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Confessions of a Bargainista and Sales at Ann Tayor & Loft

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - March 27, 2017

Yes I am sticking to my black ban—so far. Granted it is only March but so far so good. Color and patterns, yes please! Prada, Miu Miu, Gucci?

Yes I am sticking to my black ban—so far. Granted it is only March but so far so good. Color and patterns, yes please! Prada, Miu Miu, Gucci? Nope, these fun and super on trend pieces are from Ann Taylor  and the The Loft. I can’t wait to wear them. I can layer them, mix and match them and pair them with other patterns. Such a fun way to dress and quite a step away from donning a head to toe all black ensemble.

I also purchased a pair of chartreuse colored trousers and a fabulous non-body con mixed patterned spring coat.  I am more then ready for spring and to step out in a plethora of sans black looks. And the best part? Everything was on sale. The dress is from Loft and was %40 off the lowest price, and the trousers and vest are from Ann Taylor which were also %40 off the lowest price. So in the end I ended up paying %60-%70 off for all of these pieces. The sale is still going strong, so if you are interested pop in to your local Ann Taylor or Loft or you can head to AnnTaylor.com and Loft.com. And happy shopping!

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MAX MARA PRE-FALL 2017 FOR LOOKBOOK FRIDAY

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - March 24, 2017

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 Sophisticated sleek tone on tone suits, body conscious pencil skirts and fitted knits give the lineup it’s sex appeal in a super model kind of way

For Max Mara’s Pre-Fall collection the eights are back in a super saturated geometric patterned delight of streamlined silhouettes and brilliant primaries. With cinched waists, statement belts and boxy blazers the offering for pre-fall is a modern take on the abandoned zeitgeist of this fashionably over the top decade. Sophisticated sleek tone on tone suits, body conscious pencil skirts and fitted knits give the lineup it’s sex appeal in a super model kind of way—this is power dressing for millennials. Add pretty animal print lace up pumps and super-sized satchels and you have a refreshingly bold and smart collection that promises to make you feel like a million.

To see more from this collection head to Vogue.com

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Indoor Lighting and An affordable light kit from limo studio

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - March 22, 2017

The next step for me in my photographic evolution is purchasing some studio lights. There so many things to consider and so many options: a soft box, beauty dish, ring light, diffused light direct light—where does one begin? Well for me I think I am going to start out with a very basic light kit for shooting products. Right now I am totally shooting guerrilla style and it shows. Indoors with very little natural light from one window. So yeah, I am in need of some professional lights.

I did some research and I am thinking of going with this basic and very affordable light kit from Limo. You can get in on Amazon and it retails for $55.00. Seriously I can spend that on dinner and drinks easy. I think this a good kit to get started and get my feet wet—though preferably not at the same time. And for the price it is certainly affordable. Then once I get better I can upgrade to more expensive professional lights. I also want to get a ring light, a beauty dish, a soft box, a reflector,  an off camera flash, an apple box…

In addition to learning how to shoot products I am also eager to learn now to shoot portraits indoors. This video by Jessica Kobeissi gives you a peek at what is like to shoot indoors with a direct flash for that J Crew catalog look.  You can also check out this video which uses a ring light. Both of these shoots were done in a house or apartment so no expensive studio needed. Have any of you ever shot indoors or used a ring light? And if you do shoot indoors or for You Tube tutorials is there a light kit or light that you would recommend?

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Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter and Clinic’s Cubby Stick Sculpting Highlight For that gorgeous selfie

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - March 20, 2017

Last week I wrote about the blush trend, which goes hand in hand with the strobing trend. Blame it on the Kardashians or the rise of the smart phone, social media and the love-hate relationship

Last week I wrote about the blush trend, which goes hand in hand with the strobing trend. Blame it on the Kardashians or the rise of the smart phone, social media and the love-hate relationship we all have with selfies, but we all want to look our glowing best. And being the lover of makeup that I am I am always looking to try something new. So when I ran out of the highlighting primer I had been using I popped in to Sephora to have a look see. And after fighting the crowds which is pretty always the case at the 34th street store. I found myself in front of the Becca display and immediately, there were two bottles that caught my eye.

The first was a lavender colored fluid in a frosted bottle and the second was more of a light flesh toned fluid also in a frosted bottle. Hmm, the first which is called First Light Priming Filter Instant Complexion Refresh is supposed to give you a more refreshed awake look, and says it instantly fixes fatigue, dullness, dehydration, puffiness and fine lines. Well fatigue, dehydration and puffiness may require more sleep and fluids and less salt and late night cocktails. But I bet this makes you look like you don’t suffer from any of these aliments. And that kind of works for me. But I ended up purchasing the Backlight Priming Filter instead.

