Perfectly Imperfect

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Over the weekend, I chopped the ombre off my hair and decided to freshen up my look. I changed my circa sixth grade side part to a fresh center part. It hangs right around my collar bone and needless to say, I’m slightly obsessed with it.

With the new hair comes a new styling technique. I don’t like the look of perfectly styled hair, so I needed something to pump up the volume and give it that easy going style I enjoy. So, I of course took a trip to Sephora to find some options. The associate kept pushing me to buy the Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray that everyone is obsessed with, but I have tried it in the past and I felt like it made my hair crunchy and heavy (no bueno). I picked up this little cutie, and the associate kept telling me “No, get the Bumble and Bumble!” which only made me want to buy this Dry Bar product instead.

Unlike most salt sprays that make your hair as crunchy as Lays potato chips, this spritzer is a super fine mist that lightly coats your hair in the perfect amount of product. All I do is spritz my hair a few times and scrunch the sections in my hands until they are perfectly tousled. If my hair is lightly curled, it relaxes the waves and gives me an adorable boho vibe. If I straightened my hair prior to using the product, it gives my hair a “I’m cool and totally not trying” look that I think we all love. Plus it actually smells like a Mai Tai instead of coconut like all the other sprays on the market.

If you have fine hair (even if theres a lot of it) like me, then this is the perfect product for you! It’s lightweight, has a pleasent scent and your hair will still have movement through the day.

Dry Bar – Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray $25

Ipsy: October Glam Bag

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If you follow me, you may have realized I never posted my september Ipsy bag. I honestly hated it and every product I received. I don’t really like giving negative reviews, so instead I just pretended it never happened. Over the past couple months, I have been all but impressed by Ipsy. I would get maybe one product I actually used then just give the rest away to my friends. I honestly almost cancelled my subscription a couple weeks ago.

Now, I think the people at Ipsy might have sensed my displeasure (possibly because of the horrible reviews I have given the products in my Glam Room…) because this months bag is seriously awesome! Three of the products have been on my list of things to try for months and the other two, well lets just say I didn’t know what I was missing!

1. Skyn Iceland – Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths

A few months ago I received a Skyn Iceland mask and immediately became obsessed with it. My skin looked ten-times cleaner and healthier the second I removed it. But, the products are pretty expensive so I haven’t wanted to try any new ones because of the hefty price tag. You guys know I’m a sucker for the Neutrogena makeup removing wipes and these seem like the fancy versions of them. They claim to be for “stressed skin” (I mean hello? They must be reading my mind). Plus, the directions say all you have to do is rub it together to create a foam then wipe your face; No water needed! I’m definitely excited to give these a try.

2. Figs and Rouge – Mango Mandarin Hand Cream

I have heard a lot of good things about Figs and Rouge but I have always been very loyal to my Soap and Glory Hand Food. I didn’t want to go out and buy a replacement, so I’m happy I received this in my bag. This is a non-greasy shea and coco butter cream that is also “pure and natural.” I’m not sure if this is the scent I would have bought on my own though. When it first comes out of the tube it reminds me of how Jamba Juice smells when you walk in (AMAZING) but then after a few seconds it gets a powdery scent to it that reminds me of a cheep fruit flavored lip gloss. It does have a slightly sticky texture as well. I’m the type of person that doesn’t like anything out of the ordinary on their hands, so we’ll see how long I can deal.

3. H20 – Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment

I’m pretty sure we all know at this point that I have dry skin. It resembles the Sahara and it is all around frustrating. I have been pretty loyal to my Philosophy Hope in a Jar for Dry Skin since I picked my first one up over a year ago. But, I have always wanted to try this little blue guy out. I’ve gotten pretty used to the heavy creams and moisturizers I use on my skin everyday and the idea of applying something that looks like blue Jello to my face seems foreign. I don’t know if it will hydrate as much as I need it too, but I’m excited to put it in my starting lineup. The only issue I can foresee is that it has a pretty strongly perfumed scent and my skin happens to be sensitive to products like that.

 4. Starlooks – Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure

Have you guys ever heard of this brand? I haven’t. When I opened my bag, this was the last to emerge and I figured “I knew I had to get something boring in here.” Finally, I decided to swatch it. Guess what? I like it! It’s a great pinky nude for most skin tones. I would consider it more like a creamy liquid lipstick than a gloss though. It’s very pigmented and takes a few swipes to even out. But the best part? It tastes and smells like vanilla! The best way I can describe it is a thicker NYX Butter Gloss. I’ll definitely use this little buddy up.

