Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tress-Less - BeautySTYLE

Tress-Less… A Go-To Guide for Spring Hair Removal
By: Joy Randall

Spring is officially here and its time to shed that winter fur! Some beauties are blessed to not have a lot of body hair. Well, I didn’t get that blessing in my box. And luckily for you, I’ve tried them all! Just about every way to remove hair, I’ve tried. So here’s a quick breakdown in hair removal techniques. Hopefully my trial and error can help you make the best decision for you. 

Epilating Creams: You know? Nair? Neet? You slather it on and stand in some awkward position for about 10 minutes (which can seem like an eternity depending on where you put it). Oh, and let’s not forget that lovely fragrance (insert sarcasm)! And hopefully you got enough on and in the right place because God forbid you have to go through the process again! 9 times out of 10 you will end up using a razor anyway to detail. But I definitely think these are good for the sloughing of fur. Meaning, when you wanna just get rid of everything, and you’ve got some time to get ready. Cover your whole body in it and get er’ done! 

Electric Razor: They get it gone, but not baby’s butt smooth. I do like this for the bikini area. Depending on how you like it down there. If you’re ok with just a little or more, this is great for grooming. But you will end up with a little stubble. Added benefit is less skin irritation.

Regular Razor: Closest shave and least expensive. Can definitely give you that “baby’s butt” smooth feeling! But it may come back tomorrow and it’ll probably be a little itchy, May get some razor burn too. Hair texture can be a factor here as well. Coarser hair textures (like mine) can be prone to "in-growns", so you may want to grab an exfoliator as well.  Regular razors can be used just about anywhere (under arm, bikini, face, legs). Just make sure the skin is moist and warm and have a good body wash or shaving cream as well. 

Tweezing: Got some stragglers? Here’s your go to tool. Great for detailing too! In your brows or anywhere else you would never want to admit you found a hair. But be careful of over tweezing. Tweezing can actually stimulate the hair follicle and cause the hair to grow back stronger and harder (Yup, that’s why that one hair ALWAYS shows up!). Being hairy is bad enough… no one wants to deal with “angry and aggressive” hairs too.

Threading: Can definitely give you a smooth finish that lasts a couple weeks. Note that it is not the best feeling in the world though. Threading, takes off hair by rows, so be careful. If you are growing out brows, they can be risky business with threading. In my experience as well, the thread can create a cutting or burning sensation as well. So be vocal if the person doing it is being too aggressive. I think threading is great for facial hair removal.

Waxing: Waxing, when it’s done right can be smooth and long lasting. However, it is high risk hair removal for a few reasons. Sanitation, making sure no one is double dipping and using dirty tools and products can be hard to keep tabs on. People also tend to have more sensitivity with waxing. It’s common to have breakouts after and in some cases, people have even had skin pulled off. Day spas and waxing studios tend to be safer options than nail and hair salons. Only because, they have people who specifically offer the service and take special care of keeping things sanitized.

Laser: Can get pricey. But it’s starting to be more attainable with places offering memberships and packages. Laser is ideal for all areas and works on shrinking hair follicles over time as well as even out skin tone. It can be a little painful. Different facilities offer ice packs and numbing creams. Be careful with your tattoos too! The laser can take away pigment in custom creations. I did have it done “Brazilian” at one point… let’s just say, I didn’t finish my treatments. #Ouch #WasntCommittedToTheProcess

Electrolysis: Slow and Steady wins the race. Definitely be ready to invest! Not easily found and takes time. They basically take a small, needle point laser and go into each follicle to destroy the root in the proper growth phase. Still hurts, but you get used to it. Over time, this can create permanent hair removal. But it can take over a year to complete the process. I’ve been going for about a year now and things have cleared up so well! If you are self conscious and really want a change, this is the move. 

Hope these tips help turn you into smooth criminals this Spring! And we’ll leave the fur to the cute baby animals. Until next time… keep it cute and classy! 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Summer Slides

As Spring continues to elude us here in the Northeast, I still find ways to remind myself that warmer weather is in fact coming...soon. With that thought in mind, it brings me to one of my favorite subjects! SHOES! Although I recently posted on Spring Shoes, I said to myself, why not talk Summer Shoes...or at least start with the "Summer Slide".

