Good Afternoon! I know you all have been waiting for me to post about this makeover that my friends and I were working on and I am a week late in posting but things have been very busy for me! I am so happy that I finally have the chance to post everything on here! I had the opportunity to interview the Grand Prize winner Evelyn and the runner-up winner Shanik and talk to them a bit about their reasons for getting the makeover. Their stories really touched me and the rest of the makeover team and I am sure you will feel the same! Evelyn was styled from head to toe from hair, makeup and clothes and participated in a photo shoot to show her new look off. Shanik had her hair styled and makeup done by our team. Both ladies were also gifted with a gift bag courtesy of Mizani and Danessa Myricks. In other words, they are SET for the new year!
Thanks to Ellin Lavar of Lavar Hair Designs for letting us use her salon for the makeover and shoot and a very special thanks to the “New Year, New Me” Makeover Team for making all of this possible! Follow them on Instagram:
Hair Stylist: @HairGirlReginaPearl and Tawanna of @lavarhair
Creative Director: @sh0nique
Make Up Artist: @niasia_ and @mo_bates
Nail Artist: @shellbeezy
Salon: Lavar Hair Designs @lavarhair
Scroll down below for pictures as well as my interviews with the lovely ladies! I have a lot planned for February and thanks to my new social media maven Kimmy, I’m about to make some ish happen so stay tuned! Always remember to love and live luxuriously!
Before and After shots of our “New Year, New Me” makeover grand prize winner Evelyn
Before and After shots of our “New Year, New Me” Makeover Runner Up Shanik!
Side Profile of Evelyn from her shoot
Evelyn’s full on punk glam look!
The lovely ladies posing together after their makeovers!
Close up of Shanik’s new look!
Side profile of Shanik’s new cut!
BTS Video and Interviews
Starting today. I’ve decided to make every Friday “Fashion Friday” on Amore Luxe. I don’t proclaim to be a “fashionista” in any way but I know what I like. I am a self-proclaimed “girly girl” and I love feminine details like lace and sparkles. Animal print has made its way into my wardrobe in the past 2 years and I am in love with long summer dresses. Lately, I have been drawn to more of a traditional yet sexy look. I have noticed that many designers and celebrities alike have been drawn to the look and fit of clothing from the 50’s. I love that women were outfits that were simple yet classic and whether you wore a dress or pants, the outfits embraced a woman’s curves and drew attention to her best features. I plan on buying a few 50’s inspired outfits to add to my wardrobe this summer and here are 3 looks that I love!
Polka Dot Dress
I love the simplicity yet fun feel of a polka dot dress. Its bright but not over the top and the overall design of the dress is sexy without showing too much. This dress is flattering on all different sizes and I feel it’s the perfect dress to wear out to a brunch or picnic and if you wear the right accessories and shoes, you can wear it to a party or another dress up function. If you aren’t particularly fond of polka dots, try it in a simple solid color. Versatility is key for me when it comes to buying pieces and in my opinion, this dress is the epitome of versatile.
One Piece Swimsuit
Back in the 50’s, women were more modest when it came to showing off their bodies especially on the beach. As a result, one piece swimsuits were ideal whether you wanted to jump in the water or simply lay out in the sun. Even though we have a variety of swimsuit looks to choose from today from bikinis to monokinis and everything in between, its nice to take it back to a classic and timeless look. I think that this swimsuit is nice because the ruching in the midsection can give the look of a flatter stomach and the halter top draws attention to the neckline. Whether you like wearing patterns or just one color, this one piece will flatter your figure!
Tank Top and Shorts
This is one of my favorite looks because its simple( which is a trend in 50’s wear) but can be worn in many ways. The model pictured has a striped tank with jean shorts but you can change the color of the tank and jeans so they can work for you. Add a cute accessory like a flower in your hair to complete the look. This look can be worn with sneakers for a casual feel (Keds are my fave for this look especially the ones with different patterns on them) or a peep toe pump to dress it up a bit. It’s all about your personality and what you feel comfortable with but keeping it simple yet chic is the best way to pull off this look!
If you aren’t sure where to find these types of outfits, make sure you check out sites such as http://www.rosegal.com (love their vintage dresses section) and http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com for a variety of 50’s inspired clothing that will work for any budget. Happy shopping and since I’m still an amateur in this fashion game, I love reading your comments/suggestions/critiques so please feel free to comment below. Have an amazing weekend:)
Love and live luxuriously!
Every now and then, I am introduced to an artist and find myself in awe of their talent, beauty and overall presence. Last November when watching 12 Years A Slave, I was blown away by the character Patsy who is played by Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o. Patsy was a slave who was also the reluctant mistress of her slaveowner. She was delicate and strong at the same time and even when she wanted to die, she was honest and pure in her intentions and wanted to have peace in the after life. The movie as a whole affected me deeply but it was Patsy who stuck in my mind long after leaving the theater. I decided to Google to find out more about Lupita Nyong’o and it was then that II was blown away by her beauty. Her skin is flawless and her low haircut and minimal makeup just added to her natural beauty. She looked like a model and every red carpet appearance became her runway. I said to myself “This woman has the talent and the beauty…it can’t get any better than that!” Boy was I wrong! I decided to watch a few of her interviews and there was one that I watched last month that really blew me away (check it out above)
Lupita is the epitome of class, style grace, beauty and most importantly, humility. She is so attuned to life and seems to have a deep understanding of history and how it has affected people of color as well as the rest of the world and how we are perceived. She realizes that her role in this film is so much bigger than her and is blessed to have been chosen as the person to play a role that is an important part of American history. One of my goals for 2014 is to interview this future Oscar winner(I can feel it!) so I can tell her how much she has touched and inspired me and after seeing the movie, I am sure many of you will feel the same way. Much Love!