NYFW DAY 2: COLOR BLOCK

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I’m currently writing from Tulum, Mexico and though I’m physically sipping a Corona and sitting in a metallic bikini with sand between my toes, I’m mentally still catching up on everything FASHION WEEK. It’s this time of year that I begin to crave a seaside destination to fully decompress with my girl tribe before jumping right back into fashion month. I’m savoring every moment here in Mexico to be completely out of my normal element and NYC routine. This NYFW was non-stop. The city has a buzz to it. Head anywhere near the West Side Highway and you’ll spot some kooky characters and a sea of photographers on every corner. It’s all about “getting the shot.” Breaking the internet one outfit at a time, and still trying to arrive on time to back-to-back shows. Like every single season, I have so much fun with it. It’s that time of year to hit up your designer friends to create some really sick looks. Sure it’s freezing, but I say just whip out those bold coats, colors, and pile on the layers! Boy did it feel amazing to slip on a pair of sneakers. These are from the new Nike collection, and I love that they’re completely a new take on their oldschool design. I gave them a modern twist with a fit n’ flare dress, striped turtleneck, and parka. With every fashion week, getting dressed just starts getting easier. It’s far more low-key this year. You don’t need to wear stilettos everywhere you go. It’s totally ok to show up to a show with a gigantic parka over your wild outfit. Be practical first, then take it from there.

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// Elizabeth + James sunglasses, Woolrich parka, STAUD turtleneck, Fashion Bunker dress, Nike sneakers, Gucci bag //

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NYFW DAY 1 // Backstage with NARS

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NYFW has always pretty intense yet exciting, especially come February with it’s cold, gusty winds. This one was no different. After one giant snow storm, and multiple cancelled flights, I luckily make it back home just in time! Phew! My fashion week days begin early. At 7am I’m already unzipping garment bags, staring at my packages piled high up to my ceilings, and finally taking a peek at my my schedule on my iphone as I’m still waking up. In my mind all I can think about is “coffee, coffee, coffee!” This week I’ve been working with NARS Cosmetics who I just love, in creating my dream makeup looks, along with heading backstage to get in on all the action at their shows. And they were MAJOR shows: Alexander Wang, Creatures of the Wind, and 3.1 Philip Lim! Every girl’s dream NYFW schedule. NARS masters clean skin, and of course the smokey eye and really beautiful dark lip. I swear by their concealer and their new line of Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. I worked with my makeup artist, Niko, to create a rosy, glowing look for day. He’s a genius. We used a shimmering pink eye shadow, a swipe of black KohLiner, and finished it off with an amazing lip gloss in “Istria.” At night, I got a quick touchup backstage at Alexander Wang. A really beautiful matte lip in NARS “Pussy Control.” The name fits this sexy shade that literally stays on all night long. For NYFW Day 1, I looked at my makeup artist in my closet and pulled out this amazing Anna Sui velvet dress with black roses. Immediately, we knew it was THE look. I threw it on over a great pair of leather leggings and boots. In this weather, I can’t go a day without leather leggings. I layer them under just about every dress I own.This was a look of velvet, leather, and studs. It’s old school rock n’ roll with a little bit of goth punk. I love pairing something so dark with such fresh, and pretty pinks in my makeup.

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// Karen Walker sunglasses, Anna Sui dress + cardigan, Kenneth Cole coat, Zadig et Voltaire leather legging + boots, Bally handbag //

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HOW I AM TAKING CARE OF MY LIPS

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Lately, I’ve decided it’s about time I start really taking care of my lips. Having supple, luscious lips is the key to any amazing makeup look. Always start with taking care and protecting your skin before applying more makeup. My #1 rule to get rid of dry, chapped lips? Exfoliate, protect, and hydrate. Hydrating meaning always have a moisturizing base before you put on any lipstick. That’s always the hardest when you’re trying to master a really matte lip, my favorite type of look. Bite Beauty released the new Everyday Agave collection. It’s 3 amazing products that now, more than ever, I am using…especially on the airplane. Here are the 3 steps: – Apply the Agave Sugar Lip Scrub: use this daily and right before bed, and you’re lips will be extra soft and smooth. -Leave on the Agave Lip Mask: Leave this on overnight and it helps protect your lips from getting any further damage. -Reapply the Agave Lip Balm: This balm is super rich. I use it so many times a day. It doesn’t give off a crazy shine or greasy residue which makes it perfect under lipsticks.

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MAN UP THE PRETTY DRESS

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Give me a perfectly pretty dress and I immediately want to pair it with a rugged pair of Docs and fish net tights. I say man-up when it comes to what you pair with something super feminine. It could be boots and a floral frilled dress. Stilettos and an extra wide-leg pant. Always do the opposite when it comes to pairing styles. This was snapped in Chinatown in Los Angeles en route to a fitting. Every single trip I take for work is very in and out. I’m still trying to count how many flights I’ve taken just the beginning of this year! I make sure to always stay an extra night wherever I travel to really enjoy myself. Especially now, during Chinese New Year. As always, we planned a fun lunch date complete with mouth watering dumplings, fried fish, and stir fried noodles. I wish you all a prosperous and inspiring new year! It’s that time of year for us to indulge and set goals for what’s to  come. This weekend at NYFW, catch me backstage at some of the best shows (can you say ALEXANDER WANG?) I’ll be covering the shows with one of my favorite beauty labels and I can’t wait to reveal who it is.

Stay tuned.

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// See by Chloe leather bomber (it now comes in navy), Rebecca Taylor dress, DKNY fishnet tights, Dr. Martens boots, Elizabeth & James sunglasses (something similar) //

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