SilynRose

Timeless fashion and ageless style

This content shows Simple View


Monthly Archives October 2014

First NYC shoot – Model Winter P.

Gallery 66 Comments

Model Winter P of Celebrating mothers blog. Stylist and photographer - Silynrose

Model Winter P of Celebrating mothers worldwideblog.
Stylist and photographer – Silynrose

IMG_0020
I had an opportunity to do my first photo/styling shoot in NYC. One of my cameras didn’t work and neither of my flashes worked. I shot with one 30D (really old I know) and one wide lens. Had help from Kristine R and Gabby with the light reflector. I love these images. Had a great shoot with Winter P. Check out her blog – Celebrating Mothers Worldwide.
IMG_9950
Model Winter P of Celebrating mothers worldwide. blog. Stylist and photographer - Silynrose

Model Winter P of Celebrating mothers worldwide blog.
Stylist and photographer – Silynrose


Model Winter P of Celebrating mothers blog. Stylist and photographer - Silynrose

Model Winter P of Celebrating mothers blog.
Stylist and photographer – Silynrose

Model Winter P of Celebrating mothers blog. Stylist and photographer - Silynrose

Model Winter P of Celebrating mothers blog.
Stylist and photographer – Silynrose


IMG_0125



Confessions of a sip swap and shop-aholic

shopping the Apple Butter Boutique

shopping the Apple Butter Boutique


So this past Sunday (October 19, 2014) I had the pleasure of attending my second Sip, Swap and Shop event hosted by the lovely ladies at Confident Curls, My Fab Finance, and Locs Revolution .
The event brought together fashionistas, vendors, and just plain good people. One thing I like about the event is that the women are nice to each other. It was ok to compliment one another because there was equal admiration. It was not a competition and there were no stank attitudes. The vendors were really nice, so nice in fact that I spent more money than I had anticipated.
The event was crawling with stylish ladies, from the hostesses to the speakers to the attendees.
And though my cousin said my boots looked like two foxes wrapped around my legs, I was entered in the street style competition thank you very much.
I even got to hang out with my “Sip, Swap, Shop” crew from last time and had a great time sharing, catching up and sipping wine.
I can’t wait to attend the next event… check out the fashionable ladies below and you will see why.
Adorn New York

Adorn New York

me with the fabulous Tonya of My Fab Finance

me with the fabulous Tonya of My Fab Finance

Yes.  This is Tonya gracing the cover of this month's Black Enterprise!

Yes. This is Tonya gracing the cover of this month’s Black Enterprise!

Me with fellow fashion blogger and featured speaker Al Malonga of Wardrobe Breakdown

Me with fellow fashion blogger and featured speaker Al Malonga of Wardrobe Breakdown

One of the beautiful vendors (didn't catch her name :-(

One of the beautiful vendors (didn’t catch her name 🙁

Toia from tobnatural

Toia from tobnatural



A style of my own

Silynrose - welcoming fall with all the hues of the season, and with a pair of fabulous Guess boots!!

Silynrose – welcoming fall with all the hues of the season, and with a pair of fabulous Guess boots!!

Welcoming in fall with wonderful browns, auburn, beiges and oranges. Put this outfit together to go to Sip, Shop and Swap in Harlem. Will tell you all about it in a future post. Stay tuned!!!
it's the boots

it’s the boots



Caught Being Fabulous in Harlem

Ms. Hermis aka Missy

Ms. Hermis aka Missy

Meredith

Meredith

Min in Harlem wearing a Harlem Flamekeeper's hat.

Min in Harlem wearing a Harlem Flamekeeper’s hat.

Colors and prints and patterns Oh My!!!

Colors and prints and patterns Oh My!!!

Before I could even get to the Sip Shop and Swap event in Harlem I encountered four women with uniquely fabulous style. It all goes back to the fact that fashion and style is all about how you wear it.
First there was Hermis aka Missy who wore a sweater dress that crossed at the neck. She wore a bowl hat with a two-tones that were in the same color pallet as the dress, but she also was well adorned with bracelets, rings and a three strand necklace. When I approached her, she asked me why I’d want to take her picture. I had to explain to her that I thought she looked great. Luckily I am always able to pull up my card or my website so people know that I am legit.

Then there was Meredith. I was first struck by her coat – a textured vintage coat with a mink collar – they by the grey scarf and bright red lipstick. Her shades made her look chic and the salt and pepper hair cut in as short style looked great on her. When I saw her she was taking a picture of a little one, her son perhaps and seemed a little surprised when I asked if I could take a picture of her.

