days call for jeans, t-shirts and sneakers.

 

 

Finally the opening day of the tradeshow begins and the Javits is full of vendors, wholesale buyers, press, fashion professionals, UBM staff and tradeshow workers. Aside from the actual tradeshows occurring there are also side events. Special speakers like fashion legend Iris Apfel and Accessories magazine editors hosted talks and Q&A’s this year. Children’s Club always hosts a fashion show with Petite Parade. Basically toddlers to teens strutting their miniature stuff on a catwalk. The three-day tradeshows wrap up, with hopefully many orders filled and sales made. Almost immediately preparation begins for the Vegas tradeshows.

In my next post I will talk about what it is like to attend the Women’s tradeshows. I came across some awesome brands and can’t wait to tell you about them. Let me know if you are interested in more of these job post. As I am thinking of making it apart of my blog thanks to my ever-changing career.

To learn more about the UBM fashion tradeshows click here, here or here! 

Lastly since my post was a bit different this time around here are links to awesome fashion/travel blog posts from my great Instagram blogger group. All super stylish ladies!

Read about a trip to Poland! By Monica of Jersey Girl Texan Heart & great outfit posts by Yaudy Cristina here!

T.S.

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Fourth of July Outfit

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I love dressing  for specific occasions. I’m a lover of history, and one of my favorite aspects of the past is the fact that people dressed for every occasion. Perhaps because it is so much easier for us to get our hands on the latest fashion that I appreciate how people  kept up with the trends in the past. For example in the 18 and 19th centuries people of the upper class were accustomed to changing their outfits 3-4 times a day or more! Perhaps their was a day outfit for a stroll in the park and then a day dress to have tea with friends. If they went hunting or riding  their outfit usually consisted of a tweed riding suit, hat and boots. Dinner time was an affair no matter who they were dining with. You can be sure ladies wore gowns and gloves while men looked polished in a tux or at the very least a dinner jacket.

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Dress: Mac+Jac
Jacket: Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker
Shoes: Payless Shoesource

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So do I long for the days of corsets? Well not particularly, what I do love is people respected fashion and what it can do. They understood the way you look is the very first impression you give. So when their is an occasion like a holiday I always like to put on something  that I wouldn’t wear everyday. Sure you can throw on a t-shirt and jeans, but why not punch it up a bit in a nice dress? Holidays and vacations are the days where you can wear that bright dress and actually have a reason for it!

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For the Fourth of July, I do NOT like to look like the American flag. But I do love putting together a red, white and blue outfit. Now as a rule I normally pick one color and subtly add others. When you do this you are allowing the eye to ability to focus. Just think when you see a bright colorful pattern, you normally want to look everywhere to take it all in. But by focusing on one color and bringing in others softly your eyes cans adjust easily. For this outfit my main focal point was the red dress with an embossed animal scale like print. Touches of blue came in with the always Americana blue jean jacket and bright blue nails. While white tied in with a clutch, faux pearl bracelets and clear sunnies.

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Red Lipstick: Shiseido in Rouge Rouge
Sunnies : Strawberry accessory store in NYC. Courtesy of blogger friend Lillie Morales’s sunglasses drawer.

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Faux pearl bracelets
Rings: Stella and Dot
Clutch: Press gift from Bandelettes
Nails: Sinful Colors in 951 Why Not

PC: Lillie Morales of Jerseyfashionista

So what are you going to wear this Fourth of July? I hope I’ve inspired you to get festive with your outfit. Put something on that is going to make you feel extra beautiful even if it is casual! For more outfit inspo for this weekends festivities check out blogger friend  Jerseyfashionista’s latest post!

As always I look forward to your comments here and on social media.

P.S. If you are into historical drama’s like I am particularly for the fashion, let me know! Although that is for an entirely new post.

T.S.

