Urban Concrete

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As some may or may not know, fashion trends often derive from ones surroundings. People tend to pick up inspiration from the world around them, unintentionally, and incorporate it in their fashion without even knowing.

This particular look was inspired by the city that surrounds me and makes me feel my finest, the concrete jungle. It is quite difficult to be uninspired by a city so great, with it’s deep cement gray tones, textured concrete walls and cobble stone roads. Not only is the place I call home the inspiration behind this look, but also an emerging influence within culture and art

My top is a collaboration piece by New York based contemporary artist KAWS and Uniqlo. Vest is from People’s Market, Denim is from Acne Studios and shoes are from Maison Margiela.

Photos: @yeahokayali

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– Anaa

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The Lip Kit Kylie Has Everyone Talking About

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After much anticipation my Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit has FINALLY arrived in the mail! These lip kits have every girl refreshing Kylie’s website waiting for the sold out lipsticks to restock. This purchase was a guilty pleasure of mine. I really wanted to see what the hype was behind the lipstick and liner duo. Kylie Jenner originally launched three colors which was her grand debut, and after the success of that she launched an additional three colors. It currently comes in 6 colors Dolce K, Mary Jo K, Candy K, Koko K, True Brown K, and Posie K. It is also said that she has many other beauty products in the works, including nail polish.

 

Truthfully I was a bit skeptical of the product when placing my order, but I love makeup so it wasn’t quite the risk it could have been. I happened to be on the website by accident (I know) right before she announced her lip kits were on sale and was able to snag three, Posie K, Mary Jo K and Dolce K. I was relieved once they were in my cart and five minutes later Kylie announced they were out on her social media accounts and bam, they were instantly sold out.

Once they arrived, the first thing I noticed was packaging, which was done exceptionally well. Each Kit comes with a lip liner and a liquid matte lipstick. The Lip liner’s had creamy consistencies. I wasn’t a huge fan of the lip liners to be honest, there wasn’t a significant difference between colors that liners should have. But the liquid matte lipstick changed the game. I had never used a liquid matte lipstick but as soon as I put it on my entire world was turned upside down.  The lipstick glided right on and dried within minutes, leaving a perfectly smooth, matte finish. Overall I was pretty satisfied with my purchase and I can’t wait to see what other products she comes out with, and good luck to everyone trying to snag these kits.

 

-A

 

FW ’16 Runway Beauty Trends: Glitter & Grunge

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Saint Laurent Via: Elle

As we come to a close end with NYFW, a lot of emerging trends have made quite an impression on the runways. Yes, of course the fashion itself was to die for, and just as striking were the number of beauty bombshells. Some major beauty trends were spotted this year and we just can’t wait to try them all out. Glitter and Grunge are two completely different genres of beauty yet we saw them morphed together into one legendary look. As we take notes from top designers these are a few major trends harmoniously blending glitter and grunge together, taking it to the next level, leaving us all blown away by the ingenuity in these looks.

Grunge:

Nicholas Kirkwood, Á Moi, Tadashi Shoji, and Puma by Rihanna brought back a smoked out punk look whether around the eyelids or a classic full dark lip. Smoked out shadows are back and grunge goth lips are in, so ladies don’t retire your black lipsticks just yet.

 

Glitter:

V-files brought a whole new definition to glitter incorporated beauty this Fall. Who would have thought the sought out ombré trend would make a comeback so quick.

 

Glitter & Grunge:

Saint Laurent did an impeccable job sending out rock n roll babes, with glittery smoked out eyeshadow. Mix these two beauty trend directions together and we get a fun new edgy way to wear our makeup. After all winged liner and red lips gets tiring some times. Spice up your look and try out this seasons hottest beauty trend; glitter and grunge.

 

Shop some beauty products to rock these designer looks:

Urban Decay

Stila

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Givenchy

 

– A

 

@oursecondskin

 

 

How to Score Vintage Threads Like OSS

How to Score Vintage Threads The OSS Way:

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In New York City, thrifting and vintage shopping isn’t just a way to obtain affordable clothing, it’s a lifestyle hobby and more importantly a sport. To the average human who can’t find anything to do on a Saturday evening thrifting would never cross their mind, but not us New Yorkers! What better way to create the perfectly curated closet than an afternoon of sifting and thrifting. Everyone is always searching for those exclusive pieces to add to their wardrobe to set them apart, but where to find them is the real dilemma. Looking for the perfect vintage threads may often seem impossible. No need to clean out your grandmas’ closet anymore, because we have you covered.

For a beginners guide at thrifting here is a look into a few of Our Second Skin’s favorite Vintage stores:

1. Urban Jungle: 120 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, (718) 381-8510

This hip Brooklyn spot embodies, the urban “hipster” customer. They sell an amazing range of all things retro from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. They have the perfect selection of denim EVERYTHING, from pants to jackets to skirts. This Brooklyn chain has a massive variety from jackets, blazers, flannels, and so much more, and the best part is everything is super affordable. Vintage stores typically over-price their items, but they are true to price at Urban Jungle. Definitely one of my favorite stores to spend the day in, there are endless possibilities.

