Mothers of Style: Inspiration From the Emmys Red Carpet

From the huge sweep of Breaking Bad to the heart wrenching Robin Williams tribute, the Emmys were full of beautiful moments. While the show is great for TV aficionados, it is also perfect for fashion spotting. If you haven’t already, be sure to scan all the fabulous photos of the stars and their stunning couture.

Of course with bridal fashion on the mind, I was taken by how many dresses were perfect for the Mother of the Bride. Depending on the bride’s length of leash, there are a number of beautiful outfits to fit the day that can exemplify your style as well. Where better than to find inspiration for your MOB or MOG dress than on a red carpet?

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All the Red: From coral and crayon, firehouse red, shades of ruby took the stage
Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji // Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Carolina Herrera

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Old Hollywood: Also a popular trend on the runway, and easily convertible to wedding day fashion

Katherine Heigl in John Hayles // Kierman Shipka in Antonio Berardi

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Bright Lights: Bold hues, depending on the bride’s cue
Kerry Washington in Prada  // Kate Walsh in Stephane Rolland

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Whites: Matching the bride has become more popular in recent years

Angela Bassett in Elisabetta Franchi // Lucy Liu in Zac Posen

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Keeping it Classic: Navy has been the color of choice for MOB/G’s for years

Natasha Lyonne in Opening Ceremony // Viola Davis in Escada

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Going Local: Wedding Favors for the New York Wedding

Hosting a wedding in New York City can be an exciting and creative affair. The city has so much to offer: from rooftop weddings overlooking the Hudson to more intimate affairs in a hotel library or Central Park. With an infinite number of venues, caterers, planners, and designers, the opportunities are endless.

There is also the fear for some that it has been done before. If you choose the Big City for your wedding, there are many ways to make it unique and personal despite NewYork’s enormity. Specially curated wedding favors have been highlights of the occasion for celebrities, and what better way to showcase the emerging local culture, and stay away from the kitschy, touristy trumps than by gifting local New York products.

Here’s a list of perfect favors to give your guests, something they’ll actually want to keep.

1. Edibles.

I was inspired by Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz’s adorable sugar cookie gifts: Perfect for any season and able to match any theme. When in New York, I suggest Eleni’s cookies. Founder and Baker in Chief Eleni began in media and editorials, but, realizing her passion for baking, switched careers and I’m so glad she did. Since 1997, she’s been creating personalized treats available locally and nationwide.

For another sweet treat, check out Anarchy Jams in Brooklyn. Anarchy produces eight varieties of fresh, local spreadable edibles using old and new techniques. Founder and CEO Laena McCarthy grew up making traditional jams with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley.

And of course, it wouldn’t be summer in New York without Sigmund’s Pretzels, a New York institution at bars and late night scenes. Opened in 2009 in the East Village, they expanded in later years to a wholesale bakery, now found across the city at various venues. Get one kind or a variety and package them with a cute tag.

2. Cultural Fancies.

Jason Priestley and Naomi Lowde gifted Fortnum & Mason teas to exhibit her family’s English heritage. For gifts from local artists and craftsmen, I suggest checking out A Wincy Glass ’N Design based in Westbury, New York. Artist and owner Wincilla Edwards was propelled into the industry by her life-long love of drawing and painting, and her hand-painted champagne and wine glasses are a classy gift.

Similarly, Riles & Co. based in the East Village, NYC, creates hand-poured, all-natural soy candles with a vintage flair. Started in January 2014, by Cristina Toff, these candles make adorable gifts.

A happy alternative? TheLittleRagamuffin’s Cold Process Custom Soaps, based in Altamont, New York. All of their soaps are made the old fashioned way using the cold process method and a combination of natural and organic vegetable oils as well as organic herbs from their farm. With customizable (and oh-so-sweet) labels, you can get a bit creative as well.

Lastly, I’d suggest checking out Matchbox Wedding Favors from TeaandBecky. Their personalized wedding favor matchboxes are beautifully foil stamped with a phrase and are double sided with the bride and groom’s names and wedding date. Customizable to your own wedding colors, there are many options to choose from.

