Hair & Makeup with Caravan

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Caravan Stylist Studio held a great popup for bloggers during fashion week. I stopped by to get my hair and makeup done in between shows and it was such a treat. For one thing it was a life saver to have someone else style me, I love clothes but I’m not so handy in the beauty department. It was also great just to have a place to crash, re-charge (phones and selves) and chat with the great Caravan team.

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hairandmakeupwithcaravan8And the final result! What do you think? I never wear makeup so it was a bit of a shock to see myself all done up. I think I could get used to it for more formal occasions, but for everyday I’m just too focused on the clothes for that.

hairandmakeupwithcaravan7Here I am with Lara of Pretty Connected. She’s a wonderful blogger and has really helped me get involved in the NYFW scene. A big thank you to her for all the guidance!

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

 

4 Year Blogiversary!

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fouryearblogiversaryToday Trends and Tolstoy is four years old! It feels like just yesterday I was styling my first outfit and begging my brother to take a photo with our crappy point-and-shoot. Since I started the blog my style has grown from Blair Waldorf-inspired sweet skirts and preppy ensembles to a curated collection of edgy and sophisticated pieces. In the last four years I started and graduated from Emerson College, traveled extensively, and grew into the person I’ve always wanted to be.

Despite the beautiful clothes, the fancy parties, and the VIP status, running a blog is a lot of hard work. Countless hours of dedication have gone into creating my little corner of the web. I can’t thank my friends, family, and followers enough for supporting me through this ongoing journey. As I usher in the new year with a packed travel agenda, some exciting new partnerships, and lots and lots of fur, I can’t help but think 2015 is going to be our best year yet.

Kendra Scott Showroom

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During fashion week I had a chance to stop by the Kendra Scott showroom. I’ve worked with them before and it was great to see the team. They’re getting ready to premier their summer collection this April and then their fall collection in July. The summer collection is inspired by her recent trip to Mexico and the fall collection by her trip to Dubai. As always the jewelry was gorgeous and inspired.

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kendrascottshowroomTheir summer collection features quite a bit of drusy, a rare stone that the company uses to give their pieces an extra bit of sparkle. Kendra Scott is actually the largest user of drusy in the world. I was always more focused on the pretty colors of the jewelry, but all their stones are real. Many are even mined straight from the source.

kendrascottshowroom2This elaborate statement necklace was one of my absolute favorite pieces. The bright turquoise and aztec-inspired shapes really show Kendra’s Mexican inspiration. Plus it went perfectly with my burgundy jumpsuit!

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kendrascottshowroom6A big thank you to Kendra Scott for having us. I can’t wait until the summer collection goes on sale!

Photos by Rebecca Isenhart.

Sunday Snapshots

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sundaysnapshotscollage2222015From left to right: 1) Waking up bright eyed and ready to take on New York Fashion Week. 2) Toasting to a fantastic weekend with my friend Rebecca. 3) Backstage at Naaem Khan taking in the gorgeous Oscar gowns. 4) Another backstage shot, shoe envy commence. 5) Trying on jewels at the Kendra Scott showroom. 6) Thanks to Caravan Stylists for doing my hair and makeup before the shows!

Malan Breton F/W 2015

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Yesterday Malan Breton debuted his fall/winter collection and it was absolutely stunning. The collection was a blend of ‘70s androgyny, badass biker, and ladylike elegance with a touch of steam punk.

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malanbretonf:w2015For women the line included many fantastic pant and skirt suits in traditional black, emerald velvet, and a bright, bubblegum pink. The models all rocked short black wigs and wide-leg pants added to the retro feel. Mixed in were dresses in very prim cuts that featured a contrasting floral/camo print in light pink and varied greens.

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malanbretonf:w2015(6)For men the collection was peppered with metallic accessories including belts and mask-like headwear. The looks ranged from tailored suits in black, white, magenta, and camo, to more casual ensembles featuring knee-high sneaker boots, leather vests, and in some cases, an underwear and button down combo reminiscent of a high-fashion Tom Cruise.

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malanbretonf:w2015(3)Several beautiful wedding gowns walked the runway, but the real showstopper was the final look, a tangerine empire-waist gown complete with crown and train. The look was showcased in a fittingly royal fashion with the model flanked by an entourage of men in striking red suits and jackets. In the course of the 20-minute show we saw daytime, eveningwear, wedding gowns, edgy looks, and an ensemble fit only for a queen. But Breton weaved the collection together so well that every look felt right at home on the runway.

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

 

Michael DePaulo F/W 2015

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The Michael DePaulo collection for F/W 2015 was a stunning compilation of evening and cocktail looks. From red-carpet-ready to fit for a classy night out, his range of design and technique shone through. My personal favorite was the black and white centerpiece, a strapless gown in a contemporary print with opaque panels down the sides. DePaulo is originally a Boston designer, it was great to see someone from my area showing at New York Fashion Week!

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michaeldepaulo5Jamie caught a quick picture of me instagramming the show. I wore my favorite red leather vintage dress. Go big or go home, right?

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Laurel DeWitt F/W 2015

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For those of you who don’t follow my Twitter or Instagram, I’m currently at New York Fashion Week, previewing trends for Fall/Winter 2015. Last night I had the privilege of viewing Laurel DeWitt’s latest collection. I wasn’t familiar with her work previously but she creates amazing looks out of gold, silver, and black metal. It’s a Cleopatra-meets-chainmail look that I can’t get enough of.

laureldewittf:w2015(6)There was a very ’70s vibe present in a lot of her work with two-piece sets and lots of fringe. I personally couldn’t get enough of the last look, a crinoline-inspired piece with a fitted bustier top and an elaborate headdress and veil.

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laureldewittf:w2015Photos by Jamie Diratanto.