London Fashion Week S/S 2015

RUNWAY

Next up on our fashion week inspiration journey is London. From the runway, to beauty and street style with each show, backstage photo and outfit round-up I clicked through, I became more excited to add London influences to my closet. Flat shoes ruled proving that comfort is always stylish and being understated can still be sexy.

My favorite aspect of fashion is that you can take from the runway whatever inspired you and apply it in your own way. Below are the influences that I will be implementing in my wardrobe. For many of these examples the look can be accomplished with pieces you already own. For example, the printed dress with a piece of statement jewelry from Pam & Gela or sheer details from McQ Alexander McQueen. The most important thing is to have fun with your outfit and use the runway as inspiration to fit your life, not the other way around.

McQ Alexander McQueen: Asymmetrical skirts and subtle sheer panels.

Giles: Matching separates.

Whistles: Mesh (love this look for a bathing suit cover-up).

Markus Lupfur: Futuristic styles.

Jonathan Saunders: Bow details.

Pam & Gela: Printed dress and statement jewelry.

Burberry Prorsum: Feminine dress and sneakers.

Mulberry: Classic silhouettes with cut-out details.

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BEAUTY

The beauty inspiration at London Fashion Week was gorgeous in its simplicity and can be experimented with using products in your make-up bag.

Tom Ford: The textured bob is the more extreme of the picks but this look can be applied on most hair lengths for a night out with a deep part and serious teasing.

Burberry Prorsum: With a bit of mascara this crimson color completes the make-up look. I will be on the hunt for an organic/natural shade if anyone has recommendations.

Topshop Unique: I normally achieve this look without trying after a few hours of lipstick wear but doing it on purpose with a light red is going to be my next test.

Mary Katrantzou: The perfect loose waves I am determined to master.

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STREET STYLE

I continued the ode to my childhood spent cutting up my favorite street style looks from magazines and taping them into notebooks by compiling a few of my favorite outfits shot during London Fashion Week. I especially love the sweaters with skirts, statement sunglasses and neutral laced up heels.

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Photo Credits: Style.com and HarpersBazaar.com

Weekend

I spent this past weekend in Long Island relaxing and getting much-needed fresh air. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere except NYC but it is nice to escape for short periods of time. I find that after a few days I can’t wait to get back to our apartment and fast paced life. I am spending today catching up on work, going to meetings and getting organized for the week.

Here are two outfits that I wore this weekend, I will be back to my regular blogging schedule tomorrow with a round-up of London Fashion Week.

Happy Monday! xoxo

Weekend #jewelsofadreamer

Urban Outfitters Shirt // Gap Shorts // Madewell Loafers // J.Crew Necklace // Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Weekend #jewelsofadreamer

Isabel Marant Sweater // Free People Overalls // J.Crew Loafers // J.Crew Necklace // Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Jewels of the Week

1. A round-up of oversized coats for cold winter mornings.

2. Great new website to shop local.

3. What to keep and what to store for fall.

4. Helpful list on how to save money with organics.

5. The only makeup brushes you need from Byrdie.

6. My obsession with Zara continues, I found quite a few things I love in the home section.

Kjaer Weis Review

I am jumping with excitement to share my first natural beauty review on NYC-based brand, Kjaer Weis. (To find out more on why I am doing this check out last weeks post here).

The company was founded by Kirsten Kjaer Weis, a makeup artist with more than 20 years of experience. She created the brand to fulfill a need in the market for a natural and organic, high-quality makeup. Years of research and development went into creating Kjaer Weis products. One of my favorite aspects of this company is the attention to detail. From the ingredients, to the performance and packaging it is clear that no aspect of the brand has been compromised.

All products are either Certified Organic or Certified Natural and are never tested on animals. They are produced in Italy and contain NO artificial ingredients. There is no guessing with Kjaer Weis, you can trust that you are using a brand that cares about you and your skin.

Kjaer Weis Review #jewelsofadreamer

Kjaer Weis Review #jewelsofadreamer

I started with a bare face except for a bit of concealer under my eyes and all pictures were shot in front of a window for natural lighting. The first product I sampled was the cream blush in “lovely”. I applied with my finger to the apple of my cheek. The photo on the left is with one application and on the right is after two applications. This color works great on all skin tones from fair to dark and gives a natural flushed look. A few of the organic, moisturizing and healing ingredients are castor seed oil, beeswax, jojoba seed oil, rosa rubiginosa seed oil and gardenia florida fruit extract (see my list below for the benefits of these ingredients).

My thoughts: Upon first use I fell in love with this product. The application is easy with your fingers and I immediately felt the moisturizing properties. I applied twice to get the flushed look I was going for and it stayed all day. It can also be applied with a large brush (use artificial hairs) and gently swept over the cheek. A little of this product goes a long way. I will continue to use this blush and look forward to seeing how long the compact lasts.

