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New Look From Balmain + HM Collaboration REVEALED! #HMBalmaination

August 20th, 2015 by Christen

If there’s any hi-lo collection worth saving coins for, it’s undoubtedly the Balmain H&M collaboration arriving this Fall!

Who’s ready for a swoon-worthy fashion collection unlike anything we’ve seen before?  News first broke of the collaboration back in May when Kendall Jenner and Jordan Dunn both rocked pieces from the upcoming collection on the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards. (Since we’re kinda over the Kardashian hype, we failed to acknowledge the hype…. until today!)  We haven’t heard much about the line (set to launch November 5), since then but it looks like today is our lucky day. This morning, Elle released a new photo from the collection and it was worth the wait.

 

Balmain H&M

 

We’re huge fans of the hi/lo designer partnership trends… I mean hello? Our closets are still filled with pieces from Versace/H&M, Jason Wu/Target collections and more.  Unlike some designer collaborations we’ve seen in the past, none of the brand’s super glamorous aesthetic seems to be lost this diffusion line. The long-sleeved, embellished dress looks just like what you might find on the runway at a Balmain fashion show. We’re betting the pieces from this Balmain H&M collection aren’t going to quite as budget-friendly as the rest of H&M’s merchandise, but if everything looks as good as this we’re definitely up for a splurge.

H&M does a great job with their collaboration collections and by the looks of things, we’re in for a great collection reveal soon!

What are you hoping to find in the Balmain H&M collection? Share with us in the comments below. 

These Smart Jeans Aren’t Just Stylish, They’ll Charge Your Smartphone Too!

August 5th, 2015 by Christen

“Hey! Are those iPhone charging jeans you’re wearing?” Sure it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite like those Bugle Boy jeans commercials from back in the day, but these new smart jeans may just be the newest addition that you’ll want to add to your closet asap.

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A new denim line from Joe’s Jeans, called the #Hello jean, tries to solve both the problem of charging your iPhone and stylish jeans that’ll fit your iPhone at once. The jeans, which don’t come cheap for $189, have a special opening above the traditional back pocket for a battery pack, which charges your iPhone 5, 5S or 6 in another special pocket alongside the charger opening.

smart jeans

The charging pocket works with the help of a USB cord hidden along the seams and connects to a small portable battery pack, which is an additional $49. Meanwhile, the iPhone fits into the back pocket and can fuel up on battery power (hopefully, without someone noticing — or snatching it away). Just remember to remove both components before throwing the jeans in the wash.

smart jeans

Although the premise is a nice idea, don’t think you’ll get to leave your chunky portable chargers at home ladies.  The charger with the new #Hello jean will barely charge the iPhone 5 and 5S up to 85%, and charges the iPhone 6 up to 70%.

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What do you think?  Is rocking a new pair of phone charging smart jeans for $189 in your immediate future? Share in the comments section below!

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 | HM.com | $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!

 

 

The Versatile Vacation Dress That Every Girl Must Own

March 10th, 2015 by Christen

In preparation for a Caribbean getaway with Strength of Nature,  I found myself in search of a versatile dress that could take me from day to night.  Surprisingly, I discovered the dress of my dreams inside the windows of a store that I rarely (if ever) shopped in before… Discover where I found my new favorite vacation dress below…

 

Vacation dress

 

Clearly, I am still too ticked that I found this fabulous Bedrock maxi dress from Loft.  The spaghetti straps and bold prints drew me in, but the flowing silhouette and super sexy split made me a believer!

 

 

 

Available in stores and Loft and Loft.com – don’t be fooled, this Bedrock dress may appear to be black and white, but it’s actually a deep navy blue hue.  (Don’t worry, it can easily pass for black and white while worn with practically anything!)

 

The Bedrock maxi dress accompanies bold prints with a sexy/strappy silhouette.  The elastic waist will cinch you in, while the elongated 42″ (from waist to ankle) dress flows and moves with your every step.  I loved wearing this dress during a catamaran ride in Montego Bay – it’s the perfect dress for any vacation!

 

When you’re on vacation, you need a versatile dress that makes you feel confident, feel sexy and make you want to let loose dance!  This Bedrock Maxi dress from Loft is definitely it!

If you hurry, you can catch a sale at Loft.com on the dress plus a great assortment of transitional seasonal pieces today.

For more details on pricing, sizing and more, click here.

The New Apple Watch Lands On The Cover Of Vogue

October 16th, 2014 by Fashion Staff

If you wondered if Apple’s newest venture in fashionable technology would be accepted by the fashion industry, your answer is here!

