InFluential Magazine July / August Fashion Editorial: For Nataly Correa, Many Things are Going Well

Nataly Correa is a Colombian model born in Cartagena and we’re thrilled to feature her in the Fashion Editorial of our multi-award winning July / August edition of InFluential Magazine.

We’re equally pleased to have a brief interview with the Colombian beauty.

The editorial credits are as follows:

Photographer:  Juan Chu

Model:  Nataly Correa

MUA:  Almy Makeup

Designer:  Enma Moz

PR Agency:  SGG Public Relations

We invite you to visit the full Fashion Editorial in our July / August edition.

Because You Are Not Just a Body – You Are Somebody

Photography courtesy of Saint Somebody.

Saint Somebody creates premium-quality swimwear pieces that are beautifully structured with seamless technology, clean lines and sophisticated styles, allowing women sizes 8 to 16 to wear the collection with confidence.

Saint Somebody, an Australia-based swimwear brand catering to the modern woman, is proud to officially launch in the U.S. market.

Created on Australia’s Northern Beaches in 2017, Saint Somebody was founded by Sophie Henderson-Smart, a mother of two and Sydney native. Preparing for a European beach getaway, Henderson-Smart failed to find a swimsuit that catered to her own curves but did not boast loud and garish designs, fit awkwardly or fall apart due to flimsy material. After struggling to find a swimwear label that was fashionable, high quality and looked good in all the right places, Henderson-Smart decided to create the product she had been searching for; thus, Saint Somebody was born.

Saint Somebody embraces sophisticated silhouettes and celebrates the beautiful diversity of womankind, giving women sizes 8 to 16 swimsuit options that make them feel good. Saint Somebody designs the fit specifically for this size range and combines two layers of fabric for the ultimate in seamless coverage. Each detail on every piece is thoughtfully designed with a woman’s natural curves in mind. Henderson-Smart personally tries on every swimsuit she designs to ensure a perfect fit.

To shop the collection and learn more about Saint Somebody, visit  You may also visit our July / August 2019 edition.

It’s Time To Revamp Your Style with Some Fresh Summer Looks

Bring on the sunshine in the all-new summer collection from Speechless!

Speechless has the latest trend forecast to help you stay totally chic this summer. It’s time to take note of these Instagram-worthy styles! You’ll be thanking us for these fab fashion finds for your travels, summer nights out, or trendy bridesmaid and wedding guest looks. Creating trend-driven, contemporary styles for every part of your active social life, Speechless has everything you want and more in their 2019 Summer collection. Check out the Summertime trends we can’t wait to get our hands on this season!

  • Go Natural –  white, ivory, ecru, nude, and blush which are great to mix with hot textures such as crochet and lace.
  • Prairie Looks- micro ruffles, lattice trims in soft slubs and linens
  • Spice Market Shades- Tones like rust, mustard, and parsley
  • Summer Nights Out- more shoulder exposure, show some skin!
  • Summer Silhouettes- easy and breathable sundresses
  • Rib Knits- solids and stripes are totally in this season
  • Summer Blooms- cute floral detailing perfect for a day date or brunch with the girls!

Speechless has the ultimate dress guide for all your wedding outfit needs. Whether you’re the maid of honor, a bridesmaid or a guest, Speechless has unique and affordable dresses for each moment leading up to the big day.

Featuring the free-spirited lives of fashion-focused girls and taking the hottest trends of the moment to deliver the styles you crave, Speechless will always #LeavesThemSpeechless. Start building your summer wardrobe now at, where you can enjoy $20 off your purchase when you sign up for exclusive offers and updates.

About Speechless:

We sketch, sew, and style just for you! Since 2001, Speechless has been designing trend-driven dresses for the free-spirited, fierce and flirty. Based in Los Angeles, we create dresses that fit your every social moment. We celebrate our passion for innovation by designing styles that make you feel confident. Speechless is committed to giving you a perfect look for every occasion, whether it’s a night out on the town, or your daily go to… #LeaveThemSpeechless now at @SpeechlessDresses.

