Ridin’ Around – 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

malibu2014malibureview2014malibu2014reviewmalibuchevrolet2014Living in NYC for the last 4 years has it’s perks: delish restaurants, cool shopping, great people watching…but one thing that’s noticeably absent is a car. Sure, a car can def be a hassel: with parking, dodging crazy taxi drivers, etc.. BUT having a ride is perfect for the weekend- when you just want to hop in and goooooo.

I love visiting my mom in NJ on the weekends, which is why I was hyped when my friends over at GM lent me this cool candy-red Chevrolet Malibu 2014 for a week. It’s so sleek and totally matched my style. The Malibu drives super smooth and the sound system is bananas! I totally fell for it : ) I also used the car to go dress shopping for my BFF Deja’s wedding- and being that she lives in South NJ, the Malibu was perfection.

xo.Joy.

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More rides I’ve tried from GM:

Buick Encore 2014

Buick Lacrosse 2014

Post sponsored by GM || All opinions and views are my own, as always.

Photos: Obi Okere

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Altuzarra for Target – How I Wear It

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You all know I’m a fan of designer collaborations- you get the best of both worlds: amazing design at a fraction of the price. What’s not to love? The latest collabo on my lust list is the newly released Altuzarra for Target collection. It’s super luxe and has an “it factor” I haven’t really seen in the past Target designer collabos. I attended the Altuzarra x Target editor’s preview event last week on the first day of fashion week and got a chance to shop the pieces before they came out! Here’s what I scored + style/size tips!

Craziness for the preview launch last week:

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With my bag of goodies! If you follow me on insta you would have peeped that I ended up wearing 2 of the looks I purchased to fashion week (look #3 +4).
LOOK 1: BLAZER + SKIRT
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I love a good blazer + skirt moment. The jacquard peplum on this duo make it a stand out hit. Sizing- I am usually a medium/large in blazers (blame the boobs) and the medium was a great fit. The large would have been too big. The skirts ran a bit small. I am usually a 6 and the 8 worked.
I’m wearing: Altuzarra for Target blazer / Altuzarra for Target skirt / YSL heels / Khirma Eliazov clutch / Mercura monkey shades / Robert Lee Morris archive jewelry
LOOK #2: WRAP DRESS
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This dress! One of my faves from the collection. It’s sexy with a bit of disco flair via the low cut neckline. I love the flattering fit and cut. I’m wearing a 4 and I usually wear a 6 in dresses. Go 1 size smaller!
I’m wearing: Altuzarra for Target wrap dress / Steve Madden heels / Khirma Eliazov clutch / Mercura monkey shades / Capwell + Co jewlery
LOOK #3: PYTHON BLOUSE + SKIRT (NYFW Day 4- iPhone pic)
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On day 4 of New York Fashion Week last week I rocked the matchy-matchy python duo from the Altuzarra for Target collection. I absolutely loved it!! The print is sexy and playful, with a dose of sophistication. I’m here for it : ) I got a large in the blouse and an 8 in the skirt, since they ran a bit small.
I’m wearing: Altuzarra for Target blouse / Altuzarra for Target skirt / Aldo for Preen collaboration heels / Khirma Eliazov clutch / Mercura petal shades 
LOOK #4: VELVET BLAZER + PANTS (-not pictured -NYFW day 5- iPhone pic)
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Hot Like Fire : )
One of my fave looks from NYFW! Loving the monochrome ‘fit. I’ve never worn all red so this is def a start! I bought the jumpsuit the night before at Zara in Soho and it made for a flawless pairing w/ the blazer. The blazer is a size large, they were out of mediums. What I may do is have it tailored a bit on the sides. I also purchased the matching pants. Since I am tall with a booty, I got a larger size and will have it tailored to fit!
I’m wearing: Altuzarra for Target velvet blazer / Altuzarra for Target pants (not pictured) / Zara jumpsuit / YSL heels / Khirma Eliazov clutch / Mercura monkey shades / Robert Lee Morris archive jewelry 
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What are your fave looks?
xo.Joy.

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CFDA x Barbie NYFW Event (Exclusive JLF Interview)

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Actress Emily Meade

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Designers: Tess Giberson, Whitney Pozgay + Cynthia Vincent

Amidst all the fashion shows and events of New York Fashion Week, there was one stylish soiree that kept it light and brought us back to our childhood fave: the Barbie doll. CFDA and Barbie joined forces in celebration of the new Barbie Fashion Design Maker for girls, an app that allows for the creation of one-of-a-kind looks (designs + accessories) that are included in the software. After designing, you can bring the look to life by printing out your custom creations on printable fabric. Isn’t technology amazing?

CFDA designers, Charlotte Ronson, Cynthia Vincent, Rebecca Taylor, Tess Giberson and Whitney Pozgay (of WHIT) were tapped to create pretty tank dresses inspired by the app. After a cute mini fashion show hosted by CFDA’s own Steven Kolb, I chatted with two of the five designers: Whitney Pozgay of WHIT and Cynthia Vincent about inspiration and more!

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Whitney Pozgay: “I think the fun thing about the app for these kids is that they really get to pick their own patterns and prints and put them together in an outfit. In our company, we’re all about mixing prints and patterns, so I thought that our Barbie dress definitely had to mix stripes and florals and be really fun. I think that Barbie can be a little flirty, so I wanted to give her a little dress that was a tiny bit flirty but still good for a little girl to aspire to.”

Joy Adaeze: “Very cool. I’m a big fan of mixed prints as you probably can see!

WP: “I know, I love it! It’s awesome!”

JA: “Thanks!”

WP: “You know, it’s a sun dress and I feel like Spring is all about Barbie. I feel like Barbie’s a Spring girl so we wanted it to feel very light.”

JA: “Congratulations on this. I thought it was such a great representation of Barbie. So well put together! What’s next for you?”

WP: “Thank you! Well, we actually had our presentation on Wednesday so I’m kinda relieved. We got to show early so now we get to go support our friends and see their shows!”

JA: “Nice! Work hard-play hard!”

WP: “Yeah, just like Barbie!”

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Then, I caught up with the beautiful Cynthia Vincent:

JA: “Hi, Cynthia! Tell me more about the inspiration for your Barbie-inspired look.”

Cynthia Vincent: I actually took fabric from my Spring collection. Barbie’s a fashion girl, she’d want the latest thing. But, I made it Barbie-esque to work with the app, because the app right now is for short tank dresses. I wanted to use my current collection but make it specifically for Barbie. For me growing up, Barbie always had bling. She always had something and I would always make her jewelry so I used one of my vintage pieces for the neck.

JA: “I love that! Thank you!”

CV: “You’re welcome! And you look amazing!

JA: “Thank you!”

The CFDA x Barbie event was a trip down memory lane of me pulling off the clothes that came with my Barbie and finding scraps of fabric to make new ones. It’s great to know that with the new Barbie Fashion Design Maker, little girls of today can really hone into their creative selves and bring actual designs to life! Every little budding fashionista’s dream. In stores now!

Top images: courtesy of HL Group / other images by: Obi Okere

.xo.Joy

 

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