Mark & Estel Spring/Summer 2015

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Mark Tango and Estel Day are best known as the rockstar designing duo behind the brand “Mark & Estel”. The musical pair launched the USA-made label in 2005 in Los Angeles and is known for their iconic leggings, flowing dresses and signature fashion tees. I first experienced this brand last year during Fashion Week when they debuted their first RTW collection at Lincoln Center. I fell in love with their designs and the fun rock performance by the designers during the finale of the show. I knew then that this brand was one that I needed to keep my eye on!

I was excited to attend the show again this Fall, but more curious to see what designs were going to make their way down the runway. I also wanted to see a fun performance during the finale! :)

Mark & Estel did not disappoint on September 5th, when they delivered their Malibu-inspired collection at Lincoln Center. The models came down the runway in downtown-chic garments in black and white colors with a touch of dusty blue. The looks were completed with teased hair, long fabric bowties and a few brim hats. The best part of it all: All of the garments in the show were made out of re-used jeans, t-shirts and sweatpants! Now that’s what I call Fashion Sustainability! :)

T-shirt dresses, oversized jackets/blazers with padded shoulders, and open-toe booties were mostly seen in the show this season. Each was giving off its own Malibu look, and I was here for them all! LOVE! :)

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Overall the show was a great experience that I thoroughly enjoyed! I could see myself wearing a lot of these deigns, especially the grey maxi dress with the black brim hat and open-toe booties! I look forward to using these items in future styling projects. :)

For more information and to order designs, head over to MarkandEstel.us.com!

Xo, Chrissy Joy

NYFW 2014 – Style Rundown (Pt. 1)

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Hey Lovies!

This season’s Fashion Week has been amazing for me! I was able to attend multiple shows and presentations that I loved, and had lots of memorable style moments.  If you’ve been following me on social media, then you were able to get a sneak peek at the looks. If not…no worries, because today is your day to get the full rundown on some of the looks! I have split all six days of looks into two posts, and today is the first three looks in no particular order.

Let’s get into each look and it’s inspiration! :)

 “The Green Machine” 

This neon green suit was a step out of my comfort zone. It was actually suggested to me by the designer’s (Sheena Trivedi) assistant while at her studio picking out looks for Fashion Week. I couldn’t help but give it an “ummmm” look when he showed it to me, but I am a visual person, so I have to see things on to get the full affect. Once on, I was immediately in love! I thought of going for a “tomboy chic” look, but in the “Chrissy Joy” way! :) In order to pull this off I added a faux leather bustier, a statement choker, and strappy heels to complete the look!

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I started off this look at church before changing later, I opted for a black tank to keep the look church appropriate. I also snapped a pick with my suit twin Olivia! She is the designer of "LIV", one of the bloggers of "The BreakDown" and the host/creator of "LIVTV". Keep your eye out for her lovies! :)

I started this look at church before changing later. I opted for a black tank to keep the look church appropriate. I also snapped a pick with my suit twin Olivia! She is the designer of “LIV”, one of the bloggers of “The BreakDown” and the host/creator of “LIVTV”. Keep your eye out for her lovies! :)

 

Green Suit: Sheena Trivedi// Bustier: H&M // Necklace: Zara // Heels: Aldo

 

The Accident Gone Right 

This look was honestly a rushed outfit that went right! The deep-V top is actually a jumpsuit that I wore last year for my birthday! The morning that I wore this look was a crazy. I had completely forgotten that I had a show to attend that morning.  I put on the jumpsuit, but realized later that I wanted to pair it with something else.  I literally found this snakeprint skirt on my bed while scrambling around the room and threw it on.  I paired it with my bright heels to add a pop of color, and finished the look with a headpiece I made earlier this year to add a bit of drama. I said a quick prayer as I ran out of my apartment hoping that I didn’t look a mess! Later, I caught a glimpse of myself in a storefront window and realized that I liked it!

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Deep-V Romper: Necessary Clothing // Snakeprint Skirt: H&M // Drop Earrings: Vintage // Heels: Zara

 

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This look was definitely one of my favorites out of all of my Fashion Week looks! It was inspired by all of the things that I love…which are sequins, leopard, gold and hot pink! I added a fun pair of vintage shades and a brim hat to bring everything together :)

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Thanks to the lovely ladies at the Pandora booth in Lincoln Center for giving me this beautiful Metallic Tatoo! :)

Thank you to the lovely ladies at the Pandora booth in Lincoln Center for giving me this beautiful Metallic Tatoo! :)

I was later snapped by the beautiful Al of WardrobeBreakdown. Make sure to check out her blog! :)

I was later snapped by the beautiful Al of WardrobeBreakdown while running to a show. Make sure to check out her blog! :)

 

Sequins Top: Vintage // Pink Pants: H&M // Brim Hat: Zara // Tan Sunglasses: Vintage // Leopard Heels: Victoria Secret Online // Black & Gold Belt: Vintage

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 of my NYFW looks coming soon!

