During Couture Fashion Week held in NYC this past September, there were various exhibits stationed outside the entrance of the Grand Ballroom, including Oksana Tanasiv, a Ukrainian-born American artist who recreates fashion as a 3-dimensional art using fabric and Swarovski® crystals on canvas. The unique collection of oil paintings is really something to be admired. Beautiful crystals sparkle and glimmer off of “Secret” (pictured above) and soft fabric realistically drapes off the canvas of “A La Dior” (pictured below). Each masterpiece would make the perfect gift for the die-hard fashion enthusiast in your life. For more information and to see more pieces in the collection click here.
A recent article in the New York Timers referred to the lack of diversity in the fashion industry as Fashion’s “blind spot, noting only 6% of African-American models were casted to walk the runways in at New York Fashion Week this past February. To combat this disparity in the industry, an innovative fashion experience is emerging in New York City this fall: Fro Fashion Week. Already in its 6th season, the Atlanta-based event is planning to take the East Coast by storm by bringing its highly anticipated event to Brooklyn, NY this September 5-8th. The week will consist of workshops, pop up salons, trunk shows, and an after party.
The festivities will culminate with a GOTHIX themed fashion show on September 7th, which will feature fashions of 6 upcoming designers chosen from across the US. The runway will be host to a diverse selection of models with various curly, kinky and coily hair textures, a non-traditional presence currently missing in the fashion industry. Also different from the credentials-only shows at NY Fashion Week, Fro Fashion Week offers designers, models and attendees the chance to be a part of the excitement of fashion week, an opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t be given.
“Not everyone can find themselves in New York Fashion Week,” says Valaira Sa-Ra, Executive Producer of the ‘Fro Fashion Show. “We wanted to bring Fro Fashion Week to New York because we cater to a demographic that isn’t typically represented.”
The featured designers presented at GOTHIX are:
- D’Andra Williams, Renee Fredrique (Queens, NYC)
- Chantel Gibbs, Shannon Shenone (Elmont, NY)
- Ronnisha De’Lynn, Aura Clothing (Kansas City, Missouri)
- Antoinette Middleton, I AM Designs (Bradenton, Florida)
- Raqui Rhodes, Necessories by Raqui (Atlanta, Georgia)
- Valeri Reaves, MyMeApparel (Atlanta, Georgia)
The show will be hosted by blogger Rochelle “BlackOnyx” Graham and exclusive backstage coverage provided by NaturallyCurly.com.
For more event information including ticket sales and show times, visit www.frofashionweek.com.
Laura Smalls has been on the fashion scene since for some time; bit now she has become a household name since Michelle Obama wore one of her designs for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. A graduate of Parson’s school of Design in 1976, Laura started small selling a handful of designs at Blookingdales and Henri Bendel. Soon after, she was approached by Vogue to show at New York Fashion Week showing her one of a kind pieces and then subsequently showing a collection of evening dresses and cocktail gowns at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in South Africa.
Small’s designs are that of classic elegance, beauty and grace. She chooses fabrics that complement the design and the figure. Her pieces are truly one of a kind and designed with the individual woman in mind.
“Even though designing starts with a dream… it has to work for [a] woman.” – Laura Smalls
Delialicious Picks attended her Fall/Winter 2013 presentation a few weeks ago. Click here to read that article.
Monif C. is unique in her own right. Not only in her style but who she dresses. This designer works specifically for the curvaceous individual allowing them to look beautiful and be themselves without worry of any fashion faux paus. Monif started her career in fashion after working in the non-profit sector and finding a lack of style and design set for the plus size woman. So, she started out on her own, traveling to London to start her own fashion house. She is now a sought after designer for plus size individuals and has been featured on Fox Business, ABC and Seventeen Magazine.
“Who Says Plus Size Can’t Be Sexy, Luxurious, and Feminine?” – Monif Clarke
B. Michael was born a designer. He grew up in a house of style; many of his style secrets coming from his mother. After designing for Oscar DE La Renta, B. Michale decided to launch his own couture fashion line; he is now sought after for the classic woman. He has dressed Halle Berry, Angela Basset and the famous Lena Horne. He also dressed Whitney Houston in her role in”Sparkle”.
“It is a modern approach to glamour. It is also about achieving a very sophisticated, yet simplistic look. A woman who wears b Michael knows how to wear a basic dress and make it look glamorous.”
