NYFW 2018

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For anyone who uses any social media platforms, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen tons of pictures and videos from this years NYFW. What is Fashion Week you say? Well, in the shortest form: Fashion Week is when the industry’s top designers present their upcoming collections in a series of runway shows and presentations. These runway shows range from a simple setup to insane locations, set design, music, lighting, you get it.

NYFW has been a huge hit with some of the best in the industry setting the curve really high for the other big 3 cities. NYFW ran from September 6th through September 14th, with some fabulous designers like Oscar de la Renta, Alice + Olivia, Self-Portrait, Michael Costello, Ralph Lauren, Jeremy Scott, to name a few.

Scroll down to see some of NYFW’s best photos and top designers, I’m in love with these new collections for AW18! So many trends have already hit stores, so join in and enjoy!

 

Oscar de la Renta

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Max Mara

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Alice + Olivia 

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Cynthia Rowley 

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NYFW was a great kick off for fashion week, and all the designers showcasing their hottest trends. Autumn/Winter doesn’t need to be all dark and grungy, though that’s a whole lotta fun too! Designers like Alice + Olivia and Cynthia Rowley brought in the fun, floral, and sparkly side to AW18 and I love it! There’s nothing like bold animal prints with pops of color and sequins! Oscar de la Renta sure showed us what the power of prints, and detailed sequins look like this season. The touches of red and maroon are to absolutely live for! Which designers did you enjoy most? Stay tuned for more upcoming posts on fashion week.

 

XO,

Stephanie

 

AW18 is coming!

Pantone AW18 color pal
http://www.pantone.com

 

Here we go, another season is upon us with more dazzling and addictive trends coming back! Who’s excited for Fall & Winter?! I’m 50/50 about it, I love Summer and the sun but this heat we’ve been having this year is CRAZY! I loved all the trends and styles for Summer we had this year, but I’m excited for AW18! I’m excited to be able to open the window and get a nice breeze going, oh and 1 word, BOOTIES! I’m addicted to booties and boots, and nothing says AW more than boots right?

I’ve been doing a lot of research and scoping the fashion week shows that have been happening all over the world. Popular Fall colors for this year to look for are: Red Pear, Valiant Poppy, Nebulas Blue, Pink Peacock, Earthy Browns, Ceylon Yellow, Martini Olive, Ultra Violet, Crocus Petal, and hints of Tofu and Almond Buff. Here’s Pantone’s AW18 Top 12 color palette: 

 

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Get ready to feast your eyes! I’ll be showing you guys some popular trends, styles, and colors that are already out and about for AW18. Follow along and let me know which you like or dislike and why!

 

Over-sized coats

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Over-sized coats from http://www.harpersbazaar.com

 

All over animal prints

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Lemill dress, Sigerson Morrison ankle boots, and Proenza Schouler coat and chunky heels from their AW18 collections

 

Dark florals & garden theme

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Alexander McQueen, Whistles, Dior, Zimmerman and Christopher Kane AW18 collections

 

It’s all about… RED!

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Here are some amazing pieces from Carolina Herrera, Gucci, Miss Selfridge, and Ferragamo’s AW18 collections

Check out Carolina Herrera’s Pre-Fall 2018 beauties here! They’re all to die for! Ferragmao also has this red trend so spot on, it’s ridiculously good. Check them out here.

 

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Metallics & sequins

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Rachel by Rachel Roy, Revolve, Topshop, Calvin Klein, and Bardot’s trendy pieces featuring top AW18 trends

These pieces are so darling and going to be a huge trend for AW18. I love the delicate looks, and fabrics that show all the right curves of your body. See, AW fashion isn’t dark and boring. You can find most of these pieces at quite affordable prices on Revolve, and Macy’s!

 

Stylish Sleepers

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Amazing new AW18 collection from For Restless Sleepers

Another fabulous trend hitting the streets is stylish sleepwear for outings. Yes, stylish sleepwear is a thing now. These aren’t your normal slips or pajamas, they’re sleek and sexy!  F.R.S. is the monogram of Francesca Ruffini, she is the heart of this project and is said to be a true monogram addict. Find all her amazing Italian beauties here.

