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Bye 2017-On to 2018

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With a new year here I think we all look back at the past year to remember the bad and the good that’s occurred. Now I’ve heard a lot of people say that 2017 wasn’t a great year, but it was a great year for me on a personal level. I wanted to write a quick thank you post to the people who’ve made it so and to sum of the year.

 

Things I’ve learned this year:

You can do more than you think you can!

No matter who says you can’t. No matter who gives you negative vibes and no matter what you think about yourself, you can do it! When you learn to set those issues aside and push pass them your goals and blessings will come to pass. Eye on the prize, even when you don’t know what the heck that prize is!

 

People enter and exit your life for a reason.

Don’t fight that process. Let what needs to happen, happen. Learn from each situation and relationship. Each one will make you a smarter and stonger person.

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Confidence is a muscle that needs exercise.

This is a part of life that I think everyone struggles with. As any other person who starts a business or ventures into new projects can tell you, confidence right off the bat can be nearly impossible. Although with anything in life with a little education and practice your stability and confidence will grow. So start that project or business because you may be completely lost now but you won’t be forever.

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Your position in life now will most likely change within this year.

Good or bad there will be changes throughout the year that will change your life. I am naturally a pessimist, something I’m trying to change. Although when you are going through rough patches in life it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The important thing to keep in mind is that your situation will change throughout the year. It’s up to you what those changes will be and how they will affect you.

 

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I have so many new goals for the year that I have already started to work on. What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

 

Lastly I’d like to thank people who I work with and who I’ve worked with in the past. The ability to grow through collaborations and relationships is a process I’ve greatly appreciated.

T.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Style This Target Mossimo Sweater 4 Ways

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A good sweater can become your go-to-piece during these cold winter months. A sweater that is comfy, warm and can go with everything, what more can you ask for? So by now you should know I have an obsession with Target. It is a dangerous place for my wallet and I! I recently went on a Target run, for items that had nothing to do with clothes. But alas I can’t help but check out what they have. Luckily they were having a sale on their clothes (still are) in particular sweaters. I don’t really have enough pull over sweaters that I can throw on. So I made it my mission to find one during the great sale.

I was not disappointed, as I left the store with a piece that I’ve already worn more than once. The side tie pullover sweater is not only stylish but is veryyyyyyyy warm. It’s so warm in fact that I’ve worn it without a coat while leaving my house, in November! That alone tells me that the sweater was well made, making it worth the original price. Here are 4 ways I’ve styled the sweater.

 

1. For The Office

I’ve worn this exact outfit to work and loved it. The billowy sweater gets balanced out with slim straight legged pants. The sweater wouldn’t work with a billowy skirt as the massive amount on both the top and bottom half of my body would overwhelm my small frame. I would also pair it with a black or dark grey business pant to offset the light grey color of the sweater. You can also do a monochromatic look and pair the sweater with a similar shade of grey pant.

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Target sweater, Pant(don’t know, there is no tag), Hat: Target, Grey pumps: Primark

 

2. A Weekend Errand Run

Now some ladies choose to believe that “leggings are pants”  while others believe “leggings are not pants!” I’m usually on the latter side except for when it comes to this extremely warm sweater. If you do choose to pair the sweater with leggings I suggest a fleece lined pair like the ones I have on and a tall boot. Both combined with the sweater will keep you toasty. I don’t suggest a short boot, as a tall boot keeps you warmer.

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Target sweater, standard fleece lined legging, Candies boots.

 

3. Night Out

Don’t think you can wear a chunky sweater for a fun night out of drinks? Why not? For this look I paired the sweater with black moto jeans which adds a tougher feel to the soft sweater. Once again the type of pant you wear is key so go with a skinny jean, that doesn’t fight with the billowy top. Slip on a pair of killer pumps and your ready to turn heads!

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Target sweater, H&M moto jean, Aldo pumps, Mulberry & Grand shades.

