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Carrie: Hi, Ashley! Wow, what an honor it is to be able to talk with you. Your artwork for Bergdorf’s is absolutely divine. I’m so curious to know when you got your start as an artist in New Orleans and what it was about art that appealed to you.
Ashley: I started painting 22 years ago in college, but I got started as an artist in New Orleans 14 years ago. I loved the idea of being able to express myself in whatever way I wanted--making art makes me feel brave.
Carrie: How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Ashley: Bold and unapologetic!
Carrie: That totally shines through in your work. Now, what do you think makes your art unique?
Ashley: They are my thoughts. My interpretation of the world!
Carrie: I love that! Do you have a favorite piece of artwork that you’ve ever created?
Ashley: Darn. This is hard. I love all of them but I really love the ones with text.
Carrie: Me too! Do you have a dream collaboration?
Ashley: Yes. With a major luxury fashion brand. LV, Gucci, Chanel...
Carrie: All good choices. Let’s go back to the present for a second. How do you feel about your art being displayed in Bergdorf's windows and as an exhibit on the 7th floor? Was it always a goal of yours?
Ashley: That was incredible! A dream come true. Overwhelming and amazing in every way...and humbling.
Carrie: Any future plans?
Ashley: Yeah, tons and tons! I’m just getting started!
Carrie: Where can readers find you on social media?
Ashley: My Instagram is @ashleylongshoreart and my website is www.ashleylongshore.com.
Carrie: Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview, Ashley! Keep being your bold, energetic, and unstoppable you!
Carrie: How did you come to audition for The Voice?
Shi’Ann: I submitted a thirty-two second video to NBC The Voice Snapchat (it was their first season to ever do this) and I was chosen by Alicia Keys to be her pick for the finals. Although I was one of the top four, I didn’t win Then, I was asked to come and audition for Season 13. I came to LA to sing before the show executives and then a few months later, I was invited to the Blind Auditions. Jennifer Hudson turned her chair on the first note and eventually, I made it to the Top Ten Live Show!
Whitney: I had auditioned for The Voice back in 2011 and didn't even come close to getting a shot to be on the show. I also auditioned for American Idol a couple of times and had got a no from them as well. I was pretty burnt out on hearing "no". I got an opportunity to audition for The Voice again at the beginning of 2017 and I decided maybe I would audition just one more time. I took the chance and I'm so glad I did!
Karli: I was always super focused on going to school and working (I was a barista at Starbucks, like forever). Finally, I decided I've got nothing to lose by auditioning, I mean, worst case they didn't like me and I went home. I actually decided my song choices on the way there (Jolene by Dolly Parton and The Story by Brandi Carlile)... I was super unprepared, but it ended up being one of the greatest opportunities of my life so far!
Hannah: [Season 13] was my third time auditioning. I had always been a fan of the show but I had never made it past the first few rounds of auditions until this past year.
Sophia: Third time was the charm for me.
Moriah: I auditioned for the show in NYC in February. I sang three songs then answered a bunch of questions. I guess they liked me because they called me back a few weeks later and asked if I wanted to be a part of the show!
Emily: A friend of mine from Berklee appeared on Season 11 of The Voice and gave me a call in July of 2016. She knew about my experiences in the industry already and my hesitation to move forward but felt this would be a great fit. I’m glad I listened to her and submitted my video!
Carrie: Alisan, did you ever imagine that you would end up winning the show?
Alisan: It’s actually so random! A friend gave my name to one of the casting people because she was the girlfriend of his wedding photographer! He told me at a gig and I kind of laughed it off, but then the next week I was at the audition!
Carrie: That’s crazy! Now, since I’m a style blogger, I have to ask: did you choose your own looks for the show or did the producers?
Alisan: I had a lot of influence on my looks during the show. But also had amazing stylists helping--the wardrobe department became like my second family!
Hannah: I would usually pick out 3 outfits that I liked and we would send them over to the executive producers and they would ultimately pick out the outfit I would wear.
Karli: We had to create style boards of what we were interested in. Through this, the stylists got to know us and our fashion dreams and made them come true.
Emily: On my style board, I had a mix of Stevie Nicks, Annie Lennox, and even some Cara Delevingne. I wanted a chic, sophisticated look with a bohemian flair.
Karli: Miley was also extremely involved in what her team wore on stage--she created themes for the Battle round and would plan song choices around what our looks were.
Carrie: So cool! The fashion on the show always stands out to me. Was there a particular look of yours that stood out to you?