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Over the summer I had the opportunity to preview Land’s End Holiday 2012 collection. On a hot summer day, the company transformed a building space into a wintery wonderland filled with snowmen, outwear, and holiday décor for the home. Take a look below at some of the offerings for their 2012 Holiday Collection and click here to start shopping.
Fashion brand Brooklyn Industries wants to send you on an 8-day adventure to Ecuador, where you will be able to explore the Galapagos Islands, hike through the Amazon Rainforest, or enjoy ceviche on the shores of the South Pacific Ocean. In addition to fun activities, the lucky winner of the will have the opportunity to savor local dishes, and hear locals tell stories about Kichwa myths and culture. Ready to trade in overcrowded beaches to awaken to the sound of the rainforest every morning? Enter here. Contest ends August 8th.
I’m so excited to announce that I made it to the second round of challenges for the Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year Competition. My new challenge is posted this week, where I discuss Miley Cyrus’s sultry Old-Hollywood Glam look. Curious on how to get the look pictured? Then head on over to allure.com, read my entry, and DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!
Also, be sure to press the Facebook “like” button above my profile on Allure’s website, and tweet me using @delialicious along with #allurebba.
Every week you vote, you will be entered to win amazing prizes. This week’s prize is a $1,300 pair of diamond earrings from Blue Nile.
As you already know, Delialicious Picks is a finalist for Allure Magazine’s Beauty Blogger of the Year Awards. Each week a new challenge is posted, and every Monday a finalist is eliminated. 25% of the voting is done by the public, so I really need your help. Please click here to vote for me on Allure’s website. Just for voting, you can be entered to win a trip to Miami, designer handbags, jewelry and more. Click here to vote now. Thanks so much in advance!
After months of constantly being on the go, I decided to do something I haven’t done in years: go on vacation. As the countdown to my four days of relaxation and tropical bliss nears, like the savvy individual I am, I made a list of the thing I need to take with me.
1. Sunscreen– I never go a day without wearing sunscreen, even on cloudy days or on days that I spend most of my time indoors. UV rays can penetrate through windows, and indoor fluorescent lights also emit UV radiations, so I smear SPF on all day long. Finding a sunscreen that smell’s great and doesn’t leave white streaks of residue can be difficult, which is why I decided to purchase Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF45 for my trip. It’s a transparent SPF 45 mineral pre-filled powder brush that is easily portable and oh-so convenient for a quick touch-up when on the go.
I’m so excited to revel that Delialicious Picks was selected as a finalist for Allure Magazine’s first-ever Beauty Blogger Awards. I entered the contest on their website a couple of months ago, not thinking I even stood a chance against the many bloggers I knew would be applying, especially because my blog focuses on more than just beauty. Nonetheless, I was selected among 15 other finalists to compete for the coveted title of Beauty Blogger of the Year! Check out my bio on their website here»
I won’t be able to win this alone. I need YOU to head over to Allure’s website, and vote once every weekday when all the challenges are live. And just for voting, you’ll be eligible for some cool prizes, including a trip to Miami Beach!
The first challenge will be posted on April 23rd, I’m really hoping for all your support!
Here are the cool prizes at stake:
• Win a trip to New York City, with backstage access to a show at New York Fashion Week, attend Allure’s Best of Beauty party (and take home a suitcase stuffed with winning products worth an estimated $2,500), and go on a behind-the-scenes tour of Revlon’s headquarters to see a preview of new products.
• Be featured in a story in the October issue of Allure.
• Allure 2012 Blogger of the Year logo to be posted on winner’s website for a year.
• Have the opportunity to submit work to Allure and allure.com.
I’ll be posting a reminder on the day of the first challenge. May the best blog win!
Ever wondered what it would be like to wake up like a Kardashian? Well, wonder no more, because starting this April you will be able to twist and turn underneath the velvety soft sheets of the Kardashian’s new home collection, available exclusively at Sears. In addition to bedding, the collection also includes a home décor and bath line, with all the trimmings you would expect from the three sisters famous for their bling and fervent love of leopard print.
I’ll admit to being somewhat leery and skeptical when arriving to the event to preview the Kardashian Kollection Summer/Fall 2012 & Home Collection, held at The Setai hotel in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. As I walked through the doors I was expecting to see their faces imprinted on a comforter, or flashy “KK” logos plastered on every item asserting their reign. But, surprisingly this wasn’t the case, as I shockingly peered over high-quality, elegant and chic designs. In fact, the brazen KK logo I was expecting to see was unobtrusive, and virtually nowhere to be found unless you picked up an item and squinted at the attached tag. For some reason, this makes me take the line more seriously that I did before arriving at The Setai. It’s easy to brand something with a logo and hope people will but it because of who you are, but when you allow the piece to speak for itself, there is an authenticity to the product that shows that this collection is more than just a name, it’s a lifestyle, and I like it.
