We are going to Cooperstown again for the Fourth of July! @SkimMilkProject and I are excited to get back to the fresh air, trees, lake and outdoor activities. Last year we had so much fun, we decided to make it a tradition but this year, it’s proving harder to get up there than we thought.
Train tickets are $200+, flights are $400 and buses well…let’s just say buses are a last resort. So instead, Alex and I looked into renting a car. It looks pretty good and we have the convenience of going whenever we want. Zipcar was our first choice and we have made it. So now we are going up to scenic Cooperstown on a road trip! It’s the perfect Fourth of July getaway (Baseball Hall of Fame)! Check out photos from last year below!!!
On the fashion and food side, the Fourth of July is well known for BBQ, fireworks, drinking and fashion (at least in the fashion community it is). Here’s some inspiration to enhance your Independence Day style!
Everybody enjoy your holiday weekend!!!!!
Tuesday, June 17th I visited the oddball space of Salon de Lafayette, a venue that is clearly a chic hangout to be seen at night, however, in the brighter light of dusk, the Salon felt a little out of place with its vastness. The art represented in the club was an odd hinge between Modigliani and Rockwell. But that’s neither here nor there as I was there to check out the first birthday celebration of Breakups to Makeup.
Breakups to Makeup is an accessories and apparel line specially designed for beauty aficionados. Founder, Angelique Velez, after suffering what she described as a “rock bottom break up” decided that there was no use in sitting around sulking. She needed to find a light. An inspiration. It came to her in a dream, “Love Raised me, Lipstick Saved Me.” After graduating from U of Miami with a bachelors in psychology and a masters in art therapy from Hofstra, Velez became a freelance makeup artist and eventual director of career services at MUD (Make-Up Designory). Her heart and passion has always been in beauty so for her to create an accessories brand that expresses that love made sense.
And since the blistering heat of summer has begun, Velez launched her newest Breakups to Makeup line of crop tops and tanks stating, “Good Make Up Makes Bad Decisions” and “You Can’t Make Up With Us”. Her line also included inspirational makeup clutches, iphone cases and even pencils.
"I want my brand to be a creative outlet for women. To allow people to feel like themselves." ~ Angelique Velez
I feel like Angelique has conquered her goal! Can’t wait to see more from her and Breakups to Makeup. You can buy Breakups to Makeup products at breakupstomakeup.com.
Hello Chic-ers! Just 2 weeks ago and one week ago I saw X-Men: Days of Future Past and Maleficent. Both movies were incredible with great effects, good acting and plenty of awesome story. I’ll give a brief spoiler free synopsis of both movies.
X-Men: DoFP starts with an all-and-all out battle between the mutants and these adapting sentinels that can withstand any mutant power. As a last ditch effort, Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat (Ellen Page) sends Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back into the 70’s to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing weapons expert Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) which is how Bolivar’s team was able to create adapting Sentinels. It turns into an epic situation where the X-men are both fighting for mutant lives and human lives.
Maleficent takes a page out of the Wicked playbook and creates a wonderful alteration from Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is a benevolent (get the irony?) fairy who lives on the other side of the kingdom, the magical side. She falls in love with a social-climber human and finds that a broken heart can be more dangerous than anger.
Not only did these movies have amazing plots and acting, they also had some very cool costumes! Costume designers, Louise Mingenbach (DoFP) and Anna B. Sheppard (Maleficent) worked incredibly hard designing these totally different costumes but with fantastic details and design aesthetics.
DoFP requires 2 different decades to be represented as well as superhero designs. Mingenbach finds a common ground between both decades’ aesthetics creating a cohesive costuming for the movie that doesn’t feel odd or wrong. Maleficent's costumes allows the audience to view the progression from the character's youth and carefree life to the “wicked” and mean spirited older witch. With black being the primary color, Maleficent's fashion is almost severe with some soft accents like feathers.
As I said before, I really enjoyed both movies. They were different but both movies found humor in the darkness of their characters as well as depth.
Maleficent is even inspiring fashion shoots including my friend photographer, Linda Covello.
So what do you think? Did you love X-Men: DoFP and Maleficent as much as I did? Are you only in to see the movies because of the costumes?