Emily: My fully-beaded royal blue dress that I wore to sing “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” was one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever had the privilege to wear. The wardrobe team pulled it out of my rack as an option and I just about passed out. It probably weighed
50 pounds but it made me feel like a queen!
Shi’Ann: I loved my look for my “Diamonds” performance. There were diamonds all over the dress with a touch of leather. I even got my hair straightened instead of leaving it curly! Yeah, definitely my favorite look.
Karli: I sang a very dreamy song, "Blue Bayou," and had the opportunity to wear a look my stylist put together that I referred to as "the vintage angel" look. It was an all-white look with hand-dyed tights and a gorgeous rough-cut short dress with the craziest bell sleeves. I also had the most incredible gold and silver heels, with a matching gold and silver butterfly in my frizzed-out hair.
Whitney: My favorite look was during the Knockout round. I had on suspenders and a great hat! I felt in my element.
Alisan: I think my all-time favorite was the dress I wore to sing “Let Him Fly”. It was magical and felt like it was made for me and for that performance.
Sophia: For me, my favorite was this red romper paired with stunning with red shoes, a red ribbon belt, and red pumps. It just made me feel spicy!
Hannah: I loved my “Love On the Brain” outfit, specifically the classiness and the mix of textures. The silk pants and the velvet bodysuit went so nicely together.
Carrie: Do you think your style evolved at all during the show? Was it different during the later rounds than during the first blind audition?
Hannah: My style definitely evolved into a more sporty chic look. I started out a little more preppy and girly but as I moved on, my songs got more emotional so my outfits evolved to match them.
Alisan: I think I stayed pretty true to my boho chic ways. But I definitely got to play a lot. I love fashion and clothes and makeup and hair soooooo much. Like, maybe even as much as singing.
Whitney: I think I got a little more comfortable with wearing different outfits as the show progressed. I was a little out of my element at first, but then I ended up loving getting to wear things I normally wouldn't have felt comfortable wearing onstage. The show gave me a bit of a new confidence as far as my wardrobe goes!
Emily: I was always afraid to show my legs onstage and wear heels--the wardrobe team gave me solutions. Booty shorts underneath, stable heels…what more can a girl ask for? They were amazing!
Moriah: The show definitely made me feel more comfortable with makeup. Before the show, I rarely ever wore makeup, but ever since, I do almost every day!
Carrie: Were you inspired by your coach’s style at all?
Shi’Ann: Honestly, I wasn’t. I saw Jennifer [Hudson] as my coach and my role model. Jennifer is what makes her Jennifer, and she looks great!
Alisan: [Christina Aguilera and I] had pretty different styles but what I love about her is she can literally pull off any look and I’ve felt more empowered lately to try new things.
Emily: [My coach] Adam has this calm and cool vibe going on and his wardrobe fits that. He combines style and comfort and I’m the same way.
Whitney: Adam was also one of my coaches for the duration of the show. I love his style--he always looks so effortlessly cool.
Sophia: Miley was my coach. Her style is a work of art. She puts so much thought into everything she wears and does the same for her team.
Karli: Miley is unapologetically herself and that's extremely inspirational to me. I can definitely see similarities between our fashion tastes, so it was really neat to be able to talk fashion with her and freak out over some of the incredible outfits that she picked out for me.
Carrie: Do you feel that fashion is an important part of your performance?
Shi’Ann: It really is. Fashion shows the character of who you are and how you want to look. It speaks volumes. People see your fashion before your performance.
Hannah: Fashion is a huge part of my performances. Just like the music, my outfits and style are a great way of expressing myself. They help me get into different characters.
Sophia: Not to sound silly, but when I’m on stage, I turn into Sophia, the rock star, and the outfits help me feel that way.
Alisan: I literally can’t even walk on stage until I feel like my look is on point!
Whitney: Fashion and music go hand in hand. You gotta dress the part.
Moriah: It’s another way to express yourself along with the music.
Karli: For smaller shows, I actually liked to keep fashion extremely simple and just focus on the music. But for full band shows, I loved to have more fun and really show off my personality through my fashion choices. It creates a more entertaining experience and honestly, wearing a killer outfit hypes me up so much! It's almost crazy how much your clothing can influence you.
Carrie: Now, I have one last question before we wrap things up: how did your hair and makeup reflect your personality on the show, as well as the song you were singing?
Moriah: My makeup was always more on the natural side with a little bit of edge to reflect who I am.
Hannah: I loved my hair and makeup to be dramatic and eye-popping but also very clean and sharp. I don’t shy away from who I am and neither does my hair or makeup.
