Alex Malay Boutique 2017 Collection: Chic Southern Style

Street Style.  Chic.  On-Trend.  Classy.  

Those are the words that describe Alex Malay boutique and lifestyle brand.  The brick and mortar store is based in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Alex Malay boutique provides customers with the hottest, distinct fashions.  In-store boutique pieces range from luxe Marilyn Monroe Pink Boa Heels to Elastic Waist Metallic Shorts.

Aside from the on-trend collection, Rochell Malay dazzles social media with her Street Style Look book. Rochell is not the ordinary Instagram update!  Her fashion palette ranges – “I Don’t Do Fashion, I AM FASHION”.

Ultimately, Alex Malay boutique takes fashion from the runway and magazines to affordable everyday style!

Mix and match the Gold Metallic Skirt with a pair of heels or denim jacket

Beautiful Bell-Sleeves Blouse pairs nicely with Fringe Jeans

Elegance is an understatement with this Pink Fur Coat

Rochell Malay CEO and Creative Director of Alex Malay

BEAUTY. TIMELESS STYLE. LOVE. CONFIDENCE. AN EXPERIENCE. These are the core essentials that make up Alex Malay!

The Foundation Of A Fashionista!

Ever since I can remember, I was a lover of all things beautiful and always had a sense of style. I was the one who stood out in front of the crowd, whether at church or a birthday party or any event. Although very young, I always loved various vintage styles, sequins, and feathers. I loved black and white Hollywood classics of flashy fashions and striking styles.

How To Organize Your Jewelry & Beauty Closet Like Khloe Kardashian

January is officially Get Organized Month, and the P-Touch D210 is one of Khloe Kardashian’s favorite gadgets for organizing her jewelry, make-up, and more.

And as you can see below, she keeps it very close to her when she’s organizing her favorite accessories, including her signature hoop earrings. What makes the P-Touch fun as well as functional is the range of colors the label comes in (clear, black, red, gold, yellow) so that you can add that custom touch to your closet, jewelry case, etc…

Here’s a video/story on Khloe giving some background to how she how she likes to label her bling:http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/news/a47305/khloe-kardashian-jewelry-organization/

 

Discovering Your Personal Style

Recently, I’ve added style photos to my social media feed.  I wanted to share my personal style, which is categorized as chic and modern.

This leads me to the topic for the blog post. How can someone discover his or her personal style? Essentially it’s about self-awareness and understanding your clothing preferences. The definition of style is, “a distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed.”

The first step to discovering your personal style is identifying a style icon. Do you prefer the total appearance of Lady Gaga or Michelle Obama?  Grab a few magazines and create a stylebook.

The next action is to visit your closet and examine pieces you have worn on numerous occasions.  This could be a fedora hat or cardigan sweater.  Are those items complimenting your features and body type (circle, triangle, hourglass, rectangle)?

Rebecca Minkoff

Consider your lifestyle and occupation when curating your wardrobe.  A corporate executive should invest in a high quality suit; same concept applies for weekly Pilates sessions.

Accessories are the best assets for discovering your personal style.  They allow you to change a look without purchasing new clothing.  A classic wristwatch can upgrade an inexpensive blouse.

Ultimately, it’s about feeling great and presenting yourself in a positive manner!

H&M Large Earrings

Quick Wardrobe Tips:

  •  Invest in alterations for ill-fitting items
  •  Use the dry-cleaners sparingly – can damage clothing fibers
  •  Spend extra money on work shoes, blazers, jeans, bras, suiting, and outerwear
  •  Find unique pieces at consignment or thrift shops

 

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL SEASON 23 – EPISODE 5 RECAP

a·vant-garde

noun
  1. new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them.

 

This was the theme for Season 23, Ep 5 of America’s Next Top Model.  According to the show, “Law Roach drops in on the girls to discuss the importance of personal style. Celebrity designer Nicola Formichetti takes the models out of their comfort zones and into the world of avant-garde fashion.”

There was the usual drama between contestants from wardrobe critiquing to personality clashes. Kyle, Giah, and Krislian struggled during the competition; wearing an uncomfortable costume (platform heels.)

Photos are via IG @america_ntm

Giah was asked to leave the competition due to her photos.  Panelist encouraged her to continue pursuing her dreams!

Get The Celebrity Look: 2017 Golden Globes

I wanted to share the breakdown on Naomi Harris, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Kimberly Hebert Gregory’s flawless looks from last night’s 2017 Golden Globes Award!

Featured Image:  People.com

Below, find the step by step guide on how celebrity hairstylist, Larry Sims gave each woman sleek, luxe looks with got2b and Smooth ‘N Shine!

