How to: DVF Fall 2015 Beauty Look with Natural Products

As soon as I saw the Diane von Furstenberg runway show I knew I would be re-creating the look inspired by the confident woman she expressed through her collection. Since I am focusing on using natural products, I am breaking down how you can achieve this elegant yet effortless look using the best in green beauty.

The hair and makeup was chic but messy and undone, just the way I like it. Perfect to wear for for an event or night out. The extraordinary artist, Pat McGrath worked her magic creating a smokey eye with layered black and brown pencil and cream eyeshadow. The hairstylist, Orlando Pita called the style the “seductress knot”. It was pulled back at the nape of the neck, not too high, not too low in a ponytail and then pinned into an effortless bun with a few strands pulled out.

Years ago, DVF was my first internship and jump-started my career into the fashion world at age 16. She was a huge inspiration to me at the time and still is. I will never forget the energy of the room when she was around and her friendly and warm nature. She introduced me to the idea of what it meant to truly empower and support women. DVF is a force and I feel extremely lucky to have been able to have that experience.

I hope this tutorial shows you that by using natural products you can achieve any look you want, expressing yourself with products that will benefit your skin instead of expose it to chemicals. It is ok to start slow, finding the companies that you love is a journey and there is no rush. Even if you just switch out your shampoo or lipstick, you will be doing your body a favor and I can guarantee you will be amazed at the results.

GET THE LOOK:

HAIR
1. Wash hair using Rahua Shampoo & Conditioner.
2. Apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner and brush out the knots.
3. Blow dry (or skip this step if you hair is 1-2 days post wash).
4. Apply a small amount of Rahua Hair Wax to increase manageability.
5. Use a wide tooth comb to brush back without a part and secure a ponytail with an elastic tie.
6. Twist ponytail and pin loosely into a knot, letting a few strands come out for a sexy effect.

products:
1. Tela Beauty Organics Boar Bristle Hairbrush
2. Rahua Shampoo
3. Rahua Conditioner
4. Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner
5. Elastic Hair Ties
6. Wide Tooth Sandal Wood Comb
7. Rahua Hair Wax

MAKEUP
1. Prep skin with your normal routine (cleaner, moisturizer, foundation, etc.)
2. Use Vapour Organic Beauty bronzer to give your skin a subtle glow.
2. Eyes: apply multiple layers of the black and brown eyeliner along the top and bottom of the eye. Use a q-tip to smudge and give a more smokey look.
3. Use the Karama eye polish on the top lid for a more dramatic effect.
4. Apply the Kjaer Weis highligher on the cheeks and above the lip (here is a helpful article explaining where to apply).
5. Finish with a few coats of Kjaer Weis mascara.

products:
1. Kjaer Weis Highlighter
2. Vapour Organic Beauty Bronzer
3. RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Karma
4. W3ll People Hypnotist Eyeliner in Black
5. Vapour Organic Beauty Mesmerize Eyeliner in Truffle
6. Kjaer Weis Mascara

Sources:
The Coveteur
W Magazine

Mid-Week Inspiration

Current go-to hairstyle: half up in a bun.

Gorgeous moroccan rugs that make the room.

Feeling more driven and motivated than ever working on Jewels of a Dreamer.

Maintaining my daily meditation morning & night to keep me grounded, no exceptions.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015

While I LOVE seeing what designers are putting down the runway, what really gets me excited is translating these ideas into day-to-day life. These bits of inspiration don’t need to be filed away until Fall 2015, there is no time like the present. From classic camel colored pieces to chunky yellow turtlenecks, gorgeous faux fur paired with distressed denim and a crimson lip with an undone low ponytail, these concepts are both easy to incorporate into your style and add a lot for minimal effort.

Personally, I have been loving layering turtlenecks underneath EVERYTHING and a pink lip is just what I need right now to add some brightness to these very cold days. Getting dressed should be fun, not something you dread. Taking the time for yourself is one of the highest forms of self love. I know it can be difficult during the winter but even the smallest effort can make a huge difference in how you feel. Just like anything it is easy to rely on what is comfortable, I totally get it. Whether it is putting on a bright lip, pairing something new in your closet or styling your hair differently – these acts allow you to express your creativity and start the day with loving energy. Feeling your best should never be an option.

STREET STYLE

Giovanna Battaglia in this chunky yellow turtleneck.
Maria Dueñas Jacobs snapped by The Sartorialist in camel.
Ramya Giangola shot by Ryan Kibler in a midi skirt & motorcycle boots.
Aimee Song of Song of Style in distressed denim & Stella McCartney shoes.

BEAUTY

Carolina Herrera dewy lashes and red lip.
Mara Hoffman nail art.
Michael Kors undone beauty, loose ponytail.
Tibi pink lips and matte flush.

RUNWAY

Ryan Roche oversize knits.
J.Crew guide to layering.
Joie paisley dresses.
Mara Hoffman and her signature prints layered over turtlenecks.
Rosie Assoulin perfecting elegant and structured daywear.

