I’m Going to New York Fashion Week: Timo Weiland

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As you may have seen, I have been in the process of revamping my blog. I am proud to say that I am new owner of my own domain name! I have been writing for Adolescent Chic for over three years now and this blog has given me the opportunity to intern and work at fashion magazines, attend a multitude of fashion shows and interview a vast array of celebrities.

Today, I am covering Timo Weiland’s SS 2017 Women’s Presentation. Here we go:

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Clothing: Timo Weiland, along with co-designers Donna Kang and Alan Eckstein, channeled the late 1980’s and 1990’s in this seasons women’s collection. The presentation was adorned by graphic prints, bold colors and flowing silhouettes. I am usually not a huge fan of a flared pant, however, I actually believe that looks 1 and 4 utilized the technique thoughtfully. I am not sure if this collection truly connected to the edgy and emotional aesthetic that was the 1990’s, but as far as wearability and tailoring goes, the collection was quite stellar.

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Featured Look:

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Accessories and Styling:

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Accessories and Styling: The models wore an assortment of accessories including reflective sunglasses, oversized earrings, leather sandals and flat booties. The makeup consisted of purely neutral colors with an incredibly dewy finish. The hair was either made incredibly sleek with sheen spray and hair gel or placed into a messy bun to emulate that “I don’t give a care” 90’s do.

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I hope you all enjoyed the post! I’m pretty much done with reviewing NYFW shows for the moment, so I will be sending out some new, original content in the next few weeks. I’ll see you all soon!

❤ Naa

Top 10 Clothing Stores for Students on a Budget

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New York Fashion Week: Men’s has just ended and Women’s Fashion Week is still a few days away, so I am taking a little break from my schedule to give you guys a very important post. As a college freshman in New York City, I understand the pain of wanting to stay fashionable on a limited budget. So today, I am presenting my top 10 clothing stores to buy inexpensive, fashionable articles for your everyday wardrobe. Here we go:

10. 2020 Ave

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2020 Ave is a relatively unknown store due to the fact that it is exclusively an online shopping site. However, it has a gorgeous collection of blouses, skirts, shorts, dresses and shoes that are mostly priced under $50. And just when you thought that things could not get any better, the store also comes with a 10% off coupon for University students, meaning that it is perfect for those on a budget. Enjoy!

9. Boohoo

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BooHoo is a fast growing online women’s retailer that is originally based in the UK. Due to its English routes, the clothing in BooHoo seem perfect to those who are a fan of the sexy and somewhat avant garde style found in London. In relation to prices, most of the dresses are anywhere from $30-$50, however, due to consistent sales, you usually won’t need to spend over $30. I personally love the actual quality of clothing from BooHoo, however, I do wish they had a storefront near NYC due to sizing mishaps.

8. Agaci

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A’Gaci is a store that is constantly compared to Forever 21. However, while Forever 21’s style is more directed towards a mass market system, A’Gaci’s style is much more graphic and high street. I personally love the collection of patterns, colors and design that the goods at A’Gaci carries. A dress will set you back anywhere from $15 – $45, however, similarly to BooHoo, consistent sales will save you a pretty penny.

7. Wet Seal

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Wet Seal is definitely the most casual store to come onto this list. Unlike some of the other stores located on this list, it is relatively easy to find a Wet Seal in the continental USA. While I am not the hugest fan of the dresses found at Wet Seal, I absolutely adore their separates! Whenever I want a cute pair of pastel jeans or a fashionable blouse, I go to Wet Seal. A top or pant at Wet Seal only costs around $10 – $20, so I suggest visiting one near you!

6. Love Culture

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I am in love with Love Culture! The only reason that Love Culture did not hit my top three is due to the fact that it is not in a very central location to Manhattan, however, it is the perfect store for a teenage or college fashionista. The clothing is consistently on trend and sale dresses start around $10. I wish that their was either a store in Brooklyn or Manhattan – this way I could come here every day.

5. Charlotte Russe

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For the top 5 stores, I chose chains that had a large amount of stores throughout the country in order to make sure that you can actually see the product before you purchase. Charlotte Russe is another “fast fashion” powerhouse that are known for its low prices yet high taste. The dresses cost around $15 – $40, however, Charlotte Russe is consistently having “Buy 1 Get 1 for $X” sales. I suggest going to Charlotte Russe for your next shopping spree.

