Inside Avant Collective’s Showroom in NYC Featuring Latest Trends in Fashion & Accessories

Hello NYC! I was in town for some overdue family time and it also happened to be press day at Avant Collective on Wall Street. They represent some amazing fashion and jewelry designers such as Perla Formentini, VERDAD, Katie Gallagher and Juiet M. I had the chance to visit the showroom to check out some of the FW16 and SS17 collections.

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Louis Verdad is a Mexican American designer who has worked with renowned celebrities such as Madonna and Cate Blanchett under his namesake RTW label and designed bespoke pieces for LA’s elite. VERDAD is his brand new line and also his first time showing in New York Fashion Week for SS17. My fave VERDAD piece was this gorgeous gold metallic leather jacket.

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Katie Gallagher, the cult New York based womenswear designer debuted her third all black collection at New York Fashion Week for SS17 artfully mixing textiles with signature bodysuits, leggings and bomber jackets – all of which I’m loving now! These were two of my fave looks from her SS17 line.

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HEMSMITH is minimalist fashion brand featuring unisex staples. This New York-based brand is debuting its second full season for SS17 reflecting an Asian and Scandinavian design influence. These two pieces from the HEMSMITH SS17 line are my faves! I love the sporty chic look and feel amazing on. I would rock these with metallic sneakers or heels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perla Formentini shoes are crafted in Marche, Italy, a place where Italian sophistication fuses with a luxe, minimalist aesthetic. They are luxury shoes at an accessible price point made for women by a team of women with families in the shoe business. These gorgeous feather heels “Farfalla Camel” are my favorite from her Spring/Summer 2107 collection. These gold metallic pumps – Felisa Platino – are also stunning!

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The jewelry collections were also beautiful! Nouvel Heritage is a bespoke fine jewelry brand out of a family workshop in Paris. They have teamed up with Tina Craig for a FW16 capsule collection inspired by Art Deco, emojis and more – available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and other fine retailers across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

Juliet M is a brand new fine jewelry brand that embraces a feminine and timeless aesthetic incorporating natural gemstones with delicate 14K designs. Each piece is handmade by a skilled team of jewelers in the Pacific Northwest and proceeds support a cause near to the founder’s heart- fighting violence against women. Check out this beautiful Diamond Tiara Ring below!

Diamond Tiara Ring (Juliet M.)

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The Brave Collection – founder Jessica Hendricks Yee launched a jewelry collection with a bohemian aesthetic for a great cause – supporting fair trade artisans in Cambodia and empowering women worldwide to combat human trafficking. For FW/Holiday 2016, the brand has launched an elevated and more minimalistic Metal Collection.

 

 

 

Thank you to Avant Collective for the up close and personal look at all these gorgeous fashions and accessories. I’m loving all of these trends for this Fall and Winter and even for Spring/Summer 2017! The gorgeous golds and lace and my favorite colors such as sharkskin grays, airy blues and warm taupes. Which trends are you looking forward to?

Kiehl’s Partners with Artistic Collaboration, FAILE, to Launch Its 8th Annual Limited Holiday Edition

Gift giving season is upon us and one of my favorite NYC-based brands continues its true philanthropic tradition this holiday season! Kiehl’s Since 1851 has partnered with Brooklyn-based artist duo, Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller (also known as FAILE) to launch its 8th Annual Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection, in which 100% of Kiehl’s net profits, up to $100,000 will help provide 1,100,000 meals to families this holiday season via Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

I love working with brands that give back. This collaboration entitled “Baby Give Back” conveys the idea that we can care for ourselves while caring for others which is also beautifully reflected in the artwork and packaging. I’m absolutely loving the Ultra Facial Cream and the artsy message which says Reveal / Truths / Search / Within – FAILE Edition. Can’t wait to shop the collection in person when I’m in NYC next week!

The Limited Edition Crème de Corps Holiday collection includes the following products:

Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter: This luxuriously scented cream is decadently air-whipped for instant penetration to restore, protect and soften skin. ($15-$38 = 85-350 meals)
Ultimate Strength Hand Salve Trio: Formulated for the most active hands, this moisture treatment offers all-day protection to actually draw water from the air, preventing moisture loss.  ($34 = 295 meals)
Limited Edition Gift Set: This set of hydration essentials includes Creme de Corps, Ultra Facial Cream, Daily Reviving Concentrate and a FAILE sticker. ($45 = 415 meals)

 

Product samples were provided to me by Kiehl’s for review purposes.