 
 

Naomi Harris

How to Get the Look

  1. Start of by blow drying the hair out and prep hair with got2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm  for a smooth finish.
  2. Using a nickel size curling barrel in a down position begin at the nape of the neck wrapping hair around to the tip. Complete every section consecutively, curling hair in the same direction.
  3. Once at the top, establish a side part at the left brow. Continue to curl in a downward position root to tip.
  4. Once hair is completely set, tuck the left side behind the hair and get rid of flyaways using Smooth ‘N Shine Edge Smoothing Pomade .
  5. Next, use Mason Pearson brush to brush all of the hair together from root to tip which creates a gorgeous body wave. At the right side of the hair brush the crown back and push it forward with hands to create a defined wave in the front at the right eye that continued to the cheeks and across the shoulder.
  6. Finish the look with Smooth ‘N Shine Polishing Instant Repair Hair Polisher.
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Susan Kelechi Watson

How to Get the Look

  1. Start of by blow drying the hair out.
  2. Next, prep hair with got2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm and flat iron hair starting from the nape of the neck working towards the top for a smooth sleek texture.
  3. Add some edge tamer to hair and use Mason Pearson brush to gather hair into the palms of your hands. Position ponytail right at the crown of the head.
  4. Secure the ponytail with a hook rubber band and wrap the base of the ponytail with hair to cover the hook and give a little height.
  5. Finish off with Smooth ‘N Shine Polishing Instant Repair Hair Polisher to get rid of flyaways. Continue down the ponytail for a sleek finish to complete the look!

 

 

Kimberly Hebert Gregory

How to Get the Look

  1. Start off by blow drying natural hair out and adding extensions to create a bob.
  2. Next, prep hair withgot2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm and flat iron hair. Use flat iron to smooth hair bending random sections mid strand down to create texture.
  3. Use a blow dry to create a wispy look. Finishing with got2b Glam Force Hairspray to add texture and create a finished look!

 

got2b guardian angel flat iron balm

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$5.99; mass retailers

 

got2b Glam Force Hairspray

Tame your mane while you run wild with got2b glam force high hold hairspray. Our hairspray delivery system gives a fast and firm hold to keep you partying in style all night long.

$5.99; mass retailers

got2b mess-merizing texturizing hairspray

 

 

Smooth ‘N Shine Instant Edge Smoothing Pomade

Finally! The unruly hairs at the edges of your hairline are put in their place. Smooth ‘N Shine Instant Edge Smoothing Pomade controls and keeps fine hairs at the edge (nape and temple) in place. It’s formulated with a perfectly balanced blend of olive and tea tree oils for moisture, shine and stimulating feel, plus cosmetic surfactants that offer a sleeker, non-waxy feel. It provides long-lasting edge fixation and control.

$4.99; mass retailers

Smooth ‘N Shine Polishing Instant Repair Hair Polisher

 

Concentrated polishing formula instantly makes hair soft, shiny and smooth. Conditions and detangles dry, damaged hair, eliminates frizzies and helps prevent breakage.

  • Makes hair soft, shiny & smooth
  • Conditions & detangles dry, damaged hair
  • With aloe vera

$4.99, mass retailers

 

Infusium’s Golden Globes Looks – Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Connie Britton

Infusium is excited to celebrate this year’s Golden Globes with Julia Louis-Dreyfus AND Connie Britton, donning their next generation of Infusium products that transform hair heath with every use.

Renowned celebrity stylist, Matthew Monson (@matthewmonzon), worked his magic for Best Actress in a Comedy nominee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ effortlessly chic look; while Connie Britton’s gorgeous natural waves were created by celebrity stylist, Enzo Angileri (@enzoangileri). Both stylists used Infusium to ensure their hair stayed healthy during and even after their struts on the red-carpet.

“GET THE LOOK” FROM MATTHEW MONZON:  

  • For Julia Louis Dreyfus’ look tonight I wanted her hair to look soft, shiny and stunning.
  • First, I washed and conditioned her hair with the Infusium Repair + Renew Shampoo and Conditioner.
  • Next, to protect her hair from any damage, I sprayed Infusium Repair + Renew Leave-In Treatment from mid shaft through the ends combing through with a wide toothcomb.
  • Then I took a quarter size amount of Infusium Repair + Renew Leave-In Crème emulsified in my hands, and worked through the last 3 inches of the hair to help eliminate frizz and flyaways.
  • I started drying her hair using just my hands, and lifting her strands for texture and root volume. After it was half way dry, I incorporated a round brush to finish and create even more volume.
  • To keep with Julia’s signature style, I created a strong center part with a tailcomb. Then separated her hair into large sections, and starting curling using a large barrel iron for a more tousled feeling.
  • To finish the look, I used the Infusium Repair + Renew Smoothing Serum to smooth over the ends and give a bit more definition to the hair.

