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TOTW: Must-Have Instagram Apps

June 17, 2013

Hey, lovelies! Happy Monday! It’s almost bed time for this girl right here. I’ve been getting a lot of messages from you creative genius’ out there asking how on EARTH I add so many cool filters, typography and handwriting to my Instagram photos (if you’re not following me on Instagram, what are you waiting for?!). I wanted to share some of my favorite pre-Instagram apps that really get my creative juices flowin’.. I’m sure there are a thousand apps out there to use that get you more followers, help with hashtags and that sort – but we’re keeping it strictly creative here. PLEASE, If you have any that you love equally as much, share them with the world and our Society Chic followers in the comments above! Happy Filter-Typograp-Cropping!

Krop Circle

Krop Circle is an app that allows you to import a photo that gets “cropped” into different shapes. You’ll see that this gorgeous, amazing, ever-so-sparkly ring is cropped into a heart. With just the free version you only have access to a circle, but with a small purchase you get shapes like skulls, numbers, triangles, birds, etc.

A+ Signature

A+ Signature is pretty self explanatory. it allows you to put your “signature” on any image. I opted for the A+ version because it allows you to add more than one signature. You’re free to use your own handwriting instead of using funky type. My handwriting isn’t the best, but it definitely gives my images a personal touch! You’re also able to add type to your images in a SLEW of different fonts.

VSCO Cam

VSCO Cam is a pretty over-all-amazing app that is made for iPhoneagraphers and people who really just love them some good photography. It’s simple interface allows you to use preset packs (colors, faded to black and white, etc), adjust exposure and focus, lighting, you name it! It’s got all the bells and whistles that a DSLR could give you that an iPhone never will. You’ll just have to see this one to believe it!

Picfx

Picfx I’m sure is nothing new, but I still wanted to bring it up as one of my favorites. Instagram does a great job of keeping their filters fine-tuned, but with Picfx your possibilities are really endless. With options to add filters on top of filters, it can become quit crazy, but a good 2-3 is ideal depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. There are a few folders that contain Bokeh and textures, too!

Over

One of my recent favorites and probably the one I get asked most about is Over. Over is an app that allows you to place different kinds of type and art on images to create really amazing photo/typography mashes. As someone who looks at type all day long and get thrills out of kerning some good type, it was nice to see a typographic app come along that really gives A+ a run for it’s money. I frequently use both, but Over holds a soft spot in my heart for sure. You can adjust charters, fonts, colors, alignment, the list goes on. It’s really the go-to app for creative people on the go!

A few others that aren’t listed in detail but are loved just as much:
Diptic – when Instagram’s standard square just isn’t going to cut it
Camera+ – Another pretty good “don’t-feel-like-using-the-iphone-camera” camera
LetterFx – Another crop type app, only using letters! (imagine squishing your face inside the word “LOVE” or “SWAG” – you catch my drift.

*Sidenote: I know that these are mainly iPhone apps and I regret to inform you that I don’t know a TON of apps for android – but feel free to list the ones that you like if you’re in the Android family!

TOTW: Go-To’s | Drugstore Edition

July 19, 2012
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My friends can tell you that I’m a major drugstore junkie. I don’t know how it began.. and I couldn’t tell you why – but I do know that it’s become pretty handy to know the “go-to” stuff around the isles. I find that I sometimes get myself into predicaments (more often than not) where I’ll leave my make-up bag at home on unexpected and important days. Not like weddings or special occasions. More like after work networking events, happy hour and the like. Things I probably wouldn’t remember until I got to work and saw it lying there on my calendar written in multi-colored sharpie. Anyways, who has the extra cash to haul themselves to Sephora and buy brand name stuff on a whim? Certainly not me and certainly not in the time crunch I usually find myself in. Long story short (is it EVER a short story): Drug Store Make-up. Not only are some of these items on my daily “go-to” list, I find that they’re extremely cheap and worth having around as back-ups when the good stuff goes missing (or is left at home). I’ve marked up my top 12 must-haves, drug store edition. Enjoy!


Revlon: Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
This has somewhat of a minty feel to it, but the color is great! It’s super soft chapstick that meets toned-down pigment. Love!

