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And Other Stories Sheer Midi Skirt and a mix of old and new

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

Today’s post is a mix of old and new where I mixed older pieces with some newer ones. This weekend I headed to a town on Long Island called Huntington a

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Today’s post is a mix of old and new where I mixed older pieces with some newer ones. This weekend I headed to a town on Long Island called Huntington and met up with the blogger behind the blog Shy Biker. Huntington is a lovely town on Long Island which is quite different from the town where I grew up. It has more of west coast city vibe to it with subtle hills and lots of boutiques, cafes and restaurants, and it is super pedestrian friendly which is nothing like the more working class south west shore, which is all about strip malls and driving.

It is a nice town to escape to and I had wonderful time meeting up with Ralph who treated my friend and I to a wonderful lunch at a local Indian Fusion restaurant. After lunch my friend and I shopped a bit and I scored a BCBG cross body for $39.00, and you can be sure this lovely gem will be making an appearance on the blog in the not too distant future. I was going to wear a pair of jeans with an over-printed star pattern and a striped button down blouse. But it was a bit too warm for that so I opted for this sheer midi skirt from & Other Stories and this super comfy tee from GAP. Perfect for the warmer weather—not to clingy.

I then added this acid washed denim jacket from I Love H81 and the ankle boots from Crown Vintage and a slouchy boho bag from Sondra Roberts

I added this J Crew necklace which I wrote about last week. I then added this acid washed denim jacket from I Love H81 and the ankle boots from Crown Vintage and a slouchy boho bag from Sondra Roberts. The aviator sunnies are from Loft. I usually do not like this style on me but these frames are small so they work on my face.

We managed to get this shoot in before it started to pour. I wanted to also shoot some video but the weather was just not cooperating. Oh well. I hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as I did mine.

Photos take by Indigo Bird Studio, styling, art direction and photo manipulation by yours truly. 

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Estee LaLonde and the changing taboo of What Society considers attractive and the taboos that have not changed

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

Today I am sharing with you a video from the wildly successful blogger and vlogger Estee Lalonde. Many of you probably know who she is, and some of you may even follow her. She recently came out with a book called “Bloom” in which she speaks about body shaming and consciousness.

One of the upsides of blogging and vlogging is the more diverse representation of what we as a society consider attractive. You see many more woman of color and from ethnically diverse backgrounds. And unlike the world of high fashion not all vloggers and bloggers are super thin.

But on other hand there are still some things that have not changed. Most of the super successful bloggers seem to have certain types of features and most of them are in their twenties. It seems you can be less then svelte, you just can’t be old. And let’s be honest, most of the popular bloggers and vloggers don’t have features that are considered less desirable. None of them have hook noses, or an undefined chin or bad teeth. They don’t break out in to a wide smile to reveal yellow or crooked teeth.

There is a lot science that can go in to the study of what features we respond to as a society in a positive way, but most models regardless of race and ethnicity share very similar features. They generally have very little space between the end of their nose and the tops of their mouths.

They also tend to have large eyes, full mouths and pronounced or full cheeks. And sadly a lot of the more successful influencers share similar characteristics.

They also have very small chins—that is the space from the bottom of their lower lips to the end of their chins is very small, and they tend to have higher foreheads. Most models foreheads are or appear when photographed to have foreheads that are in ratio, three times higher then their chins. Look through most fashion magazines you will see what I mean. They also tend to have large eyes, full mouths and pronounced or full cheeks. And sadly a lot of the more successful influencers share similar characteristics.

So it seems for all that’s changed somethings have remained the same. What say you?

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St Roche Spring-Summer 2017 for lookbook friday

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - June 16, 2017

Happy summer everyone! Today I am sharing with you St Roche’s easy breezy Spring-Summer 2017 lookbook. St Roche is a very young brand but with deep roots. Founded in 2014 the brand has gained quite a following in a relatively short period of time. And I can see why.

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The duo behind the company is husband Paud Roche and wife Sue Stemp. With a long background in fashion working for such luminaries as Alexander McQueen and Tocca Sue Stemp brings her high-end expertise and combines it with a laid back, folksy bohemian aesthetic to create excusite yet wearable feminine clothes.

With a clean summer-bleached palette and easy go to separates the line up is a renaissance of laid back chic

Using eco-friendly materials and forming partnerships with manufacturers in India and Peru who are committed to ethical labor practices they produce clothing that is cruelty free and does not leave a negative footprint on the environment. So refreshing in this age of fast-fashion. And the collection for spring-summer 2017 fully embraces the relaxing so-cal vibe the company has strived to maintain.

