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3D Printing Style: How I Printed 3D Clothes At Home

July 30th, 2015 by Tech Staff

danit Peleg


Technology is transforming the way we look at style and fashion! Can you imagine creating an entire fashion collection with wearable 3D printed designs? Nine months of research and 2,000 hours to print: That’s how long it took student Danit Peleg to complete her final design project.


danit Peleg



Peleg, a 27-year-old recent graduate from the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel, decided to create her entire collection using a 3D printer. She knew barely anything about the technology but wanted to see if it was possible to create entire garments. She made all five of the outfits, inspired by artist Delacroix’s Liberty Leading People, using Filaflex filament and Witbox home printers. She got help from the 3D printing lab TechFactory Plus and the XLN community.




Check out a video of her 3D printing process below:


“I spent a month or so experimenting with PLA, a hard and breakable material,” Peleg explains on her website. “ I was not getting very far because the material is inflexible, which is the key property of a ‘real’ textile. The breakthrough came when I was introduced to FilaFlex, which is a new kind of filament; it’s strong, yet very flexible.”


3d Printing style


She was finally going to be able to create her favorite piece of the collection, the “Liberte” jacket. She first sketched the jacket and created the pattern using software called Optitex. She then created a digital model using the software Blender and produced 3D files before printing.


danit Peleg


“I believe that technology will help democratize fashion and give designers more independence in the creation process,” – Danit Peleg

For more information on Danit Peleg and her 3D Printing style, visit her website at


Fashion, Foodie And Flawless NOLA Moments With Ford #FordUP

July 15th, 2015 by Christen

Christen Rochon style


During my recent 10-day stay in New Orleans for the 21st Annual Essence Festival – I got the chance to explore the city, culture, celebrities, home-grown entertainment and so much more! From new restaurants to hidden gem boutiques, New Orleans offered so much more than I’ve ever expected it to, even after visiting NOLA for the last five years, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the street style, gourmet delicacies and amazing architecture found around every corner.


Fashion Moment

Christen Rochon style


If I had to narrow my summer style obsession down to one piece, it would definitely have to be the jumpsuit.  It’s  super-easy to wear, stylish and can practically be worn everywhere.  Since I’m a tall girl, it’s sometimes challenging to find stylish jumpsuits that look good, feel good and fit good too!  After searching all over, you can’t imagine where I’ve found my favorite jumpsuits, including this blue cutout number below…


Christen Rochon style


After searching online and in stores, I finally found this beautifully fitting jumper from H&M. Offering just the right amount of style and sass, this jumpsuit is lined with small waist length cutouts and a sleek back zipper that can be office appropriate with a cardigan or street-chic appropriate worn as shown.


Christen Rochon style

Blue Jumpsuit | | $59.99

Foodie Moment

Ford hosted a wonderful media dinner during ESSENCE Fest at Little Gem Saloon. The Little Gem Saloon is a historic restaurant and live music venue that dates back to 1904. The Little Gem Saloon offers a new century twist on a historic space that first introduced New Orleans’ jazz to the world. Located in the historic 400 block of South Rampart Street, the Little Gem Saloon is just steps the French Quarter and all the authentic and historic sights that New Orleans has to offer.


Christen Rochon style


Perfect for foodies of all ages, The Little Gem Saloon offers a dining experience unlike any other in New Orleans. The Little Gem Saloon offers lunch, dinner and a true-to-its-roots Sunday jazz brunch, upstairs and downstairs bars with outside balcony seating, and live entertainment five days a week. During the Ford media dinner, guests indulged in southern soul food while mingling and enjoying the cool sounds of songstress Audra Day.


Ford Essence Festival Diner

Ford Essence Festival Diner

Smoked St. Louis cut ribs with a creole twist was #DivasAndForksAPPROVED


Ford Essence Festival Diner

No NOLA meal is complete without Louisiana Gulf shrimp & southern style biscuits


New Orleans Moments

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The media dinner, hosted by Ford’s Manager of Multicultural Marketing, Shawn Thompson introduced guests to singing sensation Audra Day – pairing awesome music food and entertainment all in one exciting night.


