Event: The Other Festival, NYC’s 1st All Female Festival, Sat. June 11th at Spring Studios

Here at A Life In The Day of Andrea, we know that the WOMAN is the source of our humanity, and without her, we are nothing. Over the years I have featured the stories of various female entrepreneurs, creatives, and makers in my #WOMANday column who I felt deserved shine for the waves they are making in their respective fields. I genuinely receive most inspiration and support from women, and I always seek to be in spaces with likeminded women to exchange ideas and words of wisdom. Imagine an entire festival featuring badass women?

With the launch of The Other Festival in New York City, we get just that; the city’s first all female festival for makers and creators. Created by Dee Poku, founder of the influential women’s leadership program WIE Network, the fest features panels, workshops, live music performances, and a curated marketplace on Saturday, June 11th at Spring Studios.

Check out the incredible line-up below, featuring talks from Naomi Campbell and Rosario Dawson, and music from Yuna, Vashtie, and many more!

The day begins with talks at 11:30 AM, transitioning into live music at 5:00 PM that lasts into the night. Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $50 for a student pass, $75 for a music pass, $125 for GA, upwards of $1,000 for the super VIP experience. You may purchase here.

The Other Festival

Sat. June 11, 2016

Spring Studios

6 Saint Johns Lane,

New York, NY 10013

For The Woman Who Is Grounded In Boyish Flair, Brogues & More from Grenson Shoes’ S/S 15 Collection!


In life, I have always been the girl with a bit of a tomboyish edge. I attribute this to growing up with three brothers, and always being in the company of boys or men. In regards to my attire, I have always been one for the “borrowed from the boys” look, mixing it up with very feminine elements in hair/makeup and accessories.

I love a good heel or boot, but I’ve always had a penchant for a good brogue or saddle shoe, as I believe they can be styled in so many different ways for various occasions. I was introduced to Grenson Shoes a few years back by a friend, their men’s collection to be exact, and I was blown away by the sleek silhouettes and quality of leather. The English brand has been making hand-made shoes since 1866. When I discovered they carried women’s styles I was on it, and have since linked up with the company to show you some of my favorite styles for spring. Here we go!

The Jasmine style (seen at top) may be one of my favorite styles of the entire collection. The very simple Derby shoe is shown in a navy leather that fades to cobalt at the toe. Very understated yet inspired.


Love for me is best shown in a cognac leather situation, much like the Mabel double-strap monk. I’m not even into monk straps, but I think this style is so smart, and is made for the woman who knows EXACTLY what she wants.


Although Grenson is known for their  flat brogue styles across the board, the ladies have more options. We see this in their platform range, including the Clara, a funky tassel loafer in a crinkled patent leather.


The Emily wingtip platform brogue is sure to bring some sunshine to your day! This sunny mustard color is divine, and the silhouette is so playful. Really digging this with a mini-dress. Very 1960s!


A luscious black leather chukka bootie with a comfy slight platform sole is what we have in the Dorothy. I see this shoe, and I immediately see its versatility. I am currently styling it in my head with various apparel silhouettes. What more can I say?


A style that Grenson is known for is their Triple Welt. Originally offered in Men’s the triple-welt construction that frames the shoe has since come to their women’s collections, and it is absolutely beautiful. Just look how elegant the Rose is! I would wear this with everything in my closet.


I am drawn to the Evie as it is a perfect mix of masculine and feminine. The simple Derby style done up in this pebbled grey leather with Triple Welt framing is just divine. A very versatile shoe indeed!

All shoes are available now on the Grenson Shoes website, and range in price from $400 – $850, given the hand-made nature of each pair. Which are your favorites?


*Photos courtesy of Grenson Shoes

#WOMANday Watch: Zoe Saldaña on “The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet”

Zoe Saldaña has been one of my favorite actresses/public figures for some time now, portraying strong characters on-screen, and embodying that spirit off-screen. There have been clips circling the internet of Zoe lately in an interview in which she passionately expresses how much she enjoys being herself, and learning from her own mistakes. With the help of Google and YouTube, I’ve found the full interview, which is part of a series entitled, The Conversation With Amanda de Cadeneta program highlighting the female perspective.

Press play to hear Zoe’s unique, expletive-filled story. I hope it can bring some positivity into your day!

