Monthly Archives: August 2014

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Sep events

 

Modcloth Casting call

 

When: Wednesday, September 3rd from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

  • Where: Openhouse, 201 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Fashion mavens, rejoice! ModCloth is inviting you to come showcase your unique style at their #FASHIONTRUTH Casting Call for ALL event in New York City on September 3rd. All you have to do is show up in your cutest outfit and you could be featured on ModCloth and across their social platforms. Anyone and everyone is invited, so if you’re in the area, grab your friends and go — this is an event you won’t want to miss! Head to the ModCloth blog for more details and RSVP info.

 

 

 

Ny Curvy Closet

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#NYCurvyCloset

A plus size shopping event

Come shop the closets of some of your favorite NYC bloggers

Sizes 10-28

 

CeCe of PlusSizePrincess.com

Alissa of StylishCurves.com

Chastity of GarnerStyle.Blogspot.com

Allison of InsideAlliesWorld.com

Meaghan of LittleLimeDress.com

Saturday, September 6th

12-5pm

RSVP Here

  • If you love gathering with other bloggers for a time of networking and fun!
  • If you are new to social media conferences and events.
  • If you enjoy writing and creating content.
  • If you would like to connect with other bloggers.
  • If your brand would like to connect with the online influencers of today.
  • If you would like to sharpen your social media skills.
  • If you would like to share your knowledge and experience.

Join us at   Bloggy Conference 2014 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio!  

Attendees will be treated to a weekend of networking and fun!  Soak up the knowledge and information provided during the sessions and keynotes.  Mingle with attendees and sponsors.  Take a stroll along the beach side during non conference hours or spend time enjoying the thrills inside the park!

Dates:  September 12 – 14, 2014
Location:  Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio
Ticket Price:  $85    -     Registration Information Here
Hotel Rates:  Standard room at $89 per night or a Lake-view suite at $129 per night  -  Reservation Link  -  Hotel Information

 

 

 

I am SO exited to attend these events!

Will you be attending any of them? Let me know in comments

Hi guys, here is a Colab I recently did with Marin from Qwerty Girl

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Here is a little bit about about Marin: She is a a beauty, fashion, and lifestyle blogger that has been writing for a little over a year now. Do follow her, I will include the link to her blog, Twitter, and Tumblr below so that you can check it out! Thank you so much and enjoy!

Anyways, to back to the point, I am going to be reviewing my favorite makeup pieces that I don’t think I will ever stop using! So let’s dive right in!

First off is foundation! Now I have searched long and hard to find a good foundation that will work with my combination skin type. I don’t break out so much as I get really shiny around the T-zone and have slight inflammation around my nose that can be quite bothersome. Personally, I have always liked sporting a more natural look, so I really don’t like it when you can see creases or the foundation becomes dry and caked in places. This is not to say that I don’t like full coverage products, I just don’t like the downsides to them. So while in the beauty aisle in Target, I was trying to decide between Maybelline Fit Me or Revlon ColorStay foundation (both of which would probably be slightly too much coverage) when I came across the Rimmel London section. Now, I love Rimmel’s powder (will be mentioned later on) and I am practically a walking advertisement for their Kate Moss Lipstick line, so when I saw this little tube of foundation claiming to last 25 hours, I just threw caution to the wind.

 Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation in 200 Soft Beige

Turns out that this stuff is absolutely AMAZING! It totally soaks up the oil on my face without becoming dry or cracked and delivers completely natural coverage that ACTUALLY LASTS! A downside is that it does feel slightly sticky on, but a plus to that is that it practically grabs onto powder makeup, like blush and coverup, and helps them last as well! When applying you don’t need to use a lot. I just use my fingers to apply and it is very simple, in other words a little goes a long way! I would recommend this product if you have skin like me or want something slightly more natural for school.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 005 Silky Beige

Next is powder! Even though I practically always use powder, I am not so dedicated to finding the perfect fit for me. Then I watched a video by Zoella (my favorite!) and she recommended the Rimmel London Stay Matte Finish powder. So I decided to experiment a little bit and now I love it! It does not stay on for a super long time, but it can hold me through the day. Plus, it is very sheer and natural so I don’t look like I have a ton of layers on after I have applied my foundation. I am very happy with the Rimmel foundation and powder together since they compliment each other and are very easy to wear. I would definitely recommend buying this product if you are looking for a natural look or just a sheer powder to balance out a full-coverage foundation.

