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#NYFW 2018 Fall Mash-up: Shows, Events + Everything in Between

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Jarel Zhang- Photographer, Patrick Hovan

"Start spreading the news... I'm leaving today ...I want to be a part of it ..New York, New York" - 
Frank Sinatra- New York

There is just something about New York that causes one to get excited ... If Disney is the happiest place on earth, New York is the happiest place on earth for "Big Dreamers and Hustlers". For as long as I can remember I've always wanted to go to Fashion Week in New York, but this year I actually went. I must say a huge thank you to Fashion Mingle an amazing company that connects creatives and really cares about all of us and really, really connect all the dots.

The schedule was hectic and though I've never taken a train I had my mind set on going to the shows that had my name on the Itinerary. Keep reading to hear all about my NYFW 2018 Winter experience and everything else in between 😄


The Michael Lombard Show





Michael Lombard is an amazing Leatherwear designer who specializes in Jackets for males and females with bold statements and hardware. This show was the main reason I went to Fashion Week and I'm must thank the Designer for the invite. I showed up late (1st-time train taker ) and missed the show ... BUT! Caught all the backstage action and got to see and touch the designs in person as well as meet and mingle with the models and Michael himself. The pieces are amazing! They are not your average bulky leather jacket from "back in the day", they are chic, fun and trendy. ( Look out for story soon)

Nolcha Shows

My schedule had Nolcha shows (Morning + Afternoon) again I was late and had no idea where It was but I have photos thanks to the Fashion Mingle Team. Nolcha shows give independent fashion designers a chance to showcase their designs are New York Fashion Week.

Neubryne - Photographer, Julie Stanley
Yurita Puji - Photographer, Julie Stanley

LuYang by YangLu - Photographer, Julie Stanley

This award-winning event gives the designers a chance to present to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists, and industry influencers. The overall concept behind this event is really cool as over the last 9 years the NNolcha brandhas established a platform of discovery; cutting-edge innovation fashion designers through runway shows and exhibits.


Fashion Mingle NYFW Networking Event

Julie Staney- Photographer


Julie Staney- Photographer

Julie Staney- Photographer

Julie Staney- Photographer

Julie Staney- Photographer
Since I'm a part of the Fashion Mingle team I went as a Blogger/Volunteer to help with the set-up of the event, plus whatever else there was to do. I've been on events teams before, but this was different, though there was "crisis mode" according to founders Melissa and Beth, everything was organized and we all did our part to make it all work. There was so much fun interesting people who came out in numbers and it was a great experience to meet new people. People actually wanted to know what I did and where I'm from which I found kinda strange. No shade, but here in Jamaica networking events are more about "gloating" and showing off at events rather than meeting people. My squad for the Night was Fashion Merchandising student Milly from Taiwan and Amisha who were super cool and knew what they were about.


My Birthday


I spent my 31st Birthday in New York which was a dream of mine. I spent the morning searching for the Wendy Williams Show, where I found some cute cafes along the way and somehow ended up at NYU (New York University) It was cool to see how the students dressed to showcase their very unique and individual personalities. In the afternoon, I treated myself to lunch at Red Lobster since it was the 1st Restaurant I saw on 42nd Street after a morning of "train-taking" and walking ... then I went in the middle of Times Square by the famous "Red Steps" and "Red tables & chairs" where I saw other people doing touristy things and convinced a man to take my photos.

I then went to Forever 21 which was huge and had like 5 levels and spent most of the day resting and shopping. It is so huge that they have a huge "charging station" with seats where I sat most of the time as I wondered how I would make it to the next level. Somewhere in all this chaos I lost my scarf and had to purchase a hat, yes a hat as all the stores were completely sold out of scarves and those guys on the road were selling them for $30.

I then went home to pack for my trip home.

