“IT” Girl Of The Month: Samaria Leah Smith

Often compared to Ciara and the late singer Aaliyah, Samaria Leah Smith, daughter of LL cool J and Simone Smith has been making waves recently on social media. With her daring and unique sense of style it’s no wonder that Samaria Leah is our “IT” girl of the month. 
Get to know this fashionista on the interview below:
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What sparked your interest in fashion?

Since I was a little girl I was always in and out of my mother’s clothes and shoes. My mom was always into fashion and still is. She was always fabulous and had the latest and newest of everything. I think I definitely got it from her. 

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Did you always know that you wanted to be a designer? 
Absolutely, again as a child I would change outfits about seven times a day. I would sketch non stop. Cut things, tie things together and do basically anything I wanted to make anything cuter. 

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What’s your favorite aspect of the fashion industry?
My favorite aspect of the fashion industry is just that it gives you the ability to express yourself in which ever way you want. Also the chance to make people feel beautiful in what they are wearing. Having the talent to be able to do that means everything to me. 

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Do you draw inspiration from any designers?
I think everyone finds inspiration from other designers. It’s all about learning from others and knowing the history but using that and forming your own stylistic ideas in new, innovative ways. 

Who is your favorite designer and why?
My favorite designer would be Alexander Wang. He completely embodies what I love about fashion. He’s sleek, sexy and simple and minimalistic at times , but he also gives femininity a tomboyish, edgy, street vibe. 

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Your father was a fashion icon in the 1980s and 90s. Has he influenced you in anyway?
I think he influences me in my obsessions with vintage and 90’s style.
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How would you define your personal style?
My personal style is moody I would say. And I mean that by just how I’m feeling. Sometimes I feel like a tomboy, sometimes I want to be sexy or girly. Sometimes I want a bohemian vibe or structured and clean. It kinda just depends on what I’m doing that day and how I’m feeling. But my style is very diverse and I’m always open to new stuff. I’ll mix cheaper things with expensive things, If I like it like it.

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What is your favorite item of clothing?
My favorite item of clothing right now is probably my shoe collection at the moment. I’m a huge sneaker head and I love sick heels so recently I’ve been getting a lot of new dope shoes and it’s growing and prospering!

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What is something that makes you cringe about fashion? 
When people have all the right clothes or bomb pieces but wear them wrong or just don’t know how to rock them. That drives me crazy!

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What current trend would you never follow?
I’m over the camel colored trench coat look. I think it’s been overdone. 

After graduation what are your plans in the fashion industry?

My plan is to start my own company of vintage wear and eventually my very own exclusive collection.

 

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What advice do you have for other aspiring fashion designers?
Go to school for fashion and learn the business. Regardless if you have the talent or not…if you want people to work for you, you have to know how to do everything so you’re able to tell them what you want. You have to learn how to drape and do patterns. I’m someone finds sewing, draping and pattern to be boring and I want to hire people to do that for me but you have to know how to do it yourself, it will only make you smarter and more keen. I’ve hated this throughout college but it’s definitely made me a better designer and it will make your life easier when you’re working in industry. 

This summer we will get a chance to catch more of Samaria as she is featured on EJ and the city, a new show that will air on E!

 

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Spring Trend: Off-The-Shoulder

Spring Trend: Off-The-Shoulder
One of our favorite trend this spring/summer is definitely the off the shoulder top. It’s flirty, flattering, and hides your pit stains!!
Be it in denim or bohemian style for a casual day look, or a statement top for a night out, show some skin and bare shoulder with either tops or dresses with the eazy breezy off-the-shoulder trend.
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Take a look at some of our favorite looks:
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Topshop open shoulder blouse
$61 – topshop.com

 

OBI Brickhouse Happy Hour

Another excuse to ditch the heels and put on a pair of cool kicks? YES PLEASE!

Last Saturday Obi restaurant hosted yet another happy hour opting this time for an outdoor atmosphere. Inspired by Wynwood’s brickhouse, the outside patio at Obi was transformed into an urban setting with tables of beer pongs and  wooden benches with a variety of games available.

Staying true to the theme of the night guys and girls alike sported a “hippie chic meets urban grunge” look with denim, fringes, crop tops and sneakers to name a few.

Paired with shorts, denim skirts and even dresses, sneakers were once again a favorite of the night.

Scroll below for more of our favorite looks of the night.




  

  

 

The Nail Bar, Now Open

“The happiest girls always have the prettiest nails” T.T


Every girl likes to get pampered once in a while. But for us in Haiti, getting our nails done is a weekly habit. When I heard a new nail salon with a bar service opened yesterday, the happy hour girl in me decided to check it out.


Offering only nail services, the Nail Bar is the perfect quick stop for those wanting a quick mani/pedi without the noise of blow dryers and commotion of a hair salon.