Then there was Min dressed in sort of an androgynous outfit. She wanted to make sure I shouted out Harlem Flamekeepers hats which is where she’d copped her grey hat. I liked the scarf and the blazer with the boy cut jeans. And more than anything I liked the way she walked with such confidence.

Lastly there was Yaelle. She played with color and print in a way that boarded insanity. I liked that it was daring. When I stopped and asked her to take her picture she said she had wondered before she left the house she was doing too much with the prints. It is quite a contrast, but for some reason, I really liked it on her. Now I don’t think it is something I could get away with, but that is the thing, personal style is just that…personal. So big shout out to all of these women, caught being fabulous in their own ways. kudos!!



Inspired by 2

MW for LVSilyn-Kate Spade handbagA few days ago I wrote about how I’d put together an outfit based on the feature in W magazine.
Well, today’s short post was similarly inspired. I have a cream-colored sweater dress that I usually wear with leggings and boots. Today I dressed it up a bit, inspired by the Louis Vuitton ad picture here. This sweater dress is hard to wear because it clings especially on my belly where I tend to hold weight. I’d have to wear it with spanx to pull everything in. The model/actress Michelle Williams has on a more structured shift dress that more easily camouflages. What I like about the ad is the contrast of the cream and the light colored bag. So, I thought I’d give it a try – here I am wearing a sweater dress with a light blue quilted leather Kate Spade handbag and Marc Jacobs patent leather heels. Thoughts?



Inspired by —

Fabulous spread featured in September2014 W magazine - Naomi, Rihanna, Iman and designer Olivier Rousteing

Fabulous spread featured in September2014 W magazine – Naomi, Rihanna, Iman and designer Olivier Rousteing

Every once in a while I get a style magazine and am shocked that I have items in my closet that are very similar to what is featured in an ad or a fashion spread. It just so happens that September’s W magazine included a beautiful spread featuring famed models Iman and Naomi Campbell and style icon Rihanna alongside the designer Olivier Rousteing. The spread that features the women had colored furs and print black and white pencil skirts that could have been pulled directly from my closet, I mean that is if their stylist considered different price points. It is not that I think that I am of Iman, Naomi, or Rihanna’s caliber by juxtaposing myself, but what I am saying is that closets should be fun. They should be filled with items that are flattering, fun and style defining. I know my sister has been surprised at my closet. She has been able to find Roman Goddess outfits that she could use for school plays as well Asian inspired outfits for my niece’s multicultural day. It was fun pulling out the purple Forever 21 and the green Bellrosefaux furs and styling myself very near what these ladies are wearing. It is still like playing dress up. And I happen to know that I am not the only one with that green fur – my 20-something colleague Cruz has one that we planned to wear according to our own styles for a “decades of difference” post.

Now, where would I wear the outfit you may ask. I imagine I’d wear it on a date to a concert, but I am also ready if they need to reshoot this spread and the need a last minute researcher from the Bronx as a stand in. Hey, you never know 🙂

Take 1 - purple faux fur

Take 1 – purple faux fur

Green Bellrose faux fur

Green Bellrose faux fur

purple 2



Caught being Fabulous – La Bonita in Washington Heights

Ms. LaBonita -  Washinton Heights

Ms. LaBonita – Washinton Heights

In Spanish la bonita translates to “ beautiful”. On Monday, I met La Bonita at the 190th subway station and asked her if I could take her photo for my blog. What I liked about her outfit was the bright orange button-up sweater and the striped black and white shirt. It is not often that mature women play around with color and pattern, but Ms. La Bonita did both.
The sweater and shirt were paired with dark wash skinny jeans, which are more slimming and have a cleaner look. I liked her accessories also. She wore a pair of gradient tint sunglasses and a big bauble ring. And let’s not forget the Gucci Boston satchel as a signature piece.
Why I think this worked on her is because even though most women with curves try to hide, LaBonita chose to play up her legs and hips in the skinny jeans. They were the right fit for her and fit is everything. So, adding the colorful sweater, striped shirt and the bunched white scarf makes the difference. It is what my friend and I always talk about – the difference between putting on clothes and getting dressed. One always gets dressed on purpose and with a purpose. Nice job La Bonita!!!



Silyrose with Betty Halbreich – Personal Shopper and Stylist at Bergdorf Goodman

Meeting styling royalty. It was a pleasure.

Meeting styling royalty. It was a pleasure.