Nailed It: “Caribbean Sea In Belize” Nails With FLOSS GLOSS “Wet” Starring Mama Cas <3

My mother was born in Belize, Central America, and is also a Pisces. She loves all colors that remind her of home, and lets this be known in the clothing that she wears, the way in which she decorates our home, and on rare occasions, the way she paints her nails. Prior to our recent trip to the local nail salon, she asked me for a greenish blue, and I presented her with “Wet” by FLOSS GLOSS. Here is Mom’s review in her own words.

I like this color because it reminds me of the sea in Belize. The color shows up like this with two coats.

I personally like this color a lot because it’s the ideal Caribbean blue, matching the calm waters, and mentally putting me on island time. It has the perfect blend of blue and green with the right amount of brightness to evoke feelings of happiness, and the urge to go on a vacation. I suppose I will use this color for my trip to Belize next month. What say you?

You can purchase this color directly from FLOSS GLOSS. I think you’ll dig it!

Nailed It: “Key Lime Pie” Inspired Nails w/ FLOSS GLOSS “Con Limon” & “Biscuits”

After a very unfortunate back and forth with the United States Postal Service (Kensington Branch, I’m talking about you!), I was finally blessed with some nail color goodies from the ladies of FLOSS GLOSS. I most recently introduced you all to their Spring/Summer 2014 collection named All The Fixinsa four color range with tasty names. When I sifted through my new collection of polishes I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cute to create a mani combo inspired by something tasty?’. And thus, my “Key Lime Pie” manicure was born.

The lime I used was their color “Con Limon” (“with lime” in Spanish). It is a fluorescent yellow green, that I’m pretty sure would glow under black light. I used two coats to achieve the color you see in the photo. For fuller coverage, use three coats to really pack a punch.

The custard color I used was “Biscuits” from the All The Fixins collection. It’s a super buttery, white cream, most comparable to the inside of a biscuit with a tad bit of melted butter. I used two coats to achieve the look you see in the photo. Again, a third coat would not hurt, but since I got my mani done in a salon, they never apply more than two coats, even if you bring your own polish.

I like the simplicity of this color combo, and realized after the fact, that these are the same colors of the paint in my bedroom. Not too adventurous, huh? Are you digging it? I am considering adding some nail art to it, depends how I feel.

Look out for more FLOSS GLOSS reviews! Next review stars the hands of my Mom, woop! 🙂

Introducing WOMANday! A Wednesday Feature To Highlight Women We Admire!


With the growing popularity of our Monday “MANday” feature, we felt it was the right time to launch “WOMANday”; a Wednesday feature on women in both the creative and business sectors that we admire. It is kind of a long time coming, as I am all for women empowerment, but I have learned not to rush things, and introduce things to the public in just the right time.

As the daughter of an incredibly strong mother, and surrounded by equally strong women in my family, and in my peer circles, I choose to celebrate the women who work hard, and follow their dreams. On this morning of the unfortunate passing of one of my favorite authors, Dr. Maya Angelou, I wanted to leave you all with a favorite poem of hers entitled, “Impeccable Conception“:

I met a Lady Poet

who took for inspiration

colored birds, and whispered words,

a lover’s hesitation.


A falling leaf could stir her.

A wilting, dying rose

would make her write, both day and night,

the most rewarding prose.


She’d find a hidden meaning

in every pair of pants,

then hurry home to be alone

and write about romance.


Rest in peace to one of the most phenomenal women writers of our time, Dr. Maya Angelou!

Beauty: Birchbox Launches The Limited-Edition “Free For All” Box, Featuring All Natural Products

The products inside Birchbox's "Free For All" box
The products inside Birchbox’s “Free For All” box

In the ever-changing beauty and cosmetic industry, the trend as of late is marketing more ethical and natural products. Many consumers with certain allergies or moral standards, seek these products out as they are both good for them, and for the earth. Birchbox, realizing how important this is, decided to  launch a limited-edition box called “Free For All”.

All items in the box are free from parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals and GMOs.

The box, which is not a part of the subscription and retails for $44 includes

This box is the premier product from the brand’s newest category, “Ingredient-Conscious Selections”. Check out the video above to get more information on the products inside the “Free For All” box. Happy shopping!

