Aug 28, 2015

Beauty Benevolence | MUA Toni Nicole

“Making the world a prettier place one face at a time” is her motto. Orlando-based Makeup Artist Toni Nicole is a familiar face amongst many. I'm not really sure who introduced me to the college educated beauty, but I quickly knew that she was someone that I needed to have in my corner if I wanted to step my beauty game up a notch. She has been instrumental in many of my cosmetics and beauty purchasing decisions. Each and every product she has recommended has been spot on. I consider her a trusted professional.  The MAC certified and nationally published artist has been transforming faces one stroke at a time for many years. She says, "Everyone has their own individual style when it comes to fashion and trends, why not have your own style when it comes to makeup? Individuality is what sets one apart from the next person and in my line of work, individuality is what transforms a makeup artist into an artist." Whether it’s a wedding, photo shoot, fashion editorial spread, or just a night on the town, Toni Nicole will enhance your natural beauty suitable for the occasion. I had the opportunity to chat it up about all things beauty with the talented artist. check out the deeds below.

“Making the world a prettier place one face at a time” is my motto. -Toni Nicole

Aug 24, 2015

5 Must-Have Whites

Although the end of summer is almost near----every summer, these five must-haves are always on reserve as go-to wardrobe essentials that I absolutely can't do without. They are the perfect wardrobe neutralizers adding balance to colorful brights. Here's why you should incorporate these five items into your wardrobe.  

1. Skinny Jeans - I love a fabulous pair of skinnies. Dress them down with a pair of wedge sneakers or converse, or dress them up with a fab pair of pointed toe heels, sandals and fabulous top and there you have it. When you opt for a colorful top and want it to be the focal point---ditch the standard pair of blue denim and go for a more clean and modern take.
2. Aviator Sunnies - Why aviators? Well, they work well on every face type. So whether you're like me with an oval-shaped face, you can pull off a fabulous pair of aviators. Why white? Because helps to neutralize color and is uniquely different from the standard black. While I'm a huge fan of white sunnies---I do realize that they may not be for everyone. Certainly not the conservative types. 
3. Sandals - Remember when white shoes were almost a fashion faux pas? Today, many women are embracing white footwear like never before. I've always been fond of white shoes as they are the perfect way to neutralize busy prints and colors worn in the spring and summer months. However, investing in a quality pair is essential because pulling off this shade can be difficult, and can sometimes come off as cheap or of poor quality.
4. Shoulder Bag - It's chic, different and versatile. You can practically pull off any look with a chic white bag during the summer months.
5. Nail Polish - Trending for a couple of seasons now----white polish is the new french manicure. It's modern, bold and refreshing. It says I'm confident, chic and fashion-forward. It's a great accessory and color neutralizer. 

Aug 21, 2015

Flashback Friday with Plaid

TGIF Lovies...I hope all is well. Here's to a little fashion flashback with this menswear inspired look. Nothing screams menswear than tartan plaid. The classic and traditional print just withstands the test of time. It works for the office and outside. It's rocked by many popular street stylers and fashion hipsters. I wanted to give the look a unique spin so I opt for my white sunnies to coordinate with the white classic button down---it also adds as a nice contrast to the boldness of the red. I love the print, checkout my previous article here on why. Are you a fan of plaids?
Until next time....Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!

Aug 19, 2015

Fashion: Fabulous or Vain? 5 Misconceptions

Does one loses their sense of self if they are passionate about fashion? Selling their soul to an evil cause? Does the devil really wear Prada? Is having a love for the art and having a true sense of self and greater purpose mutually exclusive? It's as if loving a well-constructed garment brings out the most ugliest vain and materialistic person in you. Can a foodie who loves the culinary art also find a balance between food, fitness and health awareness? Can't you find more important things in life to be passionate about? The look I'm sometimes presented with by some, when I profess my love for the art of fashion. Oh the vanity, right? Yes, I get it. Fashion focuses merely on ones physicals. But to be labeled a vain narcissist who cares nothing more about dressing in designer clothes and prancing around town to take pics with their fancy DSLR cameras is simply outrageous and utterly ridiculous to say the least. I just sometimes want to scream---I am not my blog! It's impossible to get an accurate picture of someone's personality and spirit from a few images posted on a website and social media outlets such as twitter and instagram. This aspect of ones life is simply a snippet of the total picture. A piece of the puzzle. A slice of the pie. Truth is....many of us have families, careers outside of fashion, are college educated and are active in our communities. A far cry from the ego-driven fashion-obsessed lunatics with poor spending habits and no self awareness. I've listed 5 misconceptions about fashion lovers that I have found myself often having to debunk.

5 Common Misconceptions of Fashion Lovers and Bloggers

  1. She thinks less of the less fashionable. She's so full of herself in her little world of fashion that she looks down on the less fashionable. So wrong. My world does not revolve around fashion 24/7. However, it does revolve around me being a mom, wife and friend to those near and dear. I don't walk around in 3'' heels and designer handbags all the time. I often opt for a t-shirt, sweats and a pair of sneakers. And I'm sure this probably also holds true of other fashion and personal style bloggers.
  2. She's a bona fide narcissist. This is probably the funniest of them all. Many fashion enthusiast are career professionals with post graduate degrees with the letters MD, JD and PHD behind their names. Career professionals who serve others on a day-to-day basis. Let's face it, we live in a society obsessed with physical appearance. Sadly, your first impression is a very lasting one. Ones personal style simply expresses who they are without them having to speak. It's expressive, communicative and fun.
  3.  She's fiscally irresponsible and lives in a world of excess. For me, I'm not one to stay in the malls weekly or monthly for that matter. As an avid thrifter, DIYer and one who loves a great sale---these are things that have aided in my ability to become a more conscious and fiscally responsible consumer. I don't love spending money unless it's necessary in most cases. The great concept of minimalism is quite welcoming. My wardrobe may appear expansive, but it's mainly because I opt for more classic pieces and less trends; which is why most of my items crosses an average lifespan of 10-15 years.
  4. She must want to be a fashion designer. Some do and rightfully so. Many possess that God given talent. But many fashion/style bloggers just love the style aspect of blogging or simply just love to write about the topic. Nothing more, nothing less.
  5. She's living the good life. Ha! Singing Kanye's 'Welcome to the Good Life'. NOT! Not all fashion bloggers are living the jetsetter, shop til you drop and meet and mingle with the fashion elites lifestyle. Many bloggers have regular 9-to-5s while balancing a family. Many do not generate revenue from blogging.  Others blog because it's fun. It's an avenue to help others and share ideas. It's a great way to raise awareness of a particular cause, while some set out to change the world. Others see it as an expressive outlet that grants them the freedom to do what they love most, write.

Aug 17, 2015

Fall/Winter Popup Shop

Come out and shop a fabulous curated collection of fall/winter fashions from unique faux furs, sequin blazers, high-waisted trousers, statement vests, graphic tees, fabulous hats and must-have statement jewelry pieces and accessories perfect for the fall/winter. Enjoy refreshing complimentary gourmet hor d'oeuvres, champagne cocktails and fashionable sounds by my guest DJ while you shop. We have some amazing surprises in store for you. Totally hope you can come out for some fun, food, music and of course fashion. Keep in the loop on the facebook event page here. Also, make sure to join the online launch countdown here
::::: Event Details :::::
What: Fashion Fab Boutique Sip & Shop
Where: Luxe Studio Space | 408 N Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
When: Saturday, September 19th, 2015