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I wanted to create what I did not see. I remember uttering these words in 2015 while dining in the Blue Bangkok restaurant on Boylston Street in Boston. My friend Dean Nights and I discussed my busy life of pulling clothes for VIP’s and creating a total lifestyle experience that included fine dining and clubbing for the VIP’s all while I attended my full time job. During this time I needed and refered services to some of the people in this post for nails, hair, and graphics. I told Dean that I wanted a place where my talented friends like him and myself could be highlighted. So here we are with this mega post for the month of August. (Dean Knights is a tailor to the stars and aristocrats.)
I present to you the talented professionals in my circle with experience that ranges from music, graphic design, fashion and beauty who are making a difference in their respective fields.
Art Director BenjiRichDesigns
BenjiRich’s Graphic Design degree, and illustration (logo and branding) speciality afforded him the opportunity to perfectly marry with his motion graphics, videography, and 3D design background. During his tenure with an undisclosed agency his clients included the NBA, New Balance, and Reebok. Aside from being my personal web designer Richard also designed the backdrop for a live text to screen background during the Kevin Hart NBA Allstar 2016 after party in Toronto. BenjiRichDesigns was also the Art director for VIP jewelry in Toronto, created logo/branding, and marketing videos for an indie record label by the name of globe trotta records in Los Angeles. Upcoming projects for this media expert are, vinyl toys, a clothing line and his uppermidsole blog that I will expand on when it launches.
*Fun Fact did you know that a BenjiRichDesigns t-shirt was custom made and expedited for a movie star while he was filming in Boston?
Contact BenjiRichDesigns Creative via email: email@example.com
Luxury Personal Shopper, Stylist, Lifestyle Expert and CEO of Luxshop4u
In my world, we the community are on international tours styled by me, receiving life time achievement awards, walking red carpets, nominated for Grammys, charting music billboards and getting inducted into the Music Hall of Fame! My fashion expertise is put to use and my music ear is called. Jorge Milliano and Benji Rich told me to add myself on here! I prefer to be behind the scenes!
Different phases of my website will be introduced in many capsules, I am not one thing I have been trained in many areas and will exercise my talents. Read more about me in my bio!
This is an exciting year for International singer and song writer Belinda Munro! She married her soul mate Vincent Gardner and their love story was featured in the Munaluchi Bride Magazine. Belinda and Vincent are about to embark upon their August 2017 Australian Tour. When Belinda is not on stage backing up Grammy award winning artists or singing at private charity functions and galas she is working on her long awaited album and building Jazz Houston the Arts organization that she and her husband founded.
“Belinda’s voice is angelic. Her sultry and uplifting vocals are enough to feed your soul”
To learn more about Belinda Munro visit www.BelindaMunro.com
Follow Belinda on Instagram @Iambelindamunro
Shellee Mendes Salon Monet
Hard work should never go unnoticed! Salon Monet owner Shellee Mendes’ photo was recently inducted into the African American Museum on Joy Street, Boston Ma. Shortly after celebrating this occasion she had a once in a lifetime experience of meeting Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey. When she is not working on movie sets or in Salon Monet you will find Shellee volunteering or attending fundraisers.
The Salon Monet staff are one of the most sought after hair stylists in Back Bay. Services that they provide are highlights, blow dry, hair extensions, hair cut, eyelash extensions and many more.
To book an appointment at this award winning salon please visit www.SalonMonet.com or 176 Newbury St, Boston, Ma
Follow salon Monet on Instagram @SalonMonet @ShelleeMendes
To read more about Shellee Mendes visit
*Boston Globe’s article with Oprah Winfrey https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/names/2017/07/20/newbury-street-salon-owner-sets-sail-with-oprah/
Reasons that you may not know him, is because he prefers to remain behind the scenes. A former contributor to XXL Magazine, you can now find Alec’s work on The Compound and Luxshop4u.