With it’s artisanal hand-crafted details, embroidered touches, and relax fit silhouette the looks here quietly girlie. With a clean summer-bleached palette and easy go to separates the line up is a renaissance of laid back chic. Just add ruffles, stripes, tassels and some retro high waisted shorts and you have one effortlessly gorgeous collection. To see more from this collection and to learn more about St Roche head to StRoche.com

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A BLING FLING WITH J CREW AND A SUPER SALE FOR SUMMER

Accessories - alimackin@gmail.com - June 14, 2017

It has finally warmed up here in the north east and it has started to actually feel like summer. With sunshine and warm temps I have been feeling like I need a bit of a refresh

It has finally warmed up here in the north east and it has started to actually feel like summer. With the sunshine and warm temps I have been feeling like I need a bit of a refresh. A new hair style could beo the horizon, and maybe a new makeup look? But a super easy way to add a little refreshing bling in to your life is picking up a bauble or two.

Regular readers of my blog know that I have been wanting to add more jewelry to my fashion wardrobe. So when I popped in to J Crew the other day and was not quite in the mood to try clothes on, I focused my attention on accessories instead, and I am so glad I did.

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I made a beeline for the sale section where I came across this Bauble Cascade necklace. It retailed for $98.00 and was marked down to $54.99 with an additional %30 off. And now online it is even less with an extra %40 off the sale price. I can tell you this piece is gorgeous in person. Can’t wait to pair with my favorite white tee.

And then I spied this charm style Tortoise Disc necklace. The tortoise shell pattern charms give it a Chanelesque feel and makes it look more expensive then it is. I bought this full price at $32.50 but this is super affordable so I was more then willing to fork over the cash, maybe a little too willing. And this is also cheaper online as it is now %25 off with code Fresh Picks. Grrr. Maybe I should do all my shopping online!

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The power of a winning smile and the secret struggle of those who hide their best asset

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - June 12, 2017

It has been brought to my attention more then once that I do not smile often in my photos. And my regular readers know that I don’t smile in photos because I do not like my teeth or really even my smile itself. When it comes to good health and good teeth I did not get lucky. I will spare you here the story of my health issues, but if I could change one thing about myself (not including my health) it would be teeth/smile.

After your eyes, your smile is the next thing most people notice. And having a less then stellar smile may seem trivial to some, and maybe it is, but to those who are the not so proud owner of a less then stellar smile it can be a bit daunting at times to live in such an image focused culture.

living here in the states the struggle is real for those who are less well endowed when it comes to their teeth

Seriously look around. In The States it seems it is all about having a winning whiter then white smile. A friend of mine whose parents are from Ireland, spent some time living in Scotland and she said there she is considered fairly attractive but here in the states her smile is considered problematic, and she has had multiple dentists bring up the subject and try to talk her in to improving her smile.

So yes living here in the states the struggle is real for those who are less well endowed when it comes to their teeth. I have thought about laser whitening but due to nerve damage I sustained when I had a root canal done I am very leery about having this procedure done as it can make your teeth more sensitive.

And don’t even get me started on my sisters uber white, perfect Oprah Winfrey teeth

Then there are veneers and lumineers but they are very costly, and can be over ten thousand dollars, not exactly affordable. So here I am with my less then stellar, not even close to white teeth. Perhaps I could travel to another country and get veneers? I am currently using drugstore white stripes and my teeth are about 7-10% lighter (not whiter) which is also a struggle as they don’t fit well due to all my missing teeth and even as a child my teeth were not “white.”  And don’t even get me started on my sisters uber white, perfect Oprah Winfrey teeth.

Yes my fixation on my teeth my seem trivial. And there are much bigger problems for me to worry about, both in my own life and the world at large, but still it bothers me. The young woman in this photo is an activist who worked for Hilary Clinton. So it doesn’t bother me a bit that she has this gorgeous smile. And don’t you love this capture from Garance Dore? Such a beautiful photo. To read more about this inspiring woman head on over to Garencedore.com.

And how do you feel about your smile? Do you even think about it? And if you don’t like it how far would you go to improve it?

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Doen Spring Summer 2017 for lookbook friday

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - June 9, 2017

What would Grace Kelly look like if she had let her hair down, threw caution to wind and became a bohemian hippie chick? Well she just might look like she shopped at the eclectic collective otherwise known as Doen.

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What would Grace Kelly look like if she had let her hair down, threw caution to wind and became a bohemian hippie chick? Well she just might look like she shopped at the eclectic collective otherwise known as Doen.

Doen was founded by sisters Margaret and Katherine Kleveland. The company has taken on additional partners over the years to become the vibrant collective it is today. Creating easy breezy wearable pieces with a vintage so-cal vibe and made with fine luxurious fabrics with hand-knitting and embroidery the clothes that they make and sell are flattering, comfortable, affordable and exclusive.

You will find beautiful on trend clothes made by hand from exquisite fabrics that are affordable, ageless and that will last

They are only available on their website www.shopdoen.com and speak to the independent spirit the founders like to foster among themselves as well as their employees, business partners and customers.

Observing how few women there are at the helm of most fashion brands, the founders sought to not only create an empowering and supportive work place for women but also within the supply chain and community. To that end every factory they work with over seas has either a female owner or co-owner. Seriously girls if boho is your thing, be sure to check out Doen. You will find beautiful on trend clothes made by hand from exquisite fabrics that are affordable, ageless, and that will last.