I like that it is a radiant primer that is not too white. This way I can use a lighter toned illuminator and add spot illuminating where I choose

Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter says it blurs imperfections and imparts a radiant glow. And it does just that. I like that it is a radiant primer that is not too white. This way I can use a lighter toned illuminator and add spot illuminating where I choose. They recommend using it with their Under Eye Brightening Corrector. I did not purchase this but I may go back and get this when I am done with the concealer I am currently using, or when summer rolls around and I switch up my routine.

And finally, I was gifted Clinic’s Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight Illuminateur Visage. I love this! It is the perfect size to carry around in your bag and it is super light. I like that it is a stick as opposed to a fluid. I find sometimes that using a liquid highlighter after applying all your makeup can interfere with what you have already applied. So this is a thumbs up for me.

Now it just needs to warm up and I will be more then ready for summer; give me a spray tan, an illuminating primer, a glistening blusher and a spot highlighter and I will be one glowingly gorgeous girl

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The BLONDES Fall 2017 for lookbook Friday

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - March 17, 2017

Fashion is nothing if not dramatic. From the element of transformation to the empowerment of owning your style, fashion is the beating heart of desire and escapism. And much like theatre it can transport us to faraway places and other dimensions. OK other dimensions may be a bit much, but The Blonds fall collection for 2017 is a gorgeously in your face shimmering explosion of over the top looks. It should surprise no one, the duo specializes in designing costumes for some of today’s hottest performers. Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus and Madonna are just a few of performers to don a Blonds original.

… this collection will leave you breathless

With fabrics that do not seem to be of this world, The Blonds have created a lineup of fiercely sensual pieces that could bring out the show girl in all of us. From corsets adorned in pearls and over-sized feathers, to clingy metallic mini dresses in gun metal gray, to dramatically distressed jeans and matching bomber jacket, to a red velvet jewel encrusted frock to a stunning silver lame water fall evening gown, this collection will leave you breathless.

No, most of us will not have an occasion to wear such fabulous creations, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the unabandoned sexy appeal of this show stopping collection.

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Strolling in Ybor City and dreaming of Sunny St Petersburg in the gorgeous sunshine state of florida

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - March 13, 2017

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Another blizzard is preparing to bear down on the north east, or rather a good portion of the U.S. and Florida seems like a hazy distant dream at this point. Eighty degrees and sunshine? Who said! Yep that is the average for the St Petersburg/Tampa area this time of year, and with zero humidity might I add. I had a hard time getting on the plane for the return trip to New York. But I reassured myself that I would return so that eased the pain a bit.

I had my own room with a TV in it and my own bathroom, they made it way to easy. Not sure if they are aware of what they got themselves in to…

Needless to say I had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect and it was so nice to spend so much time out doors. From strolling the streets of down town St Petersburg to visiting the old Cuban neighborhood Ybor City in Tampa, to shopping antiques fairs, to cocktails and sunning myself at the beach I did it all. I stayed with my friends Danna and Mike who are soon to be married and I even accompanied them to their wedding cake tasting session. I had my own room with a TV in it and my own bathroom, they made it way to easy. Not sure if they are aware of what they got themselves in to…

And as the snow starts to fall here in the Big Apple, I find myself dreaming wistfully of those sunny shores in St Petersburg—but at least I have these photos to see me through. I hope you enjoy my snaps and lets all hope spring arrives sooner then later.

 

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Givenchy Spring-Summer Pre-Collection 2017 for lookbook friday

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

Siting nineties underground music as his muse Riccardo Tisci has created a iconoclastic explosion—the personification of elitist disdain

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Siting nineties underground music as his muse Riccardo Tisci has created a iconoclastic explosion—the personification of elitist disdain, what one would imagine if a couture gown were torn up and reimagined by an anarchist street kid. Layering and texture stand centerstage in this lineup, with a rebellious streak that is expressed in tulle, sequins, zippers and pearls. From pearl lined skirts to zig zagging zippered coats and pants, to micro cropped moto jackets and over-sized sequins, the out of the box touches lend an air of uncertainty. Clashing prints and asymmetrical lines further the unease, while playful ruffles in red, pink and white lend a sense of playfulness. Add super-sized lace up boots, star branded knee high socks and a variety of reimagined pumps and you have a revolt of the most fashionable kind. Perhaps a sign of the times but this is one collection will not go quietly in to that good night.

