December 18, 2014
On the first day of the last month of this year, I was so excited to come from a great Thanksgiving to style a phenomenal legend for his magazine cover as well as the in magazine feature which will be out in Feb! I love what I do; however, sometimes not being able to share what was going on at the time can be a bit of intense. So a bit of a teaser involves the fabulous brands that I pulled to make this happen: Karl Lagerfeld, Thomas Pink, John Hardy and more. A day of busy styling and getting the rest of the pulls always results in me having a few moments of Zen such as popping into Chobani's Soho location to have a treat to keep up my energy and to work out of my mobile office (such a fan of my Love Alex handbag which is large and keeps everything I need in one place) before heading to set!
December 17, 2014
For the road warrior, gift him/her a Garmin and/or TomTom which features Bluetooth connectivity for hands free calling, traffic management and weather updates. With Voice Recognition Technology, lane assistance and lifetime traffic and map updates, driving is such a different experience with these must have devices.
The Garmin 52LM has a 5.0" display and contains a map of 49 US states that you can navigate. In addition, to a number of features, it displays speed limits and arrival times accurately. The spoken turn by turn directions is also helpful for drivers. The Garmin 2597LMT also contains the above items previously mentioned (both have the plus lifetime map updates as well as the lane assist with junction view).
TomTom Go 50s has Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device. In addition, their maps contain US, Canada and Mexico. It also offers 3D Maps with a 5" touchscreen with advanced lane guidance.
The holiday is around the corner and so you have to focus on great gifts. Xbox One is the ultimate platform to play games as well as to engage within a range of fitness activities. In addition to having fun games ranging from Madden 15, Halo, Just Dance and more, this system connects customers to the latest TV shows and movies via your apps of choice. It's a great way to stay connected in the manner in which you deem.
Finally, other items to round out what you should look for during the holiday season involves JBL Charge 2 and JBL Flip 2. The JBL Charge 2 has a 6000mAh battery which allows up to 3 different users to take turns to share their playlists on a single speaker. The Bluetooth Social Mode is a winner as well as the hands-free conference speakerphone. The JBLFlip 2 has a SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker. This is a great item to have for those that have a home office or are working on location. Finally, JBL Reflect Earbud Headphones have a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet. Cable free enjoyment with no worries about wires is a key element here. In addition, ergonomic eartips is an additional benefit.
All posts must include the following disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
Hashtag and handles to use in your tweet: @BestBuy #HintingSeason @Xbox, @TomTomUSA and @Garmin. Only use #TomTomGo only when talking about the GO 50 S.
December 17, 2014
In my world, having the right tool is an essential when I am styling and it comes to life when I am working with a photographer who captures the image perfectly. When I'm on set creating great images, the photographer I work with uses Canon and even growing up, this is the camera I remember my dad using. With that said, whether it's apart of your job or simply something to use recreationally, Canon is a great choice to capture memories as well as to gift. Right now, you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy (visit the site to learn more as the offer ends soon on Dec 20th).
The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best selling DSLRs on the market. Not only is it great to have but it is easy and fun to take with you as it provides great quality, studio quality images, Hollywood level HD videos (perfect to capture Christmas wrapping parties, unwrapping gifts and NYE).
The holidays are around the corner as Christmas Eve is merely one week away! Join the Canon Twitter Party tomorrow, Thursday December 18th at 7pm CST. There are chances to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
December 17, 2014
In my day to day, the consistent theme is busy and what I constitute as a day doesn't work very well when you're trying to do normal errands. In many respects, thank goodness that I live in NYC as it allows me to go to my local bodega at a crazy time of night to do odds and ends (buying food, magazines, detergent etc). But living in the city that never sleeps there are still some services that never quite sync up - going to the dry cleaner. It's a feat of unnatural proportions when it comes to waking up at certain times to get garments to my corner cleaner (to maybe get it by the end of day) or to stop what I am doing and to make my way back prior to 6pm or 7pm!
As you know, I run this site which allows me to attend a number of events, press trips and more. But I am also the Co-Founder/Creative Director and Fashion Stylist of Accessory2 which is a styling house that also presents creative direction and consultation to brands. This is long hours of being on set styling for magazine shoots, making sure garments get to and back from clients and more. Finally, as an Accessory Expert, I also go on camera to talk about trends, am a brand ambassador and do a range of appearances within this role! Needless to say it's a lot of clothes and sometimes opportunities pass up and realizing at 10pm that I need to be on set by 7am (meaning I am leaving earlier then the call time) means I can't pop in to get my must needed dress!
Enter the wonders of Dryel! I have been familiar with Dryel for a number of years as all you need is to place your clothes within the provided bag and whether you own a washer and dryer or go to the one in your building or the Laundromat, you have dry cleaner quality clothes that is on your schedule! This drew me in years ago but my travel and bookings schedule have drawn me to use this more and more. Since we also have a studio for a number of clothes that we keep for styling projects, it's so much easier to do it myself and to keep track of all my items! As someone who is obsessed with everything looking perfect, Dryel is the perfect must have item to ensure that myself or my models look amazing without spending time trying to navigate the city to reclaim my pieces.
I am pleased to share that I am an Official Dryel Brand Ambassador and I will share how I use this and why it works so well with what I do! I love that Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner has an improved bag as well as an eye popping new packaging in red. Convenience is a major factor as to why I use this at-home dry cleaner which utilizes the power of steam to clean as well as to deodorize your garments within your dryer in as little as 15 minutes! Although this is a rapid amount of time, you don't have to worry as your clothes are completely protected as the colors will remain true, the shape of them will stay in contact and NO harsh chemicals will be used. With the holiday season, its worth noting that table linens can find their way into the bag as well!
As you're aware, I'm all about visual texture (meaning I love textured garments and fine fabrics) and I trust these delicate within this system for a quick clean. You can get started with their starter kit which cleans up to 10 pieces and continue this with the refill kit which goes up to 30! I can't wait to share what garments I have used within this and although I love using it within my routine, I can promise you that with NYFW just around the corner, it will be fabulous to use these to stay fresh and wrinkle free!
December 16, 2014
One of my favorite poems comes from Lord Byron (1814) with his work, She Walks in Beauty. The memorable line:
"She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies and all that's beat of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes"
The UAE based Aiisha Couture was inspired by Glasgow, Scotland and selected this area to shoot her latest campaign as it is known for its legends, folklore, myths, famous poets and authors and stunning land!
You can see more from Aiisha Couture and its designer, Aiisha Ramadan here for her current Queen of Scotts campaign photographed by Gerardo Jaconelli and including Miss Scotland 2014, Ellie McKeating as well as models Zoe Beth and Eilidh MacDonald.