Sunday, December 25, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS FRIENDS! "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!"



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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

My heart felt wishes to all of you on this very special day. May your holidays be filled with warmth, love, and positivity.
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is one of my most favorite holiday songs and something I hold dear to my heart. Immortalized by the iconic Judy Garland it reminds us of life that reflects the bitter sweetness of golden moments.

Much love to you all

-Maya

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS (Lyrics)
Music composed by Hugh Martin, lyrics by Ralph Blane
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

Through the years
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself A merry little Christmas now. 




Wednesday, December 21, 2016

TFTV: WHAT'S IN MY HOLIDAY MAKE UP BAG?



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WHAT'S IN MY HOLIDAY BEAUTY BAG?

-Christmas Tree Beauty Bag: Lisbeth Dahl
-Make-up Brush Holder: Lisbeth Dahl
-Travel Size Make-Up Brushes: Aerin

-Physicians Formula Mineral Liquid Foundation: Natural Beige
-Physicians Formula Concealer Stick: Light
-Jane Iredale: Transluscent powder
-Too Faced: Candle light translucent Powder
-Physicians Formula Organic Mascara
-CHANEL Mascara Volume
-Hourglass: Incandescent Strobe Light
-Marc Jacobs Eyeliner: black
-Stila Eyeliner: Nude
-CHANEL: brow pencil: black
-LANCOME: Creme Highlighter: Rose gold lights 03
-LANCOME: Lip oil, "Piece of Cake"
-LANCOME: Lip liner, "Fraichelle"
-MILANI: "Chanpagne Toast"
-Marc Jacobs: Lipstick "kiss kiss bang bang"
-COVERGIRL: Lipstick "Seduce"
-CHANEL: Lipstick, Rouge Allure, "Emotion"
-LANCOME: pipe lover, 355
-NARS: "cruella"
-CHANEL: Travel Palette

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

xo,
Maya

Monday, December 19, 2016

CHRISTMAS PAST, PRESENT: DO YOU SEE UGLY OR FESTIVE?


Is this sweater ugly or festive to you?

What do you see?

šŸ˜„festive: cheerful, joyful, jovially cheerful.

šŸ˜–ugly: unpleasant, repulsive in appearance.

CHRISTMAS PAST

During Christmas past, holiday sweaters use to be described as festive. I can remember as a child wearing them to school, and pretty much everyone else wore them too. Adults, teachers, children,  we all proudly wore them while wishing merriment to everyone and anyone who would listen.
These sweaters were more than a fashion statement but a process of celebrating and sharing joy with others.  
We would all wish each other a merry christmas and jingle all around the neighborhood. It was these sweaters that signaled our Christmas spirit! There was no shame or idea of "disgust" for being too sparkly, or overly embellished.  

CHRISTMAS PRESENT


Not to get all Charles Dickens on you, but have we all become a bunch of Scrooges?!
Why is it that we now make fun of Christmas sweaters? We intentionally make them as ugly as possible, get together, and make fun of each others ugliness.  If that doesn't spell out a dysfunctional society, I'm not really sure what does. 

Have we as a society become so pessimistic,  that we view the active display of joy, as a form of disgust? 
Or are we all a bunch of cowards, who are too scared to show that we have an honest need to be happy?

Christmas is a beautiful time of the year and it is the one month in a year, we can give ourselves a break from our pessimistic ways, and be genuinely optimistic!

Take care and Happy Holidays! :)


xo,
Maya






Monday, December 12, 2016

HOW DOES SOCIAL MEDIA MANIPULATE YOUR FASHION STYLE AND MAKE YOU BUY?


Swipe, swipe, swipe!
Do you ever think about how the images you see effect your brain? The scary thing is, social media is like a double sided coin. In one sense it can empower you, and in another it can manipulate and dominate your mind and opinions. 
You may think your thoughts are your own, but in reality, many of your thoughts have been placed there. 
Just take fashion trends as the biggest proof of product placement, and mind manipulation. Brands will contact popular bloggers, or people with large social media followers and give them free products and paid advertorials to jumpstart a "popular new trend". 
Instantaneously, the product appears repeatedly in your feed, planting mental seeds in millions of brains.
The key to having original fashion style is to be aware of how social media works. Ask yourself why you like a certain fashion item? How original are you? Why do you want it?
 If the main reason you want something is because you saw it all over Instagram, then give a silent applause to the brand advertisers who have successfully sold their products to you. 

