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Alice and Olivia Resort 2015 for Lookbook Friday

Uncategorized - alimackin@gmail.com - April 10, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]I[/dropcap] have yet to get to Paris, but it is still on my bucket list of things to do and if I were to step out in the city of lights I would surly be wearing something from Alice and Olivia. OK some may say their looks are a bit too edgy for a classic beauty like Paris, but I say lets throw caution to wind and step out to get noticed, and you will certainly get noticed wearing a garment from this collection.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]I[/dropcap] have yet to get to Paris, but it is still on my bucket list of things to do and if I were to step out in the city of lights I would surly be wearing something from Alice and Olivia. OK some may say their looks are a bit too edgy for a classic beauty like Paris, but I say lets throw caution to wind and step out to get noticed, and you will certainly get noticed wearing a garment from this collection. Though minimalism takes a front seat in this line with a distant lack of obvious embellishments like buttons, zippers, sequins or any other tactile detail, instead excitement is added through whimsical floral prints in saturated primary colors. Primary and secondary colors from red and orange to black and white are found in colored blocked styled looks and the simplicity of the black and white palette allows the beautifully draping to take center stage. One can see this in the black jump suit look with the white car coat, and the Audrey Hepburn inspired look with the red trousers and orange tee. A 70s vibe is also present and is reflected in the black and white print striped dress and the navy floral print pants suit. And the one added detail—the scarf at the neck, also adds to the 70s vibe and keeps the collection on trend. A stand out for sure is the white mini dress with the bird detail, I mean how can one missed when wearing this? And if the print on print look is your thing then you could easily mix and match pieces in this line and have it look like a happy mistake. I just love the floral bomber worn with the over-sized flowered print skirt in black and white and red and white top. And the daisy print blouse with the over-sized flower print making a repeat performance in the pants and blazer. Yes this is not for the demure types, but wow how fun would be to wear a “suit” like this. Though all this whimsical glamour is balance with more subdued reigned in pieces like the two piece crop top and skirt in a creamy beige and the white bandeau top with the black culottes. But what ever your inner fashionista is in the mood for, you will find something to satisfy her in this arresting and clever collection. To see more from this collection head on over to Style.com and happy Friday everyone.

 

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The 70’s Inspired Trend For Spring 2015—Yes You Can Do This Trend

Fashion, Uncategorized - alimackin@gmail.com - February 9, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]M[/dropcap]Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! Cried Jan, who envied her sister's on trend fashion sense, poor Jan—I am sure we can all understand her frustration—the 70's aesthetic is not always the easiest to pull off. Wide legged pants, crazy prints, a kaleidoscope of color, and an abundance of accessories...

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]M[/dropcap]Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! Cried Jan, who envied her sister’s on trend fashion sense, poor Jan—I am sure we can all understand her frustration—the 70’s aesthetic is not always the easiest to pull off. Wide legged pants, crazy prints, a kaleidoscope of color, and an abundance of accessories, it is hard to know when too much is—too much.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]But the 70s boho trend is big for spring, and after the over-sized, minimalist, boxy silhouette that has dominated the last few seasons—it is a refreshing change. So for those of you that want to embrace your inner Marcia Brady, or the edgier Anita Pallenberg, this is one trend you will want to get on board with. And after a decade of skinny jeans being a staple in one’s closet, being able to change it up with a pair of high-waisted flares is a super chic and easy way to dip your toe in this trend. You can wear them with a boxy top, or a traditional chambray button down shirt like this pair from Mango. Or you could wholly embrace the trend and wear them with a bow blouse, suede coat and floppy hat. You could also pair a traditional chambray shirt with a knee length suede skirt like this one from Theory. With its camel color, pemma suede and button detail, it has the 70’s vibe all sew up. The full-on 70’s aesthetic may be a bit much for some, but incorporating one two pieces that suggest this aesthetic is a safer way to try your hand at this. This bow blouse from Top Shop, is worn with a faux fur bolero jacket and faux leather leggings for a

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]modern twist on the trend. Another way to try this trend and still look modern is to use a long, poncho style, shawl wrap sweater like this one, also from Top Shop, as the focal point of your look and pair it with skinny jeans, chunky booties and a crop top. Top it off with a wide brimmed hat and you will have a look that is fashion forward and won’t look like a costume.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]Ok these looks  from Zara are so Marcia Brady I suddenly have the urge to break out in to song and proclaim “It’s a Sunshine Day!” I assume everyone knows what I am speaking of, if not click here. Can you dig it?

