New Blog: Elegant Mess

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We want to thank each and everyone of you for following us these past two years with fashion Ayiti. We are now moving to bigger things with Elegant Mess, and hoping you all take this journey with us.

Check out our new website http://www.elegantmess.co

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P.S. Fashion Ayiti will still be around for Haiti related events.

Summer White

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Summer is a beautiful time to embrace white. It is an elegant option, and it reflects the sun rays.

Beauty and Practicality = Winner

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It’s All About The Big Apple

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“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” – Rachel Zoe

Trends come and go but having your own style is what makes you stand out. We spotted a few different looks over the weekend and we love how these fashionistas and fashionistos are embracing their own style. Check them out:

Look #1: The Brooklyn City Slicker
Her Misfit clutch in hand, pink shoes and funky jumpsuit, this Fashionista is ready to make an impression.

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Look #2: The Upper East Sider
With just a simple white shirt and black shorts, this fashionista is evoking a city chic look for a night out on the town.

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Look #3: The Wall Street Bachelor
Move over Chuck Bass, this bachelor is taking over!

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Look #4: The Hampton’s Heart Breaker
Every town has it’s heart breaker, and this lover boy is channeling his inner Nate Archibald.

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Which was your favorite look?

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Beauty Hacks Every Girl Needs To Know

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We have all been in, let’s say, dire beauty emergencies and unable to fix them. Here are a couple of beauty shortcuts you could easily apply to your everyday life, and hopefully make slightly easier (or more beautiful) without spending a million bucks.

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Let’s start off with one the most annoying beauty problems to plague women since the invention of makeup. How do you keep your lipstick on for so long without it smudging? The secret is to use some tissue with a little translucent powder on it to blot your lipstick after applying it. Not only will it keep lasting longer, it will give a nice matte finish. Lucky for you, matte lips are in!

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Speaking of powder, did you know you could use baby powder to make your eyelashes thicker and longer? After applying a first mascara coat, use a cotton swab or a clean mascara brush to apply a little baby powder on your lashes, and then apply your second coat of mascara. And voilà! Vavavoom lashes for you!

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You can also use baby powder as a deodorant substitution (only in case you run out at home) or as dry shampoo substitution since baby powder takes out the greasiness from your hair. This is a useful trick for when you’re in a hurry and do not have time to jump in the shower to wash your hair!

 

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Have thin lips and want them to look fuller and more luscious? The trick is to know how to apply lip liner and to properly create “cupid’s bow shape”. To do so, mark your lips with an X at the center of your top lip, line the corners, and then join them together. Fill them in before applying your lipstick.

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Remember when glitter polish was the rave? You probably remember how hard it is to get that nail polish off. Here’s a weird but very effective way to ease your glittery life, right before applying the glitter polish coat, put a little liquid Elmers glue. It sounds completely whack, but it dries on clear and with the glitter on top, no one will be the wiser. Plus it’s really fun (and safe) to peel glue off your nails.

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So… What’s up with these Fad Diets? Facts and Myths

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We’ve all heard a million diet tips over the years. We’ve been told things like “Cut ALL carbs!”, “Eating fat makes you fat” or even worse “I don’t eat anything…” Let us just say NO to these ludicrous fad diets that promote water weight loss and make you regain the pounds (and then some) in the few weeks following.

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We are getting “smarter” but not “wiser”. We have grown lethargic and lazy, so we look for easy fixes…

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Diets that focus on only a few foods or food groups like the cabbage soup diet, grapefruit diet, raw food diets, and mostimages low-carb diets result in an initial weight loss and for a time, we’re happy, but unfortunately this weight loss is not long term. Not only are these diets unsuccessful but they cause dieters to get frustrated and tired during the process. People need to eat a variety of food groups to get all the nutrients they need, so when you cut a food group, you lose vital nutrients that keep you full, satisfied and “happy”.

Fasting and very low-calorie diets like the Fast diet, Hollywood Diet, and Master Cleanse are one of the worst things you can do to your body.  Fasting for weight loss is counterproductive. When one consumes very little to no calories, the body goes into starvation mode and adjusts the metabolism. But as soon as you go back to eating normally, your metabolism doesn’t readjust hence the need for fewer calories than before. What’s worse, weight loss during a fast is usually a combination of fat, fluid, and muscle, but the pounds regained will probably be all fat.  Not to mention you won’t feel good, nor will you have much energy to be physically active while fasting.