I remember in the early 2000's I absolutely LOVED Old Navy flip flops. Seriously, I had them in every single color from pain to bejeweled not only because they were so inexpensive but also because I could match any look while I walked in to work (without heels) from the train. They totally saved my feet...with the exception of the NYC street grime that ended up on the bottom of my feet by the end of the day but that's another story.

My newest obsession which hit me last December just before headed to the Dominican Republic for my birthday is this style..."The Slide"

Of course it's not a new style but the one thing I can say about all of the designers I love is that they really know how to make old seem new. Just a few adjustments, add a trend adornment or two and change the color to something chic and timeless and voila!

Looking for a fabulous slide to sport this summer? Check out these suggestions...

Isabel Marant Embellished Lenny Slides 

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Printed Leather Sandal

 Miu Miu Bejeweled Slides

 Prada Linea Rosa Metallic Slides

Vince Olivia Snake Embossed Leather Slide Sandal

Monday, March 23, 2015

Prom 2015 Giveaway!

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a fashion show featuring looks by PromGirl.com and since it's prom season, the timing was perfect. 

Here are a couple of classic looks from the show I loved.

And... just in time for the opening of the much anticipated film Cinderella Forever Enchanted, princesses of all walks of life will be excited to learn that they can now have a ball gown just like the one worn by Cinderella in the movie. Here's the one that walked in the show...

...here's the dress YOU can own from PromGirl.com

My readers know that my favorite color is blue so yes, I love the Cinderella Dress but this is the one if I were a teenage girl, I would want. It's fantasy, chic-ness and classic all rolled into one.

Now...because I LOVE doing anything I can to make a young girls day brighter. I have in my possession (thanks to promgirl.com), a gift card to PROMGIRL.COM for one special young lady! In addition to the gift card that can be used to help purchase the dress of your dreams, I will also gift the winner with a gift bag filled with all the essentials she will need to create the perfect princess make up look courtesy of WetNWild. So, how can you win? All you need to do is share a pic of your Dream Dress on Instagram or Twitter with a link to this post, tag "@stylemayvin" and include the hashtag #MyStyleMayvinProm (Be sure to spell it correctly so I can find you) and just like that you're entered! The *giveaway starts today March 23, 2015 and will end at midnight on March 30, 2015. That's exactly one week from today! GOOD LUCK TO ALL and Happy Prom Day ladies! 

*Limited to U.S. Residents only

Shanghai Tang Spring 2015

Chinese fashion brand Shanghai Tang founded in 1994 by Hong Kong businessman David Tang, attempts to remind us that sunny days are just around the corner with its spring/summer 2015 campaign photographed in Capri, Italy. And what better place to shoot?

This is a new introduction to the brand for me and I LOVE it...especially the bright colors! Mr Tang stated that Shanghai Tang is a Chinese label that was established to rejuvenate Chinese fashion of the 1920's and 1930's. Take a look at the campaign...I think you'll love it too!

Looks For Coachella 2015

Sabo Skirt, clothing and lifestyle brand, has captured the coolest fashion forward girls. With over one million instagram followers they have created a brand that encompasses the lifestyle of THE fashion it girl. The brand has developed a cult following for their destination pieces, as the largest consumers from across the globe are located in California, home of the music festival, Coachella

Coachella is THE music festival for all fashion enthusiasts, this is your chance to release your summer style. This festival acts as a fashion forward Fashion Week for Summer 2015. What is worn at Coachella will set the stage for this summer's fashion trends, which means Sabo Skirt is on trend for Summer 2015 with the release of their Coachella Collection. Now who's going to Coachella? If you are...here are a few of my favorite looks from Sabo Skirt.

Sabo Skirt is a versatile fashion brand with clothing for every occasion, and this now includes music festivals. Inspired by Aztec designs, fringe and crochet patterns, the Sabo Skirt Coachella collection is a fashion forward collection with music festival vibes. #IMSOLD.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Shoes We Love

That's right! You guessed it! If you were thinking that platform sandals and wedges would be the "it shoe" of the spring season, you are one hundred percent correct! Originated in ancient Greece, platform shoes have been around for a long while. Changing in style from the 70's to the 90's and now making their way back to the forefront again, these three just may be my absolute favs.