There are actually two mega stars on the cover of Vogue China’s November issue. There’s supermodel Liu Wen, one of the world’s highest-paid models and Victoria’s Secret star, and then on her left wrist, the Apple Watch.

Check out the cover shoot below, after all, it might be the frontrunner for the most wearable of the high-end techcessories we’ve seen so far.

 

apple watch

 

 

On the November Vogue China cover, the gold Apple Watch is styled with minimal accessories, and with its colorful interface, it definitely stands out and holds its own. Wen appears to be wearing the 18-karat yellow gold Edition Apple Watch, which features a red Modern Buckle Band. She’s also featured wearing other Apple Watch models on a spread inside the magazine.

The smaller 38-millimeter timepiece+ is outfitted with a thin red band to coordinate with the bold Ikat-style stripes on Wen’s Céline shirt dress, which earns it points for personalization — remember, this wearable broke from the one-style-suits-all camp with its collection of customizable, interchangeable bands. But what really wows us is its overall ability to fit right in with a cover-worthy ensemble.

 

 

According to Vogue, it’s definitely a step above many wearables on the market today, but could you see yourself wearing the stylish smart watch daily?  Share your thoughts on the Apple Watch and the cover below.

Naturalizer Goes Wild Style For Fall With David Bromstad #Bromstad4Naturalizer

October 3rd, 2014 by Christen

If you love a mashup of classic comfort and wild prints like I am, then you’ll love to latest collection from David Bromstad and Naturalizer.  Earlier this year, the brand announced that it has partnered again with artist, interior designer and HGTV personality David Bromstad to bring his unique and bold vision to life in a collection of shoes and accessories this fall.  

 

Bromstand For Naturalizer

 

The Bromstad for Naturalizer Fall ’14 Collection: “The fall collection is chic, sophisticated, bold, expressive… and let me just say it’s a whole lot of SEXY. The collection speaks to women of all ages – it’s very universal. In my spring collection, I created a floral painting that was very happy and summery but for fall, I wanted to do something wildly different.” – David Bromstad

 

Bromstand For Naturalizer

 

Naturalizer hosted select media for a fun day of fashion and shoe selfies with David Bromstad in New York City.  Guests enjoyed their favorite Bromstad for Naturalizer designs over great food, conversation and more!  Fashionistas in attendance include Kela Walker of KelasKloset.com and Ty Alexander of GeorgeousinGrey.com.  Check out more from the event below.

 

Bromstand For Naturalizer

 

But first, let me take a shoe selfie!  Stylish bloggers stepped into the place where their shoe style was front and center.  Why aren’t shoe selfie stations everywhere in the world?  I’m here for it!

 

Bromstand For Naturalizer

 

Naturalizer

 

I am loving my new pair of Bromstad Libra comfort flats, I can’t wait to get out and enjoy them this Fall.

 

 

 

The Bromstad for Naturalizer collection is available at Naturalizer and select retail partners beginning now and includes pumps, flats and boots, and will retail between $99 and $179. An exclusive collection of handbags and printed scarves will also be available in stores and Naturalizer.com.

 

  What are your favorite picks from the Bromstad collection?  They’re all so amazing that it’s hard to choose just one, since they’re so affordable, why not choose them all?  Share your favorite picks in the comment section below.

Elevated – Dom Streater’s S/S 2015 Collection Unveiled in NYC

September 10th, 2014 by Christen

Dom Streater

ELEVATED

On Monday, September 8th editors, media guests and fashion lovers alike  attended the runway show and fashion presentation unveiling ELEVATED, the Spring/Summer 2015 collection by Dom Streater, winner of Project Runway Season 12.

ELEVATED

Inspired by the landscape views of the Midwest terrain during a flight to Los Angeles, ELEVATED is a collection that includes cool and warm tones on bold, psychedelic textiles. Check out more from the unveiled line in NYC below.

ELEVATED

Dom Streater

The aviation theme was present throughout the entire collection from head to toe.

 

Dom Streater

 

The mixed patterns, colors and matching accessories were colorful and complementary

Dom Streater

 

The volcano inspired maxi dress moved and swayed beautifully down the runway

Dom Streater

 

A 3-price of design rolled into one.

The overcoat, dress and matching headphones is a stylish trio that any women would enjoy.

 

Dom Streater

 

The eye-catching designs and beautiful models owned the runway from start to finish.

 

Dom Streater

 

It’s a party!  The DJ is rocking the runway and the guests had a wonderful time!

