Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Valentino Rockstud Rocks On

This shoe just keeps getting better and better...IF that's even possible. This color block version of the Valentino Iconic Rockstud shoe is EVERYTHING! Both the bag as well are available at Neiman Marcus. #thatisall

Tea Party In NYC

Recently I had the opportunity to take my daughter to Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel. The event was a Children’s Potions & Planting Tea Party so you know my Princess, aka. the "MiniMayvin" loved that! I simply cannot think of a better way to spend my morning and if you have a stylish little lady or mini man of your own, this is definitely an experience you want to consider.
Located atop The McKittrick located in Chelsea near The High Line, we had a glorious morning and since she was invited to bring a special friend (her American Girl Doll, Ashly) to join us in the garden for tea, a bite to eat, planting and potion-making with the garden’s residents, it turned out to be a fabulously fashionable family affair.
Want to know all about our time there? Of course you do! Children who attended the event were encouraged to bring a recyclable bottle to make their own potions with "special powers". My little one brought hers home and loves all of the beautiful colors inside and it all started with a beautiful little crystal.
A magical story about what each of the ingredients mean...

...and of course, rose water! What else would make the potion perfect?

The garden’s residents also provided lessons in planting as well as offering take-home mini flower press, plant soil, and seeds so the children can teach others how to plant and seed.  

I think that the planting project was my daughter's favorite part of the morning...yes, even in a white dress. She even told one of the garden's residents' that all of New York should look exactly like this!
While all adults and children must have a paid reservation, dolls and teddy bears may enter free of charge and will get their own miniature seat and personalized bib. Is that not the cutest?

Admission includes a traditional English high tea platter, refreshing pink lemonade, and hands-on lessons in potions and planting. For more information and to book one of the most enjoyable, fashionable, morning events ever... visit www.mckittrickhotel.com/childrensteaparty#McKittrick.

More about Gallow Green: Gallow Green is a meticulously-designed green space in the heart of Chelsea featuring an extensive cocktail and punch menu, vivid scenery, and a garden snack menu designed by Chef R.L. King. Daily service, beginning at 5:00 p.m., offers early guests an after-work or evening/weekend snack & drinks setting which, as the evening progresses, takes on a more vibrant cocktail-nightlife atmosphere.  Reservations nightly for parties of 8 or more are recommended, and can be booked online at www.mckittrickhotel.com or by calling 212-564-1662.  

Gallow Green also serves up bottomless brunches that feature a variety of selections including: Scallion Scrambled Eggs with gruyere; Cold Fried Chicken with black pepper honey; Kale Caesar Salad; and more. Brunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lincoln Style At The Emmy's

The Lincoln Motor Company recently announced a multi-year collaboration with Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, who will act as a storyteller in a series of upcoming TV and digital campaigns starting with the first-ever 2015 Lincoln MKC small premium utility. And this...just in time for tonight's Emmy Awards where Matthew is up for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. 
“Authenticity is a word that kept coming up in our initial meetings. It was clear from the start they appreciated me as an individual first and foremost, and I would be able to be myself in this collaboration,” said McConaughey, a longtime admirer of Lincoln. “Lincoln is an iconic, American brand and I like where they are heading with their transformation. I had the chance to drive the new MKC around Texas and I think they’re doing a good job.”

In a nod to McConaughey’s storytelling talents, Lincoln and director Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) created a storyline for him around the MKC. In the spots, McConaughey invites viewers to experience the vehicle through unscripted moments in the commercial.

Be on the look out for McConaughey as he steps out of the new Lincoln MKC on the red carpet during this evening's Emmy Awards. I've been told by a little fashion birdy that he'll be dressed in a blue Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo too. So dapper!

Friday, August 22, 2014

ela Goes Mod

Looking for a cool, mod carry all shopper to take you through the daily routine of NY Fashion Week? Well ela has just the thing!

For Fall 2014 ela is collaborating with Club Monaco on a capsule collection of bags available exclusively at Club Monaco stores and online.  The collection includes silhouettes in black and white to reflect Club Monaco's traditional aesthetic.   Several of the luxe styles also include calf hair - a nod to ela's Fall 2014 collection. Prices ranges from $249 - $690. The bags are available at select Club Monaco stores and online now!
From subtle asymmetry to luxe hardware and leather, every design element is infused with the highest level of craftsmanship, materials and a signature aesthetic. All ela handbags and leather goods are crafted in Spain using premium leather and custom hardware. The collection retails at specialty stores across the United States, in addition to Saks Fifth Avenue, ShopBop.com and now Club Monaco.

