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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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Tradeshow Findings: Vintage at Intermezzo

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The newest part of these tradeshows is vintage which showcases an array of local vintage dealers who curate collections of both name brands and unknown pieces. During my walk through Vintage At Intermezzo aisles I saw a great smattering of original, timeless pieces. I found original Chanel toe capped sling backs and Gucci interlocking purses all with a respective price tag to match. Those pieces may be worth those exact prices, but I’d need to work a very long time to be able to acquire them.

So I was so happy to come across the Empyrean Vintage booth. A mix of affordable no name no labels and famous name brand pieces with personalities of their own. Every vintage piece has a story, and that is exactly how owner Natalie Como feels. I got stuck in her booth not only drooling over all the amazing finds but chatting with this infectious personality as well.

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Vintage has always been a part of Natalie’s life as her mother also owned a vintage shop in NYC called Siam Limited. During this time her mother would reconstruct the items and give them new life. For example she would repurpose ordinary denim into unique finds with fun pink rhinestones. Like heirlooms Natalie inherited the love of vintage as well as an array of unique pieces from her mom. Although her dad was as Natalie put it a “snazzy dresser” so there was no shortage of style inspiration for her.

When she did a stint in the corporate world her ability to express herself through her clothing is what entertained her in a droll environment. As Natalie sources the world of vintage for herself and her customers she does so with instinctual emotion. She respects the history and the story that comes with each piece. Although she doesn’t get too attached to items unless they were passed down to her from her mom or symbolize a pivotal time in her life, like her prom dress. Natalie feels vintage is meant to be passed along, each person giving each piece a new story.

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As to what her favorite era of clothing is, everything but now! For Natalie there was more personality in the way people of the past dressed. You can see her love of the era’s foregone in the colorful bold print dresses and high waisted bell bottoms she wears. As to why her pieces or so affordable in comparison to other vintage dealers? Refreshingly hiking up the price is not her focus. Her knowledge of what the piece is worth combined with her belief that vintage pieces have stories to be passed on are what influence her pricing decisions most.

So what is next for Natalie and Empyrean Vintage? Eventually Natalie would love to open her own store and continue to showcase her pieces in other vintage boutiques. Joining a supportive environment of vintage dealers under one roof known as a Vintage Collective is also on her to-do list. Currently she has upcoming dates for pop up in Vintage on First a vintage collective located in Hoboken, NJ. Empyrean Vintage has also gained notoriety around the globe as Natalie recently styled her pieces for the Dubai based brand “Mesh”.

After hearing Natalie’s story and falling in love with the pieces I saw in her booth I could not leave without snatching a piece for my own collection. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen me style vintage pieces passed on to me with modern apparel. And so was my plan for the no label Asian inspired, high split long length top. Here are a few of the ways I styled the piece.

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You can find out more about Empyrean vintage here! ( The link is correct, Natalie is in rebranding mode). Do you own vintage pieces? Let me know in the comments and on social media and check out my post on the other brands I loved at the tradeshow here!

T.S.

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Tradeshow Findings

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If you’ve read my previous post working a trade show, you will know that recently I was able to attend the women’s tradeshows at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. During the show I came across great brands both new and seasoned. These brands were gracious enough to show me their great items and answer some questions. I visited Accessories the Show,  Accessories Circuit,  Fame, Moda and Intermezzo. Although the following brands showcased at Canvas and Accessories The Show.

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This pop up part of the tradeshow features apparel, accessories, and home items. It also showcases brands that sell beauty and gift items. This year twelve brands showcased their latest creations. While there I was intrigued by the most delicate and gorgeous headbands and hair accessories from the brand Mrs. President & Co. created by Angela Velayos. Angela is a super humble lady and has the most infectious laugh and smile. Her constant giggle as we chatted made me want to stay in her booth the entire show! Her story of creating Mrs. President & Co. is the ultimate encouragement story for entrepreneurs like myself. A simple thought as she put her child to sleep launched a business that continues to grow.