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Hilton Short Hills Travel and Lifestyle Event with TravelingMom

Hilton Short Hills

Getting away for the summer is always a treat. Whether it’s a month long vacation or a weekend, it’s great to find hotels that accommodate your every need.  The Hilton Short Hills, in Short Hills, NJ does this and more. I was invited to experience and learn about what this hotel has to offer by TravelingMom and She Buys Cars. The day was full of relaxation and travel education. With an ideal location close to NYC and across from Short Hills Mall there is plenty to see and do. The hotel offers shuttle service to the mall and has an on site rental car service. However there is no shortage of relaxing activities for adults to enjoy right in the Hilton Short Hills. While the whole family is bound to have fun as well.

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If your looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating escape from the everyday hustle and bustle step into the Hilton’s spa. The Eforea Spa’s soothing atmosphere is sure to put you in a relaxed mood as it did me. With thirteen treatment rooms you’ll find something to relax and rejuvenate you. Whether you’re getting ready for a big event hosted at the hotel or simply want a mani or pedi, the salon is sure to take care of you. You and your spouse can  receive hair cuts, styling and waxing services. Looking forward to a massage instead? The Hilton Short Hills offers both single and couple massages. A private room ensures that you are at your most relaxed. Mommies to be can also enjoy prenatal massages and services.  After the massage make your way into the “Transition Room” to relax, drink and eat a healthy snack.

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If the gym is more your sanctuary look no further than their fitness center. Enjoy a class of Pilates or sweat it out in their state of the art gym. If you’re in the mood for a high intensity sport take a swing in their tennis court. Group lessons, cardio tennis and evening socials are available to guests. You can rent on site racquets if you’ve left yours at home. Not a tennis pro? The Hilton Short Hills offers private and hitting lessons to spruce up your skills. After a great work out and a shower why not take a dip in one of the hotels pools. The indoor pool’s relaxing and cool ambience is perfect for a lap. While the connected hot tub is perfect for warm relaxation. Their outdoor pool is great for sunbathing and swimming as well.

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Conduct business meetings and summits in one of the hotels seven meeting suites. Plan your wedding or sweet 15/ 16 in the grand ballroom. The more intimate Pavilion with large windows is perfect for a small wedding. The Pavilion’s soft cascading white drapes add the perfect romantic and enchanted feel. The TravelingMom Travel and Lifestyle event was held in this relaxing room. Brands Ann Taylor, The Walking Company and Henri Bendal showcased there newest products here while a makeup artist was also on hand for refreshing touch up’s. These brands are just a few that can be found conveniently at the Short Hills Mall across from the hotel.

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Ann Taylor

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The Walking Company

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Henri Bendel

 

 

We enjoyed a cooking demonstration of Scallop Avocado Toast with Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce by the hotel’s Chef Richard Kennedy. I was excited to try this dish as I am a sea food enthusiast and it did not disappoint. A delicious salad previous to the seafood dish and an array of mini desserts completed this delectable meal. Chef Kennedy and the culinary team at the Hilton offer a live cooking and tasting series for guests. The delicious food prepared by Chef Kennedy is sustainably soured from local NJ farmers, a point in my book! Check out Chef Kennedy’s  Youtube Channel for great recipes.

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Chef Richard Kennedy

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Scallop Avocado Toast

 

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As always the creators of She Buys Cars, Kim Orlando and Scotty Reiss were full of travel tips and tricks. Here are some of the tips I learned and plan to add them to my future trip planning.

  • The Chase Sapphire Reserve card is one of the best travel cards to have.
  • Feel free to call the hotel your staying in ahead of time for price matches and specials.
  • And check out apps like LuggageFree, Jet Setter, and Get My Boat for easier travel and planning.

Current trends in travel include:

  • Brewery hopping
  • Bleisure (Business and leisure in one trip)
  • Food tourism
  • Big weekend getaways
  • Responsible travel (economically, environmentally)

I so enjoyed my day at the Hilton Short Hills and plan to return. With a great location, extensive accommodations and services the Hilton Short Hills has plenty to offer. Have you ever been? I’m sure you’ll want to visit now!

T.S.

