I’m Going to New York Fashion Week: Thaddeus O’Neil

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In celebration of this upcoming S/S 2017 NYFW, I decided to cover a show that I attended but was unable to properly report due to time constraints. Thaddeus O’Neil’s SS16 presentation was deemed a “Disco Sea Party”, adorned with imported palm trees, beach supplies, sand and tropical beverages. The clothing reflected the theme with an assortment of vacation worthy attire. Here we go!

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Accessories and Styling: As stated previously, the collection concentrated on keeping a lax, surfer-like ambiance. The models were styled with sun hats, beach accessories and even light weight instruments. For the female and androgynous models, the makeup included a copper and golden smokey eye, bronzed skin and peach blush. Their hair was put into beach waves – cementing their status as beach royalty.

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Clothing: The clothing including a set of island-inspired prints, from palm tree shorts to pineapple blouses, patterned bikini tops and neoprene ensembles. Most of the fabric choices were lightweight and breathy – a perfect choice for a day on the beach. My favorite outfit was the printed empire waist mini dress that the last model wore. I love the drama that the conflicting patterns bring to the look!
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Favorite Look!

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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.

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New Videos Up – BookTube Newbie Tag and $50 GIVEAWAY!!!!

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I just posted two new videos on my YouTube channel Literature Liaisons!

My first video is a video explaining my giveaway – my $50 VISA Gift Card Giveaway!!! You can read more about the rules regarding the giveaway here.

My second video serves as both my introduction to the community and my first tag – the BookTube Newbie Tag!!!

Thank you so much and please subscribe to my channel if you like what you see and want to be entered!

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College Confidential Part 1: Standardized Testing (SAT, ACT, AP….)!!!

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I cannot apologize enough for being AWOL for a whopping three months! From school work to extracurricular activities and college applications, I have been more than swamped with large amounts of work. However, I only have one more final exam to complete before I graduate high school and prepare to set off to University next fall! Some of my younger readers have been asking for advice regarding applying to college and I decided to create a new series called College Confidential that is dedicated to giving out tips and advice regarding college applications. Today, I will start off the series with one of the first tangible facets of the college application process: standardized test! Here we go:

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Tip #1: Purchase study materials – workbooks, flashcards, CD-ROM programs and etc.

This step should be done during either your sophomore year or the summer between your sophomore and junior year of high school. I found that through reviewing the material found in the books for a period of about three to six hours a week was imperative in increasing my scores. I suggest Gruber’s, Barron’s and the Princeton Review!

Tip #2: Join a prep class or hire a private tutor. 

In order to gain admission to some of the more selective colleges in the country, a student’s test scores should be at a certain standard. Sometimes, workbooks and studying aren’t enough and outside assistance is needed. Huntington Learning Center and local universities are always a great resource for these types of lessons. Be forewarned that some of these classes can be very expensive, so have a true conversation with either your parents and/or guidance counselor before taking this tip.

Tip #3: Decide which tests you are going to take – every tester is unique!

Depending on where you live, there is usually a misconception as to which of the two preeminent standardized test carry more weight in college decisions. On both the east coast and the west coast, the Scholastic Aptitude Test, better known as the SAT, is seen as the “stronger” exam. In the midwestern region, the American College Testing, better known as the ACT, is seen as the “stronger” exam. In reality, each test is viewed equally. I suggest that you take both tests at least once, and then use that experience to decide which test is better for you. Here is a great article about each test!

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Tip #4: Take as many practice exams as humanly possible! 

I cannot emphasize this tip enough – practice exams are some of the best ways to study for standardized test out there. Through answering questions similar to those found on the tests, your mind will begin to think like an exam grader. I also suggest grading yourself HONESTLY after each test – these scores will help you assess how to shape your test taking abilities in order to get a higher score.

Tip #5: Take at least one practice exam in a testing environment. 

This can be done at either a school or tutoring center. Even though completing practice exams at home can be very helpful, you will never take the SATs on your private desk in your bedroom. These tests will emulate the true exam in both content and environment – and will lead to a more accurate depiction of your score.

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Tip #6: Take care of your physical and mental health before and after the exam

Make sure to take regular breaks between studying, eat right and have a good night sleep before any exam. I have seen fellow students put their minds and bodies through the ringer in preparation for the exams, and I would not suggest it to anyone. Know that your health, both physically and emotionally, is more important than any exam!

Tip #7: Take the exam and see how you do!

