Contest: Want A Hair Pick-Me-Up? Win a Cut & Color At ARROJO Williamsburg w/ Andrea K. Castillo On Thu. 5/28!

Hey girl hey! Spring is here, and you’ve been pleading to yourself that you are due for a hairstyle change, but haven’t gotten to it yet? Whether it be a busy schedule, not finding the right stylist, or just being strapped for cash, we believe that YOU deserve that new hairstyle that you’ve wanted. Here’s the deal.

We have teamed up with one of our favorite salon brands in NYC, ARROJO, for a super special experience at their newly opened location in Williamsburg in our hometown of Brooklyn. We are giving ONE lucky winner a cut & color for FREE (or either/or, depending on your preference) on the afternoon of Thursday, May 28th. If this isn’t enough for you, you will be getting your hair did in my company, as I will be refreshing my ‘do as well at the same time! You will get the V.I.P. treatment before the crowd comes in for the salon’s grand opening event that evening, that you a free to stick around for, of course. Sounds pretty BOSS, right? So here’s how you enter.

TO ENTER:

  • Leave a quick comment below to say why you believe you should be chosen for the hair makeover, or tag a friend that you believe deserves it.
  • Follow @alifeinthedayof on Twitter and tweet us “I deserve an #ARROJOBK makeover because…” OR Follow @alifeinthedayof on Instagram and comment on this photo with #ARROJOBK.
  • “Like” us on Facebook, and tell your friends!

 GUIDELINES:

  • Must be a resident of the New York City area, aged 21 or over.
  • Must follow the site and related social media. No exceptions.
  • If chosen, must be present for cut/color on Thursday, May 28th at 3 PM at ARROJO Williamsburg.
  • Upon being awarded the prize, you must specify if you want a cut, color, or both.

The lucky winner will be announced on Friday, May 22nd at 12 PM EST. Good luck to you!

 

*Photo courtesy of ARROJO

Nailed It: Carefree Lavender Vibes in “Charming” by Kryolan

If you have been keeping up with my Nailed It nail color swatching series, you would have come to the conclusion that I have a penchant for bold colors. I try pastels every now and then, but tend to be drawn to blue, green, and pink hues. I’ve never tried a lavender hued nail polish (in my life I think), so when I received this perfectly pastel lavender from Kryolan, I was almost reluctant to try it out.

I looked at the bottle and turned it over to see the color name which read Charming; they already won me over. The color is a neutral, creamy light lavender shade, pretty balanced in blue and pink undertones.

My lovely cousin Ashley was the woman behind my manicure. We achieved this color with a base, two coats of color, and a top coat, which you can see is very true to the color seen in the bottle. I really digged the final look because it complemented my complexion well, which I did not expect. This color pairs well with mint green, peach, white, black, and shades of tan.

Charming is available for purchase on Kryolan’s e-commerce site and retails for $9.95. Get into it!

 

*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo for A Life In The Day of Andrea

Nailed It: Show Your Best Green For Mental Health Awareness Month With “Tilda” by ZOYA + Help Me Raise Funds for NAMI Walks NYC!

ZOYA “Tilda”

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Having friends and family members that suffer from mental illness, and having dealt with anxiety and depression on my own, mental health awareness is an initiative that is very close to my heart. To show my support for the cause, I decided to paint my nails this lush shade of leafy green in “Tilda” by ZOYA as green is the color of mental health awareness, as pink is the color of breast cancer awareness.

Tilda close-up

The nail polish itself is a creme that is somewhere between a lime green and a fresh leaf or grass green. To achieve the look in the photos, we used a base coat, two coats of polish, and a top coat. The polish’s formula is a bit thicker than others, so application may look a little messy. Not to fret, the formula dries smoothly. My lovely cousin/newly-crowned manicurist Ashley painted my nails and encouraged the green as we will be walking a 5K with NAMIWalks NYC this coming weekend to raise vital funds for families and individuals living with mental illness. 

