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Trend Watch: Ethnic Print

19 Sep

As Fashion Week NYC is coming to a close, the ladies of Masque and I have come together to share notes on the apparel from the fashion shows that we love, hate, and are still waiting the jury to come back with a decision on. 😀

Currently, I’m on a “trend watch” for a style that has been slowly creeping into mainstream fashion circuits: colorful, African print.  I personally love the style. It’s fun. It’s trendy. It’s versatile. And I don’t always have to match my accessories and shoes to the “T”. *sigh of relief*

Watching a Beyor a Rih Rih video may have introduced you to BOXING KITTEN. As seen in “Put It In a Love Song” and “Rude Boy”, respectively, the label on the rise is becoming more popular with every new season.  Solange, Alicia Keys, Fergie, DJ Rashida, Kelis, Estelle, and many other divas have donned Boxing Kitten and are doing it well. With a wide array of dresses, “onsies”, tops and bottoms to choose from, the brand has mastered making a traditional look into a modern fashion craze! Without sacrificing style and taste, this logotype is not going to fade away anytime soon.

This past week, the L.A.M.B 2011 Spring/Summer collection was introduced and many of the pieces compliment my “trend watch”. Clean cut, ready-to-wear tops, bottoms, and dresses screamed “buy me now!” as they floated down the runway.  L.A.M.B. totally understands the key to a bold fabric: pairing it with a simple garment or mixing and matching the patterned cloth with subtle patches.

At the NOLCHA fashion show, I met a young designer, Pacy KADIO-MOROKRO, who was showcasing her line, YALERRI. What captivated me was the intricate beads and sparkles that added just enough glam to the line.  Pacy explained to me that most of her pieces are hand woven and the detail that I admired were added by hand. We exchanged information, as we’re going to work with one another for my special order.  The main regret we had is that her official website has not been launched yet, however I will keep our readers posted when it’s up and running.

The only bad thing I can see about ethnic pieces is that they can become dated like parachute pants and big, curly hair. Either way, I’m going to follow this trend and embrace it because I love it!

Have you BKT’d? (Part 1 of 2)

15 Sep

In my journey to natural hair, I’ve come to realize that wearing my hair straight is not always the way to go. The humidity during the hotter months had me looking like I stuck my wet toe in an outlet. After months of research and trial and error, I have found the solution to my frizzy dilemma: Brazilian Keratin Treatment!

A full instructional video from Hair2ToeBeauty.com

I’ve tried various hair products that promised frizz-free shine or silk & sleek tresses with no positive end results for my mop. I’ve also experimented with different techniques, such as “the scarf-tie down”, that left me with puffy hair AND a line imprint across my forehead. I was in desperate need of a solution that would allow me to have tamed straight hair without the harsh chemicals. A process that would wash away within a couple of months without any damaging effects to my natural strands. Something just shy of a miracle.

I found BKT somehow – the technique just fell into my lap one day. After an enormous amount of research, including reviews from women who have had the treatment more than once, I decided to take the plunge but was left at a standstill when I caught wind of the price tag for shiny straight hair. The Brazillian Keratin Treatment can range anywhere between $150 – $350. That was not an option for me. I called local beauty schools to see if they offered the service, and shopped around at the local beauty shops to find a licensed hair stylist who is certified to apply the treatment.

When I finally found a cosmetologist who was within my budget, a single tear of  joy escaped my eye and I hurridly made my first appointment.

For more information on Brazilian Keratin Treatments, visit About.com and be careful when choosing your stylist! Also, do as much research as you can. What works for us may not work for you – BKT’s are not for everyone!

Note: Wet Feat is transitioning and likes to wear her hair straight, but we love to embrace our fros, kinks and coils!

Sale Alert: Pop-up Plus

14 Sep

From 9/16 to 9/26, take advantage of 25 to 40 percent off at the Pop-up Plus sale in Brooklyn. Plus-size womenswear by Michael Kors, DKNY, Ralph Lauren will be yours for the taking, at a discounted price.

Visit the Pop-up Plus sale on Thursday, 9/16, from 12 – 9pm for the Curvy Girl Preview, presented by Pop-up Plus and Body by Brooklyn. Get the Metropolitan Green to increase your chance to receive a VIP spa pass to Body by Brooklyn’s “Wet Lounge”, once you’ve spent $150 or more.

We’ll be dropping by after the One Stop Plus Show tomorrow!

Visit Store: 439 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Marcy Ave., Williamsburg; daily (noon–9).

Dr. Scholl’s Fast Flats: The Doctor Is In!

14 Sep

We’ve been celebrating Fashion Week in NYC and boy do our feet hurt!

Luckily for us, before hitting the tents we checked in with the doctor – Dr. Scholl’s that is. He has a new accessory must-have that we did not catch on the runway. Essentially for the ladies who can not resist wearing their 4+ inch heels throughout a long day. Dr. Scholl’s new Fast Flats is here to give you a break from those 6 hour stilettos.

Fast Flats are flexible and discreet. They are easy to fold into your clutch or will take up close to zero space in the glove compartment of your car for emergencies. You can buy a pair with the accompanying wristlet online for about $10, or at most drug and mass retailers nationwide. Only available in woman’s sizes 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10.

We suggest having more than one pair as a precaution for those days when you just can’t take another step in your favorite pair of pumps.

Kimora Lee won’t be at Fashion Week

26 Aug

I will not b there. And corporate has decided not 2 do one!—>RT@starchild36: @OfficialKimora Can I come to the Baby Phat show for fashion week?

Adieu to the Phat Sphinx!