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in CW05 Medium

The next favorite is Concealer! I was never very knowledge in the world of concealers until I watched a couple of videos by Zoella and became interested. The first one I ever bought was NYX HD Concealer, which I really, really like. It ran out fairly quickly but that is okay since it is not that expensive. I have tried one other since, the Mabelline Fit Me Concealer, but it did not achieve the level of coverage I was looking for. So I have gone back to this fav and I can’t be happier! I would definitely recommend buying this if you are looking for an even coverage, slightly dry concealer that lasts a long time and isn’t very expensive.

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Wildly Co.

Today I interviewed Hayley from Wildly co.

Bio: Hayley Morgan started Wildly Co. with her husband Mike in 2014. Their biggest hope is to impact families and community for good through industry. Hayley and Mike have four little boys, who are their wild. Hayley is also a successful blogger and is currently writing her first book. You can follow Hayley’s adventures through Instagram @thetinytwig and @wildlyco.e brand

We are setting out to design and produce an ethically made kids lifestyle brand that includes all the staples your kids need. We’ll make it simple for you to find great children’s clothes online and a no brainer for your wild ones to get dressed!  Plus, you shouldn’t have to pay the same amount for your kids’ outfits as you do for your’s. Kids are half as big, grow twice as fast, and consider grass stains part of the charm. In the coming months, Wildly Co. will be providing the best of the basic kids clothes direct to you.  No driving around town with kids in tow, no big box retail mark up…still all the fun.

How did the idea for your brand come about?

We have four small boys, and it seems like we fly through clothes. I was spending tons of money on cheap garments that barely held up through one kid, let alone four. So, I set out to figure out how I could make an impact on the kids’ apparel industry.

How did you get started in this business?

I got started in the apparel industry just like I’ve gotten started in all the industries I’m involved in. I had an idea, and I took to Google. We really live in an unprecedented age of information. If there is something you want to know and understand, there is virtually no barrier for most people.

How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business?

Like I said, Google is an entrepreneurs best friend. You can either find the information you need, or find someone who can help you learn it. We did a little of both. We self-learned a lot of the information necessary to run a small apparel company, and we also hired a couple of consultants to help us learn things faster. That was extremely valuable in the long run.

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How long have you been in business?

Wildly Co. launched with graphic T’s in April and started a Kickstarter to fund our fall line at the beginning of August. We are very very new to the market–and that’s a really exciting place to be!wc (2)

What do you plan to do with your business after your kickstarter campaign ends? In the next year? In the next five years?

Well, after the Kickstarter ends, we have to get to work with our production partners to actually get the garments produced. We have samples now, but we’ll be able to place a full production order. That’s really exciting!

In the next year, it is my goal to really educate our customers and potential customers on the negative aspects of fast-fashion while still maintaining a positive and hopeful voice. We are simply trying to make it easy for parents to make a good choice. We want to prove to them that we’re good to our word; fun, easy, good.

In 5 years, I’d love to see us have a really established and loyal customer base. I’d love to be working with several factories and also impacting the employees lives on a lot of levels. Our biggest hope is that families would be served well through our business–so that’s really important to us!

What are the biggest challenges for running this business?

The upfront costs are challenging for sure. The barrier to entry is still pretty high in the apparel industry. It’s opaque and difficult to navigate. But, we’ve been able to make relationships with people who make it as easy as possible, and we’re so grateful for that.