Mothers of Style: Looking to the Leading Ladies

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There are many debates over the appropriate dresses for the mothers of the bride and groom.
Tradition states that they should match the bridal party in hue or cut, wear black, navy or cream. While it’s generally agreed upon that the dress should be age-conscious and not overly glitzy, there’s nothing to say about it being boring. The rules are being broken every day—with the bride’s permission.

As the mothers, you are representing the families and are part of the stylish glue that elevates the wedding’s ambiance. In this role, you’ve most likely helped prepare for the wedding; you’ve chatted and collaborated with relatives, supported the efforts. But being one of the mothers of the day also allows you a certain amount of pride; the wedding day is certainly a time to show it off and choose a dress that reflects your personal style.

This is perhaps no more true than for past ladies of state: they know how to dress within reason for the more conservative, public affair while still looking fabulous. From classic dress suits to elaborate gowns, I encourage you to take cue from their past style successes.

Michelle Obama visits the Queen, J Mendel Jacket and Skirt // Tadasha Shoji Lace and Mesh Dress, Saks // Carmen Marc Valvo Pleated Floral-Print Ball Skirt, Neiman Marcus

Patterns: Hillary Clinton in Oscar de la Renta at Chelsea’s wedding // Lela Rose Half-Sleeve Floral Print Dress, Bergdorf Goodman // Kay Unger Floral Boatneck Dress

Pat Nixon at her daughter’s wedding in 1971 // Dolce and Gabbana Floral Brocade dress, net-a-porter // Teri Jon Lace & Gazaar Convertible Slip Dress, Saks

 

Jackie Kennedy Onassis at Caroline’s wedding // Laura Bush in Oscar de la Renta at daughter Jenna’s wedding // Badgley Mischka Off-The-Shoulder Belted Sheath, Saks

Crown Of a Goddess- A Hair Moment with Ted Gibson

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If you want to learn anything and everything you need to know about haircare, the one person we would tell you to run to is none other than hair to the goddess, Ted Gibson.  This famed super star has worked with the most beautiful women in the world such as Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Zoe Kravitz, Debra Messing, Taylor Dane to name a few.  Don’t take our word for it, just got to his website and if you have an hour to sit and read, review and be floored by his portfolio of clients, then be our guests.

First, you must remember that your wedding day is your biggest Oscar, Grammy, Academy Award winning moment of your life if you are but a mere mortal like we are.  But do not fret.  With the right team on your glorious day, you will walk among the greats and do it with style and grace.  The others will never dare to question you. Gibsons’ work has been seen in countless pages of high fashion magazines from Harpers Bazaar, Cosmo, Glamour, Instyle, Elle, and Essence Magazines.  He has appeared on several fashion reports on notable media outlets talking about hair care and explaining to you clearly why his hair cuts are worth every dime some have paid him, and you should pay him because simply put ladies, “he’s worth the experience”.  At least on your wedding day, birthday, honeymoon, BatMitzvah and some other things in between.

His  hit TV show with the other beauty maven we love Carmindy Bowyer, What Not To Wear!  Brilliant show and we watched for years and became the biggest groupies. So we just gave you countless reasons to go to The Ted Gibson Salon.   You have options on location, New York flagship store in the heart of the the city, Manhattan or Fort Lauderdale at the…. drum roll please…. W Hotel.

Now that completely sold us. Your hair is your crown and glory.  It will make a statement of who you are whether you do it willingly or by force.  People will judge you!  So why not invest in it and care for it? We have seen Ted Gibson on set with his clients and in his salon with clients.  The best customer, client care you will ever experience.  Now we caught him on camera, backstage during fashion week and we knew this would be a gold mine for you, our brides. So take a few more minutes if you can remove yourself from his website, and watch the below video and you will be sold. So until your next hair appointment enjoy.

