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Sizzling Summer Soiree with Jay Godfrey

Every year, Dress for Success Houston’s Women of Wardrobe team throw a bash to celebrate the summer.  As an organization that helps suit women for job interviews thereby imparting them with the confidence to succeed, it is fitting that their summer soiree showcases trailblazers in the design world.

Jay Godfrey was the featured designer this year, and I must say, I was rather surprised to learn more about how his career evolved.  Born in Toronto, Godfrey grew up with a strong interest in the business world majoring in Finance in college.  After receiving a lucrative offer to move to New York, he was immersed in the stock market of all places.  Godfrey soon realized that this was not the place for him, and he invested his own funds to start his fashion line from home.  While people often divide more creative personalities and functions from the professional world, I am happy to see a designer that walks the line between two worlds.  As a lawyer with a keen interest in style and the business behind the fashion industry, I can certainly relate. A key moment in Godfrey’s fashion career was when his wife (then fiancée) sported one of his creations to an event which captivated the interest of Intermix’s CEO.  Pretty cool, right?!?

Unlike many trendy New York designers, I find his pieces to be rather practical and geared towards reality.  Some of the trends these days just don’t fit in with my reality, that’s for sure.  Here are some of my favorite pieces which you can purchase straight from his website.

As you can see, everything is simple but versatile.  The end result is that you can continue to wear these pieces for years to come by easily dressing your look up or down depending on the occasion.   Accessories are our friends!

I always love designers who champion great causes and organizations like Dress for Success, and Jay was very personable.  After bonding over evil eyes (what else?!?), he certainly won me over.

For my followers in Lebanon, you can purchase his pieces at Aishti.    :)

Having come to the event directly from the office, my look was not so fun and fabulous, I must admit.  I actually purchased my Balenciaga suit and handbag from Yoox.com for 70% off! I broke the strictly business look with a little evil eye footwear….I seriously have a problem, I know.

Anyone else excited it’s Friday?!?

 

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How to Make a Flower Crown

With the launch of Snapchat’s flower crown filter, women (and men) the world over were embracing the flower crown.  I must confess that I have never really embraced the flower crown.  Word on the street is that mermaid crowns are the new “thing”.  Leave it to me to attend my first flower crown making session when the trend is finally beginning to ease up.

I must say it is a rather unique way to spend a lazy Sunday with friends.  Sometimes all it takes is doing something random and new to get you ready for the work week.

That being said, I must give a disclaimer that my flower crown is NOT my best work. I did not give this creation the time it deserves, but if you’re looking for a fun activity to do with friends, here are a few easy steps.

STEP 1: Gather an array of flowers in different textures, colors, and sizes.  

Some people prefer to use real flowers, but if you are looking for something that will last, I would recommend using fake flowers.  You can go to your local craft store for a wide array of selections, and it will be more cost effective as well.

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We had our session with juice and mimosas for a little “inspiration”.  Feel free to improvise.:)

STEP 2: Cut coated wire and bend each end into mini loops. 

As you can see in the picture above, we used coated green wire, which we then cut to fit like a headband.

If you to prefer to have a circular crown, just double the length and skip step 3.

When we were making our crowns, we went for the headband look because it is easy to craft, and it is not overwhelming to wear.  This is strictly a matter of individual preference.

STEP 3: Cut ribbon and tie nots around each loop. 

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You can use the same color ribbon for each side, or you can change it up. The purpose of the ribbon is to secure the crown around your head.   When you begin decorating, you want to make sure the ribbons are still dangling.  It is easy for the ribbon to get caught in the flowers.

STEP 4: GO NUTS!

I chose the white tulips as my base.  My fellow crown makers also started with different focal points which were fastened towards the end. It is easier to begin by filling the crown  with vines or small, subtle flowers to form a base.

To secure the flowers, you can either use green wires or green tape, which will easily blend in with your crown.   Just like with my last post on braiding, you really can’t go wrong.  I literally put this together in like fifteen minutes.

And the final product…

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FINITO!! 

I am in the process of upping my social media game, and I would love for you all to connect with me on Instagram and Facebook!  For those of you who were following me on @AdmirablyLegal, I do have an update.  I have turned that account into my personal Instagram (now @mirahaykal).  To follow my newly created Instagram, you can add me back at @admirablylegal.

Like many of my fellow bloggers, with a full-time job, blogging can be a bit tough.  I am loving meeting all of you amazing people, and I’m looking to step it up.  Baby steps of course.  Some interesting blogging projects are coming my way, and I cannot wait to share!       Please connect with me, and get your friends in on the action.  Feel free to also comment with your social media links so I can support you all too!

Hope you all have an amazing Friday!

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The Mighty Power of the Braid

It is so important to have great friends. Friends who will tell you that your dress may just not be right for that occasion.  Or perhaps, “seriously, put your hair up so you don’t melt like a popsicle.”

If you have been blessed with a full head of hair, chances are, summer is NOT your best friend.  Fortunately, this summer my lovely friends reminded me of the power of the braid.  Believe it or not, it is still possible to style your hair while also putting it neatly out of your face keeping you a bit cooler during those hot and steamy summer months.

Even the women of Hollywood sweat, so it comes to no surprise that they too embrace the braid for those tedious red carpet walks.  My favorite braided celeb is definitely Blake Lively.

Both of these looks are bold yet simple and quick ways to style your hair.  The great thing about braids is that there aren’t any black and white rules.  From neat and tidy to messy and fun, you really can’t go wrong.  If you mess up, you can just play it off as an intentional style tactic.:)

Depending on the texture of your hair, you can literally achieve these looks in a matter of minutes.

LOOK 1

  1. Section your hair into two parts leaving one to the side.
  2. Take one half and began braiding down the side keeping the braid tight and applying hair spray if necessary.
  3. Using a small rubber band, tie a knot at the end of the braid.
  4. Take both parted portions and twirl them in a loose bun.
  5. Either pin the sides or use a hair tie to hold the bun in place (if you have thin, fine hair, you may need to do both).
  6. Loosen portions of the hair to create an effortless look.

LOOK 2

This is a great way to make a statement, yet it is about as easy as it gets to do!

  1. Tie your hair into a tight ponytail.
  2. Braid only the free strands of the ponytail.
  3. Tie off the end of the braid by using your hair to form a knot or using a hair tie, and voila!

Blake’s stylist created a “messy” look by being inconsistent with the size of of each braided portion and by loosening parts of the braid.  If you are sporting this style to work, it is best to keep the braid tight and consistent.  You can always loosen alternating parts of the braid to create a bolder look.

I must admit that I am terrible awful at braiding my own hair, but there are certain styles that even a novice can do.  The key is to practice and just go with whatever you create.  There is no right or wrong, but the great benefit is that you will have a style that will liven up your look while also keeping you lighter and more refreshed.

I have to give credit to my lovely friend Milly for teaching me the ways of the braid.  My hair took all of a minute and a half to accomplish.  For someone who has more hair than Mufasa from the Lion King, this is definitely a WIN!

Hope you are all off to a great start of the weekend!

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