Monday, September 15, 2014

A Chic Experience: CHICSTUDIOS NYC



Nowadays it feels rare to meet someone who truly loves their job, but when you do it's always inspiring.  The staff at CHICSTUDIOS is an energetic group who are bursting with enthusiasm and eagerness to share their passion with others.  CHICSTUDIOS is an amazing NYSED- certified makeup artistry school located in downtown Manhattan. They're a great choice school for aspiring make up artists to hone their craft and pursue their dreams. 


I've been a fan of this school for a while and have raved about it in the past.  They offer so many opportunities for their students.  Wished you could have been part of the artistry happening backstage at this season's NYFW?  Well students and teachers from Chic were on the scene getting the valuable opportunity to learn and work. 

Big things have been happening for Chic, including a new studio expansion and a very special celebration.  The school recently celebrated their 5th anniversary and I was so flattered to have been one of the lucky bloggers invited to join in the festivities.   





Guests were treated to yummy cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres, not to mention, some ultra stylish, blinged out pink cake pops!

But what would the night have been without the unveiling of the impeccably done body art?  Three models dazzled with the gorgeous, intricate patters and exquisite detailing that was done from head to toe. A true testament to the talent and skill that lies within the school.  


You can read about my past experiences here and here to see more of why I love CHICSTUDIOS so much! Take a moment to check out their site and feel free to contact them with any questions.  Their staff is incredibly friendly and always willing to help!   
Chic Studios is located at: 
139 Fulton Street, Suite #600 New York, NY. 10038
 Call them at917-974-8755

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NYFW S/S 2015 Wrap Up: The Burlesque Boudoir and Korto Momolu Show

  
This season's NYFW Spring/Summer 2015 was amazing and of course I had to share it with you beauties!  I was invited to kick the week off inside The Burlesque Boudoir at downtown's stylish Opus 51.  Presented by Starbaby Enterprises, the show featured an amazing burlesque performance followed by some ultra sexiness on the runway.  Models strutted down the catwalk featuring designs by Louise Ferdinand Lingerie of the UK, and celebrity designer Stevie Boi.  Check out images from Sandra Palmer’s latest collection for her intimate range and menswear collection, 1st Man below:

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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What's a fashion show without a Bad Girl on the scene? Slim of Oxygen's Bad Girl's Club Season 12 was among the guests, checking out the latest styles at hitting the runway.
 
 
 
 
Guests indulged in an array of delicious gourmet cupcakes from Basket Treats By Alexis Streets and received their own swag bag :p 

 
 Also, 20% of the proceeds made that night were donated to Starbaby Enterprise's charity partner: Walk the Walk America 
 
 
Korto Momolu Spring/Summer 2015 Collection
 
I was fortunate to also receive an invite to the Korto Momolu show, and as a Project Runway fan, this was pretty exciting.  As you may or may not know, Korto is a "Project Runway" All-Star, two time runner-up, and voted "fan favorite" of the Bravo/Lifetime hit show fifth season as first runner-up.  She debuted her 2015 Spring/Summer Collection at the Designer’s Loft at Studio 450 presented by Shea Moisture.
 
 
The collection showcased a lot of vibrant colors, soft blues, delicate creams, and- my favorite!- lots of gold. It was one stunning piece after another.  Check out these snippets from the show!

 
 
 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

NYFW Wrap Up: Isabella Rose Taylor Spring/Summer 2015

 
When I first heard of the young fashion phenomenon Isabella Rose Taylor, a while back from my parents (the unexpected fashionistas), I was pretty sure they had misunderstood.  I didn't believe it and was certain they had gotten the story wrong. But the Isabella Rose Taylor show at this season's New York Fashion Week proved how real the talent of this powerhouse little lady really is!  
 
 
 
 
 
One of the youngest designers to exhibit during Fashion Week, 13 year old Isabella Rose Taylor debuted her Spring/Summer 2015 collection at her first NYFW runway show presented by Dell. The ISABELLA ROSE TAYLOR clothing brand for teens, designed by Isabella, has also just launched a fall 2014 junior’s collection exclusively online at Nordstrom.com and at select Nordstrom stores.
 
 



Stand out pieces included a cropped halter featuring an embroidered storm cloud, a sporty cropped tank top, a feminine muscle shirt with a luxe crochet accent and contrasting trims as well as T-shirts in assorted styles and featuring Isabella’s artwork. Demonstrating how technology and her artwork helped inspire and create the Spring/Summer collection, several models strutted down the catwalk with the hottest new Dell Venue 11 Pro tablets with custom covers designed by Isabella.
 
 

 


 
Images courtesy of Getty Images
 
If you haven't already, it's time to meet one of fashion's youngest phenomenons.  Check out the Isabella Rose Taylor collection at Nordstrom.com
 
 
 
 
Note: As an honorary member of the Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Network (DWEN), Dell is helping to support and promote Isabella’s business through technology, business consulting, and connections to capital and other resources.  You can learn more about DWEN and its ongoing initiative to unite and empower female entrepreneurs worldwide here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Get the Look: NYFW Spring/Summer 2015

 
 

  
Designer: Rachel Zoe

Lead Makeup Artist & Manicurist: Katie Jane Hughes



About the Look: 
The collection was inspired by the jet-set glamour of the 1960s, a decade when most women used travel as a reason to dress up. Textured silks, striped linens and scalloped lace in iconic black and white segue to delicate metallic embroidery and turquoise embellished crepes, all creating a collection that is as contemporary as it is classic.
 