An Evening of Glam with Saige Skin Care at Deify Spa


I’m always down for a beauty experience, so I was quite excited to attend #SaigeBeautyBar on Thursday, February 27th. Held at the gorgeous Deify Spa in Limelight Marketplace, the event served as the launch of TV personality Rah Ali’s new skincare line with renounced plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Greenberg, Saige Skin Careas well as a full-on beauty experience for guests. There were stations for manicures, eyebrow shaping, blow dry touch-ups, spray tans, and laser hair removal consultations. Drinks were provided by Myx Moscato, along with custom Saige cupcakes.

A guest getting her nails done
A guest getting her nails done

With the help of  Global Grind, the evening also served as a platform for women of color to talk about beauty and style in an open forum. Panelists included Rachel Hislop, style editor of GlobalGrind.com, beauty and lifestyle editor of HelloBeautiful.com Ty Alexander, Social Media manager of EBONY magazine Toya Menzie, Emmy nominated host and style maven Kèla Walker, owner of Deify Laser + Beauty Lounge Melissa Cavanaugh, and Glow Spray beauty expert Natalie Cupid.

Beverages provided by Myx Moscato
Beverages provided by Myx Moscato

I personally enjoyed a blow-out touch up and eyebrow shaping (which was the bomb, by the way!), along with snacks and great conversation with my fellow women. Check out more photos from the event below.

*Photos 1-4 used with permission. Watermarked photos by Andrea K. Castillo

MANday Files: #Capsule Mens NY AW14 Re-Cap, Eyewear by Thierry Lasry & Garrett Leight

Autumn 2014 Sunglass Offerings from Thierry Lasry
Autumn 2014 “Silenty” from Thierry Lasry

Next up in our Capsule Mens AW14 coverage, we delve into the magical world of eyewear! Being a member of the four-eyes club, I’m always on the look out for classic-styled specs and shades. As always, I generally dig men’s eyewear styles, so I was in the perfect place. Two brands that peeked my interest at the show were Thierry Lasry and Garrett Leight California Optical.

The many choices from Thierry Lasry
Top: “Kendry”, Bottom: “Silenty”

I first became familiar with Thierry Lasry a few years ago while perusing the shelves of NYC optical boutique, Ilori. The French designer launched his eponymous sunglass brand in 2006, and is still based in his home country. I was happy to see them at Capsule as I had been a fan of their high-impact styles for some time, and in this case, I was able to see a vast array at once. Lasry frames are quite sleek, incorporating gold and black handles in the majority of the styles, portraying a sense of luxurious minimalism. Want to see the shades in action? Check out a behind-the-scenes video of their Spring 2014 collection here.


A various array of styles from Garrett Leight
A various array of styles from Garrett Leight

Directly around the corner from Thierry Lasry, I discovered a table overflowing with optical and sunglass offerings in the sleek yet classic styles I look for. Let me introduce you to Garrett LeightCreated in 2010, Garrett Leight California Optical is dedicated to creating classic design by combining perfect craftmanship with timeless aesthetics.

*Fun Fact*: Garrett Leight is the son of Oliver Peoples co-founders, Larry & Cindy Leight, and is a fourth-generation Californian.

FAVORITE: "Hampton Clip" In RoseGold
FAVORITE: “Hampton Clip” In RoseGold

They offer a wide range of optical and sunglass styles, sourced from the finest materials including acetate from Italy and Japan, and hardware/hinges from Germany. I fell in love with pretty much the entire table, but I stopped in my tracks for the stunner up top, the “Hampton Clip”, a P3 shape (originated from when eyeglasses were first made for style) with a rose gold clip on lens to transition from indoors to outdoors.

Do you like what you see (no pun intended)? Well stay on the look out for more coverage; jewelry and shoes on the radar!

*All photos by Andrea K. Castillo

#Capsule Mens AW14 Re-Cap, Unisex Bags by Archival Clothing & Herschel Supply Co.

Display at the Archival Clothing Booth
Display at the Archival Clothing Booth

Here at A Life in the Day of Andrea we are all about great fashion finds, especially those that work for both men and women. Call me a sassy tomboy if you will, but I’ve always had a penchant for men’s accessories that ladies can pull off as well. One major area where I always go unisex is that of backpacks.