Kandi Burruss Launches Kandi Koated Luxury Cosmetics Collection

The Kandi Koated cosmetics line pushes the world of beauty forward with a range of products encouraging people of all skin tones and identities to express and celebrate their authentic selves

Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss — entrepreneur, Grammy Award-winning songwriter, and star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta — has expanded her empire with the launch of Kandi Koated, an empowering collection of luxury cosmetics celebrating diversity and inclusivity across all identities and skin tones. Burruss designed the line for those seeking to express their authentic selves—individuals who know they’re worth and want to look and feel confident on their own terms.

The Kandi Koated collection emerged from Burruss’ desire to see more inclusivity in the world of beauty. The selected ingredients, pigments, and palettes reflect the very diverse community that both inspire and have been inspired by Burruss for more than two decades.

“People come from all walks of life,” Burruss said. “They are not only a rainbow of shades, hues, and colors but also identities. The collection’s color palette ranges from deep espresso and bright, bold reds and purples, to brilliant metallics and buttery nudes. This allows anyone to experiment and celebrate their beauty in the ways that work best for them.”

Kandi Koated includes concealers, illuminators, blushes, bronzing powders, lip products, lip and eye pencils, and eye shadow and liquid palettes in colors for casual daytime wear and knockout evening looks. The collection’s Pretty Powerful line will feature Authentic, a special, limited edition matte lipstick featuring a bold red color that serves as a reminder of the wearer’s strength, authenticity, beauty, and power.

“Kandi Koated is more than a cosmetics line. It is a celebration of beauty, individuality, and diversity in a world where acceptance should be more than a goal. It should be our reality,” added Burruss. “I can’t wait to share this collection and its message of empowerment with people across the country and around the world.”

Kandi Koated cosmetics are cruelty-free with paraben-free, gluten-free, and vegan options available. To learn more and to purchase products in the collection, visit or host a Kandi Koated party with a Bedroom Kandi Boutique Parties consultant.

Concepts X Versace Chain Reaction Sneaker Pays Homage to Jennifer Lopez’s Iconic Green Dress Nearly 20 Years Later

Concepts is honored to announce its collaborative project with Versace. The seminal fashion house is as influential and groundbreaking as ever, and the brand-new, limited-edition Chain Reaction sneaker is the perfect representation of the brand’s current impact on the world of fashion and forward-thinking footwear. Therefore, it is a perfect vessel for Concepts to do what it does best, weaving a narrative into the silhouette and sharing an anecdote from which Versace touched our lives.

This specific story harkens back nearly 20 years ago when Jennifer Lopez made headlines by donning Versace’s silk chiffon, jungle-themed dress. After setting the red carpet on fire and presenting an award in the stunning green dress, she was the focus of all forms of media the next day. In fact, Google executive Eric Schmidt said in a 2015 essay that J Lo’s dress set a record, at the time, for the most search queries and also inspired Google to create the image search function. The rest is history, as J Lo’s fame skyrocketed and people are still referencing the iconic Versace piece today.

Released in conjunction with J Lo’s 50th birthday, the Chain Reaction sneaker, pictured below, is Concepts’ take on the entertainment icon’s eye-popping dress. It features a jungle motif-printed nylon upper with green iridescent TPU tooling, set off by a nude leather tongue and the head-turning, lightweight, and chain-linked rubber sole. The Concepts X Versace Chain Reaction sneaker will be available beginning Friday, July 19 in women’s sizes (35-40) and men’s sizes (39-47) for $1075 at Concepts’ Boston store at 10 a.m. EST, Concepts’ New York City store at 11 a.m. EST, and via at 11 a.m. EST.

This latest collaboration furthers Concepts’ footprint in the luxury shoe market, bringing the brand one step closer to the December opening of its flagship store on Boston’s famed Newbury Street, the city’s most sought-after shopping district.

Leonardo D’Almagro: The First Latino Partnering with Global Jewelry Manufacturer 

Leonardo D’Almagro (Venezuelan jewelry designer based in Austin, Texas) is a new face in the jewelry world… but he has hit the ground running.  He was the first Hispanic Designer from the USA to launch a new brand at Vicenzaoro and Vincenza Dubai (the most important international jewelry trade shows in the world), and he is now the first Latino partnering with global jewelry manufacturer, Vaibhav Global Limited (VGL), which touts shopping channels in the USA (“Shop LC”) and in the UK (TJC, “The Jewelry Channel”) and commands presence in Asia.