To read his work visit
Follow Alec on Instagram @TheLegendReal and read his current post on www.thecompoundblog.com
Glam Expressway Lindsay Stuart
Business Mogul Lindsay Stuart is taking the world by storm!
This busy wife and mother of two girls, is a host on HSN and has a record for selling over $12,000 Tortuga Rum Cakes during a short period of time.
You should get to know her because she is also a talented makeup artist and founder of Glam Expressway accessories/clothing boutique in Dumbo Brooklyn. With her celebrity following you may never know who you will see shopping in Glam Expressway. When Lindsay is not jet setting for work, with girlfriends or family you will see Glam Expressway featured in Cosmo, Latina, Huffington Post, The A-List, Celebuzz, ET, OK and In Touch Magazine.
To order Lyndsay’s Tortuga Rum Cakes visit www.HSN.com
To shop Glam Expressway visit 145 Jay Street, Brooklyn, New York. www.shopglamexpressway.com
Christine Designs by André Millinery
André creates handmade couture fascinators and hats. His Atelier hat making approach has his clients flocking to him like bees on honey. Andre’s work was most recently photographed during our dear friends Belinda Munro and Vincent Gardner’s wedding.
For inquiries visit André on https://m.facebook.com/DesignsbyAndre/
Super Nova John Golden
Shoe Specialist and Stylist for a luxury retailer
John is an international socialite known for his eclectic fashion and Basquiat dreadlocks. I first met him at a Gucci Ghost party in Boston. His approach to fashion is to break down gender specific clothing. When John is not in London or Japan you can find him inside the most coveted invitation only Fashion parties.
How to contact him? John prefers not to have a social media account however you will find him photographed in local magazines. This supernova makes his appearance everywhere and slowly hides into obscurity until he is ready to resurge. In the above photo I decided to photograph his aesthetics from behind to get a candid view of him on the go!
Reggaeton Artist, Song Writer and Music Producer Mr. Phillips
Mr. Phillips is a highly sought after song writer, artist and music producer. Raised in Santurce Puerto Rico, and born in Rio Piedras to a Puerto Rican mother and Trinidadian father. Alvin better known as Mr.Phillips’ melodic yet raspy voice captured the hearts of millions with his “Spatoanglish” fusion of Jamaican patois and Spanish in his lyrics. Working with Francisco Saldaña (Luny) from Luny Tunes allowed his work to be featured on a CD compilation called Mas Flow2 with Frankie J for the hit song Obsession (No Es Amor). Chart topping artists that received Mr. Phillips magic touch are Angel López, Alexis Y Fido, Mr. Vegas, Dmanti, Notch, Baby Ranks, Cobra, Jay Sean, Tito El Bambino, Tony Dize, Wisin y Yandel, Don Omar, El Rookie, Cynthia Antigua, Eddy Lover, Flex, Kevin Little, Yaga and Mackie. Mega producers who worked with Mr.Phillips are Nely “The secret weapon,” Tainy, Nesty, Bones, Eliel, Luny Tunes, Preacher, Anx and Jorge Milliano. We look forward to the completion of his new Album and the Vertigo album by Jorge Milliano.
Visit Mr. Phillips on www.soundcloud.com/Mr-Phillips
To hear the new song that he wrote for J Balvin Featuring Jowell Y Randy visit https://m.soundcloud.com/jorgemilliano/j-balvin-feat-jowell-randy-bonita-jorge-milliano-remix
Follow Mr. Phillips on Instagram @officialmrphillips
You know his chart topping hits and the star studded artists who he’s worked with. Since our last post (read La Musica Part 2) Jorge flew back to Miami to produce a song for J Balvin Featuring Jowell Y Randy. Spring 2017 Jorge and I kept on telling each other that it is going to be a cruel summer because our schedules were booked. My schedule consisted of styling, consultations, scouting locations for designers and clothes for the talent that I work with and for Jorge it was a back to back summer of producing. Just last week one of his dreams came true recently by working with Jamaican reggae legend General Degree. Expect to hear new music from General Degree, Mr. Phillip’s EPK and Jorge’s Vertigo Album later on this year.