Spanish Harlem- features shades of purple
Strong, independent, and determined are three words that describe Karen Joseph, owner of Ezzie Bliss, a newly launched online accessories store. This March, the single mother of three set out to make her love of fashion a successful business, while pursuing a degree in nursing – an unlikely career path for someone who has a background in accounting and telecommunications. As a young girl growing up in Grenada, accessories played a major part in helping her develop self-confidence.
“There were days when I felt ugly when I saw myself in the mirror; although my friends and family told me different,” she says. “It was those pieces of jewelry that made me feel transformed – as if it was like therapy when I put them on. Accessories helped me to build my confidence, and is now leading me towards my accomplishments. I hope I could relay this feeling to other women in similar situations.”
How did you decide on the name?
My sister Ezra is the inspiration behind the name Ezzie Bliss. Although she is my younger sister, Ezra has had a major impact on my life. She is driven to achieve her goals, she is caring, loyal and loving and because of these qualities, I look up to her and admire her. In Hebrew, Ezra means helper. Ezra is currently engaged and in August she will become Mrs. Bliss. Combining Ezra and Bliss just made sense to me. When I was thinking about the name Ezzie Bliss it meant “helper of joy.” In my life my sister and my family have been my foundation and my joy.
What motivated you to start your online accessories business? (more…)
I first introduced you all to designer Barbara Campbell in October 2011, when I attended one of her trunk shows at Bloomingdales in SoHo, where she was showcasing her Black and Gold jewelry collection. This week I had the opportunity to catch up with the busy designer to learn more about her company, where she gets her inspiration from, and how her business continues to thrive in the fashion industry.
Where are you from?
I am a first generation Cuban-American, born and raised in Washington Heights in Manhattan. Both my mother and father were born in Cuba
When did your company launch?
The inspiration for my company began in Vermont in 2006, overlooking a lake in the green mountains. The natural beauty of the environment started merging with my design instincts. The company actually launched while I was on the beach in Montauk. Once again the natural beauty of the beaches and the ocean convinced me that designing accessories that were inspired by nature’s wonders was something I wanted to do. The company officially launched in the fall of 2007. (more…)
Starting your own business is no easy task, especially in the fashion world, where competition is fiercer than an episode of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. So how does a young boutique owner stay on top of their game in a dog-eat-dog industry? We sat down with Michelle Akers, Owner/Buyer of the New York based online boutique Liveinfashion.com to find out.
Launched in December 2009, Liveinfashion.com, caterers to “the woman who is daring to be different.” The online store successfully sells out unique fashionable pieces, reflecting Akers’ eye for quality, and innate ability to sense what women covet when it comes to style.
Where are you from?
Wow…I was born in Houston, Texas then moved to Brooklyn, NY for a little while, then to Jamaica, Queens. Now, I live in Elmont, Long Island.
What inspired you to start you online boutique?
I remember coming home one night and just saying to my mom that I wanted to start an online store. I’m a very daring person, so when I dress people would always ask where I got certain pieces from. I decided that I wanted to be the source of “getting.”
How did you decide on the name?
It came down to either “love in fashion” or “live in fashion.” The slogan “Do you live in fashion?” just stuck and that’s how I chose the name. (more…)
Feast your eyes below on one of the world’s most expensive ear buds by Thomas Heyerdahl / Heyerdahl Jewellery of Oslo, Norway, which debuted in 2008. Made of 18 karat white gold and 204 diamonds, and limited to 1,000 pairs, the “iDiamond ear” is touted as the “world’s most exclusive earphones ever made.” It also costs up to $7,000. Now, if you’re like me, and can’t afford to blow that much money on headphones, then keep scrolling so that you can see where you can get your own cheaper, blinged out headphones that you won’t have to remortgage your home in order to buy.
It’s so hard to believe that Delialicious Picks will be celebrating its one-year anniversary on October 31st. It’s been an amazing year, and to celebrate the blog’s anniversary, I’m so excited to announce that Arrojo Salons will be sponsoring our next giveaway – a gift basket of beauty products worth $100!