 

4. Lunch get together

I’m an advocate for transitioning clothes into different seasons. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen me wear a mini skirt in the fall. The same can be done in the winter, just make sure to layer your leggings and tights! I wanted to give the look a more relaxed feel so a pair of Tim’s were a clear choice for me.

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Target sweater, Forever21 mini skit, Timberland boots.

How would you style this sweater from Target? Let me know in the comments and social media.

T.S.

 

 

 

 

 

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Louis Vuitton Exhibition Rooms 6-10

If you pay attention to fashion news you probably already know that the Louis Vuitton exhibition, that has been a hit in other international cities has made its way to New York City. I made my way to the exhibition twice already and plan to go back before it closes. I wrote a review of the first 5 rooms of the exhibit which you can read here. The following is an overview of the next 5 rooms, which concludes the exhibition.

 

The Painting Trunk

Louis Vuitton’s relationship with the world of art began in 1924 when art dealer Rene’ Gimpel ordered a trunk for his business trips to New York, Paris and London. To meet the needs of artists like Rene, Louis Vuitton created larger trunks with drawers that could protect the artwork during travel. Returning to the companies roots of protective packaging caught the eye of the art world and soon other artists became customers as well. Masters of the art world such as the artist Matisse became clients of Louis Vuitton. Many artists developed close ties to the company and were given the opportunity to design one of a kind trunks. Over the years these ” artists in residence” have created new fabrics, patterns and designs for the house of Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton’s most recent collaboration has been with the artists Jeff Koons whose collection includes recreations of master works.

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Curio Trunks

During the 1900’s Gaston-Louis started buying trunks from previous customers to create his trunk collection. To start this process he would send certain customers a questionnaire to learn more about their trunks. Next the customers that returned the questionnaire, were sent an offer by Gaston to buy their trunks. The trunks in The Curio Trunks room consists of the trunks Gaston bought to create his collection.

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The Beauty of Fashion

Trunks for Stars

During the 1920’s and 1930’s the house of Louis Vuitton stepped beyond the trunk and started making beauty items, furniture pieces and specialty items. Hollywood’s starlets ordered velvet lined trunks along with the various new pieces the house was creating. Specialty pieces that were made for stars include a vanity case for Sharon Stone, wardrobe trunk for Katharine Hepburn and a suitcase and vanity set for Elizabeth Taylor. Stars around the globe continue to order from the house to help them with their travel and everyday needs.

 

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Exquisite Bottles

It was in 1927 that Gaston-Louis Vuitton created the first fragrance for Louis Vuitton, in an effort to expand the fields in which Louis Vuitton played. He cared just as much for the look of the bottle as he did the fragrance itself. Being so each time the house created a new fragrance Gaston would commission masters in the decorative arts field to design the bottles. The collaborations became a tradition for the house with its latest being in 2016 with designer Marc Newson.

 

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Sophisticated Dandies

Not only were silver screen actresses customers of Louis Vuitton, but so were actors. Many of the first were French actors that ordered foot and wardrobe trunks. The actors also ordered garment bangs and toiletry bags that helped push the brand into the menswear arena. In the 1920’s the making of canes with carved heads was another collaboration opportunity for the house and different artists to create unique pieces.

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Collaborations

Besides artists the house has collaborated with individual designers over the years. The introduction of different designers to Louis Vuitton began in 1996 when Azzedine Alana, Manolo Blahnik, Romeo Gigli, Helmut Lang, Isaac Mizrahi, Sybilla and Viviene Westwood were invited to collaborate with the house. This event helped mark Louis Vuitton’s one-hundredth anniversary. In 1997 Louis Vuitton officially entered the  fashion sphere with a ready-to-wear line. Guiding this new avenue for the brand was Marc Jacobs, the artistic director of the ready- to-wear line for almost 16 years. Jacobs used many of the artistic collaborations as inspirations for his collections. The designers that took on the role as Artistic Director after Jacobs departure also used artists and authors to create unique collections.