Derek Lam Elwyn Leather Wedge Loafer Mules

ELLERY Fall 2015 Presentation

This past Saturday, the Fall 2015 collection of E L L E R Y was presented at Kenso House in Paris. If you are not familiar with this brand, it's high time I introduce you.

The contorted nudes of Egon Schiele’s expressionistic paintings were the starting point for the  
E L L E R Y Fall’15 collection.The artist’s subjects, both voluminous and shrunken, twisted and asymmetrical as well as sharp and soft, act as muse. The result; an artful collection. Restraint is shown in the silhouette this season, allowing the intricate fabrications to be showcased.

Side note: Since I'm all about the 70's look this year, this was definitely a favorite!
Texture is rife with a dynamic mix of suede, brocades, silk wool, appliquéd lace and metallic fringing whilst a steady focus on tailoring steers E L L E R Y into new territory. Classic tux pants, crisp shirting and blazers are in balance with draped elongated dresses, wrap column skirts, shell top dresses and peplum jackets. Coats are in focus with all-engulfing pods, slim classics and the trench coat; both nonchalantly slouchy and stiffly architectural.
Fall’15 is decidedly modern. It merges the past indefinably as a piece of the future whilst still being so very perfect for the now.

Stylist . Bridie Gilbert 
Hair . Romina Manenti 
Make-up . Tiina Roivainen

The Truth About Fashion Week - T-Files

I heard someone say once, "Show me what you're looking at and posting on social media and I'll show you your life." I believe that to be a pretty fair and honest assessment actually...well, at least 75% anyway, wouldn't you say? It's all about what amuses and inspires us. Anyone who knows me personally and certainly my readers can usually come up with a pretty sound idea of what I'm about. In addition to the blog, my Facebook page (both business and personal), Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest are flooded with all things fashion and style from every aspect. Hence... StyleMayvin.

Remember back when I said I'm going to start sharing more of my "experiences"? I've even dubbed myself an "experience chaser" to be exact, so here we go again.  Another installment of "T-Files".

The Truth As I Know It:
As the various fashion weeks/months continue, something that has been weighing heavily on me since NYFW ended is sharing the truth, my truth about fashion week. I titled this blog post as such because many people who look at the fashion industry with an eye of admiration from afar have a very different view than those of us who live this life everyday. By no means will I ever profess to say that it is not glamorous or fun and exciting but what I will say is that it is not for the faint at heart and I think it's high time I take my readers beyond the perception, and behind the scenes if you will.
The days of fashion week in any of the many locations; New York, London, Milan, Paris and the list goes on, are long. And when I say long, I mean LOOOONG! The thing I like to tell myself is that "fashion people" are either mad or they really love what they do. Most often there's a bit of madness mixed in with all that love and affection but it creates the perfect combination. After all, most of the great creatives were pretty much off their rocker judging from society's ideas on accepted behaviors. In essence, #DoWhatYouLove and #LoveWhatYouDo applies more than ever to the people in this industry.

So let's take an in-depth look at what my schedule looks like on any given fashion fueled week. Meanwhile I can only imagine how "interesting" it gets for those who receive even more show invites than I...and the poor PR girls...Yikes!

During what I like to call "Pre-Season", these are the days and sometimes weeks leading up to the start of fashion week where invitations are going out in the mail (yes some do still go out via snail mail) and email. These are always a welcomed pinch of excitement as they start to trickle into my in-box. Then there are the shows that you already know you want to attend, yet somehow the mailman or the evil email demon has suspended delivery. Listen, that's what I like to tell myself so let's just run with that. Ok? Anyway, for those shows, now it's time to put in work. First, hunt down the PR company or contact person in charge of invitations (no easy task there), next, craft a respectable yet intriguing email requesting an invitation to said show. Finally, wait...then wait some more...and maybe just a bit more waiting before you receive a response. Sometimes I score a seat at my newest designer-crush's show...sometimes not. But hey, life goes on and for those I don't get into, if I'm still infatuated by next season, I go for it again.

