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Polish Fashion Week and Interview with Nigel Barker

 

 

The Polish American Fashion Foundation in New York held a fantastic fashion show in the New Museum last September during New York Fashion Week to showcase the works of young and talented Polish designers on an international stage. The foundation hopes to encourage young designers and develop the future of Polish fashion both in Poland and abroad.

The event attracted many photographers and fashion icons, including talented celebrity photographer Nigel Barker whom I had the chance  to interview! He talked about how much he supports the Polish fashion scene and how he’s also planning to making a movie and writing a cookbook with his mother! Can’t wait to see it. I was so thrilled to have this once in a lifetime opportunity as I am a big fan of America’s Next Top Model, that show was an inspiration and learning curve for me when I pursued a career in fashion and modeling.

 

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Three designers, the duo Paprocki & Brzozowski, Viola Spiechowicz and MIA presented their Spring 2016 collections. Paprocki & Brzozowski’s collection with its elegant silk dresses, flowing chiffon skirts and brocade suits was inspired by the Renaissance.

 

 

Dramatic voluminous shapes, white and pastel shades were a constant theme for Viola Spiechowicz’s label, a clean minimalist approach for spring. She uses nettle, a unique material for her fabric as it helps hold the outfits’ shape better.

 

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MIA rocked it out with a sleek collection using mostly black and white with clean cut lines. Their collection was inspired by architecture as you can see from the modern construction of the outfits.

 

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I hope you like the designs from this inspiring fashion show! I noticed that the Polish have a refined and minimalist taste in fashion. I’m forward to seeing more Polish designers showcasing their work on the runway in the future!

 

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Dannijo X Cointreau La Soiree

 

 

Summer is the perfect time to throw parties, or as the French will call it – soirees. The Art of La Soiree with Dannijo X Cointreau event was an elegant affair to get inspired on how to throw a beautiful cocktail party!

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Who would know style better than Danielle and Jodie Snyder – the sisters behind the trendy jewelry label “Dannijo” themselves? Their jewelry is sold on Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman among several high end stores. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Beyonce and Kendall Jenner are also fans of their jewelry line.

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Just as exquisite as their fashion label, their event definitely set the bar onto how to add a touch of glamour to hosting a party. Cointreau – the famous French liqueur brand also provided special cocktails and recipes for us to try. We even got to mix our own signature drink with our preferred ingredients at the bar. Cointreau has a sweet, orange flavor which tastes great when it’s mixed with fruit juices or even muddled together with fresh berries, citrus and herbs. It does make it the perfect drink for summer!

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I really loved how beautiful and grand the whole place looked. There were harpists playing melodious music along with the DJ.  Arches of real orange branches decorated the ceiling,  Dannijo’s latest pieces of jewelry adorned statues of greenery and there were crystals, flowers and candles everywhere.

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We also were invited to sit down to have dinner at an opulent dining table that was absolutely breathtaking. French lavender was the inspiration behind it so was laden with  violet goblets, amethyst crystals and floral arrangements within glass prisms. To top it off, we were served with lavender lemonade mixed with the Cointreau.  Did you know that the lavender flower is edible? It adds a lovely flavor to drinks and food. I  just loved how it all the intricate details came together to present the color in such an elegant way. Lavender also happens to be one of my favorite flowers for its evocative scent and relaxing properties.

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I absolutely adored everything about the event – from the stunning decor, amazing cocktails and delicate French food. I soaked up some wonderful ideas on how to throw a stunning party that will definitely be a hit this summer!

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Jay Manuel #DiscoverYou Nyc

 

 

If you’re a fan of America’s Next Top Model you’ll recognize Jay Manuel as the show’s former creative director and judge of Canada’s Next Top Model. He’s also a celebrity makeup artist, fashion and lifestyle beauty expert. He believes that “beauty is deeply personal, purely individual and surprisingly public.”

 

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Jay Manuel’s #Discoveryounyc event marked the launch of the new Filter Finish Collection from his makeup line Jay Manuel Beauty, a premiere cosmetic line curated by cutting-edge glamour technologies. It was also a celebration for women to discover their true self-image. Three signature styles from his make up line are Iconic, Classic and Avant-Garde, all of them unique and glamorous looks to make you shine!

 

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The event started off with a presentation and Q&A session with Jay Manuel as the moderator and a panel of influential people in the fashion, technological and beauty industries such as Asmau Ahmed the CEO of the app Plum Perfect, Elisabeth Halfapp the founder of the Mind Body Program called Exhale, Victoria’s Secret photographer Russell James, entrepreneur Jodie Patterson and On-Air Beauty & Lifestyle expert Milly Almodovar. They shared their insight on beauty, fashion tips and how to express your personal style with confidence.

 

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I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Jay Manuel himself. He is so warm, gracious and cheerful in person! I asked him for tips on how to look great in front of the camera. His answer was “ Be genuine with your emotions. If you want to smile, think of something happy. The most important aspect of your expression is in your eyes.” So there you go ladies! A picture perfect tip from the expert of America’s Next Top Model, himself.

