Goodbye 2015

The best way to describe 2015 is with the quote “Everything happens for a reason.” We don’t always know what those reasons are, why they are happening and quite frankly, I don’t think we are supposed to know.

I’m so thankful for all that have believed in me this yearn and pushed me to become a better person. I’m more than ready for 2016 to begin and excited for all that will happen throughout the year. Excited for a new year to get closer to new goals and complete old goals.

 

London 2015

“There is nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.” – Vivienne Westwood

I completely agree with that statement. If you haven’t been, it’s definitely a place to put on the list of places to visit. I was extremely fortunate and am forever grateful for the chance to have gone recently to London and get a taste of what this amazing city has to offer!

You could say that I’m difficult when it comes to food. Very difficult. However, being in a new country it really was exciting to try new culinary dishes that I might not try on my own. You know what? I actually enjoyed it too!

It was really difficult to get back on the plane to come back home but you honestly know where life is going to take you….so until next time London!

 

Some of My Favorites: NYFW

In keeping up with tradition of “Throwback Thursday” why not post some of my favorite looks from my NYFW. These are a few of my favorite looks and I just wanted to share.

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HMBalmaination: November 5th

Balmain for H&M
#HMBalmaination

Designer collaborations and H&M are nothing new. Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin and so many more have participated. One of the highly anticipated collections of the year is about 21 days away. If you’re a fan of Balmain, November 5th, Oliver Rousteing is making it just a bit more affordable for you to get your Balmain fix!

I have always loved Balmain. Decadent embroidered blazers, skin-tight tailoring and dresses adorned with pearl embellishments Balmain doesn’t skimp when it comes to the “WOW” factor.

However, when I look at the collection everything screams Kim Kardashian-West. It was really hard to look at the collection and say to myself “That’s fierce!” or “OMG! I need this!” In all actuality the only thing that really is appealing is the Balmain logo t-shirts.

Personally, I was really excited when I learned about it. After seeing the look book, I just don’t know what I think about it anymore. I’m a bit less than impressed but maybe in person it will have a different effect on me!!!

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The September Issue: In Mid October

Summer is officially over. Fall has entered the room. Bringing with it everything from crisp morning air, foliage and most importantly fashion. Fall is actually a really fun season to dress up and play around with different trends.

gary erica chair watermark editedGREY: An alternative to black, this color never goes out of style. Grey really is unique in the sense that it can take you from day to evening without ever having to change. Grey is a dominant color this fall/winter season but KNOWING how to wear it will set you apart from everyone else.

A white shirt and black tie create a super clean and classic look. You can also opt for fun colors like lilac or powder blue to deflect hues.

It’s in the accessories. Whether it be a fun patterned tie or a pocket square you’ve found a way to bring your grey to life. Stay in the same shade family within a few shades but leave the shirt the lightest.

0C9A7683COATS: It’s a personal thing, knowing which coat works best for you. Stay classic and wear a Pea Coat or a Topcoat. Simple with style. Add a little spice to your sweatpants when running to the store or keep it formal with a suit.

Marc Woods 2CAMOUFLAGE: One would think that this pattern is especially hard to pair with clothing but in fact camouflage is a nice subtle addition to any closet. Stick to one type of camouflage. Whether its traditional army or a floral, keep it to one pattern. Accessories, wallets, etc., are great ways to add small doses of this print into to your wardrobe.

These are just a few ways to get yourself ready for fall. It’s not set in stone because good style is about what works for you!

Credits

Wardrobe: Frank & Oak, Lord & Taylor, Ministry of Supply & 9Tailors

Models: Erica Snow, Gary Croteau, Marc,

Hair: Kerri Marland

Styling: Catherine Lynch & Andrae Brashear

Photography: Catherine Lynch

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Kanye West? Damon Dash? Karmaloop?!

Damon thirsty for that spotlight.....Kanye is gonna play you!
Damon thirsty for that spotlight…..Kanye is gonna play you!

I’ve always been a fan of Karmaloop. However, I must have lived under a rock of concrete slab for information like this.

Supposedly, Karmaloop  filed for bankruptcy and Kanye “THE HNIC” saved the day with Damon Dash. Damon Dash ain’t broke but when everyone else is throwing down plastic to pay, he’s still working.

I think the real problem if you look at Karmaloop and all that they had for merchandise, maybe readers would wish list and forget about it. If Kanye and Damon are able to revamp it, rather than the plethora of shit that it became that would be amazing.

It’s not really my business though. I can’t see this being a good venture but maybe they’ll prove me wrong. Given the track record on Damon and if you want to be bitchy, throw Stacey in, yeah this is gonna be an epic fail. Or nah.

Marc Jacobs: The Last Pair

These right here

Marc by Marc Jacobs, you can either buy them for me anywhere online. This is a special pre-order for October. Your card will get a charge right away if you order on Solestruck.Just letting you know. These are amazing and I NEED THEM! They’re not even that expensive. I’d buy myself but it’s a sin to send gifts to yourself.

Order the shoe in women’s size 11. They have better color choices anyways.

Aren’t these amazing? Marc Jacobs…..You may stay!

A Little More Color

Just another little peek at what I’m doing during the day Tuesday thru Saturday. I love having a creative group of people in my circle of friends. It really allows for great energy when collaborating on shoots.

 

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Just A Little Balayage

A little hair spray never hurt anybody!
A little hair spray never hurt anybody!

Here’s a sneak peek at what I do when I’m not shopping for shoes.

In my career as a hair stylist, I’ve trained with some of the best in Boston. My specialty is hair color and I absolutely love it. Finding the right hair color is dependent on many factors and achieving the perfect hue is something that requires patience and time.

In this shoot, I really wanted to showcase my work utilizing “Balayage”, the French word which means to sweep or paint on hair color. This technique mimics sun-kissed hair that  children often have from playing outside. You can go bold and daring or soft and subtle. Balayage will leave you with a softer grow out.

Here is my gorgeous model Kyssila:

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Credits:

Photography: Eddie Pires Photography

Model: Kyssila

Just Another Night Out

Thom, Vanessa, Me and JP
Thom, Vanessa, Me(a black tee because my pants were bold) and JP

Boston isn’t necessarily known for their style. Not trying to be a jerk or anything but wear a sensible flat shoe to go from the office to the train. Stop with the running sneakers, socks and tights. It’s very frumpy and it kind of shows. The pockets of style are rare and even rarer is the real unique kind of trendsetting style that you see in cities like New York or Los Angeles.

While sitting at a show during Boston Fashion Week a few years ago, I actually met an extremely stylish woman. It was almost intimidating but right away we started talking about fashion. It just so happened she was a designer.

A few weeks ago, I attended her viewing party and absolutely fell in love with the pieces shown. The silhouettes were strong and structured yet with femininity. A statement without being a statement, these pieces were definitely designed with a Carrie Bradshaw type of girl in mind.

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You can find Graciela Rivas here

Photo Credit: Eddie Pires Photography