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A little food for thought, have you ever actually researched these fabulous diet claims from these so called diet experts? Dr Atkins promoted a diet extremely high in fat content, with no carbs of any kind allowed (which means no fruits or certain vegetables for a period). Doesn’t it strike you as odd that a ‘“Doctor” would basically suggest you eat as much bacon as you can eat but to stay away from apples? Yes you will lose weight at first but you will also shoot your cholesterol high up to the sky. Dr Atkins suffered from high cholesterol and did indeed have a heart attack. Not stating the two are related but… You must see the irony.

 

 

Have a healthy week dear readers!

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Carl Eric Jabouin on his Style, Inspiration and being Haiti’s Summer “IT” Guy

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This summer, we decided to be a little different in picking our “IT” person. We tend to look at women when they walk in a room, and we’re all about celebrating female form. This time however, we met a unique Haitian we felt earned this spot. With his Basquiat-esque looks, and Pharell swag meet Carl Eric Jabouin… Summer’s IT guy!

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He is a man of few words, armed with a sharp tongue, and quirky opinions. Carl Eric is a breath of fresh air indeed.

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I’ve always been a fan of fashion, I just never knew it. When I was younger I even used to dress my dad every morning telling what I liked and what didn’t.

What draws you to fashion?

I just love looking good. It gives me confidence.

 What is your favorite item of clothing?

I’m a shoe guy.

Do you follow trends or do you prefer to have a timeless style?

I like to think I have my own style doesn’t matter if it’s the trend or not. If I like it, I will wear it no matter what people think about it.

Who is your favorite designer?

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Who is your biggest fashion influence?

I look up to Pharrell Williams and Will-I-Am. Clean cuts, bold colors and effortless.

What is your favorite girl’s clothing item?

I can’t say I have a favorite women’s apparel favorite. But I do love a girl who embraces different styles and changes her look up often. I like women with bold fuchsia hair, it’s sexy and shows confidence.

How do you decide what to wear?

On the spot. It’s easier that way.

 

Meeting this humble young man with a flare for fashion was a pleasure. His style reflects his unapologetic uniqueness. A quiet and cool confidence is always in. Whether roaming the streets of Montreal or spotted in Haiti, look out for this one!

 

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Dieter’s drinking guide

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So you’ve committed to a diet, once again. You’ve changed your less than exemplary eating habits to healthy ones, reduced your calories intake on foods and eliminated all kinds of alcohol consumption, sort of … right?

But what happens when you want a fun night out with your friends? Alcohol is processed first, and stores the carbohydrates as fats before getting any real “fuel” out of it. While it’s true that alcohol is rich in calories, there are some low calories and low carb drinks that are totally okay to drink without throwing off your diet.

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Champagne has the lowest calorie count when it comes to alcohol and is the best choice of drink when on a diet. A glass of champagne contains about 90 calories and 1.2 grams of carbohydrate.  The secret is to avoid mixing it with sugary drinks such as Mimosas and Bellinis. Drink a glass or two and plenty of water after and your diet will still be on track. Ever heard of the champagne diet? The funnest diet on Earth!

A second favorite diet choice is wine. Does the saying “A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away” ring any bells? Wine has excellent antioxidant properties and a glass contains about 100 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrate (whether red or white. Dry wines contain less sugar and are therefore an even sweeter choice for your waistline.

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Distilled spirits have a bad reputation because people think they are the enemy to dieters. The truth is, it’s the drinks you mix it with that cause all the damage. When it comes to drinking on a diet, “Simpler is Better”.

Pay attention to the level of alcohol proof. Higher proofs tend to have higher calories. Vodka and Rum have the lowest calorie count in that category and vodka is believe it or not, carbs free. The tricky part is the mixers. Avoid mixing them with high sugary and high carbohydrate mixers such as juices and sodas. The ideal choice is to mix it with soda water and add a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon.

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What to stay away from?

Now here come the ones to avoid at all cost… COCKTAILS! Yes we know that hurts to hear, especially for all the ladies that love their cosmos, or mojitos. One margarita glass is about 150 calories, and a frozen one can get up to 400 calories. That’s a meal worth of calories, and let’s face it, who stops at one Margarita glass?