 

 


Physicians Formula: Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Blush
Call me a liar, but this stuff has some serious placebo in it. I think it’s the cuteness of the hearts and shimmer that does it for me. It’s not too much shimmer, so that you don’t look like a disco ball – but just enough.

 

 


Rimmel London: Natural Bronzer
This has a very good sheerness to it. Lightly pigmented and won’t rub off on your blouse!

 

 


E.L.F. Studio: Cream Eyeshadow
While you might only find this at Target or online, I find that this cream shadown works wonders for only being 3 bucks! I’ll sometimes use it as a base for the higher pigmented shadows – makes them really pop off the lid.

 

 


Rimmel London: Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer
I’ve been using this stuff for sometime now. I find it’s one of the only liners that won’t wear away or smear by 5:00pm. Comes with a small smudger stick at the bottom – which is GREAT for happy hour!

 

 


COVERGIRL: LipPerfection™ Lipcolor
Aside from my NARS’ Schiap lipstick, I swear by this stuff. It’s got pigment and a softness that you just wouldn’t believe. I carry one in my purse and one at work for emergencies! This gets my daily-dose stamp of approval. My daily color is in “Spellbound” – You’re welcome.


L’Oreal Paris: Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara
Another one that has my “daily-dose” stamp of approval is this gem right here. Something about the double duty wands that make my lashes stand at attention. If you’re not washing your face everynight (shame shame), then this may not be a good choice for you. You’ll need the water to soak off the mascara and you’ll notice it comes off like little specs of dirt. Very easy to use and can be played up from day-to-night.

 

 


Wet n Wild: Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner
Colored liner for 3 bucks? Do it.

 

 


Revlon: PhotoReady™ Liquid Foundation • SPF 15
I’ve been staying into the swing of my SPF. As we age, it’s one of the most important things we can do to keep our skin from aging/sunspots. This photoready foundation is great for going out or special events (when you forget the good stuff at home). It still has some SPF, but has total coverage for when you need it. Be careful not to pile this on.. no one likes a cake face. :(

Neutrogena: Healthy Skin Compact Makeup • SPF 55
Another one that I’ve found really helpful is the SPF 55 Healthy Skin Compact. It’s very soft and not as heavy as the PhotoReady. This one is more for daily use, not so much full-coverage.

 

 


E.L.F. Studio: Make-up Brushes
I made the mistake of ordering my brushes online once and was brushless for WEEKS. I snagged these at Target and really love them! The blush brush and powder brush are my faves!

 

 


COVERGIRL: Outlast Lipstain
This one has yet to steer me wrong. People always tell me “But Neutrogena’s Lip Stain comes with a balm stick at the bottom” – right. But if we’re talking about a lipstain – and just a stain – then this is the one you need!

 

 


L’Oreal: Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner
Last but not least, liquid eyeliner! Think of this one like a skinny felt tip marker. Very easy to apply and lasts a good while. Like any liquid liner, you’ll want to be careful around the lashes and double up at the corners.

 

 

Well, that about covers it! be sure to leave your “go-tos” in the comments section so we can share. Happy drug store shopping!

TOTW: Mind Your G’s and Q’s

March 29, 2012

Hey, Society! Bigs news! For a recent collab with DynastyEvents.com, a successful promotion company in Tampa Bay, we’re sponsoring gift cards for the best dressed girl and guy at the Dynasty Events’ annual GQ party, being hosted at The Hyde Park Cafe! I’ve attached the official flyer below and I hope you’ll join myself & the rest of the Society Chic team, along with the Dynasty Events family for a fashionable night to remember! Come dressed in your best because yours truly will be a judge for the winners! You can get on the FREE guestlist by heading to DynastyEvents.com and putting yourself on Melissa San Vicente’s guestlist.

Inspired by the GQ party, and with GQ in general, we decided to compile a few looks for the night out. Along with our looks, we’ve written a few commandments that men MUST live by when dressing for the nightlife. To avoid a Debbie Downer and to reap the benefits for guaranteeing yourself in the club (as opposed to being sent home for dress code), we advise you to stick with our guidelines and they’ll never steer you wrong!

