Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas + Holiday Style



I love this time of the year for so many reasons, and being able to start wearing boots and layers is definitely one of them. Adding layers is also a fun and simple way to add style and warmth to your look. Since here in Florida our winter is really more of a fall, one of my go to looks during this time is a flowy skirt such as this liquid leather skirt, worn with a festively red plaid long sleeve top, knee high bots and a chic belt to tie the look together with. Then adding the one piece of jewery that brings this looks dressy factor up from 3 to 10 the instant you put it on. It's not called the Deco Drama for no reason, it truly adds that extra oomph to anything it's added to. I love the versatily of being able to wear it with a cotton tee and jeans or with a plaid shirt and skirt and have it complete the look instantly. That's one of the main reasons I love jewery so much, it's like the icing on top of the cake for your outfit. I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving with their family and happy shopping for the weekend! There is also a big 30-40% off sale on a lot of the jewelry on my online boutique to get your holiday shopping off to a beautiful + sparkly start!!


xo,

Alina




 

 


Monday, November 10, 2014

All The Way Back To Health With Aveda

I've been on a journey back to the health of my hair for about a year now and the reason being is that I used to get my hair heavily highlighted every 6-8 weeks. Bleach takes a toll on the hair and after a while, it causes it to continue breaking off. In my case, it was even more so because when you have naturally dark hair, lifting it up so many shades to make it so light makes it become straw like after a while. In addition to coloring, most of us love to over use our blow driers, straighteners, curling wands and products to style our hair exactly how we want it. 


Now, there's a big debate on how frequent one should be washing their hair for premium health. I personally have to wash my hair as frequently as every day, or sometimes every other and sport and up do pony on the second day if I must.  It's very unhealthy for the scalp to not be washed for more then 3 days at the most. I know some points of beauty reference state that it's ok to even go a week if you have dry hair. The truth of the matter is that the hair becomes like that because the scalp is not being cleansed properly and as frequent as it's healthy for it to be. I personally don't like the look or feel of it on the second day so I wash it daily. For primitive health we must also remember to give the heating tools a break here and there in order to allow the hair to breathe. This is not an easy thing for me to do, but at least 1 day a week, let your hair air dry and do a reconstructing deep conditioning mask. 

So to start off the healing process, the best thing to do is to cut off all the damage (in my case it was 5 inches) and to start again. Aveda has been with me from day one of my intense road to recovery and to happy and healthy tresses again. These products have made a world of a difference for me. I started to see a drastic improvement in the overall health of my hair within the first week and it's even growing faster then when I was having it processed with bleach so often. 

There are a few products on the market that are real miracle workers and Aveda is at the top of that list for me. Most of the products I use are from the Damage Remedy line such as the reconstructing shampoo + conditioner, and my all time favorite beauty product the damage remedy reconstructing conditioner. For the styling, I love the Pure Abundance prep spray. As a heat protector I use the Brilliant Damage Control spray. You can see a noticeable difference in the softness and feel of your hair from the first time you use these products. I also like to do a deep conditioning treatment using 100% pure coconut oil once a week. That repairs the hair shaft from the inside out.

My final step was going to the Dorjon Aveda Salon here in Boca and getting my hair matched precisely to my natural dark brown color. It was done 6 months prior at another salon, but my previous hair color was fading. Their colorist/stylist Ashley did an amazing job and I was very happy with the color match that she achieved. Here is their facebook page if you want to make an appointment for yourself - Dorjon Aveda Salon Town Center Mall. It feels great to go back to the color that God gave me. I've been tempted quite a few times to just add some subtle highlights. But then I would recall that every time I did that, I would eventually end up becoming way lighter then I should be in order to maintain the health and integrity of my hair. Breakage would always be following that decision shortly after. So, if you are in hair rehab yourself from over processing now or are thinking of ways to bring your hair back to life, then look no further then your nearest Aveda store. Their hair color is superior to anything else out there and way healthier for you hair. Wishing you all great hair days ahead because we all know that you can never really have a bad day when your hair looks amazing!


