Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What They Wore - Coachella Part 1

If you were fortunate enough to attend the first weekend of Coachella's art and music festival this past weekend, I hope you were fashion ready! Here's a look at what others wore that I simply adore!

Chanel Iman

Jourdan Dunn

Harley Viera-Newton

Leila Yavari

Solange'

Photo Credit: Harpers Bazaar

Kate's Back!

After 4 years hiatus, Supermodel Kate Moss is back and making her uber successful collabo with Topshop even haute-er! In tandem, showing us that 40 is most certainly fabulous!


 The Spring 2014 collection includes 43 pieces and will launch at the end of this month. It's all of her signature boho looks and gypsy-esque designs in powerful new motifs. From sequins to fringe to prints and ranging in price from $70-$640, this is definitely a collection for your "must-haves" list.


As quoted from the press release, Kate says, “I love the whole process of designing, from hanging out with the girls in the design team, building the concept, getting excited about seeing the various stages of sampling, making tweaks and improvements and then seeing the final collection coming together.” 



Get ready shoppers! The Kate Moss for Topshop collection will be available on April 30, 2014 at Topshop Hudson’s Bay locations nationwide as well as on thebay.com

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy Commuting With Ford - AutomotiveSTYLE


How bad is your road rage? Or, do you not have road rage but spend a lot of time miserably commuting every day? Well, surprisingly there's a way to make it better. Introducing The Pursuit of a Happy Commute with Ford!


Recently I attended an event sponsored by Ford to the kick-off "The Pursuit of a Happy Commute," a one-of-a-kind campaign that takes a look at how your commute affects well-being, relationships, mood and your overall quality of life. It included a panel discussion featuring and moderated by E! News anchor Catt Sadler, Ford's own Amy Marentic, Flywheel co-founder Ruth Zukerman (not pictured) and NY Times bestselling author/Bad Boy Steve Santagati.  


Did you know that two-thirds of Americans spend at least 30 minutes commuting, which is more than they are exercising (57%).  The majority of drivers say that their commute has little positive impact on maintaining a regular exercise routine or supporting overall health goals like eating well or maintaining a healthy weight. The panelists provided a solution: Stay on health track while on the road with apps such as Food Tripping, an app developed by FORD and SHFT.com that allows users to easily locate sustainable food options on-the-go and in the car. The free app provides people with a variety of sustainable food options from farm-to-table restaurants and juice bars to fresh produce stands and organic grocery stores, allowing drivers to make smart, healthy and sustainable food choices on the road.  

Speaking of food choices...the menu at Park Lounge at Gansevoort was DELISH! Not the best food to eat in the car but perfect for this event!






The majority of Americans say that their commute is typically not enjoyable – using words like stressful, frustrating and boring to describe their daily drives. Are you one of those people too? Here's a "Spring Cleaning" cure: The “Myth of Multitasking” trend from the 2014 Looking Further with Ford Trend report shows that there is an importance to disconnecting during ones commute. To help commuters do this, Ford has developed a “Do Not Disturb” feature to block calls – helping drivers truly disconnect on their way home and decrease stress levels.

I'll definitely take these tips to heart as I seem to be stylishly driving around on one travel adventure or another all the time and the highlight of the evening for me was connect with another Mom who does it all and has it all...the career, husband and kids and seem to be juggling it all with a fashionable level of ease, the one and only Catt Sadler.

Pampering At 21c - SpaSTYLE

There's no other way to describe my experience at 21c Museum Hotel in Lousiville other than to say I LOVED it! I posted about the hotel and restaurant before, but my spa experience deserved its own feature. Yes...it was really just that special to me and the shirts the staff wear correctly confirm exact what I was thinking... "You Knead Me", because I most certainly did!


From beginning to end, this spa experience was like none other. I checked in at the front desk with Andy and we chatted for quite some time. I got lost in conversation with him over all of the awesome details of the hotel and he, like all of the staff I encountered seemed to know everything about the place and very enthusiastically talked about it. I think it's safe to say, they all love their job.

Andy was the epitome of Louisville hospitality saying, "Don't ever stop to chat with anyone in Louisville if you don't want to have a good long conversation cause we just talk and talk." I enjoyed every minute and Kerstin, another hotel associate, made sure I made it to my spa appointment on time.

Now, let me just start by saying that my massage therapist, Ivette was beyond amazing. Gabe, the Director of Operations said he couldn't wait for the staff to knock my socks off and in fact they did!


Ivette used a combination of 5 different techniques for me: Aroma Therapy, Table Tye, Resisted Stretching, Oththopedic/Sport Massage, and Hot Stone. Yes... you heard me right. All 5 techniques! So as we were about to get started my first question was, "What type of massage am I getting?" I actually didn't have a clue so I had to inquire why so many techniques were being used. Ivette is a an expert so I wanted to be sure I didn't miss a single detail. She told me that she "listens to what her clients say and pays attention to what she feels {their bodies say} and customizes the massage accordingly." Well duh...this is the way it should always be! She should totally teach a class.

Since I mentioned I felt like I was coming down with a head cold, Ivette chose Eucalyptus Oil and as a part of the Table Tye technique (which I had never had before) she climbed on the table with me and put deep pressure into my back. Low and behold it cracked and adjusted as if I were at the chiropractor! I instantly felt better and the actual massage had yet to start.


At one point during my service, other hotel guests... young girls from a cheerleading convention were loudly roaming the hallways and Ivette politely went out to ask them to quiet down. As a former cheerleader I understood their excitement but I must say that I beyond appreciated Ivette's efforts to make sure I was comfortable. Her magic hands were simply amazing and to close our session... fresh bottled water and chocolates. It really doesn't get any better than this!


