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NYFW With Flying Solo Part one

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This was my least busy Fashion Week to date. Between COVID, my mom’s passing and the multiple snow storms I was not up for much. And with the pandemic and the challenging weather, the season overall was slow. But I did get to the Flying Solo shows there were six in total and I stayed for all of them, though it was freezing out and we were on a rooftop. And the models oh boy, they deserve an award for braving that level of cold wearing clothing that was meant for the tropics.

NYFW SS02021 In The New Normal

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Today starts the official kickoff of NYFW SS2021. Last season was the first season where Fashion Week took place during the pandemic and what we now know as the new normal. Last season the shows were held in September as most of you know, so the weather of course, was much warmer. The Flying Solo shows were held on a rooftop much like they were this season. I attended the shows on Saturday and baby it was COLD. It was so cold my phone would not work. The iPhone is only promised to work at 32 degrees and not below, which it did not. The phone was too cold to read the sim card, so I could not do anything except use the camera. And my G7X also gave me some problems with the battery dying after about 45 minutes due to the extreme cold. And the models? Boy were they troopers. They were literally wearing bathing suits on a rooftop where you could see snow and ice on the edges.

The Yellow Bag Trend—Add a Little Joy To Your Life

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It seems like fashion has come to a stand still in 2020. With everyone being locked down, staying indoors and working from home the usual trends churn did not happen quite so readily. But there are still quite a few trends coming to the forefront—not including of course the ongoing loungewear trend. With many of us feeling that maybe, just maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel.

How To Make Your Eyes Look Bigger Inspired by Ali Andreea

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Hi everyone in todays post I am going to share how to make your eyes look bigger. I was inspired by Ali Andreea. She has a great channel on YouTube and does a lot wearable looks. She and Amy Serrano are two of my favorite makeup focused influencers, they do looks that are wearable and natural or more editorial. Personally I do not do super over done looksI don’t contour or do cut creases or things like sunset eyes. I don’t wear false lashes and I like to play up one feature as opposed to going all in with a full makeup look.

The High-End Designer Price Increase & The Haul Video Backlash

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I am sure we will all agree 2020 was a year we would all like to forget. A challenging, divisive and heart wrenching twelve months of death, civil unrest and economic devastation. Well, at least for some… I am assuming that none of us have been living under a rock, the news reports daily on the on going pandemic and the economic hardship that resulted from this unprecedented world wide crisis.

Vlogmas 2020 A Different Kind of Holiday

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Well here it is my annual all-in-one vlogmas video. My regular viewers know I do not do a daily vlogmas. This year was even harder with the loss of my mom, and of course COVID. I did try however to keep my spirits up and the Christmas traditions alive, things I know my mother liked. I got to a light show and did a bit of window shopping. I hope you enjoy and let’s hope that 2021 will be better year for us all.

Cookies For Christmas Let’s Have Some Fun

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As we all know 2020 has been a very rough year. For the lucky folks they did not lose a family member or their job. Sadly for many others they lost one or other, or both. The holiday season is here and is certainly different from seasons in the past. As many of you know I lost my mom in October due to complications from cancer so I can understand what many people are going through during these difficult times. It can be hard to positive, but keeping the holidays alive in your heart can ease the difficulties. You may not be able to share the holidays with all your family members and money may be tight, but the holidays are in the little things. So today I am going to share a butter cookie recipe from King Arthur Flour. You don’t need a lot of expensive ingredients and they are so fun to make (and eat!)

Gucci Fall/Winter 2020/2021 A Most Memorable Masterpiece.

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Today I am sharing with you Gucci’s show for Fall/Winter 2020/2021. Some of you may have seen this already but for those who have not, I am presenting this now as I feel it is a profoundly uplifting show and for me it is a beacon of light in some very dark times. It is also, one of the most exciting shows I have seen in the past five years. A brilliant concept and impeccably executed this presentation was engaging, moving and memorable. Everything is on point from the revolving stage, to the revealing lighting, to the choice of music: Ravel’s Bolero; it all come together to create an inspiring and not soon to be forgotten experience. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and in this case the child being the birthing of creativity and the spark of genius and what it takes to bring an idea to fruition. Alessandro Michele’s homage to those beyond the scenes could not be more timely.

#Throwback To End Of Summer 2020

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Hi everyone in this video I am sharing with you what I did to close out the summer. This summer was very different from summers past but I was able to get out a bit. But it was not the same. I also look back on this summer with sadness as my mom was still alive. I think say for all of us that 2020 was not a good year. But I did have some fun and I share that in this video. I wanted to post this sooner but Fashion Week creeped up on me and with my moms death I had too much to do. Let’s hope 2021 is a better year.