Saturday, December 19, 2015

Late Night Gift Wrapping: Gift for My Niece!


Being an "Auntie" during Christmas time, is a wonderful thing!
My adorable niece is a little over one years old, and to my personal delight, my access into the world of baby-toddler fashion. 
To my surprise, fashion for these little people, called babies/toddlers, has evolved into a mega industry.      
Pretty much anything you can imagine in the adult world, has been created and styled into adorable "mini" perfection. With limitless variables of possible style combinations, fashion is alive among the younger generation!

For my little niece, who will be spending Christmas with me, I have styled for her a festive, casual "Christmas inspired" outfit. Her headband is a Christmas tree, which I hand sewn several little bells. In all honesty, the headpiece may annoy her, but I am secretly looking forward to putting it on her and hear her jingle all the way. 

xo,
Maya

Blogmas FAIL or Save?


Blogmas FAIL!?

 Like a holiday curse, as soon as Blogmas began, I was plagued with a horrible case of the flu, then bronchitis. Spending the last two weeks sipping digusting cough syrup, I have basically missed all the holiday festivities.

Basically, I have two choices. I could very easily throw in the towel and just let the holidays slide right on by. Or, I could try to save what I have left, by making the final week the best ever! 

Join me as I try to get as festive as I can, and celebrate the final countdown till Christmas!

Xo,
Maya 



Monday, December 7, 2015

Blogmas Day 5: My Favorite Holiday Concert Style!



"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year", is a popular holiday song sung by Andy Wlliams, and it has me questioning every year, why the holidays make me smile?

One very good reason, is performing in a series of Christmas concerts! Every year, I take part in the joyous celebration of performing Holiday classics, accompanied by singers. As a violinist, I have played in many different types of shows, but there is something very special about the holiday ones. The stage is lit up, decorated and adorned with fresh poinsettia. The feeling is fresh, cheerful, and heartfelt. There is nothing overly complicated or  manipulated. No need to think, just feel.


When you play in an orchestra, you are almost always required to wear head to toe, black. However, during the holidays I push the rules a bit, and add a tiny bit of color and crystals. The above outfit is my favorite holiday orchestra attire. It is the second year I have worn it, and I still love it.

The dress is by TADASHI and the neck and sleeves are embroidered with lace and hand sewn glass beads.The shoes are by Ferragamo and embellished with crystals. The red belt is from Accessorize, and the hair clips are made of crystals. 

Enjoy! 

xo, 
Maya














Sunday, December 6, 2015

Blogmas Day 4: A Winter Secret


In a world dying to be perfect, and cloning ourselves to be just like everyone else, snowflakes whisper the secret style tips on phenomenal style. 

What makes a snowflake a natural phenomena?
 Individualism.
No two snowflakes in the world are found to be the same. The possible snowflake patterns are infinite. This is how nature works. Just like the fingerprints on our hands, varying circumstance create various outcomes.


The thing is, snowflakes follow different journeys through the clouds, and thus the patterns are represented in it's own unique way. 
A snow crystal may begin as a tiny hexagonal prism, but as it flies through the clouds,varying temperatures and humidity, variate possibilities of individualism and artistry.

So what's this ultra secret message sent from the sky?
You may not see the beauty in your own individualism, but wanting to dress or be exactly like someone else, is the equivalent to a plastical ornamental snowflake. You may look similar to it but you hold no essence of it. 
Just like a snow crystal, your experiences, thoughts, emotions, and ideas are individual. These are characteristics that will help you develop your secret formula of style. Society will tell you to be cookie cutter and do as everyone else does. However, fight the urge, and embrace your ability to be phenomenal.

xo,
Maya


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Blogmas Day 3: 5 Style Factors on Snowflake Style



1.) Icy 

Snowflakes style has an icy element, and therefore incorporating that aspect into style is key. You can recreate the essence of it, by using elements that sparkle. Whether it be beads, sequins, or glitter it is an excellent way to achieve a icy effect.



2.) Geometric

It is important to note the beauty of nature lies in symmetry. Snowflakes have one very common trait found in their hexagonal formation. With that in mind, play around with geometric shapes, that are uniquely dividable.



3.) Light 

Have you ever noticed how snowflakes just flutter through the sky? There is a lightness to its character that makes it appear weightless. You can achieve this style by picking light materials such as chiffon, lace, feathers, or knit. 



4.) Fragile

Snowflakes by character are extremely fragile. Just as soon as you may see one, it can just as easily melt into oblivion. This aspect of beauty in the moment, gives it a unique fragility that is intoxicating. Mimic this breathtaking display of innocence by mixing different soft textures of white. Keep make up simple, and natural, and really let your beaut shine through. 


5.) Unique

Above all else, snowflake style is all about being the star you were born to be. Celebrate your ideas, and what you find interesting to wear. Let your mind wonder to the unknown, and find yourself finding who you really are. 

xo,
Maya


Friday, December 4, 2015

Blogmas Day 2: Holiday Hair Goals


Ever since I cut off over 10 inches in the summer, I have been in a bit of a hair rut. I either leave it down, or throw it up in a ponytail, but old hair favorites just no longer work.
 
