Candy Rock Couture: A melting Pot of Coolness


Story & Photos by:Alexandra Castello – Fashion Columnist/Blogger for Fashion Avenue News

Candy Rock Couture showcased it lastest collection “Candyland” by Harmony Corbett and Too Fast Shoes on the acclaimed lounge Pink Elephant, bringing to the scene a mix of punk rock inspired edgy looks with girlish sweet elements. Inspired by a riot of colors, candy shops, the streets of New York and the 80’s, the brand is urban, sexy, daring and funky.


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Candy Rock Couture is a hand- made custom clothing developed for those who don’t fit in one style, is beyond rockability, punk, emo, skater or harajuku inspired. The brand brings to life a modern version of the fifties pin up girl for a woman who is not shy to wear pink girlish fairy tales themes but still wants to add a tougher urban touch to her style because this girl is not only a eye candy, she is full of character and attitude.

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A Mother Can Never Have Enough Jewelry – Unique Mother’s Day Gifts


No two Mother’s are the alike – Each are Unique – so are the Arthur and Livingston handcrafted accessory line.

Take your accessories from the seashore to the sidewalk with island-inspired jewelry from Arthur and Livingston ( This new line of handcrafted accessories carries inspiration from island nature while featuring contemporary elements that make each piece practical and appropriate for every day wear.

“This collection is the best of both worlds” says Designer and President Nicole Antoinette. “It encompasses the beauty of island life but also contains those unique and bold characteristics that are synonymous with the city.” Island style jewelry has often been limited to tropical vacations and exotic getaways, but Arthur and Livingston is designed to bring the popular fashions of the island seashore and effortlessly incorporate them into the sidewalks of the city.


Highlights from the Spring/Summer debut collection overflow with vibrant colors and gemstones reflective of island nature. Irregular shaped gemstones like coral, mother of pearl, and turquoise give the collection an authentic, earthy vibe.  All pieces are adorned with bold, gold-plated metal chains for contemporary character and comfortable wear. “Each piece is carefully handcrafted with uniquely different stones,” says Antoinette, “no two pieces are exactly the same.”

Nicole Antoinette has a love for all things fashion. Having worked in the fashion industry for over 6 years, Nicole designed this unique accessories line to fuse her two worlds- Island and City. She began designing and crafting jewelry in 2009 as a hobby and has since evolved that love into her debut accessories collection. Arthur and Livingston, named after Nicole’s two Barbadian grandfathers, is influenced both by her Caribbean heritage and city lifestyle.

Arthur and Livingston accessories range from $48-$98 and can be purchased directly at


A touch of Morocco by Agadir

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Agadir Argan Oil hair products is a line created by two hair stylists based in NY, knowing what women needed they developed a complete line of treatment and styling products with the powerful argan oil. Extracted from the exotic nut of the Argan Tree that grows in Morocco, the oil is 100% natural, doesn’t weight on the hair, contains vitamin E and has essential fatty acids to keep the hair healthy.

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Agadir to introduce the new addition to their line “Hair Shield 450 Plus “brought to Manhattan an afternoon of Moroccan style with an exotic ambiance offering products demonstrations, hair styling tips, henna tattoos and infused teas. The promise of the new product is to prevent hair damage from the heat, reconstruct and also protect from the sunlight. Enriched with antioxidants and humidity resistant it transforms a brittle, dry, dull hair into luxurious nourished locks. It is the perfect product for summer days when you want to style your hair with flirty waves or go to  the beach without fear of damaging it. Agadir will make you say goodbye to bad hair days and shine healthy in the sun.

Story & Photo Credits: Alexandra Castello – Fashion Columnist Fashion Avenue News Magazine (Print)

Beauty With Benefits: Charity by Dawn Lilly Cosmetics – Fabulous


Charity by Dawn Lilly, LLC is not your everyday cosmetics company. More than an exclusive cosmetics and skin care company; it is a company that was created with a devotion and great passion to helping the world around us. $1 from every product sold is donated to a different charity each month, selected based on consumer feedback. With so many important and wonderful causes and organizations, Dawn Lilly, Founder and President/CEO, said she did not want to pick just one charity and wanted as many as possible to benefit, she thought it would be great if customers could have a voice. “They are part of this! We are a team, in this together! We want to hear and listen to our customers and representatives and make them an integral part of our mission.”