Whilst attending the Capsule Mens AW14 tradeshow at Basketball City on January 22nd, I spotted a ton of great bags, but two brands stood out to me; Archival Clothing and Herschel Supply Co. Dig in for more details on some cool pack that work well for both men and women.

Canvas duffel and hats displayed at Archival Clothing
Canvas duffel and hats displayed at Archival Clothing

Oregon-based Archival Clothing serves up rugged heritage in it’s accessory mix, crafted of super durable canvases and twills with clean leather details. Their product mix includes rucksacks, backpacks, totes, duffels, wallets, hats, and other small leather goods.

Archival's product mix
Archival’s product mix

I was most impressed in their rucksacks (seen in top photo), as they have a sturdy shape with super-clean lines and superb leather details from a Chicago-based tannery. One of my favorite bits of info aside from design is that all products are made in the USA! Isn’t that lovely?


Small leather goods by Herschel Supply Co.
Small leather goods by Herschel Supply Co.

Next up we have the ever-popular Herschel Supply Co. Their backpacks drape the backs of many-a-creative in a major city near you, and rightfully so, their products are fool-proof and appeal to the masses.

Various backpack silhouettes
Various backpack silhouettes

For fall ’14, we see a few new bodies in backpack, in addition to an expanded offering of totes and wallets. I particular liked the canvas/leather rucksacks, seen in the top right of the photo above. *Spoiler Alert*, they’re working on a special edition premium collection that should be in stores by the year’s end.

Liking what you see? Be sure to keep an eye out for my extended coverage of Capsule Mens, and many thanks to the Capsule Show team for selecting me as a featured contributor on their blog, We Are The Market.

*All photos by Andrea K. Castillo

Nailed It: MAC’s ‘Rebel’ + ‘Sinfully Sweet’

New French Manicure. MAC 'Rebel' base with MAC 'Sinfully Sweet' tip.
New French Manicure. MAC ‘Rebel’ base with MAC ‘Sinfully Sweet’ tip.

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a post on my ever-changing nails, so I felt now was the perfect time to do so. Over the past two years of having this little blog, I have kept natural nails for my manicures, but this time around, I felt like switching it up. In October, I went all the way and got pink acrylic tips (yes, Drea from Brooklyn was out in all her glory) and have been testing out updated French manicures, which I’ve realized is now my “thing”.

Up top I’m showcasing my latest mani, courtesy of my lovely manicurist Cindy at my local nail spot on Church Ave. I wanted to do a moody French manicure that was suitable for fall, so I figured it was the perfect time to try out my new MAC  ‘Indulge Collection’ nail colors. The creme base is called ‘Rebel’, a true plum merlot, which looks slightly redder in direct sunlight. For the French tip, I used a contrasting metallic shade called ‘Sinfully Sweet’, a champagne gold with metallic specks which goes on opaque. Since I love all things gold, I had my left hand pose with one of my favorite accessories right now, my Adopted brand black/gold leather wrap iPhone 5 case.

French manicure & the Adopted Leather wrap iPhone 5 case.
French manicure & the Adopted Leather wrap iPhone 5 case.

Both colors retail for $16 at MAC counters, as well as  local department stores, like Macy’s. Check the bottles below.

MAC 'Rebel'
MAC ‘Rebel’
MAC 'Sinfully Sweet'
MAC ‘Sinfully Sweet’

*All photos by Andrea K. Castillo

#NYFW Tales: Zink Magazine x Duane Street Hotel Blogger Lounge

Poster for the event upon entry into the hotel
Poster for the event upon entry into the hotel

The hustle and bustle of #NYFW can definitely be draining for a busy blogger. Running from show to show in heels and masterfully selected outfits can definitely bring energy levels down, especially when you haven’t eaten or really had a chance to sit. The folks at Zink Magazine understood this well, and held a blogger lounge in TriBeCa at the Duane Street Hotel the first weekend of #NYFW (September 6-8).

Upon entrance into the property bloggers and guests were warmly welcomed by a group of gracious women from the likes of Zink, Duane Street Hotel, and Yellow Sky Agency, which organized the event. Water and snacks were readily available in the lobby, and guests were able to partake in beauty services by expert Lora Condon. I personally took part in the 30-minute aroma-reiki relaxation session; in one word, BLISS.