To see more from this collection head to Givenchy.com

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Ted Baker’s Regel Romance Bomber Jacket and a Luxurious Investment

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

I have been using my Michael Korrs cross body bag quite a bit lately, I just love it, and wrote about in this post if you want to see what all the fuss is about. But the wallet that I currently own (also Michael Korrs ) is a bit big for the cross body, it fits, but not comfortably. So I was in the market for a small wallet and was thinking of picking up a Kate Spade, but on my lunch break today I wandered over to Fifth Avenue and popped in to the Ted Baker shop.

I almost bought a wallet here in August before my trip to Paris but ended up going with the Michael Korrs. I thought I would check out their selection of mini wallets as I do love their wallets and bags. Well actually, I love everything Ted Baker makes, and being in that store is just a dream.

I ended up purchasing a pale pink mini wallet—stay tuned for a post on that, but of course I saw about a dozen other items I wanted to walk out the door with me. Hmm. But the item that really caught my eye was this red kimono bomber jacket known as the Herrne. It is described as the Regal Romance Bomber Jacket and the color is called bright orange, though to me it is a warm red.

The photos do not do it justice when you actually see it in person, it really does live up to it’s name of being “regal”

But wow, this jacket is gorgeous! The photos do not do it justice when you actually see it in person, it really does live up to it’s name of being “regal”. It retails for $335. I am still debating, though sometimes you just need to invest in something luxurious. Plus this is not something I will get rid of any time soon, if at all. Sooooo it would be an investment…OK, did I convince myself yet?

And what say you? What is your luxury must have item? And why am I suddenly feeling like Isla Fisher in “Confessions of a Shopaholic”

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Lavanya Coodly for nolcha shows NYFW FALL 2017

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

The last designer to walk in the main show was Lavanya Coodly. Coming from the world of science, Lavanya Coodly followed her heart, moving in to the world of fashion

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The last designer to walk in the main show was Lavanya Coodly. Coming from the world of science, Lavanya Coodly followed her heart, moving in to the world of fashion as a second career. Always passion about fashion and mostly self taught, and after decades of learning from experienced pattern makers, tailors and embroiders Lavanya Coodly founded her own line in 2013.

Creating clothes for all facets of women’s life: work, evening, casual, Lavanya designs clothing for the full breadth of a woman’s life. The label has recently has taken on menswear, as well as clothing for children. And with the fall collection you will indeed find something for almost any occasion.  From suit dresses for work, to smart linen slacks, to cocktail dresses and black tie gowns this lineup covers it all. Although evening wear is where Lavanya Coodly really shines. And a stand our for me has to be the glittering white evening dress. Such a stunner. To learn more about Lavanya Coodly or to see more of her work head to LavanyaCoodly.com

Images by Nolcha Shows and ALLIE NYC

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ACID Rain for Nolcha Shows @NYFW Fall 2017

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - March 4, 2017

ACID NYC was the second to walk in the main show. This is their third season walking for Nolcha. Founded by Evelyn Luna and Scott Chester ACID NYC is a culmination of years of varied artistic and creative backgrounds

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ACID NYC was the second to walk in the main show. This is their third season walking for Nolcha. Founded by Evelyn Luna and Scott Chester ACID NYC is a culmination of years of varied artistic and creative backgrounds and the coming together of two supremely talented designers. Evenlyn Luna spent 13 years on DVF’s design staff going on to become Director of DVF’s textile department and textile product manager at Victoria’s Secret.

Scott Chester an industrial designer who studied at the CCS College of Automotive Design and product design at Pratt Institute opened his own studio (ACID-Arielle Chester Industrial Design) in Brooklyn, NY to design custom furniture for New York City clients. Combing their passions for all things design and focusing on apparel, ACID NYC was born.

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I had the pleasure of attending their Spring show which you can read about here. Known for creating color-infused, textural garments featuring distinctive statement making prints this season was their finest yet.

The nineties are back and defiantly so—from futuristic Matrix like prints to velour track suits and punky tank girl ensembles this is the nineties done right. Track suits are having a moment, and the offerings from ACID NYC’s latest collection should please both the relax fit crowd and those who prefer their track suits a bit more close to the body.

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Another vibrantly beautiful, stand-out collection from this dynamic duo

As are capped sleeved cocktail dresses and fitted tank frocks as well as traditionally cut suit dresses. The sporty chic vibe is evident, and is expressed in a two piece jogging skirt set, printed leggings, cropped tanks and a gorgeous quilted cropped bomber jacket. And the show stopper has to be the leather vest and topaz colored “chrome” belt.

The accessories this season are also note worthy—from prism printed cross body bags and clutches to frayed denim over the knee boots to cocktail purses in a silver hexagonal like print, it is all in the details. Another vibrantly beautiful, stand-out collection from this dynamic duo.  To read more about ACID NYC please visit them at Acidnyc.com

Images by Nolcha shows and ALLIE NYC

 

 

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