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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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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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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.

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Success, Technology, A Beautiful Editorial and an unknown future

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - May 29, 2017

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Today I am sharing with you a photo shoot from a blogger I have been following for quite a while now and I have also been following her career path. Going from working to other companies as a graphic designer and art director to finding success with her own blog to now art directing photo shoots for other brands with her own company this talented young woman has come a long way in a relatively short time.

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But this got me thinking about the state of things in the U.S and the world and the overwhelming sense of insecurity that so many people feel today. And it seems this sense of insecurity transcends all age groups and income brackets. And from blue-collar manufacturing jobs in red states to white collar jobs in publishing in blue states,

we are potentially creating a future where we have millions of people who are unemployable

it seems that many people are being displaced by advances in technology. And we are potentially creating a future where we have millions of people who are unemployable, and we will literally not have enough jobs to keep everyone who needs to be—employed. And it is particularly acute in the U.S where many people fear old age more then they do death.

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And contrasted with this is the senesce among millennials that they all should be self-employed entrepreneurs. On the one hand they get a bad wrap for being this self-involved, entitled generation of selfie queens and kings, but on the other hand, with so much instability in the finical sector (not to mention politics) and almost zero safety nets for the working man, can we really blame them for wanting to be the masters of their own financial futures?

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Although there can only be so many entrepreneurs in the world—someone has to work for them.  But the bigger problem is there will not be enough jobs to meet the publics needs, and this is going to be a huge problem in the future. But there are some silver linings and positive notes, and here is an example of a talented, hard working, young woman finding the success she deserves. Be sure to click through to her blog DesignLoveFest and read the post, and to see more from the shoot. And check out the Aussie brand Gorman she worked with, pretty cool threads if you ask me.

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Wild fox

Fashion - alimackin@gmail.com - May 26, 2017

Today we are looking at Wild Foxe’s summer 2017 Starlet lookbook. Similar in vibe to Nasty Gal but decidedly less rock and roll

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Today we are looking at Wild Foxe’s summer 2017 Starlet lookbook. Similar in vibe to Nasty Gal but decidedly less rock and roll and bit more gentile if you will. Again this is a line up for the super young but like Nasty Gal there are always pieces that can work when not styled for the “teen” market.

From the cropped ruffle sweater top, to the off the shoulder flared bottom jumpsuit to the slouchy long sleeved pull overs and graphical tees these are pieces that can be dressed up or down and for almost any age.

And can we talk about that hat? How did they find my grand mothers old clothes anyway?

I could totally see that ruffled top with high waisted flared jeans or a pleated midi skirt and the over-sized checkered man tailor top looks super cute with these micro paper bag shorts but it could look equally as fetching with a pair of skinny jeans. Right? And the pineapple dress? Oh I so see that as a peplum top. And can we talk about that hat? How did they find my grand mothers old clothes anyway? To see more from this cheeky lineup head to Wildfox.com.

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Laura Mercier Tightline cake eyeliner a new way to get the in look

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

Show of hands, how many of you struggle with liquid liner? Liquid liner is a big trend right now and I have attempted multiple times to join this trend. But in addition to liquid liner not being the easiest to apply it also does not work well on thinner skin or older skin. And my skin is definitely on the thinner side, so yes the struggle is real.

All eye liner but liquid eye liner in particular can show ones age due to that it can make crepeiness more apparent, even if it is not that bad. Pencil liner is more forgiving and much easier to apply but it tends to wear off in a few hours—at least it does for me.

in addition to liquid liner not being the easiest to apply it also does not work well on thinner or older skin

So the other day I popped in to the new Blue Mercury store near Grand Central to pick up some new mascara, but I also walked out with Laura Mercier’s cake eye liner. Really you say? Yes.

I met a lovely makeup artist who works for Laura Mercier and we got to talking and I explained to her to my dilemma. She went on to tell me about Laura Mercier’s Tightline Cake Eye Liner. I have never tried cake eye liner, I just lumped it in with liquid liners and assumed it would be a no go. However I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

 But with cake liner you use a very thin flat brush and then you dot in or press in it along the last line

With other liquid liners you are “drawing” on the line. With either a pointed brush or a pen like applicator. But with cake liner you use a very thin flat brush and then you dot in or press it in along the last line. You are not drawing it on, which is definitely easier.

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It does take some practice though, and you will most likely have to use a magnifying mirror, but once you get the hang of it you will wish you had discovered this sooner. I love that I can get the liquid liner effect and I really love that it stays put and does not fade.

It comes in six shades including black, but the makeup artist steered me to the Bleu Marine which reads as black when applied, but it is less harsh on paler skin. I have yet to do a cat eye with it, still learning the ropes but I hope to soon.

Use micellar eye make up remove to clean your brushes. This works wonders and is not harsh on your brushes

*And an ALLIE NYC exclusive insiders tip? Use Micellar eye make up remove to clean your brushes. This works wonders and is not harsh on your brushes. I had already used this brush multiple times so it was stained blue but a few dips in the micellar water and it looked like I had just taken it out of the package. I used a micellar water from Simple  which I picked up at the drug store.

And yes I also walked out of Blue Mercury with mascara as well, the item I had originally intended to purchase, I went with this defining mascara which doesn’t clump and it also doesn’t flake—a problem I had with the mascara I had previously been using. So it was good day for me, two great products and a whole new look!

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A beachy collaboration between & other stories and Tom’s

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

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Shopping in & Other Stories is a treat. I love the open airy spaces that their stores are known for and I like the casual chic down town girl vibe of the clothes. They have a lower to mid-range price point and carry shoes, accessories and makeup in addition to apparel, and they also do collaborations. And for summer 2017 they are collaborating with the iconic retailer Tom’s.

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Shopping in & Other Stories is a treat. I love the open airy spaces that their stores are known for and I like the casual chic down town girl vibe of the clothes. They have a lower to mid-range price point and carry shoes, accessories and makeup in addition to apparel, and they also do collaborations. And for summer 2017 they are collaborating with the iconic retailer Tom’s. The line is beachy to be sure and features lots of lose fitting, comfortable clothes with a bohemian flare as well as the traditional slip on boat style shoes the company is famous for. I love the over-sized tassel detailed tee and two piece swim suit with it’s oh so boho gold embossed pattern. So gorg, right? These are just a few of the pieces from the collection so be sure to head to & Other Stories and check out their CO-LAB page to see more from this summer ready line up.

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