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]From fitted high-waisted flare jeans, to wide leg trousers to suede coats and boots, and “flood” pants, to print bow blouses, peasant shirts, skirts with button details, to ponchos and asymmetrical fringe dresses, this is one trend that is both romantic and edgy. And I for one am in the mood for a little romance, after this harsh and dreary winter it is exactly what I need right about now.

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]Remaining looks/items available at Mango, Top Shop and Zara.

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Artifact Uprising and a Beautiful and Appealing Way to Display Your Photos

Life-Style, Uncategorized - alimackin@gmail.com - January 7, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"] W[/dropcap] hen I was in design school the whole carrying around a large black portfolio case was more or less on it’s way out. No one was displaying their work this way anymore, and if you did, you were dating yourself. But this was pre the iPad days so portfolios were still presented non-digitally.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”] W[/dropcap] hen I was in design school the whole carrying around a large black portfolio case was more or less on it’s way out. No one was displaying their work this way anymore, and if you did, you were dating yourself. But this was pre the iPad days so portfolios were still presented non-digitally. And a big trend was displaying your work as a book with examples printed on single pages and bound like a traditional book. I used a site that was intended to make photo books, but really anything can be printed between the pages. Well fast forward a decade and this trend is still going strong, only there are more companies to choose from and the end result is more sophisticated. If I were in school today I would definitely use Artifact Uprising.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]They offer hard cover books with jackets, softcover books, boxed sets of traditional sized snapshots, larger single prints for framing, photo holiday cards, photo calendars, post cards and more! Everything is printed on beautiful, sophisticated, luxurious paper and presented in clever and appealing ways. In fact I am so excited with Artifact Uprising I am thinking of redoing my portfolio. And you know us bloggers…what a perfect excuse to do a book of all our looks, right? I mean how cool would that be! And wouldn’t be awesome to star in our own coffee table book? Prices range from $18 to roughly $100 so it is certainly affordable. Much move affordable then any of this would have been back in the day via an offset printer. I would be exited to see the books you, my lovely readers would create.  So get your DIY on and make a statement!

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Nike, the Pantone Color of the Year and a Chic Pair of Kicks to Kick Off 2015

Accessories, Uncategorized - alimackin@gmail.com - January 5, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]I[/dropcap] t is a new year and of course that means there is a new Pantone Color of the Year, and the color named for 2015 is quite the departure from previous years—it is a dark, rich toned hue, and is named after the well known wine that hails from the city of Marsala in the southern region of Italy.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]I[/dropcap] t is a new year and of course that means there is a new Pantone Color of the Year, and the color named for 2015 is quite the departure from previous years—it is a dark, rich toned hue, and is named after the well known wine that hails from the city of Marsala in the southern region of Italy. This deep burgundy color with it’s warm brown undertones is versatile, elegant in nature and sophisticated. So when I was waiting in line at Pret-a-Manger and spied a women wearing a pair of faux, pattern-leather snakeskin high tops in this color, I was beside myself! As soon as I got back to my desk I hopped online and headed directly to the Nike website. Surprisingly, it took a little digging to find them, and they were also NOT available at the local Nike store were I work in Soho. They run very small which is also surprising in this age of “downsizing”. They are part of the Blazer line and run a half to a whole size small, depending on the type of sock you are going to wear with them. I am a traditional six and half and I had to get a size seven. I originally ordered the six and half as I am so used to having to go down a size or two in everything , but this size was too tight with a heavier sock. Luckily, there is a Nike store close to my office so I was able to return them at the store. I chose to receive my credit via a gift card and I then went back online and reordered them in a seven. Honestly, I think I could have even gotten away with a seven and half. So if you plan on ordering these beauties keep in mind they run quite small.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap] I could not be happier with my purchase and I am sure I will inspire more then a little envy as I walk down the street. In fact I was telling my coworker about them and she confessed that she too saw these sneakers on someone and much like myself they caught her attention in a “I HAVE to have those kind of way. They certainly are a fun and stylish way to be comfortable and do “sensible” shoes. And with the sporty chic trend still going strong, sporting a pair of sneakers in the Pantone color of the year is the perfect way to look fashionable and not have to worry about pinched toes and sore feet. So if you are looking for comfort, style and more then a little envy head on over to Nike and get your kicks on!