Charity by Dawn Lilly is a direct consumer cosmetics and skin care company, similar to that of Avon and Mary Kay, with an expansive line offering nearly 80 different products and over several hundred colors and tones. They are giving customers plenty more options than most companies and catering to every type of consumer! The line also includes healthy mineral make ups as well as the latest consumer sought skin care and anti-aging products. Products are paraben free, allergy tested, and animal friendly; only using manufacturers who do not test on any animals.

Dawn Lilly explains “We are different from other cosmetic and skin care companies — we created a brand that’s priced lower yet stands head to head with quality and consumer appeal against the top brand name competitors, we are creating jobs in a tough economy, we are creating unique ways for everyone to give back. Any way you look at it, it’s nothing but beneficial to everyone, it’s positive, it’s win/win. Women buy make up and customers are able to give back and donate simply by purchasing products they would purchase anyway with no additional cost. We make it easy for all of us to contribute to the world around us by being a company that gives back from every single product sold! For our cosmetic company, that is what’s beautiful.”

Charity Contributions: Since the official launch in late summer 2012 the company has donated to Breast Cancer Awareness, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Gwen’s Girls, FAIR Girls, and the Autism Center of Pittsburgh. Charity even takes suggestions from customers for which charities to donate to in the upcoming seasons!


Summer is quickly approaching, and we are ringing in new beauty trends and makeup colors to-die-for! Charity by Dawn Lilly is now showcasing bright summer colors, beauty picks through their new partnership with Makeup Match Me, and skin care product must-haves! (Did we mention they have a new BB Cream!?) The best part of it all, is that they are giving back to a different charity every month while supplying women with all of their quality beauty needs.


WHAT’S HOT: Leaving behind the nudes and grays, we’re embracing the sunshine with fun and flirty BRIGHTS! This season, we’re crushing on coral colors, POPS of orange, and peach! Charity by Dawn Lilly has a selection of colors to choose from, even neon’s! MUST HAVE: Lipstick 544 ‘Just Peachy’!


The Beauty Brand that GIVES BACK! “Look Good, Feel Good-Doing Good!” $1 from every product sold donated to a different charity! Donated To: Since the official launch in late summer 2012 the company has donated to Breast Cancer Awareness, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Gwen’s Girls, FAIR Girls, and the Autism Center of Pittsburgh. Charity even takes suggestions from customers for which charities to donate to in the upcoming seasons! and



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Over a dozen brands will be launching new products exclusively at the show, May 5 and 6

NEW YORK, NY (April 2013) –  The Makeup Show NYC offers a sneak peek of the newest products on the market, and you can be amongst the first to pick these up on May 5 and 6.  This highly anticipated boutique beauty event will once again deliver the hottest trends and beauty products in the industry. Below is just a sampling of these products that you will find launching exclusively at The Makeup Show NYC:

Kett Cosmetics – The Makeup Show NYC attendees will be the FIRST to get their hands on Kett Crème Blush.  This vitamin enriched formula melts into the skin to create buildable color from barely there to bold and rich.  Kett Cosmetics will be launching 6 shades in pro pan refills or individual compacts.   But there’s more!  They will also be offering a complimentary brush with purchase, only at the show!

Layla Cosmetics – Layla Cosmetics will be introducing their new pro line to the USA for the very first time!   This collection will be making its first-time ever debut at The Makeup Show NYC with a professional assortment of makeup and nail polishes!

Parian Spirit – Parian Spirit will be introducing a new 4 oz pump of their professional makeup Brush Cleaner exclusively at The Makeup Show NYC.  The citrus oil in their brush cleaner reconditions the bristles as the alcohol disinfects; leaving your brushes clean, sanitized and like new.  This is a must product for any makeup artist to carry in their kit!


More new products will also be launching at The Makeup Show NYC from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Embryolisse USA.  Stay tuned for announcements on these coming soon!

The Makeup Show NYC will also feature over 75 beauty brands, 6 keynote speakers, 20 seminars, and 14 hands-on workshops.  A few of the brands you will find at the show include:  Diamond Sponsor MAKE UP FOR EVER, Platinum Sponsor Crown Brush and Temptu PRO, Silver Sponsor NARS, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Stila Supporting Sponsors Smashbox, INGLOT Cosmetics, Alcone Company, The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine.