5. NYC New York Color – Big Bold Curl Mascara

No joke, this stuff is huge. The packaging is huge, the brush is equally massive and some pretty big claims. Supposedly, it will give our lashes 99% more curl and 12x the volume (vs. what? I don’t know). I’m a mascara junky (I have two new ones being delivered tomorrow!) and I like to layer my mascara, so I’m sure I will have a home for this one somewhere. The brush looks like it could give some serious clumps so I foresee myself rocking it under a Benefit They’re Real or Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara to brush out the clumps.

Second Monday: October

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I am the first to admit I have been off my blogging game the past month. With school and life getting in the way, blogging has tended to escape my mind. So, this month for Live The Life You Dream About I decided to do a quick makeup look that will only take up five minutes of our day and keep us looking fall ready. If you want to check out the six step routine click here.

For further reference, I am planning on going back to my regular posting schedule (Monday and Friday) starting this week. Sorry for the inconsistencies lately, but I have a bunch of awesome ideas for the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned.

Xx,

Jennifer

Joe Zee Takes The Academy

Like I’ve said before, attending the Academy of Art University comes with some perks. Last spring I wrote a piece for you about when the Missoni family and Suzi Menkes spoke at our Spring Symposium (here). This semester, on the first week of class my Magazine Production teacher told us about a special guest coming to the school to speak only to Journalism students. Here’s what happened:

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I walked into the second story classroom at the Polk Street campus. Some students were sitting close to the makeshift stage with hardbound notebooks on their laps while others were huddled in a group gossiping. My friend and I took a seat somewhere in the middle. Hearing hushed voices behind us, we turned to greet our guest, Joe Zee who is the longtime Elle Creative Director and Recent Editor of Yahoo Style. He was surrounded by an entourage of warm, smiling and impeccably dressed people. Teachers approached him and thanked him for coming to which he thanked them for inviting him. A fellow student approached him saying she had interned at Elle and he suddenly remembered her and struck up a conversation about how her schooling was going.

He sat down on the short stage and began talking to the 30 students with their eyes and ears glued to him. He started with the basics, his start. He talked about being a kid in Toronto and having a locker filled with fashion magazines, He admitted that he would ditch class to sit there and read them. He decided to move to New York City. While in school, he took an internship at Sportswear International. He would walk down the city streets with a rolling rack and one other intern while returning items to showrooms. He said he was happy everyday just knowing he was there. The first bit of advice he gave us? “Say yes to everything!”

“I had a Plan A: I was going to work in magazines. No Plan B. Thank God Plan A worked out!”

He admitted that not everyone believed in his goals. One friend even told him “You’re not a woman, white or privileged” as reasoning behind giving up. But Joe refused. When he was a semester away from graduating FIT, he met a representative from Conde Nast at a job fair. She gave him her card and wrote to her, she sent back “I’ll keep you in mind.”

After graduating, he was up for a job at Women’s Wear Daily. They gave him a test shoot and after the model not showing and a light exploding in a puddle, he wasn’t surprised when he didn’t get the job. He thought about quitting and moving home to Toronto, but before he did he got the call he’d been waiting for. He got a call from Conde Nast asking if he wanted to work for his Idol Polly Mellen at her new magazine; Allure. Three years later he moved to W Magazine and then eventually received his job as Creative Director at Elle.

Finally, he reached his current occupation which has caused some controversy in the industry; his move to Yahoo Style. At the beginning of this year he got a phone call from Yahoo telling him that if he took the job as Editor, he could do whatever he wanted and have access to Yahoos major resources (example: 800 million Yahoo users).

“Printed magazines were hard for me. I get all my news online and being a pop culture guy, I like to get things out fast.”

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He opened the floor for my fellow students to ask questions and here are his answers:

Would you go somewhere like Maxim like Kate Lanphear from Times Magazine?

“I’m a pop culture guy, I love those things. If you love fashion for fashion you are in a bubble. I would love to do a food magazine. You just have to love the topic and come from a passionate point of interest.”

How do you manage everything?

“I don’t sleep. No, I’m just good at multitasking. I eat for all of fashion (laughs).”

What was your most exciting project?

“Everything. I don’t know. I think television shows are so interesting because I can touch people through a bigger media.”

Whats your opinion on young magazines and blogs?

“I think it’s great! It used to be that you had only one job. Now your celebrated for having multiple things to do!”

How do you do something without selling out?

“You know you. In media you are catering to other people. If not, just write in your diary and close it.”

What’s helped you find your voice?

“I’m just me. I don’t over think it. It just comes out in one fell swoop.”

Can you speak about your vision for Yahoo?

