Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City has become one of the top photo ops of the year for style bloggers, not to mention an important badge of merit and success. In the past, a ticket to a designer’s show represented acceptance and influence within the fashion industry for a blogger. Now, however, it appears that many of these personal-brand empires, big and small, are going to have to find a new way to participate in Fashion Week as IMG, the company ultimately responsible for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, has decided to discontinue inviting many of the bloggers that have become recent fixtures at Lincoln Center.
'Tis the season to be fabulous. The holidays are in full-swing and that usually means one thing -- you'll be invited to multiple social events and parties. Joonbug recently heard the buzz surrounding an incredible beauty salon Bangz Salon and Spa, very close to Manhattan and had to learn more. From cutting edge color and cut techniques, to innovative beauty treatments and a breathtaking high-vaulted ceiling location -- it was time for a fashionable adventure.
When you walk into a room at a holiday party some of the first things people will notice and judge you on are your smile and your hair. This time of year it is important to put your most fashionable foot forward and feel good about yourself. We sat down with Dominick Sansevero, co-owner of Bangz, and he gave me the rundown of what he saw for our hair. His salon partner Richard Cronk and him are celebrating 20 years. Dominick's consultation was on-point and he spoke about the need for a few highlights and low lights to punch up the color in a classy yet powerful way. We also spoke about the cut and how the shape of our hair wasn't really working for our face. He suggested strategically placed layers without cutting off too much length (hallelujah). It was such a pleasure to actually work with a hair salon expert who listened to us and wasn't so quick to start chopping away. We then met Angel, the color expert, and once again discussed color, and she agreed with Dominick on a plan.
The hair wash was relaxing, the color by Angel was amazing and the precision hair cut by Dominick was a cut above any salon that we have been to in quite sometime. You now could see our cheekbones and the color was gorgeous. We definitely will be returning to Bangz Salon -- a stylish oasis right outside of Manhattan in Montclair, NJ, yet so close to the action. Joonbug is officially haute for the holidays! We can't wait to return and renew for the New Year with some of their incredible spa services such as the Sunglow Body Treatment: keep your skin sunkissed throughout the seasons. This treatment begins with an invigorating full-body scrub. You will then experience the ultimate in relaxation as our state-of-the-art vichy shower rinses away your cares. This treatment concludes with an application of a self-tanning lotion containing botanicals and fruit extracts by a massage therapist. The perfect way to start-off the New Year.
Just in time for the Holiday Season, Alexander Wang has premiered his new line of headphones that he designed for the popular brand Beats by Dr. Dre.
The new headphones and pill speaker are sleek and black with just a touch of pale gold, which is Wang's signature combo. The new line includes ear buds ($149) which come with its own fashionable black case with keyring and clip, a beats pill speaker ($299) and studio headphones ($449)
Burrr, it's cold outside! You may want to bundle up- better yet, why don't you escape the cold? With all the long holiday weekends approaching and winter breaks from school we know our readers have the "itch" to book a flight and just go! Weather it is a quick flight to Miami, Florida or a luxurious get away to the Virgin Islands Melissa Odabash, Sirenes de Soliel and Acacia Swimwear have the perfect swimwear and accessories for the occasion. Check out the ultra-chic designs and colorful playful styles that pair great with sandy beaches and tropical waters. We can't forget to mention that many of Melissa Odabash's pieces have been spotted on stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Kate Moss! The mermaids behind SDS Swim are the recent 2nd place winners in The 27th International Fashion Designer of the Year Award and Acacia Swimwear has been featured in as Elle, Cosmo and In Style magazines and many more! Acacia can be purchased online and in many retailers world wide.
Caroline Misan Alvo is the CEO and founder of Gambita (meaning “little shrimp” in Spanish), a startup eCommerce company whose goal is to deliver a positive online shopping experience for petite women by compiling and selling the best petite and petite-friendly clothing to petite women all over the world. She recently held a modeling competition in NYC to find “the face of Gambita.” Originally, she thought she would be able to select a model from one of the many NYC modeling agencies, but after calling numerous agencies and being told that “models under 5’4’’ do not exist,” she decided she would host her own runway show in order to find a model to represent the company. The only requirement for the competition was that every woman be 5’4” or under.
Home to the latest footwear and accessories, Call It Spring's new Winter 2013 campaign will have you seeing stars, and maybe aliens and astronauts too. Season after season, the Call it Spring campaign follows a group of friends on everyday adventures. This year's campaign video shoot includes a cast of out of this world characters, where Mars is made out of cotton candy and aliens sport the coolest in footwear. “The campaign explores the ideas and novelties surrounding space culture, taking it to new heights all the while having fun” notes Reanna Evoy, Senior Art Director.
Check out their awesome space inspired video below and take a look at their collection here!
Tequila Sunrise Couture is a Los Angeles-based label that honors the "fearless" woman. With a knack for fashion and the ability to stand out in a crowd, she's definitely not afraid to be heard. "The Tequila Sunrise Couture girl wears her confidence on her sleeve — and her tee! -TequilaSunriseCouture.com
Joonbug recently got a chance to ask some tough questions to brand designer, David Durey! Okay, okay, maybe not the "tough" questions, but we did get to the bottom of his inspiration, creative process, and what's next for the hig-end contemporary brand.
It's all about football this time of year for us sports gals and the men in our lives. Whether you’re involved in the sports antics or just watching, see our Girl’s Guide to Watching the Game. Joonbug even shares an Instagram sweepstakes featured below where you can win cash every week and spa gift card. Now, we're talking! Go team!
A GIRL’S GUIDE TO WATCHING THE GAME:
#1 – A cute NFL team shirt that actually fits right: Old Navy
$19.50 - $26.50 OldNavy.com
Besides the epic performances and awards, one of our favorite parts of awards shows is the fashion! Some celebrities really called on their inner fashion gods and goddesses last night. And some just well... didn't. Take a look at some our favorite celebrities who got it right and rocked the red carpet at the 2013 American Music Awards last night.
She didn't rock a dress adorned with Biggie and Tupac's face this time around (although she did wear a 2 piece get up adorned with cats during her performance). Miley decided to keep it classy at this award's show and she strolled down the red carpet in a simple Versace pantsuit.
Great clothes, great people, and a great vibe is the best description that can be given for the launch event for Authentic Apparel Group's U.S. Army Menswear line this past Wednesday night (November 20). Held at Lower Manhattan's Blind Barber, tastemakers and fashionista's filled up the space to catch an in-person glimpse of Authentic Apparel's new U.S. Army Menswear collection.
Featuring a live DJ, the vibe in the building was great, as people mingled and got insights on the stylish new collection. The line, which will be distributed exclusively through Zappos, is officially licensed by the U.S. Army, and is inspired by classic military apparel while giving it a contemporary spin. One may think of Army apparel and shy away due to the idea of all-camouflage pieces, but the coolest thing about the line is that while the designs are inspired by Army attire, the colorways are varied and modern, and you would hardly guess they were based on military wear.
Ashley Olsen has joined the board of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The CFDA is an invitation-only VIP membership that consists of 400 American designers. The CFDA is a not-for-profit organization found in 1962 by publicist Eleanor Lambert. However, for the last 4 years, Diane von Fürstenberg has been the group’s President. Their mission branches out in many positive directions. First and foremost, they want the point of fashion design to be seen as American art and culture, but they also focus on maintaining a code of ethics in professional, public and trade relations. The fashion industry in America is meant to grow and expand – and with creating partnerships and collaborations this becomes possible.