As you can see, just because we’re going into AW18 doesn’t mean it’s all dark and boring. There are such great mixes of florals, bold patterns, pops of red, pink, and even bright whites! What I love is that some of Summer is still carried through AW18 but with a twist to the boldness and shades of the prints. Stay tuned for more fashion posts coming up this season but before I go, enjoy this great quote I came across.

“Fashion is part of the daily air and it changes all the time, with all the events. You can even see the approaching of a revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes.” – Diana Vreeland

 

XO,

Steph

The New Year is here! Welcome 2018!

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Wow I still can’t really believe we’re here in 2018!! I remember back when it was Summer, and I’d joke with my fiance about “oh there’s 5 months until Christmas, are you ready?!” Now look at us! It’s January 4th and we’re off to a great start. I’ll be writing more on my blog as the time goes by on helpful tips on how to start your year and plan each month accordingly.

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If you follow my Instagram, I posted a picture of a quote that one of my favorite bloggers Kait (@kaitness) posted earlier for the new year. I love her mindset and way of encouraging others that what they’re going through is normal and okay. She’s one of the most realistic bloggers out there today and I absolutely love that! Here’s to #transparency!

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While 2017 wasn’t fully an amazing year that made me go WOW! It did have some great moments for me and I enjoyed it. I did have struggles, bad days, rough moments that made me question some things in my life, unexpected events, etc. Those not so great moments, although were bad at the time, really helped me grow and transition into who I am today! Those events lead you to feel stronger, and more powerful today. I remember as we were getting closer to new years, so many posts were going up about how 2017 sucked, how it was the worst year, people cussing at it like it was a person… While I do understand that in life we have some pretty unexpected things that get thrown at us, things we can’t fully control. People get fired, sicknesses arise out of the blue, money becomes tight, breakups happen, family issues, the list can go on sadly. BUT! I believe the year, day, any moment is really what you make out of it. It’s really up to you and how you can transform such a rough time to a beautiful outcome. I’m all about building up others in life, and helping them see the strength and potential in themselves.

Throughout my college years at FIDM, and the 6 years after that in retail and fashion, I saw and met so many different people. Everyone had such different characteristics, and qualities than me and I liked that. I loved meeting new people and getting close as friends to help one another. I met some great co-workers through work whom I loved sharing my low points with to get their advice and vice versa. I enjoyed being a shoulder to lean on and trying to show the strength of that person to them. What happens to us out of the blue sometimes isn’t in our control, but what we do after that is. You can try to be optimistic and turn your life around or just be upset and blame the world for everything. How we react to those situations shows a lot about someone and how they take on their lives. No matter the situation whether it was a breakup, losing your job, a loved one passing away, you can get yourself back up. Some people like to lean on friends and family, some people love to go out and travel to their favorite place of peace and serenity. Some people get a fire burning in them to strike back and try harder, for example losing that job makes someone more hungry to refresh their resume and hit the ground running! You have the power and capability, you just gotta get up and do it!

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I’ve been through quite a few ups and downs throughout my life, and I know there will be more to come. The thing that always gets me through is being optimistic and having close family and friends to help me along the way. I always try to the see the better side of a crappy situation. The second something goes south, I start brainstorming what can I do to fix this and make it a better outcome? Who can I ask for advice? What’s the right thing to do to turn this around? Optimism has been my best friend ever since I was a kid. I was told no, and “you can’t do this” so many times. The thing that kept me going was the drive in me. I chose to not let any of those people get to me or hold me down. I got so much joy out of showing my doubters that I can and I will accomplish whatever it was at that moment. I still do! Even in your adult years, you will meet people or work with people who will doubt you and say no you can’t do that. For me, that’s the greatest challenge to hear. I get joy to show them what I can do, and how great I will be at it.

You are incredible, smart, strong, beautiful, and worth it. I will be the one to tell you, you CAN do it! You got this. Stay focused, driven, and dedicated and it will come to you. Nothing comes easy, or immediately. Remember that! Here are a few things that can really help boost you up and get you going for 2018.

 

  1. Get Organized
Printable planner from Etsy!

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Being organized and having a planner/journal to schedule events and jot down notes is a must for me!

     2. Plan Ahead and Schedule things

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     3. Make Time for YOU!