Please support us if you can! Any donation counts. You can check out my Fundraising Page here to donate.

*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo for A Life In The Day of Andrea

Nailed It: Take A Ride With “Pony” By Floss Gloss

FLOSS GLOSS PONY

It’s been some time since I’ve done a nail color review, for so many reasons, mainly not putting the time in to doing my nails. As the weather warms up and I’m shaking off the blues of colder weather, I decided to share a color that screams SPRING in Pony by Floss Gloss. I especially wanted to share this shade as I bumped into the ladies behind the brand recently at the BUST Craftacular Primped at Brooklyn Night Bazaar.

Since I had peeled off my nail polish a few days prior, I felt this color would give me a fresh new start. My lovely cousin Ashley did my manicure, which I believe, came out WAY better than it has as of late at my local salon. No shade, I promise.

CLOSE-UP WITH BOTTLE

Pony is described as a “neon peach creme”, but don’t let that scare you. Your nail color may or may not glow in the dark, but the neon element they speak of is more so a brightness. To achieve this level of opacity, we used a white base coat. On my hands, the contrast makes it look like I got a nice little tan, even though I have yet to get any sun this season. As it is a pastel, it’s a great everyday shade, and pairs well with whites and aquas.

If you want to get your nail art game on, I would suggest pairing Biscuits, Mrs. Tony Montana, Wet, or Wavepool (all by Floss Gloss) with this creamy shade. All colors retail for $8 and are available for purchase on FlossGloss.com. Would you rock this shade?

 

*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo for A Life In The Day Of Andrea

EVENT + GIVEAWAY: BUST Craftacular’s “Primped” At The Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Sun. April 19th. Enter To WIN Tickets!

Hey girl hey! So Spring has officially sprung for real in New York City, and you are probably in a state of immense spring cleaning and wardrobe updating, right? Wouldn’t it be perfect to update your wardrobe and home with pieces from local indie makers, who are mostly women, and get dolled up at the same time? Of course you answered yes! Well, the BUST Craftacular “Primped” event is back next week at Brooklyn Night Bazaar to serve up some goodness.

A GUEST AT LAST YEAR’S EVENT W/ SHEA MOISTURE

The event will feature over 65 indie beauty, fashion, and vintage vendors for your shopping pleasure, along with many FREE activities, including:

Admission for the event is $5, BUT since you are here on the blog, YOU (yes you) can win a pair of tickets for yourself and your favorite girlfriend! We will be giving out three pairs of tickets. Here’s what you gotta do.

  • Leave a quick comment below to say which friend of yours you will bring if chosen. First name or social media name is fine!
  • Follow @alifeinthedayof on Twitter & Instagram
  • “Like” us on Facebook, and tell your friends!

Winners will be chosen on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. May the odds be in your favor!

ARROJO Studio Makes The Trip Across The Bridge, Opening Their First Brooklyn Location This Month!

A view from above of ARROJO’s newest digs in Williamsburg

ARROJO Studio, the famed multi-dimensional hair studio in SoHo led by master stylist Nick Arrojo is expanding. Being a mainstay on Varick St. for thirteen years, the brand is opening their first satellite location right over the bridge in Brooklyn, Williamsburg to be exact. Over the years I have frequented their SoHo flagship and beamed once hearing the news of the Brooklyn opening, which happens next week on April 14th.

The Williamsburg salon features 3300 sq. ft. in a minimalist design, housing 32-chairs in a space full of light.

Street-level view

Says Arrojo:

Manhattan has always been the place for the Mega Salon, whereas Brooklyn has a more bohemian feel. But it has grown and grown, and become a capital of fashion and trend in its own right. We feel our culture, standards, and aesthetics are perfect for the people and the lifestyle there.

To check out a behind-the-scenes look on the new salon, take a gander at this video. We will be sure to keep you posted with the grand opening details and more!

 

*Photos courtesy of ARROJO

Capsule Show Unveils “The Beauty Lab” at Their NY Women’s Show, Feat. Rudy’s Barbershop, Hail Nails, Drunk Elephant Skin Care & More!