 

Xo, Chrissy Joy

Helen Yarmak Spring/Summer 2015

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On September 8, 2014, Helen Yarmak presented her Spring/Summer 2015 collection entitled “Spirit of Freedom”. It was held at her terrace penthouse showroom located inside of the Crown Building of NYC.

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The penthouse was a picturesque scene with champagne being served, photographers snapping pics of guest, and models posing and later walking in gowns and luxurious mink coats. I literally felt like I was in a cocktail party scene of “Sex & the City”!

The models were clothed in designs by Edward Roth, topped off with Yarmak’s amazing furs and completed with shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti. This collection was inspired by “the luxurious women’s appreciation and longing for freedom” which included lamb, mink, fox and sheared weasel. I was so enamored with the detailing of the fur which included patterns of soaring birds and window panes along with the array of colored jackets & shawls in pink, red, black and white.

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Helen even added a few fab pieces into the collection for younger girls who want to make a statement or have a mommy-and me moment! :) I’ve noticed many designers added these types of pieces in their SS/15 collection this season, and I love the concept. Very clever and cute!

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Loved Edward Roth’s dresses. They complemented and completed the fur coat looks beautifully!

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Overall, the Helem Yarmak presentation was definitely a collection that caught my attention because of the styling, details and beauty of each look. I look forward to pulling some of these pieces for future styling projects and secretly imagining myself rocking this fur daily in my everyday life :)

 

Xo, Chrissy Joy

Tadashi Shoji Spring/Summer 2015

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Tadashi Shoji debuted his Spring/Summer 2015 collection on September 4, 2014 at Lincoln Center.The collection was inspired by a Golden Palace located in Ca’d’Ora, Venice. The reflection of the palace on the water bought his designs to life.

This vision was clearly seen in Tadashi’s models as they sashayed down the runway in whimsical lace and chiffon gowns, detailed with mesh inserts and bell-sleeves. My eyes were literally glued with amazement of all the patterns, prints and detailing of each design. From the long white accordion skirts, to baby blue lace dresses, and a black lace crop top…my heart was given an extra beat with each look! I especially loved Shoji’s modern day re-make of the classic trench coat.  He opted out of khaki, and went for white lace instead (YESSS!!)

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This collection was definitely the most captivating, and one that I predict will be seen on a few celebrities during the award show season. It can truly be summed up in one word: STUNNING! I commend Tadashi on a job well done! :)

 

Xo, Chrissy Joy

P.S: **I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THE RUNWAY IMAGES!!** Last photo is mine though :)

BruceGlen Spring/Summer 2015- NYFW

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Of all of the shows and presentations that I went to this Fashion Week, I was the most excited and anxious to see the BruceGlen SS15 Presentation! This collection was near and dear to my heart because it was designed by my twin pastors, Bruce and Glen Procter. These amazing men are the pastors of The Rock Church-Manhattan and the RTW and Accessory designing duo of BruceGlen. Known for their famous leather slapstick bracelet and unique accessories, these designers decided to branch out into Ready to Wear for this season’s Fashion Week.

They debuted their collection by taking all of their show attendees on a “Joyride” into a atmospheric carnival wonderland complete with cotton candy, popcorn and a chocolate waterfall! (Im such a foodie, so you know that I was in heaven!)

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The models cat-walked down a staircase and around the room in draped garments detailed with cutouts, swarovski crystals, color-blocked fabrics and metallics. The Indian inspired collection gave off a literal and spiritual light throughout the room from its glowing fabrics and words of faith coming from their graphic tee. It read “O’ death where is your sting?”, a powerful lyric from the song “Forever” by Kari Jobe. The models completed their looks with metallic mules adorned with beautiful swarovski crystals which were apart of a collaboration that BruceGlen did with Nina Shoes. Overall, the entire night was truly a Joyride full of fun moments and vibrant designs! I am beyond proud of Bruce and Glen on a job well done! From the details of the garments and shoes to the atmospheric touches of the venue, the entire evening was executed wonderfully!

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Love! Definitely a “Joyride” that I would love to take again! Looking forward to many more collections from this dynamic duo! :)

 

Xo, Chrissy Joy

Sheena Trivedi Spring/Summer 2015 – NYFW

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Hey Lovies!