The Makeup Show NYC will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 9am to 6pm and on Monday, May 6, 2013 from 9am to 5pm at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY.   For a complete list of participating brands, educational speakers, schedule of events and prices, please visit


Margaret Thatcher’s Perfect Power Dressing Style


With her Aquascutum skirt suits, pussybow blouses and a fetish for striking hats, Baroness Margaret Thatcher will always be remembered by the fashion lovers as the world’s pioneer power dresser.

The sad demise of Britain’s first female Prime Minister at the age of 87 brings back the memories of Mrs. Thatcher’s rise in power and how it affected and evolved her prim and proper sense of dressing.

Christened as ‘Iron Lady’ by the Soviet army newspaper Red Star in 1976, the longest serving Prime Minister of Great Britain became a global style icon with her signature dressing style replete with no-fuss strictly professional bespoke attires and minimal sophisticated accessories, befitting her status.

With help from experts like her personal dresser Cynthia Crawford and dress advisor as well as director of the UK-based label Aquascutum, Margaret King, Mrs. Thatcher developed and established her own dressing style reflecting her confident powerful persona, which was later came to be recognized as the quintessential Thatcher look.

Making into the best-dressed list consecutively for three times (1988, 1989 and 1990), Mrs. Thatcher preferred wearing impeccably tailored wool, bouclé, hounds tooth and metallic brocade coats in jewel-tones as well as bold geometric or floral print mid-calf length silk dresses in green, cerise, fuchsia, purple, navy and monochromes.

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Andre Leon Talley, Editor-in-Chief of Numero Russia launches his new book “The Little Black Dress”

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The fashion pope Andre Leon Talley launched his third book “Little Black Dress “on April 12 and talked to a fashion crowd in NYC this Monday about his inspirations and memories. The book is a tribute to the most popular and iconic piece in the women’s wardrobe. One of the biggest inspirations for the book was his loved grandmother Mrs. Bennie Frances Davis who he describes as a strong, confident and stylish woman. Mrs. Frances was a humble woman, who attended church every Sunday but liked to look her best to the occasion, being picky and meticulous in her decisions. She passed these values to Andre and introduced him to the fashion world by making him select her outfits, going with him to shopping trips to New York and Washington and buying his first luxury item: a pair of yellow pajamas from Christian Dior.

Luxury for Talley can be white sheets drying in open natural air, a gathering with close friends or family or a simple black dress. The concept of luxury can be minimalistic as a black seamless clingy dress. What turns the black dress so desirable and mythical? “Black is a definitive statement, nothing ambiguous like shades of gray. The little black dress allows a woman to become the color, the spirit, the life force “Norma Kamali states in the LBD book.

Coco Chanel created the first LBD in 1927, women all around the world are grateful to her for giving them an outfit that they can feel confident, chic and atemporal. Wearing a little black dress feels dramatic and elegant at the same time. The dress can be classic or outrageous, sensual or conservative it all depends who is the woman wearing it .The absence of color makes the woman the main focus as Audrey Hepburn with her unforgettable black dress on Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Marc Jacobs proved in 2012 in the Met Gala that a black dress is not exclusive for women, he arrived on the red carpet wearing a Comme de Garcon sheer lace dress with white boxers shorts. He embraced and owned the look but only with a fitted body like Marc a man can pull this look, Talley believes. When asked if the unique capes that he wears could be considered a black dress he tells that his capes are inspired by paintings or historical characters and never could be regarded as a dress; But he assumes to have a version of men’s dress (long shirt) that men in Morocco and North Africa use daily and also some kilts that he is promising to bring it out for a special event this year.

The ex editor at large of Vogue America and now at Numero Russia, ultimate mission is to deliver and share with people his knowledge and experience in fashion, especially the stories of the talented people he met who contributed to shape his skills in his beginning as Andy Warhol, Karl Lagerfeld and Diana Vreeland. We hope that Mr. Andre Leon Talley continues to make us famine for beauty!

