HAute Couture Fashion Week FALL-WINTER 2018-2019

Haute Couture Fashion Week: Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019

Once again the City of Light was once again shining as legions of exquisite fashions captured the attention of the world. It is Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris. We begin our enchantment with the stunning Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection. A couture collection made in France, entirely handmade, and intimately inspired by nature, showing the natural elements in all their forms. Ice, crystallization, rain, wind, dew, and roots are the elements and inspiration that beget this entrancing haute couture fashion week collection. Each shape of this women’s fashion collection represents one of these elements. At the same time a climate evolution where each season brings its unique beauty and a gentle and mysterious atmosphere.

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The collection’s inspiration is described as “Crystallized in these surroundings, the Human Being becomes Nature. Nature is everlasting, nothing can stop it. It is the true beauty, perfection. For depicting this cycle of evolution, haute couture designer Armine Ohanyan uses the new technologies such as 3D printing or materials crafting, which play an important role in her creative process. Her art investigations never end, like the movement that she shows in its different forms and their ranges of colors and materials. Her creations are futuristic and modern, with a wide beauty touch.”

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For us, this stunning Haute Couture Fashion Week collection evoked the many elements that describe women in general – beautiful, fluid, bold, and surprising. We were immediately drawn to the vibrant colors, multilayered textures, and arresting aesthetic. Everything seems to be in constant movement – never stagnant. Again, a perfect description of being a woman.

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Armine Ohanyan’s amazing work is new to us but we look forward to seeing more from this head-turning haute couture designer. Her collection took our breath away.

Are you following the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week shows? What are your thoughts on the Armine Ohanyan Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection?

 

 

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beautiful jewelry: bracelets, necklaces and earrings

GIVEAWAY: Mujus Jewelry. These Sustainable Accessories Empower Women

Almost four years ago, while attending an Accessories Council holiday gift ideas event, we were first introduced to Mujus Jewelry, a stunning handcrafted jewelry brand with sustainable connections.  We were so captivated by these gorgeous jewelry pieces, we highlighted their eco-friendly jewelry again the following year.  That was too long ago, so we’re back to share some more of our favorite pieces from Mujus Jewelry and offer you, dear readers the CHANCE TO WIN a piece from the jewelry brand that empowers women.

Mujus Jewelry pieces are handcrafted in Ecuador by artisan women who are either single mothers or heads of household. Mujus Jewelry Founder, Paola Delgado created the brand to reconnect with her culture and create a more meaningful life for both the women in Ecuador and for herself. By making these beautiful pieces, these women gain financial independence, strength, and an amazing sense of self. Mujus Jewelry’s Working Mother’s Program not only teaches these women the art of jewelry making, it allows them to work from home to spend more time with their families.

As we’ve mentioned before, the jewelry pieces are carved from Corozo Nuts, seeds from the South America tagua palm tree that are known as vegetable ivory. It is incredibly durable and lightweight and boasts the same luxurious smooth texture as ivory, giving you the same luxury without having to harm any Elephants. Doesn’t that sound like a must-have for your jewelry box? Well, here’s your chance to win. We are happy to offer you the opportunity to win one of our favorite pieces from the collection, the Gema Bib Necklace ($69.00), in one of the following colors – Monaco Blue, Teal, and Yves Blue.

The Gema Bib Necklace is versatile and has an aura of its own. The 18″ eco-friendly necklace with 3″ extender, can be worn with an evening gown, or can chic up a basic summer tee shirt. Paola named this necklace Gema, which in Spanish means gem because let’s face it, the necklace looks like it’s made with raw gems. Each piece of tagua nut is hand-sewn together to create this beauty. It takes months to master the art of placing the tagua nut pieces at the right angle, to create the perfect collective shape. So, ladies, are you ready to win? To win the blue color of your choice, enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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sample sale: women's fashion

SHOPPING NEW YORK CITY: The Nicholas K Sample Sale

While you may find yourself currently only thinking of BBQs, fireworks, and your time off from work, there is a wonderful sample sale going on right now. If you haven’t heard, the Nicholas K sample sale is currently going on right now……Well, there is a small break for the holiday from July 3rd through July 8th, but the sale picks up again on July 9th and goes until the end of the month. If you’ve read our New York Fashion Week coverage on Nicholas K, then you know this outstanding fashion design duo, who also happen to be siblings.