The Take-Away

As with every trip I take, I always, always come back feeling different as If I literally grew overnight. New York is a fast-paced city that is great for building character and your brand and to just make your dreams come through If you are strong enough. Taking this trip prepared me for the unexpected as it relates to transportation as I drive everywhere at home and never walk! It was definitely tough taking the train then walking but it prepared me to be flexible and to roll with the punches and not rely on one thing. I would definitely be back next year and ensure I'm on time to the shows and have better "train-taking and walking" shoes.

TIP: Get a Weekly Unlimited Metro Pass for $32 as it will save you so much and you get to see as much as the city as you like by bus and train.

Have you been to NYFW or New York? Tell me all about your experience in the comments below

Photo Credits

Julie Stanley | http://juleimages.com/

Patrick Hovan | http://patrickhovanphoto.com/

Special Thanks to Fashion Mingle | https://fashionmingle.net/

Special Thanks to Michael Lombard | https://www.michaellombard.com/

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Master Stylist Brittany-Rae is Kingston's Go-To Girl for all Things HAIR

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


"Hairstylists and their clients have a really special relationship -- If you are highly skilled and have an open mind, you can be successful".

I am a picky person when it comes to just about everything inclusive of hair. I have been going to the same hairstylist for almost 2 years and I searched high and low to find her and when I did I had to be "wowed". I had seen Brittany-Rae at a few events and noted her New York meets Florida style and heard she was the latest sensation in hair and had to pay her a visit.

It was 5 p.m in the busy Loshusan Center where horns blared outside as people made their way through the well-traversed area.With parking secured I then made my way to Blow by Blow Salon -- I was greeted with the biggest smile and warmest hug from Master Stylist Brittany-Rae clad in black ankle pants and a nude sheer top. As we made acquaintance, she then explained her process which begins with a consultation. 
The Consultation: This is the 1st step in the process of getting your hair done by Brittany-Rae. It can last up to 10 minutes and history of your hair, products used + the style you have in mind, as well as her vision for your hair as the Master Stylist, are all discussed

Dubbed as the new girl on the scene, Brittany-Rae specializes in all things hair where she received her cosmetology license from the prestigious Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. With her natural passion and talent for hair and her winning personality, she joined the Glamsquad NYC team where she did hair for socialites and other notable women in fashion and business. Flash- forward to today and Brittany-Rae is a Lifestyle columnist at Loop Jamaica and Kingston's Go-to girl for all things hair. I was able to chat with her as she did my hair for New York Fashion Week 🙂🙂


THP: Tell me about yourself?
Brittany-Rae: I was born and raised in Miami, I grew up in a Caribbean household where we would come to Jamaica for Summer and Christmas. I would spend the Summer with my cousin and grandmother. I grew up in a salon actually, my aunt owns a salon and every day I would go to work with her and I have 2 older brothers. I've always been artistic and outgoing and into Fashion -- just always been creative. I went to school for Fashion Merchandising and didn't finish, it's not what I wanted to do. I also got lost in the Miami Beach scene ( not gonna lie to ya' ) And then I drifted, I didn't want to do Fashion Merchandising, I wanted to do Interior Design but didn't get into it as it felt like I was majoring in architecture and minoring in Interior Design. I somehow just eventually fell into hair as it's something I've always loved. From the first day I went to hair school and did the 1st cut they were like "omg" she's a natural, I knew I didn't want to be an average hairstylist, I didn't want to own a Salon, I wanted to do Fashion shoots and be a celebrity hairstylist. I then went on to New York and found success fast because of my talent, personality and look -- between all this I had my daughter.

THP: What prompted you to get into hair?
Brittany-Rae: I was a single mom and I needed to find a trade fast! I went to the hairstylist and was getting my hair color and told her what I wanted and she was like "No client could ever come in here and know exactly what they want, you need to go to hair school" I thought that was a great idea so there was a school called Toni & Guy ( I was living in Rhode Island at that time) which was the Harvard of Hair School which I didn't know and I went there and jumped right in and as a single mom I had to do what I had to do for my daughter. I had to find a trade fast --that's what got me into hair, I needed to find something! I had to get it done and worked hard to get it done, I love what I do and so passionate about what I do. Everything aligned itself and that was that!