Jenn & Big Papi
Jennifer owns Jennifer Nails on 161 and 224 Newbury Street. Services provided range from waxing, manicure and pedicure, hosting celebratory events (weddings, birthdays). Giving back to her community by supporting her favorite charities is very dear to her as shown above. Visit Jennifer’s Nails this summer. Tell her that Natalie from Luxshop4u referred you!
Follow Jennifer on Instagram @Jen_nguyen224
Vivian Sessoms is an accomplished recording artist, song writer and music producer who worked with everyone’s favorite artists including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Patti Austin, Cher and Whitney Houston to name a few.
I was very lucky to have an opportunity to personally meet her and talk about music, fashion and life lessons. This Interview was conducted while Vivian Sessoms was overseas on her European tour. Her highly acclaimed album Life will be available this fall.
Natalie: Congratulations on your tour! I had a seat at the table when I met you! My husband and I arrived from Boston to New York City on a Friday night which happened to be the opening night for Vincent Gardner’s performance with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Belinda Munro-Gardner planned a lovely dinner at Cafeteria and I can still remember the decadent mac and cheese trio and rosè that I had.
Vivian Sessoms: I know, it was a great night wasn’t it? That mac & cheese trio at cafeteria is deadly!
Natalie: What goes into preparing for a world tour?
Vivian Sessoms: Quite a lot actually, it takes months and months of planning and sourcing. There are a few people who help me pull it all together, publicist, booking agents, club owners, musicians, my hubby who is also the musical director. It is a ton of work, but in the end it usually ends up being a lot of fun and very rewarding which is the reason why I think people do it, although I can really only speak for myself. But it allows you to get in touch with the people who love music and support you and you able to connect with new friends and supporters in such an incredible way. When all goes well it’s a real high, being able to get your music and message to people.
Natalie: I see the love that your fans give you, they are eager to post videos of your performance. A lot of work goes into to keep the worldwide buzz going. How do you do it?
Vivian Sessoms: To be honest I’m still kind of figuring that part out, lol! Every day, I have a list of things I plan to do which is to post videos of the previous nights performance or post a live video of me just singing in my hotel room or videos of past shows, but sadly I’m not always successful in my plan! As an indie artist, you wind up doing a lot of things yourself, and actually, I am lucky because I have a small team of people who help me get the word out about things what’s going on with me and keeping things moving. Sometimes, just getting info to them is a job in itself. It’s a constant juggling act trying to keep all the things you need to have happening, going all at once.
Natalie: What habits do you practice or prepare your mind, body and soul for while on tour.
Vivian Sessoms: I try to work out consistently, not every day but a few times a week. I also try to really watch what I eat because I realize that eating badly, makes me feel bad. I don’t really drink a lot and I don’t smoke. I try to just take it easy and stay peaceful, and you know, do things that make me happy and that make me feel good. I try to see friends often in other countries, or visit places of interest.
Natalie: You love fashion and beauty and have a great sense of style. Who are your favorite designers and what looks do you like to wear on stage?
Vivian Sessoms: Right now I’m into a lot of African designers. There are some really fabulous young designers out of Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and several other African countries. As for my favorite American designers that’s kind of a long list, although I’m very into mixing pieces from stores like COS and Zara and Top Shop with high end stuff, or combined with thrift store finds. I would say my personal style is a hodgepodge of things. I like a lot of color, and texture. I really love deconstructed pieces.
On stage I might go from jeans and sneakers with the funky T-shirt to a tailored suit and heels to a pretty or a flow-y type of dress. Lately I seem to be opting more for real comfort.
Natalie: “Trying to work through shit we go through sometimes losing my way I’m walking through clouds looking for my sunny”. This is something that everyone goes through weather it be work, personal relationships, friendships, developing your personal business. What were you going through when you wrote those words?