Karli: I wanted America to see who I really am, which often meant lots of purple eyeliner and butterflies in my hair. It's almost theatrical the way hair and makeup can impact a musical performance!
Whitney: Hair and makeup were so fun! I normally hate doing my hair, but the hair and makeup crew work miracles! I never wear my hair natural, which is curly. I wanted to try and do some fun "Tori Kelly-esque" hair looks on the show and the hair crew was able to nail it! I felt more comfortable than I ever have with my hair curly because it was totally, 100% me.
Carrie: It’s so inspiring to hear how you all stayed true to yourselves in the midst of all of the craziness of being involved in reality TV. I’m sure that readers are going to be inspired as well. Thank you all again for doing this interview!
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Where did you get your pants?
Andi: Where did I get my pants? (laughs) ASOS. I thought you were going to talk about exes and stuff. We can talk about pants all day long.
How did you start writing your book?
Andi: I actually journal my books. I started the first one, It’s Not Okay, when I was going through a breakup. I, obviously, was engaged a while ago.It was really weird because it was very public. I didn’t really know how to handle it, who to talk to, who to trust, and I just literally picked up a notebook and a pen and started writing. From that, came all these stories and it kind of became my outlet and my way to purge. I did the exact same thing with [my new book] Single State of Mind. I was actually writing it while I was on the plane, going from Atlanta moving to New York City. For me, it all came from just journals--it was the way for me to get the most detail possible.
How do you describe your personal style?
Andi: I’d say I’m high-low with stuff. I love a good pair of shoes. I have no problem spending money on a good pair of shoes. Now that I live in New York, I like simple, clean black on black. Really, really interesting (she said sarcastically, as you can imagine).
What have you learned about yourself from your dating experiences?
Andi: I would say as far as dating, I think us women just put too much pressure on
ourselves. I find myself saying, “Oh, I hope this guy likes me” or “Am I saying the right thing? Am I doing the right thing?” I think for women, we overthink and take advice columns and other
people’s relationships as what we should do and what the standard should be.
What’s one piece of advice that you would give to yourself three years ago when you first moved to New York?
Andi: When I came to NYC three years ago, I moved recklessly. Everyone kind of said to me, “Oh, I can’t believe you could pick up and move to a new city.” I always tell people that you never know what you can do when you have nothing to lose. For me, I had no job, really. I had no boyfriend. I had been living with my fiance at that time so I had no home. Of course, I had the support of my friends and family, but I really had nothing to lose. I think I would tell myself that when you have nothing to lose, take that as an opportunity to gain anything and everything.
What’s the best date that you’ve had in the city so far?
Andi: This is going to sound super boring but I had an amazing date at a great restaurant. We had sushi, which I love, and it was just such good food that I think it made the date so much better.
Do you continue to watch seasons of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and, in particular, the last Bachelor in Paradise with “who shall not be named” (Josh Murray) was on?
Andi: Yeah, I definitely did not watch Paradise. I talk about that in the book, actually, because it did happen while I was writing, so I didn’t want to shy away from that. I just started watching Arie’s season and I like it because it’s all fresh faces. I feel like I’m finally watching it as a viewer.
Do you want to go back to working in law? (Andi was a former Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County, Georgia)
Andi: I do. I get asked that a lot. The honest answer is that I love my job but I did not love fighting rush-hour traffic and working 12 hours a day. I love that I got the opportunity to do something different and I had no idea that it was going take me here. I feel like it was this weird blessing in disguise that I got to do the show and I got to do all this because I always remind myself that I earned a law degree. I still have that. I will forever have that. When all this is said and done, which I’m sure unfortunately one day it will be, I will definitely go back to law.
After everything happened, what made you choose New York City?
Andi: I’ve always had a love for New York City. Anytime I visited, I honestly just
felt like it was the place to get distracted in. Like I said before, I was so lost. I had no idea what I was doing, where I was going, and I just kind of thought, “You know what? New York City sounds great.”
Is there any truth to the rumors about you and Chris Harrison dating (the host of The Bachelor franchise)?
Andi: Should we call him and ask? Should we put him on FaceTime and ask? No, there is no truth to it. I do love him. He’s a good friend of mine. But I won’t FaceTime him because he will probably never be friends with me again.
What other women authors have you read and admire?
Andi: I admire a lot of female authors. Obviously, Lena Dunham came out with something that was great. I loved Amy Schumer’s book too. I grew up listening to a lot of female authors on audiobook, like Sophie Kinsella. I think there’s something as a woman about a listening or reading works by a woman author that is just so relatable and I love that, especially when it comes to things like dating, love lives,
and even work.