About Vaibhav Global Limited (VGL)

Vaibhav Global Limited (VGL), headquartered in Jaipur, Rajasthan was incorporated as ‘Vaibhav Gems Limited’ in 1989 and renamed as ‘Vaibhav Global Limited’ in 2013. The Company went public in 1996-97 and has since evolved into a successful, vertically-integrated electronic retailer of fashion jewelry and lifestyle products in the USA and United Kingdom on its TV Shopping channels – ShopLC, USA and The Jewelry Channel (TJC), UK. The TV coverage is complemented by e-commerce websites/mobile apps and

VGL reaches almost 100 million households through its TV Shopping channels – ShopLC in the US and The Jewelry Channel (TJC) in the UK. These TV shopping channels reach customers directly 24X7 on almost all major cable, satellite and DTH platforms – Dish TV, DirecTV, Comcast, Verizon Fios, Time Warner, AT&T, Sky, Virgin, Freeview, and Freesat, etc. In addition, VGL’s e-commerce websites/mobile apps in the USA –, and UK – its TV coverage, diversify customer engagement and increase customer lifetime value.

About Leonardo D’Almagro

He is frequently featured (TV Host-Producer) in fashion segments for national and international networks such as Univision, USA Hispanic market, Latino Latin American (LATAM), Brazil, and Telemundo.  Leonardo is also a fashion editor, contributed as a Harper’s Bazaar Style Ambassador, is a member of the Fashion Group International, and is certified by Jewelers of America as a Management Professional.

The Leonardo D’Almagro brand is becoming increasingly well known.  His jewelry was used in Paris Fashion Week to accessorize Binzario Couture.  The Daytime Emmy Awards recognized Leonardo for his contributions as a Fashion Editor to the Superlatina TV show with Gabriela Natale; Gaby Natale (3-time EMMY award winning TV host, bestselling author, and motivational speaker) also wore his jewelry while receiving Emmy Awards and during the US promotional tour of her book, El Circulo Virtuoso.  The Mr. Venezuela, Miss Venezuela & Miss Mexico organizations chose him as an official designer; his jewelry will be used by the official Miss Mexico and Mr. Mexico in all their international pageant events.  Miss Venezuela International, Amal Nemer, wore his jewelry during the Miss International contest, where she won the title of Miss South America International.  Barbara Palacios (former Miss Universe), Jacqueline Aguilera (former Miss World), and Ana Girault (former Miss Mexico, who represented her country at Miss Universe) also wear Leonardo’s jewelry line.  Other fans adorning themselves with D’Almagro’s jewelry include Hillary Kennedy (American TV host), Jeannette Chivvis (celebrity fashion stylist and TV host), and reality TV celebrities LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra from The Real Housewives of Dallas.

Laura Frecon’s 5 Easy Tips To Having The Sustainable Wedding Of Your Dreams!

You believe in living an eco-conscious and sustainable life each and every day, and your wedding day should be no exception. Planning an eco-friendly wedding is a lot easier than you may think! There are many sustainable wedding ideas out there, with more eco-friendly wedding decorations available and greener options when it comes to catering, invitations, and finding your perfect dress. Here are 5 easy tips from Verte Luxe CEO, Laura Frecon that will help you have the sustainable wedding of your dreams so you can say “I do,” with a clear conscience.

Repurpose and Achieve a One-Of-A-Kind Look 

For most of us, our gowns will only be worn this one time. That’s why it’s great to consider repurposing a gown by hiring a good seamstress to re-make an existing gown and creating your own design. You will be reusing existing materials and creating a one-of-a-kind gown that is your very own. Also, look to eco-friendly wedding gown designers like Celia Grace and Lindee Daniel. These designers are using sustainable materials and fair trade practices.

Don’t Be Wasteful

Think about donating your flowers and leftover food after the event. You can search for venues who support local farm-to-table cuisine and donate to a food bank when the wedding is over. There are amazing floral companies such as Rebloom, who take your wedding flowers and repurpose them by donating to hospitals and nursing homes or reselling them at a lower cost to other events.