I have selected 5 of my favorite hair styles, and have challenged myself to attempt all of them throughout this holiday season!


1.) Winter Rose.
This is my favorite hairstyle. There is something quite feminine and sweet about it, and I imagine myself wearing this style with chunky sweaters and blanket cardigans. The look is easy, and natural.


2.) Braided Side Swipe

This braid is incredibly easy, but a beautiful touch to any holiday attire. I enjoy it when I wear cashmere neutrals, tucked into high wasted jeans. Very casual, sweet, and easy.


3.) Triple Braid Christmas bun

The triple braid Christmas bun looks rather complicated but it is actually quite easy. I plan on trying it for special occasions and events . It gives off a ethereal and whimsical touch. Perfect for the holidays!


4.) Braided crown. Depending on how long your hair is, the crown will be either single or doubled. A fun look I love to wear with festive sweaters and a red lip. I actually wore this style today!



5.) Bardot Pony Tail

This is a romantic interpretation on the sporty "ponytail". I would love to try this style with a nude lip, smokey eye, and an all black ensemble. A pop of color in my accessories, and the look is complete. 

xo,
Maya



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Blogmas Day 1: "Frosty the Snowman" Nail Tutorial!



Blogmas Day 1:

Holiday nails are the perfect way to jumpstart your mood and start feeling festive! Todays tutorial is so quick and easy, you will be amazed at how quickly you can start feeling festive. Inspired largely by "Frosty the Snowman", this is my take on a more mature way to mask a childlike spirit. 

All you will need is:
-black nail polish
-white nail polish
-frosted white, glitter nail polish
-nail dot making tool

Step 1:
Paint all your nails with a frosted clear nail lacquer. I used Sally Hansens, "Crystalline" 02. 

Step 2. 
Use your dotting tool or a tooth pick to paint little white dots all over the crystalized lacquer. 

Step 3.
Use your tooth pick of nail dotting tool to pain a small snowman on one finger. 

Voila!  You are finished. 

Enjoy!

xo,
Maya




Talk Fashion Featured Artist: Mally Lou




Mally Lou, is a singer/ songwriter, and this months featured artist on Talk Fashion. She is an artist that defines beauty, talent, and style; undoubtedly, ready to burst into the music scene. Her voice is rare and sultry sweet, making her love songs ring true to many hearts.

Check out her new original song, "Say Something" , produced by Stefan James. Now on sound cloud, go check it out and support this amazing girl!













Friday, November 27, 2015

Fall Daily: Thankful Style


As I spent this Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, gathering around glorious food, warm chatter, and humble festivities, I couldn't help deny the warmth the holiday season brings. Such genuine cheer, laughter, and positivity, that our world can definitely use more of. 
 I started to wonder about the possibilities of implementing kindness into a statement of fashion. What would  it even look like?

A simple "Thank you", when spoken genuinely, is incredibly moving to the heart. Therefore, thankful style should also be an image of warmth. Neither too flashy or trying to hard, it is a style that sparks the human side of people. 

Elements of a Thankful Style?

Be genuine.

Being genuine is like a forgotten art, and for most of us, it is not so highly placed on our list of priorities. Sometimes the greatest challenge of all, is knowing what your core is, and then having the courage to embrace it. For me, I find my core through feelings of love. Favorite people, places, music, and history are all forms of inspiration that strengthen my core.

Embrace your past.

 Pay respect to who you are and where you come from. Whether this maybe your social, economic, cultural, or ethnic background, embrace it. Don't try so hard to be someone else, while denying who you were. If you are a bit ghetto but now a bit posh, find a healthy medium that keeps you real.

No more Manipulation.

Fashion is often used as a tool of manipulation. Whether it be to appear richer, smarter, cooler, or sexier, say no to manipulation. Try embracing the best parts of who you are, rather than manipulating the parts you least appreciate. 

Like a second skin, thankful style will find you celebrating the aspects that make you unique. When you treat yourself with love,  you are more open to giving  it.

Take care.

Xo,
Maya

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Fall Daily: Eyeglass Style and Firmoo Review



Buy 1 Get 1 for Free Black Friday sale right now. www.firmoo.com 


Firmoo is the world's most popular online eyewear store, and the second time I have worked with them. All the prices of their eyewear is remarkably affordable, while still maintaing high quality. 
With such reasonable prices, eyewear is no longer simply functional but fashionable. You can mix and match outfits to feature or compliment all your outfits. Inspiring new forms of fashion styling! 




To compliment my frames I styled my outfit with the same pink and black combination. The only difference is a slightly lighter pink hue found in my trench coat. The lining of black mimics the movement and waves found in the design of the frame. 
My nails, also inspired by the textures found in the frames added an edgier touch. This look is in every way classic, modern, edgy, and fun. 


xo,

Maya





Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fall Daily: Nail Tutorial Inspired by Firmoo Eyewear


Inspired by my Firmoo Eyewear, I created a nail look using the same textures and colors found in my frames. The final outcome was a 3D Nail Art, that acted as a pairing accessory to my glasses.