THE BEAUTY LAB

The Fall/Winter 2015 season of Capsule Women’s RTW in New York hosted a bunch of firsts; a new venue in Pier 94, an exclusive industry panel, and curated outfit picks from The Influentials, featuring Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty, Michele Janezic, and Paloma Elsesser. One of my favorite new additions was that of The Beauty Lab, “an in-show section of emerging beauty and skincare brands selected by Fashionista beauty editor Cheryl Wischhower”.

HAIR STYLING STATION BY RUDY’S BARBERSHOP

From reading the blog, you can tell that I have a passion for all things fashion and beauty, so it was quite a treat to have both of these in the same place for Capsule Women’s. I used my handy map to locate the Beauty Lab, and knew I was in the right place when I spotted the hair cut & styling station by Rudy’s Barbershop.

To my surprise, there was no one in the chair when I arrived, and was happy to have my tresses taken care of by Olivia. Since I had already straightened my hair the day prior at home, I asked for loose waves, and that I got!

SET-UP AT HAIL NAILS

Immediately after taming my tresses, I walked about five feet over into the most amazing booth of super-pigmented nail polish colors. The brand, Hail Nails, was showcasing their product, and giving free manis to attendees that shared photos with the #HailNails hashtag on social media.

NAIL DESIGNS BY JESSICA JONG

I was able to meet the entire team, including founder Shannon Marcec, and was treated to a rad mani by nail artist Jessica Jong. The design I used was the first one on the board, which was very street-art inspired.

SKINCARE BY DRUNK ELEPHANT

After letting my nails dry properly, I shimmied over to the Drunk Elephant skincare booth. I had become familiar with the brand about a year ago through a few press pitches, and was eager to learn more. I was greeted by the brand’s founder, Tiffany Masterson, who walked me through the line, which blends natural and chemical ingredients to let you achieve healthy, glowing skin. I was quite impressed with the ingredients, and sleek, colorful packing. Looking forward to using it in the future.

Do you dig the inclusion of beauty brands at fashion tradeshow? Do you think it is a thoughtful decision, or a distraction to buyers? Let me know your thoughts below!

 

*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo for A Life In The Day Of Andrea

#NYFW Tales: Backstage at Lupe Gajardo FW15 with Sergio Erasmo of MAC Cosmetics

THE SCENE BACKSTAGE AT LUPE GAJARDO FW15

Fashion Week is all about seizing opportunities, and that I did during my time backstage. In my last post, I documented my experience backstage at the Skingraft show. I was scheduled to attend the 9 PM presentation of Chilean designer Lupe Gajardo, but being in the right place at the right time, I was able to meet the show’s producer and cover backstage as well. SCORE!

MAC SR. ARTIST, SERGIO ERASMO & MODEL

I moved my things over to the backstage area for the show, and immediately got to work. As I was there quite early, I was able to get lots of great behind-the-scenes shots prior to talking make-up. I was greeted by Sergio Erasmo, MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist for Argentina, Peru, Chile, Paraguay & Uruguay who was keying the make-up of the show. I asked him about the beauty inspiration, and how it paired with the designer’s clothing. Says Erasmo:

ARTIST STATION

You will see in the collection that there is clothing that is a post-apocolyptic version of clothing, so we wanted to do that with make-up also; it’s part of the same story. This is a woman in the future, kind of like “Mad Max” kind of woman, that is fighting for survival. What I’m trying to do is work with the tiredness colors in the face, but she’s playing it in a very beautiful way, so the tiredness has some glamour to it. We worked with ochre tones on the eyelids, taupe-y colors to shape the eyes and cheeks, and a beautiful violet lipstick that is coming next season [for MAC].

