NYFW: Lela Rose S/S 2010 beauty

PhotobucketTo continue the coverage of NYFW, I am breaking some posts up into pieces so that you don’t get restless scrolling. Whenever I get home and troll through photographs and footage and find that I have an abundance of material, I find it best to separate the fashion and beauty and offer more for you to read in separate posts. Either way, you got no choice! 🙂

As I already said in the fashion post, the collection was great. It was very relaxed and carefree but still prim and taken care of in every aspect. Does that make sense? Every look, from head to toe was flawless, in that it looked effortless. You know – those girls that practically skip down the street looking perfect and saying they just got out of bed? Or when you have a spiffy day and feel refreshed but did next to nothing to achieve it – just wore the tried and true, good to you. This collection was like that.

PhotobucketThe overall look was a soft but not overdone bronzed, carefree image. As Sarah from Stila describes it best, it’s like the girl who fell asleep under the sun for a bit in the summer, but she had her SPF on – so she just has a glow. Some of the products used were the Pomegranate Crush Stain, the Fandango Duo Eyeshadow, and the Cobalt Smudge Pot (all personal faves!) .The hair was slightly piecy ponytails, mastered by the best, depicting the same story that the makeup began to write. The nails? Well of course they followed suit!

PhotobucketDeborah Lippmann of her namesake brand described the mani pedis (Fashion was the shade used at the show – order here) as reverting back to matching the mani to the pedi. She reiterated that women should rely less on the go to French Mani and venture out into the broader world of polish (to which everyone agreed). The polish used in the show was just the perfect shade (described as a “Not-so-typical taupe” cream color on the website) to dig your feet into the sand and have your toes disappear into sandy oblivion.

Check out the rest of the images a la Yaya:

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Sarah from Stila taking care of Lela herself

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the Lippmann polish army. See that glitter hiding on the left? That’s my wishlist polish in Happy Birthday (and y’all know mine is coming up on the 23rd!)

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the Ted Gibson family. Mr. fab hair himself is rocking a tie

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makeup prep lineup

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Deborah Lippmann polish at work

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Ted Gibson working his hair magic

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Lela’s dog stitch was jonesing for a makeover, but he was fab the way he came!

Check out the show here:


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NYFW: Lela Rose S/S 2010 fashion

PhotobucketAnother day of the life in the tents! This show transpired on Sunday – so bear with me as I catch up. Thankfully, I did not go to any shows on Monday, so I should be reporting faster. That’s good right?

I am also going to be entering the world of YouTube y’all! I realized I had no choice as I interviewed numerous makeup artists, hair stylists, shows, and designers for your waiting eyes. These posts might come after all my posts for NYFW are concluded by tomorrow/Friday, because as we all know (or may not know) the videos take a while to upload and edit (mostly to upload though), and I don’t want the whole post to wait and suffer because of the video.

Regardless of the wait – you’ll definitely love the material. This being the first Fashion Week I participated in (I usually watch at home), I’ve met so many great people and have gathered more than enough scoop to share with y’all!

The Lela Rose show was a great one. There was a large array of (mostly) wedge shoes and apparel that was the real definition of Spring. The beauty team was a godsend with Stila for the face, Ted Gibson for hair, and Deborah Lippmann for nails. Additionally, Darphin skin care (from across the pond!) was present to keep the gals skin in line and prettified. These girls live the life during fashion week, don’t they?!

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starting the madness backstage

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looks

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preparation

The clothes for the show were just as carefree and soft as the rest of the look. The collection contained many bright colors (but not neon) in lime-yellow, fuschia, greens, and blues. There were some pieces that really struck me & my favorites list because of how they fluttered during movement.

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I loved nearly every pair of shoes

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Lela’s dog Stitch, was the real start of the entire show, as he walked the backstage area, taking the rights over his kingdom. He sniffed and greeted every artist, model, worker, etc. (and he probably liked the catering team the most). I actually wholeheartedly expected him to walk the runway.

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he was too cute and fast for my paparazzi ways!