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As a little girl Angela loved hair accessories and her favorite time of day was when her mom would put her hair up in a ponytail before going to school. This love of a great hair accessory inspired her one night as she put her son to bed. The name Mrs. President popped into her head and she ran with it. The memorable name and her intuition on what made a great head piece helped her create the brand. The memorable brand name and quality products that she created caught on quickly in the retail sphere. Within her launch year of 2011 Mrs. President & Co. was being sold in Bergdorf Goodman.

An array of clips, pins, barrettes, headbands and pony holders are part of Mrs. President & Co.’s current collection. Although these are no ordinary hair adornments, these beauties are 24 karat gold, silver, tortoise and mother of pearl infused. With the 24 karat pieces being hand crafted in her birth country of Brazil. Simplicity and overall beauty is what inspires Angela as she comes up with new designs. It can be seen throughout the current collection which consist of minimalistic and elegant designs. Angela not only thinks of how your hair will look when you put on one of her pieces but how it will blend with your outfit and jewelry.

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Mrs. President & Co. has been featured in InStyle,  Cosmopolitan,  Allure and Glamour in their print magazine. While Vogue, ElleHarpers Bazaar and more have spotlighted the brand on their websites. The brand also has a great partnership with e-retailer Shopbop  that consist of multiple collaborations. A global commodity Mrs. President & Co. can be found in shops around the world including New York, Tokyo, Hamburg and Paris. But this bubbly entrepreneur has not yet reached her creatural peak as this coming winter of 2017 Mrs. President & Co. will be collaborating with mega-stylist Rachel Zoe on the namesakes website.

So what is next for Mrs. President & Co. ? At the suggestion of her original inspiration, her kids, jewelry might be on the horizon. Which I have no doubt will be just as big of a success as her hair accessories. Can I put my name on the list first? Sign me up!

Accessories the Show

Accessories the Show showcases the latest in fashion trends for women. It also highlights the newest creations in women’s accessories. While there I  came upon the fun brand Strung, owner Jenny talked to me a bit about the brand.

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Strung is  a brand started by band members Jenny Mann and Tim Barbour in 2014. They were inspired when they realized how easily guitar strings can be wrapped into a bracelet. After selling a few at a concert in New Jersey they noticed that people could not get enough of their new creations. The bracelets were bigger hits than any band t-shirt they tried to sell. Each bracelet has a music related name and can be adorned with charms that are named after different songs. Great for men and women with a love of music these bracelets also can come in pairs perfect for gifting. Strung also sells an array of necklaces and beaded bracelets all with music or rock and roll details. After much demand from male fans the brand will be releasing an official men’s collection in September with a color theme of black, red and white. You can find Strung on their website, in boutiques and  in gift shops. I look forwards to seeing what is next for this music loving brand. Perhaps different genres?

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I enjoyed learning about these great brands and items. Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments and on social media. And check out the blog post covering Vintage at Intermezzo where I cover a great vintage dealer that showcased in the tradeshow.

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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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.

Fitness Life Lifestyle Uncategorized

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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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.

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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.

Beauty Life Lifestyle Uncategorized

The Makeup Show NYC

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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Double Dare’s OMG Face Mask Review

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Concreteislandista was given this product for review by Beautypress and the participating brands. All opinions are my own and truthful.

Face mask are extremely popular currently in the beauty biz. With so many out on the market its fun finding ones that offer a special something. That’s what Double Dare OMG! 2 in 1  Detox Bubbling Mask kit has to offer. The 2 in 1 kit offers a detox bubbling mask and a Microfiber mask. Double Dare uses natural ingredients in their products so the ingredients used on your skin are gentle yet effective. Some of the ingredients include Methylpropanediol which helps your skin organically absorb natural nutrients. Also in the mask is glycerin a natural fat which restores your skin and defends against dryness. As well as Vitamin B3 which shrinks large pores and helps with uneven skin tone, lines and weak skin. The hydrolyzed collagen in the mask helps form new collagen with amino acids which help thicken skin and correct uneven skin tones. I am always a bit wary about what I put on my face as my skin is a bit sensitive, but always feel better knowing I’m using natural ingredients. I was excited to see how the mask worked and what the outcome was.