Vivian Sessoms: I wrote that song with two really good friends Wondress Hutchinson and Jenny Douglas Foote and at the time I had just lost my mom, but I think that each of us were dealing with life situations and, I don’t know, I just remembered that my heart was really broken and so. That’s what came out..
Vivian Sessoms: Absolutely and positively.. I asked an audience during the show in Melbourne if they could see the aura that we had created at the end of a show. I was saying to them that coming out to see a show, even though you may feel like you’re not doing much besides listening and watching, is a form of active participation and what the audience gives to you definitely feeds you as an artist, and in some instances can inform or drive you or what have you. So I was saying to them that they had participated so much and so beautifully that the energy swirling back-and-forth between us was colorful and bright and had a lot of love it. I really mean it when I say that music is healing, and that it can change the world.
Natalie: I recently visited the Past is Present exhibit at the MFA Boston. Knowing that the past is present please tell the Luxhop4u audience who you shared the stage with including writing credits/ producing credits and what you have in store for them this year.
Vivian Sessoms: I’ve shared the stage with Joe Cocker, Patti,Austin and Cher, P!nk and numerous others. I’ve had a wonderful journey before deciding to strike out on my own. This year I’ll be releasing my third studio recording entitled Life which I’m really excited about.
Vivian and Bruno Mars
Natalie: I have a lot of friends in the entertainment industry who work on major projects and do not receive credit/publishing for their work. What should artists do to ensure that they receive credit for their work?
Vivian Sessoms: Try as best you can to get everything in writing, contracts are important.. Then get a good lawyer.
Natalie: I want to thank you for your personal advice and mentorship!
Vivian Sessoms: I adore you!
Be sure to purchase Vivian’s music on her website www.VivianSessoms.com
Follow Vivian on Instagram @VivianSessoms
*Luxshop4u will be in NYC for the Life album release party working behind the scenes. This website will be updated with playlist details from the Life album. This website will have a release date for Vivian’s Life album.
Photos were provided by Vivian Sessoms.
This blog post was meant to be light and right to the point. During the spring my friend Frances (who I call the Denim Guru) and I had a Joe Jeans challenge and we determined that the following looks were our favorites!
We loved the fit of these jeans becuase she could do her daily Formation dance at ease.
Frances is Care free and cool in her Joe Jeans! *Jacket and Chanel espadrilles are Frances Chloe sunglasses are from Luxshop4u.
Shop Joe Jeans now on www.JoeJeans.com
Follow Frances the Denim Guru on instagram @Franipac
Meet Vu The Fashionable Misfit in Boston
Natalie: You have amazing style, what inspired you to create your exotic jacket and what was it made out of?
Vu: I was flattered when you said that because my usual days are different stories of disastrous style. It’s made out of reticulated Python, so called the Dragon one, lined in lambskin and silk-blend fabric, and lizard for the interior details.
Natalie: What design school or tailor trained you how to properly handle exotic materials?
Vu: I really don’t have a formal training. While I did pick up a few things here and there from the internet, and especially from my talented friends, this definitely was a group effort. We’ve come so far from our mistakes, yet there is still room for improvement.
Natalie: I know many tailors and seamstress who prefer not to create with leather or exotic skins because it’s difficult to work with what was your experience like?
Vu: I do agree that working with exotic leather is not fun. In this experiment, we were told that making python quilted parts and leather lining was unwise because the scale is too fragile and none of us has any idea on how to bond two pieces of skin together. I could not say no to what we set out to do and we tried different ways until something worked. On the quilted parts, we slowly molded the python into what we wanted with an oil clothe, padding, and a hairdryer. We did not get the optimal result of bonding (lambskin onto python) so we probably wont the next time until we find a better solution.
Natalie: Experinces are about trial and error. What is your vision for your brand?