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap] All images owned by ALLIE NYC, please do not use without permission and/or crediting/linking back to allienyc.com

 

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Elizabeth and James Resort 2015 For Lookbook Friday

Fashion, Uncategorized - alimackin@gmail.com - January 2, 2015

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]Y[/dropcap] es it is now officially 2015 and with the start of the new year comes the post holiday let down and the “I am kind of over these cold temperatures” that January is known for. Many of you may wish you could jet off to a resort right now, and some of you may be doing just that. But either way for my first Look Book Friday post for 2015 we will be looking at the Elizabeth and James resort collection for 2015.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap] To see more from this collection head on over to Pop Sugar.com  Images via Popsugar.com

 

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Blogging Classes for a Happy New Year and a New You! Happy New Year Everyone!

Blogging, Life-Style, Uncategorized - alimackin@gmail.com - December 31, 2014

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]H[/dropcap] appy New Year everyone!! I hope 2015 is going to be a good year for you! It is a new day and a new year! The new year can have the same excitement as the “going back to school” sense of embarking on a new adventure we remember as children. I am sure we all have our resolutions and goals for the new year, right?

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]H[/dropcap] appy New Year everyone! I hope 2015 is going to be a good year for you. It is a new day and a new year! The new year can have the same excitement as the “going back to school” sense of embarking on a new adventure we remember as children. I am sure we all have our resolutions and goals for the new year, right? Well, the new year is the perfect time to learn or start something new, and it is the perfect time to make your life even better. So I pulled together some classes and conferences you might enjoy, and find helpful. From starting a blog, to analyzing and using social media, to learning graphics programs and branding, to breaking in to fashion you will find something that will spark your interest.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap] Many of the classes are held in person and travel from city to city and many are offered online. So roll up your sleeves, put your thinking cap on and lets make this year better then the one that preceded it.

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap] 1) The Brand Market (In person)—Blogging, Social Media, Branding

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap] 3) The Blogcademy (In person and online)— Blogging, Social Media, Branding

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap] Hope you find something you like, and always stay inspired. Let’s toast the new year and a new you!

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King Arthur Flour and Some Holiday Cookie Cutter Cookies For You

Life-Style, Uncategorized - alimackin@gmail.com - December 29, 2014

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]W[/dropcap] ell this year I continued in what just may become an annual Christmas Eve ritual and I made butter cookie cutter cookies. Last year was the first year I did this, I thought it would be complicated—like you had to be Martha Stewart or a professional baker to pull this off. But it was easier then I thought. I was encouraged after making homemade biscotti which was not difficult either.

 

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]W[/dropcap] ell this year I continued in what just may become an annual Christmas Eve ritual and I made butter cookie cutter cookies. Last year was the first year I did this, I thought it would be complicated—like you had to be Martha Stewart or a professional baker to pull this off. But it was easier then I thought. I was encouraged after making homemade biscotti which was not difficult either. The recipe was easy to follow and I was able to complete it in one day. However, the dough has to sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours and then it has to sit out for about 30 to 45 minutes to become soft enough to work with, so start early. The recipe says to “quickly” add the flour to the butter mixture, but there was nothing quick about it. It took me about twenty minutes to do this. They also say to not over work the dough in this final step as it can make the dough greasy and brittle. Last year I did not leave the butter out before I started, and yup I didn’t have time to do it this year either, so I popped the butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds, this definitely made the second step much easier. The final step before popping the cookies into the oven is brushing them with egg yolk for shine. Personally though, I did not like how the cookies looked with the egg yolk on them, so I skipped that step this time. I think they look fine with a matte finish and I thought the egg yolk was too noticeable when I tried this last year.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]The options are endless as far as how to decorate the cookies. I love chocolate so I dipped the cookies in chocolate, but you can also ice them, or use sprinkles, it is up to you, and what you fancy. I actually made icing this year and iced some of the cookies, but this does take some expertise. I was not super happy with how the icing looked so I doused the cookies in powdered sugar to offset my less then spectacular efforts. You can follow this recipe from King Arthur Flour, it is almost exactly the same as the one I used—except for one thing. The King Arthur Flour recipe calls for a quarter teaspoon of extract or flavor of your choice, but the recipe I used called for the rind of one lemon, and I think it is this secret ingredient that made these cookies absolutely de-lish. So if you are feeling adventures go on and give it a whirl, I think you will be super proud with the results.