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OMG 2 in 1 Detoxifying Face Mask

 

Step 1: Detox Bubbling Mask

One aspect I found interesting about this OMG! face mask was it can be applied on the face with or without makeup. Other masks I have tried require a washed face, meaning this mask has the power to remove your makeup. Although I applied it with a clean face. The mask was wet with the detoxifying ingredients, once you unfold it you place it on your face. You can instantly see gentle suds forming on the mask. The mask is cool to the touch and gently lies on your face. After adjusting the mouth, nose and eye openings I  gently rubbed the mask  to create more bubbles. Now these were not one or two little suds, these were big and numerous bubbles. To see the detoxification in action is something I’ve never experienced before. The bubbles not only work to detoxify your skin but cleanses and removes dead skin cells. The next step is to sit back and relax as you leave the mask on for 1-3 minutes. During this time the mask remained wet and cool. It did not dry or get stiff like other masks I’ve tried. Once again I loved the smell of these products. I left it on for a full 3 mins then it was time to remove it and wash my face off. After lightly drying my face as recommended I was ready for step 2.

OMG! Face Mask

First Mask

 

Step 2: Microfiber Mask

The microfiber mask consist of nutrients, hydrolyzed collagen and plant-based stem cells. All of which work to give your skin and healthy young glow. Once again the microfiber mask was prewet with these ingredients. After applying and adjusting the mask it is recommended to wait 15-20 mins. Within this time period your skin is absorbing the nutrients, collagen and stem cells. Although I didn’t feel anything particularly different happening, the coolness of the mask was relaxing. After 20 mins I was ready to remove the mask. Once I removed it I had an urge to wash my face because there was remaining liquid on my face, do not do that! Instead I rubbed the rest of the excess into my face, as recommended. I even went into the package to scoop out what was left. I also rubbed it down my neck, a part of the body women forget about often. The result was as an extremely smooth, moisturized and great smelling face. There was a shiny glow to my face as well.

 

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Second Mask

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My face felt as smooth as a baby’s bottom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully I can put the video I made up but the storm on Friday has weaken my area’s WiFi. I will let you know when the video is up. Stay tuned to my Instagram for more pics on the mask.

Have you tried the OMG! 2 in 1 Detox Bubbling Mask? Let me know your thoughts in the comments and on social media!

Read my review on the OMG! Hair Mask Here!

T.S.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Recently I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Amanda from Simply Amanda. Amanda covers fashion, beauty, blogging and lifestyle topics. She restarted her blog this year after giving it a shot in 2016. Stick to it Amanda! I feel so honored to be nominated! Any blogger who treats their blog as a business can tell you that there’s more that meets the eye than our finished posts. I’ve talked a bit about what it really takes to run a blog, and its always a heart warming feeling when you receive great feedback. I’ve never meet Amanda, which makes the nomination even more exciting, positive feedback from strangers is raw and I feel more honest. Thank you Amanda!

The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of readers and fellow bloggers. Nominees are to complete the following:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link them back to their blog
  • Answer the questions prepared by the nominating blogger.
  • List other bloggers that you nominate for the Sunshine Blogger Award
  • Create 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominate
  • Inform your nominees that they’ve been nominated

I love writing my blog not only for my personal reasons but because of your feedback. Reading your comments and seeing I’ve brought you education or covered an event you can’t get to always makes me feel accomplished. I’ve enjoyed the ride thus far and look forward to many more years of blogging. The following are the answers to the questions Amanda has prepared.

What is the story behind your blog’s name?

All my life I’ve lived in NJ, but was raised going into the city (NYC) on weekends for museums or just to spend the day.When I got into college I had to take classes in the city which cemented my love for NYC. Many people who know me can tell you I’m an NYC girl, I’m much more comfortable there than NJ. I’m not a huge fan of driving, but know the subway like the back of my hand. Due to my career I’ve also always worked in NYC. If you follow me on Instagram, you will also see a lot of NYC architecture, an aspect of the city I’ve always loved.

What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?