 

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For the rest of the day we were pampered with amazing beauty, hair, nail and makeup services. Jay Manuel Beauty experts provided makeovers and beauty consultations. We also got to sample some of the exquisite products from his make up line. A unique aspect of Jay Manuel Beauty is that it uses crushed diamonds, pearls and precious stones to nourish and make the skin glow! I also love how the packaging is so sleek and compact so it won’t take up too much space in your make up bag. There’s a diverse, dynamic range of colors and shades for your eyes, lips and face to suit your skin colour.

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And the best part is, Jay Manuel Beauty has their very own phone app developed with the Plum Perfect phone app technology which you can use to take a picture of yourself to find which products from his makeup line can enhance your best features. And you can also receive Free customized samples that will be delivered right to your doorstep!

 

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The Peel Bar: Beauty Rx by Dr Schultz treated my face with a professional glycolic facial peel. Within just 2 minutes it removed my dead skin cells, making my skin glow and super smooth. Other than booking an appointment for a facial at The Peel Bar, you can also get The Progressive Peel Kit that you can use at home to get the same results for only $69.95!

 

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Pai-Shau, a hair-care line provided their incredible hair styling services. Pai-Shau’s products are infused with Exotic Tea Complex and advanced binary technology to rejuvenate and protect the hair. I received a sample bottle of the Biphasic Infusion, a hair serum that instantly moisturized and detangled my frizzy hair. I really loved how Stephanie Parziale, the creative director of the brand, glamorized and added dramatic, voluminous waves to my hair!

 

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SweetTess Creations satisfied our sugar cravings with their elegant desserts and Maven provided refreshing cocktails for the event.

 

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Jamberry pampered our hands with adorable manicures. Jamberry Nail Wraps are  a great alternative to gel manicures as they are customizable with over 300 designs, easy to apply at home and require zero dry time. Their unique nail stickers that can last for over a week or two!

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Photo Credit: JamBerry.com

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I had a fantastic time at the event! Not only did I get to meet one of my beauty inspirations Jay Manuel and learn great tips from fashion and lifestyle experts, I also had the chance to get pampered with state of the art make up, beauty and hair services!

 

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To find out more about Jay Manuel Beauty and discover your personal beauty looks to let the real “you” shine, visit his website on the link below.

www.jaymanuelbeauty.com/

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Photo Credit: Jaymanuelbeauty.com

 

 

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Beauty, Baubles, Bevvies and Boxes Event

 

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I love that the fashion and beauty industry is becoming more earth conscious. The  Beauty, Baubles, Bevvies, and Boxes event was a great showcase of brands that featured products that were Eco-friendly  and  helped give back to the community.

 

Deepa Gurnani is an artisan jewelry brand that sells handcrafted accessories made in India. The designers behind the brand are husband and wife Deepa and Jay Lakhani. Deepa has beaded couture pieces for Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Emanuel Ungaro  while Jay Lakhani trained under head designers for Tiffany and Bvlgari. It’s no wonder why their jewelry and hair accessories are so exquisite and fashionable.

 

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The pieces that were being displayed at the event were embellished with crystals, beads, feathers and semi precious stones. Some of the headbands, bracelets and necklaces have intricate designs embroidered onto leather pieces with beads. The collection has an earthy, bohemian vibe with an air of luxury. I loved the carnelian necklace and the black feather headband.  Another thing that I admire about Deepa Gurnani is that they are involved with charitable causes and employ the unskilled workforce to teach them skills to support their families.

 

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Hynt Beauty is a organic and cruelty free beauty brand that did makeup touch ups at the event. What makes them different is that their products are not only vegan, they are also made from natural ingredients and botanical extracts. They do not have any nano particles and artificial colorants and preservatives. And of course, they are also Eco-friendly and do not test on animals. The makeup line  looks luxurious and elegant at the same time. I had a mini makeover with the products and I absolutely was impressed with the make up base, powder foundation  and concealer. A little goes a long way and using just a small amount made my imperfections and eye bags disappear, giving it a natural glow.

 

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The drinks were from Invo Coconut Water that uses fresh coconuts from Thailand. The juice is
cold crafted, meaning it is not pasteurised with heat! By doing so, the essential nutrients are retained, making the juice fresher and healthier. Invo also had different flavours with Sencha green tea and Tropical that’s blended with mango and pineapple juices. I’ve tried the coconut water and sure enough it was refreshing and not too sweet, just like sticking a straw and drinking from a freshly cracked coconut! Invo Coconut Water also uses sustainable farming methods.

 

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Boombox Gifts showcased their products and services that makes gifting personal and fun. How it works is that you pick a box from a selection of designs and then Boombox helps you fill it with notes and pictures from your group of friends. It’s perfect for all occasions such birthdays, anniversaries and bridal showers!

 

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As someone who loves the earth and giving back, I loved being introduced to and learning more about these inspirational brands at this event.
I hope you check out some of their products out!

Hynt Beauty: www.hyntbeauty.com/

Deepa Gurnani: deepagurnani.com

Invo Coconut Water: www.invococonutwater.com

Boombox : boomboxgifts.com
What are your favourite products that are natural and earth friendly?
Tell me more in the comments below about your recommendations.