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Photo credit: Chris Mitchell/Ty Alexander


I truly enjoyed celebrating Ford’s commitment to educating and empowering NOLA communities via breast cancer awareness and more at ESSENCE Festival.  Check out how Ford continues to celebrate Essence Festival fans this year as the official automotive sponsor of the 21st Annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans here.


Ford Celebrates Essence Fest Fans With A Fresh New Ride, Music And Fun!



.@HallmarkSignature Cards Are Stylish Keepsakes You’ll Want To Cherish Forever #SignatureStyle #Ad

July 1st, 2015 by Christen

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hallmark through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Hallmark Signature, all opinions are my own.

When you think about picking up a card to celebrate a special moment, typically you think about finding one at the last minute at your local convenience or discount store.  There are few occasions where I’ve actually “shopped around” to find the perfect greeting card, and when I did shop for a card, it was typically for Mother’s Day or special friend birthdays.  Recently, I’ve learned about Hallmark Signature cards that are specially designed to represent works of art, and are also sentimental.  Upon visiting my local Hallmark, I got the chance to find the perfect card to share with my best friend of over 20 years at her summer solstice-inspired birthday brunch.


Hallmark Signature Collection

Finding the perfect card to represent over 20 years of friendship is one thing, but finding a stylish one at that, wasn’t as much of a challenge as I originally thought.  Thanks to the Hallmark Signature aisle, I was able to browse through so many beautifully crafted, luxurious cards that not only looked the part but also shared genuine sentiments from my heart.


Not only did I find the Hallmark Signature card that is the epitome of our friendship, but the fresh summer colors and lucite frame also ensured that this is a stylish keepsake that she’ll cherish forever.  If you ever found yourself in a conversation with someone you love dearly, and always seem to end conversations with “I Love You,” and the response of “I Love You More!“, then you can definitely see why this Hallmark Signature card makes the perfect sentiment – it truly represents us!


Hallmark Signature Collection


What I love about Hallmark Signature cards is the fact that they’re so beautifully made.  Everyone knows someone who truly appreciates a card, just as much as a gift.  In addition to finding a card for my BFF, I was able to score an equally awesome Hallmark Signature card for my dad on Father’s Day.  Honestly, after one visit down the Hallmark Signature card aisle, I’ve already found cards for upcoming baby showers, weddings and more!


Finding a card that conveys your thoughts and completely represents your personality is always a plus.  But, finding the perfect card with a mix of vibrant hues of pink, tangerine and lime that can inspire a fashion moment? That’s definitely a win! Check out how my Hallmark Signature card inspired my stylish, summer solstice look below.




How often have you been inspired to create an entire look based on a scent, color or moment of feeling?  The vibrant colors in the card definitely inspired me to wear “more” color for my summer solstice brunch look.  I wanted to curate a collection of colors and textures that would express the love that I have for my friend at first glance.

Wearing a Michael Kors jersey dress with a laced gold chain and gold button accent, this easy to wear dress was my first choice for a day of celebration!  Paired with a festive sequins bag and nude Jessica Simpson shoes – I’m ready to enjoy a beautiful Sunday brunch and celebrate my bestie in style!





Hallmark Signature has a variety of art-inspired cards for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and more to choose from.  I already have plans to pick up a few more for upcoming weddings and baby shower celebrations later this summer.  When you share a Hallmark Signature card, you’re not sharing just another card, you’re presenting a keepsake gift that they’ll cherish forever.  Take a look at more from Hallmark Signature found at Hallmark and many of your favorite retail/convenience stores and discover stylish sentiments to inspire you and celebratory moments all summer long below!



Looking for more stylish Hallmark Signature ideas? Make sure you check out Hallmark Signature online at and connect with @HallmarkSignature by following them on Instagram today!

Discover The Easiest Way To Choose the Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

June 16th, 2015 by Fashion Staff

The Best Sunglasses For Your Face


It’s Summer!  There’s no better time to invest in a great pair of shades than now.  But which style is right for you?  Different sunglasses look better on different faces. Sure, you could try them all out until you find one that works, but if you need a little help, here’s an infographic that’ll help narrow it down for you.

It’s simple: first, you determine your face shape by tracing it in a mirror and comparing it to the shapes on the infographic. Then refer to the second half, which lists your face shape and the sunglass styles that match. (It even explains why those sunglasses are a good fit for you, which is good to remember if you’re ever out without the guide on hand.) Finding the best sunglasses for your face doesn’t have to be rocket science, once you found which style/shape flatters your face best, then you no longer have to be in the dark when it comes to sunnies that suit you best!

