Strong Beautiful Nails

8.28.2015

I've never been very good to my nails. When I was a kid I used to bite them when I was nervous and now I keep them up with gel manicures which can be damaging to the nail bed. Insert sirens and here comes Nail Medic, a high-performance three phase anti-aging nail treatment that helps clean, repair and protect nails from damage. I tried the product out religiously these past week and have noticed an increase in nail growth and strength. I really like the idea behind Nail Medic, bringing a skincare focus to the nails with natural ingredients like cranberry extract, shea butter, argan oil and bamboo. Here's the system I used to get stronger, healthier nails. These products can be purchased at PrettyWomanNYC.com or at Walmart. 


Step 1: Nail Detox
The first phase helps cleanse and prime the nail by eliminating environmental impurities. Simply wash your hands then apply 1-2 coats of Nail Detox over bare or polished nails. Cranberry & lemon extracts lift away dirt and devise while Soap Bark extract and Witch Hazel help to detoxify and rebalance the nail before applying the next step. 



Step 2: Triple Threat
Next, the 'Triple Threat' combines oils and vitamins that help nourish and hydrate nails. The blend of oils including Jojoba and Black Currant Oil seal in moisture while Bamboo & Vitamin E hydrate and protect the nails, keeping them healthy and strong, Be sure to shake up the bottle and then apply Triple Threat to bare nails and cuticles, massaging the product into the skin and allowing to dry. 


Step 3: Growth Factor 
The last step contains the key ingredients to really strengthen and fortify weak nails to reduce breakage and splitting. Growth Factor contains biotin, calcium, keratin & argan oil providing nutrition and moisture to the nails. For best results with this product, do not top with nail polish. I especially like to use this product between gel manicures to let the nails breath and re-grow with the care they need. 



Special thanks to Pretty Woman NYC for collaborating on this post and keeping my nails healthy! 

Embrace the Roses

8.27.2015




I'm absolutely loving the new Embrace Rosebuds & Vanilla Fragrance by Vera Wang. Before shooting for this collaboration, I used it every day for a week to discover the notes and my own personal emotional connection to the fragrance. The essence was sweet and soft with a very romantic yet warm feel. I wanted to capture the beauty of the fragrances' top note, rosebud while evoking its natural charm. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens have a beautiful rose garden with over 1200 rose varieties cascading down arches and climbing up lattices. It's a very fragrant experience that I highly recommend to any plant lover. As for the fragrance, along with the sweet scent of rosebud oil, the Vera Wang Embrace Rosebuds & Vanilla also has notes of Mandarin Oil, Sweet Magnolia, Musk, Vanilla and Sandalwood. It reminds me of spring mornings and the smell of my grandmother's garden. Thanks to Vera Wang Fragrances for this collaboration. 


3 Date Looks with Maggy London

8.24.2015

I was so excited when Maggy London asked me to style three of their gorgeous pieces for one fun occasion. I've loved the brand and especially the brand's dresses since I was young. I remember one Christmas my mom bought me a beautiful yellow silk and taffeta Maggy London dress that I never wanted to take off! As for this post, I chose 'date' as the special occasion and three different Maggy London looks for three different dates! 

Romantic Garden Dinner: Dress, Maggy London.
For this look I paired Maggy London's Striped Lace Border Sheath Dresss with strappy nude heels. I love this outfit for a romantic late-summer dinner date on a lovely garden terrace, like the Chester in the Meatpacking District. The color is an elegant cream textured with woven stripes and a lovely lace hem. The shape is sexy and flattering without being over the top, especially when balanced with the midi length. 





Weekend Brunch Date: Dress, Maggy London.
For the second look, I wanted to create an outfit perfect for a day date like Brooklyn Brunch or a picnic in the park. I picked this cheery yellow Daisy Fit and Flare frock from Maggy London. I love the bright color and sweet lace texture. The shape is very flattering, cutting in at the waist and flowing out to a full, airy skirt. I paired the dress with grey suede sandals and my signature red lip!