Happy Holiday Shopping!
xo,
Maya



Saturday, December 10, 2016

DOES FASHION BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE?


Fashion can boost your confidence, but it is not as straightforward as you may think. 
First of all, what is confidence? 

Confidence: a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities.

If confidence is a "feeling" based on "one's own abilities and/or qualities", then how does fashion play it's role in boosting self confidence?

The common misconception about the relationship of confidence and fashion is that it can be bought or copied. If you have the best you will feel the best. People focus their attentions on the results of what you "look like" and how "good" it makes you feel. The more beautiful you look, the more confidence you should have. 
However, this theory falls flat, as there are many beautiful and wealthy people who have the lowest sense of self worth. Not to mention, the common pursuit of a particular type of beauty, serves no purpose beyond physical attraction. 
This type of mental manipulation causes people to link confidence to money and success, when in actuality they are neglecting the essence of confidence building.

The only true way to use fashion to boost your confidence, is if it is used to celebrate who you are. No copying, no depending on labels or price tags, it's all about you.
 The mental process of choosing and coordinating creates a relationship of understanding who you are. It is only at this level that fashion can become a vehicle of self discovery. As you explore this type of fashion adventure, you start to understand, and accept the essence of your personal formula. The better you understand your formula, the more you learn to trust it. 
Embrace yourself, and discover your own beauty.
Follow your own path. 

xo,
Maya


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

TFTV: WHAT I WORE AND ATE: THANKSGIVING *SPECIAL* EDITION



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Episode: WHAT I WORE AND ATE: THANKSGIVING.

Thanksgiving Day has once again, come and gone.
In this episode of TALKFASHION TV you will see my own personal fashion creation, inspired by ginkgo trees, Fall, and Marie Antoinette.
It is a dress I handmade several years ago and it has become a yearly tradition for me to wear it at Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving dinner was made by me this year and it was a combination of my own recipes as well as an amazing apple pie recipe from the food network. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/apple-pie-recipe.html

MENU
-Fried Mashed Potato Cheese Ball
-Roasted Tomatoes stuffed with vegetables and spicy Italian ham.
-Cranberry green beans in White Fish.
-Roasted Vegetables and Chicken.
-Apple Pie

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xo,
Maya

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

TVTF: HOW TO DRESS IN TRUMP WORLD?



TFTV: HOW TO DRESS IN TRUMP WORLD?

Summary:
TALKFASHION TV explores the fashionable emotions of the recent results of the 2016 Presidential election. How would one dress in a Trump World?

3 OUTFITS:

1) "The Trump Optimist"
A golden wonder. The coat is hand embroidered, vintage and made in Sweden.
The gold evening dress is by ABS, Allen Schwartz. The jewelry is by vintage Cadou. Hair accessories are from Zara.

2.) "The Clinton Pessimist"
A black ensemble of disappointment. The jacket and evening dress is by TADASHI. Shoes are by Ferragamo, and hair accessory is from an unknown source in Paris.

3.) "I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag..."
Is a patriotic style in a rather casual style. The jean jacket is by Tommy Hilfiger, and the jeans are by Levis. The casual shirt is by Free people, and the American Flag scarf has an unknown designer.

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xo.
Maya

Friday, October 28, 2016

BEAUTY: HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF? (PABLO PICASSO)


"Beauty?... To me its a word without sense because I do not know where its meaning comes from nor where it leads to." 
-Pablo Picasso 

Did you ever think about the face you see in the mirror every morning? 
Most of us do not give our reflection much thought, but the reality is, what you see is largely influenced by what you value in your thoughts, experiences, and moods. 
What you may love or hate about yourself is completely effected and filtered into an illusion of what you see.

"Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs."
-Pablo Picasso

Master painter, Pablo Picasso has painted a vast collection of self portraits throughout his lifetime and they teach us how dramatically perceptions of self can alter through age and experiences.
When we are younger, we are largely influenced by the standard conventions of beauty, and the shell that contains us. 
However, through life, hardships, heartbreak, failures, and knowledge, what we see in ourselves will evolve into more complex forms.

Beauty is not what you see, but what you feel. 

xo,
Maya

Saturday, October 22, 2016

#NYFW : REEM ACRA SS 2017 RTW (The Secret Garden)


"If you look the right way you can see the whole world is a garden."

-Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Reem Acra, ready to wear SS2017, is inspired by the The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. As one of my favorite books from when I was a little girl, it is filled with poetic symbolism, useful life lessons, and love. 
When we think of secrets, we often imagine a heavy, negative, flow of darkness. However the secrets of the garden, are filled with blooms of hope, miracles, and light. 

Enjoy the collection of Reem Acra side by side with the words of Frances Hodgson Burnett!

"When you tend a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow."

-Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


"Thoughts- just mere thoughts - are as powerful as electric batteries - as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad as for one as poison. "

-Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


"And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles."

-Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


"Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with the millions of stars waiting and watching makes one sure; and sometimes a sound of far-off music makes it true; and sometimes a look inside someone's eyes."

-Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

xo,
Maya


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

#NYFW : DELPOZO SS2017 (FT JoaquĆ­n Sorolla and Soo Sunny Park)


DELPOZO SS2017 is a collection that envelops you into a bubble of light, shapes and movement. 
There is a nostalgic feeling of tradition that runs through the blood of Delpozo, and yet there is also an undeniable pull towards the contemporary. The mind remains fresh, stable, and invigorated. 

  Creative Director, Joseph Font displays inspiration by the works of Contemporary Artist, Soo Sunny Park, and Spanish Impressionist,  Joaquin Sorolla, in his SS 2017 Collection.

SOO SUNNY PARK
Boundary Conditions, 2014
 Soo Sunny Park 
stainless steel, plexi, paint, daylight
Britain Museum of American Art

The creations of contemporary art that is then inspired into the fashions of Delpozo, leave the viewers breathless and awe struck. 
Boundary Conditions, 2014 is displayed at the New Britain Museum of American Art. It is a geometric wonder that displays the capricious characters of light itself. Contrasting the painting of pigment verses the painting of light, the artwork changes constantly throughout the day. 


Unwoven Light, 2013 
Soo Sunny Park
plexi glass, daylight, wire, 


Delpoza accessories strongly resemble the Soo Young Park's 2013 creation of Unwoven Light. 
Iridescent bags, earrings and shoes evoke the power of refraction. 
Viewing such changeable factors in a light exhibition, one contemplates the relationship of ephemeral fashion verses the nature of light itself.
Unwoven Light, is featured at Rice Gallery and experiments with the character of man made light verses natural light. Manipulating light that remains constant and adding the element of natural light, creates an art piece that reveals who it really is on multiple levels.

JOAQUIN SORRELA
Clothilde at the Beach, 1904, Joaquin Sorrel


Inspired by Spanish impressionist, Joaquin Sorolla, Joseph Font beautifully structured white dresses embody the essence of Sorolla's infamous seaside paintings filled with light. 

 Depolzo's white dresses capture the beauty of sun-bleached sundresses and  gravity defying silhouettes. 
One can almost feel, smell, and hear the seaside. 

xo,
Maya



Saturday, October 15, 2016

#NYFW: ALICE + OLIVIA SS2017


Alice and Olivia SS2017 RTW, is inspired by the mystical world of Tarot cards, rainbows, and magical gardens. 
Designer, Stacey Bendet was greatly inspired by her recent trip to Italy, and in particular, the Gardens of Bomarzo. 
Influences and inspirations run wildly throughout her collection and also in the scenic background of her #NYFW Presentation. 

GARDENS OF BOMARZO

Located in northern Italy, Gardens of Bomarzo, were created in the 16th century. Also known as, Park dei Monstri, the sculptures are created not to please but astonish. 

