{GBF Life} Good, Bad, and Fab Moments of NYFW

{the good}
Fueling mind, body, and soul with eye candy, real candy, friends, parties, and a fabulous meal with my Glam fam at Morimoto
Candy coated dreamland at the Lulu Frost Spring 14' presentation.
Blogger hub at the rewardstyle rooftop party.
Everything fab at the Vogue soiree.
 Human interactions with a fab bunch.
Every Morimoto bite inspires a sonnet. Well-deserved on the Glam Foodie Top 100 restaurants list.

 {the bad}
NYC crowds, technical difficulties, and achy breaky soles.

The scene at the Phillip Lim for Target launch party was three parts chaos, one part champagne.

A tech challenged blogger trying to get technical.
Shoe showdown between Cynthia Vincent and Prada. Neither saved my feet but I love them anyway. 

{the fab}
Beauty breaks, exciting meetings, fashion visions, fashion escape, and moments of contemplation.
Whipping my hair back and forth in neon pink while a slightly amused stylist at the Target beauty lounge stands by.
Primping in peace.

 All Saints, Charlotte Ronson, and Alice + Olivia showcase contemporary fashion at its best.

All Saints and Sigerson Morrison provide structure for next Spring.
Slip on a Marchesa and you'll never want to slip it off.
 Walking Washington Square in Cornetti Innamorati en route to 16 Handles.
Slid down the rabbit hole and escaped from fashion for one sleepless night into a world of Shakespeare, macabre, and Eyes Wide Shut antics.

A rare moment of solitude. So I take a selfie.

Sitting on the steps to the entrance of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week soaking up the last moments of NYFW. Let's be real. I live in a surreal world.

I'm grateful that frame by frame, the camera lens of my new AT&T LG smartphone collectively told my NYFW story. Brian Zhan, Robynne Guillermo, and Alexander Natalizio are the three filmmakers and finalists who are telling their story through the AT&T’s “Take Your Shot” film contest. Under the guidance of Wong Fu Productions, Freddie Wong, and Jon M. Chu, they get to turn their stories into short films. Follow their journey. Because every story deserves to be told.

{live fabulously}


{GBF Life + Style} NYFW Style Diary Outfit 4

A few years ago, I was at a bar in Silverlake with a good friend of mine enjoying a fabulous Friday night. We were goofing off and laughing without a care for eye wrinkles as inside jokes kept bouncing back and forth. A guy at a neighboring table noticed our joviality and offered to take a picture for us. The timing seemed right as we were having a blast so why not capture the moment? As he held up the camera, all traces of joy disappeared from my friend's face and it was replaced by an awkward fake smile that would've made smizing queen Tyra Banks frown with disapproval. Snap after snap, she couldn't muster a natural smile. We finally gave up and I now have photos of my friend looking forlorn on our fun night. She later told me she can't smile if a stranger is taking her picture as she needs to feel connected to the person behind the lens. 

I guess pictures don't always tell a thousand words. Each snap captures solely what's in focus and cuts off what's unlit. So what you see isn't so much a moment in reality as it is a moment in surreality. Yet another reason why I write so damn much on this blog as the writing adds another dimension to who I am and supplements the poses, the frowns, the smiles, and the smizes.

If I look a bit sad and awkward in these photos it's because there were other photographers snapping away and I don't feel comfortable being in the spotlight. I was actually feeling quite happy at the moment as I was riding on a fashion high after seeing the Monique Lhuillier show (my favorite from NYFW) and was looking forward to meeting up with the little bro for a night of shawarma and beer in the East Village. I had also just run into an old friend (standing right outside the frame) and was eager to catch up with her. The photos simply didn't capture the full picture.

dress {Preen available at Elizabeth Charles}
jacket {Rag and Bone}
heels {Shoedazzle}
clutch {Reiss}

{live fabulously}


{GBF Life + Beauty} The Five Minute Wavy Hair Tutorial

At the Target fall trends fashion show, I was super excited to see the models bouncing down the runway in wavy hair. The retro curves and subtle fullness was a versatile hairstyle that perfectly complimented each runway look. And finally, a quick and easy fashion show hairstyle that I can recreate at home!
When it comes to styling my hair, my philosophy has always been to just let the wind do its thing and hope for the best. When I'm primping, I'm usually in a hurry and never have time to style my hair as it's last step in my beauty prep and usually will put me in the unacceptably late territory. But I recently discovered a method to creating wavy hair that takes only five minutes but will guarantee a day of tamed tresses that won't heed to the temperaments of mother nature. 

I like to work with day old hair as the secretion of natural oils provide better hold. I prep my hair with Umberto Roman Oil serum which creates shine and locks in moisture. Then, using a 1.25 inch curling iron (my fav is Conair Infiniti Pro as it's made from high quality ceramic and tourmaline yet super affordable), I take big sections and curl in the ends halfway up to the roots. I have a lot of natural volume so I don't curl all the way to the roots. Then I repeat the process but first I mist Umberto hairspray throughout the tips for better hold. The last step is to run my soft bristle brush through each section to amplify my polished,  bouncy, and soft waves. And that's it! All it takes to go from limp to wavy is just five minutes and fab products!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

{live fabulously}


{GBF Sunday Funday} What to Wear to the Emmy Awards

If I were going to the Emmy's tonight, here is the selection of gowns I'd pick from that would hopefully keep me off any worst dressed list. Which is your favorite and how are you spending Emmys Sunday?

{GBF Life + Style} NYFW Style Diary Outfit 3

During fashion week, I must have stomped the cross walk that bridges the Empire Hotel to Lincoln Center more than a dozen times. But the walks are far from monotonous as each step draws out the unfolding of the evolving fashion menagerie. A collage of street style surrounds the perimeters of Lincoln Center as the space is inhabited by fashion mavens, ingenues, veterans, and victims. Some are there to see the shows, others have gathered to be seen by fashion photogs. Regardless of whether one's destination is in or outside the tents, a common thread binds us together. We're there to discover, discuss, and promulgate fashion. After all, in its very essence, street style is grassroots fashion.

 maxi dress {Cynthia Vincent}
shoes {Chloe}
purse {Fendi}
sunnies {Dita}
necklace {boutique in Shanghai}
watch {BCBG | similar}
rings {CC Skye}

{live fabulously}