Spring Trends + NYFW Fall 2014!

Christina Yi Spring 2014

Christina Yi Spring 2014

With the start of February comes the spring retail calendar (six more weeks until spring, if the groundhog is to be believed) and the first fall collections of the year at NYFW. I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the fall season. I love fall fashion. It always seems more creative to me. It’s also nice to have something to look forward to in February, which is typically New York’s worst month of the year when it comes to the weather. Some designers have already shown their collections, but my first show isn’t until tomorrow morning. Follow along on Instagram for my most recent updates!

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Details | Son Jung Wan Spring 2014 | NYFW

neutral spring 2014 trend at son jung wan on the runway



Neutrals appear to be a leading trend for S/S 2014, whether black and white or the softer beige and cream that’s being shown. Skin is in– cutouts and crop tops continue to be popular and leather is gaining momentum as well.

Expect shimmery fabrics and sheer chiffon to have a major moment. Son Jung Wan used a number of fabrics with shimmer or high sheen, and a few looks also featured gold or rose gold sequins. Additionally, pants and jumpsuits are in, especially for cocktail and eveningwear. …

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PARKCHOONMOO Fall 2013 | New York Fashion Week

Nothing matters more to me than the shows. Not the parties, gifts from brands, lounges, or anything else… so sitting front row is the absolute highlight of my fashion week.

The look at PARKCHOONMOO was stark and would have been downright severe if not for the plethora of soft draping. A collection done in black and white with hints of blue is of course practically enough to win me over immediately. I also appreciated very much that this collection actually looks like I could wear it during the fall and winter. I feel that I’ve really had enough of sheer pastels for a season or two. Interestingly, the fabrics used in the collection are all tech fabrics and the leather treated to be water resistant– something that would be amazingly useful for New York’s random rain showers.

Lots and lots of photos. You have been warned.

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Clarins Beauty Flash Balm Review

In the mirror at the Clarins lounge.

One fashion week day during a break between shows, Chris, Lindsay, and I stopped by the tranquil and spa-like (i.e. I loved it) Clarins Beauty Flash Lounge in the Empire Hotel. I just asked for a bit of undereye help that day, but my makeup artist convinced me to do a full touch up with Clarins Beauty Flash and new foundation. She gave me some tips for application and we discussed sponge vs. fingertips methods.

At midnight my makeup still looked great.

That’s kind of an impossible feat for me (I think at least half my makeup disappears by noon every day), so I was sold on Beauty Flash. It’s the best primer I’ve ever used and even beats out my regular favorites from Smashbox, Laura Mercier, and L’Oreal. I’ve been testing Beauty Flash for about a month now, and it even saw me through a 5am wake up for an early flight to a midnight party… without a single touch up.

Lindsay at the Clarins lounge

Clarins Beauty Flash is both brightening and tightening, so I found that if you have dry skin (me) it’s definitely best to moisturize before using Beauty Flash, then go on with your beauty products as usual.

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is available for $45/1.7 fl. oz. on the Clarins website, at Nordstrom.com with free shipping, and at Sephora.com.

Disclosure: I grabbed a complimentary full-size tube of Beauty Flash ($45 retail value) on my way out of the lounge.

Leopard for Lucky FABB

Dear Dotty,

So tired! Next season remind me not to go to any more 8 a.m. conferences. I have a hard time enjoying them when they start that early. I think I’d get a lot more out of a conference that started at nine rather than eight. …

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Hillary Flowers S/S 2012

I went to see Hillary Flowers at the Dream Hotel on September 10th. I’m so happy that I met a great group of people who had some crazy random connections to each other. I really hope we get to connect again soon, especially the New York locals.

It pains me to say it because I’m a huge supporter of local and indie designers, but I had really negative experience. At the door they told me I wasn’t on the list and there was a $10 cover. No luck with asking if they would let me in without it as press because I’m a blogger and spent my last $15 on a taxi getting there. I had to go to an ATM and at that point I would have just left, but I wanted to meet up with Laura again. Laura didn’t have to pay or even give her name so I can’t say I was a fan of the random admission.

I did my research on Hillary Flowers before the show and while the collection is wearable, I was expecting to see pieces that were more unique.

Friday Part Two: Blogger’s Night Out

September 9, 2011

After ModSwap, Nnenna and I grabbed a drink at Bar Breton and then walked over to Pranna, the venue for Blogger’s Night Out. My voice is still recovering from several nights out in a row. I haven’t had a party schedule like this since college!

Feel like a tourist lately… been out near the Empire State Building like five times in a week.

I think that might be the elusive FNO bus?

We visited all the sponsors present at the event and picked up some gifts along the way. I won a Mink Pink leopard maxi skirt from LuLu’s! Also introduced myself to Kimberlee and looked for other bloggers I knew would be there, including Kristen (BonBon Rose Girls). There was a huge turnout and it was so crowded that I actually couldn’t find anyone else. Didn’t even know where to look!

Luckily I located Nnenna and Laura again. Later in the night plopped in a randomly velvet roped-off section with a familiar face and I snagged business cards from made-to-travel and Kendall Donaldson, one of the minds behind Blogger’s Night Out. Hope no one minded my stalker photos again. I try not to take posed photos and bloggers are used to having photos taken.

And last, if you’ve made it this far: the gift bag. ZOYA’s smoke and mirror collections, which are incredible. I painted my toes with one coat. Also included were these sparkly earrings from Send the Trend. We were talking about all styling them up and posting on the same day– let’s make it happen! I originally thought it would be a good visual FBFF, maybe someone can host a show us your earrings post?

Thanks for the photos, Laura! If you’re curious, I wore a giant black sack dress. Okay not really, I just have to learn not to dislike my camera’s flash so much. It’s a Laugh Cry Repeat by AZFN shirt (from the consignment store next to Rag & Bone in SoHo, I forget the name) and T by Alexander Wang skirt.

Lydia visits tomorrow!