Trending This Spring

Trending This Spring:

Spring Fashion Week has come and gone and the first day of spring has passed. With our temperamental weather beginning to settle down, we may just start to see this season’s trends start hitting the streets. If you aren’t sure just what to expect fashion wise for this spring, let me clue you in. Here are the must know trends for Spring 2015.

Sexy Shoulders. Whether you prefer one shoulder, the dropped shoulder or no shoulders at all, this spring we’re spotlighting one of the more under appreciated body parts, the sexy shoulder.

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One of my absolute musts this season is the Harve Leger Strapless Navy Blue White Dress. Not only is it spot on as a strapless dress, but it’s also the color duo you’ll see everywhere this spring. This navy and white dress will keep you looking classy whether you’re at the office, a barbeque or out on the town. You can’t go wrong with Harve Leger.

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Comfortable Shoes. Praise the heavens; comfort is making a comeback! This season is all about walking on clouds without having to sacrifice style. We’re looking at this season’s most fashionable, but still comfortable shoes.

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If you like the chunky look, take a peek at the Jil Sander Brown Patent Leather Open Toe Sandal. With a discount greater than $500, you won’t want to pass these up!

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If it’s a statement shoe you’re after, check out the Nicholas Kirkwood Flower Embellished Patent Leather Heel. These trendsetting kicks are bound to turn heads with a bright mix of lime and cobalt, while the thicker heel provides the comfort we all love.

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Sporty Prep. Sport your inner prep this spring with a polo style shirtdress. If you’re anything like me and you adore minimalism, then you absolutely must check out one of my very own designs from my new line, On57 New York. Perfect for spring, this lavender and pink sleeveless dress combines multiple trends to bring you a comfortable, shoulder bearing, sexy-chic dress. It just may be the ultimate spring look, if I must say so myself.

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1. It may not be the new black but it certainly is the color of Spring 2015. And I can only assume it is a color your wardrobe is seriously lacking. I know what you’re thinking, yellow is just not your color. But my fellow trendsetters and I ask you to think outside of the box this season, girls. Whether it’s mustard, canary, amber or saffron, I guarantee there is a shade of yellow perfect for you!

And if you’re still feeling unsure about yellow, then please check out this Cosmo post: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a37933/the-heartbreaking-reason-why-you-should-wear-yellow-on-march-27/?src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1440_158233422. If that isn’t incentive enough to get you in this season’s color than I don’t know what is! Because come March 27, I want to see everyone sporting this season’s color for more than the sake of fashion, for Seth! And don’t forget to take a selfie come Friday and use the hashtag #wearyellowforseth and #boutiqueon57 so we can all checkout your new spring look!

KASIA

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Jeannine Canino Bieda: “With Faith, There is Hope”

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Every year, March 8th marks the celebration of the achievements of women all across the globe, better known as International Women’s Day. It’s a day to acknowledge the economic, political and social accomplishments of women everywhere. But this year when March 8th came around, I was acknowledging one woman for her accomplishments in her personal life, a woman who has inspired me greatly through her vulnerability and strength, Jeannine Canino Bieda.

Cancer is a term we hear quite often nowadays. You can get it genetically. You can get it from smoking and/or poor health decisions. Heck, you can get it from too much sun! But what a lot of people don’t realize is that you can get it for absolutely no reason at all; and it certainly doesn’t discriminate against age. Many of us think it’s never going to happen to us. We eat clean. We workout everyday. We even meditate to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul, right? But I’m here to tell you the truth: you’re not invincible, and that’s okay! Just as Jeannine told me when we first met, “you don’t choose cancer, it chooses you.”

Jeannine shared with me her journey. At age 32, she found a lump in her breast. Following an exam, mammogram and ultrasound screening she thought she was in the clear, that is until her primary care doctor advised her to see a breast surgeon. It was then that she met her guardian angel, at least that’s what Jeannine calls her. Dr. K. explained that although she was only seeing fibroid tumors, it would be easy for cancer to hide, especially in a mammogram. Why? Because what most women don’t know is that if you have dense breasts, your mammogram will show a lot of white, the same color cancer would appear as. And Jeannine’s screening was covered in white. Dr. K. advised Jeannine to begin annual screening, something most women don’t begin until much later in life. Little did she know this advice would save her life.

