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Pastel Pleat Dress for Springtime

In Fashion on March 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Pastel Pleat Dress - Orange

Maybe this gorgeous New York weather is getting me a little anxious for spring but I am Ioving this short sleeve mini dress from Necessary Clothing. The orange is the perfect pop of color. Pair with some nude booties or cute sandals.

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Block Wedge- Chestnut at Necessary Clothing

In Fashion on February 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

Block Wedge- Chestnut at Necessary Clothing.

I am loving these super cute wedges right now! These are great with a pair of skinny jeans and look so flattering on the leg.

Sushi Seki on Miss A

In Entertainment, Fashion, Food on August 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

Hey Guys and Gals!

If you want to get the scoop on some great restaurants in NYC check out Miss A where you can read my reviews on some amazing places like Sushi Seki in the Upper East Side.  You can also get the latest info on great shopping, restaurant and nightlife, salons and spas, and so much more.

Thanks for reading!

xo

Helya

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY

In Fashion on June 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I went to the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum late today thinking that the line would have died down. But to my surprise there were hundreds of people who were thinking the same.

If you live in the city there is no excuse why you should not see this exhibit. Even if you are not into fashion you will see McQueen’s legacy in all its glory. You see the emotion and raw energy that he put into every single piece of art. It is absolutely breathtaking.

His runway collections developed his reputation for controversy. But as you look at his work it is more then just a shock tactic. There was a really dark, tragic place he explored that was a source of inspiration for most of his work, especially towards the end of his life.

Before Alexander McQueen’s death he had an unfinished autumn/winter collection, 16 pieces, presented during Paris Fashion Week on March 8th 2010, to a select handful of fashion editors. Editors said the show was hard to watch because it showed how McQueen was obsessed with the afterlife. The clothes had a medieval and religious look. His models were accessorized to show his love for theatrical imagery. You can see some of the pieces at the exhibit or check out the slide show of his last collection from the NY Times.

There are ruffled gowns made from yards of organza, a leather dress with horse hair skirting, and dresses made from clam shells and medical slides. I don’t want to spoil it all for you but here are some pictures that I took while the MET security weren’t looking. I had to! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these creations so close.

This show is about more than fashion. It’s about architecture and history and tragedy and fantasy. If you ever once thought that fashion wasn’t an art form, think again. I guarantee no matter who you are, this exhibit will evoke some sort of emotion out of you.

Trish McEvoy: Two Skincare Products I am Obsessing Over

In Fashion on April 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I usually would not rant about skin care products unless I absolutely think they are fantastic. So, I wanted to share with you two products from Trish McEvoy that I am obsessing over and maybe you should to (ladies and gents).

For the past two weeks I have been using Trish McEvoy’s “Even Skin Beta Hydroxy Pads”. Although I haven’t used these pads very long I have already started to notice that the pores on my nose look smaller and the overall appearance of my skin is refined. These pads were developed to enhance your skin’s tone, texture and clarity by wiping out dead skin cells and increasing cell turnover in seconds. Basically it is the most gentle and effective way to exfoliate without leaving your skin looking red and prickly. They come in a jar of 40 and yes a bit pricey but the trick is to cut them in half and store them in your refrigerator after the first use. These pads will be a staple in my skin care regime from now on. And guys you can use them too.

photo courtesy of findnsave.com. "Trish McEvoy's Even Skin™ Beta Hydroxy Pads were developed so you could easily build the essential step of exfoliation into your skincare routine".

Another product I am completely gushing over is the Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Anti Fatigue Cream Enriched Primer. This is my new go to product before I apply my make-up. It isn’t just a primer, but it is a moisturizer with SPF 15 and it can also work as a mask too. It dries very quickly so you don’t have to wait long before putting on your moisturizer or foundation. My face looks and feels firmer. It’s like an instant lift in a bottle. And with the summer coming up I totally recommend it for the ladies. When the weather is humid and hot this will keep your make-up in place. It’s not inexpensive ($85 for 1.7 oz) but I will say splurge on this because it is worth the price.

Anti-Fatigue Cream Enriched Primer and Mask Trish's Beauty Booster™ Anti-Fatigue Cream is a versatile, skin-brightening power moisturizer perfect for anytime you want to erase the signs of fatigue. It is the ideal beauty primer for long-wearing makeup on your dryer days and instantly lifts and tightens skin while minimizing fine lines for a smooth, cushiony finish.

You can get these products at Saks, Bergdorfs, Neimans, Nordstroms, etc. I picked mine up at Blue Mercury because they are always super helpful and give you some pretty amazing samples to test out. If you live in New York you can find Blue Mercury at the following locations or just shop online:

NYC-Upper West Side
2305 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
212.799.0500

NYC-Upper East Side
1311 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10021
212.396.1500


Club Monaco Must Haves

In Fashion on December 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm

It’s classic, minimalist chic, and put together. It’s the type of clothing you wear for brunch at 2pm with your girlfriends hiding behind your giant black sunglasses, while nursing a furious hangover with a bloody mary.
You can go from day to night in just about any of their pieces. Elegant, downtown chic, and vintage-inspired. Club Monaco is expensive but they have some pretty great sales. If you want to splurge, I love any of their must have pieces above.
Check out store locations near you. And if you don’t have a store near you, or you don’t want to schlep to one, don’t worry, Shopbop carries Club Monaco clothing online.

