Last week I attended the one-year anniversary of PINCHme, a sampling service that allows users to choose and review products of their choice for free. The event also marked the company’s one-million user benchmark, proving that this start-up has a strong following behind its innovative concept of empowering consumers with the ability to discover and discuss products ranging from beauty to food, without any cost. Below is how the program works:
Products are released for a limited time, and after your receive your product, all you have to do is log on to your account and provide your feedback. Click here to sign up or to learn more.
The prayers have been answered for all sassy fashionistas who are looking to stand out in a crowd and enhance their fabulousness. A new couture frame line #touchedbykymmi is aiming to adorn the faces of fashion-forward individuals with one-of-a-kind specs designed in a variety of colors and embellishments.
The collection was created by Kymmi Tea, who combined her love for designer sunglasses and her need to upgrade what is seen as “normal” to launch #TouchedByKymmi. And, the collection is anything but normal – the web store features ornate specs designed with everything from gems to flowers to chains, and named with unique hashtags such as #BrunchWithOprah and #PinUpVixen. The goal was to develop an accessory that is seen as the “shapewear” for the face, with frames that are just as beautiful as the makeup applied.
Since its launch the frames have proven to be a must-have accessory, as they have been seen on numerous runways and reality TV stars including Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez, as well as talk show host Wendy Williams.
To learn more visit kymmitea.com.
We’ve all been there. We spend hours changing our outfit so that we look our very best, walk into an event, and there stands someone one wearing the exact same thing. The great thing about fashion is that it allows you to celebrate your own uniqueness; however, this can get a little difficult sometimes when you have items that hundreds of other people own because of mass reproduction of retailers. This is why I love the idea of B Street Shoes, an artist collective led by Blake Barash featuring one-of-a-kind hand-painted custom shoes.
“ I came up with the name B Street Shoes after feeling like the people wearing my custom shoes were connected to me, like we all live in the same neighborhood, even the same street,” says Blake on his website. “Whether you live in the UK or USA, if you’re wearing B Street Shoes, you’re a unique individual expressing your love for custom fashion.”
As the demand for custom designs has grown, so has the company which now boasts over 200 unique designs and a full team of professional artists. Consumers can visit bstreetshoes.com and shop a collection of Nikes, Toms and Vans. The company will also customize any type of shoe with the design of your dreams.
B Street Shoes is sold exclusively online with shoes shipping out of Costa Mesa, CA. Prices start at $149. Click here to learn more.
On Tuesday, October 14th, I attended the launch party for CAT Footwear’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection at their new Pop-Up location at the Roger Smith Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
The event was held to celebrate the company’s original 1990 “Colorado,” boot, which is now returning to retail shelves and will be available in the U.S. for the first time this fall.
Prior to the event, five NYC based artists were challenged to come up with creative designs using the Colorado boot as their blank canvas. The result was a spectacular display of out-of-the box creativity that incorporated the use of a wide range of various materials, colors and patterns. Check out the gallery below to view some of their artwork. The featured artists included Ivan Orama, James Gulliver Hancock, Liz Lomax, Amanda Dolan, and MIsha Tyutyunik.
For the entire month of October, CAT Footwear’s Pop-Up shop will be open to consumers from October 21st – 28th, 11am – 7pm daily, and will feature 3 limited edition styles from the UK that have never been available to the U.S. consumer. The pop-up will be the first and only place to get these styles, while supplies last.
For more information, visit: www.catfootwear.com.
A new company is aiming to disrupt the eyewear industry. Epicstoke Carvers is on a mission to bring their 7-in-1 Customizable Sunglasses to the market so that consumers can have specs that feature the same materials as high-end sunglasses, but at a fraction of the cost.
The premium customizable sunglasess consists of interchangeable, polycarbonate polarized lens available in seven fashionable colors, while offering the highest level of protection for your eyes. The lenses feature 100% UV filtering and are polarized with scratch resistant coatings on both sides. Additionally, Carvers’ frames are hand carved from cellulose acetate, the highest quality material for eyeglasses. Notably, the sunglasses are made from natural renewable materials and are environmentally friendly, hypo-allergenic, lightweight and extremely durable.
You may pre-order your pair of Epicstoke Carvers on the company’s Indiegogo crowd-funding website, and, while you’re there contribute to the campaign to help fund the business.
Click here to learn more.
On Thursday September 11th, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week came to a close with a fashion show developed to support AIDS awareness and the work of exciting designers. The show, Art Hearts Fashion, was presented by the AIDS healthcare Foundation and drew a fashionable crowd of industry tastemakers and celebrities.
