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New Site Let’s You Try Samples From Leading Brands for Free

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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:

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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.


Hello Kitty Fashion Jewelry

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:

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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


Say “I Love You” with Louis Vuitton’s $9000 Limited Edition Teddy Bear

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What do you get the name brand aficionado in your life who has everything? How about a limited edition brown and beige monogram Louis Vuitton teddy bear? The bear named DouDou, is the only teddy bear made by Louis Vuitton in 150 years, and recently became available at NYC’s Toy Tokyo for a whopping $8,999.99, a steep price to pay for a toy stuffed with cotton. The bear was first offered to the top 500 Louis Vuitton VIPs worldwide during the 2004-05 Fall/Winter mens runway collection. Now, DouDou is available for regular non-VIP folk who have enough bank to spend on this exclusive item. Interested snagging one? Click here.


3-D Fashion Art

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Oil and 750 Emerald Crystals on Canvas, Size 36″X48″, 2012

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.

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A La Dior. Oil, Swarovski crystals®, Fabric on Canvas. 70″X30″


Fro Fashion Week Comes to New York This Fall

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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.


S. Whittaker’s “Time Signature” Exhibit

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On Friday, May 10th I attended the launch of 3D Art by S. Whittaker at her exhibit, Time Signature, held at Top of The Garden in midtown Manhattan. The event, presented by Reign Entertainment Co., featured the artist’s oil and acrylic based portraits on wooden canvases. As attendees viewed portraits of infamous entertainers from the past, present and future, 3-D glasses were provided for an innovative and interactive visual experience. Some famous portraits on display included Lauren Hill, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse. Check out some of the photos below (note: JavaScript is required to view the images).


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Spotlight on African American Designers in honor of Black History Month

LAURA SMALLS

Designer Laura Smalls (September 10, 2012 - Source: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images North America)

Designer Laura Smalls (September 10, 2012 – Source: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images North America)

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.
 

Monif Clarke, CEO & Founder of Monif (Photo credit: http://monifc.com/inside-monif/)

Monif Clarke, CEO & Founder of Monif (Photo credit: http://monifc.com/inside-monif/)

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

Designer B. Michael (Photo Credit: http://www.bmichaelamerica.com/bio/)

Designer B. Michael (Photo Credit: http://www.bmichaelamerica.com/bio/)

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.”

Post written by Jolevette


Land’s End 2012 Holiday Collection

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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.

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Win an 8 Day trip to Ecuador

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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.