With NY Fashion Week nearing, it is sad to read (even on Twitter) that one of the most colorful and exciting fashion shows will not take place this year. The fashion world will soon send their heart filled (or overjoyed) good-bye to Kimora Lee Simmons as she continues on in her career and leaves Phat Fashions on September 1st. The mogul is still 110% dedicated and committed to her other projects, which include her reality show and three fashion lines: KLS, Kouture by Kimora, and Fabulosity, her JCPenney juniors’ line.

Fans on Twitter showed their support and love to the fashionista:

Lol! Ur fab!—>RT@itsJazzyFBaby: @OfficialKimora U know Baby Phat will be like nothing without you right?! They might as well just STOP!

We here at Masque also wish KLS the best! 🙂

Fall Fashion: The “Everyday” Boot

22 Aug

Sometimes shopping for the “Everyday” boot can be a game of hit or miss. Comfort, price, style, and/or brand can make the deciding factor very hard to reach. With Fall inching it’s way around the corner it may be time to start adding key pieces to next season’s wardrobe.

The options below are for the woman who wants everyday comfort without sacrificing her sense of style.

Visit your nearest Steve Madden store or visit the website to see other views of the HAVILAND. It comes up over the knee and has an elastic back build for “comfiness”.  At $199.95, your wallet will feel a sense of comfort as well.

If you are looking for a similar boot, at a lesser cost, we found the SPRINGSTON at only $110 at Aldo shoes online store. These knee high boots will make a statement over skinny jeans or with a cute dress this Fall.

The SITCOM at Nine West @ $129 is another great affordable alternative. If simplicity and cost efficiency is your thing, visit Nine West to view their soft suede, flat boot.

The last everyday boot option we have is from our friend, Kenneth Cole. If you want to treat yourself, do it with their GENTLE SOULS. This beautiful, calf/knee high soft leather boot is $350 and worth every dime. See it here or visit a Kenneth Cole near you.

Take your time choosing a boot (or two) – they will be an addition to your closet for the next couple of months. Ladies, whichever the final decision is be sure to make it one that feels like you’re walking on clouds with every step you take.

Sale Alert – Barneys

22 Aug

The annual Barneys Warehouse Sale is upon us! *happy dance* Starting today (until Sept 6th) you can save 50-70% on designer clothes, shoes, and accessories.  This is a highly anticipated blowout extravaganza – active price checking,  quick reach for hot items, and visual sizing may be necessary skills required for this sale!!

Barneys Warehouse Sale
255 W. 17th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves.
Today and Tomorrow, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.;
Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.;
Sat., Sun. & Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Happy Shopping 🙂

NYC Parks and Recreation + Free Tennis Lessons

3 Aug

Though the month of August is upon us, there is still lots to do before this sunny season comes to a close. And more importantly, there is still lots to do for FREE!

NYC Parks and Recreation is offering free tennis lessons in the Bronx from now until August 11th. Get your best gear and game face on for a refresher or beginner lesson.  Every Monday and Wednesday hit with a pro at Williamsbridge Oval in the Norwood section of the Bronx (208th Street and Resevoir Oval). Session hours are from 9am – 12pm and registration can be completed during those program hours.

Visit the NYC Parks and Recreation website here to find other free and low cost activities that will help bring your summer to a memorable close.

Happy August!

Open for business!

22 Jul

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The doors of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are open for business!

Season four of the hit AMC original drama, Mad Men, premieres this Sunday evening at 10pm.   You can “go mad” and be a part of a premiere screening event in NYC’s Time Square! Scheduled with a Mad Men costume contest, trivia, and the exclusive screening.

Before Mad Men premiered three seasons ago in 2007, I don’t think I knew where exactly AMC could be found between ESPN and VH1. But since the mad men of Sterling Cooper have caught the attention of viewers and critics alike they’ve won five Golden Globes, nine Emmy awards, countless other awards and my full attention every Sunday night.

It has been acclaimed for its great rendition of life in 1960s and its visual style. It’s also great to watch and see our favorite commercial items from today make their way into the series, such as Kodak, Clearasil face wash, Hilton hotels, and many others.  Though Mad Men is set in a fictional advertising agency, the characters deal with hardcore dilemmas: Don’s constant adultery which led to Betty’s petition divorce and departure to Reno, Peggy’s child out of wedlock, Pete’s annoying desire for upward mobility, Salvatore’s “closet” homosexuality, “invisible” racism throughout the series, and many other circumstances that are mirrored very well by the great writers of Mad Men. If you haven’t done so yet…tune in on Sunday at 10pm. Also visit AMC  here to find out if you have what it takes to get hired by Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce with an online job interview with the nouveau ad agency.

Scholarship to a fit body

13 Jul

Buttery fresh popcorn and movie nachos.

Back yard cookout burgers and hot dogs.

Cotton candy and funnel cake at theme parks.

And we can not forget soft served ice cream sundaes from the famous Mister Softee truck.

Ahhhh, the delectable joys of summer. Sure we enjoy most of these foods during any other season of the year but not in this abundance.  If you have control on your snack and fatty food intake, KUDOS! However, if this is making you realize that your waistline is slowly expanding, fear not! David Barton is here with a free ride!

With three locations in NYC (Astor Place, W23rd Street, and E85th Street), David Barton Gym is inviting first time visitors to sign up today and not pay for ANYTHING for the rest of the summer. Consider your gym tab being taken care of by DB himself. 🙂 This offer is for local residents of NYC and it ends on July 31st. What do you have to lose, but a couple of inches and pounds?

Sign up for this exclusive special at David Barton and kiss the extra summer 2010 weight good-bye 😉