Ten Commandments of Nightlife Attire:

  1. Dress-up: You can never be overdressed, and if you feel out of place, at least you’re the best dressed.
  2. Denim: keep your denim choices limited to a dark wash and fitted/straight leg style. Colored pants are fine, depending on your outfit, so choose wisely. 
  3. Minimize: having bulky pockets are a no-no. Keep only the essentials. Credit card, ID, spare cash in a small wallet.
  4. Soles: Don’t wear sneakers to a club. There’s a difference between fashion shoes and a beat-up pair of Air Force 1′s that you refuse to throw away. Also… wear flip-flops to a club and we’ll disown you. 
  5. Smell: Don’t wear too much cologne. No one wants to be intoxicated by your fumes.
  6. Ties: Do experiment with ties. They aren’t only for holidays. Ties can be used as your most bold accessory. Try out a color you’ve never tried before (lavender, magenta, mustard) or a pattern that you didn’t think would be “you” (paisley, geometric prints, plaid).
  7. Quality: Invest in a pair of quality shoes. Find a pair that suits you best, and have those as your “go to” shoe when you have no idea what to wear. 
  8. Keep it at the Shore: Bedazzled shirts and neon dragons (covering your tees) are out. Keep your shirts simple and ALWAYS ironed/steamed. Your look will always look more put-together with a crisp shirt.
  9. Bling: Don’t wear gaudy jewelry ie: big chains, overly chunky watches, golds in your mouth (unless you’re Flava Flav). Fist pumping just can’t be done if there’s a possibility of you injuring someone.
  10. Stay True: Have fun with your style. Look to the pages of GQ and find looks that you’d like to try out. Have a style that defines you and that makes you comfortable. Confidence is your best accessory, so if you’re not “feeling” your outfit, odds are it’ll show in your confidence. 
We hope you’ll keep this and use it as a guide on your next big event. And if you follow our rules and STILL get kicked out of a club for incorrectly dressing.. call us! We gladly accept the challenge. We hope to see you out there and we’ll be keeping a close eye on our faves! Good Luck!
Now, for some looks that’ll assure you to the front of the line.
Waffy’s pick:

Noche’s pick:

Melissa’s pick:

Thing of the Week: Little White Dress

March 9, 2012

So.. you knew this was coming, right? Every girl should own a LBD (Little Black Dress, for those of you living under a rock), but what about the little white dress we’ve seen gracing the runways and streets? I know, if you’re anything like me, you’re already trying to figure out how to pull off this look without resembling a toddler in “Sunday’s best”. It’s a difficult trend to pull, but with the right elements -you’re bound to nail your favorite look. So for the TOTW (Thing of the Week.. you poor, deprived rock-living people), I’m giving all of my ladies a fair share of the very trendy LWD. I hope you’ll find that one of our looks fits your style to a T. Have an awesome weekend and remember.. light dress, light food! Wine comes in all different colors, you know? :) *thumbs up* Later, babes. - M

 
Work-Approved Doll:

Work Approved

 

 

Romantic Darling:

Romantic

 

 

Boho Babe:

Boho Chic

 

 

Right Kinda Rocker:

Rocker Chic

 

 

Pretty in Prep:

All Prepped

 

 

Girl’s Night Out:

Girl's Night Out

TOTW: “Fake” ID

March 1, 2012

Hey chic-sters the weekend is almost here, and what better way to ensure that your having a good time then a”Fake” ID. But we’re not talking an illegitimate piece of forged government documents, no sir. Im talking about a few doppelgangers of some of your fondest Nike classics courtesy of our friends at NIKEID.

Now back in December I showed the wonders of NIKEID’s awesomely creative digital workshop. Now we are going to put that knowledge to good use creating some new designs inspired by the classic AIR Jordan 11 “Spacejams”. Make sure you have all components selected correctly to achieve the correct design.

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First I thought I’d start with the Air Jordan 2012.

AJ 2012 spacejams
INSERT: Low in black
BASE & FLYWIRE: black/black
OVERLAY: In leather/black
SIDE LOGO: University Blue
LACE: black
MIDSOLE CUSHIONING: white
OUTSOLE: Translucent/clear
TONGUE TOP ID: Jumpman/black

 

 

Next lets go with the Jordan Fly Wade.

