I’m Flipping Out over my Batsheva Dress

Batsheva Dress

I’m flipping out over the Batsheva dress I got for my birthday.

One of my favorite designers, Batsheva’s unconventional designs strike a chord that no other designer has ever reached. It’s a vintage meets runway aesthetic that is so perfectly weird and has been called “Amish Punk”.

For those of you unfamiliar with the brilliance that is Batsheva, here’s a bit of backstory on how it all began…

In February of 2016, Batsheva Hay, a former lawyer with two young children, decided to have a favorite vintage dress remade.

Designed by Laura Ashley, the dress, blended a folksy craft aesthetic with dreamy romanticism.  Calf-length with long sleeves and a slightly tapered waist, it was made of a dense corduroy printed with green leaves and purple roses. But the fabric at the armpits had frayed, and been torn beyond repair so she had a pattern maker help her to recreate the dress. The new design made the sleeves puffier, added a collar, a more corseted waist, a high neck and additional ruffles. She had it made in several fabrics and wore her dresses all around New York. They garnered so many compliments that she decided to turn her love for vintage into a career.

Batsheva Hay’s subversive twist on frumpy 80s Laura Ashley style has been making fashion headlines ever since. Her vintage inspired prairie-meets-party dresses have quickly obtained cult-like status in the fashion world.

To me her designs are something straight out of a Fairy-tale.  Clothing that characters in your favorite books would have worn. Season after season I can’t get enough of it!

BATSHEVA’s collections march to the beat of their own drum, ignoring trends, she creates what inspires her.

The designs have personality, are chic, uber comfortable and attention grabbing. Just ask the 5 ladies (and one guy) that came up to me in the grocery store to ask me where I got this dress when I made a quick stop after taking these pics.

The second I opened my beautifully packaged box from MATCHES FASHION containing this beauty I was in love. It’s from the BATSHEVA SS21 Collection (LOOK 14). It features a wonderful oversized collar, sleeves with just enough puff and this GOREGOUS wallpaper print that reminds me of Aubrey Beardsley’s 1800’s illustrations.

I ripped the package open, stripped down and tried it on right away in the middle of my living room. It fit like a dream- no alterations involved and makes me feel as if I belong on the set of “The Nevers” in the best way.

Playful, camp and unconventional yet refined and elegant at the same time. The silhouette is perfectly balanced.

Now that things are opening up expect to see me in this on the chicest repeat ever.

OH Batsheva Hay you fantastical magician how do you do it?

Batsheva

Vintage FURLA

Batsheva SS21

Batsheva Dress

Batsheva SS21

Batsheva

Batsheva

What I’m Wearing: Batsheva Face Print Midi Dress | Chloe T-Strap Heels| Vintage FURLA Bag| LIPLAB by BITE Custom Lipstick in Skinny Marg|

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Coach PRIDE Collection 2021

Luxury Fashion House Coach celebrates PRIDE month with it’s annual PRIDE Capsule Collection, “Pride Is Where You Find It”.

“Pride Is Where You Find It” is a campaign that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. It advocates that every person should be seen as who they truly are regardless of sexual orientation, race or identity. It is a celebration of optimism, inclusivity, self-expression and authentic self-expression.

Each year during the month of June the world flies their rainbow flags, douses themselves in glitter and celebrates PRIDE month.

Rooted in the fight for equal rights and to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, PRIDE month is not only a time for celebration but also an opportunity to raise political awareness of current issues facing the community.

This year marks the 52th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The riots were a series of demonstrations carried out by a group of drag queens in 1969 in response to the police raid of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York.

It was this that led Brenda Howard, the “mother of pride”, to organize the first LGBT Pride march.  Today festivals, concerts and parades take place all around the world.

I couldn’t wait to get a peek at this year’s collection so I headed down to the Coach Boutique at Grand Canal Shops inside the Venetian Resort Las Vegas just as the boxes were being unloaded off the truck.

Although the full collection doesn’t launch until May 26th the boutique gave me a first look at some of the colorful key pieces and I’m sharing that first look with YOU!

For this year’s capsule collection, COACH gave their signature C-logo a rainbow overhaul on everything from sneakers to slides, belt bags, totes and tees.