Cream Blush Pricing
Compact: $56
Refill: $32

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The next product I applied was the new highlighter in “radiance”. It works on every skin tone and gives you an immediate sun-kissed glow. The above picture is after two applications using my finger tips. It contains organic ingredients such as sweet almond seed oil, jojoba seed oil, rosa rubiginosa oil, beeswax and carnauba wax (see my list below for the benefits of these ingredients). The goal was to create an illusion of a glow coming from the inside out and Kjaer Weis achieved that.

My thoughts: This highlighter was my absolute favorite of all the samples I tried. It is a cream formula with a smooth and silky texture that can only be described as heaven on your face. After the first application I was blown away by the quality and performance of this product. A little bit goes a long way to achieve a radiant glow. It can be used to enhance your cheekbones, nose, brow line or even as eyeshadow. I have continued to use this product every day and have made it part of my daily makeup routine both morning and night.

Highlighter Pricing:
Compact: $56
Refill: $32

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The lip tint I sampled was aptly named “sensuous plum”. I applied directly with my finger although you can use a brush. I was prepared for a thick dark color and instead got a light shade of plum with a moisturizing feel and a subtle sheen. The above photo was after three applications. It contains organics ingredients like beeswax, jojoba seed oil, rosa rubiginosa seed oil and gardenia florida fruit extract (see my list below for the benefits of these ingredients).

My thoughts: This lip tint is a great way to wear color during the day vs. going for a solid lipstick. I was pleasantly surprised by the sheerness of the color making it easy to build upon and go as light or dark as you want. My lips felt moisturized all day and I am really looking forward to trying the other colors offered by Kjaer Weis.

Lip Tint Pricing:
Compact: $49
Refill: $29

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Last but not least is the Kjaer Weis mascara in black. The specially designed wand glides on easy for natural and lengthened lashes. It delivers great definition and adds volume to lashes as well. The mascara contain castor seed oil and lavender flower water (see my list below for the benefits of these ingredients).

My thoughts: I have extremely sensitive eyes and wear contacts so when it comes to mascara I am always a bit weary to try new ones. This might be a bit dramatic but the wrong mascara can completely ruin my day. I am talking red, itchy eyes and serious irritation. I used this mascara for a week and did not have any issues. I found that it went on easy and while it opened my eyes the difference was not overly dramatic but instead more natural. I prefer this from my mascara and have continued to use this product in my daily routine.

Mascara Pricing:
Compact: $38
Refill: $28

Final thoughts: I loved the experience of using Kjaer Weis products from the packaging to the actual application. You get what you pay for and while the products are not inexpensive they can be refilled at a lower cost and a little bit goes a long way. To use these products is an experience and I am even more excited to be on this natural beauty journey after sampling such a high quality organic brand.

Ingredients and Benefits:

Castor Seed Oil: Strengthens. In mascara it is used to protect and nourish lashes, helping to prevent eyelash loss and breakage.

Beeswax: Nourishes and moisturizes. A natural skin protector, also features Vitamin A.

Jojoba Seed Oil: Adds moisture to the skin. Rich in fatty acids, which promote skin elasticity and reduces signs of aging.

Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil: Tissue regeneration properties, helps to reduce wrinkles. Minimizes scarring.

Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract: Antioxidant, works as a natural preservative.

Sweet Almond Seed Oil: A natural emollient used to moisturize and promote skin elasticity.

Carnauba Wax: Sustainably obtained from the leaves of Brazilian palm trees, conserves skin moisture.

Lavender Flower Water: Calming and soothing.

* PR samples sent for review, all opinions expressed are my own.

Mid-Week Inspiration

The contrast of blossoming flowers against the dark background. (Rochelle of SummerBlossom)

Even during difficult moments I never forget to keep dreaming. If you dream it, you can do it.

I have been loving pins inspired by my grandma who always wore them on her jackets and sweaters. (Tumblr)

Keeping the apartment cozy with extra blankets and soft pillows as the weather gets colder.

New York Fashion Week S/S 2015

RUNWAY
As someone who is blogging and starting a business based in fashion I probably shouldn’t say this but, I am not a fan of trends or really even the word trend for that matter. Ok! It feels good to get that out there. I have always disliked the idea of buying into something that everyone else is doing. When it comes to what I put on my body I look for pieces that have staying power in my wardrobe and can be used in a variety of ways. I prefer to use the runway shows, behind the scenes and street style to work as a source of inspiration and not a set of rules.

I might have been sick during NYFW but that didn’t stop me from endlessly scrolling through Style.com to watch the shows and see what everyone was wearing. I collected looks from a few of my favorite shows and will be incorporating influences from each of them into my closet.

The one-piece:  Overalls and jumpsuits and one of my favorite looks and I will be wearing them in an updated all white version as shown at Elizabeth and James, the printed jumpsuit Mara Hoffman sent down the runway and a darker version for night as seen at Rachel Comey.

Clothes that flow: I have always gravitated towards clothing that is loose and flowing. The dresses by both Zimmerman and Wendy Nichol are no exception. I would make them more my style by throwing a leather jacket over my shoulders.