Erik Rosete’s Mister Triple X Street-wear line kicked off the event with the star-spangled banner in honor of the 13th anniversary of September 11th. His fashion collection, “Pair-A-Dice” also incorporated a special 9/11 tribute with war veteran and model Alex Minsky walking down the runway as part of the edgy fashion show.
“Bringing the first amputee to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway not only showed his strong spirit and support of the disabled but also a strong support of our troops and war veterans on this special day,” Art Hearts Fashion said in a press release.
The theme of support for all regardless of physical differences continued as Control Sector opened its presentation with Albino model Shawn D. Ross.
Later on, guests were treated to a special surprise when ANTM Winner Jaslene Gonzales and Sha’s of Sunset’s Lilly Ghalichi, graced the runway of MTCostello’s presentation.
Other designers who displayed their collections included Hallie Sara, Gregorio Sanchez, Shrekahnth, Altaf Maaneshia and Furne Amato.
In NYC Art Hearts Fashion may have closed fashion week, but in Los Angeles, it will serve as the premier launch event, and bringing together an eclectic mix of top designers and artists over the course of three days (October 12th to the 14th).
Text “FIGHTAIDS” to 41444 to support AHF’s work in fighting AIDS in 34 Countries.
For more information, visit www.ArtHeartsFashion.com.
Sometimes, adding glamorous jewelry to your wardrobe can be easier said than done, especially when it’s hard to find pieces that are both stylish and affordable. Enter Cate & Chole, a fashion-forward jewelry line that offers high-end accessories that retail from an incredible price range of $60 to $135.
Fashionistas can opt to purchase necklaces, earrings and bracelets individually, or sign up to for the company’s exclusive VIP Membership program, which allows members to receive Cate & Chole’s newest and most popular pieces (worth over $200) straight to their doorsteps twice a month for just $40. One of the items in the box will be a pre-release item, available to VIP members only.
As an introduction to the VIP Membership program I received the gorgeous pear-shaped Dina “Dive” necklace (seen below), inspired by the sophistication of Princess Diana.
- One month free subscription with immediate delivery of items
- 20% OFF the first month membership
To learn more about Cate & Chloe member benefits click here.
On Tuesday September 8th, I attended the Spring/Summer 2015 runway show of Portuguese designer Katty Xiomara at Nolcha Fashion Week in New York City. The award-wining designer presented a collection that features asymmetrical cuts, geometrical patters, and an overall organic aesthetic. Some of the garments had a tomboy look with attached white collars and pieces that resemble an over-sized man’s suit shirt. Simultaneously, Ximara created pieces that allow a woman to feel exceptionally feminine with thigh-high cuts, v-shaped necklines, and a midriff bearing top.
The show ended with the unveiling of the OtterBox® Dress, a collaboration with mobile accessories company, OtterBox® and their Alpha Glass™ technology, an all-new fortified glass screen protector for cellular phones.
“Creating an ensemble from glass screen protectors provides a unique challenge for me as it is something that has never been done,” said Xiomara in a recent press release. “Alpha Glass compliments my style perfectly, blending elegant and refined taste with an understated strength.”
Check out some of the photos from the event below.
On September 9th, I attended the Spring/Summer Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway show of Kati Stern Venexiana, known as the go-to fashion house for rock-n-roll haute couture. As the last show of Saturday night, the presentation did not disappoint. Fifty-seven gorgeous evening gowns graced the runway, captivating the audience with a show of freely flowing fabrics and intricate crystal detailing. The collection itself is a unique juxtaposition – gowns featuring billowing chiffon and taffeta contrasted greatly with bold metallic and pieces featuring open-backs and deep, plunging necklines.
Prints were scarce, but crystals were in abundance with this collection, so these gowns are not for the woman who doesn’t want to be a glittering showstopper.
Although, black was prominent, the color scheme nicely incorporated soft, feminine pastels with a pallet of yellow, aqua, turquoise, yellow, mint green, pink and lilac.
Launched in 2003 by designer Kati Stern, the collection is sold at high-end retailers around the world including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Jaws dropped this week as the world received the shocking news that Hello Kitty may not be a cat; although, as the Huffington Post reports a spokesperson said, “Hello Kitty was done in the motif of a cat. It’s going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat. Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat.”
Regardless, the news has sent shockwaves across the entire globe (for whatever reason), so of course being the beauty and fashion maven that I am, I had no choice but to bring you some of the ways to incorporate the cat, or I guess personification of a cat, into your wardrobe. Behold:
1. Hello Kitty Sterling Silver Ring, Pave Crystal Face Bypass Ring, $126
2. Hello Kitty® Silver-Plated Crystal Necklace – Kids, $22.00
3. Avon Hello Kitty® Textured Bracelet, $9.99
4. Hello Kitty Pink Bow Pierced Earrings, $66