Story by: Fashion Columnist Alexandra Castello for
Fashion Avenue News Magazine

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Some of the Celebrity Attendees Included: Cast Members from “Pitch Perfect” – Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp and Hana Mae Lee  (nominated for Best Musical Moment), Jared Gilman from “Moonrise Kingdom” (nominated for Best Kiss), Quvenzhane Wallis from “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (nominated for Breakthrough Performance), George Lopez, Ray Liotta, Andy Dick (“Dancing with the Stars”), Nicole Eggert (ABC’s “Splash”), JWOWW, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.

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The esteemed charitable causes at the event included The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation – The mission is to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Juvenile diabetes. Lopez Foundation – The charity’s mission is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation. My Life My Power – a 501©3 Charity which works with kids, parents and schools around the nation with issues like bullying, drugs and alcohol, and dropouts. Steps4Paws – Steps4Paws is bringing the fashion world forward to support dog rescue organizations, saving lives one dog at a time. Lambda Legal – For 40 years, Lambda Legal has led the fight for equal and fair treatment of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

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GBK Gift Lounge In Honor Of The MTV Movie Award Nominees And Presenters - Day 2

Other fantastic sponsors and gifts included: Caribbean Living, gifting an all inclusive trip for 2 to the newest Hard Rock resorts in the tropics – Puerto Vallarta & Cancun; Empress Essentials, gifting their luxurious, hand-poured, pure soy candles; SOL REPUBLIC, Inc., the pioneer of customizable headphones; Jada Toys, Inc.; 2K, providing a cross selection of the largest, most critically acclaimed titles in the video game industry; SKLZ, gifting the Gold Flex warm-up and tempo training aid – which is designed to improve your swing while providing a core muscle workout; and YES! Beat Liver Tumors, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information, resources, support and HOPE to those who are affected by cancer of the liver and other forms of advanced cancer – gifting Amazon Kindles pre-loaded with life-saving information for those who are affected by liver tumors.

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KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn provided a delicious specialty popcorn bar and music from DJ BABYCHINO, the world’s youngest DJ, flowed throughout the rooms of the lounge setting the tone for the event. Guests collected gifts and visited many great sponsors including the event’s Presenting Sponsor Viva Diva Wines, one of the fastest growing Moscato brands in the U.S., who was gifting a bottle of their Pinot Grigio or flavored Moscato; Sky’s Gourmet Tacos; Sabra Dipping Company; Cookie Connection; Jade and Jasper; gifting their Fabulous Phyliss Necklace or their Enchanting Riona Necklace; Infinite Jewelry Designs; The Headware®, gifting The Headware® and LoopScarf™ – multi functional accessories made of stretchable, tubular and breathable material allowing for a myriad of uses; bigtruck brand, INC, gifting incredible custom bigtruck brand hats; Respect Your Universe, gifting the men an organic cotton Warrior Training Hoody and the women with a 100% polyester vented Endurance Jacket; and, gifting Crystal Bling Tees, Tanks, Bags and Bling Your Sole.




Favoring the look of a sexy professional, Joan prefers figure flattering Empire waists and body hugging fabrics. Mimic her look with this Color Tipped Sheath Dress, customized for your perfect fit.  MAD MEN JOAN 2

It’s no surprise that the latest season of AMC’s hit show Mad Men has sparked another round of vintage fashion envy, with the show’s female stars perfectly displaying the styles of the 60’s. But while Joan succeeds in looking perfectly tailored in each episode, our thrift shop finds featuring psychedelic patterns and frumpy shift dresses from the Mad Men-era could use a little help from the costume department…

Enter eShakti (, the online shopping destination offering feminine styles and vintage-inspired fashions that can be customized for your body type – whether dressing the curvaceous figure of a Joan, the legs of a Megan, or a recent weight fluctuation like Betty.

Please find some Mad Men inspired styles from eShakti, all of which can be tailored to the buyer’s specific tastes by changing the neckline, sleeve or hem, or tweaking the measurements to ensure a flattering, TV-ready fit, all for under $8.

Copy Megan’s vacation look with this Tunic Style Floral Shift Dress. Add sleeves or shorten length for under $8!

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While seasons 5 and 6 have Betty hiding her new-found curves under lots of layers, the fit and flare, classic collared dress is a Betty wardrobe staple. Feeling insecure like Betty? Lengthen the skirt or add sleeves to cover problem areas for under $8!

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