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Avec Les Filles

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - July 21, 2017

Happy Friday everyone, can you believe we are half way through the summer? Kind of sad but it also means we heading towards a new season which means new clothes to buy, attending Fashion Week and getting ready for the holidays.

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Happy Friday everyone, can you believe we are half way through the summer? Kind of sad but it also means we heading towards a new season which means new clothes to buy, attending Fashion Week and getting ready for the holidays. Not all bad right? I am excited to buy fall clothes so I was quite happy to discover the fun new label Avec Les Filles. Avec Les Filles was founded in February 2017 and currently they are selling through Macy’s and are a “shop within a shop”.

With the free-spirited millennial in mind the collections of Avec Les Filles seeks to bring together the traditional Parisian school girl of the 1970’s with a contemporary so-cal vibe suggesting an ease of life style with an urban flair. From romantic pussy bow blouses and ruffle tops to streamlined strapless frocks and Chanel inspired separates to what can only be described as an “overalls dress this line up is fresh, youthful, and has just the right amount of demure femininity. The perfect balance of minimalism and artful details Avec Les Filles is going to be a go staple for seasons to come.

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A non surgical nose job—Really, it’s a thing.

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - July 19, 2017

Happy mid-week everyone. Yes we are half way through the week and halfway through the summerI know I should be sad about this but truth be told, I am kind of not. And I am kind of over sweating and being hot all the time. Thank God the office I work in is like a meat locker—I love it. Any how, today I had wanted to share a video I shot last weekend when I went to City Point in Brooklyn. However, thanks to Canon I got a bit of a late start so I couldn’t finish it before I had to leave for an appointment. Ugh.

When I woke up this morning the thought occurred to me that I did not recall seeing a USB cord in the box with the G7X. So after my coffee I reached for the guide book that came with the camera and had to flip all they way to the end for the “Connect With Wifi” section—Oh God, *insert eye roll here*. I have to connect wirelessly? I did not see this going well, and sure enough it did not work.

I got through all the steps which took about 45 minutes and then the camera could not “find a device” and by device I mean my computer. Apparently it is a problem with the OX Yosemite. Um OK. Luckily there is a Best Buy a five minute drive away so I popped over and picked up a micro USB port for $14.99.

It took me a whooping ten seconds to plug in the USB and then the videos downloaded quickly without a problem.

Seriously if Canon can’t get it together to make sure it’s software works with all operating systems it should at least include a $15.00 USB cord with the camera. I mean, really? That said though, I still think a USB is better then transferring wirelessly. It took me a whooping ten seconds to plug in the USB and then the videos downloaded quickly without a problem. So if you buy this camera be sure to also pick up a micro USB cord.

So instead, today I will sharing with you a video I have been wanting to share with you from another popular vlogger named Lydia. She has found wild success with her vlogging and she is know for being very open and upfront in her videos, which is kind of an anomaly for a Brit.

I would have not believed it if I had not seen it with my own eyes

In this video she speaks candidly about not being %100 entirely pleased with her profile. And she takes us along on her…wait for it. Non surgical nose job. A what? Is this thing? Apparently it is. You have to watch this video. It is a bit long, but Lydia is also quite engaging so it goes fast.

But I was stunned by the difference, or more pointedly that there was a difference, and all the doctor did was give her an injection in her nose. I don’t get it. I don’t get how this works. They do not go in to detail on the hows, but wow, I would have not believed it if I had not seen it with my own eyes. The intern at work said she had heard of this. Crazy. Let me know what you think. What’s next? I can only imagine.

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Bumble & Bumble’s New Version of Don’t Blow It, Keepin it fiz free

Beauty - alimackin@gmail.com - July 17, 2017

Last summer I wrote about Bumble & Bumble’s leave in conditioning styler called Don’t Blow It. This styling product was designed to work with warmer more humid air and it is intended to give finished looking hair sans dryer. No it may not make you look like a blow out exactly but it will make your look fuller and smoother with out the aid of a hair dryer.

This year Bumble & Bumble have a new version for for thicker or courser hair. My hair is not thick—at least not anymore, it was when I was a kid and in my teens but it has since thinned out a bit. But my hair can still be a bit on the wiry side.