 

 

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Raka! Fitmatch Fitness Class and App

Summer is here and we all want to feel healthy! Why not try out a new fitness class to start. Or better yet find a workout buddy and gym wherever you are in the world! That’s what the Fitmatch app does. I know by personal experience  going to a class on your own can be less appealing than going with a friend.  Who wants to struggle in a class without a friend  who is feeling the burn just as bad as you are? NO ONE! The app’s 5 steps help customize the app to your liking, find a gym near you and match you to people based on the type of workout you like. You then can chat and finally meet up at a class with your new workout pal.

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Screenshots of the FitMatch app.

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Fit Match

Screenshots of the app!

To learn more about this app bloggers and press were invited to a Raka Fitness class led by Fitmatch creator and celebrity trainer Ngo Okafor. The class was held on the rooftop of the Clay Health Club + Spa located near Union Square in downtown NYC. The class was set to a mix of reggae music which made it that much easier for me to get moving. To my rejoice we worked out in intervals with breaks in between. Cardio, strength training, and boxing is what consisted of the class. By far my favorite part of the class were the boxing intervals and my least favorite, those planks and burpees! Each interval had a Raka twist adding intensity to each movement.

Clay Fitness Club Fit match app

 

A cool down of stretches on yoga mats brought the class to an end. The class was followed by an array of healthy chicken wraps, fruit and protein shakes. I didn’t get a chance to stop by the spa and sauna, but plan to make my way back. As a person who doesn’t workout daily I did enjoy how strong my body felt after this class. Although the soreness was something I was not looking forward to, I still feel a difference in my body. Currently Raka is being held in NYC, but Ngo plans to expand his classes around the USA.

Ngo, friend and blogger Lillie Morales of JerseyFashionista and I. We survived the workout and were enjoying the scenery. Ngo was a pleasure to talk to.

Clay fitnessandspa Clay fitness and Spa

 

I’ve download the app have you? Let me know what workout class you go to and how you and your workout buddy did. I enjoyed the class and plan to return. Ngo’s classes are free and so is the app! So make sure to  make your way to the his classes and download the app. There are no more excuses! FitMatch makes it possible to find a workout class anywhere in the world! With a new workout partner to support your workout journey, making it easier than ever.

T.S.

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The Makeup Show NYC

the makeup show nyc

the makeup show nyc

I recently attended The Makeup Show NYC for the first time ever. Open to press, beauty and fashion professionals this two day trade show allows industry insiders to expand their careers. There were also seminars, business forums, hands on workshops and a career fair. I was excited to learn about new products, techniques and discover brands I was not familiar with. Not to be missed were some of my favorite brands such as NYX, Makeup Forever and last but certainly not least Kat Von D. Here is what I saw, learned and most importantly what I bought!

Learned

I was able to sit in on the ” Editorial with Minerals. Truths and Misconceptions ” seminar taught by Valerie Hernández Garcia of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. She created looks that were editorial ready. In both the fashion and beauty industry when a look is editorial this simply means its meant to be shot for a magazine, commercial, etc. Tips given  included using stick glue (yes craft glue) to get eyebrows to form in your desired direction. This helps create a dramatic look and holds for a long period of time. This is a necessity when makeup artists work with models and are shooting long hours. Valerie also used the brands “Minerals in the Mist Recharge” spray to set the makeup. The “Recharge” scent is infused with a blend of ginger, mint, mineral nutrients and vitamins. The “Minerals in the Mist” spray comes in an additional three scents “Refresh” a mix of tangerine and grapefruit, “Relax” a blend of lavender and vanilla and “Restore” a grapefruit, lime and rosemary blend. The mineral makeup went onto the models face like a second skin.The mist not only sets the makeup but protects and hydrates your skin.