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BASIC COMPONENTS: All black
JORDAN LOGO: Old Royal
OUTSOLE: Translucent/clear
MIDSOLE: White

 

 

Onto the the Kobe VII System.

Kobe spacejam

Now, I know what your going to be thinking, Kobe isn’t Jordan as you will find no argument here lets remember this is a fashion blog and this is probably the closest he’s gonna get. I digress, so on to the spacejamming of the Kobe VII System.

BASIC COMPONENTS: All black
ANKLE CUFF: low
MIDSOLE: white
SWOOSH: Game Royal
HEEL CLIP: White
OUTSOLE: Translucent/clear

Lastly and probably one of my favorites in the set are the Air Max 90s Premium.

AM Spacejams
Solely for the fact that this template actually features a patent leather option,
the crowning jewel of the Air Jordan 11.

BASE: Ripstop/Black
MUDGUARD: Patent/Black
OVERLAY: Full-Grain Leather/Black
SWOOSH: Patent/Black
ACCENT: Black/Heritage Cyan
LINING: Black
LACE: Black
MIDSOLE: White/White
OUTSOLE: Clear/White
LOGO: Heritage Cyan

There we go chic-sters, these “Fake” IDs are sure to turn some heads. Once again don’t be discouraged by the price on some these. Exclusivity/custom factors are defiantely coming to play but its way better that paying crazy sneakerhead riot prices for the originals, just saying. Stay fresh my friends and remember.

Dope is as dope does! -N.

TOTW: Nike Air Huarache BBALL 2012 “WAH-RAH-CHAY”

January 27, 2012

What’s good chic-sters?!? Noche here with your “thing of the week” sneaker edition. So if you’ve been paying attention you’d recall me giving you the heads-up on some of newest kicks to come out this year one of them being the NIKE Air Huarache BBALL 2012. Its a funny name to a really dope shoe. Huarache pronounced “wah-rah-chay” is a mexican word that predates spanish colonization meaning leather woven sandal. Buts lets not get confused were not talking about flip-flops here, were talking about a truly innovative basketball shoe thats sure to keep you fresh on and off the court.

 

Air Huarache BBALL 2012
will be released February 1st in four different colorways starting at $115.
The hardest part will be deciding which one is right for you!

 

volt/grey

Colorway: White/Black-Volt-Wolf Grey
Product ID: 488054-100

 

 

black/royal

Colorway: Black/Black-Varsity Royal
Product ID: 488054-004

 

 

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Colorway: Black/Black-White
Product ID: 488054-001

 

 

varsity red/black

Colorway: Black/Black-Sport Red
Product ID: 488054-006

 

There you go chic-sters. Don’t snooze on these because like most the shoes featured here at the Society the exclusivity factor is crazy. Be sure to check out the NIKE store on the 1st of February to get your hands on them. Be safe out there and as always…

Dope is as dope does!

-N

Dear Mel: Bag Trends of 2012

January 13, 2012

Hi, Babes! Happy Friday! So, I’ll start by saying that I am ALWAYS getting messages about different looks and questions on better buys for several things. I absolutely LOVE your feedback, fun mail and everything in between. Recently, I’ve come across a few questions that I not only answer, but love to showcase on here because they are questions I feel that other readers would like to know. So I’d like to open the can of worms and ENCOURAGE you to write us about any fashion, beauty, trend, home décor, review question that you might have. We will always conceal your identity, if needed! Just find the Contact Us page or click HERE.

So, for our “Thing of the Week” and without further a due..