What was your biggest goal in going on The Bachelor?
Andi: To be honest, the travel. I wasn’t against the love at all. I knew it was going to be Juan Pablo. I felt like he was attractive. I didn’t think my bosses would ever let me take a leave. I was not expecting the reaction that I received. They were all, like, “You have to do it. You just have to do it.” Cute guy. Paid vacation time. Travel. Sold--I was on the next flight.
What’s your high and your low when it comes to living in New York City?
Andi: The high, I’m going to say, is the vibe. There’s so much energy; I pinch myself sometimes when I’m just walking by somewhere like Madison Square Garden. There are so many different things happening at any given moment. The low, I would say other than the men, is the rent. The rent ain’t cheap!
What are your top three favorite restaurants in the city?
Andi: The Polo Bar, which I talked about in the book. I’m also a sucker for Katz’s Deli. The third one is Shuko, which is the sushi place where I went on a great date.
How much is scripted on the (Bachelor) shows?
Andi: Zero. Everyone always asks that. My theory is that it starts at casting. They cast people that they just know that, when you put them in a house and you have them fighting for one man or one woman, are just going to cause drama naturally. I’m telling you, nothing is scripted except for where the dates are. When I was the lead, I would walk through the dates and know
where we were going to do the ice cream and fish shop or where we were going to dinner. You would know things like that. The producers didn’t even need to tell anyone what to say. People were ready to sing like canaries.
Which couple is your favorite Bachelor success story?
Andi: I love Kaitlyn and Shawn. When I see them in person together, I always joke with her and say “You guys have morphed into one person.” They’re literally, like, the same human being. I like their relationship a lot.
Are you glad, looking back on it now, that you didn’t get married three years ago? Do you feel like you’re more ready now?
Andi: Yes, I am. I will say this, though. When I got engaged, I was 100% sure that I was
going to marry that guy. It was one of the happiest days of my life. I don’t regret saying yes. I don’t regret getting engaged. I’m actually proud to say that I feel that way but I am definitely glad that I did not end up getting married. Obviously, I don’t think it would have worked out. I think there’s nothing wrong with saying that you’re glad you didn’t do something and at the same time, being glad that you took the steps toward that.
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Carrie: Hi, Daisy! I’m so excited for this interview. I know that you have a ton of wisdom when it comes to the beauty world that you can offer to my readers. Ready to begin?
Daisy: Yes, let’s do it, babe.
Carrie: How do you think the beauty world has evolved over the past couple of years?
Daisy: We have more precise and accurate colored products, better tools, and we are not afraid to go overboard. It’s innovative, socially acceptable, and achievable with limitless access and knowledge.
Carrie: So glad to hear that! Now, I’m asking on behalf of all of the women in America, what is the secret to doing makeup on the run? Especially if you’re in a car or a subway…
Daisy: Always have a small touch up bag with blotting powder, mascara, and lip gloss or lip plumper in it! No secret tricks other than to always expect the unexpected.
Carrie: And how about a quick and easy hairstyle for people to do when they’re on the go?
Daisy: A high ponytail with a piece of hair wrapped around the hairband. It makes a world of a difference...never let anyone see your hair tie!
Carrie: Gotcha! Let’s talk tricks. Do you have a secret to achieving the perfect smokey eye?
Daisy: Good products! Primer, primer, primer, and a good blending brush!
Carrie: Haha. It’s so interesting how primer used to be for your face but now everyone is really focusing on using it in the eye area! Anyways, next question: what are your number one hair and makeup products at the moment?
Daisy: My number one hair product line is Oribe. Their products smell good and work really well. My number one makeup product is my Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick!
Carrie: Okay, currently adding those to my shopping list. I’ve also been thinking about buying some hair accessories lately since they seem to be very popular. Jennifer Lawrence wore the most gorgeous flower crown to a movie premiere this past September. Do you have a favorite hair accessory?
Daisy: Personally, I don’t have hair accessories. Unless a good brimmed hat counts!
Carrie: That totally counts in my book! Now there’s this huge beauty myth that I wanted to get to the bottom of. Is too much heat styling really that bad for your hair?
Daisy: It is bad. So style your hair but don’t wash it for a few days and leave that style. Use dry shampoo if necessary and heat protecting products beforehand. I’d say use a heating tool only once a week.
