Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Simply Stylist Chicago

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to share with you the incredible event I had the honor of attending this past Saturday! Simply Stylist is a conference held in varies cities that touches on fashion and beauty with a panel of fabulous people talking about the ins and outs of the industry and how they came to achieve what they have. It was a majorly inspiring ordeal to sit in the same room as the people that I follow on Instagram and who's make up tips I utilize on YouTube!

The panel of industry professionals included Corrie McFadden, the creator of eDrop-Off; Jacey Duprie, lifestyle blogger; Joey Maalouf, celebrity hair and makeup artist; and Sazan Barzani, fashion and beauty blogger. The event was hosted by none other than E! News corespondent, Catt Sadler. 

As each panelist spoke I couldn't help but find myself, like so many others in the room, mesmerized by their words and stories. Corri McFadden of eDrop-Off link here, gave 3 key pieces of advice: listen to your gut, know what it is you're after, and becoming a mother really changes your perspective. Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior link here, spoke about consistency being a key factor in blogging and communicating with your readers. You have to give thanks where it's deserved and write thank you notes to those who've helped you or inspired you. 

Joey Maalouf, celebrity hair stylist and make up artist link here, stole the show! He is the most outgoing person I've ever met but the amazing thing about him is that he goes out there and gets things done. The one piece of advice that really stuck with me was probably the most plain and simple of them all, 'ask for help and realize your resources'. Many times we expect to get things done on our own but in the reality we need help and as much of it as we can get! So utilizing the people around you and their strengths is probably the most important part in being successful. This is something I know I need to work on, asking for help. I tend to be very independent and usually work alone on projects but I know that building my empire and starting my career is going to take a lot of resources! Joey also made a point of being open to ALL possible options in your field. For example, he started out doing makeup and an opportunity presented itself when a hairstylist didn't show up for a client so he stepped in and completed the look, that client was Rachel Zoe. I die. Lastly his advice said all it needed to, 'learn EVERYTHING about your passion'. Simple as that.

Last but not least Sazan Barzani who has a fashion and beauty blog link here was as beautiful as she was well spoken! Her advice was to google fashion communities and make blogger friends (kinda going back to Joey's advice about asking for help). Create your own ABC's when it comes to your blog and don't feel the need to follow a set guideline. 

One of the most genuine and shared piece of advice from everyone, including Catt, was to be organic. Remain true to yourself and to your passion and the rest will fall into place from there. 

So here I am, being the most honest version of myself. You don't have to like it and that's perfectly fine. Just know that what you see is what you get! 

Getting my note pad ready! "A girl should be two things: who and what she wants" -Coco Chanel

Our beautiful host, Catt Sadler link here

Sarah, the founder of Simply Stylist, with the panelist and Catt Sadler

Fashion Illustrations by Julija Lubgane link here

Joey Maalouf taking a second to snap a photo with me!

Standing on Vertigo Rooftop at the Dana Hotel and Spa where the event took place

And finally, my amazing goodie bag! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Oscar Red Carpet

This past Sunday the Oscars were on and I spent a majority of the day on the couch watching the Countdown to the Oscars and all the red carpet readiness. I was not nearly as excited for the ACTUAL Oscars as I was for the red carpet looks and stars. I found an equal array of hits and misses but like all good things I chose to focus only on the hits! Here are my top fav looks from the Oscars: 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

In Sickness and in Health

Hello my wonderful people! I have risen from the dead after being sick with mono for what felt like an eternity (actually 2 weeks but hey!). What I thought was the flu and then strep turned into the most miserable experience of my life. I tell you, between the fevers, chills, night sweats, fatigue, nausea, swollen glands, and dehydration I was a bit of a hot mess. Simple things like getting a glass of water felt like the most physical activity ever! It truly made me value good health and the power of sleep! 

But have no fear because I am back and with a vengeance! 

You have no idea how good it felt to actually get ready for work and do my hair, makeup, and put on something other than sweats! 

Here is yesterday's look! This jacket was a return at work and I instantly snatched it up. I have been obsessed with finding a utility jacket with sequined sleeves for maybe a year? I had to mask the joy on my face when the customer returned it claiming her daughter didn't like it. What's not to like?! Her trash became my treasure! I paired it with my Bauble Bar necklace (that I'd also gotten on sale) because who can resist a little sparkle?? Not to mention my plethora of Alex & Ani bracelets because I love to mix and match my metals. As Michael Kors taught me (when I worked there) it is ok to mix your metals because they stand out better! To top off my look I added my new pair of BP trolleys in gray that I got on sale from work! If you couldn't tell I like to shop on a budget! 

Today's look was inspired by my Parisian roots (from my glory days when I lived in Paris for 3 months!) I'm wearing my favorite black and white striped blazer that I got on sale for $25 from Dry Goods, a black BCBGMAXAZRIA asymmetrical top (that I wear the hell out of) that was a gift from my grandmother, a long pearl necklace with a black bow that I bought when I was just starting out in retail at the tender age of 16 at Aeropostale, black leggings (my staple wardrobe piece) that I bought on sale from work, and my black quilted boots that I also wear the crap out of (it's to the point where the heel is literally about to break off!) that I bought from Charlotte Russe! Here's a little secret: Charlotte Russe has the best deals on shoes ALWAYS! I typically go and buy my boots from there because there's always a sale either buy one get one $10 or $15! $10 for boots?? Yes please! 

Stick with me and I'll show you some goods deals :) 

It's one thing to be a fashionista but it's another thing to do it when you're on a budget! 

À bientôt mess amis! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Year Same Me?