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Glambition WomenThinkBIG with Iman Cosmetics

 

 

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IMAN Cosmetics in collaboration with GlambitionWomenThinkBIG™ and Dee & Co Group hosted a Glambition-Women Think B.I.G. Alter-Ego Round Table & Influencer event. GlambitionWomenThinkBIG™ is an organisation that aims to empower, inspire and educate aspiring business women through training and mentorships from successful business owners.

 

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 It was a great opportunity to learn more about having a successful business and empowering the many roles we have at work and in real life. The panel speakers and CEOs such as Andrea March, the co-founder of Women’s Leadership Exchange and Michelle Centeno talked about the challenges of women in the workplace and how they overcame it. The next panel included  Antonio Lizano from Paychex, Katherine Lynch of KIVa.org , Beth Goldberg of SBA.gov and Jennifer Jaques of Jacques Beaulieu LLP who shared their knowledge and advice on how to grow a successful business. Desiree Reid of IMAN Cosmetics and Robert Wilis of Universal Beauty Products are among the panel that discussed what makes a woman beautiful and how beauty inspires the alter egos that women play.

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The event was not just all about business, it was also fun and glamorous as attendees had the chance get pampered with IMAN Cosmetics “AlterEgo” beauty makeovers and try their new lip colours. They also enjoyed having their hair styled by Universal Beauty Products with their moisturising Pure Naturals hair line and cute manicures by Jamberry. Guests also got to sample delicious desserts from SweetTess Creations and drinks from Limation Organic Drinks and Murphs Famous Bloody Mary. Paychex offered their new business products and SPT Wellness gave out their vitamin samples.

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I loved the products from IMAN Cosmetics’ new #AlterEgo Collection  and Universal Beauty’s Pure Naturals products. I’ve tried the Coconut Milk & Honey Hair Mask and the Shea Oil Styling Serum  and it really made a difference in my dry frizzy hair, making it moisturized, smooth and sleek! The lipsticks and lip glosses are very pigmented and long wearing. The lip colour I tried as pictured belowis a unique deep brown shade called Hipster. I’ve never  worn brown lipstick before but it was surprisingly flattering on my skin tone. It was amazing to be featured on Iman Cosmetics official Instagram!
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I personally enjoyed the empowering experience and got some useful tips in business and maintaining a healthy balance with life. Everyone was engaging, helpful and offered amazing advice and services. Thank you Dee Rivera for putting together such an inspiring event that celebrates women and beauty!

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Don’t forget to check out the products from the event at http://www.imancosmetics.com and you can also get the Pure Naturals hair products and more at Universal Beauty’s site http://salonpro30sec.com/ubpbeauty/
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Walter Mendez Fall 2016

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Walter Mendez captivated the audience with his stunning collection of  evening wear. As the svelte models glided down the runway in elegant, sweeping gowns, mysterious black lace masks and sparkling tiaras, I felt as if I was transported back in time to a royal ball in Venice.

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The magnificent gowns accentuated the female curves with nipped waists that flared out into sweeping mermaid trains and shorter hemlines with flirty flounces. Billowy capes and extravagant origami folds elevated the dramatic effect of some of the dresses.

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All of the dresses look so opulent with the swathes of  lush silk, lace and brocade fabric in rich shades of  striking red, elegant black, deep indigo, glittering golds and yellows. Elaborate lace, glittering crystal and gold embellishments in baroque patterns added another element of granduer.

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The magnificent gowns accentuated the female curves with nipped waists that flared out into sweeping mermaid trains and shorter hemlines with flirty flounces. Billowy capes and extravagant origami folds elevated the dramatic effect of some of the dresses. Some of the more seductive dresses had translucent bustiers and bodysuits decorated with strategically crystals and high slits.

I can clearly see that Walter Mendez celebrates the femininity and empowerment of women with his  glamourous designs that flatter the female form. Every dress was so exquisite that it looked as if it was made for a queen or a Hollywood star.

It’s no wonder why he is one of next top designers in Los Angeles and has dressed celebrities such are Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez for red carpets.

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What do you think about his fall collection? I hope you loved it as much as I do!

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Shopstyle Fall & Winter Preview

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Shopstyle is an amazing online platform for fashion, beauty and lifestyle where you can have access to over 12 million products from the best brands and stores in the world. It is a global search engine that provides seamless shopping and style inspirations.

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You can customize your searches from the brand, price, trends and what’s on sale, making shopping for that handbag or pair of shoes that you have been lusting for a lot easier as it tells you when it is on sale!  

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It was so exciting to attend Shopstyle’s fall and winter preview at the start of New York Fashion Week. I love the beautiful clothes and accessories they have for the preview. They had amazing brands like Joie, Ted Baker, Kendra Scott, Erin Fetherson and Shoptiques and Rent the Runway. The collections had wide variety of styles perfect for fall such as rich and muted colors, vintage florals, plaid, fur vests, fringe skirts, classy coats and elegant statement jewelry.  

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The best part was we got to borrow whatever we liked to wear for New York Fashion Week! I got a few pieces from Joie, Ted Baker and Shoptiques. I can’t wait to show you how I styled them in the next few posts!

 

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