Over the weekend, Creeds Collective, an influencer community centered around ethical, eco-friendly and charitable fashion and beauty brands invited me to their Summer of Creeds event on Long Island. It was great to get out of the city and spend a day at a fabulous Long Beach beach house connecting with fellow bloggers and experiencing the amazing things sustainable brands are doing. Together we’re making the fashion and beauty industries even more beautiful for the next generation. Here’s what went down!
Sitting poolside in a beautiful pink dress by NYC Designer T.Tandon
Organic summer cocktails
Digging the ocean view in T.Tandon by Tina Tandon
Obsessed with this summer manicure by PH7 Nail Couture, a sustainable salon in Brooklyn that uses only natural polishes. The violet color is by RGB Cosmetics and the sparkles are Deborah Lippmann.
I fell in love with these custom soy candles by Get Wickd. I need one now! You can send them your own bottles to make into candles and they also recycle bottles from restaurants and turn them into beautiful candles.
If you have a special bottle you drank out of at your wedding, birthday or other celebration Get Wickd can turn it into an amazing candle for your home. This is also a great way to surprise a friend after partying with them. Can you see why I’m obsessed?
Last week, I visited Caravan Stylist Studio for a full hair and nail treatment. Caravan is a by appointment only hair, nail, makeup, and wardrobe styling studio located at the Carlton Hotel catering only to editors, bloggers, celebrities, and other influential people in creative fields. Therefore, I was super excited to have been invited.
When they asked what I wanted to do with my hair, I immediately said curls. Though I’ve perfected the art of makeup, I’m still a novice when it comes to hair and having such thick hair makes it even harder to curl myself. So I’m rarely seen with curls. To get these gorgeous curls, they used a curling wand and set the curls with Style Sexy Hair Spray Clay for shine and hold. The curls stayed perfectly intact well over 24 hours, even after a night’s sleep. Unlike most hair sprays that make hair sticky and brittle, Spray Clay is perfect for everyday use to add texture and hold.
I’ve always loved nail art and Caravan does some amazing work. Since I was wearing a blue color-blocked dress to my cousin’s wedding that weekend (stay tuned for a post on that), I chose a blue nail art design called watercolor with strong black lines. The design went perfectly with the dress and I can’t tell you how many strangers have come up to me to tell me how much they love my nails. Though the design looks complicated, it’s actually something you could do yourself at home provided you have the time. All you have to do is paint your nails white, dab dots of a color across your nails, blend the dots with nail polish remover, and repeat with different colors until you’ve gotten the look desired. The Zoya Nail Polish used blended perfectly and lasted far longer than the average polish.
Thanks Caravan for this amazing look! I hope to come by again sometime.
If I could do anything in the world, my first choice would be to spend my days coming up with names for nail polish colors and my nights getting spa treatments. I have some amazing names already in my head which include “A Weekend with the Kennedys,” “Suddenly Fabulous,” and “Classy Reality Star.” So I’m pretty serious about this.
Whenever I go to the nail salon, I choose my color for the name just as much as the color itself. So when I discovered a stunning blue by Essie called “Butler Please” I knew that had to be the one. Aside from the fab name, what I love best about this color is that it’s perfect for both spring and fall in that it’s dark and mysterious all while possessing pretty pastel qualities. In other words, I’m obsessed!
Before Diego Binetti‘s Fall 2014 presentation, I was given the exclusive opportunity to go backstage and see what happens behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. Two hours before the show was scheduled to begin, the models arrived for hair, makeup, and nails. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (love the name) did an amazing job giving the models dramatic smokey eyes with their 100% vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics. Since the collection was inspired by nature and getting back to the earth, the nail artists designed gorgeous ombre nails using Morgan Taylor lacquer made to appear as if the models had been digging in the dirt. Now that you’ve been behind the scenes, click here to check out the collection.
Summer is the prime time for Holiday and Fall Previews. It’s ironic how somehow they all seem to land on the hottest days of the year leaving us bloggers and editors going through winter coats and sweaters in sundresses and sandals. At the Fall/Holiday 2013 Preview of American Rag and barIII that was certainly the case. While American Rag has a fun California appeal that had me picking out outfits for the next Coachella festival, barIII is a bit more Upper East Side and featured some amazing statement necklaces set to hit stores in the next few months. I’m particularly excited about American Rag’s new premium denim line making its debut this fall. The fit is absolutely amazing and at around $60 a pair, also incredibly affordable. BarIII also has its share of affordable pieces. All of the jewelry is priced well under $100. Both lines are exclusive to Macy’s.
No, this isn’t my new apartment, but I really wish it was! It’s barIII’s home collection for fall.
Love the detail in this Holiday sweater by American Rag.
Getting custom nail art by Miss Pop Nails was by far the highlight of my day!