Sunday, January 18, 2015

2015 Subaru Legacy - AutomotiveSTYLE

Very often, I have the opportunity to test drive cars. And I should have put a HUGE exclamation point behind that statement because that is exactly how I feel each and every time a new car shows up in my driveway...and full of gas just ready for me to go exploring! As part of one of my absolute favorite categories to write about, AutomotiveSTYLE continues to be as exhilarating as it is stylish. So today, I introduce to you, the 2015 Subaru Legacy.

Let me first be honest in saying that I've never driven or been inside of a Subaru until now. My husband is obsessed with the Subaru WRX, mainly because it's super race car and I have yet to drive that one yet, but I'm sure it's coming. For the Legacy, I was not only surprised but actually quite intrigued by the styling of this car. First and foremost, they had me at Hello, when they decided to send me the car in Blue. Did they know this is my favorite color? I seriously doubt it but first impressions are everything so cudos on that Subaru!

From the sleek exterior design, attractive wheels for surefooted driving and all wheel drive (standard on every Subaru), this car is somewhat of a northern's winter dream. And southerners too considering how they drive in challenging weather. Hey, I'm just saying...and I'm a southerner by root so I know what I'm talking about...first hand.

I had three videos I wanted to share with you but technology fails sometimes happen and well, just take a look at this one I snagged from Subaru. It will give you a great look at the car but regretfully without my always entertaining commentary. Try to enjoy it anyway.

One of my favorite features as part of this car's innovative technology is a little warning that's perfect for me as a multi-tasking mom. While sitting in the drive-thru of Wendy's getting a frosty with my daughter in freezing cold weather, we chatted about her day at school. Each time she said "and Mommy..." and attempted to show me yet another one of her stellar grades, while at a complete stop I felt comfortable enough to turn around and look. This little audible and visible warning, kept me from having other angry patrons in line behind me.

Clever right? I know. I thought so too. Meanwhile, there are so many other features to love about the legacy too!

  • Voice Activated GPS Navigation
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision Breaking
  • Lane Sway and Departure Warning
  • 36 MGP
This is probably one of the safest cars I've ever driven making the Subaru Legacy reliable, stylish (because being safe is always in style) and absolutely fun to drive.

Valentino Spring 2015 - Ads Galore

My obsession with ad campaigns continues...

All through my middle school, high school and college years, I've loved photography. I've been a self proclaimed amateur photographer since the days of my very first Polaroid that I received in 7th grade. Needless to say, I have more documented photo memories than all of my friends combined. Then, not only do I love to take nature, I love to be in them as well. "Pose for the camera now, click, click". love of fashion ad campaigns. My newest love...Valentino. It's ethereal. Simply perfection. And its all the magic of new talent Michal Pudelka of Slovakia, in his first International campaign.

LA...New Fashion Show Hot Spot?

Although I wasn't one of those who was surprised by the New York MBFW move from Lincoln Center, I must say that I was rather surprised by Dior's recent decision to show their Cruise 2015 collection in LA. Not that LA isn't relevant but would you say the city is more relevant than Tokyo or even Brooklyn...yes I said it...since these have been previous locations for Dior's shows.

 What I can say is that the House of Dior seems to be on a mission to surprise. The ever expected Paris venue seems to be replaced with many lesser known, exclusive runway locations. But let's be honest...does it really matter where they show? We'll be right there for every minute of it!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Jourdan Dunn + Vogue UK

Jourdan Dunn has become the first black model to grace a solo Vogue UK cover in twelve years. Yes, it's disheartening that's its taken so long to have another beautiful black model on the cover yet I am beyond excited for her. She certainly deserves it!

According to the Telegraph, Naomi Campbell was the last black model to get a solo feature in 2002 while Jourdan previously appeared on the cover in November 2008 along with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Eden Clark. The British beauty shared a preview of the image on her Instagram page earlier with the following caption: “I’m so Happy to finally say I’M ON THE COVER OF BRITISH VOGUE!!”. 

Jourdan was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier while wearing a Prada dress from the label’s spring-summer 2015 collection.

Get Winterized

Winter is officially here and although I'm not looking forward to a winter like we had last year on the east coast, I'm pretty sure we won't get away without some snow and rain. With that said, shouldn't you be style ready for the weather? Heck ya, you should! So here's a great list of "must haves" for you to add to you "gotta have" list.

You can never go wrong with Hunter boots. I love this shorter version... well as the classic look. Oh and don't forget the boot socks! Your tootsie will be super warm all winter long.

I've had and worn the Burberry plaid rain boot for years but this style is so super cute that it can be worn with almost any look. The Burberry Glossed-Rubber Rain Boot is a classic for sure.

Taking it back to the old school with these Bean Boots by LL Bean. Who didn't have a pair of these in their younger days? Well, now's the time to get a new pair. Since the holidays are over and the mad dash to grab a pair is over, you'll probably get lucky with no back order date.

And last but not least, need a hand made boot using a meticulous 150 step process? Oh yeah? Ok, well this Le Chameau is it. I'm loving the color as well as the stylish sole.

Now...go get winterized!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ads Galore - Spring 2015

As the looks for each up-coming season are presented, I get more and more excited. It's just something about the creativity of fashion and photography that really gets my style juices flowing!

Here's a look at a few of my current favorites.

Givenchy Spring 2015

MaxMara Spring 2015

Agent Provocateur Spring 2015 

Balmain Spring 2015

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Aren't We All Celebrities? - BeautySTYLE

Tracee Ellis Ross and I Have a Lot in Common...
Well that’s kind of stretching it, but here’s the story. So a couple weeks ago, my bestie, affectionately known as “Zeekdasuperstar” tagged me in Tracie Ellis Ross’s post on Instagram about these fab eye pads. Her post stated “Everyone seems curious as to what brand these eye pads are…they work very well and are a favorite of myself and @anthonyanderson.” 
Well this just made our day! Especially since Zeek and I basically consider ourselves on the same level as celebrities anyway (no shade. Just saying, we’re in the same room with them all the time). In fact we had taken a similar picture in October, on our way to Atlanta to see the Outkast concert (which was absolutely amazing! Insert screaming school girl visual). Hmmm, just a funny coincidence? Or nah? 
Anyhoo, we received this awesome product in our gift bags, when we attended New York Fashion Week with the StyleMayvin, herself last Fall. They were a collaboration with designer, Erin Featherston and Skyn Iceland, used on models backstage. Skyn Iceland stated, This season, we teamed up with acclaimed fashion designer, Erin Fetherston to create the ultimate fashion week surv-eye-val kit: a super-sized bag of our award-winning Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. All dressed-up in Fetherston's signature feminine, whimsical style, it's packed with 10 pairs--to firm, tone and de-puff delicate under-eye skin in 10 minutes flat. Perfect for pre and post-show pampering from backstage to the best seats in the house.”

Well let me just tell you these things work!! All the claims they make are absolutely true! They literally make you look like you had a few extra hours of sleep. They take away puffiness, reduce dark circles and kinda take at least one year off your face! I’ve seen a lot of products for under eye issues, but this one really does step up to the plate. I must say I’m honored to have snagged a complimentary bag! I’m starting to see celebrities everywhere posting their “getting ready” pics with them. They’ve definitely made a customer out of my clients and myself! Who doesn’t love a product that will do just what it says it does? Unfortunately, that’s so rare these days. Kudos to Skyn Iceland! 

Check out their website for the gels and other products gaining cult following. You can thank me later.