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Upon entering the restaurant, I was surrounded by walls the exact color of the famous Tiffany blue box. There were glass cases filled with diamonds and mini Tiffany boxes, as well as giant cans of “Tiffany Tea” on the walls. Even the table setting matched the color of the room, with Tiffany blue and white china and upholstered chairs.
Although the Blue Box Cafe serves breakfast all day (the avocado toast is a customer favorite), I decided to order the afternoon tea. The herbal blend I chose to drink with my meal was called the White Wedding, which was a white tea with Chinese white peony and jasmine leaves, lavender, rose petals, and orange blossoms. The tea did smell divine, but once I tasted it, I realized that I prefer to reserve florals for my nose rather than my taste buds.
The “Tiffany Tea” came with a selection of four finger sandwiches: herbed chicken salad, smoked salmon with cream cheese, cucumber atop of goat cheese, and hummus & olive tapenade (vegan). Each one tasted fresh and delectable; in fact, these were some of the best tea sandwiches I have ever had! However, I wish that more tea sandwiches would have been provided, since four mini triangles seemed insufficient given the price of the tea package ($50 per head).
After nibbling the sandwiches, it was time to move on to my favorite part: the scones! Each guest received two mini scones, one sweet and one savory. They were served with winter fruit preserves, honey butter, and clotted cream with edible glitter! The sweet scone was the best part of the meal, in my opinion, by far, filled with tangy cranberries.
I really appreciated the Blue Box Cafe’s fresh take on mini pastries, as they weren’t ones that are typically served at an afternoon tea. The sweets included an edible Tiffany’s bird nest made out of shredded filo dough, Blue Box petits fours, a coconut brownie, a lemon meringue tart, a chocolate ingot sprinkled with real platinum dust, and a lemon jelly square. Yum, yum, and even more yum! And if those treats don’t tickle your fancy, you can also order the Blue Box Celebration Cake separately for $36. The dessert is a replica of the little Blue Box and is filled with vanilla cake and tiffany blue icing. Although this may seem quite pricey, take my word for it: it’s totally worth it.
My experience at the Blue Box Cafe was truly magical, not to mention, one of the best teas that I have ever had (and I tried many on my vacation to London!). It’s extremely difficult to get a reservation at the moment, but I promise you that if you keep checking Resy, you will eventually secure a table--just click on "Notify" and they will email when one pops up. I mean, what’s better than a real-life Breakfast at Tiffany’s?! Well, I guess those sweet scones come pretty close...
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Carrie: Hi, Lucie! I'm so excited that we are able to chat about your exciting world. I love your videos for Refinery 29 based on your lifestyle. First, I want to know your fave video you've made for them.
Lucie: 5 days of facing my fears for an episode of Try Living with Lucie!
Carrie: OMG, I love that one. It was so funny to watch you spend time with bugs and read your most brutal internet comments out loud. What message are you trying to convey in those types of videos.
Lucie: Trying new things will open your mind :-)
Carrie: I love that. Now, since this blog is heavily based on fashion, I was wondering how you would describe your personal style.
Lucie: Casual and comfortable but always with a pop of color or mix-matched patterns.
Carrie: What is your current style staple piece/a trend that everyone should embrace?
Lucie: Scrunchies! I wore them in the 90s and haven't stopped since.
Carrie: Oooh! And how about beauty? What is your #1 beauty product recommendation?
Lucie: CRUDE Personal Care's face oil!
Carrie: Any food trends you see emerging for 2018?
Lucie: Urban gardens growing tropical fruits and vegetables locally.
Carrie: That's so refreshing to hear, since people seemed so caught up in crazy dessert trends last year, like eating raw cookie dough! Okay, last question. What are your future plans?
Lucie: Lots of travel coming up in 2018!
Carrie: Sounds so exciting! I can't wait to watch the videos from all of your upcoming adventures. I know that they will be amazing.
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There were many magical moments inside of the Louis Vuitton exhibit, one of them being the first thing you see as you enter. There is a giant projection screen that makes you feel like you are boarding a subway to the wondrous world of Louis Vuitton. Except, this is not your average subway—it is made out of a luxurious silver fabric with the Vuitton logo repeated throughout and contains many neon graphic designs plastered on it, including peace signs, fabric swatches, and the letters “LV.” On the opposite side of the screen, there is even a sign for the imaginary subway stop that says “Louis Vuitton.” The line to take a picture in front of those words was almost as long as the line to get into the exhibition itself!