“Accessible and attainable. Kid on the street and couture. Bieber next to Karl. We wanted a site with beautiful pictures. We wanted a magazine emotion.”

What’s your favorite film?

“… My boyfriend thinks I’m going to pick…”

Boyfriend says from the back of the room “Titanic!”

“They are too young for Titanic, so The Notebook!”

Do you think bloggers need to pay their dues?

“Reach is reach. If they reach as many people as Glamour, then they deserve that front row seat”

My favorite soundbites:

“You have to go in knowing what you want to do. If you stay in your lane, people will understand your message.”

“Don’t worry about what other people are doing. You can’t hold yourself up to what other people are doing. You can only hold yourself up to you.”

Last but not least…

“Print isn’t dead. It’s just changing its hair color.”

Flower Children: Marchesa Does Festival Style

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We all know Marchesa for their glamorous red carpet worthy gowns that grace the runway each season. For their ten-year anniversary, the duo of Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig decided to mix up their predictably beautiful dresses. The new look still has quintessential Marchesa elements like flowing lace and precision embroidery, but the modern bohemian touches push Marchesa into their next decade of fashion.

The garments themselves remind me of walking though a garden. The simple and somewhat ethereal silhouettes inspire a feeling of classic elegance. The use of gold lace gives the model a goddess glow while the classic white lace embroidered with flowers adds a touch of innocence to the line. By adding fringe to many of the more classic looking Marchesa dresses, they added that flare of Bohemian. Because of this I can see the models traipsing around a villas garden instead of on the basic wood and ivory runway. Chapman and Craig created such a diverse line this season and designed garments will fit a variety of Marchesa clients.

I can already see these dresses on the red carpet. I noticed the dresses range from young and playful to more elegant creations. I have no doubt that these dresses will start popping up on carpets soon. Needless to say, I think we are going to be seeing a lot more of this line. I’m truly intrigued to see where the next decade of Marchesa will take us.

Check out some of my favorite looks bellow! If your interested in seeing the show in its entirety, click here.

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Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

Twisted Trends: Coach Reaches Out To A New Generation

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Did the Muppets just take New York? No, that was just the Coach Spring/Summer show. Stuart Vevers is in the process of repositioning Coach in the modern market. Clearly he decided to leave the classic pieces they are known for behind and say hello to the 90’s garb that has been saturating the market.

The synthetic pastel fluffiness, neon leather skirts, cartoon character graphics and platform sandals scream the overdone ‘90s trend. On the other hand flared pants, robust clogs and flowing floral sundresses whisper 1970’s oddities. Together these designs leave me nostalgic for the classic Coach.

With the route 66 themed backdrop, it’s clear that they are trying to appeal to trendy American youngsters. According to Vevers, “The young people in the office didn’t have the same hang-ups or references I did at 40 [years old] about flares, and that appealed to me: that Coach could speak to a generation that doesn’t have all these automatic references.”

The shoes may look orthopedic and maybe I’m worried about Cookie monsters safety, but I can see aspects of promise. All I know is when I see these on the street, I’m going to pull an Alicia Silverstone and yell “As if!”

Check out the full gallery here.

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Let me know what you think of Coaches new look! Love it or hate it? I want to know.

The Queen Has Spoken

Yesterday while shopping with one of my friends, she mentioned an interview with Anna Wintour that she spotted on Style.com. I was encouraged to view it and last night before bed I did just that. I’m going to start this by saying I am not a big Vogue reader. I know, it’s blasphemy coming from a fashion journalism student. Since Kimye graced the cover, I have not purchased a Vogue and I don’t plan to in the near future. But, watching this video reminded me of how much I admire Anna and how truly funny and endearing she can be.

Not only do the questions come from the mystery man behind the camera, but also her assistants, office workers and also a few famous names. Both supermodel Karlie Kloss and designer Oscar de la Renta made cameos. We also get a quick tour of the Vogue offices while Anna continues through her day. Here are some of my favorite questions and answers:

Interviewer: “Can you write down the one word you wish the fashion industry would stop using?”

Anna holds up a piece of paper with “Journey!!” written across.

Interviewer: If you had to name your absolute biggest fear, what would it be?

Anna: Spiders

Karlie Kloss: Vintage or new?

Anna: New.

Karlie Kloss: What would you never ever wear?

Anna: Head to toe black.

Employee: Whats the first thing you notice about someone?

Anna: Their smile.

Interviewer: Whats a book you wish you had written?

Anna: War and Peace.

Employee: What’s the best part of your job?

Anna: The people.

Inerviewer: Favorite dessert?

Anna: Coffee Ice Cream.

Interviewer: Whats the least true rumor about you?

Anna: They’re all true.