The Inside Look Behind the FUNARI NEW YORK Collection

I am always drawn to collections that have a deeper meaning.  The FUNARI NEW YORK collection that walked down the runway at Style Fashion Week AKA the Fearless collection was epic! It was all about being fearless, never hiding behind a mask and being brave even if you think you might fail.

You should always be bold, strong and powerful.

I was so excited to interview Designer Janelle Funari, the heart and soul behind FUNARI NEW YORK. I wanted to find out more about her collection and touch on what makes her such a unique designer.

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Here is our exclusive interview:

Jenny A. : Tell me a little bit about your Fall 2018 collection. What was the inspiration behind it?

Janelle: I was inspired by both the David Bowie exhibit I saw and also the 1980s! I loved David Bowie’s bold, daring attitude and the risks he took as a performer! This collection is about fun, bold punches of color, functionality, technology, & couture finishes. The line is inspired from the 80s where women were bold, strong, and powerful. I wanted to empower both woman and men to be who they want to be and not hide behind a mask. The collection is about freedom, excitement, and liberation!  There is a nostalgic feeling of that 80s carefree attitude. Reminiscing about enjoying life, spontaneity, and dancing in the streets or at an iconic club!<

Jenny A: Tell me a little bit about yourself as a designer. What makes you stand out from the crowd? 

Janelle: My newest endeavor is the couture performance market. The line stands out as it is elegant, timeless, comfortable and practical! The line can be worn all day and all night. You can go to the gym or out to dinner, just put on a pair of boots or heels! The brand is about versatility, technical advancement, and functionality. The FUNARI line is for both Men and Woman and represents quality, style, and innovation.

Jenny: What makes you fearless? What is your story?

Janelle: What makes me Fearless is trying new things and not being afraid to fail. Many people fail before they even try. They let others tell them it’s not possible. I say, “block out the noise!”  I give 200% in everything I do in life!  My mantra is to never look back, never regret, and to always give it your all! I believe that, in life it is better to try, then to not try at all. LIVE like there is no tomorrow & we only have today, so make it happen! Never say “no” or “it is not going to happen”

Anything and EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE! Put your heart and mind towards your goals and you’ll see that dreams do come true!

Jenny: What is your hardest challenge as a designer?

Janelle: Making my collection in New York City and sewing it in the USA! The cost is much higher for me because it is all made here in NYC.

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I want to thank Janelle Funari for inviting me to her fashion show. It was fantastic. You can check out her collections here .

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XOXO,

Jenny A.

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Sea the Beauty: YDAMYS SIMO’s Collection at Style Fashion Week

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Photographer : Red Bird Photography LLC

After seeing the collection, all I wanted to do was rent a boat and sail off into the sea. All of the pieces in the collection have a feel-good vibe. I think they are a lot of fun. I love the message behind this line: shatter the norms and redefine the way you see beauty.

“Sea The Beauty of a soul’s depth and the surface will never again be enough.” 

The Sea the Beauty collection is all about seeing the beauty within yourself. Loving yourself. Knowing that you are beautiful.

 

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Nick Santonastasso was the opening model for the line. Everyone around me stood up when he walked down the runway. He was fierce. He was captivating. He was inspiring. “The most attractive thing you can be is different”- Nick Santonastasso

Shatter the norms. Redefine beauty.

“I am immensely proud of the brand I have created. I am proud of the unique designs but equally proud of the positive message I attach to them. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to leave the younger generation with a positive message and a positive image about themselves.” – Designer YDAMYS SIMO

 

These are my top looks from this collection:

 

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What do you think about this collection?

I want to thank Red Bird Photography LLC for capturing YDAMYS SIMO’s collection. All photos in this blog post were taken by Red Bird Photography LLC.

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XOXO,

Jenny A.

Happy Thanksgiving from Fashion Blogger Jenny A.

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Keep calm and gobble on! This year my friends and I decided to be trendy and make our own Friendsgiving. We wanted to do a little something special for the holidays. There were about 10 of us and we all had to bring our own dish.

My mom and dad helped me put a delicious assortment together. My mom baked her famous broccoli quiche and my dad raced to get some boxes of donuts. My parents are the best! I think the new motto should be keep calm and call mom & dad.

Honestly, it was so heartwarming to see everyone come together and celebrate. While we were all eating I looked around the room and just thought about how thankful I am.

I just want to take the time to thank all of you for being so wonderful. I hope you have a fabulous Friendsgiving, Turkey Day and Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love always,

-Jenny A.