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mercifully preventing wardrobe malfunctions

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on a side note: there were some hot looking shoes in the audience as well:
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Check out the rest here:


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NYFW: Solerra Fashion Show – Perfectly Healthy Tan

Photobucket On Saturday, Sept 12th, I had a great opportunity to see a fashion show with the Solérra tanning mitt. I was already familiar with the product as it was a part of the NYC Bloggin’ Beauts, and it sounded pretty genius.

It’s a one time mitt that you use for self bronzing. In this economy, we all strive to be our own personal assistant, with the goal of stretching a dollar and saving a penny. The mitts are available as an exfoliating mitt and as a bronzing mitt. So if you don’t want to add a subtle sun kissed look, you can still scrub a dub yourself to soft skin.

What I like most about this is that they must be geniuses. No, really. You know when you see something and wonder why it took so long for someone to concoct such a common sense idea? The Solérra mitts are it. The mitts have a barrier inside, to keep the product from soaking your palms (one of the main reasons people opt to have other people take care of them – to prevent the embarrassing neon palms!). Plus they’re one time, and add a subtle glow to your skin. You can’t over do it. You won’t use too much or too little product. Read on to see the pics from the show and to hear more about the product.

PhotobucketAiming to become Fashion Week’s “go-to sunless tanning line” for top designers and models, Solérra® will sample its NEW Instant Bronzing Mitt to Fashion Gallery attendees and provide helpful “hands on” tips on how to get the perfect-looking tan in between runway shows. The Solérra® Instant Bronzing Mitt, with patented Invisicare® technology, delivers a fast drying, instant color application with a natural, sunless tan developing in four to six hours.

PhotobucketInvisicare® technology is a patented, sunless polymer delivery system designed to bond active ingredients to the skin while the tan develops and lasts seven to ten days. The Solérra® Instant Bronzing Mitt has a plastic liner on the inside that keeps sunless tanner on your body and off your hands. The infused mitt application also allows you to apply self-tanner evenly to your face and body without the mess or fuss of lotions or creams—perfect for “glowing on-the-go” during a hectic Fashion Week schedule!

The picture up top features the swimsuit designers who kept those tans covered up in the appropriate places! 🙂 The blondes with the maxi dress and the lace sleeve dress (second from right and last on right) are the President and CFO of Sunless Beauty Ltd., the makers of the Solerra brand. Everyone up there looks like family!

The fab Lisa from America’s Next Top Model was the opener and closer for the show. Check out some pictures, pay close attention to their glows and don’t be shy – clicking on them will let you see them bigger!

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The closing swimsuit was my favorite of all time.
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There were plenty of fit and fabulous bodies both on the runway and off. Of course, girls being girls, I spotted plenty a guilty girl (myself included) giggling when male models started strutting past us.

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[edit] After the initial posting time, Solérra® won the Best Self Tanner Award from Shecky’s! Congrats![edit]

I snagged some mitts to give away, so tell me how you stay tan but healthy for a chance to win! Plus as part of the giveaway, a mitt or two will be available as a prize as well.


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NYFW: Monarchy Show S/S 2010

Photobucket I’m only 2 days behind on coverage (sarcasm)! This post is a quick review of the Monarchy show that was in the tents.

The main tent housed over a thousand fashion junkies ready to see the next big thing. Eric Kim, the designer of Monarchy did not disappoint with a majority of white and khaki colors. I know the words themselves don’t sound too exciting, but I loved it. The shows that I’ve seen so far have embraced white garments with graceful draping, that makes a girl want to hand over her VISA and cover her eyes.

I saw some lovely paperbag waists that I wanted to rip off the models, and the male models rocked a hip but preppy sweater and khaki look.

Of course, I can’t just leave it at that, the celebs front row were a fab bunch as well. Shannon Elizabeth, Angela & Vanessa Simmons (who looked uber cute btw), Janice Dickenson, Amerie, etc. Let’s just say the models weren’t the only ones looking their best. After attending this show, I got the kick in the butt I needed to take an extra half hour for primping prior to departing the house. I’m sure y’all have seen my Tweets on Twitter saying I felt like a diva the days after. (Bright lipsticks do wonders…)

Check out the official Mercedes Benz video of the runway styles!

What do you think? Like it?


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NYFW: MOJ Works Behind the Seams of the Risto Show!