xo, Alina





 


                                                           
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                                                    The Damage Remedy Hair Care Line




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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Must Have - Maxi Love




When it comes to creating the easiest and most stylish summer outfit for myself or any of my clients, I go with a fitted tank top, a maxi skirt in an appropriate lenght for your height, sandals (flat for day and a slight heel for night) and a coordinating bag. Add a great fedora hat along with your favorite sunnies and you're ready to go and didn't spend too much time on selecting your emsemble for the day. A maxi skirt in a black, grey or geometric pattern is going to be the most versatile and easiest thing you will own for the summer. 

I found this is very easy to style because any color top will go with it and it's so easy to dress up or down depending on the accessories paired with it such as the shoes, bag and jewelry. For a night look, I would change up the flat sandals to black heel sandals, wear a dressier tank top and finish off the look with a cropped blazer. For the day, this casual cotton lavendar top and fedora hat work best for the sunny weather. I like to keep the jewelry simple with a gold mother of pearl pendant and a few light bracelets. I added an ivory bag to the look since I like to coordinate the color of the hat to the color of the bag. Hope you're all having a terrific Tuesday and I'll see you soon for a new fitness artcile on The Power of Pure Barre. 


xo,
Alaina
                      
              














Love Life And It Will Love You Back! Live Confidently, Creatively and Always Be Yourself!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

C + I Sky Style Couture Launch With The Bloggers Block & OLounge





I had my first formal launch for my new Chloe + Isabel jewelry line and was happy to have done it alongside The Bloggers Block and The Branding Club at the beautiful OLounge in Ft. Lauderdale. The event was filled with lots of style, blogging beauties and an amazing presence of media made up of great groups of people. The Bloggers Block is known for promoting the latest in fashion, beauty and lifestyle of South Florida and the world. Their quarterly events are brilliantly created to bring insight and awareness of local brands and businesses.

 They are longtime professionals in the media, PR and marketing industry and well known for showcasing and promoting popular local and international brands with a live blogging and social media presence. This was my second event that I hosted with The Bloggers Block and my good friend and CEO Dayana Brown. Her strong background in the media/event planning has made her events fun, successful and the happening place to be for bloggers, brands and the media. At this event I came back as a blogger and a brand which was a great experience. I look forward to many more events and networking with many great professionals within my industry who have great energy and enthusiasm for what they do.



With CEO of The Bloggers Block Dayana Brown.










With the lovely Aileen Van Pelt who is a former News Anchor and the writer of Newsyparents and Kristen Hewitt who is a television sports reporter, producer and blogger at Mommyinsports





Coming up at the end of the month is my interview on The Bloggers Block and my Chloe + Isabel jewelry line. 





Speaking at the event about how great it is to be a part of The Bloggers Block and introducing my My New Chloe + Isabel by Sky Style Couture website and my lifestyle blog.





With the beautiful OLounge PR girls Maria Celia Ares and Ana Gajardo in Ft. Lauderdale.





With my fellow blogging beauties Afroza Khan of The Chic Stylista, April Castoro of Aprilgolightly, and lovely world traveler Carmen Edelson of Carmens Travel Tips.


I feel extremely blessed to be in an industry with passionate, professional, intelligent and creative women who absolutely love what they do and have grace and style while doing it. Have an amazing week ahead everyone!

xo,

Alaina

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sky Couture Styling With Etiquette Boutique


I was asked to style at Etiquette Boutique's grand opening of their 2nd location of their popular womens boutique here in South Florida. It was a breeze finding beautiful and unique pieces to create a look with for my model. The clothes are very pretty and trendy which makes it effortless for me to create a beautiful look with them. The boutique is located in a new and chic shopping plaza at Unions Square Plaza in Ft. Lauderdale. 

