Biker Babe

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One of the best parts about going to New York City is not just the shopping, but the stores that stay open ’til 2:00a.m. No matter the circumstances from late arriving flights to picking up a few items during fashion week, I always find myself with the need to hit up Times Square for a midnight shopping excursion. During my last trip, I loaded up on biker jackets, gold hardware jewelry, and anything and everything leather. As someone who very rarely wears all black, I fell in love with this jacket and romper that spoke to the inner biker babe inside of me. 

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The Minimalist

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In an arena where circus-like ensembles reign supreme aka New York Fashion Week, the Clover Canyon presentation was a breath of fresh air. While the SoCal brand is known for their abstract prints, the Spring/Summer collection put the power of the silhouette in the hands of the futuristically-structured clothing. Lightweight fabrics from organza to perforated neoprene captured the essence of the California girl where, in terms of clothing, less is always more. 
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What stood out most about the overall aesthetic was the juxtaposition of glowing makeup and 50s minimalists hairstyles on light luxe prints. Thanks to Redken 5th Avenue, I was able to go backstage with the leading stylists of their flagship salon, Cutler, and get tips and tricks on how this look was created.

Make Up: The overall look was that of the fresh-faced all American girl.
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Get the Look:

1. Apply The Sensual Skin Enhancer all over to create a radiant base. Mix with a pea-sized amount of Soleil de la Mar to get that extra bit of glow we often need in the winter. 

2. To illuminate the eyes, apply Kevyn Aucoin loose shimmer shadow from crease to lid. Then, use the Flesh Tone Lip Pencil (I like blossom or Cerise) to line top lid. Finally, apply essential mascara on bottom lashes only. 

3. For rosy cheeks, I swear by (as in you never catch me without this stuff) Chanel Creme Blush. All you need is a few dabs on the apples of your cheeks. 

4. To get that perfectly pink pout, apply matte lip color in timeless and top off with lipgloss in Reyna only on the middle of the lip.

Hair: 50s-inspired minimalist look crafted by Cutler Salon’s Linh Ngyuen
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1. Secure front section of hair in a top knot and section off a thin strip of hair on either  side of the temples to be french braided towards mid-crown. 
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2. Blow dry and straighten remaining sections. Then, tease and slick back front section of hair layer by layer. 
  • Tip: I like to use a bit of Redken Wax Blast to get that slicked back look while still maintaining volume.
3. Finish off with Redken Forceful 23 for maximum hold and to keep the look in place throughout the day.
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Sunday Best

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New York Fashion Week was rounded out with another series of smash hit shows inspiring high hopes for Spring fashion. Blooming ball gowns (Zac Posen), Sportswear (DKNY), and an aspirational juxtaposition of structured voluminosity (Delpozo) dominated the runways. 

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Designers like Sachin + Babi, Clover Canyon, and The Row captivated crowds during the final days of shows. If New York Fashion Week has left you coveting these designer’s creations, check out a few notable pieces from their current collections here: 

1. Sass & Bide – The Letter Dress

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2. Tracy Reese – Breathtaking Arrival Dress 
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3. Opening Ceremony x Adidas Originals – Patchwork Sweater

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4. The Row – Topa Jumpsuit

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5. Sachin + Babi – Mixed Media Jacket

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6. Clover Canyon – Metro Palace Plate Jacket
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7. Alice + Olivia – Ginnifer Dress
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8. MM6 Maison Martin Margiela – Wedge Booties (SALE!)
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Sunday Best

With fashion week now in full swing, designers have given us a taste of what to expect for Spring. So far the forecast looks sunny and chocked full of deconstructed glam (BCBG), 90s hip-hop chic (Alexander Wang), and feminine elegance (Monique Lhuillier). Out of the first 3 days of shows, my favorites have been BCBG MAXAZRIA, Marissa Webb, Zimmerman, Suno, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Taylor, Jill Stuart, and Alexander Wang…just to name a few. 

We will have to wait a few months before these collections hit stores, however, we can still rock their Fall/Winter collections that caused the same mass hysteria during February’s fashion week. Here are some of my favorites pieces from their current collections:

1. BCBG MAXAZRIA – The Riley Dress

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2. Prabal Gurung – Brocade Varsity Jacket (SALE)

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3. Jill Stuart – Freja T-Strap Pumps

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4. Alexander Wang – Blouson Dress

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5. Zimmerman – Twist Strapless Dress

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6. Suno – Knit Pencil Skirt

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7. Rebecca Taylor – Becca Pants

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8. Marissa Webb – Juliana Tweed Jacket (SALE)

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Friday Favorites

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1. Whether you have 10 minutes or 1 hour to refuel in between NYFW shows, Grub Street shares quick eats to keep you energized during Fashion Week. {Grub Street}

2. For ages there has been a vast disconnect between the idealized “beauty” displayed in magazines and that of real women in diverse populations. This continues to breed insecurity in more and more women and at younger ages. Actress Thandie Newton and make-up artist Kay Montano have created the new beauty blog, ThandieKay, to finally address this issue and create a space for diversity in beauty. {Refinery 29}

3. As we ogle over the seemingly flawless celebs filling the coveted front row this week, these “Then vs. Now” celeb pics remind us of their humble beginnings. {Daily News Dig}

4. Always on the quest for creative, new ways to organize my beauty essentials, I feel in love with this DIY ombré makeup brush holder. {P.S. – I made this}

5. I’ve never been shy about sharing my struggle with ADHD. I figure might as well let people know ahead of time before I get up mid-sentence to start organizing my handbag…checking twitter…chasing a butterfly..or is that a dragonfly? Anyways, ADHD presents an entirely new challenge (or opportunity) for women as we transition into our careers. Learn more about what this is really like and how to make it work for you instead of against you. {Forbes}

Happy Friday from high atop San Francisco on the “crookedest street in the world!” 

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