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NYFW Crawl Spring 2015 Recap + GIVEAWAY

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Last week, the girls and I completed our 2nd consecutive NYFW Crawl. If you’re not familiar with the “Crawl”, essentially my best blogger buddies and I get together and hit up the same events and activities as a group. It started way back in 2011 as a Fashion’s Night Out get-together and since then we’ve traveled everywhere from New Orleans (#NOLACrawl), to Barbados and the Bahamas (#CaribbeanCrawl) and the streets of NYC for #NYFWCrawl. In our second annual #NYFWCrawl, myself, Jessica of Glamazons Blog, and Lexi of LexiWithTheCurls attended a few fashion shows together, partied it up with fellow bloggers at the RewardStyle #rsNYFW shindig, got glammed up with Hard Candy and went backstage at some of our favorite shows. Here’s a glimpse at all we got into plus a fun makeup GIVEAWAY for three lucky readers from Hard Candy!

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LBS Backstage Beauty: Edwing D’angelo Spring 2015

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The Edwing D’angelo Spring 2015 collection was one of our favorites when it came to backstage beauty during this NYFW. Inspired by the beautiful hairstyles of the Moroccan tribes of Africa, SoftSheen-Carson Senior Manager of Education Mezei Jefferson used the Optimum Alma Legend haircare line to re-create a modern version of these styles backstage at the Edwing D’Angelo Spring 2015 show.

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LBS Backstage Beauty: David Tlale Spring 2015

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During NYFW, we got the inside scoop backstage as hair brand Motions™ sponsored the hair at the David Tlale Spring 2015 show. Designer David Tlale is a South African designer who explains that his Spring 2015 collection was all about “giving women back their power and equipping them with a strong and confident sense of allure, without losing their essence and femininity.”

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One of our favorite celebrity stylists Ursula Stephen was lead hairstylist for the show and she crafted this amazing “modern meets old-school glamour” textured bob for the collection. Here’s what she had to say about the hair look:

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Monday Motivation: Letting Go of the Past

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Happy Monday loves! This weekend for the first time in a long time, I had to do something I’ve dreaded since the first day of summer. I had to wear a jacket. I spent the weekend in Pennsylvania on a family trip and it was not only rainy but cold. I’m sad to see summer go but entering a new season is refreshing – literally and figuratively. So this week for me is all about letting go of the past.

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New seasons and new chapters often mean change. And with these changes comes a responsibility to embrace them and not focus on seasons passed. I’ve struggled constantly with relishing in the happiness and good times of the past, but also re-living the pains and hurts as well. This is a bad practice to maintain.

You can’t move ahead in life if you’re constantly looking behind you.

When I think about this concept, I think about my younger brother. He runs track, and very well. So well that he secured a full college scholarship because of his talent. One thing I’ve always noticed about the way he runs his races is that he has this laser focus. He wins races because the only thing he can see is the finish line. He’s not looking to the left or to the right at his competition. And he’s certainly not looking behind him.

This is the same approach we should take in life. Stay focused on what’s ahead – the beautiful memories you’re planning to create, the life you want to live and the lives you want to affect in a positive way. Because you’ll never be able to FULLY enjoy today if you’re constantly focused on yesterday.

How do you cope with letting go of the past?

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Altuzarra for Target

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To kickoff NY Fashion Week, Target hosted a launch party for their newest designer collaboration – Altuzarra for Target. As excited as I was for last year’s collaborations with Phillip Lim and Peter Pilotto, I knew this wasn’t a collection launch to be missed. So I got suited up in my trendiest outfit that still looks cute with flats (because you undoubtedly will have to run past fellow fashionistas to snag your favorite piece in YOUR size. Yes folks, this happens at the launch event too…) and I got there a half hour early so I could  have access to the collection as soon as the doors opened.

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NYFW Style Essentials: The Two-Piece Suit

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Very rarely will you ever find me in a suit. Ever since I decided not to go the corporate route with my career, I’ve been blessed to wear pretty much whatever I want during the week. Suits are not my favorite thing. They remind me of dreadfully long interviews and never-ending office hallways. Anyway, I digress. The one type of suit I’m actually fond of is the type that is totally on-trend this season. Two pieces, one pattern or color, simple and chic.

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LBS Backstage Beauty: Design Essentials for Harlems Fashion Row

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Backstage at the Harlem’s Fashion Row Spring 2015 show, we got the inside scoop on all the hair looks carefully crafted by celebrity stylist Keith Campbell for Design Essentials. As hair lead, Keith used a myriad of Design Essentials products to suit the hair looks for the various collections that were presented from Byron Lars to K. Milele, Josh & Nicol and Harlem Haberdashery.

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Brown Girls Love Fashion Week: Jennifer Nnamani

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The Brown Girls Love Fashion Week series is off to an amazing start! Keep submitting your posts via the #browngirlsLOVEfw hashtag on Instagram so we can feature your NYFW street style.

The next Brown Girls Love Fashion Week street style star to be featured is self-proclaimed Fashion Storyteller, Jennifer Nnamani.

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Inspired by both Audrey Hepburn and the style of all the women in her Nigerian family, Jennifer tends to mix the classic with the eclectic, as seen by the juxtaposition of her lace top with a draped and printed skirt. Her love for fashion drove her to start her own eco-focused fashion communications agency, Beau Monde Society. With this agency, Jennifer hopes to make changes in fast fashion brands to help preserve the environment. This Brown Girl Loves Fashion Week, and the world we live in too!

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What are your thoughts on Jennifer’s mix of  classic and eclectic elements?