August 18, 2014

{BEAUTY} My New York Story... Featuring DKNY MYNY



As a young girl, I grew up playing with my mom's perfume bottles, which she collected on her vanity and took interesting shapes and glittering forms with even more evocative scents inside them. She had perfumes that she wore to work, others for cocktail parties, fragrances that were strictly for the most special of occasions, and shiny, crystal bottles that mostly just sat on the vanity looking pretty. I was fascinated by the ritual of wearing perfumes, and as I grew up, I developed my own taste for perfumes - trying out a new fragrance each season to mix into my repertoire. Of course, while my observation certainly helped shape me, this was long before I had developed my own identity, my own tastes, and defined my own sense of style. 

I first moved to New York City when I was 17-years-old, prior to my senior year of high school, living in a university dorm room for the duration of the summer and finally feeling like I had the space and environment to find myself, (and I cannot emphasize enough what an enormous privilege that was). New York's fast pace, open-mindedness, and raw authenticity was exactly what I needed: there are few places in the world that demand that you be exactly your own person as much as New York City does - especially in the creative world. The following summer, I packed my bags for real and relocated my life to Manhattan - where the sky-high buildings and bustle were a constant exercise in personal growth and humility. Not to mention, going to school at Parsons, an institution for so many of our great designers and artists, was a constant motivator. 

I moved from the East Village, to the Financial District, to a teeny-tiny West Village (Bleecker Street, no less!), 5th-floor-walk-up that would be my home for four years, to finally, finding my place in an exposed-brick corner of Brooklyn. Like the people of New York, each neighborhood has it's distinct personality, and much like the company we keep, each has inspired my own personal history in different ways. I've seen friends come and go and settled into a group that has surpassed friendship and become my family. I've fallen in love multiple times, had my heart broken, broken hearts, and finally met the person with whom I'm shaping my future. I've gone from student to intern (to intern, to intern, to intern...) to design professional to freelancer to pursuing my dreams. By every account, New York City has made me the woman I am today. 



I was excited to try out DKNY's new MYNY fragrance, inspired by New York City, which is a little sweet and a little spicy - just like the place I've called home for the last 11-years, while the gorgeous pixelated heart bottle reminds me of my childhood of fawning after fragrances in beautiful vessels. The scent truly feels like a celebration of all of the possibilities and the passion that NYC has to offer. Now that I'm on vacation, I've brought the perfume with me - it was like tucking away a little piece of New York into my luggage.  

You can create your own pixelated heart on the DKNY MYNY hub starting tomorrow, using photos from your social channels, like Facebook and Instagram, that you can share with your friends and family using the hashtag #MYNY! 


You can pick up the fragrance by heading over to DKNY.com. Now that I have the perfume, I can't wait to check out the shower gel when I get back to NYC!  




This post was sponsored by DKNY
All content and opinions are my own.  

August 15, 2014

{STYLE} Hidden Gems


Wearing: ASOS Salon Organza Bomber, White Skirt with Sheer Panel (up to size 14 here, 14+ here), Karen Walker Super Duper, Moschino Cheap & Chic Embellished Heels (sold out, similar here), Miu Miu Satchel
Photos by Lydia Hudgens

While I'm currently across the world on a major adventure, I'm starting to feel the initial pangs of homesickness for New York. It's confusing - I've recently been having a lot of love/hate feelings about NYC (no matter how much everyone, including myself, romanticizes the place), but all it takes is a few days away for me to start thinking of the dirty, smelly summer streets with a bit of fondness - especially with all my favorite gems throughout the city.

One of my favorite neighborhood spots is a bright little coffee & pastry shop called The Bakeshop. I initially came across it by searching out an outlet for macarons (I know, I know) closer to home, and found that they also have some seriously stellar coffee. I'm partial to their dirty chai lattes (chai with a shot - or two - of espresso), but on a visit last week before I headed out of town, Ali, Lydia and I shared an assortment of their colorful macarons. It made for a perfect, cheerful last hurrah before I rushed home to pack my bags! I suppose this dose of colorful optimism is my antidote to all the horrible things happening in the world right now. Sometimes fashion & sweets can be the saccharine momentary escape that I really need.

August 4, 2014

{STYLE} Crop Topping It

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

I've never exactly been big on prints -- though, in fairness, I probably would be if I saw them properly executed in my size more often! Alas. That said, when I see one I love, it becomes a huge staple of my wardrobe - especially when it has functional details like secret pockets. Eloquii has been consistently impressing me lately with their on-trend-but-accessible take on prints, and this crop set is no exception, (I also love this take on deco stripes). 