THP: What was your 1st hairstylist job?
Brittany-Rae: Yeah! at Glamsquad--I jumped into A-list clients right away! It's very high-end, very chic. My 1st job was the PR person at Ralph Lauren. I went to her house, it was this beautiful house in the city and so I never forget the air from my blow dryer must have touched her roots and she acted like I burned her with a flat iron. I remember her calling back the company and said that I burned her -- so that was my first experience. I liked the environment it was really cool to deal with that type of client for my first job. After that, I got to do Fashion Week and all those exciting things.

THP: Why did you decide to move back to Jamaica?
Brittany-Rae: Jamaica is and always has been my happy place. My soul is happiest here-- there is just something about Jamaica. I recently went to New York and when I touched down at the Airport it just felt like home. I met my daughter's father in Miami and was going back and forth between there and Jamaica and my cousin kept asking "where are you gonna be" and I told him "I'm leaving, I'm in love", and moved back to Miami. If I never met him I would have never left that time and I knew this was where I would raise my family and live no matter what and I planned to come here when my daughter was 5 but the struggle was so real in New York I didn't have support or family so I literally packed a 2 weeks worth of clothing suitcase and we've been here ever since. It has been the best move --the best! Jamaica is definitely my happy place!

THP: Can you tell me about a memorable "hair moment"?
Brittany-Rae: I would say doing hair on set at Milk Studios in New York City-- they have a huge, huge studio with big designers like Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton ... all of them and I was there for the whole week doing shoots on set and for me it didn't felt surreal, this is just the 1st year of my career and I'm working with these mega photographers and make-up artists and it was amazing to be around and brushing shoulders with these people within a year of my career.

THP: What are your "go-to" hair products?

Brittany-Rae: Texturizing Spray is a must for me, I'm a beach wave fanatic. It gives me that hold and texture and it sucks up any oil in my hair. Also, hair-spray mixed with dry shampoo together are the VIP products. I'm also getting into Redken because Redken Jamaica gifted me their whole product line and I use it a lot as it's easily accessible here -- definitely on my list.


THP: Is healthy hair a myth?
Brittany-Rae: No healthy hair is not a myth -- healthy hair is so serious. Healthy hair is so necessary and that's why I will not color and lighten relaxed hair because I'm not into that -- I'm not into having unhealthy hair. As soon as you put that color and lightener the hair will change and that's why I'm so excited about bringing OrganiGrow to Jamaica because it will get your hair to the porosity you need to have it to have healthy hair. It's gonna be life-changing for everybody. It's gonna work for my curly and natural girls and a life-changing product that everyone should have. 

THP: How do you create a work & life balance?
Brittany-Rae: It's crazy, crazy! My daughter has activities every day and I have them blocked accordingly. I'll come to work in the morning If I have clients and If I don't have clients I usually don't come in. I try to run my errands, do grocery shopping and do whatever I have to do. When I'm at work I don't get the chance to because I may have to take my daughter to swimming or whatever. Thank God for me working the way I have it here-- I'm not contracted so I can be flexible. Basically, I'm super Mom, I come to work in the morning and then I block out 3 hours and then I come back. That's just how I do it. I just make it work, I believe God never gives us more than we can handle and I stay prayed up -- ask, pray and receive.

THP: What are 3 items every woman should have in her hair-care routine?
Brittany-Rae: Serum, OrganiGrow, and Texturizing Spray -- texturizing spray is great to funk up the ends of your hair and it gives it texture.


THE FINISHED LOOK

I got a low tapered cut (sides) with a faux hawk and a semi-permanent dark brown rinse. I didn't mind going lower as I'm not that attached to my hair but I wanted a brown color instead of black. I loved the end result and how full and shiny my hair looked ...without the help of tracks! Brittany-Rae was extremely fun and knowledgeable about hair and gave tips about hair products and explained each step the of the process as we went along. I would highly, highly recommend her for all things hair (inclusive of natural) if you want a different look and for healthy hair! See photos below for my finished look!