Cocktails & Dancing: Top: Maggy London
For the last look, I wanted to do something slightly sexy for a late-night date like cocktails and dancing in West Village. I fell head over heels for the best-selling Maggy London Illusion top in black. It really flattering the body with a sheer upper and sweetheart neckline. It also has touching along the side for a slimming effect. I paired the top with black skinny jeans and leopard d'orsay heels. It's perfect for painting the town red on an early fall Manhattan night.




Which look is your favorite! Check out all my Maggy London picks for the perfect date below.

Stripes in the City

8.21.2015

Stripes are a blogger's best friend. My photographer, Lydia and I are always joking about just how often the bloggers she shoots wear stripes. They are always chic, easy to wear and an all-around classic look. I love this navy blue and cream striped top from Broonkyn based brand In God We Trust. It's the perfect amount of cropped and looks sweet from the front but has a sexy twist with low-cut sides to reveal a bit of skin. It's perfect with a cute little bralette paired with jeans and lipstick red heels. 
Photos: Lydia Hudgens. Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn. 

Behind the Scenes with maurices x Cosmopolitan.com

8.20.2015

Denim Vest: maurices 
I had such a blast shooting with maurices for Cosmopolitan.com last week! It was so exciting to work on a big project complete with hair and makeup, a stylist and a photographer. The shoot was on location in Williamsburg, which was perfect. We took photos at a few of my favorite spots including Mast Brother's Chocolate, La Esquina & Pilgrim Surf + Supply, all in my neighborhood. I had so much fun working with the stylist to create 8 distinct denim-on-denim looks for fall featuring maurices. A few of my favorite maurices pieces included the denim dress, printed chambray top & classic jean jacket. It was a unique challenge to create eight total looks featuring more than one denim element - but in the end I'm so thrilled with the result. I can't wait to rock these styles into the fall season. See all the awesome final looks here
Special thanks to everyone involved on the shoot and especially maurices & Cosmopolitan.com for sponsoring this post. 

Dressing Up with Boden

8.14.2015

There's few things I love more than a great dress. That's why I was so excited when Boden Clothing invited me to style three dresses from their new Fall collection. I'm decided to shoot in and around Central Park as a little ode to my adopted hometown, New York City. 

Look #1: Relaxed Breton Tunic, Red Bag & Leopard Heels: Boden
For the first look I paired their Relaxed Breton Tunic with killer leopard heels, an oversized red tote & wayfarer sunglasses. The dress is so easy to wear with classic stripes and a modern drop sleeve. The bright red bag adds a pop of color to the look while the leopard heels act as a neutral to tie the look together. I love this outfit because it mixes classic elements and patterns, but keeps a cool girl vibe. It's the perfect dress to transition into the fall season in style. Once the weather cools down, I would pair it with a leather jacket, tights & ankle boots 

Look #2: Mollie Jacquard Dress, Leopard Heels: Boden
For the second look I featured an adorable little white dress great for work or play with the same great leopard pumps and a salty pretzel treat in Central Park! The dress is beautiful one with pretty polka dot texture and a flattering fit-and-flare cut. It hangs really nicely on the body and could easily be worn to work or for a special occasion like a graduation or the theatre. I just love a little white dress and this one is no different! I could see myself pairing this with a trench coat and rainboots come fall. 

Look 3: Victoria Dress, Clutch & Glitter Mary Janes: Boden
For the last outfit, I fell head over heels for Victoria Dress, an oversized smock-style dress with a navy blue fan pattern. I love the relaxed fit of the dress that's super comfortable and cute. Usually, I don't wear a drop waist, but this one is just low enough to be a drop waist but not too low to totally cut off the mid-section. I added adorable glitter mary-janes and a lovely brown & pink clutch to finish the look. The sparkly shoes really add a girly twist that's playful and fun. The clutch can also be worn as a purse, it comes with a silver strap - I love the versatility and color blocking in this rich leather bag. 

Let me know in the comments below which was your favorite look! Be sure to check out all the amazing new Fall styles at Boden & check out my style feature on Boden's Blog, The Great Boden Diaries

Photos: Lydia Hudgens. Location: Around 59th & 5th, Central Park West. Special thanks to Boden for sponsoring this post! 

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