Photographer Maxim Bashchenko and one of his photographs
Photographer Maxim Bashchenko and one of his photographs

The second floor hosted various brand experience in rooms. Stylists from ARROJO were on hand to style and touch up hair and fashion photographer Maxim Bashchenko was available to give bloggers tips on how to create memorable photos, as well as showcase his own works in a gallery style.

Love Candy bracelets, sold by Cultures of Love
“Love Candy” By Marcella Leon bracelets, sold by Cultures of Love

E-commerce site with a cause, Cultures of Love, hosted a suite with some of their best brands and items including Love Candy, Yamerra, Blenders, and more. All items sold on the site are socially-conscious, and give back in some way to various organizations. I LOVED the brand above, Love Candy by Marcella Leon, which supports the organization Woven Joy, which helps alleviate poverty-stricken women in the Philippines.

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#Bellapalooza Presented by Bella PR: The Photo Re-Cap

The gorgeous pink chandelier
The gorgeous pink chandelier

On the evening of Wednesday, August 22nd, the lovely ladies at Bella PR hosted #Bellapalooza, a beauty-driven cocktail party for bloggers. The first event of its kind for the firm, it was created for the sole purpose of engaging bloggers, who at times are passed-over in regards to features for certain beauty brands.

Make-up palettes to doll up the ladies
Make-up palettes to doll up the ladies

The Bella PR office was decked out in shades of pink, their signature color, and the ambience was inviting. There were make-up stations where guests could get touch ups prior to going out that evening, featuring product from Kryolan and Vitaphenol. In addition to make-up stations, there was a manicure station as well, featuring shades from Pure Ice and Julie G nail color.

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Nailed It: Pure Ice “Scream”

Pure Ice Nail Color in "Scream"
Pure Ice Nail Color in “Scream” in direct sunlight

With the calendar stating that summer is FINALLY with us,  I wanted to try something a little bolder in the nail color department. I have a penchant for all colors in the blue and green family, and wanted to try a deep teal that would pop against my skin tone. “Scream” by Pure Ice is THE perfect teal that does just that; screams and makes a statement against any outfit.

Scream in direct light
Scream in direct light

Scream is true teal creme polish with greener undertones, not to be confused with a turquoise that has bluer undertones. As with my last Pure Ice review, this color is also quite opaque and resists nicks for a few days. Be sure to use a strengthening top-coat for longer lasting results.

This shade pairs well with plum, coral, and hot pink, if you are interested in pairing a contrast nail color, or even need outfit ideas!

Scream shown in indirect light
Scream shown in indirect light

Pure Ice nail colors can be purchased directly from their website or at your local Walmart for $1.99. Great price for a great product! Are you digging the color? Let me know in the comments!

*Thanks to Shakiera at Socially Bella! ;)

* All photos by Andrea K. Castillo

Man Vs. Machine, Fashion For a New Breed

Founded in 2008 by childhood friends Jordan White and Charlie Browne, Man Vs. Machine is a “progressive lifestyle brand that caters to the creative intellectual”. In the four short years since their beginnings, they have gained press from notable publications including Complex, T Magazine, Nylon, and Rolling Stone, among others, for good reason. Their aesthetic is clean with refined lines and a rich color palette, yet youthful and futuristic in some of their stylings. I believe it is the happy medium of a tailored look that doesn’t look too old fashioned or dowdy.

I became familiar with the line quite recently. I met one of the founders, Jordan, while out with some friends at an NYC hotspot. I was dressed “like a boy” as I say; white striped oxford shirt with sleeves cuffed, black velveteen tuxedo pants, patent leopard print belt, and tan oxfords. He approached and told me that he liked my style because it reminded him of his designs. I think I laughed because I felt out of place dressed like a “bro” in a nightclub, but I digress. We exchanged information, I checked out the collection, and I really liked it!

Man Vs. Machine is largely a menswear line, but are giving us a preview of their forthcoming women’s line (see that girl in the photo above!). The look for women is similar to that of the men, offering tailored pieces like shrunken blazers and skinny pants, while keenly focusing on the shape of a woman. You won’t look like you are wearing your boyfriend’s clothes, but merely borrowing the idea of it.

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