Nicholas and Christopher Kunz are at the helm of this chic women’s fashion label which boasts artisan fabrics, adventurous yet comfortable silhouettes, complimentary layering looks that flow from season to season with ease, allowing for seamless integration into various aspects of your wardrobe. The Nicholas K sample sale promises amazing savings of up to 80% off women’s dresses, blouses and tops, knitwear, and accessories. We adore their elegant and uber stylish black, and chestnut fur slippers and hope to snag a pair for ourselves. You may just luck out and get some great outerwear for the upcoming fall/winter season. Since pieces from the Nicholas K collection are timeless classics, you’ll need not worry about ever being “off-trend” or ‘out of style”. Want to take advantage of this great summer sample sale? Check out the location details below or print out the attached sample sale flyer:

LOCATION:
435 Broome St, NY, NY 10013
June 28th – July 3rd
July 9th – July 31st

DATE & TIME:
Monday – Friday: 10AM – 7PM
Saturday: 11AM – 7PM
Sunday: 12PM – 6PM

You’ll be happy to know that cash and credit cards accepted at the same. Please note that all sales are final so make sure you try on your pieces to ensure a great fit. Will you be taking advantage of the Nicholas K Sample Sale? We’d love to know about your treasured finds.

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BCRF’s Pink Outside the Box: Shop these BCA Products Year’ Round

Did you know you don’t have to wait until October to purchase products that support the fight against Breast Cancer? Thanks to the Breast Cancer Research Fund, we were introduced to several products that are helping to fund breast cancer research. No longer do you have to wait until October to show your support. With lots to shop for in the beauty, fashion, home, lifestyle, travel, health, fitness, and more categories, these pink BCA products help you do good 365 days a year. So join us in supporting BCRF’s Pink Outside the Box products.

A few weeks ago, the US observed National Cancer Survivors Day, a day that highlights and celebrates the fact that many are enjoying life after cancer. As anyone who lives with cancer will tell you, it is a 365-day issue, so we thought, why not highlight products you can purchase 365 days a year that helps the cause. While you can donate at any time during the year (and we encourage you to do so), there are many Pink Outside the Box products, many we use daily, that will help further the cause. Plus, for those who can’t donate, purchasing these everyday items pink BCA products ensures you are helping.

Cuisinart Kitchen Appliances

Need a new kitchen appliance? Why not try one of these from Cuisinart who donates $32,500 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales. Your purchase of a food processor, mixer, or blender will help continue to fund research and achieve a cure.

Apollo Precision Tools

Let’s face, we all need tools. Home repair is a continuous need and they will always need fixing. Apollo Tools offers a wide variety of tools and toolkits where a portion of sales are donated to BCRF. For every cordless drill sold, $2.00 is donated; for every 18 piece garden tool set, $3.00 is donated, and so on. Your home repair could save a life.

Conair Hair and Beauty Tools

Beauty tools have become essential in making sure your routine runs smoothly and quickly and these just happen to also help those in need. Whether you’re in the market for a new hairdryer, facial cleansing tool, curling iron or spa treatment device, Conair donates $110,000 annually, regardless of sales.

Everlast Training Gloves

What better way to help fight Breast Cancer than with boxing gloves! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro at sparring, heavy bag workouts and mitt work, purchasing these Everlast pink BCA products help them continue to donate $75,000 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales.

Streamlight LED Lights

Streamlight offers keychain lights, patio/camp lights and far-reaching flashlights in pink including the Pink Strion LED, Pink ProTac HL, Pink Siege AA, and Pink Nano Light. $1.00- $5.00 of every purchase of Streamlight pink BCA products are donated to BCRF.

Teleflora Pink Grace Bouquet

As the saying goes, “Say it with flowers.” So why not share how much you love them with this lovely mixed bouquet featuring pink roses arranged in a perky pink cube. With 15% of its $54.95 price going to BCRF, it’s a beautiful way to pay tribute to those who need it.

Aveda, Clinique, and Estee Lauder BCA Products

Aveda’s limited-edition Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme comes with pink cap and band featuring an invigorating rosemary mint aroma of certified organic rosemary and peppermint. $4 U.S. from the purchase price of this pink BCA product goes to BCRF, with a maximum donation of $331,000.

Each year, Clinique offers a special, limited-edition bottle of its Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, which combines all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look younger, longer. $10 from the purchase price, with a maximum donation of $475,000.