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap] All images by ALLIE NYC© please do not use without permission and or crediting/linking back to allienyc.com

 

 

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All Saints Fall 2014 Collection for Look Book Friday

Uncategorized - alimackin@gmail.com - December 19, 2014

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]F[/dropcap] riday night after work I went shopping in Soho for a coat. I want to say I strode through the streets flitting from store to store in edgy downtown girl style, feeling chic and exuberant, with a Starbucks in hand, but truth be told; I felt frumpy and disheveled and I was tired and more then a little frustrated.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”][/dropcap]oversized shirts that could double as dresses. Trousers are straight but roomy,and are topped by cropped moto jackets or paired with long tuxedo blazers. Coats are boxy and cut in exquisite detail for impeccable tailoring and draping. And luxuriously thick leather appears in skirts, jackets, coats and accessories and is contrasted with oversized knits, velvety buckskin and fabrics with satiny finishes. Black is the color that dominates the palette but it is broken up by smoky pastels, neutral creams and grays, and the occasional burst of a primary color like the yellow seen in the asymmetrical below the knee skirt. The silver iridescent leggings are a stand out in a muted yet I am making a statement kind of way. And everything is worn with fashionista stomping gorgeous boots. Like I said I could easily have an entire wardrobe made up of All Saints apparel. Anything on your Santa wish list from All Saints? And they now have a line of handbags. Trust me these handbags as you can imagine, do not disappoint. To find out more about their new line of bags click here, and be sure to head on over to AllSaints.com, even it is just to drool. And Happy Pre-Christmas weekend all!

 

 

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Club Monaco Fall-Winter 2014 For Lookbook Friday

Fashion, Uncategorized - alimackin@gmail.com - November 21, 2014

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]C [/dropcap]an you believe it is a little more then a month away from Christmas? Last weekend I did some Christmas shopping and boy did it feel like winter. Winter arrived in full force last week after a stretch of unseasonably warm temperatures so it was quite the shock to the system. I had only just unpacked my winter clothes the weekend before and realized how woefully low I was on sweaters.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]  [/dropcap] And one of the best things about these looks, and this trend, is that is comfortable and forgiving. Granted if not done right you could look a little frumpy. But if you need inspiration on how to pull off this trend without looking like a dumpster diver, then Club Monaco’s wonderfully styled Lookbook from their Fall-Winter 2014 collection should be all you need. Seriously gals (and boys) are these looks tres chic or what?

 

 

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A Parisian Family in NYC…Next Stop? Paris 2015!

Uncategorized - alimackin@gmail.com - August 25, 2014

[dropcap custom_class="normal"]A[/dropcap] few weeks ago my step family from Paris arrived in town and took New York by storm. Well ok that may be a wee bit of an exaggeration but they ( and I ) toured New York like happy tourists.

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[dropcap custom_class=”normal”]A[/dropcap] few weeks ago my step family from Paris arrived in town and took New York by storm. Well ok that may be a wee bit of an exaggeration but they ( and I ) toured New York like happy tourists. The sun was shining, the skies were blue, and the weather could not have been more corporative. We walked everywhere! In fact one day we walked from 34th street and 7th avenue to 92nd street and fifth Avenue. Whew! We cut across through Bryant Park,  then up fifth avenue, strolled north through Central Park and visited the MET and the Guggenheim. We lunched at the waters edge in Central Park. Stood in awe at the grand Egyptian exhibit at The MET and walked in circles at the Guggenheim. And of course we shopped. I mean how can one walk up fifth avenue and not shop? We ended our day at the Roof Garden and Martini bar at The MET. I must say they were quite impressed with this. And I gave myself a much deserved pat on the back. And for my New York readers—you must stop by this rooftop cafe. They serve wine and beer, light snack foods and of course martinis. The floor is covered in faux grass which encourages impromptu picnics and of course there is the panoramic stunning views over looking the park. A truly wonderful way to spend a summer evening in New York.

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”] [/dropcap]We also hit the beach, took some day trips out east and took a tour of Soho  as well. It was wonderful visit and I wished they could have stayed longer. What comes next? Well I hope to be the one who travels across the pond. I have Paris in my sites…summer 2015—Paris or bust!

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