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 www.ritcherani.com 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.

For more information visit the website at barelyxtensions.com or connect with Barely Xtensions at Instagram/barelyxtensionsFacebook/barelyxtensionsTwitter/barelyxtensions, and Pinterest/barelyxtensions.

Dreaming of Spring with the March – April 2019 Edition of InFluential Magazine

We’re thrilled to welcome you to our multi-award winning March – April 2019 edition where we are Dreaming of Spring.

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The March – April 2019 Edition of InFluential Magazine

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: A Recap to The Largest Celebration of Sustainability

On February 7, Pildora, a global events and production startup dedicated entirely to sustainability, hosted #FASHIONABILITY, bringing the sustainable fashion world together for an immersive experience of the arts at the World of McIntosh Townhouse in SoHo.

Hosted by CEO and Founder of Pildora, Christina Almeida, and world known celebrity choreographer, Jermaine Browne, #FASHIONABILITY honored leaders in the fashion and entertainment industry that celebrates eco-friendly lifestyles and sustainable, yet trendy, designs including designers Alexander Acosta and Malaika Haaning who attended the event. 

The evening featured new collections from Querencia Studio and AndAgain as well as a trailer screening of Más allá de la herencia, a Spanish film that sheds light on The Great Pacific Garbage Patchthrough its ecological sub-plot, along with live performances from The Voice’s Kimberly Nichole, crafted cocktails, locally sourced hors d’oeurves, and more.

Christina Almeida, CEO and Founder of Pildora, Hosts #FashionAbility NYFW 2019, An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

 

Jermaine Browne co-hosts #FashionAbility NYFW 2019, An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

The Voice’s Kimberly Nichole performs during #FashionAbility NYFW 2019, An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

Kimberly Nichole, Christina Almeida, and Jermaine Browne attend #FashionAbility NYFW 2019 An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement, Presented by Pildora, at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez attends #FashionAbility NYFW 2019, An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement, Presented by Pildora, at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

Kimberly Nichole attends #FashionAbility NYFW 2019 An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement, Presented by Pildora, at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

Designer Alexander Acosta attends #FashionAbility NYFW 2019, An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement, Presented by Pildora, at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

Tegan Maxey, Kate Walz and Devin Gilmartin of Querencia Studio attends #FashionAbility NYFW 2019 An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement, Presented by Pildora, at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

Patrick Duffy, Founder of Global Fashion Exchange attends #FashionAbility NYFW 2019 An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement, Presented by Pildora, at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

Co-hosts Christina Almeida and Jermaine Browne attend #FashionAbility NYFW 2019 An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement, Presented by Pildora, at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

A presentation by Querencia Studio during #FashionAbility NYFW 2019 An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement, Presented by Pildora, at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

A presentation by AndAgain during #FashionAbility NYFW 2019 An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement, Presented by Pildora, at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

Amanda Lee, Director of Nest, attends #FashionAbility NYFW 2019 An Experience Portraying Sustainability Through Fashion, Music And Movement, Presented by Pildora, at World of McIntosh on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Pildora)

Presenting the Gardens of La Métamorphose

Photography courtesy of Imaxtree.

In the gardens of La Métamorphose, the woman is certainly a flower that opens, but this woman conquers her femininity, delicate in her strength, it is a multifaceted woman, muse, but also leader.

Pastels emphasize the rosebuds who open, the whites for the purity and the light. The sharp shapes symbolize the determination.

Nous vînmes au jardin fleuri pour la cueillette. Belle, sais-tu combien de fleurs, de roses-thé, Roses pâles d’amour qui couronnent ta tête, S’effeuillent chaque été?

Leurs tiges vont plier au grand vent qui s’élève.  Des pétales de rose ont chu dans le chemin. O Belle, cueille-les, puisque nos fleurs de rêve Se faneront demain!

Mets-les dans une coupe et toutes portes closes, Alanguis et cruels, songeant aux jours défunts, Nous verrons l’agonie amoureuse des roses Aux râles de parfums.

Le grand jardin est défleuri, mon égoïste, Les papillons de jour vers d’autres fleurs ont fui, Et seuls dorénavant viendront au jardin triste Les papillons de nuit.

Et les fleurs vont mourir dans la chambre profane.  Nos roses tour à tour effeuillent leur douleur. Belle, sanglote un peu… Chaque fleur qui se fane, C’est un amour qui meurt!

Guillaume Apollinaire, Il y a, « La cueillette », publication posthume, 1925.

 

Dans les jardins de La Métamorphose, la femme est certes une fleur qui éclot, mais cette femme est conquérante dans sa féminité, delicate dans sa force, c’est une femme multi-facettes, muse, mais aussi leader.

Les pastels soulignent l’éclosion, les blancs la pureté et la lumière. La précision des coupes, la détermination.

This Season’s Hottest Leather Bags

This season, top off your outfits with the ultimate statement accessory: an El Vaquero leather bag.

