Costume meets fashion at a 10am show at Spring Studios.

By Yvette E

Even though the brand is named “I love Pretty” the collection had a more dark and sinister name, Desolution Nation where designer Yang Juan explores depression, bomedical dependency and the struggles of finding inner peace in a world full of anxiety. The topic is so right now but I am not sure if it was conveyed effectively.

The story was supposed to be told in 3 parts:

  • Break free: A release from depression
  • Soul Salvation – A journey to the unknown
  • Rebirth – hope and celebration

As for the esthetic of the clothes, it felt 90’s cool and despite Japanese elements was distinctly American influenced.

In the collection, Break Free is represented by strong suiting, tailored pieces and shirting.

We move to soul salvation with asymmetrical tops and raincoats.

Finally, we get to rebirth where we tulle and organza used liberally.

A nod to biochemical dependency is seen by the pill purses the models carry.

The music choices were a little sporadic (Eric La Peau?). I would love a more moanful piece at the beginning to a more light hearted on at the end to show the transitions between stages better.

Now the clothes were worth the early morning show. Before reading the synopsis, I thought it was a little disjointed but now I understand the concept.

First stage, all the suiting in pink hues and cream colors suggesting tailoring is a form of restriction. We loved the short and long sleeve combinations.

Second stage went a little BDSM with Rhinestone cages and leather bodysuits. I love the shirt with the words “Don’t look at me like that” and can see it in my closet.

The final stage was marked with light and airy fabrics that seem to float. I was my favorite 5 minutes of the show.

I think I would love the pill purses, that balloon sleeve shirt and even the rhinestone cage. Together the collection seems disjointed without the concept and the fact that the clothes were not presented in order but all in all Yang Juan’s debut was worth waking up early.

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Happy Wednesday 💋

Puma’s store opening was a star studded event filled with rapper performances, b-ballers and stylist….& Jay-z $1K bottle of wine.

By Yvette E

A store opening like this one comes once in a lifetime. Usually, stores open quietly to the public and only the top spenders are invited to shop before the prelaunch party. Vivenne Westwood did just that in 2016 when after 6 years of waiting for it to open. Lately, fifth ave has seen a remodel with Lululemon, Adidas and now Puma operated from the once posh location. It has become a more everyday location and this party was just one example.

So basically the store hired taxis to announce the VIP event around the city with an additional 2 days of giveaways after the ribbon cutting. After doing this for 2 weeks, the guest list ballooned out of control. Puma created a second guest list to create it but it didn’t stop those who got a confirmation from the taxi link from showing up.

The party was supposed to start at 7pm but J-Zay didn’t cut the ribbon to 7:30 pm and that’s when the crowd started filing in.

We were greeted with a giant shoe at the entrance, the ultrasuede (a bestseller) blown to giant proportions.

We headed to the bar where they had 6 mixed drinks on the menu and J-Zay’s own $1K bottle of Champagne and Rose.

The party had 3 rappers perform (not J-Zay but we think he gave enough) Meghan Thee Stallion, Brianna and Fabolous. All up and commers in local areas that Puma has seen the success.

The food at the party was an odd mix of chinese feel with backyard flavor, cabbage salad served in takeout boxes, hot & spicy wings and sweet rice eggrolls.

The food and drinks poured till the end of the party. We spent most of the time waiting to do our free custom tees provided by Chinamarket University and of course buying Puma swag.

Stylists were also in attendance so between them, the basketball players and rappers, the staff was busy filling orders all night. If you missed it, you missed a memorable night.

Stop by the store for custom embroidery and other goodies for just $10! I hope to go back and get what I purchased customized.

It’s a rainy labor day weekend but enjoy it anyway!!

Happy second sunday, 💋

The white T-shirt is a staple in any guy’s closet for its comfort and versatility so snag one for yourself!

The white T-shirt in the mens section is just so much more soft and relaxed fit then women’s; and can be dressed up or down. I love wearing one with a bomber jacket and sweatpants but I chose a different outfit to put together.. Pro Tip: if your petite frame get a size smaller or do slim fit. Enjoy!

Eva

Styling menswear has gotten so much easier then when I started over a decade ago.

Men’s sweatpants are super comfy Annnd THEY HAVE POCKETS! So no need to be jealous anymore just choose sweatpants in the guys section that is slim fit so you don’t look sloppy and pair it with just about anything in your wardrobe as they are that Versatile! I of course put together a cool street wear look styling these for you. (pro tip: if your not into wedge sneakers swap them out for some red killer pumps!) enjoy!

Eva

I’m a huge fan of wearing guys clothes for their comfort and I always manage to look cool and feminine while shopping in the men’s section.

Hello Readers

Since my boyfriend starting stealing my menswear people always tell me they had no idea what I was wearing was designed for men. I’m a huge fan of Kpop Streetwear but fell in love with the way the men dressed not the women! So I started pairing graphic oversized hoodies with leggings and combats boots as well as even wearing entire sweat suit looks as long as it was oversized and in bold colors. Since I’m plus size I go for slow m fit oversized pieces so I don’t add bulk and look masculine. So I decided to share some looks and tips this week on how to either steal your boyfriend’s, brother’s, male friend’s, cool dads’ clothes or go shop the men’s section yourself! Just In time For Back To School!