The salon has an all white setting with a few zen accent pieces which creates a relaxed atmosphere. While getting our nails done, we were offered complementary bubbly as part of the grand opening, but they also have a small selection of drinks, coffee and healthy snack bars available.


At the Nail Bar, they emphasize on cleanliness and sterilization. They use disposable buffers, files, and sticks and all tools are sterilized right after. In addition to regular mani/pedis, they offer princess mani with art designs for girls 12 and under, a jewelry cleaning machine that cleans your rings while getting your nails done and iPads equipped with magazines are avaibable.


The Nail Bar is located in the complex of La Promenade, angles rue Gregoire et Moise in Petion-Ville. Go try it out.

Hair Trend: Boxer Braids

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Scrolling through our Instagram feeds it’s clear that the hottest and biggest hairstyle of 2016 is the double French/Dutch braids also known as the boxer braids.

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Just like the name suggests, the hairstyle was first inspired by female boxers (Hilary Swank rocked them in Million Dollar Baby). Easy and low maintenance, the boxer braids aren’t a new favorite in the gym or in the ring. They are however, quickly becoming a new favorite in Hollywood and in the social media world.

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Celebs like Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Hailey Baldwin to name only a few, have been showing off this hairstyle on social media and what’s more, this hair trend has even been seen on runways during Fashion Week!

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If you know me, you know I’m always braiding my hair especially in boxer braids. Besides being convenient, (as they help keep my hair out of my face when I box) they are also stylish and look good with both casual and evening outfits. Funny enough, as I was leaving the gym the other day someone asked me if the braids were the new trend. Well, it looks like the trend is catching up here in Haiti as well :p

Boxer braids spotted in Haiti:

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How to get the boxer braids?
Start by parting your hair in two. Then Dutch braid each side from the top while adding strands of hair left and right as you make your way down. And voila!

Coachella Outfit Inspiration

Coachella inspiration

 


Light blue shorts
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Gladiator sandals
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Liquorish camel backpack
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90’s Throwback: Choker Trend

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For quite some time now bloggers, models off duty, celebs and fashion houses have been taking on this not so new trend.

Your 90’s favorite staple has gotten huge again and even better. Velvet, metal, leather, or rhinestone, the choker adds a little edginess to your look.


Think ” Rock Star”, the choker is your go to accessory this season. Available at almost every clothing and accessory store, you can also come up with your own DIY by tying a string around your neck.

The trend started making a buzz here in Haiti and we’ve spotted a couple of different chokers and looks:




Le Get Away in Fort Alexandre

Ditching the usual little black dress and heels, girls, as well as guys put on their sneakers and jackets on Saturday night and headed to Nocterm’s hill top party in Fort Alexandre, located 45 minutes from Petion-Ville.


After a year of hiatus, Fashion Ayiti decided to come back and capture Haiti’s fashion, style and what better way to start back than at a hill top party with a mesmerizing view of our city.

Needless to say that the most common trend on Saturday were sneakers. From men to women can I just say shoe game on point?

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A surprising but very approving trend was faux fur and fringe vests amongst the ladies.

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You can never go wrong with leather

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Accessories made a big statement!

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Hats



A big hair trend this season is the two dutch/french braids


Nocterm Entertainment first came up with the idea of Le Get Away about a year ago. With islands as previous destinations, the concept behind Le Get Away is to discover Haiti’s true beauty in a party atmosphere.

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What to do for dry hair?

This week, I’ve been asked by  more than 2 people what to do for their dry hair. Fortunately or unfortunately for me I don’t have dry hair. I have greasy and oily hair (that’s why I said unfortunately :/ ) Dry hair is a result of excessively washing your hair, using too much hair products, heated hair tools and hair coloring, exposure to chlorinated water, or simply deficiency in nutrition (yes eating a balanced diet reflects even in your hair!)

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So as summer approaches and since I’ve been asked this question twice already, I decided to make a post and give you a few remedies you can try at home to treat your dry hair.

Olive Oil:
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Olive oil is actually a very popular home remedy for hair which I’ve tried already. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which help heal damaged hair and repair it with moisture. Olive oil treatment can be applied to hair either warm or room temperature.

Do this treatment at least once a week:
– Warm up enough olive oil in the microwave
– Apply the warm oil thoroughly over your scalp and make your way through your hair. Massage your scalp gently for 5-10 minutes.
– Cover your hair with a warm towel and leave for minimum 30 minutes (overnight for even better results)
– Shampoo and condition your hair with your usual products.

* You can also use coconut oil instead of olive oil. Works just as well.