 

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The Music Room

Other than making trunks for clothing, art and writing the house of Louis Vuitton has been known to make trunks for musical artists as well. Delicate musical instruments have been stored in these special order trunks. Violins, guitars and more have found a safe haven for travel with Louis Vuitton.

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Louis Vuitton Loves America

In 1893 Georges Vuitton made his first step into the U.S market when he attended the Chicago World’s Fair. While there he met John Wanamaker, owner of the first ever department stores. A few years later in 1898 Wanamaker put Louis Vuitton in his New York and Philadelphia stores. By the roaring 20’s Louis Vuitton had become the luxury luggage of choice for people all over the country.

Fast forward to 1997 to one of the most memorable Louis Vuitton eras which is when Marc Jacobs became Artistic Director. The designer guided the brand into the new millennium and held the position as Artistic Director for 16 years. During this time he made iconic collaborations with various artists including Yayoi Kusama who introduced her signature polka dot and Stephen Spouse who created graffiti inspired designs. Currently guiding the Louis Vuitton brand through each season is Nicolas Ghesquiere whose dressed celebrities like Taylor Swift and Nicole Kidman among others.

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Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere worn by Riley Keogh at the 2014 Amfar Ceremony

 

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Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere 2017 worn by Ruth Negga for the Golden Globes

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Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere 2017 worn by Michelle Williams

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Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton worn by Taylor Swift at the 2016 Met Gala.

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Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton worn by Jennifer Connelly at the 2017 Met Ball.

 

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Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs and artist Stephen Spouse printed roses skirt.

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Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs, feather headpiece and mink short dress and graffiti legging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. Worn by Madonna at the 2009 Met Ball.

 

I hope you get to see this amazing and encompassing exhibition. If you don’t I hope you’ve enjoyed my reviews. I learned so many interesting facts of a brand that I’ve worked for in the past, but had no idea of!

The Louis Vuitton Volez, Voguez, Voyagez exhibition will be on display at the New York Stock Exchange building on 86th Trinity Place in the financial district until January 7th 2018.

T.S.

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The Louis Vuitton Exhibition: Rooms 1-5

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The Louis Vuitton Volez, Voguez, Vayagez (Fly, Sail, Travel) exhibition has made its way around the globe. Originating in Paris, the brands birthplace the presentation has finally made its way to New York City after much anticipation. Both Paris and Tokyo viewers of the exhbition have given rave reviews of this immersive exhibition. And it is no wonder why when each room of the Louis Vuitton exhibition was curated to not only showcase the immersive Louis Vuitton history from past to present, but honor the city in which it is held. The original stock exchange building where the exhibition is housed is a New York City institution and is magnificent on its own. As you make you way into each room you are transported to the past, with each interiorly transformed to represent Louis Vuitton’s history. The exhibition has an accompanying app that gives you an interactive experience, so be sure to download that first!

 

History of Louis Vuitton the Man

At the age of 14 Louis Vuitton left his village in Eastern France on foot and made his way to Paris two years later. As a young man he apprenticed as a box maker and packer for the box manufacturer Romaine Marechal. By 1854 he founded the company of Louis Vuitton on rue Nerve-des-Capucines which became  one of Paris’s most famous shopping boulevards. His lightweight yet strong designs became a hit amongst high society. Louis is credited in perfecting the flat trunk, the first step towards modern luggage. By 1875 he created the wardrobe trunk which allowed the traveler to hang their clothes in the luggage. This invention skyrocketed the already booming company.

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Part 1-The Trunk of 1906

In 1896 Louis Vuitton’s son Georges created the “LV” monogram which the house is known for. In 1906 the monogram was added to the trunk for the first time by Gaston-Louis Vuitton, grandson of Louis Vuitton. 1906 was also the first time the trunk was designed with their signature brass corners with a patent lock added for security.