Estée Lauder’s #1 repair serum, the Advanced Night Repair, not only comes packaged with a 3-charm pink ribbon keychain that empowers you to show their support for breast cancer awareness, it also contains a touch of blue in the design to represent the less than 1% of men who are also diagnosed with breast cancer, and 20% of its $95.00 retail price is donated.

There are hundreds other pink BCA products available for purchase year’ round that helps support the cause including fashion from Lane Bryant, office supplies from Officemate, jewelry from Alex and Ani, and much, much more. To shop all of BCRF’s pink BCA product categories, visit www.bcrf.org/shop-pink.

Women's Fashion: sample sale shopping

SHOPPING NEW YORK: Alice + Olivia Sample Sale

Today in shopping deals news, there is an upcoming Alice + Olivia Sample Sale happening very soon. If you’re a fan of stylish and feminine contemporary fashion, you will want to check out this sale. From June 11th – June 16th, you can shop discounts on all women’s fashion including one-of-a-kind samples, outerwear, dresses, sunglasses, bags, and this year – shoes, too! Keep reading for full details on this great sale.

Be one of the first to get your hands on the brand’s signature low-rise, slim-fitting pants, beautiful printed dresses and blouses, chic purses and accessories, and as previously stated, for the first time ever, shoes at discounted prices. We’re not sure what women’s footwear styles will be available at the sale, but we know the Alice + Olivia Rachelle, and Logan heels are fashion favorites that we would love to personally get our hands on. We recommend you add this sale to your calendar now so you don’t miss out on the great deals and discounts. The full details on the sale, including location and date and times, are featured below:

260 Fifth Avenue
(Btwn 28th and 29th Street)
Take the W or R trains to 28th St or the 6 Train to 28th St

Days and hours of sale are as follows:

June 11th – June 17th
Monday : 12pm – 8pm
Tuesday : 9am – 8pm
Wednesday – Saturday : 10am – 8pm

Launched in 2002, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows customers to express their personal style. With clothing that juxtaposes the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, Alice + Olivia epitomizes the personality and perspective of its founder, Stacey Bendet.

Will you be taking advantage of the incredible deals at the Alice + Olivia sample sale in New York? What key Alice + Olivia pieces are you hoping to score at the sample sale? Happy shopping ladies!

Beauty photography: Face Highlighting Palettes

You Glow Girl! Hard Candy Just Glow Baked Highlighting Trio

We all want great, glowing skin. Skin that glistens and a complexion that looks like it’s been kissed by the sun. A great beauty glow up is an essential part of today’s makeup trends and there’s an easy way to achieve it. Want to add the perfect amount of instant and flawless shine to your complexion? The new Hard Candy Just Glow Baked Highlighting Trio offers the right amount of instant glow that you want. With their trio of skin tone complimenting baked highlighters, you can wear one Hard Candy Just Glow shade at a time, or mix and layer them for your own custom beauty glow up!

Each of the Hard Candy Just Glow Baked Highlighting Trio palettes contains three baked face powders that brighten your skin and gives off a soft glow. Available in four shimmer shade palettes – Meet Me In Tahiti, Cruisin’ The Coast, A Touch Of Midnight, and Rooftop Rendezvous, the Just Glow collection is inspired by the exotic beaches of the South Pacific islands.

The Just Glow Highlighting trios are packaged in convenient compacts that include a blending brush for easy application and on the go convenience. We love the beautiful bronze tones of Meet Me In Tahiti, and the more natural pink and peach tones of Crusin’ The Coast for daytime glow; and the silvery hues of A Touch of Moonlight and the starry sunset tones of Rooftop Rendezvous for that alluring nighttime glow. No matter the time of day, your radiance will definitely shine through with these stunning highlighting palettes.

To get glowing this summer, simply put the Hard Candy Just Glow Baked Highlighting Trio where you want to be sunkissed. Apply to the bridge of your nose, brow bone, cheek bone, under your eyes, and at the top of your chin. The Hard Candy Just Glow Baked Highlighting Trio is available now, exclusively at Walmart and www.Walmart.com for $9.98 each. Time to get glowing ladies.

Beauty Photography: Sephora in New Jersey

Sephora Studio Hoboken: Small Store Concept, Big Beauty Experience

Hey Jersey girls, we’re excited to share our amazing trip to the newest member of the Sephora family, the Sephora Studio Hoboken. This newest location in Hoboken, New Jersey is the second small-format urban Sephora concept store which offers a more intimate format designed to offer a highly-customized shopping experience for all the neighborhood’s beauty addicts.