Now, the smart person in me says, "T, make sure you put every appointment on your calendar in advance and make sure all looks for the week have been selected." and during pre-season, I usually listen. It's what happens during the middle of the first, second and third quarters that changes the game. Ready. Set. Go.
First Quarter:
This is where my schedule for the week still "looks" exciting. It's slightly overwhelming to the naked eye and at this point I realize that fashion week is like giving birth. After 6 months, you forget how painful it was and when it's all said and done, once you look upon your "accomplishment" with pride, all the memories of discomfort fade away. Don't judge me for that analogy! I have three kids so I know, believe me...it's the same thing. (Kinda). So... I breeze through Day Zero (part one and deux) which has now totally become "a thing" as I previously reported, yet the first two day or so go off without a hitch. Or at least I think, until I review my schedule and emails days later realizing I somehow missed a show or two, or three. Let the games begin.

Second Quarter:
At this point is when I realize, yet AGAIN, that I need an assistant. Side note: I come to this realization seasonally, go figure. Running from show to show and getting seated used to be the hectic part. Now reviewing the run of show, taking notes of looks I love, taking photos...one hand with my favorite Samsung camera and the other hand holds the iPhone (with Mophie battery case attached) which I use to Instagram, Tweet and Facebook said look, and on my lap? Well, that's the back up camera phone just in case. Seriously, I'm slightly exhausted once it's all said and done and that's the drill for each and every show. This is a great time to note that asking fashion folks what's so exhausting about fashion week, is a really mute question. I digress... The presentations I've grown to love because the previous Retail Buyer spirit I still have deep within totally kicks in. During a presentation I am able to really get a good look at each piece and with no model movement, the amateur photographer in me comes out in full force too. Second quarter, I'm still in the game and although I haven't eaten a proper meal in a few days I'm somehow hanging in if only from the adrenaline.
Third Quarter:
By now I'm barely sleeping because I'm online updating the blog nightly and connecting with the fabulous PR girls for last minute show invites at the end of each full day of attending shows, blogger lounges, fashion events, stylishly pulled together cocktail receptions and straight up dance parties thrown by elated designers who have finally finished the last stitch and shown their runway collections for the season. A few new connections made over cocktails and it's time to make the commute back to NJ. Just 25 minutes through the Lincoln Tunnel to my doorstep seems like an eternity after such a long day but guess who can't wait to get those 3.5 hours of sleep in before I'm out the door and back at the tents again for the next full day of fashion excitement? Yup...you guessed it. Me!

Fourth Quarter...The Eleventh Hour:
Here's when delirium has officially set in and I'm really being pulled like a magnet to each of the final shows I have accepted invites to. It's like a moth to a flame...I simply cannot stop, even if I wanted to which I don't. I continue to chant #DoWhatYouLove #LoveWhatYouDo and genuinely, even in all of my "tired-ness", I mean it...hashtag and all!

As I put on my shoes for the day, I realize that the shoes I wore yesterday (so cute by the way) were not only hurting my heels because my feet were tired but because they were new, I wore the wrong socks and thus I now have two huge sores (not to be confused with blisters because this was way worse) on the back of my heels. Do you know how hard it is to find shoes that don't hit squarely and relentlessly on that exact spot with each excruciating step you take? What about finding band aids somewhere, anywhere in your house in a rush? Or maybe a good alternative for Neosporin because your children (who pretty much know you don't exist during fashion week) have used every last drop? Yeah...didn't think so. The struggle is real.
Pushing Through:
I know I'm nowhere near the only one who pushes through these days doing exactly what we love, inner squealing with excitement through each experience, who's husband and children are supportive enough to never complain and actually love to see the happiness on our faces as we describe each show ad nauseum (not that they understand a single word) but it's what make us happy. The fashion addicts, the style enthusiasts, the lovers of all things chic...well, the true students of this game are in it for the long haul. We are in it simply for the love, not for the fame. This is work...it is our jobs! There is something that lives deep inside us that has been there for years, in fact, as long as we can remember and each time we may have tried to walk away in a moment of pure exhaustion (ie. "I'm so NOT doing fashion week next season."), it pulls us right back in. It is a love story. One that never ends and can only be genuinely appreciated by those who are desperately addicted too.