Jeannine was a hard working career woman.  She had no family history of cancer. She ate healthy and worked out often. And as a new bride, she was living in bliss. She had already survived many struggles in her life and displayed real strength. Jeannine, in my opinion, was superwoman. The thought of cancer had never even crossed her mind. But that all changed in an instant when she received a phone call from her sister, who was also a physician and in contact with Dr. K. Following a mammogram, suspicious ultrasound and an MRI, Jeannine was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 36.

Jeannine lived through a real tragedy. Having to have surgery, undergo radiation and handle all of the emotional and physical struggles that go along with such a disease is not only difficult, but life changing. What is so amazing to me is through it all, she never asked “Why me?” One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer; so instead Jeannine was asking, “Why not me?”

Jeannine was very fortunate to have had a doctor advise her to have annual screening done before the “normal” age because she was able to catch her cancer early. “It’s all about early detection,” she says. So when she was approached by Advocate Healthcare in Chicago to join their breast cancer campaign, how could she say no? They must have been as inspired by her strength as I am, because she quickly became the face of their campaign. It was all very unexpected but exciting! If she could reach just one girl, she thought, it would all be worth it. And that she did!

When I asked Jeannine what her defining moment was as an advocate, she explained to me a story of a woman who reached out to her via social media. This woman was diagnosed with breast cancer and truly struggling with the whole experience. But because of Jeannine, she was able to get help, find a therapist and find a medication to help her handle the emotional side effects of the disease. Jeannine is a true inspiration to me because unlike a lot of people, she allowed herself to be vulnerable by embracing the opportunity to help others. That is real strength.

Today, Jeannine has the breast cancer ribbon displayed proudly on her side, the same side as her breast cancer. Written are the words, “With faith, there is hope.” Everyone has their ups and downs but to Jeannine, positivity is an important aspect of healing. She believes there are no right or wrong feelings through such a journey but with faith, there is hope.

I would like to thank Jeannine for allowing me to share her story. I only hope you are all as inspired by her story as I am and that you allow yourselves to be vulnerable as Jeannine did. You never know, your story may help someone else find their strength too.

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you. Share with us what motivates you and how do you overcome struggles and challenges in your life.

 

KASIA

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Ida – best foreign film in 2015 Oscars

And The Oscar Goes To Ida for the best Foreign Film …

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This year Oscars – Academy Awards is very special to me. There were 5 film nominations for my native country Poland. I was co closely crossing my fingers for Ida to win and was so ecstatic to see Director Pawel Pawlikowski on the stage receiving the honors of golden Oscar statue from the hands of Nicole Kidman. This is a historic moment for Poland honoring for the first time Polish cinematography.  Pawel Pawlikowski with his eloquent speech and sense of humor had the audience in his pocket within minutes. Hollywood stars were laughing and applauding him. Even signs of wrapping up his speech with disturbing music didn’t intimidate to rush him off the stage. I was so proud for my native country man to be so honored by the Academy.

Each year there is a big focus on what stars are wearing on the red carpet.  If you happened to tune in this past weekend for the 87th Academy Awards then you are well aware that the fashion was at an all time high. Here are a few of my favorite looks:

Julianne Moore won best actress for her film, “Still Alice.” And according to many, she may have won best dressed too. Who was the designer, you ask? It was the infamous Karl Lagerfeld. After approving his very first sketch, Moore entrusted Lagerfeld for her big night. 987 hours and 80,000 hand-painted sequins later, Lagerfeld proved with the one-of-a-kind gown that he always pulls through. And to top it all off, Moore’s win earned her an extra five years of life! Yes, you heard that right. According to her winning speech, if you win an Oscar you gain five years of life. Wouldn’t that be nice!

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One of my personal favorite dresses of the night was the black and silver metallic Armani Privé gown worn by the amazing Naomi Watts. Watts starred in the film that won best picture, “Birdman,” and she was clearly ready for the win. I’m not always won for too much glitz but this long, chic look with the sequined band and dark lip color was nothing short of glamorous. That’s two wins for Watts! Check out her look here:

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Another honorable mention, Lupita Nyong’o and her Calvin Klein pearls. Reportedly her dress had over 6,000 pearls. It was stunning to say the least but if you’ve ever worn pearls, a necklace perhaps, you must be wondering what we all are: how heavy was that dress? According to an interview on the red carpet, the gown was surprisingly comfortable, even to sit in.  Let’s hope so, because I can only assume that gown cost her quite the pretty penny. Comfort or not, Nyong’o was easily one of the most talked about looks of the night. You must see it here:

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So what was your favorite look of the night?