Check out the infographic and discover the best sunglasses for your face shape below!

The Best Sunglasses For Your Face chart


Now that you’ve found a guide that’ll help put your best shadiest face forward, which pair of shades are you looking forward to buying first?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


The Kate Spade Chargeable Bag Collection Techies Dream About Is Almost Here!

June 4th, 2015 by Christen

Most divas on the go never leave home without a portable charger (or two) in their handbag. Soon you can ditch the portable chargers because Kate Spade has teamed up with Everpurse for a designer/chargeable bag collection that you’ll love! While we’ve been digging the techy purses and bags we’ve started to see pop up over the last couple years, the recently announced coming together of Kate Spade and Everpurse (known as the Berkin of handbags that charge your devices) for a line of Kate bags that will keep your phone fully juiced is the best news our wardrobe has heard in a long time.

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The Everpurse x Kate Spade New York collection, which will range from clutches and totes to backpacks, will be coming to a purse rack near you this fall.


Thanks to a partnership with Everpurse, Kate Spade & Co. will start making purses that not only house your iPhone stylishly — they’ll charge it, too. Never worry about running out of battery power again — you can just charge your bag before heading out on a sleek countertop charger. From there, your bag holds the charge — and your poor dying phone will get some respite when you plug it into the internal port within the bag.


kate spade everpurse



The handbag line, which will go on sale in September and ranges in price from $198 and $698, is designed to alleviate the issues plagued by “customers who live a life on-the-go,” according to Kate Spade Executive Vice President and CMO Mary Beech.

Hopefully this leap into fashionable tech-savvy accessories will clue more designers out there that a technology collaboration might be the answer to dominating the future of fashion for divas and dorks everywhere!  We’ll see!

Silver, Liquid Metals And Bling (These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things) #OOTD

May 21st, 2015 by Christen


Over the years, I’ve realized that my style can’t be narrowed down to one or two categories. In fact, it’s usually an eccentric mix of feminine meets biker-chic or preppy meets athletic, moments. I’m always looking for small elements or details that’ll make my look standout (without looking like I’m thirsty for attention).


As a matter of fact, to know me means that you understand my love for individuality without seeking spotlight. (Maybe that’s a weird introvert characteristic, but I digress..) One of my favorite looks that experiment with multiple elements of style is this sneaker glam ensemble – where bling is king!



By pairing a sweatshirt/sneakers with a glam gown/chandelier earrings, I managed to create a look suitable for… well, I cover what this look was intended for below.


Earrings: Pearl/Silver drop chandelier (Charming Charlie)

Top: “Jeweled” cropped sweatshirt (H&M)

Dress: Vintage

Shoes: Liquid Metal Sky Hi Dunks (Nike)

I’d love to say that this was a well-planned “outfit of the day” ensemble – but I’ll admit that it was really a “I’m late for church & wanna be comfy” look instead. (LOL!)




What do you think of my mix of sneakers and glam? I’d love to hear your thoughts below. 


Style Files: Say Hello And Color Me Happy In Heels #OOTD

May 15th, 2015 by Christen

Target style


Hello Friday!  There’s no happier time of week that the day that we welcome the weekend! As the days get longer, my dresses get shorter (Hey, I’m pre-gaming for summer!) With my favorite mid-Spring (not-quite-summer) frock and sneakers, I’m ready to take on the weekend in style!

Check out a few of my favorite shots from this week’s shoot with the Fiat 500 L below!


Target style

Covered in Happiness from head-to-toe.

I love easy style! Chances are you’ll find me in everyday wear that easy to throw on and go!  Since I’m a tall curvy girl, it’s important that my style feels chic and confident no matter what.  So pairing a short and sleek shirt dress with wedge sneakers was just the style and comfort I needed!

Can you believe that on my way to another shoot location, I just happened to come across this colorfully graphic wall and said, This is it! The similarities between my shirt dress and this mural were uncanny – so of course an impromptu photo shoot was meant to be!