Favorite Location: Queens Center, 9015 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst NY 11373

4. H&M

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H&M is a global superpower. As one of the largest and most spread out clothing stores in the entire world, H&M has locations throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and etc. H&M is known for its low prices, interesting styles and relationships with big time designers (such as Balmain). H&M has a huge variety of prices, however, most dresses shouldn’t cost over $70.

Favorite Location: 111 5th Avenue, New York NY 10003

3. Rue 21

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Rue 21 is by far the most affordable brand on this list. On a good day, a pair of jeans will cost around $2 or $3. Like Wet Seal, I am usually not a huge fan of the dresses at Rue 21, however, every now and then I find something truly spectacular. The blouses and jeans cost around $1 – $15, so it is relatively easy to change your entire wardrobe with just one trip. However, one of the issues with Rue 21 is the quality of some of their clothing leaves much to be desired. With that said, I do recommend it to those looking for a cheap alternative!

Favorite Location: 68 Heather Lane #2, Perryville MD 21903

2. Forever 21

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I’m not going to spend too much time with Forever 21 due to the fact that it is so immensely popular, but I am obsessed with this story. While some people complain that the quality of their clothing is not always impressive, the Forever 21 located in Union Square has yet to let me down. With an assortment of dresses, tops and bottoms that rarely cost more than $35, Forever 21 is the motherland for broke teens. However, I had to give the #1 spot to a little unknown beauty:

Favorite Location: 40 East 14th Street, New York NY 10003

1. Mandees

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Mandee Shops is a collection of womenswear retailers. Now, I chose Mandees as number one for three reasons: its exceedingly low cost, its high quality and its sizing. Mandees price range is similar to that of Forever 21, while its quality is similar to a mid-price store such as Zara or Express. However, the kicker when it comes to Mandees are that the sizes seem to add more leeway than most other stores on this list. As a young woman with a very unique set of measurements, it can be a struggle to find clothes that fit. However, the sizes at Mandee allow me to properly fit into clothes I could not find anywhere else. If you haven’t tried Mandees yet, I suggest you close your technological device, hop in a car and start shopping!

Favorite Location: 2540 Broadway New York 10025

❤ Naa

I’m Going to New York Fashion Week: Kenneth Ning

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Today I will be showcasing an up and coming designer who showed his sophomore collection at NYFW: Men’s Fall 2016 – Kenneth Ning. His collection was inspired by the concept of revenge, and utilized clean lines, dark colors, leather, metalwork and artistic designs. Here we go:

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Accessories and Styling: In relation to the accessories, Ning kept the add-ons relative simple with a collection of black and white sneakers and dress shoes. However, each model wore a pair of silver and golden dangling earrings that the crown raved over. I personally loved the simple touch of elegance yet uniqueness that each pair added to the silhouettes. Along with this, the male models had a very simple look while the female models each had an intricate smokey eye that added a flair of drama to the presentation.

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Clothing: The Kenneth Ning show was one of the last men’s fashion shows that I had the pleasure to attend this season. It is also one of my favorite collections – period. The craftsmanship of the pieces were spectacular, the styling was perfection and the clothing matched the theme of revenge and sadness amazingly. I believe that Kenneth Ning has a very bright future in men’s fashion.

Grade: A+

Favorite Look:

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❤ Naa

I’m Going to New York Fashion Week!: Ohne Titel

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I am so sorry for being MIA for over four months, but this time I actually had a good excuse: I started my first semester of college! University has been an absolutely amazing experience – and going to school in a city like New York City has just added to the magic. Due to my hectic schedule, I wasn’t able to post my #NYFW posts as quickly as I would have liked, however, there is no time like the present. During the next few weeks I will be posting reviews from shows such as Thaddeus O’neil, Concept Korea and GIVENCHY. But today, let’s get started with the wonderful Ohne Titel!

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Hair and Makeup: Ohne Titel is a womenswear line designed by the power duo of Alexa Adams and Flora Gill. The stylists most likely used hair gel, sheen spray and salt water in order to give each girl a certain “wet look” in relation to their hair. The designers decided to keep the makeup simple in order to keep the attention on the clothes. I personally loved the styling of the hair, however, I wish that the makeup artists would have used a more metallic look rather than go ultra natural.