Vu: I called it Ngo x Unichi for now, in which Ngo is my mother’s last name that I’ll eventually adopt, or my “ID”. Since my father’s not truly around, she’s become the foundation of who I am today. Unichi represents a mindful mixture of souls, unified into a certain form or style for that particular moment; and it will likely become something more than oneself/myself. I actually have an idea of how it might turn out but guessing the future is just not me.
Natalie: Who is your audience?
Vu: I’m not sure where they are right now (laugh), but I’m going to find them and hopefully I can learn a lot from them. I always see myself as a learner more than anything else.
Natalie: I recall you saying that you were on a fashion forum and did not receive response about your jacket. Like I said before it takes people awhile to catch on, continue to get out there because the right people will contact you.
Vu: I think you are right. But it’s not the main reason for me to do this anyway. Being a misfit among fellow misfits, fashion is the perfect canvas for my modern loneliness. Maybe the excitement of chasing beautiful things can distract oneself from this chaotic reality.
Natalie: What has the response been like from your peers?
Vu: I encountered enthusiasts here and there but it’s too early to say. However, I think strategic planing is necessary so I’m working on website and looking for partners. At least now I can add my fashion endeavor into the conversation.
Natalie: I think that you should submit a photo and your story to local media and published magazines like Vogue and GQ.
Vu: It’s great but I also don’t want to rush my pace. I still need to find more time for my daughter. She’s about to turn 4 months this June.
Natalie: Where can my readers find you?
Vu: I’m quite available through my inbox firstname.lastname@example.org.
This day started unlike most of my days, why you ask? For once I did not have my gym bag with me that carries three changes of outfits two pair of shoes and of course water shoes for the shower. I carry several outfits each day to go to the gym, work, and industry events.
If you have a routine like mine, then Paridaez is the answer to our clothing problems. I had the pleasure of meeting the Paridaez designer at her trunk show in the Alexis Bitter boutique located on Newbury St. The trunk show was a huge success, the guests were trying on clothing, jewelry, and indulged in sparkling wine. To my surprise she created her clothing line because she too faced the same issues and found a niche. The clothing line offers 6 looks in 100 ways. I would like to thank Brenda Ramos for co hosting and inviting me to this amazing event. To learn more about Paridaez please visit www.paridaez.com
Allison is wearing the Bird of Paradise Top with the Albatross skirt and Heron cardigan.
Brenda is wearing the Sparrow tank with the Hummingbird skirt.
What can I say? I live a very busy life and I am always around creative experts. Friday was no exception. I joined my friend Hiroshi and a group of his friends at the Sowa Market in Boston. We visited several art studios and had the privilage of meeting the artists.
I bought this vintage American Tourister hat case and I carried it as if it was the most luxurious purse that money could buy. I used my iphone 6 to take the picture and later changed the color to appear more vintage. In this photo I am wearing my Stuart Weitzman over the thigh boots, fishnet stockings from Primark, hoop earrings from Poland, sweater and tank top from Forever 21.
The lining is in excellent condition, and at if you look closely I have a secret compartment.
The clasps are also in excellent condition, by the end of the night I had over five people who wanted to buy one. Please tag me once you purchase one and let the merchant know that you were inspired by my blog.
If you live in the Greater Toronto Area then chances are your sofa, love seats or beds were made by my father over the past 40 years. Working in the world of luxury fashion I admire the time and skill that it takes to create beautiful merchandise. I deciced to interview my father to honor his legacy and his contribution to fashion and upholstery.
Natalie: Daddio, I always receive complements about my vast knowledge of textiles I have you and Pauline to thank.
Upholstery King: That’s great I made a lot of custom chesterfields in my life.
Natalie: How old were you when you became a tailor and what inspired you to design?
Upholstery King: Oh my goodness, when I became a tailor? I started at the age of 16. Nat, I just went to school it was something that I needed to do.
Natalie: Who taught you how to sew?
Upholstery King: I don’t remember my teachers name it was several years ago in Jamaica at a tailor school.
Natalie: Did you know that you would have a lifelong career working with fabric?