To read more about the collective check out their Collective Page and to read more about how their fabrics are sourced and how they help the communities they work in go to their Mission Page.

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Ruffled Crop Top from Shein Part Two

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - June 7, 2017

Hello all, here is part two of my ruffle crop top style post. This is the animated version and my third video to date. I hope you enjoy it. And if you like what you see head to Shein.com for a ruffled summer top of your own. The jeans, bag and hat are from GAP and the shoes are from Forever 21

Footage shot by Indigo Bird Studio, styling, video direction, effects and video editing by yours truly. 

*Disclosure: This top in this post was gifted by the Shein Corporation as complimentary apparel. No other compensation was provided or excepted. All words and opinions are exclusively my own. For more information on my copyright, affiliate links, product reviews and other polices please refer to my about page.

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

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MODEL BEHAVIOR—HARI NEF

Model Behavior - alimackin@gmail.com - June 5, 2017

I could have hid in Boston and lived at home for three years,” she says, “gone through my transition, taken voice lessons to make my voice more feminine, gotten gender reassignment surgery, and spent time to complete my transition before I made my debut in fashion or film, but I didn’t want to wait!

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Unprecedented is a word we have been hearing quite a bit lately and for the most part it has been not been for all the best reasons. But in 2015 I can happily say that IMG models took the unprecedented step of signing it’s second but first with worldwide representation transgender model Hari Nef. And Hari a 24 year old graduate of Columbia University is not just another pretty face.

Hari has written for a number of publications such as Vice, Blackbook, and Dazed & Confused among others. She is also an accomplished actress appearing in indie theatre pieces and indie films but is best know for her role on Amazons’s Transparency as the vibrant Tante Gittel. Originally from Philadelphia Hari had come a long way and has walked for such fashion luminaries as Gucci, Eckhaus Latta and Hood by Air. She continues to model, act and stay true to her activism. Reaching out to her fans taking questions in Tumblr and commenting about her experience as she transitions in the public eye.

A true beauty for sure, it is no doubt we will be hearing from this gorgeous, brave and talented young woman for many years to come. To read an interview with Hari head to ComeTrend.com

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The Zimmermann Fall collection 2017 for lookbook friday

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - June 2, 2017

Feminine mystic could be an apprope description of Nicky Zimmermann’s offering for Fall 2017

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Yes all the fluttery gossamer textures and touches are still there, but added to the mix are over-sized man tailored garments that give the collection a decidedly defiant feel.

Feminine mystic could be an apprope description of Nicky Zimmermann’s offering for Fall 2017, known for creating frilly bo-ho inspired clothing, the look for fall 2017 has a bit more of a masculine edge. Yes all the fluttery gossamer textures and touches are still there, but added to the mix are over-sized man tailored garments that give the collection a decidedly defiant feel.

Said to be inspired by old photographers of collage students in the 1920’s where young woman were depicted wearing frilly dropped waist dresses with boxy mens styled coats over them, this lineup does indeed walk the line between the masculine and the feminine.

Though distinctly more girly then tomboy the collection is a beautifully romantic offering of multi-tired dropped waist dresses balance by boxy elongated mens inspired suits and pretty sensual frocks and overtly sexy thigh-high leather boots.

Ruffled shoulders, tiers of pleats and billowing lace sleeves come together with form-fitting wrap styled dresses of interlocking lace and floral patterned silky fabrics. Add over-sized shearling coats in pale pastels, buttery soft turtle-neck tops and sparkling sequins and this lineup is at once romantic and provocative.

To see more from this collection head to Zimmermannwear.com

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A Ruffled Crop Top from Shein and some fun on the holiday weekend

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - May 31, 2017

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Summer is arriving in fits and starts here in the north east. This past memorial weekend was cool and overcast but there were some breaks of sun so all was not lost. I met up with a friend for lunch and was super excited to wear this crocheted ruffle cropped top from Shein.

I paired it with these patch work jeans from Gap for a casual boho look. The shoes believe it or not are from Forever 21. They are surprising comfortable and I love the low shine leather and metal stud details. The crossbody saddle bag is also from Gap which I got on sale as is the hat.

The top from Shein is great for the warm weather, it is light and breathable and the crochet panel adds a little sex appeal while still being fairly modest. And I love the ruffles and peplum,really taps in that hippie chic look I was going for. It retails for $23.00 which is surprisingly affordable and I am sure I will have this on heavy rotation this summer.

So if you are in need of some affordable, cute go to tops for summer head on over to Shein.com and here’s hoping the rest of the summer will be bit more sunny.

Photos take by Indigo Bird Studio, styling, art direction and photo manipulation by yours truly. 

*Disclosure: This top in this post was gifted by the Shein Corporation as complimentary apparel. No other compensation was provided or excepted. All words and opinions are exclusively my own. For more information on my copyright, affiliate links, product reviews and other polices please refer to my about page.

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

 

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