Target Style

Shirt dress: Prabal Gurung x Target (Sold Out)

Nike sky hi premium

Shoes: Nike x Undercover Dunks (Sold Out)

Prabal Gurung Target stripped dress

Steppin to the beat of my own drum…

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban


For more on the 2015 Fiat 500 L visit soon!

Prabal Gurung Target stripped dress

Hello Weekend, is that you?  I’ve been waiting on you (at the door) all week long!

Cheers to the weekend & I’ll see you all next week!

Style Files: Spring Fling To The Max With The 2015 @Toyota Highlander

May 12th, 2015 by Christen

There’s nothing I love more than a nice drive paired with beautiful weather, and when you add a flowing maxi dress to the mix – you’ve got the perfect combination for an amazing Spring day.  Recently, I purchased this beautiful chiffon frock and I must admit, I’m in love!

For me, Spring is all about flow and coverage – many Spring days can get rather warm, while the evening temps require a light sweater or jacket.  Because of this, wearing a long-sleeve chiffon-style dress is totally worth it as it covers and protects without being too hot and heavy.

Check out a breakdown of my Spring look below:


Toyota Style



H&M – CONSCIOUS. Long, V-neck chiffon dress with a printed pattern. Buttons at front and at cuffs. Tie belt at waist. Lined. Made partly from recycled polyester. ($49.95)



Earrings & Necklace – Charming Charlie

Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviators ($170)


[Must Read: Bring On Spring In The 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited]


Toyota Style


Steve Madden sandals


 Toyota Style

Want to learn more?  Discover more Toyota Highlander colors, trims and options by visiting and get social by connecting with Toyota on TwitterFacebook and Instagram today!

Discover The Secret Behind The Fashionable Success Of CBS’ The Good Wife

May 4th, 2015 by Christen


Just in time for the season finale of the critically acclaimed hit drama “The Good Wife”, I caught up with style guru, Dryel advocate and “The Good Wife” costume designer – Dan Lawson to discuss his life of fashion, designing the stylish TV moments and more.  Check out my interview with Dan below…


At what age & what moment did you discover your love of fashion & style?

Well, I studied costume designer in college.  Then, of course, one gets out of school and starts questioning everything.  But I absolutely knew costume design was my calling when I saw the Merchant/Ivory film, “A Room With a View”.  I was truly moved by the story that the clothing told in that movie.  I was such a nerd, I even wrote the costume designer to say how much I loved her work.  Of course, she didn’t write back, but I knew that was what I wanted to do nonetheless.

“Fashion” really came into play later when I started working in television on such shows as “One Life To Live”, “Lipstick Jungle”, “Kings”, and of course, “The Good Wife”.  TGW in particular was the perfect marriage of costume design and fashion for me.


How do you use technology to achieve day-to-day accomplishments in the fashion field?

Computer is key!  Research, correspondence, budget keeping, script work – everything goes through the computer.  TGW tries to be as green as we can.  So we do a lot through the computer.  Even pattern making can now happen on the computer.

There are other technologies that we use as well.  Instead of dry-cleaning all the time, we use Dryel.  Some of our vendors use amazing machines to create our own fabrics.   Superior irons like Rowenta that work incredibly well on clothes.


What are your favorite social media/fashion apps that you’re currently using?

I like Twitter.  I like to keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening out there at any given moment.  Instagram is wonderful for research.




What’s a typical day in the life for Dan like?

VERY LONG!!  I usually start by getting up at 5 and getting to set by 6:30 for a 7 AM call.  I work with the actors on their costumes for the day and make sure everyone looks the way I want them to before they go to set.  My team also checks/dresses the background actors.  Once the first scene is up and running, I usually have to go to my office in the wardrobe space at the studio for fittings with new actors.

While we are shooting the current episode, I also have to prep the next episode.  So in between checking actors before they go to set and fittings, I read the new script, break it down, research, shop, and work on roughing in the new episode’s wardrobe.  There are usually at least 3 meetings that I have to attend during the 6 or 7 day prep for a new episode – the initial meeting on the episode (called a concept meeting), my costume meeting with the director/producer, and finally the production meeting where we go over all the nuts and bolts before we start shooting.

The day starts to wind down around 7.  Our show tries to stick to a 12 hour shoot day.  Sometimes it’s longer and every once in a while it’s shorter.  Of course, if there is anything out of the ordinary with an episode, that takes extra time to handle.