Model Aeri Cohen’s Healthy Lifestyle

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Model @aericohen ; Photographer Alex Pierce

Meet Aeri:

Aeri Cohen is an extraordinary model with an artistic eye. When she is not on the runway, you can find her behind the scenes doing makeup for different New York fashion shows. Her ultimate makeup look is something simple yet beautiful where she can add her own creative details. Like a true fashionista at heart, she always carries her brush and concealer.

Healthy – Healthy – Healthy. Did I mention the word healthy? Aeri has a very healthy lifestyle. She never misses her daily yoga and is always drinking a healthy refreshing smoothie. Now that I think about it, even during our interview, she was on her way to a yoga class while sippin’ on a smoothie! You can find her wearing workout clothes during the day and fancy outfits at night.

I really admire Aeri because she lives her life by always moving forward and letting things go. Her biggest accomplishment is that she was able to use meditation to manage her migraines. Now that she accomplished that, she can do ANYTHING!

When I asked her what fruit or vegetable she would be, she started to say that she would be an avocado but then decided she didn’t want to be eaten!

Aeri is the owner of ISHKINart where she creates beautiful artwork which can be found on Etsy.

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Model @aericohen ; Photographer @marin_photography_nyc ; Hair @oscarblandi
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You can follow Aeri on Instagram: @aericohen

Love always,

-Jenny A.

Model Rebecca Sorkin’s Fall Bucket List

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Photographed by Lubaphoto; Model @rebeccasorkin

Fall is my favorite season! I love watching Halloween inspired makeup tutorials and videos. I love looking at how beautiful the trees look wearing their new autumn colors. And most of all… I love tasting homemade pumpkin pies. Yummm!

So in honor of my favorite season, model Rebecca Sorkin shared her fall 2017 bucket list with us! Here it is:

  • Apple picking – You are the apple of my eye
  • Watching Halloween movies – Netflix & chill
  • Trying out fall makeup looks – Hello gorgeous!
  • Watching football games – Sunday night football
  • BakingWhisk me away

So far, I’ve done 2 out of the 5 items on Rebecca’s bucket list. I went apple picking with Josh, my boyfriend at Dr. Davies Farm and we had a blast! We went from tree to tree looking for the best apples. As for the watching Halloween movies bucket list item – I think my one scary movie experience is enough for me. Josh dragged me to see the new IT movie at a drive-in movie theater. During the movie, I noticed something in the corner of my eye and when I turned my head, IT was standing outside my car window holding a red balloon! I was so scared. Even when the movie was over and guy who dressed up as IT was long gone, I couldn’t get myself to step outside of the car!

Do you have a fall bucket list? Have you done any of these things on Rebecca’s bucket list?! Let me know in the comments below!

A big thank you to Rebecca for sharing her bucket list with us! You can check out Rebecca’s gallery here : http://lubaphoto.com/classic-glamour

Love always,

-Jenny A.

Last Minute Halloween Costumes Ideas

Are you still looking for the perfect costume? You may have waited to the last second, but don’t worry! There is still time to put something together and look fabulous at your Halloween party! Here are some easy Halloween costumes that you can wear. Check them out!

Little Red Riding Hood

Turn your little black dress into a Little Red Riding Hood costume by adding a red hooded cape, putting on some red lipstick and grabbing a basket!

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Model Shyla Brianne Chism @i.am.queen.luci ; Photographed by Leslie Sessums

Belle from Beauty and the Beast

It’s your time to wear a pretty yellow dress. It can be a long gown for a more elegant look or a short little dress for a sexy Belle. You can carry a red rose for the perfect touch!

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Model @LucyBale1 Designer @sherrihill ; @dress2party ; Photographed by @laurajayne9628 ; Representing @jera_inc.models

Skater Boy

Looking for a chill vibe? Wear a bomber jacket with patches, a pair of pants and some Converse sneakers. Don’t forget to let your hair down and bring your long board for the ride!

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Model @TommyMaksanty ; Photographed by K.C. Photography

Belly Dancer

Wear a halter top, long skirt, hip scarf and a matching veil scarf.

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Model Lucy Bale Designer DiDomenico Design. Photographed by  Lionel Madiou

Princess

Have you always wanted to wear a crown? Well here is the perfect costume for you. Time to start your own story. Once upon a time…

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Model Noelia Baez, Photographed by JR Pro Photography

Boxer

Grab a pair of boxing gloves, a pair of shorts & a pair of sneakers and you’ll be ready to go.