When the ball drops at midnight it's the equivalent to repenting for your sins at church after a night out that only your SnapChat remembers. You know what though? That is perfectly ok because the only person that can really judge you is the one looking back at you in the mirror. It may seem cliche but I feel like I went to bed and woke up a more grown up and mature version of myself. I no longer am worried about the opinions of my friends or even my frienamies. I no longer feel compelled to gossip as soon as someone walks into the room that I cannot stand. Instead, I am more concerned with making a name for myself in the industry that I've spent years admiring. Ever since I was 11 years old and I sat down infront of my first sewing machine I felt something inside of me come alive. It was like that scene in Harry Potter when he holds his wand and the wind blows all around him and he just knows, this is what I'm meant to do. That is fashion for me. Whether or not I have 900 Instagram, let alone 900k, followers does not concern me, what does is how I feel while doing it. I may not be in love with someone but I am in love with fashion and that is the most important relationship to me right now. 

Yes a new year is upon us and yes maybe our sins of last year have been washed away but let's make sure that we don't bring them back after only a few weeks? Diet plan? Savings plan? Career plan? Whatever your goal for the year is think of it as a daily objective. The shorter the task the higher the success! Let's do it together! Strength in numbers as they say! 

À bientôt mess amis! 

Juliann Marie

Friday, August 8, 2014

Well Hello Hello

Well hello my beautiful people!

So much has been going on I have neglected to keep my beautiful blog updated :(

Today is a very special day for me! It is my official last day as Product Development intern for the Bradford Exchange after 12 weeks designing concept after concept and putting together spec packages (which I now, am a pro at!) I'm excited for the end of this journey because in my life, the end is just the beginning!

Now I will taking my ever so fashionable self to work at Nordstrom in the BP department. I am excited to be welcomed into the Nordstrom family because they are the epitome of the kind of company I want to own one day! Whether it's the fabulous customer service, the behind the scenes events that go on for customers, or the amazing product they carry, I am pretty freaking excited to call myself a Nordstrom girl! I hope to snag a few years under my belt in order to gain experience within the industry and hopefully (fingers crossed) find myself in corporate designing for their in house private labels one day! We shall see ;)

Has anyone heard of the brand Janaé Marie? NO? Well shame on you! That is the new up and coming fabulous brand my moi and mon ami, ok so me and my best friend are beginning our own fashion design label and are so excited to share with the world what 3 years of hard work and dedication to fashion has taught us! Be on the look out because I KNOW you all want to dress fabulously! It will be a women's wear brand for the Forever 21 girl that's graduating towards moving into her own apartment and having her hands on real money for the first time in her life! Sounds tempting right ;)

Sneak peak of our logo!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Handbag Heaven

Having been at my internship for 4 weeks now I have learned so much about the kind of design aesthetic I have as well as the designer I want to become. I have been doing trend research for Fall 2014 and Spring 15 and started developing concepts for two of the high end artists at my internship, Bob Mackie and Alfred Durante. 

It's not only an amazing opportunity to design for these artists but to see how detail oriented the women in my department are when it comes to developing their concepts and using Photoshop. I am learning so much I feel like a sponge in a puddle, soaking everything up and using it to my advantage. 

I never knew there was a hidden world online full of artistic handbags and apparel. The Bradford Exchange has so many amazing product it's no wonder they have been around for over 100 years! Not all of us can afford the luxury and elegance of Prada, Valentino, or sometimes even Michael Kors but have no fear my starving fashionistas because I have the answer to your problems! 

These handbags look like they're straight out of a magazine and won't break your bank! You can purchase it in full or make installments so you can keep up with your weekly manicures! 

My absolute favorite bag of all is the Bob Mackie Beverly Hills Leather Handbag! It is so gorgeous and the perfect accessory to your everyday wardrobe whether you are a city chic girl or classic maven. I can not wait to purchase mine!  

Here are some of my favorites!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

That's What You Get for Waking Up in Vegas

There is no better way to top off my 21st birthday than by going to Vegas for the weekend! Not only did I just start my first week as a Product Designer for the Bradford Group but I got to jet set off on a plane to Sin City! My best friend since high school, Lisa, and I could not wait to begin our rein of terror as we landed in McCarren International Airport. I won't go into too much details because lets not forget, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!" 

I will however share with you my fabulous outfits ;) 

My gold sequin Michael Kors dress I wore the first night out to the VIP club tour we went on! 
First stop Haze nightclub at Aria, then onto the party bus and headed to Chateau Paris, then finally stopping at Pure nightclub in Caesars Palace! I loved this look it had Vegas written all over it!

I'm in awe that my Physicians Formula mascara stayed on even during the Avicii Sunday night swim pool party! Obsessed with the Va Va Voom mascara!

My spring time look with a touch of Vegas glam! Nothing beats a natural looking beach wave and a tan! The finishing touch of course is my Physicians Formual Va Va Voom mascara! A touch of gold shadow and Dior Fluid Stick gloss make this every day look perfect for a pool party!

How can I not obsess over this skirt?! The fact that it matches perfectly with my neon green bikini top just means it was fate to have it! This is my outfit to the Lil Jon pool party at Encore Beach Club!

The only proper way to be in the pool in Vegas (with a drink of course)!

I look like a daiquiri ;) This dress was the most amazing find I could ever stumble upon! Can you guess where it's from? H&M!! $12.95. Yes, you heard correct! This was the perfect ensemble for the David Guetta party I went to that night!  

Vegas is like spring break on crack! There's endless parties, drinks, and dancing! The best things come out of the craziest situations and let me tell you being in a place like Vegas really opens your eyes to all the outfit possibilities out there! 

Stay fashionable my friends!