Now that you have studied up and had a good night’s rest, it is time to take the exam. Remember to stay calm yet alert in order to correctly answer all the questions, and don’t get too down on yourself if your first score isn’t as high as you wished for. You are allowed to take the exams as many times as you want!

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I’m Going to Mercedes-Benz/MADE Fashion Week!: Rebecca Minkoff Overview + GIVEAWAY!!!

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Welcome to my first post about my experience at New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015! I wasn’t able to post as heavily during last season due to some scheduling conflicts, but I have some truly incredible collections to show you this time around! As I said in my overview of the David Tlale FW 2014 Collection (which I wrote almost an entire year ago!), the beauty of fashion week is there are times that you can get into shows that you weren’t originally invited to. I was able to get into the Rebecca Minkoff show through standing room and a very kind member of the band. Here we go:

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Music: Rebecca Minkoff is one of the few presentations that always utilizes live music in all of her fashion presentations. This year’s band was possibly the most talented and well suited for the collection that I have ever experienced. The collection, which was inspired by the 1970’s hippie movement and the punk rock era, was heavily complimented by the 70’s inspired music that also had a modern twist. The sultry vocals and jazzy atmosphere was perfect for the entire presentation.

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Beauty: After doing some researching regarding Mrs. Minkoff’s inspiration for her fall collection, I learned that she was inspired by the Chelsea Hotel girls, including iconic names such as Janis Joplin and Grace Slick. The girls hair was left in messy, long and grungy waves, while their makeup consisted of bold eyeliner, rose gold eyeshadow and neutral lips. All in all, the beauty aspects of the show perfectly fit the era that Minkoff attempted, and succeeded, in conveying.

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Clothing: While the presentation and the styling are very important components of any fashion show, the clothing is by far paramount in importance. The collection was absolutely breathtaking. With an emphasis on luxurious outerwear consisting of tweed and suede, flowing chiffon tops and maxi skirts, modern-day capes with fringe and impeccable use of leather, the Rebecca Minkoff FW 2015 Fashion Show was incredible. I hope to see the articles presented at this show worn by fashionistas of all backgrounds in months to come.

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This is just a few photos that I took while at the show. My Charlotte Ronson overview should be up sometime tonight. Also, remember that my giveaway for a $50 Forever 21 Gift Card is still open here!!!!

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Exciting News – International $50 Forever 21 Gift Card Giveaway!!!

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So, as you may know, I have been blogging for about one and a half years. In that time, I have accumulated over 7,500 followers on all of my platforms, connections with a wide array of fashion companies, become a professional fashion correspondent for an incredible television company and have participated in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York twice ! It is thanks to you, all of my followers, that I have been able to change from that shy 16 year old girl blogging in my bedroom to an actual fashion journalist. So, as a thank you to everyone, I am having a giveaway – which you can enter here !!! Here we go:

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Remember that you can enter the giveaway here: Adolescent Chic International $50 Gift Card Giveaway !
 Since I can’t really show swatches with with a gift card, I’m just going to shed some light on some awesome bloggers and models with Forever 21 outfits!
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This is a beautiful Forever 21 – purchased outfit by the amazing beauty blogger Alina. The post can be found here!
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This is a fantastic all black ensemble by Vanessa Cesario at The Brunette Salad utilizes Forever 21 items for everything except for the shoes. The photo was uploaded on Chictopia, and can be found here.
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I am in love with this Forever 21 red plaid dress paired with the a pair of Forever 21 black sandals. You can find more of these awesome outfit pairings at Upbeat Soles!I wish you all luck as you enter my giveaway!
Also, please feel free to comment below what future posts you would like to see and read the Terms and Conditions of the giveaway here and ENTER HERE at a Rafflecopter giveaway.
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(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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Exciting News – NAKED 3 Palette Giveaway!!!

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If you follow me on Twitter, than you know that I recently have been hired as a professional fashion/beauty blogger and fashion correspondent of Behind the LOOK. Behind the LOOK is a TV program that broadcasts every Tuesday at 10 pm on BFSTV in New York and is described as “celebrating the creators of today’s beauty trends and cultures.” As a way to support my new workplace, and a big thank you to all of my followers who made this possible, I’m hosting a giveaway!

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The NAKED 3 palette is described as “12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN (and insanely beautiful) rose-hued neutrals from Urban Decay. From pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with red micro-glitter, these neutrals will make you want to get Naked all over again.”

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The following swatch is from Head to Toe. As you can see, the palette includes a vast array of rose gold-toned hues from a light, champagne shade to a deep black with red micro-glimmer. Here is an in-depth review of each shade.

