Friday, September 19, 2014

GBK & Pilot Pen Luxury Style Lounge

One of my favorite afternoons from fashion week was not in fact a show, but the GBK & Pilot Pen Luxury Style Lounge at the Empire Hotel. Makeda, Trisha, & I got to sample awesome new products & chat with industry professionals about makeup, skincare, pens, water .. pretty much everything lol. In case playing with all the new products wasn't fun enough, I even got to meet some of my favorite actresses from Orange is the New Black :) One of the coolest products that I walked away with was the Sonic Eraser by Michael Todd True Organics, this hand held tool has completely upped my skincare game & I didn't even have to change my moisturizer (full review coming soon)! Below are some pictures from the event, and some of my favorite products.


Everyone who visited the lounge was gifted with products from the various brands, and even though it's not quite as glamorous as pretty makeup I have to say that I'm obsessed with the pens we were gifted. I know what you're thinking .. she got all these cool things & she's talking about pens?! I spend most of my work days making lists & jotting down orders, and let me tell you that a nice pen makes all the difference. My favorite one was the FriXion Clicker, because gel ink makes everything pretty (even my homework) and it erases too #overachiever

One of the things that really stood out to me about this style lounge compared to others I've attended in the past, was the fact that the sponsors really took time to speak with all of us about their products & were super friendly .. something that doesn't always come easy to New Yorkers :) 

Thanks so much to the generous sponsors for putting on such a fabulous event!








Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OOTD: NYLON Vol. II

Welcome to the second edition of "Waverly's Nylon Bathroom Selfies" :) I apologize in advance for the quality of some of the pictures, it's hard to snap a good one when you're rushing between people flushing .. TMI?? I thought so :) As you can see from the photos converse sneakers have officially taken over my shoe game, but when you're walking at least 4 miles a day can you blame me?? Out of these 6 looks I'd have to say the top row is my favorite, particularly the adorable floral sundress in the middle.   


Look 1:
Shirt-THRIFTED, Skirt-THRIFTED (DIY), High Tops-CONVERSE

Look 2:
Dress-FOREVER 21, Shoes-CONVERSE

Look 3:
Shirt- Shorts-OLD NAVY (DIY'd David's old jeans), High Tops-CONVERSE

Look 4:
Shirt-THRIFTED, Pants-ARITZIA, Shoes-NINE WEST (THRIFTED)

Look 5:
Shirt-MARTIN & OSA, Shorts-MOD DEALS, Shoes-CONVERSE

Look 6:
Shirt-THRIFTED, Shorts-LEVIS, Shoes-CONVERSE

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

William Okpo S/S 15

I've always dreamed of attending New York Fashion Week, and now I can say that I did!! This past Fashion Week has been a complete whirlwind of excitement, experiences, emotion, & tons of amazing fashion. Seeing the crowds of stylish people (including someone dressed as Sponge Bob) buzzing around Lincoln Center was such a fun experience, & the shows were the icing on the cake! The first presentation that I attended wasn't at Lincoln Center, but was at an old school gym .. don't worry it was the perfect backdrop for William Okpo's quirky school picture day collection! The talented sisters behind this collection are Darlene & Lizzy Okpo, who have affectionately named their label after their father William :) 


The collection was such a perfect balance of pastels & neons, accompanied by playful silhouettes. All of the models were decked out with "Cindy Lou Who" hair & bold white blocks above their eyes, which I absolutely loved. I also felt that there was definitely a 60's/mod vibe to some of the pieces, & the bold double collar on the pink look pictured above was also a favorite of mine. Danielle Meder was on hand after the show to create some beautiful original pieces inspired by the collection. It's so wonderful to be able to see the physical fruits from someone else's creation, & I'm so happy that William Okpo was my first Fashion Week Runway Show ever! To see more of William Okpo & their previous collections, check them out here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

P&R Talk: Esther

I was debating about starting another series where I interview my friends about random things. They're all so talented & interesting, and I think it'd be fun to do random little sit-downs with them from time to time. That being said, who better to kick off this little series than my brilliant & beautiful roommate, Esther <3 She decided to take the plunge & go platinum blonde a few days ago, & the rest is history :)


P&R: How many times have you colored your hair?
Es: Umm, recently none .. my most recent hair is virgin hair. When I was younger I experimented with a bunch of different browns, reds, & a honey blonde which ended up turning orange. 


P&R: What inspired you to go blonde?
Es: I always wanted to go blonde, I think it's so dramatically different than what I had. I think that it's good to take risks, at some point you have to try out something that takes you out of your comfort zone. I had been thinking about dying it blonde for several months, and then after seeing so many beautiful blondes at Fashion Week I had to take the plunge. Being blonde challenges me to try new things like different styles, colors, and makeup.


P&R: A lot of people go darker in the cooler months, why'd you choose to go lighter?
Es: I felt like I wear a lot of black and gray in the winter months, and I wanted to go with a bright striking hair color to bring some life into my dark wardrobe.

P&R: How long did the dye process take, & how much did it cost?
Es: Close to 2.5 hours & it was $150

P&R: Even though it's only been 2 days, do you feel like people treat you differently?
Es: People have been starring at my hair, it catches your eye so definitely a lot more looks. And people keep asking if it's more fun to be a blonde. 


P&R: Do you have any advice for other people looking to make a dramatic change to their looks?
Es: Whenever I'm faced with a big decision I come back to this quote, and it puts things into perspective for me & reminds me that even though I'm scared I should try it anyway, "life shrinks or expands in proportion to your courage" -Anais Nin.  

P&R: What's a funny memory from your childhood?
ES: One day I stayed at 6 Flags from open til close & road roller-coasters all day until I threw up. 


Are you in love with her yet? Sorry to burst your bubble, but she's taken! Other things you should know about Esther are that she graduated from Baruch this past May & she was the vale-freakin-dictorian!! She's also the world's best compliment giver & is always there to listen to my ramblings aka she's a keeper <3

All photos c/o Charles McDougald 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NYC Beaches

Ahh, I forgot to post this Labor Day weekend & now the weather is starting to cool down, but it's nice to look back on fun summer memories! I have to say that I really made the most of the 3 day Labor Day weekend! I went to the beach 3 times & finally got a nice dose of the vitamin D that I'd been craving :) When I think of New York I don't think of beaches, but one of the most pleasant surprises we've had since moving here is that we have a beach only 20 minutes from our apartment! Thanks to living in Australia right after high school David & I have been thoroughly spoiled by beautiful beaches, that being said I was pretty pleased by what the NYC public beaches had to offer. Brighton Beach, Coney Island, & Far Rockaway Beach were all pretty clean, the sand was soft, & they weren't insanely crowded .. 3 things that I care about when it comes to beaches :)


20 minutes from our apartment
Not super crowded
Perfect for beach picnics

Fun atmosphere
Boardwalk rides
Delicious funnel cake 

Feels like a beach town
Amazing fish tacos
Soft sand