4. Stay Positive and Optimistic

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https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/how-to-be-optimistic

 

I hope you enjoyed this post, it’s a bit more of a personal topic but I really wanted to share some of my own experiences and tips with you. Sometimes in the midst of all the craziness we need to stop and smell the roses, no really. Smell them! Be the best version of yourself, be humble, help build others up, and run towards your goals with arms wide open! 2018 is going to be a great one, I know it!

 

XOXO,

S

Santa’s coming! I know him! I know him!

Santa’s coming! I know him! I know him!

We’re officially in Holiday mode, and 24 days away from Christmas!!! Where did the year go?! I’m not complaining though, I’m obsessed with the festive lights and decorations.

Have you been shopping for your loved ones with all these Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales?! I’m totally guilty of doing some damage myself, there’s always so many great deals. This year I also dedicated some time for shopping for things that I personally needed. Home appliances and decor, some lounge/cozy clothes, intimates, a warm coat. I’m pretty proud of myself for starting my shopping early and getting everyone in my family covered. December in general is such a crazy busy month for me because I have so many birthdays in my family, and then it’s immediately hit by Christmas. Before you know it, BAM it’s New Years! Anyone else feel me on this?

Haven’t done much shopping yet? Or just quite haven’t found the right gift? Don’t fret! I got you covered with some awesome finds below. Gifts for her, him, and even your pets!

While some of those crazy Thanksgiving sales are done, there are still LOTS of sales happening online and in store. I prefer online shopping though, do you?

Calling all Beauty lovers!

Below is where your heaven is…

SEPHORA

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This set is amazing and it includes 24-piece eyeshadow palette, warm and cool toned blushes, two universal bronzers, and a pearlescent highlighter in all of their newer shades. It’s got your eyes, cheeks, and lips covered! It’s currently $59 and valued at $433, um wow what a steal! Interested?

 

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Ri Ri lovers! This is such a great value set with a set of trio stix. Two are to conceal and contour and one is shimmer to highlight those perfect little features. Super light weight formula makes it easy to throw on without feeling gunky. It’s currently $54 on Sephora!

 

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Do your makeup looks like a b-o-s-s! This is Tarte’s LIMITED EDITION set which is amazing! Look at all those shades and pigments, insert drool emoji. Lips, eyes, and face will be looking flawless with this set. It’s only $58 valued at $336! Santa, I’ve been good this year! 

 

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#tooglamtogiveadamn brush holder set of five vegan, and cruelty free brushes in a pretty limited edition print. Yes yes yes!

This set contains:
– Cheek brush
– Complexion brush
– Highlighter brush
– Shading eyeshadow brush
– Blending eyeshadow brush

This is a perfect gift for yourself, and loved ones. I can say that I definitely purchased this one for myself, I mean a friend. Only $44, thanks Sephora! 

 

Gifts for HIM:

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Great for unisex, and home gifts as well! 

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Pantograph engraved glass with 24 carat gold rim and initial for your special man, or lady! Heck I want one in my initial! Find this at Anthropologie for only $18!

 

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Gifts for the bar! Cheers!

These are some of my favorite finds I put into a collage, I mean look at these stunners! From beer crafting books, to beer glasses, to decorative bottle openers, Anthropologie has got you covered this season. These are great gift alternatives to clothes, as most guys find them boring. I know mine does, so I always look for other cool ideas that he can use daily and get more out of it.

 

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Precious Agate Cheese Board $168

Agate Coffee Scoop $14

Celestial Coaster Set $40

 

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For the beard-y boys! 😉

Beau Brummell Cedarwood Beard Oil Conditioner $22

The Refinery Shave Oil $44

 

Gifts for the Fur-ends!

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Find all these great Holiday outfits, cozy clothes, beds, treats and more here at Petco!

 

Meowy Christmas!

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Great finds for your furry little friends, with some promotions happening at Petco. Check them out here! 

 

There are so many options for gift giving this season, and some don’t even need to be popular items. Donating food, toys, and warm clothes are great ways of giving. I make sure each year to help donate to as much as I can personally afford. This past year I have donated well over 10 bags of old furniture, and clothing to help others who are in need. Volunteering at your nearest shelter is also a great way to give back. This season is all about love and giving and it’s a great way to put your own personal touch of warmth to it. I hope you enjoyed my finds for gifts, and would love to hear if any of you have these items/have purchased them.

Happy Holidays loves!

 

XO,

S