So to all our dear dieters, we feel your pain, but remember not to drink your calories.

Menswear OOTD

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To me women in men’s clothing allure a certain je ne sais quoi. And let’s be honest, us women wear anything better than men.   

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I’m wearing H&M men’s long sleeve shirt, André wedges and Juicy Couture bag.

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Glowing Skin How To:

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People often don’t realize skincare starts from the inside. The skin is the largest organ in the body and also the last to receive nutrients. It’s therefore obvious that when someone has the right diet, they radiate health and their skin “glows”. Of course the right nutrients won’t do all the work. Outside elements tend to take a toll on our skin (heat, pollution, cold etc), and we have to protect it and nourish it best we can.

1.    A Nutrient Rich Diet

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  • Our bodies are filled with what we call free radicals. They mix with the oxygen in the body and essentially cause oxidation. This causes premature aging. To help fight against this, load up with antioxidant rich foods, like dark berries, dark chocolate (in moderate amounts) and tea.
  • In addition, make sure to consume as much vitamins B, C, D and E, as they are known for their skin enhancing properties. They produce collagen, have natural anti-inflammatory properties, boost the skins luminosity etc. So don’t skip those avocados or salmon as they are good fats, and are filled with many of these crucial vitamins.

Tip: They say having six different colors in your plate is over 90% of your recommended daily dose of vitamins.

 

2.    Beauty Routine

Ideally the routine goes, Cleanse, tone and moisturize… But nowadays, our skin is exposed to a lot more strenuous elements, so it is recommended to add a couple more steps:

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  • Cleansing your skin daily is very important to its health. It cleans the dirt, excess oil and other impurities out of your pores.
  •  Toning is also vital to the routine, as it clears the last bits of gunk the cleanser cannot reach. This step goes hand in hand with removing your makeup…Most women are quite guilty of skipping this step. Don’t forget to cleanse and tone your neck as well.

Tip: For those who don’t like toning because of the alcohol, try using rose water, it’s a lot more gentle and works beautifully.

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  • Moisturizing is a must as well. A common misconception is that oily skin types don’t need to moisturize. Au contraire, after cleansing, it is important to restore your skin’s moisture. This also serves as a “barrier” against impurities, and comforts the skin during harsh weather.
  • Sunscreen should become your new best friend. The damaging sun rays cause premature aging, spots, melanoma and much more. Sun shouldn’t suddenly become your enemy either, because it does let your body absorb some Vitamin D. Just be gentle to your body and skin.

Tip: Pick a moisturizer with SPF 3O.

  • Exfoliating the dead skin cells once a week is great for a fresh looking face right away. It removes the impurities better than cleansing and toning. You cannot use it every day as it is very rough on the skin, but a small chock treatment from time to time is good, and you can notice how soft and clean your face looks after.
  • ·Masks are other great treatments. There are different types of facial masks for all kinds of skin type. Preferably used once a week, they can deep-clean your face, tighten your pores, exfoliate and eliminate the dead skin.
  • While all these steps and tips are all necessary and important, we cannot forget the most vital element which is H2O. Water flushes out the toxins, replenishes your skin and is the number one way to clear it up! Most bad skin problems are caused by dietary negligence, so try and make adjustments to your everyday intake.

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Spring 2014 Trends

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It’s finally spring! For most of us anyways (We’re looking at you, dear readers in Canada). Spring is the time to embrace the most lady like frivolities. Skater skirts, fun vibrant patterns, killer orange lipsticks are all a part of fashions most colorful season. As everything thaws out, our spirits are lifted and what better way of showing that than by ditching the see of black and grey we stuck to for the last 5 months?

Pastel Colors
A trend we’ve seen almost on every Spring/Summer 14 runway: pretty pastels in mint green, lavender and blush pink.

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Mesh/Sheer
Pick-a-Boo!

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Crop Top
Yes don’t give up on your gym routine just yet, crop tops are not going anywhere!

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Floral
Ladylike and preppy florals à la Blair Waldorf.

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Full Skirts
More ladylike trend with this voluminous silhouette.

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Sweatshirts
No longer for the gym only, this trend is as chic as it’s comfortable.

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Suits
Suits are not so boring when patterns and colors are involved!

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Athleticism
Whether a varsity jacket, a baseball cap or a tennis inspired dress.