I will keep you posted on my experience with the new version, I am hoping for great results

So I decided to try out this version. It may be to heavy for my hair but I am excited to try as I really liked the original version. I picked it up today on my lunch break—there is a Sephora across the street from the office I work in—oh boy! I will keep you posted on my experience with the new version, I am hoping for great results. And how do you handle your hair when when it is super hot and humid?

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Kate Spade Fall 2017 For Lookbook Friday

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - July 14, 2017

Today we are looking at Kate Spade’s collection for Fall 2017. With the usual aplomb of saturated primaries, quirky patterns and retro infused silhouettes

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Touches of animal print also make an appearance and add to the sense of mid-century demure

Today we are looking at Kate Spade’s collection for Fall 2017. With the usual aplomb of saturated primaries, quirky patterns and retro infused silhouettes this lineup is the embodiment of the Kate Spade esthetic. You fill find an array of dark florals scattered across skirts, dresses, tops, jackets and outerwear. Touches of animal print also make an appearance and add to the sense of mid-century demure. While embroidered edged over coats lend a seventies vibe and a statement leopard illustrated skirt screams sixties mod. Add a fire engine red cape, a layered lace ensemble and an array of it girl bags and you have a modern lineup with a vintage heart.

To see more from this collection head to Vogue.com

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City Point A Day out in Brooklyn in a Loft Maxi

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - July 10, 2017

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New York is an ever changing place. From it’s inception New York and has been changing and evolving, be it good or bad it does not stay the same. And New York’s most recent facelift in downtown Brooklyn is the newly minted shopping mecca—City Point. My friend Angela and I decided to check it out this past Saturday, and it is, as one of my coworkers would describe it—a millennial paradise. Take that as you will it was fun place to shop and stroll about. Stay tuned for a video on that.

It was quite hot and humid so I reached for a maxi dress almost the only thing I can wear when it is super hot. I picked this one up at The Loft, I love their maxi dresses as they are made from a very light weight wrinkle free material. This one has a wonderful floral pattern and I also picked up a pair of trousers in the same pattern.

I love the color and it is made from a water resistant material that kind of looks like leather but not quite

The sunnies I picked up at Forever 21 they look a lot like the pair I lost from Quay Australia—still bitter about that. No wear near the quality of Quay Australia but they will do in a pinch. And the bag is also from Forever 21. I do not generally shop in Forever 21 but I popped in to one the other day on my lunch break as it was super hot and I needed an excuse to get out of the sun.

I spied this over-sized shopper and was surprised at how expensive it looked. I love the color and it is made from a water resistant material that kind of looks like leather but not quite. It is huge, I was able to fit my DLSR camera, an extra lens and my new Canon G7X vlogging camera in it, along with all the usual things I keep in a bag. Perfect for a day out shooting. Looking chic while getting things done—priceless.

Photos taken by Angela Miele, art direction and photo manipulation by moi.

Images owned by ALLIE NYC© please do not use with permission and or crediting/linking back to allienyc.com

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A Dramatic Off The Shoulder Top From Shein and A DAY OUT IN SOHO

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - July 5, 2017

Summer in NY, yes it can be hot, and many times I would rather be at the shore, but the city can also be a magical place in the summer too

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Summer in NY, yes it can be hot, and many times I would rather be at the shore, but the city can also be a magical place in the summer too. People spilling out of sidewalk cafes, the long days and golden sun sets—plus it tends to be a bit less crowded and the perfect time to shoot. This past weekend I met up with a photographer named Marina who I met through Instagram. I had been following her feed and discovered she lived three towns over from me. How cool is that? Definitely one of the upsides of social media. After following Marina for about a year on Instagram we met last winter during NYFW, we were attending the same show and she recognized me from my feed. But this weekend was the first time we met up to shoot.

We headed to Soho were I got my hair braided at Birch Box by the very talented Karina Sanchez. I love their hair and makeup services — you can get an updo or braids done for only $30, how cool is that! With these super dramatic over-sized ruffles I knew having my hair up was a no brainer. And speaking of the top, this top was gifted to me from Shein and I must say I think I knocked it of the park with my choice of this show stopping stunner. I had numerous people stop me in the street to ask me where I got it.