RULES:

Each of the following actions result in one submission into the giveaway:

1. Like Behind the LOOK on Facebook 

2. Follow @BehindtheLookNY on Twitter

Each of the following actions result in two submissions into the giveaway:

3. Follow Behind The Look on WordPress 

4. Follow Behind the Look on Bloglovin 

Each of the following actions result in five submissions in the giveaway:

1. Post a blog post about this giveaway

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Strange – A pale, neutral pink matte-satin

Dust – A pale, metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter

Burnout – A light, pinky-peach satin

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Liar – A medium metallic mauve shimmer.

Nooner – A medium pinky-brown matte.

Factory – A pinky-brown satin.

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Buzz – A metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter.

Trick –  A light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle.

Limit – A light dusty rose matte.

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Mugshot – A metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift.

Blackheart – A smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle.

Darkside – A deep taupe-mauve satin.

I personally purchased the palette in this giveaway, and I hereby remove any liability from Urban Decay or Sephora. The giveaway will start on September 13 and ends on December 1, 2014.

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Designer Decoding: Cesar Galindo

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It has been a very long time since I posted a segment in my extensive “Designer Decoding” series, and since New York Fashion Week is only five weeks away, I feel that now is the perfect time to reinvigorate the series. For today’s installment of Designer Decoding, I am introducing a designer that I not only admire due to his great talent, but whose work I had the great pleasure of photographing during his Fall/Winter 2014 collection for my blog. Today, I shall be highlighting the work of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week veteran and the current CZAR of fashion, Cesar Galindo.

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Cesar Galindo has a very interesting origin for his designing background. Galindo, born in Houston, Texas and the youngest of eleven children, began his extensive career in fashion through costume designing. His specialty included corsets and other Victorian period costumes for both the Miami City Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera. Galindo’s designs are distinguishable through his use of “femininity, social occasion dresses, architecturally draped hems and necklines and a rich color palette”.

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The photo above comes from the most recent Spring/Summer collection, and presents a brilliant utilization of silk fabric and bold colors. This collection combined ready-to-wear staples and evening wear, as it belongs to his CZAR line. The first gown, with is bright red shade and deep blue, triangular center shows Galindo’s great talent for working with pleats. The third look, a monochromatic gradient of blue, shows Galindo’s ultimate technique for draping. Finally, the center look shows that Galindo can still create simple silhouettes that show off a woman’s natural beauty.

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The photo above comes from the Fall/Winter 2014 collection, a presentation that I had the greatest honor of attending (the post can be found here). This collection also belonged to the Czar brand, and consisted of ready-to-wear pieces along with semi-formal wear. Now, due to the fact that I have an entire post dedicated to the this particular collection, I will not go into heavy detail about the looks. However, what I can say is that Galindo was able to combine soft fabrics, such as silk and chiffon, along with heavier materials, such as furs and leather, to create a collection of cohesive outfits. The collection also showed Galindo’s talent for creating printed works, particularly with the gowns and graphic jeans.

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The following three looks are my personal favorites for his past collections. The first look, a gold and black romper paired with golden sandals, appeared in his spring 2013 collection. I am particularly impressed by the perfect fit along with the use of print to create a very flattering silhouette.

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The second look, a midi-length, all white dress with a plunging V-Neck, appeared in his spring 2012 collection. For this look, I am heavily impressed with his selection of the model, as the ivory shade of the dress pops on her caramel-toned skin. Along with the contrast, the actual dress is a prime example of Galindo sticking to the ultimate fashion mantra: sexy and simple.

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This final look comes from the spring 2010 evening collection by Cesar Galindo and presents his skills in construction to the world. The dress acts similarly to the white gown from his Spring 2012 collection due to the fact that it is a bold color placed on a very dark-skinned model, however, the constructed one-shoulder design is absolutely exhilarating. This is by far my favorite look of all of his recent collections.

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I Made a YouTube Channel!

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I recently have been blessed and was able to receive a Canon Rebel T3i as a birthday/late Christmas present. The camera is one of the best DSLR’s for taking both pictures and HD quality videos. Due to finally having such a high quality camera, I decided to create a YouTube Channel!

My channel will pretty much be an extension of my blog – your everyday access to makeup tutorials, beauty tips, pairing videos and anything else that can come to mind. I will still be updating my blogs as well. Please feel free to subscribe to my channel:

Please feel free to request any future posts or videos for my channel!

❤ Naa