Photobucket New York Fashion Week is under way and the whole city is abuzz. There is a rapidly decreasing ratio of taxi-cabs to fashionistas, plenty a meal to be missed, and plenty a good garment to see for the Spring season ahead. Who’d have thunk that we’d already be talking about Spring 2010 as only the first leaves of fall think of setting in?

This year is the first year that I get to participate in shows, working both backstage, and as a spectator alike, to bring you my faves of the bunch. It was my joy to present myself as the mani-pedi technician of the Risto Bimbiloski show.

Click ‘Read More’ to check out some more pictures and details about both the clothing brand, as well as the nail polish that made it happen. You can probably tell from the image what it is!

First an introduction on Risto Bimbiloski:

Risto Bimbiloski is an emerging brand, centered on a forward thinking vision. It is foremost a family business, started by a group of common minded individuals, connected by the unique concept, of what is new in the world of design. Risto was born in Macedonia in 1974. His initial influences were the realities of common socialistic lifestyle and early pop images on MTV. In 1993 he was accepted and enrolled in one of the most prestigious Parisian design schools-Duperee. This enriching experience resulted in initial research of his inner “East-West” balance, still very prominent in his collections to date. Macedonia is a matriarchal society full of strong women proud of their heritage and traditions. It is customary that the technique of knitting and handcrafting is learned from an early age to execute to perfection. Thus it was an organic decision to embrace these traditions and launch the label Risto Bimbiloski as knitwear based collection. The presentation was called simply “24” and showed twenty-four silhouettes based on women that would wear a Risto Bimbiloski garment at a precise hour: minute of the day, in very different places worldwide. By combining these traditional knitting techniques with ultra modern design that is always executed with precise art of the drapery, Risto showed a very new and unique product. Many high praises followed immediately after. The talent behind these creations was noted at Louis Vuitton, and early 2006 marked the start of a strong and ongoing collaboration: Risto Bimbiloski at Louis Vuitton as a contracted freelance designer for the man’s knitwear line. Although, the collection started mostly as knitwear, the brand has since developed into a full ready to wear collection. The knitting artisan atelier started with four ladies only, and presently contracts over one hundred. In these ever-changing unstable times this is one of the most important ingredients of the Risto Bimbiloski label-its human element. A product made with love, well paid for, that gives a chance to help and to increase drastically each lady’s familial economic situation.

In the summer of 2007 the brand Risto Bimbiloski opened the doors to its first factory that tends solely to the ever growing needs of their production: knitwear, artisan and the cut and sew collection. The designer and his team continue to collaborate with many stylists, artists and photographers, but the base of the collection, and the feeling of the garment still remains true to it’s original vision: an effortless blend of East and West, avant-garde and tailor made sophistication.

Check out slide 4 of this up and coming slideshow from New York magazine about the brand here!

The show featured some original designs that I had never come across before, and had the cutest shoes with back pom poms/tassles. The look was a very heavy and bold black eyelid for all the models with slicked back hair that was heavily teased in the back. There was no single one makeup sponsor, so the looks were created with a plethora of products including industry favorites Chanel, MAC, Makeup Forever, and others such as Kett, etc.

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the kit

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That’s my curly head working some magic on them digits!

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Rejuvacote resting among the makeup 🙂

The models had manicures that ran the gamut from creams to mattes. Some even had four coats on from numerous previous shows! After the removal process, given the tried and true quick dry practices of Rejuvacote, we settled on clear nails and toes, and opted to not use colors. I used Duri‘s Rejuvacote to give them a clear and natural mani and pedi. Additionally, the nail polish stimulates stronger and longer nails, so not only was I cleanin’ em up, but I was setting them up for fab nails!

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Backstage mayhem – getting ready to start the show

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Here are some of the pros of Rejuvacote polish as I came in contact with it:

  • You can feel a harder and stronger nail after the first application.
  • It goes well as a base or a top coat over any polish or alone.
  • It dries in under five minutes, letting you get back to what you were doing previously without a problem. I polished some ladies minutes prior to wearing shoes & their toesies weren’t at all messy!

As part of the giveaway, I will be giving away one bottle of the Rejuvacote.

Everyone else, you can buy it here!


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