The iconic PRIDE rainbow flag integrates seamlessly into classic COACH designs which allows ally’s to rock these pieces, show their support for the LGBTQ+ community and make a chic statement all year long.

COACH Lowline Pride Low Top Sneakers $150.

Crafted with COACH’s Signature canvas and smooth leather details. These sneakers employ signature CitySole technology for a comfortable step all day long and a TPU heel counter for ultimate support.

COACH Rainbow Puffy Quilted Quilted Belt Bag $225.

Made with ultra soft Nappa Leather, this fun spin on the “sold out everywhere” quiltie bag features an easily adjustable rainbow web strap.

COACH Rainbow Pool Slides Men’s $95 and Women’s $85.

Crafted with COACH’s Signature canvas, they feature a contoured footbed and rubber sole to provide all-day comfort.

COACH Rexy Tote in Signature Rainbow $195.

This Canvas tote fits a 15 inch laptop and has an easy snap closure. With PRIDE messaging printed on the bag’s interior.

COACH Signature Rainbow Hitch Belt Bag with sports strap $495.

The full COACH PRIDE Collection launches May 26th.  Get yours at COACH Boutique at Grand Canal Shops inside the Venetian Resort.

*This post was created in partnership with Grand Canal Shops inside the Venetian Las Vegas. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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TENCEL The New Way You Should Be Buying Jeans

Tencel

Ah jeans, the never ending hunt for the perfect pair.

Sure, you want them to fit well in all the right places and land a decent price point but have you considered what jeans are the best choice for the environment?

The fashion industry is one of the biggest offers to damaging our lovely Mother Earth.  Both the consumption and production of garments creates environmental issues including pollution, landfill waste, and excessive water usage, with denim ranking as one of the top offenders.

Yes denim can be a dirty business.

I’m not saying you have to stop wearing jeans, I mean come on they are a timeless wardrobe staple. But, there is a way you can shop SMARTER by opting for jeans made from TENCEL.

What is TENCEL?

TENCEL™ is a brand name for a set of fibers called lyocell and modal. Its fibers are among the best environmentally friendly fibers around and a green alternative for your closet staples because it’s made from trees. Yep, trees! Plus it’s super soft, extra comfy, maintains breathability and allows for easy movement. And since the fabric naturally absorbs and then releases excess moisture, it even helps ward off nasty bacteria — making your skin feels fresher throughout the day.

This sustainable material is biodegradable because it’s manufactured in a way that allows it to eventually return to nature, reducing the amount of textile waste that gets tossed in a landfill.

TENCEL/Lyocell is made by dissolving wood pulp and mixing it with a wet solvent. The mixture is dried by a spinning process and is then formed into thread. Once the thread is treated, it can be spun into yarn or cloth. The fibers are certified as compostable and biodegradable. As a result, they will eventually revert back to nature.

By combining these sustainable fibers with upcycled cotton to create denim and using significantly less water throughout the dyeing stage, it’s fair to say that TENCEL jeans are the super product of a process that’s eco-friendly from start to finish.

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Cold as Ice The Ice Roller Trend

Ice Roller

When it comes to de-puffing a swollen face, whether from a salty dinner the previous night, lack of sleep, too much alcohol or seasonal allergies, the best tried-and-true method is treating your skin to some good old-fashioned ice therapy.

The ice roller is the latest beauty craze to hit TIKTOK and Instagram feeds.  They are a pretty simple little gadget that looks kind of like a mini paint roller. Inside the roller is a mixture of gel and water which turns to ice when put into the freezer. But, unlike ice, it takes far longer to melt (if you apply ice to your face, it melts within seconds) meaning there’s more time to reap the rewards.

You just stick these bad boys in the freezer to get them nice and chilly, then roll out your face. I love using cold compresses whenever my skin gets inflamed especially around the eyes so I was super excited to try this trend out.

And oh my oh my, it is everything the internet promises.  I have rosacea so for me it really is helping with reducing redness.  I have been using the Stacked Skincare Ice Roller from Neiman Marcus.  This facial roller is designed with a premium stainless steel surface, allowing the tool to retain its coolness while you massage your skin. It’s super durable and won’t break even if you put a lot of pressure on it or accidentally drop it or unintentionally tousle it around in the freezer.