Any advice for anyone wanting to start a business?

I always say, just start. You are the only one standing in your way. Nothing has to be perfect to start, but if you don’t start you’ll never refine your ideas or product. You can think and think and plan and plan for ages, but it’s more helpful to iterate once you’re already in the marketplace and getting feedback.

http://www.kickstartwildly.co

http://www.wildlyco.com

http://www.thetinytwig.com

http://www.twitter.com/thetinytwig

http://www.instagram.com/thetinytwig

http://www.instagram.com/wildlyco

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2. Jade Upgrade Heel From Modcloth $70
3. Paving Grace Heel From Modcloth $36
4. Soft Steps Heel From Modcloth  $40
6. Everybody Dance Heel in Aqua From Modcloth $90
7. From Studio to Supper Flat From Modcloth $50
8.  Accessorize to Fame Heel From Modcloth $45
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Rent the Runway’s Labor Day Weekend Event: Spend $100+ on Rentals and Save 30%
Did you watch the Emmy’s this week and wonder when it will be your turn to don a designer dress and walk in something wonderful? Now is that time. Starting today (Tuesday, Aug. 26th) and through the holiday weekend, Rent the Runway, the leading online source for designer and haute couture gowns and accessories, is hosting their Labor Day Weekend Event! Now is the perfect time to try something fabulous for only a fraction of the cost. During the Rent the Runway Labor Day Weekend Event, spend $100+ on any order and receive 30% off, provided the rental is delivered before Sept. 14th. Now it can be your turn to swirl about in a Monique Lhuillier, Zac Posen or a Donna Karan—all designers worn by the stars on this year’s Emmy red carpet.

Rent the Runway is a completely hassle free fashion experience. Dresses are tailored to fit all shapes and sizes (available in sizes 0-22), and you can even select an additional backup size to be shipped at no extra cost. Rent the Runway also has more than 25 stylists on hand available as consultants to help women find the perfect look, wear it and send it back with no dry cleaning, no shipping costs, no stress. Be sure to use the promo code: LDW2014 at checkout. Go shop the Rent the Runway Labor Day Weekend Event— find the designer of your dreams or just test drive something a little splashy, all the while saving more money, not spending it.

#NYCurvyCloset

A plus size shopping event

Come shop the closets of some of your favorite NYC bloggers

Sizes 10-28

CeCe of PlusSizePrincess.com

Alissa of StylishCurves.com

Chastity of GarnerStyle.Blogspot.com

Allison of InsideAlliesWorld.com

Meaghan of LittleLimeDress.com

Saturday, September 6th

12-5pm

RSVP Here

I am SO exited to attend this event and hopefully pick up some new duds!

Will you be attending? Let me know in comments

 

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

ModCloth

Summer may be coming to a close, but it’s hard to be sad about it with an amazing deal at ModCloth! Don’t miss your chance to nab dazzling deals on separates, dresses, & more at up to 70% off! So many items on sale. So little time. Shop while it lasts!

 

Oshun Undies

 

Oshun Undies are the creation  of Nkese Applewhite.  After giving birth to her  daughter, she was really surprised at how difficult it was to find a comfortable, beautiful bra that she could nurse and pump in.  She knew that this was a problem that other mothers encountered as well.  Nkese felt certain that it was a problem that could be solved, and  set out to do just that.

 

How did the idea for your brand come about?

My pregnancy was easy and fabulous. I felt that my body had never been more powerful, and I was a little in awe of what women’s bodies can do. But shopping for maternity clothes was rather deflating. I was not impressed with the quality or style of the garments that were being marketed for pregnancy, and nursing bras were no exception. I didn’t feel good in them. I bought as little as possible, instead opting for regular clothes that could accommodate my changing body.