This was not my first time visiting Etiquette, I went and checked out the boutique back in February and instantly fell in love with the decor, the design aesthetic and of course the fabulous clothes and accesorries. I instantly knew that whoever was in charge of handling  the selection process of the clothes which they carry had a chic, classic and very timeless eye for style. The pieces they carry range from boho to beautifully polished. One of my favorite accessories that they carry are the Pink Pewter jeweled headbands. I bought 5 of them the first time I was at Etiquette and still wear them all the time and mix them with my own pieces from my own jewelry collection. 

If you want to see some of the clothes that they carry, follow their Instagram account @etiquetteboutiques. They don't have online shopping available at this time but if you see something on their account and would like to purchase it, you can contact them and they'll bill you via paypal and ship your new purchase to you. They have some really stunning summer maxi dresses right now that I'm going to need in my closet stat. I had the pleasure of meeting the owners that are a mother and son team who also happen to be from my hometown state of Michigan. A stylish mother and a business savy son make for a very successful and stylish boutique. You can also follow their Facebook page for all the latest updates on all their current styles at Etiquette Facebook Page









A big thank you to my beautiful friend and photographer Kori Sumner with Exposed PR.








Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pearls Are Always Appropriate - Day To Night






You can never go wrong with wearing pearls. No matter what the occasion, they can be dressed down for a picnic or dressed up for a night on the town. When styling the transition of this piece, you can see that I kept the necklace and ring the same, all that I switched up was the earrings and bracelet to create a dressier look. The small silver hoops and silver cuff dress it down for the day and the pearl stud earring with the bow pearl bracelet complete a perfectly classy look fit for any Audrey Hepburn fan. The bright blue clutch adds a pretty color pop to the look and makes it more lively then if it would be paired with the usual black. I would also style this with a silver clutch also. 

When it comes to statement accessories, investing in one piece that you love and can be styled many different ways like this one is a very smart investment. Also the nice thing about spending $168 on a pearl necklace is knowing that if anything ever happens to it, you have a lifetime guarantee of being able to send it back and get a new one stat. All the pieces here come with that and there's nothing more beautiful then good quality and knowing that your pieces are protected in case anything were to happen to them. Hope you're all having a terrific Tuesday!




xo,

Alaina


Monday, June 9, 2014

Nautical Summer Styling With Navy


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One of my favorite color combinations has always been that of navy and white. The perfect accessory that compliments any nautical look is anything with navy and silver in it. I love navy because it simply goes with any color, it's softer then black and it's very chic and sophisticated. If I had to pick my all time go to outfit, it's that of a white shirt and dark navy jeans/jean shorts. It's a look that can be dressed up or down by the accessories that are added to it instantly. 

During the day, a cotton tank-top and jeans can be dressed up by adding a very glitzy necklace or can be more casual by wearing it with sandals then dress it up later by switching up the sandals to navy heels for night time and add a beautiful white tailored blazer to your look and it changes completely. Also, convertible jewelry is also the best thing when it comes to the versatility of a look. For instance, the navy earrings you see listed as number 6 above are actually the same pair except one look can be worn just as studs or for a more dressed up look, you simply snap the chandelier part on for a more dressy look at night. Then number 1 is a wrap bracelet that can also be worn as a necklace.

They are a genius design and one of my new favorites from the new Tangier Collection. Wishing you all a lovely and stylish week! Look for new upcoming articles this week on my Pure Barre fitness journey and my latest jewelry launch event that I had at O Lounge last month. I will also be answering all of your styling questions that you all e-mailed to me in the past few months in some new YouTube videos coming up this month. 



xo,

Alaina

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Neutral Look With Color Crush Accessories

              JC Sunglasses  | Necklace         Bracelet | Honeycomb Ring Leaf Ring           Turquoise Ring


Happy Wednesday everyone, hope your week has been great and productive so far. I'm having a busy week writing my first article for the July issue in UK's The Fashion Globe and getting things in order for my event this Friday at O Lounge in Ft. Lauderdale. I will be launching my new Chloe + Isabel by Sky Style Couture line which you all have become very familiar with lately. The event is from 6:00-10:00pm. and it will be the first time that everyone will get to view and shop my collection live and in person. If you want to check out the details to the event here is the info.