The end of the season sales are among us but should you be stocking up for next summer?

Yvette E

Because of the sporadic weather of summer, there will be sweaters on the racks of every end of season sale and I know you hate sweaters because of the bulk, storage issues and limited wear opportunities so let’s just think what other items can be worn this fall.

Dark Floral dresses


Banana republic, Off Saks Fifth Ave, Macy’s and Free people all have put these must-have fall trend on sale, some as low as $40!!

The dress pictured is $69 at Off Saks right now!

Black Lace

The love of romance dressing is still strong but look for grunge accents like studs and corset details.

We are loving the Pretty Little Things dress above marked down from $105 to $59!

Sweater tank tops

Wearing Knits head to toe will be a fall staple and of course we are in love with the idea.

Stores like Forever21, H&M and Zara already have sales on these fall staples.

We love the simplicity of the AEO tank pictured on sale now for 11.94.

Have any other fall staples for us to dig up? #tfgfallstaples or just tag us and we will repost your look!!

Happy Friyay! 💋

Fall is around the corner so it time to think about cooler days. So what to do with wholly sweaters? We snagged 3 projects to try!

By Yvette E

That old sweater in your closet can have new life this winter with these three upcycling tips.

Make it into separates

Okay so half the sweater is ruined but depending on which end you can either create a cropped sweater or a pencil skirt!

For the skirt, you will need elastic, hem tape and a pair of scissors. Use the hem tape to fold overtop but leave enough room to add elastic and a gap to pull it through. Measure waist cut elastic and while holding one side, feed the other through skirt. Tie ends together.

Check out Pearls and Scissors tutorial here for a more pictorial tutorial.

Cowl

I know not everyone owns a sewing machine so we are sticking to easy not complicated tutorials.

For this one simply cut the sweater horizontally and hem edge with hem tape.

Sleeve ideas

From pillows to phone sleeves, there is alot of tutorials to do with them. We loved the boot sock idea seen here.

Cut off sleeves, use hem tape on raw edges and your done!!

Have any other great ideas? #tfgsweaterchallenge or tag us @tfgnyc to be featured!

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Happy Wednesday!💋

If you have seen likes go down and finding it hard to keep new followers, it may be a ploy by Instagram to make more money.

Facebook is a publically traded company and its main focus is to make money. So if people can gain followers without spending money then what so you do? Here are all the tricks Instagram is pulling.

BLOCKING

If you do happen to get alot of comments on a post or engagement then Instagram will block you. It happened to me. The new algorithm assumes that any rapid engagement on any account means that you are using a bot and will automatically block you.

You will also get blocked if you behave like a bot which means randomly liking other people’s post you don’t follow, excessive commenting or using another app to post pictures.

The fix: Like post of your shadow followers and only comment on your followers or those you are following. Follow people you would like to collab or those with more followers.

Losing followers

Okay, so you gained 8 followers one day and now you are back to the same number. What happened?

The Fix: People follow by post so make sure you have a specific subject and stick to it. Also do the above fix while posting at least 3 times a day within your aesthetic.

Don’t have one? Get one or you will notice the see-saw follower effect plus get alot of shadow followers.

Hashtags

Using all 25 hashtags will get your post shadow blocked which is worst then being actually blocked because you will not be informed.

The Fix: It is recommended you use 5 to 10 hashtags and target them! 5 to image and 5 to subject.

Blocked Hashtags

How do you know you are using blocked hashtag? You don’t. The last time I checked #beautyblogger is now a blocked hashtag meaning you won’t get any engagement on a post with the blocked hashtag.

The Fix: Check the numbers when using a hashtag and make sure it is less then 1 million. Any hashtag with more then 1 million post won’t get you seen any way.

Noticed anything strange with your Instagram account? #tfgig and we will add it to this post.

Happy Monday!💋

Summer causes all makeup to melt off; and it’s tough when your trying to look your best. Lip tints from Korea have the staying power you needed all along!

By Eva E.

Hello lovely readers,

I was so tired of every lip product melting away with the Summer heat but I found that unlike lip stains; lip tints ( especially from Korea) are gel based and have a deeper and richer color. They don’t dry out your lips and last literally the entire day! Here are some of my faves and the colors go on all skin tones! Enjoy!

You can’t go wrong with these Summer staples; a graphic tee and tulle skirt can be appropriate for any occasion and the combo possibilities are endless!

By Eva E.

Hello Readers,

I decided to share with you all my favorite lewk that never fails to get me compliments and assures I always look out together no matter the occasion. I choose three styles I personally wear: Goth, Punk and Boho.. So weather your attending a garden party or going out to dinner these Looks will always work and you can change up the shirt and tee to fit your taste! Pro tips: Roll your Tees instead of folding them so they don’t get wrinkled when storing them. Tulle skirts that get wrinkled can be lightly steamed to get the wrinkles out!