Fashion Week is overrr!! I hope that you all have been following the journey with me on Instagram and Twitter to get a sneak peak at the collections and my looks for each day. Now that the madness is over its time to share my reviews on a few of my favorite collections that I have viewed during the week. They will be strolling in so stay tuned to read each review!

First up is my love, Sheena Trivedi! Many of you may be familiar with my review that I wrote on her F/W14 collection back in February (here), and our past collaboration that we have done together (here and here). I am so proud of her journey, and in love with her Spring/Summer ’15 collection that she showcased on Sunday, September 7th at Studio 450 in NYC.

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Sheena’s collection entitled “Lovers of Today” was inspired by the concept of love and it’s impact on the creative process. This was shown through her futuristic looks that were styled to reflect this vision. From lightning strike details to softer sheer shapes, the extremes of falling in love were show in every design.Trivedi made sure to stay true to her Indian heritage through the use of Eastern fabrics and detailing, but added a bit of New York’s avant-garde style through western silhouettes that included feather detailing, and accessorized with snakeskin heels and thigh-high boots (that I am obsessed with!). The main colors seen in this collection were green, blue and white. A few all-black looks were also seen in both men and womenswear (because you can’t be a true New Yorker without your staple year-round black pieces!). Overall, I loved all of the looks in this collection, like literally all of them! :) It was such an amazing moment to sit front row, and watch all of the beautiful pieces come down the runway with a huge smile on my face. I am so proud of Sheena and this collection. I know that this brand will continue to evolve and grow with each season.

Take a look at a few of my favorite looks below!

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Both Casual and Dapper Looks were offered in menswear. Love! :)

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The lovely Sheena taking her final walk!

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Sheena and I after the show! I am rocking a green suit from her past collection. Stay tuned for more pictures and information about this look in my upcoming style diary post! :)

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Can’t wait until February to see the next collection! I know that it will be just as awesome as this one! :) For more information and to view all of Sheena Trivedi’s collections, head over to SheenaTrivedi.com.

 

Xo, Chrissy Joy

 

Goodbye Summer, Hellooo Fashion Week

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Hey lovies!

The summer is officially over! Which means that New York Fashion Week is about to begin! Catwalks, Street Style and endless Trend Reports are just on the horizon and I will make sure to be there to catch as much as I can! :) But before all of the madness begins I had to squeeze in one more summer style post, just for the sake of me not wanting the season to end! Lol

There wasn’t an inspiration or story behind today’s look, I am just obsessed with this Tory Burch crochet flower sweatshirt of mine and I wanted to find a reason to wear! hehe I also decided to shoot today’s look at good ‘ole Lincoln Center to get into the Fashion Week spirit! :) Make sure to follow all of my Fashion Week looks and updates on Instagram and Twitter.

Take a gander at the full look below!

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Flower Sweatshirt: Tory Burch // Shorts: Michael Kors // Cut-Out Wedges: Marshall’s // Sunglasses: Aldo

Photographer: Jordan Elias of ForFashionFreeks.com

Xo, Chrissy Joy

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Beautiful Day

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Hey Lovies!

We have one weekend left in this summer, >>> insert surprised & crying emoji face <<<. This summer has truly come and gone in a blink of an eye. My summer included lots of work yet moments of play… no vacations yet moments of relaxation, and a few days of fun & sun during my birthday weekend. Overall I have no complaints about this summer. Although I didn’t have as many relaxing days as I had hoped for, I did accomplish work goals that I made for myself and even finished off the summer by being in the September issue of People Style Watch Magazine! Check out the online version here and pick up your copy at news stands now :)

For today’s look, I did not have any inspiration. However, I do have a story/reason behind why I decided to wear it for today’s post. About 2 weeks ago I wore this outfit on one of my days off from work. My plan was to run a few errands in the city and chill out with a friend for a bit before he left town. I didn’t think much about going for this look when I put it on, I honestly was just trying to put together the few clean clothing items that I had left in my closet (laundry day was well overdue). Once I was dressed and entered the city to start my errands it all began. While waiting for the train at a station in Soho a woman walked past me on the platform, looked my outfit up and down and gave me the warmest approving smile. Once on the train I struck up a fun conversation with two women after they complimented me on my sweatshirt. It ended with us exchanging information and hoping to keep in contact. While getting off of the train and walking up the stairs to the street level I accidentally bumped into a woman who was walking with her husband. She quickly apologized even though it was actually my fault, and followed up by raving to her husband about how cute my outfit was. This continued for the entire day! Warm smiles and fun conversations sparked by compliments from my look. It was such a surprise to me that an outfit worn due to little to no clean clothing in my closet, and that was literally thrown on at the last minute is what caused such a fun and bright day for me! By the end of the day I came to the conclusion that I had to share this outfit and story with you all! It’s definitely a testament as to how an outfit  planned or unplanned has the power to turn not only someone else’s day, but your day into a bright and beautiful day! :)

 

Let’s get into the look below!