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2. Awoke Vintage: 132 N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, (718) 387-3130

Located in the cultural hub of Williamsburg lays the perfectly curated Vintage shop; Awoke Vintage. While many vintage stores with endless clothing can be exhausting, Awoke is easy to browse with a small handpicked collection of vintage garments from all over the globe. The store is eclectic, fun and the ladies who work there can style you head to toe with their expert knowledge on vintage pieces. This boutique style store is always consistent with their selection including, denim, jumpers, leather, and dresses. Warning: It is almost impossible leaving this store without something in hand!

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3. Beacons Closet: 23 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11237, (718) 417-5683

This Brooklyn gem is one of my favorite places to find à la mode designer duds for affordable prices. Unlike other vintage stores, Beacons closet offers buy, trade, and sell services, which is a great way to get rid of your old clothes and cash in some new gold. They have a great collection of groovy pieces and a killer shoe selection, leaving you wanting more.

 

 

-Anaa

Photography: @matthewpastula

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Fashion Week Blogger Style

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As you are all aware New York Fashion Week has come to an end. It feels too soon like it always does, but at least I’ll finally be able to get some sleep. Although it’s been super crazy with the all the excitement, I was lucky enough to have time in my schedule to meet the lovely blogger Maria Alia. It’s always such a thrill to meet someone with the same predisposition as you. It’s delightful how all fashion bloggers and people in the industry get to meet up and exchange ideas and thoughts during fashion week. It’s a fantastic hub for likeminded people who all love fashion. Maria and I were running from show to show and had the idea of doing a little shoot together on blogger style. So we decided it would be fun to put together two fashion week looks that we could wear on the go. When hopping from show to show it’s very important to remain comfortable while  at the same time appearing fashion forward especially when you don’t know how the unpredictable NYC weather will treat you. Rain or shine, looking your best during fashion week is imperative, you never know if you’ll be stopped for a photo or who you might run into. We thought to ourselves what better way to do a shoot than on a New York City rooftop, to really capture that urbane city street style. We were both feeling neutrals and all black, after all, you can never go wrong with black on black. Let us know what you think!

Big shout out to Matthew for the photos.

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NYFW Spring 2016 Top Designers

New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 Top Designers

As New York fashion week comes to a wrap and London fashion week kicks into full gear, the excitement and anticipation continues to advance on what’s coming down the runways next. This year I had such a pleasure going to some amazing shows. However, after thoroughly analyzing all the runway shows, with much difficulty I had to narrow it down to my top few designers. For those of you who missed out on some of the action, here is a recap of all my favorite noteworthy shows:

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Rodarte

This seasons Rodarte collection was inspired by the romantic interpretation of what being a poet could mean in Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s world. The runway gave way to retro seventies and eighties vibes with a romantic twist infused with ruffles, lace, paisley, disco beaded suits, and velvet blouse sleeves. Tons of vintage vibes were apparent throughout the show in addition to crystal earrings, metallic heels, neckties, and of course huge puffy Mongolian fur.

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Proenza Schouler

The Proenza Schouler boys pulled through once again this Spring, with a jaw-dropping runway show, consisting of intricately crafted designs that truly brought the runway to life. Proenza adopted a Spanish vibe this year with careful attention to specifics like ribbons, feathers, structural ruffles, mesh, asymmetrical cut outs, pom poms and off-the-shoulder details. To say the least, the show had a little of everything and really exuded hot modern Latin romance.

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Givenchy

Riccardo Tisci marked his tenth anniversary at Givenchy with the release of one of the most anticipated fashion shows this year. He delivered a sophisticated array of garments in a tuxedo color palette and softened it up with provocative, yet inviting, lingerie inspired details. Under the gaze of the Manhattan sky, and of almost every fashion conscious New Yorker, paraded tailored suits, silk robes, and lace details. These fragments all came together, showcasing movement first and foremost.

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Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein welcomed spring with a refined and polished approach, playing off of his contrasting tones of dark vs. light. His collection contained a harmonious balance of soft minimalism and dark grunge, themes helped along by his use of loose fitting garments, satin slip dresses, and elongated sleeves. Continuing the concept Francisco Costa added a saturated and unsaturated floral print across trenches, pants, and dresses.

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3.1 Phillip Lim

This season Phillip Lim did not disappoint  delivering a beautifully tailored runway show consisting of pale, organic neutrals derived from earthy elements. In honor of his 10th anniversary Lim took his romanticized garments and added an edgy twist with a hint of sporty flair, by making full use of pops of leather, stripes and floral prints.

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Altuzarra

Altuzarra channeled his Basque roots this season, parading the runway with a variety of culturally vibrant festival colors. He took a rather nonchalant direction with his clothing, which included relaxed and loose fitted garments such as shirt dresses and side-slit skirts, and he tied it all up by emphasizing the waist. He coupled his relaxed and easygoing fabrics with simple design details like pleating, buttons, ties, belts and dip dyes.

New York Fashion Week S/S 16: Street Style

New York Fashion Week has taken the whole city once again by storm. Every year we eagerly await for those titans we love to parade their way through the the streets in something amazing or something outrageous. It’s that time where no one wants to blink for the fear of missing out. Don’t worry that won’t happen to you, I’ve got all you covered. Here are some of the street style looks that attracted my attention over the whirlwind that was the last few days.

Street Style Looks:

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