Once the tents have come down and life has resumed to its more manageable chaotic level where kids football games, gymnastics classes, daily meal preparations, QT with the Hubby and a somewhat lower dose of fashion pharmaceuticals come into play, I settle back into the off season. Now if I am lucky, it's off to London, Milan, Paris, etc... for my next fashion fix. (#Manifest) If not, I prepare for next season, promising (once again) to actively look for an assistant and photographer while I let it all melt away laying on the table of my favorite spa while getting a full body massage... and remembering 2/16/15, the day I met Anna Wintour.

This is my life and I love it. It is the life I have proudly chosen and make a conscious decision to tirelessly pursue everyday...fashion week and beyond. I am thankful for ALL of the opportunities it affords me through hard work and dedication so although I joke and make light of it in some instances, I have the greatest passion and respect for it as well.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Jojoba From Down Under

Our StyleMayvin Beauty Editor is usually the point person for all beauty related products but from time to time I find something I can safely sample and realistically write about. This is when I get to have a little fun and I'm super excited to tell you about my new fav Antioxidant Hydrating Mist by The Jojoba Company!

I've been drawn to anything with Jojoba in it lately and I'm in love with this product! This is my new go-to hydrating facial mist is now within reach, all the way from sunny Australia...which by the way is high on my list of places to visit. The Jojoba Company's Antioxidant Hydrating Mist is a fast acting skincare essential that replenishes moisture back into the skin, while refreshing, restoring and toning. Following all of the seemingly sub-zero days and this snow that doesn't seem to want to melt, I can say for sure that the elements have been absolutely brutal on my skin. Can you see the excitement on my face as the snow continues to fall?

One of the things I love about this product is the way it makes my face feel. It's designed to tighten the appearance of pores and I swear I can feel it working. The great thing about it it features 100% natural Australian jojoba, Kakadu plum (high in vitamin C), Chamomile (to keep you feeling calm and soothed), Gingko biloba (an antioxidant that I'm convinced will make me smarter), Green tea (we all already love this and we know why) and last but not least, Vitamin E. What a combination right?

It's 97% natural has no harmful detergents, chemicals or parabens, no animal products and no PEG's, mineral oil or sodium sulfates which could all be harmful to your skin. Nothing could be better than a product that features Australian grown jojoba, nurtured and harvested on the company's own farm down under. I'm all about that!

I'm on my way to healthier, more hydrated skin since I've been using it everyday for the past week and guess what? You can be too! Order your own Antioxidant Hydrating Mist today! Trust me...you won't regret it!

Beach Body

Are you ready for summer? Spring even? I am literally jumping up and down, screaming YES! With all of the inclement weather we have experienced on the east coast this winter, I have been dreaming of white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters. I guess living vicariously through the Victoria’s Secret swim Catalogue featuring Behati Prinsloo, Elsa Hosk, Jac Jagaciak, Jasmine Tookes and Angel Candice Swanepoel on the cover, will just have to do. For now...

I swear, if these photos don't inspire you to get your beach body in order, I don't know what will!

Monday, March 2, 2015

International Women's Day

WEST L.A., known for delivering fashion forward, hard to come by and unexpected pieces, introduced its first exclusive collection of statement t-shirts for women. The line of 3 white t-shirts are inspired by International Women’s Day and are designed in true WEST L.A. style with quirky, bold statements celebrating women’s independence and awesome achievements.

Each t-shirt is accompanied with a shout out from the WEST L.A. team of girls in the form of a postcard along with a personalized, inspirational "quote to live by". The collection is available to buy online at www.westlaboutique.com 

International Women’s Day, held on March 8th, is an appreciation and love towards women and recognizes women's economic, political, celebration of respect, and social achievements. So let's get ready to celebrate ourselves ladies!