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you about your fashion picks or gown suggestions? Share your tips, comments, and suggestions with the rest of us

KASIA

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Valentine’s Day – Share your love story

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Every love story is beautiful, but lets be honest – nothing compares to the story closest to our hearts. Maybe it’s the one your mother tells you about how she met your dad when she was 15, forced him to take her to a school dance and they’ve been inseparable ever since (true story). Or maybe it’s the one your grandma tells you of her and your grandfather: they were childhood best friends turned teenage lovers, married at 18, had ten kids quick and are still going strong today. It’s beautiful, it really is. But whether or not your great aunt was a nurse in the war and fell in love with a wounded soldier or your sister met the love of her life on match.com, there is one love story most people forget – their own.

Now let me be clear, I am not talking about how you and your fiancée met and it was love at first sight. I am sure he is the most amazing guy in the entire world. I believe you, I really do. But I am talking about your own love story. You know, the one between you and yourself? It is the most important love story you will ever have, it is the only one that will keep you going strong forever and it is the most forgotten and quite possibly least cherished love of all. So do yourself a favor and when you wake up this Valentine’s Day, take a good look in the mirror and tell yourself you are loved. As the saying goes, if you don’t love yourself, how do you expect anyone else to?

That is why this Valentine’s Day I am reaching out to all my ladies, single and taken, to show a little love … to yourself. Yes, you can still carry out your romantic dinner plans and finish up your do-it-yourself valentine for the hubby, but please promise me one thing: you will treat yourself too. Because I promise, it will be the best gift of all. Whether it’s a bouquet of flowers, a nice long bubble bath or some vegan chocolate you desire (wink wink), I give you permission to go for it. Free yourself of guilt, make no judgments, and just love you for you. Because the only way to truly spread love is to first love yourself.

P.S. And come February 15, I hope you will share your own love story with me.

KASIA

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Super Bowl Commercial Review

 

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As a health educator and a fitness fan, I have always loved sports. What better way to get in shape and stay healthy then by doing something that feels nothing like a workout? Getting your friends together to hit, throw or kick a ball around while you boost morale and confidence by cheering on those closest to you is one of the best ways to stay fit and lift your spirit. And healthy competition is always fun right? That is why as American’s it is no surprise that we can’t resist inviting all of our friends over, cooking up a storm and turning on the television for the big, annual game. You know the one. The Super Bowl!

Since you won’t find most of us on the field, the Super Bowl isn’t exactly a workout. But whether you follow the sport, place a bet for a little friendly competition or just enjoy the gathering of good food and friends we can all agree on one thing, we cannot wait for the commercials. Yeah, those things we pay money for to fast forward on the daily, well we actually want to see those now. So incase you happened to miss any while you were entertaining what felt like the Patriot’s entire defensive line, here are a few you must see:

 1. My favorite ad without a doubt this year is the Budweiser’s Best Buds. It should come as no surprise, seeing as Budweiser comes up with an ad to pull at our heartstrings each and every year. The Clydesdales. The puppy. I have to fight my tears back every single time. Good luck fighting yours while you watch this one.

2. Go Daddy. No, I’m not referring to the sacrificing business owner. I’m referring to the adorable puppy commercial they originally planned to air, just not the last five seconds. Buddy, who looks like the he might be the same pup who starred in the Budweiser ad, is absolutely adorable and Go Daddy is absolutely horrible for creating an ad that received a lot of negative attention and discussion on animal cruelty. Sorry Go Daddy, I won’t be “raising a chip, with some dip on it to you,” but I do think Buddy deserves to shine so click below to watch both ads.

3. Bud Light. Okay, this ad was far from genius, but the idea of a real life pac man sure is and who wouldn’t want to play. For that reason alone you have to check it out. Be warned, it might ignite a childish desire to go laser tagging, or something of the sort.

4. Toyota. As someone who loves any and all types of inspiration and motivation, sharing the Amy Purdy and Muhammad Ali montage seems appropriate. Although I wasn’t exactly inspired to buy a car from you Toyota, you sure make me want to head out for a nice long run. And Amy Purdy is quite the role model. Attention all, if she can do it, so can you!

 5. Last but not least, I feel the need to share the Like A Girl spot done by Always. There were a lot of great messages presented through touching ads this year but as a woman and role model, I find this a very important message to all girls. Throwing like a girl isn’t bad or weak because girls are strong and unstoppable. So I agree Always, it is time to rewrite the rules. Watch the full ad not shown on TV below.

Now you tell me, what were your favorite 2015 Super Bowl commercials?

KASIA

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