I could not get around buying nursing bras- I k new I wanted to breastfeed. I resigned myself to buying them but was frustrated at the limited selection. When I had my daughter and started preparing to go back to work I realized that I would also need a handsfree pumping bra. That’s where I drew the line. I could not bring myself to buy a bra that had zippers and Velcro in it. Instead, I repurposed something I already had at home to make a handsfree pumping bra. Eventually, I figured out I could just wear the “bra” so the holes were at my back when I was not pumping then turn it around so I could be ready to pump whenever the opportunity arose. It was a really practical solution that made pumping a little easier.

My temporary solution didn’t address the fact that as a consumer I felt invisible, I couldn’t understand why it was that there was so little out there for nursing moms. As a woman who was committed to breastfeeding, I nonetheless felt like my body wasn’t my own anymore, it was completely dedicated to my child, especially in the early days. Getting dressed every day just reinforced that feeling; my entire wardrobe, beginning with my undergarments, was determined by my need to breastfeed. I wondered whether other moms felt the way I did. I decided to design a bra that was practical first, but that was also pretty. My product is meant to be something a woman can feel good in while still being able to breastfeed her child. My brand is about recognizing the beauty of the woman inside of every mom.

How did you get started in this business?

One of my best friends from high school randomly sent a text to myself and my other best friend asking whether we had any ideas for entrepreneurship. I’d been thinking about the bra for a while, so when I responded I told them all about it. They were both mothers as well, and their response was really positive. Based on that response I started buying fabric and just trying things out. Around the same time, my husband and I decided that I would stay home with our daughter rather than going back out to work. I knew that the time was right to run with my idea.

How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business?

Hmm, that is a good question. I think that it is a constant learning process and I’ve been picking up a lot along the way. I’ve leveraged networks and opportunities to gain exposure to as many entrepreneurs as possible, and sought resources that support entrepreneurs. I have received business counseling through the Center for Women’s Business Advancement and I am currently in a business accelerator, the Merrimack Valley Sandbox. It’s a 12 week program that introduces our cohort to dozens of successful entrepreneurs who share their most valuable insights with us and teaches us how to think like business owners. I’ve got great mentors with different sets of expertise and I have found many people willing to help.

How long have you been in business?

Just under one year.

What do you plan to do with your business after your kickstarter campaign ends? In the next year? In the next five years?

I am so excited to launch sales and begin to service my customers. My goals for year one are just to gain visibility for my product through e-commerce, hospital distribution and perhaps some specialty stores. In the next five years I would like to be in a position to start selling at large department stores. But overall, one of my big goals is to help the market pivot towards offering products to nursing mothers that focuses more on the whole woman, not just on the function of the woman in the context of breastfeeding.

What are the biggest challenges for running this business?

The biggest challenge is being a solo entrepreneur. I am managing product development, marketing and distribution, manufacturing, finances, everything. I look forward to building a team with a greater breadth and depth of perspective and experience than I have so that we can apply some expertise and gain some efficiencies in accomplishing our goals.

Any advice for anyone wanting to start a business?

Two things, the first is just get yourself out there, look for opportunities for networking and for education! The people you meet will be invaluable resources. The second is don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. The timing might never be totally perfect, the pitch might never be perfect, there might be infinite ways that you can continue to improve your product. Perfection is incredibly elusive, and sometimes we can use its pursuit as a reason not to accomplish our larger goals.

 

Kickstarter:  Here

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Twitter handle: @nkeseapplewhite

 

If you love One Direction than this is for you! announcing Make Up by 1D!

 

Take Me Home                                                                           Midnight Memories

I received the Up All Night set

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Each item is named after a different hit song from the band

such as I Should have Kissed You, Up all Night and Taken

includes

Nail Lacquer

lip gloss

lipstick

1D1D2

eye pencil

mascara

Eye shadow  palate

Custom Stencils

Decorate yourself, you stuff, you friends with 1D doodles

US RELEASE DATES:
Macy’s – August 11th
Stage Stores – August 25th
Dillards – August 25th
Beauty Brands – August 25th
Lord and Taylor – August 25th

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