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Cropped Sweatshirt: Forever 21 // Black Button Down: Ann Taylor Loft // White Skort: Zara // Necklace: Charming Charlie’s // Boots: Necessary Clothing // Sunglasses: Armani Exchange

Photographer: Jojo Elias for ForFashionFreeks.com

 

Xo, Chrissy Joy

The Rachel & June Effect

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As a fashion stylist, there are many people and things that inspire your creativity, the looks that you create, and your vision for the way that you want to grow your craft from a freelance side job into your own full-time business and career. There are two women that did that for me: June Ambrose and Rachel Zoe. Both have unique qualities that define their fashion styling businesses- qualities that I love and am using to mold the blueprint of my own business.

Rachel Zoe epitomizes the business layout that I want to achieve- a fashion styling firm in which clients come to my office and are completely styled head to toe from looks that are already pulled and housed at my firm.

June Ambrose epitomizes the mindset and personality that I aspire to have as a stylist- energized and full of character with a purpose for not only transforming a women’s outer image but the inside as well. I want to make sure that my clients not only leave feeling beautiful on the outside, but are confident in who they are and able to own their looks from within.

It’s a conversation that I had with a friend of mine regarding this topic that brought about my look for today! She asked the question “I know that you want to start your own styling firm in the future, but what would that look like? Is there anyone that you aspire after?”. Without hesitation I shared my admiration for Rachel Zoe and June Ambrose. And for some reason, that subject and both women have stayed on my mind for the past few days. So much so that  I began to add more goals for myself and my styling passion in order to take more initiative in achieving my goals of growing my freelance business into a career. On that same day, I just happened to be taking pictures for the blog! So, I felt it would be only fitting to wear an outfit inspired by the two women that have motivated the styling career model that I hope to have.

While choosing what to wear, I remembered that I had a pair of wide leg jeans that I took from my mothers closet a few years ago. I hadn’t worn them in forever! To me, Rachel Zoe is synanomous with high waisted, wide-leg trousers. To bring on a little June Ambrose spice, I chose a camel-colored brim hat with chain detailing, because as we all know, an outfit is not a complete look to June without adding a fun chapeau to the mix! :)

P.S: My plan for this look was to try to pull off that cool engineered wrinkled top look, but it just came out looking….wrinkled. lol It is actually my bathing suit cover up, previously seen in 24 Candles. But that’s life sometimes, things don’t go as always planned. I’ve learned to just shrug it off and go with the flow!

Let’s take a gander at the full look!

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Sheer Top: Victoria Secret  // Wide-Leg Jeans: Anne Taylor Loft // Necklace: Hells Kitchen Flea Market // Brim Hat: Zara //Heels: Steve Madden // Rings: H&M // Sunglasses: Aldo // Bangles: Vintage // Leopard Slapstick Cuff: BruceGlen

 

Photographer: Roberto Johnson of FashionInSpanglish.com

 

Xo- Chrissy Joy

 

The Return

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“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy- but mysterious. But above all black says this: “I don’t bother you- don’t bother me” -Yohji Yamamoto.

Hey Lovies!

Black is back! As stated in my last post, I took some time during the spring and summer to give my all-black attire a break in order to bring more colors and brightness into my wardrobe. This was actually a challenge that I made for myself after realizing that 75-100% of my outfits worn on a daily basis consisted of black. During the challenge I put all of my black pieces away in the back of the closet, and brought the colors to the front. I made it a point to choose looks that were either bright, or had fun patterns and prints (with minimal black included). Don’t get me wrong… it has been fun experimenting with colors and finding new ways to jazz up my outfits without going back to the same all-black looks, but my 4-month challenge (started in April) has ended. In celebration of my challenge ending, this week’s look is taking it back to my head-to-toe black look! This is not to say that you will not continue to see me in my colors and prints, but for today black is the proto-call. :)

 

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Dress: Armani Exchange // Vest: Express // Booties: Steve Madden // Necklace: H&M // Belt: Vintage // Clutch: Vintage // Sunglasses: Armani Exchange

 

Photographer: Jordan Elias of ForFashionFreeks 

 

Xo – ChrissyJoy

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