Jan 102015
 

BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Life Is Lust Fashion Show Flyer

 

This post will focus on the third Fashion Show I worked on. I did makeup for Fashion Designers Yanell Galva and Ricardo Cabrera.

Me with two of the male models I worked with for Ricardo Cabrera.

With Rayme Clay and JMills at Life Is LustModel Raemi on the left and model Jay Millz on the right. These guys were super cool and had everyone laughing backstage. We had such a great time that it didn’t even feel like work.

BeautybyLeRenda grooming on Raemi Clay walking for Designer Ricardo Cabrera *The picture above is from Ricardo’s Instagram*

BeautyByLeRenda Male Grooming on Model KILLS for Ricardo Cabrera 

Me working backstage on a model walking for Yanell Galva. The look included a bold and pretty orange lip.  I used Magnolia Makeup.

BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Creating Orange lip look on Model for designer Yanell Galva

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Below are looks I created for the female models walking for Ricardo Cabrera. He requested gold lids,  glowing skin, with nude lips.

BeautyByLeRenda Doing making up model for Ricardo Cabrera NYFW

BeautyByLeRenda Makeup done for model walking for Ricardo Cabrera NYFW

Yay for another Step and Repeat! LOL! :-P
BeautyByLeRenda On the Step and Repeat at Life Is Lust Fashion Show NYFW

Jan 082015
 

Welcome to part 2 of my New York Fashion Week Sept 2014 Recap.  To see part 1, click here.  This post will focus on the Fashion Shows that I worked with backstage as a makeup artist.  I worked on 3 shows while in NYC for NYFW.  The first two were with African Fashion Week New York and the third one was called “Life is Lust Fashion Show”, which exhibited local NYC fashion designers. In this post, I’ll focus on African Fashion Week.

BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Headed to worknow my 3rd All packed and ready to go! :-)

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A few selfies before starting my work day.  Y’all have no idea just how happy I was to be working in NYC again!! :-) BeautyByLeRenda Selfie with Zuca before AFWNYC Show NYFW

 This was a huge event with lots of press and fashion designers from all over Africa.  These are a few pictures of the designers being interviewed. It was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion,  which was awesome because I knew exactly where it was.  That’s the same venue as The Makeup Show NYC! I worked there last year with AJ Crimson.  :-)

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNYC NYFW Press interviewng Fashion Designers BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Fashion Designer being interviewed 2 Here are a few backstage pictures below.

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Day 1 Work Station The picture above, is my work station at African Fashion Week New York 2014.

BeautyByLeRenda BTS Working on NYC Model Jo for AFWNYC NYFW cropped Here I am working with NYC Model Joey.  Below are a few selfies of us.  She was so sweet.

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Below I’m with my Glam Squad Team Member NYC Manicurist and Makeup Artist Vanessa.   I had so much fun working with her.  :-)

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Sept 2014 Selfies with Manicurist Vanessa

We didn’t have a lot of space for the Makeup and Hair Glam Squad so we had to do makeup where ever we could find a spot.  Below, I’m working on NYC Model Juanita. She has an awesome personality was such a pleasure to work with.  BeautyByLeRenda Working BTS with NYC Model Juanita for AFWNYC NYFW Day 2

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY 2014 Juanitas finished lookJuanita was fierce on the runway!
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Here I am working with NYC model Tanesha and NYC Manicurist Gina.  I was so happy to work with Tanesha again.  We worked together eariler in the year for NYFW in Feb. So nice to see a familiar face in such a big city. :-)

BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Collage with Model Tanesha and Nail Tech GinaHere’s a picture of Tanesha werking the Runway!Screenshot_2015-01-08-18-43-21

Below, I’m doing makeup while NYC Manicurist Carmen is doing nails.BeautyByLeRenda AFFW 2014 IG post of me doing makeup and Carmen doing nails

 Below is a collage of another model I worked with.  I can’t remember her name, but I remember she currently lives in Europe.BeautyByLeRenda AFWNY Model

I didn’t realize the two bottom pictures were so blurry until after I left.  :-(
BeautyByLeRenda AFWNYC NYFW Models Backstage

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BeautyByLeRenda AFWNYC NYFW Models They had a step and repeat so I HAD to take a pic before I left. Ha! :-)

BeautyByLeRenda Posing with Zuca on Step and Repeat after AFWNYC NYFW show Make sure you check out part 3 of my NYFW SEPT 2014 Recap.

Jan 062015
 

BeautyByLeRenda NY Sept in front of MBFW SignI never got a chance to do a recap of my New York Fashion Week experience from a few months ago. I’m going to break it down into a 4 parts.  I was elated to have the amazing opportunity to return to New York City to work as a professional makeup artist during New York Fashion Week. I also was blessed with the chance to attend a couple of the Fashion Shows at the Lincoln Center Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

BeautyByLeRenda MBFW Selfie in front of Lincoln Center NYFW

BeautyByLeRenda MBFW Sign outside NYFWBeautyByLeRenda in front of MBFW outsideThe first show I attended at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week or MBFW was the Meskita Spring/Summer 2015 show.