Send Out Eco-Friendly Invitations

Print invitations, programs, and menus on seed paper. Seed paper is a biodegradable material that sprouts into flowers when planted in soil. Botanical PaperWorks has a whole line of custom goods on plantable paper so it’s perfect for your wedding and garden.

Use Nature as Your Decor

For decor, use the beauty that surrounds you when designing the look of your wedding.  Consider an outdoor venue that will cut back on energy costs by saving the need for lighting. Look to local farms for your flowers and use the scenery that surrounds you rather than bringing in excessive decor. Work with sustainable event planners and designers in your area and always go local with your food, wine, and flowers to cut back on your carbon footprint.

Think Eco-Friendly Registry

Register for items that will support your mission and keep sustainability a priority. As your guests browse through the registry they may even become inspired to make a lifestyle change!

Laura Frecon

Laura Frecon

About Laura Frecon:

Laura Frecon has a passion for beauty, fashion, life and all things green. She is an Emmy nominated Costume Designer, Wardrobe Director for the hit TV show American Beauty Star, and the CEO of Verte Luxe, where you can learn about and shop eco-luxury products to lead a more sustainable life. As a Costume Designer, Frecon has created wardrobe for legendary characters on shows and films such as Mad Men, True Blood, Men in Black 3, Nostalgia, Kong Skull Island and many more. Her love of fashion, beauty, and design is what prompted Frecon to create Verte Luxe. She has chosen to dedicate her years of experience in the entertainment and fashion industries, as well as her love for the planet, to a deeper cause that not only educates people about how to live a more sustainable life but offers them eco-luxury products to use in their daily life. Verte Luxe was born out of the desire to provide a resource for eco-conscious, ethical and sustainably-minded people to have luxurious goods and services without sacrificing their values. With five pillars, including Wedding, Lifestyle, Fashion, Beauty and Home, Frecon strives to provide her readers all they need to live a sustainable life. Frecon recently worked on the Lifetime Television Series, “American Beauty Star,” where she teamed up with World Fashion Week to bring ethical designers from around the world onto the screen. Today, she is proud to be the United States Ambassador of Eco-Conscious, Ethical and Sustainable Fashion for World Fashion Week Paris 2019.  To learn more about Laura Frecon, please visit and to shop eco-luxury goods go to Follow @verteluxelife on Instagram to get your daily green tips!

Ritch Erani NYFC Announces Cruel Intentions Inspired Collection

Ritch Erani NYFC announces a Cruel Intentions inspired footwear collaboration with Sony Pictures, launching today. Cruel Intentions currently celebrates its 20th Anniversary which will coincide with the drop of the collection.
Ritch Erani recreated styles based on the three main characters of the film, Kathryn, Annette and Cecile.  Kathryn is a sexy and dangerous heel with the iconic rosary necklace wrapped around the top closure of the shoe. The word Bitch is smeared across the strap of left shoe. Annette is the complete opposite of the Kathryn. The shoes emulate a good girl who is sweet and soft. Bows mimic Annette’s pig tails and accentuate her innocence. The Cecile represents the classic loafer wearing schoolgirl too young to be playing with fire.
Cruel Intentions was the quintessential high school drama of the 90′s with a cult following that is still active today. The movie brought you into the world of the elite New York prep school society, paving the way for shows like Gossip Girl. Throughout the movie teenagers were acting like adult’s way before their time, which was brought to the forefront with their high-end wardrobes. The Ritch Erani collection transports you back to 1999, where all you wanted to do was emulate your favorite character.
The collection drops Thursday, June 13th at and on Farfetch Friday, June 21st.  It will be available in-store exclusively at CHUCKiES New York on July 8th.  The styles retail for $450-495.

Celebrity-Worthy Selfies for Selfie Day, June 21

Social media is such an important part of our lives! Not only can it build up your self-esteem, it can impact your social status, lead you to job offers, and even show you how to prepare for a special date!