FINAL LOOK ON MODEL

The final look was clean, yet realistic with darker tones around the eyes. The model looks like she’s had a “long day”, but remains beautiful nonetheless. Do you like the idea of “post-apocolyptic” beauty? Would you consider wearing a similar look come fall? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo for A Life In The Day of Andrea

#NYFW Tales: Backstage at Skingraft with Kelly Hanna Thompson of Kryolan Makeup

A SNAPSHOT OF THE MAKE-UP LOOK FOR SKINGRAFT FW15

Attending fashion shows during New York Fashion Week is a great privilege, but for me, it’s even more of an experience to see the magic behind-the-scenes in the high-energy location of backstage. When I was given the opportunity to cover beauty backstage by Kryolan at the Skingraft show, I jumped for joy [in my head] and was ready to see what was in store.

THE FACE: WILLY CARTIER

Upon arrival the mood was calm with all artists at their stations working on various models. I scanned the room and was greeted by a familiar face, one of my favorite male models of the moment, Willy Cartier, and snapped a photo before things got hectic.

KELLY WORKING ON A MODEL’S FACE

I snapped a few more photos of the room and ambience, and subsequently walked over to the post of the lady behind the beauty look of the show, Kelly Hanna Thompson. Kelly is Kryolan’s Senior Artist, and keyed the beauty look for Skingraft FW’15. Kelly told me that the inspiration behind the look was a woman that was “tired haunted, but beautiful at the same time”. Below is the process used to achieve the look.

We did a mid-tone grey all around the eyelids in a circular motion, so it looks like kind of a grey wash. Absolutely no liner or mascara, and you lose the definition like that. It gives it more of a haunted look. We did no cheeks, no contours, and a really nice shine straight down the middle…so it kind of has this effect of a pearl coming out of the middle [of the face], and a really good highlight.

FINAL MAKE-UP LOOK ON A MODEL

It was nice to see a make-up look so simple on the runway, that complemented and did not compete with the clothing. Do we think simple chic beauty looks is next for Fall? We will have to wait and see! Until then, let me know your thoughts on the look. Would you try out such a simple make-up look in the coming fall/winter season? Let me know in the comments below!

 

*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo for A Life In The Day of Andrea

#NYFW Tales: TechStyle NYC Returns To House of Bumble With Fitness, Primping, and Sipping!

NAMASTAY YOGA TOWEL SET-UP

On Monday, February 16th, TechStyle NYC in collaboration with JJI returned to the House of Bumble in NYC’s coveted Meatpacking District. The event serves as an immersive beauty, fashion, tech, and beverage experience for influencers in the midst of Fashion Week. After attending last season, I was really excited to see what was in tow this time around, and impressed, I was.

THE GROUP OF INFLUENCERS FROM THE MORNING FITNESS SESSION

The event opened to the public at noon, but I was chosen to be a part of a morning fitness session for fifteen influencers. Did this invitation feel cool? Yes, especially as I’ve been getting back to my personal fitness, the timing was perfect. We were provided gear from Lysse Activewear, along with a yoga towel from Namastay, boots (for after) from Love Winter, and sweets from Dosha Pops.

LYSSE SPONSORED GIFT BAGS FOR INFLUENCERS

We began with a yoga session led by Dina Ivas of PRIVan on-demand beauty & wellness service. Dina was great at guiding us through poses and keeping us positive if we didn’t make them all. I’m definitely not the strongest in poses, but it was a great way to start the day.

After a short break, we were joined by celebrity trainer Joel Harper (personal trainer to Dr. Oz),  who guided us through an intense 30-minute fitness session. Not gonna lie, I felt the BURN and had to slow down through some reps that focused mainly on the glutes and legs. Upon surviving the session, I made it my job to change clothes and primp.

GETTING MY HAIR DONE AT THE REDDERA STATION

I zoomed over to the Reddera station to sign up to get beautified. The company is an on-demand beauty app, and at the lounge showcased a manicure station, make-up stations, hair styling, and massage. I made sure to take advantage of all these stations, sans nails, as I had gotten mine done a few days prior.

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WOMANday: Tanwi Nandini Islam of Hi Wildflower Botanica Chats Writing & Entrepreneurship, Supporting Local, Social Activism & More!

