Seasonal Expression p.1

Spring is here, Winter is a recent memory and the seasonally depressed rejoice! I’m celebrating with a 3 part Spring Dress Edit. There is lots of color, fun prints, and easy ways to layer them during transitional temps!

 



Part 1
Color me Back

Im just going to go ahead and say it: color and I have been on a break for a while now. We weren’t fighting, we just went separate ways about 4 years ago when I first moved to Florida. Back then, I was desperate to cling to anything that qualified me as a New Yorker still, and my adopted NYC uniform of black and the ocasional pop of white seemed like the thing to keep. I had always favored it and at that point, it became my strategy to stand out sartorially in what I *affectionally* call Eternal Summer land (So Fla).Enlight76Enlight77
Then I find myself back in NYC, mid March, craving vitamin D and some color. Yep. Color. The girl who built a blog around colorful photos of her black and white wardrobe… purchased a pink dress on a dreary grey day, where Spring seemed more like a hope than a guarantee. I fell in absolute love with this perfect shade of coral and it’s girly yet structured silhouette.
It was about 45 degrees when I shot this look, which felt warm in comparison to the lingering winter temps that week.Enlight74
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The trees were still bare in Madison Square Park and I still had to sport my camel coat, but I was the embodiment of Spring and the new cheerleader for color! Speaking of which- my sunglasses are from Brooklyn based, eyewear designer Carla Colour, and are my latest obsession. Their mod, bright style complimented the dress and secured my place as Spring’s unofficial ambassador.

Keeping things bright, because I’m a Flamingo after all!

XX
J

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Brow-mance

It’s no secret that a strong brow is IN. The days of over tweezing are gone and bold brows have swept us off our feet. I have a pretty wimpy natural brow, my hair grows lighter than on my head and grows sparse. I’ve longed for bushy, full brows to live happily ever after with, and while I have yet to find my soulmate, I have encountered some notable brows through experimenting with many different products.

Below I have compiled 3 brows that have made me swoon recently:

The Prep:

Clean, classic and always appropriate. Subtle enough for work, but still very attractive. To create this brow I used NO 7 Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting Pencil. It’s angled tip helps sculpt your brow and fill in sparse areas easily. You can definitely bring this brow home to Mom.

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The Wild Child:

For those fun Saturday nights that easily turn into sleepy Sunday mornings, this brow stands proud in it’s natural glory. Effortlessly cool and edgy. To create this look I used Boy Brow brow gel by Glossier. With a few quick swipes this brow gel fills, fluffs and shapes brows to look like you woke up with them. Apply a few extra swipes for fuller, bushier ‘I’m with the band’ look.

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The TeleNovela Star:

Dramatic, gorgeous, and a bit complicated but totally worth it. To create this brow I used two products : Elf Eyebrow Kit and NYX Sculpt and Highlight Brow Contour. First use pencil to sculpt brow, then use eyebrow kit (brush needed) to fill and shade in brow. Lastly use highlight tip on brow pencil to highlight brow bone and blend with finger tips. Striking and glamorous, this brow will get you noticed.

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Try these brows soon and enjoy a modern romance or two or all three!