The most exciting thing I’ve ever done has been fly an airplane. I am working on getting my license although I still have a long way to go. It takes many hours to complete and it is an expensive sport. I have a dare devil streak and bungy jumping, sky diving and cage shark diving are still on my bucket list. I also have a love of speed, so a race around a track in an exotic car is also on the list. Read my recent post on The NYC Auto Show for more on my love of fast cars.

If you were on a deserted island and could only take 3 items with you, what would they be?

If I was on a deserted island and could only take 3 items with me they would be a portable closet with clothes in it, my cell phone with WiFi, and tablet.

How long have you been blogging for?

A year. I’ve been blogging one year as of this January.

What is your number one holy grail beauty product that you can’t live without?

BLACK LIQUID EYELINER! My makeup isn’t complete without liquid eyeliner. Its become part of my signature look when I do have makeup on.

If money wasn’t a factor, what would be your dream job?

I don’t know what my dream job would be but it would still be in fashion with a lot of international travel. I would love to be able to blog while traveling, that would also be a dream job.

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If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

If I could have any superpower I would like to end the prejudice of people. Specifically the prejudice women all around the world and even in U.S. still face. It seems almost unbelievable that women still have to march for their rights in 2017. Its been proven that when countries educate, hire and elevate women the economy and society benefits from it. Imagine how excelled a country would be if there was no sexism and prejudice against women.

What inspires you most?

What inspires me most when writing my blog is music. Overall in life what inspires me is my goal in life to succeed. If you remind yourself of what you want at the end of the tunnel, the hardships you go through are worth it. I also find other strong, independent women extremely inspiring.  We live in a world that still devalues us, so every time I see a woman succeed she is doing so against the odds. That is very inspiring and empowering.

What do you do for a living? If you’re a full time blogger how long did it take you to get there?

I work in the fashion industry. Its been a difficult few years in my career, but I love the industry. There are perks of course like freebies, industry discounts and entry into events. Although there have also been a lot of long nights, sore legs and learning how to deal with eccentric personalities in the work place. Still I have met great people and learned about many different aspects of the industry. My blog fits perfectly into my career so I’ve been able to use my blog within my industry.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

I don’t think I have a favorite vacation spot although one country does have a special place in my heart. Italy! Italian is one of the languages I speak and I fell in love with the country and plan to return. I’ve also been to Spain, the country of some of my ancestors which is a beautiful country and love as well. Overall I love to explore when I’m on vacation so I prefer traveling through ancient European countries rather than lay on a beach all day. If there are museums, monuments and other historical places that’s where I like to vacation.

 

Yes my last name is a famous street in Spain!

 

Pictures of Spain (I have way to many to put them all!)

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Speaking of Spain, the weirdest thing I ate was when I was vacationing there. Overall Europe has given me the best food I’ve ever eaten in my life. Although when I was in Spain we decided to try snail. All I have to say is I wasn’t a fan.

My Questions for the Nominees

  • Why did you start your blog/business?
  • What has been one of the most exciting things you’ve done with your blog/business?
  • What has blogging or your business taught you?
  • Do you have any guilty pleasures? Chocolate? A specific show? Etc.
  • If you could give your younger self advice what would it be?
  • What has been your favorite travel destination? If you haven’t been there yet what would it be.
  • What are some of your favorite topics to write about on your blog and why? Or what are some of your favorite aspects of your business?
  • When are you at your most happiest?
  • Are their any societal causes you are passionate about?
  • What is one fact about yourself that many people don’t know or only people close to you know?
  • What are your future goals?

My nominees

Lillie Morales of  Jersey Fashionista

Monica  Siembieda of Jersey Girl Texan Heart

Danay Escanaverino of Danay.net

Yaudy Christina of Yaudy Christina Fashionista

Melissa ofJust A BX Mom

Mayra of Mrzmomof3

Jai of Mami’s Time Out

Lee Valenzuela of The LVR shop

Delia Rivera of In Bliss 01

Once again it was such an honor being nominated. I look forward to the responses of my fellow blogger babes. Thank you so much for reading!!

T.S.