Bell bottoms: I am quite fond of fashion from the late 60’s and 70’s so I knew once I saw the bell bottom pants at Hellessy that I would be wearing this immediately. This style gets a bonus for its slimming effects.

All white everything:: I am a huge fan of white clothing and that was only reinforced when I saw these looks from Steven Alan, Elizabeth and James, The Row, Elie Tahari and Wendy Nichol being sent down the runway. It is a fresh take on a closet staple that will never go out of style.

The updated trench: A classic trench coat is a key item in anyones closet but I especially love the long loose versions that designers like Tibi and Eli Tahari showed at fashion week.

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BEAUTY
I am equally as excited to see the hair and make-up during the week as I am to see the clothes. Here are a few of the beauty looks I will be experimenting with inspired by the Spring 2015 shows:

Vera Wang & Mara Hoffman: Both the micro and messy braids are a refreshing take on an otherwise simple hairstyle.

Derek Lam: A sweep of lilac eyeshadow is a great alternative to your neutral color.

DVF: Diane sent her models down the runway inspired by Brigitte Bardot and I will be trying this smokey eye for a night out.

BCBG: Who doesn’t want to look like they just came back from vacation looking like a bronzed beauty?

Zac Posen: I will never tire of a bold red lip. On the hunt now for the perfect organic red lip color.

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STREET STYLE
As an ode to my childhood spent cutting up my favorite street style looks from magazines and taping them into notebooks, I compiled a few of my favorite outfits shot during New York Fashion Week. I especially love the ombre oxfords worn by Pretta Singh (and her amazing green hair), Jessica Minkoff layering her dress over leather pants (one of my favorite looks for winter), Lucy Chadwick wearing a fishnet Celine skirt with a simple blue button down and the perfect mix of black & white from Margaret Zhgang.

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Photo credits: Style.com, Elle.com and NYMag.com

CSA Week Twelve

It is a bittersweet moment to share my last week of CSA recipes. I had a lot of fun experimenting with new fruits and vegetables that I had never used and getting out of my cooking comfort zone. While I loved getting a box of organic produce delivered weekly I must admit that find it incredibly relaxing to pick out my own fruits and veggies. One of my favorite activities is going to the farmer’s market on the weekend and hand picking what I am in the mood for that week while getting the opportunity to meet the source.

With that being said, the last box was a great way to end the experience. I made salmon burgers, roasted sweet potatoes and peppers, corn on the cob and a big salad. I am looking forward to sharing more of my regular week-to-week recipes here as well as dreaming up new meals to post about. I hope this series offered you inspiration to use local ingredients in your kitchen.

CSA Week Twelve #jewelsofadreamer

CSA Week Twelve #jewelsofadreamer

CSA Week Twelve #jewelsofadreamer

Jewels of the Week

Top Row:

1. Another fantastic article by Gala Darling on the link between radical self love and personal expression

2. I am a huge fan of Josie Maran and this video of her no-mirror make-up is both adorable and helpful

3. Her eyebrows are perfection via Le Fashion

Bottom Row:

1. Going to make my way through this list of books to read from Refinery29

2. H&M sister brand & Other Stories is coming to the US, can’t wait to see what they have to offer

3. Love this trick to ripen bananas fast

Beauty Routine Makeover

I pride myself on being conscious of what I put in my body. With a myriad of food intolerances and allergies, I work hard to eat things that will make me feel my best and don’t result in a bloated belly and uncomfortable day. I spend extra time preparing meals, budget to buy organic and am picky about the restaurants I eat at. With that being said, I am embarrassed to admit that I do not give the same type of love to my beauty routine. While I have long been aware of the effects that the products I am using have on my skin and body, I haven’t done much about it. Brushing the thoughts to the side, telling myself I will get to it or pretending like what I am using isn’t having an effect on me. I have a feeling I am not alone.

It has gotten to the point where those thoughts can not be squashed and the desire within me to make a change can not be shoved under the rug any longer. So, I’ve decided to do something about it, and share my experiences here.

The truth is that going organic and natural with your beauty routine can be an expensive and time consuming task. I am not looking to do this overnight, nor looking to be perfect. I do live in NYC so avoiding chemicals and pollution completely is not realistic.

I always say that the smallest acts can have the biggest impact and that is my mindset with my beauty routine. I will be experimenting with products as well as DIY and sharing my thoughts. I will be completely honest with you, letting you know what I recommend. Our body absorbs 60% of what we put on it and I want to make sure to show my body the love and respect I want in return.

I look forward to sharing my journey with you and who knows, maybe there will be some products you switch out to make your beauty routine more natural as well.

I couldn’t be more excited and if you have any brands or products to recommend, send them my way!

Photo Credit

Mid-Week Inspiration

A lovely reminder to stop comparing and do the best you can, there is only one YOU.

Picking more apples than I can eat. (Tumblr)

Thick lashes and winged eyeliner (Harper’s Bazaar)

Can’t get enough of felt hats and boots for fall. (The Transatlantic)