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Model Sergio Delavicci @ruffryder_84 Photography by @dennismadigan

Greek Goddess

Whether you buy your own toga or make your own, tie some gold rope around your waist and top off the look with a golden leaf crown. You can accessorize by adding some gold bracelets, armbands and a pair of gladiator sandals.

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Model Grace DiDomenico @grace.didomenico Photographed by: Matthew Cacace @bo2m_photography

Harley Quinn

Create your own version of supervillian Harley Quinn. “We’re bad guys. It’s what we do.”

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Model Aeri Cohen @aericohen

Airplane Pilot

Wear a navy blue jacket with some gold stripes on the sleeves. Complete the outfit with a pair of navy pants and a pilot’s cap. #SoFly

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Model Sergio Delavicci @ruffryder_84 Photographed by @shootmenycmodels

Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Recreate Audrey Hepburn’s classic look with a long black gown, satin gloves & a cigarette holder. Accessorize your outfit with a beautiful pearl necklace and earrings. Style your hair into a bun and top it off with a mini rhinestone tiara!

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Model Rebecca Sorkin @rebeccasorkin Photographed by Luba Fayngersh

Which costume is your favorite?

Happy Halloween!

Love always,

-Jenny A.

4 Easy Halloween Makeup Look Ideas By Makeup Artist Alyxx Weishaar

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They’re totally spook-tacular & boo-tiful! Check them out!

Looking for an easy last-minute Halloween makeup look?! Makeup artist Alyxx Weishaar shared her top 4 makeup looks for fall 2017. She listed the products she used for each makeup look so you can do them too!

1. Wonder Woman:

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FOUNDATION: Fenty Beauty
LINER: Kat Von D tattoo and NYX retractable white liner
LASHES: Sephora House of Lashes in Cecile
MASCARA: Too Faced Better Than Sex
BROWS: Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow in Ash Brown
CROWN: Kat Von D shadow in Thrasher and NYX vivid brights liner in vivid fire
CONTOUR: Smashbox contour palette in light
HIGHLIGHT: Fenty Beauty in mean money/hustla baby
EYE SHADOW: Smashbox cover shot ablaze palette
LIP: Kat Von D liquid lip in Outlaw and Hourglass lip gloss in Icon

Alyxx did a beautiful pop art version of Wonder Woman. Even her crown is painted on!

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2. Pretty Fairy:

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FOUNDATION: Fenty Beauty
CONTOUR: Smashbox contour palette in light
HIGHLIGHT: Too Faces love light in Blinded By The Light and Kat Von D alchemists holographic palette in Amethyst and Opal
LASHES: Rouge and Rouge in Lumerie
MASCARA: Marc Jacobs velvet noir
EYE SHADOW: Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca palette in Muse, Anthem, Love, Swoon and Skulls
BROWS: Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow I’m Ash Brown and Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca palette in Anthem
LIP: Kat Von D studded lip stick in Roxy and Bare Minerals lip gloss in Far Out

Just add some wings and you’re all set!

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3. Cute Skull :

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EYE SHADOW: Kat Von D shade and light eye shadow palette
MASCARA : Marc Jacobs velvet noir
CONTOUR: Smashbox contour palette in light and Kat Von D shade and light eye shadow palette
LINER: NYX black retractable liner and Marx Jacobs Highliner in black
BROWS: Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow in Ash Brown

Creep it real! Top off this look with a little black dress and you’re ready to go!

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4. Sexy Cat:

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FOUNDATION: Fenty Beauty
CONTOUR: Smashbox contour palette in light
HIGHLIGHT: Too Faces love light in Blinded By The Light
EYE SHADOW: Kat Von D shade and light eye shadow palette
GLITTER: Urban Decay Heavy Metal glitter liner in Midnight Cowboy
LINER: Hourglass liquid liner in Voyeur and Marx Jacobs Highliner in Black
LASHES: Rouge and Rouge in Slayer
BROWS: Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow in Ash Brown
LIP: Wet ‘n Wild black lipstick

The sexy cat is a classic and is always a great costume. If you got it, haunt it.
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Which is your favorite makeup look? Share with it with me in the comments below!

Alyxx Weishaar’s makeup will be featured in the Harley Davidson summer 2018 catalog. Fun fact: Not only will her makeup be featured, she will also be modeling in the catalog. You can follow her on Instagram: @alyxxweishaar

 

Love always,

– Jenny A.

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All pictures in this feature were provided by Alyxx Weishaar.