Bookings for Brittany-Rae
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Fascinating Facts and Quirks You Didn't Know About Aussies

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Australia is a huge country and it’s a no wonder that there a lot of interesting facts about people who
live there.
As a prime tourist destination, it also allows outsiders to easily dip their toes in the Australian way of living and find out that the stories are true.
Personally, I sought to add some sunshine to my life and I got more than I
bargained for. I captured a piece of the spirit of this beautiful land and now carry it with me wherever I go. So, I will merely scratch the surface and 
leave it to you dive in and see it for yourself the first chance you get.


Living with style


The Australian lifestyle is famously laid-back. However, that doesn’t mean that things get stale and boring. Far
from it: festivals and carnivals seem to take place constantly. I couldn’t keep track of what we were celebrating
each time, but I sure did have a whale of a time. If you want to witness something truly special, visit the Sydney
Festival, where 150,000 people take part in music, dance, arts, theatre, cabaret, etc.
Aussies really love their culture and entrainment and this is visible at almost every corner. I had a blast in
Melbourne, which is not only dotted with bars, restaurants, clubs, and other venues, but also considered the
most livable city on the face of the Earth. It’s the sporting capital of Australia as well with more access to top-
level sports than any other metropolis.

What about spirits?


Interestingly enough, Australians also spend more money on gambling than any other nation. Therefore, their
country is home to 20% of all poker machines in the world. Beer goes naturally with gambling, so Aussies are
known for consuming 96 liters of it per year. Wine is a huge deal back there and I would deeply encourage you
to visit some of the 60 designated wine regions across the country. My favorite place is Hunter Valley, where
you can experience wining and dining at its finest. Somebody there boasted about Australians inventing the
wine cask, which is, as I confirmed online, indeed true.

The eternal summer


As the rest of the world faces freezing temperatures and harsh winds, Australia enters blissful summer.
One thing to note, though, is that the scorching sun shows no mercy in the land down under. Women go to
great lengths in order to preserve the health of their skin and its natural beauty. Just putting on sunscreen
doesn’t cut it. That is why there is a rising popularity in professional pigmentation removal treatments that
keep blemishes and sun damage at bay. Organic skincare products and cosmetics are a big trend as well. And
once you are protected from sunrays, you can dive into the immense world of Australian beaches. More than
85% Australians live within 50km of the coast, so beach life is a national institution. Spellbinding coasts could
also be the reason that every week 70 tourists overstay their visas. And who can blame them: after all, it would
take you almost 30 years to visit every beach in Australia, going one beach per day. The iconic Bondi Beach lives
up to its reputation, although there are many well-kept secrets and hidden gems to discover.
Just be careful not to venture too far. Australian Prime Minister Holt once went swimming and was never found
again.

The great outdoors


If you want to live like a local for a day, you throw a barbeque at the beach. You can easily burn calories later by
swimming or breaking the waves. And do not worry; Australians are relaxed and you can expose your body
whether you have sculpted, godlike muscles or excess fat deposits. Furthermore, embark on outdoor
escapades and activities that Aussies cherish. Surfing is not the only game in town. To my utmost surprise,
I found that in some parts of Australia you can even ride a camel at the beach. Oh, they also love Frisbee and
have three national teams in this sport. Immerse in a heartwarming communal experience and remember that
having a good sense of humor is essential to bonding with Australians. I mean, these people, when asked to
send the platypus to England back in the day, sewed the bill of the duck onto a rat. This should give you a taste
of what brings laughs to them.

Sea change


Australia is a land of the extraordinary, bizarre, surprising, and all the shades in between. The more you
discover about it, the more you are enthralled and consumed by its vividness and richness. Whoever you are
and whatever your expectations are, this huge country finds a way not to disappoint you. If you approach it
with an open mind, it will embrace you and take you for a thrilling ride. This would surely be an adventure that
would soothe your soul, test your sense of humor, expand your horizons, and make your body tanned. Don’t
just take my word for it: see it for yourself!
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves
writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is
a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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