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Backstage at #NYFW with Red Door & Vivienne Tam



Recently I was able to take a peek behind-the-scenes with Red Door Spa during the Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 show. If you’ve ever been backstage during New York Fashion Week, then you know that it’s an absolute whirlwind of controlled chaos. There’s such a flurry activity going on and so many models in various stages of readiness that you wonder how they’re going to pull it off in time. Yet somehow, everyone manages to do their part and pull everything together just in time for a few magical moments on the runway. It truly is a sight to behold… just make sure you stay out the makeup artists’ and hairstylists’ way!

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As you can see, getting the models ready is clearly a team effort. The Red Door Spa squad had multiple hands on deck to create the perfect hair and nail looks to complement Vivienne Tam’s Space Cowboy Meets Rodeo-themed collection.


A few of my favorite looks from the show via Vogue.com

The clothes were an interesting mashup of textures and colors done in intricate lace and embroidery. I also noticed a lot of fringe and heavy use of metallics which are both trending for this fall as well. You can view more pictures from the full collection online at Vogue.com.

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Led by head stylist, Makiko Nara, the models had their hair either blown out or pulled up into soft, slightly undone topknots for the show. For the topknots, Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry lotion and Kérastase Matérialiste was applied to slightly damp hair which was then brushed with Olivia Garden’s iDetangle double-bristled paddle brushes. After blow drying, hair was pulled up tautly at the crown of the head and tied into a small knot with a few pieces left out around the hairline for a softer look.


Creative Lead, lwona Opiola, created a natural look using Essie’s Demure Vixen on lightly buffed and rounded nails.

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Makeup was also kept simple with nude lips and a thin sweep of metallic blue eyeshadow on the lids. Overall the hair and makeup looks did a great job of highlighting each model’s unique features and provided the perfect canvas for Vivenne Tam’s bold, over-the-top designs.

Thanks so much to Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa for affording me this incredible opportunity! And THANK YOU lovely readers for following along!


For the #LoveofShoes Event with The Mills at Jersey Gardens

Fashion, Product Reviews


I’ve always said that I could sit around for hours and talk about shoes. Well, last Friday I got to put that theory to the test with the wonderful folks at The Mills at Jersey Gardens mall in Elizabeth, NJ. In honor of their #LoveofShoes mall-wide sale taking place this month, I got to kick up my heels (so to speak) and dish out shopping tips and fashion advice on all things shoe-related.


The event kicked off with a special shoe delivery from Century 21. You guys know how much I adore designer shoes, and Century 21 is one my favorite spots to hit up for all the brands I love at a price that’s easy on the pocketbook.


These Kate Spade beauties demonstrated one of my most important shoe axioms: If the shoe fits… buy it in every color!


And these darlings from Vince Camuto hit all the right notes for the perfect fall transitional shoe with their gorgeous deep cranberry suede and flirty peeptoe.


If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that these Alaia booties from Saks Off Fifth pretty much had me at hello. I couldn’t resist and just had to bring these home with me. And at more than 70% off retail, who could blame me?


There are so many great deals to be had throughout the mall that it’s seriously like being a kid in a candy store… only without the toothache afterwards!

If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth making the trip. Located just a quick bus ride from New York City (20 minutes from Port Authority), The Mills at Jersey Gardens is a top-notch shopping destination for savvy shoppers. Every time I go, I see people from all corners of the world filling up their suitcases with amazing discount finds. This month’s #LoveofShoes sale is just the icing on the cake, so be sure you don’t miss out. The sale ends on September 30th, and make sure you plan ahead and scope out their full list of retailers.



Fall Must-Have Jewelry with JTV.com

My Style, Product Reviews

Today I’m sharing my fall must-have jewelry selections with you sponsored by the lovely folks at JTV.com. I was paid for this post and received jewelry pieces that I personally hand-picked as compensation. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make this site possible!

Fall Must-Have Jewelry

With every change in season, I try to do a full assessment of my closet – taking careful stock of what key pieces I need to round out my wardrobe versus what needs to be tossed. The process is both fun and therapeutic, and I’ve definitely gotten more stringent with editing over the years… especially when it comes to my accessories. While I enjoy changing up my look, I’m definitely the type of gal who relies on a handful of quality, timeless jewelry pieces that I can reach for again and again.

