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Portia Goes for a Walk

31 Oct

Portia Goes for a Walk

What I’m Wearing // SWEATER Alloy (old, similar one here) // JEANS Silence and Noise (thrifted, similar ones here) // AVIATORS Canal Street Vendor (similar ones here) // SNEAKERS Converse // DOG CARRIER Amazon

A few weekends back, my vegan gal pal Emily Nolan of My Kind of Life invited me and Tanya from GastroModel to participate with her for the Farm Animal Sanctuary Walk for Animals. The event was dog friendly, so Portia got to go for an extended walk and adventure to the island of Manhattan for the day, subway ride and all! Look at how excited she is!

Portia Goes for a Walk

The walk started at Merchant’s Gate and went around Central Park. It was the perfect fall day to be outside walking. I have a pedometer app on my phone and granted it’s not lying to me we walked over 5 miles! Right after we all went for a much deserved brunch at Le Pain Quitoden at Sheep’s Meadow in the park.

Portia Goes for a Walk

Portia Goes for a Walk

My camera battery died within seconds of arriving at the walk that day, but luckily Em brought hers and got some great shots of all of us from the event. You can check out her full post here.

Portia Goes for a Walk

PHOTOS BY // Emily Nolan

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Vegan Versions / Badass Boots For Fall

30 Oct

Now that we’re full on into fall, it’s only appropriate I share my favorite picks for badass vegan boots. There’s a ton of great options this season, so get your shop on!

Sweater Weather

29 Oct

Sweater Weather

What I’m Wearing // SWEATER H&M (thrifted, similar here) // TEE Local Dollar Store (similar here) // BOYFRIEND JEANS J Crew (thrifted) // FLATS Wanted (similar here) // BAG Cornelia Guest

Fall is my absolute favorite season solely because I get to wear sweaters. Am I the only one who gets excited by this?

Sweater Weather

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How to Style Curly Hair

5 Aug

Since my big chop back in 2009, I’ve loved wearing my hair curly. I get a lot of questions from readers on what products I use and how I style them, so here’s a quick tutorial post I’ve done in conjunction with my stylist, Casey, at Adelaide Salon in Brooklyn on how to style your curls.

This process works no matter the length of your hair, the key is being sure to have a good haircut. If you haven’t done so already, find a stylist who specializes in curly hair. Curls benefit from being cut while dry, and there’s a specific method to “carving” the curls together so the corkscrews interlock. A specialist will know how to do this for you and give you amazing, low-maintenance curls.

It all starts with washing your hair.  I use DevaCurl No-Poo, which doesn’t suds up and keeps my curls moisturized.  I also only wash my hair max twice a week.  On other days I only condition.  So start off by washing your hair with your favorite vegan, non-sudsing shampoo and rinse it out.

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Now comes the styling.  I usually do this while still in the shower, but for demonstration purposes Casey shows you how to do it here.  Using your fingers,  rake your conditioner (I use DevaCurl One Conditioner) through your curls while sopping wet, making sure the curls are defined and “clump” together.  As you can see in these photos, Casey grabs my hair in small sections working the conditioner through it roots to end until she’s covered all my hair.  You don’t want to comb your hair, finger raking works just fine and makes for nice, fat curls.

This is also the time you’ll want to part your hair if you wear your hair parted.  In this demo, Casey gave me a side part.

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Next, change your water pressure to low, and rinse the conditioner out.  The low water pressure is imperative, otherwise you’ll separate the curls you’ve just spent so much time forming.  When this is complete, turn the water off and flip your hair over.

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Now it’s time to apply your curl defining product.  Again, this is done while still in the shower while your hair is sopping wet.  During the summer, I like to use DevaCurl AnGEL, being it’s a strong hold gel that prevents my curls from frizzing in the humidity.  I’ll often switch to something lighter in the winter when it’s not as humid out.

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Squirt some product in your hands, rub them together, and then gently scrunch your curls from tips to roots.  It’s important to keep your touch gentle, other wise you run the risk of frizzing or separating your curls.

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Now it’s time to towel dry.  Take either paper towels, an old tee-shirt or a specialty microfiber towel and gently scrunch the curls again from tips to roots.  You still have to keep it gentle.

The reason you don’t want to use a regular towel to dry your curls is because the texture will disrupt the curl pattern and make your curls frizz.  The key here is not disturbing the curls.

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I usually while doing this process at home plop my curls in a microfiber towel while I put on my makeup.  That helps me get some extra moisture out before drying it and cuts down my drying time substantially.  It’s not 100% necessary though.

You can learn to plop (or plunk) here.  It doesn’t work for everyone, it really depends on how your curls are.  Mine luckily are pretty loose and plunking works really well for me.

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One your hair is towel dried, flip your hair over.

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This step is optional but makes a big difference.  Now using small banana clips, clip your hair at your roots to create some lift.  Curly hair is often so heavy while wet it just dries flat to your head.  By clipping the roots up, when it dries it creates some extra volume.