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Part 2-Wood

Woodwork was Louis’s first craftsmanship. As a young boy who grew up near a forest wood was always influential for him. As a box maker he also worked with wood, so it was second nature for Louis to create his own trunks out of wood. In particular he used camphor wood to detour pests, poplar wood for the frame and beech wood for reinforcement. Lastly he would use rosewood for its aromatic scent.

 

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Left: Interior luggage labels of the 1800’s.
Top Right: Advertising card of 1885.
Bottom Right: Mailing envelope for the LV stores of Paris and London 1890.

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Part 3-Classic Trunks

The linage of trunks begins with the Trainon Grey in 1854. The Striped Canvas trunk came next in 1872 which came in the colors red, brown and later in the combination of beige and brown. 1888 introduced the Damier canvas trunk and soon the flat trunk was invented. The house continued to build their reputation for trunks and cemented their reliability with the Ideale trunk, with the purpose of keeping items safe  during travel.

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Part 4-The Invention of Travel

Louis Vuitton was the luggage of choice for explorer and engineer André-Gustave Citroën during the excursions of the 1924 and 1925. The House of Louis Vuitton created particular trunks that could withstand the hot climate, different types of transportation and accommodate the portable comforts needed for explorers like Citroën.

 

During the rise of yachting the house of Louis Vuitton created the Steamer Bag, which modernized the hand luggage spectrum. The bag had the ability to be folded into any wardrobe trunk compartment. The bags weight, size and ease is considered to be the blueprint for the modern day gym bag.

Steamer Trunk on the right.

 

 

During the automobile rise the Vuittonite or Monogram canvas wardrobe and hat trunks were the some of Louis Vuitton’s most popular trunks. Picnic trunks, coolers and flat Morocco leather bag, the precursor to the handbag were in high demand as well.

 

Chauffeur’s Kit in Vuittonite Canvas 1910

 

 

 

The invention of airplanes led the house of Louis Vuitton to meet the needs of aviators and travelers alike. The Aero trunk, the grandfather of the carry-on luggage was the answer for people needing compact and lightweight luggage.

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Advancements in train travel gave the house the chance to create the Cabin trunk. This new trunk could fit under seats, while other bags such as garment and overnight bags also became in demand models.

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Part 5-Writing

Gaston-Louis Vuitton was an appreciator of writing and books. He himself was an author so its no wonder that the house of Louis Vuitton created mobile offices and various trunks that suited traveling writers.

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The Louis Vuitton Volez, Voguez, Voyagez exhibition will be open until January 7, 2018 on 86 Trinity Place in the financial district. I will have a follow up post covering rooms 6-10 soon. Have you seen the exhibition or are you looking forward to seeing it? Let me know your comments and thoughts here and on social media!

T.S.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Ways to style Who What Wear’s bell sleeve top from Target

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Like every other person I’m obsessed with Target. I am particularly obsessed with their affordable fashion. Namely the Who What Wear collection, which by far is my favorite clothing line there. Although the new line A New Day is has some great work wear that I might be buying soon. Who What Wear at Target is  great for the office but I love the more casual pieces as well. I own a few pieces from previous collections and some like a black bomber have become staples.

On a recent trip in which Target was having (still is) a huge sale on clothes I exited Target with the grey lace bell sleeve ribbed crewneck top. Its important to note that I am not a huge fan of turtlenecks and hardly wear them so a crewneck is more up my alley. If you don’t like the feeling of a turtleneck go for the shorter crewneck, which has a less restrictive feel.

The top originally cost $27.99 but is on sale now for $19.59. What a steal! The top keeps me quite warm because the rib knit has a medium thickness to it. If the top didn’t have a good weight to it I might not have gotten it. But Who What Wear got it right in both the purpose of rib knit (durability and warmth) and style. I’ve worn the top for an ootd (outfit of the day) post on Instagram and many of you loved the top. So I figured I’d show you a few ways I’ve styled it.