FOUNDER OF HI WILDFLOWER BOTANICA, TANWI NANDINI ISLAM. CREDIT: RAHIL ASHRUFF

For this edition of WOMANday I wanted to introduce you to an extraordinary woman, Tanwi Nandini Islam. Tanwi is a published writer with a novel on the way, and the creator of artisan beauty line, Hi Wildflower Botanica, which includes a product range of perfumes, candles, and skincare. In my interview, we chatted about the road to entrepreneurship, the local small business community in Brooklyn, writing, social activism and more.

Get into our conversation below!

What was the turning point in which you decided to start Hi Wildflower Botanica?

Last year I presented four scents at Bushwick Open Studios. I had been experimenting a lot with perfumery because I was doing a lot of research for my new book that I’m working on, and I kind of wanted to see if people would be into the product. Bushwick Open Studios draws hundreds of people into your studio, which I share with three other artists. A lot of people were into it, so I felt like I hit a certain nerve in regards to the fragrances I had made, and it felt like something that could be a viable source of income, and perhaps a new business.

I’m a writer professionally, and that’s not necessarily the easiest way to make a living, especially when you are writing fiction or working on freelance projects, so this kind of became something that I saw myself doing as a fun, indie business. I initially thought it would just be an Etsy or an extra source of income; I wasn’t thinking wholesale or getting stores, new accounts, or anything like that. It kind of really grew fast because I decided to do a launch at Renegade Craft Fair in late August [2014], and it was awesome. I had a really simple array of product. I had my perfume and I had skincare, and people were feeling it and buying it, and I was like ‘Wow! I’m on to something here. This is really cool.’ Since then, I’ve really expanded a lot. Now I’m in ten different stores, and I believe a lot of that has to do with the fact that A) I live in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and it’s a really great location I think to be a new business, and to be an entrepreneur and share it with other small businesses, usually store owners who are all my peers. They are usually women my age who are looking for the next line to carry, whether it be for perfume or skincare, or candles.

Since this is WOMANday, I would love to know the feedback you’ve been getting from fellow female entrepreneurs in your community, as well as consumers?   

It has been really, really interesting. I think that the customer is really drawn to the packaging, so the colorful nature of the packaging is really inspired directly by wildflowers. That’s pretty much the central philosophy of the brand, to grow free everywhere, to be the one who is a little bit different than the mainstream, and I think that concept is really beautiful because it’s like every product has its own mini-story and its own aesthetic. I think traditionally that can be seen as ‘Hey! Everything should be super cohesive and one story’ but it’s many stories. This is fun for me. I’m drawn to old botanical drawings, and I think my customer [also] is drawn to that and is really into the idea of ‘this is my signature scent, this is something that really speaks to my personality'; every thing has a different appeal for a different person. If you were to take Night Blossom, which is one of my perfumes that has really deep notes that are floral which I call ‘sex florals’ , and jasmine, neroli, rose; really sexy scents, it’s all understated and it dries down into this leathery ember scent, and it’s for a certain kind of person. Then you have something like West Indies which is grassy, herbaceous, has notes of Bay Rum and lavender; it’s really fresh, and for someone else. I think that’s something that really appeals to people, that they can find their piece within the brand that’s just for them.

For women, I think self-care rituals and finding time in your day to moisturize with body oil, or light a candle and chill, or dab yourself with perfume-oil; it’s all about re-centering and getting in touch with yourself. I would say my customer is someone who appreciates that moment of respite and peace.

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Finding Your Sexy: Andrea’s Beauty & Fashion Picks To Make You Feel Sexy This Valentine’s Day, and Every Day!

Let me start off by saying this. This is NOT a guide of cute things to do/wear to impress a significant other/potential suitor porsay, but a list of some of my personal favorite things that make me feel that much sexier. Society constantly places all these expectations of what is beautiful/sexy for a woman on us constantly, and I’ve realized, it’s really the simple things that make me feel beautiful. And with that, let’s get into my picks to “Find Your Sexy”.