BeautyByLeRenda Model walking runway for Meskita NYFW show MBFW

This show was more like a production. There was great music and lighting the entire time the models walked the runway. There was even a grand finale where the models came out one by one and formed a pyramid then walked down the runway in formation. BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Sept 2014 Meskita finale 2BeautyByLeRenda NYFW Sept 2014 Meskita Finale walk 1

It was hard to believe that after all these years, I was actually inside of the “tents” and had a seat during a MBFW show. BeautyByLeRenda sitting in the Meskita show at MBFW NYFW Shout out to my fellow Houston Fashion Blogger and NYC Roomie Shasie of LiveLifeInStyle.com for helping me get to this Meskita S/S 2015 show. Here we are below. :-)BeautyByLeRenda with fellow HFB member MBFWThis night was another dream come true.  I can finally officially say I was  at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!! I’m so grateful!!  :-)

 Stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3 where I’ll recap the Fashion Shows I worked on.

Feb 282014
 

WOW! Would be the short and sweet version of my 1st New York Fashion Week experience, however, I’m sure you’d prefer actual details of my trip. LOL! :-)

NYC Selfie at the Park with Snow 1 I had to take selfies with the snow in the background because before this trip, I’d never been in real snow. :-)NYC Selfie in the park with snow 2 By the way, I’m wearing MAC Lipstick in Sin. It’s a Pro color.  It lasted all day! Like, for real. I took it off before I went to sleep that night.  I tried it on at the MAC Pro Soho store and kept it on.

MAC Pro Selfie

I almost got it, but it’s so close to Diva.  I really couldn’t justify buying it. Here are swatches below.  The Beauty Blogger in me couldn’t resist doing a product review while I was in NYC. LOL! :-)MAC Sin Lipstick Label

MAC Sin vs Diva Hand Swatches

Me in front of the MAC Pro Sign I was on my way to work on a photoshoot with UK Designer Blessed Zion. This explains why I’m at the store with my Zuca and my bag. You know, just in case you were wondering.  Ha ha ha! :-P

Now back to talking about New York Fashion Week. I was blessed to be able to work on 4 fashion shows while in NYC. I almost did 5, but due to the snow on Sunday, the promoter felt it would be best to cancel it. So we did a photoshoot instead.

The 1st show I worked on was on 2/4/14. I assisted Celeb Makeup Artist AJ Crimson who was the Key for the Michael Bastian Show. It was a Mens Wear show and I had a great time. AJ Crimson Michael Bastian TeamAbove is a picture of the AJ Crimson Glam Squad for the Michael Bastian Show. Here are a few behind the scenes shots I took. 2014-02-04 13.02.52The hair and makeup team getting prepared for the models to come in.
2014-02-04 13.00.31Above is my makeup station set up. :-) Below is a picture of the models, and designer team getting the guys ready for the runway
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Muji was one of the sponsors for the makeup team.  They provided these amazing masks for skin prep.  I forgot to take a picture of them, but they’re really small; like the size of a nickle.  Once you wet them, they expand and you just peel it a part and place it on the face for a few minutes.  It provides instant hydration to the skin and makes it smooth and ready for makeup.   Below is a picture of AJ showing us how to use the Muji Masks.2014-02-04 13.12.452014-02-04 13.14.342014-02-04 13.14.46After the time is up for the mask, he sprayed Caudalie Beauty Elixir (also one of the sponsors for the Makeup Team). Then he perfected the skin with his AJ Crimson Creme Foundation
2014-02-04 13.18.20 Here are a couple of the looks from the show below.

Behind the scenes at the Michael Bastian NYFW 2014 show

Behind the scenes at the Michael Bastian NYFW 2014 show

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Michael Bastian NYFW Behind the Scenes

Michael Bastian NYFW Behind the Scenes

I have so much to share with you all. It’s hard for me to know when to stop so that I don’t overload you in one post.  I’m still trying to decide just how many parts I’m going to break up this series into.  In the meantime, I’ll stop here for the 1st part.  Make sure to stay tuned to find out more about my 1st experience working at NYFW!!! :-)

Nov 062013
 

The Houston Fashion Bloggers were hosted by Macy’s in Memorial City Mall a couple weeks ago for our October Meetup and we had a great time!!!

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We got a chance to see the newest Fall/Winter Trends for this year.  Two members of the executive team put pieces together for us to preview.  The majority of the pieces put together cost less than $300.