Outfit Inspiration: Caroline Vreeland

In honor of NYFW I chose this look worn by Caroline Vreeland attending the DVF show as this weeks outfit inspiration. I love the bohemian vibe of the outfit and the contrast of the jumpsuit against the white shoes, topped with a fun coat. While it is not the most realistic outfit for every day wear, it would be perfect for an event or just a night out in the city. I love stepping out of the normal day-to-day dark colors I inevitably lean on during this time of year. This outfit is the perfect way to brighten up the cold dreary days we are having.

Get the Look

Coat:
Dorothy Perkins Black/White Faux Fur Jacket
Pixie Market Ziggy Black and White Faux Fur Coat
Moss is Boss Faux Fur Coat

Jumpsuit:
Parker Theo Combo Jumpsuit
Tory Burch Atelier Jumpsuit
Jarlo Queenie Jumpsuit

Shoes:
Jeffrey Campbell Belanger Loafers
Lanvin Textured-Leather Pumps
Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Loafer

Photo Credit: Fashionista.com

Jewels of the Week

First Row:

1. My friend Loey is an extremely talented writer and I love following her blog to read thought-provoking articles. Here is one of my favorites on emotional stability.

2. So in love with the Clare V. x How You Glow clutch collaboration.

3. Constantly inspired by Robyn Youkilis, her emails & instragram posts always provide informative and helpful information.

Second Row:

1. Twenty photos that capture New York City’s free-spirited seventies.

2. A simple breathing technique to survive high stress from She’s in the Glow.

3. DIY rose bath from The Local Rose.

Third Row:

1. Alex is such a light in my life and I am constantly learning from her. I highly recommend following her for a dose of positivity.

2. Open-face kale omelette, definitely making this weekend! (Free People)

3. Currently obsessed with Ramya Giangola and her incredibly chic style.

Soapwalla Deodorant Review

The unfortunate truth is that many of the mainstream deodorants nowadays contain aluminum, sulfates, parabens and other harmful ingredients. When these chemicals are absorbed into the skin the effects are extremely damaging and toxic to the body.

Thankfully there is a variety of natural deodorants that do the job with safe and organic ingredients. Today I am sharing one of my new favorites, Soapwalla. Created by Rachel Winard in Brooklyn, this deodorant is vegan and made with the highest quality organic and food-grade ingredients. I have been using it for over a month and I am extremely happy with the results.

To be perfectly honest, I was a bit skeptical at first. I wondered how I would feel using my hands for the application. It isn’t a big deal at all and I got over it after a day. The cream goes on effortlessly and absorbs quickly. The peppermint, lavender and tea tree essential oils in the deodorant create a fresh scent and the fine vegetable powders and clay inhibit bacteria and ensure an effective, long-lasting experience. I wore this deodorant doing everything from running around the city, to taking Pilates and just going through my normal routine and it worked all day. The cost is a bit higher than your average deodorant but it is well worth it. I am already planning to restock once I run out.

Purchase:
Soapwalla Deodorant Cream: $14

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Shopping Jewel: LEIF

There are so many jewels online and today I am sharing one of my favorites, LEIF. Based out of Brooklyn, New York and founded by Stacy Anne Longenecker in 2011, this online shop is bursting with love and eye candy. Stacy has a true eye for design and has curated a collection of jewels that are styled to perfection. The store is full of items you have never seen before, many handmade and all well-crafted.

LEIF also happens to be one of my favorite social media accounts. The Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest have hooked me in for hours at a time. I highly recommend following them: LEIF Instagram | LEIF Facebook | LEIF Pinterest

Here is a glimpse into some of the gorgeous and inspirational images:

LEIF-Shop-Social-Media

Technically I want everything in the LEIF Shop but here are a few of my current top picks.
From moon coasters to gemstone magnets and an herbs & spices print, each item is both beautiful and unique in its own way. I look forward to continuing to follow Stacy and hope you enjoy the LEIF Shop as much as I do!

LEIF Shop

Shimmer Suede ‘Cava’ Tote
Grid Mug
Moon Leather Coasters
Cable Knit Planter
Double Drusy Ring
Geo Grid Linen Napkin Set
Glitter Teaspoon Set
BKR Water Bottle
Renew Bath Salts
Happy Jotters Neon Edged Notepad
Herbs & Spices Print
Wire Bowl
Gemstone Magnet Set

Spicy Garlic Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables. I could eat it every day, steamed with sea salt is my favorite. Lately, I have been enjoy this recipe to switch things up. The broccoli is made extra special with the addition of chopped garlic and red pepper flakes. I happen to love these two flavors but feel free to leave either of them out if you don’t (or just use less).

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Chop two heads of broccoli into florets.
Toss with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and four cloves of minced garlic.
Bake 15-20 minutes (turning halfway).
Add red pepper flakes.
Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day

With so much hype around Valentine’s Day I choose to look at the day as just another chance to show the people around me how much I love them. Here are some of my top picks inspired by this holiday of love.

Moon Juice Sex Dust
Vapour Lipstick
Rifle Paper Co. Valentine’s Day Card
Equipment Matching Pajama Set
Superga Sneakers
Beautycounter Rosewater Uplifting Spray
RGB Nail Polish in Scarlet
Catbird Heart Ring
Lite + Cycle Lavender Candle
Soul Makes Crystal Collection – Love Set
Fine & Raw Chocolate
Flowers by Ivona

Monday Mantra