***This contest is closed to new entries***The #52 was selected by random.org. Congratulations to Lori Hart!!!***
Included in the gift basket are:
1. ARROJO Moisturizing shampoo & conditioner (8.5oz)
3. Volume Foam
5. Hair Cream
Here are the rules to enter:
1. Leave us a comment here with your email (= 1 entry).
For Additional entries to increase your chance of winning:
2. “Follow” Delialicious Picks on Twitter then leave a comment here letting us know that you did (= 1 entry).
3. “Follow” Arrojo on Twitter then leave a comment here letting us know that you did (= 1 entry).
Each comment counts as an entry. The winner will be chosen using random.org. For example if the number 4 is selected and your comment is the 4th one down, you will be the winner, so multiple comments increase your chances of winning. You are only allowed one comment for each entry method.
Additional Rules: This giveaway is open to residents of the US only. You must be 18+ to enter. One winner will be chosen at random on October 31, 2011. All entries must be received by October 30th 11:59pm EST.
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I’m excited to introduce you all to an exciting new social site (if you haven’t heard of it already) called OpenSky.com. The website offers members exclusive sales, curated by over 60 celebrity taste-makers who range from Chef Bobby Flay to actress Alicia Silverstone.
If you love shopping and scoring great deals as much as I do, then you definitely want to sign up for this site. Once you join, you become well on your way to discovering great products at unbelievable prices.
When you become a member of OpenSky (membership is free), you are given a list of celebrities to follow in several different categories including food, health, design and style. Each celebrity hand-picks items to recommend to their followers, and you have to “follow” them in order to get access to their recommendation at up to 20-60% off.
Once you select your favorite celebs to follow, it’s time to start shopping and do some serious credit card damage. And, you also get a 90 day guarantee to return the item you bought, if you are not happy with it.
What I love about the site is that unlike other shopping platforms like Shoedazzle, which is also curated by celebrities, there is no obligation to provide your credit card unless you want to make a purchase, so you don’t have to worry about your card being charged automatically every month unnecessarily.
Let’s go shopping»
****This Contest is Closed*****
Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. I was completely overwhelmed with all the responses! Congratulations to Kimberly Fine Wright who was chosen as the winner.*
*The winner was chosen using random.org and additional entries were verified. Entries received after 11:59 on August 7th were not entered into the drawing. The winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim their prize, before another winner is chosen.
I’m very excited to announce this blog’s first-ever giveaway!
Show your hometown pride in a custom Maya Brenner signature State Necklace. Worn by some of Hollywood’s most elite stars including Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Mandy Moore, Eva Longoria, and Jessica Biel, to name a few, the lucky winner of the giveaway will be able to choose a necklace in the state of their choice.
Here are the rules to enter:
1. Leave us a comment here with your email and what hometown you represent (= 1 entry).
For Additional entries to increase your chance of winning:
Follow & RT @Delialicious & @MayaBDesigns for a chance to win a custom signature State Necklace #giveaway http://t.co/CfcukhP
You must tweet this, so that we know you entered the contest (= 2 entries).
3. “Like” Maya Brenner on Facebook & leave a comment letting us know you’ve done so (= 1 entry).
Rules: This giveaway is open to residents of the US only. You must be 18+ to enter. One winner will be chosen at random on August 8th, 2011. All entries must be received by August 7th 11:59pm EST.
*Please do not post the same comment 2x. Some comments end up in the que if there are a lot of links associated with it, and I will do my best to approve them in a timely manner.
That’s it! Good luck everyone!
I was so excited to attend an exclusive Fashion Art Preview for bloggers yesterday, showcasing the artwork of the legendary Bob Mackie, who has adorned the most glamorous women in the world with his glitzy designs. Some of his most famous theatrical costumes have been worn by Katy Perry, Beyonce, Madonna, Pink, Diana Ross, Cher, Tina Turner, and Barbra Streisand.
The costume illustrations, which were on display at the Bob Mackie Design Group’s corporate office, consist of 46 illustrated reproductions of the designer’s most whimsical and imaginative designs over the past four decades. I was left awestruck as I walked around the room looking at all the amazing sketches, while munching on yummy Popchips and drinking refreshing Izze beverages provided at the event.
All of the illustrations come matted and framed, and are available in two sizes, 14″x17″ and 21″x25.” Don’t miss your opportunity to own a timeless piece from the art collection available to the public now. Click here to view all of the illustrations and purchase your favorites!
