Dress Shopping in Montclair

I literally live in dresses during the summer and have put on a pair of jeans about 1-3 times so far. With commuting to work everyday and taking the subway, dresses are so much more comfortable and efficient to wear in the heat. My latest article for Baristanet.com is on the best dresses I've found in Montclair. I went to Femmebot for the first time while working on this story and was surprised I haven't been there before since the boutique is right on Bloomfield Ave. I've been on the hunt for a cut-out bralette to wear underneath low-cut maxi dresses and found a perfect one there. I also found a great paisley dress at Femmebot to feature in my article that has unique jagged ends. You can read my full article here: Shopping Montclair For The Perfect Summer Dress

Coat Game

Spring is on the way and we've been getting little hints of warmer weather, but it's not quite time to retire our coats. I love buying a new coat or two, or even a few, each year. It's important to own a few different types of coats varying from length, fabric, and design, but they always need to be warm and have pockets. You can read my full article for Cliché Magazine here: Coats for the Chilly

Ricardo Seco FW 2016 Collection

I made my way to Skylight Clarkson for the Ricardo Seco FW 2016 Collection during New York Fashion Week: Men's. The Mexican designer represented his heritage through bright and lively colored furs and fabrics throughout his collection. I was ogling over all the fabulous fur and leather moto jacket pieces. During the presentation, all models wore a cool pair of white New Balance sneakers. You can read the full story for Cliché Magazine here: Ricardo Seco FW 2016 Collection

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Holiday Gift Guide: Men

The second part of my holiday gift guide for Baristanet.com is gifts for men. Isaiah Hemmingway on South Fullerton has the most dapper and elegant pieces in town. You'll have your man's closet looking like it was inspired by Christian Grey/Jay Gatsby with their endless selection of custom suits. Heratij sells comfortable and durable clothing for the everyday man, along with outdoor sport friendly items too. You can read more about the Montclair shops in the full article here: Great Gifts for Gents in Montclair.

Fall Pieces for Men

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The male fashion game has stepped up in Montclair, especially with their boutiques such as Heratij and Speer & Crane. Heratij carries practical and sustainable pieces for the man on the go, while keeping him looking cool and trendy. Speer & Crane has the accessory game covered, while Le Willow 83 has exclusively selected clothing from various brands. We can't forget good ol' Urban Outfitters on South Park Street either! You can read my full article for Baristanet here: Best Fall Menswear Pieces

NYFW Style in Montclair

I was out in the field working on a New York Fashion Week story for Baristanet.com on a warm fall Saturday. My assignment was to take what fashion trends I saw on the runway during New York Fashion Week and find similar pieces in Montclair boutiques. You'd be surprised by how on point the fashion is in Montclair, so many trendy pieces! I found a chic floral dress from Le Willow 83, a crisp white blouse from D'MONI, a bralette from Urban Outfitters, and a vintage black and red dress from Atelier. Check out my article here: New York Fashion Week Styles Found Locally

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Back To School Shopping

Some schools started earlier than usual this year since Labor Day wasn't until September 7th, but that didn't stop the back to school shopping. To avoid the chaotic malls, a lot of locals turned to their town's very own boutiques for their purchases. I checked out the boutiques on Valley Road and found parents patiently shopping with their children, patience that wouldn't be present at a mall on a Saturday afternoon. The Little Shoebox had shoes from sneakers and flats, to dress shoes to rain boots, along with shoe accessories. Valley Girl also had a large range of shoes, along with fall clothing and accessories for women. Over The Moon had trendy clothing for tiny fashionistas and fashionistos and Bloomfield Ave.'s Hip Chic had a fun selection of vibrant backpacks. You can read my full article at Baristanet here: Back To School Shopping: Find All the Essentials Locally

Beach day Shopping in montclair

Summer isn't over just quite yet, so there's still time to get to the beach and soak up that Vitamin C. It's crazy to think that stores are already whipping out their fall and winter clothing when it's well over 90 degrees outside. I checked out the beach gear in Montclair and found cute beach bags, sunglasses, and even discovered a bathing suit store that I never noticed until after they moved to a new location. You can read my full article here: Get Beach Day Ready With These Local Finds

