Friday, December 30, 2011

The Fresh Air Fund Visits Seventeen Magazine!

This has to be one of the most anticipated job-shadowings of the year!
Every so often, members of the Fresh Air Fund's Career Awareness Program visit various job sites that the organization has partnerships and affiliations with. I was so glad to be able to help chaperone the event, I know the kids loved visiting Seventeen Magazine! (Even the guys!)  
CAP kids get a history lesson on Seventeen's archive magazines!
The beauty closet!
It was great to be able to test out the newest beauty products and be a "Reader Rave" for a day
ALL HAIL! The fashion closet!
Fashion crash course by the Seventeen Fashion team!
Special thanks to Bernadette Anat, assistant to the Editor-in-Chief, for giving us a tour of the office and hosting us! And to the Editor-in-Chief herself, Ann Shoket for the shoutout to The Fresh Air Fund in this month's Seventeen Magazine issue!

Thanks Seventeen Magazine!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Downtown Girl: Photos by Alberto Vargas

A few months ago, I did a shoot with my good friend, Alberto Vargas. Some of you may remember him from my New York Doll shoot last summer. Downtown Girl was shot at Alberto's job, near the Chinatown, Soho area. This shoot was so much fun, check out the photos!

Thanks to Alberto, Evalise, and Priscilla! 
And don't forget to check Alberto's website and like him on Facebook!
Top: Upson Downs
Suede jacket: H&M
Jeans: Bullhead
Wedges: H&M

Teen Vogue: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Me, Kia and Teen Vogue editors Shiona and Lauren
Check out my photos from Teen Vogue's Marc by Marc Jacobs at Bergdorf Goodman!
Beauty editor, Eva Chen showing off her amazing MJ manicure!

Fashionable guests at the event! 
Loveeed their sweater combos!
GREAT jacket! 
Special thanks to Priscilla! An awesome Pretty Provocative reader for reading my blog! 
You're awesome!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Teen Vogue Haute Spot 2011!

Me and my girls!

Check out the photos from Teen Vogue magazine's Haute Spot here in New York, back in September!
Fashion designer Erin Fetherson come to talk to us about her career and the importance of hardwork!
She was so sweet!

Designer Phillip Lim & I!

After speaking to designer Erin Featherson, a girl came up to me and said,
"Are you the blogger of Pretty Provocative?"
Me and my friends just looked at eachother; did she just ask what we think she asked?
"Yeah, I am" I hesitantly responded. A smile on my lips. What's going on? I asked myself.
"Omigosh, I love your blog! You inspired me to start my own!" the girl, Glenda said.
That really hit home.
Pretty Provocative started out as a hobby, something that I decided to have fun with.
When I find out that I actually have people who read and get are inspired by it, I don't even know what to say. To all my amazing Pretty Provocative readers out there like Glenda, thanks so much for reading!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Only in New York...

Spotted in the LES. Don't limit art is what I'll say.
Now if you excuse me, I think I'm going to go do my groceries.

Street Art Never Dissapoints

How amazing is the art work?! A comic-collage mural? Wayy to awesome.
Oh, I know, I know! I haven't posted in forever! No really, it's no joke when I tell you that I never have time nowadays. College Apps are due in a month and I just took my SATs this past Saturday. Along with being the Student Body President at school, I have work, exmas, and homework to do. 
Sounds like I'm whining, huh? (well, maybe a little?) 
On a brighter note, this weather has been too good to be true! Its November!
I was glad that I was able to wear my shorts and of course pair them with some tights.
Me and shorts never depart.
We all love a good find! I got these great, 80s inspired earrings at a yard sale for 25 cents! Score!
Boots on sale and jacket 30% off?
Yes please!
Jacket: Ecote
Vest: thrifted
Polka dot shirt: H&M
Shorts: Vintage Levis
Boots: We Who See
Tights: My sister's drawer...?
Purse: Thrifted
Earrings: Yard Sale

Saturday, September 24, 2011

MBFW: Backstage at Betsey Johnson!

"We need her on line NOW!"
Insanity would be an understatement if I had to describe how hectic it was working backstage at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011.
From Venexiana to Jad Ghandour, every show I worked, was a learning experience. Fashion is everything but glamorous. With my fashion emergency belt, holding everything from safety pins to double sided tape, I was ready for anything that needed fixing. 
Hmm...guess there wasn't anything in there for my nerves?
Biting my bottom lip, I immediately push away the exciting nerves in a safe box.
After working my first show, I was already excited to start on my second.
When I found out it was Betsey Johnson I was working for, I couldn't help but to squeal inside!
Betsey Johnson's "fuck yeah!" attitude always inspired me. And her creativity and personality shows through her fun designs. And here I was, dressing for one of my favorite designers!
So I was totally psyched and yes, nervous to work at her Spring/Summer 2012 fashion show!

I dressed my model, Anastasia, below. Here was the first look!

Betsey takes so much time and dedication into her work, you could really tell she loves what she does.
She made signs all over backstage, motivating the models to "KICK ASS!" and "YOU ROCK!" her enthusiam was the life of the party!
After hair and makeup, I made sure that I read the dress card that gave specific instructions on how Betsey wanted each look to look like. Dress, bra, necklace ready to go, I armed myself.
The necklace was a bit of hassle to put on Anastasia; it weighed a ton and you had to fasten it with 2 safety pins. "Make sure to put the necklace on right-we had one of them fall last time" said one of the overseers backstage.

I grabbed a third safety pin for good measure. I am not taking any chances!
The massive platforms was an easy way for my nerves to start again. As I was tying the thin ribbons on Anastasia's shoes, she pleaded for me to tie them tighter. I knew she was nervous and the shoes already looked hard enough to walk in, so I pulled the laces tigher and snap! it ripped.
Eyes wide, face hot, I quickly grab the laces to continue tying them-too short.
"We need Anastasia on line NOW!"
Panic has reached full capacity, ladies and gentleman.
The anxiety is actually rising again, as I'm typing this.
I snatch up the strip of ribbon, tie a knot with the connecting ribbon, pull tight, and thank God-it tied.

Dress on hand, I was ready for her next look. I had some help with unlacing her last shoes, as we quickly pulled together her next next look!

Last look for all models: t-shirt, undies, and a balloon!
Betsey- YOU ROCK!

I was so happy to have worked Betsey's show! My model thanked me, and I headed to my next show, Jad Ghandour. This experience was a really big eye opener for me. I loved the idea that I played a part in fashion week. That I wasn't just an attendee who came, saw, and applauded. It also made me appreciate everyone who works backstage or behind-the-scenes in everything. Because without them, nothing would be possible!
I worked hard, and it paid off!
See you next season MBFW!