And with the fashion forward braids, Kardashian worthy top, my fringe heels, and Marina following me about with a telephoto lens I kind of felt like Kim Kardashian

And with the fashion forward braids, Kardashian worthy top, my fringe heels, and Marina following me about with a telephoto lens I kind of felt like Kim Kardashian. I paired this top with these high rise flares from H&M but it would look really good with a skirt too, and I just may do this for fashion week. The bag is from BCBG and the sandals are from Zara which I picked up last summer.  The necklace I picked up at Oh La La a few months ago. Remember the video? This gorgeous top retails for $17.85 if you can believe that. So if you want to stop traffic like I did be sure to head to Shein.com. And tell them Allie sent you!

And to see more street stye and street photography check out Marina’s Instagram feed at @ValletyStreamerAtelier

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Link Love Express # 10 All about Cameras

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - July 3, 2017

Happy 4h of July weekend everyone. I did not have a four day weekend and I am working today. But we do get a half day so I am looking forward to the mini break. I know I have spoken on the blog in the past about purchasing a new camera for vlogging and I have done quite a bit of research on vlogging cameras. So in todays Link Love Express it is going to be all about cameras. Each link either reviews the G7X or compares it to other cameras.

After all the research I am going to go with the Canon G7X, I had also been considering the Sony Alpha 5100 vlogging camera but the superior image stabilization of the Canon won me over.

It seems the biggest con with the Canon G7X is the onboard microphone and the lack of a mount or port for an external microphone for better sound quality.

the only cavet being that they also block the selfie screen some what when in the flipped up position. Not ideal but better then low audio quality

The quality of the sound on the G7X is not bad but it will never be as good as a direct or shotgun microphone. However the one saving grace is you can by a micro muff from Micromuff.com. These tiny muffs do a great job at blocking wind, the only cavet being that they also block the selfie screen some what when in the flipped up position. Not ideal but better then low audio quality.

The only thing that is making he hold off on purchasing the G7X Mark II is I am worried that the G7X Mark III will come out a few months from now. The G7X Mark II came out in June 2016 and the average is one to two years between upgrades. If I bought the Mark II and then the Mark III came out three or four months later my head would explode.

For many people this is not a problem, but for someone like me with a lot of pink in their complexion this could be an issue

And the only other issue I noticed with the G7X in the comparisons is that the G7X tends to lean towards magenta, while the Sony leans more towards yellow. For many people this is not a problem, but for someone like me with a lot of pink in their complexion this could be an issue. Note the link of the mini muff review. I am not sure if there is a setting on the camera I can change to compensate for this. If any of you have this camera and know of a setting like this please fill me in.

I hope you find this a valuable resource, and I hope you benefit from my research. So grab a cup a joe, pull up a chair and get your You Tube game on.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Review-Micromuff-Skinny-Camera-Muffler/dp/B0725L6VR8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499009586&sr=8-1&keywords=canon+g7x+micromuff

Image via TheMistyMom.com you check out this bloggers review on the G7X too.

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Raisa & Vanessa Fall/Winter 2017

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - June 30, 2017

With more then just a flair for the dramatic, the sister duo behind Raisa & Vanessa create bold and what some call maximalist garments that embrace the female form in a sexy and empowered expression that is not for the demure. With a background in theatre and costume design their audacious statement making clothes are often favored by those in the performing arts and their garments have been spotted on many a celebrity red carpet moment and out and about at fashion week on the backs of the most discernible fashionistas.

And the theatrical statements don’t stop with the clothes, from their lookbooks to their videos and their runway shows Raisa & Vanessa are not afraid to push boundaries. So it is no surprise that the runway show for fall/winter 2017 roars down the runway in a decadent, unapologetic over the top observance of all that is extravagant and sumptuous. See for yourself, this is one show where I dare you to find one patron typing on her phone.

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#BloggersOnDuty—Elle of The Elle Diaries

Blogging - alimackin@gmail.com - June 26, 2017

Happy summer everyone, today I am introducing you to Elle of  The Elle Diaries in my next installment of #BloggersonDuty. I met Elle through my blog we read and commented on each others blog for well over a year.