IT'S VEGAS BITCH

I absolutely love Britney Spears and had to make my way to Vegas to see her perform. I spent months planning the trip with my sisters and our close friend Anthony, only to find out she hurt her ankle once we landed in Vegas. Trying to stay positive, we checked into our hotel and made our way to La Salsa Cantina for lunch when we got the worst news ever: Britney's weekend shows were canceled </3 I was speechless and upset, but we clearly had no control of the situation. I wasn't going to let it ruin my trip, I worked hard for this vacation and was going to make the best of it. We did a lot of walking, hung out by the pool. went clubbing, and enjoyed ourselves. Below are some highlights from our trip :)

We spent our afternoons tanning and drinking by the pool. A UK pr company called Emerge Limited sent me three fab bikinis to review for Cliché Magazine which came just in time for my trip.

The floral pastel bandeau suit by South Beach Official.

The floral pastel bandeau suit by South Beach Official.

My heart and soul

My heart and soul

David Guetta at XS

David Guetta at XS

Instead of spending our Saturday evening watching the long anticipated Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, we opted for a delicious dinner at chef Giada De Laurentiis's restaurant Giada. I ordered the lemon spaghetti and it was probably the best spaghetti I've ever had. The pasta tasted fresh and was the perfect consistency; it made me want to try to recreate it at home. The lemon cream sauce tasted refreshing with the succulent shrimp. Looking at the pictures of the food is making my mouth water now. I will definitely be returning here for a dinner when I'm in town again. 

Espresso Nocciolato

Espresso Nocciolato

I ran into Terry Richardson at Starbucks before we went to Red Canyon. I'm a fan of his work and I didn't want to miss the opportunity of saying hello.

After out Starbucks stop, we rented a car from the Hertz stand at Harrah's and headed to Red Rock Canyon. The Canyons were amazingly stunning.

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The open road <3

The open road <3

After spending hours walking and climbing the big rocks, it was time to fuel our bellies with some In-N-Out.

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We had to be at the airport by 10pm that night, so we walked the Strip and did some last minute tourist exploring.

Butter pecan ice cream on a red velvet cone

Butter pecan ice cream on a red velvet cone

Top of the High Roller

Top of the High Roller

Overall, we had a great vacation. Since we didn't get to see Britney perform, we'll just have to make our way back to Sin City!

Modcloth Clothing

ModCloth is an online retailer that sells women's clothing, accessories, and gifts. I worked with their PR team and covered the online store during Coachella for a "What To Wear" piece. Since the fashion at Coachella has become just as important as the lineup, I decided to focus my assignment on maxi dresses. Other than the beautiful clothing catching my eye, while scoping out the website I noticed that all the item style names were play on words. A crisp and sophisticated 3/4 sleeve jade green dress is named Keen of the Castle Dress, while a navy dress with sleeve cutouts is named Beguiled and Free Dress. 

I choose the maxi dresses From Far and Tier and Let's Sway Together for the post and matched them with vintage esque jewelry. The English major/nerd side of me couldn't help but to choose the Wonderland of Whimsy Bracelet and That Polonius Guy Necklace. The bracelet was engraved with a quote from Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," while the necklace had a line from Shakespeare's "Hamlet." I promise you will find something to buy at ModCloth.

You can read my full post here: Coachella Style with ModCloth.

 

From Far and Tier Dress

From Far and Tier Dress

Wonderland of Whimsy Bracelet. "I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then."  

Wonderland of Whimsy Bracelet. "I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then."

 

Shaking Things Up

Not only did I I ring in 2015 with an amazing weekend in Philly with two of my best friends, I was offered a promotion from my position as Fashion Copy Editor to Fashion Director of Cliché Magazine. I began writing for Cliché about three years ago as an intern and can't believe how much things have changed since then. I remember constantly checking my email on my phone during a walk in the park, waiting to hear if my pitches were approved. Once I got the confirmation, I couldn't wait to get started! Fast forward to three years later, I now have my own column that I love to work on. Check out my first column: Shaking Things Up.

 

Le Malt Lounge

This summer I will be sharing my adventures in a series for Cliché Magazine called "Tatiana in Wonderland." Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite books and Disney movies, and I love that this will be a collection of my endless desire to explore. My first story for the series is about my experience at the James Beard House for a dinner hosted by New Jersey's Le Malt Lounge. It is a great honor to be invited to cook at the famous Beard House and Le Malt did a great job. You can read the full story here: Tatiana in Wonderland: James Beard Dinner.