Neiman Marcus Ice Roller

Here’s how it works:

As you roll the frozen roller across your skin it constricts the skin resulting in a shrinking effect while boosting circulation and bringing blood to the skin surface which helps to restore radiance and encourage optimum cell function. It instantly reduces puffiness and redness, much like an ice-pack can reduce swelling and bruising.

They can be used on your face, neck, and chest to not only deal with puffiness but also alleviate muscle aches, migraine pain, and more.

Store it in the freezer and use it every day as part of your skincare routine or at the very least, keep it in there and pull it out on days you feel super puffy.

Stacked Skincare Ice roller

Here’s how to use it:

Always ice roll on a clean face.  Start by ice rolling your forehead and work your way down. Roll in a zig zag motion up and down forehead and then from left to right. Move down to beside your nose, lower cheek working upwards. You can apply a little extra pressure in this area if you really want it to be lifted. Roll outwards on the sides of your mouth, then down under chin, and then finish with your neck. It can also be used on the collarbone and upper chest.

There are even ice rollers designed for the body to help with on the go swelling for athletes like the Recoup Fitness Cryosphere Cold Massage Roller.

You can do this morning, night or both. It’s a great way to “roll out” tension at the end of the day.

Ice Rolling benefits:

  • Tightened pores
  • Kickstarted blood circulation
  • Alleviated jaw tension, sinus pressure, migraines and menopausal flushes
  • Stimulated lymphatic drainage for a natural detox
  • Reduced puffiness (particularly around the eye area)
  • Soothed inflammation and/or swelling
  • Uniformed temperature (as opposed to ice which could burn)
  • Immediate radiance

Ice Roller

Ice Roller

The Stacked Skincare Ice Roller is Available at Neiman Marcus Fashion Show or at NeimanMarcus.com 

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Koloa Rum Pineapple Freeze

Koloa Rum

What if I told you that you could take a legendary childhood treat and flip it into a cocktail? Yep, that’s right, you can take Disney’s Dole Whip and “adult-ify-it” here’s how..

Few food treats have reached the iconic status that Disneyland’s Dole Whip has. I can’t imagine visiting the park and not indulging in one of these tasty treats.

For those of you that don’t know, a Dole Whip is a pineapple-flavored soft-serve ice cream. It’s practically achieved a cult following as visitors to Disney will wait in a very long line just to get one on a hot day.

The Dole Whip was originally created by the fruit company, Dole, but became available at Disneyland’s Tiki Bar in 1986. It’s now served at a few different locations in the park and also across the country, but is synonymous with Disneyland.

A few years ago I visited a non-Disney related Tiki Bar who had the GENIUS idea of adding rum to this classic frozen dessert!  GAME CHANGER!

Of course I HAD to come up with my own version to blend up at home.

The Koloa Rum Pineapple Freeze is a smooth frozen alcoholic drink that’s made in the blender. With just four ingredients you’ll have a fruity and fun drink that brings back all the childhood joy of Disneyland but with an adult twist.

The key ingredient to this recipe is the the “topper” or “floater” of Koloa Kaua’i Coconut Rum. Sustainably sourced and crafted from premium ingredients including native tall sugarcane grown on the island of Kaua’i, they use a 1210 gallon copper-pot still to create their rums. Each product is twice distilled, blended and bottled on site. Their distillery and bottling facility is housed in Kalaheo and produces both Koloa’s Hawaiian rum and Kukui brand fruit products. Unlike most rum it’s flavor is full but not overly sweet which pairs well with the sweet flavor of the frozen pineapple and ice cream, PLUS it’s 80 proof status gives the cocktail the perfect kick.

Now, get out your Disney ears and be prepared to be “wowed” by this delish Koloa Rum Pineapple Freeze cocktail. Be warned, it’s bound to bring out your “goofy” side.

Koloa Rum Pineapple Freeze

Koloa Pineapple Freeze

Koloa Rum Pineapple Freeze

Koloa Rum Pineapple Freeze

Koloa Rum Pineapple Freeze

Koloa Rum Pineapple Freeze

Koloa Rum Pineapple Freeze

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