Mayonnaise:
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I’m guilty of also trying this remedy since I was a teenager only because I once read that Avril Lavigne used Mayo as her conditioner to keep her hair soft and shinny. (Who didn’t want to have Avril’s hair?!) Anyways, this easy home remedy is rich in protein and conditions better than any conditioner out there. Use it weekly:
– Apply a thick layer of mayo to your scalp and damp hair
– Massage your scalp and work through the ends.
– Cover your hair with plastic cap and leave it for about an hour.
– Rinse your hair with warm water and shampoo as usual.

Avocado:
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The high presence of vitamin A, vitamin E, protein and saturated fats are highly beneficial to dry and damaged hair, and so an avocado conditioning will strengthen and moisture your hair. Simply follow those 2 steps:
– Mash one ripe peeled avocado and mix it with a bit of olive or coconut oil (or whichever other oil you prefer). Mix well until the consistency is thick and smooth.
– Apply to washed hair and leave for half an hour. Then wash as usual

Eggs:
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Okay, okay! I’ll admit to not having tried that one yet but hey there’s always a first time for everything right?
– Mix together 3 eggs with a few tablespoons of olive oil or honey.
– Apply to damp hair and leave on for half an hour with a shower cap.
– Wash your hair as usual.

Bananas:

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The potassium found in bananas prevents split ends and softens your hair.
– Mash one ripe banana (add honey to it if you like) and apply thoroughly to hair.
– Leave for 30 minutes and wash as usual

Honey:
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The benefit of honey? It traps moisture in your hair, which will make your hair shinny, soft, and well nourished.Honey can be applied to hair:
– By itself
– Mixed with oils or other remedies such as eggs, avocados  etc..
– Or simply by mixing it with your conditioner.

Other remedies to try: beer, aloe vera, sesame oil.

Met Gala 2015

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They don’t call it the Oscars of Fashion for nothing! This year the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala’s theme was “China: Through the looking glass”. Although only some managed to understand the theme, here is what we saw at the Met Ball last night:

 

The Show Stoppers:

Talk about making a statement! No other way to describe Riri’s Guo Pei gown? train coat?

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After making photographers and fans waiting until the last minute, Beyonce arrived and did nothing less than steal the show for herself. Wearing a very sheer and embellished Jewel gown from Givenchy, queen Bey out-shined Rihanna, Kim K and everyone else.

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Best Dressed:

Ever since her marriage with George Clooney, Amal Clooney has been wowing us with her regal look and elegance. This Met Gala was no exception.

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Amal Clooney in Maison Margiela

Talk about getting the memo! Supermodel Karolina Kurkova followed this year’s theme to perfection!

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karolina Kurkova in Tommy Hilfiger and Giuseppe Zanotti heels

Kate Hudson looked absolutely regal in this gold Michael Kors dress.

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Kate Hudson in Michael Kors

Another star who nailed the theme to perfection is Zhang Ziyi in this gorgeous Carolina Herrera gown.

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Zhang Ziyi in Carolina Herrera

In my opinion, Zendaya pulled off the “modern, Princess of China” look with her bold Fausto Puglisi gown.

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Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi

Jlo just like wine, only gets better with age.

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Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace

The back of Kerry Washington’s gown is everything!

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Kerry Washington in Prada

YES KENDALL!! YESS!! At least one of the Kardashian/Jenner clan knows how to keep it sophisticated.

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Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein

The Deception:
Now, I don’t precisely “hate” these looks, but I expected a lot more from these fashion forward celebs:

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Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

 

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Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren
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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

In any other circumstances, in any other event, this dress would probably have made my best dressed list. The dress is beautiful itself, but it looks like Kim here is trying to copy Beyonce’s previous looks.

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Kim Kardashian West in Roberto Cavalli

 

NO! NO! and NO!!!!
I think the pictures speak for itself!

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Katy Perry in Jeremy Scott

 

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Miley Cyrus in Alexander Wang
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Lady Gaga in Balenciaga
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Vanessa Husgens in H&M
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Karen Elson in Dolce & Gabbana
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Kris Jenner in Balmain
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Jessica Alba in Kenzo

 

 

Best Dressed Men:

Balmain Boys!

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Justin Bieber and Olivier Rousteing in Balmain

Classical handsome in a Dior Homme Design!

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Robert Pattinson in Dior Homme

The White Collar sensation redefines handsome in this midnight blue cashmere Giorgio Armani

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Matt Bomer in Giorgio Armani

And the best dressed couple of the Met Gala 2015 were:

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Meet The New VS Angels

Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge and Behati Prinsloo… We all know those names, and we’ve admired and idolized both their beautiful faces, and bombshell bodies.

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For those of us who enjoy watching the Angels, and catching their “off-duty” street style, we couldn’t be more excited to the new addition of Angels. Yesterday, Victoria’s Secret announced the addition of  10 more bombshell beauties to the VS Angels roster! Yes you heard right, 10 new Angels making it a total of 15 Angels for us to drool over.