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Happy summer everyone, today I am introducing you to Elle of  The Elle Diaries in my next installment of #BloggersOnDuty. I met Elle through my blog, we would read and comment on each others blog. We followed each other for well over a year before we met. I had come to feel that I knew Elle as a friend and last fall during Fashion Week we finally got to meet. We had a wonderful time at NYFW and you can be sure we will attend the shows together this fall.

With a love of fashion, the city in which she lives and the desire to express herself in a rapidly changing society The Elle Diaries was born

Elle lives in New York City with her husband, but on the weekends you can often find her in the Hamptons. With a love of fashion, the city in which she lives and the desire to express herself in a rapidly changing society The Elle Diaries was born. Last Week I met Elle for lunch and a shoot. We shot in a lovely park across the street from the U.N and afterwards we chatted over lunch about our lives and the ever changing landscape in the blogosphere. Elle was engaging, open and a delight to chat with, such a fun way to spend an afternoon. And sure to stay tuned for the next installment of #BloggersOnDuty.


Occupation: Blogger

How old is your blog: The Ellie Diaries is less than two  years old, But I started blogging almost 5 years ago.

Why did you start your blog: I started my blog for a variety of reasons. The main two would be: one, as a means of self expression and an outlet for my creativity. And secondly, the most compelling reason would be to “picture myself well” after being diagnosed with a serious and rare  auto immune disease. I was seeing so many doctors for my multi-system disease that I saw myself as a patient, and I knew I needed a better mindset to gain optimal control of the disease process. Wear it and it will come?

At this time, I fell in love with thrift store and consignment store shopping. Because the prices were so much lower than I had been used to paying, I started buying a more colorful and eclectic wardrobe. I soon began to replace my more conservative and minimal wardrobe—you can read that as grey and beige, with one with more vibrant and enjoyable pattern mixing. I do believe that blogging has helped me in many ways .

What article of clothing could you not live without: One article of clothing that I could not live without is a terribly unglamorous one, I have comfy sweats that are worn to bits and they are the most comfortable thing I own. I live in them at night. The piece that I seem to wear most often, and around the house, is a tiered denim skirt made for Gap Kids that cost three dollars at a resale shop.

And then there is my jewelry; I often wear several pieces—even when I am staying home to do housework. I love my bling. I used to design jewelry.

What was the Last Book you read: The last book I read is “True Style” by Glenda K. Harrison.  It is very hard for me read actual books because my eyes muscles are weak, but I was able to enjoy that book and loved it. I do love listening to books on Audible.com and the last audio book that I listened to was the Chemist by Stephanie Meyer; a gripping thriller involving a CIA type organization and personal survival, told from the perspective of a brilliant and brave woman.

If you didn’t live in NY what city would you live in: If I could not live in New York I would live in New Zealand, San Francisco, or Montreal. There are many places I can see myself in, but I do love Manhattan…

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Paul & Joe Sister Summer 2017 FOR LOOKBOOK FRIDAY

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - June 23, 2017

If you were a hip Parisian it girl and you had an up and coming little sister you can bet all her selfies would include the hashtag #paulandjoesister

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If you were a hip Parisian it girl and you had an up and coming little sister you can bet all her selfies would include the hashtag #paulandjoesister. This much talked about on trend brand which was founded in 1995 by Sophie Mechaly and features contemporary street edged apparel for men and woman created the junior Sister line for their younger and fashionably up to the moment fans.

The collection spans the fashion horizon from demure ruffles and modest retro inspired pieces to more skin baring seventies influenced Nasty Gal like apparel. Fun whimsical prints featuring lounging felines and swirling fish and florals show up on bell sleeved blouses and A-line prairie mini dresses while traditional checkered patterns can be found on relax fit trousers.

A fun, expressive and cheeky lineup for the it girl with an attitude.

A subdued palette of slate blue, denim, and heather gray are balanced by the occasional blast of red in the “Wonder Woman” get up with it’s thigh-high red and white suede boots and star-studded statement clutch. A fun, expressive and cheeky lineup for the it girl with an attitude. And stay tune for next week when will be looking at Paul & Joe’s more adult collection.

Too see more from this collection head to PaulandJoesister.com

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