Converse + Missoni

As New York Fashion Week seems to be getting closer and closer, I have seriously been considering incorporating more sneakers into my look. I've been doing that quite a bit as of late. Not just because they are so much more comfortable than my super high heels but also because it's very trendy and chic these days. With that in mind, I saw these really cool Converse and trust me...I'm a sucker when it comes to Chuck Taylor's but these have an unmistakeable pattern...Missoni!
Italian label Missoni and iconic shoe brand Converse have teamed up for a new sneaker collaboration with Chuck Taylor All Star styles. Missoni’s well-known prints adorn Converse’s Chuck Taylor’s All Stars for an awesome looking shoe if I must say so myself. Available online at Nordstrom, the prices start at $84.95 and go up to $99.95.

2015 Hyundai Sonata - AutomotiveSTYLE

Have you seen the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata? We have and it's really quite chic. 
Sonata raised the bar for design in the mid-size sedan segment in 2011 and as consumers noticed the groundbreaking design, so did the competition. Sonata’s design matures for the 2015 model year with energetic and crisp lines complimented by smooth and subtle surfaces. A larger, more refined grille with a wide air intake defines the face of the 2015 Sonata. Simple, harmonious lines adorn the exterior while hinting at the improved dynamic performance and human-machine connection Sonata provides. 

Since I've driven the Genesis before I realized at first glance that the Sonata was inspired by it's look making it a bit less distinctive on the road but classy just the same. It's like a favorite pair of shoes that everyone comments seem to fit your feet and personality perfectly. Namely these red suede ankle strap booties from the Giuseppe Zanotti 40th anniversary collection. LOVE! 
This 7th generation of the Sonata is the perfect family car and the interior design has been upgraded just as much as the exterior. The center stack features a new 8" screen which houses the navigation system and this screen can feature a split view, showing the map and audio info simultaneously. There's nothing better than a two-fer and a feature that can multitask is essential in today's world. We think this car is a great option for someone in the market for mid-sized sedan but don't just take my word for it...go out and test drive one for yourself.

More features we love:
  • 25/37 MPG (City/Highway)
  • 2.4 Liter Engine (Base)
  • 6 Speed shiftable automatic transmission
  • Split folding rear seat back
  • 4 Wheel ABS
  • Height adjustable driver and passenger seats
  • Base price of $21,960

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

B-Boy Style

There's always something fun to do in NYC and the StyleMayvin team loves to check out all things stylish. Not only focusing on fashion events, we love art, culture, music and everything in between. Last Saturday, the nation’s top breakdancers showed off their best moves at the first annual McDonald’s B-Boy Royale, a charity event/competition to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area, which provides stability and resources to local families and children. There's nothing like attending a charitable event and there's certainly nothing like one as exciting as this!

The city’s largest breakdance event of the year, also showed stylish b-boy looks much like the favorites from the 80's like Pumas, Adidas sneakers and sweats. The competition featured award-winning b-boys of various backgrounds battling it out for a grand prize of $3,000 and the honor of being named the first-ever McDonald’s B-Boy Royale Champion.
The evening’s winner was The Clique of Supreme Beingz, a Philadelphia and New York based trio, and the runner up was United Outkast from Connecticut. The event featured musical performances by award-winning hip hop artists and a special presentation by the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. Hosted by YouTube hip hop sensation Dumbfoundead, the competition was held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

End of Summer Beauty

As the end of summer approaches, I've found a few products that I simply adored using all season and look forward to seeing how well they continue to perform in Fall. First up, is the Korres Wild Rose Face and Eye Serum.  Now this is one of those products I thought I was way too young to use. I mean really, who's thinking about crows feet at 25 (+14)? Definitely not I. But...what I realized about this one is because serums are light in fluids, they contain a higher concentration of active ingredients. What does that mean for your skin? Well, it means that using it will go a long way in treating your skin. In fact, the Wild Rose Face and Eye Serum is an ultra-concentrated vitamin C serum that is clinically proven to brighten skin, smooth the look of fine lines, and improve skin texture.  Plus it smells really awesome too!