 

Dom Streater

 

Dominique Streater was born and raised in the heart of West Philadelphia. An avid artist since childhood, she has earned a Bachelors degree in Fashion Design from Moore College of Art and Design. Just a few years after the completion of her degree, Dom was cast on the Emmy award winning television series, Project Runway Season 12, where she made a mark on the fashion industry by winning the competition with her use of bold and daring color and prints in her fashion forward designs.  For more information visit dominiquestreater.com.

 

What do you think of the “Elevated” Spring/Summer collection? Did you like the colors, patterns and accessories of the runway looks?  Share your thoughts below.

 

Photo credit is to D. Burton Photos

NYFW Kicks Off Stylishly With First Ever BET on Fashion Event [VIDEO]

September 9th, 2014 by Christen

BET On Fashion

 

New York Fashion Week is in full swing and it kicked off with a stylish bang with BET Networks first ever BET on Fashion event in New York City.

 

Last week, BET Networks kicked off New York Fashion Week in style with their “BET On Fashion” show at Espace in midtown. The exclusive event featured seven rising designers, Viktor Luna, Helen Castillo, Natt Taylor, St. Frimpong, Jacinta Ligon, Andrew Nowell and Tashia Senn, giving them an opportunity to showcase their eclectic designs, work and passion.

 

BET on Fashion

BET on Fashion Designers strike a post before the show.

 

 

Guests arrived in style as the pre-fashion week event ushered a preview of what fashion enthusiasts would see throughout the 7-day experience known as fashion week.  Since the event kicked off all the fashion fun first, there was no shortage of bloggers, editors and who’s who in fashion in attendance during the BET on Fashion event.  Check out the all the event fun below.

 

BET on Fashion Wrap Up


Fashion enthusiasts, celebrities and style experts got their first looks at the phenomenal designs and trends sure to take next Spring season by storm.  In attendance included Elle Varner, Tai Beauchamp, Carla Hall, Debra Lee, Amanda Seales, Devyn Abdullah, Emil Wilbekin, Mikki Taylor, Lola Ogunnaike, Africa Miranda and more who enjoyed the show as well as the post event reception.  Overall, this evening of fashion was a great send off for fashionistas into New York Fashion Week fun and many of us are looking forward to the next BET of Fashion event soon.

 

What do you think about BET on Fashion?  Did you spot your favorite celebrities or designer looks at the BET on Fashion event?  What were your favorite NYFW designer moments this year? Share your thoughts below?

 

NYFW: DVF Spring 2015 Gingham Prints, Pops Of Color and Naomi Campbell

September 8th, 2014 by Christen

If there’s one show I look forward to witnessing every season, it has to be the DVF collection by Diane Von Furstenburg herself.  Always filled with statement pieces for the everyday woman, this collection houses much much than the iconic wrap dress – and that’s where the anticipation builds year after year.  Who knew this season’s off-site show would house such stylish moments with gingham, the legendary Pat McGrath, fashion’s newest “IT-GIRL” Kendall Jenner and fashion icon Naomi Campbell.

 

DVF

Legendary makeup guru, Pat McGrath sharing her favorite beauty tips for the DVF model looks.

 

 

My DVF fashion fun began hours before the show with lead stylist Orlando Pita (for CHI Haircare) & Beauty Guru Pat McGrath.  Throughout the sea of beautiful models laughing, snapping selfies and getting their finishing touches on hair, nails and makeup – a commanding, yet motherly  voice arises “Orlando, Orlando!”  and in walks Diane Von Furstenburg herself.

 

DVF

Diane and lead hair stylist Orlando Pita share a moment before the show.

 

After a few moments of praise, Diane and her team rushed to the the runway in preparation for the show rehearsal.  One by one, the models dressed in bright and bold golds, blues and greens walked the runway for final approval before the big show.

 

DVF

An impromptu photo shoot keeps the models busy while waiting for the rehearsal to begin…

 

DVF

Lined up and ready to go, the models await their turn to rock the runway during rehearsal.

 

 

DVF

A look of bold colors, mixed prints and no shortage of separates in the DVF Spring 2015 collection

 

 

DVF

Who doesn’t love DVF printed gingham bags and matching heels?

 

Once the show began, everyone was all abuzz about Kendall Jenner walking in the show, but it wasn’t until the showstopper herself – Naomi Campbell walked the runway that upped the anti on what could be considered a great Spring show.

 

DVF Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner struts down the runway in this monochromatic DVF frock…

 

 

 

DVF Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell shocked guests as the surprise show-stopping model gracing the DVF runway.

 

 

DVF

The legend Diane Von Furstenberg appears for her ovation after the finale of her show.

 

Filled with bra tops, baby doll dresses and plenty of leg-worthy frocks to go around, this DVF collection is definitely more vacation friendly than office friendly, but hey that’s what makes DVF so great right?  I mean, we have more than enough wrap dresses to go around so this collection is a welcomed suite of fun fashions for any woman to enjoy next spring!