Neiman Marcus Hosts Fall Beauty & Fashion Blogger Brunch in Vegas!

Neiman Marcus welcomed us once again Saturday morning for a blogger brunch hosted by Christie Moeller to introduce us to some of my favorite brands’ fall beauty introductions. I got to sit down and learn more about this season’s hottest makeup colors and scents from my all time favorites such as Tom Ford, Fresh, Creed, Jo Malone and Kevyn Aucoin. I also got to meet some new bloggers, always great to meet like-minded females!

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The highlight of the morning for me was that Tom Ford’s Black Orchid is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary! One of my favorite scents of all time is Black Orchid and in honor of this milestone, Tom Ford collaborated with Lalique for an ultra exclusive edition, watch my video for more details! Oh and by the way, Tom Ford is launching LIP FOILS at the end of this month!!

We also had some sneak peeks into Neiman Marcus’ top fall fashion too including activewear, Jimmy Choo and Stuart Weitzman!

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Thank you to Neiman Marcus and Christie Moeller, I’m all ready and set for fall!

Summer Hair, Don’t Care

I’m still not ready to say bye to summer! It’s been a great summer for my hair because I finally decided to add some partial blonde balayage highlights to my natural dark brown hair. My colorist gave me the exact shade of beige blonde I wanted. And since it’s summer, I decided to try out the Hot Tools Ceramic Tourmaline Deep Waver curling iron for those beachy, voluminous locks. I absolutely love the look, the Deep Waver gives my hair amazing body and natural looking waves. I know I need to take special care of my highlighted hair and protect it from styling tools, the sun, chlorine water, etc. I recently used ColorProof Evolved Color Care, SignatureBlonde Violet Shampoo and Conditioner to give me heat protection while canceling out any brassy and yellow tones.

Although we are in mid August, think I’m going to keep this look for fall! What are the hair trends you’re looking forward to this autumn?

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CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish Partners Up with Ulta for Fashion Week Pop-Ups

I love beauty pop-ups! The concept is pretty genius because, if done correctly, pop-ups let you experience a brand in a fun, creative way! CND, the global leader in professional nail products and services did just that by teaming up with ULTA Beauty to bring CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish experience to life. 

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This CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish co-branded pop-up nail studio is making its way at select Fashion Week events in six key markets and they stopped in Vegas last week.

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CND® VINYLUX® Weekly Polish is fast-drying and delivers 7-day, chip-resistant wear and brilliant shine that lasts and no base coat is needed! Available at ULTA stores and ulta.com.

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And as part of this partnership, here’s an exclusive social media sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017 in February! Enter here and get all the deets. Good luck!

 

In the meantime, you can follow CND on Instagram & Twitter @cndworld and like CND on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CNDworldfan/.

 

Tyra Banks Searches for the Next Fresh Face for Her Cosmetic Line in Vegas – Tyra Beauty Live + Model Search

 

fierce-up-logo-whiteSupermodel and Super Entrepreneur, Tyra Banks, is bringing her cosmetics line, TYRA Beauty to Vegas for the TYRA Beauty LIVE + Model Search 2016. Model and Dancing with the Stars winner, Nyle DiMarco, will be joining Tyra in Vegas at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

TYRA Beauty LIVE + Model Search will also include TYRA Beauty’s first Model Search to look for the new faces of the 2017 TYRA Beauty campaign. In partnership with L.A. Models, an international modeling agency that helped launch Tyra’s career, they’re looking for faces of every height, shape, size and age from 18 and up.

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Registration for the model search ends this Thursday. Click here for  more information. Looking forward to the event and to reviewing some of TYRA Beauty products!

 

Orly Launches New Breathable Treatment + Color Polish in Vegas!

Orly is officially launching their new Breathable Treatment + Color nail polish line. A perfect rehab for a gel addict like myself, this innovative formula allows oxygen and hydration to pass through, promoting nail growth, increasing nail thickness and helping heal damaged nails. Infused with Argan Oil, Vitamin B5 and C for growth, its all-in-one formula allows you to skip base and top coat, cutting mani time in half.

Although the line won’t be available in retail stores until September, I was lucky to be invited to the launch party at the Four Season Hotel here in Vegas!

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Orly Breathable Treatment + Color will be available in 18 shades in September and retails for $8.99 each. For more information, visit Orly Beauty and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.