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White Shirts
The classic white button down shirt was seen on most S/S14 runway.

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Wide-Leg Whites
Making a come back this season are wide-leg pants!

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What’s in my makeup bag/drawer?

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Most of us women have that one cosmetic bag that is stuffed with all kinds of lip glosses, eye liners and shadows, and our cosmetic drawer is full of make-up we barely use. Sometimes we just don’t know what to do with all these products, and even worse, they expire and we don’t even know it. The key is not to buy all kinds of makeup items because in the end they will just become junk in your drawer.

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Here are a few make-up essentials to invest in:

#1: a BB cream or tinted moisturizer matching your skin tone. These day time coverage hydrate and even out your skin tone without giving too much coverage. For night time use and more coverage, a foundation with just a shade darker than your skin tone is ideal.

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Concealer. Concealers are your BFF when it comes to dark circles. Invest in a good non creamy concealer and dab it around your eye with your ring finger.

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A chump-free mascara. Mascara enhances your lashes which define your eyes even more. The problem most people seem to have with mascara is that it thickens and leaves clumps. The secret is to buy a chump-free mascara and to change it every 3 months. Curling your lashes with an eye lash curler before is recommended.

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Good set of brushes. The secret to applying make-up is to have a good set of brushes. There really is no other way to put it: your make-up will look better. That being said, there is no need for 25 different types of brushes. You need one for foundation, one for powder, an angle brush for blush, 2 or 3 different brushes for eye shadows (depending on your make-up), a blending brush (for smokey eyes) and one for applying lipstick (your lipstick looks better when applied with a lip brush).

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Color palette. When buying make-up, select colors that you will actually use when it comes to eye shadow, blush and lipstick. Is that bright purple eye shadow really necessary? How often am I going to wear it? It is better to stick to natural and neutral tones that compliment your skin tone.

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Here’s a useful tip: Make-up does not last forever and have an expiration time believe it or not. It is recommended to throw away your mascara after 3 months, your foundation and concealer after 6 months, blush powder eye shadow and lipstick can last up to a year or two. Brushes however should be cleaned with cleaning solution twice a month.

5 Beauty Trends To Try This Spring

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Spring is officially a week away! And I’m sure most of you girls in the north cannot wait to take off those winter clothes and welcome the spring!

Before we get into Spring’s fashion trends, here are some fun beauty trends to try this season:

Orange Lips

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Kohl-rimmed eyes

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Undone Hair

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Headbands

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Sarah Jessica Parker Launches Shoe Line

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All of us girls have dreamt about having Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe collection. We’ve all gone through pinterest looking for pictures of our dream SATC shoe closet. Well it seems like that dream can now become reality with Sarah Jessica Parker launching her very own shoe line.

Yes you heard it right a shoe line by the very own Carrie … I mean Sarah Jessica Parker.

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For months now the fashion world has been buzzing about SJP’s shoe collection worthy of Carrie Bradshaw. Partnering with Manolo Blahnik’s CEO George Malkemus, her shoes range from $195-$485. SJP’s collection is available at Nordstrom which includes 25 made in Italy shoe style (each with a name), three handbags and a trench coat.

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Cat Eye Master Class

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You’ve seen all the stars sport this look. Different versions of it have been on every single runway this past year. Problem is, you can’t seem to get it right. Don’t worry, not all women are born with the steady hand of Mr. Miyagi. So here are a couple of tips  to get a perfect cat eye every time.

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First of all, you have to know where to draw the line. I suggest either following the natural  curve of the bottom eyelid or taking your eyeliner (or angled brush) and using it as a ruler from the side of your nose to the tip of your eye. This should provide the perfect line for your cat eye. Now are you ready?

1. Use a light pencil first.

Using a light eyeliner to draw the cat eye flick makes it not only easier to draw, it prevents bleeding of liquid products. It’s also much less of a pain to remove if you miss the mark.

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2. Use an angled brush

Follow the curve of your bottom eye and lightly pat the brush until you have the length and consistency of color you want. Using eyeshadow also makes the look a lot more soft.

3. And when all else fails: Use an old business card

This is foolproof. Use an old business card to draw both lines. This prevents bleeding, and gives you a clean and sharp line.

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Now have fun experimenting with colors and lengths.

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