The MAkeup Show

Youngblood Cosmetics

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Valerie using Young Blood Mineral Cosmetics

Youngblood Cosmetics was founded by Pauline Youngblood in 1996. Before creating Youngblood Cosmetics Pauline worked as a medical aesthetician where she helped patients who had severe skin damage. Many of the patients had traumatic damage due to cosmetic surgeries, acne, rosacea and more. The patients recovery took up to six months or more and they didn’t have many choices to help conceal their skin. Pauline noticed this dilemma  and worked with chemists to create a line of makeup that could cover the harshest of scars. Not only was the line she created able to cover scars, it allowed the patients skin to heal and breath during the recovery period. It was not long until patients were using her products not only during recovery, but for everyday use.

 

makeup show

 

Youngblood Cosmetics is influenced by California and its laid back lifestyle. Made specifically for sensitive skin, this cosmetics line includes eco-friendly and cruelty free ingredients. The minerals in Youngblood cosmetics include Malachite, Rhodolite, Hematite and Zincite. These finely ground minerals help protect your skins tissue and cells. Youngblood has won the “Best Foundation Award” from Beauty Launchpad and “Best Mineral Blush” from NewBeauty.

I also sat in on Artist of the Year award winner Jordan Liberty’s business forum ” Art and Influence”. Jordan is an L.A. based makeup artist, photographer and makeup educator. He has worked on TV, backstage at New York Fashion Week and on beauty campaigns around the world. Jordan can also be found on YouTube where his videos teach  educational and professional makeup tutorials. Jordan gave career tips and spoke about his go to products. He also created a refreshed  and clean look while using the new glossy eyelid trend. See the video below and watch him create the look.

 

Here is my haul!

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Top to Bottom
Infallible Paints in 314 Spicy Blush by L’Oreal (press freebie)
NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Exotic- original $7.00 (makeup show $4.90)
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita. Original $20.00 (makeup show $15.24)
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper free with purchase.
NYX 3-in-1 Brow Pencil in Black. No I don’t need this and I love my thick eyebrows, I just like the extra dark color on my brows sometimes. And they are thinner on the insides although only I can tell. DONT OVER TWEEZE IN HIGHSCHOOL! Original $13.00 (makeup show $9.10)
Crown BK9 Deluxe Oval Foundation Brush $5

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Crown Brush
Beauty So Clean Conditioning Brush Cleanser-free

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Mehron Conceal-It HD Celebre Pro concealer palette. Top to bottom, light to dark: Porcelain Blush PB, Golden Wheat GW, Honey Glaze HG, Soft Sandalwood SS, Cream Cocoa CC, Toasted Walnut TW.-press freebie
The Original Makeup Drop Silicone Makeup Applicator. Original $20.00 ( Makeup Show $10.00)

Besides all the free beauty lessons learned and what I bought home I loved the body art at the show. Many makeup artists and agencies were creating out of this world looks. These works of art took hours! I also learned which makeup brands have worked with major TV shows and plays. The actors in the play  “War Paint” based on the lives of makeup giants Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden had their makeup done by MAC. While the makeup brands that worked with the shows ” This is US”,  “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and more were present at the Makeup Show.

 

I also loved the artwork by Moises Ramirez in the “Colors of Beauty ” art gallery. His artwork combines painting, photography, makeup artistry, illustration and drawing.

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“The Girls”- Acrylic on canvas

The Makeup Show

 

Makeup show nyc

Moises Ramirez

New Products: Some of which I was tempted to buy aka liquid lipsticks! Metallic in makeup are all the rage and high pigmented glitter in a rainbow range of colors was a hot item as well. Cozzete débuted Matte Infinite Eyeshadows which come in matte, crystal and velvets textures. While Sephora débuted the Pro Dimensional Highlighting Pallet. See pics below for more!

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Kevyn Aucoin: Molten Lip Color Molten Metals Collection

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Smashbox: Be Legendary Liquid Lip. Metallic and Vinyl

 

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NYX Epic Ink Lip Dye

I loved attending the Makeup Show and gaining knowledge on the beauty industry. I definitely  wish I could’ve been at two places at once to catch all the seminars. I look forward to next year’s show. Let me know in the comments and social media if you attended the makeup show in your town. The Makeup Show makes stops in Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas, L.A. and Orlando. Stay tuned to my social media for pics. Until the next one!