Dear Mel,  
It’s a new year and that means change! So… with that said, I need your help! I am in the market to buy a new purse. My question is what are the trends for 2012 and how can I not go broke looking stylish?
Love Always,
A bag lover in Tampa Bay

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Dear Bag Lover,

This year I am excited to share with you my VERY favorite trends popping up all over the runways and tabloids. I’ll get to that below… However, my advice when looking for frugally fabulous bags would be to save a day where you can spend some time in Ross, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, or TJ MAXX. In order to find REALLY great steals, you have to commit the time to search through the racks! I tend to stay away from these stores on the weekends and try to use my lunch hour or days off to go during the day. You will thank yourself in the long run! And one key thing I’ve always known is that if you find a great buy and leave it to come back to it at a later time, odds are it won’t be there when you get back! Also, if you’re comfortable shopping online, I’d recommend going to sites like Baghaus, Lulus, or ASOS. These sites show different views (and close-ups) of the bag and usually have a model with the bag (for you to determine size). Anyways, I’ve attached my favorite looks this season and I hope it brings peace to your shopping experience. Talk to you soon! OX! – M

 

Two-Toned Satchels

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Metallic/Studded/Sequin Clutches

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Bold Shoulder Bags

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White Totes & Satchels

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Eco-Friendly Totes (always in style!)

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Colorblocked Totes

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Thing of the Week: Boots!

December 30, 2011

Ok all you tweekers! Sorry we’re late this week on our “Thing of the Week.” I’m sure you can all understand that the holidays are a time for family and the substances that you must intake to deal with them.

Anywho let’s get this started. This week’s thing of the week is BOOTS! Yay for boots! Everyone in the world absolutely, positively must own at least ONE decent pair of boots. Boots in the winter are like the pop to the tart. Who cares if it’s still 80 degrees in FL?!! I rock boots at all times of the year.

I really just made this week’s thing boots because I just bought myself a pair of boots for my birthday, and as you all should know by now I find any reason to talk about myself. I’ve been searching for borderline a year and a half for the right pair of brown boots. I finally bought some on the online this week and they arrived two days later. Snaps for the workers at UPS!!!

Right now ALDO is having a great sale on shoes for men and women. They have 30% off instore and online. Here’s a little tidbit though there’s an online promotion code that gets you an extra 10% off! I don’t know why or how I thought of searching for a promotion code but I did and I ended up paying for less than the sticker price.

Here’s the code you put in when you check out and the link to the ALDO site:

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Mens Boots

Oh also!! There’s free shipping on orders of $50+

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Here’s the boots that I bought. They look great in person and only ended up costing around $67 with the promotion code.

 

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These are only $80.49

 

 

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These are $90.99

 

 

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And these lovelys are 104.99

 

But like always, tweekers , hurry up and get your fix. The promotion code expires on 1/01/12 and sales only last a limited time!

-That is all

Thing of the Week: Grown and Sexy Socks

December 6, 2011

It’s that time again my fellow fashion tweekers! This week I welcome you to the land of the grown and sexy socks. While many of you guys out there may think that your socks don’t matter because no one really wants to see them unless they have some kind of foot fetish you are mistaken. Well actually, you’re not far off. Most normal people don’t just come up to you and ask you to show them what kind of sock choice you made that day, and for me that’s a good thing because my socks never match.

Anyways, the point is that many of you don’t think twice about what socks you’ll wear with that suit you’re donning, and that’s ludicrous. Everything you wear should be carefully and meticulously thought out. Are you aware that the rest of the world has to look at you? At least have the decency to make yourself presentable!

Again, I digress. The OTHER point is that as men our choices sometimes seem to be limited in the area of expressing individuality among all the black/navy suits and somewhat monotonous attire unless you actively seek out suits and other apparel that is not common. What many designers do is add lining to jackets that adds a bit of scandal to an otherwise common piece of a suit. Just like lining inside of a jacket, socks are a small way of being able to keep a sense of personality on the inside, while maintaining a professional look on the outside.

Here are a couple examples of socks that can make you feel all tingly and good inside. As per usual I chose styles that aren’t too daring, as I know some readers won’t appreciate the eccentricity that I like to add to my own wardrobe.

1) Ted Baker $17

2) Ike Behar $12

3) Marc by Marc Jacobs $18

4) Thomas Pink $30

5) Robert Graham $28.50

6) Thomas Pink $30.00

 

All of these socks can be found on the Nordstrom website which you can access by clicking the picture, and they can all be shipped for free.

Oh and if these socks don’t make you feel tingly and good, then just go snort an 8 ball and see how you feel. Maybe after that you’ll be inclined to purchase socks. Or go to rehab. Whatever.

That is all.

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