 
Get the Makeup Look:
 
Skin:
Skin was prepped with a moisturizer followed by foundation on the T-zone. Dust a small amount of pressed powder onto the T-zone. Apply butter LONDON WINK Cream Shadow in Treacle down the bridge of the nose, tops of the Cupid’s bow and top of the forehead for a healthy glow. Mix a small amount of oil with a little bit of butter LONDON CHEEKY Cream Blush in Honey Pie and gently apply using the heels of the palm on cheekbones.
 
 
Eyes: 
Mix butter LONDON  WINK Cream Shadow in Treacle with concealer and apply to the inner corners of the eyes for a glow. Use butter LONDON WINK Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black to create a wing on the outer edge of the eye for an elongated feline shape. Smudge the liner to create a softer flick, then build color back onto the outer edge of the wing only. Use butter LONDON WINK Matte Liquid Eye Liner in Union Jack Black to define the entire flick. Curl lashes one at the root and again at the middle. Apply butter LONDON WINK Mascara in Union Jack Black to the outer edge of the top lashes. Tightline the outer edge of the top lashline with butter LONDON WINK Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black.
 
 
 Brows:
Wipe clean the mascara wand of butter LONDON Mascara in Brown Sugar and apply through the brows without touching the skin to give the brows natural color and definition.
 
Lips:
Pess butter LONDON LIPPY Tinted Balm in Apricot Sunray to lips. Apply butter LONDON CHEEKY Cream Blush in Honey Pie over to create a more natural color.
 
Cheeks:
Apply butter LONDON CHEEKY Cream Blush in Honey Pie to the apples of the cheeks.
 
 

 
 
 
 
Get the Nail Look: 
 
1.) Apply two coats of butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Tea With The Queen.
2.) Apply a coat of butter LONDON Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat to soften and even out the color.
3.) Top the nail off with butter LONDON Nail 999 Basecoat to give a creamier, shiny final effect.
 
Shop butter LONDON now!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Designer: Bibhu Mohapatra
 
Lead Manicurist: KISS and Broadway Nails Gina Edwards 
 
 
About the Look:
 Inspired by heiress and activist, Nancy Cunard, the BibhuMohapatra Spring 2015 collection echoes the courage and strength of women who break the rules, follow their hearts and make their own destiny. Cunard’s avant-guard style, is brought to life in the patterns, fabrics of silk and leather and ethereal color palette of Mohapatra’s collection.


Get the Nail Look:
 
To play off the patterns in the collection, manicurist Gina Edwards for KISS Products, Inc. used impress in So, So Stellar, a perfect blush hue then hand painted the design using the KISS Nail Artist Paint in white and accenting the thumbs with black polish.  “The nail look perfectly complements the collection and graphic lines are in full force for spring,” says Edwards.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Designer: Erin Fetherston
 
Lead Manicurist: KISS and Broadway Nails Gina Edwards 
 
 
About the Look:
The Spring 2015 Erin Fetherston collection was inspired by budding images of quintessential English Rose with a Kate Moss 90’s feel.  Fabrics evoke scenes from the garden with prints of cherry blossoms, butterflies and rose blooms on an array of soft chiffons and sleek neoprenes. 


Get the Nail Look:
 
To play off the flower girl and lady-like collection, Edwards created a crisp white, classic oval shape nail with a thin gold stripe at the tip.  The look is classic - yet chic enough for the runway.
 
 
Shop KISS now!
 
 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Get the Look: NYFW Spring/Summer 2015

 
 
 
Designer: Elizabeth and James
 
Inspired by the authentic, easy going “Cali Girl” circa 1970, renowned stylist Mark Townsend made the “original, bohemian piece-y beach ‘do” a must-have during this season's fashion week.
 
 
Get the Look:
 
1.       Spritz RUSK Thick Body and Texture Amplifier section by section throughout the top of the head
2.       Using the RUSK CTC Technology Professional Lightweight 1900 Watt Dryer and a RUSK Heat Freak 3.5 inch Round Brush, blow dry the hair for a smoothing effect
3.       In sections, mist RUSK Thermal Flat Iron Spray with Argan Oil and curl the bottom 3 inches of the hair using the RUSK Heat Freak Ceramic and Tourmaline 1.5 inch Curling Iron to achieve a natural second-day texture
4.       Apply a dime-size amount of the RUSK Paste and rake through the ends of hair
5.       Finish with RUSK Texture Spray and give the hair a good shake.
 
 
The Products:
 
RUSK Designer Collection Thick Body and Texture Amplifier ($14; ULTA)
RUSK Designer Collection Thermal Flat Iron Spray with Argan Oil ($16; ULTA) 
RUSK Paste ($18; ULTA)
RUSK Texture ($18; ULTA)
 
 
Get more on RUSK here! 
 
 
 
 


 
Designer: ICB by Prabal Gurung
 
Lead Manicurist: Katie Jane Hughes


The Look: 
 
With optimism caught in motion, the ICB girl sends a message of clever confidence with her fresh, decisively real approach to dressing. The collection is composed of white mesh and cotton canvas separates create a youthful foundation of pure form and color. Classic navy and pale blue evolve into a radiant, monochrome shock of bright indigo, juniper, and watermelon, cleansed to a finishing palette of black and white. Hand-woven metallic film yarn and modern tapestry techniques create motion with movement.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Get the Look: 
 
·         Apply butter LONDON Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat to a bare nail.
·         Mix butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds with butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Full Steam Ahead (available in November 2014) to create a soft gray color. With the Ombre Brush (available in the butter LONDON Colour Hardwear Nail Art Tool Kit), brush the lacquer from the right side of the nail into the middle of the nail.
·         Top off the nail with butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat to seal in color.
 
 
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