Sculptures in the garden include: Pegasus, Two Sirens, Proserpina, Orcus, a whale, 2 bears, a dragon, Proteus, Hannibal's elephant, Cerberus, a turtle, small theater, giant, triton, ceres, nymph, Aphrodite, and giant fruit. 

The garden was created by Pier Francesco Orsini after the death of his beloved wife. 
The garden has even inspired surrealist painter Salvador Dali to make a short movie and painting. 




Look carefully and you can spot various spots from the Garden of Bomarzo in this Alice + Olivia dress. 

TAROT CARDS

"I kept thinking about how tarot cards are really about the power of interpretation, and so is clothing."

-Stacey Bendet


On her trip to Italy with artist, Lola Schnabel, she became intrigued and inspired by the Tarot cards Schnabel painted. 
Tarot cards can be found throughout the collection as symbols, prints, and accessories. 
As an empowering movement of interpretation and expression, Bendet allows one to use fashion to control one's personal reality. 

"Your outfit each day is your personal art---it's the way you express yourself to the world each morning....So be a rainbow!"
-Alice and Olivia

RAINBOWS

"Ever day should have a rainbow!" 

-Alice and Olivia


STACEY BENDET

Alice + Olivia designer, Stacey Bendet, can be spotted in caricature form through out the SS 2017 Collection. 

xo,
Maya


Friday, October 14, 2016

#NYFW : ANNA SUI SS 2017 (MISS AMERICAN PIE)

"MISS AMERICAN PIE", is a rather eclectic collection that parades a variety of interpretations and inspirations, based on American pop culture, and Folk Art. 
From a parade of cowboys, sailors, cheerleaders, and classic Hollywood glamour, Sui's Collection is like a gum ball machine of ideas and inspirations.

THE BACKDROP

The  backdrop of her show is a beautiful antique doll house. The house is framed in lace and strawberry print. One can almost feel as if they are transported to their childhood, and playing with dolls and imagining various stages of of American History.


MYSTERY AND BENEVOLENCE: 
MASONIC AND ODD FELLOWS FOLK ART 
Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection
(American Folk Art Museum)

Contemporary American pop culture, contains a rather mysterious link to fraternal references. Secret societies, cryptic signs, gestures, and rituals, have been part of American history since the early eighteenth century.

Mystery and Benevolence, was an exhibition featured at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, and viewed by  Anna Sui. The experience inspired her to use cryptic signs throughout her SS 2017. 
Whether it be, stars, hearts, eyes, or hands, try spotting them throughout her collection.

ELIE NADELMAN COLLECTION
NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Having seen the Elie Nadelman's Sculptor Collection, at the New-York Historical Society, Anna Sui was inspired to include American iconography into her collection. 

PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH COVERLETS

Pennsylvania Dutch Country is well known for their exquisite handmade quilts since the mid 1800's and can be spotted in Anna Sui's Collection. 
Amish quilts are representative of the Amish way of life. Women spend their days socializing and relaxing around a gathered quilting bee, and the results are quite impressive.

PATRIOTIC RED, WHITE, BLUE

Anna Sui has several pieces representing the patriotic, red, white, and blue. 

JEAN HARLOW

Anna Sui's finale is inspired by Jean Harlow. It is a tribute to her boudoir of deco print satin peignoirs, kimonos, silky bed jackets and lingerie slips. 

xo,
Maya

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

#NYFW : RODARTE SS 2017 (The Spirit of the Beehive)


RODARTE SS 2017 is inspired by the acclaimed Spanish film, The Spirit of the Beehive, directed by Victor Erice (1973). 
The film centers around a small child named, Ana, and her haunted inner life. Her aging father is a bee caretaker and obsesses over the tending and caring of his beehives. 

Rodarte creators, Kate and Laura Mulleavy spent most of the summer tending sunflowers and observing the nature, beauty, and textures of a bees' life. 


BEES

The Mulleavy sisters used dotted appliquĆ© throughout their collection to represent the fluttering glow of bees. 

HEXAGONAL HONEYCOMB

Dresses were delicately tailored with fabric containing hexagonal honey combs. Careful layering of lace and beadwork resemble bees crowding over their honeycomb.