XX

J

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Pleading GILTy

I love shopping as much as the next bird, but I enjoy shopping the most when it’s discounted. I’m a bargain shopper – guilty as charged.
Which is why I could not be happier to be back in NYC, where sample sales occur on the regular! If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing one, here’s the deal:
Sample sales are used by designers/retailers in order to move excess merchandise. Most of the samples have been used in photo shoots or promotional events. These items are then sold at a fraction of the price; typically 60-80% off.
For me, these sales are the perfect opportunity to snag unique, high end pieces that will elevate my wardrobe, like a pair of pony haired platform heels by Charlotte Olympia that will make any of my LBDs stand out… for over 70% off. Enlight51Enlight52The GILT Sample Sale NY is the mother of of all Sample Sales. There is everything you can think of, for both men and women. The latest in apparel, shoes, handbags, jewelry and home decor from designers like Balenciaga, Prada, Valentino, John Varvatos and all at up to 80 percent off retail. They also feature a revamped layout for a much easier shopping experience! There was a lot more room and I was able to browse by price point, trend and size, easily.Enlight50Enlight47Enlight49
There were cool lifestyle offerings as well like onsite styling, on-demand tailoring, and Gilt City concierge.¬†Very similar to the amenities you’d find at a Saks or Nordstrom but with out the department store price tag.
I had a great time treasure hunting and trying on stuff. It’s a fun environment, everyone has a giant shopping bag and is just trying everything on like one big shopping party. I had some tough decisions to make, but had a blast shopping the latest designer trends! NYC birds you have one more day to attend! Enlight48
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and don’t forget to share what you scored by using #GiltShoppingParty!
Can’t wait to see what you find!

Happy hunting!

XX
J

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One year, One Bird


A year ago I launched this blog. Hooray.
Warning: this ain’t no warm and fuzzy celebration post with balloons, confetti and me in a tulle skirt – although ya’ll know I love a tulle skirt. In true #flamingostyle, it’s reflective, wordy, and a bit sarcastic.
As I’ve mentioned before, my decision to finally create a blog was more than just a vehicle for me to write at least once a week and get my creative on. It was a life line.
4 years ago my life changed in many ways. While it changed in many positive ways, like getting married, starting a new career path in luxury retail and adopting our adorable dog; it changed in not so great ways too.Enlight40Enlight38
I changed, and forgot a bunch of shit.
I forgot how I need time to myself, I forgot that I need to be creative as much as I need to breathe, and I forgot that I thrive when I venture down the road less traveled.
I just fucking forgot.
I forgot that I’m a damn bird, I forgot a piece of myself.
So then I started waking up and remembering, I got mad at myself and then took action. I started with the one thing that has saved me (literally) during my most trying times; I started writing. I kept it light and fun and just talked about the things I wanted to talk about. Personal style, beauty products…I even published lists of things I wanted to talk¬†about, and people actually paid attention and talked back. Some agreed with the things I said and some even thought I was funny … HA.

I can’t tell you how wonderfully validating your feedback over the past year has been. So inspiring and down right delightful. I wasn’t ready for it. It was terrific.
Then there was the other piece, the visual side of things. The intimidating side of things. Styling looks was a no brainer; it’s only like my favorite thing to do other than eat and have sex.Enlight39
But me styling myself, then taking pictures?
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You can imagine why it took me so long to start a blog, the me prancing-around like-a-model side of things scared the life out of me.
For starters, I had gained weight and didn’t feel very model-esque, but I’m also so awkward and goofy – my faces alone are tiny disasters. I think I’m doing a sexy smile and in reality I look like I need to go #2. I’m better off being a cartoon, seriously.
Fortunately, I started this journey with my partner in crime, my husband. Who also blogs and has become this incredible, self taught photographer right before my eyes. Not only does he motivate and inspire me everyday, but he takes all of the shots you’ve seen on here. We’ve grown creatively together, and he understands my vision and reminds me to stay true to myself, and to not make that face that makes me look like I need to run to the bathroom. He’s also taught me the basics, how to edit, and how to see the world in a new way. I have fallen in love with photography all over again as a result. Creating images that make people feel something is addictive, and I’m hooked. Enlight37Enlight36So here we are, one year down. I’ve grown a small but faithful following. I’ve met some amazing, creative souls through blogging. Some of which I now consider some of my closest friends. I’ve discovered what I really want to do with my life (hint, it does not involve wearing a suit), and I’ve started to respect and own my voice.
I can’t wait for what lies ahead, this blog has truly been a catalyst for everything I’ve wanted to change in my life! I’m proud of the bird I’ve become and can’t thank you birds enough for allowing me to chronicle my journey. Stay tuned this week on Insta for throwbacks of some of my favorite posts!
Happy Anniversary #LeChronicles

Love you all, my finely feathered friends!
XX
J

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