The 3,580 square foot Studio, located at 319 Washington St., offers a comprehensive menu of new and classic offerings to meet all of your unique wants and needs during your visit. The intimate beauty haven offers a carefully-curated product assortment, store beauty advisors with the highest level of Sephora training and certification, and a variety of high-tech digital tools that enhance your experience.

The new location is all about celebrating your beauty. We had the pleasure of experiencing the NEW Perk Hydrating Facial at the Skincare Studio – a premium 2-in-1 facial service that utilizes the PERK technology to exfoliate, hydrate and nourish skin for instant, glowing results, complimentary with a $75 minimum skincare product purchase.  Beauty lovers, you will love this facial.

Using suction and a nourishing solution for the face and a replenishing serum for the eyes, the Perk facial acts like a magnet for skin gunk. The device boasts five suction levels but none are even remotely painful or annoying, and there is no redness or soreness afterward. You may cringe a little at the gunk the Perk facial removes from your skin.

The Sephora Studio Hoboken also has apps that offer easy and convenient access to information, like the Digital Makeover Guide, Digital Skincare Guide, Beauty Studio Check-In,  and more. There are several digital components throughout the store that make beauty personal for you, like the Moisture Meter, Color IQ, Online Reservation iPads, and Sephora Virtual Artist.

They also have elevated service offerings at the Beauty Studio include Makeovers,  Studio Concierge, and Beauty Classes. With eight seats and four sinks, customers can the 15 Minute Mini Makeovers + Facials, 45 Minute Custom Makeovers, and the 75 Minute Custom Makeover Plus. Of course, all of your beauty favorites are available. Although smaller in square footage, the Sephora Studio Hoboken has a curated selection of brands across prestige cosmetics, skincare, hair care and fragrance (although the fragrance area is reduced to only rollerballs, it’s more than what you need). After our Perk Facial, we enjoyed a mini makeover using some of the prestige cosmetics and skincare brands Sephora offers.

We also took some time to tour the space to test and try products from the curated selection of brands available. This is something the Sephora Studio Hoboken highly encourages. Check out some of our favorites below:

Naturally, we couldn’t leave the Sephora Studio emptyhanded. Thanks to Sephora’s Scouted by Sephora initiative, we discovered new brands like Dr.Jart+, as well as new products from some of our favorite brands.

If you’re a beauty lover who lives in or near Hoboken, New Jersey, you must visit the Sephora Studio Hoboken location. You will love how this studio’s highly-customized approach to beauty aims to truly raise the bar for personalized services. Happy Shopping Hoboken beauty lovers.

Get the Duchess of Sussex’s Wedding Day Makeup with Honest Beauty

The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding day makeup was a literal breath of fresh air….ehh…face. Meghan Markle’s choice of minimal makeup wonderfully highlighted her stunning natural beauty. According to Vogue Magazine, the new Duchess of Sussex’s wedding day hair and makeup bill was a whopping $18, 431.00. While you may not be marrying a handsome prince or have the budget to pay a glam squad that amount, you can achieve the Duchess of Sussex wedding day makeup with Honest Beauty……for much, much less.

Known for its clean beauty approach, Honest Beauty offers high-impact, pigment-rich makeup with ingredients you can trust. The new Duchess walked down the aisle with a natural look with a subtle pop of color, You can achieve a similar look with the following three clean beauty products from the famed beauty company:

  • Honest Beauty Truly Lush Mascara ($22.00) – this 2-in-1 primer and mascara work together for lush length and volume. A genius primer that coats lashes to create an even base and intensifies color. Rich mascara lays down smoothly for dramatic length and sky-high lift. It boasts specially molded bristles that define every last lash for expert definition. Two wands are better than one!
  • Honest Beauty Creme Blush in Truly Exciting ($22.00) – a buildable and blendable color for a healthy-looking flush, a no-makeup look, or a perfect pop of color.
  • Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Lip Crayon in Sheer Chestnut Kiss ($18.00)  – a moisturizing lip crayon that lays down a natural wash of color and shine thanks to its antioxidant blend of coconut oil, murumuru butter, and shea butter to help moisturize and cushion for a soft, natural finish. Its lightweight texture glides on for quick, convenient color any way you want it.

The total for these three beauty products – $62.00, a far cry from the amount quoted by Vogue. Here is your chance to let your natural beauty shine through with the clean makeup and beauty products from Honest Beauty. You can find these three clean beauty products and much more at Ulta and www.honestbeauty.com.