lee-lai Natural Beauty

In Fashion on December 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Lee-lai Natural Beauty is a fresh and clean line of all natural skincare products created in Brooklyn, New York. Lee-lai quality 99.99-100% natural and 80-100% organic ingredients combine with fresh unique fragrances to deliver a multi-sensory experience. The ingredients are placed with a purpose and include a wide range of potent plant oils and botanicals.
Lee-lai products are always free from parabens, sulfates, phylates, chemical preservatives, fillers, detergents, and mineral oils. One great aspect of Lee-lai is that they are focused on staying green and giving people a broader choice of green products. These products are handcrafted in the USA in eco-friendly and sustainable facilities. Lee-lai never has and never will test on animals. Lee-lai Natural Beauty is available in retail stores around the country and in Hong Kong.

Origin of lee-lai

The story of Lee-lai began in Brooklyn one day in late October.  Founder Cyan Bonacci was growing tiresome of her endless battle with dry itchy skin associated with eczema, the fall and winter months being especially irritating. She tried everything under the sun to apease her skin and ended up further aggravating the problem. When Cyan’s father fell ill she decided to take a second look at what she was putting on her skin. After discovering that skincare products actually penetrate into our bodies she opened her medicine cabinet and peered onto the backs of the bottles. What she found were words which sounded more like riddles and rhymes than anything that could help her. She reconsidered the products she exposed herself to, as well as the environment, and got back to the basics.

Cyan then pursued her desire to create a line of products that would rectify common problems without sacrificing style and creativity. She felt that organic products need not be bland but could instead be fun, artistic, and sophisticated. What ensued was an amalgamation of quality ingredients blended with fresh unique fragrances and packaged with a clean and stylish design.

Lee-lai was named after Cyan’s childhood nickname given to her by her father.  She has always been a firm believer in natural and alternative medicine and undestands that most illnesses are preventative in nature. Cyan has a pescetarian diet and uses only natural products in her everyday life. The line began selling in boutiques in Brooklyn and Manhattan and is now available around the world.

 

Lee-lai has been featured in People magazine, Time Out New York, Wee Baby Stuff, and Cool Mom Picks just to name a few.

“Like” lee-lai on Facebook and get 20% off plus FREE SHIPPING on orders over $30 dollars. Email cyan@myleelai.com for the offer code. (offer ends 3/20/2011)

Learn more about Lee-lai Natural Beauty on the company website: www.myleelai.com.

Zara’s Evening 2010 Collection

In Fashion on December 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm


I absolutely adore Zara’s 2010 Evening Collection! The perfect party dresses and sexy separates just in time for the New Year. From a hot leopard print mini-dress to a sexy, yet sophisticated velvet blazer and leather leggings, Zara has it all this season. Check out the full collection at Zara for your holiday look!

Gilt City

In Entertainment, Fashion, Food on October 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Hey Guys! Check out Gilt City for the latest and greatest deals in New York and other cities. If you are not already a member sign up here http://www.giltcity.com/invite/helyamo.

Don’t miss out on some fabulous discounts including entertainment such as theater tickets, amazing restaurants, and total body transformations with private Pilates classes, just to name a few.

What are you waiting for?

New Fall Addition: Leather Shorts

In Fashion on September 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Leather shorts come in many shades and styles for Fall 2010

This Fall one of the hottest trends is the leather short. Whether you wear it with a cashmere cardigan, your favorite plain white tee, or pair them with a fitted blazer, the leather short is a very versatile piece to add to your Fall wardrobe collection.

The leather short makes for a stylishly edgy look for Fall, especially when paired with hot over the knee boots. You can also get a “rock and roll” edgy attitude with high waisted leather shorts and a vintage inspired tee.  Add some essential costume jewelry and get ready for a night on the town.

Chunky sweaters for added texture

And don’t worry, during winter these shorts can still keep you warm if worn with basic or patterned tights. And with October right around the corner, you can add more deep, dramatic shades and a contrast of textures to your wardrobe, including a basic thermal or chunky sweater.

My Alessia leather shorts from Club Monaco

These shorts aren’t so easy to come by so if you find a pair at a retailer that you love, take advantage. For example, the Alessia leather shorts from Club Monaco are one of my favorites! Paired with a fitted blouse and platform pumps, you’ll have the perfect look for a cocktail party or an evening out.

And you can also visit chic and cheap online stores like Asos where they feature a large selection of leather shorts like these TBA High waisted pleated leather shorts in tan.

TBA leather shorts available at asos.com

Cheap Monday Samantha leather shorts

Also a big hit for fall are these Cheap Monday Samantha leather shorts in black for around $90 dollars. You can rock these for an edgy look with tall thigh high boots or thick tights and booties. Both of these looks you can find at shopstyle.com.

Add some leather to your wardrobe this season. And don’t be scared to spend a little more for what some designers say is an “investment piece”. You can get a rocker chic look and still feel casual. Pair thick wool tights or wear them bare-legged. Whatever look you pull off, one thing is certain, leather shorts should be a key staple in your closet this fall.

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