The reason I love this line so much is because it's gorgeous, made with the highest quality materials and carries a lifetime guarentee which not many other jewelry companies do. I love wearing a neutral outfit of white and tan, then adding all the color neccessary to the look with the bold accessories. The new collection is my absolute favorite mainly because of all the turquoise and pink that is incorporated into all the pieces. They are my top two favorite colors. There is something about the simplicity of a neutral look that I love dearly especially for the spring/summer months. Also if you want some recent fitness inspiration before it makes it's way over to the blog, follow my Instagram account here and get your daily fitspo. Happy Styling!



xo, 

Alaina

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Happy Mother's Day With Chloe + Isabel by Sky Style Couture



Hi everyone and welcome to my 50th article where I will be introducing you to my new Chloe + Isabel by Sky Style Couture jewelry line and let you get a personal look and feel behind my new brand. Chloe + Isabel is a fashion destination for creative and confident women. It is more than jewelry, it is a lifestyle brand with a genuine and unique personality, point of view, and mission. 

We take great pride in designing beautiful and high-quality pieces with the fashionable woman of today in mind! We stand behind our jewelry, and because of this, we offer a Lifetime Replacement Guarantee on all pieces. In the unlikely instance that you experience defect or damage, we will replace the item at no cost to you. We believe that top quality is a very beautiful thing and our pieces are always: Hypoallergenic, nickel-free, and lead safe. The jewelry is packaged in keepsake pouches perfect for gifts and are all branded with our signature Chloe + Isabel closure. Visit my Boutique here!


Across the C+I brand, you’ll notice these 3 influences:


1. France - From the bustling cafĂ© culture of Paris, to the romantic lavender fields of Provence, the “joie devivre” and sophistication in France inspires all that we do.






2. Nature - From colorful flowers in full bloom, to common leaves and reeds, the natural world holds unlimited artistic inspiration. The beauty and complexity of mother nature informs all of our creative pursuits.




3. Vintage -The textures and tones of bygone eras inspire our brand aesthetic. An afternoon at a local flea market or antiques shop, searching for the ultimate vintage find, is always one well spent.





If any of you have questions on how to style any certain piece from my collection, you can always e-mail me at skycouturestyling@gmail.com and I will give you lots of tips and ideas on how to wear all your new pretty jewels. I will also be making more YouTube videos on different ways to style the jewelry.

Any of the Chloe + Isabel jewelry will look great on your friends and family and are sure to make them smile if they are getting any of the pieces as a gift. Pretty jewelry can change a woman's mood in an instant and it's the ultimate exclamation point to any outfit! My first gifts were to the two most important women in my life, my mom Lumy and my step mom Barbara which were over the moon in love with all the jewelry once they saw it and put it on. 





My mom is wearing the complete Heirloom Pearl collection here which consists of the earrings, bracelet and necklace. She knows quality jewelry and she thought that the entire collection looks like it's 10 times more expensive then it actually is. It's very classy and impecably made with extensive attention to detail and it shows in the crafting of each piece. 

I am wearing the limited edition Terrace Blooms Earrings with the Retro Glam Necklace.

























I gave my stepmom Barb the Seascape Earrings and they looked fabulous, especially if you have blue eyes, it really makes the color pop. She loved them so much I think she's been wearing them ever since she put them on. They are one of my favorites as far as a light everyday pair.  




                                                                  Seascape Drop Earrings





"A mother holds her daughter's hand for a while, but her heart forever."





Thanks so much to all my lovely readers for being with me for 50 articles and that you all love reading the blog as much as I love writing it. I love all the e-mails you all write me and I will be answering a lot more of your questions on my Questions With Alaina video series coming up soon. I wish you all a terrific & blessed week ahead and remember to never let anyone dull your sparkle!