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  

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Summer White

 

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

“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

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

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

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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Menswear OOTD

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.
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  • ·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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What’s in my makeup bag/drawer?

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

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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Cat Eye Master Class

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.

Christmas Eve Masquerade Ball

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Another Christmas has just passed, and this year’s Christmas eve’s party at Tara’s was a fun one. BPPevents decided to make this 24th of December the final masquerade ball, but it seemed that barely anyone (including myself) never respects theme parties anymore.

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As expected the night did not start until 3:00 AM and lasted until 8:00 AM. The DJ lineup were Mari Ferrari, Michael Calfan, of course DJ K9 and DJ Bullet, and a surprise Kyroman appeared shooting confetti from a shotgun.

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We even took the liberty of choosing the night’s most stylish couple:

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Enjoy more pictures from this eventful night and more on our FB page:

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Amazonia with Michael Brun

When? Sunday night
Where? Tara’s
Who? 4 Haitian DJs
What? An unforgettable night

For the first time in a really long time in Haiti, Nocterm Entertainment hosted an event with a special guest DJ being one of our own: Michael Brun. For years we’ve seen very famous and international DJs such as AVICII, Steve Angelo, Max Vangeli… Although these events were all awesome, Amazonia was the first to only host Haitian DJs with Bernard Chauvet, DJ Bullet and DJK9 who each played 2 sets.

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The crowd went absolutely wild as Michael started playing. His very energetic presence on stage was completely contagious. On the sides of the stage were 2 dancers from Ultra music festival dancing and animating the show. For once the place to be was on the floor with the crowd, moving and even jumping to his beats.

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The event saw a parade of fashionable outfits, from urban street chic to glamorous dresses. Everyone came dressed to impress and to each their individual style.

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What we loved most about this event, were the guys who took some risks. Harem pants? Yes please! Some guys sported a European style with moccasins and patterned scarves. It was such a pleasure to see people step out of their comfort zone.

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Privé: All Black Affair

Three events were happening on Saturday night and yet Garden Lounge was packed with an audience moving to the beat of international DJ Yves Larock. Opening for Yves was DJ Bullet who spiced up the crowd with raggaeton and a bit of reggae. Later, our very own DJ K9 took the stage with his famous set of Hip-Hop and had us dancing until dawn.

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For such a small place, we were not sure how the set up for such a famous DJ would be. The deck was transformed into a VIP section with all black couches. Inside the restaurant was supposed to be a Hip-Hop room but it seemed like the crowd preferred the outside atmosphere, enjoying the sound of Yves Larock.

Being an all black affair, it was no surprise that almost everyone at Privé were in black which added an extra luxurious feel to the event. We were not able to get much pictures due to the small space of Garden Lounge but we saw some fun jumpers, some leather, and a lot of cropped tops. Besides who doesn’t look good in black?

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