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Depending on your hair style, now would be the time to blow out your bangs if you have any.  Even though I had grown out my bangs, we decided to blow the front of my hair out during this haircut for a more polished look.  After the front was blown out, Casey put it in a pin-curl while still warm so it would dry with a loose wave.

Now that it’s summer and it’s hot as hades outside, I’ve been skipping this step and wearing it all curly.

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Now it’s time to dry your hair.  You have a few options.  First would be a bonnet dryer, like shown at the salon here below.  Nice part about the bonnet dryer is you set it and sit back, relax and read a magazine or something until your hair is fully dry.

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I wish I had room for a bonnet dryer in my apartment, but I don’t.  So I usually use a blow dryer with a diffuser.  This will be essential if you have really long hair, because a bonnet dryer only really gets the top of your head down to your chin dry.  A dryer and diffuser gets the rest.  The diffuser allows you to dry at a higher heat without blowing your hair all around and disturbing the curls.

Your third option is good ol’ air drying.  Most days, especially during the summer I’ll just hit my roots for a few minutes with the dryer to get the lift from the pinning, and then remove them and let it dry the rest of the way naturally.  It’s healthier for your hair.  The only downfall for me with this method is my hair takes forever to dry.  Even while in this short bob it still takes over three hours to fully air dry.

With a blow dryer and diffuser I can usually do the job in 15 minutes.  This is a huge improvement from my long locks, which took close to 40 to get blown dry and 5-6 hours to air dry.

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Once your hair is about 90% dry, it’s time to take your clips out.  Let it air dry the rest of the way, and then flip your head over and “scrunch the crunch” out.  When you flip your head back over, you have beautiful, frizz free bouncy curls.

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Using this method and drying my hair all the way dry, I’m usually out of the shower, dressed, made up and ready to go in about 45 minutes.

I hope this tutorial helps out anyone who was wondering how I style my hair.  If you have any questions, feel free to let me know!

PHOTOGRAPHY  BY // Joel Stigliano

Pinning / Bike Style

1 Aug

So now that I have a bike, any spare time I now have is spent obsessively pinning cool bike gear and images to Pinterest.

Here’s some of my recent favorites, which are sparking tons of ideas ranging from how I’m going to store my bike, to maybe a doing a DIY pannier bag project.

I adore this black and white striped pannier basket.  Unfortunately they’re sold out.  Guess I’ll have to make one myself.

This makes me wish we had a Brooklyn loft with exposed brick walls.

 

STRIPED HELMET!! ‘Nuff said.

We had plans to put a bench in our entry way, but since I got the bike we thought we couldn’t do it.  If we set it up like this though we can!

I love the equestrian style bike helmet.  So chic, and kind of reminds me of a skater helmet too.

What must have gear can you think of that I should get for my bike?  I’d love to hear what you guys think.

Also, are you on Pinterest?  If so hit me up!  You can find all my boards here, and my new bike style one here.

Neon I’ve Missed You

2 May

Neon I've Missed You
WHAT I’M WEARING // YASSO Faux Leather Jacket // AMERICAN APPAREL Tee // VICTORIA’S SECRET Jeggings // WANTED Studded Loafers // CORNELIA GUEST Bag

The one thing that I didn’t like about having bright red hair is that it clashed horribly with neon. Last summer I went on a huge neon kick and picked up tons of pieces in highlighter yellow.  I absolutely love it!  But alas, I couldn’t have both the awesome red hair and the neon with it, so I’ve gone months without wearing one of my favorite colors.

Now that my hair is back to my natural color, that means I can wear it again.  Oh neon, I’ve missed you!

On a totally unrelated note, this entire week I’ve had to wear flats and I’m so not used to it.  I had broken my foot a few years ago and noticed this week after an intense Crossfit session it was starting to bother me in the same exact place.  For fear I may have re-fractured it, I figured it best I stay off of it and stick to flats for the next week or so to allow it to get back to normal.  I miss my heels though!

Neon I've Missed You

Is there a color you love that you feel forced to stay away from?

Vegan Versions / Iridescent

1 May

STELLA MCCARTNEY // Iridescent Sequined Top$877.48

Though we’re still pretty early into spring, one big trend you can expect to see a lot of this season is iridescent. Iridescent doesn’t necessarily mean sequins and shimmer, but more of a holographic type look which if you ask me is WAY cool!

Vegan’s don’t have to miss out on all the fun. Here’s some of my favorite pieces out in stores that are vegan friendly and rock this trend HARD. Even vegan designer hero Stella McCartney has several items in her spring line which make being vegan and on-trend totally lust worthy.  I kinda want every piece in her shoe collection right now.

Here’s some great high and low budget items to work the trend.