Casual

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Top: Who What Wear
Jeans: H&M
Boots: Call IT Spring
Sunglasses: Mulberry & Grand
Hat: Target

 

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Formal

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Top: Who What Wear for Target
Skirt: Five on Seven New York
Shoes: Atmosphere from Primark

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Semi Casual

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Top: Who What Wear, Jogger Formal Pant: The Loft, Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless

 

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Formal ( If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen this one!)

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Top: Who What Wear for Target
Skirt: Who What Wear for Target
Purse: Target
Shoes: Brash for Payless

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How would you style this top? Did you like any one outfit in particular? Let me know in the comments and on social media. For outfit posts follow me on Instagram!

T.S.

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The Museum at FIT’s Exhibition’s Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme( Safari, Mountaineering, Space and Sea)

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This is a continuation post on the current exhibition at the Museum at FIT. Read my previous post on the Arctic part of the exhibit here. This part will cover the Safari, Space and Ocean sections of the exhibition. As you walk from each section your are transported into different exploration settings. By far my favorite setting is that of the Space collection which included a futuristic spaceship inspired installation. Although choosing my favorite fashion piece would be much more difficult for me.

 

Safari

Fashion specific for expeditions came from the safari treks explorers made and their need for durable clothing. During the 19th century the wealthy took trips to Africa and returned home influenced by what they had discovered. While the world of explorations was growing so was fashion with the rise of retail in cities like New York and London. Retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch were transcending the Khaki uniform of the safari into everyday wear for Americans.

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Mountanieering

Short semi-fitted down-filled coats were invented in the 1930’s, but were reintroduced by Mount Everest mountaineers Tensing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary on 1953. While military inspired jackets came thanks to the Korean war and the M-8 and M-51 jackets worn by the military. By the 1970’s down-filled jackets were being created by both fast fashion brands and higher end houses.

 

Space

Expeditions to the moon and space age discoveries inspired designers during the 1960’s. Parisian designers André Courreges, Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin lead the way in bringing the youth quake fashions of London and New York to Paris. Miniskirts, sleek pantsuits, metallic and plastic fabrics were some of the major trends of this movement. Combining the craftwork of couture and youthful modernity made these designers the pioneers for trendy Parisian fashion.

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Sea

By the 1950’s deep sea divers were wearing light weight scuba suits. As opposed to the heavier helmet and suit of the past, which were only worn by explorers. The lighter suit encouraged the public to explore the underwater world. By the 1960’s famed editor Diana Veerland directed Vogue magazine to shoot models in wetsuits, mask, google, and flippers. Other magazines followed suit expanding on the trend. By the 1980’s the scuba material neoprene was being used by fashion designers in both couture and ready to wear.

Now you know who you can thank for the everyday puffers and stretchy neoprene pants! The Exhibition Expedition Fashion From the Extreme is on display at the Museum at FIT until January 6th.

T.S.

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The Museum at FIT’S Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme (Arctic)

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Currently on display at The Museum of FIT is the exhibition Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme. The exhibition explores how the discoveries during ocean, space and mountain expeditions influenced fashion. During the 17th century people began to explore the natural world and by the 19th century crucial parts of science such as biology were being discovered. Author of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and creator of science fiction, Jules Verne impacted society with his stories that were based on the latest discoveries. While Charles Darwin’s work was also impactful on the way society viewed the natural world. Science, new worlds discovered as well as indigenous people and their culture inspired western fashion for eternity.

 

Arctic: The very first extreme exploration took place during the 1880-1920’s with the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration. Explorer Robert Leary returned in 1909 to America wearing fur originally worn by the indigenous Inuit people of the North Pole. By 1919 designers in New York showcased fashion influenced by Siberian objects in the American Museum of Natural History. WWII created a need for arctic inspired clothing for soldiers whose uniforms and parka’s were influenced by the Inuit people of the North Pole. Once the 1960’s arrived fashion publications such as Vogue sent models to the Arctic to (photo) shoot amongst the icebergs in the latest fashions. In the 1990’s the parka took on various forms during the eras hip-hop rise. Both designers, such as Tommy Hilfiger and rappers adopted the coat as a statement piece that eventually became an everyday coat. The exhibition showcases both indigenous Arctic fashions and modern-day Arctic inspired pieces.