T.S.

All pictures and video are mine except for press pictures which were sent to me by the Public Relations department of The Makeup Show.

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Bandelettes: Your Thighs New Best Friend!

Ladies the weather is getting warmer and we love wearing our cute dresses and skirts, don’t we? But with the rise of temperatures comes perspiration, sometimes in not the most comfortable places like the thighs! I know I’m not the only lady who has felt super uncomfortable on a hot day, even though I’m a summer lover. And because I work in NYC I’m on speed walk mood most of the time. This means my thighs are rubbing against each other quickly. Trust me this has lead to painful cuts and even bleeding. There have been a few hacks I’ve used to combat this problem like shorts under skirts which can be uncomfortable. I’ve also tried deodorant and baby powder to help with this dilemma. Some of these have worked, but some also wear off after a few hours.  Finally a pair of smart women have come up with a great solution. Bandelettes!

 

 

 

Creators Rena Abramoff and Julia Abasova creators of Bandelettes came up the idea for Bandelettes when they realized that many woman suffered from chafing like they did. The products on the market that women were using to help with chafing were not made for this issue. Those products were also not the prettiest. Rena and Julia were ready to be their own bosses, and like many immigrants they made their dreams reality. Bandelettes combines function with fashion. Unlike traditional thigh bands, Bandelettes actually stay up. Thanks to the patented stay up silicone rows inside the Bandelettes, these thigh bands won’t budge. They won’t roll or slip down your legs as you go on with your day.

 

Bandelettes

Rena Abramoff (left) and Julia Abasova (right, blue dress)

Rena and I

 

Bandelettes has been featured in runways such as the Chromat Fall/Winter ’17 runway show for New York Fashion Week. Bandelettes accessorized the swimsuits and sportswear collection. The runway show was full of diverse and full figured models wearing Bandelettes. Diversity and body positivity are part of the Bandelettes brand identity. This was in full effect with plus sized and models of color at the press event I attended. The brands body positive message and the fact that they fit any body type are some of the reasons host of the night and Project Runway winner Ashley Tipton loves Bandelettes. Bandelettes have also been featured in magazines like Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and featured and raved about on shows like NBC Today and more.

 

Bandelettes

Bandelettes

Ashley Nell Tipton and I.

 

I’ve worn the Bandelettes already with different outfits, and these discrete beauties are thigh savers. The first time I wore them was under a skirt that had a slit, where the lace of the Bandelettes could be visible depending on my movement. Although I didn’t mind much as the lace adds an extra detail to the outfit. I’ve also worn them under a dress and was worried there would be visible lines through the dress. This was not the case, you can’t even tell I’m wearing them!

Bandelettes

Bandelettes

The Bandelette is under my hand, but you can’t tell!

 

I found that the higher I put them on my thighs the more comfortable I felt. In this case no skin is rubbing against each other which could cause uncomfortable friction. They stayed put with a snug fit throughout the day and did not roll down. I will say at first the feeling of something wrapped around my thighs felt weird. But I quickly got used to them and forgot they were on. When putting on the Bandelettes, I suggest gently lifting the adhesive strips away from your skin and placing them where you want them. Simply dragging them up the leg can be a bit uncomfortable because of the silicones ability to stick.

Bandelettes.

 

Bandelettes can be found on their website, Layne Bryant stores, Amazon, Sears, and subscription box service Gwynniebee. Bandelettes cost $15.99 on their website, with the lace versions in colors red, black, chocolate, white, caramel and beige. Unisex Bandelettes are also available in solid colors. These versions are useful for sports like running and tennis where athletes suffer from chafing. Bandelettes run from size A which is equivalent to a pant size 2-4 through F the equivalent of a 3XL pant size.

Bandelettes becomes a part of your everyday wardrobe. As a fashionable solution to an every person and everyday problem, how could they not? Have you tried these thigh savers, or are you ordering some right now? Let me know, in the comments and on social media.

T.S.