Each bag is carefully crafted by hand in Italy and is characterized by fringe detailing. Whether you’re looking for a day-to-day bag or a gift for that special someone, El Vaquero luxury bags are made to stand the test of time with its 100% calf leather composition. These bold bags are more than just a fashion accessory; Its carryall sizes and user-friendly zips and buckles serve both fashion and function.

Taking inspiration from the Wild West, El Vaquero bags are carefully-crafted works of art made with the true modern bohemian woman in mind. From muted tones in Jet Black and Chestnut to rich colors in Indigo and Crimson, these accessories are the perfect addition to any ensemble.

Established in 1975 by designer Valerio Giuntoli, El Vaquero specializes in artisanal leather goods for the free-spirited woman. Each item is hand-crafted with utmost scrutiny by expert artisans to ensure the resulting product is embodied in Tuscany heritage and boasts an authentic vintage spirit.

El Vaquero shoes and accessories are available for purchase on their newly launched e-commerce store here.

Birchbox @ Walgreens Launches on December 6!

Party on aisle one!

On Thursday, December 6th, Walgreens celebrated the launch of their exclusive Birchbox beauty section and offerings with a kick-off invite only event INSIDE of the Soho store location in New York City. The event was hosted by Lauren Brindley the Group Vice President of Beauty for Walgreens and Katia Bauchamp the co-founder of Birchbox.

The highlights of the evening included the build your own box station where attendees were able to assemble a custom Birchbox and have personalized by cool girl calligrapher, Steffi Lynn as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony to christen the occasion.

In attendance were friends of Walgreens and Birchbox, influencers, media and premiere beauty brand reps who sipped on prosecco, dined on passed hors d’oeuvre, took photos in a photobooth and jammed to live music.

Starting today, Birchbox is available in Walgreens locations all over the country including New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Chicago with even more locations opening in 2019. With a new and effortless way to discover new beauty brands or to shop indie products Walgreens has evolved into a beauty destination for all, perfect for those who are still looking for Christmas gift ideas!

Chic Designs to Remind You of Home

Where is your happy place? Happiest Tee lets you celebrate your favorite destinations in style and comfort. A Happiest Tee starts with a luxe American-made garment from State & Manor. There may be a more comfortable tee shirt out there, but we haven’t found it. Whether a celebration of your hometown, a memento from a fabulous vacation or a gift for that friend with a passion for travel, a Happiest Tee is the perfect choice.

Hesitant to even call their merchandise t-shirts … because a Happiest Tee is more than a tee! The base garment utilizes luxury design and production you’d expect to find on Rodeo Drive. The price is a reflection of the fit and fabric. There’s a reason their apparel can be found in some of the most prestigious resorts around the world. They can say with certainty once you wear your Happiest Tee, you will never question the price. There’s a reason the rooms at the Mandarin Oriental cost more than those at a Holiday Inn. It’s all in the quality of the experience. And we think you’re worth the upgrade!

If you’re still curious about what makes a Happiest Tee so special, here’s the short list:

REDEFINING THE NOVELTY TEE

  • Super Soft Modal/Spandex Blend

  • Casual Luxury
  • Great Fit

  • 100% Made in the USA

  • No labels/No itching

  • Eco-Conscious

  • Machine Washable

  • No Fading or Stretching

  • Screen Printing not Heat Transfer

From Africa’s Emerging Markets Come Emerging Designers

Marketplace Africa puts the emerging African fashion industry in reach for American style-setters

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Michelle Obama is well known for discovering and supporting up-and-coming designers from a variety of backgrounds and cultural influences and bringing them to prominence. From Taiwanese-Canadian Jason Wu to Finnish Teija Eilola to Nigerian Maki Oh, the former First Lady has placed a number of designers on the world stage and catapulted their careers forward. 

Now Marketplace Africa offers fashion-forward style setters everywhere the same opportunity to discover emerging designers from Africa and showcase what may be the next “it” designer. 

Africa is home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, fueling a $31 billion fashion industry and its own Africa Fashion Week. This economic success has given birth to some of the hottest new fashion designers that are little known outside of Africa and waiting to be discovered by American style-setters. Nigerian designer Maki Oh has been worn by celebrities from Rihanna to Beyoncé to Michelle Obama. But many other designers are waiting to be discovered outside of their native countries and now Marketplace Africa makes it easy. 

Marketplace Africa, a joint venture between global shipping leader DHL and Africa’s e-commerce leader,  Mall for Africa, features more than 80 designers and a full range of accessories, as well as men’s fashion and gifts. The partnership takes the complexity and uncertainty out of global online shopping. DHL handles all logistics services for the marketplace, including an exclusive product-verification process prior to shipping, while Mall for Africa’s award-winning, patented e-commerce platform manages Marketplace Africa’s proprietary platform and payment system. So American shoppers have access to the innovative designers and craftspeople across Africa creating stunning, world-class products using both traditional and cutting-edge techniques, while African businesses are able to connect to new markets and new customers.