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Accessories: The stylists used solid colored strapped heels and matching jewelry in order to enhance each look. My favorite utilization of styling has to be with the fourth look, as the beaded necklace and matching heel adds to the green gown without overpowering it. Overall, I felt that the accessories were a very successful aspect of the show.

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Clothing: Clothing is by far the most important part of any fashion show. The Ohne Titel SS 2016 collection utilized colors inspired by spring, such as sea foam green, rose red and dandelion gold. The silhouettes were primarily loose and flowy for the warmer months, while the collection also bragged clean lines and perfect seams. All in all, I felt as if the Ohne Titel collection is one for the memory books.

❤ Naa

EXCITING NEWS – International $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!!!

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Yesterday, I am glad to say that my blog reached its two-year anniversary here on WordPress! Even though I haven’t been able to post regularly for the last six months or so, Adolescent Chic has and will always have a special place in my heart. However, as I grow, I find that the scope of my interest also follows the same path.

In order to commemorate this blog’s anniversary, along with thank you – my loyal subscribers – for all of the support that you have granted me in the last few years, I am hosting a giveaway!!! Today, I will be giving away a $50 Visa Gift Card. The reason that I chose to give away a Visa Gift Card instead of a fashion or beauty related item is because as my interest begin to expand, I also feel obligated to give away a prize that can be used for an array of interests. Here we go:

In order to enter the giveaway, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

1. Follow me on Instagram at @literatureliaisons or here

2. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel at Literature Liaisons here

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This giveaway ends on October 15th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The giveaway winners will be announced on this blog, my YouTube Channel, and my Instagram account.

Good Luck,

Naa

(My) Everyday Makeup Routine for Very Dark Skin

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I am so sorry for being MIA for the last couple of months. As a little recap, I have been busy working for my new job at Behind the LOOK, applying to college, schoolwork, extracurricular activities and working as a freelance fashion journalist for different magazines and websites. However, I am back with an exciting edition of Makeup Madness! Today, I will be showing you my everyday makeup routine. This makeup look is great for women with Very Dark Skin (particularly, women who are a MAC Shade NW55 or darker). Let’s go to the tutorial!

Face

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Step 1: Apply a thin layer of medium-coverage foundation all over the face using either a makeup sponge or stippling brush. I used MAC Matchmaster Foundation in the shade 9.5.

Step 2: Highlight under the eyes, on the bridge of the nose and on the chin with a lighter colored concealer in order to add dimension to the face. I used Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in Extra Deep

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Step 3: Dust a black, matte eye shadow to use as a base in order to make the colors appear darker. Then, sweep a medium brown shimmer eye shadow all over the lid. Finally, mix the deep brown shade and the black matte shadow and use as a crease color to add more dimension to the eye. I used three shades in the Sephora Enchanting 14 Eye Shadow Palette.

Eyeliner

Step 4: Line the waterline and tightline with a black eyeliner. Then, use that same eyeliner to create a small cat eye on both eyes. I used the Wet and Wild Brow and Eyeliner in Black.

Mascara

Step 5: Put one or two coats of mascara on both the top and bottom lashes to add length and volume to your eyelashes. Use a dark brown shade in order to keep the look casual. I used the Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara in Brown Black.

Cheeks

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Step 6: Use a red-tone dark brown cream foundation to contour the cheeks and the bridge of the nose. Then, use a similarly toned eyeshadow to set the cream foundation. I used Ruby Kisses Cosmetics 3D Face Creator in Level 16 and MAC Eyeshadow in Embark.

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Step 7: Set the foundation and concealer with a dark brown face powder. I used MAC Studio Fix in NW58.

Lip Product

Step 8: Use a coco-colored lipstick and dark brown lip gloss to add a fun, natural pop to the lips. I used Covergirl Continuos Color Lipstick in Coco Blush and Black Radiance Radiant Lipgloss in Mocha Madness.

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Step 9: Finally, I used a makeup setting spray to give my face a dewy finish. I used MAC Fix+ Makeup Setting Spray.

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Stay tuned for my next post and I am so happy to be back!!!

❤ Naa