I will have two other post on the Safari, Space and Deep Sea parts of the exhibition as well. Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme is open until January 6, 2018 at the Museum at FIT.

T.S.

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New Shoes!

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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!

New Booties!

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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A look at Warby Parker

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I’m a glasses girl, I’ve been wearing them since grade school thanks to my near sided eyes. Of course at first I didn’t embrace them, as teasing was one of my priorities as a kid. Although as I grew up, I learned to like them and made them part of my personal style. Glasses can help you complete a look, just like any other accessory. The options for spectacle wearers have grown thanks to fashionable options and trendy styles. One of the companies providing fashionable and affordable options is Warby Parker. The glasses Warby Parker creates not only include the latest trends but are soft on your wallet. Unlike other glasses suppliers which include a major middle man, Warby Parker designs and creates their glasses. This process allows them to supply glasses at a lower price and connect with consumers directly. Budget friendly and fashionable, what’s not to love?

Newest Styles

In September Warby Parker launched their Fall 2017 collection of eyeglasses and various sunglasses styles. The styles and colors found in this collection were inspired by leather-bound books like the ones you might find in a college library. With a focus on color blocking and mixed materials the collection comes in classic shapes with pops of color. Scroll through to see the newest styles and some of the colors.

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Home-Try-on-Program

Remember when I mentioned Warby Parkers pocket friendly capabilities? Well not only are their glasses affordable, the Home-Try-On program allows you to take their frames for a test drive. Have you ever found yourself staring at the wall of glasses at your eye doctors office when it came time to choose a pair? Well the home try on program allows you to skip the hassle by letting you try up to 5 pairs of glasses at home. The free service includes a questionnaire that learns the shape of your face whether its narrow, medium or wide. Next it learns what shape glasses you prefer which include round, rectangular, square or cate eye. Then its time to chose your color preference be it bright, neutral, black, tortoise, crystal or two-tone colors. Materials come next with the options of acetate, metal or mixed materials. Lastly tell them when your last eye exam was and your questionnaire is finished. Your results are manifested into 5 choices, that you can change or edit.

The glasses chosen for me included the rectangular Upton in the color Rosewater, Cateye Louise in Elderflower Crystal, Leighty in River Stone Blue Fade, Chelsea in Violet Magnolia and the Simone in Tea Rose Fade. I liked the selections I was given, although I changed my color options. My package arrived with the glasses neatly divided and protected. Overall the fit of the glasses was perfect. All but one that was a bit big, stayed perfectly put on the bridge of my nose. The Fall 2017 collection is not part of the Home-Try-on Program but the options are just as timeless and fashionable.

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Charitable Work

Warby Parker not only makes it easy for you to chose fashionable glasses on a great budget but they also give back. Through their partnership with VisionSpring they are able to provide glasses to impoverished men and women. By doing so they are able to go to work and provide for their families. Warby Parker also conducts eye exams and provides students with glasses, many who are receiving their first pair ever. Their program Pupils Project combines their charitability with other organizations and agencies including the Department of Education in NYC and the Department of Health in Baltimore. They also align their mission with the Ver Bien organization which helps provide glasses to the children of Mexico. In total they have reached over 50 countries with over three million glasses distributed. It is estimated that 2.5 billion people around the globe need glasses but simply can’t get their hands on a pair. While 624 million of that population can’t work or concentrate on their tasks due to this problem. Through their work War by Parker is providing a solution to this global issue.

Are you a glasses wearer also? Have you tried Warby Parker before? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

T.S.

Pictures of the Fall 2017 collection were provided by Warby Parker.

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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.

Vitto Mazza            Off to the dyer for 20 mins, so that the matrix could set.Vitto Mazza

  • 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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Amazing new do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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.