We have long days Monday through Friday, but weekends are usually ours.  Although, if a new script comes in or there is a rewrite, I have to deal with it on my day off.  Episodic TV is a big machine and one has to stay in front of the work.  It’s like waiting tables, once you’re in the weeds it’s usually too late to salvage the situation.



How do you keep the clothes you work with on set looking their best?

Our actors at TGW wear a lot of clothes as well as wearing the same outfit for days.  Quite often they will have to wear a costume until the end of the day on day and then the first thing again in the morning.  Everything gets steamed or ironed daily.  We always run a lint roller over the clothing.  We check for any small repairs that might need to happen.  We check the buttons to make sure they are tight and perky – nothing worse than a drooping button on a suit, blouse or coat.  Using the proper hanger is also very important.  I usually like to have pants hang long rather than folded over a hanger to avoid creases right at the knee.  We will also turn garments inside out to allow them to get air to the inside which helps freshen them up.  We depill the knits.  We also dry-clean but try to dry-clean as little as possible since the process can be quite wearing to clothing.  We use Dryel a lot in the dryer to remove daily grime from all day wearing or stains.  We also use it for freshening up blouses, dress shirts, skirts.  It’s a great product too for rejuvenating vintage pieces or already worn pieces we pick up from the second-hand stores.


If you could only pack 5 items in your fashion survival kit, what would they be?

Female:  the perfect skirt (pencil or “A”); a versatile blouse; a well-heeled pump that is comfortable (not an easy thing to find, but well worth the effort of looking!); a nicely maintained bag – not a backpack; a simple, elegant earring that goes with everything


Male:  a well fitting suit; a white dress shirt with a nice crisp collar; a good leather belt; a classic dress shoe that is comfortable; and, like the ladies, a nicely maintained bag – not a backpack.


Want to keep up with Daniel Lawson, costume designer of The Good Wife. Follow him @GoodWifeFashion on Twitter and discover Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner at retailers like Walmart and Target plus get social and connect with Dryel on Facebook and Pinterest today.

I Found The Perfect Jumpsuit For Any Island-like Vacation At Target

April 28th, 2015 by Christen

Hola from Puerto Vallarta!  Currently, I´m basking in an amazing Mexican All-inclusive resort, sipping on pina coladas and ever-so-grateful that a few weeks ago (in spite of my pre-determined judgement) I checked out the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection before it sold out!

Before I spoil the surprise that you already knew – Yes! This jumpsuit is from the Lilly For Target collection, but what you didn’t know is that if it wasn’t for the launch day morning buzz – I wouldn’t have taken a second look at the collection in the first place.

When I first received the Lilly for Target lookbook from Target’s PR agency, I instantly thought of baby puke.  (That’s harsh, I know. But follow along.)  The bright pinks, blues and greens jumbled together made me think of bridal and baby showers and babies and puke. Still a bit much? Well, at least I’m being honest.  But, within the collection of pastels – I found the perfect island-inspired jumpsuit! (Who knew!)

Measuring at 42″ at the bust and 36″ in the waist, the kelly green palm-like “boom-boom” print design pops out unlike anything else in the collection. It’s 100% polyester without the cheesy/cheapy polyester feel and even on a tall girl like me, it manages to sweep the floor (pants length is VERY important in my world.)

perfect jumpsuit Lily For Target

After wearing this piece on my first Puerto Vallarta day out – it doesn’t surprise me how quickly this collection actually sold out online and in Target stores!  The Lilly for Target collection was inspired by Palm Beach living, so of course it would become uniform for soon-to-be vacationing fashionistas everywhere!

  perfect jumpsuit Lily For Target


Lilly Pultizer for Target

Boom Boom Jumpsuit

$44.00 (Sold Out)


Although the jumpsuit is sold out online and in Target stores, doesn’t mean this awesome vacation find has to elude you.  You can still check out additional options for kids, plus sizes and more on – yeah, it’ll cost you more than the original price – but when I say I found the perfect jumpsuit for any island-like vacation from Target – I meant it!

perfect jumpsuit Lily For Target



What do you think?  Did you score any of the coveted Lilly for Target pieces?  What do you think of the collection?  Share your thoughts below!



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