As I begin packing my bags for a month-long whirlwind travel adventure (a mix of work, vacay, weddings, and family time), I'm all about pieces that can do some serious mileage.  A set that looks chic but not-too-dressy for daytime when paired with flats or a low heel and a simple cardigan or jacket, and can easily transition to a night out with heels and some bare shoulders is exactly what I'm excited to devote some of my precious luggage real estate towards. 


{SHOP THE LOOK}

July 28, 2014

{Inside the Studio} The Colorful World of PEPPERCOTTON


I'm pretty transparent about my addiction to Instagram, but what I didn't expect when I first started documenting my life in lo-res photos, was that the photo sharing platform would become a place for discovery, exploration, and connecting with other creatively-minded people. A few months ago, when my friend and mentor Karen Robinovitz shared some photos of PEPPERCOTTON's rainbow-hued, sparkly jewelry on Instagram, I immediately clicked through and became obsessed with their wares. Their aesthetic is a hyper saturated wonderland that travels from the 1970's to an intergalactic future, where candy-colored pop culture reigns supreme.  Don't be surprised if you find Barbie paraphernalia or plastic cake toppers woven into their jewelry alongside Swarovski crystals and raw cut gemstones, all handmade in their light-filled Greenpoint, Brooklyn studio. 

The duo behind the brand, Patrick Culpepper and Aurelia Cotton, met while studying at Rhode Island School of Design in painting and apparel, respectively. Upon graduating in a dismal economic climate, the two decided to collaborate and create their own success - using a stockpile of deadstock and vintage Swarovski crystals that they had stumbled upon in Providence. I instantly felt bonded with their experience, having graduated from Parsons at the same time and seeing so many of my friends struggle to find any work in the design industry, across all fields. 

Since partnering and moving their operations to New York City, PEPPERCOTTON has been featured in Vogue Japan, Harper's Bazaar, W Magazine, Vogue Italia, and stocked internationally at high-end boutiques (think Opening Ceremony and tenoversix). Meanwhile, their stock and collection continues to grow on their own site - with new, unique, and one-of-a-kind pieces added regularly (P.S., they're also offering an exclusive 25% off everything with the code "NMASON25"). 





July 22, 2014

{STYLE} All White Everything


Photos by Lydia Hudgens

It has taken me a long time to get to a place where I feel confident and chic wearing all white, even if I do still get a little bit anxious about accidentally spilling something on myself or leaning into wet paint (it has happened to me before... and on my way to a job interview, no less!) But because this has, despite my conditioning to avoid white, become one of my favorite summer trends, I decided to take it on for my latest editorial for navabi! Psst, they have a great selection of all white looks, too

June 30, 2014

{NEWS} My First Collection: Nicolette Mason x ModCloth!

To say I'm excited about this is.... a huge, vast, enormous understatement. Colossal. After many, many months of secret-keeping, hard work, and serious excitement, the cat is finally out of the bag: I've partnered with ModCloth to design my first clothing collection! It's incredibly difficult for a compulsive over-sharer and obsessive chronicler like myself to not be Instagramming her way through a major life goal and milestone, but I'm so pleased I'm finally able to talk about it and share the collection with anyone who will listen. There will be several posts about this, since I'm really excited to share some of the behind-the-scenes that lead up to this point, but I'd love to start by sharing the lookbook that we shot at ModCloth's studios in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, featuring myself and ModCloth's co-founder, Susan, modeling some of our favorite looks from the collection.



The collection will be available in sizes XS-4X (something I'm extremely proud of), and will be launching on ModCloth's site on October 6th. And, yes - they do ship internationally! 

To celebrate this announcement and ModCloth's 1-year anniversary of plus, I'm offering a $100 Gift Card! Just use the widget below to enter, and tell me your favorite pieces from my debut collection!

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June 26, 2014

{STYLE} Creating the Best Summer Ever


Historically, summer isn't my favorite time of year. I'm averse to heat, I used to not like the beach, and New York's humidity is especially good at making me always look like a disheveled mess. After a really chaotic and stressful (but genuinely awesome, just, you know, exhausting), few months, I am determined on making this summer the best summer of my life. Part of that is the list of amazing travel I have coming up, my best friend's wedding, exciting projects I'm getting ready to unveil, but it's also a really, really concentrated and intentional effort to make the most of all the little bits of free time I have popping up in my schedule. 

Best Summer Ever was definitely kicked off by my mini-trip to Summer Camp, but I've made a little cheat sheet for myself to stay focused on my goal to make this summer a memorable one. As far as general life accomplishments go, I'm feeling pretty good about things, but this is a gentle reminder to myself to celebrate all the good that's going on.
 


Photos by Lydia Hudgens