FOREVER 21 // Iridescent Crescent Necklace $6.80

CHARLOTTE RUSSE // Clear Heel Iridescent Lace-Up Bootie $54.50
 
 
 
 

TOUCH UPS // Tammy Loafer  $37.99


BCBGENERATION // Rockie Dress Sandals $89.00

STELLA MCCARTNEY // Mirror Prism Pump $760

STELLA MCCARTNEY // Faux-Snake Flat Ankle-Wrap Sandal $445

STELLA MCCARTNEY //  Silver Irridescent Snake Print Ballet $395
 
 

What do you think of the iridescent trend?

 
 
 
 

Tie Dye

30 Apr

Tie Dye
WHAT I’M WEARING // YASSO Faux Leather Jacket // H&M Dress //MIA Boots // CORNELIA GUEST Bag // JUSTFAB Sunglasses

So it’s warm enough nowadays for dresses but not for sandals just yet.  I couldn’t wait to wear this new graphic, black and white tie dye dress I recently picked up at H&M so I threw on some moto style boots and I was ready to go. I have a feeling this outfit will be a uniform for me the next coming weekends.  I LOVE the entire look.

I really like wearing maxi dresses on weekends.  They’re super comfortable and all you have to do is throw it on over your head and you are dressed and presentable for the day with minimal effort.

Notice a trend here on Brooklyn Bliss?  I don’t like having to think or put a lot of effort into much of anything.  Everything’s got to be easy.  That and comfortable.  I might seem pretty put together but truth is I’m just on auto-pilot and have found systems over the years that work well for me.  In all honesty I’m probably one of the laziest people on the planet.  Truth.

Tie Dye

Tie Dye

Now that it’s spring, what’s been your weekend uniform?

Little Black Dress / The Lack of Sleep Cure

25 Apr

LBD
WHAT IM WEARING // KAREN KANE Wrap Dress (very old via Filene’s Basement) // TARGET Vivian Heels // JUSTFAB Cuff // CORNELIA GUEST Nicholas Satchel

As you can see, spring is in full bloom here in Brooklyn!   Here’s my first post with my new hair.  What do you think?

This LBD (little black dress) has been in my wardrobe for probably 8 years now.  Last time it made an appearance on the blog was in 2010 I think!  It’s true testimony that every girl’s wardrobe needs the perfect LBD.  Actually, multiple LBD’s if you ask me.  This is technically my “daytime” LBD.  It works for day or evening, but is a little too casual for cocktail or formal events.  I have a sexier Dolce & Gabbana one that I wear to those.

Not only is this wrap version very flattering on, but since it’s a jersey knit it’s INCREDIBLY comfortable.  Just like jammies.  Any time I roll out of bed, have no idea what to wear and am incredibly cranky I always put this on.  This was the case the day these photos were taken, I had literally gotten only 4 hours sleep due to my cat waking me up multiple times in the middle of the night.  I’m not embarrassed I was so tired I actually cried.  She’s such a brat.

I also like to wear this dress a lot when I travel for work.  Jersey wrap dresses are just as comfortable to wear on planes for hours at a time as leggings and a sweatshirt.

LBD

LBD

LBD

So lesson of the day is, if you’ve gotten zero to no sleep, try a little black dress.  No one will know the difference.

Do you have a go to LBD?

Jill Milan Luxury Vegan Handbags

24 Apr

Jill Milan Art Deco Clutch
Jill Milan Art Deco Clutch $2,500

How sexy is this clutch?  Did I mention it’s vegan?  I wish I was famous and could attend red carpet events just so I could carry it for a few hours.  If my wish came true, I wouldn’t be the only starlet to grace the red carpet with this clutch.  Anne Hathaway (my vegan fashion girl crush BTW) and Kerry Washington have both had this bag on their arm working the carpet, and oh is it fabulous!

Museum Of Moving Image Salute To Hugh Jackman - Arrivals

Django Unchained - UK Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals

This particular bag is a Jill Milan Art Deco clutch, and one of many evening, day and business bags the vegan luxury designer makes. They are truly a luxury brand, with all their pieces crafted in Italy. All their pieces feature the highest quality PVC-free and cruelty-free faux leathers and patents, velvets and ultrasuedes.

One reason I’m crushing on Jill Milan’s pieces is not only are they gorgeous and luxurious, but their pieces aren’t accidentally vegan. They are a luxury brand 100% focused on working with vegan materials. In fact, the company supports several organizations furthering the protection of animal welfare. They’ve also been a sponsor of The Genesis Awards, which is an event hosted by The Humane Society of the United States which honors members of the media and entertainment industries for works promoting animal welfare. If that isn’t the most beautiful definition of glamour and philanthropy I don’t know what is.

If money was no object, I’d have all of these in my closet or on my arm. How amazing are these?

Jill Milan Soho Oversized Carry all

Jill Milan Soho Oversized Carryall $1400Jill Milan Hollywood Hills Crossbody

Jill Milan Hollywood Hills Crossbody $650Jill Milan Newbury Street Portfolio

Jill Milan Newbury Street Portfolio $800

So if anyone would like buy me a Jill Milan Art Deco clutch and fly me out to LA for the next Genesis Awards so I have a fancy schmancy event to wear it to, I’d totally be game.  Just sayin’.

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