Joining the old Angels are new models:

Kate Grigorieva (from Russia)
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Taylor Hill (from Colorado)
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Elsa Hosk (from Sweden)
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Martha Hunt (from North Carolina)
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Jac Jagaciak (from Poland)
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Stella Maxwell (from the United Kingdom)
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Lais Ribeiro (from Brazil)
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Sara Sampaio (from Portugal)
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Romee Strijd (from Holland)
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and Jasmine Tookes (from California)
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Haiti @ Coachella’15

One of the largest, most famous music festivals in the US, with probably the most celebrity appearances. An experience that is on almost everyone’s bucket list.

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This year, here is what some of our own people wore to the most fashionable music festival

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Spring/Summer 2015 Trend

 What’s in for this Spring/Summer?

 

70’s
The groovy and retro style of the 70’s are back more than ever this Spring. From Studio 54’s jumpsuits, to the hippie chic artsy vibe of boho glam, to yes even bell bottoms, the 1970’s nostalgia dominated most runways.

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70’s at Chloé

 

Picnic Plaid
The print for this Spring is the “grown-up” gingham, with a fresh spin to the classic picnic pattern. From Altuzarra’s sweet baby blue, to Oscar De La Renta’s oversize prints, designers stayed in check.

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Gingham at Oscar de la Renta

 

Kimono Kool
Kimono literally means “thing to wear”. The Japanese inspired dress is as comfy as it is chic. Dresses, jackets, tops, the built-in judo belt is everywhere this season.

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Kimono Kool at Tome

 

Denim
If you thought Denim season was over, well you were wrong! The American favorite textileis still present and now more than ever, in pants, dresses and jumpsuits!

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Army Wives
Put on your military jacket with you this Spring! It’s all about the Army Wives

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Army Wives at Marc Jacbos

Fringes – This Spring is all about movement!

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Fringes at Proenza Schouler

 

Navy: New Black – Loving the navy hue this Spring!

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Navy at Nonoo

Behind The Scenes of Viv Magazine Volume 9

For Viv Magazine’s February-March 2015 edition, we decided to shoot with Wild and Free Baby Wear for the fashion editorial.

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Melanie Brierre wearing her own creation

 

Wild and Free Baby Wear
Wild and Free Baby Wear is a classic bohemian line of outfits for little girls (and now little boys) ages newborn to 12. The brand stirs from the traditional pink dresses and embraces the freedom and wilderness that children often carry and reflect. Created and designed by Haitian-Canadian mother Melanie Brierre in 2014, the garments  are designed and handcrafted in Haiti. The pieces are “envisioned in a rain forest, on a beach, or on a lazy barefoot setting” explains Melanie, “I want my daughter A’Sya to get her hands dirty, to dance in the rain, to fall and pick herself back up. That is the ‘wild and free’ I want to celebrate and nurture”.

Wild and Free Baby Wear is available for sale at Abako store in Petion-Ville.

 

The shoot
To complete and emphasize the wild and free theme, we opted for Wahoo Bay Beach Resort as our location on a sunny Saturday morning. Unlike most shoots, this one was a particular challenge since it was our first time working with kids. As you can imagine, our “young models” preferred running around playing with each others instead of standing still under the beating sun. However the super moms who were present along with the Viv team did an awesome job and the outcome of the shoot came out beyond incredible.

Check out some pictures of the shoot:

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Photos by Frederick Alexis for Viv Magazine

For more about Wild and Free Baby Wear visit http://www.vivmaghaiti.com  

Coachella Style Inspiration


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Coachella. Not only a music and arts festival which brings over 150 thousand people in the sunny and dusty desert of Indio California, but also now a fashion festival. Over the las few years, Coachella quickly became the #1 most fashionable festivals where fashion statements are made by celebrities, bloggers and your average fashionistas. Today, Coachella is also a destination for young Hollywood, fashion designers and bloggers who gather for brunches, parties and shows hosted by fashion brands.

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Crop tops, maxi skirts, cut offs, and head pieces pretty much sum up Coachella style. This indie-rock festival however is one for all kinds of style and fashion. Here are some ideas and inspirations.

Hippie/Boho Chic
This is the traditional Coachella style. There is no such thing as “too hippie” so go ahead and embrace your inner boho glam.

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Style tip: Crochet is always a good idea. It is both chic and fun, and is perfect for the “Summer during Spring” atmosphere at Coachella.

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Not so Boho 
It’s okay if Boho isn’t your thing:

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Prints
Geometric, floral or tribal, prints are spring’s favorite trend.

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Headpieces
Headpieces are Coachella’s favorite accessories.

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Accessories
When it comes to Coachella there is not such thing as too much accessories. Stacks of rings, body chains, funky glasses, big hats and flash tattoos …. they are all welcome!

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Men
Yes even men make statements …

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 If you want to go all out:

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