“Selfies” remain popular, but they rarely look exactly like we do in real life! According to research by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery,  an average selfie, taken about 12 inches from the face, makes the nasal base appear approximately 30 percent wider and the nasal tip seven percent wider than if the photograph is taken at five feet—a standard portrait distance that provides a more proportional representation of facial features.

Learning to take (and post) the most flattering selfies is important to enhancing your online image. According to the experts at Barely Xtensions, there are some tips to keep in mind as you “point and shoot” amazing selfies for your social media feeds.

“We all want to present our ‘best selves’ on social media,” says Nadine Mullings, National Account Manager with Barely Xtensions. “Mastering the selfie is a critical step to achieving that goal. Always remember, what you post online lives on forever!

“For the most successful selfie, consider your hair, makeup, and outfit, as well as the background, lighting and mood. Ask yourself, ‘What is the message I want to convey?’ Take lots and lots of pictures, so you have plenty of options. That way, you can select the ones that make you feel happy, strong, beautiful, and confident.”

Nadine offers the following tips to look your best in selfies:

Get the Look.  First, look up – not down. Hold the camera above your head and look up at it.  Don’t look down – you’ll risk capturing that dreaded double chin! Then, try holding your phone off to the side (not directly in front of you) for the most flattering angle.  Also, snap some pics with the phone tilted for cool, different looks.

Pass the Phone. Create some distance – the ultimate distance between you and the phone should be 5 feet, so you may have to get a selfie partner or “gasp” use a selfie stick.

Make it Up.  Rock a smoky eye or a bold lip (but not both at once!). Use shimmery highlights, glowy foundation or a daring eyeshadow. Get a sexy blowout or fun extensions – like the ones offered at Barely Xtensions.Super-long hair is in and will look fabulous in your selfies.

Ready for Closeups? Create some mystery by doing a selfie closeup of your very best feature like your lips and hair or your profile.

Let it Glow. Pay attention to your lighting to maximize the “glowy” look. For the best light, go outside. Ideally, take your selfies during the “golden hour” – at sunrise or sunset – when the light is low and most gorgeous. If you need to take indoor pics, stand by the window to maximize the natural light, and hold the phone between you and the light source. Good lighting will make you look rosy, healthy, and beautiful.

Live it Up.  Take pics doing the things that make you truly happy. For some, that means cooking delicious meals. For others, it’s going on a long, sweaty hike. Whether you’re brunching with your boo or playing soccer with your nieces, you’ll look happy in your photos if you’re genuinely happy when you’re taking the photos.

Sense of Place? Show people your amazing vacation, concert, or the beach day you’re enjoying by posing in front of a great background. Try selfies on a dock at the lake, in a field of sunflowers, and in other fun, interesting settings. Beware of photo bombers or anything else in the background that might distract from your stunning face.

Filter Me Attractive. Tons of filter options are available on your smartphone, so experiment to find your faves. Think filters are a waste of time? Certain filters are scientifically proven to make people look more attractive. Yahoo Labs and Georgia Tech analyzed millions of Instagram photos and concluded that the most flattering filters for selfies are Mayfair, Valencia, Hefe, Nashville, and Aden.

Just Smile! Think happy or funny thoughts to get an authentic smile. “Forcing” a smile is obvious and will always look fake. Smile naturally for the best photos and ditch the “duck face” – that look is totally over.

Mix It Up! Mix up your looks, backgrounds, outfits, makeup, accessories and hair for an assortment of selfie looks. Try fun colors, oversized sunnies, dramatic extensions from Barely Xtensions, bohemian headwraps, glittery barrettes, elaborate braids, cowboy hats, or graphic tees. Take photos in nature, at a hip café, with your besties, with your pets, and by yourself. Vary it up to add interest to your social feeds. Most importantly, relax. Don’t overthink it. Remember – this is supposed to be fun!

About Barely Xtensions: 

Barely Xtensions offers the ultra-seamless difference in hair extensions featuring a revolutionary Micro-Thin Skin Weft technology providing the smoothest application on the market allowing the extensions to lay flat to the head for a virtually undetectable finish.

Made of 100 percent premium quality Remy human hair, Barely Xtensions is setting the standard of luxury hair extensions at an affordable price with the latest trend-setting colors and styles and are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply stores throughout the United States and Canada.

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