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Hello Beautiful-Ashunta Sheriff

Hello Beautiful people! Well spring is in the air and everyone is asking me how do you come up with trend forecast for each season and what will this spring’s trends be? So, before I tell you what the trends are let me take you on a quick journey of how trends are made. Then I will put you all in the loop with some great makeup tips, new products and information that will take you straight from spring to summer. Spring is about flowers blooming, outdoor lunches, walks in the park, Jazz festivals and if you live in a major city life becomes this bubbling vibrant energy. Spring awakens our senses, gets our pulses pumping and motivates us to look good, smell good and feel good. Spring makes me feel good and it is one of my favorite seasons because you truly get to see how the Universe works.

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Ashunta and Alicia Keys

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Ashunta and Indie Arie

I grew up across the street from Central Park in New York City and in the spring you could watch day by day the tree canopies open up to create a magnificent sea of greenery. The flowers would be closed and within a day the right temperature and pollination took place for flowers to release their magnificent beauty for all to see. As you can see spring inspires me greatly and I am sure a lot of you as well.
A lot of makeup trends are born just like this through a creative process which begins with stimulation from an outside source. Maybe a designer went to an exotic location like Marrakesh or Bali to find inspiration for the next season collection. During that journey pictures were taken of exotic jewelry, fabrics and beautiful elaborate patterns. The designer then brought their findings back to their showrooms and created this season’s collection. Key makeup artist like Pat McGrath, Dick Page, Charlotte Tilbury or Gucci Westman sit with designers and look at their findings from their travels to collaborate on a look for the show. Various ideas are tried out on models prior to shows (this goes for hair too) and then a look may be tweaked last minute leading right up to the show. Then the show hits the runway while various celebs, fashion editors, critics, socialites and so forth all hustle to see what’s hot this season. All of that for a 15 minute show that took months of traveling, finding inspiration, meetings and planning. I know it’s so crazy, but true.
Then artist like Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Beyonce to name a few all do music videos, various red carpet events and photo shoots in makeup that was inspired by these shows, past trends, vintage movies or just from their own imagination with the help of their glam teams. Sometimes celebrities inspire the designers and the look works backwards meaning it started from the creative juices of a makeup artist, hair stylist or wardrobe stylist trying something new and different for their client. So creativity is like a fire that spreads and it turns out some of the most beautiful fashions, trends, colors and most important to me makeup products that are here for us all to use.
Okay so, some of my spring trends suggestions are:
Try Something New
If you are a makeup user but find yourself in a makeup rut then it’s time to be open to new things. Bold eyes are a hot new trend this season.  Think lavenders, turquoise, mint greens, bronze and gold. If you are lover of smoky eyes try purple instead of gray or black. Apply purple eye shadow to the lid and then line eyes with a black kohl pencil. I like to line upper and lower lash line then apply 3 coats of mascara. Make sure skin is even with a tinted moisturizer, concealer where needed and set with a mattifying powder. Use a soft peach blush on the apples of cheeks and a sheer nude lip will top this look off nicely.
Product suggestions: Mary Kay’s new Coastal Colors Collection
Don’t Be Afraid To Shine
Another fabulous trend is shimmer and we are seeing lots of it added to lipsticks, blushes, eye shadows you name it. My only advice is that you do not want to wear all shimmer products at once because it would be entirely way too much. If you use shimmer on the eyes then keep the rest of the face shimmer free. I love the sea foam blues, champagnes and lilac shimmer hues of the season. Try using a champagne colored loose pigment of eye shadow in the inner corner of the eyes. It is like having little spotlights on your eyes and it makes them appear wider. Make sure the color is blended down and not just left in the corner of the eyes. It should flow into your eye makeup and have one fluid soft look.
Product suggestions: MAC Vanilla or Gold Pigments

A Kiss of Fruit
Raspberry lips and Coral lips are a big hit. If you are stuck in red or you don’t use color both of these colors are great transitions for you either way. Raspberry and coral have enough color that the red lip users will not feel naked and the nude lip person will not feel too overdone. Always try sheer formulations and lip tints to make sure the color is something you like. Also don’t be afraid to mix. If the raspberry is too bold add a sheer pink over it and it will create a gorgeous rose color.
Product suggestions: Smashbox O-Gloss Intuitive Lip Gloss with Goji Berry
All in all spring is about allowing our inner glow out. So get glowing this summer feel good this summer and make your own trends. Peace.

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