Fall Must-Have Jewelry

JTV.com is a wonderful destination for with a jewelry designs with a vintage flair like this beautiful sparkling star pendant from their Titanic Collection. This piece dazzles in real-life, and is definitely a show-stopper. To keep the look streamlined, I paired it with a sleek black jumpsuit that will transition nicely into fall with a simple blazer.

Fall Must-Have Jewelry

Since the necklace makes a pretty bold statement on its own, I kept the rest of my look relatively simple with classic black pumps, minimal rings and arm candy, and an understated clutch. Below are a few of my additional picks for fall must-have jewelry from JTV.com’s Vintage Collection…

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Fall Must-Have Jewelry

Being an entrepreneur in New York City means that I’m constantly on the go. Each day differs from one to the next, so my wardrobe demands flexibility and wearability accordingly. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I like to keep a steady rotation of versatile dresses like this one that can be dressed up or down. I could easily wear this look to a client meeting by swapping the denim jacket for a blazer and perhaps adding some close-toed pumps.
Fall Must-Have Jewelry

Whether I’m dressed for the office or for errands, I always like to rock a little wrist bling.  JTV.com has dozens of bracelet designs to choose from, but I was immediately drawn to these adjustable silver bracelets for their beautiful designs that are both fun, yet elegant in their simplicity. They look equally great worn separately, and I love how they can be worn with both casual and dressier outfits.

jtv-fall-jelwery-must-have-bracelet-Collage{Faith Bracelet, Diamond Bracelet, Turquoise Cabuchon Bracelet, Adjustable Bracelet Trio, Byzantine Links}

Fall Must-Have Jewelry

Fall Must-Have Jewelry

I had so much fun putting together these looks for you, and I hope you enjoyed them. I highly recommend you explore JTV.com and discover your own fall must-have jewelry pieces. They’ve got tons of unique designs to fit every style and budget. I’ve been wearing my items for the past few weeks and can attest to their quality and durability.

As always, thanks for reading, and do stop by again soon!

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Work Hard // Play Hard

Everyday Outfits

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Last week was a whirlwind, and I’m slowly easing my way back into a normal routine…

After weeks of purging my closet and packing up the things I hold near and dear… my husband and I moved to a new apartment in the city last Monday. Before I’d even had a chance to catch my breath after the movers left, I was showered and primped and off to catch behind-the-scenes action of the Vivienne Tam fashion show (more on that coming soon).

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday were each accompanied by major speaking gigs. And to top it all off, I had to complete my quarterly business taxes by the stroke of midnight on Thursday (ahhh… the joys of being a busy entrepreneur!)… and did I mention there was mounds of unpacking and furniture arranging to do in the midst of all this activity?!

In any case, I’m not complaining (because frankly, I’m way too tired for all of that), but a gal does need to take some time to relax and recharge. That’s why I look forward to sneaking away to The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden for a much needed Swedish massage. Stepping into their calming and relaxing interior and leaving myself in the capable hands of one of their attentive professionals is just the sort of escape I need during this crazy (but super exciting) time in my life.

And because sharing is caring, I’d like to let you know that as an official #GalSquad Ambassador, I can offer you guys the discount code GSFANSEPT9 to get 50% OFF a Massage Membership at the NYC – 5th Avenue and Chatwal locations!

Just remember to enter the offer code during online booking, or mention it when you call. Offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Not valid towards product, gift certificate, gift card, packages, Red Door More Membership or Series purchases. Offer expires October 31, 2016.


Fun & Flirty Floral Chiffon Babydoll Dress

Everyday Outfits, My Style

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Some of you may recall this floral chiffon babydoll dress from my Snapchat fitting room shenanigans (remind me to do that again… it was kinda fun). Not gonna lie, I was instantly drawn to it because it reminded me of an old comfy nightgown. There aren’t too many times in life when you can get away with wearing a nightgown outside of the home (save for hospitals, hotel rooms, and pajama jammy jams), so I of course jumped at the opportunity.

I’ve been a fan of Ralph Lauren for years (perhaps even shedding a tear or two during the demise of Rugby), but I’ve only recently taken a shine to the Denim & Supply Label. I have to save, I’ve become a fan, and I’m really digging their ultra-feminine take on 90s-grunge style (think floral babydoll dresses and plaid maxis). Below are a few goodies I’ve got my eye on for fall…

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