Chilean Sea Bass Broth

Chilean Sea Bass Broth

Haitian Djon Djon Risotto with Wild Mushroom Salad

Haitian Djon Djon Risotto with Wild Mushroom Salad

Berkshire Pork Belly with Market Tubers

Berkshire Pork Belly with Market Tubers

Venison Chops with Yellow Beans and Polenta

Venison Chops with Yellow Beans and Polenta

Molten Chocolate Cake with Iranian Pistachio Ice Cream

Molten Chocolate Cake with Iranian Pistachio Ice Cream

Card Cubby

I'm sure you can relate to the irritating moments spent ravaging through your wallet searching for that gift card you've been meaning to use. How about when you finally find something to use it on and you realize that you left the gift card at home. My point is that we have enough things to worry about and gift cards shouldn't be one of them. They do not make wallets large enough to carry all the loyalty cards, gift cards, coupons, etc. that retailers send customers, and we wouldn't want to carry them with us at all times anyway. I'd like to share the wonders of the organized wallet, Card Cubby, with you all. You can read my full review at Cliché Magazine here: Card Cubby Review.

 

Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

Being a wine drinker and having read the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy, I was excited to try their bottle of wine, Red Satin. I mean, how could you not be? Christian Grey is mysterious and oh so sexy. I'll be here with my ladies drinking Red Satin as we each wait for our very own Mr. Grey. You can read my full review for Cliché Magazine here: Fifty Shades of Grey Wine.

Well-Kept!

Most of us, if not all of us, are glued to our phones and constantly have them in our hands or somewhere within our radius. We can be eating lunch with one hand and have our phone in the other, scrolling through Instagram while getting bombarded with group texts. Being the germophobe that I am, I can't help but to think about how filthy our phones are. I once tried to clean my Blackberry with Lysol and that was the end of the phone for me. I share with you all the wonders of Well-Kept! They're cleansing wipes that are safe enough to use on phones and other electronic screens. I wipe my phone and case down every other week or whenever I feel it needs to be cleaned off. You can read my full review for Cliché Magazine here: Well-Kept Review.

An Evening at Avenue Le Club

One of my favorite restaurants down the shore is Avenue Le Club. Not only is the food great and the atmosphere beautiful, their staff is attentive and friendly. I have been coming to Avenue for years during the summer for brunch, so I was excited to have dinner there. I have been working with Diaz Schloss Communications through Joonbug.com for about a year now, and they always send me to great restaurants in New Jersey. I especially enjoy their press dinners because I get to connect with other food writers who share the same interests. The night was full of us food critics listening to Thierry's stories from France while salivating over the plates by Chef John Johnson and Chef Stuart Marx. Out of all the food I devoured, the Tartare of Organic Salmon was my favorite. The bites of creamy avocado and fresh salmon with the wasabi cracker were superb. You can read my full review for Joonbug.com here: Dinner at Avenue Le Club.

Thierry's Mezcal drink was great and made me miss Mexico! 

Thierry's Mezcal drink was great and made me miss Mexico! 

Bake Heirloom Beet Salad

Bake Heirloom Beet Salad

Garlic Spring Soup

Garlic Spring Soup

Asperges du Ventoux en Vinaigrette

Asperges du Ventoux en Vinaigrette

Tartare of Organic Salmon

Tartare of Organic Salmon

Roasted Branzino

Roasted Branzino

Spiced Duck Steak

Spiced Duck Steak

Meyer Lemon Tart and Toasted Coconut Cake

Meyer Lemon Tart and Toasted Coconut Cake

An Interview with Davey Havok

I had the amazing opportunity to interview Davey Havok a few months ago for Cliché Magazine. I have been a huge AFI fan since the age of 12 and have never stopped loving and appreciating their music. It's surreal to be able to interview your favorite musician as part of your job, especially for the third time. I interviewed Davey a few years ago for Blaqk Audio and for the release of his first novel: POP KIDS. This interview was focused on Davey's latest musical venture with Jade Puget, a hardcore band called XTRMST. You can read my full article for Cliché Magazine here: Davey Havok Interview.

Photo courtesy of Chris Sorenson

Photo courtesy of Chris Sorenson