Here's another must have especially if you're looking to hold on to the summer just a little longer and what better way to do that than to enjoy a fresh vanilla lemon fragrance. Sounds refreshing right? It truly is! You know how much I love Lavanila Laboratories products from my post on their line of healthy deodorants but what about a healthy fragrance? Fresh Vanilla Lemon is a new bright and clean, limited edition scent from Lavanila.  Juicy lemon blends with lush watery fruits, bamboo and pure Madagascar vanilla for a clean and sexy softness. Bursting with freshness this energizing scent is utterly addictive and perfect for summer and beyond!
Finally, Crabtree & Evelyn has the perfect La Source hand and foot products to treat yourself to a luxurious spa manicure and pedicure in your home. That's definitely something you want to continue into fall, even as you pack away your sandals. From Ultra-moisturising Hand Therapy and Foot Remedy to soften and smooth, to Nail and Cuticle Therapy to protect nails and soften cuticles, Crabtree & Evelyn has the essentials to keep hands and feet perfectly pampered. Then why do you do as I do and top off your manicure and pedicure with C&E Nail Lacquer; a splash of colour gives beautiful, healthy-looking hands and feet a fabulous finishing touch.
Crabtree & Evelyn La Source products draw inspiration from the restorative powers of the sea. They have utilized these invigorating powers and infused them into the La Source hand and foot products. They are formulated with a blend of ingredients such as algae, mineral salts and seaweed to restore, condition and rejuvenate. As your hands and feet are pampered, the sea air fragrance of La Source will transport your mind to a tranquil summer vacation destination. Now that...sounds like the perfect way to end the summer!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Premium Denim Styling

Denim on denim is one of the hottest looks for Fall and judging by the looks from the DL 1961 Premium Denim Fall ads, it will be one of the coolest looks as well...if you style it just right.

Rihanna + W Magazine

In the immortal words of George Washington, "I cannot tell a lie." I am a fan of Rihanna! And this most recent W Magazine cover and editorial spreads have me literally ready to jump out of my seat! Take a look at this extremely primal feeling shoot and of course, she kills!

Photo Credit: W Magazine

Friday, August 8, 2014

Happy 6th Anniversary - StyleMayvin

Yes! Today is the 6th Anniversary of StyleMayvin and I couldn't be more excited!

Created on 8/8/08, because it's my favorite number and 8 = Infinity so the timing for me to start the blog was perfect! This hobby turned ultimate style love affair has brought me so much joy, tons of fun and more unforgettable experiences than I could have ever imagined over the past 6 years and I want to thank everyone from the brands I work and partner with to all of my loyal (and newest) readers who support and enjoy the site everyday. Blogging isn't always easy but it's always worth it when you love what you do. Peace and blessings to you all! T.Strong aka "StyleMayvin." 

Cheers to many more years of celebrations to come!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Josie By Natori

Recently, a chic crowd joined designer Josie Natori for a pajama party to celebrate the Josie by Natori boutique opening in Nolita and of course StyleMayvin was among the invited guests. You were too if you saw my pre-event post! We love a fun NYC event, right? Well so did the other stylish guests!

Throughout the night, guests enjoyed origami lessons...so original and the Bosco Booth. 
Plus, what's an event with sparkling Sofia wine cans, Onli sparkling flavored water and fortune cookies with style quotes from the designer? This was the perfect combination for a stylish new boutique opening. 
Josie by Natori is a global, progressive and expressive collection that consists of mix and match lingerie, sleepwear, otherwear, accessories, home and fragrance in bold patterns, vibrant colors and exciting prints. The boutique is located in NYC at 253 Elizabeth St (between Houston and Prince) and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday from 12 PM to 6 PM. The theme of the boutique will rotate to Josie Natori ready-to-wear prior to Labor Day Weekend so be sure to get there soon! Tell 'em T.Strong StyleMayvin sent ya!

Photo Credit: Liz Clayman

Pump It Up II

While everyone's talking Fall and Back To School (including me!), I am still struck when I see certain Spring/Summer pieces that I love! Hey, it's only August...I think we have a few more weeks to enjoy summer wears. So wouldn't you know...I came upon these three babies from the Louboutin collection.

Christian Louboutin Pensamoi Satin Rose Red Sole Sandal

Christian Louboutin Spike Me PVC Cap-Toe Red Sole Pump

Christian Louboutin Mrs Boulglione Cutout Red Sole Bootie