At the event, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to select my favorite piece as a special gift from Mr. Mackie. I chose the beautiful Floradora Girls “Poppy” (shown below), which is part of a series of sketches done for the 1975 Las Vegas production spectacle “Hallelujah Hollywood.” You can purchase it here.
In addition to the illustratons, Mr. Mackie also has a popular Barbie collection; designs gowns and suits for private clients; has a line of home furnishings; and, a “WearableArt” fashion line sold on QVC.
I am excited to announce that Delailcious Picks now has an official Twitter page! Click on the image to the left, search for @Delialicious on Twitter, or click on the Twitter link at the sidebar of this page. Be sure to sign up so you can stay in the know of the latest news, giveaways, trends and deals in fashion, beauty and more. Looking forward to connecting with you all there.
Yesterday I attended a private press preview and luxury shopping extravaganza at Brooklyn Stone Boutique in the Fort Green section of Brooklyn, NY. Founded in September of 2010, the boutique carries one-of-a-kind selections of indie and international fashion and beauty brands. An avid fashion lover, the store’s owner and founder Regina Stone, takes pride in selecting pieces that are high in quality and exclusivity.
“What’s unique about the store is that everything is bought in limited quantities,” she explains. “You aren’t going to walk down the street and have to worry about seeing someone else wearing one of the pieces.”
Of course, I had to find out what is the most sought after item in the store, so that I could make sure to grab one for myself. As it turns out, it’s the jumpsuits, which are so popular; there were none available in the store for me to see, as they had all sold out for the day.
Also unique about the store, is Regina’s presence, as she enthusiastically admits to working hands-on at the boutique daily in every role imaginable, from operating the cash register to assisting customer with selecting items.
The costs of the items in the store vary greatly, with enough price ranges to fit everyone’s budget: apparel ranges from $40-$250; handbags are in the range of $120-$325, and the jewelry starts as low as $15 and goes up to $200.
As the Brooklyn Stone Boutique continues to expand, Regina plans on adding more shopping events, expanding the store’s personal shopping service, and even starting her own fashion line. Don’t live in New York, but want to purchase the unique items sold at the boutique? Visit Brooklyn Stone Boutique’s online store now»
I then headed next door to the Cake Joy Dessert Lounge, which was founded in December 2010 by Executive Patery Chef Kym Rodgers, who does all of the baking herself on-site, seven days a week, with the assistance of one intern.
Mother’s Day – the one time of year I dread as I spend countless hours of the days leading up to it, mulling over what to get for my mom, who has everything and wants nothing. After weeks of wondering, searching, asking and now finally finding, I am relieved that I will be able to shower her with the perfect gift I’m sure she’ll adore (but what that gift is shall remain a secret in case she becomes technically savvy and figures out how to use the internet and read this blog). Anyway, during my search, I starting thinking that there must be plenty of other people out there going through the same thing, so I have scoured the web to find the best, inexpensive gifts that any mom would treasure and love to receive.
This chocolate gift set lets you wish your mom a happy Mother’s Day with beautifully decorated petits fours. Now that’s a sweet way to let her know how you feel!
If you mom love flowers or gardening, then she will love this Watering Can gift set, featuring Sweat Pea, Bath & Body’s award winning fragrance. The tin comes filled with a full-size Signature Collection Shower Gel (10 oz.), Body Lotion (8 oz.), Fragrance Mist (8 oz.), and Bubble Bath (10 oz.) An adorable flower sponge and a Scentportable is also included in the set.
What woman doesn’t love jewelry? Honor your mother with a stunning “eternity” pendant (chain included), featuring diamond-cut Austrian crystals. The greatest thing about this gift is the box it comes in displays a heartfelt message which reads:
A Mother’s Love Is Forever
A Precious Gift To Treasure
Warmth On Which You Can Depend
Like This Sparkling Circle, It Has No End
Enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day to the wonderful women out there who have given us the gift of life!
April showers bring May flowers – we have all heard this rhyme at some point in our lives. So, now that April has begun and the rain showers are looming, I thought it was best to seek out the most beautiful and stylish umbrellas, worthy of a Rhianna music video.
1. MOMA Sky Umbrella – $48.00
2. Pink Gerbera Daisy Flower Umbrella – Folding Compact Art Umbrella with Automatic Push Button Opening & Close – $18.99
3. Felix Rey “Rain Rain Go Away” Clear Bubble Umbrella- $65.00
4. Antique Rose Umbrella 46″ arc, 100% Pongee cover Galleria – $19.99
5. Hummingbird Stick Umbrella – $22.98