POLLEN

Just as Bees carry around its pollen, the RODARTE girl is also found to wear pollen inspired fashion. Fluttering, light, soft, and whimsical, these gowns are fun and delightful, singing the sweetest Spring songs. 

xo,
Maya

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

KIM KARDASHIAN'S VIRAL EFFECT ON #FASHION WEEK ?


 Kim Kardashian is a media mogul and with over 84 million Instagram followers she is social media royalty. Seen at nearly every major fashion show of SS 2017, Kim K's presence weighed heavily at this years fashion week.

What are the pros and cons?


PROS

Publicity, publicity, publicity! 
The sole purpose for inviting Kim Kardashian, is for her undeniably strong media power. Whether it be her reality show, or her social media platforms, one tweet, photo, or shout-out, can yield instant success. 
In other words, MONEY can be made.


CONS

Drama, drama, drama!
Oh, the drama! There is no surprise that a seasoned reality pro will be dragging a LOT of drama everywhere she goes. 
Take for example,  her recent robbery during Paris Fashion week. 
Media coverage normally warranted to the biggest fashion houses of Paris, were completely out shined by the chaos over her multi million dollar heist.
Everywhere the Kardashian clan arises there is a media circus that causes chaos, confusion and misdirection. 

So the question is,
 how beneficial is Kim Kardashian's presence at Fashion Week?

Lets think for one second, not with our wallets, but with our minds and our artistic souls. How much do we sell, until we realize we have nothing left?  Every #NYFW, or fashion review, has some form of Kardashian take over, and it leaves you questioning, the price that fashion has paid.
Is it really worth the publicity, if fashion itself, dies in the social media game?

xo,
Maya



Thursday, October 6, 2016

#NYFW: ALTUZARRA SS2017 IS WILD AT HEART


ALTUZARRA SS2017, is inspired by David Lynch's 1990 comedy/thriller, Wild at Heart. 
The sexy, free style of the movie's two main characters (Sailor, and Lula), is spotted throughout his collection. 
One outfit could be spotted as a fusion of the python jacket from Sailor, and hot pink, hip hugging skirt, with knotted belt from Lula. 

PYTHON
The iconic python jacket worn by "Sailor", could be found in several pieces thourghout Altuzarra's collection.
He adds cheeky elements such as dancing fruits, and fun colors to counterbalance the strength and masculinity of the skins. 

FRUITY SURPRISE

"I wanted something that felt happy, joyous, flirty, and fun."

-Joseph Altuzarra

Random fruits are spotted throughout his collection creating a feeling of happiness, lightness, fun, and whimsy. 
Rather a strong contradiction to our current times, Altuzurra 2017 is a refreshing escape from reality. 

xo,
Maya


Sunday, October 2, 2016

#NYFW: WATER AND LIGHT (MARCHESA SS 2017 REVIEW)


MARCHESA SS2017 is a celebration of the beautiful marriage between water and light. The water represents purity and the collections shifts its moods and colors, variated by the time of day. 


The show begins in  complete darkness and the gentle beauty of a string quartet. Simple notes vibrate through an uncomfortable silence, and repeated 3 times. 
A gentle light is projected onto the runway with soft ripples representing water. 
As if transported 30 ft  under water, a gentle moonlit glow, transports the collection into another world.

MOONLIGHT

Moonlight represents mystery, beauty, and darkness. The contradiction between light and dark is magnetic, as it absorbs darkness and reflects light.

ROUGH WAVES

One may look at the carefully embroidered flower dresses and immediately think Spring gardens, however, for me, I see crashing waves before a storm. 
The temperament of water is extremely varied and unique, based on water content and projection of sunlight, water adopts a whole new character.

SUNSETS

Sunsets represent love, warmth, and peace. The movement is gentle and relaxed. The gliding of the slow waters is soothing to eye and mind, and the beauty is undeniable.

A SPLASH OF WATER

Water movements, shapes, and textures are based on rhythms and waves, that pulse through it.
Like a wild splash of the clearest water, this MARCHESA gown is a refreshing delight for the eyes.

xo,
Maya