Once I entered the exhibit, I saw that there were numerous vintage trunks with the same Vuitton logo that we are familiar with today. There were shoe trunks displayed from as early as 1912, made out of coated canvas, wood, lazine, brass, leather, light felt, horsehair (!), and metal. Trunks didn’t only serve for a shoe’s purpose back then; Louis Vuitton also catered to people’s needs to store their clothing, steamers, and even tea sets!
After glancing at the beautiful trunk cases from the 20th Century, I entered a room that was crafted so visitors would feel like they were walking down a highway. The windows that encircled the space contained even more trunks, as well as fashionable looks that set the mood of the room. However, something that I noticed is that many of the clothing that I saw towards the beginning of the exhibit were not Louis Vuitton designs, and were simply there to set the mood and take the room’s allure to the next level. I wish that this would not have been the case, as Vuitton’s genuine fashions are the ones that visitors are most interested in viewing.
After “walking down the highway,” I was shocked to see that there was a large airplane on the wall of the next room that had Vuitton trunks and bags on its wings. Placed up against a light blue wall painted to look like the sky, this made for a gorgeous, Instagram-worthy spot. This room also included one of my favorite Vuitton designs from the entire exhibit: a brown and white checkerboard cropped jacket by Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs with a matching long skirt from Spring/Summer 2013. The tailoring and shape of the look immediately drew me in, as both were absolutely exquisite.
Then, I entered what was considered the modern room in the exhibit, with the more recent Vuitton trunks, bags, and clothing on display. I loved the Louis Vuitton by Kim Jones leather jacket, with a square “V” design on the back in red, white, and blue. In terms of the trunks, there was one that really caught my eye, and was my favorite item in the entire exhibition: a giant trunk case on a turntable with rainbow drawers--I felt like I was witnessing the magic of design firsthand. Some of Louis Vuitton’s newest partnerships were also on display, including the company's skateboard and case in collaboration with Supreme and elephant boxes with Jake and Dinos Chapman.
The final room was the one that contained the walls that I had seen repeatedly tagged on Instagram: the wall was black and had “Louis Vuitton Paris” repeatedly written in hot pink throughout it. I wish that the room’s lighting was better so that I could have gotten better pics! However, the stunning, modern Louis Vuitton dresses on display made up for it. They featured some of the red carpet looks that Vuitton is famous for, including Taylor Swift’s sequin embroidered organza dress worn at the Met Gala in 2016 and Sophie Turner’s embroidered evening dress worn at the Met Gala in 2017.
Overall, the Louis Vuitton exhibit did not disappoint; it contained many gorgeous, Instagrammable spots and allowed me to develop a greater appreciation for the brand’s history and evolution of designs. However, in addition to removing any non-Louis Vuitton clothing, I wish that there would have been more artsy, graphic walls for snapping pictures, as there were only three or four. Regardless, Louis Vuitton still remains one of my favorite brands and will continue to develop new innovations that will leave customers captivated for years to come.
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The New Year has bloomed and tropical florals for winter vacation have fully emerged. Resort wear is back as people have the opportunity to travel to exotic destinations with the workload on pause. There are a multitude of florals incorporated into different styles of clothing and accessories that one can choose from, whether it’s a tee, a romper, or booties. And trust me, even as your Holiday vacay draws to a close (or if you can't escape to somewhere exotic just yet), I give you my permission to incorporate florals into your winter wardrobe.
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After the success of its first Peanuts collection, Uniqlo partnered with legendary graffiti artist Joe Kaws to design a second, all black and white collection that gives Snoopy a bit of a makeover (more graphic; Snoopy has two crosses over his eyes!). Snoopy tees not your style? The line also has adorable black or white Snoopy plush toys for sale in both small and large sizes!
Vans decided to go old-school, using the original Charles M. Schulz illustrations as a shoe canvas. The brand even decided to hide special homages to Peanuts within certain items. The Sk8-Hi Reissue shoe has Woodstock hidden on its tongue while the classic slip-on shoe has “Best Friends” stamped onto the front toe bumper (a tribute to Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Woodstock’s friendship). Aww!
Coach’s new creative director, Stuart Vevers, decided to cater to the label’s more playful side by completely embracing the world of Peanuts. Among the most memorable pieces from the collection: a bright yellow purse (the same shade as Woodstock’s feathers!) and a black purse with a white Snoopy who is happily skipping. Who doesn’t want a burst of joy being carried on your shoulder?!
Each brand’s clothing line is being released right on time for the Holidays so that you can snuggle up by the fireplace and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas while being dressed in the spirit. So what are you waiting for? Good grief...check out some of my top pieces ASAP!
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