Or does it? The cherry on top... off I ran to the steam room and sauna to enjoy the remainder of my time there. Ahhhh what a wonderful feeling being pampered at 21c. Thanks to all who made my stay one of the best experiences I've had in a very long time.



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Peter Som + Kohl's


“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl's. I attended a live event and received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Last night I met Peter Som...(sponsored) Yes, I know that sounds like the beginning of a wonderful fashion story and in fact, it is! It's all about his new collection coming to Kohl's (sponsored) stores nationwide on April 10th but you know the StyleMayvin gets a sneak peek!




World-renowned designer and self-confessed beach bum, Peter Som brings a breezy, effortless sophistication to the fashion world inspired by St. Barth's.  You are going to absolutely love it as much as I do! Don't believe me? Take a look at this!



Here's a look behind the scenes at the official photo shoot for the collection.



The event I attended last night allowed attendees to not only chat and mingle with Peter Som and Stylist Mary Alice Stephenson...this was one of the main reasons I wanted to attend because so often there's no time for one-on-one with the honored guest so I appreciated that opportunity the most. 


...we were also given the opportunity to style our own looks using pieces from the collection via 3 different style challenges which was my favorite part of the event. Here are two of my looks:

"Mix and Match" which was simply Jadorable!

"Perfectly Pretty" Prints on prints! This look resonated with me the most.

Check out more from the collection and how it was so beautifully merchandised in the Kohl's store in Jersey City, NJ.



Are you dying to grab a few Peter Som pieces for yourself yet? Of course you are! Well, I was able to pick out a few for myself last night thanks to Kohl's, Peter Som and Mom Central (sponsored) via my fabulous gift bag...

...but don't fret! The pre-sale (sponsored) starts tomorrow, April 4th online and you can begin ordering right away! On April 7th, the collection will be available to everyone on-line and then on April 10th it's all fashionistas on deck! The collection will be available in Kohl's stores NATIONWIDE! Get ready to SHOP!!! And once you make a purchase let Peter know just how much you love it by using #PeterSomForKohls on Instagram and Twitter!

Where Fashion Meets Food - FoodieSTYLE

What does Jon Koon's "Fabergé" Egg and Saks Fifth Avenue's Cafe have in common?

Saks' new boss, imported in January from London's Harrods, is giving everyone at Saks a fashion-forward nudge, Cafe SFA included.   Expect top-flight designer-inspired looks on every plate and a few retro dishes recalling Saks's midcentury glory days. Menus that would have been too daring for Saks in recent years are to be tested driven.


Taking a cue from fashion designer, Jon Koon of Private Stock, Chef Alex Reyes, the Barcelona born new arrival at Saks flagship store store, has whipped up a one of a kind sensation that screams spring and luxury and not a minute too soon: stacked a garden pea mille-feulle, bottarga, farm fresh perfectly poached egg topped with black caviar and gold leaf ($28).  Meanwhile, is it not GORG?


There's a cocktail to go with the "Golden Eggs" -- the Faberge Fizz ...I love that name!  It's a Spring 2014 step-and-repeat of refreshing grapefruit juice, green Chartreuse, lime, mint leaves and egg-white libation ($14).  You'll want a second.  And both eggs and cocktail can be had for $38.

Café Saks Fifth Avenue (www.cafesfa.com) serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday

from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Love Fabergé eggs? Well, now you can go on a NYC hunt for some of your own in the name of charity and just in time for Easter! Yes...there's an app to help you and everything! The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt supports Studio in a School, an organization that brings visual arts and professional artists to more than 150 New York public schools each year.  The event will also benefit Elephant Family as they continue their work to save the endangered Asian elephant from extinction.  Following their appearance at the restaurants, the eggs will be moved to another location for the April 22nd auction.  For more information about the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, visit www.thebigegghunt.org. Happy hunting!

All Things 21c - TravelSTYLE

Whenever I have the opportunity to travel, I enjoy exploring my hotel and all it has to offer. 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky is one of those places that even the name sparks a conversation. My first thought was, "What kind of name is that for a hotel?" and needless to say, as a "Museum Hotel" it held many surprises for me...seemingly at every turn. 


In fact, this guy is who greeting me upon entry into the hotel's front door and I am told that this installation is only here for a time. 



Apparently, just like any museum, all of the art work changes on a regular basis. Here's a look at some of my favorite, most interesting pieces.






















I even got in on some of the "art action"! Playing peek a boo at a giant installation of video project software created by Camille Utterback and Romy Achituv. This interactive installation allows participants to use their bodies to play with falling letters that don not actually exist. How cool is that?


And a look inside the elevation...well, this is the ceiling.


And then it was on to brunch. Even the food at the hotel restaurant, Proof On Main was a work of art! Cudos to Chef Levon Wallace for the most amazing shrimp and grits I have EVER experienced!


As I exited the restaurant I noticed yet another interesting piece of art work. The time clock counts down all day, every day...but to what end? Well, the curious thing is Steve Wilson, the hotel's owner recently turned 65 years old and decided to find out "hypothetically" how long he had left to live. So yes...as it was explained to me, this is the time clock counting down to his death.


After such an adventure just within the walls of the hotel, not even venturing outside, I enjoyed a relaxing view...


...some time at the spa (review coming soon) being greeted by a childhood friend in my room for a nice long bubble bath....

...and my 24 hour guard right outside my window,  Mr. Red Penguin (found in various places all throughout the hotel), made my stay more enjoyable than I could have ever imagined!


 In all this was literally the most intriguing hotel I've ever stayed in. I was a very happy, very relaxed girl. And for all of my North Carolina friends...look out for the new 21c opening in Durham in 2015. It's a must visit! Trust me, you will LOVE it!