“GET THE LOOK” FROM ENZO ANGILERI:  

  • I wanted Connie’s style to look elegant, shiny and smooth.
  • I started by washing and conditioning her hair with the Infusium Repair + Renew Shampoo and Conditioner.
  • While her hair was still wet, I parted the hair down the middle and then sprayed Infusium Repair + Renew Leave-In Treatment to the ends of her hair.
  • Then I sectioned her hair into about 20 sections and starting drying with a round brush. After, I pinned each section up like a roller and let it set for about 5 minutes for volume and natural wave. I took out the pins and brushed her hair so the waves would loosen.
  • Starting from the back of the head, I used a 1.5 inch curling iron and began curling the hair to accentuate the soft waves.
  • When finished, I lightly brushed it out again for that natural look. I applied the Repair + Renew Smoothing Serum at the top of her head, near her part to avoid fly aways!

 

PRODUCTS USED FROM INFUSIUM:

 

Repair + Renew Shampoo

Infused with Keratin and Argan Oil, this formula gently cleanses fragile strands.

·       For busy women who’ve been unkind to their hair — damaging it with daily heat styling, regular color processing and harsh environments.

·       With every wash! For optimum sheen and smoothness, follow with Infusium™ Repair + Renew Conditioner, and Original Leave-in Treatment.

·       Massage into wet hair, lather and rinse well.

Available in-stores at Target starting end of January

 
Repair + Renew Conditioner

Infused with Keratin and Argan Oil, this formula helps rebuild hair strength and repair damaged strands from root to tip.

 

·       Use after a lather and rinse from Infusium™ Repair + Renew Shampoo.

 

·       Apply liberally into clean, wet hair. Leave for 3 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.

 

Available in-stores at Target starting end of January

 
Repair + Renew Leave-In Treatment

This formula coats hair with lightweight conditioners to help mend split ends, tame flyaways, enhance shine and improve hair manageability throughout the day and night.

 

·       Infusium’s fastest, most convenient way to protect and maintain hair health.

 

·       Use daily for total damage recovery, or whenever hair needs an extra boost.

 

·       Spray on wet or dry hair, and style as usual — no need to rinse.

 

Available in-stores at Target starting end of January

 
Repair + Renew Leave-In Crème

This thick, rich conditioning formula provides targeted moisture to help control frizz and mend split ends.

 

·       Great for anyone wanting extra conditioning, especially for textured and curly hair.

 

·       Apply after showering and before styling. Rub throughout wet hair, focusing on the tips.

 

·       Blow-dry and style as usual or allow hair to dry naturally.

 

Available in-stores at Target starting end of January

 

 

Repair + Renew Smoothing Serum

This dual-functioning serum protects wet hair from styling friction and breakage; and amplifies shine and smoothness when used on dry hair.

·       Provides ultimate polish and protection.

·       Use anytime, to help reduce frizz, tame flyaways, and protect against breakage.

·       Massage two or three drops throughout wet or dry hair.

 

Available in-stores at Target starting end of January

 

Valentine’s Day Made Easy with ALEX AND ANI, Jordache, PINK and more

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, too often we forget that it is supposed to be fun and stress free! Whether you’re spending the day (and night) with a significant other or celebrating with a Galentine’s Day brunch, put together a sexy ensemble with pieces from Heidi Klum Intimates, Sarah Flint, Jordache, ALEX AND ANI, and Victoria’s Secret PINK.

I’ve also included easy gifting options, because sometimes you need a little something extra with those flowers!

Pantone’s 2017 Greenery – brought to you by Ann Taylor

“Going green” is here to stay as a lifestyle trend and this year it’s time for wardrobes to go green, too. Pantone’s color of the year – greeneryis a color representation of “out with the old and in with the new.” Sure to be seen throughout the year, greenery inspires fresh starts, new beginnings and evokes a sense of calm.

Ann Taylor’s spring 2017 collection features shades of greenery in trends such as classic stripes, emerald jewel tones and botanical prints.

Mid Sleeve Floral Romper – Cute and Relaxed Style Option

New Year’s Eve is a night of glitz and glam.  This year, I opted from the traditional cocktail gown and wore an outfit that’s casual chic.

Festive activities (for this holiday) range from serving appetizers, playing board games, and toasting with a glass of champagne. To enjoy the evening, I needed a look that’s stylish and comfortable.  The Mid Sleeve Floral Romper from AMI Clubwear was the ideal option.

I am a huge fan of wearing a Romper because it’s the perfect combination of cute, relaxed, and sexy. In addition, the mid-length sleeves provide an extra layer of warmth.

Another style option for this look is to pair with Over-The-Knee Boots, Infinity Scarf, Cardigan Sweater, Cropped Blazer, or Tights.