You will need:
-Nail Clippers
-Nail File
-Nail Dot stick
-Black Nail Polish
-Pink glitter and gold glitter polish
-Pink Nail Polish 


NAIL HARDENER (optional)

Recently, I have been loving Sally Hansens 18K Gold Hardener. After I cut, and file down my nails, I just apply 1 or 2 coats, and my nails are stronger than ever.


PINK NAIL POLISH

Take any pink polish and paint all your Nails. 



BLACK DOTS

Now comes the fun part, start dotting black dots wherever you like. I was going for a ombre look and placed more dots at the base, and less at the tip.


PINK And GOLD GLITTER

Apply 1 or 2 coats of glitter over your nail. After your glitter coat dries, add a couple of more black and pink dots. It will give a 3D effect that make the dots appear in different dimensions.



Enjoy!

xo,
Maya





Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fall Daily: Confessions of a #SELFIE


#SELFIE

Kim Kardashian is the queen of selfies, and thanks to her, the world has adopted the shameless embrace of human vanity. 
So this is me joining the ferris wheel of vanity, and posting a #selfie. 
Join me as I explore all the shameful little secrets of a confessing Selfie. 

1.) Duck Face Joke.
Oops! If there was ever a more hilarious joke played on mankind, it would be the falsified rumor of "duck face" as being sexy.
 If it would have stopped as a ridiculous protruding of the lips it would have been fine. However,  now duck lips has become the real deal? The bigger the pout the better. The lips are puffed up with fillers and overly lined to extremes. Yes, you look like a duck. Congratulations?

2.) It's All About the Angles.
I think by now we all know photos taken from above, will slim the face, while the reverse happens as the angle lowers. Therefore, whether you have  a double chin or a perfect shaped head, it is in the angles alone that the best selfie view is created.

3.) Filter it Different.
Filters are used on almost everyones photos. They are tools of manipulation and the images you see are not true to life. The right filter on the right selfie, tells two totally different stories.

4.) #nofilter #no makeup.
Just because you see flawless skin on a no filter or no makeup selfie, it doesn't mean it is true.
The answer to flawless skin is in catching the light on your face, and it will magically buff out imperfections on your skin.

5.) Face Obsession
Whether you like it or not, taking selfies makes you more aware of your face. The problem is, what you see and what you may or may not like is not reality. We all know how angles, light, and filters are just a few ways an image can be manipulated. Therefore, so much attention should not be focused around what you think you look like, but how you feel despite what you "think".

xo,
Maya

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fall Daily: 4 Ways to Style All Black


Wearing all black is often misunderstood as simply "gothic", but in reality it is an extremely chic way to play with textures, attitudes, and moods. It is a powerful, professional, and  cool styling skill every fashion lover should master.

First of all, in order to style black well, we must understand the very nature of it. Black unlike color, does not reflect light but absorbs it. Visual impressions experienced while looking at black is the lack of light itself.
So how does this, scientific mumbo jumbo have anything to do with fashion?
 Everything.
Fashion is all about the visual expression and manipulation of what we see and feel. The more you understand it, the more interesting your style will evolve.

Here my 4 Ways to Style Black:

                                 SHINY and EMBELLISHED


With black being the absence of light, nothing catches your eye quite like shiny, or reflective black material. Materials like, leather, pleather, vinyl, silk, or velvet are all edgy ways to attract attention while deflecting it. This look can be styled from ultra chic to rocker cool in a matter of seconds. 

 
                                           MATTE BLACK


Wearing loose, matte black is an excellent  way to pull off an elegant and sophisticated look. It is a combination of modesty while still maintaining high level of  mystery and seduction. There is an air of confidence and simplicity to the various layering of black on black.


                             SHEER BLACK & SHOE STYLE


Sheer black strategically maneuvered with matte black is an interesting way to play with visual textures. Add a fun shoe and your entire look is elevated to a visual museum. 


                                   COVER ME BLACK


A colorful hat with all black is a cool way to spice up an outfit and add playfulness. However, if the hat is dark and covers most of your face, while wearing dark sunglasses, be aware of the message you are sending to the world. "Leave me Alone."
This is definitely my go to look when I feel like being anti-social, and pretending I'm deaf and cannot recognize anyone. Dont deny,we've all done it. 

Xo,
Maya 





Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fall Daily: Why Not so Daily?


Dear Readers,

Thank you all for being such great supporters of Talk Fashion, and continuously visiting my site. I appreciate your loyalty very much and I feel I owe you an explanation for why "Fall Daily", is not quite so daily?


Of course, there is no excuse for not keeping a promise and posts should go up every single day. For this factor alone, I am sorry. 
However, I do not want you to believe I do not care, or that my words hold no integrity. Posting everyday, is something I take very seriously and I am working very hard to not miss anymore days. Missed days will be made up with daily doubles. 

Thank you for your support and kindness. 

Love,

Maya