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DSCF0654This green Ralph Lauren Dress was the 1st piece that caught my eye when I walked in the room. It’s priced at only $99 .  It comes in different colors (although I’d  prefer the green since it’s the Pantone color of the year) and would be perfect for holiday parties. :-)

DSCF0655This is a top by Rachel Roy. It can also be worn as a short dress. It’s definitely in trend using black and white (which is hot for fall/winter as well as the stripes).  The fact the the stripes are diagonal is a plus because they’ll compliment your shape a lot better than just vertical and especially better than horizontal. It’s priced at a great value of $59.

DSCF0659This Black Leather jacket by Free People was another eye catcher. It’s retailed at $158.

 

DSCF0658 This lovely black coat is by Bar 3 and retails for $298 ( the most expensive item shown)  . I love the accent on the sleeves. The printed tee under the Black Coat is by Denim and Design $39.50. It’s a fairly new brand that’s described as cool “military chic”.  It’s paired with jeans for a comfortable look that still makes a statement.

Here are some close up pics of the shoes that were paired with the clothing.

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I’d love to have these black and gold studded boots as well as these open toe/open heel booties for work. :-) The shoes below come in black as well.

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 This is Erica. She was our hostess for the evening. She’s in the Executive in Training Program and did a great job facilitating the Fall/Winter Meetup with us. 20131024_193028Here I am with our hostess Erica

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We also had a chance to win 2 door prizes.20131024_180820Guess who one a prize???? 20131024_193739

We learned that only a few Macy’s in the Greater Houston Area have personal shoppers and this location actually has one. Her name is Deyna. That’s pretty cool.  Whenever I think of personal shoppers, I think of very high end stores.  So nice to know it’s this service is available for the everyday shopper as well.

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Sep 062013
 

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A select number of Houston area bloggers were invited to attend the Simon Fashion Now Blogger Preview Party 2013 held at the Houston Galleria Westin Oaks Hotel.  This was my 2nd year in a row attending and I enjoyed myself just as much this year as I did last year.

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DSCF9803 Me in front of the Step and Repeat

 It’s so cool to be able to see what the designers will be showcasing throughout the week before the shows actually begin. It made me feel special. ;-P Below are pictures of the racks displaying the Fall 2013 Trends.  The models will be wearing these pieces throughout the week.

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DSCF9882 DSCF9883 DSCF9884 This leather jacket really stood out to me. The Fall 2013 trends will include details, designs and textures.

Swatch is one of the sponsors for Simon Fashion Now. These watches are cute. DSCF9881 DSCF9880

Outerwear is going to be big as well. We saw different ways to make your look stand out using jackets and coats. DSCF9877 DSCF9878My favorite trend of the night was mixing Black and White. DSCF9875DSCF9876

Here are some pictures of the bloggers getting settled in their seats and being served by the waitstaff before the fashion show started.DSCF9806 DSCF9807 DSCF9811

We were given an intro by Jackie, the Simon Fashion Now Tour Coordinator and Leslie the Houston area Coordinator.

DSCF9816 DSCF9817 Jackie informed us that this is the 6th year of the Simon Fashion Now Tour.  The purpose of the tour is to celebrate the accessibility of affordable and luxury fashion on a local level.  They want to have events for consumers that weren’t as intimidating as NYFW.

There was also a Q & A segment at the end of the show.  Here are some of the highlights on what to expect or Fall 2013 Trends.

  1. Forget about the myth, “Don’t where white after Labor Day”, because white is definitely in and chic.
  2. The colors from Spring to Fall are more transitional than drastic so you’ll still see a lot of bold colors like all shades of green, blues, and reds.
  3. Being a professional makeup artist. I was more interested in beauty trends. So I asked what was going to be in for makeup and hair. Jackie said definitely red, burgundy, and plum lips. For hair, majority of models have slick ponytails in order to prevent distractions from the clothing.
  4. Leslie says hats will be a huge accessory, especially with designs, details, and feathers.
  5. Studded apparel will also be big this season
  6. Statement coats, shoes, and small handbags (particularly wristlets), scarves, and black and white watches.
  7. For shoes: heels will have a variety of heights and shapes. Leslie pointed out that we need to pay attention to the designs on the heels for the Fall not just the front of the toe. Designers have been getting more and more creative with the heels.

Here are pictures from the runway show CheChDSCF9818 Check out the details of these shoes
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I absolutely LOVED this black and white look Model Mariah is wearingDSCF9824 DSCF9825 DSCF9826 DSCF9827I really liked this studded bag

DSCF9828Next is the statement coat with cute booties.DSCF9829 DSCF9830DSCF9831Don’t worry fellas. You weren’t forgotten. The male model is wearing a detailed jacket with a red (one of the hot fall colors) shirtDSCF9836 DSCF9838

This 3D lazer cut out leather jacket that the model below is wearing was my favorite single item. I really, really want it. It’s the perfect leather jacket for Houston’s climate.DSCF9844 DSCF9846 Oh and look at these Alexander McQueen studded ankle boots. Yeeeessss!!!!DSCF9848