HAIR: Swangggg it!

Ok, so hair can be a touchy subject right? Too short, too long, too curly, too thick, but whatever happened to really owning your ‘do? My shorter ‘do has recently grown out, and since we are in the dead of winter, I’ve been straightening my curly locks because it’s pretty low maintenance. My hair focus, whether curly or straight, is health and moisture. I am a huge fan of Agadir Argan Oil’s product line for straightening my hair as they are very moisturizing and maintain shine. I prefer to use the volumizing shampoo & conditioner during the cold months as the air usually makes my roots go flat. Below are all the items I use to get sleek strands with shiny, tousled curls.

Picks & Styling Info


LIPS: Pucker Up!

As a woman who has lips of a certain size and shape, I love to focus attention on them when I have the opportunity to, because I’ve realized, a good lip color makes people pay attention to what I’m saying, HA! So what do I suggest, you ask? MOISTURE, again, is key. Drinking lots of water is a necessity, but a lip balm of some sort is essential.

Condition

I really love Carmex’s Moisture Plus line because it is in a slim slick form, covered in cute designs. The hint of vanilla and SPF 15 are a great balance to use on its own, or pre-lip color application. I also use it on my lips at night to wake up to baby-soft lips every morning.

Show Out!

MILANI COLOR STATEMENT MOISTURE MATTE LIPSTICK IN ‘GLAM’

I have a love affair with statement lip colors, and have a plethora of pricey colors in my arsenal. I’m really digging Milani colors right now as they are super-affordable (about $5 at local drugstores), and are offered in a moisture/matte formula.

Picks


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#NYFW Tales: #techSTYLE Lounge Takes Over House Of Bumble For A Fashionista Retreat

The view from above at techSTYLE Lounge

On Monday, September 8th, the folks at Janine Just Inc. & Bloggerini joined forces to host the #techSTYLE Lounge. The lounge has become a must for fashionistas over the past few seasons, and this time around House of Bumble (headquarters of Bumble + Bumble salon) was host to the festivities.

My look the afternoon: Ralph Lauren blazer, Gap tank, Forever 21 pants, Pour La Victoire sandals

I hopped over to the lounge in the early afternoon after completing a photoshoot, dressed in garb that I’ve called “comfy chic”. This was the beginning of a busy evening, so I opted for cotton pieces that would look smart all night long. Upon entering the massive space, my list of priorities went as follows:  nails, beverage, food. So let us begin with some of my faves of the afternoon!

Guest getting a mani from Diosa Nails

Upon looking straight back to my right in the space, I spotted the manicure station, sponsored by Diosa Nails & PolishThe NYC-based brand is somewhat of a “social nail brand”, holding various nail meet-ups and special events, in addition to selling vibrant polishes. I decided to go for a mani in Oro Solido, a pale metallic gold color, to match with my accessories.

Checking out Happy Tree Water with Lorie

After my mani, I stepped on over to the Happy Tree Water station. They are a maple water that has some of the same benefits of coconut water (electrolytes, vitamins), with a mild maple flavor, sourced right from New York State in the Catskill mountains. The consistency was light, and above all, refreshing.

Heather from FashionistaNYGirl (and fellow NY Blogger Collective member) checking out PINCHme

As a lover of product samples (what can I say?!), my next stop was the PINCHme table. They are a subscription-box service that offers various consumer goods/personal care items for FREE each month. Users sign up to receive, and are asked to give feedback on their experience from time-to-time, which is then reported right back to the brands. I received a box at the event, and can’t wait to try out the goodies.

Instagram photo printing station. Perfect!

Instagram was popping throughout the event (of course). All guests who used the event hashtag were able to print out their photos from IG within minutes. So meta, right?

Outerwear from Snowman

After picking up my photo, I swung back to Snowman Outerwear. The NYC-based brand makes stylish ladies jackets for all seasons. They had their Fall collection on view, with some sneak peeks of Spring ’15. I dig the simplicity of the lines used throughout the collection, as well as the color palette.