 

Check out more looks from the DVF Spring 2015 collection below.

 

 

What do you think?  Do you love the collection, adore Naomi Campbell or think Kendall Jenner looked stellar?  Share your thoughts below.

 

 

A Fascinating Day in Saratoga With America’s Best Racing

September 2nd, 2014 by Christen

 

If you’ve ever wandered about the glitz and glory that is the Kentucky Derby – did you know you can place your bets on finding the hottest fashions, prettiest horses and all the fun at a track a little closer to home?  Recently, a few of my blogger friends and I were guests of America’s Best Racing and visited the historical Saratoga Race Track in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Check out some of the racing fun and fashions found at our day at the races below.

 

America's Best Racing

 

On your mark, get set, GO!  In addition to the beautiful stables filled with race horses trained to win, the racing experience begins way before you step foot inside of the racing center.  You can’t just show up for a fascinating day of racing without the right fashions from head to toe.  That’s why my girls and I made our way to Dora Marra for luxurious fascinators to kick our day at the races off right.  Dora Marra offered a variety of stylish head pieces for our big day at the races.  We were like kids in a candy store looking for the perfect fascinator for Saratoga [Check out our hilarious behind the scenes video and more photos from our Dora Marra shopping day.]

 

America's Best Racing

 

 

America's Best Racing

 

America's Best Racing

 

The fascinating fashion:  Picking the right attire for the races isn’t an easy feat.  I wanted a dress that wouldn’t show up my amazing feather fascinator, but I also wanted to dress for the weather (which is unusually hot and humid for this time of year in upstate New York).  I opted for this coral and cream number which got it’s fair share of compliments while at the races.

 

America's Best Racing

 

Fascinator:Dora Marra

Necklace & Accessories:  J. Crew / Michael Kors

Dress:  Monteau

Shoes:  Shoedazzle

 

America's Best Racing

 

 

The fascinating horses:  There were plenty of thoroughbred horses on display at the Saratoga Race Course grounds, many of them were seasoned pros just waiting for their next chance to prove themselves on the track.  This beautiful runner was not only very active, he practically made posing for a selfie impossible.  Every time I got in close enough for a good selfie, he’d move in for a kiss (or headbutt) and I freaked out.  Eventually we settled on a topic of conversation that made us both calm, happy and ready for our candid photo.

America's Best Racing

 

America's Best Racing

 

Place your bets:  Did you know that you can enjoy the races with or without placing your bets?  With bets starting at $1 – I couldn’t see why you wouldn’t want to get your feet wet with a little wager.  Tickets to the races start as low as $5 (that’s cheaper than a movie ticket!)  While there, guests enjoy the sun, shopping, food and up close and personal thoroughbred moments throughout the 350-acre racetrack in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

America's Best Racing

 

Although the season has come to an end, visiting the Saratoga Race Track next summer should definitely be on your to-do list.  It’s the perfect opportunity to grab your girlfriends, dress up and enjoy a fabulous day of fun!  For more information on Saratoga Racing and to plan your next trip visit NYRA.com.  In case you’re looking to get into some racing fun before next summer, you can also check out the fall racing schedule throughout at Belmont Park in Hempstead (Long Island) NY below:

September 20
College Day
As implied by the name, this day will be geared toward younger fans and those interested in learning more about how to play the races. There will also be a huge fashion element with people being encouraged to dress up in their best dresses, hats, bow ties and everything else you might expect people to wear at the track.

 

September 27
Gold Cup Day – Family Fun Day
Gold Cup is one of the biggest races each year. To mark the date, Belmont is hosting a massive food truck festival, there will be music and a live dj in the backyard area and there will be a  giveaway at the door. Additionally, as a “family fun day,” there will be a lot of kid-focused activities, including an inflatable climbing wall, a bouncy house, a petting zoo and pony rides offered at the track.

 

October 4
Oktoberfest
This will be geared more toward adults looking to enjoy some great food and drink. There will be micro-breweries represented, lots of beer to choose from and a chili festival in the backyard.

 

October 18
New York Showcase Day
This day is all about celebrating the best of New York, from NY-bred horses to NY art and culture. There will be a Farmers Market at the track featuring local food, art and craft vendors. There will also be a pumpkin picking area and the family fun day experience, including all of the same kid-focused activities available at the September 27 event.

 

America's Best Racing

Huge thanks to Dan, Victoria and the entire NYRA team for a lovely day in Saratoga Springs, I can’t wait to do it again soon!

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