Upholstery King: No, no one thinks that way! The professionals say that careers change every 10 yrs. I couldn’t predict that I would make a career out of this.
Natalie: Why did you decide to leave tailoring and enter the world of upholstery?
Upholstery King: The Market changed and became mass produced. Factory’s took away our trade. When the market changes you have to adapt to change or you get left behind.
Natalie: How many years have you been in this industry?
Upholstery King: For over 53 years
Natalie: As young children we would have to go with you to showrooms and fabric stores that were closed to the public. I didn’t realize then what a privilege that was. Touching textiles, piping, learning about different needles to use for leather etc.
Upholstery King: I didn’t realize that you guys would learn from that! I wanted you to become something else and not a tailor I didn’t realize that you guys were watching me!
Natalie: Your very business smart and you know your worth. What’s your recipe for negotiating your price?
Upholstery King: Know the cost of what the materials are going for. Here’s an example, if the material is $20 per yard vs $5 you need to charge accordingly. It is very important to charge based on the fabric that you use. If the person doesn’t like it then bye, bye they can work with someone else I am too experienced and my time is valuable!
Natalie: Your talent speaks for itself and vendors always seek your talent for collaborations. How does it feel?
Upholstery King: I feel ok about it!
Natalie: What advice would you give young designers?
Upholstery King: Stay the course if you set your mind to something stay the course it’s a tough job but if you have the mind for it then why not!
Natalie: Dad that’s great you are going to help a lot of people with this I cannot wait to share! Congratulaions on your retirement
Upholstery King: Well that’s great I hope that you have my check!
*Photo credit Dani Blue
**Special thank you to Super K, BenjiRich, Miss Bev, Pauline and Disco
***Ken thanks for not spazzing out when I wore your clothes I was the coolest Tomboy in school because of you! I learned so much in menswear and your influence did not go unnoticed. Miss Bev thank you for teaching me everything that I know about luxury!
I had the pleasure of meeting Deigner Nataliya Nada at the Liquid Art House in Boston for the Let’s Get Styled Event. The Event was a trunk show where several designers showcased their accessories. Nataliya instantly greeted me with her contagious smile, offered to give me a tour of the venue and then educated me about her merchandise. Her brand offers a modern twist on the Slavic tradition of fine hand crafted knitwear. A team of experienced knitters take anywhere from 1-2 days to create a knitted hat and up to 3 days to create a knitted scarf. The fine cashmere is exquisite, soft and carefully handcrafted created by women who are passionate about their skill.
Nataliya is very hands on and carefully selects the pelts of fur that she incoroparates with her accessories. The night was young and the crowd continued to grow, delictable Hors d’Oeuvres and wine were flowing as I continued to mingle with the other vendors I recognized a familiar face it was my freind Cecil Elrod the owner of Luxe Boutiques in the Taj Hotel and Farimont Copley. Cecil sells Nataliya Nada New York Knitwear in both of his boutiques and I encourage the Luxshop4u audience to visit his store and take a look at her luxuirous knitwear to keep you warm during our cold winter months.
For a wonderful shopping experience please visit Luxe Boutiques in the Taj Boston or shop online www.NataliyaNada.com
Galina Cashmere Blend Hand Knit Infinity Scarf
With Fox Trim
The night before my husband and I were guest at the Boston Pops holiday concert I was on my feet all day and night fulfilling many shopping requests. Exhausted beyond belief I found my second wind and joined my friends at the event. Guests were treated to cocktails, appetizers, and massages from Serenity Wellness. During the Q&A session with GQ stylist and Correspondent Brett Fahlgren Danny Amendola revealed that he was recovering from his injury and ready to get back on the field. He gave a testimonial about his Hugo Boss suits and how he easily transitions to wearing sweats and t-shirts. For information on Danny’s suit visit www.HugoBoss.com. To receive a tranquillizing massage visit www.serenity-wellness-massage.com