Malaysian street-food bites made possible by Mamak

After the jackets, it was time to refuel. I whipped back near the entrance, where Mamak was located. They serve delectable Malaysian street food, in compact sizes for eating on the go. The robust flavors made my tummy happy.

Taking a work break to catch up on e-mails and social media

Since I was now sitting and re-charged, it was time to catch up on my social media, and blog of course! I used the time to send out time-sensitive e-mails, and publish a post before I was off to the next event. As a blogger, and woman-on-the-move, events like this are so crucial to me. Kudos to Janine Just Inc. & Bloggerini for another great event. I will be looking forward to next season!

*Photos courtesy of Janine Just Inc. 

#NYFW Tales: Backstage at Etxeberria SS15 w/ AJ Crimson

On Sunday, September 9th, I had the pleasure of shooting backstage at Etxeberria at The Pavilion at Lincoln Center. Etxeberria is young mens and womenswear line based in Spain, that called upon the make-up master AJ Crimson to doll up the faces of their models for the runway show.

Model getting prepped

Since the focus was menswear, with a few women’s looks, the make-up was very clean with a white highlight on the lower lash line, and a strong contoured cheekbone.

Model Diandra Forrest getting her make-up done by AJ Crimson

The New York show was coordinated by model Shaun Ross, which was nice as many models of color were included in this presentation.

Shaun checking his phone prior to makeup

A few of the models backstage, prepping

As for the collection, Etxeberria SS15 was entirely made of leather, suede, fur, and exotic skins, showing how light and versatile these skins can be in warmer weather. The color palette was quite neutral, composed of black, ivory, camel, navy, and burgundy, with pops in scarlet and sky blue. The feel across the board was quite androgynous, given the cut of the garments.

A few of the leather and fur looks

Here’s some of that color pop, in scarlet exotic leather slide sandals for the men.

Hair was pretty low maintenance as well. Models with long hair were given a slight wave for a worn in look, men with short straight hair were given a parted slick-back, and women with shorter hair were given a slick back bun.

Hair in the works

Once all was done behind the scenes, I was able to take a seat in the pavilion to watch the entire presentation, which was quite solid! I have a penchant for leather, so I really enjoyed seeing it structured in a more delicate way. Some pieces were more conceptual than the others, but I would say about a third of the collection is completely wearable.

Many thanks to the ladies at Bella Public Relations for having me!

*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo

#NYFW Tales: Colorsplashes at Alax W. Diamond SS15 Womens, w/ Make-Up By Kryolan

The looks at Alax W. Diamond

Spring/Summer 2015 mens and women’s collections are in full swing here in New York City, so let the coverage begin! My fashion week has been full with various events, including attending shows, shooting backstage, and hosting, so I wanted to start from the beginning.

On Thursday, September 4th, I had the opportunity of attending the women’s presentation for emerging designer, Alax W. Diamond. The Thailand-born, New York-based designer is now in his fourth season, conceptualizing his line in Spring 2013. His aesthetic melds the simplicity of menswear in a feminine silhouette, accented by clean color.

Full line-up of models

The Spring/Summer 2015 collection was based in neutral black and white, with color pops in canary yellow, magenta, and fuchsia, showcasing seven strong, yet wearable looks. The color pops continued on the face, with orange eyeshadow on lids paired with a pale lash line, and nude lips. Make-up and nails were done by Kryolan.

A close-up of the make-up look

I really digged the wearability factor of Diamond’s collection. I love beautiful garments, but wearability is key, and I can definitely see myself rocking a few of these pieces. See some of my favorite looks below.

I love the peeking midriff and folds in the fabric

Super-wearable sheath in canary? Sign me up!

FAVORITE: How can I say know to an easy top and skirt combo that is “Delicious?”

This is just the beginning of my Spring/Summer 2015 #NYFW coverage. I hope you enjoy the photos, and be sure to keep a look out for more!

 

*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo