An exotic look for the holidays 

  
  
  

As I look through my clothes closet and wanting to create a vintage feel for the holidays…gold sequins is calling my name. Many years ago, I traveled to Rio De Janiero,Brazil and with my travels, I collect clothing from the country as a souvenir to myself. In this blog post , my attempt is to create a vintage look from my closet without spending a dime. 

Since sequin looks are one of my favorites, the created look will be achieved on this premise. Bold with gold is my theme, from head to toe we will achieve the holiday vintage look. Let’s get started!👍

The Hair Style-in the image provided the model is Rockin Bold Bantu Knots , this hairstyle’s origin is deeply rooted in Black history. I recall wearing my hair twisted like this to provide order and control thus preventing tangling while wet and keeping the hair neat until dry. With this style, in achieving a clean and polished look applying ORS Monoi Oil Edge Control hair gel to smooth the edges and frame the look. 

    The Makeup- The foundation choice is Perfect Face by Ashunta Sheriff. The recommended look for the eyes are a smokey- eye look with Individual or strip lashes. The popular look for the lips are matte lips in the plum family using a liquid matte lip gloss by Colour Pop in LAX. Add a subtle burgundy blush to the cheeks and a hint of bronze ( on the forehead, chin and cheeks) this shimmer affect will support the holiday look.

The Jewelry- In my opinion due to the sequins, balance is needed. Recommending no necklace but gold toned earrings and an elegant bracelet.

The Nails- Highly recommended No-Chip in a nude shade or decorative polish with glitter and one accented fingernail for holiday festive look.

 

Photo courtesy provided by OPI
 
The Shoes- Gold vintage Bakers Shoes 
Photo coutesy by Poshmark.com
 

Added Accessories- Gold clutch purse. As an added tip get yourself some over-sized rhinestones and using a glue-gun you can achieve a creative playful …yet unique clutch bag with a little “costume bling”.

 

Photo courtesy by Pursepage.com
 
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My recommended fragrance is Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. I simply love this fragrance with a “floral explosion” of jasmine, centifolia rose, cattleya orchid, and ballerina freesia bloom on a base of patchouli. I love it! But of course you choose what suits your taste in fragrances👍

Now you are ready for a night out on the town!…Happy New Year! Enjoy yourself, be safe and be happy! I just achieved my look based on my personality and items that I always possess.

So, go into the New Year being yourself, being resourceful, creative using what you’ve got! “Making a Scene with Fashion in 2016”.🎉🎉

What is Adorn?

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I was researching what was new in the beauty industry and came across Adorn. Makeup concept of the future. For almost 4 decades, women of color have experienced challenges with finding the correct shade of foundation. Either it’s too ashy, too light or just too much red producing an unnatural skin tone or look. 

  So what is exactly Adorn? Adorn is identified as a customized hand-held makeup device which identifies your underlying skin tones. It is designed to “prints” foundation with a built-in optical sensor which scans the face allowing the skin’s tone to be read and matched. 

 

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Product image provided by Adorn
                                                                                                             I love the concept and would love to try it and share with my readers. It would be great for dos owners specializing in makeup application and for the traveling makeup artist which works on a diverse clientele.

This portable 3-D makeup printer creates foundation makeup which is custom-toned and blended for the user.

This concept idea is still in production, for similar systems with this idea, check out Mink and Moda. The cost of this unique hand-held gadget in the pen-format in the U.S. will go for $139 and retails for $279 . There are also refill cartridges that ranges for $20.

For more info about this product check out Adorn.com 

Women in Fashion Over Fifty Fashion Show at Bloomingdale’s

Women in Fashion Over Fifty Fashion Show at Bloomingdale’s

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Fashion Over 50 Fashion Show Models
Yesterday 15+ Fabulous Divas, which just happen to be over the age of 50 defined their fashion statement at Bloomingdale’s fashion runway!

The Premise
Wendy Packer of Fashion Over Fifty and Mark David Carter, professional runway coach, proudly host the professional fashion show featuring a group of fabulous women which just happen to be over 50 which culminates in the Holiday Fashion show at Bloomingdale’s featuring MODELS OVER FIFTY!  Woman over 50 has fashion sense too!

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The key players-Wendy Packer-Founder, Commentator, Organizer
Mark David Carter– Runway Trainer, Commentator, CEO of Metro Salon Pro News Magazine Online, Photographer-William John Liptak-Wardrobe Fashion Stylist-PhotographyPrudence Photography,  Mark Carter and                               Chicago Imaging SolutionsVideographer– Ben Kurstin

John and Wendy Commentators
 
Makeup Artist– Bloomingdale’s Maria Camacho-Clinique Consultant applied my makeup for the show. There were other cosmetic companies represented that did the makeup applications on the models for the show including but not limited to: Estee Lauder, Armani, Lancome and Laura Mercier.

 
Models for Fashion Over Fifty
Adriana, Benita, Lauren, Kathleen, Brenda, Debra, Celestine, Irene, Susan, Carmen, Regina, Beth, Minnie, Ursula and Elinor.

Overview of the Event
Saturday afternoon on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile,  women over the age of 50 were celebrated at Bloomingdale’s. Over 75+ attendees in attendance witnessed fashion beyond compare. Each model had two wardrobe changes, one casual look and one evening look.

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There were an array of designers represented, as a model for this event, I represented the DKNY line with 2 looks (Day & Evening). Some additional designers were, but not limited to: Armani, Max Mara, Versace, to name a few.

Makeup Sponsors- Models had the opportunity to select which makeup brand they liked. The premise was to meet the models and find out more about how society see’s women over 50.

The La Mer cosmetic line provided a raffle prize, which I was grateful to be the winner. All models which participated in the show had an option to receive a free sample of a La Mer serum or moisturizer.

During the fashion show as each model walked down the runway there were characteristics and things shared about them as individuals. Here were my responses to the interview questions provided:

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The Interview by Wendy Packer of Fashion Over Fifty
Fashion over Fifty: What is your motivation in participating in this fashion show?
Celestine: I have always enjoyed modeling and did it in my 20’s. Loving the modeling and beauty industry, I always model when I have the opportunity to.

Fashion over Fifty: What would you like to get out of this week?
Celestine: I just wanted to be introduced to any new trends in modeling and be of support for the company. I am in the process of receiving a Master Certificate in Marketing, Analytics and Communication from Stuart School of Business, so doing this show will be treat and enlightening for me.

Fashion over Fifty: In general, would you say that society starts to see women Over Fifty as invisible?
Celestine: Perhaps, it depends upon the woman and how she thinks and sees herself. Being over 50 is just a number. If you feel good, you look good and think positive. The mind and body operates as a unit. 50 is a state of mind and is the new 30 in my opinion.

Fashion over Fifty: Have you started to feel invisible after Fifty?
Celestine: Pretty much a repeat of #3. It’s all about your mind…it’s only a number. I can’t believe that I am 54…I want to be seen and not invisible :).

Fashion over Fifty: Do you feel you have a purpose in life that you haven’t fulfilled?                                                                                                                                        Celestine: Yes, I do have a purpose in life and I try to get involved with everything that I enjoy. I am a hairstylist, model, makeup artist, teacher, journalist, marketer and photographer. Doing things that you love expresses that purpose in life.

Fashion over Fifty: What do you like to do?
Celestine: I love the art of meditation, swimming, fitness exercises, walking, dancing, listening to dusties, writing beauty articles/blogging and photography.

Fashion over Fifty: What are you most proud of in your life?                               Celestine: I have many, but first and foremost, my marriage of 24 years to my husband Rodney McGee, my two children Bryant and Briana and my traveling experiences and the people that have crossed paths in my life.

Fashion over Fifty: How can you be the change in the world that you would like to see in terms of helping women Over Fifty feel more “visible”?
Celestine: I feel that this is a wonderful platform for me (using the word H.E.L.P) This can be done by Health,Exercise,Love and Patience. I can see myself as an advocate for setting the example that age is nothing but a number and if you can surround yourself with positive and supportive people you can share that spark and encourage others. I also want to acknowledge my 91 year mother…she has motivated me to be positive and be the change that I want to see.

This was a great event and I plan to participant again next year! Do what you love and love what you do!

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About Bloomingdale’s North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL
Like No Other Store in the World! The backbone of Bloomingdale’s will always be our stores. Established in 1872, we introduced and perfected the very concept of a full-line luxury department store to offer the most coveted brands all in one space. Our emphasis on distinctive products available only at or first at Bloomingdale’s together with a passionate focus on creating special customer services allows us to build lasting relationships with our clientele.

Natural Hair Fest Chicago Mid-Winter 2016

 

 Attention to all my readers! I would like to announce an event scheduled  for January 17, 2016. Mark your calendars! 

Premise:

The purpose of the MetroSalonPro Natural Hair Fest & Educational Summit Chicago is: to expose the root culprits of hair loss, hair damage, balding, scalp irritation and various forms of alopecia that plague our communities (primarily adult women, teens and young girls). This usually results from excessive chemical treatments, overuse of heated accoutrements, lack of proper sanitation, bad habits, poor nutrition, miseducation, incorrect hair care, improper techniques and heredity/genetics.

To create an aesthetic atmosphere where leadership, instructors, professionals, freelancers, students, businesses and consumers (members of the general public) can convene, network, interact, dialogue, showcase, give experiences and free pinned up emotions under the auspicies of natural beauty.

The barber culture across the urban landscape of metropolitan Chicago; has the influence of growth, maintenance and adaptation of a change in lifestyle that prompts naturally healthy hair and unique natural hairstyles in a manner that uplifts our youth, motivates the people, encourages unity within families at large and reinforces the self esteem, self image, self love and advancement of our “natural” brothers and sisters on a local, national and global level, and to demonstrate and quantify the advancement of the worldwide dynamic.

The urban Natural Hair Movement, by soliciting community participation and preservation of what has the potential to be one the largest gathering of Naturals, Naturalistas, Culturals, Transitionals and Natural Hair Care Industry Professionals in the Chicagoland area.                  Mark David Carter, Executive Producer for MetroSalonPro

National Educators:

  • Malaika Tamu Cooper
  • Justin Kace

Chicago Natural Hair All -Stars

  • Deirdre Evans-Keller
  • Celestine McGee 
  • Frances Simmons

Secure your tickets in advance:

  • $50 VIP Ticket includes Dinner
  • $25 PROFESSIONAL Ticket
  •  $15 STUDENT Ticket
  •  $10 CONSUMER Ticket
  •  $5 CHILD Ticket

 Click here to secure your tickets today!

http://www.naturalhairfest.eventbrite.com/


Target Audience breakdown
:
NATIONALITY-African American – African – Caribbean – Of African Descent -All are welcome; we do not descriminate.


Gender

  • 83% Women 
  • 17% Men 
  • AGE
  • 21% 18-24
  • 28% 25-34
  • 27% 35-44
  • 17% 45-54
  • 05% 55-64
  • 03% 65+


Links

#metrosalonpro #chicago #naturalhairfest #naturalhairfestchicago #weprint4less #naturalhairchicago #chicagonaturalhair
ABOUT METROSALONPRO             MetroSalonPro, now headquartered in Chicago at 9 West Washington Street on the 4th Floor in the heart of the downtown area, was founded in 2010 by Mark David Carter while residing in the DMV area (Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia). Serving as the professional beauty and barber industry consumer resource guide, this hyper local publication is steadily gaining wider recognition in key markets across the country. MetroSalonPro is a DIVERSITY CONCEPT, which brings the professional beauty community together irrespective of race, religion, cultural or economic background, gender, sexual orientation and/or social status. Our platform is centered around the binding PASSION that we all have for the business of beauty and personal care.

Having set the spotlight on hair care, barbering, nail care, makeup and skincare as art and science, it is a concept which supplies true followers with remarkable photographic event coverage and highlights on topics of interest. Today, MetroSalonPro maintains its course towards a ten year nationwide vision Metropolis 2020, where distinct cities and states unify to construct one dynamic economic umbrella. With solid commitment towards continuing education and pushing creativity beyond limits, MetroSalonPro will nurture greater understanding of the boundless possibilities of professions within the global beauty industry. The MetroSalonPro Beauty & Barber Industry Networking Mixer is vital to the aforementioned short and long term visions.

EXPRESS Debuts ‘Edition’ Capsule Collection Starring “It Girls” Suki Waterhouse and Magdalena Frackowiak

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Attention all my readers, I just wanted to share some news with you about fashion. Check it out!

(December 1, 2015)EXPRESS, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR) today announces the launch of the Brand’s first high-end capsule collection, Express ‘Edition.’ Drawing inspiration from iconic classics filtered through a modern lens, ‘Edition’ is a mix of cool sophistication and street style with an emphasis on luxury fabrics, elevated techniques and a sharpened attention to detail. Suki Waterhouse and Magdalena Frackowiak are the faces of the new collection and will be featured in all digital and print marketing.

“We are excited to debut ‘Edition’ as an evolution of EXPRESS’ philosophy for mixing runway fashion with street style,” said David Kornberg, EXPRESS President and CEO.  “We tapped into our talented design team to develop a high-end, capsule collection that is very style-driven, aspirational and provides another option for her on-the-go, fashionable lifestyle. Edition personifies the EXPRESS girl who is sexy, confident, cool and irresistibly individual.

EXPRESS ‘Edition’ is available in 27 stores, including at Michigan Avenue (676 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois), Woodfield Mall (117 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, Illinois) and online at express.com/edition beginning December 1. The collection is comprised of 56 styles including statement accessories ranging from $50-$500. The unique designs offer an update to the classic tuxedo, guipure lace dresses, silk and chiffon blouses, the perfect biker jacket, an embellished band jacket, resin coated jeans and leather bottoms. The black and neutral color palette features pops of deep crimson, ivory and gold hardware for a downtown sensibility.

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Customers can get in on behind-the-scenes action by following @ExpressRunway on Instagram, @ExpressLife on Twitter, @Express on Snapchat and Facebook.com/EXPRESS.

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 About EXPRESS, Inc:

EXPRESS is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer of women’s and men’s merchandise, targeting the 20 to 30 year old customer. The Company has over 30 years of experience offering a distinct combination of fashion and quality for multiple lifestyle occasions at an attractive value, addressing fashion needs across work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. The Company currently operates more than 600 retail and factory outlet stores, located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. EXPRESS merchandise is also available at franchise locations in the Middle East, Latin America, and South Africa. EXPRESS also markets and sells its products through its e-commerce website, www.express.com, as well as its mobile apps.