Well, I certainly hadn’t planned on rubbing elbows with styling royalty today, but it just so happened that at around 2pm today I found myself inside of Bergdorf Goodman. I had originally gone out hoping to find fabulously dressed New York women to add to my “Caught Being Fabulous” page. But as I got to 5th Ave and 57th Street, I realized that I was knocking at Bergdorf’s door. Having just read Betty Halbreich’s book, I’ll Drink to That, I had a sudden urge to meet her. I walked through the entrance on 5th and made my way through the first floor mesmerized by a woven Chanel coat. I headed up the escalator to the second floor where I saw the famed shoe department. I awed over a pair of two-toned Manolo Blahniks, but my visit was to be much more than the material goods gracing the floors of Bergdorf’s. I wanted to meet the woman who had for decades styled America’s elite.

Credited for having started the “Solutions” Department at Bergdorf’s, Betty has helped women from Jackie O, Candace Bergen, and Joan Rivers to New York’s elite to find items to make them look wonderful.

So, what did I say to her… I spoke to her office mate first and mentioned that I had come to meet Betty. I was able to walk right to her and introduce myself. She posed for a few pictures and then we talked briefly about my goals. Betty said that the clothes that I saw today pale in comparison to the clothing of the past. The fabrics, she said, were those that in the past had been used as lining. She told me the Geoffrey Beene went out of business because he could no longer find fabrics. Hearing her talk made me wonder what the vintage clothing in the past were really like. She said they used to be made with multiple layers of quality fabrics. I had just spent thirty minutes looking at the clothing in Dres Van Noten, Christian Dior, Gucci, and Chanel. It is hard to imagine that what I saw wasn’t considered as high quality as the clothing of the past. After all, I had fallen in love with a rose colored fur at Gucci. But, I digress.

I told Mrs. Halbreich that I wished I could write about fashion full-time. She asked why I’d want to do such a thing. She said she would much rather have my educational credentials. She told me to stick to doing fashion on the weekends because there’s no future in the business. Definitely not what a burgeoning fashion photographer/stylist wants to hear, but I took it all in. I told her I had planned to dress in my “fancy” clothing to come see her and appear like I could afford stuff. She said it wasn’t necessary and that you can definitely look good without buying the high priced items in Bergdorf’s. (I actually think that doing that is one of my strengths.) She mentioned that her office mate shops at H&M and does just fine.
Betty Halbreich invited me to come back to visit with her at Bergdorf’s. I will definitely do so; if fact, I’ll Drink to That 🙂
Betty Halbreich's book

I told Betty that I was a little starstruck.  She said I needn't be.

I told Betty that I was a little starstruck. She said I needn’t be.



Gray-Day – Tres Chic, So Cheap (Gray Part I)

Introducing ... The gray shag shawl

Introducing … The gray shag shawl


Not too long ago I wrote a blog entry about the vintage versus the cheap fast-food type clothing of today. But, let me say New York has some of the best cheap clothing ever. And done right, some of these pieces can really add flare to your closet. Today, I want to focus on gray – part one of 2 entries on the topic.
I chose to look at gray because we see lots of grays in the fall and winter, and quite frankly the color, defined as dreary,gloomy, dismal or lacking cheer, can be very frumpy. But it need not be.
Today’s item is a cheap shag shawl (try saying that fast three times), that I got from a store along Dyckman Ave for $10.00. The store had the shawl in turquoise, red, grey, white and gray stripped, beige and gray. I went back and forth between the gray and turquoise one, but settled on the gray because I liked it better. Now this in itself was something special for me because I am usually so big on color , but the gray shawl was just more alluring. I imagined myself wearing it with a pair of gray pumps and skinny jeans. So, when I got home I tried it on.
The picture you see is the result. I added the long leather opera gloves because (hey…) they a fabulous, and you may recognized the red woven bag from the entry on handbags.

The shawl though has a flare of its own; it has a cowl-type neck that becomes a wide hood in the back. It reminds me of one of the hooded capes Grace Jones wore in the 1990’s movie Boomerang. So I had to show this because, in spite of what I wrote about avoiding cheap clothing, this $10.00 shawl was something special.
So this outfit

– shawl – the shag
– Valentino pumps purchased at quite a deal from Beacon’s closet last year
– dark wash skinny jeans
– black tee-shirt that you cannot see
– black leather gloves

Shoes and accessories

Shoes and accessories

gray shawl 2gray shawl 3gray shawl 4
Please email me if you’d like to get one of these shawls. I can pick it up and send it to you via USPS.